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Four questions with University Day speaker Stephen Farmer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is turning 223. On Oct. 11, Carolina will be honoring its founding with the annual University Day celebration. (While the University’s official birthday falls on Oct. 12, this year’s celebration was moved to Oct. 11 in observance of Yom Kippur and also to host the inauguration ceremony of…

A week of giving back

When Carolina graduate Mike Markels first left Washington, D.C., to manage financial crises in emerging markets — first to Slovenia, then Bosnia and Thailand — he thought he’d keep traveling east until he ended up back in the United States. But Markels, who earned a Master’s of Business Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, ultimately…

Well Said: College football and business

College football was once far behind the NBA and MLB in popularity. But not anymore. Right below the NFL, college football has become the second most popular sport in the United States, and its rise has changed more than just the sport. In this week’s episode, we talk with Jonathan Jensen, an Assistant Professor in…

Service with a smile

People who know Angelette Cheek know they are not going to hear any complaints from her about the long day she is having. Long days are embedded in a set routine that begins with the alarm clock blasting in her ear at 4:15 a.m. “It’s early, but I’ve been doing it for a long time,”…

Moreno still a Latina trailblazer in her 80s

The average 84-year-old doesn’t wear a black leather jacket, skinny pants and boots studded with silver, the same color as her big hoop earrings and short hair. But Rita Moreno – one of only 12 entertainers to win competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards – is no ordinary 84-year-old. “The leather surprised you, didn’t…

Science for safer food

On a dry, warm afternoon in early August, it’s business as usual in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley. One of the most productive agricultural regions in California, this sun-drenched landscape is home to thousands of acres of produce – especially spinach, lettuce and other leafy greens. At the edge of a vast field…

Well Said: PlayMakers’ 40th anniversary

For four decades, PlayMakers Repertory Company has been a staple at Carolina, bringing world-class actors and directors to campus. Based in the College of Arts and Sciences, PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has become North Carolina’s premier resident professional theater company. As the…

Day in the life: Duo in Dental Hygiene

Being a twin has its challenges, according to Kayce Scinta, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior and twin sister to Kayla Scinta. “You’re always being compared to someone,” Kayce said. In the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Program, in which both twins are enrolled, that lifelong feeling of competition and pressure has subsided. “You can’t…

Listening, questioning, responding

At first, Joy Renner’s father couldn’t understand why his daughter wanted to enter the America’s Junior Miss pageant at her high school in Hendersonville. “You know you are not really pretty, right?” he said. “Of course,” she said, without flinching. But she did not want to compete to prove she was pretty, she explained. “They…

Change from within

Carolina has long inspired students to go out and change the world after they graduate. But on Thursday (Sept. 22), students got a chance to tell the University Board of Trustees about how they have been transformed by three programs – the Morehead-Cain Merit Scholarship, the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program and the Kenan-Flager Global Learning…