The Salemite. volume (None) 1920-current, November 18, 1938, Image 1
SALEM COLUEGE LIBRARY Winston-Salem, North Carolina Z S4I VOL. XIX. WINSTON-SALEM, N. C, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1938. Number 10. BOOK WEEK CELEBRATED AT SALEH Chapel Programs and Radio Prograiin Sponsored By Students This past week has been observed in schools and colleges all over the United States as “National Book Week.” Its purpose has been to inspire the reading of new books, to familiarize the students and the pub- lio with the newest and best litera ture, and to show ways in which roadinjr is made enjoyable. The stu dents at Halem have ,co-operated en thusiastically during the entire week and have done interesting, enter taining, and highly commendable work. CHAPEL PROaRAMS This week’s chapel programs have been centered around Book Week themes. Tuesday morning tlie class in Chil dren’s Ijiterature of the Education Department presented a mock school scene. Mary Turner Willis, who played the role of teacher, gave a brief history of Book W^eek and its purposes and pointed out in the pro gram a number of intere-sting facts about children’s books. Peggy Bowen, alias Percival, played the part of the conventional “sissy,” and Mary Venable Rogers retold Ellis Oredles’ story “Down, Down the Mountain.” Another interesting feature of this program was Prance.s Watlington’s presentation of the song “Ferdi nand,” an adaptation of Munroe l^eaf’s story of the bull who could tango but not light. Mary Turner Willis was again the speaker in cliapel during the past w'eek, when she talked on Padraic ('olum in conectioii with rdum’s Iccture Thursday I'vcniiig. RADIO PROGRAMS In addition to the on-campus ac tivities the Children’s Literature class has also presented several ra dio programs over station W’SJS. W'ednesday evening at 0:15 the class gave an original radio skit entitled “Snow White’s Party” The play was written by Mary Lee Salley and Mary Venable Rogers, and the parts were taken by members of the chil dren’s literature class. Thursday evening Mary Turner Willis gave a radio reading of chil dren’s stories chosen from modern story books. The final broad ca^^t is scheduled for Friday night, at which time Frances Angelo will speak con cerning the selection of children’s lK)0k8. BOOK WEEK PROGRAM The Children's Literature class presented a mock school scene in chapel last Tuesday morning. Those in th(! program and jnctured above are: front row loft to right, Prances Huggins, Louisa Sloan, Mary Lee Snile.v, Mary Vennhle Rogers; second row, Angela St.ver.s, Kathryn Troxler, Mary Turner Willis, Peggy Kowcn, Frances Kluttz, Mary’,Io Pearson; third row, Frances -Vngelo, Helen Lineback, Elizabeth Carter; fourth row, Tootie Powell, Frances Turnage, and Katherine Kellaniy.— Photo Courtesy of .Journal-Sentinel. NEW BOOKS FOR COL LEGE GIRLS DISCUSSED Miss Annie Lee Singletary Speaks At Expanded Chapel TRUSTEES OF SALEM COLLEGE AND ACAD EMY ELECTED Election Held at the Closing Session of the Triennial ' Synod of the Moravian Church Trustees of Salem College and Academy were elected Wednesday at the closing session of the Triennial Synod of the Moravian Church in America. New members of the board of trus tees elected were Mrs, Richard P. Willingham, Ralph B. Ogburn, Charles N. Siewers, Ralph E. Spaugh and \Villia,m J. Shaffner. Those elected to a second term were C. S. Starbuck, Archibald Dav is, the Rev. Douglas L. Rights, the Rev. Walser H. Allen and Emil N. Shaffner. Re-elected to a third and final term were Dr. Fred Leinbach, T. Holt HaywJ'd, Mrs. C. T. Leinbach, Mrs. Jame.s }. Oray, and .lunius B. Goslen. In con.junction with the National Book Week program, Miss Annie Lee Singletary, English instructor at •John W. Hanes High School, spoke on “New Books for College Girls,” in expanded chapel, Wednesday, No vember 16. Miss Singletary explained that she did not set herself up as a critic but was merely giving her personal opin ion of modern fiction. ‘ ‘ 1 am not taking as modern just those books published within the last week or last month, but those which I think will outlast their contemporaries.” Reading at the present day she compared to an automobile journey, “There are three major classifica tions for literature: Stop, caution, and go,” -she said. “In the ‘stop’ classification I should place those books which are shallow and sophisticated. These contain untrue, shallow, or no ideas at all and no self-respecting college woman should read them,” said the speaker. In this category she placed such writers as Faith Baldwin and Ur.sula Parrott -whose works apj>eal only to those who are in a hurry. In the ‘caution’ group she listed those which should be read but care fully considered afterward. This type of book is controversial. Miss Singletary expressed the belief that a great majority of books out of Europe today are definitely propa ganda. Several of these ‘caution’ books which she cited as examples are Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Hap pen Here,” “The Citadel,” by A. J. Cronin, and Walt Duranty’s “I Write As I Please.” “The fadists come under this heading also. These (Continued on Page Two) EARLY RESETS OF LIBRARY QUESTION NAIRE ANNOUNCED Fiction and Magazines Are Most Popular Among Salem Students In advancing the theme of Book Week, “New Books — New Worlds,” several attractive displays have been arranged in the Salem College Li brary. On the first floor is an ex hibit entitled “Books That Have Shaped the World Since 1885.” A group of twenty-five most influential books published since 1885 chosen by John Dewey, teacher and educator, is arranged around a lighted globe of the world. On the second floor of the library is a display of entertain ing and attractive children’s books. The Salem College Library possess es approximately 17,000 books, and »f these fully one thousand have been added since the new library was opened the first of last February. Many of them are the gifts of alum nae, college organizations, college friends, and even passing visitors. However, Miss Siewer.s, head librar ian, says that she is more interested in the quality of the books added to the library, than in the actual quant ity. The selection of books is far more important in tfie development of a library than the number of books. The approximate average of li brary attendance is one hundred and tw’enty persons per day. Among these people are circulated daily an average ofi orty-three books, not in cluding reserve books. In connection with Book Week the library is distributing questionnaires among the students and facultj'. The results of the poll up-to-date show that as popular reading material fic- (Continued on Page Three) DR. WEST READS “ON BORROWED TIME” Director of Duke Players Visits Salem In connection with the celebration of Book Week Dr. A. T. West, di rector of Duke Players of Duke Uni versity, gave a sjiecial reading of the recent Broadway success “On Bor rowed Time,” by Lawrence Edward Watkins in the reading room of the college library. In his introduction to the play. Dr. West said that death had always been a most jwpniar subject for the theater, and mentioned “Death Takes a Holiday” and Eugene O’Neill’s “Lazarus Laughs” as ex amples of plays on this subject. “On Borrowed Time,” a fantasy in two acts, presents death humorously and attractively. The play depicts the love and fel lowship between the old grandfather, Gramps Northrup, a kindly, earthy man, and his young orphaned grand son, Pud. The two are kindred souls. When death api>ears as Mr. Brink, Gramps .succeeds in outwitting him for a time by keeping him up an apple tree in the yard. As long as Mr. Brink is in the tree no one can die, and Gramps intends to keep Mr. Brink in his spell until Pud becomes of age, so that the boy will not be brought up by his prudish and grasp ing Aunt Demetria. Only after a painful and crippling accident to Pud, does Gramps permit Mr. Brink to come out of the tree and take them both. Dr. West read the play so delight fully that the fascinated audience, which filled the reading room of the library to capacity, was moved many times from laughter to tears, an evi dence of his wonderful ability. NOTED IRISH POET VISITS SALEM Padraic Colum Gives Sec ond CoUege Lecture Contemporary j>oetry was the' sub ject of Padraic Colum, famous Irish l>oet, dramatist, novelist, and essay ist, who spoke at Salem 'I'hursda.y evening as the second lecturer in the College Lecture Series. Preceding his lecture Mr. Colum ■spent the day at Salem. He was en tertained at lunch hy the Children’s Literature Class of the Education Department, was taken for a drive over tlie city and shown points of interest, and upon his return to the college was shown the historic c:un- pus and the restored buildings of Salem. Dr. and Mrs. Ilondthaler along with a group of faculty mem bers were hosts to Mr. Colum at din ner preceding the poet’s lecture. In his lecture Mr. Colum empha sized the unending labor of the artist and poet, who must keep an exti'a ordinary freshness of mind and heart in order to present the commonplace as if it were being discovereil for the first time. “The poet,” said Mr. Colum, “is a man w'ho thinks in rhythm. ’ ’ The ])ast penetrates deep into the layers if our consciousness, past the mere- y intellectual. In speaking of contemporary poet, ry, Mr. Colum bemoaned the fact that, in a literal sense of the word, there is no real contemporary jwetry today — no j>oetry contemporar.y with our thoughts. This, gjiid Mr. Colum, is a great loss to us. There are a number of individual, (Continued on Page Two) SENIOR CLASS TO SPON SOR COLORED HELP SHOW Features of the Program Kept a Secret It’s here again! Yes, indeed, it’s really here again! Several years have passed since the last one, .but once more Salem is to have that treat of treats — the Colored Help Show. The upper classmen know what en tertainment is in store for them next Tuesday night, November 22, in the Old Chapel, but the l*>eshmen have a plea.sant surpri.se awaiting them. Sj)onsored by the Senior Class, the colored help on Salem’s campus have planned a varied entertainment pro gram for the students. The Sen- ors, who remember a similar program presented a few years ago, are anx ious for the underclassmen to enjoy the entertainment Tuesday night and to sec the talent which Salem colored help have. The numerous features of the program have not been announced, because what is to happen is to be. a secret until the last moment. (Continued on Pag« Four) SPRUILL THORNTON SPEAKS TO HISTORY CLUB ON TUESDAY Spruill Thornton, recently clected representative from Forsyth County to the house of representatives, talked to the History Club Tuesday evening on “The Ins and Outs of I>egi.slative Procedure in North Caro lina.” After tracing the proceeding in the passage of a legislative hill and mentioning possible bills that would come up in the next legisla ture, Mr. Thornton talked on the in teresting personalities of the 1938 ses.sion. Preceding the meeting, Mr. Thornton, Mr. Holder and Mr. Mc- Ewen had dinner in the dining room with members of the History Club.