April 22, 1971
April 22, 1971
Abortion Referral Service
—Is It a Rip-off?
This issue of The Tw[g publishes an announcement for the Abortion
Referral Service (A.R.S.), as have other college newspapers across the
nation since the liberalization of the New York Abortion law. At the
same time we received the A.R.S. announcement, a letter also came
which claimed to have the “real facts on the Abortion Referral Service.”
T think the Meredith community should have the opportunity to hear
both sides of this matter in case a student should be interested in the
A.R.S., either from our ad or one run in another newspaper.
According to our letter from “A Concerned Sister,” the Abortion
Referral Service is a total rip-off, ripping-off hip and college communities.
They say they want to help the community, but give no birth control
information. I did not notice that the A.R.S. claimed to perform any
service except through abortion. (The individual reader can decide
whether that is a real “service.”)
“A Concerned Sister” also reports that the A.R.S. has convinced appli
cants that it has a fee from non-profit to $25. However she says that
all offices charge a $75 referral fee but sometimes a woman may pay
$125 in fees plus $575 for her abortion. The letter says that although
the A.R.S. maintains that it provides its own transportation, the woman
must actually pay her own taxi fare to the clinic,
Finally, the letter from “A Concerned Sister” states that no profes
sionals were available upon calling several offices even though the A.R.S.
claims to have professionals to help women.
I hope this information may encourage a student interested in obtain
ing help from any referral service to thoroughly Investigate claims made
by this service before she finds herself in a bind.
Keep the Scene Green
“Remember, only you can prevent forest fires!” So are the words of
our friend Smokey the Bear. The recent acts of arson in North Carolina
are shocking and sad. These occurences are the result of sick, sadistic
individuals who evidently release their energies down destructive chan
nels. An example is the two young men who were held on $13,000 bond
each for repeated arson.
But what about us? (Presuming we are neither sick nor sadistic).
Each year unreplaceable acres of forest are charred. With enough empha
sis on ecology and our environment, can we not stamp out carelessness
and fires at the same time? We protest pollution yet we can do as much
damage with a match or cigarette as many polluting factories.
As summer quickly (but not quickly enough) approaches, let’s pause
and think of the beautiful greenness of the trees and grass. Isn’t it worth
saving? Perhaps careful and considerate actions on our part can help.
“Remember only you—.”
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Teachers Protest Pay Hike;
Political Pressure Utilized
by Meg Pruette and Deane Crowell
On April 2, 1971 at their Char
lotte Convention, the North Caro
lina Association of Education voted
900 to 866 to exclude Governor
Bob Scott from their customary
expressions of thanks to various
people who have advanced state
education. This action with political
overtones was prompted specifically
by the teachers’ discontent with
Governor Scott’s new pay hike. But
more noteworthy than this one ac
tion is the expectation of political
awareness and involvement of North
Carolina teachers, envisions by
NCAE president, Jerry Paschal.
The Meredith Community, at least
50% of which will earn teaching
certificates, perhaps would initially
sympathize with the state teachers’
voiced concern over their meager
pay, which on the average is $1007
less than the national average. But
the actual situation of teachers needs
more than a sympathetic first glance,
since educational problems are a
major concern of today. For the
average North Carolina teaching
salary to reach the national average,
the legislature would have to pass
a 31% pay hike over the next two
years according to the NCAE. But
Governor Scott has only proposed
a 10% hike over this time. It was
this proposal that angered the mem
bers of the NCAE and caused their
rebuke of the governor.
However, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, Craig Phillips,
feels that this refusal to recognize
and thank Gov. Scott does not
represent the opinion of the majority
of the NCAE, The April 12, 1971
issue of the News and Observer
quotes Craig Phillips as saying that
this refusal to recognize Scott is
the action of “a few teachers . . .
who are creating a very undesirable
reflection. The majority of our
teachers want time to teach, time
to plan, time to think, time to pre
pare. They also need adequate
compensation. This can be accom
plished through . . . continued im
provement in our salary schedules.”
Furthermore, although the state
education budget proposal includes
more education programs for chil
dren, in the April 4, 1971 News and
Observer Gov. Scott added that “we
are , . . not neglecting salaries by
any means, knowing you’ve got to
have good teachers.” Since the
budget proposal did have the
teachers’ salary concerns in mind,
the teachers should have voted to
petition the House for a compro
mise between the 10% and 31%,
rather than hastily and ineffica-
ciously slamming Gov. Scott. So,
it seems that the NCAE’s first
political action was not supported
by an overwhelming majority of
the teachers, nor did it show a
knowledge of effective politics.
Even though the NCAE’s first
group venture into politics failed
and brought some public disdain, in
the governor’s talks to NCAE lead
ers, Gov. Scott has encouraged the
political involvement of North Caro
linian teachers as a means to achieve
their aims. He is reported in the
April 4, 1971 News and Observer
as saying that for the teachers’ ef
forts to successfully persuade gov
ernmental policy makers “they need
to be active in political campaigns.”
For example, Gov, Scott suggested
that the teachers’ association strong
ly back state legislature with money
and campaigning to assure repre
sentation. He also pointed out that
the teachers’ educational concerns
need to broaden beyond their selfish
priority of pay. Teachers should
unite politically to push for pro
grams which benefit pupils as well
The 50% of the Meredith com
munity who plan to teach in the
future and the remainder who may
be involved in public education
through their children should realize
the potential political influence of
a united body of teachers pressing
for common educational needs.
Since the slate legislators determine
the important features of public
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• Next year the Student Govern
ment Association will have offices
on the third floor of Johnson Hall;
there will be an office for the'
Executive Committee, a room for
Judicial and Legislative Board
meetings. This large room will pro- I
vide space for interested students to '
participate in Legislative Board
meetings. On the first floor of
Johnson Hall the SGA will have a\
bulletin board with announcements
from the various boards; a box for
suggestions concerning SC3A busi
ness will be near the bulletin board.
• There are still openings on the
College Committees listed in the last
issue of the Twio. Anyone inter
ested is urged to see a member of ,
the Executive Committee. These
committees are vital to the aca
demic and social life of Meredith.
This is your chance to see that the '
students have a voice in decisions on
campus. Please consider working
on a College Committee.
• Three more hall proctors are
needed in Faircloth for the 1971-72
school year. Interested students
should go by the Dean of Students,
office or see the Executive Com
• A consulting committee with
faculty, administration, and student
representation is, with the Board of ^
Trustees, to choose the new college
president. Gail Knieriem has been
chosen to represent the student
body. Anyone with suggestions or
thoughts concerning the choice is
asked to see Gail.
• The Student Activities Board will
be selling lemonade on the sundeck
for 10c a glass. During the week
of April 26-30 the SAB will sponsor
a “Car-Smashing” and a picnic.,
Support the Student Activities Board
in their efforts to raise money for i
more activities on campus.
• The Student Life Committee is'
currently reviewing the constitution
of all organizations on campus. At
the next meeting on April 22, the,
committee will review the chapel
system and will form a proposal to
be sent to President Heilman with
suggestions for changing the present'
policy. Members of the committee
welcome any suggestions concerning
The committee consists of the
four class presidents, Charlie Par
ker, Mrs. Jay Massey, Mrs. Janie •
Archcr, Dean Mason, Dr. Roger
Crook, Dr. Sally Horner, Mrs.
Carolyn Grubbs, Betty Ann Haskins,
Gail Knieriem and Margaret Person.
• Your suggestions, opinions, and
interest have been asked for by >
many organizations on campus. This
is the opportunity for all students
to take part in happenings around
them. Don’t sit back and complain'
—take part in the governing of your
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SPRING RECITAL SCHEDULE
April 24, 8:00 p.m. — Judy Led*
better, Violin KecUul
April 25, 2:00 p.m. — Andrea
Mcycr, Violin RccituI
April 26, 8:00 p.m. — Carolyn
Lewder, Piano Rceital and
Nancy Crews, Voice Recital
April 27, 8:00 p.m. — Deborah
Ingram, Piano Recilul
April 28, 8:00 p.m. — Dianne
Parker, Voicc Recital
April 29, 8:00 p.m.—Eileen North>
ciitt, Violin Recital
April 30, 8:00 p.m. Jane Holt
Prevette, Voice Recital
May 1, 8:00 p.m.—Angela Tuyor,
Piano Recital and Jun Shufford,
May 2, 8:00 p.m.»->Pamela Potter,
28 members of the
Board were present
April 22—David Frye show
April 23, 24 — Anyone Can-
Whistle, (a Broadway musical, pro
duced by Hoof ’n Horn).
April 23 — (Friday afternoon)
Southern Folk Festival with the
Fuzzy Mountain Boys.
April 24—Outdoor Concert with
The Grateful Dead, The Beach
Boys, Bread, Uncle Dirty, and Paul
Butterfield Blues Band.
April 24—Kalabash Corporation.'
8:00 p.m. in court. Open to Mere
dith students and invited guests.
April 28—Maynard Mack. Lec
ture. 8:00 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.