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One UNC student's experience with finding off-campus housing

I signed a new housing lease about a month ago in mid-October – a lease that won’t start until June of next year. This is how competitive student off-campus housing is in Chapel Hill, and the ever-high demand for student housing in Chapel Hill continues to negatively affect non-student renters. 

My Letter to the Orange County Board of Elections

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After reading about changes made in Watauga County, I was prompted to write a letter to the Orange County Board of Elections after several constituents voiced concerns about decision making in other counties. Below is that letter.

Dear Members of the Orange County Board of Elections,

I am writing in response to concerns voiced to me by constituents in the Orange County community after actions taken by the Watauga County Board of Elections and the Pasquotank County Board of Elections.

This week the Watauga County Board of Elections took action, which consolidated three precincts into one large precinct numbering nearly 10,000 voters and where the polling place has only 35 parking spaces. They then took action to reduce early voting to four days and eliminated early voting at the Appalachian State University campus. All of these actions were made in secret and not shared with the Democratic member of the Board, yet the Watauga County GOP chairwoman was fully aware of the coming actions. To add insult to injury, the Board did not allow verbal comment from the public, instead opting for written comment only.

Thanks to students, taxis in Chapel Hill will now serve us all better

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Starting tomorrow - just a few hours too late to help revellers tonight - you might actually want to take a cab in Chapel Hill! In the past, their fees were so exorbitant that cabs were only for the very desperate. But the Town Council has reformed the system in response to a request from UNC students. The change will also help regional commuters (like me) who can get a bus back from Durham or Raleigh after 7pm, but then are stuck walking the last mile to get home.

Good Neighbor Initiative 2012 Neighborhood Night Out & Block Party

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This event is always a good time and a great way to meet your neighbors (if you live in Northside) and community leaders (if you live anywhere). From Facebook:

The GNI Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party is an annual community event and opportunity to build strong, healthy connections between student and non-student residents of neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. The event is free, and includes food (BUNS!, Ben & Jerry's, McAlisters), music, games and prizes for all ages. This event is sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB), Empowerment, Inc., and the Downtown Partnership.

Date: 

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Robertson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics Session: Student Housing

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The Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions return to the community with a presentation on student housing at noon Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see http://bit.ly/zi4gLo.
Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-presenters Christopher Payne, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, and Larry Hicks, director of housing and residential education, will provide an overview of the current on-campus student housing options provided by the University and plans for future renovation and construction.
They will share information about campus housing and recent student surveys for the factors that influence where students live as well as the resources available to students who move off campus. They will also discuss the University’s business model for campus housing including factors such as market rates, safety and security and retention.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Crisp is a 1989 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and a 1992 graduate of the UNC School of Law. He began his career at UNC after his graduation in 1992 working as the school’s first full-time assistant dean for student affairs and the first associate dean for student services. He moved to Student Affairs as the assistant vice chancellor in 2005.

Payne has served in a variety of higher education positions including assistant director of residence life at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, director of operations for the department of residence at the University of Denver and director of housing and residential education at UNC.

Hicks previously served as associate director of administrative services in the department of housing and residential education.

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1850. For more information about the special topic series, contact Catherine Lazorko at clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5055. For more information about the presenters, contact Susan Hudson at susan_hudson@unc.edu or 919-962-8415.

Date: 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Neighborhood Night Out and Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party

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From a Town of Chapel Hill e-mail. I love this logo!

Neighborhood Night Out

Good Neighbor InitiativeJoin your neighbors for a walk around the Northside neighborhood, proclaiming the pride you have in your community, at the Neighborhood Night Out and Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party, Tuesday, Sept. 13, a joint effort of the Town of Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Registration begins at 5 p.m., and the walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St. Stay for the block party from 6 to 8:30 p.m., for an evening of friendship, delicious free food, live music, games, raffle prizes and more. 
Now in its eighth year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean and safe. 

For more information, contact Aaron at bachenhe@email.unc.edu or visitdeanofstudents.unc.edu/index.php/offcampus/152-good-neighbor.html

 

Date: 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill

BOE Axes the Student Vote...in 45 Minutes

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Today, the Orange County Board of Elections voted to take early voting away from the UNC Campus.  The early voting site at Seymour Senior Center would remain unchanged, but the second early voting site would be moved from the Morehead Planetarium to the Quik-E-Mart in University Square.  While this may not seem like a big deal, moving the UNC student body's primary voting site off campus is the wrong thing to do.  Below is the email from Town Manager Roger Stancil:

 

Orange Board of Elections on early voting sites

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Jusr received this message from the director of the Orange County Board of Elections, regarding early voting sites in Chapel Hill -- 

From: Tracy Reams [mailto:treams@co.orange.nc.us]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:54PM
To: Town Council
Cc: Ralph Karpinos
Subject: Town of Chapel Hill Election

Getting students on board

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Apparently students have been applying to serve on the Town of Chapel Hill's Transportation Board, but none have been appointed recently. I'm a bit surprised to see this, but it's hard to draw conclusions without knowing the details of each applicant. In the past students have contributed a lot to the T-board (and others). In fact, joining the board when I was a student in 1991 is one of the things that got me hooked on participating in local politics two decades ago!

Women, Power and Change (Women's Agenda Assembly)

The Orange County Commission for Women is co-sponsoring the event with local organizations as part of North Carolina Women United's "Women's Agenda Assembly process."

The 2008 Agenda Assembly marks the 20th anniversary of these events in North Carolina. Across the state, women hear from local experts on issues like health care, education, the economy, equal political representation, immigration and violence against women. Participants discuss the issues, prioritize them, and set the agenda for policies addressed by local and state leaders. It's democracy at its best; your voice will count! Our goal is to include over 100 women in the process this year.

  • >What:2008 Women's Agenda Assembly: "Women, Power, Change"
  • When: Thursday, October 2, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Where: Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Candidates and community organizations are invited to attend and bring information to share. The event is non-partisan.Pre-registration is encouraged. Fill out the form. Distribute the flyer via your networks.

Food served starting at 6:00pm. Speakers start at 6:30pm and include experts from across Orange County and the Triangle area.

Transportation is provided from Hillsborough. Simultaneous interpretation to Spanish also provided. Registration is FREE. Contact Pam Reynolds at 919-960-3875 for more information or to turn in a registration form.

Date: 

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 2:00pm

Location: 

Southern Human Services Center 2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

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