2/10/2019 10:06pm

Sabah Kadir (right) looks on to Phaedra Boinodiris' keynote lecture on the future of artificial intelligence in UNC's Makathon on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 in Murray Hall.

Want $10,000 in prizes? Compete in the Carolina Challenge Makeathon

“Both faculty and students are focused on understanding things better and advancing the boundaries of what us humans know, and I think that’s really important. We are helping students think more in terms of making things, and showing them that the barriers of making things are not actually as high as they might think.”

2/4/2019 10:10pm

 A UNC student speaks to a crowd on Franklin Street in front of the UNC-system president’s house to speak on behalf of the removal of Silent Sam in August 2017. 

Silent Sam may be gone, but it continues to weigh on the minds of students of color

“I think I could never forget it, regardless (of whether) I was a Black student,” UNC junior Sydney Adams said. “I don’t know if it’s something I can feel resolved about ever, especially because I don’t think the solution here is going to be to my benefit at all.” In the minds of UNC students of color, Silent Sam has remained a permanent presence. So much so, that for some it's been difficult to focus on their academics and extracurricular activities.