Swedish pronoun drives the gender revolution

Nicole Zelniker

The word is “hen,” and it could mean a big change for the gender binary.

According to the Swedish Academy, Sweden’s gender-neutral pronoun is getting incorporated into the dictionary.

Finally, those removed from the gender binary will be acknowledged.

“This is a move that gives the word a certain legitimacy and recognizes a need for a gender-neutral pronoun,” said junior English major Laura Todd in an email interview.  “Languages change over time to accommodate the needs of speakers.”

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Nine months after the death of Lennon Lacy, questions remain

Nicole Zelniker

Last summer, on Aug. 29, a woman found African-American high school senior Lennon Lacy hanged from a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park.

It has been nine months, and it is still unclear what happened to Lennon.

“Lennon’s the only one who can tell the story of what happened to him,” said Bonner Center for Community Service & Learning Director James Shields.

Back in August, Lacy’s death was ruled a suicide. Since then, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun an investigation of Lacy’s case.

“The FBI is waiting on the results,” said Lacy’s aunt Portia Shipman in a phone interview with The Guilfordian. “They’re working closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”

There is talk of the Bladenboro police force handing over the case to the FBI.

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Wrongful conviction lawsuit filed against Greensboro police

Thor Tobiassen

What is the value of 17 years of a person’s life?

The city of Greensboro may soon have to reckon with that question. LaMonte Armstrong, who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Greensboro and the Police Department, alleging misconduct by police and prosecutors.

“Investigators based their case on an informant they knew was unreliable and untrustworthy.” said the brief filed by Armstrong’s attorneys. “(He) withheld exculpatory evidence from the prosecutors and from Armstrong and participated in the fabrication of inculpatory evidence that they knew, or reasonably should have known, was false.”

In 1995, Armstrong was convicted of the 1988 murder of North Carolina A&T State University professor Ernestine Compton and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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GSO most food-insecure city in the nation

Sommer Fanney

In east Greensboro a long Summit Avenue, the Bessemer Center plaza is empty. Nearly 20 years ago there was a Winn-Dixie, but no businesses have been open there since.

Because of this, the surrounding community is in a food desert, an area in which residents do not have access to nutritious food.

This year, that will change. The Renaissance Community Co-op will open in the plaza to finally allow the community access to real food.

But there are other areas desperately in need of aid close to home as well. Despite the RCC’s miraculous success story, Greensboro now has the highest rate of food insecurity of all U.S. cities.

“Those of us, including Guilford College students who’ve been involved in working on issues of hunger and homelessness for years now, in some cases, decades, we have seen this problem,” said James Shields, the director of the Bonner Center for Community Service & Learning. “None of us are surprised to see that we’re at the top of the list.

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Calling for pay equality and transparency

Editorial Board

A time of extreme stress and frustration calls for conversation. As the reality of the deficit and unequal pay at Guilford hits home, we are relieved to have open forums to discuss what our college is going through. Student forums like the one President Jane Fernandes led on Monday encourage a sense of openness, and we, as students, ask that this transparency becomes an indispensable part of the restructuring process.

This crisis also provides an opportunity to look at our Guilford College values: community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, stewardship and justice. As the College finds its identity and we move to recover from this budget crisis, we must hold ourselves accountable for how we live out our values.

One potential way to uphold these values is to implement an equitable wage plan that lessens the inequality on our campus. One possible plan would tie the highest paid Guilford employees to the salaries of the lowest paid. This way, if one salary was shifted, they all would change. Not only would this kind of wage plan help eliminate the excessive amount of money spent on administrative salaries, but it would also foster a more collective and trusting community at Guilford. We can look to models such as the St. Mary’s College proposed fair wage plan for guidance.

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Fernandes addresses budget cuts and community concerns

Thor Tobiassen

As the school year draws to a close, President Jane Fernandes and the Guilford College administration have begun to provide details about their plan to balance the budget. However, important questions remain and when those will be answered is uncertain.

Fernandes’ first year has been a roller coaster as Guilford’s dire financial situation unfolded. The school’s revenue is currently $2 million short of its expenditures and the deficit could balloon to $4 million next year. Trustees and administrators have repeatedly stated that all options are on the table for dealing with the shortfall, causing fears that programs such as the Center for Continuing Education and the Bonner Center will experience cuts.

On April 20, Fernandes delivered a speech to a packed Founders Hall lounge outlining her plan to balance the budget. The major announcement was a long- expected round of position cuts, totaling 40 staff and 17 faculty.

According to Fernandes, some of the to-be-cut positions are already vacant, and some are held by faculty and staff who are considering resigning or retiring.

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Take Back the Night creates safe space to share

Vanessa Madonna

Walk together. Stand together. Take Back the Night.

Last Thursday, April 23, Sexual Assault Awareness Support and Advocacy hosted its seventh annual Take Back the Night. The goal is to spread the awareness of sexual assault while giving survivors a safe place to share their stories. The event started at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center with an array of musical performances, t-shirt designing and food provided by Meriwether Godsey.

As students walked in, they were greeted by music from senior Abigail Murray-Nikkel, senior David Wheaton and the campus a cappella group Friend Sings My Mind. The mood was light:  attendees could grab some ice cream while entering their names to win fun prizes.

The room soon filled with deep emotion as guest speakers stood up to talk about sexual assault awareness.

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