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Messer Speaks On Merits
Of Liberal Arts Education
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He said that the duty of a collejre student • j »
. liberal arts college i. .he bes, plfce fo"!'";,” “iedlm
We as college students have a “moral obligation to be intelligent”
said Dr Messer. Our obligation is greater in the light of the nresent
wor d situation and the attempts by various groups on “thought comroH
We may pm knowledge pd facts from college, but thif Lowledge
is merely the “raw material from
which wisdom comes”. A develop
ment of the powers of reason,
judgment and comprehension will
enable us to gain wisdom from
The importance of tolerance in
all phases of life was stressed by
Dr. Messer. “Intelligence must be
He also said that intolerance is
detrimental to free thinkin.
A liberal arts college is of great
importance to women according to
Dr. Messer. It teaches women to
be interested in more things than
just “children, church and the kit
A wife molds the minds of her
children and prepares them to be
good college students.
Dr. Messer is professor emeritus
of Dartmouth College. He received
his B. A., M. A. and Ph. D. from
Columbia University. Mrs. Messer
is a Salem College graduate.
Dean To Play
Clemens Sandresky, dean of the
School of Music, will be the feat-,
ured piano soloist for the Winston-
Salem Symphony concert to be
held at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 11, in Rey
Dean Sandresky will perform
with the local symphony the Con
certo No. 23 in A major by Mozart.
The program will also include the
Overature to “Der Fraischutz” by
Clara Maria Von Weber, and the
Symphony No. 1 in G minor by
The orchestra will be conducted
by Mr. John luele of Atlanta. Mr.
luele is assistant conductor of the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
This will be Dean Sandresky’s
first appearance with the Winston-
Salem Symphony. He has pre
viously performed with the Brevard
Festival Orchestra and the Char
lotte Symphony Orchestra.
“Most books are W'orthless, cor
rupt and incomplete,” charged Dr.
William B. Todd in chapel last
Tuesday when he spoke on “The
Adventures of a Bookworm.” This
statement applies to book publica
tion in general, he said.
Having conducted a six year
study of books. Dr. Todd has found
that old books are more inaccurate
in text than recent publications.
He believes that the errors result
from the reprinting and re-editing
of old literature. “Any book is
only an approximation of what the
author said. The more a book is
handled, the less accurate it be
comes.” Errors may occur in set
ting type, editing and proofing, he
Dr. Todd verified the inaccuracy
of books by citing various examples.
Two editions of the verbatim ac
count of a trial are entirely dif
ferent, and quotations of Shake
speare have been so changed in
later editions that new meanings
have been accepted. ,Various edi
tions of the Bible contradict each
other. Dr. Todd has observed. For
example one edition states “a fool
hath said in his heart there is no
Godbut another version con
tains the following: “a fool hath
said in his heart there is a God.”
“Do not take books on faith,” the
speaker advised Salem students and
faculty, “Remain skeptical and in
quire into the background' of each
Dr. Todd, professor of English,
received his B. A. and M. A. de
grees at Lehigh University and his
Ph. D. at the University of Chicago.
He has conducted extensive profes
sional research both in the United
States and in England.
New members of the Honor So
ciety for first semester—1953-54
were announced by Dean Ivey
Hixon in Honor Chapel Thursday.
They are: Norma Jean Ansell,
Mary Carolyn Kneeburg, Barbara
Anne Kuss, Betsy Brandon Liles,
Audrey Ann Lindley, Freda Siler,
Betty Claire Warren.
The requirements for the Honor
Society are one-fourth A’s, C’s
balanced by A’s, no failures or con
ditions. Eligibility is considered
after five semesters at Salem.
The Dean’s List was also an
nounced. Those students having a
B-pltis average for the semester
are: Seniors; Barbara Allen, Ann
Bondurant, Elaine Elrick, Alice
McNeely. Juniors, Norma Jean
Ansell, Louise Fike, Carolyn Knee
burg, Barbara Kuss. Sophomores,
Louise Barron, Donald Caldwell,
Mitzi Green, Ella Ann Lee, Susan
McLamb, Nancy Milham, Jean
Miller. Freshmen, Madeline Allen,
Nancy Cockfield, Vee Copses, Joan
Smitherman. Special students;
Helen Fung, Marianne Lederer.
Twenty-five girls attended a
meeting to organize a Modern
Dance Club at 7:00 p.m. Wednes
day. This meeting was brought
about for girls who are interested
in advanced modern dance. It was
decided that members would meet
for an hour and a half on every
Wednesday night in the gym.
Emily Baker was elected presi
dent of the club; Joyce Taylor,
vice-president; and Bobbie Green,
Bunny Terry was appointed as
chairman of the committee to draw
up a constitution for the club. Dues
were established at 50c a semester.
The girls of the Modern Dance
Club plan to attend two coming
events: The Dance Drama Duo
with Emily F r a n k e 1 and Mark
Ryder which is scheduled on Feb.
9 at Reynolds Auditorium, and the
Art Forum at Woman’s College
Feb. 13, which is a demonstration
of modern dance groups from all
Alumnae Representing Three Generations At
Salem Tell Of Social And Curricula Changes
A description of the life of three
generations of Salem alumnae was
given by representatives of each
generation Tuesday night, Feb. 2,
by the Winston-Salem Ajumnae
Club of Salem College.
Those representing the three
generations were Mrs. W. L. Sie-
wers, her daughter, Mrs. Stewart
Bondurant, and Mrs. Bondurant’s
Mrs. Siewers began by telling
that when she was a student at
Salem the primary function of the
college was to train the student
“how to be a lady”. Students took
courses in sewing, homemaking,
painting and weaving. .
During the time that Mrs. Sie
wers went to Salem, the girls wore
white bloomers one and one-half
yards wide. The girls were not
allowed to see boys at any time,
and if a boy so much as rode the
train with a girl from Greensboro,
the girl was expelled from college.
This rule involving the boy and
girl was abolished by the Board of
Alumnae and the school faculty.
Mrs. Seiwers further added that
the students were not allowed to
go on front campus at any time.
It was not until 1902 that the stu
dents were permitted to sit on the
front porch of Main Hall.
Mrs. Siewers related that each
Sunday the Salem students were
required to attend the services in
the Home Moravian Church. The
students sat in the balcony of the
church so they would not be noticed
by the boys. But Mrs. Siewers
added that the boys always sat
downstairs and would look up at
the girls and wink at them.
When Mrs. Siewers was a stu
dent at Salem, the students were
required to wear their class robes
at all times—to classes, to church
and even when they went to walk
as a company on Sunday afternoon.
This custom of wearing the robe
was prevalent in 1900, and also
when Mrs. Bondurant was a stu
dent at Salem. The custom was
abolished sometime between 1902
and 1927. Mrs. Bondurant added
that the students were chaperoned
at all times.
Mrs. Bondurant related the
story of a classmate who had com
mitted an offense. For punishment
she was required to sleep on the
fourth floor of Main Hall for two
weeks. She could not come down
except for classes and meals. To
be sure the student would remain
in her room, a Student Government
member would stay with her.
Mrs. Bondurant recalled that
when a play was given the students
played the men’s parts. She fur
ther recalled that a dance was
given for the seniors only, and
this was once a year. This dance
consisted of five minute promen
ades, because the boys were not
allowed to dance with the girls.
When Mrs. Bondurant enrolled
at Salem only three courses were
offered. The courses were nursing,
stenography and horaemaking. At
this time women were not very
prominent in the business world.
The woman’s place was still con
sidered to be in the home.
Bonnie Bondurant, who is a
senior at Salem, reflected upon the
changes that have come to Salem
through the three generations.
Bonnie gave particular emphasis to
the variety of courses now offered
at Salem and how these courses
prepare the student for a vocation.
One of the most important changes
that has come about during the
three generations has been the so
James Reston Will Be Third
Lecturer In The Salem Series
James Reston, Washington Bureau chief of the New York Times,
will be at Salem Feb. 8, in Memorial Hall to speak on The United
States in the World Today.” He is the third speaker on the Salem
College Lecture Series program of this year.
Since Mr. Reston joined the New York Times staff in 1939, he has
spent several years in London. He has also recently returned from
an extensive tour of the Far East which took him across the major
critical areas in that part of the world.
He was awarded the 1944 Pulit
zer Prize for his news dispatches
and interpretative articles on the
Dumbarton Oaks Security Confer
ences. He has also received the
following awards: Overseas Press
Club Award, 1949 and 1951; Doctor
of Letters degree from Colgate
University, 1951; English Speaking
Union Award, 1951; Chevalier de la
Legion d’Donneur, 1952.
Mr. Reston was born in Clyde
Bank, Scotland in 1909. He re
ceived some of his elementary
school education in Scotland, but
has lived in this country since 1920.
He was educated in the public
schools of Dayton, Ohio and at the
graduated in 1932. He worked for
University of Illinois where he
the Springfield Daily News and
also as sports pubficity director for
Ohio State University.
For a year he was traveling
secretary for the Cincinnati Base
ball Club, after which he joined
the staff of the Associated Press
in New York City as a sports writer
In New York he also wrote feat
ures, worked on the Associated
Press city and cable staffs and
wrote a New York column. In 1937,
the Associated Press sent him to
London where he covered major
sports events in the summer and
the foreign office in the winter.
Two years later he joined the New
York Times’ London Bureau.
Since 1939, Mr. Reston has been
reporting national and international
events. Early in 1943 he became
assistant to the publisher and later
that year returned to London as
acting head of the Times Bureau.
In 1945 he became national cor
respondent and after the war was
named diplomatic correspondent
covering important national and in
ternational political developments.
In 1953 he became bureau chief of
the Times in Washington.
Three part-time instructors have
been added to the Salem faculty
due to the increased enrollment in
the Home Economics and Religion
New faculty members are Mrs.
Pollyanna Stewart of the Home
Economics department. Rev. John
H. Johansen and Rev. John S.
GoseriJd of the Religion depart
Mrs. Stewart is tne new part
time instructor in clothing. She
will teach one course during the
She is a graduate of Appalachian
State Teachers College and a for
mer member of that faculty. She
has done graduate work at Wo
mans College of the University of
North Carolina and the University
Rev. John H. Johansen, pastor of
the Christ Moravian Church, will
teach a course in the Life and
Teachings of Jesus. He received
his A. B. from Moravian College,
his D. D. from Moravian Theo
logical Seminary, and his S. T. M.
from Temple University.
Rev. John S. Goserud, pastor of
the Konnoak Hills Moravian
Church, will instruct a course in
Christian education. He, too, re
ceived his A. B. from Moravian
College and his D. D. from Mo
ravian Theological Seminary.
The Lablings will have their first
meeting of the semester next
Thursday, Feb. 11. The meeting
will be in the Science Building at
Dr. Spencer Thornton, a Senior
at Bowman Gray, will be the guest
speaker. Dr. Thornton has worked
with medical missionaries in Ha
waii. Everyone is cordially invited
to the meeting. Refreshments will
* * * * ♦
There will be a very important
Canterbury Club meeting Tuesday,
Feb. 9, in the Friendship Rooms of
Strong at 6:45. The Rev. Thomas
Frasier will be the guest speaker.
Everyone is urged to come.
♦ ♦ * ♦ *
TFe faculty committee on Class
Attendance wishes to remind stu
dents that all excuses for illness
must be presented to the Record
er’s Office within 48 hours after
students return to classes. Other
wise the absences will be counted
(CpntiBucd Ob Pace Sia)
Busy In Sports
The sports world at Salem has
been a busy one during the last
two months with the volley ball
tournament over, the badminton
tournament well on its way, and
the basketball tournament in the
The volley ball tournament was
an exciting one with the sopho
mores managing to retain their
championship-' of last year. The
juniors took second place honors
while the freshmen ended up with
Particularly interesting was the
last game of the tournament be
tween the freshmen and sopho
It was a close game, and due to
injuries the sophomores had to play
one man short. Margaret Raiford
hurt her arm when she slipped on
the ice and Alice Carter was sick.
The badminton tournament which
began before Christmas is being
continued. This tournament will
end just before basketball starts.
Basketball practices began this
week and each team which expects
to be in the play off must have
eight eligible players.
The freshmen will have no
trouble meeting this requirement
if their turn-out to practice con
tinues as it was Tuesday. They
had two full teams; the sophomores
had seven players; the juniors had
one complete team; and the seniors
were lacking one player to have
the required six-man team.
The tournament will be played
the last of this month. The juniors
will try to inch the championship
for the second straight year, but
the competition should be tough.