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Alexandria Johnston named School of Education’s first Dean Smith Scholar

Alexandria Johnston, a student in the UNC School of Education’s school counseling program, has been named the school’s first Dean E. Smith Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dean Smith, UNC’s head men’s basketball coach for 36 seasons. Johnston, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., joined the Master’s of Education program in school counseling this year. (UNC.edu)

Remembering the late U.S. Senator, UNC alum Paul Wellstone

It’s been 25 years since Wellstone won an historic against-all-odds victory for the U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota in 1990....At the University of North Carolina, he won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in his 126-pound weight class. Wellstone earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 and stayed at the University of North Carolina to earn a Ph.D. in political science in 1969 with a dissertation about black militants. (Salon.com)

60 Minutes: Football and the Brain

Concussions are sort of like snowflakes, there are no two alike. And none of them good according to Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz who has been researching the link between football and brain trauma at the University of North Carolina for more than a decade. His studies indicate that players are five times more susceptible to dementia later in life if they've sustained three or more concussions. (CBS News)

Thrill City makes brief return for UNC's season opener

Those who never got around to purchasing the unmistakeable "Thrill City" T-shirt before the store closed will have another crack at it Sunday. Though Thrill City, the Chapel Hill-based clothing brand, officially closed in May, co-owner Ryan Cocca said he chose to put a few items up for sale to celebrate the start of basketball season and clear unsold merchandise. (Daily Tar Heel)

Pop stars Ed Sheeran, Joe Jonas make trips to Chapel Hill

On Tuesday night, Ed Sheeran was seen at 'He's Not Here' and a UNC fraternity....On Wednesday night, Joe Jonas and his band, DNCE, performed at Local 506, a Franklin Street music bar, and later bought food for concert-goers next door at Italian Pizzeria III.

A Foodie Who Plays Cello Standing Up: Meet Avett Brothers Cellist, UNC alum Joe Kwon

As a kid, Joe Kwon spent all of his time doing two things: practicing the cello and eating delicious food. His family had recently immigrated to North Carolina from South Korea so his house was always filled with family and lavish Korean cooking....He failed to get into a college music program, so he ended up at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied computer science. (WUNC)

Elon community gathers to remember student who died at UNC Wednesday

In honor of Demitri Allison, the Elon University student who died after falling from UNC’s Morrison Residence Hall on Wednesday, Elon students, faculty and staff gathered at their football stadium Thursday to share memories of their friend. Allison was a football player in his junior year studying management. (Daily Tar Heel)

Actor, UNC alum Billy Crudup will never get sick of hearing 'I am a Golden God'

Fifteen years after rocking the role of Russell Hammond, Billy Crudup has one memory that stands out in his mind when it comes to filming Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. “We spent five or six weeks rehearsing together,” Crudup said. (Entertainment Weekly)

Elon University football player dies after falling from dorm on UNC campus

Demitri Allison, a junior wide receiver on Elon University's football team, died Wednesday after falling from a 10-story dorm on the UNC campus, Elon officials said. Allison, a native of Cornelius, N.C., was majoring in management. He played in all 9 games for the Phoenix this season. Law enforcement officials said he fell from Morrison Residence Hall Wednesday afternoon. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC alum Howard Lee to receive North Carolina Award for his extensive public service contributions

Just about everybody knows that Howard Lee became the first African-American to be elected mayor of a predominantly white Southern city when he claimed a surprise victory in Chapel Hill in 1969. It was a watershed moment in the town’s – and the country’s – history. Fewer people know that he was elected twice more, in landslide fashion and with little fanfare – a fact that may be even more significant. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

The Rathskeller’s Legendary Lasagna Lives On

Generations of UNC students have made their way down a set of suspect steps on Franklin Street’s Amber Alley to eat at the Ram’s Head Rathskeller, then went back as alums and introduced their children to it. The Rat, as it was better known, had a menu full of options. But the regulars knew there were really only two choices: lasagna, which was better known as “the bowl of cheese.” And the Gambler. (Our State Magazine)

Researchers at UNC School of Social Work receive $3.4 million grant

Researchers in aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a nearly $3.4 million federal grant to examine the inappropriate and excessive use of antipsychotic medications in assisted living communities, with a particular emphasis on examining what is behind the inappropriate and excessive use and potential alternate practices. (UNC.edu)

Football Game Day Memories

As the days grow shorter and the evening air becomes cool and crisp, some sort of internal clock triggers a growing excitement inside many of us long time Chapel Hill natives; a reminder that football season is fast approaching. I remember going to my first UNC ball game like it was yesterday. I was perhaps ten or eleven when my grandfather, a journalism professor here at the college, first called to invite me to a home game. (Downtown Chapel Hill)

UNC housekeepers' gospel choir reaches hospital patients

Normally angels are depicted in white, but upon your next visit to UNC Hospitals, you might see some angels dressed in Carolina Blue. Carolina Blue robes are the uniforms of the Environmental Services Choir, which is comprised of the hospitals’ housekeeping staffs. Shawn Davis, a housekeeper since 2014, organized the gospel group for the hospital’s multicultural fair in 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

19 Totally Magical Libraries To Visit Before You Die: 13. Louis Round Wilson Library at UNC

From Wikipedia - The Louis Round Wilson Library is a library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is named after UNC librarian Louis Round Wilson. It served as the university's main library from its construction in 1929 to 1984. Today, it mainly serves as a special collection library. Its North Carolina collection is the largest about a single state in the United States. (BuzzFeed)

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