Spotlight

World of wonder

Hordes of butterflies dance around blooming flowers to the beat of the buzzing cicadas. A firefly lightshow floods the spaces between trees. An unlucky ant meanders into the jaws of a Venus fly trap. There’s nothing more beautiful, or alive, than the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) in summer — but not everyone gets to…

Initiative showcasing Carolina arts and humanities kicks off Sept. 15

“Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities” is a major new initiative to showcase the work that faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are doing in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences. Sponsored by UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the yearlong effort includes lectures,…

Well Said: Social media and politics

Political campaigns are transforming as social media creates new ways for politicians to reach voters and showcase their platform. From well-timed tweets to digital missteps, social media has become a game-changer on the campaign trail. In this week’s episode, we’re talking politics and social media Daniel Kreiss, UNC School of Media and Journalism associate professor…

UNC with me

McCorkle Place isn’t the only place to find the Old Well anymore. From South America’s most active volcano to the African plains of Malawi, the University’s most iconic structure has been making its rounds around the world for UNC-Chapel Hill’s new advertising campaign, which launched Sept. 3. The new campaign highlights the lasting global impact…

‘Dear future me’

Write a letter to your future self, the Carolina Family Scholarship application asked. So Thomas Elliott wrote, “Dear future me, I hope that you will be on a path that you can agree with, that you can support financially but above all morally. I hope you will not put money before yourself or those you…

What dreams are made of

Graduate student Jesse Sykes, a recipient of a UNC Student Stores scholarship, brought tears to the eyes of her audience as she told them the impact that financial aid for college has had on her life. “I really literally would not be standing here today in Chapel Hill if it wasn’t for the financial aid…

The problem solver

Andy Johns has held many important titles at Carolina since he graduated in 1998 and went to work as a computer consultant for Administrative Information Services (AIS) in the red brick building at 440 West Franklin St. But wherever he has gone, one unofficial label has always stuck: Problem solver. And a problem solver in…

Hometown hero innovates to revive rural NC town

On any given summer day in southern Moore County, North Carolina, you’ll find some of the world’s best athletes teeing it up at Pinehurst Resort. With picturesque courses nestled into a charming historic village, it’s easy to see why Pinehurst has become a vibrant tourist town that’s heralded as the golf capital of the world.…

Back to school 2016: A look back

Thousands of Tar Heels —  including nearly 5,000 new students — arrived in Chapel Hill over the last week as the University kicked off the new semester. With the school year underway, take a look back unc.edu’s coverage of some of Carolina’s new students and the back to school festivities. First Welcome: ‘Believe you can…