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Guilford wakes up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Academic program prioritization results released
MLK Day EVENTS celbrate civil rights struggle, build on King's legacy
SLRP to review prioritization recommendations
By Nick Bunitsky Staff Writer
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was formed. The members reviewed applicants and brought their concerns to committee discussions. “I was concerned with how he would get students to come here,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow, who served on the committee. “For me, it was important that he recruits young men who want to come to Guilford first and play football second. If football doesn’t work out, they should still be happy here.”
On Dec. 14 Guilford announced the milestone completion of a five-year initiative, which is designed to guide the allocation of the college’s financial resources and faculty to the academic departments. Results of the Academic Program Prioritization (APP), formally known as the Program Prioritizing Report (PPR) were released to the Guilford community by way of the college intranet on Jan. 20. The final report included detailed data tables, a rubric that can be used to analyze the results, and a copy of the consultant’s report. According the Dec. 14 news release, “the effort grew out of 2005 strategic plan efforts to assure good stewardship of college resources, one of the institution’s core values.” The ranking placed programs in one of three categories: high, medium, and low based on criteria approved by the faculty. Top-tier programs are those that have demonstrated the greatest potential for growth and improvement with additional resources. Lowest in the ranking are weak in multiple areas and would require significantly more resources, and should therefore be considered for consolidation or laying down. Those departments ranked medium and high show strengths in areas for growth and will receive greater priority for resources. Though APP ranking has been linked to potential program cuts, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Adrienne Israel told the Guilfordian that programs will not be laid-down and cut if they scored low priority for allocation of resources in the initiative.
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It has been said time and time again that at Guilford, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is not a day off, but a day on. This year, students were determined to prove just that. Early on the morning of Monday, Jan. 17, volunteers ran through dormitories shouting, “Wake up! It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!” Though classes were canceled, many students made the trek to Dana Auditorium, ready to serve and learn. The day-long celebration of the life of King began with a speech from President Kent Chabotar. He echoed the words of King as an allusion to Aaron Copland’s classical orchestral work, Lincoln Portrait, to illuminate the unfolding of the day’s events.
Brittany Ford sings with the choir G-3 in Bryan Jr. Auditorium on Jan. 17. Although classes were cancelled, MLK Day at Guilford was filled with educational events.
Rusiewicz starts as new head football coach By David Pferdekamper Staff Writer This winter saw a whirlwind of change for the Guilford College Athletic Department. Less than two months after former head football coach Kevin Kiesel left Guilford, Chris Rusiewicz was announced as his replacement. Rusiewicz formerly served as associate head coach at Ursinus College, a small liberal arts college in Collegeville, Pa. The search happened quickly so recruitment season would not be delayed. In order to facilitate the search, a committee
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Continued from Page 1 “First of all the college is bound to keep all majors that we have and make sure that if students are enrolled in majors they get to finish,” said Israel. “Just because a program is a low priority for enhancement resources, does not mean it’s a low priority for the college.” The APP report and recommendations will be submitted to the College’s Strategic Long Range Planning Committee and Curriculum Subcommittee for implementation. “The college has to decide which and how many of these kinds of programs can be sustained over the long haul and at what rate,” said Israel. “The group reviewing
“The college has to decide which and how many of these kinds of programs can be sustained over the long haul and at what rate. ... the SLRP will have to analyze the recommendations for future action.” Adrienne Israel, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean the APP recommended the merger of some Israel said that the president and board of programs, however the SLRP will have to trustees will have the final say of how the analyze the recommendations for future plan will be implemented by the college. action.” President and Professor of Political
Science Kent Chabotar said in a released statement that implementation of the initiative would improve the academic reputation of the college. “It signifies an effort to make choices, focus resources and attention, and achieve distinction in specific programs,” said Chabotar. Israel agreed with Chabotar and said at the end of the day the decisions made are for sustaining the college. “Whatever we do at Guilford should be for the benefit of our students,” said Israel. “Not just to promote our own interests, careers, and disciplines; if this is not the best thing for our students now at Guilford, we should do what’s best for our students.”
Two months after Kiesel departure, Rusiewicz signs on as football head coach
Continued from Page 1 “We were looking for a good person,” said Athletic Director Tom Palombo, who was also on the committee. “Not someone with head coaching experience, just a good guy who will recruit great young men to become members of Guilford College.” Fetrow clarified Palombo’s statement, saying they wanted someone who would be excited about having their first head coaching job. The committee received over 200 completed resumés, according to Palombo. From that, they narrowed down the search to three finalists who visited campus and participated in open forums during finals week. The finalists were also interviewed by President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar. “We were looking for someone with an emphasis more off the field than on it,” Chabotar said. “There should be an emphasis on connecting to the community, retention rates, graduation rates, and winning games — in that order.” Chabotar also stressed the importance of being competitive. “(Being competitive) means that on any given day, we can win,” Chabotar said. “It’s the same in my class: any student can come into my class and get an A. Now, not everyone is going to get an A, and we’re not always going to win. But the idea that it’s possible is important.” During his visit to campus Rusiewicz impressed the committee. “Chris had an authenticity about him,” said David Heggie ’99, who served on the committee. “He showed that he really cared about developing his players not only as football players, but as young men. He seemed like a great teacher about life, football, and academics.” Rusiewicz also walked away from the process impressed. “I thought the selection process here was very positive,” Rusiewicz said. “I wasn’t uncomfortable in terms of the way they treated me. They accepted me, I felt they were prepared, and they knew what they wanted.”
The committee offered Rusiewicz the job soon after the finalists made their visits. During his first semester at Guilford, Rusiewicz has many expectations to live up to. “I expect Chris to turn this into a program we can all be proud of,” Palombo said. “He’ll get the players to represent Guilford with class and integrity. He’ll get them to do well in class, in the community, and then on the football field. It’s not just about winning and losing. He gets that.” “I think Chris will be able to bring out the passion for football that these guys have,” said junior and political science major Rachael Travis, who was the committee’s student representative. “I also believe that Chris will be a person that students recognize when they see him around campus. I expect him to be a real presence on this campus as well as on the football field.” With these expectations in mind, Rusiewicz has set his goals to focus on increasing the team’s average GPA, community service, and winning against Greensboro College. “(At Ursinus) we started to win and show our faces,” Rusiewicz said. “We got involved in things other than just football. People started to support us during good and bad times and became proud of us.” During his first week at Guilford, Rusiewicz talked to the players about his goals and expectations. “He stressed the balance between life, academics, and sports,” said sophomore offensive lineman Donte’ Mitchell. “And wanted us to understand that those things came (respectively) first, second, and third.” Mitchell came away from his first encounter with Rusiewicz with a positive impression. “He seems very truthful and honest,” Mitchell said. “That’s good, because if there’s no trust, then there’s no need to have any relationship.” However, people do not expect Rusiewicz’s tenure at Guilford to be without challenges. “I think he’s coming into a really hostile atmosphere when it comes to the Guilford student body and football,” Travis said. “I think that it will be really hard for him to change the current attitude about Guilford football, but I think he’s up for it.”
(Jan. 26 meeting) Presenting the Community Center renovation plan (student concert area) Suggestions to change the athletics mascot, "the Quaker man"
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NEWS MLK DAY
3 January 21, 2011
MLK day events emphasize core values
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“‘If I can help somebody as I pass along; if I can cheer somebody with a word or song; if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain,’” said Chabotar, quoting King’s historic Drum Major Instinct speech. One of the only national holidays where classes are canceled at Guilford, MLK Day is clearly important to us. But what many don’t know is why the holiday is so vital to Guilford’s values. “This is the time that we close our school, and we do it for a purpose — not so you can sleep in,” said Director of the Bonner Center for Community Learning James Shields as he introduced performances by New Jerusalem Kingdom Mass Choir and the Guilford Jazz Ensemble. “This is the time for us to celebrate each other. Community is one of our core values and this is one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a community.” The modest crowd came alive as the gospel choir took the stage. Throughout the performance, some audience members began singing along while others simply tapped their feet and smiled. From the smallest nod to the loudest cheer, there was an eagerness to serve the community. “This was the first year that I really felt compelled to truly participate in the celebration and I’m glad I did,” said junior and Resident Advisor Sarah-jaana Nodell. “The visibility of the celebration across campus was crucial to its success, but addressing the prevalent and important
Micah Winterstein DJ's for local band Superteam in Bryan Jr. Auditorium on MLK Day.
“(MLK Day) is the time for us to celebrate each other. Community is one of our core values and this is one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a community.” James Shields, Director of the Bonner Center for Community Learning
issues at Guilford was what made it great.” “One of my favorite qualities of Guilford College is its long tradition of justice and equality, especially in times of adversity,” said Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Erin Fox. “Our celebration of this day and our continued daily service to the Greensboro and global communities demonstrate our commitment to advocacy for respect and opportunity for all people.” As the afternoon continued, students were treated to a variety of teach-ins in Duke Hall. Discussions about King’s antiwar sentiments, as well as his views on violence and justice, helped many draw parallels to Guilford’s core values. One teach-in, led by Hall Director Meg Evans and Head Resident Advisor Brian Daniel, focused on stopping hate on campus. The session detailed the different methods that one can use to combat hate and help promote tolerance and understanding. “The teach-ins were a brilliant idea,” said Nodell. “They were all orchestrated really well and were a great way to represent Martin Luther King, Jr. After all, one of the most important things that he taught us is that education is priceless.” After finishing the celebration with some slam poetry and a performance from local favorite, Superteam, many students walked away refreshed from a full day of community spirit. In the words of King, “I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.”
Downtown rally advocates LGBTQA rights By Brandy Mitchell Staff Writer
show support. Supporters of the demonstration rotated throughout the fivehour rally. “It’s been great," Sherry Reed told the Guilfordian. "We had as many as 50 people out here at one time.” The mood was both determined and victorious, as the crowd clapped and screamed in unison as local news stations WFMY News 2 and WGHP Fox 8 pulled into the parking lot. “I thought the demonstration was a success," said senior Naomi Lewis in an e-mail interview. "There were people who walked by and asked what we were rallying about and how they could help.” Organizers of the event also felt that it was successful, and plan to continue fighting their case through the appropriate legal channels. “I rallied because it was a way to show people that this issue does exist,” said Lewis. “It showed people walking and driving by that something is wrong and that something needs to be done.”
Members and supporters of the LGBTQA community braved freezing temperatures on Friday, Jan. 14 to call attention to the allegations that employees of the Cascades Grandview apartment complex were fired because of their sexual orientation. David Reed, Toya Ross, and Rose Jackson were previously employed by VIP Development, the owners of the complex. In December, VIP Development turned over the management of the complex to Signature Management Group, which required new applications be completed by all employees. According to Reed, this was explained as a formality, but he and Jackson were told they were fired for “lying on their applications.” “The issues started when they (the management) wanted me to keep Rose out of the office, because a transgendered person isn’t something parents need to see,” Reed said. “I refused and was accused of insubordination.”
“I can assure you that our company does not discriminate," Vice President of Operations for Signature Management Group Mary Conlan told The Guilfordian, "We have a gay regional manager.” “Three employees failed the background checks, so they were never employees of Signature Management,” said Conlan. “Our human resources office has been very cooperative with these employees.” According to Reed, Jackson, and Ross, however, this is not true. They claim that attempts they made in an effort to get further information were denied, and that they were never notified that they failed any background check. At the demonstration in downtown Greensboro, organizers set up a table with paper and markers for supporters to make signs. They included phrases such as “don’t evict me because I’m gay,” “proud parent of a gay man” and “love.” Participants also held rainbow flags and waved to passersby as drivers blew their car horns to
(From left) David Reed, Rose Jackson, and Toya Ross join other members and supporters of the LGBTQA community in front of Greensboro's Cascades Grandview apartment complex on Jan. 14. The group gathered to call attention to allegations that employees of the complex were fired based on sexual orientation.
Calendar of Events 21 FRIDAY
GCRO presents "Chow down, Center down, Hoedown," Founders Gallery and Dana Stage, 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Tate Street Jazz Jam, Tate Street Coffee, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Opening of "The Evidence of Things Unseen," Stacy Lynn Waddell, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, 1 - 5 p.m.
College Meeting for worship with Trisha Taylor, Moon Room, 1 p.m.
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Mixed Tape Productions presents "Wizard People, Dear Reader," an audio re-mix of Harry Potter 1, The Idiot Box, 11:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Men's Spirituality Group meeting, Multicultural Resource Center, 8 - 9 p.m.
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GCRO presents a Community Forum, Bryan Jr., 6 p.m.
Community Senate meeting, Boren Lounge, 7- 8 p.m.
Seated Buddhist Meditation, The Hut, 8 - 9 p.m.
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Rev. Dr. Lindon J. Eaves' lecture, "Spirituality, Cosmology, and Anthropology,"Bryan Jr. Auditorium at 7:30 PM
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5 January 21, 2011
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out Brazilian celebrations for the country’s first woman president, Dilma Roussef. Roussef replaced Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the most popular president in the country’s history, in a 2010 election that followed da Silva’s second and final term. Cheers were cut short, however, as Brazil entered the New Year under torrential rains and fatal mudslides. Rescue efforts continue, reports The New York Times, as the flooding has killed nearly 700 people, displaced over 14,000, and left countless searching for loved ones and direction from the newly elected Roussef.
of poultry and pig farms were
closed in Germany after dioxin, a chemical that causes cancer, was discovered in high levels in eggs and pork, reports the BBC. With over 100,000 eggs destroyed and hundreds of pigs set to be killed and incinerated, information has emerged that the manufacturer of the animal feed responsible for the dioxin spread withheld information about the full extent of the poisoning. While the number of closed farms has decreased from 4,700 at its peak to just over 1,000, some reported readings of 77 times the permissible level of dioxin.
For the first time in 75 years no representative was present to receive the medal, diploma, and $1.5 million check that accompany winning the Nobel Peace Prize, according to The New York Times. Chinese protestor Liu Xiaobo was apprehended in 2008 after he suggested reform and rights in China, as explained in his work "Charter ’08." With Xiaobo still in prison, attempts by family members to leave the country to represent Liu at the award ceremony were prohibited. U.S. President Barak Obama, who won the medal in 2009, stated that Liu was more deserving of the award than he was and requested Liu’s release “as soon as possible,” according to The New York Times.
The Palestinian National Orchestra celebrated the New Year with debut performances in Ramallah in the West Bank, and Jerusalem and Haifa in Israel, reports the Los Angeles Times. The first Palestinian professional orchestra since 1948, the group performed pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, Palestinian classical compositions, and a piece by Hungarian Jewish composer Gyorgy Ligeti. Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann directed the orchestra composed of more than 40 Palestinian musicians recruited from prestigious orchestras all over the world. The performances brought many of the musicians to their homeland for the first time.
After ten years of droughts, torrential rains flood Australia By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer Australia’s recent floods have been called an “inland tsunami,” according to The New York Times. In cities like Toowoomba in southeast Queensland, the floods have devastated the infrastructure, with damage visible as trucks and debris float down the main streets. The damage caused by the floods could cost as much as $13 billion for Australia to fully recover, according to National Public Radio. In the days following the initial flood, at least eight people were killed and 70 others were missing. As the floods continue to spread, the death toll has risen to at least 18 people, according to the New York Times. Hundreds of residents fled to rooftops to escape the 26 feet of rainwater that have plagued the city. Officials have urged the city’s residents to evacuate because there are no signs of the rains relenting, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The rains have been constant for more than two weeks, destroying towns and virtually paralyzing Australia’s essential coal and farming industries. Furthermore, river levels are not expected to drop for another week, reports NPR. According to BBC News, since the tropical rains began
to fall on Australia right before Christmas, the floods have already affected over 200,000 people, and the number is expected to rise. According to officials, between 6,500 and 9,000 homes and business face potential flooding in the coming weeks in Queensland and Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, reports BBC. Farmers join the long list of concerned home and business owners, as the rains are expected to cripple the soil
Campbell Newman claimed that complete cleanup of the city would take months and reconstruction could take up to two years, stated NPR. The rains are not contained to just one area. Queensland, Brisbane and Toowoomba are the major cities hit by the torrential rains, with large parts underwater, and adjacent areas are on alert for flooding. The rain’s intense impact is having an enormous effect; the space occupied by floods is double the area covered by France and Germany combined, reported NPR. The flooding has been so widespread that while communities are preparing for the worst, others have started the clean up process. However, the forecast predicts more rain to come, according to BBC. Weather advisories are predicting that Australians will have to cope with the destruction even longer. Australia’s most expensive natural disaster in its history is causing its citizens to flee by the hundreds to evacuation centers with each passing day. These overwhelming floods are hitting cities and towns after eastern Australia has gone through 10 years of devastating drought. Now, the citizens of Australia are fighting some of the worst floods in a quarter of a century, according to the New York Times.
The rains have been constant for more than two weeks, destroying towns and virtually paralyzing Australia’s essential coal and farming industries. and nutrient level for crops. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the rains could last through March due to the cool conditions in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. This is associated with the current La Niña, which produces unusually cold ocean temperatures that create a weather pattern known to produce heavy rains. These floods are a serious issue. Brisbane Lord Mayor
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Research linking vaccines to autism a fraud By Andrew Glass Staff Writer In 2009, Andrew Wakefield, author of a 1998 study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism, had his medical license revoked and his study withdrawn. Now, allegations of bad science with accompanying charges of fraud in the study have emerged, reports National Public Radio. Since Wakefield’s study was published, there have been increased reports worldwide of measles, whooping cough and polio — all of which are serious diseases that require vaccines, reports MSNBC. Newsweek reported that 10 of the study’s 12 co-authors withdrew their names in 2004. “Wakefield would only talk about data that supported his hypothesis,” said co-author Nicholas Chadwick, who withdrew his name, to Newsweek. “Once he had his theory, he stuck to it no matter what.” British Journalist Brian Deer was suspicious of Wakefield’s study. Deer discovered that the medical records of the 12 children studied did not match the study’s data. In fact, many of the children showed signs of autism before receiving the MMR shot. Deer suggested the reasons for the contradictions are financial in nature. According to Discovery News, Wakefield planned to earn $40 million from his autism diagnostic testing kits alone, not including the proceeds from his patented “safer” vaccine. Wakefield discussed joint business deals while still studying the first child in his research. He also received funding from groups hoping to sue the manufacturers of the MMR vaccine,
according to the British Medical Journal. “Independent laboratories with no vested interests could not repeat his results,” said Assistant Professor of Biology Michele Malotky. Despite evidence to the contrary, Wakefield denies allegations that he falsified the patients’ symptoms. He called Deer “a hitman (hired to) take me down,” in a CNN interview. Autism awareness groups have publicly defended Wakefield. “In all honesty, the ‘beat the Andy piñata’ came up and is a surprise,” said Lisa Ackerman, executive director of non-profit organization Talking About Curing Autism, in an e-mail interview. “We support Dr. Andrew Wakefield for being courageous, examining sick children and for listening to parents.” The allegations of fraud have erupted a firestorm of controversy between parents, autism awareness groups and the scientific community in an already delicate debate. “I’m a little suspicious of vaccines myself,” said senior Christina Shoffner. “I’m unsure if everything in them is healthy. But if I had children, I probably would have them vaccinated. I’m borderline on the issue.” What is needed to end the controversy is honest scientific research. “Unless we come up with another answer, people will hold fast to the alleged claims of a relationship between vaccines and autism,” said Malotky. “We need to be able to turn in an unbiased fashion and begin to reconstruct and look at what other kinds of factors may be involved in autism.”
Bayou lifestyle jeopardized By Chassidy Crump & Julia Solheim Staff Writers
The Grand Bayou tribe has lived in the marshes south of New Orleans for centuries, surviving hurricanes and the loss of their wetlands. However, the 2010 BP oil disaster is threatening the survival of their small subsistence community. The small fishing village relies completely on the water and marshes surrounding them to sustain their community and economy. After the millions of barrels of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the tribe’s people have been concerned that the seafood is not safe enough to sell to the public or to feed to their families. The people of the Bayou travel only by boat; streets are nonexistent. The tribe follows in the footsteps of their ancestors by “fishing, shrimping, oystering, crabbing and trapping” reports National Public Radio. According to NPR’s radio show “Living on Earth,” before Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Bayou Village consisted of 23 extended families, only nine of which returned post-disaster. “Grand Bayou for us is our place in the universe,” said tribe spokeswoman Rosina Philippe to NPR. “This is where, since time began, the Creator saw fit to set our feet here. And we’re going to do whatever we have to do to remain.” These nine families are determined to stay but are uncertain whether they will be able to maintain their lifestyle.
The impact of the BP oil spill is more poignant for the tribe than natural disasters they have faced in the past. “Nature, you can’t control,” said Ruby Ancar, member of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe to National Geographic. “You can’t control a hurricane. You can’t control a tornado. But when you have things that are manmade, that destroys a person’s life or an entire village or an entire community… that’s uncalled for.” The Bayou tribe’s dilemma is just one string in the knot that BP’s oil tragedy has left the world to untangle. “We are all creating the problem, not just the oil companies,” said Joe Cole, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, in an e-mail interview. “It’s easy to demonize them because they are so powerful and profit so much from the fossil fuel's economy, but most of us make choices every day to support them and empower them… We need to build cooperative, sustainable institutions that put people, community and environment first.” Americans have seen short-term effects, like the loss and endangerment of wildlife, but we have yet to witness the longterm impact to the surrounding inhabitants, their environment, and the Earth as a whole. For Grand Bayou people, relocation is not an option. “We are who we are because of where we are,” said Philippe to NPR. “We are Grand Bayou people, and you can’t be a Grand Bayou person if you’re living in Ohio.”
7 January 21, 2011
On-campus jobs: more than just a paycheck They’re in the dining hall, the bookstore, even the library. They’re everywhere you go. You can’t escape them. No, not bedbugs; they’re student workers. With tuition and housing costs rising every year, it should be no surprise that Guilford students are taking every opportunity they can to make a little extra cash. But working on campus has many benefits beyond the paycheck. Some jobs available to students have more of an on-campus presence than others. Tour guides are some of the first students that visitors see at Guilford. “It’s something of a power trip,” said Daniel Hood, a senior and tour guide. “You have this influence over someone’s college choice, a choice that could affect their entire life. I get to share everything I love about Guilford, and hopefully I convince people to come here, and they can grow to love Guilford too.” Like tour guides, Resident Advisors are highly influential over students at Guilford, according to junior Kaitlyn LeClair, an RA in Binford. “It’s a lot of work, but the benefits are worth it,” said LeClair. “We get a bonus at the end of the semester, but the main attraction of being an RA is the housing compensation.” LeClair also lists nonmonetary benefits for being an RA. “Being an RA teaches you so much,” said LeClair. “Communication skills, teamwork, budgeting; it’s helped me a lot. And it looks great on a resumé.” Resumé-boosting and skill development often go hand-in-hand. This is one reason that Karen Swindells, bookstore
manager, prefers to hire students. Another reason comes from her own past. “I got my start working in the campus bookstore when I was in college,” said Swindells. “I like being able to give that back.” Working as a student is a great way to prepare for life outside of college, according to Swindells. “You have to find that balance of being a student and being an employee, and having your own life,” said Swindells. “If you can practice while you’re still in school, you’ll be better off when you graduate.” Based on her experiences at the Learning Commons, senior Madeleine Straubel has discovered an affinity for the work, and hopes to (Above) Fran Neylan-Moore, senior, assists IFP Gifts Discernment Coordinator Frank find employment at a place Massey at the front desk of Hege Library. (Left) RA Sarah-jaana Nodell, junior, advises a similar to the Learning student in the dorms. Commons after graduating. “This has been a great opportunity,” said Straubel. “Working in the Learning offer students the option to be paid, to do an independent Commons has given me a greater understanding of how study for academic credit, or as a volunteer.” people learn and what that means for them.” Volunteering is another way to build your resumé and Other jobs available through the Learning Commons are develop skills that may help you find a job later on. Lucas tutoring and note taking, though writing tutors are required Blanchard-Glueckert works at the Greenleaf Coffee Co-op. to take a class offered by the Learning Commons, said Greenleaf workers are not paid, but they receive other benStraubel. efits, according to Blanchard-Glueckert. Some departmental tutors, such as those available via “We have dinner every Friday,” said Blanchard-Glueckert. Chemistry 911, are organized by the Learning Commons, “We also have a retreat coming up. And being with all the said Rob Whitnell, professor of chemistry. amazing people at the Greenleaf is a benefit in itself.” The chemistry department also has stockroom, cleriWhether your goal is pizza money, employable skills, or cal, lab assistant, and teaching assistant jobs, according to just making friends, an on-campus job may be the solution. Whitnell. “Working while in college forces you to wake up,” said “Clerical and stockroom assistants have typically been Swindells. “You start preparing for your life, and isn’t that paid positions,” said Whitnell. “For the TA positions, we what college is about?”
CCE program offers opportunities for adult students, past and present By Jessie Silvarrey Staff Writer As World War II was coming to an end and soldiers were coming home, a committee of local businessmen and educators gathered to discuss and plan the future for the educational and employment needs of the adult population. After many months of planning and fundraising, the Downtown Evening College opened its doors at 615 Market Street in downtown Greensboro. Since its inception in 1948, the program has changed dramatically. The name has changed from the Downtown Evening College to the Greensboro Division of Guilford College to its current name: the Guilford College Center for Continuing Education. It has also shifted from its original location at 615 Market Street to 501 West Washington to its current location on Guilford’s campus. The Evening College was not officially part of the Guilford Community until its merger was approved by both Guilford
College and the Downtown College Boards Although housing is no longer available in March of 1953. for adult students and families, childcare “I have always thought that having ‘real and adult transition classes continue to serve live adults’ as vital compoon campus nents of the is a positive program. thing,” said “The CCE Sue Keith, forprogram may mer director of be unique the Academic because of Skills Center. special accom“Younger stumodations dents reap needed for the more 'real adult populaworld' connection, like the tions and are availability Mary Bubar, senior often inspired of a financial by what an aid advisor older student during the is doing.” evening and In response to the needs of the adult com- childcare services,” said Mary Bubar, senior munity, Guilford developed programs such and office manager for the CCE departas family and adult housing, childcare. In ment. “Academically there is no difference addition to her other work, Keith helped between traditional and adult students. We develop the adult transition classes Guilford all have something important to contribute provides for CCE students. to the classroom.”
"Academically, there is no difference between traditional and adult students. We all have something important to contribute to the classroom."
“A lot of programs encourage adults to go off campus to do online programs or they will offer adult students a bachelors in liberal studies which is not the same … we don’t,” said Rita Serotkin, dean for continuing education and director of summer school. “The other thing is most adult programs are taught by part-time faculty, where as the majority of the classes for CCE students are taught by full-time faculty so you really are getting a better experience.” One of the major and perhaps lesser known benefits of the CCE program at Guilford is the strong sense of community, according to senior and CCE Student Government President Victor Vincent. “I like to think of the CCE program as a family,” said Vincent. “For example, during the holidays a fellow student’s house caught on fire and the family lost everything. As a community, we were able to help the student with clothes, food and a place to live.” Over half a century later the CCE program, staff, teachers and students are still working to meet the educational needs of adult students in and out of the classroom.
By Meg Holden Staff Writer
Start fresh for spring: easy dorm decorating ideas
bring a new ambiance to the room. “I put scrapbook paper all over my walls to sort of act like wallpaper,” said senior Sam Golley. “You can get all sorts of designs and colors and mix-match them to create a cool look on your walls.” You may think that campus life restrictions are too strict to get truly creative when decorating, but in reality, there are many options such as the adhesive poster strips that can be found at Target or WalMart. Sticky tack is always a great option. Share your dorm room or apartment ideas with your friends. If there is an idea that stirs your soul, then take the initiative to make your living space your own. Try something new and turn your room from gloom to Va Va Voom! Check out some Do It Yourself resources below that can help anyone with any decorating style: 1. Dormdelicious.com
to fill up some space on my white wall and to bring some uniqueness to my room,” said junior Meagan Walton, a Resident Advisor in Milner. Picture your room as it is now. Now imagWalton also suggested using old records ine your dream room. Does anything differ- and album covers as a way to be sustainable. ent pop into your mind? “We have a projector in our common area Rather than keeping your old, gloomy so we can show videos,” said sophomore living area, revamp it by taking a few Michael Gatton in an e-mail interview. suggestions from others around campus. Projectors can be quite costly, but accordAccording to numerous students on and off ing to Rentaldecorating.com, one can find campus, there are many ways to decorate secondhand items at thrift stores or reduced your room without having to use too much items at local department stores such as money, effort, or time. Target, WalMart, or Sam’s Club. Buying sec“I kept my old New Jersey license plate ondhand is a great way to stay sustainable and cost-friendly while spicing up a room or an apartment. “I put up pictures of my friends but cut them into shapes of hearts and use ribbons to make them colorful,” said senior Julie Langseth, who lives off-campus. Distinctive decorating with photos could be a great way to “frame” pictures without buying any new items. “I spruce my dorm up with a rug, my couch, memorabilia, and sports paraphernalia,” said senior and RA Matt Sinclair. Each of these personal items could be Sophomore Grace Chafin favors aquatic decor. something that one might have in order to By Morgan Andrews Staff Writer
2. Rentaldecorating.com 3. Blogs.ajc.com 4. www.powertochange.com/stu dents/living/dormdeco/
Junior Meg Walton's room is pretty in pink.
Artist to build sustainable 'Stickwork' scuplture on Guilford's campus By Chris Roe Staff Writer
conditions. “Part of the interesting thing is to watch how it goes through the changing seasons ... it kind of morphs, sags, and settles," said Director and Curator of the Art Gallery Terry Hammond, "It has a life of its own.” Many anticipate that the sculpture will spark thought-provoking inquiry on sustainability for the year it is on campus. “I think that a big part of art is making people think and making them question norms,” said junior sculpture major Erick Armbrust. “I think that when thinking about sustainability, we are trying to promote understanding and education on the matter in order to get people to think differently about their daily practices.” Dougherty’s residency is made possible through the financial contributions of many on- and off-campus organizations, such as the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the Guilford College Art Gallery, the Art Department, the Center for Principled Problem Solving, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and Community Senate.
Courtesy of Welsh Studios
Courtesy of Duncan Price
Picture a monumental sculpture made entirely of sticks resting on Guilford’s quadrangle. Such structures, called “Stickworks,” are the work of internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty. His art will add a new aspect to Guilford’s year of sustainability. Beginning Feb. 2 and continuing through Feb. 20, Dougherty will be in residence at Guilford, building a Stickwork sculpture near the center of campus. At the end of his residency, on Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., Dougherty will give a public lecture in Bryan Jr. Auditorium. Dougherty estimates the sculpture will be 25 feet in diameter and approximately 25 to 30 feet in height. The project will be made of natural tree saplings, which have an average life span of three to five years. When they decompose, they can be recycled into mulch to use on campus. “I think the fact that the work eventually decays is a beautiful conclusion to a process that begins with dozens of people handgathering the materials in the local landscape,” said Part-Time Lecturer of Art Mark Dixon in an e-mail interview. Dixon teaches Sculpture and the Environment, which will be participating in the project. Volunteers are also needed to harvest and construct the sculpture. If you are interested, contact Terry Hammond, thammond@ guilford.edu. What the sculpture will look like is yet to be determined. The final product will remain at Guilford for at least one year. The artwork will survive through many Call of the Wild, 2002 at the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art,Tacoma, WA.
“I view art as an expression of us as individuals and relating that to sustainability,” said Rebekah Burlason, president of the Outdoors Club, which helped fund Dougherty’s project. “I guess it would be us expressing that we would want to show that natural resources is a way that can be beautiful.” As the project aims to further propel thought in the theme of sustainability, there is optimism about its success. “I think an installation like this one has tremendous potential to excite the imaginations of everyone who encounters it,” said Maia Dery, visiting instructor of art, in an e-mail interview. The process to bring Dougherty’s art to Guilford was extensive. Hammond, along with CPPS Project and Communication Manager Kim Yarbray, has been working on this project for one and a half years. “It’s been really exciting that it’s about to happen,” said Hammond. “I would say that this is probably the biggest event that I’ve tried to undertake in my 20 years as gallery director.”
Patrick Dougherty, 2002, with sculpture Headstrong at the Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
9 January 21, 2011
Bullying without bias is still bullying
By David Pferdekamper
Katie Goldman does not live in a galaxy far, far away. She lives in Illinois, where she faces the dark side when she is teased at school. The first grader loves “Star Wars” and carries a water bottle advertising the science fiction saga with her to school. But a few months ago Katie asked her mother, Carrie, for a different water bottle. Confused, Carrie pressed the issue until Katie tearfully confessed that the boys in her class claimed that “Star Wars” is not for girls, and they made fun of her for liking it. Katie, who was adopted and wears glasses and an eyepatch, was tired of being an outcast. She was ready to sacrifice the way of the Jedi for the way of conformity. This was the “The Empire Strikes Back” part of the Katie Goldman saga. The bad guys win; the good guys left in shambles. Luckily, there is a “Return of the Jedi” chapter. Naturally upset, Carrie wrote about the dilemma on her blog. Then, Katie got a lot of attention. Support poured in from thousands of people, many of them women telling Katie that they loved “Star Wars,” too. People sent so many toys that her family asked people to start donating to charities. Voice actors from “The Clone Wars” series also showed their support. Katie even met Tom Kane, who voices Yoda
on the series. Katie is happy now. Things are better in school, and she reads words from her supporters every night before bed. I tell you Katie’s story not just because of the uplifting ending. It is a reminder about the problem of bullying. Last fall saw many members of the LGBTQ community who had been bullied committing suicide. Those events were horrendous, but in the aftermath we need to remember that bullying happens when no prejudices are involved, as well. Bullying and its effects seem to only get attention when we attach a bias to it, like homophobia or racism. It would be easy to attach sexism to Katie’s story, and perhaps that is appropriate in some contexts. However, there were teens last fall that committed suicide because of bullying not based on the types of biases we talk about. Their stories received little attention. These prejudices are important to combat. However, even if we eliminate bullying based on prejudice, there will still be bullying. The little girl who likes “Star Wars” over Barbie; the middle school boy who would rather read Tolkien than play baseball; the teenage girl who wears black and does not talk much; the college boy who goes to “Star Trek” conventions on the weekends; all will still be bullied. Geeks, nerds, and dorks are the everlasting target of bullies. We emphasize combating bullying based on prejudice, but we tend to ignore bullying against those who are different by choice rather than by nature. It remains a phantom that we are complacent to live with. I realize that Katie’s saga has a much happier ending than the stories of those LGBTQ teens we heard about last fall. I wish not to trivialize those events; Katie’s experience is just a reminder. Others are bullied without any connection to prejudice and do not have a happy ending. It is not fair to forget that. As we combat prejudice, we must not forget to combat bullying itself. May the Force be with us.
Brutal reality checks and resolutions
Weight loss and anti-aging face cream commercials filled television screens on New Year’s Day. Gyms lowered their prices and membership sales skyrocketed. It must be New Year’s Resolution time. With some rebellion, I find myself creating New Year’s resolutions for myself. I feel a sense of urgency to shake off the old and start new. I am not saying that the idea of improving my life is a bad thing. I just wish that I could create this sense of urgency throughout the whole year. The two events that create big changes in my life are a new year and the death of someone in my life. While others fret over their waist-
lines and wrinkles, I began this New Year thinking about a boy who was in my second grade class named Nathan Harvey-Bailey. Our class was taught by my mother, Linda Kelleher, and included many great people such as his future wife, Jennifer Kinton. “Nathan did not have a mean bone in his body,” said my mother. “He was rough and tough but he was the sweetest boy.” On Jan. 8, my mom and I walked down the school driveway, tissues in hand. Nathan died at the beginning of this year and we were walking to his Memorial Service. The service was packed with people from all stages of his life. Nathan is forever a kid in my mind because I did not spend time with him in my adult life. He is the kid that approached life with curiosity, excitement and no fear. As I listen to the stories of Nathan as an adult, it appears that he remained the same kindhearted boy I knew him as, but he also found a deep love for cooking. The reality of Nathan’s death, reminded me of another person who lived life to the fullest and how much of a waste it is to wait until a new year to create resolutions in my life. While working as a massage therapist I had a teacher, Isa. She insisted that we always started her home-taught
class with a cup of the best Italian coffee, a habit she picked up during her time as an opera singer. There was never a dull moment around her and I looked forward to my time with her every week. One particular Tuesday, I left her house and she called me on my way home. “Oh my God, Terah,” said Isa. “I left the bathroom a total mess. I had to blow dry my hair and the sockets in my back bathroom were not working!” I did something I always did with Isa — I laughed. I remember saying her bathroom looked fine and that I looked forward to seeing her on Tuesday. Isa died in a car accident that Saturday. Who knew a conversation that involved a bathroom would be my last with Isa? Up to this point, I had big dreams, but I kept saying that “I’ll do that next year.” After her death, I quit my job, traveled, and figured out that I wanted to go back to school. In Nathan’s service, I received another brutal reality-check reminding me not wait until the ball drops next year to improve my life. Isa and Nathan had so much in common. They each found an art form they enjoyed and made it their lives work. They taught me to concentrate on the things that truly matter in life and let the frivolous things fall to the wayside.
Carousel offers more than movies
Claire Wardlaw Staff Writer Fellow Guilford students and faculty, in the dawn of this new semester, I encourage you to set aside your seasonal strife and indulge in your taste for the classic jollies of a trip to the movies. For a night, I’d like you to step out of not just this campus but this reality, and immerse yourself in another all by simply buying a ticket. Perhaps, as you accept this challenge, you’ll choose to explore the unique, local venue that is the Carousel Cinemas. After some notable twists and turns on Battleground Ave., I pulled into the Cinemas’ parking lot to find that it was almost completely full, even in the mid-afternoon. It was not clear to me why it has developed such a fan-base from the fairly average façade of the theater. My question was soon answered. I found that the Cinemas, with the ease and elegance of a competent business, both satisfies your carnal longing for quality films and even satiates your pre-movie munchies. Tony Fernandez, the promotions director of the Cinemas, explained that they serve everything from hotdogs and beer, to cakes by Ganache and wine by the glass, all from the Cinemas’s Bistro Lounge. Judging by the friendly and lavish atmosphere of the theater-restaurant hybrid, the Carousel was built to provide the ultimate movie-going adventure for their customers. "The main appeal of the Carousel is that we’re independent, family owned,” Fernandez said. I was relieved to find that it was rooted locally in Greensboro and not just another giant company monopolizing the region’s theaters. Fernandez went on to tell me about the Thursday Night Cheap Beer and a Movie Series, a film series geared towards college students. On these nights, admission is $4 and beer is $1.50 at either a 7:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. showing of a feature film. This lends students the opportunity to enjoy an affordable night of entertainment. On the Cinemas’ website, you can check out the times and prices for feature films or browse the site’s listings of “independent and foreign films that wouldn’t see the light of day in most Triad theaters.” Boasting a medley of alternative and mainstream flicks, including screenings of work from local filmmakers, the Cinemas stands out from its competitors. If I’ve successfully convinced you, I might recommend “127 Hours” or “True Grit,” or go ahead and ask some of your peers for advice. Some other screenings available at Carousel right now are “Love & Other Drugs,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and “Summer Wars,” an animated film from Japan.
Student-athlete experience powerful at Guilford In today’s world of college sports, athletes are compromised by sports agents offering them thousands of dollars, and universities vying for their attention with gifts and monies for their parents. The era of the true student-athlete in big-time college athletics is over. Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback and national champion, recently competed in the BCS National Championship game even though his father violated NCAA policy, accepting funds from Auburn to ensure Newton went to Auburn as opposed to another institution. Within this environment, new Guilford head football coach Chris Rusiewicz enters the scene. He must recruit, he must build, and he must refocus a program amidst the larger world of illegal activity and shady recruiting practices. However, unlike the coaches at Auburn, or Stanford, or Oregon he has no money to offer or national glory to give. He must, however, deal with the same environment of dishonesty as those coaches do. What he does have to offer is a true student-athlete experience. His players will go to class, do homework, practice, and interact with the community outside of football. They will be true students and they will be true athletes in a college setting. Their accomplishments will be no less because their games are not on TV or because their activities are not discussed by TV pundits. They are part of this institution unequivocally and will represent the student body in a way Division I athletes never will. They will actually know the students in the stands. Their friends will work the markers on the sidelines and run balls for work study. They will eat lunch in the Caf where everyone else eats and they will go to cheer for their friends at basketball games. They might even go to a play on campus or join the school newspaper. There is one thing Cam Newton will never be: a student-athlete.
The editorial board of the Guilfordian consists of five section editors, a photo editor, layout editor, web editor, sports web editor, video editor, executive copy editor, managing editor, and the editor-in-chief. Reflecting Guilford College's core Quaker values, the topics and content of Staff Editorials are chosen through consensus of all 13 editors.
Spring versus fall, a semester match-off lake, there are people lounging, dogs running around, and people playing Frisbee. When the weather is especially nice, some professors even have class outside. Fall semester starts to become cold after the first month or so. Once the beautiful leaves die, the campus looks dark and empty with nothing green on By Emily Cooper Staff Writer In the debate between which semester is better, I would side with spring. Coming back from winter break, there is a sense of a new beginning with the New Year. It is nice to be able to look at the prior semester and see what you did really well and how you can improve for the new one. Coming back from fall semester is exciting at first, but it can be hard to get back into old working habits after the summer. As spring semester progresses, the weather gradually becomes more pleasant and the campus comes back to life. As the weather becomes warm, people start going outside more and discovering varied, new options of things to do on campus. It is almost impossible to stay inside on a glorious spring day at Guilford. By the
As spring semester progresses, the weather gradually becomes more pleasant and the campus comes back to life. the trees. With spring semester comes Serendipity. There seems to be a built-up excitement for it every year. There are events hosted by different clubs, parties, and everyone seems so happy, which brings a sense of community. By spring semester, everyone has got-
ten to know their friends well and realize who their good friends are and who they dislike. This can be a good or bad thing depending how you look at it. It is nice to have close friends but it also annoying to have people you do not care for. From personal experience, spring semester has been more challenging, academically. I tend to take harder classes and have observed friends doing the same. With a larger workload, I start to become more stressed. By this point, I have become accustomed to planning my time around due dates, studying, and spending time with friends. I also find myself looking back at the previous semester and thinking that “if I got through that class with a good grade, I can make it through this one.” The best part of spring semester for me is the memories associated with it. Looking back, I remember all the fun times I have had with my friends. There is something new to look forward to each semester, from little improvements to the campus or new renovations. Overall, I think Guilford is unique enough that no two semesters are ever the same and each semester has something to offer and the potential to be a lot of fun.
MLK service day in line with Quaker practice
By Kara Thomas Forum Editor Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Presidents Day. Labor Day. All three of these are federal holidays that occur over the course of the fall and spring semesters, but we only get one of them off. The particularly patriotic, the lazy, and the laborers among us begrudge the lack of three-day weekends on our academic calendar. Were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln not great enough men to warrant a stress-free Monday? Are those that work tirelessly to make America strong and prosperous not worthy of an extra day without the shriek of an alarm clock? At most other institutions, those people get their day of celebration without a second thought to the matter. But here at Guilford College, nothing we do is without serious thought and logical reason. Historically, Quakers haven’t celebrated holidays. The belief is that every day should be a special day, a holy day, a holiday. To single out a certain day would be to attribute more weight and value to it, which goes against fundamental
Quaker equality. Over time the non-acknowledgment of holidays has fallen to the wayside. Christmas and Thanksgiving have crept in and with them come a large handful of the schedule-free days. So why not relax the rules even further and let these other two holidays join the academic calendar? Because there’s more to Quakers than gray clothes and beards — there’s a rejection of anything overtly materialistic and militaristic. As Max Carter, director of the Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator, explained in an e-mail, both Presidents Day and Labor Day seem to “puff up” those two things that Quakers so strongly avoid. MLK Day — a day to commemorate a man who did so much to end a practice of systematic inequality without ever resorting to violence — clearly jibes more with our Quaker heritage. And it jibes just as perfectly with the future of Quaker tradition — a more accepting, truly equal tradition. Because historically, African-Americans haven’t always been as welcomed by Quakers as their ever so prominent equality dictates they should. By allowing the celebration of this day, the school is attempting to make amends for past wrong doings. This is a clear attempt to show that blind adherence to cultural practices are not part of our Guilford. With all of that in mind — that so many people and so many factors and motivators came together to get us that extra day out of the classroom for the service of others — I suggest that any of the particularly patriotic, lazy, and laborious people that still feel cheated out of their days off re-examine their reasoning. Maybe it is a little senseless and selfish.
MLK Day, a day to commemorate a man who did so much to end a practice of systematic inequality without ever resorting to violence, clearly jibes more with our Quaker heritage.
11 January 21, 2011
New head football coach sets sights on team's physical and academic fitness By Morgan Andrews Staff Writer
Guilfordian: What drew you to Guilford and the Greensboro community? Coach Rusiewicz: All the same reasons that I used in my recruiting tactics. I ask recruits to look at a school that they can call home. A place that they feel proud to be a part of as well as, a place that is safe, friendly, and clean. I’ve been looking to become a head football coach the last three years of my career, and the three things that I was looking for was a school with academic prestige, to be able to help young men grow, and graduate in four years. Location, you look for a place you can call home — for the most part, a place where my family can come and be a part of a community feeling and feel safe. And, I am a football coach and you look at the football program and you come to a place where you can make an impact and try to build wins rather than losses. Guilfordian: What will be difficult about leaving your old school? Rusiewicz: The players, the student athletes up there. I was ready to accept a job after getting a few offers. It’s the relationship that I had a chance to build. I tell players all the time, when you’re playing in the program, I am not here to be your friend, but by the time you graduate we will be very close.
"Turning the program around is not about x’s and o’s, it’s about doing things in the classroom — sitting in front of the room and taking advantage of your education." Chris Rusiewicz, head football coach
We will be able to have a relationship that will last forever. Guilfordian: How do you plan on turning this program around? Rusiewicz: I think it starts with a lot of things; finding out the people involved in the program, the program now, what kind
of character and what kind of people really want to be on board. At the meeting, I told the guys, if you want to be a part of this program sign up for a meeting with me and if not best of luck to you. Turning the program around is not about x’s and o’s, it’s about doing things in the classroom — sitting in
front of the room and taking advantage of your education are some things I pointed out in the meeting. Take advantage of the opportunities that are here in front of you. Being a liberal arts school is not about being book smart it’s about being interactive — There is more to it than just football. There is more than just the football program itself. Guilfordian: What are some short term goals for the football program? Rusiewicz: One is, academically, to get the team GPA up, because right now it is not very good. But the goal would be to get to a 2.7 or 2.8 range and eventually get that to a 3.0 range and to get any people on academic probation off of probation. Another short term goal is to get them into the weight room and make sure that they can get themselves physically fit to get stronger and healthier — to be able to maintain a full season. And in August, start preparing for our first game against Greensboro. Guilfordian: How do you plan on recruiting for a team that is rebuilding? Rusiewicz: Well, we are not rebuilding, we are refocusing. There is not a lot I need to change to make it a rebuilding process. It is more or less getting people refocused as to what I am about and what I am going to do. Plans are to get them to build pride in themselves starting with the staff and working through the players—have the players reach out to the campus community.
Top 16 teams in Guilford history: 2004-2005 golf team #7 By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer This week we are looking at number seven on the countdown: Guilford’s 20042005 golf team. They began the year ranked third in Division III. In the fall, the team placed in the top five in four out of their six tournaments, with one second place finish and two victories. Led by senior Dave Patterson ’05, the team was competitive and finished in the top 15 in every tournament that season. Patterson’s 75 stroke average helped set the pace for the team. He did not do it alone, however. Patterson had a great supporting cast that included sophomore Brant Stovall ’07, Colin Clark ’07, and junior Jeff Osberg ’06. Together, they laid a foundation for the success of the team. Each member contrib-
uted at a critical point in the season. Osberg shot two rounds under 80 and finished fourth in the tournament right before the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament. Patterson had six top ten finishes throughout the year, including eighth in the ODAC championships and second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championships. Stovall finished tied for eighth in the first tournament of the spring season. His performance carried the momentum for the team in the following tournaments. Clark found his groove at the end of the year. He shot scores of 67 and a 69 to finish second place at the Emory Spring Invitational and ODAC tournament and shot a total of 290 to win the NCAA Division III Championship. With all this success, there were still
SWIMMING DEC. 5 Guilford 57 BRIDGEWATER 146* WOMEN’S BASKETBALL JAN. 15 GUILFORD 94 Eastern mennonite 86 2OT* JAN. 18 Guilford 71 EMORY & HENRY 62* MEN’S BASKETBALL JAN. 15 Guilford 67 EASTERN MENNONITE 79* JAN. 19 Guilford 81 EMORY & HENRY 41* Key- *= ODAC match
Home team in CAPS
bumps in the road. The team had a rough stretch in March, finishing in seventh place at the Richard Rendlemen Invitational, which was their second-worst finish of the season so far. The next tournament was even worse. The team finished in 11th place at the AccuSport Intercollegiate Tournament with a season high 647 shots. Veteran coach Jack Jensen must have given the team an inspiring pep talk after their 11th place finish out of 17 teams, because the team hit their stride after that tournament. While still boasting the number three ranking in Division III, the team finished fourth in their next tournament. The team then won the next two tournaments, easily shooting team scores which totaled 582 and 584. Fresh off a third place finish at the ODAC championships, the team was picked to finish 13 at the NCAA championships.
After the first round of play, the team sat comfortably in third place. Before the second round, Clark and Osberg received PING All-South Region golf honors and Jensen earned the Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year Award from the Golf Coaches Association of America. Some might have called this a distraction, but it fueled the Quakers’ fire to perform even better. The team had built a 20 stroke lead on the second place team and was looking for more. In the final round, Guilford dominated. The other 22 teams had been beaten by an astounding 25 strokes, including the runner-up. Plus, Clark and Patterson were tied for the individual lead of the tournament. This team is number seven on the countdown because they won and dominated the NCAA National Championship of 2004-2005.
MEN’S BASKETBALL JAN. 22 GUILFORD V Virginia Wesleyan* JAN. 26 Guilford V RANDOLPH* WOMEN’S BASKETBALL JAN. 22 Guilford V LYNCHBURG* SWIMMING JAN 22 Guilford V EMORY & HENRY*
Men's basketball enjoys winter winning streak, women go 1-2 Andrew Stewart Staff Writer
First time snowboarder learns to fall
"We are doing very well for the fact that we are so young... A few wins and we can be in fourth or fifth place." With Ashley Lynch
Stephanie Flamini, women's head coach
Courtesy of John Bell/Touch a Life Photography
After a 74-60 loss to Maryville University on Dec. 18, the Guilford College men’s team (10-6 overall, 4-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) stormed to a fourgame winning streak over winter break. Meanwhile, the Lady Quakers (8-6 overall, 4-4 ODAC) went 1-2 over the break. On Jan. 4, they stomped Hollins College 81-64. The victories began for the men’s team with an 88-73 win over Manchester College on Dec. 29, where the team shot 50 percent from the field. The point total was the highest of the season for the Quakers. Sophomore Josh Pittman scored a season-high 34 points among all Quakers. He made eight 3-pointers and was a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. Junior Tobi Akinsola led the team in rebounds with nine and scored 16 points. Senior TC Anderson contributed four steals, seven rebounds and five points. Pittman led the team in scoring again with 21 points on the way to a 61-57 victory over St. Mary’s College on Jan. 3. He added three assists, three rebounds and a steal. Akinsola also had nine rebounds, 15 points and a blocked shot. On Jan. 5, the Quakers thumped Emory & Henry College 70-54. Pittman had 23 points, six rebounds and three steals. Akinsola had 15 points and four rebounds. Next, the Quakers were victorious over Lynchburg College 69-54 on Jan. 8. Senior Martin Stephenson’s 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the field led the team. Travis Tracy and Akinsola had eight rebounds each. Pittman boosted Guilford over Bridgewater College 68-43 on Jan. 12 with 28 points, nine rebounds and a steal. He drilled seven 3-pointers. The Lady Quakers resumed their games on Jan. 4 with a blowout win over Hollins University, headed by lone senior Lauren LeFevers’ 25 points. She went 7-11 from behind the 3-point line, grabbed two steals, and four rebounds. “We’re very young,” women's head coach Stephanie Flamini said. “We have five freshmen playing, two sophomores, a junior and a senior. We are doing very well for the fact that we are so young. We are in seventh place, but it is very close. A few wins and we can be in fourth or fifth place.” First-year Morgan King led Guilford in rebounding against Hollins with 13. She scored 14 points and was 6 for 6 in free throws. Against Hollins, first-year Gabby Oglesby had five blocked shots, five points and five rebounds. Guilford traveled to Ashland, Va., on Jan. 7 to square off with Randolph-Macon College. The Quakers fell 70-62, despite 17 points each from Junior Jazlyn Gibbs and King. King also pulled down eight rebounds. On Jan. 8, Guilford fell to Virginia Wesleyan College
74-66. First-year Kayla Adams led the Lady Quakers with 16 points. The women’s team bounced back after two losses to defeat Randolph-Macon on Jan. 11, when classes were canceled for snow. Oglesby led the team with 14 points in the win and King snagged nine rebounds and four steals. She also scored 12 points. Guilford won in double overtime over Eastern Mennonite University on Jan. 15 94-86. Oglesby led the Quakers with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Senior Lauren LeFevers shoots during the women's basketball home game against Hollins University on Jan. 4. Guilford won 81-64.
As the days of winter break slowly passed, I felt that it was time to do something that would make my break invigorating. I decided to start moving towards the direction of mountains, which for me, meant snowboarding. I geared up with my board, snow pants, boots, and, most importantly, gloves. The next thing I knew, I was on a ski lift 20 feet in the air, scared out of my mind. My feet dangled beneath me as the cold winter wind scurried across my face. My first steps, or shall I say glides, began with managing to get off the ski lift safely. My next challenge was actually getting down the mountain. As I started to go down the mountain, I kept my balance until I took my first fall, which just so happened to be face first. There I was lying on the mountain, face first with a layer of snow covering my body. On top of that, my gloves were covered with snow so my fingers felt like ice cubes. The first fall was only the start. It took me 1 hour to get down the mountain, which should have only taken 15 minutes at most. After my first face-plant, about a dozen more falls followed. I was tired, sore, and my arms felt like they were being held down by a bag of bricks. Everything hurt, from my head, to my toes. I could feel my arms and legs starting to bruise. Even the palms of my hands were slowly turning a light purple mixed with bluish coloring. My snowboarding experience was exhausting and embarrassing. As I tumbled down the mountain, five-year-old children passed me on their snowboards, laughing as they threw snowballs at me. Another man skiing down the mountain passed me a dozen times as I was still on my second time down. My attempt for a superior time before I went back to the college workload was accomplished. Other than the ten bruises, eight sore muscles, and pure humiliation, I had a good time. Overall, I would say my first time snowboarding was a success. My advice for any first time snowboarders is to dress warmly. If you think that you have on enough layers, put a few more on. Also, be prepared to fall a lot, it’s inevitable. Lastly, be prepared to have fun and experience the time of your life.
Compiled by Will Cloyd
seconds in which first-year Johnathan Smith ran the 60-meter dash at the Dec. 4 Liberty Kickoff indoor track event, making a school record.
number of second-place finishes recorded by Guilford swimmers first-years Kendra Medina and Susanna Herrick at the Dec. 5 meet at Bridgewater.
file photo by jack sinclair
record of the women’s basketball team in the ODAC. The mark puts the Quakers in sixth place.
Courtesy of John Bell
Courtesy of Jim Schlosser
record of the men’s basketball team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The mark puts the Quakers in fourth place.