Editorials and Columns

Commentary: Carrboro and Durham: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

Commentary: Carrboro and Durham: Two hearts, two towns, are better than one

A story of greater consciousness, of a longer social antenna, begins, rather morbidly, with an entombed pharaoh. The credit for this haphazard beginning lies with Gwendolyn Payne, a 16-year-old junior at Durham’s Hillside High School. She interns at The Durham VOICE on behalf of Partners for Youth Opportunity, a nonprofit mentorship program that extends academic support and professional training to… Read more →

The DNC: You can feel the difference

The DNC: You can feel the difference

Editor’s Note: “Our woman at the DNC,” Jessica Coates, is sending real-time observations and tweets (@jessicalcoates) to the Carrboro Commons and Durham VOICE. Coates is a rising senior at South Mecklenburg High School and a future journalism major at UNC-CH.   By Jessica Coates Special Correspondent The Durham VOICE and Carrboro Commons Tuesday night, Sept. 4. I somehow have schmoozed… Read more →

High school class not for the wary

High school class not for the wary

By Michael Bloom Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Not many high school students take a class where criticism and backlash are as commonplace as formulas and midterms. But at Carrboro High School’s student newspaper, the Jagwire, disclosure and deadlines go hand in hand for juniors and seniors. “It was a very difficult week for our paper,” said Emily Vaughn, senior copy… Read more →

My first one-night stand for UNC Dance Marathon

By Corey Inscoe Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Members of the overall committee of the UNC Dance Marathon hold signs above their heads spelling out “$394,278.94!!!” the total amount of money raised. Since 1999 the event has raised more than $2 million for the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Staff Photo by Carly Brantmeyer Sitting on the floor in Fetzer Gym B, I didn’t… Read more →

JAGWIRE: another first for Carrboro High School

JAGWIRE: another first for Carrboro High School

In the heat of battle: Journalism teacher and JAGWIRE Advisor Jan Gottschalk, left, works with Carrboro High School newspaper staffers on a thorny technical issue, left to right, Gottschalk, Emile Toscano, news reporter; Mariah Norris, section editor; Tony Powell, reporter and photographer, Editor-in-Chief Daniel Matchar (at computer); and Lavanya Rao, editor of Top Spots. Jock Lauterer photo by Sam Giffin… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: Confessions of a wanna-be voter

Dear Carrboro: Confessions of a wanna-be voter

by Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser Carrboro votes: Linda B. Smith of Carrboro casts her ballot in early voting Tuesday morning. Smith says she prides herself on being a long-time regular voter in Carrboro. Carrboro Commons photo It’s a good thing I really really wanted to vote this morning. Assuming that where I voted in the last election would be… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: WELCOME TO THE JAGWIRE

Dear Carrboro: WELCOME TO THE JAGWIRE

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser There’s a new newspaper in town. No, it’s not the Carrboro Citizen, and it’s not the Carrboro Commons either. Welcome to the JAGWIRE, the first-ever newspaper produced by the new journalism class at the new Carrboro High School. A teachable moment: Journalism teacher and JAGWIRE Advisor Jan Gottschalk, left, works with Carrboro High School… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: Welcome to the Commons, round two

Dear Carrboro: Welcome to the Commons, round two

By Jock Lauterer Lecturer and advisor The Carrboro Commons. Welcome to the Fall 2007 edition of the Carrboro Commons, a student-produced biweekly online source of stories, photos and commentary about this wonderfully eclectic community of ours. I say “ours” because as a Chapel Hill native and now a resident of Greater Carrboro, I take pride in being a Carrburban —… Read more →

Violence hits home

Violence hits home

By Robert Matteson Co-Editor America was beginning to lose its innocence at the same time as my generation lost its own. I remember playing with toy soldiers the day that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in Oklahoma City. Four years later, I remember my teacher crying as she walked into class, undoubtedly looking for the words to… Read more →

CITIZEN-SCIENTISTS: WATCHDOGS OVER THE WATER

By Jock Lauterer Earth Day number one, I remember like it was yesterday. 1970. As a young upstart editor at a start-up weekly in rural western North Carolina, I was called the “hippie editor” by some locals. But that’s OK. There was this “hippie teacher” at the local high school, too, a gifted young visionary who, when he heard about… Read more →