THE COMMEMORATION OF
50 YEARS OF INTEGRATION
AT GUILFORD COLLEGE
BEGAN SEPT. 25
BY ELLEN NICHOLAS
A mere 50 years ago, Guilford became
an integrated institution after existing
only for white students for 125 years.
At the 50th Anniversary of Integration
kick-off event on Sept. 25, community
members celebrated trailblazing students
like James McCorkle '66 and Minnette
"The celebration will honor those
students who were among the first to
integrate Guilford College, and the
community members — faculty, staff and
administrators — who were involved in
desegregating the college," said African
Community Coordinator Jada Drew.
McCorkle enrolled in 1962, making
him the first African-American student to
attend Guilford, along with two Kenyan
students who arrived later that year.
However, taking this monumental step
was not an easy decision.
"It took some convincing from my
counselors," said McCorkle. "I guess it
came down to a couple of things. One, I
felt like I sort of had to do it. I had to take
advantage of the opportunity to be the
Coleman, the first African-American
resident advisor at Guilford, also spoke
about her difficulties as one of only 36
black students at a college of over 1,200.
"I was given a D in American history
for the semester. When I approached
the professor (to ask) why, she told me
because I went to an all-black high school.
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RAIN DOES NOT DAMPEN
BY EMILY CURRIE & KATE GIBSON
Staff Writer and Features Editor
Food, music, sports games and chatter
filled the campus Sept. 27 - 30, but all of
the hubbub had one thing in common:
community. This year. Homecoming and
Family Weekend 2012 brought students,
faculty, staff, alumni, families and the
"I think that what the campus is trying to
do, and what we're trying to do as a whole.
is to create that community aspect and really
bring us all together," said Liz Hansen,
associate director of annual giving for parent
relations, who served on the Homecoming
and Family Weekend planning committee.
This is only the second year that
Homecoming and Family Weekend have
"Parents enjoy (the combination) because
they get to see their kids and alumni coming
back and celebrating their alma mater," said
One classic way to kick off the homecoming
celebration was with "The Element:
Homecoming Edition" on Sept. 27. Students,
alums and community members gathered
in the Community Center to hear comedy
sets, songs and poetry readings. Senior Beau
Young took the stage with several original
songs, and junior Jodie Geddes performed
three of her own spoken word pieces.
Senior Tim Leisman, Community
Senate President, manned a table for voter
registration throughout the evening.
"(The Element) was a great networking
(event) for people that I knew before,"
Geddes said. "I got to know a lot more about
them, and I appreciated that. I think it was a
plus having voter registration in a space like
this because that's not typically something
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
BY MALIKAH FRENCH BY TOM CLEMENT
NEWS I RANDY DOSS RESIGNS | Page 2
WAN I CARTOON CONTROVERSY | Page 5
OPINION I STUDENT LOAN DEBT | Page 11
SPORTS I COACH LEWIS VICTORY | Page 12