Salem Suffers Growing Pains
To some students the idea of Salem
coming larger is upsetting, but to
)thers the possibilities of expansion
fare exciting. Like it or not, Salem
College has set a goal to increase its
student population to approximately
150 by the year 1997.
The Class of 1996, with one
lundred fifteen boarders last year,
rought several changes to Salem
College. Likewise, the Class of 1997,
dth one hundred thirty-seven board-
students, promises to bring even
lore changes. S alem ’ s newest addi -
dons include the Salem Signature
irogram, a new language lab, addi
tional professors, the Career Coimec-
ion program and other student serv
This year’s freshmen class is one
|of the largest S alem has had in several
years. The increased enrollment
obviously brings more money into
the school, and new students as well.
During Freshmen registration.
complications with classes brought a
lot of attention to the growth. For
instance, in three common freshmen
classes, the maximum number of
students for each class was increased.
Biology 10 has seventy-one students.
An additional English 30 course had
to be ojjened. Also, Sociology 100
holds sixty-three students this semes
Dr. Doug Borwick, Associate
Dean of the College, said “On the
whole, registration went pretty well;
but, we do plan to make some correc
tions for next year so that everything
will move more smootlily. I believe
compared to other schools Salem
registration is still much better.”
Several upper-level courses have
also increased in number because of
the affects due to the size of the Class
Dr. George McKnight, the Gen
eral Chemistry professor, who has
forty-three students in his class, said
“I wish I had more time to prepare for
such a large; but, in all seriousness, I
do not feel we have had any problems.
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y Stephanie Peede
Fall Fest activites included
breakfast, decoration of the refec
tory, a treasure hunt, skits, songs,
and a football game.
The sophomore/senior class
won the treasure hunt by collecting
everything on the list which included
such random items as a pirate s eye
patch, a plank, and the Salem seal,
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^ Forest, Hampden-Sydney, songs and acted out skits dedicated
“■ State, Davidson and Duke, to their sister class. The afternoon
=nn also designed and picked out
colors for the Fall Fest T-Shirts.
This years Fall Fest was one of
le best ever, according to Gracen
'lenn, chair of the event.
Fall Fest was kicked on Tues-
^y, September 22, when more than
students showed up to hear the
®dBS&M play on Clewell patio.
To prepare for the event, Glenn
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came to a close with a football game
in Salem’s square, which was also
c sophomore/senior team wore won by the sophomore/senior team.
ihe freshman/junior Senior Allison Bruce echoed
wore tourqoise. Glenn’s words, “Everything was
j.b^®™^®®lsher hard workpaid lowkeyandwentoverreally well
ause the mixer set a positive a result of class cooperation. T
'c for Wedensday’s events. “It
really rewarding to see every-
—such a great time,” said
a result of class cooperation. The
new ideas of Gracen’s were great
and it was the best Fall Fest I ever
I do not want the class to become any
larger but this size is fine.”
“Students should expect some
crowding initially, but the upper-level
courses are smaller,” said Dean of
College Annette Allen. Dean Allen
assures the student body that the fac
ulty and staff are working together
with the students to amend any prob
lems. Within a year or two, Salem
will be a much stronger and better
For those who feel Salem is be
coming too big, might be amazed to
hear that Salem has not always been
this small. In the late 1960’sand early
1970’s, boarding students totaled
approximately five hundred. Presi
dent Thrift said that women were
placed in houses ov.med by the col
lege in Old Salem, including Lehman
President Thrift assures students
that Salem faculty and staff have no
interest in seeing Salem become as
large as it once was, but they do hope
that their goal of four hundred and
fifty boarding studems can be met.
New counselor is
by Dianne Conley
Andrea Meals is one of the
newest additions to Salem s Admis
sions staff She is outgoing, spunky
and loves her job. What make Andrea
different from the other counselors is
that she did not go to Salem or any
other women’s college. Meals has
great respect for Salem and thinks
that the school “sells itself when
smdents come on campus.
Meals grew upin VirginiaBeach,
Virginia. After looking around at
different colleges to attend she chose
Radford, but only for a semester. The
college was not for her, so she
dedcided on Virginia Wesleyan Col
lege for her second semester.
While at Wesleyan, Meals took
advantage of her opportunities there.
She was co-captain of the cheerlead-
ing squad, social chairofher sorority,
a tour guide, sang in two choirs, and
was a peer advisor. Meals graduated
in 1992 with a degree in the Liberal
Transfer student Kathy Franklin and freshmen Keisha Feinster
and Lauren Tucker are part of the more than 120 new students who have
joined Salem's ranks. Photo by Stephanie Peede.
She also siad that Salem dorms will be
able to hold all of the students.
The staff and faculty do not feel
that Salem will be hindered form the
increase in students. In fact. Dean
Allen feels, “Larger classes allow the
students to be more innovative. Also,
the increased funds will mean more
services and technological advances.”
At present, the total enrollment
for Salem, including the Continuing
Education and Graduate students, is
eight hundred forty.
Gains a Different View
Salem's first to hail from a co-ed college
graduation, she spent the Fall of ’92
as a road ruimer for Wesleyan. This
job involved recruiting students from
all over the country. According to
Meals, “I got Virginia Wesleyan’s
first set of triplets. I hope I can do the
same thing for Salem!”
Meals ended up at Salem a year
later, but it was not her first time here.
Andrea came to Salem as a prosptec-
tive student for a Senior Overnight.
However, she doubted Salem because
of the fear of attending an all girl’s
school and nobody told her about the
benefits of a women’s college. Years
later she decide to pursue aposition in
the admissions office of a women s
college, because she began to realize
all the advantages women have by
graduating from an all female uisitu-
So far Meals has been thoroughly
impressed with everything Salem has
to offer it’s students and has grown to
truly loveSalem. She also loves going
out and sharing the experiences of
Salem with prospective students. “It
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As an admission counselor.
Meals travels from Labor Day to
Thanksgiving, spending about one
night a week at home. Her temtory
mainly includes western North Caro
lina, Kentucky and the deep South.
She answers questions and concerns
about Salem and college in general.
Meals acts as the students’ link be
tween high school and college, and is
very honest with the students she
encounters. Andrea believes that “
[her] job is not to make sure that
everyone goes to Salem, but that
everyone goes to the school that is
right for them.” She wants to find the
students who are right for Salem!
As for Andrea’s future, the only
thing she is certain about is that she
will go onto getherMaster’s Degree.
She implied who knows where the
future will lead her. For right now,
she is incredibly happy to be here at
Salem. She feels overjoyed that Sa
lem chose her for this position, and
the Admissions Office feels lucky to
have her. Welcome to the Salem
community, Andrea Meals!
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