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Holi Moli!

Hindu festival of colors is a Carolina tradition

Carolina, spring has sprung.  What better way to celebrate the change of season than by throwing paint at your fellow Tar Heels?

Every March, Hindus and Sikhs mark the arrival of spring with a huge celebration called Holi Moli.  Traditionally celebrated in North India, Holi draws large crowds of people who throw water and colored powder on each other.  This festival has been going on for centuries and cultivates a spirited good time across all castes, classes, ages, and genders. Holi Moli is about channeling the energy and life of the new season.

You can do it too!  Here at Carolina, you simply sign up, receive your packets of colored powder, and show up on the day of the festival decked out in white, ready for some fun.  Join your fellow schoolmates in running around the quad streaked in multiple dyes.  Holi Moli is sure to be a liberating experience that you must try at least once during your years at UNC.

Photos by Brittany Darst

 

 

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Going pro in the kitchen

Learn healthy recipes that you can make in your residence hall

Students watch as Chef Paul cooks.
Learning from a master chef.

Have you been to any community events sponsored by Carolina Dining Services? Earlier in the semester, Cobb community had one with Chef Paul Calice, Executive Chef of Carolina Dining Services. I went to this event and learned how to make cake in a cup!  While eating out is nice, there are many ways to make a hearty meal right in your residence hall.

About 20 excited students and RAs filed into the small meeting room in Lenoir next to Jamba Juice and soon the real fun began.  Chef Paul informed us that eating healthily does not have to be difficult nor expensive; on the contrary it could be fun, fast, and oh-so cheap.

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The allure behind Old East

Why do so many students want to live in the campus’ oldest building?

This sign commemorates the laying of the first brick.

The first brick of Old East was laid on October 12, 1793, and the construction of UNC had officially begun.  To this day, October 12 is still celebrated as University Day.

Centuries later, students still love to live in the historic building, because it is in the middle of everything.  Seeing the Old Well out the window every day also can’t be beat.

Many students will never even see the inside of the building that holds so much mystery and fascination.  Luckily, I have a friend, Ryann, who is fortunate enough to live there, and she gave me the inside scoop one day.

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Pianos 101

UNC residence halls’ piano report card

"All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." - Bach

Musically inclined Carolina students enjoy a plethora of opportunities – bands, ensembles, orchestras, and fantastic minor & major programs. Some days, though, all you want is to roll downstairs in your pajamas and play “Chopsticks” for twenty minutes straight. Whether you’re a prodigy or beginner, check out the musical resources in your residential community – and the helpful list below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The return to McIver

UNC alumna visits her old residence hall

Krisie Bassinger visited UNC to see her niece Lauren, who is also my roommate. Lauren currently lives in McIver, where Krisie lived during her first two years at Carolina.

Krisie and her roommate, Stephanie, in their McIver room.

“It is good to be back, but so much has changed,” Krisie said.

The building was renovated in 2004. The changes included adding an elevator and centralized AC and removing sinks from the rooms. Another major change is that the entire Kenan Community used to be all female, but now Kenan Hall is the only all-female residence hall in the community.

Another thing that has changed is the way first-years are assigned housing.  When Krisie applied, students listed their top three choices, and then the University picked a random 4 digit number based on students’ Social Security number to start the assignments.  The student with that number got the first pick and then the process went from there.

 

 

 

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A day in the life

A typical day in a residence hall at UNC

by Katie Jansen, guest blogger

When I was an incoming first year, I spent a lot of time researching, trying to find answers to my questions. While the Housing website was great and showed pictures and floor plans of the residence halls, I wanted to know what it would feel like to actually live on campus. What would life be like when I wasn’t living at home anymore? I decided to share my experiences in hopes that an incoming first-year could have some of his or her questions answered.

MORNING

Me hitting the books during the afternoon.

It’s 6:30 a.m. in Joyner on a dreaded Tuesday and I’m groping for my insistent alarm clock in the dark. After freshman year, I promised myself I wouldn’t take any more 8 a.m.s, but it was a promise my schedule wouldn’t let me keep. I roll out of my bed (last year I had it lofted, but soon found out my coordination isn’t always up to par when I’m still groggy) and find my shower caddy. My roommate, Kathleen, is still asleep, so I tiptoe out into the blinding light of the hallway and shut the door quietly behind me.

The bathroom, which I remember worrying about before I came into college, is now the most normal thing in the world to me. I don’t even notice the shower shoes on my feet, and I actually find it feels strange to shower barefoot when I visit home. Sharing a bathroom isn’t a problem; there are two bathrooms on my hall, which adds up to four toilets and eight showers. I shower, brush my teeth, and head back to my room.

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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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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

You get a Kindle and you get a Kindle!

Two students won Kindle Fires for filling out the Housing survey

Photo of two students
Winner Zach Mayo receives his Kindle Fire.

Housing  sent out a survey in November to students via email asking them about their housing experience and their opinion about potential changes for 2012-2013.  Students who filled out the survey were entered into a drawing with the chance to win one of 2 Kindle Fires or 5 Kindle Touches.  The two grand prize winners are featured below.

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