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GUILFORD'S ODDEST TRADITION BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER IN CELEBRATION OF GEEKERY By Alex Lindberg Staff Writer
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northern Africa, as well as Malaysia and Bangladesh. One man was not familiar with the teachings of Islam in his native Venezuela. Matt “Essa” White finds himself going through the preparative motions on this overcast Friday. White is a slender man with fair complexion and an alluring presence. White’s precise knowledge of Muslim culture, complemented by an ability to relate to others, combine in his role as the Islamic Center’s official coordinator
The Guilford College Athletics Department is in the process of completing a Title IX self-study that will evaluate gender equity, among other criteria that Title IX sets forth. Tom Palombo, head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, told The Guilfordian that he expects the report to be completed by the close of the spring 2012 semester. The 1972 Title IX Educational Act prohibits gender discrimination in colleges and universities. A 1974 amendment extended the law to include discrimination in athletic programs. Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics David Walters told The Guilfordian that the selfstudy will address how compliant the athletics department is in operating under Title IX. “The self-study should address both gender equity and Title IX,” said Walters. “I find it hard to believe that colleges and universities would blatantly show favoritism based on gender, but it happens.” The National College Athletics Association requires division-three schools — like Guilford — to conduct selfstudies every five years in order to remain NCAA-certified. Robert Malekoff, assistant professor of sports studies and department chair, will be compiling the self-study. Malekoff told The Guilfordian that gender inequity is defined by how individual athletes are received by their peers.
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From board games to video games, from the Iron Chef: College Edition competition to the Geek Auction, from bad movies to bad anime, it is no wonder that Guilford College’s annual What the Hell?! Con is such a large event. Sponsored by the Yachting Club, this selfadvertised geek convention offers something for anyone with an interest in science fiction, fantasy or gaming. The convention this year hosted events and shows including the fire-dancing group Flaming Faeries, a debate on “the relative awesomeness of things (congoers) love” in the realm of geekdom and two wizard rock concerts, featuring music based on the Harry Potter series performed by the bands The Blibbering Humdingers and Hawthorne & Holly. WTHCon also reprised its classic events such as the Crapathon, or “the worst clips of crap your con organizers can find,” and the Geek Auction, where bidders buy dances with “young geeks” to benefit charity. These events traditionally bring a good-sized crowd to Guilford.
Knights from the European Medieval Arts of Arms school demonstrate their skills on the lawn in front of Duke. The EMAA Knights have been a regular feature of WTHCon for several years.
Quest for purpose: a personal profile of a Muslim seeker By Maxwell Taylor Guest Writer
It is Friday afternoon at the Islamic Center of Greensboro and the parking lot is bustling as designated men moderate traffic. Footwear is discarded at the entrance. The Khutbah sermon is moments from beginning. Located on 16th Street, the Islamic Center is a cultural medley of devout Muslims hailing from the far reaches Matt “Essa” White (left), the Islamic Center's official of the globe, with an estimated 30 represented. Many coordinator for new Muslims, discusses the Qu'ran, Muslims in nationalities of its members immigrated from Greensboro, and the history, customs and practices of Islam.
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“The men’s basketball team gets an advantage when it comes to equipment,” said Ennis. “They have towels with their names on them, personal shower shoes, and free shirts and shorts as well as book bags.” Lacrosse player E’leyna Garcia, a sophomore psychology major, told The Guilfordian that there was no differing treatment. “Male teams are treated the same with practice time and facilities,” said Garcia. “We alternate practice times and both practice in the same facility. As far as gear, I think it depends on the team.” Walters said that at times inequity is a matter of perception. However, he thinks having a self-study is good for the college. “I don’t know if there is gender inequity or Title IX violations happening at Guilford College,” said Walters. “The study will iron that out.” Palombo told The Guilfordian that though his office receives few complaints about Title IX violations and gender inequity, his office will strive to correct issues that occur. “We feel like we are doing the best we can,” said Palombo. “If the study shows there are areas that need improvement, we will certainly take the appropriate actions to make ourselves better.”
“For an athlete, gender equity means no disparity in how they are seen by others,” said Malekoff. For an institution to have complete gender equity, players should be able to reverse roles in terms of medical, facilities and support, and not experience a disparity. “Are we close enough to master gender equity? That’s not for me to decide,” said Malekoff. In order for institutions such as Guilford to remain Title IX compliant, two of three criteria must be achieved. Schools must provide opportunities for men and women in numbers proportionate to its enrollment, schools must show a history of program expansion that is responsive to women and existing programs must be in line with the interests of the student body. The most challenging issue, according to Malekoff, concerns finding quantitative and qualitative data on perceptions of gender inequity in Guilford’s sports. “It is not possible to know if everyone will perceive their teams as being equitable,” said Malekoff. “Some things are not a matter of gender and are occasionally understood wrongly.” However, some student athletes have
cited inequity concerns they perceive have been overlooked by Guilford’s Athletics Department. A female basketball player, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Guilfordian that the more a team wins, the more gifts they receive, which hasn’t been happening. “We’ve been very successful this season and yet we haven’t been provided the extras that the men’s basketball team have,” she said. Some women’s players also say they have to share locker room space where the men’s teams have a dedicated space for each sport. Walters told The Guilfordian that gifts and locker room space is not motivated by gender, but rather space and donations. “When the sports facility was built, there were only seven teams and we are doing the best we can with limited space,” said Walters. “We can’t tell people where to donate their money, especially if the donations are earmarked — and in instances like waiting to play music for a particular team, we ask ourselves if the practice is commonplace or situational.” Football player Kyle Ennis, a junior criminal justice major, said that teams are treated fairly where practice times are concerned, though some teams are provided frills while other teams receive nothing.
Guilford is working to ensure that all teams experience complete gender equity. However, some players claim they do not receive the same rewards as the opposite-gender team, no matter how good their record is. Guilford is currently conducting a selfstudy to look for any violations of Title IX.
Lions and tigers and protesters — oh, my! By Sarah Welch Staff Writer “Elephants never forget.” Signs like these were directed at circus participants this past week, when animal rights activists protested in response to nine Ringling Bros. shows at the Greensboro Coliseum. “The questions being asked today are what are the 'rights' of animals and what constitutes cruelty,” said Jim Hood, professor of English, who conducted research on animal rights for an FYE class he taught last semester. Animal activists argue that the stress of performing circus tricks can lead to injury. “During performances, elephants stand on their hind legs, something they don’t do in the wild,” said Matt Bruce, an assistant campaigner for PETA. “The elephants often develop arthritis, which is the number one reason they are put down.” Activists are also upset over the state in which the animals travel for the circus. Jeannie Deibel, an animal rights activist, said that there are records stating that Ringling Bros. travels 25,000 miles a year. “The animals are confined the majority of the time,” Deibel said. “They are social beings but they travel alone … in chains. … They don’t get enough exercise either. In the wild an elephant might walk 30 miles a day.” Janice Aria, director of animal stewardship at Ringling Bros., spoke to The Guilfordian about the activists' concerns. "For their safety, elephants are tethered during travel, just like you would wear a seat-belt while traveling," Aria said. "The animals can lay down and they can turn 180 degrees." Aria also spoke about the nourishment the animals receive. "The idea of denying food or water to an animal is unthinkable," Aria said. "We base our training on establishing trust with the animals. The elephants trust us for food, water, safety and care — why would we want to break that trust and possibly endanger ourselves?" However, animal rights activist Wolfgang Palanz told The Guilfordian that part of the USDA fine against Feld Entertainment, Inc. (Ringling Bros.) was for deprivation of food and water. In November 2011, the USDA fined Feld
$270,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the biggest paid fine in circus history. According to the USDA, “Feld waived the opportunity for a hearing and agreed to develop and implement annual AWA compliance training for all employees who work with and handle animals, including trainers, handlers, attendants and veterinarians. … All Feld employees who will work with and handle animals must complete the training within 30 days of when they are hired.” Aria said that the USDA settlement consisted of citations, not violations, from 2007-2011, which mainly dealt with paperwork, the state of their fences, etc. “Ringling is inspected by the USDA more than any other traveling show," said Aria. "Yes, this is the biggest fine ever paid, but we are also the biggest traveling show, so it makes sense that there are more inspections and the fines are bigger.” On Feb. 11, circus attendee Angela Langdon enjoyed her first circus experience. “I’ve spent most of my life around animals and several years working in a vet office and I noticed that the animals seemed a little bored for doing the same tricks over and over, but they were well-behaved and weren’t treated badly while I was watching,” Langdon said via email. But Bruce still thinks the circus mistreats its animals. He said that the animals are viewed as a commodity, which means corners are going to be cut. Aria sees it differently, however. “(People) have totally encroached on wild animals' territory," said Aria. "There is no longer a traditional wild, so we can't return the elephants to the wild. We all have to be stewards of the earth. … Ringling's main concern is to conserve the Asian Elephant.” Animal Activist Steven Lanz still believes that the circus commits acts of animal cruelty, though he believes that Ringling is not purposefully being cruel to animals. “People generally don’t consider how unnatural the circus is for the animals, but if dogs were put in a setting that is that unnatural there would be an outcry for change,” said Lanz. As Hood pointed out, it seems that what is cruel is still up for debate — chances are it won’t be decided before the next circus comes to town.
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Battle in Boren: Senate opposes anti-LGBTQ amendment By Ellen Nicholas Staff Writer
Community Senate is supposed to be a representational body that embodies the needs and desires of Guilford’s traditional student body. How would you feel about your political opinions being represented by that body? On Feb. 8, sophomores Daniel Raeder and Rose McIntyre presented a proposal to Community Senate concerning Amendment One. The proposal was passed at the Feb. 15 meeting. Now, Community Senate will take a public stance opposing Amendment One, joining such institutions as North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and Appalachian State University. Before exploring the numerous questions other Senate-goers had about the proposal, let’s take a step back. Amendment One, also referred to as the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, strives to clarify and redefine what kind of domestic unions will be recognized by the state. According to Associate Professor of Political Science and Community Senate Faculty Advisor Maria Rosales, the intent and possible effects of Amendment One are commonly misinterpreted. “This proposed amendment is written very broadly,” said Rosales. “So some people are saying it says ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’ and it doesn’t actually say that at all. It says the only legal domestic union that will be recognized or considered valid by the state is a marriage between a man and a woman.” Nicole Guilfoyle, senior and vice president of Guilford Pride, agrees. “It basically nullifies any relationship that isn’t a heterosexual marriage,” said Guilfoyle. “This is just one example, but if you have a man and a woman living together and there’s domestic abuse, there’s not as good of a chance of the abuser getting tried because they’re not in a marriage.” However, the real issue for Guilford’s student government is whether or not Senate
should declare a position on political issues at all. This issue came to a head this week when one student blocked the proposal, making it the first block of the year. “Senate should be a representation of the entire school,” said first-year Alexander Morales. “I feel like there are people and certain cultures of this school that aren’t being represented suitably. … We should really be focused on issues that are really pressing here. We have a really big agenda and that just took away a day’s worth of agenda items.” Guilfoyle, however, sees it another way. “First of all, I feel it’s really hard as a representational body for Senate to represent every interest on campus,” said Guilfoyle. “That’s just not possible. But even so, I still feel that as a college that emphasizes core values of equality, then we have a mission to do this.” In Raeder’s view, this issue is less political than it seems. “This is standing up for our fellow students and our faculty members and our staff,” said Raeder. “And it may take a political tone, but at its heart it’s community standing for community. There’s a difference between the state trying to pass a law to try and change zoning laws and saying we’re passing a constitutional amendment — that cannot be opposed once it’s in the constitution — to discriminate and oppress a minority.” The block remained after discussion, and the proposal went to a vote of Senate officials. This is the first time Senate has voted on an issue all year. The proposal passed, with two standing aside and one opposing. Tim Leisman, junior and Senate diversity action chair, wished the discussion stretched on another week instead of calling for a vote. “I’m not in favor of making decisions when not everyone is comfortable with them,” said Leisman. “Particularly when the people who are voting, such as myself, are not comfortable with taking that vote.” There is the additional question of what this proposal actually means now that it has been passed through Senate. “I think it would be purely symbolic,”
Sophomores Daniel Raeder and Rose McIntyre present a statement opposing Amendment One. On Feb. 15, Senate voted for the first time this year to stand opposed to the amendment. said Rosales. “It would be that Senate is trying to suggest that they are standing in solidarity with people who are affected by this amendment.” “Also, it’s a kind of building blocks to a call to action for our school and for the greater student body to start becoming aware of this and how it oppresses people in our community,” said Raeder. Morales, however, thinks it is unlikely the proposal will lead to action. “We make a lot of these statements and then don’t do anything to follow up on them,” said Morales. “So I feel like it will be mostly symbolic. I just feel like it’s not the responsibility of the Senate to make
decisions like this without consulting more people.” Leisman shares the concern that the proposal will not lead to action. “The thing that I’m concerned about is that people will say, ‘We passed a proposal and now we did all we need to do,’” said Leisman. “‘We’re standing against hate.’ But really what we need to do is use this proposal as a launching ground to campaign for votes.” If this issue interests you and you want to get your voice heard, Community Senate meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 in the Boren Lounge. Though, for now, Senate has put this issue to bed.
The maniacs attack! Recyclemania returns to Guilford By Bryan Dooley Staff Writer
Reduce, reuse, Recyclemania. Recyclemania is an annual contest which lasts from February through March. Over 400 colleges and universities nationwide — including Guilford — will compete to see which one recycles the most waste. “We ‘re submitting results of measured landfill waste,” said David Petree, director of environmental sustainability, via email. “Food waste and electronic waste. Each of these categories are measured by weight and the results are posted weekly on the Recyclemania web page.” According to Recyclemania.org, Recyclemania began in January 2001, as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University. The two schools decided to take advantage of the existing sports rivalry and challenged each other to see who could recycle the most. “I believe that any time you can use fun and competition as a part of changing behavior, people respond in a more positive way,” said Kyle Dell, associate professor of political science, via email. “This is demonstrated again and again in public polling literature and environmental psychology,” continued Dell. “At a certain point, people suffer from apathy fatigue if they are assaulted by negative messages regarding the environment and our capacity to affect change.”
Guilford has already done a lot to affect positive change to the environment around the campus. “We do a lot of cool things at Guilford about recycling,” said Kim Yarbray, project and communication manager and passionate environmentalist. “We have one of the most advanced compost systems in the area, along with a group called TerraCycle, doing innovative things like recycling candy wrappers, which is something that is not done in Greensboro,” continued Yarbray. Even though Guilford is innovating many practices to make it a much greener college, it cannot be a truly green college without the involvement of its student body. Students can help in many ways. One of them is an upcoming dumpster dive, which senior Alexis Goldman and Farm Coordinator Jim Dees are organizing later this semester. Students can also contact Goldman at goldmanar@ guilford.edu to become a part of the EcoRoom Initiative, which offers personal energy audits and educational opportunities regarding sustainability. “The institution does a great job of making recycling easy for students and staff by providing trash and recycling cans in all rooms, but we cannot truly be a sustainable campus if the community members are not involved,” Goldman said. “We need students to separate their trash in their dorm
rooms.” According to Goldman, by separating their trash and recyclable items students reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills. Landfills are extremely hazardous to human health as well as the environment, but waste can be reduced with more people involved. “The easiest and most exciting way students can help Guilford become a more environmentally friendly college is to innovate, imagine, and dream,” Yarbray said. “It would be amazing if we could think about the first ‘R,’ which is reducing, by buying items in bulk when we can so we can avoid all the extra packaging. You buy a freaking flash drive and it is in a 14 oz. petroleum bubble wrap, which cannot be recycled. It is not smart.” As a college, Guilford already recycles a huge quantity of trash. Those involved hope that Recyclemania will demonstrate the value of recycling to the rest of the country. “I think (Recyclemania) is wonderful because it highlights a practice we should be doing all year, but it also gives Guilford a chance to show up other colleges on our environmentally responsible campus,” Goldman said. “Since we’ve reduced the amount of waste going to landfills by 55 percent in 2010, which ranked us first in the state, I would say we definitely have some major bragging rights as well as (wanting) to keep our reputation up there at the top.”
Calendar of Events
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The Civil Rights Movement "Lift Every Voice" by Yvette Bailey 6 – 7:30 p.m. Hendricks Hall Vagina Monologues: also performed on Sunday 8 p.m. Bryan Junior Auditorium
Men's Rugby Game! 1 p.m. Intramural field behind Frank Family Science Center
A memory, a monologue, a rant and a prayer 8 p.m. Bryan Junior Auditorium
CAB Music and Live: Coffee House 8 – 10 p.m. New Community Center
Mardi Gras Party 5 – 9 p.m. The Melting Pot of Greensboro
Triad Home & Garden Show 12 – 5 p.m. Education Building at Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Creative Fire: An African-American Celebration of the Arts 9 a.m. Cary Arts Center
Project Community and the Hunger Fellows presents Open Mic Night to wrap up the Backpack Beginnings Food Drive (First place $25 gift card to Target) The Quakeria Community Senate 7 p.m. Boren Lounge
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The Many Faces of Blackness presents: The Life of Langston Hughes 6 – 7:30 p.m. Hendricks Hall SAASA Meeting 8 p.m. The Hut
Beginner's Square Dance Lessons 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. Lindley Recreation Center
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Karaoke @ The Quakeria 9 – 11:30 p.m. Quakeria
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5 February 17, 2012
Stories by Becca Heller
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On Feb. 15, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touted
significant advancement in the country ’ s nuclear technology program, claiming to have developed faster uranium enrichment centrifuges and domestic fuel rods.
The announcement has been viewed as a defiant move in response to Western sanctions, which were initially put into place in hopes of curbing the threat of Iran’s rapidly growing nuclear program. "The era of bullying nations has passed. The arrogant powers cannot monopolize nuclear technology. They tried to prevent us by issuing sanctions and resolutions but failed," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a live television broadcast. "Our nuclear path will continue."
on Tuesday night, a roaring fire broke out in a prison in Comayagua, Honduras, killing over 300 prisoners. Taking over an hour to bring under control, the
fire spread throughout the cells, burning many prisoners beyond recognition and suffocating others by smoke. Amid the confusion, many inmates fled for their lives, breaking out of their cells any way they could. "The only thing that we were able to do was start breaking the roof apart so we could go out from above,” one prisoner later told reporters. “We started ripping apart the ceiling above us." Despite reports that there had been a riot in the prison prior to the outbreak of the fire, prison service head Daniel Orellana denied that this was the cause of the fire. “We have two hypotheses. One is that a prisoner set fire to a mattress and the other one is that there was a short-circuit in the electrical system," said Orellana to Reuters.
phones are expected to outnumber human beings this year, according to the latest analysis of
mobile data traffic by Californian networking firm Cisco. At the end of 2011, 7 billion mobile phones were connected across the world, accounting for 0.9 devices per capita, and by the end of this year, that figure is expected to rise to 1.4. With the rise of smartphone usage, data consumption is rapidly increasing and, while the average smartphone currently uses about 150MB, this is expected to jump exponentially by 2016, to 2.6 GB, BBC reports. "By 2016, 60% of mobile users — three billion people worldwide — will belong to the Gigabyte Club, each generating more than one gigabyte of mobile data traffic per month," said Cisco Vice-President of Products and Solutions Suraj Shetty to BBC.
GREECE After a tumultuous month of heated arguments amidst the eurozone nations, Greece —the region’s economic black sheep — hopes to clinch a bailout deal on Monday. The second bailout of in two years, the deal would provide Greece with 130 billion euros, money which they desperately need in order to avoid a default when debt repayments fall in March, Reuters reports. Greece enters the meeting on Monday with confidence after having met demands of the EU and IMF which included further austerity measures. However, many finance ministers have not yet forgotten Greece’s failure to pull its economy together with the aid of the first bailout and remain skeptical.
Yemen looks to future as Saleh seeks safety in U.S.
SALEH'S ARRIVAL IN U.S. COINCIDES WITH ELECTION IN YEMEN. LAST YEAR, SALEH AGREED TO END HIS REGIME By Haejin Song Staff Writer
Three years ago, President Bush’s surprisingly quick reflexes were revealed to the world. During a news conference in Baghdad, Bush successfully dodged a shoe thrown by an angry Iraqi journalist who called him a dog. Recently, in February, a similar situation occurred in New York City. Wearing a black beret, President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen stepped out of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City where he waved to irate protestors and even motioned blowing kisses to them. The group of protestors angrily glared at Saleh, the notorious, authoritarian ruler
of their homeland. They chanted, “N.Y.C. cries fear, Saleh is here” and “Saleh, oh thug, we will come for you, we will get you,” reported the Wall Street Journal. During the hubbub, President Saleh was the target of a shoe attack by one protestor, which narrowly missed Saleh as he headed for his car. According to Human Rights Watch, while he was in power, the Yemeni president ordered an end to Arab Spring protests killing at least 270 people just of last year. In the city of Taiz, at least 120 protestors and bystanders in an anti-government demonstration were killed, reported Associated Press. “They had tanks and bulldozers,” said protestor Arif Abd al-Salam to Human Rights Watch. “I saw with my own eyes, a man with a loudspeaker calling on the security forces to stop attacking and killing their brothers. He was shot dead with a bullet.” On Jan. 28, Saleh arrived in the U.S. to receive medical treatment for injuries suffered during an assassination attempt in
his presidential palace last June, reported Associated Press. However, some are skeptical that the Yemeni president came to the U.S. solely for medical reasons. “He’s just buying time, and doing a song and a dance to avoid having to go back and face the music,” said Robert Duncan, visiting assistant professor of political science. “He’s looted the country enough that he has enough to retire on. What better place to retire than in the U.S. of A?” According to The New York Times, American officials believe that Saleh’s visit to the U.S. was a shrewd decision. His absence from Yemen would result in a smooth transition into the Feb. 21 election, in which Saleh officially announced he would not be running, ending his authoritarian regime in Yemen. On Nov. 23 of last year, President Saleh reluctantly agreed to hand power to his current vice president Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi, after the Yemeni parliament granted him immunity from prosecution for any criminal actions during his rule. Even though the future election will
be a single-candidate election, Hadi and other Yemeni officials seem to believe it will be the “start of a new age in the life of Yemen,” reported CBS News. Some are satisfied with Saleh’s promise of resignation, which was greatly influenced by mass street demonstrations against his rule last year. However, many are pessimistic about any dramatic reform due to Saleh’s family members’ continuing command of military units and Yemen’s air force. “What difference does it make?” said activist Hamyir Ali to USA Today. “His family still has the military in their hands. Ali Abdullah Saleh will still be able to control everything.” “It won’t change anything,” said Duncan. “The controlling oligarchy, either Saleh or the vice president, are all part of the same regime. It’s the same card. They are just painting it in a different color.” While the future of Yemen and its new political control may be unclear, an infamous spotlight continues to shine on President Saleh wherever he goes — whether in Yemen or in the U.S.
WORLD & NATION
Europe braces for more cold weather as Siberian cold front marches south By Linda Catoe Staff Writer
With hundreds dead, lines of transport cut off and fuel supplies rationed, the whole of Europe is at war — with the weather. Since the end of January, the cold front has claimed over 500 lives in Europe; the Weather Underground rates it as Europe’s coldest outbreak since at least 1991. By contrast, the U.S. is experiencing above average winter temperatures. Last week, Mike Halpert with the National Weather Service said the mild winter is caused by something called the “Arctic oscillation,” which moves the jet stream north and south. Acting as a dividing line between cold and warm air, the jet stream keeps colder air to the North and warmer air to the South. Milder than usual U.S. temperatures will likely continue as long as the jet stream stays north of its normal position, Halpert explained. However, this is not the case with Europe. “In Europe, the jet stream has dipped far to the South, allowing frigid arctic air to pour across the continent, subjecting Europe to its deepest freeze in decades,” said Halpert, according to BBC. “More than 400 people have died. In Hungary they’re burning bricks of shredded money to stay warm. Homes in Poland are frozen solid.” The extreme temperatures are having their most deadly effects in poorer European countries. Ukraine, the second poorest country in Europe, remains the hardest hit with over 135 fatalities. Most of Ukraine’s dead were homeless people who froze to death as temperatures dropped below minus 30 degrees Celsius, or minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Declaring a state of emergency, Ukraine officials set up heated relief tents to house the homeless and prevent further
fatalities, according to BBC. As rivers freeze and dams and water pipes burst, bizarre conditions all over Europe are becoming the norm. The Croatian city of Split saw a spike in bone fractures in recent days as hundreds of people slipped on icy roads, according to AFP. Struggling to keep up with the injuries, Split’s hospital ran through a two-year supply of plaster for splints and casts in just five days. Mayor Zeljko Kerum enraged Split’s residents when he failed to manage the crisis as he was out of country on a private business trip. Kerum fueled Split’s outrage further when he suggested that high taxes on footwear explained why residents couldn’t afford proper winter boots. Elsewhere, in Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk asked local authorities to waive the ban on the admission of inebriated individuals to homeless shelters as the national death toll rose to 53, Polish Press Agency reported. Perhaps one of the more wide-reaching effects of the cold front is the paralyzing effect it has had on water transportation. Sections of the Danube River’s 1780 miles from Austria to its mouth on the Black Sea are frozen solid and partially iced over. While specialized boats attempt to break up the ice, the ten countries whose economies depend on the Danube remain crippled. There are a few countries that are faring better than others, however. Some, like Zoltan David, a New York City Cinematographer and Budapest-native, felt that the cold front presented little more than an inconvenience. “You know, the usual things like very slow traffic because Budapest got around two feet of snow,” David said to the Guilfordian. “Delays everywhere, shortage of fresh food supplies, higher heating costs.”
Egyptian soccer riots kill 74 By Thomas Deane Staff Writer Violence erupted last week after a soccer match in the Egyptian city of Port Said. The deadly riot killed 74 and injured scores of others in what was the bloodiest day the sport has seen in 15 years. The match took place between Al-Masry and AlAhly. After Al-Masry pulled out a surprise 3-1 win, fans stormed the field looking to get a piece of the Al-Ahly fans. The two teams are longtime rivals, but what happened on the pitch reflects the bloodshed seen in the Arab nation over the past year. The country is still reeling from a popular uprising that saw the overthrow of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak. Many fans present at the riots noted the police did not do enough to help quell the violence. Strong political undertones have also been also brought up as a major instigator to the riots. Many Egyptians have accused the police of letting the riots happen out of vengeance towards the Ultras — die-hard soccer fans who are bitter enemies of the police and have been among the most aggressive protestors over the last year. The recent soccer riots were not an isolated event; in fact, just last year Masry fans attacked Ahly supporters at a soccer match. This month’s attacks at the stadium, however, were by far the most violent to occur in over a decade. Al-Ahly supporter Amr Khamis had his head bandaged after being attacked by an Al-Masry supporter. In an interview with CNN, Khamis criticized the police for their roles in the attacks. “The police opened the gates separating us from the Masry fans and their hooligans attack(ed) us with everything: rocks, glass bottles, knives, swords,” said Khamis. “Some had guns. ... How did the police allow them with these weapons into the bleachers?” The Ultras are some of the most influential
supporters of the club Al-Ahly, and over the past year they have been in constant conflict with the police and, more recently, with the army. Over the past year the Ultras have fought to put an end to military rule, in both the streets and the stadiums. After the riots at the soccer match, an emergency meeting was called by Parliament. Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri immediately dissolved the Egyptian soccer federation’s board. He has called for their prosecution following the violence that erupted in the coastal city. Soccer has long been entangled with politics in many countries around the world. Jeff Bateson, Guilford men’s soccer head coach, notes that the history of soccer is much deeper in other countries than it is here in the U.S. “There is a lot of politics in it, and I would assume since Egypt is so politically charged at the moment that politics had a lot to do with it (the riot),” Bateson said. The violence and tumult that has characterized much of Egypt’s recent political climate was reflected clearly in the events at the soccer match. Throughout the match rocks and bottles were thrown at the players. Tensions skyrocketed throughout the game as more and more fans banded together. “There were organized groups in the crowds that purposely provoked the police all through the match and escalated the violence and stormed onto the field after the final whistle,” said General Marwan Mustapha of Egypt’s interior ministry in an interview with ABC News. “Our policemen tried to contain them but not engage.” The Ultras have been considered the main instigators of the incident. Following the soccer riot, they are expected to increase in numbers and continue the “revolution.” As for now, the country hopes to push forward and recover from these tumultuous times. But with so many opposing forces in one country, peace may be hard to come by.
While Hungary didn’t feel the impact of the cold weather as much as neighboring countries did, schools and businesses were still shut down due to the snow. Since buildings in Hungary and most Eastern European countries are made of brick and concrete with no insulation, they are under-heated in the severe cold, David explained. David goes on to say that the Russians shutting down the natural gas pipelines was the biggest problem for Hungarians, as Russia is the number one gas exporter in Europe. “Anytime a natural catastrophe strikes, the poor, the old and sick people suffer the most,” said David. “I believe this was the case here, too.” He also emphasized Europe’s troubled financial and economic conditions, highlighting the invisible role that it has played in the devastation of the cold front. “In any well-functioning society, it is much easier to overcome a natural disaster, but Europe is in turmoil,” David said. As the deadly Siberian cold front continues to wreak havoc on Europe, meteorologists contend that relief from sub-zero temperatures may not arrive until the end of February. In fact, Steven Keates, a weather forecaster at Britain’s Met Office, said the severe wintry conditions were expected to spread to other areas. “It will still be very cold — maybe not quite the exceptional temperatures we’ve seen this last week — but still very cold,” said Keates to Reuters. And for those skeptics who say: ‘Take that Al Gore and your global warming theories,’ they might consider freezing that thought, according to David. “(The) last thing I would mention is the global climate changing,” he said. “Winter in Europe has warmed up significantly in the last 20 years, therefore the population is not used to the severe cold temperatures anymore.”
7 February 17, 2012
What the Hell?! Con 2012: Let your inner geek live long and prosper Continued from Page 1
Unfortunately for the vendors and artists at WTHCon, this year’s turnout was not as large as it has been in previous years, with only 300 attendees. Last year, attendance was at an alltime high with over 500 people coming from across the nation to go to the MC Frontalot concert. “I’ve made less this year than I have in the past few years,” said Keith Barch, owner of Gorgeous Chain, a company that creates chain mail clothing and accessories. “The con just isn’t drawing as many people as it used to.” One issue this year that may have affected attendance is that advertisement about the event started late. “We were unable to advertise as much as we would have liked,” said con staff member Alan Rhodes '08. “There were a lot of things that we just couldn’t get done or didn’t have time to do.” Despite these problems during the
planning of the convention, there were no major issues during the con besides a cut-off microphone during the Geek Auction. “It’s rather shocking,” said junior Adam Bertling, head of the Gophers, all-purpose staff for the con. “Usually something will go wrong, but we have managed to avert anything serious this year.” A few of those in attendance expressed distaste with the convention’s programs. Some stated that the convention was growing boring due to the repetition of the same activities and events. “We would like to see some different artists, different guests, or different events rather than the same stuff each year,” commented one con-goer who asked not to be named. “Last year they got MC Frontalot; why could they not get another big name guest this year?” Unlike last year’s MC Frontalot concert, which packed Dana Auditorium, this year’s wizard rock
concerts drew very small crowds. This may be due more to MC Frontalot’s popularity than to lack of effort on the part of the Yachting Club. “We did try to find someone big for the con,” said senior Kalyn Howard, Yachting Club librarian and clerk. “The problem is we didn’t have the funding for another big concert like last year.” Other attendees claimed that the con was not well organized. Concerns such as these are natural, as Jennie Breeden, the creator of the webcomic “Devil’s Panties,” noted. “I have been attending the con for six to seven years now,” said Breeden. “The best and worst thing about these college conventions is that you have a new group of people running it every four years. Next year’s con will be much better, I’m sure.” The general feeling of attendees was that this year’s organizers were not as experienced as last year’s. Events on Friday had to be pushed to Saturday
with little to no notice, causing confusion for those interested in the events. “It was just too disorganized,” stated senior and con-goer Brian Jones. “There was no way for me to attend as many of the events as I was interested in. This year’s (WTHCon) … was more of a learning experience for those in charge, and hopefully they will learn from the mistakes this year.” The success of the con relies on those attending to comment on what they would like to see changed and what they would like to see improved. “People need to come into the planning meetings and suggest what they want to see at the con, otherwise we have no idea,” Howard said. WTHCon is one of Guilford’s oddest traditions, where anyone can come out and talk about what they are passionate about. Despite its challenges, this year’s con shows that the Yachting Club sails on. Until next year’s WTHCon: may the Force be with you.
Photos by Kacey Minnick/Guilfordian
Yachting Club sponsors convention that brings together the “what the hell” of Guilford
(Far left) Wizard swag on display at the wizard rock concert featuring the Blibbering Humdingers and Hawthorn & Holly. (Immediate left) Con-goers dressed in homage to Assassin's Creed enjoy the music of the Blibbering Humdingers. (Above) T. Hawk of the EMAA Knights wields his sword in front of Duke.
Quest for purpose: a look into an Islamic convert's life Continued from Page 1
The Islamic Center of Greensboro on 16th Street is one of the largest mosques in North Carolina. Every Friday, this parking lot is full of cars and venders sustaining the Greensboro Muslim population of about 10,000 people. The life of excess, magnified by the untimely death of a close friend, posed an existential dilemma for White. “I kind of had this awareness that came over me that ’the lifestyle I’m living is going to kill me too if I don’t get out of this’,” said White. White consulted multiple philosophies and religious texts in pursuit of some resolve.
for new Muslims and the curious. White’s childhood began in a Greensboro household that was essentially secular. He recalled that his mother was a part-time Christian on those Sundays when she chose to attend church. White’s perception of God developed from outside influences. “My first real experience with the creator was going to a Christian camp in the mountains where it was drilled into my skull that there is hell and hell is waiting for everyone that doesn’t believe,” said White. White believed that God accepted his prayers from that point forward. An adoration for music eventually led White into the recording industry as a teenager. He soon found himself immersed in a lifestyle of parties and pleasure. “You get involved in the music world, you’re going to be surrounded by every single solitary sinful thing you can think of,” said White. “All I did was play music. When that wasn’t meaningful to me anymore, I had nothing really to hold onto.”
He admired the Qur’an for its clarity and as a literary standard in the Arabic language. As he absorbed the teachings of the Qur’an, White was inspired by the life of prophet Muhammad, a man of humility who lived what he preached. “That’s what really did it for me — the character of prophet Muhammad,” said White. “No matter how much he had been
through, no matter how much power he gained from his message, he stayed a regular humble person. We’re talking (about) a man who at the height of his career as a prophet and messenger of God … still slept on a mat in the dirt in a house with nothing in it.” It took White months of debating with himself to decide whether he could handle the responsibility of becoming a Muslim. “Becoming a Muslim is the real deal,” said White. “There’s not religion and then your life … Religion is your life; everything in your life is Islam.” The Qur’an provided a method and prophet Muhammad provided a model of self-discipline in White’s journey. His personal enlightenment occurred about four years ago. White continues to dedicate his time spreading the word of Islam and dispelling ignorance about the faith. An open invitation is offered to any student who would like to attend a prayer at the Islamic Center of Greensboro. Guilford College’s various religious organizations also offer options for students exploring questions of faith, spirituality or religion.
Life after Guilford: Matt Haselton By Meredith Brown Executive Print Copy Editor
Graphic By Joy Damon
Imagine that your job is to make video games that can change someone’s life. Imagine that you get to do something that you love and that incorporates your favorite pastime every day as your job. This is the life that Matt Haselton ‘07 lives. Matt was an English literature major at Guilford College with a concentration in medieval/early modern studies and is currently an associate designer at Filament Games, a company which makes educational video games for all ages. It may seem difficult to understand how a degree in English can translate into designing video games, but Haselton has managed it flawlessly. “My English major skills are used every day,” said Haselton. “There’s not a lot of demand for people writing papers on 400-year-old texts, but (the English major) is helpful in figuring out the deeper meaning of ideas or how to put together (other) people’s ideas into a cohesive argument or pitch.” Haselton believes that his Guilford education was fundamental in helping him in ways that a degree from a different school would not have done. Learning how to communicate within a group and also how to figure out a problem outside of class are very Guilford-centric lessons. “Having taught at a Big Ten school, it’s a totally different experience,” said Haselton. “At big schools, there are students who aren’t able to find themselves because they’re so busy running around a giant campus. Guilford has a sense of being encouraged to work on an individual level.” This individualism and knowledge of how to synthesize ideas translate perfectly into game design, according to Haselton. His job is to hear Filament’s clients’ pitches and then figure out how to take out the pertinent information and figure out how to make a game out of the pieces. He then makes that into a concept document that is eventually made into the final game product. Originally, Haselton wanted to be an education studies major, because he “loved explaining things to people.” However, after taking some English classes, he quickly switched his major to English and joined The Guilfordian. Now he teaches through video games. “I love making a complicated idea accessible for all
people,” he said. He credits The Guilfordian for much of why he was able to translate his English degree into video games. “The Guilfordian was a place that gave realworld traction to the concepts we learned as English majors,” he said. “It’s all about writing for real people and not in an academic context. In the real world, I’m writing at about a fifth grade level, and that’s the tone you need to explain things really well. So much of my work is explaining things to people, so that’s the only way to get better. “ He also believes that Heather Hayton, associate professor of English, Jeff Jeske, Dana professor of English and faculty advisor of The Guilfordian, were integral parts of his Guilford education. “Jeff was my advisor and Heather was key to pushing me to do stuff with graduate school,” he said. “She sent me to my first conference and told me to apply what I was doing to video games, which I’d never even considered.” “They definitely kicked my ass a lot when I needed it, but when I deserved it, they didn’t kick my ass as hard as they could have.” When asked what his favorite Guilford memory was, Haselton could not choose just one. “My friend Ben and I would make a movie every year and Jeff would come in and give us feedback for that,” recalled Haselton. “And it was so fun. Also, the multitude of times I thought Heather and Jeff were going to kill me and they didn’t — that was really fun. Guilford was great the whole way through. Cleaning out the Guilfordian office for the last time I was thinking ‘Wow, that actually happened and I didn’t burn the paper down’ and that was really satisfying.” He recommends that all Guilford students realize how integral to their future life their education here truly is. “You’re learning a lot of academic skills, and the key is translating that into tangible, real world things,” said Haselton. “In the real world, they’re asking you how long it will take you to have a final product and you really need something to measure yourself against. Being in school is the only place you can find that out about yourself, if you give yourself the time and space to do that. Take advantage of people telling you if it isn’t good or if you need to spend more time on it. Now, the consequences are more than just a bad grade, they’re being fired.”
9 February 17, 2012
Politics should not come before our health
By Natalie Sutton
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation is one of the largest and most well-known breast cancer organizations in the United States. Widely celebrated for its generous funding for breast cancer prevention and treatment programs, the foundation is dedicated to women’s health. Or at least, it was. The foundation recently cut its financial ties with Planned Parenthood affiliates, which means less money for breast cancer screening and education programs through Planned Parenthood. The foundation has since reneged its funding cuts. According to The New York Times, these initial cuts meant “$700,000 less for Planned Parenthood, which performed 750,000 such screenings last year, many thousands of them with money from the Komen foundation.” The organization is supposed to be committed to saving lives, not playing
political games. According to The New York Times, the foundation justified its move by citing “a new policy against making grants to groups under federal or state investigation — in Planned Parenthood’s case, an inquiry into how it spends its taxpayer money by Representative Cliff Stearns, a Republican of Florida.” Stearns, along with many other smallminded people in this country, hear “Planned Parenthood” and immediately think “abortion.” These people are stigmatizing a beneficial organization and need to get their facts straight. The New York Times reports that abortions actually only make up about three percent of Planned Parenthood’s work. Stearns and those like him are ignoring all of the positive contributions of the organization, such as the affordable cancer screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and sex education programs. The New York Times reports that the Susan G. Komen foundation tried to “quietly distance” themselves from “a politically controversial organization that they feared was costing them support and donations,” according to a board member. What a sad world we live in where people act on behalf of other people’s opinions, and not based on that which is right. If skirting a little bit of controversy is the reason to cut funding for an extremely
beneficial organization, then the Susan G. Komen foundation miscalculated. It has caused more of a controversy than ever now that they have cut ties with Planned Parenthood. You cannot just “quietly” walk away from an organization that has been saving lives for years. People get angry. And they should be. Once the foundation heard all of the people’s cries of outrage, it once again changed its course of action. According to the New York Times, Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the foundation, has now “reversed course and restored Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.” Brinker released a statement apologizing to the “American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.” Although this apology and decision to support Planned Parenthood again are both positive outcomes, the fact still remains that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation prioritized politics and popular opinion before its devotion to women’s health. The game of politics is already a corrupt and malignant leech that attaches itself onto too many aspects of our daily lives. But now, with its interference in saving lives, it has gone too far. It’s simple: politics should play no role in women’s health or cancer research. Period.
Letter to the Editor
Hot topic: the Guilford College woods I was, until last week at least, pretty apathetic about the issue of bonfires and student-built structures in the woods. Like most students, I did not open the email regarding a policy change about student activities in the woods. This disinterest lasted until I read The Guilfordian’s front page story. To say I was left speechless would be an understatement. I was shocked the administration had not done more to prevent me and my fellow students from injuring ourselves in the woods. To explain, I should say that I am one hundred and ten percent behind the administration on this issue, particularly in regard to their stance on drugs and alcohol around the fire pits. It is well known that fire and incapacitated people are a dangerous mix, as are inebriated people and tree forts. This is why the administration absolutely had to destroy every fire pit as well as the two story tree fort. However, I do not think the administration goes far enough in protecting students from themselves. I was strolling in the woods the other day and saw, by my count, nearly two dozen trees with limbs that grow low enough and are spaced at such regular intervals to make climbing quite easy. These trees must be cut down, or at the very least be trimmed so that no low-hanging limbs that can be used to start climbing remain. These trees are extremely dangerous. Imagine a drunk or high person wandering through the woods and coming upon a climbing tree. Their defenses are down and they care little for their own safety. So they scramble up the trunk higher and higher until a limb breaks and they plummet back to earth, injuring themselves or worse, landing next to a personal injury lawyer. This is my nightmare and I will not have it actualized! I call upon both the student and professorial bodies
to join me in taking this matter into our own hands. I will give the administration two weeks from the day this is published to remove all climbing trees from the woods. If by this time the climbing trees are not gone, I will either alone or in conjunction with others saw them down. Furthermore, I call on the student body to put aside its objections to this sanitization of our woods. Remember, protecting you from every possible danger you might encounter drunk, high or sober is vastly more important than having a student body that can enjoy the woods. So, please pipe down with your disingenuous arguments of communitystrengthening and innovation and, remember that when the school tears student creations apart, they are protecting us from the woods’ well-documented and extremely lengthy history of being a place of drug-induced injury and sexual assault that can only be magnified by having a “work of art” in our woods. Lastly, on my walk through the woods, I noticed several boulders and at least one slippery slope that should be made safer as quickly as is legally expedient. Keeping student safety in mind, I think the school also needs to tear down the student party spot and haven of underage drinking known as “Milner Hall,” which was responsible for several hospitalizations last semester in short succession. I would like to preemptively thank the administration for acting on my proposal, but also remind everyone that if the administration is content to continue with its current half-measures, I will have to take the safety of this community and lives of the climbing trees into my own hands. Sincerely, William Dobbins
Dear reader, We are all familiar with the extravagant gestures of romance: chocolate, red roses, singing telegrams, expensive gifts laid at the feet of the beloved by the swooning smitten. And while we might be secret suckers for gooey-centered, heart-shaped amour, we, dear Reader, are here to sing the praises of a different sort of love. It’s a love that goes by many names but is rarely recognized for what it is. Sometimes we call it the daily grind. It’s the teacher who gets up tired in the morning after spending the night with a stack of papers, walks boldly into a classroom, and starts all over again. It’s the mother eating her kid’s leftover sandwich crusts for lunch as she rushes from work in order to take him to his basketball game. It’s the cashier working the graveyard shift, who has a word of kindness for every bleary-eyed customer who stumbles in. There’s no glory in it. It’s just life. There are no chart-topping songs written about the devotion a parent feels for their child, there are no greeting cards that express the courage required to pursue a high ideal, or the strength it takes to work a thankless job. We have a holiday for the sweep-you-offyour-feet, carry-you-to-Paris, throw-rosepetals-on-a-big-bed kind of love. And while that kind of love might be a picnic (pardon the cliché), it’s just that: a pleasant, but comparatively trivial, diversion. (And yes, a cliché.) So why do we laud this one version of love above all other emotions? Is it some bizarre holdover from the Middle Ages? Is it because (heterosexual) romantic love is procreative, and we want to ensure the survival of our species? Have we been duped by greeting card companies? But we digress. We aren’t here to defame romance, we come in the spirit of love, wishing only to share the wealth. There is, and will never be, a holiday that celebrates the everyday love that oils the gears of the world. Perhaps the reason is that we don’t need a holiday; we do it anyway. We get up, we go to work, we go to school, we extend kindness to strangers, we devote ourselves to work and play. We are all great lovers. But we also get caught up. We forget the real reasons that we do what we do. In honor of true love, we want to wear our hearts on our sleeve, and confess our true feelings to you: We, The Guilfordian, love you, dear Reader. Be you young or old, fat or thin. Be you bald of head or thick of hair. Be you white chocolate or pure cocoa, spicy or sweet, messy or neat. Be you skeptical or starry-eyed, devoted reader or occasional skimmer. We love you.
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Choose your internship with care
The heated debate of the moment revolves around a subject that is very relevant to any college student. This subject is the internship. Are college By Kim Kleimeier students really Staff Writer getting valuable work experience while interning or are they simply being used as cheap labor, doing the same work as the paid staff? There is a fine line between a well-meaning internship and a company that is using the concept of the internship as a ruse for what is actually cheap labor. An internship stops being an internship when the intern has the same amount of responsibility and workload as the paid staff. Once an intern has the same responsibilities as other paid workers, companies are putting a toe over this thin line. This question of exploitation of interns was debated heavily in a recent New York Times article. Many interns were outraged at what they call “exploitation” by companies that offer unpaid internships. The conflict started after interns complained of doing hours of work, which benefits the company immensely, without earning any money themselves. “These unpaid interns receive no benefits,” writes Raphael Pope-Sussman, a news assistant at Law360 for The New York Times. “No legal protection against harassment or discrimination, and no job security.” An internship, according to an online dictionary, is “any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.” This definition does not include the aspect most focused upon: money. “The internship is meant to be viewed as a chance to gain experience, network, get your foot in the door and apply classroom theories to real, practical, experiential learning,” said Megan Corkery, coordinator of internships and career counselor. “Internships allow for people to do career exploration and see if their chosen field is really for them.” Internships can be both paid and unpaid. Both can be extremely helpful for college students in terms of work experience. They are also a great addition to any résumé and a way to show companies your past experience in the work place. However, when taking into consideration that many college students are heavily in debt and in need of a paying job, these types of no-pay internships seem more and more frivolous. Yes, the work experience is very valuable, but money is a necessity and not to be gained with certain internships. College students are looking for ways to not only get jobs, but to also gain experience and knowledge. It would be helpful to have more paid internships where college students can get both. The harsh reality is that more and more college students are graduating in serious debt, but companies are not willing to hire an inexperienced newbie. They would rather hire a person who already has a few things on their résumé. But getting an internship doesn’t necessarily mean not getting paid. There are plenty of companies that offer compensation for their interns. If money is that much of a factor, this might be the better solution. There are plenty of opportunities out there to not only gain great experience in the work field, but to also earn some money doing it. The bottom line is that college students do not have to compromise their time and money to an internship where they feel they are being treated unfairly. Money and experience can be found at the same time, through a paid internship.
By Kate Gibson Staff Writer Fast food is gross. Trust me. I’ve worked for McHeartDisease — twice — so I know that there are no true benefits to frozen patties and bagged lettuce from halfway across the world. Slow food and everything that it stands for — good, clean and fair foodstuffs — is an excellent concept and one that I fully endorse. But this “new” emergence of the “movement” on campus via the Slow Foods club isn’t new at all. Guilford has been practicing the principles behind the Slow Foods movement for quite some time and we brag about it to anyone who will listen. We just haven’t had a hip label for this concept until now. Local, seasonal vegetables are always close by at the Guilford farm. We have fields and a greenhouse dedicated to growing veggies locally, and Meriwether Godsey purchases these vegetables to help feed our student population. We even have a community garden with open plots where community members can grow their own organic munchies. If you look around the caf on any given day, you’ll see “local” labels on
a handful of dishes. The kind folks at Meriwether Godsey take care to buy local meats, fruits, grains and vegetables for our meals when- and wherever they can. The Greenleaf’s wares are almost entirely local and fair trade, from the coffee supplier in Durham to the baked goods from Spring Garden Bakery. The coffee shop also houses the Guilford Veggie Co-op, where students can purchase seasonal veggies grown in the Greensboro area. We tell all of these things to our prospective students on tours and in information pamphlets, and we remind them in their First Year Experience classes. We’re proud of our accomplishments and we have every right to be. Our actions show that we, as an institution and as individuals, are committed to being responsible for the environmental and economic impacts we have on this earth and its people. So why do we need a shiny new label for something that we already do? I can understand the desire to further promote the Slow Foods ideals, but we already have all of these preexisting initiatives with strikingly similar goals to the Slow Foods Movement. I don’t understand creating a club to promote a concept that the college is already so thoroughly involved in. Instead of creating this redundant entity, individuals interested in local, organic and fair foods can use their manpower to support one of the existing green initiatives.
Help out at the farm, promote the community garden or find new ways that the Greenleaf can become more environmentally friendly. Then there’s the money issue. Budget cuts are coming, and student organizations will undoubtedly feel the squeeze, too. Now isn’t the time to create redundant organizations because, come next year, there might not be enough funds to go around. If we preemptively consolidate where appropriate, hopefully we won’t find ourselves spread too thin. Slow Foods has taken the first step toward consolidation; the club was formed through a merger of the Food Justice Network and Forevergreen. I think that further amalgamation is possible. If working for an existing cause does not provide enough autonomy for the members of Slow Foods, then the concept would be better served as a sub-committee under an existing club. I hear the members of Cooking Club are friendly, and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind some extra company. Plus, more members under one organization equals more student participation, a bigger voice on campus and a better chance at getting a sustainable budget from Senate, which will certainly come in handy for the future. In short, bringing Slow Foods to Guilford is like bringing a bag of ice to the tundra — entirely superfluous. We’ve already got it, and it’s integrated into our way of life. The only thing that’s different is the brand name.
This week's debate: is Slow Foods good for Guilford?
By Laurie Elseroad Guest Writer There are two things we can agree on: one, Guilford is a fastpaced environment full of perpetual readings and churned-out research papers; and two, food is a main drive for Guilford students. Think about everything that centers around food here. Clubs entice new members with promises of snacks, and event planners interest potential guests by offering Meriwether Godsey catering. Study breaks always promise healthy (and some not-so-healthy) snacks and pizza parties are ubiquitous. It may seem outrageous that we Guilford students fall for the same promises every time, but it actually makes perfect sense. Food is a common denominator among us all. We need it for survival and, because we are fortunate enough to have an ample
amount at our fingertips, food has become the centerpiece of our social gatherings. However, not everyone is as fortunate as we. In fact, our fastpaced lifestyles exacerbate this food gap. People are forced by lack of resources to eat unhealthy food, and farmers risk their lives every day in the name of “convenience.” This is all hidden from consumers, living miles away, across state lines from where their food is produced. The injustice to the farmers is hidden behind factory farm walls, and the injustice of insufficient access to healthy food is tucked away in food deserts. We have lost a connection with the land. We have lost a connection with the entity that keeps us alive: our food. This issue can no longer be ignored. That is why Slow Food at Guilford, a new club combining the former Forevergreen and Food Justice Network, has formed a community around a renewed way of eating and producing food. This student organization, along with staff from Meriwether Godsey, brings awareness of the injustice caused by the current food system directly to Guilford. The club empowers students to take part in making food healthy
and enjoyable for everyone. Club meetings are opportunities for anyone in the Guilford community to take an hour out of their busy lives and slow down while celebrating ethically produced and delicious food. These meetings also serve as a chance to plan for future events meant to educate the community in creative ways. So far, these events include a community bike trip to a local farm, Local Meat Week in the cafeteria and another opportunity to celebrate food together with dinner at the Guilford College farm. Differing from its predecessors, Slow Food at Guilford is connected to a national movement to create systematic change. The student organization is considered a chapter of Slow Food USA, which supports “good, clean, and fair food,” and “which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment.” Right there, I see at least half of the Quaker testimonies, on which Guilford is founded, represented. So, within our fast-paced, food-loving college lives, why not slow down together and take a minute or an hour to at least learn about where our food comes from and what we can do to help? As consumers, we can create change.
11 February 17, 2012
Occupy movement and "Chilean Winter" share similar goals By Haley Hawkins Opinion Editor
Since its recent entrance into the public consciousness, America's Occupy Movement has become a household name, so to speak. It is an iconic symbol of the whole and the plight of the collective. But, is it truly pluralistic in regards to race, age and gender? Is this is what makes the movement so appealing and, yet, so open to critique? These questions are all well and good, but let’s look at this American movement within an international context. In Chile, 23-year-old Camila Vallejo has started her own popular uprising. Its title? The Chilean Winter. Its slogan? “We are the 90%.” Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? In focusing on eliminating educational inequality resulting from entrenched social class disparity, Vallejo—vice president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile—has taken the world by storm. In fact, Vallejo, who identifies as a communist, was voted person of the year for the British newspaper “The Guardian,” garnering 78 percent of votes in a poll of readers. Why is it that this relatively little-known public figure received this honor? Well, I have a few guesses. First of all, in addition to furthering her cause of educational equality in Chile, Vallejo has become the poster child for protestors' rights, enforcing respect for the peaceful demonstrator and asserting her right to go against the grain of society.
Furthermore, it is more than notable that she is a young female. While they do exist, highly publicized female activists are rare. How many 23-year-old women have you heard of that have made such an immense international impact and gained deserved attention for it? Finally, this issue of educational inequality has echoed around the globe. “The student movement here (in Chile) is permanently connected to other student movements, principally in Latin America, but also in the world,” Vallejo says. “We believe this reveals something fundamental: that there is a global demand for the recovery and defense of the right to education.” So, while the Chilean Winter may be vastly different from that of the Occupy Movement, there are similarities that cannot be ignored. The Occupy Movement is not only found in cities across America. In Chile, the After all, Occupy protestors, while striving to movement "The Chilean Winter" is bringing protestors, mainly students, to the streets. Featured here is a protest in Santiago, the capital of Chile. demand that the needs of the majority be met, have faced alarming opposition and aggression against their organized protest—much like the opposition educational equality and, by translation, equality among social which Vallejo continues to fight against in Chile. classes. The Occupy Movement also prides itself on exhibiting the You may have never known that the ideals of a 23-year-old principle of inclusion—and this certainly means young female female Chilean communist could resonate so close to home. activists, people who do not fit into the minuscule 1%. You may have never realized that unification can result from And if there is one thing that unites these two movements unrest. and makes them one global initiative, it is the demand for Well, maybe, just maybe, it can.
Guilford's $500,000 grant part of a conservative agenda A RESPONSE TO JANE MAYER'S ARTICLE, "A STATE FOR SALE," IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER By Richie Zweigenhaft Guest Writer Jane Mayer’s excellent article in the October 2011 issue of The New Yorker (“A State for Sale”) helped to place Guilford’s ten-year $500,000 BB&T grant in the larger North Carolina and national perspective. Mayer showed how millions of dollars from “conservative multi-millionaire” Art Pope, funneled through a number of “ostensibly nonpartisan policy groups,” including the Locke Foundation and the Pope Foundation, and aided by the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, provided unprecedented funding in the 2010 elections in North Carolina, resulting in Republican control of both chambers in the state for the first time since 1870. The Republican-controlled North Carolina state legislature now has slashed the budget for higher education, and, as we at Guilford well know, its decisions have affected not only the public colleges and universities, but private schools as well. Mayer’s article shows quite clearly how the foundations that Art Pope supports have sought to influence college curricula, making the materials in classes, and sometimes creating entirely new programs, friendlier to the free-market version of capitalism, and to arguments for the ethical nature of capitalism. The ten-year grant for $500,000 that Guilford College accepted in 2009 included the stipulation that students in certain classes read Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged." The grant also stipulated that students who major in business and economics are to receive “free” copies of the novel at the beginning of their junior year, as are certain students in the
Principled Problem Solving program. It does not seem like all that much money — $50,000 a year for ten years, in a budget that runs around $50-$60 million per year -- but the college’s acceptance of the grant, and the faculty’s acquiescence to it, raise fundamental
When a member of the college’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) asked that the faculty discuss the process by which this grant was accepted, the Clerk’s Committee agreed to put the topic of the process by which the college accepts grants with curricular strings attached on the agenda at the November faculty meeting (the faculty was asked not to discuss the BB&T grant itself), and the general topic was discussed at some length
The ten-year grant for $500,000 that Guilford College accepted in 2009 included the stipulation that students in certain classes read Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged." The grant also stipulated that students who major in business and economics are to receive “free” copies of the novel at the beginning of their junior year, as are certain students in the Principled Problem Solving program. issues about who determines the curriculum, about faculty governance, about the nature of higher education these days, and about the kind of society we hope to be. The college announced the grant during the summer of 2009, much to the surprise of all but very few faculty members. By the time most students and faculty returned to campus for the fall 2009 semester, they seemed to have little interest in the fact that Guilford had made this ten-year commitment (if they were aware of it at all).
during that meeting and, subsequently, at the December meeting. There was, however, no consensus. In fact, the faculty was not able even to approve the following statement: “The acceptance of all gifts that involve the creation of new courses and/or academic programs is provisional pending the completion of the normal approval procedures.” The college faced hard economic times in 2009, and it still does. Many faculty understandably were worried about
their jobs, especially those who taught in departments that had been eliminated at other colleges and universities. Even if they had qualms about the grant, or about the way it was accepted, few were willing to raise questions about a $500,000 grant just because it required some students in some classes to read Atlas Shrugged. We are now in year three of the tenyear grant. Meyer’s New Yorker article reveals clearly how money from conservative foundations has affected both North Carolina politics and what students read and talk about in certain college courses. Therefore, as those Guilford students enrolled in classes in which they are required to read Atlas Shrugged examine her novel, and those business and economics juniors enjoy the benefits of receiving a “free” copy of it, and as those of us who attend the on-campus presentations by speakers who address issues like Rand’s place in American culture, we should all keep in mind that wealthy supporters of Ayn Rand have underwritten her recent ascendancy in academic discourse at Guilford and elsewhere. The grant that Guilford College accepted was part of a much larger conservative agenda that has sought to redefine the nature of higher education in the state of North Carolina. Richie Zweigenhaft, Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College, is the coauthor of a series of books on the American power structure (most recently, The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies). He wrote about this grant in the July-August 2010 issue of "Academe" (“Is This Curriculum for Sale?”).
Baseball season in full swing as team hopes to knock it out of the park By Zachary Thomas Staff Writer
Photos by Zach Morgan/Guilfordian
One of Guilford College’s oldest athletic traditions, the baseball season, got underway last Wednesday against Greensboro College, the first match in a 40-game season that spans from February to April. A cold, cloudy afternoon did not appear to dampen the spirits of the white-capped, maroon jacket–wearing Guilford team, with players lining the dugout railing looking on and cheering teammates out on the field. “I have very, very high hopes for this team,” said Head Baseball Coach Nick Black of the upcoming season. “We’re deeper than we’ve been for a long time in many spots. We have more quality players on the mound than we’ve had in the past.” The Quakers enter this season with five returning starters and 22 letter winners from last season. One of ten schools in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the team was picked seventh in the annual preseason coaches’ poll. Overall, the team sports a more balanced, youthful roster with only five seniors on the team. The pitching staff in particular features ten newcomers. “The biggest need going into this year from last year recruiting-wise was for pitching,” said Black, a first-year player. “I think we’re talented, but we will be young this year.” This season, the Quakers will be without 2011 ODAC Player of the Year Kyle Wooden ’11. The Guilford graduate and school career-hitting-leader will be playing professionally in Sweden starting in April. In the meantime, he will be assisting the Guilford team by helping train outfielders and infielders, according to Black. The Guilford students currently on the team hold a positive outlook for the upcoming season and hope to grow individually and as a team. “For me personally, it’s about just getting better every day and trying to help the team win,” said first-year Dexter Allen through an email interview. Having played on a state championship team last year while in high school, he expects Guilford to compete in conference play this year. “I’m really excited to be finally playing new teams and seeing new pitchers,” said Allen about the start of the season. It is a sentiment echoed by fellow first-year student
Junior left fielder Jordan Slate crosses the plate after hitting his first homer of the season. Slate finished the day 2-3, scoring twice, as the Quakers (1-2) fell to Greensboro 6-3. The Quaker bats are back in action in a double-header against Maryville Feb. 18 beginning at 12 p.m. on the Edgar H. McBane Field. and Guilford baseball player Ethan Harter. “I expect the team to finish in the top half of the conference this year. From what I hear, we will be a team with much more consistency than in the past,” said Harter. The team has been working since almost the beginning of the school year to get ready for this time of the year. “We started doing early morning conditioning about the third week into the fall semester … as far as official practice, we began about a week after returning to school from Christmas break,” said junior Justin Pittman in an e-mail interview. A transfer student from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pittman is excited just getting back to playing baseball after not doing so at his previous school. “After being away from the sport of baseball for almost three years, it is a dream come true to be able to play again,” said Pittman.
With the Quakers playing home games at Guilford’s McBane Field, Black sees plenty of good baseball on hand for the college community. “Man, they’re all going to be good,” said Black of the team’s scheduled games this season. “That’s the great thing about baseball in this area—there really aren’t any bad teams. Every team you have to play hard to win, so they’ll all be exciting.” Despite dropping the season opener to Greensboro College 6-3, the Quakers bounced back with a 16-9 home win against Bluefield State College Feb. 11. The Quakers will have many chances to prove themselves on the baseball field. “I look forward to getting into the season and working as hard as we can to bringing pride to Guilford College,” said Pittman. The Quakers will host against Maryville College on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12:00 p.m.
This ain't a game. This is roller derby.
Photos by Tom Clement/Guilfordian
The Battleground Betties and the Elm St. Nightmares competed on Feb. 12 at the Greensboro Sports Complex.With legal checking, fast paced roller skating, and sexy, but fierce outfits, Roller Derby is extremely entertaining and an exclusively female sport. The Elm St. Nightmares took home the win for the day. If you are interested in taking up this aggressive and thrilling sport, visit http://www.greensbororollerderby.com/.