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THE S A L E MIT E
“IJue to tlic lack of participation t!ie hockey tournament scheduled
for tliis week has been cancelled.”
October 22, 1956
It is time we stopped fooling ourselves and came out with it. Extra
curricular activities and clubs and organizations have their good points,
hut they demand too much in the way of time and mental energy.
Somebody ought to stand up and say that, although there is a certain
feeling that she ought to be doing something besides studying and
dating, she honestly gets nothing out of extracurricular duties but a
tired mind and a little recognition now.and then. Nobodj' in school has
(he nerve to admit this, though.
Because the college has always had an athletic association, a news-
pa|>er, a yearbook, a play each semester, and a May Day program does
not mean we must continue to have them. If we are tired of these
things, let us come out with it. Say so.
And then we can do something about getting them abolished.
Think for a minute why you even bothered anyway. Do you really
. like to ask for ads, or to paint flats when it’s cold, or to make announce
ments in chapel ? .
I’erha])s you feel obligated to the person who asks \'Our help. She’s
your friend and you hate to turn her down.
■ Or are you working toward your thirty points or eighteen hours or
a nomination? And who will know the difference ten years from now?
Some |)eople say they’re just letting off excess energy between study
ing. But there arc easier ways to do that.
A good movie (when one finally comes to town) is diversion with
almost no effort on your part. Almost anybody can relax for ,'a whole
hour over a cup of coffee in Tom's or in the Student Center. A game
of bridge is the perfect social calmer.
Imagine what you could do wath all the si.x-thirty’s and one-thirty’s.
Jijst the right amount of time for a short nap or a long-plav record
between lunch and class or dinner and studs- or date time.
■We could get used to the one or two disadvantages. No Salemite
on. hriday afternoons. No yearbook in the spring.
We can always see plays uptown at the Little Theatre or over at
■Wake horest. Maybe we could even svatch some other school’s May
liageant if we have trouble getting used to not having one.
And the week-end before Christmas would not be taken up with a
dance here on campus. No Christmas baiuinet to bother with.
No more programs to make for anything. No announcements, either.
And glorious hours and hours of unplanned time.
It might be all right. Certainly we could come through the first
shock of idlene.ss all right.
• -We’re strong, lively girls.
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October 26, 1956.
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are unknown dangers for future
generations if we continue.
On the other hand it is con-
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Circulation Manager Peggy Ingram
Assistant Business Manager,
Business Staff: Nancy Lomax, Sally
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“Where there is much desire to
learn, there of necessity will be
much arguing, much writing,
many opinions — for opinion in
good men is but knowledge in the
making.” John Milton.
At his Press Conference last
week, Ike defined his opinion of
Republicanism. According to the
tended that there is a value in
continuing tests on missiles that
could be used for defense' against
attacks and that if we made a
pact and they were forced to re
sume if it was broken we would
lose valuable time which couldn’t
be made up. Politically speak
ing, the majority of Americans
Headlines: Mary Jo Wynne, Ruth Ben-
nett, Jerome Moore
Many of yon suggested on your
handbook tests that Salemites
should he allowed to wear Bermuda
shorts in the dining room, to class,
.and even some of you said to
•Tom’s and the Post Office. The
IRS in conjunction with the Stu
dent Council felt that no reply
could be more thorough or more
convincing than that made by Dr.
Gramley to a similar request in
May of 1954. Although outdated
as far as blue jeans and pedal
jui.sliers are concerned the judgment
i.s Still sound.
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Ke: Dress during Examinations
Your petition “to wear pedal
IHishers and dungarees, all during
exams on back campus, and to
exams” has reached my desk at
the 11th hour. I am, thus, put in
the awkward position of making an
arbitrary decision, without oppor
tunity of thorough review and dis
cussion with the petitioners, with
Student Council, with I. R. k and
with others. I am sorry such is
the case because as I reminded you
in chapel “You are Salem”.
May I think this matter through
with you, therefore, in this one
way conversation, to wit:
'1. I think of Salem as being
"different”, I have thought so for
five years now, and one of many
reasons is that you girls keep
yourselves feminine. This fact has
been one of my boasts in talking
about you and Salem when I am
away from campus.
2. I know that “anything goes”
on . many college campuses, that
girls wear jeans and pedal pushers
and shorts, etc. I know also that
girls has been carelessness and
negligence in other matters of
dress: their hair, for example.
3. I know, also, that the trend
in America is to'vvard conformance
in so many areas, and that this
trend is marked by “pulling things”
down to a common level instead of
pulling things up to a higher level.
Because jeans, etc., are popular (or
common) at Vassar and Smith and
other places, the assumption so
often is that “we ought to wear
4. I think of classes and ex
aminations as being dignified in
academic and other ways. And I
am afraid I am just “old enough”
to think of jeans and pedal push
ers as being somewhat undignified
. . . To put it another way, jeans
somehow remind me of hay rides,
doggie roasts, picnics and hikes iii
5. You may think me completely
prejudiced in this whole I'natter,
but my view is based also on
aesthetic grounds. (I have seen
tyomen on whom jeans are not be
6. One of the troubles with let
ting the bars down in matters of
dress is the next step, then the
next step after that, and then the
hop-skip-and jump that inevitably
follows. (If to classes, why not
the dining room, why not to the
Post Office, why not to classes the
year around, why not to Church?
. . . And if jeans and pedal push
ers are all right, why not Bermuda
shorts, gym shorts or your own
variety of shorts . . . And then,
perhaps, why not bathing suits?)
7. I may be all worng, as I am j
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r- 1 ■ r against btevenson on the assumn-
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jtion that the general knows the
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they can’t do well themselves, but j With the renewed fighting be-
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afraid I often am, but I wonder if
■n a quiet moment, beyond the
hearing of those who may enthusi
astically promote and urge the pro-
nosed change, you (each one of
you) really think you would like
to have Salem become a blue-jean
or pedal-pusher college.
8. Is it so restrictive and so ter
rible to be “different” ? Do you
think it worth a little inconven
ience, if that’s what it is, or a little
discomfort, if that’s what it is,' to
maintain a standard that singles
out the Salem girl as unusual in
mid-20th century? It could be
that someday you will be proud
that you helped keep standards
In any event, will you help one
of your admirers hold the line?
Yes, you’ve guessed it, in this. 11th
hour of my dilemma, the answer
Dale H. Gramley
May 19, 1954
of the local and state government
to run their own affairs.
The Democratic approach is not
only against releasing and helping
the great results you get from a
free people doing these things,
but they are not concerned parti
cularly ■ with the sound dollar.
A short time ago the state of
Mississippi invited a group of
twenty small town New England
editors and publishers to tour
their state with the purpose of
letting them learn the truth about
segregation and what it is. Travel
ing the region on a chartered bus,
the northerners were surprised to
find a large degree of compati
bility among the races and the
existence of many fine Negro
schools, but the Mississippi sys
tem of sufferage was an even
greater surprise. In almost every
district observed, the Negro citi
zen is denied the right to vote.
Concluding that the tour had
proved that the worst they had
heard was true. Editor Paul Cum
mings of the New Hampshire
press said, “Integration is bound
to come. Equal justice must come.
Our system makes no allowance
for forty-seven states and Mis-'
Divided opinions were heard
around the nation as a result of
Stevenson’s campaign proposal to
halt the H-bomb tests. On one
side, scientists agree that 1) there
IS httle sense in : building ever
bigger bombs since we already
have one that will blow up a city
2) there is no risk involved in a
pact to end the tests since we
could always begin again 3) there
Student Body: ^
Due to the article in last Sun
day’s paper concerning the Salem
girls and the Wake Forest co-eds,
we would like to apologize for the
misunderstanding it may have
We were indeed misquoted and
feel sure all of you are aware that
a newspaper, sometimes twists
statements to arouse public in
terest. We hope that our mis
quoted opinions will not be taken
by anyone as the feelings of any
member of the Salem student
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Kappa Alpha Order
Wake Forest College
To the Editor:
Concerning the article about the
Wake Forest girls and the Salem
women found in last Sunday’s
newspaper, we of the third floor
of the Kappa Alpha House strongly
disagree with the Wake Forest co
ed’s opinion that the Salem women
are snobbish. Having been so
royally received by these fair young
ladies of Salem, we consider them
anything but snobbish.
The femininity as well as the
quality of the Salem women far
exceeds that of the Wake Forest
girls ^ in our opinion. Socially
speaking, we have found the
Salem women, with the exception
of a few "brain-washed” under
classmen, much more enjoyable
to be with at our parties.
Its going to be a good year!
■Lets have a party?
B- Y. 0. L.
long bangs, the Express growled
that not one photograph of him
has ever revealed his forehead!
When asked for an explanation,
the royal Barber refused to com
ply, aloofly replying that “We
never discuss the heir’s hair.”
The Duchess of Windsor dealt
a blow to the policy of listing the
world s best dressed women when
she asked, “How could such a
list be anything but phony, when
most of the judges seldom see me
or the other people they are vot
ing for?” Touche.
A new record album entitled
Aphrodisia and decorated with the
ample figure of Antia Ekberg
features this cautionary message
The primitive rhythms in this
album are basic and explosive.
Those unaccustomed to dealing
with aroused emotions are urged
to listen with care.” Should sell
a million albums, at least.
Don’t miss Around The World
In Eighty Days. This film ver
sion of Jules Verne’s intriguing
epic promises to be one of the
hits of the year.
The Metropolitan Opera begins
its season on October 29 with the
presentation of Bellini’s Norma.
Making her debut on this occasion
will be Manhatten born Maria
M e n e g'h i n i Cajlas, tli^e most
talked-about performer in the
opera world today.
Ending a world wide search for
an actress to play the leading role
in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan,
movie director Otto Preminger
has at last made his choice in the
person of 17 year old Jean Seberg.
Slim, five feet, four inch Jean is
a college student from Marshall
town, Iowa who has appeared in
only five professional productions
m one summer of summer stock
A modern Cinderella story.
Is the Soviet Empire Criunb-
ling? Let us look back. In 1948
the first break with Russia oc
curred whe Tito led Yugoslavia
to independence and away from
the iron rule of Stalin, Then with
the death of Stalin a general eas
ing of policy occurred with the
new Kruschev regime. An exam
ple of this were the smiling faces
of the Russian delegates at the
Geneva Conference last year.
A second bid for independence
has now occurred with the steady
disappearance of Moscow men in
Polish government. Led by lib-
eralist Wladyslaw Gomulka the
Poles have defied threats from
Moscow and are shouting for free
dom. The eyes of the world are
focused on Poland.