James Moeser

UNC Chancellor Emeritus: Leaving Silent Sam in Place is ‘Untenable’

Amid the protest against Silent Sam last Tuesday night, Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser was watching on as the crowd chanted to tear down the monument to the Confederacy. “I used to be of the mind that we should contextualize history,” Moeser told WCHL in an interview at the rally. “We need to put a plaque around Silent Sam to give the true story of its history, but Charlottesville changed my mind.” Moeser was referring to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month where a counter protester was killed. That rally sparked national debate and action in...

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“They’re Just Bleating Sheep”: CH Leaders Assail State UNC Cuts

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp is stepping down from his post in June after five years on the job—leaving incoming Chancellor Carol Folt with the unenviable task of guiding the university through a time of continued challenges, sparked primarily by ongoing state-level cuts. As the Chapel Hill community prepares for the transition, local residents and University leaders alike say they’re concerned about the future. “We’re at an extraordinary time,” says the Word Factory’s Margot Lester. “It sort of feels to me that we’re almost under siege.” Torin Martinez of UNC Health Care agrees. “I feel there’s an...

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Five Years Later, The Pain Is Fading But The Memories Are Still Strong

CHAPEL HILL – Five years have come and gone since UNC Student Body President Eve Carson was killed, and the University’s former Chancellor James Moeser says though the pain is still there, it gets easier each year to focus more on the good things rather than the loss. “I think for most of us, and especially for the students that didn’t really know her, there’s not that kind of visceral, emotional reaction so mush as there is a recognition of what a beautiful person she was and how much she contributed,” Moeser says. Hardly any of the students who...

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