Ruling affects voters in GSO

Ruling affects voters in GSO

Ian Penny, World & Nation Editor

February 12, 2016

On a map, the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina takes a shape vaguely reminiscent of a dragon, snaking its way north along Interstate 85 from Charlotte to the Piedmont Triad. In the eastern portion of the state, the 1st District stretches in a nearly triangular figure, covering places from Henderson to New Bern and Elizabeth City. Continue reading “Ruling affects voters in GSO”

Student organizers hold second rally to demand racial justice

Nellie Vinograd, Video Editor

November 20, 2015

For the second time this month, students gathered outside Founders Hall to make a message clear: racism at Guilford College must be addressed and ended.

After incidents of racism at colleges like the University of Missouri (Mizzou), Guilford students held a walkout and rally Nov. 12 for students of color to express their own accounts of racism on Guilford’s campus. Since then, the topic of racism has been addressed by some faculty, staff and other community members.

In response to the first demonstration, President Jane Fernandes held a discussion session in the library on Nov. 13 for community members to talk with administrators about racism.

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Student leaders create anonymous reporting form

Nicole Zelniker, World and Nation Editor

November 20, 2015

Another walkout. Another list of demands for the administration.

On Nov. 20, Guilford students gathered on Founders to discuss race on Guilford’s campus.

At the rally, student leaders shared a link to anonymously report instances of race related violence or share their testimonies of what it is like to be a person of color on campus.. For many students, this could be the difference between feeling safe at Guilford and not.

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Mental health services here to help

Caleb Amstutz, Staff Writer

November 20, 2015

It is hardly a question that colleges and universities in the United States are suffering from a widespread mental health crisis.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of college students ranked their mental health as below average. One in three students reported long periods of depression, and one in four students reported having suicidal feelings.

Just this semester, multiple Guilford College students have reportedly attempted to physically harm themselves, bringing the issue even closer to home.

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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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