Mercyhurst College accepts a resignation
To those outside the radiusof students, family, and friends of DoctorMichael J. Relihan, this would seem merelyanother factual statement. To us,
students and friends at Mercyhurst, there
that goes deeper than either pen andink or vocal expressions
capture. Wemust be satisfied to present here merelywhat words seem fairly appropriate.Doctor Relihan, we wish you a happy,healthy retirement; We all shall miss youradvice and guidance but we
your absence. Your kindly,
criticism has been of more benefitthan multitudinous books.The official relationship between us aspupil to teacher has been changed, DoctorRelihan, by your resignation but our relationship of admirer to learned will never change.In our memory you will always be thepleasant, understanding gentleman whotaught us in the principles of teaching. Toexpress our
let us quoteSwift:
"Whoe'er excels in what we prize,Appears a hero in
eyes;|Each girl, when pleased
is| taught, |Will have the
in her thought.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning ofanother season of Lent. Ashes
be placedon the forehead of each Catholic with thewords, "Remember, man, that thou art dust,and unto dust thou
A man made from dust
SupremeCreator is reminded again of his diminutivesize in proportion to the immensity of hisGod. He is reminded that the ashes he wears
his grief and repentence and
days he will valiently attempt to rectify themajority, if not all, of his ill-bred habits.It is so much more
and rewarding if each person during the fortv days offast preceding Easter adds something positive to his
it strengtheningof will power, cultivation of good study habits,rising for morning Mass, curbing a malicioustongue, or attempting a smile.Forty days in time is short,! yet timeenough to grow in love for the sufferingSavior. Time is
man that thou art dust, andunto dust thou shalt
sooner than vou think.
n Ounce Of Etcetera
As the new semester slowly begins to crawl out of its wintryshell, most of us are experiencingthe oddity of an open mind andan open conscience. This is theresult of the not-quite-yet forgotten semester exams and the retreat. And quite a retreat itwas—Father Koch really had a knackfor making religion live, didn't he?But, strangely enough, neitherknowledge nor religion seems to bethe issue of the moment. It apearsthat most "scholars" are hopelessly engrossed in that universalproblem (?) of
a pity,but what more can a poor girl dowith all the recent carnival propaganda, proposing "Sweetheartsin the Snow?"
Then, too, while St. Valentinesits behind some snowbank helpingCupid sharpen his somewhat rustyarrows,
are rapidlydiminishing Erie's supply of "con-
fare the |books, the arts, theacademies that show, contain, and nourishall the
With these words Shakespearepaid another tribute to womanhood. Women,their lives, the roles they have playedthrough the ages, and the position they holdin contemporary society are all topics thathave been discussed time and again. Now ofparticular
to the Catholic
question of women in public service,and in the high political offices.In the January issue of The Sign, appeared the
release: "A belief amongCatholics
have evincedless interest fif public service than their non-Catholic sisters has not been borne out by therecord."
The article went on to cite IreneDunne,! the actress, as a member of the
gNations, Clare BootMLuce, formerCongresswoman and Ambassador, and MaryH. Donlon, Judge of the United StatesCustoms Court in New York, as outstandingexamples. Of sixty-three
been elected to Congress, six were Catholics.In recent years the question of a womanpresident has been introduced on the Washington scene. John C. O'Brien, of The Sign,believes "It would be reckless ... to predictthat the time never will come when
the other major parties nominates a woman,if not for President, at least for Vice Presi
And so it is that woman,
long agolifted to a new status in
by Christianity,continues to progress in
fields ofendeavor and finds new ones opening to her.temporary" valentines, Whatstrange ways these earth peoplehave of expressing
! But I guess it's
in thegame.Thus,following Auntie Maine'sphilosophy, it seems best to "live,live, live." But
Lent justaround the corner, there arebound to be some changes made.At any rate, the figures should beback in shape for the Spring outfits. Speaking
outfits,rumor has it that the new look isthe "old-fashioned-girl" style.On the more intellectual side ofcampus, seniors have discovered astrange phenomena. In spite of thedrastic teacher shortage, it stilltakes a "heap of trying" to findthat job. Of course, one can alwaysmake a career of
income tax within theincome!
TVJMusic, Lenten Drama
To those whose Lenten plans yet allow entertainment for theirleisure time, the month of February offers some fine suggestions. |Good news for music lovers is the Erie Philharmonic's presentation of a
program on February 10 and 11 at 8:30.
in the program
be music from "Showboat," featuringsuch favorites as "Ol' Man River" and "Make Believe."Because of many requests, N.B.C. will repeat
Astaire" on February 11,featuring Miss Barrie Chase andthe Jonah Jones Quartet. From8:30 to 9:00 the same
evening,the network presents "Meet Mr.Lincoln," a semi-biographical playcommemorating Lincoln's birthday,
Playhouse aims toplease theatre-goers with a rollicking comedy, "The HappiestMillionaire," beginning February
keeping with the Lentenspirit, "The Betrayal," depictingChrist's trial and condemnationbefore Jewish and Roman courts,opens
March 3. §
brings to T.V. Shakespeare's "Hamlet" on the "DuPontShow of the Month," February
February 26, the same network presents the New YorkPhilharmonic Concert.
YOUR EDITORS RECOMMEND:... that retreat resolutions be concentrated on during
... that students maintain a "studious" attitude this semesterand avoid last minute "cramming."... your choice for the nomineein the "Personal AppearanceContest" be carefuUy selected.... that all readmittance cards bereturned on time to the office.
and downs are common ineveryone's Jlife. Some can takefailures, some can't. The nexttime you feel Uke complaining,turn for inspiration to the wordsof wisdom found
A certain businessman, whenever someone comes to
office bemoaning his misfortunesin business, love or life in general, takes him! aside and inviteshim to study a framed, hand-lettered sign hanging on the wall.It reads:"Failed in business, '31
Defeated for legislature,
Failed in business again, '33
legislature, '34Sweetheart died, '35Suffered nervous breakdown,
Defeated for elector,
Defeated for congress,
ito congress, '46Defeated for congress, '48Defeated for senate, '55Defeated for vice president, '56Defeated for senate, '58
Elected President of the UnitedStates, '60And the name beneath thisrecord of misfortune, crowned byfinal success? Abraham Lincoln.YOUR EDITORS THANK:...the Administration for allevi-| ating the buUetin board problem.... Sodality's change of meetingtime to the Friday 11:10 period.
... D.S.O. members who gaveschool students the opportunity
see our school
Open House.... all
named to the Dean's List.YOUR EDITORS BID FARWELL:... to Dr. Michael J. Relihan withthe assurance that "out ofsight" is not "out of mind."... to Joan Connors and Charlotte Gray.YOUR EDITORS EXTEND:...welcome to new
... best wishes to Mary EllenSmith, Joan Maloney, and JudyMcMinn who have entered thereligious life.... congratulations to Sally
ButchRyan, Carol Allen, Mary KayGarvey, GeorgiaLoomis,andPatty Carlile on their engagements.
is the greatest sin of thetwentieth century. We have become the mostlawless nation! on the earth," states KarlAdam in a recent magazine article. Disregardfor
laws is the fault of mostcollege students. Do you jaywalk
Exceed thespeed limit? Place person to person calls toa non-existent person at home to let
family know that you arrived safety?
infractions fall into that much-to-be avoidedcategory of irreverence for law.Order in the lounges, class rooms, in thehall, depends upon each student's respect forlaw. Respect your neighbor and you will respect law. Respect her by
fiveminute limit on the phone, by emptying yourash tray so that she will not
to do it, bykeeping the silent hours to that she can studyto pass that important
reawaken the spirit of reverence in the nation.
without representation is|tyranny!
That was the cry of our forefathers and a cause of the Revolutionary
Today Americans are well representedin city, state, and national governments. Wedo not have tyranny, but we
have taxes.Taxes have been gradually increasing innumber and amount and there is every indication that
they* will continue to grow.Federal, state, and city governments all havethe power to tax. Inheritance, school, property, luxury, and hidden taxes on articlesthat the public buys daily, bread, cigarettes,gasoline, etc., are only a
of the taxes thatAmerican citizens fall victim to yearly.The
income tax was increased tocover the expenses of World War II. The warended 14 years ago, but the cold war has
is not one without remedy. The least the American peopletoday can do is appeal to their governmental
aldermen, state senators, and members of Congress;' These menwere responsible for the passing of the taxbills; it is only through them that we
appeal for a reduction in taxes.
Nature sometimes exercises her powersin strangely |prophetic ways, lake for |ex-
demonstration of extreme winterweather which she gave on January 6, 1959.Coincidentally,
was the day of
ceremony. Thewind tore at the gowns of 300 shivering collegians as they watched a shiny shovel angrily fight the ice-packed ground. §Indeed, during the ceremony it was
to concentrate on anything other thanone's freezing extremities. However, Naturemay not have been as cruel
would appear.After all, the planning and preparation whichpreceded that simple shovel-lifting were not
bright, easy, "sunny day" types of work. It'san extremely difficult task to get the construction of a building under way, andperhaps Nature was just reminding us thatthere's much work to be done before we'll berelaxing in those lovely new lounges, the oneseachclass
has pledged to furnish
Need shesay more?
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get well wishes to Mary JaneCorrigan and Rosalie Bablak.
4* THE MERCIAD
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