Walk safely near the Blue Line: Construction is ramping up on the Lynx light rail Blue Line Extension, and the Charlotte Area Transit System has posted a video on Facebook and Twitter about how to safely walk near light-rail construction zones: https://www.facebook.com/CatsBlueLineExtensionUpdates or https://twitter.com/BLEupdates.
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Name the band: The UNCC Department of Music is asking for suggestions to name the new marching band that will take the field in fall 2015. Submit suggestions online at http://bit.ly/1qJHXws through 5 p.m. Sept. 29. The winning name will be announced during a ceremony 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 to unveil the design for the new marching band building at the building site.
Sports journalist speaks: Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith will present “Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, as part of the Forty-Niner Forum in partnership with the Campus Activities Board. Smith will share his life experiences and use sports-as-life references to offer his perspective on how to keep “your head in the game and use adversity to your benefit.”
A native of Queens in New York City, Smith graduated from Winston-Salem State University. He wrote a sports column with the Philadelphia Inquirer, then was hired by ESPN as an NBA analyst/insider. He hosts a weeknight radio show for ESPN.
Can police search your cellphone? The Annual Constitution Day panel discussion on this topic will be 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. Panelist Scott Broyes, a professor at the Charlotte School of Law, will discuss the Fourth Amendment and related U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the search and seizure of cellular phones and electronic evidence. Panelist Brent Foushee, a detective with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will describe how electronic evidence is gathered during police searches and investigations. Kathleen Nicolaides, senior lecturer in criminal justice and criminology, will host the event, sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, the Pre-law Society and the Division for Academic Affairs.
International Festival: The 39th annual UNC Charlotte International Festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20 around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. With more than 50 nations represented, this colorful festival lets individuals engage in a vast array of activities including art, costumes, games, music, dance and food. Festival can explore brightly colored cultural displays, interact with participants representing their countries and enjoy authentic cuisine from around the world.