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‘Black Lives Do Matter’ mural installed as Wilmington and UNCW reconcile with race

'Black Lives Do Matter' mural installed as Wilmington and UNCW reconcile with race

Gia Lash, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2020

Following heated debates throughout the summer, the Wilmington City Council approved a “Black Lives Matter” mural on August 19. On Sunday, September 27, the mural was installed around Third Street and Jervay Place. The painted letters spell out “Black Lives Do Matter,” followed by a road-sign inspired diamond that reads, “End Racism Now.” Each letter was painted by a local artist, and the mural is set to stay up for one year. 

NextGen NC offers insight into President Trump’s visits to NC

President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during a Thursday rally in Freeland, Michigan. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Aurora Xiong, Contributing Writer

September 16, 2020

President Donald Trump’s recent visit to N.C. has sparked some discussions behind his intentions. With the 2020 presidential elections quickly approaching, Trump seems to be treading up new ideas on how to better his campaign strategies and win a swing stats such as N.C.   Progressive political organizatio...

Wilmington named first World War II Heritage City

President Donald Trump speaks to a small crowd outside the USS North Carolina on Sept. 2, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. President Donald Trump visited the port city for a brief ceremony designating Wilmington as the nation's first WWII Heritage City. The title is in honor of the area's efforts during WWII.(Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images/TNS)

Hannah Horowitz, Contributing Writer

September 8, 2020

This past week saw the arrival of President Donald Trump in Wilmington, NC.  On Sept. 2. Trump visited the Cape Fear region to celebrate Wilmington being named the first World War II Heritage City.   Wilmington’s pursuit for this title was a twelve-year process that was proposed, developed a...

The commonality of racial injustice

People march in support of Jacob Blake and his family to the Kenosha County Courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three children by a police officer in Kenosha. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/TNS)

Kiley Woods, Contributing Writer

September 4, 2020

During the summer of 2020, global protests surrounding racial injustice soared in the U.S alongside the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Throughout history, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. have stood up for justice for all people. From the March on Washington to the Alabama bus boycott, the movement fo...

Wilmington quietly takes down two Confederate statues “to protect public safety”

Boney Monument

Caitlyn Dark, News Editor

July 3, 2020

In the very early morning hours of June 25, construction crews were hard at work doing something many Wilmington citizens had long thought impossible: the removal of the city’s two most visible Confederate statues. The city woke up on June 25 to see the statues memorializing the Confederate Attorne...

UNCW receives, begins distributing CARES Act funding

Front of UNCW's campus.

Caitlyn Dark, News Editor

May 21, 2020

As a tumultuous spring semester begins to settle in the rear view, UNC Wilmington students are expecting to reap the benefits of the latest COVID-19 relief bill: the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, and its education-focused Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, also kno...

Michael Bloomberg hosted pre-super tuesday campaign rally in Wilmington

Michael Bloomberg, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, speaks to supporters and attendees at a campaign rally the Saturday before Super Tuesday on March 3 at E. A. Laney High School in Wilmington.

Jack Kessler, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2020

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign may be dead and gone, but for a brief moment on the Saturday before Super Tuesday the Democratic candidate held a rally at E. A. Laney High School, drawing a crowd of supporters, naysayers and political neutrals alike. “I am running a campaign for change,...

Dining out ban, university updates and COVID-19 in New Hanover

Coronavirus Update: Dining out ban, university updates, and COVID-19 in new Hanover County. Photo my Caitlyn Dark, graphic by Lauren Wessell.

Caitlyn Dark, News Editor

March 19, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order for all restaurants and bars in N.C. to close to dine-in guests, though delivery and take-out options are still allowed. This move continues efforts by N.C. government officials to discourage gatherings of more than 100 people, wh...

UNCW extends spring break, transitions classes to online to combat coronavirus fears

UNCW's famous Seahawk statue.

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer

March 15, 2020

All UNC-system schools, including UNC Wilmington, have extended their spring breaks to March 20 and will switch to remote learning on March 23. Athletics and gatherings involving more than 100 people have also been canceled. The news first broke on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization ...

‘The Sound of Music’ prepares for second weekend at Wilmington’s Thalian Hall

Maria and the Von Trapp family. (l-r, b-f)  Liesl (Jordan Davis), Captain Von Trapp (Zach Hanner), Maria (Elizabeth Stovall), Friedrich (Jakob Gruntfest), Kurt (Salder Selby), Louisa (Baylee Allen), Brigitta (Braelyn Sudduth), Marta (Piper Holmes), Gretl (Katie Grace Marinos) pose in for a photo in preparation for their performance of

Emily Andsager, Contributing Writer

March 5, 2020

A classic such as “The Sound of Music” is never viewed lightly, but there was no doubt how incredible director Ray Kennedy’s rendition was last Thursday at Thalian Hall. Kennedy, the director and choreographer of “The Sound of Music," is a man willing to take a risk and excelling at it by...

Wilmington’s evolving title as the Hollywood of the East

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Veronica Wernicke, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 3, 2020

It is the mid-1980s and Erika Edwards is lining and setting up her friends, sisters and stuffed animals as she puts together another mini short film with her family's enormous VHS video recorder that she had to beg her parents to use.   Since college, Edwards has been writing and directing films. Onc...

AIDS Memorial Quilt visits Wilmington

AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Randall Library on December 10.

Kassie Bild, Staff Writer

January 13, 2020

The cross-country journey of the AIDS Memorial Quilt made a stop at UNC Wilmington and the surrounding area. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was in Wilmington starting Nov. 30 and was in the area till Dec. 15. The quilt was brought by the Frank Harr and The NAMES Project. Over 30 panels of the quilt were...

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