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Opera and Its
Dean Vardell Discusses Verdi
And Gounod at Music
At Music Hour last week Mr.
Vardell continued his lectures on the
history of opera with a discussion of
Verdi and Gounod.
Guisseppi Verdi was born near
liusseto in Italy, in 1813, the son
of an innkeeper. His life is the
usual story of a struggle with pov
erty and finally success. In all his
works, his vivacity and sincerity are
Ills most outstanding traits., His
early works are not at all revolu
tionary, but as he grows older and
more experienced his operas show
more expression and less form and
. are characterized by a continuous ar
tistic growth. The works of a life
time seem to culminate in “Falstaff,”
written when the composer was
eighty years old. It is often called
his best and most youthful work.
Although Vtrdi composed a number
of operas, only a few of them are
presented today.
In IS.'SI he began the production
of a series of operas beginning with
“Rigoletto,” followed by “II Trov-
atore” and “The Masked Ball” in
18r).‘i. In these he throws off con
ventions entirely and writes in a
truly dramatic and expressive style.
It seemed that Verdi was always
having trouble with the censors. It-
.dy at that time was in the midst of
political disturbances, and Verdi be
ing a strong patriot, naturally ex
pressed his views in his operas. The
patriotic scenes or songs which he
used would cause such tremendous
demonstrations that the Austrian po
lice finally decided to censor his op
eras. Quite often then, it was nec
essary to cut out parts or even
change the 0]>era completely. “The
Masked Ball” was originally called
“(iustaff III.” It was the story of
revolution and of the assassination
of a king. This opera was immedi
ately banned and was not allowed to
be produced until the setting and
characters were changed. The set-
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Mathematic Club
Holds Meeting
Ruth Fogleman Gives Talk on
Value of Mathematics
At the regular meeting ol the
Mathematics Club, Wednesday night,
Ruth Kllen Fogkman made a talk
on “The Practical Value of Mathe
There is no subject, except the use
of the mother tongue, which is so
intimately connected with every day
life as is mathematics, W^ierever we
turn in these days of iron, steam and
electricity, we find that mathematics
has bein the pioneer, and guarantees
the results. Were the backbone of
mathematics removed, our material
civilization would inevitably col
However, to the large majority of
people its importance, though great,
is indirect, and the average citizen
has but little need of mathematical
facts or even opportunity to use
them beyond the merest elements of
arithmetic. This is undoubtedly true,
though the remark would apply with
equal force to every other subject
of study.
Mathematics is valuable for the
continguity that the pupil in the fu
ture may take up an occupation re
quiring knowledge of the subject in
question. This value is marked, be
cause there is a large and growing
number of occupations which re
quire a knowledge of mathematical
results. Mathematics is a type of
thought which seems ingrained in the
human mind, which manifests itself
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Salem College “Tunes
In” On Music Program
Home Talent Is Displayed In
Wednesday Chapel
At Expanded Chapel Wednesday
morning, the students of Salem Col
lege listened in on a radio program,
minus the radio. Dr. Rondthaler
was the announcer. He said he
would try to make the same mistakes
in pronunciation that the announcer
of the Salem program made at W.
B. T., but added that the audience
would have to imagine the static. He
was undecided as to whether it was
caused by scraping bricks together
or ringing fire bells or a combination
of both. He called the different se
lections and composers, as well as
the girls’ names, without making
any new mistakes. With Dean Var-
dell’s help Dr. Rondthaler succeeded
in calling Millicent Ward Millic-
Ward. The program was as
“Luxemburg Gardens” from the
Sketches of Paris (Kathleen Ban
ning) and “Bird of Love Divine,
(Wood), vocal solos by Annie. Sue
Sheets; “On Wings of Song” (Men
delssohn) and “Fraskita,” a Span
ish dance (Lehan), Miss Hazel Hor
ton Reid, violinist; “Calm as tht
N'ight” (Bohm), and “The Sun”
((?urran), by Miss Elizabeth Rond
thaler; Griegg’s “Nocturne,” and
John Ireland’s “Ragamuftin,” piano
solos by Dorothy Thompson; “By
the Waters of Minnetonka,” (Licur-
ance) and “Li’l Jasmine Bud,” from
Bayou Songs (Eily Strickland), vo
cal solos by Millicent Ward; Schu
bert’s “Ave Maria,” by Miss Reid:
“La Boheme,” (Puccini), sung bj
Wilhelmina Wohlford.
Dr. Rondthaler introduced each
number in the same way as if the
artists were at W. B, T. The only
differences were that there was no
static, and the program was not be
ing broadcasted from Station W.
B. T.
Salem students feel that they are
ahead of those who heard the pro
gram the other night. Those that
heard the Salem girls over the radio
only heard it once, while the stud
ents of Salem college were allowed
to hear it broadcasted twice—(
with a radio and once without
The program ended in the usual
way- “We will now have the
rect time. It is exactly eleven
utes past twelve o’clock.”'
Senior Play to Be
Re-staged Nov. 15th
“The Hiddan Guest” to Be
Presented at Reynolds
Auditorium Next Week
The success of the senior play,
“The Hidden Guest,” presented last
Saturday evening in Memorial Hall,
has prompted the actors to try for
further laurels in the dramatic
world. It has been definitely
ranged to present the play on Friday
evening, November 1.5, in the Rey
nolds Mtmorial Auditorium under
the auspices of the Girls’ Athletic
Association of the city high school,
and efforts are being made to pre
sent it at Davidson College some
time in the future.
At the first presentation of the
play the audience, which was drawn
as much from the outside world,
that is. the residents of Winston-
Salem and. especially, of Carolina
and Davidson, as from the college,
filled Memorial Hall to its limit,
bringing with it an appreciable si
of money. The applause and favi
able comment which was heard from
all sides after the final curtain sig
nified the favor which “The Hidden
(iuest” had met from the audience
and prompted the players to go
new fields.
All students and faculty
members are hereby urged to
advertise losses and findings
through The Salemite. Hence
forth this paper will feature a
“Lost and Found” column, for
vour convenience. Anyone who
wishes to contribute will please
leave a note—containing the
essential information—in The
Salemite office, or in room 214,
A. C. B.
—The Editor.
Sigma Om'crcn Alpha
Has Regular Meeting
Debating Club Argues Subject
Pertaining to Athletics
Tuesday Night
An interesting debate was the
main feature of the program of Sig
ma Omicron Alpha, Salem’s deb.iting
society, Tuesday night, Novembet •'>.
Helen Lewis and Lucy Woolwine on
the the affirmative, and Virginia
Bass and Frances Douglas, on the
negative, engaged in a lively tongue
battle on the subject: “Resolved,
That this audience is agreed that Sa
lem College should have intercollegi
ate sports.” The judges finally de
cided that the negative side ))roduced
the better debate. F'ssie Hendricks
and Beulah Mae Zachary criticized
the arguments. Then there was some
discussion as to whether Sigma Omi-
cion Alpha should join the Inter
collegiate Debating Society. How
ever, no definite decision was made.
After the chairman of the Program
Committee presented the plan of
programs for the next quarter, the
meeting was adjourned.
Athena Compourakis
Wins Van Dyke Prize
Proficient Salem Clerk Re
ceives Reward For
Large Sales
In chapel, on Wednesday of this
week, I'.leanor Willingham read the
following excerpt from a letter ^
ten by Mr. C. W. Van Dyke:
“W'e are pleased to enclose
check payable to Miss Athena Cam-'
jiourakis, which represents the prize
we offered to the Salem College
student working in the Department
whic hshowed the largest increase ‘
sales over Junior League Day, stag
ed March 19th. We find that Miss
Campourakis was responsible for a
larger total sales.
“We shall always remember with
much pleasure ‘Salem College Day,’
as well as the interest and enthusi
asm shown by the student body in
She then presented the prize, a
ten-dollar check, to Athena Campou
rakis, amid the applause of the
On Thursday evening at 9 o’clock
I. R. S. held its first meeting of the
year in the campus living room of
Alice Clewell Building. Miss Ger
trude Dickhut, superintendent of
the nurses at the City Memorial
Hospital, gave a very interesting
talk on “Mental W^orry.” She point
ed out some excellent thoughts.
Blanche Phillips and Millicent Ward
sang solos. Refreshments consisting
of tea and sandwiches brought the
delightful evening to a close.
Artists Give
Fine Concert
Mr. and Mrs. Rasely Sing
Colonial Songs in Cos
tume; Heard by Crowd
Mr. and Mrs. George Rasely,
formerly of this, city, but now of
New York City, completely capti
vated an unusually large audience
with their concert in Memorial Hall.
Mr. Rasely’s tenor voice blended
beautifully with Mrs. Rasely’s clear
soprano as they sang group after
group of songs, many of them old
English melodies and early Ameri
can compositions. Two of the num
bers were composed by Hopkinson,
one of the signers of the Declaration
of Independence, and were discov
ered in a library in Washington by
Mr. Rasely.
The artists possessed that qual
ity of personality which immediately
attracted the audience so that they
were recalled for encores after al
most very group of songs.
The second half of the program
was given in costume. Mrs. Rasely
wore a Colonial costume of cream
satin with a tremendous hoop skirt
ind all accessories to match. Mr.
Rasely was dressed in rose velvet
with much lace and gold trimming.
Both wore white wigs. The other
costumes which were of a later pe
riod consisted of green satin and
pink roses for Mrs. Rasely and grey
pants and rose coat for Mr. Rasely.
These costumes fitted w'ell into the
early American setting. As they
sang one of the old songs Mrs.
Rasely busied herself most convinc
ingly at the old spinning wheel
while her husband munched an ap
ple in the corner. The clever pan
tomime pleased the audience im
mensely and added variety to the
On the whole, Mr. and Mrs. Rase
ly combined a keen appreciation of
their art with a winning personality,
thus producing an unusually fine
The concert w'as sponsored by the
Woman’s Auxiliary of the Home Mo
ravian Church.
Sophomore Class
Conducts Vespers
S3Cond Year Students Have
Charge of Sunday Y. W.
The Vesper program last Sunday
evtning was in charge of the Soph
omore Class. The service was be
gun with a hymn. Then Winifred
Fisher read a passage from the
scriptures, and Kitty Brown led in
prayer. Mary Elizabeth Meeks
gave a reading selected from Qtiiet
Talks on Power, by S. C. Garden,
saying: “God is seeking men in
whom to set up a sort of headquar
ters here on earth, and is asking us
if He has sought for us and we
have failed Him. After this talk,
Martha Pierce read the poem God.
The service was concluded with a
hymn and the Y. W. Watchword.
The seniors came through with
fifty per cent in the Efficiency Cam
paign last week. The . freshmen
scored forty-six per cent, and the
juniors forty per cent.
The sophomore class is the only
I’lass that has not won the cup this
vear. Each class should work for
it because the class that wins the
L'up the greatest number of times
during the year keeps it at the end.
This is a challenge to the sopho-
Science Department
Stages Exhibition
Science Laboratories Filled
With Sight-Sseing Throngs
Friday Evening
The third annual science exhibit
was given in the laboratories of Sa
lem College from 7:30 until 10
o’clock Friday evening, November 8.
Members of the studeiit body and the
faculty were present to receive the
visitors and conduct them through
the exhibition. The public was in
vited and refreshments were served.
The majority of both the college and
academy, as well as many profes
sional men and other visitors of the
Twin City, attended.
The exhibition was under the aus
pices of the Science Club and the
science department, and comprised
a complete presentation of the work
of the department. The more inter
esting pieces of apparatus were
shown, as well as analysis in pro-
The exhibition offered an excel
lent opportunity for the general pub
lic to see what is being done in the
scientific world. Mr. Higgins es
pecially invited professional men to
see the new pieces of apparatus that
have been recently added. The sci
ence department keeps in closest
touch with all developments in its
field and its laboratories represent
the most complete possible arrange
ment of equipment.
An addition to the science build
ing has just been completed and oc
cupied. It includes a private labo
ratory; fume-proof stockroom and
dark room, the use of which, Mr.
Higgins stated, is proving most ad
vantageous to the department, in
that it provides some much needed
space for expansion of the work of
the science gwup.
The plan of having the science
exhibition inaugurated by Mr. Hig
gins has been adopted by two other
colleges. Besides Salem College, it
is held only at two other places, so
far as known-. State College at Ra
leigh and Bates College at Lewiston,
Maine, hold annual exhibitions.
Representatives Enjoy
Greensboro Play Day
Salem Delegates Give Ac
count of Amusing Ath
letic Conference
Running, jumping, slipping and
falling—all these activities were in
progress when Salem delegates ar
rived at N. C. C. W. on Saturday.
Soccer, hockey, tennis, swimming
and barnyard golf were very much
in evidence. Everyone was exerting
herself, for it was play day.
Everywhere athletes, in varied
and marvelous types of physical ed’
suits, were hurrying hither, thither,
and even yon. Judging from the
reports that the natives of this
campus brought back the sporty at
tire attracted their attention more
than the sports. A freshman re
marked that if Miss “At” would ar
ray herself in one particular model
which was displayed on the field she
should thereby furnish added, in
fact unbounded, inspiration to her
gym’ classes.
Later in the afternoon, the “play
ers” enjoyed a campfire supper, and
afterwards—a novel entertainment.
Altogether the day was a success;
and the delegates reported an ex
ceptionally good time.
Julia Brown Jennings, has been
elected Junior Hall house president;
Elizabeth Strowd is house president
for Alice Clewell Building; Mar
garet Smith for Society Hall, and
Catherine Moragne for Lehman

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