Friday, May 14, 1943.
Published Weekly By The Student Body
of Salem College
Member Southern Inter-Collegiate Press Association
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Editor-in-chief Mary touise Rhodes
Faculty Advisor Miss Jess Byrd
This week’s paper was assembled with the aid of:
Mildred Avera Virginia, McMurray
Elizabeth Bernhardt Sarali Merritt
Margaret Bullock Katherine Manning
Eosalind Clark Mary Alice Neilson
liuanne Davis Lucille Newman
Lucy Farmer Jfancy Eidenhour
Joy Flanagan Doris C. Schaum
Ethel Halpern Nellie Seewald
Frances Jones Nancy Stone
Erleen Lawson Catherine ffwmson
Margaret Leinbach Katherine Traynham
Josephine McLauchlin Margaret Winstead
Business Manager Betty Moore
Ass’t. Business Manager Sara Lindley
Advertising Manager Emily Harris
Circulation Manager Elizabeth Bernhardt
Elizabeth Beckwith,, Ad;^ Gjiase, Nancy Kenny,
Edfth Longest,, Euth Maxw^i^ I>«cille Newman, Aileen
Seville, Edith Shapiro, ^itiifr,ed \V^all, Barbara Wat
Cuando la querra este terminada quisiera visitar a Mexico. Desde
el principio de la politick de buenos vecinos he visto muchos fotografoa
de este i>als y me gustaria viajar alii.
El color, el paisaje, y la vida de la gente son interesantes y excit-
antes. Mexico ya es un lugar popular para los turistas de los Estados
Pienso que la cuidad de Mexico seria muy singular. Es la capital
la cuidad mas grande del pais. Fue fundada por Herndn Cortes en
mil quinielitos veinte y uno.
Cuando llegue alii la primera cosa que hare es asistir en la corrida de
toros. Entonces visitare los parques, los museos, y los mercados. Todos
estos son muy pintorescos.
Sera una experiencia rara observar las costumbres y el vestido de
uua gente quien v'ive tan cerca de nosotros- A1 visitar a Mexico todo el
mundo anadiria a su educacion conociendo 'Vl sus buenos vecinos.
REPLY TO A BEWILDERED FRESHMAN
In last week’s Salemite there was an edi-
" torial written by a freshman on a highly de
batable subject—the honor system. AVhoever
the author may be, what she has to say is so
true that it hurts. Yet the truth never hurts
unless it ought to.
It was very gratifying to those of us who
are trying to handle the numerous problems
of a student government to hear these senti
ments expressed by a member of the student
body. We, ourselves, have been painfully
conscious of this particular failure which has
been justly criticised. AVithin three days after
the installation of the new officers, the Exec
utive Board had met twice to discuss the honor
system. We are still in the proces.s of attempt
ing to crystallize its meaning and to remedy the
obscurity which has shrouded it to such a point
that no one could possibly understand it, much
less abide by it. We grant the writer of that
editorial that her complaint is both legitimate
and welcome. W^e like to know what you
think and we plead for your suggestions.
But, however sincere and justiified that
freshman may have been, her attitude is thor
oughly naive. She is obviously a bright-eyed
idealist just awakening to the fact that every
body is not up to her standard. The one fact
that she has overlooked is this: the thing that
has just struck her with full impact is the
old realization that life is seldom beautiful in
the conventional sense and never easy in any
sense. She is disillusioned, and we sympathize
heartily. She has naturally picked a target to
ease her jolted ideals and that target is the
honor system. But she has overlooked an
other fact. The failure of the honor system
is the failure of human nature. We must not
hope for or expect perfection in either.
What all of us need to realize is that the
honor system is not the exclusive problem of
student government officials but of the whole
student body. It was created for your benefit
that you might not be subjected to a police
system. We have never patrolled examinations
nor do we intend to insult you by starting now.
The effort would be useless anyway because
there is no such thing as enforcement of honor.
It comes voluntarily, or it does not come at all.
You who have seen cheating have run from
it in order to remain popular. Perhaps, then,
you can understand what it takes for a student
government officer to report these things when
you will not make the effort yourself. Perhaps
you see that by your rationalization you com
pel us. Ordinarily we grin and bear it and
accept your responsibility. But in this case
we will not because we cannot. This is one
situation which has to be controlled by public
opinion and not by restriction. You are the
public. You make the opinion. And while
you’re doing it, please remember that it is
not the system that is lacking—it is the honor.
That our graduating music students won’t be like one of
the famous present-day musicians. It is said of him that he
once studied music but had to give it up so that he might earn
That the Office of War Information, usually a chronicler of
such sober subjects as rationing and the worth of reclaimed
rubber, actually has a small sense of humor as is evidenced
by the following poem with asides to the audience. It’s an
old song, says 0. W. I., but “streamlined for 1943;”
“Take me out to the ball game (to watch the 4-F’s play
“Take me out to the fair (called off this year).
“Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks (if I don’t have to
“I don’t care if I never get back (and you probably won’t,
because 0. D. T. says bus and street car service to amusement
parks will be permissible this summer only if such service can
l)e provided without interfering with the transportation needs
of war workers).”
That you should know who is tending the Victory Garden
on the other side of the Infirmary—none other than Miss Siew-
ers, assisted by her friend, Miss Ada Allen. Already they are
reaping the fruits of their labors:
Tliat some of these ambitious sun-bathers, including the
faculty members, might enter the golf tournaments and gain
a nice coat of tan at the same time.
That we do have a bright student body—look how' the vot
ing came out!
That Dr. Harrison should be remembered for his saying
“It is better to be a bookworm than just a common little worm.”
WHY RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS WEEK?
Remember the remarkable couple from
Ihike University who spent a week on our
■campus not very long ago? I’m sure you
couldn’t entirely forget them, but perhaps the
zeal with which they inspired you has faded
—and almost died.
A red-blooded human being could not fail
to be stirred by the message of Dr. Hart—yet,
as weeks go by, the stirring ceases; we drop
comfortably back into our easy chair and
lazily follow the beaten path as the world
whirls past us.
We aren’t fair to Dr. Hart if we let him
pull us to the top of that old rut and, being
too worthless to crawl over the edge, we then
slide back into it as soon as he disappears
from the campus. Peraps we made a consci
ous effort to live in the plus plus corner for
a week or more, and then swung back down
to the plus minus corner, because the ideal
faded. Isn’t there something we can do to
keep that ideal before us constantly?
Dr. Hart told us of devotional chapels at
several colleges, to which students are free to
go at any time for meditation—undisturbed.
I remember his saying that girls at Wellesley
had made such a chapel in an unusued base
Our college is called by the name of
“Peace,” yet, there is no place on the cam
pus to which we can go for peaceful medita
tion—alone with our thoughts and problems.
There could be no more beautiful spot for this
than the back campus, but there, one is always
afraid of being disturbed.
Isn’t there a room somewhere on campus,
which could be set apart for us when we feel
the need of strength from a higher power,
which can be gained in a quiet moment?
KEEP ’EM FLYING
^U4f^ * 'Wan. > Stci*M/pA,
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
Nous n’oublierons jamais Docteur Downs avec son sourire contag-
ieux, ses cravates chics, et ses remarques habiles. Noijs nous souviendrons
de ses efforts pour nous aider a prononcer correctement le fran^ais. H
a 6te toujours patient.
II nous a fait comprendre les personnages dans la farce de Pathelin.
Quand il a lu cette pifece ce n’^tait plus le professeur, mais c’etait Path
elin, le Drapier, ou le Berger qui, parlait. Nous n’etions plus des etud
iantes de frangais a Salem College, mais des bourgeois debout devant un
treteau au moyen &ge.
Nous nous souviendrons toujours des maintes fois qu’ii no^s a
dit de penser pour nous-memes. H nous a encouragees-par ses discus
sions philosophiques. Maintenant, a cause de la guerre, il part. A Doc
teur Downs les fitudiantes de fran^ais disent, “Bonne chance, et ne
nous oubliez pas.”
DO YOUR PART * BUY WAR BONDS
Quoth John: “Have you ever seen as many
beautiful young girls congregated in one place
before? They look not only intelligent but
also poised and well kept. They all have on
crisp, fresh, clean-looking cotton frocks.”
Yes, when we were eavesdropping about
the campus last Friday we overheard many
such comments as that.
But in what way does this concern us?
Should we pay a great deal of attention to
remarks paid by campus visitors? If we but
stop and think one minute, we shall agree that
this comment has significance.
Excluding the few new dresses displayed
on the campus, the frocks of most were last
year’s. And they did make us all look 14K)0
times better than we might have looked, for
the simple reason that a reliable, dependable
laundry, whose competent force is ever alert,
washed and pressed them for us. Every week,
about twenty folks do one of the most tiring,
filthy, backbreaking jobs on the campus. And
like many others, they rarely get thanks and
appreciation for what they accomplish.
But in this small column, we want to thank
Mrs. King and her able workers for helping
us maintain an appearance that will not only
make visitors rave but will make us feel better
ourselves. Evtery time we hear similar re
marks, we should, deep down in our hearts,
thank the laundry for an excellent job, a job
as well done as any one on the campus.