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How UNC MBA alums turned $10k into $200M

Joe Colopy's wife was six months pregnant, and she was about to become the family’s sole breadwinner as he launched a new company. Chaz Felix had fewer complications, but he shared Colopy’s dream to turn an idea into a successful business. Almost 13 years after the pair met and agreed to put $5,000 each into their venture, they sold their email marketing company for $200 million. (Business NC)

Carolina’s MBA@UNC among best in the country

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA@UNC program No. 3 in its second ranking of online MBA programs. UNC Kenan-Flagler has enrolled more than 1,300 students in MBA@UNC and graduated more than 500 since the program launched in 2011. Today more than 725 students – from 48 states and 40 countries – are enrolled. (UNC.edu)

UNC researchers kill drug-resistant lung cancer with 50 times less chemo

The cancer drug paclitaxel just got more effective. For the first time, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have packaged it in containers derived from a patient’s own immune system, protecting the drug from being destroyed by the body’s own defenses and bringing the entire payload to the tumor. (UNC.edu)

UNC Students Give Car to Community Member

Tracy Theissen drew a deep gasp when she found out that UNC students had raised enough money to provide her with a new Honda Odyssey minivan. “No it’s not,” Theissen exclaimed when told the new van was hers. “I wasn’t prepared for that.” The minivan, courtesy of Crown Honda at Southpoint, will help Theissen get around as she gives back to the community. (Chapelboro.com)

New pharmacy celebrates grand opening in Student Stores

The University’s new pharmacy in Student Stores had its grand opening on Wednesday, drawing about 300 students from all over campus. As the grand opening of the pharmacy got underway, a steady stream of students stopped to look, enter the drawing and ask the pharmacist questions. (Daily Tar Heel)

He’s Not Here Remains Open Under Agreement with ABC

The alcohol permits for He’s Not Here will be suspended for 21 days and the bar will be fined $15,000 under an offer in compromise ratified by the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. The agreement was ratified during the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday. (Chapelboro.com)

Joe Ferrell says farewell after 50 years at UNC

Joe Ferrell’s lifelong career began with a single booze-filled night as an undergraduate at UNC. He overslept for the MCAT the following morning and resigned to take the LSAT instead. “That turned out to be the luckiest thing that ever happened to me,” Ferrell said. More than 50 years later, Ferrell is poised to retire from the career he fell into and the only university he’s ever served. (Daily Tar Heel)

David Bowie’s legacy lives on in UNC history

Nearly 30 years ago, David Bowie rocked the Smith Center — not once, but twice. The first time was in 1987 for his Glass Spider Tour, and the second was in 1990 for his Sound + Vision Tour. Bowie, the rock star who transcended musical boundaries and captivated audiences all over the world, died on Sunday at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. (Daily Tar Heel)

3-D printer built by UNC students gives 13-year-old girl fingers on right hand

Jeff Powell was a junior in biomedical engineering at UNC when a professor approached him in 2014 about a boy named Holden who was missing his fingers. Could Powell make something for the child? “I said ‘Yes, of course.'" Holden’s 3-D hand for the boy made national headlines, and he and other student volunteers formed the Helping Hand Project. (Columbus Dispatch)

UNC study determines effectiveness of physical fitness trackers

The University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health partnered with the research institute RTI International to see if Fitbits and other activity trackers are truly accurate. The study found these devices were most accurate when counting steps and less reliable when measuring sleep quality. (Daily Tar Heel)

He’s Not Here Agrees to Offer with ABC Commission

Chapel Hill bar He’s Not Here has signed an offer in compromise with the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission in connection with violations the night of a triple-fatal wrong way crash on I-85 this summer. The offer in compromise, which will not be official until it is ratified by the ABC Board, calls for a suspension of the bar’s alcohol permits for a minimum of 21 days and a $15,000 fine. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Roy Williams talks about Stuart Scott on The Rich Eisen Show

On last Monday's edition of The Rich Eisen Show, Roy Williams reflected on the life and legacy of Stuart Scott, including his love for UNC. (Rich Eisen Show)

UNC PhD Candidate Named to ’30 Under 30: Healthcare’ List

A PhD candidate at UNC has been named to the 30 Under 30 in Healthcare by Forbes. Mugdha Gokhale is a 29-year-old drug safety researcher at UNC. Forbes touts Gokhale’s work looking at large health databases to determine how safe medicines are outside of clinical trials. (Chapelboro.com)

Cellist, UNC grad Joe Kwon was ready to give up his dream before joining The Avett Brothers

Joe Kwon was waiting tables when the call came asking him to join The Avett Brothers. “With that phone call, the worst night of my life became the best,” Kwon said. His dream of becoming a professional musician came true. But Kwon’s journey from being a waiter with a computer science degree to cellist for one of the hottest band’s in the country was not always easy. (Associated Press)

The Best Bourbon Bars in the South: The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill

The name alone makes this narrow, inviting bar on Franklin Street worth a visit. But then there’s the gregarious Gary Crunkleton—owner, bartender, entertainer. Not to mention a stellar bourbon list that’s more than a hundred strong, including the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. (Garden & Gun)

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