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Chasing your Dreams with Gwendolyn Oxenham
Livi Burke, staff writer
On Aug. 28, Gwendolyn Ox
enham, author of the summer read
ing book Finding the Game, came
to speak in Jones Auditorium. After
President Jo Allen welcomed the au
dience, Megan Amanatides, President
of the Meredith Student Athlete Ad
visory Committee and representative
of the class of 2015, introduced Oxen
ham before she began her lecture. Af
ter she finished, there was a question
and answer session, which was mod
erated by Kelly Morris Roberts from
Meredith’s class of 1991.
During her lecture, Oxen
ham told students about her journey
around the world in search of pickup
soccer. She recalled her experience
as a college student, giving the new
freshmen of Meredith some advice to
assist them in the beginning of their
college career. One of her experiences
she shared was how she too was very
nervous and scared on her first day of
college. At first she was very shy. “I
was petrified,” Oxenham commented.
However, she went on to say, “Some
times you just have to get out there
and see what happens.” She encour
aged students to “push through that
panic when starting something big
and new.” She told the audience to
“find good professors” and “step out
of your comfort zone when it comes to
classes.” During her search for pickup
soccer games, she and her friends of
ten were not sure what to do, but they
always kept going, even in difficult
times, Oxenham said. Coming out of
the lecture, many students felt that
Oxenhams words were inspiring and
could strongly relate them to their
lives as students at Meredith College.
“Even though soccer was in her com-
fort zone, she took it to a whole other
level. We all kind of related to it. To
get involved as students, we have to
step out of our comfort zones,” said
freshman Sabrina Brown, who is in
volved in the Meredith Hues Program
and Communications Club.
NC Voter ID Law May
Hannah Thornton, staff writer
This past summer, the North Carolina state legislature passed a new law
that will require voters to show a photo ID issued by the government upon going
to vote. Proponents for the new voting rule favor it because the new regulation is
expected to prevent fraud. However, opponents say that there is no need for this
law, as there were 121 suspected voter fraud cases found out of 7 million votes cast in
NC in 2012, according to the state Board of Elections. They also argue that specific
groups of people are targeted by the new regulation.
Out of many speculated affected groups, college students are at the top of
the list. Dr. Clyde Frazier, a professor of political science at Meredith College, states
that what is not commonly talked about or aired by the media is that there is no cer
tain effect of the new law because it has not yet taken effect, and the state Board of
Elections has not created instructions as to how the process will take place.
However, analysis of the legislation shows college students will be hit hard,
especially out-of-state college students. The law will require a North Carolina photo
ID, such as a driver’s license, to vote. Licenses from out of state are prohibited, and
college IDs are not allowed, either. With this new law, North Carolina has become
“the strictest in the nation,” according to Dr. Frazier and many others, including the
New York Times and President Obama.
Dr. Frazier suggests that out-of-state students should “register in their home
states or, if they have a passport, to make sure they take it with them to the polls.”
The News & Observer reports that a person can obtain an NC-issued card by going
to the DMV with four items of identification, such as an original Social Security card,
an original birth certificate, a marriage license, divorce papers, tax records, or work
Editors: Jessica Feltner, Editor in Chief. Julia Dent, Managing Editor. Cody Jeffrey, Assistant Editor. Lucia Rynka-Estevez, Layout Editor.
Monique Kreisman, News Editor. Maitlyn Healy, A&E and Sports Editor. Rachel Pratl, Editorial Editor
Staff Writers: Hannah Nielsen, Katy Koop, Livi Burke, Hannah Thornton, Marlena Brown, Mollie Schrull, Isabel Benson, Kristin Hight
The Meredith Herald is produced by the College throughout the academic year and published by Hinton Press. The paper is funded by the College
and through independent advertising. The opinions expressed in the editorial columns do not necessarily reflect those of the college administration,
faculty or student body. The policy of this paper requires that submissions be made by 5:00 p.m. the Thursday before publication and that contribu
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