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Exploring homelessness in Snilford County
By Charlotte Cloyd & Haley Hawkins
"In Greensboro, the poverty rate is just sitting at 20
percent," said Lamar Gibson, director of development at
the Interactive Resource Center (IRC). "For one in five
people, poverty is real. It's their daily experience."
Homelessness exists everywhere, and, according to
homeless advocates in the Greensboro community, there
are people on the streets who need help. Help manifests
itself in the form of a hot meal at Greensboro Urban
Ministry, clothes for children from the Salvation Army,
a bed to sleep in at the Servant Center, or job training at
These agencies work to help homeless people in
Greensboro and High Point. Ruth deButts is a sophomore
Bonner scholar and project coordinator for Pathways
Tutoring and Enrichment Program, a housing program
based out of Greensboro Urban Ministry which provides
families with a safe housing option until they find more
permanent and secure housing.
Tutoring at Pathways is definitely a worthwhile
and meaningful experience for deButts, but it poses
"The worst part is not knowing where the kids end
up when the families move into more stable housing,"
Partners Ending Homelessness, an alliance of
government agencies and non-profit groups that had
its monthly Provider Coalition Meeting on Oct. 13, is
See "Homelessness" on page 2
Marlon Perry, a graduate of N.C.A&T University, volunteers at Greensboro Urban
Ministry, an organization that accepts food donations to give meals to those in need.
Bryan Series speaker Twyla Tharp discusses creative process
By Omar Hamad
Speaking in the Bryan Series, famous choreographer Twyla
Tharp elaborates on her experience of the creative process.
She presented at War Memorial Auditorium on October 27th.
A hush fell over the hundreds
of Guilford College students and
faculty and Greensboro community
members who sat tightly packed in
the War Memorial Auditorium. After
a handful of introductory remarks by
Kent Chabotar, the eager audience
gave ample applause as prominent
choreographer Twyla Tharp assumed
her place on the stage and began to
In her discussion of the interface
between habit and creativity, Tharp
discussed the emptiness that many
artists must face upon beginning any
sort of significant task or project.
"Any person who faces any sort of
structural material must face a void,"
said Tharp. "We must learn to face
Another aspect of the interaction
between creativity and habit that
Tharp discussed was the difference
between a "dream" and a "purpose."
Although both are seen as ways of
outlining goals for the future, "a
dream goes away and a purpose stays
See "Tharp" on page 3
QUEEN QUET AND OTHERS BRING
THE UNIQUE GULLAH/GEECHEE
CULTURE FROM THE SEA ISLANDS
By Sarah Welch with Isaac Cook
E mo easy fa mek de camel go shru a
needle eye den fa a rich poson fa come
onda God rule.
Can you figure out what famous
passage this is? If you can, congratulations.
You can read Gullah, the language of the
people known as Gullah/Geechee. Gullah
is a Creole language which primarily uses
an English vocabulary with an African
According to the Gullah/Geechee
Nation pamphlet, "Gullah includes the
people, history, language and culture,
and Geechee is a descendant of this."
The Gullah/ Geechee are a culture that
hail from a region of the United States
that stretches from Jacksonville, N.C., to
Jacksonville, Fla. The Sea Islands are a
part of the region. Many Gullah/Geechee
reside there and consider the ocean a
significant part of their culture.
"The water duh bring me up, the water
gwine tek me back," said Queen Quet in
Gullah. The chieftess and head-of-state
for the Gullah/Geechee spoke about the
history of the people who elected her.
The water is the sea which brought the
Gullah/Geechee's ancestors from Africa.
According to Queen Quet, the
Gullah/Geechee retain an African sense
of community and the style in which
Africans build their homes. The Gullah/
Geechee take care of one another, and, like
in other American small towns, everyone
knows everyone's business.
However, Gullah/Geechee is not a
culture living in the past. Queen Quet
herself has a degree in computer sciences.
See "Gullah/Geechee" on page 8
By Karen Turner
By Haley Hawkins
By Laura Devinksy