Volume 100, Issue 1 | September 6, 2013
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First-year Frenzy News
If you hear victorious cries and triumphant cheers echoing from New Garden Hall, it’s likely that they’re coming from the Admission Office. With the help of his team, Director of Admission Andy Strickler far exceeded any hopes or expectations for enrollment numbers this semester when they successfully brought in 426 new students — over 80 more than last year. Of the new students, a whopping 392 are first-years, with the rest 24 transfers, five re-admits, and five visiting students from international partner institutions around the world. The implications of the success are huge. Given how much Guilford has suffered from a budget crisis over the past two years — with department budget
(Above) The traditional student Class of 2017 boasts significant differences from the Class of 2016 (below). The new firstyear class is larger than the class before, and males outnumber females by 4 percent, which is atypical for a college class. cuts, staff reductions and faculty downsizing — the leap in enrollment is good news for all. The team used different innovative strategies to accomplish the feat. “We’re being a little more open and transparent about our Quaker heritage and the Quaker experience (students) are going to have here,” said Strickler. “We’re being a little more assertive talking about the diversity experience ... We were a
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By Anthony Harrison & Natalie Sutton Opinion Editor and News Editor
little more transparent with campus visits; last year was the first year in seven or eight years that we offered overnight visits.” Their emphasis on diversity especially grabbed some students’ attention. See First Years | Page 2
Guilford sticks with sustainability, again placed in Princeton “Green Guide” By Olivia Neal Staff Writer How often do you think about the future of the planet? Guilford, apparently, thinks about it a lot.
Environmentalism and sustainability are fundamental values here. The campus, staff and students are all encouraged to be as green as possible, which is why it is no surprise that Guilford was named to the Princeton Review’s list of 322 green colleges.
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Yosemite boundary blaze
Drones to help resist poachers in Africa
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What makes Guilford such an ecofriendly location? According to “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” a “well regarded environmental studies program incorporates sustainability into a wide variety of academic fields
while focusing on ... service to the larger community.” In addition to the larger community, Guilford makes an effort to encourage See Princeton Review | Page 6
Inside this issue News | Renovations on Campus | Page 3 W&N | Fort Hood Trial Conviction | Page 5 Features | New Judicial System | Page 8 Opinion | Russia & LGBTQ rights | Page 10
Admissions office exceeds enrollment expectations Continued from Page 1
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“I wanted to see different types of people,” said sophomore transfer student Jeremy Shaheen. “Each person at this college is different and has something unique about them. That was big for me. I just really like the culture here so far.” According to Strickler, the search didn’t simply focus on collecting as many students as possible. Instead, it focused on finding students who would positively contribute to the institution while benefitting from it on an individual level. “We’re Guilford College, with our Guilford sense of place and our Guilford sense of community and the value that we place on diversity,” said Strickler. “We (have to) get the right number of bodies, we need to get the right number of folks coming in the door, but we also need to find people who are going to thrive here. Right now, we feel ... we’ve accomplished both.” Although the Admissions Office had much to do with the success, Strickler emphasized the importance of letting students decide for themselves if Guilford
was a good fit. “We do not sell any student on Guilford College,” Strickler said. “The students essentially convince themselves that Guilford’s the right place, and we just facilitate the conversation that allows that to happen.” This was certainly the case for first-year Mo San, who didn’t need much convincing when making her college decision. “Guilford has a good reputation, and it’s a writingintensive school and a small, diverse school,” said San. “I’m loving it here so far, and I’m proud that I get to be here.” The Admissions Office’s success is obvious, but Strickler believes that the true test of the success is still unknown. “One of the real challenges is that people look at enrollment as a number — first day they arrive. And enrollment is a combination of that number first day and (students’) experiences and their growth and their participation in their community over one, two, three years. “The real test isn’t how many you have walking in first day. The real test is how many you have walking in the first day and
First-year Momo San twirls glow sticks among friends at the concert on Aug. 24 during her first weekend on campus. then staying to rise and attain degrees.” While the long-term successes can’t yet be measured, the Admission Office has started the school year off on a good foot, which Strickler attributes to the
collaborative elbow grease and brainstorming of many. “This is a community-won effort,” said Strickler. “The number of people who have invested their time and energy in helping us this year — faculty,
Search Committee seeks Chabotar’s succesor By Bryan Dooley Senior Writer
This Week’s Developments The traditional student body Senate had its first official meeting of the year and started it off by inviting Sandy Bowles, director of judicial affairs, and Aaron Fetrow, dean of students, to discuss the new judicial point system.
Next Week’s Plans Senate is hoping to bring Craig Munhall to discuss Meriwether Godsey’s food catering service for students and to field general questions about food on-campus.
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staff, other students — has been phenomenal. I have been amazed at the willingness of our human resources here to invest their time and energy to assist us. “It makes our job easier. But I would never say our job is easy.”
Do you know any educators who are collaborative, smart with money and can communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff? How about someone who understands and lives by the Guilford core values and embodies all that makes Guilford unique? If so, tell them that Guilford is hiring. On June 30, 2014, Guilford’s current president, Kent Chabotar, steps down after 12 years of leadership. Before that happens however, a replacement must be found. The search for the next president ramped up over the summer with the formation of the Presidential Search Committee. “No one person can meet all the criteria suggested by the Board, faculty and others,” trustee and Presidential Search Committee chair Carole Bruce said in an email. “Strong leadership skills to lead the college in the manner of Friends in strategy, academic quality, fund raising, financing and student life are among the core requirements. “The Search Committee is currently accepting nominations from all members of the Guilford Community.” At this point, the search process is in its infancy. “The search committee has met once in July,” Suzanne Ingram, assistant director of communications and marketing and staff representative for the committee, said in email. “We introduced ourselves and explained our roles at the college. We were presented with the charge to the committee from the board of trustees.” The charge laid out responsibilities and a deadline of Jan. 31, 2014, for when the board expects the search committee’s short list of three qualified candidates. The committee is composed of representative members from among faculty, staff, traditional students, CCE students, current administration, the board of
visitors, alumni and the trustees. The committee has also received feedback from faculty in the form of the “Faculty Statement on the Next President of Guilford College.” Search committee members expressed that it is early in the process, but they are highly committed to the best outcome of this important search. “I have been teaching here since 1999,” said Jim Hood, professor of English and committee member. “I am an alumnus and both my children went here. I want to ensure the future of the college.” Junior Lyes Benarbane voiced similar goals from a traditional student perspective. “I am very committed to this position (on the search committee),” said Benarbane. “Guilford has nestled itself very deeply where my commitments lie. I think I can leave an important legacy for the next hundred years. It is most important that the undergraduate educational level for traditional students is at the fullest it can be.” Kami Rowan, associate professor of music, offers three goals that most of the committee members would agree with. “I want a president that can deal with all factions of the college and work well with them,” said Rowan. “Someone who will uphold and support the values of Guilford and manage the financial situation.” Next in the process is hiring a search consultant firm, along with writing and approving a leadership statement, which is similar to a job description. The search committee welcomes feedback throughout the whole process. Rowan is excited about this huge transition in the college’s history. “There’s a lot of forward momentum at Guilford right now,” said Rowan. “I am really excited about where Guilford is in marketing, technology and where our study abroad is going. The new president can really help keep this momentum going.”
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
Quakers say ‘yes, please, yes’ to consentual sex campaign BY KINSEY DANZIS STAFF WRITER Physical abuse. Emotional trauma. The most under-reported crime in America. One in five women and one in 16 men will experience some form of sexual assault while in college, according to Campus Safety Magazine. The danger lurks on college and university campuses nationwide and Guilford is no exception. With its recent launch of the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee however, Guilford took a first step toward a safer, more informed campus. “The mission (of the committee) is the education of the students towards the goal of preventing sexual violence,” said Gaither Terrell, director of counseling. “It’s about reducing and preventing instances of sexual violence and responding appropriately to instances of sexual violence when it does happen.” SVPC includes members from many groups across campus, such as the Counseling Center, Public Safety, the Student Office of Leadership and Engagement, and Sexual Assault Awareness Support and Advocacy, as well as other interested students not directly affiliated with any specific group. The committee’s diverse membership stems from its mission of spreading awareness to everyone at Guilford. In his letter to the community, President Kent Chabotar said, “We want every student, faculty member and staff person
on our campus to understand that healthy sexual relationships require consent, to know what constitutes sexual misconduct of all types and what our policies are in regards to it, and to be aware of the resources that are available to anyone who has experienced sexual violence.” While creating the committee was a start, the severity of the issue demanded more, which led to the launch of the “Keep It Consensual: Only Yes Means Yes” campaign. “The consent campaign is one particular aspect of the larger conversation,” said Director of Student Judicial Affairs Sandy Bowles. “We picked one area of focus for this year; one area to engage the community as a whole instead of just parts of the community.” The campaign focuses on educating the community about “effective consent,” which cannot be given when one or both parties involved in sexual activity is intoxicated. “Alcohol is almost always a factor in sexual assaults on college campuses,” said Dean of Student Affairs Aaron Fetrow in an email. “I think everyone now understands that driving under the influence is a really bad idea. Sadly, hooking up under the influence seems to be a norm with the current generation of students, and in some ways it is just as dangerous.” SVPC plans to promote the program through social media and campus communication, such as The Guilfordian and The Buzz, as well as through events
“Itʼs about reducing and preventing instances of sexual violence and responding appropriately to instances of sexual violence when it does happen.” Gaither Terrell, director of counseling during the entire year. “There are some movie programs that will be available, so there’s the Men and Masculinity program series that’s going to be run,” said Bowles. “In spring there’ll be the Take Back The Night event, the Clothesline Project, maybe a major speaker ... we’ll have the kickoff event soon, and we’ve got t-shirts and condoms to distribute.” The date for the kickoff event has not yet been determined, but the Guilford community is encouraged to watch for announcements and get involved. “The committee is very open to student involvement and there’s always room for people who want to be involved,” said junior Chelsea Yarborough, a member of both the SVPC and SAASA. The success of both the campaign and the committee relies heavily on student involvement. In order to work towards a world free of sexual violence, all voices must be heard and awareness must spread.
In a letter published by The Guilford Beacon on May 17, President Kent Chabotar encourages students to take action against sexual assault: “We can and must do better. Guilford is certainly not alone in its struggle with this issue, but given our dedication to our core values and our commitment to community, we can and should be leaders in this effort.”
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Summer ends, students return to changed campus BY OLIVIA WERNER STAFF WRITER
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As soon as students left for summer, construction workers invaded campus. Over the course of three months, the school’s renovation plans were put into action. The renovation areas include the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza, Hege Library, Bauman Telecommunications Center, Mary Ragsdale Fitness Center, Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza, King Hall faculty space and the Jack Jensen Golf Center. The most prominent project is the construction on the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza to create a new campus center. The college used rocks from local areas for the water feature and plans to plant trees across the plaza in upcoming weeks. The new seating arrangement and fountain will provide a space for students to relax after class, while the new walkway and eliminated road will allow for safer pedestrian and bicycle travel. The original fountain proposal came from the 2005 master plan, but due to deferred maintenance this plan was put off until the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation recently provided funds for the project. After news of the plaza was released to the community, however, many students were perturbed by the financial and aesthetic implications of the project. “We have a lot of things to work on before we can start focusing on our outward appearance,” said sophomore Libby Stillwell. Students have arrived back on campus to an incomplete plaza, due to 22 consecutive days of rain in June. It is impossible to compact dirt while the ground is wet, so construction time was pushed back 40 days. Administration members were disappointed by the delay, as they were planning to welcome students back with no visible signs of lingering construction. On the practice field above the lake, the Jack Jensen Golf
Center is currently being built in memory of the former golf coach. Once completed, the facility will be functional yearround with the help of a heating and cooling system. Not all the renovation projects remain incomplete, however. In the basement of the Hege Library, the Betty Place Classroom has been expanded and updated with new technologies. Workers cleared out the old classroom and removed student closets to create a larger open space. New smart boards have been implemented in the classroom, along with many other classrooms on campus. These interactive whiteboards allow users to record notes, take screen shots, use a magnetic keyboard and create audio recordings. This transition into a more tech-savvy campus is also reflected in the Bauman renovations with Guilford’s first -ever hybrid classroom. This new room will allow teachers to lead classes that students can access both on and off campus. With the help of a Web-interactive program, students can record lectures and participate in discussions regardless of their geographical location. “A student can be in France and take a class at Guilford College,” said Support Services Manager Rex Harrell. The old rotting structural supports in Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area were replaced and a new steel-framed, translucent panel system was created. Previously, the windows and window frames had gaps between them, which allowed for air conditioning and heat to escape. The new design provides a greener, less wasteful set-up. “You could see outside through the cracks (in the window frames),” said Vice President for Administration Jon Varnell of the previous design. The faculty space in King Hall was renovated to create an improved working environment for the Business Department. Many faculty offices were updated to provide a more comfortable and workable atmosphere, while making
Seniors CJ Green, Duncan Fitzgerald and Faris El-Ali relax on the rocks in the water feature in the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Plaza. the space more inviting to students. The first floor area was reconfigured to create an office suite for the Career Development Center and the Study Abroad offices, which includes workstations for students. The renovation plans were implemented with the hopes of creating a campus that is as welcoming, comfortable and sustainable as possible.
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calendar of events Nightmares Around Elm Street Downtown Greensboro 8 p.m.–11:59 p.m. First Friday Food Truck Festival Carolina Theatre 6 p.m.
Saturday Morning Cartoons Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema 8 a.m.
Second Sunday Ballroom Dance Guilford Grange 2:30 p.m.–5p.m.
Greensboro Roller Derby Greensboro Coliseum 5 p.m.
Women’s Self-Defense Class High Point 6p.m.–8:30 p.m.
9/11 Carolina Classic Movie Presents: My Fair Lady Carolina Theatre 7 p.m–10 p.m.
Taylor Swift in Concert Greensboro Coliseum 7 p.m.
Anime Club Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema 7 p.m.
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NEWS IN BRIEF
September 6, 2013
WORLD & NATION
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND In an effort to limit open street prostitution, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, has launched a new experiment: organized “sex drive-ins.” Social service department officials believe that the garagestyle drive-in boxes will improve security for sex workers. Funded publicly, the $2.6 million facility features washrooms, a laundry room and security personnel to look after the prostitutes.
KEY WEST, FLORIDA On Sept. 2, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad completed a historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad, 64, became the first swimmer to ever swim the straight without the assistance of a protective cage. Despite vomiting constantly and being harassed by sea creatures, Nyad completed the 53-hour journey alive and conscious.
TRIPURA, INDIA Now 18 months old, Roona Begum was diagnosed with a lethal brain disease at birth. The disease, hydrocephalus, caused Begum’s head to grow to a circumference of 94 centimeters, almost three times the size of a normal baby’s head. After five surgeries in the nation’s capital, New Delhi, Begum’s head is now 58cm in circumference, only 10cm larger than the average, and her vision has been restored.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA On Aug. 21, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime allegedly used chemical weapons to suppress rebels, killing nearly 1,500 civilians in the process. Two weeks later, the Obama administration claims to have proof of chemical use and has lobbied for military action against Syria. President Obama’s call to action does not include deployment of ground troops or an agenda to settle Syria’s ongoing civil war by force.
Nidal Hasan: the murderer, the terrorist or the martyr? FORT HOOD KILLER TRIED AND CONVICTED BY MILITARY COURT, SLATED TO RECEIVE THE DEATH PENALTY BY ROBERT PACHECO STAFF WRITER
“There are some people who are so evil that they cannot be allowed to continue any role in society.” Robert Duncan, assistant professor of political science that he was tried by his peers,” Duncan said. “That may advance his agenda in the enemy’s eyes, but it will be their choice how to interpret his actions.” “I feel that there is a better view of evidence with the hardened eye of the military,” said McCarver. “It creates a more objective manner of legal process. The civilian courts have many more holes compared to the military courts.” The death sentence levied against Hasan is not intended to justify his actions, but to those who believe in martyrdom, it may do exactly that. When asked if the death penalty would give Hasan the martyrdom that he seeks, Duncan said, “There are only three ways to change a martyr’s belief: the Socratic method of education, a significant emotional experience and a frontal lobotomy — which in effect is the death sentence.”
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On Aug. 28, Major Nidal Hasan received the death penalty for the November 2009 shooting in Ft. Hood, Texas. Hasan killed 13 and injured 32 on when he opened fire on military personnel staging for deployment. Hasan’s sentence will grant him the self-perceived martyrdom he seeks after becoming the first active duty member of the U.S. military to commit an act of terror. “He is a criminal … a cold-blooded murderer,” head prosecutor Col. Mike Mulligan said to the Associated Press. “This is not his gift to God. This is his debt to society. This is the cost of his murderous rampage.” The military strictly follows the Uniform Code of Military Justice as the basis of punishment to armed forces personnel, including the death penalty. However, the death penalty was not the only option on the table; Hasan’s jury also
discussed life in prison. Hasan has yet to appeal the conviction and, according to CNN, if his sentence is carried out, he will be the first active duty service member to be executed since 1961. Lecturer and tutor Bill McCarver, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam with the Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine, does not agree with the death penalty in principle. “I do not consider the death penalty a deterrent,” McCarver said. “I believe that it gives the subject being executed a greater public forum.” “The death penalty seems like an attempt through punishment to make the world fair, and the world just isn’t fair,” said senior Sarah Welch. “I think the punishment should consider the option that the criminal would dislike more.” On the contrary, Assistant Professor of Political Science Robert Duncan agrees with Hasan’s death sentence. “There are some people who are so evil that they cannot be allowed to continue any role in society,” said Duncan, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Duncan and McCarver, both veterans, agreed that trying Hasan in a military court-martial was the proper course of action. “Being tried in a military court means
On Aug. 28, a military court sentenced Nidal Hasan to death for his crimes in Nov. 2009.
World & Nation
50th anniversary of March on Washington remembered By Aditya Garg Staff Writer
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Fifty years after the dream that set us on the path for greater equality, the words and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true. Tens of thousands of people from across the country assembled in the nation’s capital this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, originally held on Aug. 28, 1963. “I was amazed by the sheer number of people that attended,” said Andrew Meshnick, Georgetown University freshman and gathering attendee, in a phone interview. “You could tell that it was a real grassroots movement and that everybody really cared and respected the efforts of those men who stood there 50 years ago.” However, Saturday’s march was just one of the week’s commemorative events. Later proceedings included speeches from Georgia Representative John Lewis — the youngest speaker at the original March in 1963 — Martin Luther King III and President Barack Obama. President Obama, among others, spoke to the numerous changes since the March in 1963. “Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed,” Obama said. Speakers such as Representative Lewis and King III focused on the need for continued action. “This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration,” King said. “Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory
celebration. The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more.” For many college students and millenials who have never experienced the social injustice that these men spoke of, racism seems to be a thing of the past. When asked whether or not racism exists today, Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales simply replied, “Yes.” Later elaborating on the response, Rosales pointed to the “systematic, though perhaps unintentional, bias against minority groups such as blacks and Latinos in the criminal justice system.” Rosales referenced numerous studies such as Harvard’s Implicit Association Test and the Racial Dot Map to explain that minorities, though having won significant victories over the last few decades, still experience injustice throughout various facets of our economy. CCE student Latonia Etheridge co-organized the March on Washington in Greensboro, where local residents reflected upon King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the current state of civil rights. Etheridge shares Rosales’ view. “The new generation is experiencing racism through different experiential encounters,” Etheridge said. “For example, the American judicial system and its legal process seems to weigh heavily against people of color.” Rosales suggests that while a temporary fix to racism is unlikely, the roots of racism can be traced. “The media often plays a big role in public perception by what they show,” Rosales said. “There is no cure-all for this
CCE student Latonia Etheridge helped organize the March on Washington in Greensboro, which took place on Aug. 28. problem, though various techniques such as countering stereotypes and greater education have shown promise.” While racism continues to play a role in society, many would argue that the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington was a success and a momentous marking point in the effort to raise awareness for the civil rights struggle. Perhaps now more than ever, Americans should reflect on whether they have truly lived up to the ideals and legacies of King and the men and women who died for the civil rights movement.
Commitment to being “green” brings reward come here with an understanding of the sustainability issues on campus. We’ve done a lot to encourage this behavior within our community.” On campus, students and faculty practice environmentalism on a daily basis: eating organic foods, using bikes, and conserving water through faucets, showerheads and water fountain use. With ample opportunity to reduce their ecological footprints, many Guilford students would argue that the soul and spirit of Guilford is green. Clearly, The Review agrees.
(Above) Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Jeremy Rinker holds a sign during a candlelight vigil on Aug. 28. (Above right) Director of the Friends Center and Campus Ministry Coordinator Max Carter and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen also hold candles as they pray for peace.
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Continued from Page 1 sustainability on a local level. Over the summer, 12 students and staff conducted research at the Bog Garden. David Hildreth, Professor of Education Studies, elaborated on his side of the research. “Myself and a colleague examined why people come to the Bog Garden,” said Hildreth. “We really tried to focus on kids: why they come and, more importantly, what they learn from their experience at the Bog Garden.” Hildreth went on to explain the results of the research. “We were able to examine how kids really benefited from being out in nature. The natural wonder that kids have being out there is just amazing.” Visiting Instructor of Justice and Policy Studies Daniel Rhodes also participated in the research. “Initially, we were looking at the role of workers in relation to the Bog Garden,” Rhodes said. “But, as it turned out, the research grew to focus on the teenage scene, as it was becoming a major issue.” As far as Guilford’s contribution to informing and shaping the youth population, Rhodes said, “students
Candlelight Vigil for Syria
September 6, 2013
Portraits of first-years give insight about Class of 2017 By Lek Siu Staff Writer
from professors and friends.” Ksor said she feels discouraged because her advisor is only having her take 14 credits, but she expects great things to happen. Her First Year Experience class took her by surprise, and now she has settled in and is happy. Guilford is helping her to succeed, she said. Bill McCarver ‘01 remembers his first day at Guilford vividly, having driven from Alabama in April to enroll for the 1997 fall semester. He said he immediately felt welcomed and appreciated. “I liked everybody I met and it seemed to me everyone liked me,” McCarver said. He said he found Guilford comfortable and, after he arrived in fall 1997, felt so at home that soon Alabama was a memory. His advisor of four years, Dana Professor of English Jeff Jeske, once told him, “Guilford College widened its circle to include you.” “It did,” said McCarver, now a lecturer in Guilford’s Adult Transitions program and a professional writing tutor in the Learning Commons. No matter where they come from or how they start, students often find Guilford is the place where they can live life to the fullest and is somewhere they can call home.
For most first-year traditional students, whether from as far away as Japan or as nearby as Greensboro, coming to Guilford College is both delightful and intimidating. The pressures of a new curriculum and social lives present challenges and new opportunities. Students arrive with their own stories, seeking new experiences that will guide their futures. Some fit right into college life, while others need time to adjust. Each student anticipates a unique continuation of their personal story, and at Guilford, their stories become their own. “I was really excited,” first-year Nicole Barnard said. “I guess I missed home sometimes, but it’s great to be here.” Like many first-years, she said she didn’t fit in right away. Barnard, from Westchester, N.Y., said she wants to explore the “different clubs, meet new people, and do different activities.” She is undecided on her major, but she said she likes to write and is excited to take English 102. “Guilford is a good place to start,” Barnard said. “Education is
like a job.” First-year Jose Oliva from Jutiapa, Guatemala, has been in Greensboro for over two years. When he first arrived, he attended Guilford County’s Newcomers School. He speaks Spanish, English, some French and some Portuguese. “I feel very excited to be here,” Oliva said. “I cannot wait to meet everybody on campus . . . The campus is beautiful and everybody’s friendly.” Oliva said he wants to major in political science and hopes to gain knowledge and experience before graduating from Guilford. “Every professor is different in the way they teach, they act and what they believe, and that makes Guilford unique,” Oliva said. “Guilford believes in the success that students can achieve, as well, Guilford helps to achieve that success.” First-year Hvung Ksor from Vietnam, who has lived in Greensboro for seven years, said she hopes to gain knowledge and confidence by being at Guilford. She is interested in geography, but is undecided on her major. “Guilford is a diverse college with a lot of international students,” Ksor said. “Guilford College is a good school ... A lot of support
Melissa Fording, a member of the record-breaking Class of 2017, works on a homework assignment in the quiet of Hege Library after a full day of classes.
Inuit art exhibit in library tells timeless tundra tales By Brent Eisenbarth Staff Writer
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an art gallery is a storyline. “Narratives from a Culture in Transition” debuted in the Guilford College Art Gallery on Sept. 4. The exhibit displays Inuit art from artists in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and northernmost territory. The display showcases Inuit artwork of various mediums, topics and levels of abstraction. Stonework, whalebone, caribou antlers, watercolors and tapestries are only some of the mediums that make this exhibition exciting. The artwork recalls rich Arctic traditions, reflects on the tundra landscape and peers into Inuit mythology. Terry Hammond, founding director and curator of the Guilford Art Gallery, began researching this project in 2011. Since then, the exhibition has spawned related classes, work-study projects and awareness of the ongoing battle for First Nations’ rights. “Part of the mission of the art gallery is to promote diverse cultures and to support the academic endeavors of the college,” Hammond said. And it seems this exhibit will do just that. For example, on Sept. 11, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen will expound on Sedna, the goddess of the sea from Inuit mythology. According to the mythology, Sedna’s fingers became the sea creatures, the Inuit’s staple of life. When the hunt was poor, Inuits would send shamans, the Inuit middlemen
These works of art, on display in the Art Gallery of Hege Library, were crafted using diverse materials including stone, caribou antlers, and whalebone. between the natural and the spirit world, to appease Sedna. The Inuit believe that Sedna would then provide sea creatures for their livelihood. On Oct. 24, Mortensen will compare Inuit religion with other shamanistic religions. This event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Art is a reflection of humankind’s cultural reality. That being said, this comprehensive event would not be complete without speaker Aaju Peter. Peter certainly isn’t your typical mother of five: she is an Inuit activist who performs music, designs modern seal clothing, translates and recently earned a law degree.
In 2012, she was named to the Order of Canada for promoting Inuit language and culture. She has also been advocating that seal skins be sold more widely. Currently, the EU allows seal skins to be used only for cultural purposes, but not commercial purposes. “It will have a devastating effect; it already has on the hunters,” said Peter to This Magazine. “They normally would get $60 to $90 for a skin. Now they get about $5. The cost of living is very high in the Arctic. They won’t be able to get enough money to sustain their families.” Peter will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 in Hege Library’s Carnegie Room.
To offer insights on the works on cloth in the exhibition, Canadian art historian Marie Bouchard will present about this unique art form at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Leak Room in Duke Memorial Hall. Bouchard has curated exhibitions for Inuit art across Canada, the United States and Japan. She is an independent art curator who has lived in Baker’s Lake for 11 years. “I’m excited to see a new art exhibit from a different cultural perspective I have not seen before,” said sophomore Nina Troy. This event is highly anticipated, and it will work to expand Guilford’s horizons, particularly northward towards Canada and the Inuit.
New judicial ‘points’ system introduced to students Approach clarifies consequences, buckles down on substance use By Ty Gooch Staff Writer Guilford is making a point with its new judicial system. A point-based system is now in effect, with the hopes that these judicial guidelines will clarify the sanctioning process and crack down on substance abuse. The point system assigns a numerical point value to violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Director of Student Judicial Affairs Sandy Bowles was the main contributor to the development of the system. “We had a system with a lot of gray areas,” said Bowles. “The new point system is an effort for students to clearly know where they stand in their relationship to their remaining on campus.” The point system outlines yearly point limits for students which vary depending upon class level. First-years may accrue 75 points, sophomores 60, and juniors and seniors are limited to 50. Once a student surpasses his or her point limit, the student is suspended. “(Point limits) take out the amorphous gray piece that bothered students and give us guidelines for our Quaker values of integrity and justice,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow. “This also eliminates the ability for us to play favorites.” With this change in the judicial system, the school has put a greater focus on drug and alcohol violations. “Ninety-five percent of what we deal with is substance-related,” said Bowles. “The majority of our time and effort is spent dealing with substance use.” With the point system’s emphasis on substance abuse, the school plans to treat drug abuse very seriously. Students are still limited to two drug offenses during their time at Guilford, but there are other
changes being made. “We are treating covered smoke detectors much more seriously than we have in the past due to safety concerns,” said Bowles. “Possession of drug paraphernalia or weed combined with a covered smoke detector is grounds for suspension.” First-year Robert Hansury supports the strict policy. “I think that if you come to college, you shouldn’t be doing drugs,” said Hansbury. On the other hand, first-year Abe Kenmore disagrees. “Being suspended for only two drug violations is a bit harsh,” said Kenmore. Like drug violations, the administration will treat alcohol violations much more seriously. “We had drawn a strict line on marijuana but not so much on alcohol, which not only confused the students but us as well,” said Fetrow. In the school’s effort to combat the abuse of alcohol, students are now limited to three alcohol violations during their time at Guilford before facing suspension. Previously, students could receive three alcohol violations per year. Despite these tightened policies on alcohol, the school recognizes its prevalence in college culture. “We’re not trying to stop drinking,” said Bowles. “We’re just trying to get students to re-evaluate their usage.” Resident Advisor Taylor Alston, a junior, supports these changes. “People will be more careful about choices they make,” said Alston. Still, satisfaction amongst students differs. The administration remains open to suggestions. “There are plenty of chances for students to get involved with the judicial process,” said Bowles. “If students are interested, all they have to do is send me an email.” Bowles can be reached at sbowles@ guilford.edu. In the meantime, the point system remains in effect. With its strict drug and alcohol policies, the school has made a clear point to the community: substance abuse will not be taken lightly.
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“Blurred Lines” clearly reflects skewed social norms “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke’s charttopping hit of the summer, is not just making people want to dance. Thicke’s questionable video and even more questionable lyrics have many calling the song chauvinistic, misogynistic and objectifying. Some have even described his lyrics as “rapey.” “There is no question that the video is objectifying to women, but does that really By Michael surprise people, coming Caswell from a pop song?” said Staff Writer Kami Rowan, director of guitar studies. Rowan believes that this issue is not something new, and it is not a music issue at all. “Hip-hop and pop music has been objectifying women for years,” Rowan said. “It’s strange people want to only focus on this one song.” A lot of people have brought up the fact that a woman directed the “Blurred Lines” video, and director Diane Martel has stood behind her product. “I think the girls were overpowering the men in the video,” Martel said in an interview with The Huffington Post. Martel feels there is nothing wrong with the video because she is a product of the pop culture environment, just as Robin
“Pop culture and pop music is solely entertainment. There is no art involved. They are looking to sell, and sex sells.”
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Kami Rowan, director of guitar studies Thicke is. They believe what they are doing is okay because they have been told it is. And this has been going on for years. “Pop culture and pop music is solely entertainment,” said Rowan. “There is no art involved. They are looking to sell, and sex sells.” One of my biggest hang-ups on this issue is freedom of expression and speech. I’m not saying the song is right or okay, but do we really want to prevent people from expressing themselves? And shouldn’t individuals decide for themselves how to perceive culture? There are people who can listen and watch Thicke’s song and clearly see that there is something wrong there. But they understand that it’s not a work of art; it’s just some catchy pop song that has no true meaning. However, some people cannot distinguish the difference. Here is where we run into problems. We should not be pointing fingers at women or men; we should be educating men and women so they can better understand the negative
effects these lyrics and images can have on people. This is not a feminist issue or a masculine issue. It’s a societal issue. Pop culture has given people the illusion that there is a certain way that you should dress, talk and act if you are a man or woman. The masses believe it because it has become widely accepted by both men and women. “Pop culture is made for the masses,” said Music Department Chair Tim Lindeman. “It’s an industry, (and) that’s how it’s always been.” People who recognize these differences need to show people that just because something is on TV does not mean it’s okay. We have to come together has a society and teach people that there is not a normal, and you can dress, act and talk however you want, even if pop culture disagrees. So next time you’re listening to the radio and “Blurred Lines” comes on, just remember: the fact that it’s on the radio does not mean it is relevant. It should have no effect on how you live your life.
Open letter to first-years: navigate by heart make you happy. But those things will open you up to new experiences where you can learn about yourself. Following your curiosity, and letting it show you the bits and pieces of life that make you happy and excited, is a good thing. Navigate by heart, and see where you end up. Guilford is a rare place that allows you to do this. It encourages you to grow and become You without telling you what
that means or what it should look like. You also have direct access to tremendous resources through Guilford, and I am going to encourage you to take advantage of that. This semester, take some risks. I promise you won’t get lost. You’re at Guilford! Love every second of it. Grace graduated from Guilford in 2007. She is a freelance writer and photographer and also works in radio.
To me, Guilford is more than a physical place. It is a state of mind. When I was a student, this state of mind took many different shapes depending on the season, the semester or the people I was surrounding myself with. I’ve noticed simple things have the greatest effect on me. When I am inside all day, I am not happy. When I don’t drink enough water By Grace or get enough sleep, I Adele am not as productive. Boyle When I am isolated from Guest Writer social interactions, I get depressed. When I stop exercising, I feel restless and irritated. It took me years of paying attention to the little things to piece together the bigger picture, and my time at Guilford helped shape all these insights and decisions. Sitting in a cafe writing poetry may sound interesting and deep and terribly romantic, or it might also make you feel bored and restless. That doesn’t mean you aren’t romantic or deep or interesting; it just means that isn’t your thing. Find your thing, then find the people who encourage and support you to do that thing and then go for it with all you have. My advice to you this semester is to pay attention to what makes you the most happy. Guilford is the best place to cultivate this kind of awareness. I’m not going to urge you to join a new club, or run for student council or study abroad, because I don’t know if that will actually
First-years enjoy the beauty of campus and get to know each other while relaxing on the quad.
As we move into our 100th volume year at The Guilfordian, it is important not just to look back at the past, but to look at the future as well. This school year will be a defining one, and we plan to keep you informed. One of the most striking stories we will continuously cover this year is the search for a new president. President Kent Chabotar is leaving the college after 12 years of service. Even as you’re reading this, the Presidential Search Committee seeks his replacement. Who they choose for the position will greatly affect Guilford’s future. We have assigned our most experienced writer to tackle this story in its entirety. With a new year also comes a new judicial system, complete with a controversial points system. Will we see a spike in judicial charges, or will students be more aware of the consequences of their actions? Only time will tell, and The Guilfordian will be ready to provide a forum for discussion. No matter your opinion, the new fountain caused a backlash last semester and in response to the Bryan Jr. Plaza’s construction, the Student Advisory Committee was born to seek more community input in the donation process. Its proponents hope to ensure that donor funds are used where they are most needed. Meanwhile, Community Senate is also looking to make a positive change by creating a scholarship for undocumented students. At this juncture, student influence is one of the most important aspects of this new school year. For this reason it is vital that all remain well-informed on every new issue that develops at the school — lest you forfeit your opportunity to wield that influence and perhaps not even realize a change took place until it is too late. The Guilfordian plans to be there every step of the way to bring you all the latest updates, just as it has for the past 99 volumes.
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Gay propaganda ban raises questions about Olympics The Winter Olympics in Sochi are still some months away, but they are already causing international outrage. The Games themselves aren’t the source of the problem. Russia is. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin implemented legislation that banned all “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors.” The question is, how will By Valeria this loosely construed Sosa legislation affect athletes Staff Writer and spectators of one of the greatest international competitions? The International Olympic Committee reassured the world by stating that the latest anti-gay policies would not be enforced during the Games. Afterwards, the Russian government contradicted the IOC’s earlier statement by confirming that the anti-gay legislation would
indeed be enforced during the games and argued that the law did not discriminate against anyone because it would apply to everyone, homosexual or otherwise. Whether it applies to everyone or not is irrelevant. The legislation at its core is violating basic human rights. Because of it, a group of people is not free to live life naturally, and is instead coerced to limit selfexpression. How is this not discrimination? Even worse, the IOC seems to be slinking back and accepting this very lukewarm argument as sufficient. As a major international organization, it seems silly that they aren’t doing more to protect people going to Russia and are accepting intolerance that goes against the core values of the Olympic Games. Why the IOC is keeping such a low profile is strange indeed. In the past, the IOC has used their influence against other countries hosting the Olympics. In 1988, the IOC helped bring about democratic elections in Seoul before the Summer Games. Again in 2008, the IOC used their influence to successfully urge China to
abolish its law requiring journalists to get special permission from the government before interviewing Chinese citizens. For the past decade or so, the IOC strongly encouraged countries hosting the Games to be more environmentally friendly. So why can’t the IOC do anything about the anti-gay policies in Russia? Protests are cropping up all over the world. Bars are boycotting Russian vodka. A petition is circling to move the Olympic Games from Russia back to Vancouver. Queer Nation and other LGBQTA activist societies demand that Coca-Cola, one of the biggest corporate supporters of the Olympics, boycott the Games. Such boycotting, however, has historically proved ineffective. President Obama is strongly against boycotting the games. He stated at a news conference earlier last month that, “One thing I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we’re seeing there (in Russia).”
Similarly, Coca-Cola defended its sponsorship of the Olympics Games by stating that participating in the Games would further advance the advocacy for gay rights rather than “sitting on the sidelines” and passing the opportunity. Robert Malekoff, associate professor of sport studies, commented on how hard it is to find a viable solution. “It’s hard for me to believe that no one would step up, and at least, in some way shape or form, try to voice … their displeasure with these laws in Russia,” said Malekoff. Athletes are suffering from the pressure, he goes on to explain, because if they boycott the games they will lose the opportunity to compete after devoting years to training, and if they don’t, people will criticize them. What will actually happen during the Olympic Games is not beyond speculation. With intense protests already raging through the world, we can only expect an escalation as the Winter Olympics approach. But one thing is for certain: such intolerance will not be tolerated.
An unfinished march: despite social progress, economic equality still elusive Latonia Etheridge, CCE student and organizer of the March on Washington in Greensboro, a gathering of local residents to reflect upon King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the current state of civil rights, also noted the slow yet continuing pace of change. “We have acknowledged the road does not end,” Etheridge said via email interview. “From the many things King stated in his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, one was that 1963 is not the end, but the beginning. He was so right; he somehow knew that the movement would be one with several layers for many years to come.
“In other words, the path to equal justice is a long, long thorny road.” The march has left not just a legacy, but also an expectation of equal access and opportunity. We cannot say the march is over or the movement has ended until all members of our society have equal economic opportunity and access. It is true that much has changed since the march — 50 years ago, nobody would have dreamed of a black president — but much work remains to be done especially in gaining equal economic opportunity.
Fifty years ago, Dr. King dreamt. He dreamt of a nation where his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Half a century later, we stand as inheritors of a long-fought battle for justice at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The nation since then made many significant leaps towards equality. Our society has become much more open and equal. We are no longer subjected to the legal By Aditya segregation that divided us in the past, Garg and all people, regardless of race, have the Staff Writer same rights and benefits. In fact, we have become a beacon of equality for the world. President Barack Obama said of the implications of the march, “The entire world drew strength from that example, whether it be young people who watched from the other side of an Iron Curtain and would eventually tear down that wall, or the young people inside South Africa who would eventually end the scourge of apartheid.” And yet, the dream remains deferred. “We still have much work to be done for Dr. King’s dreams to be met,” said Andrew Meshnick, Georgetown University freshman and gathering attendee, in a phone interview. “On that day in 1963, Dr. King spoke not just of social equality, but also of economic opportunity and equality — something that still eludes us.” Though we may have eliminated legal barriers to vote and segregation in schools and throughout our society, we have not been able to remedy the economic inequality between races. Black unemployment remains almost twice as high as white unemployment, the wealth gap remains stubbornly high and upward mobility has only become harder. “Schools still to a large degree remain segregated,” explained Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales. “Schools in predominantly black communities continue to be less funded and often have inadequate resources. Also, many blacks continue to have inadequate access to quality health care, making it harder for them to recover from accidents at work.” She went on to explain that “blacks and, in general, many other minorities are trapped in a cycle of generational inequality and immobility.”
Students Noelle Lane, Jodie Geddes, and Chris Roe participated in the March on Washington in Greensboro on Aug. 28.
September 6, 2013
Football team labors in summer sun, determined to pull underdog victory By Malikah French Staff Writer
Senior defensive back Alex Smith tackles an opponent in the first scrimmage of the year.
For most college students, summertime means no homework, lazy days by the pool and hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. This year, Guilford’s football team gave a brand new meaning to the word “summer.” “We’re on a mission this year to be better than the best,” said senior safety Alex Smith. The team trained diligently to start its newfound mission successfully. “I did a lot of my speed and agility training at Proehlific Park,” said sophomore quarterback Matt Pawlowski. “I would also come to the school and throw with the other guys on campus.” Their summer grind has paid off — the team jump-started preseason focused and determined. “We all looked strong and in shape,” said Pawlowski. “The team’s confidence
is high, and we all have big expectations for the season.” “When you watch us practice and play, you can tell that we are in shape,” said senior captain Faris El-Ali. “Everyone on the team put in a tremendous amount of work this summer.” The battle to be the best team on the field became a motivation for the players individually and as a team. “A few players stayed on campus because of Cadre,” said Smith. “The main reason was to be around each other and grow stronger as a unit.”
Seniors defensive back Tony Marsh and linebacker Ira Warwick take down an opposing player during the scrimmage.
The proud Quakers are sporting much more than skills this season. The sense of unity between the players radiates on and off the field. “I think I speak for everyone on the squad when I say we are a family,” said Smith. “We grind together, we eat together and we go to war together.” Whether it is in the classroom, in the weight room, or on the field, the upperclassmen are setting solid examples for the incoming firstyears. “The biggest difference is that we now have more upperclassmen on the team than in years past,” said El-Ali. “Freshmen have older guys to look up to who know how to succeed on and off the field.” Their camaraderie has gained attention among each other, fans and the coaching staff. “We stress that the ability to come together and inspire each other will help in many ways on and off the field,” Head Football Coach Chris Rusiewicz said. “The more they do of that, the more success they will see.” The football team is ranked fifth in the preseason polls. With only eight teams in the conference, this places them in the lower half. “We battled hard in conference last year, and they still put us at the bottom,” said Smith. “It just makes it that much sweeter when we win.” These hungry Quakers are determined to taste victory, despite doubts based off their previous records. “Our preseason ranking just goes to show that we are still underdogs in our conference,” said El-Ali. “Everyone will be surprised.” The 2013 summer grind quickly progressed into a season-long team mission. The Quakers are fighting to win their conference and surprise everyone that doubted them.
Architect or archetype: Urban Meyer’s coaching ‘strategies’ By Robert Pacheco Staff Writer
was equally appalling as Meyer’s. The article detailed illegalities that were swept under the rug, such as PCP use and tardiness issues after Hernandez was drafted in 2010. Belichick not only inherited the talent of Hernandez, but the morally deficient product that Meyer created. “Certainly there is enough evidence to say that the coaches focused on winning over Hernandez’s well-being,” said Bob Malekoff, chair and assistant professor of sports studies. “The culture of big time sports puts athletes on a pedestal and gives them an heir of invincibility. “Until we say that we truly believe in the student more than the athlete, and make that commitment, winning will trump all.” Belichick is still the coach of the Patriots. Last year, Meyers led a sanctioned team to an undefeated record. “The truth, in the end,” said sophomore Scott Lewis, “is that as long as we beat Michigan and make a bowl game each year, Ohio State fans will be happy with anything Coach Meyer does.”
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Between 2005 and 2010, 31 athletes in Urban Meyer’s football program at the University of Florida ran into trouble with the law. Aaron Hernandez became the emblematic member of this group this summer when he was indicted for the murder of his acquaintance Odin Lloyd. After the murder indictment, the Columbus Dispatch asked Meyer, who is currently the head football coach at Ohio State University, about being labeled as an enabler. “When I hear that, the first thing I know is it’s not true,” said Meyer. “And second, I don’t spend much time thinking about it.” Meanwhile, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, a formal pupil of Meyer, was caught on camera shouting racial epithets at a Kenny Chesney concert this summer. This pattern of behavior has led many to ask whether the legacy of the University of Florida football program under Meyer is the result of an institutional failure.
It seems like winning at all costs trumps personal accountability. “There is a huge difference between Division I and Division III athletics,” said senior women’s lacrosse player E’leyna Garcia. “It is only about winning in Division I.” The pressure to win at all costs is not only felt at the collegiate level. “We try and recruit the right people who understand our commitment to the Guilford community,” said Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Sarah Lamphier. “Still, there are individuals who will never buy in.” Stories of this mentality affecting sports are becoming increasingly common. “My college coaches have definitely been more receptive and offered more help than in high school,” said senior and football defensive lineman Chris Ward. “Coaches and players routinely talk about being leaders on and off campus and representing our fellow students.” According to Rolling Stone, the failure of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s organization
Urban Meyer has been criticized as careless with his players’ well-being.
Ruehling’s summer solidifies love for ocean, volleyball By Traynham Larson Staff Writer
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How was your summer? This question has been the focus of quick conversations as students return for the start of the fall semester. For sophomore Kelsey Ruehling, that question cannot be asked enough. Ruehling completed a five-week marine biology summer course at the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean. The program was comprised of two two-week sessions that consisted of basic aquatic first aid and scuba-diving. Already an accomplished scuba-diver, Ruehling was able to hone her skills in the Caribbean. “I’m open-water certified in California, so I got a taste of those waters,” said Ruehling. “And then I went down to Bonaire and got my advanced and rescue certification.” As a southern California native, she has always been in love with the ocean. After high school graduation, she aspired to study marine biology and oceanography, but instead committed to Guilford. Why not transfer to a school located closer to the ocean? Ruehling admits to second-guessing her decision to attend Guilford, although those thoughts were short-lived. The financial benefits, Guilford’s Quaker traditions and the opportunity to play volleyball influenced her final decision. “I made the choice to come to Guilford for other reasons,” said Ruehling. “But I always kept marine biology in the back of my mind, and this summer just solidified it for me. “This experience has made me even more conscious of the opportunities at my disposal.” The summer opportunities offered, either through Guilford or an affiliated program, allow for students to study away from Guilford without having to dedicate an entire semester to their program. This is especially valuable for students and student athletes whose passions cannot be sustained by the landlocked nature of Guilford’s campus. “Given our location, along with the fact that we have decided to focus on local biology, we still have students who we can prepare for marine biology careers,” said Dana Professor of Biology Lynn Moseley. “Fortunately, we are connected to a number of affiliated institutions that offer programs such as the one Kelsey did. For folks like Kelsey, who are student athletes, it is often the
Sophomore volleyball player Kelsey Reuhling spent her summer in the Caribbean where she realized her dream of learning about marine biology and oceanography. She also had the opportunity to be up close and personal with marine life while scuba diving. summer programs that work the best.” In addition to summer courses, Guilford’s J-Term program offers up to three weeks of experiential learning courses, both off-campus and at Guilford. Head volleyball coach Emily Gann praised its implementation. “I was very excited when Guilford decided to add the January term,” said Gann in an email interview. “I believe many students may be leery of studying abroad for an entire semester, especially student athletes that don’t want to miss time with their teams.” Ruehling, the reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Rookie of the Year, plans on starting her own tradition. “I chose to do this program because of its opportunities,” said Ruehling. “It’s hands-on experience, and that just means I need to do the same thing every summer.”
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Are tests enough? Biogenesis raises questions on current PED-use policies By Christianna Van Dalsen Staff Writer “It’s no secret what’s going on in baseball,” said former major league baseball player Ken Caminiti. “At least half the players are using steroids.” That did not stop MLB community’s unanimous gasp in January. Suddenly, everyone associated baseball with its
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performance-enhancing drug scandal: Biogenesis. Former employee Porter Fisher leaked Biogenesis’s documents to the Miami New Times. The Times chronicled the clinic’s distribution of human growth hormone, testosterone and steroids, all of which MLB illegalized— yet many of the documented customers were MLB athletes. Of the 13 athletes recorded, New
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York Yankee third-baseman Alex Rodriguez appeared 16 times since 2009. Rodriguez was recorded buying HGH creams and other PEDs banned in MLB. He admitted using PEDs from 2001 through 2003, a convenient window when usage was not penalized. After the Biogenesis allegations, Rodriguez received a 211 game suspension, the longest PED ban in baseball history. Rodriguez quickly appealed the decision. “Previously, players knew other players were juicing, but didn’t say anything,” said Head Baseball Coach Nick Black. “Now with Biogenesis, the player’s union is starting to speak out … For the future of the MLB, the penalties will become more severe.” MLB plans to implement stricter PED tests. Coupled with the bi-yearly tests, they hope these additional measures will discourage and catch athletes’ PED use. But will it be enough? “When you get a flu shot, the
flu shot only takes care of strands the researchers have identified,” said Instructor of Sports Studies Craig Eilbacher. “PED testing is constantly behind the athletes.” Indeed, sports medicine’s rapid development keeps a foolproof drug test unattainable. A lack of knowledge of new PEDs not only inhibits MLB regulations but imperils athletes’ health. “If there isn’t an effective testing program, athletes won’t know about dangerous drugs,” Elite Performance chiropractor Jeremy Phillips told The Guilfordian. “Some take them because they’re uneducated about the long-term side effects.” Side effects include liver cancer, internal bleeding, and kidney tumors. “Back in the early 1990s, a number of young professional cyclists died,” said Daniel M. Rosen, author of “Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement,” in an email interview. “At the time, EPO was just coming onto the market as a PED.
“Riders used it so much that their blood became too thick … Their hearts just gave out.” Some healthy, legal alternatives to PEDs include muscle electrostimulation and creatine. They do not have immediate effects like PEDs, but with proper use they get results without health problems or suspensions. “A perfectly safe drug doesn’t exist,” Penn State University Professor of Sport Science Charles Yesalis told The Guilfordian. “Plus, it detracts from sport if you have to bring chemicals to enjoy the sport and feel fulfilled.” Baseball players are responsible for their own decisions. However, proper education on PEDs is important to keeping athletes from doping. “Any athlete’s dream is to become a great professional player,” said former baseball player David Cook ’13 in an email interview. “It takes a high level of discipline to avoid shortcuts, but if one does, it makes the accomplishment exponentially more meaningful.”