THE SKYSCRAPER Volume II. MUNDELEIN COLLEGE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, APRIL 27, 1932 Number 7 LAETARE SENIORS STAR IN MODERN THREE-ACT DRAMA The Two-Edged Sword, a Play with Russian Atmosphere Draws Crowd More than fifteen hundred people at tended The Two-Edged Sword, a drama in three acts, presented Sun day evening, April 10, in the college auditorium by the Mundelein Laetare Players, starring five seniors in the school of speech who will receive their degrees in June, Clare Allender, Le nore Healy, Eleanor Joyce, Annamerle Kramer, and Helen O'Gara. Before the performance, the college orchestra played the first half of the Nina Rose Prologue and several short selections, and during the intermission the players gained distinction by their interpretation of Pulcinello, Chanson Triste, A Moonlit Garden, and sev eral other selections. The production more than justified the large number in attendance for the scenery, lighting, costumes, and acting were all exceptionally good. The scene of the play, which depicts the adven tures of a young Russian noblewoman, is Washington, D. C. The play prop er, however, was preceded by a strik ing tableau at the Winter Palace where Petrus Petrovsky, his wife, son, and daughter are sentenced by the Tsar to exile in Siberia. The opening scene, at the home of Senator Wiilner, introduces the some what amusing family of the states man. Mile. Sannom, the indispensable governess, returns after a brief ab sence and the Wiilner household is restored momentarily to peace by the charming graciousness of this young woman who displays remarkable tact and self-control in her management of the incorrigible little daughter of the house. A somewhat mysterious char acter from the first. Mademoiselle proves to be the protagonist of the play. Subsequent action reveals that she is Olga Petrovna, the daughter of the Russian nobleman of the tableau. How- she finds her brother, Ivan, who has also escaped from Siberia, and through the kindness of a former friend, the wife of the Russian ambassador, ulti mately secures her liberty provides a plot of intense suspense and dramatic pathos. The machinations of a former rival, Madame Luvoff, bring events to a startling climax in the second act and perhaps the most striking moment in the play was the tragic black out, following a scene in the Russian embassy. Eleanor Joyce as the governess took her part with tact and sweetness and showed herself capable of convincing action in her stirring scenes at the Russian embassy. Her playing blended well with that of Mrs. Wiilner, played by Annamerle Kramer, who distin guished herself as the diplomatic wife of a diplomat and as a gracious hostess at the garden party in the sec ond act. The stage setting for this scene was most effective, the raised receiving platform in the rear provid- (Continued on page 4, column 5.) SENIORS RINGS ARE BLESSED IN CHAPEL The college rings of the first senior class of Mundelein College were blessed at a solemn ceremony in Stella Maris Chapel on Wednesday morning, April 6, the Reverend Clifford J. LeMay, S. J., of Loyola University, officiating. The rings are of white gold with an oblong onyx central stone surmounted by the college seal- Wearing caps and gowns, the seni ors, preceded by four tiny flower girls, first-grade students from St. Thomas of Canterbury School, marched in pro cession to the Chapel and when the blessing had been given, received their rings. Following this. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament was given. Father LeMay then addressed the seniors informally, stressing as his theme, the value of kindness in thought and word and deed. He re minded them of the difficulties and obstacles that come into every life, and he advised the practice of kind ness as antidote for all such ills. He spoke, too, of the countless occasions upon which a kindly thought or word might lessen the sorrow in other lives, and simply but quite impressively he mentioned the universal duty of charity. GIRL SCOUT LEADERS Patricia Caron, Convent of the Sacred Heart; Catherine Cummings, Convent of the Sacred Heart; Miss Gammon; Mary Jane Sullivan, Mundelein College; G eraldine Garvey, The Immaculata; Mary Domes, Mun delein College. Student Council GIRL SCOUT LEADERS Has Card Party TRAINED IN COURSE The Student Activities Council, un der the able direction of its president. Vera Carson, scored a marked success on the card party, their first social function of the year, which was held in the formal social rooms and the gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon, April 20. The attendance numbered about eight hundred and fifty, crowding both the social room and the loggia as well as the gymnasium to capacity. A few of the late comers, unable to find ac commodations on second floor, enjoyed a small party of their own in the clothing laboratory on fourth floor. There was a prize of three lovely linen handkerchiefs for each table of bridge and bunco, and the door prizes, donated by various students, provided the fortunate guests with a delightful selection. During the course of the afternoon, chances were sold on a quilted silk comforter and a luscious- looking cake. The card party was sponsored by the Council to create a College Day fund for the annual stu dent gift to the college, a token of ap preciation to the faculty and a tribute of loyalty from the student body. The Student Activities Council con sists of the following members: Vera Carson, president; Marion Young, Doris Barnett, Mary Toohey, Katherine Bren nan, Mary Jane Sullivan, Mary Dick, and Maryon Walsh. High School Scouts Are Guests of the College for Week. Student Activities Officers Elected Doris Barnett was elected president of the Student Activities Council for the scholastic year 1932-33 at an as sembly of the juniors, sophomores, and freshman in the auditorium at 11 o'clock on Friday, April 22. Doris was secretary of the Student Council this year and a member of the Junior Prom committee, and her executive ability and fine school spirit have won the re spect and confidence of her classmates and of the entire school. Mary Toohey, '33, was elected vice- president, Katherine Brennan, '34, sec retary, and Mary Dick, '35, treasurer. Mary Tuhey has won distinction in her work as a sodalist, and Katherine Brennan is president of the sophomore class and a class representative on the Student Council. Mary Dick, who came to us from Marywood High School in September, has also been a member of the Student Council. Gretchen Kretschmer and Margar- etta Nolan were elected senior repre sentatives, Mary Jane Sullivan and Lenore Manning represent the juniors, and Jean O'Connor and Ruth Tangney the sophomores. Election to the Student Activities Council is a distinction merited by a manifest spirit of loyalty and coopera tion, and the faculty unite with the students in extending congratulations to the officers and members. Mundelein and visiting Girl Scouts, to use the words of Miss Madeleine Gammon. National Staff Instructor, had a perfectly grand time during the week of the Girl Scout Leadership Course, April 11-15, at Mundelein. Miss Gammon, who is also the local direc tor in East Chicago, held classes in the gymnasium each day during the week from three to five o'clock except on Friday when formal investiture for the new Scouts took place at ten-thirty in the formal social rooms. One could scarcely, however, call the two-hour session each afternoon a class, for no class could be more in formal, interesting, or full of fun. During the first part of the hour, games were the order of the day. and then, after half hour of exhilarating exercise. Miss Gammon's really lovely voice led the girls in old and new Scout songs. Following this, each patrol devoted its attention to preparing a panto- mine, charade, or play, and then when it staged its production for the benefit of the other groups, Miss Gam mon gathered everyone around her and told them of the Girl Scout move ment and what it is doing for young girls of today. The Girl Scout program, observed Miss Gammon, is essentially con cerned with outdoor recreation, home- making, and good citizenship. Girl Scouts are trained to become unselfish, loyal, patient, and capable of standing on their own feet. They are given op portunities for making and carrying out their own plans, and in this way they develop initiative. They learn to do a great many useful things, and they are taught to combine work with play, thus laying a foundation that will be invaluable to them in later life. Girl Scouts, she continued, learn to do by doing; that is, instead of lectures on how to cook, sew, or ban dage sprains and sores, the girls actually do cook and sew, and prac tice bandaging on one another. They apply these tasks to everyday life and in this way seldom forget them as they would if they had been merely lectured to. I want my girls, Miss Gammon concluded, to be fine, all around good Scouts with clean, healthy bodies and minds. On Friday morning the sixteen girls who had passed their first Scout test were formally invested with the dainty trefoil Scout pins by Miss Gammon. Only a few members of the Faculty were invited to be present at this simple but solemn and impressive ceremony. With the other girls standing in horseshoe formation, the sixteen girls (Continued on page 3, column 5.) Debaters Yield y Laurel To Yale Mundelein debators lost their first forensic tilt on Friday, April 8, when they bowed to the decision which favored their opponents, the team from Yale University. But to yield the laurel in an economic discussion to representatives from one of the oldest universities in the country proved not so great a blow after all. The scene of the conflict was the college auditorium, and the question, announced by the chairman, the Rev erend Thomas A. Egan, S. J., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Loyola University, was. Resolved: That the United States should adopt a nation-wide compulsory plan for the control of production and distribution in the major basic industries. Frank lin Ferris II and William J. Hull of Yale upheld the affirmative, while Ruth Tangney and Mary Agnes Tynan of Mundelein took the negative stand. To save time, Father Egan read the economic program that Yale is advo cating in place of our present capital istic system. In brief, it provides for a Central Planning board to regulate production, wages, and the organiza tion of the separate industries; a group of highly trained business men to take charge of these industries; and a staff of economic statisticians to col lect, vital statistics in order to deter- (Continued on page 3. column 3.) I.F.C.A. Announces Mary's Day Date Mundelein College will join with the Illinois Federation of Catholic Alum nae in the celebration of the fifth an nual Mary's Day on May 7. The Alum nae has selected this Saturday before Mother's Day to make a voluntary offering of love and service to Mary Immaculate in recognition of her pre eminence as the Mother of God, and in loyal devotion to her as their Pa troness and Mother. Mary's Day is a voluntary tribute and the I. F. C. A. suggests three re quirements in its observance: 1. To hear Mass and receive Holy Communion on Mary's Day remem bering particularly the completion of the National Shrine of the Immacu late Conception the concrete expres sion of the nation's love for Mary. 2. To wear visibly, throughout the day, her Miraculous medal. 3. To give to some good work in Mary's name, an offering, equal at least, in value that presented to Mother on Mother's Day. The combination of these three methods of paying tribute to Mary Im maculate differentiates Mary's Day from all other days dedicated to her with the stipulation that the offering by the student should be earned or saved through self-denial. ORCHESTRA SCORES BRILLIANT TRIUMPH IN SPRING CONCERT Solo and Ensemble Numbers Display Excellent Technique. The blare of a trumpet announced the opening of the second annual Spring Concert of the Mundelein Col lege Orchestra, presented in the col lege auditorium on Sunday evening, April 17, under the direction of Pro fessor Herman J. Beringer. A soft mist of colored lights enveloped the cardinal-red and gold of the official uniforms worn by each member as they marched in procession upon the stage depositing their brilliant mor tar board caps at its edge as they made their bow to the audience. To the strains of Von Weber's Peter Schmoll Overture, the curtain swung open and a delightful program followed. Noteworthy among the num bers presented were the two by Grieg. The Last Spring, whose haunting beauty and wealth of sentiment never fail to delight an audience, voiced the strange and alluring cry of the North land in the peculiarly weird and vague kind of harmony that is characteristic of the Norwegian composer. The Triumphal March from the Jorsalfar Suite vividly expressed the marital spirit of the crusader. Sigurd, King of Norway, gained the name Jorsalfar because of his travels to Jerusalem and Constantinople, where he and his large forces fought many battles and plundered the heathen lands. With his death in 1130, the classical period of Norwegian history came to an end. In the middle section of this number, Grieg has given us one more of those idyllic slow movements. We are re minded of the intimacies of the sec ond movement of his beautiful piano concerto and the middle sections of the Wedding Day at Froldhansen and the March of the Dwarfs. The whole-hearted applause following this selection expressed the appreciation and satisfaction of everyone present. The opening solo, Kreisler's Liebs- freud sounded a reveille to the audi ence that here indeed was real music and each succeeding number added to the impression. A fine discrimination was evident in the variety of selec tions, and the patriotic number at the close of the first division of the pro gram, introducing a flag tableau, was a pleasing variation. The quartet rendering of Saint- Saens Cantabile from Sanson et Dalila was most beautifully executed, indeed, the entire program was worthy of the comments of Perfect, Finished, and Marvelous orchestration, which were on the air, after the concert. Grieg's over-powering Triumphal March was a splendid finale. The program follows: Peter Schmoll Overture Carl Maria von Weber Liebesfreud Kreisler Elizabeth Boyle Orchestral accompaniment Intermezzo from Ballet Naila.... Delibes Last Spring Grieg (Continued on page i, column 1.) LIBRARY BULLETINS COLLEGE BOOK LIST A list of one hundred books that every college girl should have read was bulletined recently by the college library, challenging every student as to the value of her reading and her literary taste. The list is unusual in its selection for it contains stories on a wide range of subjects, from Ander son's fairy tales to Virgil's Aeneid, nor is fiction the only type of litera ture represented. Each book mentioned is excellent, both in its instructive qualities and in its entertaining value, and indeed, if the college girl were familiar with all of them she would have a better un derstanding of living, an appreciation of human nature, and untold personal enjoyment, as the prefatory note to the list declares. Undoubtedly some of the books are unfamiliar to even the most widely- read college students, and the list is a helpful guide to worth-while and constructive reading, and it provides, moreover, a standard of selection whereby students may determine the type of literature most beneficial to their intellectual and cultural back ground.
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