Volume XI, Issue 12
November 16, 1994
Raleigh, North Carolina
Sophomores vent Comhuskin' frustrations at meeting
by Addie Tshcamler
Sophomores at last Tuesday’s man
datory class meeting/fprum were able
to vent their frustrations about
Comhuskin’ and express their views
on the incident involving unknown
sophomores who wrote messages to
the freshman class with chalk on the
sidewalk and on the artwork in front of
Cate Student Center.
The artwork was considered by
some freshman class members and
other students to be theatening or of
Sophomore students, at the meet
ing, tried to examine the occurence
and relate their ideas to class officers
attending the meeting.
A panel of several Meredith officers
spoke to the sophomore class to begin
the meeting, including SGA President
Kelly Formy-Duval, who decided, along
with sophomore president Collyn
Evans, to call the meeting after being
confronted by several students that
were upset by the grafitti.
“I brought it to Collyn’s attention
and we decided to have a class meet
ing,” Formy-Duval said in a phone
One student, among many others
who applauded her, questioned the
negativity of the writings. Admitting
"About 50 students approached me within about an hour and a half to
express their concern about it [Comhuskin']."
- Kelly Formy-Duval
“The freshman, sophomore, jun
ior, and senior class presidents were
at the meeting to take back to then-
classes what was discussed,” Formy-
Evans began the meeting by ad
dressing the students about why the
meeting had been called. Evans said
that the incident involving only a few
students was a reflection on the entire
class of 1997.
Many disagreed that the
Comhuskin’ grafitti reflected on the
class as a whole. Some declared that
what other students wrote did not
have anything to do with them.
that leaving Comhuskin’ before hear
ing the results of the other classes was
poor sportsmanship, the student
(whose name was unavailable) said she
thought much of the comments were
done in fun, no hurt feelings intended.
She made the argument that negative
comments among classes were tradi
tional for Comhuskin.’ The song sung
by the freshman about the sophomore’s
big sister class leaving next year could
also be taken offensively, but it wasn’t,
she said — everyone knew it was in
Sophomore Jonna Anderson com
mented that the writings were disre
spectful and were a reflection on the
TRANSITIONS teaches students stress relieving tips
by Marsha Tutor
Exam stress was the hot topic at the
freshmen TRANSITIONS seminar led
by Chrissie Nuttle, assistant for Stu
dent Activities, Monday morning.
Nuttle spoke on how to relieve
exam stress. The seminar was very
informative and helpful, since exams
are just a few weeks away. Nuttle be
gan by asking the question, "How many
people have ever experienced stress?"
Nearly everyone in the audience
raised her hand.
She then asked the audience what
some “stresses” are and threw pieces
of candy out to those who answered.
Some “stresses” included: family,
friends, boyfriends, and school.
Nuttle then went on to describe
the difference between good stress
and bad stress. Good stress gets one
motivated to do things, she claimed.
She gave the example of when one is
about to reach the top of a mountain,
one is motivated until she reaches the
top of the mountain. Bad stress comes
when, for example, a family member
dies or one experiences roommate
troubles, she said.
Then Nuttle explained how stress
is like spice. You need the right amount
of spice to make a meal good, just like
you need the right amount of stress to
make your life balanced.
Each freshmen took out a piece of
notebook paper and wrote her name
and" You are stressed out." The fresh
man then drew a picture of what she
looks like when she is stressed out.
Many drew sad faces filled with acne
and huge stomachs.
Nuttle told the freshmen to tape
this in their closets, so their friends
will know what to expect when they
are under stress.
Finally, Nuttle played a relaxation
tape for the freshmen. She told every
one to sit back and close their eyes and
relax. The tape was so relaxing many
people almost fell asleep. Nuttle ended
by explaining how one can cope with
"If you are ever stressed about tak
ing a test or an exam, you can look to
the worksheet on howto take tests and
the brochure, ’ 10 Point Plan for Making
it Through Finals.'"
Ten Point Plan for
Making It through
1) Know when and where
your exam will be given.
2) Plan your study
3) Break up your sub
4) Reward yourself.
5) Be good to yourself.
6) Don't depend on
7) Study what's impor
8) Ask yourself ques
tions. Create a test.
9) Study backwards.
10) Relax for the half-
hour before the test.
class as a whole. Some students agreed
and suggested that the class pull to
gether and become closer.
Seniors attending the meeting
talked of their negative experiences of
Comhuskin’ during their freshman
Seniors Jennifer Borowicz and
Formy-Duval insisted that the sopho
mores take this negative experience
and use it to build the class up again.
They suggested that the class take
all of their disappointments, absorb it,
and then use all of their enthusiasm for
upcoming events such as Stunt.
No one asked who did it. No one
admitted doing it.
One sophomore questioned the fact
that the writing was even done by a
sophonnore, although most students
agreed that sophomore student(s) were
Sophomores were asked to wear
their Comhuskin’ sweatshirts the next
day to show class unity.