by Anna Manning
From Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis:
University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings is about to leave her job in Chapel Hill, saddling her successor with a daunting task: wrangling a perfect storm of campus and state politics.
On Dec. 14, while Spellings gave her final remarks to the UNC Board of Governors, dozens of demonstrators gathered in the rain to loudly protest Silent Sam, the Confederate monument toppled by protesters in August. The statue is in storage awaiting its fate. The board was set to make a ruling this month, but members announced they need more time to weigh options.
More than 100 police officers stood guard outside UNC’s Center For School Leadership Development while the crowd chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” and other slogans. One protester was detained for obstructing police. Law enforcers were expecting more trouble, but the rain staved off the crowd, a handful of officers told Carolina Journal.
The setting is similar to that which greeted Spellings during her first year in office, as she faced a crowd frenzy of objections over her hiring.
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