In a flurry of signatures and stamps, the Silent Sam deal was pushed through the system, going from a lawsuit to a signed judgement in under 10 minutes. The judge that signed off on it has been overruled at least twice in the past on decisions he made in favor of the University.
Details are still scarce on the Silent Sam deal. Kevin Guskiewicz is assuming the chancellor's office in a moment where system leaders and attorneys are getting on the same page about the settlement that's caused an uproar on campus. The DTH looked into the deal.
The Campus Safety Commission met for its monthly meeting Wednesday and discussed issues surrounding the Silent Sam settlement.
UNC has given the Silent Sam statue to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and established a $2.5 million trust fund for it, but many questions surrounding the secretive decision remain unanswered. When the UNC System announced the settlement agreement on Wednesday, many wondered how the decision came to be and where the money for the trust would come from.
The Board of Trustees met on Thursday and discussed UNC's violations of the Clery Act, as well as a new motion giving the chancellor more purchasing power.
East Carolina University's former interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach was put on administrative leave after photos of him drinking with students at a Greenville, North Carolina bar popped up on social media in late September. The situation escalated when leaked videos emerged that showed Gerlach getting into his car and haphazardly driving away on the night in question. After a repeated incident last weekend where Gerlach was photographed partying in local bars, he resigned, and the search for a new ECU chancellor has begun.
After eleven years since the last Tar Heel Bus Tour took to the roads, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz decided to start it back up. He said it's his way of bringing back a little bit of former Chancellor Michael Hooker, who died in 1999 and who started work at UNC on the same day as Guskiewicz: July 1, 1995. This year's bus tour began on Wednesday morning and consisted of three buses, each carrying 30 faculty and administrators who applied to attend the trip. They visited areas such as the executive mansion in Raleigh, the Bank of America Financial Center in Charlotte and schools and community centers in rural parts of the state.
Randy Ramsey, the previous vice chairperson of the Board of Governors, was selected as the chairperson at a Tuesday meeting.
Two high-profile administrators resigned in the aftermath of Silent Sam's toppling, and Harry Smith, chairperson of the Board of Governors, will be the third major leader to vacate their post when his resignation becomes official in October.