Claire Dodd

My name is Claire Dodd and I'm the News Editor for the Niner Times. This is my second year writing for the paper. I'm a sophomore majoring in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media, minoring in Journalism. Along with being a part of the staff of the newspaper, I'm also an athlete on the 49ers' Women's Club Volleyball Team.

Niner Nation: Different Together campaign

Niner Nation: Different Together, a student-led initiative, is being implemented by the Student Government Association (SGA) to create unity and promote diversity on campus.

This campaign aims to create opportunities for more conversations and celebration of differences within the community.

“Niner Nation: Different Together was developed to unite students of all backgrounds and create quality conversations within the student population and between students and administration,” according to Inside UNC Charlotte.

Jasmin Rivers, SGA secretary for diversity affairs, is helping run the campaign. She wanted to take action when she saw how many students felt their voice wasn’t heard in regard to diversity issues and inclusiveness.

“I knew that in my position as secretary for diversity affairs I had the opportunity to amplify students’ voices and celebrate Niners on campus, but I didn’t know how,” said Rivers. “I wanted everyone to … have the opportunity to speak out, learn, grow and leave college with a better understanding of themselves and others along with their degrees.”

Members of the cabinet are partnering with campus resources including the Multicultural Resource Center, Black Student Union, Senate and new student orientation sessions.

In addition, the dean of students, vice chancellor of student affairs, the chancellor and others are involved as well.

There will be an end-of-the-year exhibition May 3 that will include a panel discussion, art show and short film.

The event will take place in the Student Union Movie Theatre at 7 p.m. Administration will also be present at the event if students wish to speak with them.

Rivers hopes for everyone to learn, listen and grow from this initiative.

“Learn from one another and be willing to listen to the differences in opinions, cultures, religions, lifestyles, etc. … Grow out of the bubble [you] find comforting or develop better understanding and help grow the Charlotte community into something better,” said Rivers.

Students that are interested in joining the conversation can submit their pictures and videos either online or by posting them on social media and using the hashtag #differenttogether or tagging @uncc_sga.

University greets 600 potential Niners at Admitted Students Day

This year’s Annual Students Day, put on by the Office of Admissions, will take place April 29 at 8:00 a.m. The event will offer both academic and student services for the 600 students and 800 guests registered to attend.

Zack Newsome, assistant director of Office of Admissions and coordinator of the event, is excited to greet these first-time freshmen students. He says some of these students have committed to the university while others haven’t, but hopes this event will encourage them to attend.

“The purpose of the event is [for students] to choose UNC Charlotte,” said Newsome. “The event is designed to give a closer look at what UNC Charlotte has to offer both academically and student services wise.”

During their time here, students and guests will receive information through a campus life fair, housing tour by bus, walking campus tour with Niner Guides, eight various student services-related sessions in the Student Union and college previews for students admitted into academic programs.

One of the offices that will appear is New Student and Family Services.

“New Student and Family Services will be at Admitted Students Day to answer any questions from students and families about transitioning into UNC Charlotte,” said Associate Director of New Student and Family Services Emily Wheeler.

New student orientation, known as SOAR, also comes from this office.

“This includes SOAR dates and expectations, the advising and registration process and what student life is like on campus,” said Wheeler.

The Office of Admissions strongly encouraged current UNC Charlotte students to attend in order to help prospective students make connections and hear first-hand experiences.

“Current student participation has been encouraged across campus with academic and student services. Students get to connect with others, get a student’s perspective and is good one-on-one time with staff to get started with the process,” said Newsome.

For lunch, attendees will receive a voucher to eat in either South Village Dining Hall (SOVI) or Crown Commons in the Student Union.

The event is not required for students but is encouraged, especially for students that are not yet committed.

THIRDSTORY shares original sound with Tori Kelly from YouTube to Unbreakable tour

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

THIRDSTORY’s blending of voices soared powerfully through every wall that stood in the Fillmore the night of Thursday, April 21. The three-man singing group that first gained fandom on YouTube is on tour with Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.

“Three-man choir with a pop twist” is how new fan Ana Torres describes their sound. “I think it’s rare to find a group of individuals who can harmonize so well like they did,” said Torres.

Covering popular hits such as Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” and Taylor Swift’s “Style,” THIRDSTORY brings their refreshing style to today’s top hits and even a couple originals. Reaching 1.87 million views on YouTube for their Sam Smith cover, this up and coming trio easily gets the audience “woo-ing” through their melodic harmonies and unique artistry.

Their original songs consisted of catchy choruses, impressive falsettos and a beat that made bodies sway.

“Even though their songs were based on sad emotions/experiences, you felt a sense of empowerment just from how beautifully delicate each melody came out,” said Torres.

It’s easy to see why Kelly chose THIRDSTORY to open for her with their similar tastes in edgy voices and mix of genres in soul, R&B and pop.

Famous for her high range and effortless runs, Kelly opened her performance with her first song on her Unbreakable album “Where I Belong (Intro).” Its honest lyrics set the tone for the rest of the night as she connected to the audience with the pain of heartbreak, struggle of self-confidence and overcoming life’s obstacles.

With one spotlight, one guitar, one voice on stage, she excited the crowd as she sang:

“I’m just a girl with her guitar
Trying to give you my whole heart
If there’s anybody out there listening to me
All I have is a story and a dream
Here I am, and that’s all I can be.”

She entertained the crowd with a mix of old hits, new hits, even honored the passing of Prince with a “When Doves Cry” performance.

“She is a natural vocalist, and what I love about her concert is that there didn’t need to be gimmicks, or crazy outfits for me to want more,” said Torres. Kelly first became known with her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You” with

Angie Girl, a beat-boxer also well-known on YouTube. The video now has almost 25 million views.

“She threw it back from her old covers on YouTube,” said UNC Charlotte student Michael Tran. “A few of them were covers of PYT and ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’, where she incorporated ‘I’ve been thinkin’ bout you, Charlotte.’”

Tran saw her in Raleigh last year when she first toured. He relates hearing her voice to the experience of taking a first bite into a hot Krispy Kreme donut, but in audio form.

“If you ever get to listen to her vocal style of pop/soul/R&B/heaven, you will not be let down,” said Tran.

According to Nielsen Music, Kelly has now sold about 1.5 million songs and albums.

“It’s rare to leave a concert truly satisfied with the talent you heard,” said Torres.

Relay for Life

Relay for life held in Halton Arena. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.
Relay for life held in Halton Arena. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

Cancer supporters, fighters and survivors gathered inside UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena to attend the  Relay for Life April 1. The all-night event, running from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., is organized to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer.

“It’s about having fun and celebrating those surviving, remembering those we’ve lost and thinking of those fighting,” said Events Chair Jen Browne.

Relay for Life opened with a ceremony dedicated to reminding those affected by cancer that they are  not alone and to provide as much community support as possible.

“The opening ceremony is my favorite because everyone sees what my committee’s done and is doing throughout the night,” said Browne. “It’s nice to see that I’m not alone because my dad had cancer and for other people whose family and friends had cancer, there’s a lot of support.”

Student organizations and teams outside the UNC Charlotte community set up tables around the indoor track with food and games to raise money. Games such as Just Dance, corn hole, a life-size version of Angry Birds, even a photo booth and rock climbing wall were in full swing during the event.

Angela Urbina, an elementary education major, volunteered to help encourage attendees to join the marrow registry for Be the Match On Campus at the event. She holds this annual event very close to her heart.

“By participating in Relay for Life, I am able to remember the loved ones that I have lost to cancer. But more importantly, I am able to fight for a cure for the disease,” said Urbina.

Urbina is a passionate advocate for those experiencing the fight and is inspired by other advocates and survivors. In fact, she feels that the event needed more cancer survivors present.

“I think it would have been nice to see more support and representation at UNC Charlotte and hear from those who have been affected,” said Urbina.

A significant and memorable part of the event is the luminaria ceremony. Participants were handed a purple glow stick around 9 p.m. White paper bags drawn and colored on by Relay for Life attendees stood around the perimeter of the arena.

The walk started at 9:30 p.m. Every light turned off so that the entire arena grew dark with only purple lights visible. People dropped their glow sticks inside the white bags in remembrance and honoring lives that have been taken from and fought through cancer.

“It’s very meaningful and emotional for a lot of people. And it’s nice to see everyone taking a moment to remember why we do this,” said Ben Coy, a UNC Charlotte graduate who’s attended Relay for Life for five years. Coy had an aunt and fraternity brother affected by cancer.

“I became more involved on the committee because of them. But I also do it because it is a way for me to stay involved with UNC Charlotte, even after graduation,” said Coy.

The leaders that are preparing for next year’s event will hit the ground running soon. Their entire summer is dedicated to Niner Nights, a time for the Relay for Life committee members to spread the word and generate interest from incoming freshmen.

There were 909 people who participated in the event, raising approximately $27,000.   

Student Government candidate profile: Fahn Darkor, Carrie Nowell

Fahn Darkor, a junior Marketing major from Greensboro, N.C. , is one of UNC Charlotte’s student body presidential candidates. Darkor’s running mate is Carrie Nowell.

Darkor first thought about running for student body president last semester after hearing alleged comments from the Student Organizations Office that created a divide in the student body.

Student Body Presidential candidate Fahn Darkor. Photo by Claire Dodd.
Student Body Presidential candidate Fahn Darkor. Photo by Claire Dodd.

“UNC Charlotte started turning a certain way that tore apart students and for incoming students, it wasn’t that welcoming,” said Darkor.

Nowell and Darkor have been working together for three years now and want to continue that strong bond and teamwork they’ve accumulated in order to effectively lead the student body.

“She can tell when I’m overwhelmed and I can tell when she is stressed. So we’re in tune with one another,” said Darkor. In regards to what they value the most as student body leaders, it’s the number and quality of opportunities UNC Charlotte offers its students.

Over the past three years, Darkor has committed to various leadership positions across campus.

“It’s placed me outside of my comfort zone, forced me to do things I didn’t expect for myself and given me so many opportunities and grow in so many ways,” said Darkor.

He worked as an Orientation Counselor in 2014, won Homecoming Prince in 2015, is Secretary for the Black Student Union, is the Visual Arts Coordinator for New Student and Family Services and is a member of Collegiate 100.

“You can really be who you want to be [at UNC Charlotte],” said Darkor. “There’s not just one campus culture. We embrace our differences and all the different people and we can be okay with that. There’s no stereotypical Niner.”

Darkor’s favorite quote correlates with the idea of being different and embracing diversity. “Trust yourself, think for yourself, act for yourself, speak for yourself, be yourself, imitation is suicide.”

Darkor has a wide selection of interests and passions. In his downtime, he likes expressing his creativity by painting, finding inspiration from ad designs and content, and working on the computer application InDesign. Outside of that, he enjoys watching Disney movies, longboarding, and discovering new music. In fact, Taylor Swift seems to be a favorite artist of his.

“My alarm clock is Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off” every morning,” said Darkor.

Most of all, Darkor has a deep passion for students.

“I’ve always been about students since I got to UNC Charlotte. I want to put the ‘student’ back into student body president,” said Darkor.

Nowell, a junior Organizational Management major from Durham, N.C. is running as a vice presidential candidate with Darkor.

Student Body Vice Presidential candidate Carrie Nowell. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Lay.
Student Body Vice Presidential candidate Carrie Nowell. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Lay.

This singing, nap-loving, student-driven candidate has known Darkor for about three years.

“We were [Orientation Counselors], did projects within SGA that have been really successful and his marketing designs skills with my academic resources knowledge pair well together,” said Nowell. “These are two big areas that need improvement.”

Nowell worked as an Orientation Counselor in 2014, is involved in the University Honors Program, is the club president and founder of the Finer Niners acapella group and works as the Secretary for Academic Affairs in SGA.

“Charlotte as a city is growing and is home to young business professionals, which helps me strive for my dreams rather than going with the normal or expected path,” said Nowell. She sees this as something faculty and staff really push. “The University atmosphere has made that a huge part of that philosophy. It made me want to give back and make things bigger and better.”

Nowell’s biggest passion is working behind the scenes to help people succeed. This is a big reason she loves Organizational Management because she learns how to do things most effectively to help people reach their goals. She gets the chance to work with passionate people, design and implement action plans, as well as bridge the divide among people from different backgrounds. In her eyes and from a business standpoint, this creates the best quality work.

“I don’t know where or how, but I’m going to own my own business and I think I’ll be there in 10 years,” said Nowell. “I would love to have my own restaurant that I collaborate with a designer, chef and keep it trendy. I don’t want it to be a franchise or ‘licensey’ but I want to own a branded event space restaurant.”

In 10 years, she also sees herself being heavily involved in her community. Nowell is passionate about urban youth organizations and student activities and would love to work on the administrative side within these areas. She currently works at an animal shelter and would like to continue this work as well.

UNC Charlotte is not just a college you get a degree from for Nowell, but rather a place with “genuine, real, honest people that feel like family to me. Niner Nation is like a family who has your back and I like that I can give that to other people,” said Nowell.

Annual Gold Rush 5K brings returning, new racers alike

Runners of all ages, newcomers and regulars, even the UNC Charlotte chancellor and chief of police, all geared up in the frigid 32 degree weather for the annual Gold Rush 5K Feb. 6.

The 49er Gold Rush 5K, hosted by the Recreational Services Department, began at 9 a.m. at the Belk Track and Field Complex.

The cold morning air kept all 560 runners jumping and stretching, doing anything they could to keep warm before the start of the race. As they waited in the crowd, one man in particular stood out with a giant sign that towered above runners. This man was UNC Charlotte Chief of Police Jeffrey Baker.

Participants run up the hill in front of the Student Union. Photo by Makeedah Baker.
Participants run up the hill in front of the Student Union. Photo by Makeedah Baker

Baker has run this event every year since he started working at the university six years ago. However, this year is the first time he carried the sign about the LiveSafe app.

“I’ve run hundreds of races in my lifetime … and this is the first time I ever carried a sign. But I did it for our students. I’m trying to get the word out that this app is so useful,” said Baker.

He emphasized that this free safety app is particularly beneficial on a college campus.

“I thought [this race is] a great time to get out among all of our student, staff and faculty participating so that they can learn more about our app,” said Baker.

In addition to his sign, Baker fashioned a green hard hat he decorated himself with lights and sparkly glue to show his Niner Pride.

Junior Tanner Glackin, who ran a time of exactly 20 minutes, is a newcomer to the event, yet he is an experienced runner. He shared that in middle school, he was one of the worst runners. “By my senior year [of high school] I was the top runner,” said Glackin.

Glackin placed eighth in the state championship his senior year with a time of 16:10. When he started college, however, it became more difficult to run on a regular basis due to his work load from classes.

Photo by Makeedah Baker.
Photo by Makeedah Baker

“That [Student] Union hill kind of killed me because I could tell a lot of my leg muscles weren’t there anymore,” said Glackin. He placed sixteenth overall.

For some participants, the Gold Rush served as their first time participating in a running event.

“I’m feeling a little bit anxious,” said junior Chris Galicki 30 minutes until start time. Despite the fact that he never ran any kind of race before, Galicki said he wanted to try something new.

“I thought why not take the challenge and do it for a year?” said Galicki.

First place overall winner Oliver Blecher ran a time of 16:14. Meg Santanna placed first for women with a time of 18:39.

All of the proceeds for this event benefit UNC Charlotte’s student development scholarships. Any direct donations go to an organization called Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young girls how to reach their potential.

Sigma Phi Epsilon’s appended planning draws more attention to JACKtober than ever

One of many donation tables for Shave a SigEp on campus. Photo by: Claire Dodd

The chapter has grown, the enthusiasm has risen, and the “Jack”-O-Lanterns have been carved. On Friday, Oct. 24, Sigma Phi Epsilon is wrapping up the month with their second-ever Shave a SigEp event in the Belk Gym courtyard.

Last August, SigEp brother, Jack Bretz was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Once the fraternity heard, they immediately set up ways to donate money for the American Cancer Society as well as Bretz’s family, which included Shave a Sigep.

Bretz was out for one whole year for recovery time.

“When I came back to school, I started with a lighter class load so I could get back into the swing of things,” said Bretz. “I’m getting back in touch with everyone here, going to events, inserting myself back into the group because I’ve been gone for a while.”

Bretz is taking three courses this semester.

When talking about his friends, he mentioned that they, “really went above and beyond with the support and being understanding about it. I just feel like I’m one of the gang.”

SigEp brother, Ben Coy is the coordinator for all events surrounding JACKtober. Along with this, he has kept the daily total on all of the donations SigEp has received, “which is now at over $2600,” according to Coy.

The fraternity has welcomed about 30 new brothers this semester which adds more hands to help for the month.

“This year we really want to make it bigger than before,” said SigEp brother, Ian Petrere. “Last year it was more of just the pumpkin carving and Shave a SigEp. This year we actually spread it out over the course of a month to give us more time to promote and then come up with new things to do like the promotion with Domino’s and the PILOT events.”

Petrere also added that the new member class this fall has, “hit the ground running. They’ve jumped in, hands on, and they’ve been super excited about the events. We need as much help as we can get so having a positive attitude from the new members is great,” added Petrere.

This event has not only grown for the fraternity, but also for the campus community. “We have a lot more people excited to actually do the shaving, to attend the event and watch. It should be interesting,” said Petrere.

“I really want to be a legacy, [help create] something we can do every year and make into something we can grow,” said Bretz. “Last year we sort of winged it but this year we’re learning how to station everything, how to table, how to schedule when and where we table. There’s a lot of strategy.”

If you would like to donate to the American Cancer Society of Charlotte and/or the Levine’s Childrens Hospital in the name of Jack Bretz, visit

Herban Legend becomes urban legend

UNCC student placing an order at the Herban Legend. Photo by: Matt Jackson.
UNC Charlotte student placing an order at the Herban Legend Mobile Café. Photo by: Matt Jackson.

If you’ve ever seen a giant white and blue truck near Prospector or the Student Union with welcoming spirits and the aroma of international street food, you were probably near The Herban Legend Mobile Café. If you were a fan of their cuisine, you were not alone; however, Chef Brian Seeley, owner of the Charlotte-centered business, is the saddest of all to see the truck drive away for good. 

“It was a really good business and so it’s unfortunate,” said Seeley. 

The business’s last day on campus was Aug. 18. 

The passionate globally-inclined chef was asked to leave campus by Chartwells, UNC Charlotte’s official campus food vendor, in hopes of shifting on-campus food in a different direction.  

Not only did Seeley own a truck at UNC Charlotte, but he also had one that traveled to various parts of inner-city Charlotte. In addition, Herban Legend catered for special events. To his disappointment, he has made the decision to close down the second truck as well. 

 “I want to keep one truck open for [UNC Charlotte customers], but Chartwells wants to go in a different direction, so I decided to close both trucks,” reported Seeley. 

Herban Legend’s last day of business for both trucks will be Sept. 6. 

Attracting about 150 UNC Charlotte customers per day, according to Seeley, students were shocked to see it go. 

UNC Charlotte junior Edward Gonzalez visited the truck twice and was more than satisfied both times. 

“My experience was awesome. The environment they would create just outside their food truck was very chill with the music playing. I would always order their garlic parmesan fries. It was always very friendly and inviting,” said Gonzalez. 

On their homepage, there is a description of The Herban Legend: “We use all fresh ingredients which we source from local growers and purveyors when possible,” states the website. 

The business’s most popular item on the menu was the Shawarma, described on their website as an, “Arabic style seasoned grilled chicken Tzatziki sauce, tabouleh, tomatoes and french fries wrapped in Middle Eastern flat bread.”

Seeley’s love for cooking international foods began when he was given the opportunity to sell products globally to the U.S. military. The next thing he knew, Seeley took on the job of creating menu ideas at an American style restaurant chain located in Qatar. 

After the business closes down, Seeley still wants to stay in the food business. One of his ideas is to eventually move into the bed and breakfast business.

“It’s been a good two years out there and it’s sad the way it had to end,” said Seeley. 

Fire starts near Cone Deck, extinguished by onlooker

Fire crews respond to Saturday’s incident at Cone. Photo by Claire Dodd.

Stephen Towns, a Raleigh resident not affiliated with UNC Charlotte, encountered a fire in the bushes along the side of Cone Deck when he was dropped off at the deck Saturday evening.

“Some smoke started to rise so I came down the steps and saw these two guys standing over there,” said Towns.

When he approached them, the two men had not even seen the smoke.

“There was another guy that ran up with his phone, I guess calling the police and I was like ‘Alright man where can I get some water; How do I put this out?’ And the guy pointed me to go over there [Cone Center],” said Towns.

Towns, frantically looking for some water, came across a fire extinguisher which “was probably the best thing.”

“So I grabbed it and literally ran back out here and put the fire out. That’s all I really did,” commented Towns.

At this time, the cause of the fire has not been released.

Vice chancellor of Student Affairs releases statement upon controversial dance during Air Band

Arthur Jackson, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, released a statement on April 17 regarding backlash from a performance in Air Band on Friday, April 11.

Air Band is an annual competition UNC Charlotte sororities and fraternities come together for to perform a collection of dances with creative themes.

Sigma Kappa’s theme “Disney Dancing with the Princesses” included a Pocahontas dance which unfortunately in turn offended American Indians statewide as well as nationwide.  The release from Jackson commented that, “Regrettably, as part of the Pocahontas dance, the dancers wore Native clothing and displayed tribal-like markings on their faces and arms.”

Jackson explained that even though the sorority did not intend on offending anyone, they will consider this as a learning experience for not just the organization, but for the university as well.

The university is currently reviewing the performance and event, and will work towards avoiding this type of incident again. “Likewise, while our staff sought primarily to encourage a respectful and entertaining event for everyone, we were not attentive enough to the offensive potential of the portrayal of Native Americans,” commented Jackson.

The statement ended in a description of how important UNC Charlotte embraces diversity and strives toward leading a community without exclusion.

To view the statement release, click here.

Cancer awareness event captivates community, Relay for Life 2014 celebrates annual event in Halton Arena

Bag for Relay
One of the many bags that surrounded the rim of Halton Arena’s indoor track. Each bag was filled with glow sticks. Photo by Claire Dodd

Halton Arena filled with students, faculty, organizations and volunteers not to watch a 49er’s basketball game, but to attend Relay for Life, an annual event to raise cancer awareness. The event consisted of keynote speakers, a midnight movie showing of Frozen, rock climbing and other fun activities to raise money toward the cause.

The night began at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 4, and lasted until 6 a.m. the next morning. Throughout the night the committee, lead by Danielle Porter, organized events to keep the atmosphere alive.

Jennifer Beckham, a psychology major, has been on the committee for two years. This year she volunteered as the survivorship chair.

“My team and I were responsible for organizing the survivor dinner and ceremony,” said Beckham. The survivors enjoyed dinner with food donated from Varsity BBQ and Giacamo’s.

“My job during the event was not only to help out with committee tasks but to make sure that the survivors were comfortable and having a good time,” added Beckham.

A student from the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp), Jack Bretz, spoke at the event about his current battle with leukemia. As Bretz spoke on the platform, his brothers stood in front of the podium with arms around each other.

The atmosphere was pure.

“It made us realize what he went through was real and the fact that he is still around motivating us,” said junior SigEp member Jorge Caraballo.

Others spoke about their experience with a relative or close friend that went through or is going through cancer.

One of the activities that raised the most money was the beauty pageant in which men from several of the organizations dressed up as women with wigs, dresses, Hooter’s shirts and makeup.

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Men from various organizations dressed up like women and put on a beauty pageant during the event. They all participated in a dance off as well. Photo by Claire Dodd

After flaunting their looks to the crowd, they went into competition mode for 15 minutes to fill up a jar with as much money as they could. All together, they raised $327.

In previous years, Relay for Life was held on the Irwin Belk Track and Field. Usually during the annual candle ceremony, attendees are given candles and do a silent lap around the track. This year, due to fire codes inside Halton Arena, each attendee was given a glow stick for the quiet lap in honor of those that have passed during the battle with cancer.

For Caraballo, this part of the event was very meaningful to him.

“I liked how everyone was silent and paying their respects for the people that lost the battle,” said Caraballo.

There were also paper bags placed around the inside rim of the track that had small messages or names of those affected by cancer on them. Glow sticks were dropped in each one of them.

If you’d still like to donate to the American Cancer Society, visit

Spotlight: The Last Internationale shakes up Charlotte

The Last Internationale
Photo by Claire Dodd

On Wednesday night, April 2, The Last Internationale opened up for Weezer at The Fillmore. Delila, their vocalist, came out with good range and a unique tone on the mic. Her rock-sounding voice brought variety to their songs.

When guitarist Edgey stepped up to the front, he performed some incredible solos.

The music had enough bass to make you feel it in your sternum but enough to keep your fingers out of your ears.

The songs became better throughout their performance, as well as their stage presence. While performing their last song, Delila stepped off the stage and into the front row of the audience.

One of their last songs was “Cod’ine”, originally done by singer songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie. The band performed it extremely well, sending the audience back into the 70s and 80s.

Overall, the Last Internationale did a pretty good job selling their music and showing what they were all about.

You can check them out for yourself in the music video seen on Rolling Stone’s website below.

Relay for Life raises cancer awareness in Charlotte community

Students, faculty, volunteers, even those affected by cancer came to Halton Arena to celebrate Relay for Life on Friday, April 4. The annual event is put together in order to spread awareness about cancer and remember those that have unfortunately passed away because of it.

During the event, there were a handful of key note speakers that either spoke about their own personal experience with cancer or have a relative that has gone or is going through the tough battle.

Many organizations, including Greek life, clubs sports and the honors college set up tables with activities to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Photos by Claire Dodd.