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Moral Monday speaker also praises Guilford
BY OLIVIA NEAL
'The future of our state and our nation
deserves no less than for us not to give up,"
said the youngest speaker at the Burlin^on
Moral Monday protest, 12-year-old Madison
The Moral Monday movement has been
passing from dty to dty throughout North
Carolina, protesting legislation passed by the
N.C. General Assembly. The movement came
to Burlington on Od. 28.
The protest featured a speech by
Irving Zavaleta '08, who told his personal
immigration story and also praised of
Guilford College. After the protest, he met
with The Guilfordian to discuss the event and
his own experiences.
"I think that people need to hear these
stories about the struggles people go through
in order to come (to the U.S.)," said Zavaleta.
"I am not here to take anyone else's job. I am
here to contribute to the Alamance (County)
community, and I am here to outlive the
struggles and the challenges of being Latino
in this country."
The protest encouraged immigration
reform against polides that restrict
educational opportunities for undocumented
"Somehow, many of America's powerful
thinkers have locked minds," said CCE
senior Toni Etheridge in an email interview.
"I think they have forgotten that the power of
education develops minds.
"Why not invest in these children that will
grow up to be leaders?"
Etheridge works for the American Friends
Service Committee, a Quaker organization
that is assodated with the Moral Monday
Zavaleta told The Guilfordian his powerful
story of crossing the border from Mexico and
enumerated the dangers of the journey.
"Before coming to the States, I spent
two nights and diree days in the desert,"
said Zavaleta. "It was a very life-changing
experience for me. I haven't seen death so
dosely than I did then. The rest of the people
didn't wait for you; they just cared about
"Guilford gave me an opportunity to learn, to develop myself as
a leader, as a professional. I would not be who I am without the
Zavaleta also thanked Guilford for giving
him the opportunity to get an education and
for its helpM polides towards immigrants.
"Back then, I had only been in this coimtry
for a few years, speal^g English for two
years, writing for a few months," said
Zavaleta. "Guilford gave me an opportunity
to learn, to develop myself as a leader, as a
professional. I would not be who I am without
the Bonner (Scholars) Program."
Many others share his story and
"I have personally seen the dilemmas faced
when a family is forced to leave the country,"
said first-year Cassidy Bennett. "During my
high school years, I volunteered at my local
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Qub, and
I have seen many families deported and
discussions of what to do with their children."
The Moral Monday group will continue to
fight for immigration reform and the rights of
people like Zavaleta.
"We will stand like a tree for health care,"
said N.C. NAACP coalition coordinator Rev.
Curtis Gatewood to the Moral Monday crowd.
"We will stand like a tree for education. We
will stand like a tree against voter oppression.
We will stand like a tree for justice."
this week’s developments
Members of SAA5A discussed their
experiences with the judicial affairs
Julia Draper and Paris El-Ali
explained the judicial process
for traditional students at
Senate approved Underwater
Basket Weaving, the Community Living
■Project, and the Cheerleading and.
Dance Team as clubs.
next week’s plans
We will be discussing the upcoming
^ Senate visits of Kent Chabotar on Nov. ,
18 and board of trustee members Esther
Hall and Lionel Johnson on Dec..2,
We need to hear your voice. Have
an idea? Concern? Great recipe?
It is important to us.
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Compiled by Samir Hazboun, Community Senate President
Hege Library awarded grant for iPads
BY ADITYA GARG
what would you do with almost $50,000?
If you ask Hege Library, the answer is to buy a bunch of iPad minis.
Hege Library has been awarded $49,232 to be used towards the Digital Briefcase, a
project that seeks to serve students studying abroad, conducting independent research
or taking small, upper-level courses.
The money has been used to purchase 100 iPad minis and related accessories.
Guilford College received one of 42 competitive grants awarded to N.C. libranes. This
grant was made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library
jjyjLg jg primary source of federal support for the nation s many libraries and
In an interview with The Guilfordian, IMLS Director of Communications and Government
Affairs Mamie Bittner explained why Guilford was considered a good candidate for the
"These grants are intended to be used to expand access to information and learning,
improve inter-library coordination ... goals that Guilford certainly seems to meet," said
Unlike the library's existing reserve of iPads and laptops, this new fleet of iPad minis is
not as readily available for checkout.
"There is an application process for these iPads," said Suzanne Bartels, director of library
services and instructional technology. "We are particularly looking to target students who
are studying abroad or conducting independent research projects.
Instructional Technology Librarian Jessica Sender is excited about the many benefits
these new iPads will bring students.
"Especially for those studying abroad and conducting research, these iPads are a
blessing," said Sender, who is also the grant's administrator. "They reduce the need to carry
textbooks, allow for rapid research and directly link students to all the library's databases."
Junior bavid Hill expressed similar sentiments when reflecting on his study abroad
^^"Ha^ng access to course material without having to carry a laptop would have been
very useful," Hill said. . , , . tt
This is not the first time Guilford has been awarded this grant. Hege Library received
LSTA funding in 2004 and 2011.
The money has helped fund the library's four study rooms with technology for
collaborative learning, the ePortfolio Design Lab and the Friends Historical Collection.
"We have had a track record of receiving LSTA funding," said Sender. "As in previous
iterations, I believe we showed a legitimate need and that previous pilot programs have
These iPads will allow students to access more resources and information.
"There is an app for virtually everything," Sender said. "From our pilot studies, we
have seen these tablets being used for everything from bird study and identification to
international money exchange."
This generous gift will benefit the institution for years to come.
"This grant provides us with the opportunity to really leverage and 'explore tablet
learning," Bartels said. "I am excited to see the results of this initiative."