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SHINING FESTIVAL OF CAMPUS SPIRIT By Kate Gibson Staff Writer

48 PERCENT OF THE STUDENT BODY CAME OUT TO VOTE ON APRIL 2

Vibrant face paint, dancing bare feet and glitter. So much glitter. It’s got to be Serendipity. This year’s music and merriment festival kicked off with a bountiful feast at the Guilford garden on March 29. Tables dotted the grassy lawns, offering fresh and local foods: a whole hog from Cane Creek Farms, Tomahawk Hill Farm beef, locally grown veggies and more. With full bellies, upwards of 800 students basked in the sun, tossed Frisbees or played a bit of soccer. “The weather was beautiful and the food was beautiful,” said junior Taylor Seitz. As daylight faded, movie-lovers laid out blankets and pillows on the Milner/ Bryan lawn to enjoy this year’s Movie on the Lawn, “Madagascar,” which concluded the first day’s events. Friday night, Mentalist Robert Channing dazzled a full house with his

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Ken Burns returns for 2011-12 Bryan Series By Linda Catoe Staff Writer By the time PBS “National Parks” documentary filmmaker Ken Burns walked out on stage on March 27 as the third speaker in the 2011-12 Bryan Series, the audience buzzed with a sense of something a lot more than just the sum of our parks. President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar introduced Burns by way of Burns’ Oct. 2003 appearance. Standing before a backdrop of the now-famous photo of Burns and some former first-years,

Chabotar welcomed the alums who are making a homage to their hero, a documentary-in-progress named, “The Ken Burns Effect.” After a sampling of Burns’ 2009 sixhour, 12-part miniseries, “National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” Burns thanked the Bryan Series and Guilford College for asking him back. Launching into his own miniseries of a talk, Burns held the audience spellbound as he wrapped them around his storyteller's finger, in a journey as verbally visual as it was Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker and historian, delivers his Bryan series address about national parks mini-series at See "Ken Burns" on Page 3 the War Memorial Auditorium on March 27.

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With some Republicans eating each other alive on the national stage in the midst of their primary season, here in the humble land of Greensboro, N.C., Guilford College recently held a more peaceful election of our own. Senior Yahya Alazrak, current Community Senate president, is ordinarily found in Boren Lounge clerking impassioned Community Senate meetings. However, on the night of Monday, April 2, he joined 20 of his student peers in counting several hundred votes following the Community Senate elections held earlier in the day. The occasional joke broke up the monotony for the students counting the nearly 500 ballots collected in the race for the 2012-2013 traditional student representatives. Brian Jones, senior and current vice president of Community Senate, told The Guilfordian that during his time at Guilford he had never seen so many people come out to vote for the student government. “We had nearly 48 percent of the student body come out to vote, which is more than we’ve ever had,” said Jones. According to Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Erin Fox, after the polls closed, the votes were handled and counted by members of Community Senate’s Steering Committee. “Volunteers are also able to help count votes and candidates are allowed to have a representative volunteer assure fairness in vote counting,” said Fox. Junior Tim Leisman and sophomore Rose McIntyre ran for Community Senate

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president while juniors Paula Skandis and Karen Turner competed for the vice presidential position. Shortly after midnight, the ballots were all counted. Leisman won by a little more than 20 votes and Skandis won the vice president seat. Junior Robbie Ennis defeated first-year Alex Morales for the treasurer position while the secretary position went to junior Ali Krantzler, who ran unopposed. According to Jones, the election process went without a hitch save for some small misunderstandings. “We learned there were candidates who inadvertently violated some campaigning procedures,” said Jones. “Those items will be addressed in a coming Community Senate meeting and did not rise to the level of disqualification.” Regardless of the misunderstanding with campaigning, Fox told The Guilfordian that the candidates have supported one another and not had run smear campaigns. “I hope that is a legacy we can continue in the coming years,” said Fox. “There

Community Senate presidential candidates sophomore Rose McIntyre and junior Tim Leisman jovially place their ballots at same time during voting on April 2, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Who do you think they voted for?

was no ‘othering’ and it’s highly exciting that this has been a close race. It shows the community’s involvement with the student government.” The past two Community Senate administrations have been focused

on building relationships within the community, making allies of the school administration and figuring out how to work to challenge administrative processes while honoring the process of change, according to Fox.

Though most of the incoming executive board was not immediately available for comment, Leisman told The Guilfordian in an email interview that he was excited to be elected and eager to serve the community. “I’m so happy to be elected and get the support of the community,” said Leisman. “I know it’s a great responsibility. I feel that I have earned it, and I will not let the community down.” Alazrak told The Guilfordian that elections this year were more exciting and dramatic than last year. He charged the incoming student leaders to remember their true purpose. “It’s Senate’s job to represent the students, which I hope the incoming leaders keep in mind,” said Alazrak. Fox told The Guilfordian that seeing such a close race between all the candidates was exciting for the college as a whole. “A close race means we’ve candidates (that) people believe in … whoever wins definitely has a job ahead of them,” said Fox. “There is a weight of the community voice behind each candidate and in the Quaker spirit that the collective is wiser than any one person.”

Community and compromise: the woods policy debate continues as students and faculty meet to discuss options for next year By Daphne Hankins Staff Writer

“We provide five events … on the weekend, but people don’t come,” said Fetrow. “If we choose to, we can create community. We can offer so many things. But it’s up to you, as students, to tell us what you want to do as a community.” For many — though not all — students, bonfires offered a sense of community that many haven’t been able to find

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As students and administrators came together at a recent forum to discuss the high-tension issues that have surrounded the current woods policy, there was no promise of compromise. The discussion held on March 29, however, proved to be enlightening and civil, as students voiced their concern at losing “Guilford’s heaven,” a community many have not been able to find elsewhere on campus. When questioned why the woods policy, which has existed since 2006, was suddenly being enforced this year, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow, Director of Student Judicial Affairs Sandy Bowles and Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe said that a rise in incidents these past two years has triggered the need for change. “It doesn’t appear like a blip,” said Bowles. “It appears like an increase — and students at risk are something no administrator wants to see.” Students present at the forum did not contest this point, but many sought a compromise. “Give us a chance to let us prove ourselves,” said sophomore Samir Hazboun. Once the chance was presented, students offered a multitude of alternatives and solutions to assuage administrators’ fear for student safety, such as bonfire RAs, emergency call boxes and permanent bonfire pits that would be up to code with city law. The reputation that the bonfire pits have as a place for underage and unsupervised drinking may be true for some people. But as the discussion continued, it seemed that many students were willing to give up that privacy, so long as it meant preserving the community present at bonfires that they had come to love. Senior George Pettis remembers feeling that sense of community, recalling that when he was a first-year “there was a really warm community. I was taken in by a group of seniors who felt affectionate to freshmen. ... Those seniors took care of us.” According to Pettis, the feeling of community between students, particularly those in different graduating classes,

has begun to degrade since then, but the bonfires continued to be one place where students could gather regardless of age. But some students feel that the administration is not the one to blame. “There are very few things at Guilford that are set in stone,” said Community Senate Clerk/President Yahya Alazrak, senior.

Senior and Community Senate Clerk/President Yayha Alazrak (left) and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow, add some heat to the year-long bonfire discussion that has been rampant throughout campus. The discussion took place in Boren Lounge on March 29. “The administration may not have offered a replacement, but they didn’t put (the bonfire pits) there in the first place.” While the administration may not have offered a replacement, they have tried to bring the community together in other ways.

anywhere else at Guilford. Whether or not students will have to find it in the woods or elsewhere on campus is still up for discussion. “We can’t go back,” said senior Mikhail Khokhlov. “We have to go forward.”


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Burns, baby, Burns: The Bryan Series continues Continued from Page 1 packed with personal anecdotes, calls to action and lyrical poetic passages. “We get a lot of comments about our speakers’ deliveries and their content,” said Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Ty Buckner. “In the case of Ken Burns, what I’ve read so far is that his speech was almost ‘poetic.’ That’s a first. We have had authors and actors speak, but no one’s ever described a speech as poetic.” Burns’ speech had a similar effect on new Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Dan Nonte. “He’s an eloquent man, even offstage,” said Nonte. “I heard him speak extemporaneously afterward with the alums who are making the movie. He could have left at anytime, but he talked with them for a good hour.” The National Parks project, 10 years in the making, was an idea “we kept bumping up against” according to Burns, while criss-crossing the country filming other projects. Burns spoke of the tireless efforts of people who devoted their lives’ work to preserving sacred spaces and documenting those places. Speaking of the parks’ transforming and restorative nature, Burns shared his own personal experience.

He said he felt he belonged to something that transcended time and space, a larger spiritual initiative, where “we were all hearing the same great symphony.” Well, not all of us. Assistant Professor of History Damon Akins maintains that while Burns is a great filmmaker, students should be made aware that Burns is a storyteller and sometimes leaves out, whether intentionally or not, part of the bigger picture of historical accounts. “I wish that there had been more of a conversation at Guilford around Ken Burns and his work, so that we could help our students think more critically about media in order to be more critical consumers of media,” said Akins. “By positioning one specific story as the story of the nation, Burns’ films marginalize those who don’t quite ‘fit.’ “For example: almost every national park in the United States was carved out of land taken from Native Americans, much of it still contested. Native peoples have complicated relationships to the national parks, which is well-covered in the existing historical literature, but in (Burns’) film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” Native Americans really only appear in the first episode when it describes the Ahwahnechee’s early possession of the Yosemite valley. “By rendering native possession as only a

thing of the past, it naturalizes U.S. theft of native land and renders recent and ongoing disputes over indigenous land claims (trivial).” Nearing the end of his sweep through the National Parks, Burns revealed how a lost bittersweet memory of Shenandoah National Park cascaded back to him on his first trip to Yosemite. Burns then concluded: “But the narrative of the parks is not just their spectacular scenery, or even the sagas of the complicated charismatic individuals who save these spaces,” said Burns. “It is also about who you see these sacred places with, whose hand we are holding at the rim of the Grand Canyon or in Shenandoah National Park. “What are these ‘intimate transgressions’ (historian) William Cronon would say occur between generations as we distill the lives of the parks to our posterity? “We are beset with discontinuity. We do quarrel, get sick and die. Rarely does the momentum of things permit repairs, or reconciliation. “But I have found the places where the narratives of human lives and those of their brotherly rocks seem just as important as some inexpressible something. Something is retained. “Repairs are made and we are all of us as (author) John Muir fervently wished us to be, ‘kindred spirits.’”

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Opponents say "I do not" to N.C. marriage amendment By Justyn Melrose Staff Writer Through one amendment to the North Carolina constitution, the ever-broadening spectrum of what can be considered a legal union could be shrunk down to one shape and one phrase: “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." The May 8 ballot will include the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment. As suggested by the wording of the amendment, samesex marriages would not be constitutionally recognized in North Carolina. All civil unions, domestic partnerships and other forms of legal relationships would not be recognized, as well. On March 28 Guilford College Women’s Gender and Sexuality

Studies Program held an event entitled “The Politics of SameSex Marriage: The Case of North Carolina” to inform the public of the implications of the implementation of Amendment One. “I am a resident of North Carolina,” said Justin Shreve ‘11, current Binford Hall director, advisor for Pride and selfidentified gay man. “I’ve lived here my whole life. … not only would (Amendment One) prevent me from having any kind of legal relationship status when I get older if I decide to live here … it’s going to affect so many other families that I know who are in common-law marriages or students who have been adopted who are my friends." According to the panel, the numbers suggest that it is a close battle over the passing or defeat of the amendment, with many against the amendment, but

nevertheless many still in support. “We must preserve marriage in our state constitution to protect marriage from radical activists who are willing to do everything in their power to change marriage and make it genderless,” said Tami Fitzgerald, chairwoman of Vote For Marriage NC, to The Christian Post. Some fear that a lack of an anti-gay marriage law would leave the law up to a judge’s opinion, so that judges in favor of gay marriage would allow these marriages to occur. This law is intended to formalize marriage as between a man and a woman. One important aspect of this amendment is that, though it is called the Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, it affects all couples who are not legally married, but rather in another form of legal union. For such individuals, this can complicate many aspects of life

from insurance to adoption to who are legally one’s parents. “I have two moms who are living currently in what I guess is a domestic partnership and are married in their own relationship, in their own way,” said Hannah Early, senior and event attendee, “(Their relationship is) not recognized by the state of North Carolina and I think that, not only is this going to harm lots and lots and lots of other people — not just same sex couples — but it is specifically very much going to harm my family.” Event panelist and Assistant Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales said, “Right now, my partner is actually — we’ve been together for 12 years — she’s actually a graduate student at Duke. So, she does not need my health insurance right now, but when she graduates, there’s a good chance she will. … that would not even be a possibility probably (if

Amendment One passes). … the other thing is that we’re planning to adopt and we’re starting the process this coming summer. We talked to a lawyer who said that this could make it more difficult to guarantee that if one of us dies that the child wouldn’t just go to whoever the state considers to be our nearest relative.” The panelists expressed the many fears the LGBTQ community and the straight community have in regards to the amendment. This heated debate will likely remain unresolved until the final vote. Still, opponents of Amendment One are hopeful. Event panelist and first-year D’vorah Nadel said, “(The defeat of this amendment would) be something where the ... queer community and allies and the straight community got together, rallied and (together) we made our voices heard.”


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The Bryan Series Presents Fareed Zakaria 7:30 – 9 p.m. War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro Coliseum

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Really, Really Free Market 12 p.m. The Pines

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Lit By the Lake Sponsored by the Greenleaf Review 1 – 4 p.m. Lawn by the Guilford Lake

Indiana Bones and The Kingdom of the Camarasaur 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Natural Science Center of Greensboro

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Guilford's Take Back the Night 6:30 p.m. – Dinner, T-shirt Making & Tabling – Founders lawn and patio 7:30 p.m. – Speakers: Aaron Fetrow, Justin Kirchner '12, and Valarie Snell (Therapist Specializing in Sexual Assault) 8 p.m. – March and Candlelight Vigil 8:15 p.m. – Speak Out and Bonfire at the fire pit by the lake

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AUSTRALIA Following Australia's consent, the U.S. has begun to ship marines into northern Australia in a strategic effort to protect U.S. interests in the Eastern hemisphere. Currently 200 marines are stationed in northern Australia in the first wave of what is expected to be a 2,500-troop buildup, according to DemocracyNow. China has expressed concern regarding the deployment, as this strategic move is one of the boldest actions the U.S. has taken in its recent containment policy of China."We are fortunate to be in the most dynamic area in the world right now,” said U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich. “This is the fastest-growing economic area and also the one that is enduring the greatest demographic change, and we want to make sure that it continues to be a peaceful, prosperous and stable area.”

UNITED STATES An 80-year-old woman with very little flying experience was forced to perform an emergency landing after her husband, who was an experienced pilot, suffered a fatal heart attack mid-flight. Helen and John Collins were

returning from their summer home in Florida in a small charter plane when John collapsed and died instantly, BBC reports. Helen, who had taken basic lessons in taking off and landing 30 years ago, remained calm despite the fact that she knew her husband was dead. Collins called the police and was guided down by her son James, who was also a trained pilot. By the time she had landed in a small Wisconsin airport, the plane was almost completely out of fuel and had only one functioning engine. “She was calmer than everybody on the ground,” her son James Collins told AP. “She had it totally under control.”

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Massoud sparked Muslim anger, and several Christian houses were burned down. However, this is by no means an isolated incidence of sectarian violence, and the Christian minority has voiced concerns regarding the increasing surge in attacks on churches and other Christian institutions. With the Muslim majority at 90% of the country's 80 million population and the religious tensions rising, the Christian community is looking to government officials for protection.

has become well known for its “Walk to Work” protests, has primarily focused on advocating against corruption and the high costs of living in Uganda. "Over the past few months they have organized rallies and processions without due consultation with the police," government spokesman Fred Opolot told Associated Press, explaining the decision to declare Action for Change an illegal group. "Most of the processions have turned out to be violent."

government has officially banned grassroots opposition group Action For Change just days before an expected protest. Action for Change, which

Aspirin meta-studies show reduced risks of cancer

TAKING A LOW DOSE OF ASPIRIN CAN LOWER CASES OF CANCER BY 25 PERCENT By Michael MacVane Staff Writer

The three main causes of death in the U.S. are chronic heart disease, cancer and lower respiratory diseases. What would you say if you could take one pill a day to prevent and even possibly treat cancer? A study of 25,000 people in Dec. 2010 showed the first signs that this might become a reality. “What we found was — in the trials where people were taking aspirin for four, five, six, seven years on average — the risk of dying of cancer was reduced by about 25 percent,” said Dr. Peter Rothwell of the University of Oxford to Voice of America News. Now a new study has come out, causing

experts to believe that it will only take three to five years for aspirin to have beneficial health effects. This is based on 51 trials with over 77,000 patients. The study was originally done to test if aspirin was helpful in heart disease, but Rothwell’s team examined how many people developed and died from cancer and

cases of cancer by approximately 25 percent after three years of treatment. In the study, there were only nine cases of cancer per 1,000 for people taking aspirin, compared to 12 per 1,000 for those in the placebo group. The study also shows that aspirin could reduce the risk of a cancer death by 15 percent

Exercise, healthy diets and not smoking are still the main things recognized as helping prevent cancer. The emerging studies, however, suggest that aspirin could have a lot of medical potential. found a pattern. “I think that this is fairly reliable because the Lancet is a very good journal,” said Michael Bruno, visiting assistant professor of chemistry. “The articles that get published in this journal are usually high quality.” According to the study, taking a low dose of 75-300mg of aspirin has shown to lower the

within five years or sooner if the dose was higher than 300mg. If patients stayed on aspirin for longer than five years, their cancer death risk went down even further — by 37 percent after five years, according to BBC News. “The problem with this study is that it is a meta-study,” said Bruno. “The data that they collected was not from studies looking at

cancer. The data was from studies looking at aspirin’s effect on heart disease.” There have also been risks that have come along in these trials. While aspirin has been cutting the risk of cancer, it has been increasing the risk of major bleeding. After the first few years of taking aspirin, the risk of bleeding goes down significantly. Rothwell said that the annual risk of major internal bleeding was about one in 1,000, and aspirin roughly doubled that risk, according to BBC News. He added that the risk of major bleeding was “very low” for middle-aged patients but increased dramatically for those over 75. Exercise, healthy diets and not smoking are still the main things recognized as helping prevent cancer. The emerging studies, however, suggest that aspirin could have a lot of medical potential. If you are interested in exploring this treatment, experts recommend that you first talk to your general practitioner and learn the risks. It is possible that taking this pill once a day could save your life.


celebratory students fill the campus … Continued from Page 1 performance in Bryan Jr. Auditorium by using his “sixth sense” to predict thoughts and futures of audience members through various routines. “I thought he was wonderful,” said junior Natalie Smith. “I was on the edge of my seat waiting for him to tell me my fortune.” Outside, the blue, green and yellow flames of Illuminaughty fire performers entranced passersby in front of Milner Hall and entertained crowds of students waiting for Serendipity’s first concert to begin. As the clock struck midnight, hoards of serendipitous party people flocked to the Founders Lobby, where Midnight Breakfast greeted them. Diligent Meriwether Godsey staff members continually replenished the piles of French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, donuts, sticky buns and assorted fruits that hungry students attacked until the wee hours of the morning. And then, of course, there was bacon. “Bacon is the most amazing piece of meat I’ve ever had,” said senior Darius Verdell. Then on Saturday, with the sun at high noon and the storm clouds at bay, the third and final day of festivities commenced with the Serendipity Street Fair by the lake. Local music artists supplied the soundtrack to a flurry of activity: students made tutus with Expressions in Dance, potted seedlings with Slow Foods, wielded baguettes with Fencing Club, shared secrets on postcards with Active Minds, tie-dyed t-shirts and painted bandanas with theme houses, and so much more. “It was fun setting up the tie-dye station and letting Guilford go crazy with it,” said sophomore Keenan Lorenzato, a member of FLANNEL House. “It seemed that all types of Guilford students showed up for the fair — enjoying the events, sun, music and hanging out with everyone. Why can’t Guilford be like that every weekend?” As the shadows lengthened, some students savored pepperoni and cheese pizza slices on Founders patio, others busted moves in the Bryan quad. “(The dance party) was slow at first, but then … more people came, and it was like crazy madness,” said junior Thomas Kerr. “It was a whole lot of fun.” And in the weeks to come, when we see body glitter still clinging to everything we own, our hearts and our vacuums will remember this serendipitous feeling.

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“It seemed that all types of Guilford students showed up for the fair — enjoying the events, sun, music and hanging out with everyone. Why can’t Guilford be like that every weekend?” Keenan Lorenzato, sophomore

Local music artists supplied the soundtrack to a flurry of activity: students made tutus with Expressions in Dance, potted seedlings with Slow Foods, wielded baguettes with Fencing Club, shared secrets on postcards with Active Minds, tie-dyed t-shirts and painted bandanas with theme houses, and so much more.

2012 For the entire weekend, most of Guilford College campus was filled with music ­(including) two of the best concerts in recent Serendipity history: the trance and electronic sound of Wowser Bowser and RJD2 on Friday night and the funk and blues rock styles of Africa Unplugged and Holy Ghost Tent Revival on Saturday night. From left to right: Juniors Emily Egan, Rebecca Marasco, Alison Mooney and Leia Gaskin-Sadiku soak up the rays and the laughter as they enjoy the street fair. Despite thunderstorm warnings, the rain held off until Saturday night, which allowed for traditional Serendipity festivities such as cornhole, baguette fencing and live music to fill the afternoon.

(Front) Junior Will Kimmel strums his banjo during a “Whiskey Fingers” performance during the street fair. The music by the lake was made possible by a solar-powered music system, lent by Appalachian State University. (Top) Alumni Justin Parker ‘11 and “Weez” head down to the lake and excitedly greet friends. (Middle) Junior Will Kimmel rocks out with senior Sarah Stangl. (Bottom) Sophomore Noah Wernstedt-Lynch looks shocked by the handprint on his face, but what would Serendipity be without a lot of face paint and glitter?

…while music fills the air By Alex Lindberg Staff Writer This year’s Serendipity started with a bang — or maybe a thrum — with the Meadowfed dinner on March 29 hosting two local jazz bands. For the entire weekend, most of campus was filled with music. The weekend climaxed with two of the best concerts in recent Serendipity history: the trance and electronic sound of Wowser Bowser and RJD2 on Friday night and the funk and blues rock styles of Africa Unplugged and Holy Ghost Tent Revival on Saturday night. Headliners RJD2 and Holy Ghost had each played at Serendipity before, and both students and community members were ecstatic to hear them play. “I traveled all the way back from the beach to come see these concerts,” said former Greensboro resident Joseph Fitzpatrick. “Holy Ghost and RJD2 were two of the best performances I saw at Serendipitys past. It’s great to see the college bring them back.” The Friday night concert started with Wowser Bowser getting the crowd riled up, throwing balloons for them to play with and playing music that could be heard all over campus. “It was a really lively show,” said senior Tali Raphael, a trance and house music aficionado. “This is my fourth Serendipity and (Wowser Bowser) fit the enthusiasm of the event, as I would have hoped them to.” Unfortunately, due to how loud the event was, a noise complaint was filed by neighbors of the college, and the performers were asked to tone it down. Because of this, RJD2 was unable to play as loud as the crowd would have liked. “I still had a lot of fun, (RJD2) talked to the crowd a lot and got the people dancing,” said senior Caroline Corbett. “It was great how he could just throw on a random record and make it sound good, like something you just want to dance to. He gave off a good energy and because of that, the crowd had one too.” Though most agree that RJD2 was great and gave the students something to dance to, some were disappointed with the overall sound of his music. “The music didn’t engross me as much (as Wowser Bowser’s),” said Raphael. “It was a chill playlist but unless you were up close, the music seemed underwhelming.” On Saturday was the Africa Unplugged and Holy Ghost concert. Many were wondering how the bands would play with the noise complaint from the previous night. However, as soon as the concert started, people’s doubts quickly subsided. Africa Unplugged’s medley of percussion beats could be heard all around campus. “The show had a lot going on,” said senior Bennett Christian. “With the eight or nine folks up there playing, there were lots of different rhythms. (Africa Unplugged was) a fun band for people to just dance to (and) the crowd just ended up getting into it because of the band’s enthusiasm.” Finally, it was time for Holy Ghost to take the stage. The band changed their music from their normal smooth style to a rock/dance mix for the crowd. Despite having recently lost a singer, the band managed to create a style that got everyone in the crowd on their feet and moving along to the music. “They appealed to both the people who wanted to dance and the people who wanted to chill,” said Corbett. “They created a new sound for themselves and that, with their usual enthusiasm, got all of us excited.” True enough, even after the concert was supposed to be over, the members ran up on stage again in response to the crowd’s shouts for an encore. After that, band members stayed around to hand out free copies of their music, sign autographs and talk to fans. “(Holy Ghost) really loves their fans,” said friend of the band John Nolan. “They know that their success is because of their fans and love to give back whenever they can, especially when it comes to their music.” “We love playing at Guilford College,” said Stephen Murray, Holy Ghost’s banjo player and singer. “The people here just love to express themselves in such creative ways. It’s incredibly rewarding to get to watch that, let alone be the cause of it.”


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Trayvon Martin: beyond the speculation & towards the truth By Kate Gibson Staff Writer

no evidence of blood on Zimmerman’s face or shirt. Additionally, recordings of a neighbor’s 911 call captured cries for help moments before the gunshot that took Martin’s life. Zimmerman asserted that he was the one screaming; however, two independent forensic experts determined with

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Senators and Representatives donning hooded sweatshirts. Student protestors rattling bags of Skittles in unison. Social networks and blogospheres erupting with demands for action. “We want arrests … shot in the chest,” chanted thousands of protestors on March 31 in Sanford, Fla., reported Reuters. This group, along with countless others across the nation, cried out for justice in the name of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the chest and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, on Feb. 26 in Sanford. The facts may easily lead to sensationalism — Martin was unarmed and black; Zimmerman is Hispanic and had previously faced assault and domestic abuse charges. In addition, the killing took place in Sanford, which has had a history of racial animosity. However, the criminal justice system does not allow room for speculation. “The public will react first and then think when it comes to this case,” said senior Casey Mann, a criminal studies and psychology double major. “The public wants to think what they want and ignore how the justice system works. You have to account for all of the facts of this case.” We may never know what happened on Feb. 26, but we can reveal the way that the law should have worked given the situation. “It concerns me that the people of the

public are hollering for (Zimmerman’s) arrest,” said Jerry Joplin, professor of justice and policy studies. “That’s just nonsense. Let’s holler for an investigation.” The integrity of the initial investigation has come under fire. ABC News reported that an officer at the scene “corrected” an eye witness and that a narcotics detective,

Within the Justice and Policy studies office, frustration with the Trayvon Martin case was shown in a productive fashion by calling out for justice. The justice skittles have remained on display for days. not a homicide detective, first interviewed Zimmerman. ABC News also released surveillance footage of Zimmerman exiting a squad car and entering the police station. Police reports and Zimmerman’s testimony state that Zimmerman sustained a bloody or broken nose in addition to scrapes on the back of his head. On the footage, there is

“reasonable scientific certainty” that the voice on the tapes is not Zimmerman’s, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “The problem is that the police and the prosecutor have not been forthcoming,” said Joplin. “They could solve this thing in a heartbeat — they could step in there and say, ‘We have investigated this and this is our finding’ … but the police messed

around so long that the FBI is moving in now.” Another problem made evident by this incident is the role of the Neighborhood Watch and similar types of “privatized police.” “A neighborhood watch program should be vetted by the police department, and then the police department should make it very clear: you do not carry weapons,” said Joplin. He added that currently, “we don’t know how to regulate those private organizations to make sure they would maintain standards of law enforcement that we would like to see in the public sector.” Even though the Neighborhood Watch does tell its members not to carry firearms, Zimmerman has a concealed carry permit and had his firearm when he spotted Martin. “And the big thing that private police can do is that they can profile,” added Sanjay Marwah, assistant professor of justice and policy studies. “And they assume that profiling is acceptable and legitimate, and that’s the problem.” The federal government now leads the investigation, and a grand jury will convene on April 10 to determine if there is enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman. But, the outcome may not be the swift justice that the public demands. “(With) the nature of the publicity that’s being given to this case, it’s going to be very difficult to see any outcome as being satisfactory,” said Marwah. “It’s going to be incomplete justice for most parties, if not all.”

Endangered island nations call for global action on climate change By Linda Catoe Staff Writer On Wednesday, recently-ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” to promote his film, “The Island President,” and to send an important message to Americans. “If carbon emissions were to stop today, the planet would not see a difference for 60 to 70 years,” Nasheed said. “If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be underwater in seven years.” Nasheed is an outspoken advocate in combating global warming and was the first democratically-elected president of Maldives. On the Late Show, Nasheed told Letterman that because his nation, located in the Indian Ocean, is a mere six and a half feet above sea level, speculative talks are underway to move the residents out of harm's way." “The science is very sorted. If we are unable to do something during the next seven years, we will be in serious trouble,” Nasheed said. Nasheed’s appearance on the late night show came on the heels of the BBC’s report that temperatures could rise up to 3 C/5.4 F by 2050. According to the BBC, a study of 10,000 climate simulations projected the rise in planet temperatures. The Climateprediction.net study, part of the BBC’s Climate Change Experiment, used a complex atmosphereocean model to run simulations. The projected rise in the planet temperature is significantly higher than those from other models. To reflect uncertainties about the climate system, physical parameters were varied between runs of the model, with the forecast range coming from models “that accurately reproduced observed temperature changes over the last 50 years,” the BBC said. The University of Oxford’s School of Geography and Environment and Department of Physics Professor and

Climateprediction.net’s chief investigator Myles Allen said that the study was needed because other climate modeling studies did not explore the full range of uncertainty. Other climate researchers weighed in saying the results were very promising. “Better constrained climate projections are needed to help plan a wide range of adaptation measures, from sea defenses to water storage capacity and biodiversity conservation areas,” said Professor Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

“If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be underwater in seven years.” Mohamed Nasheed, former Maldives President "I have reservations about relying on a model that combines land temperatures — which are clearly rising — with sea temperatures which can be subject to big decadal fluctuations," said Julian Hunt, emeritus professor of climate modeling at University College London. According to the BBC, Hunt did agree that the higher end of the temperature predictions looked increasingly likely, though he cited different specific causes. The causes he pointed to specified methane released from the seabed and land, “massive changes” in reflection of light at some places on the Earth’s surface, and reduced air pollution in Asia that

will reflect less solar energy back into space. But what can people do to save the planet? There are many groups dedicated to bringing people together in this fight to protect the environment. “This year Earth Hour has launched ‘I Will If You Will’ on YouTube to showcase how everyone has the power to change the world we live in, bringing together the world’s biggest social video platform with the ‘world’s largest action for the environment,’” said World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on its website. “The task is simple, head to YouTube to tell us what you are willing to do to save the planet or accept one of the challenges we’ve already received from our supporters.” In other climate change initiatives, the Telegraph recently reported that Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, was in negotiations to buy land in Fiji for Kiribati’s 113,000 inhabitants. Kiribati — located in the South Pacific — is also expected to soon be submerged in water as a result of climate change. “We don’t want 100,000 people from Kiribati coming to Fiji in one go,” he told the state-run Fiji One television channel. “They need to find employment, not as refugees but as immigrant people with skills to offer, people who have a place in the community, people who will not be seen as second-class citizens. “What we need is the international community to come up with an urgent funding package to deal with that ambition, and the needs of countries like Kiribati,” said Tong. Mohamed Nasheed concluded his appearance on Letterman with a cautionary remark to Americans. “What happens to the Maldives today is going to happen to everyone else tomorrow,” he said. “Manhattan is an island and I don’t think that island is much different.” “I’m afraid the American people are not telling their leaders enough on what to do with climate change,” Nasheed added.


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Life After Guilford: "Seven Up" guide for all aspects of success outside the Guilford bubble Cheer up:

By Haejin Song Staff Writer As graduation nears, it’s the perfect time to ask, “What’s next?” Going to graduate school or finding a job or internship may be stressful and confusing, so here are seven tips to get on the right track.

Dress up:

We’ve all heard the idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet in the working environment, this is not always the case. Dressing for success plays a critical role in leaving an important first impression on individuals you meet while doing your job or an interview. Think about what to wear, and keep in mind that wearing a collared shirt instead of a t-shirt can help you make it or break it. “It's not just dress up, it's dress appropriate,” said Breé Shepard '11. She advises having a standard outfit for formal interviews, but being flexible for other job-related events. “(For example) my first interview with Apple was a hiring event, so I decided to wear a casual dress instead,” said Shepard. “Then, when I got called back for a second interview, I knew that the managers and workers there were a bit more laid-back on the dress code, so the dress suit would have been overkill. Choosing a skirt and blouse ensemble worked better for that situation.”

Shut up:

Two ears. One mouth. It is always important to listen more and talk less wherever you go. When it comes to interviews, it’s a chance for you to introduce yourself, talk about your interests and mention your accomplishments. When you catch yourself rambling or flaunting your achievements, it’s time to be quiet. “It's okay to talk about your accomplishments,” said Shepard. “The important thing is to answer only the questions they ask. You have absolutely no idea what kind of person they are looking for in the role. You can kill your chances by trying to be who you think they want. Be yourself.”

Freedom is calling your name. After four years of hard work and a sprinkle of all-nighters, take a deep breath and relax. It is up to you to go to graduate school, take a break or hunt down a job. However, whatever you choose to do, follow your heart – no matter how cliché that sounds. Do something that makes you happy. “Studies show that humans are increasingly more efficient when working at something they enjoy and deem valuable,” said first-year Julia Draper. “Why work at something you’re not passionate about or that doesn’t make you happy?” Career Coordinator and Advisor Teresa Fitzgerald pointed out that right out of college, you may not be able to find your ideal job. You can, however, take steps to ensure that you know what you are getting into. “Happiness is very important whether choosing a job or going to graduate school,” said Fitzgerald in an email interview. “Get familiar with where you intend to go. Research the school or company. Study the mission statement of your destination and as much as you can about what they do on a day to day basis. Go visit or set up an Informational Interview. While searching for the job or graduate school that is right for you, remember to search inside yourself to ensure that you are ready for the change. “Ask yourself questions like, ‘Does this fit my values? What is the social culture like here? Can I see myself in that environment?’” said Fitzgerald.

Back-up:

Get a job in ____. Work for _____. Earn _____. Sometimes, life doesn’t always go as planned. When your Plan A fails, it’s always assuring to have a backup plan. “After Guilford, I plan to pursue a doctor of physical therapy or master of occupational therapy degree,” said sophomore Meredith Foscue. “It’s always valuable to have a backup plan because you cannot be certain life will turn out as you expect. Every student should prepare themselves for many different circumstances in order to provide themselves with the best opportunities.”

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Organization is one of the key characteristics any worker, job seeker, and graduate student should have. Keeping up with your organizational skills shouldn’t stop at the end of the road of Guilford. Don’t forget to keep a calendar and agenda to remind you of important appointments. In addition, during your job or internship search, make sure to keep your résumé and job application in a folder or binder at all times. You never know when it may just come in handy!

Grow up:

Stepping out of the Guilford bubble and into the “real world” can be exhilarating, but it comes with baggage — growing up. It requires self-sacrifice, responsibility, and maturity to achieve your goals post-Guilford.

Don’t give up:

Life is a bumpy road, and chances are you may fall and trip along the way after college. “To secure employment, (you) will need to be both aggressive and patient,” said Fitzgerald in an email interview. “Employment will not come to (you); (you) must get out of (your) comfort zone and be prepared to go to the source.” Finding a job or obtaining that law degree may take more stamina and perseverance than you expect. However, no matter how difficult it gets, you should never give up, because there is no shortcut to success. Features Editor Meg Holden contributed to this article

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Senate leaders should not be paid for services to school By Kim Kleimeier Staff Writer The atmosphere is tense in Boren Lounge as Yahya wipes the sweat off his face, frustrated Quaker hands are in the air and the meeting has just been extended another 30 minutes. Fantastic. This is the scene I envision at the next Community Senate meeting when the topic is brought up to potentially give payment to Senate leaders. Not a pretty picture. Even though Senate leaders currently receive a stipend of $500 a semester for their service, this is more of an academic scholarship than a monthly payment. This money goes towards their tuition payment, not their own pockets. Paying Community Senate leaders would cause a slew of problems among the student body, starting with the other organizations on campus. Paying some community leaders and not

others goes against the core value of equality at Guilford. What makes Senate leaders more important than other student leaders, such as club leaders and CAB leaders? What exactly would the pay be? Who will keep Senate leaders accountable? What money would be used for the pay? Equality goes out the window the second one organization is given preferential treatment

makes Guilford unique. Our student body spends a lot of their extra time involved in clubs, volunteering or being otherwise involved with campus activities. Being a leader on campus means doing it on a volunteer basis. If Senate leaders suddenly receive money for their service, this will no longer be the case. Plenty of leaders on campus put in a tremendous amount of time and

Plenty of leaders on campus put in a tremendous amount of time and work into their organizations, and they do not get paid either. It would not be fair for one organization on campus to have paid leadership positions and others not. over the multitude of other, equally significant groups on campus. Offering payment to one organization and not the others is going against a core value. Service is a big part of what

work into their organizations and they do not get paid either. It would not be fair for one organization on campus to have paying leadership positions and others not. The third negative to paying

senate leaders would be the question of integrity. Some may simply run for senate positions in order to get the money. Currently the people on senate are there because they want to serve the Guilford community and student body, not because of any monetary incentives. It should stay that way in the future as well. Leaders of Senate should want to do their jobs out of a sense of service to the school rather than seeing as an opportunity to get money. The integrity of the leadership roles in Senate can only be kept alive with a focus on service and commitment to the school. Finally the core value that would really be the most in jeopardy is community. A community should be united, but this is just the type of issue that could split the community and cause a lot unnecessary controversy and arguing. Being a part of senate without the pay is a sure sign of complete commitment to the community. Involving money in the system would muddy the waters of true commitment to the school and its students.

Why have we become so comfortable using demeaning terms towards women? By Thomas Deane Staff Writer “Slut,” “whore,” “prostitute” and “nappy-headed hoes.” All of these terms have been uttered on live television or radio broadcasts to describe women. What have we become as a society when the verbal abuse of a person is acceptable? Activists have long striven to end the usage of demeaning terms. The word “slut” is around 600 years old and originally referred to a woman that is unclean, untidy or dirty. Today, “slut” and other demeaning terms have lost their original connotations and their usage is almost a common occurrence. Recently, talk show host Rush Limbaugh made national news during a radio broadcast in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut.” Now, I do not necessarily disagree with Limbaugh on a lot of subjects. However, when he calls a woman a “slut” and a “prostitute,” then we have issues. Immediately following the incident, negative reaction blew up the wavelengths. “Slut-gate 2012” became a popular movement aiming to shut Rush up. Tweeters have been urged to hash-tag #stopRush and #BoycottRush in order to spread information. Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Coordinator of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Julie Winterich does not necessarily believe that, when Limbaugh used these genderspecific terms, he was reflecting the views of society.

“Rush Limbaugh uses words intentionally to be provocative — it is not necessarily representative of how people in U.S. society use words,” Winterich said. Limbaugh’s use of these gender-specific terms on a national broadcast opens up a whole new can of worms. When people are using these words, and what they say

“Rush Limbaugh uses words intentionally to be provocative — it is not necessarily representative of how people in U.S. society use words,” Julie Winterich, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and coordinator of women’s, gender and sexuality studies is heard by millions, this becomes very alarming. Banter between two opposing sides isn’t supposed to be nice and fun. We get it. You need to have tough skin if you are arguing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh. But when it escalates to the point to where young people grow up thinking these words are okay, something is awry.

When young people grow up believing these words are okay, their use becomes the norm. Furthermore, when young women grow up hearing these words, they can become discouraged to speak out against the use of gender-specific names. The problem here isn’t only that the words were used, but who used them. When a high-ranking member of the media uses these terms, everything changes. High-profile people have followers who want to imitate their actions. Someone who hears Limbaugh utter these genderspecific words will think that, because he used them, it makes it okay to demean women. Luckily, there were repercussions for Limbaugh’s actions. More than three dozen companies yanked their endorsements from Limbaugh’s show. “What’s interesting about the Limbaugh example is that advertisers pulled out, which is a striking example of what is no longer acceptable in some contexts, in some ways,” said Winterich. The example of pulling sponsorships from his show emphasizes the hope that these gender-specific slurs will be a thing of the past. “Customers and listeners have taken to social media to inundate advertisers, stations and sponsors of Limbaugh’s show with calls to boycott Limbaugh,” Fluke said in an interview with ABC News. These steps to pull sponsorship as well as the decrease in listeners are positive steps when it comes to the fight against these demeaning slurs.

Staff Editorial

Take control of the social media at your fingertips

Two weeks ago, Kim Kardashian was flour-bombed at a red carpet event as she celebrated her new perfume line. The story exploded, with headlines, tweets and blogs blowing up all over the country. It seemed like thousands joined Kim and her family in the fight for justice against the attack and the attacker. The next day, 100 miles south of Hollywood, an Iraqi woman was shot and killed in her home and left with a note that read: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.” The crime, obviously motivated by hate, elicited alarm from some, showing up in the occasional tweet or blog post, but, for the most part, it remained overshadowed and under-covered. Around the same time, headlines came out informing the American public that U.S. troops had been involved in an airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. This story received little attention on social networks and blogs, and several days later — when it was announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against the soldiers involved — people were still preoccupied with calling for Kim Kardashian’s vindication. While these three events are not comparable in many ways, the varying levels of attention they received from the nation reflects an alarming pattern: media focuses more on celebrities than other people, no matter the tragedy. The bottom line is: Kim Kardashian’s flour bombing should not outrage the public more than a hate crime or a military blunder resulting in the death of 24 innocents. The problem is two-fold. The media can be found culpable for playing to what the public want to see and hear. They know what sells, and, ultimately, that’s what we get. Even the most reputable news organizations emphasize and sensationalize certain stories while down-playing other, less palatable headlines. But when it comes down to what sells — what society cries out for — that’s quite simply up to us. So maybe we should all do something about it. Use the social media at your fingertips to spread important stories, stories that are about social justice, equality, and racism. Media should not be controlled by a small few. Take control of your media, social and otherwise.

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Reflecting Guilford College's core Quaker values, the topics and content of Staff Editorials are chosen through consensus of all 16 editors.


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Zimmerman committed a crime, but not a hate crime The Guilfordian. “With the demonstrations, there is pressure on the judicial system to do something about what happened. Until all the facts are known, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the crime was, if there was a crime at all.” In the highly sensationalized, much politicized, wildfire debate regarding the Martin case there are three truths: Zimmerman’s truth, the public’s truth and the

By Victor Lopez Staff Writer Some argue that George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in the central Florida town of Sanford, committed a racially motivated crime. At this juncture, I disagree. Before you tell me I’ve gone stark mad and dismiss my thoughts, I urge you to read on. Zimmerman undoubtedly overstepped his bounds, and someone died. Be that as it may, I think it’s best to wait for the evidence to speak for itself before we accuse the man of committing a hate crime. Zimmerman might be guilty of many things. However, calling this a hate crime without hearing the bona fide facts is wrong, even if the subject matter has mobilized our nation. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “The U.S. Justice Department could bring a hate crime charge against the shooter in the killing if there is sufficient evidence the slaying was motivated by racial bias and not simply a fight that spiraled out of control, legal experts and former prosecutors say.” A U.S. Department of Justice attorney and friend told me by phone that there are too many unknown factors at this point to pass judgment. “You have to look at all the facts,” this attorney told

Outrage, protests and mounting pressure on those in power to hold Zimmerman accountable for taking a life is an understandable reaction. We need real truths, not immediate gratification by way of labeling an act without fully understanding what took place. truth which we’ve yet to hear in completeness. If the crime was racially motivated, Zimmerman deserves punishment to the full extent of the law. However, at this juncture it’s not appropriate to say what motivated this unfortunate event until the case is presented to the grand jury. We need facts, not rhetoric, even when the subject

h Playback: how do you feel about the U.S. presidential campaign? STUDENTS AND STAFF OFFER THEIR OPINIONS ABOUT THE DRAMA SWIRLING AROUND THE 2012 ELECTIONS, WHICH ARE JUST SEVEN MONTHS AWAY “I feel that the GOP candidates are dragging out the primary race too long. At this point, they’re just digging themselves a hole. Mitt Romney is probably the best candidate they have, but he’s too much of a flip-flopper. Rick Santorum is an idiot, and Ron Paul is still crazy. I didn’t even know Newt was still in it. I’m not the biggest Barack Obama fan, but I guess he is the lesser of the two evils.” Elijah DaCosta, senior “I generally feel like the candidates are too far apart on the spectra of their issues, and they lack leadership skills. Overall, they’re too extreme in one direction or the other to successfully lead a country the size of the United States.” Caroline Oldfield, senior “The current campaign is a perfect example as to why women should just be put in charge of EVERYTHING.” Susie Williams, CCE senior

“When I’m at home I keep up with the news, but when I’m at Guilford I don’t really follow the campaign at all.” Nora Cooke, sophomore “I don’t follow it much because it’s so depressing. The things the candidates say about each other and the economy makes you feel depressed, especially if you realize it actually works.” Sara Besmertnik, sophomore “Americans live under the mistaken impression that our elections still matter. Warlords give way to monarchs give way to nations give way to corporations. Power wears a different mask for each time and/or culture, but remains where it always has: in the hands of the few. A gross oversimplification of empire, but true nonetheless.” Phillip Arthur, CCE senior

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matter involves racism and laws like Florida’s “stand your ground” rule that kept Zimmerman out of jail, as it condones deadly force in a self-defense scenario. Here’s what we do know: a neighborhood watch captain — a “wannabe” cop — gunned down a black teen. Also, 911 tapes reveal Martin being identified as a “black” male. We’re also aware that Martin was unarmed and that the police dispatcher clearly directed Zimmerman to step down and allow the police to handle the situation. Reports also indicate Zimmerman sustained injuries during the altercation. Zimmerman allegedly uttered a racial slur during his 911 call, though this has not been confirmed. Attempts to decipher the mumbling produced by the recordings with the ease of sandpaper may, in the end, be considered unreliable evidence. What the media has yet to address is the larger issue at play, an ember that I hope will not diminish after Martin’s death is just a memory to the public eye: we are still a very racist society. Outrage, protests and mounting pressure on those in power to hold Zimmerman accountable for taking a life is an understandable reaction. We need real truths, not immediate gratification by way of labeling an act without fully understanding what took place. A young black teen being killed reminds some that, where race and perception is concerned, we’ve still a long way to go. Until the complete facts are examined in Zimmerman’s case, I refuse to allow all the media analysis and scapegoating techniques to affect my judgment one way or another. Until those true facts are presented to a grand jury, I’m staying tuned.


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NFL lowers the boom on the New Orleans Saints for bounty system By Bryan Dooley Staff Writer To all Guilford students who are hoping to practice personal injury law, you may have future clients in the NFL. On March 2, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell unveiled an investigation into the New Orleans Saints bounty program. The bounty program was an incentive-based program, allegedly instituted by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid players to injure opposing players. “The scandal is somewhat embarrassing,” said Chris Rusiewicz, head football coach. “These guys (the NFL players) already make enough money, and for a little bit more, they are willing to hurt somebody?” The scandal brought unprecedented punishments for Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and general manager Mickey Loomis. Payton received a suspension without pay for the 2012–2013 season, and Williams is indefinitely banned from the NFL, effective April 1. “I share and fully support the league’s concerns and goals on player safety,” the New Orleans coach said in a written statement released by the Saints. Payton continued, “It is, and should be, paramount. Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely important to me.” However, Payton is said to be appealing the ruling, according to Sam Quinn of the Bleacher Report. It is highly unlikely that Payton’s appeal will be successful, because he will be appealing directly to Goodell. There is some speculation that Bill Parcells, famous former NFL head coach of several teams, will be hired as interim head coach. The coaches are not the only ones to blame in the scandal. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 of his own money to any player who could injure former Vikings starting quarterback Brett Favre and knock him out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Vikings. “The bounty thing is completely unprofessional,” said Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross, as printed by CBS. com. “I’m happy the league has made it known it won’t be tolerated. To think that something like that would happen — guys trying to hurt someone to make a few extra bucks — is just appalling. I mean, we have a lot on the line, every single one of us. ... You don’t want to see anyone taken out a game.” Most coaches would agree with Gross. “I think it’s great (the punishment for the bounty system),” said Rusiewicz. “The indefinite suspension, which could be forever, for the assistant coach (Williams) was completely the right thing to do. The head coach, who is supposed to be in charge, probably knew about it, so he deserved the one-year suspension.” Faris El-Ali, captain of the Guilford football team, also agrees. “I strongly agree that football is a game of self-control and self-awareness,” El-Ali said. “Although contact and aggression

are emphasized at all levels, discipline is of the utmost importance.” El-Ali continued, “Although football is an aggressive sport, you will never be a successful youth, collegiate or professional football player if you cannot play with integrity.” Goodell also banned Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season and assistant coach Joe Vitt for the first six games. The bounty system punishment marks the latest in a long line of player-safety-related incidents handled under Goodell. However, not everyone likes his handling of every situation. “Goodell has a mixed record to me,” said Bob Malekoff, assistant professor of sports studies. “He’s come out really strong on this, but in the middle of the concussion issue, he said let’s have 18 more games instead of 16, which is two more chances to get a concussion.” Malekoff continued, “It’s important to remember that, as a commissioner, his job is to balance the needs of the owners and the players. But he is hired and paid by the owners. So to suggest he is completely balanced is maybe naive.” If Goodell wants to clean up bounties totally, he might have a long battle on his hands. “The bounty system gained notoriety during the Buddy Ryan era, although it was probably in existence before then but not publicized,” said Martin Collinson, former Guilford assistant coach, in an email interview. “But recently I think the NFL, Roger Goodell and the rules committee have done an excellent job of keeping the game safe for the players.” According to NFL lore, a Thanksgiving Day game between Buddy’s Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 even became known as “The Bounty Bowl” because Ryan, then Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator, allegedly placed a bounty on Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas, as printed in the Arizona Republic by Bob Young. The current punishments could be seen as the NFL trying to clean up its image. “Player safety, competitive integrity and fairness are all very important components,” said Dave Walters, sports information director and assistant director of athletics at Guilford. “Safety is very important because the players who are winning and losing the games make up the teams that fans support.” Walters continued, “I know that when players’ careers are shortened due to injury, obviously it is disappointing for the players, coaches and fans. It also hurts the competitive balance, depending on the quality of the player injured.” Everyone interviewed for this article agrees that the bounty scandal is a terrible event for the NFL. “Being a football coach, it’s sad to hear this happening to human beings,” said Rusiewicz. “These players work so hard to get where they are, to make the income they make, and then to find out that for a lousy $1,000 to $1,500 dollars, you are going to take away the other guy’s millions of dollars — to me, being a human being who cares about other human beings, this is the worst part of the scandal.”

Ashely BotelerSoftball

2 hits – 2 at bats – 1 run – 4 runs batted in 10 – 1 loss vs. N.C. Wesleyan College

Lily ColleyLacrosse

4 goals – 5 assists 18 – 13 loss vs. Roanoke University

Ben EsserBaseball

4 hits – 5 at bats – 2 runs scored – 3 runs batted in 11 – 8 loss. Roanoke University

John Macon Smith- Baseball 2 hits – 4 at bats – 1 run scored – 2 runs batted in 6 – 5 win vs. Averett University

Liza MettlerWomen's Lacrosse

3 saves – 3 shots on goal 12 – 0 win vs. Hollins University

Baseball swinging strong midseason

Autumn Yoder- Softball Photos Courtesy of Rachael Travis

(Left) Senior Zach Montalbano drives a pitch down the right side of the field for another hit. (Above) First-year Justin Morrison flips a fielders choice to first base for the out. The Quakers have a 17-14 record so far this season.

2 hits – 3 at bats 3 – 1 loss vs. N.C. Wesleyan College

Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Individuals' statistics are from the past week's games and the final score of the game is listed. Photos courtesy of Guilfordquakers.com


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