North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith Herald
Volume XVIII, Issue 5
Educating Women to Excel
September 26,2001
On the
Campus turns out to give blood
□ Residence
Life Week gives
students an
outlet for fun
after week of
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□ Pulitzer Prize
winning poet
Galway Kinnell
is coming to
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□ Editorial:
Who knows
what countries
JonI Smith
examines the
ignorance of the
American youth.
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Meredith Herald
Meredith College
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□ Students poured
into Cate Center
yesterday to give
blood at stations
sponsored by the
American Red
Lehsha Austin and Joni Smith
Features Editor. Managing Editor
Over 70 members of ihe
Meredith community turned
out to give blood at a drive
sponsored by the American
Red Cross and the Office of
Campus Ministry yesterday in
the Cate Center lobby.
The donations from the
drive will go to benefit the
injured victims of the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in New York
City and Washington, D.C.
Margaret Powers, represen
tative of the Red Cross, direct
ed the blood drive and was
plea.sed with the amount of
blood that was given by stu
dents, faculty and staff
"We are actually short
staffed. There are more people
who want to give blX)d than
there are people who can work
the blood drives," she said.
Powers said the normal goal
of any blood drive is 50 pints.
The Meredith blood drive
brought in 58 units of blood
from 71 members of the
Meredith community.
Powers said another drive
may lake place in the spring,
but the details have not yet
been worked out.
Because of the dire need for
blood due to the attacks, anoth
er drive may be done on cam
pus later this fall.
Sam Carothers, campus min
ister, said that at the close of
the drive he had a large stack of
papers of people who had
signed up to give blood but
who could not wait the two
hours it was taking to give
blood. A flux of people made
appointments by contacting the
Office of Campus Ministry.
Twin sisters Jennifer and
Sarah Falcp, sophomores, gave
blood yesterday at the same
Sarah said that she donates
whenever she gets a chance.
Jennifer, a first-time donor,
said that the New York events
influenced her to give blood
Freshman Jennifer Derenge
gave blood yesterday because
she has Type O blood, known
as the universal type for its
ability to function with all
other blood types.
Most of those who came to
donate agreed that it was a
worthy cause not only because
it was urgently needed at this
time but because it was an easy
way to save lives that alfnost
anyone could do.
Apart from the Meredith
blood drive, most of the blood
drives in the area have been
filled, according to Powers.
There are two sites in
Raleigh where individuals can
give blood.
One site is near Wake Med
ical Center on Peartree Lane,
and it is open this morning and
tomorrow afternoon.
Another site is located in
North Raleigh at the intersec
tion of Creedmoor Road and
Sawmill Road and is open this
morning, tomorrow afternoon
and Friday afternoon.
Interested donors can all
2.31-1602 to schedule an
Donors should be over 17
and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Donors also should not have
had non-sterile body piercings
or tattoos in the last year and
should be off antibiotics for at
least two days.
Registrar releases reminder of
changes to academic policies
Christina Holder
Editor in Cttiet
□ Now it Is more
difficult to graduate
cum laude.
Registrar reminds
students of changes
to 2001 catalogue.
The Registrar’s office
released a reminder to students
about changes to the 2001-02
Meredith College Catalogue
this week. Changes to the cata
logue were approved last year
by the Academic Council, a
board whose purpose is to
approve academic changes
such as new majors, changes to
major requirements and adding
courses to the catalogue,
according to Registrar Sue
The council is composed of
academic leaders across cam
pus as well as one representa
tive from every department.
The council is headed by Dr.
Rosalind Reichard, Vice Presi
dent of Academic Affairs.
Departmental representa
tives vote on changes to the
Several significant changes
are in effect this fall.
For seniors graduating in
May 2003 and after, graduating
with distinction will be more
Currently, to graduate cum
laude. a senior must have a 3.2
grade point average. To gradu
ate magna cum laude, a student
must have a 3.6 and a 3.9 to
graduate summa cum laude.
The new scale is as follows;
Cum laude is 3.5. magna cum
laude is 3.7 and summa cum
laude is 3.9.
Changing the standards for
graduating with distinction was
delayed “because students
were well into their programs,"
according to Todd, and the
Council felt it would be unfair
to abruptly raise the standards.
The decision to change the
standard came about after the
council did a study of Mered
ith’s similar institutions to see
how the college compared.
Another important change in
the catalogue concerns whai
courses are transferrable from
other institutions.
The college will now accept
credits only from “regionally
accredited schools," according
to Todd.
The college will accept cred
its from courses in which the
student makes a C or better.
Courses graded on a pass/fail
scale will transfer only as cred
it and will not fulfill major or
general education require
ments—with the exception of
dance and physical education
Other changes include the
new name for the chemistry
department: Chemistry, Physics
and Geosciences.
Also, business courses have
new course numbers and
descriptions of music en.semble
courses are now listed under
MUE call letters.
For more information, con
tact the Registrar’s office.

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