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Jeff Varner's Survivor Adventure Is Over, But His Midlife Quest Has Just Begun

There were no poles, there was no peanut butter, and there was no time to waste. Jeff Varner hit the beach of Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance running at a speed that can only be described as “balls to the wall,” in his own words. But the tank finally ran out of gas and bit him in the you-know-what on Day 12. (Parade Magazine)

UNC Environmental Studies major Larisa Bennett lives her dream and gets to tag a shark

Every fall, the Institute of Marine Sciences welcomes UNC undergraduate students to study at the coast for the term through the Institute for the Environment Field Site program. As part of her Independent Research project, Environmental Studies major Larisa Bennett will be sharing weekly blog posts on her semester by the sea. (Under The C Blog)

As you like it: Mipso, string band composed of four UNC grads, caters to the fan experience

Chapel Hill-based string band Mipso became enamored with Honda’s version of a minivan while traveling to 37 U.S. states this year. The group learned, though, that the roomy auto doesn’t fit their needs for overnight rest. “We are all totally converted to soccer mom life. We love the Odyssey. We think it’s amazing,” says mandolin player and singer Jacob Sharp. (Mountain Xpress)

Chapel Hill wants to further reign in Halloween revelry

Chapel Hill is making a bigger effort this year to keep its popular Halloween festivities smaller. Each year, thousands of costumed-revelers – many of them college students – jam Franklin Street on Halloween night. This year, officials want to encourage local families to come out with their children. They'll close off Franklin Street at 8:30, but they'll reopen it to traffic earlier than usual, at 11 p.m. (WRAL.com)

Tar Heel Tailgate Talks continue with Smith-Ryan

Join Abbie Smith-Ryan, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, for this week’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m., Smith-Ryan will share her work in body composition assessment and how it impacts performance, injury prevention and overall health for athletes. (UNC.edu)

World Health Organization names UNC lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15 years. (UNC.edu)

'Chapel Hill tradition’ Breadmen's to relocate but stay local

Forty-one-year-old Chapel Hill restaurant Breadmen’s may relocate to make room for up-and-coming mixed-use development, Amity Station. Owner Roy Piscitello said he wants to dispel the myth that Breadmen’s is permanently closing because of Amity Station. “Everybody thinks we’re closing. We’re not closing,” he said. “At some time in the future, in 2 to 3 years, we will move the restaurant.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Stuart Scott's daughters talk about their father's legacy

Taelor and Sydni Scott, daughters of late ESPN Sports Anchor Stuart Scott, were in attendance at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion last weekend. At the event, the girls had the chance to meet with fans, speak on stage, and check out all of the different booths at the 5 day event. (icFlorida)

UNC researchers develop 3D dental X-ray method

Dentists use X-rays to spot cavities and other problems with teeth, but standard images may miss problems that can become more serious. To help dentists and patients, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are developing a 3D X-ray that offers more detail. The X-rays work like a CT scan, allowing dentists to see slice-by-slice views of the mouth. (WRAL.com)

Student rappels from 10th floor of Hinton James dorm

Late Monday night, a student in a ski mask rappelled down Hinton James Residence Hall using his personal climbing gear. He lowered himself down the side of the building as Hinton James residents — some of whom reported him to housing officials — watched from the balcony. Senior Christian Reyes said he’s an experienced climber. (Daily Tar Heel)

Following in the first footsteps

As resident of Old East, Michael Edmundson is literally following in the footsteps of UNC’s first students. When he returns to his dorm every day, he walks through the doorway that Carolina students have been using since the first day of classes at the University. “It’s very cool to know that this building has been here for as long as it has,” the senior philosophy student said. (UNC.edu)

TOPO Distillery sells first bottle of liquor outside of ABC system in 106 years

Scott Maitland, owner of TOPO Distillery, sold the first bottle of liquor outside of the ABC Commission system in North Carolina since 1909 on Thursday. “This is kind of a minor miracle,” Maitland joked at the event hosted at TOPO Distillery to celebrate the significant moment in North Carolina history. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill No. 1 among 'college towns you'll never want to leave'

Chapel Hill is No. 1 among the "Top 10 College Towns You'll Never Want to Leave," according to College Magazine, which publishes information about schools and college life for prospective and current students. "The judges give Chapel Hill straight 10s when it comes to its flawless beauty (cue roses thrown on stage) and passion for on and off-campus events," writes the author. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC School of Medicine's Aziz Sancar reacts to news of Nobel win (video)

University of North Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar, among three scientists to win the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, says he hopes the world can come to a ''scientific'' approach to peace in Syria. (Reuters)

How overcoming cancer taught a UNC alum and entrepreneur to live

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is probably the most difficult thing that anyone can experience. And so it was for Greg Roper, 54, a successful entrepreneur, in the spring of 2012. Doctors diagnosed him with stage four oropharyngeal cancer. But rather than face that stark diagnosis with terror and dread, he showed great courage--and learned more than a few tips for cherishing life and running a business in the process. (Inc.com)

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