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Prince’s purple reign at Carmichael in 1980s

Lavonda Burnette said her love of Prince has shaped her life. On February 15, 1983, the then-12-year-old Burnette snuck to the front of Carmichael Arena — then “Carmichael Auditorium” — to watch Prince perform....The 1983 performance at Carmichael Arena was part of Prince’s “1999 Tour.” The Time and all-girl band Vanity 6 were the openers.

Economics professor Tiago Pires died over the weekend

Economics professor Tiago Pires died this weekend, according to an email from economics department chairperson Patrick Conway. The email, sent to Pires’ Economics 445 class Monday afternoon, said Pires died of natural causes. Tyler Rogers, a junior economics major, was in Pires’ 8 a.m. section of Economics 445 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Spring on the Quad at Carolina

Watch the trees on Carolina's Polk Place quad come to life as spring makes its way to Chapel Hill from our time-lapse camera on Wilson Library. View Video...

Video: James Taylor remembers Prince with Purple Rain

Chapel Hill native James Taylor, famous among UNC fans for his hit song "Carolina In My Mind", remembers Prince with a short version of "Purple Rain" at a recent concert in Lexington, Kentucky. View Video...

N.C. universities soar in Bloomberg B-school rankings

The business schools at the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University both improved in the 2016 undergraduate business school rankings published by Bloomberg Businessweek. UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business hopped up three spots to No. 7, while N.C. State’s Poole College of Management jumped 39 spots to No. 47. (Charlotte Business Journal)

UNC Exam Spoilers…for Fall 1885

Could you pass finals at UNC in 1885? While looking through the University Papers this week, I found these exams administered at the end of the fall semester in 1885. There is one for Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and English. Some questions would be familiar to a student today, but others, not so much. Can you tell us “what are the defects of our Alphabet?” (UNC.edu)

Allen & Son Lands on National Best BBQ List

Chapel Hill restaurant Allen & Son Barbecue landed on a list of “Best BBQ in America.” Thrillist compiled a list of the 33 best barbecue joints in the country. The website typically releases their top choices for various kinds of restaurants, annually. But, they don’t do that for barbecue. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

UNC last week helped launch SPARK, a research initiative designed to become the largest genetic research study for autism ever undertaken in the United States. The historic nationwide project will collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to better understand the causes of this condition. (UNC.edu)

April 23, 1983: U2 plays Kenan Stadium

U2 opened its 1983 U.S tour in Chapel Hill on April 23. The rock band that would later reach legendary status performed as part of a UNICEF benefit show, "The Carolina Concert for Children." Those who attended recall being excited and curious about the young band from Ireland, the inclement weather that prompted Bono to perform "Singing in the Rain," and Bono climbing the stage's scaffolding and waving a white flag.

UNC-Chapel Hill selects Barnes & Noble College to manage UNC Student Stores

UNC has selected Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, a Barnes & Noble Education company, to operate its UNC Student Stores. As part of a 10-year, $30 million agreement, all operations will transition on July 1, 2016, with the exception of the print shop and pharmacy, which the University will continue to operate. All 48 full-time staff members will maintain employment. (UNC.edu)

Whimsical Wood Work by sculptor, UNC alum Patrick Dougherty

The stick man, as he’s often called, is standing on scaffolding, stuffing a stick into the sculpture. White-haired, wearing battered jeans and thick gloves, he bends a four-foot branch, tucking its ends into the curving tangle over a doorway. He’s Patrick Dougherty, the sculptor behind the sculpture, who lives down the road near Chapel Hill. (Our State Magazine)

Vice President's Cancer Moonshot panel includes 2 experts from UNC

Two UNC professors are going to the moon — figuratively, that is.Deborah Mayer and Barbara Rimer have been appointed to the Cancer Moonshot 2020 panel, which was unveiled in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January. The Moonshot initiative seeks to take major steps in improving cancer care and treatment by the start of the next decade. (Daily Tar Heel)

Nobel Prize medals go on display in Davis Library

On Wednesday, the first floor of Davis Library was filled with students, but instead of having their eyes glued to laptop screens or textbooks, the students gazed at the Nobel Prize medals of Aziz Sancar and Oliver Smithies.The medals of UNC’s two Nobel laureates will be on display in Davis Library for one year as a part of the “Be Inspired: Carolina’s Nobel Laureates” exhibit. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC rated among top 10 national public universities for African Americans

UNC at Chapel Hill – a top public research university with a strong focus on access and affordability and high graduation rates – ranks ninth among the nation’s best public universities for African Americans, according to MONEY and Essence magazines. The publications analyzed more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities to single out the ones that offer the best value for African-American students. (UNC.edu)

Pho Nomenal business for Carolina grad

UNC Kenan-Flagler grad Sophia Woo and her friend and business partner Sunny Lin, a biomedical engineer, launched a Raleigh-based food truck in 2014. Their Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck serves up traditional Asian recipes from family and friends, along with their own original creations. The truck has built a loyal fan base in the Triangle and became a national television phenomenon. (UNC.edu)

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