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Returning students chat before class in front of
King Hall. Photo by Carl Beehlcr.
Student Union loses
Randall to Army
Student Union has lost its presi
dent-elect. Tim Randall, will not
return to Guilford; instead, he
plans to serve in the army for at
least three years.
"My basic reason for not return
ing to Guilford this year is money,"
Randall said in an exclusive inter
view with The Guilfordian.
"There was simply no way for me
to pay for school this semester,"he
"I feel bad about leaving Union,
and that certainly weighed in my
decision," Randall said, "and I
think I would have done a great job
and helped the school.
"It's really hard to make this de
cision," he said. "I have to do ex
actly what I didn't want to do. This
is my second choice in lifestyle;
my first is being in school at
Randall's sudden departure left
the other Union executives in dif
"We were really mad at first be
cause no one in Union was reached
by Tim, but we can sympathize
now," Wendy Mcßeynolds, Union
vice-president said, after learning
Randall's reason for not returning.
Susan Little, Union treasurer
said, "Tim's not contacting us left
[Union] up in the air. Now, we're
going to advance the officers one
Mcßeynolds will advance to
president, and Andy Swanson, sec
retary will move up to vice-presi
dent. Megan Hester will become
secretary by consensus of the
Union executives. Little will re
"We're going to need to get
Union co-chairs and executives to
get calendars and basic business
processes going," said
Little said that Union has made
a lot of progress in the last week,
and that they are "moving in a posi
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
New class arrives
This year's entering class "came
in on target" for projected class
size, according to Larry West, di
rector of admissions.
Of a projected class size of 320-
340, an actual 331 first-year stu
dents were expected to attend
Guilford as of Aug. 18. Last year's
entering class size was 340.
The number of transfer students
stood at 54 out of a goal of 55,
according to West.
Preliminary data compiled by
the admissions office showed the
acceptance rate for this year's class
was 87.1 percent in comparison
with a 79.5 percent acceptance rate
for last year's entering class.
West said the admissions and
financial aid officers were happy
that they remained on budget in
terms of need-based financial
Dean of Students finds
"good fit" a
Mona Olds has begun her duties
as dean of student life. She re
places Charlotte Weddle, acting
dean following the departure of
Olds described the process of
moving from dean of student life
at Clark University in Worcester,
Mass., to Guilford.
"I had been thinking that I re
ally didn't want to retire at Clark,"
said Olds. "Eight years was a long
enough period of time to learn and
influence the culture of Clark and
to get to a point where I could
make systems better and truly be
helpful to students.
aidfor this academic year.
However, Wcsl said that "The
new federal financial aid system
created a lot of confusion" and was
detrimental to families of entering
freshmen. He said this made "a
much longer time line" in regard
to the decision-making processes
of entering freshmen.
There arc nine fewer entering
Honors Scholars than last year's
34. West said that the Honors
scholarships were capped at
$lO,OOO. In previous years, the
limit was at full tuition.
He also said that potential Hon
ors Scholars were lost due to low
projected estimates of federal
Other admissions data show
similarities to that of last year's en
tering class. The percentages of
black and international students
remain the same at 6 and 4 percent
In SAT score distribution, 69
percent of 291 incoming freshmen
"A friend of mine saw an ad in
The Chronicle and asked, "Did
you know this is out there?'" That
is where her application process to
"It all happened a little faster
than I had anticipated," she said.
Olds came to campus in early April
and spent two full days in group
who reported llieir SAT scores
were above 300 on the math see
lion of the SAT; 70 percent of la ;t
year's 314 incoming freshmen
who reported SAT scores were
above S(X) in math.
The percentage of incoming
freshmen scoring above S(X) in the
verbal section decreased this year;
last year the percentage was 59;
whereas this year's was 46.
Male/female and public/private
school ratios changed slightly.
Last year's entering class was 44
percent male and 56 percent fe
male. This year's class is 48 per
cent male and 52 percent IVmak;.
In last year's class, almost our
out of four students attended pri
vate schools; in this year's class,
seven out of 20 students attended
West said that some of these
numbers are subject to change be
cause some ex [xxted new students
did not come to Guilford and some
unexpected students did.
sessions with administrators and
student services personnel.
Olds has been at Guilford since
July 26. She said although she has
enjoyed getting acquainted with
staff and student services, she has
been anxious for students to arrive
One of Olds's early goals is to
"encourage pride in the Guilford
community." She wants to do this
by letting people know the things
she likes about Guilford.
"I was looking for a good fit,"
said Olds. She said that Guilford
has "met and surpassed" her ex
pectations. "It seems the intellec
tual challenge is strong; I think
there's a sense of purpose and
community here. That's what I
was looking for."