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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. Fall return-to-campus plans across the UNC System. Schools like UNC Charlotte have already outlined specific goals and guidelines for what life will look like on their campus this fall, including full-capacity facilities and a majority of classes held in-person. Other schools, like UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, and East Carolina University share these sentiments but have yet to unveil their full plans for next semester.
2. Governor Roy Cooper lifts the mask mandate for socially-distant vaccinated people outdoors. The announcement made last Wednesday will now allow those who are fully vaccinated to go maskless at outdoor public spaces and events provided that they still maintain social distancing guidelines. This change is likely the first of many restrictions to be eased in advance of the summer and the start of a new academic year around the corner. (Further reading from WWAY3)
3. Where are students living in the fall? Many first-year college students, with either limited or no experience living on their respective campuses, are compelled to search for off-campus living that may be cheaper or offer more amenities than the standard dorms. It is up to universities and colleges across the state to create strong incentive packages to convince more students to make their way back to on-campus living.
4. College sports of the past and future. The North Carolina college basketball scene has seen some dramatic changes over recent months, including the departure of UNC Chapel Hill's Roy Williams and UNCG's Wes Miller. This fall, sporting events are expected to welcome back significantly more fans through expanded capacity in indoor and outdoor stadiums and arenas. ●
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