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Wednesday October 27th

Public Safety


Vice Chancellor Winston Crisp spoke at the University Affairs Committee meeting on Jan. 30. Photo by Cori Patrick.

'What a mess. Won’t be texting': More messages from UNC post-Silent Sam revealed

On Friday, WRAL released texts and emails exchanged between UNC faculty and administration before and shortly after Confederate monument Silent Sam fell.  In the  messages, faculty and administration discussed what was happening at the protest, expressed shock when it was pulled down and coordinated media strategy. They also discussed their messaging in reaction to the demonstration, with some saying that they should be clear in expressing how wrong it was.  In the aftermath, messages were also exchanged about student government, and their subsequent response to monument's toppling. 

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UNC Chancellor Carol Folt walks with Mark Merritt, vice chancellor and general council of UNC, through the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, Tenn. during a lunch break Aug. 16, 2017.

Folt, McCracken receive dozens of emails and voicemails after toppling of Silent Sam

Following a public records request by the DTH for communications to the Chancellor's Office on Aug. 20 and 21, the University released 18 emails, one text and approximately 150 voicemails. The DTH has also received 11 emails sent to UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken.  Many of those who contacted the chancellor were upset about the events that took place on Aug. 20, and revoked their support of the University -- emotionally, physically and monetarily. Others questioned the state of the University, the community and worried over what would happen next. 

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