The recent news about Silent Sam, free expression on campus and other issues were discussed at Friday's Faculty Council meeting.
On Wednesday, Judge Allen Baddour dismissed the Sons of Confederate Veterans lawsuit against the UNC System. Now, the fate of Silent Sam is once again uncertain. Here's what happened between the Board of Governors and the SCV since they settled for $2.5 million on Nov. 27, 2019. It was later disclosed that they had already settled for $74,999, which sources said was used by the SCV to purchase Silent Sam and enable the lawsuit. Baddour's dismissal of the lawsuit followed UNC students, faculty and alumni lending voices to the case and asking for the settlement to be reversed.
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.
January's Faculty Council meeting featured discussions about the new Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward, Carolina Next: Innovation for Public Good and budget issues.
The DTH Media Corp., the parent company of The Daily Tar Heel, filed a legal complaint against the UNC System and Board of Governors Tuesday, claiming that the BOG violated the Open Meetings Law when meeting about the Silent Sam settlement.
The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans received $74,999 in a settlement with the Board of Governors less than a week before the $2.5 million Silent Sam agreement was announced, according to public records released Monday.
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.
Kevin Guskiewicz has faced scrutiny in recent weeks, following the announcement of UNC's settlement agreement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. On Friday, he was named the University's 12th permanent chancellor as protesters stood outside the building, condemning the settlement.
Black Student Movement and Black Congress organized a rally on Thursday to protest the Silent Sam decision.
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.
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, came to campus to talk on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Anti-Confederate protesters placed flags around McCorkle Place with facts and names related to police brutality and white supremacy.
Anti-Confederates put a small cardboard guillotine on McCorkle Place that said "Racist Statues Get the Blade."
Anti-Confederates organized the "Nazis Suck Potluck 2" to oppose the pro-Confederate protest at the Peace and Justice Plaza.
Anti-Confederate demonstrators held up signs protesting the Confederate supporters and police brutality in front of the pro-Confederates.
Pro-Confederate protesters left the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
The Carolina Union Activities Board encouraged students to guess the 2019 Jubilee performer before the reveal on Friday.
CUAB announced Wednesday that Waka Flocka Flame will be the 2018 Jubilee performer.