North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume LX
Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, September 16,1977
Number 1
Orientation Review
MOVING IN - the first of many activities daring Moitation Week.
Four Salem Scholars
Are Diverse Group
staff Report
Just as the “preface” of a book
is designed to acquaint the reader
with what is to follow, Orientation
is planned to serve as a
“preface” for the freshman year.
The week offers useful and
practical information,
stimulating speakers, and
relaxing activities. Freshmen
reaction to Oreintation is com
monly a mixed one, but Jan
Davis, a freshman, clearly ar
ticulates her conception of what
orientation should be—
“Orientation should be a time
when the incoming freshmen
begin their adjustment to new
surroundings and fellow
classmates. It should also be a
time of discovery and ex
ploration, for most freshmen will
undergo a great change in their
lifestyles and habits this year.”
Jan said that Orientation
succeeded in fulfilling many of
the “adjustment needs” of fresh
men, although many activities
lost their relevancy in the week’s
hectic schedule. Jan was quick to
comment that “speakers were
excellent.” Citing the upper
classmen skit, bus tour of Win
ston-Salem, and financial talk as
particularly useful and enjoyable
activities, Jan said they gave
freshman “a chance to get to
know each other, to learn about
the town in which we are now
living, and also to learn in
formation that will be helpful to
us in the future.”
The conclusion of many fresh
men was that Orientation was
well-organized, if not overly
“scheduled.” Jan advocates
more “free time to adjust to our
new home.” Perhaps in our
desire to fully acquaint freshman
with Salem, an important aspect
of adjustment was overlooked -
the need for time alone to reflect
on a new lifestyle. “Orientation is
an important step for freshmen,”
Jan concluded. This year’s effort
seems to have been a successful
“preface” to the freshman Salem
Four Hopes For Salem
By Beth Jones
Seniors tend to segregate
themselves from the rest of the
college community, especially
from freshmen. Seniors, you are
losing out if you do not get to
know the four freshmen who are
Salem Scholars. These girls are
individual in their outlooks and
their plans for themselves, but
there share vitality and ex
citement in today. The freshmen
Salem Scholars are: Paula Ford,
Asheville, N.C.; Liza Ovington,
Charlotte, N.C.; Melissa Weddle,
Bassett, Va.; and Cindy
Woodard, Atlanta, Ga.
Paula Ford is fulfilling her
plans for herself by coming to
Salem. Paula says, “I have
known that I wanted to be a
teacher since the third grade, but
I did not know what I wanted to
teach. When I started taking
Latin in high school, I knew I
wanted to be a Latin teacher.”
Paula comes to Salem with a
strong background in Latin and
nnds Roman life particularly
interesting. Besides Classics,
Paula would like to major in
English, because of her love of
language and literature.
Paula chose Salem as the place
0 pursue her goals because it is
small and friendly. She came to
ovemor’s School here and liked
e campus, but was not sure that
f wanted to come to a woman’s
lage. Salem is lucky that
fa^a decided to come,
ihe antiquity of Old Salem, the
size of the school, and the advise
of a history teacher were all
reasons behind Liza Ovington’s
decision to come to Salem. Liza’s
interests range from biology
research to short-story writing to
painting and sketching. Last
year, Liza conducted an in
dependent study in biology with
yeast cultures. Liza says, “I had
only had one biology course and I
wanted to have first-hand lab
experience.” Investigation and
discovery in science fascinates
Liza. She is thinking about going
into med. tech., but would like to
combine history with scientific
investigation. She may pursue a
career as an archaeologist.
This summer, Liza went to
France for two weeks. Her love of
history and discovery were
satisfied in France by touring the
country. Visiting Roman ruins
and cathedrals were especially
exciting. She did not stay m
tourist trap hotels, but in castles
and chateaus frequented
primarily by the French and
To combine both her writing
and painting talents, Liza hopes
to write and illustrate a
children’s book. She sap, I
babysit a lot and I try to entertain
the children by drawing car
toons.” Liza would also like to
work as a cartoonist for the
Melissa Weddle was also ac
cepted at WilUam and Mary and
the University of Virginia, but
decided to come to Salem in
stead. She particularly likes the
smallness of Salem and the
Learning Disabilities program in
which she has an interest.
Melissa plans to go to graduate
school for her master’s degree
and then to go into private
therapy in Learning Disabilities.
She says, “I like the one-to-one
basis of private therapy. I would
not have this contact in a
classroom. I tutored in Algebra
last year and saw the im
provement made because of the
one-to-one contact.”
This summer Melissa worked
at the Bassett public library
where she researched her family
geneaology. She says, “So far, all
of my ancestors have come from
Germany. One group came over
as indentured servants and were
sued by Governor Spotswood in
1725 because they did not fulfill
their duties. They had to work an
additional year.” Melissa never
liked history before she began
tracing her own family history.
She says that she has found out
most of her information by
asking her relatives. Besides
researching her family history,
Melissa enjoys playing the piano
and clarinet and reading.
Most girls waiver about coming
to Salem because of its 100 per
cent female population, Cindy
Woodward wanted to come here
because it is a woman’s college.
Says, “My sister went to a girls’
school and liked it. She said you
Crat’d. mfoar
Opening convocation— time for
the Salem community to gather
and meet new personnel and
students, and a chance to look
ahead together. Dr. Merrimon
Cuninggim previewed his outlook
for this year by stating four hopes
for all individuals in our com
munity. We can only benefit from
examining these four thought-
provoking points:
“Among many others that
might be mentioned, I have four
hopes for you for this school year.
First, it is my hope that your
determination to be honorable,
an altogether admirable thing,
won’t result in the atrophy of the
two Honor Councils. It is im-
Honor Society
Names Three
The Honor Society of Salem
College, dedicated to en
couraging scholarship, inducted
three new members who have
met its high academic
qualifications. Sandy Brown, a
Senior, and Juniors Kristine
Kylberg and Elizabeth Longly
joined the Honor Society in the
spring of last year. The mem
bership of the group is limited to
students of superior academic
achievement who have com
pleted a specific amount of work
at Salem College.
Continuing members include
Rebecca Dunbar, Suzanne
Eggleston, Lisa Greenberg, and
Margaretta Yarborough, all of
whom are Seniors. The
organization’s advisors are Dr.
Louise Gossett and Dr. Inzer
portant to express this hope in the
right way: I don’t want to say, I
hope the Honor Councils have
plenty of work to do! I don’t hope
any such thing, of course. If they
were to have lots of cases, that
surely would be bad, for it would
suggest that dishonesty were
rampant on the campus. But to
have no cases at all might be
suspicious, for it might suggest
that we were not being as alert as
we should be.
“In the firmness of our per
sonal resolve, let us not forget
that we depend on our group
understandings and our group
commitments; let us not neglect
our group protections.
“My second hope for you is that
during the year you’ll make at
least one self-recognized
mistake. Don’t go out, please,
and make some egregious error
right away, just to show how
cooperative you are. You won’t
need to do that! Don’t ever make
boo-boos on purpose - people
won’t know you know.
“The point is not to aim at
making mistakes; no problem
there. All of us will make
mistakes, all of us do. The point is
to recognize them when we make
them, to confess thpm, to ask for
forgiveness if harm is done, to
appropriate lessons to be learned
from them.
“Third, I hope each of you will
witness at close hand some in
stance of unusual excellence by
someone near you. Most of us live
from day to day on a fairly dead
level of average behavior; if we
ever succeed, we can’t sustain
the high level of rare, excitin?
Crat’d, on three

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