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CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD
RESPOND TO NEGATIVITY
BY VICTOR LOPEZ
What happens when a speaker's
freedom of free speech violates the
College's core values?
Andrea Tantaros, a regular contributor
to Fox News, found out pretty quickly.
The Guilfordian obtained a video
that shows the lecture in its entirety. A
shocking exchange followed comments
from Tantaros such as, "Muslims tend to
be peaceful only if they are outnumbered."
Tantaros chided Obama's foreign
policies and called Islam "a religion of
These statements instigated a passionate
response from junior Lyes Benarbane,
a philosophy major, who vigorously
opposed what he called "hate speech"
by Tantaros and pulled no punches in
"You should be patently ashamed of
yourself, first and foremost, for even
remotely implying the sorts of things you
are ... about Islam," said Benarbane. "Tm
baffled first that you were brought here,
that you came into this community and
spewed this hate."
"You know you shouldn't have come,"
said Tantaros, cutting him off. "It's a free
"I have dialogue with people on the
right all the time. Here's the thing —" said
Benarbane who was cut off again.
"It's a free country," said Tantaros. "Free
speech. But I'm guessing you probably
haven't studied the Koran. I have."
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CHANGE JR. PROGRAM empowers
In 2009, Africana Community Coordinator
Jada Drew founded the Africana CHANGE
Program for students of African descent to
participate together in an independent study
The program began with five students and
now is in its fourth year with 10 students.
Africana CHANGE excels in empowerment
and education, as the acronym stands for
Character development. Heritage awareness.
Academic excellence. Nourishment, Global
leadership, and Enrichment/Exposure.
Then, in 2011, Assistant Professor of Justice
and Policy Studies Barbara Lawrence spoke
as a guest speaker at a CHANGE meeting
and was intrigued by the conversation and
suggested that it go outside of the campus.
"We need to take this out to the community,"
said Drew. "We should engage younger folks
and spread our knowledge and experience
and mentor youth."
Thus, the CHANGE Jr. Program was
bom. The "CHANGErs" go to Dudley High
School once a week on Fridays and engage in
educational and empowering conversations
about race, gender, sexuality, politics and social
status. They do activities that require them
to expand their knowledge of the Africana
culture and practice public speaking skills.
Though Drew's long-term goal for
the program included bringing it to the
community, Lawrence gave her that "extra
push" that she needed.
This year, the program caters to two classes
of 60 students, instead of the four classes of 80
from last year.
"The decision was made because we don't
have a full staff this year," said Drew. "It was
a good idea to scale back, because we are able
to provide a more intentional and quality
experience for the kids."
Drew would have liked more advising and
mentoring herself as a teenager.
"Just to have someone who was close to my
age and be able to learn from their experience
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