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Volume XVI, Issue 12 Educating Women to Excel November 17,1999
Lecture recognizes changing work
On the
inside:
□ White Iris
proves to be a
ball.
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□ Recycling
becomes urgent
on campus.
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□ Meredith
Dance Theatre
has upcoming
concert.
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□ Bahama
Breeze is a trip
to the islands.
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□ Dr. Ellen Goode
speaks on a Century
of Change.
Kristin Schneider
S(atl Wnler
The Faculty Distinguished
Lectures, which were first
introduced in the 1963-1964
academic year, represent an
accomplishment in an area of
research by one of the faculty
members here at Meredith Col
lege.
On ihe evening of Monday,
Nov. 15. 1999, the Faculty Dis
tinguished Lecture was held in
Jones Auditorium. Past lectur
ers include Dr. Norma Rose,
Evelyn R Simmons, Dr. John
Huber and Dr. Burgunde Winz.
The lectures serve to not only
shed light on an area of
research, but also to offer
insight into the outstanding
faculty at Meredith.
Such was the case on Mon
day evening, as Dr. Ellen
Goode, professor of interior
design at Meredith College,
presented a lecture entitled
A part of the school that has
been dedicated to “educating
women to excel" wilt soon be
educating men as well.
The Board of Trustees at
Meredith College made a deci
sion that will change history on
the campus. For Ihe first time,
male students will be admitted
to John E. Weems graduate
school. However, the under
graduate school will continue
to admit women only.
The decision was based on
“legal issues,” according to Dr.
Mary Johnson, dean of the
school. In 1983, a law was ini
tiated nation wide requiring co
ed acceptance to graduate pro
grams.
“All graduate programs in
the country fall under this law,"
said Johnson. “We either had to
close the graduate program to
women or open it to men.”
Many students were con
cerned about the changes to
“The Workplace: A Century of
Change."
Because the majority of her
career has been spent in the
field of commercial interior
design, Goode’s professional
background provides a frame
work for the progression of the
workplace in America.
Though most Meredith stu
dents are still earning their
degrees, the notion of a person
al office or corporate position
may only be a few years away.
The changing nature of the
office building is an indicator
and symbol of the century.
However, rtie importance of
this symbol generally goes
unnoticed because, as Goode
said, “the main product of the
office, information, is invisi
ble.”
The lecture took the audi
ence back into a few scenes of
popular American films, such
as h’s a Wonderful Life, All the
President's Men, Mine to Five
and Wall Street, in order to
provide a visual image of the
ways in which the office set-
presumably take place with the
admitting of men to the pro
gram.
Johnson reassures students
that the graduate program and
its teaching techniques will
continue to be consistent with
those of previous years.
“We will not be changing the
program,” said Johnson.
If accepted to the program,
male students will be aware
when they enroll that the pro
gram is designed to accommo
date the learning style of
women.
No male applicants have
currently been accepted to the
program.
"As soon as we get a male
applicant, we will process it.
We have contact information
on the internet, and we have
not been getting a deluge of
male inquiries or telephone
calls," said Johnson.
When asked if she anticipat
ed that the program’s atmos
phere would change signifi-
ting has changed. Layouts
evolved. furniture was
improved, color schemes
changed and the secretary
became the office heroine.
The current generation is so
accustomed to using personal
computers, laptops, modems,
the internet, ?ell phones, fax
machines and, of course, e-
mail. It is difficult for us to
imagination life without instant
messaging, downloading, pro
cessing, and printing- Howev
er, a brief decade-by-decade
overview of the office setting
given by Goode shows that our
everyday conveniences were
not always so everyday.
Goode noted that the first
production computer intro
duced by IBM in 1952 had to
be kept in a separate and con
trolled environment, a far cry
from the portable laptops of
today.
E-mail was first introduced
in 1973, and the first automat
ed teller machine was in 1974.
However, these technological
cantly, Johnson said no.
“I’m not sure it will change
at all. ‘The Board of Trustees
had to do what they had to do."
Suzanne Cole, a student
enrolled in the master’s of edu
cation program at the school,
doesn’t anticipate a big change
either, but she feels the atmos
phere may be a little uncom
fortable at first.
Cole comes to the graduate
school from the University of
North Carolina at Greensboro,
a 17,000 person, co-education-
al school, and she says that can
make a difference depending
on what environment students
are familiar with.
“I think it will rock the com
fort zone a little. Just in the
classes I’m in, the graduate
school students tend to stay in
the same circle. To have a man
in the classroom might make
some people feel uncomfort
able," said Cole.
Yet Cole feels that the
change won’t hinder the school
become popular and widely
accessible.
Goode discussed trends in
the I990’s, including merges
and acquisitions, team work,
faster delivery and off-site
offices.
In a 1999 survey on the lop
factors when looking at job
potential, physical workspace
was in the top three. The space
in which business is done has a
major impact on life at the
office. The increasing empha
sis on information technology,
said Goode, suggests that our
society is determined to spread
the word, whatever it may be,
as fast as possible. Bill Gates
even suggests that wallet-sized
personal computers will soon
become our next accessory.
The lecture given by Dr.
Ellen Goode infortned those
present that the office space, a
representative of society, is
ever changing. Goode wanted
attendees to consider this pro
gression so that future job
hunters must consider it as a
symbol of changing times.
or her learning environment.
“I don’t want to be discrimi
natory. The policy to admit
men is a law now. I don’t think
Meredith will have a problem
with the new policy"
Pointing out that as with any
situation in dealing with other
people, different personalities
mesh better than others, Cole
thinks the transition from the
all female environment to the
co-ed one will “depend on who
you are and who the male stu
dent is.”
The John E. Weems graduate
school currently has over 200
students enrolled in its pro
grams. Students are seeking
degrees; Master of Business
Administration (MBA). Master
of Health Administration
(MHA), Master of Music in
Performance and Pedagogy,
and Master of Education in
Elementary Education with a
licensure in ESL, reading, and
elementary education.
advances have only recently
Graduate school must admit men
Christina Holder
News Editor
    

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