page ttoee Februaiy 17.1993 Campus Editorial Counterpoint Point Students debate Open House policy Meredith College has had a long-standing tradition of no open house in the residence halls. It now looks as if that policy might be in danger. Itis my belief that Meredith would only sulfer from allowing c^o house. We here at Meredith seem to take our safety and security for granted. On 'Hiursday, February 11,1 had a Raleigh policewoman tell me, and several others, that Meredith is known for its safety record and that the main reason we are so safe is because we do ttot have open house, and we do not allow males in the residence halls. 1, one, do not want to jeopardize my safety. When each of us came to Meredith, we were well aware of the strict policy on open house. We chose to come here anyway. It seems that we have forgotten the decision we eacdi made to further our educa tion. Meredith’s immary objective is to educate, not to promote one’s social life. Open house starts out as one Sunday a month for four hours, but then it snowballs iitto open house at all times, and there is-no going back. 1 do not believe everyone is aware of ttie problems open house could create. What if you want your boyfriend in your room and your roommate objects? Who gives in and loses her rights? Both of you pay equal tuition and have equal ri^ts, but somebody has to lose. Is it fair? No, it is not. Why do students here want to create extra problems? We have the rest of our lives to share our space with men, so do not try to force it on us now. It is only four years, and you can see your boyfriend somewhere else, but not in my residence hall. My mother and my sister attended Meredith, and I have heard about and seen many changes occur throughout the years. What we must remember is that all change is not good, and we have to protect our world, Meredith, as we know it. Lori Watson Beckie Faw Junior Junior Major: Business Major: English Meredith College Top 10 Lies T-shirt $10 Order today through Friday at lunch and dinner (except Friday dinner) sponsored by junior class Bring your friends and have fun! Friday, Feb. 19,1993 9:00 p.m. Kresge Auditorium pH«ii9E0!i| lTO-13|rtte Meredith has long been a meeting ground for open minds. Unfortunately, as the Open House recommendation has evolved, ttiis tradition has been clouded by minds being closed. The argument that Open House 0{qx)ses MerediOi tradition stems from a misunderstanding of our roots. Meredith tradition is based not solely on rings, littte sisters, or the WOMEN ONLY signs. In a larger sense, tradition here is about diange. growth, and evolution. Indeed Meredith’s original students— the immonal ten—defied tradi* tion by attempting to get educa tions. Fortunately for us, their determination to stimulate change and their willingness to tftink and evolve created a precedent for fu ture Meredith generations. Stu dents ^nce then have followed their lead, and we now recognize Meredith as a place where the vi- si(M of students guides ^dent government and administration. Hie current vision of studeius—at least the 89.1% who indicated so on last spring’s Senate survey—is to follow the tradition of change by opening our campus for weekend Open House activities. The empty parking lots, deserted dining hall, and vacant ccHirtyards do not lie: most Meredith students do not remain at 3800 Hillsborou^ Street on weekends. Instead, we seek hubs of social activity whether at home in Fuquay- Varinaor at UNC-Chapel Hill. What we are seeking off-campus—activities— can be provided easily on-campus. Open House will inoease student involve ment on campus during weekends by offering students more things to do, like movies, wor^p, athletic tournaments, fund raisers, canoeing, or picnics. The visitation element, which is a minor part of the proposal, allows students who live in residence halls to open their rooms as their homes—a right afforded to most other students on college campuses. With more weekend activities, we are more likely to remain on campus throughout weekends, to feel that Meredith is our home, and to share it with friends and family. While Open House was created to meet the needs of currem Meredith students, the policy will inevitably boost i^cruitment Hie shrinking market of applicants forces colleges to be mH'e competitive in attracting students. Meredith is no exception this trend. While enrollment continues to decline, Meredith must do all it can to recruit and retain students. Open House will allow Admissions to truthfully sell weekend activities as a benefit of coming to Meredith and to dispel claims that this is a suitcase school. Such a positive social atmosphere on weekends will enhance the image that [Hospective students get of Meredith, thus increasing our chances of recruiting more students. But perhafK the main reason to support Open House lies in its title— temporary. Open House from 1 to 5PM on the third Sunday of September, October, and November during the ^1 semester will give the campus an opportunity to experience and evaluate what an open house is like. If we like it, we can suggest dates for future open houses. But the real jewel of this temporary policy is that if we don’t like it, we can trash it with the assurance that it is good for neither the students nor the school. It is only by tasting the medicine that we can know if Open House is the right prescription. Without trying it, we will never know. Open House will not turn Meredith into Animal House for the third Sunday of each month during the fall semester. Nor will it open the door for 24-hour visitation or a co-ed curriculum. Open House is truly about improving the lives of Meredith students during weekends. Ceriainly, the roots of this policy empower Meredith students with the freedom and ability to change their environment into what they feel it should be. Without change, our tradition of open minds may tnmsform into closed doors.

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