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Faculty opposes N.C. marriage amendment By David Pferdekamper News Editor
SPRING DANCE 2012 SHOWS THAT HARD WORK PAYS OFF IN THE END By Thomas Deane Staff Writer After weeks of tireless preparation, the dance students’ hard work finally came to fruition at the 2012 Dance Concert. Last Friday’s performance represented the culmination of dance students’ capstone projects. Seven of the nine dances in the show were choreographed by students in the choreography class. Without an expansive dance program on campus, the spring Dance Concert was a showcase for these talented students. “We’re a weird little niche (on campus), and it’s a nice way for us to celebrate that,” said junior Grace Chafin, who choreographed her own dance and participated in another. The Dance Concert featured only forms of modern dance. Modern dance is not as well known as traditional dance, but it is more expressive. “Modern dance is different from other forms of dance in that it is highly individualized: the choreographers actually create their very own movement vocabulary, and create dances that express their own ideas, experiences and reflections on society See "Art" on Page 8
(Top): Early College student Sarah Stephens poses on-stage during the dance performance on Friday, April 6. (Middle): This entire group worked together to create an original and beautiful dance routine. Seven of the nine dances that were showcased on Friday were choreographed by students. The Dance concert featured only forms of modern dance. (Bottom Right): Justin Shreve '11 and junior Grace Chafin work together to express themselves through different forms of modern dance that showcase creativity and expression of personal ideas and talents.
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This past Wednesday, the college's faculty became the second Guilford College body to approve a proposal to oppose Amendment One. This comes after Community Senate passed a similar proposal earlier this year. CCE SGA is considering joining Community Senate in their declaration, but have yet to make a decision. “Happy doesn’t begin to express how deeply moved I was,” said Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales via email. "In that moment when I realized the faculty were going to pass the resolution against the amendment, I was mostly thinking that throughout this campaign we’ve been saying that we aren’t going to let them divide us, and … the faculty’s decision today showed that we do have each other’s backs,” added Rosales. Associate Professor of Philosophy Lisa McLeod initiated the process. Associate Professor of English Heather Hayton acknowledged McLeod’s work, saying via email,“This is the first time the Guilford faculty have passed such a resolution and (McLeod) was the driving force behind the effort.” “I am thrilled that the Guilford faculty came together to support this resolution,” said Hayton. “Our resolution against Amendment One reflects the shared commitment to our core value of equality, especially.” Amendment One is a proposed amendment to the N.C. constitution that would restrict legal recognition of partnerships to marriage between a man and a woman. Legal experts have said that Amendment One would affect partnerships other than same-sex marriages. The amendment will be on the primary ballot on May 8. “After years of general institutional support for gay rights, but also subtle marginalization when I attempted to get colleagues to confront homophobia, today’s action in our faculty meeting has made me proud to call myself a Guilfordian,” said Professor of Theatre Studies and Director of Study Abroad Jack Zerbe via email. “The faculty decided that our core values and mission trump all else. Today we not only talked the talk, we walked the walk.” Check The Guilfordian next week for more coverage on this development.
Creativity springs forth at endof-year events
National Geographic writer discusses Child Brides project By Haejin Song Staff Writer
“Hello comrades,” said National Geographic writer Cynthia Gorney as she entered the Journalism class with Jon Sawyer, founding executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on April 4. Along with Wake Forest University and High Point University, Guilford College recently joined the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, a program that brings top journalists to the Triad to raise awareness and foster discussion of underreported global topics. “The major objective (of the Pulitzer Center) is to fill gaps in coverage of global issues,” said Sawyer. “I had been doing work on international reporting for many years, so I was conscious of the fact that there were less resources and fewer dollars available. I thought it would be possible to set up a non-profit organization under which we could raise money to make (these resources) available to journalists and support this kind of work.” During their visit and reception the following day, both Gorney and Sawyer conversed with students and answered several questions about being journalists and their views on news coverage. “I thought that they were both really inspiring and informative,” said sophomore Keyla Beebe, an attendee of the reception and Guilford's first student fellow with the Pulitzer Center. “It was nice to be in such an informal and intimate setting with two experienced journalists, and I think the visit can be extremely beneficial for students.” Gorney, former South American bureau chief for The Washington Post and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, presented on a specific article that has recently garnered global attention called “The Secret World of Child Brides.” “The very first thing that I said to my editor was, ‘How is that a story?’" said Gorney. “I thought it was horrible, and these (perpetrators of forced marriages) should all be shot. I asked what is there ... to write about, and she said it was actually complicated.” In Gorney’s article, she discusses the controversial marriages of brides as young as five years old in countries
such as Yemen, India and Ethiopia. “Two of the brides, the sisters Radha and Gora, were 15 and 13, old enough to understand what was happening,” wrote Gorney in her National Geographic article. “The third, their niece Rajani, was five. She wore a pink T-shirt with a butterfly design on the shoulder. A grown-up helped her pull it off to bathe.” What has been the way of life for some has only recently been disclosed to the rest of the world through Gorney’s eyeopening article. As many from a Western perspective argue these abominable rituals should be eradicated, she illustrates the complexity of transforming widely held cultural practices and beliefs. “The most shocking moment for me was when I found myself understanding why a parent would arrange marriage for a small child (or) any girl under 18,” said Gorney. “It wasn’t because I thought it was okay, but it was because I understood the logic. Getting the idea that in some of these situations, there is a strong element of love and conviction that you’re doing the right thing was the most shocking moment.” Gorney offered two major solutions for ending the practice of child brides. First, keep girls in schools for as long as possible. Second, obtain support from the government and the public through public education campaigns and village discussions rather than through ineffective punitive measures. Additionally, she emphasized the necessary gradual shift in understanding women’s cultural roles. “The obsession with purity and virginity for women needs to be really thought through,” Gorney said. “A strong argument that is constantly used for these girls being married off early is that this way they would keep their purity and can be ensured that they will be virgins when married, and thus will be accepted in society.” However, with virginity comes the price of a child bride’s future and childhood filled with misery. And possible death. “Newspapers were reporting that a bride from a village had been dropped off at a Sanaa hospital four days after her Journalist Cynthia Gorney describes her experience reporting wedding,” wrote Gorney in her article. “Sexual intercourse on child brides in Yemen, India, and Ethiopia in Bryan Jr. on April 4. appeared to have ruptured the girl’s internal organs … she Gorney represented the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. had bled to death. She was 13 years old.”
Access granted? Guilfordian evaluates Founders accessibility By Victor Lopez Staff Writer
Imagine waking up in a world where reaching the sink, using the bathroom, or getting in and out of doors were monumental tasks. This is the world that junior Bryan Dooley wakes up to on a daily basis. Dooley uses a wheelchair, making it difficult to get around. This can cause the feeling of living in separate worlds: those who have accessibility and those who do not. “I’ve developed coping techniques so I can deal with things not being accessible at Guilford,” said Dooley. “Most people don’t think about accessibility until it hits close to them.” Dooley, like many other students, is excited about the renovation of Founders Hall. Still, he is reminded that in his world, accessibility might be inadequate due to the limited financial resources the college will put into the renovation. Founders Hall is set to have a $3 million facelift over the summer months, which has caused some to wonder if the administration will make Founders as accessible as it could be, primarily because of cost. The renovations — which are gift-funded — will create an atrium lobby and a student organization center on the first floor, and, on the second floor, expand the student
art display space and move Campus Life offices and WQFS. Vice President for Administration Jon Varnell said that the city’s staff, including an American Disabilities Act specialist, reviews every construction project that requires a permit from the city of Greensboro. “Those are the laws of the land —
Carolina State University, is the term given to items such as “touch pad” access, which would allow someone unable to pull open a heavy door the ability to tap a pad and have the door open automatically. Door openers, according to Varnell, are a point where code and universal access can differ. “Often, folks want openers on nearly
"I've developed coping techniques so I can deal with things not being accessible at Guilford. Most people don't think about accessibility until it hits close to them." Bryan Dooley, junior compliance is required,” said Varnell. “So the Founders project, like any other new construction or renovation, should be up to code.” Varnell said that the ADA committee on campus brought further accessibility issues to the renovation planning committee. “Those were reviewed and we were able to accommodate the issues submitted in writing,” said Varnell. Universal access, a term coined by North
every space, which is not practical, cost effective, required or maintenance friendly,” said Varnell. “Everything we put in has to be maintained and fixed if broken.” Dooley said that calling a building “compliant” can, at times, be like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. “For example, in the back of Binford Hall there is a ramp that meets code,” said Dooley. “That’s great, but the door opens
wrong. Anyone in a wheelchair who’d attempt to use it can’t without falling down the stairs.” Director of the Learning Commons Melissa Daniel Frink told The Guilfordian that she understands the frustrations of those with disabilities, but still thinks Guilford deserves a pat on the back for all they put into making the institution accessible. “People’s frustrations are understandable, especially students faced with accessibility issues on an everyday basis,” said Frink. “They want to see change and they want to see it now, and they aren’t wrong in that. Moving any institution takes time.” Frink said that the administration kept accessibility in mind with the Founders renovation. “With the campus accessibility plan in place, the administration is going beyond being accessible,” said Frink. “For example, they are lowering the elevator buttons to the bottom of the compliant range making it accessible, not just compliant.” Frink said that Guilford puts a lot into planning accessibility into every new building project, which says a lot about the college’s values. “Very few campuses are ahead of Guilford,” said Frink. “While there are some that completely plan around accessibility, there are some who don’t talk about it at all.”
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Guilford earns national recognition for community service By Zachary Thomas Staff Writer Have you ever helped out at the community garden? Participated in Solarpalooza over fall break? Volunteered at the Glen Haven apartment complex? Or assisted students down the road at Newcomers School for a day? If so, you’re part of the reason why the Corporation for National and Community Service named Guilford College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year in a row. The annual federal recognition is the highest distinction a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service, service learning or civic engagement. “It’s in our DNA,” said President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar of Guilford’s emphasis on service involvement. “You can be rich or poor, you can be from the South or from the North, you can be an American or someone from overseas, but the idea of community service is universal.” Guilford’s core values, especially those of stewardship and community, bolster and encourage the concept of service to the community. Guilford students participate in a variety of service opportunities through a wide range of venues. Junior Kiel Williams, for example, organized science workshops for students
at Jefferson Elementary School through Guilford’s Society of Physics Students. “In each consecutive week, the Jefferson students learned to build effective marshmallow-toothpick bridges, tried to align lasers to hit a target and built simple circuits,” said Williams about this semester’s activities. For Williams, service links directly to his
Problem Solving sponsors student-led service projects. One recent project explored and polled students about their perception of alternative healthcare. Another service opportunity, Bonner Scholars program, has members complete 140 hours of community service each semester as well as two summer service projects. “Our service sites are open to everyone,”
“(Guilford’s emphasis on service involvement) is in our DNA. You can be rich or poor, you can be from the South or from the North, you can be an American or someone from overseas, but the idea of community service is universal.” Kent Chabotar, president and professor of political science interests. “The part of it I most enjoy is the opportunity to make science real,” said Williams. “Too often science has become reduced to a pile of vocabulary words, especially at the primary level.” Other organizations and courses on campus also support service to the community. Guilford’s Center for Principled
said James Shields, director of community learning, in an email interview. Shields emphasized that service transcends any one group or set of people on campus. “For example, we have former and current Guilford athletes, like Justin Bradley, who conduct a summer basketball camp through his nonprofit, Unity Hoops,” said Shields. Courses like Community Problem Solving
even incorporate service learning into the curriculum and class experience. Students this semester had a chance to volunteer with the Occupy Greensboro camp, among other selected sites. For Director of Admissions Andy Strickler, it is not so much that Guilford offers service opportunities — most schools do — but rather how Guilford manages to tie community service back to its heritage and values. “Service and engagement in the community are significant pluses for an applicant,” said Strickler in an email interview. “Our role is to talk about how we do (community service) here at Guilford, and how we are different than our competitors.” According to a Guilford Beacon announcement and Shields, Guilford students contribute between 45,000 to 60,000 hours of service each year at a variety of locations. Guilford clearly has made its commitment to community service a top priority for the school looking forward. “The new SLRP II is trying to make that kind of service and internships even more a part of the curriculum than it is now,” said Chabotar, speaking about Guilford’s strategic long-range plan. From sustainable development to student organizations to specific courses, Guilford teems with volunteer service and community involvement opportunities. How will you get involved today?
Vigil commemorates Trayvon Martin, debate continues By Bryan Dooley Staff Writer
Silence and a tranquil rain marked the April 4 vigil for Trayvon Martin as the college participated in the “1,000 Campus Vigil” in solidarity and support for Martin and his family. “I had so much emotion in me each day,” said senior Nina Frazier, organizer of the vigil. “With every new development and breaking news story my blood was boiling. I needed to find something positive to do with that negative energy.” Frazier continued, “I decided to do the vigil because it was bringing people together to show unity in peace across the United States. ... With all of the rallies and protests sometimes we forget to take a moment to reflect on situations.” It all began when Martin, a 17-year-old African American, walked from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. George Zimmerman followed him and shot him. Zimmerman, the shooter, is a white Hispanic neighborhood crime watch volunteer. He has recently been charged with second degree murder. According to The New York Times, Florida’s "law grants immunity to people who act to protect themselves if they have a reasonable fear they will be killed or seriously injured. “A law like (‘Stand Your Ground’) really makes it open season for people to simply shoot,” said James Shields, director of community learning. “It wouldn’t be such a bad law if there weren’t stereotypes. The unfortunate thing is that stereotypes are easy, but what this situation tells us is that they can be very dangerous.” Shields continued, “We have a similar law in North Carolina. Whether or not you agree with (it), the reality is that somebody voted for these laws. For some, this incident evokes memories of the civil rights movement. “The difference between now and then is during the movement, blacks were not seen as a group of people with rights,” said junior Alvita Mayo, Sister 2 Sister chair. “So when they were mistreated, yeah it was wrong, but it was normal, expected. Today, blacks are supposed to have rights and be seen as equal, not supposed to still continually be
seen as the inferior race.” Despite the laws, many people blame this situation on racism that has continued in the U.S. since slavery. “Even in 2012 with the first black president in the White House, which is obviously a sign of progress, there are still very deep-seated stereotypes, prejudices and biases — particularly those directed at black males which endanger
On April 4, students gathered in solidarity and support for Trayvon Martin, the seventeen year old who was shot and killed six weeks ago. Despite the cold night, mourners joined together to reflect upon the situation and get rid of negative energy.
their lives.,” said Jorge Zeballos, Latino community program coordinator. Zeballos continued, “There is a deep-seated fear of the black man in this country that has not been addressed or acknowledged. It probably goes all the way back to the narrative that developed around the black male regarding slavery. The black male was framed as someone to be feared, and that has not gone away yet.” Some blame the media portrayals of African Americans in today’s society for attitudes that led to Trayvon Martin’s death and the controversy around the decision whether or not to arrest George Zimmerman. “I think it goes further than fear,” said Jada Drew, Africana community coordinator. “It is also hatred that drives racism for black males in the U.S. If you cut on a television and you count how many times you see a black man, more than likely they won’t be portrayed in a positive light.” Drew continued, “Black males are not portrayed as doctors, lawyers, family members, and productive members of their community. They are portrayed as rappers, thugs and baby daddies. That is the tape that is played over and over again.” Ramah Russell, an organizer of Guilford’s vigil, is passionate about the case. “I feel that when Zimmerman basically was indicating that Trayvon did not belong in that housing, it reverted back to the Jim Crow days when blacks were not allowed in white neighborhoods unless they were working there or, if they were seen there at any time, they would be harassed about it,” said Russell in an email interview. Russell continued, “I want Americans to stop with all the racial stereotypes and accept that black males can actually succeed and have a promising future for themselves. I also would like for all minorities to actually be treated as fair individuals.” The widespread reactions to Martin’s death may have a positive outcome. “I see a lot of events that are being talked about along with this Trayvon Martin murder,” said Zeballos. “Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups are starting to support this case. It may be a chance to expand the civil rights movement in a way that it has not before.”
Calendar of Events
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Music for a Great Space presents: Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor and Warren Jones, piano 7:30 p.m. Dana Auditorium
A Midsummer's Night Dream 7:30 p.m. Sternberger Auditorium
CAB Blacklight DJ and Paint Splatter Party 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. New Community Center
CAB Specialty Events: Magician 8 p.m. Bryan Jr. Auditorium
Slow Pitch Softball Evening 5:30 p.m. Haworth Field
RiverRun International Film Festival All Day (goes all week until April 22) Stevens Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
'Soul Sistas: The Musical' 1 p.m. Barn Dinner Theater, Greensboro, N.C.
Coffee and Cookies with the Dean 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Founders Lobby
CAB Music and Live Talent Show 9 – 11 p.m. New Community Center
CORRECTIONS In Issue 22 of The Guilfordian, in "Senate election results: and the winner is..." the correct percentage of student voters was 38 percent. Also in that article, Tim Leisman won by a little over than 30 votes. In "Senate leaders should not be paid for services to school," it is not noted that any organization can give stipends.
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Cinema Sing-A-Long Presents 'Mamma Mia' 3 – 5:30 p.m. The Creative Center, Greensboro, N.C.
Onward: The Creative Legacy of David Newton 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Guilford College Art Gallery SAASA Meeting 8 p.m. The Hut
UNCG Earth Day: No Place Like Home 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. UNCG College Avenue and Foust Park
Guilford Night Live: End of the year bingo 8:30 – 10 p.m. Community Center
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UNITED KINGDOM A
three-year-old boy has broken health records in the U.K., after having survived over eight months on an artificial heart. Joe Skiratt,
who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of two, was first fitted with a “Berlin heart” before his heart transplant last year. After his transplant, his chest could not be closed for four days. "Seeing his new heart — a normal size and thumping away in his chest — was incredible," said his mom Rachel Skiratt. "We are eternally grateful to the donor family."
UNITED STATES On April 10, Rick Santorum
surprised many by abruptly announcing his withdrawal from the Republican Primaries.
His decision to end his campaign has cleared the way for Mitt Romney, who is expected to be the presidential candidate for the Republican party in the coming elections. “This has been a good day for me,” Romney said to the New York Times. “Senator Santorum has decided not to proceed with his campaign, and I had the chance to speak with him this morning. We exchanged our thoughts about going forward, and we both have a great deal of interest in seeing the country taken on a very different path.” Santorum has yet to fully endorse Romney, and there are some who remain skeptical that Romney will be able to win over many of Santorum's supporters. “After having destroyed every conservative that came on the scene, you can’t say ‘You have to line up behind me.’ No, no, no,” said Santorum supporter Richard Viguerie of Romney's campaign. “Conservatives are not going to jump until they hear where Governor Romney wants to take everybody.”
On April 11, Sudan
announced that it would mobilize its army to defend and retrieve an oilfield in Heglig, near its border, which South Sudan has invaded and currently occupies. South Sudan, in turn, claims that
Sudan responsible for bombing a village on the border, BBC reports. After the tenuous split between Sudan and South Sudan, the countries' relations have been characterized by tensions over territory and resources. As each country continues to push the boundaries and borders to the limit, the global community fears this could escalate into fullout war. The African Union has called for South Sudan's immediate withdrawal and is pushing for dialogue between the two countries.
what China identifies as “the biggest scandal we can think of” in the last 30 years, Chinese official Bo Xilai was dismissed from the Communist Party, after evidence implicated his wife in the death of a UK business man. Once pegged as China's next big leader, Xilai is now
being universally renounced by Chinese officials. ''Bo has seriously violated the party discipline, causing damage to the cause and the image of the party and state,'' said an announcement by state news agency Xinhua. ''Whoever has broken the law will be handled in accordance with law and will not be tolerated, no matter who is involved.'' According to BBC, China's Internet censorship has ramped up since the event and is filtering all queries and posts containing the words “''Bo Xilai.”
Escalation in the Syrian rebellion: United States and other countries come to aid By Alex Lindberg Staff Writer “The world must judge Assad by what he does, not what he says, and we cannot sit back and wait any longer,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Friends of Syria conference. Shortly afterwards, she announced the United States’ intention of donating $12 million to the Syrian rebels cause. Despite the ceasefire agreement that comes into effect April 10, it seems that both sides are readying for a civil war. The promised support to the rebels coupled with a U.N. ultimatum for President Bashar al-Assad to withdraw troops seems to have escalated the violence. Just a few days ago, Assad ordered troops to fire on any protesters in the city of Damascus and Homs. Thousands are now trying to flee the country for nearby Lebanon and the hope of safety. “With an increase in the bombardment of Homs in the past three days, our figures have now exceeded 27,000 refugees” said Hassan
Al Sabeh, country director for Islamic Relief, to The Independent. “We’re getting new cases in continually — 34 families just came across the border in the past half an hour.” Many suspect that the increased violence is because Assad wants an advantage when the ceasefire starts. According to CNN, he is currently trying to focus on areas where rebels are known to be hiding; the issue is that there are also many civilians residing in the targeted zones. Already the U.N.– Arab League has reported a staggering 9,000 civilians killed since the start of this conflict, reports Gulf News. Already several rebel leaders have asked for support from several allied nations, with little to no results. “You know, we have a real revolution in Syria. And no support,” said Abdullah Awdeh, a former lieutenant of the Syrian army before joining the rebel cause, at the conference. “We communicate with walkietalkies. The regular army can monitor us, but we are lucky because we stay one step ahead of the regime.” Despite issuing the ceasefire ultimatum,
the U.N. has been hesitant in siding against President Assad and has taken little action to stop the conflict. Many countries have expressed criticism over the way the U.N. has handled matters, and talk about military action has begun as analysts continue to predict that Assad will not back down. “If the U.N. Security Council fails once again to bring about its historic responsibility, there will be no other choice than to support the Syrian people’s right to self-defense,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to CBS. However, not everyone believes that there should be involvement in the Syrian rebellion. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that arming the Syrian rebels will only lead to more violence and an escalation in the rebellion. “If the opposition is armed to the teeth, it will not defeat the Syrian army,” said Lavrov to BBC news. “Instead, there will be slaughter for many, many years — mutual destruction.” Many agree that Lavrov has a point, and that arming the Syrian rebels may show Assad that there is no peaceful option. The
question then is should the U.S. assist in a rebellion if it comes to that? “The tension will continue whether the U.S. is involved or not,” said Max Carter, director of Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator. “Our history of involvement in the Middle East is one of constant ‘unintended consequences.’ We are already deeply involved in the Middle East — too often for the wrong reasons; this will certainly maintain our record there.” “We are talking about a dictator who is slaughtering his people,” said senior Peace and Conflict Studies major Ben Heide. “It is our responsibility as humans to stop this. Should this become an open civil war, there is no reason why [the U.S. and other allied countries] shouldn’t assist in the rebellion.” Right now, it is just a matter of whether President Assad will withdraw his troops out of the cities by the deadline. If he does not, a new civil war in the Middle East is a possibility. But, for now, only time will tell. “He has shown no willingness to ‘back down’ yet, and I doubt this will be the final push,” said Carter. “Dictators go down hard.”
The UK has got your number
new legislation to watch Web use By Justyn Melrose Staff Writer
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Soon, a new law in the U.K. will allow the government to monitor citizens’ internet use. “There’s two parts,” said Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch to The Guilfordian in an email interview. “Firstly, it involves asking service providers who currently don’t record the details of how you use communications tools (to do so). Phone companies are covered at present but not Facebook, for example. Secondly, the proposal is for the government to have physical devices at strategic points on the U.K.’s communications network to allow realtime access.” Essentially, this means that the U.K. government will have greater access to the Internet communication of its citizenry and be able to monitor communication as it is happening. One major question is whether this legislation would be effective in
ability to encrypt is likely to always be one step ahead of the ability to break encryption. “I think there’s a host of problems,” said Pickles. “Firstly the enormous privacy issues — this kind of monitoring capability is unprecedented in a Western democracy. Then there are broader questions of feasibility, cost and the impact on businesses — none of which have yet been addressed by the government. There’s also a broad principle at stake — that it is not (the duty of) innocent people to justify why government should not be able to spy at them.” Robert Duncan, visiting assistant professor of political science, provides further perspective on the realities involved in this debate. “You have a better chance of being run over by a herd of buffalo on a Wednesday of a full moon than being attacked by terrorists in this country,” said Duncan. However, Duncan also explained that in the event that something online resulted in an attack, the respective
"You have a better chance of being run over by a herd of buffalo on a Wednesday of a full moon than being attacked by terrorists in this country." Robert Duncan, visiting assistant professor of political science thwarting possible national attacks. Some argue in favor of the law, justifying it in the hypothetical event that the government is able to stop a massive attack thanks to this legislation. Oppositely, however, in the case that this legislation does nothing to effectively protect the people, some would say that the law needlessly encroaches on the people’s right to privacy. Big Brother Watch, as well as other groups and individuals, stand against this legislation. “The vast majority of communications between individuals in any society are not in any way, shape or form hazardous to the society as a whole, but the (exposing) of a number of those communications could be hazardous to the individual in ways that no such society should tolerate,” said Rob Whitnell, chair of computing and information technology and professor of chemistry. Whitnell also brought up the matter of feasibility. As the ability to encrypt data advances, it is difficult to keep up. The
government would “jump on that like a chicken after a June bug and stop it for public safety. The government has a right to protect the public.” The U.S. government had taken similar action post-9/11. Internet use was monitored and wire tapping was used in hopes of finding some kind of connection to terrorist activity. In a way, the U.S. monitoring was more in-depth than the upcoming U.K. legislation as the U.K. intends only to monitor the Internet. The U.S. government has since announced they closed the program down, although — according to Duncan — this is probably not the whole truth. "If you believe that, I’ve got some swampland in Florida I will sell you,” said Duncan. Duncan added, “There should be some kind of standards put in place, but to have the government be big brother and censor and monitor and look at all this stuff, I don’t think that’s good either, right? "So which way do you lean? Only time will tell.”
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QLSP fosters spiritual and mental growth through community By Sarah Stangl Guest Writer “Strong community.” “Spiritual.” “Body.” “Seeking.” These are words chosen by “QLSPers” to depict the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. For many of its members, the QLSP community is a prominent part of the Guilford experience, and yet, Guilford doesn’t know who QLSP is. As a “Fourth Year” student in the program, I’d like to introduce you. QLSP is a campus organization and scholarship program that allows young spiritual seekers to explore their faith and gifts through communal activities and worship. The group is made up of about 45 students with varying Quaker experiences and beliefs. QLSP is the longest-standing formal college program for young Quaker leadership development. For many QLSPers, the program was a deciding factor in their decision to come to Guilford. “I really wanted a college experience where I could explore myself spiritually and religiously … and deepen my exploration through others’ experiences as well,” said Second Year Nora Cooke.
QLSP offers this sort of supportive community. “Religion and community (are) really important to me,” Fourth Year Melissa McCourt said. “(QLSP is) a community I can be thrilled about.” Participation as a QLSP scholar involves many different opportunities for personal growth. Each grade level gathers separately each week for a year-level meeting to share in personal check-ins, book discussions, worship and project planning. Projects include an annual conference in which the Fourth Year students decide on a theme and design a variety of events. The conference is open for the whole campus to discuss and reflect on the chosen theme. Year-level work also emphasizes group bonding and personal faith exploration. QLSPers also serve on various committees, including “Ministry and Council,” and “Service Committee.” Committees meet weekly to plan worship, address the care of the community and discuss the program’s various logistical needs. Committee work offers QLSP members the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills through focused, intentional group work. First Year Nate Secrest emphasized that communal experiences in QLSP, such
as committee work, have helped him to maintain his spiritual practice in an otherwise “horribly busy” college life. QLSP is “filled with opportunities to learn,” McCourt said. In addition to the weekly commitments of year-level and committee work, QLSPers participate in service opportunities, weekend spiritual retreats, potlucks, and classes on Quaker faith and history. They build relationships with Quakers in the Greensboro community by engaging with local Friends Meetings and inviting guest speakers to campus. Every Friday, the entire QLSP body gathers for a meeting for worship designed according to a variety of Quaker traditions. QLSP staff members take part in each meeting. These staff members include Director of QLSP Deborah Shaw, Director of the Friends Center Max Carter, Gifts Discernment Coordinator Frank Massey and Friends Center intern Nathan Sebens. According to Secrest, “the staff is really important in QLSP.” The staff members serve as mentors, role models and spiritual support for the students in QLSP. Weekly worship is a time for the group to pray together, reflect on the week and explore different methods of spiritual discernment. Worship is sometimes silent
IF YOU ARE CURIOUS OR SEEKING A WORSHIPFUL COMMUNITY, PLEASE JOIN QLSP THIS EVENING AT 5:30 IN THE MOON ROOM IN DANA AUDITORIUM FOR A PROGRAMMED WORSHIP.
Courtesy of Sarah Stangl & Liz Nicholson
(Left) Seniors Megan Richards and Melissa McCourt join a massage train with QLSP leader Frank Massey and sophomore Lucas Blanchard-Glueckert. QLSP facilitates spiritual growth, cuddling, messaging, community building and community service. (Above) McCourt helps do dishes. QLSP is the largest religious group at Guilford, and is a main Quaker element of Guilford. (Right) QLSP allows students to form spiritual and emotional bonds.
and meditative, sometimes centered around an activity or query, and sometimes a space for music, meals and socializing. It is an important opportunity for the group to grow as a unified community but it is also a chance to offer a worshipful space for everyone on campus. Few people realize that QLSP Friday worship is open to all who are interested. Everyone from the Guilford community is welcome, regardless of faith, religious experience or belief. “We have a deep underlying foundation in QLSP,” said Cooke. “It’s a safe place to explore and be open to new experience.” Secrest agreed that for anyone “interested in spiritual deepening,” QLSP worship “can be very powerful.” “There’s such a story to QLSP,” McCourt said. It needs to be shared. But perhaps most importantly, as Frank Massey said, “We want to know who you are.”
Homegrown Film Festival displays talented student filmmakers
SPRING DANCE CONCERT SHOWS PASSION, DEDICATION OF STUDENTS
By Thomas Deane Staff Writer
Continued from Page 1 and the human condition,” said Christa Wellhausen, part-time lecturer in theatre studies and sports studies, in an email interview. The Dance Concert was very successful for all involved, but preparing for the dance was a long and arduous process. Choreographers were only allowed to start planning their acts in mid-February. Most choreographers worked twice a week, but when it came to crunch time, their hard work increased in order to finalize their acts. “It was a really fun process, but (there) were some problems,” said senior Emma Marcus. “My dance had been threatened to be cut a few times, since we had trouble getting it clean enough.” For all who took part in the 2012 Dance Concert, it was an unforgettable experience. Through their artistic expression, these outstanding students represented Guilford’s truest core values. Wellhausen best described the performance as the product of “intelligent, expressive, hard-working, thoughtfully aware students with colorfully diverse voices and viewpoints living creatively together.”
Lights, camera, action! Film festival time has arrived. With the approach of the Guilford Film Society’s Homegrown Film Festival on April 20, student filmmakers eagerly anticipate their chance to showcase the fruits of their labor. Despite its humble beginnings, the Homegrown Film Festival has grown into a highly anticipated time of the year for student filmmakers. The various filmmakers have the opportunity to create a unique piece of art and showcase it to fellow students. With such an eclectic group of filmmakers, the film festival is a truly unique event that promises not to disappoint. The festival has grown into an event that creates a diverse filmmaking experience. “We wanted the whole Guilford community to be involved,” said senior
Aaron Bland, vice president of Guilford Film Society. “There’s a lot of diversity with what people are doing — not like Hollywood movies.” The festival is comprised of many different types of films. From narratives to animations, many genres of movies are represented. This year, the films featured vary from one about a teenager who believes he has the power to ruin anything to a documentary following a student getting his first tattoo. The films, which are completely shot, edited and produced by students, require countless hours of dedicated work. For most, the end product comes as a result of the love for filmmaking. Since the tiny beginnings of the original event, with fewer than 20 films presented, the numbers of filmmakers and fans of
the event alike has grown significantly. “Since I love film in general, it is good to see that there’s a growing film culture at Guilford,” Bland said. For most of the filmmakers, the event is the capstone project for a filmmaking class. For all those involved, the event will be a grand showcase for those who love making films. “I envision it as an awesome experience for Guilford students to exhibit their work,” first-year Eric Freeman said. Last year’s festival was a two-day event, but with fewer entries this year, the festival will likely only last one day. There are high hopes for this year’s film festival, and with high hopes come big expectations. And these are expectations that will easily be met by this year’s crop of highly talented filmmakers.
A screenshot featuring sophomore Kelly Cope, from a film to be presented at the Homegrown Film Festival
Life After Guilford: Viticulturist Tremain Hatch '06 By Haejin Song Staff Writer
Tremain Hatch ’06 isn’t a typical geologist. You won’t find him in California studying volcanic ash layers or delving into petrology, the study of rocks. Rather, Hatch spends most of his time at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, the Hatch family farm where he is a vineyard manager and winemaker, or at Virginia Tech where he is a viticulturist — studier of grape cultivation — and research associate. “(Hatch) was my first teaching assistant for the Science of Wine class,” recalled Marlene McCauley, chair and professor of geology and earth sciences. “(He) wasn’t an ‘A-student’ but he was the nicest, most reliable and hardest working guy.” While some may be surprised by a wine class in the geology department, Hatch was not unfamiliar with winemaking. It had played a role in his everyday life prior to coming to Guilford. “I am a third generation farmer,” said Hatch. “My family farm is here in Virginia and we grow grass-fed beef, lamb and honey. The last thing we put in was grapes, during (my) senior year (of high school).” At Guilford, Hatch furthered his studies in viticulture. McCauley noted that a study abroad program in Brunnenberg, Italy, was one of Hatch’s experiences as an undergraduate. “I had done the Brunnenberg (trip) earlier and told
(Hatch) how great it was,” said McCauley. “When you go to Brunnenberg, there are happy students working in vineyards. There’s a work day once a week and it’s completely surrounded by vineyards and they make wine there on-site.” “It was fantastic,” said Hatch. “Brunnenberg has a large emphasis on agriculture as well as the heritage of agriculture. I learned a lot intellectually that I use today (about) how agriculture relates to society.” At Guilford, Hatch made use of opportunities besides study abroad, including an influential summer internship. Between his junior and senior year, he worked at Virginia Tech in their agricultural research program, interning for Tony Wolf, professor of viticulture. There, Hatch was exposed to both research and the Virginia wine industry. “Once Wolf and others got to know (Hatch) with that internship, (the staff) loved him and they wanted him to be (Wolf’s) graduate student,” said McCauley. “All sorts of people wanted him as vineyard manager in important wineries in Virginia — he was in a lot of demand, and still is now.” Hatch continues to work alongside Wolf today as his research and extension associate. “I was impressed enough to take him (Hatch) on as a graduate student and he did an excellent job with his Masters research,” said Wolf in an email interview. “I turned over much of the basic extension program of my office to his responsibility. He’s a well-rounded individual and shares common interests
(aside from grapes and wine) with me, graduate students, and some of the younger staff here.” Still utilizing some skill sets he obtained several years ago, Hatch attributes his career today to his experiences at Guilford. “The emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and creative problem solving (at Guilford) was great because that’s what I do,” said Hatch. “I have a small business now and the work transforms among categories such as accounting, marketing, strategizing and analysis.” As he reflected upon his past at Guilford, Hatch stated that his key to success is “trying new things.” “The first couple of years after Guilford, I worked at a lot of different wineries,” Hatch recalled. “Though at the time it didn’t look like a great career because I was a cellar hand and laborer, I learned a great deal from that and it prepared me very well for graduate school and the working industry.” “It worked so well for (Hatch) because he took the initiative to do an internship and that let him get his foot in the door,” said McCauley. “Getting out there, getting someone to know you, doing undergraduate research and internships are so much better than just staying in the classroom for all four years. It helps you make that transition to get what you want when you graduate.” To seniors at Guilford who will be graduating soon and hopefully leading a successful career, Hatch leaves simple yet valuable words of wisdom: “Find something that you enjoy.”
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The frustrations of completing the housing process, on or off campus By Natalie Sutton
Cries of outrage across campus, frantic and melodramatic Facebook status updates, blood, sweat, tears. It can only mean one thing: it’s time for the housing selection process. While there are those who leave the process jumping up and down with excitement because they got into the exact room they wanted with the exact roommates they wanted, it seems that, this semester more than ever, students were unsatisfied with where they ended up. Sophomore Will Landis is one of these students. “Guilford housing should allow all (rising) juniors and seniors to have first choice with housing,” said Landis. “I was unable to get into the new apartments because they all were full of undeserving rising sophomores. If I had the chance to live off campus, I would gladly take it. It would save money for both my parents and myself.” After not renewing the lease with Hodgins Retreat Apartments, there are now fewer living options on campus that offer single rooms and a kitchen area. While the South Apartments and North Apartments on campus are nice spaces, many students can’t afford the ridiculously high price of either of them, and students either want to get off campus or feel forced to live in a space without the freedom and privacy that single-roomed spaces offer. As a first-year, I was expecting to share a room with someone and live in a typical college dorm room, but now that I’ve had that experience, I want to feel like an adult and not be babysat by an RA while sharing a small room with another person. It seems outrageous to pay about $1,000 a month to live in an apartment where I can’t have incense or candles, I have to be quiet during certain times,
and I’m not even allowed to stay during breaks. Rishona Hines, a rising senior, has enjoyed having the opportunity to live off campus. “The biggest reason for me living off campus is because of the overpriced student living options and being forced to have a meal plan,” Hines said. “The price of living in North Carolina does not coincide with what they’re making us pay here. I pay one third of what people pay to live on campus per semester. Even with spending money on gas to get to and from school, I still end up saving tons of money.” Junior Adelaide Ayres looks forward to the experiences that living off campus will bring her next year. “Living off campus will allow me to make connections outside of Guilford and develop a sense of responsibility,” said Ayres. “It will be a helpful transition into life after college, and it will be nice to have more freedom and not have to worry about Campus Life and Public Safety invading my privacy.” This all makes me want to live off campus, where I would be saving money while enjoying more freedom and privacy at the same time. Of course, this option isn’t available to me as a rising junior, so I am forced to either continue to pay an extreme amount of money for something that I don’t even really want or save money, but live in an environment where I would be unhappy because of a lack of privacy. So, it’s a lose-lose situation. As I was looking into the option of living off campus, I realized that my academic scholarship was contingent on me living on campus. This is ridiculous. My personal living preferences should not pose a threat to my scholarship. My academic standing has nothing to do with where I live, unless, ironically, I’m forced to live in a room with someone else on campus, where it could probably hinder my academic performance. Kris Gray, residential living coordinator, values the aspect of community that on-campus living provides.
“As a residential liberal arts college, we seek to have the highest percentage of students on campus,” said Gray. While I can respect and understand this sentiment, it still doesn’t seem fair or realistic to force students to stay on campus in order to achieve a strong sense of community. In addition to complaints about the expenses of living on campus, I have heard many students express their frustration with how often the housing selection process is being changed. Gray explains that these changes are necessary because our community is constantly changing. “What may be true today may change next year based on the facilities, student feedback and what we feel is the most fair to everybody, even though some students may not feel that way,” said Gray. “Our office more than extended every effort to insure that students were aware of the process, the deadlines and the procedures. If students failed to read any of the information they were sent, then that is their personal responsibility.” Junior Taylor Shaw did not feel like the new process was made clear enough for students. “There was poor communication in reaching students,” said Shaw. “If they did such a great job communicating a new housing process, why are so many students not living where they want to live? Why are there so many students on waiting lists? This will be my senior year and I wanted to live with my friends in an environment that would be compatible with my lifestyle.” First-year Allison Hewitt thinks that a new housing process is necessary. “I just don’t think it’s fair with the lottery because it’s literally a 50/50 chance that you’ll get what you want or you’ll end up completely screwed,” said Hewitt. “They need a newer, better system for picking housing because the one they have is ridiculous.” While both the Residence Life department and the students have reasonable concerns on both sides, it seems that further discussion about creating the best possible living situation would benefit everybody.
"The biggest reason for me living off campus was because of the over-priced student living options and being forced to have a meal plan. The price of living in North Carolina does not coincide with what they are making us pay here. I pay one third of what people pay to live on campus per semester. Even with spending money on gas to get to and from school, I still end up saving tons of money."
"There was poor communication in reaching students. If they did such a great job communicating a new housing process, why are so many students not living where they want to live? Why are so many students on waiting lists? This will be my senior year and I wanted to live with my friends in an environment that would be compatible with my lifestyle."
Rishona Hines, senior
Taylor Shaw, junior
Let them speak! Our renewed commitment to community journalism “2011: The Year of Global Indignation,” read a retrospective article published in the Financial Times. Similar headlines broke across a wide range of publications as the year came to a close. If the media is any indication, it would seem that 2011 entered the popular vernacular as “the year of revolutions.” Here at Guilford, we were also thinking about change. As an institution we define ourselves by our social engagement. But how often do we live up to those expectations, and where do we fall short? The Guilfordian has sought new avenues to deepen our commitment to social justice in the 2011-12 school year. Our outlet has been GuilCo SoJo, the social justice journalism blog that we introduced last December. When we first began GuilCo SoJo, the intentions of the blog came under scrutiny. People asked how social justice journalism could be objective. People asked why we needed a separate site to address social justice articles. “Isn’t every story a social justice story, especially at Guilford?,” it was asked. We took these questions to heart. We in turn scrutinized our intentions. In response to these questions we developed an expanded mission for the blog. Rather than setting up the blog as another platform to post articles (albeit articles related to social justice) we attempted something much more ambitious: to create a news site that also develops and deepens community. On the surface, GuilCo SoJo is a blog that deals with social justice stories, but it is much more. The blog is a forum to explore how we can redefine our sense of community by changing the way we tell stories. It is a space to share ideas and open dialogue. From readers voting on the banner to posting information about upcoming events, GuilCo SoJo is meant to be a place for you: the reader. Now the year is coming to a close, and though we are proud of our progress, we are equally aware of how much more work needs to be done. We hope that next year will see an increase in community participation as we continue to work towards making GuilCo SoJo as reflective of our readers as possible. We hope you will join us in making GuilCo SoJo a place that reflects the needs and passions of our community.
editorial board of the Guilfordian consists of five section editors, a photo editor, layout editor, web editor, diversity coordinator, advertising manager, video editor, executive print copy editor, executive web copy editor, social justice editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief.
Reflecting Guilford College's core Quaker values, the topics and content of Staff Editorials are chosen through consensus of all 16 editors.
Why we need to care about Spring has sprung! Class outside? the Kandahar massacre
By Zachary Thomas Staff Writer Under the cover of an Afghani night, a tragedy has occurred. On March 11, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed 17 innocent civilians and injured five more in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. The incident has been described as Afghanistan’s My Lai, in reference to the American massacre of a memorable Vietnamese village in 1968. While I feel a combination of factors drove Bales’ actions that night, nobody knows for sure what caused the massacre. It has been a clear point of intrigue surrounding this story. Still, regardless of the rationale, I’m convinced of the need to remain vigilant about this case to ensure justice is served for the massacre victims. “He was observed staggering. His eyes were glassy … (his) speech was mumbled and slurred. The effects of alcohol were extreme,” wrote an officer back in 2008 of Bales, who had then been arrested for involvement in a bowling-alley brawl. It is just one instance in a history of alcohol-related law infractions involving Bales. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bales’ criminal record includes a drunk driving arrest in 2005 and a charge involving drunken assault at a casino in 2002 as well. Bales clearly may have been influenced by alcohol in the time leading up to and during the massacre, but don’t discount a number of other factors Bales faced as well. He owed nearly $2 million in debt to two property foreclosures and an outstanding $1.3 million from a court settlement during his days as a stockbroker — he had cheated someone out of their money and was sued. According to Bales’ lawyer, the soldier suffered a brain injury in 2010 when the Humvee he was riding in flipped over. Additionally, in a March 2010 blog post, his wife expressed a sense of disappointment that Bales had not received an expected promotion within the army ranks. The entirety of Bales’ collective dilemma would overwhelm any one of us. Sitting in camp that fateful night, drinking away his worries, did Bales finally snap, heading to those Afghani homes, weapons in hand? Maybe, maybe not. We may never know what exactly was going on in the 38-year-old’s mind the night of the massacre. Still, no rationale would justify taking the lives of 17 innocent people in cold blood. This is a sentiment echoed by CCE student Darren Foster. “I think he should be tried in Afghanistan’s courts,” said Foster, who along with spouse and fellow CCE student Ashley Foster is a member of our nation’s military. Both express a level of cynicism towards the military tribunal system, if used in this case, in holding Bales to full justice. History vividly illustrates the lesson of lost justice. In the aftermath of the My Lai massacre, only one person, 2nd Lt. William Calley, was ever convicted of a crime. Despite 22 counts of murder and an initial life sentence, Calley only served three and a half years of house arrest. It would be regrettable, although I wouldn’t be completely surprised, if Bales somehow sneaks away with this case as well. War is inherently madness, and incidents like the Kandahar massacre do happen. However, I am increasingly convinced that the only way to prevent them from occurring is for our forces to not be in harm’s way in the first place.
By Victor Lopez Staff Writer Birds chirping and fat bumble bees lazily flying to and fro, enmeshed with the smell of fresh-cut grass, reminds us that spring has arrived and, yet, something seems amiss. As the warm winds begin to blow across Guilford’s campus, I’m not immune to the spring fever that is best described by author Mark Twain: “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
There I was, dashing into Duke Hall en route to class, nearly running over prospective classmates taking a tour and I heard the tour guide say, “And when the weather is nice, you’ll notice classes taught out in the grassy areas.” Those words caused me to think of the last time I enjoyed a class on the lawn: it had been years. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I think breaking the monotony of the institutional nature of the classroom and going outside once in a while seems healthy in a holistic way. Having classes outside connects us to school and grounds intimately and helps build community in ways that are uniquely Guilford. In a Guilfordian survey of 30 students, 30 percent said that the idea of having classes in the yard was a selling point of coming to Guilford, while 13.3 percent said having class outdoors didn’t affect their decision. Having classes outdoors can be a fun and relaxing way to make students feel more comfortable with professors and their peers. It’s understandable that classrooms
are necessary for their utility, and it makes sense that some professors prefer to hold class indoors based the requirements of a particular subject. Surely one wouldn’t have a biology lab in the middle of the quad. It is also true that class outside can become quite distracting due to noise, people, animals and allergies. However, there is a flip side to that coin. "The institutionalization of education has diminished the connection that students and professors alike have with the natural world," said first-year Briana Halliwell. "It has conditioned us to believe that indoor comforts cannot be obtained through nature, which isn’t necessarily true." While I’m not the stereotypical “tree hugger,” I think it is vital that students are given the chance to experience firsthand the natural world and life outside of a classroom or book. Holding more classes outside is one step in the right direction, and will provide a change of scenery and a healthy approach to education that no technology could ever provide.
h Playback: How do you feel about having class outdoors? GUILFORD ADVERTISES OUTDOOR CLASSES AS THE NORM, BUT MOVING CLASS TO THE QUAD OR WOODS IS A RARE OCCURRENCE AND A SPECIAL TREAT. BELOW, STUDENTS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT OUTSIDE EDUCATION. “We should make areas that are devoted to outside classes that would include accessibility for students with disabilities, that is an exciting prospect.” Jean Kelly, Junior CCE student, Education major “They are obviously more enjoyable, because when you’re stuck in class on a nice day, all most people are thinking about is being outside.” Anonymous Student “I believe every teacher that is capable should have at least two classes outside. There are some days where being stuck in a class room/basement of King, it is so boring and I’m longing to be outside. I feel literature classes should take advantage of outside opportunities.” Anonymous Student “I think class outside is stimulating when appropriate especially for small group work, but not as practical for large group discussions, lectures, and presentations, there’s too much potential for distraction.” Tim Leisman, junior, Peace & Conflict Studies major
“I have friends who have taken courses that have met outside, and they say that it helps motivate creativity. Breaking away from strict academia and into creative and inventive thinking that Guilford encourages Yet I have NEVER had a class outside.” Emily Carter, sophomore, English major “Leave it up to individual professors and classes. Sometimes it’s great but it’s not always doable if you need the board or to watch a film. Also some people have allergies. This should be taken into account. That said, it’s nice to be outside!” Anonymous, senior, International Studies and Religious Studies double major “No, I really don’t like sitting in geese droppings. Class should be formal and be done inside where the teacher has the ability to use the board, projector, and the students can use the desks and their laptops. Outside class is counter predictive.” Anonymous Student Compiled by Victor Lopez
11 April 13, 2012
To play or not to play? That is the question. Got food? Why some By Meredith Brown and Michael MacVane Executive Print Copy Editor & Staff Writer What would you do if you had an injury, but needed to play in a game? Would you sit it out or would you push through the pain and play anyway? For some, the answer might seem obvious. For others, there might be extenuating circumstances that make it nearly impossible to decide what’s “right.” Kendall Marshall faced the same question in the now-famous case where he decided to sit out after receiving surgery for a broken wrist, leading to the University of North Carolina’s devastating loss against the University of Kansas, 80-67. Marshall had to make a tough decision: play and risk further injury to his still-healing wrist, or sit out and let himself heal, and risk causing his team to lose out in the NCAA championships. “Without Marshall’s superior composure and court savvy, the Tar Heels were a shell of their normal selves, and his absence showed most glaringly n the closing minutes of their loss to the Kansas Jayhawks Tom Carmean, head coach in last weekend’s Elite Eight,” according to Jimmy Grappone of the Bleacher Report. The reason behind his decision soon became clear. Just after Carolina’s loss and subsequent removal from the championship, Marshall announced his declaration for the NBA draft. To many, it seemed as if this player sold out his current team in the hopes of being able to use his talent — and healed body — as a tool in the future to play pro. But, again, what would you do? If your dream was to play pro basketball and the only way to do that was to be healthy and whole, would you really risk further injuring yourself in a college-level game that is realistically just a stepping stone for your future career? Of course, UNC’s team isn’t just any team, and the NCAA championships aren’t just any game, but the question remains. On the other hand, there will always be injuries. This decision of choosing a potential future over team loyalty could set a precedent among other athletes, encouraging college players to
sit out for injuries they could easily play on. Jared Siglin, assistant athletic trainer at Guilford, said that he and the coaches often assess the extent of an injury before allowing a player back on the field. “When it’s an injury that they can push through, we actually encourage that,” said Siglin. The idea that playing through a mild injury can be good for you and can toughen you up is a valid one, as well as an old one. “Walking it off” is an idea that came from sports and, to be honest, playing through sore muscles makes them stronger in the long run, and makes the athlete able to endure more in a game. “…there’s two things that have to happen,” said the Tar Heels Head Coach Roy Williams to USA Today. “One, he has to feel comfortable that he’s not hurting. And then two, I have to decide: Can he be effective in the game with his situation?” Obviously, playing through a concussion or a broken leg is extremely inadvisable. If of the men’s lacrosse team something like that happens, the best thing to do is sit out and get some rest so that the injury doesn’t severely worsen. But, if it’s a small injury, like a pulled muscle or a jammed finger, there generally isn’t any harm in playing through that injury. “In my own playing career, if I felt like I wasn’t going to do further damage by playing and it just hurt, you just play,” said Tom Carmean, head men’s lacrosse coach. In the case of Marshall, clearly he chose to sit out. Of course, there has been and will continue to be much speculation about whether or not he could have played, and whether or not that would have changed Carolina’s fate in the championships. But, all the speculation won’t change the facts: he had a broken, recently operated-upon wrist and chose to sit out in order to not injure it any further, followed closely by Carolina’s defeat two games later. So, again, the question remains. What would you do?
“In my own playing career, if I felt like I wasn’t going to do further damage by playing and it just hurt, you just play.”
sporting events don't sell concessions By Kate Gibson Staff Writer
As the third quarter of a Quaker football home game begins, your stomach starts growling. No problem — head on over to the concessions stand. But for baseball and lacrosse games, and a few other sports too, you might be out of luck. “It’s hard to do concessions if you’re going to have only 50 people show up to the game,” said Tom Palombo, athletic director and head men’s basketball coach. “For them to put a staff out there, cook food, set up and do all that, you’re probably losing money … unless you can get numbers out there.” Because of the popularity of football, sizeable crowds are a given. As such, college food provider Meriwether Godsey serves up burgers as well as typical candies and sodas to the fans at football games, and sometimes at well-attended soccer games. Bryan Jones, coordinator for sports marketing, largely attributes the lively ambiance at football games to the work of Vice President for Administration Jon Varnell. “At football, it’s not just concessions — they’ll have two or three flat screens with other college football games in a tented area, and (Varnell will) have some cornhole boards out there,” Jones said. “For football, (Varnell) makes it an atmosphere.” But for other sports, the workforce for concession stands comes largely from volunteers. Men’s lacrosse raises money by running the food setup at basketball games; at softball games, players’ parents raise funds for the team by selling snacks. And then some teams, like women’s lacrosse, are left out altogether. “We actually never have concessions served at the women’s lacrosse games,” said sophomore lacrosse player Courtney Morsberger in an email interview. “I wish they would sell concessions so more people would come. My parents, for example, come to the games from out of town and they always have to stop to get food before the games.” Pulling in bigger crowds is complicated and involves much more than a team’s success. Crowd sizes depend greatly on the team match-up and the day of the week — a rivalry game on Saturday brings in the masses better than a friendly weekday match. Time of day plays a role, too, and some sports do not have an easy way around these scheduling conflicts. “The big thing is, baseball and softball can’t play at night,” said Jones, noting that their stadiums do not have lights yet. As a result, games are scheduled for the afternoon when many people are at work or in class. Fickle North Carolina weather drives fans away as well. “During basketball season, sometimes the weather is bad,” said Palombo. “It’s cold, you’re playing on Wednesday night, and there are classes (and) other obligations for students as well.” “Weather’s a big thing in the spring, and we don’t have the huge concourses in the stadium that a lot of other places do,” said Jones. “If it rains, the crowd for the most part bails, unless they’re parents of students.” Ultimately, the stands must be packed if fans want munchies available at all of their sporting events, and it’s up to students to make that happen. “With a small school like ours, what we have to rely on (are) the students to come out and support the teams,” said Palombo. “We’re a Division III school, so we’re not going to be on TV or anything like that, so the local community will come out some and parents of players will come out, but we need the students to be our crowds.”
Birds of a feather learn together: Quaker sports siblings By Justyn Melrose Staff Writer
Competing tooth and nail, shouting over disagreements. Yet, unparalleled closeness. At times, the sports field is really no different than the rest of siblings' lives. Over the years, many siblings have graced the Guilford campus and the sports fields. This year is no different. “We played together before we came here on the same team,” said sophomore Elizabeth Carella about her sister, senior Kathryn Carella. “She was kind of like a role model because she told me what to do because we played the same position when I first got here — so it’s kind of like I looked up to her as someone who could tell me what I was doing wrong.” Lizz — sometimes teasingly referred to as “Little Kat” by others — and Kat have spent two years together on the Guilford women’s lacrosse team. However, it is not the first time they have played together. Kat said, “We were on the same —” “Basketball team,” interjected Lizz. Kat continued, “We were on the same softball team, we did track —” “Together,” said Lizz, “We did a lot of things together because we’re only —” “Two years apart.” Of course, these sisters have also enjoyed some mild sibling rivalry. “We get along basically all the time,” said Kat. “But sometimes we just get in little fights that literally last, like, five minutes, (about) just the dumbest thing. Like, it could be that she didn’t pick up a ground ball or something and I yell at her … and five minutes later we’re just like, ‘okay,’ and then we’re best friends again like nothing happened.” In addition to Lizz and Kat, sophomore twins Rebecca and recent Guilford transfer Lily Colley also play on the lacrosse team and have been playing lacrosse together for all their lives. “The transition to playing college lacrosse — because at my other school I played college basketball — is a lot nicer having her here, because she also talked to me before about the type of players that are on the team,” said Lily. “It’s really nice having her on the field too, because she’s always going to be 100 percent honest, being my sister. And
she wants what is best for me, so she’ll push me as far as I can go.” “(Siblings) are family and they’ve been around you longer than anyone else has. So, that bond is always going to be stronger than any type of friendship you make,” said Rebecca. Rebecca emphasized a very close relationship and understanding of one another that allows them to push and support each other. “Everyone always thinks, ‘Oh, you must be so jealous when Lily gets ODAC Player of the Week’ or blah, blah, blah and I’m like, ‘no’. I’m more for what’s better for the team,” said Rebecca. “You know, it is awesome that she’s going to get the recognition she deserves, because she never got that in high school and that would always just make me mad because I always would rave about her skills, but no one ever saw it.” On the other hand, some siblings have not found that being at school together brought them as close together. “We really don’t see each other much,” said junior basketball player Travis Tracy. “She does her thing I do mine.” “We actually were really close when he was a (firstyear),” explained Travis’s sister, sophomore volleyball player Kia Tracy. “I think just being away (from him) kind of made us realize that we do actually like each other. I mean, we didn’t not get along during high school, but we didn’t really talk much. And when he left, we talked more frequently; and then last year we hung out a lot. “This year, since he’s not on campus, I can’t just walk to his dorm or whatever. Then, our schedules are pretty conflicting so we don’t really get to hang out, but whenever we’re both home we do get along and everything. So it’s not awkward.” On different teams and at different ages and different class years, sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with family, even if they are at the same school. Nevertheless, it was Kia’s desire to remain close to family that landed her at Guilford with Travis. Despite location and scheduling separating them, they are still siblings and see each other at home. Whether playing the same sports or not, nothing can truly separate siblings. “At the end of the day, you’re still blood,” said Rebecca. “Any problem can be worked through.”
David CasonTrack and Field
3000 meter Steeplechase Race – 9:38.38 (Guilford record) – At Duke University Track and Field Invitational
Ben Esser Baseball
4 hits – 4 at bats – 2 runs batted in – 6-4 win v. RandolphMacon College
5 goals – 15-10 win v. Lynchburg College
2 hits – 4 at bats – 1 run scored – 1 run batted in – 1 homerun – 6-3 loss v. Bridgewater College
Courtesy of Guilfordquakers.com
3 saves – 3 shots on goal – 0 goals allowed – NCAA Division III Player of the Week – 12-0 win v. Hollins University
Siblings senior Kat Carella (left) and sophomore Lizz Carella (right) display the athleticism that has driven them to be competitive since they were children. Luckily for these sisters, they are able to use their competitive nature to their advantage on the lacrosse field.
Chad NortonTrack and Field 5000 meter run – 14:54.29 – (Guilford record) – at the Duke University Track and Field Invitational
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