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Feeding faith in Church Under The Bridge
BY NAARI HONOR
As the days drew closer to Church Under
the Bridge on Saturday, April 4, I found
myself conflicted by my own expectations
and my duty to be objective as a journalist. I
could be visited by my version of God or, at
the very least, submit to his calling.
It became clear that what resided on the
other side of that “or” could very well be
the catalyst responsible for the formation of
the church. It is responsible for senior co
project coordinator Noelle Lane’s passion
for Guilford College’s participation in the
“I reahzed that it was so much more
than academic work here, that I could have
opportunities to be in the community and
not just be in an isolated academic setting,”
When I arrived, it was not long before
I found myself surrounded by volunteers
whose names and faces were unknown to me.
I felt out of place, but soon, I found myself
moving tables and in the midst of the dance
of the worker bees.
Eventually familiar faces arrived, and I
slowly removed myself from the organized
chaos to watch as the community came alive.
I watched as Lane, Bonner Center
coordinator Susan May, sophomore Conner
Pruitt and first-year Donzahniya Pitre fell into
place preparing for a feast. It did not feel like
church. It felt like Sunday dinner.
"I always find God there,” said May.
The Church is a fairly new model for
Greensboro, though there are similar concepts
happening in places like Texas, Tennessee and
Mike Murray, one of the core members
Church Under the Bridge was well attended by the Guilford College community, including students faculty and staff, at the big event on Sat, April 4.
of the 16 Cents Ministry, played a pivotal
role in starting the Church Under the Bridge
ministry in Greensboro.
“We decided to start taking our leftovers
to people we knew were on the streets,”
said Murray. “On one of the first nights
we went out to give an older lady a meal,
she just started crying because she couldn’t
understand why somebody would just come
out and give' her food or take the time to stop
and talk to her.
“She said, ‘I’ve got to give you something,’
so she reached into her pocket and she gave
us sixteen cents.”
Guilford stands on its core values of
Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence,
Integrity, Justice and Stewardship. While
some may stand on campus and see mortar
and brick, it may be time to cast away this
veil, creating an open space, free of walls,
similar to the Church Under the Bridge.
“Ministry is messy, but we have an example
to go by,” said Craig. “God’s ministry landed
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Art enlivens New Garden
BY CORBIN BARWICK
The art department has created another
opportunity to experience Guilford artwork here on
Recendy, a new art display has been brought to
New Garden Hall by Kathrjm Shields, head of the
art department, and senior art major Kelly Taylor.
Both were invited by the Office of Admission to
help bring in a new experience to those coming to
campus for visits and tours.
“We have always tried to figure out what do you
do with the walls, and we have tried to do some
bulletin boards,” said Dean of Admission and
Financial Aid Administrator Andy Strickler. “It’s so
hard to keep those up to date, and we want to have
families something to look at when they come to
tour our campus.”
This is the first time the art department has been
invited to be included in the admission office. The
current art display in New Garden Hall is titled
“Inspired: Selected Work by Students and Alumni.”
“We are excited to (be able to) share a small
selection of the great creativity happening in the art
department,” said Shields. “We decided to include
current students and local alunrni artworks as well.”
Along with the student and alumni artworks,in
New Garden, the Office of Admission also has
access to the exhibit artwork being shown in the
hallway of Hege Library as well.
“A new art display will be installed yearly, but
some pieces will be replaced when certain items
are sold,” said Taylor. “Each display will include a
variety of media from all areas of the art department.
Oil paintings — still lifes, portraits and landscapes
— drawings, photography, pottery and sculpture.”
There are 13 artists contributing to this art display:
sophomore Kate Mitchell, junior Molly Freilich,
seniors Chris Austin, Juan Chicharro, Hannah R
Litaker, Samantha Saatzer, Alejo Salcedo and Gloria
Taylor-Williams, Angelique Emile ’14, Hannah Reed
’14, Karla McDonald ’14, Justin Poe ’12 and Taylor.
Several pieces are on sale, and some of the artists
are also available to do commissioned pieces.
“It’s wonderful to have prospective students and
their families view our artwork when they come to
Guilford to visit,” said Taylor. “We are thrilled to
provide this opportunity for the artist for exposure
and sale of their work. We have already sold one
piece from the show.”
Each artwork was specifically selected by Shields
and Taylor to reflect the quality and diversity of the
work that comes out of Guilford.
“Our goal is to bring more visibility to our
program,” said Shields. “I came up with the tide
‘Inspired’ because, in addition to the student
themselves being inspired to make the work, we
hope the work will be inspiring to the visitors. It
would be fantastic if the work help attract potential
students to our department and to the College.”
CCE student Samantha Saatzer's piece is for sale.
Retired poet Gibbons
Ruork reads and reflects
At 7 p.m. on March 1 in the Art Gallery of Hege Library, the Learning Commons,
the Honors Program and The Greenleaf Review hosted “Rescue the Perishing,” a
poetry reading by American poet Gibbons Ruark.
Learning Commons tutor Doug Smith introduced Ruark with his own definition
of what a writer is before starting the event.
‘Writers are stranger creatures; they live in the world but they do not find it
adequate,” said Smith. “So, they invent other worlds, stories, poems and essays.”
Ruark then began the reading, first mentioning a former colleague, famed poet
He stated that he hoped that the poem he was about to read would be touched
by Jarrell’s spirit.
“(I do it) to rescue the parish,” said Ruark. “What otherwise might be lost, you can
save ... for a while, at least through writing poems about it.”
Ruark started the actual reading of his work with his poem named “My Daughter
Cries Out in Her Sleep.”
“I don’t write (from) ideas,” said Ruark. “I write out of images, sounds, experiences
or things that people have said that I might recall being vividly said and try to make
something out of that.”
The second poem was inspired by his daughter Jennifer and was addressed both to
his father’s ghost and to her.
The poem, “Hybrid Magnolias in Late April,” was published in the book “Passing
Through Customs” in 1999.
Later he read a poem about his younger daughter, Emily. The poem was tided “To
Emily, Practicing the Clarinet.” It takes place in a lakeside house in the back with a
yard, in Ireland.
“(It’s) where I had gone deliberately to work on poems for my sins,” said Ruark.
Ruark’s penultimate reading, “Lightness in Age,” was published in The New Yorker
but not in any of his books. The poem featured humor, sympathy and romance.
“In general, I tend to write love poems or eulogies, but frequendy either one of those
kinds of poems can be keyed by some physical object or some image or something
in growth,” said Ruark.
He ended the event with a poem that was dedicated to his wife, Kay Ruark. The
poem was called “The Goods She Can Carry: Canticle of Her Basket Made of Reeds.”
At the end of the event, some of Ruark’s books were raffled off. He signed several
“Giving readings is a pleasure,” said Ruark. “It helps you recover a litde of the sense
of what it was like to write the poem in the first place.”
Ruark is now a retired poet with seven published books. He has numerous awards
including three Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a
“I don’t think of myself as a poet unless I am in the activity of writing a poem,”
The Greenleaf Review was impressed with the turnout and hope their lavmch-
party readings — which will include reading from those who submitted to the literary
magazine — and many other readings have this same turnout.