March 20, 1969
!Me.reditk Coll ege.
March 20, 1969
What will Corn Huskin’ and Stunt skits jab? What will students grum
ble about in dormitory discussions? What will editorials criticize?—two of
the most controversial issues are no longer problems.
Recent regulation changes have given Meredith girls a new freedom,
and, much more important, a new insight. The rumble of discontent
around campus has lowered now and there is quiet of understanding. The
student body has been accorded a role of maturity and, with it comes the
realization that the struggle for change is not just a student concern. Being
recognized as more responsible members of the college community, the
students should have now a feeling of more equal balance with the
faculty and administration.
This campus, as opposed to some other colleges, has an excellent op
portunity to see a unit of faculty, administration and students. The recent
legislation and the hours spent on long-range planning committees are two
examples of joint effort. The faculty and administration are certainly not
forces opposing the students, but, rather, exhibit the same desire for
With the accordance of maturity, the student body needs to prove
itself capable of acceptance. Complaints in the dorm can initiate action,
but logical reasoning needs to enforce it. By working together with the
faculty and administration the students can show responsibility and ensure
progress for Meredith.
Campus Spirit Booster
Meredith school spirit begins on our campus, not at the Friends of the
College at N. C. State, nor at a Joan Baez concert at U.N.C.-CH, or at a
SPE fraternity party. Campus social needs should not be overlooked.
Stunt, Corn Huskin', and Rush Week act positively toward this end, but
only intermittently. What about the other 33 weeks of the school year?
The campus Concert and Lecture's Series, through an excellent variety
of programs, has aided intellectual and cultural growth of the students,
while social needs have been largely neglected. Rationalizing such needs
as trivial, in light of the vast Raleigh social offerings, can not be com
pletely justified. Providing for social needs on the Meredith campus would
aid in two larger ways (1) to strengthen campus school spirit and (2) to
prepare students for “the whole of life.”
With the new student union and physical education buildings, campus
social needs will be greatly improved. Until their completion, however,
a more immediate step could be taken through the creation of a separate
and expanded Student Activities Budget. This budget, completely separate
from that money alloted for concerts and lectures, could be ear-marked
to meet specific social needs, such as a campus movie project, weekend
entertainment, or to bring popular singing entertainment to the campus.
A separate Student Activities Budget would necessitate a modest increase
in the present sum paid by each student toward the activities fee of their
tuition. A five dollar per pupil increase, resulting in a sum of $4,500 to
spend for campus entertainment, would be a small price to pay for the
increased school spirit so provided.
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Concerning Chapel of March 5, 1969 . . .
Open Letter to the President...
Dear Dr. Heilman:
After this morning I am con
cerned about the image you must
have of us, the students of Meredith
Today has been quite a traumat
ic and historic event in the history
of Meredith. I’m afraid that part
of our students did not behave well
under the weight of it this morning
in chapel. We all know that any
institution must grow and change
toward the better, or else stagnate,
wither, and die — but with such
change also goes great individual
responsiblity and good common
sense. I and many others are
ashamed for those who in their rash
ness and inconsideration failed to
see beyond the immediate to the
bigger issues and failed to realize
how much more important a thing
is at stake than just two “trivial”
rules. We’re sorry for the rude ones
and do not condone their behavior
towards someone who deserves far
more admiration and respect —
both for what he is and what won
derful things he has done for this
school — than some have recently
showed toward him. The behavior
of rude malcontents (some of
whom incidently, would find some
thing to gripe about in heaven)
does not reflect the true attitude of
the whole student body toward you.
We think you are a most capable,
industrious, and effective president,
and your warm and sincere interest
in students and other participants in
the Meredith Community touches
us more than words can ever say.
“Passerbys knew that something
was about to happen when they saw
a mob of boys approaching Mere
dith College Saturday night. That ,
was the night the Meredith sopho
mores gave a party in honor of the
State sophomores. The State sopho
mores were greeted at the door to
the enchanted pot in a darkened
doorway. The witch presiding over
this pot directed them to draw their
fates. This done, they advanced into
the darkness, and called “Her” by
name three times rather uncertainly.
She came forward, and together
went into the Phi Hall.”
A step forward has been taken
by the administration in changing
the school policy concerning attend
ing dances, going from and return
ing to the college.
Regulations for attending dances
(1) A written permission from
parents must be presented, giving
date, dance, name of escort, and
if the student is staying out of col
lege for the weekend, the name and
address of the hostess.
(2) Freshmen, sophomores, and
juniors must be chaperoned by ap
pointed students when going to a
dance from the college.
(3) When going to dances and re
turning to college:
Freshmen and sophomores may
have two dances per semester.
Juniors and Seniors may have
three dances per semester.
We move we begin a campaign
to suspend the wearing of hose to •
the dining room for the duration
because of the rise in the price of
hose that will keep us from pur
chasing our quota of defense stamps.
Academic Changes Proposed
Group Studies Curriculum Needs
By NANCE RUMLEY
For those of us who have com
plained that is seems to be taking
professors an inordinate amount of
time to grade tests and papers this
academic year, here is wonderful
news! Dr has not been
spending his afternoons and Satur
day mornings watching cartoons
and quiz shows on the tube. As ap
proximately 20 (twenty) assembled
students learned Tuesday night,
March 11 in discussion with
the Academic Programs Committee
members, our faculty, bless their
liearts, has been attending meetings
like mad to meet our demands that
the curriculum here at Meredith un
dergo a major overhaul. And they
seem to be having a ball doing it,
despite some necessary neglect of
the stacks of tests and papers piling
up on their desks and despite the
check such meetings put on their
own free time.
The purpose of the Tuesday night
gathering was to give interested stu
dents a chance to voice their gripes
and offer their suggestions on such
matters as the distribution of re
quired courses, the stifling of intel
lectual excitement that takes place
somewhere between the first and
third months a freshman attends
classes, the content of required
course material, and the criteria of
a useful and stimulating major field.
And, perhaps to the surprise and
delight of students it was discovered
that no matter what suggestions
students voiced, the Academic Pro
grams Committee had not only
considered it, but analyzed it and
begun to figure out how it might be
implemented. There was nothing
new we could tell them! It is neces
sary to recall that this is the first
time in twenty years such an annal-
ysis has been undertaken, so no
one can expect miracles overnight.
No definite plans are ready yet; no
one is going to hand our additions
to be clipped into the catalog to
morrow night. But those plans un
der discussion at the moment arc
better than most of us had ever
dreamed of. And there is every
reason to believe that as soon as
next semester some exciting changes
will be evident in the Meredith cur
The Academic Programs Com
mittee has been operating with the
recognition of a need for flexibility
in the curriculum and a need for
some integrating set of ideas to tie
together the pieces of informaton a
student picks up at random from
course to course. The committee is
concerned with a need for creativity
and for the maintenance of the
academic excitement students have
when they first come to Meredith.
They are encouraging all depart
ments to take a critical look at
themselves in view of restructuring
and reforming their course material.
If given their head, they might just
make Meredith College an exciting
place to be in a couple of years.
The Academic Programs Com
mittee is one of a number of such
farsighted committees that make up
the Long Range Planning Program.
Tts chairman is Dr. Leslie Syron, and
members are Mrs. Garris, Mr.
Fracker, Dr. Horner, Dr. Cochran,
and Dr. Norma Rose. Student rep
resentatives are Susan Soloway,
Susan Fletcher, Ann Caroll, Carrie
Frampton, and Susan Hout. If you
want to get excited along with them.
drop in on a meeting any Friday
from ten to one, in the library on
the second floor of Hunter. They
deserve three cheers (along with
President Heilman, who initiated
the Long Range Planning Commit
tee) and our patience with late
tests. For information on any of the
other areas under study by the
Long Range Planning Committee
see Dr. Roger Crook, chairman on
the Steering Committee, or Dr.
Gloria Blanton, Co-ordinator.
You will be challenged to some
up with any feasible innovation, no
matter how liberal you think it is,
that this committee is not working
Spring has come
In all simplicity:
A light yellow sky.
Yes, spring has come;
This morning a nameless hill
Is shrouded in mist.
Is an ecstasy.
On the sandy beach.
Long is the spring day.
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toriuls and columns in the T^G are
not ncccssarily those of (he adminis
tration, student body, or (he cndre