North Carolina Newspapers

    The Salemite
March 4,1993
Clewell: TheBest of Two Worlds
The Old,,.
by Meredith SneUings and Deana
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A mural was discovered m Cle-
weU’s basement as the renovation
workers peeled away the layers that
had hidden it away for years. It has
been discussed that the mural be tom
down but Salem can not let that hap
pen. The mural portrays several
women of various personahties en
compassing the Salem women of their
day.
What is so intriguing about the
mural? Although it is not a great
masterpiece, the mural reflects a
unique era in Salem’s history. It has
been estimated that it was painted
between 1963 and 1967. History is
like a river continually flowing. The
mural cuts out a path of the river — a
iribulatory in time when life was a
little simpler, but similar to ours lii
several ways.
These similarities are what unite
Salem women of today with the
women on the wall. Today’s Salem
also includes stress balls, tomboys,
fraternity sweethearts, primadonnas
and religious students.
However, the differences between y
the mural women and Salem students
of today is our world. They lived in a
world of limited options. To become
a doctor, lawyer, or politician were
not unattainable goals, but they were
not often sought after goals. To say
that the S alem women of 30 years past
were less academic than we are would
be a gross untmth.
The feministmovement is a double-
ri edged sword. Our foresisters sought
equality in the work force and, to a de
gree, achieved this equality.
Today’s woman... she has come a
long way. Proof of this is the mural.
Today, if students were to construct a
mural of life at Salem, it would in
clude a much more diverse group.
There would be students of varied
socioeconomic, and racial back
grounds. One would find students
with a great range of academic inter
ests. Perhaps Salem once was a place
for wealthy white students, but today
she is home to a student body growing
m divCTsity.
Today’s woman...she has come a
long way, but she has a long road
^adofher. The batde for equality
in the Workforce is stiU not won. In
•he years to come, Salem students will
learn to balance careers and families
®d to minimize stress as they do so.
Tt^y s Woman must live actively in
Ws world, but appreciate the world
ozenby the five women in the mural.
"There is great significance in the
mural Wall. It reflects past percep
tions of Salem. There is a strong
sense of connection between the sis
ters on the Wall and thp onlookers of
...And the
New...
by Kristan Majors
For those on campus who are dying
with curiosity, here is the Clewell
update!
The dorm will feature the latest in
modem “necessities”: cable hook
up, anti-scald hardware for the show
ers (the end of the infamous surprise
attacks), new vanities and mirrors,
and laundry rooms on each floor. The
color scheme selected for the lobbies
and hallways will be varying shades
of mauve.
The layout for the rooms will be
either suites, two double occupancy
rooms on each side of a common
room, or singles. Approximately ten
rooms will be singles and thirty suites.
AH of the rooms have lavatories, two
closets, cable hook-up, and computer
hook-ups that tap into the main frame
of the liln-ary.
The three stories of Clewell will
serve as a dormitory while the base
ment will house several student gov
ernment offices and a large commu
nity room. Completion of Clewell is
set for the first week in June. So, until
then, be patient because it will be
worth the wait!
Thanks to Mr. Howard Spry, Plant
Director, for the scoop on CleweU!
NEWSFLASH: Beginning
the 22nd of February, the
street between Sisters and
South will be blocked off. A
transformer vault for Cle
well must be installed to com
pensate for the extra power
that Clewell will need to op
erate. Watch out for heavy
machinery and make plans
to re-route for at least two
weeks.
this mural. It erases time, bringing
Salem students of aU generations
closer together as they feel the sister
hood Salem provides.
Even though the mural is not sig
nificant to the construction workers,
Salem women can be confident th^
their past sisters captured their feel
ings on a wall to share them wiA
future sisters. Because of this, the
mural should be saved and iUustra-
tions of present Ufe at Salem should
be added to the mural.
The wall will be a living time cap-
sule demonstrating that even though
times are changing, the sisterhood of
Salem keeps her students muted.
Presidential and Rondthaler Awards
To be Given in Spring of 1993
submitted by Mary Ann Davb, Alumnae vided by the Alumnae
submitted by Mary Ann Davb,
Chairman of Salem Alumnae Asso
ciation Scholarship and Awards
^°”F^e^atherine B. Rondth^er
awards wiU be given again this spring
by the Salem Alumnae AssociaUon
during the annual Honors Convoca-
tion. „ .
The awards are given for creauve
expression” in the areas of art, chore
ography, music composition, poetry,
and prose. All degree candidates at
Salem may enter. The Alumnae
Associationmges all students, regard
less of major, to enter any category.
The deadline for entries in all fields
will be Friday, April 16,1993.
The Rondthaler awards were es-
tabUshedinl951 and were named for
the wife of Salem’s 12th president.
Off campus judges will select the
winning entries.
The President’s Prizes, also pro
vided by the Alumnae Association,
were established in 1958 to honor Dr.
Dale Gramley, the 13th president of
Salem. These awards recognize high
academic achievement for work in
freshman English and the academic
majors. An award is also given at
Opaiing Convocation in the fall to
the freshmen and the junior with the
highest quality grade point average,
provided she returns for the academic
year immediately foUowing.
    

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