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Volume 99, Issue 6

| October 5, 2012

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Community commemorates 50th anniversary of integration THE COMMEMORATION OF 50 YEARS OF INTEGRATION AT GUILFORD COLLEGE BEGAN SEPT. 25

Rain or shine, Homecoming combines alum, family, food and fun

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A mere 50 years ago, Guilford became an integrated institution after existing only for white students for 125 years. At the 50th Anniversary of Integration kick-off event on Sept. 25, community members celebrated trailblazing students like James McCorkle ’66 and Minnette Coleman ’73. “The celebration will honor those students who were among the first to integrate Guilford College, and the community members — faculty, staff and administrators — who were involved in desegregating the college,” said African Community Coordinator Jada Drew. McCorkle enrolled in 1962, making him the first African-American student to attend Guilford, along with two Kenyan students who arrived later that year. However, taking this monumental step was not an easy decision. “It took some convincing from my counselors,” said McCorkle. “I guess it came down to a couple of things. One, I felt like I sort of had to do it. I had to take advantage of the opportunity to be the first one.” Coleman, the first African-American resident advisor at Guilford, also spoke about her difficulties as one of only 36 black students at a college of over 1,200. “I was given a D in American history for the semester. When I approached the professor (to ask) why, she told me because I went to an all-black high school,

The farm lunch, held on Sept. 29, gathered people together despite the drizzle to enjoy delicious food from Guilford's farm. Students, relatives, friends and alum were able to experience the farm firsthand.

RAIN DOES NOT DAMPEN HOMECOMING SPIRITS BY EMILY CURRIE & KATE GIBSON Staff Writer and Features Editor Food, music, sports games and chatter filled the campus Sept. 27 – 30, but all of the hubbub had one thing in common: community. This year, Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 brought students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and the community together. “I think that what the campus is trying to do, and what we’re trying to do as a whole,

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is to create that community aspect and really bring us all together,” said Liz Hansen, associate director of annual giving for parent relations, who served on the Homecoming and Family Weekend planning committee. This is only the second year that Homecoming and Family Weekend have been combined. “Parents enjoy (the combination) because they get to see their kids and alumni coming back and celebrating their alma mater,” said Hansen. One classic way to kick off the homecoming celebration was with “The Element: Homecoming Edition” on Sept. 27. Students, alums and community members gathered

in the Community Center to hear comedy sets, songs and poetry readings. Senior Beau Young took the stage with several original songs, and junior Jodie Geddes performed three of her own spoken word pieces. Senior Tim Leisman, Community Senate President, manned a table for voter registration throughout the evening. “(The Element) was a great networking (event) for people that I knew before,” Geddes said. “I got to know a lot more about them, and I appreciated that. I think it was a plus having voter registration in a space like this because that’s not typically something See HOMECOMING | Centerspread

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VIDEO: Trouble at Hodgins

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BY MALIKAH FRENCH

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January Term enrollment increases as deadlines near BY L.A. LOGAN Staff Writer This year, for the first time, the Strategic Long-Range Plan is implementing a January term so students can maximize their experience from the moment they arrive on campus until graduation. As the registration inches closer, the success of Guilford College’s maiden J-Term will be put to the test. One way this can be examined is through enrollment. “I was hoping, in my wildest dreams, that 50 students (would) submit applications,” said Professor of Theatre Studies and Director of Study Abroad Jack Zerbe. “Over 70 students submitted applications for J-Term study abroad, which is huge for a semester. We hope to have a final acceptance list on Oct. 8.” Although there are over 70 J-Term study abroad applications under review, a mere 18 students are currently enrolled in oncampus J-Term programs, according to Zerbe. However, on-campus program applications

are expected to rise as the Nov. 2 application deadline approaches. Students like senior Traynham Larson are already planning on studying abroad for J-Term. “The idea of studying the Israel-Palestine conflict is a great opportunity that I wouldn’t get any other time in my life,” said Larson. “This is the hotbed of religion. We’re going there to make a difference; that’s valuable in what I want to study.” Like Larson, sophomore Allison Stalberg also speaks about her excitement to participate in J-Term study abroad. “Every time I travel, it’s like a spiritual experience,” said Stalberg. “I’m applying for the Oxford Fantasy Writers in England because life can be short, and doing these types of programs with a group builds more perceptions.” Due to financial restraints, many students feel hesitant to take part in J-Term. Along with potential grants, the committee hopes to suggest a new plan that provides more

financial assistance for interested students. “The second part of the pilot is trying to reconfigure financial models to include a small J-Term fee in student tuition,” said Zerbe. “So, for anyone who wants to do an on-campus project, it’ll be free, but nothing is set in stone.” In addition to studying abroad, J-Term allows students to partake in innovative independent or group studies at a reduced cost. “I really want to do something for J-Term. I can put it on my resume and create my own dream project for credit or non-credit,” said junior Saima Noorani. Assistant Dean of Career and Community Learning Alan Mueller hopes to teach two J-Term programs: Quaker Funk and Leadership, and Interviews: Arts of Improvisation. “We’re going to do improvisation comedy in the class like ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’,” said Mueller. “Also, we’re going to practice job interviews and compare the two because the reality is every job interview students go on is improvisation. There is a connection between

thinking on your feet in the job interview settings.” Despite the artistic and imaginative nature of Mueller’s planned courses, current enrollment is low, but it is expected to rise as the cut-off date looms. Other students are enrolling in programs such as the Cold Case Investigation project, which has already hit maximum capacity. J-Term is a one of a kind opportunity that can fulfill credit requirements, fill space on your January schedule and enhance your resume. There is still time to apply for J-Term projects like Application Development for iPhone and iPad (iOS), Woodworking and Furniture History, and others. “I got three students signed up for Woodworking and Furniture History,” said Professor of English Jim Hood. “I need more; I can take up to 10.” Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 is the last day to register for seminars, internships, service, and independent or group projects. Contact your advisor quickly for more information.

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1962-2012: Recognizing 50 years Doss says goodbye after 13 years of integration at Guilford BY VICTOR LOPEZ Senior Writer

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I couldn’t be as smart as a white girl. … Nothing was done. People asked me after that, why did you stay? I said I’m used to doing things like being the first. And I’ll fight.” Students like CCE senior Yvette Bailey honored and related to the struggles of pioneer students like McCorkle and Coleman. “I would like to take time to honor all the black alumni who have paved the way for students of color here at Guilford College,” said Bailey. “Like my experience, I know it has not been easy. There were moments I thought I was not going to make it. But yet here I stand.” For Adrienne Israel, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, the commemoration reinforced her decision to join the Guilford community. “The celebration has affirmed for me that I made the right choice in coming here to teach and

Alumni James McCorkle '66 and Minette Coleman '73 share their experiences at an integration kick-off event held on the Quad Sept. 25.

to pursue the life of the mind, even though I was the only Africanist on the faculty at the time,” said Israel in an email interview. Today, people of color make up 26 percent of the traditional student body, and 35 percent of the entire student body including CCE students. President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar observed that integration is a complex and continuing process that is not all about numbers. “Integration is not just about percentages of X or Y or Z group,” said Chabotar. “It’s how those groups are treated. It’s how those groups have access to power. It’s how those groups have respect.” Though the event focused on celebrating members of the community who helped desegregate Guilford, many also reinforced the importance of constantly redoubling efforts to support diversity. “(The Office of Student Engagement) and (the Multicultural Educational Department) have made a commitment to continually increase and enhance our intentional collaboration on programming and events to provide a more holistic, educational experience for our campus community,” said Erin Fox, director of student engagement and leadership in an email interview. Assistant Dean of Career and Community Learning Alan Mueller emphasized how crucial students are to this process. “It is a real honor to hear living voices that speak to our progress as a community, but it also reminds us how young and fragile the civil rights movement really is,” said Mueller. “For the movement to continue, students must engage. “I both hope and expect all Guilford students to actively participate in this year-long celebration, and to continue to choose diversity not just this year, but throughout their lives.”

David Pferdekamper '12 contributed to the background research, interviews and writing of this article.

Three weeks ago Randy Doss ‘82, vice president for enrollment services, sat across from Kent Chabotar, president and professor of political science, and said that there was a personal matter he wanted to discuss: Doss is resigning from his post. The ability to walk to work, recruit without traveling and watch his child grow up are a few reasons that compelled Doss to resign after working nearly 30 years in higher education and 13 years at Guilford. Doss will become the new director of admission and enrollment at Greensboro Day School, where tuition can reach a staggering $13,000 a year. Some have speculated that Doss’ resignation signals something sinister afoot in admissions. However, Aaron Fetrow, vice president and dean of student affairs, said that could not be further from the truth. “Greensboro Day School made Randy a tremendous offer,” said Fetrow. “There is no substance to the idea he is ‘jumping ship.’” According to Fetrow, Doss’ wife already works at Greensboro Day School, and his young daughter also attends the institution. While most of Doss’ colleagues have fond memories of Doss, some, like Max Carter, director of Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator, believe that Doss’ effect on the College is a complicated subject. “He knew the business," said Carter." Diversity — in terms of race and ethnicity — improved during his tenure — but he did have particular ideas about other diversity, and students who didn’t conform to his idea of ‘normal’ were not, shall we say, encouraged to pursue their

interest in Guilford." Others like Walter Blass, who has served of the Board of Trustees for some 30 years, said that Doss improved Guilford’s academic landscape. “I think he made a huge improvement in going after a higher number of applicants,” said Blass. Those like Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, told The Guilfordian that Doss is highly respected in North Carolina and across the country for his knowledge and experience in admissions and enrollment management. “He led the doubling of enrollment at Guilford College during his tenure, and the tripling of enrollment of North Carolina students,” said Williams. Rita Serotkin, vice president and dean of CCE, said that Doss always found a way to talk about the most complicated subjects in layman’s terms. “Randy has the unique ability of being able to clearly explain the complicated formulas and procedures of admissions and financial aid to many different audiences,” said Serotkin.“And he always does this with good humor and patience.” Regardless of Doss’ reasoning, not even those working closest with Doss could have guessed he would make the move. Even Andy Strickler, who will fill Doss’ position, said that Doss’ departure came as a shock to the admissions office. “Whether or not a person agrees with his position or stance on a particular issue, one can never argue about his passion and love for Guilford,” said Strickler. “He truly loves the college and wishes the best for (its) evolution.”


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Things get heated at Hodgins Retreat: safety issues arise BY NATALIE SUTTON Staff Writer Fights, sexual assaults, and weapons, oh my! What exactly has been going on at the Hodgins Retreat Apartments lately? One student witnessed a heated fight at Hodgins on the night of Sept. 29. “Basically someone’s boyfriend from off-campus came to pregame and went into an apartment and started talking s--- about the Marines,” said a sophomore who wished to remain anonymous. “He ended up getting punched in the face by a football player ... and his girlfriend was sobbing. The cops came and left and then came back again because the guy kept leaving my friend’s place and talking s--and getting hit." Incidents like this seem to be more common lately at Hodgins, as tales of fights and weapons have become the talk of the community. “I heard a couple weeks ago there was a fight in which multiple people ganged up and beat up a Guilford student over stealing some alcohol,” said a junior who also wished to remain anonymous. “I also heard that there was a fight last weekend where someone threatened to get a gun.” Vice President for Student Affairs

and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow has heard such complaints, and is aware of two incidents where students reported fights and significant disruptions at Hodgins. “I find it a bit ironic that there are students in our community who are very upset when RAs and Public Safety enforce the rules, and some of those same students are now upset that we do not have a presence in

of fights, sexual misconduct and consumption of alcohol and other drugs. “This is the fourth year Hodgins has housed students,” said Bowles. “During the first year, a major fight happened resulting in judicial charges. During the second and third years, when the property was staffed and run by Guilford, we had some substance use issues, but nothing else

Westborough,” said Fetrow. Junior Malikah French thinks that the safety issues at Hodgins results from a combination of factors. “I think that the fights that occurred have made some students feel less safe, but fights can happen anywhere,” said French. “It’s all been a mix of the wrong people at the wrong time mixed with alcohol and a hostile environment. There have been

"Students need to think about their accountability and responsibility for 'safety' at Hodgins, just as they do in Legacy, Madison Woods or Westborough." Aaron Fetrow, vice president for student affairs and dean of students Hodgins to ‘keep them safe,’” said Fetrow in an email interview. After Guilford College chose to discontinue its partnership with Hodgins last year, the apartments are now considered an off-campus living space. Still, it houses a lot of Guilford students, many of whom enjoy socializing there on the weekends. Sandy Bowles, director of student judicial affairs, has heard reports

was reported. During the first month of this, the fourth year, when the property is not staffed by Guilford, we’ve had two significant fights.” Many feel that although there have been some serious incidents at Hodgins lately, incidents can happen anywhere. “Students need to think about their accountability and responsibility for ‘safety’ at Hodgins, just as they do in Legacy, Madison Woods or

fights on campus, downtown and I’m sure in everyone’s hometowns. Those incidents shouldn’t speak on the safety level of Hodgins.” As far as fighting goes, Fetrow sticks firmly to a no-tolerance policy. “It is important to remember

that fighting is simply not tolerated at Guilford,” said Fetrow. “If our students are involved in the fights at Hodgins, they will no longer be our students.” Some feel that, without the presence of Public Safety or RAs, things may get out of control. “It’s just as safe as anywhere on campus, but its proximity to campus without the same structure of school rules allows people to get wild without worry of consequence,” said senior Taylor Sutton. The question now is what is the next step that the Guilford community should take to make students feel safe. “Interestingly, Hodgins is almost exclusively Guilford students,” said Fetrow. “If there is behavior happening that makes others feel unsafe, then what should the folks living in Hodgins and hosting gatherings do to make it feel more safe? We will enforce our Student Code of Conduct, but that is pretty meaningless to the person with a broken nose or a hospital bill. Students have the power to not allow the gatherings to get out of control."

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Associate director of alumni relations gives advice to students KATHERINE CUMMINGS '83 OFFERS CAREER, LIFE LESSONS BY DANIEL GASKIN Staff Writer

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Will your major define your career path? According to Associate Director of Alumni Relations Katherine Cummings, that may not always be the case. Cummings met with students on Sept. 27 to talk about how she used her Guilford College degree. She stressed that students need to know the importance of having a top-notch resume. “Get someone to look at your resume, and start to think about getting connections,” said Cummings. “You have a broad skill set at Guilford; don’t think when you leave here it’ll be your set course.” Cummings also talked about the resources Guilford students can use once they graduate. “There’s a thing called ‘My Guilford’,” said Cummings. My Guilford is a portion of the Guilford home site where alumni can connect. “We are all over the place; there are chapters nationwide.” Cummings spoke about her experiences and told students that their post-graduate stories may likely

be similar to hers. “I’ve had a lot of different jobs,” said Cummings. These included teaching courses at a woman’s prison, becoming a community activist against a coal company, and volunteering at a

Katherine Cummings '83 counsels on how to use Guilford degrees effectively at the Alumni House on Thursday, Sept. 27.

battered women’s shelter before going to graduate school. Her experience at the battered women’s shelter was particularly taxing. “When I would go home at night, I would only have two emotions: extreme anger or extreme sadness,” said Cummings. “There was no in between.” Cummings has had a plethora of careers, reinforcing her notion that your major does not necessarily

define the rest of your life. “It was reassuring to hear her say that you don’t have stay on a set path,” said sophomore Faith Krech. “As an English major, her talk made me see how many other opportunities there are out there in the workforce.” Her current job involves fighting a coal corporation trying to set up shop near Cummings’ home. When she heard this news, she started a communal organization to stop the coal company from coming to town. “If you want to win, get women on your side,” said Cummings. “We will play any angle we have to. We can be mothers, businesses people, anyone. Whatever it takes to win.” Cummings also wanted students to know that being a Guilford graduate can help them get jobs. “Take advantage of being a Guilford alum,” said Cummings. “We will help you make connections.” Cummings left an impression on the students who came to hear about her experiences, such as junior Christopher Haswell-Henion. “I think she said to never be afraid,” said Haswell-Henion. “Never set yourself up to be a failure. You can do anything you put your mind too.” In the end, Cummings brought it back to Guilford. “Remember to say to people that you went to Guilford. You’ll never know who you might meet.”

We met and talked about sustainability. We approved reinstating a "free stuff room" on campus (a room where people can drop off unwanted items and get things they need). We are now looking for a room.

We are having a pizza party next week. Bring a friend, roommate, study buddy and come grab a slice. We'd love to see you. Go to the Senate Facebook poll and take a poll about whether or not we should fix the falling down stick sculpture on the quad.

We need to hear your voice! Got an idea? Concern? Great recipe? It's important to us. Join Community Senate on Wednesday night at 7:00 in upstairs Founders. For items on the agenda email: senate@guilford.edu


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PORTUGAL Facing a recession that has not been this severe since the 1970s, Portugal is instituting a significant tax increase in an attempt to decrease the country’s debt. One of the new stipulations will be the income tax raising from 9.8 percent to 11.8 percent. Various concerns are stewing.

PENNSYLVANIA, U.S. Judge Simpson of the Commonwealth court struck down the Pennsylvania Voter ID laws that inhibited an estimated 1 million Pennsylvanians from voting. The judge was asked to rule based on voters’ ability to acquire the necessary identification in time for Election Day. The answer was a clear and direct “No.”

SYRIA Syria has issued multiple attacks on Turkey, killing dozens of people, and wounding more than double that, with mortar attacks and suicide bombings in Aleppo. Turkey has now begun retaliation.

HONG KONG, CHINA At least 25 people were killed in a collision of two ferries near Lamma Island. The sunken ferry instigated a search and rescue mission that is still in progress.

PARIS, FRANCE Dozens of women protested topless under the Louvre in Paris. The activists were making a statement in opposition to the recent rape of a Tunisian woman who was charged by police with indecency and told she dressed too provocatively, thus implying that "she was asking for it (sexual assault)."

Have a heart? Wales does Hillary Clinton may run for office in 2016 BY JOSH BALLARD Staff Writer Sixty-seven. That is the total number of people, according to the BBC, who donated organs and tissues to those who were in need in Wales last year. The number of people in Wales on the current organ-donation waiting list is 300. A bill proposed by the Welsh government intends to address this issue. According to the bill, available to the public via the BBC website, a “person is deemed to have given his or her consent in relation to the activity (organ donation)” with few exceptions listed. This means that, unless a person explicitly states that they do not want to be an organ donor, or has delegated someone close to them to decide on their behalf, they are considered by law to be a viable and consenting donor. “People will be given the chance either to opt in formally and agree to become a donor when they become adults at 18 or opt out by placing their name on a register,” reports the Guardian. “However, those over the age of 18 who do neither will be deemed to have made a positive decision to donate organs and tissue for transplantation.” The Welsh government and supporters of the bill predict that it will “increase organs available for donation by as much as a quarter,” according to the BBC. Meanwhile, a number of groups, particularly Welsh religious organizations, oppose the bill. Bishops of the Church in Wales, though not

opposed to organ donation, consider it a gift that should be “freely given, not assumed.” When BBC took an opinion poll, they found that 63 percent of those surveyed were in favor of the bill and only 31 percent were against. This change in the organ donation law in Wales raises questions about the U.S.’s own statistics in respect to organ donation. The current system in the U.S. assumes that persons do not want to donate organs unless they specifically state it or formally register. The United Network for Organ Sharing reports that the total number of candidates on the donation waiting list is 115,880 while the number of transplants that took place between January and June 2012 was a mere 13,963. According to Carolina Donor Services, a North Carolina–based organ donor resource, the number of those waiting in North Carolina as of Sept. 25 is 3,558. “Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list,” the CDS site reports. “Sadly, an average of 18 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.” Helen Rice, director of student health at Guilford, feels the main issue with U.S. organ donation numbers is the need for education. “I think more organ donor education is needed at a younger age so people will understand the how, when and why it takes place,” Rice said in an email interview. Legislators hope that the Welsh law will go into effect sometime in 2015. Perhaps then the numbers released from Wales will cause other countries, including the U.S., to reconsider their own organ donor laws.

BY BRYAN DOOLEY Senior Writer

In the heat of this election season, speculation is raging about whether Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for the office of president of the United States again in 2016. Some members of the campus community weighed in on the idea. “I think Hillary Clinton will run for President,” said Ken Gilmore, associate professor of political science. “But I think she will take the next two years testing the waters and recuperating from an exhausting 20 years of public service — as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State.” If Clinton decides to run, many say it will enliven the Democratic Party. “If she does run, the base will certainly be energized,” said senior Dwight Price, a College Democrats student representative. “She was expected to win the Democratic nomination in 2008.” Although she did not win the nomination, she came close. “She came within a hair’s breadth of winning the nomination in 2008,” said Gilmore. “Don’t forget her years in the Senate. She is beyond qualified for the office.” Robert Duncan, visiting assistant professor of political science, agrees with Gilmore’s sentiments. He also points out the significance of the U.S. possibly electing a female president. “It’s about damn time society in the U.S. took the blinders off and saw people for who they are and what they contribute to

the country,” Duncan said. “There are still women being marginalized and put down in the world. I think it’s time for the U.S. to carry the flag and set the model.” If Clinton does run, she will have to contend with the often cited invisible barrier that prevents women from advancing in politics and the workplace, also referred to as the “glass ceiling.” According to Maria Rosales, associate professor of political science, women are often stereotyped as being more nurturing and compassionate. “Although women are over 50 percent of the population, only 17 percent of congress is female,” Rosales said. “It is improving for women. More people are voting for women than ever before, but the stereotypes remain.” Duncan expands on this point. “The good old boys who have been there forever resent women in positions of power,” Duncan said. “For example: the Republicans’ restrictions on women’s access to healthcare … (like) telling women if they should get pregnant, they should not have an abortion.” Duncan continued, “That mindset has to be broken. This illustrates the glass ceiling, the male chauvinistic attitude towards women, as subservient, lesser humans. That really frosts my pumpkin.” Clinton just might be the right person to shatter the glass ceiling, according to Price. “I think it would be great for her to run,” Price said. “She has advocated for universal healthcare coverage, the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, and religious freedom.”


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Cartoon incites rage, controversy across the world BY ELIAS BLONDEAU Staff Writer For many, religion is a sensitive topic. But does a cartoon depicting a sacred figure in a comical light justify inciting violence? Across the globe, heated reactions have erupted in response to a religiously-motivated cartoon. France was the first affected; they deployed riot police to protect the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine on Sept. 17, after the periodical printed offensive cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad on the cover. In an ironic twist, riots in Pakistan over an unrelated viral video that mocks the religious figure had recently turned fatal, claiming the lives of 19 people and counting, according to The New Yorker. But for Charlie Hebdo, a periodical specializing in political humor, courting controversy comes with the turf. In previous years, the French publication has printed satirical illustrations of respected figures such as Jesus Christ and the Pope. To Charlie Hebdo’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier, it is important to print these illustrations and not succumb to pressure from outside parties. "If we start saying we can’t do these cartoons because there’s a risk someone will be shocked, then we’ll back down from publishing other cartoons," Charbonnier told BBC. "There always will be pressure for something less offensive, and so on and so on until we stop making them altogether." A now-banned episode of Comedy Central’s South Park

depicted Muhammad and earned the show’s creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker numerous death threats. To some, this suggested that something about the revered figure incites more anger in viewers than the series’ previous depictions of Christ and other religious icons. According to Max Carter, head of the Friends’ Center and religious studies professor, this is partially due to the fact that Muhammad is not a divine figure, per se, so much as a respected human being. "The humanity of Jesus is equal in importance to his divinity, and depictions of Jesus have not been a major issue for Christians," said Carter in an email interview. "In contrast, Islam ascribes no partners to G-d (Allah); Muhammad is fully human — not divine." "Depicting Muhammad was feared (because it might) encourage idolatry," he added. "More conservative forms of Islam hesitate to depict any human or animal form, lest it violate the commandment against idolatry." Publication Charlie Hebdo, however, has no issue with ruffling the feathers of devout followers of any religion, says Laurent Leger, who writes for the magazine. "We want to laugh at the extremists — every extremist," Leger told CNN. "They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept." Still, some think this isn’t a joke so much as an attack. The ruling Islamist party of Tunisia saw the cartoon as a trap with the intent to "derail the Arab spring and turn it into a conflict with the West," according to Yahoo News. But should artists hold back their opinions in fear of

UK pension pots are wide open: dig in BRITAIN ATTEMPTS TO BOOST HOUSING MARKET BY MAKING PENSIONS AVAILABLE BY JORDAN SMITH Staff Writer A friendly reminder that the U.S. is not the only country suffering from a poor economy: the U.K. has proposed a plan allowing residents to tap into their pensions for financial assistance. Primarily, the scheme was designed to help boost the housing market, as many citizens were struggling to afford homes. Though the concept is currently still in the planning stage, the Liberal Democratic party in the U.K. hopes it will increase the housing market by about $200 million. "We are going to allow ... parents and grandparents to use their pension pots to act as a guarantee so their children and grandchildren can take out a deposit and buy a home," said Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister at a Liberal Democratic party conference. Homeownership is common in the U.K., but the recent economic struggle has pushed the cost of buying property to the point that many firsttime buyers simply can no longer afford it. Clegg revealed the plan to the public, explaining that pensions meant for retirement, which were previously untouchable, have now been made accessible for the benefit of families across the U.K. "People who borrow from themselves tend to make wiser investment choices — they are less likely to buy a house they cannot afford," said Natalya Shelkova, assistant professor of economics at Guilford College, in an email. “What is likely to happen is that their pension fund will get hurt, but at the same time they’ll have an asset that is the house. In addition, people who borrow will not pay the interest to the bank, but rather pay

it to themselves in the future.” The Liberal Democrats claim the plan will help people climb up the property ladder rather than force them to save exorbitant sums of money solely to put down on a deposit. Party aides also claim that about 5 percent of people with pensions large enough will use this plan, with an estimated 12,500 U.K. citizens benefiting from the new policy. "We have thousands of young people who are desperate to get their feet on the first rung of the property ladder, but deposits have doubled and the number of young people asking help from family members to get a mortgage has doubled," Clegg told BBC television. But some are not yet convinced. Critics claim that the plan will be counterproductive, as it would raise prices in the housing market where high prices are already an issue. Those opposed also point out the falling value of the average pension, leaving the ability to tap into pensions only applicable to those who are wealthy enough. "The obvious way to allow more people to get their foot on the housing ladder is to bring prices down," British journalist Larry Elliott wrote in the Guardian. "Clegg’s idea would have the opposite effect. It would push up prices and only help young people with well-off parents. Bad economics and regressive to boot." Another component of the plan worth considering is that this arrangement also takes money from retirement funds, which are already reportedly low in the U.K. and can only be used once by each citizen. "Pensions are designed to mature into a decent retirement income, not for other purposes," said Otto Thoresen, director general of the Association of British Insurers, to CNBC. "Any scheme which uses pensions as a guarantee must ensure that it does not inadvertently make the saver worse off when they retire." With luck and much participation, the new allowance should help the British housing market find its footing in the U.K. economy once again.

retribution from such extremists? First-year student Adele Price doesn’t seem to think so. "I feel that artists have the same rights as religious extremists to express themselves," she said. "The expression of one should not limit the expression of the other." Many echo this sentiment, and would agree that Charlie Hebdo made the right decision in printing the cartoon. When the well-known South Park episode featuring the prophet was pulled from the air, UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh felt that Stone and Parker’s artistic freedom had been compromised. "The consequence of this position is that the thugs win and people have more incentive to be thugs," Volokh told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. "There are lots of people out there who would very much like to get certain kind of material removed, whether religious or political," said Volokh. "The more they see others winning, the more they will be likely to do the same. Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated." The world is left with a question. When the reach of religion extends into the field of art, at what point does it stop being a tool of change and start turning into a weapon of artistic oppression?

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Imposter pilot takes to the skies from Germany to Italy BY ALLISON DEBUSK Staff Writer Have you ever wished that your life could be like a movie? An Italian man recently starred in his own sequel to the movie "Catch Me If You Can." In April, the 32-year-old man used false identification and a pilot’s uniform to sneak into the cockpit of an Air Dolomiti flight from Munich, Germany, to Turin, Italy. It has been widely reported that the man did not even have a ticket to board the aircraft. Police arrested the man in the Turin airport on Sept. 22 after searching for him for months. When the man snuck onto the plane, he told the pilots his name was "Andrea Sirlo and even set up a phony Facebook page complete with fake flight attendant friends," reported Melanie Eversley for USA Today. "On his Facebook profile, the man also falsely bragged he was a commercial pilot and claimed he was promoted to captain’s rank while still young," France D’Emillo reported for the Toronto Star. While in the air, two trained and certified pilots flew the plane and the imposter did not touch the controls. It is unknown as to whether he used the same technique to sneak onto other flights, or if he was planning on doing so the day of his arrest. When found by police, he was wearing clothes that resembled a pilot’s uniform, but without any company logo. Eventually he led police to his stash of similar clothes and fake ID cards. Police issued a statement announcing that the man has been cited as a security

risk and is being charged with, among other things, "usurping a title." For now though, he remains a free citizen while the investigation continues. Christoph Meier, a spokesperson for the German airline Lufthansa, the parent airline to Air Dolomiti, has acknowledged the situation, but denies that the man could have boarded the plane without some kind of ticket. This still does not explain how the man managed to get into the cockpit and co-pilot the airplane for the duration of the flight. No one seems to have an answer as to how this man successfully entered the plane and, even more impressively, posed as a pilot. Until the completion of the investigation, these questions will remain unanswered. The situation, however, raises concerns for people who fly regularly. "That’s pretty terrifying to think about. I fly pretty often, so I’m not a nervous flyer and I know emergency procedures, but that makes me pretty nervous," said first-year Liz Harrison, who flew from England to the U.S. this past June. "That would be very disturbing actually," said junior Saima Noorani. "First of all, (you’re) supposed to be a pilot to be in the cockpit. If for some reason the actual pilot can’t control the plane, it’s his responsibility." Noorani concluded, "If he can’t control the plane, that jeopardizes everyone’s life on the plane." Although Leonardo DiCaprio made this story look glamorous on the silver screen, this real-life sequel does not bode as well with critics.


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(Top left) Football players jog onto the field after halftime, battling rainy weather Saturday night. (Top right) Alyssa Gray, Guilford employee, adds the finishing touches to the farm lunch, which served delicious vegetables from the farm itself. (Above right) Senior Richard Rogers performs a piece during the Theatre Showcase; other performances included monologues, music and films. (Left) The men’s soccer team scores a goal; they were victorious against Shenandoah University, winning 7-0. (Far left) Former residents of Mary Hobbs Hall stand before their old home, for which there are proposed renovations. (Above left) The crowd cheers at The Element concert in the Community Center. Besides the regular music, students danced and recited poems. Homecoming events ran from Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30.

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you see happening.” The next night, the Guilford College 2002 Men’s Golf team was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. The team was recognized for their excellence in winning the 2002 NCAA Division III National Golf Championship. “Throughout my career, I’ve been inducted into several Hall of Shames, and even a few Walk of Shames, but this is my first Hall of Fame, so I’m really excited to be here,” said 2002 men’s golf team member Andrew Eversole ’02 at the ceremony. The 2002 team was led by the late Coach Jack Jensen, who was fondly remembered during the ceremony. “I learned a lot about life here (at Guilford),” said 2002 men’s golf team member Harrison Pinnix ’04. “(Coming here) was the best decision I ever made.” The Theatre Department Showcase took place Friday and Saturday nights and included songs, monologues and films by students and alumni. Showcase Director Jack Zerbe, director of study abroad and professor of theatre studies, had building community in mind when designing the production. “All the actors (were) on stage the entire time because I wanted the feel of ‘we are a community of performing artists,’” said Zerbe. Friday night’s performance featured special guest Minnette Coleman ’73, a successful writer and actress who was in town to kick off events for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of

integration entitled “Journeys in Blackness.” Coleman performed a monologue she wrote about her experiences at Guilford. A modest crowd braved the rain for the Community Party on Saturday afternoon, where a photo booth and bouncy castle stole the show. Cotton candy, snow cones and the traditional burgers and hot dogs kept tailgaters busy as they tried to keep dry and waited for the Homecoming football game. “We were worried that it would rain during the game, but the skies held their water right before the game started,” said cheerleader and first-year Dina Rasul in an email interview. “I think since it was Homecoming and Family Weekend, (the game) had a very good turnout,” said cheerleader and first-year Morgan Rudd in an email interview. “From what I could see, the stands looked pretty packed.” Though Guilford faced a 21-42 loss to Washington Lee, the Quakers kept high spirits. “The Quakers put up a good fight,” Rudd said. “They really put in extra effort as the clock ran out.” The last event of the weekend was the Woods Walk, where senior Sam Kelly led a group of students, alumni and Friends down to the “Underground Railroad tree” in the Guilford College Woods. According to Kelly, the tree is “symbolic for the woods because it represents Guilford’s history participating with the Underground Railroad, and the tree represents the Underground Railroad itself because (the woods area) is the southernmost point of (the Underground Railroad).” The story goes that Quakers used to hang baskets of food out in the woods to aid fleeing slaves during the Civil War, and so the Woods Walk truly brought Guilford back to its roots of community. Rasul said it best: “Homecoming weekend at Guilford is a showcase of what our college is made of and fosters the truth behind the tight-knit community that we have here.”

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Award-winning journalist Steve Sapienza visits, presents on crisis reporting BY HAEJIN SONG Staff Writer

"...the smallscale miners had burned down the government's building two years before." Journalist Steve Sapienza speaks at an informal gathering on Sept. 27. His talks covered issues such as Peruvian gold mining.

Thousands of miners use mercury to extract gold from the soil. When they have an amalgam of gold and mercury, they take it to gold shops where shop owners cook off the mercury and release mercury vapors into the atmosphere. This harms not only the environment but also the health of many locals. “I talked to these miners who mix mercury and gold with their bare hands and feet,” said Sapienza. “When I asked

Outdoors Club hikes, climbs, camps and more BY BRITTANY MURDOCK Staff Writer

Outdoors Club members take a moment to enjoy the sunset over the water during the beachside camping trip.

will have a chance to sign up for the email list, suggest ideas or trips, and find out what events are coming up. “It’s a great way for students with common interest to come together,” said junior Jordan Adams, Outdoors Club secretary. “You’re guaranteed to have a good time since everything is already paid for and the equipment is supplied.” The Outdoors Club has already been on the move and just experienced two great trips that were deemed a success. The students had fun camping out on the beach for a weekend as well as visiting Raven Rock State Park along the Cape Fear River. Rock climbing is another prominent club activity that is held every Friday afternoon at Tumblebee Ultimate Gym. “I’ve been rock climbing every Friday so far, and I love it,” said first-year Nina Troy. “It’s a great way to unwind after a tough week.” The club also hopes to sponsor backpacking trips, day hikes, survival and outdoor lessons and a fun-filled weekend of skiing in the mountains of Boone, N.C. The club aims to hold the Boone ski trip during the spring. Students will ski and hike all weekend long, and these rigorous activities will be followed by relaxation in a cabin with two hot tubs. “The Outdoors Club has enabled me to make new friends and explore the natural beauty of North Carolina,” said junior Fhalyshia Orians, Outdoors Club treasurer. “It provides a very nice short-term vacation from the stress of classes and homework.” While providing many trips and activities, the club also volunteers to give back to the community. Volunteer acts consist of sponsoring service projects such as woods clean-ups and campus clean-ups. The Outdoors Club is excited for this year and hopes to attract new members. “I really hope people can get more involved in the Outdoors Club,” said Adams. “There’s no experience required to become a member — everyone is welcome.”

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them if they were worried about their health, they said that it was only bad for pregnant women.” Local governors have attempted to shut down illegal mining businesses and enact stricter laws. Rather than complying with the authorities, miners have revolted, taken over towns, and terrorized townspeople. “I met the local governor in this big, new, beautiful building that was built to welcome tourists,” said Sapienza. “It turns out that the local governor and government had to move into that building because the small-scale miners had burned down the government’s building two years before.” Sapienza has documented a wide range of other human security stories, including labor in the Thai shrimp industry and child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Many of his stories have been featured on PBS NewsHour and have garnered public attention. “Steve has had some incredible experiences covering important news in many countries,” said Ty Buckner, associate vice president for communications and marketing. “A lot of his work deals with social justice issues, which made his reporting particularly interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Steve’s work on television and online in the future.” Sapienza is currently working on a documentary called “Easy Like Water,” which is about the impact of climate change in Bangladesh. “If I’ve done my job correctly, it’s going to be quite clear what the audience needs to do,” Sapienza said. “You don’t need to tell them exactly what to do. You just need to show them the problem and most will figure out what they have to do in order to help change the situation.”

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Would indoor rock climbing on a Friday afternoon interest you? Could you picture yourself skiing down mountain slopes in Boone, N.C., and enjoying a relaxing night in a log cabin? Would you be more interested if you could participate in these activities for free? The Outdoors Club is a great way to enjoy yourself, meet new friends and expand your horizons, all while not having to worry if your wallet can afford it. “We are able to fund all trips from the money we receive from Senate,” said junior Steven Johnson, Outdoors Club president. “I run the meetings as well as book camp sites, help organize transportation, buy the food for the trips and make sure everyone has equipment.” If you want to know what trip is happening next or have a great idea for a trip in mind, make your way upstairs to Founders any Tuesday night at 7 p.m. You

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“What’s my beat?” asked Emmy Award–winning journalist and documentary producer Steve Sapienza. “My beat is human security.” Sapienza visited Guilford on Sept. 26 and 27 through the school’s connection with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Last year, along with Wake Forest University and High Point University, Guilford College joined the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, a program that brings top journalists to the Triad to discuss and raise awareness of underreported global topics. A former senior producer for “Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria” and recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle and a News & Documentary Emmy, Sapienza spoke to the Journalism class about his approach to video journalism, placing emphasis on avoiding typical news structure and finding a compelling human character on whom to focus. “(Sapienza) wants to, in a very non-cliche way, make the world a better place through his reporting,” said senior Josh Ballard, journalism class student. “He seemed like he wanted students to do the same, or at least take a good look at the world around them and try to make a difference.” The following day, Sapienza spoke during a reception and gave an evening presentation in the East Gallery of Founders Hall. He primarily discussed specific issues with Peru’s gold mining. With gold in high demand and gold prices rising up to $1,800 per ounce, many Peruvians have turned to smallscale gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon. However, it’s

not all smiles and profits for those involved in and affected by the activity. “To produce an ounce of gold, it takes two ounces of mercury,” said Sapienza. “In Madre de Dios, they are extracting 25 tons of gold a year which means 50 tons of mercury is coming into contact with the environment.”

Packing Party On Wednesday, Sept. 26, volunteers assembled 10,000 hunger packets to ship overseas for those suffering from hunger crises. The packets included protein-filled, highly nutritious meals, which are shipped by the Stop Hunger Now organization.


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STAFF EDITORIAL Exploring the greater of Greensboro Do you tend to find yourself sitting in your dorm room bored? Or have you been caught complaining, once again, that there is nothing to do? If you discover yourself stuck in the “Guilford bubble,” do not give up hope just yet. The city of Greensboro is filled with places where you can burst the bubble. Celebration Station, located at 4315 Big Tree Way, offers a unique park-like setting where every age group has an area to enjoy. Various packages offer unlimited go-karts, bumper boats, 20 arcade game tokens, and 60 minutes of unlimited pizza and soda. The family, food, and fun venue also has a website where online coupons can be printed out. A recent special included a one-hour batting-cage rental for the price of a half hour. Celebration Station offers both an indoor and outdoor environment and is a great place to pass time during rainy days. For a more relaxed setting, Royal Hookah Lounge is located conveniently right across the street from campus. Some products include Hookah and tobacco products, gourmet coffee and teas, and fresh fruit smoothies. Customers must be 18 years or older and show a valid ID. The staff is friendly and the environment is laid back and tranquil. Royal Hookah is a great place to just smoke some hookah and kick back with friends — a real good bang for your buck. For more information, contact Royal Hookah at their business email, royalhookahlounge@live.com. Low on money? Greensboro’s Bog Garden at Benjamin Park is perfect for a lovely nature walk. It is ranked No. 1 of 17 Greensboro attractions. The Garden offers a place to exercise and take walks in the shade, and you can bring pets. The peaceful, beautiful and colorful setting features elevated boardwalks, natural wetlands, stone pathways, and a plentiful flower landscape. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of water at Serenity Falls — a recirculating waterfall — while viewing the many varieties of plants, birds and other wildlife inhabiting the area. The Garden is located at 1101 Hobbs Road, and is open yearround from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina, so there is no excuse for being a hermit! Guilford has a small campus but is smack dab in the middle of a metropolitan area. Even though we can sometimes feel stuck on an island, if you take the time to look there is always something to do. For other ideas on how to burst the bubble, check out websites like yelp.com to help guide you in the right direction.

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Letter to the Editor: smoking sections allow for connections, conversations RESPONSE TO "NO BUTTS ABOUT IT" IN ISSUE 3 BY A.C. CANUP Guest Writer After reading the article on the new smoking policies, I would like to bring up points that were not brought to the table in the article “No Butts About It.” If you have ever walked by the smoking section behind King Hall, I’m sure you have noticed that there is a combination of both traditional and CCE students. This is the only place on Campus where traditional and CCE students mix outside of class. As a traditional student, I believe that CCE students bring a different perspective on life and a wealth of knowledge to Guilford. CCE students are unique aspect of our community. I would like to continue forging friendships and learning from them outside of a classroom setting. If we go smoke-free (as foreshadowed by Aaron Fetrow’s comment), we will lose a vital connection that CCE and traditional students have to each other. No other place on campus do we get to sit and talk with CCE, traditional, professors and staff

in a non-classroom based hierarchy. The second point that I have about the gains of the smoking section is the conversations we have. The best conversations I have at Guilford have been in the smoking sections. If you go to the smoking section you are able to join political debates, conversations on

is not in a structured classroom setting. I invite Aaron Fetrow to come down and have a conversation with us and see the diversity of ideas. My last and most vital point is that if we want to keep Guilford a “College That Changes Lives,” don’t try and make us High Point University. Don’t make

The best conversations I have at Guilford have been in the smoking sections. If you go to the smoking section you are able to join political debates, conversations on religion, morality, classes, the physics of what keeps a plane in the air, etc. You name it, we talk about it. religion, morality, classes, the physics of what keeps a plane in the air, etc. You name it, we talk about it. Some of these conversations last for ten minutes. Some last for hours. The best thing is that you get everyone’s thoughts and ideas out because there is so much diversity and it

us Elon University. Don’t try to make us every other college out there. This goes beyond the smoking policies. I believe that we are losing what makes Guilford exceptional. We are losing sight of what makes us unique and why many of my peers and I chose Guilford.

Letter to the Editor: stuff you don't expect to see in The Guilfordian RESPONSE TO "REPUBLICAN TANTAROS APOLOGY" IN ISSUE 4 BY JULIAN STEWART Senior Designer As I cracked open this year's fourth issue of The Guilfordian, I did my weekly once-over to look through the issue for face value stuff, like any glaring errors or things that looked out of the ordinary. Much to my surprise, I found a point that made me raise an eyebrow. Funny enough, when I went to my friend’s apartment, I was greeted by a similar, “Hey, this doesn’t look right.”

In summation, the info says that the Quran is not an extension of the Old Testament. As a matter of fact, the Islamic faith does not even give any merit to the Old Testament. One major reason is because the Torah (or Old Testament) is seen to be corrupted through its iterations over the years by human translators. The Quran is seen as a pure and direct gospel of the word of God.

So I decided to look more into this nugget of misinformation, as it were, because if we are a school newspaper looking to convey truth, what we publish should be unbiased (in all sections other than Opinion), am I right? The statement that came to my attention was a sentence in the College Republicans’ apology for Andrea Tantaros’ “very insightful” visit. The sentence reads, “The Quran is supposed to be an extension of the Old Testament in the Bible,” written by Will Moore, Guilford College Republicans president. Well, I’m not well versed in religious studies, but even I knew something was amiss about this statement. Since I’m a psychology major, I did the one thing psych has taught me to do well over the years: research. After skimming through a related blog, I decided to cross-reference the info I found with people I thought were knowledgeable about the subject such as Director of the Friends Center and Campus Ministry Coordinator Max Carter and Daniel Vasiles ’12. Their info on the topic matched what I found on the blog. In summation, the info says that the Quran is not an extension of the Old Testament. As a matter of fact, the Islamic faith does not even give any merit to the Old Testament. One major reason is because the Torah (or Old Testament) is seen to be corrupted through its iterations over the years by human translators. The Quran is seen as a pure and direct gospel of the word of God. The blog went so far as to point out some inconsistencies in the Torah’s text, like “Did David take with him 700 horsemen (II Samuel 8:4) or 7000 horsemen (I Chronicles 18:4)?” All in all, the moral of the story is to check your sources before you say something like that. Well, this was a fun excursion into looking into details of certain quotes and stories. I suggest that before you write me off, readers and writers should make sure to pay close attention to works they read and write. Inconsistencies are everywhere, and I got lucky finding this. If you find a few yourself, I suggest you take a trip of your own to look behind the curtain. You never know what you’ll find.


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Loan debts challenge worth of attending any college I was looking at my college awards statement last week when my eyes came upon that dreaded section — student loans. As my eyes scanned the paper and began matching the numbers up with their corresponding columns that list the cost per semester, I began to feel a stress that I knew couldn’t simply be brushed off and ignored. The anxiety was legitimate because the costs were real. BY TAYLOR The weight of student HALLETT loans has increasingly Staff Writer become a heavier burden for students in recent years. Many are questioning whether or not the costs of paying off these student loans outweigh the benefits of getting a college degree in the first place. According to The Huffington Post, the average American college student graduates with a debt from $23,000 to $27,000.

How did student loan debt get to be so bad? “One reason is that the price of both private as well as state universities have been rising much faster than the rate of inflation, increasing the costs to students and their families,” says Wesley Cohen, professor of economics and management at Duke University through an email interview. “One reason for this is the tightening of state budgets over the past decade or so.” Is this a cost that we can afford? Aren’t we busy enough with the pertinence of our studies, the impact they have on our personal lives and their relevance to society, to be working two or even three menial jobs to be paying off these loans? In order to find out more about student loan stress on campus, I conducted a poll of 50 Guilford students. I asked, after graduating, do you feel that you may be overwhelmed by the costs of paying off student loans? Sixty-two percent responded yes.

It is no surprise that 81 percent of students in America are asking for more student loan forgiveness programs, according to a recent article by Forbes (comically entitled “Dude, Where’s My Student Loan Bailout?”). With the national student loan debt now spilling over a trillion dollars, one can’t help but wonder where the government would get the money to create these loan forgiveness programs, especially if the money needed for them could be depending upon students to pay back their loans in the first place. Has this issue arisen out of student complacency or government irresponsibility? Probably both. Perhaps complacency isn’t the right word, but nescience. Looking back, I now see that naivety is what guided my college selection process. I came to Guilford not thinking about loans but because of the integrated community, the creatively nurturing environment and the insightful and intelligent student body and faculty. If I am only in college for the chance to hold a diploma in my hand at the end

of the tunnel, my efforts in academia are clearly in vain. They are in vain because the experiences I have had here are clearly contradictory in nature to the experiences I would have in the corporate world — the world that we are being funneled into, that looks first at the credentials and then maybe glances at the actual face behind them. This model creates an atmosphere where more students are only pursuing degrees that are the most profitable; some of our most revered disciplines could bite the dust both in terms of popularity and practicality. “I’m not taking out that many loans,” says Sarah, a CCE senior. “I know I can pay them off, even if it takes a while.” I wish I could say the same for myself. For those of us who are taking out a lot of loans, and are unaware of the balloon of debt that is growing over our heads, it would behoove us to be diligent. Maybe we should even reconsider the worth of attending college in the first place. I know I am.

Dependents deserve respect too BY EMILY CURRIE Staff Writer I am the 47 percent. I am your dependent. You can claim me on your taxes, honey, because you provide healthcare and income to my family. You owe it to me. Darn it, I deserve it. That is what Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, thinks that people like me believe. I am a Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipient. “There are 47 percent who are dependent upon government, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them,” said Romney to a group of rich donors. In a secret video that has received enormous public outcry since its publication by Mother Jones, an independent news magazine and website, Romney calls people who receive public assistance 'a lost cause'." Let’s get one thing straight: we are not a ‘lost cause’ as Romney so eloquently put it. We do not believe the government owes us. We contribute to our communities in many positive ways. We should be treated with dignity and respect like everyone else. Public assistance recipients span a wide array of social situations, ethnicities and demographics. We are working moms, students, elderly, single parents and disabled individuals. We have dreams, we love our children, we volunteer for charities, we obey the law, we vote and — yes — many of us pay taxes. We are valuable members of the community Romney refers to people like me as “those people,” as in, “My job is not to worry about those people.” Comments like that remind me of a time when black people were referred to as “those people” and not considered valuable human beings. “I’ll never convince them that they

should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said. Never mind the fact that both my children are legally disabled and that I am a college student (which ain’t cheap, honey) or that my husband works two jobs and earns just enough for us to barely reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder. I run a charity called Hannah’s Ministry. I collect donations such as food, clothing, household goods and school supplies, and give it to the less fortunate. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I distribute donated holiday meals to those in need. At Christmas time, I also give donated toys and gifts to needy children. This is my way of contributing to my community and giving back. I am in college so I can earn a degree and be able to become fully self-sufficient and take better care of my boys. To me, that shouts responsibility. But I guess Mr. Romney wears a different set of eyeglasses. Romney is campaigning to strengthen the middle class. According to his campaign website, his five-point plan includes energy independence, giving Americans access to better schools and training programs, fair trade, reducing the deficit and supporting small businesses. These are all things we certainly need to make this country stronger and stay the great country it is. But what about extending a hand to our neighbors? My mom told me that, when she was growing up, neighbors looked out for one another. There was a strong sense of community. If a family member passed away, neighbors brought food over to their house. If someone was sick, neighbors cleaned their house for them. That era was built on strengthening one another. We should look back and follow their example. In order to be a good leader, Mr. Romney, first you have to be a good follower. We, the 47 percent, believe in ourselves and our country. Please, believe in us too.

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Coach Lewis celebrates 100th win BY THOMAS DEANE Staff Writer

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Head Women’s Soccer Coach Eric Lewis will always remember Sept. 22 as the date when he became the first coach at Guilford College to achieve 100 career victories, following a 6-0 win over Eastern Mennonite University. In his 11th year, Lewis became the winningest head coach as well as the longest tenured women’s soccer coach. Achieving the 100-win mark bolsters what has already been a highly illustrious career. Lewis started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University before a brief stint as an assistant coach for the Guilford’s men’s soccer team. Following his time at Guilford, Lewis moved on to Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C., where he racked up more than 30 wins as head coach of the women’s soccer team. Lewis then applied to be the head coach for the women’s team at Guilford, under the impression that it was a one-year job. “They needed someone to come in as a temporary thing,” said Lewis. “And here I am, 11 years later.” Coach Lewis attributes a lot of his success to two main things: time and recruiting. “The secret (to) success is time,” said Lewis. “Have good recruiting classes

every year to make sure you have a full team.” Indeed, being a good recruiter can be a huge weapon in a coach’s arsenal. A necessity of every successful coach is being able to bring in players that can win. “He is a very good recruiter,” said

Women's soccer head coach Eric Lewis attributes wins to time and recruiting. sophomore soccer player Hannah Schiltz. “He’s recruited girls from all over—very good, smart-playing girls.” Once these talented players are brought in, Lewis likes to instill his own brand of soccer, which may not always be the same from year to year. “I’ve always wanted to play highpressure (soccer),” said Lewis. “But the

styles can change each year, sometimes within the year, too.” Lewis’ coaching style also preaches a dedication to the task that is being completed at the moment. He feels that the players that are able to accomplish tasks both on and off the field are usually the most successful. “Jay Bilas (leadership forum speaker) came in last week and said it perfectly, ‘Whatever you are doing in the moment, that’s the most important thing,’” said Lewis. “The kids that do things right in the classroom tend to do it right out on the field.” Lewis’ players are also very proud of their highly accomplished coach. Junior soccer player Caroline Bishop saw this win as a momentous milestone. “It is a great accomplishment and it’s a target point for any coach,” said Bishop. “(It is) a very successful achievement.” Lewis also has a great affinity with his players. While on the field, Lewis strives to get the best out of them. “He’s very direct,” said Schiltz. “He’s not afraid to tell you what you are doing right or wrong. He wants you to know what you can do better.” Coach Lewis’ 100th win really speaks volumes about his coaching methods. There is a lot to be excited about moving forward with the team. 100 wins is nothing to scoff at, so congrats Coach Lewis. You’ve earned it.

Athletic Leadership Program lifts off at Guilford College BY COLLEEN GONZALEZ Sports Editor On Sept. 23, student-athletes of Guilford College were ushered into the Ragan Brown Field House for the first speaker of the newly established leadership forum. This program is based on the current Bryan Series, but is aimed more towards students than the entire Greensboro community. It was proposed by Guilford alum, athletics hall of famer, and former basketball coach Dave Odum '65. His plan is to give encouragement to student-athletes through speakers who not only have ties to athletics, but who will also take the time to talk to the students and visit the college. Kicking off the event was guest speaker Jay Bilas, ESPN broadcaster and college basketball analyst. During his speech Bilas mentioned three key ideas athletes should keep in mind that apply to competing on the field as well as when they graduate and obtain jobs. These ideas involve concentration, preparation and being a good team member. Bilas emphasized that athletes should treat each competition and practice as if it were the championship game and when it is time to work, the game should be the only thing in the athlete’s mind. He also encouraged athletes to try to get something out of their practice instead of just working to get through it. Finally, Bilas mentioned how athletes, whether the best or not, should play some sort of role on the team and exhibit integrity in every competition. Athletes rely on teammates during games and a victory comes easier when every player has a role and works together. Coaches, athletes and administrators have taken Bilas’ speech to heart and have been working to apply his methods to their own situations, whether in the classroom or working on that new play at practice. Bilas’ appearance garnered praise from those who attended, which gets the forum off to an excellent start. The next presenter, comedian Jeanne Swanner Robertson, will speak on Nov. 4.

Thoughts and Impressions: “I was surprised how humorous he was and what I got most out of it was as a role player on the team. I’ve never been a star, ever, and him putting it into terms really inspired me for the last 30 days of football because I’m a senior and about to graduate. It made things real for me.” Senior football player Thor Pate “The thing I liked the most was about not just getting through a workout, but getting something from the workout. I think that was very applicable to our situation here … I’ve seen athletes trying to just get through a workout and I would much rather they work hard and get something out of practice or a meet.” Head Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach Danny Cash “I liked his method on concentration. I think the value in it is if you can get student and athletes … when their concentration when they get there is on that event and not on something else and when they come to class their concentration is on class. You show folks you can concentrate on those areas when you get there.” Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Sports Medicine Craig Eilbacher

SPORTS Soccer

Men's Soccer: Sept. 25: vs Roanoke [L 2-1] Sept. 29: vs Shenandoah [W 7-0] Women's Soccer: Sept. 26: vs Lynchburg [L 5-0] Sept. 29: vs Randolph-Macon  [L 1-0]

Football

Sept. 29: vs Washington and Lee  [L 42-21]

Volleyball

Sept. 26: vs Lynchburg  [L 3-0] Sept. 28: vs Salem [W 3-0]

Rugby

Men's Rubgy: Sept. 22: vs. UNC Charlotte [W 12 - 10]

Soccer

Men's Soccer: Oct. 7 @ Bridgewater Oct. 10 @ Randolph Women's Soccer: Oct. 6 @ Virginia Wesleyan Oct. 10 vs Randolph

Football

Oct. 6 @ Shenandoah Oct. 11 vs Bridgewater

Volleyball

Oct. 6 @ Salem College Oct. 10 @ Roanoke

Cross Country

Oct. 6 @ Hagan Stone Park, Greensboro

Rugby

Men's Rugby: Oct. 27: vs. Fort Bragg @ signifies an away game vs. signifies a home game


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