North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XXIV.
Number 7.
The Student Government installa
tion service for the new stud^ts
was held Thursday night,' November
4, at seven o’clock in the Old Chap
el. The Stee-Gee Executive Board
was present at the candlelight ser
vice, with Lucy Farmer presiding.
Miss Farmer made a brief talk about
the honor system here at Salem. She
explained that it is a broad frame
work around which each girl is to
arrange her own high ideals and
code of ethics, to be practiced, both
in social and academic life.
Education is, in a sense, internal
growth, Miss Farmer said. And the
honor system-is an effort to help
that growth. Under the honor sys-
tem one is left “on her own.” Cer
tain undesirable types of attitudes
could evolve from that — the
“smarty” attitude, or the indifferent
and careless one. But it is the per
sonal problem of each to see that
she remains honest to herself and to
others by not developing these at
titudes. Only the individual can
solve this problem for herself, and
an intelligent understanding of the
honor system helps. In short, the
honor system is merely each girl’s
personal integrity. Each girl is
encouraged and expected to abide by
Salem regulations, and to develop a
sense of responsibility towards her
self and others. It is the right of
those who uphold 'the conditions of
the honor system to govern them
(Continued On Back Page)
Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, at
four o’clock, the first Music Hour
was held in Memorial Hall. Gwen
dolyn Mendenhall opened the pro
gram with a quiet number “Tu Lo
Sai” by Torelli. Gwen is a mezzo-
soprano; her tones were lovely and
her poise was one to be envied.
Frances Cartner, organist, played
the difficult Chorale, ‘ ‘ Sleeper
Wake” by Bach. This included a
great deal of pedal work which
Frances performed spendidly.
Jane Frazier, Salem’s coloratura
soprano, sang the aria: “Una voce
poco fa” by Eossini. Her high notes
sent chills up our spines: they were
so very beautifully done.
Chopin’s “Waltz in E Minor” just
fell beneath Nancy TJidenhour’s fin
gers. She played the fast runs as
clear as any professional player
would have done, and her interpre
tation was superb.
Ella Lou Taylor sang the outstand
ing aria: “II est doux” by Massenet.
Her high notes were well-done. She
should be given much praise, for
Ella Lou is a contralto and was re
quired to hit high “a” in this num
The “Grand Chorus” by Guilmant
closed the program with Josephine
McLauchlin at the organ. In spite
of the organ’s need of repair Jo gave
a splendid performance.
W. s. s. F. DRIVE
The goal that the Y. W. C. A.
set for the World Student Service
Fund has not been reached. Only
$250 has been collected for this fund
and the amount that was expected
was $300 at the very least.
Becky Howell, the chairman of
this drive, is going to send several
girls through the dormitories this
week to collect the pledges that
have not been paid.
Everyone must cooperate with the
Y. W. C. A. in making this drive
a success. With over 300 students
at Salem ' College the expectations
should be surpassed.
About 7:45 Wednesday night, sev
eral carloads of Salem seniors and
juniors drove up to the barracks of
the Office of Flying Safety for a
dance. Not knowing what to do,
we were at a loss until the top ser
geant took us in tow. We weren’t
expected until eight o’clock, it
seems; so the boys were still at a
basketball gamfe. But would we like
to see the mess hall? We would!
In the kitchen, we saw a moun
tain of potatoes with one lone sol
dier apparently doing all the peel
ing. Two of the girls volunteered to
assist him, either through sympathy
or in an effort to show -off their
culinary arts. They helped for a
few minutes (or to the extent of
four potatoes) and then discovered
a sad fact. The army has mechani
cal potato peelers! We also looked
in the icebox and there saw some
luscious steaks. Now Salem knows
where all the meat has gone.
Finally settled in the recreation
room again, we looked around—still
no men! Even though some began
coming in by 8:15, there was still
no dancing. It looked like old Sa
lem days—all the men on one side
(Continued on Back Page)
Mr. Owens, head of the educa
tion department, spoke to the stcd-
ent body on liberal education at
Tuesday Assembly.
Mr. Owens said that students do
not take their education seriously
enough. He asked us to remember
that there are many boys who have
not been able to continue their edu
cation, and to realize how privileged
we are to be at Salem.
He gave many reasons why a lib
eral education is important. He said
we get a broader understanding of
the world we live in. We learn to
think for ourselves and to make our
own opinions.
We should be more concerned, not
only with our studying, Mr. Owens
told us, but also with our reading
for leisure. He recommended books
and articles on liberal education
that would be of interest to stud
Mr. Owens urged us not to waste
our time and not to be satisfied with
mediocre work, but to realize what
a great opportunity we have and to
take advantage of it.
At the beginning of the week, U. S.
warships that were protecting the
invasion of Bougainville Islands in
the Solomons, repulsed Japanese nav
al units that were making an at-j
tempt to block the rapidly-moving
American drive, a drive that will
definitely establish an allied threat
to Japanese Base, Kabaul, New Brit
Headquarters spokesmen declared
it “a rather heavy equipment,” con
sisting of cruisers and destroyers.
The Japanese force, after it had
been pummelled in 'night battle by
Halsey’s fleet units, retired north
westward in the general direction of
Later reports on the Jap-Allied
conflict declare that the enemy lost
at least three warships and eight
fighters in addition to at least 67
Tuesday of this week, the fourth
Ukraine Army captured the historic
city of Kaklooka, where thousands
of Germans and Bussians lost their
lives not only in battle but in the
swirling waters of the Dneiper.
To the south of the Nagaish steppe
another German force was driven
back to the shores' of the Sivask La
goon where many were either anni
hilated or captured.
Yesterday Eussians swept within
21 miles of the Kherson, the Black
Sea port at the mouth of the Dneiper.
Moscow announced that the Ger
mans poured back across the stream
abandoning their dead and piles of
stores and machines.
Since they are advancing at the
rate of ten miles a day, the Eussians
have charged through 80 different
towns and hamlets in the vast step
pes between the Dneiper and Kar-
kinct Bay on the Black Sea.
When they launched a heavy at
tack on the German defense line
across Italy, the Fifth Army cap
tured important positions on tow
ering Massico Eidge and Matese
Mountain 'despite fierce enemy re
sistance. This blow is interpreted
by some correspondents as “se
verely shaking the Nazi wall b*fore
Latest reports indicated that the
Nazis have fallen back to a new
line of defense which is only 70
miles from Eome. The British and
(Continued on Page Three)
OF m CROs:
Mr. William C. Wright, a Field
Director with the American. Bed
Cross and alumnus of the Salem Col
lege School of Music, spoke in chap
el Thursday.
Mr. Wright told of the numerous
ways in which, in this war as in
the last, the Eed Cross aids our
Armed Forces in every section of
the world. These services are to
two groups, the able-bodied, and the
sick, in the Army, Navy, and Ma
rines. To the able-bodied, help is
given by the Field Directors and
their assistants. ■ Poignant examples
of how these workers have helped
many troubled American service
men were told by Mr. Wright. He
also told that Eed Cross clubs over
seas are great morale-builders; it is
in these clubs that American girls
are giving the most valuable service.
Mr. Wright has recently returned
from an assignment in the Pacific,
where he was stationed in the Ha
waiian Islands. He calls these is
lands ‘ ‘ the perfect example of
Christian democracy,” saying tliat
they are proud of their Americanism.
He discussed the present military
situation there, and the state of the
islands at the time of ‘ ‘ the blitz.”
As we all do, Mr. Wright looks hope
fully forward to the time when the
islands will not be wartorn, but
again a tropical paradise.
Tlie Student Government spon
sored Salem’s first formal dance of
this year Saturday night, October
In keeping with the season the
gymnasium was decorated in the
black and orange of Hallowe’en. An
appropriate atmosphere resulted,
from the dim lights, corn stalks,
and ghosts.
The guests, approximately two
hundred and fifty in number, were
greeted at the door by “Stee Gee”
l>resident Lucy Farmer, escorted by
P. F. C. Lee Green, a student at
Bowman Grey Medical School. Oth
ers in the receiving line were Dr.
and Mrs. Howard E. Bondthaler, and
Miss Qrrace Lawrence.
Punch and popcorn were served,
and music continued until eleven
The arresting personality of
Claudio Arrou, pianist, presented
in concert by the Cizic Music As
sociation on Monday night, was
revealed not only through his music
but also by his conversation.
The Eobert E. Lee Hotel lobby
was filled with strange faces Mon
day noon when the self-assured,
business-like Cuban almost passed
us by. When we discovered Ms
identity, pianist Arrou ushered us
to a comparatively unoccupied cor
ner with a typical South American
manner. Questions fired one after
another were answered by an en
thusiastic converationalist.
Claudio Arrou at the age of four
was his own teacher. After a
week’s practice I found I could read
notes!” The notes were difficult
and he played with ease from the
beginning. A little effort on the
prodigy’s part brought him to the
public eye a year later. In the
early recital such numbers as a
Mozart Sonota, Beethoven Varia
tions, Chopin Etude, and a group
of Shumann were included. He pro
fessed: “I was very pleased with
myself at the time and enjoyed the
In a very few years Arrou toured
Europe, playing for royalty. He was
still enjoying himself, ^although
much of the success '^yas attributed
to teacher Martin Krause, a pupil
of Liszt. Krause would not permit
too frequent concerts. In Arrou’s
opinion, “I was a child prodigy—
a very dangerous thing. So often
they never progress very far after
early successes.” On these tours he
would wear “maybe a white silk
sailor ‘ dress’ and maybe a page
boy ‘dress’.”
As one of the world’s most cele
brated musician’s of today, Claudio
Arrou has sixty concerts on this
season’s program in the United
States. After leaving this country
he will tour South 'Africa.
“I like Boogie Woogie,” Arrou
admitted, “but I do not play it.”
Incidently he also does not play
any Shostakovich numbers. He dis
likes heartily this young Kussian’s
compositions. The same feeling is
not carried over to all modern com
positions, however; Strovimsky,
Shonburg, and Prokofxief being
favorites. As for composers of all
times, Bach and Mozart take the
lead in his mind although American
audiences currently derive more
enjoyment from Chopin or Brahms.
This Cuban is a family man. His
brown eyes sparkled as he told of
the Forest Hills home in New
York, of his wife and two children,
all of whom are musical. One
daughter prefers dancing and stu
dies under a pupil of Martha
Concert number one ,of the Civic
Music Association was a complete
success in the eyes of musical Win-
ston-Salem. The pianist did not spare
himself in selecting the numbers
and presentation was flawless.
Technical excellence and versa-
tilijtj^ expression wiere witnessed
in the first two compositions; And-
dante on Variazloni by Haydn,
and Nariations and Fugue on a
Theme of Handel a fugue considered
to be one of the most effective ever
From composers of the Eomantic
period in music were chosen four
compositions from Liszt and Chopin.
The i>erformer’s technique was par
ticularly suited to frequent virtuos-
tically decorative episodes in the
In the concluding section Claudio
Arrau was at his best in the final
Feux d’Artifice, by Claude Debussy.
This was performed exquisitely
carrying into music the picture of
fireworks and a patriotic celebration.
Encores, graciously given by the
artist sig^nifled somewhat the at
titude of the audience. Only the
white lights stopped applause.
Wednesday, November 3, the
Pierrettes met in the old Chapel to
cast the first production of the year,
“Ladies in Eetirement.” Under the
supervision of Mrs. Bruce Williams,
director of the dramatic group, the
play was cast as follows:
Lucy Gelham, the maid, portrayed
by Lou Stack; Lenora Fiske, the
owner of the house in which the
play takes place, by Mary Miller;
Ellen Creed, the housekeeper to Le
nora Fiske, by Normie Tomlin; Al
bert Feather by Eeverend David
W,einland; Louise Creed, sister to
Ellen Creed by Mary Formy-Duval;
Emily Creed, other sister of Ellen
Creed, by Edith Longest; Sister
Thersa by Jean Hodges. Helen Bob
bins is to be th estudent director of
the play. The other technical man
agers have not as yet been selected.
“Ladies in Eetirement” takes
place in the country home of Lenora
Fiske in rural England. Because
they hate the city Louise and Em
ily Creed, sisters to Ellen Creed,
come to the country for a visit. They
like it so well that they decide to
stay. Nothing is really wrong with
them except that they like to collect
sea weed and birds’ nests. In spite
of all that Lenora Fiske can do,
the sisters remain—involving them
selves in murder among other things.
The play is planned for the first
part of December—rehearsals begin
Monday night, November 8.
Ivy and tree planting is to be
held during the Assembly period on
Tuesday. It has become a tradi
tion at Salem for each Senior Class
to plant a tree and some ivy. This
year is no exception, for the seniors
are going to plant English ivy on
thq west door of Corrin Hall and a
red Maple tree on the plot behind
Louisa Bitting Building.
The Seniors are to line up in caps
and gowns in the living room of
Louisa Bitting. Other classes will
take their usual line-up. Sophomores
and Juniors inside Main Hall and
Freshmen on the porch of Main
Hall. Classes will be led down by
As part of a nation-wide endeavor
to recruit 65,000 student nurses for
this year. Miss Lucy Gordon White
has been on Salem campus all day
holding conferences with students
interested in that line of work and
discussing opportunities open to
college women in nursing.
Included on her program for Sa
lem College and Academy were:
an address at Salem Academy, con
ferences in the Day Student Center,
a talk to Miss Averill’s hygiene
class, a discussion with the faculty
in Bitting Dormitory living room,
and private conferences.
Miss White, a graduate of Ean-
dolph-Macon, is at present super
visor of the Henny Street Visiting
Nurse Service in New York City.
She represents the United States
Cadet Nurse Corps and the National
Council for War Service.
The Home Economics Club is
sponsoring the second open house
for the Air Corps boys Sunday aft
ernoon from 3 until 5 o’clock.
Only club members are invited
since it is to be held in the Practice
House, and because the girls are
preparing the refreshments.
This is the first in a series of
open-houses to be sponsored by in
dividual clubs at Salem—a different
group of soldiers being invited each
time. ■

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