Editorials and Columns

Carrboro isn’t commerical; it’s community

By Liz Thomas Co-editor Joining the staff of the Commons in January, all I knew about Carrboro was that it was a town of hippies. But of all the times I passed through, I had never seen any barefooted flower-power children that matched my pre-conceived notion of a hippie. I was aware of Carrboro’s love for organic, locally grown vegetables,… Read more →

Dear Carrboro: Ode to an old friend…

Dear Carrboro: Ode to an old friend…

From the 1963 Chapel Hill High School yearbook, the Hillife, Gouger’s sense of humor comes through in labels he applied to this photo of fellow “Banshees Three” singer, Davey McConnell, left, and himself, at right. (Photo by Jock Lauterer, CHHS ’63) By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Adviser When my childhood chum Johnny Gouger laughed, it was no delicate matter. No,… Read more →

Carrboro residents shouldn’t forget about alternatives…

By Robert Matteson Co-Editor The globe is still warming. We’re still in Iraq. But what we’re really ticked off about is signage. The posting of the “Good Neighbor Rules” signs by Carr Mill Mall was met with resistance because of their placement and wording. The signs quickly were removed. The explanation posted on Weaver Street Market’s Web site stated, “The… Read more →

Carrboro High School goes green

Tales from a Jaguar By Daniel Matchar Carrboro High School Columnist Along with Carrboro High School being up-to-date on all of the latest technology and a highly professional atmosphere, the school is also “going green.” It was recently given a certificate naming it an environment-friendly school. Staying true to its location, the new high school is building on Carrboro’s already… Read more →

‘Web 2.0′ giant Blogads calls Carrboro home

By Graham Russell Deputy Design Editor When Blogads moved to its new office on Weaver Street, founder and CEO Henry Copeland and his staff were worried about one thing: The signal for WXYC, their favorite radio station, didn’t reach into the building. That didn’t stop them, though. “Now we’re streaming it through the Internet,” Copeland said. “So all is well… Read more →

Dear Carrboro

Dear Carrboro

The Report from Your Man in Italy By Jock Lauterer Advisor, the Carrboro Commons. Our man in Italy, Carrboro Commons advisor Jock Lauterer, hard at work getting the scoop on Italian café culture. Commons Photo Italia by Jock Lauterer’s self-timer Ciao, Carrboro! Your intrepid reporter here in Bellagio, Italy, on assignment from the Carrboro Commons to this alpine lakeside town… Read more →

Confessions of a Carrboro Wanna-be

Confessions of a Carrboro Wanna-be

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Advisor Dear Carrboro… Like many projects, The Carrboro Commons is the result of collaboration and teamwork. And I would add, The Commons is its own community — a community of scholars. For the Community Journalism class that produces the content for the Carrboro Commons is only one part of the equation. Where would we be… Read more →

A Language Barrier

Latino Beat Editor Christina Lopez takes a personal look at growing up Hispanic in North Carolina. by Christina Lopez Latino Beat Editor I never looked at my family as interracial. I was brought up like many families, in a warm house with two brothers, a mom and a dad. I went to Catholic elementary school and perceived my life to… Read more →

Dear Carrboro…

Dear Carrboro…

By Jock Lauterer Carrboro Commons Advisor With apologies to Bob Dylan: “The media they are a-changin’.” Here we are, a student-produced Web-based e-zine that would have been impossible back in the ’80s when your columnist began teaching journalism.

Guard it With Your Life

Guard It With Your Life By Summer Saadah Columnist It was around this time last year, under the balmy blue sky of a Florida winter, that the official groundbreaking for Ave Maria took place. It’s just 5,000 acres of sunny soil–11,000 homes, a 100-foot high cathedral, a Roman Catholic university, a market, a pharmacy, a school and $400 million later… Read more →