March 26, 1943.
Published Weekly By The Student Body
of Salem College
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Editor-In-Chief Ceil Nuchols
Associate Editor Bobbie Whittier
Associate Editor Katherine Manning
Make-Up Editor Mary T. Best
EDITORIAL AND FEATURE STAFF
Music Editor Margaret Leinbach
Sports Editor Flanagan
French Editor Lib Bernhardt
Mildred Avera ?eggy Nimocks
Margaret Bullock Mary Louise Rhodes
Rosalind Clark Doris C. Schaum
Ethel Ilalpcrn Julia Smith
Barbara Humbert Nancy Stone
Frances Jones Helen Thomas
Senora Lindsey Katherine Traynhanj
Sarah Merritt Jfargaret W'instead
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Business Manager Mary Margaret Struven
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Circulation Sara Bowen, Ellen Stucky
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Sarah Lindley, Allene Seville, Elizabeth Griffin, Har
riet Sutton, Ruth O’Neal, Yvonne Phelps, Elizabeth
Bernhardt, Edith Shapiro.
FROM OUR KNEES WE CHALLENGE YOU
Almost all of us spasmodically heave our
selves out of our various ruts, and stop to
think and to question. We ask ourselves
where we want to go and where we’re going
. . . what we want to do and what we’re doing.
Sometimes the results aren’t too gratifying.
I, as an editor, have recently emerged from
just such a time out for objectivity . . . and
I am not gratified in the least. 1 remember
that when 1 l)egan the terrific task of editing,
I had all sorts*of high-minded ideals and plans
and hopes . . . and one by one, I’ve seen them
shattered until there’s scarcely anything left
except a disillusioned will to survive. I
wanted our editorials to voice student ideas . . .
not merely student complaints. I wanted the
SALEMITE to stimulate you into creative
thinking and intelligent questioning . . . not
simply to pass before your eyes and into the
nearest dump heap without any dint what-
so-ever. I wanted to see>our editorials pro
voke you into seizing up the battle cry and
bouncing back with hot denunciations of what
we’d advocated . . . or into at least murmuring
ii woi-d of agreement and encouragement.
There has been, however, neither reaction . . .
and I can’t fatiiom the reason. Is it that you
don’t read the editorials? or that you don’t
care? or is it simply that you don’t feel quali
fied to write for publication? , I do hope it’s
the latter ... I know that some of you'must
Xow if the latter assumption is the expla
nation for your apparent lack of enthusiasm, I
beg you to step into the open. You have only
to leave your thoughts in the SALEJIITE of
fice . . . although you must sign your name,
you may request that it not be published with
your editorial ... if there are technical flaws
in your writing, the staff can whisk them away
in a moment. We M'ant and need your ideas
desperately. We want your reaction to Dr.
Hart’s statement that courses of study should
be thrilling ... if they’re not, why not? AVe
want your challenge to look at the post-war
world ... a world in which we college grad
uates will assume a definite place of import
ance. AVe want your opinions about Church
ill’s speech or the President’s policy or the
acts of Congress. AVe want even your argu
ments about the quality of new books or new
movies. It cotild be a great deal of fun and
a great retaliation to the accusation that Sa
lem students are stagnant . . . only “sacks
to slip food in.” AVon’t 3^ou help us?
Aujourd’hui, et surtout parceque la neige est disaparue, nous es-
Ah, this weather! It’s the sort of stuff that makes one yearn to
jerk oft' cotton stockings and feel the earth between one’s toes . . .
to shakj out last summer’s rags and conclude that they don’t have to
liave buttons, pockets, or color to be gorgeous. (Please note that we did
NOT comment upon to whence the missing items went!) ... to chuck
the winter bundlings off to homo where they’d never have to be seen
again until next September. But don’t do it! Too poignantlyl do we
recall having succumbed to similar urges last spring . . . and then be
ing forced to trail about the campus for months in the room-mate’s
other skirt and sweater . . . for months, we said!
All in keeping with the spring time, we have six weeks’ grades.
W'ell. But there was definitely one compensation. On the bottom of
her drama quiz. Casserole scrawled as the bell sang out: “Finished in
haste” . . . and Df. Willoughby coyly added: “Repent in leisure!”
Well, she indutably will . . . have you seen the deficiency lists? Oh boys!
Just call us. Deficiency List Joe!
Senior Dinner, despite the shortage of ^lan power, was one of life’s
gayer events. Among the evening’s high spots were: Miss Covington’s
ears holding up a green top hat not even enough for her to spy out
from underneath, Mr. Holder’s boy scouting days taking violent issue
with the questionaire which asked what one item would be most useful
should one be lost in a forest, and the ring and the coin going re
spectively to Ceil Nuchols and Corinne Faw . . . hmmmmmm.
Then there’s the story on Mary Lib Allen that not even
It This Way” can afford to repeat . . . but it’s a good’n!
And from the valle}’’ comes a tragedy that puts tears into our tired
eyes . . . but no one dares deny that the Seniors CAN play hockey!
They are, furthermore, confounded good at it!
Right now we are i>ersonally so steamed up over politics that we
simplj^ cannot sit here longer . . . we have big things in the offing.
Don’t) you think that one of the ace-est ideas of all time is that we
organize two political parties on the campus: the Liberals and the
Traditionalists? Well, sit tight and we shall evolve some world shat
tering details on said subject in order that we can pass them on to
you next week . . . unless we get caught meanwhile for having made the
mistake of voting three times for Y President. It’s just too bad that
human memory is such a frail substance. ^
Good night, and P. S. . . . What’d we tell you about Dr. Hart? You
didn’t believe us, did you? But there’s one thing we think ought defi
nitely to be brung into the open. If you were at the meeting last night,
you remember being called upon to raise your hand were you a teetotaler.
Well, if you didn’t raise your paws, your name is now filed with the
dean . . . that is one of the things that we distinctly frown upon as not
being quite cricket. We’re surprised at you. Miss Lawrence! On the
brighter side of Dr. Hart’s visit, however, we find ihat statistics show
greater enthusiasm for him than any other campus activity . . . including
Le premier jour de printemps e.'it venu! Tout le monde danse le
college esperait co jour depuis longtemps. Nous tachons depflLs beaucoup
de semaines d’apprendre les le?ons pour les examaines et nous avons
pense que quand le printemps serait venue nous serious trfes contentes.
Mais quand le cjour, le vingt et un mars, est arrivC, nous avons 6te
tres tristes parceque le temps etait mauvais — il avait neige!
^~*^Alors, aprJs une journfie de neige, il a cesse de neiger, et le soleil
a brille de nouveau. Nous avons et6 encore heureuses.
que le printemps est vraiment venu pour rester longtemps!
WOMEN AT WAR—Overalls, wrenches and drills replace fineries as these wai
workers in an Army Arsenal march to tank repair shops. Note the determination
on their faces. These women are typical of hundreds of thousands who are worisini
in war factories and investing part of their earnings in War Bonds.
Lnder a democratic form of government,
every citizen receives the franchise when he
or she becomes of age. Presumably one uses
his intellect in voting for the persons whom
he wishes to govern him because he is giving
power and authority to that person—he uses
his intellect to place aitthority in the hands of
a person who will use his power wisely. Thus
every voter theoretically employs his intellect
to choose the person who is most capable of
handling his power and authority. This is
not the case in America. The masses do not
have the intellect to discriminate between
capable and incapable persons. The party sys
tem has been set up—each party embracing a
general political belief—which enables men to
select, without too much exercise of the brain,
a general belief about the “way things should
be done.” The masses then vote for their
party candidate rather than bothering to con
sider which candidate is most capable of doing
the job for him
The girls at Salem do not represent the
masses. They supposedly represent the min
ority of individuals in America who vote ac
cording to the dictates of their intellect and
not according to party affiliations. The stud
ent body at Salem is a democratic organiza
tion. The machinei’y of elections set up by
law is just as democratic as that of the fed
eral government; but just as in the federal gov
ernment, the spirit is not democratic. Repre
senting the thinking minority as we do, we
should take the trouble to think through the
abilities of the candidate for office and vote
according to carefully considered i^rineiples
and not according to personal prejudices. If
we vote from emotional reason alone, (ie. be
cause Susie is our roommate) we are not
worthy of being college students.
Certainly you Mould like all your friends
to hold important offices—but if they are not
capable, do you honestly feel that the personal
glory given by winning the election is more
important than the welfare of Salem, which
was here before she came and which will be
here a long time after she is gone?
So we are idealists! BUT “A man’s grasp
must exceed his reach or what’s a heaven
for?” Let’s be worthy of ('our democratic
privilege of voting and do it intelligently!
HONOR ROLL VS. INTELLECT
A\ hat is the Honor Roll? Are Honor Roll
students those who by outside research follow
up facts given in class, or students who only
memorize facts and give them back to the
teacher on tests? "Are Honor Roll students tha
real intellectuals at Salem?
Learning should be divided into two cate
gories. AVe come to college to obtain facts
upon which to build our own opinions. AVith-
out these facts, we would be unable to express
our thoughts or to compromise with others.
Thei’e is little time in college, however, to do
individual thinking and at the same time hand
Ijack facts to the teacher so thoroughly mas
tered that Me make Honor Roll grades . . .
M’hich is supposed to be the primary purpose
of college activity.
The other aspect of learning, on the other
hand, is being able to get along M'ith felloM'-
nieii . • • and this does not come altogether
front books or teachers. Tolerance, unselfish
ness and love, come from our experience • and
intimate contact with students. AVe are fight
ing totalitarianism M’hich evidently does not
.understand or compromise with the human
race. What good is a student M'ho masters
facts aud does not apply them?
—B. C.; E. M.