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Photo of the Day: October 25, 2009

(10/25/09 8:57pm)

Seth Wright had one of the worst assignment types there is, he had to shoot a "building mug." Photojournalists are often called upon to do daily grind work, such as shots of buildings. One of the differences between a regular shooter and a great shooter comes out in these types of assignments. Rather than just shooting the building Seth stepped out, found an interesting foreground element and worked it. He slowed his shutter speed to show the movement of the water, which added further depth to a boring photo.

Mentors help Hispanic youth aim for college

(09/21/07 12:00am)

For high school senior Kapherine Perez, the UNC Scholars' Latino Initiative helped create a lasting bond with the University. The four-year-old SLI program pairs UNC sophomores with college-bound Hispanic students from Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City. "To me, it's the only way I can go to college," Perez said. Mentors work with the same high school student for three years in an effort to foster a meaningful relationship - helping mentees with SAT preparation, college applications and college essays and involving them in coordinated social events on UNC's campus.

Sophomores get reacquainted with UNC

(09/28/07 12:00am)

A year after stepping onto UNC's campus, sophomores are being invited to reorient themselves through a new student government-sponsored initiative. Sophomore Reorientation is aimed at sophomores who want help gaining a better understanding of what services and programs are available through the University. "It's a chance for any student to take more of an in-depth look at what Carolina has to offer," said Katie Sue Zellner, executive branch chief of staff. All students on campus are welcome to attend the event, though it is focused on helping sophomores.

Judge addresses legal injustice during Race Relations Week

(10/11/07 12:00am)

Criminal cases with compassion -that was the driving factor behind Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Carl Fox's career choices. In the keynote speech of Race Relations Week on Wednesday night, Fox said he took the route of public defender because he did not like the injustice that can be found in private firms. "One of the biggest problems I had with corporate law was a conscience," Fox said. Fox served as a state prosecutor for 25 years. In 1986 he was elected a district attorney, and he held the position until 2006 when he was appointed to the Superior Court.

Student chancellor search committee starts work

(10/26/07 12:00am)

Students have responded to Student Body President Eve Carson's call for student input in the chancellor search. The student committee was created Oct. 15 to help get student input. Members were notified of their acceptance Monday. Thirty people applied, and a group of about 10 was selected. Carson issued the group three main focuses at its first meeting Tuesday. The first priority is to get student input for Carson to consider while she gives counsel to the official chancellor search committee.

Dancer recruitment begins for 10th year

(11/12/07 12:00am)

UNC Dance Marathon starts recruitment week today, as preparation intensifies for the 10th annual fundraising drive. Now is one of the most important recruiting times for the Feb. 22 fundraiser, which has raised a total of more than $1.3 million for the N.C. Children's Hospital, said Beth Cordell, publicity committee chairwoman for UNC Dance Marathon. "Without (the dancers), the marathon does not exist," she said. The group receives 45 percent of its contributions from dance volunteers, said Lauren Finnis, business manager for the marathon.

Hospital radiothon to benefit children

(11/15/07 12:00am)

When Devin Sniffen returned home from a month-long stay in the N.C. Children's Hospital, his parents presented him with a challenge - to raise money for the N.C. Children's Promise Radiothon/Telethon. The 10-year-old and his classmates at Raleigh's Grace Christian School responded, managing to raise about $400 to donate. At 5 a.m. today, others will have a chance to follow in Sniffen's footsteps when the telephones open for the sixth annual radiothon, the largest fundraiser of UNC Health Care.

P2P becomes mobile center

(11/26/07 12:00am)

Next month UNC will convert a P2P bus into an emergency police command center, allowing public safety officials to respond more quickly to emergency situations. The acquisition of the command center is part of the University's extended approach to campus safety, which includes a cell phone alert system and recently installed sirens around campus. Serving as an all-inclusive mobile location for police to conduct operations, the center will be operated by the Department of Public Safety. "It gives a centralized area for the flow of information," department spokesman Randy Young said.

Funds help inhalant technology

(11/26/07 12:00am)

A new powder-based inhalant technology invented at UNC now can move into full clinical trials thanks to a $26.5 million investment. Invented by UNC School of Pharmacy professor Anthony Hickey and UNC alumnus Timothy Crowder, the technology helps those with airway disease - such as bronchitis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. "The problem is getting the powders to disperse such that patients are not aware of them," said Dr. Sam Weir, Family Medicine Center director at UNC Hospitals, noting that the powders can cause irritation or get stuck on the patient's tongue.

U.S. Rep. talks to local leaders about blogging

(11/30/07 12:00am)

A group of local leaders and bloggers, including U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., met Thursday night to discuss how blogging affects politics. The casual meeting was held at Milltown Restaurant in Carrboro, where the leaders talked while enjoying food and drinks. Bloggers at the dozen-person gathering said they were concerned that elected officials were afraid to enter the blogosphere - referring to the Internet network of blogs - because blogs force them to share their opinions.

UNC patient climbs to raise cancer funds

(01/11/08 12:00am)

In eight days Harriet Farb, a 66-year-old breast cancer patient, will be standing at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. After departing Thursday for Tanzania, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center patient will climb Africa's tallest mountain with her brother to raise money for a patient resource center. "She was determined from day one," said Patricia Decator, a clinical nurse who helped with Farb's therapy. Farb first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. Nine years later she found the cancer had moved to her liver, and in 2001 she began treatment at UNC.

New director offers different twist on "Vagina Monologues"

(02/15/08 12:00am)

This year UNC audiences will see a new theatrical interpretation to Eve Ensler's play about women and their vaginas. "The Vagina Monologues," a two-night event held at 8 p.m. today and 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the Hanes Art Center auditorium, aims to fuel discussion about menstruation, sex, rape and other women's issues. The play is held annually as part of V-Week, an event that focuses on female sexuality and seeks to raise awareness about violence against women. But this year the performance's style will change.

Black wows student crowd

(02/18/08 12:00am)

As the lights dimmed and the audience settled down Saturday night in Memorial Hall, there was nothing but a microphone and a stool on stage. And for the next three hours, there was nothing but laughter filling the sold-out auditorium. "Lewis Black and Friends," part of Carolina Union Activities Board's fifth annual Carolina Comedy Festival, featured Black and other well-known comedians performing in front of the all-student crowd.

Ferrell antics appeal to campus audience

(02/25/08 12:00am)

When Will Ferrell first appeared on stage Friday night in the Smith Center, he was wearing a Duke sweatshirt. Boos and hisses erupted from the audience, until Ferrell pulled the sweatshirt over his head to reveal a Carolina blue UNC sweatshirt. Ferrell then began to fight performers dressed as ninjas to the "Mortal Kombat" theme song. Ferrell was at UNC as part of the "Funny or Die Comedy Tour," presented by "Semi-Pro," a basketball-themed movie starring Ferrell, which opens in theaters Friday.

Actor Kel Mitchell hosts hip-hop contest

(03/26/08 12:00am)

When Kel Mitchell arrives at UNC and takes the Memorial Hall stage today, he won't be selling "good burgers" with his special sauce. Instead he will be serving up some of the hottest hip-hop dance teams in the state. The second annual "Show Us What You Got" dance competition, presented by Carolina Union Activities Board, will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in Memorial Hall. Mitchell, best known for his role in the 1997 movie "Good Burger" and on the Nickelodeon show "Kenan and Kel," said he is excited to be hosting the event for the first time.