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Bodybuilding Boys Often Try Drugs and Alcohol, Study Finds

Teenaged boys who pump iron and pop steroids in hopes of improving their appearance may be at risk for binge drinking and drug abuse, a new study suggests…Dr. James Garbutt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said one of the most intriguing aspects of the study is the idea of using males' preoccupation with muscularity as a parallel marker to females' preoccupation with thinness.

2U Adds First International Partners to Semester Online
Inside Higher Ed

With the addition of the two new partners, the Semester Online consortium now includes 10 institutions. Trinity College and Melbourne join Boston College, Brandeis, Emory, Northwestern and Wake Forest Universities; the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Do Renters Really Decrease Nearby Home Values?
Fox Business

It's a long-held belief that rental properties hurt the values of nearby homes…it's hard to quantify the impact that rental properties have on home values, according to William Rohe, the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

State & Local Coverage

UNC is in reach financially
The Observer (Fayetteville; Letter to the Editor)

As director of Scholarships & Student Aid at UNC-Chapel Hill, I want every hard-working high schooler in Cumberland County to know that Carolina is within reach. Generous financial aid allows us to welcome students from all backgrounds. (By Shirley Ort, UNC’s Associate Provost and Director, Scholarships and Student Aid)

UNC grad launches location-based dating app Catalyst
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Peter Simmons first got the concept for his new mobile dating app while he was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…On Wednesday, Simmons is launching Catalyst, a free location-based app that allows users to find potential matches nearby without exchanging private contact information.

Two UNC students to open clothing store on Franklin Street
The Triangle Business Journal

Two UNC-Chapel Hill students in their early 20s who started printing T-shirts and selling them online will take their internet enterprise to Franklin Street this week. Ryan Cocca, 22, and Rohan Smith, 21, didn’t spend more than $500 on the up-fit of Thrill City, a new store they will open at 422 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.

UNC class of 1988 to unearth time capsule Friday
The Triangle Business Journal

With members of the UNC-Chapel Hill class of 1988 standing by, the UNC grounds crew will dig up a time capsule buried 25 years ago as a part of this weekend's homecoming activities.
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SAS partners with UNC School of Medicine to personalize diabetes care
The Triangle Business Journal

Cary business analytics giant SAS has partnered with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, joining forces on a multi-year collaboration intended to develop analytics-driven population health management capabilities.

UNC lecture kicks off American Indian Heritage Month on campus
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Daniel Heath Justice grew up in the Rockies, where he lived in the shadow of Sun Mountain among Ute Indian territory…Justice, chair of the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, kicked off American Indian Heritage Month at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

Fire damages UNC dorm
WTVD-TV (Raleigh-Durham)

Firefighters responded to a fire in the attic of the Cobb Residence Hall on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill late Tuesday afternoon…Courtney Shepard said she'd just finished class when she got a campus alert on her phone. "Actually, 'Alert Carolina' told me," Shepard said.
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Not exactly a victory for sportsmanship after UNC-NC State game
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

…UNC’s football coach Larry Fedora, in his second year at Chapel Hill, is still learning about the broader meaning of “Tar Heel.” He’s also still learning the premium North Carolinians put on manners, especially when you’re a guest.

For loads of fiber, eat more beans
The Observer (Charlotte; commentary)

As I joined more than 10,000 public health types in Boston this week for the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, it’s hard to ignore the sense of history here.
(Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and clinical associate professor of health policy and management at UNC-Chapel Hill.)

Pinehurst officials drop inspection fee
The Observer (Fayetteville)

Questions raised during a new subdivision's application process have led to one change in fees the village charges developers and could lead to a more substantial revision…A law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government told John Frye, the village's director of financial services, that the council might not have the authority to refund the fees without being told by a court or legislation.

DHHS expands communications staff
The Journal (Winston-Salem)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its internal communications group…John Sweeney, a marketing professor at UNC Chapel Hill, said he does not know whether a 24-person communications department is appropriate for a state government department.

Issues & Trends

Family finances: Ranking the best values in private colleges
The Chicago Tribune

Our annual rankings of the best values in private colleges and universities ( highlight some interesting trends — one of which is that private four-year schools are pumping the brakes on tuition increases…The school wants to entice students who are waffling between Elon and the top-notch public flagship universities in the region, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (last year's number-one public college in Kiplinger's rankings)…

Universities Foster Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Federal Report Says
The Chronicle of Higher Education

A study by the U.S. Department of Commerce has found that universities around the country promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration among students, faculty members, and industries across multiple sectors. On Tuesday the department released a report on its findings, “The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Focus.”

Newcomers join Greene and Harrison on council; Kleinschmidt stays
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

The mayor stays while two new faces join Chapel Hill Town Council’s incumbents following Tuesday’s municipal election…Voting in Chapel Hill’s Country Club precinct was slowed Tuesday when a fire broke out in the attic of Cobb Dorm on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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