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First Year Friday Recap: Tournament of Champions

As I walked into Rams Head Recreation Center last Friday, I was taken aback at the sheer volume of people on hand for the Tournament of Champions.  While there were eight and twelve teams of three for the volleyball and basketball tournaments, respectively, scores of students that weren’t competing came out to TOC.  Perhaps it was the advertised free Insomnia Cookies, but Rams Head was probably as full as I’ll ever see it on a Friday night.  A live DJ and continuous trivia provided additional entertainment for those who required it, although I was not one of them.  I am still not sure how it is possible that all of the kids in the basketball tournament were freshmen- some of them were huge!  I did not expect to witness some of the teams dunking on consecutive possessions.  Maybe Roy was able to get some new recruits last summer that I didn’t know about.  Stephen Hansen, a junior resident advisor in Hinton James, caught up with me during a break in the competition.

“I’m happy Hinton James’ First Year Friday is the Tournament of Champions,” said Hansen, “I think its definitely one of the cooler events because of all the stuff going on at the same time. This year’s tournament is a bit more exciting for me as well because I’ve placed a few bets with other RA’s on whose residents will win.”

Unfortunately for Stephen, neither the basketball winner “336 Mafia” or the volleyball winner “A Couple of Guys and a Couple of Gals” hails from his floor, however he was still able to score a couple of Insomnia Cookies and a sweet pair of plastic shades.

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DTH Housing Fair Winners Announced!

Ah, a snow day. Fluffy white flakes swirling in the crisp air, hot chocolate by the fire radiator… And you, finishing your 2014-2015 Housing Application! That’s right, it’s due tomorrow, February 13, at noon and now that you don’t have class before 11 am, you’ve got no excuse. Head over to myhousing.unc.edu to apply!

Now that the important stuff is out of the way, let’s talk about free t-shirts and donuts. By that, I mean the annual Daily Tar Heel Housing Fair on February 5. As always, the fair was a huge success, with thousands of students stopping by throughout the day. We’d like to congratulate the winners of the drawing at our booth, Ashley Beauchamp, Rachel Lerner, and Gabrielle McHarg. On the topic of contests, our Housing Q&A winners are Srihita Bongu for the best question and Amber Weber for the best answer, and Tyra Pearson was the winner of the Daily Tar Heel Twitter Photo Contest. Our Facebook photo contest winners have also been announced: Continue reading DTH Housing Fair Winners Announced!

RHA Summer II Events – Photo Essay

RHA stands for the Residence Hall Association of UNC Chapel Hill. RHA is a student group which represents the interests of every student living on campus, and works to improve the quality of residence life. During the year RHA throws tons of great programs and events for residents, and the summer is no different! Check out what RHA has been up to during Summer Session II in the photos below.

Event 1 -Summer S’mores

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RHA Summer I Events – Photo Essay

RHA stands for the Residence Hall Association of UNC Chapel Hill. RHA is a student group which represents the interests of every student living on campus, and works to improve the quality of residence life. During the year RHA throws tons of great programs and events for residents, and the summer is no different! Check out what RHA has been up to during Summer Session I in the photos below.

Event 1 -Ben & Jerry’s

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Top 10 Move-Out Reminders

During Finals Week, it’s easy to forget those last few things on your to-do list.

1. Take a Study Break – Make these last few days on campus before the semester ends worth it.

If your summer is going to be anything like mine, your days are limited until work, internships, summer school, awkward reunions with hometown friends and cheesy family vacations take over your life. While you’re still here, take some time to hang out in the arboretum on a sunny afternoon, play frisbee in Polk Place or have a night out with friends. With all the stress of exams, it’s hard to remember that it will be a solid three and a half months before most of us get to come back to the Hill.

Here are some events happening around campus to help you prepare for your exams:

PASS Exam Fair
Stop by the P.A.S.S. Exam Fair for snacks, crafts, scantrons, blue books and much more!
  • Finals Boot Camp, April 24-May 3 in SASB North. Stop by the Learning Center for snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops.
  • P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Union Great Hall. This event includes massages, craft stations, gaming stations, blue books, scantrons, make-your-own trail mix bar, pizza, Med Deli and much more! Sponsored by Student Wellness and Housing and Residential Education.
  • Reading Day Stress Relief with Campus Rec, Monday, April 29 in the SRC. Zumba: 4-5 p.m., Cardio Blast: 5:15-6 p.m., Muscle Cut: 6:15-7 p.m., Bliss Down Yoga: 7:15-8:15 p.m.

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Admitted Student Receptions

Were you just admitted to UNC?

Do you have questions about Housing or UNC in general? Housing staff will be traveling to area cities for the Admitted Student Receptions:

  • Wilmington – April 10 at 7 p.m., Hilton Wilmington Riverside
  • Fayetteville – April 11 at 7 p.m., Hilton Doubletree
  • Charlotte – April 15 at 7 p.m., Hilton Charlotte University Place
  • Greenville – April 16 at 7 p.m., Hilton Greenville
  • Triangle – April 17 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP
  • Triad – April 18 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons

There will be a program at the reception where current students and professors will speak about their experiences at Carolina.  After the program, there will be a Q&A session with many campus organizations. You can also meet fellow students who live in your area who are also attending Carolina. Maybe you’ll find your roommate or future best friend.

Location, Location, Location

Where to find the perfect study spot during exam week

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My favorite place to study on campus is the Sloane Art Library, located in Hanes Art Center. It’s quiet, and the second floor has large study carrels.

While it’s still hard to believe that it’s already LDOC, it’s time to finally face reality – exam week is here.

At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, finding the right place to study can be the difference between passing an exam or not. When you’re in a good environment, you’re more likely to stay focused and productive.

Here are just a few of the best options on campus, as well as some information about various events happening this week to help you succeed. Good luck, everyone! Continue reading Location, Location, Location

A Happy Heeloween

My first Tar Heel Halloween experience

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My friends and I (left) dressed as our favorite beverages in Morrison residence hall before venturing to Franklin Street on Halloween.

Halloween on Franklin Street: I’ve heard about the legendary event for years, but never knew exactly what it consisted of. As first years, my friends and I were eager to participate in the Carolina tradition, and we now know what a successful Heeloween is made of.

Costumes. There was talk of Halloween costumes months in advance. It’s tricky to come up with a costume that’s original, easily identifiable and not too complicated or expensive to make. After months of debate and a rainy, cold trip to Target, a few of my friends and I decided to go as our favorite beverages. I dressed as a coffee cup, my roommate was a juice box, and two of our other friends went as a Mountain Dew and a YooHoo. We made our costumes using poster-board, Sharpies and string.

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Passing the Leadership Torch

UNC students attend conference to improve residence life

By Kinsey Richardson, UNC-RHA National Communications Coordinator

Delegates from UNC RHA and LOUIE the Lion dress up for the opening ceremonies.

“R-O-C-K! You rock! You rock!” College students from all across the nation and other countries as well could be heard screaming this cheer at the top of their lungs. Along with several other UNC students,   I attended the annual NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) as part of my role in UNC’s Residence Hall Association (RHA). We congregated together for one reason: to improve residence halls (not dorms) in colleges and universities.

Hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the 2012 NACURH conference paid tribute to the upcoming summer Olympic Games with a theme of “passing the leadership torch.” As members of Residence Hall Associations (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), we were encouraged and challenged to be leaders and create innovative and effective programs that would benefit the residents at our respective schools. Presentations about different cultures, sex education, leadership, GLBTSA issues and much more were given during the conference. Though NACURH serves to provide informative programs that students can bring back to their campuses, the conference is not designed to be dull lectures and socials…

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