CAMPUS LIFE Ensemble Theatre Performs Sondheim Avery Dubuqne, contributing writer Beginning last night and continu ing through February i6, Meredith Ensemble Theatre is performing the Stephen Sondheim classic, A Little Night Music. The musical will be held every night at 8pm and with an addi tional 3pm matinee on Saturday. The musical is directed by Cathy Rodgers and designed by Lex Van Blommestein fo set, LeGrande Smith for costumes, Brian Hunt for sound, Jim Frick for lighting, music directed by Dr. Jim Waddelow, choreographed by Cindy Hoban and accompanied by Dr. Kent L)Tnan. In addressing the plot of A Little Night Music — Fredrik Egerman (played by Jon Skinner) is very happy, for the most part, in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old child, Anne (Rose Turchi). Being a bit restless from the lack of activity in the bedroom, Fredrik goes to see an old flame, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt (Meredith Davis). Desiree is getting tired of her life and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrik, despite his marriage, and her own married lover. Count Carl-Magnus (John Adams). She gets her mother (alum Stacey Whitley) Meredith junior Meredith Davis, as Desiree, and Jon Skinner, as Fredrik Image via Cathy Rodgers to invite the Egermans to her coun try estate for the weekend, but when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte (Kat Myers) appear, too, things begin to get farcical. Rounding out the cast are Taylor Pearce, jKaryn Raynor, Elaina itfleman, Mary Beth lameron, Haley Attix, [Brent Blakesley, Brent jSimpson, Teia Coley, nd Katy Koop. When asked about er work with the mu- ical, director Cathy [Rodgers explained, “This is definitely ;he most challeng ing musical we have one since 1999 with hnday in the Park th George. This mu- ical is very smart and lophisticated with a eautiful score. The cast has been wonder ful and worked very hard every night for a month and rehearsing every day. I’ve been very proud of the Meredith students because after the first few rehearsals that one of the men in the cast posted on Facebook that he would have to step up in his game to reach the high standard and work ethic that Meredith students have put up.” The show is free to Meredith students, faculty, and staff. Reservations may be made by calling 919-760-2840 or emailing boxoffice@meredith.edu. Ethics Bowl Team Performs Well in NCICU Competition Marlena Brown, contributing writer Meredith College’s Ethics Bowl team competed last weekend in the 2nd Annual NCICU Ethics Bowl, held at Campbell University Law School in downtown Raleigh. The team won all four of their competing rounds, coming in third overall in the competi tion behind Wake Forest University and Methodist University. This year the students who made up our com petition team were Roxanne McPher son ’16, Marlena Brown ’15, Ashley Hall ’15, Alissa Jording ’15, Sydney Maxwell ’15, Mollie Schrull ’14, Amy Hruby ’13 and Mary Rawls ‘14. Lead ing the Meredith Ethics Bowl Team were Dr. Steven Benko and Cheiyl Jenkins. Throughout the competition the students debated ethical dilemmas with other university teams to see who could best address the pertinent mor ally relevant factors. This year’s theme was “Ethics in Communication.” At the end of the first day, Mollie Schrull, a Meredith team participant had a few remarks to make on the team’s early victories: “We started on a positive note by winning both rounds. We increased our confidence, recog- - nizing our full potential as a team, and learned a lot that will help us through tomorrow.” Unique Staggers from Shaw University also had positive commentary on her team’s perfor mance and the competition overall, sa3dng, “Undergraduate students having the opportunity to see busi ness ethics in action is fascinating and invaluable to the college experience.” A DIALOGICS In an effort to help better trans late the relevance of the liberal arts, this year the Herald staff is conducting faculty interviews across canipu^. Focusing on the humanities in the fall and the sciences in the spring, we hope to establish a dialogue between faculty and students that il lustrates how knowledge in all fields is useful in the “real world. ” Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogics that puts all aspects of a liberal arts education in dialogue, continu ally irforming and irffuencing each other. This installment in the series is an intermew with Dr. Barrett Koster by Sarah Hcweeb. -Amy Hruby, Editor in Chief Q: What is your computer back ground? A: I have extensive experience with computers, math and science. I started doing math when I was 2, and science not long after. Even by middle school I was clearly THE math and science geek. I started programming in the 8th grade (41 years ago) and made a few games in high school. In college I programmed simulations for physics, economics and my major, engineering. After college I worked 2 years as a programmer/analyst at a large computer maker. I also bought my first computer; an Apple II, and I programmed fractals and walking bass and all sorts of things. I went to grad school at Duke for a Master’s degree in CS and got my PhD in CS at NCSU in 1995. I am teaching at my 3rd college since then. Meanwhile I have run the schools’ computer labs. I have taught 22 different courses so far, covering programming, networking, operating systems, graphics, theory, hardware, ethics and software engineering. I am also working on several research programs. I have written at least one commercial website. Q: What got you interested in this field? A: I love to figure out how things work, and I love to make things. The comput er is the ultimate fabric, capable of cre ating just about anything. When I was 13 my dad brought home from work a small hand-held computer (HP-400) and I would stay up all night program ming it. I learned logic and process as a native language. Q: What is your favorite computer company? A: Apple has long been my favorite. I am on my 6th Mac, not counting ones for work. Mac’s excel at function and aesthetics. It astounds me that Macs are still considered odd, but they are catching up. Macs are the current standard in most CS teaching. I could worry that as it gets big, Apple could become arrogant and greedy like Micro soft. But I’m not a worrier. Q: In what ways do you think technol students from Johnson C. College then seconded her opinion: “This process goes a long way in sharpening skills when evaluating business ethics and reality,” explained Lerato Montag, “It is really invaluable to use later in real life experiences.” 'The NCICU (North Carolina Inde pendent Colleges and Universities) Ethics Bowl began in February 2012 as an initiative to foster growth and scholarship amongst independent universities in North Carolina. The competition has since become an annual event where colleges in North Carolina come together for ethical debates on various case issues pertain ing to real-world ethical dilemmas. During its first year, the following col leges participated: Campbell Univer sity, Gardner-Weljb University, High Point University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat Col lege, Mount Olive College, St. Andrews University, Salem College, Shaw Uni versity, Wake Forest University and Wingate University. We ran out of space to post the campus election results in this week’s issue! Check our Facebook page for the complete list: facebook. com/meredithherald ogy is good for us? A: Technology is allowing solutions to problems that were not possible even 10 years ago. It brings a form of democracy to the masses that anyone can publish, organize, criticize, and do business. We are much more produc tive (overall) with technology. Q: In what ways do you think technol ogy is bad for us? A: Technology brings any number of possible pitfalls. We have the potential to entertain ourselves to death, watch TV or plays games and never produce anything. It’s a new avenue for theft, bullying, sabotage, election fraud and other problems. It produces toxins and waste and user weirdness we nev er knew could exist. It also can make use lazy — we are not used to pounding on a problem the way we used to. And before too long robots will put every one out of a job and we’ll need a new paradigm of how to earn your keep or else we will all starve.

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