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In her brother’s footsteps

Tatum Lanier is a smart and happy 1-year-old girl fond of keeping her mother Melinda on her toes. “She wakes up with a smile and keeps it all day long,” Melinda Lanier said. “She is very curious and is always ready to learn new things. She loves playing with her big brother Gavin and thinks…

Turning first-years into leaders

For 24 first-year students, the road to success at Carolina took a three-hour detour west of Chapel Hill and up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock, North Carolina last weekend. Tucked away in the woods for the annual First-Year Males Student Retreat, the students began to connect with the University of North Carolina at…

9/11 mobile exhibit stops at UNC-Chapel Hill

For many of the Carolina students silently gathering in the parking lot behind Memorial Hall on Sept. 22, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 are a distant memory from childhood. And that’s exactly why the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has been driving the “9/11 NEVER FORGET” mobile exhibit across the country —…

The potential for saying ‘yes’

For more than two decades, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service was doing the best it could to provide assistance to the community’s homeless in a building not suited for its needs. Now, after the official opening of SECU Community House, the organization has a place where it can offer the programs its leaders have…

Volunteering to honor a legacy

On any other Thursday morning, third-year dental student Brian Swift would have been in a classroom reviewing X-rays. But on Sept. 17, Swift and hundreds of other UNC-Chapel Hill dental students left their classrooms behind and followed in the footsteps of a former classmate by donating their time to help others. “Some things are more…

Carolina students hit the market for a cause

Sam Henderson likes plans. But when tasked with creating a profit-making business in less than two weeks, a complete model quickly went out the window. “I like having things structured, and entrepreneurship is definitely not that,” the senior business student said. “You need a plan for sure, but you also need to be willing to…

Celebrating 27 years of art

Art is in full bloom at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. For the 27th year, Sculpture in the Garden promises a fresh perspective on the Botanical Garden with an opportunity to see handcrafted art from local sculptors.   “The original idea was to bring local artists here to demonstrate art in the garden,” said Exhibit…

Entrepreneur Deshpande talks universities, innovation

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation, president and chairman of Sparta Group, LLC, chairman of Tejas Networks and serial entrepreneur, visited Carolina in early September to speak with students in the College of Arts and Science’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. While he was on campus, Deshpande shared his thoughts on how universities fit into…

Remembering 9/11

As the fog rolled through a dark Kenan Stadium on Friday morning, the sound of 400 stomping feet radiated from the stands. Running up and down 110 flights of stairs, UNC ROTC cadets were joined by local law enforcement officers and firefighters to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. “September 11th was a tragedy…