Back in 1795, two collegiate societies were established at UNC: the Dialectic Society and the Philanthropic Society (known as Di and Phi). At the time, students were required to join one of the two and a bitter rivalry emerged, which led to dueling (yes, dueling!). As a result, administration eventually intervened and mandated new membership rules based on geography - students from the eastern part of North Carolina would belong to Phi and those from the western part of the state would belong to Di. As the two societies united in a Joint Senate, the once bitter rivalry became a little friendlier.
After the reorganization, each society chose a color. Di decided on a light blue and Phi chose white. From then on, light blue and white became the university's standard palette and when football became popular in the 1880s, the university made them the official colors.
The intense rivalry between Di and Phi continued for years until UNC abolished the requirement that undergraduate students had to be a member of one of the two societies, after which membership steadily declined. The university also established an independent student government in 1904, which greatly diluted the power of the societies. To this day, Di and Phi still meet together as the Joint Senate and have a presence on campus, but their greatest legacy will always be Carolina blue and white.
Fortunately for UNC fans, Carolina blue is a great color and incredibly wearable for both men and women. Here are TSR's top picks for Tar Heels:
|UNC Tar Heels NCAA Nike Women's |
Football Replica T-Shirt
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Nike |
Light Blue Replica Basketball Jersey
|UNC NCAA Two Pocket Cardigan|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Men's Elite Track Jacket|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Junior|
Ladies Sorority Ruffle Dress
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Spread |
Collar Gingham Button-Down Shirt
|UNC NCAA Crystal Logo Pin|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA|
Carolina Blue Diamond Tonal Silk Tie
|UNC Tar Heels NCAA City Tote|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Gym Bag|
|UNC NCAA Women's Rainbow Westcape Sandals|
|UNC Tar Heels NCAA Men's |
Campus Classics Toms
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Ladies |
Allure Watch Stainless Bracelet
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Men's MVP Watch|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA iPhone 4 Silicone Case|
|North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA 10" iPad/Netbook Sleeve|
What do you think of Carolina blue?
The Style Ref