Panel discusses hunger and
By Lauren Newmyer
On Sept. 22, a panel of members of New
Creation Community Presbyterian Church
gathered in the Greenleaf to share their
experiences with combating hunger both globally
and in Greensboro.
Saron Smith-Hardin '09 organized the event as
her first initiative as an intern at New Creation,
located downtown on Elm Street.
"My work is to get people our age involved in
hunger issues in the area through our church,"
Smith-Hardin prompted the panel with the
first question, "what does hunger look like to you
and where have you seen hunger?"
The first to respond was Barbara Clawson, a
Greensboro resident who has served for over 10
years on the hunger committee for her church,
and traveled abroad to Congo and Ghana to help
"When I envision hunger I think about
the children who came to the nutrition rehab
program in Congo that Pennies for Hunger
(Left), a New
of informed food
Dew, pastor at
helped support," said Clawson. "I see women
and children in Chiapas, Mexico, begging for
food. I see families trying to make a living on
very poor soil. I'll never forget the scenes 1 just
described and that is not to lessen the scenes I see
right here in Greensboro."
Another member of the panel, Rick Tatum
experienced hunger firsthand for several years
and is now involved in efforts at New Creation
to provide hunger relief in Greensboro.
"I was there. My mom and daddy had it. But I
lost it all," Tatum said. "I had it and just like that
it was gone."
Frank Dew, pastor at New Creation Church
and chaplain at Greensboro Urban Ministry,
immediately thought of the hundreds of people
fed daily by Potter's House, the Greensboro
Urban Ministry soup kitchen.
"When I think of hunger, I think of the scene
in our Potter's House soup kitchen," said Dew.
"One of the most powerful things is when I look
around and survey the crowd and see how many
people bow their heads to thank God for the
See "Hunger" on page 4
My transgendered life at Guilford
Editorial by Caiden Hogan
College has always been termed as the time
for self-discovery. Everyone learns more about
themselves as the world opens up to them. I was
no different. I was naive and sheltered.
' Up until last semester I didn't understand
what it meant to be transgender. I read more
about transmen (female to male) and began to
identify with them. Their discovery from being
born into one sex but identifying with the other
gender sang true to how I was feeling.
My transition started off rocky. I had a hard
time accepting myself for being a man and my
fear of my friends leaving gripped my heart;
the possibility of disownment from my family
petrified me. My life was going downhill fast.
I started to tell my friends and family and was
shocked at their acceptance. Not all transpeople
have this luxury.
Over the summer, I started to develop into
who I wanted to be. People were introduced to
me as my transitioning name Caiden (as opposed
to my birth name Caitlyn) and they called me he.
As an RA, I knew that I had to let the Residence
Life staff know about my gender.
Lili Sharpless helped pave the way for me
by telling Susanna Young, area coordinator for
Campus Life, that I had changed my name and
that I'm trans and identify as male. Thanks to
Lili and Susanna, when I showed up for Resident
See "Transgender" on page 10
Number of international students
below Diversity Plan goal
AMONG FACTORS THAT
By Madeline Lambelet
Guilford's Diversity Plan calls
for at least 3 percent of the school's
population to be international students.
The current number is only 16, less
than 1 percent of the population.
The Strategic Long Range Planning
Committee has said that "additional
work is necessary to increase the
percentage of traditional students who
are international students."
Randy Doss, vice president for
enrollment services, has said that the
reason for this is the financial cost
of bringing in students from other
countries. While American students
get outside financial help from the
government, as well as Guilford
financial aid, international students
depend more on the school for financial
"To endow scholarships (to
international students) would take
millions and millions of dollars,"
said Doss. "Think of it this way ... a
one million gift could yield 5% for
scholarships. The college only draws
5% from its endowment. A one million
endowment for scholarships allows the
college to award $50,000 in financial
Recruiting international students
is a difficult job when funds are low,
according to Doss. Since the school
currently cannot fit the salary of an
official international admissions officer
into the budget, others pick up the
"Let me make something very
clear," said Doss. "We do have an
international admissions counselor.
Her name is Tanya Madenyika."
Tanya Madenyika, assistant
director of admission/multicultural
recruitment officer, works to recruit
not only international students, but
also North Carolina students.
"Having someone who can
solely concentrate on international
recruitment would help in increasing
international students," said
Madenyika. "However, it's a combined
effort from the admission office,
student financial services, academic
departments, current students, etc. If
Guilford is going to be 'home' for an
international student for at least four
years, they need all the information
and all the support from all these areas
See "Diversity" on page 4