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On Monday night, the UNC Problems Twitter account announced that the UNC Problems T-shirt will be available for purchase at the beginning of May.

The Twitter account UNC Problems offers a satirical take on the daily events of Carolina students. The account’s 10 most popular tweets will appear on T-shirts, created in collaboration with Thrill City, a clothing company formed by two UNC students.

The T-shirts should cost between $10 and $15. The Twitter account UNC Problems featured pictures of the t-shirt proof.

Follow Thrill City and UNC Problems on Twitter.

PhD and scholar Priscilla Coit Murphy will deliver a UNC Speaker Series entitled “Silent Spring: Brining Immediacy to its Anniversary,” on April 26 from 7-8 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Dr. Murphy is the author of “What a Book Can Do: The Publication & Reception of Silent Spring” which explores Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” one of the first environmental protests in history. Carson used “Silent Spring” to bring the dangers of pesticide abuse to the attention of the American public.

The presentation will take place on Earth Day to mark the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring.” Dr. Murphy will re-create a sense of the events of 1962 in order to bring immediacy to the book’s anniversary.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is located on Old Mason Farm Road. The event is free but you must register in advance by calling (919) 962-0522. Check out more UNC Earth Week events here.

Jokes from a popular social media account will soon appear offline, on T-shirts created by a local clothing company.

The Twitter account UNC Problems offers a satirical take on the daily events of Carolina students. Since its creation, the UNC Problems Twitter account has gained nearly 4,000 followers.

Now, the account’s 10 most popular tweets will appear on T-shirts. UNC Problems will collaborate with Thrill City, a clothing company that UNC students Ryan Cocca and Sunny Huang. Their T-shirts highlight UNC fads like Kendall Marshall’s “kbutter” nickname and the popular Chapel Hill nickname “Chapel Thrill.”

Current followers are excited about the shirt.

UNC Problems continues to earn retweets for its funny UNC related tweets that students are clearly reacting to. Recent tweets on the account address popular campus topics like the Pit preacher and a shout-out to pokey sticks, a late-night campus snack:

A tweet about how great it is to be a Tar Heel earned 17 retweets:

UNC Problems continues to reach out to its followers for their input on the upcoming T-shirts.

Other popular UNC twitter accounts include UNC Paparazzi and UNC betch. Even the UNC squirrels have a Twitter account.

How to get involved

Follow UNC Problems to stay updated about the release of the UNC Problems T-shirt. Email your UNC problems to

Kbutter and Thrill City T-shirts are available for purchase online.

By Kathleen Witte

UNC’s Disability Services department claims to have a 97 percent accessibility rate.

But, taking a closer look, some of those “accessible”  buildings aren’t meeting standards when it comes to wheelchair accessibility.

I found a Carolina freshman who has to consider this every day and followed her around as she showed me the best and worst of wheelchair accessibility.

This video was reported as part of Carolina Week newscast produced by students at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Click here for more from Carolina Week.

The UNC Clef Hangers will present a spring concert April 21 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The concert will serve as a farewell to the Clef Hangers’ senior-class members, as the performance will be the last of the school year.

The Clefs are Carolina’s oldest a cappella group, formed in 1977 by UNC student Barry Saunders and originally called the Morrison Dorm Singers. The Clef Hangers adopted their current name in 1978 in addition to their signature vests and bow ties. Since then, the Clefs have had the opportunity to take their talents around the world, performing in Spain, France, Scotland, Jamaica, Greece and Italy. Over the years, the Clefs have released 16 professionally produced studio albums.

The Clef Hangers are, in many ways, similar to a fraternity. Many of the close-knit members live in a house together, and the group often travels abroad over spring break for international performances.

Senior soloist Cole Hammack says that he will really miss being a Clef after he graduates. “My favorite part of being a Clef is the brotherhood of the group,” he said in a recent phone interview. “You’re with these guys all the time and singing is a very vulnerable thing to do, so you grow close to people you otherwise would have never known very quickly.”

The Clef Hangers cover popular songs, adapting them to a cappella versions entirely their own. This year’s repertoire has included popular Coldplay songs “Yellow” and “Paradise,” a cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show song “Wagon Wheel,” a rap cover of the David Guetta and Nicki Minaj song “Where Them Girls At,” and the always classic “Carolina In My Mind” by James Taylor, among others. Watch the Clefs sing “Wagon Wheel” here.

The Clef’s albums are available for purchase online. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Their recent tweets are about the upcoming spring concert:

Tickets for the 2012 spring concert are available through the Memorial Hall box office.

Ben and Jerry's created the annual free cone day as a thank you to its customers. Photo Credit: Flickr Yukino Miyazawa

Tuesday is Ben and Jerry’s 34th free cone day in honor of the company’s April 3 anniversary. Free cone day has been an annual event since the original Ben and Jerry’s opened its doors in Vermont in 1978. All 800 U.S. scoop shops will participate today in addition to locations in 28 other countries. The event will last from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that free cone day was created by Ben Cohen and Jerry Springfield as a thank-you to devoted customers. The Ben and Jerry’s ice cream chain began as a small business after the two friends took an ice-cream-making class. The company grew successful through the years, receiving an award from Ronald Reagan and eventually selling to a food production conglomerate, Unilever.

Ben and Jerry’s has created many unique ice cream flavors including “AmeriCone dream,” which was recognized on the Colbert report and “Late Night snack,” featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch a clip from the Colbert report featuring the ice cream flavors here.

In 1992 Ben and Jerry's was the first national brand of ice cream flown into outer space. Today, Ben and Jerry's lovers everywhere can indulge in a favorite classic like "Phish food" of "Cherry Garcia" or try a new flavor like "Cinnamon cereal swirl."There are also a number of flavors expressing the company's lasting support of environmental and human rights. The "Chubby Hubby" ice cream flavor was renamed "Hubby Hubby" in 2009 to support gay rights.  The company protested opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling by leaving a 900-pound baked Alaska on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol building in 2005. Ben and Jerry's has been affiliated with the Children's Defense Fund and the humane society as well.

Alan Murray, deputy Managing Editor and Executive online editor for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver a Dean’s Speaker series lecture on March 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Koury auditorium is located in the McColl building.

Murray earned his bachelor’s degree at UNC as a John Motley Morehead scholar, a merit scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has served on numerous university boards including the University of Virginia’s Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs and UNC’s Board of Visitors.

Murray previously worked with CNBC in Washington, D.C. before joining the Wall Street Journal in 1983. He served as deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1993 and earned three Pullitzer prizes among other awards. He has authored two best-sellers, “Revolt in the Boardroom, The New Rules of Power in Corporate America” and “The Wealth of Choices: How the New Economy Puts Power in Your Hands and Money in Your Pocket” both of which are available for purchase online. Murray also formerly held a position as a special advisor to the president for chemical weapons.

Admission to the series lecture is free but registration is required. Parking is available only in the business school deck.

Robert Lane Greene, a journalist and author of recently published book “You Are What You Speak” will deliver a keynote address as part of the 2012 UNC Center for International Business Education and Research Business Language Conference, which will be open to the public. The address will take place March 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise will also sponsor the address.

Greene works as a business correspondent for The Economist and writes for the magazine’s language blog, Johnson. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times. Greene’s book “You Are What You Speak” was published last year and is about the politics of language around the world. He is fluent in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Danish and can converse in Italian, Arabic and Russian.

Green keeps an online blog. You can also follow him on Twitter. His book is available for purchase online.

Correction: A previous version of this story listed “J Edgar” as a nickname for Dustin Lance Black. “J Edgar” is actually the name of Black’s screenplay.

The UNC PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art will present a staged reading of a new play that portrays the controversial trial of California’s Proposition 8. The play, written by Dustin Lance Black, is titled “8” and will be performed Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC’s Center for Dramatic Arts.

The play follows the story of California’s Proposition 8 while exploring both sides of the marriage equality debate. Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, was passed by California voters in 2008. Just two years later, however, the amendment was ruled unconstitutional in Perry vs. Schwarzenegger. “8” combines participant interviews and trial testimony to dramatically portray this history.

UNC press release for the play

Professional actors, students and community members will be involved in this production. PlayMakers and the dramatic art department have been given special permission from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact to present “8,” and this reading will commence the Southeast premiere of a national reading series which began in 2011. The West Coast premiere will be March 3 and will star George Clooney.

Jeffrey Cornell, a member of PlayMakers and associate chairman in the Department of Dramatic Art, said the company is producing the play “to contribute to the current state-wide conversation about same-sex marriage.”

“It will provide our students and artists with the opportunity to participate in art as a means of generating conversation and debate about both sides of this complex issue,” he said. Cornell added that this production of PlayMakers is an extension of ongoing productions that take on pressing issues of the day, such as AIDS, the death penalty, educational equality, the Gulf oil spill, racism and war.

Tim Scales, co-producer of “8,” says that the play will spark thought and discussion. “I anticipate that this topical play will inspire a diversity of reactions,” he said.

Admission will be free but a ticket is required. Advance reservations can be made by calling the PlayMakers box office at (919) 962 7529 or online.

New education minor provides UNC students with the opportunity to learn about education-related issues while gaining real experience in educational environments like elementary school classrooms Photo Credit: Larry Darling via Creative Commons

The School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill have developed a new minor in education due to the interest many students have shown in education-related issues such as equity and reforms. The UNC website states that the minor was “designed to give undergraduate students opportunities to explore educational issues, problems, and dilemmas and to expose them to careers in education.” George Noblit, director of the minor, believes that the courses required will help students learn about and analyze recent education policy and enable them to participate in public debate concerning educational issues.

The minor requires five courses, three of which are offered by the School of Education. The fourth class is independent of the School of Education, and the last class taken is a capstone course taken during the student’s senior year. The benefits of the minor include the opportunity to gain experience in educational settings such as real classrooms, as well as the expansion of each student’s knowledge base concerning their own learning in order to facilitate more connections between various disciplines of study.

Students must apply by March 15 to add the minor for this fall. The School of Education offers more information on deadlines and applications. An online application is available.