The Belles of Saint Mary’s
March 2,1951 . Marc
CANNOT BE ANSWERED
This editorial will attempt to explain the attitude maintained by the
BELLES in regard to two anonymous letters received by the paper during
the past two weeks. Of course the BELLES, following long-established
newspaper policy, will not print an anonymous communication. An article
that appears on a newspaper sheet should derive from some reliable source,
and a paper that publishes articles without substantial backing is not a
respectable or reliable paper.
If the group of students who wrote the anonymous_letters to the BELLES
is actually seeking corrections, they are going about it in the wrong manner.
By this we do not mean that the BELLES does not desire to sponsor porrec-
tive measures. A student newspaper sliould always reflect the ^opinions of
the students, and we sincerely appreciate studmits’ using the BELLES as a
medium through which to express their convictions., But this anonymous
correspondence can accomplish nothing further than a communication be
tween the authors of the letters and the BELLES editor.
As was stated in assembly, an unsigned work bears little respect. When
someone refuses to associate her name with a cause, she is indicating rather
shaky convictions. If one believes in a thing sincerely enough, she will be
willing to add the prestige of her name in order to bring about desired
corrections. The authors of the anonymous letters no doubt have g^d
intentions, but they have not carried them far enough. If the BELLEb
prints the letters “exactly as they are handed in,” as the_ communication
demands, the paper would become responsible for the opinions stated in
the letters. The BELLES must refuse to accept this responsibility for
letters which it does not respect because of their anonymity.
One reason for the letters being anonymous could very possibly be that
students are afraid of retaliation. If the criticism set forth in the letters
is sincere and well-meaning, as it appears to be, there is no reason to fear
retaliation. If the anthors are willing not to have their articles printed
exactly as they were submitted, perhaps a compromise could be reached m
the form of an editorial. If they are unwilling to compromise and con
tinue to remain anonymous, there is no possibility of the letters ever appeal
ing in the BELLES.
ON THE ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS
YOUR SCHOOL RULES
Belles of Saint Mary’s
Pet peeve: Dentists.
Always seen: Rushing around.
Always heard : “You all, guess
Hobby: Writing for college cata
Favorite food: Shrimp.
Favorite song : John and Marsha.
Favorite perfume: Faierge.
Looking forward to: Sophie New
comb and Mardi Gras.
Ambition: To say “I DO.”
Wild about: Texas Longhorns.
Offices and clubs: Secretary of Stu
dent Government, Honor Council,
hall counselor. Altar Guild,
Stage Coach, Circle, Sigma.
Remarks : If you’re ever looking for
someone to help you or someone to
depend upon, just run to third
Smedes and knock on_“]Srickie’s”
door. The busy sign is often up
because so much of Nickie’s
time is absorbed by her many Stu
dent Government activities. All
through the week she goes about
her duties with a cheerful smile
for everybody. In classes Nickie
is noted for her petite pigtails; on
Sundays and dress-up occasions
she is noted for her large and good-
Being chairman of the assembly programs is indeed a large responsibility,
and Evelyn Oettinger, the 1950-1951 chairman of assemblies, has done an
excellent job in seeing that the programs are both interesting and orderly.
At the beginning of the school year “Ott,” together with Miss Morrison,
the faculty adviser, planned a tentative schedule of programs subject to
change or alteration. The wide variety of programs which has been pre
sented indicates that these two persons have spent much time in considering
and selecting the assembly programs.
The movies this year have been exceptionally good, and each of the
speakers has held the students’ attention—two factors which in previous
years have not been true.
Timing is another factor which is very important in planning the assem
bly programs, and “Ott” has timed the programs so that the students will
be on time to their fourth period classes.
Last but not least, the conduct in assembly this year has improved con
siderably over the conduct of previous years. Certainly the improved con
duct is the result of interesting assembly programs, and the interesting
assembly programs are the result of the hard work and interest of the
assembly chairman, Evelyn Oettinger.
"Why is the average Saint Mary’s girl in school? To work geometry, to
read Milton, to write a documented paper? “No^that’s not all,” she '"'ould
live and learn to live in this world.” Does she really mean that?
Pet peeve : Waiting.
Always heard: “Assembly,
come to order.”
Always seen: Playing bridge.
Hobby: Playing golf.
Favorite food: Good ole southei’
Favorite song: Fishing Song.
Favorite perfume: Faherge
Looking forward to : Graduatioii-
Ambition : To get married.
Wild about: SPE’s.
Offices and clubs: Chairman of
sembly, vice counselor, preside
of Sigma’s, Dramatics Club, Le ^
ter Club, Athletic Council,
terbury Club, business manage
To Be Or Not To Be Is
Not The Only Question
Out, out, brief candle, life is but
a petty pace that parting with is
such sweet sorrow, if one is to he or
not to be. Frailty, thy name is wo
man, for this is a dagger which I
see before me to get rid of something
rotten in the state of Denmark. Hn-
Saint Mary’s student life and self-government can be invaluable training
for lives in the future. Most of the students are not officers but are the small,
individual working parts of the governmental machinery. Without eveiy-
one’s support the machinery would fall apart. Each girl should support her
officers, follow the rules, and accept her responsibility. _ i i, ”
“Oh, that’s just high-sounding bosh,” she answers again. I do that.
But does she ? Down to earth, what does this mean ? It means signing up
for meal cuts, attending class meetings, accepting committee duties, voting
in elections, being quiet in assembly, paying attention in choir practice,
paging without griping, attending SigmOrMu games, being quiet in the
library—:the little things that go to make life run smoothly and to make
each student a better person.
Saint Mary’s is a little world within itself. If a student can live success
fully in this society, she can live in the outside world too. A society doesn t
progress without the co-operation of each individual. One needs training
in voting intelligently, in learning to study, in developing initiative, in pre
The BELLES knows that students will accept this reminder and try
harder to do these little things that mean so much to their student govern
ment, their school, and their own lives. Years at Saint Mary’s should be
jspent in training, not in marking time.
Boy, these lines have really had it
lately. The seniors aren’t murdering
them very much! Shakespeare would
roll over in his grave (trite, but
true) if he could hear this. Each
play has about fifty pages. Each
week has seven days, most of the
days nowadays have twenty-four
hours. Therefore the seniors must
borrow fifty-six hours and forty sec
onds from one of next year’s months
in order to finish.
None, of the seniors have been
able to go up town during the week
or date on Saturday because of this
heavy schedule. Have you noticed
the new bags (eyes) ? Everyone’s
losing weight, too. Dwindling away
to nothing! (Why, Bimbo is joining
the circus as a midget.) Poor Cai'ol
Sledge gets trampled on everytime
she walks out of her room. And
Rixey—poor Rixey—no one has seen
her since day before yesterday.
Will the seniors survive the
Shakespeare epidemic? Will Wil
liam’s other play be read? Will the
brief candle be lit again? How will
Lady Macbeth get the spots off her
hands? (L-A-Y-A, L-A-V-A). Tune
in next week to the answers to these
Who is wise ? He that learns from
Who is powerful? He that gov
erns his passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
Remarks: Heading the Sigma s
being full of pep, vim, and vig°^
are Evelyn’s main pastimes. _
knows the knack of making ,
and is always bursting with sc
spirit. “Ott” is closely associa
with three good things, whick
assembly programs, athletics, »
OF SAINT MARY’S
Published every two weeks ^
school year by the student bo s
Saint Mary’s School. pg.
Entered as second class laaPcr
cember 7, 1944, at Post Office,
N. O., under Act of March 3,
Editor Mary Frances
Associate Editor Virginia^ .pgs®
News Editor Eunice Sa
Headline Editor.Mary Jane
Chief Cow Reader Laura Ci a
Business Manager Evelyn Oe
Circulation Manager StelW jjqobP
Faculty Adviser 0. A. i • *
Nancy Bernhart, Claire Boon
Crawford, Margaret Cheathann
Cross, Sally Dalton, Martha
Chris Durham, Nell Eley, Linda
Sallv Hagood, Margo Hester, -
Hood, Lou Keller, Ann McCulloci,
May, Dorothy Morris, Kitty NC ’ j^iie
Loy, Ann Nelson, Jane Nishe •
Nolan, Ann Patterson, Mary
Anna Redding, King
Rowe, Shep Rustin, Sue Anne
Pat Stonhain, Barbara Stott, jev,
Sutton, Sabra Swink, Virginia ,foil
A1 White, Nancee Winders, »
Law, Sue Harrison, Caroim
Circulation . .
Julia Steed, Martha McGuirR- gjjjS,
Rixey, Grace Woodson, SaiW ‘
Peggy Hooker, and Alice Hicks-
N. C. C. P. A.
Tell a girl that she is P^’®
she will like it, hut will not js
you are in earnest; tell her
prettier than some girl she
is pretty and you have go
The great use of life is
it for something which .j^s.