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Holi Moli colors campus

Donning pristine, bright white T-shirts, thousands of Carolina students covered Hooker Fields on April 10 eagerly awaiting the end of a 10-second countdown. When multi-colored plumes of dust settled minutes later, the image was unrecognizable. The sea of white had transformed into a colorful canvas as students tossed colored powders in the air — and…

Underwater hockey making a splash

If he showed up in uniform to a traditional hockey game, Danny Monroe would be woefully unprepared. With flippers instead of skates, a shorter-than-expected stick and only a few ounces of equipment, he prefers a pool to a rink — and the surface to be thawed, thank-you-very-much. “We started playing underwater hockey in about 2004,”…

Hobby turned hashtag: #DrawThisTown

UNC-Chapel Hill alum Daniel Hedglin fell in love with buildings during the three years he lived in China. “When I was in Shanghai, I was fascinated with riding buses and subways and navigating the streets,’’ he said. “It was an exciting place and I wanted to know how it worked.” Hedglin’s newfound interest brought him…

Mr. Smith goes to Raleigh … and everywhere else in the state

In its 83 years, the School of Government has had only four leaders. The current one, Michael Smith, has been dean since 1992 and a faculty member since 1978. But just a few years before joining its faculty, Smith didn’t know the School of Government (then called the Institute of Government) existed, even though he…

Returning the favor

Guam was a new experience for Bruce Cairns, who grew up in Chapel Hill, completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and surgery residency and trauma and critical care fellowships at UNC Medical Center. But it was a welcomed one. As a Lt. Commander in the Navy, Cairns…

Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health

On any given day, it’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s daily goal is…

From classroom to freezer

Carolina students Will Chapman and Patrick Mateer hope to transform the local food market when they launch their line of flash frozen local produce, Seal the Seasons, later this spring. With the help of Daniella Uslan, project manager at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues prize-winning company…

1915 mail-order catalog inspires a 2015 challenge

In 1915, 84-year-old former UNC President Kemp Plummer Battle sent an unusual gift to the North Carolina Historical Society — a “hermetically sealed tin box” containing a letter and a Montgomery Ward catalog from that year. He requested that in 1965, and again in 2015, that a member of the University community write an essay…

The devils in the details

Renee Alexander Craft has been going to Panama for 14 years, a few weeks at a time. She is fascinated by a small seaside town called Portobelo, its Afro-Latin residents and the special spin they give to their pre-Lenten Carnival. They call their version of Carnival season, “Congo Season.” “It’s a small town that’s rich…

Challenge and opportunity

Chancellor Carol L. Folt came to Carolina because, she said, “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself” at a place with a long and rich history. Twenty months later, she told University Board of Trustees on Thursday, that wish has come true in ways she could not have imagined. It has been,…