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Guilford Art Gallery celebrates David Newton NCAA March EXHIBITION OFFERS A RETROSPECTIVE Madness fever rises OF LATE PROFESSOR'S WORK, LIFE as teams fight for trip to Final Four By Aaron Hall Staff Writer
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Kony 2012: a virtual call for social outrage By Haejin Song Staff Writer
Kony 2012. Stop Kony. Make him famous. Having been viewed more than 83 million times on YouTube, the Kony 2012 film has managed to capture the attention, hearts and critique of many. The viral video sensation focuses on Joseph Kony, the notorious leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who was virtually unknown to the American public until the non-profit organization Invisible Children launched its campaign.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Kony founded the LRA in 1992. He has been accused of abducting thousands of children and forcing them to fight for his army and become sex slaves. In 2006, BBC News conducted a world-exclusive first interview with Kony at his camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he tried to dismiss his involvement. “Let me tell you clearly what happened in Uganda,” said Kony. “Museveni (Ugandan president) went Joseph Kony kneels with his army in Uganda. He is accused of 33 war crimes, including torture of children. The See "Kony" on Page 6 video aims to make Kony famous and lead to his arrest.
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The sweats, the chills, the thrills, nerves running through the body ... a fever is approaching. No, the fever is here: it’s the fever of NCAA MARCH MADNESS! On March 15, 64 teams from four different regions began the process of staking claim of NCAA basketball's top prize The Division I title of men’s college basketball. As of today, the teams have dwindled down to sixteen. After the Sweet Sixteen round, beginning Thursday, only the Elite Eight will remain. Next comes the Final Four, held in New Orleans March 31, and lastly the face-off in the championship game. The tournament is in its seventy-third year. The big dance is notorious for being one of the most popular events in all sports, especially for fan participation. With the NCAA basketball tournament, everyone can be a part of the action. Some get tickets for the games themselves, others watch the games at a local bar or on their home television set, but—most importantly,—everyone can fill out a bracket with their best predictions for upsets and wins. Fans’ brackets list who they think will continue to advance to each round until the final two, concluding with the winner. The brackets represent the event’s ability to bring people together. Some people fill out brackets with a group of friends or co-workers and bet on who will win the championship. However, the tournament does not appeal to everyone. Some people do not follow basketball at all; others prefer the NBA to college basketball. It can be
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By Ali Krantzler Staff Writer
Former art professor David Newton, who passed away last spring, had a quote on his wall that summed him up. “The pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to ruin. So pursue goodness and you will achieve greatness.” Newton did achieve greatness in the hearts and minds of his former students and colleagues fortunate enough to know him. “Onward: The Creative Legacy of David Newton” celebrates Newton’s work and life. The exhibition opens today and will continue through May 4 in the Guilford Art Gallery in Hege Library. The exhibition will commence with an opening night reception this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Over 100 of Newton’s works will be on display, including oils, watercolors, etchings and engravings as well as several sculptures. “A lot of people don’t realize that (Newton) was a really accomplished painter before he started doing sculpture,” said senior Heather Von Bodungen. “Several of those works will be on display in the exhibit.”
Senate pushes for student trustee to join the Board By David Pferdekamper News Editor “I’m surprised we haven’t done this earlier,” said first-year Alexander Morales. “It doesn’t matter if other schools aren’t doing it. This is a core part of our ethos — that’s all that matters.” Guilford recently took a step toward being part of a small group of private colleges that give students a high place in the decisionmaking process. On March 14, Community Senate unanimously supported a proposal to create a traditional student position on the Board of Trustees. “This gives an added level of transparency and communication between students and those who are really in charge — Kent’s bosses,” said senior and Inter-Club Council Chair Elijah DaCosta. The proposal was heavily supported by students, with the only disagreement being over how to select the student trustee.
Originally, the proposal was to have a Senate executive hold the position, but present parties decided to open it up to others who would be interested. If approved by the Board of Trustees, the proposal will bring a stronger voice to the student population. “From personal experience, I have been in positions when I had concerns about the agenda before the Board, but I had no real recourse to represent the students in opposition,” said senior and Community Senate President/ Clerk Yahya Alazrak. “Who wouldn’t want to sit in on those meetings?” said DaCosta. “I’m sure lots of interesting things get discussed behind those closed doors.” Currently, some students are allowed to sit in on certain meetings. However, some meetings are still closed to these students, and their consent is not necessary for the Board to move forward with any decision.
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PASSED: Support of YearLong Judicial Review for next week.
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Figure out the final ballot for areas of campus we will give scholarships to.
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By Yahya Alazrak Community Senate President/Clerk
opened that door first. This also isn’t the first time an ‘interest group’ has pushed for a position. The alumni position shows that there is precedent for this.” The Board of Trustees does not meet again until June, making that the earliest they could make a decision on this proposal. Though it is a long way off, both Alazrak and DaCosta are optimistic about how the idea will be received. “Trustees are always eager and excited to hear student input,” said Alazrak. “I think most of them realize what they’re doing is with students in mind. I think they’ll be supportive, but this is against tradition and against the grain. We have to show why this is a good idea.” “Hopefully they’ll receive it well as a good idea, because it is a good idea,” said Dacosta. “It’s definitely in line with our values as a school. I’d be a little concerned if they didn’t want any student to know what was going on.”
Have a heart and help a kidney By Kate Gibson Staff Writer Julius Ross, CCE SGA vice president, felt sick every other day, but he thought it was just stress. He had no idea. “I’ve always been a workaholic,” said Ross. “I thought I was just working myself to death, and that’s why I was being so sick.” But a month later, the illness persisted. Ross decided to seek medical attention. “When the doctor saw me, I was in his office for 15 minutes, and he told me, ‘We’ve got to get you out of here now — your kidneys are failing,’” said Ross. Turns out, Ross is one of the 26 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease. He was also one of the 30 percent of sufferers who did not know it. “That ‘most of them don’t know it’ thing is what needs to change,” said Shelley Minor, development director for the National Kidney Foundation, as she addressed the crowd of eager participants for the first Guilford College Kidney Walk on Sat. March 17. “The reason we do walks like this is to raise awareness.” Shortly thereafter, the group set out on a path around campus in the name of raising awareness — and raising funds — for the NKF. “I’ve worked closely with the National Kidney Foundation, and their funds — as with most non-profits — are dwindling,” said Ross. “The donations are not coming in on a regular basis … Non-profits across the board are suffering because of the economy.” Ross has been assisting the NKF since his dialysis support group collaborated with the foundation to sponsor a Kidney Early Evaluation Program screening, which serves to detect the early onset of kidney disease before treatments like dialysis become necessary. The CCE SGA collected donations at the Kidney Walk on behalf of the NKF to help fund programs like the KEEP screenings. Some individuals even traveled door-to-door during the weeks before the event, gathering donations from the larger community. “I haven’t really had any trouble collecting (donations) because I have a lot of friends who are firefighters in the city and … they’ve stepped up and given me donations, and family and some friends too,” said Mary Swan, a renal patient who met Ross through their dialysis support group. Fundraising efforts culminated on the unexpectedly sunny morning March 17. Volunteers gathered bright and early to paint faces and raffle off specially designed t-shirts; Minor gave out health pamphlets and collected last-minute donations. When the clock struck 10 a.m. the group set off for a winding path through the campus.
Apples, water bottles and loud cheers awaited walkers as they neared the finish line. “My mother suffers from kidney disease, and I just want to help show support,” said LaTasha Siler, who participated in the walk. Siler also donated one of her kidneys to her mother. Ross has been on dialysis for four years, and is waiting for a new kidney. Although his B positive blood type is very fitting in describing his optimistic outlook, its rarity has made it difficult to find a match. “For people that are on dialysis, you can figure the wait time to be anywhere from six months to six years to get the transplant,” said Ross. “But with my rare blood type, unless somebody comes forward and says, ‘I might be a match,’ it could be five years or more. … I have to just use my faith that it’s going to happen.” In total, the CCE SGA raised over $1,500 to support the NKF and their efforts. Not only will these funds help provide services for dialysis patients like Ross, they will also go toward community education, research and early detection screenings for those who might not even know that they are sick yet.
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Let's get real...We're lame ducks. Keep sending it to senate@guilford. edu and full Senate is still WEDNESDAYS at 7 in BOREN. More than likely new initiatives will be passed on to future executives.
This puts Guilford in the 12.5 percent of independent colleges that have at least one nonvoting student member on the college board of trustees, according to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Only 8.5 percent of independent colleges have at least one voting student member, compared to 50.3 percent of public colleges with at least one voting student member. Some feel that Guilford very much belongs in that small percentage of independent colleges. “Guilford is a place where student empowerment and leadership has been central, so this only furthers that mission,” said Alazrak. Moreover, if approved by the Board of Trustees, the proposal could set a precedent for more change. “This could open the door for CCE and faculty trustee representation,” said Alazrak. “I’d be very proud that traditional students
(L-R) CCE SGA Vice President Julius Ross, CCE Dean Rita Serotkin and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow participate in the walk that helped raise over $1,500 in support of the National Kidney Foundation.
3 March 23, 2012
Flames of battle: the bonfire debate rages on Megan Stern/Guilfordian
By Ellen Nicholas Staff Writer
Though the bonfire pits saw few flames this year due to the recent crackdown on student use of the woods, the debate about them roars on. Because each side’s argument is so multifaceted, it has been difficult to get a clear, comprehensive view of the issue. Here, each side will respond to the each other.
First, arguments from pro-bonfire students with response from administration: More pressing dangers on campus not being addressed: The rash of alcohol poisonings in Milner that happened earlier this year indicate that most of the dangerous behavior is happening in the residence halls, not the woods. The administration is focusing on the wrong areas in order to keep us safe. “Let me first say that the number of alcohol poisonings is greatly exaggerated,” said Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow. “I can’t talk about specific cases but at least two or maybe three of the ambulance trips that students saw had nothing to do with alcohol. That is very much in line with what it is every year. It happened this year that they were both at Milner. So what was our response? We beefed up a lot of programming in Milner. And we’ve beefed up RA presence and safety presence in Milner because of it.”
Bonfires build community: Bonfires were the only times when athletes, non-athletes and students from different classes came together and united as a community. “Guilford exists in a MUCH larger community,” said Maia Dery, instructor of art & experiential learning in an email interview. “This issue is not just about the students and the administration. We have neighbors who can hear and see the fires. We have a city fire department. We have woods that predated all of us and that we are responsible for stewarding.” “Community is being used in kind of a myopic way that’s very self-serving,” said Fetrow. “But I do want some of the side effects of these bonfires. I don’t disagree with that. There are really good aspects of this argument.” “If the community that's built around bonfires is so strong and so positive and involving the athletes and non-athletes and bonfires have been going on for years, then why is there still so much division?” said Stowe.
The line between what’s safe and what’s dangerous is arbitrary: Drinking out in the woods is no more dangerous than drinking in a residence hall. Having forts in the woods that people climb on is no less safe than having a large fort-like art installation in the middle of campus. “The stick sculpture in the middle of campus wasn’t designed or intended for people to be climbing on and over and that kind of thing,” said Ron Stowe, director of Public Safety. “Its location would tend ... to hinder the kinds of things that we are afraid of like when it’s isolated in the woods. … Somebody that’s intent on harming somebody isn’t likely to be hanging out in the center of campus waiting on them to come. “Students or community members or people from outside are not likely to come to the sculpture in the center of campus in the wide open quad and drink beer, smoke weed or do whatever else they’re going to do. The chances of someone falling off the sculpture and laying there for three days without anyone finding them is not really likely.”
Banning bonfires encourages drunk driving: If there aren’t parties on campus, students will be more likely to drive off campus, drink and drive back. “This is the oldest argument in the book and it's as irrational as it gets,” said Fetrow. “So the argument goes, 'Because you won’t let us get drunk in the woods we have to drive.' Like I’m putting the keys (in your hand) and saying, 'Okay now you go drunk drive.' You’re still making the choice to drink and drive.”
The administration is only concerned about their legal safety: They are only stopping bonfires and tearing down the forts because they are a legal danger, not because they are actually concerned about our safety. “I understand how it might be easy for someone to say, ‘all you’re worried about is liability’,” said Stowe. “And while it’s true that we are certainly worried about that, it’s not all we’re worried about. Even if there’s no liability at all, even if it never cost the college or me a dime, I don’t want a student being hurt on campus. I don’t want to live with that. I don’t want to be the one to make a phone call to Campus Life and say, somebody needs to call the parents and say this has happened.”
Now, the arguments of the administration, followed by responses from pro-bonfire students: Bonfires lead to trash and mistreatment of the woods: The beer cans and other litter left around the forts and bonfire pits are clearly a mistreatment of the woods. “There’s trash everywhere in the woods,” said Dobbins. “That slope behind the Old Apartments is very trashy too. I did the woods cleanup and it’s gross. It’s not just the fire pits.” “When they were organized by large groups of students and students weren’t afraid to go out there, we always came back the day after and cleaned up,” said junior Grace Chafin. “It’s something that’s worth it to us. And we love the woods. It’s why we want to be out there. We want to take care of it.”
Students are downplaying the dangers of the woods: If someone is injured from falling off one of the student-made forts that were torn down earlier this year, is assaulted or even burned in the fire, help cannot easily make its way to them and they might not be found for days. “The reason I wrote the letter is I felt the administration was playing up the dangers of the woods so much,” said sophomore Will Dobbins, who wrote a letter to the editor about the woods debate. “I was very surprised that the administration was willing to claim that sexual assault was the reason they were cutting down on bonfires when there’s no history of sexual assault that we know of.” “We’re adults,” said senior Shanon Rule. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s not safe that we do anyways. So who are they to dictate what’s safe ... and what’s not safe?”
Unpermitted bonfires are illegal: How is the administration supposed to ignore a clearly illegal activity happening on campus? “We’re a private school,” said senior Sarah Meteyer. “And so, if they decide that bonfires are okay, then I’m pretty sure that it’s okay. They were okay last year and the year before and many decades before that. It’s not like the administration has been unaware of what’s been happening for so many years.” “You don’t see them knocking on every door that they hear a pong ball in because underage drinking is illegal,” said Rule. “There’s a lot of things that aren’t technically legal that they let us get away with because they know it’s part of the college experience and they know people are going to do it whether or not they try and enforce it. It feels like they used to treat us like adults and now they’re treating us like children.”
With such diverging opinions between the probonfire side and the anti-bonfire side, it might seem like compromise is not in the cards. However, if both sides are willing to listen to each other and consider the value in the other side’s arguments, maybe we can meet somewhere in the middle. “Is there a way to have supervised fires?” said Fetrow. “I’m open to thinking about that.”
Calendar of Events
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Art Department's Annual Draw-a-thon 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Hege Cox
'Clean for Teens,' a Charity StandUp Comedy Show 8 – 10 p.m. The Idiot Box, Greensboro, N.C.
RayLen's 8th Annual Oyster Roast 1 – 5 p.m. RayLen's Vineyards and Winery
OSLE Presents late night WII and pizza 9 p.m. – 12 p.m. Dana Lounge
One World, One Sky 12 – 4 p.m. Natural Science Center of Greensboro
The Bryan Series: Ken Burns 7:30 p.m. Greensboro Coliseum
Spring Concert featuring college choir, guitar ensemble and jazz ensemble 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Dana Auditorium The Zinc Kings with Milltown 7 – 10 p.m. The Green Bean
Thursday March 29th
Featuring a whole hog roast from Cane Creek Farm, mixed grill and burgers from Frank Massey's Tomahawk Hill Farm, and an abundance other other fresh local offerings. The Dining Hall will be closed for service but the Grill and Quakeria will remain open. Brought to you by Slow Food at Guilford, Campus Activities Board, and Community Senate.
LIT AT THE LAKE
Saturday March 24, 1 – 4 p.m. A day of celebrating creative arts on campus! Sponsored by the Greenleaf Review, Guilford's literary and visual arts magazine. Poetry Readings, Music Performances, Photography/Art Showcasing, Face paint/Glitter, and other things. Bring your friends, family, partners, your off-campus friends, everyone is welcome for an afternoon of creativity and fun!
K'ville Indie Flea- A Vintage & Handmade Outdoor Market 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parking lot next to Ciener Botanical Gardens, Kernersville, N.C. SAASA Meeting 9 p.m. The Hut
Carolina Blues Festival Artist Taste of Home Cooking Show Announcement Party: live music, a wine presented by the News and Record tasting by sponsor, Stonefield Cellars, and 4 – 9 p.m. an open blues jam Greensboro Coliseum Complex 6 – 11 p.m. The Summit Station Eatery CAB Presents Serendipity Kickoff Supper and Movie on the lawn Senate Meeting 5 – 11 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Founders Grill Patio Boren Lounge
Join us out at the farm for the Second Semi-Annual MEADOW FED DINNER
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WORLD & NATION NEWS IN BRIEF
5 March 23, 2012
Stories by Becca Heller Graphic by Daniel Vasiles
Israeli government just passed a bill prohibiting the use of underweight models in both fashion and advertising. The decision was
made in light of the belief that teen eating disorders have been severely impacted by the images of extremely thin models in magazines and ads. “Beautiful is not underweight,” said Knesset member Rachel Adato to BBC. “Beautiful should not be anorexic.” Models in Israel are now required to have a BMI of at least 18.5.
BRITAIN UNITED STATES Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell found himself back in the headlines last week, after a bizarre meltdown which left him naked in public, ranting incoherently, and shouting obscenities. His raving behavior was scrutinized nearly as thoroughly as his viral video "KONY 2012" in the last week, which met both extreme support and extreme criticism from the global community. His family and friends have suggested that his strange behavior was a result of the extreme pressures that came with the success of the video, and they later announced that he had been diagnosed with “reactive psychosis,” according to The New York Times.
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba was “in effect dead” for 78 minutes after collapsing in the middle of a football match against the Tottenham Hotspurs, club doctor Jonathan Tobin told BBC. Muamba’s collapse was quickly responded to by trainers and, with a defibrillator on hand, they unsuccessfully sought to resuscitate him while waiting for the ambulance. Dr. Andrew Deaner, Consultant Cardiologist at London Chest Hospital, was at the game as a fan and ran onto the field to lend his expertise. Two hours later in the hospital, Deaner looked upon a conscious 23-year-old Muamba. “I whispered in his ear, ‘What’s your name?’ and he said, ‘Fabrice Muamba,’” said Deaner to BBC. “I said, ‘I hear you’re a really good footballer’ and he said, ‘I try.’ I had a tear in my eye.”
officers swarmed the residence of serial killer suspect Mohammed Merah, 23, after his alleged murders of seven people in the last 10 days — three North African
soldiers, a rabbi, and three Jewish children, BBC reports. Refusing to surrender, Merah shot at police as they sought to ram down his apartment door, wounding two officers. Merah, told police he was an al Qaeda-trained jihadist, though Paris prosecutor Francois Molins confirmed that he was acting alone. Around 300 police officers remain in place around the apartment.
Running from the altar, in search of justice, freedom By Justyn Melrose Staff Writer Freedom was within sight. Disguised in costumes of boys’ clothing, two young girls were on the bus — their destination: Herat province. Though Herat is not the most liberal province of Afghanistan, it stood as a beacon of hope for these girls when neither their parents nor the police would protect them. In fact, it was their parents and the illegal marriages that were forced upon them that had driven them to search for solace in the first place. Prior to their escape, the girls had been exchanged like currency and forced into marriage with strangers to repay a debt of their family’s honor. At long last, they made their escape. That is, until the bus reached the checkpoint. Seeing through the facade, a police officer apprehended the girls and returned them to the custody of their parents, who sent them back to live with their significantly older husbands in their village in Ghor province. Seldom is a brutal public flogging considered a suitable welcome home, but — under the watch of townspeople armed with video cameras — these girls endured the
violent punishment. Neither Khadija Rasoul, 13, nor Basgol Sakhi, 14, flinched. This story, published on May 30, 2010, in The New York Times, is only one example of the countless illegal forced child marriages that have taken place and continue to take place globally. As reported by the United Nations, “the 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women law criminalizes child marriage, forced marriage, selling and buying women for the purpose or under the pretext of marriage, baad (giving away a woman or girl to settle a dispute), forced self-immolation and 17 other acts of violence against women, including rape and beating.” However it is clear that despite the EVAW law, illegal forced marriages are still taking place. “We need to work towards ... equity, especially for women, in different societies, and – if we see means that limit them – we do need to participate more fully but in a dialogical way or looking at local solutions,” said Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Parveen Hasanali. “Quite often in the same ways as there are groups like UNICEF that are global, there are also women’s groups within the society itself that are fighting for these
things. We need to turn to people who have the expertise within their societies to resolve the problems in that particular society.” One such group is Women For Afghan Women. This organization, based in both Afghanistan and New York, works, in the words of New York program manager Naheed Bahram, to “teach the family about the values of having a daughter, the importance of having a daughter — teaching them of the equality between having a daughter and a son which does not exist in Afghanistan.” Hasanali also brought up the importance of taking into account the problem of ethnocentrism. Bahram, herself having had an arranged marriage, points out that, while we may judge certain customs as strange or unethical, there may be more similarities than we realize. “To be honest with you, marrying somebody is a gamble,” said Bahram to the Guilfordian. “You marry your boyfriend with whom you were for five or six years, after you marry him, he is not your boyfriend, he is your husband. “Arranged marriage is the same thing. You marry someone who you may not know well enough and that has been chosen by your
family who has more experience than you, who has more knowledge of life than you, and in the case of having trouble, they will (welcome) you back with open arms.” There is a fine line between forced marriage and arranged marriage. It is important to be respectful of a culture’s choice to practice marriage as they wish, but we must also take into consideration the rights of women everywhere. With the help of organizations such as Women For Afghan Women, victims of domestic violence and forced marriage may have hope to live as free and willfully independent women, but the fight will not be over until every woman is allowed to live the life she wants.
Join the discussion! On April 5 at 7:30 in Bryan Jr. the Pulitzer Center welcomes National Geographic writer Cynthia Gorney and photographer Stephanie Sinclair to a discussion about forced child marriage.
Viral video sensation capturing the attention of many Continued from Page 1 into the villages and cut off the ears of the people, telling the people that it was the work of the LRA. I cannot cut the ear of my brother; I cannot kill the eye of my brother.” Despite dismissing accusations and any responsibility, Kony is on top of the International Criminal Courts warrant list and wanted for 33 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to BBC News. “My brother tried to escape,” said Jacob Acaye, the former child soldier who managed to escape the LRA and who was featured in the Kony 2012 film. “They killed him using a panga. They cut his neck … I saw.” Jason Russell, one of the Kony 2012 filmmakers, has urged people to unite and make Kony famous, which, he hopes, will lead to his arrest — the campaign’s ultimate goal. “It’s not about politics, it’s not about money,” said Russell in a CNN interview. “It’s actually about humanity. Our technology is global and our finances are global, but our humanity somehow got left in the dust. … The youth of the world is demanding justice, and we’re going to do it quickly.” “Now that I have seen (the Kony 2012 film), I am disappointed that I didn’t watch it earlier,” said Ashley Hudspeth, a junior, in an email interview, “I’m even more disappointed in how long it has taken to get this far. How can the details of Kony and his actions be so hard to spread to the public, but everyone seems to know the status of Snooki’s pregnancy?” The 30-minute-long Kony video delivers a very simple message with a very simple goal — raising awareness, making Kony famous and finding him. Although the film encourages everyone to take action in a worldwide campaign unifying as a community for the betterment of humanity, not everyone is onboard. Many have questioned the organization and campaign’s credibility and have underscored the dormant activities of the LRA in recent years. “There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006,” said Beatrice Mpora, community health director of the town of Gulu, to the Daily Telegraph. “The Kony 2012 campaign fails to make one crucial point clear,” added Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbaba≠zi, in his video posted on YouTube. “Joseph Kony is not in Uganda … We do not need a slick video on YouTube for us to take notice.” Despite mixed emotions and views surrounding the film, this successful campaign has done most of what it set out to do — Joseph Kony is famous. The rest is up to the global community.
WORLD & NATION U.S. soldier commits massacre overseas By Colleen Gonzalez Staff Writer
“When I see stories like this it’s no wonder that civilians question the mission,” said Lance Corporal Kevin Belickis of the U.S. Marine Corps in an email interview. “There is a lot of good being done over there, but all it takes is one poor decision or lapse in judgment or mental break down, and all people remember is the bad that has happened out there.” On March 11, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales left his position at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and walked a mile to the small town of Panjwai. According to The New York Times, Bales barged into three separate homes and opened fire, ultimately killing 16 civilians. He then attempted to burn the bodies of the victims. “Everyone knows this doesn’t reflect our standards or values, nor does it reflect the soldiers that perform here and overseas,” said General David Rodriguez, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command in an interview with NBC News. “They are shocked, just as we are.” Bales has served in the military for 11 years and currently was on his fourth tour. On a previous tour in Iraq, Bales suffered a head injury in a car crash and a foot injury in a different accident. He did not expect to be deployed for a fourth time. The lawyer defending Bales intends to focus on post-traumatic stress disorder as a motive for the soldier’s breakdown. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a person has experienced some form of psychological trauma such as violence, rape or a car accident. Depending on the exposure, PTSD can last anywhere from a few days to a lifetime and can be diagnosed as acute, mild or chronic. Some symptoms include recurrent
flashbacks, avoiding stimuli, and, in some cases, PTSD can be manifested in unstable, violent behavior. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for soldiers to return home with this disorder. “PTSD alone is not reason to do something like this,” said Assistant Professor of Psychology Eva Lawrence. “It doesn’t justify it if lots of people have PTSD.” Due to the recurring violence soldiers experience overseas, many are diagnosed with PTSD. However, it is the medical specialists that give the yes or no for a soldier to be able to serve another tour. “There are mandatory pre-, during and post-deployment health assessments that must be completed by all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to determine if they are at risk for an episode such as this,” said Belickis. “It seems like a lot of soldiers are coming back with traumatic brain injuries and possibly being underdiagnosed,” said Lawrence. Bales’ lawyer commented to the Associated Press that his client was not sure what exactly happened. This calls into question Bales’ state of mind when the incident occurred. According to CBS, Madigan Army Medical Center at the soldier’s base began an investigation after a memo was released, encouraging psychiatrists to limit diagnoses in order to reduce costs. It is still unknown if PTSD played a role in the incident, but it may be a potential factor to consider when looking at this case. “While it’s not my place to guess at what potential injury may have possibly led to this massacre, it has been documented in many previous studies that serious head injuries have led to increased violence and mental instability,” said Belickis. “Two people can be exposed to the exact same trauma and respond in very different
ways,” said Lawrence. “The question is: did he know what he was doing and can he be held accountable?” In the meantime, the Afghani government has expressed interest in trying Bales through their justice system instead of the U.S. justice system. “It would set a dangerous precedent to allow the Afghanis to put U.S. military personnel on trial,” said Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science Ken Gilmore in an email interview. “It would be political suicide for the Obama administration to hand a U.S. soldier over to a foreign government.” This incident further complicates negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. Tensions already run high between the two countries and an event such as this only sets back the progress that has been made. This begs the question: is there any hope this incident has not jeopardized the work of our troops overseas? “I think many Afghans realize that these were the actions of one person,” said Gilmore. “And that, on the whole, U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has had good intentions, even if the results have been frustratingly slow.” It may take a while before both governments can agree on how this incident should be dealt with. But a main concern for the military should be what methods can be used to prevent similar events and keep soldiers safe. The men and women who risk their lives every day in Iraq or Afghanistan need support now more than ever. Belickis entreated that our nation not lose respect or faith for those who fight overseas due to one man’s actions. “Please don’t let something like this take away from all the great things (our troops) have accomplished over there,” said Belickis. “The sacrifices these men and women are making can’t be undone.”
7 March 23, 2012
Newton's legacy continues “Onward” as exhibition opens Continued from Page 1
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Many of Newton’s former students see a connection between his work and his temperament. “(Newton’s) work really paralleled his personality,” said Johanna Breed ‘10, one of Newton's former advisees. “It has a geometric exactitude mixed with a whimsical personality. That’s just the way he was; he was a funny balance between taking his work very seriously, but not taking himself very seriously.” “He had a sense of humor,” said Von Bodungen. “It shows in his work. He would use things like swimming pool noodles and found objects as well as more traditional media like wood and marble.” For her capstone Quaker Leadership Scholars project, Von Bodungen co-curated the exhibition with Guilford Art Gallery curator and director Theresa Hammond and prepared the exhibition catalog. Von Bodungen also received a grant from the Pickett Foundation for Quaker Leadership, an organization that funds projects chosen by developing Quaker leaders. The grant will allow proceeds from the catalog sales to go to a scholarship fund in Newton’s name at the Art Students League in New York. Von Bodungen worked with Hammond in gathering Newton’s works that had been scattered among friends and family and on display in the Weatherspoon Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “David was a gifted artist and teacher who combined a serious commitment to his art with devotion to all of his students, and not just the art majors,” said Hammond in an email interview. “He brought a passion, good humor, a zealous work ethic and fine craftsmanship to everything he set his mind and hand to. His spiritual beliefs guided his practice and I think his greatest impact will be the influence he had on countless students, many of whom have shared stories with me of how his encouragement changed their lives.”
Many of David Newton's works will be on display in the Guilford Art Gallery starting Friday, March 23. Newton's sculptural work includes unusual and found objects.
While the focus of the exhibit will be on Newton’s work, the reception will also be a space for his former students to reminisce about the professor’s sense of humor and devotion to his students. “This is one of the last classes who will have a memory of (Newton),” Von Bodungen said. “That’s why it’s important to do the exhibition while there are those on campus who’ve been impacted by him.” Hammond emphasized that the exhibit is not only for former students of Newton. “For those who weren’t lucky enough to know him, the exhibition is still valuable because of the quality and range of the work on display,” said Hammond. “Students will have the opportunity to see work David produced when he was a student and how his work developed over the course of his career.” Von Bodungen said that Newton was perhaps best loved as an advisor, particularly among first year students, who found him warm and comforting. In 2010, Newton won an award from the National Academic Advising Association for being that year’s outstanding faculty advisor in North Carolina. “Newton was the best form of an enabler,” said Michael Crouch ‘10, associate director of communications and marketing. “I went to him with a cloudy interpretation of an idea, and he helped me realize a lifelong dream of building and sailing my own boat. While I suspected I could do it, (Newton) believed in me more than I did. I will never forget his guidance, insight, and encouragement — all delivered in a style I felt was custom-tailored for me.” Many of Newton’s students will remember this personal touch, as much a legacy as his sculpture. In both art and teaching, he avidly pursued goodness; goodness that those who knew him would say made him great. “Onward: The Creative Legacy of David Newton” is a celebration of that legacy.
Life After Guilford: Dress to impress at your job interview By Meg Holden with Bryan Dooley Features Editor and Staff Writer
Your resume is superb. Your application, sublime. Your outfit ... subpar. Dressing appropriately for an interview helps you make a great first impression. But what does "dressing appropriately" really mean? "When going to an interview … always wear a conservative suit or dress," said career adviser Teresa Fitzgerald in an email interview. "It is best to be overdressed than under-dressed." Looking good in your interview shows that you care about the job. If you wear wrinkled, unclean or unprofessional clothing, you likely will not be taken seriously. "A poorly dressed applicant would show lack of consideration for the position," said Fitzgerald. "If the intent of the applicant is to get the job, they would be appropriately dressed." Worried about dressing for an upcoming job interview? The Career Development Center can help with their frequent “Dress for Success” workshops. "We also offer one-on-one consultations," said Amanda Fontenot, career counselor and assistant director of the Career Development Center, in an email interview. "If you need that professional attire but lack the funds for a costly suit purchase, we can suggest a few stores that will have what you are looking for with a college budget–friendly price tag."
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John Martin awarded Public Safety Officer of the Year
By Alex Lindberg Staff Writer
John Martin shines among the public safety officers, helping students stay safe, letting them into their rooms, and keeping parties under control.
Around Guilford College, one does not have to look far to find the distinctive red and white Public Safety golf carts. For eight years, Public Safety officer John Martin has been driving around campus in one of these carts, working to keep the peace. For the second time since he has been working here, Martin was awarded the title of “Public Safety officer of the Year” for his contributions to the school. “I try to be friends with the students I meet,” said Martin. “I have a good rapport with them and we stay in communication. It’s not my job as a member of Public Safety to target anyone here, it is to provide safety and keep the students healthy.” Martin started his career in the military before retiring after a few years to work with Delta Airlines. After his stay there, he joined a small security group and eventually was offered a security position here at Guilford College. He was officially hired for Public Safety in 2003, and won the first
“Public Safety Officer of the Year” award a year later, the first time it was awarded. “John has been with the department of a number of years, and has shown a long term commitment to Guilford College,” said Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe. “He is a dependable, well-liked, trusted, and respected officer, both within the department, and throughout the community.” A distinctive characteristic of Martin is his commitment to the regulations of Guilford, and he tries to get students to adopt his standpoint. In his opinion, those caught breaking school policies should just be honest when dealing with Public Safety. “It’s not for me to say whether (the student) was right or wrong,” Martin said. “If you are caught, just be honest about it. Don’t try to hold things back or else it will only make things more difficult for you.” Despite the difficulties that come with his job, Martin still keeps a positive attitude. From alcohol poisoning to marijuana possession to acts of violence, Martin is always courteous and is never judgmental of those responsible. Whenever
a student needs help or feels like talking, he is there with a funny story or friendly advice. It is no wonder why he is one of the students’ favorite Public Safety members. Martin was nominated for the achievement by a group of community members, who had nothing but praise for the officer. “Every time I see (Martin), he is always friendly and has a kind word,” reads one nomination that the director Stowe, released. “He is always helpful and seems like a good guy. I cannot think of a better example of someone who represents the core values of this college.” “I like all the people I work with; the faculty, administration, staff and my fellow officers are all great people,” said Martin. “But the most rewarding thing about my job is watching a student come into the school as a first-year and watching them graduate a few years later.” “(Martin) is very deserving of this award, and I was pleased to award (it) to (him),” said Stowe. Martin truly has been one a well-respected staff member at Guilford for the better part of a decade, and hopefully he will continue to be for years to come.
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Letter to the Editor: Response to the ongoing bonfire debate
I would like to address the ongoing debate regarding the campus woods bonfires, specifically, the Letter to the Editor published in mid-February. Though the style of the article was refreshingly different, I find myself completely disagreeing with the underlying purpose of Dobbins’s “modest proposal.” Needless to say, the dismantling of the tree house and the bonfire pits have increased the tension between the student body and administration. However, as a traditional student who enjoyed the bonfire pits as much as any other, I ask my fellow students to consider the situation from the administration’s perspective as well. When I first decided to write this response, I debated on whether I should mimic Dobbins’ satirical style. I would have insisted that the administration and staff put the students’ social life above their jobs and the school’s reputation — an outrageous demand, no doubt. However, when we really get down to it, is that not what they would be doing if the bonfires were allowed to continue? In the news article that first addresses this debate, “Campus woods bonfire debate heats up,” Ron Stowe, the director of Public Safety, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow bring up some legitimate reasons for getting rid of the bonfire pits. Legal issues — I typically roll my eyes when I think of them because they make Guilford seem more like a business or a corporation rather than a college and my home. But, according to the North Carolina State Fire Code, any bonfire without a permit is illegal. In allowing these bonfires to continue, the school would essentially be condoning an illegal activity. Simply put: Guilford College has no choice. Liability — another term which I’ve never been fond of. But, how can a mass of inebriated students around a bonfire in the woods be anything but? Particularly because a few students have injured themselves in the past and students continued to build bonfires
during dry seasons, despite school emails warning us about the risk of causing a forest fire. The administration does not want that risk, one that is — as past events will tell us — rather legitimate. From the Letter to the Editor, I realize that student safety as a reason for filling in the bonfire pits have been met with sarcasm, frustration or derision by a portion of the student population. After all, we do not need an overbearing administration insisting what is best for us. We are adults and can take care of ourselves — right? Last semester, a few students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning ... but surely they would have eventually received medical care had they passed out in the woods. In the past year, several sexual assaults have occurred
"Then, after the drunken times of last night come to a close, the sun rises over a hundred beer cans, cigarette butts, condoms and broken glass..." on campus, but surely no student would walk alone in the woods at night when traveling to a bonfire. And, the insistence that students will find any way to drink — even if they must drive intoxicated to do so — as a defense to keep the bonfire pits certainly demonstrates our maturity. Sarcasm aside, student safety is a valid reason to prohibit bonfires. These huge bonfires are so loud that even if Public Safety wanted to turn a blind eye to students going into the woods with grocery bags full of alcohol, they would still hear us from the lake. Then, after the drunken times of last night come to a close, the sun rises over a hundred beer cans, cigarette butts, condoms and broken glass, to name a
few. From my experience, this happens all of the time. And I will be bold enough to say: this is not the Guilford way. Students say that bonfires are a huge part of the Guilford community. I can agree with this. I spent many of my weekends at bonfires, chatting it up to strangers, sipping a beer while sitting so close to the flames that I felt like my face was sunburned. Crowds of people laughing, drinking, singing, dancing, having an incredible time. Existing in the moment. Carpe noctum: seizing the night. They are memories that will forever remain with me. As a senior, Guilford College will soon be my yesterday, as will the bittersweet memories of those moments when I would turn my face from the fire, stare up at the stars and just breathe, thinking, “This is college.” Believe me when I say that I am deeply saddened that the bonfire pits are a thing of the past. I have realized that, sometimes, when a conflict such as this one arises, people follow their immediate emotional reactions and stick with them. But there are two sides to every issue, and each side has its reasoning. I am not writing this response to argue that Guilford students should never experience a not-so-legal bonfire again, but rather to present the other side of this particular issue. In my opinion, part of what makes me proud to be a Guilford student is the open-mindedness and acceptance in my fellow students. However, being open-minded requires legitimate speculation at both sides of a situation — not just accepting what goes against social norms. And I have found that, sometimes, my fellow students—and myself—fail at doing this, particularly if it involves consideration of the social majority’s opinion. So I ask of you, my fellow students, to please consider the administration’s position on this debate, and perhaps we can ease the tension that has been built up between the administration and the student body over the past few years. Skylar Larsen, senior
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Survey reveals a mix of perceptions among student groups By Victor Lopez Staff Writer For a minute, I thought the responses to a recent Guilfordian survey were more like the opening at Gettysburg than a civil discourse between college students who attend what is considered an open-minded place of learning. The survey of 117 students asked those attending Guilford, by way of the Center for Continuing Education or the Early College program, as well as traditional students, to reveal their thoughts on divides between the three groups. Students’ responses were anonymously placed and overwhelmingly prejudicial, showing signs of distaste at the mere idea of being somehow connected to one another. “Traditional students have no respect for their professors, classmates or themselves,” said one CCE student. A traditional student opined, “They slow us down in class. Had I known there would have been such an integration of CCE students, I would have gone to another college.”
And both groups seemed awe-struck over the Early College students. “They are too damned smart,” said a traditional student. Amid the sharply delivered discourse came some who were even-minded, like a traditional student who saw how beneficial the bodies of students were to one another. “Guilford College is a campus where traditional students appreciate the presence and contributions older students have to offer,” said a traditional student. “CCE students, in turn, gain an additional perspective from the traditional students. There is a mutual appreciation exhibited between the two groups.” I think partying and tripping acid in the meadows doesn’t really matter to adults seeking a degree. There is nothing insidious about those types of social differences. However, students who think one body is more privileged than the other, feeling that age and background disqualifies some from receiving an education due to age, race or socioeconomic standing, shows the student body as being mere hypocrites advocating acceptance of diversity in some situations, so long as it doesn’t discomfort them so much. In fact, CCE students seem to only want to get their degree and go home. Early College students are too young to take part in true college life. Equally, younger students want to experience the full effects of what they perceive as college life. One idea doesn’t really upset the other fundamentally. However, there are dangerous misperceptions that border on
ageism, racism or — dare I say — bigotry that some students walk around with in their minds on a daily basis and allow their thoughts to masquerade as unchallenged facts. First, Early College and CCE are not exclusive to Guilford. Almost every major college and university has a Center for Continuing Education and an Early College program. Second, not all CCE students are the same. They range in age and socioeconomic backgrounds. Furthermore, they are not exclusive to Guilford. Attending other colleges and universities would likely still have you placed in classes with students of a variety of ages. Third, even I’m guilty of forgetting that Early College students are productive students on this campus too. It’s easy to forget they make up any part of this campus by bringing in revenue, new and fresh ideas and academic brilliance that a rare few achieve at their young age. And fourth, not all traditional students are rude. Most are innovative thinkers and progressive workers that can teach even those twice their age. Most traditional students are more awkward than anything, though it’s easily perceived as anything but. Being a student of Guilford, a place where we strive to uphold core values centered towards goodwill, does not mean we are infallible. However, it does mean that we can open our minds and realize we are all in this together and for one universal reason: to learn.
PLAYBACK: some students' comments on the online survey described the benefits of the CCE, Early College, and traditional student fusion in the classroom.
“If we didn’t have people who know about the world outside of “the Guilford Bubble,” then we would be screwed. We need those CCE students to keep our perspective of the real world in check and help us remember (that) we will be that age one day, so we better take this education seriously.” -Traditional FirstYear, Undecided major
“As a TA for a night class, I work with CCE students a lot. In general, I really enjoy and value working with outspoken CCE students in class. These are people who want to be here, who are actively seeking a higher education and who are paying for it. And on top of that, they are usually juggling jobs and maybe a family life. Some traditional students are clearly only here because they can get okay grades and their parents can pay for it — not because they want to learn or better themselves.” -Traditional Sophomore, English major
“It is just like racism — if you stop talking about it and let it be, people stop thinking about it and act normally around each other despite their age. I love the CCE students. I have at least three CCE student friends and I have never felt that divide. I find they are more intelligent, motivated and mature than the freshman class.” -Traditional First-Year, Undecided major
“I feel diversity is enhanced at Guilford with the CCE and not just CCE but also with Early College. The different age groups bring a unique climate to Guilford’s classrooms. The different age groups allow subjects to be looked at from many different perspectives. I was talking with a traditional student not long ago whose mother is back in school. They said by talking with me it helped them understand the challenges his mother was experiencing. It works in both directions, as I better understand the challenges of being a student away from home. In my experience at Guilford, I have attended classes with early college students, traditional students and CCE students, and each bring a valuable asset to the classroom.” -Senior CCE, Biology major
Kony 2012: a calculated social networking triumph By Zachary Thomas Staff Writer Kony 2012 first came to us in a slick, shiny package with a seemingly innocuous message. In the two weeks since, the movement has been torn up and discredited due to a vocal opposition critical of the campaign’s merits and validity. However, if we could set aside the more ethical questions of right or wrong for a moment, we would recognize what Kony 2012 did accomplish: the campaign took an underground cause, years in the making, and then suddenly added millions of followers in the span of a couple days. Having no real historic parallel, it prompts the question — how did they do it?
Foremost, the organizers of the Kony 2012 campaign had a unique and important understanding of social networking. The campaign began with a simple March 5 post on Invisible Children’s Twitter account: “T-minus 100 minutes until #Kony 2012 premiers online … Are you ready?” Invisible Children benefitted from the fact that it had a simple yet endorsable message, to watch their video and stop Kony. The campaign used this message and managed to get people with influence, like celebrities, involved. These people could share and broadcast Kony 2012 faster than Invisible Children could by itself. However, it was not through traditional methods like contacting agents and gaining celebrities’ endorsement that way. Rather, Invisible Children prompted the individuals to promote the video themselves — by pounding their Twitter accounts. “Thanks tweeps for sending me
info about ending #LRAviolence. I am aware. Have supported with $’s and voice and will not stop.#Kony2012,” read a post from Oprah Winfrey’s Twitter account on March 6. Winfrey, according to The New York Times, was one of the first of later numerous celebrities who used their networks to promote the Kony 2012 cause. In fact, according to research done by Isaac Hepworth, a Twitter employee, while there had barely been any mention above normal about Kony leading up to March 5, by March 8 the number of Tweets with “Kony” or “#StopKony” had exploded to nearly 10 million posts. All this translated into activity on Facebook as well. By heading straight to social networking, Kony 2012 was accomplishing something spectacular. On March 8, even President Barack Obama applauded the video, with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney saying that the President “‘congratulates
the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have mobilized to respond to this unique crisis’ … I think this viral video is part of that response.” The idea that the fastestspreading viral sensation in the history of the Internet is not about a laughing toddler or a talented singer on a reality competition show, but rather about one man’s quest to spread awareness and stop criminal Joseph Kony, is impressive and unexpected. Virtually nobody knew about or had an opinion about Kony before this video. It came out of nowhere — that’s what makes it inherently different from the social networking of, say, the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, which would have received the attention and effort anyways because it was a presidential campaign. This was a special interest cause promoted by some particularly clever lobbyists. However, Invisible Children discovered head-on the cynicism
and problem of social networking: once you let an idea out, it’s no longer yours to control. Red flags such as the organization’s use of funds and the damning allegations that Kony is neither in Uganda nor as much as a threat as claimed have diminished Kony 2012 to a campaign that, at best, intended good but nonetheless had badly misguided means. Clearly, Kony 2012 has not aged well. Still, the video’s influence is clear. President Obama recently came out with a 17-minute reelection video on the Internet entitled “The Road We’ve Traveled,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, the director of the well-known global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” While the timing with Kony 2012 is mostly coincidental, it is already being judged in light of the Kony 2012 campaign. Regardless of how the effort ultimately pans out for Invisible Children, remember Kony 2012 as an historic use of social networking.
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March Madness: think you can call the shots? Continued from page 1 “I don’t have enough time on my hands," said senior Kelcey Johnson. "I would follow it, but I don’t know much about it. I’m also too busy and have other things on my mind." Some may not follow the tournament per se, but still admire the sport. Senior Hugh Griffis said, “I love basketball ... I’m terrible at it ... that’s how I feel about it. But, I like college basketball better than the NBA. It’s more exciting because it’s not so professional. Like, everything is not perfect -- there is more up in the air. There is more spontaneity and uncertainty; somehow it’s more genuine.” On the other side of the spectrum are big fans who fill out brackets and follow the games closely. Sophomore Thomas Deane explained that he has been filling out brackets for as long as he can remember. He has "always been attracted to the actual madness." Something unique Deane pointed out about the tournament was the irrelevance of the regular-season records in comparison to how the games play out. This is because in the tournament, it only takes one loss to be eliminated.
“This year will be hard to call,” said Deane. “There are some very good teams. I’m pulling for Florida State to make a big
run. But, I also see Syracuse getting knocked out early since they lost their best player, Fab Melo.”
Similarly, junior Will Parshley’s team was going to be Syracuse. However, now he has the Big Ten’s Ohio State in the final four, also due to the loss of Melo. Parshley and Deane both expect Kentucky to go all the way because they are the best team in the country. When asked about the tournament, Parshley said, "I enjoy college basketball -- especially the tournaments — because any team can beat any other team. It’s not necessarily who’s got the most talent or who has the better team. It’s more based on who brings it to the table that day. So, it’s more effort than anything and about really wanting it." "I’m generally more of an NBA fan because the basketball is better, but college kids want it," said Parshley in reference to the rigorous schedule of the first day with four games back to back. "There is more passion for the game. Everyone is going crazy, it’s wild." This year’s tournament is expected to be one of the most exciting due to the unpredictability of the match-ups. The only way to find out who will make it to the big dance will be to get involved and have fun.
Loyalty in professional sports: is it a thing of the past? probably not." Likewise, the fans and organization will be just as greatly affected and should take it as personally as the player. "The relationship between fans and players is an intimate relationship," said Williams. "This is a player that they have grown to love to watch as they play and hopefully succeed with their beloved team." How can something so personal and meaningful be quickly overlooked as just a business deal?
While modern-day sports may have taken shape as a business model, when it comes to trading players, emotions make it impossible to say goodbye to one that has helped develop a team like Manning had with the Colts. But sports are businesses and the owners and general managers have to make decisions based on what will help their team financially. They have to be able to remove all emotion and designate what is best for the team ahead of all other factors.
DE Mario Williams (pictured left), the number two free-agent this off-season, speaks to the Buffalo Bills press after signing a 6-year $100 million contract. QB Peyton Manning (pictured right), the longtime Indiannapolis Colt, is introduced as the newest Bronco on March 20. Manning signed a 5-year $96 million dollar deal in hopes of bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Denver.
Throughout the history of sports, we think back to some of the greatest players and how they have remained with the same team for their entire career. Nowadays, that has changed. Take, for example, Peyton Manning. The quarterback was a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player who has played for the Indianapolis Colts ever since he was drafted in 1998. Now he has been released and signed to a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos to ultimately complete his playing career. Why has the trend of moving from team to team become so prevalent in professional sports today? One of the major reasons for this change is the culture. Before, there was no such thing as free agency, so it was a lot more common for players to stay with teams that drafted them. The next point is that there was not a lot of money in sports. People that played sports did not make the millions of dollars that players do nowadays. "Players go where the money is," said Lavon Williams, associate professor of sports studies. Players used to have a sense of loyalty to the city they played for and the fans that loved them. They played with a sense of pride for the organization they were with and wanted to give back to the city where they started their career. With the entrance of free agents into sports comes the desire to be able to send clients to one of the major market teams, ensuring them local and national endorsement deals, meaning whoever is bidding the most money wins the athlete. With the scale of money increasing, contracts are worth increasingly more than they were in the past. The numbers are unbelievable due to the business aspect of
sports. In addition to the monetary aspect, another reason that players are not able to remain with one team is the aging process. When it comes to managing a team, general managers are expected to move older players out in order to bring younger, substantially more athletic and more "reliable" players in. "In professional sports, there has become this arms race when it comes to the roster," junior Wesley Chappelle said. "Every team is trying to find the fastest, strongest, and most fit players that can help them win, so when they see that age is setting in for some, they have to re-evaluate their role for the team and start thinking about replacements who can better the organization." Emotions, as well as economics, play a major role in the cat-and-mouse game that owners, general managers and players enter into. Moving back to the decision made by the Colts to release Manning, there is a lot of emotion that can set in. During the press conference that announced his release, both team owner Jim Irsay and Manning were crying as they realized that their relationship as owner and player were coming to an end. "It must be very hard, I can’t imagine being with a team like Peyton has been for so many years, then have to leave all those relationships that would have been made," said first-year Kaylee Trogdon, who studies exercise and sports sciences. "Players should take it personally, especially when they have spent the years that Manning has with a team like the Colts." "It is a big portion of your life you dedicate to a team and when it is over, there is always the question of ‘Am I ever going to experience this again?’" said Chappelle. "Chances are, with the few years they will have left in their career,
By Michael MacVane Staff Writer
Guilford's 2012 softball team winds up for a winning season By Linda Catoe Staff Writer “There’s nothing soft about softball,” Head Women’s Softball Coach Dennis Shores told the Guilfordian. From the time softball recruits set foot on campus, they are expected to perform at a certain level, meet academic deadlines, plus attend mandatory study halls and academic meetings. And then there is practice and a jam-packed game schedule, not to mention mishaps caused by the sometimes unfortunate interaction between humans, fast flying round objects and large wooden sticks. “We recruit a certain kind of student,” Coach Shores said. “We look for smart, academically focused young women who can also play softball. We’re looking for a type of person who contributes to team-building.” In Shores’ six seasons at Guilford, the softball program has been growing steadily. With the likes of 2010–11 Academic All-ODAC junior Autumn Yoder, the team leader in assisted put-outs with 45; Quakers top starting pitcher, senior Jessica Burcham, 3–3 record with 17 strike-outs; sophomore slugger Ashley Boteler, who leads the team with three home runs, 15 RBIs and a 0.580 slugging percentage and promising first-year Kyndall Kelly, this season promises to be one to watch. “This year is the best group I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Shores said. Hmmm ... sound familiar? Can you say, “2011–2012 women’s basketball ODAC championship?” What is going on with all of these winning women at Guilford? “We work really closely with our players, teaching them life lessons they will hopefully take with them towards being happy, successful adults,” said Shores. Shores instills in his players the ability to balance the ups and downs of the real world beyond their college years, focusing on accountability, responsibility and community by team-building. “Our season is going really well so far,” said first-year Kelly. “Our team is really close, and we rely on each other to push ourselves forward and get better, not only on our own, but as a team. If we continue to learn from our mistakes and grow as a team, we should have a great outcome this season.
“I really enjoy working with the team and coaches. It’s my first year on the team, and I feel so welcomed. The team bond is so close, we have no groups, and it helps us work together really well on the field.” Junior Sarah Cutright echoed the team’s synergy. “The softball team is a chemical machine,” said Cutright. “We have great chemistry and it’s easy to see that everyone genuinely loves to be around one another and we have a great time together. I am not sure if there has been a softball team at Guilford that I have been a part of that has had as good team chemistry as we do.” In addition to an already hectic schedule, the softball team goes to bat for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for the Cure event set for April 13, from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Armfield Athletic Center. Senior Morgan Andrews heads up the team’s organizing efforts. “Relay for Life is an event to raise money to find a cure for cancer,” Andrews said. “‘Cancer Never Sleeps.’ Relay for Life events are usually 24-hour events, where a member from each team walks the track at all times. Money goes to many different avenues, such as cancer research, ‘Hope Lodge,’ and ‘Look Good, Feel Better.’” “The softball team is basically managing the entire event,” added Andrews. “Some of the things this requires are recruiting, fundraising, communication with facilities and entertainment.” People of the community wishing to get involved or learn more about Relay for Life at Guilford are encouraged to go online to: www.relayforlife.org/guilfordcollege. Anyone who wants to help in any way can e-mail me at andrewsmg@ guilford.edu,” said Andrews. Between managing fundraisers, rigorous academic routines, meeting the demands of practice and playing a ton of games, there really is nothing soft about softball at Guilford College. “This is a very special group of girls and people should strongly consider coming out to a game or two just to see what is going on,” said Cutright. This spring, take yourself and your loved ones out to a softball game. It promises to be well worth it.
Sophomore slugger Ashley Boteler flashes a quick smile of achievement to Head Coach Dennis Shores as she crosses third base after belting one of her two home-runs on the day. The Quakers won the game against Peace College 9-5.
Morgan Andrews - Softball
3 Hits– 4 At Bats 1Run - 4 Runs batted In 10-2 Win v. Mary Baldwin College
Summer Frazier Lacrosse
5 Goals – 19 -9 Win v. Bridgewater College
E'Leyna Garcia - Lacrosse
4 Goals – 4 Assists – 19-9 Win v. Bridgewater College
Kimberly Keys - Softball
3 Hits – 3 At Bats – 2 Runs Scored - 2 Runs Batted In – 1 Double 11 – 2 win v. Salem College
Kent Peterson - Baseball
3 Hits – 4 At Bats – 3 Runs Scored – 2 Runs Batted In - 1 Double 14 – 1 win v. Ferrum College
Photos by Zach Morgan/Guilfordian
D.J. Phillips - Baseball
"We work really closely with our players teaching them life lessons they will hopefully take with them towards being happy, successful adults." Dennis Shores, head women's softball coach
3 Hits – 4 At Bats – 2 Runs Scored - 3 Runs Batted In - 1 Home Run - 6 – 4 win v. Ferrum College Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Individuals' statistics are from the past week's games and the final score of the game is listed. Photos courtesy of Guilfordquakers.com
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