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Winner winner chicken dinner

Final results for #besthallever photo contest announced

Winners of the Best Hall Ever photo contest
Photo contest winners pick up their prize at SASB.

The scoreboard is complete, and let it be known—this was no wimpy contest. Contestants rallied their halls and collected hundreds of votes to earn these ranks among sixteen entries:

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This November, sixteen groups of residents from all over UNC showed off their community pride. From group costumes to hurricane survivors, their photos told the story of why Carolina students believe they have the best hall ever.

Residents from the second floor of Everett pose together
Residents of Everett 2nd Floor pose in honor of their hall's long history.

For residents of the second floor of Everett, community pride is all about history—and a 48-year-old inside joke.

“The ROGAH tradition was started in 1963 by a few guys in what was then an all-male hall, Everett,” says resident Scott Hiers. “We found out about it through various entries in the Yackety Yack (our school’s yearbook). When we saw the camaraderie and brotherhood of older times, we knew we wanted to bring the tradition back.” Although they eventually discovered the meaning of the acronym ROGAH through contacting “the original Rogahman, Sam Shapiro,” they are determined to guard the secret of its meaning.

This shared secret has created a strong bond among Everett’s second-floor residents. “We have developed a sort of group identity based off ROGAH,” says Scott. “The different issues of the Yackety Yack make it quite clear that ROGAH was at one time pretty risqué. It was a way of life that one might expect from college men years ago, complete with cat-calling female passersby and having an ever-fluctuating BAC. However, over time the tradition evolved to embody competitiveness, spontaneity, and community. The people on our hall have chosen to bring back the latter more so than the former, but we still get a good laugh when we hear stories of Everett’s more crazy past.”  Continue reading #besthallever

Is the grass greener?

Open house provides a glimpse into the rooms available on north campus


Interior view of Cobb dorm room
Interior view of a room in Cobb Hall

According to a survey by the UNC Housing Department many students requested to see the rooms in north campus residence halls.  In response, Housing set up an open house in Cobb and Old East  to give curious students an opportunity to see what these halls look like and get a feel for the atmosphere.  I attended the open house in both halls to catch up with students who are considering moving north and to find out all of the things that north campus has to offer.

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Deck the halls

How Sub-Free LLC is getting into the holiday spirit

by Katie Jansen, guest blogger

photo of Katie and Kathleen at their door
My roommate, Kathleen, and I introducing our snazzy snowman to the halls of Joyner.

The whispers began in the bathroom on a Sunday evening. The events for the upcoming week had been posted, as always, on all the mirrors, and at the end of this week’s list was something new. Something creative. Something exciting. Something that generated whispers among all the girls on our hall.

It was a two-week-long door decorating contest put on by the Substance-Free Living-Learning Community, and anything in the spirit of fall, winter, and the holidays was up for grabs. The plotting began; who isn’t up for a little healthy competitive holiday cheer? My roommate, Kathleen, and I laid awake late into the night, dreaming up a scheme that would win this year’s prize for best decorated door. Continue reading Deck the halls

In it to win it

Connor Community breaks 2,000 points in Green Games


Two Connor Community RAs
Jessica and Devika, Connor Community RAs, show "GG" for "Green Games."


In this year’s campus-wide Green Games competition, Connor Community hopes to score an environmental victory for both itself and the entire UNC-Chapel Hill campus. With over 2,000 points, Connor Community currently holds first place.

The Green Games program, a competition for sustainability in UNC-CH’s on-campus residential communities, began in 1994. Offering both bragging rights and an opportunity to impact the environment, Green Games attracts more participation every year. To play, communities host service-oriented and educational programs to earn points toward a victory.


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Carolina green

UNC celebrates Campus Sustainability Day and America Recycles Day

A sign outside the Student Union advertises the Sustainability Fair
UNC shows off its sustainability efforts.

Couldn’t make it to the sustainability fair on November 15? Want a crash course in green innovations at Carolina? Scroll through the photos and links below for a new appreciation of UNC’s efforts to protect and preserve the environment.





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New Blogger Alert!

Attention UNC, we have some new bloggers on the scene! Meet Simone, Megan, and Brittany, UNC Housing’s newest public relations interns for the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 school year.

These three students will be bringing you the ins and outs of UNC residence life. They will be arming you with useful knowledge, providing ideas for fun new things to do on campus, and answering your questions about all things Housing.

Each of these ladies brings a unique perspective that will make for an exciting year of reports on residence life. Get to know them here.

Simone Suber

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Simone Suber

Hometown: Charlotte, NC (by way of Queens, NY!)

Year: Junior

Major: Global Studies; Art History minor

Current Residence: Taylor Hall; formerly Ram Village 4

Campus Involvement: UNC HOPE, Carolina Style on STV, CUAB – Art Committee


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Megan Carroll

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Megan Carroll

Hometown: Cary, NC

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications–Public Relations; Spanish minor; Sexuality Studies minor

Current Residence Hall: McIver! (Kenan Community is the best!)

Campus Involvement: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, WELL Living Learning Community, Relay for Life Planning Committee, Blue & White Magazine


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Brittany Darst

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Brittany Darst

Hometown: Apex, North Carolina

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications–Public Relations/Chinese

Current Residence: Aycock

Campus Involvement: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and The Carolina Swing Club


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Homecoming Pink Up

Kenan residents paint blue – and pink – for WFU game

Kenan Community hosts breast cancer awareness event and tailgate to bring residents together on game day.

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Three students prepare for the Homecoming game by painting up to promote breast cancer awareness while sporting their Tar Heel pride.

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