Campus Editorial Barbie fails math(ematicians) Bill Clinton's record October 7,1992 page two What a putdown! I’ve been a fan of Barbie since I was a little girl, andl always wished she could talk to me. Now, finally, she can, but this, of all things, is what she has to say: “Math class is tough.” Let’s face it: Barbie personifies many stereotypes with her blond hair, blue eyes, and tall volup tuous figure, but she doesn’t need another supposed attribute to add to her list. Maybe mathemati cians are mak ing a moun tain out of a mole hill over Barbie’s little announce ment, but I can see where they’re com ing from. Being a math major at Meredith, I have had to fight long and hard against the old cliche that “girls don’t do math.” When I tell people my major, some seem surprised that Meredith even of fers such a degree, and then they say, “Oh, are you going to be a teacher?” For some reason a lot of people consider applied math ematics to be unfeminine. I think the main problem with Barbie’s declaration is that it’s too matter-of-fact Shedoesn’t say, “Math class can be tough.” She says, “Math class is tough.” Little girls think Barbie can do anything. I fear some little girls will say to themselves, “If Barbie thinks math is tough. I’d better not even try it.” Also, the state ment is unnec essarily nega tive. She could say, “Math class is fun and challenging.” This would still convey the idea that math can be difficult without sug gesting that math is impossible for girls to comprehend. Mattel assumed an enor mous resposibility when it de- see EDITORIAL, page seven Meredith Herald EdUorittC^ier R^portm. Trista Schagm, Julie Smith, Kate Stewart, Sara Maulisby, Cbrlsdna Peo|rfes,8afabMus^^ Traci Latta, Kimberly 5£ucker, Jackie Webb Contributing Writers,,... Nancy Bradley, Ellen Greer, Mary Dana Morrill, Kristen Mundy,Kristen Tyvoll, Missy Bamkat Technical Advisor I .aura Davenport Edltori^PoUcy The M«reditb BtraW i$. pabilshcd by the Cotlege feroiigbout t|« ye«^- *nKS pa|xsr»f«Ddfid by the etdlcg^aod through ’The Bersld retains tho right not to publish maie««i» containing pcrsousl attacks, tesults, ridicule, nr Uholous slatrsaents, All tetters to the cduor must be signed, the ophnons exceed in editorial columns do SotneceMarity fefiect Bvase Of the OObege adtninistrMiOn, facuhy, or student body, Letteru to the Edbtw Policy Everyeae in the Metedhh community is invited to write a leher to the editor, AU jpnblbhed letters must bo tj^ewtitten wt* oontoot mune Ond address and t^ephose nurobor. tMi Jotters must be «gncd by the uutbor, bot munes will be withheld upmt request Layout Editor. TraceyRawIs BoainessMattagKr«..KtmlIaslam Cvy Edihw Susan Ffliley NewaEditm* ^ 4.» 44^ BcihLowry Features Editor.S«iah Kolhatkar iSpoits Editor.,, .Amy Wlutt. Layout As^stant..,.„,.Bt^y Mao Advisor Nan Miller Submitted by College Demo crats The Clinton Record on Education • Under Bill Clinton test scores in Arkansas for elemen tary reading and math skills have gone up 35% and 40%, respec tively. • Under Clinton, high school graduation by seniors in Arkan sas has risen 34%. • Clinton has set higher stan dards for all Arkansas schools, requiring intensive instruction in basic skills, offering a broader range of advanced courses, strictly limiting class sizes and regularly testing student and teacher performance. • In 1991, Clinton provided teachers with an average $4,000 salary increase, the highest per centage increase in the nation that year. • Governor Clinton created the Arkansas Academic Chal lenge Scholarships to provide college scholarships to middle and low-income high school stu dents who achieve a 2.5 GPA in a college-core curriculum, score 19 on the ACT, and stay off drugs. Clinton will establish a set of national standards for elementary and high school students and will inaease Chapter One funding to reduce class size in schools serv ing children from lower and middle-income families. • Clinton will fully fund Head Start. • Clinton will establish a Na tional Service Trust Fund, making college tuition available to all Americans. The money may be paid back as part of their income or through community service. The Clinton Record on Jobs and the Economy • Bill Clinton has created manu facturing jobs at ten times the na tional average, and Arkansas leads the nation in job growth. • Arkansas citizens are enjoy ing income growth at twice the national average. • Clinton has balanced eleven consecutive budgets since taking office. • Far from a tax-and-spend lib eral, Governor Clinton has helped 17,000 welfare recipients in Ar kansas to move from welfare rolls to payrolls. Letters to the Editor- Computer director responds to editorial I agree with Amity Brown on the fact that some things at Meredith don’t work BUT that is primarily because PEOPLE don’t make them work. As Director of Academic Computing it is my responsibility to manage the computer labs. Note that I said manage— my belief is that the labs belong to the college—each student needs to take responsi bility for her computer use. When you use a typewriter, you don’t expect someone to put paper in the typewriter. Why then do students insist on putting signs on the printers saying the printer is broken when the printer is out paper or when the paper is loaded incorrectly? Yesterday, I re ceived a complaint that “None of the printers in the Harris 102 lab were working.” Within 10 min utes every one was working. None was really broken. Problems were no paper, paper not loaded correctly, ribbon not loaded correctly, printer switch (printer shared by two com puters) not set correctly. I believe that complaining does absolutely no good UNLESS you tell the correct person. I also believe in doing something to correct situa tions and doing something so the situation does not happen again. So, in the Harris computer labs. see LETTER page seven

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