Jodi Picoult Comes to Meredith On Monday March 8, popular author Jodi Picoult visited Meredith College through a part nership with Quail Ridge Books. Piccoult spoke for an hour on her new novel House Rules. The book is about Jacob, a brilliant boy who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Jacob also helps the local police department solve murder mysteries, but one day the town is devastated by a murder that has the police accus ing Jacob as their first suspect. The remainder of the book describes Jacob’s trying to solve this mystery and clear his name. Jodi Picoult was inspired to write this book because her cousin David is autistic. David is an adult and lives in a group home, but autism makes life a daily struggle for him and his family. His mother has, on more than one occasion, had to wrestle 6 foot, 200 pound Jacob to the ground in order to settle him down from an outburst. When this has happened in public, Jodi Picoult’s aunt has had multiple people call the police with reports of child abuse. Pic coult wanted to speak about the struggles faced by autistic children and parents and uses House Rules Aleigha Page, Staff Writer to comment on this widely misunderstood disorder. Sam Rams- dell, a Meredith sophomore, attended the lecture. Sam states that Jodi Piccoult is one of her favorite au thors and that she was thrilled to know Pic coult would be speak ing at Meredith. Sam was veiy impressed with Picoult’s visit, noting that Picoult is “very sweet and down to Earth. I had this impression that some authors can be kind of pig-headed and con trolling. She was none of those things. After her speech and ques tionnaire, she spoke for about 2 hours be fore beginning to sign books. She answered all questions with lengthy and detailed stories. All in all it was a great night and she signed 2 of my books.” Obviously, Picoult made a positive impression on the Meredith student body; OUSE RULES Upcoming Events gathered by Kristen Gallagher • Mar 25 - Disability Awareness Day • Mar 25 and 26 -Aqua Angels On Broadway Show at the Pool, 8 pm • Mar 26 - MEA, MRA, and RHA meetings • Mar 26 - Non-profit Career Fair at Peace College (gym) 11-3 pm • Mar 27 - Junior Visitation Day • Mar 27 - Class of 2012 Tea for Two 11-3 pm at the Crabtree Marriot • Mar 28 - Tennis vs. Christopher Newport Photo courtesy hopefully her books raise awareness nationwide.Now that’s what I call having fun on a budget!! Does your club/group/organization have an event on campus? Email it to us at and we’ll list it here! Campus Announcements Attention Faculty, Staff, and Students: Join others from Raleigh colleges and universities in a healthy conversation on race relations. Sat., Mar. 27: 9am-i2pm & Sun., Mar. 28: 3pm-6pm @ NC State Mondays, Mar. 22, 29 & Apr. 5: 3:30pm-5:30pm @ Peace Sat., Apr. 10: ioam-4:3opm @ St. Augustine’s Tluirs., Tues., Tliurs., Apr. 8,13 & 15: i:3opm-3:30pm @ St. Augustine’s To register for these sessions visit: Transportation provided if needed and refreshments will be seived! What to Eat, What to Eat? Kristen Gallagher, Staff Writer Meredith has a great his tory of hosting community events, and the Film Feastival on March 9th was no exception. The Inter- Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh District Dietetic Association, Durham- Chapel Hill District Dietetic As sociation, Slow Food Triangle, and Meredith College’s own Master in Nutrition Program partnered to bring Joel Salatin and other holis tic farmers to Jones Auditorium. The event was designated in honor on National Nutrition Month and aimed to raise awareness about “a new way of thinking about what we are eating,” according to the Mer edith MS Nutrition website. The core part of the event, the screen ing of the documentary Fresh, was well attended and quite interesting to say the least. Fresh attracted foods and nutrition as well agriculture students from other local colleges as well as members of community gardens and advocacy groups. As representatives from the support ing organizations introduced each other, I mentally jotted down notes about what to look for in the film. I generally take a decently sober attitude toward documentaries, especially those whose topics are particularly in vogue - like Fresh’s holistic farming method versus factory farming debate. Despite the use of clearly “sided” filming techniques such the instance the crew focused in on the ‘warning: toxic’ label on the litter bag for the chickens and the pervasive use of music to highlight the ‘good’ and the ‘bad,’ the film was not terribly biased, which was quite refreshing. Watching the film gave me a chance to think about my own food values - where I get my nour ishment, who nourishes it, and what goes into the entire process. After seeing Fresh, I decided to make a conscious effort to eat food that is truly good for me and for those who helped me get it. One of Fresh’s goals is to promote sus tainable food, and locally grown food is probably the closest you can get. If you had a chance to eat the best food, wouldn’t you?

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