Mii.ij .1 iji]-U.i^,y«aisaaaB38geee^fiM NOVEMBER 5, 1984 THE BELLES PAGE 3 BETTINA GREGORY VISITS ST. MARY’S by Jerri Toland On October 22, St. Mary’s welcomed Bettina Gregory as the Forum speaker. She spoke about several stories she has covered since she joined ABC in 1974 in cluding the Karen Ann Quinlin story, the situation in Northern Ireland, and her big decision to tell the truth about a hostage hold-up on a plane in Atlanta. For the past eight years, she has mostly stayed in Washington to cover stories. Her main topic, the Presidential Elec tion and the Press, gave an idea about how television perceives people differ ently from how they truly are. Ms. Gre gory pointed out how the current candi dates are perceived. Reagan, perceived in 1980 as a strong leader, is now seen as old and tired. Mondale, on the other hand, is perceived as a potential leader now. The press plays a major role in this perception since each coverage of a story points out new and different ideas not found in other stories or speeches by the candidates. The question asked here by reporters is. What did he say or express different from before? This is the key to a good coverage. In her discussion session, Ms. Gregory talked on the Helms-Hunt race. Press conferences, background briefing, and the mood of the country at the pre sent time. Additionally, she also told how she got her job as a reporter for ABC. Her only comments on the Helms- Hunt race were brief, saying it was a tight race and that negative advertising doesn’t help. On discussing press con ferences, Ms. Gregory explained that each conference is staged. The President decides when he wants one, and at what time of the day. Most often they are held during prime time. They are always opened and closed by the Associated or bnited Press who sit on the front row. After several questions from these re- Porters, the President moves on to the 'various other journalists from T.V. sta tions and newspapers. Each person is carefully chosen by the President to ask Specific questions he wishes to answer. There is al\ways a rehearsal before it is Seen live so the President is prepared for Soswering these questions. The present mood of our country, Ms. Gregory said, is one of uncertainty. The Pandulum is swinging toward the Piiddle, whereas before it leaned toward file left of the spectrum. Questions in the Piinds of the people concern the econo- % - bread or butter, and will the world 9o to war, or remain at peace? While Ms. Gregory was training as an actress in London, she was asked to take a radio broadcasting job because of her good speaking voice. She was also asked to be in a soap opera series but turned down both jobs since she did not want to stay and live in England. After she finished training, she returned to the U.S. where she attended Cornell Univer sity in New York for graduate school. She was working part time as a waitress when she heard an announcement over the ra dio concerning a broadcasting job. She jumped at the opportunity and began at 26 years old first as a volunteer. She then became a Cable T.V. reporter, but turned down an offer for a co-anchor job there and concentrated on getting a radio broadcasting job in Long Island. A small radio station accepted her, and she began at WGBB in 1972. Ms. Gregory’s first anchoring experience came at a local network, WCBC, where she worked prime time from 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. After a while there, her big break came when ABC offered her a reporting job, and she immediately signed a five-year contract. Ms. Gregory works many 18 hour days, she said it was hard to plan her life around such a long day. However, she is married and is currently helping her hus band run for the 10th district for Con gress in Virginia. She commented that she must be flexible since her job is often unpredictable. When asked what keeps her going, Ms. Gregory replies, “That’s a tough question. I guess it’s my interest.” ABC news correspondent, Bettina Gregory, recently answered questions at an informal discussion held here at St. Mary’s. WHERE DO YOU STAND ■■ ST. MARY’S? by Katherine Waiton Polls never tell the whole story.... Eighteen St. Mary’s students were inter viewed. Some were chosen randomly but mostly I sought the politically out spoken’. The students were asked out right, whom they supported in the sena torial race and then asked to explain their reasons. Those who claimed to support Helms were then asked if they were aware that during theSO’s and 60’s Helms was an avowed segregationist and that for the past 12 years has voted against every major or civil rights bill introduced. Of the nine Helms supporters only one was aware of this fact. Anne Duncan Bailey is an active supporter of Senator Heims. She is aware of his record. She commented that “civil rights legislation iind desegregation includes busing which is costy.” When asked if she was refemng to monetary cost or the conse quences, she replied, “both.” She added that “Helms is for equai rights not civil rights, because all of these civil rights movements will give minority groups rights that the majority groups don’t have - at the taxpayer's expense.” Also, “I am 100 percent behind him voting against the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill”. She cited the expense and the fact that MLK was a controversial figure as reasons. Betsy Smith was unaware of Helms’ stance on civil rights, but does not hold his record against him. She points out that “He was representing his consti tuency. Segregation was terrible, but it has always been that way, a public figure is going to have bad things said against him. Some of the things he says are ridi culous, like his claim that MLK had communist sympathies, but i don’t like the way people make MLK an angel of civil rights.” Two of the Helms supporters, Annie Gray Sprunt and Wooten Warner, men tioned that they do not support Helms’ position on abortion, since he supports denying women abortions even in the case of incest and rape. Almost of all his supporters feel more secure with Helms because of his alli ance with president Reagan. Kristen Marcin, an active supporter of Reagan, feels that “Helms has more of an ear to the president and would therefore get more done for the state.” Helms supporters were also in agree ment in their support of Helms’ efforts to lower taxes and their approval of his con sistent conservatism. A. D. Bailey sup ports Helms because “He’ll tell you where he stands. He supports the free enterprise system and their right to be competitive. He is for less government inten/ention - a smaller federal govern- mn ^PQRk^ Swimming by Tina Ethridge The beginning Synchronized Swim- ’^9 class will have a performance of and duet routines on Friday, ^ovember 30 at 9:00 a.m. The members 'declass include: Ashley Bierig, Mar- Dossenbach, Elizabeth Grine, -[’’'lly Gunter, Alexandra Rost, and Sams. Adopted Aquatics” training will be Q. on November 10th and 11th, from a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Optimist Pool, 'ee is $20.00. Participants must be (j^Tent WSI’s or BSI’s. The course certi- ’^ad Cross Adopted Aquatics In- **,»»*•••••••••• %•,•*•«•*•«•**••»*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•*•* OUTLOOK SCHEDULE: by Tina Ethridge St. Mary’s College basketball team has begun practicing for another big seasori. SMa-yUdaAlex^'=J7^- tive and optimistic about the 1984-85 season. She feels that the te^ has made quite a bit of progress in the first , ^.1-tices. In addition, she believes he A jlS IiIIhSw' Sli, POTV Jape '‘a’’*'"* ?Snpson.o;andlerTho««, and Nicole Turner. 5A. L Brown Nov. 12 Hale Nov. 20 Wake Christian Nov. 27 1 Meredith Nov. 29 5 Bishop McGuinness Jan. 14 1 Fayetteville Academy Jan. 15 5 Warren Academy Jan. 17 Meredith Jan. 24 Ravenscroft Feb. 4 Salem Feb. 6 Vance Feb. 14 ^Wake Feb. 18 5 Home Games ment. He will lower taxes.” A. G. Sprunt supports Helms “as he is for less government, less free give aways.” Suzanne West feels that Helms is steadfast in his views. W. Warner, B. Smith and an anony mous SGA officer lean toward Helms “because he is conservative.” A. G. Sprunt also points out that “Helms is morally upright, has a strong sense of leadership - is a man of princi ple more than a politician - unafraid to take a stand.” She does not, however, agree with him whole-heartedly “but more with him than Hunt.” B. Smith feels that Hunt is too Liberal and that Helms’ consen/atism will be ba lanced out in the House.” Another gripe with Hunt includes the newly enacted DWl laws. An anonymous SGA officer dislikes Hunt because he raised the drinking age. Lindy Turner feels that the DWl laws are excessive and that the DWl issue was used by Hunt for publicity. And then there are the Hunt sup porters. In general, those voting for Hunt were voting against Helms. To quote Caro Ealy, an active Democrat, “END THE EMBARRASSMENT’; or as Ellen McCallum stated, “get Helms out of the way.” Each of the nine Hunt supporters voiced this sentiment in no uncertain [Continued on Page 4] ENROLLMENT FIGURES CHANGE by Sara Dowling There has been a significant change in the enrollment for the 1984-85 school year at St. Mary’s. Enrollment has dropped. According to the Admissions office, there are 473 girls enrolled at St. Notary’s this year. Last yeeir there were 520 girls. The freshman class has 77 mem bers, which is a decrease of 20 students from last year. The sophomore class in creased by 27 to have 126. There was a big decrease of 41 in the junior class which now has 136 members. There are 134 seniors, which is an increase of 13 girls from last year. The drop in enrollment should prove to be beneficial to the students for several reasons. First of all, students will receive more special individual attention from faculty members and administration if they need it. Also there will be more of an opportunity for students to get to know one another. Finally, there will be rrrore room in the dorms. The decrease in enrollment at St Mary’s this year will obviously have an economic effect on the school. However the slight decrease of a little less than 4 percent has been compensated for in budget adjustments. Although enroll ment this year is down, the percentage of returning students is at an all-time high. Overall, the feeling of the administration about the enrollment drop is a good one.