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Sarah Graham, a junior, won the Army Physical Fit-
ness Test (the varsity sport of ROTC) with 347 points,
the highest score for both men and women, at the ROTC
Ranger Challenge event at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Twenty-six teams from fifteen schools in North and South
Carolina competed. Graham’s reaction: “My score was
higher than any of the Citadel guys, which is kind of cool.”
Freshman Melissa Poe, who, when she was nine years
old, founded a nonprofit children’s environmental orga-
nization that had grown to more than 300,000 members,
received a Seventeen/Cover Girl Volunteerism Award for
her commitment to protecting the environment. The
award came on top of one she had received during the
summer, when she was declared a Disney Eco Hero and
featured in an exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Amy Powell, a sophomore, was named the top variety debater at the U.S. Naval
Academy Debate Tournament in February. She beat more than seventy other debat-
ers for the title. Senior Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, also a member of the debate team,
was chosen as one of two U.S. representatives to the 1999 International Debate Tours.
The Maia Witzl and Julie Hansen Chi Omega Scholarships, created by their
sorority sisters to honor the two young women killed by a drunken driver in 1996,
were awarded for the first time. Recipients were Lindsay Bricolo, a senior at Glenn
High School, and Kerri McDermott, a senior at Mt. Tabor High School.
In Greek life, Phi Mu sorority started a new chapter, which was officially char-
tered at the University with twenty-eight members on October 25. Women’s rush started
January 8 and included 333 participants. Men’s rush ended with 175 men pledging.
Finances, Facilities, and Alumni
In a memo to Reynolda Campus faculty and staff on January 8, President Hearn
explained new budget guidelines for the upcoming academic year, 1999–2000:
During the past five years, Reynolda Campus expenses have increased by
56  percent, a total of $75 million. There are now important reasons to restrain
increases in tuition, the largest revenue item in our budget. . . . We must restrain
the growth in tuition to make it possible to retain ‘need-blind’ admissions. . . .
We must moderate salary increases and reduce those other expenditures.
He pointed out that inflation was running at less than 1.5 percent, which meant
budgeting should be easier than if costs were rapidly escalating.
I have asked the vice presidents to work with me in eliminating $1.2 million
in costs from the administration’s operating costs. That goal will be met. This
work can prove beneficial to us in identifying savings and can be achieved with-
out the kinds of stringent measures—layoffs and cutbacks—that have occurred
at other universities.
Melissa Poe
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