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UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was murdered 5 years ago. Can you help find her killer?

Five years to the date that 19-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Faith Hedgepeth was found beaten to death, Chapel Hill police are still seeking information from the public to help find Hedgepeth’s killer. On that fifth anniversary, Roland Hedgepeth is still hoping someone will come forth with information about his daughter’s murder. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 5th among public universities

UNC once again ranks among the very best universities and colleges in the nation. A leading public research university committed to making its high-quality education accessible and affordable, UNC-Chapel Hill placed fifth among national public universities for the 17th straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. (

16 years later, 2,076 steps for the first responders of 9/11

Dozens of students and community members gathered at Kenan Memorial Stadium Monday at 6 a.m. to complete the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Runners bounded up and down the staircases for a total of 2,076 steps: the same number that first responders climbed as they scaled the Twin Towers. “Today we remember that fateful day, sixteen years ago, that changed America.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Remembering 9/11: A ‘time to reflect’ at UNC

Brady Miller, a sophomore in Carolina’s Army ROTC, was among the several hundred community members who ran 110 flights of stairs at Kenan Stadium to pay homage to the thousands of lives lost in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago. Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Army ROTC, the annual run honors the victims and the first responders. (

$12 million gift to benefit PlayMakers, dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill

PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $12 million gift to significantly increase the University’s performing arts programming. The endowment, from longtime arts patron Joan H. Gillings, is the largest single gift by a living individual to benefit the performing arts at Carolina. (

UNC-Chapel Hill is a fun place to go to college, according to Rave Review

As a college town, Chapel Hill is perfect, according to Rave Review and that helped UNC land on its list of 50 Most Fun Colleges in America. UNC, which came in at No. 28, scored 13.25 points on Rave Review’s 20-point scale. It got a perfect 5 on the town score. Rave Review’s assessment of Chapel Hill pointed to Franklin Street, which it said is often overwhelmed with fans. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina ranks 56th in 2018 ‘Times Higher Education’ World University Rankings

UNC ranks 56th among the world’s top 1,012 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UNC-Chapel Hill ties for this slot with the University of Minnesota. The 2018 ranking, released Sept. 5, is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities. (

UNControllables host annual tell-all of UNC history

UNControllables brought attention to white supremacy and vandalism on Thursday with their annual event, “What UNC Doesn’t Want you to Know: Inside the University’s Dirty History of Exploitation, Scandal and Racism." Junior Suad Jabr helped organize the talk and said the event matters because it contextualizes their time at UNC as students. (Daily Tar Heel)

Unraveling Alzheimer’s: First-Of-Its-Kind Study At UNC Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad

In the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, there are abnormal deposits of amyloid beta protein and tau protein, and swarms of activated immune cells. But scientists do not fully understand how these three major factors combine to drive the disease. Now, UNC School of Medicine and National Institutes of Health researchers have untangled the mystery. (UNC Health Care)

5 years later, Faith Hedgepeth's death still has 'profound impact' on UNC campus

Faith Hedgepeth would have been a UNC graduate by now. Many of her classmates are no longer at the school, but her name is still spoken on campus. On Wednesday, her Native American sorority, Alpha Pi Omega, held a vigil in her memory. “It is important to make sure her name is out there and people don’t stop talking about it until her perpetrator is put behind bars.” (

Remembering longtime Rathskeller waiter Davis Blackwell

When I arrived at UNC and Chapel Hill, a Bostonian feeling very much out of place, my first meal was at “The Rat,” a famous restaurant recommended by a stranger. My waiter for that first meal was Davis Blackwell, who became a friend for my adult life and one of the faces that made visiting Chapel Hill so important to so many. Davis passed away last Wednesday. (

UNC-Chapel Hill mourns beloved K9 Buddy who worked with FBI

The UNC Police Department lost a beloved member of its team Tuesday. The department announced on its Facebook page that longtime UNC police K9 “Buddy” has died. Buddy, who was 12, served in the department for eight years from 2007-15. A full-blooded Labrador retriever, Buddy was certified through the International Police Work Dog Association. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Landmark UNC study could 'rewrite the book' on anorexia

A study to identify the genetics associated with anorexia nervosa has the potential to "rewrite the book" on treating the potentially fatal disease, say researchers. The researchers from the UNC School of Medicine have collected blood samples for 15,000 people - including New Zealanders - for the very first study of the genetics involved in the disease. (Radio New Zealand)

UNC Health Care CEO William Roper Receives Honors

CEO of UNC Health Care Dr. William Roper was named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People in Health Care. Roper, who also serves as dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC, has been included on the list six times. (

Tift Merritt talks being a mom, writing and her new album

Tift Merritt has a long, treasured history performing in Wilmington. In the early 1990s, she lived here and played gigs around town. A native of Raleigh, she played the first concert at the renovated Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in 2008, and the Grammy-nominated singer has made regular stops here throughout her career. (Wilmington Star News)

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