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House and Senate bills may prohibit same sex marriage By David Pferdekamper & James Williamson News Editor & Staff Writer
The North Carolina legislature will convene on Monday, Sept. 12 to consider Senate Bill 106 and House Bill 777. The bills would make a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, an issue on the ballot for the 2012 general election, in addition to an amendment to only legally recognize opposite-sex unions. “It’s an issue for everybody and will directly affect LGBTQA, civil
unions, and common law marriage,” said Justin Shreve ’11, a hall director and co-advisor of Pride. “North Carolinians, regardless of identity and sexual orientation, need to stand up and fight for basic human rights.” Opponents say that this legislation will perpetuate inequality and prolong regressive Southern policies. “Part of Southern hospitality is to live and let live and that social contract is being broken,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
North Carolina residents in Charlotte ignore the rain to proSee "Legislation" on page 2 test the bills that are being reviewed in Senate and the House.
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Marissa Dungan '12, Lauren Schloss '12, Ruby Doherty-Dilworth '12, and Justin Kirchner '12 smile and pose in Northern Ghana last spring.
Some want to study animals in their native habitats. Some want to practice a foreign language. Some just want to get out of Greensboro for a semester. Whatever their motivations, Guilford students love taking advantage of the study abroad options available through the school. Most students who have studied abroad praise the experience as both intellectually and culturally stimulating. “Being able to live in community with another group of people who were not from America helped me to grow as a person,” said senior Kieran Brackbill, who studied abroad in London, in an online interview. “It forced me to get outside of my American customs a bit and learn new ways of seeing the world.” For others, the experience of studying abroad was valuable but could have been improved. “My experience studying with nine Guilford students and no native Germans seriously limited my ability to integrate into German society,” said senior Ryan Sanders, who went to Munich with a Guilford-led program. “I think it would be great if we had a program in Germany through a university so we could experience a German education and form friendships with Germans our age.”
The 2011 hurricane season kicked off with its first major hurricane on Aug. 20, causing widespread damage throughout the Caribbean and the Atlantic Coast, reaching up to eastern Canada. Hurricane Irene started as a category three hurricane, first hitting the Bahamas on Aug. 24 and moving northward throughout the East Coast and beyond, reaching up to New York and Vermont. According to The New York Times, 55 million people were affected, and transit systems in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. were shut down. Having left at least 44 people dead in thirteen states, Irene is the most serious hurricane to have occurred so far this year. “Mother nature takes no prisoners,” Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Robert Duncan said. The severity of Irene has raised a hotly debated question; was Irene caused by global warming? “It’s hard to say,” said Associate Professor of Geology David Dobson in an email interview. “In the simplest terms, heat is the fuel that drives hurricanes, so having more heat in the atmosphere and ocean means we’ll likely get either more frequent or more intense storms (or both). Global warming has affected and will continue to affect hurricanes, but it is impossible to assign an individual storm to global warming.” However, the debate rages on as those
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Martha Lang, who is also LGBTQA resource coordinator and co-advisor of Pride. The South has become an important arena for debates about same-sex marriage, and other LGBTQA-related issues. “There are more openly gay people in the South than ever before,” said Assistant Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales. “Additionally, gay people who live in the South are more likely to have children than gay people who live elsewhere in the U.S.,” according to Rosales. Though same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina, proponents of this bill argue that a constitutional amendment is still necessary. “Legal developments from other states require that this policy be in the constitution in order to be fully effective,” House Majority Leader Paul Stam told The Dispatch. Other proponents stress that the bills do not amend the constitution, but instead ask the voters to decide. “If you step back from the subject itself, we are doing what we told the people we were going to do,” said Representative Dale Folwell, according to the Salisbury Post. “At the end of the day, we are not changing the constitution. We are pushing power to the people that the constitution belongs to and asking them to decide whether they want to change it.”
“The problem with that is that it's the majority voting on the rights of a discriminated minority, and historically that has not turned out to be a good idea,” said senior and Vice President of Pride Nicole Guilfoyle about Folwell's comments. The bills will also have consequences beyond the ability of same-sex couples to marry. “Consequences of the Senate bill are profound on so many levels,” said Lang, “Both tie up state funds and will ban domestic partner benefits.” Some also argue that the amendments will have detrimental effects on the state’s job markets. Some corporations settled in North Carolina consider the bill a restraint to employee benefits and rights. “Major corporations, including locally based Bank of America Corp., are increasingly extending same-sex benefits as the pursuit of talent trumps lingering prejudices over sexual orientation,” Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl told the Charlotte Tribune. To help garner as much support as possible in order to stop the bills, Pride has reacted quickly. On Sept. 2, Pride began phone bank training on calling North Carolina constituents about the legislation. “This is important because you’re reaching out to people who don’t necessarily know that this legislation is on the table right now,” said Guilfoyle. “When you inform a lot of people, then those people might contact their
(L-R) Hall Director Justin Shreve '10 takes notes while Pride President Kim Parmenter, senior, leads members in a discussion of the bill Monday, September 5th. senators and representatives.” On Monday, Sept. 12, the Greensboro Vigil for Equality will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Greensboro Courthouse Plaza at the corner of West Market Street and West Washington Street to protest the legislation. For those interested, Pride is organizing carpooling to the event. Those who are interested in the carpool should email Pride at guilfordpride@ guilford.edu or Pride President Kim Parmenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Sept. 12 vigil, there will be a rally outside of the state capitol on Sept. 13 to protest the legislation. Lang, who will be speaking at the vigil, hopes that opponents of the legislation can calm the fears of the legislation’s supporters. “If people could understand that it’s about love and people coming together in a public declaration of love, maybe that will make it less scary to those people supporting the bill,” said Lang.
Semester reboots with new technology across campus By Victor Lopez Staff Writer As the summer winds to an end, some items on campus are finding new beginnings, such as the many new technology changes at the college. Vice President of Administration Jon Varnell said that those changes included computer deployments, yearly replacements of Mac’s and PC’s, new Xerox printers, a modified wireless service, new door access points, and a newly designed website for the college. These changes have been celebrated by some and loathed by others for myriad reasons. “The printing portion of the copy machine installation has been frustrating, but is getting better by the day,” said Varnell. Following the summer’s end, the leases on the copy machines throughout campus were up for renewal, and the old copy machines had to be returned. Director of Information Technology and Services Teresa Sanford said that, while the new printers installed throughout campus provide superior print quality, there have been complaints about the software platform. “Before, only students had to swipe in order to print," said Sanford. "Now all faculty and
staff — along with students — have to swipe in order to print, which some feel is a slow, complicated process." CCE students and staff, like Rita Serkin Dean and Vice President of the Center for Continuing Education, feel lukewarm and yet hopeful about the new machines. “My staff and student reaction to the new printers is hardly printable, although everyone admits that when you finally get your printing job it produces a
connect to the intranet and that had to be solved,” said Sanford. In a survey of 42 students, 43.9 percent rated the wireless system good and 9.8 percent said very good. However, there were mixed reactions to Guilford’s new website, which, according to President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar, took a lot of work and input to erect. “A special subcommittee of four trustees worked with the
Education Holly Wilson said that some students have concerns about the website being misleading. “Some people are concerned that the website is too polished,” said Wilson. “And it is not a good representation of what our campus really looks like.” Wilson said many Caucasian students shared the concern that the website makes the campus look more diverse and multicultural than it is. Students such as junior Nicolas
"Of course at first it was a little tricky to find the email part, and logging into GuilfordNet, but after becoming more familiar, I think the website is great." Jazlyn Gibbs, senior nice copy,” said Serkin. IT&S is working with the contractor to make these changes more convenient, according to Sanford. There was also a wireless system upgrade at the end of the spring semester. “We had all kinds of problems having Macs and other devices
college on it,” said Chabotar. “It’s a work in progress with more changes and improvements coming. It’s not done yet. The Board of Trustees like its more direct approach to marketing the college for admissions and fundraising and emphasis on Quaker values and tradition.” Director of Multicultural
Moore think the old website had a more straightforward approach. “They are doing too much with the new site,” said Moore. “There is just too much mess to look at. The old site was easier to navigate.” 80 percent polled by The Guilfordian said that the website is very clean-looking, but most
said that it is confusing and very slow. Senior Jazlyn Gibbs said that after a spell, the website did not seem daunting to navigate at all. “I personally love the new website,” said Gibbs. “Everything is simple and easy to find. My friends also like the website. Of course at first it was a little tricky to find the email part, and logging into GuilfordNet, but after becoming more familiar, I think the website is great.” Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Ty Buckner said that Guilford’s new website supports the marketing needs of the college. “The website project included not only a new home page but new architecture and navigation and new or re-purposed content on the primary pages throughout the site,” said Buckner. “As part of reorganizing and streamlining content, we developed Guilford Net to contain information relevant to campus users. The main website is focused on future students and other external users.” Both Buckner and Sanford said that there would be constant additions and improvements. “It is important to know that with technology it is not sit and fix, it is consistently evolving and we are evolving to meet technology needs,” said Sanford.
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Excitement grows as Community Senate develops new agenda By Bryan Dooley Staff Writer
in his first official meeting,” said senior and Inter-Club Council Chair Elijah DaCosta. Senate also announced that they will use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to try to draw more attention to their meetings. “Transparency is what people want,” said junior and Communications and Campus Life Chair Paula Skandis. Skandis did not think these outlets were used enough to build communication last year. There is also a commitment to getting clubs more involved. “I would like to see clubs feel more comfortable coming to Senate,” said DaCosta. “Telling us what they want, and asking what they can do better to reach continued standards of excellence.” DaCosta also commented on possible challenges that will be facing Community Senate this year. “Every year there are a lot of people that feel that Community Senate does not represent them,” DaCosta said. “One of the challenges we’ll have this year is reaching out to everyone and
making sure they’re all heard, because that is really hard.” In spite of what challenges may lie ahead, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Erin Fox has high hopes that people will feel like they have something to share, get involved, and participate in Senate this year. “Everybody seems to have good energy,” said Fox. “It seems like it is going to be a very busy year, but very positive.”
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On Aug. 31, Community Senate met for the first time this semester to develop their agenda for the year. The meeting began with senior and Clerk/President of Community Senate Yahya Alazrak explaining to newcomers how Community Senate functioned. Alazrak stressed Senate’s commitment to community participation this year. Alazrak then allowed Steering Committee and other students in attendance to introduce themselves. Members from last year explained ongoing projects such as finalizing the social honor code and modifying the Community Center. There is a great deal of excitement within Senate over the social honor code. The code attempts to define what Guilford College embodies as an institution while embracing diversity, equality, and peace among the Guilford community. “The social honor code is something I care a lot about,” said
junior and Diversity Action Chair Tim Leisman. The only thing that makes Leisman nervous about this year is how the administration may react to “students challenging the status quo.” He said that there is a question of what will happen if the social honor code conflicts with Campus Life. “As long as we stick to representing the students, we can’t go wrong,” Leisman said. The meeting then welcomed attendees to openly express any further concerns. Some of these concerns included cleaning up the lake, campus safety, getting a pool, and the wireless Internet speed. Those present were invited to place dots next to their top five concerns in a process termed “dotmocracy." The items with the most dots will help form Senate’s agenda. “I really liked the amount of student input that we got and I think we got a good pulse on what people want to see get done on this campus,” Alazrak said. “I think that is fantastic.” “Yahya did a good job clerking
(Top) Nicole Guilfoyle '12 participates in the "dotmocracy" poll during Senate. (Bottom) Yahya Alazrak '12, explains the new Senate agenda to Isabell Brace '14, Ruth DeButts '14, and Erich Pohanka '12.
College aims to take threats to TASC
committee is not to bring information that I know about students who might be in counseling,” said Terrell in an email As violence on college campuses has interview. “My role is to serve as a consultant grown, college administrations and to the committee on mental health issues. counseling departments around the nation We take confidentiality seriously.” have begun to focus on ways to prevent The team looks out for patterns in tragedies. Guilford College has recently student behavior that suggest something is picked up this trend with the Threat wrong. They are not just hoping to identify Assessment and Students Concerns Team. students who may be a threat to themselves For many years, members of the Campus or the campus community, but to intervene Life office met weekly to review incident with students who may be having problems reports. before they become serious. Early last year, this meeting was expanded “Public Safety sometimes hears some to include Barbara Boyette, the assistant things, faculty hear some things, we hear academic dean for student support, and some things, RAs hear some things, but if Gaither Terrell, director of the counseling we don’t all get together and put all the little center. pieces together it doesn’t ever necessarily The team look like something continued to grow big,” said Agor. “But after Ron Stowe, when you have all the director of public pieces you can often safety, organized a see that it’s something visit from Major Gene more serious.” Deisinger, director of Some students are threat management at concerned the team Virginia Tech. TASC Paul Bersoff, senior may not be effective. was announced as a “I think they formal organization should have student this fall. involvement in the Currently, the team consists of Boyette, team,” said senior criminal justice and Terrell, Stowe, CCE Admissions Counselor psychology major Paul Bersoff. “I think the Rob Overman, Associate Dean for Campus students just have a better idea of what’s Life Tammy Alt, Associate Dean for Campus going on on campus.” Life Jennifer Agor, Director of Residence Nonetheless, programs like TASC are Life Susanna Westberg, and Director of available on nearly every college campus Student Judicial Affairs Sandy Bowles. in the country. The University of North The group meets weekly to review Carolina at Greensboro has a similar incident reports; they also consider students’ program, as does Fordham University in performance in classes and hear concerns New York. from professors. “I definitely think it is something that “The purpose of my presence on the every campus needs,” said Agor. By Adrienne Mattson-Perdue Staff Writer
"They should have student involvement in the team."
-Senate misspelled "senators" in last week's issue. -Senate discussed transportation, forthcoming Community Center committee -Went over student ideas and projects from last week Thinking about safety, sustainability, and Social Honor Code (amongst other things) and how to engage students.
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The Guys, by Anne Nelson, a staged reading Studio B 8 p.m.
Open Air Market Next to Wilkes Heritage Museum 4 - 8 p.m.
Women's Rugby Game, The intermural rugby pitch 12 p.m.
Friends Helping Friends Bluegrass Festival Veterans Park, Mount Airy, NC 1 - 10 p.m.
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GCRO-Sponsered Quiet Reflection Main Quad 8:11 a.m.
Washington Center Internship Program Interest Meeting Leak Room 4 - 5:30 p.m. Taste of Greensboro Meet in Founders Lobby 6 - 9 p.m.
Metaphorically Speaking - Media Art Work The Enrichment Center 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"10 Years After: Academic Reflections on 9/11" Bryan Junior 7 p.m. Live Jazz Music Jazebel's Jazz Bistro, Burlington, NC 6:30 p.m.
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Mixed Tape Series Carolina Theater 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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According to Reuters,
new evidence reveals that Chinese arms dealers sold Muammar Gaddafi weaponry this year, violating previous sanctions. This evidence was
brought to light by Libya’s new leadership, and Reuters reports that Libya’s leaders may seek legal and diplomatic retribution against the suppliers and the Chinese government. Foreign Minister spokeswoman Jiang Yu stated that the Chinese government was unaware of the exchange of weaponry and said that those involved would be dealt with. “The Chinese companies did not sign arms trade contacts, nor did they export military items to Libya,” she said, according to Reuters.
government of Sierra Leone is now offering free medical services to thousands of pregnant women and children, the New York
Times reports. By making health care available to the poorest and most vulnerable, a significant number of lives are being saved, according to Britain’s Department for International Development, which is funding nearly 40 percent of the $35 million program. British health economist Robert Yates testifies that the results have thus far been “nothing short of spectacular,” and Sierra Leon has seen a 61 percent decrease in mortality rates during difficult pregnancies at health clinics.
conditions in Somalia have considerably worsened, now threatening the lives of an estimated 750,000 people in the next few months if aid efforts are not increased, the New York
Times reports. In the Bay area of Somalia, it is reported that almost 60 percent of children have been categorized as severely malnourished. Inflaming the dire situation, the Shabab, an Islamist militant group that has taken over in Southern Somalia, has impeded aid efforts by blocking out relief organizations and even stealing donated food at gunpoint.
VIETNAM There is the possibility of a major resurgence of H5N1, better known as Avian Flu, in Asia,
according to a report from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from Aug. 29. Since its first appearance in 2003, Avian Flu has killed 331 people and infected a total of 565. Aside from human casualties, 400 million domestic poultry have been killed for fear of carrying the disease, resulting in a worldwide economic loss of approximately $20 billion. The UN urges poultry producers to use extreme caution in the coming months. “Wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it,” said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.
Russia and China resist U.N. initiative for Syrian sanctions By Colleen Gonzalez Staff Writer During United Nations discussions about imposing sanctions on Syria, both Russia and China, two important countries on the U.N. Security Council, refused to show up to discuss the issue, the Global Post reported. Ever since mid-March of this year, Syrian protestors have been in full swing against their president, Bashar al-Assad. The protests in Syria are characterized as part of the Arab Spring, a wave of protests taking place in the Arab world. Since the beginning of the protests, thousands have been detained and killed by the Assad regime. According to Amnesty International, 12,000 to 15,000 Syrian protestors are currently being detained by the Syrian government. While in detention, many of these prisoners are tortured, and as time passes the abuse appears to be getting worse. In addition to this figure, Amnesty
has reports of at least 1,800 Syria, and all three countries share the Heritage Foundation, agrees protestors that have been killed. relatively similar political systems that this fear may be a factor in One example of this violence based on a central authority rather China’s opposition. In an interview is seen in the attack on political than democracy. with The Diplomat, Cheng said cartoonist Ali Ferzat. According Visiting Assistant Professor of that the Chinese are fearful that the to the Global Post, Ferzat was Political Science Robert Duncan rebellious ideals of the Arab Spring dragged from his vehicle and notes the significance of these ties. could spread toward their country. had both of his hands broken “Syria … is not a democratic According to Cheng, China would so he would be unable to draw. system,” said Duncan. “Russia is rather prevent the rebellion than The regime has also locked up not a democratic system. China is aid it further, and the Chinese are other prominent people more concerned with its who were fighting for political contracts being democracy in order honored than with the to send a message to human rights abuses of discourage any more the current government. protests. For its part, Russia Due to the number has expressed belief of civilian casualties Robert Duncan, assistant professor of political science that al-Assad should be related to this given the opportunity revolution, the U.N. to implement reforms has stepped in to before the U.N. begins impose sanctions that will remove not a democratic system. … You taking action. al-Assad from power. Although would expect them to not be eager It seems unlikely that Russia some U.N. members have been to support popular initiative in and China will budge on their reluctant to follow through with another country because that could positions, based on reports from a the proposal, Russia and China maybe make it happen in their meeting held on Sept. 1 between have been the biggest opponents to country.” Mikhail Bogdanov, deputy foreign the initiative, Reuters reports. Both Dean Cheng, a research fellow minister of foreign affairs of the countries have trading ties with at the Asian Studies Center for Russian Federation, and Li Hui,
"The rebels represent democracy: people fighting for the right to be free."
the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Moscow. According to Syrian Arab News Agency, Bogdanov and Hui both stated that Russia and China are adamant about having no part of the external interference that the U.N. has proposed in Syria. According to Duncan, Syria is not a country that is rich with oil like Libya or Saudi Arabia. Due to oil abundance in the latter countries, the government has leverage to keep their population under control. On the other hand, countries like Syria that have fewer natural resources are more susceptible to uprisings. Therefore, to keep control, the Syrian government has been trying to use authoritative violence and intimidation to increase stability and maintain control of the country. The rebels and protestors are the ones who are disrupting this control, Duncan explained. “The rebels represent democracy: people fighting for the right to be free,” Duncan said.
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Hurricane Irene sparks debate about climate change Continued from page 1 who believe that Hurricane Irene had nothing to do with climate change defend their ground. In an article on POLITICO.com, Eric Blake, a specialist at the National Hurricane Center, said that, "there's nothing new about a hurricane hitting the Northeast." Following up this statement, Thomas R. Knutson, a federal researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, said in a New York Times article that, “the rising trend of recent decades occurred over too short a period to be sure it was not a consequence of natural variability, and statistics from earlier years are not reliable enough to draw firm conclusions about any long-term trend in hurricane intensities."
Furthermore, Jay Akasie of the International Business Times argues that there is no credible scientific proof that rising ocean temperatures have anything to do with the increasing number of serious tropical storms. While it is difficult to confirm whether or not global warming did specifically affect Irene, people on both sides of the argument have been forced to acknowledge the wide-reaching impact that the storm has had. Irene inflicted substantial damage to the East Coast, leaving millions of people without power and many places shut down. "The damage caused by natural disasters is generally worse now than it has been in the past, not because they are more intense but because population density, particularly in coastal regions, has grown
tremendously in the twentieth century,” said Dobson. “In that regard, future disasters will have a bigger human impact than past ones because more people will die and more property will have been damaged.” While he noted that some natural disasters, such as volcano eruptions and earthquakes, will not increase in severity, he does suggest that climate change will have a steady impact on others. “Climate change will probably foster more frequent and stronger natural disasters, and may increase the range and frequency of tropical diseases,” Dobson continued. “Also, the rise in sea level from global warming will have economic impact at the same or greater scale than these short-term disasters, but the changes will be very slow-moving." Kyle Dell, associate professor of
political science, concurs. "There is very little evidence of political will in limiting the degree of development of coastal areas in the United States,” Dell said in an email interview. “There are simply too many incentives (economic, political, aesthetic) that push for such development to be extended beyond what would otherwise be reasonable if driven solely by proactive, thoughtful planning that would take into account risk, environmental damage, and resource management." As for staying aware as a nation, Dobson believes that it can be done. "Awareness is easy, and I think we achieved that to a good extent with Irene,” Dobson said. “The relatively small death toll was achieved because of proper evacuations and warning.” Dobson attributes the low death
toll to adequate preparation in the wake of Irene and compares it to the devastating consequences of less proactive measures prior to Katrina. “We could have had a much smaller loss of human life in Katrina had better evacuation plans been in place and followed, and if our response following the disaster had been better,” he said. “Strong federal support of agencies like FEMA, and staffing them with effective officials trained in the field, will always help reduce the impact of these disasters and help people get back up and running." Duncan agrees. “There’s not much we could do to prevent (natural disasters),” said Duncan. “People have to be prepared, and the government needs to fund research … it’s the government’s job to keep people informed.”
Scientists treat three leukemia patients, with remarkable results By Travis Linville Staff Writer Remember that scene from Jurassic Park? The one where the T-Rex saves everyone from the Velociraptors? That scene is what a new cancer treatment is like: something from science fiction. In a trial developed by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and Perelman School of Medicine, a strain of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was used to turn white blood cells (specifically T-cells) into blood-thirsty killers of cancer cells. Well, they may not be blood-thirsty, but the researchers are calling the cells “serial killers,” with each cell killing thousands of tumor cells, according to Penn Medicine News & Publications — and the T-cells are able to self-replicate. MSNBC reports that the study, 20 years in the making, was not funded by the National Cancer Institute or pharmaceutical companies. The trial was actually made possible by grant money from a charity called the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Only three patients were treated in the initial UPenn trial. All three suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a cancer in the blood and bone marrow. All three patients lost at least two pounds of tumor; the leukemia was eradicated in two patients and reduced by 70 percent in the third, according to MSNBC. Cancer seems to be losing this fight. See the T-Rex analogy? Two monstrous killers going at each other with human lives at stake? Guilford alumna Heather Cole ’04, a forensic biology major, responds to the analogy. “No. I really do not think of it that way since this kind of thing happens in our bodies every day anyway,” said Cole through email. Sci-fi theories aside, these diseases are undeniably serious. The United Nations AIDS agency
Is it a coincidence that the words "T-cell" and "T-Rex" resemble each other? (UNAIDS) reports some 25 million deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS worldwide since discovery of the disease in 1981. The National Cancer Institute estimated that over 569,000 cancer-related deaths would
occur during 2010. Senior Caroline Loftus, an international studies and biology major, shadowed a radiation oncologist (oncologists specialize in tumors and cancer) during a four-
week internship at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center in Dunmore, Pa. She saw various forms and levels of severity of the cancer in patients being treated there. “I felt like I was on sensory overload for a month,” said Loftus regarding her experience. She remains skeptical about the results of this particular trial but admits that it might affect future cancer treatment. “I believe there should be a few more years of research and clinical trials,” Loftus explained. Penn Medicine News reports that the HIV-derived vector (a vector transfers genes or diseases from one cell to another) targets specific cells. The only cells targeted have a protein called “CD19” which is found in “CLL tumor cells and normal B-cells,” according to Penn Medicine News. Wait. Reread that “normal B-cells” part. “B-cells are bone cells,” said Cole. “They are a lymphocyte (white blood cell) … one of our body’s natural defense mechanisms.” However, Penn Medicine News claims that clinical trials using the HIV vector demonstrated the vector’s safety in 2003. So, what would you do if faced with this decision? On one hand, you have chemotherapy, or you can try to wait for a bone marrow transplant which presents a 20 percent mortality rate with a 50 percent chance of cure, according to Penn Medicine News. On the other hand, you have this experimental treatment: a step into the unknown. Some people must be choosing the experimental treatment, based on UPenn’s statements that it will admit a few more patients as the trial reopens in the next one to two months. Although the initial trial shows promise, further research will be needed to test the effectiveness of this treatment. Will it prove to be safe? Will cancer cells adapt to elude the modified T-cells? Is it a coincidence that the words “T-cell” and “T-Rex” resemble each other? That last question may or may not be addressed.
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Study abroad program faces additions, improvements thanks to SLRP II Continued
they take while abroad apply to their major, minor, or general education requirements, so they can have a great trip and still graduate on time. “Because I started planning during my first year, I was able to arrange my schedule around studying abroad,” said senior Nicole Guilfoyle, who studied abroad in Hirakata, Japan. “But, that might not happen in other programs or for other majors, like the sciences.” “In my experience, the best way to make sure you graduate in four years is to take courses for your major while you’re at
Exploring culture outside of the classroom is a key aspect of studying abroad. Here, Jake Kresloff, Melissa McCourt, Keita Tsutsumi, Maddie Lambelet, and Sam Allen (L-R) take a break from studying at Brunnenberg, Italy, to visit Venice..
Graphic by Joy Damon
Creating more international awareness in students is a key feature of the second Strategic Long-Range Plan (SLRP II), according to former Director of Study Abroad Jim Hood. This includes expanding Guilford’s Study Abroad program options as well as the number of international students on campus. Another improvement which Daniel Diaz, project assistant for Study Abroad, hopes to see is an increase in the number of programs Guilford offers. “I would like to see the study abroad office grow in terms of staff and in terms of program options … especially in South and Central America, Africa, and South Asia,” Diaz said. “These are under-represented locations generally in study abroad, and I’d like to see our office be part of the group of study abroad offices reaching out to those destinations and to those cultures and people.” According to Hood, offering a short term in January or May could increase the number and variety of programs available at Guilford. “Some of the short-term options will be ‘study away’ options,” Hood said. “These may be study trips run by faculty that don’t involve traveling to another country, because there are plenty of interesting things to study here in the U.S.” The short term, set to roll out in 2013, could be a solution to many of the problems students face in planning a trip abroad. One of these problems is that for some students, spending an entire semester away from Guilford is impractical. Student-athletes are obligated to be at
Guilford during the season their sport is played, and CCE students are often unable to study abroad because of work commitments. The short term is easier to schedule around and may make it possible for more students to go abroad. “I hope … with a January term that we will begin to organize enough short trips that the adult population will start to go (abroad) as well,” said Jack Zerbe, director of Study Abroad. It can also be challenging to fulfill graduation requirements at a different campus. Students should ensure that the classes
David Petree heads sustainability movement on campus By Victor Lopez Staff Writer Super-sized Post-It notes with items to be taken care of in the name of sustainability riddle the office walls of Guilford College’s new director of environmental sustainability, David Petree. “My team and I stay pretty busy around here,” Petree said. “Making sure this campus is environmentally sustainable is a challenge that I welcome.” Petree is no stranger to North Carolina or Guilford. A native of Rural Hall, N.C., Petree started working at the college fourteen years ago, but is new to the position of director of environmental sustainability. When asked what being the Director of Environmental Sustainability means, Petree looked around at all of his to-do lists and smiled. “My task is to lead the sustainability effort and I’m working with great people on the task,” said Petree. “Kent Chabotar and Jon Varnell have really made sure that we are
able to make the grounds look as good as possible.” Already, Guilford has taken significant strides to be a good steward of the resources we use as a college community. Petree proudly invited me to his laptop to see the sustainability section of the Guilford website. “Right here, right now, we’re getting sustainability done,” reads the web page. “Our students, faculty and staff are making a real difference, with large and small sustainability projects that are showing concrete, measurable results. We’re lowering our carbon footprint, saving money, and creating lasting social change.” Petree said that he and his team are constantly looking for new ways to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions for the college. He even works to make his home sustainable. Petree and his wife have an extensive garden and rain water collection system, along with wood-burning heat and highefficiency window units. “We didn’t use a drop of city water the entire summer,” said Petree. “And it was a long, dry, hot summer.” Petree admitted that when he first came to Guilford there
Guilford and then fulfill your general education requirements while abroad,” Sanders said. “In Munich, I could fulfill requirements for my German and international studies majors, but people might have problems with other majors.” Some students feel that they cannot study abroad due to the cost. The short-term option will cost less than a full semester, and the Study Abroad office is exploring other options, such as scholarships, to lower the cost. “Guilford is on the right track by trying to make study abroad more affordable,” said senior Rebecca Sutton, who studied abroad in Montpellier, France. “My financial aid didn’t apply to my semester in France, so the cost was more than twice as much as going on a Guilford-led program.” There is a distinction between Guilfordled programs, which are led by Guilford faculty and cost about the same as a semester at Guilford; Guilford-affiliated programs, which are hosted through other colleges or universities and may incur surcharges; and outside programs, which are not associated with Guilford at all and thus cost more. Currently, Guilford students can study at over 70 locations around the world through 22 different programs, including trips led by faculty members to London, Munich, Sienna, and other locations. As many as 100 students have gone abroad in previous years. Unfortunately, the numbers were down to 88 last year, in part due to a canceled trip to Mexico. Nevertheless, SLRP II and the improvements to the Study Abroad program will be beneficial for students — at home and abroad.
were limited resources for bettering the grounds and making the college sustainable. “It really wasn’t until Kent Chabotar came as president that we were provided the resources to actually make a concerted effort on grounds and facilities with regards to sustainability,” said Petree. Petree is excited to meet the challenge of keeping the college “green” as technologies become available and useful to the college. “As a college we are making big strides and developing the college into an environmental friendly place to be,” said Petree. Just how is Guilford getting sustainability done? Petree said the sustainability team has saved greenhouse gas emissions and made the college “green” in a variety of ways, including: • A production garden: Where many vegetables are grown on our own grounds. The project has been in progress for about three years and is now beginning to yield vegetables for the campus. • Re:cycles Bike Shop: Offers tune ups and general maintenance to those who have bikes. Students get a reduced price for maintenance and can rent a bike for five dollars a day. • RecycleMania: A program that has been going on for three years. The friendly competition between colleges shows how much the schools actually recycle. • Green Dining Program: A series of changes implemented to create and foster a more sustainable dining program. These include a more efficient automatic dishwasher, an organic-waste capture system, biodegradable napkins, eliminating trays, and the purchasing of more local and organic foods. Guilford also collects used cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel. There are many more ways the college is promoting sustainability. Visit www.guilford.edu and click on “Green at Guilford” to see how the college is working for the environment.
Exploring the relationship between Public Safety and students By Charlotte Cloyd Staff Writer The line that people draw between safety and freedom is blurry, especially for students on a college campus. Living away from home for the first time and experiencing new freedom makes judging what is and isn’t safe difficult in some situations and circumstances. Knowing who to contact when faced with danger may not register instantly, at which point it becomes necessary to have an organized unit on campus who can both enforce and protect. Enter Guilford College’s Department of Public Safety. These men and women are here to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. But with 13 Public Safety officers on staff — only two or three of whom are on duty at a any given time — it becomes difficult to patrol the more than 300 acres of campus. Often, the safety of the students rests with individual students acting responsibly and notifying Public Safety when a student needs assistance. Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow is most concerned about the open boundary of campus. “What really scares me are individuals we don’t know who are on campus, folks who are not part of our community,” Fetrow said. “If you’re out there, be together and report things.” Ensuring that a cooperative relationship exists between the students and Public Safety poses something of a problem. Not only does it need to be clear that students should
contact Public Safety when they need to, but students must also understand that Public Safety officers have a duty to enforce school policies. “I think that the majority of Public Safety’s work is based on protection, and any incriminating feelings that students are having are the direct result of administrative policies,” said sophomore Markus MacNamara. Many students may agree with MacNamara on this point, and yet Public Safety is still often cast in a negative light because part of their duty includes documenting students for violating college policies. “Public Safety does a good job of being present on campus, but at the same time they can come off as judgmental and thus carry stereotypes with them, as we all tend to do,” said junior Neisha Washington, resident advisor in the North Apartments. “Public Safety should reach out to the students more. They should seek to have a stronger relationship with residents.” Forging a strong relationship requires a communication between students and Public Safety officers, which does not currently exist. Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe emphasized the importance of communication in creating a relationship between the Public Safety officers and students. “Safety on campus is a community issue, and we’re all responsible for that,” said Stowe. Part of keeping Guilford’s campus safe involves the student body participating actively by making sure that they practice safe behavior. There is no “Big Brother” entity
keeping a watch on the community, and the responsibility of keeping the campus safe lies on the shoulders of a relationship between Public Safety and the faculty, the staff, and the students of Guilford. The intimidation factor by Public Safety officers is not surprising, and for new students the seemingly everpresent red golf carts might induce fear. Sophomore and Binford RA Faris El-Ali discussed his perspective of Public Safety officers on campus. “I feel like people need to recognize that they’re here to help you, not to prosecute you,” El-Ali said. Students must be willing to cooperate with Public Safety officers in order to keep campus safe. As a recent graduate and current employee at Guilford, Binford Hall Director Justin Shreve ‘10 has worked closely behind the scenes with students and campus safety. “When I was a student here, I always felt protected, and now moving into the Hall Director role I see the regulations and I see that people do really care about safety,” Shreve said. “We need a cooperative relationship between students and staff.” Shreve is not alone in believing that, in order for the system in place to be effective, interaction between the two entities must be present, but communication will not solve all of the safety issues at Guilford. Students need to be aware of themselves, their friends, and their actions. “My perspective on this is simple, and that is I would love to guarantee that I could protect everyone,” Fetrow said. “The best thing we can do is be cautious.”
Signing up for a hoppin' good time “This event gets the word out about your club or organization and what you do,” said German Club President Kim Kleimeier. “You “Sign up for German club!” “Hey, want to get to talk face-to-face with other students sign up for fencing?” and they get to ask questions. I’m glad we On Aug. 31, Founders Lawn echoed with get to do this because it’s more personal this the sounds of the annual Student Involvement way.” and Employment Fair. Guilford College’s For some students, the event also means clubs and organizations came together to taking the next step and joining a club. attract students to extra-curricular activities. “This event is great because we get a lot Guilford Film Society, the Greenleaf of new recruits, who we hope will come and Review, and Greensboro Roller Derby were try out,” said Biohazard Ultimate Frisbee among the various organizations that had Captain Ben Ardel. “The event was sucstations on Founders Lawn. Community cessful and fun. We’re a great bunch of Senate even had a face painting station, people who are community-oriented and get where you could turn your face into a piece involved as a team.” of art. The event featured over 35 clubs and orga“We try to get as many students as we can nizations and had a couple hundred people out here to see what Guilford has to offer,” turn out to see what activities were being said Steve Moran, offered. assistant director of Most of the stastudent leadership tions had long and engagement. lists of students “We want stuthat signed up dents, especially and showed interfirst-years, to see est in the activihow awesome and offered. Even Erin Fox, director of student leadership and ties diverse opportuniPresident and ties are on campus.” engagement Professor of In true Guilford Political Science fashion, the event Kent Chabotar had a casual vibe that only Quakers could came to take a gander at what the students provide. Students would go to stations of had to offer. their choosing, ask a few questions, and sign “By signing up to a club or organization, up for the mailing list or just move on to the you are being connected to the campus comnext station after their conversation. More munity,” said Fox. “It inspires students both importantly, this event stresses the need for individually and as a whole. Being a part of students to get involved with Guilford and an organization gives students a more holisthe community. tic experience at Guilford.” “I’m very happy to see a lot of first-year Overall, it was a hoppin’ good time, and students at the event,” said Erin Fox, direc- many students will be joining new clubs and tor of student leadership and engagement. activities. “It’s important to find places to connect with “This fair is a testament to our wonderful Guilford and the campus community.” students here at Guilford and how involved For the clubs and organizations, this event they are outside of class,” said Moran. “It's presents opportunities for first-years and all awesome to see students find new opporstudents. tunities.” By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer
Photos by Brittany moore/Guilfordian
"It inspires students both individually and as a whole."
Sankofa: a traveling AfricanAmerican history museum
(Right) Angela Jennings, founder of Sankofa AfricanAmerican Museum on Wheels, and Africana Community Coordinator Jada Drew welcome students to explore the exhibit.
9 September 9, 2011
TASC force jeopardizes student privacy
By Catherine Schurz Staff Writer Someone’s watching you. Staff and faculty members of our community have combined forces to create the equivalent of a spy organization with the purpose of analyzing students’ behavior and deciphering who poses a “threat” to our safety. The newly established Threat Assessment and Students Concerns team, or TASC force, consists of Campus Life, Residence Life, Public Safety, Counseling Center, CCE, and Academic Dean’s Office members. Once a week, the force meets to discuss each student who has been displaying suspicious behavior or excessive distress. In addition to talking about the student’s demeanor, the group will assess the best treatment for
that individual. A typical approach, according to Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow, might be to send an RA to the student’s room to personally inquire about their feelings. “It sounds like an invasion of my privacy,” said Sophomore Danielle Cayne. “If I’m having a bad day, that doesn’t mean I need counseling or to be talked about by the adults on campus.” A common perception among college administrations is that violent attacks by students could be prevented with a proactive approach. “In all these cases that you’ve heard about — Virginia Tech, Arizona — somebody said, ‘Yeah, we had this suspicion about that guy and we didn’t know who to tell.’ He acted crazy in class or his behavior really shifted,” said Fetrow. “So if a faculty member or a staff member or somebody working in Facilities has contact with a student and things are strange or behaviors changed, they can call this group, too.” But what is the TASC
force’s criteria for acting “crazy” and what constitutes a “shift in behavior”? The faculty and staff do not necessarily have the training to determine if we pose a threat to ourselves or others. There are moments when we, as human beings, experience shifts in mood and behavior in reaction to life events. Director of the Counseling Center Gaither Terrell is key member of the force. “My main role as a member of the committee is to bring the mental health professional’s perspective and to listen and advise the committee about possible next steps, such as arranging to make help available for someone in distress,” Terrell said via an email interview. But that raises another concern — could this initiative even be effective? “I think that a large percentage of us freshman probably would not respond in a way this group hopes for when confronted about personal issues,” said First Year Matthew Carter. “I just don’t think it would work ... there are too many variables among students and situations.”
The TASC force’s aforementioned rationales for assessing and approaching a student do not seem to merit an infringement on my privacy, nor an invasion of my personal life. Additionally, they seem to violate the basic concept of open communication that Guilford College professes to embody. It seems to me that the Guilford way of expressing concern for a student would be to simply approach them as they leave your class in a kind way. If a professor asked me how I was doing or noted I seemed to be acting differently in class, I’d be more inclined to respond honestly than I would if I were bombarded with questions in my bedroom by an RA that I barely know. The disconnect lies between the TASC force’s back door judgments and the students’ real need for support. The more pertinent danger here is not the threat posed by distressed students, but rather the potential for distrust in the Guilford staff and faculty who are here to help us most.
Senate requests community input, involvement
By Ellen Nicholas Staff Writer The first Community Senate meeting, which was held on Aug. 31, was an unusual one. “A typical senate meeting has a more predetermined agenda and ideas,” said Yahya Alazrak, clerk/ president of the Senate. “No decisions were made tonight. We just explained things and were building up proposals that we will explore in more depth later. This was mainly to gather ideas, research, and feedback from the student body.” The Boren Lounge in Founders Hall filled with students and faculty alike as the meeting was called to order. All were encouraged to bring up any issue, big or small, that they would like to see the Senate discuss further in the future. Almost 30 topics were brought up
and recorded. As a new transfer student, this was the first time I got a comprehensive view of what the student body wants to improve, and what they value most about Guilford. To me, it was clear that the closeknit community is the most widely cherished aspect of the Guilford experience. From fixing up the Community
All were encouraged to bring up any issue, big or small, that they would like to see the senate discuss further in the future. Center, to reinstating the bonfires, to forming an on-campus bike co-op and a community appreciation day, many of the issues raised came back to enriching the community and bringing people together. Among the most dotted subjects from the “dotmocracy” straw poll was the issue of eliminating campus bonfires. “Bonfires are all about raw energy,
the kind that strips you down and unmasks you, and with that you have an atmosphere in which the divide between the athletes and non-athletes dissolves,” said senior Bennett Christian. “It’s unfortunate that sometimes, but rarely, people aren’t capable of experiencing that sensation and commit the kind of violence which is now threatening the bonfire tradition and the communal spirit.” The level of respect between everyone at the meeting left me feeling comfortable and proud to be part of a community that values each other’s opinions so highly. Everyone who had a matter to discuss was fairly and respectfully heard, with much support in the form of “Quaker hands” from the fellow attendees. I hope that the Senate can successfully propel some of these ideas into action. “I hope there will be really positive relationships between other organizations and the Senate,” said Alazrak. “We’ve had some high stress relationships in the past," he added, "and hopefully this year that stress has left and things will run smoothly.” If the first meeting is any indication, the Community Senate has a busy and fruitful year ahead of them.
By Sarah Welch Staff Writer The economy. Immigration. Health care. Social Security. War. Abortion. Marriage. As Americans, we want to know the presidential candidates’ stance on these topics. Running through all of these topics is a common thread: what level of involvement should the government have? Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, R. Lee Wrights, believes in a less is more approach when it comes to government. Wrights supports both individual freedom and corporate freedom. Individual freedom is a comforting thought; corporate freedom often spurs anxiety. Of course, if you hold stereotypical Republican opinions, these thoughts would be reversed. Here lies another voter commonalty. As Associate Professor of Political Science Kyle Dell said, “Americans hold inconsistent views.” We do not want everyone, either individuals or groups, to have freedom to make decisions. Nor do we want everyone to be regulated. This is the reason that the Libertarians’ views often make us uncomfortable: their views are consistent. Wrights’s consistency on issues is confirmed by his slogan, “Stop all wars.” According to www.2012.presidential-candidates.org, this includes the wars against drugs, civil rights, guns, alternative lifestyles, and our involvement in wars abroad. Wrights, a native North Carolinian, believes in promoting peace by taking a “foreign policy of non-intervention,” according to his official website, wrights2012.com. He believes we need to transform from being the “world’s ‘nosy neighbor’” into being “the world’s ‘good neighbor'.” However, Wrights does not state how a policy of non-intervention will make America the “good neighbor.” My interpretation is that by ending our entanglement with wars abroad we will become the “good neighbor.” Most support bringing our military back to the U.S. and improving our relations with other countries. However, I believe that Wrights wants us to be the removed neighbor because he also wants to end our support of other countries. I’m not condemning this viewpoint, but, as globalization expands, I find this an unrealistic ideology. By stopping “all wars” Wrights believes we can boost the economy. Wars are costly and Wrights believes they are ineffective. America spends too many dollars on imprisoning people for nonviolent offenses, most notably drug crimes, and Wrights aims to correct this. Alright, I support Wrights’ views on marriage, drugs, war, reproductive choices, the promotion of peace, and immigration. What I question is what many liberal-minded people would question: the lack of regulation when it comes to businesses and the environment. A free market and capitalism could possibly work if everyone was given equal opportunities and if everyone began life with the same circumstances. The truth is those with money are given more opportunities and are given more power. I am afraid that Wrights’ proposals would increase the chances of monopolies developing and that his proposals could increase the poverty gap. As Dell stated in his interview, third parties widen Americans’ perspective on politics, which is healthy. On the other hand, we are apprehensive about their “radical” views.
Letters to the Editor hope to facilitate future conversations No man is an island. And neither is this news organization. Community involvement is how and why we do what we do. That is the reason that The Guilfordian gives you two avenues for getting involved — Letters to the Editor and the comment sections on the website. The purpose of our news organization is a varied and fluctuating one. We inform. We excite. We incite, at times. One purpose that is not specific to The Guilfordian, but one that we are constantly working towards, is to start dialogues. That is why we offer those two forums for you to react — whether positively or negatively — to our coverage. Both forums are intended as spaces for the community to address something that was printed, to continue conversations. So in the spirit of encouraging conversation and of making every word in our print edition as powerful and relevant as possible, Letters to the Editor should be responses or commentaries on previously printed articles. This small change was prompted by some of the extraordinarily helpful letters we received last year. One letter in particular stuck out to me. After running an article criticizing the appropriateness of allowing ROTC cadets to table at our historically non-violent Quaker school, we received a letter from an ROTC cadet who was also a Guilford student. In this letter, the student pointed out that his fellow ROTC cadets would quickly change out of their uniforms after class so as not to offend anyone. The aspect of this letter that was most valuable was that it showed that even though we may have differing views doesn’t mean we all can’t greatly appreciate our Guilford community. This is the kind of differing but respectful dialogue that we hope to foster through Letters to the Editor. If you want an even more open and immediate dialogue, then the comment section at the bottom of every article on our website is the best avenue for conversation. These comment sections offer more than just an immediate response, though. They offer you the chance to have the back-and-forth that will take your conversation to exciting new places. That will hopefully take your conversation to a place of understanding for all involved parties. Whichever form you choose, we hope you converse with us, with the rest of the community, and with anyone else that cares, as often as possible. Even though you may not have a hand at producing the news every week, you are still an integral part of the process. And we would love to hear from you.
A prisoner is a person no matter what
By Emily Cooper
Nestled in the East River, between Queens and the Bronx, is where Rikers Island stands. At 413.17 acres large, it is home to more than 12,000 prisoners. The only way to access the island is by the Francis R. Buono Memorial Bridge, where ten prisons are located. The island contains prisoners for an array of offenses, and even housed Lil’ Wayne. The penitentiary has multiple juvenile programs and specific prisons for adolescents. People who are awaiting sentencing and cannot afford bail are housed there.
The island is similar to a community. There are schools, grocery stores, gyms, and multiple other businesses. The threat of Hurricane Irene brought to light the unfair treatment of the Rikers Island prisoners. The surrounding areas were all advised to evacuate, yet there was no evacuation plan for the prisoners of Rikers. In fact, there has never been an evacuation plan for Rikers Island. For a governmentrun facility with 12,000 some residing prisoners, numerous employees and working civilians, not having an evacuation plan is irresponsible and embarrassing. Though the storm did not cause any damage to the prison, the underlying issue still exists — the obvious lack of respect for prisoners. No matter the crime, a person does not deserve to be forgotten and have the government dismiss their lives. At Rikers the majority of prisoners have not committed violent crimes; many prisoners
are mentally ill. Even a person who has been convicted of a crime punishable by the death sentence does not deserve to die in a natural disaster due to the fact that the city decided their lives are disposable. A person who is on death row or is critically injured or ill should not be abandoned. They will be sent to the hospital and nursed back to health so they can serve out their sentence the way the court sentenced it to be. This should be no different. Our country prides itself on being humane and just. We pride ourselves on the way we treat our prisoners compared to the rest of the world. Therefore it would seem hypocritical for one of the largest penitentiary systems in the country to not have an evacuation plan for a natural disaster. Clearly, New York State, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and our government have more important issues to attend to. Maybe they are pre-
occupied with pressing issues such as our failing economy, which they seem to be doing such a “spectacular” job with. It seems rather silly that someone could not take the time out of their day to create an evacuation plan — even hire someone to make one. When it comes down to it, a person is a person, no matter the mistakes they have made. No one can say that they are perfect, therefore who are we to judge the mistakes of others? Our society has made it clear that the law is allowed to be the judge and is the ultimate authority — the voice of justice. We grow up being told cliché sayings such as “you learn from your mistakes,” “two rights don’t make a wrong” and of course the golden rule to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Yet, the law rarely takes this stance when it comes to crime and everything becomes very black and white.
Students seek to keep tradition ablaze
By James Williamson
No more dancing or stomping around warm flames and no more nightly jamborees that separate Guilford from surrounding colleges and universities. One of Guilford’s major social assets is being put out. In a meeting last week, Campus Life and Public Safety expressed its no tolerance policy on bonfires. Unless the student body keeps in check with Campus Life policy, the pits will decay into nothing more than distant memories of once renowned community gatherings. “With bonfires gone, we’re losing one of the most vital parts of the community,” said Rick Nallenweg. Nallenweg, also known as “The Fireman” or “Rickalous,” has been permanently banned from campus after putting together the first bonfire this semester. As Nallenweg and others celebrated the coming year that evening, Campus Life approached. Like sitting ducks ambushed in the dark, students were cited for the bonfire on their first evening. “Poured the keg on the fire, but the
alcohol doesn’t matter,” Nallenweg said. Senior Bennett Christian stood in disbelief as the coals turned from red to black. Christian felt similarly to Nallenweg. A tradition specific to Guilford is being dissolved. “Three of our four classes at Guilford are familiar with bonfires,” said Christian “How are freshmen going to get a real introduction?” One pit on campus has been designated for student use. Students coined it the “Wal-Mart pit” because it lacks the organic qualities that transcend the natural energies we feel from the woods’ pits. However, the “Wal-Mart pit” is currently inoperable. Unless students receive permission from Public Safety and a permit from the Fire Department, no one can use it. If caught without proper credentials, the Fire Department can charge a $500 fine. Due to a regional fire ban issued by the North Carolina Fire Service and general concerns regarding violence in the woods, our tradition will be silenced. Restricting bonfires is not new to Guilford policy and Campus Life has set a strict precedent so far. As the drought climate forces the lake to sulk into its own abyss and the creek to shrivel into stones, Campus Life and Public Safety are cautious for the sake of student and residential safety. “There has been an escalation of violence in the woods,” said Jen Agor, associate dean for campus life. “And should a bonfire spread, our liability is huge.” Due to several violent occurrences over the last year and a regional drought, Campus Life’s ban is set as permanent. “The ban will be in perpetuity,” said Aaron Fetrow, vice president for student
affairs and dean of students. Such inevitable forces have quashed the student body, making them feel all the more socially clamped. Several first years who attempted to visit Nallenweg’s bonfire were aggravated as they walked the white pebble trail to find Campus Life and Hall Directors scribbling names on small note pads. “I was pissed,” said first-year Olivia Tibbs. Later that week she also sought out the guitar-plucking music that emanated from the North Apartments. Past quiet hours, she left in fear of a possible citation for just being there. These two examples indicate a need for transparency between Campus Life and the student body. We have done it before. Even a former student, Adam Pearman ’09, created a Community Senate title known as the “Sheriff.” Amid the party atmosphere, the Sheriff would have reported to Campus Life, Public Safety, and those like Nallenweg, Tibbs, or the guitar-pluckers. He helped both sides of the situation to aid in any communication gaps. “I made an effort to resolve a disconnect that began to grow between the students and Campus Life and Public Safety,” said Pearman. “I was a grassroots liaison so to speak. Most people were responsive to a freewheeling student telling them to quiet down or disperse.” The Sheriff also attended Judicial Affairs meetings, collaborated with Community Senate, and helped reform various sections of the handbook. “Nobody else picked up that title after me,” Pearman said. “Seems like there’s a call to action for the next generation.”
11 September 9, 2011
Volleyball team emphasizes team chemistry, sets new goals
By Rory Molleda & Millie Carter Staff Writers The women’s volleyball team is hoping to charge into the season with returning players and talented incoming first-years, to improve their ODAC finish from last year. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) ranks Guilford sixth in the preseason poll, tied with Bridgewater College. Their previous season ended with a 5-5 conference record and sixth place finish (16-13 overall record), but the team and coaching staff have high hopes that camaraderie and trust will unify the team and make for a great season. Concerned mainly with the loss of Courtney Kozar, Brittany Freeman and Traci Teague, Guilford will be looking for new attackers to pass to, following the departure of their top three scorers from 2010.
“Losing those three, and then seeing team’s leaders, will express that presence. what we have coming back, it is very “If we achieve that team unity and are realistic”, said Head Coach Emily Gann. able to successfully play together, every“Anyone can win the ODAC but a realistic thing else will fall into place,” said Phillips. goal to start with would be to better than “We are constantly getting better and workwhat we were last year.” ing hard towards ridding ourselves of the Team dynamics play a very important mental and individual mistakes so they are role in perfornot being mance on the made durcourt. If any ing games.” given team Another does not have obstacle the trust between Quakers Taylor Phillips, Senior players they may face cannot realis merging istically hope together to have a winning season. With team chem- experience on the court with new talent. istry, the Quakers can pull together and Incoming first-years, although talented, improve on their accomplishments of last may lack the experience required of fast season. paced, ultra-competitive collegiate level In order to realize their goals, leader- matches. ship has to be present on and off the court. “We gained some quality hitters that This year, Senior Taylor Phillips, one of the will really benefit us offensively,” said
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sophomore Malikah French. “Michaela (Wall)’s blocking abilities will be very helpful while Morgan (McKinnon) and Brittany (DeCesare) are both adding to the defensive aspect.” It is only a matter of time before they are fully acclimated to the speed and pressure that comes with conference games. “I believe they are ready to carry the pressure that may be put on them,” Phillips says, “and I am looking forward to seeing their growth throughout the year.” Despite having to overcome the loss of Kozar, Freeman and Teague, Coach Gann is hopeful for the season. Gann realizes that a competitive finish in the conference will be no easy feat, but is sure her team is ready for the challenge. “It’s going to be a battle,” said Gann. “Anybody can win on any given day, and that is the mentality I’m trying to help this team believe in.” Competitive collegiatelevel matches.
Women's rugby club builds strength and friendship By Natalie Sutton Staff Writer On the fields where the women’s rugby team practices, there is a sense of both intense resilience and friendly laughter. One thing that makes the Guilford College women’s rugby team so unique is their combination of tough-yet-amiable attitudes. Concerning the tough aspect of the women’s rugby team, junior Hannah Fillingim, the “fitness captain,” ensures that the team works out at the gym together on a weekly basis. Also, she leads the girls on 12-minute interval runs before practice. Their practice, which consists of running lines while passing the ball, doing drills, and scrimmaging, is anything but easy. "It’s a very physical sport and there’s high risk of injury,” said Fillingim. “We play for 80 minutes. You have to have good endurance. You have to have speed. It’s a really challenging sport but it’s rewarding.” Steven Moran, assistant director of student leadership and engagement, is faculty advisor for the women’s rugby team. He understands the time and energy invest-
ed into the fitness aspect of the sport. “They coach themselves and bring in trainers to work with them on strength and conditioning,” said Moran. “Sometimes they bring in a coach from a semi-professional area team to work with them.” Although it is a very high contact sport, sophomore Emily Morazán is reassuring while encouraging other girls to join the team. “We would love to have anyone, any size; you’re not going to die,” said Morazán. “We have a really amazing team. I love all the girls here.” As implied by Morazán’s statement, friendship among the players is a huge part of women’s rugby. Sophomore Kelsey Worthy, who has never attended a women’s rugby match at Guilford, knew girls in her hall last year that joined the team and immediately felt welcomed. “Although I’ve never personally been involved with the sport, I always got the idea that the women’s rugby team is a very supportive community,” said Worthy. “I would always hear about how easily all the girls bonded.” Another huge part of the women’s rugby team is the ease with
which the team shifts from annihilating one another to becoming friends. Junior Peach McCarty, team captain, discussed her favorite part of the game. “We play against a team and try to kill each other on the field, but then we meet up afterwards and sing songs and have fun together,” said McCarty. “It’s totally this social thing. In other sports, you come with enemies; you hate the other team. But with (women’s rugby) it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah. That team is really fun to socialize with; they’re going to kill us on the field, but they’re really fun.’” Not only are the women rugby players friendly with opposing teams, but they’re close with the Guilford men’s rugby team as well. “We’re working with the boys this year more,” said Morazán. “There’s a lot more cohesion between the two teams. It should be a good season. There’s been lots of improvement for both teams.” Morazán, who manages the financial side of the sport, is not the only team member who values having a close relationship with the men rugby players. “We have a lot of camaraderie
with the men’s rugby team,” said McCarty. “They help us out when we need it. Also, we socialize with the guys all the time; it’s really fun.” Moran, who has been the staff advisor since September 2010, was asked to choose one word to describe the women’s rugby team. Without hesitation, he chose “awesome.” “The work they do to put together matches and organize practices, and the time and energy they put
into the sport is just awesome," said Moran. "They are fantastic and a ton of fun. They really work hard to represent the college well.” As for the team’s future, the captain has big plans ahead filled with lots of tackling and ruffles. “This year during Serendipity, I hope to come out and play rugby while wearing prom dresses,” said McCarty. “It wouldn’t be anything official, just a friendly game of rugby full of tackling people in prom dresses.”
Photos by Sharp Hall/Guilfordian
(Above) Hannah Fillingim, junior, toughs it out as she gets tackled during a drill. The women's rugby team practices six hours a week. (Left) Hannah Kennedy '11 gives pointers to Cappa Cheatham during a scrum.
Guilford senior athletes cherish final seasons By Renee Leach Staff Writer It is 5:00 p.m. on a temperate Friday evening, and as the football team trickles out of the gates of Armfield Stadium, the women’s soccer team begins to congregate on the sideline ready to have their turn at practicing on the turf. Today the team is fresh from the previous night’s victory over Meredith College, which ended in a winning point for Guilford College after being tied in a stalemate for a majority of the game. Player Rachel Harmen believes this auspicious point is a “good omen” for the rest of the season. The grind of the season, however, will be the last leg of Harmen’s soccer career at Guilford. Even though the team has an intimidating eighteen matches looming in the upcoming fall, these games will be the
graduating seniors last few. The athletic lifestyle can define a student’s college experiences, from how to schedule their time to which friends they make. “You literally depend on
who they are, that’s what they do,” said Bill Cason, head coach for cross country and track and field. He estimates that his runners average 60 to 80 miles a week
their team? “With the seniors last year and the year before that, I would say … there’s more connection with heart, desire, determination on the field as well as off the field.”
“With the seniors last year and the year before that, I would say … there’s more connection with heart, desire, determination on the field as well as off the field.” Morgan Andrews, senior softball player everyone,” said Harman of her teammates. The demanding nature is evident in other sports as well, such as cross country. “For the kids that run, that’s
for men and 30 to 50 miles for women. They also train yearround. So how does a college athlete approach the inevitable dilemma of having to eventually leave
said Morgan Andrews, senior softball player, who is entering her fourth and final year playing at Guilford. Andrews hopes to one day coach the sport using what she
has gained in the entirety of her athletic experience. “I wouldn’t take anything back. I give it everything that I have all the time. I wouldn’t change anything, even the mistakes. They make you stronger," said Andrews “When I was a senior I tried to develop those friendships when I could,” said former club rugby player Bryce Bjornson ‘10. Instead of being severed from the team and the sport when he graduated, he now assists the team and offers experience as a way of passing the torch. “The brotherhood continually evolves, said Bjornson.” Moving on is inevitable. Eric Lewis, women’s soccer coach, has seen players come and go for the ten years he has coached at Guilford. “They all know it’s going to end,” he said. “Our job is to get them here, and graduate, and grow as people.”
Quakers dominate the Pride in 15th annual Soup Bowl By Zachary Morgan Sports Editor The old mantra “a win is a win” is used to teach and also to keep a team grounded, but when that team has not tasted the thrill of victory in more than 10 games, that win means much more. On Sept. 3 Jamieson Stadium played host to the fifteenth annual Gate City Soup Bowl. On a 90-degree afternoon that saw 1,100 fans shading themselves from the sun with umbrellas, the temperature on the field was even hotter. Cheers of support bellowed throughout the old stadium as the Quakers took center stage and grabbed their first win of the season, 27-7, over Greensboro College. As both teams experienced first game jitters, and tried to feel out the opponent, the first quarter ended just as it began: scoreless. As the second quarter started, the pace picked up and the teams started scoring. “Guilford College came ready to play today, and we did not, and it showed,” said Greensboro College head coach Dr. Randy Hunt. “They are a well coached bunch. A couple of key plays made the difference today, but again, I could tell they were ready to play.” First-year running back Josh Williams capped off a fiveplay drive by powering his way into the end zone for the
first score of the game, with 7:20 remaining in the first half. With a quick snap of the wrist, sophomore quarterback Zac Halbert connected with junior wide receiver Ben King. King did the rest, as he ran in for the 69-yard score, building the lead to 14-0 just before halftime. The Quakers picked up where they left off as the third quarter began. At the 5:40 mark of the third quarter, King caught the football and 41 yards later found himself in the end zone with his second touchdown. The Quakers scored once more as Halbert utilized a pump fake that froze the Storm defense which allowed sophomorewide receiver Lawrence Blake to slip behind the players en route to a 40 yard touchdown and a final score of 27-7. “Wonderful game,” said Waldon Hinshaw ‘81. “After last year’s winless season, this was a great win for Guilford.” “This was a great win and the first for me in a college experience,” said defensive backs coach Marty Collinson. “It was a total team effort. We got rolling there in the second quarter and things came together. It is wonderful to see the domination on both sides of the ball. I am so proud of our men.” Besides winning the game, the Quakers won the canned food drive, which collected 6,398 cans of food —1,100 from
the football team alone — and returned all Soup Bowl honors back to Guilford College. Guilford now leads the Soup Bowl series 8-7. A victory should also be noted for the Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Second Harvest Food Bank as they used the cans collected to help families that are in need. Coach Rusiewicz’s stamp of confidence and discipline is all over the team, and the fans witnessed this in-game. “Coach Rusiewicz seems to really have made a very positive impact on the kids and it shows,” said game attendee Tammi Hinshaw. “Education is being stressed in the classroom and discipline on the field. Great, great win." “This is an unbelievable win,” said head football coach Christopher Rusiewicz. “It has not set in to me yet. I am surprised I have not teared up yet. It was a great job from our coaches to our players. We had some issues with cramping, which you expect in this heat, but nothing major, so we are still healthy. Now we begin preparing for Methodist.” Being focused and not resting on their laurels seem to be the ideology taught to the Quaker football team. The determination shown by Rusiewicz was poured out onto the field Saturday afternoon. But it’s a long season. After all, a win is still just a win.
Photos by Zachary Morgan/Guilfordian
The Quaker defense halts the Pride's advances downfield in their 27-7 win against Greensboro College on Sept. 3. Both the defense and offense contributed to the first win of the season.