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UNC Students Head for Cannes with Short Film 'Of Princes'As co-founders of the video production company Uninsincerity, UNC juniors Riley Reid, Stuart Schrader, and Jan Bergengruen have produced several impressive works, including a campaign ad for student body president Bradley Opere and the short film Of Princes, which won a spot at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. (Indy Week)
Long-Time Tar Heel Fan Helps Troubled YouthDennis Garrett has been a Tar Heel fan since he can remember. He used to sell soda at sports events with his older brothers, struggling to keep up with them. He says since then the Tar Heels have inspired him in every way and it shows. Garrett has been collecting UNC memorabilia since he was a child. He picks up merchandise from every new city he visits, whether it is from California, Hawaii, the Bahamas, or Mexico. (TWC News)
New questions raised in slaying case of Michael Jordan’s fatherA North Carolina judge could decide as soon as next month whether new evidence in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father will earn the convicted triggerman a new trial. Robeson County teenagers Daniel Green and Larry Demery were convicted 20 years ago of fatally shooting James Jordan during a late-night carjacking along U.S. 74. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC School of Nursing Ranks 9th in World RankingsNursing Times recently published the first ever rankings of schools of nursing worldwide and UNC placed 9th overall and 2nd among public universities in the United States! The study was conducted by analysts at Quacquarelli Symonds, or QS, a British firm specializing in global higher education and careers information and solutions. (UNC.edu)
Making A Murderer lawyer, UNC law alum Jerry Buting writing a bookJerry Buting, the lawyer who gained popularity after appearing in Making A Murderer while serving as Steven Avery’s defense attorney, will write a book about the criminal justice system to be released next year, HarperCollins announced Monday. (Entertainment Weekly)
UNC cancer research finds success with compound treatmentsThey’ve got money, and they’re working together.Faculty and researchers across UNC’s medical programs say state support and a collaborative environment are the main reasons why UNC has had so many recent breakthroughs in cancer research.Shelton Earp, director of UNC Cancer Care and a Lineberger professor of cancer research, has been at the cancer center since 1977, almost since the beginning. (Daily Tar Heel)
Dance Marathon raises its own bar with $44,000 fundraising increaseThe 2016 UNC Dance Marathon broke their own record, raising $44,000 more than 2015’s event. From 6:30 p.m. on Friday to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, student volunteers raised money for the patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital and their families with dancing and activities in Fetzer Hall and out on Hooker Fields. This year the organization was able to raise $614,717.71. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC alum working in Africa makes trip to Final FourWatching the Carolina Tar Heels on the basketball court this season from Africa wasn't easy for Jimmy Leak. The UNC alum travels to Kenya and Ethiopia often as an education advisor for Nuru International. "The internet is sort of in and out. You have to get up at like 4 a.m. because of the time difference," he said, laughing. But he never missed a chance to see them play or recruit new fans. (ABC 11)
The real reason behind Dance MarathonWhen Carolina students twist and shout the night away at the annual Dance Marathon this weekend, they’ll do it for a reason far greater than showing off their moves. Dozens of sick children at UNC Children’s Hospital and their families will have a better quality of life thanks to their efforts. In its 18th year, the Dance Marathon has helped raise nearly $5 million dollars to assist North Carolina families while their children battle illnesses. (UNC.edu)
Early astronaut training housed in Chapel HillYears of training goes into becoming an astronaut, and some of the most basic training took place in North Carolina. Morehead Planetarium, on the campus of UNC, trained 62 astronauts in the early days of the space program from 1960 to 1975. Long-time NASA director Tony Jenzano said he wasn’t aware of the program’s history in the Tar Heel state. (WRAL.com)
Chapel Hill Prepares for Final FourTown of Chapel Hill and University police departments will increase their patrols Saturday and, with a victory, Monday to ensure everyone can safely celebrate UNC’s trip to the Final Four. “We’re all pulling for a Carolina victory, and when that happens, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly and get home safely,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. (Town of Chapel Hill)
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)