Volume 78 Issue 21
SENIORS LAND PRESTI
Graduating seniors Kate
Gibney and Ashlee Gardner
have landed summer intern
ships at the National Mu
seum of Women in the Arts.
Gibney and Gardner, who
learned of the program
through the Women's Stud
ies department at Guilford,
submitted essays to the mu
seum which offers a summer
program for students at
North Carolina colleges.
Gibney said, "I'm hoping
that my experience will lead
to something more perma
nent, possibly a career."
GPD and noise ordinance
shuts down De La Soul
While the band De La Soul was
scheduled to play until 11 p.m. on
Saturday, the conceit was cut short
unexpectedly due to complaints of
Serendipity Co-chair Buffy
Halbein estimates around SIO,OOO
went into the concert.
Complaints about noise started
as early as Friday. "We [the Ser
endipity Co-chairs] were notified
Friday...we cut the noise level by
half [on Friday.]" As far as either
Helbein, Co-chair Deirdre Kielty,
or Ben Johnson, Guilford's direc
tor of security, knew there was not
a problem Friday after the volume
had been lowered.
"We [the Co-chairs] were not
notified of any problem whatso
ever," Saturday night, said Hel
bein, "until the police department
arrived to shut it down."
De La Soul was scheduled to
stop playing at 11 p.m., and Hel
bein estimates they had maybe 40
more minutes left in the show
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Rebecca Withrmu holds her ground in a Serendipitous
game of Twister®. Photo by Heather Glissen
when they were forced to leave the
"We had no idea there was a
problem," Kielty said. She said
they were unaware of any com
plaints "until around 10 o'clock,
after Otis Reem [the band open
ing for De La Soul] got off the
stage, and at that point, an
officer...came down and told us
there was a problem."
Said Helbein, "If there was a
problem, we should've been noti
fied. 8 GPD were there, and none
of them said anything [to the three
co-chairs.]" Helbein recalled her
work on Serendipity committee
last year, and was surprised over
De La Soul's cutoff. 'There's al
ways noise complaints...we've
never been shut down before."
"They turned off the speakers,
and just used the four monitors,"
said Kielty, describing the first ac
tions taken when the police asked
them to turn down the volume.
According to Kielty, "it became
apparent that regardless of any
thing we did, we were going to be
shut down, so we turned the speak
ers" back on, and played until and
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
officer and De La Soul's road man
ager finally "cut the power."
Greensboro Police Department
Captain Donnie Payne said com
plaints from parties and events
connected with Serendipity had
been coming in from
"numerous...residents in the
area...2/10 to 3/10 mile area at
least." Saturday the GPD received
more complaints. There were 25
documented complaints, which is
the number of individual calls the
police had to respond to, not nec
essarily the total number of calls,
(e.g., 25 times an officer had to be
sent out to deal with a complaint.)
He estimated the numbers to be
"about a dozen...Friday, and half a
dozen Saturday afternoon to Sat
urday night," assuring that this is
an unusually large number of com
plaints. This made for a violation
of a city ordinance.
When complaints came in again
on Saturday, the police came to
campus and met with Ben Johnson
around 5 p.m., according to Payne.
He said they "told him what the
See DE LA SOUL, page 5
one of its finest
Sometimes, an unexplainable
presence can give its gift so freely
that its energy can only multiply
through the people it affects.
That energy existed in Physics
Professor Sheridan Simon for 20
years while he taught at Guilford.
Simon, 46, died Friday night at
his home in the company of his
wife of nearly 25 years, Rose. He
died of a severe infection result
ing from the cancer he had been
diagnosed with last spring.
"He was a person very much in
control," friend and fellow Phys
ics Professor Rex Adelberger said.
Simon held this control even dur
ing his last hours, "talking about
the things which most interested
him," primarily teaching.
Simon and Adelberger rede
signed the physics department 20
from dissection forum
Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, assis
tant director of education about
Laboratory Animals with The Hu
mane Society, spoke at a forum to
discuss the Guilford dissection
At the forum, held on Wednes
day April 6, Dr. Balcombe dis
cussed some of the disadvantages
and alternatives to dissection. Stu
dents also discussed the Guilford
policy and advantages and disad
vantages to dissection as part of a
The forum was sponsored by the
Community Concerns Committee
of Senate. Tony DeVelasco, com
mittee co-chair, said that the forum
was planned because of "a group
of vocal people who wanted this
issue discussed." Currently, there
is no written policy at Guilford that
provides an alternative to dissec
tion in labs.
The biology department did not
attend, despite the multiple invi
tations that were extended to
Chuck Smith, the biology chair
years ago so that they could teach
students who wanted to learn phys
ics. Adelberger said that Guilford
graduates as many physics majors
as the University of Illinois, stu
dent population 30,000.
Adelberger said that although
the Simons had no biological chil
dren, "they treated Guilford stu
dents as their children," and had a
couple hundred children this way.
Simon's most important contri
bution was his love for the stu
dents, Adelberger said.
Adelberger observed that
around 100 students came to
Simon's funeral without any pre
These people and the hundreds
of others with whom Simon main
tained correspondence and rela
tions were probably affected by
what Adelberger described as
Simon's ability to instill confi-
See SEVION, page 2
man. "We just wanted the biology
department to come and they
didn't," said DeVelasco.
"It's just disappointing...we
wanted to make it be as diverse as
possible," he said.
Many students have tried over
the years to create a policy that
would create a viable and educa
tional substitute to dissection.
Elizabeth Conrey explained,
"We are asking for a written choice
Dissections have become "very
widespread" within American
schools, said Balcombe, citing that
every year approximately 6 million
vertebrates are dissected and
"many, many, more invertebrates."
Balcombe spoke of the harm
which comes to animals through
dissection, listing the direct killing
of the animals for dissection and
the suffering that the animals ex
perience before their deaths.
Dr. Balcombe described alterna
tives to dissection such as interac
tive videos, computer simulations,
and models of animals, which are
See DISSECTION FORUM, page 4