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UNC historic cemetery reaching capacity

George Clarke, a former UNC student, was the first person to be buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery in 1798. Now, all the plots in the nearly 7-acre Old Chapel Hill Cemetery are owned. Some of the people buried in the cemetery include Dean Smith, Paul Green, Charles Kuralt, deans, professors, university presidents, as well as veterans from the Civil War and WWII. (Daily Tar Heel)

Hedge fund 'wizard' donates $3.5M to UNC, his alma mater

Billionaire Julian Robertson, a hedge fund legend in some circles, donated $3.5 million to UNC-Chapel Hill, his alma mater. The university will use the gift to further campus cost savings and reinvest in academics. Robertson, chairman and general partner of Tiger Management of New York, graduated from UNC in 1955 with a degree in business administration. (Triangle Business Journal)

Relationship between UNC and Chapel Hill grows stronger

One thing the Chapel Hill town council members and mayor can agree on is that university relations are the best they have ever been.“The town benefits from a strong university, and the University benefits from a strong school,” Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Sociology professor hits the road to explore NC barbecue

For some years, I’m now prepared to admit, I somehow labored under the impression that Rocky Mount is the line of demarcation that separates the two principal schools of North Carolina barbecue. Wrong. The line of demarcation is, roughly, Raleigh, sixty miles west. The Research Triangle—the area encompassing Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—is a sort of demilitarized zone. (The New Yorker)

Former bank exec, UNC alum Sallie Krawcheck lands $10 million to start investment platform for women

Sallie Krawcheck is readying her next act. The former Wall Street executive has raised $10 million in funding to launch a new digital investment platform for women....The initiative—called Ellevest—doesn’t officially launch until next year. Krawcheck will be the company’s CEO and Charlie Kroll, founder of fintech startup Andera, will serve as Ellevest’s president and COO. (Fortune)

UNC's Global Origins

Much has changed at Carolina since 1985. Thirty years ago, for instance, no Tar Heel student hailed from Denmark. But today, the Nordic nation is among UNC-Chapel Hill’s top seven international countries of origin for students. These interactive maps show just how global UNC has become. The University’s more than 375,000 alumni come from all 50 states – and 150 different countries. (UNC.edu)

Honoring an icon

Stuart Scott, the 1987 Carolina alumnus who spent 21 years at ESPN as one of the company’s most beloved personalities, was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame on October 23. After battling cancer for seven years, Scott — who represented a culture that had been missing from the television sports landscape — passed away in January. (UNC.edu)

Talking tailgating at Tar Heel Tailgate Talk

The tradition of tailgating likely began before cars even were invented, food writer and proud Carolina alumna Debbie Moose said. Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for being the first to have sports fans enjoy a pre-game picnic meal that they packed in their horse and buggy, but the tailgate custom has flourished best in the South, she added. (UNC.edu)

Years later, Carolina North timeline still up in the air

UNC has yet to finalize plans for the 250-acre plot of land it purchased in 2009. At the annual Carolina North town meeting Thursday, attendees discussed new developments and future plans for Carolina North, a multi-use campus located along Airport Drive near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Estes Drive. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mipso, band formed at UNC, hits the top of Billboard's bluegrass charts with new album

Released last week, Mipso’s new album Old Time Reverie has already left its mark on Billboard’s sales charts. The album debuted at the top of the music industry trade magazine’s Bluegrass Chart, and notched No. 20 on the Folk Chart and No. 23 on the Heatseekers Chart—all on the strength of an album on a local label. (Indy Week)

Scott Van Pelt's One Big Thing: Stuart Scott honored by North Carolina (video)

SVP’s One Big Thing is Roy Williams inducting Stuart Scott into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and Scott’s daughters, Taelor and Sydni, accepting the Tar Heel Trailblazer Award at the school in his honor. (ESPN.com)

UNC honors late ESPN sportscaster, alumnus Stuart Scott

UNC spent Friday honoring late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott. The school inducted Scott into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. The school later honored Scott during Friday's annual "Late Night with Roy" event, which is the ceremonial start to the basketball season. Scott first hosted the event in 2001 and did so 10 times. (Associated Press)

Multi-use development designed as Chapel Hill's new city center

With a Thursday groundbreaking, Chapel Hill kicked off the development of a $123 million renovation to University Square on Franklin Street. The updated, live-work-play space is being re-christened Carolina Square and is set to open in August 2017. Carolina Square will include retail shops, office space for university groups, 246 apartments, an 8,500-square foot performing arts facility and a park. (WRAL.com)

Chapel Hill's Southern Season celebrates 40 years

A mother and her young daughter scurry past the coffee beans and croissants and goat cheese and truffles. The little one’s legs are half as long, but she moves twice as fast. “I think they have cheese straws,” the mother says. Actually, Southern Season has a whole cheese straw section. Fresh produce aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a food (or product or appliance) that the gourmet superstore doesn’t stock in its 59,000-square-foot flagship in Chapel Hill. (Our State Magazine)

Carolina Boxing Club teaching inexperienced boxers the ropes

It’s a small, hidden stairway on the side of Eddie Smith Field House. With just a few punching bags, jump ropes and four wooded posts stuffed in a dusty corner, the room looks like any other storage closet. But at night, when the posts are combined to create a makeshift ring on the facility’s artificial turf and the bags are chained up, the room becomes the hub to one of the UNC’s ever-growing clubs. (UNC.edu)

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