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For the Sidewalk Tells Me So
Katy Koop, staff writer
One morning around two weeks
ago, around the Science and Math Build
ing, the Cate Center and on the steps of
several other buildings, there was in
scribed the word of God. Meredith Col
lege’s FCA had written in chalk phrases
like “#jesus”, “Jesus Hearts You”, and
“godislove” all over the sidewalks around
the campus. Most interestingly, under all
of these advertisements for the Fellow
ship of Christian Athletes was the hashtag
“#allarewelcome”. As someone who is not
a protestant Christian, it feels like I’m be
ing assaulted by Jesus on campus.
It isn’t just hashtags scrawled on
the sidewalks - there’s the first page of the
yearbook bearing the image of a gradu
ation cap with a Bible verse on it, the t-
shirts that tell me to “Thank God I’m an
MCG,” and the overwhelming presence
of Intprvarsity and Campus Crusade. It’s
the invisibility of anything that isn’t prot
estant Christian. On potential t-shirt de
signs one just doesn’t see quotes from the
Quran or the Torah, news spreading about
the pope, and there seems to be a definite
lack of an areligious voice in the chorus of
#godisgood. It’s the quotes about God en
graved in Johnson Hall and always seeing
advertisements for weekly Bible studies.
How does this never ending presence of
Jesus mean #allarewelcome? All but the
protestant Christians are excluded.
This isn’t to say that FCA did not
have the right to hashtag Jesus and God
all over the sidewalk. They should have
the freedom to spread the word of God
and practice what religion they may. It’s
just that they shouldn’t rub it in every
one’s faces. It’s true that they had no way
of knowing, but at the end of the day, when
someone is struggling with their faith and
“[FCA] should have the
freedom to spread the
word of God and prac
tice what religion they
may. It’s just that they
shouldn’t rub it in
everyone’s faces. ”
going to a campus with such a strong
protestant Christian population, seeing
#jesus with every footstep is painful. See
ing not only the Bible verses, but also all
the other Christian byproducts serves as a
potent reminder of just how separate one
is from the ideal pearl-wearing southern
God-loving MCG. Sure, the rain has come
and washed #jesus from the sidewalk, but
the stain of faith cannot be removed from
the reality of being an MCG.
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Have you gone to a Meredith sports game in the last year?
A. Of course, I go to all of them!
B. I went to one or two.
C. We have sports?
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What do you think of your Cornhuskin’ theme?
71.43% It’s fantastic, we’re totally gonna win this year!
21.43% It’s ok, but I would change some things.
7% Not even gonna lie, it’s terrible.
Results from last issue’s poll
Voter Fraud Prevention? I Think Not!
Lucia Rynka-Estevez, layout editor
The integrity of voting as a constitutional
right has been under serious attack with the new vot
er identification laws that were recently passed in the
state of North Carolina. Those in support of the voter
identification laws claim that these laws prevent vot
ing fraud. The fundamental problem with this argu
ment is that under some of the provisions of the elec
tion law reform, the bill actually makes it a lot easier
to vote by absentee ballot.
According to a famous analysis done by
News2i, “the report of 2,068 alleged election-fraud
cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has oc
curred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter
impersonation on Election Day is virtually non-exis
tent.” What is interesting about the analysis, howev
er, is that it found that there is more fraud in absen
tee ballots than in,any other categories. The analysis
shows 491 cases of absentee ballot in the last decade.
Because of the new voter identification laws,
voters do not have to offer a valid excuse to receive
an absentee ballot. The law now requires absentee
ballot request forms to be posted online for accessi
bility; state parties and voter registration groups can
copy the request forms as well. The county board of
election is allowed to deliver absentee ballot request
forms and the ballots themselves to “voters who are
disabled or ill.” Those who cast absentee votes don’t
have to show identification.
Voter identification laws fail to address other
forms of known fraud such as voter registration and
the ability to vote in different states if you so hap
pen to be a resident of more than one. This kind of
fallacy leave many to think that voter identification
laws suppress liberal votes and are use to manipulate
election results. Lawmakers have cut back on early
voting in person, cracked dovra on voter registration
drives, imposed identification requirements, made
it harder for students to cast ballots and proposed
purging voter rolls in a way that critics have said
would eliminate people who are eligible to vote, but
almost nothing has been done about the distinctive
challenges posed by absentee ballots.
Voting by mail is now common enough and
problematic enough that election experts say there
have been multiple elections in which no one can say
with confidence which candidate was the deserved
“Efforts to “prevent” fraud at
polling places have an ironic
consequence. They will drive
more voters into the absentee
system, where fraud and coer
cion have been documented to be
real and legitimate concerns.”
Efforts to “prevent” fraud at polling places
have an ironic consequence. They will drive more vot
ers into the absentee system, where fraud and coer
cion have been documented to be real and legitimate
concerns. It is this contradiction which has many
wondering the true intentions of the voter identifica
tion laws. Were they created to protect the integrity
and virtue of our democracy, or were they created to
marginalize and suppress a specific group of voters?
One glance at the provisions of the voter
identification laws, and the answer is clear.
Meredith Hacks: Life Hacks for Avenging Angels!
This week: Help Academic
Career Planning Help You!
Livi Burke, staff writer
The Academic and
Career Planning Center at
Meredith College provides
many helpful resources when
it comes to assisting students
in making academic decisions
and achieving their goals.
These goals may be related
to academics or a student’s
future career. The center of
fers help to first year students,
current students, transfer stu
dents, and faculty as well.
Here are some tips
that can help you fully benefit
from the Academic and Career
The first tip is to go
to their networking events
that take place throughout the
year. These events, such as the
Career Network Luncheon on
November 1st and the Major
Meet Up on Oct 17, can help
you network with possible fu
When applying for a
job or internship, stop by the
resume clinic to edit your pro
fessional resume, so you can
know for sure it is the best
it can be, so you can get that
dream job or internship you
The third and final tip
is to pay attention to their so
cial media outlets like eNews,
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter,
and Linkedin. These outlets
will give you helpful informa
tion about wonderful opportu
nities available to you.
The Academic and
Career Planning Center is very
useful for a variety of things.
So, don’t be afraid to stop by
their office to see how they can
help you. “We are basically all
about you, the student,” says
Cece Blair, Marketing intern
of the Academic and Career
Planning Center, from the
class of 2014.
There is something
for everyone, whether you are
a senior looking for a job or a
freshman who wants to know
what incredible academic and
career opportunities await her
in this new chapter of her life.
So stop by their office to see
what is in store for you!
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