in the matter of
come to think"small is beautiful." I like thehouse museum especially, placeslike the home of Joseph Smithnear Palmyra, New York, or thehome of the Oneida Communityin
Oneida,j New ?
museums of Brugges,Belgium,
the Hotel Dieuwhere the
ofSt. Dorothea is housed. That is asmall medieval hospital that hasbeen converted
a museum.Then there is the site of
hut next to Waldoen
or Abraham Lincoln'sHouse in Salem,
They are im-pressive places, speaking elo-
simplicityand their silence, of howgreatness comes out of austerity,simplicity, and adversity whenthey are wedded with wisdom -and the thirst for truth. EzraPound reminds us of how thatworks when he says that"emerald hath no Memling withusura;'' commercialism andgreed will never give us colorssuch as Memling could make, fWhile we were biking inHolland this summer we sawmany museums, large
small,but the most memorable of themwere the small ones, the house-type museums. There were ex-ceptions of course. Seeing Rem-brandt's, famous Night Watch in
in Rotterdam isimpressive. Seeing a museumfull of the work of Van Gogh inAmsterdam is also impressive,unforgettable. It is also very in-teresting to see the exhibits con-cerning the life of the
to learn more about their familylife,
life, and theirmarital
social life.fc But- the; small,
museums remain my favoriteand I am always happy to en-counter them wherever I am.While we were biking in Rotter-dam, searching for
Residents of New DormEnjoy
Editor's note This week's article shows students how living condi-tions in the dormotories is subject to change. Without notice.Reprinted from the October 9, 1954 issue of the MERCIAD.Residents of New Dorm Enjoy Luxurious Living.
A dream came true on
senior resident students into the new McAuley Residence Hall.The gallant Knights from Gannon began the moving caravan byhelping to arrange the large pieces of furniture. Following closebehind came the girls, ladden with luggage - realizing at last whyfathers complain over
their daughters bring
; ;•; \>r
their ultra-modern "home"
fromsighs of wonder to shouts of
delight as they viewed the sunnypastel walls,
They were even
moreoverwhelmed by such features as sound-proof walls, electric wasteand dust chutes,
and huge kidney-shaped
bath tubs.For the first time in Mercyhurst history the girls were concernedabout having too much storage space.
was kept in de-
as the "shorties" tried
Parade" was the theme selectedby Connie Revelas and Sheila Quinn. Sissy Natile advanced hershelves with Delta Sig souvenirs while Sue Hall's decor consists ofmementos of Jersey Shore., .
Hurst-ites relax in the comfortable lounges which are located onevery floor. Though such necessities as water and electricity werepartially lacking,
complaints were heard
everyone's greatest ex-pectations seemed to have been fulfilled."
NoteIndicative Of An Era
place of the Pilgrims
1620, wecame across a small
pewter museum, just one block
point -forwhich we were searching. In thepewter museum they
material, mademostly of
be the poorman's silver. Men were workingwith
there, making cupsthey sold to tourists.Down
street was anothersuch museum which showed howthe various crafts and commer-cial enterprises of Dutch life inearly
developed,paint-making, leather working,windmills
their various grin-ding. activities, fire-fighting,weaving, etc. Just beyond thatRijksmuseum
has beenplaced which marks the depar-ture of the Speedwell in 1620 forEngland. That
ship , took Fthe
where theyboarded the Mayflower
Jfafc 4 9
In Leyden we found a house
of a famous Dutch master JohnOf Leyden. The main hall there
showed his famous Last Judg-ment to advantage.
facedit the Center Panel showed thesheep separated by a triumphantJesus from the goats.
the leftthe blessed were being separatedfrom the damned and led into aparadisal condition. On the righta fiery
itstorments the handsome buttormented group of the damned.One
to admire the painter'seconomy, since he painted Peterand Paul on the back of his hugetryptch.
Ox-ford, England, featured small'town' museums which showedContinued
The history of the "Editor'snote" is an illustrious one,
saythe least, but it is far tooneglected as an indication of theend
an era.The Editor's note is the only
such a person owns toredeem
nastyletter to the editor. Sometimesthe letters deal
opi-nions on matters of controversy,and sometimes they question theeditor's ethics and profes-sionalism in the
whicha topic was handled. But at anyrate, the "Note" is the onlyweapon- the editor is given.Therefore it packs all the gutsand fire its bearer has to offer.Such a defense is flavored onlyby
owner's personality, quickwit, eloquence and mood swing.In 1976 when Carol Quartuccianwas editor of the MERCIAD, thenote had the tone of straight-forward clarification of point,with a personal "zinger" in thelast line aimed at the inflictor ofcriticism.As an example from the Quar-
four students wrote a
letter to the editor complainingthat
events were not
in advance, but mere-y
in a report. Theauthors suggested using pressreleases from other colleges,making phone calls, and referr-ing to the Erie Times as sourcesfor updating the calendar.^ The
note was thus:.
request is unfair.First,we do print the events that will
from other colleges which
are interesting to our students,
printed. Secondly, we donot have a phone; our budgetdoes not permit one. Finally,since the Sunday Erie Times isonly* 40 cents, purchase
The Brunonian era, slotted in1979, seems to be plagued by aneditor's bandwagon. John Bruno,MERCIAD editor, was infamousfor never-, having enoughreporters to staff
paper, andtherefore lacked
toprint. Consequently, THE MER-
four-page editionrather than the traditional eightpages
followed the Brunonian era.One student' who apparently
had the urge
MERCIAD with' his opinionsbegan by saying,
\- -' *j
I don't want to
makea habit of writing letters to theeditor,
of thestudent's concern, Bruno endedhis
with, "Finally, don't
guilty about writing letters wealways need to fill space."The Frisinian era, 1979-1980,has been interpreted by this col
of reversepsychology. After a thoroughsearch through THE MER-.
morgue, I found not oneprinting of an Editor's Note.
parently Mr. Frisina felt his toolwas more powerful when it wasnot in use; he said more bystating nothing.Presently, the Martinian age isat hand. Rebecca Martin, two-year editor of
MERCIAD, hasbrought the paper full-circle inthis historical chronolgy. AS inthe Quartuccian vera,
tone is professional and matter-of-fact.She,does, however,change
personal attack of thelast line to a profound, universaltruth. (The intrigue of
never quite surewhether he/she has been zinged
,- » i
As exemplified in a letter last
MERCIAD for endorsing can-didates in the
election cam-paign, Martin replied:"There is nothing ethically
wrong about a
newspaper endors-ing candidates for governmentpositions. Editorial comments, aswell as letters to the editor, ex-press a view
that people can
not cast votes people
So does the craft of the use ofthe tool,
it one or many,distinguish the
of the onein charge.
are told this is thedecade of distinction.
38th And Pine
after the game
Oldies But Goodies
Featuring J. J. Kelly