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The legend of Rameses
Rameses, a Horned Dorset sheep, and his ancestors have been entertaining Tar Heel fans since 1924. The Rameses that graces Kenan Memorial Stadium today is the latest in a long line of celebrated ovine royalty. But every royal family has its secrets.
Old Well magic
Few places signify Carolina like the Old Well and few occasions bring as much excitement to the campus landmark as the first day of class. A decades-old tradition says a drink from the Old Well before a student’s first class of the semester can bring good luck in the form of good grades, even a 4.0.
Arts Everywhere Day
Each spring, the arts come alive at Carolina and take over the campus. Arts Everywhere Day is a campus-wide celebration with performances by student groups, exhibits, installations and hands-on activities. The celebration is part of the University’s larger Arts Everywhere initiative, which seeks to transform campus spaces into creative hubs where anyone and everyone can engage with the arts in diverse ways.
When Carolina first opened, the University’s well served as the primary source of drinking and bathing water for the students, faculty and staff. The current well — what we now call the Old Well — was constructed in 1954 using wooden columns, a marble base and copper roof.
During Senior Week every year, members of the senior class hike up the 128 steps inside the bell tower to sign their name on bricks. The UNC General Alumni Association has been hosting the event since 2003.
Founded in 1795, the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies are the oldest organizations at Carolina. Once a requirement for all Carolina students, the societies have maintained a tradition of lively debate over current issues that range from politics to pop culture.