Robertson Scholars 'caught in the middle' with allegiances to both Duke and UNC

1 April 2022

— The Tar Heels’ energy is building on Franklin Street. Everyone is talking about Saturday’s Final Four game against Duke.

Fans and students certainly have their opinion on who will win. A tailgate party was held on Friday the where school loyalties were more complicated.

The party on campus is for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. They had the food, the music and the games you would expect. However, this group is unique.

These students alternate their time studying at both UNC and Duke.

They have “dual-citizenship” essentially – in both camps. While they have a home campus, they spend some time learning and even living at the rival school. Leading up to this big game with its heightened emotions, I asked a scholar what that is like right now.

“Whenever I say I am from UNC while I am at Duke,” said Felipe Yanaga. “They make fun of me. When I am over here and say I am at Duke, they make fun of me. I bought a bunch of UNC merch when I got here, but then I moved to Duke this semester – so I can’t wear any of my UNC shirts over there because people heckle at me.”

To balance things out, the next party is at Duke. That will the be the watch party for the big game.

Tip off is set for 8:49 on Saturday night.

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