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The Peace Times
Volume 15, Issue 6
The Student Newspaper of Peace College, Raleigh, N.C.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Students from Qatar University visit Peace College By Asia Sanchez Times Staff Writer
Ten female students and two chaperones from Qatar University spent the first week of Feburary at Peace College, as part of an exchange program between the two schools. Last May, five Peace College students and two chaperones traveled to Qatar University.
The exchange program has become increasingly desirable among Qatari students -- this year more than 200 women from Qatar University applied to come to visit Peace. Our visitor students from the Middle East participated in classes, met with Peace students, and enjoyed several offcampus activities, ranging from touring the Capitol to enjoying an American din-
ner, courtesy of Empire Eats. Looking back on the experience from my own perspective, I had quite a few “life-altering” moments spending time with our Qatar University sisters. From a quick encounter with Duke Chapel’s crypt on a rainy Friday afternoon, to running up and down ramps while playing laser tag the next day, late night movies, candid talks until the sun
greeted us from the east and a tearyeyed departure at RDU Airport Sunday afternoon. My first encounter with my new friends was at the “Bridge the Gap” forum in Flowe 110 on Friday, February 4th. The forum was set up for Peace women and Qatari women to ask quesSee “Qatar” pg. 2
Eleven students headed to NCUR By Kelliann Miranda Times Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of Dr. Laura Vick
Ten visiting Qatar University students pose with Peace students, Provost Debbie Cottrell and Dr. Laura Vick.
Musical theatre degree on the way By Naomi King Times Staff Writer
The arts at Peace College will be undergoing some changes. Starting in the Fall, a musical theatre program will become part of the Theatre department’s offerings. Theatre and music students can now earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a BFA in Musical Theatre or in Acting. According to Kenny Gannon, director of Theatre at Peace, “A BFA degree is a pre-professional degree that focuses on the physical skills students need to become professional actors.” Classes include voice, piano, his-
tory, literature, musicianship, stagecraft, movement, jazz, tap, ballet, modern, stage combat, acting, voice for the actor, dialects, on-camera technique and many more. Since it is a pre-professional degree and following the standards outlined by the accrediting agency, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the BFA requires 65 percent of the curriculum to be in major courses, with the other 35 percent core. Gannon says the intent is to make sure students are fully prepared and ready to pursue a career in the arts. He is thrilled that the new major will
give students the opportunity to work with teachers and professionals who have Broadway experience. Also, there will be many highquality shows that could be done, such as “The Drowsy Chaperone” and maybe even “Chicago” as well. Another new addition -- auditions. Peace students will have to go through auditions on March 28 or by appointment, in order to be part of the program. Gannon says he is confident that when students graduate, “they’ll be ready to go and work in professional theatre.”
Eleven Peace students have been selected to present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in New York. Founded in 1987, the NCUR is a conference that occurs annually in order to uphold the dedication of scholarship, research, diversity and creativity amongst all disciplines within the baccalaureate level. According to the NCUR website, each year, administrators of the conference deliberate over thousands of undergraduate submissions choosing only the most creative and diverse of the bunch. This year’s conference will be held at Ithaca College, in Ithaca New York from March 31- April 2, 2011. Among the selected submissions, 11 students from Peace College were chosen to represent the disciplines of Anthropology, Biology, Child Development, English and Psychology. The students will present the research that they have conducted over See “NCUR” pg. 2
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“NCUR” Continued from page 1 the fall semester to representatives, administrators, faculty and students from across the country. Lawrie Cashwell, a senior chosen for NCUR to represent the Biology department will be presenting the research she conducted in her Microbiology class called “Detection of Cerein GSI from Bacillus cereus by its Activity on Gradient Tricine Peptide Gels. She said, “Submitting my abstract to NCUR was simply a matter of stating the processes and theories regarding my research in a scientific manner. Not to be put lightly, it is still a process.” After continuing to work on the modifications of her research, Lawrie said that she felt confident in her submission. Now having received notice
“Qatar” Continued from page 1 tions of each other in a comfortable setting. The session started off with anonymous questions being pulled from two separate bags -- one for Qatar University, and the other for Peace College. However, after a short amount of time, we felt at ease enough to create
of her acceptance into the conference Lawrie is honored to have this opportunity. “Not only will this be an experience to remember with a few of my fellow Peace ladies, but also a proud accomplishment on my application to medical school,” she said. Erin Banks, a December graduate, has been chosen to present her research paper in English, “Unlodging the Tobacco Tin: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved.’” Describing her abstract, Banks said, “Submitting my abstract may have been different than the process others experienced. Because I was developing an abstract from a paper I had already written, I had to condense my paper by looking at my thesis, research, and topic sentences. It really was quite easy and stress free.”
After finding out that she will be attending the conference, she is excited about her acceptance. She said, “Because I am interested in becoming an English professor, I think [NCUR] is a great way for me to experience presenting in a conference environment while having a great time with my Peace friends.” Joylanda Simuel, a senior, was chosen to represent the Child Development department through the research she conducted with several classmates. Simuel said, “In this study, we calculated the top 10 bestselling picture books from Publisher’s Weekly from 2001-2010 and compared a lexical diversity- a measure of the variability of vocabulary, mean length or utterance, a measure of syntactic complexity and the number of sophisticated words present in each book”
She said that after submitting her abstract, she was relieved but defined the process leading up to her submission as “a little stressful because data was still being collected.” After hearing that she was chosen as one of the eleven to represent Peace College at the conference, Simuel said, “I was excited because I felt that all the hard work that was put into the research project had paid off.” The Peace College students selected to present at the 2011 NCUR are Erin Banks, Kayla Britton, Katrina Caldwell, Lawrie Cashwell, Mary Laga, Margaret Minton, Kelliann Miranda, Sierra Moore, Andrea Pease, Catherine Shrader and Joylanda Simuel.
an open exchange. Here are some of the highlights from the discussion: Peace: “Do you have a Facebook in Qatar?” Qatar: “Yes. Who doesn’t have a Facebook?” Qatar: “Do you prefer to have a boyfriend, or would you rather get married?” Peace: (student, Anna Tyson) “That
is something only an individual can answer for themselves. Me personally, I’m focused on my future career, so no, I’m not thinking about get married at the moment.” Peace: “How does a person become a Qatari?” Qatar: (student, Sara Al-Sayyed) “As a Qatari, you have the benefit of purchasing Qatar land, full health coverage, paid education, and interest free loans from bank to name a few. There are very few ways to gain Qatar citizenship: First, being born to a father who is Qatari. Second, as a woman, marrying a Qatari man. Third, if you have a foreign father, only male children born in Qatar are able to file for citizenship (may not be granted). And fourth, recently, Palestinian refugees have been granted the privilege to file for Qatari citizenship.” Qatar: “Do you feel as though your government is truly establishing peace?” Peace: The unanimous answer was yes, and that peace takes time; much more time. Peace: “What is your perception of Americans? Has that perception changed at all?” Qatar: “We thought that you were all like the people on reality television. The Real Housewives, The Real World, Jersey Shore, Bridezilla, etc. But, we find you to be intelligent, kind, giving and humble people.” Peace: “Are there any other things you’ve experienced in your home country that are American?” Qatar: “Oh, yes! We not only have American TV shows available to us, but movies, news, books, fashion, food, etc.” Peace: “What kinds of food?” Qatar: “Pizza, Applebee’s, McDon-
alds...McArabia.” Peace: “What’s a McArabia?” Qatar: Answered in unison, “Two chicken breast on Arabian bread with lettuce and tomato…it is so good.” Peace: “What are some things you feel Americans may have misperceived about you?” Qatar: “That we only have desert land where we come from. This is not true. We have mountains and beaches, too. That we all ride camels everywhere we go. We have modern roadways, and the majority of us have modern cars just as the rest of the world. We may ride camels, but for most of us, it is just for fun. Another thing, our hijab (head scarf/ covering) is not a form of oppression. We wear it to stay modest and to show our devotion to our Islamic beliefs. No one forces us to wear it. Wearing our hijabs is our choice, and our choice only. That all people from Qatar are rich; we have different social classes just as you do. We have a middle class and lower class as well.” Peace: “What are some things you have experienced on your visit that are different? What are some things that are the same?” Qatar: “The weather is very different. Where we come from it is hot all year. The architecture here is different. We like it. Alcohol is not so readily available. It is only available in hotels, night clubs, and specialty clubs. Our government doesn’t tolerate drinking in public, nor being in public after consuming alcohol. We like it that way. We have skyscrapers, shopping malls, and various restaurants just as you do here. We would like to have more self-serve options like supermarkets that you go
THE PEACE TIMES 15 East Peace Street Raleigh, NC 27604-1194 The student newspaper of Peace College
Ana Teresa Galizes Editor-in-Chief
Pamela Austin Copy Editor/Social Media Editor
Shannen Jacobs Ann Kim
Copy Editor/Web Editor
Graphic Design Editor
Samantha Pendergraft Advertising Manager
Staff Ji Young Ahn, Viper Allan, Cornelia Anderson, Hannah Baron, Madeline Carney, Brianna Demby, Jasmine Fitts, Lakisha Fitts, Emily Gleason, Brittany Goodman, Essie Herring, Meagan Hightower, Felicia Hilton, Rachel House, Lindsey Johnson, Naomi King, Lauren Mattingly, Asia McCall, Immie Miles, Kelliann Miranda, Njima Murphy, Nedda Parangi, Asia Sanchez, Samantha Stanyon, Samantha Todd, Jami Upchurch, Anna Wingo, Iliana Zamora
See “Qatar” pg. 6
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Ethical decision making spotlight: Ana Teresa Galizes By Cornelia Anderson Peace Times Staff
“Ethical Decision Making” is the theme Peace College has chosen for its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The purpose of the QEP is to enhance student learning, and it is a necessary part of the College’s reaccreditation. Ethical Decision Making will be incorporated into many parts of school life - from classes to on-campus activities. The Peace Times is highlighting various campus leaders to ask them what they think about Ethical Decision Making. This month, we are featuring Ana Teresa Galizes, a Peace College senior and editor-in-chief of The Peace Times.
What does ethical decision making mean to you? “To me, it means knowing what the ethics codes of real world businesses are and replicating them in organizations here at school.”
Galizes discusses what “ethical decision making” means to her.
How does one become an ethical leader? “If you’re a student leader, you should be familiar with real business practices and implement them into the organization of which you are in charge, and don’t just treat it like it’s a school obligation.”
Peace students accepted to area leadership program organization established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism Peace College students Jadia across the separate communities of Hooper and Faith Inman were the Triangle. It does this through rerecently accepted to the Leadergional and leadership development ship Triangle College Edition classes, seminars and awards. presented by AT&T. Leadership Triangle strives to This class series is a major build leadership capacity, cooperalearning opportunity for students tion, and networking opportunities selected to participate from the across the public, private and civic ten universities, colleges and sector, preserving local uniqueness community colleges based in the while acting regionally to deal with Triangle area. issues such as traffic congestion, The interactive curriculum water quality, housing affordability, will focus on developing stuopen space, school funding, ecodents’ leadership skills and pronomic and social equity. viding them regional exposure. Since 1992 Leadership Triangle They will visit corporations, a has brought together emerging leadfederal building (Environmental ers from all corners of the Triangle, Protection Agency), and new building bridges across Wake, “green” building in the Triangle Contributed Photo Chatham, Durham and Orange region. “This has always been a Peace College students Jadia Hooper (back row, second from right) and Faith Inman (back row, County communities and across business, government, nonprofit, very exciting time of year as we fourth from right) were accepted to the Leadership Triangle College Edition. academic, and grassroots leaderrecruit our new college edition cess in the past and we look forward to leaders,” she said. ship. class,” said La Force. working with this new team of future Leadership Triangle is a non-profit “We have seen tremendous suc-
By Peace Times Staff
NC could ban all cell phone use when driving By Lindsey Johnson Times Staff Writer
Taylor Matthis, a sophomore at Peace College, admits to texting and talking on her cell phone while driving, but also acknowledges the dangers of these actions. “About two weeks ago, I was texting and almost ran off of the side of the road into the guardrail. I put my phone down after that,” Matthis said. She also told us that texting or talking on her phone while driving was not something that came naturally to her, and when she first started driving at the age of 16, it was not something she tried.
“If my mom called, I would answer, but not much more than that,” Matthis said. Although, cell phone use while driving has been banned in over 30 states, a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute shows that these laws are not reducing the rates of accidents. After studying insurance claims and police reports from the states of New York, Connecticut and California, no signs of fluctuation in accident rates from before and after the laws took effect were found. Although the ban of using a cell phone while driving is an occurrence in
many states, people all over the country are resorting to hands-free devices. These devices allow you to talk on the phone without breaking the law of physically holding a cell phone while operating a vehicle. These devices could be the reason that there has not been a decrease in collisions, because the rate of accidents involving hands-free phones is the same for their hand-held counterparts. Many states are attempting to take the ban one step further, and completely rule out any kind of cell phone use while driving – including hands-free. North Carolina joined that group of states
earlier this month when they introduced a bill that would ban all use of a cell phone while operating a vehicle. The bill is currently making its way through legislation. Matthis feels that hands-free devices are a good alternative to the hand-held phone, because there may be instances where making a call is absolutely necessary. “There could be an emergency, and then you wouldn’t know. I don’t see why hands-free wouldn’t be okay to use,” Matthis said.
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Introducing Justin G. Roy: He is @PeaceCollege By Samantha Pendergraft Times Staff Writer
Peace College is a small school, and some women may not know that the all -female college even exists. Justin G. Roy, Director of Communications and Social Media Marketing, was brought to Peace to market the College and get the word out through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter (where his is the man behind “@PeaceCollege”), in addition to more traditional routes. Roy grew up in Wilbraham, MA, and graduated from Assumption College, a liberal arts school in Worcester, MA, with a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Even though he majored in International Business, he did not take that path for his chosen career. Roy said that he does refer back to what he was taught in his college classes. Roy has strong beliefs when it comes to women and education. Growing up with three sisters has helped Roy shape his opinions. “I was raised in a house that was all about women empowerment and educating females,” said Roy. “That is not a tradition but a belief that I have carried my whole life.” Roy has several goals for Peace College women. He wants women to have a great and full education. “I think he is a valuable asset to Peace College,” said Kimber Graham,
Junior Class Council Vice President. “Peace College will and already has benefited from his presence and expertise in his field of work.” Peace College students and staff say that Roy has a very vibrant personality. “He has high energy,” said Laurie Alberts, Dean of William Peace School of Professional Studies. “He connects well with other people. He is also very knowledgeable.” Roy has also raised money to build a playground, assisted with habitat trips, was a keynote speaker, and visited Cuba. But here at Peace, Roy says he hopes to be able to reach prospective students who may not be aware of what the College has to offer. “One of my major goals at Peace College is to strengthen the Peace College brand by expanding our brand awareness radius through traditional and online marketing and communications,” he said. “By doing so, the power of a Peace degree will help our students and alumnae in their job search and career goals in addition to letting more young college-bound women know the strength and benefits of an education at Peace College and all she has to offer.” Peace College is on Facebook, (Peace College), as well as Twitter (@ PeaceCollege) where Roy keeps followers up to date on all things Peace.
RIGHT: Justin G. Roy is Director of Communications and Social Media Marketing at Peace College. He uses social media to reach prospective students as well as to keep current students and alumnae up to date with what is happening on campus. Photo by Njima Murphy
LEFT: Roy says growing up with three sisters, the value of female education and empowerment was instilled in him at an early age. Contributed photo
Chapel no longer required for incoming students By Nedda Parangi Times Staff Writer
Chapel has been a part of Peace’s academic curriculum since the institution was formed. However, in the next school year, incoming students will no longer be required to take Chapel as part of their general requirement. Dr. Robert Lee Carter, Peace’s Chaplain, professor and director of the Religious studies department at Peace, said, “Chapel will not be required in this upcoming Fall catalog.” Peace students seem to have mixed emotions about the change. “Since Chapel has been a tradition at Peace since the 1800s, it’s upsetting to see it not be required,” said first-year student Cassandra Schumerth. Peace College has an historic affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA),
and religion has been an important part of Peace’s traditions. “It’s a big part of the history of the school and I would have liked to have seen the tradition continue,” said Schumerth. On the other hand, some students feel that eliminating chapel as a requirment creates a more inclusive environment on campus. “Personally I don’t mind that chapel isn’t required because not everyone is the same religion,” said second-year student Sabiya Chowdhury. “It was time consuming for people who weren’t Christian.” Despite the changes in the requirements, t is important to remember that chapel will still be offered for those who want to attend. “Chapel is alive and well,” said Dr. Carter. “Next semester we still invite students and faculty to come and take
“Chapel is alive and well”
Photo by Ana Teresa Galizes
Starting this Fall, chapel will no longer be a requirement for incoming students. However, chapel services will still be offered for those who wish to attend. mid-week breaks on Tuesday afternoons and spiritually center themselves”. “I’m glad that chapel is still available for the people who still need a spiritual
outlet,” Chowdhury says. “Making it not a requirement gives students the choice.”
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NC Renaissance Faire: Take a trip back in time By Viper Allan Times Staff Writer
Every year in April, the heroic clanging of sword-on-sword combat echoes through the early spring air. The scent of freshly baked meat pies wafts along the breeze, and men in kilts and tricorn hats traipse alongside women in shapely corsets and children in playful faerie outfits. This anachronistic party is the North Carolina Renaissance Faire, an annual festival put on by the Historical Enrichment Society of North Carolina celebrating all things 16th century, medieval fantasy, pirate and steampunk. Visitors from across the state flock to the Faire for the reenactments, vendors, food and comedy shows that create a niche for nearly every time traveler to enjoy. Among frequent Peace College attendees of the Renaissance Faire are senior Megan Goodson and junior Miles Calloway. “It’s like Halloween,” Calloway states. “It’s an excuse to dress up, like adult pretend.” “I go to see guys in kilts,” Goodson laughs. Indeed, men in kilts are no rare sight, especially on Tartan Day, a randomly selected day during which men who show up in traditional tartan kilts get numerous discounts. The date of this year’s Tartan Day has yet to be an-
nounced. For the educationally inclined, the Renaissance Faire does offer information booths as well as programs for children, artisans participating in true medieval craft and an entire building devoted to family crests across Europe. Additionally, storytellers wander around the faire telling traditional tales, bards play music, and even random fairegoers take it upon themselves to be informative. “People are very educational. When I was in a Photo courtesy of ncrenfaire.org Templar outfit, one Mary Queen of Scots is just one of many of the characters guy warned me of who will make their appearance at the Renaissance Faire. Catholics,” Calloway says, in refertainment, three live, full-contact jousts ence to the Catholic Church’s persecution of the Knights take place throughout the Faire, along with several acrobats, re-enactors, meTemplar in the 14th century. For patrons more interested in enter- dieval comedians and a juggling court jester.
Though not necessarily based in historical accuracy, these characters provide atmosphere and enthusiasm characteristic to the Faire. Notable acts include that of acrobat Moira Lee as well as the famed snarky washerwomen. When it comes to meals, supplement with your show with such choices as fish and chips, mutton and potato latkes. But perhaps the most notable aspects of the Renaissance Faire are the elaborate costumes, both being worn and for sale. Women in bustles and giant hoop skirts flounce around selling leather waist cinchers printed with treasure maps, and traditional chain maille is both sold in armor form and given a modern, cheeky bikini-style makeover. Colorful faerie wings are available for children and adults alike, on sale alongside pirate flasks, gauntlets, and jewel-encrusted, combat-ready swords. “You don’t have to dress up,” remarks senior Sarah Cosby, but wearing your costume can earn you valuable discounts on entry fees, depending upon the day. “It adds to the experience.” Though the Renaissance Faire has previously been held at the North Carolina fairgrounds and a golf course in Wake Forest, this year it is taking place in Poplar Creek Village, Knightdale. The faire runs weekends from April 2nd through the 17th. General admission is $10.
Job hunting? It’s ok to keep Facebook “Qatar” By Samantha Stanyon Peace Times Writer
Barbara Efird is the director of Career Services at Peace College, and frequently uses the social-networking site Facebook in her hiring process. “The first thing I check when searching a potential employee is their picture,” said Efird. “I then look at what they have listed for where they have worked and gone to school, as well as check for anything offensive.” According to Careerbuilder.com, 20 percent of the companies surveyed admitted to using Facebook within their hiring process. Nine percent of those asked said they were going to start checking social media presence in the future. “What I look for is that if they have privacy settings, that the initial headshot is acceptable,” said Efird. “I don’t judge what the person may or may not do, but I look for a mature sense of social media. If that person is chugging a drink in their main picture, they aren’t using the site in a good manner.” Of the surveyed employers, 24
percent have used social-networking sites in a positive manner for increasing their employment numbers. Thirty-three percent have bypassed candidates because of their profiles and information shared. Efird said, “If you are going to work for me, all I want to see is maturity.” Experts say many employers expect to see you on Facebook, so you don’t necessarily have to delete your account. It is, however, important to make sure all photos and information reflect the kind of candidate an employer is looking for.
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in to choose your items, and purchase right inside the store. The crosswalks downtown are great. They make it so much easier to get around without having to worry about the danger of traffic. We loved the recreation center. It would be nice to have somewhere to go to play sports and the like.” If it wasn’t for the reservation on the lecture hall running out, I believe we could have talked for much longer. I know that my opinion of Qatar has been forever changed by these kindhearted, open-minded, down-to-earth women of Qatar University. I believe I can speak for quite a few people when I say the women of Qatar University will forever have a place here at Peace College. To quote my new friend Amal “Hope” Atawneh, “The most precious thing a person could give is time, because when you give it, you can never take it back. Thank you for every beautiful moment you shared with us.” I wouldn’t want that time back for anything in this world.
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