Check Out the UNC Housing Scoop.it!

Scoop.it! is a social media platform designed to function similarly to an electronic newspaper.  All you have to do is insert the link of an online article to your Scoop.it! profile.  Instead of writing the articles yourself (which users can still do) Scoop.it! enables users to pull relatable articles from other sources and create a hub for articles of one topic or another.  Luckily, UNC Housing now has its own Scoop.it!  Check out our page and the most recent scoop about Carolina Cupboard, written by our friends at the Daily Tar Heel!

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What Goes on in my Brain- a Snow Day Recap

Like a third-grader speculating about future Christmas presents, I checked the weather forecast incessantly in order to calculate the odds of having class Tuesday morning.  The Accuweather and Weather Channel hourly forecast feeds became mainstays as tabs in my browser.  I had to know the moment my chances of frozen greatness were increasing. The first email came during my Spanish class on Monday- classes canceled from 2pm until 11am Tuesday.  For the first time ever I cursed my Tuesday/Thursday-heavy schedule; the cancellations brought no respite from the world class education I am fortunate to receive everyday.  After regaining composure I reasoned that Tuesday class would almost certainly be canceled if a portion of Monday’s had been, despite no flakes in view yet.  With great tranquility I went about the rest of the day and opted not to write the essay that was due Tuesday.  I knew deep down that even the mighty Chancellor Folt would inevitably bow to Mother Nature.  Down came the ice, snow, and freezing rain as I rejoiced from my bed.  When the particularly wet precipitation subsided, swarms of first-years and upperclassmen alike took to the hilly parts of campus.  Skipper Bowles Drive became a four-lane race track occupied by anything but conventional sleds.  Students everywhere shouted with excitement.  The snow gave us instant entertainment, more days to study for our midterms, and something that we could all rally around together.  After hours of fun in the winter weather I returned to my room and prepared to go to sleep.  I set my alarm for 6am so I would be awake early to check my email.  Not even entertaining the possibility of Tuesday class at this point, I was simply eager to glut in the serenity of an Alert Carolina weather update.  I was Roy Williams, inserting Blue Steel to a blowout that was minutes away from becoming a victory.  When I awoke, there was no such update to be found.  Flabbergasted, I fell to my knees as the gravity of the situation hit me.  I had no choice but to try and finish my essay.  My mind running in a thousand directions, I furiously typed away with utter nonsense in order to make the minimum page requirement by class time.  The hours to write waned and I felt increasingly desperate, until the familiar chime of a new email in my inbox stopped my typing at once.  I received a number of false alarms earlier in the morning, but something about this email felt promising.  While holding my breath I opened my inbox. Class canceled until Wednesday at 8am.  I shrieked and fist pumped like Tiger Woods after holing a chip shot.  Snow had done it again, and boy did it feel good.bell tower

Student Organization Spotlight: Mimi Shim

 

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Mimi Shim

Organization: Honor Court

Year: Junior

Major: Business Administration

Dream job: Sports Car Designer

Favorite cereal: Cap’n Crunch

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

Favorite Quote: “The only thing I understand is that I don’t understand anything.”

-Unknown

How did you first get involved with Honor Court? “I joined Honor Court during the spring semester of my freshman year.  I didn’t know anyone in Honor Court, but I saw a flyer about it in the Union and I was interested enough to apply.  I’ve really enjoyed it over the years, and now I serve as the Vice Chair.”
How exactly does the Honor Court work? “Basically the Honor Court takes on cases that are severe enough to warrant a possible sanction for the student but not serious enough f0r the student to be immediately expelled and removed from campus.  Each case goes through the Attorney General Staff, and an investigative and a defensive counsel are assigned to each case.  The investigative counsel functions on the prosecuting side of the case, and the defensive counsel helps to defend the student.  The Dean of Students ultimately decides if the student should receive a sanction, but he strongly considers the findings of the Honor Court.”
What are the biggest challenges of working for the Honor Court? “Sometimes it is difficult to make a decision when you can see where a student is coming from but you also have to do what is in the best interest of the University.”
So then what is your favorite thing about Honor Court? “I think it is really cool to see what goes on behind the scenes, and also I think it is really important that the Honor Court is student led because we can relate with other students best and most fairly assess their situations.”
How does Honor Court help prepare you for your future career? “It helps immensely with professionalism, especially with communication.  I communicate with students, police officers, and professors, and it is important to go about all of it the right way. Sometimes unexpected things happen, which is helpful as well.”
 Do you have aspirations to be a lawyer or work in the legal system one day? “No, I’m mostly just interested in business, but I enjoy Honor Court a lot and it definitely gives me a better perspective on UNC.”
What advice would you give someone who is considering applying for Honor Court? I would encourage the student to reach out to the Chair of Honor Court with specific questions to decide if it is for him or her.  Our recruitment is in the spring, so the student should also come out to one of the interest meetings and then apply if Honor Court seems like something they would be interested in.”
Residents! If you are involved in a great Student Organization and would like more people to learn about it, contact us so we can Spotlight your Organization on the UNC Residence Life blog!

 

Top 10 Things You Should NEVER Run Out of in Your Room

1) Silverware/Plasticware

Ever tried to eat soup with your hands?… Must I say anything more?

2) Paper Towels

A napkin, a mop, and a tissue all wrapped into one.

3) Laundry Detergent

The trip to the drug store to get more will seem a lot longer when you are out of clean underwear

4) Batteries

Are you really about to let your lack of battery supply get in between you and prestige-ing in Call of Duty?

5) Crystal Light/Gatorade Powder

Water for every meal gets old- pack some flavor in a small space with your preferred drink powder.

6) Scantrons/Blue Books

You might think you have time to run to student stores before every exam… until the morning you sleep 10 minutes past your alarm and have to run to Hanes Art Center.

7) Ramen/Easy Mac

It doesn’t necessarily need to be Ramen or Easy Mac, but emergency food is a must for when the stomach rumbles roll in.

8) Poptarts

Poptarts or granola bars are great to have for when you don’t have time for breakfast but need some fuel to start your day or help you focus on a test.

9) Pens/Pencils

For everyday use of course, and also for the same reason as the scantrons and blue books.  You think you have time to buy more before an exam, until you don’t have any time.

10) Cash

Yes, we would all love to never run out of cash.  But what I really mean to say is make sure you have at least a little bit of your money in physical cash.  Small bills are handy for splitting a pizza with your roommate, going to a vending machine, or paying for a benefit dinner on campus.

Housing Application Guide for Incoming First Years

Congratulations and welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! We look forward to meeting the newest class of Tar Heels, but first, here is a simple guide to help you fill out your housing application.  If you have questions about the selection process, roommates, the resident advisor program, etc, please consult the First Year FAQ page.

Step 1: Pay your enrollment deposit to the UniversityYou will not be able to fill out a housing application until you do this.  Be sure to have your ONYEN information handy, as you will need it to access the housing application

Step 2: Decide which residence halls are best suited for you. Visit http://housing.unc.edu/residence-halls/buildings to view all residence halls on campus; just remember that first years are only eligible to live in Connor, Craige, Ehringhaus, Hinton James, Manning East, and Manning West.

Step 3: Apply for housing by May 15. Visit myhousing.unc.edu to fill out your application.  If your application is not available, it is because you haven’t paid your deposit yet.

Step 4: Receive your housing and roommate assignment during June or July by visiting myhousing.unc.edu and checking the status of your application.

Step 5: Move into campus.  Arrive according to the date and time “Move into Carolina” brochure.  (The brochure can be found on myhousing.unc.edu.)  Check into your residence hall’s community office to receive your key and sign in to your hall.

 

For more detailed instructions, visit this link

5 Foods You Should Start Making in Your Residence Hall

1) Oatmeal

Before you dismiss this list completely, hear me out.  I was a non-believer at one time, but microwavable oatmeal has changed my life.  It comes in exactly the flavors you’d want microwavable oatmeal to come in- apple cinnamon, maple and brown sugar, cinnamon and spice…it’s delicious!  As someone who can never bring himself to get up in time for breakfast, instant oatmeal really changes the game.

2) Quesadillas

Stock up on tortillas and shredded cheese and you’ll have a quality snack that even the most novice of cooks can execute to perfection.  Check out a skillet and use your hall’s stovetop to make a perfect quesadilla.  Or, for the lazy, a cheese quesadilla can be made right in the room with a microwave.  The cheese and tortillas will barely take up any space in your fridge.

3) Pasta

The simplicity continues as I urge you to explore the wonders of bowties and Prego    in your room.  Of course you’ll need a pot to boil the pasta, but fridge space      will be spared since only the sauce needs to be refrigerated.

 

I listed these first two items back-to-back for a reason.  Throw some of the shredded cheese on the pasta to kick things up a notch, or put pasta sauce and cheese on top of a tortilla to make a personal pizza.

4) Smoothies

Take advantage of the ice machine in your hall and blend ice and any combination of fruit and yogurt for a healthy, refreshing drink.  You can use the fruit that you accidentally walk out of the dining hall with *wink wink* to make the smoothies.

5) Anything in a crockpot

You might not have known this, but crockpots are in fact fair game to have in a residence hall room.  If that was a surprise, check out this link to find out what you are permitted and not permitted to have in your room.  Anyway, from chili to chicken to stew, if you are feeling adventurous, google a good crockpot recipe and let the crockpot take care of the rest.

How to Meet Everyone on Your Hall

Many of you requested a post about the best ways to get to know your roommates, suite-mates, and hall-mates.  There isn’t one fool-proof method of going about this, but after speaking with resident advisors Mahmoud Saad and Josh Sullivan, here is what I learned:

1) Attend the events your RA organizes

This is an obvious one, but a large portion of residents choose not to attend.   The hot chocolate-drinking and cookie-decorating events yield both free food and better familiarity with the people that live on your hall, a win-win in my book.

2) Adhere to an open door policy

When you’re home and not occupied with anything that requires privacy, keep your door open.  This is a subtle signal to other residents that you are approachable and fair game for a quick chat or pickup basketball down at the blacktop.

Next, after you have made some friends in your residence hall, be sure to take advantage of all of the resources available at the front desk.  Available for checkout are soccer balls, basketballs, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, DVDs, video game systems, and even bikes.  Depending on your residence hall, there may even be pool sticks, ping pong paddles, and air hockey mallets for use in the game room.  If you’re having trouble meeting people, invite them to play a game as an icebreaker. Other residents will appreciate your initiative to get to know everyone, and will hopefully return the gesture to build an exciting community in your residence hall.

 

Residence Hall Room Layout Tips

Many of you have requested advice for how to make the most of your room.  I have written posts like this in the past, but since the topic is in such high demand, here goes another room design issue that should help make your room feel like home.

I’m sure you all have a variety of distinguished decorative tastes, so I will focus primarily on room layouts and organization that might improve your current situation.  That being said, there are a variety of different routes you can go, so here are the best layouts I have seen during my time at Carolina.

1) Two lofted beds with desks underneath

This is probably the most traditional method. It is the flagship room layout in my opinion, and for good reason.  For students that like to study in their room, I think this layout makes the most sense.

2) Bunk beds

Bring yourself back to third grade with this camp-style layout.  I would suggest putting the desks together on the opposite side of the room to make a mega table.  For the buddy-buddy roommates that are also best friends, bunk beds will go a long way for you.

3) Lofted bed with a futon underneath, other bed on the adjacent wall

This layout works well for South Campus dorms that have permanent, immobile desks.  A television can be placed on the shelves above the desk opposite the futon, and you are set for movie nights to come.

Other layouts I have seen are mattresses on the ground with no bed frame- interesting to say the least, and two beds set up at a traditional height.  To each his own, but I think at least one lofted bed must be in place in order to best utilize the room.

Here is my all-time favorite room layout, courtesy of Alex Jeffs and Matthew Gurkin (2013-2014 Craige residents).

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The Most Important Thing First Years Don’t Find Out Until After their First Year

Hello all, and welcome back for the Spring semester.  Thank you so much for all of the awesome feedback for potential reslife blog topics!  I will address as many requests as I can, however I am starting with this one for a reason.  Hopefully First Years (and everyone else) enjoy what I believe is the best advice I could give to students early in their Carolina career.  Please feel free to comment all the cool things I don’t mention (there will be lots since, you know, UNC is such an incredible place.)

Avoid your room like the plague (during the day).

I considered making a buzzfeed-type list for this post, but then I realized how much elaboration this advice requires.  It took me until my second semester to figure it out, but staying in your room during the hours you are awake will seriously deprive you of the awesome opportunities UNC has to offer.  Think about it.  When you are not in your room, you are most likely doing one of the following extremely self-benefiting activities: going to class, studying in the library, participating in some form of student organization, playing a sport, meeting new people, discovering new places on campus or in Chapel Hill, etc, etc.  Have you ever heard someone say they met their spouse by staying in his/her room all day? Do you think binge watching Netflix will make for a good story when your kids ask about your favorite memories at UNC?  Get out of your beds and explore, people, I promise you a great return for semesters to come if you invest in the paradise that is Carolina.  It doesn’t matter what you do, but just go out and do it.  You’ll be glad you did.

Alright I couldn’t help it, but you’ve also definitely got to start using UNC Class Checker.  Simply add the closed classes that you are interested in, and UNC Class Checker will text you the moment they open, so you can get a head start on enrolling in them before everyone else.  No, I did not make this website- it really is my honest advice.

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