October 15, 1943
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Editor-in-Chief Mary Louise Rhodes
Assistant Editor Sebia Midyette
Associate Editor Lucille Newman
Faculty Advisor Miss Jess Byrd
This week’s paper was assembled with the aid of:
Janet Johnston, Nancy Hyatt, Senora Lindsey, Kat
herine Manning, Mary Lucy Baynes, Martha Boat
wright, Martha Lou Heitman, Effie Ruth Maxwell
Mary Ellen Byrd, Nell Denning, Marianne Everett,
Doris Schaum, Adele Chase, Nancy Stone, Sarah
Mettitt, Nell Jane Griffin, Elizabeth Gudger, Mary
Gordon Walters, Louis Wootcfn, Jenny Jenkins, Greta
Garth, Barbara Weir, Mary Alice Neilson, Stances
Law, Margaret Bullock.
Business Manager Betty Moore
Ass’t. Business Manager Lib Beckwith
Advertising Manager Emily Harris
Circulation Manager Elizabeth Bernhardt
Advertising Staff: Aileen Seville, Betty Dunning,
Betty Harris, Mary Gordon Walters, Sara Lc^e Bran
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Watson, Phyllis Hill, Snookie Willis, Frances Elder,
Norma Rhodes, Mildred Garrison.
.lean Hodges, Edith Longest, Ruth Maxwell, Bar
bara W'atkins, Margaret Huckabee, Catherine Bunn
Dorothy Langdon, Rosamond Putzel, Martha Lou
Heitman, Margaret Bullock, Helen Robbins Betsy
IS HONOR SYSTEM WORKING?
In a recent poll conducted by the Salemite,
both l)oarders and day students were asked
whether or not they feel that the Honor Sys
tem is workmg. The conclusions drawn from
this poll Avere somewhat discouraging; the
general concensus of opinion indicates that
the Honor System is not working.
Day sttidents were a bit more optimistic
than the boarders and seemed to think that
the system is a success. Boarders, perhaps,
see more I'egulations disregarded than do day
students since boarders are subject to a greater
number of regulations and are on the campus
all the time.
Both boarders and day students commented
on minor causes of cheating in which one girl
copies another’s work. Most of those girls
questioned feel that the present system is the
best possible and that no perfect system can
be devised which will work in all eases all the
time. The majority believe that they are more
inclined to respect regulations if they feel that
they are trusted to do so—that being the very
basis of any Honor System.
Such results leave one unanswered ques
tion: Whose fault is it? Are the conditions of
the Honor System too rigid or has the student
body merely become lax ? Few of us can believe
that the failure of the Honor System is based on
deliberate dishonesty. Host of us prefer to
waive such a suggestion and blame it all oit
carelessness, which is undoubtedly responsi
ble for a large percentage of the infractions.
But w’e include too much in “carelessness.”
That word can, and frequently does, indicate
rationalization which too often leads to the jus
tification of an unjustifiable act.
The purpose of this poll is merely to pro
voke some thought on this subject and to in
vite a few concrete suggestions for the improve
ment of the Honor System. The Student Gov
ernment Association is interested in knowing
whether the fault lies with in itself or whether
it IS to be attributed to dishonesty, careless
ness, or indifference. We are ready to accept
any suggestion or make any change.
Let’s hear what you think about it, stud
DRUG STORE QUESTION
A source of constant irritation to students
on campus is the drug store rule located on
page thirty-three of the Student Handbook.
This rule has two parts: students (Seniors ex
cepted) going to the drugstore from 6:00 P. M.
to 9:00 P. M. must register in the dean’s of
fice, and no student may visit a neighborhood
drugstore on Sunday.
W’^ritfen in a handbook, the rule sounds
simple enough and not too exacting. Stee Gee
Council reports show, however, that this rule
is broken with almost more frequency than any
other at Salem. Why?
First, let us consider the first part. The ar
gument is that students should sign out “for
reasons of convenience and safety”—^that is,
so that our whereabouts will be known and
we can be located easily. Yet we can bury
ourselves in a library seminar, a Main Hall
classroom, the gymnasium, or any other remote
spot on the campus with no signing out and
no questions asked. Why then is it necessary
to make a documentary account of a ten-minute
trip to the drug store?
A girl studying in Main Hall at night is
‘ ‘ lost to the world ’ ’—no one can find her. But
if she gets thirsty and wants to go over to
Ben’s for i coke, by rule and regulation she
is honor bound to walk dowft to the office
and sign out for the drugstore so that “we
will know where she is”! It seems ridiculous..
W^e realize that -the drugstore is across the
street, but is it that far away?
The second part of the rule was made be
cause “loitering in the drugstore on Sunday
does not look nice.” In the first place, it is
not the habit of Salem girls to loiter in the
drug store at any time. For general loafing
the various “smokehouses” have priorities
over Gooch’s or Welfare’s. "We go to the
drug store mainly for food—and we get as
hungry on Sunday as any other day of the
It doesn’t add up to 100% comhion sense.
Fifty years ago, the rule probably would have
been considered lenient, but this is 1943.
What about it, girls?
HINTS FOR STUDYING
UNE LETTEE FRANQAIS
Mid-semester tests are facing us—many of
Us for the first time. In view of this, may we
offer a few suggestions, tried and proved, for
First, choose a suitable place in which to
study. For those who are hampered by a lit
tle noise or the awareness of others near
them, a, seminar room is probably the most
solitary place on the campus. There are sev
eral pleasant spots on the back campus which
are good for day-time study out-of-doors. Be
sure to have plenty of light and watch your
posture. It is best to sit upright with the
weight of your body evenly distributed. You
will find that tired muscles and eyes make your
muscles sleepy and much less alert.
Make a brief and to-the point outline of the
material you are to cover in logical order—
and then follow it. By doing this related items
will be grouped together in your mind. If
your professor has already given you such an
outline, you are that much better off.
Test yourself as you go along by writing—
.whether it be Spanish verbs, history resumes,
character sketches, word definitions, or form
ulas. This method insures that your thoughts
are direct and clear instead of general and
It takes several minutes to get into a sub
ject and to begin concentrating; therefore much
time is lost if you do not plan your work so
that you spend at least one hour on a subject
in a stretch. However, be careful not to get
over-tired, since that might impair your work
on the next day, or even longer.
Whatever you do, get enough sleep, fresh
air, eat the right amount and kinds of food—
and keep calm and collected!
Mil ch6re Mfere,
Ce matin j’ai re^u votre lottre et
le paquet. Merci beaucoup pour les
bonbons et le gateau au chocolat.
Toutes mes camarades ainient le
gateau! II s’est ontiferement mangfi.
Je voudrais que vous puissez voir
ce college: vous v'ous 1‘aimeriez au-
tant que je I’aime. Les Edifices et
les terrains sont beaux. Le lierre
couvre les murs ages, et les oiseux
y font leurs nids. J’aime les chenes
giants et les saules pleureurs. L’at-
mosphSre est historique et tous les
jours je trouve quelque chose d’in-
teressant. Tout est si tranquille et
paisible (S, I’exception de I’etage
troiseme d’un certain dortoir).
Les jeunes filles sont aimables et
sineferes. Nous avons beaucoup de
travail^ niais nous nous amusons tout
de memo. Hier, apres avoir dine,
nous sommes allies en ville, au the
Maintenant, il faut que j’aille a
la bibliothfique. Au revoir jusqu’&
la prochaine je suis,
Votre fille aimante,
W. S. S. F. DRIVE
This is just a reminder of the
World Student Service Fund drive
that started yesterday, Thursday.
All of us signed our pledges in
Chapd as a promise of what we
Rachel Pinkstoij met with her
Y. W. C. A. group Tuesday night
and completed all the plans for
the drive. She appointed two girls
to sit at the doors of the dining
room after lunch and dinner to
collect the money that everyone
pledged. Two girls will be there
every day for the entire week.
Monday night, sandwiches were?
sold to make money for the fund,
and Rachel was very pleased w'ith
the results—but we have a great
deal more to make. Three hundred
dollars is the goal and it is up
to us to see that it is reached.
Let’s keep the ball rolling!
HOME EC CLUB
A TODO HAY QUIEN GANE
Juan, que es peseador de cana,
Se pesa el dia peseanda,
Y Pedro lo esta mirando
Con una sonrisa extrana.
Pasan dos horas 6 tres,
En las que Juan nada pesca,
Y con sorna picaresca,
Le dice Pedro despues:
-Tu ocupacion singular
Mucho te ha de divertir:
Pero me quieres decir
Que hay mas tonto que pesearf
Y al oir equella fresca,
Volviendose Juan de pronto,
Le contesto:—?Que hay mas tonto?
Estar mirando al que pesea!
HAS MEMORY GARDEN
Did you think spring had come,
or those famed “Shoemaker Elves”
had been at work when you pa.ssed
Strong residence on your walk Sun
day afternoon? ’Twas a surprise to
lots of us, but after putting secret
agents Nos. 37 and 112233 on the
job the mystery was solved, and
now the office of facts and fun is
releasing the results of its exten
sive investigation just so all you
curious campus roamers will know
that the suddenly appearing “papa
size*” boxwood and the azaleas md
rhododendron and all those little
bitty and great big plants and shrubs
and things are a “memory garden”
gift to “Mother Strong” (and in
cidentally to the whole college) by
hc'r son, Colonel L. Corrin Strong of
Washington, D. C. The garden is
being planted by some big men (I’m
sorry if you were expecting me to
say elves) ivho sa}' the weather is
just right for digging-up and put-
ting-in and doing all those things
that go with making a lovely garden
to offset lovely Strong Dormitory.
FRENCH CLUB HOLDS
Officially beginning the activities
of the 1943-44 Home Economics Club,
forty Home Economics majors and
associate members separately took
the club pledge by candlelight and
received the Betty-Lamp symbol, a
The entertainment was in two
parts, a spontaneous music program
l>y the eighteen new freshmen and
a skit by the upperclassmen. In the
first, Janet Lathan sang “Would It
I^e Wrong,” accompanied by the
group. At the other extreme, four
girls did a complete pantomime of
‘ ‘ Pistol Packing Mama,” while
freshmen sang the words. The other
skit opened by two very solemn cur
tains, Grace Lane and Julia Max
well, announcing in a monotone,
“This is the bedroom of the Prac
tice House.” The second scene hu-
morously dramatized the numerous
trials and tribulations of preparing
breakfast in the Practice House.
Mrs. Meinung, head of the depart
ment, greeted the new club and out
lined the values of the field of Home
Economics. Miss Crow discussed the
significance of the Betty-Lamp, and
Charlotte Richards, president of the
club, told the members of their club
project, the Campus Fair.
Hot Russian tea and pop-eorn were
served while the girls gathered
around the fire and sang songs.
(‘Charge of the Light Brigade.”
My wife charges, too.
“Come and trip it as you go.”
This is no time to be taking a
With President Sarah Hege pre
siding, the French Club held its
first meeting Monday night, Octo
ber 15, in the Bitting Basement. Tt
was an informal meeting with the
newly installed members as guests.
After the business was dissolved,
songs W'ere sung from the French
Club Sojig Books. Initiation of the
new members was the next on the
program and proved to be quite en-
tertainijig for all participating.
French games were played and re
freshments of ice cream and cookies
were served. With the singing of
more French songs, the first meeting
came to a close.
A program committee consisting of
Edith Hunt Vance, Coite Redfearn,
and Martha Boatwright was ap
pointed to plan the program for
the next meeting. Rosemary Cleve
land was elected by the club as re
porter for the year.
What: I. R. S. Informal
When: 8:00 Saturday
Where: Bitting Basement
What: “Y” Vespers
Wlien: 6:45 Sunday
Wliere: Old Chapel
WKat: Dr. McMillan
When: 10:20 Tuesday
What: N. C. Films
When: 7:00 Tuesday
Where: Old Chapel
What: bramatic skit
When: 8:00 Thursday
Where: Old Chapel