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COGO or No Go?

Joining COGO will not only help you succeed in college, but in the real world too.

What is COGO? COGO, an affectionate name for community government, is the child of the parent organization, Residence Hall Association. Every residential community on campus has one and it’s tasked with building and bringing together the community, coordinating fun events for the students, and enhancing our existing amenities. After the Governor is elected at the beginning of the year, they choose the rest of the team, and they get started!

A few months back, we interviewed a member of community government turned college graduate on how his participation in COGO helped him in his job at Oracle in Austin, TX. You can find that interview here: http://reslife.web.unc.edu/2017/02/28/why-you-should-join-community-government/

This time, I’ll give you my personal account on how being the marketing manager for my COGO has impacted my life and what you should consider before diving in headfirst!

Why did you first join co-go?

In case you hadn’t noticed, UNC is ginormous. We have more than 29,000 undergraduate students and we’re somehow supposed to find friends? Being a part of a smaller community was important to me and I thought COGO would be a good way to meet people and actually make an impact on our huge campus. Also, let’s be honest, as First-Years, we don’t really get that many leadership opportunities thrown at us even though we need them. I felt COGO was a good way to get started.

How has COGO helped your college career so far?

Being the marketing manager for my COGO has really made an impact not only on my resume, but on my soft skills as well. This is almost a full time job (except we don’t get paid :/ ) and that leaves you with so much experience. As someone who is pursuing marketing, I really learned a lot more about branding, advertising, and social media. Beyond that, I learned what it meant to be part of a team. We had our failures and successes and we learned how to handle it all and handle it together. These are skills that I will definitely need in the future. All of my experience has helped me get internships and other leadership positions on campus. Employers like school involvement! Shocker!

What were some things you did?

As Marketing Manager, I really controlled the advertising part of our COGO. If there was an event, I decided how to market it. This involved designing flyers, designing logos, posting on social media, and managing all of our free stuff (you know, the important stuff!). If you got a T-Shirt from Craige last year, that was created by me in conjunction with some other team-members.

Favorite Cogo Memory?

I loved planning all our events with my team members but my favorite memory was our end of the year dinner. It took us a whole semester to get comfortable with each other so when we were finally able to sit down and talk about stuff other than COGO, it was amazing. We have so many different personalities but we all got along great. I loved my COGO family and if you join a COGO you’ll love yours.

What are some things you wish you knew before you started?

Something that’s important to know about COGO is that it can easily feel like a “thankless job.” It’s those days when they thank the RAs for what WE do (we are not associated with the RAs in any way shape or form), when people ask “what’s COGO?”, and when people just come down to grab the food and skip the actual event. It’s days like those where you wonder why you even do it. Yet, you’re still feeding someone, they’re still grateful for it, even if they don’t say it. You still plan awesome events, and people do enjoy them. Maybe we’ve saved them from one hour of boredom. That’s good enough for me, fam. Most days. 😛

Best part of Cogo?

Hands down, it’s the people you’ll meet. I loved my team members, I loved my CD, I loved the residents I met (especially those who thanked me), I loved the other members of different cogos, I loved our Exec Officers, and I loved the RAs who helped us. COGO members are some of the most selfless and generous people you’ll meet and I am so glad I met them.

Any negatives?

Depending on the position you have, you might have more work than other COGO members. We’re still kids, so sometimes we drop the ball. If you’re the only one keeping the ball up, don’t get angry. It happens!

Advice for people involved in or looking to get involved in cogo?

Meet the governor and apply for as many positions as possible. Even if you don’t feel you have enough experience, there’s a position for you in there somewhere!

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If you have any questions feel free to shoot us a comment below!

 

 

Carolina InstaBucket List: Top 10 Carolina Photo Spots

Do it for the Insta’

Yep, we’re millennials, and we’re not ashamed. So what if we spend a few hours taking some pictures for a few likes? Don’t deny it, we’re all guilty! I know I am! (Shameless plug: Follow me @fania_the_funion :P)

To make it easier for you guys in your Instagram endeavors, I’ve compiled a list of the most photogenic spots on our campus that YOU NEED TO INCLUDE in your dossier before you graduate. We’ll be following our InstaMap, so let’s take a walk, shall we?

1. Dean Dome

Our first stop is the coveted Dean Dome, home to our illustrious basketball team and recent 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. (Duke who? Never heard of ’em.)

Yes, we are the University of National Champions, how may we help you?

Around basketball season, your Insta will  be full of pics of the stadium, people in their favorite jerseys, etc.

Make sure to grab your friends and one up us with some body paint!

Go to a basketball game, and cross this one off your bucket list. If you wanna be more artsy, go when no one is there and do some crazy poses. It’ll look good either way.

Pictures like these are useful as temporary profile pics during Basketball season! Go HEELS!

2. Kenan-Flagler School of Business

Our next spot is just a stair climb away. Though not as popular as some of our other spots, Kenan-Flagler really is a hidden gem.

Little slice of heaven hidden in the trees!

It’s got a beautiful and regal aesthetic. I mean, it is the business school, duh. There are so many different angles you can go with.

Benches are always a great photo spot!
Classy, never trashy 😉

Pro Tip: Check out the flag gallery under the awning. It’ll make you feel like you’re at the U.N. KF also makes a great setting for your LinkedIn photos. Get those connections, homey!

The Flag Gallery

3. SASB Plaza

After a 15 minute walk, we get to our next spot. SASB Plaza is so underrated and it breaks my heart! The brick aesthetic is the ideal! So geometric! So perfect! Plus, all the flowers and trees make this place irresistible . Not only is it nice to lounge in, but it’s also nice to take photos in  Not to mention, bonus, our housing office is like, RIGHT THERE, and that’s always amazing.

This is my favorite angle! You can try out a lot of different ones!

4. Kenan Stadium

A view down the field! Breathtaking!

One of my personal favorites is up next, Kenan Stadium. Everything is in Carolina Blue and oh man is to die for. Kenan Stadium is open until 11:00 p.m so you have plenty of opportunities to cross this off your list.

Gotta love our UNC insignia!

This one is essential for every Tar Heel! I have yet to get one, but I’m excited! Put on some spirit wear and grab some shots with your friends!

You can see the bell tower from this angle! Work it!

5. Bell Tower Amphitheater

This one is nearby and doesn’t really need to have a person in it. This one is a great landscape shot, especially

Gotta love UNC architecture! <3

with the beautiful reflective surface of the Genome Science building right behind it. Pro Tip: Pick a cloudy day for the most beautiful shot!

If you should decide that a person should be in the shot, this looks really pensive!

 

6. Bell Tower

This shot is an obvious one. Your InstaBucket list is incomplete without this one. This is a great choice for graduation pics if you want something iconic.

NC State’s Bell Tower ain’t got nothing on our’s!

Take one in the hedges or feature the pretty teal ceiling from underneath the bell tower.

Beautiful inside and out!

Composition Tip: Act like you’re leaning against it! This is such a creative shot. People will look at you funny, but it’s so worth it!

We got quite a few stares with this one…

7. Wilson Library

For those who want to seem more studious than they are, choose a shot of Wilson Library.

Wilson Library is definitely the most beautiful library on campus.

The columns can make any class clown seem serious.

Wilson is one of the more famous landmarks, so it can be hard to get a shot without other people in it, but it’s worth the wait. If anything, it makes good selfie material!

8. Old Well

If you thought I would forget to include this spot, you were poorly mistaken. This well is our symbol, our trademark, our pride. . . Modeled after the Temple of Love in the Garden of Versailles, this well will be giving you all the feels.

Whether it’s an FDOC “drinking from the water fountain picture” or just a beautiful landscape shot, you can’t go wrong with this one. Beautiful in all seasons, the Old Well is definitely a classic.

Left to Right, Clockwise: Autumn, Winter, Summer, Spring

9. Coker Arboretum

Coker Arboretum, which is on the East side of Cameron Avenue, is one of the most picturesque places on campus.

I like to call this the tunnel of love…just because all the couples take pics underneath!

Home to a variety of native plants, this little piece of Eden is a great place for graduation pics, couple pics, profile pics, or just any kind of photo shoot you can think of.

Benches, flowers, and trees make this a beautiful place to include on your Instagram.

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting there?

10. Forest Theatre

Last, but not least, is the Forest Theatre right in front of Cobb Residence Hall.

Forest Theatre: Summer

Get in touch with your theatric side, because the magnitude of this place is humbling. With rows upon rows of stone bleachers, you’ll feel as if you were transported back into Shakespearean times. After a few pictures here, you can take a walk around Battle Park, which is right next door, and complete your InstaJourney.

Forest Theatre: Fall

Even though I’ve only included ten spots in this journey, there are plenty more Insta worthy shots all over campus. It doesn’t matter where you are in UNC, everything is beautiful and yours for the taking!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and send us all your InstaBucket shots for the chance to be featured on our account! #UNCHousingInstaBucket @unchousing

 

The Coolest Room Ever

It’s time to release your inner HGTV

The dog days of summer can often leave you longing for school to start. You may find yourself thinking about a time when there were things to do and people to do things with. Whenever I find myself in these moods, I like to anticipate the start of the next school year by looking at possible rooms themes for next semester. Weird, I know, but everyone has different ways of coping.

UNC Housing has a Pinterest with a variety of different boards you can look through if you are thinking about turning your room into your own cozy nook. Here are a few of my favorite themes from the Pinterest:

Movie Magic

I like to think of myself as a movie fanatic, so I actually may try this theme next semester. Exchange your tapestry for a screen, and you have yourself a home theater!  Plus, life is so much better when you feel like you’re the protagonist of your own film.

Music 

This theme is for those of you who have to live with background music at all times. Cover the wall with all of your favorite albums and records, and surely you’ll find other people with the same music taste.

Boho Chic

This theme doesn’t take much effort at all. In fact, effortlessness is a part of the look! This theme is pretty simple and thrives on fairy lights, earth tones, and tapestries. With this theme you can finally live out your dreams of being the young vagabond artist you’ve always wanted to be.

Adventure Is Out There!

The use of Washi Tape in this picture is pretty ingenious

I love traveling, so I decorated my room with this theme in mind last year. Whenever I felt stuck inside the “college bubble”, this theme reminded me that there was so much beyond Chapel Hill. I had a huge map posted against my wall, and every day I woke up feeling like I could conquer the world. If you’re thinking of investing in a map, my advice is to find one you can read from your bed. You’ll be surprised by how many countries you can memorize by the end of the year!

Remember not to stress over the “look” of your room come August. Your room is definitely a part of living on campus, but it’s more than the decorations that make the residence experience great.

Don’t Rain on Our Parade!

10 ways to make even the worst days seem dry and fly!

Welcome to Carolina, the place where the skies are always Carolina blue and the sunshine is always shining! For a few minutes.

Let’s be real for a second- the weather down south can be a *bit* temperamental, which means that the outdoor barbecue you were planning could be ruined by a torrential downpour if you aren’t lucky. Nevertheless, the great thing about living on campus is that even when it’s dark, dreary, and wet outside, residence halls are always LIT on the inside! 😉 Know what I’m saying? Here are 10 ideas for you to try out the next time a tropical storm comes hurtling up the coast.

1. Go Outside!

I know y’all think I’m some sort of crazy for suggesting this, but I have seen plenty of people who actually choose to stay outside in the rain. As long as the clouds aren’t wearing their thunderware and lightning belts, it can be fun to just play in the rain, and literally let nature wash your problems away.

2. Food n’ Friends

When it’s raining cats and dogs out and you don’t feel like taking a shower on your way to Rams, have a potluck dinner with your friends. Have everyone chip in whatever food you guys have in the fridge, get together on your floor’s kitchen, and just have a good time cooking and chatting over some homemade food! It could be one of your favorite memories one day.

3. Netflix and Pizza

When it’s thundering outside, cozy on up inside. Grab your suite mates, pitch in for a pizza, and binge watch you some House of Cards. Or the Office. Or Sense 8. All Housing Intern approved. Don’t have Netflix? Did you know that by living on campus you get free access to HBOGo? Well you do now! HOUSE OF THRONES GUYS, go, go, GO!

4. Take a Nap!

Don’t feel like doing anything? This one is easy. Just curl up in bed and catch up on your ZZZZZs. The soft pitter patter of rain on your windows will lull you to sleep.

5. Yoga Time

Rain is zen, and you should be too. Get in touch with nature AND yourself by doing some downward dog. Stressed about an upcoming midterm or final? Pro tip: The bridge pose (https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/bridge-pose) is great for releasing anxiety!

6. Game Night

Residence Halls are equipped with an arsenal of enhancements! I’m talking video games, board games, and rec room games. For example, Craige Residence Hall not only has a pool table, ping pong table, and air hockey table, it it also has an XBOX 360. Use these to your advantage! Go have some fun!

7. Spa Night

Listen, we’re all stressed. We go to one of the best universities in the country! Stress causes wrinkles. Treat yo’ skin by doing some facials. Put those cucumbers on your eyes and get rid of bags! It can be so relaxing. Turn your night in into a spa night!

8. Arts n’ Craft

Sometimes, you just have to paint something. It can be super fun to break out the scissors and glue stuff with your roommates. Plus, your room could always use some more decorating. Peep some ideas on our Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/unchousing/)!

9. Karaoke Night

Go on YouTube, load up your favorite songs, and have a good time belting it out with your friends. Heck, invite people you don’t know! There is no better bonding than badly rapping to Chance the Rapper. Pro Tip: Check if your residence hall has a karaoke machine in storage!

10. Working Out

Okay, this probably isn’t as much fun as a choice as eating pizza, BUT if you have free time, why not make some gains? Do squats, work on the booty, and thank me later. 😉 It’s still better than studying!

 

I could go on and on with fun things to do. Just because the sky is crying, doesn’t mean you have to also! It’s always a good day to be living in Carolina, rain or shine!

5 Campus Support Resources Every Tar Heel Should Know

Hey Carolina Fam,

While we love being here for y’all by making goofs of ourselves, chatting it up when you stop at our table in during orientation, and organizing giveaways to stuff your cribs, we’re also well aware that things aren’t always sunshine and unicorn farts.

Life happens, and sometimes it can get a little tough. So as true family, just know that we are always ready and prepared to get you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Here are five (of the many, many, many) ways we’ve always got your back:

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Meet the Interns: Katelyn Merendino

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Katelyn Merendino

Position: Marketing Intern

Class: Junior

Major: Business Administration

Where I’ve lived on campus: Koury, Cobb

Favorite thing about residence life: It sounds cheesy, but you really do feel like a part of the Carolina community. Being surrounded by friendly people, fun activities, and school spirit every day is awesome. When else are you going to live within walking distance of all your best friends?

My advice for new students: Get involved—but after you explore, choose just 2 or 3 organizations to stick with. It’s easy to get carried away and sign up for 10 different clubs, but committing to the few you really care about is much more enjoyable! You’ll build meaningful relationships on campus and have a better chance of eventually taking on a leadership position.

 

The View from: Manning West (Craige North and Hardin)

Moving on in “The View from” series, we’re stopping at Manning West, the other low-rise community made up of two residence halls: Craige North and Hardin. Why is Manning West the best? Read on to find out!

Welcome to Hardin, one of the residence halls in Manning West.
Welcome to Hardin, one of the residence halls in Manning West.

Statistics

200. Craige North and Hardin house approximately 200 students each.

13. Between Hardin and Craige North, there are around 13 RAs (6-7 per building).

3. Both Craige North and Hardin have 3 staircases, one on either end of the building and one in the middle. No worries, there is also an elevator!

60. Get ready to meet a ton of new people on move-in day! About 60 residents live on each floor of Hardin and Craige North.

Style

Like the Manning East residence halls, Craige North and Hardin offer the ideal combination of suite-style and hall-style!

Each suite has two large bedrooms, and every bedroom on your floor opens onto a single indoor hallway. Meeting new people on your hall is simple—after your move in, your neighbors will be looking for friends to explore Franklin Street or head to a Week of Welcome event with. The two bedrooms are connected by a bathroom with two sinks, a shower, and a toilet. Only four residents share a bathroom (compared to 8 in the high-rises), but you’ll have to maintain it yourself. Pack lots of paper towels and work out a cleaning schedule with your suitemates!

Both Hardin and Craige North have laundry rooms, printers, and plenty of study lounges and meeting spaces. If you’re looking for something to do on a lazy weekend night, head over to the community office on the 1st floor of Craige North, where you can check out board games, movies, and video games.

Mail time! Craige North and Hardin both have mailboxes in their lobbies.
Mail time! Craige North and Hardin both have mailboxes in their lobbies.

History

Two of the newest residence halls on campus, Craige North and Hardin were built in 2002. Craige North honors Burton Craige, who graduated from UNC in 1897 and went on to serve as an attorney, bank director, and a member of the NC General Assembly. Hardin is named after Paul Hardin, the UNC chancellor from 1988 to 1995.

Amenities/Resources to Take Advantage Of

Unlike Craige North, residents only live on the top 3 floors of Hardin. Why? The entire 1st floor is home to the Hardin Hub, an academic advising center! If you’re struggling to decide on a major, need to drop a class, or want advice on which courses to take next semester, make an appointment or head to drop-in hours to talk with an advisor in the comfort of your own community.

Craige North and Hardin are adjacent to SASB Plaza (pronounced SAZ-bee), which stands for Student and Academic Services Buildings. Need to finish your BIO 101 lab report but not feeling the long walk to the library? SASB South offers a quiet study space with whiteboards and comfy chairs. Or, if you just feel like procrastinating on that lab report (the more likely scenario), the outdoor brick patio with umbrella-covered tables is the perfect spot to relax on a warm day. You also won’t want to miss Manning Block Party, a joint event between Manning East and West in the middle of the Plaza. Held in October or November, this annual program features a cappella performances, free catered food, bingo, prizes, and a chance to hang out with other first-years!

The fourth floor of Hardin offers a nice view of South Campus!
The fourth floor of Hardin offers a nice view of South Campus!

Funniest Moment

On South Campus, the first big snowfall of the year brings hundreds of residents out for a night of sledding and forgetting about schoolwork. My friend shared this story: “Last February, class was canceled by 7pm one Tuesday, and the forecast called for snow all night. This was the first giant snow of the year, and everyone was in disbelief. What was truly surprising was walking outside at 9pm and watching a crew of people exiting Craige North with a mattress. A mattress anywhere outside of a bedroom is always a strange sight, but especially in the snow. I was initially worried that they were going to be used as shields in a snowball fight, but I realized I had the wrong idea after I watched people launch themselves down Bowles Drive on top of their beds. A running start meant you could fit 4 to 5 people on the mattress sled, and the scene was full of people trying this—hundreds from each residence hall on South Campus, sledding down the hill (or getting in the way), all laughing, taking pictures, and just enjoying themselves. My friend in Craige North slept on a futon that night and said his mattress took two days to dry out—but it was completely worth it!”

Closest Bus Stop

Located right next to Hardin, the Public Safety bus stop is the most popular among Manning West residents.

Comparison with other first-year halls

-Hardin is the only all-female residence hall on South Campus.

-Craige North is home to the Spanish House, a Residential Learning Program (RLP). Members of the Spanish House practice their language skills, participate in service projects, and attend social events relating to the Hispanic culture.

-Of the first-year halls on South Campus, Hardin and Craige North residents have the shortest walk to classes on North Campus.

The View from: Manning East (Koury and Horton)

Next up in “The View from” series is Manning East, a community made up of two residence halls: Koury and Horton. Read on to learn what being a “Manning East Beast” is all about!

Horton, one of the Manning East residence halls, has 5 floors.
Horton, one of the Manning East residence halls, has 5 floors.

Statistics

4. Only 4 residents share a bathroom, compared to 8 in the high-rises (Hinton James, Craige, Ehringhaus). The only downside? You’ll have to clean it and provide your own supplies—don’t forget to pack toilet paper!

260. Koury and Horton house approximately 260 students each.

15. Between Koury and Horton, there are about 15 RAs (7-8 per building).

5. While Koury has 4 floors, Horton actually has 5! Known as “H-Base”, the Horton basement has several extra suites.

Style

The ongoing residence hall debate: which is better, suite-style or hall-style? Manning East offers the best of both worlds!

Each suite has two large bedrooms connected by a bathroom with a shower, toilet, and two sinks. However, each bedroom opens onto the same indoor hallway, so it’s easy to knock on friends’ doors when you want to watch a movie or grab dinner at Rams Head Dining Hall.

Both Koury and Horton have laundry rooms and printers, but the community office is on the 1st floor of Horton. If you’re in Koury, take the crosswalk to pick up your room key on move-in day or to check out enhancements (cooking supplies, sports equipment, etc.) during the year.

Koury residents can play sand volleyball or relax on the lawn when the weather is nice.
Koury residents can play sand volleyball or relax on the lawn when the weather is nice.

History

Built in 2002, Koury and Horton are two of the newest residence halls on campus. Koury is named for Maurice J. Koury, a 1949 UNC graduate who served on several university boards and led fundraising efforts for the Dean Dome. Horton honors George Moses Horton, an African-American slave and poet in Chatham County in the mid-1800s.

Amenities/Resources to Take Advantage Of

Since the bedrooms on each floor open onto one hallway, Manning East residents quickly form a bond with their whole hall—midnight birthday celebrations and Sunday study nights in the lounges are the norm!

Whether you’re cramming for a chemistry test, watching a UNC basketball game, or ordering pizza with friends, Koury and Horton have plenty of gathering spaces. Each floor has 3-4 study lounges with tables, comfy couches and sofas, and sometimes a flat-screen TV. The 1st floor of each building also has a seminar wing with large meeting rooms and a screen projector, perfect for group movie nights. If you prefer hanging out outside, Koury has picnic tables and a sand volleyball court in its backyard. On a warm spring or late summer day, you’ll often see residents laying out on a beach towel in the grassy area.

Attending community events is another fun way to meet new people—and grab some free food! Manning East is known for putting on two large programs each year, the Manning Block Party in the fall and Midnight Masquerade in the spring. Also, keep an eye out for smaller events like sports viewing parties and ice cream socials once every week or two.

Funniest Moment

I experienced many hilarious moments living in Koury my first year, but my favorite wasn’t so much funny as filled with Carolina pride! On the night of the home UNC-Duke basketball game, about 50 of us watched the game in the Horton seminar wing. The noise in the room was deafening—we all lost our voices from screaming for every play, good or bad. When UNC narrowly won in overtime, we sprinted outside to rush Franklin Street. We were the first group of students to get out the door, and when I turned around, I saw hundreds of Hinton James and Craige residents coming up behind us! Nothing beats the thrill of racing from South Campus to Franklin Street at midnight with over 1,000 fellow students to celebrate a Carolina victory.

The view from a Koury study lounge on a snowy day
The view from a Koury study lounge on a snowy day

Closest Bus Stop

Depending on which bus you’re taking, Manning East residents usually use the stop outside of Koury and Ehringhaus or the one in front of Horton.

Comparison with other first-year halls

-Koury is home to the Honors Carolina first-year residential community.

-Manning East halls have plenty of space for your stuff—each roommate gets one dresser and one wardrobe or closet with a door.

-Conveniently located between Ehringhaus and Hinton James, Manning East offers a small-community atmosphere right in the middle of all the action!

 

 

 

The View from: Craige

Welcome to the Reslife blog, summer 2015 edition. If you’re an incoming first-year, you’ve recently received your housing assignment for the 2015-16 school year. While there is ample information about the residence halls on the official housing website, it doesn’t provide context and personality to the place you’ll be calling home next year! This series of posts will give a closer look, from a former resident’s perspective – there’s much more than meets the eye in every residence hall.

Craige - a six story residence hall which is the only building in the Craige Community.
Craige – a six story residence hall which is the only building in the Craige Community.

The first residence hall is Craige – where I lived my first year.

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Introducing CaroLaundry

Hold a machine, sign up for text alerts…even nudge the last user!

In partnership with the UNC OneCard Office, we are thrilled to introduce CaroLaundry — a host of super-convenient laundry features for campus residents that will have recent graduates enviously exclaiming, “Hey, wait! They didn’t have that when I was at UNC!”

Photo of residents using CaroLaundry service
Residents reserve machines with CaroLaundry!

Beginning in August of 2013, residents will be able to see which washing machines and dryers are available in any laundry room on campus, put a five-minute hold on a machine, receive email/text notifications that a laundry cycle is done and notify the last user that their clothes are ready — all from a mobile-friendly website.

How does CaroLaundry work?

When you swipe your UNC OneCard in a residence hall laundry room, the card reader connects your UNC OneCard contact information with the washing machine or dryer you’re using, making the following time-saving features possible:

 

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