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Charlotte Observer
12:45 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

UNCC Team Nabs Bass Fishing Title

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker of UNC Charlotte won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Chatuge Reservoir. They edged the second-place finishers by 8 ounces.
Credit Shane Baker / B.A.S.S.

A two-man team of anglers from UNC Charlotte won the national championship of college bass fishing on Saturday.

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Higher Education
8:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Robot Will Encourage Recycling At 49ers Football Stadium

Engineering students began working on RecycleBot in the fall of 2013.
Tasnim Shamma

Since it first opened, UNC Charlotte's football stadium has had a zero-waste initiative. That means almost no trash. Everything that can be … is recycled or composted.

Part of that initiative is a three and a half feet-tall robot called RecycleBot. Ten engineering students worked on the robot this spring.  


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CAJA
11:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dumpster-Diving Artist Searches Charlotte For Inspiration

Henrique Oliveira searches a dumpsters for materials for his installation at UNCC's Projective Eye Gallery. "My interest in found materials was never as a substitute for a new one, in a sense of working on a budget," he said. "It can be used to create an object that is new but feels as if it is something alive."
Credit Briana Duggan

Throughout January, a Brazilian artist will create a structure made out of Charlotte's trash. The work will be on display at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building. WFAE's Briana Duggan rode along with the artist as he hunted for materials and found that gaining access to these things that no one wants – is more difficult you would think.


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Local News
10:20 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Seniors At AARP Summit: We Want To 'Age In Place'

Dan Gallagher, the transportation planning manager with the Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Tasnim Shamma

There's a long list of things that senior citizens in Charlotte want:  affordable housing, better building standards, more transportation options, sidewalks and greenways.

AARP sponsored a conference today at Queens University that included top city leaders, city planners and residents to discuss ideas for improving Charlotte's quality of life.

If there was one message AARP and community members wanted to send the city, it was that they wanted to be able to age in place. As in, retire in Charlotte and not see their quality of life deteriorate.

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Arts & Life
10:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Sacrificial Poets' Teach Students How To Spit Poetry

Starr Seward, the Sacrificial Poets’ Program Coordinator, writes down 'problems of the world' on the whiteboard.
Tasnim Shamma

Spoken word poetry is about dramatic storytelling. A Raleigh performance poetry group called Sacrificial Poets is performing at UNC Charlotte this weekend. They're in town for a three-day residency that involves teaching college students and visiting some local schools to teach them about the art of busting a rhyme.

Sacrificial Poets artist director Kane "Novakane" Smego, starts off the class with a piece about growing up in Durham with a single mother.  

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Sports
10:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Charlotte 49ers Marching Band Will Join Team In 2015

The 25-member drum line performs during a game on October 12.
Wade Bruton UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte's football team is gaining momentum but fans can't help but think something is missing.  The school recently announced plans to build a marching band by 2015.  

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Local News
5:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

High-End Student Housing Headed To University Area

A rendering of Arcadia's clubhouse.
Credit arcadiastudentliving.com

Some new housing is popping up in the university area of Charlotte.  It’s geared to students.  So you might think cheap rent, cramped kitchens, shared bathrooms, and dreary stairwells.  And you’d be so wrong. 


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Local News
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

UNCC Professor Working On Invisibility

UNC Charlotte physics professor Greg Gbur demonstrates a crude invisibility cloak.
Credit Marshall Terry

One of the many magical objects in the Harry Potter series is the cloak of invisibility, which can render its wearer completely transparent.  Sounds like fantasy, but there are researchers who are actually working on trying to develop such an object.  One of them is UNC Charlotte physics professor Greg Gbur.   We visited his office to get a better understanding of his work.


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Sports
10:12 am
Thu August 29, 2013

49ers Football Ready To Launch

Freshman Nick Carroll (#91) runs at fellow defensive ends, junior Devon Johnson (#96) and red-shirt freshman James Middleton (#92) during a drill at Tuesday's practice.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Amidst the running, the hitting, the yelling, and the whistles of practice, is the occasionally cry of “Game Week!”

The UNC Charlotte 49ers football team is excited. The team plays its first game on Saturday, at home, against the Campbell Camels, more than five years after the school’s Board of Trustees approved the program. The team has been practicing for more than a year. Wide receiver Mikel Hunter says he’s looking forward to just playing against someone who’s not on his own team.

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A Trifling Place
12:47 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Episode 10: The Charlotte Ninety-Niners

These American Gold Eagle coins at Perry's in South Park contain one ounce of pure gold. One ounce is currently worth $1,385.
Tasnim Shamma

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

When I first moved here, there was one billboard that I found really confusing. It was for the new '49ers football team at UNC Charlotte. 

The only 49ers I know of are 3,000 miles away … in San Francisco.

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