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Meredith Herald
March 24, 1999
Campus News
Annual li’l friends weekend hits the beach
Leslie Maxwell
Police Reporter
Many Meredith students
spent time with a much younger
group of people “Down by the
Boardwalk” this past weekend.
They were not at Myrtle Beach,
but here, at Meredith, with their
li’l friends.
The annual li’l friends week
end, Mar. 19-20, was sponsored
by Meredith Recreation Associ
ation and was co-chaired by
seniors Anna King and Leonna
Sophomore Melissa Denning
brought her 5-year-old cousin,
Ashley, as her li’l friend. Den
ning said that she enjoyed “just
being able to spend quality time
with her” cousin.
She also said that Ashley’s
favorite event was on Saturday
morning when the li’l friends
got to throw sponges at their big
Meredith students were
encouraged to bring young
friends, siblings or cousins ages
four through 12 at a cost of $25
per child. 120 children and 80
Meredith students registered for
the weekend.
Friday night, the li’l friends
checked in and received their T-
shirts, beach pails and shovels.
Saturday morning, the
friends ate breakfast until 9;30.
From 9:40 to 10 a.m., the co
chairs held a kickoff in second
Cate. Then from 10 to 11:30
a.m., the children played games
and made crafts in the court
Lunch was held in the Dining
Hall, but several people went
outside to enjoy the pleasant
weather and listen to beach
From 1 to 2 p.m., the big and
little friends participated in a
limbo contest and a scavenger
hunt. King said her favorite part
of the weekend was “in the
afternoon when everyone was
outside relaxing. Kids ran
around and had a great time
with their big friends,” said
From 2 to 3 p.m. the group
watched the Aqua Angels per
formance and then had a free
swim from 3:30 to 5 p.m. At 5
p.m., everyone enjoyed a pizza
dinner in Belk Dining Hall. The
pails and shovels that the li’l
friends received at check-in had
since been decorated and were
judged at the dinner.
Junior Class President Erin
Grant’s younger brother, John, 8,
took the top prize in this catego
ry, which was a beach bucket
filled with candy, games, a silly
straw and a beach ball. In addi
tion, Meredith students and
their li’l friends could sing
karaoke and get their faces
In years past, the weekend
has run through Sunday, but it
ended on Saturday this year
because Sunday was an open
house day. King noted her
uncertainty of the continuation
of this annual tradition because
of the new open house policy
that will be implemented in the
Cheryl Jenkins, director of
student activities and leadership
developmenf said that faculty
and staff would have to discuss
the continuation of li’l friends
weekend and that its end was
not a definite.
The concern lies with the fact
that children and male guests
would be in the residence halls
at the same time, Jenkins said.
“We’re trying to be a little
more cautious,” she said, citing
the elimination of on-campus
baby-sitting that reinforces this
Overall, King was pleased
with the weekend, even though
she was worried beforehand. “It
ran so smoothly,” she said, “and
the weather couldn’t have been
better. It was great.”
Angels make waves with Themes
Leslie Maxwell
Police Reporter
The Meredith Aqua Angels, Mered
ith’s synchronized swim team, pre
sented their spring performance, the
final performance of the year, last
week. The audiences on Thursday and
Friday nights and Saturday afternoon
saw and heard “Themes from the Sil
ver Screen.”
The group had been working on its
production for several months, and
each member practiced about six
hours per week.
Over 400 people attended all three
performances. Coach Carol Brown
was pleased with the turnout from
both the Meredith community and the
outside community.
While Michelle Boyette narrated,
the group performed their routines to
music from some of their favorite
motion pictures, including Grease,
Pretty Woman, and Armageddon.
Many of the Aqua Angels choreo
graphed or helped to choreograph
their own pieces.
“I was impressed with their ability
to select good music, to be active in
choreography and to improve in their
skills,” said Brown.
At the end of each performance.
Brown recognized the seniors, Jen
nifer Laws and Betty-Shannon Poates,
and junior Mary Kathryn Tyndall, who
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pieces, and performed a solo to music
from Batman for her Honors thesis.
Brown also recognized senior Lara
Nosal, the Aqua Angels’ manager, and
Pam Wingerter, a nationally recog
nized synchronized swimmer who
helped the Aqua Angels this year.
Brown was happy with the overall
production: “I bought that the swim
ming overall this year was better than
years before.”
She added, “I think that the Aqua
Angels were very dedicated to
improving personal skills, and that
was evident in their performance.” She
called the group “a joy to work with.”
Next year. Brown will be
on sabbatical. “I’ll miss
working with the Aqua
Angels,” she said, but she
also said that she had found a
member of the community to
replace her. “I think it will be
good for the team,” Brown
First-year member Susan
Heuser said that she liked the
relaxed atmosphere of the
team. “We all got along,” she
Kaley Redmond, a sopho
more, said that it would be
hard for the team to adjust
without Brown. “She holds
us together and keeps us
motivated,” Redmond said.
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