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The Ascent. volume (Amherst, N.Y.) 1949-2008, November 04, 1952, Image 2

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Page Two T H E ASCENT November 4, 1953 Editorial. . . A Marian Says— If we grow only in the eyes of the world, then we may consider our growth as nothing. But if we direct our ef­ forts toward spiritual gain our growth is complete, for then we will grow in the eyes of God. Our college is expanding materially and we can be truly proud, but we must not concentrate on material growth alone. It is intellectual and spiritual growth which will lead us to our ultimate goal. At Rosary Hill we have the opportunity to grow intel­ lectually; we have the facilities, and our teachers encour­ age us to develop an attitude of academic scholarship. After spending four years arming ourselves with this knowledge it becomes our duty to share it with the world, no matter how small our individual world may, be. The process of spiritual growth is even more difficult than that of intellectual growth^, our spiritual growth is an individual thing. Knowledge can be infused into us; after we are exposed to it for a length of time we are prone to accept it most naturally. At Rosary Hill we are exposed to the spiritual but we must desire this growth and strive after it before we can attain it. Therefore the material growth of our college is sig­ nificant to us only if we at the same time grow spiritually. If we do this, then and only then will we realize the dream of a greater Rosary Hill College. We will grow in the eyes of God. ear j s t aaentd: Your reporter has asked me to give my first impressions of Rosary Hill. The most striking feature, as I see it, is that the students live the motto of the College: “Doing the Truth in Char­ ity.” Each field of concentration in your curriculum seems to be designed and presented that “truth” or the possession of knowledge is yours to the ex- -A tei«t that_yoj.V-a.re. able. .to^pope efficiently with th^ * problems of your collegiate world. Graciousness, the distinctive tone that per­ meates your campus, is quickly sensed and admired by the newcomer as something keyed to a truly Christian pitch. This womanly virtue results only from an exercise of “charity” in daily corporate living. Neither your efficiency nor your graciousness, much to my delight, is of the self-centered type for you are “doing” for others through the many and varied activities both on and off campus. “Doing the Truth in Charity,” dear Rosarians, results in power—power to do good—power to the leaders in a world that presents you with a chal­ lenge. You need the power which saves you from mediocrity for our Holy Father Pope Pius XII has said, “Thank God for our present problems for it is no longer permitted anyone to be mediocre.” Continue living the Rosary motto — continue living efficiently, graciously, and apostolically. Sincerely in St. Francis, SISTER M. ANGELA, O.S.F. j President THE ASCENT ROSARY HILL COLLEGE SNYDER, N. Y. Editor-in-Chief . .................................... Agnes Cavanaugh Assistant Editor................................. ..... . Joan Reichard Feature Editor . .......... ............................ Patricia Brechtel Business Manager ...................................... Patricia Troy Circulation Manager .................... Carmella Bongiovanni Photographers ................................ . Mr. Theodore Fremy Constance Williams Faculty Advisor . ...................... . Mr. Joseph P. Higgins Contributors ........ Alice Batfha, Joanne Coppola, Eileen Cuddihy, Joan Downey, Joanne Fish, Kay Hughes, Mary Ann Kennedy, Peg Lenahan, Betty McLaughlin, Joan Turner, Marie Walter Getting to heaven is of utmost importance to all of us. Consequently, the task is not to be approached in a hap-hazard, hit or miss fashion. What is worth accom­ plishing is worth planning. The members of Sodality have figured it this way : it is far 'better to follow a definite course of action in attaining heaven than to slip in by a hair’s breadth without the slightest chance of help­ ing others along the way. We con­ sidered and adopted, therefore, a Way of Life, to whidh we conform, thereby assuring ourselves of a cor­ rect path, the mutual aid of com­ panions and above all the unfailing guidance of God's own Mother. We have consecrated ourselves to Mary for three ends: our personal sancti­ fication, the sanctification of others, and the defense of the Church. It is the hope and ambition of the World Sodality Organization to have Mary live and reign in the hearts of all as Mediatrix of all j graces, Lady of the Way, Queen of Peace. For the campus Sodality or­ ganization our “world” is Rosary Hill College. We are a relatively small group; yet we feel that if we can accomplish on this campus what the World Sodality Organization is intending to accomplish on a uni­ versal scale, we have fulfilled our purpose. Our existence is justified. If then you are approached dur­ ing the school year and asked to support the various Marian activi­ ties sponsored by the Sodality, re­ member that your aid, whether you are a Sodalist or not can help us reach our goal. As Catholics, and more especially as Catholics who have benefited by a college educa­ tion—“we can change the world.” However, every reformer must be­ gin with himself. Whether you feel you can light your candle and sprèad its glow by Sodality activities or through other means is of little importance. What is important is the task at hand. Let us do it well. Let Us change this world from its ego-centric individualism to a Christo-centric brotherhood. ‘Yes and No’ Greeting For HonorSystem The inauguration of the honor system at Rosary Hill has been greeted with mixed reaction from students. Those who welcome the new sys­ tem point to it as a step forward in promoting honesty and trust­ worthiness, essential character traits for Christian living. They maintain that the honor system demands ma­ turity in students, since to make it successful the students must act in­ dependently a n d conscientiously. They assert that it develops and trains the true aspects of Catholi­ city. 'From a practical aspect, honor system supporters say, the plan is workable. They point to its success in colleges and universities all over the world, many of them huge non­ sectarian institutions, and they ask why the system won’t work even more effectively at Rosary Hill, a small Catholic college. Opponents of the honor system say it will promote distrust among students and may be the cause of broken friendships, with the pos­ sibility of character assassination following. These critics ask how charges arising from operation of the sys­ tem can be proved. They maintain also that students must operate the system, so they, rather than faculty members, should decide on punish­ ment for violations. A Tertiary Explains We all know that a fraternity of the Third Order of St. Francis has been established at Rosary Hill, but how many of us know what the Third Order is? First, the Third Order is not a club, society, or any such organiza­ tion. As the name implies, it is an order, religious in nature. This or­ der, established by St. Francis, pro­ vides a way of life for all its members. This way of life is fol­ lowing in the footsteps of St. Fran­ cis. It imposes rules upon its mem­ bers which are not binding under pain of sin, but which exact a good Catholic life. The Third Order differs from the Sodality in that it is an established religious order of the Church, with its own habit and constitution. It imparts membership in the great Franciscan family, and as members of that family, Tertians partake in the prayers and graces of all the sisters and brothers. Following Francis means follow­ ing Christ, for it has been said that no one has imitated Christ more perfectly than the father of the Franciscan family. Department News ART—A balsa wood scale model of the new library building is being constructed by the art students. The model, complete in detail is to be on display in the very near future. SCIENCE — A rotary microtome has been purchased by the Biology department; it is used for cutting both plant and animal tissue. A very fashionable standard has been purchased for “Tiny,” the “man about campus” skeleton. MUSIC — Lida Sanfillipo, Mary Alice Walz, Marleen Schuler, and Marian Birmingham will comprise the first string ensemble at R.H.C. Mr. Fred Ressel will direct. Patri­ cia Ryan, Dolores Dundunelli and Marleen Schuler are giving music lessons to the girls of Our Lady of Refuge Home on Doat St. Summit Staff Has Surprises In Store The most prevalent question heard on the R.H.C. campus these days is: What has so captured Che fancy of the graduation class that some of the most austere students have been attending classes with signs on their back? These portable advertise­ ments exhort all within seeing dis­ tance to buy the Summit, Rosary Hill’s yearbook. The underclassmen must wonder what stimulus has been used to be­ get such devotion. A rumor stated that the book was to be in 3D and that polaroid glasses were to be giv­ en with every Summit subsequently purchased, but informed sources have denied this. We can only con­ clude that the class of ’54 is united in an effort to leave the school a memorable pictorial legacy. We hope that this praiseworthy, though somewhat unusual exurberance bears good fruit and that this year’s Summit is as well received as its predecessor. NSARegional To be Held In Albany The next district meeting of the National Students Association will be held at Rosary Hill College, next Tuesday at 8 PJM. The district will discuss the issues of the fall regional convention Nov. 13-15 in Albany. This year's convention will center its theme on Student and Faculty- Administration Relations. The sub- topics will be: regulation of social life; scheduling of events; Student conduct; judiciary and regulation; Curriculum problem; scope of Stu­ dent Government jurisdiction, and an open meeting on regional and national issues. In past years, the regional con­ vention was modeled after the Na­ tional Congress of the NSA which was divided into four commissions: Student Government, Educational Affairs, Student Affairs, and Inter­ national Affairs. The commissions were then sub-divided into topic dis­ cussions. Gerald Mulvey, Regional Chair­ man, said that the Regional Execu­ tive Committee felt that “it would be more advantageous to have a lot of work done on one problem than a little work done on a lot of prob­ lems.” Dorothy O’Laughlin, Senior dele­ gate; Maureen Castine, Junior dele­ gate; Joan Turner, District Secre­ tary, and many of the active NSA campus committee will be attending the regional convention. The regional meetings will be held in the Albany' State Chamber Building. All persons attending will stay at the DeWitt Clinton Hotel in Albany. Any students wishing to attend the convention should contact Dor­ othy O’Laughlin. Race Bias Hit By NFCCS; Tax Eyed by NSA Resolutions reflecting college stu­ dents’ attitude toward racial dis­ crimination and their concern with the U. S. income tax were among those passed at two national con­ ventions attended by Rosary Hill delegates this summer. Delegates Rosemary Attea and Kay Hughes were among those voicing their disapproval of racial discrimination in all its forms, when they attended the 10th National Congress of the NFCCS in Cincin­ nati in August. The conference delegates also de­ cided on establishment of a com­ mittee on academic freedom and the inaugurations of forums to im­ plement with Christian social prin­ ciples the fields of social science, business and finance. The conference’s theme, around which the entire proceedings revolv­ ed, was “The Responsibility of the Christian Student.” At Ohio State University in Columbus in August and September, with delegates to the Sixth National Convention of the NSA, Rosary Hill delegate Dorothy O’Laughlin took part in discussions wihich led to re­ solutions favoring students’ expenses as deductible income tax expenses and urging revision of the McCar- ran Act. The NSA delegates also passed resolutions urging all colleges and universities to support organizations wbioh further student mutual as­ sistance and promote international understanding.

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