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'Rolling Stone'-approved N.C. band Mipso finds a sense of place in traditional folk music

Strings quartet Mipso was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 new country artists you need to know. "We've expanded our music vocabulary," says Mipso fiddle player Libby Rodenbough. It wasn't until college at UNC, when she met now bandmates Joseph Terrell, Jacob Sharp and Wood Robinson, that she began truly diving into vernacular music.

UNC-Chapel Hill named best value in U.S. public higher education

For the 17th time, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is the best value in American public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The top ranking reflects the University’s commitment to opening access to a high-quality, affordable education to talented students from all backgrounds.

UNC Alumna Brooke Baldwin Among Most Influential in Media 2017

Brooke Baldwin’s most viral moment of the year came when radio host Clay Travis made an astoundingly juvenile remark during an interview on her daytime CNN show. His sexist comment went viral, but one thing should not be lost in the comedy of the clip: Baldwin’s characteristically professional handling of the segment. She later penned an op-ed condemning the remark.

Sutton's Drug Store displays its history with its famous photos

Signed retired jerseys hang from the ceiling next to photographs of locals and celebrities who dined there. History is captured by photographed moments at Sutton’s Drug Store. Owner John Woodard started taking customers’ pictures in 1983 and began hanging them on the wall to decorate the restaurant, while also advertising the business itself.

Davie Poplar has stood for centuries

On Dec. 3, 1792, Revolutionary War Gen. William R. Davie and five other men were having a picnic. It was this meeting that would decide the location of the University, and it was this man for whom one of UNC’s many monuments would be named: the Davie Poplar. The exact age of the Davie Poplar is unknown, but arborists believe it is around 300 years old.

Winter commencement held at UNC

Be audacious in your pursuits, but not in a flashy, shallow way, UNC’s Dr. Satish Gopal told graduates at the Winter Commencement ceremony at the Dean Smith Center on Sunday. The two-time UNC graduate, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in public health in 2000, is the director of the cancer program at UNC Project-Malawi.

Turning the tassel

Approximately 500 undergraduates – who spent their time at Carolina studying 49 different majors – will be awarded degrees at Winter Commencement on Dec. 17. Their top majors were biology, psychology, economics, computer science, and exercise and sport science. Here’s a look at more of the top majors and the number of graduates from those disciplines:

Carolina Coffee Shop stays on Franklin Street with help of UNC graduates and US Soccer Olympian

When a group of UNC graduates heard the Carolina Coffee Shop might have to close, they invested in the restaurant in the hopes of preserving a well-established staple on Franklin Street. This past summer, the Carolina Coffee Shop came under new ownership by a group of UNC graduate investors, including soccer Olympian Heather O’Reilly.

Carolina People: Meet Nicholas Graham, University archivist

We’re always chasing down University history questions, looking in the collections. Another big part of our work is records management. On a typical day, I’ll meet with people, look at records in the office and help them figure out the best way to care for and preserve the records they have. "Our job is making sure that the work of the University today is preserved."

Carolina’s Air Force ROTC named best small detachment in Southeast

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 590 was recently named best small detachment in the Southeast region for 2016-2017. The Southeast Region encompasses 38 detachments in nine states and Puerto Rico, and is the largest region by cadet population in the AFROTC. Detachment 590 currently has 36 cadets.

How UNC-Chapel Hill Became the Nation’s First Public University

When 18-year-old Hinton James left his home in Wilmington to attend college, he thought his biggest accomplishment would be the 170-mile walk he’d made from his home to get there. Little did James know he would actually be the first student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After arriving on February 12, 1795, he would remain the only student for the next two weeks.

December 11, 1789: The General Assembly Chartered UNC

On December 11, 1789, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill chartering a state-supported university. A site in rural Orange County was selected for the university in late 1792. A group of Orange County farmers previously had donated funds and a parcel of 1,290 acres atop New Hope Chapel Hill, an area named for a chapel that stood there.

UNC Grad Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs List

UNC graduate Patrick Mateer has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurs, a list that recognizes young entrepreneurs leading businesses as a way to create positive change throughout the world. Mateer’s business, Seal the Seasons, makes local, seasonally grown crops such as strawberries and blackberries available year-round.

Carolina grad named Schwarzman scholar

Min Yang, a 2015 UNC graduate, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. This innovative master’s degree program supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University.

Three UNC-Chapel Hill researchers named AAAS Fellows

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members Blossom Damania, Marcey Waters and Mark Zylka have each been named a fellow by the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The AAAS fellows program began in 1874 and, with this announcement, UNC-Chapel Hill now boasts 83 AAAS fellows among its current faculty.

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