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Meredith's fountains go through a dry spell
by Arinn Dixon
I was mad at Chuck Taylor. That
was all there was to it. And 1 felt 1 had
a right to be. 1 mean, as supervisor of all
maintenance and construction on the
Meredith campus, wasn’t he the one
responsible for turning the fountains
off? Of course he was. In my opinion,
he was just being stingy. So what if
somebody put soap suds in the water?
Kids will be kids and there was no
harm done. Meredith just didn’t look
the same without the fountains. They
were both so beautiful and added so
much to the campus. It was certainly
noticeable during Comhuskin’ and 1
don’t think it’s too much to say that the
parade just wasn’t quite as good this
year without the front fountain out in
the middle of it all.
So, armed with my civic duty, 1
marched right into the Business and
Finance office to have a talk with Mr.
Chuck Taylor. 1 got a lot more than 1
bargained for. Taylor was very knowl
edgeable and very politely put me in
To begin with, the fountain in the
courtyard, the Fannie Heck fountain,
is always turned off during freezing
weather. The marble is chipped in
places and if water gets in there and
freezes, it could start falling apart.
chance to freeze. It’s true that it has
been turned off because of people
putting soap in it, but that’s not the
photo by Jetson
The fountain in front of Johnson Hall reveals its skeleton of pipes and lights because
the water has been turned off due to students putting soap in the fountain.
However, it was turned off earlier than
usual this year because it has a leak in
the underground pipes.
The fountain in front of Johnson
Hall is kept on all year long because the
water flows much faster and has no
whole story. On average, suds are put
in the fountain about twice a year. 'ITiis
year it had already happened three
times in the Fall. 'That really doesn’t
sound too bad until you add in the fact
that it takes a few men lialf a day to
clean it out enough to get the water
The fountain has a filtration system
that keeps the water and the pipes
clean. "V^en suds get in there, the
water gets backed up and the whole
control system can be damaged. So
after dealing with it three times, Taylor
decided that it was time to turn it off
for a long period of time.
“It’s not even a prank, really,’’ Tay
lor stated. ” It’s vandalism. We might as
well call it what it is. It’s not like
writing on a building downtown, but
to us it’s vandalism.”
The last time the fountain was on
was on Sept. 23 during a visit from the
Meredith trustees. A few days later the
fountain was blowing bubbles again.
Taylor considered turning it back on
for Comhuskin’, but didn’t think they
could get it working again in time.
“ I want everyone to understand
that we will be turning it back on.
We’re just waiting a while right now.
We want students to appreciate the
fact that it’s on.”
Well Mr. Taylor, I certainly do, and
I hope this artide is sufficient enough
to make others appreciate it ,too.
N.C. photographers exhibition comes to Weems Gallery
by Meagan Cronauer
If you have a moment of free time
between nowand Dec. 2, photgraphs
from the North Carolina Photgraphers
Annual Exhibition are on display in the
Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery.
This year is the fourteenth year of
the exhibition, which consists of pho
tographs ranging from landscapes and
botanicals to buildings and automo
biles. There is definitely something for
The photographs displayed in the
gallery were very diverse in subjea
matter as well as the type of photo
graph, ranging from black and white to
hand-dyed. Not only were some of the
photographs beautiful but the way in
which they were presented using vari
ous developing techniques made each
one even more eye catching.
I had three favorites, which I
walked back to several times and stared
at. Each one was black and white, and
each had its own charm that made it
unique. The first was “Dancers with
the Toasters” by May Perry
Winbome. The photographer man
aged to capture a ska band and its
audience in action. Everything
about this photograph was so real.
The expressions on the faces and
the atmosphere of the small stage
area were brought to life.
The next was “Sacre Coeur” by
Robert Gray. This picture captured
a dome of a building from the in
side. The huge luminous windows
lit the laces of the gardian angels
gracing the granite walls.
My most favorite of all was by
Charles Muir Lovell. “Cemetery near
Tarboro, North Carolina” is a photo
graph of a large stone angel kneeling
on a headstone with a small cherub
If black and white photographs are
not to your liking there were plenty of
color photographs as well. Collages as
well as people were popular mediums
in this exhibit.
If you enjoy M. C. Escher’s work at
Shilo National Military Park, Hardin Co, TN
Bloody Pond, Fall ’93 © 1994 Nona Short
all, you must stop in and take a glance
at some of Inez Ruchte’s pictures. His
“Untitled” is a kaleidoscopic print of a
marble stair case and it is something
that must be seen.
Recognition was given to three
photographs as Best in Competition.
Those artists receiving this honor were
Wolf Bolz for “Packard,” Robert Gray
for “Paris 1990,” and Nona Short for
“Shiloh National Military Park, Hardin
If you are
or you just
what lies beyond the worid of Polaroid
instant developing you should stop by
and browse through the photographs.
Who knows? You may be inspired
to take your camera out and take some
pictures or if that is going to far, buy
one of the prints.
The photographs will be on display
until Dec. 2 and the gallery hours are 9
to 5 Monday through Friday and 2 to 5
Saturday and Sunday.
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