Jack Betts likes the Red Clay Ramblers’ new CD, “Old North State” with our very own Creative Writing Professor Bland Simpson, alum Jack Herrick, and company. Learn more.
Malcolm Gladwell compares dogfighting and football, and discusses UNC research findings on the health consequences of football concussions by Kevin Guskiewicz (Exercise and Sport Science). Read all about it in the new New Yorker.
UNC and partners at the University of San Francisco – Quito, Ecuador, are developing a living laboratory to prevent ecological damage in the fragile Galapagos Islands. Learn more.
Check out the UNC You Tube video of Karen Gil, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, expressing her perspective on the importance of a liberal arts education for leadership in a fast-changing world.
Summer is usually all about the outdoors: enjoying the summer weather, and maybe taking a nice bike ride or two. UNC-Chapel Hill senior Stephen Prince of Pinehurst, N.C., took that a bit further. Last summer he biked across the country, raising $34,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Stephen did it for his older brother, Andrew, who was a math major at UNC-Charlotte. Andrew battled neurofibromatosis, a tumor-causing disease that affects the growth of brain tissue, for most of his life — until he lost his battle at 23, soon after Stephen graduated from high school.
Taking the 55-day ride from Lubec, Maine to Imperial Beach, Calif. (the easternmost town of the country), gave Stephen the opportunity to grieve his brother’s death. It also helped raise awareness about neurofibromatosis and finding a cure. On his Web site, www.bikeforandrew.com, he said he “[hoped] that money raised by the ride will help researchers find a cure so that others won’t have to go through everything Andrew suffered.”
Stephen has a double major in history and peace, war and defense in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.
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“Winning Isn’t Everything,” a documentary about the amazing UNC women’s soccer team, is scheduled to air on the Fox Soccer Channel Sunday Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. Produced by UNC communication studies professor Hap Kindmem, the film follows the 2007 team in their attempt to repeat as NCAA national champions. It also features two NCAA national championships for the women’s team, in 2006 and 2008.
The UNC women’s soccer dynasty has won 19 NCAA national championships in the last 27 years. One of the current players featured in the documentary is communication studies major Casey Nogueira, named the 2008-2009 ACC Female Athlete of the Year. She has also won multiple national player of the year honors.
Viewers will hear head coach Anson Dorrance’s pregame, halftime and sideline speeches to the 2007 team. Former stars Mia Hamm, Heather O’Reilly, Cindy Parlow, Carla Overbeck and Wendy Bebauer Palladino are also in the film.
New York Times food critic Frank Bruni ’86 was slightly plump as a child and struggled with keeping his weight down throughout pre-adolescence, he recalls in a new memoir . He dieted and fasted. Then he discovered competitive swimming during his teens; this way he could enjoy food and keep the weight off. Sometimes with the help of pale blue amphetamine pills.
When he arrived at Carolina on a four-year Morehead scholarship, Bruni decided to give up swimming, devoting spare time to writing for the Daily Tar Heel. Like many students, he craved extra helpings at the cafeteria. But without swimming to burn up the extra calories, and no more little blue pills, he needed a new plan for controlling his weight.
He thought he found the solution in furtive post-meal visits to a restroom at the rear of the student union convenient to both the cafeteria and the newspaper offices. He was aware of bulimia but concluded at the time that was not really what he was doing when he stuck his fingers at the top of his throat. He was, after all, in control, right? Then his friends called him on it.
Bruni graduated from UNC with a B.A. in English in 1986. His memoir, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater, comes out next month. You can read an excerpt in the July 19 Sunday New York Times Magazine.