Spotlight

Turning tassels to the future

The members of the Class of 2014 need to be ready to enter the “Human Age,” an economic epoch defined by human potential, Carolina’s James H. Johnson Jr., told graduates Dec. 14.

What’s your major?

Congratulations were heard across campus as more than 2,100 Carolina students prepared to graduate Sunday. And there was much to celebrate. At the December commencement ceremony, administrators expected to award degrees to 549 undergraduates, 487 master’s students, 203 doctoral students and 10 professional students. Additionally, August degree recipients included 448 undergraduates, 303 master’s students, 151…

Full circle

Donning a cap and gown in the middle of December is not the most traditional way to graduate. But for Katie Savage, nothing has exactly been conventional since unexpectedly losing her left leg during surgery at UNC Hospitals when she was 14 years old. By joining more than 2,100 other graduating University of North Carolina…

Mitchell Scholar succeeding on and off the court

University of North Carolina senior Sasha Seymore recently won one of the most prestigious post-graduate scholarships in America, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which will support his graduate study in Northern Ireland next September. Yet he fully realizes the reaction he receives from telling people about that honor tends to pale in comparison to telling…

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…