Campus Editorial January 13,1993 page two The story begins with a tur- baned figure guiding his camel through the sand in time to a faintly Eastern melody. All is magic for a moment ... and then the figure nears: a stock cartoon Arab with a bulbous nose and gargantuan headdress whose comic critique of the setting, Agraba — “It’s barbaric, but hey! It’s home” — begins a series of offensive gags based on old American stereo types of the East, including some desperate peddling of such dubi ous treasures as Dead Sea Tupperware. The figure’sunde- V e 1 o p e d ethnicity is, unfortunately, characteristic of Aladdin, needlessly spoiling an otherwise wonderful feature. The original tale is Arab, translated into English from an Arabic manu script first published in France in 1888, and its principal characters are Chinese and Moor—yet little of the rich culture of either people comes through in the Disney ver sion. The Sultan’s palace looks Laura Savage English major like the Taj Mahal, the characters swear by Allah, the jinn refers to Scheherazade, and the princess wears harem pants; but beyond these if little to mark the story or the characters as anything by American. The characters sing Broadway-style show tunes by the award-winning song team of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast: Alan Menken, Howard Ashman andTim Rice. Robin Wil liams’ spirited genie dons a Ha waiian shirt and baseball cap for travel; while speaking he transforms into a wide range of American per sonalities in cluding Ed Sullivan, Jack Nicholson and Arsenio Hall. The hero’s face and form are modelled on Anglo-American Scott Weinger of television’s “Full House,” who also provides Aladdin’s voice. The princess’ name is Jasmine with an Ameri- see EDITORIAL page eight Letters to the Editor Meredith Herald Editor in Chief Amity Brown Layout Edltor,..„,..,.-traceyRawfe Bo$lnessMatmger.«.KimHaslam. Cq)yEditar.,.*........-..S«sanFmtey NywsEditor BeihLowry; Features Editor.Soaali Kolhalk^r S|»orts Editor.„.*..«.«..Amy Whitt Advisor Nan Miller Reporters Trista Schagat, Julie Smith. Kate Stewart, Sara Maullsby, Christina Peo|^e.s, Sarah Muss, Traci EaUa, Kunbeily 7,ucker, Jackie Webb Contributing Writers*,,,. Jaa Ounn,BDnisHayworlb*taumDav- ' enport, Kristen Tyvoll Technical Advisor ^ Laura Davenport Edlttwrlal l*aUcy , * The Meredith Herald is published hy the College throughout lh« bcedmtc paper » frmded by the college and tbraugb edverfcing, ’The Herald rctwos the nght t0ShKshmtew»Uconlammg|«»otttaattscks.tomlt«,ridicule. orU^lous statement Ail letters to the editor must he signed. The opimons expressed m editorial pot necessadly reflect those of the college admioistnitioa, faculty, or student body. Letters to the Edlltw Fotky * >, *i( Everyone in the Meredith comumnlty is luvuod to write a letter to the editor. All phblisbed tetlcm must be lypewntten with contact name and address and telephone number. All letters must be signed by the audior. hut names will be watobeid upoo request This letter is in response to the editorial written by Tracy Humphrey in the last edition of the Meredith Herald, regarding the “PIT PARKING” for seniors only! I am currently a senior and reside in the Barefoot dormitory and yes, I do have a car on cam pus. I want to commend you on an extremely long and repeti tious editorial about your con cern for the welfare of the jun iors. The first word that caught my eye was “pilgrimage.” Al low me to give you the Webster’s definition for this word: “A jour ney of a pilgrim; one to a shrine or sacred place.” I do not believe the green lot falls into this cat egory. I also do not believe it takes any person on this campus ten minutes to walk to the green lot, let alone any building on this entire campus. I am concerned about ev ery person’s safety on this cam pus and would like you to be aware that the green lot is lit up like a large metropolitan city and the “pit,” like a dungeon. The walkway from the “pit” does not have one light or security phone, while the green lot has several secuity phones and numerous lights. If you are so concerned for the safety of the juniors, I suggest you contact a security guard to walk you from your car to the “ever-so-far” Poteat dor mitory. I will agree with you that we do not have enough seniors who utilize the spaces. I will not speak for all seniors, but I think we could bend and give you a few of the leftover spaces in the “pit,” which is normally half full on a Monday morning. Then your “pilgrimage” may only be nine minutes instead of 10. I hope you will reconsider and look at what you were infer ring in your editorial, and I would like to correct you in your state ment about how “seniors hadn’t caught on yet.” The seniors had caught on, because it doesn’t take us long! I want you to be aware that if ever your wish comes true and you get your “pit” back, good luck next year when your class is much larger than ours and the pit is so full that you are forced to park in the “horrible spaces in the green lot” Kimberly Anne Burke Student questions honor code I would like to make note of the way Meredith punishes its stu dents for honor code violations. By fining students it does not teach them any sense of responsibility or wrong doing. A student gets in trouble and all she has to do is pay up — that is just not right. In literal terms, she is buying herself out of trouble. There are several other methods of punish ment that could be given in order for the student to realize her wrong doing. One type of punishment is community service on campus. The way Meredith is taking care of honor code violations needs some serious looking at and revising. Kendra Dillingham Student complains about cafeteria I have been a student at Meredith College for a year and a half, and I love it here. I have a great suite, great friends, great teachers, great classes, and a great studying atmosphere. I don’t re ally have anything to complain about, except the cafeteria’s food. Like most of the young women here at Meredith, I am fortunate enough to be receiving an educa tion with the help of my father’s pocket, considering that I couldn’t pay approximately $10,000 to go here on my own. Since my family is paying enormous amounts of money to put me through college, I would expect the utensils I use in the cafeteria to be clean and the food I eat to be absent of foreign objects. I asked 20 different people, and all 20 said that they had en countered things other than food on their plates during their break- see LETTERS page seven

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