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UNC alum banking on bagels

At a wedding of all places, Alex Brandwein met a few Carolina professors. He thought to himself how great a school UNC-Chapel Hill must be for the bride and groom to invite them to one of the most important days of their lives. That’s what ultimately tipped the scale toward UNC-Chapel Hill and the Kenan-Flagler Business School for him to pursue an MBA. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Chef, UNC Grad Dan Jackson Wins Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Competition

Chapel Hill chef and UNC alumnus Dan Jackson can add a new aspect to his resume: “Chopped” winner. The executive chef for the new Italian restaurant Osteria Georgi in Chapel Hill recently won Food Network’s “Chopped” competition on Tuesday, June 15. “The reason I got into cooking was more the competition of it, the athleticism of it,” Jackson said. (Chapelboro.com)

Keeping Carolina beautiful

When UNC went to remote instruction in March 2020 because of COVID-19, many employees began working from home. But not all jobs can be done at home or online. Throughout the pandemic, Grounds Services workers stayed on the job to make sure the outdoor areas of historic campus remained clean and picturesque. A year later, they’re still at it. (UNC.edu)

All about that bass: UNC Bass Fishing Club nets a quality finish in championship

The UNC Bass Fishing Club has been flying under the radar. The club has been making its mark on the collegiate bass fishing world since its founding in 2013, going from fishing in local competitions at University Lake in Chapel Hill to finishing in the top 20 percent of all boats in the Collegiate Bass Championship at Lake Murray in South Carolina this May. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Hussman wins the 2021 Hearst national championships

The Hearst Journalism Awards announced that UNC Hussman won its 2021 national championships, taking home $25,000 for the school’s first-place finish in the intercollegiate competition. This is the sixth time in seven years the school has been named Hearst’s overall championship winner and the 10th since 2002 — the most of any school. (UNC.edu)

‘Sad to See’: Social Media Reacts to Crook’s Corner Closing

The Chapel Hill restaurant scene received devastating news on Wednesday when Crook’s Corner announced that it has permanently closed its doors. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the Chapel Hill community since Gene Hamer and chef Bill Neal first opened it in 1982. Customers and fans turned to social media afterward to express their devastation. (Chapelboro.com)

Chapel Hill chef, UNC alum will show off his cooking chops on Food Network competition

Chef Dan Jackson, with the new Osteri Georgi in Chapel Hill, will appear on an episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network set to air June 15. Jackson will be among the chefs who will show off their cooking skills in competition for a cash prize. Jackson is a Chapel Hill native who graduated from UNC and has had a 17-year career in the industry. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC Alum David Zucchino Won a Pulitzer Prize for His Book on the 1898 Wilmington Massacre

It’s a failure of our state’s public education system that most North Carolinians will tell you, they never learned about the 1898 Wilmington massacre. David Zucchino, a contributing writer for The New York Times and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumnus, is working to change that, and today, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts. (Indy Week)

Stuart Scott's 'SportsCenter' call of Michael Jordan's Flu Game is still the best

The “flu game” — Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, in which he battled through something (was it really the flu? Food poisoning from claims of a poisoned pizza?) in a win over the Jazz — happened on June 11, so every year, we get to watch the great recap the performance from that night’s episode of SportsCenter. (USA Today)

UNC Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. Mario Ciocca, Wins Prestigious Massey Award

Dr. Mario Ciocca, UNC Director of Sports Medicine has been awarded the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, recognizing "unusual, meritorious, or superior contributions" by University employees. Dr. Ciocca serves as chief medical officer for UNC's 28 varsity sports teams, overseeing one of the country's most respected sports medicine departments. (GoHeels.com)
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