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A smashing good time

It started with a bang. It continued with a smash. Members of the Carolina community, sledgehammers and baseball bats in hand, took turns walloping away at scales wrapped in garbage bags in The Pit on Wednesday, sending the weight-watching contraptions to the Scale SMASHing Graveyard — the place where those “perfect” numbers are finally laid…

A special bond

Three years ago, Iowa natives Jessica Pierce and her husband, Clinton, moved to Havelock, N.C., in the eastern part of the state. Clinton had joined the Marines, and his orders were to Cherry Point. Together, they were raising three children, ages 1 to 12, and they had just discovered they had a fourth on the…

Carolina entrepreneurship ranked 12th for undergraduate, 11th for MBA programs

With a campus culture known for encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, it’s no surprise that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received top rankings once again for its entrepreneurial studies programs from two major publications. Tuesday’s Princeton Review rankings placed UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School 11th for graduate programs for its MBA Programs and…

Carolina program helps revitalize NC towns

They call them “wicked problems,” the complicated, long-term, seemingly impossible, hard-to-wrap-your-head-around issues for which solutions seem far away. The team involved in the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) specializes in them, and they’re teaching students how to tackle them, too. DFI partners with local governments across the state to attract the private investments…

NYT rating highlights Carolina’s economic diversity

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was recently named among the top three most economically diverse colleges, further highlighting Carolina’s commitment to providing an accessible education. To measure top colleges’ efforts on economic diversity, The Upshot column in The New York Times calculated a College Access Index based on the share of freshmen…

Celebrating survival

When it emerged in the 1980s and into the early 1990s, HIV/AIDS was a universally fatal disease. Now, thanks to decades of basic science research, clinical trials and consistent patient care – much of it involving UNC School of Medicine researchers and physicians — it is considered a chronic disease, and experts can see a…

Remembering 9/11

Thirteen years ago this week, approximately 3,000 people – including six Carolina alumni – died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sept. 11, the UNC-Chapel Hill campus remembered in numerous ways, including the 9/11 Memorial, established by the Class of 2005 and located in the grove between Kenan Stadium and the George Watts Hill Alumni…

The stigma stops here

Nikhil Tomar, a doctoral student in occupational science and Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Graduate School, said he first became interested in mental health after realizing its impact on society and how it is addressed. “Negative and ill-informed perceptions or perceived public perception about mental health concerns can hinder…

Nursing the sick, guarding the coach

Darrick Woods, a compassionate, caring, family man, is also a ruthless, die-hard, life-long Tar Heel fan. His wife, Chante Woods, whom he met at UNC Hospitals where they were both nurses, says no matter what they’re doing, Darrick Woods usually has a game on or is checking a score. So where does a guy like…