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The Salemite. volume (None) 1920-current, February 27, 1992, Image 1

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Tfie SdCeinite Volume LXXII N0.4 The Uncensored Voice of the Salem Community February 27,1992 Dr.Thrift Reflects on Her First Jan Term By Hanan AbduTRahim e of the most unique programs at lem College is the January Term pro- am. During the month of January, Wdents have the opportunity to travel, larticipate in internships, explore sub- :ts of interest in an independent study, 'or take a class that is not usually offered during the semester. January is usually a time of relaxation, fun, and learning, nd this year was no exception. How- iver, this year was different in that we ihared our January for the first time ith our new president. Dr. Julianne ift. Dr. Thrift talked to The Salemite her impressions of January at ilem. fabout January terms are very important in Dr. Thrift's opinion because through internships and independent studies, students become less intimidated by the prospwt of jobs and graduate schools. For this reason, it is important that stu dents leam,not only from their own January experiences, but from those of others as well. Also, Dr. Thrift believes that there is a measure of frustration in going from one semester to the next for four years and that January programs help relieve that frustration. Dr. Thrift spent a good deal of her January traveling to see alumnae. She told us that she tries not to be a way from the campus for too long when the stu dents are here, because she feels it is very important to be in their midst. If she could have taken a January term class. Dr. Thrift said that she would have liked to travel on the " the Blue Highways" or perhaps to volunteer for certain organizations. Dr. Thrift was very impressed with the extent to which the faculty tried to become involved in January term ac tivities. Such involvement, she feels, brings about closeness in the student- faculty relationships. In the future. Dr. Thrift would like to participate in a January Term, perhaps by taking a group of students to Washington. She feels that she can share with students her knowledge and understanding of the political climate there. Dr. Thrift culti vated that knowledge in the sixteen years that she spent in Washington. Finally, Dr. Thrift revealed that she often felt anxious over January because " the students were scattered. It was like they were away from home." So welcome back to all the students who were away for January Term, and we are all glad that Dr. Thrift has come to share our home with us. Are You Ready for onua celebrates Something New? >alem Commons Opens This Weekend!! Iby Banner Gregory he new Salem Commons is opening Isoon to offer the Salem Community land friends a change of place. The ICommons should really ^ an inter- I esting place to watch developbecause I it wilt be shared by the college and academy. The old gym has been I converted into the Great Hall which I will allow all students to take advan- jtage of the area, serving both as a [gymnasium for physical rducation& athletics and a space for social events. If you are concerned about the gym [floor, the lines are there for sports, and there is plarmed maintenance to ensure that the floor is kept in good condition after social functions. There will also be ping pong tables under the balcony available after 6:00pm or when athletic practices and dasses are not going on. A balcony extends over part of the Great Hall and pro vides seating for the Grille and events in the Great Hall. The balcony will be a fabuluous place to hold meetings during lunch, especially from 12:00- 1:00pm, because there will be no P.E. classes using the Gymnasium. The Grille, once the old dance studio, vdll [ operate as a restaurant that is open to j ^oSalemCommunityandguests. The rnenu is great and inexpensive, offer ing a variety of food including pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, sweets, fro zen yogurt, drinks, and more. Boarding students will be given a 15% discount on selected foods when they present their college ID with sticker. There will be a jukebox to drop quarters into, as well as vending machines. The P.E. classrooms and weight center have also been renovated to give us a casual lounge. This lounge is for students and their guests. The guests may be fac ulty, staff, friends, or even boys! The large screen TV and VCR will be in this space as well as a coin-operated pool table. There will be a large conference table for meet ings in one corner that can be closed off with folding doors. The Lounge will be available for the Academy students until 7:00pm Monday-Friday only. Therefore, alcohol will be allowed in the Lounge after 7:00pm on weekdays and on the weekends. For any additional information con cerning policies, please look at your offi cial Commons Handbook. Please remem ber that any suggestions are greatly ap preciated, because everything is on tnal basis this semester and is subject to change The Commons will benefit Salem and become a special place for it. by Dawn M. Darby Salem College during the month of January witnessed some revolutionary events for the Afro-American Aware ness group known as ONUA which is Ghana meaning: sisterhood. Through the consent of the college and the co-in struction of Dr. Sid Kelly, professor of history at Salem and Ms. Delores Smith, CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban- Leaguge, an Afro-American culture studies class was offered as a part of the curriculum for Salem's Jan-Term. The students were introduced to, the history of the African culture prior to the dis covery of America, as well as paralleled the present African Society with that of the Aft'o-American society. This served as a base for the understanding of the cultures' merge after the discovery and implementation of American slavery along with the respective progression of the societies. The course involved a field trip to the Sunday Morning serv ices at Mt. Zion Baptist church where the class shared in the Black Southern Baptists experience and were person ally greeted by a few of the prominent members of the Black Community among which was Dr. Maya Angelou, author and professor at Wake Forest University. A major highlight was unmistakably when the class sponsored a rught of African dinner and dancing, which was held in the refectory and Continued on page 2

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