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October 21,1992 page four
Re-entry emphasizes tradition among the non-traditional students
by Amity Brown
Senior portraits. Cornhuskin’. Class Day.
All of the traditions of a Meredith student’s
senior year. All of the traditions Jamie B.
O’Briant, a senior and a re-entry student, plans
to participate in this year.
“I’m going for the total experience this
year,” O’Briant said.
“Actually Cornhuskin’ is my most favor
ite thing I’ve done here. This will be my fifth
year in Cornhuskin’. You can go to class any
where. You can sit and take lectures anywhere.
But where else can you get Cornhuskin’,’’ she
Such participation is not unusual for
O’Briant, last year’s president of Women in
New Goal Settings (WINGS) and a member of
Kappa Nu Sigma and Silver Shield.
O’Briant came to Meredith College in
1982, taking only one class her first semester.
She claims, “I’ve been here a long time.”
“I came to Meredith because of its size, the
small size. Also the people in the re-entry pro
gram were so good and so helpful. They would
actually sit down with you and talk about what
you needed to do. Even after they pass you on to
another advisor, they still look after you,” she
According to O’Briant, an English major.
Dr. Louise Taylor’s English 111 got her hooked
on Meredith and its English department.
“English is something I’ve always liked. I
even like diagramming sentences. I also really
liked 111 with Dr. Taylor. I feel like she got me
on the right track. She’s got so much energy and
so much drive. You can feel the energy,” the
English major smd.
Campus to participate in
by Frances Pate
SGA is sponsoring Alcohol Awareness
Week from Oct. 19-23. The purpose of this
week is to educate the community on the physi
ological, social, legal, and emotional effects of
alcohol consumption and abuse. Through dif
ferent educational and social activities, SGA
hopes to achieve its goal.
Monday night peer educators spoke during
the class and hall meetings. Tuesday night the
movie Bright Lights, Big City was showa Af
terwards, everyone enjoyed making banana
splits. Tonight ComedySportz returns to
Meredith at 8 p.m. This event is sponsored by
SGA, MCA, MEA and MRA. According to
Jennifer Hartig, SGA President, “Comedy Sportz
is a Raleigh-based comedy act which empha
sizes audience participation, and good, clean
fun.” During half-time there will be a Mocktail
Jamie O'Briant, senior English major
O’Briant did not originally intend to
study English. After growing up in Justice,
NC, “a farming community between
Louisburg and Spring Hope,”
and graduating from Edward Best High
School in 1965, she moved to Raleigh and
attended Hardbarger Business College.
“I went for one year and got an execu
tive seaetarial degree. After that, I went to
work for the North Carolina Department of
Revenue. That’s where I met my husband,”
O’Briant and her husband, Leon
O’Briant, have been married “for almost
25 years.” They have one son, James, a
graduate of the University of North Caro-
Alcohol Awareness Week
competition between the classes. Hartig
said the “faculty judges will determine
which class has the most creative and best
tasting non-alcoholic beverage.” The win
ning class receives $50. Tlie event will be
held in Jones Auditorium.
Thursday night Melanie Home, MCA
President, will lead “Unwinding” in the
Chapel Commons Room at 8 p.m. On
Friday Barry Nickalson firom the Cary Po
lice Department will be speaking at the
Association of Meredith Commuters meet
ing at 10 a.m. in Kresge. There will also be
videos aired daily on MCTV, bulletin
boards in Johnson Hall and the residence
halls, and white crosses in the courtyard
representing North Carolina deaths caused
by alcohol-related accidents.
SGA invites the entire Meredith
lina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism.
“James gets tired of hearing me talk about my
classes all of the time, but he supports me,” she said.
After getting married O’Briant spent several
years working in the home. “I’m doing things kind of
in reverse. Now I really want to work. I had a chance
to stay home, and I’m glad I did it. Now I don’t need
to do that anymore. As hard as you work at Meredith,
you just can’t turn that drive off,” she said.
Right now, O’Briant has an internship with the
American Cancer Society, overseeing their booth at
the North Carolina State Fair. She had to recruit 80-
90 volunteers, hire potato peelers, and order ten
bushels of sweet potatoes. “We’ll be giving out
samples of sweet potatoes, and it was a real challenge
to do all this and make it work,” O’Briant said.
O’Briant, however, is accustomed to challenge,
after the anxiety she felt about going to college. “I
was really nervous about everything, especially math.
I put math off until I knew I was serious about
graduating. I was also afraid I’d be intimidated by all
the smart 18-year-olds. Then to top it all off, it
snowed on the first day of class, and I couldn’t make
it Anne Dahle [Director of the Re-entry Program]
got the notes and called me,” she said.
Concerning the relationship of traditional age
and re-entry students, O’Briant believes there is
practically no conflict.
She summed up by saying, “A lot of re-entry
women worry that they won’t be accepted by the
traditional age students, but it’s okay here. In the
classroom, I don’t see any difference. Once we get in
there, we’re all students. In fact, some of my favorite
people at Meredith have been the traditional age
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