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Students elect Senate representatives
Senate election winners gather together the day the results were
released. (From left) Sophomore Kaf*en Turner, treasurer and junior
Yahya Alazrak, president and junior Brian Jones, vice president,
and a stand-in for junior Erich Pohanka, secretary, who is abroad.
BYKE COALITON WINS,
YAHYA ALAZRAK VOTED
THE SENATE PRESIDENT
By Andrew Stewart & David
Late into the evening of April
4 the Community Senate election
drew to a close and junior Yahya
Alazrak was named Senate
president, edging closest rival
and fellow junior Elijah Dacosta
by 20 votes.
Alazrak earned 204 votes
to Dacosta's 184. Third-place
candidate and sophomore Cate
Schurz netted 51 votes.
"It was a really close race,"
Alazrak said. "The excitement
of winning is quickly being
replaced with responsibility.
The work is already beginning."
" I feel great about the results
of the election," said Dacosta.
"Am I disappointed that I didn't
win? Of course, but I think that
BYKE will do a great job."
"Elijah and I were buddies
going into this,'" Alazrak said.
"Going against each other was
like a friendly badminton match.
It was like Tom and Jerry. We
were going to back each other
up since one of us was going to
Sophomore Brian Jones ran
unopposed and weathered
the write-in candidates to take
the vice presidency, and Erich
Pohanka became secretary in
the other unopposed election.
Sophomore Karen Turner earned
the treasurer position.
Despite the switch to
individual tickets, the entire
"BYKE" coalition made a clean
sweep of each open position.
"I think that the race went
very smoothly," said Dacosta.
"While I know that coalitions
were encouraged, I wish that
more of the candidates would
have campaigned individually
to make it clearer to the student
See "Elections” on page 3
WORLD & NATION
Ivory Coast power struggle becomes violent
By Brandy Mitchell
"They raped me, three or four of
them. They burned my house — the
house of my family — they killed
my brother," reported one refugee to
Amnesty International, according to
the BBC. "They stole everything from
my shop and then burned it down. We
fled the same day."
Although it is just one account,
many tell a similar story of individuals
among the 400,000 people forced to
flee to surrounding countries amid the
growing clashes in the Ivory Coast,
This week online
reported The New York Times.
As previously reported by The
Guilfordian, President Laurent Gbagbo
lost the November elections to Alassane
Ouattara, but has refused to step
down, resulting in several protests and
On Saturday, April 2, at least 800 were
reported to have been killed in Duekoue
after a week of violence, according to
"They saw the bodies on the streets,"
said International Committee of
the Red Cross spokesperson Kelnor
See "Ivory Coast" on page 6
Families flee from the Abobo district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast
as violence continues between rival Ivorian governments.
GNN with Ashley Lynch &
The Guilford Woods by
reflects on war in
INCLUDED IN TRAVELING
EXHIBIT 'WINDOWS 5.
By Claire Wardlaw
On Oct. 7, 2001, the United States went
to war in Afghanistan in response to the
September 11 tragedy, calling the project,
"Operation Enduring Freedom." The
touring Windows and Mirrors mural
exhibit, now on display in the Hege
Library atrium, brings this objective of
"freedom" for Afghanistan into question.
Comprised of 45 panels, the exhibit
showcases the work of artists, Afghan
students from Kabul, and even members
of the Guilford community. Junior Layth
Awartani, a student who contributed to
the exhibit, considered the experience
of contributing to this project to be
enlightening and gratifying.
"Even though I'm a social-science-
oriented student, I like to stay open to
other fields of study, such as art," said
The mural project is intended to remind
the audience that after nearly 10 years of
conflict, the U.S. is still at war and people
are still suffering.
The title "Windows & Mirrors" was
intended to reflect that through the exhibit,
one is made privy to the circumstances of
war. Viewers are meant to see a reflection
of their own humanity, allowing the
audience to identify with those involved.
"We who are not directly involved with
the war are shielded by the censorship
See "Mural" on page 8