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Rat Week Is Here To Stay
go The Underclassmen Say.
Have Fun on Halloween
But Let’s Keep The Campus
HAY CCUKir cr 19SC
Girls to attend May Queen, Dot Massey are seated on floor left to right: Ann Carrington, Lynchburg, Vir
ginia: Betty Griffin, Durham; Mary Barrett, Akron, Ohio: Fran Isbell, Greenville, S. C. Standing left to right:
Lou Davis. Morganton; Anne Coleman, Burlington: Louise .Stacy, Lumberton; Sally Ann Borthivick, Winston-S
alem; Connie Neamand, Philadelphia, Pa.; Laura Harvey, Kinston; and Betty Kincaid, Linco'-nton. ■ Not pictured
is Lucy Harper of Lenoir.
by Ruth Lenkoski
The fairly recent news that the
Russians now have the atomic bomb
has changed the indifferent atti
tudes of many American citizens.
Although this fact has not changed
the situation between Russia and
the United States, it has wiped out
some of the complacency which has
been characteristic of many “al
It is evident that the American
attitude toward the very dire crisis
which the world finds itself in today
is expressed in the hypothetical
speculation of wdien the next war
will be accompanied by one of three
opinions on what action can be
First there are those who believe
in the “do-nothing” policy—the de
featists or fatalists. This group
considers any action futile in an at
tempt to stop World War III.
Second, there are those who hon
estly believe that the United States
should continue to build up her
arms and keep in step with the
Russions—an action which unless
counteracted by something unknown
to most people can only end up
in the greatest explosion in the
history of man.
Third, there are those wdio have
chosen the most difficult decision
for the individual to live up to—
that is to act constructively to the
fullest in educating people to peace.
These people realize that unless
such a program progresses quickly
it will be futile also. This group also
realizes, howmyer, that public opin
ion, if it is heard, can bring action.
The reason wdiy this third group
IS small in membership is that al
though they want peace like every
one else they are the few wdio can
think in terms other than those of
Next w'eck Salem students wdll
have opportunity to speak their
opinions on action for survival in
Dr. Todd To Speak
Dr. William B. Todd, head of the
English Department, will speak on
the editions of Goldsmith’s “De
serted Village” at the first faculty
research meeting of the year. The
i^eeting will be held in the Lizora
Hanes Practice House Monday
night at 7:30.
Peterson Heads SteeGeeForm’
Vocal Forum To Be Saturday
Seniors May Compete
To Study Abroad In 50-51
Seniors at Salem College may enter national competition for gradu
ate study scholarships abroad. Dean Hixson announced this week.
These scholarships are government grants and are made possible by
the Fulbright Act or Public Law 584, 79th Congress. They are under
Ihe direction of the Department of State and the President’s Board
of Foreign Scholarships.
There are three basic qualifications for applicants : American citizen-
■^ship; possession of a college de
gree or its equivalent by the time
Paul W. Peterson, head of the
voice department of Salem College,
will preside at a vocal clinic to be
held at Catawba College in Salis
bury on Saturday, October 29.
The day-long conference is spon
sored by the National Association
of Teachers of Singing, and voice
teachers of the southeast will be
Purpose of the meeting, Mr.
Peterson said, is to aid in more
effective voice teaching. The day’s
program will include a forum on
pertinent vocal problems, a business
meeting, an afternoon clinic, a ban
quet and an inspirational talk by a
national officer of the association,
Mr. Peterson announced.
Members of the executive com
mittee who will be present at the
conference are Harry Taylor of
Catawba College, Regional Gover
nor, Mrs. George Craig, representa
tive-at-large, Lome Grant of
Greensboro, Earl Berg of Davidson
College, and Mr. Peterson.
Tomorrow night from 8:00 until
12:00 o’clock the gymnasium will
be turned into a carousel for the
first formal dance of the year. This'
annual affair is being sponsored by
the Student Government Associa
tion. Art Lopez and his orchestra
will provide music for the dancing.
The figure will be composed of
members of the Executive Com
mittee and their dates. They are:
Louise Stacy with Hugh Reams,
Sally Ann Borthwick wdth Dr. Bill
Sanford, Susan Johnson with Char
lie Vance, Jane Krauss with Jim
Wilson, Helen Kessler with Barbee
Counsel, Margaret Thomas with
Noawood Chestnut, Lucy Harper
with Soup Porter, Clinky Clink-
Marshall with Bill Van Story, and
scales with George Miller, Lynn
Lola Dawson with Bill Peters. They
will be presented through a carou
sel door covered with hobby horses
On Wednesday, October 26, a
'oint exhibition of the work of
Salem’s two art instructors, War
ren Brandt and Walter Barker,
opened at the Arts and Crafts
In this exhibition Mr. Brandt is
showing several pieces of work done
in Paris and Rome, and other paint
ings, lithographs, and gouaches.
Mr. Barker is showing drawings,
an etching, and one painting. The
exhibition is quite varied, including
both abstraction and portraiture,
and will run until November IS.
The Arts and Crafts Workshop is
located at 404 North Main Street.
I. R. C. Holds
Mary Turner Rule was elected
president of the International Re
lations Club at their meeting held
last Monday, October 24, in the
living room of Bitting dormitory.
Frances Horne and Mary Turner
Rule were in charge of the program
and told about their visit to Europe
this past summer. They told of the
places they visited and interesting
stories about them. They also told
of the people they met, the langu
ages that they heard spoken, and
the different costumes they saw
being worn. Miss Marsh and Miss
Samson, who also visited Europe,
w^ere present at the meeting.
After the program, committees
for the coming year were appointed.
The program committee consists of
Dale Smith, Clara Belle LeGrand,
and Sybel Haskins. The Refresh
ment committee is composed of Sis
Pooser and Janet Zimmer. Plans
for the coming year were also ^dis
After the meeting adjourned, ice
cream sandwdehes were served to
Should Rat Week Be Continued at Salem?
Student Body Seems Divided On Answer
Whether or not “Rat Week”
should be continued has become a
much discussed question on cam
pus. The Salemite took a pool on
the problem this past week and
found that the majority of students
think that it should be allowed to
go on, but not in the present form.
The majority of the freshman
class were in favor of its continua
tion. Now that (he “ratting” has
ended, the freshmen seem to be
ammusingly looking back at the
three day period when they, as
shmoos, obeyed their most honor
able sophomore masters. One fresh
man commented, “It was more fun
than I have ever had”. Another
frosh expressed the general feel
ing of her classmates in stating,
“1 think that if it had not been
for ‘Rat Week’, I would not know
the sophomores as well as I do".
The freshmen who were opposed to
this week of “ratting” felt that it
came at a time when freshmen
were beginning to be homesick, and
it was hard on them.
The general feeling in favdr of
the continuance of “Rat Week” was
shown in the sophomore class poll.
One of the sophomore ring leaders
this year said, ”It proved that the
new girls have what it takes, and
I am very proud of them”. Another
one exclaimed, “They (referring to
the ‘shmoos’) were all good sports”.
Most sophomores opposed to the
continuance of “Rat Week” felt
that it would be all right if it were
not carried Joo far.
The junior class came up with
an entirely different feeling toward
this Salem custom. The class was
generally split on the question.
Those favoring its continuance held
the opinion that' the freshman ex
pected “Rat Week”, and it gave
them a chance to meet the other
freshmen and sophomores. Appro
ximately half of the juniors felt
that the week, of “ratting” should
be stopped. One junior said, “It’s
more spiteful than amusing”, and
another thought that it was “out
moded”. Several juniors stated that
they favored the continuance of
“Rat Week”, but not in its present
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form. They suggested that the
“week” be concentrated into one
day. A few others suggested that
it run from six o’clock one night
until after Rat Court the following
The senior class was rather uni
form in its opinion of “Rat Week”.
All of the seniors interviewed
seemed to either think that the
whole idea was silly and juvenille
or (hat it was too unorganized in
its present state to accomplish any
thing. Some of them also suggested
that it be concentrated into one
The faculty also, as a while,
seemed to think that “Rat Week”
was juvenile for college people. One
of the professors who is new here
this year said that she was sur
prised that people of college-level
intelligence could enjoy such child
ish stunts as were performed dur
ing our last “ratting” period.
From this poll one can see that
the higher one gets in college the
less she thinks of the continuation
of “Rat Week”.
the candidate takes up the award;
and sufficient knowledge of the
language of the country to carry
on the proposed study or research.
The candidate’s personal qualifi
cations, academic record, and value
of the study desired are the basis
of selection. No formal examina
tion will be given for these com
petitive grants, but the candidate
will be judged by an examination
of his application.
The awards include cost of trans
portation, tuition, books, or equip
ment, and maintenance for one aca
There will be given in 1950-51
22 scholarships in Belgium and
Luxembourg, 3 in Burma, 220 in
France, 12 in Greece, 25 in the
Netherlands, 10 in New Zealand, 6
in the Philippines, 156 in the United
Kingdom, and an as yet undeter
mined number in Iran, Italy, and
Where all qualifications are ecjual,
veteraris will receive preference.
All applications must be filed by
November 30. Any seniors inter
ested in further information see
by Norman Jarrard
Samuel Levering, a member of
the National Executive Board of
the United World Federalists, spoke
before the Salem College student
body in Memorial Hall at 10:20
Tuesday morning. In a well-or
ganized talk he considered the pro
blem of “Russia and the Atomic
Mr. Levering pointed out that the
basic outline of American foreign
policy has not been changed by the
fact that Russia now has the atomic
bomb. This basic foreign policy,
he said, includes four major points;
dependence on military might, al
liances with “so-called friendly na
tions,” economic aid to friendly na
tions, and support and use of the
U. N. Fie saw the most hope in
the last point, support of the U. N.
However, there has been a change
in emphasis within American policy,
he said. The arms race has been
accelerated. Military alliances
abroad have been shaken. There is
more effort being made to stren
gthen the U. N. The Baruch Pro
posal for the control of atomic en
ergy has had to be reexamined.
There has been a change from se
crecy to production of atomic en
ergy. America has recognized that
closer relations with Canada and
Britain are needed.
Limited world government, Mr.
Levering believes, is the only solu
tion to the atomic problem. A
body of international civilian police,
functioning somewhat like our F.
B. I., should be organized. It
should have adequate revenue and
(Continued on page three)
Miss Sampson of the music de
partment will show slides of Eu
rope in Chapel Tuesday, Novemberl,
and Mrs. Karnes of the education
department will describe them.
These slides were taken this sum
mer in Switzerland, England and
France when a group of girls from
Salem College and Academy, chap
eroned by Miss Sampson and Mrs.