Vol. 1. No. 7 Meredith College, Raleigh, NC 27611 March 27,1986
First phase of re-wiring buildings underway
by Betsy Short, Editor
T&A Electronics Company works on grounds to prepare for re-wiring
Due to the outdated electrical system,
the transformer, which feeds electricity to
the buildings through primary lines, blew
out in Brewer dorm last fall, Avant said.
According to Charles Taylor, vice pres
ident of business and finance, “Even
before Brewer’s transformer blew, we had
identified the problem of the inadequate
The bulldozers you have seen digging
up ground around campus are a part of a
project to re>wire electrical lines leading
to Vann, Stringfield, Brewer, and Fair-
cloth dorms, and Hunter Hall, according
to Lon Avant, electrician.
Taylor noted that the electrical system
was installed m 1926. before hairdryers,
curling irons, televisions and refrigerators
were popular items in dorm rooms.
The problem of overloading the elec
trical system is due in part to these items.
The construction underway now is
only the first of three proposed phases to
“upgrade the electrical distribution." ac
cording to Taylor.
The first phase was approved and con
struction began early in February. The
cost of this phase is S2S0,000, Taylor said.
This phase is the most important,
according to Taylor. “The problem (over
loading circuits in the older buildings)
could not continue," he said.
The two other proposed phases, which
will include the re-wiring of the remaining
dorms, classrooms and administrative
buildings, will “prepare for future
growth,” Taylor said. However, accord
ing to Taylor, other priorities will take
precedence over the second and third
These priorities include the re-roofing
of several academic buildings, the repair
and replacement of gutters causing water
damage to walls and the general upgrad
ing of the inside of the older dorms, Tay
The long-range re-wiring plans provide
for an clectrical distribution loop which
would circle the outer part of the campus,
While the first phase is scheduled to be
completed by June 15. 1986, Taylor said,
“Most of the outside grounds work has
been completed. The remainder of the
project will center in the tunnels under the
Taylor noted that there may be power
interruptions as the old electrical system is
“cut over" to the new, but this should
occur during the summer once school is
Dining Services offer Treat Yourself
Kim Alien, News Editor
Many students have questions about
the posters in the cafeteria which adver
tise the new “Treat Yourself Right”
*The program is a good nutrition pro
gram which meets the American Heart
Association guidelines for healthy eat
ing,” Mike Bellefeuil, director of food ser-
The program should be continual. “It's
something we are planning to stay with,”
Foods which are low in sodium and
cholesterol, such as spaghetti made with
out butter, will be offered. According to
Bellefeuil, the cafeteria staff will try to
have a couple df'tKe spedal foods ^ch
day. The “Treat Yourself Right” items
will be marked with a plastic pic.
Bellefeuil said that changes already
have been made in the salad bar. More
fresh vegetables which are low in sodium
are being made available.
As a means of promotion for the new
program, Bellefeuil said T-shirts and lapel
buttons will be given away, randomly at
the cash register as students exit the food
Bellefeuil said he plans to have the pro
gram underway Tuesday, April 1, .1986.
*i hope that it will make the students
more aware of what they are eating. We
should beable to get some positive results
from the program,” Bellefeuil said.
'Meredith Abroad’ program
continues to grow
by Paig€Le1sr,'Rep'ofter '
The Meredith Abroad program has
grown from sponsoring two trips in 1974
to sponsoring more trips than It has ever
Dr. Roger Crook, head of the religion
department, organized the first Meredith
Abroad program for students in 1974 and
has been involved with it ever since. At
first the Meredith students going abroad
only went to England or sometimes Sco
tland. The 1986 itinerary includes staying
in Switzerland for the first time, besides
the usual stay in London.
Crook most enjoys “going out in a
hired car for the long weekend” while
The students also get a long weekend
to travel wherever they want. Two of the
students who went abroad last summer
commented on going to Wimbledon.
Stephana West, senior, spent three days
“1 saw John McEnroe, and we saw
Jimmy Connors across from where we
were staying,” West said.
. Meredith is sponsoring more groups to
go abroad this year than ever before.
Thirty-seven students are going on the
England-Switzerland trip which lasts
about 11 weeks.
Other Meredith Abroad programs in
clude a five-week trip to France and a
five-week trip to Spain. About 15 stu-
Cominued on page 3
‘Operation Raleigh’: A youth leadership development project
by Stephana West, News Reporter
Operation Raleigh, a youth leadership
development project, is now recruiting
area youth to participate in a four-year
international expedition designed for
“young people who have outstanding
personal characteristics and potential to
lead and serve” said Mark Ely, selection
coordinator for the organization.
Ely said that during the next three
years the organization’s goal is to select
1,000 promising young Americans be
tween the ages of 17 and 24. Selected
participants or ^Venturers” will join 3,000
others from 40 countries in remote and
challenging locations before returning to
community service in their jooal envir-
onnnents. Operation Raleigh will visit all
seven continents during its four-year stint.
These expeditions will take place in 16
Ely said that Operation Raleigh needs
reliable and enthusiastic participants with
a high potential for leadership. The tui
tion for each venturer is$5,500which is to
be raised jointly by the participant and
through contributions to a scholarship
fund by corporations, foundations and
some individuals. Applications and more
information about the program are avail
able in the Office of Career Services.
Operation RaJeigh,a non-profit organ
ization. is a joint British-American pro
ject which promotes round-the-world
scientific research, exploration and com
munity services projects for better world
undersunding. The organization was
initiatel Prince .Charles of England
i^ndisdir^ed l^a multinational panelof
military lead^ explorers, and scientists.