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January 16, 1942
HIGH LIFE 6NTERNATIt5NAp
by the Students of
Greensboro Senior High
Greensboro, N. C.
Founded by the Class of 1921
Revived by the Spring Journalism Glass of 1937
Entered as second-class matter March 30, 1940,
at the post office at Greensboro, N. C., under the
Act of March 3, 1879.
Edltor-in-Chief Paul Miller
Feature Editor Rachael Whiteside
Feature Writer Mell Alexander
Copy Editor Bob Perry
Assistant to the Copy Editor Ruth Winterling
Malce-Vp Editor Dorothy Parker
Assistant to the Make-Up Editor . ■ ■ Shannon Schumann
Headline Editor Margaret Wilkerson
Sports J:ditor Earle Holliday
Sports Feature Writer Garland Wolfe
pjXChanye Editor David Evans
Head Froofreader Betty Clement
Staff Fhotoyrapher Jack Watson
Mell Alexander, Kathryn Chambers, David Evans, Her
bert Hattaway, Jean Kiger, Shannon Schumann, Jeannette
Stephenson and Ruth Winterling.
Business Manager Betty Routh
Bookkeeper leannette Stephenson
Circulation Manager Herbert Hattaway
Junior Journalist Chairmen
Ernest Beasley and Alice Trosper
Bill Andrews, M. C. Anderson, Neil Beard
Advertising Solicitors—Lolene Harrison, Ruth Hall, Irwin
Smallwood. Nancy Clendenin, Mollie Peek
Typists — Mary Crutchlield, Alyne Roseberry, Lorraine
Springer, Doris Smith.
Advisers Mrs. Olive Betts, Miss Lillian Secrest
Financial Adviser Miss Dorothy McNairy
Potato Peeler or Lieutenant?
Unl’orturiately, during the 1930’s the propor
tion of liigh school pupils taking niatli dropped
a third in six years. Unfortunately—hecause as
Lieutenant Coiiiiiiander Burton Davis declared in
the January 5 issue of Time, “The Navy has had
to turn down liundreds of candidates for coniinis-
sioiis because of deficiencies in math — algebra,
4)laJ3-e.hj.ul solid geometry and trigonometry.”
Boys, if you don’t want to be a potato peeler
when you are called into Uncle Sam’s Array, raise
the proportion of higher math students and re
joice if you win a second lieutenancy in 1945.
Whafs Wrong With The Council?
Interfering with the efficient work of the school
government is the great deal of unfavorable criti
cism, a large portion of it unfounded, currently
aimed at the student council, lii the face of such
opposition no group could function properly. Criti
cism which is not constructive cannot help the situ
ation. but helpful suggestions made after a c'areful
study of the weakness in our student council can
aid tremendously. With this thought in mind, it
is well to concentrate on means of improving the
council, and to discard idle criticism. Think in
terms of improving and retaining its better points
and discarding its weaker ones.
To remedy any situation, one must first analyze
an organization’s growth until the root of the
1 rouble is uncovered and eradicated. Many stu
dents feel that one of the weak points of the .school
government is the manner in which members are
elected. A well-functioning group depends upon
an active, alert membership—a group large enough
amjily to represent fellow students, but small
enough to function quickly and efficiently.
This situation is hardly true of the present set
up at Greensboro high school. While all the mem-
bi'rs seem adequate iu themselves, the group is
too large for ipiick, thorough deliberation on any
question. In comparison with the 96 member Sen
ate of the Ibiited States, representing several
hundred million people, this group of 25 repre
sentatives, speaking for a little over 1200 students,
seems rather large for its task.
Therefore, this quarter feels that the first step
iu molding our present council into a smooth, ef
ficient, truly self-governing group must be the
lowering of the percentage of representation, there
by reducing the number of students on the coun
cil and making its membership more selective.
Klememher, to destroy an evil, seek its source.
(Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of
editorials on this subject. Every student is in
vited to send to HIGH LIFE his opinion of
“What’s wrong, if anything, with the student
Teen Age Problems
II.VVE YOU HEARD?”
Xcilhor ■Toiigue-wafigiiiff Thelma,” ‘‘Gos-
sipiiw Grace” or ”Rlow-ol'f Bill” will ever
find a li.steiier who will believe even the
slishte.st statement that any of them might
Even if your name isn't Thelma, Grace,
or Bill, you will have a special label all your
own if you indulge in malicious gossiping.
Scandal is not onl,v treacherous but harm
ful, and your friends have every reason to
scorn your word if you spread untrue state
ments or relate intimate conversations.
Nothing can make an aciiuaintance seem
more undesirable in the sight of his friends
than to display the earmarks of a repeater
of spiteful, untrue remarks.
Itow would you like your whole life ruined
h,v a single misleading I'eniark, however in
nocently made't It is .iust that important
when scandalous gossip sprin,gs from the
mouths of idle busybodies who have nothing
better to do than to tear down the character
and reputation of some individual.
If you look around, you can find groups
of girls, crowds of boys, all unintentionally
gossiping. Of course, when certain truths
are known and talked about, it might be
helpful to have discussion along this line;
but, when untruths are intentionally circu-
lat(‘d, there can be no motive other than
.lea lousy or envy.
The moral of it all is to be sure to tell
the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but
Don’t You Think?”
‘•plverybody talks about the weather, but
nobody does anything about it,” the old ad
age sa.vs, but Uncle Sam has broken that
tradition ! He has dune something about it!
To cooperate with all-out defense, the United
States war department has reipiested that
all weather reports which might prove help
ful to the enemy be discontinued.
The effect of this order is calamitous!
AVhat will happen to the American cracker-
barrel weathermen? What will the aver
age citizen talk about? The following is
an examide of the possible effects of this
”lIello, Bill, little late, aren’t you? What
”()h, hello, Tom. I'm late because my car
got stuck iu the that is the ra—, I
mean, this bad wea—! Well, anyhow, I’m
late. You can ask the war department what
“AVell. Bill, how’s the wife? They tell me
she has been sick lately.”
‘■.She is a little better now, thanks. You
see, we went to the Rose Bowl game, and
in all that well, you know what I mean.
Anyhow, her cold is better now, B,v the
way, Tom, have you heard from your brother
up north lately?”
“I got a letter from him last week. Said
he went skiing. Of course, he couldn’t say
what he .skiied on—but——.”
‘•Yes, I know how it is. My brother-in-law
says his house got washed away, but he
didn't say what did the washing!”
"This business is prett.v bad, but at least
we can talk about the weather Hitler is get
ting. Besides, it’s better to give up your
weather reportsi and such non-essentials than
.iust to .give up!”
“You’re In the Army Now
Not Behind A Desk”
‘■You're in the army now, and not behind
a desk'’—is the new version of the old
refrain since le jirofesseur de francais, Mon
sieur Herbert Hucks, became Lieutenant
I tucks. United States Army.
Hucks, a reservist, was called to active
duty recently and next semester will find a
new woman teacher filling his place. The
saddest part about Green.sboro’s loss of Mr.
and IMrs. Hucks, who will join her husband
at Fort Benning, Georgia, is the hint of
further losses iu the city’s faculty.
If all the male teachers enter the armed
forces, local debs will not find French as
fascinating as they once thought it to be,
uor shorthand as intriguing, nor history as
interesting. But there are a few good points
to this problem. Perhaps a female faculty
will help to relieve the con.gestion in cer
tain classes and to keep feminine minds on
the conjugation of the verb "avoir” or study
of IVilson’s fourteen points, instead of the
color of Mr. X’s new automobile!
By E.STELLE LeGMMN
This is a New Year—a different New. Year
and it will be a very responsible one. .lust
now we are all doin,g ever.vthing to help our
country. AVe’re knittin,g; we’re taking first
aid courses; we're hu.yin,g defense stamps
and bonds; we're saving scraii paper, rubber,
and metal; and we're enlisting in some phase
of citizen defense. All of us want to be
patriotic to the limit, hut in the midst of
all this, shouldn't we stop a moment and
take inventory of our citizenship here at
Many among us are advocating that the
council should use all available funds in
buyih.g .government bonds for the school, but
shouldn't we pay more attention to how our
council operates this year—or next year?
Shouldn't we all enlist in a movement to
brin.g to our school the best .system of .gov
ernment in 1942-1943 that we have ever had?
IVhen we are needed in more active defense
or reconstruction after the war, we will want
to be efficient and patriotic. Doesn't student
government train the leaders that will be
To be exact—a larger number of students
must register and vote in our elections. IVe
must have a good ticket for .student council
officers in 1942. If you are willing to try
your best to be a serious, alert, and ener
getic leader, it is your patriotic duty to run,
for you are needed. If you are just trying
to add to your list of offices or tryiiyg to
prove your popularity, don't run, for if you
run with no more forethoiight than that, our
student council will be the worse for your
being in it.
I’pon next year's officers will fall great
and possibly grave responsibility. Give of
your best as a leader or as a follower. IVe
are looking toward a “total'’ spring election.
Stand behind your school government; regis
ter and vote, no matter where the polls
Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo Sing Swan Song
While Berlin, Rome, Tokyo Burn
The scene: The 'tVilhelmstrasse.
The time: Any day the Berlin insane asy
lum declares a holiday.
The characters: Roosevelt, Churchill. Sta
lin, and a few stray dogs.
Mussolini: “Pardon me, Mr. Hitler, but
I wonder if you would be so kind as to let
me in on our plans for 1942?”
Hitler: “.Silence, rogue! Mussolini, haven't
I taught you better manners than you are
now displaying. Haven't I impressed upon
your feeble mind that you are to speak only
when spoken to? If you dare he so insolent
a.gain, I will withdraw my bandits from
Greece and let the Athenians give you the
thrashin.g that you deserve!”
Mussolini: “I shall never again open my
mouth in your presence, O Master; but
jilease, oh please, do not release the blood
thirsty Grecian bullies, for they will surely
Hitler: “No more, you sobbing hulk of
spineless rat. Leave the room, for I wish
to discuss wa.vs and means of expediting my
‘withdrawal’ from Russia.”
(Enter ten German .generals.)
Hitler : “You're fired !”
(Exit ten German generals.)
Tojo : “All hail. Emperor of Destiny.”
Hitler: “Heil, Hitler.”
Tojo: “IVell, Adolf, how did I do at Pearl
Harbor? It was a slick piece of back stab
bing, was it not?”
Hitler: “Tojo, you are a man after mine
Tojo: “ ’Twill not he long ere I rule the
Tojo ; '
Ilitl’er: “Ere who rules the world?”
Tojo: “ ’Twill not be long ere you rule the
(Commits hara kiri. Exit Tojo for good.)
(Enter Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.)
Hitler: “M’ell, well, do you boys still want
R-C-S (in unison) : “Yes!”
Hitler: “That is what I feared.”
(Commits hara kiri. Exit Hitler . . . for
“Ere who rules the world?”
’Twill not be long ere we rule the
JanuaiT—a new year ... a new semester
. . . vain attempts to write 1942 instead of
1941 . . . resolutions which no one expects
to keep . . . snow . . . ice . . . tangled traffic
. . . snowballs and cold ears . . . wet feet
and sniffles . . . mid-term graduation . . .
registration day . . .
’S no fun!
This weather this week wouldn’t have been
so bad if you did not have to face a barrage
of snowballs as you “skate'’ from building
The ice was slick,
I dared not tread.
For fear I’d land
Upon my head.
“Yes, I was smart,”
I grinned and said;
“Then why,” folks ask,
“Are you in bed?”
“This freak weather has brought out all
of G. 11. S.’s “Beau Brummels” and “Queens
of Fashion.” Boots, earmuffs, mackinaws,
jodhpurs, ski suits—all are in prominence.
Jim Anthon.v and his rubber boots have
dumbfounded many a local lassie; Dave
Phoenix and his “chapeau moderne,” con-
sistin,g of a red kerchief and a Gloucester
hat, are locally nominated as the fashion
leaders of 1942; hut Bill McCormick is THE
personification of the great outdoors!
Antelope—act of running awaj^ and get-
Fiscal—pertaining to the body, as in fiscal
Fluorescent—instrument a doctor uses to
examine a person’s lungs.
Radical—'Someone whose opinions differ
from your own.
Capitalist—resident of IVashington.
Canteen—factory where tin cans are made.
Personage—home of a preacher.
Humor —jokes you read in ANOTHER
Was He a Greek Philosopher?
In one of the typing classes, a bright
pupil wanted to know who that guy “Adap
ted” was, the one who wrote his typing les
Take warning, bub!”
Nomination for the saddest girl in school
is the blonde who got 17 lipsticks and one
handkerchief for Christmas!
Germ of a Perm
Chill and ache!
To help with the national defense effort,.
Scriptease proposes these suggestions to con
serve vital materials:
Save paper by eliminating all homework
Conserve shoe leather by installing esca
lators in every building.
Cut down the cost of fuel by closing the
detention hall for the duration.
Save reams of paper and gallons of ink
by disposing of such non-essentials as term-
papers, book reports, unexcused admit slips,
warning reports and report cards!
And lastly, to conserve ink, paper, print
ing expenses and general wear and tear on
the student body, dispense with this “humor
Angry drops flung from a sullen sky.
Rain silvering trees.
Plummeting down from on high.
Rain drenching the leas.