THE S A L E MIT E
November 13, I953
A freshman 'essay contest has been an
nounced by the editorial staff of the Salemite.
This i's your chance to gain experience and
recognition in the field of writing. Especially
you who are thinking of making some form
of writing your occupation after graduation
should take advantage of this opportunity.
: In chapel last Tuesday, Dr. Hixon and Mrs.
ITeidbreder made a report on the meeting they
attended in'New York on “vocational oppor
tunities for Liberal Arts College graduates .
The topic “I want to write” was discussed at
great length at the meeting.
.There are many writing fields open for
women in television, radio and advertising.
But, in order to secure these positions, women
ne.ed. experien,ce in writing. To be able to ex
press ideas clearly and briefly is an asset that
coihes onlyywith experience.
Only a small amount of this experience can
be-gained in class room essays and term
papers. Facility in writing can be acquired
by constmit and intensive practice. This essay
contest is.an oppbrtunity for you to write more
and; thus, an opportunity for you to be able
to . write--better. These are the practical as-
pe.cts of .the contest.
Ilowever, you may not be interested merely
in the ihatefial satisfaction that may be gained
by practice in writing, if this is your ease,
the satisfaction of creation may be yours by
writing for the contest. The pleasure of crea
tion is one that cannot be surpassed. Your
ideas and feelings about life, love and your
younger brother are. important.
Color your views with your imagination.
Write them down. Imagination is character
istic only of human beings. Cultivate yours.
Make the unreal seem real or present facts so
that they appear in a different light.
This contest is an opportunity for you who
think of Occupational future in writing and
for you who want only to create.
Pid You iCnow?. •
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By Mary Mac Rodgers ,
Did you. know .. . . that, .Salem j
Square is ovvned by the city of
Did you know : . . that the silver
tone of the Home Church bell
comes from the 150 i^ielted $ilver
dollars it contains ?
Did you know . . . that the heavy
hand rails on the front steps of
Home Church and other old Salem
homes are made of Norway iron
that will never rust?
Did you know . . . that the ball
on top of the weather vane can
hold forty gallons of water?
Did you know . . . that the Home
Church clock must be wound every
Did you know . . . that the brick
for the walls and tile for the roof
of the Home Church were made in
the meadow below the college?
Did you know . . . that until a
' few years ago the Communion
bread for the Home Church was
Editor-in-Chief _ '
Associate Editor .
made in the basement of Sisters ?
Did you know, . . • that until 1903
each senior had to write an essay
and read it to the public during
Commencement Week ?
Did you know . . . that the Salem
College seal was designed by Doro
thy Doe, class of 1907; Pilot Moun
tain for strength; Scroll for learn
ing; Wreath for peace; Gamma
Kappa Delta - Knowledge and
Did you know , . . that in 1804 the
first four boarders came to Salem?
' Did you know . • • Ibat the
Salemite started in 1921. It changed
the Ivy (magazine) to a, weekly
Did you know . . • before 1808 an
entrance fee of $5.00 was paid to
buy books for the library?
Did you know . . . that Cornwallis
arid his troops camped on the Salem
athletic field during the Revolution
Letters To The Editor
I was very pleased to see the
editorial in the Salemite last week
concerning the teaching of more
dancing in the physical education
department and the organization of
a dance group. I agree whole
heartedly with these ideas.
May Day has always provided an
e.xcellent opportunity for students
interested in the dance. Perhaps a
more professional air could be
given to the May Dell dances if
there were previous training in gym
classes or a dance club.
Wouldn’t dancing fill the need of
a different type of chapel program
or entertainment for parties and
dinners in town (similar to the
banquet given for visiting doctors
at Bow-man Gray last year) ?
Salem has offered modern dance
for several years in its curricula.
This year, square dancing has been
added. However, the dancing pro
gram. is the least stressed of any
in the physical education program.
Hockey and other sports have in
tramurals but nothing ever seems
to be done to show what the dance
classes have accomplished. Why
The real value of an accent on
dancing, besides adding to poise
My Name’s Roy...
.. Solly Reiland
Feature,.Editor .. Beley Liles
Copy, ^ditpr Bebe Boyd
Make-up Editor Donald Caldwell
Headline Editor . Boots Hudson
Pictorial Editor Lu Long Ogbum
Music Editor I Edith Flagler
SpoTtsi Edltbr Lou Fike
Editorial Staff: Laurie Mitchell. Jean Edwards, Barbara
Allen. Sue Harrison. Louise Barron, Jackie Nielson, Eleanor
Smith, Martha Thornburg, Franclne Pitts, Betty Tyler, Jane
Brown. Betty Lyhn WUeon, Mary Anne Raines, Freda Siler,
Catolyn Kneeburg, Anne Edwards, Sandra Whitlock, Phoebe
Hall, Nancy Gilchrist, Patsy Hill, Nancy Cockfield, Rnthie
Lott. Molly, Quinn. Ernily Heard, Sudie Mae Spain, . Kay
Williamgs. ( ^
Business' M^inager Joan Shope
Circulftifctoiit Manager Claire Chestout
Business'^fL Peggie Horton, Carolyn Watlington, Betty
Saunders, Dlahtha Carter, Ann Butler, Thelma Lanoeeter,.
Mary MdNeely Rogert, Betty Morrison, B«*e Brown.
Typists! ..L*...Joyce Billings, Ann Butler, Eleanor Smith
Faculty'Advisbr Mies Jess By^
By Bill Long
My name’.s Roy. I work under
cover for Salem College.
Nov. 14, 1953 at 3 p.m,, the Chief
sends me down a memorandum to
investigate suspicious conduct of a
girl whose name must be kept se
cret to protect her from her family.
At 3:05 p.m. encountered said girl
sitting in booth at Pom’s. The
conversation went something as
“Pardon me, mam. Like to ask
you a few questions, mam! What
you doin’ sitting here, mam?”
“Oh, 1 got a test tomorrow”, she
said in a real highpitched voice.
“Is that any way to prepare for
a test, mam.”
“Yes sir, I’m relaxing!” she re
“Pardon me, mam, but don’t you
think you’ve relaxed enough this
“No sir 1 Are you accusing me
of being la^y sir?”
, “I didn’t say that,'. mam. What
cha’ got in that notebook,, mam.
Open it up and let’s have a look,
mam 1 B b b b y pins,' shoe laces,
pencil, paper, letters from home.
Nothing useful in-here, mam. What
are all those notes, mam?”
She wouldn’t answbr, so I had to
figure it out for myself. I had a
and grace, would be a development
of the understanding and apprecia
tion of the art of dancing. Salem
is a liberal arts college and courses
are offered in the appreciation of
music and painting. Why should
not Salem students be taught to
appreciate the art of dancing?
I was pleased to read in last
week’s editorial that an interest in
the field of dance still exists at
Salem. The modern dance club of
previous years has, it seems, dis
appeared from our campus. Why
can’tAhis club be reorganized?
We have excellent instruction in
other phases of our physical edu
cation program and it seems that
this would be a logical place to in
troduce some form of dance course.
Ballroom dancing is a natural
collegiate interest and though we
have been exposed to it, few have
mastered the art. No doubt in
struction would aid this.
For developing grace and poise,
I believe that nothing can surpass
a good dance course. I would like
to urge all interested Salemites to
look into the possibility of such a
course or club.
hunch; I looked closer, just as I
suspected; notes, camouflaged in
microscopic print. My hunch had
payed off: She was — CRAM
But I had to have something
more definite on her so I disguised
myself as a'house mother and went
over to her dormitory. I ap
proached her room quietly, pushed
open the door, waited a minute for
my eyes to get adjusted to the
smoke and, ah 1 better than I had
hoped. A whole ring of them!
I tried hard to sound like a house
mother; “You all need anything,
mam,”^ T said. They didn’t so I
pushed my way hack to the chief’s
office -to report.
Seven girls operating a cram
ming ring, caught red handed. The
chief was pleased and handed me
a nickle. “Good work, Roy”, he
said and smiled proudly. “Mow’d
ya do it?” he said.
“Just played a hunch, chief, just
played a hunch.”
All these girls upon being con
fronted with the facts confessed
and were put on light rations of
hash and crackers for a week. They
were later rehabilitated and are
now leading normal lives, thanks
to the_,sharp eyes of juMiCe.
By Ella Ann Lee
I have tried to.control myself. I’ve bitten ay
lips, chewed my tongue, gnawed my toenails
and'pinched my ribs. But the emotion is too
oreat! I must complain. I have been ex
tremely dubious up to now about uttering a
complaint, but after the last attack I can no
longer keep silent. I emit my plea in the hope
that someone will have the foresight, bene-
volence and kindness to help me in my plight,
You see, my species and I are becoming at-
U would not be such a terrible crime if my
familv were not of virtuous nobility, %
have had. many distinguished members in oat
family; no doubt yon have heard of our illas-
trions warriors, poets, statesmen, - and philoso
phers One of my ancestors will always h
immortal . . - that celebrated hero of “Me
tamorphosis” was my great uncle. What other
cockroach could have been squashed ip saeh
an eqnisite and tragic manner? Who else
eoxdd have writhed his antennae in such great
angixish? Excuse me if I gush, but it is not
often cockroaches climb to such heights.
Other cockroaches in our family have been
noted for their virtues. During the Confeder
ate AVar, some of our patriotic cousins infil
trated into the North as saboteurs. Like a
mighty army, they swept the Yankee camps,
chewing up uniforms and digesting , cannon
halls. However, (pardon me while I weep a
hitter tear), the weather .was too cold and my
little cousins died a heroic death in the supply
cjuarters. I am not ashamed To admit that I
fully believe that had our cousins lived, the
South would have reigned.
Those virtuous qualities originated in ora
blood long before Confederate days, though.
It all b|gan many years ago when my an
cestor, Lord Mortimer Plnshbottom, sailed
over from England. He had resided at Buck
ingham Palace for many years and was a great
favorite of the king. Somehow he desired to
see this new land that had been discovered,
He told the king of his wish, whereupon,
the king granted him a charter of land in
w'hat is now the Salem area. A settlement
of cockroaches grew up here and xvere
quite happy till a small band of Moravians
descended upon them.
Soon these Moravians built a small school
which became the residence of my clan. H
was then that my ancestor, Pucival Pinal''
bottom, founded the Cockroach Society oi
Salem in 1772. My whole family has always
loved Salem and we have never left its portal*
through all its years. Some years were loa"
and we were on the brink of starvation, h"!
we never let Salem down! We were proudot
Under the presumption that my aristocrats
lineage has been made elucidative, I fool
to complain of the deed that struck our happ!'
home. We were preoccupied with ourseW
and were not pestering any of those illiterat*|
fastidious females that reside in South Ha
when the attack began.
We were sprayed with DDT and other®
sect exterminators just as if we were any
cockroaches. This is just simply the h®'*'
While these girls, who are merhly tourists a®
compared with our interminable occupaney®
South Hall, are left to enjoy the comforts ®
that decadent erection, we are being,
lessly destroyed. ■ ,
I beseech you; I emplore you; I
your humane natures! Do not destroy P»'
of Salem’s old traditioh and aristocracy!
the Plushbottom Cockroach family remaio *
true and loyal Salemites-