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The Merciad, April 1, 1952

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Vol, XXIII. No. 6

April I, 1952

Mercyhurst Goes Coed, '52 May Queen All roads will lead to Mercy- Acquires New Buildings hurst when preparations for the annual May Day celebration are completed. To Be Used for Dorms The May Queen for 1952, electMary Benetin,
SMILING FACES OF '53 OFFICIALS predict successful year ahead. Flist iv>w: Mary Ann Callahan, Florene Cherr:', Second row t|Jo Ann Weaver, Maiy Lou Dwyer. ed by the student body, is Mary Ann Benetin. Mary Ann's hometown is Greenville, where she received her early training at St. Michael's School with the Sisters of Mercy. She chose biology as her major in college, and has been outstanding in her work in the Glee Club. Science Seminar, the Sodality, and the Athletic Association are her out-of-class interests. {Attendants jto the May Queen will be Mary Jo Royer. Prefect of the college Sodality, and Mary Lou|Volk, Seminary Sodality Prefect. The Senior Class will make up the queen's court. To lend background to the ceremony, the Glee Club {will sing a few musical numbers, and a maypole dance will be presented. AtSthe close of the May Day celebration, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the chapel.

Student Body Elects Top '52 5 3 Officials

In preparation for the coming school year, Mercyhurst announces the top 1952-53 officials. The |four major college organizations — Student Council, Sodality, Merciad, and Praeterita — will be directed respectively by Florene Cherry, Mary Ann Callahan, Mary|Lou Dwyer, and JoAnn Weaver. Newly-elected Student Council president, Florene Cherry, hails from Bridgeville, Pa. A sociology and chemistry major and an English minor, "Cherry" has been very active in extracurricular activities. Her dutiesias a Student Council member and assistant editorJ of Merciad have k e p t l h e r quite busy through the* year; neverthless, M ~~ — "Cherry" has had time foramany club activities. Mary Ann Callahan, present secretary of$ the Sociality, will be prefect during the coming year. Rochester, N. Y„ |is her hometown. Mary Ann is a sociology major andja psychology and history minor. An active member of Student Council and Sodality,Jshe holds the: position as secretary!of both. I f I

NFCCS Holds Juniors Choose Spring Session Dorn's for Prom Patricia! Curran, International
Decoration Day weekend will be highlighted! for Mercyhurst students by the June Prom. Saturday evening, May 31. lis the date announced by Margaret Broderick, general chairman of the dance. Rel ations Commission chairman of the Lake Erie Region of the NFCCS, will conduct a panel on the "Japanese Peace Treaty" at the annual spring congress of the Federation.! The Statler Hotel, Buffalo, New York, has been chosen by the t Lake Erie Region as the site for this year's congress. The theme of the two-day meeting is "Through You to the World." Election of officers for the coming year will be held at the council meeting on Friday, April §25. Frances Sullivan, a fjunior at Mercyhurst, has been treasurer of the region for the past year. Also possessing the power to vote is Mercyhurst's senior delegate, Judy Carlow. Sub-commission chairmen from Mercyhurst are: Florene Cherry, Family Life; Mary Jo Royer, Mariology; Joan Harrison, Missiology; Ann Kennedy, Press; and Mareanne Cole. Catholic Action.

Dorn's Auditorium, beautiful Letting for the Sophonade, will The editorship of the Merciad again welcome Mercyhurst Colwill be held byfMary LourDwyer, legians and their guests. Joan another Rochester girl. As former Harrison, chairman of decorations, associate editor of the Merciad, promises something unique in a Mary Lou is both weU-equipped spring theme. and well-informed for the posiThe gift committee, headed by tion. Majoring in sociology and minoringlin psychology and dra- Norma Schaberl, has! already matic arts, she is an active mem- chosen something novel |for the ber of Sociology Seminar. seniors. According to Julie Tech, publicityjmanager, posters will be Also in the field of publication making! appearances about the is JoAnn Weaver, who will edit school in the near future. the Praete: ita for 1953j? A day-hop, Marilyn Kelley hasicharge of JoAnn«commutes daily from McRean, Pal She is a business major tickets and Mary Lou Dwyer, of and,a piychology minor. During According to Doris the past'! rear, JoAnn has been programs. orchestra has been active in Student Council, O.G.A., Moore, no and Glee Club. I 'M selected!as yet.

In an exclusive interview with the Dean, the plans for a radical^change in the college policy were disclosed to the Merciad editor. Beginning with the 1952 fall term, Mercyhurst College will admit male students. This decision was reached after careful consideration offthe pros and cons by t h e administration and the faculty. Both resident and day students will be accepted. To accommodate out-of-town students, three of the intended apart ment buildings on the property adjoining the campus have been donated to the college for dormitories. They will house 90 residents, with the same number expected? from the Erie area, T With the addition of the convent, more] classrooms will be available for the increased enrollment. This will also necessitate expanding the curriculum to include such courses as engineering, Seventy-six Mercyhurst girls law, and pharmacy, and the adding of new members to the faculty. will travel to Buffalo on Apri]J27 This action has been underfor the first of the 1952 Mercyhurst-Canisius concerts. This first taken with the welfare of the stuconcert will be held in the Mary dents in mind. Since the Student Seton Room I of Kleinhan's Music Board handles so many breaches Hall. Following the concert, the of th • good grooming rules, it is Canisius |m en will entertain the hoped that a change!will be evigirls at|a formal \dinner-dance at dent in the future. Social functions will undoubtedly be more inthe Park Lane Hotel. teresting. The dramas department The second concert will be pre- will find jitt easier to choose and sented on May 4^ in St. Peter's cast all future productions and Cathedral Auditorium in Erie. will have the necessary help in After thej concert, the two glee handling scenery and props. clubs will return Jto the college The sports program will see a where the Mercyhurst girls will be definite change.* Mercyhurst will hostesses at a formal dinner* and be able to boast of its own footdance. ball beam and a field;-.on theiwest campus. Five tennis} courts will Thejprogram for both concerts adjoin the hockey field, and a includes the following numbers by (Continued on Page Three) the Mercyhurst Glee Club: Frederick FayJ Swift's "Peace in Our Time, O Lord," A. Arensky's "Praise Yeathe Lord! in Heaven," Noble Cain's "The Years at the April 2, 3—Dr. DeKoninck Spring," Oscar Hammerstein II April 4-20—Easter Vacation and Richard Rodger's "You'll April 13—Easter Sunday Never Walk Alone," Orlando di April 26—Bridge Tea, NFCCS Lasso's "Echo Song," Dr. Robert Congress H. Katscher's "When Day Is April 27- Glee Club Concert. Done," and "The Lord's Prayer" Buffalo especially arranged for the Glee April 29—French Day Club by Carl Buehler. May 4—Glee Club Concert, Erie Joint numbers by the glee clubs May 22—Ascension Thursday, will be Fred Waring's "Let All the A. A. Picnic May 26-29—Final Exams Nations Praise the Lord" and G. F. May 30— Decoration Day Handel's! "Hallelujah Chorus" May 31—Junior Prom fromithe "Messiah."

Present Annual Song Fests


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Aprill, I95j I

j Question! to Answer

"Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?" | Are you an intellectual? No? We are women at Mercyhurst. And do we weep? Perhaps not openly. Perhaps we just get "tired of it all," we re disgus- Well what are you doing In colted. Or perhaps we are only confused sometimes. Maybe we lege? Don't get me wrong. I'm not don't know where we're going much less how to get there; and suggesting that we all go around with horn-rlmmed glasses perched | t h a t ' s frightening. on our noses and dictionaries I "Whom seekest thou ?" Perhaps you seek a husband. Good, tucked under our arms.! Appear-but do you go no further? Or do you seek an employer? Very ances don't count for anything; well, but no'further? Do you seek students (minds to form); what we need is a spirit. or unfortunate people to help, through social work? Fine, but Are we in college just to»pass do you stop there? the time until we get that bache| Soon it will be Easter, and on that day these questions will lor's degree?!Are we here so that be asked of you as theyfwere asked of Mary Magdalen nearly we'll be able to "nail down" a two thousand years ago. The questions are connected. We will better job when we graduate? Or weep without consolation until we find whom we seek. Is there are we here because we love truth no answer? Mary had one. "She turning saith to him; Rabboni and realize our obligation to de(which is to say Master)." velop our intellects by every means possible, so that we won't be "dead wood" Christians after graduation? Maybe you say you're studying for the latter rearon—but honestWhat would be your personalfreaction to the above an- ly—let's face facts. What does it nouncement were it to appear in the next issue of the Merciad? mean "to develop our intellects "Unwarranted injustice," would no doubt be your first thought, by every means possible"? That's but looking further into the situation you would discover that what classes are for, you say. True, there is more here than meets the eye. but is thatij using every means? Just lend an ear to the average The success of a monitorial system depends entirely upon the student since he is the government as well as the governed. table conversation. What do you A student may fall into one of three categories; those who hear? "Liz Taylor is getting marsimply never break rules, those who are infrequently guilty of ried again." "Wasn't that tall felvarious oversights and those who are confirmed offenders in low at the dance last night a terrific jitterbugger?" Did you ignoring laws so necessary in communal living. ever try discussing the argument To which group do you belong? Give your attiyou had in sociology class or tudes careful scrutiny and then decide whether or not your Plato's idea of state supremacy? personal self-indulgence is worth the price that others will They're definitely out of place have to pay. f aren't they? Nobody wants to "talk shop" outside of classi Perhaps you feel that clubs satisfy the need for outside intellectual development. They should— but do they? How many clubs that Regarding cuts, the catalogue says: "Students are expect- you belong to actually stir up ed not to absent themselves from scheduled classes". This your gray^matter? Are club meetstatement should be interpreted literally. It means that stu- ings always so vitally interesting dents should attend classes regularly unless they are prevent- that you hate to leave, and even ed by circumstances beyond their control. To take care of continue your discussions long such emergencies, a limited number of cuts will be granted after the formal closing? Or do we without penalty. The number is determined by the class hours consider them just another of the per week. Cuts in excess of this number are penalized at the necessary evils of J college life— rate of three per cent for each over-cut. The penalty is ap- a few study hours lost a month, plied in the Registrar's office, following the semester examan extra burden of planning to be inations. * done, and, if we're lucky, some I As for cuts incurred through illness, it is not the policy refreshments afterwards? Do we of the college to penalize a student for over-cuts in this case. find that our days and weeks are However, the cuts allowed for cases of emergencylare applied made up of rushing from one against such absences. Where the illness is of a protracted meeting to another, from one acnature each casef is handled individually; and, if possible, tivity to another with little or no students are given an opportunity to make up^the work lost. time left for study? Rather a foolish situation isn't it? After In general, the policy of Mercyhurst in regard to cuts is as broad as is consistent with satisfactory work on the part of all, clubs and activities are supstudents. Due allowance is made for illness, family trouble, posed to be for our benefit. If for attendance at conventions andfother functions held on they aren't, then why have them? set dates. The?quarrel is with students who deliberately reLet's get serious about this. Why main away fromlclass without reasonable excuse, just for the not try to make our clubs what sake of cutting. If students are given recognition forfthe they ought to be? Why not avoid work of each day, it is to be expected that each absence will the usual "about face" from classaffect their general standing at the close of the semester. room to table talk? We're coUege students. Why be afraid to be intellectuals? \ i

Activities Lack National Poll On Study Habits Collegiate Spirit Reveals Average Time Spent
"Aside from mid-term week and final exam week, how much studying time do you estimate you spend during a nor. I rnal week?" \ Early in February a National Poll of Student Opinion was I made to discover what college students think about important | problems of the day. Mercyhurst was included in this survey and fifty girls from the four classes were interviewed. The As- ! sociated Collegiate Press has returned its findings on the question of studying time. About two out of every three college students in the nation say they put in more than 10 hours of study time during a normal school week. Almost half the student population spent between 10 and 20 hours a week, while more than a quarter! spend less than 10 hours. I Mercyhurst compares with the over-all picture in this National 10 hours or less From 10 to 20 hours From 20 to 30 hours 30 hours or more — 28% 45% . 16% 5% Mercyhurst 16% 50% 28% 0% j

Monitors Abolished

Don't know 6% 6% Three freshmen and two seniors said they spend less than ten hours on studying and four freshmen and five seniors estimated from 20 to 30 hours. Student opinion on other questions—the presidential elections, cheating and Korean truce talks—will be published in the later issues of the Merciad.

Dean On Cut System

What Easter Music Was Popular Before Our 'Peter Cottontail'?
As singers began the lilting refrain "In your Easter bonnet" .. . . 1 sat back and listened but I p o u n d myself wondering; just what kind of Easter music was popular in the days I bet b ore "Peter Cottontail" And, just what in the world did] people hum before "Easter Parade"? Maybe you've wondered too. "Some old dry religious music," you might venture to! guess. And you are partly correct; religions, yes, but dry—no, I hardly think so. The test of time disproves that. For instance, one chant which told the story of the ^ W W S*>*te%??t4>4>4> Resurrection in a kind of dialogue dates as far back as the eleventh century. Yet it is ttill alive today GRADUAL in the Sequence of the Mass "VieThis is the day which tlie Laid timae Paschali." "Ye Sons and hath made: let us rcjoic? and he Daughters of the Lord" is another Easter favorite of the Church, and ilad in :t. jjj it hasvbeen put into settings b y Give praise unto the Lord, for French as [well as German and He is good; for His mercy endur- Italian composers. The organ has been the instructh forever, ment through which J most c m oposers of religious Easter music COMMUNION ' have made known the glorious Christ our Pasch is immolated, tidings: Christ has risen from the alleluia', therefore let us $feast dead. J. S. Bach has written "Th* with the unleavened bread of Easter^ Chorale I Preludes" based sincerity and truth, alleluia, al- on early choral melodies—-"Surrexit Christus Hodie" and "Heut leluia, alleluia. Triumphiret Gottes Sohn;" and in modern times, "Christus Resurrexit" by Ravanello and Guil* mant's "O Pilii et Filiae" are both "popular" pieces at Eastertide. JEASTERI "MESSIAH" Naturally the Easter portion w early in the morning, quietly, begins the joyful movement of the "Messiah" by Handel is not j° be omitted from tlreltet of *euEaster. known and lasting Barter musicThe music for Passiontide, the This portion includes the Chorus. last two weeks of lent, is marked "Worthy is the Lamb," and alsj the famous solo for sopranos. crescendo. During this time we Know that My Redeemer LiveUJshall be home, away from the It is noteworthy that the HalleChapel of|Christ the King. Many luiah Chorus"—most often *f of the lenten practices which had sociated with Christmas, is actualstrong beginnings on Ash Wednes- ly intended for Easter use. _ , • "Mi this is fine for organs. a*j day have been broken and forgotu soloists, and choruses," y° JJ. ten.

Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa. Member of Associated Collegiate Press EDITOR Frances Sullivan v_4 Associate Ediltor _ . Mary Lou Dwyer Assistant Editors ..... Florene Cherry, Jean Drouhard Business Editor ;_^_ Claire Todd Editorial Staff *_.. __ Pauline Sottda, Joan Harrison, Claire Agliata, Patricia Moran, Mary Jo Royer, Ceci Wert, Helen Fogarty, Mary Jo Babowlcz, Norma Jean Scott. Th-edia Best, Doris Moore, Mary Ann Callahan, Jody Ryan Donna Byers, Ann Kennedy, Julie Tech, Mary Ann Hayes and Barbara Haner Business Staff - 4 _ . . „ Corinne Prenafct, Dorothy Roth, Lucreta Burger, Aoita Santomenna, Bernadette Bell, Rita Shanah-an, Mary Catherine O'Donnell.



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A good performance of a symphony which becomes more and more intense until it reaches a climax can be a very thrilling experience. If that same composition were played without expression, just drifting into silence at the end, its beauty would be lost. A piece of music must be played as the. composer has written it. The Liturgical Year is a symphony, written by the Church to commemorate the life of her Founder. Theflenten movement is somber. Its penitential spiritjand its sorrow becomes more intense until we reach the climax of grief on Good Friday. Holy Saturday.


Is our mucic going to diminish or increase? Unless we play the Lenten movement as it is written, we shall miss the happiness of the joyful change which comes at Easter.

say, "but what ;about ti*e in* dual?" That is not hard to fl ' We say it every day during ™ chaltide; its countless seW**^ sung every year all over the w The "Number one" song on e Catholic Easter Parade i* , etftr beautiful "Regina Coeli ** '

April I, 1953



Page Three

Artists Busy With Murals
The artist's palette and brush have recently become the style in the front hall. Three of our art majors, Helene Arents. Roxanna Downing, and Marianne Cole, are each working on a thesis'as her main project for the year. These girls may be seen at almost any hour of the day perched on top of a ladder, busily wielding paint and brush on their respective murals. Helene is doing a portrait of the Blessed Mother with two smaller pictures of the women who prefigured her in the Old Testament, Judith and Esther. Marianne's mural is to feature the seal of Mercyhurst with a sister of Mercy on each side, one a nurce, the other a teacher. The painting, symbolic of the Mercy order, will have the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy in a decorative panel. Roxanna chose the theme, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" for her subject. These are the words of Christ to His apostl es (Continued in Column Four)!

Shakespeare Found in Erie
Shakespeare has been "discovered" in Erie! *$ To c.tudy the works of this great literary master, joint meetings between Mercyhurst and Gannon Colleges are in full swing. Pop* ularly known as the Shakespearean^ group, the students meet ai ternately in the two schools every other Sunday afternoon. Moderator for the group is Mr. George Cevasco, instructor in the English department of Gannon College. | The students select and. present the readings, giving a brief synopsis beforehand. Then discussion ensues. Among the selections they have read, passages from "Hamlet," "Othello," and "Romeo and Juliet" proved} to the both interesting and entertaining. Mercyhurst girls who attended the first two meetings were Betsy Meehan, Claire Todd, Louise Kamenjar, Mary Kay Dyke, Prances Sullivan, and Mary Ann Hayes.


Machine Set Up P O For Primaries

Mercyhurst Girlsl Are Talking About...
GIRLS ARK TALKING ABOUT . . . senior comprehensives . . . golf enthusiasts, Arlene Murphy, Betsy Peters and Mary Joy Fallon . . . the absence of refreshments at Lenten club meetings... Mary Mullaney's St. Patrick's!dayf party at which the Misses Hayes, beMattia, and Grace were the "toasts of the evening" . . . protests against the filming of the Margaret Sanger biography . . . our beautiful May Queen-elect, Mary Ann Benetin . . . parents vacationing in Florida . . . Markey Foley's cl everf Bohemian glasses, no strings attached!... the Edinboro play day . . . Stan Freeman's newest platter, "Try", mimicking guess who . . . the confinements to campus enjoyed by Claire Schaming, Anne Kennedy, and Bet Broderick. MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT . . . the Gannon-Villa-Mercyhurst Variety Show, including performances given by Terry Gorny, Sis McCabfc and Mary Ann Scirto . . . Dr. DeKonick's long-awaited lectures . . . the "problems" facing Barb Haner and Judy Ellermeyer . . . the arrival of spring weather along with I its characteristic epidemic of colds and flu . . . Donna Byers' chic new chapeau . . . the landslide election of F'.orene Cherry as our Student Council President . . . novel class and its peculiar aversion to TIME . . . Phyllis Burke's -resemblance to Jean Broscoe . . . Sophomorejplans for Lantern Night and Junior plans for 3 the June Prom . . . murals and the likeness of Father Martin to the St. James in Roxanna Downing's representation of the apostles. .. flMERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT . . . the success of our student directors, Mary Jo Royer, Claire Todd, Betsy Meehan and Ceci Wert, in presenting the Drama Festival . . . headlines in the Bona Venture announcing that Bonas will next year go coed . . . Ann Cobbe's trip to Dunkirk under the chaperonage of the Gannon team . .*. unusually tempting desserts since the beginning of L e n t . . . Kathy Petrovsky's enforced vacation extension to the\disappointment of her weekend guests. Helen Fogarty and Jean Drouhard . . . the obvious comparisons drawn between the Drapery class "dummies" and members of the class t;l. the Sunday afternoon Shakespeare discussions . . . glee club concerts and that trip to Buffalo. MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT . . . uur new Merciad editor, Mary Lou Dwyer . . . the appreciative comments overheaid on the Playhouse production of Claire Booth Luce's "The Women" and *ur own Miss Kelly's contribution toward that success . . . the anticipation, or apprehension, with which we look forward tojfriisesday, Quantity Cookery Day . . . Jean Drouhard's thriving!knitting business . . . ponytails, especially those displayed by nine members of the Junior class, and paodle cuts, particularly the one »een lately on Ceci We:t. . . the election r>f new-comer Barbara Botsaris as freshman class treasurer . . . the BUSINESS LEAF and Roseann Andio, Peggy Grace, Dot Zuzula, and Pat Duffy who woiked with Sister Regina to make it such a success. MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT . Barb Klein's endless procession of notes on the second floor phone . . Blood Bank appointments . . . the Cleveland Opera season and the plans of Marge Young, Jerry Kingston and Mary Lou Scalise to attend the performance of "Carmen" . . . that strangest of-all maladies, spring fever and its seasonal symptoms . . . the musical program and Mass sung by Mary Ann Benetin, Mary Jo Babowicz, and Bernadette Metzner at Kerwinsvilie, Pa. . . . "Creative Writing"^ the subject of Mr. Cevasco's lecture to the English club \ . . Virginia Kelly and her political affiliations . . . Murphy and Moore's new dance routine—finally! . . . Mac Callahan's complaint that construction of the new wing will interfere with her afternoon naps. I

In the dining room, through college hall, in the lounge, the same question is brought forth: "Who is your candidate for '52? Is it Taft, Stassen, Truman, or Kefauver?" j A bonafide voting machine will record the votes today, April 1. ID The machine, lent by Mr. James Robaskiewicz, vice president of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, will stand in Dr. Relihan's office • in college hall. Campaign material is now being distributed by the members of the International ReClass heads for 1952-'53.JReading left to fright Maryann Cole, lations Club. Nominating speeches Catherine McCarthy, Barb Haner, Maryann Cutri, Margaret for each I major candidate were Broderick.; Marge, Williams was entertaining certain little flu given 'I over the P.A. system. Roxgerms when this picture was taken. ana Downing nominated the "dark 1952 is a big election year in the history of the United States. But horse" Governor Adlai Stevenson; Ike, Harry, Taft> Stassen,, Kefauver and Warren are not the only names pleading the cause of Truman was in the presidential limelight. Right here at Mercyhurst presidents and Florene Cherry; heralding Eisenvice-presidents for the three underclasses have been elected for the hower was Judy Carlow; throwing 1952-53 term of office. We know about their ability to perform all of- Kefauver's coonskin cap "into the ficial tasks, but a little personal contact reveals the following "inside" ring was Rainie Reichel; promising a sure victory for Taft was stonies.| Helen Fogarty; carrying the Dixie[^ MARGARETjBRODERICK . . + : better known as "Georgia" to you- basketball, swimming, ping pong crat banner, Pat Royer nominated all . . . re-elected to head her class . . . "May I help you?" is Mary- Senator Russell; plugging for during its last year at^ Mercy- ann's password when working I at youth in the White House, Mary Jo Royer entered Stassen's name hurst . . . English major . . . ac- Murphy's or helping with a school on the political lists; Joan Olsative in club and school activi- project. ties . . . avid sports enthusiast.... vick pointed out j; Governor Earl • MARJORIE WILLIAMS . . . Warren's program for social aid. We'll remember her easy-going born in Bradford, Pa. . . . attendand ever friendly manner . . . 'esThe next step for the mock ed Holy Cross Academy in Washpecially that "Heyjy'all!" &> ington, D. C. before coming to presidential primary committees MARIANNE COLE . . . native Mercyhurst this year . . . a pre- is the distribution of campaign Erie-ite . . . newly elected vice- med student . . . interest in buttons, posters, and other parapresident for class of '53 . . . A r t YCS . . . terrific at pantomimes... phernalia from Mercyhurst camclub president . . . leader of day- j has flair for swimming, tennis, paign headquarters. Campaign hop Y C S group . , . college r e - and horses . . . Her ready wit and speeches were given in various porter for Sunday Times . .|. ability will aid Marge in her of- parts of the building; precinct "Chris" will leave a monument of fice of Sophomoi-e class president. meetings for those interested in her artistic ability in the front a particular candidate were called. CATHERINE MCCARTHY . . . hall vestibule. Take note of her mural "The Symbolism of the day-hop Home Ec-er . . . win friends by her sparkling smile . . | Mercy Order." * dimples . . . friendly manner §. . . BARBARA HANER . . . will sings in the Glee Club . . . enjoys (Continued from Page One) hold gavel for next year's Junior bowling . . . This new^ Sophomore classf.. . . hails from Lockport, vice-president adds good salesman- stable for riding * horses will be built by the students of carpentry. N. Y. . . . present treasurer of Stu- ship to her list of accomplish dent Council . . . biology major... ments.-Stop in and see her at the Agricultural students will receive practical training and experience Merciad staff . . . athletic and Weston Shoe Store, on the college farm lands. energetic . . . Barb's twenty-one inch waist is'the envy of all. It is expected that these plans will meet with unanimous appro(Continuedj from Column* One) MARYANN CUTRI . . . another biology major , . . new vice- in one of 1 His last meetings with val and acceptance. But it's a president for Juniors . . . friendly them. The mural itself will include shame that they're only part of manner recognized by all . . . in- Christ and all the apostles except a student's daydream. APRIL FOOL! ! ! I 5 terest in Great Books . . . loves Judas.



College^ Coed

anJ on 1 rode ••« and greater was my thirst
Tennyson: Holy Grail

The farther you go the more you need refreshment. That's why you'll hear folks say, "Let's have a Coke and get going." It's one way to get somewhere.


ERIE COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY "Cofo" /• a rmqUimfd trademark.1 9 5 2 . THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

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As the Gavel Falls. 1.
Sadly am I poised in the air waiting to call together the last club meetings of this very won, derful 51-*52 year. Briefly, but proudly, have I expounded my experiences |in this corner each month and with the following forecast I bid you all adieu. Press Club, Praeterita and Mereiad membersfare eagerly anticipating the annual Publications Dinner. The members of Sociology Seminar are all looking forward to their "traditional" spaghetti dinner which is^held each year in honor of the departing senior members. The party this year is under fthe direction of Florene Cherry.

Drama Fete iShows Talent
On Sunday, March 23. the student body and ifacuity of Mercyhurtt enjoyed a Dramatic Festival presented by members and pledges of the Janus Club. The purpose of the festival was to enable girls to attain the required number of points for Janus and Alpha Psi in a manner enjoyable both to the participants and to the on-lookers. This year a one-act play was presented by each of Ithe four cla.ses. Thelsenior class, under the student direction of Betsy Meehan and stag*e management of Anita Santomenna and Dee Rudzinski, presented "Sorority Sisters," a light comedy evolving around the trials and tribulations of (you guessed it) life in a sorority house. Members of the cast included Betsy Peters, Ruth Hauler, Joy Fallon, Patty Moran, Barb Tonry. Janet Sabella, Mary Ann Benetin, and Gloria Ruocco. AfTects Onis's Emotions A psychological drama, "Women Who Wait," called forth the talent of the freshman class. Portraying the anxieties of women whose husbands are engaged in dangerous missions were Marge Williams, Kitty Kelly, Edith Lauler, Marge Cummiskey, and Barbara Robinson. The play was directed by Claire Todd with Barbara Buerkle acting as stage manager. "The Weird? Sisters," cleverly impersonated by Ann Cobbe, Joan Harrison, and Rita Panciera, delighted the audience with their comical eccentricities. Other juniors adding to the mayhem were Mary Lou Dwyer and Florene Cherry. Ceci Wert* directed the play while Lou Kamenjar served as stage manager. The sophomore cla s contributed "Heart Attack" to the program. This was a comedy concerning the love affairs of a romantic, old grandmother, and ttoe attempts of her children to {reform her. The cast Included f Micky OTDonnell, Betty Seymour, Pauline Solida, Pat Royer, Mary Mullaney and|jody Ryan under the direction of Mary Jo Royer. Ann Kennedy was stage manager. i& * &

Since "Spring has sprung and the grass has risen," A. A. activities have been taken! to the great outdoors. Those especially enjoy lng the fresh spring air are the golf enthusiasts. Sure candidates for the American Open Tournament are Betsy Peters, Peggy Green, and Florene Cherry. Waiting and hoping for just a little more sun are the "gorgeous Gussies" of the Hurst. "Please Mr. Sun"* is the theme song of tennis lovers Dig O'Dell, Marge Williams, Barbara Haner, and Barney Bell. Another sport which is due to make its entrance soon is archery. Clad in Robin Hood green gym suits, our archers will aim with the accuracy of Hiawatha and dreamt of their last Errol Flynn movie. Mercyhurst was well represen ted at |the Edinboro College field day on March 22. Those who participated in ithe fun and shared the awards were Donnajcutrona, Judy EUermeyer, Joan Olsavlck I and Joann Weaver. Fun On Rainy Days Sports are not forgotten on rainy days either. How to hit (o kill) the "bold" is of special i* terest. to those who frequent th badminton court. Volleyball still ranks first on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, with Barbara Robinson, Ann Kennedy,* Barbara Botsaris, and Pat Royer as its most avid supporters. Virginia Kelly is to be congratulated for her swimming skill which she exhibits every Monday afternoon at Academy. * A. A. club activities are being scheduled with an eye toward spring also—the annual picnic the initiation of new members and Miss Ferguson's "Call to the Wild" i. e. a hike of approximately 20 or 80 miles. ? And so gwith the advent of Spring—Spring when a young girl's fancy turns to —Sports, have

Gloria Ruocco has just announced April 29 as "French Day" at Mercyhurst. Elaborate plans are being made by the French Club. There will be a French exhibit in Room 15, as well as numerous posters, songs, customs, records, etc. included in the program for the The O.G.A. Sorority! will wind up its agenda of worthwhile meetday. ings this current school year with its April session, at which time * The Home Economics Club will special honor and tribute will! be lend out its junior members to paid to the departing Senior memserve the Bishop's Day Dinner. All bers. A movie, DRESSING WELL clothing class students are making IS A GAME, will be shown during preparations for the fashion show the course of the evening. A local to be heldfin connection with the personnel director will discuss Bridge Tea on April 26. with the group correct procedures in applying for positions and will Bernadette Bell, first president give "tips for the interview." The of the Elementary Education distribution of awards earned Seminar, has announced the first during the past month and the meeting of the club will be on the serving of refreshments will con29th of this month. Mother Borgia, clude the club's activities. Mother Superior and several faculty members will be on hand for Senior members of the Science the occasion. Chairman of the Seminar will be feted in a|special program is Clare Schaming. way this year at their final meeting. The definite plans are & still Shortly after XEaster vacation secret but nevertheless well underthe Janus Club will formally initi- way. ate its new members. Those eligible for membership in the Janus The Art Club has been busy with Sorority. Alpha Psi Omega, will preparations for the ArtlExhibit also be received. which will be held at the Museum. April 13 through May 4. Included BUL AI HARDWARE in the exhibit will be {interior decoration, oil painting, water 31th And Pine Ave. color, head drawing, fashion illusPhone •-74*4 tration, etc. The Art Club extends Erie, Pa. an invitation to all to visit the museum during their exhibit.
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GROUNDBREAKING FOR CONVENT . . . At a sotemn ceremony on March 24, Mother M. dc Sales turned over the first srnvelful of earth 1 for the new convent wine to be added to the.{present college building. Each of the class presidents then took her turn in lifting a shovelful. Rev.«jDaniel J. Martin blessed the ground* Shown in the picture left to right are: Mary J;>y Fallon. Margaret Biuderlck, Father Martin. Mother M. de Sales, Donna Byers. SM

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•>' Mercyhurst's; music-minded students *hav« been attending the Erie Philhaimonic Concerts regularly. Now, they are afforded the opportunity to benefit from the city-wide I membership campaign in the Philharmonic. The drive is open at present and will continue until April 18, offering students special rates on season tickets for next year. The program for the coming year includes many outstandin 5 artists and selections. Included in the season's seven! concerts •*• Lelia Gousieau, ^famous French pianist; Camilla Wicks, American e violinist; andFpeter^Mennin, Eri born composer, I presenting |W* world 'premieres of! newly! com* missioned works. E fmm The special attraction for the nt December concert is "The NW of Christmas" and the last concert of the season will feature the complete concert! performance ° Verdi's "LafTravlata". Those ^interested in obtain^* ce season tickets at the student pn of $4.00 should watch for latei ttr
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