A Year in Review
The first student homicide since Eve Carson, the shocking death of a freshman and the subsequent investigations have dominated headlines. Loss marked others, too, as UNC lost its pristine academic reputation, system leader Bill Friday, and soon, a chancellor.
The UNC community mourned the deaths of students Faith Hedgepeth, David Shannon, Eric Metcalf, Trevor Dolan and Stephanie Ahlbom in 2012.
While the deaths of Hedgepeth and Shannon launched police investigations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, respectively, the losses of Metcalf, Dolan and Ahlbom also left deep voids in the lives of those left behind.
Hedgepeth was found dead in her off-campus apartment on Sept. 7. The homicide investigation into her death is still open.
Shannon was found dead in Carrboro on Oct. 27. Police say he fell 40 feet from concrete machinery. The probe is still open.
Metcalf, a sophomore and Cary resident, died July 8 in a rock climbing accident at Hanging Rock State Park. He was 19 years old.
Dolan, a senior, died on Oct. 7. Friends said he died by suicide. Majoring in history and psychology, he was interested in cooking.
Ahlbom, of Apex, a master’s candidate in the occupational therapy program, died unexpectedly on Feb. 10. She entered the program in the fall of 2011, and was enrolled in one course in the spring semester.
When Chancellor Holden Thorp announced on Sept. 17 that he was stepping down at the end of the year, the University wasn’t ready for him to give up.
Faith Danielle Hedgepeth was a UNC junior, a daughter, a friend and an aspiring pediatrician.
On the day UNC-CH celebrated the 219th anniversary of the laying of the foundation for the nation’s first state university building, the University and the state mourned the loss of the UNC system’s most foundational figure, its cornerstone — William Friday.
Just three months after Larry Fedora was hired away from Southern Mississippi, in December of last year, the NCAA Committee on Infractions ruled on March 12 that his first team would be ineligible to play in a bowl game.
Carolina Performing Arts’ “The Rite of Spring at 100” series might not have culminated in a riot in 2012, but the series is off to a fiery start.
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