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UNC students to protect Old Well from rivals

Posted November 21, 2008

— University of North Carolina students are mobilizing to protect a campus symbol from vandalism before the school's annual football game against rival North Carolina State University.

About 500 students with the fan group Carolina Fever are expected to participate in the inaugural Old Well Watch late Friday and early Saturday.

The event starts at 10 p.m. Friday, and students will man one-hour shifts beside the Old Well to prevent N.C. State students from vandalizing the iconic symbol. Small patrols of students also will cover other key UNC monuments.

In February, the Old Well was doused with red paint before a UNC-N.C. State basketball game. Earlier this week, a tunnel on the N.C. State campus was painted Carolina blue.

UNC Public Safety officials said N.C. State graffiti was found on campus Thursday morning. Chapel Hill Police are also investigating a sign painted in red near the intersection of Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 54.

The Old Well Watch will include a big-screen airing Friday night of the UNC basketball game against the University of California-Santa Barbara, movies, pizza, games and hot drinks, organizers said.

The watch officially ends at 4 a.m. Saturday, but many students are expected to remain on patrol past that. Organizers said students may continue the patrol through the afternoon game and into the evening to prevent any post-game vandalism.


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 21, 2008

    Maybe the UNC students need to expand the landmarks they are guarding. LOL


  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 21, 2008

    "TruthBKnown: Painting a tree isn't funny. That is ugly and nasty."

    OK, paint the inside of a garbage can next time. The point was not to paint landmarks and such.

  • ignc73 Nov 21, 2008

    TruthBKnown: Painting a tree isn't funny. That is ugly and nasty.

    PaulRevere: Thanks for that input from Fox News - Fair and Balanced!

  • PaulRevere Nov 21, 2008

    If only Chapel Hill was this interested in protecting our nation's borders.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 21, 2008

    I'm a State fan and graduate, but I don't like the vandalism of things that shouldn't be vandalized. Paint the roads. Paint a tree or something. Don't paint things like the Old Well. (OK, that one was a little funny, but still!)

  • foetine Nov 21, 2008

    They're going to paint Dean Smith's house red.

  • c0j0nes Nov 21, 2008

    Heard that a "Welcome to Chapel Hill" sign was splattered with red paint over night...looks like the 'Pack faithful are one step ahead...

  • wwwalker Nov 21, 2008

    I have to admit, I don’t get the whole “RED” thing during the national anthem. That comment was merely facetious.

    I am sick of the vandalism on both sides. I feel like I’m sure my parents did when I went off to school and learned my first curse word. I hate that my fellow Wolfpack fans have picked up on the bad habits of UNC fanatics.

    Working together we can make a difference. Help out a fellow fan and show them that these actions can be hurtful and offensive to others.

    -The more you know!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 21, 2008

    I never liked State fans shouting "WOLFPACK" at the end of the national anthem. We don't own that song. It belongs to the nation, not just the Wolfpack.

    I don't mind the "RED" so much. At least that word *is* in the song. If people like that word and want to emphasize it, so be it. (I don't REALLY like that, either. But it's better than changing the final word "BRAVE" to "WOLFPACK".)

  • wballanceunc Nov 21, 2008

    Why would you not sing The Star Spangled Banner as it was meant to be sung instead of throwing in some cheap shot plug for your school's colors. It just doesn't seem right to me. Do what you want with your school songs (I have nothing against attacking other schools in school fight songs) but leave the NATIONAL ANTEHM alone.