Conceived in 1908, completed in 1913, then torn down in 2018, Silent Sam was a lightning rod symbol on UNC's campus for over 100 years. Even now, as the one-year anniversary of its toppling approaches and the statue remains hidden in storage, Silent Sam continues to spark conversations on race and history.
In response to the meteoric rise of big tech, UNC has created The Center for Information, Technology and Public Life. It will take a look at issues like fake news, interference in elections and privacy concerns.
Members of the campus safety commission say there's a "crisis of trust" at UNC between law enforcement and the community. Thomas Younce has a wide background in many realms of policing, and experience as an Air Force captain.
She is remembered for her passion in arts and the way she brought smiles to the faces of everyone she encountered.
Cosmic Cantina has been serving up low-cost, high-quality burritos for 20 years in Chapel Hill. Although a recent UNC plan proposes replacing it and other businesses with a welcoming gateway to campus, changes are years down the road. Part of the UNC Master Plan proposes using an entire section of buildings surrounding Porthole Alley for a number of projects. This plan left students and store owners confused about the future of Cosmic Cantina, a beloved Mexican restaurant on Franklin Street.
The 20 commission members each have different ideas as to how best approach the task at hand, but with many voices and viewpoints at play, progress toward their mission has been overshadowed by extensive discussions regarding the nature of the commission's purpose.
Carolina Performing Arts is the brain-child of Emil Kang, an influential professor in the music department who worked in the chancellor's cabinet to elevate UNC's status in the art world. He accepted a position at a N.Y art foundation and will leave the University in September.
The two men were conscious when they were rescued from the scene.
After a Board of Governors member interfered with a chancellor search at Western Carolina University by independently contracting a firm to look into a finalist's background, the BOG reformed the guidelines of the process. Multiple third-party search firms will be involved, as well as deep background checks. UNC will foot the bill for most of it. UNC system president Bill Roper came to a Board of Trustees meeting to brief the board on the revamped selection process, which will get underway with the selection of a diverse search committee. The search committee will work with a firm contracted to find suitable candidates, but the firms' business model leads to an emphasis on confidentiality, keeping the public out of the process. A University of Florida professor explains how external firms have taken power away from students and community members by conducting interviews by airports to keep chancellor candidates' identities a secret.