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Chancellor-elect Aswani Volety speaks to the UNCW community in a ceremony on campus on May 26. Volety previously served as the Dean for UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2014-2019, and as the Executive Director of the Center for Marine Science from 2018-2019.
Dr. Aswani Volety to be next chancellor of UNCW
Hannah Markov, Editor-in-Chief • June 22, 2022
Dr. Aswani K. Volety has been elected to be UNCW’s seventh chancellor and tenth leader overall. He was nominated by UNC System President Peter Hans during a Board of Governors meeting on May 26, 2022 after a rigorous nationwide search process that involved input from students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as the Board of Trustees.
Chancellor Sartarelli recently announced his plan to retire.
Sartarelli retires following seven years as chancellor
Hannah Markov, Opinion Editor • May 10, 2022
On Friday, April 22, Chancellor Sartarelli delivered his final address and 28th report to the UNCW Board of Trustees at their quarterly meeting. The chancellor’s retirement in June will end his nearly seven years of employment at the university, during which UNCW experienced the highest rate of growth in the UNC system. Sartarelli’s time as chancellor has been marked by both academic and economic successes as well as social backlash and controversy.
UNCWs student government association is holding elections for the 2022-2023 student body presidential and vice-presidential elections.
Student body hopefuls Horowitz and Williams run unopposed in this year’s SGA election
Nitya Budamagunta, Staff Writer • March 24, 2022

The era of COVID-19 regulations and mask mandates is coming to a close at UNCW along with the terms of UNCW’s current Student Government Associate...

The skywalk between Fisher Student Center and Fisher University Union.
What is being done about the sexual assaults on campus?
Abigail Celoria, Culture Editor • March 21, 2022
Of the ten cases only one is listed as closed, while eight are under further investigation. In all cases except the closed one, the perpetrators were listed as known to the victims. The tenth case, which is the most recent, concluded because the assault took place outside of UNCW’s police jurisdiction, as it did not occur on campus. Despite this new information, though, the question of what UNCW resources are doing to address sexual assaults on campus is ongoing. Many students have worried for their safety this academic year as these unusual cases drew their attention to the issue.
Many students saw campus in a way they never will again, empty and quiet every day.
UNCW will end mask mandate and surveillance testing, effective March 7
Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief • February 25, 2022

After nearly two years of wearing masks on campus, UNCW will no longer require them in most campus situations on March 7. An email was sent...

A photo of students reentering Terrapin Hall.
Pipe burst in Terrapin Hall temporarily left 400 students without housing
Caroline Straubel, Culture Editor • January 24, 2022
Over 400 students were evacuated out of Terrapin Hall last night beginning at 10:30 p.m. due to a pipe burst in the building, causing significant damage to at least 16 students’ residences. The evacuated students were placed in temporary housing for the night. This afternoon, most students were notified the building passed safety assessments and they could return to their rooms at 2 p.m. via an email from UNCW Housing and Residence Life Director Kevin Meaney. However, the rooms of 16 students are in need of repair before the students can move back in. The scheduled repair will take place in one to two weeks, and until then these students will remain in temporary housing.
UNCW Clock Tower
UNCW to close in response to ice storm
Caroline Straubel, Culture Editor • January 20, 2022
In response to an ice storm warning for southeast North Carolina, UNCW announced classes are canceled on Friday, Jan. 21. Campus dining will continue to provide services for residential students during the storm, and areas with heavy foot traffic across campus will be salted by Housing and Residence Life. However, the university is urging students to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary trips across campus.
The search committee for UNCWs next Chancellor.
A closer look at the chancellor search committee
Amanda Leahey, Contributing Writer • January 17, 2022
There will be a new person at the top of UNCW’s chain of command come July, and the university is currently in the process of finding out who that person will be. Since Chancellor Jose Sartarelli's retirement announcement in September, UNCW has been searching for a new chancellor. Part of this process is the formation of an 18-member search committee charged with identifying and recommending chancellor candidates to the UNCW board of trustees. That was accomplished on Oct. 13, and since then there have been seven public forums where committee members heard feedback from the UNCW community. Feedback from these sessions helped the committee craft leadership statements to draw in potential candidates that fit the university's needs.
Chancellors Walk at UNCW.
UNCW updates COVID-19 guidelines as students return to campus
Michael Friant, Contributing Writer • January 7, 2022
In a change from previous guidelines, UNCW will now require all students living on-campus to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus. Previous guidance stated only unvaccinated students were required to participate in return-to-campus testing. Guidance for vaccinated faculty, staff and off-campus students attending on-campus classes will remain the same. These groups are not required to participate in return-to-campus testing. This guidance goes into effect among the rise of the fast-spreading omicron COVID-19 variant as students return from various places following winter break.
The UNCW clocktower.
UNCW board of trustees votes to increase costs for 2022-2023 school year
Brian Hudec, Contributing Writer • December 29, 2021
On Dec. 10, UNCW’s board of trustees voted to increase the cost of attendance for the 2022-2023 school year. In the presentation provided by the board of trustees’ website, the university requested approval from the board to increase tuition rates for nonresident students, both undergraduate and graduate, by 3%. There was also an increase of student housing rates by 3.5% and an increase of the all-access meal plan rates by 5.1%.
Students leave Wagoner Dining Hall.
UNCW OneCard to switch to mobile application
Chamiya Campbell, News Editor • November 15, 2021
On Nov. 2, the Student Government Association met to discuss changing the OneCard system from a physical card to a mobile ID. According to director of Auxiliary Services Gino Galutera, the planned changes to OneCard would allow faculty, staff and students to add their OneCard to existing applications such as Apple Wallet and Google Pay. Students could soon start using their OneCard through their phone.
The financial aid office in Warwick Center.
Out-of-state students to see potential tuition increase next year
Chamiya Campbell, News Editor • November 13, 2021
On Tuesday Nov. 9, the Student Government Association met to discuss a potential 3% increase to tuition plans for out-of-state students. UNC Wilmington changed to a per-credit-hour tuition rate this fall. This change was approved for all UNC system universities through the Campus-Initiated Tuition Increases Committee. Further changes to the out-of-state tuition plan are now being discussed. 
The Annual Veterans Day Ceremony took place on November 11, 2021.
Veterans Week at UNCW
Kaylin Damico November 13, 2021

Students walk by the clocktower.
UNCW announces in-person December commencement and extended COVID-19 guidelines
Brian Hudec, Contributing Writer • October 26, 2021
On Oct. 6, 2021, the Office of University Relations (OUR) sent out an email to all students and faculty with information regarding the December commencement ceremonies.
The entrance to UNCWs new dining hall: The Shore Dining Hall.
UNCW opens The Shore Dining Hall
Brian Hudec, Contributing Writer • October 14, 2021
The layout also serves as a picturesque study area with tall windows displaying a grand view of Sandpiper and Pelican Halls, plenty of seating and a pleasant atmosphere, while delivering both comfort and convenience. The Shore is a welcoming new addition to UNCW’s ever-increasing and diverse range of meal options for its students to enjoy.

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