North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume XWII, Issue 26
Educating Women To Excel
April 27, 2005
ON THE
INSIDE:
Senior Profile
Page 2
Senior Pictures
Page 3
Dance Theatre
Performance
Page 4
Sports Profile
Page 5
Diversity’ Column
Pages
Letter to the editor
Page 8
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Renee Montagne of NPR to address Class of 2005 at
ROBIN GARY
Staff Writer
This year’s commence
ment speaker may not be a
familiar face to many, but she
is a familiar voice to most.
Renee Montagne is a cor
respondent for NPR where
she co-hosts the Morning
Edition show. She has cov
ered a wide range of topics
from WWII, to the history
of the Hollywood sign, to
how troops in Iraq celebrate
the holidays. Montagne has
traveled the world in pursuit
of stories and has been to
South Africa, Afghanistan,
and most recently to Rome
where she covered the death
of Pope John Paul II. Her
next stop is Meredith Col
lege where she will address
the graduates of the Class of
2005.
Montagne said, “I was hon
ored to be invited to speak
at the graduation. I’m also
Qmmenoement
excited by thinking through
what I’m going to say. The
world these graduates are
entering is quite different
from when I graduated.”
While she is still work
ing on the content of her
message, Montagne wants
to stress to graduates, “the
world in which they are
emerging is so ethnically
and culturally mixed, dra
matically more so than in
the past. There is a trans
forming of society due to
the large number of immi
grants to this country that is
equal to the tum of the 20th
century. There is enormous
potential for doing good
work by serving this new
aspect of society and have
interesting work in the pro
cess. Graduates should be
comfortable with other cul
tures and languages,” Her
message ties in nicely with
Meredith’s mission to create
community-oriented citi
zens.
Montagne also wants to
point out, “the reality and
beauty of other cultures
and [how] this large influx
of immigrants is helping to
change and reinforce ba
sic American values. Close
family ties and hard work are
two values that immigrants
always bring with them to
America.”
Montagne admits that
when she graduated she
wasn’t sure what she was
going to do. Her advice to
graduates is “follow your
heart.”
Coffeehouse finale with Fargo
GENEVIEVE BOISVERT
Contributing Writer
Hey Angels! Have you
heard of Fargo? Perhaps in
the past few weeks, you’ve
seen e-news, posters, or fly
ers advertising this mysteri
ous band. If you attended
the Meredith Coffeehouse
this past Saturday, .you ex
perienced a real treat. At
s
Photo by Maria Santore
Dr. Daniel Fountain and Dr. Peter Voipe watch colleague Dr. Mi
chael Novak perform with Fargo.
the final Coffeehouse of the
season, Meredith hosted the
first public performance of
the band Fargo. Made up of
Meredith and State profes
sors, the band members in
clude Georgia Schmidt from
the music department, Dr.
Bill Schmidt from biology,
Dr. Novak from the history
department, and Dr. Vincent
from the history department
at NCSU. Earlier last week.
Dr, Novak described Far
go’s music style as “eclec
tic acoustic confusion” and
if you attended the Coffee
house, you know exactly
what that means—fun!
The Coffeehouse offered
cake, cookies, and coffee,
and as the band played, pro
fessors and students mingled
and listened while enjoying
each other’s company. Fargo
played a series of down-to-
earth folk tunes, Irish melo
dies, and their own rendi
tions of the classics. Dr.
Novak didn’t bring his ac
cordion, but instead played
a series of smaller members
of the string family such as
a banjo, and a mandolin.
Dr. Schmidt played several
guitars from his reportedly
vast collection, 'He played
one particular classic rock
piece for the crowd on his
Stratocaster® guitar accom
panied by Dr. Novak. The
upbeat strains of Georgia
Schmidt’s violin had some
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