Letter from the Editor
Dear Meredith community, .
In this week’s Campus Life section, The Herald features an article on the challenges currently faced by NC State’s newspaper The Technician. While The
Meredith Herald may not face the same issues as The Technician, it still shares the struggle'of finding its niche on campus in a world where the college newspaper
is not as integral to campus life as it once was.
This year. The Herald has seen many changes. With a new design, new editor, and new ideas,'it is poised to reinstate itself as a vital part 5f Meredith’s
community. The Herald is an outlet for Meredith students to present their opinions, political understandings, fresh ideas, and thoughts on local issues to Mer
edith’s population and to our surrounding neighborhood. It is a chance to share our intellectual prowess in print, and its importance should not be overlooked.
In the past few months I have had the pleasure of reading many submissions from Meredith students on topics ranging from the dining hall to new eras in
journalism. I have been disappointed, however, that most of these submissions have come at the request of faculty members and not from individual motivations.
Where is the student commentary on the many social and political issues our age group currently faces? Drastic changes in credit card laws and health care re
quirements have been made in the three brief months of 2010. These issues directly affect college students, but the Meredith student body has remained publicly
Closer to home, budget cuts have slashed majors and faculty members this year, and Meredith’s future seems uncertain. I have heard heated comments
on this issue in classrooms and public areas on campus, but why have I received so few letters from students or faculty members containing educated opinions on
the issue? Is Meredith’s educated community satisfied with heated complaints, or are we willing to publicly present our opinions in print? Gossip and complaints
have created little change throughout history, but the printed word has yielded revolutionary results. The Meredith Herald is here to serve as that revolutionary
outlet for Meredith’s student body, and I am now asking you to itse it. Without support from Meredith faculty, staff, and students in the form of submissions and
readership. The Meredith Herald will cease to be a thought-provoking, intelligently written newspaper, and it will become a mere campus newsletter that reports
only bubbly news on the happenings of Meredith’s campus. As a Meredith student, I hope my fellow students recognize that this would give our community mem
bers a basis for devaluing the education we receive here and our personal intelligence. We cannot stand for that.
As Editor-in Chief of The Meredith Herald, I am asking for your help. There'is only one issue left for the semester, but next fall we will be in dire need of
writers, photographers, copyeditors, columnists, business managers, and editors. If you cannot contribute on a weekly basis, then we need your submissions—
your educated thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Without the Meredith community, there can be no Meredith Herald. I look forward to hearing from you.
The Meredith Herald, 2010-2011
Something’s Gotta Give
Kristen Gallagher, Staff Writer
As I come to the end of my
freshman year here, I am a little
unsatisfied. I am unchallenged and
annoyed at the lack of intellectual
vitality I see on this campus. I know
Meredith has brilliant, interest
ing, and fascinating students, but
everyone seems to be hiding their
brains! Meredith prides itself on
several of its assets, but its students
aren’t going as far as they could.
We have great professors and
programs whose missions are to •
guide Meredith students to excel,
but the problem is that rnost of the
students don’t seem to be - or don’t
want to be- rising to the challenge.
When I visited Meredith
in my senior year and the following
summer, I was excited about the
possibilities I could take advan
tage of - undergraduate research,
debates, lectures, and more. How
ever, when Fall classes got into full
swing, I was saddened by what I
did not hear. I didn’t hear heated
debate or thoughtful questions; I
didn’t hear responses to challenges
posed. Rather, all I heard was a
bored and blank silence. I equate
that silence with a lack of inter
est in student’s own education - a
sad, sad thing to have. A college
education is supposed to challenge
and nurture us, and how can an
education do that if we don’t meet
How fortunate we are to
attend any college at all, really
- because statistically speaking,
most 18-year-olds (and 18-year-old
females, especially) in the world
don’t get to. Are we not going to
take complete advantage of every
thing a higher education offers?
Most of the girls here seem unin
terested in classroom debate, an
swering challenging questions, and
voicing concerns. Many students
here act as if it were a burden to go
to class and participate.
I wish that more students
here would open up their eyes and
ears and react to what’s around
them. I would like to ask the stu
dent body the following questions,
and I welcome your responses.
Are you curious to know about
other cultures? Are you satisfied
with a basic understanding of
the workings of life? Do you feel
content with just learning your
major? Is gen-ed the extent to
general knowledge you want to
know? Finally, I’d like to say that
if you don’t want to be here and
don’t want to challenge yourself,
perhaps you shouldn’t stay.
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