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Roy Cooper gives UNC permission to remove Silent Sam

Gov. Roy Cooper wrote a letter to UNC-System President Margaret Spellings giving the University permission to remove Silent Sam if leaders "believe there is a real risk to public safety." Cooper's letter was in response to a letter from Spellings, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, Board of Governors Chairperson Lou Bissette, N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Eric Hooks and UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chair Haywood Cochrane. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Welcomes New Students to Campus

The largest first-year class in UNCl’s history, the Class of 2021 is already an accomplished group. They are veterans, community leaders and activists. They’re champion student-athletes, entrepreneurs and innovators (Video: Dorm move-in day). Chancellor Carol Folt challenged the students to set their goals even higher as Tar Heels. (

See How the Solar Eclipse Will Look in Chapel Hill or Anywhere in the U.S.

A solar eclipse will occur across a large swath of the United States on Monday, August 21. While Chapel Hill will not experience a total blackout as the moon passes in front of the sun, there will be approximately a 95% blockage at the peak of the eclipse. The total event will last from 1:15 pm to 4:05 pm in Chapel Hill with peak blackout at 2:42 pm. Enter your zip code to see how the eclipse will appear in the sky in your area. (

UNC-Chapel Hill student creates parent-pending 3-D printing process for orthodontics

When Dr. Ching-Chang Ko first saw Christina Bonebreak Jackson’s application to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, he knew he wanted someone with her unique background to learn orthodontics. After all, few of the other 230 applicants in the 2014 class had a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. (UNC System News)

Mother of nine, Jennifer Cooper has a family of Tar Heels and now attends UNC with them

Incoming UNC junior Jennifer Cooper plans to major in psychology and history, but it’s her background that makes her unique. Cooper, 49, is the mother of nine children ranging in age from 9 to 26. Starting next week, Cooper will commute to Chapel Hill from her home in Sanford. Cooper’s daughter, Lydia, will be starting at Carolina as a junior this fall as well. (

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in America: 3. Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie at Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill

Part of The Carolina Inn’s signature touch points, the North Carolina Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie, also know as the 'front desk cookie,' is a taste of North Carolina, which is served complimentary to guests of the Inn. These chocolate chip cookies are authentic because North Carolina ranks among the top states in the nation for pecan production. (Bravo)

Chapel Hill mayor calls on UNC to take down Silent Sam statue

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger called the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam on the UNC campus a danger to public safety Friday and asked the school to take it down. "...the presence of the Silent Sam statue on campus presents a clear and present danger to the students on campus and our community at large," wrote Hemminger in a letter to Chancellor Carol Folt. (WTVD)

UNC Ranks 33rd in 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 33rd in the world and 23rd in the United States among global universities, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on August 15. UNC was ranked 35th in 2016 and 39th in 2015. (

UNC students learning through summer service

For nearly 30 years, UNC students have found a way to continue learning throughout the summer with APPLES Service-Learning based out of the Carolina Center for Public Service. The student-led program pairs Carolina students with community or governmental organizations for internships in either the spring semester or during the summer. (

UNC-Chapel Hill startups deliver economic boost to North Carolina communities

The economic value created by startups connected with UNC is on the rise, according to a biannual report on Carolina’s commercial and social ventures. The mid-year analysis shows upward trends in how the University’s startup companies and social ventures are growing across North Carolina, creating jobs and bringing revenue to local and global communities. (

Meet a new Tar Heel: Bronze Star Recipient Wyn Fox

Wyn Fox is always looking to make an impact. It’s a drive that fueled his 10-year Army career that included four deployments to Afghanistan and Chad to gather military intelligence on terrorist groups. It’s a drive that helped him earn a Bronze Star. It’s a drive that also is now bringing him to Chapel Hill for a different kind of mission: earning a business degree. (

UNC-Project Malawi looks forward to future discovery

UNC Project-Malawi is a global health success story. From Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, emerged the knowledge that helped shape global understanding of HIV and other infectious diseases, while saving millions of lives. But in research, answers beget more questions. So, what’s next? (UNC Health Care)

Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

UNC has long been one of the world’s premier autism research universities, and now its expertise and leading research programs will fall under one virtual roof at the UNC Autism Research Center. The goal of the new center is to accelerate the creation of more effective treatments and interventions for the millions of people with autism spectrum disorder. (

UNC Health Care receives high marks in latest US News & World Report Ratings

In the latest Best Hospital ratings, released Aug. 8 by U.S. News & World Report, UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked or recognized as high performing in ten clinical categories. The latest ratings release focuses on adult clinical care. In June U.S. News released its list of the nation’s best children’s hospitals and UNC Children’s earned a national ranking in nine specialties. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Dean shares illuminating facts about the coming solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun. The shadow of the moon will travel from Oregon to South Carolina. The 70-mile wide path of the shadow is called the “path of totality.” Only the southwest corner of North Carolina lies in the path, but the rest of the state – including Chapel Hill – will experience almost complete darkness at about 2:43 p.m. (

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