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Founders: Stockyard or Dining Room
THE GUILFORDIAN has refrained in recent issues from using
its editorial columns as an organ of gripe. But there are cer
tain things on our campus that need definite and immediate
improvement. One, in particular, is possibly one of the largest
contributors to lack of spirit, and increased lack of friend
liness among students on campus. This one factor is a place
of continual gripe, where students are treated more like a herd
of animals than like civilized human beings.
The dining room at Founders is in desperate need of some
drastic changes. Of all the hours of the day when students
are called upon to do unpleasant things, and to do things hur
riedly, it does seem the dining room would be the last. Doc
tors, psychologists, sociologists, and most other scientifically
minded groups will tell you that a pleasant meal is the key
to a pleasant disposition, and a more pleasant day. There
is no reason to go further into the necessity of a pleasant
atmosphere at meal time.
We would offer these suggestions as a method of improving
the demoralizing conditions as they now stand at Founders:
(1) STOP HERDING STUDENTS THROUGH THE LINE LIKE
A HERD OF CATTLE! If there is a choice of vegetables, give him
time to decide which he wants, instead of rushing him along. After
the student is through the line, give him a choice of sitting where
he pleases, so that he won't have to eat like a hog in order to finish
with everyone else at the table. As it now stands, if a student wishes
to eat leisurely (as he should), or If he wishes to go back for sec
onds, and is thereby last to finish, he feels rather like a fool having
four boys in white coats standing over him. Even silent grace is
incompatible with such an atmosphere. - - *
(2) Give the students a decent-looking plate. When he gets a
serving of country steak, squash, and beans or peas, it is rare
indeed that he can tell where one item begins, and the other ends.
In the past, vegetable dishes, on rare occasions (Board of Trus
tees meeting, or the like) have been used for "soupy" or "runny"
vegetables. Now, regardless of how sloppy the item is, it is merely
dumped into the plate with" everything else. Frankly, it is some
times difficult for us to keep from becoming nauseated when we
look at the messy condition of the plate that has been handed us.
(3) Not too many years ago, tablecloths were used regularly.
Now, we see them only at Sunday dinner. If we can't have
tablecloths, at least a center display of some sort would help;
even a sawed-ofT candle in a broken bottle at each table at the
evening meal would be a tremendous improvement over present
In addition to these means of Improving the general atmosphere,
a very simple thing could be done at absolutely no cost. The school
owns a public address system, and there are numerous record
players .around campus. Records are available free of charge all
over the campus. Some restful, comparatively quiet music would
add tremendously to the enjoyment of meals.
These are some changes which, in our opinion, would make
an important time of everyday life at Guilford at least bearable.
It would seem as things now stand that the officials of the
dining room know that students have to eat at Founders, or
get a permit from their doctor or employer, and for that rea
son don't really care to improve things. Is this because they
have us just exactly where they want us, and we can't do a
thing about it? If so, is it being fair?
The postwar rush is virtually over now, and Guilford's
enrollment has fallen back more nearly to prewar figures. It's
time the dining room did something about that fact, and made
life for those of us required to eat there more nearly as it
Extra Special Feat
When Guilford took to the field Wednesday night and de
feated Elon, more happened than a lot of people realized. Of
course, outsiders didn't have any idea that the pre-game spirit
was to a large extent responsible for the win. Ask any mem
ber of the team, and he will tell you that. But the spirit that
was present wasn't the really amazing thing.
According to the Greensboro Daily News listings, Guilford
fielded a total of only seventeen men during the entire event.
The Christians, meantime, used a total of thirty-eight. That
would indicate that Guilford's players went more than twice
as long, per player, as Elon's players did.
Now comes the part that tends to really open our eyes.
Elon this year is spending, at the very minimum, twenty to
twenty-five thousand dollars on their entire athletic program,
exclusive of coaches' salaries, but including their student
activities fund. Guilford, meantime, is estimated to have
less than one-fourth of that amount. These figures include,
of course, athletic "scholarships."
Not only is Elon spending this large sum, but three other
North State Conference schools are known to be spending that
.. Swish 'n Reinstones..
By Clem SWISHER and Carl REINHARDT
On Founders Day Guilford stu
dents missed an interesting panel
discussion on some of the prob
lems facing Guilford College and
education in general. Twenty-five
faculty members showed up, and
nine students. That's not a very
good representation. That same
evening, Howard Brinton, one of
the leading Quaker thinkers in the
world, gave a speech on the func
tion of a Quaker college. Although
there were considerably more than
nine students there, many more
might have come and benefited by
the speech and the opportunity to
talk personally with Howard Brin
This situation is a disgrace. Since
chapel is required, at least the
whole student body comes to occu
py a seat. But unfortunately, the
guest speaker is invariably con
fronted with unnecessary coughing,
page-turning need we say snor
ing? instead of reasonable atten
tion and courtesy. Granted that all
speeches are not vitally interesting,
and granted that every speaker is
not an expert in public-speaking,
we still feel that if Guilfordians
gave chapel speakers a fighting
chance to be heard, not only the
speakers but the listeners would
4 The Spectator
By Darrell Peeler
When I was a little boy and too
young to know any better, my moth
er and my scoutmaster taught me
that women are to be respected and
protected at all times.
When I got out into the world
(only a little way) I discovered
that few women deserve my respect,
and that the protection is worst
needed by those whose interests
happen to conflict with some wom
an's. My college experience has
brought this graphically to the fore.
As an example, let me cite the
strong-arm methods used by cer
tain of our young ladies in obtain
ing places in the chow line.
amount, and the remainder
are unofficially estimated to be
doing approximately the same.
It is encouraging to see a
small band of college football
players rake a $25,000 ball club
over the coals.
Incidentally, unofficial re
ports have it that a basketball
player in a leading North State
Conference college is receiv
ing "illegal" subsidies from the
school itself. We won't vouch
for the authenticity of the re
port, but it is worth looking
THE GUILFORDIAN heartily
congratulates both students
and, particularly the team, on
one of the finest exhibitions
of collegiate sports we've seen.
benefit. After all, a guest has been
chosen because it is felt that he
has something to say. Why not give
it a try?
As GUILFORDIAN readers know,
this new column is to replace that
written by Josh Crane. Unfor
tunately, Josh found it necessary
to leave Guilford during the mid
dle of the semester. Although we
do not agree completely with Josh
on some things, we feel that Guil
ford College has lost a good citizen.
Josh believes in a better and finer
Guilford, and was willing to work
for it, even to the point of stick
ing his neck out. Perhaps we could
use a few more people on campus
who are willing to stick their necks
out for what they believe.
A NOTE OF THANKS
The Quaker Eleven gave us a
game last Wednesday that we won't
forget. And the members of the
team felt that the fine enthusiasm
Guilfordians showed had something
to do with the victory. For one
game, nearly all Guilford did come
across with some enthusiasm. But
let's say "Thanks" to the cheer
leaders who have kept up their
enthusiasm and support for our
team at every game, while the rest
of us sat by.
Someone has evidently neglected
to explain to these young creatures
that equal rights for women include
the equal right to observe the com
mon rules of courtesy and consid
eration that are expected of others.
Instead, they use their sex and
a padtjed sweater as a convenient
bludgeon to avoid observance of
the rights of others. Instead of
standing democratically in line with
us poor, crude peasants, they troop
down the stairs in bunches and
crash the line, either on the pre
text of joining a (planted) friend,
or by brazenly walking in.
If it had happened once, or ten
times, or even a thousand, it would
not be so infuriating, but it is a
regular, daily, monotonous habit.
Some of the worst offenders of
the type include, but are by no
means limited to, the small clique
of freshmen centering around Janet
Jay, Edith Myers, Charlotte Behre,
June Banks, and Trilby Tucker.
They are aided and abetted by cer
tain of the upperclassmen includ
ing Ruth Burton, Virginia Dulany,
and even Roberta Burgess.
In fairness to these good ladies,
it must be admitted that they are
not alone in their misdemeanors.
Some of the males also are guilty,
though a male is more subject to
the good right foot of one of his
larger and less anxious contempo
Well, what do we do about it?
Are certain people privileged, by
reason of superior beauty, manners,
or reasoning powers, to ignore the
simple customs of the peasantry?
Or are they, like us, only human,
and subject to observing the rights
November 30, 1951
Letters to the Editor |
ED. NOTE: The following
letter, though unsigned, was
run through the suggestion of
Hank Semmler. In the future,
no unsigned letters will be run,
though any student wishing to
have his name withheld may
have his letter run anonymous
ly by making himself known to
the editor and requesting that
his name be withheld.
Editor of THE GUILFORDIAN,
Guilford College, N. C.
For some time I have, as a stu
dent of this noble Quaker institu
tion, been very interested in some
of the articles apearing in your—
One which has recently caught
my attention is one written by H. S.
These initials, I believe, belong to
the honorable president or chair
man of the Honor Board, Mr. Hen
Mr. Semmler's expose on the
Guilford Honor System and Hon
or Board is one which, taken at
face value, is good, but reading
between the lines and judging from
personal observation past and
present it hardly does justice
to the idea and actual belief be
hind what any honor system is
supposed to be.
Certainly, as Mr. Semmler has
stated, "the honor system is an
integral part of Guilford life."
Honor anywhere is integral in any
part of anything—life, work and
. . the feeling of trust which
exists between faculty and stu
dents" is dependent on the honor
system, but does this trust really
exist??? Does trust exist if stu
dents are separated in tests? Does
it exist if members of the faculty
remain in the room during a test
and "watch over" the honor sys
What I would like to know is,
how can a student respect and abide
by an honor system if he is not
given full benefit of it?
I think if your own Honor Board
would look into the systems of
other "institutions of higher learn
ing" and compare Guilford's with
theirs, it would be interesting to
note the difference. Two schools
I would like to recommend are
U.N.C. and Davidson.
At these schools all teachers
leave the room during tests and
examinations, but are easily acces
sible for information.
Mr. Semmler closes his article
by saying, "Honor must be placed
before every other consideration.
Only then can [it] work."
I would like to reword this by
saying Honor must be placed
above gll and placed in all to the
maximum—only then can it work.
A GUILFORD STUDENT
of others? It is to be doubted that
they are any more hungry, any
more tired, than others in the line,
and the food certainly doesn't merit
such commando tactics.
The chowline that Sunday noon
was a little longer than usual, and
the door a little later being opened.
The hall was packed, and everybody
Somebody bleated like a calf, and
another lowed softly. Soon others
took it up, and the hall took on the
wound of a stockyard at shipping
The doors swung open, and the
herd swept in, some still bawling
like cattle. Miss Ricks, standing
at the faculty table, went a shade
Chapel that day wasn't very spec
tacular, but what the speaker lacked
in fire he made up in content. I
was trying to make notes over the
stage whispers of the girl behind
me, but details of her sex life kept
creeping into my notes. I didn't
hear much of the speech, but I
have the plot of a lulu of a novel.
The people In front of me were
more practical—they passed notes
and tore them up afterward.
Conversation overheard (not
once but many times) at the serv
ing counter in Founders:
First whitejacket (returning from
kitchen) "No more. You'll have to
cut down on it."
Second whitejacket (spoon in
hand): "But I can't cut down on
"Damit, if you want it to go
around, cut down on it!"
"Catawba Fall Enrollment Hits
556 Mark" —headline. With that
many Indians gathered in one
place, they'd better make it a Res