North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith Herald
Volume XII, Issue 1
August 23, 1995
Raleigh, North Carolina
Class of 1999 "goes for the gold"at MC
By; Betsy Stewart
Telephones were ringing in
administrative offices all over
campus last Tuesday and
Wednesday as anxious freshmen
and concerned parents called to
ask how Meredith planned to
deal with Hurricane Felix.
Tuesday’s forecast predicted
that Felix would bring strong
winds and rain and arrive in
Raleigh, along with the fresh
man class, on Thursday morn
ing.
Students living in the coastal
areas where a mandatory evacu
ation was in effect wanted to
know if they could move in a
day early. The answer was yes.
Students who feared the stormy
weather would cause travel
delays wanted to know if they
could move in a day late. Again,
the answer was yes.
Since no one on campus, not
even President Weems, had any
control over the weather. Dean
of Students Sharon Cannon
decided that orientation would
proceed as planned. If the rains
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(page 3)
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came, the outdoor events would
be moved indoors. This would
be Meredith’s only concession
to Felix; the orientation sched
ule would be followed. Felix
fooled everyone by staying out
to sea, and Thursday’s weather
was hot and sunny.
Some 400 members of the class
of 1999 attended the opening
ceremonies in the amphitheater
that afternoon, and orientation
was officially under way. This
year’s freshman class includes
students from as far away as
New York, California, Texas,
Michigan and Utah. There are
also 33 NC. Teaching Fellows
and 33 Honors Scholars. They
have the distinction of being the
first freshman class at Meredith
to be allowed to have cars on
campus.
Members of the class of ’99 are
not the only new students on
campus this semester. Studying
at Meredith this year are four
visiting students from the
University of Humberside in
Hull, England and international
students from Jamaica, Venezu
WELCOME FRESHMAN: Rebecca Huffstetler and
Kristen Tyvoll welcome freshman at the front gate on
moving day. (Photo by Clarky Lucas)
ela, Myanmar (formerly known
as Burma), Japan, Taiwan,
Korea and the Netherlands.
Orientation for 105 new transfer
students began at noon on
Sunday with a brunch at the
President’s hou,se. The execu
tive board members of the re
entry student organization,
WINGS, welcomed 140 new
students at their orientation on
Monday and Tuesday nights.
Although the final count won’t
be taken until the end of Drop/
Add on Aug. 29, it appears that
Meredith will have a record
number of students on campus
this semester. Hurricane Felix,
the threatening but uninvited
orientation guest, failed to show
up and no one missed him.
Leaders see the forest through the trees
By: Clarky Lucas
Student leaders went out on a
limb at the President’s Retreat in
May. Representatives from the
Student Government Association,
Women in New Goal Settings,
Meredith Entertainment Associa
tion, and other organizations
journeyed to Lake Tillery where
they stayed at the Beth
Haltiwanger Retreat Center.
“It was a growing experience. It
was a great opportunity to get
together and learn about each
organization and how they all fit
together in the Meredith com
munity,” said Heather Hudgins-
McKean, president of MEA.
As soon as the students arrived at
the retreat, they tackled the low
ropes course. They brushed up
their teamwork skills by partici
pating in a trust walk where one
student was blindfolded and led
through a series of obstacles by
another student who could see.
Other activities included climb
ing over a large wall with only
one person to help push someone
up and two people to pull her
over the wall. There was nothing
on the wall for the student to grab
hold of to stabilize herself. She
had to rely on her teammates to
help maneuver her up the wall.
Another obstacle was a web of
rope with various size openings.
The group had to figure out how
to get each member through a
different hole without her touch
ing the rope and students going
through the same opening twice.
See Leaders page 4
    

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