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Flag Code: Flying in the Dark
Alyssa Mathewson, staff writer
The US Senate’s website says
about the display of the United States
flag, “It is the universal custom to
display the flag only from sunrise to
sunset on buildings and on stationary
flagstaffs in the open. However, when a
patriotic effect is desired, the flag may
be displayed 24 hours a day if prop
erly illuminated during the hours of
darkness.” For those who don’t know,
Meredith College’s flags, the US flag,
the state flag and the college flag, fly
on a flagpole in front of Johnson Hall.
At night, I often commute to and from
school, both walking and driving, and
both I and friends have observed the
flag during this time. The flag is not
lowered at sunset. However, it is also
not illuminated properly. There are
small lights situated near the base of
the flagpole, but they do not illuminate
much of the pole, much less the flags;
they are not visible at night.
The website also says “The flag
should not be displayed on days when
the weather is inclement, except when
an all-weather flag is displayed.” Le-
gion.org describes an all-weather flag
as being made of nylon or other non
absorbent material. The site also notes
that most flags are made of all-weather
materials. I’d like to know if Meredith’s
own flag meets this regulation.
There are two simple solu
tions to the problem of how our flag
is displayed. One is a coalition of stu
dents could form - people who would
raise the flag every morning and low
er it at sunset. This would require a
large group of volunteers who could
take over one day, or one weekend, or
a small group of very dedicated stu
dents. The second option is to petition
the student government or the school
administration to raise the money to
add lighting to the flag. 'The former op
tion requires more organization and
dedication, but less money. The latter
option is more money, but it would re
quire only one action for a long time.
I believe the flags should be displayed
with more light. However, regardless
of which option we choose, something
must be done.
Meredith Ensemble Theater Presents: Turtles
Photo courtesy of stage manager and alum Marilyn Gormon, featuring Mereditth College sophomore Karyn Raynor as Bella.
A single mother struggles to hold onto her children in the midst of homelessness.
February 4-8 at 7:30 pm & February 9 at 3 pm in the Studio Theatre of Jones Hall.
Admission is free for students, faculty and staff.
Meredith Hacks: Life Hacks for Avenging Angels!
his week: Environmental Eating
jlsabel Benson, staff writer
There are many things we eat
without thinking about it. However,
everything you eat affects the environ
ment. Right now the Earth is facing
global warming and a lack of resourc
es, but there are easy ways to make
your snacks more sustainable!
One way to do this is by cutting
[meat from your diet. You don’t have
|to completely sacrifice meat to make
difference, but if you were to par-
jticipate in Meatless Monday for a year
jyou could cut your carbon emissions so
much that it would be comparable to if
were to take your car off the road
for 320 miles. ThaU^^enouninpart
on your personal carbon emissions.
Another way to make a differ
ence is simply to eat local and organic
foods. Try going to the Farmers Mar
ket. It is only three miles away from
Meredith College located at 1201 Ag
riculture Street. Organic foods help
reduce the amount of fertilizers that
are going into our river and stream
systems. Fertilizers and bug repellents
commonly throw off the natural chem
istry of aquatic ecosystems which can
cause fish kills. The amount of fossil
fuels that are used to transport our av-
ocadoes from Mexico and our organic
greenhouse tomatoes from Canada
defeats the purpose of them being or
ganic. Look at your packaged toods
and see where they are manufactured.
Try to buy foods that were
made close by so you can ensure you
are not buying snacks that were made
on the other side of the states or even
worse, on the other side of the ocean,
every mile counts. Think about this
as voting with your dollar. If you only
buy foods that were grown and man
ufactured close by, you are not only
reducing your own personal carbon
emissions, you are supporting the peo
ple who you want to succeed in their
business. Vote for your local farmers of
dairy, meat, veggies, fruits and the like.
They deserve it and so does the planet.
“If you only buy foods
that were grown and
manufactured close by,
you are not only
reducing your own
emissions, you are
people who you want
to suceed in their
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