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What others say about Willie Scroggs

Here’s a sampling of what folks say about Scroggs: Perspective Baddour: “Whether it’s in the heat of a lacrosse national championship or a construction company throwing us a curveball, Willie’s the sort of individual who says, ‘Okay, let’s calm down, let’s take a step back, let’s put this in perspective, let’s sort out our options,…

Water chronicler

From the back seat of his parents’ car, traveling north along Route 17 from Elizabeth City to Norfolk, eight-year-old Bland Simpson stares westward into the gloom of the Great Dismal Swamp. A placid canal skirts the road, and beyond there’s an ever-present curtain of loblolly pine, red maple and cypress trees. “Don’t ever go in…

AHEC: 40 years of teaching, caring

After forty years of improving the health of North Carolina’s citizens, AHEC is just hitting its stride. The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, based at Carolina, sends out hundreds of faculty members to towns across the state to teach, to care for patients and to look for ways to improve how each…

Covenant Scholar invests in his future

When asked to picture where he will be five years from now – or even 10 years from now – the answer for Josh Wilkes is simple: “investment banking.” The 2007 Carolina graduate and Carolina Covenant Scholar will earn his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in May 2013. He will work for Wells Fargo…

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…