The Guilfordian

Have a heart? Wales does

Josh Ballard, Staff Writer

October 5, 2012

Sixty-seven. That is the total number of people, according to the BBC, who donated organs and tissues to those who were in need in Wales last year. The number of people in Wales on the current organ-donation waiting list is 300. A bill proposed by the Welsh government intends to address this...

Imposter pilot takes to the skies from Germany to Italy

Allison DeBusk, Staff Writer

October 5, 2012

Have you ever wished that your life could be like a movie? An Italian man recently starred in his own sequel to the movie "Catch Me If You Can." In April, the 32-year-old man used false identification and a pilot’s uniform to sneak into the cockpit of an Air Dolomiti flight from Munich, Germany,...

UK pension pots are wide open: dig in

Jordan Smith, Staff Writer

October 5, 2012

A friendly reminder that the U.S. is not the only country suffering from a poor economy: the U.K. has proposed a plan allowing residents to tap into their pensions for financial assistance. Primarily, the scheme was designed to help boost the housing market, as many citizens were struggling to afford...

Years of global warming affect Arctic sea ice caps

Brittany Murdock, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

The Arctic ice has officially stopped melting for the summer, but that does not mean we can rest easy. Researchers predict that the ice will be completely melted by year 2020, reports The New York Times, leaving animals in danger and sea levels rising. The National Snow and Ice Data Center released...

Internet hackers attack Mexican government-related sites

Haejin Song, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

To celebrate Independence Day you might watch fireworks or go out on a picnic, but in Mexico some showed their independence by hacking websites. According to BBC News, Mexican computer hackers took over at least 10 government-related websites as a political protest on Sept. 16, Mexico’s Independence...

Teacher’s strike blows over after nine days in the windy city

Teacher’s strike blows over after nine days in the windy city

James Rowe, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

After nine days of striking, the Chicago Teachers Union finally came to an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over several issues that had been called into question. The teachers cited four concerns: teacher pay, teacher evaluations, the school year end date, and job security. “We didn’t want to...

“Stoner vote” dictates trade business of the Netherlands

Alex Lindberg, Staff Writer

September 21, 2012

Imagine you’re sitting in a hazy coffee shop, hearing faint Jimi Hendrix songs as you puff on your pipe. Your eyes settle on canals and rows of buildings opposite the shop. A glance at the wall behind the counter reveals a poster with marijuana leaves and the word “Vote” in large print. This is...

Shell Oil recklessly plunges into Alaskan waters, lawsuit now filed

Alayna Bradley, Staff Writer

September 21, 2012

Shell Oil Company has spent years trying to obtain permission to drill off the coast of Alaska, in which time they have faced lawsuits, flack from environmental organizations, gigantic sea-ice blocking drilling sites and, most recently, the damage to the containment dome — a crucial mechanism in preventing...

Fake cigarette scandal: dead flies and more

Haejin Song, Staff Writer

September 21, 2012

Recipe to make fake cigarettes: add asbestos, a little bit of mold, dead flies, and finally, human excrement. Amidst the cigarette smuggling cases that have surfaced in the U.K., British detectives recently uncovered that some of the counterfeits had been composed of these repugnant substances. “I...