Judge Allen Baddour ruled Wednesday morning to dismiss the $2.5 million Silent Sam settlement between the UNC System Board of Governors and The North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. — and the future of Silent Sam is unclear once again.
Judge Allen Baddour ruled that the Sons of Confederate Veterans did not have standing to sue in the Silent Sam case and vacated the consent judgment on Wednesday. The decision comes after months of controversy following a November 2019 agreement between the UNC System and the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. to give the statue to the Confederate group along with access to a $2.5 million trust for "the preservation and benefit" of the Confederate Monument. It is not currently known what will happen with Silent Sam or the $2.5 million.
UNC's Cogeneration Facility faces a lawsuit against its coal-burning practices from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club. Many students think it is past time that the University switch to sustainable energy sources, since former Chancellor Holden Thorp pledged years ago that UNC would be coal-free by 2020. However, the University abandoned that plan four years ago for being greenhouse-gas neutral by 2050. Now, questions are cropping up about how the University is managing the plant, how much coal it is burning and what health risks this could pose for the surrounding community.
Three chancellors have served this decade. The DTH talked to each of them about their time in the position.
At a press conference on Wednesday, activists brought up their concerns with the recently-released Swecker report.
On Tuesday, students and activists gathered on Polk Place to protest the presence of the Genocide Awareness Project, a movement that has set up an installation comparing abortion to historic acts of violence and genocide. Counter-protesters say the demonstration is harmful to students and shouldn't be permitted on campus.
Some rural students find their transition to UNC-Chapel Hill particularly difficult compared to their peers from more urban counties, sometimes even feeling like they don't belong at all.
Dan Gerlach, interim Chancellor of East Carolina University, has been placed on administrative leave in light of reports that he acted inappropriately in a Greenville-area bar last week.
Chapel Hill Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a reported sexual assault in Shortbread Lofts parking deck.
Ryan Barnett and Nancy Rushton McCorkle were arrested in April for vandalizing the Unsung Founders Memorial. Last week, they were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and must each pay a fine of $500, in addition to reimbursing the University for the cost of removing the graffiti.
Speaker Stephen Wright and Senator Sosa Evbuomwan take a role call vote during the Undergraduate Senate’s March 26 meeting.
Signs taped to the base of Silent Sam in January 2018 reproached University administrators for their actions regarding the Confederate memorial.
Chancellor Carol Folt and university officials speak to members of the press following the UNC Board of Trustee’s Dec. 3 meeting, where the board announced its proposal for the future of Silent Sam, at Carolina Inn.
Members of the UNC Board of Trustees gather before the reconvening of the open session of the board’s Dec. 3 meeting, where Chancellor Folt set forth the board’s proposal for the future of Silent Sam.
Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor and congress editor at The New York Times, spoke with UNC School of Media and Journalism professor Ryan Thornburg about growing up Jewish in Atlanta, the current state of the press and the rise of bigotry in the United States on Monday.
Jennifer Ho is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Jessie Huang is the president of the Asian Students Association.