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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 16, 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. 
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.
Students head to class.

BOG discusses COVID-19 and budget effects on UNC students

Chamiya Campbell, News Editor September 23, 2021
On Sept. 15 and 16, the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina school systems met to discuss COVID-19 protocols and their effects on budgets. Key points of focus from the meeting were the continuation of lessening COVID-19 restrictions, as well as a potential budget increase that will be discussed and voted on Nov. 17 and 18. Both topics will have immense effects on students of UNC institutions.
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