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The Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel Officially Opens on Franklin Street

The Graduate Chapel Hill — formerly the Franklin Hotel — is officially open on Franklin Street. The Franklin Hotel was bought in 2019 by the Chicago-based company Graduate Hotels. It had been closed for the past few months while renovations took place. The most popular renovation aspect of the hotel is a detailed recreation of ’s UNC dorm room. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Football Schedule, Sallie Krawcheck, 2005 UNC vs. Duke Basketball Re-Watch

Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss UNC's updated football schedule. They then re-watch a classic UNC-Duke matchup from 2005, with commentary from several former players. Finally, (named seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes) discusses dominating the business/financial world, her Tar Heel fandom, and more. Read More...

UNC Students, Faculty Hold ‘Die-In’ Protest, Call for Virtual Classes Amid the Pandemic

Dozens of UNC students and staff members laid on the ground outside the South Building on Wednesday in a “die-in” protest and called for the university to operate online during the coronavirus pandemic. “The Orange County Public Health department has said that this will be dangerous,” said Lindsay Ayling. “They’ve advised UNC against it.” (

Uncertainties grow as UNC Chapel Hill students and workers return to campus

A global pandemic and the looming threat of a tropical storm did not stop the move-in process at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But as new students settled in Monday, professors and staff worked to bring their attention back to the risk being on campus presents. Monday was a busy day on campus, as thousands tried to unpack all that will come with this semester. (

He’s Not Here to Reopen as a Bottle Shop With Outdoor Seating

He’s Not Here plans to reopen to the public as the “Home of the Blue Cup and Bottle Shop.” The self-described “collegial haunt,” located on Franklin Street, will now be serving a selection of beer and cider 6-packs to-go. After being closed for months since Governor Cooper’s initial executive order, He’s Not Here will be able to reopen by becoming a “retail beverage venue.” (

UNC students move into dorms amid COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday morning, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started moving back in to dorms for the fall semester. The move back to campus comes as the number of COVID-19 cases remain high in the state. UNC officials said they are taking the necessary preventative measures to keep students safe on campus. (CBS 17)

Here's how COVID-19 has affected Chapel Hill tourism

As the nation deals with the economic impacts from COVID-19, the pandemic has also taken its toll on Chapel Hill's hospitality and tourism industry. Laurie Paolicelli, executive director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, said using hotel occupancy as a metric, the hotel industry is down nearly 70 percent, according to reports from April to June. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill residents, students fear the return of 29,000 to UNC campus

UNC students and Chapel Hill residents pleaded with the university Wednesday to reconsider a decision to reopen the campus next week for the fall semester. “I’m frankly stunned at the university’s decision to open its doors to in-person classes literally as the pandemic reaches its height,” said Logan Pratico, a Chapel Hill resident and recent UNC graduate. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Chapel Hill is expanding outdoor dining, pedestrian zones onto Franklin Street

Parts of Chapel Hill's Franklin Street will open up for walking and outdoor dining as the town shuts down a lane on each side of the road, town leaders said. Town leaders hope partially closing UNC’s main thoroughfare will boost business on Franklin Street after UNC sent its students home in March — and allow for more social distancing for pedestrians on sidewalks. (Raleigh News & Observer)

NIH awards Cohen, FHI $9.2 million for development of COVID prevention studies

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Myron Cohen, MD, director of UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, and Family Health International $9.2 million to support research through the new COVID Prevention Network (CoVPN), which was formed to better coordinate the national research response to the current global pandemic. (
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