THE SALE MITE
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Since we are human, we are all dissatisfied
with certain things that happen around us.
We all feel strongly about these things—or at
lea.st we say we do.
What do we do about it? We sit in the
smoke rooms of the dorms and air our com
plaints to a few friends. We mutter to our
What have we accomplished? We are like
the stove-pipe league baseball players or the
Monday morning quarterback. We can see
what others are doing that is wrong and we
feel that we could do better . . . but do we?
All of man’s progress forward has been
made by men who were dissatisfied with
things as they were. These men did some
thing about their dissatisfaction. Maybe they
talked about it some, but they went to work.
To do anything for society, to make any
thing of ourselves we must put into action
our theories. Show others that we can.
A certain rule doesn’t make sense. Create
student interest in it; find the reason behind
it; form a petition. It may be changed. If
jiot, the effort was made. An idea on improv
ing May Day.
Sign up for a committee and see if the idea
will work. Criticism of the style of a weekly
feature in the paper. Join the staff and write
the article yourself.
Those who are doing things don’t mind
criticism, if you make an effort to help.
Simply tearing down the old with nothing to
offer in its place will do no good.
The Salemite is our campus’ only means of
expression. We invite you to discuss your
complaints or new ideas with the whole stu
dent body through letters to the editor or to
the students. We invite you to answer any
letter or editorial with which you argee or
disagree. Through this exchange of ideas you
can form theories for bettering our campus.
But we urge you not to let these theories
st'and idle. ‘ Put them into action. Defend
them! This is the way each student can help
the campus and herself.
We Qlad We Went...
Tuesday night. 8 o’clock. A bustle in Bit
ting. The closing of books in ClewelTs Cozy.
Footsteps in the halls of Sisters. A stir in
Strong. The slamming of doors in Society
“Let’s go to the lecture.” “I can’t wait to
hear Ruth Draper.” “The}- say it’s not going
to be a lecture at all.” “Take your French
notes; we’ll study at intermission.” “Gosh,
it’s cold out here.” “I’ve never seen Memor
ial Hall so crowded!”
8 ;30. We marveled at the private secre
tary; we sympathized with Mrs. Drew, fell in
love with the postmistress. We cried with the
French wife. We howled in the art gallery,
reminisced with the debutante. We smiled at
the Scottish immigrant.
Our thanks to Miss Byrd, to the Lecture
Committee, to Salem. We loved Ruth Draper.
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Editor-in-Chref Betty Lynn Wilson
Associate Editor Donald Caldwell
News Editor Jo Smitherman
Assistant News Editor Nancy Cockfield
Feature Editor ___ Bebe Boyd
Assistant Feature Editor - Louise Barron
Copy Editor ___ Mary Benton Royster
Make-up Editor __ Nancy Gilchrist
Pictoral Editor Jean Currin
Music Editors Ella Ann Lee, Martha Thornburg
Editorial staff: Betsy LUes, Bobbi Kuss, Sally Reiland,
Freda Siler, Francine Pitts, Maggi Blakeney, Mary Anne
Raines, Judy Williams, Beth Paul. Phyllis Stinnett, Beverly
Brown, Judy Graham, Sarah Vance, Kay Williams, Celia
Smith, Pat Ward, Ellen Summereil, Sherry Rich, Ann Mixon,
Kay Cunningham. Rachel Ray, Annette Price, Patsy Hill,
Ann Coley, Ann Knight, Sue Jette Davidson, Marianne
Boyd, Sandy Whitlock. Mary Mac Rogers, Sissy Allen,
Emily Heard, Sudie Mae Spain, Eleanor Smith, Pat Green,
Emma McCotter, Anne E. Edwards.
- Diantho Carter, Emily McClure
- Ann Crenshaw
Miss Jess Byrd
Business staff: Diane Drake, Marilyn Stacy, Paulette Nel
son, Sally McKenzie, Nancy. Warren, Emily Cathcart, Carol
Cooke, Bunny Gregg. Melinda Wabberson, Marian Myers,
rSlary Brown, Dottie Allen.
Christmas has always been some
thing special at Salem, Some of
the things that have made it that
way are the Putz, the banquet,
senior caroling, senior vespers, the
orphanage party, and the dorm de
coration contest. We understand
that the last of these is to be dis
pensed with this year.
It seems to us that if any of
these activities are taken out we
would lose some of the special
Christmas feeling this is character
istic of Salem. We realize that
each of these takes some time, but
we feel that a little rushing makes
it seem more like Christmas.
We also feel that none of these
should be dispensed with unless
the reasons are made public to the
entire student body and they are
permitted to vote on the issue.
We have heard that there is to
be no contest, but that the dorms
can decorate if they want to. The
decorating will take as much time,
however, without the contest as
with it. It has been said that there
has been such a competitive spirit
that we lose some of our Christmas
feeling. We would like to suggest
that the contest rules prohibit the
borrowing of manikins, etc., from
If this were done the dorms
would really be judged on origin
ality and the decorations could stay
up until we left. The reason for
decorating is not only to try to
win the contest but also to give a
holiday atmosphere to each dorm.
This purpose is defeated when de
corations must be returned the day
after the judging.
We also feel that some dorms
might not be decorated without
the contest. We have decorated
dorms for the last three years and
have enjoyed it as much as any
part of Salem’s Christmas. Part
of this enjoyment came from see
ing each of the other dorms as
well as working on our own. For
these reasons we feel that we
should continue to have the dorm
PTeda Siler, Rosanne Worthington,
Carolyn Watlington, and Francine
On behalf of the Lecture Com
mittee, I wish to thank the faculty,
the administrative staff, and the
Pierrettes for their hard work and
enthusiastic co-operation in helping
present Ruth Draper.
Special mention goes to Miss
Riegner for supervision of the set
—to Miss Marsh for the use of the
Alumnae House — to Ann Mixon
and the Pierrettes for paying for
and arranging the party—to Sally
Reiland for supervision of the
lights (Sally worked on the lights
six hours before the performance)
—to Emily Baker for personal as
sistance to Miss Draper backstage.
Jess Byrd, Chairman
“Yes’m.” I couldn’t understand
why she wanted to tell me then.
I thought she was very silly not
to wait until I had finished my
“Peggy?” she started again.
“Your grandfather is dead,”
I couldn’t think of anything to
say, so I just stood shivering in
the middle of the tub.
“Peggy, are you all right?” Why
didn’t Miss Aida quit asking me
questions ? Why didn’t they go
away then? I wished then I had
been at home.
“Well, when you get through
with your bath, then come over to
my house for dinner.” She com
manded me just like .my grand
“Yes’m.” I guess she expected
me to cry, but I didn’t feel ilke
crying. I knew my mother would
come and take me home, at least
for a few days. I knew I was
Miss Aida came over this morn
ing too. She brought some flowers
and asked me how I felt. She
keeps asking me this. Am I sup
posed to feel some special way ?
I told her I felt fine and I felt
fine because my mother came last
She says she is almost well now.
She cried when she saw grand
mother, and I don’t like to see her
cry. I guess maybe I should have
cried too, but I didn’t feel like cry
ing. I was too glad to see her.
If my father died I know I would
cry. I don’t know why, but I
would. Would you like a piece of
this fig, little ants? It’s very good.
Here ^ndl Tliere
By Freda Siler
France: The foreign ministers of
fourteen Brussels Powers and the
Big Four Powers met in Paris last
week to give Germany sovereign
power and membership in NATO.
Mendes-France, French Premier,
was the only stumbling block to
He would not sign anything until
Germany’s Konrad Adenauer
agreed to break the political union
between Germany and the Saar.
(The Saar is an area of 900 square
miles with a million inhabitants
situated between Germany and
France needs its coal mines (17
million tons annually) and its steel
furnaces (3 million tons) to offset
the industrial might of Germany.
With the Saar, France’s steel pro
duction is near West Germany’s
(13 million); without the Saar and
with the Saar added to West Ger
many, France would have little
more than half of West Germany’s
output (11 million tons versus 18
million). The Saar also needs the
iron from the mines in Lorraine,
France, to thrive in the German
By the end of the week Aden
auer and Mendes-France had
reached an agreement on the Saar.
This agreement put the Saar under
the WEU (Western European
Union). There will be a plebiscite
within three months on the agree
ment in which.German parties will
be free to campaign for or against
it—but for nothing else.
Once the agreement is approved
by plebiscite, anyone assailing it
will be liable to punishment.
(This is comparable to Swiss
neutrality—a Swiss may not agitate
against neutrality), At the time of
the peace treaty, another plebiscite
will decide whether the Saarland
ers want to keep their “European”
After reaching this agreement,
Mendes-France and Adenauer
joined the other Big Nine minis
ters in signing the documents that
restored Germany’s sovereignty and
established WEU, Then they
crossed the Seine to sign docu
ments with the fourteen Brussels
Powers which admitted Germany to
Thus the hope of bringing Ger
many into the Western European
alliance against Communism was
China: As I reported last week,
Jawatarlal Nehru, India’s Prime
Minister, journeyed to China to
talk over an Asian “area of peace”.
-But as he reached Red China, it
became more and more apparent
to him that Red China was not
entirely behind him.
Before he reached his destina
tion he knew that neighboring
Nepal was complaining about Red
China’s infiltration of its northern
Himalayas; Burma, worried by
Communist guerrillas in its own
country, was wanting tangible re
assurance of Chinese good inten
tions; even Indonesia, staunchest
of Nehru supporters, was put
out by Red China’s claim of juris
diction over Indonesa’s 3,000,000
By Bebe Boyd
*with thanks to M. B. R. for mathematical aid
If one girl put out a Salemite she would
tvork every single hour for 5% days. She
would walk 16 miles, spend $100, make 25
phone calls and write 80 feet of copy.
Of all things—statistics. Today the world
revolves around statistics. Salem College has
its statistics. The Salemite, strangely enough,
can even be broken down to statistics.
To begin with, the editor of the Salemite
spends at least 25 hours a week working on
the paper. She walks over 5 miles on Salemite
business. She makes 5 or more phone calls
concerning matters of the paper.
A total of 40 hours are spent by the Assist
ant Editor, Feature Editor, Managing Editor,
and Copy Editor performing their duties.
Anyone of them may walk 7 miles to and from
The Sun, or searching for that late article. A
total of 15 phone calls are made each week
by the staff.
How did the ads get in the paper? 3 miles
were traveled by the advertising agents who
go up town to get ads for the paper. Their
hours average about 8. Their phone calls
average 5 a week.
There are 5 “beat” reporters. They hunt
news from Dr. Gramley or Dr. Hixon or from
any of the department heads. Together they
total 6 hours of work.
And then there are feature and news re
porters. 3 hours, more or less, are spent by
each reporter to get the articles written. Us
ually 16 articles are printed in each issue of
The 3 make-up and head-line writers give
about 6 hours of work.
Tne circulation editor distributes the papers,
which takes about 1 hour; and then she mails
out the issues to the alumnae, spending 3
The cost to put out each issue of the Salem
ite is approximately $95. Each new picture
piinted costs $5. Not included, in that cost
are about 100 sheets of paper, 20 pencils, 40
stamps, 2 cans of sardines, 6 cups of coffee,
and 6 packs of cigarettes.
Hours of Work
8 Ad agents
6 Beat Reporters
48 Feature and News
6 Make-up and
Miles Walked Calli
137 hours or 5% days. 16 miles or 84,480 ft.
Expenses ' Copy
$ 95.00 general 18 in. rough per art.
5.00 each new pic- 18 in. typed per art.
Hire 24 in gaily sheet per
60 in. per article
*16 articles per paper
80 fe. or 960 inches.
The reader may note that these statistics do
not include the physical, mental, emotional,
and social strains on each member of the
staff. And should the reader have the auda
city to doubt the veracity of these statistics,
I state that the above is 99/100% correct.