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WIGUILFORDIAN Greensboro, N.C. Assault weapon ban expires Page 4 Student Union's Foam Party Page 7 Public Safety Relations Page 8 Guilford goif teams Page 12 Faculty accepts Strategic Long Range Plan Cory Williams Staff Writer After nearly two years of committee work, debate, discussion, and revi sion, the Guilford faculty approved President Kent Chabotar's five-year Strategic Long Range Plan (SLRP) for the college on Sept. 22. The document consists of two parts, a 44-page formal plan proposal and a 63-page appendix of supplemental data consisting of information ranging from the plan's fiscal workings to what high school students look for in a college. Chabotar said this supple mental data is what keeps the plan "tethered to the ground." Two major areas of concern remain: increasing the size of the college to 3300 students, Petty crime: How a little becomes a lot Charlie McAlpin Staff Writer It's pretty easy to just go in a dorm and take a mattress if you need it," said a student who asked to remain anonymous. According to many students, minor criminal acts on campus are justified. However, members of the Guilford staff have a different perspective. Theft signifi cantly drains time and resources. Between Aug. 15 - 31, the college experienced a rash of thefts. "In some ways, this has been the worst year ever," said Nancy Semones, Director of Conferences and Events. "We replaced a mattress eight times in one room in a ten-day period." That is an expense of SBOO, more than half the cost of the unlimited meal plan all for one bed. While one mattress costs SIOO, multi ple thefts by different people cost Guilford thousands of dollars yearly (exact figures pending an official report by Public Safety). "Guilford is not so affluent that it Volume 91, Issue 6 and focusing academics on principled problem solving. During a faculty discussion, psychology professor Richie Zweigenhaft expressed con cern over whether Guilford could maintain a sense of community while adding 800 students. "The college is going to be a different place," Zweigenhaft said. "We are making a funda mental change." "Issues of class size and student faculty ratio are para mount," Randy Doss, Vice President for Enrollment and Campus Life, replied. "Thirty three hundred students is still a very small college national ly." The SLRP dictates that the student-faculty ratio remain at 16 to 1 and that the average class size never grow larger than 20 students. o^ 9 theft onTam- Taleisha Bowen/g ' 1 " pus. The $40,000 worth Frequent targets of furniture theft include the of equipment stolen from Commons and Boren Lounge of Founders hall Bryan Jr. auditorium last summer is far stolen furniture. more costly than the expense of replac- The problem goes beyond students ing over 30 new tables and chairs, such and money. as those that were removed from King "It's not the administration you are pun hall in one day this year. ishing, it's the people who are doing their However, even these less severe thefts menial labor jobs," said employee and have a tangible impact on the student former student Jack Hilley, scene shop body. Semones is forced to delay replac- foreman. ing little things like ping-pong balls and "When you have to scrounge to find larger items like furniture in dorm lounges due to the expense of restoring Continued on Page 2 The other major concern among the faculty involves the concept of principled problem solving, defined in the plan as "students in courses and teams using their talents and life experiences with faculty guidance to address real world problems." The search for solutions "will be driven by the College's core values and Quaker testimonies," accord ing to the SLRP. What this means is students will work together with each other and faculty members to solve real world problems. An example of principled problem-solving could involve a local public high school with a struggling music depart ment. Education studies majors could examine the detrimental effects of poor music funding; business stu- September 24, 2004 dents could propose grants and find additional funding; and music majors could implement the program and serve as tutors for the high school students. Dean for Continuing Education and Business pro fessor Bill Stevens said that the best part of the long-range plan is that it is "focuses on outcomes after graduation." Chair of the Theatre Studies Department Jack Zerbe agreed when he said the plan would give students several helpful skills for life after grad uation such as the ability to recognize and solve prob lems. "It brings into focus institu tional identity," Zerbe said. He then stated that the plan gives a degree from Guilford "some- Continued on Page 2

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