Faculty vote, students
Closed weekend open. We
pass? I hopen.
Kitty, ETeth and Marion debut
Suppose M6M will soon snatch
Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Friday, January 11, 1952
Number 1 3
Drama Workshop To Boast
E. A. Poe And Coward Plays
Two one-act plays will be presented next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in
Old Chapel. One of these will be a workshop production of the Little
Theater, and the other will be Lola Dawson’s workshop production of
“The Tell-Tale Heart”, adapted from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story
of the same name, is a psychological drama of great suspense and
horror. It will be directed by Hal Hamrick wEo is an announcer for
radio station WAIR. In the castf
will be David Pardington as Edgar,
Doug Carter as the policeman, and
the identity of the inspector re
In the cast of “Fumed Oak” will
be Marion Watson as Doris Gow,
Beth Coursey as Mrs. Rocke+t,
Kitty Faucette as Elsie Gow, and
Ed Friedenberg as Henry Gow. The
play is a comedy concerning the
life of a middle class family in
England. For 15 years Henry has
endured the wrangling of his wife,
his mother-in-law and his daugh
ter. The tables turn when Henry
mentions an episode which occured
in Aunt Daisy’s house 16 years ago.
Mrs. Rockett stops embroidering,
Doris stops reading and Elsie stops
sniffing. They are interested for
the first time in what Henry Gow
has to say.
The typical rehearsal of “Fumed
Oak” starts at 8:00 p.m. with reso
lutions by the entire cast to be
serious. It seems as though green
plaid sunglasses were the only
available specks for Granny. After
Beth has moved these up and down
her nose several times, and stared
until her “eyeballs nearly fall out”,
the cast becomes hysterical.
The next scene consists of laugh
ter, much to Lola’s disgust. After
everything gets settled again, Mar
ion has to eat an apple. The most
current stage prop for the apple is
a W'eek-old roll which practically
extracts teeth with its consumption.
As the evening progresses, Beth
sews instead of embroidering;
Marion reads the w'ant ads in the
paper and forgets her cue; Kitty
sniffs until she nearly passes out
since Lola is compelled to call so
often for a “start-over” of the
scene; and Ed contends with the
entire situation. “Line, please”
followed by a giggle seems to be
one of the most frequently re
peated lines at rehearsals.
All the members of the cast, with
the exception of Ed, are newcomers
to the stage. They all agree that
being in a play is a wonderful ex
perience, even though it does take
up about twice the amount of time
they suspected would go into a
production of this sort. At this
point they are wondering what they
really will do the night of the per
Following both productions, there
will be a period of open criticism
and discussion in which the entire
audience is asked to participate.
“Blithe Spirit”, a farce by Noel
Coward, will be the spring Pier
rette major production, announces
Miss Elizabeth Riegner, director.
Tentative date for the play will be
The comedy contains two excel
lent female leads and two good sup
porting roles. There are two male
The English drawing room com
edy concerns the ghost of Charles
Condomine’s first wife, Elvira, who
comes back to haunt him and her
successor, Ruth. The frivolous
Elvira thoroughly enjoys the awk
ward situation, while Ruth’s sober
attempts to be rational and correct
about handling a ghost are amusing.
Naive Ruth tries very hard to be
sophisticated. Madame Arcati, the
medium who summons Elvira, is a
bicycle - riding, direct, horsey
One critic says of “Blithe Spirit”,
“If one had to select a play among
the domestic comedies that pro
liferated in England for half a
century, comedies of manners no
table for their vdrve rather than
their ideas, one could do worse
than choose ‘Blithe Spirit’.
It is the most original of these
plays, a tour de for;e of fancy in
which Coward also displays the
cutting edge of his wit. He takes
human beings as they are, and so
ciety as it is, in this sophisticated
lark, but rates neither person nor
milieu very highly.”
Dr. Dale Gramley will be away
from campus Jan. 15-19 to make
several addresses in the north.
He will speak first for Y. W. C.
A. building campaign in Bethlehem,
Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The
next day he will go to Philadelphia
for an alumnae meeting of that
He will be in Washington, D. C.
on Friday to address a Washington
Alumnae meeting. He will return
to Winston-Salem Saturday in time
to speak at a dinner meeting of
the P. H. Hanes mills employees.
A gift of $500 was added to the
library endowment fund by Mrs.
Missouri Alston Pleasants of Louis-
burg, S. C., announced Dr, Dale
Mrs. Pleasants established the
fund in 1948 in memory of her
mother Missouri Alston, a Salem
student in 1838-1841. The addition
made over Christmas brings the
fund total to $3,000. A special
book-plate is inserted in each book
bought with Mrs. Pleasants’ con
Other gifts from friends of the
institution received over the Christ
mas vacation include a $100 bequest
for the library from the late Mrs.
Adelaide Fries, a new truck and a
The projector was used for the
first time at vespers last Sunday.
“The Cross and the Sickle”, a re
ligious film, was shown.
Several hundred dollars was do
nated to provide new lighting
equipment for the school drama
The day students received a
water cooler for the day student
center. The new fountain was in
stalled before school reopened.
Other improvements on campus
include rubber glides on the dining
hall chairs to eliminate the scrap
ing noises, a new hot water plant
for the dining hall and a paint job
in the public relations office.
State Industrialist Hodges
To Tell Of Current Events
Luther H. Hodges of Leaksville, prominent industrialist and civic
leader, will speak in chapel on Thursday, Jan. 17. He has chosen his
topic from current events.
During World War II, Mr. Hodges was price executive of the
textile division of the O. P. A. in Washington and later was special
consultant to the Secretary of Agriculture. He is also
manager of Fieldcrest Mills and former vice-president of Marshall Field.
Mr. Hodges served in Germany
for a year as chief of the Industry
Division of the Economic Co-Op
In March, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges
and their 14-year-old son, Luther
Jr., visited Italy, Spain, France and
Algiers. Their guest for the trip
was Mrs. John B. Ray of Leakes-
ville. The Hodges also have two
daughters, one now living in Ran
goon, Burma and the other in
Never one to be caught idle, Mr.
Hodges goes every Monday to
Washington to invite and arrange
for manufacturers and industrialists
from Switzerland, Sweden, Nor
way, Germany and other countries
to visit American mills and factor
ies. His purpose is to encourage
better industrial relations between
Campus News In Brief
There will be no I. R. C. meet
ings during January. February
plans will be announced at a later
Eleanor McGregor is responding
well at her home in Greenville,
S. C., to treatment for rheumatic
fever. The doctor hopes that she
will be able to return to school in
Mac went home four days before
the official Christmas holidays. She
is now up a little each day and is
feeling much better.
The Rev. E. A. Sawyer explained
the organization of the Salem Re
ligion Department at the local
Ministers Association meeting last
Monday at the Y. M. C. A.
I The “Y” vesper program will be
held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the
living room of Bitting. Dr. Gregg
Singer will be the speaker. All
students and faculty members are
Eddie Gauss, Zeta Psi from the
University of North Carolina was
named king of the Pierrette carni
val in a coronation ceremony held
in Old Chapel at the conclusion of
His picture, along with several
others was displayed in the Day
Student Center, where the voting
Eddie is pinned to Lou Bridgers.
The faculty voted to abolish
closed weekends at their monthly
meeting last Wednesday afternoon.
Last semester closed weekend was
opened on a trial basis which
Reading day, during which all
classes are suspended, will be
Thursday, Jan. 24. Miss Ivy Hix
son, academic dean, reminds stu
dents that all semester require
ments must be completed by 6:00
p.m. of the previous day, Jan. 23.
Students with four exams in a
row may automatically have their
schedules changed by contacting
Miss Margaret Simpson, recorder.
If an emergency necessitates a stu
dent’s missing an exam, she must
file a statement with Miss Hixson.
The matter will be settled by the
Course Changes Planned
Curriculum changes for the next
semester are as follows:
A new course. Percussion Instru
ments in Class Instruction, will be
added for public school majors.
Besides instrumental instruction,
the hour course will contain march
ing band methods.
Science students may now carry
three or four hours of organic
chemistry, depending upon their
History requirements for majors
in that field will include 24 sem
ester hours in addition to History
103 and 104. American History
has been changed to a comma
course which means that it may be
dropped after one semester or be
gun in the middle of the year.
Candidates for the B.A. degree
will have a choice of Latin, Greek
or mathematics for a basic require
ment. An advanced course of
Greek will be substituted for one
Oral Interpretation will empha
size modern poetry and drama in
alternate years. Next semester
modern poetry will be featured.
Luthter H. Hodges
Born Dec. 19
“Naturally he is a boy, we al
ready have a girl,” were the com
placent words of Warren Spencer,
history instructor, as he told one
of his classes about his new baby.
Carroll Baxter Spencer, who was
named for his paternal grandfather,
was born on Dec. 19 at 10:53 p.m.
Weighing a husky eight pounds
and 14 ounces, he has dark hair
and blue eyes, which are not so
big as his sister Lucy’s, says the
Since both Mother and baby are
feeling fine, visitors are welcome
at the Spencer’s. Just stay away
when there is a note on the door—
that means Carroll is asleep.
’The Vinegar Tree”
The Barter Theater of Virginia
presented “The Vinegar Tree” by
Paul Osborn Tuesday night at Rey
nolds Auditorium. This was the
company’s second performance of
the season in Winston-Salem.
Dorothy La Vern played the role
of the light-brained dowager. Play
ing opposite Miss La Vern was
Owen Phillips who also directed
the play. Others in the cast were
Eleanor Wright, Jim Davie, Blan
che McKinney, James Lentz and
“The Vinegar Tree” is referred
to as “a play for the tired bus
iness man—no axes to grind, no
causes to further, just purely and
simply' a hilarious comedy.”
UNC Art Prof
To Be Speaker
Dr. Clemens Sommer, professor
of art at the University of North
Carolina, will analyze and discuss
the woodcarvings of Albrecht Durer
Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the art
gallery of the library.
This is the first in a series of
lectures to be sponsored by the
Salem Art Club.
Durer’s series on Revelation will
be shown by Dr. Sommer. These
woodcuts were presented to the
State of North Carolina many
years ago. They are increasingly
valuable to the art world today.
Beginning his work in Germany,
Durer was the first great Renais
sance figure of the north. His
woodcuts, engravings and drawings
have brought him fame. Great im
portance has been placed on the
art of woodcarving in Germany.
Students, faculty and visitors are
invited to this discussion.
Several Moravian students met
Tuesday night in the Ladies Parlor
at the Home Moravian Church to
organize a group on campus that
would include all the minority re
Bobbie Pfaff presided over this
first meeting. The Rev. E. A. Saw
yer has been working with the
group, and at the next meeting
they hope to have all campus
minority groups represented.
Ragnhild Wurr, as guest speaker,
explained similarities and differen
ces between the Moravians in Ger
many and the United States. She
showed pictures of her native land
and its people.
Guests of the group were Dr.
and Mrs. Gordon Spaugh, the Rev.
and Mrs. J. C. Hughes and Mrs.
E. A. Sawyer.
Miss Evabelle Covington, profes
sor of sociology and economics,
held the fourth open house in her
apartment in Main Hall last Sun
Pink punch and colored mints
were served to the members of
the faculty, students and their
The Order of the Scorpion has
promoted these Sunday night open
houses to improve student-faculty
The first open house was held
by Dr. and Mrs. Dale Gramley,
the second by Mr. and Mrs. Harry
M'artin, and the third by Rev. and
Mrs. E. A. Sawyer.
Carolyn Harris, editor of the
Sights and Insights, reports that
the last of the copy has been mailed
to the printers. The annual will
be ready for distribution in early