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Guilford needs change
It's a pivotal weekend for Guil
The Board of Trustees is on
campus to discuss the much-talked
about changes to the college struc
ture, and some members reportedly
feel that Don McNemar's plan does
not go deep enough.
There are other opinions, too
at Parent's Weekend, many parents
said that McNemar was overstepping
the bounds of his authority.
While, from afar, these two con
clusions may be reasonable, the re
ality here on campus is that Guilford
needs to change.
Around campus, that's a dirty
word. People hope that if we all turn
our heads, everything can stay the
same way and problems will even
McNemar, however, is not mak
ing these changes for fun. He doesn't
sit in his office and think, "What can
I do to screw up Guilford today?"
As the President of the college,
he is just as concerned-if not
moreso-as the rest of us about the
welfare of our school.
Many faculty and students
seem to feel that McNemar is not
qualified to make these types of de
Don McNemar is the President
of Guilford College. He was hired
because the community thought he
would do a good job. We thought
he was fully capable of handling any
thing that Guilford could throw his
Now, when confronted with
change, we suddenly have decided
that we are afraid of what he might
do to our poor little Guilford.
Guilford is not going to magi
cally disappear before our eyes. If
we don't make some adjustments it
might, but these changes are not a
The truth is, it's not just the
President making these changes. It's
faculty. It's administrators. It's stu
That's right, students. If you
have something to say, people want
to listen. Task forces have been
formed to tackle the issues (see
Aiding the unwanted
♦Mother Teresa embraced the shunned.
BY GREGORY RINALDI
Unwanted. Millions of
people. To Mother Teresa they
were the ones for whom she
The Unwanted. Those that
are poor, orphaned, and sick. But
not just those. Also the person
sitting next to you.
You know the person. The
one that is shunned. It might be
you. It might be your friend. The
girl everyone frowns at. The one
everyone talks about behind her
back. You heard what they said
that she did. They gawk at the
Way she's dressed.
Or the guy sitting alone. He
sits alone in the cafeteria. He sits
alone in the libraiy. He looks con
tent to be alone. And he looks
sort of strange too. Nobody
speaks to him.
Or maybe you felt this way.
Sometime in your life. Like you
were lost in the world. That there
was no bright future. No purpose
September 19, 1997
None of this process is secret,
and no one has a hidden agenda.
McNemar honestly wants to do
something that is good for the
school, and he needs the backing of
students and faculty alike if he is to
convince the Trustees to approve his
We realize that this is a sensi
tive situation, with faculty worried
about job security and students con
cerned about the stability of the col
We have every reason, however,
to trust Don McNemar. In his previ
ous position at Andover, he was an
accomplished fund-raiser. In gen
eral, people don't give their money
to someone that doesn't know what
This weekend could be a water
shed event for Guilford. If you're
concerned about what is going on
and as a student, you should be
make your voice heard in a construc
tive fashion. Simply complaining
We believe that students, fac
ulty, and the Board of Trustees need
to support McNemar's proposal.
for your life. Maybe even no rea
son to continue living at all. You
felt hopeless. You felt alone.
Mother Teresa lived for you.
She cared for those who society
did not want,those who the world
outcasted, those who are left to
die, who are left to die alone.
She embraced the unwanted.
Her compassion strengthened
them. Her words empowered
them. Her love filled them with
Guilford loves causes. I have
a new one. You. Me. We are a
cause. This cause needs no
group. Mother Teresa started
All it takes is a smile. One
person can smile at a stranger.
One person can offer a friendly
"hello." One person can show
compassion to another-another
who might be unwanted.
So the next time you see that
familiar outcast, ask how he/she
is doing. And remember the time
in your life when you were un
You might be helping your