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Photo Gallery: Downtown Chapel Hill During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The entrance to Linda’s Bar and Grill has been boarded up. Unlike others, Linda’s is not serving delivery or takeout and will remain closed for now. A sign outside Breadmen’s in Chapel Hill encourages residents to stop in from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for takeout. A banner outside Carolina Brewery on Franklin Street reminds residents that they are open for takeout food and beer. (

UNC Alum Jason Kilar Named CEO of WarnerMedia

Media, entertainment and technology executive Jason Kilar has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, effective May 1. He will report to John Stankey, AT&T’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Kilar, 48, previously was the founding CEO of Hulu and SVP at Amazon. Kilar was CEO of Hulu from its start in 2007 until 2013. He served at Amazon from 1997 to 2006. (Warner Media Group)

UNC psychology professor discusses how to handle stress and disruption while social distancing

Jon Abramowitz is a professor of clinical psychology in North Carolina’s College of Arts & Sciences and an expert in anxiety disorders. He spoke with UNC News about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives – including how isolation and social distancing affect our routines, and which feelings are normal and which feelings should cause concern. (

UNC System plans to refund students for unused housing and meal plans

The University of North Carolina System is planning on refunding students for unused housing and dining services due to COVID-19-related campus closures, according to a system press release Monday. The chief financial officers at each UNC system institution are working with the system office to determine refund amounts, according to the press release. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Responding To The COVID-19 Crisis

As the state copes with the growing crisis over the novel coronavirus, Carolina faculty members are sharing their expertise and guidance to help North Carolinians adapt to these challenging times. Faculty members have developed a COVID-19 test. They are also searching for a treatment and using their knowledge and experience for the public good. (

UNC student starts GoFundMe for Cosmic Cantina kitchen workers as hours get cut

A UNC senior started a GoFundMe to raise money for kitchen workers at Cosmic Cantina whose hours were cut due to low restaurant demand during the pandemic. The student who started the GoFundMe, Alessandro Uribe-Rheinbolt — who works as a cashier at Cosmic — said he wants the money to benefit kitchen workers because they tend to be older. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks fifth among national public universities 19 years consecutively

For 19 years running, the nation’s oldest public university is also ranked one of its best. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings, Carolina tied for fifth place in national public universities overall. For 15 straight years, UNC-Chapel Hill ranked No. 1 as the best value for public universities, and this year landed among the top five. (

UNC professor's syllabus went viral as classes move online amid coronavirus outbreak

For students in professor Brandon Bayne’s Religion in America class, the first principle of their revised spring 2020 syllabus is simple: “Nobody signed up for this.” By “this,” Bayne is referring to the COVID-19 outbreak and how the pandemic has affected academic institutions all over the country. The pandemic has caused UNC to transition to almost all remote classes. (Daily Tar Heel)

The UNC Professor Teaching to One Lone Pinocchio Doll

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent wide-scale shutdown of educational institutions has led to a dramatic rise in remote teaching. Students teleconference with teachers and classmates on video programs like Zoom. The sudden switch has even seasoned faculty in an unfamiliar situation, including UNC Law School professor John V. Orth. (New York Magazine)

'I'm sad to go out like this': For seniors, COVID-19 brings the premature end of an era

Seniors have traditionally hiked the steps of the Bell Tower and signed their names on the bricks inside to celebrate their time at UNC each spring. This year's seniors are realizing they probably won't get to participate in that and other campus traditions. UNC announced Friday that spring commencement is postponed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. (Daily Tar Heel)
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