The GOP buckles down

Quinn Johnson, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

With all the attention given to the Democratic Party at Guilford, we must also look into the Republican Party. 

There is no doubt that Republican primary candidate Donald Trump is using both his wealth and his audacity to say anything and everything that comes to mind as a way to capture the majority of the spotlight and media coverage. 

But while some people find him bombastic and extreme, others praise him for his grit and determination towards bringing up important issues that other politicians have avoided in the name of political correctness.    Continue reading “The GOP buckles down”

Address climate change now, or we all pay later

Maksym Kosachevskyy, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Climate change. Global warming. The end of the world. A major transformation has already begun and it’s not going to end without a revolution.

“I think it’s the greatest threat that we have,” said William Mackin, visiting assistant professor of biology. “Because of climate change, it’s like we have thousands of Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs going off every day.”

According to a 2013 study, only 3 percent of voters, aged 18 to 34, do not believe in climate change. It is easy to see why. We get it crammed into our brains during science class, we hear about it on the news and we see the effects of it in movies like “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

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FaithAction embraces, supports immigrants

June Park, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

In the last decade, an unprecedented number of immigrants have joined communities all over the U.S. With them, they have brought their cultures, religions and ethnic identities.

Of course change can bring hardship and erect barriers, but in our community the FaithAction International House organization has chosen to help embrace immigrants and diversity.

“FaithAction International House serves and accompanies thousands of our newest immigrant neighbors, while educating and connecting our diverse community across lines of culture and faith – turning strangers into neighbors!” says the FaithAction website.

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Protector of campus values: Multicultural Education

Caleb Amstutz, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Every day, students pass the core value flags that line the brick walkway to Founders Hall.  While the terms the flags carry may appear abstract to some, the Multicultural Education Department is here to weave these values into the community. Nestled within the Academic Affairs wing in King Hall, this department stands as a guardian of social equality and justice here on campus.

MED’s mission is to support the educational, spiritual, cultural, physical and emotional development of students of color and LGBTQIA students in order to promote their retention and graduation, according to their page on the Guilford website.

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Truvada offers hope for those at risk of HIV

Francesca Quigley, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

At the end of 2014, about 36.9 million people were living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus worldwide. There are over 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States.

A new treatment called Truvada has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and it is showing great success in the prevention of acquiring HIV.

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European immigration crisis continues

June Park, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Thousands are stuck in overcrowded refugee camps with nowhere to go. Conditions are unsanitary, unheated, and inhumane.

The refugee crisis in Europe has become a significant international problem that may shatter the fragile bonds of the European Union.

Since 2011, the refugee crisis has been getting more significant and deadly. Four million Syrians, in attempts to flee their ruthless government, ISIS terrorism and vicious torture by other groups, have migrated to wealthier European countries for hope of a new life.

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Federal Reserve keeps rates zero

Amol Garg, Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

On Sept. 16, nine Federal Reserve bank presidents and Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, all met in Washington, D.C.

After a two-day meeting and hours of discussing the current financial conditions of the United States, the fate of the economy was sealed.

On Sept. 17, Yellen announced the highly anticipated decision. The federal funds rate, the driving force behind U.S. economics, is to remain unchanged. Continue reading “Federal Reserve keeps rates zero”

Television needs to normalize disability

Annie Fulwood, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

Take a moment to recall your favorite TV characters. Maybe, if you’re the age of my father, it’s Fred Flintstone. Or if you’re a suburban mother, it’s Olivia Pope, PR extraordinaire. If you’re 20 and majoring in pre-med, it might be Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd.

And now try to recall how many of those characters were disabled, physically or mentally.

Less than one percent of series regular characters were depicted with a disability on major television networks, including ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC, in September of 2011. Meanwhile, the 2010 census revealed that 19 percent of the American population, or 56.7 million people, had some form of a disability.

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VMAs start conversations about diversity

Beatriz Caldas, Diversity & Social Justice Coordinator

September 18, 2015

That celebrities love to argue on social media is nothing new, but when they raise interesting questions and concerns about our society, we should listen.

On July 21, MTV released the nominees for their Video Music Awards. Not everyone thought they did a good job with diversity.

“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” wrote Nicki Minaj on her Twitter account after nominations were released. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for video of the year.”

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Volunteering builds friendship, confidence, community

Brenna Walsh, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

Back in my naïve days as a first-year, I got written up and was punished by having to volunteer my Friday mornings to work on the Guilford farm. Out of all the punishments of my life, that has been the best one.

I felt mighty and important while digging my hands into dirt looking for bugs to pick off of the green beans, and proud when I saw students in the cafeteria eating cherry tomatoes I picked. I volunteered my service for the greater good, and thanks to me Guilford College students could enjoy juicy cherry tomatoes atop their otherwise mediocre salads.

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