I answered my question in the opening statement and this show should be over.Â The details are missing and IÂ need to fill you in on why bad things can happen at Guilford College.
Go to any university or college in our area and you will find controlled settings and the students on these campusesÂ know there is a system of checks and balances out there and that they need to keep it in line or their rearÂ will be in trouble.Â UNCG, NC A&T, GTCC, Greensboro College, they all have ample security in place so that if anything unsettling breaks out on their turfÂ proper enforcement of the laws will be in effect.Â The students do not have to fear for theirÂ safety because there isÂ a security system in place.Â
You can’t dirve by UNCG without seeing theÂ university police cars patrolling the entire compound.Â The UNCG police can be seen all over the downtownÂ campus.Â Better safe than sorry.Â NC A&T even has a Canine Unit to go alongÂ with the full-forceÂ Aggie PoliceÂ Department.Â Granted these are large schools but like theÂ man said earlier, better safe than sorry.
GTCCÂ has proper security at all of it’s countyÂ locations and when I have been to Greensboro CollegeÂ I have always noticed the uniform security guards at the Hanes Gym for the basketball games and they are scattered all over the college campus.Â Why all the security atÂ these institutions?Â Better safe than sorry.
ThisÂ brings us to the current problem.Â How about the security at Guilford College?Â The recent fights between the football team members and the Palestinian studentsÂ might have been avoided or they may not have escalated if Guilford College had an on-campus patrol or some semblence of a security system.
What about the Guilford College Police Department?Â How about the Quaker campus security system?Â How large is the foot patrol unit at Guilford?
Guilford has none of theÂ above.Â Guilford has an old white-haired man riding around in aÂ GolfÂ Cart.Â He is the campus patrol or he might be part of the maintainance staff because there are no direct markings on his cart.Â An oldÂ man riding around in a golf cart and he is supposed toÂ secure the campus?Â That’s it……
I have seen all ofÂ this first-hand because I am at Guilford College one day a week, every SundayÂ night and have been makingÂ that trekÂ for over a year.Â Sometimes I am up there twoÂ times a week.Â I eitherÂ run or walk the campus because it is a largeÂ land mass and it isÂ also a beautiful campus.Â Very peaceful at Guilford, most of the time.Â I have been familiar with Guilford for over 40 years,Â I grew up just a mile and half from the campus.Â I love that place andÂ I hate to see the bad rap that the Quakers are getting after the fight.Â Â TheÂ problem is, it could have been avoided.
Guilford needs a stronger systemÂ of checks and balances.Â I walk that campus every week and nobody stops and asks me anything.Â That’s nice but is it safe for them and is it secure?Â Â Anybody from the public can eat in the Guilford College cafeteria.Â Just walk in and pay your money and eat with the students.Â No questions asked, just pay your five bucks and eat all you want 3 meals a day.Â It’s notÂ the J&S, but not bad for the price.
You could walk right into a dorm and nobody isÂ there to check on you as you enter.Â There is no security.Â I walked right into the library a few weeks back and nothing was said as IÂ came right on in.Â IÂ know I’m in great shape and that I look young, but really not that young.Â Guilford is an open campus, open to the Public.
They did have a lady in a white car run us off the Quaker’sÂ football practice-field on Thanksgiving Day but that was because the students were away on Vacation.Â I played football on thatÂ same field and I alsoÂ played onÂ the Game Field the Saturday before Thanksgiving and nothing was said to me or my entourage.
Simply said, GuilfordÂ is a mini-9/11 waiting toÂ happen.Â They need aÂ Campus Police Department or a detailed security system with foot patrol in placeÂ checking on all students and visitors that enter the Quaker Campus.Â Founding Guilford Fathers would counterÂ that their way of life is one of trust.Â My grandfather was a Guilford College student.Â He was born back in 1872 and he lived to be 105.(He is buried in the New Garden Friends Cemetary across from the Quaker campus)Â He told me something I will never forget as long as I live, “It’s easier to trust aÂ Living man than a Dead man”.Â Â Â Â