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VOLUME 55 , ISSUE 72
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Braxton Family Values visit
Spelman for a Q &A session
The Sanctity of
Is Sister’s Chapel still a place
of holiness or has its use for
multipurpose events led it
astray? PG 3
The AUC Community
morns the loss and
celebrates the life of their
beloved sister Beverly
Garrett PG 5
Fashion and Beauty...7
Campus Life 2
Arts and Entertainment..8
Spelman Students weigh in on the death
By: Jasmine M. Ellis
On October 20, 2011 Libyan dictator, Muam-
mar Qaddafi, was shot and killed after being
captured in Sirte.
Qaddafi’s death occurred eight months after the
Libyan revolution began this past February. In
1969, Qaddafi gained controlled of Libya and
would go on to maintain power for the next
four decades. On February 24, 2011 Libyan
rebels forced Qaddafi loyalists out of Misrata.
This event would initiate the Libyan revolution.
While some Americans view the death of Qad
dafi as a reason to celebrate others beg to differ.
Sophomore, Samantha Gayles, believes that
America should have not interfered
with the Libyan revolution.
“The death of Qaddafi should be
considered a sad and non-victorious
act because there was no reason for
the U.S. to get involved in the affairs
of Libya,” said Gayles.
Sophomore, Bryanza Dean, does notl
believe that Qaddafi’s death is not
necessarily a victory for America,
but can be considered beneficial for
“I would not say that the death of
Qaddafi is a victory for America, but]
for the Obama Doctrine. His death
along with Osama Bin Laden, are
just part of a growing list of foreign
policy accomplishments for an
administration that has spent most of the year
in a defensive crouch because of a sputtering
economy,” said Dean.
Revolution by some can be considered inspir
ing and uplifting. Sophomore, Amber Thomas,
contributes change to be the reason for revolu
I “I believe that revolution is always a good thing.
Change is something that is constantly going
| on. You learn that if change is not going on then
! things are dead. A revolution acts as a body of
? change and it’s hard for me to go against that,”
j said Thomas.
In addition, Thomas expanded on her thoughts
! of the revolution and Qaddafi.
he did some great things in Africa, but he was
also a dictator in the autonomy that his citizens
were allowed to have. Overall the revolution
was great because its part of the Arab spring
and it’s always really beautiful to see something
like a revolution to happen in my lifetime. You
never hear about revolution in current time and
that’s awesome,” added Thomas.
The United States government relies on its
foreign affairs policy to make decisions when
interfering in foreign countries. Dean views
military interventions as beneficial, but they
will not always lead to democracy.
“American military interventions designed to
protect or promote democracy increased free
dom in those countries. Democracies created
after military interventions are still closer to
an autocracy than a democracy. While some
democracies are more democratic than others,
unless offices are contested, no regime should
be considered democratic,” said Dean.
Dean also added that deciding whether or not
U.S. intervention has helped form democracies
is not a simple task.
“It is difficult to know whether the U.S. inter
vention has only produced less representative
autocratic governments or genuine democra
cies,” added Dean.
At the heart of this revolution are the Libyan
“In terms of Qaddafi, it’s my understanding that people whose perspectives may or may not have
been taken into consideration. Gayles believes
that if the opinions of other countries were em
braced then America would help with revolu
tions all over the world.
“No, I don’t think the Libyan people’s perspec
tive was taken into account when Qaddafi was
killed by America. Yeah Obama said it was for
the Libyan people, but if that was the case then
America would step into revolutions and help
all people. If the Libyan people’s thoughts were
really taken into account then all other coun
tries would receive help also,” said Gayles.
President Obama’s decision to involve America
in the Libyan revolution has received differ-
nt opinions from Americans,
omas puts herself in President
bama’s shoes and decides al-
hough she would have supported
ibya she would have done things
T would have only spoken about
y strong support of the Libyan
eople of the revolution. It would
ave ended there. No military in-
ervention. No talks with Qaddafi
nd I only would have verbally
onfirmed some type of address
o the Libyan people that I sup-
orted the endeavors of those in
he revolution,” said Thomas,
ince Qaddafi’s death the thought
f anarchy arising in Libya has
been brought to attention. Gayles thinks the
Libyan people will not allow their country to be
engulfed by anarchy.
“I don’t think the death of Qaddafi will cause
anarchy in the country. If the people loved the
leader and respected him then anarchy would
arise, but since they wanted him out of office
anyway there will be no chaos through the
Since Qaddafi is no longer in power the fate of
Libya now lies in the hands of its people.
Loud noise, toilet leaks, and cold showers are inevitable factors in
the dorm experience. For freshmen especially, living on campus can be
a tough and vulnerable experience. Adapting tothe lack of privacy and
community bathrooms can be uncomfortable for some, but it also creates
a certain bond that would be impossible without the intrusion of indi-
| vidual space. For students like freshman Mary Cromwell, residence life
not only creates new friendships, but it has also taught her a new sense of
“I love living in the dorm because I’ve met a lot of new people
that I know will be my sisters for life. It has also taught me responsibility
; because I can no longer depend on my parents to keep me in line,” Crom-
: well said.
Within the confines of dorm walls, true character is shaped. Val
ues and priorities may also be compromised. No longer under the watch
ful eye of parents, one is forced to hold themselves accountable for their
own actions. The lessons learned through sharing space with a roommate
can make or break the dorm life experience. It not only teaches patience,
but it also requires the virtuous characteristics of respect and humility.
However, even with all of the hostility and complaints that come with
resident living, many girls who reside in the limited single rooms wish to
have the experience of living with a roommate.
“At first I was a little bummed about not having a roommate be
cause I felt like I was missing out. However, I enjoy the dorm experience
and I don’t feel like having a single room hinders me from interacting
: with my sisters because I am friendly person,” freshman Kasmere Trice
Like in all situations, there is both a good and bad side to things,
: however, the general consensus is that despite the circumstances, living
on campus has been an experience like no other. With things like thin
toilet paper and lack of insulation control, being away from home can be
frustrating. At the same time, the friendships created through such try
ing times outweigh the stuffy days and cold nights. Broken microwaves,
highly sensitive smoke alarms, and boring cafeteria food can be discour
aging, but for junior Joyya Baines, who now resides in the Suites, it has all
been worth it in the end.
“Living in the dorms was an adjustment. My roommates and
I had our ups and downs but we made it through. My freshman dorm
mates are still my friends now. We developed long lasting friendships.
We studied together, cried together, and laughed together. Dorm living
can be hard when transitioning but our sister s make everything better,”
Upperclassmen still struggle with tough living unless they have
the privilege of living in the Suites, which allots for privacy and improved
accommodations. However, there have been disgruntled debates about
residents in the Suites having to abide by the same regulations as those in
freshman and sophomore dorms.
“I am really happy to live in the Suites now because of all of the
amenities and it was truly worth the wait. Visitation still affects things,
but you get used toit and things are better now because of the time ex
tension. Living on campus ultimately has helped me academically and
socially,” Baines said.
Although there are perks to living off campus, gas prices and be
ing active on campus can be a struggle to commuter students. And with
obstacles such as visitation, late nights, and early mornings, dorm life can
be frustrating. But it is up to the individual to decide what living accom
modations are best for their college experience.
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