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The Guilfordian. online resource (None) 1914-current, April 08, 1991, Image 1

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Guilford Alum Dave Odom Earns ACC Coach of the Year Award, page 14 GUILTORDIAN '" ft ;! ■ Tjk , j§§ '•■ j^;: : , j Students from Hillel and other campus religious groups attended the April 1 Seder in Dana Lounge. Sponsored by GRCO and Hillel, the event was an interfaith get-together to celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt/photo by George Brand Mandatory Off-Campus Study Proposal to Be Debated Jacob Stohler Editor in Chief If a proposal scheduled to come before the faculty next fall passes, all Guilford students will be required to either spend a semester abroad or complete an off-cam pus internship as a requirement for gradu ation. Approximately 54 percent of Guilford students already meet the requirement, according to a memo from Director of Off- Campus Education Martha Cooley to the faculty. Thirty percent spend a semester in another country while the other 24 percent complete an off-campus internship, which is defined as an internship not related to the student's major. The Education Department already re quires education majors to complete a semester abroad as part of their degree. Proponents of the plan argue that a semester away from campus—whether in London or in South Dakota—is a learning experience which broadens and deepens the student's understanding of other cul tures. "The essence of the liberal arts tradition Vol. 75, No. 20 Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford's Study Abroad Programs Entice One-Third of Student Body, page 8 is the study of the relationships between things: how they are alike, how they differ," said Academic Dean Sam Schu man. "There is no better laboratory for cultivating this sort of comparative learn ing than a serious encounter with the cul ture of another country." The proposal has its roots going back to 1987 when the Curriculum Task Force first discussed the idea, but it wasn't until 1989 that the Task Force seriously debated it In March of 1990, it sent its finalized version to the faculty for approval. However, between budget problems and delays caused by debates over other pro posals, the faculty will likely be unable to hear the proposal this school year, accord ing to Cooley. The faculty were to have originally debated the proposal before the end of the 1990-91 school year. According to Cooley, it will most likely see MANDATORY on page 3 >• Keith Firing Calls College Priorities Into Question Peter Smith Managing Editor Jim Keith andGuilford College appeared to be a match made in heaven. Helping to create and foster such pro grams as Homeless and Hunger, the LEAD project, the Literacy Corps and a variety of internship and service learning opportuni ties, Keith seemed to be right in line with a Quaker institution which professed to be devoted to the issues of social justice and demonstrated a strong commitment to community service programs and intern ships. But when Guilford was forced to cut $2 million of requested expenditures to bal ance its budget, Keith was one of eight administrators whose jobs were terminated for next year. No longer a part of Guilford's future, Keith's absence is creating concern among members of the community as to the col lege's priorities, especially its commit ment toward internships and community service programs. Questions are also being asked as to why Jim Keith was asked to leave, especially considering his record and devotion to Guilford's internship and community service programs, the same programs which Guilford claims to be at the heart of its mission and uses as one of its selling points to prospective students. "Jim was perfect for Guilford and I was shocked to hear that he was asked to leave," said Hilary White, 22, a senior sociology major who has worked extensively with Keith through Project Community. "In many ways, it was Jim's work and dedica tion which made Guilford a special place and helped make internships and service programs so effective. After all, he helped start a lot of the programs which Guilford is so proud of now." In the 10 years that Keith has been at Guilford, he has been instrumental in shap ing the college's current internship and community service programs. Keith worked to increase student internship opportunities, played a major role in di recting a United States Department of Education Student Literacy Corps grant, helped students establish a comprehensive April 8,1991 outreach program called Project Commu nity, co-founded and directed a student leadership program, and worked to help students become involved with the Cam pus Outreach Opportunity League. According to Guilford's own assess ment of its internship programs, close to one-half of the entire main campus student body participates in internship or commu nity program opportunities before gradu ation. Guilford also speaks admirably about its internship opportunities in a vari ety of its brochures, mentioning opportu nities to be gained from "a strong tradition of community service programs," and the chance to "reach well beyond the class room" with Guilford's "entrepreneurial and leadership development opportunities." With the help of Keith, Guilford also has been recognized nationally for its commit ment to internship and experiential learn ing opportunities. According to informa- see KEITH on page 5 >- INSIDE • Criticism of Consensus Unfair 3 • New "Security Blanket" 9 • From Ireland: Guiness, Guiness and More Guiness 10 • Record Review: Blackgirls ' Happy ..11 • Life in Hell 12 • Sports Shorts 14 • Gayle Currie to Enters NAIA Hall of Fame 14

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