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April 4, 1941
The Purpose of High Life Is To
G et and preserve the history
of our school.
H old individuals together under
S eparate the worthwhile from the
u'orthloHs and- promote the highest
interest of students, teachers,
Finding that co-ed gym classes are a big help in
improving social relations among the students of
a school. Ilie faculty of an East Orange, New Jer
sey, higli school ha.s established, as a part of the
regular curriculum, a co-ed physical education
Otico a, week each boy and girl attends the re-
(|uired (‘lass, which features such events as square
dancing, Virginia reeling, and other folk dancing.
At Senior high there have been requests for
more socdal contacts at school. Perhaps the co-ed
gym class might some day prove the solution, for
-it would serve the double purpose of teacliing
social grace and providing recreation facilities.
Call To Poets
Altliough. there is no creative writing class at
Senior higli school, it is the desire of JIigji Life.
1o foster that delightful art as much as possible.
Hecau.se of limited spa(;e it obviously cannot pub
lish short stories and other longer features, but
-lliGir JjiFE welcouK's all contribulions in the form
of ])oetry, of any type, rhymed or unrhymed.
There have I)een (romplaints that the Poet’s cor
ner of the school paper has been dominated by
one person. That is not bccau.se of any favoritism,
but merely because very few otiiers liave con
tributed any poetry whatsoever. iriGii Life will
be glad to consider all poems, and especially those
from juniors, for it is the junior.s who will have
to sui)p]y the material for the Poet’s Corner next
Why We Lie
Why do we lie? I^syehiatrists agree that nearly
all di.stoi’lions of the truth aim at a single pur-
po.se—the safe-guarding of sedf^esteem, which it-
sell break's off into three lesser branches; lying
lor j)ractical advantage, increase of prestige, or
the pathological prevaricator’s attempt to e.scape
Ae(*,ording to a recent survey directed by the
Ladies’ Home Journal, women, especially on such
subjects as romantic life, background, and per
sonal pos.sessions, are addicted to lying more than
men, whose favorite topics range from business
success to notoriously false “ti.sh stories”.
Not all lies are spoken; many are acted out, and,
according to this article, scientists believe that
“most succe.s.sful actors are inveterate liars who
liave turned a neurotic trait to good professional
Fying, then, is inevitable in a neurotic world of
shrinking violets, for every untruth confesses our
Jack of courage to be seen as we really are.
A Girl President?
Several times iriaii Life, though its column.
Behind the Soapbox, ha.s suggested that a girl
president of the student body might not be a bad
idea. The last column recpiested that the members
of the studimt body write a few letters to the edi
tor on the subject, and the re(|uest elicited some
One of the letters in particular is worth consid
ering, because it li.sted ten g(K)d things a girl would
have to do and be in order to be considered as a
candidate for the i)resid(mcy of the student body.
Most ot the points are gimeral qualifications, but
two of them appear to High Life worth thinking
1. 'Phat any girl who is a candidate for the
presidency mu.st be superior to any boy in the
'2. That any girl elected president must be will
ing to give u[> her social life and give lierself
aimo.st exclusively to licr job.
It .seems to High Life not quite fair to require
that any girl candidate be superior to any boy
. who may he proposed, ju.st as it wouldn’t he (piite
.fair to require that any boy who might bo a can
didate be superior to any girl in the school. And
' the' peUnt can be even more strongly made when
■yon'consiiler that in a seliool this large—and, in-
l('ed. in any sehool it’s ditlieult to designate the
niost “superior” pers(UL
The Student Council Dance announcement
is certainly the ino.st .startling news of the
year. Here’s hoping it's a colos.sal succes.s.
It need.s evcrybody’.s support.. , > .
Recent events prove that scholarship is
still a most important factor in the school.
Two more student council members had to
resign last week bec/inse of failing grades.
The Junior Political Party has certainly
pepped a few things up since their organiza
tion, but it will take a capable and wise per
son to guid(* it to any success here. It would
be a good thing if the group continued in
existence ju.st tck encourage oppo.sition, which
will in turn encourage interest.
Here is the first letter to the Editor this
spring on the subject of the girl for president
March 24, 1041
Senior High School
Greensboro, Xorth Carolina
R(‘hind the Soapbox.
Dear Sir :
“In your column of March 21, you ex
pounded on the fact that there are many
capalile and willing girls here at school who
could hold the reigns of Senior high student
government and that these pro.spects had
shown their ability and sincerity.
Frankly, “Mr. Editor", we of the opposite
sex see no harm in having a female president,
but first j'ou must show us just one—only
OIK'—girl who could i)ossi'l)ly manage the
rigid and complicated affairs offered by this
particular job. The girl must: Be superior
to any boy in the school before she can be
elected. She would have to possess a high
degree of initiative in order to be able to
handle any and all problems.
Slio must be alert, active, and attentive;
sh(? must be experienced in parliamentary
procedure; she Avould have to he stern at
times to keep control and gentle at times
Thq puppets prance and gaily dance, each
hriglit with smiles
with ugly frowns (of paint), or delicately
to prove her diplomacy; she must be willing
to sacrifice her spare time and even her boy
friends; her scholarship should be of the
highest, for she would have to devote her
attention primarily to council affairs.
Her character would have to be of a far-
reaching type to enable her to be clean and
fair in her dealings. She would have to be
both socially and intellectually a person
trained l)y years to prepare for the worst and
to look forward to the best and last “Mr.
Editor," she would have to be the choice of
the people—she would have to shun snobbery,
be friends to all groups, be acceptable to
any clique, whether it be adult or student.
(and paint) or scowlingly
and crying glittering, glycerin tears. They
with wooden grace, and, each in his marked-
wisely says his wisest things, as bade
by the pullers-of-strings. all of them proudly
in .someone else’.s borrowed velvet and lace.
Out.side, the moon, a slender shiver caught
in leavt's and pools, and cold w’inds chloro
ing withered lives, blowing them over their
(’harmingly wasting time, fheir strings all
the puppets play their parts. It is surely
inside, and their heads are made of wood, I
Mr. Nobody Rides Again
The Pesky Fellow!
He wears a timid grin, gray spats, and a
derby cocked over one blinking eye. He
stammers. The minute you see him .sidling
furtively down the darkest side of the hall,
yon recognize him as the fellow who checks
out “T’p From Slavery,” Avhich you read last
year, the day before book reports are due.
He never fails to trip you on the threshold
of French class—necessitating a little jour
ney to the office of Miss Moser and “fifteen
Who’s the culprit? Guess . . . You're
right 1 It's the little man who wasn’t there,
“AVoII." he stammers apologetically when
yon finally buttonhole him, “I—I really
d-didu’t mean any harm. I guess I’m er-ah-
pnth-pathological. or something; I j-just
c-can’t resist making s-some g-good old-fash
ioned inlschief-nli- wherever I c-can." lie
glances hurriedly at liis heavy gold watch,
somewhat like the rabbit in “Alice in Won
derland." "Oil, I must hurry. I’m going to
break a couple of dishes in the lunchroom,
Chaucer Knew His
Red Stockings and Jokes
Chaucer was a good old guy in his way.
Back in those days yon had to be pretty
quick on the draw and quicker on the er—
love making, because if you weren’t, a noble
knight or squire was right there to step in
Then you had to step in your own foot
steps a lot to keep up with the fashion. People
were always taking extra honeymoon cruises
or cross-country hitchhikes. They’d congre
gate at inns and drugstores and have enough
ale to spruce them all up, and then they
headed for the open road.
Chaucer understood those sightseeing tours
like one of those who sound like tobacco' auc
tioneers. Take the good wife of Bath, for
instance. She wore red stockings, which was
rather risque for good wives back in 1360.
Then there was the Squire: he was a twelfth
century Gable if there ever was one—Mr.
Chancer played him up like Metro shoots a
line about Tyrone Power.
But all in all. Geof was a nice egg. He
didn’t dream, even in a nightmare that he’d
be memorized by budding Chaucers today,
and I guess he never knew his jokes would
surpass even W. C. Fields’.
Daffy - nitions
If Finland is w'here the Fizms live, «
Germany where the Germs live?
Cow to Fanner: I refuse to furnish you
with any more milk, so there!
Fanner to Cow: You butter!
Eight o’clock date,
Boy friend late,
Two hour wait:
Give ’im the gate!
You NAME It!
Are Dorothy and Bob BEST?
When will we crown Jack King of tlip
Dorothy Sitz while Walter gets Slack. Oh,
Easter bunny in junior’s room,
Dark as pitch in there;
Couldn’t find his way till crash!
Such language, Mr. Hai-e!
To a dumb waitress: “I want some water!
Water, you know—w’et stuff!" Water you
think of that? drippy, n’est-ce pas?
As we have OUR Bob Montgomery, the
next addition will probably be a Robert
And They Are Not Rotten
There are five apples here, and they an
not for the teacher, either. They are Mar
Elizabeth, A. C., Maxine, Robert, and Faye
Report Card Day:
Daily and test grades for six weeks:
Surprised reply after I'eceiviug repo
card: “That teacher just don’t LIKE m
Guess what? She flunked me, an’ I be(
making GOOD gi’ades!’’
by the Students
Greensboro, N. C.
Founded by the Class of 1921
Revived by the Spring .Tournalism
Class of 1937
Entered as second-class matter March
30, 1940. at the post office at Greens
boro, X. C., under the Act of March
Eleanor Dare Taylor
■s Rachael Whiteside,
_ ^ „ Janet Cox
Feature Editor Irma Estes
Make-up Editor Ar'leen Whitener
Copy Editor Douglass Hunt
Headline Editor Bill Brinkley
^orts Editor Solomon Kennedy
Froo/ Reader paye Thomas
Photographer Purnell Kennedy
Men Alexander, Betty Clement, Jack Groh,
Uottie Inablnet, Beverly Langston. Mary
Martin Lindsay, Elaine Miller, Paul Miiler,
Aiartm McLennan, Dorothy Parker, Betty
Kouth, Everett Saslow, Gene Thornton, Mar
garet Wilkerson, and Ann Thornton.
Aduej tistJi.or Manager .... Ella Mae Norman
lypists Althea Hardin, Maxine Con
nell, Eveleen Ellison. Hazel
Swinson, and Marjorie York
Adrertisin^r Solicitors . . Evelyn Glass, Mary
Lilly Anderson, Mary
Louise Bowden, and
Mrs. Olive Betts and
Miss Cathleen Pike
Financial Adviser .
Miss Dorothy McNairy