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UNC student Benjamin Kompa named Churchill Scholar

Benjamin Kompa, a fourth-year student at UNC, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England. (

UNC researchers reach critical milestone for treating brain cancer

In a series of breakthroughs in just under a year, researchers at UNC have made a stunning advance in the development of an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a common and aggressive brain cancer. The work, published in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine, describes how human stem cells can hunt down and kill human brain cancer. (

Chapel Hill water shortage spurs action for Flint, Michigan

A little over 24 hours without clean water sent Chapel Hill residents into a frenzy last weekend. For some people, the brief shortage put into perspective the struggles faced by the citizens of Flint, Michigan — a city which has not had clean water for nearly three years. (Daily Tar Heel)

The Old Well – in 3-D

Whether it’s the backdrop for a cap and gown photo after Commencement or the must-see stop for visitors, the Old Well is one of the most photographed spots on campus. And perhaps nobody has taken more photos of the Carolina icon than Steve Davis. (

Investigation: Human, equipment errors blamed in OWASA debacle

Human error and equipment malfunctions have been blamed for the over-fluoridation of water at the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant that prompted a shutdown and later contributed to one of the largest water main breaks in OWASA history. Jointly, the two events led to the massive Orange County water shortage last weekend. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC students collect excess water to donate after weekend shortage

There may have been a shortage of water this weekend in Chapel Hill, but there’s no shortage of generosity among UNC students. Students and organizations are collecting the unused water bought during the crisis to donate to people in need. Isabella Sabato, a senior who works at Campus Recreation, said she was inspired to do something good with the leftover water she bought in response to the shortage. (Daily Tar Heel)

Event honors positive legacy of Chapel Hill murder victims

Friday marks two years since the murders of Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Deah and Yusor were newlyweds and UNC students hoping to become dentists. Razan was Yusor's younger sister. She was a student at N.C. State. The three lived their lives in service, always volunteering and helping others. (ABC 11)

Did Hinton James Really Walk all the way to UNC?

It’s one of the most enduring legends of UNC history: a lone student, Hinton James, walking all the way from his home in Wilmington and arriving in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1795, where he reported to the one-building campus and enrolled, becoming the first student at the University of North Carolina. But did he really walk all the way here? (

Ida Friday passes away at age 97

Ida Howell Friday passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 6, 2017. For 97 years, she was a lifelong learner, activist, and advocate for others. Ida and her late husband, Bill, who served as President of the University of North Carolina for 30 years, were married for 70 years. The couple’s influence on the University of North Carolina community was immeasurable, and Ida’s spirit lives on in many ways. (

Restaurants and students prepare for the first rivalry game of the season

The North Carolina-Duke game is finally here. Businesses and students all over Chapel Hill are preparing for crowds, cheers and Duke tears. Sup Dogs, home of the “My Mama Don’t Like Dook and She Likes Everyone” sign, continues its meme legacy with a fresh sign reading “Cash Me outside How Bow Dah” featuring Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Student Protests in Support of the Black Cultural Center, 1992

Students at UNC rallied throughout the spring and fall of 1992 in support of several issues, most notably the construction of a freestanding Black Cultural Center on campus. The protests drew national attention and filmmaker Spike Lee came to campus to help rally the students and support their cause. By at least one measure, the protests were a success. (

German World War II POWs at UNC

During World War II, UNC employed German prisoners of war in the dining halls. Beginning in 1943, the Navy rented facilities from UNC to operate a Pre-Flight Training School and other training grounds. As part of that arrangement, Lenoir Hall became a dining hall for Pre-Flight Cadets. Some of those waiters were POWs bussed in from Camp Butner in Granville County. (

UNC graduate uses award to create study abroad experiences for Marines

UNC graduate and current marine Adam Schaffernoth received $10,000 from the Phillips Ambassador Alumni Award to develop a homestay experience in Japan for five marines currently stationed there with Schaffernoth. As one of the first Phillips Ambassadors, Schaffernoth went to China for three months in 2007 before his senior year at UNC. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC professor Jay Smith suspects external involvement in removal of his college athletics class

At the end of the fall 2016 semester, the history department made the decision to remove History 383 — a class exploring the history of college athletics and rights of college athletes — from the course listings for the upcoming spring semester. Professor Jay Smith, who taught the course, said he believes someone outside the department influenced this decision. (Daily Tar Heel)

University departments had to think on their feet to get through water crisis

When Chapel Hill’s water source was shut down on Friday, UNC didn't have a specific procedure, but had to use other emergency plans. Randy Young, UNC Department of Public Safety spokesperson, said safety was the University's main priority. When Associate Food Service Director Jerod Haxton found out classes were cancelled on Friday, he knew the campus was going to be shut down. (Daily Tar Heel)

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