Volume XII, Issue 8
October 11,1995 Raleigh, North Carolina
Forum sheds light
on campus concerns
by Mandy McClillen
The Student Government Association and Student Life Committee co
sponsored the first forum of the year last Thursday. The theme was “Free Your
Mind, ” and it gave students an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions
for improving Meredith.
Students were invited to attend and communicate to student officials issues
that were important to them.
The forum opened with the introduaion of the officers of SGA, as well as
the members of Student Life.
One of the major concerns to come up was the issue of parking. First, the
problem of visitor parking near Poteat, Heilman and Barefoot. It was suggested
that five spaces be put behind the dorms so guests would not have to park in
front of Johnson Hall. Second, commuters had a concern with evening parking.
The back lots are dark and not convenient for getting back and forth. The
concern was countered with the fact that lighting will be added, but it is the last
step in the development of the parking lots. Lastly, there was a concern with the
flow of traffic between Joyner and the Alumnae House. While many are trying
to turn in, they are blocked by others coming out.
A question was raised as to whether students had a voice in the changes
occurring in the Cate Center. Surveys and interviews had been taken into
consideration as well as student centers from other colleges. It was suggested
that more study areas be considered and that a suggestion box be located in the
Cate Center for other recommendations from students.
Suggestions were proposed to have more valid looking identification cards
See Forum Page 6
by Beth Morris
Meredith College was very
honored to have John Beardsley
lecture and present a slide presenta
tion Thursday, Sept. 28.
Beardsley, an independent
scholar, curator and writer, spoke
to students about creative environ
mental works by self taught artists,
according to Dr. Rebecca Bailey,
Head of the Art Department. Some
of these artists included James
Hampton, Howard Finster, and Sam
Bailey said that the presentation
reflected the artists’ “range of
creativity which is much broader
than what [students] were taught in
The Mecer-Kesler Endowment,
which was created in honor of
Isaac M. Mercer and John M. Kesler,
See Beardsley Page 6
Hudson makes freshman
by Dina Di Maio
Ginger Hudson enjoys being
president of the freshman class.
While she says it’s fun, she admits,
“It keeps me busy!”
Hudson is president of the larg
est freshman class ever at Meredith.
She says the response of the fresh
man class has been great.
“They come up to me with
ideas and suggestions all the time,”
Friendly and easy to talk to,
Hudson loves to travel and meet
new people. She’s from Richmond,
She is part of the West Raleigh
Presbyterian Campus Ministry and
works at a Raleigh preschool. She
hasn’t decided on a major yet, but
is considering working with chil
Over 100 freshmen attended the
first freshman class meeting last
Hudson says that officers’ meet
ings are held weekly. Since all the
offices have not been filled yet, in
terviews were held Monday and
Tuesday for the remaining offices.
Hudson has three major plans for
change this year.
First, she wants the freshman
class to bond as a class and work
Second, she wants the freshmen
to participate in service projects,
.something that many freshmen have
Finally, Hudson wants to work
on having more for the freshmen to
do on the weekends.
“A lot of people go home on the
Ginger Hudson, Freshman
weekends, so_we want to find more
for them to do,” she says.
On how to “sell” Meredith toa high
school senior, Hudson says, “1 would
let her know that Meredith is the best
school in the world. You can make
close friends here, class size is great,
the faculty is great, and you get the
individual attention you need as a stu
Smiling, she adds, “1 don’t know
why anybody wouldn’t be happy here."
Hudson encourages all freshmen
to be involved because there are many
opportunities at Meredith.
She says, “We re the ones who can
make Meredith great. We re the last
class of the century, so we want to
make our experience memorable.”