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October 21,1992 page five
Self-defense workshop offered to Meredith community
by Christina Peoples
The SafeSkills program was
held Sept. 24 and 30 in
Weatherspoon Gym, as well as a
training session for RAs and RDs.
The program will be offered again
on Oct. 22 and 26. The instructors
are Kathleen Hopwood and Eliza
beth Seigler. Between them, these
women have over 30 years of expe
rience in the crime and violence
prevention field. Both Hopwood
and Seigler emphasize the impor
tance of being psychologically as
well as physicallly prepared to meet
the challenge of a confrontation.
SafeSkills incorporates both ver
bal and physical techniques in a three-
hour program. The main points of the
agenda were as follows: assessing
personal danger, knowing options, ef
fective resistance, ploys attackers use,
and verbal assertiveness.
The program teaches four steps
to both aquaintance and stranger rape.
Despite the stereotypes associated with
rape, 60-75 percent of all reported rapes
are committed by someone the victim
knows. In acquaintance i^)e the four
steps are intrusion into personal space
with touching or sexual language,
desenitization or the dismissing of un
comfortable feelings by the victim.
White Iris Ball considered a success
by Kate Stewart
The 1992 White Iris Ball,
sponsored by the Meredith Enter
tainment Association, was held last
Saturday night at the Raleigh Civic
According to Jill Tuttle of
MEA, the event was a huge suc
cess. Tuttle explained that since
the ball she has gotten a good re
sponse from some of those who had
attended and felt in particular that
the new laser light show at the ball
went very well. Ticket sales were
strong this year as there were ap
proximately 1,200 people in atten
The decorations for this years’
White Iris Ball crystal bowls with irises
and greenery around them along with
balloons that were scattered around. In
addition to the decorations, veteran
ball-goers may have noticed that the
ball did feature a bigger dance floor
than in years past
According to Christina Peoples,
freshman, the ball was a lot of fun
because everyone seemed to feel com
fortable since the atmosphere was nice
but not too formal. She also enjoyed
the decorations as she felt that they
were nice and simple. The deejay at
the ball also did a good job. Peoples
commented on the music by saying, “I
loved it because he played a wide
variety of music, which covered
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isolation, and assault. Stranger rape
involves searching for a vulnerable
victim, testing the victim by the reac
tion to the rapist’s approach, isola
tion, and assault.
If confronted, before physically
fighting back, a person should act
confident not vulnerable, deal with
uncomfortable feelings, say “no,” and
yell and/or run. If physically fighting
back is the only option, then act
quickly and strike the target areas:
the eyes, nose, throat, groin, knees,
Scottie Eustis, a freshman who
attended the program, said, “I learned
a lot. I definitely feel more confident.
I think I would have the courage to
take control of the situation if some
thing ever came up.”
Shannon Smith, freshman, said,
“I found the information helpful and
useful. It was actually kind-of fiin. I
encourage others to take the class. It
was a well-spent $20.”
With the statistic that one in
three women will be assaulted in
their lifetimes, self-defense is a very
beneficial program. If you are inter
ested in attending a session of
SafeSkills, contact your RA or your
RD, or contact SafeSkills at P.O.
Box 61643, Durham, NC.
Flag football victors determined
by Sara Maultsby
The flag football intramurals ended in an exciting final game. Third
Faircloth defeated First and Second Faircloth for the Superbowl title on Oct.
On OcL 7, the Student/Faculty football game was held. Even though the
game ended in a tie, the faculty dominated most of the game, with thestudents
coming from behind to keep the faculty in check.
The game was filled with great spirit and fun. Dr. Michael Novak, History
department, said, “It was the best spirited game I’ve ever played in.” He
summed up the faculty’s performance by saying, “ For a bunch of old guys, we
did pretty good against all those stars.”
Meredith students volunteer for NC Star
by Kimbeiiy Zucker
North Carolina Students Teach and Reach (NC Star) gives middle and
high school students a chance to learn about racial tolerance in a safe
environment. College students go into schools and lead discussions on these
topics. Their three main objectives are to help students practice racial
tolerance, to improve human relationships in schools and communities, and to
improve the educational environment in schools.
Meredith has about thirty students involved in the program. To be a NC
Star volunteer, the students must go through facilitation and diversity training.
This training involves interactive training, role-playing, and brainstorming.
The training sessions are offered at different colleges throughout the year. The
next one is Nov. 5, in Chapel Hill. More training sessions will be offered in
the Raleigh area next semester.
NC Star began in 1990 during the 30th anniversary of the Greensboro
Sit-Ins. By 1991, six school systems were involved in NC Star. There were
15,000 public school students working with 300 college students.
Robert Hawkins, the director of NC Star, feels that the program teaches
not only how to deal with racial tolerance, but also how to raise self-esteem.
This program sheds a positive light on sensitive issues by providing a role
model to which high school students are able to relate. Once involved in the
program, the volunteers often branch out to other community services. NC
Star is a way that people can give back help and support to their communities
in many different forms.
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