News in Brief

Economics professor Bob Williams presents conference paper

At the Allied Social Science Association Conference which took place in San Diego on Jan 3, Professor of Economics Bob Williams presented a paper titled, “The Reparations Bill: Adding Late Charges and Securing a Funding Source.” Williams discussed how eliminating a dozen contemporary tax deductions that selectively favor wealthy households could help lessen the nation’s wealth gap and financial compensation to descendants of people that were enslaved. 

Queer students share experiences on campus

In an open discussion in the Bayard Rustin Center in King on Jan 17, students shared their experiences as an LGBTQIA+ student on Guilford’s campus. From 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., students got the opportunity to share their stories, whether negative or positive, with other fellow queer students and allies, and Brian Thomas, the Intercultural Engagement Center’s LGBTQIA+ Coordinator. In addition to the tasteful discussion, lunch was served to attendees.

Martin Luther King Jr honored in film and discussion

On Monday, Jan 20, there was a screening of King in the Wilderness in King Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to honor Martin Luther King Jr, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Intercultural Engagement, and the Black History Month Committee. The film unearths a new perspective into Dr. King’s character and his internal struggle. Following the movie, Alina Santos, Stephen Fails, and Dayna Bryden facilitated a Q&A session, while attendees also enjoyed complimentary donuts and coffee.

Sonya Brunk named Environmental Studies Distinguished Scholar

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Department named Junior Sonya Brunk as the Environmental Studies Distinguished Scholar for Spring 2020. This scholarship based on merit gives selected students the opportunity to study abroad in programs that demonstrate values and interest in the environment. These scholars also intern with a local environmental group and share their knowledge and experience from abroad.

Guilford to host Universities Studying Slavery Conference in October 2020

Guilford has begun planning the Universities Studying Slavery Conference in October 2020. On Jan 16, the committee charges and groups consisting of students, faculty, staff, and alumni community volunteers for Spring were finalized. After becoming one of five North Carolina institutions involved with USS, Guilford is pursuing projects relating to the study of slavery in partnership with Universities Studying Slavery, a group based at the University of Virginia.

Market Minds club hosts finance meeting

The campus club Market Minds talked about personal finances on Jan 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the IDEA Incubator. Topics included how to budget around incomes or projected salary based on jobs in different majors and fields. Essentially an “Adulting 103” class, this club is invested in Guilford students’ success in college and as a post-graduate professional. 

Editor’s note: This story originally was published in Volume 106, Issue 9 of The Guilfordian on Jan. 24, 2020.