Seventy percent chance of snow in Chapel Hill?! Immediately, I closed my laptop, buttoned my coat, and pattered down the marble steps of Wilson Library. No snowflakes yet, but my friend and I were going Christmas shopping, and the air was sharply fragrant with anticipation.
By the time we reached Franklin Street, magical bits of heaven were swirling down from the gray sky and I felt giddy as a child. Following signs down a winding path behind the storefronts to a place called “Back Door CDs,” we discovered a tiny shop the size of half my room in Hinton James. Stacks upon stacks of old classic CDs and records and DVDs and posters and 45s crammed every inch of space.
“How long has this place been here?” I asked the shopkeeper who looked as old and “used” as the CDs which crowded him to the ears. “Twenty-plus years,” he replied, running my debit card through an ancient machine. Smiling at the obvious fact that he had been there all twenty years, I asked, “Should I get the digitally remastered version of Days of Future Passed or the original?” “Well,” he replied seriously, “if you care about sound, I would definitely spend the extra dollar.” And I did.
The Resident Advisor Perspective of On-Campus Living
In addition to being a resident of the wonderful Taylor Hall, Irene is also the Resident Advisor for the first and second floors. I caught up with Irene this week to find out more about her experiences and what makes living on campus so great.
Name: Irene Neequaye
Major: Anthropology and Global Studies double major
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Housing Status: On-campus, Taylor Hall aka Ram Village 4.
I hope you’re enjoying the remainder of your summer, soaking in the rays wherever that may be! And I hope for your sake it isn’t as hot as it is in Chapel Hill right now. Being from Boston I’m not used to these 100+ degree days, so the air-conditioning has become my best friend.
I wanted to take some time to let y’all (I’m working on my Southern accent) know about a great new tool that UNC will be using this year to help you find student organizations to join, and to make it a little easier to keep up with the messages from the groups you already participate in. It’s the website studentlife.unc.edu.
If you happen to be the first one of your siblings to leave for college, your family is probably going to have a bit of a hard time letting go. How will they remedy this? Maybe by sending you care packages to remind you that you are supposed to miss them a lot more and that you haven’t called in the last month. Well, maybe not that much of a guilt trip, but just to say that they love you!
Perhaps you are going to buy your books online and you haven’t bought them yet for class by the time that you get to campus in the fall, and you have to ship your books to campus. Where are they going to go? You need to get them – you can’t get through your classes without your textbook no matter what you think.
Living-Learning Community Highlights from 2010-2011
Curious what kinds of things residents in Living-Learning Communities do? Here are the year-end highlights for each LLC, as told by each group’s Student Coordinator:
Men at Carolina
Men at Carolina has spent the spring semester going out into the UNC community and talking about issues of masculinity and gender. In February, we hosted discussions in several communities about pornography. In March, we participated in a panel on gendered language. In April, we gave a presentation on masculinity in the LGBTQ community at the Southeast Regional Unity Conference and co-hosted the Speak Out! Against Interpersonal Violence where several M@C members read testimonials in the Pit.
WELL In January of this semester, WELL had it’s Spring Refresher Retreat! As part of the retreat, made personal flags for ourselves, drawing pictures or symbols to represent things that matter to us or that we believe represent our-selves. We shared these in groups to see what was similar, what was different, and also to gain some insight into each others’ personalities in ways we may not have before. These flags were later combined into one larger flag that was displayed in our hallway through Spring Break!
According to its own description, “ResNET (Residential Networking, Education & Technology) is part of User Support & Engagement, a division of ITS. ResNET is an ITS service that’s funded by Housing for all on-campus residents. ResNET works closely with the Department of Housing & Residential Education as well as ITS, to ensure that the needs of all on-campus residents are met. ResNET employs three full-time staff members who are part of the management team and 50 student employees (RCCs) who make up some of the best and brightest students within UNC. Part of the uniqueness of the UNC ResNET program is how they do business – the students live and work solely in the UNC residence halls.”
Hi, my name is Savannah Helvey and I am a rising sophomore at UNC. I am an English major from Burlington, North Carolina and I’m excited you’ve chosen to become (or you are thinking of becoming) a first-year at UNC next year! If you enjoy being with people that are intelligent, enthusiastic, and caring, then the people at UNC are going to be your kind of people.
A year ago at this time I was in your shoes, and maybe even a little more discombobulated than you are. I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, what organizations I wanted to join, or even how to navigate around campus (because I hadn’t moved in yet, of course). It was a time of major transition for me, as well as many of my classmates who were going to UNC with me. Unlike many of them, however, I decided to join a Living-Learning Community called RELIC (Religion as Explorative Learning Integrated into our Community) for my first year of college.
I was interested in the idea of learning about religion, certainly, but another major incentive was a room on the northern part of campus, near all of the classroom buildings. As my school year continued, however, I appreciated more and more the community that I had stumbled upon and was selected to be the RELIC Student Coordinator for the 2010-2011 school year. I never thought I would have this opportunity as a sophomore, but I’m excited and ready to take on the challenge.