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Natalie Varma


Remembering James Cates: UNC announces plans for a permanent memorial

The University announced plans to develop a permanent memorial in the Pit dedicated to James Lewis Cates Jr. last Friday. Cates — a 22-year-old Black Chapel Hill resident — was murdered by members of a white supremacist motorcycle gang after a November 1970 event on UNC's campus near the Pit. Community organizations have worked for years to demand justice for Cates and establish the permanent memorial. “It was 50 years of other people's work that ultimately got us here,” Taliajah “Teddy” Vann, UNC's student body president, said.


Counsel fees add to UNC System losses in the Silent Sam settlements

The UNC System lost money on multiple fronts in the Silent Sam settlements. Even after the $2.5 million settlement with the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans was overturned, money from the "Monument Trust" was still used to pay University counsel, according to invoices from the firm Womble Bond Dickinson provided to The Daily Tar Heel. Invoices obtained by the DTH show that the UNC System paid over $243,338.14 to counsel for “professional services rendered” on the settlements — $119,753.14 through Nov. 30, 2019 and $123,585 as late as July 31, 2020.


UNC launches new mental health initiative called 'Heels Care Network'

On Feb. 9, UNC launched the Heels Care Network, a collection of university-wide mental health resources for students, staff, faculty and other members of the campus community. “We realize there is no single solution here, but this is an important step forward,” Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in an email. “We are committed to continuing this work until everyone in our community knows they are never alone.”  

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