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UNC student named Marshall Scholar

James Williams was 14 years old when he first ventured out of his hometown of North Andover, Massachusetts and halfway across the globe to China. To the high school sophomore, the Asian country was shrouded in mystery. But its language and culture immediately left a lasting mark on him. (

Computer science professor opens tab for students during class at TOPO

Students in Ketan Mayer-Patel’s Computer Science 426 class were treated to a field trip to Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery during class Tuesday after a technological problem kept the instructor from presenting any material. Mayer-Patel said the adventure started when he was unable to get his laptop to connect to the projector in his Hamilton Hall classroom. (Daily Tar Heel)

Photos: Andy Griffith performs prior to UNC-N.C. State game (Kenan Stadium, September 25, 1954)

Andy Griffith, five years after graduating from UNC, performed 'What It Was, Was Football' on September 25, 1954, prior to the Carolina-N.C. State game in Kenan Stadium. This photo captured the moment, as did this one. The photographer was Hugh Morton, who also helped set up the event. The Tar Heels went on to defeat the Wolfpack 20-6. (Photos: Andy Griffith performs prior to UNC-N.C. State game (Kenan Stadium, September 25, 1954))

31 Things You Need to Eat In Chapel Hill and Durham

From good ol’ Southern comfort food to burgers to staple drunk eats, these towns have got something for everyone. Whether you’re pulling for UNC or Duke, I think we can all agree that the food in these college towns is something special. (Spoon University)

Dr. Aziz Sancar was awarded a key to the town of Chapel Hill

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt bestowed the key to the city to Chapel Hill’s Nobel Prize winner Dr. Aziz Sancar. Colleagues and admirers of the Nobel Laureate came to Chapel Hill’s Town Hall Monday to watch. Sancar accepted the key to the city from the mayor and the town council. (Daily Tar Heel)

Orange County receives grant to help dementia patients like Dean Smith

On Wednesday, Linnea Smith spoke publicly for the first time since the passing of her husband, former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. Smith spoke about her husband’s experience with dementia at a press conference celebrating a $900,000 federal grant that will fund Orange County’s Dementia-Friendly community initiative. (Daily Tar Heel)

Top of the Hill named one of 'Top 10 brewpubs in the U.S.'

Top of the Hill, a longtime favorite venue in Chapel Hill, has been named on of the 'Top 10 brewpubs in the U.S.' by international restaurant review site Gayot. Cited for its "outstanding beer and delicious food," the website – named for French travel writer Henri Gayot – gives Top of the Hill a shout-out for being "consistently good since opening about 20 years ago, before anyone used the term 'brewpub.'" (Triangle Business Journal)

Mipso, string band that formed at UNC, tied to North Carolina by family, past and music

Mipso formed in Chapel Hill five years ago when all its members were students at UNC. The band is still officially based there, though the group’s real home these days is on the road. “We pay rent in Chapel Hill, but I think it’s a stretch to say we live there,” Terrell said. “We’re only there about one third of the time.” (Greensboro News & Record)

Master bell ringer plays Morehead’s tunes

When the tones of “Carolina Victory” or “Hark the Sound” emanate from the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower after a UNC victory, a student is playing the music by hand. The bells once rang through a system of levers that had to be pulled by the master bell ringer, said Ben Lee, the current president of music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. Lee said now the system is run through a 14-key electronic keyboard. (Daily Tar Heel)

ABC Commission ratifies offer of suspension, fine for La Residence

The ABC Commission ratified the offer in compromise for La Residence at their November meeting today. In the offer, the ABC permits for La Residence will be suspended for 50 days, beginning on Dec. 18. But the restaurant can avoid the final 36 days of the suspension, if they pay a $5,000 fine by Dec. 11. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina continues ascent as a global research powerhouse

UNC is continuing its decade-long rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research, climbing to eighth nationally among private and public research institutions in overall research and development (R&D) expenditures and sixth nationally in federal R&D spending. This is the second year in a row that UNC-Chapel Hill has placed in the top 10 for both categories. (

UNC School of Social Work receives $1 million gift to support students, faculty and innovation

The School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1 million gift from philanthropists Prudence F. and Peter J. Meehan of Chapel Hill, longtime supporters of the school. The gift will support student scholarships, assist in the recruitment and retention of promising junior faculty, and fund new innovation initiatives to meet emerging needs in the field. (

Carrboro: Best City For Singles

Are you single? Move to Carrboro. Evidently it is the best city for singles in the United States. Livability ranked Carrboro at the top of their list of “10 Best Cities for Singles.” The website “explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live.” (

UNC's Nobel Prize winner celebrates Turkish roots

When Aziz Sancar’s wife woke him up at 5 a.m. on Oct. 7, he feared something terrible had happened to one of his family members in Turkey.But the call was from Stockholm, the home of the Nobel Center. Sancar had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on DNA repair.Sancar, a professor of biophysics and biochemistry at UNC, has a deep affection for the UNC community. (Daily Tar Heel)

Alexandria Johnston named School of Education’s first Dean Smith Scholar

Alexandria Johnston, a student in the UNC School of Education’s school counseling program, has been named the school’s first Dean E. Smith Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dean Smith, UNC’s head men’s basketball coach for 36 seasons. Johnston, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., joined the Master’s of Education program in school counseling this year. (

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