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December 16,1947

9 Several years ago it was deit is, the sixteenths of cided that Mercyhurst should be Here l§ decorated to bring [the Christm b e r, and the whole Merhursti household is attending M mas I spirit to the sstudents beannual freshmen Christmas y fore they left for vacation. raH fsfjP Perhaps; the j most ^beautiful P ast S l g h t D e f r e s h m e n v| of| these decorations is a scene ^ t l »" ' depicting v the^ birth |of | Jesus. i-At ^st," sighs Sister M. •j Each year it is arranged fn the Rachel, j, •&£>. college hall the Saturday before White Christmas is the very ;c vacation. This yelir the Student | propriate theme and is being J rried out in every way pos- Counc I is sponsoring /:the pro'ide. Inlj association with the j e c t , with the aid of the Sen!Ljte Christmas theme, winter '"; ior C lass. -:;/^;>}*/$v£'''Jt^^S^vS'' or'.s are featured in the en- - I think too imany of us pass ,by ; vhe scene each year, take a chainment and decorations. The entertainment is being ''l.eetng g' mpse, . and perhaps presented on the stage in acts ir.iurmur, "HoWvlovely," not real? turjjng various sports—skat- izing all that lies, within it, ^- ? *•}•• First of all, the crib itself is ing, skfing, tobagganing, and < th'ers. Of course, the theme.-. a very old rustic piece. ; OrigLp. "White Christmas," will inally it was us^ed by our Sisb sung at the finale. The whole ters of "Mercy in Titusville, and e gssemblyifwill sing different ca- was brought" here when Mercya hurst was built. It was placed dis as part of the program. I Among the guests is our an- in the chapel every Christmas nual Christmas visitor to this season; later it was moved out school who is presenting gifts m into the hall where more could and dispensing good-will thru- enjoy its beauty. Natalie Hirtle, an art major, 0ut Ihe party. Last, but not least, is the de- of the Class of '46 was responlicious refreshment served by sible for the present artistic charmingly costumed waitresses. arrangement of the figures. The [.These plus many other little whole scene is built up on boxes touches lend themselves to the to make the land appear hilly. gay |festivities making for a The main figures are the Infant, the Blessed Mother, and merry time. (Continued on Page 4) I Are you having fun ?

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Every year the true meaning of Christmas is brought closer to us by the presentation of a play or a pageant by the sophomore! class. We forget our material Christmas prepara-j. tions for a while and enjoy a spiritual uplifting of our souls as weiwitnessfthe pageant. I This year we are privileged to have| Miss Maheu, a new member of the faculty, to direct and assist the sophomores in presenting the pageant. Miss Maheuftook excerpts from the Bible,? added! some poe'.ry and Christmas carols and ingeniously created a delightful and worthwhile pageant which was presented Sunday, December 14, at 8:00 P.M. | The pageant comprised five scenes: The Annunciation, the Visitation, the Shepherd Scene, the'Scene of Hhe Wise Men, and The Nativity. It was not a pageant in the true sense of the* word because the tableaux were explained by 'a choir of' singing and verse speaking angels. 1* 5;
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On the eve of December 16, 1947, the senior class of Mercyhurst College has the honor of expressing holiday felicitations to the faculty, at a. program which takes place in the foyer. Amidst the multi-colored ChristThe carnival will open Friday night with a sleigh ride, a bon- mas decorations, ^the £ seniors. fire and a skit by the Janus Club. Saturday activities will begin dressed in > lovely formals, look -— about three with skating and on while their class president, tobogganing. Saturday evening Margaret* Rigard, addresses the r faculty. ^ ' ^ M ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ S H ^ B S Faculty Member we will have dinner with our guests in the cafeteria and afPublishes Article terwards a senior will be crownAn article entitled "Some Hypergeometric Polynomials" ap-

Our Winter Weekend is here. After many years of "maybe's" it'sfinallyon its way. The weekend of January 16-18 is set aside for the Winter Carnival. It will be a thrilling weekend because it will be our own weekend. Every student's cooperation is needed to make it a real success. A. A. is preparing for the activities now, and although the plans are still in the making, they sound like fun. ^

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^g After this, the seniors serenade! their guests with Christ1 mas I carols while the group gathers I about the holy crib, 1 ighted» only | with soft blue light. J At the conclusion of this gathering, the seniors escort the faculty members to the auditorium, where they attend} the annual Htraditional Christmas party | given by the freshman class of Mercyhurst College.

The main characters were portrayed by Nancy Whelan, representing the Virgin, Mary Jane Burns, representing Gaorielj Mary Helen, < Jfenny, 1\a}ring**the : part of Elizabeth! and Catherine Weaver Hhat of JosephV^They were supported by'• a large cast of shepherds and angels. It 'has /been a tradition of Mercyhurst for the sophomore class to present a pageant. However, we "have deviated from our tradition for the past few years and plays were presented instead of ^pageants. This year the sophomore class lived up to the tradition in true Mercyhurst style.

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The lannual Christmas dinner sponsored by the faculty for the student body^of Mercyhurst College, will he held on Thursday evening, December 18, in the school dining room. According t o * custom, the theme and decorations for the party are to he a surprise planned by the faculty. I t has long been the custom for the students to dress in formal attire for the occasion. The students are eagerly awaiting the ' final touch that will finish the Christmas celebration at Mercyhurst.

same spirit of prayer was necessary in the present uncertain and dangerous state of world affairs. To close the program the sodalists sang the hymn, "For Christ, The King."

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The Return of the Spirit
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decided that the intention for the month of Decembei would be The Return of the True Spirit of Christmas. How far away we have gotten from the true meaning of Christmas! Oh we love Christmas. We anticipate the parties, the dances, the family?get-togethers, and we don't forget j^the gifts either. Our homea are ready for the festive season also. We have the tree, the tinsel, the candlelight and the poinsettias. We've greeted scores of friends with gay Xmas cards covered with wreaths, snow scenes and scotty dogs. Our shopping is finally completed, the house decorations are up, and we're awaiting guests^for the Christmas Eve party. Is this Christmas? Haven't we forgotten something? Look at the word "Christmas." What does the word itself mean?! "The sending of Christ toithe earth," that's what Christmas means. Where is Christ in our plans? It is His Birthday. That's why we have the partySand all these festivities.
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About a month ago a special train left our west coa and began an eastward cross country trip gathering '1 ney and food for distribution among the war-impoverish^ European nations. The train was named Friendship Train," andps the material expression of our desire to hel "And there were in the same these countries when they are most in need. To say th country shepherds watching and keeping the night watch over our good wishes and good will accompany this cargo is un. their flock. necessary. Yet it is significant these goods will reach "And behold an angel of the their destination at approximately the time when the Lord stood by them and the whole- Christian world pauses in its^mad, never-ending I brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared strugle for material power and wealth to ^remember and with great fear. to give reverence to the Infant whose prophesied birth almost two thousand years ago made a fact the redemption of a lost world. I
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How greatly we need the return of the true spirit. St. Luke tells us, "And the angel said to them: Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings or great joy, that shall be to all the people: for, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." The Messiah has come. Our Saviour, Christ the Lord, has comefto us to live with us. tit is in the spirit of true happiness and love for Christ that we should celebrate this holy season. ? By means of charity, thoughtfulness of others, and love for all our fellowmen, because of our love for Christ, a reIturn can be|made to the true spirit of Christmas, thus making Christmas, 1947 not only a holy* one, but also a Stephanie Melisz happy one.

It seems now that nothing we can do, no help that w e can give, no hope that we can offer would be too much to extend to these suffering people.during this time of joycus preparation for Christmas. In effect: we are saying, "Peace and good will to all mankind." And though these words have become practically hackneyed by spurious use, they are sincere and heartfelt now. For this is the season of Christian love and brotherhood, of special spiritual rebirth through; penance and prayer. , I H GONE, AND FORGOTTEN, T O O # B | The climax of this season, Christmas day, is still being eagerly anticipated many days aheadJ of timeJbut hw * soon wiU it be forgotten once the day has come and gnW oe How many eager "promises to practice self-denial will be broken and not even|remembered|or renewedluntil the same time next year? • It is goodfto know that "Friendship Train" carries real evidence of warm good fellowship. In welcoming the tram in New York, Mayor O'Dwyer coined a fine phrase: " n TW train," he said, "runs onsheart power." How wonderful if j the same spirit that: inspired "Friendship Train" could circle thejearthjat every season^of the year. Then sure)' would the men who sit in the council rooms of internationa affairs be heartened injtheir struggle to win the peace. 1 Lucille Gasper j

"And the angel said to them: Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people. "For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. "And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

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Stephanie Melisz—'48 I would like a radio of my The Star I see pinned on the "Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men sky I own, so llwon't have to explain of good will." to my brother why his gets con- This blessed Christmas nights Is still the star that led Kings fiscated once in a while! St. Luke 11; kl-14 on Dolores Fitzgerald—'49 To find a hidden light. *If all my presents were mo- This star, I know, still leads "If we work upon marble, it ney, I'd he happy! I could buy men's lives will perish; if on brass, time As then; yes, even now. the things I wanted myself. Still leads men to a worthy will efface it; if we rear temFrances Rossi—'49 J ples, they will crumble into king {With that Winter Carnival For whom the Heavens bow. dust; but if we work upon imand thefSophanade not too far Ah, well I know this star still mortal minds, and embue them away, I wouldn't be the least with /principles, with the just leads bit disappointed if Santa |left Men heavenwards now as then fear of God and love of our me a new fonmal. This star of faith wich lights fellow-men, we engrave on those tablets something that will af world Danusla Telerski—'48 brighten to all eternity."—WebBeyond man's earthly ken. What I'd like most for Christster —Anon. mas is that everyone at Mercyhurst would have a wonderful holiday vacation!

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Gerry Rock—'50 Hanging on our Christmas tree I'd like to find a ticket to Philadelphia, ^because that's where he i s ! Margie Whelan—'51 J I'd like to get a.B in zoology, so I could associate with! my "brainy" neighbors. Georgia Imig—'51 I'd sure like a good fountain pe n for Christmas—one* that doesn't leak* all over the place. But most of all, I want my sister t o get well. (We hope she does, too, George!) £ ; M. H.

a few of the subjects which they Dear Miss Editor: discuss. k Everyday all the students of First of all, I want to * J MercyhurBt pass by me, and at keep them for helping me ^ere some time during the day they my appearance. Since they stop and look at me and listen they reminded about it, After | to what I have to tell them. done remarkably well. * Their conversations reach my all, I am an object of *** fi8 ears daily, but 1 don't think tention and how I look J ^ they know I hear them." I important to me as no thought that perhaps you might be interested in some of the girls look is important to things they've been doing and And you know another ^ ,* My sister, who lives in «•• minary hall, tells me tna*. j seminarians have lots of spirit. To tell you ^ ^ Mctnbct haven't been aware ox *» t Associated Cbitefiiate Press up in College Hall, i and xv great number ot & geeITis |Betty Ahlgren complaints, but no one ^ Cnief mUCft Editor in overjoyed about read$$ I % . Stephanie Melisz u Associate Editor thing. Why not tell y° ^ Mary ^ Harvey Assistant Editors era to cheer me « » * »t Alice Murphy themselves up while w ' „ Mary Mar McLaughlin it. You know, school sp Business Manager a wonderful thingJeanne Ledoux, Ann Mohr,lHa*el Laurie,^Polly Slater, Cecille WellTTgueas I * » £ f f e C a. ** «.••„ Porman Wrking Staff: Hetty g ^ ^ ^ N a n ? y W h e l a l l , Mary E. Stanney, Patricia Walker. forever, but I'M **•* J L , I * suggeationa Inter on Agnes'Kalata, Connie Schneider, Dorothy Maloney. ed W been a little bit pePP _,. - A n n Nickum Jeanne Lawler, Kathleen Leehan, Rose Marie Years truly, d asiness Staff: Margar*Rigard^ Ann *™^ ™g Elaine Forgette, Antionette Marino,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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a great deal about "Christmas Spirit" as this wonderfe ** j approaches. We think of brightly colored decorations. e S L| * * °0f families gathered together, andlof all the stories and [^ ^associated with Christmas. s aS ein tor ies and poems are part of the "Christmas Spirit." frefch * t(J m a n y / ' T h e Night Before Christmas" may seem like |i*°ji 8 poem, the fact that it was based on the legend of St. I child * e a rly Christian bishop noted [for his generosity to - an inspiring message in itselfj the most important! part of Christmas is the rerHLjyer, ^ " n c e ofIthe birth of our Saviour. When we think of this, brfl f " her the words, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a L* r0T r 9*iven, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, un j „fufv God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." When Christ was born, the Wise Men brought gold, franMa This letter was re- kincense and myrrh. Today, we xtnte* give gifts in remembrance of ^ bv the Editors. We this^ occasion as tokens of our be interwould friendship. As we look"*upon our Christmas dinner, we thank God d for our blessings. These are r ' Merciad Editors, K n u l d like to take this op- gifts, too, the Igifts of God. Introducmg "The J Merciad" This year, however, we must girl of the month! I ' L of thanking you and Un r llff for the publicity you remember four "Christmas SpirNot a little bit of Ireland (as T f Zen my programs in the it" should extend farther than her= name might imply) but a our families or close friends. little bit of Elmira, New York doubtless aware that You areness is highly compe- There are people in «foreign is Alice Catherine Murphy—or hu9i countries who are starving, sick just "Murph." A typical "home D P andA P . publicity of any kind and lonely. Remember, "it is ec" student, Alice is busy knitr i a y s appreciated- not to more blessed to give than to reB1 « the lego, b u t Vlfll .I o*n. out vio.ble evi- ceive." There is joy in giving, a ting socks (Christmas presents, no doubt), loves blue and "Star\f. that people do listen. joy within yourself for having dust." She's the proud posses1 1 have been at this sta4 pleased God. "Lay up foi yourt think we have developed selvesl treasures; in heaven" sor of a newly-obtained driver's g program that has should teach us t h a t we should license, and four fenders still evenin remain On Mr. Murphy's?ChevinC r * listener appeal. The help others enter into the rolet because his daughter has LTus sponsors have been se- "Christmas Spirit." driven it only twice! U fc in good taste, and have The thoughts behind the poems Another hobby of A lice's^ is their t 0 deliver Lowed j-me fan keeping with the and stories, the remembrance of letter writing, and some of Ripmessage Sogram, which of course is our Saviour, the joy of giving, ley's "Believe It or Not" colthe good will towards our fellow ums can't compare with the exLnsense-pure and simtple. Through you and your staff, men —all these spell out the periences she's had via the post> age stamp. Can it be that her j w0uld like to thank the girls "Christmas Spirit." \ Ci M. liking for milk and! ice cream Mercyhurst for their cards give this blue-eyed blonde such letters, Mail response from a creamy complexion? always gratifying. If Guide :^"That is a skyscraper." )tt is You'll find Alice is treasurer I reCall, Janice p irges, who Mercyhurst Girl: "Oh m.y! I'd of the junior class, assistant Justed last spring, won a love to see it work." editorV of / "The Merciad," capvaluable portable record wry tain of the Mercyhurst Gray during our "Somebody [player Ladies,|and a member of S.O.S., pes Me" contest last spring. "The dignity, t h e |grandeur, Again, thanks for past fa- the tenderness, t h e everlasting Janus Club, and the choral readn-aiid.any evening or morn- and divine| significance of moth- ing group. As long as "Murph" is near with her now famous that anyone of you has. a erhood."—Talma ge "jokes," there's bound to be minutes to spare down few laughter. please feel free t o stop town "Merciad" salutes you, girl "Be cheerful always. There at WBRC and go through is no p a t h b u t will be easier of the month, Alice-Murphy! station. I wish you continued success traveled, no load b u t will be Editors of the "Merciad," a lighter, no shadow on h e a r t and brain b u t will lift sooner for a m credit to a fine school. e person of determined cheerfulj Very truly yours, rl Mac McElroy ness."—Anon
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Perhaps it's a little early, but~~| picture yourself, if you will, on Christmas afternoon. The ?jpre-5 sents have been opened and the delicious Christmas dinner has been eaten. In our thoughtless wayido we sigh and say, "Oh, well, after all the t:me spent getting ready, it's all over for another y e a r ? " Once again, we ask you to rememberlthe true meaning of Christmas. We should look forward to the Twelfth Night after the glorious feast of the Nativity with as much expectation as we do the night before Christmas. On January 6 the Catholic Church commemorates! the manifestation of the glory of Christ to t h e ! Gentiles in the person of the Magi—Gaspar, Melchior, and Bal hasar. Originating in the Eastern Church in the 3rd century, this feast soon spread to the West. I t honors the Wise Men who followed a miraculous star from the East in search of the King of whose birth the star! was a; sign. In Jerusalem, at the court of Herod, these Wise Men learned that Bethlehem was the place of the birth of the expected! Messiah. They followed the starf to the house of \ the Holy Family where they offered to the Child Jesus the choicest of Arabian gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. WarnedSby an angel inftheir sleep of Herod's design upon the Child, they returned by another route to their country. Now you see why we have no reason to allow those "day-after-the-big-arTair" doldrums^ t o get us! Another!; great day is approaching.| There is much we can do to make our gifts more acceptable«to the Infant Jesus. What are you going to give the Christmas Babe ? .With the Wise Men will you say, "We have seen His star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord ?" | m M.eH.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, We've come to tell you Who's on the ball; With their talents and wits They've come to be known as Mercyhurst kids! One-two-three — ready, let's hgo with all the things that we bet very few of you know. Did you know that we have many future Helen Hayes' among us in the persons of Edith Harris, who played the lead in the class play at Conneaut; Rosemary Lahr, who was also featured in her high school play, and Kiki Naud, whose talents were demonstrated in her senior play? If you're in the mood for a good debate, why not look up Georgie Imig, She did herself proud for Girard High; * better yet, if you're! in the mood for a solid boogie beat, scout around for Mary Ellen Blatt! By the way, did you know that Rosemary Irrgang was class president in her senior year at Lyonsville—and that Margaret p n e j a n > s father lis now professor of Education at the University of Buffalo?

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Mrs. Dorothy F. Grant realistically discusses marriage in all its beets. The first section of t h e book is devoted t o Christian attijes -on dating and 1 toward the other sex in general. I t also exjnes the mental,?physical, and financial preparations necessary I future married life. \ "Our love for our marriage p a r t n e r m u s t spring from our love j*r God and not from t h e scent of honeysuckle in the moonlight. jsion burns itself out long before! the £ m a r r i a g e is terminated God." This quotation really means t h a t mbrriage is n o t a of the moment, b u t a lasting union based on t h e love of God. pried love and attitudes toward a | husband plus t h e actual kgement of the home is discussed next. I n this section t h e jhor says to "doU u p " for your husbandJbut'cthe time for your I My treatments is when your husband is a t work. H a i r curlers pcold creamldo not promote compliments from' t h e husband. I Hrs. Grant also advises the wife to g r e e t h e r husband in t h e T % with a cheerful smile and n o t with, "Oh, Johnny broke ^window, etc., etc." j M l husbands and wives would t r y t o be just a s considerate charitable after marriage as before, they would make happier ? Pj*. says Mrs. Grant.| Rowing this discussion t h e problems of procreation, conjugal a n nd salification a s s e t forth in t h e Encyclical on Marriage considered. Lastly, divorce and conjugal loyalty a r e discussed. (JV young girl s hould read, " S o ! You W a n t t o Get Married!" 1 not only be entertained, b u t you will learn how t o m a k e career of marriage successful a n d happy. D. M.l

The foreman looked the applicant, for work up and down. "Are you a mechanic?" he asked. J "No, sir," was the reply, "I'm an Irishman." "Where have you been?" "In the hospital getting cen"Censored?" "Yes. I had several important parts cut out." "How do you play hookey from Correspondences school?" "Oh, I send them an empty envelope." A woman's train of thought can be quite dangerous at times several people are usually run down by it.

• The author tells of a £ fourth Wise Man, Artaban, who set out from the mountains of Persia when he saw the star that heraided Christ's birth. But Artaban never reached his destination because he stopped to aid three people in great need. First, he nursed back to life a dying beggar in a grove of date palms and by so doing missed the caravan that set out for 'Bethlehem. Later, /while continuing his search, he saved a peasant woman's baby by offering the murdering soldier the ruby meant for the Christ-Child. Many years later he arrived in Jerusalem, not knowing that it was the day of the cricifixion. Here he gave his last possession, the pearl, to save a young girl who was about to be sold as a slave. 1 In all his searching Artaban was tormentedj with the fear that God would be angry with him, but as he lay dying in a street in Jerusalem, he heard |these words from above, "Verily, 1 say ;unto thee, inasmuch as thou hast done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, thou hast done it unto me." And Artaban knew then that his kind of failure was j; much better than success. M, B.
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Fifteen up for the team! Yea I Prayer of an unselfish girl: for all the peppy gals who were "Dear Lord, I ask^nothing for cheerleaders backjhome—for inmyself! Just send another a stance, Dorothy Klein and Mary nice son-in-law," Jean Holahan from Warsaw, N. Y. I I The noticesfln thefhotel rooms - That's all 'for this! time, be should be changed from "Have you left anything?" to "Have seeing you soon—we hope! Laurie and Margie you anything left ?" A. M.

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MERCYHURST DRESSES FOR CHRISTMAS (Continued from P a g e 1) Saint Joseph. In the foreground is pasture land, with hillsides surrounding the figures on all sides. Trees I are placed on either side and a trail winds up over the hill. Along the trail are placed the various animals, and a t the top of the hill is a shepherd, the first to arrive,at the scene of the birth. In the distance are the Kings who are making, their way to

Jerusalem. The whole scene is flooded in blue light» with pale moonlight touching the face of Christ. Since the object of this miniature is to bring the spirit of Christ and His Holiness to all, I Shope that each of you I will take time this year to pause before this "Little Christ" and give thanks that we live in a country where wegir.ay worship Him in peace and where we may truly receive the blessings of Christmas, rH ' f&T®. B. N . G.

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It is December 24, 1947, 11:80.P.M. A young girl is walking down a lonely % street towardHhe waterfront. There is no snow, as this is New^ Orleans, but the street gleams from the recent rain. As she nearsfthe end of the street, sounds of gaiety can^be heard from the sailors and their girls; but she quickly turns up another street to get away from the singing and laughing, for the sounds sicken her. "Christmas," she thinks, "is onlyfcfor people w"ho are rich and have a family. I have neither; any little son died a week ago, and m\y husband—well, my husband was ^killed on Iwo Jima. What have I^to sing and danceiabout; for that matter, what do I have to live for?" The street she lis on now becomes narrower and| darker; she begins to grow afraid. Suddenly a light appears far down the street. It looks'like a light from a doorway. She begins to turn, for she now realizes the street is a dead end; but something about the light compels her to come forward. The light is a wondrous thing as Jit does not shine but seems to glow intensely. The girl is drawn toward the door as if the light were a magnet. As she nears it, the sounds of moaning can be heard and she grows more Pflightened, but she seems to be held and can not turn and go. At last she reaches the door and peers into a room. The sight that greets her eyes brings a gasp to her lips. In the|corner a young girl lies on a straw pallet; her eyes are opened wide in fear, and she isymoaning. When she turns her head, she notices the girl in the doorway and smiles weakly. Advancing slowly into the small room, the girl approaches the pallet and kneels beside it. The girl on the floor grasps her hands and her eyes plead for help. Suddenly a man steps from the other end of the room and kneels beside the pallet; he looks pleadingly into the girl's eyes and) says, "Please help my wife." Gazing in bewilderment at the young couple, she thinks of a birth that had|happened almost|two thousand years ago, and with pity she nods her head. And in what seems like a split second, though it has been hours, the wail of the new-born babe fills the small room. Looking at thefhappy couple and their child, she chokes back a sob and runs toward^ the door. As she reaches it she hears a i int "Thank you and Merry Christmas." She stops, turns, and with a smile in her eyes, "It is you 1 should thank, Merry Christ!" Then she steps out into the night with a feeling of happirTss and the will to live again. M. G.

A t a a s t t h e d a y arrived! I t w a s Saturday morning and tonirt, I'd b e attending t h e Student W a r Relief Ball, my first colle prom. I knew t h a t no other dance would be nearly so excitin as this one for m e . | I should never anticipated and wonder s o rTuch about a prcm as I had aboutfthis o n e Would it be quite different from high school proms? What should}I wear? ..: Would the orchestra be good? ;Would I he corsages be suitable for my gown? How can I ever forget the excitement of getting dressed ? "May I borrow your gold earrings?" ?Does anyone have a rhinestone hair clip?" "Who getsfthe iron after you?" "I need afpiecepof pink velvet ribbon, but quick." n l just have to find an aqua scarf." "Gee! You look super!" "Oh my hair didn't curl right at all!" And who will lever forget the last few moments of anxietywaiting for the hall phone toiring and a bright voice to announce, \ "You have a guest in the main hall." ; Now the best part, the 'Meer itself— "That miusiclis really wonderful!" "Look at the flowers!" "Hi, kids." I "Oh, how nice you look!" Traditional is the Christmas carolling late in the evening at "Thanks,ll'd love to dance." Mercyhurst College. Each year "This coke is just whatfl'velneeded!" on the night before the students So the comments go on and on, adding up to one big thought— leave school for their vacation members of the junior and sen- what a wonderful time,jl had atfmy firstfcollege prom! > * f 1 i p. J. ior classes join in song to wish a Merry Christmas to all. Last Christmas season was the first time the girls bundled themselves into ihe'r gay mufflers and mittens for a stroll On Sunday evening, November 23, 1947, the Janus Club of along the boulevard to sing the Mercyhurst College presented two one-act plays, Frederick McChristmas carols. When all are Cue's "Accent on Revenge" a n d | Magdalene Kessie's "The Sumrosy-cheeked and? frost-tipped, mons of Sariel." Miss Betty Maheu, in charge of dramatics, dithe upper-classmen come back to thsir rooms and don then rected t h e plays.'. caps and gowns. A very lovely The first of these, "Accent on Revenge" was a comedy conprocession* they make, carrying i cerning the "social obligations" of college women and the trials candles throughout the residence t h a t usually accompany these obligations. The scene was the and college halls. living room of a girl's dormitory and was typically equipped After the students extend with college banners, knitting (materials and, of course, texttheir holiday greetings to the Sisters in the form of carols books. The cast included Alice Murphy, P a t Walker, Ann Mohr, each makes her way to the Cynthia McMahon, JoanJHouch, Aline Karlak, Jean Gibson, and chapel where at Midnight Bene- I Pam Muir. diction she thanks God for givA bit more serious in theme, and equally good, was the secon , ing to a sinful world that pricelessj gift—His Son. of these, "The Summons of Sariel." This play introduced us to | JJG. that timeless interval between Time and Eternity in which the destiny of men is determined by the messenger of God, Sane. The lighting in this play was especially effective at the appearance and disappearance of Sariel. The cast: Connie Schneider, P a t Lynch, Madelyn N aud, Helen Jean Walters, Rosemary L»hr, Joar.e Bel'as and Betty Lou Cook.

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The "Merciad" extends congratulations to Miss Maheu, ° both casts, and to the stage crews for the fine entertainmen 1 the plays afforded Mercyhurst students.

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