The Guilfordian

Despite backlash, government shutdown looks likely

Aditya Garg, Staff Writer

December 6, 2013

Barely a month ago, the U.S. government shut down. Why? Because of the insistence of a minority faction within the Republican Party, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, unhappy with Obamacare. When asked afterwards by ABC News correspondent Jon Karl about the possibility of a second government shutdown, Cruz...

Mandatory voting robs citizens’ democratic freedoms

Robert Pacheo, Staff Writer

November 1, 2013

Voting is often regarded the same way vegetables on your dinner plate were as a child. We know that it is good for us, but we look upon it as a chore rather than an enjoyable obligation. The notion that the fundamental tenet of our democracy is a burden rather than an opportunity has led to a debate...

Iranian president seeks peace with United States

Nicole Barnard, Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

On Sept. 19, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani published an article for The Washington Post that resounded throughout the world: “Why Iran seeks constructive engagement.” “We must work together to end the unhealthy rivalries and interferences that fuel violence and drive us apart,” he wrote. Four...

The US: An incarceration nation analysis

Kevin Engle, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

“With liberty and justice for all.” Never has a phrase been so universally understood yet so often misinterpreted. The U.S. was created on key morality-based concepts that have been lost to a system of bureaucracy and economic growth. Case in point: the Department of Justice. While the...

News in Brief

Catherine Schurz, World and Nation Section Editor

May 3, 2013

Amsterdam, netherlands For the first time in 120 years, the Netherlands has a king. In a formal ceremony at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Williem-Alexander was coronated by the former monarch, his mother, Queen Beatrix Armgard. After his appointment, thousands of citizens flooded the streets, bearin...

Shaker Aamer continued incarceration raises questions about US commitment to human rights

Bryan Dooley, Senior Writer

April 12, 2013

Despite being cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 and again in 2009, British citizen Shaker Aamer remains incarcerated.  Britain has repeatedly called for his extradition to the U.K., but Aamer continues to sit in a cell. “Like any other detainee, Skaker Aamer must either be charged...

Obama, Congress tackle immigration reform in US

Bryan Dooley, Senior Writer

March 1, 2013

In recent weeks, immigration reform has become a significant point of contention between President Obama and Congressional Republicans. Both have released reform proposals. “The current immigration system in the U.S. contains many injustices, so in that sense I believe it is ‘broken,’” said...

News in Brief

Catherine Schurz, World and Nation Section Editor

February 15, 2013

Nablus, West Bank, Palestine Women in the West Bank have been receiving sperm in mysterious ways from their incarcerated husbands serving time for terrorism convictions. The illegally smuggled sperm can stay viable for up to 48 hours in any container if kept at room temperature, and is being used b...

Sexual assault rates rise in US jails, prisons and military according to new 2012 statistical analysis

Hannah Waller, Staff Writer

February 15, 2013

Sexual violence against women in U.S. jails, prisons and the military has increased according to 2012 statistical reports. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 requires an annual “comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape,” conducted by the Bureau...