Lacrosse signs Brooke Austin, age 8

James Sharpe, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

Lights, cameras and nearly 100 people filled the East Gallery in Founders Hall as eight-year-old Brooke Austin signed to Guilford College’s women’s lacrosse team on October 7.

“They made me a member of the team,” said Austin in an interview with The Guilfordian. “I was very happy and made lots of new friends.”

Austin was paired with the women’s lacrosse team by Team IMPACT, which matches children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college teams across America.

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#BlackLivesMatter week

Francesca Quigley, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

“Every 28 hours, a black person who is unarmed is murdered in the United States by a police officer, a vigilante or a security guard,” said Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. “That’s happening many times with impunity, and we see this as a pandemic.”

The Black Lives Matter movement began after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was later acquitted.

Since 2012, the movement has developed into multiple chapters around the country and continues to organize and act in response to state violence against bodies of color using a multitude of methods, one being the scheduling of particular Black Lives Matter weeks in different areas.

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International students add diversity

Quinn Johnson and Maksym Kosachevskyy, Staff Writers

October 23, 2015

A 2006 study found that nine in 10 young Americans could not find Afghanistan on a map. It is ironic that Guilford hosts students from countries this demographic cannot even identify.

Students from all over the world gather at this school in pursuit of opportunity, education and change. Each have their own stories, their own motives.

For one college student, moving here meant settling down from his journey across Asia.

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Ahmed: I am not a terrorist

Yahya Salih, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

i am sure you have heard of the ninth-grade terrorist in Irving, Texas, who brought a bomb to class. Or is that not how you thought of it?

Chances are that if you were in the same situation as Ahmed Mohamed’s teacher, you would have seen that clock as a bomb. Even if you were the police officers detaining him without a lawyer, Mohamed would have been guilty until proven innocent.

If you deny this, you are probably either lying or have never watched the news. I even have to admit, if I were in the same situation, I would have interpreted that clock as a bomb.

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Panel educates community about crisis

Brenna Walsh, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

On Sept. 29, students, faculty and community members gathered in Joseph Bryan Jr. Auditorium to learn about the Syrian refugee crisis and why it should matter to them. After a two-hour panel discussion, they left inspired to take action.

The panel featured Associate Professor of Political Science Maria Rosales, Bonner Center Volunteer Training Coordinator Andrew Young, Grassroots Organizer at The Church World Service Adamou Mohamed, Resettlement Coordinator at The Church World Service Kim LeBlanc, Director of The University of North Carolina Greensboro Center for New North Carolinians Raleigh Bailey, Professional Engineer Zane Kuseybi, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Elon University Haya Ajjan, Associate Professor of English Diya Abdo, Operations Manager at the N.C. African Services Coalition Latosha Walker and was monitored by Associate Professor of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen.

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Homelessness: an American crime

Nicholas Carratu, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

Sometimes, the meat-and-potatoes of your existence is not food. It is extra socks, empty water bottles and a beat-up flip phone with just a few minutes of air time left.

For G, whose name has been abbreviated, and the other 900 individuals who currently identify as homeless in Guilford County, this is just reality.

“I’ve been here on West Wendover Avenue for 10 years and sober for 12,” G said, holding a cardboard sign that simply reads “homeless sober vet.”

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The cost of global climate change: dollars and natural disasters

June Park, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

$1.2 trillion this year. $369 trillion by the end of the next century.

The price-tag on climate change is enormous.

This May, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration reached a global record of 400 parts per million, the highest it has ever been in history. This summer, Arctic sea ice reached a new record minimum. Yet our modern lifestyles remained largely unchanged.

You would wonder what the environment has to do with economics, yet they are interconnected more deeply than most would expect.

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Students discuss a more nuanced approach to AIDS in Africa

Yahya Salih, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

Over $10 billion has made its way into Africa for the development of vaccines and the treatment of diseases.

However, since African countries are often treated as if they were one, these efforts are unable to reach their true potential.

“When we look at Africa in elementary, middle and high school, we speak of (African countries) as if they were homogenic” said Interim Director of Study Abroad Daniel Diaz.

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Corruption in mental health industry prevents necessary treatment

Aiperi Iusupova, Staff Writer

October 2, 2015

Public psychiatric services have long been suppressed by a corrupt mental health industry, whose value systems and accountability have hurt thousands of mentally ill people and the people around them.

In June, Congress introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act to address the inefficiency of the mental health system in the United States.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health programs will receive $172 billion in federal and state taxpayer funds as a result of the act. However, only a third of this financial grant goes to mitigating issues related to homelessness, incarceration, arrest, and hospitalization of seriously mentally ill patients.

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