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MERC1AD
Vol. XXXI, No.
3
MERCYHURST
COLLEGE, ERIE, PENNA.
December
15, 1959
Christmas Activities Follow Traditions;Ceremonies Preview Home Holiday
CHRISTMAS DINNER
The administration
of
Mercy-hurst College will sponsor
tine
Christmas dinner
for all
residentand!
day
students
on
Thursday,December
17,
in
the new
diningroom. Dinner will
be
served
at
6:00.
I
II
Elaborate decorations
in
silver,white,
and red
will carry
out the
Christmas theme. Dress
for the
occasion
is
formal.Following
the
dinner, studentsin
cap and
gown will participatein the outdoor lighting
of
the cribon front campus.
There ^
will
be
singing
and
reciting
j
of
prayersbefore
the
life
size
Nativityscene. Miss
Helen(jKelly
will narrate
the
Christmas story.December
17
Administration Christmasdinner
for
Student Body,Senior Foyer Program,
Outdoor
lighting
of
crib,
Caroling—seniors
and
juniorsBlessing
of
class rings
*i
Midnight
s
Benediction18
Christmas
vacation beginsafter classesJanuary
4 —
Classes resumeBlessing
ahd
McAuley Halling roomDedication
of
and
new
din-
10
Public Open House
Erie Bishop
Blesses
Hall
With Archbishop Gannon presiding,
the
Blessing
and
Dedication
of
both McAuley Hall dormitory
and the new
dining roomwill take place
on
Thursday,January
6,
at
4:00 pm.Guests invited
to
attend
the
ceremony includeCongressmanCaroll
D.
Kearns, Bishop
Mc-
Manaman,
and
Mayor Gardner.The annual Mercyhurst Bish
op's
Day
is
scheduled
to
coincidewith
the
Dedication date.
The
Seniors will attend
the
formaldinner
to
be
given
for the
Archbishop
at
8:00
in
the
evening.On, January
9, the
Sisters
of
the Erie area will
be
welcome
to
view the new building. Open housefor
the
public will
be
Sunday,January
10.
O s4<t**€U
O
ADONAI,
and
Leader
of the
house
of
Israel, who didst appearto Moses
in
the burning bush, anddidst give unto
him the law
on
Sinai: come
and
with!
an
outstretched
arm
redeem
us.
FOYER PROGRAM
Blessing
of
the
Christmas treewill take place
in the
ChapelFoyer
on
Thursday, December
17.
Participating
in the
ceremonywill
'be
members
of the
facultyand j
the senior class.
This
year
the
program willconsist
of
hymns
and
psalmsrendered
in
choric speech. LollyLockhart,
la
senior, will give
a
reading
of the
poem, House
of
Christmas.An annual tradition
for the
senior class,
this
I liturgical! ceremony
is
held
in
order
to
impressthe religious significance
of the
Christmas tree upon
the
graduating class.
!> ?
RING BLESSING
"It came upon
a
midnightclear, that glorious song
of
old..
i|
Glorious songs
of
"old"
will echo over Mercyhurst Thursday
at
11:00 p.m.
when juniorsand seniors honor
the
ChristChild. Following
a
flashlit patharound
the
campus
and
throughthe dormitories,
the
carolers
in
caps
and
gowns will enter Christthe King Chapel.Just before midnight, FatherMartin will conduct
the
annualring blessing ceremony with
the
juniors.
The
evening will
end
as
the chimes ring
the
twelfth hour,
and!
Mercyhurst students
kneel
in thankful contemplation
as
benediction
lis celebrated.
Frosh Entertain OrphansWith Party
And
Presents
Freshmen! hosted
63
youngsters from
St.
Joseph's Orphanage
on
Saturday, December
12
at
the
annual orphan's Christmas party.
J
Mary
Ann
Caruso gave
the
welcoming address
to the
visitingSisters and young guests.
t
$,
|
Decorations carried
out the
holiday scheme with huge cut-outfigures.
J
A trio
of
snowmen, along with
giant
I
paper Santa Clausesand tiny elves ornamented
the
pillars
of
the
stage. Traditional Christmas figures lined
the
walls
and a
gaily decorated
Christmas-tree
occupied one corner
of
the
gymnasium.Toyland
was
the, theme
of
the
entertainment program.
Acquaint
toyshop,
Twhere
a
perky Jack-in-the-box, Judy Cardell, introducedeach act, formed
the
setting. As
the
dolls came
to
life, they went intosong
and
dance routines.
I j
&
After
the
finale, Santa
Claus
distributed gifts
to
each child,aided
by
two pert elves, Joanne Herlan and Elaine Salvato.The
sympathyl
of
the
student body
and
faculty
is
ex
tended!
to Lynn Larocca
on
the death
of^her
father
and
to Elizabeth Yonushonis
on
the death
of
her
father.
Gannon SetsShow Date
The Saint Thomas More Clubof Gannon College
has
scheduledits annual variety show
for
January
9,
1960.
The
curtain will riseat 8:00 p.m.
on
the Gannon Auditorium stage. Donation
for ad
mission will
be
$.75
per
person.The variety show will featureoutstanding talent selected fromauditions
at
Villa Maria, Gannon,and Mercyhurst Colleges.
The
show entitled "Venetian Holiday"will consist
of
acts
ranging
from
softshoe
dancing
to
the
tricks
of
a!
magician. Background
for the
entertainment will
be
fashionedon
an
Italian theme.Following
the
entertainment,students will
be
invited
I
to dancein
the
Italian cabaret setting
and
enjoy refreshments served
by
Italian waiters.According
to
The
GannonKnight this show will be "the bestever." Pete McNeils
and
DickWingerter, Saint Thomas Moremembers,
are
co-chairmen
of
boththe talent show
and the
dancefollowing.Aidedlby Sister
M.
Rachel,
the
committees
and
their chairmen
included:
Decoration, S
h i
e
1
aCooney
and Pat
Arusiewicz;
En
tertainment,
Liz
Yonushonis
and
Kit Keese; Gift, Juanita Piscorand Mary
Ann
Kern; Refreshment, Alicia
Ecles
and
DianneArundell; Reception,
Kit
Templeand Helen Bundy; Invitation,Barb Barrett
and
Dodie Smith.
O
ROOT OF JESSE, who standestfor
an
I ensign
of
the
people,]
before whom kings -shall keep
si
lence,
and
unto whom
the
Gentiles shall make their supplication: come
to
deliver
us, and
tarry
not.
O DAWN OP THE EAST, brightness
of
the
light eternal, and Sunof Justice, come land enlightenthem that
sit
in
darkness
and
in
the
\
shadow
of
death.
O 'Tsjhtpo^tfe
(gentile*
O KING
OF
THE
GENTILESand
the
desired
of
them, Thoucornerstone that
makest
bothone, come
and
deliver
man,
whom Thou didst form
out
of
the
dust
of
the
earth,Betty
Lu
Dorsogna, Margaret Gerace,
and Pat
Cavanaugh, "Who'sWho" nominees, pose happily
for MERCIAD
photographer.
1
Who
S
Wh
o
To!
List
Th
ree Hurst Seniors
Patricia Cavanaugh, Betty
Lu
Dorsogna,
and
Margaret Geracewill
be
listed
in
Who's
Who
Among
Students
in
American Universities
and
Colleges 1959-1960,
the
annual directory
of
distinguished studentsselected from colleges
and
universities throughout America.
.-
These three seniors were selected
by
Mercyhurst faculty
on
the
basis
oft
scholarship, leadership,
and
participation
in
extracurricularand academic activities, citizenship
and
service
j
to
the
school,
and
promise
of
future usefulness
to
business
and
society.Patricia Cavanaugh
of
Johnstown, Pennsylvania! is vice-presidentOf Student Council
and
president
of
Student Boardhome economics major,
Pat
is
active
in
the
Homeand
served.as
its
treasurer her freshman year. As junior
NSA^delegate
sophomore year
and
senioriNSA.delegate
and Dorm Council Presidentjunior year,
she
served
as*
a representative
on
Student Council.
For
f-
f.
four years
she has
been
a
mem-
CnnAc Praconf
ber of Y
-
cs
-
and for tnree years
*JV/f/I 'J
f
*
CDC?f
II
.
a
member
of
Sodality
*
!
of Discipline.
A
Economics Club
Yule
Pageant
Sophomores presented
"T
h
e
Canticle
of
the
Nativity"
on
Sun:-,day, December
13 in the
LittleTheatre.
The
pageant
was
underthe direction
of
Miss Helen Kelly,-dramatic coach,
and
Sister
M.
Ann Francis,
-
class moderator.
.
Isaias prophesying
the
comingof
a
"sign" opened
the
pageantand continued
on the
Annunci-,ation
bylthe
Angel Gabriel.
The
Visitation,Journey
to
Nazareth,ahd
the?
Birth
and
Adorationwere also depicted. Another prophesy
of
Its a
its
concerning
Christ's mission closed
the
play.Adding
to the
reality!
of
the
Christmas story,
the
pageant portrayed travelers, ruffians,shec-herds,children,
and a
townscrier. Groups
of
Hebrews
and
Bethlehmites ^completed
the
cast.Main roles
and
actresses were:Mary,
Pat
Headstrom; Joseph,Jean Layer; Isais, Wanda
Ander*
son; Elizabeth, Mary
Ann Sam-
uelson,
amd
the
Angel
Gabriel,Sue Batschelet.
Mary
JeanSpaeder took
the
part
of
the inn
keeper, while Jackie Pontelloportrayed
the
beggar.Committee heads
of
the
pageant included:
Pat
i
McMullen
and
Mary
Weigand,
chairman
and
co-chairman;
Bonnie I
Osinski,stage manager; Shirley Banic.costumes; Denise Dwyer, music;Eleanor Roberts, stage settingand Carolyn Kaczmarek, properties
i
*
• Members
of
the
cast and backstage crew attended
a
party held
in
the
lounge after
the
pageant.Pat McMullen headed . the com-
.
mittee in
charge.Betty
Lu
Dorsogna
of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
is
StudentCouncil President.Betty!
Lu
served Student Council
as
treasurer
and
member
of'Student-
Faculty Committee sophomoreyear
and as
Social CommitteeChairman junior year. She represented
her
freshman class
on
Dorm Council
and
was
WinterCarnival Chairman sophomore
year.?
During junior year,
she
wasAthletic Association Presidentand C.C.D.
i
Campus Chairman.Majoring
in
elementary education,
she
has participated
in
Elementary Education Club, Y.C.S.,and Sodality
in
which
she
servedon junior Central Council.Margaret
Gerace y
is
the
Prefectof Sodality. She has been
a
member
of
Sodality since
her
freshman year
and
during
her
junioryear, served
Sodality
as
vice-prefect.
As
an art
major, Margarethas participated
in
Art
{
Club
for
four years
and
held
the
office
of
vice-president
her
junior year.Freshman
and
sophomore
year,
she was
a
member
of
Glee Club.Sophomore
and
junior year,
she
worked
for
Praeterita,
as
a«staff
member.
O Key
V
&«***
O KEY
OF
DAVID,
and
Sceptreof
the
house
of
Israel,
who
openest
and no man
shutteth,who
shuttestf
and no
man
openeth: come
and
bring forthfrom his prison-house,
the
captivethat sitteth
in
darkness
and in
the shadow
of
death.
 
Page Two
THE MERCIAD
December 15. 1959
Christmas
Reflections
Just as one may feel alone and lonely in
afcrowd,
so onemay feel untouched and
uninovedjby
the
"Merry
Christmas"greeting that permeates the atmosphere as the holyday-holiday approaches. New, strange expressions have appearedin
our I
vocabulary—"cold
war/'
"sputnik,?' "outer space/feile," "cosmic
rocket"—but
"Merry Christmas" remainsthe lever-old and ever-new Yuletide greeting. Doubtless,through* the ages, no matter in what language, the well-wishermeans to convey that same PEACE and JOY
{brought
fromHeaven to Bethlehem by an Angelic Choir.Many there were who did not hear the
first
Christmasgreeting; others, hearing
it,
ignored
it,!
or could not understand the message
of!
peace intended for them. Is it possiblethat we place a barrier in the path of the
full
store of Christmas peace and jov that would be ours?
#
-Might we be a little more selfless, a little more forgiving,a bit more kind in our dealings with others? Might we be adeal more generous
in
giving to Him what He asks, and a littlemore
cheerfulfin
the giving?Perhaps, a sincere self-examination and soul-searchingwill onen to us the flood gates of grace that flow from
Mercy
hurst's wish for each of you:May the Peace of the Infant Jesug and theJov in the heart of His Blessed Mother beshared by you on this Christmas and through!the coming New Year!—Sister
MaryfEstherChristmas-1959
Contraceptives Prove Harmful
Why
f
f
not
use contraceptives? Advocates of the Contraceptive Movement
claimUhey must
foe used to check overpopulation and to improve the health of women.Malthus declared that humans
multiply
in geometricprogression (e.g., 2,4,8, etc.) while means of subsistence
inr
creases in arithmetical progression
(e.g.g
2,3,4, etc.). Thistheory and other naturalistic and mechanistic explanations ofpopulation growth neglect many factors. They take
for
granted that each woman will
renroducef
to capacity and thatmethods of food production will not improve.Many women cannot bear children, some choose a career,
and!
others take a vow of virginity. As civilizations urbanizeand'industralize, they tend toward
under,
rather than over-reproduction. The reason is that women spend a longer periodon education which results in later marriages or dedication toa career. Since the world is obviously urbanizing,
Bt
followsthat the world is rather in danger of under-population.In regard to women's health, two phases must be considered mental and physical. Since woman's very make-updesignates her for motherhood, any depreciation of motherhood denies feminine worth. When childbearing isj frownedunon as it is by the planned parenthood advocates, emotionaldisturbance naturally results. Statistics verify the fact of apositive relationship between the use of contraceptives andmental^illness.
|"
In the area of physical health, contraception is
.a
cause ofsterility, neurasthenia, veneral disease, and fibroid tumorsin women. These artifical devices interfere with the physiological and! psychological value of the marriage act.Even when the morality of the issue is dismissed, the conclusion is obvious. The use of
contraceptives|is<
not only unnatural and unnecessary, but actually harmful forwomen.
A
n Ounce of Etcetera
|
J by Elaine Curtis"In the air there's a feeling of Christmas" — so goes thepopular
song—andpt's
true!The bells we hear are not always
school];
bells
and alarm
clocks—now
they are the silver bells,the jinglebells of Christmas.It's important, getting ready for the Birthday! of Someone
weilove—probably
Christ doesn't care much for cake orneckties or cuff links, but He certainly does appreciate, andduly rewards,
the
penitential soul.
/
Everywhere people are scurrying about preparing for thecelebration of
the.
great feast. At the North Pole, St. Nick andhis elves are busy with toys and candy, but primarily theyare polishing up the
^SPIRIT
of Christmas;. Christmas treesand gifts are not Christmas; they only remind us of Christ
mas.
The real joy of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas, isjoy in giving. That's why Santa
Claus
is such a "jolly old elf"
—He
lives for the one night a year when he gives of himselfand his year's work. His unselfish giving may well be hissecret of longevity.
.
At
Mercy
hurst,
too,ipeople
are scurrying about preparingfor
Christmas*—Christmas
trees appear, the front lawn becomes another stable, and
Christ
is born again here. We tooare
giving—giving
ourselves to Christ . . . Merry Christmas
I
*De*%
Student*
To illustrate the point
I
\
wish
to make, I shall begin with apersonal story.
I
Seated!
at the edge of theMercyhurstsection,!shoulder-to-shoulder with male Villa Maria
CoUege
supporters, I awaited the
announcement
of the 1959 Gan
non
Christmas Carnival Queen.Some of these male enthusiasts,rather than cheer their candidate, persisted in making bitter
remai ks
against
Mercyhurst..
Realizing it was
-merely
an immature attempt to impress theirlady friends and not a reflectionupon Gannon or Villa, I ignoredthem.
\u
Such poor sportsmanship irritated me, however; and), on myway down from the bleachers, Iwas planning a letter to TheGannon Knight expressing thehope that these few did not represent Gannon's attitude. Butwhen I
heard!
unsporting comments from some Mercyhurstgirls, plans
halted;
abruptly. Whowas I to throw the proverbialpebble!
from
Mercyhurst?You few bad sports seem tohave forgotten a basic
concept!
engrained in
all
your training
at
8Mercyhurst—charity. Should theloss of a crown induce bitterness?We are certainly all
proudi
of ourlovely candidate and
wanted,
thehonor for her and our school.!But would she have wanted us tobe so narrow and unsporting? Ihardly think so or we wouldn'thave
voted!
her our
representa-g
tive and tried to win for her.Don't let the loss be so prominent in your minds. Think ofour gains, we had fun, met newpeople, and did our best. So letus congratulate St.
Vincent'sT on*i
their first win
and—try
againnext year.Theresa Proulx
Entertainment
The! big vacation is fast approaching [amidst shopping spreesand budget juggling, let's not forget to set aside a few
hours s
forsome fine etertainment.Erie's WSEE TV brings notable holiday entertainment. OnDecember 25 from!
5
to 7 p.m., aspecial showing of the movie,
"Mark
Twain," is to toe presented. "Eye Witness To History," tobe seen on Friday, January 1,from 9 to 10 p.m., will give around-up of
the
news highlightsof 1959. This same station willpresent a lively production ofJan
Struther's
"Mrs.
Miniver" onJanuary 7 from 9:30 to 11 pan.The Dupont Show
of
the Monthto
be
featured January 17 from9:30 to 11 p.m. is Sinclair Lewis'"Arrowsmith."
WICU
TV
wtfll
televise theL| Tournament
of
Roses Parade onFriday, January 1, from 11:30a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
"Lil
Abner," the Broadwaymusical comedy hit based on thefamous cartoon strip by
Al
Capp,is playing nightly at the EriePlayhouse until December 19.Opening on New
Year's
Eve is"The^ Tall Story," a hilariousfamily comedy about an attempt by mobsters to "fix" acollege basketball' game.
Letter To The
President
Dear President Eisenhower,Zooming through the stratosphere in| your Boeing 707jet complete with Hi Fi and white telephone, you may wellsit back in your reclining chair and contemplate the cheeringcrowds which have greeted you on your world tour for peace.Italians, Turks, Pakistanians, Afghanistanians — all havepraised your
mission f
highly. Even the Communists are waving congratulatory banners- in your name.But lest the Hi Pi's insistent purring lull your alert mind,or the soft chair relax your solid principles, do remember that
the]Big
K. from Russia has been spreading the very samemessage that you so eagerly support. The Communists stand
for
peace, too, and to some parts of the world, the "deal" theyoffer sounds much more enticing that that of the free
world.
After all, who wouldn't like equality in everything for everybody? J |
I
ISomehow, Ike, you must let the peoples of the
worldlsee
that the hand of peace and friendship extended by Americais just
that—a
simple gesture of love. You must show up the
pupnet's
cold hand of Communistic propaganda for what itis.|With God's help you will succeed. Above all, don't forgetthat there are crowds here, too, cheering you along your noblejourney.
M
Christ Child Shed His Blood
Each New Year's Eve finds most of us busily preparingfor the festivities of the next day. Too often the religiousmeaning of this day is veiled
by f our
observance of socialcustoms.
I
On January 1, the Church commemorates Christ's firstact of Submission to the will of His Father for our redemption.By shedding his blood according to the Mosaic law, the ChildJesus took his
first
step toward the Cross. He showed his
mis
sion was not to abolish the exacting traditional law, but topreserve and add to its spirit in His Church.
I
This feast should also remind us to honor the Holy Nameof Jesus which was conferred on Our Saviour at the Circumcision. In this modern day, it is sad to find so many Catholics,in particular, who habitually speak His name irreverently. Letus not grow careless in this respect.Take time out
from
your New Year's celebrations to honorthe Holy Child who was born to die that we might live.
The First Noel
a
«
The
shepherds huddled
injtke
still of the night,.A simple group tending a
simple
task,
^
It seemed that peace pervaded all the air
'
A pregnant
peace—which
stirred not shepherds')hearts.When suddenly like some unseasoned gust.The heavenly sound of angels' lightning wings
Ruffled
the stillness of the
frozen
airAnd there arrayed
Sin
glory in the skyWas God's bright angel,
awful
in their
sight!
''Fear
not,
I bring you news of joy,"
said
he,The Saviour of the world this night is bom.Haste now to Bethlehem for there your King will be."The velvet night shimmered with angels
9
wingsAs hosts of heaven gathered fin
tte
sky.God's glory shone in all its radiant powerAs angel choirs echoed through the holy hour.With speed they
hastenedito
the little townWhere
far
away
from
revelry and mirth,Far from the sound of busy, bustling crowdsThe Prince of Peace stretched out His baby handsIn blessing, as the first adorers knelt.The journey had been long, the winds were biting chillBut, as they clasped their icy
fingers
there,The flame of love enveloped all their being,
Transformed
a lowly stable to a splendid thing.
—Lurline Bygrave
Member of
^^^^^^^^^^^to
Published Monthly
Jgk
THE MERCIAD
oidxaa^
iMercyhurst
College, Erie, Pa.
S3
Editor
Theresa
ProulxAssociate Editor M
ary
Anne
Koss
Assistant Editors
__
r
Anne Marie Lepkowski, VirginiaRossoni, Carolyn Schehrer.Business Manager
£-,
_
Agnes Siraeusa
Contributors
Sue Avery, Peggy Baldwin, Joan Bye,Ann Caffrey, Pat Cavanaugh, Bert Donahue,!
Gail
Gleason. Sue Hall, Mary Lou Kelly, Joan Kostolansky,Carol Kreh,
Adele
Ontko, Evelyn Rinn, Linda Rosinski„^Paula Sampson, Mary Ann Schubert, Agnes Siraeusa,Margaret Topping.Photographers
-|
Pat Green.
Judie
Cardell,v|Mary Jeanne Ferreri.
f
' '
''/
 
December 15 J1959
THE MERCIAD
Page Three
Students
!
Toys,
Foocf
t
To GiveClothes
Group
Theologian
Gives Views
i
During
this, the Christmas season, should we not particularlybring Christ's words to mind?There are
many
suffering children in the world.
And!
here
in
Erie there is no exception. Again
Mercyhurst|girls
have the chanceto bring happiness and
Christmas
cheer into the hearts
off
some ofthe less fortunate.Last year we were able to takecare of thirteen families throughthe contributions made by theclasses of
food,
clothing, toys andmoney. We helped small children,unemployed fathers, and pjreg-nant mothers. This year we
nope
to reach at least the samefnumber or even more.Christmas denotes the spirit ofgiving. It is interesting to notethat the written pleas receivedeach year from needy persons areunselfish requests on behalf ofsomeone else. One mother of 14children wrote, "If I could makethem (children;
happygon
Christ-masfday, I would be sojjhappy."Another wrote, "I know there area lot of people in
need
of help atChristmas time, but I
hope
\
youcan at least give me a little helpfor my eight|children." We knowneeds are great when we
\
see inthe letters duplications of the
xplains
ItsBasic Goals
What is the function of theDorm Committee in our school?According to its constitution
Ithe
purpose of the
Mercy
hurst* DormCommittee is to provide a harmonious atmosphere in the residence halls and promote the well
being
of all
resident
students.This is accomplished by:
1.
Maintainingkitchenettes.order in the
"As
longof Theseas
youdid
fit to One(Matt 25:40)phrase "anything at all wouldhelp.*
*
We are certainly being true toChrist and the real spirit
of
Christmas when we offer prayersand gifts for those less fortunatewho otherwise might not enjoythe great splendor of Christmas.
HDW
many families will behappier this Christmas becauseMercyhurst girls were generous?
Frosh Reveal OpinionsOf
Life
(At The Hurst
Now
that
ithe freshmen have been
initiated!
and orientated
^into
Mercyhurst life, they are beginning to express their
feelings f
owardscollege, both socially and scholastically.Judy Cardell finds that intense study has improved her outlook onlife and the future. Pat Arusiewicz and Cindy Siegel, however, find thework much more difficult than high school studies and nearly despairwhen they get behind in their assignments. Defending the case forstudy is Mary Ann Kern who
2.
Assuming responsibility fororder on dormitory floors
at J
alltimes.
3.1'Serving
as
sounding
J boardfor students
j^and
Deans of Residence to resolve their mutualproblems.
4.
Having a vice-president oneach floor through whom ideasand) suggestions are cleared, forexample, a general permissionfor afspecialffunction.
5.
ji
Delegating authority to proctors and monitors.The Dorm Committee president, a junior, presides over theweekly meetings
held!
with therepresentatives from each floor.The business discussed and theresolutions made are presented tothe Deans of Residence andi theStudent Council toy the DormCommittee president. In turn, theinformation is disseminated tothe Student Body.Another function of DormCommittee is to appoint a foodcommittee which consists of onegirl from each class. This committee meets with the dietitianonce a month to discuss the foodpreferences
and;
dislikes/ Thisyear's food committee membersare Pat Green. Margaret Morgan.Gretchen Stark
and
{Grace Mu-(See Column 4)
saysithat
"The
work^is
rewardingthough demanding."The resident freshmen seem toenjoy dorm life, for Mary Downeythinks that there is never a dullmoment|and
Kathy Smith
usilm-pressed by the lovely campus andthe
|atmosphere
of Mercyhurst.Helen
Bundy
seems to be acquiring a case of nerves though, forshe doesn't think that the doorsever stop banging.Being away from home doesn'tbother Nancy Walsh.
InSfact,
shefeels that it has already
matured
her. But a few of the otherfreshmen have found minor difficulties connected with the dorm life.It is a little confusing for NancyHall, {having a "roomie" namedNancy, too. Strangely enough,"time" also seems to be a problemfor the freshmen. Ann O'Mealia
can't
seem to find time for letters;and Laurie Sipka is worriedabout wasting
time^in
the lounge.One freshman cannot
find,
the"time" which she
Has
been toldto budget so carefully, while another doesn't have enough problems for all her counsellors.In spite of their problems, thefreshmen seem satisfied withtheir new environment.
Emilie
Strano, and most of thefreshman class, think that thenew lounge at
McAuley Hall isone
of*
the best features of theirnew home at Mercyhurst. "A busyand
exciting
^life"| is GraceMuranofs. way of describing activities and studies of freshmen,as they -adapt themselves to college life.
NFCCS Tours
P*fe«&i#o*
&**?
Announced
National Federation of CatholicCollege Students
announced j
thetenth annual student travel program at the Washington head-Quarters earlier this! month.Four tour itineraries, includingtravel through England, Ireland,Holland, Germany, Italy, Prance,and countries adjoining these,are offered in the 1960 summertravel program! The rates rangefrom $697 for
the forty-three
daytour to $1087 for the sixty-sevenday tour of Europe. Students andalumnae between the ages
of
17and 25 are eligible.Tour rates are based on an all-inclusive arrangement from thepoint of departure to the pointof return. Trans-Atlantic touristscabin accomodations on one-
class
ocean liners, as well as goodhotels, three meals daily,
sight-
seing fees and tips, and the services of an English-speakingguide and an American priest-chaplain are included within thetour rate. This year air travel isalso included for a faster andmore convenient- arrival.Because of the increasing popularity of European travel, students should make their arrangements early in order to obtain thebetter accommodations. Studentswho desire more
detailed!
information may
contact!
Sue Averyor
Denise
Dwyer.In the past 10 years the worldpopulation! has increased 1.7 percent, while world food productionhas an average increase of 3 percent annually.
Student
UnionOpens
Anew
Table|tennis, cards, chess, dancing and the informal atmo-
spherejof
the stereophonic musicsound good? All this isnow available, free of charge, atthe Gannon Student Union,made possible by the profitsfrom the annual Christmas Carnival.Tom Aiello, acting Staff chairman, announced that the facilities of the Union are at the disposal of the members of the areacolleges for meetings, parties, andsocial gatherings. Any (Mercyhurst group desiring to use Student Union can clear datesthrough Judy Doehla, our representative on the Calendar Committee.
.1
At a recent meeting Mr. Doe-meni, faculty adviser to the
Staff,
stressed that the Student Unionis
for jthe
use,
benefit,|
and en-joyement of
all Ithe
members ofthe
represented!
student bodies.At present there are only tentative plans for future activities and) the
staff
is eager to receive suggestions.Father Cooke, S.
J.—Speaker
atthe Sodality Communion
|Break-
fast on Dec. 8.("Dorm Group" Continued)rano. This committee welcomesthe comments of any student.The Dorm
Committee
I agenda
thistyear
is concerned with:
1.
A newspaper in each lounge.
2.
The pros and cons of wearing hats to town.
3.
A social function in McAuleyHall for day-hops so they, too,can enjoy the luxury.4.1 Ratification
I
of the DormCommittee constitution.
5.
And, various
other
Jproblemsand ideas.It
depends
on the studentswhether
or!
not the Dorm Committee can function properly.Cooperation and
ideas
are thenecessary tools for this committee to best serve Mercyhurst."America is not
In
a process ofdegeneration, although there] aregreat dangers menacing
it,"
said Father Bernard Cooke,
;S.
J.,during! a
recent
interview.America's Catholic school sys-
em
is unique in the history ofthe church.
I
Never has there beensuch a large group of well-trained Catholics.Father spent three years inEurope. The European, he says,is not generally as well-educatedas his American contemporary,although there is a small groupof
1 well-trained
Catholics on thecontinent.One of the great challenges ofthe time is to help primitive cultures translate
fjnew
ideas intotheir culture; not to abandon theculture. Father told of the "MissaLuba.":This is a Mass said inAfrica where the music is completely played on
drums—a
cultural translation of
the1
Mass.A
unique
viewpoint on workingmothers was that no family hada right to unlimited income. Themother should learn more aboutthe arts, if she has spare time,
and!
thus enrich the life of herfamily.The most
Important
thing that
a J
student can do
Is
to | learnCatholic principles and the worldsituation. After graduation shewill be able to face the task ofapplying the principles to thesituation.
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They kept warning me this would
"
happen if I
didn't
think of some superway to describe that absolutely uniquegood taste of Coca-Cola. So who's aShakespeare? So no ad ... that's
bad
I
But,
there's always Coke ...and that's good!
SIGN
OF
GOOD TASTE
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ERIE
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