As usual, students spent their time in the Pit making phone calls mid-day Wednesday. But they weren't calling to make plans for lunch or chat about class - students were dialing North Carolina's senators to talk about genocide. Students United for Darfur Awareness Now hosted a call-in Wednesday, complete with the telephone numbers of U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a total of about 50 phone calls were made to Dole and Burr, SUDAN members said. Members even offered up their own cell phones for students to call the officials.
A United Nations director will discuss today how extreme poverty around the world can be eradicated. Director of the U.N. Millennium Project Jeffrey Sachs will speak at 11 a.m. today in Memorial Hall. "He's brought together some of the most brilliant minds in the world," said Nitin Sekar, co-coordinator of the Millennium Promise group, which is a fundraising branch of the Millennium Project. "And he is one of the brilliant minds in the world."
Zeta Beta Tau might be new to the fraternity scene at UNC, but its members already have the ball rolling for their first major fundraising project. The fraternity is moving a multicolored, 6-foot inflatable ball reading "Get on the Ball" around the Pit and on Franklin Street all week. Fraternity members stay with the ball throughout the day, encouraging students to sign it for their cause.
A hefty gift from the N.C. General Assembly during the past budget cycle has helped ensure the fate of DESTINY. UNC's DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program, which brings science education opportunities to state high schools, received $500,000 from the state legislature. This week and during the semester, DESTINY science education specialists are traveling across the state in two buses - Destiny and Discovery - with state-of-the-art lab equipment for students to gain firsthand experience.
Carolina Dining Services' decision to trade mochas and lattes for doughnuts and dogs has proven worthy of relish. Dining services remodeled what used to be the Ram Cafe, located at the bottom level of Lenoir Dining Hall to accommodate the new Carolina House of Dogs during the summer. "We determined that we had a coffee shop across the way that we basically competed with," said Fred Bissinger, resident district manager, in reference to The Daily Grind located in Student Stores. "It really wasn't profitable," he said.
Forget South America or Europe. The new study abroad hot spot is Asia. Offering more than 40 programs in nine different countries, the newly announced Phillips Ambassadors Program will help make Asia a continent of choice for UNC students. The program is funded by a large donation from 1962 UNC alumnus Earl "Phil" Phillips. "It's the largest study abroad scholarship ever for UNC," said Cindy DiCello, associate director of development for international studies The scholarship program's mission is to encourage more students to study abroad in Asia.
Few people know more about stress than college students. Six years ago UNC created an eight-week program to help stressed-out people become more relaxed and centered. "Striving to live in the present moment - that's the effort of all mindfulness programs," said integrative medicine program coordinator Becky Coble, who has taken the class twice.
Students are bombarded each fall with clubs and organizations eager to recruit new members. These organizations use various tactics - pamphlets, posters and free food - to attract anyone from a first-year student to a seasoned senior. And for the General Alumni Association -which boasts 5,100 undergraduate members - the start of the fall semester is a particularly important time.
Venable Hall - well-known around campus for its one-of-a-kind and often frustrating architecture - might not be well-known for much longer. Many students are spending their last days in the building this summer. It will completely close in September and will be demolished beginning in March 2007. Constructed in the 1920s and later expanded in the 1950s, Venable holds laboratories, research facilities and classrooms for a variety of the physical sciences, including chemistry, marine sciences and physics.
Pictures from President Kennedy's visit to UNC, the original corner plate of Old East and the first minutes of the UNC Board of Trustees were just a few of the eclectic items shown May 12 on a guided tour of Wilson Library. The 90-minute "Treasures of Wilson Library: UNC History" tour took visitors through the library's Reading Room, the North Carolina Collection gallery and the Rare Books collection, showcasing items ranging from a yearbook dating to writer Thomas Wolfe's senior year to pictures of the original Old Well - a wooden structure.