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    Ackland Art Museum turns 60

    With the 60th anniversary of the Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a year-long celebration on Sept. 20. This celebration includes public art displays, creative spaces and gifts. Exhibits on display include Birthday presents, ART&, and RedBall Chapel Hill. Located on the UNC campus across from Franklin Street, the Ackland Art Museum is a local museum that focuses on a global outlook, connecting the UNC community to the outside world. Created in 1958, the Ackland, with 18,000 pieces of artwork, provides special exhibitions and public programs free of charge. The Ackland features exhibits on artwork from a  multitude of cultures and time periods, and…

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    Autumn: Big Season for (T)rap

    Big releases in the music industry are constant news, and September and October aren’t any different. Hip hop had a boom in the past two months. Lil Wayne released the highly anticipated Tha Carter V after a Sept. 25 announcement that the album would drop on his birthday, Sept. 27. When the album dropped, social media was abuzz, causing many students to post on their Instagram stories about hit tracks like Mona Lisa, which features Kendrick Lamar, and Don’t Cry, which features the late XXXTentacion. Another big release in rap was the drop of Iridescence, Brockhampton’s new album, Sept. 21. The album is the first album of the 14-person collective…

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    BalloonFest Comes to Carolina

    Statesville, NC–The Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville, North Carolina, is a combination of fried food, music, people, and floating pieces of art which carry people through the sky. It is the 45th year of the festival, and its many sponsors, including McDonald’s and Wells Fargo, helped pay for many types of entertainment. From October 19 to 21, the festival was open with inflatables, a climbing wall, bungee jumping and even a walk-in balloon for kids. For adults, there was a craftbeer station, a fried food section and two live bands. These activities were just side events, however, not the main attraction. A hot air balloon is a large contraption which has…

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    The Bacchanalian: Best Bubble Tea

    Tea, sugar, milk, flavoring and most importantly of all, tapioca balls. Since the invention of bubble tea in 1986, the drink has exploded in popularity among Asian communities in the United States and abroad. Consequently, it’s no surprise that bubble tea locations have popped up in both Chapel Hill and the larger Raleigh Durham Area. First, we’ll be reviewing the bubble tea shop Frozy’s. Frozy’s is located in the New Hope Commons shopping mall plaza next to Walmart. The store offers bubble tea, frozen yogurt and smoothies. Their bubble tea comes in multiple flavors and offer both milk and fruit versions (bubble tea with added milk or added fruit flavoring).…

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    Rappers spar in the public eye

    The quick-talking, blunt persona of the hip-hop artist Cardi-B is well-known and respected by millions. The star is known for her refusal to be silenced and is epitomized by her thick New Y–ork accent. Although her attitude is applauded by many, controversy swirls around the artist, as her social media persona serves as an example of violent and aggressive behavior, drawing negative attention from fans. Feuds in hip hop are nothing new, but with the influence of social media at an all time high, drama spreads faster than ever and reaches millions all over the world. Most recently, at a New York Fashion Week Party, Cardi B and fellow artist…