Benjamin Robson

As a photo journalist with more than 2 months experience, he’s worked with The Charlotte Observer, Alternative Press, Fueled by Ramen,, and himself. Currently attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte obtaining a BS BA in Management Information Systems with a Minor in Religious Studies.

Photos: Spring dance concert 2016

The Department of Dance presents a Spring Concert  in Anne R. Belk Theater in Robinson Hall. Among the works on the program is Suite Otis, choreographed by the Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison.

Faison is a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the choreographer of more than two dozen Broadway musicals, including The Wiz, for which he became the first African American to win a Tony Award in 1975. A modern dance classic created in 1971, Suite Otis is a collection of dances set to songs by Otis Redding. Faison came to UNC Charlotte in December to audition students for Suite Otis, returning in January to coach them.

Photos by Pooja Pasupula.

Photos: Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC Charlotte

Founded as a community-based organization in 2006 and integrated into the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010, the Alliance provides faculty, students and the community with opportunities for research and education on women’s policy issues. The Alliance fosters increased collaborations between community members and UNC Charlotte; enhances public knowledge of its educational opportunities and services, and increases both faculty and student research that addresses these fundamental and regional issues for women.

Every two years, the Alliance hosts an all-day Summit conference at which new research is presented to the community including representatives of nonprofit organizations, corporations, government, media and community action.

Photos by Leysha Caraballo.

Photos: 4th Annual green & white spring game

Beneath the lights of Jerry Richardson Stadium fans gathered around to watch Charlotte football back in action in the fourth annual spring game.

Full recap here:

Photos by Ben Coon.

Photos: Nowhere | Now Here, a photographic exhibition

The Department of Art & Art History joins the Levine Scholars Program and J. Murrey Atkins Library to present Nowhere | Now Here, a photographic exhibition documenting the Latin American community of a small town in North Carolina. The exhibition will be on display on the first floor of Atkins Library March 28-April 23.

Organized by Victoria Byers, Jacqueline Chan, and Tanner Parks, three senior undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte, the project seeks to document and give voice to a vibrant community that is often overlooked and at times misunderstood. Photographs by Victoria Byers of the Department of Art & Art History and 15 students of Mexican and Honduran descent seek to place this community on the map, creating a space of interaction within the social fabric of the greater Carolina region.

Photos by Leysha Caraballo.

Photos: Airband 2016

Several hundred students, friends, parents, members of the Greek community and UNC Charlotte faculty packed Halton Arena Friday, April 15 all to see the much anticipated Airband 2016.

Sororities and fraternities performed elaborate themed dances ranging from Beetlejuice to a ‘90s decade tribute, The Lion King, Wizard of Oz, original themes and other beloved pop culture classics.

In the end, only six organizations placed: Kappa Sigma and Kappa Delta claimed third place, Sigma Tau Gamma and Chi Omega captured second, while first place trophies and bragging rights went to Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi.

All photos by: Chris Crews


Photos by Chris Crews.

Photos: Springtime in Niner Nation on campus 2016

It’s no secret we have a beautiful campus here at UNC Charlotte, and each season brings more appeal. Check out these springtime shots of campus! Trees start to bud and bloom. Some of the early blooming plants start. Temperatures can drop and cause unexpected frosts early on, sometimes causing damage to sensitive crops. Normally temperatures stay in the 40’s and 50’s, and continue to grow as spring progresses. Spring is usually a time for lots of rain, at least compared to other seasons, with lots of sunshine in between.

Summer does really seem to kick in right about the same time as Memorial Day in late May. This pattern will typically repeat itself over and over again throughout the summer.

Photos by Leysha Caraballo, Chris Crews, Erin Cortez, Pooja Pasupula.

Photos: CAB hosts the spring talent show

On Friday April 8th the Campus Activities Board hosted their annual spring talent show. Hosted by Darren Brand and Tyler Does the showcased some of the best talent on campus including music, dance, art, and comedy.

Photos by Chris Crews and Ashwin Ananthapadmanabhan.

Tennis grounds Bears on Senior Day 14-0

Vikram Hundal and Jordi Massallé Ferrer celebrate Senior Day. Photo by Benjamin Robson
Vikram Hundal and Jordi Massallé Ferrer celebrate Senior Day. Photo by Benjamin Robson

The Charlotte 49ers tennis teams honored their four seniors, Tyler Baker, Jessica Pérez. Vikram Hundal, Jordi Massalle Ferrer, prior to their final regular-season home match of the year. The 49ers in total defeated Lenoir-Rhyne 14-0 for the men’s six and women’s third straight wins.

Hundal and Ferrer gave the men a fast start in doubles. Playing at the number one spot cruised to a 8-4 win over Patrick Bauer and Tomas Hons. In singles Alejandro Moreno and Sam Rice both received the golden bagel award winning their match 6-0, 6-0. On court one, Charlotte’s Hundal won his 15th of the season 6-3, 6-0 over Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bauer.

Also reaching his 15th win was Oriol Forne at the four spot with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Alex Cresposanchez. This men’s senior class now has an overall singles record of 121-44 which makes them the winningest in the history of the program.

Senior Pérez got the start for the first time this spring season playing doubles with Fleur Holtkamp to secure the win 6-2 against Taylor Frederickson and Jessica Rumple of Lenoir-Rhyne. In the final home match of the 2016 season Pérez cruised past Rumple at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-0.

Also receiving the coveted double bagel was Charlottes Macy Vonderschmidt who was first to finish 6-0, 6-0 at the three spot. Tyler Baker helped the women to improve their home record to six and three with a hard fought battle defeating LR’s Lucy Stofberg 6-2, 6-3.

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Jessica Pérez and Tyler Baker with head coach Michaela Gorman. Photo by Benjamin Robson.

What was said:

“I’m extremely proud of the team,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We’ve been working really hard on being positive and controlling our emotions and the controllables. I thought we’ve done a fantastic job of that over the past week. We’ve been really focused and everyone has been working hard for each other. And I’m really proud of them.”

“Senior day is always bittersweet,” Charlotte coach Jesse Tarr said. “We feel very fortunate to have had Vikram and Jordi as members of our program. They embody what being a student-athlete is all about. Today was another good day for us. The guys continue to improve. We are ready for two tough matches next week and then the Conference USA Tournament.”

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Ferrer hitting a backhand slice down the line. Photo by Benjamin Robson.

Up Next:

The men will look to continue in their winning ways against UNC Greensboro on the road this Wednesday, April 13 while the women have two more away matches at UNCG and Wofford before the Conference USA tournament.


Lenoir-Rhyne vs Charlotte, April 10, 2016 at Charlotte, N.C. (Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex)

Charlotte 14, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

1. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) def. Dominique Bruce (L-R) 6-0, 6-1
2. Tai Martin (CHA) def. Marta Escanero Funes (L-R) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
3. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Julia Ponomareva (L-R) 6-0, 6-0
4. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Lucy Stofberg (L-R) 6-2, 6-3
5. Megan Smith (CHA) def. Taylor Fredrickson (L-R) 6-1, 6-0
6. Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. Jessica Rumple (L-R) 6-2, 6-0

1. Vikram Hundal (CHA) def. Patrick Bauer (LR) 6-3, 6-0
2. J. Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Tomas Hons (LR) 6-2, 6-2
3. Sam Rice (CHA) def. Shane O’Dea (LR) 6-3, 6-0
4. Oriol Puig (CHA) def. Alex Cresposanchez (LR) 6-2, 6-2
5. A. Garcia Moreno (CHA) def. Jordan Lawson (LR) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sam Brazil (CHA) def. Camden Tucker (LR) 6-0, 6-0

1. Martin/Pahlett (CHA) def. Bruce/Funes (L-R) 6-3
2. Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Ponomareva/Stofberg (L-R) 6-1
3. Fleur Holtkamp/Pérez (CHA) def. Fredrickson/Rumple (L-R) 6-2

1. Vikram Hundal/J. Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Patrick Bauer/Tomas Hons (LR) 8-4
2. Josh Aubrey/Carl Solik (CHA) def. Shane O’Dea/Alex Cresposanchez (LR) 8-6
3. Sam Brazil/Sam Rice (CHA) def. Jordan Lawson/Camden Tucker (LR) 8-0

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Pérez playing doubles with Fleur Holtkamp. Photo by Benjamin Robson.

Tennis wins big at Think Pink match

Photo by Leysha Caraballo.
Photo by Leysha Caraballo.

Friday, April 8, the 49ers tennis programs and Zeta Tau Alpha hosted their Think Pink match to support breast cancer education and awareness.

The (11-5) Charlotte 49ers mens tennis team picked up a 5-2 win over visiting Appalachian State for their fifth straight win. Jordi Massalle Ferrer picked up another historical win in both singles and doubles with his 14th and 18th wins of the season.

The guys earned a big point from the doubles spot, winning two out of the three matches. The duo of Sam Rice and Sam Brazil dominated at the number three spot, winning 6-4. Charlotte’s Vikram Hundal and Massalle Ferrer had a tight match ultimately going their way 7-6 (7-4).

Vikram Hundal and J. Massalle Ferrer. Photo by Benjamin Robson.
Vikram Hundal and J. Massalle Ferrer. Photo by Benjamin Robson.

Charlotte 5, Appalachian State 2

Singles competition

1. Vikram Hundal (CHA) def. Scott Webster (APP) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

2. J. Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-4, 6-4

3. Sam Rice (CHA) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-2, 7-5

4. Oriol Puig (CHA) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 7-5

5. Zach Bost (APP) def. A. Garcia Moreno (CHA) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3

6. Trey Morris (APP) def. Sam Brazil (CHA) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Vikram Hundal/J. Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Scott Webster/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 7-6 (7-4)

2. Oliver Casey/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Josh Aubrey/Carl Solik (CHA) 6-2

3. Sam Brazil/Sam Rice (CHA) def. Trey Morris/Zach Bost (APP) 6-4

In a match between in-state rivals, Charlotte women’s tennis team defeated the Davidson Wildcats, 5-2. This marked the women’s third consecutive home win and second of the week.

The 49ers entered singles action with a one-point advantage after picking up doubles wins on courts one and three. Senior Tyler Baker and junior Macy Vonderschmidt defeated Jenna Brunner and Ava Todd 6-2.

Baker set the tone for Charlotte in singles, leading off with a double bagel 6-0, 6-0 win over Davidson’s Brunner. Freshman Tai Martin clinched the win in a commanding 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Junior Victoria Pahlett hitting a backhand. Photo by Leysha Caraballo.
Junior Victoria Pahlett hitting a backhand. Photo by Leysha Caraballo.

Charlotte 5, Davidson 2

Singles competition

1. Anna C. Feaster (DAV) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

2. Tai Martin (CHA) def. Gabrielle Centenari (DAV) 6-2, 6-3

3. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Ava Todd (DAV) 6-3, 6-3

4. Megan Scholvinck (DAV) def. Sierra Stone (CHA) 6-0, 1-6, 6-3

5. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Jenna Brunner (DAV) 6-0, 6-0

6. Megan Smith (CHA) def. Sarah Stein (DAV) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Anna C. Feaster/Ally Sexton (DAV) def. Tai Martin/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-4

2. Megan Smith/Sierra Stone (CHA) def. Gabrielle Centenari/Elaina Cummer (DAV) 6-4

3. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Jenna Brunner/Ava Todd (DAV) 6-2


Photos: 2D/3D BFA Student Exhibitions Opening reception

The Rowe Arts Building houses three primary exhibition spaces: the Rowe ( Main & Upper ) Galleries and the Side Gallery. Each year exhibitions feature the work of regional, national, and international visiting artists, as well as work by students and faculty from the Department of Art & Art History.

Graduating BFA students who have specialized in two and three-dimensional media present a senior exhibition. On view through April 15.

Photos by Pooja Pasupula.

Photos: Winthrop plays host at BB&T Ballpark to Charlotte

The Charlotte 49ers (13-16, 3-6 C-USA) defeated the Winthrop Eagles (16-13, 4-2 Big South) in Uptown Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night 7-1, behind dominant pitching and long balls from Logan Sherer and Drew Ober.

Full recap here:

Photos by Ben Coon and Jared Allen.

ECU Pirate women’s tennis shuts out Charlotte 4–0

Sophomore Fleur Holtkamp. Photo by Benjamin Robson
Sophomore Fleur Holtkamp. Photo by Benjamin Robson

The East Carolina women’s tennis team visited Charlotte in a non-conference matchup Thursday afternoon. The two teams played at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club due to the chance of thunderstorms. ECU on a three match losing streak hoped to steal one from the 49ers at home.

Pirates got off to a quick start in the doubles, with Celia Ruiz and Nicole LaDuca winning 6-4 improving their record to 17-6 overall. Megan Smith and Sierra Stone couldn’t hold off Sarah Sarjoo and Maria Storoheva dropping the set 6-3. The bottom half of ECU’s lineup was responsible for the three remaining points in the match.

Tyler Baker, Sierra Stone, and Alexandra Lee all lost in straight sets on courts four, five and six to clinch the match and give Charlotte their 8th loss of the season. The niners will look to reverse the two match losing streak with a road trip to face Georgia State this Saturday.

Your women’s tennis team will return home for three straight against Campbell, Davidson, and Lenoir-Rhyne April 6, 8, 10.

East Carolina 4, Charlotte 0

Singles competition
1. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) vs. Celia Ruiz (ECU) unfinished
2. Tai Martin (CHA) vs. Maria Storozheva (ECU) unfinished
3. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) vs. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) unfinished
4. Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Tyler Baker (CHA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Katie Hoch (ECU) def. Sierra Stone (CHA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Sarah Sarjoo (ECU) def. Alexandra Lee (CHA) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Nicole LaDuca/Celia Ruiz (ECU) def. Tai Martin/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-4
2. Sarah Sarjoo/Maria Storozheva (ECU) def. Megan Smith/Sierra Stone (CHA) 6-3
3. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) vs. Michelle Castro/Katie Hoch (ECU) unfinished

Head Coach Michaela Gorman. Photo by Benjamin Robson.
Head Coach Michaela Gorman. Photo by Benjamin Robson.

Photos: Charlotte hosts NC State at BB&T Ballpark

The 49ers squared off against North Carolina State University at BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night in front of a lively crowd that reached almost 7,500 people, struggling to get on base and keep the Wolfpack off the bases, falling 7-1.

Full recap here:

Photos by Benjamin Robson and Maria Saenz.

Photos: Holi Moli celebrates the start of spring on campus

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu tradition that celebrates love, community, and the arrival of spring. Holi represents various religious narratives that celebrate the triumph of good over evil. In one of these anecdotes, a prince named Prahlad refuses to obey his father, who commanded his subjects to worship him. Instead, Prahlad continues to worship Lord Vishnu. In anger, Holika, the king’s sister, attempts to kill Prahlad for his disobedience, but she fails to defeat him and instead harms herself.

Holi is celebrated around the world by both Hindus and non-Hindus alike. Celebrated throughout South Asia, the festival of Holi unites communities divided by social, religious, and cultural barriers. ​At Charlotte we celebrate Holi for the same reason—to connect our campus and celebrate our community.​

Photos by Leysha Caraballo.