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Females reck their chance with the el' leather pumpkin
October 28, 2011
By Millie Carter
Down, set, hut!
It was slightly odd to hear these words on
Appenzeller Field uttered not by Guilford
College's football team, but from a huddle
of female players. It was a brisk night on
the turf field, but the large fluorescent
stadium lights were not what created heat
on the field.
It was the heated competition felt
between two teams of female football
While it is a casual match meant to bring
spirit to the Guilford campus, this year's
powderpuff football team brought its own
sparks to the game.
Once a year as part of Guilford's
Homecoming weekend, students get to
reverse the traditional roles as the Guilford
community takes to the field for the annual
Students and student-athletes alike
teamed together as a part of either the
white or crimson team in order to reach the
ultimate goal — victory.
But what is the driving force behind
participation in this game?
"I wanted to do something aside from
my usual basketball," said sophomore
Khenti-Sha lyi, a participant in the game.
"I wanted to try something new and meet
new people, and I think I succeeded."
While participants threw their
schoolbooks into their desks to head to the
field, a few were hesitant about stepping
outside of their normal routines.
"At first I was a bit nervous because
there were going to be so many athletic
girls there," said lyi. "But once I got there it
was a different story."
As a member of the Guilford women's
basketball team, lyi knows what it is like
to bond with teammates. And even though
this wasn't a basketball game, lyi could feel
the community on the turf as well.
"Everyone was really nice and just
wanted to have a good time," said lyi. "I
definitely made a lot of new friends and
have a unique relationship with so many
new people now."
As a part of homecoming tradition at
chance to play can come out and have some
fun with it and be a part of an awesome
This game was labeled as a community
builder between students and student-
athletes, addressing the popular topic of
the student-athlete divide here at Guilford.
"It's not locked down to just one sect
Female students from all classes show that football's not just a guy's sport by playing in the Powder
puff game during Homecoming 2011 .The white team defeated the red team, 32-13.
Guilford, the powderpuff football game
seems to have done its job as a prime
opportunity to build some Quaker spirit
and get people involved.
"I think it's a great chance for students
to get out and use the awesome facilities
we have at Guilford and compete and have
fun," said Assistant Director of Student
Leadership and Engagement Steve Moran.
"Students who wouldn't usually get the
of students who can come out and play, it
allows for the different groups that may
build up during the year a chance to mix
and meet friends to break down some
of those walls that we create during the
school year," said junior Caleb Whited-
Ford, student coordinator of intramural
Deep into the first semester of the year
and in the midst of midterms, exercise is
a proven stress-reliever. These students go
out to get their game on while making new
"A lot of students from different
backgrounds come out and play some flag
football and have fun," said Moran.
Not only did students come out to
participate in the twilight game of flag
football, spectators fought the chilly night
and came out in layers of jackets to support
Guilford students and build homecoming
Just who came out to take the role of
sideline cheerleaders? These spectators
were none other than Guilford's own
varsity football team.
"Coach wanted us to come out and
support the Guilford community," said
sophomore Melvin McKeever.
But to McKeever, there was more of
a nostalgic feeling related to this game
than anything. "Thinking about this game
makes me think of my high school. We
used to play juniors versus seniors so I'm
actually excited to see the outcome of this
The football team came to cheer on the
powderpuff teams and observe an exciting
game. All of the girls had a blast during the
game, resulting in the white team's victory
with 32 points. The crimson crew tallied 13
points at the time of the ending whistle.
However, the ending score alone didn't
begin touch down on the truly communal
feeling of the event.
"The powderpuff game is a great
opportunity to bring a lot of the students
from the community to just relax and have
some fun on a Thursday night," said Moran.
On the dawning of midterm exams, "It's
nice to come out and take a break from
classes and test prep," said Whited-Ford.
"When you look out, most of them are
smiling and that I think is sort of the
ultimate goal of this game."
Athletes sport pink to support breast cancer awareness
By Natalie Sutton
The month of October brings
falling leaves and autumn colors
of reds and oranges. Now October
brings a new color: pink.
It is breast cancer awareness
month and for some of the
Guilford community, that means
wearing pink to show support for
those who had or are currently
battling breast cancer.
Fall athletes in particular make
an effort to recognize the cause
throughout the month.
On the football field, the
players wear pink armbands, pink
socks, pink shoelaces, and pink
Senior Captain Bradly
Gayhardt thinks participating in
breast cancer awareness month is
"Such a vast majority of people
have cancer, yet there are a lot of
people who think, 'Well, no one
has it in my family' or 'I don't
have it' so I think it's important
that we get awareness out there," The volleyball team also deems
said Gayhardt. it important to contribute to breast
Gayhardt, whose aunt is a cancer awareness month,
breast cancer survivor, encourages Every October, they host a "dig
all of the Guilford community to pink" game in honor of breast
get involved with breast cancer cancer awareness month. This
awareness month. year, it was on Oct. 4 and the
"I just wish everybody would players sold pink Guilford t-shirts
participate, even just by doing and accepted donations for the
something as simple
as wearing a
Gayhardt. "It seems
Jessup, thinks that
being in the spotlight
is beneficial in
to participate in breast
"People watch athletics
get a lot of attention," said Jessup.
"So if people are watching us.
defensive specialist, thinks that
breast cancer awareness month
presents a great opportunity for
why not show support for a great people to help out a vital cause,
cause like breast cancer at the "I think it's important for
same time?" Guilford athletes and students
to participate in breast cancer
awareness because you never
know who is dealing with cancer
and it's always a good feeling to
know that you helped get one step
closer to finding an immediate
cure," said Tracy.
Having known a volleyball
teammate in high school that lost
her aunt to cancer,
Tracy found breast
month to be a light at
the end of the tunnel
in the tragic situation.
"It was very hard
for her to get through
that, but knowing
that we worked to
raise money for the
cause helped her
cause. cope," said Tracy. "She knew that
Sophomore Kia Tracy, volleyball we were supporting her."
The women's soccer team also
values and supports the cause.
During their home game on Oct.
"It shows that the Guilford community is
thinking about all of those who have breast
cancer and that we want to show our support."
Rachel Harman, senior captain
12, they wore pink warm-up
t-shirts in honor of breast cancer
"For Homecoming weekend,
we'll be wearing pink socks
and hopefully, in the beginning
of the game they will announce
something about breast cancer
awareness," said Senior Captain
Rachel Harman in an email
interview. "Our team is extremely
excited to show our support."
Harman hopes that an
enthusiasm for breast cancer
awareness month will blossom
throughout all of the Guilford
community, not just within fall
"It would be really great if
people who come to the athletic
events would wear pink all this
month ... it's a simple statement,"
said Harman. "It shows that the
Guilford community is thinking
about all of those who have breast
cancer and that we want to show
Hopefully Harman's hopes will
become a reality and pink will be
a common color seen throughout
our campus for the month of
October and beyond.