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Planned Parenthood protest visits GSO Local rally and panel inform about possible healthcare cuts
Survey finds one in four families struggle to afford food in Gso, High Point
By Keyla Beebe & Julia Solheim Staff Writers
Walk into the Caf and it’s all there for you: food. As much as we students might complain about the selection, those of us with a meal plan never have to worry about food. Break that Guilford bubble, and that security disappears. A recent Food Research and Action Center report found that 25 percent of families in the Greensboro/High Point area struggle to feed themselves. “That’s a shocking number,” said senior Kelsey Vergin, who interns at the Greensboro Children’s Museum’s Edible Schoolyard. “That’s a quarter — that’s huge. We think of families that can’t feed See "Hunger" on page 7
By David Pferdekamper Staff Writer
Guilford students, alumni, and community members protest for Planned Parenthood in downtown Greensboro. The rally, part of the organization's nationwide Truth Tour, came to town on April 4 in an eruption of pink pride.
Student assaulted in Guilford woods By Abbey Dean News Editor
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Syrian protests continue in Damascus By Omar Hamad Staff Writer The Syrian capital of Damascus — one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities — has been swept by a torrent of new, unexpected change as anger against the regime of the Ba’ath party — led by President Bashar al-Assad — came to a head in the form of massive protests across the nation. The outcry for reform began weeks ago when government police in the See "Syria" on page 6
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One in five women in the U.S. uses Planned Parenthood services, according to their website. The proposed bill to cut government funding for healthcare clinics that provide abortion services, backed by Congressional Republicans, has sparked nationwide debate. According to NPR, it is already illegal for government money to be used for abortion, but Republicans argue that government funding frees money from other services to be used for abortion. This policy debate came to Greensboro last week with both a rally and a panel to inform citizens and the Guilford community about the effects of possible funding cuts. Planned Parenthood’s Truth Tour has been traveling around the country
On Friday, April 8 the Office of Public Safety received a report that a student was assaulted and robbed in the Guilford College woods. “The student was injured, but not seriously injured,” said Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe. “The Greensboro Police were called and will continue to follow up with that investigation.” This is the second reported incident of violence on Guilford’s campus within a month’s time. “There is no evidence that this incident is related to the stabbing that took place over Serendipity weekend in either description or circumstance,” said Stowe. For both the Office of Campus Life and Public
Safety, the first and foremost concern is student safety. “Recent incidents indicate a need for members of the Guilford community to exercise caution and common sense while taking advantage of the woods,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Aaron Fetrow. “It is not feasible to expect that GPD or Public Safety can be ever-present and we cannot expect the same level of safety we experience on the Quad.” “We are genuinely concerned about the safety of our community,” said Stowe. “Guilford is not a magic bubble and is certainly not a closed campus. I do not recommend any student going in the woods by themselves.”
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Ralliers gather in support of Planned Parenthood Continued from Page 1 in a pink bus, stopping at cities to raise awareness about these attacks on women’s healthcare. According to their web page, the purpose of the Truth Tour is to reverse false propaganda spread by Republican politicians about Planned Parenthood practices, and to demonstrate the support found in communities and online. The bus came to Greensboro on April 4, bringing an explosion of pink to the Planned Parenthood parking lot on Battleground Ave. The estimated 70 people in attendance were handed bright shirts and signs boasting the “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” slogan. Gathering in front of the bus, the group listened to speakers including Director of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Systems Jessica Bearden and Guilford County Senator Gladys Robinson . Current patient Robin Heyer spoke on how she does not attend the clinic for contraceptive purposes, as she is unable to conceive children. Instead, she
relies on their healthcare services such as cancer screenings. “Women could die if we lose Planned Parenthood,” said Heyer. “This shouldn’t happen because of misinformation.” This problem of misinformation was addressed at the panel in Bryan Jr. Auditorium. Speakers included Community Health Educator at Planned Parenthood Mary Connor, Assistant Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales and senior Grayson Schmidt, who is a double major in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies and was trained as an abortion doula, while Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Julie Winterich moderated. Connor stressed that there is an inaccurate stigma attached to Planned Parenthood and emphasized that in the entire Planned Parenthood Federation of 112 affiliates, only 10 percent deal with abortion. While many healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could possibly lose
funding, the majority of the panel focused on the proposal to cut all funding from Title X, or the Family Planning program. At the rally on April 4, Senator Robinson and longtime friends
“Women could die if we lose Planned Parenthood. This shouldn’t happen because of misinformation.” Robin Heyer, Planned Parenthood patient Sally S. Cone and Leigh Seager explained their concern for young women today. “All our life, we have been fighting for equality, especially in
healthcare,” said Seager. “It was horrible then, and I am afraid that today’s generation will take advantage of what has been given to them and not come out to fight against this.” An estimated 30 Guilford students attended the rally. “I see this as a war against women,” said senior Cordelia McKusick. “So currently, it should be the most legitimate concern for students.” While the group was enthusiastic, as they lined the road to get the public’s attention, some showed disappointment at the turnout. “More people should have been here,” said junior Devinne Melecki. Despite the Truth Tour’s invitations to all Greensboro media outlets, UNCG’s The Carolinian and The Guilfordian were the only newspapers to cover the rally. At this time, there are several Planned Parenthood locations that provide services such as STI testing, pap smears, contraception and pregnancy testing for free. Other sites offer these services at a reduced, affordable price,
according to Connor. Defunding would affect all of the establishments. According to Connor, birth control prices could go from $20 to $70 a month. The temporary federal budget was set to expire on Friday, April 8 and the Republicans and Democrats in Congress could not reach an agreement for the rest of the fiscal year. This funding cut was one of the last policies to be decided, and in their final compromise, the bill was not passed. The eleventh-hour budget decision did not include any of the policies against Planned Parenthood, according to NPR. The debate for the funding, however, is not over as the government plans for the 2012 budget. “This is just a start,” said Connor. “Hands off my body. Don’t tell me how to spend my money. The next attack will be on Plan B (the emergency contraceptive) and birth control.” Connor predicts that Planned Parenthood funding will be safe this year, but thinks there will be some serious changes within the next five years.
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Ellis-Lamkins encourages Guilford students to be Green For All By Chassidy Crump Staff Writer “If you know a young child, someone with asthma, an older person with trouble breathing, or a person who lives in an area with poor air quality, you probably know someone who will be sick within the next year or two,” said CEO of Green For All Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. On April 5, Ellis-Lamkins came to Guilford to speak about Green for All, a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a green energy economy. She was the last speaker in the Center for Principled Problem Solving series on sustainable economic development. According to the company website, Green for All works with business, government, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs to increase quality jobs and opportunities within the green industry. Ellis-Lamkins said she grew up in a community with the worst air quality in California, populated primarily by single moms and people of color. Her environmentalism began when a doctor told her single mom that the family should move because of Ellis-Lamkins’ asthma — not a feasible option at the time. “It wasn’t helpful to tell us that what we were doing was wrong without having a solution,” said Ellis-Lamkins.
As a result, Ellis-Lamkins wanted to create more practical ways for people to be environmentally friendly that would “meet them where they are.” “Too often economics is an afterthought for many engaged in social change efforts,” said Director of the Center for Principled Problem Solving Mark Justad in an email interview. “This is unfortunate because without sustainable economic models our efforts for change can lack staying power.” Green For All seeks to bridge the gap between economic and environmental efforts, in order to make sustainability more practical for more people. “We aim, in partnership with our allies, to build a green economy and sustain an infrastructure that closes the gaps in income, wealth, health, security, and opportunity across the U.S.,” according to the Green for All website. An important aspect of these goals is spreading awareness of green jobs, which are the fastest-growing jobs in the economy, according to Ellis-Lamkins. She explained how many people were left out of the hitech movement because they were unaware; she wants to prevent this from happening again with the green industry. “The reality is that by the time most people pay attention to the green economy, it will have passed them by,” said Ellis-Lamkins. Lamkins encouraged the students to consider a green job
Guilford initiative puts local youth into motion By Claire Wardlaw Staff Writer With a popular culture swarming with tween superstars like Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, and Jayden Smith it’s hard to deny that many youth today will jump at any opportunity to perform. A fledgling student and faculty initiative, the Guilford Afterschool Arts Program, seeks to celebrate this reality and inspire disadvantaged youth in the Greensboro community to start moving. GAAP was a shared initiative for Theatre Studies professors Jack Zerbe and David Hammond, James Shields from The Bonner Center for Community Learning, AmeriCorps, and CPPS. Targeting a variety of ages from Glen Haven and Avalon Trace, GAAP is meant to provide an imaginative outlet for adolescents from areas without such resources readily available. GAAP's first task was enticing Guilford student applicants that wanted to contribute their own unique aptitude to the program’s curriculum. “The Guilford students have made remarkable discoveries and prompted some amazing creativity among the participants,” said Hammond, in an email interview. “The program draws in its participants with such focuses as African drumming, music, hip-hop, slam poetry, and dance — all of which came from suggestions made by the Glen Haven youth — despite the general neglect of society to recognize this age group’s artistic potential.” “We became interested in middle school students when we learned that
this age group is historically ‘underserved’ in arts education in the public schools,” said Hammond. Yet, as this is the first year of the program, it was a challenge for the collaborators to predict the best way to execute the program without any idea of what to expect. “It’s basically like we’re asking, ‘how do we make fun a program?” said junior Arthur Wood, an Art and Religious Studies double major and student collaborator in GAAP. Wood recounted stories exhibiting the eccentricities of the children he’s worked with, most of which highlighted their instinctive imagination. “They are screaming individuals,” Wood said. “I guess we’re trying to get them to want to show who and what they are.” Yet, the ultimate objective of the program is to bring all of the lessons and experiences shared throughout this year into a final, comprehensive performance at Guilford College. This will include a compilation of the various art styles and improvisational activities that have been the concentration of the program. “The instructors — Josh Rodriguez, Helen Gushue, Ene Ekoja, Sarah-Jaana Nodell, Arthur Wood, and Jodie Geddes — have done an incredible job making something from nothing and have worked hard to collaborate in solving a problem that they have had little tools or training to solve,” said Mary Pearl Monnes, the AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who in part designed GAAP, in an email interview. GAAP’s final performance will be on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
after graduation. “Yes, I most certainly am interested (in a green job),” said sophomore Will Singley in an email interview. “That is going to be my first priority upon leaving college or grad school.” Lamkins paused to ask the audience what industries were growing in the economy; after a long pause, a few people threw out suggestions: waste, biofuels, transportation, construction. Ellis-Lamkins added that water was the most important industry. According to theGrio, an NBC site focused on the African American community, Ellis-Lamkins has already made progress. Green For All has succeeded in getting legislation passed through Obama’s Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with $500 million reserved for green-jobs, among other accomplishments. Ellis Lamkins’ latest pursuit is Green The Block, a partnership with Hip Hop Caucus and Green for all, according to the Green The Block webpage. Green The Block is a national campaign targeted towards helping low-income communities, particularly those of color, to change the environment and economy through green jobs and initiatives. “We want you to take the inspiration and turn it into something that transforms people’s lives,” said EllisLamkins.
WGSS CONFERENCE Guilford College will host the second annual Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Conference. * Come Tuesday April 26 from 1- 5 p.m. to the Frank Family Science Center (off of New Garden Rd). *
The conference will begin with a keynote presentation by Robin James, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UNC-Charlotte, titled: "Critiquing Controlling Images: Black Feminism In Popular Music." * The program includes a range of student work comprised of poetry, art, and academic research. Faculty, staff, & students are all encouraged to participate. To submit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Haiti Benefit Concert, Guilford College United Methodist Church, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Photo by Riley Ramage
OSLE presents "Tax Relief Bingo," Community Center, 8 p.m.
City-wide Easter egg hunt, Jaycee Park football fields. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closing night: "Gemini," Sternberger Auditorium, 8 - 10 p.m.
SAASA and WGSS present "Take Back the Night," BBQ, open mic, speakers, candelight walk and speak out, Founders Lawn 5:30 - 10 p.m. Dick Dyer Awards, Carnegie Room 5:30 - 7:30
View Saturn in Observatory Open House, Cline Observatory, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Hillel hosts Sedar dinner, catered and Kosher, Gilmer Room, 6:30 p.m.
Bargain Tuesday at Brassfield Cinema, $4.25 all day
Community Senate meeting, Boren Lounge, 7- 8 p.m.
See your evenT here E-mail email@example.com Seated Buddhist Meditation, The Hut, 9 p.m.
Riley Ramage, senior, shot this photo while strolling the Guilford's woods. This biology major and photography minor regularly combines her passions by making nature the subject of her art.
Greensboro Grasshoppers vs Rome Braves, NewBridge Bank Park, 7 p.m.
Thursday Cheap Movie and Beer Night presents "King Pin," 7:30, 10 p.m.
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world & nation News in brief
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Stories by Alex Miller
Graphic by Breé Shepard
U.S. officials are urging the North Korean government to act in accor-
dance with international human rights laws and release an American citizen that has reportedly been held in custody for several months, reports the Associated Press. Because of the two sides' opposition during the 1950’s Korean War as well as their conflict over North Korea’s nuclear program, they do not have diplomatic relations. Thus Swedish embassy officials are representing American interests and have visited the prisoner, a Korean-American businessman, but were unable to provide further information, as he did not sign a privacy waiver.
to top officials from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force,
training and preparations for ending the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy are going “better than expected,” reports The Los Angeles Times. According to recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, completion dates for the preparations range from June 1 for the Marines to June 30 for the Air Force and July 1 for the Navy, with the Army providing no set date. Feedback from the training has been overwhelmingly positive and the concerns formerly highlighted have been alleviated.
Ivory Coast With
defenses weakened by French and U.N. airstrikes, former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo
surrendered to forces loyal to elected President Alassane Ouattara, reports The New York Times. Gbagbo, who was captured after a four-day siege of his private residence by Ouattara’s forces, is being held at the same Golf Hotel in which he besieged the new President during the early stages of the conflict. Though U.N. and French military action was strictly to protect civilians, its leading to Gbagbo’s fall has strengthened arguments that Ouattara is too Western and only rose to power through Western intervention.
sentencing of blogger Maikel Nabil represents the first time a blogger has been imprisoned since Egypt’s
revolution, and only the third time a blogger has been brought before a military council. According to The New York Times, Nabil's charges include “insulting the military establishment” and “spreading false information about the armed forces,” among others. Much of the information published on Nabil’s blog had been previously published by human rights groups such as Amnesty International. Nabil is a pacifist, citing this as grounds for exemption from mandatory military service, and holds strong pro-Israeli views, which have been pointed to as evidence for his imprisonment.
BP seeks permit to begin drilling again in Gulf By Andrew Glass Staff Writer Last year the Deepwater Horizon rig on the Macondo well exploded, releasing 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days and killing 11 workers. And now — less than a year afterwards, according to The New York Times — BP is requesting permission to drill in the Gulf. According to The Washington Post, BP hopes to obtain permits to drill in ten wells, none of them exploratory or near the Macondo well. BP was the largest leaseholder and oil driller in the Gulf before the accident, producing 400,000 barrels of oil a day. “(Before the spill) BP was the Gulf of Mexico,” said Fadel Gheit, managing director and senior analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., to The Washington Post. “Many people said BP would be put in the penalty box. I’m not so sure.” Allowing BP to resume drilling will increase oil production, decreasing gas
prices and increasing job opportunities. But, there is still the concern of safety. The New York Times reports that BP is still paying costs associated with the blowout. The Justice Department is also considering a range of penalties against BP — including manslaughter for the 11 workers killed in last year’s explosion — as well as damages to local communities. Despite this, BP is still hopeful that it will be able to start drilling projects this summer. BP states that it needs to resume drilling in the Gulf in order to pay the claims raised by the government, businesses, and individuals. “We’re making progress but it’s not a ‘yes’ yet,” said one BP official to The New York Times. The Interior Department Bureau of
Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement denies any allegations that the department is forming an accord with BP. “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that there is some agreement with BP,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Fox News. President Barack Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf expired in October of 2010, but it was not until February 2011 that the first new permit was issued to Noble Energy. Since then BOEMRE has issued permits to Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and BHP Billiton, but no agreement has been formed with BP, reports The New York Times. According to The New York Times, all
The Justice Department is also considering a range of penalties against BP — including manslaughter for the 11 workers killed in last year’s explosion.
companies have agreed to stricter safety regulations that include new well designs, casing and cementing, and a third party verification that safety devices are working correctly. Whether these safety regulations are going to be enforced remains a question. “(Safety regulation enforcement) takes money,” said Dana Professor of Biology Lynne Moseley. “Congress is trying to find budget cuts. What’s going to happen to the funding to make sure that these oil wells are properly regulated? They can do their job, but if we don’t improve regulations and train better staff, it’s only a matter of time until there will be another Deepwater Horizon.” The permits come as gas prices rise because of conflicts in the Middle East, reports The New York Times. Obama said in a statement that the administration was hoping to decrease the dependence on foreign oil. However, environmental groups say it is still too early to issue permits, as last year’s accident is still being investigated.
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Syrian government threatened by violence and protests Continued from Page 1
sees organized opposition to the ruling regime. “We saw thousands of protestors taking to the streets, from all walks of life — young and old, professionals and not professionals, educated, not educated,” said Field Correspondent for Al Jazeera Rula Amin. “It’s a new situation in Syria.” “The future of our beloved country cannot be built on grudges and hatred, it can only be built with love and forgiveness” said Ribal al-Assad, a cousin of Bashar living in exile in England, in an email interview. “Let’s hope that all parties would listen and start thinking about how we could all work together, as one, to move towards our common goal — and, it is only by being united that the regime would feel the pressure and start conceding to the people’s demands,” said Ribal.
southern Syrian city of Dara’a opened fire on youths who had scrawled anti-government graffiti, reports The New York Times. In response to government arrests, protesters in several cities burned the offices of the Ba’ath Party and tore down posters of President al-Assad. In attempts to console demonstrators, al-Assad announced the resignation of the Syrian cabinet on March 29. On March 30, he addressed Syrians in a speech in which he offered significant — if largely symbolic — concessions, which included the lifting of emergency laws that ban free speech and assembly, according to The New York Times. “The emergency law is a cornerstone of Ba’athist rule and, once it goes, everything else might go with it,” said researcher for the Institute of Strategic and International Relations Karim Bitar to The New York Times. IRIS is a foreign policy think-tank based in Paris. “Things could collapse for them if they’re serious about lifting it — liberation of political prisoners, multiple parties, no more harassing activists. People are going to use this to air more and more grievances,” said Bitar. More recently, renewed violence erupted in Dara’a on Friday, April 8 when security forces fired live rounds of ammunition to disperse stone-throwing protestors, reports Al Jazeera. “What happened is that, after Friday prayers, the marchers started to chant, ‘Freedom! Freedom!’” said London-based political activist Ausama Monajed to the Guardian. “When the protesters tried to collect the dead and wounded, the security forces opened fire again.” According to The New York Times, while 21 protesters have been confirmed dead, the numbers are expected to rise. Ammar Abdulhamid — a Syrian dissident living in Maryland — reports that the death toll may be as high as 100, while the number of wounded is expected to reach 500. “The situation there is disastrous,” said a Damascusbased activist — who chose to remain anonymous — to the Washington Post in reference to the violence in Dara’a, where the Post reports that demonstrators had converted the city’s al-Omari mosque into a hospital. According to Al Jazeera, President al-Assad has attempted to respond to the violence with a number of reforms, including granting full citizenship to Syria’s Kurds, who constitute 10 percent of Syria’s population.
However, nationwide dissatisfaction with the Government’s limits of free speech and other human rights violations have continued to foment. “This President himself is the hostage of the security complex,” said Haytham Manna, a Syrian Human Rights activist living in France of the political situation, in an email interview. “The executive is in the hand of security apparatus and presidential team. If reforms can be decided, it will be by Bashar al-Assad himself,” said Manna. “No Kurd, no Arab, the Syrian people are one. We salute the martyrs of Dara’a,” chanted Kurdish protesters in the northeastern city of Al Qamishli, reports Al Jazeera. Despite crackdowns by the Syrian government, observers remain optimistic of events-to-come in a nation which rarely
Pro-Assad Syrian protesters fill the street in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon as they carry pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a sit-in on Sunday, March 27, 2011.
American pastor burns Quran, Afghan groups protest By Terah Kelleher Staff Writer
The Quran mentions Jesus more than any other prophet, even Muhammad. Jesus is given such titles as “The Word of God.” Both prophets’ names were engulfed in flames on March 20 by Terry Jones, a Florida pastor. In a statement released by the White House, President Barack Obama said “the desecration of any holy text, including the (Quran), is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.” According to a September 2010 Wall Street Journal article, top U.S. and NATO commander, Gen. David Petraeus denounced the plans of Jones burning the Quran. He and other military officials feared that this act would spark anger that could endanger troops and create anger toward the U.S. Jones originally canceled the Quran burning but broke his word on March 20. “It’s like people forgot about us,” said Jones to The Washington Post. “But we kept doing what we do.” On April 1, violent protests began in
Afghanistan in response to Jones’ actions. According to The Washington Post, nearly 20 people were killed and about 150 were wounded by the third day of protests in northern and southern Afghanistan. Obama called the murders during the protests “outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity.” “ T h e r e ’ s no excuse for violence, period,” said Robert Duncan, visiting assistant professor of political science. “Both sides show a lack of intellect, sophistication and education. It’s in the combat of ideas that truth emerges. And when people are not willing to engage in that discussion, truth is suppressed and hidden.” According to The New York Times, international and Afghan news media originally downplayed or ignored Jones’ actions — but, on March 31, President
Hamid Karzai gave a speech that demanded Jones’ arrest and condemned his actions. Some observers question Karzai’s intentions in giving this speech, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “Karzai seems to veer between being dependent on the international presence and a real sense of resentment and powerlessness,” said Stephen Carter — an independent policy analyst in Kabul — to the Christian Science Monitor. “He tends to come out with public statements that make clear the degree of resentment that he feels. He could have refrained from making a statement and acted in a way that would have made this particular outcome less likely.” Parveen Hasanali, assistant professor of religious studies, said that the American identity is being formed on the backdrop of such things as the war.
President Obama called the murders during the protests "outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity"
“The long drawn out aspects of war cause these political reactions,” said Hasanali. “The protests that have happened most recently are, most likely, coming from people’s discontent with the political situation and their right to protest. But then it goes out of control when deaths happen.” Muslim Senior JoAnn Skinner said the burning of the Quran helped to contribute to violence that has little to do with the spirit of Christianity or Islam. “I understand the outrage they feel, but aggression and violence are not the way to go about it,” said Skinner in an email interview. “A well known Hadith (saying or deed of Muhammad) illustrates the Islamic position on the issue of anger: ‘The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength. But the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.’” Max Carter, campus ministry coordinator, said that this is a great time for people to analyze their own behaviors. He quoted a Biblical verse on this subject: “We need to take the log out of our own eyes before we condemn the specks in other peoples.’”
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Volunteers, food banks work to alleviate hunger issues
Some note that the problem goes beyond hunger. “People buy less nutrition and more bulk,” said Shelton. themselves as living in underdeveloped countries, but this is “It fills people up, so they’re not hungry, but they’re not healthy.” right here in Greensboro, and it’s one in four people.” “Every community deserves the right to healthy food — Additionally, Greensboro and High Point ranked fourth nationally in number of people who can’t afford food, not just food, but healthy food,” said Vergin. “But a burger costs $1 and a head of lettuce costs $3; people can’t afford according to the News and Record. Though these numbers might be shocking to some, the healthy option.” According to Vergin, such issues arise from a food system Katherine Shelton, the pantry director at the Servant Center’s Grocery Assistance Program, thinks the numbers based on feeding people as fast as possible and making money as fast as possible. Gallien blames systemic causes to might be worse. “(A quarter) seems low,” Shelton said. “There are a lot of a greater extent. “FNB recognizes this struggle (with hunger) as conditions people they don’t know about. There are a lot of people — immigrants, people who use church (food programs) — who that are produced by capitalism and racism, which are two structural institutions this country was founded by and conaren’t listed on formal paper.” tinues to operate through,” Gallien said. Others aren’t shocked either. Regardless of what the “Those of us that facilicauses might be, there are tate (free meals) have always ways students can help. been aware that many ... “A lot of college students who come to eat dinner may volunteer to work with us have not had an opportunity over here,” Marshall said. to eat a full meal that day “Students don’t have a lot of and may not eat again until money, so we’d much rather the morning,” said Saralee have their time.” Gallien, an organizer for Some volunteers menthe Greensboro chapter of Senior Kelsey Vergin, intern at the Edible Schoolyard tioned the benefits of volunFood Not Bombs, in an email teering. interview. “There’s a certain “I feel like I’m giving back level of normalcy that sets in when you hang out with folks every week who do not have and helping,” said UNCG freshman and GUM volunteer a normative eating schedule or any stable ability to secure Caitlin Pantas. “I didn’t know about places like this before, so this has been a great learning experience.” three meals a day.” “The people here are terrific,” said first-year and GUM Others have seen this problem growing. “There’s been a considerable increase of people coming volunteer Eileen Martin. “I’m planning on continuing vol(to Greensboro Urban Ministry),” said GUM Food Bank unteering here even after my hours are done.” Shelton suggested multiple ways students can help other Office Manager Val Marshall. “Not just to the food bank, but to the clothing bank, our beds, and Pathways, which is than volunteering. “Support local pantries; do food drives — they’re a treapartments for families.” Continued from Page 1
mendous help; grow a sustainable garden and learn how to do it organically,” Shelton said. “If we don’t get (the younger) generation involved, what’s going to happen?” Vergin also mentioned similar ways to help. She also brought up self-education. “(There should be) awareness — don’t be ignorant,” Vergin said. “People confuse (ignorance) with arrogance, but ignorance is just not knowing. Students here should allow themselves to know what’s going on, and understand our place of privilege.”
"Every community deserves the right to healthy food — not just food, but healthy food."
First-year Eileen Martin volunteers at Greensboro Urban Ministry's food bank in downtown Greensboro.
Life Before Guilford: Kyle and Erin Dell By Meg Holden Staff Writer
were not what I wanted anymore.” The romance began when Kyle transferred to Kalamazoo and the two were introduced by a mutual friend. “I forget how I knew that (Kyle’s) roommate, Chris, was living in the dorm —” Erin said. “You were a social butterfly,” Kyle said. “You were flitting around the dorm.” “That is not true,” Erin said. “Don’t say that, it makes me sound like I’m an airhead. Anyway, so
I walked in and I was talking to Chris, and Chris said, ‘You need to meet my roommate Kyle.’ And Kyle turned around and said, ‘Hi, nice to meet you,’ and I was starstruck.” The two were close friends throughout their sophomore year at Kalamazoo. Taking day trips, ringing the tower bells at Kalamazoo, and studying in Washington, D.C. together solidified Kyle and Erin’s romance. According to Kyle, while work-
Courtesy of Kyle and Erin Dell
College relationships all end at graduation. Once you get that diploma, the “college” part of the relationship is over, even if the “relationship” part stays strong — unless, that is, you stay in college. Although they are no longer students, Kyle and Erin Dell have maintained their college relationship since they met at Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Kyle, an associate professor of political science and co-coordinator of the environmental studies program, and Erin, an assistant academic dean, shared the details of their romantic comedy before — and since — coming to Guilford. Erin, a Quaker, chose Kalamazoo because of its study abroad program. An English and Spanish major, Erin said that when she thinks about college, she remembers always having a book in her hand. According to Kyle, his family has connections to education as a profession. “I always thought of (teaching) as the family business,” Kyle said. “But the older I got, I thought about it, and I was like, ‘I hate
ing on Capitol Hill, staffers in Kyle’s office would sometimes call Erin the “pinko commie girlfriend” while Erin’s office referred to Kyle as the “fascist boyfriend.” Political divides didn’t stop Kyle and Erin from getting engaged their senior year at Kalamazoo and marrying a year later. “Some people really give us a hard time that we got married so young,” Erin said. “There’s that ‘how did you know that you wanted to be with someone when you were 19?’ thing. My parents both said, ‘you’re kind of young to know what you want for the rest of your life.’ And I said, ‘I know what I want.’” After college, the two moved to Boston for graduate school. Kyle studied at Boston College and Erin studied at Harvard University, where she also worked placing Fulbright students in graduate schools. The couple’s two children, Sam and Phoebe, were born during the Dells’ 10 years in Boston. “And then we moved here, and it was very serendipitous,” Erin said. “Kyle and I wanted to be in a place that reminded us of what we (Left) Kyle and Erin Dell as students at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. (Right) Kyle, now associate professor of had (at Kalamazoo), and to be able political science and co-coordinator of the environmental studies program at Guilford, and Erin, assistant academic dean, to be on the other side of that and to give back is really meaningful.” pose outside of Hege Library. the family business.’ I wanted to go and be a big-time lawyer … because I didn’t want to be a poor teacher.” After a well-loved professor had a stroke and stopped teaching, however, Kyle reconsidered his priorities. “It really influenced me to think about what was important and what I really respected about people,” Kyle said. “And suddenly, the superficial parts of a lawyer’s lifestyle that I thought I wanted
Art thesis show to unveil fruits of students' labor
Story and photos by Amanda DahillMoore Staff Writer
Each year a small handful of committed art students are approved for thesis work in their field of study. This year, seven students have spent their senior year delving into their own vision, wrestling through the
problems of self-expression. Guided by faculty and staff and supported by one another, the moment is drawing near when these students will bring their vision and expression — the product of countless hours — to the campus community in a final thesis show held in the Founder’s Hall Gallery on Friday, April 22.
Minkin’s photos evoke a particular place through the subjectivity of one lens. His black-and-white images are a mysterious, sometimes paradoxical exploration into the Coble barn. Built by German prisoners of war in 1945, the barn is situated just a few miles from Guilford. “I had been working in caves when I realized it was no longer practical to shoot them for my thesis,” said Minkin. “I was on a tour of the Coble barn when I realized that the vibe it gave off was a lot like a cave’s.” Minkin’s photography is both personal and wide-reaching. He cites the tension between seemingly oppositional human emotions as a focus of his work, but at the same time acknowledges that “subjectivity is essential to any understanding of the truth.”
Laura McGrath McGrath layers photography and painting in a complex process that de-contextualizes the figure, as well as the traditional approach to both artistic techniques. “I have had a fascination with both photography and painting for as long as I can remember, but it was not until high school that I began to explore both seriously,” said McGrath. This work represents the solution McGrath found to combine her two passions into one multi-faceted, but ultimately cohesive process. Although her work culminates in seamless images, the layered effect also deconstructs expected notions of the divisions between art forms and the role of the figure. “Painting from photographs creates a layered, ‘meta’ effect of a painting within a painting,” said McGrath. “(The process) also creates a blurring of subject and environment, and in a way, de-contextualizes the figure.”
Molly Spadone Molly Spadone Spadone melds the intimacy of home with the refinement of fine art. This juxtaposition of the rough and the refined carries through each aspect of her pottery, creating an eclectic, yet polished aesthetic. “Functional objects belong in a home, but there is a tension when they are displayed in a gallery,” said Spadone. “I am trying to smooth over that tension.” Spadone is strongly influenced by her family home. “It’s a place where beauty and functionality are completely interwoven,” said Spadone. Spadone’s father, who builds art-deco furniture, helped her create several of the displays for her pots. “These are objects of beauty, so they need to be displayed, but they are also incredibly usable," Spadone said. "During my show, I want people to come up and touch everything. I want people to feel at home.”
May displays objects from the world around her to shed new light on aspects of life many of us would rather not look at. These objects include scavenged bottles, dead bees, and many fruits in various stages of decay. “Everything dies,” said May. “People die and ideas die. But decay is masked in our society.” May is a double major in anthropology and art. Her art is strongly influenced by the work she has done for her anthropology major. “The two are inseparable for me,” said May. “I am constantly aware of how people’s identities are strained by the artificial roles we are forced to live in. This work is a way for me to show what I see in a visual way, without words.”
Gracelee Lawrence Lawrence constructs creatures from another world — forged in steel and clothed in woven plastic. “It’s less about what I am trying to say with these pieces, and more how the viewer responds to them,” said Lawrence. Lawrence began her thesis with sculptural dresses; since then her work has evolved into something much more geometric. “I want the steel pieces to relate to people on a physical level," said Lawrence. "Here is an encounter with an object unlike anything else you would find in this world. How does your body respond to that?” Because of their large size, the steel sculptures will be on display on the quad near Hege-Cox. Her smaller works, what Lawrence calls “artifacts washed back from this other world,” will be indoors with the rest of the thesis show.
Cloud Gamble Gamble takes photos of used pads and discarded condoms, but not for shock value. “I’ve always been fascinated by what we discard,” said Gamble. Gamble is installing a small room, suggestive of a bathroom, lined on the outside with abstracted close-ups of human refuse. “The close-ups function almost like abstractions,” said Gamble. “They re-contextualize the images.” The images on the inside, however, leave nothing to the imagination. “As a woman and a person, I resent expectations to look and be a certain way,” said Gamble. “This is about exposing what is underneath those expectations, the hidden processes.” Unlike many art students, Gamble plans to stay on an extra year and earn a nursing degree. “I didn’t realize it at first, but I see now that this work and my interest in health are strongly connected,” said Gamble.
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Brittney May Zoe Sasson Sasson’s voluptuous abstractions fairly burst off the wall. “The human body has always been my main source of inspiration,” said Sasson. “What I am working towards now is a more expressive and contemporary way of representing the body.” Sasson painted traditional portraits before studying abroad in France and learned about new ways to render the body in two-dimensions. “I have always painted very voluptuous women, and I used to show them in an insecure light. Now I want to show these same voluptuous women liberated in their own skin,” said Sasson. “During my four years here I have become more comfortable with my own identity and in my own skin. That is reflected in my body and the way I hold myself, and I think that is true for everyone.”
9 April 15, 2011
Violence doesn't warrant knee-jerk reaction
Andrew Stewart Staff Writer On March 26 at 6:13 a.m., Western Division officers of the Greensboro Police Department answered a call about a stabbing victim bleeding at a Circle K store on New Garden Road. The 20-year-old man was slashed at after a bonfire on Guilford’s campus at approximately 4:30 a.m. by a man whose name was not released to the media. Given the wait of almost two hours before the call to authorities, the wound was not severe. However, the knife-wielder was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. According to Director of Public Safety Ron Stowe, the assailant has an extensive criminal history and is a registered sex offender. Neither man is a Guilford student. The troubling news puts the college in an awkward position. Should security be increased or a fence erected
when Guilford has to raise tuition for normal expenses? We see how pointless a fence has been on the Mexico/U.S. border. In addition to the March 26 stabbing, another Guilford student was mugged and stabbed on April 8. Two random stabbings in two weeks must mean something. Was it a copycat crime? I hope this is not the beginning of a crime wave. A mysterious man apparently lives in Milner Hall and does not attend the
should be more common in a city like Greensboro. Virginia Commonwealth University is located in Richmond, Va. Horror stories come from VCU often, most notably violence against women. An attempted rape was thwarted on March 28 near VCU’s campus. A little paranoia is not a bad thing, however, as being on the lookout boosts campus safety. Massive paranoia and undertaking excessive building projects Guilford cannot afford
The public safety officers are doing a tremendous job, as violence seems like it should be more common in a city like Greensboro. school. Someone lets him in the building, bypassing the card-swiping machine. It is a creepy story. He squats in Milner with occasional sightings by students. Regardless of his intentions, a non-student infiltrating the dorms sets an unusual precedent. Be mindful of who you hold the door open for. The Public Safety officers are doing a tremendous job, as violence seems like it
should be avoided. Carrying Mace won’t hurt you if aimed correctly. And do not underestimate the power of a scream. Even the most deranged person will stop to think once their plans are no longer a secret. It is unknown what Audrey Yefimov, the first victim, and his assailant were doing on the campus. They separately heard of a party on campus. They probably were looking for
fun, but for some people a night is not complete without a fight. Other than canceling bonfires and locking down the campus, the only way to keep unsavory characters away is to have bouncers, which seems excessive. Guilford students should use their sense of community for an informal community watch. If we watch out for each other, the violence can stay outside of the campus. The attack could have been even worse if a gun was used. Since the attacker used a knife, there was no collateral damage. If a gun was fired, then stray bullets could have sprayed anywhere. The attacker stabbed Yefimov up close, making the crime more personal. Guilford was most likely an unplanned choice of venue. It could have happened anywhere to anyone. Catching this guy saved lives because they always attack again. All these silver linings show that Guilford students can still trust each other to not commit violence. Outside agitators should not upset a sense of fun at a bonfire. Be wary of shady characters and let the Public Safety officers keep up the good work.
The race for the perfect place
Julia Solheim Staff Writer Why is it that the housing process is producing so many mini-meltdowns? As a newcomer to Guilford, I didn’t really have a choice about where to live my first semester, so I never worried about it. But now I see my suitemates and friends all freaking out and I find myself wondering: what’s the big deal? Well, according to some, it is a very big deal. So here’s the dorm breakdown: First-years live in Milner or Binford. A majority of sophomores live in Bryan. For those who don’t want to live in co-ed dorms, men and women can choose English or Mary Hobbs and Shore, respectively. Then there are the South Apartments, the North Apartments, and Hodgin’s Retreat. These last three are usually top choice for upperclassmen. One appeal of these is the fact that you
get your own room, and privacy is an important factor for a lot of people. A lot of people have been trying to obtain apartments, but to no avail. As it turns out, seniority is priority, as upperclassmen tend to get better lottery numbers. That makes sense, though. For those of us who still have two or three more years here, I’m sure we will
A lot of people have been trying to obtain apartments, but to no avail. As it turns out, seniority is priority, as upperclassmen tend to get better lottery numbers. manage to get our choice of housing for one of them. It seems reasonable to be mad if it was your last year of school and you ended up in Bryan because sophomores and juniors took all the good places.
And on that note, it would be extremely annoying to become stuck in an undesirable housing situation because of a clerical error, which happens more frequently than comfort-levels allow. Another requirement for acquiring an apartment is to have a full group of people to live with. This is frustrating when three people want to live together in an apartment and are denied the chance because they can’t find a fourth person in time. It is sensible that a single person or even two people shouldn’t be able to reserve an apartment for four when there is limited room and high demand, but there should be some exceptions. What about transfer students? If someone transfers in before their junior or senior year they will most likely be put in Bryan or a single-sex dorm — they have almost no option of having their own room. It is, admittedly, a frustrating process, but come on, people, it’s not the end of the world. When school starts up again, there are bound to be drop-outs and people going off to foreign countries, and spaces will open up. So by all means, freak out if you get stuck in a crappy living situation. But there is a time and a place, and both have yet to come — plus, I'm sick of hearing you complain.
A journey to Elsewhere Amanda Dahill-Moore Staff Writer At 10 o’clock on a balmy Thursday evening, I stepped off of Elm Street in downtown Greensboro and into the brightly lit foyer of Elsewhere, the living museum. My eyes instantly widened to the size of dinner plates and my head swiveled like a bauble as I tried to make sense of the new world I had entered into. Amy Johnson, the communications intern, greeted me at the door and explained the history of Elsewhere. For 55 years, Sylvia Gray collected odds and ends that she sold in a thrift store in the same three-story building that the museum now occupies. “Apparently (Gray) was quite a character,” Johnson said. “People would come into the store and she would tell them that things weren’t for sale, or that they could buy a trinket for a thousand dollars.” In 2003, six years after Gray’s death, her grandson George Sheer visited the abandoned thrift store with a few of his friends. Faced with the enormous question of what to do with so much stuff, the group of friends decided to re-imagine its potential. Two years of organizing and re-organizing later, Elsewhere became what it is today: a living museum where artists come for residencies, working only with the materials that are already there. Sylvia was particularly fond of fabric and textiles, which is evident in a large collection of knotted and bundled fabrics hanging from the ceiling. The effect of this display is disorienting, like walking on your hands across a patch of multicolored shag carpet, or floating upside-down through waving sea anemones. “This place is a found-object paradise,” I overheard a man with a mirror strapped around his neck mutter to himself. The truth is, I had to crane my neck to see anything but the man’s shoes (black, business casual) because I was hiding out in a tiny alcove beneath a table, which was draped in fabric and complete with a makeshift bed. From here, I crawled back into the grown-up sized world, but I was beginning to get my bearings in this strange place, and it was clear that grown-up sized or not, this was like no place I had ever been before. Suddenly, what previously seemed like an indecipherable jumble of junk appeared to me as a jungle of infinite possibility. A jungle or a city, the metaphors kept mixing in my mind, and that was just fine because the excitement of this place lies in the fact that it can be anything you want it to be. Elsewhere is a playground for anyone. Sure, most of the artists are 20-somethings from Portland or Minneapolis, with torn jeans and thrift store tops, but there is Mr. Business Casual carrying on an impassioned conversation with Johnson, the intern. For me, it was an experience of synesthesia: colors moved and swelled, indecipherable from textures, and the smells from dinner lingering in the air combined with the musty aroma of old knick-knacks. Toys from the 90s next to toys from the 50s spoke to a shared cultural history, and I imagined some future civilization discovering the ruins of Elsewhere and trying to piece together a picture of our world from the artifacts left behind. Stepping back onto the street, normal objects took on a strange slant. Orange construction cones could be giant birthday hats or altars to small deities. This is what I always want art to do: make everything in the world new again. This is what Elsewhere has done.
Imperfections make Guilford experience worthwhile As the year draws to a close, preparations are made to send another group of graduates out into the world. This begs the question: what kind of world are they entering, and how have the last four years prepared them for it? Post-collegiate prospects for U.S. college students in this era are troubling. With an economy that has yet to recover, a job market that is shedding workers like a winter coat and increasing competition from international markets, many college graduates may find themselves on the outside looking in. As if that wasn’t enough, the U.S. is gripped in political and cultural turmoil that finds unions, teachers, taxes, medicare, medicaid and the public sector as a whole being used as chess pieces in a fiscal grudge match. The one constant seems to be defense spending, the sacrosanct underpinning of a federal budget that is being asked to reverse years of mismanagement. This sets the stage for the class of 2011, a group of people who are more than prepared to enter this complicated sociopolitical milieu. This preparedness is not a product of an enlightened Guilford education, a perfectly harmonious community, or unswerving dedication to the core values. It is rather the lack of any of these things in their entirety that give a Guilford graduate the skills necessary to survive in our complicated modern world. Guilford is not a haven of academics, social justice gurus and fervent environmentalists; it is a diverse community that, in many ways, resembles the world graduates are about to join. There are fractures, fights, disconnects and, most importantly, passionate thoughtful dialogue. It is the imperfections in the Guilford bubble, the cracks in the surface and dissonant rumblings underneath, that force us to struggle toward an ideal rather than become complacent with where we are. If attendance at campus events was mandatory, if no one ever again mentioned a divide between students and student-athletes, and if everyone celebrated the opening of a pizzeria despite a focus on healthy foods and sustainability, we wouldn’t be ready for life after Guilford. Guilford’s real value as an institution does not come from being the pinnacle of social progress and Quaker principles, but rather from a being a community of people whose goals reach far higher than the norm, and who are not dissuaded or discouraged when reality does not match ideals. It is these qualities more than anything else that will ensure graduates leaving this community are able to face the often intimidating and always frustrating realities of life after graduation. Regardless of the job market, cultural paradigms and political rhetoric, after four years at Guilford the “real world” doesn’t seem all that different from “the bubble.”
Charlie Sheen is on a sinking ship
By Sage Donpineo
Q: What’s the difference between Charlie Sheen and Leonardo DiCaprio? A: Sheen knows what it’s really like to be on a sinking ship. Sheen has long been plagued by scandals. Until recently, however, none of them have adversely affected his career or his show “Two and a Half Men,” which was pulling in roughly 15 million viewers per episode and providing Sheen with $2 million per episode, according to TVSquad.com. In the recent months, Sheen has conducted interviews in which he described himself as having “Adonis DNA” and “tiger blood,” as well as many quotable gems such as “I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars,” and “winning.” In regards to being fired from the show “Two and
Half Men,” Sheen said of the show’s creator Chuck Lorre, “I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels … I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists ... (CBS) picked a fight with a warlock.” Since being fired, Sheen has embarked on a tour called “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/ Defeat is Not an Option.” Tickets to the event sold out in 18 minutes. However, the first show in Detroit was universally panned. The question is, why would people want to pay to see this? I can think of two explanations: fans of Sheen who are still standing by him, and fans of the crazy stuff he’s been saying and hope that he’ll come up with more quotes. It seems like it’s a kind of gladiator event — people are just watching to see how far it can go. Americans love to watch personal failure — we are secretly disappointed if things go “wrong” and the person doesn’t end up being a total whack job. I’ve never watched “Two and a Half Men,” and up until recently, the only thing I knew about Sheen was that he is Martin Sheen’s son and
was in that movie “Platoon.” However, all the major news outlets — even such reputable ones such as CNN — have been chronicling his descent into madness. Of specific interest has been Sheen’s “family” — the two porn stars who are currently living with him — who he calls his “goddesses.” He has become the butt of everybody’s jokes, which is evident in Jimmy Fallon’s parody video, where he promotes a cologne called “Winning.” As entertaining as it is when Sheen asserts that “I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen,” it is also sad. I’m not talking about Sheen and his girlfriends — they are adults and can do whatever they want. I’m talking about the five children he has — including his twin sons, who were unfortunate enough to live in that hellhole of a house for a brief period. When they are old enough to operate a computer, you can bet that they are going to Google their dad. And what’s the first thing that will pop up? Sheen proclaiming that “I was banging seven-gram rocks, because that’s how I roll.” What is so pathetic about this is the fact that news
outlets are willing to play into the hysteria just to titillate their viewers, never mind who is actually getting hurt — such as those children. People love to witness the social death of the rich and famous — Tiger Woods, anyone? All this attention is unsurprisingly encouraging Sheen. I would love to be on his P.R. team. Compared to his past demons — which include beating his wives and girlfriends, accidentally shooting a girlfriend in the arm, drug use, and jail time — and the work they must have had to do to brush all that under the rug, this must seem like a vacation. Apart from Child Services taking Sheen’s twin boys away, news outlets have been viewing this with a kind of amused confusion. It’s like giving a dog a treat for peeing on the wood floor instead of the carpet because it’s easier to clean up. All these people are calling him crazy, and he may turn out to be bipolar or having a manic episode. Instead of showering him with attention, what he really needs is for the media and the public to give him a break to regain control of his life.
Letter to the Editor
Community Senate 2010-2011 accomplishments Throughout this year, our vision to strengthen community has been reached. This was made possible by empowering students and making sure that students feel that Community Senate represents their voice and interests. Senate worked with different students and groups and assisted them in formulating and supporting ideas for policy changes and additions. We tried our best to ensure that numerous perspectives and voices were heard and to reach unity by listening and collaborating. Together, we created an open and democratic system of governance that ensured accessibility, inclusiveness, visibility, transparency, communication, accountability, and student involvement. Furthermore, we achieved action and results and a venue through which students and administrators presented ideas and proposals, enacted change, and understood the principles and reasons behind academic and community priorities and plans. We promoted a language and perspective of “we” — an accessible and inclusive civil forum that allowed groups to actively participate in setting the agenda, deliberating, aligning interests, and reaching common ground. We listened, built relationships, and promoted an understanding to share power and work with the community to get things done. The following are accomplishments that were made possible through the support and hard work of Community Senate: •Community Senate includes 40 senators and 20 interested members
•Endorsed in principle the Second Strategic Long Range Plan •Discussion of Academic Program Prioritization •24/7 availability of Founders Hall •Revised and recommended changes for smoking policy •15 minute student parking spots by Founders Hall •New set of governing bylaws for Community Senate •Communication and outreach: new webpage, bulletin board in Founders Hall, weekly Guilfordian updates, and Senate TV (starting fall 2011 there will be live advertisement) •Student body, Public Safety, and resident hall community-building conversations •Quantity, quality, and prices for the dining services •Community center renovations into a student lounge and concert area •Student Social Honor Code and community building •Discussion of Guilford College budget for 2011-2012 •Possible changes for the Guilford College Athletics Mascot, the Quaker man •Improvements to Guilford mandatory meal plan •Seniors-only study area in the lower level of Hege Library Please join us on Monday, April 18 from 5:30-7:30 in the Carnegie room of Hege library to celebrate Community Senate accomplishments and to recognize outstanding participants in our community in the annual Dick Dyer Awards Ceremony. On behalf of Community Senate, Dana Hamdan
11 April 15, 2011
NFL owners lock out players, money at stake
By Morgan Andrews Staff Writer The National Football League team owners have decided to lock players out of their practices. Lockouts could cause major strife for professional players, fans, and local businesses. Many want to know when this will end. The players are taking the NFL owners to court because players say the lockout, “violates anti-trust laws and would cause irreparable harm,” according to BusinessInsider.com. However, the owners have a different story to tell. “Owners are claiming that they are losing money,” said Assistant Professor of Sports Studies Bob Malekoff. “They want to limit the percent of money that goes to the players and have greater percentage of money going to the teams with the idea that this will make the league stronger.” Fighting back with strong odds in their favor, the owners hold all rights in this legal issue. “Many players are saying that they do not know what the owners are or are not making in revenue because owners will not allow the players to see their books,” said Malekoff. Although both sides in the case seem to be headstrong, negotiations seem possible. There is one side, however, that has more leverage than the other. “The owners are holding the cards,” said Malekoff. “(They) have other business and, in some cases, this is their hobby. The real question is: can the owners afford loss? Yes,
losing revenue for a year hurts, but does it hurt the owners more than the players? I don’t think so.” Malekoff poses a great question because if there is a major loss for the owners then this might force them to back down and fold in the lockout.
"The real question is: can the owners afford loss? Yes, losing revenue for a year hurts, but does it hurt the owners more than the players? I don’t think so." Bob Malekoff, assistant professor of sports studies Professional players have somewhat different odds in this heated debate. “The players who are not hurting are the ones making the big bucks,” said Malekoff. “So it’s those marginal players who will be affected. To me there is pressure on the players to back down.”
If the lockout continues into the fall, many local businesses and jobs could take a hit from the owners’ decision. Businesses have built on the dominance of professional football due to its growth. Hotels and restaurants make a large portion of their revenue in big cities that host NFL games because of the large fan base. Followers of NFL teams enjoy traveling to large cities and spending extra money on souvenirs, nice bars, and hotels. “The lockouts could result in work stoppages and also affects people who work for the team or even people who work at the stadiums,” said Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics Dave Walters. “I mean, there are many more people involved in this issue rather than just the owners and players.” NFL fans are wondering whether this lockout will be resolved soon enough so they can continue watching football. “In an ideal situation, there would be compromise,” said Malekoff. “The players and the owners might have to compromise because that is in the best interest of the league, but the problem there is distrust. The players distrust the owners.” Owners and players must work together in order to resolve the issues. Negotiations must be made so both parties can collaborate and have a successful NFL season. After all, opening day is just 23 weeks away.
Guilford's Top 16: Countdown ends with #1 By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer We have finally reached the number one Guilford sports team of all time. This was a hard choice because there have been many great teams not included on this list. Drum roll, please. The top team on the countdown is the 197273 men’s basketball team. This team was dominant throughout the entire season, as was their coach, Jack Jensen. In the two previous seasons, Jensen compiled a staggering 40-15 overall record and established himself as one of the best NAIA coaches. In the Alumni Gym, he guided the Quakers to a 19-1 record. In 55 games, Jensen’s teams had scorched opponents with a 10-point margin of victory. Guilford was determined not to lose the Conference of the Carolinas tournament a third time in a row. The Quakers had senior leader, M.L. Carr ’73, who was the team’s
clutch performer. Carr averaged 21 points per game and 12 rebounds per game. He ranked second in points and first in rebounds. He arguably had his best game of his career in the NAIA National Championship game, where he threw down 23 points against Maryland Eastern Shore. But Carr didn’t make the team great on his own. He had help from senior Teddy East ’73. East was the team’s role player and did whatever Jensen asked him to do. He had respectable numbers — 14 points per game — and was the team’s primary shut-down defender. Finally, there was stud first-year World B. Free ‘77. He led the team in points per game with 28 and was the Quakers' best offensive threat. Because of his scoring prowess, he drew a lot of attention from opposing defenses. As a result, he led the team in assists with 98. After Guilford went 11-3 in the Conference
of the Carolina’s division, they went on to lose the District 26 Championship against Catawba. This fueled the team for the run they made in Kansas City for the NAIA Championship. “What’s a Guilford?” That unforgettable phrase that ran in the Kansas City Star sports section in 1970 left all sports writers in Kansas City and in North Carolina smiling on March 17, 1973 when the Quakers arrived in KC. The Quakers didn’t waste any time when they got to the tournament. In their first four victories, the team won by a dominating average of nine points per game. Free was averaging over 20 points per game to guide the team to the championship game. Here they met Maryland- Eastern Shore for the title. The game was a nail-biter. The Quakers pulled it out 99-96. This improved the team’s overall record to an outstanding 29-5. After the win, Carr was named to the first-
Baseball April 16 GUILFORD v Bridgewater*! Men’s Lacrosse April 16 Guilford v GREENSBORO Men’s Tennis ODAC Tournament TBA Women’s Lacrosse April 16 GUILFORD v Randolph-Macon* Softball April 16 GUILFORD v Va. Wesleyan*! Women’s Tennis ODAC Tournament TBA golf April 17,18,19 ODAC Championship
Baseball April 9 GUILFORD 4 Randolph-Macon 2 Men’s Lacrosse April 9 Guilford 8 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY 14* Men’s Tennis April 11 Guilford 3 ROANOKE 6* Women's tennis April 11 Guilford 4 ROANOKE 5* golf April 11-12 Guilford 4/17 at Emory Spring Invitational Women’s Lacrosse April 9 GUILFORD 3 Lynchburg 17* Softball April 10 GUILFORD 19 Sweet Briar 0*
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team all-tournament NAIA team, as well as NAIA All-American. East won two defensive awards while earning an Honorable Mention as an NAIA All-American. Free was awarded Most Valuable Player of the NAIA Tournament as well as first-team All NAIA Tournament Team. After these players graduated, they all had careers in the professional realm in the NBA. Free played for several NBA teams including the World Champion Philadelphia 76’ers in 1983. After Carr’s playing days were over, he became the head coach, then general manger of the Boston Celtics. Greg Jackson also made it to the NBA, playing 3 seasons with the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns averaging eight points per game. This is why the 1973 basketball team won the top spot on the list. They won the National Title game and had three players on the team get to the professional level of basketball.
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Trash talk works on everybody By Ryan Gordy Staff Writer
It happens in every sport. Lebron James does it. Ray Lewis does it. Derek Jeter does it. Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders, and Hank Aaron did it too. Do you want to be just like these past and present athletes? Have you ever wanted to intimidate your opponent with ridiculous taunts that may or may not be true? Ever wanted to talk about your friend’s mother while competing in sports? If the answer is yes, then trash talking is for you. “My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable and I’m just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah,” said Mike Tyson right before the heavyweight title fight against Lennox Lewis. As far as trash talking goes, his words make no sense at all. This is exactly the reason why they are so intimidating and frightening. Athletes who are media loudmouths who express their thoughts and feelings to the world on a daily basis, like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, are
Kevin Garnett, current forward for the Boston Celtics, is considered a top trash talker of the NBA.
not true trash talkers. The best trash talkers are athletes who bite their tongues and keep silent until game day. The trash talking commences on the field to disrupt the player’s mental concentration so the trash talker can get inside his victim’s head. Getting inside an opponent’s head is crucial because they aren’t going to concentrate on competing but rather what is being said about them. As soon as the opponent’s mind isn’t fully engaged in the game, mistakes are made. Talking trash works for everybody and most importantly it works on everybody. It is just a question of about what type of insults you’re weak against. The art of talking trash lies in finding your opponent’s vulnerability. However, anybody who actually means what they say in the area of talking trash is absurd. It’s called trash talking because most of what athletes use to intimidate players is, well, trash. This means the language used is either profanity or crazy insults that don’t actually have value. The goal is to persuade the opponent lose their focus and become more susceptible even if it is only for a few moments. Phrases like “these two points are for your mama,” and “say hello to your wife and my kid” can be jarring even for professional athletes. Trash talking can also be used to insult a team to get your team fired up for a game. Former NFL tight-end Shannon Sharpe was a master at this. “Home Depot doesn’t sell enough nails and plywood to fix what’s wrong with their defense,” Sharper said in response to the Colt’s lingering defensive problems. Sometimes trash talking is about boosting your ego and playing up your abilities to frustrate opponents to make them feel that you are unbearable. Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was great at this tactic. “The cheerleaders were there to celebrate. I was there to score defensively. So I tried not to get too excited about getting into the end zone. I’d been there before and I was always planning to go back soon,” Sanders said. The National Basketball Association (NBA) championship series between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in 1997 is the all-time pinnacle of effective trash talking. The first game of the series was played on a Sunday. As Jazz star Karl Malone stepped to the free-throw line, the game was tied with less than 10 seconds left. Malone’s nickname was “The Mailman” because he made numerous shots in crunch time in situations like this. However, Bulls Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen took a jab at Malone right before he shot his two free-throws, and said the famous line, “The Mailman doesn’t deliver on Sunday.” It turned out Pippen made the right call as Malone missed both shots, which allowed for Michael Jordan to hit one of the most memorable buzzer-beaters in sports history to give the Bulls the win.
The state of music in sports With Laura Devinsky “Are You Ready For This?” booms from the loudspeakers as the basketball players enter onto the court. Fans scream and cheer. The stadium is full of life. There are musical traditions in sports: cheering for certain teams, beginning a game with the national anthem, and singing “We Are The Champions” after winning a tournament. In almost every sports game, there is some type of music. In baseball, music is always playing over the loudspeakers as the players run bases and strike out. In basketball, music is often used in the teams’ entrances and during warm-ups. Football does not use music much, except between plays so as to not distract the athletes, but it keeps a high standard during the Super Bowl half-time show. Players in all sports have a playlist or certain songs they listen to before their games. Senior Matthew Hayes on the men’s rugby team listens to “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, and considers it an “amazing pump-up song.” But what if there wasn’t music in sports? What if you only heard the crack of the baseball bat against the ball and roaring of the crowd, but no trumpet blaring, “CHARGE!” Without music in sports, you would hear commentators drone on about statistics of players or over-analyze a play. Without music, sports would lose the fun and exciting moments brought by music and become dull. Music creates anticipation; for example, the wait for the seventhinning stretch when the loudspeakers boom out “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” And what about all the songs that were made popular because they’re now sports anthems? Like “We Will Rock You,” “Eye Of The Tiger,” “Rock and Roll Part 2,” “We Are the Champions,” “Get Ready for This,” “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye),” “Whoop! There It Is,” and “Jump Around.” Any of these songs might not have become music icons if it weren’t for the fact that they were used during warm-ups, team entrances, or half-time. The song, “Get Ready For This,” may have never become so iconic if it hadn’t been used in basketball games. “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” may have never become popular had it not been for the football movie "Remember the Titans." Without music in sports, we would lose a whole tradition of shouting, yelling, and singing in the stands. We would lose the excitement of a simple drumroll before a free-throw. We would lose a vital part of the whole experience.
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assists by first-year E'leyna Garcia of the women's lacrosse team. She has 41 total points on the season.
game losing streak by the Boston Red Sox in their first six games. No team in MLB history has ever started the season 0-6 and come back to win the World Series
wins for the softball team out of the last six games. These wins include a sweep of Randolph and Sweet Briar.
place Guilford took in the Emory Spring Invitational. The Quakers finished behind Emory University, Oglethorpe University, and Greensboro College