The Deep South continues to struggle in war against HIV

Aiperi Iusupova, Staff Writer
February 6, 2015

The United States has always been divided into geographical fractions based on race and socioeconomic status. Today, the fragmented character of American history has led to a new life-threatening problem — the growing prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection in the Deep South.

“There is a synergy of plagues that put people at risk for HIV,” said Dr. Laurie Dill, director of Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, in an interview for Al Jazeera America. “One of them is racism. One is poverty. One is poor education. One is domestic violence. One is rural access. One is stigma.”

A recent study at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Centers for Disease Control disclosed that the increasing numbers in statistics on HIV diagnoses, prevalence, and case fatality rates in the Deep South — including North Carolina — are related to poor health care access and insufficiencies in the national health insurance system.

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Higher black suspension rates raise questions

William Burton, Staff Writer
March 6, 2015

On Jan. 30, 2015, the News & Record published an article on the disparity between black and white students’ suspension rates. According to the article, black students are being suspended at much higher rates than white students in Guilford County schools.

This issue was first brought up at a school board meeting and is now being addressed as a major issue by the board of education and other officials in the school system.

“Locally they have a variety of disproportionalities that has been acknowledged from both staff as well as … from educational advocates, civil rights attorneys as well as a host of other people,” said Lissa Harris, co-founder of Parents Supporting Parents, a grassroots educational advocacy organization based in Guilford County.

This issue appears to have the most impact on black males in particular. They are suspended more than any other group of students in Guilford County. This pattern is seen nationally as well.

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Letter to the Editor: In defense of the Bonner Program

Noelle Lane ’15, Guest Writer
March 6, 2015

As I am about to graduate, it is important to express gratitude for the people who have paved the way for me to get to this point. Some of these people are mentors, faculty and other students. But, mostly, it is my father’s memory that drives me to be ambitious and to dig into the deeper societal struggles surrounding homelessness. I also note that the continual inspiration that keeps me going comes from the likeness of what Bobby Hackett, the president of the Bonner Foundation, expressed to in a meeting yesterday: “It’s about getting two different people who wouldn’t normally meet to get to know each other as an equal.”

When I was visiting Guilford, there was essentially one thing that convinced me to come here rather than anything else: a photography exhibit called “What I Keep” by Susan Mullallay that captured individuals at Church Under the Bridge, a primarily homeless or transient population in Waco, Texas. This moved me so much — to see a photography exhibit that captured the humanity of individuals by showing what people keep throughout losing their housing — because I was, at the time, in the trenches of making a documentary about losing my father due to conditions of homelessness. I wanted to be at a school that would assist me in furthering this vision I had of “solving homelessness.” Though I had lofty visions, I have met people who have similar passions, people who can only rest at night knowing that they went out of their way to alleviate someone else’s burden. At times in my life those living in tent cities gave me such words of wisdom, as has the “Bonner love” throughout my four years here.

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Elsewhere’s QueerLab tells queer stories

Aubrey King, Staff Writer
March 6, 2015

Perched between the Artmongerz Gallery and Table 16 downtown sits an interesting museum. Reanimating an old thrift shop, Elsewhere adds a splash of joy to the downtown and Greensboro communities with an open atmosphere and various workshops.

Described by its employees as a living museum, Elsewhere allows its customers to explore an ever-evolving museum atmosphere while also serving as a meeting place for various workshops.

A more recent Elsewhere project, the QueerLab program brings together local youth for discussion of the LGBTQA lifestyle in North Carolina.

“QueerLab is a group of queer identifying youth that come together and work as an editorial team on the magazine ‘I Don’t Do Boxes,’” said senior and Elsewhere intern Sam Metzner. “I think it’s a really awesome way to get youth to feel empowered and let them share their voices and experiences.”

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Letter to the Editor: Disrespected by the Campus Activities Board

Alexander Morales, Senior & Former Spirit Chair of the Guilford College Campus Activities Board, Guest Writer
March 6, 2015

To my friends in the community, I would like to relay a series of events that has shaken my beliefs about how genuinely we adhere to our stated Quaker values within our institution. As a result of ill-informed and vengeful attacks on the character of myself and my friends, I have been forced to resign from the Campus Activities Board.

During my upbringing, one lesson my mother drilled in me was that I would have to be twice as good, due to the color of my skin. That lesson never really sank in until I became a member of CAB here. Taking that lesson to heart, instead of confronting them, I worked harder. This year as chair of the Spirit Committee, with my committee, we threw some of the most successful events in the history of CAB and managed to attract a large audience that reached different parts of the community that had previously not even known about CAB.

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Core value of diversity currently not represented in faculty

Beatriz Caldas, Staff Writer
March 6, 2015

Guilford College’s website dedicates an entire page to the explanation of the school’s core values and missions. One of them represents the College’s desire to become an institution characterized by equality and other aspects of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.

Unfortunately, these goals may not have been accomplished yet.

“We have succeeded in being diverse in numbers of community members who are of various races, religions, sexual orientation and countries,” said Director for Educational Initiatives and Partnerships Jada Drew ‘07. “However, we need to put more effort in becoming equitable and inclusive. This is the next step.”

Although diversity as a core value was implemented 10 years ago, there seems to be a lack of it among faculty.

“In fall 2014, there were 94 full-time, tenured faculty members,” said African American Studies Professor, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Adrienne Israel. “Of the 94, there were six African -American, five Latino, five Asian or Asian-American, and one from Middle East.

“So, it’s a total of 17 percent compared to 83 percent of white faculty members.”

Israel also stated that some of the Latino or Middle Eastern faculty are considered white, reducing the percentage of people of color.

“There’s not enough faculty of color here,” said junior Yashua Clemons. “I’ve only had one black professor since I’ve been here, and this is my third year. I’d like to see more.”

For some, having a multicultural faculty goes beyond just achieving a goal.

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Symposium celebrates black culture

Nicole Zelniker, Features Editor
March 6, 2015

On Feb. 27, the Multicultural Education Department, Africana CHANGE and Brothers and Sisters in Blackness hosted the second annual All Black Everything symposium.

“We wanted to have a day to celebrate black culture, to take time to explore blackness worldwide,” said Director for Educational Initiatives and Partnerships Jada Drew ‘07.

After a short snow delay, the conference began at 10:30 a.m. with keynote speaker Sudie Nallo, professor at University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Nallo spoke about economically sustaining people who identify as black in America.

“We (in the black community) have a 20.5 percent underemployment rate,” said Nallo.

According to ThinkProgress, simply raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could bring over three million people of color over the poverty line.

“Because whites are more likely to get better paying jobs, blacks are more likely to be stuck with minimum wage jobs,” said Raleigh native and Historic Thousands on Jones Street march participant Heather Travar in an email interview.

“So when our government says the minimum wage doesn’t need to be raised, it’s sending a message loud and clear, as far as I’m concerned.”

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