N£V^PAP£R OF THE STUDENTS
OF MEREDITH COLLEQE
VOLUME LXfll NUMBER 20
MARCH 25. 1985
Meredith Performs Presents
Dawn Hutchens Ifar left], ChHssy Persons [centerl vkI Jennifer Hubbard \fer right],
appear In Meredith Performs "Vanities". [Photo by Steven A. Wilson]
by Chrlssy Pars(Xis
Meredith P^orms presents
“Vanities'', the long running Broadway
comedy. The plot revolves around the
lives and ioves of three best friends from
the South. The three are seen in three
different stages In their lives; as high
school cheerleaders, as sorority sisters
aix)ut to graduate from a large university,
and at an Informal reunion In Manhattan,
some six years after graduation.
The lines assigned to each of the
play’s three characters (ail Meredith stu
dents) have been labeled as bittersweet,
humorous, and satirical which provoke a
vyide range of emotions, from hilarity to
sympathy to cynicism. This play touches
people of all ages.
Dawn Hutchens w^li appear as
Kathy, the deep thinlter and planner.
Chrissy Parsons will appear as Mary, the
free spirit who can't wait to get away
from her mother. Jennifer Hubtard will
appear as Joanne, the girl whose goal is
a husband and children. Bob Wharton di
rected this comedy, and Paul Gabrtel de
signed the set.
The final showing is upcoming;
March 28, 29, 30 at 8:00 p.m., and Sun
day, March 31st at 2:00. Tickets are
S5.00 for adults and $3.50 for students
and senior citizens. Tickets will be avail
able at the door. Don't miss this one!
Education Consumer Affairs concerns Reagan
by Beth Blanken^lp
Virginia Knauer, special assistant to
President Ronald Reagan for Consumer
Affairs, and Director of the U.S. Office of
Consumer Affairs, spoke on educational
and consumer affairs, in Jones Auditor
ium March 18 at 10:00 a.m. on the
Meredith College campus.
“The faculty should be proud to be
called teachers,” said Knauer. "President
Reagan has called education the basic
foundation for the-^uture."
Knauer stressed concemsihat Pres
ident Reagan and Secretary of Education
Willian J. Bennett had at^ut education
and consumc^ affairs.
Knauer quoted from a 1963 report
that 17 percent of all Americans were il
literate. A1984 report stated that 75 per
cent of those obtaining a masters degree
had never had European history. Seven
ty-two percent had not taken classical
A 1985 report pointed out the need
for tnjstees to make sure the cunlculum
Knauer said, “The teachers are not
all at fault. Who is to blame for the intnj-
sion of television Into study time? Not
A special task force has been initia
ls into each state to focus on the prob-
len^ In education.
"We have the best scholastic record
in 20 years," Knauer said. "Schools and
students are different from those of years
Reagan stated that simple disci
plines have become legal matters. How
ever, Knauer quoted from the Febnjary
issue of Harpers which showed a com
parison of the discipline' problems In
schools in 1940 and In 1982.
Knauer said that In 1940 the maior
discipline problems were talking, chew
ing gum, making noise, and breaking In
line. In 1982 the discipline problems were
rape, robbery, assault, murder, end
Knauer stressed the need for parent
al involvement in the educational pro
cess. “President Reagan wants the na--
tlon to recognize the role of parents in
Knauer also spoke on consumer af
April 22-24 has been desigr>ated as
economic and consumer week. President
Reagan has selected the theme. “Con
sumers Should Know."
“The major Innovation is to change
our lives from a consumer's point of
view," said Knauer. "We have a responsi
bility as consumers to think and shop for
Knauer encouraged the audience to
go and expand new consumer tech
Knauer, a University of Pennsyl
vania graduate. Is presently Chairperson
of the Consumer Affairs Council. Before
JoinTng the Reagaf^ administration,
Knauer was President of Virginia Knauer
and Associates, Inc., a Washington,
D.C. consulting finn in consunrter Issues.
In 1969 Knauer was appointed the
Special Assistant to President Nixon for
Consumer Affairs and served as Dlrector
of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs.
Tlie Klarion Trio
by ‘Lla Braganza
The Kleu-ion Trio p^ormed in Cars
well Auditorium Wednesday, March 13 at
8; 00 p.m. at Meredith College. The trio
ccHislsts of James Hefferman on the
de^net, Margaret Simmons on the piano
and soprano Jeanie Wagner.
In the first set of songs, the German music was terse, the clarinet screeched, Simmons.
selection Wiegenhed, Cradle Song, was
a lullaby. Wagner's voice was sweet and
calm rather than shrill on the high notes.
. Ned Korem's anangement'of Sylvia
Plath’s poem, "Words” In the second set
was in contrast to that in the first. The
"Poppies in July” was more like
“Cradle Song” in the first set. The music
was soothing. Ned Roren's arrangement
was complemented by Hefferman and
The entire evening was a memorable
experience during which I experienced
various emotions. The Klarion Trio pro
vided a pleasurable evening of musical
Meredith professor co-author of book on North Carolina
Looking out across the Outer Banks,
explorer Venteano In 1524 thought the
Pamlico Sound was the Pacific Ocean.
Christopher and August Bechtler minted
the first gold dollar In the United States
near Rutherfordton in1831. In 1879, the
first telephone exchange in the state was
opened in Raleigh.
These and hundreds of other signifi
cant facts were documented by Meredith
College history professor, Dr. Thonrtas
Panamore, for a new book in honor of
North Carolina's 400th anniversary cele
North Carolina: Reflections of 400
years was commissioned by Branch
Banking and Trust Company (BB&T). The
l)ank recently presented a copy of the
book to the Meredith College library.
BB&T will also provide copies to every
college and university and public library
in the state,
ITie 176 page book I ncl udes t he work
of nearly 35 contributing authors and
photographers. It features more than 250
color and black and white photographs of
some of the state's most picturesque
landscapes and thought provc^lng es
says by leaders in agriculture, sports,
politics, business and the arts.
The heart of the book is a 56 page
segment authored by Dr. Panramore. This
segment details the state's 400 year his
tory In a unique timeline format.
According to the Introduction to the
section, the timeline is intended to pro
vide a connected, developmental outline
of significant and molding events. Heavi
ly illustrated, it is arranged In chronolo
gical order and color coded by era. The
Illustrations were selected to emphasize
the personal side of history and link peo
ple to events.
Referring to the timeline as “a con
cise, scholarly, detailed-historical tool,”
one reviewer wrote; “Teachers, students
and scholars of ^1 sorts are in Thongs C.
Pan’amore’R debt for this unique way of
tying tocjft^'ie' past and presfem-v
bodying as it does, the basic facts of his
tory with humanistic overtones.
Following the color lines from 'Dis
covery and Exploration' to the modem
era 'And Just the Other Day,' one has an
underst^dlng of the overlapping and in
tegration of one set of circumstances to
As an official project of the North
Carolina Museum of History Associates,
part of the proceeds from public sales of
the book will be used for renovation of
the History Museum’s new quarter In
the old Museum of Art building In Ra
North Carolina: Reflections of 400
Years Is available for purchase at any of
BB&Ts 153 branches In 88 cities across
the state. It Isaisoavaliabiebymaii order
or through the North Carolina Museum of
History and Museum of Art gift shops.
Contact BB&T, P.O. Box 1847, Wilson,
N.C. 27893 for order information. Pur
chase pric" ;s -j plus tax.
Dr. Tom Parramore