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    SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 | THE MEREDITH HERALD • Educating Women to Excel \ VOL XXVI * ISSUE 3
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Green Tip for
the Week of
September 22
Check and report
water faucets and
toilets for small leaks,
which can waste gal
lons of water.
During the 2008-09 academic
year, Meredith College's cam
pus theme is “Sustaining our
Environment: Developing
our Greenprint” To help the
Meredith community make
daily choices that are ben
eficial to the environment,
Angels for the Environment
have compiled a year’s worth
of tips for greener living.
To view green tips from
previous weeks, visit www.
Photo courtesy Cosslal Hazards
by Melissa Santos
staff Writer
The News & Observer recently re
ported that a new scientific study
in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences provides fur
ther proof that temperatures have
risen drastically since 1980—and
further substantiation that human
factors are to blame.
The report, conducted by seven
scientists after reading a 2006 anal
ysis on surface temperatures by the
National Research Council, uses
an “expanded global multiproxy
database” to find an average sur
face temperature model for the last
centuries (Mann et al.). Their broad
proxy network included tree-rings,
ice core, coral, marine sediment and
other items dating back to at least
AD 1800—some data even extend
ing back to 1 BC—found in vary
ing regions of the worid. In both a
full proxy and “screened network”
reconstruction, scientists observed
a sharp increase in temperatures far
above any margin of error begin
ning in the 1980s. Why the sudden
spike? As climatologist, and one
of the study’s researchers, Michael
Mann explains that natural, ecologi
cal forces play a supporting role, but
in this post-industrial era, human in
fluence is the star of this tragedy.
Since the Industrial Revolution be
gan in England in the 19th century
and was graciously introduced to
America by Samuel Slater, a British
expatriate and former cotton factory
apprentice who came to America
and built the first cotton-spinning
machine—for whose invention a
hefty reward was offered—numer
ous countries have benefited from
mass-producing, fossil-fueled ma
chines. And like with any addiction,
cravings grow stronger over time
while adverse effects become less
extirpative. Currently coal, natu
ral gas, oil and gasoline are being
burned at astonishing rates for ev
erything from powering factories to
running automobiles.
While they may be making it easy
to get ready for class, drive to class
and write due-date’s-eve papers for
class, the carbon dioxide,
by April Rummage
Staff Writer
Maybe with school, work, and hav
ing a social life, you have missed
out on the hottest fashions for the
season. Have no fear, I am here to
update you on the latest trends for
fall 2008. has identified
five top trends that can be applied to
any wardrobe and any budget:
Floral Prints
Fall brings with it the inclusion of
floral prints.into the wardrobe. But
don’t expect to rummage through
your grandmother’s closet for the
nearest flower cardigan. These floral
inspired prints are equipped with an
in-your-face intensity that seem like
something out of a Monet painting.
Caution: be mindful how you wear
these bold patterns. Pair them with
toned down, solid colors.
Autumn Hues
Seems obvious, but the most
popular colors tor fall are fall col
ors. Match Mother Nature in her
gorgeous display of warm hues:
oranges, reds, and yellows. Wliy?
Because they are universally flat
tering, and brighten up a cool
October morning. Caution: for
maximum impact stick vvith a
monochromatic scheme.
Art Prints
These museum inspired prints
are bold, beautiful, and straight
from the gallery. The style is free

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