Spotlight

Spring at Carolina

The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are rising. It’s spring at Carolina. The last day of classes is just a few weeks away. Before the end-of-semester rush gears up, take a few minutes to enjoy the scenes and sounds of campus during this beautiful time of year. By Melanie Busbee, University Communications Published April…

Carolina Firsts look to their next step

As more than 600 first-generation students prepare to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and celebrate years of hard work, they were urged to reach back to their communities and help the next generation achieve the same goal of earning a college degree. “I stand before you the manifestation of two…

How costumes unfold

Eliza Doolittle strolls in. Actually, it’s actress Mia Pinero and she’s ready for a costume fitting for “My Fair Lady,” produced by PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Behind the scenes, students in Carolina’s Master of Fine Arts in costume production program are ready for her. The students have…

Well Said: Women in leadership

At any given level of American government, women hold only 20 percent of the public service leadership roles. The UNC School of Government is working to change those statistics. In this week’s episode, we talk about women in leadership roles in government with UNC School of Government associate professor Leisha DeHart-Davis. Join us every Wednesday…

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…