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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10 months, 10 ways to get involved

A month-by-month montage of why residence life is rad

by Katie Jansen, guest blogger

Ever wondered what a year living in a residence hall at Carolina is like? There’s something special about each and every one of the ten months you’re living at Carolina, and the fun you’ll have makes a year at Carolina pass by so quickly!

AUGUST: EXTREME ROOM MAKEOVER 

My lyric poster is one of my favorite decorations in my room.

Move-in day is always really exciting. You’re getting your keys, checking out your new digs, meeting (or reuniting with) your roommate, and moving in boxes upon boxes of important stuff while pouring gallons upon gallons of sweat. Then you’re deciding who gets which bed, whether you want to bunk or loft or leave the beds down, and how you want to arrange your room (the possibilities are nearly endless!) Eventually comes the decorating (my favorite part!) Make sure to bring lots of photos, posters, decor—anything to make your room feel like the home it’s going to be. Some cute ideas I’ve seen:

~stringing photos along a clothesline and taping it to the wall (make sure you don’t use tape that will peel the paint off!)
~making a collage of photos all over the wall (layering and crossing the photos as different angles looks best!)
~putting up cool posters, or making your own! (I made one using a collage of my favorite song lyrics.)
~using cool light fixtures (Just make sure they’re Housing approved! My roommate and I have paper lanterns strung along both sides of our room.)

After this flurry of activity, your room is home sweet home. Then there’s going down the hall or around the suite to meet your neighbors, and usually your RA tries to swing by to say hi, too. It’s a really fun day that’s a great way to kick off a year at Carolina! Continue reading 10 months, 10 ways to get involved

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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Camping out can be super

A record number of students–and tents–turned out for Suite Selection

Students camped out for 5 days to insure their spots in Super Suites

Over 900 students turned out for this year’s Suite Selection event.  Some students even began camping out on Wednesday night for 6 nights for the coveted Super Suites.  Of the four groups who began then, all made it until Tuesday morning, sometimes camping in the rain, but they got the suites they wanted.

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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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Top 10 Tips to Rise and Shine

Making the best of your mornings

Frodo
This guy knows all about waking up early.

Sometimes, like Frodo, all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

Unfortunately, that time is often 8 a.m.

For many college students, waking up in the morning is unpleasant. For me, it’s almost painful. However, after experiencing my first 8 a.m. classes this semester, I have found ways to ease the pain.  Whether you wake up at noon or the crack of dawn, check out these ten tips for making the best of your mornings.

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You won the (Housing) lottery!

At the DTH Housing fair, students entered their names for early housing picks

Megan, marketing intern, draws the names of the lottery winners

12 winners, along with Kayla from the CRIBS Photo Contest, will be the first students to pick their housing in the Housing Selection Process for school next year.

The winners were randomly drawn from 392 entries, and they have been notified by email. They will choose their housing once current residents decide whether they want to reclaim their same room or apartment.

You can enter this contest every year at the DTH Housing Fair! Make sure you attend next February to enter the lottery and learn more about your living options.

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Who had the best transformation of their room?

Housing paired with the Daily Tar Heel to host a CRIBS contest for the third year

Students were able to submit pictures of their rooms, both on and off-campus, into two different categories. The first was for a first-pick in the Housing Selection Process; the second was for a $150 gift card to Johnny T-Shirt. The winners were selected by a team of Housing Marketing staff and members of the DTH advertising staff and was based on which room had the best transformation.

Kayla's room in Horton won her the first-pick in Housing selection.

 

Judges thought that Kayla Goforth’s room was the best transformation. She, along with 12 other winners from the “Early Housing Picks” drawing at the DTH Housing Fair, will be able to choose their on-campus rooms for next year before the selection process opens up for other students.

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Butterbeer and first years

Kenan Community shows residents ways to leave their HEELprint

Over 70 residents came together for delicious butterbeer (yes, like in Harry Potter!), cookies, fudge and ways to learn about how to get more involved on campus. The event was set up in a FallFest fashion, where residents could sign up for list serves and ask questions about the organizations.

Student and mug
Andrea Pino, community Governor, enjoys her mug of Butterbeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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