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MERCYHURST COLLEGE, ERIE, PA December 16,1947

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frC shmenPresent
a 'White Xmas' 1 Jii ercu
9 Several years ago it was de-
tw resses g*a
wrs instmas
Sophomores
Present Pageant
the sixteenths of cided that Mercyhurst should be
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Every year the true meaning
Here it is,
l§ decorated to bring [the Christ- of Christmas is brought closer
m b e r, and the whole Mer-
hursti household is attending M mas I spirit to the sstudents be- to us by the presentation of a
annual freshmen Christmas y fore they left for vacation. raH play or a pageant by the so-
fsfjP Perhaps; the j most ^beautiful
phomore! class. We forget our
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 »" ' material Christmas prepara-j.
depicting v the^ birth |of | Jesus.
i-At ^st," sighs Sister M. •j Each year it is arranged fn the tions for a while and enjoy a
Rachel, j, •&£>.
White Christmas is the very college hall the Saturday before spiritual uplifting of our souls
| propriate theme and is being J ;c vacation. This yelir the Student as weiwitnessfthe pageant.
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- I This year we are privileged
!Ljte Christmas theme, winter '"; ior C lass. -:;/^;>}*/$v£'''Jt^^S^vS'' to have| Miss Maheu, a new
or'.s are featured in the en- - I think too imany of us pass member of the faculty, to direct
chainment and decorations. ,by ; vhe scene each year, take a
and assist the sophomores in
The entertainment is being ''l.eetng g' mpse, . and perhaps
presented on the stage in acts ir.iurmur, "HoWvlovely," not real- presenting the pageant. Miss
? turjjng various sports—skat- izing all that lies, within it, ^- ? Maheuftook excerpts from the
ing, skfing, tobagganing, and <*•}•• First of all, the crib itself is Bible,? added! some poe'.ry and
th'ers. Of course, the theme.-. a very old rustic piece. ; Orig- Christmas carols and ingen-
Lp. "White Christmas," will inally it was us^ed by our Sis- iously created a delightful and
be sung at the finale. The whole ters of "Mercy in Titusville, and
gssemblyifwill sing different ca- was brought" here when Mercy- worthwhile pageant which was
a
dis as part of the program. hurst was built. It was placed presented Sunday, December
I Among the guests is our an- in the chapel every Christmas 14, at 8:00 P.M.
nual Christmas visitor to this season; later it was moved out
school who is presenting gifts m into the hall where more could | The pageant comprised five
and dispensing good-will thru- enjoy its beauty. scenes: The Annunciation, the
0ut Ihe party.
Natalie Hirtle, an art major, Visitation, the Shepherd Scene,
Last, but not least, is the de- of the Class of '46 was respon- the'Scene of Hhe Wise Men, and
licious refreshment served by sible for the present artistic
charmingly costumed waitresses. arrangement of the figures. The The Nativity.
[.These plus many other little whole scene is built up on boxes It was not a pageant in the
touches lend themselves to the to make the land appear hilly. true sense of the* word because
gay |festivities making for a The main figures are the In-
merry time. fant, the Blessed Mother, and the tableaux were explained by
I Are you having fun ? (Continued on Page 4) 'a choir of' singing and verse
speaking angels. 1* 5; . i •

The main characters were por-


Wr Mercyhurst Campus ^ trayed by Nancy Whelan, rep-
I Site of Winter Carnival resenting the Virgin, Mary Jane
Burns, representing Gaorielj
Our Winter Weekend is here. After many years of "maybe's"
it'sfinallyon its way. The weekend of January 16-18 is set aside
oyer ce ne € o arouing Mary Helen, <: Jfenny, 1\a}ring**the
part of Elizabeth! and Catherine
for the Winter Carnival. It will be a thrilling weekend because it On the eve of December 16, ^g After this, the seniors sere- Weaver Hhat of JosephV^They
1947, the senior class of Mercy- nade! their guests with Christ- were supported by'• a large cast
will be our own weekend. Every student's cooperation is needed hurst College has the honor of 1
mas I carols while the group of shepherds and angels.
to make it a real success. A. A. is preparing for the activities expressing holiday felicitations gathers I about the holy crib,
now, and although the plans are still in the making, they sound to the faculty, at a. program 1 ighted» only | with soft blue It 'has /been a tradition of
like fun. ^ which takes place in the foyer. light. J At the conclusion of this Mercyhurst for the sophomore
Amidst the multi-colored Christ- gathering, the seniors escort the class to present a pageant.
The carnival will open Friday night with a sleigh ride, a bon- mas decorations, ^the £ seniors. However, we "have deviated from
faculty members to the audi-
fire and a skit by the Janus Club. Saturday activities will begin dressed in > lovely formals, look torium, where they attend} the our tradition for the past few
-— about three with skating and on while their class president, annual Htraditional Christmas years and plays were presented
tobogganing. Saturday evening Margaret* Rigard, addresses the party | given by the freshman instead of ^pageants.
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Faculty Member we will have dinner with our faculty. ^'^M^^^^^^^SH^BS class of Mercyhurst College.
This year the sophomore class
Publishes Article guests in the cafeteria and af- lived up to the tradition in true
An article entitled "Some Hy-
pergeometric Polynomials" ap-
|
terwards a senior will be
ed snow queeiu
i New! Socialists I Honored
crown-
A b o u t eight
> W*
Mercyhurst style.

A
^y*\ »«°" ^
the "Bulletin of the Mathemath- P I ^ S S S M i I At Communion Breakfast
racticiI, dur
g n
» g the Christmas
Candlelight
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
ical ISociety ; of ^ America." i: It^ ^ H vacation; who knows, you may H T o welcome eleven new mem- Hy,; pastor of St. } Lawrence's, s d
Diinner oerve
be in it. \ J^^^BSSB^^^M bers into thel organization, the Albion, \ were present at the The lannual Christmas dinner
was contributed' by Sister M.
The highlight fof the evening Mercyhurst fi Sodality sponsored breakfast which followed High sponsored by the faculty for
Celine of the;;Mat| Department its annual Communion Break- Mass and Benediction.
w i l l b e t h e s o c k dance the student body^of Mercyhurst
*nd is a digest of the disserta- 4 ^ ^ » strictly fast in honor of our Lady on R To open the program, the so- College, will he held on Thurs-
tonjshe submitted j in i partial ^informal. Sunday morning mass her Feast of the Immaculate dalists sang the hymn, "Mother day evening, December 18, in
fulfillment of her doctor's de- will be late, so that our guests Conception, ; in the College din- Beloved," and Ann Nickum, Pre- the school dining room.
may join jus Jin the chapel. A ing room, December 18. f f> fect of the Sodality, welcomed
Pee at the University off Mi-
{Mary Ann Donaher, Junior, all I who were present. Follow- According t o * custom, the
chigan. J 5 « | | j H i H W H H H tea dance will 1 be held in c- the acted as toastmistress for the theme and decorations for the
gym in the;afternoon, and the ing the welcome Connie Schnei-
Though few of us will be able occasion. Rev. Alfred Watson der | gave a dramatic reading party are to he a surprise plan-
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comprehend the highly tech- faculty willl judge) the best of
Chaplain of Mercyhurst, Rev. entitled, "Wanted—A - Mother," ned by the faculty. I t has long
nical content of j the paper, we the comic snow figures of all the
Edward Latimer, professor of and Joan Cavanaugh, Joan been the custom for the stu-
clubs.
nought you Iwould] like to be religion, and Rev. jEnis Connel- Houch, and Lucille Vitello sang dents to dress in formal attire
A suggestion jbox will be left for the occasion.
**are of the distinction that "Ave Maria." H:
injthe college hall. If you have
tfc* work of one of our own has
any ideas for the carnival, Campaign Results Father Connelly, as guest The students are eagerly
Reared in this ultra-scholarly please drop them in the box.
speaker, urged the sodalists not awaiting the ' final touch that
Periodical—last heard of in T. Many committees will be form- $ 1.35—Halloween P a r t y !
Pt to sacrifice .moral principles for will finish the Christmas cele-
W. class. j ed and so we'll all have to give 122.97—Student Relief Ball material desires. Father Wat- bration at Mercyhurst.
our services. The work will be 333.00—Corsages son, in making his closing re-
j 'Knowledge is bjfefc toll* un- wearying if only a few carry the 70.00—Janus Play marks, recalled the intense life
ess
it is guided by grace." load, so let'stall cooperate. Let's of p r a y e r that began among same spirit of prayer was ne-
38.80—Dollar Day
Herbert j make {this the biggest and best Mercyhurst girls on a similar cessary in the present uncertain
Winter Carnival} Mercyhurst 56.00—Bette Cahn's Concert
occasion just six years ago and dangerous state of world
ever had. In that event we can 55.00—OGA Raffle when the first shocking news of affairs. To close the program
The only w a y ' t o have a be sure fthat it'will! be carried Pearl Harbor came over the
end i s the sodalists sang the hymn,
to be one."—Emerson on in future years. $676.62 So Far radio; he told the girls that the "For Christ, The King."
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December 16, i 94 -
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The Return of the Spirit *iwfo « "Friendship Train > >

At the November Erie Union Sodality Meeting it;was CXCtltfJ( ©CO Symbol Of jC'hri$tma$*Givin
decided that the intention for the month of Decembei "And she brought forth her About a month ago a special train left our west coa
would be The Return of the True Spirit of Christmas. firstborn son land wrapped him
How far away we have gotten from the true meaning up in swaddling clothes and and began an eastward cross country trip gathering '1
of Christmas! laid him in a manger: because ney and food for distribution among the war-impoverish^
there was no room for them in European nations. The train was named MTO-.I

Oh we love Christmas. We anticipate the parties, the the linn. Friendship


dances, the family?get-togethers, and we don't forget j^the Train," andps the material expression of our desire to hel
"And there were in the same
gifts either. Our homea are ready for the festive season country shepherds watching and
these countries when they are most in need. To say th
also. We have the tree, the tinsel, the candlelight and the keeping the night watch over our good wishes and good will accompany this cargo is un.
poinsettias. We've greeted scores of friends with gay their flock. necessary. Yet it is significant these goods will reach
Xmas cards covered with wreaths, snow scenes and scotty "And behold an angel of the their destination at approximately the time when the
dogs. Our shopping is finally completed, the house dec- Lord stood by them and the
whole- Christian world pauses in its^mad, never-ending I
orations are up, and we're awaiting guests^for the Christ- brightness of God shone round
about them: and they feared strugle for material power and wealth to ^remember and
mas Eve party. with great fear. to give reverence to the Infant whose prophesied birth
Is this Christmas? Haven't we forgotten something? almost two thousand years ago made a fact the redemp-
Look at the word "Christmas." What does the word tion of a lost world. I
itself mean?! "The sending of Christ toithe earth," that's
what Christmas means. Where is Christ in our plans? PEACE AND GOODWILL I
It is His Birthday. That's why we have the partySand all It seems now that nothing we can do, no help that we
these festivities.
* can give, no hope that we can offer would be too much to
How greatly we need the return of the true spirit. extend to these suffering people.during this time of joy-
St. Luke tells us, "And the angel said to them: Fear cus preparation for Christmas. In effect: we are saying,
not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings or great joy, "Peace and good will to all mankind." And though these
that shall be to all the people: for, this day, is born to you words have become practically hackneyed by spurious use,
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." they are sincere and heartfelt now. For this is the season
The Messiah has come. Our Saviour, Christ the Lord, of Christian love and brotherhood, of special spiritual re-
has comefto us to live with us. tit is in the spirit of true birth through; penance and prayer. , I H
happiness and love for Christ that we should celebrate this
holy season. ? GONE, AND FORGOTTEN, T O O # B |
By means of charity, thoughtfulness of others, and love The climax of this season, Christmas day, is still being
for all our fellowmen, because of our love for Christ, a re- eagerly anticipated many days aheadJ of timeJbut h*w
"And the angel said to them:
Iturn can be|made to the true spirit of Christmas, thus Fear not; for behold, I bring soon wiU it be forgotten once the day has come and goneW
making Christmas, 1947 not only a holy* one, but also a you good tidings of great joy How many eager "promises to practice self-denial will be
happy one. Stephanie Melisz that shall be to all the people.
broken and not even|remembered|or renewedluntil the
"For, this day is born to you
a Saviour, who is Christ the same time next year? •
Lord, in the city of David. It is goodfto know that "Friendship Train" carries real
"And this shall be a sign evidence of warm good fellowship. In welcoming the tram
unto you. You shall find the
infant wrapped in swaddling in New York, Mayor O'Dwyer coined a fine phrase: "TnW
clothes and laid in a manger. train," he said, "runs onsheart power." How wonderful if j
Question: What do you want "And sudden ly there was with the same spirit that: inspired "Friendship Train" could
most for Christmas? the angel a multitude of the circle thejearthjat every season^of the year. Then sure)'
fc'taSSS&SSi

Answers: heavenly army, praising God


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would the men who sit in the council rooms of internationa
Star of Faith and saying:
Stephanie Melisz—'48 affairs be heartened injtheir struggle to win the peace. 1
I would like a radio of my The Star I see pinned on the "Glory to God in the high-
own, so llwon't have to explain sky I est: and on earth peace to men Lucille Gasper j
to my brother why his gets con- This blessed Christmas nights of good will."
fiscated once in a while! Is still the star that led Kings St. Luke 11; kl-14
on
Dolores Fitzgerald—'49 To find a hidden light. LETTER TO THE EDITOR
*If all my presents were mo- This star, I know, still leads Dear Miss Editor: a few of the subjects which they
ney, I'd he happy! I could buy men's lives "If we work upon marble, it discuss. k
the things I wanted myself. As then; yes, even now. will perish; if on brass, time Everyday all the students of
MercyhurBt pass by me, and at First of all, I want to * J
Still leads men to a worthy will efface it; if we rear tem- them for helping me keep
^ ere
Frances Rossi—'49 J king ples, they will crumble into some time during the day they
stop and look at me and listen my appearance. Since they
{With that Winter Carnival For whom the Heavens bow. dust; but if we work upon im- reminded about it, they
After |
and thefSophanade not too far Ah, well I know this star still mortal minds, and embue them to what I have to tell them.
Their conversations reach my done remarkably well. *
away, I wouldn't be the least leads with /principles, with the just all, I am an object of *** fi8
bit disappointed if Santa |left Men heavenwards now as then fear of God and love of our ears daily, but 1 don't think
they know I hear them." I tention and how I look J ^
me a new fonmal. This star of faith wich lights fellow-men, we engrave on those important to me as no
tablets something that will thought that perhaps you might
Danusla Telerski—'48 af world
brighten to all eternity."—Web- be interested in some of the girls look is important to
What I'd like most for Christ- Beyond man's earthly ken. things they've been doing and And you know another ^ ,*
—Anon. ster
mas is that everyone at Mercy- My sister, who lives in «••
hurst would have a wonderful minary hall, tells me tna*. j
holiday vacation! THE MERCIAD seminarians have lots of
Mctnbct spirit. To tell you ^ ^
Gerry Rock—'50 haven't been aware ox *»
Hanging on our Christmas Associated Cbitefiiate Press up in College Hall, i
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and
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tree I'd like to find a ticket to great number ot & geeITis


Philadelphia, ^because that's Cnief |Betty Ahlgren complaints, but no one ^
Editor in $$ I % . Stephanie Melisz overjoyed about mUCft
read-
where he i s ! u
Associate Editor thing. Why not tell y° ^
Margie Whelan—'51 J Mary ^ Harvey
Assistant Editors era to cheer me « » * »t
I'd like to get a.B in zoology, Alice Murphy themselves up while w ' „
so I could associate with! my Business Manager Mary Mar McLaughlin it. You know, school sp
"brainy" neighbors. a wonderful thing-
Georgia Imig—'51 a. ** «.••„ Porman Jeanne Ledoux, Ann Mohr,lHa*el Laurie,^Polly Slater, Cecille WellTTgueas I * » £ f f e C
Wrking Staff: Hetty g ^ ^ ^ N a n ? y W h e l a l l , Mary E. Stanney, Patricia Walker.
I'd sure like a good fountain forever, but I'M **•* J L , I *
pe n for Christmas—one* that Agnes'Kalata, Connie Schneider, Dorothy Maloney. suggeationa Inter on
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doesn't leak* all over the place. been a little bit pePP
But most of all, I want my sis- _,. - A n n Nickum Jeanne Lawler, Kathleen Leehan, Rose Marie Years truly, d
asiness Staff: Margar*Rigard^ Ann *™^ ™g Elaine Forgette, Antionette Marino,
ter t o get well. (We hope she Batajczyk, AMP Ikenneuy,* **»• The College Hall Bulletin
does, too, George!) Mary Helen Kenny.
£ ; M. H.
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a great deal about "Christmas Spirit" as this wonder-
fe ** j approaches. We think of brightly colored decorations.
3fle
Perhaps it's a little early, but~~| of whose birth the star! was a;
• ^ • r
e S
a P P picture yourself, if you will, on sign. In Jerusalem, at the
L| * * °0f families gathered together, andlof all the stories and Christmas afternoon. The ?jpre-5 court of Herod, these Wise Men
[^ ^associated with Christmas. sents have been opened and the learned that Bethlehem was the
s aS
ein tor ies and poems are part of the "Christmas Spirit." delicious Christmas dinner has place of the birth of the ex-
frefch * t(J m a n y / ' T h e Night Before Christmas" may seem like been eaten. In our thoughtless pected! Messiah. They followed
|i*°ji 8 poem, the fact that it was based on the legend of St. wayido we sigh and say, "Oh, the starf to the house of \ the
I child * e a rly Christian bishop noted [for his generosity to well, after all the t:me spent Holy Family where they offered
- an inspiring message in itselfj getting ready, it's all over for to the Child Jesus the choicest
the most important! part of Christmas is the re- another y e a r ? " of Arabian gifts—gold, frank-
rHLjyer,
^ " n c e ofIthe birth of our Saviour. When we think of this, Once again, we ask you to incense, and myrrh. WarnedSby
brfl
f " her the words, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a L* rememberlthe true meaning of an angel inftheir sleep of Her-
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r 9*iven, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Christmas. We should look for- od's design upon the Child, they
un j „fufv God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." ward to the Twelfth Night after returned by another route to
When Christ was born, the the glorious feast of the Nativ- their country.
ity with as much expectation as Now you see why we have no
Ma Lett Wise Men brought gold, fran-
kincense and myrrh. Today, we we do the night before Christ- reason to allow those "day-af-
xtnte* This letter was re- give gifts in remembrance of mas. On January 6 the Cath- ter-the-big-arTair" doldrums^ t o
^ bv the Editors. We this^ occasion as tokens of our olic Church commemorates! the get us! Another!; great day is
would be inter- manifestation of the glory of approaching.| There is much we
friendship. As we look"*upon our
Christmas dinner, we thank God Christ to t h e ! Gentiles in the can do to make our gifts more
d
r ' Merciad Editors, for our blessings. These are person of the Magi—Gaspar, acceptable«to the Infant Jesus.
Melchior, and Bal hasar. What are you going to give the
K n u l d like to take this op- gifts, too, the Igifts of God. . Introducmg "The J Merciad"
i .

I ' L of thanking you and This year, however, we must girl of the month! Originating in the Eastern Christmas Babe ? .With the Wise
Un
r llff for the publicity you remember four "Christmas Spir- Church in the 3rd century, this Men will you say, "We have
T Not a little bit of Ireland (as feast soon spread to the West. seen His star in the East, and
f Zen my programs in the it" should extend farther than her= name might imply) but a
I t honors the Wise Men who are come with gifts to adore
doubtless aware that our families or close friends. little bit of Elmira, New York followed a miraculous star from the Lord ?" | m
You areness is highly compe- There are people in «foreign is Alice Catherine Murphy—or the East in search of the King M.eH.
hu9i
D
P and. A P publicity of any kind countries who are starving, sick just "Murph." A typical "home
and lonely. Remember, "it is
r i a y s appreciated- not to more blessed to give than to re- ec" student, Alice is busy knit-
B1
« the .I lego,
o*n. bout vio.ble evi- ceive." There is joy in giving, a ting socks (Christmas presents,
u t Vlfll
\f. that people do listen. no doubt), loves blue and "Star-
joy within yourself for having dust." She's the proud posses-
1 1 have been at this sta4 pleased God. "Lay up foi your- die £jcour C Wise Jnan
t think we have developed selvesl treasures; in heaven" sor of a newly-obtained driver's ^Henry^Van Dyke's "The Other Wise Man" will live as long as
g program that has license, and four fenders still
evenin should teach us t h a t we should we have Christmas, for it is a story beautiful in its simplicity. But
inC r * listener appeal. The help others enter into the remain On Mr. Murphy's?Chev-
it is thought-provoking, too, and strangely enough, when you are
LTus sponsors have been se- "Christmas Spirit." rolet because his daughter has
finished reading the book you do not ask yourself, "Was there
U driven it only twice!
fc in good taste, and have really another Wise M a n ? " b u t rather, "Would; I*have hadfthe
t 0 deliver their The thoughts behind the poems Another hobby of A lice's^ is strength to do what he d i d ? "
Lowed j-me and stories, the remembrance of letter writing, and some of Rip-
message fan keeping with the Thefbook contains outstanding words of wisdom. For example,
Sogram, which of course is our Saviour, the joy of giving, ley's "Believe It or Not" col- after seeing *the reluctance of Artaban's friends to accompany
Lnsense-pure and simtple. the good will towards our fellow ums can't compare with the ex- him and fearing t h a t he wold never reach his goal, his father
Through you and your staff, men —all these spell out the periences she's had via the post- said to him, " I t is better to follow even the shadow of the best
j w0uld like to thank the girls "Christmas Spirit." > age stamp. Can it be that her than to remain content with the worst. And those who would see
Mercyhurst for their cards \ Ci M. liking for milk and! ice cream wonderful things .must often b e ready to travel alone."
letters, Mail response from give this blue-eyed blonde such
a creamy complexion? • The author tells of a £ fourth
)tt is always gratifying. If Guide :^"That is a skyscraper."
I reCall, Janice p irges, who
Justed last spring, won a love to see it work."
You'll find Alice is treasurer
Mercyhurst Girl: "Oh m.y! I'd of the junior class, assistant Did You now Wise Man, Artaban, who set out
from the mountains of Persia
editorV of / "The Merciad," cap- Mirror, mirror on the wall, when he saw the star that her-
wry valuable portable record , •

during our "Somebody tain of the Mercyhurst Gray We've come to tell you aided Christ's birth. But Arta-
[player Ladies,|and a member of S.O.S., ban never reached his destina-
pes Me" contest last spring. "The dignity, t h e |grandeur, Who's on the ball;
Again, thanks for past fa- the tenderness, t h e everlasting Janus Club, and the choral read- tion because he stopped to aid
With their talents and wits three people in great need. First,
n-aiid.any evening or morn- and divine| significance of moth- ing group. As long as "Murph" They've come to be known as
that anyone of you has. a erhood."—Talma ge is near with her now famous he nursed back to life a dying
minutes to spare down "jokes," there's bound to be Mercyhurst kids! beggar in a grove of date palms
few laughter. and by so doing missed the ca-
town
please feel free t o stop One-two-three —h- ready, let's
at WBRC and go through "Be cheerful always. There "Merciad" salutes you, girl ravan that set out for 'Bethle-
go with all the things that we hem. Later, /while continuing
station. is no p a t h b u t will be easier of the month, Alice-Murphy!
bet very few of you know. Did his search, he saved a peasant
I wish you continued success traveled, no load b u t will be I 1 , -' * % • **•":' M . H .

woman's baby by offering the


Editors of the "Merciad," a lighter, no shadow on h e a r t and you know that we have many
brain b u t will lift sooner for a future Helen Hayes' among us murdering soldier the ruby
me credit to a fine school. meant for the Christ-Child.
j Very truly yours, person of determined cheerful- in the persons of Edith Harris,
rl Mac McElroy ness."—Anon QUjm who played the lead in the class
Many years later he arrived in
Jerusalem, not knowing that it
play at Conneaut; Rosemary was the day of the cricifixion.
The foreman looked the ap-
Lahr, who was also featured in Here he gave his last posses-
SO YOU WANT plicant, for work up and down.
"Are you a mechanic?" he her high school play, and Kiki sion, the pearl, to save a young
girl who was about to be sold
TO OET MARRIED' asked. J
"No, sir," was the reply, "I'm
Naud, whose talents were de-
monstrated in her senior play?
as a slave.
In all his searching Artaban
1
Mrs. Dorothy F. Grant realistically discusses marriage in all its an Irishman." was tormentedj with the fear
beets. The first section of t h e book is devoted t o Christian atti- If you're in the mood for a
that God would be angry with
jes -on dating and 1 toward the other sex in general. I t also ex- "Where have you been?" good debate, why not look up him, but as he lay dying in a
jnes the mental,?physical, and financial preparations necessary "In the hospital getting cen- Georgie Imig, She did herself street in Jerusalem, he heard
I future married life. \ proud for Girard High; * better |these words from above, "Veri-
"Our love for our marriage p a r t n e r m u s t spring from our love "Censored?" ly, 1 say ;unto thee, inasmuch as
"Yes. I had several impor- yet, if you're! in the mood for
j*r God and not from t h e scent of honeysuckle in the moonlight. thou hast done it unto one of
tant parts cut out." a solid boogie beat, scout around
jsion burns itself out long before! the £ m a r r i a g e is terminated the least of these my brethren,
God." This quotation really means t h a t mbrriage is n o t a for Mary Ellen Blatt! thou hast done it unto me." And
of the moment, b u t a lasting union based on t h e love of God. "How do you play hookey Artaban knew then that his kind
By the way, did you know
pried love and attitudes toward a | husband plus t h e actual from Correspondences school?" of failure was j; much better than
that Rosemary Irrgang was class
kgement of the home is discussed next. I n this section t h e "Oh, I send them an empty success.
envelope." president in her senior year at M, B.
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 Lyonsville—and that Margaret
pcold creamldo not promote compliments from' t h e husband. A woman's train of thought p n e j a n > s father lis now profes-
I Hrs. Grant also advises the wife to g r e e t h e r husband in t h e can be quite dangerous at times sor of Education at the Univer-
T % with a cheerful smile and n o t with, "Oh, Johnny broke several people are usually run
sity of Buffalo?
^window, etc., etc." j down by it.
M l husbands and wives would t r y t o be just a s considerate Fifteen up for the team! Yea
charitable after marriage as before, they would make happier I Prayer of an unselfish girl: for all the peppy gals who were
Pj*. says Mrs. Grant.- | ? "Dear Lord, I ask^nothing for cheerleaders backjhome—for in-
Rowing this discussion t h e problems of procreation, conjugal myself! Just send another a stance, Dorothy Klein and Mary
a
n nd salification a s s e t forth in t h e Encyclical on Marriage nice son-in-law," Jean Holahan from Warsaw,
considered. Lastly, divorce and conjugal loyalty a r e discussed. N. Y. I
I The noticesfln thefhotel rooms
(JV young girl s hould read, " S o ! You W a n t t o Get Married!" - That's all 'for this! time, be
1 not
only be entertained, b u t you will learn how t o m a k e should be changed from "Have
career of marriage successful a n d happy. you left anything?" to "Have seeing you soon—we hope!
you anything left ?" A. M. Laurie and Margie
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* STARDUST *
* My First College Prom
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 r V *<» o U 1*1 11

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 anxiety-
waiting 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!"
MERCYHURST DRESSES Jerusalem. The whole scene is "Look at the flowers!"
FOR CHRISTMAS flooded in blue light» with pale "Hi, kids." I
moonlight touching the face of Traditional is the Christmas "Oh, how nice you look!"
(Continued from P a g e 1) Christ. carolling late in the evening at "Thanks,ll'd love to dance." -
Saint Joseph. In the foreground Since the object of this min- Mercyhurst College. Each year
is pasture land, with hillsides iature is to bring the spirit of "This coke is just whatfl'velneeded!"
on the night before the students
surrounding the figures on all Christ and His Holiness to all, leave school for their vacation So the comments go on and on, adding up to one big thought—
sides. Trees I are placed on I Shope that each of you I will members of the junior and sen- what a wonderful time,jl had atfmy firstfcollege prom!
either side and a trail winds take time this year to pause ior classes join in song to wish >* f 1 i p. J.
up over the hill. Along the before this "Little Christ" and a Merry Christmas to all.
trail are placed the various give thanks that we live in a
animals, and a t the top of the country where wegir.ay wor- Last Christmas season was
hill is a shepherd, the first to
arrive,at the scene of the birth.
ship Him in peace and where
we may truly receive the bless-
the first time the girls bundled
themselves into ihe'r gay muf-
Dramatic Club A ids Drive
flers and mittens for a stroll On Sunday evening, November 23, 1947, the Janus Club of
In the distance are the Kings ings of Christmas,
rH along the boulevard to sing the Mercyhurst College presented two one-act plays, Frederick Mc-
who are making, their way to ' f&T®. B. N . G. Christmas carols. When all are Cue's "Accent on Revenge" a n d | Magdalene Kessie's "The Sum-
rosy-cheeked and? frost-tipped,
the upper-classmen come back mons of Sariel." Miss Betty Maheu, in charge of dramatics, di-
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 con-
procession* they make, carrying i
cerning the "social obligations" of college women and the trials
1&p ffliiiam (©emperle candles throughout the residence
and college halls. t h a t usually accompany these obligations. The scene was the
It is December 24, 1947, 11:80.P.M. A young girl is walking living room of a girl's dormitory and was typically equipped
After the students extend
down a lonely % street towardHhe waterfront. There is no snow, their holiday greetings to the with college banners, knitting (materials and, of course, text-
as this is New^ Orleans, but the street gleams from the recent Sisters in the form of carols books. The cast included Alice Murphy, P a t Walker, Ann Mohr,
rain. As she nearsfthe end of the street, sounds of gaiety can^be each makes her way to the Cynthia McMahon, JoanJHouch, Aline Karlak, Jean Gibson, and
heard from the sailors and their girls; but she quickly turns up chapel where at Midnight Bene- I Pam Muir.
diction she thanks God for giv-
another street to get away from the singing and laughing, for ing to a sinful world that price- A bit more serious in theme, and equally good, was the secon ,
the sounds sicken her. "Christmas," she thinks, "is onlyfcfor people lessj gift—His Son. of these, "The Summons of Sariel." This play introduced us to |
w"ho are rich and have a family. I have neither; any little son JJG. that timeless interval between Time and Eternity in which the
died a week ago, and m\y husband—well, my husband was ^killed destiny of men is determined by the messenger of God, Sane.
on Iwo Jima. What have I^to sing and danceiabout; for that mat- The lighting in this play was especially effective at the appear-
ter, what do I have to live for?" ance and disappearance of Sariel. The cast: Connie Schneider,
The street she lis on now becomes narrower and| darker; she P a t Lynch, Madelyn N aud, Helen Jean Walters, Rosemary L»hr,
begins to grow afraid. Suddenly a light appears far down the Joar.e Bel'as and Betty Lou Cook.
street. It looks'like a light from a doorway. She begins to turn, The "Merciad" extends congratulations to Miss Maheu, °
for she now realizes the street is a dead end; but something about both casts, and to the stage crews for the fine entertainmen 1
the light compels her to come forward. The light is a wondrous the plays afforded Mercyhurst students.
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 9
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 'The Pause That Refreshes
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. Sudden-
ly 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 thou-
sand 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- 1
!" Then she steps out into the night with a feeling of happi-
rTss and the will to live again. M. G.