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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)

Homegrown Halloween Draws 25,000 to Chapel Hill

Approximately 25,000 revelers took to Franklin Street on Monday night for Halloween, according to Chapel Hill Police. Authorities say one arrest was made in the area closed off for the celebration after a report was made that the suspect groped a victim; officials said more information was not available at the time of the release. (Chapelboro.com)

Halloween fun on Franklin Street to end early Monday night

The annual Halloween celebration on Franklin Street saw a crowd of 40,000 people in 2015, and this year the event could be even bigger as organizers make a few changes in the name of safety. This year, Halloween revelers will see new hours for the event. In the past, authorities allowed the party to run until about 11 p.m. Monday night, the party will wrap up at 10:30 p.m. (WRAL.com)

UNC chemist Bo Li awarded Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Bo Li, a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, awarded to highly creative researchers early in in their careers. Each of the 18 fellows announced by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation on Oct. 14 will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. (UNC.edu)

UNC’s Kibbe, Sancar elected to National Academy of Medicine

Melina Kibbe, MD, and Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, professors at the UNC School of Medicine, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the field of medicine. (UNC Health Care)

Carolina’s spectral side

Creaking floors where no human walks, a dapper phantom fond of performing arts, two lovers wandering the woods forever in search of one another. With more than 200 years of history, Carolina is bound to have ghost stories – and they take many forms. Halloween is right around the corner. Do you dare visit some of these campus haunts? (UNC.edu)

US News and World Report Ranks Carolina 32nd Among World’s Top Research Universities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ties for 32nd among the world’s top 1,000 research universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings. UNC is tied with Boston University and the University of Colorado–Boulder for 32nd among world institutions. Among U.S. research universities, UNC placed 26th overall and 11th among public campuses. (UNC.edu)

UNC Will Take Lead In Major PTSD Study

This study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, will be based at UNC. The $21 million AURORA Study will employ the efforts of 19 institutions and more than 40 scientists. Trauma survivors will be enrolled during the immediate aftermath of trauma and followed longitudinally for one year. (UNC General Alumni Association)

UNC Alumna Gives Five Million Dollars to Wilson Library

UNC alumna Florence Fearrington has given $5 million to the Wilson Special Collections Library. This is the largest gift ever given to a library on the UNC campus. She designated $1 million of her gift to help update the reading room in Wilson for the first time since a three-year renovation that began in 1984. It will be renamed the Fearrington Reading Room in her honor. (Chapelboro.com)

Members of Mipso, music group started at UNC, find their harmony

Mipso, a contemporary string band with roots in the Triad, is a harmonious ensemble in more ways than one. Since all four members sing, harmonized vocals have become a focal point of their performances. They cite influences from the Beatles to bluegrass and gospel groups in their approach to vocal arrangements. (Greensboro News & Record)

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