By Staff Writer, Benjamin Sepsenwol
In the midst of all the organizing, what has Guilford College done in response to Amendment One? On February 15, Community Senate officially took a public stance against Amendment One.
Guilford students have also been busy raising awareness on Amendment One around campus. John St. Louis, a junior community studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies major is a strong student presence opposing the amendment.
“We have the numbers (to outvote the amendment), but whether people will go out and vote is another question,” said St. Louis.
Projects to raise awareness and encourage people to vote against the amendment include distributing flyers as well as holding information sessions in dorm rooms.
Guilford Pride has devoted much of their efforts this year to raising awareness about Amendment One and encouraging students to vote. According to Nicole Guilfoyle, senior and vice-president of Pride, the organization has in total registered approximately 40 people.
“As an organization, Pride has put most of its energy into fighting this amendment,” said Guilfoyle in an email interview. “It has definitely been our number one priority this year.”
Even faculty members are taking a stand against the amendment. Maria Rosales, associate professor of political science, has actively campaigned with All of Us NC.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Lisa McLeod initiated a faculty resolution against Amendment One, similar to Community Senate’s resolution. The resolution was passed last Wednesday with consensus from the faculty, breaking ground at Guilford College.
“This is the first time anyone can remember that the faculty made this sort of decision,” said McLeod. “The Clerk’s Committee (discussed) the issue to see how it should be handled.”
This is not the first time Guilford faculty has taken a political stance. In 1962, the faculty requested the inclusion of African-American students at Guilford. The faculty also openly supported divestment of South Africa in 1987. Still, McLeod’s resolution is the first instance of the faculty taking a stand on an upcoming political referendum.
Robert Whitnell, professor of chemistry and clerk of the faculty, said while there lacked clear precedents, the committee concluded nothing in the faculty handbook explicitly prohibits such a resolution and bringing the proposal to the faculty would be consistent with Guilford’s core values and non-discrimination policy.
While both Greensboro and Guilford College have done much to organize against Amendment One, the outcome will ultimately depend on sheer numbers.
“Yes, we’re preaching to the choir,” said Brenda Schleunes, producing artistic director of the Touring Theater of North Carolina. “But we need to get the choir out to vote.”
Important upcoming events:
April 28th: Rally in downtown Greensboro at the Government Plaza featuring food, speakers, and music.
May 8th: Voting day! Find your polling place at http://www.ncsbe.gov/PrecinctFinder.aspx