Dec. 1, 1944.
MAY DAY CHAIRMAN SPEAKS
(Answer to an editorial which appeared in
the last issue.)
The criticisms of the ^lay Day Election
cannot go by unnoticed. In regard to a re
cent editorial on this subject it is necessary
for me to disclose the whys and wherefores
that the nominating committee and I had in
mind when planning the election. , ^
For all of our actions there were dennite
reasons. Knowing many of the comments and
criticisms of past elections we sought this
year to eliminate as much of the dissatisfac
tion as possible. It seems we failed m our ef
fort to eliminate criticism, but I do not feel
that we failed in our method of carrying out
the election. Our first and foremost reason
for this method of voting was to give the scoop
to both the Salemite and the Sunday’s Journal
and Sentinel. It was not our intention to be
different in the method of voting but to com
ply with the student publication. However, we
feel that under this system each candidate
has a fair chance of winning. Considering this
point there has been much questioning. It is
true that under this system the girl receiving
the second highest number of votes for Queen
may not receive the highest number for Maid
of Honor. This also may occur when voting
for Queen, announcing the winner, and then
voting for -Maid of Honor. The only way to
eliminate this, as I see it, is to vote once; thus,
dhe girl who receives the highest number of
votes will be Queen—the seccflid highest 'will
be Maid of Honor. In the latter method of
voting it means that the Maid of Honor has
not a position in her ow'n right, but rather she
receives her position in compensation. Does
this seem fair to you? Do you not feel that
the position of Maid of Honor should be re
garded as what is to be rather then *what
might have been?
The one real criticism of the method of
voting used this year—which^ as far as I
know, has not been mentioned—is that if
the votes give the Qiieen for the position of
Maid of Honor were added to those of another
candidate she may have surpassed the winning
candidate. In the defence of this I can only
point out that in this particular election the
runner-up for the queen was the present Maid
of Honor and the runner-up for Maid of Honor
was the present queen. Also in this election
totaling all of the votes of the other five can
didates it was found that the total number of
votes did not equal half of those of the winning
candidates—in both cases.
1 feel, regardless of the metliod used in vot
ing, the results would have been the same.
Your votes pi'oved this' I also feel that there
was no sacrifice made either “of a pleasing
election” or “of an impressive newspaper
The vacation was nice, we dare say, for those among us who
went blithely tripping off to points beyond . . . Well, nice too for
us who didn’t trip . . . two “Sundays” in one week ever more makes
life liveable . . .
Retracking pains us, so we thus refrain from bringing to mind
the little incidentals but will adhere only to such cosmic solemnities
as the unveiling of Dr. Sorden who emerged “sans favoris” last
week . . . (Mr. Weinland please take note) . . . nor will we ever for
get the pleasure we received from the, short visit of Miss Ann Carol
Moore and her companion Nicholas II. Such delightful people come to
us from the New York Public Library. Also accompanying Miss
Moore were Libby Holder and Eliz-beth whom we were very glad
to have back even if it was only for a short while.
' Of course we might as well relate the episode about the, little
freshman who strolled up to Dr. Confer 'and, with hands on hips,
slurred “Dr. Confer, do you grade on the curve?” Said Dr. C.
let his glance slid from her head to her toes and hesitatingly, “No,
r don’t grade on the curve—not in a girl’s school.” Heh . . . heh
. . . ain’t we gay, tho’!
To wind up last week we must mention how very impressive
the Defense Board’s program was ... it was simple and sincere
. . and to all of you who received ribbons please accept our belated
congratulations . . . wo are really very proud of you.
While we are on the subject of congratulations we must pitch one
in Helen JfacMillan’s way for getting herself engaged this week
end . . . while everyone in the Smoke House was still hilarious with
the news, Helen sat back calmly and was heard to murmer, “Oh
dear, ^lis means I’ll have to wash my hair again.”
And then there was that nasty pop which Miss Kark “snuck”
up on us ... ye gods . . .
ilusic hour, too, eh. Dean Vardell? For specific details ask the
Dean who, it seems, while trying to knock out a cipher up among
the organ ppies got sluck in the middle of Bach’s Prelude . . . “Never
have I heard so much Bach in all my life,” murmured the Bach-
saturated Dean . . . the tricks the gods delight to play upon us poor
mortals . , . golly ...
This seems to be tho end -. . . but by the way you can drag, out
tho old ice scates and sled cause it looks like it ain’t gonna be to
long before that white C*hristmas comes true—you can’t depend on
the weather tho’—except if you want rain just plan a hocky game
the 'veatlier tho’—except if you want rain just plan a hockey game
mpre shopping days till Christmas . . . Dear, dear Santa . . .
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We Salemites constantly use the library . . .
What better place to study in quiet, to do re
search for term papers, or to curl up in a com
fortable chair to read the latest novel (if we’ve
had time to notice that the novel is there!).
Our library is essential to our book-Iarnin’
(and to our enjoying it!).
While you were studying there, did you ever
notice those beautiful walnut tables at which
you were sitting? They are something to be
proud of—antiques, dating from 1812! After
all these years, must w'e be the ones to abuse
these tables? The other day, a bright student,
pausing in her pursuit of knowledge, sat day
dreaming and punching her pencil through
the covers of unused holes for inkwells. This
was careless abuse. Let’s take better care of
these beautiful old tables at which we I'ead and
With all the writing we have to do, it seems
that we would be glad to stop once and a
while. But no, some girls ^o on w'riting, and
when they give out of paper, they write on
And look at the floors on some rainy day.
There are puddles of water where we have
thrown dripping raincoats over the chairs..
In time these chairs will turn white with stain
if we don’t remember to hang our raincoats in
the closet. It is right next to the front door,
so 'why not stop and hang up your coat before
you rush downstairs for that reserve book or
upstairs for that new magazine in the brow^s-
But how can you enjoy reading a magazine
in the Browsing Room when you can’t find
it in the first place because they’re scattered
all over the floor? And w'hen you do find
the New Yorker and become absorbed in a
story, it’s a surprise to suddenly 'come to
a gap in the page—evidently somebody liked
the dress advertised on the other side. Some
of the magazines are torn simply from careless
handling. This will not look good when the
magazines are bound in volumes to be kept
for future reference. This is a messy appear
ance, now' and later,—something no Salemite
Perhaps the books that are used most are
those on reserve. Let’s give our fellow stu
dents credit for having the gumption to find
the important parts of books without our un
derlining and checking them.
Let’s be more considerate of the, library,
keeping it neat and clean so that Salemites
now and in the future may enjoj using it!!
da,elhaLYflec|sdlectiI etaoin etaoin shrdl eta
Letters From The Service
Todas las estudiantes de Salem fueron a casa para pasar el dia
de accion de gracias. Todas se divirtieron—pero ahora, todas han
vuelto y cuentan log dias hasta las vacaciones de Pascuas. Los 6mnibuses
estaban muy llenos y mucha gente tenia que quedarse a pie en los
pasillos y casi se sofocaba a falta de aire.
Muchas senoritas fueron a Chapel Hill para ver el juego de ftitbol
entre las universidades de Carolina y de Duke. Era un juego muy
triste para los estudiantes de Carolina. Despufis del juego unas asistieron
a un baile.
Pues bien, esperamos que los dias hasa las vacaciones no sean muy
largos y esperamos que los reyes magos sean muy^generosos para Vd.
TARDY AND DISTRESSED
Hear them chiming on the hour
Prom old Salem’s ancient tower.
And the quarter hour’s clanging tells of
seconds past ^nd due.
One girl finds these bells distressing
For they always keep her guessing.
Are the classes starting? Stopping? Is it time
her tea to brew?
Is it time for lunch or dinner?
Oh, she’s sure the “J^oble winner”
Is the kind of man who’d always get these
Salem bells correct.
Here’s her answer to the question
Which is causing such^ congestion:
“]VIaybe chimes would have a better
One year ago today I entered the Army, and
I never dreamed that exactly a year later I
would be ducking Jap rifle fire on Guam. Tom
linson and I also had the pleasure of landing
on this island in July on D-Day, one year after
entering the induction station at Fort Bragg.
Well, in the past three weeks w^e’ve seen
and done things that now all I care about is
forgetting them as quickly as posible, You
stay scared all the time, and the flies, mos
quitoes, and fox-holes full of water are worse
than the Japs. Now that it is practically over,
Tomlinson and I still shake when we think
of some of the things that have happened.
I think Guam is a perfect example of what
you would imagine a Pacific Island to be like;
we have plenty of cocanuts and green bana
nas. How'ever, please don’t ever come here in
the rainy season, especially if you have to sleep
in a hole that catches all the w’ater it can.
Good morning my love. The sun is shining,
and a faint breeze stirring through\the tent is
making the morning very pleasant. Rookie
has the tent flaps up and is sweeping up as I
sit here writing you.
My bearer. Bookie, came back off his un
announced vacation wi^ promises to do better
in the future; so I didn’t fire him. He is such
a good little kid, and isiso clean and thorough
in his work. He never fails to polish my boots
every day whether they need it or not, and he
is so earnest in keeping the mold off my leather
goods and other little things, besides being so
cheerful and clean. I’d like to take the boy
home with me, but of course that is impossible.