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Delores Di Vincenzo.
WE ACE INSULTED
Since The Merciad is the paper of a women's college,the "we" in We Are Insulted deals with women in general,college women in
And now that it has beensettled that we are among those insulted, let us determinejust how that is being done.We are insulted by the radio, the movies. Yet havewe ever stopped to consider that the writers of the network women's programs or "soap operas" must thinkus emotional "sops" and intellectual midgets? If theydid not believe this, surely they would not give us suchinane "mush." They assert that they write what is
In other words, they insult us by declaringthat we are no better than the
are givento listen to. And they are "pretty" bad.It is not necessary to point out the "awfully sad"misrepresentation of us given by the selfish, sophisticated clothes-horses of the
If we, if all women,were like those of
mo vies, the world would be filledwith every kind of neurotic and—maniac.
Less obvious is the insult
us by thewoman's magazine. What right have the editors ofMademoiselle, Vogue to brand us as beings who have nointerest in life
the clothes we wear, the cosmetics we like?
that is the only grounds onwhich they appeal to us.We are insulted by
salesorganizations on every hand. We are dragged down
ime the "American woman" is portrayed in pub
appealed to in private.
We are insulted and, for the most part, unfairly.Unfortunately in being womanly we dislike organizingagainst the "ladies" in the public eye. We are content tolive our lives privately while our
for all to see and be convinced.
The annual income tax reports will soon begin toproduce woeful headaches, jangled nerves, and stumpypencils. Yet it does
seem unfair that each individual who has earned his living in America should return part of his earnings as an investment to insure
necessary for his continued business or profession,
Women who belong to
have not yet begun to put into practice the arts and sciences they arelearning. They are
yet self-supporting; and consequently do
concern themselves with income taxes.But they should file a statement on the income derivedfrom the school in which they spend
one to fourpriceless years.
your income is based on
and immeasurable salary: the classes you attend, theassociates with whom you-mingle, the school activitieswhich prove fertile soil for your peculiar talents. Whenyou give your talents to the school, your school
will giveyou interest due* If you merit no income, remember thatyou cannot gain "something out of nothing."
The government derives its sustenance
the: public income; you, as a Mercyhurst student, have a perpetual income derived from your own talents workingthrough the school. Is it unjust for your school to expect some return for the opportunities it gives to you?The government asks such a tax on sources of income.(Excerpt from an essay by Alvina McDermott)
The first semester of this year
nearly over. Withthe new term beginning in January come opportunitiesfor a fresh start in our college
courses,new fields of interest, a new vista of school activities.Tt
a chance for us to revive the fresh enthusiasmfor work and play which we brought with
We were thrilled to
of the new
and all the fun and surprises ahead.
from January to June.
meeting? Best we've
all year!""Uh-huh.""That's just what we
talking about in classtoday, wasn't it?""I guess so. Wish wedidn't have to take the
Are you a piece of
wood? Do those "dull","deep", "cultural" coursesbore you to tears? Do yousit in classes or meetingsand say "Yes", if anything? If so, wake up!You don't know what youare missing.But |then maybe youwould rather leave therealms of high endeavor toyour leaders. Wait a minute! How do you knowthat you're not a leader.Did you 'ever try being
Of course, leaders
their heads off";
they prefer that to a
The real college student,the only young
worthy of the name,
in-terested in life,
She musters all her enthusiasm forthe "dull", "deep", "cultur
courses. And she doesn't find them
forlong because she soon discovers that they all fit into a pattern of Christianculture which
will offer to the world.NEVER BORES OTHERSThe real college graduate will never be bored withlife,and she will never boreothers. She is too viva
interested in life for;hat. She will never
her duties as agood citizen because she is
ofwhat those responsibilitiesentail. Her diploma is nota mere roll of parchment.It is a banner which shewill carry into the worldturmoil. Does she have tocarry this banner? Youbet she does! And she canhardly
WalshBY THEIR ACTS YOUSHALL
ourselves college students; but would anyone recognize us as such by our actions?Recently we had the opportunity of listening to an eminent lecturer, Dr. Agar; butmany of us not only did nottake advantage of
tunity, but by our selfishnessdeprived others of
know the rulesof common courtesy. But we
as something to be put on and taken offat will, as instruments for ourown social achievement.Remember: Take time tosave time, Be courteous!
January 21, 1948
The late Pius XI had sounded the call to the Cathol'laity of the world to enlist in the apostolate of the
archy. Such a program he had designated as Cathol?
The purpose of Catholic Action is "to restore
life in family and society" Therefore, the influence
our holy religion should be a determining factor in
priests, the Church needs
assistance of many intelligent, self-sacrificing laymenand
who will devote themselves to her
The laity should
DARN!eagerly participatein Catholic Action,especially in ourtimes, when theFaith is
gravely menaced,and when
religious,because of thescantiness of theirnumbers, find it
ficult to meet thenecessities of souls.There are a number of men and women who do notknow
the Church.Many of them tarehostile to the
religion becausethey have been misinformed or even scandalized. These people willavoid religious; they willfind out about the Churchonly through a Catholic layleader.
ought tobe a propagator of his religion. He ought to be so enthusiastic over the marvelous privilege he has received, that he should bebursting with eagerness toimpart his own knowledge.Therefore the need for intelligent Catholics.
Unfortunately, too manyCatholics are indifferent,and let golden opportunities slip from them. Theykeep the knowledge of theirFaith locked up in theirhearts, and act as if it weretheir own exclusive possession. They rare unwillingand sometimes unable toshare it with others. fThe fields of lay activity
I wonder why I always seeIn others what I'd like to be?For instance, there's a girl next doorWho has a smile all boys adore!And over there across the streetLives Mary Jones; folks say she's
And Ginny Smith's
as can be:She never darn
lb like me;But then, she
hard in school.And never ever breaks a rule.
She ALWAYS has her homework done*But me, I fool around and comeWith lessons never looked at once:I guess I'm just an awful dunce!I wish that I could learn to beLike other folks instead of me!
are all those religious, civic,social economic and cultural activities related to themission of the Church. Inadvancing Catholic Action,the laity can play anexceedingly
They have opportunitieswhich the clergy do not enjoy for getting in touchwith
world at large.Contacts in office and
tory, social and familygatherings,
similar activities all comewithin
scope of Catholic Action.The noble purpose of Catholic Action, to restoreChristian life in the
and society, is urgent; forthe
with propaganda of
sorts of "isms" which seekto undermine Catholic standards, under the appearanceof offering some substituteto promote'; human happiness.^
,Everyone these days is talking about more friendlyinter-American relations, and Mercyhurst is contributingher share to this excellent policy with a new course inLatin American history. Now I would like to suggestforming a Pan-American Club whose purpose
bea better cultural knowledge* of our neighbors
art. literature, music and social customs. Would the faculty and the students be interestedin such a
that a war is going on.But our part in it is small, alt hough
are eager to domore.
might make: the contribution of a pint of blood to the Blood Bank sponsored bythe Red Cross. If this proposal is approved, a committeemight then go in a group to the hospital center.This is merely a suggestion; but we are sure that
proper direction this will become a worth-while project.*
A Mercyhurst Student
Personality is you.
It is your human nature in action. It is yourself actingas a responsible,
spiritual, cultured human being. .
Your personality, your self-inaction
that you have it
in you to radlate
not only the good things in human life, but the better things of
the Christ-life within
you. Personality in its very best sense
dins^by living like
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all over again.
iving His powerful, tremendous, virtuouspersonality.Wanda Schrek.