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VOL. XXXI, No. 1

MERCYHURST COLLEGE, ERIE, PENNA.

October 9, 1959

Campus Thespians Enacf Leaders Try New Method Story of Witch Trials
Douglas? Hyde Philip Cummings Mercyhurst's Dramatic Society is beginning rehearsals for its fall production entitled The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The author adhered closely tofthe historic account of the Salem Witchcraft Trials and all major charactersiare true-to-life. The play will be presented October 30 and 31, underfthe direction of dramatic coach, Miss Helen Kelly.

Three Speakers Begin 1 9 5 9 - 6 0 Culture Series
Three speakers will inaugurate the Culture Series at Mercyhurst during |the 1959-60 school year. They are Philip Cummings, Douglas Hyde, and Harriet^Fitzgerald. Philip Cummings Philip Cummings, geographer, sociologist, educator, and news commentator, will address Mercyhurst on October 15 in the Little Theater. f I Born in Vermont, Mr. Cummings was I educated in various colleges here and abroad. He has lived five years in Spain and has spent much time fin the | Mediterranean countries, Africa, Australia and the Southwest Pacific. He has attended numerous international congresses.l notably the recent history-making Geneva Conference. His constant contact with world leaders in such countries | as Japan,! Thailand, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and England have given him an authoritative insight into world affairs. Douglas Hyde On October 28, Douglas Hyde, popular lecturer, will address the students in the Little Theater.! Mr. Hyde was born in Sussex, England in 1911. He became a non-conformist theological student and a well-known boy preacher at the age of 17 and a member of the Communist party at j 18.j In 1948 he resigned from his duties as editor of The Daily Worker, a Communist newspaper, to enter the Catholic Cfcurch. . Ever since his conversion, Mr. Hyde's aim has been to bring as many people to the realization of his newly discovered faith as he had brought into Communism during his twenty years in the party. He is presently a free-lance writer and a columnist for The Catholic Herald gin England, His autobiography, I Believed, was the choice of lone American and six English book clubs, and has been translated into seven languages. Harriet Fitzgerald Harriet Fitzgerald, an experienced painter and lecturer who will be on the campus of Mercyhurst College on November 4, is noted for her ability to bring creative art to life. Her visit here is being made under the auspices of the Arts Program of the Association of American Colleges. Miss Fitzgerald is a native of Danville, Virginia. She attended Stratford Hall and RandolphMacon Woman's College, on whose board of trustees she now serves. Her professional training was received at the Art Student's League of New York.;;During extensive travels in Europe, she studied at the chief galleries. Since the founding of Abingdon Square Painters in New York Miss Fitzgerald has served as director of the organization. An important feature of Miss Fitzgerald's visit here will be an exhibit of several! paintings by this group.

This year Mercyhurst lis making a new approach to the Freshman Orientation Program. As cosponsors, the student council and guidance department, under the direction lof Sister Mary Janet, are attempting to develop an effective and practical method for orientation.

During the school year, freshThe story focuses on John Proctor (Ron!Casey), a farmer, Elizamen groups| of eight to ten!stubeth (Lillian Egnot), his wife, and Abigail (Kathy Reid), their young dents will discuss problems of servant girl. Abigail has an affair with her master, John . Proctor. college life. A book list providing When this is discovered by Elizabeth, Abigail is discharged and John background for stimulating disis very repentent. Abigail, however, still pursues John and tries to cussions I was sent to freshmen during {the summer. An orientadispose of Elizabeth by falsely ac- tion committee consisting of cusing! her of practicing witch- twenty sophomores, juniors, and craft. Elizabeth is arrested. John seniors^will moderate the various Proctor tries to save his wife and groups at these weekly meetings. in the end, finds himself accused, Speakers such as ^Mother M. imprisoned, and condemned. Eustace and Dr. Cohen will adChatham| College is sponsoring The male supporting cast in- dress the class at different ina model United Nations Security cludes: Bob Campo, Don Kaz- tervals. These speeches* will be Council| session to be held at maier, Bob Middleton, Dave Beyer, topics for discussion at the "group Chatham October 23 and 24. This I Bob Smith, George Matosian, Bob meetings whichjj follow. meeting has been planned to co- Ellison, and Dennis Weed. The small group discussion incide withfthe observance of the The female supporting cast in- program will give the freshman United Nations week. cludes: Lolly Lockhart, Sue Avery, an opportunity to participate acThe convention is designed to Sue Outter, Mary Jane Spaeder, give thei participants an under- I Janet Ladley, Judy Doehla, Con- tively! in laying the foundation for a successful college career. standing of the Security Council Inie Frank, and Elaine Curtis. through actual experience. The Margaret Hirsch, in charge of Mercyhurst delegation will inMERCIAD has gbeen rated promotion and publicity, will lead clude Sister Mary Loretta as facthe ticket selling campaign, in First Class for the January - June ulty advisor, Marilyn Heibel and which every student will partici- 1959 semester by the Associated Pat Schaefer as delegates. pate. Profits wills toe donated to Collegiate Press. The keynote address on* Friday McAuley Hall Dormitory Fund. night will be followed by three 1 sessions of the Security Council on Saturday, with a final meeting the same evening.

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editors welcome praise or criticism concerning any matter of {interest to Mercyhurst students. If anyone wishes comments printed in the MERCIAD, the name of the writer will be attached to indicate jthat'4 they are not necessarily the opinions of the editors. This restriction may be wavered if a sufficient reason for withholding the name is given.
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On the International Scene: After concluding a much-publicized but indecisive tour of the United States, Comrade Khrushchev journeyed gto Peiping, China, to report to his allies in what may amount to a Summit Conference Of the Communist powers. Officially, he went to Peiping to take part in the Tenth Anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Communist seizure of power. .,-r ' v? f The Southeast Atlantic Treaty Organization met recently to discuss the very problem it was set up to handle: How to defend an independent Asian nation against Red? aggression—the nation in this case being Laos. The United States, Thailand and the Philippines are the only three countries which have agreed that intervention is necessary. United States Affairs: The nation waits to see whether or not the Steel Industry and union leaders will achieve the settlement they hoped to present to Eisenhower upon his return from California. The President succeeded in urging both sides to resumef the negotiations, in which the steelworkers are asking for a fifteen cent hourly increase and benefits for each year of a new contract. Industry opposes any wage! increase saying it would be inflationary. |L % Senator IJohn Kennedy won an almost unanimous victory in Mercyhurst's "casual" elections last spring, but a Gallup pole last week showed that Kennedy has fallen behind Vice President Nixon for the first time 49 to 51 per cent. Further statistics show Nixon\to be ahead of Adlai Stevenson also, 56 to 44 per cent. J| j Last week, as the special U. s£ subcommittee investigating the rising tide of juvenile crime was closing its New York hearings, six miles away, two sixteen-year-old hoodlums invaded a public school classroom, brandished a knife at the teacher, robbed her before terrified eyes of her pupils, and escaped. As possible solutions, New York's Gov. Rockefeller and New York City's Mayor Wagner called for a crackdown on the sale of narcotics and weapons, and urged the United States to provide land and surplus food for youth camps. The Local Story: Erie residents dependent on city buses are watching apprehensively as City Council considers the formation I of a Municipal Transit Authority to keep bus service in Erie. | f i Mayoraltyv candidates Arthur J. Gardner (Dem.) and John W. English (Rep.), appearing before a Chamber|of Commerce audience disagreed on a number of issues, including economic conditions in Erie, but? agreed that the strong mayor form of government offers the best chances of attacking current and future problems.

Date Focuses On Charter
October 10 is Mother Borgia's feast day and Charter Day. Mother Borgia is the foundress of Mercyhurst College and was the first*' dean. In June 1955, Mother fell ill. Since September 1959 she has been in DuBois Hospital. It was on Mother's feast day in 1930 that Mercyhurst received its charter as first class 'liberal arts college. The charter was obtained by a special act of I the Pennsylvania! State Legislature on October 6.

Erie Colleges Plan Seminar
On Sunday, October 11, the Sodalities of Mercyhurst and Villa Maria Colleges and the St. Thomas More Club of Gannon College/will co-sponsor a "Fatima Seminar." It Willi commence at 2:30 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Little Theater.| Under the | direction of Mr. Norris Shea of Gannon College, the panel members, Barbara Stanopewicz, Kathy Moore, and Jack Paruso will present lectures on "The Story of Fatima," "Patima and j Today,*! and "The True Meaning of Fatima." After these talks, the students will break up into groups and discuss, "Theology| of ^Reparation," "Why Even Bother |with Patima?" and "Purpose of the Vision of Hell." Following the reports of the I discussion leaders and summations by Mr. Shea, refreshments will be served.

Compensation for the two extra weeks of summer vacation will be as'.follows: R u n n i n g junior-senior and freshman-sophomore- retreats at the same time, No semester vacation. Saturday classes January 30 and April 23, I Easter vacation shortened six days.

Fulbright Aids
Fulbright Scholarship Competitions for the 1960-61 academic year close November 1, 1959. Requests for application forms must be postmarked before October 15. Completed applications must be submitted by November 1. This year the!Institute of International Education will award 900 Fulbright scholarships for study in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific area. Recipients will receive tuition, maintenance, and round-trip travel.

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ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Lee Stader Welcome back, entertainment lovers! Erie and surrounding area open doors to new and fascinating entertainment as a complement to the scholastic year at Mercyhurst. The Erie Philharmonic Orchestra opens the season with! their first concerts on October 20 and 21, featuring Joseph Fuchs, violinist. Selections include Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and Prelude, "Afternoon of a Faun/' by Debussy. Erie's radio station WLEU buried Rock'n Roll this summer in an effort\to bring finer music to Erie. "Intermission," a program of classical and pop concert music, is conducted every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. WLEU asks for support in this move for "music of distinction" ir Erie. Television! Better television comes J to Erie this fall with many new shows over NBC and CBS. "The Jazz YOUR EDITORS THANK: Singer" is Ito be presented on NBC's "Ford Star Time," October . . . all those who so generously 13, from 9:30 to 10 p.m. "Project spent their time writing for 20" tells about "Life in the Thirthis issue of the MERCIAD. ties," on the same station from . . . St. Luke's for use of their 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. October 16. facilities. November 4, every girl can dance YOUR I EDITORS WELCOME: away an "Evening With Fred As. . . Sister | Mary Daniel, new taire" from 9 to 10 p.m. on NBC. MERCIAD moderator. CBS offers notable television . . . new faculty members. oin the I "Dupont Show of the . . . the^ freshmen. Month" featuring "The FaUen . . . transfer students. Idol" on October 14, from 8:30 to . . . Sister Mary Michael, Sister 10 pjn. The same station brings Pierre's assistant in the cafeto the screenf "The Bells of St. teria. Mary's" on October 27, from 8:30 . . . Bob Murphy, another new to 10. |p addition to our maintenance Comedy And Song crew from Gannon CoUege. Theater goers will enjoy laughYOUR ^EDITORS RECOMMEND: . . . that students keep the new ing at the shenanigans! of "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With" buildings land furnishings opening at the Erie Playhouse on looking as such. October 27. The story concerns a . . . that students not lose becollege professor, Jus jealous wife, ginning-of-the-year enthusiand a "dead-pan" friend. asm. ^ Villa Maria College cultural . . . that ideas from conventions series -begins with the appearance and I leaders' conferences be of the renowned f French Lyric applied. singer Michele Senechel on his . . .£that everyone become aware first tour of the United States of current affairs — beyond and; Canada. The performance this campus and that special will take place on October 29, in HE. £j& If Villa Maria Academy Auditorium. YOUR EDITORS COMMEND: . . . sophomores on 'i their new and spirited initiation program. . . . all helping to feed MercyIn order to make a more posihurst students both suffictive contribution to the intellecjiently and efficiently in this tual jI life of Mercyhurst students, the editors of MERCIAD have turmoil of building. dedicated themselves to the folYOUR EDITORS ASK: | lowing : . m that prayers be said daily The stimulation of thought and for Mother Borgia. discussion on topics of campus, . . . that criticism or praise t of local, national,'and international the MERCIAD be revealed interest; to US first-hand, written or unwritten. The ^presentation of controverYOUR EDITORS ABHORE: sial Issues in relation to the pre. . . cheating. cepts of Christian society.

"Russia will be converted and the world will enjoy a period of peace." This our Blessed Mother promised when she appeared sax time? in 1917 to the three children of Fatima. She came to earth with a message, a plea for penance and prayer. In each of the apparitions Mary emphasized the necessity of praying the rosary. - However, the conversion of Russia is conditioned upon our own reconversion. We must look to ourselves and the smug complacency of contemporary society before we judge the Communist who must at least think about Christ to hate Him. * Prophecies concerning 1960 are|manifold. But instead of being drawn to greater spirituality, far too many people show only fear. The Bishop of Fatima himself has said) that people are too prone to quote terrible chastisement about to befall us without noting that there is hope. | "It was the Polish martyr and Conventual Franciscan, Father Maximilian Kolbe, who said, shortly before World War II, 'One day you will see the statue of the Immaculate in the center of Moscow . . . atop the Kremlin.' " Peace—we have the fpromise of Our Lady of Fatima. We have the rosary. Pray it—today during the month of the rosary, tomorrow, and every day of your lives.

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As this is being written, the nation-wide strike is in its eighty-first day. \ Negotiations, which proved fruitless in New York, have resumed £n Pittsburgh, the seat of the steel industry. Why have half a million steel workers and! tens of thousands of workers in related industries been idled since the strike began July 14 ? Why have millions of tons of steel production been lost?$What is causing a general decline in [the nation's economy? The answer's in a nutshell: the union is seeking wage increases, which the industry claims would be inflationary. * Both sides claim the other has offered them nothing. Even with the possibility that the|Taft-Hartley law will be enacted if talk fails again, that is only an eighty day reprieve. If the situation is not settled by then, there will again be no work, (more talk. Wake up, negotiators! The "rank and file" man still gets his monthly gas bill.

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While attending the National Student Association Congress at the University of Illinois this August, I was awakened tojthe fact that we at Mercyhurst are failing in something vitally important to our student life. To be brief, here at Mercyhurst there exists a definite lack of awareness of national and finternational affairs. "Why should this be so significant to me, a student of * Mercyhurst College in Erie? I have enough to think and worry about right here, on campus." C That is an invalid excuse for the lack of ing terest in our neighbors here and) abroad. Why is it that the students of Cuba, Africa, and our own South not only voice their opinions, but are willing to fight and even die in defending them. It is because they believe in something which has been taken from them, and? they are willing to sacrifice themselves* to regain it. *We must realize that if we, free Catholic American students, do not^make ourselves aware of and take a definite stand for what we believe, we may not be permitted the enjoyment of a democratic way of life or the free practice of religion. ^ So, start now! Listen, read, study, and discuss informally, yet intelligently the basic issues of the world we live in. Be on the alert. Form opinions. Be critical! Be a true college student—youfhavefso much to live for! Betty Lou Dorsogna Student!Council President

Welcomes are usually punctuated with* smiles, eager greetings, warmth and friendliness. However, to freshmen the manner of welcome by the sophs was seemingly far removed from the above signs, and is replaced by an attitude of sterness and hostility. We know, freshmen, for wefwere part of that ordeal ourselves, only a year ago. And after it was over, we knew that the unfriendliness was temporary and that the jitual of initiation was one of the essential and memorable occasions offcollege life at Mercyhurst. Now, Class of '63, the|sophomores would like to welcome you in a more appropriate faskion. ThisgsmalL greeting witliits hjdden smiles and sincere wishes for success must replace such | display. So now — Welcome frosh!!

Policy

A m Ounce of Etcetera
By Elaine Curtis For centuries upon centuries, autumn has been known among poets and gardeners as the evening time of the year. But the -bustling activity which Mercyhurst has seen for the past week is not at all typical of the fall. Rather, it Is like? facing the rising sun, not knowing what the new day might bring. I t is like opening a new chapter in our book of life. It Is a beginning, not an end. It is a beginning, and so, brand-new, still white tennis shoes get their first initiation from Erie's^ monsoons. There is a rush to the book store'for sweatshirts, stationery, and Mercyhurst stickers—Sister says that occasionally she even sells a few books. I The new books, piled still unopened on the desk top—a bottle full of ink—an empty, expectant bulletin board—all gare manifestations of the beginning-ness of Mercyhurst's autumn. What will happen to those books — will they be as wornjas the tennis shoes are in June? The shoes may pass lout of our life, never leaving an Imprint, but the books, if they are worn, and well worn, will leave an indelible Imprint on our life. Our life is ours to shape—it is a handful of putty—we can add water, andl obtain a shapeless, worthless mass of nothing . . j . or we can shape it into a tangible, priceless thing of beauty. And sol the year begins at Mercyhurst—a year of fun and frolic, of frustrations and friendliness. If initial enthusiasm is any indication, of a successful finished product, it will also be a fruitful year.

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In the past, our Russian "friends" have proven themselves adept in utilizing wellsharpened words. With these weapons they inform the world of their importance and cut themselves a generous slice of foreign prestige. I I | Khrushchev used Russia's favorite weapon rather inexpertly during his little jaunt across thejSj Unitedf States. Nothing Khrushchev uttered seemed to reverse the long—formulated adverse thoughts and opinions of Americans. His response to questions varied from, "It was meant to be provocative; therefore I will not answer", to, "That's nonsensical and foolish, and I will not?answer." If the mind that wielded Russia's propagandafblade in the United States is really a sample of Russian intelligence and education, what are we expectedfto think? Perhaps the chief slipped in his great Russian kitchen and forgot to sharpen the carving knife. Or, perchance, he wasn't wearing his spectacles and employed the blunt side of the blade.

Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa. PRESS Member of Editor | Theresa Proulx Associate Editor • Mary Anne Koss Assistant Editors . Anne Marie Lepkowski, Virginia Rossoni, Carolyn Schehrer Business Manager . Agnes Siracusa Contributors '~- IE Sue Avery, Ann Caffrey, Elaine Curtis, Carolyn Golanka, Sue Hall, Peggy Hirsch, Sondra Konkoly, Mary Lou Kelly, Joan Kostolansky, Jean Kreh, Lollie Lockhart, Pat Schaefer, Agnes Siracusa, Barb : Spinelli, Mary Lee Stader,; Evelyn Rinn, Gretchen Malley. Business Staff --^ ^ , p § ^ Mary Conn ell, Dolores - Travaglini, Peg Ragley. Photographer —.JL_*„.—LtL~±Li—... Pat?-Green

@OHun*Mt 'Decency
As everyone realizes, seniority rights have been abolished at Mercyhurst. To prove them unnecessary, courtesy and respect should he their replacements. * Freshmen, not having experienced our system of seniority rightJ are not? as conscious of their absence as the other classes are. This means;that the other classes must help them to learn respect for the upper classes, both by respecting the classes above them and by being worthy of respect from classes under them. Remember—when you are an upperclassmaiuwithout being guilty; of vanity, you'll feel you've earned a little respect from underclassmen and a few extra*privileges.

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Where to Go Mr. K. Arouses Opinions; Friday |Nights Seniors Comments Differ
Wake up America! According to the old axiom, people learn by experience. Since World War n , Russian leaders have been committing The question is, "What do atrocity after atrocity. They have Americans want?" On the one supported aggression in Korea, hand they say! they don't want Indo-China, Tibet, Hungary. They war. On the other hand they re- are continually shooting down unfuse to accept the first step to- armed American planes. Only a ward a peaceful co-existence of few weeks ago, Khrushchev himthe two major powers of the self said that Russia would deworld. How can nations hope to molish! the West if it showed relive in peace when the people of sistance to the march of socialism. a so-called ChristianI nation are And how does the United States so narrow-minded that they react? It invites Khruschev for a would refuse hospitality to the visit. Are these signs that Russia is interested in improving Amerileader of another nation? can-Russian relations and workSome say Khrushchev came ing toward world peace? here only for reasons of propRegardless of what Russia aganda. Perhaps this is true, but whatever Mr. Khrushchev claims, its leaders are still dedisaw f while |he was here is bound cated to the ideal of world dominato have given him a somewhat tion. Khruschev maintained durbetter understanding of the U. S. ing his tour that what ideology to and its people. No one is foolish hold should be settledjby the peoBetty Lu Dorsogna, Student enough to believe that merely an ple, without interference. What Council president, presided at exchange of visits is going to of Hungary?!What of East GerLeadership Day j on Thursday, » bring peace. However, is it not the many? October 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the first step in the right direction? Because Americans have alnon-smokers' lounge. When Americans show their un- lowed themselves to be blinded Participants were student coun- willingness to allow such an excil members, class presidents, and change, aren't they the ones who by idealistic hope, they have not club presidents who took part in are fbeing hateful and un-chris- only weakened their own position in the eyes of other nations but summer conventions. Also at- tian? •; .I I • they have strengthened that of tending were Praeterita editors Certainly Khrushchev is not de- Russia. The only concrete result of and MERCIAD editor. Members of serving of admiration, but, for Khruschev's visit that the United the faculty were invited to join the sake of peace, should not States has to show is a bill for in discussions and give suggesA m e r i c a n s be* broadminded approximately $150,000, the mintions. They discussed such imenough {to try to ibring- about a imum estimate of the expenses of portant topics as the revision of Khrushchev and his seventy-one freshman orientation, the honor mutual understanding of Comguests during their Itour. system, the problems and chal- j munism and Capitalism? lenges of the new dorm, and the problem of cheating. In addition, they recognized the need for stimulating student awareness of national and international affairs. Suggestions taken from convention reports were considered in their application to Mercyhurst. Student leaders who attended conventions included: Betty Lu Dorsogna and Gloria Borczon, NSA convention at the University of Illinois; Sue Avery and Denise Dwyer, the NFCCS congress in St. Louis; Elaine Curtis, the YCS regional conference in New York; Marilyn Smith, Jean Kreh, Trudi Friant, and Lynn Larocca,^ the YCS national conference in Chicago; and Margaret Geraceland Barbara Stanopewicz, t h e | convention for Sodalists. Friday nights bring a weekly social event to the students of Mercyhurst—the Gannon dance. These mixers are held for the purpose of promoting better social relations between the college students of the city. The scene for the dance is Gannon! Auditorium on Peach Street near 6th. Sammy f Richard's band plays every type of danceable melody from 8:30 to 12:00 p.m. Admission requires a fee of 50 cents and a special Mercyhurst Identification Card which may be obtained from Mother Gabriel. No dates are necessary, and everyone is limited to join in the fun at the Gannon dance every Friday night. PRO Khrushchev is gone and many Americans are breathing' a sigh of relief. Some of them are asking, "Why didn't he stay in Russia?" I CON

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Faculty Loses Members; Tributes to Dept. Heads
It nasi been said about some people that the proper words to describe them are not in today's vocabulary. Dr. Michael J. Relihan was one of those people. Dr.| Relihan, professor at Mercyhurst since 1927, died on July 4. And it is an-impossible task to pay just tribute to?this man in two or three paragraphs. A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Dr. Relihan received his M. A. at Pittsburgh Catholic College, nowi Duquesne University. After having taught there for four years, he joined the pioneer faculties of DTTouville College, Buffalo, New York, 1909, and Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1917. Pioneer member of the lay faculty at Mercyhurst, Dr. Relihan became toe head of the education! department and director of teacher training. He was also director of the college's placement bureau, professor of Greek, ana wrote a weekly column in the Lake Shore Visitor. Register. For his jcontributions tot the field of education, Dr. Relihan was awarded the Doctor of Letters by St. Vincent's College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1934. When, in January of 1959, health forced him to resign from the faculty, a void was created in the spirit of Mercyhurst College. Dr. Michael J. Relihan was a mcdel | Catholic educator, and gentleman. As Dr. John M. Hickey, supsrintendent of Erie schools £tat:d: "Erie is greater because Dr Relihan passed this way on his road to eternal happiness." Sister M. Victorine, head of the Sociology Department at Mercyhurst College for over 25 years, died on August 15 of this year. Because of an illness, Sister was forced to relinquish her teaching duties in January of 1958. Although Sister Victorine was not known to many of the present student body, her work in sociology -s. After receiving her A. B. degree from Mercyhurst and her M. A. from the Catholic University of America, Sister did further study in social work at the University! of California |and the University of Ottawa. During her years at the college, Sister worked hard for the improvement of her department. It was Sister Victorine who was responsible for establishing the necessary courses in the under graduate curriculum, a and j for her efforts she won the approval of the Council on Social Work Education for Mercynurst's department of social work. This made Mercyhurst the only Catholic women's college in Pennslyvania to be so accredited. Besides her role as senior class advisor, a position she held for over 20 years, Sister still found time to serve the community as en active member of the Erie County Welfare Council. A fitting tribute was given Sister Victorine by the American Catholic Sociological SI o c i e t y when they expressed sympathy at her passing, citing her as ".. .an outstanding teacher and educator in sociology'

Student Body Leaders Meet

Practice Teachers Gain Experience and Agility
"Hi Teaoh!"| Since September 9, this greeting has caused many smiles from Mercyhurst practice teachers. The variations are numerous. Joan Bye's students showed off their knowledge of Spanish, "Buenos dias!" Conscientious pupils greet their student teachers respectfullyIwith "Good|morning, Miss . . . " Seniors teaching elementary grades are becoming accustomed to the salutation, "Hi, M r s | . . .)" | Classroom Agility, Motivation Of course, seniors are taking this initial attempt as pedagogues calmly. To prove this, here are soma examples of poise and grace in thj? classroom. When Marg Ryan was about to trample a small foot, she stepped safely away—into a wastebasket. Janet Kuss, using j'appropriate| gestures" and moving about the trigonometry class for questions, front of her classroom, nimbly one boy quickly inquired. "What knocked over a table. are you doing Thursday night?" Carmen OH vera will testify to Georgiann Kwiatkowski ran into enthusiasm for motivation of problems v;th this pupil interest classes. She was used as visual aid also. When she chaperoned an in a Spanish class to speak her Academy dance, her pupils were native tongue to Joan Bye's worried about her seemingly wallflower state. She acquired a talent students. for refusing dances. Pupil-Teacher Interest Grasshoppers Naturally, teachers are conWhile Lolly Locknart was obcerned about their pupils, but serving, her biology classes were students a^o worry about their told to bring in live grasshoppers. teachers. A serious-minded third In the course of the day, some grader asked Mary Stark if her 150 grasshoppers hopped § around pointed shoes prick people when that room. To jbreak;: up the she walks behind! them. "Miss "crowd", one boy brought a prayStarch" B aii*o received an inquiry ing mantis which ate a few of the as to whether her khaki dress was grasshoppers. a Girl Scout uniform. v I Despite the little trials, sore Even high school students show feet and run nylons—practice a n | interest' in their teachers. teaching is an. unforgetable exWhen Carolyn Golanka asked her perience.
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"In re this matter of Good Taste," said Mr. Punk to his secretary, "take a definition,* "Taste: sensations... excited . . . by the • • • action of the gustatory nerves . . . " "And add this," put in Mr. Wagnalls. "Taste: the faculty o f . . . appreciating the beautiful..." | "That," said Mr. Funk, "wraps it up. Mr. Wagnalls, will you join me in a Coca-Cola?" "So good in taste . . . " "And . . . in such good taste I"
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October 9, 1959

Action! That is the 1959-1960 The annual battle of wits was toted a monkey—all at the same key word oft the Athletic Associon once again last week as sopho- time. Since her vocal energy was ation at Mercyhurst. mores initiated the freshmen. not correctly channeled, Monica AA members must acquire The new crop of "greenies" Lymph learned, unfortunately, twenty points per year to be conproved™ be a talented and spir- that masking tape is a sure cure sidered "active." Hiking, golf, for loquaciousness. ited group. tennis, and Softball are some fall Mary Ann Rizzo is now an ex- sports which provide points. Eileen Burns displayed marvelous agility in rolling lipsticks pert on the number of steps in Miss Dolores Patrizio, moderthe old dorm, the measurements down the hall with her nose. Nancy Ryby and Theresa Murphy of the hallways, and the number ator; Barb Spine Hi, president; of holes in the grates. Other do- Steffie stefanski, vice-president; seemed to have a vocation in boat mestic looking frosh became Mary Jean Ferrari, secretary; rowing and rope skipping. All the adept in the arts of emptying and Sandy? McDonald, treasurer, freshmen acquired great skill in beanie tipping and name mem- waste baskets, moving trucks, who comprise the executive board making beds, mopping floors, and of the AA, met last week to inorizing. itiate plans for the school year. polishing shoes. The frosh displayed varied talHelping to move furniture are, 1. to r., Tom!Powers, George They discussed such topics as [inQuite a bit of osculating ocents. Liz "Pepper" Yonuschonis Moore, John Boyle, Ed Norberg, Jess Farlow. tramural* teams, the point system, did a rousing rendition of "I'm curred on campus. Mary "Lippy" trophy awards, and the possibilAs Corny As Kansas in August," Leary took a liking to the sopho- ity of introducing bridge lessons. and Barbara Barrett sang a more class mascot and Evelyn Chairmen for the various sports lovely solo called "Effie." Coleen McLean was in love with a floor —volleyball, basketball, badminMcCafferty sang "Three Blind mop. But the only comment Pat ton, ping pong, and tennis—were Mice." strummed a uke, and Moski had was "Toot! Toot!" appointed. The meeting ended after organization of committees H+ A dream came true oniSaturday, September 26—that was moving for the Halloween Party, an an- day for some forty senior resident students into the new McAuley Resinual costumed event sponsored dence Hall. by the AA'for the student body I The gallant Knights from Gannon began the moving caravan by and faculty. This year the party helping to arrange the large pieces of furniture. Following close behind will be on Thursday, October 29. came the girls, laden with luggage—realizing at last why fathers complain over the amount of baggage their daughters bring to college. The sports program organized Reactions of Hurst girls to their ultra-modern "home" ranged by the AA is for the benefit of from sighs of wonder to shouts of every student to offer an outlet pure delight as they viewed the for physical exercise, to encoursunny pastel walls, tiled floors, age the development of team and blond furnishings. They were spirit, and to provide an informal even more overwhelmed by such meeting ground for the four features! as sound proofed^ walls, classes. "All-American" describes Merel ctric waste and dust chutes, Everyone is invited to attend cyhurst's Class of '63, for the hair-spray sinks, and huge kidthe first formal meeting of the freshman class boasts 135 girls ney-shaped bath tubs. Athletic Association on Wednesfrom seven states in the union. For the first time in Mercyday, October 21. Besides Pennsylvania, New York, hurst history the girls were 3 concerned about paving too much Connecticut, Michigan, j Ohio, New storage space. The step stool was Jersey, and Wisconsin are reprekept in demand as the "shorties" sented. Freshmen gave many varied tried to reach the top cupboards. Twenty students were on the reasons-for choosing Mercyhurst. McAuley's new residents used Five new members of the college staff were introduced to faculty Dean's List for maintaining qual- ingenuity gin decorating the num- Monica Lymph, Judy Cook, Gerri and senior students at a tea on Sunday, September 13. Those feted ity point averages of 2.5 or better erous shelves in their rooms. "An- Balko, ^Charlotte Newby, Carol were John|F. Casale, John F. Lochtefeld, Albert C. Heinlein, Sr. M. during\ the second semester of imals on parade " was the theme Kreh, Rita Strobel, and Bonnie McGough have older sisters who 1958-59. I M\ Pius, Constance Renner, and Lois Vosmus. selected by Connie Revelas and They included: Welling Chang, Sheila Quinn. Sissy Natili adorn- attended! or are attending the John Francis Casale will succeed the late Dr. Michael J. Relihan as director of teacher training. Mr. Casale was graduated in 1956 from Joan Imhof, Joan Bye, Carolyn ed her shelves with Delta Sig sou- Hurst. Denise Donatelli, daughter Golanka, Cynthia Hauser, Janet venirs while Sue Hall's decor con- of faculty member, Dr. John A. St. Vincent's College, Latrobe, with majors in education and psycholMcGough, Julianne Kuhner, sists of momentos from the Jer- Donatelli, 5 follows two sisters. ogy, and received his master's degree in education from Catholic UniFrom Garden City, Long Island, versity, Washington, D. C. | Adele Ontko, Edith Winter, sey shore. comes Barbara Barrett who is Painter and sculptor, John Francis Lochtefeld, new addition to Wanda Toth, Marilyn Smith, Hurst-ites relax in the com- following in her mother's footthe art department, comes directly from Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Eleanore Hertel, Judy Kosco, fortable lounges which are located steps not only in her choice of f Lochtefeld, who was born in Charleston, West Virginia, received Virginia Rossoni, Lurline Bygrave, on every loor. Though such nehis bachelor of fine arts from University of Notre Dame Roberta Donahue, Mary* Jeanne cessities as water and electricity college but also in her major field. She, too, will study comFerreri, Sondra Konkoly, Jean were partially lacking, no comand master of fine arts from mercial education. Layer, and Jacqueline Paulson. Uni/ersity of Hawaii in 1958. He plaints were heard—everyone's Both Gail Gleason and Nancy has taught at the Romano School greatest expectations seemed Ito Walshi traveled from New Jersey of fine arts, E. Gloucester, Mass. have been fulfilled.^ to Erie for the atmosphere of a and Punahou Academy, Honolulu. small college. Gail visited MercyMr. Albert Heinlein, who is on hurst and was impressed by the the faculty of the Department of friendlinessi oft the girls while Business Administration at GanNancy became enthusiastic after non College, will teach economics. ICE CREAM BAR attending an alumnae tea. Mr. Heiniein is a candidate for Eugene Cairo, a professor at his PhD at Western Reserve UniMERCYHURST GIRLS ARE TALKING ABOUT: . . . Summer Gannon, raved to his niece, Luncheonette and Magazines versity. jobs at the shore . . . Marlane Franco and Jane Canada's engagement Sharon 'Natale, in Racine, WisSr. M. Pius, who received her rings . . . lack of seniority rights . . . the season's most fashionable consin, about the productions put BA degree from Mercyhurst in color—green . . . opening of KKK . . . transfer students . . . St. Bona's 3709 Pine Avenue on by the Dramatics Society. As 1953 in tiie fields of sociology and Fall Festival . . . Susan's tumble with the pork chops—"Anyone for a result, Sharon packed up her history, will ;<jbe teaching history hamburgers?" . . . the largest freshman class .£. . Peg and Bernie's acting ambitions S, and brought and social work. Sr. Pius did forthcoming marriage . . . the way Elaine met Bob . . . 'Hurst day them to our campus. social field work at the Rochester hops invade the Boston Store . . . contact lenses . .^. scattered sophs Albany's Kit Temple examined Settlement House. . . . male additions to the faculty . . . Tau Kappa Epsilon's rush week schools to find a thorough course AND Constance Renner, a 1957 grad- . . . class rings . . . the shortened lunch period and no more noon hour in medical "technology. After comuate, will be an instructor in the meetings . . . new ROTC building at Gannon . . . the improvised cafeparing ratings, Kit chose MercyEnglish apartment. While an teria . . . "organized chaos." hurst. undergraduate, Miss R e n n e r ARE;LAUGHING ABOUT: . j . . The rid530 East 19th St. served as PRAETERITA editor dle of "The Judean Sand" . . . the reunion at Louise's . . . Grace Hann's BLILA HARDWARE 1 Erie. Pa* and was elected to Who's Who, "do-it-yourself" donuVkit . . . Maggie, Jeannie, J.Carolyn and Molly's Delta Epsilon Sigma, national trip to St. Bona's—or "Follow that bus" . . . "Misty" . . . Evelyn Rinn's 38 th and Pine Ave. 1 Catholic honor society.I For the definition of parents—"God-given shock absorbers" . . . Bernice's gravy Phone 0-7464 1 past two years, Miss Renner has ladle, %';, taught at Brookside School in Erie. Pa. 1 MERCYHURST GIRLS ARE COMMENTING ON: . . . The senior Harborcreek. AND ICE CREAM BAR trend in black and white—or where did they go? . . . decorations in Lois /o sinus, business educa- the gym . . . practice "preaching" .1 . Lynn Larocca's third floor suite tion major in the class of 1959, . . . Charlotte Newby's stay at Wright Airforce Base . . . Clair McDcrIce Cream Burhenn's Pharmacy 1 will act as college admissions of- mitt's new look . . . pretty brides—Eva Paul, Pat Lincoln, and Doijothy Corner 38th St. and Pine Aye. 1 ficer. She was president of OGA Jones . . . the variety offeredlln the concert and lecture series . . . We Make Our Own Phone UN 4-1521 1 in her senior year and a member Gretchen's playground prince charming . . . steffie's license . . .'new 4026 Pine Avenue of the campus steering committee coiffures . . . Pat's pin . ,|. Srs. Carolyn, Loretta, and Regina's lovely Erie, Penna. 1 Phone UN 6-2441 of NFCCS. I S suites complete with ivory telephones.

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