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John Mason Brown —
An Impression
Almost a Salem Tradition, John
Mason Brown returns to onr cam
pus for his sixth lecture, speaking
in Memorial Hall at 8:30 o’clock
on Friday evening, April 25.
John Mason Brown—pale blue
eyes, colorless lashes, storng face
—a thinking man. He carries Van
Wyck Brook’s latest book under
his arm and totes the PeloipoimesiaJl
Wars in his shabby brown suitcase,
and remarks concerning it: “I’ve
never read it before, but it’s re-
makable how timely it is!” He
puts his horn-rimmed glasses oji
when you’re talking—takes them
off when he starts—in any case
the glasses never stay in one place
for very long.
“I can’t get ued to the fact that
the sun isn’t shining. I’ve never
been to Winston before when it
He emphatically refutes the
statement that he and Nathan
didn’t think that anything worth
while had been produced in New
York this season—“The season has
not been particularly distinguished,
but it has been extra-ordinarily en
tertaining. Whoever made that
statement must have been reading
PM which newspaper thinks that
Nathan and I are too sour to see
any good in anything.”
Mr. Brown is not sour; he’s grac
ious; he’s kindly; he’s witty. He’s
humorous with an underlying
seriousness. When asked if he would
attempt to be cheerful in his lec
ture or be “because of the times
gloomy” he looked away and said,
“I can’t be serious without feel
ing that I should bury my head in
my hands and weep—you can’t
think about it too much.”
“I’d rather see Saroyan at his
worst than any other modern dra
matist at his best. Saroyan does
things to one’s emotions — definite
ly.” In fact Mr. Brown likes Saro
yan and has voted for his plays for
three years as the tops. He also likes
“Finland Station/’ parts of which
give him reason to believe that it is
the best book of the year.
I like Mr. Brown and so do you,
probably. H^ natural; he’s sincere;
he’s almost simple. His never fail
ing use of wit prevents his state
ments from becoming scholarly or
professorial. He asks me almost as
many questions as I ask him. He’s
interested in Salem; he thinks it
beautiful. He inquires about numer
ous faculty members, calling them
by name. We discussed many things
from the “Peloponnesian Wars” to
the weather, and Mr. Brown summed
it all up very neatly in parting by
cracking, “I think I shall sleep this
afternoon—not even the Pelopon
nesian Wars’ ’ would care to set foot
out on such an aftemon as this —
even with skirts on.”
When informed that I had been
interviewing him all that time in
stead of just innocently chatting as
he had supposed, he laughed and
said, “Well, if you can make any
thing out of that jumble, okay; just
don’t tell them that I’m sour!”
The students and the faculty of
the Academy delightfully enter-
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On Monday night, April 28, at
8:30 p.m., will be presented the
third in this years group of final
concerts. At this time Miss Sarah
Linn, pianist, will play in graduat
ing recital.
Sarah is a pupil of Dr. Charles
G. Vardell, Jr., who will accompany
her in the Powell number Bapsodie
Negre. The program will include
two numbers by Brahms, two by
Chopin, Sonata in E flat major Op.
81a by Beethoven, and three mod
ern numbers besides the one by
John Powell. Th^re will be Pa
gode^, Debussy; Seguidella, A1
beniz; and Jeux d’Eau, Ravel.
Ushers will be:
Marian Johnson, Johnsie Meore
Becky Nifong, Lee Rice, Margaret
Vardell, and Eleanor Welch.
On Friday, April 18, the Y. W.
C. A. cabinet chose the following
girls for the remainder of its of
ficers to serve next year, Pesident
Lelia Johnston having already been
elected: vice-president, Jennie Dye
Bunch; secretary, Frances Neal;
treasurer, Craig Carmichael.
Other cabinet members for next
year will be selected by the in
coming president. Jennie Dye Bunch
of Statesville, N. C., and a transfer
from Mitchell College, was an out
standing student there and a mem
ber of the Mitchell Choir. A rising
senior here at Salem, she is a mem
ber of the choral ensemble and has
been extremely interested in “Y”
work. Frances Neal, a rising junior
from Durham, N. C., is a member
of the Salemite staff, the German
and Math Clubs. Craig Carmichael,
a rising sophomore from Bennets-
ville, S. C., served as I. R. Si rep
resentative of her class this year.
Through the wide interest that
these girls have taken in Salenl
activities, all are sure that they
will prove worthy successors to
Emily McCoy, Marion Norris, and
Sara Barnum, vice-preseident, secre
tary, and treasurer,respectively of
the “Y” this year.
On May 3, 1941, Salem College
will present its annual May Day
Festival in the May Day Dell on
the campus at 5:00 o’clock. The
theme for this year’s pageant is
Beltane or May Festival, at Brit
tany when The Prince of Poetic
Vagabonds will crown The Queen of
the May. First there will be a short
introductory play which will intro
duce the theme for May Day and
then the Queen and her court will
descend the hill and the Queen,
Katharine King, will be crowned by
the vagabond Francois Villon,
which part is played by Elizabeth
After the Queen has been crown.
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VOL. XXI WINSTON-SALEM. N. C, FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 1941. Number 24.
Headquarters for the North Caro
lina Garden Pilgrimage on April
25-26, in this city is the Sister’s
House of Salem College on Salem
square. Students conducted visitors
from all over the state through the
college and grounds from 10 o’clock
this morning until 5 o’clock in the
afternoon today, and the same hours
will apply tomorrow. Tickets may
be obtained at the Sister’s House
from members of the Garden Coun
cil. The fee for the comprehensive
tour of gardens and homes is $1.00,
or for a single garden or home, 25c.
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In a recent election of the of
ficers for the Student Self-Govern
ment Association for 1941-1942, the
following girls were chosen: On-
campus vice-president—Mary Jane
Copenhaver; off-campus vice-presi
dent and president of the Day Stu
dents—Eugenia Baynes; secretary
—Betty Vanderbilt; and treasurer
—Elizabeth Johnston.
Mary Jane is from Marion, Va.,
and has been active in the Student
Government serving on the Student
Council this year. She is House
President of Lehman Hall and is a
Senior Marshal.
In Winston-Salem Eugenia has
been well-known and at Salem has
served as an officer of her class,
on the Student Council, and as
treasurer of the Student Govern
ment. Also she is a member of the
Scorpions. The two vice-presidents
are responsible for the editing of
the college handbook each year.
Betfy Vanderbilt is from Garden
City, N. .Y, and has been very ac
tive on the Salemite staiff. She
promises to be one of the most out
standing members of her class.
Elizabeth Johnston is another
promising student from Winston-
Salem. She has been on the Stu
dent Council, the Salemite staff,
and is a member of the Scorpions.
The annual Salem Art Exhibit
sponsored by the college will begin
on the morning of May 3, and will
continue until the close of school,
June 2.
In the exhibit, staged in the as
sembly room on the first floor of
the library, will appear work repre
sentative of all the stages of deve
lopment of the students doing studio
work. While the greater number of
tudents were beginners in the strict
est since when they started study
under Mr. Kenyon, a few girls had
had a small amount of previous
Work done by all the people con
nected with studio study this year
will appear on exhibit. This group
will include charcoal sketches o:^
casts, models and still life, Conte
crayon drawing of buildings on
^alem campus; cast drawings in
Conte crayon; cast drawing in pas-
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Tuesday, April 22, the incoming
senior class elected Dorothy Sisk of
Fayetteville, N. C., to be president
of Louisa Bitting Building next
year. Dot, as she is better known,
succeeds Louise Early, of the pres
ent senior class, to this office. Dur
ing her three years at Salem, be
sides being an outstanding student.
Dot is a member of the Math Club,
and the Business staff of the
Salemite; also she is chairman of
the Flower Committee for May Day.
She is majoring in Sociology and
Also on this date Doris Nebel, a
rising junior from Jacksonville, Fla.,
was chosen president of Alice Cle-
well Building for the school year
1941-42. Doris, a home economics
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Rice and Moore Receive Week’s
Laurals at Brilliant Recitals
Lee Rice, pianist, gave her grad
uating,recital in Memorial Hall, at
8:30 Thursday night. Lee is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R.
Rice of Lancaster, S. C. She has
been a pupil of Mrs. Frances Jar-
rath Harris, Edwin Hu'ghes, and
Dean Charles Vardell.
Lee’s program included numbers
by Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt,
Sawerby, and Franck. Her final
number — the symphonic variations
of Franck, written for pian» and
orchestra was particularly out
standing. The orchestra accompani
ment was played on the second
piano by Dean Vardell.
Of particular interest was the
selection by Leo Sawerby— “Sun
Drenched Palms.” Sawerby is one
of the outstanding modern Ameri
can composers.
Annie Hyman Bunn, soprano,
pupil of Cliford Bair, assisted Lee.
Annie Hyman sang two groups of
songs and was accompanied by Miss
Virginia Thompson.
Ushers for the recital were:
Nifong, Eleanor Welch, Marian
Johnson, and Margaret Vardell.
Johnsie Moore, Sarah Linn, Becky
Johnsie Moore pianist was pres
ented Monday evening in graduat
ing recital in Memorial Hall at
8:30. Johnsie has been the pupil of
Mrs. Viola Tucker Anscombe here
at Salem and plans to continue her
study elsewhere next year.
Johnsie’s manner of playing was
said to have been “vigorous and
free from rigidity” and the tone
to be well under control. She used
a great variety and range in dyna
mics. She seemed to have a flair
for “impressionistic” music and
Debussy* and Ibert numbers were
“possibly the best interpretations
of the evening.” Mrs. Anscombe ac
companied Johnsie in the two move
ments from the Mozart Concerto in
D Minor.
Miss Hazel Horton Read, head of
the violin department, assisted
Johnsie. She gave two groups of
violin solos and was accompanied
by Miss Virginia Thompson.
Johnsie is the daughter of Mrs.
Baxter Moore. Ushers for the re
cital were: Lee Rice, Sarah Linn,
Becky Nifong, Eleanor Welch’
Mirian Johnson, and Margaret Var
Tomorrow afternoon and night
the Junior class will hold the an
nual dances in honor of the Senior
class. There will be a tea dance
from 4:30 to 6:00, and a formal
dance from 8:30 to 12:00. Barry
McKinley’s orchestra will play for
both dances.
At the intermission of the formal
dance the following people will ap
pear in the figure: Miss Reece
Thomas, Rocky Mount, with E. J.
Daniel, Durham; Kathryn Cole,
Durham, with James Huckabee,
Durham; Eleanor Hutchinson, Win
ston-Salem, with Everret Force,
Winston - Salem; Nancy O’Neal,
Winston-Salem, with Floyd West,
Winston-Salem; Dorothy McLean,
Lenoir, with Gus McLean, Lenoir;
Elizabeth Sauvain, Concord, with
L. C. Harmon, Concord; Carrie Don
nell, Winston-Salem, with Tom Far
ris, Raleigh; Kelly Ann Smith,
Monroe, with Bobby Menius, Ash-
boro; Wyatt Wilkinson, Racky
Mount, with Frank Williams, Rocky
Mount; Betty Belcher, Blue Field,
West Va., with Dan Rogers, Blue
Field; Marion Norris, Durham, with
Bud Gaston, Raleigh; Betsy Hill,
Winston-Salem, with Bill Sprunt,
Winston-Salem; Lilly Sutton Fer
rell, Winston-Salem, with Norman
Stockton, Winston-Salem; Sarah
Linn, Landis, with Lane Cox Drye,
Landis; Martha Bowman, Lumber-
ton, with Hector McLean, Lumber-
ton; Babbie Carr, Durham, with
Harry Boyd, Fayetteville; Dorothy
Dixon, Fayetteville, with Floyd
Souders, Fayetteville; Esther Alex
ander, Knoxville, Tenn., with Mar
vin Ellison, Knoxville; Betsy
Spach, Winston-Salem, with Ken
neth Clay, Winston-Salem; Marvel
Campbell, Winston-Salem, with Phil
Holbrook, Winston-Salem.
The members of Salem College
faculty are to be invited guests at
the dances, and the following are
the chaperons: Miss Grace Law-
rance, Miss Sarah Turlington, Dr.
and Mrs. Howard Rondthaler, Mr.
and Mrs. Brant Snavely, Mr. and
Mrs. L. H. Kenyon, Mr and Mrs.
E. D. Cole and Mrs. Bealah Thomas.
The committees for the dance are
as follows:
Dance Committee: Martha Bow
man, chairman; Betsy Spach, Polly
Herrman, and Barbara Lasley.
Decorations Committee: Dorothy
Dixon, chairman; Lucy Springer,
Mary Worth, and Louise
Invitations Committee: .Eugenia
Baynes, chairman; Doris Shore,
Agnes Mae Johnson, and Elvira
Cards Committee: Leila Johnston,
chairman; Dorothy Sisk, and Nancy
Figure Committee: Mary Jane
Copenhaven, chairman; Mary Wil
son Wall, and Mary O’Keefe.
Refreshments Committee: Wyatt
Wilkinson, chairman; Dorothy Mc
Lean, and Flora Avera.
The Library Committee feels for-
tunate is serving the following to
act as judges:
1. Miss Laura Sumner, English
teacher at Salem Academy,
2. Mrs. Graydon Pleasants (Vir
ginia Shaffner), former owner of
Ideal Book Shop.
3. Miss Annie Lee Singletary, Eng
lish teacher at Hanes High
School and author of column
“Pin Feathers” in Journal and
The prize winners will be an
nounced early in May and the win
ning libraries w lilbe put on ex
hibition in the library.

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