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New entrance, more exhibits, big changes ahead for Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is on track for a major makeover that will overhaul exhibit space and reshape the way visitors enter, exit and experience the Chapel Hill destination. Once the $5.2 million project is complete in late 2018 or early 2019, the public will have access to five times the amount of floor and exhibit space in the building on UNC's campus. (WRAL.com)

Video: Drone gives bird's-eye view of fans flooding Franklin Street

What a cool vantage point. Check it out as a drone catches the entire scene from above as fans rush Franklin Street from all angels just seconds after UNC clinched the 2017 National Championship with a 71-65 win over Gonzaga. (Carolina Blue)

UNC students feel the Tar Heel spirit in Spain

In the aptly named Phoenix Pub, 38 Tar Heels sat and waited. Students studying in Sevilla had to wait through Monday night, until 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, to watch the national championship game. “We got here at 1:50 a.m. because we wanted a good seat,” Meg McManus, a junior exercise and sports science major, said. (Daily Tar Heel)

National championship gear flies off shelves in Chapel Hill

Hundreds of fans hunted through downtown Chapel Hill Tuesday morning for North Carolina national championship shirts. People started showing up at shops by 8 a.m. Some students said they slept for just a few hours after celebrating the victory, but got up early to add more blue UNC shirts to their wardrobes. (WNCN)

Superior Court judge wears Carolina blue robe to celebrate UNC’s baskeball title

Superior court judge Jim Ammons has made a tradition of sporting his Carolina blue robe in court when UNC wins the basketball title. On Monday, the Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga to win the title. On Tuesday, Ammons followed tradition, and he had co-conspirators. Lawyer David Boliek Jr. had the UNC fight song played over the speakers when Ammons sat to preside. (Fayetteville Observer)

Fans flood Chapel Hill for championship T-shirts, merchandise

UNC fans flooded Franklin Street shops to purchase purchase championship T-shirts and celebratory merchandise. One shop owner said the store is expecting to sell 10,000 T-shirts Tuesday alone. "The stores are packed to capacity. It took us about 25 minutes to get through, but it's well worth it," one fan said. "Tar Heels winning — it's a great day." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Franklin Street packed in Chapel Hill as Tar Heel fans celebrate championship

In addition to more than 9,000 fans watching UNC win the NCAA Championship game in the Dean Dome Monday night, thousands came out to celebrate the win on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Just seconds after the Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga 71-65, hundreds of fans swarmed Franklin Street at Columbia Street, blocking the intersection. Fans had already lit a bonfire. (WNCN)

Final Four can be a frustrating experience for students

The NCAA likes to say that it’s all about helping student-athletes. But when it comes to the students who aren’t athletes at the Final Four, the help is limited. About the only good part of the deal for UNC students who spent hundreds of dollars to travel to and stay in Arizona is that a ticket only cost them $40. The rest of the story for students isn’t pretty. (Raleigh & Company)

2 days, 2,100 miles: UNC quartet undertakes ultimate road trip to Final Four

The flight from Raleigh-Durham Airport to Phoenix traverses three time zones and eats up a day. But that's nothing compared to the road trip four UNC seniors made to get to the Final Four. "It's been one of the best weekends of my life," said Nick Cebollero. The group left Chapel Hill at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The almost 48-hour trip was a first for Zach Smith. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Fans Travel To Chapel Hill To Watch Championship With Fellow Tar Heels

UNC Fans stopped by the Old Well Saturday to get a final "good luck" drink before the championship game. "It's tradition here that a drink from the Old Well brings you good luck," alumnus Tracey Melnick explained while taking a sip from the water fountain. "This is the deciding factor to us beating Gonzaga." (WFMY)

Franklin Street Stores Gear Up for Final Four

It’s hard to find a time when Franklin Street isn’t buzzing with cars, shoppers and students. And thanks to the final four game Saturday against Oregon, Chapel Hill Sportswear Manager Holly Dedmond said there’s been even more hustle and bustle than usual. “Business has been great this week,” she said. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Alumni Rallying Together in Phoenix

Multiple generations of Tar Heels, from recent graduates to members of the Class of 1966, are gathering in Phoenix this week to cheer on their alma mater in the Final Four. The Final Four provides the opportunity for alumni to reminisce about UNC-Chapel Hill and the Carolina family through a common thread that spans decades — Tar Heel basketball. (UNC.edu)

Franklin Street means tradition, celebration to Tar Heels fans

For the past 40 years Don Pinney has spent his days talking basketball and serving food to fans on Franklin Street. Pinney owns Sutton’s Drug Store. His parents started working at the store in 1958. “At one time, we were the only place that served burgers on the street,” said Pinney. “So, we kind of just fed the players.” Sutton’s has been serving up hot meals to UNC fans for 94 years. (WNCN)

UNC's oldest basketball alum to lead Final Four pre-game pep rally/parade

96-year-old North Carolina athletic legend Bobby Gersten will lead a fun exercise event and pre-game Final Four pep rally/parade to promote physical fitness and support the Tar Heels on Saturday, April 1 at noon beginning at the Old Well on UNC's campus. Bobby G. will lead students and whoever else wants to join in a ½ mile fun exercise event to promote physical fitness. (UNC Walk for Health)

Carolina launches five-year ‘Creating Scientists’ initiative

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a five-year initiative, “Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making,” to expose undergraduate students to more hands-on research and collaborative opportunities and help them hone their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems. (UNC.edu)

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