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Video: UNC mascot Rameses XXII welcomes twin sons ahead of Final FourCarolina fans have twin reasons to cheer this week! Not only is the men’s basketball team in the NCAA Final Four, but the Tar Heels welcomed two new woolly members to the Carolina family – Ollie and Marvin, the newest sons of mascot Rameses XXII.
Pharmacy school celebrates top rankingThe UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has been on a good news streak recently. In December 2014, former pharmaceutical executive and alumnus Fred Eshelman donated $100 million, the largest gift by an individual in Carolina’s history. In 2015, the school and pharmaceutical giant GSK created a $20 million public-private partnership to focus exclusively on finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. (UNC.edu)
Phife Dawg, Tar HeelPhife Dawg was not supposed to come to my class. I was teaching "The Art and Culture of the DJ," but Phife, a member of one of the all-time great hip-hop groups, A Tribe Called Quest, was an emcee. Despite no obvious connections to Chapel Hill, Phife was a die-hard UNC basketball fan, with a whole room in his house devoted to Tar Heel memorabilia. (Independent Weekly)
Old Chapel Hill Cemetery history goes deeper than gravesOut of the approximate 2,850 properties in North Carolina listed on the National Register of Historic Places, only 73 of them are cemeteries.The Old Chapel Hill Cemetery is one of them. “It is really unusual for cemeteries to be listed on the national register,” said Cheri Szcodronski, executive director of Preservation Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC researchers crack 50-year-old nuclear waste problem, make storage saferResearchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, making the storage of nuclear waste safer and nontoxic – and solving a decades-old problem. (UNC.edu)
UNC students raise money for clean water in FlintThe Tar Heels for Flint Campaign has organized a solidarity project to raise $5,000 to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan, get clean water. According to the campaign’s GoFundMe page, residents of Flint have unknowingly drunk and bathed in waters that contained levels of lead that met the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of toxic waste. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Earns Number One U.S. News RankingThe UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is number one in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report of the nation’s Doctor of Pharmacy programs in the 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The School placed second in the 2013 and 2009 U.S. News rankings, the last two times these ratings were compiled. (UNC.edu)
Video: Meet UNC alum Dr. Wesley Price, who helped treat Ronald Reagan's gunshot woundAs the Tar Heels prepare to face Indiana on Friday in the Sweet 16 in Philadelphia, UNC alum Dr. Wesley Price recounts the tense moments of extracting a bullet barely an inch from Ronald Reagan's heart after he was shot in Philadelphia prior to the 1981 UNC-Indiana national championship game.
'She just had a heart for people:' UNC junior Vincey Varghese died March 16Vincey Varghese was many things to many people.She was like a daughter to her youth pastors, a friend to everyone she met, a coach to the youth at her church and a Tar Heel at heart — right down to the UNC blanket laid across her in her casket. Varghese, a junior biology major, died Wednesday from complications following surgery to remove a brain tumor. She was 21. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC Alumni help guide Covenant Scholars through deep questions and sleepless nightsA year after graduating from Carolina, Emerson Evans was waiting tables at the mall, working long hours to pay his bills during a tough recession. Now, eight years after graduating from Carolina, Evans is a project manager at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing a portfolio of public health grants worth more than $20 million. (UNC.edu)
From Frock Coats to Flip-Flops: 100 years of Fashion at CarolinaThe display cases at Wilson Library hold real clothes and accessories that Tar Heels wore on campus from 1900 to 2000, donated by Carolina alumni. From classic cashmere sweaters worn in the 1950s to a pair of Levis lovingly patched with colorful scraps from the end of the 1960s, the shifting sartorial splendor of college students is on display. (UNC.edu)
Clef Hangers’ history highlighted in new filmBeing the oldest a cappella group at UNC can only mean one thing: There’s a lot of history. After seeing the Clef Hangers surprise perform at their president’s sister’s wedding, Story House Media was exposed to the group for the first time. A year later, former Clef Hangers president Channing Mitzell asked the company to create a documentary, eventually called “The Pursuit of Harmony.” (Daily Tar Heel)
Speaker Ban Protests: 50 Years LaterTensions have been high on the UNC campus in recent months over issues including race on campus and the recent selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President. But March of 2016 marks 50 years since another set of protests took over Chapel Hill to oppose the Speaker Ban law on university campuses across the state. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC professor credited with first use of ‘**** happens’A small index card from 1983 has made English professor Connie Eble famous. Written on that card is the first known printed use of “shit happens,” forever linking her name to the phrase. “If you go on Wikipedia and look at ‘shit happens,’ you see my name,” Eble said. (Daily Tar Heel)
10 coolest UNC alumni, ranked10. Caleb Bradham (Class of 1890) The inventor of Pepsi-Cola. He’s an alum so we share Tar Heel bonds, but I’m from Atlanta, so I still have to be Team Coke. 9. Peyton Reed (Class of 1986) An American film director most recently known for directing "Yes Man" and Marvel’s "Ant-Man," but more importantly known for directing "Bring It On!" (Daily Tar Heel)