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Meet the ghosts students say are haunting them around UNC's campus

At a University with nearly 230 years of history, there are bound to be some seemingly ghostly encounters from time to time. Between the legend of the Gimghoul Castle ghosts, a haunted room in The Carolina Inn and various academic buildings and residence halls leaving students with strange experiences, UNC has a wealth of spooky stories. (Daily Tar Heel)

Reuters ranks North Carolina sixth most innovative university in the world

Reuters has ranked The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill No. 6 on its list of the Most Innovative Universities in the World. The annual list ranks educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. UNC rose three spots from last year’s rankings – moving up from number nine. (

November 3, 1835: UNC professor Elisha Mitchell announces discovery of highest peak in eastern U.S.

On November 3, 1835, Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, announced that a peak in the Black Mountains of North Carolina was the highest in the eastern United States. The news aroused considerable interest. He estimated the mountain’s height at 6,672 feet, only twelve feet short of the present official height of 6,684 feet. (NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

Stormy weather puts damper on Halloween activities in Chapel Hill

Despite the storms that moved through the Triangle on Thursday, some people still decided to brave the conditions and attend Halloween on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The annual event brings thousands of people each year to the popular strip. On Thursday, many who came out decked in costumes ended up getting wet and running for shelter. (

Carolina ghost stories

Memorial Hall: In what can be a dark place full of muted noises, Evan the ghost has been seen by many people. Named by student production workers two decades ago, Evan wears 1940s style clothes and a fedora. He’s usually seen from across the auditorium, fixing his icy stare on people as if trying to get their attention. Prior to Evan, a “clanking” ghost was heard. (

Dozens dressed as Spider-Man swarm UNC library

It may have started out at a trick, but it was certainly a treat for students at UNC. Dozens of people dressed as Spider-Man invaded one of the libraries on campus Tuesday night. According to UNC's independent student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, roughly 40-60 individuals arrived at Davis Library around 10 p.m., all dressed as the iconic web-slinger. (FOX 46 Charlotte)

Meet the WWII veteran who's going for his UNC degree at 100 years old

UNC alumnus Littleton Cole Selden is approaching his 100th birthday, but this milestone alone does not capture his many accomplishments. Just months before his graduation and the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, L.C. Selden decided to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. L.C. Selden, born in Jackson, NC, in 1920, arrived at UNC as a pre-pharmacy student. (Daily Tar Heel)

Meet the UNC alumnus who helped Captain Marvel, other Hollywood actors get fit

UNC alumnus Jason Walsh is used to being around celebrities. He recently climbed a mountain with actress Brie Larson and filmmaker Jimmy Chin. He's also worked with Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, and other big Hollywood names. It's just another day at work for Walsh, an entrepreneur and fitness trainer who helps celebrities prepare for big roles. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill startup with ties to UNC lands rights to drug offering hope to cystic fibrosis patients

Path BioAnalytics (PBA), a precision medicine startup with ties to UNC, has scored the rights to a new drug therapy offering hope to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with rare mutations. PBA is a graduate of Launch Chapel Hill, an accelerator program based in Chapel Hill, as well as the Kenan Flagler Business School program Startup UNC. (WRAL Tech Wire)

10 Places in North Carolina That Are Reportedly Haunted: The Carolina Inn

Named one the Top 10 Haunted Hotels in America, at UNC’s The Carolina Inn, you can rent the room through the hotel’s Boo! Package, and spend a night with the room’s ghost, Dr. William Jacocks. The hotel says the room used to be the doctor’s permanent residence and that he is a “friendly spirit” that likes to play practical jokes. (Spectrum News)
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