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Meredith College
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298


Volume Eighty-Five

by Mary Ann Lisenba


Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607

Mary Ann Lisenba Editor

Sherri Rockstad Assistant Editor

Title Page 1

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44 Meredith Performs


58 Senior Picnic

64 Bicentennial

72 Tennis

74 Softball

76 Basketball

78 Intramurals

80 Aqua Angels


photo by Debra Branson

12 Moonlighting
15 State Fair
18 Cornhuskin'

photo by Jennifer Horl



138 Administration
148 Freshmen
158 Sophomores

66 SPORTS 168 Juniors

68 Golf 178 Seni0rS

24 Meredith Abroad

26 Winter Dance

28 Alice's Wonderland

40 Awards Day

photo by Debra Brans

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70 Volleyball 216 INDEX

2 Table of Contents

photo by Bridget Ramke

Table of Contents 3

"If you ask about the beginning of Mer-
edith," Richard Tilman Mann once said,
"no one can answer you. \t is an incarna-
tion of an idea. Events may be dated an
chronicled, but who can trace the genesis of
an idea?" More than fifty years before, the
idea of an "establishment of a female semi-
nary of high order" was already in exist-
ence. The cornerstone of ]ohnson Hall re-
veals the dates of four events: "Projected
1889, Chartered 1891, Opened 1899,
Relocated 1924." Studies of other female
institutions such as Oxford and Chowan
College were made to evaluate the success
and "degree of confidence . . . with the



A Long

Way Lady

former education or to receive a different
undergraduate or graduate degree. Unlike
the situation the incoming students faced
that fall day in 1 899, freshmen now arrive
well in advance of the upperclassmen to
participate in a well planned and informa-
tive freshmen orientation and to move into
their dorms.

The curriculum at Meredith started off
as a strict one which followed the Wake
Forest catalogue closely. The students
were to study mathematics up through
quadratic equations, Latin, geography,
and American and general history. There
were twelve schools-. Latin, Creek, En-

public generally" and then reported to the
Baptist State Convention. The female in-
stitution was approved.

Six offers were considered for the school;
Raleigh's bid was chosen because it was
seen as the best location for growth and de-
velopment. A building site was chosen in
downtown Raleigh on Edenton Street be-
tween Blount and Pearson Street — just
one block from the State Capital.

After a constant battle to raise enough
money to fund the construction of the
school, one hundred eighty students regis-
tered that first day in 1899. The fourth

floor of the main building wasn't com-
pleted, so many students stumbled over
piles of lumber, saws and hammers. The
students couldn't even dress in their rooms
because there were no shades on the
windows, and the hall was filled with car-
penters, electricians, faculty, and visitors
passing back and forth. Today Meredith
has over 2000 students of which just more
than half live on campus in the residence
halls-, the others commute from their
homes to the school. A growing number of
our students are re-entry women who have
returned to college either to complete their


glish, Modern Language (French, Ger-
man, and Spanish), Mathematics, Nat-
ural Science, Moral Philosophy, History
and Political Science, Art, Music, Expres-
sion, and Business. Many of the teachers
had only college degrees themselves.
Salaries ranged from $200 with room and
board to $1000. The men's salaries were
two to three times larger than the
women's. Today Meredith offers four un-
dergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Nursing, and Bachelor of Music.
The college also offers graduate degrees in

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Business, Elementary Education, and
Music. New majors evolve almost every
year due to the great demand from inter-
ested students. )ust this year a Child De-
velopment major and a Dance major was
offered for the first time. Our Music de-
partment has expanded to the Music,
Speech, and Theater Department. The
salaries have changed over the years as
well as the departments. They are much
higher, but the teachers question today
whether they are high enough to meet the
increasing cost of living.

Meredith's downtown location was
chosen because of its accommodations for

tinued to build new buildings at a conserv-
ative rate. The number of residence halls
has almost doubled and the number of
classroom buildings continues to rise. Re-
cently an art building was constructed to
place all the art majors under one roof and
provide them with the learning facilities
they need. This year the student center —
or Cate Center — received some renova-
tions during the Christmas Holidays. The
Office of Career Services moved to the
second floor to larger quarters in order to
better serve the continuing career services
of students and alumnae. The Student
Leadership suite moved downstairs to fill

cessible to the students since they are lo-
cated in a central location on first floor

The last area of growth and develop-
ment is represented in the name Meredith
College, formerly the Baptist Female Uni-
versity. \t wasn't too long after the opening
of the college that the name was in ques-
tion. The trustees realized in May of 1 909
that the term "university" was not ne-
cessarily the top peak in academic ac-
complishment. Not to mention the entire
school name promoted the school "to be an
object of ridicule". So the trustees changed
the name to Meredith College. Meredith

potential growth and development; how-
ever, the Board of Trustees realized that
Meredith could grow no further because it
reached the boundaries of the property.
The lack of privacy, the intolerable noise
level of traffic, the danger of crossing such
busy streets, and the lack of available land
space caused the Board of Trustees, May
23, 1 92 1 , to vote to move the campus. The
present site, once a one hundred thirty five
acre farm located three miles west of
Raleigh on Hillsboro Road, was chosen.
Actual construction began in the fall of
1924. Since that date, Meredith has con-

Move. The Baptist Female University located downtown
Raleigh on Edenton Street between Blount and Pearson
Street, the square next to the Governor's Mansion and only
a block from the State Capital. Once the location moved to
Hillsboro Road, the main buildings were bought and used as
hotels, apartments, and office buildings. By 1967 all of the
buildings that once served as the Baptist Female University
campus were torn down.

the open space left by Career Services.
Student leaders now have more office space
plus a conference/resource room to help
them better serve in their leadership roles.
Although atmosphere plays only a small
role in student leadership and develop-
ment, it certainly makes them more ac-

has withstood several strong winds in his-
tory not just from critics — but from the
upstanding members of the community.
Once in November, 1939, and again in
November, 1944, the thought to merge
Meredith and Wake Forest College was
seriously contemplated. Both times the
motion to merge the two colleges was de-
feated. The student body listed five
reasons, three of which say enough about
what Meredith was and still is today.
Merging the colleges would have meant a
limit to the leadership opportunities for
women, a sacrifice of cultural and religious

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"1988" Ninety-Seven

educational opportunities with the change in
location, and a lack of cooperation and un-
derstanding between faculty and students.
As former President E. Bruce Heilman sta-
ted during a 1 968 Founders Day address: "I
believe we possess a full appreciation of our
tradition and we have a clear vision of our ob-
ligation and opportunity to serve. I am per-
suaded that so long as Meredith College re-
mains dedicated to and succeeds in acheiving
the objective chartered by its Founders, 'to
sway the minds of men in behalf of virtue and
religion,' its light shall continue to beam
brightly." As Meredith furthers here edu-
cational pursuits and persists with her high
level of integrity and respect; we can truly
say, "You've come a long way, lady."
— Mary Ann Lisenba
and Sherri Rockstad

photo by Jennifer Horton

For more information about the history oj Meredith
College read the second edition oj the History of
Meredith College by Mary Lynch Johnson.
Copies are available for purchase in the Student
Supply Store or may be found in the Carlyle Camp-
bell Library.

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Years in the Making

Is it that time already? Many of us asked ourselves this
same question as we entered the Meredith gates. Summer
is definitely over; whether we spent our time wisely or fool-
ishly — we couldn't postpone it any longer. The fall semes-
ter was here!

Cars waiting to be unloaded lined the drive between
Heilman and Barefoot. With the circle gone, we simply
say, "Good luck!" to those resident students in Brewer,
Faircloth, and Poteat who must walk just a little further to
their dorm. "Hope you didn't bring back as much this

After picking up our room key, it's back to our car for the
first load. We make it up the stairs and down the hall.
Okay, we've all been in this situation before — we know
the room will look bare, but with a few pictures and odds
and ends, we will make it like home suite home. WRONG!
You open the door to find your roommate has already
been there. Her luggage and boxes are all over the floor
and on both beds. "Welcome Back!" yells your suitemates
as they come running through the bathroom. Everyone
exchanges hugs and the chatter among you will continue
long after midnight.

There's a bright side to this story. Classes won't start for
two days. So what do we do? We sell our old books — get
what we can get for them, buy new books or try to find
them used, and hammer a few more nails into the wall to
get that "look" we want our room to have. Now let's don't
forget to see all our friends to find out how their summer
was, who they are dating, and where we are going out to-

For some of us it isn't that easy. You might have been
one of the unlucky ones who spent their first few days
running around campus with drop/add slips trying to rear-
range your schedule at the last minute. For some the
schedule changing continued throughout that first week of

Well, you made it! You've managed to sit through all
your classes for a solid week. You've come far, but you've
got a long way to go!

— Mary Ann Lisenba

hoto by Kimberly Menhiruck

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"Students will not leave the University
grounds without notifying the Lady Principal.
Students may go shopping on Monday, in
groups of two in such places as are approved by
the President." (College Regulations #1 and
#17 from the 1904 student handbook.) Reg-
ulations have changed a great deal since then.
Much of the students lifestyles have changed
too. They are away from campus shopping, dat-
ing, working, and doing whatever they want to
do. But back on campus you'll find them par-
ticipating in many of the same events that the
early 1900's students participated in: Corn-
huskin, Stunt, and Play Day. In addition, they
are involved in luaus, special activities like
Parent's Weekend, elections, chapel, dances,
and interacting with one another.

\bove: Connie Bates, Amanda Brooks, Katherine Bird, and
)ebbie Gray enjoy the food, fun, and entertainment at the
Teshmen Orientation picnic Right: These 1912 students of
he Baptist Female University enjoy a talk together in their
lorm room.

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On October 17,1987 the students at
Meredith were treated to a Polynesian
style luau. Students were greeted with
colorful leis and the sound of beach
music. The delicious smells of Poly-
nesian food floated through the air and
attracted girls from their dorm rooms.
"It was great to get away from the rou-
tine of things and have a little fun acting
stupid," said freshman Laura Olson.
Students participated in a limbo con-
test and sang along with the band, the
Jabberwocks. They performed such
favorites as, "I Heard It Through The
Grapevine", and "Under The Board-
walk". Said freshman Kaki Hicks,
"The only thing bad about it was that I
couldn't take a pineapple back to my
room." The luau is one of Meredith's
traditions that allows students to relax
and try something a little on the wild

— Lisa Baurlein

Students choose from the fresh fruit offered at the

Meredith students take their picks

by Debra Branson
from a Polynesian
style dinner.

photo by Bridget Ramke

The Jabberwocks entertain the crowd

photo by Debra Branson

"How low can you go?" Julie Hicks. Leslie Belsha and Sherry Smith participate in a limbo


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Little Friends Weekend
is a time for Meredith
students to invite a young
relative or friend between
the ages of seven and
twelve, to come and stay at
Meredith for a weekend.
This year it was held on
October 24-25. The Stu-
dent Foundation planned
activities such as cookie
decorating, painting pump-
kins, relay races, a pizza
party, and the movie, An
American Tale. A total of
seventy-three little friends
participated in the events.
Saturday night, the young
girls dressed up in their
Halloween costumes while
Meredith students led
them trick-or-treating
through the first floor par-
lors. Little Friends Week-
end is a good opportunity
for younger girls to gain in-
terest in Meredith College.
— Becca Ward

photos by Jennifer Hor

Top: Tracy Sternberg sits by the fountain with li

friends as they wait to eat and ride on the hayrii

Left: Little friends enjoy a horse and wagon rii

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Left: Angie Bryant stands with two of the little friends
for a picture. Bottom left: Angie Stroud rides with one
of the groups on the hayride around the campus.
Below: The judges tell a little friend to show the
winning pumpkin to the spectators.

photo by Jennifer Horton

photo by Tracy Sternberg

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photos by Jennifer Horton

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6:30 . . . They're all lined up. 6:45 . . . They're entering
the sight of attack. 6:50 . . . The freshmen are proving that
"Everything Has a Beginning". 6:55 . . . The sophomores
are finally here "Under The Big Top". 7:00 .. . The ju-
niors "Got By With A Little Help From Their Friends".
7:05 .. . The seniors are realizing that "The Sky's The
Limit". Don't look now . . . It's a Stakeout! Cornhuskin'
1987 brought surprises and disappointments as each class
worked hard gearing up for the big night. Studies were
neglected due to distractions such as water fights, chants,
rolling the courtyard and singing. Practices were held and
many a sheet of poster board was bought for creative cos-
tuming. Aided by their big sisters, the freshmen, who felt a
little like rookies, struggled to catch on to the wild traditions
of this annual event while the sophomores mercilessly
covered their courtyard with toilet paper. The juniors en-
joyed their first year as Big Sisters and the seniors just
wanted to win!

Thursday evening rolled around and the courtyard fes-
tivities commenced. The seniors rushed in, dressed in pre-
vious Cornhuskin' sweatshirts and began the highlight of
their parade: a hot air balloon show to the theme from Top
Gun. Cotton candy, apple cider, and popcorn were
downed by all and with full stomachs we retreated to our
headquarters to prepare for the Big Event.

Filing into Jones Auditorium, the classes began their
cheers, all progressing up to the competitions. It was a long
process, but the four classes gave it their best shot. Then in
the end, much to the shock of many, the sophomores tri-
umphed over the seniors. Cries of joy and sorrow per-
meated through the auditorium as everyone rushed out to
go and whoop it up even more. The seniors and sopho-
mores headed over to Barry's for their own private cele-
bration, while the freshmen joined their Big Sisters at fra-
ternity row (the freshmen enjoyed Self-Determining
Hours). Cornhuskin' 87 was a huge success, especially for
the sophomores who will always remember their well-
deserved, but surprising victory.

— Kim Miller

photo by Debra Branson

photo by Jennifer Horton

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photo by Jennifer Horton

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Take it

Comhuskin 87

Parade Seniors

Tall Tale Sophomores

Hog Callin' Seniors

Songs Sophomores/Seniors

1st place: Sophomores
2nd place: Seniors

3rd place: Juniors

4th place: Freshmen

photo by Jennifer Horton

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This past summer forty people de-
cided to see the Old World first hand.
They began in a little town near Zurich,
Switzerland. They had classes in the
morning and were finished by about
two o'clock in the afternoon. Many of
the students would catch the train and
sight see on their own. There were so
many beautiful sights they couldn't
possibly see them all; but they tried.

Next, the students headed for
London. The students had five days in
which to make their way to London.
Some made stops at Paris, while others
chose the French Riviera.

The students then remained in
London for five weeks — in a nunnery
at that! Besides being in a nunnery,
they were in Kensington Square, the
home of Charles and Diana. Shopping
was fun there with all the famous bou-
tiques at their fingertips. Also, beautiful
gardens were all around.

The whole trip was fun, exciting, and
worthwhile for all who went. After it
was over, the students were much
more knowledgeable about their cul-
tures. There were two other Meredith
Abroad trips, one to Germany and one
to France.

The Meredith Abroad Program
gives students a chance to explore
other countries while at the same time
earning credit hours towards gradu-
ation. Professors from different depart-
ments go along to teach and to take in
some sights as well. It is a learning ex-
perience for all who participate.

— Susan Howard

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photo by Caroline Mata

udents such as Jeannie Harvey, Jennifer Corn, Laurie Swain. Martha
jwards, Lisa Pate, and Mary Falkner enjoyed their trip to Switzerland
id England.

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Oriental Mystique

They say the Orient has a certain magical
mystery to it. Well, it was no mystery that
the women of Meredith College were hav-
ing a great time on the night of November
21. They danced the night away to the
tunes of The Maxx Band. MEA sponsored
the dance; it was held at the Raleigh Inn.
There was an excellent turnout. And as
usual with Meredith dances, it was quite a
fashion show. Our favorite sharp-dressed
men escorted the young women dressed in
sequins and lace into a ballroom filled with
romantic oriental lanterns and fans. The
atmosphere was one of romance and in-

— Kim Miller


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Ladies and


of the Court

Meredith students were awestruck at the
spectacular performance by the faculty and
administration of Alice in Wonderland on
March 4. Professors dressed in elaborate and
ridiculous costumes paraded around the stage
in Jones Auditorium covered in stage make-up
and reading lines off of everything from dolls to
forearms (and to know they won't let us use
crib notes). It all began in 1924 when a group
of Meredith faculty decided to give a surprise
performance. No one knew what would be
performed or in what manner. Boy were they
surprised to see their most distinguished pro-
fessors running around stage dressed as
rabbits and turtles, spouting off lines of the
latest campus slang. Dr. Sandra Thomas
once again captured our hearts with her role of

Alice while Dr. Cochran gave a startling per-
formance of a modern day Mad Hatter, styled
after Michael Jackson: Big and Bad! Dr. Baker
commanded the audience's attention with his
rendition of the King Of Hearts and taking a
mighty powerful blow from the Queen of
Hearts in the process. The student laughed
and jeered through the whole play. Whenever
a favorite personality would appear shouts of
encouragement were heard everywhere. As
Meredith students sat on the edges of their
seats in pure delight, it was difficult not to feel a
sense of pride from being a part of this
"Wonderland" we have here at Meredith
where professors and administration care
enough to give us their very best.

— Kim Miller

photos by Jennifer Horton

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photo by Jennifer Horton

Left: The Rabbit (Dr. Huber) reads the accusations of
the accused (Dr. Johnson). Top left: Alice (Dr.
Thomas) enjoys the notorious tea party.

photos by Beth Wood

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photo by Beth Wood

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Right: The Cheshire Cat played by Dr. Kurtz. Below:
Dr. Cochran as the Mad Hatter performs a dance to
Michael Jackson's song entitled Bad.

photo by Jennifer Horton

photo by Jennifer Horton photo by Beth Wood

photo by Jennifer Horton

Students were able to attend a reception held in the
■|H Rotunda of Johnson Hall where students were eager to
get the autographs of the actors in their personal copy
of Alice in Wonderland.

photo by Jennifer Horton

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If These
Could Talk

We would all be in trouble! Ah,
the secrets that have been ex-
changed within our beloved dor-
mitories. They say that the
friends you make in college re-
main your close friends forever.
Where are these friendships born
and nutured? Why, in the dorms!
Hall parties, dorm functions and
those ever-boring hall meetings
are just a small fraction of what
makes up dorm life. We can't
forget talking into the morning
hours, catching up on love lives,
popping popcorn, and then eat-
ing popcorn while cramming for
those tests. One must admit that
at times it seems like a con-
tinuous slumber party. No doubt,
the stories our walls have heard
over the years have changed. If
these walls could talk, they would
say, "You've come a long way!"
— Kim Miller

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Above: Iris Wilkins exchanges stori
of the night before with suitemates
Juli Hicks and Leslie Belsha. Left
Donna Cook flips through Vogue a:
she snacks on some cheese puffs.

photo by Debra Branson

photo by Jennifer Horton

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Significance of

a Single


In December the luminaries of Meredith
College lit up Raleigh in celebration of the
birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
SGA began planning for the event at the
beginning of the semester. They chose to
support Make-A-Wish Foundation, an
agency that helps to make the wishes of
children with life-threatening diseases
come true, and Interact, an United Way
agency that helps women and children
who are victims of abuse or rape. SGA
spent all day Monday filling bags with
sand and candles — there were 5,000

luminaries and it was doubtful that the job
would be completed before the Holiday
Dinner, but as usual SGA pulled it off.

After dinner the candles were lit by resi-
dence halls and cars drove through to
view them just at fast as they could be lit.
After the entire campus was illuminated,
some students gathered around the foun-
tain to share in singing Christmas carols;
some participated in a Candlelight Vigil

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