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THE SAL EMITE
The Salemite published recently the results
of a poll conducted among the girl students
on the question, “What do you think is the
best course you have taken at Salem?” Dur
ing the past week I polled the men students
on similar questions. As I had expected, there
was very little basis for comparison between
the two polls. The likes and dislikes of each
sex, I can almost say, did not coincide at all.
The bad news first. As one part of the poll
I asked what subject the student liked least
of all the subjects that he had taken or was
taking. It was made clear that the student
did not have to dislike the subject. At the
head of this list were the science courses (I
suppose, because of the large proportion of
music students who are violently opposed to
such wordly subjects). The particular course
mentioned most often was physiology (which
subject, I should think, should not have been
mentioned at all). Chemistry followed closely
Language courses came next. Italian Avas
tied, with physiology as the subject liked
least. German Avas Avell behind Italian.
Organ was the least liked of music courses,
folloAved by piano, and History of Music.
History courses Avere hardly represented, but
History of Civilization Avas mentioned most
often. In all, tAventy different courses Avere
named; others Avere sociology, botany, algebra,
French, English Literature, speech, English
Composition, phA-sical education, philosophy,
geography, 19th Century History, and govern
ment and polities.
Eleven subjects Avere named in ansAver to
the question, “What general subjects do you
like best?” Music, of course, was liked best,
although history and English Avere mentioned
an equal number of times. Language and
math Avere in fourth and fifth places. Biology,
chemistry, psychology, education, economics,
and philosophy were also mentioned.
In answer to the most important question,
“What course do you like best?” the amazing
number of tAventy-one different courses were
mentioned. Miss Cash’s Theory of Music was
liked best. Mr. Curlee’s math and Dr. Smith’s
German courses were second and third, re
spectively, although both were mentioned on
more ballots than Avas Theory of Music. Miss
Samson’s History of Music was fourth. Dr.
Welch’s psychology and Miss Cash’s counter
point Avere tied for fifth. Dr. Vardell’s com
position Avas next, folloAved by Dr. Anscombe’s
History of Philosophy. Other courses men
tioned on a varying number of ballots were
Modern World History, English Literature,
Shakespeare, Renaissance and. Reformation
History, SurA'ey of French Literature, Econo
mics, History of Religion, History of Civiliza
tion, Violin Methods, Chemistry, English Com
position, Government and Politics, Latin,
Piano, Conducting, Voice, Organ and Zoology.
Now, how do the results of this poll differ
from the one conducted among the girls? First,
English was most popular among the girls,
but it dropped to third among the men. Music
Avas hardly mentioned by the girls, but it Avas
the favorite among the men. Mr. Curlee’s
courses Avere high on both lists. Dr. Smith’s
German courses Avere high on the liked best
list of the men but Avere not mentioned by
I rated the courses on the number of points
received, three for a first place, two for second
and one for third., and on the number of times
each subject AAms mentioned.
We realize that the decision of Avhether or
not to let the Juniors have cars legally on
-campus is an administrative one. But Ave
Avould like to use the Salemite to give every
one some of our reasons Avhy we belieAn Jun
iors are responsible and mature enough to
receive this privilege. ,
The aAnrage age of a Junior 19 or 20. Her
family thinks she is able to accept the respon
sibility of driving a car. Why then should
the administration choose to differ?
It may be that our grades Avill suffer and
if that is the case maybe the privilege should
be limited to Deans List Students on a trial
We hope that other Juniors Avill Avrite you
their opinions on this and that people Avill
help us win our struggle.
R. C. J.
Student Leaders Speak Of
Problems And Cooperation
by Lee Rosenbloom
Louise Stacy, Stee Gee President,
has nothing but praise for the co
operation of the Student Body this
year. She feels that through more
student body meetings, Salemites
are given a chance to voice their
opinions about policies and activi
ties of their Stee Gee. Stacy has
been a member of the Executive,
Legislative, and Judicial boards for
the last three years, and last year
she was Secretary of the Stee G.ee,
Folly Harrop is a piano major
from Charleston, West Virginia.
She was President of the Modern
Dance Club last year and is also
a member of the Honor Society.
As chairman of the May Day Com
mittee, Polly says that she appre
ciates the interest and co-operation
shown by the student body during
the elections of the May Queen and
her court. Polly says that the May
Day Committee will be calling on
us again for help in the Spring.
Bev Johnson, A, A. president,
made Salem’s All American Team
when she became a member of the
Varsity Basketball team her sopho
more year. She is an English
major, and is president of the State
Future Teachers of America orga
nization this year. Bev says
“Thanks for the class spirit shown
in the Hockey Tournament, but
let’s keep supporting our classes in
the tournaments to come.”
Betty McBrayer, President of the
Y. W. C. A., is a Psychology and
Education major from Reidsville,
N. C. She has been a Y council
member for the last three years
and has also been active in the
Pierrette and Education clubs.
Betty is practice teaching in the
first grade this year. She says,
“So far the Y has had co-operation
in everything w-e’ve done. Thanks
and keep on being a good Y-ite.”
Dot Massey, annual editor, re
tired to the catacombs in Septem
ber. Dot has been slaving to give
us a better-than-ever yearbook, and
the student body certainly owes
her a vote of thanks. Dot was a
May Court Attendant her sopho
more and junior years, and this
year she will reign as Salem May
Carolyn Dunn from Kinston is
president of the I. R. S. this year.
She was president of the Junior
class last year, and a member of
the Judicial and Legislative boards.
Carolyn left Wednesday night to
represent Salem at the Carolina-
Notre Dame game.
Dale Smith editor-in-chief of the
Salemite, is the honored and revered
master of all Salemite staff mem
For all aspiring journalists. Dale
has the following encouraging
w'ord, “In your articles, please use
complete sentences, concrete de
tails, if possible wTite on paper,
and whenever possible sign your
names to articles.” Dale has also
been active this year as a member
of Miss Byrd’s Advanced Comp,
The movie houses in Winston-
Salem are doing a booming business
again—now that six-weeks are over
at Salem. Even heard somebody
singing yesterday. Only temporary
relief, however, remember exams
are only a few months away!
The aroma of onions which pre
vails over campus every Tuesday
night is a smelly example of the
success of the Education Club’s
latest project. Those hot dogs are
Slinky black satin plus blond
head equals Carter Read’s new^est
look. If we could only whistle ap
preciatively on paper, we would!
Even Lauterbach commented on the
triple strand of pearls she was
The sparkle of that new addition
to Sarah Hamrick’s third finger
guess which hand?
That Miss Anna Butler is up and
Dr. Gramley reversed the usual
student- brings-the - teacher - apple -
routine, by handing out chocolates
at his last lecture to the Salemite
That Ruth Lenkoski makes us
stop in reverent silence whenever
the Chesterfield song is played over
the air. Not to mention the signs
Carter has strung around her neck
That Helen Kessler can’t keep the
doors of Bitting locked since Dr.
Anscombe’s chapel talk. Everybody
^ looking for Orion—especially
h ranees Horne.
Frances Horne and Jane Bowman
have no more warts.
The progress Dot Massey has
made on the annual.
Betsy Evans has let her hair
(Continued on page three)
For some time noAv, Salem students hay
been governed by the Honor System.
this system students have been put on their
honor to obey all social and academic rules
If a student should in one of her Aveaker
moments break a social or academic rule si
is on her honor to report herself, or a cla ^
mate Avho knows about the violation is on hT
honor to report clas.smate. As most Sale'^
girls know, the majority of Salem girls do not
abide by the system. HoAvever, this is not the
Under the Honor System, both social and
academic infringements of rules are interpre
ted as dishonorable and are too often viewed
as moral issues. Noav the fact that one smokes
on off territory is, in our e-overnment, an ex
tremely serious offense. Yet smoking is not
Avrong in the eyes of most students and faculty
On the academic side, cheating, is, accordin?
to our mores, wrong at Salem, Avrong at home^
and Avrong Avherever else it is carried on. Even
in vieAv of this, students in their confusion
tend to put tAvo such cases on the same level
making them equally as great breaches of
honor. Further, does the fact that a girl
overtly reports herself for failing to sign in
or out, or to get permission (acts that are
not essentially Avronn) make that girl more
honorable than one Avho Avon’t report herself?
One cannot and should not make snap judge
ments on such a basis, for Avho knoAvs which
girl is morally honest in her oAA'n conscience!
The ease stands that in a communal organi
zation such as Salem College, rules and regu
lations are imperative to keep order in our
group. The government has dressed the rules
and regulations in the garb of honor whether
or not they are organizational technicalities
or moral customs.
We must have regulations such as signing
in or out to keep track of our large group^
and some diciplinary measures for the younger
portion of our student body until we can
better make decisions for ourselves, and other
rules as means for safety. Such social rules
are utilitarian and are not meant to make
right actions Avrong for four years. Therefore
social regulations should not come under the
As a student, I have much respect for the
Honor System on an academic basis. Among
other things, I consider it a privilege to be
able to take exams Avithout monitors. Con
sidering Avhat has been said I do not believe
honor should be inserted with social regula
tions, becaus it confuses students rather than
teaches right and wrong.
R. M. L.
Editors’ Note; Yesterday at the Student
Bod}^ Meeting Avhich was held during Chapel,
it Avas evident that Salem students do have
opinions Avhich they can express. Just as an
open meeting is a good outlet or medium for
expressing one’s vicAvs on Amrious issues, so is
the editorial page of the Salemite. The Salem
ite staff urges all students to use the medium
of editorials for expressing their ideas.
ffortfc Carelua OiOesiata ProN. AotwMlfr‘
Published every Friday of the College year by the
Student body of Salem College
Powntown Office--304-306 South Main Street
Printed by the Sun Printing Company
Lower floor Main Hall
Subscription Price—$2.75 a year
Ednor-m-Chief Dale Smith
Associate Editor Joan Carter Read
Associate Editor Ruth Lenkoski
Assistant Editor _ Clara Belle Le Grand
Make-up Editor . Mary Turner Rule
Copy Editors Mary Lib Weaver, Jane Fearing
Music Editors .. . Camniy Lovelace, Kathryn Pitt*
Faculty Advisor . ^7” Miss Jess Byrd
Business Manager Robert C. Gr®?
Advertising Manager .. Mary Faith Carsoa
pAreulation Manager Helen Kessler
Editorial Staff: Betty Leppert, Polly Flartle, Sybd
Haskins, Winkle Harris, Lee Rosenbloom, Gene
Watt Stokes, Norman Jarrard.
Editorial Assistants: Lila Fretwell, Lola DaAVSon,
Polly Harrop, Sis Pooser, Clinky Clinkscales, Fay
Stickney, Betsy Farmer, Liz Leland.;'
^ypists : Ann Sprinkle, Janet Zimmer..|
lictonal Editors; Joanne Mills, Lornje Diroffl-
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