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Video: Spring at Carolina

The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are rising. It’s spring at Carolina. The last day of classes is just a few weeks away. Before the end-of-semester rush gears up, take a few minutes to enjoy the scenes and sounds of campus during this beautiful time of year. View Video...

Carolina Firsts look to their next step

As more than 600 first-generation students prepare to graduate from UNC and celebrate years of hard work, they were urged to reach back to their communities and help the next generation achieve the same goal of earning a college degree. “I stand before you the manifestation of two first-generation college students,” said Donovan Livingston, a 2009 Carolina graduate. (UNC.edu)

Apollo 13 commander returns to Morehead Planetarium

“Houston, we have a problem.” The words came from Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell when one of the liquid oxygen tanks on the command module exploded. Although quick thinking by mission control bought the crew of Apollo 13 precious time, it was Lovell’s celestial navigation training at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium that ensured the crew's safe return. (UNC.edu)

UNC student uses Crying Jordan meme in speeding ticket defense

A UNC PhD candidate who was visiting Ole Miss to prepare a dissertation was popped by the Oxford Police Department for speeding. The most convincing tactic the student used to make the case for innocence is a diagram that features complex acceleration equations. But in case that didn't work, the student simply attached a photo of Crying Jordan. (247 Sports)

Arts are Everywhere at UNC

“Today is the perfect kind of day to prove that even if you don’t interact with arts every day—even if you’re a biology major, even if you’re a computer science major– that you do interact with the arts,” said UNC student and journalism major Elina Rodriguez. “You engage with them and you probably love them.” Rodriguez helped with an event Friday to kick off the initiative—Arts Everywhere. (Chapelboro.com)

Three students selected as 2017 Carolina Blue Honors Fellows

Three students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship to pursue unique and self-initiated summer internships built around international sports entrepreneurship. The fellowship provides up to $5,000 to fund individuals who seek to gain experience in the business of sports. (UNC.edu)

UNC athletic’s great-granddaddy leads health walk

The great-granddaddy of UNC Athletics, Bobby Gersten (Video), led a fun exercise event called the UNC Health Walk Saturday, April 1. Students and kids walked around campus with the Carolina legend to promote physical fitness and to support the Tar Heels. It also served as a pregame pep rally and parade in support of UNC basketball. (WNCN)

UNC Lineberger receives $4 million gift to support promising new cancer treatment

Alice Lehman of Charlotte has donated $4 million to UNC to fund the new cellular immunotherapy research program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. UNC Lineberger is among a select few academic cancer centers in the United States with the staff expertise and technical infrastructure to pursue this promising new cancer research. (UNC.edu)

Kenyan 'Wonk' Breaks Barriers As Student Body Prez At UNC

He wasn't sure he had the right name to run for student body president at UNC. His first name was pretty ordinary — Bradley. But his last name is Opere — definitely not a familiar-sounding name in the U.S. The ambitious 24-year-old ran anyway. And with his quiet confidence – and skills gained from the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg — he won 53 percent of the vote. (NPR.org)

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)

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