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Guilford Undergraduate Symposium allows students to show off their work
BY BRYAN DOOLEY
The sixth annual Guilford Undergraduate
Symposium will take place on Feb. 22. This
Guilford tradition provides an opportunity
for students to share academic work of which
they are particularly proud.
In a joint email interview, Melanie Lee-
Brown, associate professor of biology, and
Rob Whitnell, professor of chemistry, stated
that GUS has evolved in an interesting way.
"We took students to the state equivalent,
the State of North Carolina Undergraduate
Research and Creativity Symposium,"
said Lee-Brown and Whitnell. "We started
talking about having a Guilford version for
our students and all the work they do on
According to the Guilford website,
students of all academic divisions and
almost every department, major and
program have presented work at GUS.
Since 2008, participation has grown steadily,
with more than 140 students participating
in 90 presentations at the fifth annual GUS
in 2012. The one-day event features oral
presentations, posters, exhibits, panel
discussions and performances by students to Faculty members notice a difference in
the College community. students who have participated in GUS.
"It is always fun for us to see science "A couple of years ago, two students
research next to art exhibitions while a poetry presented their project from their research
reading is happening around the corner," methods class," said Eva Lawrence,
"Just to see the discovery and the process of discovery is a fun
part of my job."
Michael Crouch, associate director of communications and marketing
said Lee-Brown and Whitnell.
The variety of opportunities is a big draw
for students and has other benefits as well.
"Students work closely with professional
mentors," said Lavon Williams, professor
of sports studies. "They develop
communication and professional skills. It's
beneficial to interact with others socially and
get to know what they are doing. Also, the
students get a real experience of what they
will be doing as professionals."
associate professor of psychology. "It was
neat to see them take ownership of their
project at a level well beyond they were able
to do in class, due to the class size."
Michael Crouch, associate director of
communications and marketing, agrees
that it is fascinating to watch the student
"I like to see students enthusiastic about
what they've been studying, the way they
got interested in it and what they found out,"
said Crouch. "Just to see the discovery and
the process of discovery is a fun part of my
Students gain valuable insight from
participating in GUS and encourage others
"My experience preparing for GUS gave
me an insight of what it takes not only to
do the research, but how challenging it is
to mold it into a presentation," said junior
Ruth deButts, a double major in sociology/
anthropology and peace and conflict studies
in an email interview. "I couldn't just walk
up there and read off my paper. After
slimming my paper down into a PowerPoint,
I've learned how difficult it really is to fully
explain concepts in a short amount of time."
In response to a question of whether or not
students should participate in GUS, Olivia
Holmes, a senior psychology major, said in
an email interview:
"Should you participate in GUS? The real
question is, what were you planning on doing
with your 15-page paper anyway? GUS gives
us a venue to share our knowledge. Why
work so hard to not show the fruits of your
Surviving the street life: five tips to know
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BY RiSHAB REVANKAR
Tired of hearing the huff and
puff about teen ^ving? Or if
you're a veteran driver, think
you know all the bad habits that
could keep you off the road?
Chances are, you have never
come across these five things
that cxiuld one day save you and
You've probably lost cxiunt
about how many times your
driver's education instructor
grilled you about the blind spot.
The blind spot is important,
but not that important. When
you look over your shoulder
seven times before changing
lanes, you are taking attention
away from where it matters
most the road ahead.
In fact, with optimal
adjustment of your mirrors, you
can cure your partial blindness
and improve peripheral vision.
"(If) these mirrors are
adjusted to show no part of
your own vehicle, you can
virtually eliminate the blind
spot," said Ted \Mlkins,
cross-country truck driver.
Here and There, but
A DMV.org tip for teen
drivers: "Always be aware of
the traffic ahead, behind and
next to you, and have possible
escape routes in mind."
Whoa. Slow down for a
second. Literally, slow down —
that's the key. When you're backing out.
For a distraction-free driver you have no traffic signds that
maintaining a safe speed, too you are tempted to beat. The
much glancing around draws key is reminding yourself that
attention away from the road you're in no hurry whatsoever
(even if you are). And in case
Artwork Courtesy of Ailey Greig
"You don't have to
concentrate on all that, because
that will definitely distract you
and take you away from what's
in front of you," said Director of
Public Safety Ron Stowe.
All the cars in the parking lot
are not parked. And even if they
are, the job isn't much easier.
"I was personally involved
with a student backing out
who hit me," said Ted Mauldin,
facilities department employee.
I tried to stop, get out of the
way, but she must have been in
you haven't heard, look behind
throughout the whole back-up.
Do not always go with the
A Keep the Drive study
through the Allstate Foundation
noted that 87 percent of teens
admit to speeding. If you want
to be a rebel, just drive the speed
"I get picked on for actually
obeying the laws of the road,"
said Early College senior
Michael Hebert. ""Uiat whole
culture of 'Oh, it is okay to speed
if you laugh about iT — I think
LeTs face it: speed limits
can seem painfully slow —
especially on roads that you
could almost drive with your
Nevertheless, when you see
that little white board and sigh
at the "35" printed on it in big,
bold letters, remember that
there's a lot of research that goes
behind that number.
"The speed limits are
posted because they have been
determined for the safety of
the area in terms of caution
and reactionary time," said
Greensboro EMvers License
Follow the leader — but
not too closely
IT s perfectly normal to follow
someone, but do not chase them
like it is "Need for Speed IL"
"There's some pretty
aggressive driving going on
out there in terms of people
following too closely," said
Guilford County bus driver
Sometimes people drive
agonizingly slowly even in the
They're only going to be
ticked off with your impatient
tailgating. Worse, you could be
on your way to a very conclusive
Today, teens account for four
times as many car crashes as any
other age group. According to a
KeeptheDrive.com study, 11
teens will Iqse their life on the
Don’t let that be you.