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What is it that binds us to this speech? Charles Kuralt’s 1993 UNC Bicentennial Address

“What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls..." These words, spoken in Charles Kuralt’s iconic voice, will be familiar to anyone who has watched a UNC sporting event on TV the past few years. This speech was given by Kuralt on October 12, 1993, during the celebration of UNC’s bicentennial. (UNC.edu)

UNC law school alum gains fan base after starring in Netflix’s 'Making a Murderer'

If UNC’s School of Law creates a course on how to deal with being an internet sensation, Jerry Buting might be the perfect professor. The UNC law class of 1981 graduate defended Steven Avery in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” The documentary follows the trial of Steven Avery, who was accused, and eventually convicted, of murdering Teresa Halbach. (Daily Tar Heel)

The 50 Best College Hotels - Carolina Inn

8. The Carolina Inn: Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, this inn has received a Four-Star rating from Forbes and the Four-Diamond Dining Award from AAA for its Crossroads Chapel Hill restaurant. Nearby, visitors can check out Franklin Street’s dining, nightlife and shopping. (CollegeRank.net)

Two UNC professors honored for lifetime achievement by American Geophysical Union

Carolina’s Hans Paerl, a renowned marine and environmental scientist known for his work on the ecological causes and impacts of toxic algae blooms in aquatic ecosystems, was honored Dec. 16 at an award ceremony for his election to the American Geophysical Union....The distinguished award was presented at the AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, where Paerl and colleague, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Larry Band, were among 60 new fellows honored.... (UNC.edu)

UNC senior and recent graduate will study in China as Schwarzman Scholars

For Morehead-Cain Scholars Larry Han and Max Seunik, the opportunity to complete a master’s program in China will serve as a springboard for global career options. Han, a senior majoring in biostatistics and mathematics, and Seunik, who graduated in May with a degree in health policy and management, are recipients of the Schwarzman scholarship. (Daily Tar Heel)

Steep Canyon Rangers, bluegrass band started by UNC students in 2000, never tire of the climb

The Steep Canyon Rangers formed when the group of friends came together at UNC in 2000. Vocalist and guitarist Woody Platt, banjoist Graham Sharp and bassist Charles Humphrey formed the original core of a band. Mandolinist Mike Guggino and fiddler Lizzie Hamilton signed on shortly thereafter. By the time the members graduated, they were already a legitimate touring band. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Speaker Ban remembered, activism persists

Fifty years ago today, students took a stand for their First Amendment rights — defying the state legislature and inviting previously banned speakers to Chapel Hill.This speaker ban, officially known as the Act to Regulate Visiting Speakers, was debated for less than an hour on the last day of the legislative session. (Daily Tar Heel)

Clef Hangers perform at White House

It’s not everyday that someone can say they performed for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — unless you’re a member of the Clef Hangers. In December, UNC’s oldest a cappella group was invited to perform at the White House. The group sang James Bay’s soft rock song “Let It Go.” (Daily Tar Heel)

How UNC MBA alums turned $10k into $200M

Joe Colopy's wife was six months pregnant, and she was about to become the family’s sole breadwinner as he launched a new company. Chaz Felix had fewer complications, but he shared Colopy’s dream to turn an idea into a successful business. Almost 13 years after the pair met and agreed to put $5,000 each into their venture, they sold their email marketing company for $200 million. (Business NC)

Carolina’s MBA@UNC among best in the country

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA@UNC program No. 3 in its second ranking of online MBA programs. UNC Kenan-Flagler has enrolled more than 1,300 students in MBA@UNC and graduated more than 500 since the program launched in 2011. Today more than 725 students – from 48 states and 40 countries – are enrolled. (UNC.edu)

UNC researchers kill drug-resistant lung cancer with 50 times less chemo

The cancer drug paclitaxel just got more effective. For the first time, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have packaged it in containers derived from a patient’s own immune system, protecting the drug from being destroyed by the body’s own defenses and bringing the entire payload to the tumor. (UNC.edu)

UNC Students Give Car to Community Member

Tracy Theissen drew a deep gasp when she found out that UNC students had raised enough money to provide her with a new Honda Odyssey minivan. “No it’s not,” Theissen exclaimed when told the new van was hers. “I wasn’t prepared for that.” The minivan, courtesy of Crown Honda at Southpoint, will help Theissen get around as she gives back to the community. (Chapelboro.com)

New pharmacy celebrates grand opening in Student Stores

The University’s new pharmacy in Student Stores had its grand opening on Wednesday, drawing about 300 students from all over campus. As the grand opening of the pharmacy got underway, a steady stream of students stopped to look, enter the drawing and ask the pharmacist questions. (Daily Tar Heel)

He’s Not Here Remains Open Under Agreement with ABC

The alcohol permits for He’s Not Here will be suspended for 21 days and the bar will be fined $15,000 under an offer in compromise ratified by the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. The agreement was ratified during the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday. (Chapelboro.com)

Joe Ferrell says farewell after 50 years at UNC

Joe Ferrell’s lifelong career began with a single booze-filled night as an undergraduate at UNC. He overslept for the MCAT the following morning and resigned to take the LSAT instead. “That turned out to be the luckiest thing that ever happened to me,” Ferrell said. More than 50 years later, Ferrell is poised to retire from the career he fell into and the only university he’s ever served. (Daily Tar Heel)

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