According to a survey sent to all 2,060 faculty and staff affiliated with the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, the highest percentage of respondents want Silent Sam to be relocated off-campus in a museum or historic setting.
The survey, sent by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Kevin Guskiewicz on Sept. 14, asked three open-ended questions, including a question about what should be done to Silent Sam and its site on McCorkle Place. On Monday, Guskiewicz published an executive summary of the nearly 400 anonymous responses.
The results indicate that 37 percent of respondents want Silent Sam moved off campus to a museum or historic site, 26 percent want to display it somewhere else on campus, 23 percent want to remove it from public view without a commitment to future display, 7 percent want to remove it from public view permanently and 3 percent, or 11 people, want to restore it to its former location. The remaining percentage did not clearly define a course of action.
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean of Social Sciences and Global Programs, spoke on behalf of Guskiewicz, who was unavailable for comment.
“For the College of Arts and Science, this is our home, and the monument is in the middle of it, and people think about this a whole lot,” Colloredo-Mansfeld said. “What happens around the monument affects all of us. We are a community that has really been on the front lines, and a lot of people in our community, a lot of our faculty and staff, really care about what’s going to happen.”