Campus Updates

Conference on contemporary issues on Muslim veil Feb. 22-23

UNC-Chapel Hill, in partnership with Duke University, will host the conference “ReOrienting the Veil” Feb. 22-23 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. Muslim women’s relationship to their veils incorporates both spiritual and cultural values, something often stereotyped and misunderstood. The conference and other supporting events are intended to expand the…

Celebrate Hinton James Day Feb. 12

Order of the Bell Tower will host Hinton James Day on Tuesday (Feb. 12) to commemorate the life and journey of UNC’s first student. The event, sponsored by the UNC General Alumni Association, will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will gather on the north side of Hinton James residence hall beginning…

UNC team wins innovation competition

A team of Carolina students developing what they say will be a less painful treatment for sufferers of hyperhidrosis has taken the top prize at the third annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. The contest, hosted by the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, challenges students across the state to work creatively and…

Washburn brings folk, far-flung sound Feb. 9

Abigail Washburn, who will perform  at UNC’s Memorial Hall on February 9, is revolutionizing American old-time music. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anyone’s ever heard before. Every bit as attuned to the global as to the local, her contemporary versions of traditional…

Carolina among top schools on “Best Value” list for public colleges

Carolina ranks second on The Princeton Review’s 2013 list of the “Best Value Public Colleges.” The ranking is based on data collected from fall 2011 through fall 2012 through institutional and student surveys. The data points covered academics, costs and financial aid, according to The Princeton Review website. The company said it also considered the…

Portal to Duke provides another way for students to collaborate

A video portal to Duke University is being developed in the Student Union and will provide one more way for students from both campuses to collaborate. UNC student Christopher Batchelder and Duke student Zac Elder came up with the idea, and the universities are splitting the cost of the equipment. Batchelder and Elder will unveil…

University to test emergency sirens Feb. 12

The University will test the emergency sirens on Feb. 12 between noon and 1 p.m. as part of the Alert Carolina safety awareness campaign. Each semester the University tests the sirens to make sure the equipment works. During the test, anyone outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill, will likely hear the sirens.…

TEDxUNC returns to Carolina this weekend

Clothing designer Alex Julian, chef Andrea Reusing and the Carolina Chocolate Drops are among the speakers at TEDxUNC this weekend at Memorial Hall. TEDxUNC is an independently organized TED event at UNC organized by students. This year’s theme is Common Threads. Tickets for the conference are sold out, but organizers will live-stream the event. Videos…

New physician assistant program geared for veteran medical sergeants

UNC’s School of Medicine plans to create a physician assistant master’s degree program within the Department of Allied Health Sciences for veteran medical sergeants. A $1.2 million gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will help the University establish a curriculum and hire full-time faculty in preparation for the accreditation process ahead.…