The departments of music and history held their annual “Songs and Stories” event in Givens Performing Arts Center on Feb. 27.
The program featured various readings and musical numbers from both the Civil War era and the Civil Rights era. Performers included members of the student body and faculty, the University Chorale, the UNCP Jazz Combo and many more— including a final performance with local children.
The pieces highlighted hardships from each time period and demonstrated the evolution of American music.
The campus bookstore started a huge sale at the end of February to get rid of as much apparel as possible. Students and staff received an email Feb. 27 about large markdowns– up to 75 percent off school-branded clothing.
The bookstore is under new management, so they’re clearing out old inventory to bring in their own. Shoppers loaded up, although most of the deals were on hoodies and sweatshirts.
The Chemours Company in Bladen County was cited for failure to take required action, after a December letter from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Chemours must treat or control storm-water and waste-water, and reduce emissions into the air that might be causing groundwater contamination, the department said.
Rainfall mixed with their chemical, GenX, caused contaminated stormwater to be discharged into the Cape Fear River in November.
GenX pollution in October resulted in contaminated wells at homes near the plant. Those residents are still receiving bottled water.
Students were alerted at 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, about two men allegedly carrying guns at Pembroke Pointe Apartments.
Only one man was wearing a black hoodie and one was in a camouflage hoodie, Campus Police said in an email and BraveAlert. Later in the day, safety officials said they found no subjects fitting the description and no threat to public safety.
Although North Carolina is an open-carry state, Pembroke Pointe is a private property that does not allow guns on the premises.
A photo that spread like wildfire across social media, sparked controversy on campus. This resulted in a demonstration by African-American students outside of the University Center on Feb. 15.
The picture was Air-dropped to iPhones in the UC and made rounds among many more. The photo says, “When you just wanna fit in with the black girls,” and features a selfie of a UNCP student wearing what appears to be brown makeup.
Concerned students held a “Blackout” to discuss their demands for diversity training and other measures the university could take. Student and faculty leaders addressed the group, and Chancellor Robin Cummings shared his reaction, which he had also published earlier in the week.
The student has been identified as a current member of Tri Sigma Sorority, and the photo was taken in 2015.
If administrators know who recirculated it, they’re not saying, because of federal privacy laws.
Triana Springfield, one of the organizers, says she hopes the student in the photo has changed.
Gov. Roy Cooper urges all North Carolina residents to take extra precautions to avoid catching the flu. It has claimed at least 140 North Carolina residents since October 2017. The flu is still actively spreading throughout the state.
There are a few simple actions people can take to fight the flu. Those steps include: