It’s Saturday White Live

Nellie Vinograd, Staff Videographer
March 27, 2015

Anyone who has quoted “I can see Russia from my house,” Tina Fey’s iconic Sarah Palin impression, can tell you that Saturday Night Live reflects the politics and culture of the world around it. Or at least it should.

Today, SNL has the most racially diverse cast in 40 years, with comedians Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones and Michael Che playing prominent roles in the show. All identify as African-American.

Despite this seemingly progressive leap, the cast is not yet, and has never been, a fully diverse and representative body, especially in terms of racial diversity.

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Staff Editorial: Budget committee needs transparency

Editorial Board
March 27, 2015

As President Jane Fernandes expressed during the community meeting with students and board of trustees members, Guilford’s budget crisis may seem sudden to us, but it has been building for many years. Action must be taken so that Guilford can sustain itself in the future. However, before decisions are made, we feel strongly that the entire Guilford community must be accurately informed and given the opportunity to share our thoughts. An exclusive and nontransparent process will not reflect the concerns of students, staff or faculty. When Jane came to visit Guilford last spring she acknowledged the lack of financial transparency the community had been afforded by President Chabotar’s administration. She vowed to not follow his pattern.

Hence, the editorial board of the Guilfordian urges all those on the budget committee addressing the $2 million deficit to uphold transparency.

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When you’re bilingual, you have to hold on to your roots

Lesly Vasquez, Staff Writer
March 27, 2015

Yo soy mí lenguaje, pero no abuses.” Speaking two languages, I get asked one question almost daily: ‘How do you say this in Spanish?’ It’s always very comforting to know that I just helped somebody expand their knowledge on something, even if it’s small. I especially enjoy it when the person is asking the question for useful purposes and not for the abuse of the language.

Being Hispanic myself, I had to learn how to blend in but still trying to keep my roots alive from my culture.

Si no aprendes ahora, nunca aprenderás. While I was growing up in a Spanish-speaking family, my parents enforced the tradition of learning Spanish because it was the only way to communicate with them. They would prefer that I speak the language in which I was brought up.

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Chicago “Black Site” sparks public outrage

Annie Fullwood, Staff Writer
March 27, 2015

How do you defend your innocence when nobody can find you?

Highly disputed evidence has connected the Chicago Police Department to misconduct pertaining to the police facility Homan Square, a former warehouse.

The CPD claims that Homan Square is less advertised due to its purpose in undercover operations, not due to any police covert affairs.

They have also released a fact sheet to dispute any rumors of misconduct. These denials, however, have not stopped a recent flood of personal testimonials from attorneys and possible victims who claim to have been abused inside the facility.

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Boone brings together the past, present of race issues

Mathew Jones, Staff Writer
March 27, 2015

Students put down their coffees and picked up their pens as William Boone began his talk titled “Race for Prophets: A Critical Conversation.”

“One of my issues with academics, particularly at my institution, is that we tend to mystify all these conversations,” said Boone, an associate professor of English and Africana studies at Winston-Salem State University. “I’m not trying to talk over your head; I’m going to speak directly to you.”

Boone covered a wide range of issues relevant to race in his discussion with students and faculty in the Leak Room on March 12. He encouraged students to speak their minds on diverse topics from President Barack Obama to hip-hop mix tapes.

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Greensboro Clean Slate Clinics help to expunge criminal records

Clare Forrister, Staff Writer
March 27, 2015

For people convicted of crimes, judicial punishment may seem like the worst of their troubles. However, even after serving time, people with past convictions can face discrimination for the rest of their lives, whether applying for jobs or looking for a place to live.

“It’s easy to say ‘this person is a criminal’ because they’ve done this one thing, when you don’t know the specifics of the law or what the circumstances were,” said senior Chelsea Yarborough. “It’s important to be a little bit more forgiving.”

Lately, some in the Greensboro community are bringing attention to the difficulties people with criminal backgrounds face when they try to reintegrate into society. To address this problem, the Beloved Community Center has partnered with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to hold Clean Slate Clinics, which help people move on from the marks on their record.

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