Editorial: Pizza party did not deliver
By Addie Tschaooler
Pizza anyone?....That question may
now have a different ring to it if you
were one of many who stood in line at
last week’s Pizza Fest.
As most people are aware, pizza is
a favorite among college women and
men for that matter. Pizza is something
that the college student is willing to
stand in line for, no matter how long
the line may be. As long as they get
their pizza, the time is well spent.
For many Meredith women, their
time was not well spent Oct. 25 at Pi
Sigma Epsilon’s Pizza Fest. I, among
the mob of others, had come to Belk
Dining Hall to be served 10 pieces of
pizza for $2.
1 arrived on time, 8:30 p.m. to be
exaa, but even so, the line had already
stretched the length of the cafeteria.
At about 8:50 p.m. we were told that
more pizza had been ordered and
would arrive by 9:00 p.m.
At 9:15 the pizza arrives and the
price has been changed as well as the
amount of pizza - five slices for $1.
Another 10 minutes goes by and I’m
the neict one up to the almost empty
table that was once lined with pizza.
About 35 hungry people are behind
me. One piece is left.
The club president informs every
one that the club cannot order any
more pizza, so everyone will now have
to wait in line to get their money back;.
She comments that they did not ex
pect so many people to show. Need
less to say I grabbed that last piece,
while others picked crumbs from the
boxes. Besides, many of us were count
ing on that pizza to be our supper.
To begin with, let me start out by
saying that the pizza fest was a good
idea; however, it was not handled ap
propriately. First of all, the pizza fest
was advertised all over campus,
through student mailboxes, bulletin
boards, and large signs in the Cate
Center. Pi Sigma Epsilon should have
anticipated the big turn out with all of
their effective advertising. After aU, $2
for 10 pieces of pizza ain’t half bad. A
possibility might have been to just take
a survey of all who intended to come,
so that enough pizza would have been
ordered in advance.
In addition, I felt that something
else should have been done for those
who did not get served. Although the
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club members informed us that three
out of the five pizza shops they had
ordered fix)m had closed for the night,
my question remained - what about
the other two? Let’s face it, by this
point in time all we wanted was our
pizza. Who cared where it came from?
The main issue here, however, was
not pizza, it was time - very valuable
time. Most of us wouldn’t have minded
that the pizza ran out if we hadn’t
alreadywaitedsolong. But all that time
had been wasted, time that could have
been spent studying for exams or fin
ishing a paper. Now, not only did we
have to ^sh that paper, but also find
a place to eat.
I can’t say that many of us are apt to
return for the spring Pizza Fest unless
we are assured that our pizza will be
ready and waiting.
Don’t get me wrong; the club had
a great idea and obviously put a lot of
time and effort into putting the Pizza
Fest together. I was just disappointed
in the planning.
Maybe next semester something
could be done to make the fest a little
more enjoyable for everyone.
If you are a club or
please make siu'e that
you sign-up for a time
to take organizational
These pictures will be
the ones that appear in
The sign-up sheets will
be in Cate Center.
There is a $10 fee for
Pictures willl be taken
on Tues., Nov. 29.
the Oak Leaves staff
Letter to the Editor: Save the Ginkgo
I write in reply to the letter from
Veronica L. King (one of my favorite
former freshman advisees—she de
clared her major in math!). She objects
to the Ginkgo (note speUing) tree that
produces the seed cones that do
smell...well...unusual. Yes, we can fo
cus on the smeU—or we can focus on
the tree itself and use it as a way of
increasing our knowledge and under
standing of the plant world.
This species. Ginkgo biloba, is the
sole survivor of its division, having
been cultivated in China for thousands
of years ^tdiile its relatives became ex
tinct. Thus, it has great religious and
cultural significance. The seed inside
the smelly covering is a much-sought-
after food in China. If we had a dish in
the dining hall that included this, we’d
all ask for more!
Notice its leaves—they are quite
unlike those of any other tree we see in
this area. They can teach us lessMis
about the ancient ancestors of this
truly remarkable species, so does its
I could say much more about this
species (and will, if pressed), but per
haps this is enough for a first lesson.
(Brides, 1 must hasten to get this to
you before the administration re
sponds to this student request!)
I am very glad that we have both
this tree, as well as the other one with
the pollen cones (no smell), because it
allows us to understand this species in
away wenevercouldby reading books
orwatching films aboutit So,although
wecan’treally enjoy thesmell, couldn’t
we appreciate it for what it can teach
Janice Coffey Swab
Department of Biology and