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Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower's master bell ringers

People on campus hear the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower’s chimes each day, but two UNC students listen with particular interest.Chris Pirrung and Katie Rose Hand are the tower’s master bell ringers, a position that dates back to the bell tower’s construction in 1931. Their responsibilities include ringing the bells on football game days and other special occasions. (UNC.edu)

Local Lore: The Bunker Beneath UNC

Oddly enough, one particularly large and significant shelter could be found at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Relatively far away from Washington DC, the shelter on the UNC campus was meant for one purpose: to protect a computer. The UNIVAC 1105 in the basement of Phillips Hall, one of the three ever manufactured, was installed in 1959. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC goes to Washington: Graduates reflect on their paths to politics

When U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., graduated from UNC in 1961, the idea of running for Congress was far from his mind. He didn’t know it at the time, but multiple aspects of his campus involvement would later play an important role in his political career. “(Congress) was never on my radar screen,” he said. “But I was interested in leadership." (Daily Tar Heel)

Accelerating autism research at UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long been one of the world’s premier autism research universities, taking on the disorder from every angle — genetics, developmental, biomedical and cognitive. Currently, nearly 100 faculty members, students and postdoctoral researchers from 32 departments within five schools work on autism-related research. (UNC.edu)

UNC junior named Carolina’s sixth Beinecke Scholar

Jordan Jenkins, a third-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was recently selected for the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship. Jenkins, who is pursuing majors in history and political science, hopes to earn a doctorate of philosophy in United States history, focusing on race and class in the American South. (UNC.edu)

UNC among top-rated public colleges in new rankings

The University of North Carolina is among the nation’s top 100 public colleges, as rated by Business First. Current rank (among 485 public colleges): 2. The annual rankings are based on a 22-part formula that analyzes the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Triangle Business Journal)

Carolina dreams even bigger on the second Arts Everywhere Day

On the second Arts Everywhere Day, UNC again moved arts from beyond the stage and into the quad, but this time the University stretched the arts further — reaching where more students live on south campus. The installations, live performances and other events on Friday might have been temporary, but soon the arts will have a new, permanent footprint. (UNC.edu)

20 years after ‘Cold Mountain,’ award-winning author and UNC grad Charles Frazier is hot again

Charles Frazier’s first novel, “Cold Mountain,” was a massive bestseller about the Civil War and a critical success. It won a 1997 National Book Award and was adapted for an Academy Award-winning film. In the 20 years since that spectacular debut, Frazier has published sparingly. But now, with his superb new novel, “Varina,” he has circled back to the Civil War. (Washington Post)

UNC student selected as James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program recipient

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Frances Reuland has been selected for the elite James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program run by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is UNC-Chapel Hill’s second recipient of this one-year award. The Junior Fellows Program provides substantive work experience at the Carnegie Endowment. (UNC.edu)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks at UNC in 1960

Today marks 50 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of the late civil rights leader, we reflect on the time that King spoke at the University of North Carolina in 1960. Invited to the University by campus religious organizations and the Carolina Forum, King's visit occurred just as the fight for equality began gaining momentum in the community. (UNC.edu)

April 1968: Carolina Reacts to the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 – 50 years ago today – the reactions of UNC students were emblematic of the complex racial landscape at UNC. In a timeline of events on campus in the week following the assassination, alumnus John Sellars remembered the reaction on campus when students learned of King’s assassination. (UNC.edu)

Revisit late novelist and UNC grad John Ehle, who founded some of NC's most innovative schools

What if you turned over the keys to state government to an innovative novelist/intellectual and told him he had a year to come up with some original ideas for the state? That is what Gov. Terry Sanford did in 1962, when he hired John Ehle as his special assistant and idea man. The result was a burst of creative energy that North Carolina state government had not seen before. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Last round for Spanky's in Chapel Hill, new restaurant weeks away

Reports of Spanky's retirement brought fans of the Chapel Hill landmark back for one more round, one more meal and a stroll down memory lane. Generations of UNC students and alumni passed through the restaurant's doors during its 40-year tenure at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets. The owner calls the end of Spanky's a retirement of the current concept. (ABC 11)

'One more time:' Patrons visit Spanky's Bar and Restaurant in Chapel Hill before it closes

An iconic Chapel Hill restaurant announced Thursday that it would be closing after 40 years in business. Terra and Jason Bellavance, like so many, wanted to eat at Spanky's one last time. "I celebrated my 21st birthday, my 25th, my 30th, and then we had our rehearsal dinner here," Terra Ballavance said. "We've known Spanky's from the beginning," patron Curtis Clark said. (WRAL.com)

Two decades of Dance Marathon

When the first UNC Dance Marathon took place, 75 students participated and raised $40,000. Two decades later, hundreds of dancers took to the floor in Fetzer Gym this March 23 for the annual event, raising $434,139. Now known as Carolina For The Kids, the student organization has raised nearly $6 million for the UNC Children’s Hospital over the past 20 years. (UNC.edu)

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