Campus Updates

UNC selects ‘Just Mercy’ for 2015 summer reading

The true story of a young attorney who learned the importance of compassion in the fight for justice is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2015 selection for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson was selected by a nine-person panel consisting of 3 faculty, staff and students each. Stevenson’s book focuses on the story of…

Litynski claims first-ever ACC women’s sabre crown

Fencing in front of family, friends and even a favorite professor, North Carolina senior Gillian Litynski claimed the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Sabre Championship Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Her championship bout victory, 15-6 over Notre Dame’s Claudia Kulmacz, provided a fitting finale for UNC, which hosted the return of the ACC Fencing Championship…

Honoring trailblazers

Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways. Stevenson, who competed in…

Public safety explores use of body-worn cameras

Soon, Carolina’s public safety officers may have a new tool at their fingertips – or more precisely, on their uniforms. At semester’s end, Chief Jeff McCracken, director of public safety, hopes to have all of Carolina’s 53 sworn officers equipped with body-worn cameras when they go on patrol. Matt Fajack, vice chancellor for finance and…

ESPN’s First Take to broadcast live from UNC

ESPN’s First Take will broadcast live from the FPG Student Union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, a day ahead of the Carolina at Duke men’s basketball game. Hosts Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion will be there, along with Rameses, the Carolina cheerleaders, the pep band and…

Students honor Smith’s role as civil rights champion

While many tributes for UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith have focused on his unparalleled record on the court, a group of Carolina students came together Tuesday night to celebrate Smith as a champion for civil rights. Dozens huddled together in the cold at a memorial outside the basketball arena that bears Smith’s name and…

Message to the Campus Community: Feb. 11 vigil to honor the departed

The campus community is invited to a vigil this (Feb. 11) evening to honor the three young people who died yesterday evening. At 6:30 p.m. in the Pit, Triangle university and community leaders are coming together to remember the departed. Sadly, Deah Barakat, a student in the School of Dentistry, and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha,…

Seal the Seasons wins 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation

Seal the Seasons, a for-profit social enterprise founded by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won the $50,000 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation February 10 by the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University. The contest challenged student teams at North Carolina’s two- and four- year…

UNC Wins 2nd National Indoor Title

No. 3 North Carolina has staked its claim as the top women’s tennis program in the nation with its second ITA National Team Indoor Championship in the last three years, winning 4-1 over No. 9 Georgia in Monday’s finale from the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. Senior Caroline Price, who came so close…

Highest-ranking military officer speaks at Carolina

As the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey spends a majority of his time discussing the tactical issues of the military. But Feb. 6 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. military was more interested in a creating a conversation…