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Seven Sawyers march through Carolina

When Raymond Sawyer graduates from Carolina in May, it will be the end of an era – at least for UNC’s Marching Tar Heel band and the Sawyer family. For the past 17 years, a Sawyer has played and marched in the band. “It’s one of the longest-running continuous memberships by one family I think…

UNC students serve local kids through music

In an upper room of University United Methodist Church, Melodie Tun, a second-grader from Morris Grove Elementary, and Carolina student Katie Morris have been working on stage presence. As Morris plays Adele’s “Skyfall” and Taylor Swift’s “22” on the piano, Tun sets her shoulders, takes a deep breath and reaches for the high notes. This…

Mentoring helps faculty aim for spectacular

Ed Samulski has a thing for Monarch butterflies. Not as a collector, but as a chemist with a crazy idea about how he might harness their hidden power. “If you were to ask me, ‘What is the blackest thing you’ve ever seen?’ I would say, ‘the black on a Monarch butterfly,’” he said. “It is…

What’s love got to do with it?

In her 1984 hit song, Tina Turner asks, “What’s love got to do with it?” suggesting it’s nothing but a “second-hand emotion.” Apologies to Tina, but Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Carolina and author of the new book Love 2.0, disagrees: Love is not a second-hand emotion, but an essential ingredient to…

Water rights and wrongs

In August 2002 the First Broad River had turned to puddles. Only a small pond kept the City of Shelby from running out of water. City manager Grant Goings asked neighboring Kings Mountain for water, but Kings Mountain was already selling all it could spare to Bessemer City. Goings, though, knew that Bessemer City’s water…

Campus incubators hatching ventures

In just over a year, Carolina has gone from having almost no space to incubate student or faculty ventures to a growing number of incubation spots. In fact, the University is thinking about how it can work on and off campus to help aspiring entrepreneurs build exciting ventures. Startups on campus are just the beginning…

Classroom is community for Pollock

Communication studies professor Della Pollock was collecting the stories of alumni of Chapel Hill’s former all-black high school for an oral history project when one man’s statement caught her off guard. “He said, ‘Y’all have studied the hell out of the black community and given nothing back!” Pollock recalls Ed Caldwell Jr. saying to her…

Entrepreneur class links innovation, liberal arts

Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” played as 300 students in Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Economics 125) listened. Unlike other musical pieces played at the beginning of each class during the fall 2012 semester, this one was not on the original list that Chancellor Holden Thorp and Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser had chosen. The last-minute…

Music at the front lines of war

Musicians as soldiers intrigue UNC musicologist Annegret Fauser.  During World War II,  the United States government believed in the power of music, Fauser says. So did musicians. And so did soldiers. Music as therapy. Music as entertainment. For morale. As a weapon. For Fauser, conductor Serge Koussevitzky said it best in 1942: “We, as musicians,…