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A letter of gratitude to Stuart Scott

“See,” my Uncle John said in the summer of 1998. He pointed toward the television in his Washington, D.C., apartment. “That’s gonna be you one day.” A fluorescent light from his fish tank dimly lit the apartment. My uncle and I were up watching on SportsCenter. Scott talked about sports the way we talked about sports. He was us. (The Undefeated)

LeBron James, Rich Eisen Pay Tribute to Stuart Scott 4 Years After ESPN Star’s Death

It has been four years since lost his battle with cancer, but the “boo-yah!” was heard loud and clear on Friday as the sports world paid tribute to the beloved former “SportsCenter” anchor. “Four years later, it still hurts that is gone. I think of him and my grandmother often, as people I wish I would have talked to more,” Jemele Hill wrote. (The Wrap)

225 years of Tar Heels: Caleb Bradham

One of Pepsi’s most recent slogans is “Born in the Carolinas.” More than that, the man behind the popular soft drink, Caleb Bradham, was also born in the Carolinas. Bradham was raised in Chinquapin, North Carolina and enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1886 before becoming a pharmacist in New Bern. Before Pepsi became what it is today, it was known as “Brad’s Drink." (

Celebratory New Year's gunfire seriously wounds UNC student at First Night Raleigh

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student was struck by a bullet early Tuesday during the WRAL First Night Raleigh celebration downtown. Allyson Cole said she and her roommate, 22-year-old Kaitlyn Kong, watched the Acorn Drop at midnight and were listening to music when Kong suddenly dropped her phone and grabbed both her chest and her friend. (

UNC Research Leads to New Drug Aimed at Combating Peanut Allergy

Food allergies have been on the rise in the United States for the past 50 years, and it’s estimated that some 15 million Americans have some kind of food allergy. Now, a new drug trial produced with the help of University of North Carolina researchers has the potential to help the approximately 1 percent of Americans who have a peanut allergy. (

2 from UNC Among Higher Education ‘Influencers’ of 2018

Two individuals with ties to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been named among the 2018 Chronicle of Higher Education Influencers. UNC history graduate student Maya Little has been a constant figure over the last year as students, faculty and community members have protested the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam on the Chapel Hill campus. (

2018 in review at Carolina

2018 was a memorable year at the University of North Carolina. We celebrated the University's 225th anniversary, provided shelter and relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence, conducted groundbreaking research that will impact people around the world, and hoisted national championship trophies. Here's a look back. (

UNC student Maggie Hilderbran named Marshall Scholar

Maggie Hilderbran, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, a graduate studies scholarship to study at up to two United Kingdom institutions, in any field. Maggie is one of 40 Americans selected for the one- and two-year awards. She is UNC’s 18th Marshall Scholar. (

UNC alumnae Emily Venturi and Alice Huang named Schwarzman Scholars

Recent North Carolina graduates Emily Venturi and Alice Huang have been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. Venturi and Huang were two of about 140 Schwarzman Scholars chosen in November from around the world. (

Well Said: Jack Morton’s second family

For Jack Morton, Carolina basketball is more than just sports fandom. It’s a lifeline. We continue Morton’s story of his journey that led him to follow his grandfather’s footsteps into photography and how the basketball team helped him through one of the most challenging times in his life. It’s a tale of two families, a family of photographers and the Carolina basketball family. (

A Look Back At The 80th Anniversary Of FDR's Speech In Chapel Hill

This month marks the 80th anniversary of a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt at UNC, an event considered significant in FDR's political career. Roosevelt's arrival on December 5th, 1938 was the first visit to Chapel Hill by a sitting President in the 20th century. He spoke at Woollen Gym, a venue selected after rain forced the cancellation of an appearance at Kenan Stadium. (WUNC)

A UNC doctor made it to Wednesday’s ‘Survivor’ finale. Did she go all the way?

Chapel Hill doctor Alison Raybould had three scary tribal councils in a row before making it to Wednesday’s “Survivor” finale, but being in the finale still meant she had a long way to go. Three weeks ago, tribal members conspired to vote Alison out, but she barely hung on. Over the next two weeks, Alison came within one vote of going home in each tribal council. (Durham Herald-Sun)
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