Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Friday, October 7, 1955
General Robert L. Eichelberger,
U. S. Army, Retired, commander of
all allied ground forces in Japan in
1946*48, author of “The Jungle
Road to Tokyo”, and an expert on
Far Eastern affairs, will speak on
Tuesday, October 11, at 8;30 P.M.
at an open meeting sponsored by
the Salem College Alumnae Club
General Eichelberger has been
decorated by the Army, Navy, and
Air Force, and has signal' honors
from England, France, Belgium,
the Netherlands, the Phillippine
Government, and Ecuador.
He and his wife, the former
Emma Gudger, Salem ’07,_3vill be
guests at several affairs during
their two-day stay in the city.
Monday night their hosts, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hanes, will entertain
at dinner in their home.
The General’s schedule for Tues
day includes the opening of the
United Fund Drive in the morning,
a luncheon with the local press,
and dinner in Corrin Refectory
followed by his talk in Memorial
Hall. He and his wife will be
overnight guests at the Alumnae
When the General was asked
over the telephone to speak at
Salem, he somewhat hastily an
swered “I will”; being in a hurry
to catch a train. His destination
was the World Series in New York
and a football game at West Point,
where he served as Superintendent
prior to World War II.
A cordial welcome is extended to
all students to hear him on Tues
day night. Miss Delia Graham
Marsh, Alumnae Secretary said,
“It’s an opportunity no college
woman should miss,”
The annual fall meeting of the
Board of Trustees will be held at
4 p.m. Friday, October 21. Follow
ing the meeting the administrative
staff of the college and academy
will dine with the trustees.
The Canterbury Club will meet
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Compete With Tallulah
New Dorm Named For Mary Reynolds Babcock
Donations To Sept. 30th Total $1,685,000.73
Students, alumnae, Moravians,
and other individuals and groups
are promoting The Progress Fund
Campaign for Salem College and
Academy. The college goal con
sists of building a new dormitory,
steam plant, and laundry to enable
Salem to accommodate four hund
red students and to bring about
a raise in faculty salaries.
The total fund figure as of Sep
tember 30 was $1,685,000.73. Larg
est division donations were alum
nae, $58,184.35, (of which a notable
per cent was amassed by Winston-
Salem alumnae), special gifts, $102,
078.00, and the Mary Reynolds
Education Department Head
On White House Committee
Dr. Elizabeth Welch, head of the
Education Department at Salem
College, served last week as a
member of the N. C. White House
Conference on Education. The
conference was called by President
Eisenhower to study the problems
causing the present shortage in
educational facilities, and to re
commend a plan of action for solv
ing these problems throughout the
48 states and territorial possessions.
This study was to be made by a
commi^ion in each state, which
was to prepare a report to be sub
mitted at a meeting in Washington
beginning November 26.
The North Carolina Commission
was appointed early in September
by Governor Luther Hodges and
Superintendent of Public Instruc
tion Charles F. Carroll, and it was
made up of fifty-one men and five
women, both educators and laymen.
Dr. Welch was the only delegate
to the commission who represented
the liberal arts colleges and the
Mr. Wendt Has: Played Football, Run a Paper,
Been A Student Pastor And Sung In Choirs
By Judy Golden
If you’ve seen a blond, athletic-
looking man wearing glasses and
snappy clothes wandering among
the new people on Salem’s campus,
it is not a student at all. The
gentleman happens to be Mr.
Robert Wendt, our new Geography
and Sociology-Economics teacher.
During my interview with him,
Mr. Wendt kept me laughing with
his dry wit and friendly, good
humor. Although he looked a little
down-trodden when I began to fire
hundreds of questions at him, he
soon rallied and told me all about
Originally, “home” was Cleve
land, Ohio. Even though he started
out as a Yankee, he went to Lees-
McRae in Banner Elk, N. C. to
college. After that he attended
Nebraska Wesleyan University in
Lincoln, Nebraska; Southern Me
thodist University in Dallas, Texas;
and the graduate school of Dallas
While in college Mr. Wendt
participated in many activities. He
ran the school newspaper at Lees-
McRae, played football and basket
ball, and sang in choirs. While he
Was working as a student pastor.
he coached at the local high school
where he lived.
When I asked what else he had
been interested in, he grinned and
said, “Well, I got married and
raised a family my last four years
tion of Thornton Wilder’s comedy
in school.” There are four little
Wendt’s—2 boys, ages 10 and 6
months, and 2 girls, 7 and 4.
Directly before coming to Win-'
ston-Salem, the Wendt family
lived in Raleigh, where Mr. Wendt
taught at Meredith College.
This year Mr. Wendt expects to
be a very busy man. He is teach
ing Geography, Sociology, and Eco
nomics here at Salem.
Also he teaches a huge Sociology
class at Baptist Hospital two days
a week. Last, but not least, he has
a Sunday School lesson on WTOB
every Sunday morning at 8 ;30.
As usual, I asked Mr. Wendt
what his impressions of Salem
were. He thought for a minute and
then said he was “very much im
pressed.” He seemed to be think
ing mostly in terms of his faculty
acquaintances and their “extreme
When I asked him for his im
pressions of Rat Week, he replied
that he hadn’t seen many “Rats.”
He remarked that all of his classes
were composed of “old heads”—
seniors, juniors, and a few sopho
His last remark was that he
“hadn’t figured out which were the
biggest goof-offs — sophomores, or
Babcock Foundation, $525,000.
The Babcock Foundation is to be
used for the new dormitory, and
Salem trustees have named it the
Mary Reynolds Babcock Dormi
A typical Moravian brick struc
ture, it will stand on the site of
the old steam plant when it is
completed in 1957. Inside, it will
have tile floors and dormer win
dows. Forty-six double rooms and
five single ones will house ninety-
seven students on three floors.
Each floor will have an ironing
room and there will be basement
storage space and recreational
Future Teachers of America.
The commission was divided into
six groups to investigate six dif
ferent educational problems now
facing the American public. The
problems studied were:
1. What the public wants its
2. How to organize the program
of education economically so
that the most can be done
for the child during the time
he is in school.
3. What types of buildings and
equipment make for the most
4. How to get good teachers in
the schools and keep them
5. How to finance the type of
educational j^rogram the citi
6. How to acquaint the public
with the facts of an educa
tional crisis, and impress them
with the necessity of action
Dr. Welch served on the com
mission as a member of the group
that discussed the question of ob
taining and holding good teachers
and made recommendations for
solving this problem.
Beginning September 21, the
commission traveled to Greenville,
Fayetteville, Raleigh, Greensboro
Charlotte, and Asheville presenting
these questions and getting the
ideas and opinions of the people
from these six areas of the state
The commission was unique in that
it was sent to draw these ideas and
opinions from the public rather
than to present a set solution.
In each area a delegation of lay
people and teachers was appointed
by the county school superintendent
to present their ideas to the com
mission ; in additiori to this group,
the open meetings were attended
by a large number of concerned
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By Martha Jarvis
Dinosaurs, bathing beauties,' and
floods in Old Chapel ?
No, it’s not impossible but merely
a part of the Pierrettes’ presenta
tion of Thorston Wilder’s comedy.
The Skin of Our Teeth. Twice
a Broadway hit and the United
States’ entry in the Internatiowal
Drama Festival, the play satirizes
contemporary theater conventions
and illustrates the fact that j»an
keeps on despite the difficulties
which; surround him.
Although Wilder calls it n eon»-
edy, he uses his “shock technique”
to illustrate many moving moments
of the race’s struggle for suryivaj.
Although no one couW egnaV
Tallulah Bankhead’s Broadway per
formance as Sabina, the rnaid,
some Salemite will probably run
her a close second.
However, the roles of this play
are not all for born actresses;
there are many small parts (sotne
of which require no speaking) t^at
might satisfy everyone’s desire tO
be on the stage.
Moreover, the cast promises tq
be doubly exciting because srmie
of our male faculty members will
also be performing.
However, acting will only be a
small part of the production, Lpts
of help will be needed on th,e vari
ous crews in order to make'this
the theatrical boom that it is. Atty-
one interested in helping should
see Julia Parker, Pierrette prcsi-
In addition to presenting Tb«
Skin of Our Teeth, the Pierrettes
will sponsor two evening programs
These will feature the dramatic
talents of the student body, in
cluding freshmen. All of those in
terested should see Miss Reigner.
Helping charity organizations
which need voluntary service is the
goal of Mr. Wendt and his socio
logy field work class this year.
The group plans to devote a cer
tain amount of time each week to
work of this type.
For the past two Wednesdays
and on last Friday members of the
class have helped the United Fund
to prepare for its campaign that
begins October 17.
The. girls typed, addressed en
velopes, folded pamphlets, and
readied posters, pledge cards, and
other materials for distribnlipn
among the schools and business
establishments of WinstonrSalem
and the surrounding area.
Future plans of the group con
sist of assisting in the libraries of
boys’ homes and aiding such or
ganizations as the Salvation Army
and Travelers’ Aid. They also
hope to perform similar tasks in
Raleigh and other North Carolina
cities. i '
Members of the class, inclwdf
Nellie Anne Barrow, Mary BrOyyn,
Suejette Davidson, Dayl Dawson
and Barbara Durham.
Polly Larkins, Mary E. McGhiie,
Becky Doll McCqrd, Marian Myers,
Joan Reich, and Anne Williams are
also volunteering their services.