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UNC's Bell Tower site is getting a makeover

The area surrounding the Bell Tower is receiving a makeover in hope of creating more usable space on UNC’s campus and enticing more events to be hosted at the historic landmark. A project began Monday to bring improvements to the Bell Tower, built in 1931. The majority of the boxwood shrubs which used to surround the Bell Tower have been removed. (Daily Tar Heel)

225 years of Tar Heels: James Gallagher

James Gallagher came to the University of North Carolina in 1970 as a Kenan Professor in the School of Education and the director of the Frank Porter Graham Childhood Development Institute. Gallagher also worked closely with former North Carolina Governor to create the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. (

225 years of Tar Heels: A. Craig Phillips

Three-time North Carolina graduate A. Craig Phillips dedicated his life to public education. He taught in public schools, became superintendent of schools in Winston-Salem and Charlotte and then served as state superintendent of public instruction for 20 years. In the latter role, Phillips oversaw the integration of North Carolina’s schools. (

225 years of Tar Heels: Hinton James

First-year students living in Residence Hall are no strangers to long walks to campus. Neither was the namesake of that building, , who — legend has it — walked from his home in Wilmington, NC, to Chapel Hill in 1795 and became the first student to enroll. James arrived at UNC on Feb. 12, 1795, almost a month after the University opened its doors. (

Top pizza choices in Chapel Hill for takeout and dining in

Chapel Hill boasts a number of quality pizza shops to satisfy your craving. Topping the list is Magone Italian Grill & Pizza. Located at 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Suite F, the Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, is the highest rated pizza spot in Chapel Hill, boasting 4.5 stars out of 65 reviews on Yelp. Next up is Italian Pizzeria III, situated at 508 W. Franklin St. (ABC 11)

Preserving stories for future generations: UNC professor William Ferris wins two Grammy Awards

The pinnacle of many academic careers arrives with a Nobel Prize recognition in Sweden, but for William Ferris, that highlight moment came in California. Ferris, the Joel R. Williamson eminent professor emeritus of history, won two Grammy awards Sunday in Los Angeles. Ferris’ box set “Voices of Mississippi” won best historical album and best album notes. (

Sunday marks 4 years since Chapel Hill triple killing

Sunday marks four years since three Muslim college students were shot to death in a Chapel Hill apartment - a case the district attorney says is one of the oldest pending homicides in Durham County. On Feb. 10, 2015, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed at the Finley Forest Condominiums, police said. (CBS 17)

‘I felt these voices were significant.’ Grammy nominee creates portrait of rural creativity.

UNC professor William Ferris had just been nominated for a Grammy Award at the age of 76, his first thought was, “This is another planet.” And yet it is very much of this earth. His nomination for Best Historical Album is for “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris,” a lavish four-disc box set drawn from Ferris’ archive. (Charlotte Observer)

225 years of Tar Heels: Blyden and Roberta Jackson

The first tenured black faculty members on UNC’s campus, Blyden and Roberta Jackson helped launch a wave of recruitment of African-American professors throughout the southeast. Blyden taught English and established the study of African-American literature, while Roberta taught education and became the first tenured black woman in the Division of Academic Affairs. (

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers file patent for Zika virus vaccine

Four researchers at UNC's School of Medicine filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new Zika virus vaccine. The Zika virus, transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, often comes without symptoms, but can trigger paralysis in some patients and cause birth defects for pregnant women. Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment exists for the virus. (WRAL Tech Wire)

He’s Not Here Ranked in America’s Top 150 Bars

First opened in 1975, “He’s Not Here on the Village Green” began serving drinks when Chapel Hill could still have been considered a village — and its tree-lined courtyard stills holds plenty of memories from back then. Tar Heels near and far instantly recognize the trademark 33-ounce Blue Cup – a classic and affordable $5 drink that has begun and ended many a night out. (

225 years of Tar Heels: Michele Buck

If you’ve had a Hershey’s Kiss, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or a Twizzlerin the past year, you have a UNC graduate to thank. Michele Buck, who earned an MBA from Kenan-Flagler School of Business in 1987, became CEO of The Hershey Company in 2017. Before becoming CEO of the company that delivers over $7.5 billion in annual revenue, Buck paid her dues. (
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