When should tradition guide our praetiees
and when should it be disregarded?
This has always been an interesting ques
tion on the Salem campus and one which eer-
taiidy applies to Kat Week.
Rat Week is one of the traditions which
patterns a part of freshmen-sophomore life.
It is something which is anticipated and
dreade.d. which can create friendships or hos-'
tiliti(ss, v\dii('h can be a success or a failure.
The freshmen undergo the torture and look
f(wward to planning their “ratting” program.
(q,her\\'ise, there rvould be a feeling of being
denied a basic privilege of “sophomorehood.”
lint i.sn’t this really one of those traditions
which is a h.iudrance in achieving a goal rather
timn a means?
Creating friendships among the freshmen
and sophomores is generally considered the
goal (.f Rat Week. But, isn’t there a better
way of doing this without ha-ving the inter-
nifition in sleep, studies, and campus life that
Rat Week brings?
Mary Baldwin College has an Apple Piek^
ind Day when all classes are dismissed and
the freshmen, the sophomores, and their teach
ers s]>end the day together picking apples.
Halem could have something similar to this
in the form of a Tanglewood Day. Classes
have, never been too successful during Rat
Week. If the faculty would agree to dismiss
classes for one day, for the two classes in
volved,, no more time would be lost than on
a Rat Day when everyone is either unpre
pared or too sleepy to contribute.
A Tanglewood Day could include planned
r(U‘,reation and a picnic lunch. The students
could mix and meet. There w'ould not be any
chances of misunderstandings as occurred this
vi^ar and have occuiu’ed in the past.
A lot of things may irritate you on campus
but there has always seemed to be one of
partiodar aiiuoyance to .senior.s—the lack of
We are not advocating converting back
campus into a ]>arking lot but we do advocate
recpiesting the City of Winston-Salem to mark
off parking zones on Church Street, Academy
Sti-eet, and if this were done it would be pos
sible to park at least three more cars in thd
area of the Square.
As it stands now, ears park at any angle
that suits them and that is always wasted'
t^.a'emiti's are getting pinned—-
Asian fin is spi-eading few >('rms at Salem.
One of its two victims, Martha Goddard,
I' iu) ha'- H lead in the forth-cominu’ Pierrette
Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
has two broken I'ibs as a result of continuous
Miss Palnuu- says that she escaped Asian
flu, but that she has .iust recovei'ed from a
bad case of'.Moravian flu.
classes are proving interesting.
When Mr. Denton assigned his third period
class a true-false test for Monday, Martha
nn-cal’s (lue.stion—, “Mr. Denton, would you
please give us an example of your tiaie-
falses,"—brought shrieks of laughter from the
other students and a startled, “My wdiat?”
from her p]'ofessor.
Dormitories are being placed in good
Bet.sy Gatling has just been appointed by
the Student Council to the position of Salem
College Fire Chief.
Good things keep coming in twos—
Caroline Easley ended up with two blind
dates at Duke this week-end. Her only bad
moment came when she had to tell them both
good-bye at the same time.
Juniors in South have received two phone
calls at the same time—one on first floor and
one on second.
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The announcement came from
Mo.scow that the first successful
satellite was launched by the U. S.
S. R. on October 4. It is about
two feet in diameter and weighs
184 pounds. It is equipped with
radio transmitters which contin
uously emit signals. It’s altitude
is about 560 miles and speed around
18,000 miles an hour. It circles the
globe every hour and 36 minutes.
The news of this satellite has
profound implications. Scientifi
cally, the satellite will greatly in
crease our knowledge of the earth.
Scientists can learn accurately the
shape of the earth and study the
earth’s ancient magnetic field.
Militarily, the appearance of the
satellite means that Russia is very
advanced in rocketry. Politically,
the Soviet moon is of great value
as propaganda and a psjwhological
victory over the U, S. It shows
other nations that Russia is a top
militar}^ power and can challenge
On M o n d a y, October 1, the
French government of Premier
Maurice Bourges-Maunoiiry, fell
over the Algerian issue. The three
year old guerilla warfare in Algeria
has been a persistent source of
political instability causing the fall
of three governments so far.
The crisis came when the Premier
refused to further compromise his
plan for Algerian government.
Basically, the plan would set up six
semi-autonomous administrative de
partments which would eventually
elect a central executive council for
all Algeria. This plan set up along
ethnic lines would grant Moslems
equal voting rights with Europeans
When a vote of confidence was
called, the Assembly voted 279 to
253 to defeat the plan and throw
out the government.
The Arabs in Algeria want full
independence; the Europeans op
pose any concessions; the U. N. is
putting pressure on France to settle
this issue. France will have to act.
Top Democrats in the South are
planning a third party for the 1960
elections. It’s object is stated as
giving a voice to “conservatives”
all over the U. S. Both major
parties realize the power that this
new party will have. A third-party
candidate might get 136 electoral
votes from eleven Southern states
and the border state o^f Oklahoma.
Despite protests and confusion at
the Teamsters convention in Miami
.fames R. Hoffa was elected presi
dent of the 1,400,000 member Inter
national Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Mr, IToffa did not seem worried
that he is under fire from a Senate
committee and under indictment in
E.xperts disagreed on the question,
of vaccination against Asian Flu
for everyone. A panel of experts
discussed the issue in San Fran
cisco last week and concluded:
“There is no sense in mass immuni
Despite all the fuss over govern
ment economy the official budget
report shows that the government
will spend 189 million dollars more
than they planned in the year to
end in mid-1958. This is the largest
budget in peace-time history.
October 11, iQt;?
On The Continent
For students traveling and living in Europe,
these two Saiemites saw very few tourists—
thank goodness. Somehow, we always .seemed
to run into other American, students. As
curious as we are, we knew their life history
by the end of a train ride or a tour through
For instance, in Rome we met two appren
tice actors who liad just finished a tour of
“Teahouse of the August Moon”. They had
left New York two months before on a Greek
freighter to spend eight months traveling.
One of them had never traveled before and
took in everytliing eagerly. The other gave
us a blase tour of St. Peter’s Cathedral. This
was his sixth time around.
While on this impressive tour, we ran into
a former acquaintance from aboard ship. Boh
\yas a Dartmouth graduate with an Oxford
scholarship in Russian history. Tremendously
excited, he Nvas looking forward to a certain
Youth Conference being held in AIoscow at the
end of the summer!
In Venice, we strolled down to see the uni
versity. ' Another American offered his ser
vices for touring and finding a cheap place
to eat. Thirty-five years .old, but a typical
student, be took ns to the local hangout—
hideously filthy. Grinning, he said, “It’s so
cheap! Spaghetti is only 12^.
As for students in Geneva, they lived a
little better. The Smith College girls, whom
we had heard so much about, were practically
indistinguishable from Europeans—except for
their arms and legs, which were in casts from
skiing. One girl made it almost home from
St. Moritz, but slipped, while dancing on the
roadside, and broke her foot.
Another fell in a different way—for a Hun
garian refugee. Her only trouble was in per
fecting her French in order to talk to her
Surprisingly enough, two of the most typical
Southern Americans among our friends led
the most interesting lives. Jim was a reporter
from Memphis with his head either in the
clouds or his nose in Hemingway. With his
press card he got into Labor Conferences, UN
meetings, and an interview with John Stein
beck. When he left the Steinbecks in their
pensione in Florence, Jim realized that he
knew nothing about them, but had discussed
two main topics concerning the South—segre
gation and Elvis Presley.
When we last heard, Jim had ten dollars
and a ticket to Istanbul, but there was a rumor
too, that he was put in a Bulgarian prison
camp for hopping off a train behind the Iron
Curtain. After a story, no doubt!
Pete, another friend, was only 19, but was
prone to work himself into shouting frenzies
over Chinese philoso|.)hy and Russian opera.
His father was in the foreign service and Pete
had lived in seven different countries, includ
ing Russia. Now he was taking a needed
chemistry requirement in order to enter the
University of Nebraska. He had a hard time
with chemistry, but he certainly knew his
A few weeks before we started home, all our
friends left for various places. On our wa}
uptown one clay we stopped, in front of
American Express and stared. There, U
plaid bermudas, loafers, button-down collars!
and awfully short crew-cuts, stood two Betas
from Davidson. They hollered “Jo Marie!"
and “How y’all doin’?” which we hadn’t heard
in four months. When we left Geneva, those
two were hitting the nightclubs with two Tm-
kish girls in a Plymouth convertible. Lea'?
it to Davidson!
In fact, we did.
—Judy Golden, Jo Marie Smith