FebruaQ.17.1993 page five CaHipUS NCWS Two students attend theatre competition by Frances Pate Two Meredidi students represented the College at the American College Hieater Festival (ACIF) la^week. HeatherHollowellandS. Quincy Beard traveled Auburn University ia Auburn, Ala bama, to compete fbrttie Irene Ryan Acting Sdiol- arship. llie two w^ nominated for the award as a result of their parts in last semester's Ladyhouse Blues. The ACTF is an annual competitioQ that was created by Irene Ryaa several years ago. Q^yanis remembered as Granny on The Beverly Hillbil lies.) Schoolsacrossthenalionap[^yforaa)n^- tition enoy and submit ttieir plays to conq)ete in di^ictcompetitionentry and submit theirplays o> compete in district ACTF competitions. This year's district competition was held u Catawba College. Meredith students presented£AfyAou;« Blues. Although the play itself did not advance, Hoiiowell and Beard wore nominated to go onto the southeastern regional competttion. To compete in Auburn. Hoiiowell and Beard had to each chose one partner and a monologue to (»esenttotte judges. Both students saidchoosing an i^)impriate monologue was the hardest part of preparing for 0ie competition. Hoiiowell said, "You only have five minutes to i»’esent yourself. Tlialiswhatissofiustrating." Beard agreed aiKl said, 'K!)hoosiag pieces is theiiardest part-deli- nitely." Although tte conference is labeled as a asmpe- tition, Billy Murray, director of Ladyhouse S/^.saidthatitisootjustaboutconipeting. He said. "It is more instructive than anytiiii^ else.” Students learn fiom critiques.and learn ftom what they see odier students doing. Murray It gives stiidents exposure In performing in other settings and allows Uiem to see what other schools are doing. It is a real good way fbr them to judge themselves." Students can also attend workshops dealingwithdifferenttopics. The most important ^ng that the actors go fx'," said Murray, "is to watch the other people-the extreme talent in the {Mofessions. It is invalu^le to ttiem, to learn." HolloweH said she met a lot of very supportive people at the competition. iShe said, "They all warned you to excel." This was Beard's second year competii^, and she said she is again Oiankful see THEATRE COMPE1I7TON pags six PREMARZTAL contmued from page four like issuing tiiem squirt guns for a four alarm blaze.” A third result of sex before marriage is preg- naiKy outside ofmarriage'. 1 do not lotow o^ one unmarried college student who wants to have a b^y. Of course the common response to preg nancy outside of marriage is abortion. However, the controversy over abortion is shaiply dividing our country. ITie majority of the need for abortions would be eliminated if sex before marriage were eliminated, and therefore the majority of the con troversy over abortion would also be eliminated. In addition to these three physical effects of sex before marriage, there are also several emotional effects of sex before marriage. In a study con ducted by Redbcmk, it was found tiiat men and women who engage in sex before marriage are more likely to engage in sex with someone other than their spouse during their marriage. Premarit^ sex Increases the odds of extramarital sex. I think we can all imaginethe emotion^ effects ofiiiiding your husband is having an ^air. A second emotional effect of premarital sex is inhibited communication. Most of us seem to think having sex with someone with whom we are ro mantically involved will bring us closer to (hat person, but that is just not the case. According to national author Rusty Wright, sex without the commitment of marriage results in partners’ be coming less open, causing communication to dwindle. For women, closeness comes with com- munic^on, and sex before marriage hinders it ratiier than inspires it. Atiiirdemotional aspectinvolved with premari tal sex is self-esteem. A woman’s self-esteem is based on love and affection. When a woman has sex wiftout the commitment of marriage, without already having a man (Mx>mise lifelong fidelity, she may question whedier her partner really loves her or just wants to have sex. Any ticoe a woman even questions her source of love, her self-esteem is lowered. ' Atthispofnt, you are (mbably wondering why these dangers are limited to sex outside of mar riage. The risk with the physical dangers is having more than one partner or a partner who has had a sexual history. The only way to guard against STD’s and AIDS is to have one sexual partner for life, and the only way to insure that is to have sex exclusively within the confines of marriage. It is not safe to know that you are in love with someone or even that you will marry them. According to a study conducted by Paul Popenoe, one-third to one-half of all engagements are broken. The o^y way to completely protect yourself against the physical dangers of sex is to wait to have sex during marriage and to marry a man who has done tiie same. Even in the case of divorce and remarriage, if this i^nciple of confining sexual activity to maiTiage is followed, diances of being victimized by these (^ysical dwgers result when a female gives an intimate, vulnerable partof hersdf in sex without tfie commitment of marriage. It is now obvious that sex outside of marriage is dangerous to (^ysical health because of sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS and pregnancy, and sex outside of marriage is dangerous to emotional health becinise of increased fX’obability of extra marital sex, inhibited communication and lowered self-esteem. As 1 said eariier, I hope this informa tion causes you to questioiise^pusly and re-evalu- ate your sexual practices. Looney Tunes Lifile friends Weekend ‘93 Every year the Meredith community sets a weekend aside to invite "little friends" (children between the ages of four and 12) to participate in activities that focus on fun and fellowship. TheM^edith Recitation Association would like to invite you and your "litlle fri^d" to o>me to Little Friend's Weekend which will be held at Meredith, March 19-21. TTus weekend will be packed with great activities for your "little friend." Tliese activities will include t-shirt painting, Looney Olympics, a masquerade party and much, much more! We are all very excited about this special annual Mei^ith event, and we hope you and your favorite "little friend" will join us. The registration fee for this weekend is $20 per child. This fee covers fee cost of the child's meals in Belk Dining Hall on Saturday, snacks, activity supplies and a t-shirt. You may purchase a t-shirt for yoursdf for an extra $5. If you would like to join in the fun of the 1993 Litde Friend's Weekend, please register during lunch and dinner in Belk Dining Hall, Feb. 22 - Mar. 10. Any further qu^tions? Call Janine Russell (X7685) or Lori Little (X7664).

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