The Silent Sam statue looks towards Franklin Street from its location in the Upper Quad on UNC's campus.

N.C. Attorney General calls Silent Sam trust 'excessive' as lawyers raise concerns

The North Carolina Attorney General's office said the Silent Sam settlement's $2.5 million trust gives "excessive" funds to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and that the Department of Justice was sidelined in the agreement. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law also wrote a letter questioning various aspects of the settlement. 


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Protesters drape a flag that reads "Rest in Power: Heather Heyer" over the Silent Sam monument. Heyer was hit and killed by a car that drove into a crowd during the Charlottesville protests.

The 2010s: the decade that changed everything

The 2010s were, for many, the decade that changed everything for UNC. There was the NCAA scandal, Clery Act violations, massive turnover of legislators in Raleigh that affected the BOG and budget cuts that continued after the Great Recession of 2008. Two chancellors resigned amidst controversies and the UNC System president position saw a significant shakeup as well.  Here's a look at the biggest events that have changed the University over the past 10 years. Some view the decade as a "crumble," while others are optimistic entering the 2020s — whatever they may bring.