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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


May 12, 1996
Five University students died in a fire that gutted the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house on West Cameron Avenue.
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September 5, 1996
Hurricane Fran devastated coastal and central portions of North Carolina. It also caused major destruction on the University's campus and in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
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October 5, 1996
The University of Notre Dame women's soccer team defeated the Tar Heels 2-1 in overtime, making the Fighting Irish the first college team to beat a UNC women's soccer team in two straight games.
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December 15, 1996
Quoting rap lyrics and discussing hip-hop performers, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson delivered a controversial December commencement address, the title of which was "Is America Still a Dream?"
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