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Friday December 9th

Pit Talk

10 coolest UNC alumni, ranked

10. Caleb Bradham (Class of 1890)

Source: Bilan

The inventor of Pepsi-Cola. He’s an alum so we share Tar Heel bonds, but I’m from Atlanta, so I still have to be Team Coke.


9. Peyton Reed (Class of 1986)

Source: News 1130

An American film director most recently known for directing "Yes Man" and Marvel’s "Ant-Man," but more importantly known for directing "Bring It On!"


8. Peter Carlisle (Class of 1974)

Source: Honolulu Magazine

The mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii from 2010-2013. I will definitely be getting in touch for spring break plans.


7. Mamrie Hart 

Source: Superfame

A popular Youtube star known for her show, You Deserve a Drink, as well as for her wild sense of humor and terrible puns.


6. Andy Griffith (1949)

Source: abcnews

The star of the famous TV comedy The Andy Griffith Show as well as the TV legal drama Matlock. (Before your time.)


5. Jason Kilar (Class of 1993)

Source: informitv

The former CEO of Hulu and currently a member of the DreamWorks Animation Studios board of directors. May I suggest a campus-wide subscription?


4. Sarah Dessen (Class of 1993)

Source: Bustle

The author of literally every single teenage girl summer romance novel you know and love, including "The Truth About Forever," "That Summer," and "Along for the Ride."


3. James K Polk (Class of 1818)

Source: Jewish World Review

The 11th president of the United States of America. Need we say more?


2. Mary Pope Osborne (1971)

Source: Random House

The author of the Magic Tree House book series and probably the number one reason you ever learned how to read past a third grade level.


1. Michael Jordan (Class of 1986)

Source: Wild Child Sports

The one. The only. Our pride and joy. Literally listed on the NBA website as “the greatest basketball player of all time”. Also, he acted in Space Jam, and it really doesn’t get any better than that.

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