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convocation, mary's day. graduation highlight may

Vol. xxxix, No. 7

mercyhurst college, erie, pa.

May 20. 1968

As the end of the school year ap- proaches, Mercyhurst students are preparing to join the seniors in the graduation activities. The first of these activities, Mary's Day, was held on Sunday, May 12. Mer- cyhurst's front campus was the set- ting for the crowning of Our Lady by this year's queen, Kathy Fitz- gerald.

The second graduation activity, Honors Convocation, was held on Wednesday, May 15, in the Little Theatre. Following the tradition- al tassel ceremony, passing of the gavel, and dedication of the Prae- terita, student honors and scholar- ships were presented by Sister M. Janet, Academic Dean.

The Saint Catherine Medal,

awarded to a sophomore in recog- nition of outstanding academic achievement, was presented to

The Carpe Diem

Award was awarded to Jeanne Keim as the senior who has best realized the school motto in her four years at Mercyhurst. Terry Jones received the Archbishop John


Elaine Marsh





scholastic excellence.

At this time, it was announced that thirteen seniors have been se- lected for membership in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities": Betty Barczak, Anne Marie Canali, Jane Carney, Judy Fitzgerald, Kathy Fitzgerald, Kathy IcardiJ Terry Jones, Jeanne

need for an atmosphere that en- courages creativity in a college.

In conclusion the Most Reverend John F. Wealon, Bishop of the Erie Diocese offered benediction and blessed the building saying, "Those who teach here and learn here will be led to the Lord of sciences, to the author of all arts." Refreshments and a tour of the building followed the hour-long ceremony. On Sunday, April 28th, the new building was opened to the

public until 5


an p. m.

open house from | 2

Keim, Sally Koss, Sharon Labosky, Linnie McAllister, Linda Salem, and Karen Zmyslinski. Other honors included the Lead- ership Award, presented to Kathy Icardi; the Day Student Award, presented to Jane Carney. For their scholastic excellence and leadership in extra-curricular

activities, seniors Terry Jones and Sharon Labosky were awarded membership in Kappa Gamma Pi,

a national Catholic women's honor

society. Membership in Delta Epsilon Sigma, an honor society which rec- ognizes high scholarship among graduates of Roman Catholic lib- eral arts colleges and universities was awarded to Terry Jones, Shar- on Labosky, Kay Willems, and Anne Marie Canali.

This year's convocation address was delivered by Miss Katherine

Hebert, M. A., a 1964 graduate of Mercyhurst College. Miss Hebert,

a Woodrow Wilson fellow, receiv-

ed her Master of Arts degree in 1967 from Purdue University. At

present, she is an instructor in the English Department of Carnegie-


The .final graduation activities will begin on Sunday, June 2, with the Baccalaureate Mass: in; the Chapel of Christ the King. The Reverend William*B. Biebel, Mer- cyhurst College chaplain, will cele- brate the Mass. The Baccalaureate Address will be delivered by the Reverend Daniel J. Martin, M.Ed., Headmaster of Elk County Chris- tian High School. Mass will be fol- lowed by a brunch for the seniors and their parents in the college di- ning hall.

Commencement Exercises will take place in the afternoon of June 2 in Memorial Auditorium. Sister M.f Janet,, Academic Dean, will present the candidates for degrees. Conferring of degrees will be done by Sister M. Carolyn, President of Mercyhurst College. This year's Commencement Ad- dress! will be given by Robert H. Amundson, Ph.D. Dr. Amundson is Professor of Sociology and An- thropology and Director of the Re- search Center on Women at Lo- retto Heights College. The Presiding Prelate for this


year's commencement will be the

Most Reverend John F. Whealon,

S. T. D., S. S. L., Bishop of Erie.


senior honors

Seven Mercyhurst



been awarded scholarships and fel- lowships which will allow them to continue their studies at various graduate schools. Maureen Good, Bogota, New Jer- sey, has been awarded an Assist- antship in Organic Chemistry at Fordham University and the Uni- versity of Rochester. Maureen has accepted the offer of the University of Rochester.

Sharon Jenkins, Erie, Pennsyl- vania, has been awarded and ac- cepted an Assistantship in Molec- ular Biology at Iowa State Univer- sity. Jamie Penberthy, Erie, Pennsyl- vania, has received and accepted an Assistantship in Inorganic Chemis- try at Cleveland State University.


vania, has received and accepted an Assistantship in Chemistry at the University of Detroit. -f^ Susan Scepura, Erie, Pennsyl- vania, has been offered an Assist- antship in Pharmacology at the University of Mississippi and an Assistantship in Organic Chemis- try at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mary Carol Brown, Erie, Penn- sylvania, has received and accepted an Assistantship in the MAT pro- gram at John Carroll University. Mary DeSantis, Farrell, Pennsyl- vania, has been awarded a scholar- ship for Graduate Study in Medi- cal Library Science at Catholic University of America, Washing- ton, D. C. I




zurn hall

science and fine arts

dedicated in april 27 ceremony

the Erie community and the sis- ters who came here in 1926 to open Mercyhurst College a good rela- tionship immediately sprung up and it has continued through the years. On the occasion of dedica-

ting a new building, it seems right

to say

their places pledge ourselves warmly to the kind of education that will keep the relationship free and vital."

that we who now stand in

Congressman Joseph Vigorito spoke briefly, and thenfthe Presi- dent of Mercyhurst College, Sis- ter M. Carolyn Herrmann, dedicat-

ed the building, tracing the devel- opmentof Mercyhurst College and thanking the Zurn family to whom the building is dedicated. Everett F. Zurn, a member of the Mercy- hurst ^Advisory Board and the Chairman |of Zurn Industries, In-


spoke •. for



foundation. "This is a great day for us who are associted with the Zurn Foundation," he said. "I know

A weekend of activities marked the dedication of the new Zurn Hall of Science and Fine Arts. On Saturday evening, April' 20th, a dinner and a music program, the first to be offered in the new recital hall of the building, was given for the college faculty and administra- tion, Advisory Board members, Board of Trustees, and religious and civic leader s of th e community . The dedication wa s hel d a t a for - mal academic ceremon y Sunday ,

April 21st




The program bega n a t 2:30 p . m . with an academic procession. Rev- erend William E. Biebel, the chap- lain of Mercyhurst College offered the invocation, afte r which th e wel- come and introduction by Charles A. Dailey Jr., the Chairman of the Advisory Board took place. Mother Mary Clare McWilliams, the su- perior of the Sisters of Mercy and the Chairman of the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees said in her ac- ceptance of the building: "Between

I speak for Mel, David and Frank in acknowledging the dedication of Zurn Hall. We have helped to lay another milestone to advance the goals of higher education in our community under Sister Carolyn and her dedicated staff. These goals will be accomplished and we take the opportunity to wish them continued success in the future." The main speaker for the cere- mony was Thomas P. Carney, Ph.D., the senior Vice President of Research and Development for G. D. Searle and Company, Skokie, Illinois. He is a native of Dubois and brother of Sister Mary Kevin, R. S. M. Dr. Carney praised the "re- joining of science and fine arts in our culture," saying that Zurn Hall stands as an example of this reunion. He also expressed the

third president's council

discusses community action

On Thursday, April 25, the third President's Council of the year was held in the office of Sister M. Carolyn. The student members of the Council were Sue Sutto, Lynn Varricchio, Terry Westover, Jeanne Baker, Elaine Marsh, Debbie Brad- ley and Claudia Weeks. Sister Carolyn opened the meet- ing with a discussion of several questions posed by the students. The first question was concerned with the problem of communica- tion at Mercyhurst, especially in regard to the role of the merciad on this campus. Sister Carolyn and the members of the Council agreed that the merciad should be an in- volved and questioning newspaper. The performance of the merciad as

a good college paper might be im-

proved by on-the-spot reporting of all major events and by a greater interest in national issues. Other questions discussed includ- ed the possibility of paying tuition on a term-by-term basis and of making cancer research equal in credit to student teaching. Sister Carolyn also asked the students to begin thinking of a way in which Mercyhurst can retain such tradi- tions as the Christmas dinner with- out interfering with valuable study

time. After discussion of these ques-

tions, Sister Carolyn introduced the final topic: Mercyhurst's involve-

me n t


in the the local local wiium—v*, community,


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marily concerned with academic af- fairs, but students must be at least aware of their responsibility to others. $'

It has been suggested that a greater percentage of Negro stu- dents! and the employment of a Negro faculty-.member might in- crease the social awareness of Mercyhurst students. The adminis- tration, however, is faced with the problem of a nation-wide lack of qualified Negro students and teachers. Any interest in Negro culture and problems must there- fore be provoked by individual stu- dents; The administration in its turn will provide an atmosphere for free discussion of these issues.

Actual student involvement^ in the Negro community*of Erie has already occurred, although on v a very limited basis. Mercyhurst stu- dents should become more aware of the workings of the local NAACP. Sister Carolyn suggested that the student body make a sacrificial do- nation to the proposed NATO cen- ter in honor of the late Doctor Martin Luther King. Sister Carolyn closed the meet- ing with the same statement stres- sed at the first President's Coun- cil: that continuous communication among faculty, administration, and students is essential. This com- munication will be encouraged in the 1968-69 academic year by the President's Councils and by pro- posed monthly meetings between students and! various members of the faculty and administration.

collegelevel exams*

fo evaluate kurriculum

States colleges. The scope of this particular test is long-range. It aims to determine how students who've gone through both the old and the new program measure

against students all over the coun-



More specifically, the test will be administered in three steps. The first step was the one that was given to the Juniors and Seniors a few weeks ago to see how they compare with other Juniors and Seniors on a national scale. The second step will be £ administered to Sophomores next year in order to see both how they compare with the national norms and also with the upperciassmen who took the test this year. Then, finally, in 1971, next year's Sophomores, injj their Senior year, will take it again. In this way, it will be possible to give our curriculum a complete evalua- tion and to see it Mercyhurst is in- creasing its academic tone.

This year's test is being financ-

ed by

Service of Princeton, New Jersey.

In the future, however, the college will have to accept the financial respons Libilty for it. By participat- iLevel Exam this

the fi Educational



in the College




ing in

Wednesday morning, April 24, Wednesday, May 1, two-thirds of ^ e members of the Junior and Senior classes at Mercyhurst were as ked to take part in the College ^vel Exams. These students were chosen at random from their class- ^fctes in order to get a cross-sec-


?tion representation of all the stu- dents. This College Level Exam ^ a s administered under the direc- Jj°a of the Curriculum Committee.

committee is made up of four

Members: Mr. Igor Stalski, Sr. M.

Miss Vi-



David, Sister Maria, and v etta Petronio.

T n e Plans for this test were be- rgun in December of this year when a representative from the College Entrance Examination Board came to Mercyhurst to discuss tests and Procedures. After reviewing the Kinds of tests available, the com- mittee decided upon this College £evel Exam as the one that would e s t meet the needs of Mercyhurst

T *ie purpose of the test is, in

general, to evaluate the new curri-

- With the inauguration this year of Mercyhurst's three term system and the intersession, it is necessary for the maintenance of


° e

standards for




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. ucation all over the nation, to see












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year, Mercyhurst is Ptaytog: a• r ^ ^ prome m s of the poor

role in the establishment of acadm L norms for the entire nation.

the Negro. A college is pri-

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national perspectives open:

the merciad

M a y 20, 1068

the Columbia rebellion

campaign and choice f 68 elicit response

an interview with Columbia's student body president

Mercyhurst student body was given the opportunity to

participate in Choice 68, the first national collegiate presidential primary, JAn exceptional 64 % of the students voted on their first, secondhand third choices for the presidency of the United States. In addition, three? issues of national importance were presented to the vo^ ters for a referendum vote. They concerned theiwarfin Vietnam and which?important do- mestic issues should receive priority in government spending.

Neverfin the nation's history have so^many college ^students beenfgo well-informed about? the major issues of the day. Yet infthe past, they have had little opportunity to ex- press theirjpolitical views jin a unified, coherent manner. The difficult question, largely un- answered until now, is not ^vhat is thetatudent opinion, but rather* whati are the students opinions. Choice 68 offered college students the opportunity to express their preferences on Presidential candidates and selected issues 3— to speak for the first time as a body politic. With participation open to every university, college, and junior college in the United States, Choice 68 is a major political event of sufficient scope to merit the nation's attention and consideration.^!

Along with Choice 68 came ja politicaljenthusiasm ;that has involved many of the members of the student body in active political campaigning for the candidates of} then- choice. On th e weekends off April 26,?27, & 28 and|May^3 , 4, & 5, intereste d student s went to Indiana to work? in connection with the Indiana primaries.,;These girls stayed in a Bap- tist Student Center off the campus of Ball State ^University,land spent their time canvas- sing voters in order?to determine candidate preferences. They also distributed McCarthy campaign material and worked in connectionlwithJMcCarthy headquarters in Indiana.


On Tuesday,? April 23, the

cbnvinced, after consultation with Percy Sutton, a Harlem community leader, that re- sentment would have been avoided hadj Columbia gone through appropriate channels. Sutton described the implicit insul t whic h ha s people saw in the construction of the gym, called it a "symbol" of Columbia's lack of respect, and admitted to (knowledge that it would be bombed if built. The controversy over th e supposedly segregated en- trances to the gym, therefore, is not as absurd as it had ap- peared. It is only one expres- sion of a larger issue.

Contrary to press and t. v. coverage, the Columbia rebels have I wide campus backing. The initial take-over of the administrative offices was, Tellegrom observed, recogniz- ed as a spontaneous and irra- tionally completed move. Sub- sequent action, however, has been purposeful and widely approved. The Student \ Gov- ernmen t supports the de- mands of S D S for complete amnest y t o th e rebels; and faculty support is also sur- prisingly widespread. Until the recent!incident, Columbia had had no faculty senate. One has since arisen sponta- neously and is likely to or- ganize itself. "i Tellegrom agreed to Lynn's request that he and other campusHeaders make a tape of the facts of—as well as their reactions to—the^April outbreak and that he forward it to Mercyhurst for student



As another step in the di- rection of Increased national awareness, Lynn Vamchio, Students Government I Presi- dent newly elected on a plat- form of wider social action, recently telephoned Dani Tel- legrom, the President of Co- lumbia University's^ Student Body. Her intention was to ascertain first-hand facts, much distorted by the press, concerning the recent upheav- al on Columbia's campus. The results of her finquiry were revealing.' |

According to Telfegrom, chaos was long overdue tat Columbia. The gymnasium is- sue touched the spark to a growing unrest based on the more internal issue of student power. The Columbia Student Government had been denied significant authority by the college's ^administration; the students had also been* re- fused the right to hold peace- ful indoor sit-down strikes. There had been further mounting of dissension due to governmental financing of

On the weekend of May 3, 4 and 5, a different Mercyhurst delegationfwent to Wash- ington, D. C. to work with the Kennedy campaign. The group, consisting of thirty-seven

girls and four professors, stayed at the Hotel Stratford in Washington, and spent their time distributing^literature in three sections offthe city. They had the opportunity to see and

hear Senator? Kennedy the candidate.

on Sunday, and some of the girls were able to meetf with S

Such active involvement" speaks well for the concern oftthe student body in respect to the presidential campaign; It shows that the Mercyhurst girls are able to become in-

volved for a caused that will have a pronounced effect on not only present conditions, but on any faculty research directed their future lives. If this present trend of concern continues, it will^be fair to assume that |toward defence (50 % of fac- the term "apathetic"wiH no longer be appropriate for the average girl on this campus. u jj. y research). The student

number of votes:

% of votes:

total vote:

number of votes:

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total voters

choice v 68 results



military action in viet nam





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number of votes:

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total vote: 419



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I body, consequently, repressed in its efforts to be heard reas- onably, was ripe forfmore vi- olent action. The press seems to have re- pressed some facts concern- ing the Ibackground of the gymnasium incident also. Tel- legrom# maintains that the university had been forcedito extendi its campus-^into Har- lem by playing slum lord am


th e

neighbor _

nuclear weapons th e expeng e






information. Lynn proposes to play the tape for the student body and *then| possibly ex- press to Columbia the collec- tive opinion of Mercyhurst students concerning the Uni- versity's student action. It is one more step toward drawing fMereyhurst into the mainstream of national col- lege involvement from which she has long been divorced. I t is Lynn' s belief tha t our student body has much to learn and t o contribute in po- litical and social areas.

mg Negro community. It seems that the policy is to buy apartment buildings and then! tofallow them to deter- iorate until removed by the city. Thisif policy had1 created a backlog of resentment

against any university inter- ference in slum areas. This resentment was augmented by the fact that Columbia had not conferred with any Har- lem leaders before deciding to replace the playground there with a gym. Tellegrom was

% of eligibility 62.91

choice 4 McCarthy 126/31.34%); third choice:

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McCarthy ( 65/16.62%)



Johnson—29 or 7.13% Kennedy—150 or 36.86%


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Rockefeller—43 or 10.57%





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SCHEDULE Exam Time 25, 1968

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Published Every Three Weeks

Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa. the ^merciad

$.35 per copy Editor in Chief Executive Editor Page Editors ' (,-

Photography Editor Typing and Copy Editor Exchange Editor

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• -H $3.00 per year Chriss Strong Mary Ann Morton

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Barb Scully Cathy Varca -Emily Fatica Lforraine Tucker L^.Kath y Humphries Mr. Barry McAndrew

Margaret Fox, Sylvia Kengersky, Linda Colvin, Emily Fatica, Danise Bonadio

Business Editor Club News Co-Editor Moderator Editorial Staff


Dear Editor:

I sincerely appreciate your edi- torial pointing out the weaknesses and the inefficiency of the Gannon College Student Senate.f However, I wish to point out why the Senate appears to be ineffective in com- parison to the^Mercyhurst Student Government.

al college committees, a possible change in the advisor system, re-

structure and reorganization of the Senate, and many other problems,

both foreseen and

I would be the first to agree that the effectiveness of the 1967-1968 Student Senate was hampered. But,






a new

First of all, the basic structures system, the generaglack of inter-

est of both the Senators and the



of the two are different. Also, our philosophies, our scopes, our lim- itations, our rights and responsi-

bilities are different.

individual students, thef fact

29 of the 39 committees were new

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^a t

(Not to men-

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tion the composition of the Student



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past 23 of years' 29 members Senate' were

ore „ ~

new, the

effectiveness and lack of written reports and recommendations, lack

of communications, _ etc., we were,




ment must deal with the problems

of dress and

well as academic j and social, the began. Gannon Senate must face more


rules, as


more or


However, because of the prelim- inary and background^work done during the last term (1967-1968) the typed reports and recommenda- tions, and the personal attitude of the new President, Gregg Robie and his Executive Board and the new Senators, next year must be a banner year.

complex problems.?' Under my new auspices as Vice- President of Academic Affairs, we will be discussing such problems as the pros and cons of a? mandatory R£0. T. C. Program, the pros and cons of a limited Pass-Fail System, a proposed calendar change, a re-

visio n of th e cor e curriculum , stu - Than k Wffl *™ *i* "7 •

dent rights and responsible"*, re- ^^SEXST*" * *

ceiving credit for present non- credit seminars, students on gener-

Respectfully, Thomas Doyle

Vive-President of* Academic ^



past-President (1967-1968{term)

Student Senate Gannon College

Dear Editor:


editorial, "Competence

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deeply disturbed



| by the Hurst

Government Pointed up by Gannon Insufficiency," in the Merciad of March 22, 1968.

It seems to me that the good points of our S. fcr. A. could be demonstrated without slandering Gannon's Senate. What is the worth of Inon-constructiye criti- cism? I don't see how any of the statements made about Ithe Gan-

non Senate could resolve any of its problems, >, I always thought that our paper was above such petti-


can serve only to tear down inter- collegiate good will—and shouldn't we continually be striving to build

, ?An article such as this



it up?

The Father-Daughter


Gannon Prom blunder was certain- ly unfortunate, but we had already received letters and calls of apol- ogy from Gannon when the Merci- ad came out. Wouldn't it have been (Continued on Page 4)

May 20,1968

Dedicated preparation* for

liirht light and and a a success. success

the joint aophomore- iunior



the merciad

made the

event «•»«•* «




joint spring weekend a success

by Sue Smith

In past years it has been the tra- dition for the Sophomore and Junior classes of Mercyhurst to sponsor respective spring and fall weekends. However, popular vote of the two classes determined to combine the two into one "all-

out" affair this year $ occurring in the spring. The ; year has passed

us by, the week-end of May third,

fourth, and fifth has come, and we were;• ready for it.

The three-day's festivities began on Friday nighte with a dance in the Student Union from eight till twelve featuring "The Sterlings", a popular group from Buffalo. Sat- urday afternoon found Mercyhurst "hostess" to the many beans and visitors to its open house being held from one to three. Occurring that night was the climactic event of the weekend—a candlelight din- ner^ and formal dance held a t the Masonic Temple in downtown Erie. Sunday found the previous night's

glittering and glimmering aura transformed into the | casual and relaxed atmosphere of Nathan's Grove for Mass, picnicking, and dancing to the ^reverberations of "The Rhythm Method" band.






O'Hara's rich Southernfplantation in Margaret Mitchell's *"Gone With the Wind, was the theme of the weekend. Decorations suitable to that theme adorned the second floor ballroom. They included num- erous flower and plant arrange- ments, small white pillars, center- pieces of golden-sprayed roses, and favors of nose gays. A candlelight dinner in the dining room begin- ning at seven set the mood for the evening as the sweet strains of Gene Parlette's orchestra lulled the

Southern belles and'gentlemen on the dance floor till one. Joining us at "Tara" were the prominent fig- ures of Mr. and Mrs. Lincourt, Mr. and Mrs. |DeSante, and Mr. and Mrs. Sturm whotserved as chaper-

This wood sculpture! by Francis '






is £ part


the May I

may show among art news

by^Daniel Burke

•howtime and who was that person


the bathtub





The 45th Annual May Show opened Sunday, May 5th, and no fewer than thirteen works done by Mercyhurst associated artists were found supporting the walls of the Eri e Art Center. The May Show, a ^petition open to artists living ^thin 75 miles of Erie, offered Best of Show Awards totaling ? 400 -00, and, additionally, $1000.00

m Purchase money.

Faculty members, Henry Shrady a *id Hubert Haisoch, took two of the four Best of Show Awards, and M Mr - Shrady's painting "Odys- **¥/ was selected as a purchase for the permanent collection of the f^ 1 * Center.

f la addition to the Best of Show

Awards, the juror, Mr. William C. ^endig awarded ten honorable men- "ons. Significantly, four went to P**t and present Mercyhurst /stu- n t s Daniel Burke, Donald Gest, "ennis Revitsky, and Mary Rosiak. |Also having works selected for pjf 1 ^ were Al Brites, Mary Pat ^{a&her, Mary Ann Weak, Pa- cfaf Sampson, and Francis

The statistics of the show itself do much to point up the distinct contribution of Mercyhust College. Of the 325 works submitted, only 70 were accepted. Of the 133 ar- tists who entered, thefworks of 63 were chosen for viewing. A reception and preview of the show was held at the Art Center on Friday, May 3rd. Participating artists and Art Center members all had a time,.both during and after the reception.


The art department loses two of its forces this year. Mr. Shrady will be working on a movie this summer (set designs, etc.); fthen it' s off t o teac h a t Wesleyan Uni - versity in Middletown, Conn. Mr. Haisoch plans on teaching the sum- mer session; then it's off to Canada to make art.

it's very interestingJbu t II don't understand it • • •

The Thesis Show mow*i to th e Brie Public Museum on May 13th.

sukiyaki and doing your thing

on a Sunday


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. The art club is sponsoring a




to the


. on May 19th.



May Show

ones for the affair.

Credit for manufacturing the contemporary yet representative reproduction of "Tara" must be

given to the general sophomore and junior class chairmen, Sandy Pe- ruzzi and Judy Mesek, respective- ly. It must be given also to ithe


night, Maureen Walsh; Saturday night, Gail Dunningham; and Sun- day, Mary Horsington. i Aiding them in their efforts were the com- mittee chairmen Sue Gardner, Dec- orations; Jeanne DeLucia, Tickets; Trudy Bayer, Publicity; Debbie Korowicki, Queen Candidate; Maryanne Ruscio, Chaperones; and Rosie Blieszner, Boutonnieres.

general! chairmen: for

Nominated by the Senior class to reign over the illustrious event were the queen candidates • Jane Carney, Elaine Wilson, Betty Barc- zak, Linda Salem J and Ann O'- Laughlin. The queen, Elaine Wil- son, was chosen by popular ballot of the entire school.


opera 1 staged by players!

The Greensleeves Players under the direction of Miss Kathleen Mc- Manus entertained campus and community* audiences on May 9, 10, 11, and 12 with their produc- tion of the ^popular IBrecht/Weill musical, The Threepenny Opera, a modern adaptation of John Gay's Beggars' Opera. Bertold Brecht's adaptation harmonized the familiar jazz idiom of songs like "Mack the Knife" with the unmistakeable social challenge recurrenttin their lyrics'? He posed the very contem- porary question: How long can we allow this inhumanity of man to continue ? The play, staged in a contemporary setting to enhance its immediacy, parodied the false bourgeoisi ethics and the double standard of our moral concepts. Macheath represented a society ruled by economic factors whose moral and religious codes are mere ideologies serving the interest of

the rich. The following students appeared in the Greensleeve production:

Susan Radanovich, Patricia Sulli- van, Sandi Mangone, Valerie Man- gin, Lynda Brooks, Barbra Semer- ick, Joyce Moscario, Sheila Barry, Tina Sheridan, D'Arcy Bliskey, Carol Berry, Helen Bauer, Mary Frances Cerk, Teresa Minedao, Jim Schweller, Ben Agresti, Rich Con- nelly, Charlie Corritore, Bob Ma- chinski, David Parsh, Denny Long, and Jon DeGeorge.

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music students active

I By Suzette Aleci

The Music Department, Glee Club, and Madrigal Singers pre- sented a joint concert!on April 19 in the recital hall of Zurn Hall. The program was in honor of the Dedication of the bufding, and was the first Glee Club concert in the new recital hall. Also new were the mint green crepe gowns worn by the Glee Club.

The Music Department and re- cital hall were open forJ viewing the weekend of the Dedication and also the following one. Many visit- ors viewed the recital hall and re- marked how nicely the colors of yellow and gold blended with the vivid green | of the curtain. Down the music wing the color scheme is basically blue and white. On the left are! four studios for the fac- ulty—-Sr. Helen Jean, Sr. Andrew, Mrs. Onisko, Miss Galinsky and Mr. Burger. Also on the left wall is a large bulletinjboard|with pro- grams, pictures, and,, opportunities in the field of music posted. Furth- er down is classroom 144, a work- room with listening ^facilities and drawers!to store music; a library for books and records and a listen- ing room with two stereo record players and a tape recorder. The right side of the hall is devoted to practice rooms. Backstage there are cabinets for music and instru- ment storage. It is altruly fasci- nating place to explore.

On April 28, the Madrigal Sing- ers sang for a communion break- fast at the Knight's of Columbus

Hall in Erie. That evening seniors

Leon and Kathy Kelson pre-

sented their senior recital in the *•

Saturday, May 4, members of the music department' went to Cleve- land to see the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. Coming soon are two concerts. May 10 there was a concert which inc'uded scenes from operas such as The Marriage of Figaro, by Mo- zart, Madame Butterfly by Puccini, and Carmen by Bizet. There were also "organ and piano numbers in- cluded, plus selections by Marilyn Schauble's String Quartet. May 19 is the Glee Club's "pops" con- cert. It willl be a relaxing concert with music on the lighter side. Most of the music will be from Broadway Shows such as: Briga- doon, Carousel, Man from La Man- cha,vKiss Me Kate, South Pacific, The King and I, plus "Tonight" from West Side Story as a piano


recital hall.




The Glee Club is busy planning many more concerts with other men's colleges for the coming year. At the last Glee Club rehearsal elections were held for next year's officers. Those elected were: Presi- dent, Mary Jo Pasikoski; Business Manager, Marilyn Schauble, and Librarians Mary f GraceCross and Linda Burrows.

sociology film reviewed

By Wendy Walsh

On April 19, 1968, the Social Science Department of Mercyhurst College presented the movie, Lilith, for its monthly selection. Lilith is a story of schizophrenia portrayed through the principles, Warren Beatty and Jean Seaberg. Schizo- phrenia is a type of psychosis characterized by loss of contact with the environment land disinte- gration of the personality.

Warren Beatty plays Mr. Bruce, a handsome attendant at a wealthy home & for mental patients, where Lilith (Jean Seaberg) is staying. Lilith herself, is a beautiful, young nymphomaniac who is undergoing treatment after > attempting to se- duce her younger brother who later committed suicide.

Beatty has wandered into the home, almost by accident, fresh from the war. He applies for work, expressing an interest and concern for the patients. Actually, Beatty, who has a mild case of schizo- phrenia in the form of a •mother- complex, may have been drawn to the hospital unconsciously, seeking help.

Beatty seems devoted at first and gains the confidence of the staff. The doctor encourages him to talk to Lilith and try to help her as she was showing signs of im- provement;with him. Beatty's first sign of weakness is his growing love for Lilith. However, another patient, a brilliant man, who says he is almost ready to leave the home, is also in love with her. Ac- tually, |she is his only treason for

living. Lilith tells this inmate that


meant to be creative. He is happy and makes a lovely box to hold her pastels, as both are amateur artists.

Bruce and Lilith go to the circus after she expresses a desire to see it and he has obtained ^special per- mission from the doctors. He buys her a doll which she likes and then decides to enter the jousting con- test. After winnings the event, Bruce is seduced by Lilith, Later





he ^steals the doll and "drowns" it in his aquarium as the resemblance between Lilith and his hated moth- er has grown too strong for him.

Bruce's weakness shows again when the inmate who made ^Lilith the box asks him what she thought of his gift. Bruce's jealousy leads the man to believe that Lilith .re- fused his gift, and, later that night the man commits suicide, feeling that Lilith has rejected him.

Bruce does not appear for work and the supervisor, going to his place to find him, discovers a strik- ing resemblance between a picture of his mother and that of Lilith. She also discovers the doll in the aquarium.

Meanwhile, Bruce learns of the death of the other inmate and runs to Lilith for comfort. He >i cries to her of his love and of his fears and she rejects him. Lilith's mind is shattered by the conflict between being a nymphomaniac and being afraid of sex on the one hand, and her growing love of Bruce on the other. She turns catatonic and the final scene show Bruce visiting her

in the intensive ward and then nally turning to the doctors and saying:

"Help me!"

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student government 1968-69 outlines plans and purpose

The basic motivation of the 1968- 69 Student Government, led by president Lynn Varricchio, will be expansion of the role of college students to include involvement in major social and intellectual is- sues as a form of self-development and at the same time, as a means to garner community respect. Be- lieving that Mercyhurst^has handl- ed campus problems well, Lynn feels that- now the students can devote their energies to the larg- er issues within) the community. During herfeampaign, Lynn stated that, if Mercyhurst is not well- known, it is due to failure to im- press other students, faculties, and colleges through productive action; thus she feels: "Student Govern- ment must take the initiative in bringing the student body into per- sonal confrontation with the issues. It must serve as the channel which connects us with; the fmainstream of national colleges |and univers :

ities.|* If




Involvement presupposes aware- ness,! and for greatest effective- ness this awareness must not be vicarious but experimental. Many Mercyhurst students have recog- nized this necessity — witness those who recently participated in active out-of-state campaigning for Senators Kennedy and McCarthy. To provide opportunities for aware- ness, several measures |have been advocated, such as|bringihg to the Mercyhurst campus, speakers* who have definite if ^controversial stands on major issues, and form- ing Young Democrat and Young Republican Clubs?during this next election fyear. Greater participa- tion in SGA will be encouraged by monthly open meetings, during which the.^ usual ^parliamentary procedure will belsuspended to fa- cilitate discussion of cogent civic and academic issues. The founding of a tri-college settlement house, serving as a focal point to co-ord-

inate projects aimed to benefit the economically and culturally depriv- ed of the Erie area, will provide an outlet for experiential involvement. College students would thus con- tribute actively and positively to the community and, at the same time, gain experience within their fields and earn community respect. This will necessarily be a long- term project; within one year, only the groundwork can be laid. A re- cent tri-college government meet- ing set the major goal of | earning prestige and recognition for col- lege students as a group through involvement in the Erie communi- ty. Positive action has already been taken to initiate a half-hour-radio forum which would present aca- demic topics in a stimulating man- ner and, hopefully, help the com- munity appreciate the academic role of the college students. In an effort to augment struc- tured intellectual pursuit, an inde- pendent study program, openf to students, faculty, and administra- tion on a no-credit basis, will be initiated. A topic will be chosen and explored during the year from the viewpoints of the various dis- ciplines. Periodic meetings will al- low presentation of the results of individual study to the group; this will expand awareness and com- munication among the various dis- ciplines and, in particular, arouse more interest in learning. The coming year will challenge the safety of isolated campus exis- tence; a critical atmosphere* should be present in the positive sense of pointing out areas for expansion and improvement. As Lynn has stated: "In the coming year, let us be ever mindful that a| step not taken is a step backward, that an experience not taken is withdrawal. I challenge you, as I challenge my-

. from our protective shell and meet the world as vitally aware women."


.€. I t is time that we emerge


(Continued from Page 2)

better •fto have forgotten it and work for better communication in the future? How can that editorial increase communication? Actions speak louder than words. Wouldn't we have shown ourselves to be "bigger" people if we had published a paper, perhaps praising our S. G. A., but without referring to Gannon's in such a derogatory way? Why give?all jthose Gannon Knights even the slightest reason to think less of our school ? I

I don't iwant |t o

be ; misunder-

stood—FU be the first to defend our S. G. A. and praise the officers. In comparison with many other schools, our S. G. A/s problems are often fewer and less crucial. But I repeat: what was the value of an editorial like that? A pat on the back is nice, but not at the expense of another organization. 2









Dear: Editor; We should like to take this op- portunity to commend the Civic and National Affairs Committee of Student Government for the out- standing job they did in handling the Choice '68 program on this campus. The publicity was more than adequate, the organization was superb and most important of all, the student * response was tremen- dous. It would be safe to say that perhaps the fprime reason for the success of the endeavor was the Faculty Panel Discussion'held on the evening prior to the actual vo- ting. Five members of the faculty spoke before on overwhelmingly in- terested and alert audience on (Monday, April 22, and by doing so, they made the current presidential campaign relevant on the Mercy- hurst campus. The men who spoke captured the attention of every

personfin the audience and helped to make the girls here more aware of the relevant issues in thefpres- ent campaign.! f The Choice '68 program here at Mercyhurst has helped to make us interested in the campaign, land we're sure that| other students

share a similar interest as a result of it. It is our hope that more stu-

active part in

the political affairs of the country. To do so would be to develop a broadened, more liberal horizon here oh the hill.

dents will take an





Dear Editor,

This year the student body has enjoyed the benefits of a student union. \\ think that it's time to acknowledge the work that has made this possible. Granted it was the work of many people under the capable leadership of Judy Pitney and Kathy Icardi in their respec- tive administrations, yet one per- son stands out. I feel that Susan Sutto should be thanked and ac- knowledged for her outstanding


contribution.^ Sincerely, Karen Schreckengost

The ACT center is conducting a book drive this week and next for the benefit of underprivileg- ed Negro children in the com- munity. The v center provides them with a placefto SPEND their time, but it does not have the essential facilities to pro- vide them with the activities to FILL their time/Any children's literature (books, magazines, comics) appropriate for grade or junior high school levels will be welcomed. Boxes have been placed in the student union and in the Egan- lounge to receive contributions to this worthwhile






the merciad

May 20, 1968

kathy icardi:

a leave-taking

The 1967 Praeterita character- ized Mercyhurst as a vibrant com- munity striving to educate women for living. Within these walls a pulse can be felt. Mercyhurst blends the development of the in- tellect with the development of the spiritual and the social personali- ties of the students. A vitality is here—a mysterious energy which develops a motiva- tion to learn and to participate. As a former Student Government pres- ident, I have had an opportunity to emulate this vitality that is so necessary to Mercyhurst. I have seen vitality in many perspec- tives—in the class room and meet- ing room, among students, faculty, and administration. I have also no- ticed, as others have, that Mercy- hurst is not taking full advantage of the vitality that is already here. The potential has often been re- alized, but as in any situation, oft- en is not often enough. Vitality will motivate action and action will stimulate interest and participa- tion, the utopia of the academic community in every dimension. I suppose it is characteristic ofI a person in my position to philos- ophize amateurishly; however, I be- lieve |i n what l\ say. Vitality has given and should continue to give Mercyhurst its uniqueness. It has been a privilege to serve you, and I wish everyone success in every endeavor.

Kathy Icardi


nsa results

aaupi speak up:

to inspire them? As knowledge of the human body increases, is there not a tendency to think of it as a piece of machinery to be kept run- ning smoothly rather than as an intimate part of the soul-body com- bination, a person who will one day be ready for the Beatific Vision ? If we continue to recall tha t God participates in the creation of each person, will we not better realize that the complete expression of love in marriage is a sacred act? Where is the line betweenlthe rev- erence and sense of the sacred that inspires respect, and the investi- gation into the mysteries of the world for the sake of knowledge? What is to help us to retain* our sense of mystery, our appreciation for the Supreme, if wea ar e free to probe? Oh, Christ, in the Blessed Sacra- ment, as You allow us to learn more of the modes of operation of our bodies, our minds,. and the world around us, help us also to re- member to reverence these things as reflections of Your perfection. Keep the sunsets as reflections of Your beauty as well as the demon- stration of physical laws; keep the storms; as manifestations of your majesty and power as well as the concurrence of several physical phenomena; keep the beginning of a new life as a manifestation of Your infinite personal love for each of us as well as a cellular union at least partially controlled by man. Help us recall that we are all part of Your Mystical Body, | that each of us is a reflection of You. One person mirrors Your in- telligence, another Your justice. Sally's lack of logic is really no more unreasonable than Your cur- ing blindness with a mud pack; j Jean's curiosity reflects Your questioning of the doctors in the Temple. Even the anger in a stu- dent's tantrum can be considered

as a counterpart of Your anger in the Temple. The "smooth" answers which save a girl from a penalty have their precursor in Your answer to the question about the coin of tribute. A student trembling before a final is like You in the Garden. If we can see these things, then we are cooperating with You in bringing good out of evil.

Let our increased knowledge of the world You have set in motion make us grow in an appreciation of Your intelligence, and not in a worship of our own. Let our knowl- edge of history inspire us to sur- pass, earlier generations in love and respect of our fellowmen, us- ing our increased knowledge to benefit all, rather than to further selfish desires. Teach us to ap- proach all of creation in a prayer- ful manner that we may help the earth, the world, and the race of man to reach the maturity and the perfection You have planned for it before its transformation into You.

The Mercyhurst Chapter of


A U'lP requests this space


that the faculty may speak

up. A A U P may I- disagree fwith what is said but endorses the idea of saying it.

By Sister M. {Charles

Transferring human hearts, us- ing artificial kidneys, deliberately indulging in excesses, of drugs, probing the mind and opening it in group* therapy sessions, exploring the secrets of the cell, the secrets of the earth, the secrets of the stars, the secrets of God Himself— are we Iwise to do §these things ? Can we, and maintain a sense of the sacred, an appreciation for the complexity,! the revealed intelli- gence of God? The paradox that is Christian life continues. We are right in using the intel- lects God gave us to gain better understanding of the world around us, the people with whom we live. It is right to use the knowledge we gain to help others, to make life more comfortable, to grow in ap- preciation of the Supreme Intelli- gence Who can make all parts fit together harmoniously. But, as we study, days on end, the twists and turns of the human mind, we are apt to forget the individual behind that mind. He may become a case number. He may become tj a statis- tic. As knowledge of the human body fbecomes more complete, as doctors use the same techniques to repair the bodies of men as they nave rehearsed on animals, there is grave danger that they may be forgetting the value of human life. The chapel or church was once sacred. It was considered the home of the Blessed Sacrament, of Christ, of God. We spent our time with Him on our knees. We spoke to Him fin reverential terms. The priest and the religious once were holy and sacred. They were conse- crated in a special manner to the service of God. Because they were set apart by their vows to live close to God, they were reverenced and respected. Women, too, were holy. They were respected as the participants in the creation of new life, as the partners of God and of their husbands in bringing a new soul into the world. We were in awe of the meaning of life. Is not this sense of awe and reverence a virtue which is being tossed aside

today ?

We think of visiting the chapel to see a friend and talk to Christ in the Eucharist as a Friend. He is, but is He not likewise God? Do we lose sight of the importance of His wishes by bringing Him to our level? Can the. priest or sister reach others so much better by being completely human and leav- ing no mystery to reveal ? Is the religious perhaps reaching one soul thereby, and passing up others who are looking for a hero or heroine


Approximately 65 % of the Mer- cyhurst student body voted in the I Student Government elections on April 5, which also included! the 5jN. S. A. Referendum. Since some girls abstained on one or more of the issues, however, the number of votes?cast*in the Referendum was smaller than the number cast for the Government officers. The re- sults were:

Black Power Legis'ation— 232 opposed, 144 favorable Drugs Resolution—

172 opposed

209 favorable,


189 favorable Resolucion

94 favorable to the Minority


to the



97 opposed to both Resolutions

Since Mercyhurst's enrollment is under 5,000, the school is entitled to one vote on each issue. This is registered with the National Office

of N. S. A., and will be tallied with the votes of the other member schools. As a result of the Refer- endum here, Mercyhurst cast one vote against the Black Power Leg- islation, one vote for the Drugs Resolution, and one vote for the


Draft Resolution.


These issues were already passed | by the delegates to the 20th N. S. A. Congress last summer; the na- tionwide Referendum will serve either to reaffirm them or to re- move them from N. S. A. policy. At the Congress, Mercyhurst dele- gate s voted in th e same way as did the majority of students on cam- pus, with the exception of the Drugs Resolution. |

exemplar." In a state of turmoil, the Church faces problems as Sac- rament and I Communicator. Mr. Hoyt asserted: "To reclaim her authority, she must earn it every day; let the Church not praise the Church — let the Church do its work!" Involvement and commit- ment are the means to solve the crisis, yet a new form of communi- cation is necessary to overcome the hereditability gap." This new com- munication must be both dialogic and litergical. Dialogue between clergy and laity and among men as brothers in Christ will help solve conflicts (a creative act) and lead to Truth. This communication must, above all, be bold, tantaliz- ing, captivating, for the apex of its revelation is the Eucharist.

ccd delegates share ideas

ing a crisis in communication which will lead either to greater vitality or to loss of validity. Crisis presents an opportunity for rebirth, it is true, but this can be realized only through denounce- ment of the negative attitudes of apathy, passivity, and unthinking conformity. Within the Church, such negativism relies on the me- chanical interpretation of the Gos- pels produced by legalism; since Vatican II, however, Christians have been impressed with the realizations that the Church Exis- tential is not an answer machine, that divine communication of faith, hope, and charity transcends mere rationalism. The Church is not sta- tic but evolutionary, growing in both depth and maturity. Criticism has resulted, for some feel that the Church, in passing beyond traditional forms of com- munication, is hindered in its mis- sion by those no longer appro- priate forms, that the Church is in danger of becoming "a product which does not measure up to the

EDITOR'S NOTE: The C C D Convention, held at D'You- ville and Canisius Colleges, ex- amined the topic of Christian communication. The Mercy- hurst delegates — Irene Ryan, Eileen Greka, Tina Sheridan— wish to share the insights they gained from the address by Robert G. Hoyt, editor of the




Christian communication is cen- tered in the Person of Christ; He is both sign and cause of all com- munication — God a s projected hu- manly, man as projected divine- ly. The Church of Christ is the most perfect means of attaining this communication, for it provides the opportunity for encounter with Christ. Since Christian revelation is a profession or belief which is part of an on-going process, devel- opment necessitates renewal of the forms of Christian communication. Change and development have been emphasized by Vatican II. At present the Church is experienc-



May 20,196 8

the merciad

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iummer vacation, offers variety

I L .




'si been waiting for—lsummer

one \. nn \ The very thoughtofl t is v Siwpt|yo u going Jthrough Pf long, last months. Are you

I f dermg how

Mercyhurst the sum-


;irw g iU be spending^ t- J

a sopho-



Spain exchange student, she lov- edp foreign so much that she's returning this year! But this summer Crystel will fly to London, then on to Behnstein, Germany,! where her older sistergteaches in an army camp. From there the two sisters will travel all over Europe, includ- ing such countries a s Greece, "Hol- land, and Switzerland. Crystel also hopes to 'visit again her foreign family in Spain. She'll return Aug- ust 18th. Crystel stated tha t she "needed a break" and that she "can't wait." She also expressed her appreciation t o NSA which i s making it possible for her to travel at a much cheaper rate. Turning a Mercyhurst girl loose in Europe may have drastic results, but which 0 f us wouldn't love to be in Crys- tal's sandals this summer ? £ Although junior Pam^Poyer has never seen a tobacco plant, her job this summer will be to supervise teenage girls while they pick tobac- co on a Connecticut farm for a To- bacco Growers Association. Pam is responsible for the 30 girls under her care. She will guide th e girl s in their picking, assist, and instruct all workers, maintain high morale, keep field reports and records, carry a first aid kit at all times, and maintain 5general order . Pa m added that "The cigar tobacco we'll be working with must age for five years beforefuse, so by the time they realize I muffed it I'll be long gone!"

Carole Perry, a freshman Home Ec major, will be working as a typist in Washington, D. C. for the Office of Emergency Planning. Since Carole has been to Washing- ton before and likes it, and since her job is so high-paying, she ma y decide to stayian Washington and not return to good old Erie ! Jfr Diane Weigle, another frosh Home Ec-er, is going to Atlantic City with a group of girl friends this summer. They're going on the assumption! that! they can find a job somewhere in thefNew Jerse y vacation-land. Diane's not too wor- f^^phough, because^ she chanced it last summer and ended up as a waitress in a Coffee Shop. We hope she has th e sam e luc k thi s summer ! Crody Slaven's dream of going to Hawaii is finally going to come toe. She'll leave July 6th, along with her sister and an aunt, for Ohau. Cindy wants to see Diamond Head, the bigger islands, the Uni- versity of Hawaii, and even try

telea CrystelfGabrich, m0 re sociology major, in She summer of



campus crier:

happ enings

Temple University

The brothers of Alpha Epsilon P i at Temple University have recently blackballed President Johnson. The Resident was made a member of ™k fraternity during his cam- paign after he visited the Univers- y m 1964. They presented him


* lth " a dink and later notified him oy telegram that they had made

an honorary member.! The



Resident responded with a tele- ^ a i n of acceptance and he has . e e n a brother since then. Accord- tog to the fraternity, he was black- balled because his conduct is un- becoming of a brother and his ac-


ternity, are | detrimental


to the



Bl oomsburg state College

h e



dfly, Bloomsburg's under-

ground "newspaper", recently won

^ fcw suit

against • the v college. allowed to pub-

b e

li«i! y WiU agai n

n ' distribute, and solicit.

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surfingjf Wonder if Cindylhas any room in her suitcases for a Mercy- hurst stowaway? W f Peggy Edwards, a sophomore Home Economics Major, will be another Maria Von Trapp this summer. She'll be a governess in a 25-room house on Fisher's Island, four miles off the coast of New London, Connecticut. The house is rented by .the Westchester Con- crete^Company in New York for its partners' families and guests. Peg- gy's duties will be to cook, clean, shop, and entertain children. She's very excited about it and thinks it will be a big help in her major. Michele Abu will leave June 6th for Bielerhoho,Austria, where she will be involved, according to her working skills, with the service staff of the Hotel Silvrettasse. She is going through ASA, an organiz- ation which helps American stu- dents locate summer positions abroad. Michele is figuring on a job as waitress in the hotel dining room? or as a clerk in the gift shop. She'll have one big handicap, however, since she can't speak a word of German. We hope she learns fast! Kathy Caulfield, a freshman Art major, will be working at a public pool in Morristown, New Jersey. Out of the 13 lifeguards working

there, she'll be the only girl! She'll watch the swimmers, give swim- ming lessons, and participate in water shows. This will be Kathy's second summer as a lifeguard. Though she does^get a goodltan, lifesaving is not the easy summer job everyone thinks—it takes a lot

of responsibility.


A summer of emptying bed pans and giving back rubs may not seem very interesting, but to freshman Mary Ann Bartran it is. She'll work as a nurses' aide at Taylor- York for her second summer. Some Brown Hospital in Waterloo, New



Beginning in September of 1968, the local colleges will pre- sent weekly, half-hour long ra- dio programs on WWYN. Stu- dents from Mercyhurst,* Villa Maria, and Gannon will be the main participants. Hamot and St. Vincent's School students will also participate when the programs are? related to their academic departments. The radio program pian was suggested by Kathy Icardi to the Tri-College Committee and submitted tol WWYN J Radio which has agreed to give time on Sunday eveningsifor a Col- lege-Forum. Panel Discussions focusing on the various areas of college studies have been proposed for the Forum. The departments and clubs have been asked to participate in the particular dis- cussions related to their fields of study. College iForum will run throughout the 1968-69 school year, and with success it will be a standing project of the Tri- College Committee. This is an opportunity for Mercyhurst and other local colleges to inform the Erie community of what iB happening on our campuses.

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Tr of her other tasks will include giv- ing bed baths, feeding children, dis- charging patients and working in the therapy department. Mary Ann remarked that at timeB she want- ed to quit because it was a depres- sing and inerve-wracking Jjob. But she also added, "If you ever get a chance to work in a hospital, take advantage! of it. It's good I first- hand experience. You get a person- al feeling of accomplishment know- ing that people need you and you are able to help them." One of Mercyhurst's future stu- dent teachers, Mary Ann Delaney, will be getting some first-hand ex- perience this([summer. She's going to work as a|teacher's aide on the Remedial Reading Program in the Dubois Area Schools. Her main .job will be helping slow students to im- prove their reading. Her job begins with a one-week Straining period and then progresses to a full eight- week program. Mary Anne is look- ing forward to it because she'll be student teaching in the fall and feels this will be a big help to her. No matter what'YOU do this summer, whether it be} working, traveling, attending Mercyhurst summer school, or just loafing— have a good time!

Over the Easter holidays the Erie Central Mall was the scene of a Paint-In for all interested college students. The local winners were a team of talented Mercyhurst artists: Mary Cagnoli, Kathy Gor- czycki, Mary Ann Morton, Julie Sokolowski, Judy Staszewski, and Sharon Thompson. The girls spent three days painting a beige Opal Kadette and were awarded the use of the car' for five days each. The winning car was entered in national competition by its sponsor, Plumpton Buick. • T .I S 1

pertinent to mercyhurst?


g. ii. professor discusses education criticizes student-teacher relations


(This article was printedfin full in the |Feb. 8 edition of THE HOYA, Georgetown University's newspaper. It was writtenjby Dr. Keith|Fort, an assistant professor in the English!? Department at Georgetown. He is secretary of the University Senate and chairman of the Senate committee on Student



Like most of the college teachers I know, early in my career I half consciously decided that I would never become ved in educa- tional theory. But once too often I heard a Georgetown student say "the only thing I learn I get out- side the classroom." I could not pu t off forever considering whethe r there was *any validity in this '. What he (the student) means was that existentially significant learning, as opposed to that which comes from taking notes and mem- orizing facts, results from dialogue with his peers. In mostjclassrooms the student tends to be in a master-slave rela- tionship with his teacher. This gen- erates either hostility towards the subject matter or adoration of the "brilliant and forceful" authoritar- ian teacher A small, and yet inconspicious, revolution is taking place at Georgetown. It is trying to change things by separating students from an orientation towards the author- itarianism of thefteacher and by breaking an attitude that sees sub- ject matter as an obstacle to be overcome. In an English class last semester students were discussing a poem by Donne. There was no teacher in the room. In a theology class groups were sitting in i small groups while the teacher circulated without stopping long enough for the discussion to be oriented to-

wards him




I know of no teacherjjwho pre-

**-™» right'


tends to have found


way of conducting a class

ever, from my own limited vantage point, I see two principles at work in most of the experiments I know

about. The first is that a teacher must begin with ideas that are existent- ially significant toi a student at whatever level he may be. And sec- ond, we are recognizing that learn- ing occurs most meaningful in a classroom where students talk

to and teach|others instead of di- recting their remarks towards approval-giving instructor The case of my own decision to experiment is the conviction that the lecture system has been wast- ing the! human potential of stu- dents. The job (if that is not too strong a word) that comes from the pursuit of excellence and en- gagement with learning has been replaced in American education by the ego kicks that come with good grades and conformity to an image


that elicits an approval of author-



. There are many external ob- stacles?to what we are trying to do. Large classes, for example, de- feat all forms of experiment with a discussion method. Group psy- chologists tell us, and it is confirm- ed by my own experience, that a group functions most effectively with about 12 members. Carried away with my own en- thusiasm during the past semester, I tried a discussion method with a class of nearly 70. Midway through the semester we had covered a tenth of the material and what was far worse, 90 percent of the class had never spoken The chain which binds us into the status quo is the grading sys- | tern. To work for grades is to in- sure ! a student's illiberal education because the more important the grade, the more the subject? mat- ter is an enemy to be ^defeated. Yet it is mercilessly high-handed for an instructor however much he is opposed to the system to sacri- fice his students to a theory. Stu- dents come to Georgetown and plan to go on to graduate school. Grad- uate schools admit and reject largely on the basis of grades. There are always some rebellious students who completely refuse to work for grades. They will, even if they graduate, not get into




graduate school. They have been presented with the radical alterna- tives of jfailing with integrity or succeeding with dishonor • I • The differenceIbetween v working for grades and working to learn was graphically illustrated tofme in one of my own classes this year. In an attempt to find some way of giving grades and still encouraging freedom and discussion, I said that certain papers would be consider- ed toward a final grade and others would not.^

The ungraded papers were intel- ligent, fresh, vital,. : enthusiastic. The papers to be graded were, for the most part, dull, academic, jar- gon-filled mechanical exercises In addition to the obstacle of grades, the {students themselves have shown a surprising amount of opposition to a more democratic Many students are accustomed to and like the pres- ence of a strong authority who can give them absolutely "right" answers. A student told me recent- ly that he was switching his Eng- lish section: "It's interesting, but the teacher never tells us what's right." He might have said "The

teacher makes us

Many of our students are as "culturally deprived" as a ghetto student in that they have had little opportunity for freedom and devel- opment in their intellectual lives. The Georgetown student doesn't drop out as does the ghetto stu- dent because the rewards for stay- ^

ing are too

The college student remains in school and merely turns himself off while.he is in class. At night he stands around bars talking to his friends. Who can say that for sore, in many cases, the bar and the corner are not the best classrooms? Isn't it possible to funnel the ener- gy and enthusiasm of those con- versations into concern for academ- ic subjects?




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- I'm talking about a situation i n which I figure personally. I teach about eight students a year. If y ou could imagine that spread across

th e whol e colleg e system , you'd see that our budgets would not ta quadrupled, but, in fact, increased 10 or 20 times, he added. \ I Katz, author of the forthcoming book "Growth and Constraint in College Students," said, "We do

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problem? i s tha t our thinking has not been geared to exploring the developmental needs of the stu- dents. 3jWe have been concerned more in defining our colleges by setting up departments according to traditional principles.? "We have put very little interest into making faculty more aware of the diversity of the students that they teach and equipping them better to teach. Every faculty mem- ber tends to be seen primarily as a scholar or departmental person. He really doesn't define his task very much as educating." Dean Booth said that "almost everybody could benefit from what I would call genuine education aft- er the age of 18—if, byfthat, we mean improvement^of their capac- ity to think and their capacity to read and deal with the world of ideas , a s welU a s wit h thei r own lives in the best possible way." l"But," he added, "I think it's really very sad tha t so many pa- rents whose children have no real desire to go to conventional college an d who do hav e some genuine mo- tivation in some other direction feel that college is the only way." "Not only the non-elite but the elite institutions are far too often getting to be for someone to whom no real experience has occurred, not th e traditiona l education not anything else that's real or gen- uine. I t ha s been an artificial ex- perience with the artificial stamp. That is the essential problem."

viet nam poll

Vorvallis,!Ore.—(I. P.) — Final tabulations are in on the Vietnam poll on the campus of Oregon State University conducted by the Asso- ciated Students Public? Affairs Committee. *

Th e studen t opinion , take n in two days of balloting, ^represent about

6,000 ofIthe

13,000 students here.

The poll indicates that the stu- dent s ar e no t i n favo r "of immedi- ate withdrawal from Vietnam al- though they do not back the pres- ent U. S. policy. An increase in bombing of Nort h £ Vietnam was favored and the United Nations does not hold the key to settlement in the majority voting.

Most expect the war to last

about 5 more years but do not feel


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The April 5th issue of the Bona Venture had no less than six ad- vertisements for {alcoholic bever- ages. The General Brewing Com- pany advertises with the college student in mind; "A chemistry student was about to complete the final step to a highly explosive ex- periment. To calm himself, he reached for a Genessee Beer. But his lab partner had drunk the last one* Then he really blew upl"


faculty present "choice "68" platforms

lutions of the war. Asia is as dip- lomatically important as Eoiope used to be; it is where World War

III will begin. Nixon calls for the

Asian jStates to build on the pres- ent Asian and Pacific Council, to make it a military and an economic co-op with Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea (having American economic systems) as its leaders. The United States would intervene to and in the battle against Communism through a collective request of the states. Nixon also proposes to ad- mit China to the UN and to per- suade herleaders to change their Imperial ambitions. He fbelieves that in* the future, India, China, Japan and America will be the im- portant world powers.

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Corps should be considered equival- ent to a | college education, three educators contended in a discussion of "Who Should Go To College?"

Agreeing that the concept of un- dergraduate education in America archaic and has created an


Booth, Dean of College and George M. Pullman, Professor of English at the University of Chicago; James M. Redfield, Associate Dean of the College and Associate Pro- fessor in the University's Commit- tee on Social Thought, and Joseph Katz, Associate Director of the In- stitute for the study of Human Problems at Stanford University.

"We have to stop arranging col- leges in a single serial order of which are the best and the next

best and start thinking of different kmdsj$iand different styles which are parallel to one another," Red- field said. "There's no reason why the Peace Corps couldn't be consid- ered an educational institution. That may be its main function."


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On Monday evening, April 22, various members of the faculty ac- quainted the student body with the past performances, present poli- cies, and public images of this year's presidential candidates. The purpose of these informative speeches was to prepare students to vote intelligently in "Choice *68."


Mr. Lincourt, as chairman of the group, began by introducing| Mr. Henry Shrady who defended Sena- tor Eugene McCarthy. Mr. Shrady informed us that McCarthy has ex- perience and ethics on his side. He has beaten- ten Republicans before, is a gentleman and a Catholic. He was a professor of economics and of philosophy before sacrificing this comparatively peaceful exis- tence! for the trials and tribula- tions of political life. Mr. Shrady mentioned McCarthy's devotion to Thomas More and proceeded to ex- plain the reverent Senator's views on Viet Nam. He believes the U. S. should cease its "search and de- stroy" missions,! cease fire while pressing for negotiations and force the South Vietnamese to fight the war themselves. He criticizes the recent selections which he consid- ered unfair: they only represent- ed the opinion of Saigon and! not the opinion of the country fas a whole. According to fMr. Shrady, the SenatorI also feels that | the programs of the Great Society have suffered asvthe result of this war.; He denounces the use*of so- phisticated weapons in a people's war, points out theJ tremendous tactical misjudgements and need for better troop training. McCarthy and, so it seems, Mr. Shrady him- self, believe thatiwe are overin- volved in Viet Nam. Finally, we were told that McCarthy will not cause a? split in the country, that he is believable, and speaks and acts according to common sense. Somehow this great man will fill the void in the credibility gap. Aft- er all, |the young believe in him.

KENNEDY The next speaker, Mr. Libre, described Senator Robert Kennedy









as a winner. In the spirit of a true politician, Mr, Libre informed us that McCarthy's retinue includes— of all things—a psychologist! He further stated his belief that as a dark horse, McCarthy has nothing to lose. (Does the fact that a man has a. lot to lose make him the best candidate for the presidency?) We heard further | that Kennedy has always wanted peace and progress, that he doesn't want to surrender in Viet Nam but that he would like to negotiate a settlement. Kenne- dy wants the Vietnamese people to determine their own future. He wants the U. S. to de-escalate and to transfer its interest from the military sphere to those of econ- omics and? politics. Kennedy be- lieves that the Vietnamese must win the war themselves, although he thinks the U. S. should help them with equipment and advisors. Mr. Libre reported that Kennedy has opposed escalation in Viet Nam for the past three years.

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Kennedy, according to Mr. Libre, has opinions on everything; he is truly interested in his country. He sees the need for prevention of riots and urges a complete revamp- ing of the present draft system*;


^Although Rockefeller ha s not of- ficially entered the race, Mr. Sturm presented the reasons why he should! be nominated and later elected. His philanthropy, his thir- ty years of public service, and his previous experience in foreign af- fairs under Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower recommend him for the job. He has been assured of labor support in the July campaign. Rockefeller is not campaigning now because he can't get the nomina- tion; he has never courted the sup- port of the "Club," as Mr. Sturm puts it, and aroused their anger during the '64 convention. He will only receive the nomination if the delegates realize that any other Republican candidate will lose in November. Mr. Sturm stated that platforms are irrelevant, that prom- ises are mady only to win elec- tions. He believes that the real question is who can best mobilize the forces that govern the country. With labor behind him, Rockefeller has a good chance of winning. He can defeat the Democrats. Along with good political and business sense, Rockefeller has inherited his philanthropic ancestors' commit- ment to mankind. He is for civil rights, against riots, and popular with the Negro element. Rockefel- ler is, in this age of leftest-right- est conformity, a moderate. He is a man of character and integrity who believes that freedom is the only; uinversal commitment.

NIXON Mr. McAndrew began by ques- tioning Richard Nixon's public im- age. Our idea of "tricky Dick," the loser, is somewhat unjust. People tend to remember the bad things, e. g. Nixon's disastrous trip to Latin America and his "Kitchen debates" with Kruschev, ignoring the postivie good resulting from most of his good-will tours. Nixon's policies are/ basically conservative. He believes that the draft should be abolished (after the Viet Nam crisis is ended) and that a civilian corps should accompany profes- sional soldiers. He suggests that a volunteer army would succeed if pay scales were raised. Concern- ing the urban crisis, Mr. Nixon calls for more selective use of wel- fare funds, a raise of the minimum wage, and tax incentives provided for businessmen who establish themselves in the ghetto. His plat- form includes a negative income tax and a more concentrated use of computers to solve the unemploy- ment problem. Like the other can- didates and like everyone else in the country, Nixon wants to end the war in Viet Nam. He is critical of the Johnson Administration's previous war efforts; he thinks that force should have been applied more swiftly and that controlled escalation is a mistake. Nixon savs he would refuse to accept fake so-


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WALLACE The lastfspeaker played "Dixie," mood* music for the attitudes and opinions of ex-governor George Wallace. Mr. Wood's impersonation was delightful and true-toil ife. He sarcastically pointed out that there is no real difference between Dem- ocratic and Republican parties. He stated that the government is not

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such as schools of design and the performing arts be encouraged and

recognized as

traditional institutions.





ing violence; we should let the po-

lice run the country. Wallace be- lieves the "big government" is in- fringing on states' rights, that it's trying to run every aspect of our lives. He says that communists and reactionaries are trying to break

down the peace by advocating vio- lence. Mr. Wood's speech empha- sized private ownership of property as a basic humane right; this sug-

gests Wallace's policy on fair hous- ing and the recent rioting. For some strange reason he seems to think that Alabama and Mississippi are being discriminated against.

Regarding thinks the

our allies in Europe and Asia should help us. He is either the only radical of the group or the only one who has enough courage to admit it.




question was "What kind of things should we have if college means something and not just anything as it does now? Do we have dif- ferent ways of growing up enough, different ways th rough learning and growing between the ages of 18 and 22?" He said thatfvariety in higher education would "enable thefpeople who are trying to do the traditional thing to really do


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I ' Redfield, who is Master offthe University's New Collegiate Divis- ion, described his own experiences in traditional liberal education:

"We're trying to find out what happens if you use maximum re- sources, if you don't worry about how much time it takes per stu-

Viet Nam, Wallace U. S. must insist that

racial integration threatens an intellectual segregation

Ann Arbor,|Mich. (I.?P.)—"Ra- cial integration of the tradition- ally '!white schools may eventually

threaten the Negro college with in- tellectual segregation," warns Uni- versity of Michigan {Professor Ru-

dolf B. Schmerl.



An English instructor'in the Uni- versity's College of Engineering, Schmerl spent the 1966-67 school year teaching at predominantly Negro Tuskegee Institute as a part of the Tuskegee-Michigan ex- change program|

A growing social awareness

among the predominantlyjj white universities had led them to active recruiting of top Negro students and staff members. Such efforts are commendable, Schmerl says. But they threaten the Negro col- leges, which cannot(hope to com- pete in scholarships, salaries and resources with the wealthier schools.

This is one of the forces adding

Schmerl calls "the double

to what

life of the Negro institution."




programs, although helpful, also add to this duality because they

do not consider the special circum-


of th e


college, She


For example, he contends that matching funds requirements which may be appropriate for institutions assured of local support or of their alumni's ability to make major con- tributions, often preclude the Ne- gro college's eligibilty. Schmerl says these forces sharp- en the schizophrenia in Negro in- stitutions which sterns from the generations-old conflict between:

An urgent need for providing

the type of educational environ-

pnent in which Negro students can reach their real potential. An equally great need to be a "college among colleges," a need for professional self-aware- Iness, a need to show that "excel- lence has no color." "The Negro college has no dis- tinct ideology, no separate profes- sional function, no centuries-old tradition from which to draw in- spiration, and no clear future toward which to aim," he adds.







half of the nation's Negro students are attending 120 predominantly Negro institutions which will prob- ably continue to graduate the larg- est share of Negro students in the ^

next few years.

The quality of their education as well as the numbers graduated will be "one of the determinants in our nation's efforts to dissociate dis- advantage from race," he predicts.

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ganization for Responsibility in Education) to abolish it. They plan to use! a student referendum to propose that no new SG be organ- ized. Rather, they want each or- ganization to negotiate with the administrative directly.

Washington State University Seven religious clubs on the WSU campus pooled their resources and