CHAPEL HILL – Five years have come and gone since UNC Student Body President Eve Carson was killed, and the University’s former Chancellor James Moeser says though the pain is still there, it gets easier each year to focus more on the good things rather than the loss.
“I think for most of us, and especially for the students that didn’t really know her, there’s not that kind of visceral, emotional reaction so mush as there is a recognition of what a beautiful person she was and how much she contributed,” Moeser says.
Hardly any of the students who walk the campus now were here that tragic day on March 5, 2008.
Even though she was the Student Body President, memories can fade over the years. Moeser says Carson was special, though.
“The fact that we’re still talking about Eve says it all,” Moeser says. “She was such a vibrant personality. She really was a transformational student on this campus, and (therefore) I think she lives on in the causes that she supported.”
One of those causes is a scholarship that Moeser says Carson was in favor of during her time at UNC.
“The scholarship program continues to go,” Moeser says. “It’s a public service scholarship (and) really was Eve’s idea to create that scholarship. After she was killed, we named it for her. But, it was really her idea. So, it’s amazing the way what she did on this campus continues to be alive and real.”
The Eve Marie Carson Memorial Junior-Year Merit Scholarship is a one-year financial benefit that goes to individuals who show they have realized their potential as leaders while attending Carolina. The financial benefit is given to the student during his or her senior year.
Another great thing that stemmed from such a terrible tragedy is a public journalism program in Durham. Jock Lauterer is a Senior lecturer at UNC and started the program in the community where the two men who were convicted of murdering Carson are from.
“(It’s meant to) specifically to put in their hands creative tools like cameras and pens and notepads and tablets and video cameras,” Lauterer says. “So we constructed a newspaper online and in print.”
Lauterer says the program and the paper provide multiple benefits to the community.
“It’s call the North East Central Durham Community Voice,” Lauterer says. “The Voice because they needed their voice to be heard; because their voices have not been heard by the exisiting mainstream media.”
And Moeser says that program fits perfectly with what Carson’s vision for the community was.
“That’s an Eve Carson kind of idea and it’s another example of the byproduct of her life and her death,” Moeser says.