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Volume XX|—No. 4

Mary Alice Hoerbelt, senior deleMercyhurst has just received a gate of the Mercyhurst NFCCS and most welcome gift in the form of Peggy Jetter, junior delegate, have theJWeber Mansion, a gray stone received an invitation to attend building * located at 209 W. ?21st the Regional Congress of the Lake Street. If present plans are com- Erie region of the National Federapleted, it will be the new home of tion of Catholic College Students. Mercyhurst Seminary. This move Other interested Mercyhurst stuwill give five more classrooms to dents are also invited to this the college and thus alleviate the Congress, which will be held on crowded conditions of the past the Niagara University campus, March twenty-fourth and twentyfew years. I If 1 * The college, however, is not the fifth. Plans for the National Congress only party to benefit, for the Seminary will at last have a build- to be held in Pittsburgh will be ing of its own. The mansion will be made at this meeting. Guest remodelled? into a modern school speakers will be present at the complete from classrooms to gym- morning session on March twentynasium. The location off the new fifth, and the various committees Seminary is also advantageous be- of the NFCCS will hold panel discause it is centrally located, easily cussions in the afternoon. accessible to the city students. A new feature at the 1950 ReThe college, indeed, owes a vote gional Congress will be the awardof thanks to the Weber family who ing of the John Aloysius Duffy so generously donated the family Memorial Medal to an outstanding mansion to the Sisters of Mercy. lay person in the Buffalo diocese, Sister M. Alice, Registrar, and Sis- and in following years it will be ter M. Rachel, a teacher in the passed on to the Erie, Rochester, Home Economics department, are and Syracuse dioceses. Mr. Robert J. Lanigan of Niagara of the Weber family. The separation of the Seminary University and president of the from the| College, however, will be group, has announced that the merely physical, for the spirit is following area colleges and unione. The spirit is Mercyhurst. Turn to page 3

Weber Home Is Delegates Attend NFCCS Council Gift to Sisters

Mercyhurst Dramatic Society to Stage Murder in a Nunnery/ Thursday, Feb. 16
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Father Kennedy Revisits School
Mercyhurst welcomed to its Lecture Program for the third consecutive year Rev. John S. Kennedy, lecturer and writer. On February 13knd 14, '-Father spoke to the students on "The End of Human History" and "The Fiction Field." Mercyhurst remembers Father Kennedy for the enlightening lecture which he I gave here last year when he discussed "The Heart of the Matter." | In hisjlecture on "The End of Human History,"|Father Kennedy considered the present and future impact |of jthe {secularists' > ideas and agitation lonlAmerican life. He touched upon every day affairs, as well as the fields of literature, the drama, education land medicine, and suggested «what must and can be done to stop the trend toward self-destruction. . f f e f M i A general lecture on newly published novels is, each year, a popular feature of Father £ Kennedy's lecture topics. This year he discussed "The 3 Fictionf Field," analyzing*fthe provocation novels for literary merit, {meaning, and morality. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ % ^ ^ ^ S ^ ^ S I? Father I Kennedy | | is §|known throughout*the literary § world as a Iradio commentator,I a literary critic of the "New York Times," and as the associate editor of the Hartford, Joonnecticut, "Catholic Transcript." ^^^^^^^^mM§^ us—she likes ice cream, the latest short I hair I styles,! and—like our Puerlo Rican friends—she's crazy about rhumbas and | " the American jazz." With that, she turns up the radio - ^ B ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ § & § During the war Molly stayed in Shanghai,} here home {town. But, when the!Communistsftook over, she | and j her 1 family I fled | to Formosa. Her father, the manager of t theJ§Chungshing| Steamship Lines, I was then jtransferred! to Hong Kong, and the family moved iTurn to Page Four H

j Opening night for the Janus Club production, Murder in a Nunnery, will be Thursday, February 16. The mysterycomedy, adapted from Eric Shephard's book by Emmet Lavery is being staged both Thursday and Friday nights at the Strong Vincent High School Auditorium. Under the direction of Miss Helen Kelly, the play has been in rehearsal since the beginning of the year. Gannon College students will assist m the male roles. f 7 Murder in a Nunnery centers about the murder of a Baroness (Barbara Tonry) in an English Convent Boarding — School. When Scotland Yard, led •r} | -p| | by the Inspector General (Andrew

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pens" to be a cousin of Sister Carolyn here at Mercyhurst. But there's more to Molly's story. She left Hong Kong on February 1, and some thirty} hours later landed in San Francisco. Leaving the west coast far behind Molly went to New York to visit her older brother for a few days. Then she came to Erie. I Though she's very Inew to Mercyhurst, fMolly's very enthusiastic about her new home and school. I She's inf the freshman ranks and (hopes to continue her studies in home economics, which sfoe started in Hong Kong at the Un i versity. f. i First impressions are usually good, and Molly thinks the Americans are "very nice and very kind." Already Molly has become one of

Something new has been|added to Mercyhurst's International House! This pert little package arrived a few days ago, air-mail, 10,000 miles? from Hong Kong to Erie. Molly Li, our new little China Doll, is 20 years fold and isn't much bigger than her "big sister" — Ana Garcia—currently of the International House too! ^Perhaps you're wondering how Molly happened to hear of Mercyhurst far across the sea- in China. Molly puts it this way:|"I enrolled at Aurora University in Hong Kong last fall, and Fr. Moa, who isfxm the staff offBishop Paul Yu Pin, suggested that I come tot Mercyhurst. And here I am!" And just to show us how small the world really is, Molly met a Sister Frances in China who "just hap-

HT T*\ ***£>*%+ D i4yo e in the entire school in-i O UlYCCt t\CtY€Ctt eluding Reverend Mother (Joanne B Bellas) is under suspicion. Moth8 The much j discussed Jretreat, j ers Peagle (Dorothy Zak), Peck sponsored annually by the Sodality (Aline Karlak),! Trevor (Claire of Our Lady, has a note of special Todd), and Bassonwaite (Patricia interestlthis year. It has just been Moran), and Sister Carmela (Anita announced I that I Father I James Santomenna) are members of the boarding school faculty. Lay memPeterson jof Gannon College ^ has bers! of the administration are consented to direct the activities Mrs. Moss | (Ann Boyd) and Miss of Jthe retreat during Ithe fearly Geza (Effie Honkala). Enacting part of| Lent. £$|k j S WM> the roles "of students are: Marie " Father? Peterson j is well known Gray, | as Verity, | Cecilia Wert as to Mercyhurst! Sodalists through Prudence, Joan Murphy as Inez, his work in Study Club and Cath- and Arlene Murphy as Turkey. Asolic Action Groups as ^ well as his sisting |the Inspector General in memorable visits to the college in his seachjjfor the murderer is the the capacity of guest speaker and Sergeant (Bill Lacey). Richard lecturer. A familiar figure at Laird? as the ^reporter, Thomas Mercyhurst gatherings, Father-Ms Manning as the Baron, and Les noted for generously contributing Rudolph in the role of the gardenhis time and efforts towards mak- er, complete the male cast. H ^ H s ing college activities successful. ' Hp Competition between the college * The Sodalists are indeed happy f and seminaryI has I been keen in to ; welcome Father! as 'Retreat the distribution of tickets. Dolores Master this year.JHSw&H'"'••'>•"•'•''-^ Poletto heads the production staff, with Kathryn jSterrett in charge Dean's List Notes j p of cos t umes I and I Rita I Panciera managing the properties.! AntoinScholastic Honor wjk ette ! Rossi! andi Dolores 1 Carcelli are handling the publicity. « it f. Mefcyhurst College students began the second semester Monday, • Seniors onithe Uist are! Mary. January .30, with..new schedules Jane Davis and Joan Riley, $•/# and several new courses, but there The Juniors jhave three honor was one link which still held them students: Lauraljean Bly, Jane to the first semester—reports! The Breyley and Nancy PJack.J i • cards have reached home by this Joanne Roberson represents the time,i but the Administration has Sophomore Class.* - * K just announced t|ie Dean's list. 1 The Freshmen are in the majoriTo be rated as|worthy of men- ty with AnnffBuckel, O. S. B, tion on the Dean's List, a student Mareanne Cole, Joan^DaVis, Joan must-; main tain an average of 90 Harrison, Barbara Klein, Nancy s or more in every fcredft-carrying Miller, f o i l s ' Moor%, ahtl Jo Ann Weaver. ' i H H I H *1 i M course. Reporter Dick Laird has just found a mysterious Piece of blfck doth in the cemetery and VeneWa, a lay teacher, played by Effie Honkala, recognizes it for what it is. A tense emotional scene picturing Anne Boyd as M B . MoWThomai Manning as the Baron and Reverend Mother, Joanne Bellas. 116811 H ^ ^ K | «*

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Mercyhurst College Loses Beloved Friend
"I have loved, 0 Lord, the beauty of Thy House, and the place where Thy glory dwells." With deep respect and profound regret, the students of Mercyhurst College record the death of Mother M. Xavier O'Neil, pioneer member of the Order of Mercy in the brie diocese. ^Mother M. Xavier passed to her reward on Decerrtjfber*8, at the Foundation House of the Order, St, Josephs Convent, Titusville, Pennsylvania, having given sixty-one years of service to her community as a zealous teacher, a wise administrator, and a devoted religious. M To Mercyhurst College, in particular, Mother M. Xavier was both friend and benefactor. She came to Erie, in 1933, as General Superior of the Sisters, and third President of the College, During the six years that followed, indeed throughout her whole life, the interests of Mercyhurst remained enshrined in her prayers, and close to her heart. It was during the Presidency of Mother M. Xavier that the beautiful Christ the King Chapel was erected through the beneficence of her brother, the late James O'Neil, and that of his wife, Orva O'Neil, and presented as a gift to Mother . M, Xavier and Sr. M. Regis O'Neil. Through them, to the Sisters of Mercy A Today, this stately chapel stands as a memorial to the generosity of these good Sisters, as well as to that of their family. % We know that in the Providence of God, we reap in eternity what we sow in time. Surely this teas it should be, for death is ever the echo of life. Mother M. Xavier prized above all else her religious vocation, and the opportunities it gave her to serve God in prayer, and her neighbor by charity. She loved, especially, to pray before the Tabernacle, to beautify Christ's earthly dwelling place,*and to draw others to His service by percept and example. Long before her dream of erecting a Chapel to Christ the King became a reality, Mother M. Xavier had built for Him a sanctuary within her own heart. This life of prayer and of supernatural charity was her first and finest gift to her community and her friends, that for which they shall airways be grateful. I I * The students of Mercyhurst extend their sympathy to the Sisters of Mercy, and especially to Sister Mary Regis, on the loss of this beloved Sister. For the happy repose of the soul of Mother M, Xavier, ft hey pledge? prayerful rememIferance.

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As we turn our thoughts to Catholic Press Month, we might well . consider the status of the American press of today. Is it worthy of its prominent position in society? Has it upheld the high ideals of its founders who suffered heroically for its cause? Or has it degenerated into a mere written record of the baser side of life? Before?: attempting to Judge the American press, we must necessarily determine the proper function of a newspaper. The purposed of a newspaper is 'bo present to its readers a complete and unbiased report of the happenings of 'the day, a presentation tempered by moral decency. A newspaper article should not be unduly restricted by a particular party, sect, or interest involved in the issue, but it should be restrained by a moral obligation to print only that news fit for a normal mind. Considering the question negatively, a newspaper certainly should not present crime in such a way as to glamorize it or teach its methods to young readers. In carrying out its role as public informant, the American press has become one of the largest and busiest)enterprises in the twentieth century world. It has played, and still does play, a vital part tin the growth and development of our country. The newspaper is a definite influence in the moulding of public opinion, and, as such, should be above approach. Immorality Affects Record However, as we well know, there it. You bought chances on a tour Is a dark page in the annals of to Europe. And all these activities journalism which seriously affects put O. S. P. into operation. its record. Some American newsThe waves of charity have be- papers have become notorious for Why are! they looking at you, gun that will >carry Christ across their blatant disregard for the the oceans. The money you gave truth. Too much that is immoral, Catholic College Student? Why ar they hopeful? Why are they grate- * to O. S. P. is sending out food and materialistic, cheap and sensaclothing and medicine. I t will set tional has been printed,\ thus efful? V? 1 I •* ' up centers for needed medical care. fecting a'lowering of literary and Because last year some, who Some of it will buy text-books and moral standards that is truly were you—whom you sent—sat in Catholic periodicals, pay for a Chicago hotel, in a room markalarming. The virus of perversion ed with the; placardi "NFCCS scholarships and restore the men- of all types is literally being forced tal growth (of the foreign student Convention'^ and*mader-an act of into American lives, homes, famcommunity. O. s. P. has arranged fafth. ?You said there that you ilies and businesses by means of European tours that will bring must love your neighbor as yourr? the pagan sentimentality peddled Ifelf for the love of God. You said American Catholic students into by large sections of the American personal contact with those of your neighbor was the thousands other\countries. It plans to set up press today. Too many ^people of students 4n Europe-and Asia, Catholic work camps in the most have as their slogan: If it's in the the students everywhere' who; were hard-pressed countries. paper, it must be true. h u n g r y physically, mentally. j \ The question naturally arises: spiritually. You inade a promise Two more links in the O. S. P. Why has such a dangerous infiltrato help them.'" ' \\ I still remain for you on your own tion into the press of the immoral This promise resolved itself} in- campus! "D. P." students will and sensational been permitted by : to the Overseas Service Program^ =income—depending * on* you ? for the the American public? The primary •j necessities of college life and for quilt belongs to the publishers and O. S. P. was conceived because _ j Christ was in you.-It-lives in' order f ydur friendship. And the prayers their editors, who feel no moral that you may bring Christ to yourv fyou are saying must continue and obligation toward their subscribfellow students. > -&jj? increase4* because they are the ers. They explain their many Extensive planning followed the lifeblood of the O. S. P. Only with lapses as "giving the public what Chicago meeting. O. S. P. came prayer will peace come to the it wants," However, a second an: to your campus. Strange things souls of. those in other* student swer lies in the people themselves. suddenly began happening/* You communities. To an astonishing degree, these knew money was needed, lots of it. O. S. P. stands—a promise of publications meet with a favorable You emptied your wallets and you your faith, a tribute to your reception from those people who, canvassed the neighborhood. You Christ-likeness. That is why* they though not basically bad, are sponsored a dance and wore cor- look to you, Catholic College Stu- gullible and unthinking. So many ksages that were five per cent prof- dent. people are unable to separate wheat from chaff, truth from fallacy. Two-Fold Remedy Suggested The remedy for this avalanche Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa. of sordid journalism must be sought MEMBER OP ASSOCIATED COLLEGIATE PRESS in two channels. 'Firstly, the pubj § | Editor Associate Editor lisher must admit his weakness and CECILE JEWELL POLLY SLATER conduct an all out campaign to Assistant Editors Peggy Jetter, "Dolores Cancelli clean up his paper, regardless of Business Manager g Mary Helen Kenny Writing Staff . Margaret Fusaro, Miriam Gemperte, Nancy Whelan, the economic interests involved. Alice Kuczka. Carolyn Cairns, Laura Jean Bly. Colleen McMahon, MarSecondly, it is vital that each and garet McGuire, Patricia Lynch, Lois Yoimgberg, Mary J o Royer, Dorothy Roth, Kathleen Rahill. I 7i every reader should assume a Business Staff Edith Harris, Mary Adelaide Witt. Joan Riley. Kay Lark in, CorJnneVPrenatt. Rosemary Labr. # m moral responsibility for careful, critical reading of his newspaper,

Do You Know Your ? Catholic Magazines i
The name of this magazine suggests a sacramental; it is a vital organ in Our Lady's lay Apostolate. Many of the articles impress on the reader the need for greater and more intense acts of adoration, the power of mental prayer, and the need for more "Weekends with God" honoring Our Lady of Fatima and her wish for Holy Communion of Reparation. Tliis stimulating Sodality magazine is more than a worthwhile periodical, it is an active means of spreading devotion to the Blessed Virgin. It is the policy of this monthly periodical to draw upon all Catholic magazines and books and upon non-Catholic sources as well as for its articles. These articles are timely, interesting land readable for all ages. Bach issue brings answers to problems, new and old, contains the jokes and witty sayings, etcetera found in all monthly digests. This magazine has a different scope. Independent, unofficial it is engaged primarily in ^interpreting f current happenings. Its field is the everyday world of work and recreation, which it covers through editorials, movie and book reviews, and articles of current interest. And* what is most important is tfyat it discusses.* them from the vantage point of ChristianfTradition. The Paulists Fathers are reponsible^for this monthly magazine. New and interesting views on old';plays, snappy editorials, and efficient reviews on recent novels are just a few of the items offered. Commentaries on foreign periodicals, giving a new slant on world news, are also a feature attraction. This and much more challenge the Catholic mind. and he should demand unbiased, objective reporting.. He should not consider the paper just r.a comic strip-Hollywoodt column^ to be digested with his coffee and toast in the morning. Rather he should evaluate all the articles on the basis of the social teachings of Christ. It is our duty as graduates of a Catholic college to offset the evil effects of the press. We, who have been taught to see through the superficiality of sensationalist s journalists, must regard it as our moral obligation to fight relentlessly against these public enemies. As readers, we must discriminate between truth and error in the printed paper; as writers, we must present the facts in such a way that the reader will never draw the wrong conclusion; and as guardians of a family, we must choose only that paper worthy of consumption by the average mind. Pope Plus XI once said in a press conference: It is no longer permitted to anyone to be mediocre. This truly applies to journalism—it is no longer permitted to anyone to condone a mediocre press. A newspaper shot through with paganism is a menace, but a newspaper reflecting a Christian attitude toward man and truth is a very powerful means for bringing men closer to Qbd.

Why. I From Ash* Wednesday Ho Hoi Saturday noon does the Churn ask us to do penance and practip self-denial? The Church, asks Z to mortify ourselves when we seek pleasure. But we want a religi0 of joy and happiness, not one $ gloom. Is Lent a barrier to our happiness? But wait—there must be some reason for these demands. Christ suffered. He, the Son of God, did penance; before His public minis, try He went into the desert and fasted forty days and nights, is that why; must we follow this example? As He said, "Unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish." Or is there an even deeper reason behind Christ's command? is it to strengthen us so that in all we do, our wills will choose the right path? "Self-control means strength of will applied to one's own conduct." By the daily discipline and daily self-control which Lent offers us, we will strengthen our wills. *| From love comes happiness; during Lent we make, by our offerings and penance, atonement to God for all that He suffered for us. The more we do for Gd o the nearer we come to Him; our love bursting forth in deeds brings happiness and peace of mind. Lent is what we make it. We are the ones who will benefit. I

Hearts and Flowers
Did you know that Valentines once were reminders of friendship? $ s \ I 2 Did you know that a decade a o g hearts and flowers were dropped from Valentine Day cards? j % Did you know that they've regained popularity this year? Regardless of the changes in Valentine greetings through the years, each greeting carries w i it sentiments of love. At one 1 period the ^Valentine carried in I its greetings! comic and novel I verses. But this year sentimental!-1 ty is the vogue for Valentines Day. 1 Yes, with the theme of Valentines 1 Day appearing in even window, in newspaper, and magazine, you [just naturally tt»* about those you love; and tn» year you can tell them about • with hearts and flowers. J The Valentine for 1950 won' be much different from the on your grandmother might have se • to that gay blade with the "nan* bars" whose picture hangs ben the trunk in your attic. j The Griffin printed tins g^ piece of advice with which to st gin the new semester. "La 1 and Testament—To the I * w 110 invito " I bequeath a standing indud* to knowledge which grammar a n d vocabulary | If you expended as much eners ^ v acquiring knowledge^ as J avoiding it youse guys | REAL brains!!" J

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annon Jls! Excellent Host To NFCCS Delegates
The Gannon chapter was a?marvelous host to the Lake EnelRegional NFCCS council meeting held at Gannon College on February 4th. | The meeting, held in Gannon's beautiful new library, was opened with a welcoming address by Rev. W. Nash, moderator of the Gannon chapter. Immediately following, Mr, Robert Lauigan of Niagara University and president of this region, appointed Mr. Joseph Schwartz, also of Niagara, as Parliamentarian. The agenda for the meeting was then lunanimously approved by the council. Mr. Robert McGrath, regional vice-president, reported on the overseas program. The exact sum of the proceeds from*the raffle was not known because alljiof the money had not been turned in. However, Sister Catherine of Siena, Dean ofSD'Youville College in Buffalo, drew the winning ticket which entitled the winner, Miss Sally Stack of Rochester two free Holy Yearv tours to Europe. She had sold the winning ticket to herself! I |Mr. Pat Cotter from Canisius College thanked the memberfsehools for their active participation in raising ^funds for the different needs of the organization.! He urged the delegates to write to foreign students who are interested in corresponding with American students in order that they may increase their knowledge and leadership training. *Mr. SCotter especially stressed thefimportance of participating in the Week of Prayer from February| 22-28th through which anf offering of prayers, communions, stations of the cross, rosaries, and masses will be sent to Pope Pius XII as a
Holy Year gift from American Catholic Stwtente. Mr. James Cuddy, chairman of the Regional Congress soon to be held-*at Niagara University, encouraged as many delegates and observers as possible to attend the congress. He stated that provisions will be made for delegates a t the university and the nursing home affiliated with the school. The various schools inf the region gave reports on the activity of the I commissions held by their school, while the senior delegates reported on the general NFCCS work in their respective colleges. The delegates voted in favor of awarding a medal each year to a layman who had been outstanding in Catholic youth work in his diccese. The medal will be awarded by the senior delegate from the schools of the diocese in which the medal [is to be given. The medal will be presented in each diocese in accordance with the original establishment of diocese: Buffalo, Erie, Rochester and Syracuse. The name of the medal is to fbe The John Aloysius Duffy medal, named in memory of the late Bishop Duffy of Buffalo. The 1 meeting was very| successful ; all of the delegates went home feeling that they wanted to a t tend the congress in March. Much of the success was due to the fact that each school had contributed helpful suggestions for activities which the delegates could take back to their colleges.

Mercyhurst Girls Are Talking About B$
l l P S f ABOUT-the COLONIAL B ^ " ^ beautiful crowning of Queen Lois Lyons as "Belle of the vf L quaint bouquets which each sophomore carried-tne mellow rhythms of Neil Charles' orchestra-our "new" look in formate! MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT-the lucky winner of the IpUgrimage Tour to Rome, Sally * Stack of Nazareth College, Rochester, New York—the drawing was the main event of the?recent NFCCS conference held at Gannon
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At-ten-tion! There she goes! The Girl Scouts, Troop 50, stand at attention, eyes raised, watching their flag climbing above the sea of heads. All is silent butjfor the sound of the bugle. Hearts beat wildly. The moment is here! The tlag^has been raised once more.jt Like the flags of the valiant crusaders of yesteryear, the Mercyhurst Girl Scout flag is battered and j torn from its many battles and campaigns. The foe has come forward only to be J thrust back. And our flag, even in our moments of failing spirits, s has proudly and valiantly waved us on! And in our worst battle, it was the flag, our symbol of peace and joyi among the inhabitants of Mercyhurst, that carried us through. The enemy laid seige for :-nearly a week. Though we outnumbered them considerably, we were almost completely helpless. The enemy held all the weapons. But that little square of green cloth (and I say that advisedly!) was our inspiration! We stuck to our posts and were^ carried through those terrible days of silence, torment and grief! SNOW that the victory is won, it is safe to tell the world the secret of our success. The climax of our campaign was the feudal banquet, where each scout repledged herself to carry on the battle with renewed strength and courage. The enemy retreated. We were victoriously Each night, five minutes before. Scout "rest period," our battlescarred flag is carefully lowered and, with the greatest reverence and tenderness, is put away for the night. || Our troop is composed of the residents of the Third Precinct. We realize how anxious everyone is to join this famous outfit, but new members are taken in only in September Iwhen they move into the precinct. We're proud of our numbers; we're proud of the battles we've won; and we're proud of our fighting spirit; so— "Give a cheer, give a . cheer, we're the Girl Scouts of this year; we're the best troop that ever has been!" *

MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT—the Winter Carnival-our cute little Snow Queen, Nancy Hantz—June in Januarv weather-the wonderful time had by all-and a special salute to ail the A. A. and Janus club members who contributed to its success M MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT-who wffl On September 20, 1949, we met sell the most tickets to our play MURDER IN A NUNNERY— Maryanne Maley for the first time. the College?? or the Seminary?? By the way. have yen bought As Freshmen, we had many things YOUR ticket yet? I: in common. Everything and everyMERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT—the Canisius one was new to us. Perhaps this Junior Prom which featured Hal Mclntyre, February 10—also the iwas what drew us together and Gannon Junior Prom February 11 —Russ Carlyle provided the swing madefall of us friends. As the 'n sway! I * fweeks passed we grew closer to one MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT—Jeanne another and eventually formed our Welty's marvelous dramaticjpresentation—the beautiful lightown groups with the exception of ing effects which assisted Miss Welty—Father Kennedy's comone—Maryanne—who was a friend ing lecture—the extremely informative talk given by former of all. As her interest-inn us grew, Chechoslovakian statesman, Bogden Radista. we J knew £we had made a wise MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT—the Glee Club's choice in electing her class treas- appearance on television—soloists Helen Hefferman, Patty Brown. urer. Mac's outstanding loyalty and Marilyn Langmeyer, and narrator Frances Sullivan—the coming spring sincerity soon found her many concerns with|neighboring colleges! = % friends in the upper classes. CST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT—the comWhen problems came up Mac ing Lenten season—the retreat which will be conducted by could lalways solve themjjor, with Father Peterson—and needless to say, our added prayers during her senselof Irish humor, turn the this holy season for Maryanr* Maley. f difficulty into a joke. Although Home Ec was her major she still presentation of the Mystery of Theo- acters around her live, although found time for many extra-curric- dosia Burr is the fact that Jeanne theyjwere invisible.J"Little Aaron" ular activities, cheer leading, Stu- Weltyfherself is writer, producer, will never be forgotten, I am sure, dent Council, Press Club, Home Ec costume designer, and actress. The for I believe everyone easily, clearclub, and Athletic Association. In performance itself was splendid in ly "saw" him, or even "heard" him short, Mac's free time was notfcher its details and well-planned in its —and dearly loved him. This abilown, it was ours. action. Remembered best, however, ity is true talent, true artistry, and There was something missing is the fact that she made the char- true professional theater. when our class was reunited this fall. Mac was not with us. In July wo had learned that she had become a victimfof that! clroad Idisease, z cancer. ] Once more we had VALUU occasion to be proud of Mac, as we BunchefJNPale$tineMedUaort Inspection Set: New Hospital Is Planned heard of her cheerful acceptance of Human Relations Speaker Tomorrow for p o r Community!Colgate L the many trials and pains that she WlBAAIr^.rZZ: - ~lAROTCUnit | C«^w***,TUr*.IT.ld<JL-j! m had to endure during seven long ; months, until God ; called I her I to Himself on January 22,, 1950 ^ ^ B | Yes. we feel that there is now another saint in heaven—the first of S3SS9S the Class of '52 to reach her goal. w S&Mac's place here on earth will nevSS& er be taken. We miss her in everything we do, individually and as a class. In our hearts we know that fSS^SSfx 8 iMP she is happy and that she is watching over us now, not* just as a .S friend, but as our angellguardian, —"Mac" Maley. J g | JHflH
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Continued from page 1 versities will be in attendance a t the Congress: Canisius College, Rosary Hill, and D'youvUle of Buffalo; Gannon, Villa Maria, and Mercyhurst of Erie; St. Bonaventure College, Olean; Nazareth College, Rochester ;|Le Moyne College, Syracuse; and Niagara University. JANUS CLUB TO MEET The juniors wUl be in charge of the next Janus Club Meeting. Pam Muir is in charge of the entertainment which is being kept a surprise,

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The O. O. A. has several interesting features planned for its next meeting. A representative from the Pennsylvania State Employment Bureau will speak on "What The Business Man Expects of The College Trained Secretary." Following this talk the club will hear from an Academy High Critic Teacher, who will speak on "What The Critic Teacher Expects of The Practice Teacher." One of the alumnae will then give\ valuable pointers concerning the secretarial profession. To close the program a movie will be shown entitled "It Must Be Somewhere." This movie will correlate with the filing unit in Office Practice. At the next meeting of the Home Economics Club, two very interesting sound films will be shown. The first entitled "Footsteps To The Future" deals with the home economics curricula in college. The second film, "When Food Is The Finest" shows the ^preparations and serving of food in some of the large hotels and restaurants j in the country. An intercollegiate debate between Gannon, Villa, and Mercyhurst will be the main topic of discussion at the next I. R. C. meeting. Mrs. J. Edmund Kelly, chairman of the Bishop's committee for Christian Home and Family, is scheduled to give a lecture to the Sociology Seminar on March 1. Mrs. Kelly has been an outstanding, leader in Catholic work for many years in Buffalo. The small committee she started in 1936 has grown and does much to help young mothers soon after the birth of a child and give advice throughout the child's early years. Mrs. Kelly is the mother of Kathleen Kelly, a junior at Mercyhurst. Dr. fHass, a member of the Spanish Group of International Institute, has invited the Spanish students to see "Dona s Barbara," a Mexican ffilm, to be- shown at Villa I Maria I College. The full length film will be presented February 20, at 8:00 p. m. Mrs. Downing, mother of Roxanna Downing, will talk to the members of the German Club, February 15. The meeting will include singing of German songs and playing German games. The Mafdi Gras will be celebrated \ by the members of the French Club at their next meeting. I t h s a well-known fact,-claims the Arch Way, that rewards of one kind or another lead both animals and men to put increased effort into their activities. Answers to Quiz, page 2: THE SCAPULAR | § | | i THE CATHOLIC DIGEST THE COMMONWEAL THE CATHOLIC WORLD
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Ah, my dear friends, I am sorry o say, nci\ Those gay young men you see roaming our famed halls after visiting hours are part of that great American institution, the theater. f> As one connected with the "Arts , Mi. Andrew Frabrize has the privilege of entering our sanctum sanctorum. We know him as Inspector Pearson and he does a splendid job of it. You probably know him as a junior at Gannon* College where he is the technical president of the Gannon Players. When not doing radio plays for the "Players" or acting at tho Playhouse where he dabbled in "The Little "Foxes", Sir Frabrizi lives at 1146 West 20th Street.f A local man, he also did "Our Town", a Gannon production of two years back. Inspector Pearson manages to give Reverend Mother a rough time. Or is it visa versa? Miss Joanne Bellas, a Mercyhurst senior, goes into the character of "Reverend Mother" with all the sophistication of one born on the stage. Miss Bellas is a veteran of three Mercyhurst {productions and numerous smaller plays. Someone said {there was a De1 tective Sergeant in the house and the grape vine got into full swing until we discovered! it was Mr. William^Lacey. Since we are not afraid of the law, we put him throughfthe first degree and discovered he is a Freshman!at Gannon College and, undoubtedly, a welcome member ofj the Gannon Players. After further investigation, we were ablefto gather many interesting facts about him. A summer of stock in Weston, Vermont, gave "Bill", the youngest appentice, the opportunity of splaying the juvenile lead in two wellknown ^ productions, "For Love or Money" and "Male Animal". Those familiar with the Erie Playhouse might know he is a member of the Children's Theater, and has such famous productions as the "Taming' of the Shrew", "Ruin by Drink" and "Command Decision" to his credit. On the side, he fiddles with television and! radio for the Playhouse. ^ When he has time he goes home to 1354 West 11th Street, but ftps probably ? only to read a new Please give any gay news to Mr Richard Laird, "Reporter." j / ' Laird, a Freshman at Gannon Col! lege and a member of the Gannb Players is starting his apprentice ship in the Children's Theater 0f the Erie Playhouse. Mr. Thomas Manning of 113 West 20th Street is the Baron, no W The mantis very talented and does an excellent job of "lording it 0ve the others." c A graduate of Pren now a student at -Gannon, Tom also a familiar figure around is the Playhouse. And last but far from least is Mr Leslie Rudolph. We delved into the past of Mr. Rudolph only to be astonished by his accomplishments. He spent the summer in stock as a designer, and an able one he is for he did j the complete set of the "Hasty Heart" in Portsmoth, New Hampshire. An active member of the Playhouse, he appeared in "The Taming of the Shrew", "Ruin Dy Drink" and in the televised, "Our Lady's Juggler". Need! more be said, H With the Messrs. Frabrize, Lacey, Laird, Manning and Rudolph, we can't go wrong in finding the murderer, can we?

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COLLEGE BEATS SEMS Friday, -the 3rd, saw the Mercy hurst gym crowded with Sems and college students. The occasion was the annual Sem-College game. The game got off to a flying start with "Georgia" making a basket for the college in the first two minutes of play. The game was a fast and furiouslone and was full of thrills. The first quarter ended with the College leading the Sems 18 to 4. The College kept ahead of the Seminary durin B the cornplete 'game. "Georgia!it was higrh scorer for the College totaling 14 points and Joan McCabe for the Sem with 8. Cheering their team on to victory were the newly picked cheerleaders: P. Dugan,f P. McHugh, C. O'Laughlin^B. Klein, M. L. Benek, A. M. Pagano, I. Simmons, and P. Miller. The College gave them their spirituous support. The girls have worked hard on* these cheers and have really goodfones. So c'mon College^et's get "on the ball" and show some spirit! A. A. NEWS ;:

LASH iInstead of traveling to Edinboro this year for swimming courses, the instructors will go to the YWCA for three nights to take]a water pageantry course. This worthwhile course will be taken by D. Klein, N. Hantz, H. Walsh, M. Gemperle, and Miss P. Kelly. That's all the sport scoops for now. See you 'round! VIVACIOUS QUEEN

February 13 saw eleven new members; initiated into A. A. So the screams';and yells you heard were not "Murder in a Nunnery," but just the new members going through their obstacle course. After the ^initiation proper there was a surprise^in the ^'Lounge for old and new members. Also on the agenda that night, three lucky members received their muchprized A. A. sweaters. So you can see, it was a big night for everyone in A. A. | * KEGLER'S KORNER Now that the new semester has started, Miss P. Kelly has announced that league games! will soon start. Keep in touch with her and the bulletin^board for further information on this. The College b a s k e t b a l l schedule fori the season is as follows: , St. Mary's—Feb.. a2r~Away
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Mercyhurst girls are still talking about Ithe Winter Carnival and how vivacious Queen Nancy was.

Crowning Is Main Event of Ball fi
This year's Sophonade so resembled aigenuine Colonial Ball, that dancing within the ballroom of Corinthian pilasters, one forgot for an evening that she was a modern college student and felt more like an old-time Southern belle. Whirling hoop skirts of pastel nets, ruffles, and eye-catching satins, along with dainty, colorful nosegays created a colonial effect. The .most picturesque event of the evening was, however, the crowing of the BeHe of the Ball, senior Lois Lyons. Appearing in beautiful pink satin and net, the gracious belle glided through the sophomore •guard of honor to the strains of the Merry Widow Waltz. Smiling happily, she i approached her blue J hrone and was crowned with a t&ra of pink roses by the sophomore president, Mary Joy Fallon. After dancing the next tune within the royal guard, the queen and her partner led the {traditional j grand march. L|: Mystery, too, was connected with the ball. Who commits the Murder tn A Nunnery was not the only current puzzle, for Claire Todd. chairman of the queen committee, gave not one hintfas to the identity of the sophonads queen.

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