Read Letters To Editors . . . THE TWIG Newspaper of the Students of Meredith College Vol. XXIV MEREDITH COLLEGE, RALEIGH, N. C., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1949 No. 4 Kirsten Flagstad To Sing Monday Next Monday night Kirsten Flagstad, soprano, will be heard in the second of the current series of Civic Music concerts in Memorial Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. A native of Norway, Kirsten Flagstad has been singing for American audiences since her debut at the Metropolitan Opera house in 1935. Famed as a Wagnerian soprano, she has played since that time to sold-out houses across the country. At the beginning of the war she returned to her native Nor way and rejoined her husband who has since died. Upon her return to the United States in March 1947 she was acclaimed for her volume, tonal quality, and range of her soprano voice. LAURICE HLASS AND BLANCHE WON SEE PICTURE, PAGE SIX Though she loves America and plans to become an American citizen, Kirsten Flagstad’s love for her homeland of Norway is evident in her singing. She al ways plans to sing a group of Norwegian songs in the concerts sung on her various tours. When not on tour she makes her home in Bozeman, Montana, where she can express her taste for simplicity in her way of living—both in dress, in her home, and in her friends. She considers her real home, how ever, to be in the world of music where she has won so much ac claim. College Has Two Foreign Students Natives of Transjoialan and Hawaii Are Now Alteinling; Meredith Pictured above are Laurice Hlass and Blanche Won, the two foreign students who are registered at Meredith this fall as junior and freshman, respectively. Both Laurice, a native of Palestine, and Blanche, from Hawaii, have interesting histories to relate. Short Story Contest Sponsored By Magazine Tomorrow Magazine is cur rently sponsoring its annual Col lege writers’ short story contest for 1949, a contest which is open to anyone taking at least one course in any college in the United States. First, second, and third prizes of $500, $300, and $200 respectively are offered to the winners. The magazine’s board of judges, consisting of the editors of the magazine and the editors of Creative Age Press, will se lect the three best entries, to be published in the spring and summer of 1950. All manu scripts entered in the contest will be considered for publica tion in the magazine as regular contributions and paid for at regular rates. The contest, which closes January 15, 1950, requires no application blanks. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words, and any number of manuscripts may be submitted by a single student. Each entry should be marked (Continued on page four) SG Buys Seat Numbers, Aisle Tags far School The latest additions to the new auditorium are the metal seat numbers and aisle letters. These plates were bought and installed as a gift from the Student Gov ernment. The many advantages of these tags are obvious in that they not only help in checking student chapel absences, but also that we will now be able to have performances for which reserved seats may be bought or assigned. The price of the metal plates, including installation, was one hundred and twenty-six dol lars. Little Theatre Takes In 4 New Members New members of the Meredith Little Theatre recently an nounced are Beverly Batchelor, LeGrace Gupton, Virginia Buck ner, and Janet Roberts. These four new members of the Little Theatre have earned the re quired points for membership, which include twenty-five points, if one half are earned in acting; or fifty points if earned in staging only. The Little Theatre announces new members immediately after each dramatic production, in cluding those girls who have earned enough points in acting and the staging of that produc tion to be come members. The four new members admitted this fall earned their points in previ ous dramatic productions and by work on their respective Stunts. Membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the Meredith dramatic fraternity, is awarded on receipt of fifty points, provided that one half of these are earned in act ing; and seventy-five points if earned in staging only. Two new members have been admitted this fall: Micky Bowen and Ga zelle Moore. State Symphony To Give Concert Here Students at eight colleges over the state will be privileged to hear the North Carolina Sym phony in concert this season, ac cording to an announcement re cently made by Albin Pikutis, business manager of the Sym phony. Already under contract for the Little Symphony tour are Camp bell College, at Buie’s Creek; Ap palachian State Teacher’s Col lege, at Boone; Mars Hill Col lege, at Mars Hill; Wake Forest College, in Wake Forest; and Meredith College, in Raleigh. The Little Symphony of 23 players will also play a return engagement at Piedmont Col lege in Demorest, Georgia. All of these concerts are scheduled to be played at the various colleges during February and March, Pikutis stated. (Continued on page four) SENIOR SUPERLATIVES The following are the re cently-elected superlatives for the senior class, as announced by Alice Gordon Tuttle, class president: Miss Meredith, Emily Poole; friendliest, Winnie Fitzgerald; most popular, Marguerite Leatherman; most attractive. Dot Childress; most versatile, Betty Moore; most original, Bunny Harris; cutest, Char lotte Bowman; wittiest, Louise Yarborough; most stylish, Vir ginia Bowman; most intel lectual, Ellen Goldston; most athletic, Imogene Narron, best all-around town student, Roxie Valias. Begistrar Elected To Executive Committee At the final session of the North Carolina College Con ference, which convened in Greensboro on November 9 and 10, Mrs. Vera Tart Marsh, Mere dith College registrar, was elected to the executive com mittee of the North Carolina Col lege Conference. As the new member of the executive com mittee Mrs. Marsh succeeds Dr. Robert B. House, Chancellor of the University of North Caro lina. Meredith was represented at the conference by Dr. Carlyle Campbell, president; Dr. Leish- man A. Peacock, dean; Dr. Ed win S. Preston, director of pub lic relations; Mrs. Vera Tart Marsh, registrar; Miss Lillian Grant, dean of women; Dr. Lil lian Parker Wallace, department of history; and Professor B. Y. Tyner, department of educa tion, and Mrs. Tyner. Both the new members of the executive committee elected by the conference at this session were officials of Wake County colleges: Mrs. Marsh, of Mere dith; and Grady Patterson of Wake Forest. MAY QUEEN CHOSEN Lib Holdford and Josephine Snow have been elected to be May Queen and Maid of Honor, respectively, for Meredith this year. A special election was held last Thursday in chapel so that the pictures might be made in advance for the annual. Pair of White Horses, Carriage Are Given Announcement is made by Meredith College bursar Zeno Martin of the gift to the college of a matched pair of registered show horses and a Victorian car riage with harness rig by S. D. Alexander of Raleigh. Both sleek white hunters, Greystone and Grey Granite, the horses have been shown ex tensively over North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, and have won a large number of trophies, and blue ribbons and cash prizes, in both the hunter and jump classes. In the words of Malachi Jones, colored groom at the Alexander stables, who dons a high silk hat and frock coat to drive the Victorian rig, “They got a washtub of blue ribbons!” Everyone knows Laurice Hlass so well that she doesn’t need a formal introduction. Just in case you don’t know her, she is a stu dent from Jaffa, Palestine. Al though this is her first year in the U. S., she is a junior at Meredith. One of the first ques tions that any student asks her is why she came to Meredith. Laurice kindly consented to tell us the “secret”, so here it is. In April 1948, the Palestine problem was reopened because of the evacuation of the British. When the British left, strife started between the Arabs and the Jews. People of Jaffa began to leave the city because of the trouble. These people thought that in a week or two the city would be back to normal and they would be able to return home again. Laurice and her parents were to leave by boat in a few days. The day before her departure, a friend of the family, who is a doctor, asked her parents if he might take Laurice to Lebanon by car since she would get very sea-sick on the boat. Her parents gave her permission to go, and she expected them to follow by boat in a day or so. (Continued on page six) SEE PICTURE, PAGE FOUR An expert rider and connois seur of fine horses, Alexander owns stables and training grounds on the Fayetteville highway out of Raleigh, near Carolina Pines. He has con tributed both the horses and the picturesque carriage to many (Continued on page four) College Faculty and Students Attend EA At the meeting of the NCEA, the North Carolina Education Association, in Durham last Fri day, November 18, Meredith faculty and students were well represented. At the division meetings of the North Central District of the Association, which includes Meredith, three faculty members from Meredith presided as presidents. Mr. B. Y. Tyner presided as president of the Higher Educa tion division; Mr. Wilmot served as head of the Music Teachers’ division; while Dr. Canady pre sided at the Mathematics di vision meeting in the Duke lab oratory. Dr. Canaday’s mathematics methods class also attended ses sions on Friday. BLANCHE WON IS FRESHMAN HERE Blanche Won, freshman at Meredith, is a native of Hono lulu in Hawaii. She is majoring in home economics here and is enjoying her life at Meredith very much so far. Blanche picked Meredith from catalogues which a friend, who had married a North Carolinian, sent to her. Blanche, the youngest of her family, attended an English standard school. She has a brother and sister living in New York, a sister working on Guam, and a brother in the army, now in Japan. Blanche is especially enjoy ing her riding lessons at Mere dith. These are quite new to her. She also hopes to see her first snow soon. Folh Dance Group To Give Xmas Programs The Folk Dance Club will pre sent a program, “Christmas In Many Lands,” at a meeting of the Durham Chapter of Meredith alumnae meeting at the Dur ham high school on Thursday, December 8. The thirty-two members of the Club will also present this Christmas program on the after noon of December 13 for the Ra leigh Woman’s Club, and that night for the Parent-Teacher’s Association of Angier. Two other club programs are being planned by Miss Doris Peter son, head of the Meredith physi cal education department and folk-dance instructor. This program will include Christmas folk-dances of many countries, their carols, folk-cus toms, and Christmas folk-dances. Countries to be depicted are England, Scotland, Norway, France, Czechoslovakia, Switz erland, Germany, and Mexico.