mentary term,” said Jock Lauterer ’ 67, a
lecturer in the School of Journalism and
Mass Communication. “It tells you that this
is a neighborhood that many people think
is in crisis.”
Lauterer happened to be one of eight
professors in the Faculty Engaged Scholars
Program who were learning about marginalized communities, including Northeast Central Durham, when two of that area’s residents were charged with shooting Carson.
He seized on an idea that a colleague in
the city and regional planning department
passed on from a student who had studied
the area: Why not start a neighborhood
newspaper to create a sense of community
and encourage civic engagement?
Lauterer, who started and ran two successful community newspapers in western
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North Carolina, plans to use local high
school students to staff the paper. His “
Community Journalism” class, which focuses on
service-learning, and students from The
Campus Echo, N.C. Central University’s student newspaper, will mentor them.
The class spent the entire semester first
building relations in the community. “I
don’t want a flash in the pan,” Lauterer
said. “This has got to be sustainable.”
death. He tutored at Jordan High School in
Durham, helping a class that included the
then-17-year-old Lovett. “I think there
were only two people in our class that didn’t have criminal records,” he said.
So when Crouthamel decided to run
for Homecoming king in September, his
service project was a plan to help end the
violence that had taken Carson’s life.
Crouthamel, who plans to become a
teacher, wants to educate local teachers
about what they can do to help prevent
gang violence. “We spend hours with students each day, and we have an incredible
bond,” he said. “If [teachers] can just open
their eyes to what to look for, they could
make a huge difference.”
The Carolina Athletic Association is
backing the plan and was expected to fund
a half-day conference in April, free to local
teachers. The plan calls for a speaker and
workshops on everything from how to
identify gang symbols to what teachers can
legally and ethically do when they suspect
one of their students is in a gang.
Crouthamel is considering naming the
conference “The Eve Project.” “It’s done in
her spirit, to say the least,” he said.
“I also see this project as a natural
pipeline for kids working on this newspaper going right into a university that they
otherwise might not. You take a high-school kid, you take them over to N.C.
Central’s Echo office. They’re in there.
They’re surrounded by successful college
kids that look like them. The kid is going
to think, ‘Wow, I could do this.’That might
not ever happen otherwise.”
The project has won a $25,000 grant
from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation,
and Durham Mayor Bill Bell included it in
his State of the City address.
Top, planned Eve
anniversary gathering. Above, a “ 7”
(sEVEn) lapel pin
remind alumni to
stay closely connected to those three
years above and
three below their
By March, Lauterer and his students had
arranged to teach a series of photo/video
workshops to kids at the Salvation Army in
the heart of Northeast Central Durham,
with hopes of continuing through the
summer. “Perhaps some of those kids will
be a part of our newspaper staff next fall,”
Lauterer wrote in an e-mail.
The problem in the system
Carson’s death also has raised questions
about what should change within the institutions that are designed to protect the
public. Her murder drew intense scrutiny of
the state’s probation system, whose supervision of both of the accused men in the case
was, at best, inadequate. Carson’s murder
also drew attention to the slaying of Duke
graduate student Abhijit Mahato several
weeks earlier, which to that point had been
largely ignored by the public. Lovett also
has been charged in the Mahato case.
The News & Observer of Raleigh, in a
series published in December, found that
— due to outdated technology, inadequate
staffing and other failings — the state had
lost track of more than 14,000 criminals
under probation supervision. The paper
also found that, since 2000, nearly 600 people in North Carolina had committed
murder while on probation.
“Nobody expects they’re going to have
a perfect record. There are going to be cases
like [the Carson case],” said Steve Riley, the
paper’s senior editor for enterprise, describing the probation system. “But it’s a mess.
There’s no reason to sugarcoat it.”
will begin to
take shape on
campus over the
just off Polk
Place behind the
Campus Y —
an apt location
given her passion
for social justice
— the Eve
feature a low
topped with glass
etched with the
names of all
who die while
The Daily Tar Heel’s board of directors
voted to fund one year of printing (about
$7,000) of the community newspaper.
Jeremy Crouthamel ’09, an English
major and a varsity cheerleader, was hit
particularly hard by the news of Carson’s