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Five Security Committees
Combine to Tackle Issues
When you're caulking a boat and you
want to know if it will float, you shine a
light from the inside out and look for
illuminated cracks which need repair.
Now, the security division of Guilford
College is shining more than a flashlight
Concerned individuals have, for the past
year, been trying to illuminate cracks in
the system and instigate their immediate
The old security system was composed
of separate committees which expressed
concerns relevant to their departments.
The Student Residence Council has been
working on the security/safety issue of
night-time escorts between parking lots
and residence halls. The Student Affairs
Committee has become involved with
security/safety issues, especially in the area
of rape awareness, prevention and treat
ment As well as these departments, such
committees as the Senate Security Com
mittee and the Emergency Planning Com
mittee have consolidated their concerns,
issues and projects into the all-new Secu
rity Safety Advisory Board.
This board is still in the process of or
ganization. So far the members have
convened twice. The advantage of a new
committee which absorbs the security
concerns of other campus committees is
that finally, there is one specific place for
people to bring their concerns. Proponents
say there will now be an agenda for secu
rity/safety concerns, as opposed to an
amalgamation of overlapping and never
Problems with security in the past have
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program's four-year existence, but still
only 10 percent of Wake students study
"It make not be explicitly stated, but our
implied goal is to get as many students to
study off-campus as possible," said Jody
Walker, director of the Wake Forest study
Unlike Guilford, neither Duke nor Wake
Forest is considering a mandatory study
Cooley said Guilford's programs in
crease respect for the college in academic
circles because they add another dimen
sion to students' learning. "Students lose
their insularity," said Cooley, "And that
makes them better students."
The programs are also beneficial for
faculty who get to take time off to accom
pany the students abroad. Competition for
been, in theory, a lack of organization..
Lack of organization leads to such practi
cal problems as understaffing and lack of
"Being a guard, I saw inefficiencies in
training," said senior Ritchie Eanes, who
has been working as a security guard for a
year, and who has been especially involved
with the new Advisory Board, "Then again,
I came in at a bad time. We've been really
One of the planned assets of the security
department begining next fall will be a
professional dispatcher. Also, next fall's
security guards will be trained for the
possibility of a campus rape situation.
One of the first projects on the Security
Safety Advisory Board's agenda is to take
care of the relatively small chores which, if
attended to, will tighten campus security
immensely. For example, there are several
doors on campus which don't have work
ing locks. Property damage as well as
personal damage is at risk in this situation.
The Security Safety Advisory Board will
also address more complicated projects
such as campus lighting, campus phones,
an escort service, and 24-hour study space.
The board now consists of five adminis
trators, one faculty representative and nine
students. In the future, some student rep
resentatives will be elected, and to insure
total campus representation, some will be
appointed (for example, one member of
Senate will probably serve).
Board meetings are held on the second
floor of the Bauman Telecommunications
Building on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. The
board can use everyone's perspective on
campus security/safety concerns to help
illuminate the cracks in the system.
all programs are tough enough that Off
Campus Education selects the faculty
members five years ahead of time.
Physics professor Rex Adelberger has
taken four groups to Munich since that
program's start in 1978. He said the differ
ence the program makes on some students
can be impressive.
"I took a student once named Art Lynn
who spoke no German and was a marginal
student," said Adelberger. Lynn met an
English professor ata local technical school
in Munich. "[Lynn] effectively changed
the whole way that school taught English.
He shifted their emphasis from formal to
Lynn returned to Guilford an excep
tional student, according to Adelberger,
and the technical school wrote President
Bill Rogers to thank him for Lynn's help.
Said Adelberger. "No one had ever
shown him what he could do before."
Guitar and Flute Make
Duo a Unique Show
Even if you didn't go to the recent
Mary Hobbs' Coffee House, you have
probably already heard them. The
harmony of their voices, backed by a
guitar and accompanied by an occa
sional flute, can often be heard late at
night on Guilford's otherwise still
campus. For those who didn't know
what was going on, Guilford has not
been taken over by folk-singing fairies;
rather, the music is coming from
Guilford students Victor Johnson and
Johnson is a senior English major,
and McCurry, a sophomore, is an art
major. Despite their different academic
pursuits, they share a common love of
music, and, during last year's summer
school, they met and discovered this
mutual interest They've been practic
ing together frequently, and they've
found themselves to be musically
"But," said McCurry with a laugh,
"I've told him if I don't like something
I won't sing it!"
Those who have heard Johnson and
McCurry sing would probably never
guess how different their musical back
grounds are. Johnson was taught to
play the guitar by his mother, and
McCurry has taken voice lessons (clas-
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sical Italian opera) for six years now.
Though both are familiar with music
theory and have taken piano lessons
when younger, they each give much
credit to what they picked up by ear.
McCurry, for example, taught herself
to play the flute during Serendipity of
last year, and is now quite adept.
While McCurry said she takes much
of her inspiration from Appalachian
folk artist John Jacob Niles, Johnson
said much of his musical style was
influenced by groups such as Rush and
The Grateful Dead. Those who know
Johnson testify to his commitment to
music. He is rarely seen without his
guitar in one hand and his yellow song
stuffed folder in the other.
"My personality and music are very
much intertwined," said Johnson, who
has written at least 60 of his own songs.
Johnson has played in every coffee
house since his freshman year, which is
yet another testimony to his love of
music. McCurry said that one of the
reasons she loves music so much is
because it is a powerful stress-reliever
for her. Johnson nodded in agreement,
and said that though he didn't know
exactly what he was going to do with
his future, "My plans are to always stay
close to my music."
Currently, Johnson and McCurry are
recording a tape as well as preparing
for this year's Serendipity.