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University COVID-19 vaccine clinic & Coach Hubert Davis’ hiring

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Release Date: 04/08/2021

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May 5th officially marks the last day of class for the spring 2021 semester. And it’s no surprise that the weight of the pandemic, coupled with the stress of upcoming final exams and overall fatigue is weighing down on many UNC students at this time of year — especially many students living on-campus who are experiencing social isolation. On the 45th episode of Heel Talk, and the final one of the semester, DTH reporter Emily Shih talks with Host Evely Forte about the toll some students are facing in their mental health as the semester comes to a close. DTH reporter Chelsea Ramsey also...

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UNC’s deferred maintenance backlog has grown to over $900 million and counting. The facilities condition index suggests that the average of all UNC Buildings is 0.19 — falling in the poor condition category. DTH reporter Preston Fore talks about what deferred maintenance means and what implications the status of the deferred maintenance backlog has for the University moving forward. Host Evely Forte also chats with Ananya Mallik — a UNC sophomore in the middle of the pre-sale process for her debut novel, "Endless: A Villain's Love Story."  Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced...

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In July 2020, the Board of Trustees voted to remove the names of four buildings with racist ties on campus. And now, almost a year later, the University is one step closer to making that happen. DTH Reporter Lauren McCarthy talks to Host Evely Forte about this and the implications for the campus community moving forward. DTH Reporter Rachel Crumpler also talks about the new members appointed to the UNC Board of Governors last month and how the new hires increased diversity of the board, overall. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are...

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As the state and Town of Chapel of Hill have slowly lifted restrictions and the campus community approaches a more normal summer term and fall semester, the University’s jurisdiction over holding students found in violation of University and/or state guidelines may change. Recently, the University has requested that the town extend the joint jurisdiction of UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill Police to include off-campus Greek Life housing. University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis spoke to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz about this and shared what she learned from that conversation with Host Evely Forte....

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The University's COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened Mar. 31 for student vaccinations. Campus Health was approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a vaccine provider and received a 2,000 dose allocation for the week to be distributed to students. Host Evely Forte spoke to University Desk reporter Charlotte Geier about the clinic and its implications for students as the University approaches a more “normal” fall semester. University Desk reporter Isabella Reilly reflects on how beneficial University-set aside wellness days have been for campus community...

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Data Engagement Editor Praveena Somasundaram guest narrates to discuss the response of the North Carolina Asian American community in the wake of the Atlanta shootings. Host Evely Forte talks to University Desk reporter Samuel Garzon about UNC’s American Indian Center and the lack of financial support its members say the center has received from the University. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing Editor Will Melfi and Editor-in-Chief Anna Pogarcic.

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University Desk reporter Natalie Johnson talks to host Evely Forte about a racist incident that took place during a class at the UNC Law School. University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis shares updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution on campus. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing Editor Will Melfi and Editor-in-Chief Anna Pogarcic.

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UNC students swarmed Franklin street twice this year after the UNC men’s basketball team beat Duke in its February and March games. Host Evely Forte talks to DTH Senior Writer Claire Perry to discuss if and how the University and Town of Chapel Hill prepared for either Franklin Street rushes and to break down the impact such rushing has had on campus community members since. Former DTH Sports Editor Brian Keyes previews March Madness. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing Editor...

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The UNC Men’s Basketball team beat Duke on March 6th at the Dean E. Smith Center — with fans cheering on the Tar Heels in person for the second time this basketball season. Host Evely Forte spoke to DTH Sports Senior Writer and former Sports Editor Brian Keyes to discuss the Duke game outcome and the opportunities for fans to attend in-person sporting events moving forward. University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis also talks about the spring 2021 commencement, the upcoming fall semester and campus members’ vaccine eligibility. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena...

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UNC students elected sophomore Lamar Richards on Feb. 24 as the 2021-2022 student body president. Host Evely Forte spoke with Richards about what he hopes he’ll accomplish through his role as SBP, how his administration will be different from previous ones and what his legacy will be at the University beyond his role in student government. University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis also talks about Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz’s role with Silent Sam. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing...

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The University's COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened Mar. 31 for student vaccinations. Campus Health was approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a vaccine provider and received a 2,000 dose allocation for the week to be distributed to students. Host Evely Forte spoke to University Desk reporter Charlotte Geier about the clinic and its implications for students as the University approaches a more “normal” fall semester. University Desk reporter Isabella Reilly reflects on how beneficial University-set aside wellness days have been for campus community members. Former Sports Editor Ryan Wilcox reflects on former UNC Men’s Basketball Coach Roy William’s retirement and looks ahead to the team’s prospects under Coach Hubert Davis. Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing Editor Will Melfi and Editor-in-Chief Anna Pogarcic.