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The Strange History of the Old East Plaque

Old East, with a cornerstone laid in 1793, was the first state university building in the United States and is one of the oldest continually used academic buildings in the country. Today it serves as a dormitory, but in years past it has also housed classrooms. Its long history and central location on campus makes it one of best-known and most beloved buildings at UNC. (UNC.edu)

Carolina ranked on Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ list

UNC ranks 39th among colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability. Carolina was recognized with high scores in innovation, co-curricular activities, planning, food and water. (UNC.edu)

4 years later, Faith Hedgepeth’s family still no closer to closure

The family of Faith Hedgepeth is still no closer to having closure nearly four years after the UNC student was murdered. The 19-year-old was found beaten to death inside of her Chapel Hill apartment on Sept. 7, 2012. And to this day, her murder remains unsolved. Every September brings a somber reminder to the Warren County family. (WNCN)

How UNC Business Journalism Students Created Their Own Wire Service

A group of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill journalism students have started a wire service to cover companies that often go uncovered by professional media in the state. (MediaShift)

Video: UNC with me

McCorkle Place isn’t the only place to find the Old Well anymore. From South America’s most active volcano to the African plains of Malawi, the University’s most iconic structure has been making its rounds around the world for the UNC-Chapel Hill’s new advertising campaign, which launched Sept. 3. (UNC.edu)

UNC professor is the brains behind robots that advance in-home medical assistance

Computer science professor Ron Alterovitz is using robots to solve problems in health care. “Originally, I was interested in computer science and using computers and software to solve problems,” Alterovitz said. “I was very interested in medical and health care applications, and from there sort of working more on medical robotics.” (Daily Tar Heel)

At UNC Chapel Hill, The Clothes Make the Fan

Eventually we all end up in an oxford and khakis at Kenan Stadium. I don’t wear jerseys or cheap crew-neck T-shirts anymore. At my last UNC football game, I wore a relatively expensive blue V-neck. “As you mature,” Alexander Julian says, “T-shirts don’t look as good.” He’s right, of course. What I wear to the next home game will be out of my control. (Our State Magazine)

UNC housing rebrands dorms to have more school spirit

The UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education has taken a new approach to interior decor. UNC dorms have stepped away from pirate- and jungle-themed halls and are now embracing UNC pride more than ever. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill favorites are officially coming to Kenan Stadium

It’s happening. One of our writers, Daniel Bayer, wrote a while ago about his desire to see Kenan Stadium introduce local restaurants to the concession stands. Well, Daniel’s wishes, along with many other Tar Heel fans, have been fulfilled. The rich and vibrant Southern culinary scene of Chapel Hill is going to find itself a place amongst the stands of Kenan in time for the 2016 season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Comedian, UNC alum Lewis Black keeps the rage fresh

Lewis Black, 67, after years as a comic, actor, playwright and producer of off-Broadway shows, rose to national fame thanks to his Back in Black segments on The Daily Show, offering choleric riffs on current events (as he’s always introduced, when a news item falls through the cracks, Black catches it). (Jerusalem Post)

Carolina 20th in Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide and Rankings

We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). (Washington Monthly)

The mystery of the Old Well: How UNC Week of Welcome traditions got started

Drinking from the Old Well on the first day of classes is now a campus legend — it supposedly helps students achieve a 4.0 GPA — but historians actually are not sure of the ritual's origins. “It only goes back to the 1980s,” University historian Cecelia Moore said. While campus historians have tried to figure out who started the tradition, they have not found conclusive answers. (Daily Tar Heel)

Budding project at UNC gives repurposed flowers to hospital patients

Founded by UNC graduate students Katie Stember and Aspen Gutgsell, Heeling Flowers is a blossoming organization that turns unwanted flowers from events into bouquets for patients at UNC Hospitals. “We were inspired to start the project at UNC after reading a story about a woman in Idaho who turned unwanted flowers from weddings into bouquets for hospice care patients,” Stember said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fatal Crash Kills PlayMakers Marketing Director

Thursday night, a head-on collision on Raleigh Road killed a beloved member of the Chapel Hill community. Connie Mahan was the longtime marketing and press director at UNC’s PlayMakers Repertory Company. She was 62 years old. (Chapelboro.com)

Dr. Bruce Cairns: Second Chances and Serving Others

On Friday, September 18, 2015, as the sun rose on another beautiful Chapel Hill morning, I was on the treadmill at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, when out of the blue, I suddenly collapsed and died. To be more precise, I suffered cardiac arrest (also known as “clinical death”). As a result, I have had an opportunity to deeply reflect on my life and career. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

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