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ESPN's NBA Finals Tribute to Stuart Scott Will Melt Your Heart

As great as the games in the NBA Finals are, they are missing one key ingredient. The boo-yah, the flare, witty "cooler than the other side of the pillow" talk. Stuart Scott has been there for years. The colorful ESPN personality had a relationship with the players that is difficult to replicate. ESPN aired a tribute to the fallen anchor during halftime, and it's easy to see why Scott is sorely missed.

Q&A with UNC professor who survived Nepal's earthquake

UNC religious studies professor Lauren Leve was studying in Nepal when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit on April 25: "At first I heard a noise. It was a loud, almost grinding, shaking noise — almost like a train. And then I started to feel the earth shaking. And it just threw me on the ground. Then I just huddled on the ground and wondered if the building was going to collapse on top of me."

Interview with best-selling author, UNC alum Sarah Dessen

When you get the opportunity to interview an author like Sarah Dessen, you seize it, even if it means driving miles out of the city in heavy traffic on a rainy day. Saint Anything is Sarah’s twelfth (yes, 12th!) book, and to say that’s a huge accomplishment in the ever-changing and growing Young Adult industry is an understatement.

Former UNC administrator, Chapel Hill mayor Jonathan Howes dies

Jonathan Howes, a former Chapel Hill mayor and UNC administrator, has passed away at age 78. Howes served multiple public service roles over the years, including a stint as secretary of the Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources in the 1990s. This article from 2009 detailed Howes' career as well as his love for the University.

Stuart Scott to Receive Posthumous Honor at CLIO Sports Awards

Stuart Scott, a popular former anchor at Sportscenter who passed away last year following a battle with cancer, has been named the posthumous recipient of a lifetime achievement honor at the CLIO Sports Awards, it was announced on Thursday.

Photos: Past UNC Graduations

To celebrate the Class of 2015, Carolina Annual Giving encouraged UNC alumni to flash back to their own commencement celebrations on Friday, May 8, 2015.

UNC to Rename Saunders Hall

Trustees said they believed the University’s leadership made an error in citing William L. Saunders’ role in the KKK as one qualification for the building name honor. In removing Saunders’ name, trustees followed UNC-Chapel Hill’s existing policy on renaming campus buildings, which allows revoking an honoree’s name if continuing to use it would “compromise the public trust, dishonor the University’s standards, or otherwise be contrary to the best interests of the University.”

36 Hours in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, N.C.

Transition from Chapel Hill, anchored by North Carolina’s flagship public university, into downtown Carrboro is virtually seamless. And although the charming college town is more buttoned-up than its free-spirited neighbor, both towns share a love of live music, a range of new drinking spots, and sophisticated dining options that belie the area’s youthful atmosphere.

UNC alum Jeff Varner to compete again on TV show 'Survivor'

Varner, 49, appeared on the show’s second season in 2001. He has moved back to Greensboro and works in public relations and marketing for ITT Technical Institute in High Point. “It was very hard but so much fun,” Varner said in an earlier interview. “I came out of that much stronger than I went into it. That’s part of what I look forward to, seeing who I am going to be on the other end.”

UNC's online MBA program ranked 1st by Princeton Review

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flager Business School captured the #1 spot on the top 25 list. Indiana University-Bloomington's Kelley School of Business finished second. The IE Business School in Madrid came in third.

Krispy Kreme location on Franklin Street closes permanently due to poor sales

The Hot Light at the Krispy Kreme location on East Franklin Street is off for good. The doughnut shop, which celebrated its grand opening in August 2010, closed its doors Sunday, following the suit of several other Franklin Street businesses this year such as Qdoba Mexican Grill, Caribou Coffee and Cold Stone Creamery.

UNC alum Robin Cummings Named Chancellor of UNC Pembroke

Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, Deputy Secretary for Health Services and State Medicaid Director for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.

Commencement 2015: A look back

Approximately 29,000 friends, family members, faculty and staff were on hand to watch thousands of new Carolina graduates turn their tassels May 10. Here’s a look back at’s lead-up and Commencement coverage, in case you missed it.

ESPN unveils Stuart Scott memorial plaque

Stuart Scott has a new place in history at SportsCenter Studios. This great moment comes shortly after Ernie Johnson gave his Outstanding Studio Personality or Host Award to Scott's daughters last week. Cooler than the other side of the pillow.

UNC alum, development specialist Paula Kantor killed in Afghanistan hotel attack

A North Carolina woman who was in Afghanistan working on a project involving wheat production was the lone American victim in this week's Taliban attack in Kabul. Paula Kantor, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was staying at the Park Palace Hotel when it was stormed by Taliban gunmen late Wednesday, sparking a siege that left 14 people, including nine foreigners, dead.

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