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Sammy Seahawk and UNCW students demonstrating mask safety protocols in Spring of 2021.
Seahawk Safety Week encourages health and community at UNCW
Grace Lanham, Contributing Writer • September 26, 2022
UNCW’s annual Seahawk Safety Week is coming to campus on Sept. 26. It will host a variety of events that aim to educate students on topics ranging from healthy relationships to Title IX compliance.
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.
Former recon Marine swims at Wrightsville Beach to raise money for veterans struggling with addiction
Former recon Marine swims at Wrightsville Beach to raise money for veterans struggling with addiction
Olivia Vizethann, Staff Writer • April 30, 2022
With no wetsuit, Nelson completed the swim against 12 mph winds, an incoming tide and 66 F ocean water with a total time of seven hours and four minutes. Wetsuits not only serve as a tool to warm the body in cold water temperatures, but also add a small amount of buoyancy which can greatly assist in open water swimming. All of these factors on top of the great distance Nelson covered in the water is hard to fathom, but Nelson simply said, “A recon Marine would rather die than quit.”
The area around New Hanover library in downtown Wilmington is common place to see the magnitude of homelessness around the city.
Wilmington struggles to combat homelessness
Hannah Markov, Opinion Editor • April 8, 2022
An ordinance was proposed in New Hanover County last month that aimed to deter homeless people from camping out on county property, including the Wilmington Public Library downtown. Sleeping would have been prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., and items left for more than two hours would be discarded. The ordinance initially included a $50 fine for violations, but this was soon removed. Violators of the ordinance could have been removed by law enforcement and prosecuted for trespassing, although government officials did state that this would be used as a “last resort.”
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...

Sunset View of Washington, DC.
U.S. House race back on track in North Carolina after redistricting crisis
Kiley Woods, Photography Editor • March 22, 2022
This year's midterm election carries uneasiness and uncertainty for future control in the House of Representatives. All 435 House seats are open for this year’s election, with each party seeking the needed 218 seats to gain a House majority. Recent redistricting controversies in the state have complicated the election even more.
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...

Town Hall in Downtown Wilmington.
Wilmington’s city council discusses ratification of the ERA in North Carolina
Abigail Celoria, Assistant Culture Editor • January 28, 2022
On Jan. 18, the Wilmington City Council unanimously passed the resolution calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment with seven “yea” votes from Mayor Pro Tem Magaret Haynes, Mayor Bill Saffo, and Councilmembers Charlie Rivenbark, Clifford Barnett, Kevin Spears, Luke Waddell and Neil Anderson. The city’s resolution is part of a growing movement across North Carolina petitioning the General Assembly to ratify the amendment. This proposed amendment to the Constitution would become the 28th if ratified and calls for the legal guarantee of equal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. Almost 50 years since its first proposal to state legislatures in 1972, it is again receiving attention as states appeal for Congress to remove the initial ratification deadline.
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.

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