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Video: Snow days at Carolina

Winter weather canceled classes at Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday, but the campus was still buzzing with excitement for the snow. Take a look at Carolina's campus from the air after several inches of snow fell on January 17, 2018. View Video...

Photos: Winter Comes To Blue Heaven

The winter storm that arrived in central North Carolina on Wednesday brought out the inner child in many Tar Heels, including Argyle Report writers and photographers. Our Alex Kormann captured a snowball fight (that some of our staff were party to), and Caleb Jones snuck over for some great shots of the Old Well. (Argyle Report)

Like Mike: UNC student sets world record in Space Jam Pinball

Michelle Liang of the University of North Carolina put up a mind-boggling 148,280,430 in Space Jam Pinball— besting the world record of 110,011,080 — at the Baxter Bar & Arcade on North Graham Street in Chapel Hill. According to Pinside.com, this gives Liang the world wide record in Space Jam Pinball. She was able to accomplish the feat in a span of two hours. (Argyle Report)

UNC students share what drives their activism

Senior Sarah Wright is a co-director of Nourish UNC, a campus organization that seeks to address social and economic justice through social entrepreneurship and community partnerships. For five weeks, Nourish UNC provided low-cost lunch options for those participating in the Boycott UNC movement. Later, Nourish switched to a pay-what-you-can model. (Daily Tar Heel)

January 15, 1795: UNC Holds Its Opening Ceremony

UNC held its opening ceremony on January 15, 1795, and soon after became the first state university to enroll students. The winter of 1794-1795 had been rough, and the roads were a muddy mess. It was a cold, windy, rainy day and the area looked more like a construction site than a college campus. Only the East Building and the unpainted wooden house of the Presiding Professor had been completed. (UNC.edu)

The Steep Canyon Rangers are performing where it all began

North Carolina always has had a reputation for birthing great bluegrass bands. But it’s remarkable what Steep Canyon Rangers have done musically over the nearly 18 years they’ve been performing, especially for an outfit created inside a dorm room at the University of North Carolina. "Our first public gig was at Linda’s Bar & Grill,” lead vocalist Woody Platt said. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC Alumna Robyn Tomlin replaces John Drescher as N&O's Top Editor

The Raleigh News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun will have a new top editor starting next month. Robyn Tomlin, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been chosen by McClatchy to become the first regional editor for the Carolinas. Tomlin replaces N&O Executive Editor John Drescher, who will take on a new role at the paper as Opinion and Solutions Editor. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC scientists and colleagues just solved a major piece of the opioid puzzle

"The idea in the field for many years has been to make an opioid that provides beneficial analgesic properties without the harmful side effects," says pharmacologist Bryan Roth, a physician researcher at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Design a drug that kills pain, not people. To build that drug, though, researchers need to know the shape of its receptor. (WIRED.com)

Davie Poplar Fire Suspect Indicted

A former UNC student has officially been indicted on felony charges in connection with a fire and small explosion on the UNC campus late last year. Joshua Daniel Edwards was charged in connection with setting a fire at the iconic Davie Poplar tree on the Chapel Hill campus. A professor was trying to stamp out the fire when the small explosion occurred. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC School of Medicine: Serving North Carolina’s rural areas

The UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and Asheville is among the medical training programs in the state encouraging graduates to practice medicine in rural areas. In the 1970s as national concerns about rural healthcare came to the forefront, the state, in partnership with UNC School of Medicine, established Area Health Education Centers. (UNC.edu)

A homecoming for UNC grad, award-winning sculptor Patrick Dougherty

“Step Right Up” is a fitting name for Patrick Dougherty’s latest outdoor sculpture at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. That’s essentially what he’s been inviting the public to do for the last 30 years. The experience has been a homecoming of sorts for Dougherty, who received a bachelor’s in English from UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1967. (UNC.edu)

Local Lore: Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium opened in 1949, as the first planetarium in the South and the sixth built in the United States. A modern marvel and piece of sophisticated technology when it was built, the Morehead Planetarium was used for more than just star-gazing and educational field trips. In the ’50s, the planetarium served as a training center for celestial navigation. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina scientists take a big step toward building a better opioid

For the first time, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor bound to a morphine derivative. They then created a new drug-like compound that activates only that receptor, a key step in the development of new pain medications that relieve pain without causing severe side effects. (UNC.edu)

Video: First snowfall of 2018 at Carolina

The University of North Carolina's first snowfall of 2018 didn’t pack a huge punch in Chapel Hill, but it didn’t look too shabby either. View Video...

Video: ESPN honors Stuart Scott with ‘This Is SportsCenter’ mashup

It’s been three years since SportsCenter anchor and legendary ESPN personality Stuart Scott passed away after a bout with cancer and the company he helped turn into a behemoth beginning in the mid-90s honored Scott on multiple platforms on Thursday. A proud alum of UNC, Scott spent 28 years in broadcasting before he passed in 2015. Read More...

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