News In Brief

Poetry slam workshop explores forgiveness and peacebuilding

As part of the initiative of Conflict Resolution Resource Center and Peace and Conflict Studies, students attended a poetry slam workshop on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in King Hall 126. At the center of discussion were poems written by poets from all over the globe––America, Afghanistan and Trinidad. To explore the dynamics of reconciliation, forgiveness and peacebuilding, attendees listened to, talked about and wrote their own poems.

CUB and Greensboro Homeless Union combat oppression

During the 2018 Folk Festival, Marcus Smith went to the police for help during a mental health emergency. Instead of receiving the help he needed, he was hog-tied and killed. On Dec. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center, Church Under the Bridge (CUB) hosted a presentation in collaboration with the Homeless Union about systems of oppression, violence and cruelty directed to people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro.

Karen Spira presents research in Havana

Assistant Professor of Spanish Karen Spira traveled to Havana, Cuba to present her research at the international symposium “Global Indigenismo.” Held on Nov. 28, this event aimed to shine new light on 20th century Peruvian author and anthropologist Jose Maria Argueras’ work through a different lens. Karen’s presentation, titled “Non-Human Teachers in Deep Rivers” drew on both Arguedas’ and contemporary scholars’ writings. A key part was her interpretation of the river as a teacher of the novel’s adolescent protagonist.

Students try out community time yoga 

Each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., students join professional dancer Milanda McGinnis, sometimes called the “Good Vibe Creatress,” in the Regan Brown Field House for yoga. Sponsored by the Friends Center, the vinyasa class is based on Baptiste yoga’s Journey into Power Flow. Known for her commitment to the phrase “if you can, you must,” Milanda completed her training at Dancing Dog Yoga and now teaches in the Dance Studio.

Early College at Guilford wins food drive competition

In a competition against local high school STEM Early College at A&T from Nov. 1 to Nov. 25, the Early College at Guilford brought in 3,055 pounds of food, totaling 4,105 pounds from the drive (over 5,130 meals). Proceeds went to charity A Simple Gesture. Tasked with ending hunger in Greensboro, this charity operates through a constant supply of food from neighbors leaving a “green bag” on their doorstep. The food drive allowed for A Simple Gesture to exceed their yearly goal for the holidays by 1,250 pounds.

Free Press and WGSS talk about public health

Free Press and WGSS gathered to create art, talk about safe sex and see student presentations on Dec. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Hege-Cox. Besides snacks, there was the opportunity to print your own T-shirts, make stamps, get tested for STIs, see a condom demo, go through Title IX training and witness student performances. At the end, a dance party ensued.