Carrboro Commons

JAGWIRE: another first for Carrboro High School

Posted on December 12th, 2007 in Uncategorized by jock

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
Carrboro Commons Writer

This year has seen many firsts at Carrboro High School. Students got their first glimpse of the new school this fall, the young football team tallied their first notch in the win column and students published the first issue of Carrboro High’s newspaper, the Jagwire.

The Jagwire is the brain-child of former Carrboro High School English teacher Jan Gottschalk who, last year while she was teaching at Chapel Hill High School, began advertising the idea to students planning to transfer to the new school at Carrboro.
It was Daniel Matchar’s guidance counselor who originally brought Gottschalk’s idea to his attention. Matchar, who was the only sophomore on Chapel Hill High’s exclusively junior and senior paper, decided to take his experience to the new school for his junior year.

Long before the first school year even began, Matchar and Gottschalk started preparations for the paper. Matchar came to Carrboro High most days during the summer to get everything ready for the Jagwire’s start-up in September. The two spent time making decisions about how the paper was going to be set up and how to get students involved.

“We had to figure out job descriptions, what sections we were going to have,” Matchar explained. They asked themselves, “What is going to be our policy on this or that?”

Back at CHHS towards the end the school year, Matchar had been recruiting staffers for the new paper, but the future of the Jagwire did not look stellar. At the beginning of summer, the Jagwire staff consisted of only four students: Matchar, two editors and one writer. By the beginning of the new school year however, Matchar had talked several of his friends into signing up for Gottschalk’s class, which now consisted of about 25 juniors.

Speling good is stil inportant

Posted on December 7th, 2007 in Uncategorized by jock

Mason Phillips photo

In spite of what some readers may think, we journalists place a high premium on accuracy.

And as anyone ever involved in any publication knows, “typos” are all-too easy to make and are not the sole property of folks having “senior moments.”

So when the journalist spots a really terrible typo out there in the real world, there’s a rush of guilty pleasure.

Here’s a doozy.

Sharp-eyed UNC-CH copyediting student Mason Phillips spotted what he called a “blatant misspelling” on the back of a Carrboro street sign. Sending the photo to his copyediting professor, Bill Cloud, Phillips wondered if his picture would net him some extra credit.

We’re not sure what Prof. Cloud decided, but we’ll give Phillips a shout-out here and now. Good catch, Mason!

– Jock Lauterer, Commons Adviser

Primetime Players defy age; “Life Begins at Eighty”

Posted on December 7th, 2007 in Uncategorized by jock

Bobbie Lubker, leader of the Prime Time Players, and Charles M. Stern, playwright of “Life Begins at Eighty,” look over a draft of a program for the upcoming Players performance.
Cameron Weaver photo

by Cameron Weaver
Carrboro Commons Editor

To anyone who thinks an increase in age correlates with a decrease in activity, think again. Senior citizens in this area are not only active but are thriving. Consider the Prime Time Players, a local theatre group that will perform two one-act plays at the new Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill this weekend.

The Players, led by Bobbie Lubker, are just one example of the creative and productive seniors in the community. At a recent group meeting, the Players left no stone unturned in the detail-oriented plans for their upcoming shows. From props to refreshments to publicity, the group literally has its act together.

“Don’t get your knickers in a twist over what this contains! This is just a draft,” Lubker said to the group as she passed out copies of a program for the performances. The plays’ directors are Mary Ann Freedman and John Paul Middlesworth. The performances feature local actors Herb Posner, Harvey Sage, Sylvia Dante and John Best.

Lubker’s group will perform in a technique known as reader’s theatre. The plays apply the minimalist method, utilizing few staging and props that simply suggest the mood. The audience’s impression derives from the actors’ portrayals and from their own imaginations.

The Players will perform “Gin and Tonic,” a popular play by John Clifford, as well as “Life Begins at Eighty,” the work of local writer Charles M. Stern.

CHICLE addresses local immigrant issues

Posted on December 7th, 2007 in Uncategorized by jock

by Kendal Walters
Carrboro Commons Writer

More than thirty people gather in a room above Weaver Street Market on a Sunday afternoon to watch ¡Salud!/Health, a movie about the Cuban Health Care system. The video draws viewers like Chapel Hill resident and local family practice doctor Carol Klein, and Dina Castro, who has experience working in a community health program in Peru. Others in attendance are simply interested in the social, political and economic implications of international health care.


Business Director Jane Stein (left) and Program Director Miriam Palacio stand in front of a bulletin board displaying announcements and current events. Stein and Palacio helped start the Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (better known as CHICLE) in 1995.
Kendal Walters photo

The movie screening is just one of a variety of cultural events put on two Sundays a month by The Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education, better known as CHICLE.

These events are free and open to the public and typically consist of films or talks on cultural and political issues. They are meant to provide a forum for debate, promoting discussion on important topics, as well as “creating an awareness of more than what’s going on in North Carolina,” says Marina Jones, a German teacher at CHICLE since 2005.

The idea for showing this particular movie about health care was given by Jorge Izquierdo, a consultant for the Pan-American Health organization who now works in the UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. The film was also shown recently at the Latin American Film Festival, which CHICLE employee Sharon Mújica helps organize each November.

CHICLE’s business director, Jane Stein, says that events that deal with Cuba tend to be the biggest draw, but that some of the most dynamic discussions have started after speaker and movie events about the political situation in Venezuela. While many of the Sunday events have focused on the Latino community and on Latin America, there have also been discussions on Palestinian issues as well as a talk about Nepal.

The dialogue often goes far beyond when the official event ends. Even when the doors are locked and everyone leaves, “normally the discussion just moves downstairs,” comments Donato Fhunsu, who works at CHICLE as an interpreter, translator, and French and Spanish teacher.

The institute benefits from a staff with extensive international experience and diverse backgrounds. Fhunsu, for example, was born in the Congo and also lived in Europe and South America before moving to the United States.

Located in the heart of Carrboro, CHICLE was started in 1999 in “response to the rapid increase of immigrants to our area.” Program Director Miriam Palacio says that from the time she moved here in 1995, she started noticing the changing demographics, especially with the growth of Latino immigration.

Another response to this dynamic has been an ever-increasing demand for translation and interpreting services offered by agencies like CHICLE. These services are frequently used by businesses and agencies in order to reach new markets and to communicate with Spanish-speakers in questionnaires or surveys, explains Palacio.

One of the overall goals of the institute is “to meet the language needs of the Triangle community.” Like its name implies, CHICLE’s programs expand beyond the language needs to also meet the cultural needs and promote understanding in the context of our changing community.

Palacio says that although it is a for-profit business, CHICLE also has a social purpose and is community-oriented, frequently collaborating with non-profits.

For instance, CHICLE partnered with non-profit groups to put on a forum about immigration at Carrboro’s Century Center, has worked with the local police department to teach officers Spanish, and is contracted with the County Health department to supply interpreters.

Along with regularly hosting Sunday cultural events and offering translation and interpreting services, CHICLE provides adult and children’s classes in various languages, summer camps, cultural trainings for businesses, and an intensive language program for Spanish teachers during the summer.

The next Sunday cultural event, a talk entitled Access to Abortion for Victims of Sexual Abuse in Guanajuato, Mexico, is scheduled for January 28, 2008. CHICLE staff is also planning a series on immigration for the spring.

For more information about CHICLE and for a schedule of upcoming events, visit