Friday, April 30, 1943.
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CHICAGO * BOSTOH ■ LOf AMILlt * SAM FftAH
Editor-In-Chief - Ceil Nuehols
Associate Editor Bobbie Whittier
Associate Editor Katherine Manning
EDITOEIAL AND FEATTJEE STAIT
Music Editor Margaret Leinbach
Sports Editor J°y Flanagan
French Editor ■ Lib Bernhardt
Mildred Avera ^*eggy Nimocks
Margaret Bullock Mary liOuise Ehodes
Eosalind Clark Doris C. Schaum
Ethel Halpern Julia Smith
Barbara Humbert Nancy Stone
Frances Jones Helen Thomas
Senora Lindsey Katherine Traynham
Sarah Merritt Margaret Winstead
Lucille Newman Kathryn Wolff
Business Manager Mary Margaret Struven
Ass’t Business Manager Mary Elizabeth Bray
Advertising Manager Betty Moore
Circulation Sara Bowen, Ellen Stucky
Margy Moore, Elizabeth Beckwith, Katie Wolff,
Jane Willis, Nancy Vaughn, Corrinne Faw, Martha
Sherdod, Becky Candler, Adele Chase, Nancy MeClung,
Sarah Lindley, Allene Seville, Elizabeth Griffin, Har
riet Sutton, Euth O’Neal, Yvonne Phelps, Elizabeth
Bernhardt, Edith Shapiro.
FAREWELL AND GOOD LUCK
Tidy stacks of corrected proofs, scattered
piles of dummy sheets, printed lists of head-
lin4s ... the last of my labors on the SALEM-
ITB. It’s an eerie sort of emotion to realize
that the end has ■come . . . that I must say
good-bye. And yet, perhaps there are things
about this year’s paper which need no good
byes . . . something that might have amused
you or that might have caught an intellectual
response in you may go on after I’m no longer
editor. I hope so.
In leaving, there are a few thanks I’d like
to offer ... to the staff and to the readers.
You readers, on the whole, have been excep
tionally good to work for. There were times,
of course, when I felt that there simply wasn’t
any use in going on . . . proof reading until
dawn, sweating over the presses all day Thurs
day and all day Friday, bearing the brunt of
disapproval, and trying to maintain ideals
against terrific opposition. But then the SA-
LEMITE came out . . . the tinges of interest or
amusement that flashed across your faces as
you scanned the finished product were en
couragement enough to keep me going.
all the unconscious little laughs or pensive
frowns, then ... I thank you, Headers.
As for the staff . . . well, there isn’t space
enough or time enough for me to express my
gratitude. There were times when I could have
cheerfully strangled almost any of them . . .
for not showing up at our Tuesday sessions, for
strolling in with their assignments on Friday
morning instead of on Wednesday night, for
switching tense and person fifteen times within
one story. But then the SALEMITE came out
. . . and I was so proud of each one of them
that I could have almost exploded! They’ve
worked together like clock work (despite hav
ing come from every group and clique on the
campus) . . . they’ve been loyal and co-oper
ative and stimulating . . . and they deserve
the highest of all our thanks.
And so good-bye; and to you, Mary Louise,
the very best of luck ... I know you’re cap
able of keeping the SALEMITE ever alive and
fresh and interesting.
CEIL NUCHOLS, Editor.
El primer dia de Mayo sera un dia de una gran fiesta a Salem. Las
flores floreser^n por todas partes y todo el mundo estarS, muy contento
porque es el dia de Mayo.
A las cinco y media todo el mundo bajara al valle hondoi de Mayo
y se sentara en el collado. Pronto las muchachas bailarS, sobre la hierba
y habr^ mtisica en el aire.
De repente los pajes apareceran en el otro collado y sonara la trompeta.
Entonces bajarin las donacellas, en vestidos de varios colores, rojo, verde,
azul purpuro, y amarillo. Llevaran en los brazos hermosas flores de pri-
mavera. Entonces bajara la reina tambien, vestido en bianco y se pondra
en la cabeza una corona de flores.
Por la noche todas las muchachas se vestiran en vestidos de noche
y se dirigir4n al gimnasio para bailar. Despuea del baile volverdn al
dormotorio, muy cansadas pero muy eontentas.
The sorriest of all possible things is the way our attitude has boiled
down to a great smoldering disgust with life. And the root of the
entire evil is spring vacation—not that we didn’t pin.e for one (ye
gods, nol), but did it have to faU at this particular season? Just
once every hundred years or something does Easter hit like this—and
we got it! So now we’ll just wither up to nothing—waste right on
away fighting to cover three term papers, May Day, and all the
movies in this one pitiful last week of April when we needed our
break in March. It’s a hard life—and a cruel one!
And in tune with our natural proclivity for luck, it’ll probably blow
off and snow for May Day—never in the history of Salem has it so
much as even drizzled on May Day, so a blizzard is bound to occur
this time! Grand!
Then we’re still having nervous indigestion from them graduate
record exams sprung on our poor overtaxed minds before vacation. Hon
est to Pete! Four years do we spend gathering bits of English and
history unto us—and six hours do they spend gesieging us with ques
tions or physics and chemistry and hygiene -and eugenics and medicine
and botany and zoology! It was just great lolling there counting the
boards in the Old Chapel floor until time for that half hour quiz on
Biblical allusions in English literature! What we have definitely con
cluded is that our teacher in kindergarten I had no business at all ever
promoting us to kindergarten II! And how in the blue blaze did we
ever get to college IVf
Among the not-so-grim phases of existence are them seven little
whiskers of grass that are struggling among the rock piles outside
Corrin Hall. We predicted that it warn’t possible in any degree to
grow stuff on that plot of packed mud; but there’s those grasses—and
there’s that bet of three gold safety pins we lost on account!
Another surprise of return came with spotting Jacque Dash about
the campus. She was so ailing about the back that doctors didn’t
expect she’d be able to finish this year’s education; and now she’s school
ing again—^harnesses and all! Ah for a back without the fortitude which
pulls one through!
Pfth-h-h! We are obviously displeased with life; so farewell, all—-
and dig up your galoshes for tomorrow. It can’t fail!
Les sanglots longs
Blessent mon coeur
Et bleme, quand
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure.
Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Pareil ft la
This poem is an excellent illustration of the purely musical effect
'hich Verlaine sought to achieve in his vsrse.
LET THIS BE A WARNING . . .
The Seniors recently underwent an extreme
ly revealing examination. In eight hours, we
discovered exactly how little we know. It is
certainly discouraging, after spending twelve-
years in preparation for college and four more
years in college, to suddenly realize our un
limited ignorance. We dislike the thought of
having wasted sixteen years in school.
Is it entirely our fault that we have re
tained so little of all the information we once
knew? We have all passed examinations or
we should not be in college. Perhaps the
trouble is that most of us do not have an
inkling of what an education is. It is not
memorizing facts to be put down on a test
and forgotten as soon as we walk out of a
classroom—it should be a process of establish
ing relations, inside frames of reference; of
remembering something because it illuminates
something else. According to those who have
made their education coherent by thought, the
process is a highly exciting affair.
We may be too lazy mentally to “think,”
to form an intelligible picture of the whole;
but then again, we may have been so bored by
teachers who have been taught how to teach
but who don’t know the content of what they
teach that we could not prevent the informa
tion from going through our heads as through
sieves. Let it not be said that Salem College
has become an essembly line system which
turns out, not tachers, but technicians.
This editorial is not blaming teachers alto
gether. One of the biggest factors responsible
for our lassitude is the textbook system—“One
of the most profitable rackets in American
life.” Since a textbook is the only book that
tens of thousands can be compelled to buy
and to read, it is too bad that they are never
reviewed by critics.
Last year on the Graduate Record Exam
ination, the Seniors as a whole made their
worst showing in the verbal factor section. No
doubt the same will be true this year. Stud
ents all over the nation have a limited vocab
ulary and a lack of precision and exactitude in
the use of words. If we do not know the
meaning of words, we cannot receive any fur
ther education conveyed in words. If we can
not use words precisely, we cannot think pre
cisely. For this deficiency there is no possible
excuse. We have all been exposed to books
and to educated persons. Almost all of us
Tpossess and know how to use a dictionary.
—B. AV. and D. T.
SO LITTLE MEANS SO MUCH
“Thanks”—that’s all we’re asking you to
The ma.ior officers this year have all
done commendable jobs and the first rule of
coui'tesy is that we express appreciation when
such an expression is in order.
Coco McKenzie and the A. A. Council have
sponsored an outstanding year in athletics. The
work and effort that went into it certainly de
serves appreciative recognition.
Sara Henry as Stee Gree President has had a
most thankless job, but the understanding and
sympathy with which Sara has handled it de
serves highest praise.
Barbara Hawkins and the Y Cabinet have
been responsible for so many things this year
that the listing of them would be an impos
sible task. Stunt Night and the Carnival are
still among our happiest memories—thanks to
Jfary Louise Rousseau took over the I. R. S.
after Doris Beal left and has truly been worthy
of the position.
JIary Lib Rand’s work of the year as yet
has not made its debut, but we are looking
forward to this year’s a Annual with great
anticipation. Your work has not been done in
v'ain, Mary Lib, and we do thank you.
And now to Ceil Nuehols as editor of the
SALEMITE. Ceil has really tried to edit a paper
that would interest, stimulate, and express
the opinions of the students. We have criti
cized and fussed about the paper, Ceil, but we
take off our hats to you for editing the most
readable and enjoyable paper yet.
The major officers do deserve than Ira—so
don’t forget to say, “It was grand, Lib Read.”