Alston Gardner, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the board would vote on May 28 to decide on a package of proposals related to Saunders Hall and the contextualization of campus buildings’ history.
This decision comes more than a year after The Real Silent Sam Coalition, an activist group on campus, presented the issue to the Board of Trustees in May 2014.
“We are not hostile at all to the activists,” Gardner said. “In fact, I think many of the things that they want, they’ll see. It won’t be everything, but it will be many of them. They need to understand that we took a much broader perspective, and that’s our job.”
The Board of Trustees opened a public comments section on their website in March, a move that many activists found disappointing, including Dylan Mott, a recent UNC graduate and Real Silent Sam Coalition organizer.
“I think this is a very popular thing for administrators to do because it looks like they’re being very democratic, but really what they’re doing is watering down the voices of the people who actually know what they’re talking about who have been working for this,” Mott said.
Chuck Duckett, member of the Board of Trustees, said some students have insinuated that they are simply delaying a decision.