The Problem at Guilford College? They have no Security System.

I answered my question in the opening statement and this show should be over.  The details are missing and I 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 campuses know there is a system of checks and balances out there and that they need to keep it in line or their rear will be in trouble.  UNCG, NC A&T, GTCC, Greensboro College, they all have ample security in place so that if anything unsettling breaks out on their turf proper enforcement of the laws will be in effect.  The students do not have to fear for their safety because there is a security system in place. 

You can’t dirve by UNCG without seeing the university police cars patrolling the entire compound.  The UNCG police can be seen all over the downtown campus.  Better safe than sorry.  NC A&T even has a Canine Unit to go along with the full-force Aggie Police Department.  Granted these are large schools but like the man said earlier, better safe than sorry.

GTCC has proper security at all of it’s county locations and when I have been to Greensboro College 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.  Why all the security at these institutions?  Better safe than sorry.

This brings us to the current problem.  How about the security at Guilford College?  The recent fights between the football team members and the Palestinian students 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?  How about the Quaker campus security system?  How large is the foot patrol unit at Guilford?

Guilford has none of the above.  Guilford has an old white-haired man riding around in a Golf Cart.  He is the campus patrol or he might be part of the maintainance staff because there are no direct markings on his cart.  An old man riding around in a golf cart and he is supposed to secure the campus?  That’s it……

I have seen all of this first-hand because I am at Guilford College one day a week, every Sunday night and have been making that trek for over a year.  Sometimes I am up there two times a week.  I either run or walk the campus because it is a large land mass and it is also a beautiful campus.  Very peaceful at Guilford, most of the time.  I have been familiar with Guilford for over 40 years, I grew up just a mile and half from the campus.  I love that place and I hate to see the bad rap that the Quakers are getting after the fight.  The problem is, it could have been avoided.

Guilford needs a stronger system of checks and balances.  I walk that campus every week and nobody stops and asks me anything.  That’s nice but is it safe for them and is it secure?  Anybody from the public can eat in the Guilford College cafeteria.  Just walk in and pay your money and eat with the students.  No questions asked, just pay your five bucks and eat all you want 3 meals a day.  It’s not the J&S, but not bad for the price.

You could walk right into a dorm and nobody is there to check on you as you enter.  There is no security.  I walked right into the library a few weeks back and nothing was said as I came right on in.  I know I’m in great shape and that I look young, but really not that young.  Guilford is an open campus, open to the Public.

They did have a lady in a white car run us off the Quaker’s football practice-field on Thanksgiving Day but that was because the students were away on Vacation.  I played football on that same field and I also played on the Game Field the Saturday before Thanksgiving and nothing was said to me or my entourage.

Simply said, Guilford is a mini-9/11 waiting to happen.  They need a Campus Police Department or a detailed security system with foot patrol in place checking on all students and visitors that enter the Quaker Campus.  Founding Guilford Fathers would counter that their way of life is one of trust.  My grandfather was a Guilford College student.  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)  He told me something I will never forget as long as I live, “It’s easier to trust a Living man than a Dead man”.