Summer Snapshots

For most Tar Heels, summer means three months away from the Southern Part of Heaven. Some students return to their hometowns to work and spend time with family, others travel abroad, and still more take on internships in new cities. However, UNC isn’t completely quiet after finals end in May—during the week, campus is bustling with summer school students, new first-years and families at Orientation, and tour groups. Take a glimpse below to learn why nothing’s finer than summer at Carolina!

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Getting Creative in the Dining Halls

As an on-campus resident, you’ll spend a lot of time at Rams Head and Top of Lenoir—where else can you hang out with friends and enjoy an endless supply of cookies? After a few weeks of eating at the dining halls, however, you may find yourself wandering around every time you enter. Not because there aren’t any open tables (although that will happen too), but because there doesn’t seem to be anything you want to eat. With a little creativity, you can beat the dining hall boredom before it starts! Try one of these out-of-the-box ideas the next time you decide to use a meal swipe.

Cookie Sandwich

Quesadilla

Ask for a tortilla at the sandwich station, scoop shredded cheese and black beans from the salad bar on one side, fold in half, and grill in the panini maker for a few minutes. On nacho days, look for salsa and sour cream to dip your quesadilla in.

Butter Noodles

Mix butter from the waffle area into a bowl of pasta and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese from the pizza counter. For a healthier twist, drizzle olive oil from the salad bar onto your pasta instead of butter.

Trail Mix

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Take two cookies, scoop soft-serve ice cream onto the underside of one cookie, and top with the other. Bonus points if the cookies are different flavors!

Parfait

Layer vanilla or strawberry yogurt from the salad bar, your favorite crunchy cereal, and fruit from the waffle area in a bowl or tall glass.

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Trail Mix

Shake together different kinds of cereal with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries from the salad bar. Bring your own Ziploc bag to carry your healthy snack to class with you!

Ice Cream Float

Fill a tall glass halfway with soft-serve ice cream and top with your favorite soda from the soft drink machine.

PB&J Wrap

Breakfast Sandwich

Missing Bojangles? Slice open a biscuit or bagel and fill with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese from the salad bar, and bacon or sausage.

Bananas and Chocolate

When the dining hall serves donuts or other special desserts, they often have chocolate sauce! For a (somewhat) healthier treat, slice up a banana and dip the pieces in the melted chocolate.

Wraps

Fill a tortilla with peanut butter and jelly from the sandwich station or hummus, fresh veggies, and feta cheese from the salad bar. Roll up and enjoy!

Eating at the dining halls doesn’t have to be boring or repetitive. Top of Lenoir and Rams Head have plenty of options that you can turn into delicious, well-balanced meals—try one of these tasty ideas or create your own!

Weekends on Campus: What to Do?

The countdown to move-in has begun, and you’re busy shopping for supplies, texting your roommate, and signing up for classes. However, what happens after you’ve settled in? As a first-year student (or even a returning one), weekends are the prime time to explore, meet new people, and really make UNC feel like home. When Friday arrives, stick around and try one of these 5 activities right on campus!

Hundreds of residents attended the RHA Silent Disco.

Hundreds of residents attended the RHA Silent Disco.

1. See a movie at the Union: Going to the movie theater on a regular basis is expensive (even with that handy student discount) and nearly impossible without your own transportation. Luckily, you don’t need cash or a car to see a film with your friends! Almost every Friday and Saturday night, the Union shows movies in the auditorium, free with your OneCard. The best part? Most of the films are new releases that just left theaters—last semester, the selection included Mockingjay, Gone Girl, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar.

2. Attend a Residence Hall Association (RHA) program: RHA provides fun, unique events for on-campus residents, from laser tag to a Silent Disco. (Picture a dance where everybody is listening to music on headphones!) Your residence hall’s Community Government, as part of RHA, will also host occasional weekend programs like cookouts or carnivals. Don’t get stuck eating Easy Mac in your room on a Friday evening—follow RHA and your community on social media to stay informed on upcoming events. Most of them offer some kind of free food!

The student section at football games is usually packed!

The student section at football games is usually packed!

3. Cheer on the Tar Heels at a game: Whether you just wear a UNC T-shirt or paint yourself Carolina blue from head-to-toe, watching the Tar Heels play is always exciting. Most Saturdays in the fall semester are football game days, and in the spring semester, basketball. However, I’ve also seen volleyball, soccer, and field hockey—less popular sporting events are usually still packed with students and often give out free T-shirts! Sign up for the Carolina Fever email listserv to learn which teams are playing each week. Attending games earns you Fever points, which can win you prizes ranging from water bottles to coveted basketball tickets.

4. Check out Campus Rec: Work out, try a group fitness class like cycle or yoga, swim laps at the indoor pool, play pick-up basketball—Campus Rec has something for everyone. My first year, my roommate and I were bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to visit the racquetball courts. We ended up just hitting the ball around more than actually playing by the rules, but it was definitely a fun stress reliever.

Staying in with friends can sometimes be the most fun of all.

Staying in with friends can sometimes be the most fun of all.

5. Hang out in your residence hall: When you’ve had a long week or the weather is bad, your own residence hall offers plenty to do—you can check out cookware, board games, DVDs, and more from the community office. Sometimes, the best memories are made by rounding up a group of friends and spending the evening inside baking cupcakes, laughing over Cards Against Humanity, or having a ping-pong tournament. In fact, one of my favorite moments this year was playing Just Dance on the game room Xbox with my friends on a snowy night.

When Friday comes around, you may be tempted to head home, but staying on campus those first few weekends is vital to making friends and becoming a part of the Carolina community. So, stick around and try one of these fun activities. You’ll soon look forward to spending weekends at UNC—there’s always something to do!

Summer Contest: What are you excited about?

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Move-in, for general students, begins in just over a month. Some will have already moved in and started by the beginning of August, too.  There’s a lot to look forward to: moving into a residence hall, seeing your friends again, meeting new people, Franklin street, the old well, football games, even classes (maybe not classes). Carolina offers breathtaking views, unforgettable experiences, and one of the best communities in the country. What are you most excited about?

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Leave a comment with your UNC.edu email by Monday 7/13 at 5:00 pm to be entered into a contest to win this Carolina-themed bedspread! It will be a random drawing. Just leave a comment and tell us what you’re looking forward to most when you come to Chapel Hill.

Meet the Interns: Alexander Krupa

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Alexander Krupa

Position: Marketing Intern

Class: Sophomore

Major: Information Science/Pre-Business Administration

Where I’ve lived on campus: Craige

Dream Job:

Owner of an NBA team

Favorite Dessert

Tiramisu

Current Involvement

UNC Habitat for Humanity Tutoring, Bike to Uganda, Sport Business Club.

E-mail
akrupa@live.unc.edu

 

Meet the Interns: Katelyn Merendino

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Katelyn Merendino

Position: Marketing Intern

Class: Junior

Major: Business Administration

Where I’ve lived on campus: Koury, Cobb

Favorite thing about residence life: It sounds cheesy, but you really do feel like a part of the Carolina community. Being surrounded by friendly people, fun activities, and school spirit every day is awesome. When else are you going to live within walking distance of all your best friends?

My advice for new students: Get involved—but after you explore, choose just 2 or 3 organizations to stick with. It’s easy to get carried away and sign up for 10 different clubs, but committing to the few you really care about is much more enjoyable! You’ll build meaningful relationships on campus and have a better chance of eventually taking on a leadership position.

 

To Bring or Not To Bring

The aisles of Target are stacked high with plastic storage bins and laundry baskets. Your mom drags you to Bed Bath & Beyond for the third time with a checklist longer than the walk from Hinton James to Franklin Street. Yep…college shopping season has arrived.

Getting everything you need before move-in day can be overwhelming. You have the basics (twin XL sheets, microfridge, alarm clock), but some things you don’t realize you need until you arrive on campus. When you’re loading up your parents’ minivan, make sure you have these 10 often overlooked items!

1. Umbrella: Chapel Hill, North Carolina—where the weather can switch from 10% chance of rain to 100% chance of thunderstorms in the time it takes you to walk to the bus stop right outside your residence hall (I speak from personal experience). Sitting in a cramped lecture hall soaking wet is no fun, so keep a small, portable umbrella in your backpack.

2. Lysol wipes: When one person on your floor gets sick, EVERYONE on your floor gets sick. Fight the inevitable campus-wide cold by wiping your doorknobs, desk, and other germ-ridden surfaces with Lysol wipes. You’ll also need them if you’re living in a residence hall where you have to clean your own bathroom (Koury, Horton, Craige North, and Hardin).

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3. Professional clothes: Athletic shorts and T-shirts may as well be the UNC student uniform, but you’ll have to get dressed up more often than you’d think. Pack a business suit and a few business casual outfits for career fairs, on-campus job interviews, student organization meetings, etc.

4. Shower shoes: When you’re sharing a bathroom with 7 (or more) other people, you’re going to want something between your feet and the floor. Stop by Old Navy and pick up a few pairs of $2 flip-flops!

5. School supplies: College is still school, after all! Unlike in high school, though, your professors won’t care what you use to stay organized. I keep it simple with an accordion file for papers, a five-subject notebook (one section for each class), pens, and pencils.

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6. Dinnerware: Bring a plate, bowl, mug, spoon, and fork for those days when you’re not feeling Rams Head for dinner or you want to heat up some leftovers. Also, most residence hall programs are “bring your own bowl/mug/etc.”, so don’t get stuck using a paper towel as a plate for your pancakes!

7. Desk fan: I can’t sleep without my desk fan—the white noise drowns out loud floormates and slamming doors, or conversely, keeps the room from being too quiet. Not to mention, you’ll want a way to cool off after walking back from class in the 90-degree late summer heat.

8. Reusable water bottle: Don’t forget to stay hydrated! I fill up my water bottle every morning at Top of Lenoir, and most residence halls (and the Union) have water fountains with bottle attachments.

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9. Small duffel bag: Club sports, student organizations, church groups, and other things you may decide to join sometimes travel. Whether you’re going on an overnight trip or just heading home for the weekend, you’ll need something to pack your stuff in.

10. Power strip/surge protector: The number of wall outlets is limited, especially when you’re sharing the space with a roommate. I use a power strip (with a flat plug so it fits behind my desk) to plug in my phone, laptop, lamp, desk fan, and other electronic devices.

As you’re checking items off that mile-long college list, make sure to pick up these lesser-known essentials—you’ll be glad you have them once you move into your residence hall. Happy shopping!

The View from: Ehringhaus

Last but not least, we’re going to the most interesting first-year high-rise residence hall in Ehringhaus. While hidden from the road, this hall has a lot of character. It’s a 6 floor hall with style and one of the best views at Carolina. More than 600 residents call this place home, and I have stories of why it’s an exciting place to live. You want to keep reading.

Ehringhaus is a high-rise hall located at 450 Ehringhaus Drive.

Ehringhaus is a high-rise hall located at 450 Ehringhaus Drive.


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The View from: Connor

Next in “The View from” series, we’re visiting Connor, which houses two floors of first-year students. Known as the most social North Campus community, Connor is just a crosswalk away from the Pit, the Union, Top of Lenoir, and the libraries. Fun fact—many residents choose to live in Connor three or even all four years at UNC! Read on to learn why.

Connor is the only first-year residence hall on North Campus.

Connor is the only first-year residence hall on North Campus.

Statistics

4. Connor is one of 4 buildings in Connor Community, along with Winston, Joyner, and Alexander.

175. Approximately 175 students live in Connor. Connor Community as a whole consists of about 615, making it the largest on North Campus.

25. Each floor of Connor has around 25 rooms. It seems like a lot, but you’ll get to know your neighbors after a few weeks!

2. Feel like rolling out of bed 10 minutes before your 8am? A 2-minute walk will take you from Connor to the center of campus. (Although we recommend changing out of your pajama pants first!)

Style

Unlike the other first-year residence halls, Connor is hall-style. Each floor is lined with bedrooms on either side, all of which share a large communal bathroom. The upside (yes, there is one)—you’ll avoid the morning shower rush! With multiple toilets, sinks, and showers, and all your floormates on different schedules, you’ll never have to wait your turn.

Pro tip for hall-style life: leave your door open when you’re hanging out in your room, and encourage your friends to do the same! Your floormates will stop to say hi when they pass, which will make it less awkward when you’re brushing your teeth next to them in the bathroom or looking for somebody to join you at Top of Lenoir.

Every floor of Connor has lounges for studying and socializing.

Every floor of Connor has lounges for studying and socializing.

History

Built in 1948 and renovated in 2003, Connor is named after Robert D.W. Connor. An 1899 UNC graduate, Connor returned to his alma mater in 1921 as a history professor. He organized the first historical archives in North Carolina and was appointed the first head of the national archives by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Amenities/Resources to Take Advantage Of

Nicknamed “CoCo” by its residents, Connor is well-known for its social atmosphere. On a warm, sunny afternoon (or the first time it hits 60 degrees after a cold winter), you’ll find residents sunbathing in the quad or playing sand volleyball. If you’re looking to meet people, the first floor of Connor is the place to be—it’s home to the community office and a huge lounge area with comfy couches and chairs, a large flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Connor is connected to its next-door neighbor, Winston, by a laundry room and several smaller lounges. Some have conference tables and whiteboards, ideal for group project meetings, while others are more for socializing. On a rainy afternoon, grab some friends and check out the ping-pong and air hockey tables!

Connor residents also enjoy the community’s traditional events, from monthly pancake nights to Connorstock, a highly-anticipated music festival in April. Now in its 11th year, Connorstock offers a full afternoon of catered food, inflatables, outdoor games, giveaways, and performances—a chance to relax and have fun before finals start.

From the steps of Connor, you can see the sand volleyball court, blooming trees, and Davis Library!

From the steps of Connor, you can see the sand volleyball court, blooming trees, and Davis Library!

Funniest Moment

Connor residents quickly become close with their floormates…or wage war against them. My friend shared this story: “One semester, our hall organized a Nerf war. Before leaving the room, you’d have to peek around to avoid being caught in the crossfire, and woe betide anyone who left their door open. Problem was, not all Nerf guns are created equal, and soon we had an arms race. Pump-action was replaced by electric; electric gave way to belt-fed machine guns. People were mounting laser sights and flashlights, practicing quick-draws, ordering bulk packages of darts, and discussing strategies behind furniture bunkers. When the official hall war finally ended, the dust settled for maybe a day or two before again turning to chaos.”

Closest Bus Stop

Connor residents typically use the stop right in front of Connor or the one by Student Stores, depending on which bus you’re taking.

Comparison with other first-year halls

-While only first-years will live on your floor, Connor also houses upperclassmen. Make friends with your older neighbors! They’ll be a valuable resource when you don’t know whether to take the U or RU, or you need tips on how to study for your ECON 101 midterm.

-If you enjoy working out or playing sports, you’re in luck—Connor is the closest first-year residence hall to Fetzer Gym, the SRC, Hooker Fields, and the track.

-Left your math homework on your desk? Want to take a mid-day power nap? Living in Connor means you can easily walk to and from your room without being late to your next class!

The View from: Manning West (Craige North and Hardin)

Moving on in “The View from” series, we’re stopping at Manning West, the other low-rise community made up of two residence halls: Craige North and Hardin. Why is Manning West the best? Read on to find out!

Welcome to Hardin, one of the residence halls in Manning West.

Welcome to Hardin, one of the residence halls in Manning West.

Statistics

200. Craige North and Hardin house approximately 200 students each.

13. Between Hardin and Craige North, there are around 13 RAs (6-7 per building).

3. Both Craige North and Hardin have 3 staircases, one on either end of the building and one in the middle. No worries, there is also an elevator!

60. Get ready to meet a ton of new people on move-in day! About 60 residents live on each floor of Hardin and Craige North.

Style

Like the Manning East residence halls, Craige North and Hardin offer the ideal combination of suite-style and hall-style!

Each suite has two large bedrooms, and every bedroom on your floor opens onto a single indoor hallway. Meeting new people on your hall is simple—after your move in, your neighbors will be looking for friends to explore Franklin Street or head to a Week of Welcome event with. The two bedrooms are connected by a bathroom with two sinks, a shower, and a toilet. Only four residents share a bathroom (compared to 8 in the high-rises), but you’ll have to maintain it yourself. Pack lots of paper towels and work out a cleaning schedule with your suitemates!

Both Hardin and Craige North have laundry rooms, printers, and plenty of study lounges and meeting spaces. If you’re looking for something to do on a lazy weekend night, head over to the community office on the 1st floor of Craige North, where you can check out board games, movies, and video games.

Mail time! Craige North and Hardin both have mailboxes in their lobbies.

Mail time! Craige North and Hardin both have mailboxes in their lobbies.

History

Two of the newest residence halls on campus, Craige North and Hardin were built in 2002. Craige North honors Burton Craige, who graduated from UNC in 1897 and went on to serve as an attorney, bank director, and a member of the NC General Assembly. Hardin is named after Paul Hardin, the UNC chancellor from 1988 to 1995.

Amenities/Resources to Take Advantage Of

Unlike Craige North, residents only live on the top 3 floors of Hardin. Why? The entire 1st floor is home to the Hardin Hub, an academic advising center! If you’re struggling to decide on a major, need to drop a class, or want advice on which courses to take next semester, make an appointment or head to drop-in hours to talk with an advisor in the comfort of your own community.

Craige North and Hardin are adjacent to SASB Plaza (pronounced SAZ-bee), which stands for Student and Academic Services Buildings. Need to finish your BIO 101 lab report but not feeling the long walk to the library? SASB South offers a quiet study space with whiteboards and comfy chairs. Or, if you just feel like procrastinating on that lab report (the more likely scenario), the outdoor brick patio with umbrella-covered tables is the perfect spot to relax on a warm day. You also won’t want to miss Manning Block Party, a joint event between Manning East and West in the middle of the Plaza. Held in October or November, this annual program features a cappella performances, free catered food, bingo, prizes, and a chance to hang out with other first-years!

The fourth floor of Hardin offers a nice view of South Campus!

The fourth floor of Hardin offers a nice view of South Campus!

Funniest Moment

On South Campus, the first big snowfall of the year brings hundreds of residents out for a night of sledding and forgetting about schoolwork. My friend shared this story: “Last February, class was canceled by 7pm one Tuesday, and the forecast called for snow all night. This was the first giant snow of the year, and everyone was in disbelief. What was truly surprising was walking outside at 9pm and watching a crew of people exiting Craige North with a mattress. A mattress anywhere outside of a bedroom is always a strange sight, but especially in the snow. I was initially worried that they were going to be used as shields in a snowball fight, but I realized I had the wrong idea after I watched people launch themselves down Bowles Drive on top of their beds. A running start meant you could fit 4 to 5 people on the mattress sled, and the scene was full of people trying this—hundreds from each residence hall on South Campus, sledding down the hill (or getting in the way), all laughing, taking pictures, and just enjoying themselves. My friend in Craige North slept on a futon that night and said his mattress took two days to dry out—but it was completely worth it!”

Closest Bus Stop

Located right next to Hardin, the Public Safety bus stop is the most popular among Manning West residents.

Comparison with other first-year halls

-Hardin is the only all-female residence hall on South Campus.

-Craige North is home to the Spanish House, a Residential Learning Program (RLP). Members of the Spanish House practice their language skills, participate in service projects, and attend social events relating to the Hispanic culture.

-Of the first-year halls on South Campus, Hardin and Craige North residents have the shortest walk to classes on North Campus.