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UNC Alumni help guide Covenant Scholars through deep questions and sleepless nights

A year after graduating from Carolina, Emerson Evans was waiting tables at the mall, working long hours to pay his bills during a tough recession. Now, eight years after graduating from Carolina, Evans is a project manager at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing a portfolio of public health grants worth more than $20 million. (UNC.edu)

From Frock Coats to Flip-Flops: 100 years of Fashion at Carolina

The display cases at Wilson Library hold real clothes and accessories that Tar Heels wore on campus from 1900 to 2000, donated by Carolina alumni. From classic cashmere sweaters worn in the 1950s to a pair of Levis lovingly patched with colorful scraps from the end of the 1960s, the shifting sartorial splendor of college students is on display. (UNC.edu)

Clef Hangers’ history highlighted in new film

Being the oldest a cappella group at UNC can only mean one thing: There’s a lot of history. After seeing the Clef Hangers surprise perform at their president’s sister’s wedding, Story House Media was exposed to the group for the first time. A year later, former Clef Hangers president Channing Mitzell asked the company to create a documentary, eventually called “The Pursuit of Harmony.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Speaker Ban Protests: 50 Years Later

Tensions have been high on the UNC campus in recent months over issues including race on campus and the recent selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President. But March of 2016 marks 50 years since another set of protests took over Chapel Hill to oppose the Speaker Ban law on university campuses across the state. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC professor credited with first use of ‘**** happens’

A small index card from 1983 has made English professor Connie Eble famous. Written on that card is the first known printed use of “shit happens,” forever linking her name to the phrase. “If you go on Wikipedia and look at ‘shit happens,’ you see my name,” Eble said. (Daily Tar Heel)

10 coolest UNC alumni, ranked

10. Caleb Bradham (Class of 1890) The inventor of Pepsi-Cola. He’s an alum so we share Tar Heel bonds, but I’m from Atlanta, so I still have to be Team Coke. 9. Peyton Reed (Class of 1986) An American film director most recently known for directing "Yes Man" and Marvel’s "Ant-Man," but more importantly known for directing "Bring It On!" (Daily Tar Heel)

Multiple UNC graduate programs receive high rankings by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received high ratings on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the complete UNC-Chapel Hill rankings that will be available in the “Best Graduate Schools 2017” guidebook. (UNC.edu)

Meet Alexander Julian, Designer of UNC’s Basketball Uniforms

Dipsea, his Yorkshire terrier, nestles into a cashmere sweater. A regular customer walks into Julian’s, and the owner, Alexander Julian, slips away to greet her. Julian begins promoting some of his current sales on sport coats, then points an accusing finger at Dipsea and wraps up his pitch by saying, “With every three jackets, you get one dog!” (Our State Magazine)

Video: The Quad In Spring

Just in time for Spring Break, warm temperatures have taken over in Chapel Hill — making Polk Place a busy location. The blooms on the trees are still a few weeks away, but a string of spring temperatures in the mid-70s have made Carolina’s quad a popular gathering place. View Video...

Capturing a decisive moment in the University’s history

This month, the campus marks the 50th anniversary of two showdowns (on March 2 and again on March 9) on Franklin Street and McCorkle Place over the state’s infamous Speaker Ban Law....Jock Lauterer, then a photographer for The Daily Tar Heel, captured the drama of those days with two iconic photos taken with his trusty World War II-era Rolleicord camera. (UNC.edu)

Mama Dip's listed as one of the 12 best Southern soul food restaurants

Mama Dip's in Chapel Hill has landed on The Culture Trip's list of "The Top 12 Places for Great Soul Food In The Southern States." "On the menu are appetizers of fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, fried pickles, then there’s catfish gumbo, BBQ chicken and pork, fried chicken, country hams, beef livers, chitterlings, and chicken and gravy," writes the travel blog about Mama Dip's. (Triangle Business Journal)

He’s Not Here returns after 21-day absence

He’s Not Here reopened Friday, and patrons couldn’t help but celebrate. “How am I feeling about He’s Not reopening?” said UNC senior Danny Hogenkamp. “The best.” The bar reopened after a three-week hiatus after authorities say former UNC student Chandler Kania drank underage at He’s Not before driving drunk and hitting another car head-on, killing three people. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Fan Until the End, and Beyond

If your family is willing to put your love of the Tar Heels, Wolfpack, or Blue Devils in your obituary, a usually honest and sincere look at a life, you must have been a big fan. That doesn’t mean you’re an alumnus. The study shows only about a third of all die-hard fans actually went to the college or university they root for. Another third never went to any college. (Our State Magazine)

UNC graduate wins College, Newspaper Photographer of the Year in same year

The project starts with a picture of a woman standing among piles of waterlogged family belongings. It ends 10 photographs later, with her 7-year-old daughter floating peacefully on the river that flooded the family’s home five months prior. Photojournalist Carolyn Van Houten documented the story of the Bamberger family from Blanco, Texas. (Daily Tar Heel)

Eight Years Marked Since Murder of Eve Carson

Saturday marked eight years since UNC Student Body President Eve Carson was murdered. She was shot and killed in Chapel Hill in 2008. Laurence Lovette Junior is currently serving a life sentence for her murder. Demario Atwater pleaded guilty and is serving two life sentences. (TWC News)

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