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It may seem like the school year just started, but pretty soon high school seniors and other aspiring college students will start submitting applications for next year’s college enrollment. A new site from the U.S. Department of Education called the “ College Scorecard ” gives applicants a look at colleges and universities across the country. The site does not rank the institutions, but offers an in-depth look at annual cost, diversity of the student body, graduation rates and average salary...

'Poet' looks at the life of poet George Moses Horton
Don Tate

George Moses Horton was born into slavery in Northampton County, N.C. in the late 18 th century. He was enslaved in rural Chatham County for most of his life, yet he built a remarkable career for himself off the plantation. As a child, George secretly taught himself how to read, and as a teenager he began making trips to Chapel Hill where he composed poems for students on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Horton eventually became the first African American in the South...

Emil Kang is the executive director for the arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. He wants to elevate the arts to be as big as basketball in Chapel Hill.
UNC-Chapel Hill

Emil Kang bucked expectations when he decided to pursue a career in the arts. He was the first in his family born in the United States after his parents emigrated from Korea, and he was expected to capitalize on the new opportunity by studying medicine. Instead, he took a job as a receptionist at a New York art gallery. He made connections with prominent American art institutions, like the National Endowment for the Arts , and eventually became the youngest person to lead the Detroit Symphony...

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Tia Holmes

This week, Tia Holmes began her first days at college. She is an incoming first-year this fall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is already planning to major in computer science. But her passion does not stem solely from computers. Since she was in middle school, Holmes has been working to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities across the country. Holmes was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy as a child. The disability affects her speech and movement...

Racial Ambiguity In Asian American Culture

Aug 14, 2015
Book cover of Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture by Jennifer Ho
Jennifer Ho

People often refer to Tiger Woods as a black golfer but never an Asian golfer, despite his mother's Thai heritage. Woods’ identity made professor Jennifer Ho think about the complicated ways society labels multiracial people. And it also got her thinking about her own experience identifying as a Chinese Jamaican American. She turned those thoughts into a new book, " Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture " (Rutgers University Press/2015), which explores some of the social, cultural and...

Marco Williams is a filmmaker and film educator. Here he is filming Lloyd Knight, Marth Graham Dance company for the film Echo.
Marco Williams

Note: This is a rebroadcast from earlier this year. Marco Williams is a filmmaker who is not afraid of telling stories that others don't want to tell. He has produced more than a dozen documentaries exploring race, death, violence and the American psyche. His work has earned him an Emmy, a Peabody, and a litany of other documentary awards. Williams is an arts professor at New York University’s Kanar Institute Tisch School of the Arts and served as the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair...

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The Chapel Hill Police Department is getting help from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement ( ALE ) to check whether bars are serving patrons under 21. The partnership began before 20-year-old UNC student Chandler Kania caused a car accident on I-85 on Sunday, killing three people.

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People who live in rural North Carolina are still more likely to suffer from serious health problems than their urban counterparts. Rural counties show higher rates of heart disease and obesity, and rural residents have a lower life expectancy. The recent closures of rural hospitals around the state makes those residents even more vulnerable. Research shows that systemic problems like slow economic development and spotty insurance coverage also contribute to rural health disparities. Despite...

Image of Kathleen DuVal. Kathleen DuVal is a professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of 'Independence Lost.'
Mary Lide Parker

Stories of the American Revolution often engender images of Paul Revere on horseback, George Washington crossing the Delaware or Red Coats firing during the Boston Massacre. But down along the Gulf Coast, there were others involved in the revolution, many of whom changed American history. Kathleen DuVal , professor of American history at UNC-Chapel Hill, penned “ Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution ” (Random House/2015) to shed light on the stories of eight little...

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The UNC Law Foundation is offering a new venture for people interested in researching causes and solutions for economic hardship in North Carolina. Rick White, UNC-Chapel Hill's Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs, said the new North Carolina Poverty Research Fund will be overseen by an independent board.

A student veterant leaning over his desk.
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Fifteen military veterans are wrapping up a week-long academic training bootcamp at UNC-Chapel Hill designed to help them transition easier into college. It's part of a national program called the Warrior-Scholar Project . Lara Taylor, director of Carolina's orientation, says some vets come straight from service, while others have been out for a few years. "But for all of them, the transition to the classroom was going to be a difficult one," Taylor said. "So we teach them reading skills for...

A picture of recordings at the SFC
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McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA has seen more than 1,600 musicians perform in the store. Those live performances have produced thousands of recordings documenting the livelihood of folk music for the past 45 years. Those recordings have now come to North Carolina. Bob Riskin, store owner, recently donated the collection to the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. “It was important that these taped recordings, which are old and fragile and have significant scholarly value,...

Jonathan Howes
UNC-Chapel Hill

Former Chapel Hill Mayor and North Carolina public servant Jonathan Howes died Sunday. Howes, 78, held several prominent government positions at the local, state and federal levels. He served in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Kennedy administration, he was Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources under Gov. Jim Hunt, and he spent 23 years as director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill....

Image of Chapman in Shanghai with Professor Meihua Zhu, on the left, a former visiting scholar at UNC.
Mimi Chapman

The power of art is not lost on Mimi Chapman . She is a professor at the UNC School of Social Work who believes that art can have a profound impact on people’s ability to empathize. She also studies how art can help illuminate conscious and unconscious biases and affect how people treat one another. Mimi grew up in San Antonio, Texas as an only child interested in writing. She majored in journalism and American studies in college but realized that while she liked storytelling, she wanted to...

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Trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill voted 10-3 this morning to drop the name from Saunders Hall. The building was named in 1920 for Confederate Colonel and UNC alumnus and trustee William Lawrence Saunders. Saunders served as North Carolina Secretary of State from 1879 until 1891. Saunders was also a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Trustee Chuck Duckett says he originally opposed changing the name. Then he saw that the 1920 trustees cited Saunders' KKK affiliation as an favorable quality for naming the...

The Core design.
UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill is planning a performing arts lab, studio and theater on Franklin Street. Chancellor Carol Folt says the University has committed $4 million in non-state funding to build the $5 million facility.

Folt says "The Core@Carolina Square" will allow university departments and the public better access to works in progress. But she says it won't compete with the existing performance spaces on campus.

"We bring symphony orchestras and ballet companies. They...

Kenan Memorial Stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today it has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. It is the second set of allegations UNC has received in the past five years. The NCAA reopened its examination into academic irregularities at UNC last year. The notice is expected to outline allegations of fraudulent classes taken by student-athletes at the university. Last fall, Kenneth Wainstein released a separate investigatio n into UNC's irregular classes. His report...

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How much will it cost? When would it be recording? Who could access the videos? These are a few questions that have surrounded the public forums about body cameras hosted by the Durham Police Department. But Tuesday evening's forum prompted a different question: What will it change? Around 75 Durham community members came together at the Russell Memorial CME Church to hear about the Durham Police Department's recent pilot test with body cameras, and to give the officers their thoughts and...

A picture of the UNC and GSK press conference.
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UNC-Chapel Hill announced a partnership this week with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to work on a cure for AIDS. Scientists say what once was a lofty goal is now more realistic, thanks in part to UNC's already-extensive AIDS research. GSK and UNC will create a company called Qura Therapeutics to oversee more research at UNC laboratories, with an eye on producing a cure within the next 30 years. Host Frank Stasio talks with Triangle Business Journal reporter Jason deBruyn about the...

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Bill Guthridge, former UNC men’s basketball coach, died Tuesday, according to university officials. He was 77 years old. The Kansas native spent more than three decades on the coaching staff in Chapel Hill. Guthridge was Dean Smith's trusted assistant coach for 30 years before serving as UNC's head coach after Smith's retirement in 1997. During his time at Carolina, Guthridge earned a reputation as an even-keeled, steadying influence with a dry sense of humor. He led the Tar Heels to two...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – WUNC Public Radio, LLC will acquire WFSS-FM in a sale and license transfer agreement approved today by the Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees. The deal also requires Federal Communications Commission approval to transfer the license held by the FSU Board of Trustees to WUNC Public Radio, LLC, a new limited liability company. WUNC Public Radio, LLC will pay $1.35 million from the station’s independently funded revenues to FSU for the rights to broadcast on the...

A picture of the UNC and GSK press conference.
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UNC-Chapel Hill has teamed up with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. Chancellor Carol Folt announced the creation of Qura Therapeutics, which will oversee the new HIV Cure center. The center will bring together researchers from UNC and GSK. GSK will contribute $20 million for the first five years. GSK CEO Andrew Witty says research on the virus has come a long way since the 1980s, when a cure for AIDS was thought to be impossible.

"Technology is...

Laws Against Revenge Porn

May 8, 2015
North Carolina may join 16 states criminalizing "revenge porn."
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North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation to criminalize revenge porn- the distribution of sexually explicit images without the subject's consent. The proposal would make it a felony to distribute certain kinds of revenge porn, also called nonconsensual pornography. Sixteen other states have criminalized revenge porn, but not all the laws are created equal, according to University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks . Franks drafted the model legislation many states have used...

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UNC-Chapel Hill

Graduation ceremonies kick off this weekend for colleges and universities across North Carolina. But before hundreds of students walk across the stage to get their diploma, they will be charged by a commencement speaker. Speakers will share stories and words of wisdom as the graduates begin their next chapter. This year's roster ranges from a late-night talk show host to a U.S. Congressman. Here are the people students and attendees should look forward to hearing this graduation season.

A class at the Francine Delany New School.
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Charter schools are taking off in North Carolina. Approximately 50 new charter schools have been founded since 2011 when the legislature lifted the 100-school cap on the number of charter schools. Now, the State Board of Education is considering applications for 17 more.

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