Authors rise again at UNCP


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April 5– April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate it, the english department hosted a “Dead Author” Night in the UC Lounge.

Faculty and students read works from some of their favorite deceased writers, such as Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman. In addition, participants were encouraged to come in costume.

The faculty organizers serve on the Student Engagement Committee in the english department. They also organized the Poetry Slam on Valentine’s Day.

Everyone at the event was invited to sign up to win a gift card from the campus bookstore.


Art majors install their final exhibit


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March 22– Graduating seniors in the art department staged their final show in the A.D. Gallery and had a reception to kick-off the exhibit.

The show, entitled “The Rise,” featured ceramics, paintings and digital media from six students: Ashley Nordquist, Jaekwon Parker, Bonaventure Ogbaugo, Angel Crespo, Emily Nick and Aaron Baldwin.

As a requirement for graduation, students created an exhibition of multiple works from their college career. The works in this show revolve around themes including mental and physical disabilities, as well as the search for identity.

The show ran from March 14-22.

Unlocked vehicles attract thieves

March 22– On March 19, Campus Police reported seven personal vehicles on campus were unlawfully entered overnight. After reviewing surveillance footage, they determined the suspects were snooping around unlocked cars around properties, including Courtyard Apartment.

The Town of Pembroke Police Department helped identify the three suspects in the video, based on a recent traffic stop.

UNCP’s Chief McDuffie Cummings reminds students to lock their vehicles, completely close windows and sunroofs and store belongings out-of-sight.

Warrant issued for fondling suspect

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Suspect in March 16 fondling at the University Center Annex.

March 22– Campus Police issued a warrant for a suspect in a sexual assault. They warned the campus about a fondling incident that was reported at the UC Annex on March 16.

A man who appeared to be Native American groped a female student in a bathroom, according to Campus Police. The man was wearing a khaki baseball cap and black jeans.

Within hours, Campus Police reported they had pulled an image from surveillance video and later obtained a positive identification of the suspect.

ODI Director receives prestigious award

March 29– As the Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UNCP, Dr. Robert Canida has been dedicated to serving his campus and community.

He is now being recognized for his service at a higher level. He is this year’s recipient of the Erskine Bowles Staff Service Award for the UNC-System.

Dr. Canida came to UNCP in 1995 and was a campus librarian before taking over the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. He was instrumental in starting the annual social justice symposium, which is in its 11th year.

Historically black sorority returns to campus

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March 29– A popular sorority is back on campus after a couple of years on hiatus. The “Ivies” of Alpha Kappa Alpha incorporated returned to the campus with 21 new members. The new-member presentation was held on March 25.

The audience included a few charter members, who originally brought the sorority to campus back in 1988.

The Omicron Lambda Chapter went inactive after a large group of seniors graduated in 2015. They’re hoping to come back strong and make their mark on campus life while pursuing worthy philanthropies.

Students meet and mingle with politicians

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March 29– Local politics are growing popular, in advance of spring primaries. This week UNCP students got a chance to interact with local, state and federal candidates.

The Office for Community and Civic Engagement and SGA hosted their third “Politics and Popcorn” in the University Center. Students and candidates enjoyed popcorn while discussing their views and candidates’ platforms. They hoped to get students out to the polls.

After mingling, candidates made formal remarks on a panel and answered questions. Event organizer Harrison Peagram explained what they hoped students would get out of it.

“Coming to Popcorn and Politics will do quite a few things for students,” Peagram said. “One, you can get some delicious some other students with very diverse mindsets and ideas, but also you can learn about what actual candidates do and what their job and obligations are as a representative and hear more about why we should potentially elect them to represent us.”


Laurinburg community speaks out on gun reform


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March 29– About 100 people tolerated the cold rain in Laurinburg, NC on March 24 to demonstrate for sensible gun laws.

Students at St. Andrews University and local peace activists  organized a vigil to commemorate victims of mass shootings –including school shootings– since Columbine High School back in 1999. Speakers included local youth, and mental health professionals.

State Representative Garland Pierce said he would take their concerns back to Raleigh, NC. The League of Women Voters was there to get nonvoters registered in time for the May Primaries. Participants walked across the bridge at St. Andrews and further into the campus, in solidarity with marches going on nationwide that day.

Annual concerts celebrates Black History Month

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.

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