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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)

Back to school 2016: A look back

Thousands of Tar Heels — including nearly 5,000 new students — arrived in Chapel Hill over the last week as the University kicked off the new semester. With the school year underway, take a look back unc.edu’s coverage of some of Carolina’s new students and the back to school festivities. (UNC.edu)

Daily Tar Heel Attempts To Solve Financial Difficulty

The clock is ticking for the Daily Tar Heel, as the 123-year-old newspaper attempts to solve the biggest problem facing modern journalism – finances. “We have about two years of money in our savings account, if we didn’t save anything, before we run out of money,” new general manager Betsy O’Donovan said. (Chapelboro.com)

Advice for UNC’s class of 2020

According to UNC, this class is made up of students from 96 counties in North Carolina, 41 different states, and 18 countries. As a graduate from the class of 2005, I look back on my four (OK, maybe five) years at UNC as some of the best years of my life, and wish I wouldn’t have taken that time for granted. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC journalism students cover Rio Olympics and have cool stories to prove it

As a child, Paul Beam dreamt of being an Olympic swimmer. So when he got the opportunity to cover water polo at the Rio Olympics, he was excited to see the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in person. He did more than just see the venue — he swam in it, a longstanding tradition for staff at the Olympics. (Daily Tar Heel)

Poster sale brings in traffic and money to Chapel Hill Street Scene Teen Center

UNC students flock to the poster sale at the Chapel Hill Street Scene Teen Center every year to decorate their residence halls and apartment walls. The poster sale will run until Sept. 2 at Street Scene, below the U.S. Post Office on Franklin Street. The sale has been taking place at Street Scene for over 20 years, said Samathryn Witham, the Street Scene supervisor. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: FDOC 2016 - Welcome back

For thousands of Carolina students Tuesday was their first first-day-of-classes (FDOC). For thousands more, it was the final time they hopped on a bus and joined fellow Tar Heels on their way to FDOC. View Video...

New management, same brand: Barnes & Noble College takes over Student Stores

Although the Student Stores retained its brand under the new management, changes can be seen below the surface. For the first time in the history of the Student Stores, its director is an employee of a private company. Also for the first time, the director, Michele Gretch Carter, is a woman. Gretch Carter said she hopes the stores become a gathering place for students. (Daily Tar Heel)

Construction on three projects in downtown Chapel Hill continues into school year

Carolina Square is a $120 million mixed-used development project that includes three buildings, a public square and more than 200,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space. “We have made great progress this summer,” said Jeff Furman, vice president of development at Northwood Ravin, the construction company working on the project. (Daily Tar Heel)

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