North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith Herald
Volume XV, Issue 23
On the
□ Meredith
shares the cam
pus with li’l
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□ Freshmen
toring program
begins third
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□ Triangle
honors Olympic
athletes with
stately trees.
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Meredith Herald
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607
FAX (919) 760-2869
We attract bright, talented, ambitious students. Naturaily, we’re a women’s college.
Fanjul speaks for Women’s History Month
□ The city council
member offers guide
lines for leadership.
Christina Holder
staff Reporter
She has served as the presi
dent of the Association of
Child Care Consultants Inter
national and the North Carolina
Day Care Association. She is
the co-owner of Work Place
Options, a company that helps
families and businesses find
affordable daycare.
She was the recipient of the
James and Carolyn Hunt
“Early Childhood Award” in
1996. She is currently a city
council member-at-large,
director of the NC division of
Child Development which
manages the SmartStart pro
gram, and she is running for
However, the Women’s His
tory Month speaker will not list
her accomplishments for you.
That was left up to Wendy Hol
man, Campus Activities Board
(CAB) Chair, who introduced
Stephanie Fanjul, the keynote
speaker for the Women’s His
tory Month Convocation spon
sored by CAB on Monday, Mar
22 at 10 a.m.
As Fanjul rose to the lectern
before the sparse crowd in the
music room located down the
hall from Carswell Auditorium
she commented on the smaller
room: “I like this. It gives us a
more personal setting so we
can share stories.”
Stories were the basis of
Fanjul’s speech. “I think stories
about other women are how we
move from place to place.”,
said Fanjul as she began with
one of her own. Moments
before, she admitted, she had
thrown away her first speech
and composed a new one on
her napkin as she sat in Star-
bucks. On the napkin was her
list of essential guidelines to
being a successful female
The first was that women
leaders must have an education
and a knowledge base. Shetold
the audience that women are
excellent listeners by nature
and, therefore, can develop a
knowledge base by listening
for details in their conversa
tions with others. Fanjul
focused on making issues per
sonal with people. In her job as
a city council member, she is in
constant contact with many
people. She believes that poli
tics is about “solving intensely
personal problems...between
individual people.” Listening
to those personal problems, she
said will be vital to developing
the knowledge base and enact
ing the most effective decision.
The second guideline
involved creativity. “Leaders
today—especially women—
have to find a new way to do
things,” said Fanjul. She told
the audience to think about
how they can set themselves
apart from other competitors.
The third guideline was that
women needed to be extremely
stubborn. “Somewhere in your
soul, you have to have a level
of raw courage.” said Fanjul
She encouraged the audience to
be audacious and stand for
what they believe.
The final guideline was that
a woman leader should have
See FANJUL page 4
Heat activates kitchen extinguishers
□ Sixty pounds of
bicarbonate of soda dis-
cbaiged during lunch.
Allison Carter
Editor in Chief
It is not often that the
kitchen of Belk Dining Hall
look like a winter wonderland.
At approximately 1:15 p.m.
last Thursday, Mar. 18, the fire
extinguisher system in the
kitchen over the cooking area
discharged 60 pounds of bicar
bonate of soda.
The white floured chemical
engulfed the kitchen and dish-
room as workers evacuated
toward the loading dock and
dining rooms where approxi
mately 125 students were still
eating lunch. Thad O’Briant,
director of food services, esti
mated the non-toxic chemical
covered a 1000 square foot
“It looked like it had snowed
in the kitchen. It was complete
ly white,” said O’Briant.
According to O’Briant, the
hoods over the grill, ovens and
deep fat fryers accumulated a
large amount of heat over a
period of time, which eventual
ly activated the extinguishing
O’Briant and Facilities Ser
vices Manager Greg Ahrend-
sen evaluated the situation and
confirmed that there was no
fire. Quick on the scene, the
Raleigh Fire Department hav
ing received the alarm notice at
the nearest station.
After receiving the okay to
clean up the white mess,
O’Briant and his staff spent
approximately eight hours
cleaning and sanitizing every
thing in the kitchen from “top
to bottom.”
Both dining hall managers
Donna Owens and Ben
Pritchard helped in the clean up
as all plates, bowls, cups and
utensils had to be prepared for
service. Students found paper
products and a limited dinner
menu Thursday evening, as
well as a continental breakfast
Friday morning.
Wake County Fire Equip
ment, Inc. came to repair the
extinguishing system as they
replaced two cylinders with 30
pounds each of the bicarbonate
of soda for a total of the origi
nal 60 pounds before dis
Both the Wake County
Health Department and local
fire department gave O’Briant
the clear to begin cooking Fri
day morning; however, lunch
was altered from the planned
meal because of the lack of
cooking capabilities.
When the system dis
charged, the collegiate vice
See KITCHEN page 4
Chorale returns
from tour, gives
campus concert
Amy Erbeznik
Staff Reporter
The Meredith College
Chorale hosted a spring per
formance last Tuesday, March
16 in the Jones Chapel.
The concert included sev
eral early Canadian songs, a
twentieth century Ave Maria,
a Welsh lullaby, and two
gospel pieces.
Sophomore Encore and
Chorale member Rebecca
Watson said her favorite song
is “I’m Coin’ Up A-Yonder.”
“It’s very sentimental to us
all,” she said, “and has been
all year.” She added that
singing it at last concert on
their tour made the group cry.
The chorale, a group of
twenty students, had just
returned from a week of tour
ing during spring break. The
group traveled with conduc
tor Dr. Lisa Caldwell and
accompanist Janis Dupre.
Meredith’s Encore group was
also on tour.
The tour began in Eliza
bethtown, NC and from there
they traveled to Charleston,
SC where they sang at St.
Michael’s Cathedral. Then
the group went to St. Augus
tine, FL where the chorale
performed at the Cathedral
Basilica. Sophomore Sarah
Whitworth described the
cathedral as “absolutely beau
From there, they left for a
“free” day in Orlando’s Dis
ney World. The group’s last
performance on the tour was
at a high school in
Brunswick, Ga.
Whitworth believes that the
Homecoming concert on
Tuesday was the group’s best
concert. “It all came together
for the concert here,” said
Whitworth. “It was the best.”
The group, however, enjoyed
their time on the road. Whit
worth found that she was able
to talk and meet with other
students in the chorale and it
was a chance to make new

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