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dorms after closing hours. Already, since the
fall semester has begun, an amount in excess
of $2000 in parking tickets, including tickets
from the lot known as the “pit” by Poteat, and
other fines have been charged. As for the night
security, they cannot be everywhere at the
same time. If students are concerned about
safety, they have the option of sitting in their
cars with the headlights on as an indication
that they are waiting to be let in;
I have a suggestion that may help make
the security department more efficient Per
haps if other departments would do their own
jobs and stop having security do it, they would
have more time for the students. Security's job
is to protect our campus and help get things,
like parking, running smoothly. They are not
here to do the work of other departments.
To those of you who are so quick to criti
cize, I have a question for you. Have you ever
complimented or thanked a security guard
when they have done something right for you?
May I remind you that there are two types of
delivery cards, and it would be nice if they
heard some positive feedback, rather than just
the negative. I think many of you take for
granted the fact that security is here. Think
about what this campus would be like without
them. Would you feel as safe at night as you do
now? Chief Shattuck wants to hear from the
students. Rather than complaining to those
who cannot or will not do anything, talk to the
man in charge about any questions or concerns
you may have (829-8524).
Kristine M. Stagg
Computers students' responsibility
I wish people would stop complaining
how nothing works around here, especially the
printers. I just transferred from a wonderful
school where they had only ten computers and
they were only for computer students. There
was no word processing package available for
the student body. You just had to buy your own
computer or hope one of your friends had one.
So wake up Meredith - it could be a lot worse.
Did it ever occur to you that instead of
complaining you need to find a solution? Well,
that’s what I did. I was the one that came up with
the idea of a self-help session on the printers in
102 Harris, and I was the one that would have
conducted it had anyone decided to attend. But
no one did. I sat in the downstairs lab for the
hour before the session was to start and watched
people print their work. Not one printer was
broken and not one has been all week.
I did leave for about ten minutes to helo
someone upstairs. When I returned there was a
note on a printer that not thirty minutes before I
watched someone print a paper on. The note
said, “Printer Broken.” Well, I set out to fix it
and found the trouble in about five seconds...
there was no paper loaded. You see if that
person had stayed to attend the session that was
starting in another twenty minutes they would
have learned how to load the paper and would
not have gone away frustrated. But they did not
stay and no one came.
Students need to take responsibility for
their situation and the equipment they have
become dependent upon. Had that student not
left the note, someone else knowing how to load
paper would have. But when a note is left, no
one tries. This help ^ssion that no one attended
would have taken some stress out of why the
printers seem not to work. Most Monday morn
ings I go down with another lab assistant to see
if any of the computer systems need service.
One morning we found five notes saying that
the printers were broken. Within ten minutes
everyone of those printers were fine. What were
the problems? Well, two did not have paper
(there is an open'box left in there all the time),
one was “offline” meaning a button needed to
be pushed, and on the others, two jieople had
accidently pulled the pressure lever down. If
you had attended the offered help session you
would have been able to continue with your
work because you could have “fixed” these
problems yourself. Students need to write notes
to the lab assistants saying not that the printer is
broken but that they could not get it te work and
leave it on the desk.
Meredith, please take an interest in the
solutions being offered and not just the problem.
in the Meredith Herald but signs were up all
around the “troubled” room.
Re-entry student praises program
Thank you for the SepL 23 article “Con
tinuing Education grows during its 20 years.”
As a re-entry student at Meredith College,
I am so very happy to be able to fiirther my
education and learn in this friendly, stimulating
atmosfrfiere. All my adult life I have always
wanted to go to college, but at times I thought it
impossible. I graduated flrom the Waterbury
School of Nursing in Waterbury, Connecticut in
1948, and after two years of work in the opera
tion room of a Texas hospital, I married. Soon
after, I was on my way to Germany with my new
husband and my new six-week-old baby daugh
ter. In fact, I spent over thirty years in Germany,
raising my daughter and three more children; I
never dreamed of ending up as a re-entry student
at Meredith College in 1992.
It is true about a re-entry’s fear. I was very
scared the first day, but between Arme Dahle,
Director of the Re-entry Program, who soothed
my nerves, and my former years of experience as
a mother and survivor in Germany, I felt I could
handle my fear. I was relieved. I have never felt
unwanted or out of place in any of the classes.
The professors are helpful beyond imagination
here at Meredith College.
However, I am thrilled to be back here in
the good old U.S.A. My children were all edu
cated in the United States, and finally I can catch
up on my education here at Meredith.
Frances J. Hoffmann
Friday momiftgs from 10-11 a.m.
Personal Growth and Counseling
Center, Second Cate
Group meetings will be confidential and geared
towards coping with stress; e.g. how does one
juggle the demands of school, family and/ or
work? The group meetings can also be used to
address other topics of concern.
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