Santa Claus will soon be here
With lots of toys and Christ
Come see seniors with candle
Vespers will be Sunday
The Senior Class will be the
honor guests of the Junior Class
at the Christmas Banquet which
will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday,
Dec. 16 in Corrin Refectory.
The guest list for the banquet,
the only formal dinner of the year,
will include nearly 500 people. All
day and boarding students, faculty
and administration and their fami-
lies, along with other town persons
who are especially connected with-
Salem, are invited.
Santa to be Present
' An anonymous Santa Claus will
'cause much spectulation as to his
idenity. He will read a literary
'^asterpiece which is the inspira
tion of the junior poets. The poem
will be dedicated to the seniors.
Santa will also distribute presents
to all of the faculty children.
Dr. Howard Rondthaler will have
" the invocation, and remarks will be
made by Dr. Dale Gramley. Alice
>McNeely and Faye Lee will bring
greetings and responses from the
Junior and Senior Classes respec
tively. Miss Margaret Vardell will
play the organ for special music
and carol singing by all the guests.
Mrs. Cummings and her kitchen
staff will be in charge of the din
ner and the dining hall decorations,
.which will include a Christmas tree.
The committees of the junior
hostesses are headed by Betty
Tyler, invitations; Sally Hackney,
seating arrangements; Eleanor
Johnson, programs; Frankie Stra
der, music and Anne Merritt, gifts.
W*" Boots Hudson is Santa Claus’s
manager, and Jean Calhoun heads
j the circle of poets.
The marshalls will be on duty
to help seat the guests.
i Former Dean
Dr. Charles G. Vardell, Jr.,
■i' former dean of the Salem College
|| School of Music, will present a
piano recital at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5,
1953 in Memorial Hall.
§ • Dr. Vardell received his early
® -musical training under his mother’s
|( tutorage and was graduated from
ft, Princeton University in 1914.
A His musical education was con-
tinned at the Institute of Musical
,| Arts in New York City, now Jul-
hard School of Music, where he
( graduated in 1915. He received the
, post graduate Artist’s and Teach
er’s diploma in 1916. From 1938
to 1940, he completed requirements
■| for his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees
j at Eastman School of Music at the
* University of Rochester.
From 1919 to 1923 he was dean
I of music at Flora MacDonald, re-
I signing in 1928 to become dean of
the School of Music at Salem Col
lege. This post he held until 1951
when he returned to Flora Mac-
I Dr, Vardell is regarded by critics
I as being North Carolina’s leading
composer. For his compositions, a
I sonata for violin and piano and a
f; suite, he received the Shirley Cup,
I offered annually for the best work
|- done by a North Carolina com-
■ Among his other compositions
„ are a cantata for piano and or-
i chestra, “The Inimitable Lovers”,
f. and s. symphony in G minor, en-
f titled, “Carolinian”, a work which
makes use of the folk idiom of the
4v Southern Applachain Mountains.
Norma Spikes, Sue Jones, Jackie Neilsen, Joy Dixon, Aiiison Long and Nellie Ann Barrow begin plans for
the decoration of Clewell date room.
Dorm Judging, Santa Claus, Open House
To Be Monday Highlights At Salem
this year because of the fire ordi- states that the costs should be
By Betsy Liles
Though the I. R. S. Christmas
dormitory decoration contest isn’t
until Monday night, groups of
Salemites are already clustering
around their house presidents
whispering plans of how “our dorm
can win the prize this year.”
Words like “It’s gonna be harder
Set For Dec. 18
The annual Senior Class caroling
party will be held Thursday night,
Wrapped up in warm clothes and
carrying their candles from senior
vespers, the seniors will start out
at 7:30 p.m. to serenade the entire
campus area with Christmas carols.
They will finish the evening at Dr.
and Mrs. Dale H. Gramley’s home
for refreshments and visiting.
Among the more specific places
they plan to carol are the homes
of Dr. Howard Rondthaler, Dr.
Fred Leinbach, Dr. Samuel Pfohl,
C. S. Starbuck, Bishop J. Kenneth
Pfohl, Rev. Edwin A. Sawyer, Rev.
R. Gordon Spaugh, Mrs. Ruby J.
Pfohl and Dr. Dale H. Gramley.
They will also sing in front of
the Corner Apartments, the Belo
Home, Main Hall, the academy,
the infirmary and all the campus
Something new has been added
to the minor sports at Salem.
Elimination volley ball tourna
ments between the classes will be
held on Monday, Jan. 5 and Tues
day, Jan. 6.
The play offs for the champion
ship will be on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Afterwards the faculty has a treat
in store for the students with a
volley ball game against the stu
Betty McGlaughon and Joan
Shope are the general managers of
nance rules” and “Will you help
us—you’re such an artistic soul!”
float through the halls as the
dorms prepare for Open House and
judging between eight and nine
o’clock Monday night.
Miss Frances Horne, Dr. Michael
Lewis, Edwin Shewmake and Mrs.
Vicky Hagaman will judge and
grade the decorations on points of
originality, appropriateness and at
Elsie Macon, I. R. S. president,
Kipe To Give
The Salem College School of
Music will present Betty Lou Kipe,
organist, in her graduating recital
at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec.
17 in Memorial Hall.
In keeping with the holiday sea
son, Betty Lou will play a group
of Christmas compositions.
Betty Lou, a transfer from Ober-
lin College, is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Horace S. Kipe of
Watchung, N. J.
The selections to be presented
Von Himmel Hock ....Pachelbel
Fantasia in G Minor Bach
Musical Clock Haydn
Fantasy on Old Christmas
Toccata from the 5th Sym
Students and faculty are invited
to attend this recital.
Sign-Out Rules Told
Mrs. Heidbreder announces that
all students must sign out on Mon
day and Tuesday, Jan. 15 and 16,
during office hours. All sign-outs
should be completed by 4:30 Tues
day afternoon. ,
Permissions must be filed if
away-from-home visits are planned.
College will resume on Jan. 5th.
Any girls returning on Sunday
must observe Sunday night curfew.
kept low since this will also enter
into the judging, and that in ac
cordance with the Winston-Salem
fire ordinance rules, no artificial
snow, crepe paper, lighted Christ
mas trees or other inflammables
may be used.
At nine, Santa Claus will visit
the campus, ring the school bell,
and summon Salemites into the
court between the Day Students’
Center and South. There two
prizes will be awarded to the win
ning dormitories and afterwards an
informal' open house with cokes
and cookies will be held in the
Day Students’ Center.
Salem has invited friends of the
college, faculty members and the
Winston-Salem Alumnae Club to
see the dorm decorations.
Last year’s winners were Sisters
with the story of the “Anna’s
Christmas Angel”, and Bitting,
carrying out the theme of an old-
fashioned Moravian Christmas.
Christmas Vespers at Salem Col
lege, to be held this Sunday at '7:30
p.m. in Memorial Hall, resembles
the Moravian Christmas Eve Love
Feast. Beeswax candles made by
the Moravian women are used in
both ceremonies. This is a carry
over from the church’s Feast of
It is believed that Christmas Ves
pers at Salem originated in the
days when students were unable
to go home for the holidays. This
year Salemites and faculty will
share in the Moravian Christmas
spirit before leaving for home.
The Rev. I. Howard Chadwick
will be the speaker. Rev. Chad
wick was formerly pastor of Fair-
view Moravian Church and Greens
boro Moravian Church. He is
widely known in North Carolina as
He has been director of music
for preaching missions in Winston-
Salem and Charlotte. Next semes
ter Rev. Chadwick will instruct at
Salem in comparative religions.
The scripture and invocation will
be given by Dr. Dale H. Gramley,
the college president. “A Star
Was His Candle” will be sung by
Marian Lewis, Student Government
president. Marion is a member of
the Senior Class. Miss Margaret
Vardell will be the organist.
Faye Lee, president of the Sen
ior Class, will lead the procession
into the auditorium. The proces
sional will be “Angels from the
Realms of Glory.” Seniors will
sing “The First Noel” for the re
According to tradition, seniors
in caps and gowns and their sopho
more pages, dressed in white, will
distribute candles to every member
of the congregation. Junior mar
shals in white evening dresses and
regalia will assist.
The custom is further carried out
by taking the lighted candles back
to homes and dormitories, where
they are placed in the windows.
This lights the Christ Child’s way
into the home. The candles are
made in the original Old Salem
“Morning Star” will be sung by
the seniors and pages antiphonally.
There will not be a customary
Christmas tree because of the Win
ston-Salem fire ordinance.
Old Salem Uses Decorations
Of Moravian Star And Putz
By Donald Caldwell
Morning Star, O cheering
Ere thou cam’st how dark
From the first Suhday in Advent
until Christmas, visitors in Old
Salem will hear strains of this
hymn, “Morning Star”. It was
written b)' a Moravian doctor in
about 1670, and is a part of the
traditional M o r a i a n Christmas
. About Christmas time we see
Christmas trees appearing in each
Old Salem home. These trees are
different from most Christmas
trees in that each tree has its
putz. The putz is a miniature
world centering around the nativity
scene. Brooks, mills, animals and
people are added to create a realis
Each putz differs from year to
year with the addition of new
pieces, but some objects are handed
down for many generations.
The putz in America has no defi
nite beginning, but there is a re
cord of the North Carolina Mo
ravians arranging a putz in 1760.
Another outstanding Salem
Christmas decoration is the many
pointed star. The inventor of the
Moravian Star is unknown, but it
is thought to have originated in
Nusky, Germany in 1850.
The stars were made in Germany
by the Verbuk family and sent to
all the Moravian world. When the
war closed the German factory, the
industry was moved to Winston-
Salem where the Moravians took
the job of making the beloved
The lighted star has a three-fold
message to the spectators. First,
it tells the greatness of God who
laid the foundations of the world.
Second, it is a reminder of the
star that guided the Wise Men.
Third, it points to Jesus who said
of Himself: “I’m am . . . the bright
and morning star,” (Rev. 23:16)
On Christmas Eve we see child
ren moving toward the church. It
is time for the Children’s Love
Feast. After eating buns and
drinking coffee, the children listen
to the Christmas Story.
As the story ends, women bring
in large trays of lighted candles
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