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Featuring Thomas Gessner and Owen Sizemore
NC College Beat has revamped the weekly roundup from the fall, providing regular updates on happenings within the universities and colleges of North Carolina through our new podcast hosted by Staff Writer Thomas Gessner. Listen to our episode using the audio player above or check out the episode notes below.
1. Roy Williams announces his retirement from UNC Basketball. The three-time national championship coach for Chapel Hill announced on April 1 that he is leaving the team, stunning the North Carolina and College Basketball communities. (Further reading from CNN)
2. Spring Break plans for North Carolina Schools. The many colleges and universities of North Carolina have diverged in their plans for offering a Spring Break to students. UNC Chapel Hill and NC State have opted for regularly-scheduled "Wellness Days" sprinkled throughout the semester, while other schools like Appalachian State and UNC Wilmington opted to use the extra week to end the year early instead. UNC Charlotte was the only institution to maintain a full week-long break for students, albeit in the middle of February.
3. White Boy Summer? D-list celebrity and son of Tom Hanks, Chet Hanks is pushing a mantra and merchandise line through social media that is making waves through college communities of the United States.
4. UNC Charlotte Student Government Association Elections. Senators Dick Beekman and Gabi Hitchcock took home the Student Body President and Vice President race, garnering more than 65% of the vote last week. The Student Government Association Senate also elected its group of officers last Thursday, with Junior Jonathan Mitchell holding on to the number one spot as Speaker of the Senate. (Further reading from NC College Beat)
5. UNC Charlotte opens Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This multi-year development project had its first guests on March 31, with UNC Charlotte leaders of the past and present expressing their excitement for the hotel to serve as a hub to connect the university's resources to the economic opportunities of the city. (Further reading from Charlotte Business Journal) ●
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