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Homecoming unites Quakers past and present The crystal ball : Guilford hosts series of success predicted for events, brings students and winter sports alumni together
With changing season, Fortunetelling fan predicts wins for basketball, swimming
By Kyle Dometrovich & Michael Foxx Staff Writers
Women’s basketball (Last year: 14-12, 11-9 ODAC) Overview: Coming into the season with high expectations and high spirits, the Quakers’ look to improve this season. Even though the team is very young, they look to the four returning veterans for experience and leadership. The Lady Quakers’ were tabbed seventh in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s annual preseason poll. Key Players: Leading scorer, junior guard, Jazlyn Gibbs (12.4 ppg) brings her offensive skills back to the team. Senior guard, Lauren LeFevers, who led the team and ranked eighth in the ODAC with a .371 three-point field-goal percentage brings her long-range skills back to the team. They Said It: “I feel we have an opportunity to do very well … as long as we give maximum effort every time they step on their floor we will have a successful season.” –Head Coach Stephanie Flamini My Take: This season will be an interesting season to watch. As such a young team, theteam will have to find its rhythm quickly. I believe when the Quakers’ find their groove that they will be one of the top contenders in the conference. I have the Lady Quakers’ finishing fourth in the ODAC. See "Predictions" on page 15
By Terah Kelleher Staff Writer His hand shook and a cold sweat soaked his shirt. He thought of his last fix and counted the hours until he could punch out. Finally, in his Mercedes, he caressed the bottle of amber sweetness and took a sip. Calmness came over him; his hand steadied. Alcohol: a rite of passage
for some college students and a form of relaxation for many adults. Could this commonly used substance be as harmful as hard drugs? According to a Nov. 1 headline in the BBC, some experts such as Professor David Nutt, the former government drugs adviser, have identified alcohol as “more harmful
Minutes before the start of the homecoming football game, the stadium beamed with Guilford pride. The clicking of cleats, whistles and exuberant applause filled the air with the sounds of the Quaker Swagger. During the game the crowd came alive, hanging on every throw and every drive. Even though the outcome of the game was not the one fans hoped for, the spirit of homecoming was not dampened. The game allowed students, alumni, and kids of all ages to enjoy the Guilford community together. “All the events of homecoming lead up to our homecoming football game,” said Luke Vandall, one of the team's quarterbacks. “It’s exciting to see all of the Guilford community come together and support the Guilford football team.” Homecoming was not just about football, though. The campus hosted a diverse set of events for people of all ages. See "Homecoming" on page 11
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Bailey Crego, first-year running back, streaks past Catholic University opponents at the Nov. 6 Homecoming football game. Guilford lost 22-23, but the well-played game matched the fun and excitement that characterized Homecoming weekend.
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When you see people outside, you’re starting to see more coats and gloves, instead of shorts and flip-flops. It means time to bring out the hoodies, sweatpants, and toboggans to prepare for the cold weather. So gather around the fireplace with some hot chocolate and bring out the crystal ball for predications.
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Serendipity planning begins, Community Senate calls for input By Keyla Beebe Staff Writer An adult-sized bouncy castle. A solar-powered mechanical bull. A bubble party and a laser show. All of these ideas were presented at the Community Senate meeting as brainstorming began for this year’s upcoming Serendipity. Started in the 1960s as a celebration of spring, Serendipity is a yearly weekend festival that gives Guilford students the chance to get out and enjoy a break from the grind of school. On Oct. 3, Boren Lounge was packed as students gathered for the Community Senate’s first discussion on the organization of this spring’s Serendipity. The group brainstormed for Serendipity’s potential attractions. “I would love to see a huge community service project,” said junior Sarah-jaana Nodell. “Then, when you get to the concerts you’ll feel like you actually achieved something.” “As much fun as the concerts are, more daytime stuff would be better,” said Production Manager and Media Services Technician James Lyons. “They need to have more carnival games, stall style. That would be really cool.” Students at the meeting also expressed desire for more contribution of campus clubs and organizations. One attempt to get clubs involved in the planning is by offering the opportunity to plan an event while Campus Activities Board (CAB) foots the bill.
While brainstorming at the meeting brought about many ideas, decisions will occur within the Serendipity Committee. CAB Public Relations Officer Hannah Kennedy is chair of the Serendipity Committee. In its beginning stages, the Serendipity Committee is focused on gaining student participation and input. “One thing Serendipity has always been for me is a celebration of why I love Guilford,” said junior Yahya Alazrak. “It’s a showcase of what we love and what we do best.” As a completely student-run event, Serendipity provides
signed by February. “I would like more of a mixture of big and little name bands with a variety of music genres, so more people will come out,” said sophomore Erika Tidwell. The Serendipity Committee will be organized as students join. Kennedy said she will wait and see who is committed and what they have to bring to the group before the structure is finalized. Getting the word out to people and gaining student involvement seems an ever-present issue surrounding Guilford events. “What would be the easiest way for us to reach you and your constituents?” asked Kennedy to the group gathered at the Community Senate meeting. “The more we hear back, the better Serendipity can cater to you.” Students who want to contribute their time or ideas should e-mail CAB or keep an eye out for surveys posted in the Buzz. The committee will be thrown into overdrive in the coming months as it organizes the 50-year-old tradition that is Serendipity. “Serendipity is important as a Guilford tradition because it is a significant opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity and unique strengths of our community,” said Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Erin Fox in an e-mail interview. “I am excited about the efforts being made this year to encourage community investment and participation in the earliest stages of the planning process, and I hope this will help continue the positive trajectory of the event.”
"Part of (the trouble) is convincing people that Serendipity planning is important now. Very few people know how much work goes into it." Hannah Kennedy, junior a unique experience for students to shape the event based on student input. Yet this opportunity is not always used to its full capacity. “Part of (the trouble) is convincing people that Serendipity planning is important now,” said Kennedy. “Very few people know how much work goes into it.” With the ever-present question of how to remain tuned in to the Guilford community, the group will begin pooling ideas for bands within the next few weeks. The goal is to have a general skeleton of the event by winter break and contracts
Women's studies major evolves: new name and revised curriculum By Ashley Lynch Staff Writer Expansion is underway in the women’s studies department. Recently, women's, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) has been approved to take place of the existing women’s studies curriculum. “Officially, women's, gender, and sexuality studies is a revision to an existing major, not a new major,” said Professor of English Jim Hood, chair of the Education Policy Committee. On Nov. 3, an informational meeting was held at King Hall for prospective students interested in majoring in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. A variety of students ranging from first-years to juniors attended the meeting. “There are two parts to the new major,” said Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lisa McLeod. “One is about understanding gender and what it does to us as a society, good or bad, and the other is what we can do about gender within our society.” The women’s, gender, and sexuality studies major is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an adviser in each. “Students who are currently (women’s studies) majors or minors can shift to the new requirements as of next semester; they may also choose to remain under the old requirements until they graduate,” said Hood. “However, they cannot pick and choose among the requirements.” In addition to other changes in the revised curriculum, the major no longer requires students to participate in an internship or enroll in a senior seminar course as the original curriculum previously ordained. “Right now our offerings aren't as plentiful
as we would like them to be,” said McLeod. “The department hopes to hire someone that has graduate work in queer studies.” “The idea is to try and form a more coherent program of study for student's that are or could be interested in the WGSS major,” said Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Julie Winterich. Sophomore Grayson Schmidt attended the Nov. 3 meeting. “No matter what you do in your life, you'll be faced with issues of society,” said Schmidt. “I think what is great about this major is that it gives you the tools that will help you, as well as other people, to clearly think about issues concerning gender, sex, identity." “I think this major is important because it's a topic that is very relevant to the world,” said Ivy Long. “We live in a patriarchal society that is continuously changing, and the women's, gender, and sexuality studies major is helping it change for the better.” Programming for the major was another topic of conversation at the meeting. McLeod and Winterich, along with students, discussed getting the Guilford community involved with the WGSS major by screening a film series, creating workshops, and developing internship offerings relevant to the study. There are also hopes for a women's center on campus which would provide a place for information, books, and a bulletin board for students and faculty interested in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. “Women's, gender, and sexuality studies is something that people need to be taught because it is necessary to know how gender identity works within our society,” said Schmidt. “It is culturally relevant and there's so much passion that feeds interest into the topic.”
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Dr. Naim Ateek: sharing the view from a Christian Palestine By Victor Lopez Staff Writer
On Nov. 3, the Reverend Dr. Naim Stifan Ateek, a Palestinian Christian, visited Guilford for a luncheon speech in the atrium of the cafeteria. Ateek, founder and head of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, met and spoke to members of the Guilford community. Ateek discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — the effect of Israeli’s occupation on Palestine — and also the challenge of interfaith discussions within the province. “I know Naim personally from our annual summer work/study trips to the Middle East and have met him many times,” said Director of the Friends Center and Campus Ministry Coordinator Max Carter. “I support the theological work he is doing on the conflict and appreciate the work of Sabeel in asking the tough questions that need to be asked in applying Christian principles to the conflict.” Ateek’s work centers on finding common ground between Christian and Jewish believers in a largely Jewish province. “During vigorous inter-faith discussions between the 1960s and the 1980s, the Palestinians remained invisible,” said Ateek in Cornerstone, Sabeel’s quarterly publication. “They were hardly mentioned in the dialogues. The agenda was pregnant with Jewish-Christian concerns.” Ateek pointed to the Third Arab-Israeli War which was
fought in June of 1967 between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. According to Ateek, the 1967 war opened many people’s eyes to the existence of Palestinians as refugees who were removed by despots. Ateek expressed support for a two-state solution, the rejection of violence, and held both Palestinians and Israeli Jews accountable in a commitment towards peace. Carter was pleased by the turnout for the discussion and
accountability in the conflict,” said Macdonald. Macdonald said that he thought Ateek oversimplified the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. “Ateek suggested once Palestine is recognized as a sovereign land, there will be no problem,” said Macdonald. “He did not address Israeli fear. It’s more complicated than that, there were a lot of things he left unsaid.” Michelle Grisaffi, a junior and peace and conflict studies major, said attending the luncheon helped leaven her education about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “There was a great deal of discussion about the importance of ending the occupation and creating a space of understanding and love in which Palestinians and Israelis can come together,” said Grisaffi. Grisaffi said she was exhilarated after the discussion and felt called to action. “Being in a room filled with intelligent, knowledgeable people who care passionately about the Israel and Palestine issue was moving,” said Grisaffi. “It was the kind of experience that makes you want to jump out of your chair and rush out and do something important.” Macdonald cautiously agreed with Grisaffi: he, too, was glad for Ateek’s visit. “Ateek’s visit was good,” said Macdonald. “I wish there could have been more of a discussion. There’s a line between having a debate and hearing him speak. The conversation didn’t develop that much and it makes me want to bring in more perspectives.”
"It was the kind of experience that makes you want to jump out of your chair and rush out and do something important." Michelle Grisaffi, junior the mixture of off-campus, faculty, students, and members of the Jewish community who attended. “It was important especially, I believe, for members of the Jewish community to hear a Palestinian articulate a Christian position on the conflict,” said Carter. Some, like junior and vice president of Hillel, Benjamin Macdonald (who spent last semester studying in Israel), was not as receptive as Carter regarding Ateek’s message. “Ateek shied away from talking about Palestinian
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Zumba! Dance workout with Christina Hill, PE Center Studio, 7:15 - 8 p.m.
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Carolina Classic Movies presents "Casablanca," The Carolina Theatre, 1:30, 7:30 p.m. Community Senate meeting, Boren Lounge, 7 - 8 p.m.
CCE Student Success Workshop, Hendricks 114, 7 - 8 p.m.
Photo Club meeting, basement of HegeCox, 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Cooking Club hosts a Middle Eastern meal, Mary Hobbs Basement, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Mixed Tape Series presents "Purple Rain," Carousel Cinemas, 7:30, 10 p.m.
Tate Street Jazz Jam, Tate Street Coffee, 8 - 10 p.m.
Will Read for Food: fundraiser for Glen Haven, Weatherspoon Art Museum, 7 - 9 p.m.
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MYANMAR IN ITS FIRST ELECTION IN 20 YEARS, violence and corruption took center stage as clashes between the reigning political military party and Myanmar’s rebel groups sent thousands fleeing into Thailand. According to United Press International, President Obama and other Western leaders have denounced the election as a “democratic sham,” as the current authoritarian government refuses to relinquish power.
UNITED STATES C.I.A. AGENTS INVOLVED IN DESTROYING video tapes of brutal interrogation of Al Qaeda detainees will face no criminal charges, Justice Department officials announced Nov. 9, according to The New York Times. After a three-year investigation, Special Federal Prosecutor John H. Durham has cleared C.I.A. officers and top lawyers in the agency of the charges. According to The New York Times, it remains unstated whether Durham intends to hold the officers responsible for other charges relating to the deaths and torture of detainees, or the false statements officers have made to investigators regarding interrogation.
ENGLAND 84-YEAR-OLD QUEEN ELIZABETH II IS NOW SPORTING A FACEBOOK PAGE on the recently launched British Monarchy site, according to the BBC. While the page is a political, not a personal page (you can only “like” it — no poking), the Queen has embraced the web BBC reports. The monarchy has been keeping up with the times, according to the BBC, and they are using not only Facebook to connect with their loyal subjects, but Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube page as well. Not bad for the reigning queen of 16 sovereign states!
YEMEN AUTHORITIES IN YEMEN ADMIT THAT U.S. DRONES ARE OPERATING in the country, claiming that their use was purely for “surveillance operations” and not for attacks, reports The Los Angeles Times. The Yemeni Air Force has aided the United States' counterterrorism efforts cooperatively, but Yemeni leaders are reluctant to allow air strikes in their jurisdiction to be carried out exclusively by U.S. forces. According to The Washington Post, U.S. military has been operating drones over Yemen for several months, but has been unable to make attacks, due to insufficient intelligence.
In Afghanistan, M*A*S*H gets a facelift By Robert Bell Staff Writer In the small hours of every Thursday, while most of North Carolina still sleeps, a group of doctors at Womack Army Medical Center in Fayetteville begin medical rounds that will take them to the other side of the world. With a few clicks and webcam switches, the doctors are plugged into Bagram Air Field in Western Afghanistan, where dozens of the most critically injured U.S. soldiers arrive daily, according to The Washington Post. The doctors are joined by medical colleagues — fellow doctors, nurses and medics — at other combat hospitals in Afghanistan, military hospitals in Europe, and other hospitals across the United States. They pore over medical charts that catalogue the brutality of war: traumatic brain injuries, limbs ripped apart by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), flesh burned to the bone. This is not Moses Cone’s emergency room on a Saturday night. At Bagram, injured soldiers often suffer from a dozen injuries or more. Womack doctors and the rest of the medical team diagnose soldiers before treating and transporting them from the battlefield, prior to sending them to various hospitals across Europe or the United States. Medicine during wartime shed its M*A*S*H image long ago. Critically injured soldiers are no longer rushed from the battlefield to a combat hospital, where one or
two doctors try to fix what they can. The Washington Post reports that these days, injured soldiers are examined in person or by far-removed doctors in, say, North Carolina, before being sent to specialized hospitals. Years of battlefield experience — in Iraq and now Afghanistan — have shown that progressive, stepby-step surgery has reduced the battlefield mortality rate. According to The Washington Post, the system is
majority of them, the weekly teleconferences are shortlived before they are flown out of Afghanistan. Wounds are tended to in stages, according to The Washington Post. Surgery is limited so as not to stress an already-traumatized body. Most soldiers with critical injuries get two operations in two hospitals in the first 24 hours. The teleconference is part of the military’s Joint Theater Trauma System (JTTS), which organizes trauma care in both Iraq and Afghanistan, reports The Washington Post. Established in March 2005, the JTTS comprises a joint team of medical professionals whose many missions include improving patient tracking, communications, and development of a theater trauma registry to assess the care of soldiers and establish a direct cause and effect of the outcome of procedures performed along the way. Before the system was created, soldiers were routinely sent to the wrong locations — such as landing at a forward surgical team instead of going to a combat support hospital. Staffing and surgical placement were concerns. Medical records were not delivered reliably with the casualty. At a recent teleconference, surgeon Jay Johannigman remarked about the efficiency of the new system. "None of these kids would have survived in the civilian world," he said according to The Washington Post. "And we never would have saved them five years ago."
They pore over medical charts that catalogue the brutality of war: traumatic brain injuries, limbs ripped apart by IEDs, flesh burned to the bone. This is not Moses Cone’s emergency room on a Saturday night. based on an approach called "damage control surgery," borrowed from civilian medicine. "Twenty years ago, if you left the operating room without fixing everything, you weren't a good surgeon," Rodd Benfield, a 39-year-old Navy surgeon, told the Washington Post. "We don't believe that anymore." This is not cookie-cutter medicine. The soldiers receive plenty of attention from doctors and nurses. But for a
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Student elected chief of police in Mexican town 20 -YEAR-OLD STUDENT MADE CHIEF OF POLICE IN TOWN WHERE DRUG CARTELS, POLICE KILLINGS ARE RAMPANT It has made Hollywood rich and John Wayne famous: a Mexican town is tormented by outlaws until a pistol-savvy American cowboy rides in, defeats the bad guys, and restores peace to the small farming community. But this ain’t Hollywood. Welcome to Práxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a border town of 8,500 residents and a municipality of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It is the epicenter of the illegal drug trade, where 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia recently accepted the position of chief-of-police, a year and a half after her predecessor was beheaded as a warning to authorities, according to the Guardian. Valles Garcia’s jurisdiction is the same territory made famous by Billy the Kid and the Apaches, but today horses have been replaced by pick-ups, rifles by automatics, and herds of stolen cattle by shipments of illegal drugs. And the Magnificent Seven have been replaced by an undergraduate who likes her nails painted pink. "To those who say we are naive and she doesn't have the experience, we say that the traditional methods have not worked," said the Mayor's Chief of Staff Andres Morales, to The Guardian. "We know that the results will not be immediate. We are thinking of the medium and long-term. — of laying the foundations for something better in the future." What was once a peaceful farming community has turned into a drug cartel’s haven. Violence has erupted between two rival gangs — the Juárez and Sinaloa — over total control of the town’s only highway, reports Fox News. The consequences of the conflict have devastated the surrounding communities, law enforcement, and government. But Valles Garcia’s concerns stretch further than her town’s crumbling infrastructure. "I am frightened, I am only human,” Garcia told the Guardian. “But you have to learn to trust and to have hope that things can change," The public waits to see if that change will also come in the form of an unharmed police chief. So far this year in Chihuahua, Mexico, 11 mayors have been murdered, and many police chiefs have been targeted, according to PBS. Last year, 2,600 people were killed in Juárez, a town in close proximity to Práxedis. In the last four years, 28,000 people have been killed, giving Chihuahua the highest murder rate in the world — a claim to fame Mexican officials hope to lose. Meanwhile, citizens feel helpless. "This is a town without law," said local farmer Arturo
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An undergraduate in criminology and a mother, Marisol Valles Garcia recently added "chief of police" to her repertoire when she took charge of the department in a Chihuahuan town. Gomez to Fox News. "It is not likely things will change from one day to the next, but let's see what a woman can do... things can't get any worse." At night, drug cartels drive through the town in convoys of pick-up trucks, asserting their uncontested dominance, reports MSNBC. With weaponry intimidating to both local and federal officers, cartels leave an unambiguous message in the form of a bullet-ridden police station: it’s our way or the highway. Although in this case, they own the highway too. According to MSNBC, local and federal police officers divert their patrol routes to avoid confrontation on roads that are heavily traveled on by drug traffickers. Often threatened, many police officials either surrender to corruption, quit or are killed, according to Fox News. Fighting a war against violent and wealthy drug cartels with underpaid and undereducated police and military has been a losing battle. It is this desperation that is behind Valles Garcia’s alternative measures. Her crime fighting strategy is purely preventative. Garcia will not be armed, although she will have two body guards with her at all times. Hiring nine female police officers out of 13, they will venture door to door and promote
family values, reported PBS. "We are only going to do crime prevention work," said Garcia to the Guardian. "We do not have the means to take them (organized crime) on. Taking on the other stuff is the job of the state and federal authorities." Whether pure prevention is the realistic crime fighting strategy, her department’s resources limit her department’s ability to take on more aggressive strategies. To fight these dangerous drug gangs armed with automatics, sniper rifles, car bombs, and more, Garcia is in charge of one working patrol car, three automatic rifles, and a single pistol, reports The Guardian. Though the obstacles in front of Garcia may be extreme, many are optimistic. “To her credit, she understands this is not just a crime problem but a political problem,” said Justice and Policy Studies Professor Sanjay Marwah. “She is saying they don’t have the resources, there’s a lot of corruption, the drug trade has devastated that part of Mexico significantly, and the violence has taken over and impacted communities, families and individuals. She has basically said that we need to pay attention to these issues and take a new approach.” According to Marwah, Garcia recognizes the need to attack the roots to bypass the thorns. “Crime prevention necessitates directly addressing the underlying root conditions of the problem, especially within her jurisdiction," Marwah explained. "You can’t just expect it to go away. She is understaffed, and she doesn’t have the equipment. From her perspective she has to take a different approach because she doesn’t have the weaponry, equipment, personnel. They receive some assistance from the military but they’re undermanned too.” However, others believe Garcia to be a ploy, a puppet with strings controlled by Mexican authorities. “This whole situation of making a female chief of police with more female officers is just an act and a performance by the government to alleviate international pressure,” said Olivia Elias, assistant professor of Spanish and a Nogales native. “No one believes in the government right now, this is just a way for the government to say they care about women and say ‘look, we put a woman as chief of police!’” Elias’s reservations stem from the troubling failure by the Mexican government to prevent and rectify the rape and murder of the thousands of young women in the country, a disturbing trend that has intensified in conjunction with the rise of the drug cartels. “Her role is not to fight against crime. I see them as more of ornaments. I think it’s a farce by the government, using women with other girls so they can say ‘Look! We care about women; yes we are very sorry about the killings of women.’” Whether a puppet to distract from the country’s troubled history, or the real McCoy, the world’s eyes will be watching Valles Garcia in this modernized western showdown.
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Alcohol ranked higher than heroin for societal harm Continued from Page 1 than heroin. Nutt is the co-author of a study that focuses on ranking the dangers of alcohol and other substances and published in Lancet, a medical journal. In the study, he states: “al-cohol is more harmful than heroin or crack when the overall dangers to the individual and society are considered.” According to the BBC, this study ranked 20 drugs on a scale based on 16 criteria that weigh the harm to users and to the society as a whole. The scoring criteria looked at the mental and physical damage, addiction, crime and costs to the economy and communities, environmental damage, and social harms including crime. Nutt was fired in 2009 from his position as the government drugs adviser due to his views on the subject, the BBC reports. According to Assistant Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Will Pizio, however, the government and the policymakers have had to look at this issue due to numerous alcoholrelated vehicle fatalities. “Alcohol regulations (tests and DUI penalties) have increased in the last 20 years, so this can tell you that society does care about this issue,” said Pizio. “A DUI is the gift that keeps
on giving. For 5 minutes of driving, you keep paying after (fines, insurance rates increase).” Pizio read the Nov. 1 article in the BBC and an article printed in the health section of CNN News on the same day. The CNN headline reads: “Study: Alcohol 'most harmful drug,' followed by crack and heroin.” “Headlines like these catch the eye but can be misleading,” said Pizio. “Look at what (Nutt’s) saying. Don’t just read the headline, but see the overall picture.” “When you look at the social costs to society, (alcohol) has to be more harmful because the proportion of the population using alcohol is higher compared to the harder drugs,” said Pizio. “Really, it’s legal and it’s regulated.” After seeing such a sensational headline, readers may put the article down, cross their arms, close their minds and stop reading. Further down the Nov. 1 BBC article, however, the issue of comparison is contextualized and clarified. “Crack cocaine is more addictive than alcohol but because alcohol is so widely used there are hundreds of thousands of people who crave alcohol every day and those people will go to extraordinary lengths to get it,” Nutt said, according to the BBC. Nutt is not telling the world to switch to heavier drugs instead of alcohol or look at them as trivial or harmless.
According to the CNN article, Nutt expressed concern at the idea that he would be seen as unsympathetic to those offended by the article. He wants those who have experienced a loss of a family member because of drugs to understand his study in its context. Again, this criterion includes social harms like crime and abuse in addition to physical and mental damage, etc. As reflected in Nutt’s statements, his intentions were to compare the risks of these substances and not to trivialize the dangers of them. Nutt is asking people to question the current drug ranking system and its criteria. According to the BBC, Nutt wants everyone to understand the details of this study. “It is important to separate harm to individuals and harm to society,” said Nutt. Greensboro resident Erica Vasile, a Monmouth graduate with a master's degree in social work, grew up with a parent who battled with alcohol and heroin addiction. She found the article interesting because of her family connection and her position as a social worker in the school system, which she’s held for ten years. “I completely agree with Professor Nutt,” said Vasile. “Alcohol is absolutely a drug.” She gave many examples of different situations she has seen over the years.
“Whether it's neglect or abuse of children while the parent is drinking, supervision issues while the parents are drinking at the club or bar, fetal alcohol syndrome, or re-sources being used to get drunk instead of providing for the children — I've seen it all,” said Vasile. “All for a legal drug that provides unimaginable tax monies to the government.” Having seen both drug and alcohol addiction, Erica recognizes that harder drugs are an important issue but agrees that alcoholism is more widespread than heroin use. “I can testify that, although we (her family) dealt with a heroin addiction for a short time, its effects were drastic,” said Vasile. “The alcoholism seems to have had a deeper impact on the family history including health of the alcoholics and their functioning in society.” Vasile’s words are just a glimpse of the dialogue that Nutt’s controversial study has provoked. According to the BBC, Nutt has gone on to form the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs with hopes to continue his research without political interference. The implications of his study, however, remain a sharp reminder of a widespread struggle. The bottle lay empty on the leather seat of his car. He fumbled for his keys but his vision was blurry. He just needed to make it a few blocks to the bar, and then home.
Failed bomb attempt shows US weaknesses By Dan Etter Staff Writer The Yemen-based faction Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for a sophisticated plot against the United States in which two expertly-concealed bombs were shipped via the United Postal Service (UPS) and FedEX to the addresses of two Chicago synagogues in late October. Although the packages were intercepted and the plot foiled, the attempt signifies growing capabilities of terrorist organizations to strike on American soil, and could produce unwanted complications for the air-line shipping industry. The bombs were concealed inside the ink cartridges of two Hewlett-Packard printers. Using the explosive PETN, which is common to heavy construction, the devices were created to mimic the appearance of normal printer ink and wiring, reports The New York Times. “The wiring of the devices indicates that this was done by professionals. It was set up so that if you scan it, all the printer components would look right,” said one investigation official to The New York Times, under the condition of anonymity. A drastic improvement from his previous work, the bombs are believed to be the work of AQAP’s top bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. Asiri’s previous work includes two failed attempts in 2009, one of which was on a trans-Atlantic flight to Detroit last December, reported The New York Times. The Washington Post illustrated the increased efficiency and innovation of Asiri’s bombs by comparing his previous airline plot with this recent attempt. Where the first bombing involved 80 grams of PETN stuffed into a bomber’s underwear, these complex computer-part bombs featured 300-400 grams of the explosive, said a German security official who wished to remain unidentified. Asiri’s other high-profile 2009 attempt was a failed assassination of Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Mohammed bin Nayef, reports The New York Times. It was a tip from Nayef that alerted international authorities to the plot and lead to the parcels’ interception in
Dubai and at Britain’s East Midlands airports, according to The New York Times. Though not often a reliable ally to the United States, Saudi Arabian authorities have cited the Yemen faction as their largest security threat, according to The New York Times. With only a single suspect arrested — an unidentified woman who was released when it was discovered her identity had been stolen and used to ship the packages — Yemeni officials have struggled in their at-tempts to suppress the AQAP, reports The Washington Post. Behind the group’s recent strengthening is the Americanborn cleric Anwar al-Awaki. According to BBC, Awaki’s YouTube sermons led top King’s College student, Roshonara Choudhry, to attempt a stabbing assassination of British Parliamentary Member Stephen Timms in May. Awaki’s actions have earned him much attention from the international counter-terrorism community. With personnel from the FBI, Pentagon, and CIA stationed in Yemen, the United States has had mixed results with a bombing campaign aimed at AQAP’s approximately 300 members hidden throughout an area of desert twice the size of Wyoming, reports The Washington Post. The system of Saudi Arabian surveillance and spies that first detected the plot, however, is part of a larger international counter-terrorism network that includes the five countries involved in the package’s interception, according to The New York Times. “It reinforces the need for Western democracies to share information and resources,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Robert Duncan, who worked for the CIA for nearly 26 years before coming to Guilford. The successful foil of the plot followed a two-day chase of the parcels and a combined effort by officials in the United States, Britain, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, according to the Associated Press. Despite successful cooperation between international counter-terrorism authorities, the plot’s near success has raised questions about American vulnerabilities. Information recently emerged that U.S. intelligence officials intercepted multiple packages containing books, papers and CD’s that were shipped from Yemen to Chicago addresses in September. Though the parcels contained no
explosives and were allowed to be delivered, it is believed that these may have been test runs for the organization to better plan timing and logistics, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. “At the time, people obviously took notice and — knowing of the terrorist group’s interest in aviation — considered the possibility that AQAP might be exploring the logistics of the cargo system,” said an unnamed official to The Washington Post. "When we learned of last week's serious threat, we recalled the incident and factored it in to our government's very prompt response.” While customers have the ability to track packages from the shipper’s website, U.S. Customs authorities gain knowledge about the contents of U.S.-bound cargo planes only four hours before they are scheduled to arrive, according to USA Today. With over a third of all global trade conducted by air cargo, as reported by Reuters, fears of reactionary measures inhibiting the industry have risen. “Security cannot bring business to a standstill,” said Administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration John Pistole to Reuters at an aviation security conference. “We must strike a balance (be-tween security and business). The U.S. government understands this well.” These effects have been seen already. In the days following the plot, U.S. fighter jets escorted a cargo plane from the Canadian border to New York’s Kennedy International Airport to be searched. Since, both cargo and passenger flights have been banned by multiple European countries, including Britain and Germany, according to The Washington Post. However, analysts suggest that airlines may be pressured to limit the amount of cargo shipped on passenger planes, which carried 40 percent of last year’s 26 million tons of total cargo shipped, according to the International Air Transport Association and reported by Reuters. Since the bombs were transported twice on passenger planes that authorities failed to prevent from taking off by mere minutes, Senate Intelligence Committee Top Republican Kit Bond prescribed a “wakeup call” that is due to go out to both the shipping industry and the international counter-terrorism community alike.
The Rivals delights audience
Story by Elaine Kellogg Photos by Alex Minkin Show time is only minutes away. The lights are dimmed, obscuring the delicately painted scene on stage. Sternberger Auditorium, abuzz with a chattering audience, is suddenly filled with a terrible noise: the chaotic beating of drums, cowbells, and various other utensils. The lights flicker on, and the actors pile onto the stage. In the Theatre Studies Department’s newest production, “The Rivals,” the excitement of the opening carries on throughout the entire play. The play is an 18th-century comedy that recounts playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s courtship of his wife. The play takes a timeless look at burden of filial piety and the absurdities of young lovers. Many of the jokes rely on the mechanics of language, particularly in the case of Mrs. Malaprop, a character who often misuses words in a futile attempt to inflate her speech. The play’s true humor is energized by a powerful acting crew and a cast of zany characters. Laughs were not in short supply on opening night. “In my opinion, this play is the best I’ve seen at Guilford College,” said junior Kalyn Howard, an usher who joined the audience for the opening night. “It had the best production, was very eye-catching, and the combination of actors was great.” Eye-catching, indeed. The Theatre Studies
Department aims to delight with beautifully constructed scenery, costumes, and props. The detail put into the set easily activates the imagination of the audience, simulating an 18th century feel. “This set was really different from any set we’ve done before,” said sophomore and scenic artist Elizabeth Wray. “We learned a lot and we got a chance to work with a professional scenic artist.” Straightforward storytelling and wit are the play’s strong points. Although “The Rivals” arguably does not boast the depth of the department’s previous plays, the performance lends itself to a wide audience with its clever commentary on love. An exciting pace and hilarious character antics keep amusement levels high. “We’ve done plays in the past like ‘Uncle Vanya’ that have had comedic interludes, but this has been our first straight-on comedy in awhile,” said junior Marcus Edghill, the actor who plays Anthony Absolute. At the end of the first showing, the actors had a right to be proud of their performance. Members of the audience lined up to deliver congratulatory remarks. “We all worked really hard and at times it was strenuous,” said Edghill. “But we all put in a lot of energy into the final product. It ended up really great.” “It was a really long, nerve-wracking process, but with a good a product,” said sophomore Puja Tolton,
who plays Mrs. Malaprop. First-year Will Batchelor, who plays the protagonist role of Captain Jack Absolute, echoed the sentiments of his fellow cast members. “I was worried at first, but I felt like everything fell into place on stage tonight,” said Batchelor. Taking on a central character role is unusual for a first-year peace and conflicts studies major, but Batchelor took on the role with style and expertise. Batchelor said that he has some acting experience from high school. “There are some things that credits can’t fulfill,” said Batchelor. “College is about trying new things and getting experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise. I definitely got my money’s worth out of the process (of the play).” All in all, “The Rivals” proves to be a fun, fresh production. Its light-hearted tone is perfect for those that simply want to take a break from their busy schedule, sit down, and be entertained. “I recommend that everyone see it (the play),” said Howard. “With conviction, in fact. The theatre department did a really bang-up job.” Tickets are $3 for Guilford community members and $5 for general admission. Showings continue through Nov. 13.
Clockwise from above: Marcus DaughtryEdghill (junior Theatre Studies major) and Puja Tolton (sophomore Theatre Studies major); Trevor Corning (senior Political Science major); (Left to right) John Miller (sophomore English Major) and David Kinchen (sophomore Criminal Justice major); Jonathan Shine (junior Theatre Studies major). The 18th-century comedy, “The Rivals,” opened last weekend, and showings continue through Nov. 13.
(Left) The homecoming Street Fair boasted such activities as airbrush tattoos (left) and a rockclimbing wall. (Bottom) Former Guilford president Bill Rogers (in green), alumni, and current faculty, staff and students gather after an early-bird tennis tournment on
Courtesy of Karrie Manson
11 November 12, 2010
Homecoming a chance to 'renew Guilford ties' Continued from Page 1 “To me, homecoming means just being with friends, family and enjoying what Guilford is all about,” said junior Tae Ortiz. “It’s almost like a birthday — all weekend.” Homecoming had several key themes that mirrored the mission statement of Guilford College. This year, homecoming weekend incorporated a much wider range of events than in the past. "Being elected to the Homecoming board was something I saw as an honor, but I also didn't know what it entailed," said junior Stephen Obeng. “I have no recollection of any events in the past Guilford has done in relation to homecoming besides the football game. This year there was a strong focus on advertising the events that were both centered on fun and community building like the packing party in which we pack more than 10,000 meals for the homeless as part of the 'Stop Hunger Now Program.'" The entire program of events kicked off on Nov. 3 with Random Acts of Kindness Day, asking students to engage in at least one act of kindness, reflecting some of our most important values of kindness and integrity. Next was Green & Beyond day, during which we celebrated our progress and demonstrated our commitment to environmental sustainability. Its intent was to grow our understanding of the many ways sustainability can be applied. Nov. 5 was Crimson & Gray day, demonstrating our unique school spirit and fan loyalty by wearing our school colors, and showing our desire to foster community. The street festival held on the New Garden lawn nearly stole the show. Live music, novelty tents selling knickknacks, and elaborate carnival attractions defined the afternoon. From rock climbing to laser tag, alumni and students alike could find something to entertain and delight. The festival also offered music from various alumni and local bands. While lighthearted in nature, the music served a more meaningful purpose. A concert was held in honor of Timothy LaFollette ’01,
who speaks on behalf of Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) awareness. LaFollette has been battling ALS since he was diagnosed in April 2009. The culmination was senior day, where student athletes of the class of 2011 were commemorated for their dedication to excellence in education, on and off the field. At the beginning of the game, senior players were escorted onto the field, in traditional fashion by parents and loved ones. Emotions were high as pictures and memories were captured while senior student athletes walked onto Appenzeller Field for the last time. Despite losses on the field, Guilford’s 2010 Homecoming was a memorable and enjoyable event for those involved. It provided a way for students and alumni of all ages to spend time together and reconnect with the campus. “As I've built up some time here, I see alums that I used to work with work to make their lives better,” said Bryan Jones, sports marketing coordinator. “Seeing some of the alums that were students in my time makes it worth it. I miss seeing them here.” It was an emotional day for many, but it was an event that we can look back on and be proud — proud of the time we have spent here, proud and sure of our values, and proud of the foundation we have built for students in days to come. The true spirit of homecoming is summed up by President of the Alumni Association Esther S. Hall, ‘74. "Homecoming is a time for alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at-large to renew our Guilford ties,” said Hall. “This celebration affords the continuation of the old and new traditions that make Guilford our Guilford."
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(Clockwise from above left:) Football fans attempt a wave.The Quakers take on Catholic University in a close match; running back Bailey Crego, first-year, runs the ball to gain yards for Guilford. . A rugby alum body-slams an unsuspecting underclassman. A funnel-cake stand attracts patrons at the Saturday-afternoon street festival on New Garden lawn.
Local Theater: places to go and productions to see By Angie Johnson Staff Writer The Triad offers a rich assortment of entertainment options, but not many can top a cold winter day in the theater. Even though it’s about as far “off-Broadway” as you can get, the Piedmont Triad region rivals the largest Southern cities in the number of quality productions offered. If you are looking for theater culture, you can find it at a number of local stages.
Guilford’s very own Sternberger Auditorium features the talent of the theatre studies students. The students and faculty select the schedule and the plays, often choosing productions that are not commonly seen in the other college theaters. Currently on stage is Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th century play, “The Rivals.” For $3, you will not find a better deal in town. Additional shows this coming school year include: “Rabbit Hole” — Feb. 11 through Feb. 19 “Gemini” — April 8 through April 16
232 S. Elm St., Greensboro Perhaps Greensboro’s first choice for professional theater productions, the Triad Stage
opened in 2002 in the restored downtown building. Now called The Pyrle Theater, the company offers year-round shows at fairly reasonable prices. This venue is perfect for a special night on the town, with the added benefit of ample downtown dining options. Prices for single shows range from $18 to $42, depending on date and time. In addition to the holiday standard, “A Christmas Carol,” upcoming shows include: “The Sunset Limited” — Feb. 13 through March 6 “Steel Magnolias” — April 10 through May 4
310 S. Greene St., Greensboro A local favorite, The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro represents 83 years of regional history. The holiday season is exceptionally busy as The Community Theater of Greensboro presents their annual production of “The Wizard of Oz” and the Greensboro Ballet showcases the Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker.” Like Triad Stage, Carolina Theatre is downtown. Prices range from $12.50 to $32.50, with $2.50 of each ticket going toward continued theater restoration efforts. Shows include: “The Wizard of Oz” — Nov. 12 through Dec. 21
“The Eight Reindeer Monologues” — Dec. 8 through Dec. 18 “The Nutcracker” — Dec. 10 through Dec. 19
UNCG Department of Theatre
Taylor Theatre - 450 Tate St., Greensboro The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers several degrees in theatre; its students offer us UNCG Theatre. This student-staffed production group runs several large-scale plays each year. For a $12 student admission, you can support other theatre students in the local community. Do not forget the after-theater options to be found along Tate Street, including good food and great coffee. A contemporary production of “Alice in Wonderland” is on stage now. “Alice” runs through Nov. 24. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — Jan. 1 through Feb. 26 “Hansel and Gretel, The Little Brother and Little Sister” — March 15 through March 20.
High Point Theatre
220 E. Commerce St., High Point Just eleven miles southwest of Guilford College sits High Point Theatre. This location has been home to The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival for 33 years. In addition to the "Bard of Avalon," the theatre is home to
High Point’s Community Theatre and hosts several national recording and comedy acts each year. A trip to downtown High Point will have limited after-show options, but if you get there early you should check out one of High Point’s oldest diners, “The Dog House.” Ticket prices range from $18 to $23 for students. “A Christmas Carol” — Dec. 3 through Dec. 19 “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre” — Dec. 12 “42nd Street” — Feb. 25 through March 5
UNCSA School of Drama
In Winston-Salem, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts presents hundreds of productions each year in theaters throughout North Carolina. Students and staff present everything from plays to ballets. Their next major production, “The Nutcracker,” will run from Dec. 4 through Dec. 12 at the beautiful downtown Steven’s Center. Winston Salem offers a variety of dining and live music options if you find yourself wanting more before you leave. Other upcoming productions include: “Light up the Sky” — Nov. 11 through Nov. 20 “Uncommon Women and Others” — Feb. 10 though Feb. 12
Campus cleanup continues...
On Nov. 3, a number of campus clubs Clockwise from right: made a collective effort to clean up the Sam Kelly, sophomore, and his fellow greencampus before Homecoming. Nine clubs thinkers haul another load of cans, bottles, and and over 40 people participated, along other refuse out of the Guilford woods. Casey with The Sustainability Council and the Starkweather, junior, helps load a bag of trash. Center for Principled Problem Solving. In Senior Matt Sinclair holds a bag as fellow stuaddition to sprucing up, the goal of the dents stuff the sack. Trevor Denning, senior, cleanup was to bring a diverse group of and Rebekah Burlason, junior, work together clubs together over a common cause. to remove a tire from the lake.
Photos by Jesse Crews/Guilfordian
FORUM BURSTING THE BUBBLE A deep look at Deep Roots Market Omar Hamad Staff Writer A middle-aged man reciting poetry outside the door, walls sprawling with signs and flyers for local artists, and several potted plants sitting comfortably atop the shelves. As I stepped for the first time into Deep Roots Organic Co-op it was instantly clear that this was not your typical corner convenience store. Concern over mankind’s carbon footprint as well as for the nutrition of non-organic foods has led to an explosion in the demand for organic products. Once labeled the domain of “earthy” types, organic shopping has gone mainstream, with chains such as Trader Joe’s and Earth Fare touting their wholesome selections. True to its name however, Deep Roots Market maintains significant ties to the Greensboro community. Originally a vegetarian food-buying club operating in the basement of Mary Hobbs hall, Deep Roots has its humble origins in the eco-conscious practices of a handful of students during the late 60s. By 1976, the group finally had enough capital to purchase a small storefront near the UNCG campus. The current spacious location at 3728 Spring Garden was purchased by the store in 1990, and has continued to serve customers ever since. As an independent grocery store, Deep Roots is not only unique as the only 100 percent organic marketplace in the Triad, but also because of its co-operative status. Governed by principles of open membership and community decision-making, the store is owned in equal shares by 1,700 members of the Greensboro Community, and run by an elected board of directors. The store has additionally banned plastic bags and recycles all of its waste-water, attesting to its commitment to sustainable practices. Entering Deep Roots on a dreary Saturday afternoon, I was captivated by its homey atmosphere as I walked along the green-and-white linoleum. As a first time visitor, I was immediately struck by the sheer variety of what was available. Looking only at the types of loose-leaf teas and their countries of origin, I traveled across three continents to over a dozen countries. Moving towards the back of the store I curiously eyed the dairy and frozen sections. In addition to the many soy and vegan based products, which are now more frequently found in larger grocery stores, were several items that I have rarely seen anywhere. Homemade butter — made only from sweet cream and salt — and kefir — a thick drink made from fermented milk — were just a couple of the unique items that caught my attention. For those nutrition-conscious pork-lovers out there, nitrite-free bacon is sold by popular demand. However, the centerpiece of Deep Roots Market is without a doubt the organic produce section, which features an array of locally grown fruits and vegetables. My mouth watered as I observed the huge head of kale grown right here in North Carolina. Equally enticing were the baskets full of various locally grown squash, sweet potatoes, and collard greens. Needless to say, I was having premature fantasies of Thanksgiving. As the public grows increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability, the recognition for benefits of buying local and organic foods has also grown. The creation of self-reliant local food economies, the minimization of environmental impact, and improved well-being are all advantages to eco-conscious consumption. In all of these respects, Deep Roots has been well ahead of the curve, its existence predating the organic craze by some three decades. Even as larger chains have caught onto this trend, it maintains a large base of loyal customers. This alone indicates the desire not only for organic products, but for businesses which are intimately invested in their surrounding communities. As college students we often feel too rushed to give much thought to our food consumption habits. As someone who had the fortune of growing up around the corner from a naturalfoods co-op in Raleigh, however, I can say that the physical and mental rewards of buying organic are immeasurable. So if you are out shopping this holiday season and want to consider an alternative to the norm, put this place on your list. You will not regret your visit, and I am certainly not regretting this delicious raw peanut butter as I spread it on a succulent locally grown apple.
13 November 12, 2010
A Christmas hoax
By Amanda Dahill-Moore
Elves are chasing goblins and ghouls out of town. Fat men are donning red and white suits with fake beards. Not even a week after Halloween and stores are already flooded with red and green cheer: fake snow-flakes dangle from the ceiling and cardboard bells appear suspended in mid-chime. It looks like Christmas came early, folks. “Holiday cheer” now not only subsumes Thanksgiving, it has swallowed up Halloween as well. Where will it end? In a few short years we could be caroling on the Fourth of July. Does anybody even feel the “Christmas spirit” anymore, or is it just a mad rush to fulfill our sense of consumer obligation? Holiday spirit is now represented by jingles and slogans and meaningless words like “jolly.” While advertisers play on our sense of nostalgia for some mythical time that was simpler and more innocent, we neglect the true spirit of the season which is meant to be about selfless giving, not quantifying love in the form of presents. Call me idealistic or old-fashioned, but elbowing each other out of the way in some over-crowded mall is not my idea of holiday cheer. Not only is the consumerist depiction of the holiday season demeaning to anyone who still considers this a sacred experience, it is alienating to the remaining percentage of the Ameri-
can population that does not celebrate Christmas. And for that even larger percentage of Americans who do identify as Christian, but do not have the means to keep up with the increasing pressure of what we consider adequate gift-giving, Christmas is more and more the season of stress. Regardless of economic background or religious affiliation, most of us can agree that as the days grow shorter, darker and colder, people need to be reminded of the warmth and goodness that resides within us. This is the reason we draw together, buoyed by faith in tradition and human connections. The light from Christmas trees and menorahs is not a random relic of some obscure ritual. It symbolizes the need to create our own metaphoric light in the darkest season of the year. The season of giving has become the
season of getting as we allow big business to define our idea of tradition. Our society is a lot more divided than most of us would like to admit, with the lines between the rich and poor becoming starker and people still unable to connect across religions. With no end to this problem in sight, I will refrain from regurgitating some old cliché like “love your neighbor” or “give your family hugs instead of gifts.” All I can ask is that in the spirit of hope and compassion we should do what may be the most generous thing: step off this crazy merry-go-round and take a moment to examine what really matters to us. If consumerism truly is your thing, you are in the right place, so go ahead and do your dance. But if that is not what you really want, take the time to find out what real giving means to you this year.
Four Loko: blackout in a can
By Victor Lopez
A colorful can containing a beverage that tastes like carbonated sewer water is being blamed for the hospitalization of numerous college students. This sugary alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, is said to be especially attractive to college and high school students. Recently the alcoholic beverage Four Loko has been under fire. Some colleges like Harvard have banned the drink and the state of Michigan banned the drink across the board, according to the Los Angeles Times. Opponents of Four Loko claim it is a product of the devil — a way that students can get drunk: very drunk, very fast. According to Mayo Clinic, drinking a Four Loko is like drinking a cup of coffee plus almost six Bud beers. Some people blame the colorful can, which does contain warnings, for attracting the younger crowd. I know that it is nonsense. I thought I had reached a plateau in my drinking career
until I was introduced to Four Loko. Then things became real. On my first Four Loko night, by the end of the second can I was speaking in tongues, texting my ex, and woke up in a bed that was not my own. Without a doubt, it is “blackout” in a can. And all this was attained for under $10, which is arguably far more attractive to college students than the colorful can. It is a little silly when colleges, churches and the media seize on the opportunity to knock Four Loko and blame its existence for students making bad decisions. College students are adults. The minute alcohol or any other mind-altering substance enters their bodies, they lose their common sense. They lose motor functions. They lose the ability to make decisions. Recently a car drove through the back of my house. I did not wonder if the driver was consuming Four Loko, rather I realized that the driver must have been under the influence. Whether or not Four Loko is behind students acting out, or having to be hospitalized, it is clearly a very potent drink and not to be taken lightly. By the same breath, all alcohol has the possibility to have the same effect on students and adults or minors — whether or not they have caffeine. Blaming alcohol abuse on one company does not negate the fact that as students we can actively make decisions and take the consequences. Anything less is escapism and passing the buck by blaming a company, which is nothing but denial of our responsibility.
Ghosts of Guilford past, present and future
the Homecoming weekend. I did, and wondered: “What on Earth is ‘What is it? What is What?’” As it turns out, it (what?) leads to the What is What website where the front-page video blitzkriegs viewers with approximately 24 questions and 22 answers in under two and a half minutes. This is to great effect, and stimulates interest in the week’s events for viewers who would have otherwise felt aversion or indifference towards them. But more than video guessing games, Homecoming is the time to
Guilford strives for access everywhere, for everyone
By Paul McCullough Staff Writer Every year around this time, a strange feeling comes over our campus. It isn’t the kind of strange feeling that you might get when your cell phone vibrates violently at the bottom of your backpack during class, nor is it the sort of feeling you got around midterms when Monday somehow became Thursday. This is the kind of feeling that only comes once a year, when respectable, accomplished adults see you wearing a towel and cowprint slippers while picking up milk from your friend’s apartment at nine in the morning. You may have noticed the sticker campaign that was used to spread knowledge of planned events for
lacking. Not lacking, however, is a sandstorm-onslaught from our college’s marketing department. Despite this, something much more meaningful blooms during Homecoming. It is the return of old friends, with new stories and livelihoods, that may offer us a glimpse into the post-Guilford world. And with their fleeting return to grace our lovely campus, faces of Guilford’s past beg us to wonder: how are our individual and collective decisions in the present shaping the future? In the depths of self-examination, we may find ourselves saying, “I don’t know,” then returning to mass-texting during class periods. Soon, we’ll be saying hello to our rightful place on the rock-climbing wall: three or four feet off of the ground. In time, we’ll forget those bothersome memories of the moon-bounces, which, after five or six funnel cakes, were far less bouncy than usual this year. We’ll forget that small gang of children who were seen mocking innocent people, ruthlessly shouting that I was too old to be at said moonbounce until I left in tears.
This is the kind of feeling that only comes once a year, when respectable, accomplished adults see you wearing a towel and cow-print slippers while picking up milk from your friend’s apartment at nine in the morning. welcome back the people that we ourselves will be in five, 10, or 40 years. Keep an eye out at social events and their respective afterparties, and you’re sure to run in to someone who went to Guilford “when it was good.” Guilford is, of course, “not good anymore,” they will say, and then generously take time proportional to their blood alcohol content to explain, in depth, precisely what our cozy institution is
Letter to the Editor A new policy on drinking games begs the question: what's the point? “Beer pong is a sport … ” claims Dan DiSorbo, “ … that happens to involve beer, although you are welcomed to use any beverage of your choice, even water.” If there is one sport I love to play, it is beer pong (or “Beirut” where I’m from). It involves skill, coordination, a pingpong ball and cups filled with … water. I might hold a beer in one hand, drinking when I feel like it. Unfortunately, I’ve had to play off campus this semester because it is considered a level II violation. That means it’s as bad as hazing, smoking pot, and can result in, “Up to 1 year suspension (and) up to 40 hours of community service.” All this for what Guilford calls a “game”, which they claim is “dangerous and not acceptable.” This also includes weekend favorites like Kings, Flip Cup, and I suppose any game where alcohol is present. Guilford, I
understand your concern. I understand you are trying to look out for us. But leave the game, excuse me, the sport, of beer pong alone. Just because people mess up sometimes — who don’t know their limits yet — does not mean you should ruin it for the rest of us. Run education programs on the dangers of binge drinking and let people make their own decisions like they’ll have to in a few years in the real world. If you’re concerned about the law, have us all sign waivers so that it will be our fault if we exceed our limits. Let me be an adult at 22 years-old, stop treating me like I’m at summer camp or in high school. This is a silly thing to write an editorial about, but I feel the drinking game ban is a silly law that needs to be corrected. Matthew Fisher , senior
... leave the game, excuse me, the sport, of beer pong alone. Just because people mess up sometimes who don’t know their limits yet does not mean you should ruin it for the rest of us.
This isn’t the “access to education” you’re used to thinking about. November’s “Access Everywhere Week” is not about the availability of tools for academic success; it isn’t the “access” common to sociology classes, one made bleak by socioeconomic conditions; it’s not even about monetary access to funding a higher education. “Access Everywhere” addresses something much more simple than those, and something more often forgotten: the physical accessibility of our campus to all people. As strategically placed signs reminded students, faculty, and staff throughout the week, the ability to navigate the steps to a building’s entrance, reach an elevator button to make it to a second-story classroom, or pass through a hall’s double doorways should never be considered the norm. At Guilford, the biggest obstacle of the differently abled is not in getting to a place, but having a place in the conversation. The conversation regarding diversity is taken seriously at Guilford, where our core values foster an emphasis on social justice. This conversation, however, often forgets the special concerns facing Guilford’s handicapped population. In our celebration of diversity, we exclude the views of those whose disabilities give them a much different perspective of this campus; widespread neglect of that perspective is as much an obstacle to the learning experience of the differently abled as restricted elevator access. During “Access Everywhere,” four Guilford students— scholars of the Principled Problem Solving program— hosted a presentation of their research on Guilford’s handicapped accessibility. Their presentation opened a long-ignored, but much-needed dialogue regarding the campus’ accessibility. This project confronts the ways that we think about disability, or worse, the ways that we don’t. The Guilfordian is accepting the challenge posed during “Access Everywhere” — the challenge to remember and celebrate the demographics that make up Guilford’s proud claim to a diverse student body. The conversation regarding access and denial is one that we will continue to have here at The Guilfordian. Our commitment to equal coverage begins with a basic commitment to equality. The problem of inaccessibility runs much deeper than an inequality of entryways; there is an inequality that begins in the conversations regarding campus diversity, especially in its conclusion of the differently abled. “Access Everywhere” was timed to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it has called attention to the need for a permanent place for this important and evolving conversation. Our students, faculty and staff must integrate the concerns of the differently abled into our classroom discourse, in the vocabulary we use regarding diversity, and most importantly, in our view of the school. In the spirit of “Access Everywhere Week,” let’s continue to practice the empathy required to see this school in the diversity of ways that our classmates do— with a view to its merits and weaknesses as both a physical campus and as a community.
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Men’s Basketball (Last year: 30-3, 14-2 ODAC) Overview: The Quakers’ look to have another phenomenal year on the court. The team was tabbed fifth in the league’s annual pre-season poll by ODAC men’s basketball coaches. With 11 returning letter winners returning and a solid group of new comers, the team has high expectations for this upcoming season. They look to make it back to NCAA Division III National Championship Series. Big Names: Senior guard T.C. Anderson returns to bring his experience and defensive presence back the team. Sophomore guard Josh Pittman is the top returning scorer with an average of 6.9 points per game last year for the Quakers. Pittman looks to continue his scoring streak and lead the team this season. They Said It: "It's going to be different without some of our players from last year, but we have the tools to be successful, we just have to put in the work," said junior Justin Stafford. My Take: The Quakers’ graduated the Division III National Player of the Year Tyler Sanborn, Clay Henson, and Rhett Bonner. With the graduating class leaving, I believe the veterans of the team will lead the team to NCAA Division III championships. They have players that have experience
and knowledge that can help the younger guys on the team to develop. I disagree with the pre-season poll. I think the Quakers’ will do better and finish third in the ODAC. Women’s Swimming (Last year: 3-4, 2-2 ODAC) Overview: Coming off a tough season last year, the Quakers work to have a better season. The Guilford women's swimming team was picked sixth in an annual pre-season poll taken by ODAC coaches. The team is dedicated to improving and having a better outcome than they did last year. Key Players: Sophomore Allison Semmler recorded Guilford's best 50-yard butterfly time (35.09) of last season and looks to do it again this season. Senior Sara Waitsman looks to be a leader and bring experience back to the team. Waitsman posted best times in the 50-yard freestyle (29.44), 100-yard freestyle (1:05.66), and the 200-yard freestyle (2:25.93) at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championship. They Said It: “Everyone is really excited for this new year … I have never seen a more determined set of girls,” said junior Kelcey Johnson. My Take: Even though the Quakers were predicted to finish in the lower half of the conference I believe they will do better. With high spirits, the team has high expectations coming into this season. I disagree with the annual pre-season poll. I think the Quakers will finish fourth in the ODAC.
Top 16 Guilford sports teams: 1986 men's tennis #10 By Justin Cox Staff Writer The last few weeks we have taken a look at some truly great teams in Guilford’s history. As we enter the upper echelon of the teams, I ask you to turn your attention to the 1986 men’s tennis squad as the 10th best team in Guilford history. One need only glance at the men’s tennis record book to see why this pick was so easy to make. The 1986 team was loaded with talent and experience. The team would reach — and compete fiercely in — the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament; this was of course before Guilford
entered the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in 1992. Finishing first as the NAIA District 26 Champions, the team would fall short of winning the tournament championship in Kansas City, Miss., but that does not diminish the 30-6 record that they collectively compiled. The accolades of this group are almost too many to list. From the second spot on the school’s all time records for most wins in singles play, the team holds every other slot down to the seventh. Chris Loddenkemper '86 would go 26-9 that year, with teammates Nick Demetraides '86 and Patricio Abey '86 following closely with 25-8 and 23-9 records respectively.
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Doubles play would feature much of the same dominance. Loddenkemper teamed with Adam Neilly '86 to post a 22-8 school record for most wins in Doubles play in a season. Not to be outdone, Demetraides and Ricky Feit '86 posted an impressive 19-1 record — making them second on the same list. With wins piling up in both singles and doubles play, there is no surprise that the season overall win’s category is chock full of players from the 1986 team. In fact, the first five spots belong to the team. Loddenkemper ranks first with a 48-17 overall record. Neilly follows closely with a record of 45-17, while Demetraides gets the proverbial bronze medal with a record of 44-9.
The team owes much of their accomplishments to their head coach Ray Allen. Allen, who coached the Quakers for 13 seasons, posted a .669 winning percentage during his tenure. Perhaps most impressive is that Allen only finished lower than third place once in his 13 years in the NAIA District 26 Championships, coming in first in 1980 and again in 1986 . This year’s men’s team looks to improve on the 11-11 overall record from last year. and rekindle the glory of the 1980's The first step is the right direction that can be taken in February when the team meets Winston-Salem State at the Dorothy Ragsdale McMichael Courts here on Guilford’s campus.
FOOTBALL: NOV. 13 GUILFORD V EMORY & HENRY* MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOV. 13 GUILFORD V GREENSBORO COLLEGE 8 P.M. # WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NOV. 13 GUILFORD V GREENSBORO COLLEGE 6 P.M. # MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: NOV. 13 NCAA DIVISION III SOUTH/ SOUTHEAST REGIONAL $ Key: *-ODAC match @-ODAC Tournament #-at the Greensboro Coliseum $- in Memphis, Tenn
The future is bright for men’s cross country By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer
Going into the National Collegiate Atheltic Association (NCAA) Regional meet on Nov. 13, the men’s cross country team displayed a low-key confidence. “We’re a close-knit team that is highly motivated to do well,” said first-year runner David Cason. “We always motivate each other and create a competitive atmosphere — it really helps the team do better.” Teammate first-year Chad Norton agreed. “I really enjoy the support of the guys — they keep pushing you to do better," said Norton. "We have really good team chemistry.” The chemistry the runners possess is only one of the many reasons for their success this season. Quietly, the men’s cross country team is having one of the best seasons in a long time. Previously, their best conference finish was sixth. This season, they finished in second, only behind perennial powerhouse Lynchburg College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). What made this season special for the Quaker runners is that eight out of the top 10 runners on the team are first-years. This year, with all the first-years, the team still consistently proved they are a force to be reckoned with. The team came in second in the ODAC based on the conference meet with four out of the top five runners that placed in the top 16 overall were first-years. They had a school record — three all-conference runners in junior Derek Kosgei, Norton, and Cason. Finally, the team had the ODAC runner of the year in Kosgei.
“We have good capable runners that have the potential for great things to happen,” said Norton. “We all continue to develop as runners by training with solid runners.” Part of this motivation came from the coaching of head coach Bill Cason. He clarified that although young, the team displayed maturity throughout the season by running through tough courses. Bill also explained that the team is goal-oriented. “The team has been running 60 to 80 miles a week since mid June,” said Bill. “The races are a break from the rigorous training they go through. Race day is an easy day for them.” Bill enjoys the group of runners on the team, especially because of the hard training his runners took part in. “They’re a good group of guys and a really good group of runners," said Cason. "Training with a solid group of runners makes their work ethic better.” Norton agreed with what Bill taught him and his teammates. “Coach and the staff really work to the strengths of us runners,” said Norton. “They know what they are doing while keeping us loose at the same time.” As for the team’s future, it appears bright. “We’re looking to win the ODAC triplecrown and national exposure in the near future,” said David. When questioned for the interview, a number of the runners were waiting outside of Bill's office to meet with him. In response to the question, "are you confident going into regional’s on Nov. 13," Bill got out of his chair and turned to the seven members of the team waiting for him in the lobby and shouted, “You guys confident for regionals?” For a response he got seven, quiet but confident, “Yes, coach,” for a resounding answer.
(Left to right) First-years David Cason, Brandlee Kiser, Chad Norton, Lucas Miller, and Richard Rogers warm up on a run in the sun Tuesday afternoon.
Young Sills will soar to USC
With Alex Minkin Type "David Sills USC Commit" into YouTube and hit "enter." If you prefer not to listen to the laughable music offered by Fountains of Wayne, you can hit mute. The good part comes when the kid starts throwing the football. A 13-year-old quarterback from Delaware named David Sills V was recently offered a football scholarship from the University of Southern California (USC). The offer was made after Lane Kiffin, the head coach at USC, saw Sills’ homemade YouTube video. Kiffin, a controversial coach and recruiter, has had a prolific history of pissing people off. Earlier this year, he left the head coach post at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville after only one season, enraging the entire state of Tennessee. Lately his business has been recruiting young boys for the future of USC football. The most notable of these boys has been Sills. This young man can undoubtedly throw the football, and accurately too. The real question comes when we consider the boy’s age: he’s only 13! The media is already in a frenzy about young Sills. Some see nothing wrong with his recruitment. Others call it a form of child abuse, saying that Sills' childhood is being taken from him. It is difficult for me to judge David’s situation: I was nothing like him at that age. I do know that everyone my age was going through major physical and psychological changes. Pressure from parents, coaches,
teachers, and especially other students was something everyone had to manage. So it is understandable to worry about Sills. Added pressure from the media could have adverse effects on his game as well as his life. Yet Sills is not participating in the juicy affairs that get most of the media attention. For now, he is just playing football. As long as professional athletes keep "sexting" and bringing guns to practice, Sills will fly clear under the media’s radar and continue to get bigger and better. ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL) episode on Sill’s portrays him as a rigorously confident and determined young man, which if you watch his highlights, you would know to be true. Football is his passion. “It has always been my dream to play for USC,” Sills said in an ESPN interview. It is certainly unusual for a 13-yearold to be accepted onto a Division I football team. Kiffin probably knew the media would pick up on this and direct attention to USC football. But at the end of the day, no rules were broken. Sills only made a verbal commitment to USC and he can change his mind at any time. Recalling my life as a 13-year-old, I would have loved to have something like this to look forward to. Sills, just like everybody else, will have to work long and hard to meet his goals. This agreement, however, means he is one step closer to making his dreams a reality.
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number of points women’s soccer player Bri Eilman accumulated over the season. Her efforts earned her Second Team All-ODAC honors for the second straight season.
combined losses of the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers. They are the last two undefeated teams in the NBA with the Hornets standing at 7-0 and the Lakers at 8-0.
position of the men’s and women’s basketball teams in the ODAC preseason poll. Both teams open their regular seasons on Nov. 15 in the Greensboro Coliseum against Greensboro College.
5th & 7th
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current rank of the men’s golf team in both Division III golf polls. The Quakers hold the top rank in both the Golf World/ Nike Golf Division III coaches’ poll and the Golfstat.com Head-to-Head rankings.