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    Meredith Herald
Volume XVIII, issue 3
Educating Women to Excel
September 12, 2001
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Leesha Austin and
Jamie Tunnell
Features EcWor. News Editor
n The campus
processes the shock
of the first large-
scale terrorist
attaclcs on American
As Meredith students rolled
out of bed yesterday, sat in
their early morning classes and
drove to school in traffic, they
turned their radio and televi
sion stations on to deliver the
shocking news of four hijack
ings, three resulting in the dev
astating loss of our World
Trade Center, damage to our
Pentagon and over 1000 fatali
The community heard
reports from eye-witnesses and
government officials on every
level from CNN and local sta
tions. Viewers watched as
buildings collapsed to the
ground, leaving America in a
state of shock.
Horrified Meredith students
and faculty sought comfort by
discussing the tragedy through
out the day. And some joined in
prayer in the courtyard as well
as during the two campus
prayer vigils held yesterday at
i :00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the
Chapel. Many discussed the
events in relation to their
class'area of study.
According to senior Cary
Weaver, her American Litera
ture professor Lou Rosser
opened the floor to her students
and encouraged them to share
their feelings toward the
tragedy with the other mem
bers of the class.
“Ms. Rosser told us that now
was a time for prayer no matter
who we believe in,” said
Christy Sadler, a junior tak
ing Romantic Poetry with Dr.
Jean Jackson, vice president
for Student Development,
shared that Jackson discussed
the fact that most cultures and
generations have experienced
war, and many, including some
of the greatest thinkers among
us, have used poetry to express
their feelings.
“Dr. Jackson did a good job
of comforting us and showing
us that poetry could provide
solace," added Sadler.
In Model United Nations,
Dr. James Piazza, professor of
history and politics, and his
class primarily focused their
discussion on Osama bin
Laden and his history of terror
ism. according to senior Court
ney Arrington.
She added. “Dr. Piazza said
that whoever was behind the
attacks was very well-orga-
nized and had substantial mon
etary funds.”
Students and faculty at
neighboring N.C. State Univer
sity (NCSU) also discussed the
attacks in several of their class
es, according to Junior Bran
non Richards, a civil engineer
ing major.
“In my Materials of Con
struction class we discussed
theories behind what actually
cau^d the World Trade towers
to collapse,” stated Richards.
He said that the qiost popular
opinion was that since the
steel-framed towers survived
the impact of the jets, they
were most likely weakened by
the high-temperature flames,
fed by the jet fuel. The weight
of the debfis in the center of the
tower combined with the weak
ened steel likely collapsed the
structure. The weight of each
story probably collapsed the
story just below until the tower
was leveled.”
Ultimately, in spite of efforts
to analyze different aspects of
the attacks, students and facul-
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lYiition to increase again
QPreshmen will
pay over $18,000 for
tuition by 2003
Chkishna Hcx-der
Editor In Chief
President Dr. Maureen Hart
ford introduced a tuition model
covering increases over the
next three years to faculty
members at a meeting Friday,
Sept- 7, 2001 in Kresge Audito
According to Hartford, the
increases in tuition will con
tribute to the costs of an
increase in faculty, faculty
salaries, financial aid. technol
ogy, inflation, the organization
al structure of the college,
some plant renewal and the
Science and Mathematics
According to the proposed
model, by fall 2003. entering
freshman will pay $18,065 per
academic year—not including
room and board—to attend
Meredith- Current sophomores
will pay $16,700 by the time
they are seniors in the 2003-04
academic year.
Currently, for a freshman
entering Meredith in 2001,
tuition is $14,465. When she is
a junior in 2003, she will pay
$18. 065. This is an increase of
roughly $2,000 per year or a
total of $3,600 over a three
year period.
The tuition for upperclass
students-defmed as current
sophomores, juniors and
seniors- for the 2001-02 acad
emic year will rise but not as
much as for freshman.
The smaller increase is
attributed in part to the smaller
technology fee upperclass stu
dents pay because they are not
included in the Meredith Tech
nology Intiative. The Initiative,
launched this year, will provide
every entering class
beginnning with the class of
2005 .with an IBM wireless
labtop computer.
Currently, upperclass stu
dents pay $800, while fresh
man pay $2,165 for the tech
nology fee.
However, the tuition models
work under a phase-out mode.
Eventually every student will
pay the same amount of tuition
as current sophomores, juniors
and seniors graduate.
Those students who are cur
rent sophomores and juniors- who will be most affect
ed by the tuition increase and
who currently pay a base
tuition of $13,100-will pay
$15,100 when they become
juniors and seniors, respective
ly, in the 2002-03 academic
year. For the 2003-04 year,
seniors will then pay $16,700,
and the tuition model will
phase out. In 2005, the current
freshmen will be seniors and
all students will pay the same
amount of tuition.
Hartford said that beyond
2004 a “more normal level of
increase would depend on
Hartford, who sent letters to
students about the tuition
increase yesterday and met
with the Student Government
Association to address student
concerns last Thursday,
emphasized the need for more
fundraising to balance the
struggles of increased tuition.
‘The less dependent we are
on tuition,” said Hartford, “the
less of an impact this would
have on students.”
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