Tar Heels’ Title Win by the Numbers

By Virginia Breen

Apr 7, 2009 1:40pm

On Campus reporter Carly Swain blogs: The confetti has been swept up, and the beer on the sidewalks has dried after last night’s celebratory rush to Franklin Street from the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus. The numbers tell the story: 30,000:  Estimated number of fans who rushed to Franklin Street Monday night after the big win 10:  Number of people taken to UNC Hospital 26:  Number of people treated for alcohol-related emergencies, burns, respiratory difficulties and minor lacerations 2:  Arrests 89-72:  Final score giving Tar Heels the title 4,673,281:  My personal estimate of the number of times I heard “Go Heels!” Morning classes at Carolina told their own story. “There was a big drop in my 9:30 a.m. class,” said professor Kathryn Hunter Williams. “At 9:45, there were three students and me! They dribbled in, half the class was absent.”
Professor Lois Boynton took a page from personal teaching experience. “I was here in 2005 and got to see that championship, and I learned a lot about what is realistic and what’s not,” she said. “So, I canceled my 8 a.m. ethics class and, after learning this morning that there will be a celebration at the Dean Dome starting at 2 p.m, I canceled that class as well.”
But that wasn’t the case in every classroom.  In my drama class this morning, we had a whopping two-thirds of the class in attendance. Volunteers who examined our current play’s text were a little less enthusiastic than normal, even for theater kids. The Tar Heels will make their victorious homecoming this afternoon. To see coverage of the homecoming and other college-related events, check back with ABC News on Campus.

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