Spotlight

Six questions with Commencement speaker James Johnson

James H. Johnson Jr. is known for spreading the gospel – the gospel of disruptive demographics, that is. His groundbreaking research on the browning and graying of America has made Johnson a hot ticket among organizations eager for him to address the changes imperative to surviving and thriving in a world where change is the…

Baseball or books? For Cotillo, it’s both

It’s final exam week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but first-year student Chris Cotillo is feeling a whole other kind of pressure. The part-time SB Nation baseball reporter is calling, texting and talking to the sources he’s cultivated over the past few years, trying to be the first to announce the…

Jingling in the holidays

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way — to the finish line. That was the motto for more than 200 participants in the 24th annual Jingle Bell Jog on December 5. The holiday tradition, sponsored by UNC Campus Recreation, challenged faculty and staff to run 2.7 miles or walk 1.5 miles to kick off…

The Med student from Oak Creek Village

The life Kate Magee lives as a med student is a full one, there’s no doubt about it. There’s studying, classes and more studying. But there’s even more that makes it fulfilling for the Raleigh, N.C. native: she hangs out with neighbors from Iraq, Somalia, Mexico (and many other countries around the world) who all offer intriguing conversations.

What is your dream?

Junior Tafadzwa “Taf” Matika has a dream that all males of color who enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill will graduate within four years. Jeremy Mckellar has a dream that solidarity will eclipse all races, gender and ethnic backgrounds. Lauren Song dreams of being a journalist spreading truth and justice. Briana Echols dreams of studying corporate and…

Gram-o-Rama elicits laughs, cheers

For an hour Tuesday evening, 14 UNC-Chapel Hill students made more than 200 peers, faculty, parents and Chancellor Carol L. Folt laugh and cheer as they performed skits about an unlikely topic: grammar. The students in English 307 presented Gram-o-Rama, a series of acts and songs the students wrote that take a playful look at…

When worlds combine, the possibilities are limitless

In the early days of the environmentalist movement, the line was sharply drawn between the tree-huggers and the suits. People had to choose between the two shades of green – the planet or the money. But along the way, that line got blurred. Corporations began to see that they could save money and resources through…

Building a Village of Hope

How do you explain a calling? Devon Leondis curls her fingers into her palm and touches her hand lightly to her chest, explaining, “It was always something that was in my heart.” For as long as she can remember, the Carolina junior with the long dark hair and quick smile has wanted to help poor…

Major medicine

Amy Alger, a trauma and critical care surgeon at UNC Hospitals and Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, has always been drawn to trauma — to taking care of the sickest patients in the hospital and trying to make them better. “The care for every trauma patient is different,’’ she said. “It’s that diversity that…