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UNC 2017: The Year in Video

It’s been a busy year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We’ve had national championships, launched a $4.25 billion fundraising campaign and brought the arts to every corner of campus. We met new students in August and reflected on the journeys of our graduating Tar Heels in May. Take a look back at some of our favorite and most popular videos of 2017. (UNC.edu)

Still searching for the real Andy Griffith

Before he died five Julys ago at his Manteo estate on the Outer Banks, Andy Griffith might have realized he’d leave the world guessing about what he was really like. He might have gotten a kick out of that. He’d made quite a journey since being born into modest means 86 years before in Mount Airy. One of the most amazing parts of it was that he managed to remain a private person. (Winston-Salem Journal)

The Last Great Investment Of UNC Alum, Banking Legend Hugh McColl

Hugh McColl wielded more influence than any banker in the country during the last quarter of the 20th century, turning a small North Carolina bank into Bank of America, a financial colossus that transformed the city’s skyline. In recent years, McColl made a decision that he would devote his remaining years to Charlotte’s black community and west side neighborhoods. (Politico)

A look back at 2017 at Carolina

From national academic rankings and national championships to alumni reaching great heights and new initiatives that will support students, 2017 was another memorable year for the University of North Carolina community. Take a look back at what UNC was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC: (UNC.edu)

'Rolling Stone'-approved N.C. band Mipso finds a sense of place in traditional folk music

Strings quartet Mipso was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 new country artists you need to know. "We've expanded our music vocabulary," says Mipso fiddle player Libby Rodenbough. It wasn't until college at UNC, when she met now bandmates Joseph Terrell, Jacob Sharp and Wood Robinson, that she began truly diving into vernacular music. (Charleston Post and Courier)

UNC-Chapel Hill named best value in U.S. public higher education

For the 17th time, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is the best value in American public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The top ranking reflects the University’s commitment to opening access to a high-quality, affordable education to talented students from all backgrounds. (UNC.edu)

UNC Alumna Brooke Baldwin Among Most Influential in Media 2017

Brooke Baldwin’s most viral moment of the year came when radio host Clay Travis made an astoundingly juvenile remark during an interview on her daytime CNN show. His sexist comment went viral, but one thing should not be lost in the comedy of the clip: Baldwin’s characteristically professional handling of the segment. She later penned an op-ed condemning the remark. (Mediaite.com)

Sutton's Drug Store displays its history with its famous photos

Signed retired jerseys hang from the ceiling next to photographs of locals and celebrities who dined there. History is captured by photographed moments at Sutton’s Drug Store. Owner John Woodard started taking customers’ pictures in 1983 and began hanging them on the wall to decorate the restaurant, while also advertising the business itself. (Daily Tar Heel)

Davie Poplar has stood for centuries

On Dec. 3, 1792, Revolutionary War Gen. William R. Davie and five other men were having a picnic. It was this meeting that would decide the location of the University, and it was this man for whom one of UNC’s many monuments would be named: the Davie Poplar. The exact age of the Davie Poplar is unknown, but arborists believe it is around 300 years old. (Daily Tar Heel)

Winter commencement held at UNC

Be audacious in your pursuits, but not in a flashy, shallow way, UNC’s Dr. Satish Gopal told graduates at the Winter Commencement ceremony at the Dean Smith Center on Sunday. The two-time UNC graduate, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in public health in 2000, is the director of the cancer program at UNC Project-Malawi. (UNC.edu)

Turning the tassel

Approximately 500 undergraduates – who spent their time at Carolina studying 49 different majors – will be awarded degrees at Winter Commencement on Dec. 17. Their top majors were biology, psychology, economics, computer science, and exercise and sport science. Here’s a look at more of the top majors and the number of graduates from those disciplines: (UNC.edu)

Carolina Coffee Shop stays on Franklin Street with help of UNC graduates and US Soccer Olympian

When a group of UNC graduates heard the Carolina Coffee Shop might have to close, they invested in the restaurant in the hopes of preserving a well-established staple on Franklin Street. This past summer, the Carolina Coffee Shop came under new ownership by a group of UNC graduate investors, including soccer Olympian Heather O’Reilly. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina People: Meet Nicholas Graham, University archivist

We’re always chasing down University history questions, looking in the collections. Another big part of our work is records management. On a typical day, I’ll meet with people, look at records in the office and help them figure out the best way to care for and preserve the records they have. "Our job is making sure that the work of the University today is preserved." (UNC.edu)

Carolina’s Air Force ROTC named best small detachment in Southeast

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 590 was recently named best small detachment in the Southeast region for 2016-2017. The Southeast Region encompasses 38 detachments in nine states and Puerto Rico, and is the largest region by cadet population in the AFROTC. Detachment 590 currently has 36 cadets. (UNC.edu)

How UNC-Chapel Hill Became the Nation’s First Public University

When 18-year-old Hinton James left his home in Wilmington to attend college, he thought his biggest accomplishment would be the 170-mile walk he’d made from his home to get there. Little did James know he would actually be the first student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After arriving on February 12, 1795, he would remain the only student for the next two weeks. (Our State Magazine)

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