December 15, 1954
so manymore shopping days until
Where are we going?
avail is thisavenue of haste? In any elaborate preparation, we often lose sight of our
Christmas.The angels said on that night so long ago,"Glory to
in the highest, and on earthpeace among men of good
tranquil, so quiet.
our own day—so abused in attempted pacts and agreementsto end
objective!And how can we get peace? Can we buyit? It can be
only through prayer."If enough of the peoples of the earth askGod, their Father, for peace, He will grantit unto them."
men of good will? They
through understanding and kindness,bring love where
now distrust andhatred.
become |petitioners, rather thanharassed shoppers, supplicating God forpeace, who alone can
Let us do ourpart to make this a truly peaceful Christmas! Let us then join with the angels inproclaiming "Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among men of good will!"
A tradition, dear to all hearts, has had
after carefulconsideration, it was decided that
the pros, and for the betterment of all concerned the Freshman Christmas Party has been dropped
The students realize that prudent and
lay behind this decision,
also realize that if there is a problem there must
i be a remedy for it.The Student Council
form a Committee to see if the solution actually lies inthe dropping of the party or if perhaps itlies in the reorganization of it.Since this Freshman Party is one of thebest loved Christmas functions, the studentssincerely hope that the traditien will not belost forever. If the
to take placeonce again next year, it is for the StudentCouncil to weigh the problem
itnow. Action now will eliminate later
Not unless we all get behind the StudentCouncil and sell our tickets during the Christmas vacation!The proceeds from these tickets will go,not only to
of a stove
kitchenette but also to the payment of thebalance due on the new television set
room. The television set has broughtus all much| enjoyment. It is evident fromthe popularity of the kitchenette that a newstove would be equally
oyed!I Not only do we, the students, benefitfrom these purchases
they also are forthe good of the school. Because of this fact,this campaign must
by bothresident and day students!We must raise at least
through thesetickets to reach our
balance onthe television and the|price of a new stove.This means that each student must sell atleast $2 worth of tickets.
want a stove? Do|we want thetelevision to stay? Let's all do our
toshow our affirmation of these statements!Let's sell those
over the holidays!
Look To Book ShelvesFor That Lasting Gift
Calling all Christmas ShoppersOn every person's Christmas
there is that inevitable person whoseems to have everything, or whohas such perfect taste that you arein a fuddle as to what she wouldlike.Lasting and enduring are thefollowing books
| should bea solution] to
Imitation of Christ, byThomas A'Kempis, is a pricelessgift. It is excellent spiritual reading, and many use it for
Ned The NoteFinds LoungeTuneful Home
Ned, the Note.My assignment was
outwhat goes on
music worldat Christmas time. So, treble clefin hand, I began my survey inMercyhurst's lounge.I found sundry personalitiessneezing to the tender strains of"I Got a Cold for Christmas."
I changed the stationand startled them with a blast of"Santa
Mambo." They weresoon dancing madly to BillyMay's south-of-the-border versionof "Rudolph . .
Billy was drowned out when thedoor burst open, ' and anothergroup stampeded in, singing whatI thought were seventeen
songs. However, I soon discoveredthat they were all singing thepopular "Silver Bells," in seven-teen-part harmony, of course.It was too much for me when Iheard the radio giving forth withthe Nativity story, played andsung calypso style. I crept unhappily from the lounge, and wasnearly trampled by a bevy ofbeauties singing, "Bradley HighSchool" (how did that get inhere?). This changed to a medleyof ever-beautiful Christmas
as they passed the refectory door.Having trudged up three flightsof stairs, I was exhausted. (Icouldn't elevate because BobbieImboden was coming up from dinner singing the
54|version of"Santa Baby.") So, I slipped underthe nearest door, curled up be-ween the sheets of "White Christ-
mas," and fell asleep to WalterSchumann's beautiful, "There Arethe Sounds of Christmas."
In the same line is My Wayof Life by St. Thomas. This Sum-ma
the sum of alltheological knowledge, a vastsynthesis in which is unfolded allthat can be known of God andMan.Fulton J. Sheen's, Three to GetMarried, offers penetrating questions about marriage
our time.He explores the tensions of modern marriage and charts a coursefor more enduring relationshipsthat will bring renewed hope andhappiness to married couples ofall ages.Priceless PoetryThere is a certain type of bookfor that cold winter day, as youcurl up in an overstuffed chairby a fireplace, apple in hand.Poetry is always good on a daylike this. Who doesn't want toread John Greenleaf
Snowbound, as the first snow-flakes come
the ground.A Little Treasury of AmericanPoetry is an excellent anthologyof American poetry containing
than 500 carefully selectedshort poems by the chief poetsfrom Colonial times to the presentday. This book is edited by OscarWillams.With these few, suggestions, youshould be able to finish yourChristmas shopping with littletrouble, and your friends will remember
Christmasmany times during the year.
When I was Just 'bout three foot
there was a? SantaClausFor every year my dreams cametrue
And only he could be the cause.Then soon I reached the four footmark
And some said I should believeno moreIn Donner and Blitzen who flewin the darkOr in my sugar
dreamsof yore.But now I'm Just 'bout five footthree |And my childhood
thoughtshave known rewardFor there is a Santa of ChristmasgleeHe is Jesus Christ
Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.Member offAssociate Collegiate PressEditor
Martha McNultyAssociate Editor
Marge WilliamsAssistant Editors ^^M-i—L_ Carol Kelly, Judy
Business Editor t-4-^l---^ Mary
Lorraine Reichel, Bet Broderick,Victoria Argana, Mary Oene Pyne, Jean Heavey, RobertaImboden,' Ann McGinnis, Joan
Lee, Helen Kennedy,Lorraine
Joan Clancy, Pat Eisert,Dorothy Rudge.
Harmony is a much sought after keynote! Andwhat could be more harmonious than living in accordance with the Mystical Body of Christ. Suchare the objectives of
Liturgical and MarianCommittees of the Sodality, which is itself an organism of the Mystical! Body.Inspiring a love for and an active participationin the liturgy of the Church is the
theLiturgical Committee. Described as the prayer ofthe people of God, the liturgy
actually theMystical Body on its knees. Under the leadershipof Pat Powers, this
been discussingways and means of best instilling the minds andhearts of students with the true spirit of liturgicalprayer. "
Special projects this year include the promotionof Compline; an
use of the
freshman sodalists; the Advent wreath;and Advent suggestions to remind us that Adventought to be a time of self-denial in preparationfor His coming.| Donna Nashwinter and Barbara Stone head theMarian Committee which has as it objective thefostering of a true devotion to Mary. Their discussions have centered on ways in which to makestudents aware of the need for Mary in the immediate sphere of their lives.From these discussions such projects as thedaily recitation of the rosary in the Chapel andin residence halls, and the special novena to theBlessed Virgin preceding the feast of
Immaculate Conception have found their source. Also fostered by this committee was the program on December 8 which honors her freedom from the taintof original sin.
Cabs OnCampus:Signl Of
"Gee kids. I wanna go, gosh kids I gotta go,gee kids I wanna go out!" New words but the sameold
As our "nose
news" inquiring reporter foundher way up the boulevard of cabs one Sunday
noon, she managed to stop a few of the leaving
long enough to find out where they weregoing and why.Beth Coleman, on her
the movies withPat Fridley and
McCarthy (from the Buffalocrew), said that the reason she was going out wasbecause there] wasn't
to do at school."One hardly feels like lounging around in her Sunday best," declared Beth, "and when everyone elsegoes out, it's gloomy around school." Mac and Patboth agreed and further added
they neverstayed in on
afternoon unless they hadsome
assignment to do.From the boulevard, our reporter wandereddown to the lounge where she found the
bulean, Mary McCarthy. When asked about Sundays at Mercyhurst, Mary replied, "I don't mindstaying in but I think it would be more fun ifthere were something going on right here on campus, such as Dr. Haas' suggestion for a music appreciation class."Strolling through the dorms,
Smith, Bar-bara Barnes, and Mary Burns seemed to be enjoying themselves fully because they could caU thetime their own and were not obligated to do anycertain thing.So our reporter left with two facts in mind:some were happy on this "free day" while othersleft because of a lack of means of
What's happening to our collections forthe missions? Yes, they're
year we adopted Father John Haleyas our own personal missionary. Are weaware that our contributions still go to Father Haley's parish in Chile? Surely wecan't let Father and his eight missions down
if it means sacrificing that coke,cup of coffee, or candy bar on Wednesdaynight!
Thursday morning collections provide agreat
for us. Let's all take advantage of that opportunity and really practice that corporal work of