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Meet the Professor
Christina Barnhart, staff writer
photo via Javier Pabon
As you are all aware, Meredith College has some of the
greatest professors, but you may not know much about who
they are outside the classroom. I sat down with Professor Ja
vier Pabon and discovered a little about his life to share with
the Meredith community.
Pabon is from Quito, Ecuador. He has a Colombian fa
ther and an Ecuadorian mother. He always felt as though Co
lombia was a second home. “I did my undergrad in M Commu
nication and Journalism,” he said. “I completed it at Bogota,
Colombia, La Sabana Universidad.” Pabon received his mas
ter’s degree at Duke University in Latin American Studies
and then went back to Colombia to work on his Ph.D. in Latin
American Studies. He intends to be finished within a year. He
has been at Meredith since 2007 and really enjoys it. He said,
“I am happy and excited every time I come here, because I love
the scholarly atmosphere that we breathe around here.”
Pabon’s passion for teaching is infused with his pas
sion for film making and writing scripts. He started teaching
film-making at 25-years-old. Pabon discussed his influences
for teaching and said, “Robin Williams in ‘Dead Poet Society’
was one of the things that inspired me. There are a few other
guides who have helped me, like a professor of mine, Katherine
Walsh, whose been always engaged in teaching as a transmis
sion of knowledge, but also as an opportunity for social trans
formation. It may be cliche to say, but the students, too.”
Pabon had advice for students and said, “I am afraid that
there is not a path, you build a path. That is the advice I can
give everyone. You have to find what you want to do. A poem I
know of talks about the journey in life and it says roughly that
the real reward is not when you’ve arrived, the real reward is in
the journey and you have to enjoy the journey.”
Olivia Hanley, staff writer
Everyone knows about the more famous Meredith tradi
tions: Ring Dinner is just around the corner, you still wear your
freshman Stunt shirt your senior year, and if you’ve finally had
the experience of Cornhuskin’, you’re officially a true Meredith
gal. And then are traditions at Meredith that are a little less tra
ditional that you’ll probably experience during your time here.
•Those stinky fruits that fall from the tree in the corner of the
courtyard between Stringfield and BDH every time autumn
rolls around - Even if you haven’t noticed them, you’ve prob
ably smelled their delicious, aged-cheese/gym sock aroma.
•Your annual (or for some of us, weekly) “I’ve lost my cam-
card and can’t do anything until Campus Police opens in the
morning” scare - Did you know that if you lose it after the CPD
closes on a Friday, you won’t be able to buy a new one until it
reopens Monday at 8 a.m.? At least your roommate can let you
into the building and Cookout is around the corner.
•The first time every year that you hear a male voice out in the
hall. Boy hours have started already?
•That one girl caught in a bath towel during a fire drill - There’s
always that one girl who heard the alarm right when she started
conditioning her hair. No amount of pity can express how badly
the rest of us feel for her.
•Trying to make friends with an N.C. State girl and getting
shut down - Oh no, I don’t go here. I’m at Meredith. Yeah, nice
meeting you too. Wait, where are you going?
•The annual first inedible meal at Belk - That moment when
you realize that even the salad bar at the dining iiall is a little
sketchy today, and settle for cereal only to find out there isn’t
any milk left that isn’t chocolate.
•The walk of shame up from the parking lot behind Heilman-
Having to park in the Pit is just embarrassing, but it happens
to the best of us.
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This week: Fall Fashion Tips
Sarah Cullen, staff writer .
Meredith College is getting its first taste of chilly weather. With the lowering temperatures and influx of pumpkin spice lattes, it is
ea.sy to get lost in the layers, but here are a few simple tips for keeping your fall fashion more cozy classic rather than looking like a bag
•Balance the layers. Try not to layer a chunky sweater, with a chunky scarf, with chunky socks, and a chunky hat - all that extra fluff
adds more apparent weight than warmth. Layer a slim cardigan with a chunky scarf, skinny jeans or leggings and boots. Keep it simple.
Be inspired by the colors around you. The fall season brings rich hues and deep shades, keep the colors lovely and coherent with the
colors Mother Nature is providing all around you.
•Invest in a good pair of boots. Make sure they are comfy enough to wear with some thick socks on cooler mornings, but can also be
paired with a simple dress and tights. Pick the pair you love!
While some of these seem simple and obvious, remember that these are the basics to improving your attire on and off campus. Keep
it cozy and comfy, but fitted to your own unique style. No one is more beautifully dressed than someone wearing their favorite pieces!
Check out more tips at meredithherald.wordpress.com!
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