We hear much discussion about
how it is everything from drugs,
the Revolution, the Movement to
rotten dorm food that binds stu
Not true. There is one thing that
binds all students all over the coun
try—all over the world—together.
They help us select a college.
“I don’t like it, Al," your mother
caws to your father.
“Don't like what, Esther?"
"This college—this Harvard-place.
What kind of school is that for a
nice boy like Our Marvin—so far
away from home?”
The first letter comes a day after
you’ve arrived, taped to the outside
of a large package.
“Dear Son, Enclosed with this
letter is a year’s supply of vitamins
so that you shouldn’t get a de
ficiency." And the letters are al
ways signed Your Mother so you
shouldn’t think it’s someone else’s
mother who’s sending you vitamins.
As you walk in the door your
mother pulls out an old copy of the
“See, Al,” she says to your father.
“I was right.”
“What’s all this about?” you ask
“Marvin, your eyes are blood
shot,” your mother says.
“I haven’t slept much—exams.”
“And I detect a drastic change in
"And you’ve lost weight,” she
says, reading from the paper as she
nods and sighs. “And you’re wear
ing a long-sleeved shirt. I-knew-it.
“Mom, it’s ten below out.”
by Rick Mitz
“I knew it. Al, I knew it. I was
right all along. The boy,” she says,
ignoring you, turning to your father,
“is On Drugs. Any minute the nar
cotics men will be here to take you
away, to ruin all the pleasure of
our vacation with you . . .”
Student protests really have no
thing to do with the college cam
pus. Student Protests are what
take place when college students
come home for vacation.
Mothers and daughters often have
a hard time during that first collc/re
vacation home. Thanksgiving. With
the mother giving thanks that her
daughter isn’t pregnant; the daugh
ter giving thanks that she can go
back to school in two days.
But suspicions arise. As the
daughter unpacks, her mother looks
carefully over her shoulder.
After a few hours at home, the
mother beckons her daughter into
her bedroom, where she is laid out,
suffering, on her carefully-made
“I’d like to talk to you. I think
your father and I have been very
receptive to your desires. We’ve
given in to your whole etymology
“Yes. Well, we’ve been very nice.
We've stopped using colored toilet
paper while you’ve been home—and,
God Knows, it’s ruining my whole
color scheme in the bathroom. But
that’s okay. If that’s what makes
you happy. And Dad s been saving
his shirt cardboards and this morn
ing I used them to drain the bacon.
We don’t really eat bacon, but you
said it was for astrology
“Yes. So we did it for you. But
there’s something 1 want to know,
Marjorie. I saw a copy of your
campus newspaper in your room.
And I couldn’t help picking it up
and reading it—God Knows you
never tell us what’s going on at that
school we’re paying a fortune to—”
“Mom, I’ve told you not to go
through my room.”
“Well, what I want to know is
this: who is this roughneck student
boy president on the front page
shouting about tearing down the
walls and revolution? Tell me, what
kind of boy is this president of your
“Beats me. Mom. I don’t know
“What? So why don’t you know
the president of your own student
body ? It would hurt ? How do you
expect to get anywhere?”
And a few hours later ...
“Marjorie, T wish to talk to you
about the problems of .pregnancy in
today’s collegiate society.”
“Listen, Marjorie. Your father
and I have your best interests at
heart. You’ve been in college ex
actly 68 days now and I just want
to warn you—to tell you—how much
it would disgrace yOur father arid I
if you were to become pregnant out
out of wedlock. Now I don t want
you to feel bad, but it would give
your father a heart attack.
“Oh, you don’t have to worry,
Moni. I’m being careful.”
“Careful!!! Marjorie—your father
will have a heart attack when he
hears this. How could you disgrace
us . . .?”
Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Thursday, December 9, 1971
Plans For January
On Campus Shaping Up
The forecast for January at Salem
This January will be like no other
January at Sale mC. Not just be
cause Exam Week will be a thing
of the past, but especially because
of all the inovative events and pro
jects that will be occurring for, with,
and because of us at Salem.
The Inter-Club Council, under the
chairmanship of Susan Hedrick, will
offer a variety of activities. For
those interested in crafts there will
be lessons in macrame, needlepoint,
crocheting, knitting; other crafts
will be added if we let Jan Shivel
know we want others.
Twice during the month there will
be ski trips. The dates will be an
nounced later, but each time we can
count on a chartered bus making
the day-trip to the snow area easy
How about a group for ice skat
ing at the Greensboro Coliseum ?
WRA will organize the trips. We
don’t have to own skates; we can
rent them at the Coliseum.
We’ll have basketball, volleyball,
badminton, and even a ping pong
tournament in the gym. And if we
want an exercise group, we should
let Miss Johnston or Martha Hud
Bowling will be available, too, at
one of the local lanes. IRC will
sponsor bridge lessons. Student
Government will show several fea
ture films. There will be several
informal concerts by talented Salem-
ites in the Clewell Date Room, and
in the FAC an exhibit of collages
by Dr. Joan Gregory of UNC-G.
There will be coffee hours—
special opportunities to get acquain
ted with Salemites, faculty, and
For one of the unique features of
this January will be our hosting of
25-30 stuents from other campuses.
They will come from as far south
as Florida Presbyterian, as far west
as Millikin in Illinois, and as far
north as Bucknell in Pennsylvania,
to participate in a number of our
January Programs—Astronomy, The
Atypical Child, A Month of Song,
Overpopulation, Impressionism, Wo
men’s Lib in Ancient Greece and
Rome, Work in Day Care Centers.
Our January curriculum is even
more varied than our listing of
liesure-time activities. We’ll be
star-gazing, serving as lab assistants
in hospitals, conducting experiments
in a Salem lab, doing case studies
of emotionally disturbed children,
reading The Hobbit and other fan
tasies, programming computers,
learning to play the piano, the harp,
the guitar, studying juvenile delin
quents and the academically gifted,
participating in the French House,
designing interiors, attempting to
understand Oriental thought. Just
as we said several paragraphs ago.
This January will be like no other
January at Salem C.
It’s Your Responsibility
Instead of all those little signs in
the refectory about meetings; a
large calendar is being made for the
refectory by Interclub Council. This
is to inform the students of organi
zation meetings, college events, as
semblies, off-campus events, town
events, and any changes in these.
Here is the procedure. Every
thing wall be written in pencil. If
there is a change in the date or time
of any event it wall be marked in
red. For example if Inter-club isn t
going to meet on Thursday at 5 :15,
it will be in red on the correct date.
We hope to avoid confusion and set
up better channels of communica
We will have one up for the
month of January. This is your
responsibility to check the calendar
daily. All those little signs are now