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Gertrude Hinshaw Associate Editor
Frances Carter Associate Editor
Miss Era N. Lasley Alumni Editor
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GUILFORDIAN, Guilford College,
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Entered at the post office in Guil
ford College, N. C., as second-class
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
It seems appropriate at this time
to view the year 1930-31 in retrospect.
Those of us who have observed the
Guilfordian closely can hardly fail to
be impressed by the progress made
this year. The punctuality and regu
larit of publication is a source of sat
isfaction to everyone. The increased
size of the paper has made possible
a wider variety of material. It may
now be truly said that the Guilford
ians covers practically all phases of
our college life.
The editorial staff has set a stand
ard which succeeding staffs may well
emulate. The efficiency of the finan
cial management has been outstand
You are to be congratulated upon
this the conclusion of a truly success
OUR CAREER IS ENDED
And now, our readers, we take leave
of you. Our task is finished. With the
publishing of this issue of the Guil
fordian the present staff steps out
and the new board will take up the
work with the next issue.
For us it has been a pleasure to
do our bit to keep alumni and stu
dents in touch with the activities of
Guilford. We wish to thank those
who have so loyally supported us in
the work. We are truly grateful to all
who have, in any way, contributed to
the paper. Whatever success has been
attained in its publication is due to
a large degree to their efforts.
We consider the readers of the Guil
fordian extremely fortunate in the
staff that has been chosen for the
ensuing year. We will not offer any
advice, as doubtless, they will receive
a sufficient amount of that from oth
er sources. Hence We content our
selves with congratulating them on
the honor that has come to them and
wishing them the highest possible
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The choir is getting down to work
for real. They even have training
tables on days before concerts.
If we put a fox trot on the vie
while our old lady is shaving, he cuts
himself all up. But you ought to see
the boy keep time with that razor
when we play a waltz.
Bill Isley says you should always
carry "burglerized tools" in your
We confided in one of the fellows
that we are cutting a wisdom tooth
and he immediately replied, "Congra
tulations. You need it."
Wish our "Old Lady" would buy
some tooth paste. We're getting tired
of substituting shaving cream.
Since the basketball team's trip up
through Virginia two of the boys
have been getting fan mail from fe
male admirers. Wish we were big
Sorry we gave you the bum steer
last time about Prof. Reynold's radio.
Anyway, it ought to be back THIS
week. We hope we're predicting right
this time. However, everybody makes
mistakes. That's why they have
We think basketball referees should
make use of the "Zipper" principle.
Warning To Upper Classmen
Don't trust your laundry to freshmen.
We have to wash and iron our own
shirts because one of the frosh left
our laundry on the side porch of
Founders all week, blast 'im!
Are you worried about Typhoid
Fever? If so, go into the Biology
Lab and ask one of the Biologers to
give you THE test. They stick a knife
in you, catch your perfectly good
blood in a dish, look at it through a
miscroscope, dilute it with water,
mumble strange words, make queer
passes over it and then tell you any
one of these—
A.—You have typhoid fever.
B.—You haven't typhoid.
D.—You have high blood pressure.
E. —Eat more spinach.
F.—Elon should NOT have had that
second touch down!
With the publication of the new
Honor Roll we're reminded of the
days when we had high ideals and
aspirations and determinations, etc.,
etc. Then we got dandruff and our
career was ruined forever.
We think the height of optimism is
to bring your date over to Men's
Center at 8:30 on Saturday nite and
expect to get a seat.
"Baby" Has A Birthday
Grownups still like to be children
and have birthday parties. Thus it
came about that on Thursday night,
February B, Argyle Elliott very de
lightfully entertained a number of her
friends, honoring the birthday of
Ailene Thompson—better known on
the campus as "Cotton Top,"' "Baby"
and "Little 'Urn".
The occasion was quite a happy
one for all those present. "Baby,"
whose outlook on life has become
quite grown up during her stay at
Guilford, was perhaps the happiest
one present, and was the recepient of
many lovely gifts. The occasion also
furnished a means of subsiding the
appetites of several of the heaviest
eaters on the campus. The secret that
there were "seconds" was unavoidable
spilled when the hostess forgot to
count herself a plate and that means
had to be reverted to.
The honoree was quite innocently
led home at ten o'clock after she had
been told that great treasures lay
in store for her. She found the treas
ures at eleven-thirty in a tub of cold
water, and thus the anniversary of
"Baby's" arrival came to a close.
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FAN-TAN HOSE NEGLIGEES
Old Black Kettle
Has Unique History
Boarding School Washing Pot
Said To Be Over 100
NOW AT COLLEGE BARN
The black, iron kettle, that now
rests in the ruins of the old Guilford
College laundry, has come into the
limelight as being one of the oldest
relics in the Guilford community. The
old black kettle, in which the clothes
of the students of the old New Gar
den boarding school were washed, has
been dethroned and now stands as a
watering trough at the college barn.
The age of the kettle can not be de
termined accurately. The oldest living
members of the community say that
it was an old pot when they first saw
it over 75 years ago. To say that it
has seen a century pass would be
conservative, yet its only mark of
imperfection is one small crack, which
must be observed closely to detect.
Two traditions have been handed
down as to its original use. The first
and most widely accepted is that it
served as an evaporating dish during
the Civil war for the refining of salt
peter. The saltpeter was combined
with sulphur and carbon to make gun
powder for the old Civil war muskets.
Others have remarked facetiously that
it was used to boil the Yankees. The
first of these traditions is a very
probable one because it is known that
this method of making gunpowder
was used rather extensively. Any kind
of soil containing saltpeter was col
lected and leached with water. The
resulting solution was boiled with
wood ashes. The leachings probably
contained sodium nitrate which they
treated with wood ashes. Sodium car
bonate and potassium nitrate are
formed and since the sodium carbo
nate is less soluble it can be precipi
tated out, leaving the pure potassium
nitrate, the commercial name of salt
peter. By adding sulphur and carbon
they obtained gunpowder.
It is believed that the kettle was
left by the army officials on the tract
of land which later was owned by the
old New Garden Boarding School.
Seeing no reason why it should not be
put to practical use, one of the offi
cials of the boarding school turned the
primitive saltpeter factory into a
washing pot. Until a small brick shel
ter was made, which served as the
college laundry for several years, the
old pot itself was the only washing
machine. Since that time it has seen
many changes take place, and grad
ually as the college has grown and
expanded, the usefulness of the kettle
has become a thing of the past.
GROUPS MET THURSDAY
Regular individual class chapel
groups met on Thursday, February 5.
The Seniors discussed the various
methods of teaching technique, and
decided that effective presentation of
a subject may be achieved through
lectures, discussions, laboratory de
monstration or a combination of
Dr. McCracken discussed everyday
economic problems with the Juniors.
He stressed the need of cautious busi
ness dealings; and advised against
signing things without reading them;
buying from strangers, and advanc
ing money in doubtful situations.
The underclassmen elected officers
during chapel period. The Sophomores
were unable to decide between Wen
dall Newlin and Melvin Lynn for
president so a second election will be
held. Grace Bulla and Hugh Cobb
were elected secretary and treasurer,
respectively. The Freshmen chose
Leroy Miller, Jr., as president, Ruby
Holder, vice-president, and Henry
In the parlor O my darling when
the lights are dim and low,
That your face is thickly powdered
how am I sweetheart to know.
Every week I have to send most every
suit that I posses,
To the cleaners. Won't you, darling
love me more and powder less.
Francis Brown: I'd like to try that
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We Webs, certainly are glad that
all the rumors concerning us have
caused the Clays so much pleasure.
However, we never DID think we'd
inspire POETRY. The letter in the
Open Forum was sincerely appre
ciated. The poem was just DARL
Anyway, you're right. We are con
sidering reorganizing. However, we're
taking all the credit. We were NOT
inspired to "better things" by any
letters or poems. The Webs stopped
on their own accord two years ago
because they thought there was not a
place for the society on the campus.
If they start up again, it will be be
cause they want to.
I'd like to remind the Clays that
when the Webs disbanded, they were
having more at their meeting than
were the Clays. If its "friendly rival
ry" they want, they'll get it.
Of course we realize that this hulla
bulloo is all in good faith. We're
glad the Clays want us to reorganize.
Perhaps we'll be able to. Anyway,
The The Guilfordian:
We read with interest your brilliant
argument for the revival of the Web
sterian Literary Society. The sen
tence, "Societies have had a place in
the history of Guilford since its for
mation, so it is fitting to continue
each one," honors your editorial staff.
May we also suggest that war has had
a place in the history of the world
from pre-historic days. We sincere
ly hope that you will favor your read
ers in the near future with an en
lightening comment on the merits of
keeping the Guilford Gymnasium be
cause of its age and tradition.
We do not doubt your sincerity or
that of Dr. Perisho and others in at
tempting to recreate the society. How
ever, unless conditions have radically
changed at Guilford in the past year,
there is no need for another society.
In a school of Guilford's size there is
hardly a sufficient number of inter
ested to form a debating team and
certainly not enough for two societies
in addition. The Websterians realized
this and tried to convert their society
into a club with facilities for chess,
checkers, cards, and pool. (And may
we suggest that the divorce question
would not be so pressing today if a
man knew when and how to go out
and play pool instead of rebutting an
arguing wife.) The club idea did
not appeal to the authorities and the
There were other reasons for the
breaking up of the society. The lit
erary organizations were the back
bone of a deplorably poor Guilfordian
and an antiquated social system. Stu
dents had tried to bring about better
conditions without any change in the
societies and they had met with fail
ure. The Websterians believed the
most practical way to bring about this
reform was to with draw from that
group. No one can doubt that ex-
Websterians were leaders in the fin
ancial reorganization of the college
publications. It was mainly through
their leadership that the present stu
dent fee was established. For this
reason we believe the Websterian idea
a sound one. The old social system
remains in force. We say this realiz
ing that certain mild changes were
made in the "December Revolution."
We are happy to know that the mem
bers of the Henry Clay and the edi
tors of the Guilfordian have been and
still are the leaders in this needed re
form. W e hope that you are still
unsatisfied and will continue the
work. We would also suggest that
the ex-Websterians think more of
helping you in this instead of attempt
ing to revive a useless, out of date,
and needless society. Being an ex-
Websterian we say this in all sincer
ity, knowing that the organization
was once a potent force on the Guil
Doubtless the society members still
tell gaping Freshmen the wonders of
the two socials a year and doubtless
they find in due time that upperelass
men are excellent prevaricators. To
our recollection the Websterians, who
very poor programs because of bind
ing rules, were given one good inter
tainment, this being a very cleverly
arranged group of dances. Even this
simple and innocent program aged the
dean overnight. The attitude which
Guilford takes toward the social regu
lation of her students is not con
ducive to a well educated person. The
result of this puritanical attitude is
that Guilford Graduates are lacking
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OLD WEBSTERIANS MEET
TO REORGANIZE SOCIETY
Mr. Robert Frazier, And Other
Former Members Are
GLENN ROBERTSON PRES
On Friday night, February 6, five
former members of the Websterian
Literary Society returned to the cam
pus and met with a few of the present
"members" in an effort to install in
them the desire to reorganize the so
ciety again. The alumni heartily dis
approve of the dormant condition into
which the Society has drifted and are
doing their best to remedy it.
Among the former Webs at the
meeting were Robert Frazier, a law
yer in Greensboro, who spoke at the
meeting; Coach Doak, of Greensboro;
Wendall Cude, principal of Colfax
High School; and Mr. Leroy Miller, of
Linwood, N. C.
The temporary presidency is to be
filled by Glenn Robertson, with Bun
yan Andrews as secretary.
On Friday night, February 20, a
monster meeting of past and present
members of the Websterian Society is
to be held, and a complete reorganiza
tion is to take place. A program is
being arranged for the evening and
it is hoped that the Society will be
started on a brilliant season in keep
ing with those of yore.
Is Campus Visitor
Teacher Of Religious Education
And Psychologist Is
Professor D. F. Falger, head of the
department of religious education at
the Y. M. C. A. graduate school in
Tennessee, was a visitor on the cam
pus last week. He spoke to the stu
dents in chapel and, during his stay
here he held personal conferences with
individuals. He also met the social
psychology group and had open dis
cussion concerning present-day psy
Mr. Falger is an active Christian
Association worker, as well as an en
thusiastic psychologist. He chose
"Self" as the topic for his chapel talk,
and pictured to the students the fas
cination of studying people—especial
ly one's self. In his personal confer
ences he talked of personality prob
lems, traits, and development, and in
risted on student interest in a field
of remarkable breadth and wonder.
in social poise or culture and are not
truly educated when they leave.
The question is what is to be done
to alter this condition and what do
you suggest? We would ask the wo
men to lose their fear of flunking
physical education and join the men
in an endeavor to abolish town chap
erones, to be allowed to stay out un
til eleven, and to have dancing. We
also suggest that playing "Bridge"
with "Rook Cards" be prohibited and
regular "Bridge Cards" be substitu
ted; that the college hold semi-formal
socials at least every six weeks and
these be attended by the faculty who
will, if possible, set the standard of
conduct; and that societies or newly
formed clubs have various kinds of
social gatherings. The Guilfordian
could use its columns to print a ques
tionare asking the student how he or
she stood on the question of dancing
and card playing and whether they
do these things when not under col
lege rules. The opinions of the alu
mni may also be of value. The re
sult of this questionaire can be used
to gain the desired end as it will un
doubtedly be favorable to your cause.
Of course the progress will be slow,
but we hope that the student body
will evolve a plan to create a cultural
social background at Guilford.
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Prof. E. G. Purdom
TalksToY. M. C. A.
"Religious Views Of Scientists"
Was Subject For
"The Religious Views of Some
Contemporary Scientists," was the
subject of the recent address deliver
ed to the Y. M. C. A. by Mr. Pur
dom, one of the most popular speak
ers on the campus. To an attentive
group h e revealed some of the unani
mity of religious opinions held by
many prominent scientists of today.
Dr. W. R. Whitney, director of the
General Electric Laboratories, states
that: "In the last analysis—every
thing operates by the will of God,
and there is no formula that will ex
plain this." Dr. Albert Einstein,
world-famous physicist, defines three
forms of religious experience: "First,
the religion of fear"; this type thrives
under primitive conditions. The fol
lowers look for protection to a su
preme being whose favor they con
tinually strive to gain. "Second, the
moral religion guided by a God of
Providence, whose actions are essen
tially social and moral." This is the
type that is prevalent among civilized
people. "And third, the cosmic reli
gious sense which is the highest form
of religious experience. In this one
feels the vanity of human aims and
the marvelous order and nobility re
vealed in nature and in world of
thought." This third form has no
body of doctrine, therefore it cannot
form the bases of any church. It is
this cosmic religious sense which
grants the power to men that enables
them to remain loyal to their purpose
in spite of the countless failures act
ing as obstacle.
"Science, the fine arts, and religion
represent the three fundamental ac
tivities of the human soul, and the
highest beauty of Christian life con
sists of a harmonious blending of
these three activities." This state
ment appears in "The New Reforma
tion," a recently published book by
Dr. Michael Puin. It conforms with
the thoughts of many scientists and
explains their attitude of the Science-
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