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The Davie Poplars
Towering over McCorkle Place are two large tulip poplar trees named after Carolina’s founder William Davie. The oldest — Davie Poplar — has stood since before the University opened in 1795. The tree has become so iconic that legend says if the Davie Poplar falls, then the University will also fall. Not taking any chances, Carolina planted Davie Poplar Jr. more than a century ago, creating a royal line of trees.
Rameses, a Horned Dorset sheep, and his ancestors have been entertaining Tar Heel fans since 1924. Rameses lives a life of leisure during the week, but on football game days, he’s in full mascot mode, posing for pictures with hundreds of fans and bringing joy to the Carolina crowd from the sidelines at Kenan Stadium.
Master Bell Ringers
People all over campus hear the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower’s chimes each day, but two Carolina students listen with particular interest. Following in a 90-year tradition, the two students serve as the tower's master bell ringers by overseeing the bell tower’s operations and ringing the bells on football game days and other special occasions.
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. 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.
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.
For 225 years, Tar Heels have paved the way to a better world for generations to come. We walk the unpaved road with curiosity, courage and compassion. We build a better future one step at a time. And we’re just getting started.