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This Day In History
- 1930 The Carnegie Library building was rededicated and renamed Hill Hall. Originally constructed as the University's library and named for noted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (who donated $50,000, conditional upon the provision that a similar amount for the library's upkeep and future expansion be available), the building was renamed in honor of John Sprunt Hill, who provided much of the funding for the renovation. The Department of Music moved into the rededicated building and still inhabits it today.
- 1953 University alumnus Andy Griffith's record, which included "What it was, was football," appeared on this day. It was a huge hit, selling lots of copies and heavily requested on local radio.
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Monthly Archives: November 2015
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels and North Carolina State Wolfpack football teams face off this weekend, the final regular season game for both squads. The two schools first played each other in 1894, UNC emerging victorious with a … Continue reading → Continue reading
The final football game of UNC’s 1925 season was against the University of Virginia, as was tradition. It was played at UNC, on a field that could hold around 2,5o0 spectators. However, 16,000 spectators came to the game. The lack … Continue reading → Continue reading
Members of English 360 used documents from UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library to examine a little-known episode in University history. Continue reading Continue reading
Back on November 4th, we included a post about the famous UNC vs. William & Mary tie game from 1948. Today, following Saturday’s game between UNC and Virginia Tech, Morton Collection volunteer takes a look at the other tie game … Continue reading → Continue reading
At the Town Hall meeting about race and inclusion held at Memorial Hall last night, students from The Real Silent Sam and other activists presented a series of demands to university administrators. The demands referenced a similar document from the … Continue reading → Continue reading
In January of 1936, a first-year student exposed a cheating ring among the UNC Chapel Hill student body. Under the rules of student governance and the honor system, the Student Council took responsibility for investigating the organized cheating with the … Continue reading → Continue reading
In the wake of the recent protests and demonstrations at the University of Missouri, many people in the UNC community are looking back on our own past at occasions where students and activists fought for change in Chapel Hill. Two … Continue reading → Continue reading
It’s Homecoming at UNC, and this weekend brings the annual showdown against Duke for the Victory Bell. Hugh Morton attended many of these confrontations with camera in hand during his lifetime, starting with his years as a student between 1939 … Continue reading → Continue reading
In his column in The Charlotte Observer issue of Sunday, August 25, 1996, legendary sports columnist Ron Green wrote the following: The tie, a vestige of college football’s dinosaur age, is dead, eradicated by long overdue rule changes. RIP. Forever. … Continue reading → Continue reading
For a number of years, student absences and instances of misconduct were recorded in ledgers by University administrators. Several of these ledgers, dating from 1838 to 1847, have survived in the Records of the Office of the Registrar (#40131) and … Continue reading → Continue reading