Friday. November 14. 1958
to prove that the
may, as things now stand, be attended with some
inconveniences and perhaps not produce those many
good effects proposed thereby.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1958
Published every Friday of the College year
by the Student Body of Salem College
I am quite aware what a presumption it is
to argue against the general attitude and
temperament of this campus. However, being
in a position to communicate through the press,
I should like to put forth an argument to
these paragons of reason, known by their male
counterparts and faculty as college women.
As things now stand, the Resolution for the
Abolishing of Academic Work, initiated by
Seniors, and signed by a virtual majority of
Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen, and
agreed to at least in principle by the special
students, is under going hyperbolic discussion
in the daily meetings of the Association for
the Appointing of Committees, to Appoint
Committees, to Appoint Committees to Study
the Adaption of the College Woman to the
Extra-curricular Life on (Jampus.
The primary argument of the protagonists
is the tact that academic work consumes such
a large part of one’s day. How can a well-
adjusted college woman be expected to carry
five full courses and still find time to contri
bute fully to her leadership training in the
evenings, at 5:00, and immediately after lunch.
May I suggest that the abolishing of aca
demic work—as exhibited in class attendance
and assignment preparation, would completely
deprive each potential leader of any dissatis
factions about which she might converse for
the first quarter-hour of her training program.
Further, what would she do with all that un
occupied time during the day? To fill it with
more leadership activities would mean she
might perhaps take on too great a load, and
her evening activities might suffer.
The Abolishing of Academic Work would
further, say its supporters, improve im
measurably the moral and/or mental health
of every student. With no pressure from im
pending exams, papers, and reports, students
attitudes are sure to improve; and, claim the
initiators of the resolntion, 100% participation
in every activity is not an unreasonable statis
tic to expect.
But 1 question whether this move would
really improve mental attitude. If 100%
participation is expected, then students are
sure to be pressured even more to participate.
And, with class assignments no longer an ex
cuse, what others can they offer when they
feel unable to attend a committee meeting?
One point which seems to have been over
looked is the position of the faculty. After
all their education and preparation we cannot
ignore them. And, with no academic work,
there would be no texts—of what purpose
would be our campus bookstore, the library,
the office of the recorder?
Be that as it may, what will happen to all
of those students who had rather sit around
a bridge table that either go to class or to
their leadership training program? But the
passage of this resolution will entail our tak
ing a long, scrutinizing look at our reasons
for coming to college in the beginning.
1 feel confident that a few of us are willing
to do this.
My inclination is to let academic work re
main as a part of the college calendar, pro
viding there is no over-scheduling. I propose
therefore that the committee that appoints
committees appoint a committee to study how
the students might reincorporate academic
duties within the area of their leadership
training programs—in its proper perspective.
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It’s been said in journalistic circles If
there’s no news, create some.” Well, there’s
no news and “square activities may be summed
up in three words: SIX WEEKS TESTS. Id
create a little news by starting another fire
in Bitting but someone might get suspicious
and since I’ve accumulated four call downs
with relatively no effort on my part, I’d better
“walk the chalkline” and not try any antics.
World Disarmament Talks
Still. Remain In Deadlock
Around The Square
For several year's now, Russian, American, British diplomats have
been seated at the conference table together, all pledged to the public
to seek a satisfactory disarmament. The results have been t e same
each time. They have each returned home without having reached any
sort of agreement. Last week they met again and the outlook for a
mutual agreement is about the same as in years past.
Russia wants a blanket commitment to disarm while the U. S. and
Great Britain want a provision for setting up an inspection system to
insure that the agreement will be carried out. Deadlock again.
At present the Western powers have suspended nuclear tests, in
an unilateral commitment, with the provision that they would not be
obligated to suspend tests if Russia carried out any more nuclear tests.
This is the same escape clause which Russia used last March when she
suspended testing unilaterally at the conclusion of a long series of tests.
This was timed just before the U. S. series was planned, and since
the U. S. went on with her tests,, as the Russian gentlemen knew she
would, Russia was under no obligation to keep her word.
This seems to me a case of American adoption of Russian tactics,
and I raise then, whether our moral obligation to seek peace is actually
stop stockpiling nuclear weapons or if it is to play tag with the Russians.
Is the United States any more justified in reopening tests now than
Russia was? For myself, I do not know which alteration will preserve
the peace, but I surely do hate to think that the Western powers have
to resort to Soviet tactics to find what they consider an effective and
Things around the square are at such a low
ebb, I’ve resorted to opening my big brown
eyes and observing . . and what did I see?
I saw DID YOU signs posted on trees, on
hall mirrors, on ivy leaves in the dining room
and in numerous other curious places. Did
you w'hat? Well—the signs can have such
hroad references. Did you . .'. sign out?, for
get to tuck your shirt tail in (a social stigma
at Salem) ? get your laundry? study your les
sons or did you understand what the Did
you” signs meant: . . . And I Saw a 1927 Sights
and Insights in the annual office. Their publi
cation had reverently made reference to those
who had fallen by the wayside for higher and
nobler causes like “Feverages, homesickness,
a marriage license or the call of a co-ed school
as the “fallen petals”. Isn’t that a touching
and delicate comparison—those who, for one
reason or another had not completed their four
years at Salem and were compared to fallen
petals that had felt their colorful bloosoms
and fluttered to the ground.
I saw the 21 red roses in South Dormitory
that Harriet Herring’s parents sent her on her
21st birthday . . . And ... I think I saw a
Nation’s Education Crisis
Needs More Attention
(With proper acknowledgment to J. S.)
This is National Education Week
and we as future parents, teachers,
and citizens must realize the crisis
in education which is facing the
nation today. We all realize the
biggest problem is the shortage of
teachers and schools. Will we be
willing to pay more taxes in order
to secure better teachers? A
teacher’s job is a full and respon
sible one. Will just a raise in
teachers’ salaries be enough to en
tice able people? It is true that
the average income of most other
professions exceeds that of teachers.
The estimated average salary in
19S7-S8 for elementary teachers was
$4,325, for secondary teachers $4,840.
What do you think about the cur
riculum of our schools today ? As
was brought out in chapel last week
perhaps there is over-emphasis on
extra-curricular activities. 'Here
are some new ideas for the cur
riculum of the future: more time
and emphasis to the current events
of life; less time to question and
answer and more time to thought
ful discussion; more emphasis on
the teaching of foreign languages
in the elementary school. “In the
future years, can we not make of
the school a laboratory for de
veloping the social characteristics
we wish our children to live by—
that all may come to a clear under
standing and in so doing become
kinder, friendlier people?’’
Will tomorrow’s education — the
education of the atomic age—be the
answer? This education will in
clude : special- education — division
by the mental and physical handi
caps; the twelve months’ plan—in
which teachers and students go to
school year; emphasis on mathe
matics and science—will it exclude
the humanities ?, a new teacher-
education a five year program, cul
minating in a master’s degree. So
we see that education is advancing
toward new and challenging oppor
tunities. But America needs you—■
will you do your part as a future
citizen, parent, or teacher?
Song Of The
Reprint from THE NATION Octo
ber 25, 1958.
I saw tbe poet, Mr. Whittemore, and beard
him read excerpts from An American Takes
A .Walk and wondered how he could produce
poetry with the ease and spontaneity with
most of us copy our notes.
I saw the rather disillusioning results from
the UNICEF drive. 24e, 39c, 98c, $6.00, $2.00
and on down the line of dormitories until 480
Salemites averaged the grand sum of a $13
contribution . . . And I saw diamonds, dia-
ftionds, diamonds. Weezie Hill, Janet Garri
son, and June Gregson are flashing their stones
.on the proper hands, proper fingers . . .
Fran Cartier and Joan Brooks are at their
homes with illnesses. If any of you find time,
I’m certain that a few “get well” cards would
If you happen to hear the bell ringing at
7 :45 on Monday, Friday mornings, don’t cuss
the little man that rings the bell and pro
nounce that he needs his head examined. Early
morning chapel is every morning in Little
Chapel and the bell is a gentle reminder. For
whom do the bells toll?
Earlier this month a man of
twenty-nine died in Albany after
being attacked with tear gas by
state troopers who wished to evict
hirn from his house. This citizen
was clearly wrong in refusing to
surrender his house when so or
dered. The State of New York
required his property for a new
highway. But it is difficult, also,
not to sympathize with a man who
defends his home against bulldozers.
A man is no more a match for a
bulldozer than he is for a windmill,
but the very inequality of the com
bat is what makes it symbolically
effective. We^ do not suggest that
roads are anything but a public
benefit, we do not even whisper
that there could be too many of
them. But perhaps we should de
cide (and soon, for the bulldozer
has discovered parthogenesis) whet
her man has any needs that run
counter to his appetite for driving
at sixty miles an hour from horizon
to horizon. You need a symbol for
such an inquiry: we suggest the
figure of the late Marvin Titcomb
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