Where thought begins

March Issue

Dear readers,

You’ll find something different in this month’s issue. Synapse writers reported on their own lives. They pulled details from distant memories — some painful, others amusing — to revisit and share with you.

We took a break from what we usually do, which means separating ourselves from objective, sometimes detached, reporting and instead making ourselves the main source. We think memoirs are important because sometimes the best way to tell a story is in first person.

You’ll hear from a grandson who may have said goodbye to his Alzheimer’s-stricken grandmother for the last time and a marathon runner struggling through tremendous pain. You’ll also learn what it’s like to attend a Catholic school as a non-Catholic in small town North Carolina and be told tales from a coleslaw wrestling festival in Florida. And finally, a visual memoir we all can relate to: photos from a Franklin Street of the past.



Liz Crampton, editor-in-chief

Who we are

Synapse is a student-run digital magazine at UNC-Chapel Hill, founded to fill the void of thoughtful enterprise and investigative journalism in our community.

Every month, a new issue of Synapse will be available online, iPad and iPhone.

By removing ourselves from the daily news cycle, we are able to focus solely on producing longform stories, interactive graphics and captivating photos and videos. And our digital-only format allows us to create a news experience that engages you, our reader, in the content.

Each issue will bring a mixture of hard-hitting news, data-driven analyses and riveting feature stories. We hope these pieces will prove thought-provoking, and ultimately foster conversation about the issues, people and events that matter to the UNC community.


Meet the team

Liz Crampton


Megan Cassella

Managing Editor

Emily Overcarsh

Art Director

Sarah Niss

Publicity Director & Staff Writer

Rob Harms

Staff Writer

Brooke Eller

Staff Writer

Dylan Howlett

Staff Writer

Jordan Bailey

Staff Writer

Randy Short

Staff Writer

Rachel Herzog

Staff Writer

Emily Byrd

Staff Writer

Amy Tsai

Staff Writer

Chris Conway


Johanna Ferebee


Kristi Stout


Layla Quran

Staff Writer

Lauren Merlini

Publicity Assistant

Jackson Knapp

Staff Writer

Camila Molina

Staff Writer

Emily Hackeling

Staff Writer


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