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Conserving rare plants

The ground tremors slightly. In the distance, a soft boom sounds, echoing throughout the surrounding forest. “It’s a pretty regular occurrence to hear tanks and large ammunition being fired,” says Mike Kunz, chuckling. Then, as if on cue, a shadow creeps over the research team as a massive C-17 cargo jet momentarily blocks out the…

The race to get ready for students

Summer on a college campus. With apologies to Mr. Dickens: It is the quietest of times, it is the busiest of times. Quiet because thousands of students have abandoned the place for other pursuits. Busiest because facilities employees scurry to build, repair and maintain when there is the least disruption, and housekeeping staff scrub, sweep…

A week to welcome Tar Heels home

It has been a busy week for Tar Heels as they return to UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus for the fall 2017 semester. In Jurassic-themed style, members of the Carolina Kickoff squad welcomed new Tar Heels as their more than 70-year-old tradition continued. Family and friends pitched in through the weekend to get on-campus dwellers settled into…

Carolina celebrates record fundraising year

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received $543.3 million in donor commitments in fiscal year 2017 (concluding June 30, 2017), marking Carolina’s third-straight fundraising record and first time topping $500 million. The total eclipsed fiscal year 2016’s previous record of $495 million by nearly $50 million. “A third consecutive record fundraising year tells…

A fast look at FDOC

With bikes, backpacks and plenty of Carolina blue, Carolina’s students, faculty and staff converged on campus for the first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester. Carolina is welcoming to campus nearly 5,200 new undergraduate students, including 4,373 first-year students, the largest first-year class in the University’s history. Like generations of students before them,…

A sunset serenade

A cappella groups at Carolina took center stage on Monday for Sunset Serenade, an annual concert held at Carolina the night before classes begin. Students filled Polk Place to listen to the concert. When the concert ended, the crowd made their way to the Bell Tower relighting (in Carolina blue lights) to celebrate the new…

‘Worth the sip’

For the past three years, Corbin Phifer has made a habit of stopping by the Old Well on the first day of classes in hopes that the legend of the first sip comes true and she receives a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. It hasn’t worked yet, but she decided the start of…

Blouin to succeed Dean as UNC-Chapel Hill provost

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Robert “Bob” Blouin, longtime dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, to serve as provost and executive vice chancellor of the University. Blouin will succeed Jim Dean, who will step down in September after serving four years in the position. “When I thought about…

Solar eclipse over Carolina

With their eyes trained to the sky, thousands of Carolina students, faculty and staff members and community members spread out on blankets, relaxed in lawn chairs and staked out sunny places on campus to watch the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses were the hottest fashion trend of the day. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center threw…