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Tar Heel meaning evolved from derogatory to proud

UNC’s identity and symbol — the Tar Heel — originated before the University was even founded. Before it became what UNC students called themselves, it was what North Carolinians called themselves. The term has evolved since its creation — and it wasn’t always shouted proudly. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mildred "Mama Dip" Council honored as community leader

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Mildred "Mama Dip" Council, creator and owner of Mama Dip’s restaurant in Chapel Hill, received the POWER award, presented by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, for her community work. Council, who has eight children, said she started organizing community dinners to feed young children who might not get a full meal at home. (Daily Tar Heel)

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Oliver Smithies gives notes to Wilson Library

Oliver Smithies, professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, started the notebooks when he was an undergraduate and kept them throughout his life as he continued his research, which would eventually lead to him winning The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC students respond to Hurricane Matthew flooding

They turned the car around after they saw pictures of the flooding. The trip to Charlotte could wait — their house and belongings could not. Jane Violette, a senior media and journalism major from Fayetteville, said the first floor of her house was ruined. (Daily Tar Heel)

Student veteran transitions to life in college at UNC

For first-year Allen Hughes, waking up in the morning before class does not consist of a stroll to Rams Head Dining Hall for breakfast; instead, he greets his wife and walks his dogs before getting on the bus for a 30-minute ride to campus. Currently a veteran and linguistics major, he served eight years in the army as a sergeant and operations manger. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina commemorates Veterans Day

From the beginning of their military careers, service members are trained to be strong leaders, not just on the battlefield, but in everything they do. Even when they put away their uniform and leave the military, leadership remains at the core of every veteran — making an impact wherever they go. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated those leaders. (UNC.edu)

An ear for Carolina’s soldiers

Mere months after graduating from UNC, Curtis F. Crissman didn’t have the luxury of celebrating Carolina’s 125th anniversary at his alma mater. Instead, the Siloam, North Carolina native was “somewhere in France” as a private in the 316th Field Artillery, reminiscing about his college years along with dozens of other UNC graduates fighting in World War I. (UNC.edu)

UNC students come together to protest political system

Students gathered on the steps of the South Building Wednesday to express their emotions after Donald Trump’s election. “Loads of people were just shocked, dismayed, disgusted, angered, upset, et cetera,” event organizer Lauren Eaves said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chansky’s Notebook: The Carolina Anthem

Wonderfully, James Taylor was back on the UNC athletic fields. When President Obama came to Chapel Hill to stump for Hillary Clinton, his speech was preceded by one of our town’s favorite adopted sons, James Taylor, singing his signature Carolina In My Mind on a stage next to Carmichael Arena. It reminded me of the first time I saw J.T. at UNC. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC rock climber becomes the second woman to complete difficult route

Junior Kerry Scott became just the second female rock climber to complete the rock climb route Proper Soul at New River Gorge in West Virginia on Sunday. Proper Soul is ranked 5.14a in difficulty. The hardest climbing route completed in the world is a 5.15c. “A lot of climbers dream of climbing a 5.12, and a 5.14 is something I never would’ve imagined." (Daily Tar Heel)

Williamses Make $10 Million Leadership Gift to UNC Athletics

Ken and Cheryl Williams of Burlington, N.C., have given a $10 million leadership gift to support Tar Heel Athletics. The Rams Club announced the gift Saturday during a presentation at the UNC-Georgia Tech football game at Kenan Stadium. “We see the high level of excellence and commitment demonstrated by our student-athletes and coaches, and we want to support that.” (Rams Club)

Chapel Hill Has Its Own Stonehenge

Located on Old Highway 86 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina's own Stonehenge is a place that usually goes unnoticed by passing travelers and even locals. Hartleyhenge, named after creator John Hartley, is one of the most unique roadside attractions found in North Carolina. (Only In Your State)

From poverty to success, UNC youth program coordinator teaches male parents how it's done

A man who grew up in Fayetteville's poorest neighborhood returned to his roots Thursday to teach other men how to guide their children to success. "If you believe in your ability to become something great, to become something better, then you can," Chris Wallace told the gathering at the second annual celebration to honor the dads, grandfathers and male guardians of children attending Ferguson-Easley Elementary School. (Fayetteville Observer)

Andy Griffith’s career went beyond playing sheriff and attorney

The musical training seemed to bring the young boy out of his shell, and he soon found himself being able to make his classmates laugh with his imaginative stories. He also joined the school’s drama program, but he was so taken by Mickey’s tutelage that Griffith reportedly went to the University of North Carolina intending to become a Moravian minister. (Belleville News-Democrat)

Launch Chapel Hill: A home for entrepreneurs

The first few months — or years — of a startup company is a strenuous time of balancing developing the business with the demands of running the day-to-day operations. Add on the financial commitment of an office lease and making new business connections, the growing pains can quickly become overwhelming for a young company. That’s where Launch Chapel Hill has come in for dozens of local startups. (UNC.edu)

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