February 11. 1958
Have you heard of the "Jack-of-*all-trades, master of
Such is the personwho vows many things for the season of Lentbut masters none of them. This type of person usually vows to give up candy, gum,desserts, and so on, but weakens until he failsin them all, never sticking to?one. He vowsto go to Mass everyday. Again failure is theresult.
On the other hand, if the initial determination were centered upon one certain
and promise, the results would naturally be much better. It stands to reason thatto do anything thoroughly or successfully,one must concentrate upon it alone.Therefore, concentration upon one thingis the best theme
a good, profitableLenten season. This means concentration upon
sanctity, and sacrifice. That is onesoul (our own), sanctity of one person (our-
and one sacrifice. 1
The ''Spoon-Feeding," of which American education is so often
is beginning to tell its tale on the products of thissystem. Like the
pampered child who hasnever been given a chance
feed or dress
today's student and graduate growsup unable or at least unwilling to feed anddress himself — intellectually. So used tohaving learning fed
to him, hecannot learn by himself and is growing upalmost emaciated as a result of intellectualmalnutrition.
For him graduation day means
of having to ever put another thing into his(he thinks) sufficiently-filled head. If Plato,Shakespeare, Aquinas, even the Bible is notread at school, it is never so much as lookedat
learning supposedlystopped on graduation day.
Since this is
Catholic Press Month(although we are but a minute voice in theCatholic Press), we would like to shout loudlyto point out the opportunities being left to
by. These opportunities lie in the bestof literature which
created to help mangrow to be whole. We
urge the studentbody enough to take up a perpetual studentvocation by feeding themselves with a
some diet of good books and magazines.LETTER TO EDITOR:Dear Editor:
In reply to the editorial entitled "In aNut Shell" in your last issue, I am wondering who, outside of Student Council, has beenburdened with the duties of the studentcouncil members? It has always been theright
yes, the duty of the StudentCouncil President to delegate duties outsideof Council in order to stimulate interest inthe student body and to give as many aspossible the opportunity to exercise leader
This year the members of Council sacri
two days of vacation and came back toschool early in September to study studentproblems and set up a program for the year.Members of Council make themselves available every day in the Student Council Officein an effort to be of service to
We wantyour interest and cooperation. The StudentCouncil is not something intangible ... it
a council of STUDENTS working to benefiteach and everyone at Mercyhurst. We arewhat you want us to
no more, no less.
we did miss the December meeting,and for a good reason. Our date was takenfor a guest lecturer and the calendar was socrowded that no other date [could be substituted. Council members were asked if theyhad any urgent business that would require
evening meeting and all agreed that therewas nothing that
wait until January.
I ; I
We were very happy to see about halfthe student body present at the Januarymeeting. This reflects the fact that we havean interested group of students
hopethat this interest will continue.We do not think that Student Council is
a rut" and its members sincerely hopethat they may live
the responsibilitiesyou have entrusted to them.
certainly a penitentialspirit prevails over the college during the holy season of Lent, butall work and no play makes Janea
i girl. Here are proffered aminimum of entertainment op
Your Editors Recommend:. . . that a few stop ruining thelounge privileges for everyone.
, . . rules for order
social roomsand kitchenette be observedmore closely.
f. . . that some rule be passed byStudent Council to limit
phone calls to 5-10 minutes
force of penalty.. . . that a few "disillusionedthieves" examine their conscience in respect to cheating during or in the correc-tion of exams.. . . that the "weak spots" discovered by the retreat check-
up not be neglected.Your Editors Commend:the spirit shown in the recentretreat.the improved observance of"quiet hours" in the dorms,the growing interest in in-
pursuits on campus.Father Smith for his variedand mature
retreat subjects.Your Editors Thank:
the A. A. for two ice-skatingrinks.
the contributors of the newchapel veils.Student CouncU for the newdecks of cards for the lounge.all
ournewly-polished dorm floors.Your Editors Welcome:... all
students.. . . suggestions for articles or improvement for the
. . . "Ron" as the third memberof
Men's Club".Your Editors Bid FareweU:... to Tina Herskind and Jean-ette Mancuso.Your Editors Offer Best Wishes:... to Polly Bresnan and ConnieTaylor in their religious vocation.... to Dusty Schmidt, SaranneDurkin, Barbara Matts, JackieOavanna, Carol Dodson, ontheir engagements.
the unbeatable combination ofboth culture and pure enjoyment.Cyril Ritchard, Anna MarieAlberghetti, Sal Mineo, and PeterLoire combine talents Friday,February 21 (7:30-9:00 p.m. EST)for CBS Television's 90-minutecolor musical, "Aladdin." For this
Show of the Month" ColePorter has written his first television score.Erie PhilharmonicErie Philharmonic Orchestraand Chorus wiU present Jack Russell, as soloist on February 11 and
Mr. Russell, celebrated Broad
and TV star wiU sing Romberg's "Desert Song," the Soliloquyfrom Rogers "Carousel," Porter's"In the Still of the Night," Rogers "Falling in Love With Love,"and will narrate Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Also
"Overture to Colas Bruegnon," Weber's
vita-tion to the Dance," Liszt "LesPreludes." Strauss' "Tales of theVienna Woods," and Berlioz's Trojan March.Rudolph Firkusny, world-famous pianist, will appear with thePhilharmonic March 18 and 19.playing Mozart's
in DMajor for Piano" and Grieg's"Concerto in A minor for Pianoand Orchestra." The orchestrawill play Strauss' "RosencavalierSuite" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphonic Poem Hamlet'".
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For Playhouse enthusiasts, onTuesday, February 25, "The Songof Bernadette" by
and Wal-ter Kerr will begin for a Lentenrun.. Dramatized from Franz Wer-fel's-novel, it is
as atribute on the one hundredth anniversary of the miracle of Lour-
appearance of Our Ladyto BernadetteSoubirous.
Pride is the anesthetic thatdeadens the pain of stupidity.
RockneLet no man be less good
having known you: be less true, lesspure, less noble for having traveled in your company,—Late Bishop of Philadelphia
Ounce Of Etcetera
"Chemise or not chemise, that isthe question." This slight variation of Shakespeare's immortalphrase suggests a fashion boomfor the Spring season. Once againcloset contents must be sorted andreplaced. However, the complaintsare few, because the chemise ispopular. The "roaring 1920" styleof dress seems to bag and sag inthe right places; places that mightotherwise reveal figure faults.Whatever its advantages, it is recognized as an extreme change ofstyle;a change that will
fathers a pretty penny; but, also achange that will lift femininespirits by labeling daughters"walking fashion plates". How
which is the more important,fathers,
from financial wories, or daughters, baggilydressed and momentarily contented?An Erie oddity was reported thmorning after a "slight" snowstorm. While clearing the 38thStreet sidewalk, a medium-sized
plow with heavily chainedtires skidded on
This I observation
proves thatno vehicle short of air vehicles canbe guaranteed "skid-rree".The quiet months of the schoolyear are upon us. With Christmasweek, semester exams, and winterCarnival becoming definite eventsof the past, we are assured of manypeaceful hours in which
duties. Suchduties entail: bridge games, afternoon trips to Art's; manicures andhair-styling;
hour gab fests;knitting sessions,
an afterlights study hour. Good luck, students (?).
During the last semester, the numberof times that the lounges had been left indisorder was a disgrace. What can be doneto remedy this
situation this semester?The first thing necessary is to enlist theaid of all those who frequent the lounges.
make herself feel personally responsible fororder in the-lounges. Why not remind eachother to empty ash trays and put empty cokebott'es and lunch bags where they belong?Is this too much to expect from girls in college?After all, it not
necessary thatthe lounges be kept open. They were setaside as recreation rooms so don't selfishly abuse the privilege.
are the Catholic
asked F'ather John J.Cavanaugh, former president of Notre DameUniversity, in a recent
Magazinearticle.In commenting on the low percentage ofCatholics
to Who's Who In America,Fr. Cavanaugh notes that out of 303 namesnames chosen for their eminence in scienceonly three were Catholics. If this is so, ourCatholic educational system and the 35 million Catholics of this country are not producing anywhere near their proportion of lead
not only in science but in politics, litera
or other fields.
Catholics may say in defense thatthey are in a minority group, an immigrantpeople, usually from modest
then the Jews are an immigrant people, oftenfrom modest homes. They too must fightbigotry, but the Jewish race is producingleaders far out of proportion to theirnumbers.
We—U. S. Catholic College Students—stand on trial.
take up the presentslack
Do we have what it
?If Alexander Graham Bell had receiveda busy signal when he
son, the device might not have been
ed. This example, of course, is an absurdity.However, fit emphasizes the fact
astream of busy signals discourages callers.Would you consider a girl kind and generousif her gift of gab
expected call? Long, social telephoneconversations cannot exist in a college dormitory. Shall we coin a phrase and aim to be
The qualifications are:
you're near a ringing; telephone,
your best to locate the receiver of acall; if you're unsuccessful, take themessage and deliver it;
•• fir—limit your
personal calls to FIVEMINUTES.All women enjoy talking. Why don't you giveyour neighbor a chance?
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past few months an increasingnumber of poor quality films have pouredout of Hollywood to theaters all over thecountry, as can be noticed in some of
theatres. By glamorizing crime and portraying teenage morals at their
had a degrading effect on themorals and standards of American youthand have contributed to the
rate ofjuvenile delinquency. With the keen competition between movie and television indus
the movie makers must give us the excellence we
we must let them knowthat only the best is good enough.
Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.
Member ofAssociated Collegiate PressPublished Monthly