% Class Gift 2010: Going the Extra Mile Marie LaHaye and Katie Nagel, Contributing Writers Tuesday, March 9th, the Class of 2010 kicked off their fund raising efforts for the Senior Class Gift. After waiting several months, the gift was finally revealed to the class members by Gift Co-chairs Marie LaHaye and Katie Nagel; In the coming months, two bicycle racks will be installed on cam pus—one near the Cate Center and another near the Library. Previous graduating classes have given gar dens, recreational areas, benches, and doll cases. The intention of this . gift is to promote a green lifestyle and to truly benefit the entire com munity. Each year, the senior class gives a gift to the college to give back and commemorate their four years at Meredith. This tradition, which is in cooperation with The Meredith Fund, is promoted in an effort to establish a habit of continuously giving to the college which has given so much to us. The Class of 2010 is asking its members to pledge“$io for To” for the next three years with a goal of having 50% participa tion from their class. The co-chairs are reminding their class that the act of giving alone counts as participation—so giving up one latte in the course of a year and giving that money to the class would beriefit the class participa tion. Pledges can be dropped off in the 2nd floor common area in The ^ ^o -live Oaks as well as in the Cate Center. For any questions, please contact Katie Nagel at nagelkat@meredith. edu. Eliminating “Stress” During Midterm Distress Caitlin Griffin, Staff Writer It’s that dreaded time of the year again: Midterms. Are you already breaking out in nervous sweats? You’re not alone. Accord ing to recent survey research, about forty percent of college women across the United States report feeling frequently stressed out, and that statistical figure significantly rises during periods of midterms and final exams. Don’t let test anxi eties overwhelm you! Instead, try one or more of the following ways to relax and refocus your energy. For some students, sim ply hearing the word “midterms” makes them contemplate jumping off the famous Meredith Col lege bridge, but self-injury is not advisable. Why not walk across that bridge into the conveniently connected North Carolina Museum of Art natural park? Some quality time spent with nature will clear your head and help you rejuvenate when you’re ready to pick up the books again. As an added bonus, the entire Walk from campus to the Museum of Art and back is ap proximately four miles, so you get your daily exercise too! On that note, if you’ve never tried gentle Pilates or begin ner’s Yoga, the week of midterms is a great time to check out the newest trend in exercise classes. The employees at the Alexander YMCA down the street often allow “prospective members” to use the facility for a trial period at no (or very low) cost. Pilates and Yoga classes emphasize the powerful mind-body connection as a means to overall relaxation through deep breathing and stretching. So even if you’re only a “prospective member” during midterms, don’t overlook this great resource! If physical activity just isn’t your thing, at least tear your eyes away from those textbooks and spend 30 minutes to one hour each night doing an activity for pure, guilty pleasure, be it watch ing your favorite show, perusing a trashy magazine, knitting a sweater, or baking delicious des serts. Every college student needs a little distraction and downtime, and you’ll be amazed at how well- rested you feel after taking a break. Then the next time you hit the books, you’ll be able to concentrate better so you can study hard, ace all of your exams, and look for ward to a rewarding spring break! Now that’s what I call having fun on a budget!! Upcoming Events gathered by Kristen Gallagher • March 10, 2010,1:00pm - 5:00pm: The Perfect Proposal, A Gradu ate Student Research Symposium. “Network while investigating poten tial research in your field. This event is sponsored by NCSU. Check out the website: wvvw.ncsu.edu/grad/ rcscarch/symposium.html." at the McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC • Friends of the Library Dinner, March 11 at 6:30 in BDH • Kappa Omicron Nu Inductions, March 11 • March 12 - Diversity Grant Deadline • Mar 12 - MEA, RHA, Marketing As sociation meetings (10 am) • Mar 12 - Capital Opera Spring Pro duction, Jones, 8 pm • March 13 - Softball vs. Ferrum (at Ferruin) • Spring Break (March 13-21) email herald@nieredith.edu to have your campus events included here Campus Announcements Right after Spring Break, March 22-24. there will be a toy drive at Meredith to help the kids at Duke Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Dur ham. Please bring in gently used stuffed animals, books, toys, games, puzzles, etc. Drop off boxes will be located in the Cate Center. Please contact Jennifer Cash (cashjeiin@nieredith.edu) if you have any questions. The Meredith Herald is seeking copy editors. Have decent grammar skills and nterested in adding a line to your re sume? Email us at herald@meredith.edu

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