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    Hail bounteous May that dost
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Mirth and youth and warm
desire,
Woods and groves are of thy
dressing,
Hill and dale both boast thy
blessing.
Volume XXXVII
Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Friday, May_4^Jj_57_
Number 24
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Left to rio'ht: Beverly Wollnv May Terry, Nollner Morrissette, Louise Pharr, Queen, Nancy Bkim, Maid of Honor, Rose Tiller, Ruth Bennett, Nancy
Walker, Jane Bridges, and Susan McIntyre. Center: Lou Scales, Noel Hollingsworth, Dorothy Bridgers, and Jeane Humphrey.
A Southern Mansion Will Be Highlight
Of The L R. S. Magnolia Ball Tonight
A moonlight night, the sweet
scent of magnolias and a Southern
plantation house will set the stage
for file May Day dance tonight at
9:00 Completing this scene of the
Old South will be Salem girls in
hoop-skirted formals, dancing with
their dates to the music of the
Saturday Nights. The main event
at the dance will be the figure in
which the May Queen and her
Court and their escorts will be
presented, with Dr. Gramley acting
as master of ceremonies.
Reich's Delltasia Was Liked
The fjord music rippled through
the dell ... a northern fairy-land
awakened to May-time . . . and
May Day came to Salem,
The May Dell was transformed
into a farmer’s field, a queen s
garden, and an eerie trojl-forest.
And who were those little people ?
Those fanciful flowers and fairies,
jaunty farmers, delicate raindrops
and awkv'ard trolls ? They were
all part of the annual spring-time
celebration—the May Day Page
ant.
Not sneaking philologically, page
ant should be s^ielled with letters
in Joan Reich’s enthuastic name for
she master-minded the whole show.
In defining pageant the names of
Martha Jarvis, Joyce Taylor, Ann
Brinson, Carol Cooke, Ann Knight,
Dottie Ervin, Brenda Goerdel, and
the entire cast should be used.
The story of Delltasia is an,
adaptation of an old Norwegian
fairj'-tale. The action of the plot
was carried out by Ann Brinson,
who gaily danced the Court Jester,
the noble Asmond, the Queens
most trusted knight, was strutted
proudb^ by Closs Jennette; and the
hilarious Queen of the Trolls was
characterized by Curt Wrike.
The perfected pageant which
Salemites and their guests saw
today was a result of intensive
planning, intensive practicing, and
intensive work.
Behind those sturdy farmers
were hoes entangled in crinoline
oetticoats. Behind those delicate
fairies were pin-curled heads and
bare-feet. The seeds’ shirttails
hung out; and the raindrops were
always dad in Bermuda shorts and
a suntan for practice sessions. The
trolls ? Well, the trolls made prac
tice into play. They were always
good for a laugh.
But today you did not see
Salem’s May Dell. You saw Nor
way. The happy farmers, slumber
ing seeds, tinkly raindrops, fleet-
footed fairies, and deformed old
trolls—these carried us away to
fairyland, to fantasyland to meet
a resplendent queen and her court.
Three days ago Her Majesty and
the Court were trudging down the
hill in khaki shorts with hooped
petticoats over them.
Look over there behind the trees
now. You will see a smiling chair
man, relieved director, beaming
choreographer, satisfied costumer,
and a celebrating cast. The ap
plause of the audience was their
only reward, and it was worth it.
—Jeane Smitherman
The committees responsible for
putting on the dance are headed
by IRS council members, with
president Marybelle Horton work
ing in the capacity of director-
general. Anis Ira and Ruth Ben
nett are in charge of decorations;
Rosemary Laney, refreshments;
Norwood Dennis and Mary Lois
James, dance bids,; Nancy Sexton,
publicity; Evelyn Vincent, figure;
Becky Hinkle, chaperones; Nollner
Morrissett, tickets; and Marcille
Van Liere, the Friday night dance.
These people are only the direc
tors. Most of the student body
has, in some way, helped execute
the plans. All day Thursday and
today, industrious Salemites could
be seen trooping down to the gym
at their free periods, ready to grab
a paint brush, stick magnolia leaves
in chicken wire, or hang pieces of
Florida-imported Spanish moss—
courtesy of Mrs. Ira.
■—Ruth Bennett
Attention
The first semester issues of the
’56-’57 Salemite’s have received
First Class rating from the Asso
ciated Collegiate Press evaluation.
The Salemite’s front page layout,
headline schedule, and news sources
were rated “superior” by its judge.
The paper’s balance, creativeness,
editorial page features, masthead,
and inside news pages were con
sidered excellent.
Mh)! Queen To Be Bride
The case was May Day elections; the judge and jury was the Salem
student body; the final decision was in favor of Nancy Blum, the May
Queen for 19S6-1957. This trial took place back in the fall. Nancy
was officially adopted however this morning when the Salem Choral
Ensemble sang the traditional May Day Carol to her at her window.
The May 'Queen attended a banquet in her honor and will lead the
figure at the Magnolia Ball.
- As her Majesty’s record indicates, this election is not her first May
Day appearance. For the past four years, Nancy has been an outstand
ing member of the May Court.
Also noteworthy on her record are counts exclusive of May Day.
Nancy has been an I. R. S. representative, a marshal, and a member of
the Pierrette staff. In her free time the Queen prefers water-skiing
and swimming. She will laughingly admit that knitting is one of her
favorite pastimes.
On July 6, Nancy and Mr. Tom Wood, will be married. Afterwards,
the couple will make their home in Chapel Hill where Tom. is a medical
student. The May Day audience had a premiere, as the Queen’s dress
will also be her bridal gown.
Twelve accomplices completed the May Court this year.
Five freshmen made appearances on the May Court. Roommates,
Dorothy Bridgers and Beverly Wollny, were attendanes. “Sis” Brid
gers hails from Wilson; her roommate is from New Jersey. From Rock
ingham, was pretty Lou Scales. Lou’s former Salem Academy class
mate, Noel Hollingsworth, of High Point was another freshman at-
tendent. The other pretty, freshman brunette was May Terry of Spar
tanburg, South Carolina.
Representing the Sophomore Class as May Court attendents were
Ruth Bennett and Susan McIntyre. Ruth, appearing on the May Court
for the first time, is from Hartsville, S. C. Susan, the Court’s only red
head, hails from Lumberton.
' Also from Lumberton was a junior, Jeanne Humphrey. This was
Jeanne’s second appearance on the Court. Her roommate, Jane Bridges,
of Pottstown, Pennsylvania began her May Court career today. She
will continue with the pageant next year serving as chairman.
Elected for the third time as a member of the May Court was Nancy
Walker, a junior from Kinston. Another junior, Nollner Morrissette
of Lynchburg, Virginia appeared for the first time on the Court.
Representing the Senior Class in the May Court were Maid-of-Honor,
Rose Tiller, and Louise Pharr. Rose is from Draper She, like the
Queen, is a Home Economics major. Louise is frorn^ Charlotte.
The May Court dresses of nile green crystalite are designed with a
round scoop neck with a large bow and long streamers in back. Broad-
brimed natural straw hats with daisies around the crown complete the
Court’s dress. They carried bouquets of daisies matching those on the
—Anne Catlee and Anne Fordham
    

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