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Volume 99, Issue 8
| November 2, 2012
the Guilfordian Guilford College |
vandalism continues across campus
Gray Stanback's Linda Watson educates students about eating well during Food Week Magna Doodle PREMIERE OF DOCUMENTARY: COOK FOR GOOD IN 20 MINUTES A DAY
display connects art, autism
“(Watson) focuses a lot on the education part (of cooking), like on how much money we actually waste when we buy our food and how much food we actually waste.”
BY ALAYNA BRADLEY Staff Writer On Oct. 24, Guilford held a world premiere, but there was no red carpet or paparazzi. Instead, author of the "Wildly Good Cook" series, Linda Watson, arrived in front of a crowd of Guilford students in a cherry-printed apron to show her film, "Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day", for the first time. The premiere was one of two events held by Linda Watson as part of Food Week. Food Week was sponsored by the Biology Club, the Center for Principled Problem Solving, the Film Society, the Hunger Fellows, the Health Science Club, Community Senate, Slow Food and dining service MeriwetherGodsey. Food Week is Guilford’s own expansion of National Food Day, and included many other events such as a fermentation workshop, a tour of Frank Massey’s farm and a Meadowfed dinner at the Guilford Farm. “(Watson) focuses a lot on the education part (of cooking), like on how much money we actually waste when we buy our food
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT'S MASTERPIECES ARE CURRENTLY FEATURED IN HEGE LIBRARY BY BRITTANY MURDOCK Staff Writer
Heather Scott, senior and president of Slow Food
See FOOD WEEK | Page 3 Brianna Glenn/Guilfordian
(Right) Several Guilford organizations co-sponsored events by Linda Watson, author of a cookbook series. She presented on incorporating healthy, ethical food into a low budget, and premiered her documentary. The events were held as part of Food Week. See BUDGET | Page 2 WWW.GUILFORDIAN.COM
OPINION: Time to stop voting for the lesser of two evils
VIDEO: Presidential candidate James Harris
BY JUSTYN MELROSE
BY TOM CLEMENT & TAYLOR HALLETT
As you walk into the library, your mind is overwhelmed with the various assignments that need to be completed before 2 a.m., and as you leave the building at night, you are exhausted by the thought of waking up tomorrow and going through the same routine. While walking down the entrance hallway of the library, have you ever had the chance to peer into the glass case that holds various works of art? Before you exit through those automatic doors, take a glance. You will be surprised by what you may find. In the Hege Library entrance hallway case, a large collection of Magna Doodle art is on display. First-year Gray Stanback is the artist of these masterpieces, which include dinosaurs, sharks, airplanes, planets and much more. Each drawing comes with a connection to autism. Stanback sometimes finds it challenging to interact with others, and drawing allows him to start conversations with people. “Working at the library, I pretty much stare at the displays all day,” said senior Jonathan Yatsky. “I was surprised because (the display contained) children’s toys, but they were really good drawings.” Senior Ryan James also works at Hege Library and took interest in the display. “I work at the library, so I notice when it’s different,” said James. “It’s an exhibit that’s worth reading the explanation of See MAGNA DOODLE | Page 7
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Widespread bicycle tire slashing angers community BY AUDREY ROTH Staff Writer Three weeks ago there was a mass bicycletire homicide on campus. On Oct. 11 at 1:45 a.m., it became apparent to students and Public Safety that someone had
over campus. Some were shown mercy and only had one of its tires popped, but nonetheless this act detrimentally affected the lives of many. Many students were understandably upset, as bicycle upkeep can be expensive. Junior Lyes Benarbane was one of the many
“I hope the response will be taking strong action and awareness towards improving and acting on communal values, respecting each other’s space and our environment, and being aware of ways to develop an intentional community that focuses on integrity, trust and support and a safe space.” Lauren Schloss '12 popped the tires of almost every bicycle on the rack outside of Hege Library. The incident at the library was just the beginning, as it was soon realized that tires had been popped on many of the bikes on racks all
students affected by the vandalism. Benarbane lives about five miles off campus, and he, like many others, commutes to school by bicycle. “It really annoyed me because they popped
it right as the campus bike shop closed (for Fall Break) so it cost me $17, whereas at the bike shop it would have been $5,” Benarbane said. This struck many involved as a strange occurrence for Guilford, as it violates the College's core values. “Incidents like these violate the trust and respect we have for our community and gives me concern for whether or not we are upholding our accountability to community values, each other and each other’s property,” said Lauren Schloss, ’12. Although many would like to think this terrible incident is in the past, in the last week alone three more tire-popping incidents that The Guilfordian is aware of have occurred. “We have a serial slasher on this campus, and a full scale investigation needs to be launched by Guilford College,” said senior Maria Barry, another victim of the calamity. “Someone is walking around with a knife, angry. They’re only doing bike tires right now, but that’s scary.” Public Safety Officer David Gauldin was on duty at the time of the first bike tire slashing. Gauldin said that Public Safety is dedicated to preventing bicycle tires from being popped in the future. “It is Public Safety’s motto that we are committed to providing quality service and a
safe and secure environment,” said Gauldin. Though some find comfort in knowing that Public Safety is aware of the situation, it still concerns students to know that there is a person, or people, around campus that are causing intentional harm to people’s property. “It is threatening to know that they could have enough time and intention to systematically go to every bike rack on campus,” said junior Kelsey Worthy. “If this was purely out of malice, then that is pretty frightening.” It appears that the bicycle-tire slashings have been done at random and thus anyone who has a bicycle on campus needs to be aware of these occurrences. “I hope the response will be taking strong action and awareness towards improving and acting on communal values, respecting each other’s space and our environment, and being aware of ways to develop an intentional community that focuses on integrity, trust and support and a safe space,” said Schloss.
To report suspicious activity or crime please contact the Public Safety office immediately in Bauman at (336) 316-2909 or extension 2909 from a campus phone.
We presented the Senate budget for 2012-13 now that enrollment numbers are final. Senate has $467,780 from Student Activities Fees, of which $376,172 is allocated to student organizations, $35,000 is awarded to students as part of the student scholarship program, and $29,520 is in Student Budget Committee (about 27 percent of this money has been allocated so far this year). This week we discussed what to do with the additional money we have in our budget ($27,088) thanks to last year's increase in Student Activities Fees, as well as whether to follow through with last year's Senate's plan to increase fees again this year. We also approved exploring the idea of moving Senate back downstairs to Boren Lounge in order to increase accessibility and transparency. Because budget decisions at Senate are a two-week process we will approve the 2012-13 budget as well as make a final decision concerning last year's plan to increase Student Activities Fees by an additional $50. These decisions concern tens of thousands of dollars in your money so your attendance and voice are very important!
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Saving the world is as easy as eating well, shopping locally Continued from Page 1
and how much food we actually waste,” said Heather Scott, senior and president of the Slow Food club. “We might as well go out with $10 and buy $10 worth of food instead of $25 because we throw away so much food.” Watson also held a live cooking class where she demonstrated how to cook noodles in a spicy peanut sauce with seasonal vegetables that cost only $1.11 per serving. After the demonstration, Watson led a discussion about the social ethics behind shopping locally and eating organically. The low price of Watson’s dish demonstrates the basic point of her video, Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day, and her book “Wildly Affordable Organic,” which is to “eat fabulous food, get healthy, and save the planet all on $5 a day or less.” Watson got the idea for the cookbook when she and her husband decided to go on the Food Stamp Challenge. They resolved to eat on the budget of $1.53 a day, the budget allowed for North Carolinians on Food Stamps. She did this to prove that people on a budget could buy fruits and vegetables instead of junk food, contrary to popular belief. After a month of the Food Stamp Challenge, Watson’s husband stopped her one night after dinner, asking to talk. “Now, that’s the last thing you want to hear from your spouse,” Watson said. “I was afraid he didn’t like the food we were eating, that he was going to say he was leaving me for someone who would make him cheesecake.” What he said next surprised her. “He said that since we started the challenge, he felt better
Linda Watson explains how to eat ethically. She presented on low-budget healthy eating in the Community Center on Oct. 24. than he has felt for a long time,” Watson said. “He was sleeping better, had more energy and had even lost weight. That was true for me too.” The book and video demonstrate how to shop locally and eat organically while still saving money and staying healthy at that. Senior Canna Zheng helped organize the event, fulfilling her role as both the president of the Biology Club and the cochairwoman of Food Week.
The Element: get it in your soul BY ANTHONY HARRISON Staff Writer The Element, a branch of Guilford’s Black Unifying Society, has put on their four-part Annual Talent Competition series since 2009, allowing both Guilford students and Triad locals to showcase their original music, poetry and dance. The first event in the series, a music competition, was held last Thursday. Though the musical genres varied, there was one constant: It was all full of soul.
in event planning, promotion and public relations. “In The Element, there’s something for everybody to do,” said Glenn. “You either have talent or you want to help find it. … We want people to shine in expressing themselves through their art, and we want to have fun.” In order to find acts for the competition, Talent Coordinator and Guilford alumnus Tiara Arvinger gathered participants from the Guilford student body as well as the surrounding area. “I know a lot of singers and
“I enjoy the diversity of the organizing team and the talent, and it’s just fun.” Jada Drew, Africana community coordinator musicians, so I sent out a mass Facebook message,” said Arvinger. “Then I posted an ad on Craigslist and relied on word-of-mouth.” Members of The Element reviewed the submissions before picking the cream of the crop to compete. For last week’s music competition, six performers were selected, ranging from soul singer Mischa Brown to alto saxophonist, first-year David Wheaton. All of them won the appreciation of the dozens crowded in the Community Center, but there could be only one
To learn more about how to help out the community via food choice, contact the Health Science Club or Slow Food.
A crazy Crafternoon of pumpkin carving
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Crafternoon hosted a pumpkin-carving contest. Participants submitted their designs to various categories: "Funniest", "Scariest" and "Creative." The winner received a $10 Harris Teeter gift card.
Photos by Kacey Minnick/Guilfordian
The poetry competition will be held on Nov. 15, and the step-and-dance event will be held on Feb. 7. The events culminate in the March 7 finale, when the top two finalists from each event will have the chance to compete for a $500 prize. The Element’s event coordinator, senior Brianna Glenn, also one of the organization’s founding members, said that the organization came about not only to give talented artists the opportunity to perform and network with the community, but also to engage
winner. That privilege went to Laila Nur. “I heard about the competition at the last minute, really,” said Nur, a Greensboro guitarist/singersongwriter. “But I sent them some music from my website, and here I am.” Nur was a crowd favorite. During the first intermission, Greensboro local Kyle Pagani was overheard saying, “Man, she killed it. She sounds like a mix between Jack Johnson and Adele.” Surprisingly, Nur stated she has never had formal music training. “I just come up with chords that sound good to me,” Nur said. Nur was awarded a tote bag with gifts donated by Greensboro fashion boutique The Pines, the competition’s promotional sponsor. The runner-up was local rapper Patrick Waddell. The crowd has grown steadily since The Element commenced, and Africana Community Coordinator Jada Drew hopes this growth will continue. “The crowd has grown with The Element,” said Drew. “Over the past four years, we’ve gone from an audience of about 15 to the point where there’s only standing room.” The Element was started in Drew’s King Hall office, and she continues to be the club’s supervisor. “I enjoy the diversity of the organizing team and the talent, and it’s just fun,” said Drew. Fun is The Element’s aim and, according to the crowd, they achieved it.
Zheng agrees with Watson’s philosophy on food. “You can choose to spend $5 on medicine or $5 on vegetables,” said Zheng. “I’d pick the vegetables, as medicine tends to be more expensive than that.” Senior Grace Chafin, president of the Health Science Club and fellow co-chairwoman of Food Week also agrees with this sentiment. “It affects all of us, every single day, at least three times a day,” said Chafin. “It affects your health. It affects everything.” Watson also discussed how the benefits of eating local and organic goods could stretch beyond your own personal health. “By cooking from scratch, you are shrinking your carbon footprint,” Watson said. “And by buying locally, you are not contributing to the gas that is used to ship all of the food to your grocery store. “The best way to understand food is to eat it.” And if you had been at the cooking demonstration and eaten her noodles, you would understand that saving the world can be tasty too.
calendar of events Haunted Founders & Midnight Breakfast 10p-1a, Founders Lobby
Football Game Celebration 12-4p, Armfield Athletic Field
Urban Market 12-5p, Downtown Greensboro
Coming Out Ball 10p-1a, Upstairs Founders
Halloween Celebration 9p-12a, Community Center
Dodgeball Tournament 1-5p, Alumni Gym
FRI Election Day
R.A. Informational Session 8:30p, Upstairs Founders
International Club meeting 5-6p, King 127
DIVE into Guilford Summit 2:30-6p. Frank Family Science Center
Intramural Flag Football 6-8p, Haworth Field
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NORTHEAST REGION, UNITED STATES Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with a vengeance and caused destruction that will leave cities and families in debt and inconvenience. To name a few: New Jersey shorelines have been devastated and thousands have been made homeless. New York subways are shut down indefinitely as the city addresses corrosion caused by salt water damage. Residents of many Pennsylvania counties were warned of fines should they leave their homes during the storm.
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LIBYA Nearly 100 civilians and former rebels stormed the General National Congress meeting hall to protest Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s proposed cabinet members. As a result of the unrest, the vote to approve or block the lineup was postponed by Libya’s Congress until Oct. 31, when it was finally approved. HAWAII, UNITED STATES A recent NASA discovery reveals that various minerals and crystals in Hawaiian soil are similar to what has been inventoried on the planet Mars. The soil samples, retrieved by a NASA rover, reveal further possibilities of life on Mars.
COLON, PANAMA The city has descended into chaos as citizens protest a law allowing the government to sell state-owned land without the consent of residents. The riots have resulted in more than 200 arrests and reports of brutality from police fully armed with military-grade weapons.
Latest mass shooting sparks discussion on prevention TRAGEDIES PROVOKE QUESTIONS OF POLICIES ON GUN OWNERSHIP, POSSIBLE PREVENTION OF FUTURE CRISES BY ELIAS BLONDEAU Staff Writer In the wake of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting and a shooting at a Milwaukee Sikh Temple, another gunman has damaged and taken the lives of several people. This time, the backdrop was a hair and nail salon in Wisconsin, and the shooter a former Marine, doggedly pursuing his estranged wife after a restraining order had been issued against him. Yet, with dozens both dead and injured from these attacks, the question on Americans' minds is arguably the same. How can we prevent these mass killings? Some attribute certain shootings to post traumatic stress disorder from former military days; for other shootings, some blame peer bullying and abuse. But such murderous acts suggest larger issues in American culture. One of these is how strict gun
vendors should be when selling a gun to a customer. Examination of state-by-state laws reveals how multifaceted this issue really is. In North Carolina, for example, the process of acquiring a gun is relatively simple. When selling guns to customers there is a required background check, a $5 fee and an interview. After that, one can legally own a gun and, with the exception of
guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said in a July speech. “And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation — that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.” He later went on to state that most gun owners would agree that assault weapons are an exception to that rule. The president has
Columbine shootings still haunting the nation after over a decade, and the more recent shootings affecting us currently, it is a common assessment that something needs to be done to end this pattern of violence. But, so far, nothing concrete has been decided. Most likely, part of the reason for the legislature’s standstill may be the varying circumstances
From bullying to mental instability to domestic violence, these crimes never stem from a single, unified cause. This makes identifying the problem, and thus solving the problem, exceedingly difficult. Durham County, not have to register it. Additionally, there are no regulations against openly carrying a firearm. Weapons laws vary wildly from state to state, enough to make some cry for national regulation to be instated for gun control. But President Obama is not as firmly against bearing arms as some of his fellow Democrats. “I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment
pushed for reinstatement of a ban on firearms of a certain caliber. Even so, the National Rifle Association is on the attack against President Obama over this issue. “At his core, he is outright hostile to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the NRA, in a press release. With the effects of the
surrounding these attacks. From bullying to mental instability to domestic violence, these crimes never stem from a single, unified cause. This makes identifying the problem, and thus solving the problem, exceedingly difficult. But according to first-year student Ian St. Amour, the crimes of a few should not make things harder for the masses. When asked if people who sold weapons should be held
accountable for crimes committed with them, he simply replied, “No.” When further questioned about his views on current gun laws he said, “I’d say that they’re fine as they are.” With so many different solutions being presented, it is difficult to settle on a single one to solve such a complex issue. Should there be more intricate background and mental health checks of potential gun owners? Should assault rifles be kept out of the hands of citizens? And should we, as a nation, decide the gun laws for our states? Meanwhile, these horrific acts continue. In 2007, SeungHui Cho claimed the lives of 32 people during his assault on Virginia Tech; this year, Michael Page’s racially charged attack on the Sikh temple killed six and injured four. Other incidents — like the shooting at Texas A&M University just over two months ago — keep the American populace in a state of perpetual unrest. How much more blood must be shed at the hands of citizens with firearms before this issue is finally resolved? The nation waits with bated breath for the answer.
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Economic despair plagues Greece BY THOMAS DEANE Staff Writer Lately, news of Greece has been nothing but tales of woe, misery and economic despair. The economic downfall of the country has garnered worldwide attention as many are left to wonder how a once prosperous nation could fall on such hard times. The most recent news from these Mediterranean islands is no less disturbing for both residents and observers alike. Plagued with colossal debt, many Greek citizens have found themselves unable to afford burials for family and loved ones. Tensions have now reached a boiling point as protests and riots run rampant throughout the country. The inability to provide proper burial services proves to be a critical matter in these protests. Greek citizen Vanna Mendaleni formerly ran a funeral parlor in Greece, but had no choice but to close it down due to policies instituted by the Greek government, plunging citizens into the depths of grave destitution. “After three years of non-stop taxes and wage cuts it’s got to the point where nothing has been left standing,” said Mendaleni in an interview with The Guardian. “It’s so bad families can no longer afford to even bury their dead. Bodies lie unclaimed at public hospitals so that the local municipality can bury them.” The large majority of Greeks are Greek Orthodox church, and thus, believe death separates the soul from the body. A key component of a Greek Orthodox funeral is to greet the family with the phrase, “Memory Eternal” and to provide an open-casket service in which mourners celebrate the life of the deceased. Daniel Diaz, assistant director of the study abroad program and international student advisor, sees this lack of funding for funerals as a cause for major religious-based strife. “From a religious point of view, there is a sense of anxiety and fear about properly caring for and handling the death of a family member
or a loved one,” said Diaz. Death affects the living in many ways as well, and funerals can be used to foster closure and offer condolences. According to Diaz, if citizens are incapable of providing funerals for loved ones, it may diminish the very fabric of society. “It shows to me that the economic and government functions of Greece are breaking down in drastic ways,” Diaz said. “You see the protests and the out-lash and my anticipation is that perhaps without the right steps taken things will get worse.” Protests resisting the austerity of Greece have resulted in large-scale clashes with Greek police. Protestors are hoping for a government intervention as well as a movement away from cuts to pensions and wages. In an interesting turn of events, one of Greece’s cash-strapped amateur soccer teams has turned to two local brothels for funding. While that source of finance is completely legal, compromised morality becomes a concern. Junior Julia Sheehan is amongst those who believe that perhaps the funding could be used somewhere else. “When you have loved ones unable to provide funeral services for family members, and then you see a brothel funding a soccer team (it) is a bit off-putting to me,” Sheehan said. “I would have rather seen the brothel do the right thing and maybe sponsor funerals.” For the time being, funeral homes have begun to offer some support to grieving loved ones. Payment plans for Greek funerals have now become more readily available. While this does not fully mitigate the economic despair; it does offer citizens a chance to have that final opportunity for closure. In time, the economic troubles in Greece may see resolution. Until then, the country remains locked in a tight battle between citizens and government. It is in the best interest of global economics and the social structure of Greece that the country expeditiously rights itself and steers back onto the track of economic success.
George McGovern (left) and Arlen Specter (right) were known nationwide for their stern beliefs and firm convictions. Their actions as Democrats reflected the definition McGovern put forth in his final book “What It Means to Be a Democrat.” “We are the party that believes we can’t let the strong kick aside the weak,” he wrote. It is with this passion that they will be remembered and, perhaps, they will inspire others — no matter the party — to hold fast to their own convictions.
Third-party candidates BY JORDAN SMITH Staff Writer As the battle between Democrats and Republicans rages and the 2012 election approaches, often overlooked are the other presidential candidates running: the third-party candidates. In addition to President Obama and Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson, Stewart Alexander and Stephen Rollins are also in the running. Johnson is the Libertarian nominee, with a platform reportedly rooted in reduced government regulation and a balanced budget. This policy is evident in his stance on various issues: he is against governmentrun health care and government regulation of energy development management, but advocates treating marijuana use the same as alcohol and tobacco use. Johnson also wishes to eliminate the Department of Education and instead give those funds to individual states to improve education in America. Johnson promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress in 2013, with an emphasis on cutting spending and adding a consumption tax. “Balance the federal budget now, not 15 years from now, not 20 years from now, but now,” he said to the International Business Times.“ And throw out the entire federal tax system, replace it with a fair tax. … If that doesn’t create tens of millions of jobs in this country, I don’t know what does.” Stewart Alexander is the candidate for the Socialist Party as well as the Peace and Freedom Party, with a platform emphasizing a socialist platform and benefits for the working class. “My platform is committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society,” he told The Modern Left. “To create a better future for working people,
my platform will offer a guide that will establish a new social and economic order in which democracy will allow the 99 percent to shape our own future.” He plans an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the other party candidates propose withdrawal in months or years. Universal healthcare and full employment are also paramount in Alexander’s policy, the latter to be achieved through increased taxes on the wealthy. Obtained funds would be used to fund education and public projects. Alexander maintains the pro—choice and pro-affirmative action stances, and he supports equal rights for homosexuals and non-citizens in social issues. Rollins is an independent candidate, focusing on downsizing the government and domestic independence. “I decided to enter this race as an Independent to raise more awareness to what is happening with our money as we continue seeing large numbers of unemployment,” he told the Digital Journal. “Our tax situation is getting out of hand where we’re now the largest corporate tax rate nation in the world and yet nobody seems to come up with the correct answers.” He calls for placing penalties on companies that outsource jobs and wants to stop fuel speculation, increase energy independence, and put less money into foreign countries. By downsizing the government, he believes he can both slow the debt and cut taxes significantly. Rollins continued, “If you decrease the tax burden on the everyday worker (then) that everyday worker is gonna have more money and is going to go out to spend money into the local and national economy.” With Election Day on Nov. 6 drawing nearer, better-educated voters are likely to make clearer choices for the country.
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The recent passing of Senators Arlen Specter and George McGovern allows us a unique opportunity to reflect on some of the men who defined the modern Democrat. Arlen Specter was born in Wichita, Kansas on Feb. 12, 1930. Before becoming a senator he served on the Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was after this that he sought political office. Having been a Democrat up to that point, Specter surprised many when he switched to the Republican Party and was elected to the Senate in 1980. As a socially liberal senator, Specter found it increasingly difficult to find common ground with his Republican counterparts. As such, Specter changed party affiliation back to Democrat in 2009. Specter was also diagnosed with an advanced form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, in 2005. He continued working during chemotherapy. However, he died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 82 on Oct. 14 of this year. "Arlen Specter was always a fighter. From his days stamping out corruption as a prosecutor in Philadelphia to his three decades of service in the Senate, Arlen was fiercely independent — never putting party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve,” said President Barack Obama in a White House press release. “He brought that same toughness and
determination to his personal struggles, using his own story to inspire others." Another equally inspirational story of political action can be found in Senator George McGovern. McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota on July 19, 1922. In 1956, McGovern was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives and was later elected to the Senate in 1962.. McGovern was a staunch opponent of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, going so far as to introduce an amendment that sought to end the war through legislative means. It was defeated in both 1970 and 1971. McGovern also made three unsuccessful runs for the presidency in 1968, 1972 and 1984. "Senator McGovern is remembered as the loser in the Nixon landslide of 1972,” said Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Ty Buckner in an email interview. “But what some people forget is that he was a decorated U.S. hero who was willing to stand against the Vietnam War. And he spent many years after that election as a mighty public servant.” Buckner continued, “He never lost the strength of his convictions. We need more people like him in public office, regardless of their political affiliation." McGovern passed away on Oct. 21 of this year at age 90. Both senators were recognized as men who stood their ground when it came to their convictions. Whether it was Specter in regards to stem cell research funding or McGovern in his fight against hunger, these men never backed down.
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Remembering Arlen Specter and George McGovern
7 November 2, 2012
Stanback's Magna Doodle display is a work of art Continued from Page 1 each drawing.” Autism is a developmental disorder that affects physical, social and language skills. Many individuals develop a hyper focus in which they become fixated on something they are extremely passionate about. “Many people don’t see drawing the way that I do,” said Stanback. “Drawing makes my mind less crowded. The more things I draw, the less I have to think about afterwards.” Stanback started drawing when he was just four years old. His parents found him using up too much paper and wanted him to use something that was reusable. From that day forward, he drew on the Magna Doodle. “My first thought when I saw the display was someone must have spent a lot of money on Magna Doodles,” said senior Chris Ashcraft. “The fact that there was so many of them, I needed to see what it was.” These drawings were completed as a graduation requirement for Stanback at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C. His drawings made an impression not only on his parents, but also on the Diversity Action Accessibility Subcommittee, which sponsored the display.
“I think the display is fantastic,” said Disability Resources Coordinator Kim Burke. “It’s easy for students to relate to Magna Doodles because many have grown up using one.” But this story goes beyond Magna Doodles. Stanback is not the only student with a developmental disorder. There are 100 students with autism actively enrolled here, and the number has been steadily increasing each year. “When approaching students with a disability, I ask for mindfulness,” said Burke. “I wish for students to be inviting and move past the disability of the person.”
Each Magna Doodle has its own image associated with autism. (From top to bottom) "Dauntless but Doomed," "Whorl-tooth!" "Ice Age Ambush," and "Survival of the Fittest" are just a few examples of Stanback's work in the exhibit.
Laude and proud: the new, improved Honors Program BY MEG HOLDEN Guest Writer, '12 Not every change at Guilford is as obvious as the newly missing members of the stick sculpture in the quad. Recent adjustments to the curriculum of the Honors Program at Guilford College have strengthened the program in hopes of preventing a collapse. According to Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of English Heather Hayton, the Honors Program at Guilford “needed to be revitalized.” “(The old Honors Program) was very self-motivated,” said junior Chad Norton in an email interview. “You had to make sure you were on pace to graduate from the program, and many students dropped out of the program.” In an effort to increase engagement in the Honors Program, Assistant Professor of Physics Don Smith began the process of updating the program during his term as program director. Hayton replaced Smith as program director this fall. One of the most significant changes for current students is that there is no longer a Guilford Honors Scholarship. The previous scholarship of $1,250 per year for program participants has been changed to a onetime monetary award of up to $1,000. With Guilford tuition hovering just above the $30,000 line, losing this award could be quite a blow to some students. “(The scholarship) was a huge part of
my decision to apply for the program,” said Norton. “I don’t think that I would have applied without it.” For first-year Katie Fullerton, however, the monetary award is secondary to the other benefits of the program. “It didn’t influence me at all,” said Fullerton in an email interview. “I didn’t even know there was a monetary award until I got involved. I was just interested in the concept of working with other people with high academic standards, so the academic benefits that stem from that were simply extra.” Hayton clarified that the new award system is a way to incentivize academic achievement. Under the old system, students would enter the Honors Program for the scholarship, but many never completed the program. The new award structure encourages program participants to be academic leaders on campus and to stay in the program. Students can use the funds to cover academic costs such as graduate school application fees, attending academic conferences, or funding research projects such as the required Honors thesis. “The goal is for students to use that money to leverage their academic leadership into the next stage of life,” Hayton said. Honors Program members earn these funds at a rate of $250 per year, up to a total of $1,000, by fulfilling the new program requirements. These requirements
include attending monthly meetings and completing honors seminar classes in the first, junior and senior years. Sophomore participants are required to “contract” a course, transforming an existing class into an honors experience through deeper or additional study. In addition, the Honors Program and the Department of Residence Life are in talks regarding creating a living and learning space on campus designated for Honors Program students. Hayton emphasized the significance of a dedicated living space for the Honors Program both for current and prospective students. “This is a best practice for honors programs around the country,” Hayton said during the meeting. “I hope it will happen here.” One of the primary goals of the changes to the Honors Program is to increase engagement both by current Honors Program students and other community members. “I would like to see a greater sense of community within the Honors Program and a more significant presence on campus,” said Fullerton. “(The Honors Program) is a visible place for students to devote themselves to the life of the mind,” Hayton said. Outside of the classroom, the Honors Program offers opportunities for additional academic and personal growth through visiting speakers, program get-togethers
and the Honors Student Council. Fullerton, a member of the Student Council, cites the extracurricular aspects of the Honors Program as an important facet of the program's benefits for students. “We want the revamped Honors Program to have a more significant positive influence on Guilford campus and on the students in the program,” Fullerton said. “This shouldn't be just another set of hoops for students to jump through. We want to foster community within the Honors Program and we want to sponsor on-campus events that increase the program's benefits for all Guilford students.”
The Honors Program is hosting the first annual “Life of the Mind” event on November 28. “A Life of the Mind: Mistakes, Mis-steps and Magnificent Discoveries” will be presented by professors emeriti Dave MacInnes and Ted Benfey in the Carnegie Room at 3:00 p.m.
If you see ghosts throughout campus, who you gonna call? BY DANIEL GASKIN Staff Writer The moon was full last Friday as I walked to Dana Auditorium. The mood was eerie, and the fact that I was going to hear a legitimate ghost story from a Public Safety officer made it all the more strange. I met with Officer Mike Lane at Dana to hear his story of a supernatural incident he had witnessed a few years ago, and it was startling to say the least.
“I prefer to call them ‘spirits.’ I have experienced ghosts here in Dana. One in particular is Lucas, a Revolutionary war–era ghost who I have talked to in the past. He is perturbed by students who are not respectful of this place." Frank Massey, IFP gifts discernment coordinator “I came in to close Dana around 2:00 a.m.” said Lane. “When I got to room 114, I heard three lines of a harmonica being played. It stopped when I knocked on the door. I opened the door to find nothing in there except a piano and
a dark room.” people who pass through here,” said Even stranger than that, Massey. “Some of the spirits are guarding Lane came back the something that existed before Dana. I following Monday with a don’t know for certain, but I think they are colleague to check out the guarding a thin spot where communication same room that had the between realms is easier.” harmonica playing. I recorded this conversation. When I left “We came into the same Massey, I listened back to the recording room around the same time and what I heard shook me. The room to check it out again,” was silent when we spoke — only a he said. “We found hint of music played in the background nothing, but when because we were in Dana, but there was I closed the door, a whistling recorded on my device. It a light fixture fell would come and go throughout our at my feet, nearly 20-minute talk, but I assure you, there striking me, and was no such sound when I was in the missed me by that room. much,” he added as he After being scared out of mind at that gestured a few inches. creepy whistling, I wanted to get an idea Gr I was deeply unsettled by this news, as of the places that house spirits here, so ap hic Lane does not seem to be the type to fabricate such I contacted Director of the Friends by Joy a story. So, I widened my look for the supernatural Center and Campus Ministry Da mo n and found one person who knew something about Coordinator Max Carter via email. spirits that dwell here. “The three places supposedly Initiative on Faith and Practice Gifts Discernment haunted are Dana (reputedly Coordinator Frank Massey has a profound belief in the haunted by ‘Lucas,‘ a Revolutionary ghosts that live here and has even talked to them on occasion. War soldier); Mary Hobbs Hall (NOT “I prefer to call them ‘spirits,’” said Massey. “I have a student who died in the Hobbs fire — experienced ghosts here in Dana. One in particular is Lucas, nobody died in that fire!); and the former a Revolutionary war–era ghost who I have talked to in the WQFS station in Founders,” said Carter. past. He is perturbed by students who are not respectful of I searched Hobbs for anything strange, but I found nothing this place.” except a group of girls wondering why I was in a girl’s I must say I was stunned at Massey’s nonchalance at dormitory. In Dana, I tried calling out to Lucas to see if he discussing the concrete existence of ghosts so easily and answered, but besides looking quite strange, I again found unremarkably. But, I looked into his eyes and saw that he nothing worthy of reporting. I do not know what I would was a quite sane individual. have done if I did, but these stories are something that a true “Some of these spirits are waiting to communicate with skeptic like me has found troubling.
HUG embraces Hispanic heritage and youth leaders HISPANOS UNIDOS DE GUILFORD GIVES BACK
BY TAYLOR HALLETT Staff Writer
Hispanos Unidos de Guilford is showing local Latino youth to a path of leadership. On Nov. 10, the annual on-campus conference “Soy un Líder” will invite Latino youth from nearby high schools to participate in group activities. “They come here, and for the first time they get a clear message that they can go to college,” said Latino Community Program Director Jorge Zeballos, HUG faculty advisor. “They don’t get that kind of support, unfortunately, in the schools they are in.” Even with all the enthusiasm Zeballos has about Soy un Líder (“I am a Leader”), it is his lack of direct involvement with its organization that he finds to be the most rewarding component. “It is a project that is organized, planned and put together by students with my support and supervision,” Zeballos said. “They do all the logistical work and organizing work. It is a way for them to give back to their community.” HUG is an on-campus organization that gives a space for the college’s Hispanic and Latino students to celebrate their heritage. HUG also offers events that celebrate Hispanic culture which are open to the rest
Hispanos Unidos de Guilford sponsors several events throughout the year, such as sugar skull decorating, as seen above. Its most famous event is "Soy un Lider," an annual leadership conference. of Guilford. During Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15–Oct. 15, HUG hosted numerous events. The opening event for Hispanic Heritage Month was a viewing of “Harvest of Dignity,” a documentary which focuses
on farmworkers in North Carolina. Another event hosted by HUG was the memorable mariachi band performance in the cafeteria. On Oct. 30, HUG also hosted a workshop for making sugar skulls in celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Originating in Mexico, Día de los Muertos is a tradition where people gather to remember friends and family who have passed. ”I learned a good amount about the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos from the presentation that was given, and I liked the creative aspect even though I didn’t get to eat the skull,” said junior Connor Bayne in an email interview. Probably the most anticipated HUG event is the upcoming Nov. 10 conference. Soy un Líder will invite Latino high school students from Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance counties for inspirational workshops on campus. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the Alumni Gym. “I am looking forward to getting the kids involved,” said Alejandra Ruiz, co-president of HUG. “Here they get to talk to college students who are Latino themselves. We are setting an example just by being here and showing that we care.” Such an endeavor is proving to be costly. However, HUG is considering new ways to alleviate some of the financial stresses that the conference entails. “One of the things that we are looking at is applying for grants that will allow us to have a significant amount of financial support,” Zeballos said. Despite some of the financial roadblocks, Zeballos and HUG are optimistic about the event. “It is, in my mind, the most powerful and rewarding event that we do every year,” Zeballos said.
OPINION Save public broadcasting, don't kill Big Bird FUNDING FOR PUBLIC MEDIA GOES BEYOND THE CURRENT BATTLE BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS Please save my friend. Don’t kill Big Bird. Everyone’s yellow, feathered friend from childhood years has gained national attention after presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s controversial comment in the first 2012 presidential debate. “I like PBS,” said Romney to moderator Jim Lehrer, editor and former anchor for PBS. “I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” BY HAEJIN Wait. Did he just say that SONG Big Bird was responsible for Staff Writer the federal deficit? As Obama likes to say, “The math simply doesn’t add up.” Unfortunately, Romney’s zinger hasn’t boosted his own image, but has rather made him into an evil capitalist and predator of America’s Sesame Street friends. Proponents of public broadcasting created viral Twitter hashtags and Facebook memes such as, “Obama got Bin Laden. I’ll get Big Bird,” “Brought to you by the Number 47,” and “Keep Calm and Big Bird On.” Chris Mecham and Michael Bellavi, who have never met in-person before (only through social media), felt so strongly about public broadcasting that they co-organized the Million Puppet March to take place on Nov. 3 in Washington D.C. “We believe in public media,” states the organization. “We believe that a strong public broadcasting system builds a stronger nation. And we believe that it is essential to provide adequate federal funding to our public broadcasters.” And I completely agree. The matter at hand shouldn’t be simplified to a battle of pro-Republican or pro-Democrat, nor should it be about pro-Romney or proObama. This is about cutting or keeping national budget for public broadcasting. And I believe the answer is quite obvious for several reasons. Firstly, I know that many, including myself, have received free access to some of the most high-quality educational programs through public broadcasting. Who doesn’t remember Sesame Street, The Magic School Bus, or Bill
Nye the Science Guy? With federal financial support, public broadcasting also features documentaries and classical and jazz music that receive little to no attention from commercial channels. Secondly, cutting public broadcasting can affect its accessibility to viewers. “In aggregate our money is 15 percent of our budget,” said President and CEO of PBS Paula Kerger to CNN. “But when you look at it station by station, ...particularly in rural parts of the country that their part of the federal budget is 50 percent, 60 percent, 70 percent (of their total funding). Those stations will go off the air.” She further pointed out, “Both candidates talked about the importance of education. We are America’s biggest classroom. So the fact that we’re in this debate, this isn’t about the budget. It has to be about politics.” Thirdly, during the presidential debate, Romney’s words verbatim were, “I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” If you did a double take, you heard the presidential candidate correctly. I expected a little more from the Harvard Business School graduate who frequently flaunts saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. I’m no mathematician, but I have enough common sense to understand that Romney nor Obama nor even Clinton could rely on cuts to eliminate the federal deficit. Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales mentioned in an email interview, “You might have seen the Neil deGrasse Tyson joke, 'Cutting PBS support (0.012 percent of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500GB hard drive.' It is funny, but it is also true.” I’m not sure if I should be afraid of Romney cutting public broadcasting if elected, or if I should be afraid of his reason and justification in doing so. Either way, I’m scared that a presidential candidate is daring to touch the federal funding for public broadcasting, as if it’s the right thing to do. Some readers may argue that my points such as those regarding Big Bird can be misleading. I will go ahead and note that Big Bird isn’t going to die. For the record, Sesame Street receives little funding from PBS and therefore Big Bird will still be here. But I wouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. Big Bird may not die, but Big Bird symbolizes what public broadcasting is and what it stands for. And according to Romney, he doesn’t care much for it.
“You might have seen the Neil deGrasse Tyson joke, 'Cutting PBS support (0.012 percent of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive.' It is funny, but it is also true.” Maria Rosales, associate professor of political science
9 November 2, 2012
Why it's not okay to stay home from voting
The editorial board originally planned to use this column to endorse our presidential candidate, as all newspapers are wont to do. This column would have been filled with lavish praises for Candidate X and stinging criticisms of Candidate Y. It would have been informative, snarky and very persuasive. But you know what? The opinion of 15 peers, while interesting, will never supersede the more pressing issue that must be addressed: voting for the sake of voting. So vote. Vote early, vote at the last possible second, vote for everything on the ballot, or just vote for president. Vote for Candidate Y, we don’t care. It’s better than staying at home and being a passive citizen. If you’ve voted or plan on voting, you can either stop reading and go check out the rest of this paper or you can keep going and hopefully find affirmation. If you haven’t voted and do not plan to, we want to take the time to address several reasons that you might give for not voting, and for the sake of space this will just touch on the presidency: “I don’t agree with either candidate. We’re screwed either way.” Wait, your opinion doesn’t match up 100 percent with a politician? Stop the press ... or just pick the one that offends you the least. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will (and you might not like it). Next question. “What’s the point? It’s all theatrics.” Campaigning is theatrics. Kissing babies, visiting soup kitchens, making sure to pin the American flag lapel on every suit you wear ... that’s theatrics. But the second Election Day comes and goes, the winner transforms from a candidate to the leader of the free world. Tough decisions will no longer revolve around which heartbreaking middle-class American story to tell to an audience, or how to spin a gaffe to raise the poll numbers. They will revolve around and determine the safety, power, and success of our country. Their days won’t be spent jetting around the country trying to win over undecided voters. They will be spent greeting military coffins, staying up late assessing threats both home and abroad and signing orders that directly affect the American people. Right now, it’s easy for us to ignore the candidate we disagree with. You can just mute the television. But what happens if they’re the one in the Oval Office? You can’t plug your ears and shake your head if you disagree with a law or a war. “I will live my life and make my choices regardless of who wins.” Good luck with that. Women, especially. It is easy to assume that no matter which candidate wins, you’ll still have the freedoms and abilities to do whatever you choose. That, however, is simply not the case. “Our government is broken. I’m protesting the election in the hopes that it will be a wake-up call to our officials.” A democracy only works if we’re all active participants. It’s broken because of people like you. Don’t complain about the state of our government if you’re not willing to vote. If you cannot take a few hours out of your life to mark a name on a ballot, you have no grounds to argue this. It isn’t a protest to stay home from voting. It’s an excuse. And if you think the candidates will see how many people stayed home and will magically decide to call off all elections until all issues can be worked out, you’re delusional. The only wake up call will be your own when you realize just how wrong you were to throw up your hands and expect everything to work itself out. “I haven’t registered./I have no way of getting to the polls./The lines are too long." We promise this is not a shameless plug for our website, but all of the registration information can be found online at www.guilfordian.com/ category/election12. You can register and vote on-site now through 5 p.m. Saturday. Voting early will save you time. We’ll drive you. Friends can drive you. We wouldn’t be surprised if you stood in front of Founders with a sign around your neck asking for a ride to the polls and a complete stranger agreed to it. That’s Guilford for you. It is 2012. There are still countless regions of our world with citizens who do not have the rights that we have, the luxuries we have, or the ability to make a difference in the way that we can. There are individuals who would and do fight — and lay down their lives — for the right to vote. So no, we don’t see any reason that you should refrain from voting this year. What are you waiting for? Go vote!
Reflecting Guilford College's core Quaker values, the topics and content of Staff Editorials are chosen through consensus of all 15 editors.
Letter to the Editor: No Easy Day publication presents no easy decisions RESPONSE TO "FORMER NAVY SEAL'S POOR DECISION MAY BRING LAWSUIT" PUBLISHED IN ISSUE 3 BY JEREMY RINKER Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Despite Haejin Song’s description of former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonette’s decision to publish a first–hand account of his part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as “poor” (see the Sept. 14 Guilfordian, pg. 10 – Vol. 99:Issue 4), I believe his decision shows courage and should instead be praised. Though I have not read the book, I believe that the act of publishing his personal account should be lauded as exemplar of democratic citizenship, instead of lambasted as ‘anti-American’ and ‘subversive.’ While Ms. Song does not go this far in her Guilfordian opinion article (9/14/12 Guilfordian), her statements assume, along with much of the American public discourse about Bissonette’s publication of No Easy Day, that national security somehow trumps all else when it comes to putting competing ideas in the public sphere. Such opinions underscore the extent to which the ‘securitization’ of our life, world and worldview has occurred in this country. Just as important as Dana Priest’s and William Arkin’s acclaimed reporting on the “hidden world” of “Top Secret America” (i.e. the U.S. Government’s growing security apparatus) in 2010 (see Washington Post, July 19-21, 2010), the seemingly more benign discursive forms of speech we use everyday have just as critical a role to play in the security regime we construct and maintain. In a truly deliberative democratic state shouldn’t a diversity of stories about historical events be encouraged and discussed? By stories, I do not mean what we commonly conceive of stories as subjective accounts that do not provide clarity or deepen understanding about critical historical or political events. Instead, by stories I am talking about humankind’s primary means of meaning making. Stories, as far from simply subjective — and therefore meaningless — for making change, are instead the best means to challenge the security state, and concomitant ‘securitization’ mindset, that we all now live in complex relationship towards. As parts of wider discourse, stories, or narratives, in the words of Francesca Polletta “smuggle explanation into description, thus obscuring the fact that what came before a particular development may not be responsible for it” (Polletta, 2006, 182). In the case of Mr. Bissonette’s account, don’t the wide circulation of narrative accounts help us to make meaning out of confusing events? Don’t such authoritative accounts help to control the tendency to jump to the conclusion that there is one correct or ‘true’ account of a series of events and thus to the unquestioning assumptions that some ‘True’ account justifies our actions? While interpretation can certainly be tricky, the political opportunity space provided by alternative accounts of what we might consider common storylines allows for a collective and deliberative re-telling of our national discourse. Like many who read this, I was shocked at the outpouring of nationalism the night that bin Laden was publicly pronounced dead by our leaders. If we are to change our national discourse about terror and the all-invasive need for security we must demand alternative stories from which to fashion new meaning. The publication of Mr. Bissonette’s narrative account adds one more account to our attempt at meaning making, and one more account is better than none.
Has the American dream become disabled? In 1931, James Truslow Adams, a popular historian, coined the phrase “American dream” in his book “The Epic of America.” He defined America’s dream as a better, richer and happier life for all our citizens. For Americans with disabilities, however, achieving this dream is nearly impossible. According to the American Association of People with BY BRYAN Disabilities, 78 DOOLEY percent of people with disabilities remain Senior Writer unemployed. Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Vocational Rehabilitation program exists to guarantee equal access to employment for equally qualified individuals. However, the programs do not address the attitude of many employers. “The major drawback in almost every employment-related program is that the focus is not placed on educating the employers,” said Jim Whalen, executive director of the Adaptables, a Center for Independent Living in Winston-Salem. “In today’s era of technology and workplace variety, it is truly employer
and co-worker attitudes that create the ‘real’ barriers.” In addition to workplace inadequacies, the government’s position on disabilities is also out of date. As a Social Security Income recipient, I know the program is designed to help support people with disabilities in times when they cannot work. But in reality, people can only qualify for SSI if they are impoverished. For instance, when I get a job, I lose all my government support, including access to health care. These are disincentives to work. I am not alone in this difficult situation. Most people with disabilities share this experience. The New York Times reported the example of Mr. Crelia, an SSI recipient who wants to work. A recipient of $506 monthly from the SSI program, he is allowed to earn $85 through work, while also receiving some assistance toward his rent and food expenses. If he surpasses the $85, his check is reduced by $1 for every $2 he earns. If his income reaches $1,097 a month, he will no longer be eligible for any cash SSI benefits at all. So he must be poor, or he must give up all government support. Mr. Crelia is never permitted to have more than $2,000 in the bank. This restriction places the trappings of
a middle-class life — a car, a modest home, a family — far out of reach. So where is his American dream? It makes no sense for Americans to continue in this system. “If you went to an employer and said, ‘We have a group of people who are well trained, often pre-screened, used to working collaboratively as well as showing creativity in getting things done — but you cannot hire any of them,’” Whalen asked, “How do you think employers would react? In short, in a competitive marketplace we cannot afford to discount any resource.” In many ways, I and many other people with disabilities represent the American dream. I have been in some form of school since the age of two, improving myself through education. I have won numerous scholarships over the course of my academic career. I have earned a chance to have a job and be a productive member of American society. However, the current system prevents me from working and having a savings account, things non-disabled people do not have second thoughts about. These two things are essential elements of achieving the American dream. And everyone deserves the same chance to achieve the American dream.
Error loading page: Internet too slow We’ve all been there: relentlessly pressing the “refresh” button on the computer screen, hoping that, this time, the page will actually load, cursing yourself as the panic sets in that your assignment will be late because Moodle refuses to open, or desperately trying to Google something in order to do research for a paper. It’s no secret that the Guilford Internet can be extremely aggravating for both students and faculty. “The Internet here is really inefficient for me to get any work done in a good amount of time because I’m constantly worrying BY NATALIE about how slow the Internet is and not about what I’m writing,” said senior Leia SUTTON Gaskin-Sadiku. “It’s really frustrating.” Staff Writer When it was time for midterms this semester, the Internet really took a turn for the worse. The Moodle page wouldn’t load at all and neither would any other Guilford-related Web pages. During one of the most pertinent times for a dependable Internet, many students found that pages like Facebook and Twitter would load, but they were unable to log onto Moodle to download any needed material. The Internet problems cause frustration amongst faculty as well because they are often just as reliant on the Web as students are. “I’m a professor who uses technology as a crucial part of my courses,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies Chad Phillips. “I have found it difficult to be rigid with assignment deadlines when there are internet connectivity problems and updates and outages to Moodle, where it is not only unreliable, but the interface is often too complicated for many non-traditional students.” Many times teachers are unable to efficiently use the Internet in class, and it can be frustrating for everyone. “The lack of good internet is disruptive in class because teachers often try to pull up YouTube videos or links, and it just takes forever,” said senior Adelaide Ayers. “Some students even come to my house off-campus during exam times to do work because they’re unable to do so on
campus.” It seems ridiculous that students would feel the need to go off campus in order to do school work, yet many find there is no other option if they want to be able to finish tasks in a reasonable timeframe. So who’s really to blame for all the frustration? Many people find it easy to blame IT&S and their office is constantly flooded with complaints about internet issues, but according to Ian Hulsey, level II support technician help desk, solving internet inefficiency is one of their main goals, and they work on improving the server constantly. “It’s one of our number one priorities to stabilize the infrastructure of the campus network ... so that includes everybody being able to get online, everybody being able to get to what they need to get to, and to most of what they want to get to,” said Hulsey. The unfortunate Internet shutdown during midterms was completely out of IT&S’ control. “We have had some hardware issues in the past several weeks that haven’t been planned obviously,” said Hulsey. “It’s definitely not something we’re unaware of. We’re super aware of it because it keeps us from doing what we need to do too.” While it is good to hear that IT&S is doing their best to solve the issues, I’m still not convinced that we will see any significant changes. Unfortunately, every semester I’ve attended Guilford, I’ve heard countless complaints about the internet and every semester, I’ve heard countless promises for a better, faster internet, yet I’ve still not seen any kind of improvement. Maybe instead of dropping loads of money in trivial areas, such as the construction of a fish tank in the Quakeria, or yet another flat-screened TV in the Grill, Guilford should work on providing a satisfactory Internet for its students and faculty. Perhaps our resources should be going into more essential realms of an educational environment. Considering the fact that a dependable internet connection is imperative in today’s academic setting, I do hope that Guilford will put fixing this issue at the top of its priority list and actually generate some kind of improvement before we all pull our hair out.
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Think pink: mother inspires athlete to raise awareness BY L.A. LOGAN Staff Writer Pink cleats, pink gloves and pink bracelets. Everything is pink to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Guilford, even on the football field. Chris Campolieta, a defensive back on the Quaker football team, and his family experienced the disease firsthand. Two days before Christmas in 2011, Chris’ mother, Pat Campolieta, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I want people to know that cancer does not discriminate,” said Pat. “It can happen to anyone at any time.”
“To explain what type of lady my mom is, she did not want to ruin her kids’ Christmas,” said Chris. “She waited a few days afterwards to let it down to all of us.” At the time Chris and his twin brother were seniors in high school. Of Pat’s seven children, Chris is the youngest by one minute. “I cried a lot,” said Chris. “I broke down not just one day but every night, because I didn’t know what was going to happen. I mean, it’s my mom. I’m a mama’s boy.” Chris didn’t let his mother’s cancer become an excuse. If anything, it motivated him. “I added more chores around the house and picked my
“Give credit to the entire Guilford Community. This is one kid who reinforces the values of our community. That's very Guilford. That's very Quaker." Andy Strickler, director of admission In an email interview, she described the heavy emotions she felt while deciding when to break the news to her family. “The boys had no idea, and I was not going to have this heavy burden on them during the holidays,” Pat said. “Tears (were) streaming, my husband (was) shielding the boys from the conversation. Breast cancer had hit our home. Now, it was time to tell the twins.” First-year-student Chris remembers this day as the worst of his life.
grades up,” said Chris. “I wanted to so my mom wouldn’t have to worry about that stuff.” Chris, like many Guilford students who are inspired to do great things, decided to hold a fundraiser in honor of his mom’s strength and determination in overcoming breast cancer. “Chris called me early in October to remind me that it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Pat. “Chris said, ‘Mom, I want to do a fundraiser for breast cancer, so I ordered a bunch of pink bracelets, so if anyone
wants to donate they can get a bracelet.’” One day after practice, Chris shared information with the football team about his mother’s breast cancer odyssey. “Chris approached the entire team during a meeting to let everyone know about the fundraiser,” said safeties coach Steve Terlesky. “It took a lot of guts to tell his story, and from that perspective I have a lot of respect for Chris. It was brave.” Terlesky noticed a lot of team members wearing pink bracelets during practices and games. This prompted the entire coaching staff to contribute to the cause as well. Chris’ best friend, first-year student Matt Pawlowski, wears his bracelet every day. “I got a chance to donate to the fundraiser,” said Pawlowski. “I wanted to show support for not only Chris’ family, but for all families dealing with cancer.” Another teammate, first-year student Reggie Bullard added, “As a team, we wanted to do something special for the Campolieta family and other families. We used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help Chris reach his goal and to show (that) we care.” The use of social media greatly increased awareness about the fundraiser. “Give credit to the entire Guilford community,” said Director of Admission Andy Strickler. “This is one kid who reinforces the values of our community. That’s very Guilford. That’s very Quaker.” Chris’ family struggled for a while, like all families dealing with this unannounced disease, but the selfdescribed mama’s boy is grateful for his mother’s presence. “I cried just as much when I knew she was cancer-free,” said Chris. With her around, he feels like he can accomplish anything.
San Francisco Giants sweep Detroit Tigers for MLB title GIANTS COMBINE TIMELY HITTING, PITCHING TO WIN 108TH WORLD SERIES AGAINST TIGERS More than 40,800 people file into a single setting; thousands more wish they could be there. Excitement in the air, great players, great fans and a great atmosphere could only equal one thing: the World Series. “I think it is one of — if not the best — sports championship,” said senior baseball player Ben Esser. “I am definitely excited each year for the World Series.” In the 108th World Series, the general public found itself witnessing a historic matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. In the first game alone there was an epic face-off between pitchers Barry Zito and Justin Verlander. Zito was surprisingly able to gain the upper-hand on Cy Young Award winner Verlander. “To be able to go up against Verlander and give our team a chance to go up 1–0, and the fact that we won, it's just kind of surreal,” said Zito in an interview with ESPN. “It's just a pleasure to be a part of it all.” Despite the solid performance from Zito on the mound, the night was stolen by
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Giants third baseman and teammate Pablo Sandoval. On the night of Oct. 24, Sandoval hit a perfect four for four, including three home runs. Hitting three home runs made Sandoval one of only four men to lay claim to such a feat. “The guy had one of those unbelievable World Series nights that they'll be talking about for years,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland in an interview with CBS Sports. “So I tip my hat to him.” In addition to the historic performances of Zito and Sandoval, the Giants as a unit were able to come together and win game one of the World Series. In game two, there was not as much ‘historical’ excitement. However, through a strong pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner, the Giants were able to gain a 2–0 win, as well as a 2–0 series lead. “I wanted to go out there and try to pitch well for our guys and the fans, and that's all I was thinking about,” said Bumgarner in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. In game three the Giants put on another dominant pitching performance headlined by Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong pitched nearly six innings of shutout baseball and lead the Giants to a 2-0 victory, putting them up three games to none. “I've been waiting for this since I was five years old,” Vogelsong said in an interview with MLB.com. “I wasn't going to go down without a fight, that's for sure.” In the game that completed the sweep for the Giants, it took extra innings for them
The San Francisco Giants celebrate on the field after they defeated the Detroit Tigers to become World Series champions. This is their second Series title in three years. to win. The Giants eventually won on a Marco Scutaro single that drove teammate Ryan Theriot in from third base. “These guys made it easy,” Manager Bruce Bochy said to the Washington Post. “They never complained. They just wanted to win.” When the Giants were up 2–0, many fans at Guilford seemed to be jumping on the Giants bandwagon. “The Giants pitching staff is too deep, both starting and bullpen,” said sophomore John Richardson. “(The) Giants will win
the series.” First-year Sam Mozon felt similarly. “The Giants are playing textbook baseball,” said Mozon. “They find a way to score runs; the Giants will take it all.” With the Giants claiming their second World Series title in the past three years, they are proving themselves to be somewhat of a baseball force. Though the series ended with the Tigers being swept, both teams gave the fans plenty to cheer for and left them anxious to see what next season holds.
Older athletes prove that age is merely a number BY ALLISON DEBUSK Staff Writer
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“I asked the coach when I first came out, ‘Is there an AARP discount?’ He told me ‘Shut up. You’re not that old.’” That is how Matthew McKeown describes the beginning of his cross country career at Guilford College as a Center for Continuing Education student. And he’s not the only athlete who is older than his other teammates; several CCE students participate in athletics. These athletes chose to pursue sports for different reasons. For McKeown, it was about returning to an activity he had once loved. “I hadn’t run in 12 years,” said McKeown. “I ran a 5k in March and finished fourth.” After that, he began looking for a college with an adult program that would allow him to participate in cross country. Greg Carnovale, a CCE student and a captain of the soccer team, joined with several other older students. “We’ve had plenty of CCE students over the last couple years,” said Jeff Bateson, head coach of men’s soccer. Bateson explained that several CCE students, specifically Jordan Alexander ’11, Sean Dwyer and Carnovale all joined the team together. Although these athletes love what they do, juggling practices, academics, and personal lives is not always easy. “My first couple of weeks here I didn’t think I was going to ever sleep again,” said McKeown. “I work 14 hours (on) Sunday. I come home and stay up studying until 5 a.m. and have practice at 6:15. ... I sleep in the library before class.” Danny Cash, head coach of the cross country team, also sees the difficulties that McKeown faces, such as running late to a practice because his son was sick. Despite facing many hurdles, these athletes appreciate the opportunity to compete and be part of a team. “I am so grateful to Coach Cash and his wife for allowing me to experience my dream of attending a four-year college and being able to run at the same time,” said McKeown. Having CCE student benefits not only other CCE students, but their teammates as well. “I can remember the first race of the season and I was not running my best, but Matthew was right there with the coach, cheering me on like a teammate, brother, and friend,” said junior Jodie Geddes, a member of the cross country team. “Matt treats me like his little brother,” said first-year Yashua Clemmons. “Being that I am the only freshman on
Matthew McKeown, center, is a CCE student who runs for Guilford's cross-country team. His coach appreciates his dedication, while his teammates appreciate his constant encouragement. As a student, parent and athlete, he excels both on and off the track. the team, he made sure I was ok during training and welladjusted with school.” The coaches also appreciate the presence of CCE students on their teams. “One thing CCE students do is they not only provide leadership and maturity on the team, but also there’s a reason they’re back at college, and they can relate their stories to the other team members,” said Bateson. There are not many CCE students who participate in athletics, but any who are interested are encouraged to do so. “I think the more any student is engaged on campus, the better their overall educational experience, so I would like to see more CCE participation all around, not just in sports,”
said Martee Holt, assistant dean of the Center for Continuing Education, in an email interview. “I’d love to have more CCE students if they have the same dedication (as McKeown),” said Kimberly Cash, assistant coach of the cross country team. For CCE student athletes, balancing academics, sports, and a private life is not easy, but there is a secret to success. When asked if he would encourage other CCE students to participate in sports he said, “Yes with a caution. Be aware of how much time you’re going to invest. You have to have a lot of support from your family to make it possible.”
Football team uses inner light to shine to victory BY EMILY CURRIE Staff Writer Guilford’s football team is disciplined, tenacious, and unified. They are one team — a family really — with one common goal: to win football games and go to playoffs. The team won three games in a row, which is the longest winning streak since 2007. They are more focused and determined than ever to continue
winning. On Oct. 11, during a rare Thursday night game — the first since 1966 — Guilford’s football team rose from the ashes and beat Bridgewater College 23–20 to secure an Old Dominion Athletic Conference win. “(Bridgewater) was a team that had embarrassed us as a program last year, so we had to come into that game ready to make a statement that we’re not the same team as last Quaker football players dump water on a coach to celebrate their first home victory on the new turf.
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year,” said first-year offensive lineman Estavio Jones. This was a tough win for the Quakers, who worked hard to correct deficits during the game. Two key players in the game were firstyear quarterback Matt Pawlowski and junior running back Nick Mearite. Pawlowski had a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mearite with only a little over seven minutes on the clock. Mearite took the pass and carried it to victory, scoring the winning touchdown of the game. Pawlowski assisted in all three of Guilford’s touchdowns and passed for 258 yards without being intercepted. Mearite also made five amazing catches during the game. This was the first home win for secondyear head football coach Chris Rusiewicz, and the first triumph over their conference rival since 2006.“I believe the winning streak has something to do with the loss to Washington and Lee University (Sept. 29). They were a big loss to us, (which) I believe sort of woke us up and made us realize if we wanted to win, we had to want it more than any other team in the conference,” said Jones. “I think the best part about (that) game is
that we never (gave) up as a program,” said Rusiewicz. “The kids just kept fighting and pushing through, and one of the big examples of that is (that) we got down late in that game, and we came back to win the game.” “When we beat Shenandoah University the week before Bridgewater, we realized that this is how we need to play every game,” said junior defensive lineman Kyle Ennis. “We are not satisfied with 3–1 in the conference. We are going for 6–1, and to be conference champs.” “When you bring a hundred young men together from all walks of life, one of the most important things is to get them to become unified,” said Rusiewicz. “I think they started to do that a year ago, and it happened really quickly. Any time you bring unification and build love and trust, it goes a long way.” Unfortunately, Guilford lost to ODAC rival Hampden-Sydney College Oct. 27, with a final tally of 68–24. The Quakers still have two more games scheduled to play before their season closes, with their final home game on Nov. 3 against Catholic University. Although the winning streak may have come to an end, the team knows they have the potential to bounce back and come out on top.