9 07, 2016

Black Lives Matter

By |July 9th, 2016|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

Black lives matter. The Executive Branch of the Student Government wants to preface this letter by stating that in no way do we endorse the subjugation of one life to another. Every life is indeed important. However, in light of recent events and the continued aggression against black bodies, we want to take the time to say that each and every Black and Brown student on our campus is important to us. We feel your pain, we understand your frustration and anger, and we stand with you.

Our University, our community, and our world, they are all here today due […]

4 04, 2016

NCAA Championship Joint Statement

By |April 4th, 2016|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

What a time to be a Tar Heel! The Carolina Men’s Basketball team will be returning to the NCAA National Championship to play the Villanova Wildcats today at 9:19 pm. If victorious, this will be the 6th time in Men’s Basketball history that the Tar Heels will claim the title of NCAA National Champions.

Should we win, there are sure to be celebrations. Whether it’s rushing Franklin Street or partying with friends, please remember to stay safe. No one wants to see a Tar Heel victory marred by personal injury or damage to property.

Alcohol checkpoints will be in place around […]

26 03, 2016

On HB2

By |March 26th, 2016|Press Releases and Speeches|

This press release was originally published in the Daily Tar Heel as a letter to the editor on March 23, 2016. You can view the original publication here.

Yesterday, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a blanket anti-­discrimination law, that in fact, furthers discrimination in this state for the LGBTQ community. Importantly and intentionally, the law does not include sexual orientation and gender identity under anti­-discrimination protection. As a result, the law overturns and overrides existing local ordinances protecting these groups, while also preventing local governments from passing new laws to protect the LGBTQ community. The new law […]

13 11, 2015

We’ve Got Your Back

By |November 13th, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

Fellow Students and Community Members,

On Wednesday afternoon, Elon University student and football player Demitri Allison fell from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morrison Residence Hall. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Demitri and the Elon community.

As the Student Body President and as one of the Carolina Football Team captains, we care first and foremost about the well-being, safety, and mental health of our students, teammates, and community members.

Mental illness can affect anyone. There is no shame in admitting when you are in need of help. We must all have each […]

3 11, 2015

It’s Election Day

By |November 3rd, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

Happy Election Day – please exercise your right to vote TODAY in the Municipal Election for Chapel Hill Town Council and Mayor. To vote on Election Day, you MUST already be registered and the deadline to register to vote on Election Day has passed. You must vote in the precinct where you are registered (details below).

Student Government is offering FREE RIDES to the polls today in collaboration with Buzz Rides. Rides will be offered according to the schedule to each of the 5 precinct locations that students living on-campus are assigned to:

If you live in: Alderman, Kenan, McIver, Old East, Old West, Spencer
Pick Up: Campus […]

23 10, 2015

How to Handle the Pro-Confederate Rally

By |October 23rd, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

It has come to our attention that local Pro-Confederate groups are planning to rally on our campus this Sunday around the Silent Sam statue. We feel the need to let the student body and community know of this prospective rally in an effort to keep you all informed and to help ensure that no student is caught off guard by the surge in activity surrounding the statue.

As much as we respect and uphold the right of all students and outside speakers to freely express their views on this campus, we must be mindful that malicious words and actions can […]

5 10, 2015

Town Hall Recap

By |October 5th, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

This past Tuesday, Student Government hosted the “You’ve requested. We’ve listened.” Town Hall. The event was designed to provide an open space for students to ask questions, hear about hot topics, and offer their own ideas and feedback. Here’s the run-down of what was discussed:

Privatization of student stores

The University is currently putting together an RFP (request for proposal) for the privatization of student stores. This was unsolicited by the University. While there is a possibility that student stores will become a private entity, the University is in the process of articulating our demands to see if this deal is […]

21 08, 2015

While you were away…

By |August 21st, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches, Uncategorized|

Welcome back Tar Heels! I, and the rest of my executive team, hope that your summer was as productive as it was enjoyable.

One of the roles I took on when I was elected Student Body President last year was to spend my summer in Chapel Hill working on laying the foundation to accomplish everything I had promised to do in my platform. This summer, we focused on one of Student Government’s roles – as an advocate for students to the Administration. In an effort to make Student Government more transparent than in years past, I wanted to take a […]

15 04, 2015

We Need to Turn Our Focus Back Towards Building a Safe and Inclusive Community

By |April 15th, 2015|Press Releases and Speeches|

Fellow Students,

As much as I respect and uphold the right of all students and outside speakers to freely express their views on this campus, I fully reject the claims made by David Horowitz on April 13th which suggested that the UNC Muslim Student Association and UNC Students for Justice in Palestine are connected to terrorist organizations. These accusations are harmful not only to members of these organizations, but also to our community as a whole.

These student groups are an invaluable part of our Carolina community. The programs and events that they organize play a vital role in countering Islamophobia […]

11 02, 2015

Statement on the Loss of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

By |February 11th, 2015|Home News, Press Releases and Speeches|

Fellow Students and Residents of Chapel Hill,

The Carolina community is heartbroken over the recent senseless, hateful murder of Deah Shaddy Barakat (23), Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha (21), and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (19). Two were current or future students at Carolina; all three were beloved members of the Chapel Hill community. I would like to express my deepest sadness at their deaths. Our community lost three tremendous people, and we are all in mourning as we try to make sense of this tragedy. Please keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers today during this time of immense grief.

Over the past […]