This deal sets a terrible precedent. 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World War II to the present Silent Sam was endangered at World War II broke out. On the one-year anniversary of Silent Sam's fall, anti-confederate protesters marched across campus to fight the memorialization of white supremacy that they believe still exists at UNC. Last week, UNC Chapel Hill’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, filed a lawsuit against the UNC System and the Board of Governors alleging they violated the Open Meetings Act during settlement negotiations with the Sons of Confederate Veterans over possession of the Silent Sam … 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. “I can't pinpoint why some other universities have gotten ahead of this issue more than UNC,” Hinson said. "This is the biggest thing I've ever been a part of in my life." Jack Corbin, an alias under which 31-year-old Daniel McMahon promoted fascist rhetoric, has been tied to several attacks on UNC students and faculty over the last year. The Chapel Hill Public Library has launched a new podcast series in order to tell lesser-known stories about local public spaces and monuments. The idea was bad, and the execution was even worse. 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. A story developed that "Sam" would fire his gun if a virgin walked by, but never did (he was silent) because he never saw any. As implications of hostility toward anti-Silent Sam activists continue from pro-Confederates outside of Chapel Hill, the new alert system has accrued around 950 subscribers in two weeks. Under the settlement agreement, Silent Sam will be returned to the group — not to be erected in the 14 counties with UNC System schools — and UNC will set up a charitable trust of $2.5 million for the care and preservation of the monument, including a possible building to house it. Hemmer, Nicole. The rush to approve anything, at any cost, to get rid of the Silent Sam issue has done just the opposite. I don’t know what to do. I urge the Daily Tar Heel and the Carolina student body to take up the case of removing from the campus that shameful commemoration of a disgraceful episode. 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