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The Tar HeelMonday, August 18. 198623
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For stargazing, UNC offers the
Morehead Planetarium, the first
planetarium to be owned by an
Regular planetarium programs are
presented for tens of thousands of
school children and general audien
ces each year, with the most popular
offering occurring at Christmas.
Between 1960 and 1975, 43 Amer
ican astronauts were trained here in
The planetarium was presented to
the University in 1969 by the John
Motley Morehead Foundation.
To the north of the building rests
a hybrid rose garden and sundial 35
feet in diameter, one of the largest
of its type.
Tar HeelChip Beverung
. The oldest state university building
is also located on the UNC campus.
Old East's cornerstone was laid
October 12, 1793, and nearly a
century later its date was honored as
University Day, a celebration in
which professors don the traditional
caps and long gowns of scholars.
In the late 1700s, both the residen
tial and instructional life of the
University was centered in Old East.
Students would erect huts in the
"forest" beside it and in the unfin
ished shell of South Building to
escape their fellowmen. When the
weather was too bad for students to
study in their huts, it was considered
a valid excuse for unprepared lessons.
Old East was honored by the
National Historic Society as' a
national landmark for possessing
"exceptional value in commemorat
ing the history of the United States."
Today, the structure operates as a
male dormitory. Recently, University
administrators decided to turn Old
East into offices but reversed their
decision after students and alumni
protested the break in tradition.
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