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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Cupcakes make it worthwhile

Claiming your Housing experience as your own


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Jess and me beside our rescued cupcake

With one motion, a passerby tore it off the wall and crumpled it in his hand. “No!” Jess and I cried, rushing to retrieve the three-foot-wide paper cupcake which once adorned our hallway. Lovingly constructed by our RA, the cheerful poster advertised a cupcake-decorating party held several days before. Though Jess and I had just met a few days ago, we already agreed on one thing: that paper cupcake wasn’t going anywhere.


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The best of both worlds

Myth-busting the idea that one cannot be Greek and live on campus

I want to address some hesitations and myths about being Greek and also living on campus. I rushed first semester of my first-year, so I have been Greek for essentially all my time at Carolina. I have also lived on campus during all my time at Carolina. It is totally possible to do both and I have found that I get the best of two communities by doing so.

Myth #1: If I live on campus, I will never spend any time at my house.

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Some Sigmas enjoy a meal at the house.

This can be as true or false as you want it to be. I lived in Hinton James last year, which is about as far away from my sorority house as you can be while still being on campus, and I still spent plenty of time at Sigma. My meal plan is through Sigma, so for lunch every day I would eat at the house. It’s much closer to my classes than HJ, and I loved the food and being able to talk with my friends every day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when I had a longer lunch break, I would eat and then go to our study area in the house. To me, this would take the same amount of time as eating in a dining hall and then going to a library to study.

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Top 10 random things to do with your roommate

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My roommate and me (right)

Your relationship with your roommate can make or break your college experience

Now roommates don’t have to be best friends, but getting along and being able to somewhat understand each other is crucial. Here are some fun things you and your roommate can do together whether you have known each other forever or are trying to break the ice.

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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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The hardest work you’ll ever love

An inside look at life as a Resident Advisor

Lindsay Pope, an RA
Lindsay Pope, RA in Aycock

Being an RA is more than a job, and it’s more than a lifestyle. It’s going to sleep, waking up, eating, studying, socializing, working, loving—then repeating—all in your “workplace.”  There is no such thing as off-duty. Your residents depend on you to have the answers and to set the living standards of your hall. It’s a position that demands responsibility and a good plan of action.

When I first got back to campus for training, I had no clue what being an RA would mean. I didn’t know how to plan a program or how to handle all the ridiculous situations I envisioned happening.  To be honest, I was even concerned about how I was going to learn everyone’s name.

But in training, Housing gives you the tools to handle just about anything you could imagine. From how to use positive body language, to the proper way to respond to a shooter on campus, and even how to deal with vomit (which we don’t do, because it’s “above our pay grade.” Love that one.) Housing gave us all the tools we would need to make a safe and happy community. Putting those tools to practice, however, was a much more challenging game, one that I expect I’ll still be learning the rules for long after I graduate.

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Where’s my superhero cape?

The challenges and rewards of life as a Resident Advisor


Connor Brady, OCLQ RA
Connor Brady, RA in Graham

Overwhelming. tiring. stressful. busy. FUN. AMAZING. WONDERFUL. OUTSTANDING. All of the preceding and so many more words describe the RA position on campus. As much as I’d like not to include the first few, they are a part of the job as much as they are a part of life.

Nowhere in your RA contract do you stop being a human being—and, no, your superhero cape and uniform probably won’t show up anytime soon. Being an RA can teach you so much about other people—and even more about yourself and your capabilities.

We can tell you the basics all day long of what the job entails: door decorations, bulletin boards (yes, even those of you, like me, who question your own creativity), duty, rounds, programming—the general idea of the job is something that is so easily advertised.

What we can’t tell you is what residents or experiences you’ll run into. Your hall will become like a family. When someone is in distress, the natural thing you want to do is help them. When someone is singing loudly in the lounge, you’ll want to first remind them of quiet hours, then join along.

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Carolina snow day

 My Most Treasured Carolina Memory

Carroll Hall in the snow
Carroll Hall in the snow

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.

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Why live on campus? An inside look

The Resident Advisor Perspective of On-Campus Living

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Irene is an RA in Ram Village


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

Year: Senior

Major: Anthropology and Global Studies double major

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Housing Status:  On-campus, Taylor Hall aka Ram Village 4.





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