Spotlight

Five decades of striving for progress

When Preston Dobbins arrived in Chapel Hill in the summer of 1967, he was adamant about stepping away from the civil rights activism that he had devoted years to while living Chicago. “By the time I started here, I really had absolutely no interest in any kind of political things,” Dobbins said in a 1974…

One day, two ACC championships and NYC Marathon win

Sunday was a day for Tar Heel victories. Carolina’s field hockey and women’s soccer team both claimed Atlantic Coast Conference championship wins, and 2004 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years. “We did it,” Flanagan posted on her Instagram account along with…

Gopal to be Winter Commencement speaker

Dr. Satish Gopal, an innovative cancer researcher on the forefront of cancer treatment in Malawi, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony. Gopal is the only board-certified medical oncologist practicing in Malawi, a southern African country of about 18 million people. As the cancer program director for UNC Project-Malawi, Gopal is working to…

‘Finding strength through creative means’

The night before an exam his first year at Carolina, Jack Davis was just looking for a place to study near his dorm room. Everything was closed, except the UNC Children’s Hospital, where he found a spot for his late-night study session. Davis was interrupted by a young patient who wanted to draw in Davis’…

Well Said: Patrick Dougherty

Throughout his three-decade career as a professional artist, Patrick Dougherty has designed and constructed more than 300 stickwork sculptures across the world. Now, the world-renowned Carolina alumnus has brought his talents back to Chapel Hill with his recently finished “Step Right Up” sculpture, which will be on display outside the Ackland Art Museum for the next…

Stick sculptures — in 360

The latest artwork from Carolina graduate and sculptor Patrick Dougherty got its start in an overgrown field off Jones Ferry Road in Orange County. On a chilly October morning, volunteers cut down and gathered a truckload of tree saplings and hauled them to the Ackland Art Museum, where Dougherty was hard at work on a…

CURE-ious Chemistry

Madeline Cooke squats in the dirt and leans over the stacked, wooden two-by-fours supporting a raised garden. Scissors at the ready, she trims away weeds and checks the health of rows of red-stemmed succulents. Although many might consider this jade-like plant — called purslane — a weed, it’s actually edible, often found in Asian soups,…

The self-made scientist

Like a lot of young men from Virginia’s Tidewater region, Andrew Hinton found himself working in the shipyards. And like a lot of those men, it was practicality not passion that led him there. His grandmother, who had been his anchor and his support, had recently passed away. All of a sudden, Hinton’s college classes became a secondary…

Carolina launches bike share program

Tar Heel Bikes, a new bike share program to provide affordable, environmentally friendly transportation across campus, launched Oct. 25 at Carolina. The event was held at one of 18 initial bike racks on campus near the Pit, just in front of Davis Library. One hundred bikes, supplied by Gotcha Bike and sponsored for the inaugural…