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Meredith College Library
Raleigh. North Carolina
Drugs-Colleee and Law Enforcement
By Hal Littleton
Meredith College claims to be a
forward-looking institution of higher
education and rightly so. In the
midst of expansion, development,
^and emerging self-awareness, it must
be ever-conscious of possible digres
sions and deterenls. In a similar way
the people who are Meredith must
be aware of possible diversions to
their self-development. It is to a
common, contemporary deterent,
, i.e. drug abuse, that I wish to ad
dress myself and to the mutual re
sponsibilities between institution and
persons.
Definitions are easily found. Let
me begin by mentioning the most
frequently abused drugs and stating
the legal penalties involved.
Legal Penalties
Federal law classifies the illegal
possession, giving, or selling of
marihuana, Cannabis sativa, as a
felony. The first conviction for pos
session carries a 2-10 years im
prisonment and up to a $20,000
fine. A second conviction car
ries a 5-10 years imprisonment and
further convictions a 10-40 years
term. The first conviction for selling
carries 5-20 years and up to a
$20,000 fine, while additional con
victions carry 10-40 years. If a per
son is convicted of selling “grass”
to persons under 18, there is auto
matically no provision for probation
or parole. A comparison of this last
provision with those of some capital
offences is illustrative of the emo
tional explosiveness of the issue.
The possession and sale of nar
cotics is governed by the Harrison
Act of 1914 which has become the
model for many federal and state
laws. The first conviction for pos
session of narcotics carries a 2-10
years imprisonment. The second
carries 5-20 years and further con
THE TWIG
Newspaper of the Students of Meredith College
Vol. XLV, No. 14
April 22, 1971
With the close of this semester
fast approaching, graduation and
pre-graduation activities lie ahead of
Meredith seniors. Baccalaureate,
Class Day, and Graduation Day
climax the years at Meredith for the
Class of 1971.
The final activities begin on April
30, the day of the Baccalaureate.
The exercises, popularly termed a
“send-off,” will take place at
.10:00 a.m. in the auditorium. The
Rev. John E. Lawrence, President
of the Baptist State Convention, will
address the graduating class.
Class Day
There is a brief respite for seniors
'and those involved in the com
mencement activities until May 14,
Class Day. On this day sophomores
arise at 3:00 in the morning, to
hunt for daisies for the traditional
daisy chains. At 9:30 a.m. Kappa
Nu Sigma will hold Its final meeting
of the year. A special luncheon with
alumnae is scheduled for 1:00.
An important feature of the
luncheon is the special ceremony
when seniors are inducted into the
alumnae association. Class presi
dent, Anne Bryan wilt again present
the class doll.
The highlight of the day is the
Class Day exerciscs with the presen
tation of the daisy chains. Sopho
mores, holding the chains, form the
numerals of the year of the gradua
ting class for the presentation.
Also included in the Class Day
exercises are the accounts of the
class history and the class prophecy
given by members of the class. Eve
ning activities include the annual
concert at 8:00 p.m. and a reception
for seniors and their parents at
9:15 p.m.
Graduation Day
The class of 1971 dons caps and
gowns on the following day. May
15, Graduation Day. Graduation
practice starts the day at 9:00 a.m.
At 12:30 there will be a President’s
luncheon for seniors and their
parents. Approximately 200 stu
dents will graduate when the actual
commencement exercises begin at
4:00 in the amphitheater. During
commencement the class gift will be
presented by the class piesident.
Guest speaker for the exercises is
Dr. Henry W. Littlefield, President
Emeritus of University of Bridge
port.
Meredith Campus to Serve as
Healthy Summer Environment
By Debbie Brown
Kahil Gibran once wrote, “You
give but little when you give of your
possessions. It is when you give of
yourself that you truly give.”
Several Meredith girls will truly
give this summer when they assume
their positions as counselors in a
,Day Camp for underprivileged chil
dren. Under the supervision of the
Day Care Administration Work
Shop of the 'Wake County Depart
ment of Social Services, the girls
will be participating in a project
called HELP (Healthy Environment
For Little People).
The children, who are from the
South Side and Method communi
ties, will be selected by the Raleigh
school system to participate in one
of the three two-week sessions to be
held on the Meredith campus.
Here they will take part in
a variety of planned activities such
as sports, crafts, and cultural oppor
tunities consisting of field trips. Edu
cational opportunities such as
remedial work in difficult subjects
will also be offered.
The Day Camp will not only pro
vide these children with a well-
balanced meal each day and a
‘temporary freedom from life in the
slums, but it will also give the
counselors a chance to show these
children that they have un important
place in this world.
A goal of five thousand dollars
has been set. Since the camp would
cost each child twenty-five dollars,
this goal would provide for a total
of two hundred children. It is in
this way that every Meredith student
and faculty member may indirectly
participate in Project HELP. Each
hall will sponsor one child provided
every student contributes fifty cents.
Faculty members, through the com
bined efforts of their department
may send a child to camp.
While some of the Meredith Col
lege facilities such as classrooms,
art rooms, and the gymnasium will
be used, funds for food and supplies
will be solicited from the Ralei^
churches and business organizations.
Student Summer
Self-Employment
With the job market this summer
expected to be at an all time low
for student employment, GoldTec,
Inc., a fire extinguisher manu
facturer based in Chicago, has de-
(Conlinued on page 3)
College Degree Not
Guarantee for Job
By Glenda Currin
“If you want to get anywhere in
this world you must have a college
education!” is a familiar line. How
ever, with the present condition of
our nation’s economy even a college
education does not readily guarantee
a job.
Terry Fuller of the office of Vo
cational Guidance and Placement
here at Meredith reported in a re
cent interview that it is a “critical
type year for employment.” She also
said that out of the “twenty-five to
thirty-five recruiters invited on cam
pus only about six came.” Others
replied that they had insufficient
funds; did not anticipate any open
ings; or already had their recruiting
schedule filled.
Miss Fuller said that there was
a surplus of teachers and, as always,
a shortage of workers in the medical
profession.
In speaking of her job at Mere
dith, Miss Fuller said “I may better
help someone if I really know what
they’re interested in. Then I may
contact the girl if I hear of a job
that suits her.” She further advised
that the girls not limit their vocation
to a narrow scope. “Each girl should
thoroughly investigate her interests
and find out many ways that their
interests might be applied through
a vocation. She should get rid of the
stereotype ideas of an occupation.”
To the seniors Miss Fuller has
this to say: “If the girl is mobile —
no geographical ties to family or a
husband — I suggest that she move
around. There are jobs to be found
but the girl must go out after them.”
victions, 10-40 years. Penalty for a
first conviction of selling narcotics is
5-20 years and $20,000. A second
conviction carries 10-40 years.
Again, for selling to persons under
18, there is no provision for proba
tion or parole.
Illegally manufacturing and dis
pensing amphetamines and barbitu
rates is punishable by up to 5 years
imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Conviction for selling to persons un
der 21 carries 10-15 years and $15,-
000-20,000. The illegal possession
of these drugs carries $1,000-10,-
000 and/or 1-3 years.
Responsibilities
The distinction between user and
pusher is worked out in the arrest
and conviction, but the possibility
for confusion and uncertainty is ob
vious. There is at the present pend
ing legislation, at federal and state
levels, designed to lessen the penalty
for possession and use and to stiffen
the penalty for selling.
More specifically, my concern is
with the responsibility of colleges to
law enforcement agencies, a respon
sibility that is uncertain and unde
fined. The crisis created in the last
decade has brought this to the front,
and the various interpretations have
been represented time and again.
The relationship between college
and law is in the process of being
worked out in the courts now. It is
an understatement to say that the
decisions will be far-reaching.
Even more specifically, my con
cern at this point is Meredith Col
lege’s response to the “drug pro
blem.” Two main and legitimate
concerns with regard to Meredith’s
present policy are as follows: In
the first place, there is uncertainty
with regard for the provision of due
process of law within the framework
of the college’s judicial system. Ru
mors, unofficial statements, and lack
of precedents require clarification.
(Continued on page 4)
Seniors Graduate May 15;
Dr. Littlefield to Be Speaker
Carla Whitaker trades exams and end of (h« semester projects for a crassv Held
and a with floating clouds.
Letterwriting Campaign Supports
Hatfield McGovern Disengagement Act
A letter-writing campaign has
been under way to encourage Mere
dith students to express their
views on a major issue, the Hatfield-
McGovern Disengagement Act,
Through the simple act of writing a
letter students have a chance to be
come involved in government poli
cies at a grass roots level.
The campaign began, originally,
with canvassing of student opinion
by volunteers on each hall. Those
students in favor of the complete
withdrawal of American troops from
Vietnam by December 31, 1971
(endorsed by the Disengagement
Act) were asked to write a letter
to their representative asking him to
vote in favor of the Act. North
Carolina residents were requested to
address their letters to Sen. Jordan.
Letters collected on each hall were
then returned to the dorm coordina
tors.
However, this strategy proved
unsatisfactory according to Don
Songer, one of the organizers
of the campaign. The campaign was
changed on the assumption that by
concentrating efforts in one area
more girls could be attracted and
informed of the issue involved. On
Tuesday, April 20, the volunteers
stationed themselves in the court and
distributed literature to the passing
students and encouraged them to
express their opinions through their
letters.
YDC Elects Officers and Plans Ahead
The Young Democrats Club re
cently held reorganizational meet
ings to determine new officers and
to discuss activities for the 1971-72
school year.
The Club is a focal point for
those girls supporting the policies
and candidates of the Democratic
Party. The first organizational meet
ing of the group Involved the
ratification of the constitution imd
discussion of elections. Guidelines
for the group and tentative activities
were also discussed.
Club members emphasized the
importance of the vote for 18 year
olds and the seemingly widespread
lack of knowledge oi registration
procedures. One tentative activity
discussed was a voter registration
information program. Other activi
ties will revolve around the upcom
ing residential elections in 1972.
Officers elected for the next year
are:
President, Mary Anne Tadlock;
Vice-President, Patricia Carter;
Secretary, Pat Wilson; Correspond
ing Secretary, Coleen Erdman; Trea
surer, Marilyn Lawrence; and Mem
bership Chairman, Equilla Minga.
This is the last issue of THE
TWIG for the 1970*71 school year.
The next Issue of THE TWIG will
be published September, 1971. All
ideas from the summer should be
brought to 222 North.
    

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