FEBRUARY 14, 1980
Mary Katherine Pittman
Carmen Warren, Marlene Barnett,
Beth Giles, Ann Earp,
Kelly Stone, Jill Allen, Laura Moore
Regine Nickel, Ann Stringfield
Lorri Whittemore, Peggy Williford
Suzanne Hill, Deborah Bartlett,
Sonya Ammons, Susan Jones
Dr. Tom Parramore,
Mr. Bill Norton
Elections - Why Bother?
Elections. Why bother? Running for a campus office is really
not worth the trouble, because, if you are elected, the respon
sibilities of the job will take away from valuable study or leisure
time. And besides, you don’t get pay or academic credit for your
service anyway. Voting is also too much to bother with. Your one
vote won’t matter that much when the entire student body will be
casting ballots. And if you’re not going to be on campus next year,
it doesn’t really matter to you who gets elected.
Is this the attitude of college students in general toward
campus elections? An article in The Daily Tarheel (Mon. Feb. 4,
1980) relates that only 40 students (out of a student body of more
than 20,000) have fil^ for 13 elective offices. Many of these who
have filed are running unopposed.
The election recently held here at Meredith reflects a similar
pattern. Out of the 15 available offices on the first slate election,
two of the positiions - Freshman Residence Hall Residents and
MCA President - had no candidates. Eight candidates ran un
contested. Furthermore, the attendance at the speeches of the
candidates was sparse, with the greatest precentage of those
listening required to participate. And, like participation in the
other aspects of the election, the actual voting was minimal, with
just over 400 ballots cast from a student body of more than 1,400. '
What does this non-participation convey about our attitudes
toward student elections? Do Meredith students just not care
about student government? In nearly every aspect of college life,
student input is requested. Student leaders’ opinions are
respected in many academic decisions, as well as in plans for
college expansion and in the regulation and rule-making process.
Without our participation in electing and supporting student
leaders, student opinion and preference will have little part in
decisions made. We have been given the freedom to participate in
decision-making processes, and to govern ourselves. Let’s
exercise this freedom by responsibly participating in student
TOE LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE
The legend says St. Valentine
Was in a prison cell
Thinking of his little flock
He had always loved so well
And, wanting to assure them
Of his friendhip and his love.
He picked a bunch of violets
And sent them by a dove...
And on the violet’s velvet leaves
He pierced these lines divine
That simply said, “I love you”
And, “I’m your Valentine”...
So through the years that followed.
From that day unto this.
Folks still send messages of love
And seal them with a kiss....
Because a saint in prison
Reached through prison bars one day
And picked a bunch of violets
And sent them out to say
That Faith and Love can triumph.
No matter where you are.
For Faith and Love are greater
Than the strongest prison bar.
Helen Steiner Rice
by Ann Stringfield
This afternoon, while I
listened to a Beatles album,
you came into the world. Nine
and a half pounds of woman -
they tell me you won’t open
your eyes. I can hardly blame
you, little one.
As the snow comes down.
I’m trying to think of some
profundities to pass along to
you. Since I’m not quite
twenty, I rather doubt my
“Mankind owes to the
child the best it has to give.”
That’s a United Nations
declaration. I, however, do not
think man ever has or ever
will live up to that obligation.
Letter to the Editor
Last year was the year of the
child and thousands of
Cambodian children starved
One thing you should
remember: The world owes
you nothing and most people
could care less whether you
exist or not. It’s up to you to
make them care or at least
make them feel guilty about
Another thing - don’t ever
let anyone tell you what you
are or what you are not - you’ll
tend to believe the first if it’s
good and disbelieve the last if
it’s bad. You’ll be more than
aware of your weaknesses
anyway and it’s probably best
if you’re not totally cognizant
of your strengths - they work
better if they’re in the
background. I know that’s
going against all philosophy of
the “me generation,” but I
think it’s for the best. You’re
important but not nearly so
important as you think.
Because you’re my first
niece, you’ll always be special
to me. You’ll probably ^ the
last of this branch to carry on
the Stringfield name, so I’m
placing much faith on you.
And as my mother’s first
grandchild you’ll have a lot to
live up to. Hold your head
high, little one and...
Welcome to the world,
Meredith on film > thanks!
Thank you for your recent
editorial concerning the
audio-visual presentation of
Meredith designed for
distribution to high schools in
North Carolina and other
Although the Office of
Admissions was responsible
for coordiating this produc
tion, we want the campus
community to know that the
production was a total college
effort. A faculty-student
committee began ite work in
January 1979 in a “talk
session” with the technical
producers of the Learning
Resources Network (LRN) of
Durham; assisted in script
revisions and slide selections;
and joined the admissions
staff in critiquing preliminary
showings of the film. Faculty
and students were helpful in
providing interviews and
allowing photographs to be
made, and students escorted
"Not too long ago
I was speechless.
Now I'm teaching Ben
how to talk"
photographers to the many
settings pre-arranged by the
admissions staff. This joint
effort - from January of last
year through mid-October of
the current academic year -
contributed significantly to
the excellence of the Meredith
While writing, I would like
to express special ap
preciation from us all to two
members of the admissions
staff - to Mrs. Shera Hube for
the total coordination of the
production and to Mrs. Sue
Kearney, who with Mrs. Hube
worked with LRN to effect the
various changes recom
mended by the faculty-student
I am pleased to report
that the Office of Student
Development and Student Life
Committee plan to schedule a
showing of this film for the
entire student body. They will
join you, I am sure, in having
the deep sense of pride voiced
in your editorial.
Mary Bland Josey
Director of Admissions
^mEdcan CollEgiatt ^0Et£i ^ntljologp
is sponsoring a
jgational College ^Poetrp Contes;
Spring Concours 1980
open to all college and university students desiring to have their poetry
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AWARDS of free printing for ALL accepted manuscripts in our popular,
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Deadline: March 31
CONTEST RULES AND RESTRICTIONS;
1. Any student is eligible to submit his verse.
2. Ail entries must be original and unpublished.
3. All entries must be typed, double-spaced, on one side of the page only.
Each poem must be on a separate sheet and must bear, in the upper left-
hand corner, the NAME and ADDRESS of the student as well as the
COLLEGE attended. Put name and address on envelope also!
4. There are no restrictions on form or theme. Length of poems up to
fourteen lines. Each poem must have a separate title.
(Avoid "Untitled"!) Small black and white illustrations welcome.
5. The judges'decision will be final. No info by phone!
6. Entrants should keep a copy of all entries as they cannot be returned.
Prize winners and all authors awarded free publication will be notified
immediately after deadline. I.P. will retain first publication rights for
accepted poems. Foreign language poems welcome.
7. There is an initial one dollar registration fee for the first entry and a
fee of fifty cents for each additional poem. It is requested to submit
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Due to illness, Regine
Nickel was not able to submit
her column this week. Look
for her column next week.
Carlyle Campbell Library
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weekends - rotating - May 19-July 18, on campus room and board.
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received before February 28, 1980.
We received a letter to the
editor that was signed “A
Concerned Student.’’ Our
policy on letters to the editor
submitted for publication is to
print only those signed with
the name of the writer. If this
“Concerned Student’’ will
come by to sign her letter, we
will print it in the next issue.