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History of UNC’s mascot Rameses
This is what happened. Head cheerleader Vic Huggins noticed a lack of school spirit for the Tar Heels. So instead of making the school’s mascot a giant foot with black muck on the heel, he suggested that the team make its mascot a ram. The idea was based on UNC’s star football player, Jack Merritt, who was nicknamed, the “Battering Ram.”
Marcus Paige announces engagement to longtime girlfriend
Love is in the air in Chapel Hill. Former North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige asked longtime girlfriend Taylor Hartzog — the Tar Heels' dance team captain — to marry him on Sunday. "Of all the great moments I've had in Chapel Hill, none can top this! Love you @TayZogz," Paige wrote on Twitter.
UNC Hospitals Honors Former Mascot Jason Ray
UNC Hospitals has officially named their transplant center after former UNC mascot Jason Ray. His father Emmett Ray talked to UNC about the dedication. “I think it’s incredible because he loved Chapel Hill and he loved UNC,” he said. “I just think what a legacy for a 21 year-old.”
UNC transplant clinic renamed to honor former Tar Heel student mascot
The UNC Transplant Clinic was renamed Saturday to honor a former student who was killed in 2007 (Video
). Jason Ray performed as the UNC mascot, Rameses, for three seasons before he was killed. He was hit from behind while walking on a highway shoulder near his hotel in Fort Lee after going to a nearby convenience store while in New Jersey for the NCAA Tournament.
UNC Hospitals To Dedicate Transplant Clinic to Local Hero During National Donate Life Month
UNC Hospitals will recognize and celebrate a beloved member of the UNC community this Saturday, and change the name of its transplant clinic to UNC Hospitals Jason Ray Transplant Clinic in honor of the late Jason Ray. Jason Ray, former UNC Tar Heels mascot, was the victim of an automobile-versus-pedestrian accident on March 23, 2007.
UNC Hospitals names transplant clinic for Jason Ray
UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill will dedicate the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic this Saturday, April 16, to honor his memory and the contributions of his family and friends. Ray is the former UNC student from Concord who died tragically in an auto-pedestrian accident while he was traveling with Tar Heels as the Rameses mascot at the 2007 NCAA basketball tournament.
10 more facts on Taylor Hartzog and Marcus Paige
On Friday, The Daily Tar Heel published "You are the turning queen," a feature on dance team captain Taylor Hartzog. The story focuses on her as a dancer and her relationship with basketball player Marcus Paige — but not everything made the story. Assistant Editor Ryan Schocket went back into his notes to find 10 more interesting facts about Hartzog and Paige.
Rumors about assault on UNC mascot prove to be untrue
Despite rumors and apparent video evidence, Brown Walters, the director of UNC spirit programs, said the student in the Rameses costume was not punched. After the tragic UNC loss in the national championship game Monday, a video surfaced on the internet showing what appeared to be a fan punching Rameses in his oversized face.
UNC Mascot Sucker-Punched After Villanova Buzzer-Beater
As soon as the shot went in and the buzzer sounded, everyone on the court was involved in chaos. During the melee, it seems like the Tar Heels' mascot may have gotten sucker-punched by someone on the court. In the lower left portion of the video you can see the mascot get punched, only to be restrained when he gets back up and tries to go after the person responsible.
UNC cheer team, too, fulfilling dreams at Final Four
I started cheering when I was 4 years old. One of the first goals I remember having was to become a Carolina Cheerleader and don that powder blue uniform on the sideline at the Dean E. Smith Center. Fast-forward 18 years: I’ve cheered in the Dean Dome too many times to count and am flying to Houston to cheer on my beloved Tar Heels in the NCAA's Final Four.
Rameses: A Mascot’s Story
The image of Rameses the ram sneers out from all manner of University of North Carolina memorabilia. His angry glare can be spotted on shirts, hats, keychains and bumper stickers. Of course, most Tar Heels know that there are really two different Rameses that represent the school at events both sporting and non-sporting.
UNC cheerleader scores fiancée at Homecoming
Those who attended UNC’s homecoming game versus Duke on Saturday were treated to seeing a Tar Heel proposal.UNC cheerleader Vinny Corwin, a senior, proposed to his girlfriend of three years, senior Carol DeSalva, who is also on the cheerleading team. Corwin did pushups to count the points after UNC’s first touchdown and then dropped down on one knee to propose.
Rameses Goes Country
The Country Music Association held their annual awards show Wednesday night. The CMA’s were hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Paisley’s performance featured a familiar face to Tar Heels. Rameses was featured with various other college mascots during the performance of “Country Nation.”
Rameses Jr. is young Tar Heels’ newest, wooliest pal
UNC fans who attended Late Night with Roy in the Smith Center Friday were treated to an introduction to UNC’s newest mascot: Rameses Jr. R.J. sported blue eyes and horns in a familiar Pantone #278 that distinguished him from his more senior counterpart, Rameses. Brown Walters, director of spirit programs, said the idea of Rameses Jr. was about a year in the making.
UNC hospitals to name transplant clinic after former Tar Heel mascot
Jason Ray was the UNC-Chapel Hill mascot killed in 2007 during the Final Four game in New Jersey. Sunday, UNC Hospitals is naming the Transplant Clinic in his honor. When Jason applied for his first driver's license, he checked the box to be an organ donor. Jason's organs ended up saving four men. His parents have been able to meet all four.