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Monday September 27th

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DTH Photo Illustration. The university’s response to the pandemic worsened the distrust people already felt toward UNC after events such as Silent Sam and Title IX concerns.

How the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted growing distrust in the University

Mimi Chapman, chairperson of the faculty, said the broad distrust that has emerged in recent months is partially due to a series of past events, like the NCAA scandal, Silent Sam and Title IX concerns. The erosion of trust that resulted from these events was never fully regained, and new University leadership has assumed the responsibility of repairing past harm while confronting new challenges. 

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CORRECTION: A former version of this photo caption incorrectly identified the university that most recently changed a name of a campus building. The university was UNC-Greensboro.
In February, UNC-Greensboro became the third university in the state to remove Charles Brantley Aycock’s name from a campus building.

Chancellor-appointed committee reviews recommendation to remove names of 4 buildings

UNC is one step closer to removing names of individuals tied to white supremacy from four buildings on campus.  A chancellor-appointed committee unanimously voted Tuesday to put forth a recommendation to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz that the University remove the names Charles B. Aycock, Josephus Daniels, Julian S. Carr and Thomas Ruffin and Thomas Ruffin Jr. from on-campus buildings.

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Heel Talk episode 15: UNC works toward renaming campus buildings

Host Evely Forte spoke to incoming Sports Editor Brian Keyes, Summer University Desk Editor Maydha Devarajan and University desk writer Kate Carroll to break down recent updates to the Board of Trustees' building renaming policy, a report on renaming four campus buildings by the Commission on Race, History and a Way Forward and a multi-departmental request to rename Hamilton Hall, Pauli Murray Hall. 

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Heel Talk episode 12: Faculty and staff petition UNC against return to campus

In this episode, host Evely Forte spoke to DTH reporter and incoming Assistant Copy Editor Sasha Schroeder and incoming Assistant Online Editor Praveena Somasundaram to understand why many UNC faculty members, professors and teaching assistants are petitioning UNC administration about the fall 2020 semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, what the petitioners are really demanding and how they hope the University will implement potential changes. 

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Heel Talk episode 11: Board of Trustees lifts 16-year moratorium on renaming buildings

In this week's episode, host Evely Forte spoke to Maydha Devarajan, summer University desk editor, and former DTH reporter Hannah McClellan to better understand what the Board of Trustees decision to lift a 16-year ban on renaming buildings, monuments and landscapes on UNC’s campus meant, how this decision will affect the University moving forward and how campus leaders are responding.

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Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz makes opening remarks ahead of the awards at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. "We must continue to confront our history so we can learn from that history, fuel from the learnings and move forward together," he said.

First day of classes will be Aug. 10, final exams to end Nov. 24, Guskiewicz announces

UNC’s first day of class will be held on August 10, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Thursday’s UNC Board of Trustees Meeting. Students will complete finals by November 24 and then not return to campus until the spring semester.  Guskiewicz announced the development of the Carolina Roadmap to reopen campus in the fall. The Roadmap includes the establishment of community standards to prevent virus transmission, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.  

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A plaque to honor William Alexander Graham, Confederate States Senator among many other titles, is pictured on display in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. After the UNC System's decision to give funding and perpetual rights to Silent Sam to the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement on how surprised they were about the decision. Though CPA's statement recognized the plaques as a reminder of Southern history, their future is unknown.

'Distorted and false version of history': CPA responds to Silent Sam settlement

On Dec. 20, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement in response to the Sons of Confederate Veterans settlement. Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser said CPA is "appalled at the agreement entered into on our behalf by the UNC System Board of Governors."  However, CPA is also dealing with its own place in history. Its primary venue, Memorial Hall, prominently displays plaques in remembrance of founders of the University and memorializing Confederate alumni. Now, CPA recognizes its role in addressing these difficult issues through art.

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