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Apollo 13 commander returns to Morehead Planetarium

Everyone knows the line: “Houston, we have a problem.” The words came from Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell when one of the liquid oxygen tanks on the command module exploded, leaving the crew off course without electrical power and facing the sobering realization that they may become stranded in the frigid void of space. Although…

Arts Everywhere at Carolina

In the 13 years that he’s played the piano, Peter Smith never anticipated playing one outside — let alone in the Pit at lunchtime. But on April 7, the arts at Carolina left the classrooms and music studios and headed outside as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated Arts Everywhere Day with 50…

Snake pendulum fuses art and science

As the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates arts on campus with Arts Everywhere Day, two professors have teamed up to create the perfect mashup of arts and science — a giant snake pendulum. Displayed outside Phillips Halls, the 8-by-11-foot kinetic sculpture is the brainchild of mathematics department chair Rich McLaughlin and physics and…

Moving parts

It may appear as though giant spinning tops have invaded Carolina’s campus, but there is actually some artistic strategy behind the whimsical structures. “Los Trompos,” an Ackland Art Museum exhibition, kicks off the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative. A creation by Mexican furniture designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, “Los Trompos”…

Piano art

Ten colorfully decorated pianos are now part of the campus landscape, at least for the next week. The pianos are part of Friday’s Arts Everywhere Day, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first campus-wide arts celebration. The day will feature more than 50 performances, exhibitions, hands-on activities and installations across campus. On Friday,…

Arts Everywhere celebration is today

The name of the event — “Arts Everywhere Day” — carries with it separate definitions that planners hope will operate at two different levels. The first is immediate: Today, from noon to 9 p.m., the campus will hold its first campus-wide arts celebration, with more than 50 performances, installations and hands-on activities that will take…

Right where we want to be

More than 10,000 fans cheered and celebrated as the North Carolina men’s basketball team returned home to the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday evening, a day after beating Gonzaga 71-65 to win the National Championship. Coach Roy Williams, who became just the sixth head basketball coach in the country with at least three national titles,…

A Franklin Street celebration

As the buzzer sounded and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men’s basketball team won its sixth national championship, Carolina fans were already rushing onto Franklin Street to celebrate. The Town of Chapel Hill estimated that 55,000 fans crowded into the street following Carolina’s 71-65 victory over Gonzaga on April 3. The town…

National Champions

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Tar Heels lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to Villanova. This year, the Tar Heels fought their way back to the championship game – another back and forth battle till the last ticks of the game clock. But this time, “the confetti was falling on…

National Champions!

National champions again! Congratulations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men’s basketball team. The Tar Heels beat Gonzaga 71-65 Monday evening to win its sixth national championship. This story will be updated. Posted April 3, 2017