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Carolina summer days

The campus has a different feel in the summer, but Carolina remains as charming and stunning as ever.

The bell tower is reflected on glass.
The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower is reflected in the glass wall on the roof of the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus. (Photo by Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Summer in Chapel Hill may be a bit quieter — and hotter — than the rest of the year, but with Summer School in session, various summer research programs and thousands of incoming students visiting campus for orientation, there is still excitement flowing through Carolina.

No matter where you’re spending your summer, take in the scenes of Carolina in the summer.

Carolina alumni Katie Culpepper and Daniel Manila from the Class of 2022 started playing croquet with friends during the pandemic to gather while social distancing outside. The Tar Heels set up on McCorkle Place to get in another round this summer.

Summer is filled with work for Geoffrey Neal and the North Carolina Botanical Garden team that cares for Coker Arboretum. Neal, an assistant curator with the North Carolina Botanical Garden, spent one recent morning weeding the area.

Much like the curators at Coker Arboretum, Carolina’s winged inhabitants have also been busy this summer. The University is home to teams of staff members who maintain our historic campus, and they get an assist from valuable natural resources: bees.

From volunteering as student beekeepers to initiating campus-wide projects, Tar Heels are actively working to care for bees and other pollinators, and the entire Carolina community reaps the benefits of that work.

Fans — both in the stands and in the outfield — took in the Diamond Heels’ regional games in the NCAA Baseball National Tournament at Boshamer Stadium in June. After earning the ACC title in May, Carolina’s baseball team hosted one of the tournament’s regional brackets, drawing sellout crowds to cheer on the Tar Heels.

The CUBE in the Pit was painted rainbow colors in honor of Pride Month throughout June. This was just one way Carolina celebrated Pride Month. The University Libraries’ also launched a new online exhibit called “Queerolina,” which lets users travel through time and space to live the experiences of Carolina’s LGBTQ community, collected over the past two years and archived as “The Story of Us.”

The faster you can get from one place to another in the Carolina heat, the better. Whether with scooters, bikes or humid walks, Tar Heels are still roaming campus as they continue researching, studying and practicing their crafts throughout the summer.