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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 14, 1919
The Board of Trustees approved faculty chairman Marvin Hendrix Stacy's recommendations for the formation of a School of Commerce and the employment of a director of music, a university health officer, and an editor of university publications. The Board also agreed with Stacy's proposal for a women's dormitory, which is now known as Spencer Hall.
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January 21, 1919
Chairman of the faculty Marvin Hendrix Stacy died of influenza. At the time of his death, Stacy was serving as the campus's chief administrator due to the death of President Edward Kidder Graham, who also died of influenza.
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February 4, 1919
Kemp Plummer Battle died at his home, Senlac, in Chapel Hill. Battle served as University president from 1876 to 1891. In addition, he authored the two-volume "History of the University of North Carolina." Senlac is now owned by the Carolina Baptist Student Union and is used for its functions and members.
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February 28, 1919
At a meeting of the Executive Committee, President Harry W. Chase proposed the creation of a chair of sociology. After the committee agreed with his recommendation, Chase nominated Howard W. Odum, who at the time was chairman of the College of Liberal Arts and of the Council of Deans at Emory University. Odum accepted the appointment, and the University established the principle of using the Kenan funds to attract distinguished faculty from other institutions.
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March 14, 1919
The Carolina Playmakers presented its first bill of three one-act plays, including Thomas Wolfe's "The Return of Buck Gavin."
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April 14, 1919
At a special meeting of the University's Executive Committee, acting-Chairman of the Faculty (later to be president of the University) Harry W. Chase recommended that Professor Eugene Cunningham Branson be made the sixth Kenan Professor. Professor Branson, who organized the Department of Applied Rural Economics and Sociology, had received an offer from the University of Virginia, but the Kenan Fund enabled the University to keep him on staff.
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June 16, 1919
Harry Woodburn Chase was elected to serve as president of the University. R. D. W. Connor, secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Josephus Daniels, a member of the Board, were popular choices to assume the office of president following the deaths of Edward Kidder Graham and Marvin Hendrix Stacy. State law, however, prohibited current Board members from being selected as president. Therefore, the trustees voted to elect Chase, who was serving as chairman of the faculty.
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July 31, 1919
The Carolina Playmakers performed in the Forest Theatre for the first time, presenting William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew."
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October 11, 1919
This day's edition of the "Tar Heel" was the first to be edited by Thomas Wolfe.
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October 24, 1919
The Carolina Playmakers held their first "caper," which was an event that made fun of a production from the previous year and ended with a party.
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December 12, 1919
Thomas Wolfe's play "The Third Night" was performed. As a student, Wolfe wrote and acted in the play along with future Raleigh "News and Observer" editor Jonathan Daniels, Frederick J. Cohn, and others.
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