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Budget cut for study abroad program
♦The program must now be self-sufficient, so many aspects of the trips are being cut
BY ELLEN YUTZY
If you've been impressed by the sto
ries students who've just gotten back from
abroad last semester have been telling, be
warned. The study abroad program is un
dergoing some revisions.
Students next year won't have a fall
or spring break, won't have any school
sponsored trips longer than a day, won't
receive support for cultural events, and
won't have extras like Thanksgiving din
ner or paid meals with their faculty leader.
At one point, there was talk of charg
ing students a $l5O surcharge for going
abroad, but that has now been dropped.
However, there will be a charge of $l5O
for students taking the theatre class in Lon
Why all the changes? The college
has, in effect, greatly cut back the study
abroad budget. "The Budget Office asked
for us to become self-supporting," said Lee
Student Loan Fund Auction a success
♦ 15 th annual auction raises over SIO,OOO to be awarded in low-interest student loans
BY ANNIE BUCHANAN-CLARY
On Tuesday, March 3, Guilford
hosted its 15 th annual Student Loan
Fund Auction. The event, an annual stu
dent-organized event, raises money for
low-interest loans through the auction
ing of items donated by merchants and
the Guilford College community. This
year the auction was headed by junior
Kelsey Ryan and raised over SIO,OOO.
"It was a smashing success," said
director of student activities Dawn
Watkins, who helped to coordinate the
event. "It was extremely well organized
and the majority of the credit goes to
the students," said Watkins.
Items auctioned included a pro
flex bike, a two-night stay in Myrtle
Martin passes polygraph test,
ready to "look the real issue
in the eye"
News pg. 4
When J was a boy J was told that anybody could become
Johnson, director of study abroad programs.
"The idea was that we were being asked
.. to subtract an average amount of finan
cial aid for all students."
Basically, although students will still
receive the same award from the college,
the college will not be spending financial
aid money on study abroad programs.
While students are paying the same as al
ways, the college is giving less money to
study abroad while asking them to pay for
One of the biggest changes is in how
the college assesses charges for faculty
leaders going abroad. Before, the college
paid faculty leader salaries the same as
when the professors were on campus. The
study abroad office paid replacement fees
of about $4500 to replace courses taught
by faculty who were abroad. That money
was paid regardless of whether replace
ments were actually hired.
The college is now requiring study
abroad to pay both the salary of the faculty
Beach, SC, and a hot-air balloon ride.
Established in 1983, the Loan
Fund Auction has received recognition
as the first student-run educational loan
program in the
the auction re
mately 100 Guilford College students
receive loans ranging from SSOO to
Originally organized to aid with
cutbacks in federal financial aid, the
auction has consecutively raised over
SB,OOO in the past three years.
A look at Max Carter,
Guilford's resident "super-
Features pg. 6
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Worth House is the campus center of the newly rearranged study abroad program.
PHOTO BY SARAH GIVENS
leaders who are leading programs and the
replacement fees. Johnson is upset by what
he perceives to be an unfair double count
ing. Others agree with Johnson that the
practice seems unfair. Economics profes
"The auction is personally impor
tant to me because I have a $6,000 loan
through this fund," said Ryan. "I knew
heading the auction was a good way to
"It was a smashing success.
It was extremely well
organized and the majority of
credit goes to the students "
James Norton, Susan Bowles and Steve
The auction's success or failure
is based solely on the donations made
and the people who attend the auction.
Both those who regularly attend the
auction and the students who run it are
A student questions the per
formance of the dean of stu
Forum pg. 13
give support and
skills would help to
improve the auc
tion over years
past." The Auction
sor Robert G Williams says, "It's like try
ing to turn the study abroad office into a
Williams applauds Johnson's reaction
please see ABROAD ON PG. 2
often concerned by the lack of support
shown by students and faculty.
Professor Laura O'Toole, a regu
lar to the auction said, "it was a lot of
fun with some new and interesting
touches. However, the turnout should
have been better."
Susie Clark, photography profes
sor was also dismayed by the lack of
support shown on campus. While some
of Clark's pieces were auctioned, little
student-made art was presented.
"There is a lot of talent at this school,"
said Clark, "and I would like to see that
represented in the items auctioned."
Along with the SIO,OOO made at
this year's auction, the Guilford Stu
dent Loan Fund currently stands at ap
proximately $500,000 and continues to
aid in the cost of college education.
An insider's view of the just
completed intramural basket
Sports pg. 14
March 20, 1998