October 14, 1960
Sophomore Slump Cure
Now that the FITS Day program is over,
some of the sophomores are learning that the
sophomore slump is not just something that
the class above teased them about. It is all
too real. The junior class has Little Sisters,
the senior class has all the big jobs on campus
and diamond rings besides, and of course the
freshmen are getting all of the attention from
everyone. The sophomores just feel neglected.
Let’s eavesdrop on two sophomores now.
“Betty, we’ve got to do something! I’m tired
of sitting here in this dorm. I’ve got to do
something else. Do you remember that an
nouncement in chapel today: I think that 111
start working in some club. I don’t know
I’d planned to work on a play, or the Salemite
or try out for Dansalems last year, but I al
ways seemed too busy or I didn’t know what
I could do.”
“Oh, I know—No one asked me either! Well,
anyway, I was talking to Alice today and she
said that they really need us to help on this
project, like they said in chapel. I think I’ll
help out—how about you?”
“You know. Bets, I think you are right.
Let’s both help Alice.”
These two sophomores are not wise fools—
they really know how to get over the sopho
more slump. They are going to participate in
some of the organization’s projects. Wouldn’t
you like to help? Please contact someone
working on an organization and volunteer.
Before too long you’ll forget all about the
The Lecture Series begins its new series next
Thursday night with a lecture by Malcolm
Muggeridge. Your ticket for this event has
already been paid for, it’s right on campus,
and you can sit in the balcony without dress
ing up for the lecture. Salem has done all
possible to see that the lectures will be con
venient for the students to bear. The rest is
up to you.
We urge all students to attend the lecture
whether some professor requires it or not. A
man of Mr. Miiggeridge’s experience will be
able to help us look beyond the narrow limits
of Salem’s campus to a complex world that
demands a well informed person. We don’t
expect our speaker to be able to solve all the
world problems in an hour and a half, but he
can make us realize that something is more
simportant than who dated Jim Saturday night
vor how many scarab bracelets Mary owns.
We feel that the Lecture Series is one of
those things on campus for which it is worth
while to sit up later at night to study. We
hope to see you in the audience on Thursday.
Letter To The Editor
Last week the Salemite referred to the Fol
lies as a “Marji Production.” If the space
permitted. I’d list the names of all of those
girls whose production it really was—you’d
find each of your names included. The enter
tainment Wednesday night was the result of
the combined efforts of each member of the
Senior Class—whether it was selling tickets,
learning lines, looking for props, painting
posters, waving a banner, or shouting the final
chorus of Oklahoma — everyone contributed
her time, cooperation, and enthusiasm in order
to make the show a success.
So to each of you I’d like to extend a big
THANK YOU for helping me and for making
your Pollies what they were.
OF COURSE YOO‘U UKC Hirn —
By Dean Major
The world is today in more turmoil than ever before: Cuban
planes buzz American subs and the island itself continues to
rumble angrily; the United Nations, still rocking from the
battle over admission of Eed China, prepares to face the dis
armament issue; Khrushchev continues his usual “angry
antics.” All of this on one globe!
In the midst of this turmoil stands the United States, dis
rupted by fierce election debates and lively political rallies.
While our two honorable candidates swing through the United
States and toss heavily barbed comments toward each other,
the United States public tries desperately to wade through the
political propaganda to the truth behind the issues.
Reflecting world unrest and the importance of our position
in world affairs, many of the major issues of the election center
around foreign policy. What do the two candidates have to
Red China Issue:
While Kennedy accuses the GOP of a decline in the prestige
of the U. S., a decline reflected in the narrow margin of the
voting over Red China’s admission to the U. N., Nixon, backed
firmly by Eisenhower, continues to praise the work of the GOP
in the midst of world tension. In his support of the GOP,
Nixon quotes Sukarno’s praise of the U. S. and points to the
confidence which the neutrals place in her.
Senator Kennedy’s program includes more aid to Africa in
educational, technological, and governmental training, and in
agricultural programs for that continent.
As these two candidates put forward their platforms, world
attention focuses on our campaign. Khrushchev himself has
entered U. S. politics, saying that the debates are of no im
portance, “mere words to be tossed in a garbage pail.” The
importance of the choice of a candidate is seen in Khrushchev’s
statement that he is prepared for a summit meeting with the
new president, whoever he may be.
Our next President will find himself face to face with per
haps the most decisive four years in history. Who will lead
us in these four years?
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By Susan Hughes
According to tradition, the rising senior
;class burns all frivolities on the night of Hat
Burning during their junior year. But there’s
a fallacy here—namely. Senior Follies. Yes,
the seniors had a gay time giving follies and
proved that seniorhood is not at all a gloomy
During the last week the campaign for Pres
ident has reached a state of high excitement.
Even on this campus one feels the pitch of
excitement and the tension between the vari
ous Republican and Democratic factions. The
sounds of “But Kennedy is just bowing to the
Communists . . .” and “Nixon is about the
wishy-washiest man in the world. He’s blind,
too!” have infilterated even the most remote
corners of the dorms; and if you listen care
fully from the top of the stairs to the base
ment of Main Hall, you can hear the spirited
discussions of the faculty members who gather
there rather than at the D. B.
But even amidst all this political uproar the
call of Davidson, UNO, State, etc., etc., etc.
hasn’t subsided. Sign out boxes are full every
weekend. For instance, Jette Seear went to
see her John at Columbia Med. School last
weekend, and Ann Kearfoot made a little trip
to Baltimore—^you know, where Annapolis is.
Course, lots of people went off. May I do a
little pleading here? If you go off to a very
interesting place for a very special weekend,
if you get pinned or engaged or married, if
anything cute happens, or if anybody makes
one of those “priceless comments,” don’t just
think “that ought to be in the Salemite.” DO
something—write it down and put it in my
box (301 Bitting Dorm), or tell us about it.
YTe never mean to slight anyone, but we just
don t have enough eyes and ears.
Sir Robert Hadow’s visit to Salem was al
too short. His insight into our relationship
with Russia, with the UN, and with his eountr;
was timely and created some questions whicl
should be discussed. It was good to hear ai
objective view of the United States’ positioi
in the world. We Americans tend to ration
alize about our position and prestige in th
world. Here was a bird’s-eye-view from i
Britisher that should cause each of us to re
evaluate. Hurry back. Sir Robert!
But Ann Forsyth Michie doesn’t seem ti
have developed an awareness of the situation
we are confronting—or is it all too much fo
her? She couldn’t seem to adjust to a chape
program at Salem or to hearing her grand
father talk about colonial policy.
Mr. Snavely, in case you’ve been wonderinj
about the absence of his cheery face, has beei
on a fishing trip.
Oh! Have you seen the new lamp we hav
down at the New Catacombs? It is an authen
tic Carriage Lamp that has been around cam
DUS since 1772 I think. It was used on Soutl
Hall for a while, but lately it has been forgot
ten in some junk heap. With the new lam]
and new screens and wire grillwork bars oi
the windows, we now feel safe in our office
even if we do feel a little caged in.
I Fall is really in the air. On the days i
didn t rain we had some real Indian summe
weather. Soon we’ll have to settle down to i
winter of work.