TH E MERCIAD
NOVEMBER 26. 1957
During the Wednesday, November
assembly program for American EducationWeek, Dr. John M. Hickey, Superintendentof the Erie public school! system, spoke. Inhis talk, Dr. Hickey stressed a point thatshould be conscious part of
J Catholiclife the Christopher movement.The Christopher has
to help others develop a sense of purpose; to bring Christ's presence into dailyroutine through his own presence; and tobe an effective instrument of
andLove. No splash, no fanfare! It is the littlethings that change the world. |A philosophy like this gives a reason
each otherwise mediocre task. Moreover,
is a philosophy like this that gives a reasonfor each
mediocre vocation or
Every Christian life should contain
jective. It should be carried into theclassroom (on both sides of the desk), into thehome, into thefoffice, into the lab. There
more than a matter of choice
thereis an obligation.
fact that Dr. Hickey, whose workaffects so many people and forms so manypolicies, is aware of his Christopher responsibility is very comforting. But every lifeshould be a life with a purpose.
You are a member of the largest student organization in the world.What does NSA
to you? It affects you in a very realfsense
your purpose of attending college is a well-balancededucation and not merely an accumulationof book knowledge. It makes| available tostudents many opportunities for broadeninghis
the whole problem of highereducation.
are some concrete examples ofNSA benefits
To name but a few, it sponsors many conferences, seminars, and areameetings enabling students to | discussmethods of bettering student government,and of becoming better acquainted with current issues
them as students. Thereare many more.Since a well-established student government is the primary purposes of NSA, at-tendence
at bi-monthly Student Councilmeetings is
of any NSA member.They are open to you. Can we count on yourpresence at the next Student Council meeting???
Dear Mercyhurst,Gannon College . . . Second AnnualChristmas Carnival . .
6, 7, 8.1These are three facts. Isolate them andthey have as many connotations as there arepeople interpreting them. Combine all three
they form only one picture — a college-styled
Gannon, as well as the rest of the Erieschools, has done
great deal to promote acommon college atmosphere. More has to beaccomplished but the Christmas Carnival isone of our answers.
The adjectives "Second Annual" meanpast success. Naturally, a success cannot remain as such unless it is improved upon. Asa result,|the Carnival is, to use the pitchman's phrase,
and better."The Gannon Auditorium and the Commons Room will be filled with over fortybooths; and displays particularily designedto give the maximum in entertainment andthrffis.The Queen Contest, a Mr. and Mrs.Santa Claus, an
valuableprizes, and college-styled games are a fewamong many of our features.We boast experience — experience in^esio-nino- a p-ood time. We would like Mercyhurst and the other Erie schools to add totheir | experience — experience in enjoyingthemselves. Join us? 1In a Carnival mood,The Gannon ChristmasCarnival Committee
Erie Philharmonic, TV spectaculars, opera, plays ... a varietyof
for a variety of individual interests. fMoussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition"
presentation of the November 26-27 Erie Philharmonic Society all-orchestraconcert. Everyone familiar with the popular "Greensleeves"
"Fantasia on Qreensleeves."
Beginning at 8:30p.m. in Strong Vincent Auditorium, the program will also include
and. "Symphony No. 1 in G Minor"by Kalinnikov.
15, theorchestra and chorus will presentHandel's "Messiah."Reliving
fabulous life ofAnnie Oakley, Mary Martin and
John Raitt will
onThanksgiving Eve, Wednesday,November 27, in a two hour musical "Annie Get Your Gun" onWICU, T. V. Miss Martin portraysthe
words of thememorable Irving Berlin song—that "You Can't Get A Man WithA Gun." John
Game" role, playsthe sharpshooter.Cleveland Music Association willsponsor the NBC Opera Companyin
English version of "LaTraviata" at the Music Hall onWednesday, November 27, at 8:30pjn. Starring among others areDolores Wilson, John Alexanderand Igor Gorin.Robert
wiU star inthe musical version of "JuniorMiss" CBS Television's fourth DuPont "Show of the Month" onFriday, December 20. Cummingswill play Harry Graves, the father of thirteen-year-old juniormiss, Judy.A
to the Playhouseproduction* followers — AgathaChristie's "Witness For the
secution" will play December 3through December 21.Four Editors Recommend;.
that everyone support ourqueen for
. . . that more care
taken inusing the kitchenette
lounge facilities. . . that
advantage of the sports program in place of "lounging". . . that post office hours be regarded more closely. . . that students be consideratein wet weather and not"track^up" the halls
. . . that activities, such as mixers be sponsored through theStudent Council for dormdevelopment aid. . . that more open discussion beheld on the pro's and con'sof changing the club situation. . . that everyone be more "courtesy-conscious" towards elders and college-mates... that some childish studentsacquire a more mature classroom conductYour Editors Commend:. . . Sr. Mary Esther and Sr. M.
on their move tokeep the bulletin 'board inorder. . . those who have tried to
away from constant "chitchat" and carry on a worthwhile
who report offendersto Student Board, thus making the Board purposeful andsuccessfulYour Editors Thank... St. Bonaventure's for the invitation to their college. . . Dr.| John Hickey for settingaside time to speakstudent body duringtion Week. .
the students whoin promoting bettercollegiate relations by arranging and preparing forthe tea with Villa MariaYour Editors Offer Best Wishes. . . to Gannon's basketball teamfor a successful year (hoping the Knights will givethem moral support whichhas been lacking)
becomes ayear (withto ourEduca-
weekfund for the seniorinterest) in the Credit Union
Pittsburgh. Loans are honored.The "World's; Largest AutographCollection" will be displayed inthe student lounge at LorettoHeights College sin Loretto, Colorado. Your name can be includedfor a
Aerial view of formally attiredcollege students.
n Ounce Of Etcetera
By Arlene HajdukWe've discovered either a misnomer or
ofMercyhurst and her univy-cover-ed walls. A recent taxi ride revealed a dispatcher's little voice meekly sending taxis to
Hurstettes are expected to keepthe DAYS of December 6, 7, and 8free for Gannon KNIGHTS. Thesedates automatically disclose theevent; however, for the absent-minded amongst us, it is Gannon'sChristmas Carnival week-end. Iflast year was indicative, the Carnival wiU be the best social mixerof the year. Remember the keencompetition of queen-voting, theexcited crowds of collegiatesmilling around game-booths, andthe delightfully
odor ofcotton* candy?
statistics show that manyin our family have been wieldingthe
hickory stick. Senior student teachers, catecheticalteachers of the public school children, and the cadets do an accurate job of conveying knowledgeand
to the littler ones. Weseldom realize the extent of thesegirl's endeavors. To appreciateand to occasionally commendthem for their earnestness mightbe
gracious gesture. Appreciation
each other gives the entire school family
is half of success.A well-conditioned Erieite suggested the following P. S. for thenext homewardbound "epistle","Please send hipboots."
Happy in love,
is returned, you are not
but frequently attemptto express what your heart feels.
Music is said to be one of the most satisfying expressions of feeling. For throughout the centuries, lovers have sung thepraises of their beloved in song, poetry, andprose. True love, voiced in all its
exhuber-ance, is one of the most magnificent feelingsof the human heart.Daily, you are given the opportunityto express your gratitude to the One WhoIS Love. Participation in the mass to the fullest extent includes singing,
matter ifthe voice seems rough or sandy. If the expression of love seems inadequate, it is onlyyou who think so. The Father of Love willnot.What is a catechist? What are herduties, her benefits?
These questions can be answered by anumber of girls at Mercyhurst who volunteered their leisure time to aid the religiouseducation of Catholic public school children.Without the time and training of the catechist,
a Catholic child would be deprived of the greatest gift of his young
knowledge of God.
It is certainly not
plans,early Saturday mornings, along with curri-
and extra-curricular activities. It wasnot meant to be. No
ever is.The innocent face that smiles and answers, "God made me to know Him, love Himin this world, and be happy with Him in thenext," supplies all the reward any catechistdesires.
. . .
Holy Mary, Mother of God, my Mother. . . truly you are the gate to heaven . . .Through
Immaculate Conception youopened to me a new life • . . a life of grace. . . of faith ... of hope ... In bringingChrist to the world, you became coredemp-trix ... Because of you, I possess the meansto eternal happiness . . . now it is up to me... with the help of your intercession ... tofollow the road leading to you and yourDivine Son ... There is only one way ... inmodeling my life
yours . . . Help meto know His Holy Will in all things ... Getfor me the grace ever
"Behold thehandmaid of the Lord ..."All of us should agree that a rationalbeing is a person who lives according to reason. If we do live according to our reason, itwill show in our attitude^ toward others.As students of Mercyhurst we can display this
character by understanding and abiding by seniority rights, eating ina feminine and cultivated manner, and ingeneral, respecting the well-earned rights ofour|fellow* students particularly the upper-classmen.
Well-developed manners are evidence ofrational consciousness of our duty towardothers.
College, Erie, Pa.
Associated Collegiate PressEditor
Jeanne CannonAssistant Editors; Mary Stark,
Barbara Jakubow-ski, Lucille Turner, Peggy Cummings, ArleneHajduk, MUdred Manzione, Mary CatherineDonatelli, Peggy Hirsch. Eleanor Cavanaugh.Kay King, Joan Connors, Betty Phelan,Teresa Proulx.Photography Editor
GreenBusiness Manager Alice O'BrienBuiness
Peggy Cummings, DeanaDempsey, Mary
Koss. Wanda Toth,Martha Calvert.