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Vol. LXX No. 3
The llncensored Voice Of The Salem Comminunity
by Katherine Massey
On October 22, 1989 at
approxiamately 6 a.m., Salem awoke to
the sounds of Hugo's strong winds and
heavy rain. Hugo's visit will leave an
impression on many for a long time.
Although Hugo doesn't compare to
the tornado of last May, Salem still
received some minor damage. The
residents of Babcock dorm watched a
gutter fall off of Clewell's roof. There
Were also a few trees down and lots of
limbs scattered around campus.
Tricia Forbes, a junior, woke up
around 5 a.m., because the windows
Were shaking and the doors were
slamming in Babcock. "I went out in
the hall and almost everyone in the
whole dorm was up," she said. "We had
to go to the basement until it was over. 1
kept expecting the storm to get worse,
but it never did."
Salem's damage was minor
compared to other parts of the
Carolinas. In the Carolinas alone, there
is over $500 million in damage. This
figure is growing everyday. According
to Charles Massey, from Gastonia,
N.C., "Gaston County," located in the
southern part of the state, "has $125
ntillion in damage."
Sue Massey, also from Gastonia,
described the hurricane by saying.
"Suddenly it sounded like what I've
always heard a tornado would sound
like - a train was coming through the
house. It kept getting loud and then
quiet and then loud again. It surprised
us because we weren't really concerned
about the storm coming this far inland.
About 5 a.m., we lost our power and we
had no means of communication until
we found a portable radio. That
morning w'e went out and saw our
neighbors. They were all out assessing
the damage. Our street was spared in
comparison to other streets in our
neighborhood, which were devastated.
One family had about 100 trees that
were uprooted on their property. At
$100 a tree, it is going to cost them over
$10,000 to get their property cleaned
Although Salem only lost her power
for a few hours, many people are still
without power. Anne and John Cole
Hatcher, of Charlotte, are still without
power. "The city is getting power back
by sections," said Mrs. Hatcher. "The
most populated section gets their power
turned on first and so on. We have
candles burning all of the time."
According to Mrs. Massey, because
of the power failure, people were out
looking for ice and charcoal and gas for
their grills on Saturday. "There were
hundreds of people standing in lines to
Salem College campus suffers little
get ice to preserve their food. Ice was
sold out at a lot of places and many
people were turned away."
The farther south you go in the
Carolinas, the worse the damage is.
Charleston, South Carolina was
evacuated before the hurricane hit.
Charleston received the most damage.
There were sailboats floating in the
downton streets of Charleston. There
are no real jobs available and they had
imposed a curfew in the city, which was
lifted Monday. Walker Shaffner, a
sophomore has a house just south of
Charleston on the Isle of Palms. "We
thought that our house was destroyed
damage from Hugo.
Tphoto by Lesley Stokes
but it's one of the few standing, " she
said. "Ours is beachfront and the row of
houses behind ours is gone. The pier is
gone too. We didn't even have any
water damage. The only damage done
to our house was to our deck. Other
houses were lifted and thrown into
other houses. Luckily, nothing got
thrown into our house."
Now that the actual hurricane has
come and gone, it is time for everyone
that was devastated by this tragic storm
to pick up their lives and try to start
over. We at Salem are very thankful
that we weren't hit hard and our hearts
go out to those who were.
Bands Booked In Birmingham
by Laura Franklin
On Thursday, September 28, Debbie
Cates, Becky Pack, Jenny Savage, Leigh
Cubitt, Anne Tucker, and myself
headed to Birmingham, Alabama for
the NACA convention. The NACA
convention is a conventin put on by the
National Association of Campus
Activities. On this particular morning
l™ depart Bimingham after NACA^»nv^n>^n.^
at 6:30 a.m. to be precise, we all piled
into the school van for an enjoyable
nine hour drive down the most
entertaining highways in the Southeast!
We managed to keep ourselves
thoroughly entertained. Elon College
followed us on our trip and the
exchanging of notes that took place
seem to foreshadow that our two groups
would not be hanging around together.
We finally arrived in Birmingham and
the memories started forming. That
night we had dinner with all of the other
students that had come from all over
the Southeast to take part in NACA.
We had entertainers during dinner, but
the best part of the evening would come
later at the showcase. The showcase
consisted of about five different acts
ranging from comedians to jugglers to
musical entertainment. This event
brought about many sayings we will
never forget not the mention a few
nicknames and the band that will be
playing at IRS.
After this we took the first of many
trips through the Exhibition Hall. The
exhibition hall is where all the acts had
booths set up so we could talk to them
about booking dates. This first visit was
useomainly as a get acquainted
session. We ran around collecting
buttons from almost every booth in the
room. Our bags looked as though we
had been shopping for hours. We
made one last stop in the exhibition hall
at the "Sing a long" booth before
heading back to the hotel. Needless to
say this tape sounds like a group of
frogs gathered together for a croaking
We went back to the hotel to change
and headed straight to Arby's for our
fifth meal of the day. We then went to
the Ramada Hotel for a night of
dancing. This was the first time we
really spoke to our Elon companions
and we started to realize that we had
judged them too quickly.
The next mornign we arose at 7:15.
We had Educational meetings all
morning. Of ocurse we managed to find
a way to head to Burger King for our
first meal of the day. The Educational
Sessions were sessions on things such
as how to set up a contract, how to
make the best out of a bad situation,
and advertising strategies. We really
cont. on page 12 - NACA