Volume 99, Issue 14
| February 15, 2013
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BY KATY ANDREWS Staff Writer Walking into the main gallery of Hege Library, one is hit with a beautiful array of photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramic pots and plates. Who created these masterpieces? None other than Guilford’s own art faculty, including Adele Wayman, Roy Nydorf, Mark Dixon, Charlie Tefft, Maia Dery, Kaitlyn Barlow, Nicki Deyton, Phil Haralam and Juie Rattley III. The Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition shows the passion of our art faculty, put on display for anyone to view. The art department creates a sense of community by displaying their artwork, making this event a favorite for students and faculty alike. Guilford does not lack in community viewings of art, complete
(Left to right) Art in the exhibit includes Encroaching by Roy Nydorf, Premeditation by Juie Rattley III, Jack in the Pulpit, Sunny Woods by Adele Wayman, and Layer-C: Part of the Layers Series by Kaitlyn Barlow. Maia Dery, center, also submitted photos.
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A Guilfordian performance review of Kent Chabotar: Part I BY VICTOR LOPEZ Senior Writer On June 30, 2014, President Kent Chabotar’s current contract comes to an end. Whether Chabotar and the Board of Trustees decide to continue his tenure as president beyond that date is unknown. However, it is likely that Chabotar’s presidency, which began in 2002, has more years behind it than ahead. In any case, Walter Blass, a 37-year
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member of the Board of Trustees, said that there is shelf life for any president, averaging about four years at a public university and seven years at a private college. The Guilfordian is assessing the last 10 years of Chabotar’s tenure as president. Chabotar was chosen by the Board of Trustees during an exhaustive process to save Guilford College from a downward financial spiral. Vic Cochran, former trustee, said that the board was looking for someone who knew
how to save a college in financial trouble. “Thinking back to the time when the Board found Kent, we were not looking for someone to build a brand for the College,” said Cochran. “We were trying to find someone who would turn the college around. Kent had done wonders over at Bowdoin.” Chabotar served as Bowdoin College’s chief financial officer for 11 years prior to coming to Guilford. Working with a faculty-led budget committee similar to Guilford’s, Kent had
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fixed a budget suffering from excessive endowment spending. “I have heard people complain about this or that, but when I ask them if Kent did his job — the job we brought him to the college to do — they say yes,” said Cochran. “Look at how many schools went out of business in the past 10 years.” According to excerpts from a confidential Harvard case study obtained by The See CHABOTAR | Page 2
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A decade in the making: a presidential assessment Continued from Page 1 Guilfordian, Guilford was heading into certain financial ruin around the time Chabotar arrived. In fact, Chabotar turned down the presidency the first time it was offered to him because he feared that the College was too far gone. The College was spending 13.5 percent of its endowment when most other colleges spend only 5 percent. Additionally, the revised budget had an operating deficit of $3.4 million. Despite seven attempts in 10 years, Guilford still lacked a formal strategic plan. Furthermore, the College’s total debt had jumped from $11.7 million in fiscal year 1995–96 to $29.3 million in fiscal year 2001–02, according to the report. The report also said that Guilford’s academic program lacked focus. “Academic offerings had grown to include so many different majors and concentrations that, technically, each program averaged less than one faculty member after dividing the number of programs by full-time equivalent faculty,” said the report. Campus buildings and grounds were also noticeably suffering. “Everywhere we went, we saw peeling paint, chipped concrete and cracked windows,” said Chabotar. “There was even ‘crime scene tape’ in front of the library to warn pedestrians to stay away because of the danger of falling debris from building columns and the roof.” Cochran told The Guilfordian that buildings and grounds have changed for the better with Chabotar at the helm. During the last decade, Chabotar let data guide the College because he believes that “some folks do not let the facts get in the way of their biases.” This has caused some like Professor of Mathematics Elwood Parker to question his management style.
“His reliance on reports and raw numbers is what most disturbs me,” said Parker. “There are often compelling reasons why an underrepresented department does not seem to do well in, let’s say, the recent prioritization, and under Kent’s presidency those concerns go unnoted.” Cochran observed that Chabotar’s management style is
“I thought I’d be here five years. I thought that’s how long it would take to right the ship. I fell in love with the South, the culture, the people and five years became 11.” Kent Chabotar, president very hands-on, which differs from that of most administrators in his position. “Kent likes to go out with the gardeners and pull the weeds sometimes,” said Cochran. “Sometimes that makes people a little uncomfortable.” Adrienne Israel, vice president and academic dean, said that Chabotar has developed and adapted to Guilford over time, especially in adjusting to the Quaker process and consensus. “It was overwhelming for Kent to go into meetings with his ideas 10 years ago,” said Israel. “Kent misunderstood passionate conversations about a given topic to be the end of a successful idea, and he was mistaken. Kent, in turn, has taught
me how to be a better leader by his example.” Chabotar told The Guilfordian that besides balancing the budget and fixing the campus, Guilford needed a long-range strategic plan to ensure its survival. “The college went from monumental deficits to turning profits,” said Blass. “Buildings and grounds were restored and beautified over the past decade. Enrollment and the number of students of color have become more robust.” The strategic plan measures Guilford’s progress with datadriven indicators. Among them are criteria such as total funds raised, percentage of people of color among the faculty and students, student-to-faculty ratios and graduation rates. Chabotar knew turning the College around would take time, but he underestimated just how long he would stay. “I thought I’d be here five years,” said Chabotar. “I thought that’s how long it would take to right the ship. The ship got righted. I fell in love with the South, the culture, the people, and five years became 11. “I also felt a responsibility to the College not to leave until we were in a good place. A college president should have a good reason to stay for less than five and more than 10 years. You better have some things you want to accomplish and not just be treading water. “Right now, that includes finishing a capital campaign, implementing our second strategic plan and working with faculty and others on principled problem solving, experiential education, study abroad and other initiatives important for students, such as the January Term. After I leave the presidency, I plan to stay at Guilford as a professor of political science.” Next week, The Guilfordian will assess how Guilford’s finances, fund-raising, diversity, facilities, academics and strategy compare to other private colleges during Chabotar’s presidency. Stay tuned.
Greensboro task force for safer clubs BY JAMIE LUCKHAUS Staff Writer
Learned about and discussed the upcoming Experiential Learning Requirement with Curriculum Committee reps. Had an informational forum about the Guilford Farm.
Discerning appropriate implementation of student scholarships. Brainstorming action steps to make Founders Hall more student friendly.
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On Friday, Feb. 2, around 2:30 a.m., two men were shot and injured at Greensboro’s Club Inferno, at 212 S. Elm St., according to the News and Record. The 22- and 23-year-old gunshot victims were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police gave no motive for the shooting and believe neither victim was the intended target. Shooter Micaiss Oshea Goddard, 22, was arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm within the city limits, according to the News and Record. He is now in jail with a $75,000 bond. In response to this incident, District 3 City Councilman Zack Matheny is leading a three-man task force to come up with new proposals for ways to make downtown Greensboro safer. These proposals will include new safety regulations for all businesses that serve alcohol late at night. “Business owners, mostly downtown, met with me a few years ago and laid out some ideas on safety and their needs,” Matheny told The Guilfordian. “In addition, repeatedly, I receive feedback from citizens about public safety, again, mostly regarding downtown and their fears. The task force was created recently to make a more formal meeting
in determining future steps.” A meeting will be held at the end of February to discuss their proposal. One of the task force’s ideas is to implement a three-strikes rule for Greensboro businesses. “There would be a list of major Class I offenses,” Matheny told the News and Record. “The category would include shootings, stabbings and serious assaults. They’d have three strikes before it goes into effect.” After three strikes, the business would be closed. Since many Guilford students spend their weekends downtown, these new regulations could have a direct affect on student safety. “Businesses have a responsibility to make every effort to have a safe place for their patrons, and if they are not doing that, then should be held responsible,” said Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe. Senior Brittany Moore agrees that business owners should be held accountable. “If you have a business ... and you know there is going to be alcohol involved, I feel like you should go the extra mile to provide security,” said Moore.
The debate over stricter safety regulations is far from new. Last Friday’s incident merely added to the push for new rules. However, this also brings up the concern that the new regulations will be too invasive. “I’ve been to clubs in other cities and been searched, which makes me feel violated,” said junior Jodie Geddes. “Figuring out the balance between privacy right and community security is the key,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow. “How much privacy are you willing to give up to make sure you are safe?” According to the News and Record, Greensboro business owners have criticized the proposal, claiming it is “confusing, overly broad and unnecessary.” Matheny believes the proposed regulations will be mutually beneficial in the end. “If citizens feel safer because they feel business owners and our police department are working together, then they will patronize more business thus the businesses increase profits,” Matheny told The Guilfordian. “Everybody wins.”
City Councilman Zack Matheny encourages students and community members to share their ideas about club safety. Go to www.greensboro-nc.gov or call the city phone at (336) 373-2396.
February 15, 2013
Bryan Series speaker Canada brings controversy, discussion
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BY ALLISON DEBUSK Staff Writer
Geoffrey Canada spoke about Harlem Children’s Zone, a controversial charter school program he created for the poor.
The Guilford community is not one to shy away from controversy. Nay, it seems to welcome it. When Geoffrey Canada came to campus as part of the Bryan Series on Feb. 10, students did not hesitate to voice their opinions. Before Canada’s appearance, Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing Ty Buckner predicted that this could be the best program of the season. “He’s got this deep, deep dedication to children,” said Buckner. Canada founded the Harlem Children’s Zone, a charter school that guides children from preschool through college. Since its foundation in 1997, the program has grown to currently serve more than 8,000 children and 6,000 adults in Central Harlem. “I am just amazed at what has happened in my career because all I ever wanted to do was to save kids who were growing up in the same conditions that I grew up in,” said Canada in his speech. “I never thought it would be the movie (‘Waiting for Superman’) or that the President would decide to replicate our program across the country.” Canada hopes that his program will equalize opportunities for children living in poverty. “My plan is simple,” said Canada. “You get kids from birth, and you teach parents about child and brain development from birth. My poor parents don’t know anything about brain development. And as soon as we can count, we see that poor kids are behind middle-class kids.” Students who organized a teach-in on Feb. 8 in response to Canada’s visit disagree with his methods. “Public schooling was meant to be the great equalizer,” said sophomore Alexandra Haridopolos, one of the organizers of the teach-in, who believes that charter schools are not the solution for the problems in education. Canada also believes that violence is a major issue
for young people, but that the current solutions will not suffice. “America is not number one in English,” said Canada. “We’re not number one in math. We’re not number one in science. We are number one in incarcerating young people. … You can get tough on crime, but if you don’t change the opportunities these young people have, that’s not going to produce any results.” Canada believes that providing students with a better education prevents crime. Both Canada and the students who organized the teachin agree on the importance of teacher accountability but disagree on assessment standards for students. “(Alexandra and I) went to a high school that focused on performance-based testing,” said sophomore Sara Minsky, another organizer of the teach-in. “There needs to be less focus on the testing, but teachers need to be trained in how you engage students in a way that allows them to be creative and critical.” There are other aspects of Canada’s work that have come under scrutiny. “One of the things he has done is he, as I understand it, runs (HCZ) like a business,” said Buckner. “He has a lot of business support. He spends a fair amount of time out there raising money. I hope that what we’re trying to achieve is a better education for all children.” “I was already aware of Geoffrey Canada’s corporatization of public education,” said junior Lyes Benarbane. “Geoffrey Canada is one in a really long line of deplorable speakers the Bryan Series brings to bring in cash with what I’ll call ‘pop intellectualism.’” With discussion sparked on campus, sophomore Darius Mangum summed up the purpose of the Bryan Series. “I like Geoffrey Canada a lot anyway,” said Mangum. “There are some things I agree with him on and some things I don’t agree with. It’s interesting to hear his perspective.”
P-Safe officer of the year CCE SGA presidential impeachment BY AUDREY ROTH Staff Writer “I’m trying to get to know the students,” said Public Safety officer David Gauldin. “I mean, on not just a professional level, but also a personal level. Asking them how their classes are, are you okay … You can’t cross the line between professional and personal, and I try to keep the balance between the both.” Guilford recognized Gauldin’s hard work and dedication to the student body this past December when he won the 2012 Public Safety Officer of the Year Award. Public Safety Officers have been honored with this award since 2004. “The purpose of this award is to recognize an officer for their performance and service to the Guilford Community,” said Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe in an email interview. From speaking with students and staff or just interacting with him on the job, it is easy to understand why the honor was given to Gauldin. “He is well liked among his co-workers, as well as others in the community and seems to have developed a very good rapport with the students, which is very important to what we do in Public Safety,” said Stowe. “He demonstrates a great attitude towards the students he deals with and has a real interest in them as people and their educational experience here at Guilford.” Gauldin has only been working at
Guilford for two and a half years, but in that short amount of time, he has already left an impression on the community. “David consistently inspires me,” said junior Lyes Benarbane. “The fact that there are Public Safety Officers who are safe, who you can speak to about events on campus, and even just chat with and not feel intimidated by. Honestly, David is a great, powerful and interesting person who I can only say good things about.” Gauldin’s attitude and genuine concern for students’ well-being can partially be attributed to the fact that he is a father himself. “I take (the award) seriously, and it comes from the students mostly,” said Gauldin. “The reason that I am the way that I am is because I know that my little girl hopefully will go to college, and you know, that someone will treat her with the same respect as I treat the students here.” “David is a real stand-up guy,” shared former Guilford student, James Farquar in a phone interview. “At my new school none of the public safety officers can even compare.” Before Guilford, Gauldin worked in security for at least 20 years, 10 of which were spent in the military. He now maintains a schedule including working the third shift at Guilford Monday through Friday; being a father, and recently receiving his degree in criminal justice. “My mom always told me if you like coming to work, that’s when you really know that you really like what you do,” said Gauldin. “I like what I do, I really do.”
BY LAURA HAY Staff Writer Impeachment in a Guilford organization is difficult to believe, but it can happen. Guilford’s Student Government Association in the Center for Continuing Education recently impeached their president Yvette Bailey from office and replaced her with then-Vice President Victor Lopez. Bailey was removed from office via a historical nine to two vote of the SGA board. Never in the history of the SGA has an officer been forced out of office. “While the CCE SGA board is grateful for Yvette’s service and dedication to the CCE SGA, leadership problems led to miscommunication and some conflict among board members,” said Lopez. “Yvette’s leadership did not resonate with the community she was elected to lead, and it was best for the organization that she was removed.” Associate Vice President and CCE Dean Rita Serotkin echoed this sentiment. “Some groups prefer a more consensusbased style of leadership, with all participating on an equal basis … and others prefer a strong, charismatic leader who makes decisions and then directs the members accordingly,” said Serotkin. “As a result, (the board) wanted to be a part of a more cooperative team than this year’s presidential leadership style allowed for.” SGA board members also commented on
the challenges the group faced in the past. “I think the change was difficult for the board and officers … but it was necessary,” said Career Counselor and SGA Faculty Advisor Vivian Lutian. Yvette Bailey was interviewed in regards to the impeachment via email. “I had a campaign slogan which said, ‘Are You Thirsty for Change?’” said Bailey. “This meant I was planning on doing things differently than in the past … Unfortunately, there were differences between myself and other CCE SGA members that could not be resolved, resulting in the end of my tenure as president.” All those interviewed declined to share further details of the reasons for impeachment. The SGA will be filling the vacant Vice President and Secretary positions, and plans to work on smoothing out lingering internal issues. “We will take a strong look at our constitution and make sure that loopholes are filled,” said Lopez. “Making sure that these student events are accomplished has been my top priority and the priority of the board.” Despite a difficult start to the semester, Lopez said that he and the rest of the board are excited for new opportunities to serve the community. “I feel a kind of positive energy surrounding this change,” said Lopez. “We are encouraging anyone who wants to be involved to come by Hendricks. Their voices are important.”
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calendar of events Presidents Day Fabulous Film Friday: “Black is ... Black Ain’t” @ King 128E 6–8 p.m.
Men’s rugby match vs. Wingate @ Haworth Field 1 p.m.
College Mtg for Worship w/ Christina Repoley ‘02 @ Moon Room, 1 p.m.
What the Hell?! Con @ Duke Hall and Dana Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
Chris Killian performing @ The Comedy Zone 8 & 10 p.m.
“Romeo and Juliet” @ Taylor Theatre, UNCG 2 p.m.
Baseball game vs. Me.-Presque Isle @ McBane Field, 2:30 p.m. $1 Taco Tuesday @ El Azteca 11 a.m.– 10 p.m.
Robin McFarland: The Education & Persecution of Baha’i Youth in Iran @ Founders West Gallery 8:30–10 p.m.
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CAB Specialty Events: Magician @ Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Pickup volleyball @ Alumni Gym, 7–10 p.m. 325th anniversary of the first formal Quaker protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa.
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Gung-ho for guns: gun control and gun violence in North Carolina Aurora. Oak Creek. Newtown. Glocks and AR-15’s. 9mm’s and .223’s. These places and phrases were splattered over the news media throughout this past year. The rash of mass shootings in 2012 left over 140 people killed or wounded and led to a reappraisal of gun laws and legislation across the nation. In North Carolina, however, the conversation on gun BY ANTHONY control is taking a hardHARRISON line stance against Staff Writer progressive legislation. North Carolina already has
comparatively loose regulation of firearms. Citizens are required to possess a permit in order to purchase a handgun, but not a rifle or shotgun. Furthermore, no license or registration is required to own a firearm; background checks are not required to purchase rifles or shotguns; weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act, including automatic weapons, can be owned by civilians at the discretion of law enforcement; citizens are allowed to carry most firearms openly in public; and there are no restrictions on civilian ownership of military-style weapons. In 2009, there were 1,083 firearm-related deaths in North Carolina, accounting for 60 percent of violent deaths in the state. Sixty-one percent of them were suicides.
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February 15, 2013
WORLD & NATION
NABLUS, WEST BANK, PALESTINE Women in the West Bank have been receiving sperm in mysterious ways from their incarcerated husbands serving time for terrorism convictions. The illegally smuggled sperm can stay viable for up to 48 hours in any container if kept at room temperature, and is being used by the wives for self-impregnation. The women claim that, because marriage is for life, they still deserve the right to bear children despite their husbands’ legal statuses.
WASHINGTON DC, USA President Obama delivered the first State of the Union of his second term on Feb. 12, citing current issues facing U.S. citizens. Notably, Obama recommended raising the minimum wage to nine dollars per hour, reiterated the importance of combating climate change, and promoted equal rights, protection for women and gays as well as gun control reform.
AUSTRALIA On the fifth anniversary of a national apology to indigenous peoples for their brutal eviction from their native lands, the Australian government unanimously passed a bill acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first inhabitants of the region.
JORDAN Fifteen-year-old girls across the globe were tested for their aptitude in the sciences. Out of 65 countries, Jordan scored amongst the highest, while the U.S. scored lowest in the world. Boys in the U.S. are now more highly ranked in science than girls, whereas, in the rest of the world, girls outscore boys at record numbers.
Contaminated meat versus local food sources: Europe, US question quality BY CHLOE LINDEMAN Staff Writer What do Ireland, England, France and Romania all have in common? Horsemeat. The discovery of horsemeat sold as beef is the center of a growing food scandal in Europe. Britain and France removed several food products from their shelves after DNA testing indicated the presence of up to 100 percent horsemeat in certain foods. Initially thought to come from Ireland, the meat may actually be a product of Romania, where new laws keeping horses off the roads make horsemeat unusually inexpensive. According to the BBC, the issue began in mid-January when Irish food inspectors discovered horsemeat in certain packaged meats advertised as beef after they tested several burger products. Additional testing revealed that some products labeled “halal” contained pig DNA. The halal designation indicates that foods are pork-free for Muslims, who typically do not eat pork products because the Quran forbids it. Findus, one of the brands in question, sold mixed-meat contaminated lasagna and burgers in U.K. supermarkets like Lidl and Tesco. Although horsemeat itself does not present any health risks, the discoveries appalled many U.K. residents and spurred changes in food-testing requirements. Findus U.K. recognized that the issue is “a very sensitive subject for consumers” and stated that the company “reacted immediately” to resolve it.
In the U.S., these recent discoveries highlight the question of transparency in the food industry, but this is not the first time that the issue has surfaced. Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel “The Jungle” exposed some of the unsanitary practices within the U.S. meatpacking industry, resulting in massive reform of food safety legislation. Locally, food quality and production ethics are primary concerns. “The one thing that I always push for is ... more visibility in what’s going on (in food production),” said Korey Erb, manager of the Guilford Farm. “If there’s no transparency, then who’s going to hold anybody accountable?” Guilford’s critical view of large-scale food production and the impact of long distances food sometimes travels was a major factor in the decision to switch campus food providers five years ago. Students, faculty and staff members petitioned for a new service with organic and healthy options. Meriwether Godsey, Guilford’s current food service, is a Virginia-based company that uses local and sustainable food sources whenever possible. Chris Blain, the company’s retail and sustainability manager, and executive chef Eric Pearce think the legislation governing food protocol in the U.S. is fairly stringent. “We are one of the strongest countries in the world when it comes to regulations for our food,” said Pearce. At the same time however, Blain said, “The way we raise and consume meat in this country could stand some scrutiny.”
As for the current safety of food in the U.S., there are mixed feelings. Associate Professor of Biology Melanie Lee-Brown said that the kind of problems recently revealed in the U.K. occur “more often than documented by the media” in an email interview. But Pearce, who holds a double degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in nutrition and food service management, is not too concerned. “You would hear about it,” he said. “It would be in the news.” Buying local is one way to ensure the integrity of food. “We’re very aware of what we’re purchasing,” said Blain. “We go with those small-scale producers because we can go out and actually shake the hands of the people that are raising the food.” One thing that Erb, Pearce and Blain share is a positive outlook on the future of food production and the ability of consumers to make a difference. “We’re in the business of giving our customers what they want and there’s definitely consumer interest in safe, healthy and — as much as possible — local food,” said Pearce. “I think having local food networks is getting more common as certain people are getting fed up with the modern agricultural paradigm,” Erb said. “We need to move beyond awareness to more of an understanding.” But Erb say he is optimistic. “I think we’re going in the right direction with most things.”
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Sexual assault rates rise in US prisons and military according to 2012 statistical analysis 22.8 PERCENT REPORTED BEING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OR RAPE WHILE IN A WAR ZONE. BY HANNAH WALLER Staff Writer Sexual violence against women in U.S. jails, prisons and the military has increased according to 2012 statistical reports. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 requires an annual “comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape,” conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. These reviews include the Survey of Sexual Violence. A recent release of the SSV reveals that the national estimate of allegations of sexual victimization rose from 6,241 in 2005 to 7,444 in 2008. In 2012, Tutwiler Prison in Alabama was exposed by the Equal Justice Initiative as one of the most severe cases of sexual violence against women amongst U.S. correctional facilities. According to the EJI, Tutwiler Prison was guilty of under reporting data concerning sexual violence within the facility. Some attribute the high rates of sexual violence against incarcerated women to the gender dynamics in correctional facilities. “Having male guards sends a message that female prisoners have no right to defend their bodies,” former political prisoner Laura Whitehorn told Truthout. “Putting
women under men in authority makes the power imbalance as stark as it can be and results in long-lasting repercussions post-release.” In many correctional facilities, sexual misconduct may be not be reported due to fear or bribery by correctional officers. Inmates are often coerced into sexual activity with promises of extra privileges or threats of punishment, such as solitary confinement. If an inmate tries to report sexual misconduct, she may be discouraged from doing so or even threatened. Under-reporting is also an issue in cases of sexual violence within the U.S. military. Of the sexual assaults in the U.S. military that are reported, less than 6 percent resulted in conviction. In an anonymous survey of women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22.8 percent reported being victims of sexual assault or rape while in a war zone. The Pentagon’s annual report on sexual harassment released in December showed a 23 percent increase in sexual assaults reported by students at its military academies, making 2012 the third consecutive year of increase. Nancy Parrish, president of Protect Our Defenders, identified the flaws in the military justice system. “Every aspect is dysfunctional: from prevention and victim care, to reporting, investigation, prosecution and adjudication,” Parrish told The Guilfordian. “The system is encumbered with command bias and conflict of interest, inexperienced and under-trained staff, (and) arbitrary and inconsistent application of the law.” Forty percent of women who reported being victims of sexual assault claimed that their perpetrator held a higher rank in the military chain of command.
“The system elevates an individual commander’s authority and discretion over the rule of law,” Parrish continued. “Commanders can and do arbitrarily decide to not proceed with prosecutions, or (they) set convictions or sentences aside.” 2013 is already emphasizing the fight against institutional sexual violence. Legislative action is being taken to protect women from assault. The Violence Against Women Act, being voted on by the House of Representatives within the week, contains provisions that could help to protect incarcerated women from being sexually assaulted. “This is an issue I, as Secretary of Defense, am committed to making sure we confront,” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to NBC. His plan recommended placing more women into command positions in the military, improving investigations and educating soldiers about the issue of sexual assault. Panetta is also against moving military sexual assault cases to civilian courts. Congresswoman Jackie Speier plans to reintroduce the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act in the coming year. The STOP Act would “take the reporting, oversight, investigation and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly-created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.” Sexual assault within these U.S. institutions has become more prevalent, but with effective legislation and attention, does not need to remain a threat to women within government-run prisons or the military.
Egypt in state of emergency Somali rape culture reveals crisis BY LAURA HAY Staff Writer
Egypt’s citizens continue to protest the country’s policies, leading the government to declare a national state of emergency in late January. Violence from protests has claimed the lives of more than 60 people in the region. “Continuing political strife could cause the collapse of the state and threatens the country’s future generations,” Egypt Military General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi told the BBC. Three cities exhibiting the most unrest — Port Said, Suez and Ismailiyah — were each assigned a curfew in an effort to curb the chaos. Still, many residents defied the nighttime curfew and continued to protest throughout the evening hours. According to Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Amal Khoury, this violence is not a new, isolated incident but can be traced back to the Arab Spring of 2011 when then President Hosni Mubarack’s government was toppled by Egyptian citizens. In 2012, Mohammed Morsi was elected to replace Mubarak. Egyptians have since expressed dissatisfaction with Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood – based government, and his policy, the BBC reported. “After forcing Mubarak from office, the Egyptians were hoping for change and democracy,” said Max Carter, director of the Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator. “They feel they haven’t gotten that from Morsi and simply replaced one
dictator with another.” Senior Sara Hussein, a student of Egyptian descent, said that during Morsi’s term to date, he “managed to make it clear that he is only interested in consolidating power in the hands of (the) Islamic Brotherhood and not interested in solving people’s problems.” Amir Abedrabo, a former Guilford student now living in Palestine agreed. “Morsi has done nothing to improve the (life of the) average citizen; on the contrary, poverty, illiteracy and crime rates have all gone up, along with unemployment,” said Abedrabo in an email interview. The citizens and Egyptian government cannot seem to come to consensus on the next course of action, making the prospect of peace a distant one, the BBC reported. Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the opposition’s National Salvation Front, insists that Morsi make concessions before agreeing to talks. ElBaradei aims to “take urgent steps to stop the violence and start a serious dialogue,” Al-Jazeera reported. Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Jeremy Rinker hopes for an end to the fighting but sees obstacles in its path. “There is no easy answer,” said Rinker. “There are so many underlying issues fueling this uprising that finding a solution is very difficult. Egypt could employ a third party to help sort out the issues.” It is likely that violence and protests will continue in the region until the Egyptian government compromises with its people.
SHABAB REBELS LEAD SEXUAL ATTACKS ON WOMEN BY SHELBY SMITH Staff Writer Famine. Piracy. Drought. Chaos. Death. These are a few words that are associated with Somalia. Now, rape is an identifier that can be added to that list. Since the collapse of the Somali central government in the early 1990s, most communities are left to their own devices, relying on old customs and laws without the support of the central government. This leaves them vulnerable to attack by rebel warlords. One prominent rebel group is the Shabab, who are committing many of the rapes. The number of rape victims is growing. Women’s rights activist Mama Hawo Haji has seen the rising amount of victims in the hospital where she works in Somali’s capital of Mogadishu. “In the last two days alone, we have taken 32 rape cases to the hospital,” Haji said to IRIN News. Political chaos and famine appear to be major contributing factors to these attacks. Aid and financial support are also limited for humanitarian organizations In these desperate conditions, women are forced to venture from their homes alone to find food and water. In doing so, they become vulnerable to sexual assault. The Shabab take girls young as 10 years old and make them brides of their commanding officers. These marriages are neither legal nor ceremonial. The marriages are often compared
to sexual slavery. “He did whatever he wanted with me … night and day,” one former bride told The New York Times. If the women refuse to marry, their punishment is death. The actions of the Shabab have created an environment of fear in the region. Additionally, the Shabab are using a tool that governs most Somalis: religion. Ninety-eight percent of Somalis are Muslim, the majority being Sunni, and the Shabab claim that their religious beliefs serve as justification for violence against women. The Shabab believe their actions are a jihad that will restore Somalia to “pure Islam,” a concept on which they have not fully elaborated. However, others see this justification as a religious guise, recognizing the group’s need to further their political gains. Campus Ministry Coordinator Max Carter believes the current unrest a misinterpretation of religious texts. “You’ve got to subject theology to critical analysis,” Carter said. “There are no free passes.” While the misuse of Islam in rationalizing rape is distressing to many, the fear inflicted upon Somalis by the Shabab has resulted in silence over the issue. Women who have been raped are considered tainted, leaving their prospects for the future – particularly marriage – limited. In keeping with this fear and embarrassment, a number of rape cases are not reported, making the actual total of rape cases higher than originally recorded. While the exact number of sexual assaults is unknown in Somalia, it is a certainty that the count is continuing to rise. Solutions to Somalia’s rape crisis have yet to be determined.
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with food on the side. This exhibition in particular is one that all members of the Guilford community should view, not just for the artwork itself, but because it was our teachers and colleagues that created it. “I chose to shoot the photographs I shot for a combination of reasons,” said Maia Dery, instructor of art and experiential learning. “Two of them (the sand pattern and the skull) are the sort of image I’m naturally drawn to make, because I am mesmerized by a kind of shot that is loosely described as ‘visible manifestations of invisible forces.’ “I can’t get enough of looking at the way things and creatures adapt, reshape, reform and revise in response to light, wind, water and other forces that are not visible in the image.” Dery continued, “The prospect of trying something you might not be good at can be terrifying. This is true for students, but it is even more true for seasoned professionals who are used to being considered experts and to being very good at what they do.” Now that the stick sculpture “Disorderly Conduct” is gone, what will be next for the art department? “There will unlikely be any sculptures put up anytime soon,” said Terry Hammond, founding curator and director of the Guilford College Art Gallery. “The big rusty metal one outside the library was actually gone last semester, believe it or not, and we had it professionally restored and replaced on Jan. 17. We are hoping to have some type of event around that sculpture in the near future.” Beyond “the big rusty metal one,” there are sculptures around campus that students and faculty may not have seen. “There are many unique sculptures on buildings and around campus,” said Dery. “You should all explore and find them. Exploring outside is something that we all do not do enough.” The art department always has something happening on campus, and this semester is no exception. “We are hopefully planning another Photo-Thon and also, we are trying to have a student art show outside of campus,” said senior photography student Nicole Lane, writer for the art blog, “Hand/Eye.” “Somewhere like The Green Bean on Elm Street, if we can.” Other events that are happening this semester that are in the works are the Draw-A-Thon, senior theses, Art after Guilford, the Homegrown Film Festival and a panel discussion on April 4 for the biennial exhibition itself. Looks like this semester at Guilford will not be one where art and creativity are limited.
THE CAMPUS COFFEE COOPERATIVE IS OPEN AND RUNNING FOR THE SPRING BY CHRISTIANNA VAN DALSEN Staff Writer
“Awesome, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, delicious, nutritious, gangsta,” said new Greenleaf member and junior C.J. Green when asked to describe the student-run coffee co-op. The Greenleaf faced a scare last semester when Mary Hobbs was scheduled for renovations. The plans presented the members with a lot of obstacles and caused a frenzy within the little community. However, the Greenleaf is delighted to hear that they’re here to stay, even though the Mary Hobbs renovations have only been postponed to a later date. Now that those troubles have passed for now, the Greenleaf volunteer members are excited for the new semester and passionate about rebuilding their reputation. “We’re making great leaps to close the gaps we realized,” said Greenleaf member and junior Elizabeth Munyan, commenting on how the renovations and other troubles of last semester caused a decline in the co-op’s reputation. “We had a hard time with consistency and keeping open,” explained senior Virginia Shutler. “We lost a lot of seniors and we didn’t have as much freshman interest. There’s a lot of energy this semester and a lot more freshmen are interested.” You can definitely feel that energy when you visit the Greenleaf. “We’re all communicating a lot better,” said junior Kelsey Worthy, a Greenleaf member. “We’ve had time to see where we’ve struggled. We’re a lot more motivated. The big scare about
getting kicked out was just the boost we needed to recognize what the Greenleaf had to offer.” That dedication has drawn a lot of prospective members this semester. To become a member, one needs to cover two shifts and join one of their committees, which range from accounting to beautification to maintenance. Shutler described volunteering to be more like an extracurricular than a job. That laid-back atmosphere certainly fits the Greenleaf, and the members are succeeding in garnering first-year interest. “I came to see a band here and knew a girl who said to check it out,” said new member and first-year Addy Allred. “I’m looking forward to working with people passionate about co-ops and making Guilford a better place.” Passionate is truly the correct term. “Passionate, committed, friendly, accepting and safe,” described sophomore Ines Sanchez De Lozada, another Greenleaf member. Members are dedicated and really believe in the space and mission statement. We really do support one another, and we become friends. Once you come into it, it’s not as exclusive as it seems.” In addition, the coffee is popular among its customers. Sophomore Chelsea Yarborough, a customer considering becoming a member, recommends the Chai Bomb. “It’s really good and really helps to wake you up,” she said. “The prices are also good. It’s a lot cheaper than Starbucks, and you don’t have to walk all the way across campus just to get coffee.” The Greenleaf is right near home for the residents of Guilford College, and for many, a home itself. Nestled in the shade, the distinctive Greenleaf sign sits in the shade, pointing toward the basement of Mary Hobbs. Will you stop by? Have a cup of coffee? Join the family.
What is love? You have questions, I have answers
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BY MICHAEL CASWELL Staff Writer
Taylor Hunt and Sam Miller, both first-years, express their love on campus down near the lake.
It is February, and you know what that means: romance is in the air. Whether you are in a relationship or not this time of the year, romance always seems to be on people’s minds, and with romance comes questions. Although I am not an expert on romance, I will try to answer Guilford’s submitted questions to the best of my ability. Q: Does the amount of people that your partner has had sex with matter? How many is too many for a female or a guy? A: Well, I believe this is something that ranges from person to person. Some people may think that you should only have one sexual partner or no sexual partners, while others may not care how many partners a person has had. My best advice to you is to figure out what number you are comfortable with. But don’t forget that just because it’s a number you are comfortable with does not mean anyone has to be as comfortable with it as you are. Q: How do you friend-zone a guy nicely? A: Although this can be a tough thing to do, sometimes you just have to do it. I believe you need to be straightforward. A couple things could happen. One: you could do it, and he does not remain your friend if he does not want anything less than a relationship. Two: he could accept the fact and remain your friend. If he decides he does not want to remain friends, then you will just have to accept the fact that he only wanted a relationship and probably would not make a good friend anyway.
Q: How do I make a guy love me more than he loves his Xbox 360? A: I believe the best way to handle this would be to get a hammer (East Wing preferably) and, right in front of him, proceed to hit the Xbox 360 multiple times until it is unrecognizable. That was just a joke, so don’t get any ideas. On a more serious note, I think you should have a talk with him about the issue. Tell him you don’t mind him playing it, but if he really cares about you, he should find a perfect balance between you and the Xbox that will make both of you happy. Q: Is it possible to be in love with two guys? A: I believe that it is possible to be in love with two different people. However, I think it has to be a different kind of love. There are always going to be people in your life that you will never forget — maybe a first love or a high school sweetheart — but there is still that greater love that keeps you with that one person. If you are with someone that you think you love and you find yourself falling in love with someone else, it is possible that you do not love the person you are with in the same way anymore. If it does not feel right, it does not feel right, and if it feels right, then it feels right. Q: How do you find really awkward guys to match your lovely awkward personality? A: Well, you already made big step just coming to Guilford. There is quite a bit of awkwardness floating around this campus. Stay awkward and eventually someone will love your awkwardness. You do not have to go out and search for it; just let it come naturally. For any more questions involving relationships or romance, I recommend “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” by John Gray, Ph.D.
Guilford Undergraduate Symposium allows students to show off their work BY BRYAN DOOLEY Senior Writer The sixth annual Guilford Undergraduate Symposium will take place on Feb. 22. This Guilford tradition provides an opportunity for students to share academic work of which they are particularly proud. In a joint email interview, Melanie LeeBrown, associate professor of biology, and Rob Whitnell, professor of chemistry, stated that GUS has evolved in an interesting way. “We took students to the state equivalent, the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium,” said Lee-Brown and Whitnell. “We started talking about having a Guilford version for our students and all the work they do on campus.” According to the Guilford website, students of all academic divisions and almost every department, major and program have presented work at GUS. Since 2008, participation has grown steadily, with more than 140 students participating in 90 presentations at the fifth annual GUS in 2012. The one-day event features oral presentations, posters, exhibits, panel
discussions and performances by students to the College community. “It is always fun for us to see science research next to art exhibitions while a poetry reading is happening around the corner,”
“Just to see the discovery and the process of discovery is a fun part of my job.” Michael Crouch, associate director of communications and marketing said Lee-Brown and Whitnell. The variety of opportunities is a big draw for students and has other benefits as well. “Students work closely with professional mentors,” said Lavon Williams, professor of sports studies. “They develop communication and professional skills. It’s beneficial to interact with others socially and get to know what they are doing. Also, the students get a real experience of what they will be doing as professionals.”
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Faculty members notice a difference in students who have participated in GUS. “A couple of years ago, two students presented their project from their research methods class,” said Eva Lawrence,
associate professor of psychology. “It was neat to see them take ownership of their project at a level well beyond they were able to do in class, due to the class size.” Michael Crouch, associate director of communications and marketing, agrees that it is fascinating to watch the student presentations. “I like to see students enthusiastic about what they’ve been studying, the way they got interested in it and what they found out,”
said Crouch. “Just to see the discovery and the process of discovery is a fun part of my job.” Students gain valuable insight from participating in GUS and encourage others to participate. “My experience preparing for GUS gave me an insight of what it takes not only to do the research, but how challenging it is to mold it into a presentation,” said junior Ruth deButts, a double major in sociology/ anthropology and peace and conflict studies in an email interview. “I couldn’t just walk up there and read off my paper. After slimming my paper down into a PowerPoint, I’ve learned how difficult it really is to fully explain concepts in a short amount of time.” In response to a question of whether or not students should participate in GUS, Olivia Holmes, a senior psychology major, said in an email interview: “Should you participate in GUS? The real question is, what were you planning on doing with your 15-page paper anyway? GUS gives us a venue to share our knowledge. Why work so hard to not show the fruits of your labor?”
Surviving the street life: five tips to know BY RISHAB REVANKAR Staff Writer Tired of hearing the huff and puff about teen driving? Or if you’re a veteran driver, think you know all the bad habits that could keep you off the road? Think again. Chances are, you have never come across these five things that could one day save you and your car. Blind Spot You’ve probably lost count about how many times your driver’s education instructor grilled you about the blind spot. The blind spot is important, but not that important. When you look over your shoulder seven times before changing lanes, you are taking attention away from where it matters most: the road ahead. In fact, with optimal adjustment of your mirrors, you can cure your partial blindness and improve peripheral vision. “(If) these mirrors are adjusted to show no part of your own vehicle, you can virtually eliminate the blind spot,” said Ted Wilkins, cross-country truck driver. Here and There, but Everywhere? A DMV.org tip for teen drivers: “Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind.” Whoa. Slow down for a second. Literally, slow down —
that’s the key. For a distraction-free driver maintaining a safe speed, too much glancing around draws attention away from the road ahead.
When you’re backing out, you have no traffic signals that you are tempted to beat. The key is reminding yourself that you’re in no hurry whatsoever (even if you are). And in case
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“You don’t have to concentrate on all that, because that will definitely distract you and take you away from what’s in front of you,” said Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe. Parking Mania All the cars in the parking lot are not parked. And even if they are, the job isn’t much easier. “I was personally involved with a student backing out who hit me,” said Ted Mauldin, facilities department employee. I tried to stop, get out of the way, but she must have been in a hurry.”
you haven’t heard, look behind throughout the whole back-up. Do not always go with the flow. A Keep the Drive study through the Allstate Foundation noted that 87 percent of teens admit to speeding. If you want to be a rebel, just drive the speed limit. “I get picked on for actually obeying the laws of the road,” said Early College senior Michael Hebert. “That whole culture of ‘Oh, it is okay to speed if you laugh about it’ — I think that’s scary.” Let’s face it: speed limits
can seem painfully slow — especially on roads that you could almost drive with your eyes closed. Nevertheless, when you see that little white board and sigh at the “35” printed on it in big, bold letters, remember that there’s a lot of research that goes behind that number. “The speed limits are posted because they have been determined for the safety of the area in terms of caution and reactionary time,” said Greensboro Drivers License Examiner Connory. Follow the leader — but not too closely It’s perfectly normal to follow someone, but do not chase them like it is “Need for Speed II.” “There’s some pretty aggressive driving going on out there in terms of people following too closely,” said Guilford County bus driver Stephen McCollum. Sometimes people drive agonizingly slowly even in the left lane. They’re only going to be ticked off with your impatient tailgating. Worse, you could be on your way to a very conclusive rear-end collision. Today, teens account for four times as many car crashes as any other age group. According to a KeeptheDrive.com study, 11 teens will lose their life on the road today. Don’t let that be you. Drive safely.
February 15, 2013
Empower women, not their abusers (D-Minn.). Section 47 would extend Tribal court criminal jurisdiction to non-Indians in cases of domestic violence. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed concern for undocumented immigrant women experiencing abuse. The U-Visa program would allow those who were abused to stay in the country, regardless of immigration status, to help prosecute their abuser. “If an undocumented woman walks into a domestic violence shelter … will we help her?” asked Durbin. “Some say ‘No, she’s undocumented’ … Is that who we are in America?” I asked Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales why she thinks this is an important issue for Guilford students. “There are a lot of women here,” said Rosales. “Guilford students should follow issues that are related to social justice.” “It’s incredibly important that all students — women and men alike — make your voices heard on this issue,” said Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) in an email interview. Hagan, a co-sponsor of Section 47, stresses the importance of the legislation to college students, who are at especially high risk of sexual abuse and violence, saying, “The ‘Campus Program’ provides grants to colleges and universities to implement co-ordinated community responses.” Hagan is confident the bill will pass in the Senate. Most concern lies in the House. “We need to send a clear message to the House that anything short of passage is
unacceptable,” said Hagan. “In every area where women are fighting for their rights and their choice and their protection from abuse, it has come to a fight without bipartisan support,” said Carol Rosenblatt, executive director of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Let’s keep our eyes on VAWA reauthorization as it moves through the Senate And tell the House we will not be satisfied with a bill that turns its back on so many of our sisters.
Gun control: stopping the violence As a child, I lived in a rural part of Virginia where almost everybody I knew owned a gun. My family was one of the few that didn’t. Guns were a part of life that we had to deal with. I remember being told to wear orange during hunting season and to avoid accidentally wandering through the properties of those neighbors prone to pulling guns on trespassers. When I was a teenager, I won the marksman award at Boy Scout camp. The leaders were shocked to hear that I had never shot a gun before. I have also not shot one since. That is where I come from in the world of firearms. In this country, guns have saturated everyone’s life. The issue of gun control has always been a heated BY JOSH and emotionally driven one. The recent shootings in places such as Newtown, Conn., have brought BARKER it back to the forefront of the political conversation, Staff Writer inspiring the idea that something must be done. I have always heard the cliche, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” I believe this to be true, but I also don’t think that we have to make it easier for people to kill by arming them. This is why we must tighten up on gun control by making semiautomatic weapons and large magazines of ammunition illegal. In reaction to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama has proposed stricter gun laws and said in a speech about these laws, “I’ll put everything I’ve got into this.” States including New York and California have instituted or are considering instituting similarly stricter gun laws. On the other side, some are focusing on other parts of the conversation and argue that the country should focus on school safety and the way that we as a nation deal with mental illness, instead of on gun control. Some are even asking for the arming of teachers. Giving teachers concealed pistols “cuts down on the ‘school fortress’ perception,” wrote Michael Brown in The Christian Science Monitor. Professor of Political Science George Guo thinks that the gun control
issue is different in the U.S. than in other countries. “The weapons business is very profitable,” said Guo. “The U.S. Constitution is documentation to protect individuals, not just the government.” The Second Amendment was instituted in 1791, stating that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” “The Second Amendment was passed so that the people would have a way to fight back if the federal government overstepped its bounds,” said senior Eamon Deeley-Wood. “Unfortunately, at this point in time the federal government has become so powerful that it’s irrelevant.” The argument over gun control shows no signs of abating, and it’s no wonder; like many important issues, gun control has no right or wrong answer. In fact, it has no easy answers at all. Still, just because finding an answer isn’t easy doesn’t mean that we should allow a stalemate. “Americans should be able to bear arms responsibly — that is with a background check,” said CCE student and veteran Quentin L. Richardson, continuing on to say that we should “ban military-style weapons and their capacity to civilians.” “A witch hunt after gun laws and gun ownership is erroneous (for) the situation,” said junior Darren Foster. “Where our attention should fall is to creating better laws that will punish those who buy and sell weapons illegally.” Guo thinks that in our increasingly isolated world the violence will continue, and in fact that, “it will become more severe in the future because you can’t identify it.” At least everyone can agree that something is wrong and that something has to change. If only we could agree on what’s wrong and how to change it. Personally I must return to the above-mentioned cliche, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Unfortunately, no law will ever stop the situation entirely. However, that doesn’t mean that stricter laws won’t diminish crimes and save lives. That may be all we can immediately hope for. That’s why making semi-automatic weapons and large magazines of ammunition illegal is the right first step in what will hopefully be a much longer process.
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If you were running a women’s domestic violence shelter, who would you turn away? An immigrant woman who may find herself deported if she testifies against her abuser? A transgender woman, who is statistically likely to be turned away? Perhaps your shelter is on Indian land, and you know that tribal law will have no jurisdiction over an Native American woman’s nonNative American partner — what do you do now? Maybe you could find a BY ANNEY way to help these women, BOLGIANO maybe you couldn’t, but the Staff Writer Violence Against Women Act reauthorization of Section 47 Assault of the Offences against the Person Act currently under consideration in the Senate won’t take any chances. The bill, originally passed in 1994 and last reauthorized in 2005, is in need of an update. The proposed bill in the Senate strengthens protection for marginalized groups. In the last Congress, the issue was politicized and lawmakers chose playing political football over saving women’s lives. Enough is enough. In the Senate on Feb. 7, lawmakers emphasized the importance of the reauthorization. “Four out of five perpetrators (of domestic violence) on American Indian lands are nonIndians and currently cannot be prosecuted by tribal government,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar
STAFF EDITORIAL Valentine’s Day is over, so what next? Whether your main squeeze was expecting flowers, you surprised an unsuspecting muse or you sent that, “I’ve been thinking about you” bootycall text to your first-year sweetheart, you had decisions to make. Whatever you chose, do not underestimate the weight of your Valentine’s Day choices. Now that the day is over, let’s discuss a few things. For monogamous couples, planning your night was easy: silence your phone, go out to eat, drink some wine, avoid discussing past lovers or pushing any other proverbial “buttons,” perhaps avoid eating dairy products, and then conclude your evening peacefully while cuddling on a blanket, driving around town, frolicking in a field, going to bed early, or checking in at work. But the challenge was much greater for single folks. Every decision means something more than it does at face value. Beware of the weight of your words on this day; you might have ended up proposing when all you really wanted was a onenight-stand. You must also be on constant alert. Did your Binford Boytoy expect dinner? Did your Milner Mistress wake you up shooting flower petals from a leaf blower? Was your Hildebrandt Honey mad that you’d rather stare at the Quakeria fish tank than listen to her read passages from “My Antonia?” Or did your weekend Wubba Woo decide Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to take your relationship to the next level? You can’t run. You can’t hide. Valentine’s Day happened. Renegotiate the expectations of Valentine’s Day with your girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, hubby or Googley Bear so you don’t become a disappointment. Lower the standards before you fall short of the bar. Where will you plant your seeds of love in 2013? Which plants will you choose to water and which plants will you let wither?
Reflecting Guilford College's core Quaker values, the topics and content of Staff Editorials are chosen through consensus of all 15 editors.
Minimum wage puts college graduates at disadvantage STATES SHOULD ADJUST TO BAD ECONOMY, JOB MARKET A gallon of milk costs $4.59. A gallon of gas costs $3.75. And a loaf of bread costs $5.00, but the federal minimum wage rate stands at $7.25. How are college graduates supposed to support themselves with such low pay? Minimum wage rates vary by state and leave some without a base line wage. Currently, in North Carolina, the federal minimum wage rate is BY ALI $7.25 per hour. Some states KRANTZLER have raised their minimum Staff Writer wage rates, while others have not. Recently, according to the National Employment Law Project, 10 states have begun to use an index which adjusts the minimum wage annually to keep pace with the rising cost of living. “The remaining states and the federal government have not yet indexed their minimum wages,” says NELP. “As a result,
they erode in value each year.” The cost of living has risen ever since the recession, and continues to increase due to the poor economic state of our country. Career Counselor for Adults Vivian Lutian discusses the problem at hand. “(The) economy has stalled, there is a lack of jobs, and the unemployment rate is high (at) 8.6 percent,” said Lutian. “Since the minimum wage has remained stable, I do not think it’s going to present a problem. The larger problem is that economy has stalled. And so, especially here in N.C. we don’t have the number of jobs available that other parts of the country do.” Despite minimum wage staying the same, the amount will affect people far and near, especially students who plan to graduate this spring. Minimum wage should be raised. If the bad economy is affecting the
entire country then all states should adjust their minimum wage. “The federal minimum wage needs to be raised,” says senior Amy McMin. “And I wish states would recognize it shouldn’t be a ‘minimum’ wage but a ‘living’ wage.” This affects college students as well as families. In McMin’s experience, earning such a low wage, many of her co-workers had to use food stamps from the government to pay for groceries to support their families. On the other hand, many college students have loans to pay off after they graduate and will be affected similarly. “It’s going to directly
Health center: a cause for complaint
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Past the lake and tucked away in the corner of campus is a place students and faculty may find themselves hobbling towards with twisted ankles, complaints of stomach aches, or maybe just high hopes of getting out of class. It’s the Milner Student Health & Counseling Center. As with most services on campus, there are mixed feelings about its helpfulness and accessibility. It seems, however, that there are more complaints than praise when it comes to people’s overall experiences at the Health Center. Why is that exactly? A lack of proper care? Scheduling restraints? An unwelcoming BY NATALIE environment? Organizational issues? Apparently, depending on whom you ask, SUTTON it could be a matter of one — or all — of these Staff Writer issues. Quite frankly, the Student Health Center needs to step up its game. Senior Taylor Shaw, for example, feels disappointed with the services the Student Health Center provided — or lack thereof. “One time, I spilled boiling water all over myself, and I was in serious pain, and my friend ran to the Student Health Center for help, and they refused to come help me,” said Shaw. “I was outraged. It was a serious situation and they should have taken the responsibility as health-care providers at this school to provide help.” Shaw isn’t the only one frustrated by the lack of treatment she received. “I went to the health center because I had been coughing
up blood, and they told me it was just allergies,” says junior Alejandro Salcedo. “But when I went to an actual physician, it turned out to be a serious medical condition.” In addition to diagnostic conflicts, many students feel irritated by not being able to be treated by the nurse practitioner. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, it almost seems pointless to even haul your sick butt all the way to the Health Center in the first place. In response to these complaints, Director of Student Health Helen Rice explains that the amount of time they have a nurse practitioner is pretty standard. “In the nine years I’ve been here, we haven’t had (a nurse practitioner) full time,” said Rice in a phone interview. “It’s very expensive to have them full time. Most small colleges across North Carolina only have them intermittently, depending on where they are in location to doctor’s offices or clinics. Most run pretty much like we do.” Obviously, Rice agrees that it would be preferable to have a nurse practitioner around all of the time, but it just isn’t possible, and those who work in the center have no control over that. There are other issues, however, that they do have control over that are not being properly addressed. For instance, I have heard several students complain about a lack of organization. One student reported that the center lost all of her paper work. Others have felt unwelcomed and neglected when going to the center. A sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous, felt extremely discouraged by the lack of help she received from the Student Health Center. “I’d been throwing up, hadn’t slept for three days, had incredible headaches, and couldn’t swallow, but since the nurse practitioner wasn’t there, and I didn’t have a fever, I wasn’t able to get a note for class,” said the anonymous sophomore. “I said, ‘You have to help me out … my teacher knows I’m sick, she just wants proof that I came.’ “I asked if I could just get a handwritten note saying I was here, and she closed the door in my face while I was crying. I begged for help and was rudely told to go to urgent care, which was useless because I physically couldn’t even walk there. It was so unhelpful and uncomforting.” No system is ever perfect, but it definitely seems like some serious improvements should be made in order to make the community feel happier and healthier. Isn’t that what the Health Center stands for in the first place?
influence my lifestyle,” says senior Jordan Poirier. “I have human needs like food, shelter and gas and those products all cost a lot of money. Plus, I have to pay back an exorbitant amount of student loans to the government. I just don’t see it being realistic.” But, there is an alternative to settling for a job that pays minimum wage. College graduates should aim for their dream job first rather than applying for a restaurant or barista job. “The very best way to find a job nowadays is through networking and contacts,” says Lutian. “It’s the people who know you, who you know or the people they know. It’s not in the contacts who are in your immediate circle, but your friends contacts in which you find the critical person who can give you a job. Its word of mouth from someone who knows you who can get you that job.” Certainly, the unemployment rate can be discouraging when starting a job search, but McMin gives us an important reminder. “My mind needs stimulation and I mean more than memorizing produce codes,” says McMin. “I do not want to be a waitress or have a service job. That is why I came to college.” With that said, until the wage rises, it’s time to network and let the contacts flow.
GREENLEAF CO-OP (Basement of Mary Hobbs)
The Greenleaf, Guilford’s student-run coffee cooperative is now open! The Greenleaf is an experiment in an alternative business model as part of our vision of a better world.We are a nonhierarchal, member-run coffee cooperative. We strive to uphold our values of community, anti-oppression, social and economic justice, and sustainability. Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed Saturday Sunday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
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February 15, 2013
Throwing, running and passing into spring sports BY JOHN KLUEPFEL Staff Writer Guilford athletes are gearing up for the spring sports season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Guilford’s spring teams are all looking forward to a strong season. Men’s Baseball Previous Record: 21–20 Head Coach: Nick Black ’02 Preseason Conference Ranking: 5th Junior Gabe Mirabelli noticed changes in the team’s expectations from last season during this preseason’s training camp. “Last year we were a little bit of an underdog because we were young, and people didn’t know what to expect,” said Mirabelli. “Now we aren’t that, and people are saying ‘Okay Guilford, they’re gonna be good this year.’”
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Golf Previous Record: Won ODAC Championship, 11th in NCAA Div. III Championships Head Coach: Corey Maggard Preseason Conference Ranking: n/a Building off a strong 2012 campaign, the golf team looks to take it one step further. “Our team goal is to win a national championship but first the
ODAC because that’s how we get to nationals,” said first-year Michael Almonte. Men’s Lacrosse Previous Record: 6–9 Head Coach: Tom Carmean Preseason Conference Ranking: 7th The lacrosse team has been working on their fundamentals to improve from their subpar 2012 season. The team is bolstered by a strong, experienced defense. “The introduction of a really large, really talented freshman class is the key to the season,” said sophomore Sam Cole. “We have a lot of kids from around the country. I think the game most of the guys are looking forward to is revenging last season’s loss to Greensboro (College). We want that game back and we want some blood.” Women’s Lacrosse Previous Record: 17–23 Head Coach: Sarah Lamphier Preseason Conference Ranking: 5th Head coach Sarah Lamphier believes that the way the team handles adversity will determine how well the season goes. “I’ve been really impressed with their chemistry,” said Lamphier. “They very much enjoy each other’s company. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-year, senior or junior, they all get along and want to spend time with each other.” Softball Previous Record: 17–23 Head coach: Dennis Shores Preseason Conference Ranking: 9th The softball team has worked on pitching and key hitting this offseason. The team is much deeper than in years past. Head coach Dennis Shores sees every opposing team as a rival. “The team goal is to win the ODAC,” said Shores. “Although they ranked us to finish 9th, never wake a sleeping dog.”
Meredith Shaffer, sophomore, gets ready to serve the ball.
Men’s Tennis Previous Record: 11–8 Head Coach: Dave McCain Preseason Conference Ranking: 3rd
The tennis team faces high expectations as they were ranked 3rd in ODAC preseason polls. First-singles Turner Votipka has worked on his core to prepare for the season. “We have a really hard season ahead of us,” said Votipka. “I’m just excited to play these really tough guys who are good players and can challenge me.” Women’s Tennis Previous Record: 9–9 Head Coach: Dave McCain Preseason Conference Ranking: 6th The tennis team has a strong mix of young players and veterans. Their season starts on Feb. 15 against Virginia Wesleyan. “I think (Kim and Natalie) are really good captains and we can tell them things, they are really open with us,” said secondsingles first-year Allie Guy. “We have good communication between the team and the captains.” Men’s Track and Field Previous Record: n/a Head Coaches: Danny Cash and Kimberly Cash Preseason Conference Ranking: n/a First-year Sherod Johnson cites his coaches for his improvement as a runner and student. Johnson is excited to be transitioning from winter track to outdoor track, where he believes he thrives in the warmer climate. “The Cashes have helped me academically and have gotten me to where I want to be physically,” said Johnson. “They’ve put me through a series of weight training and have made me stronger mentally.” Women’s Track and Field Previous Record: n/a Head Coaches: Danny Cash and Kimberly Cash Preseason Conference Ranking: n/a Sophomore captain Jodie Geddes is excited about the ODAC Division III championships on Feb. 22. The team has two record breakers with Jennifer Thomas and Jasmine O’Neill in the 200 and 800 meter events, respectively. “We finally have a large enough team that we can get as many points as possible,” said captain junior Jodie Geddes. “I think we can take the ODAC. We should.”
Ice, ice, baby! Hockey season begins BY JOSH BALLARD Staff Writer The rink lights up. The alarm sounds. The players burst onto the ice ready to skate anew. The crowd roars, and the puck drops. The 2012–13 National Hockey League lockout is over. After roughly 113 days of debate, hockey fans can at last rejoice as the 30 teams that make up the NHL return to the rink. “I am really relieved that the lockout ended,” said New York Rangers fan and senior Tali Raphael in an email interview. “After there was no deal by Thanksgiving, I was really thinking there would be no season.” The NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players’ Association agreed on a new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement in early January. Changes include a new contract term limit of seven years, a 50-50 split of hockey-elated revenue between players and owners, a new payroll cap at $64.3 million and a cap on contract salary variance at 35 percent. Additionally, every non-playoff team has a chance to win the top pick in the draft lottery — originally, this was reserved for the bottom five teams. “The owners won this tussle,” commented Forbes analyst Patrick Rishe. “(However,) the players ended up retaining far more perks than I ever believed they would.” The question remains: will the league bounce back? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman estimates that the overall league loss per day was between $18 and $20 million, with players losing $8 to $10 million. However, players are now earning an average of $310,000 less per person because of the 50-50 split of league revenue.
The total number of games has decreased due to the lengthy lockout. This season will consist of 48 games, just under 60 percent of the normal count of 82 regular season contests. In catch-up mode, teams are working hard to attract fans they may have lost during the lockout. “I know many teams have made a concerted effort to reach out to the fans and make games more accessible, especially in the early stages of the season,” said Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics Dave Walters in an email interview. “My sister and I had our best seats ever at the Carolina Hurricanes season opener thanks to a 50 percent discount on opening night.” Raphael suspects that viewership and fan interest will pick up near the playoffs. “I’m really just glad to have it back, even if this season is going to be a mess,” Raphael said. “The sport gets going during the playoffs, where it shows its best.” Skeptical fans worry that a lockout may occur again, especially after the newly made 10-year CBA expires. There are a number of visible ways to fix the problem. “The way I think we can prevent future lockouts is by getting rid of Bettman,” suggests Raphael. “Bettman has dealt with three lockouts in his tenure as commissioner.” Other fans call for understanding on both sides. “I think the players need to stand together,” said senior Brendan Wynands, a Carolina Hurricane fan. “And the owners need to listen to the more moderate voices within their ranks.” Hopeful fans, however, see a simpler solution. “Don’t be greedy,” Walters suggests. “Live peaceably with a spirit of trust and good faith.”
Men’s Rugby Club is recruiting! Interested? Pass this along or show up to any of our OPEN PRACTICE SESSIONS Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Have any questions? Please feel free to email president Zachary Kronisch at email@example.com. Not interested in playing but interested in supporting the team? Come out and watch a live match on any of the dates below! And remember, Saturday’s a rugby day!
Upcoming matches: vs. Wingate (Feb 16) vs. ETSU (Mar 2) vs. Tablerock (Mar 16) vs. Guilford College Alum. (Apr 6) (Unless otherwise noted, each home match will begin on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.)
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Sophomore Jorden Yeargen (left) and junior Courtney Morsberger (right) worked with Fields of Growth, a non-profit organization, to promote lacrosse and caring in Riverton City, Jamaica.
Women’s lacrosse players take love of the game to Jamaica BY BRITTANY MURDOCK Staff Writer With their sticks and equipment in hand, two Guilford women lacrosse players traveled to Jamaica’s Riverton City, the location of a trash dump. “The conditions were absolutely disgusting, and it smelled terrible,” said junior Courtney Morsberger. “The worst part about it is that kids who live there acted as though it was normal.” For 10 days, Morsberger and sophomore Jorden Yeargan spent their time interacting with locals, sightseeing and teaching lacrosse. The girls traveled with volunteers to Riverton City through the non-profit Fields of Growth. Not only did they play lacrosse with the kids for several hours a day, but they also visited the kids at their school. “Everyone was so nice there, and the kids had so much joy for life,” said Yeargan. “Everyone in Jamaica is really athletic, so the kids picked up the sport very quickly. They were also very competitive, always competing against one another.” Fields of Growth recruits student-athletes who play lacrosse from universities across the nation, like Nicole Hancock, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. While in Jamaica, she accompanied the Guilford girls as they visited the Bob Marley Museum, shopped at local craft fairs and chilled out with locals.
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nhl lockout ends, hockey players take the ice for shortened season
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BY MALIKAH FRENCH Guest Writer Cheers echo through the stands of Ragan Brown Field House as the familiar name bellows over the intercom: Josh Pittman. A North Carolina native, senior Pittman has worked hard to offer leadership to his teammates on and off the court. Friends have described him as humble, laid back and close enough to be family. However, there is more to this Division III athlete than basketball. Few students at Guilford are aware that Quakerism is in his blood. “His mother’s very active in
Quaker Youth Meeting in the state,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow. “I know of his mom through Quaker camp and yearly meeting.” The Pittman family is noted for its closeness. Josh’s parents attend almost every home and away game. His Guilford life and family life intertwined when his younger brother, Justin Pittman, joined the Guilford community in 2011. “Josh and Justin grew up beating on each other in athletics,” said Fetrow. “Freshman and sophomore year, they both
made their choices — basketball and baseball.” The closer proximity has allowed the brothers to enhance their friendship while propelling their own athletic careers. “We look at each other as family and as best friends,” said Justin. “We are very competitive, but at the end of the day we love seeing each other succeed.” In his time at Guilford, Josh has made ODAC First-Team two consecutive seasons, won the prestigious Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Award and scored over 1,000 points.
Josh Pittman, a senior, is a high-ranking athlete and well-rounded student.
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Not only did the girls adjust to scorching temperatures, they also adapted to the culture’s diet, which meant chicken and rice every night. The group of volunteers lodged with Jamaican surfing legend Billy Wilmot and his family. In addition, the crew met some of Bob Marley’s relatives and visited his old house. “Staying with a Jamaican family made the experience more authentic,” said Yeargan. “When we all needed to get around, instead of getting on a bus, Billy would call a local to drive us around.” Morsberger appreciated the selflessness of members of the community, noticing that they were willing to help others first. “Even though these kids were in an unhealthy environment, they were all so happy,” said Morsberger. “Jamaican lifestyle isn’t about you, it’s about the community. They really believe in ‘one love.’” In love with lacrosse, the Guilford girls offered their time and energy by accepting this rare juncture. “I think it’s wonderful for my athletes to see other opportunities with lacrosse,” said Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Sarah Lamphier. “Doing service work and community outreach is a phenomenal thing. For both Jorden and Courtney to combine the two, I just love it.” Both Yeargan and Morsberger have said the trip was life changing and, without a doubt, something they will never forget.
Josh Pittman stands tall among athletes, students alike
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“We had a New Year’s Eve party on the beach with tons of food and a giant bonfire,” said Hancock. “On New Year’s Day, we went to the school and helped serve food and hand out presents to all the kids we had coached in lacrosse the last week.” Director and Founder of Fields of Growth Kevin Dugan guided the excursion for the volunteers in Jamaica and had great things to say about Morsberger and Yeargan. “Courtney and Jorden brought such a positive attitude to the trip,” said Dugan. “They did a great job coaching, but more importantly brought huge hearts for those in need.” At first, the parents of Yeargan and Morsberger were apprehensive and worried, but after further research, they became encouraged. “I thought it sounded like a unique opportunity to build community outreach and offer kids a sport,” said Deborah Underwood, Yeargan’s mother, in an email interview. “I was a bit concerned about her traveling into an unknown situation. We were able to see uploaded pictures on the website, which really helped knowing where they were staying and what they were doing each day.” “We had great confidence in the organization that ran the trip, as Courtney had gone with them on another mission trip this past summer in Uganda,” said Morsberger’s father, Mike Morsberger, in an email interview. “We knew this trip would strengthen her commitment to charitable action and provide an unforgettable experience.”
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