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The Cave Closed on April 30. But Now, a Resurrection Is in the Works.There's an oft-mangled aphorism from Mark Twain that goes, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." As it turns out, that's true of The Cave, the venerated fifty-year-old bar and club that was set to close for good on Monday, April 30. But suddenly, it's in the process of being sold to a new set of owners who hope to reboot The Cave in the coming weeks. (Indy Week)
UNC's Morehead Planetarium celebrates 69 yearsThe Morehead Planetarium opened its doors on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus May 10, 1949 after 17 months of construction. It was the first planetarium in the South and only the sixth in the United States. At $3 million – more than $50 million in today’s dollars – it was the most expensive building in the state at the time. (WRAL.com)
Former ESPN president John Skipper lands new job at global sports media companyJohn Skipper, who resigned as ESPN president in December after admitting to a years-long “substance addiction,” has been named executive chairman of Perform Group, a sports media company that operates numerous websites along with an over-the-top subscription service that offers live sporting events in a number of countries. (Washington Post)
Video: UNC Spring Commencement Ceremony Highlights6,119 students received their degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and turned their tassels during the 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony on a sweltering hot Sunday at Kenan Stadium. Here are the highlights of that special day.
Horace Williams airport in Chapel Hill to close after years of debateHorace Williams airport will close to the public on May 15 and a solar energy project will be built on the land, UNC-Chapel Hill officials said Tuesday. The news was sent in an email to Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Town Manager Roger Stancil by Jonathan Pruitt, UNC's vice chancellor for finance and operations. The closure is not a surprise. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Carolina’s Class of 2018 graduatesFor more than 6,000 students sitting in a sea of Carolina blue in Kenan Stadium on Sunday, the journey to graduation was anything but easy. There were demanding classes, all-nighters and countless assignments, but those challenges led to a degree from the University of North Carolina. “You aren’t leaving this place, you are carrying the best of it with you,” Chancellor Carol Folt said. (UNC.edu)
Video: Dear Carolina - A Letter from UNC's Class of 2018As their time as Carolina students comes to an end, members of the Class of 2018 reflect on the past four years and what the University and Chapel Hill have meant to them. Watch the video to see the Class of 2018's love letter to the university that has been their home for the past few years.
Local Lore: The PitThe unofficial center of UNC and beloved fixture of campus life, where The Pit now sits was once home to the primary athletic field on campus. Emerson field, completed in 1916, was the original home to football, baseball and track events on campus. Carolina’s football program quickly outgrew the field and moved to Kenan Stadium upon its completion in 1927. (Chapelboro.com)
To the Moon, from Chapel HillOn April 14, 1970, thousands of miles from Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell received a command from NASA Mission Control: Turn everything off. That included the navigation systems. Without a precise heading, their module would either burn up in re-entry or bounce off the atmosphere and sail into space. Strangely enough, Lovell likely thought of Chapel Hill at that moment. (Our State Magazine)
Meet UNC grad, Commencement speaker Rye BarcottSeventeen years after graduating from UNC, Rye Barcott will return to Kenan Stadium to deliver the Spring Commencement address on May 13. Barcott started his career as an undergraduate at UNC, when he co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that supports community-led development in the impoverished neighborhood in Kenya. (UNC.edu)
Meet the UNC Class of 2018The Class of 2018 has excelled in the classroom, built companies, published papers, created new technologies and won national championships. From commissioned Naval officers to future business leaders, these Tar Heels are primed to take on the biggest issues in the state, country and world. (UNC.edu)
Under New Ownership, ‘The Cave is Not Dead’An outpouring of support and memories came in after news broke that The Cave would be closing. But amidst those memories, there was work going on behind the scenes to keep The Cave open. Musician Melissa Swingle, who also used to bartend at The Cave, told WCHL that she, along with Autumn Spencer, had reached an agreement to reopen the music venue. (Chapelboro.com)
Interview with MipsoEdges Run, Mipso’s fourth full-length album, takes the North Carolina band far from their roots. The quartet (Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Wood Robinson on bass, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, all on vocals) formed when the band members were all students at UNC, and North Carolina has figured prominently in their music and their development. (Glide Magazine)
The Cave Is Closed After Fifty Years, Marking the End of an Era for Music in Chapel HillTo some, The Cave was just another dive, and a pretty dingy one at that. But to a subsection of Triangle-dwellers, it was a hallowed getaway. It's where countless local bands cut their teeth playing their first shows, where they could perform to twenty people and it still felt like they'd packed the room. But the end of The Cave is more than a loss of a cultural artifact or a room. (Indy Week)
UNC professor Jack Griffith elected into National Academy of SciencesUNC professor Jack D. Griffith has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. Griffith is a member of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. (UNC.edu)