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The SALEMITE Staff
bids you cheer
For a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
If 1949 rang out too
Make the best of 19
Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Friday, December 9, 1949
Number 1 0
Salem Celebrates Christmas
All Salem mourned the death of
Dr. Adelaide Frie.s. Not only was
Dr. Fries known to us at Salem,
she was well known and loved
throughout the entire stale as vrell
as in foreign lands.
Adelaide Lisetta Fries was born
on November 12, 1871 which was
the eve of the one hundrenth anni
versary of her Moravian church.
One might call this a very signifi
cant beginning to a life which gave
so much to the church. From the
age of fifteen, when she was first
confirmed into the Moravian
church, until her death. Dr. Fries
was constantly contributing to her
In the Spring of 1888 Dr. Fries
graduated from Salem Female Aca
demy and two years later she re
ceived her Bachelor of Arts de
gree from Salem. In later years
th.e honorary degree of Doctor of
Letters was conferred upon her
Early in life she became inter
ested in historical research and in
1911 she was appointed Archivist
for tlie Moravian church. In this
cs.pacitv she rendered outstanding
!-er\ice to her church for nearly
Dr.' Fries was author as well as
r.rchivist. She wrote complete his
tories of Forsyth County and even
this spring she assisted in writing
and edited the' centennial publica
tion, “Forsyth, a County on the
March”. Her most momental work
is “The Road to Salem”, a novel
for which she was awarded the
Mayflower Cup in 1944,
Honors too numerous to cover
properly were bestowed upon Ade
laide Fries throughout the years.
For twenty-nine years (1905-1934)
she was President of the Salem
College Alumnae Association, She
was President of the Federation
of North Carolina Women’s Clubs,
and of the N. C. State Literary
and Historical Association, She
was listed in Who’s Who in Am
erica and in tlie Biographical
(Continued on page four)
To Hold Party
Saturday, December 10, is the
date for the informal open house
sponsored by the Day Students.
There will he an abundance of food,
music, dancing and fellowship from
4:00 until 6:00. This party is de
signed to take the place of the
usual formal tea dance which has
heretofore been an annual affair.
The Center is decorated in the
theme of an outdoor Christmas
with traditional red, green and
silver. A large tree occupies the
center of the room; greenery and
cut-outs fill the surrounding win
dows and walls.
The committee chairmen aTe as
follows: Decorations, Dot Redfern;
refreshments, Peggy Osburn ; music,
Speaks To Class
Dr. Howard Rondthaler will be
guest speaker Ttiesday, December
12, in Dr. Saw'yer’s History of Reli
gion class. Dr. Rondthaler will
speak on the Moravian Church, in
cluding history, ritual and customs.
All students are invited to attend
the lecture, which will take place
in Room 24 at 12:05.
Pictured above planning the zvork for the Choral Ensemble Concert are Mr. Paul Peterson, Helen Creamer, Sara
ilumriek, and .Miriam Sivaim.
Choral Ensemble Will Give Annual
Concert Tonight In Memorial Hall
Salem College and Academy was
represented by Dr. and Mrs. Dale H.
Gramley, Miss Hixson, and Miss
Weaver at the 54th annual meeting
of the Southern Association of Col
leges and Secondary Schools, which
met this year in Houston, Texas
from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.
Our Salem delegates drove to Texas
and managed to combirte business with
pleasure. Dr. Gramley had his first
view of the N.C. mountains! En
route, they spent a half hour in
Athens, Georgia with Dr. and Mrs.
Howard Jordon. Salemites will be
interested to know that Dr. Jordon
is head of the modern languages
department at the University of
Georgia. Going by way of New Or
leans, the Salem representatives ate
in a very famous French restaurant.
The Southern Association of Col
leges and Secondary Schools is the
highest accrediting association in the
eleven Southern states. Salem Col
lege has been a member of this as
sociation since 1922. Delegates, num
bering 981, were registered at the
Houston meeting. They were all ad
ministrative people from colleges and
secondary schools in the Southern
States. All of the meetings, morning,
noon, and evening, were held at the
Rice Hotel in Houston. Between Dr.
Gramley, Miss Hixon, and Miss
Weaver, Salem was represented at
practically all of these sessions,
Dr. Gramley attended the Church
related colleges and the commission
meetings. They all heard Harold E.
Stassen. president of the University of
Pennsylvania, speak on The “Educa
tion Of Free Men.” A few of the
other speakers were: Dr. Conant,
president of Harvard, whose subject
was “Science and Common Sense;”
Miss Thompson, Dean Emeritus of
Vassar College, who spoke on “Teach
ing and Guidance;” and Dr. T. V.
Smith, professor of philosophy at
Syracuse University, whose topic was
(Continued on p«ge four)
The Salem College School o
Music presents the Choral En
semble in H concert at 8 :30 p.m. on
December 9, in Memorial Hall. The
charge for admission is 60 cents
which is to be used for robes and
music for the Chora! Ensemble.
The Choral Ensemble will pre
sent selections ranging from Bach
to .\merican Folk Songs. Soloists
with the Ensemble are Peggy .Ann
.Alderman and Marilyn Nash. Other
soloists are as follows: Frances
Horne, pianist; Betty S h e p p e ,
mezzo-soprano; Bennie Jo Mich
ael, violinist; Tim Cahill, organist;
and Lucy Harper, harpist. Other
groups on the program are the
Freshman Octette, the Brass En
semble directed by Jack Crim, and
the Alixed Ensemble. Accompanists
for the concert are Helen Creamer
and Miriam Swaim. Of special in
terest to Salem students will be
the two Forsythorama Songs ar
ranged by Charles G. Yardeli, Jr.
and Margaret Vardell.
The Seniors will receive a visit
from Santa Claus in the dining room
Tuesday night at 6:00. He comes to
them at the annual Christmas banquet
given for the senior class by the
Clinky Clinkscales, president of the
junior class, will lead off the festivi
ties by offering a toast to the .seniors.
Lynn Marshall, senior class president,
will give a response.
Sis Honeycutt ' and Roslyn Fogei
will entertain with music during the
banquet. Rosalyn will sing two
Christmas songs, and Sis will play
Christmas carols for everyone to
join in singing.
At the end of the program Santa
Claus will make his appearance. In
his red suit and white beard he will
announce the seniors’ desires for
Christmas. Following this he will
present the younger faculty children
with small presents.
The banquet will be formal.
Planned At Y
Salem College girls will again
give the colored orphans at the
Memorial Industrial Institute their
annual Christmas party next Wed
nesday, December 14. This activity
is sponsored annually by the Y. W,
C. -A. on campus ti) give the or
phans their only Christmas presents.
Each room of two girls at Salem
will buy gifts for a specific child.
The gifts will be presented to the
children at the party but w-ill not
be opened until Christmas. Also,
at the party Salem students will
present a program of entertainment
and refreshments for the children.
Any persons interested in going out
to the orphanage should contact
Frances Morrison by next Monday.
Another annual Christmas func
tion which was spcyisored by the
Y. W. C, A. was Book Store Day.
Yesterday, through the cooperation
of Mr. Suavely at the Salem. Book
Store, the Y. W, C. A, served as
a medium for the W. S. S. F, in re
ceiving a certain per centage of all
the profits from sales at the Book
Store. The total to be received
has not been determined yet.
The washing machine, a project
sponsored by the sophomore class,
■w'as installed on second floor Cle
well today. Jeff Forrest and Caro
lyn Harris are chairmen of this
project, and Dr. Gramley gave them
the ‘go ahead’ sign this week.
The machine will be ready for
use tomorrow afternoon at two
o’clock. The hours for tomorrow
are from two to four in the after
noon. Monday, Tuesday, and Wed
nesday, the hours will be from
four to six in the afternoon and
ten to ten thirty at night.
(Continued on page five)
Mrs, Rondthaler introduced the
Christmas season Thursday morn
ing in assembly. “Moravian Christ
mas Customs” was her subject on
this, morning of the traditional
hanging of the Christmas star and
the singing of “Morning Star”.
She explained that the Moravian
Christmas customs were derived
from countries of central Europe
and were almost 200 years old in
The Christmas star was the first
custom discussed. She said that it
is the “herald of the Christmas
season for all of us”, and that the
song, “Morning Star”, is always
sung at the time of the hanging.
The stars were first made in Eu
rope by hand and sent to the Mora
vian communities here in America.
Later, how-ever, local people began
to make them and were called “star-
Another tradition. of Moravian
Christmases is the Moravian Christ
mas cake baking. They are paper
thin, brown, and made of molasses.
She commented that “the white ones
are not orthodox.” She further
stated that some cookie cutters
have been in Moravian families for
as many as four generations.
An art that has been handed
down for generations is the making
of beeswax candles for Moravian
Christmas services. Since 1762 the
candles have been part of the
Christmas in this community. They
are symbols of the true meaning
The Candlelight Tea is an anMal
custom of the Brothers’ House here
at Salem. It is the first of the
Moravian observances of the Christ
mas season. The putz is the central
attraction; it depicts the Nativity
Scene. Beeswax candles, Moravian
coffee and sugar bread are both
indispensable parts of the occasion.
(Continued on page 8)
A. A. Presents
The Athletic Association in its
chapel program on Tuesday, along
^vith the presentation of awards,
made four important announce
ments. Tennis manager Cacky
Reed announced that Carolyn Dob
son, a freshman from Greenville,
S. C., was the winner of this year’s
tennis finals, with Mary Faith Car-
son as runner-up.
Jane Huss, archery manager, an
nounced that Mary Elizabeth El-
rick had won the archery tourna
ment. The winners of both these
tournaments received awards.
The hockey varsity and sub-var
sity were announced. Those mak
ing varsity included: Adrienne
McCutcheon, Mary Jane Hurt, Pat
Ripple, Polly Hartle, Sally Ann
Knight> Dolores McCarter, Clinky
Clinkscales, Eula Cain, L.yn Mar
shall, Helen Kessler, Ruth Lenko-
ski. Those making sub-varsity
were Bev Johnson, B. J. Smith,
Cacky Pearson, Beth Coursey,
Emily Warden, Celia Spilker, Con
nie Neamond, Sarah Clark, Jean
Tegtmeier, Lisa Munk, Ann Post.
The Monogram Club chairman
announced the new members of the
Monogram Club. The four girls
having earned their 25 points were
Cacky Pearson, Emily Warden,
Myrta Wiley, and Connie Neamond.
Each of these received a letter.