Spartan/Pride Open Pantry helps students in need

Spartan Open Pantry started at College Place United Methodist Church in 2012, after a short time of being run from the office of Director of Wesley-Luther, Andrew Mails.

The Pantry is open to all Greensboro College and UNCG students and has meals on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

Kellie Thomas, a senior at UNCG, has been working at Spartan Open Pantry since September 2019. Thomas had been with the pantry only a few months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“COVID-19 has significantly changed the function of the SOP,” Thomas said. “We, like many organizations, had to adapt quickly in order to adopt new health and safety measures to protect our communities. This involved a little bit of trial and error. For a few weeks early in the pandemic, we distributed prepackaged bags to our neighbors from outside of the building in order to allow for social distancing and minimize surface contamination. However, we quickly realized that distributing food this way was both unsustainable and was not meeting our neighbors’ needs, so we moved back inside and began enforcing a mask requirement, social distancing protocols, and increased cleaning so that we could keep everyone safe while still getting students what they need.”

Spartan/Pride Open Pantry is always accepting both food and clothing donations and is located at College Place United Methodist Church at 509 Tate Street.

“If you want to support the food pantry, drop off nonperishable food items in the blue boxes around campus,” said Greensboro College Chaplain Robert Brewer

The pantry is open year-round for students and faculty of Greensboro College and UNCG who are dealing with food insecurity.

by George Knight

Meghan Markle spills the royal tea

On March 7, 2021, an interview aired on CBS between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It garnered worldwide attention for several bombshells dropped by the former members of the royal family during the interview.

In addition to the multitude of memes spawned by the interview, discussion has been inspired by a few key points in the conversation, primarily one in which Markle reveals to Oprah that a member of the royal family had discussions with Prince Harry during Markle’s first pregnancy about “concerns over how dark” the baby’s skin color would be. Markle is the first person of color to marry into the royal family, having a black mother and a white father.

“I think it is wrong for the royal family to have made Meghan Markle feel that way,” said first-year student Drew Rachunek, “having a conversation about the baby’s skin as if it would have mattered in any real sense.”

The British press has been widely criticized for their treatment of Markle from the beginning of her relationship with Prince Harry, particularly The Daily Mail, which has published many articles about both Markle and Kate Middleton, casting the former in an unfavorable light and the latter in a flattering one. Eventually the public attitude towards her became so hostile that Markle reached a severely unhealthy mental state, asking the royal family for help and being denied, which ended up being one of the reasons she and Prince Harry decided to leave the royal family.

Leaving the royal family in another case would be something drastic. But because it was already very unlikely that Prince Harry would ever become king (his older brother, William, is the heir apparent, followed by William’s children).

His exit alongside Markle just means that they will not be financially supported by the Royal family anymore, nor will they have any obligations to fulfill, such as royal tours or duties. This is why Markle and Prince Harry have been making deals in the entertainment industry, ranging from services such as Netflix to platforms such as podcasting, because they need a new source of income.

So the big question is: Why does this all matter? What does this mean? Why do people care about the royal family, people whom we have known for so long to be nothing but ornamental figureheads?

I think the best answer to these questions was given by English author Hilary Mantel in a 2013 essay entitled ‘Royal Bodies’: “I used to think that the interesting issue was whether we should have a monarchy or not. But now I think that question is rather like, should we have pandas or not? Our current royal family does not have the difficulties in breeding that pandas do, but pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment. But aren’t they interesting? Are they not nice to look at? Some people find them endearing; some pity them for their precarious situation; everybody stares at them, and however airy the enclosure they inhabit, it is still a cage.”

by Jackie Hines