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CCE Student Government Association holds Health Fair
However, she believes that getting to know what is Bailey went on to say that everyone's situation is
going on health-wise will save money in the long run. different, from those people who do not get an appointment
The Health Fair, with free blood tests and cheap flu because they cannot afford it or do not have the available
December is here and winter is approaching, and that shots, was an opportunity to get people thinking about health insurance to those who simply do not want to know
By Charlotte Hudson
means flu season is upon us. To help students
combat the flu and other ailments, the CCE Student
Government Association held its first-ever Health
Fair, starting on Nov. 16 and continuing on Nov. 18
The kick-off involved free blood pressure and
blood sugar checks for those who may want to know
if they have diabetes and other related ailments.
A representative from Weight Watchers was also
at the event, offering information about the new
Points Plus Program started just last year. Flu shots
were also offered at $20 for convenience during the
winter flu season.
CCE SGA Activities Director Lesia Lancaster
believes that the programs at the fair, including
Weight Watchers, could help bring more health
awareness to campus.
"We hope to continue advocating the personal
responsibility that is required for preventive health
measures," Lancaster said.
Chasity Newkirk, a UNCG nurse conducting
blood pressure and blood sugar testing, agreed.
"Knowing your (blood pressure and blood
sugar) values enables you to take steps to prevent
diabetes," said Newkirk.
However, knowing about one's health may not be
as easy as one would think.
'The way the economy is doing, a lot of people
anything, which could be detrimental.
The recession has caused many people to lose
their jobs, and with them, their health benefits.
However, throughout the trying times, there are
still opportunities out there that one could take
For instance, a main attraction was the Health
Fair Bus, in which the first 85 students got a
five-year health screening in which they get a
"snapshot" of their health status.
Those students who are unable to afford health
insurance had the opportunity to jump-start their
wellness and health.
The screening included a cholesterol screening,
a glucose/diabetes test, and a blood pressure test.
Students were also able to get their body mass
^ index and height, weight and waist measurements.
^ "The Health Fair Bus was a success," said
^ Lancaster. "Every student that took part was
0 thoroughly pleased with the process, and they
were also impressed by the information they
c received by having a simple finger prick. Having
§ this type of information helps individuals see
1 where they are today, and it helps them set future
^ health goals."
"I think it is an important event ... it could be
Yvette Bailey sits at a table at the Health Fair and offers pamphlets and tips.The
first 85 students that attended the fair received a free five-year health screening. (great) to combine the CCE and traditional student
involvement," said CCE student Danielle Heider.
aren't able to make an appointment (at the doctor's office)," their health. With the Health Fair in the past, CCE SGA hopes that
said CCE SGA Co-Publicity Chair Yvette Bailey, one of the "One girl stated that she needed to work on her blood the Guilford community will be better prepared to manage
forces behind the weekend-long event. pressure (after taking the test)," said Bailey. their own health.
Community Senate Update
Survived the first semester! Also, we
have support to add to the Alcohol
Strategizing how to start some
pretty serious conversations oh
campus next semester.
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Have a warm fuzzy fun finals and break.
Meet at the same time, same place then
we will go have bonfire fuzziness.
Get involved and send Community
Senate your ideas and concerns:
Full Senate meets at 7 p.m. in Boren
Lounge on Wednesdays.
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By Yahya Alazrak
Community Senate President/Clerk
Senate decides to keep bus passes
instead of adopting new contract
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with half of the cost covered by the college
and the other half covered by Community
"(That) is still half of what the HEAT bus
was costing," Alazrak said.
The proposed contract accounted for
30,000 rides a year, breaking down to 80 to
170 rides per day, depending on if it runs
only during the school year.
In an email, Fetrow said that the new
system would have gone into action
within two weeks of being approved had
Community Senate not decided against the
contract on Nov. 16.
The majority of Community Senate felt
that the contract was too limiting, as it
would only give access to one route; getting
anywhere other than downtown would take
money and bus hopping.
"I just don't see how we can justify
spending this much money," said junior
and Community Senate Treasurer Karen
Turner. "It's not providing, on the whole, the
accessibility that would justify spending this
However, not all of Community Senate
was opposed to the contract — sophomore
Daniel Raeder was in favor of the contract.
"I think that the contract could potentially
be a good groundwork to work on much
needed transportation education at
Guilford," said Raeder in an email. "GTA's
track record in dealing with Guilford has not
been the best, and I think considering this as
a jumping-off point for further negotiations
should be considered."
Instead, Community Senate decided to
stick with a plan that started shortly after the
HEAT Bus contract ended — buying a large
number of monthly bus passes for students
to check out.
The bus passes were originally kept in the
Campus Life office but will now be moved
down to the Info Desk for students to check
out whenever they need them. To get a bus
pass for the day, you need to go to the Info
Desk and sign your name and give your G
number. According to Alazrak, there were
originally 50 passes that would be available
at the Info Desk. As of November 29, the
passes can be found at the Info Desk in
While discussion on the proposed contract
has ended and students currently have a
public transportation option, there may be
further discussions on transportation in
Community Senate in the future.
"There is much work to be done on
transportation at Guilford, and I have faith
that we will, as a community, come together
to solve it," said Raeder. "But the solution is
not going to be found in this contract."