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least as a social convention.There seems to be no more efficient way of bringingpeople to attention than by shouting, "We will nowsay grace before meals."
farout-ranks even such grabbers as, "0 my God, he'shaving a coronary," or"Fire."This curious force
Fr. Guy Patrick:
penetrating words before the Christmas banquet, heaccomplished what even the Triple Trio could not:for a few brief moments he held students and facultyalike
something resembling awe. |
Patrick's prayer, of course, was not the
religious overtone to work its way into the otherwisetasteful dinner. President Shane and Mr. Blanchfield
addressed the group with explicitly Christianwords. However, their success at achieving attentionwas less impressive than that of Fr. Patrick. In factmany persons
President's attempt atreligious seriousness, while others embossed Mr.
reading of the Christmas narrativewith remarks suggestive of Tiajuana or Port Said.Clearly
is no monopoly of the youngermembers of
But there is a further misfortune. Our college, itseems to me, is increasingly
itsreligion. Like America at large, Mercyhurst is put tothe blush by the mention of its Christian underwear.We clutch at afterdinner Christmas carols as if togenitals we are unsure of. It is insufficient to sayMercyhurst is
about its identity; we areestranged from our origins.
institutions less committed todefinite goals than Mercyhurst are more certain oftheirdirection.
Criticizing i the American Ideal
ofexpediency, a Yale spokesman said recently,
decided to drop out of the rat race, because even ifyou run and
you're still a
college need not
ealize the ultimate futility
neutrality.Perhaps, as the snickers of some of my colleaguessuggest, Christianity is simply an embarrassingremnant of an adolescent era, a
Santa Claus, which
cynically trotted out once ayear
keep the nuns and kids happy. If
for God'ssake let us
President of the family consensus. Let us keep him from actually believing weappreciate his Christmas prayer when in fact we
it out of courtesy for his office. For beneath
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What originally started out as a student evaluationof the
has developedinto a verbal powder keg, with members of theMercyhurst community massing
either side of theissue and preparing to wage their respective battlesof words.
Mr. Igor Stalsky, Associate Professor of Theatreand a member of the College Senate AcademicPolicies Committee, feds that intersession should bediscontinued at Mercyhurst for a number of veryimportant reasons.
The first major
Stalsky, ispurely economic. Intersession
and has been for thepast couple years, a money-losing project. Not onlydoes the school lose money by operating with only apartial studentbody,but many students never returnto Mercyhurst after the seven week period betweenThanksgiving and the beginning of Winter term. Thefinancial loss is large—Intersession* in 1973 lost$40,000 (figures are not yet available for Intersession1974) At a
the economic future of smallschools like Mercyhurst is endangered, Mercyhurstmust "cover its losses", by either raising its tuitionor cancelling
Intersession Program.Another major reason why Intersession at Mercyhurst should
according to Mr.Stalsky, is the fact that
isacademically worthless. Although it may workpretty well for certain departments, it is in the longrun,
a waste of
Mr. Stalsky pointed out that
the smiling veneer of the Mercyhurst body therelurks, I suspect, a spirit which affirms neither theidea of the Christ nor the idea of a college based onsuch convictions as were His.^
J ^l*f IPhilip Krill
by jj Dave Blanchfield
There is a definite pattern that builds up in manyMercy hurst students, but especially
a non-judgmental descriptionof
For many, life becomes a dull routine interspacedwith efforts to break out of the routine. Classes areheld at the same time everyday and it
tobe more like obstacles to be overcome than aneducational experiences. Time outside of classes isspent in the same ways, drinking, card playing,television, pool, a
here and there.Every day you come
contact with the same people
have the same things to say.
them as ways to
deadening effect of daily life but all too often theparties
the week days. They tooare joyless and make the return to the daily routine
| student who is | selfmotivated. These people have
difficulty in findingexperiences, and projects in which to involvethemselves. If
frantic. Such people have an awareness of the worldaround them, both its riches and its needs. As theygrow they rejoice in its riches (music, literature,people, art,
gatherings, nature) andbecome more aware of their responsibilities to itsneeds (problems of
theygrow they become surer of who they are and moreaccepting of others.
Of course these two patterns are caricatures, bothgeneral and superficial but those of you who haveread this far may finds yourselves tending moretowards one or the other pattern.
so I may havesomething
The first suggestion is
to anyone butespecially to those who find themselves in the firstpattern. Life becomes whole and meaningful only tothe extent that you give. That is a very
truthbut the most difficult to live out. You become what
yourself and you willnever gain a self identity.
a collegeshould provide
students with opportunities
give.Starting this semester campus ministry is going toset up a program so that as many of you as want tocan spend an hour a week or more with a person in anursing home. If you are interested in growing alittle, in becoming
more compassionate andunderstanding, see us in the campus ministry office
break out of
The second suggestion is open to all but especiallythose
fit into the second pattern.
are lookingfor volunteers in the college community
who areconcerned about the problem of world hunger. Weneed people who would be willing to go
to people and raise consciousness inothers about the food problem. It will not be easy, itmay even be painful but we will be aiming at worth
and concrete results.
student and faculty sentiments bear out this opinion.In his words, "students and faculty show theirdisapproval for Intersession with their
the school during the Intersession period
home."Can Intersession be improved? Mr. Stalsky feels
main limitation on Intersession being thenumber of people on the college
justaren't enough people on the faculty who can offer aselection of really great three-week courses. There
tot of good teachers who just cannot gearthemselves to teaching an entire course in threeweeks time." When asked what future Intersessionswould
like, Mr. Stalsky responded that
be much like this past one, with many shoddycourses, and a
that the best alternative toIntersession would be the initiation of a semesterprogram in place of Fall term and Intersession.Students would take four courses, but would takeeach course only two days a week for eighty minuteseach*day.The semester would be fourteen weekslong, and
Wednesdays would be retained. Anadded advantage would be that cross-registration
Gannon and Villa would be greatly simplified."If the question of Intersession were put to a votetoday in the College Senate, I feel that it would be
probably by, a close vote. Is Inter
session worth the
cost of a tuition
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This coming September
mark the beginning
the fiftieth year of Mercyhurst College's existence.Mercyhurst
its people have gone through a greatdeal since a handful of nuns and a small group ofstudents first set up a liberal arts college in the
finished rooms of Old Main and Egan inSeptember of 1926.
In the weeks ahead, the Merciad is going to
the gun" a little on the
golden anniversarycelebration bv means of a new regular feature.,
"Window On The
The feature will continue as
long as we have
interesting material to put
photos.It is our hope that
the Past', will tellMercyhurst students and faculty a little somethingabout the people who went before them, along withphoto views of the campus in earlier days. With thisinsight,
that Mercyhurst people
they are apart.