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U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson speaks at an early morning campaign event with Lindsey Graham on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Lexington, South Carolina. (Tracy Glantz/The State/TNS)
Everything you need to know about North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race
Kiley Woods and Brenna Flanagan January 25, 2022
There is a lot of uneasiness in anticipation of this year’s midterm elections. One of the key races to determine the makeup of the nation’s Senate will be right here in North Carolina. Senator Richard Burr is not running for reelection, which leaves an empty seat that many North Carolina Republicans and Democrats are fighting to fill. Since the Senate is split 50-50 between both parties (two Independents caucusing with Democrats), every seat counts in this election. Without a clear predecessor to Burr, North Carolina might become a pivotal state in November’s vote.
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%.
The bridge in the distance on the Cape Fear river.
After 40 years of contamination, lawsuit to save the Cape Fear?
Kiley Woods, Staff Writer • December 15, 2021
The deal reached between Cape Fear River Watch, The Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours was finalized in 2020. The plan was written by The Chemours Company and was edited and revised to take immediate and sustainable action against contamination. The deal addressed the contamination of the river and Chemours responsibility for contaminating the groundwater. The plan will outline specific goals and deadlines for Chemours to install additional filtration systems and treat the groundwater and surface water in order to eventually remove 99% of PFAS.
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 riverwalk in Wilmington N.C.
Funding for the Wilmington film workforce initiative will spark growth for the industry
Boyce Rucker, Intern • October 23, 2021
Wilmington is ripe with countless opportunities at the moment for film studies students and graduates to become involved with the town’s productions. North Carolina is on track to exceed a $400 million production value in what many people are considering to be one of the state's most successful years for film in quite some time.
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.
Chancellor Sartarelli recently announced his plan to retire.
Chancellor Sartarelli to retire in June
Aleks Jones, Contributing Writer • September 29, 2021
UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli will retire in June according to an email sent to faculty, staff and students on Friday. The email included a personal statement from the chancellor as well as a commemorative summary of his accomplishments since he took office in the summer of 2015.
Parking at UNCWs The Hub.
UNCW parking goes virtual this year, but students say there are still problems to fix
Aleks Jones, Contributing Writer • September 28, 2021
This semester parking services’ enforcement and technology use evolved to meet the demands of the university’s growing pains, but student and staff opinions on the shift oscillate between criticism and acceptance. With this year’s expansion of the university and a record-breaking enrollment, parking services reinvented how parking operates on campus.

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