He did not say what should ultimately happen to the statue.
The UNC-system Board of Governors rejected the plan to house Silent Sam in a new on-campus on building on Friday.
In a news conference, Folt explains that removing Silent Sam for the sake of public safety has been her stance all along.
The memorial commemorating James Cates was placed by activists on Tuesday afternoon in the Pit, the same place he was killed 49 years ago. By the next morning, the memorial was gone.
An appeal hearing took place on Tuesday for UNC doctoral student Maya Little, who was found guilty by the Honor Court in October of defacing Silent Sam. Little was sanctioned with a letter of warning and 18 hours of community service in her initial case hearing.
Activists placed a dedication plaque in the Pit on Tuesday honoring James Cates, a Black student activist who was stabbed to death in the Pit in 1970.
Little’s appeal argues that the initial judgement constituted a violation of her basic rights, insufficiency of evidence and severity of sanctions.
“I think the Board of Governors has had ample time to do something. And I believe they've just been dithering.”
Kevin Guskiewicz's longevity at UNC is full of awards and accolades — though the student body, and even some faculty, are left with concern for the decorated interim chancellor.
Since 2016, Guskiewicz has been the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a college that has over 70 academic departments, programs, institutes and centers. The college has over 17,000 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students.
“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.
UNC "struggled to communicate, prepare, and execute their plans for the August 20, 2018 demonstration."
A new statue has been added to the Alumni Sculpture Garden to commemorate a 2017 Silent Sam protest. The statue is a visual representation of a sound wave where protesters are chanting, "Forward together, not one step back." The artist, Meredith Emery, is a recent UNC grad.
There was no evidence of conspiracy between UNC and any of the demonstrators involved in the monument's removal, the report states.
Folt, who is entering her final day as chancellor, paid a visit to the students who gathered in her honor and couldn’t hold back the tears as she read the messages left for her.
On Aug. 30, Dwayne Dixon, an adjunct professor in the Department of Asian Studies, was charged with simple assault over allegations of striking editor-in-chief of Big League Politics, Patrick Howley. Along with his arrest, Dixon received a trespass notice, barring him from entering McCorkle Place, where Silent Sam once stood.
Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper laid out his main criteria for finding an interim chancellor at a Faculty Executive Committee meeting Friday.
Just 10 days ago, a new Twitter account was created called @sams_reckoning in an effort to disperse a complete, intuitive history about the University’s slave-owning history, focused around the 287 Confederate soldiers memorialized by Silent Sam.
Graduate students have been at the helm of campus protests at UNC since the 1960s, from George Vlasits, an anti-Vietnam War protester in the 1960s, to Maya Little, a current UNC graduate student of history who faced Honor Court and criminal charges for staining Silent Sam with red ink and her own blood last April. We took a closer look at why that is.