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The Cahillite, v. 21, no. 2, December, 1953.
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The Cahillite, v. 21, no. 2, December, 1953.
Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, Pa.)
10 July 2015
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Tower Goes up in Smoke Smoke pours from Romans’ trstrotzomical town‘. FLAMES FAIL TO FELL ROMAN FOR SECOND TIME R.C.H.S. witnessed its second fire within five years on November 10. At approximately 3:30 p.m. smoke was seen pouring from the tower by a passerby. On seeing this. he rushed into the building and reported it to one of the faculty. Fathers Moors and Feeney fought the blaze with fire- extinguishers while Father Kline sound- ed the alarm. Father Quain dismissed his ninth period class and Mr. Coleman directed his basketball team down the fire escape to the street. in the meantime. the fire company from 13th and Race had arrived and started to fight the blaze which was confined to the tower. the band room and room 62. The fire, which was extinguished in about 45 minutes. was blamed on faulty wiring in the tower. The tower, which is atop the oldest Catholic Free School in the U. S., was used as astronomical laboratory back in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Although the mechanism, which made the tower revolve. has been removed. a large wheel which was used to turn the tower, still remains. HOPING? [lays from school 11'(llL‘h the fire Imrn rmf. CAHILLITES ARE ACTIVE ON STATIONS AND TV CHANNELS A program by WCAU-TV which was created especially for the youth is "Americans All.'' It is a quiz show moderated by Father Shaeflein with representatives from several Catholic High Schools of the Philadelphia area as contestants. Each week a special guest acts as judge evaluating the contribution of each school. "Americans All" is presented on alternate Saturdays from 9:00 to 9:15 a.m. and is well worth watching and heartily enjoyable. How- ever. the intrinsic value of "Americans All" lies in its purpose or theme. This purpose is to combat prejudice and consequently promote better citi- zenship. The theme is carried out each week when a different nationality is selected for discussion and its contribution to America's greatness illustrated. The theme was launched with the topic "National Groups in America. It was followed on October 9. with "The Italians in America." October 24, presented the topic "America and the U. N. The November Zl show was "The English and Thanksgiving since it was so near Thanksgiving. This topic as are all the topics are chosen for their significance to the holiday near at hand e.g. "The Italians in America“ and Columbus Day. Other titles chosen for programs are "Notre Dame and the French," "The Germans and Christmas. The participants on these shows in- clude students from Hallahan, West Catholic Girls. Little Flower, North Catholic, St. liuberts and Roman. How about a few of us making the supreme sacrifice by missing Patches and watching "Americans All." On Thursday, November 5. students from parochial. private, public and suburban schools participated in Phila- delphia's Junior Town Meeting of the Air which was transcribed from the auditorium of the Friends‘ Select School in Philadelphia. The topic discussed was: Should the Powers oi Congres- sional lnvestigating Committees be Lim- ited? Have they abused their powers? SENIORS SEEK FORENSIC HONORS The Debating Club this year is under the supervision of Mr. Ward. its members consist of Charles Weath- ertord, Francis Gallagher, Dino Curti. Stephen Vasso, James Gravin. Robert Sinush. L, Pyrih. This year our de- bators debated against St. Leonards Academy. Hallahan, Camden Catholic and St. Joseph. The first meet on October 17. at Camden Catholic was an Oratorical Declamation which C. Weatheriord placed in the finals. Each school took part in the debate which was finally won by a student of Camden Catholic. Again at Camden Catholic on No- vember 14. an extemporaneous speak- ing contest was held by Pyrih and Sinush who made A and B grades. This year, the topic debated with many high schools including our own is "Resolving that the electorial vote of each state should be cast in pro- portion to its popular vote." We wish Mr. Ward and all of his debaters the best oi luck in their on- coming matches with other schools. ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL vg1,()r)ri'NcJ.71E1LADr:1.1>1-rgl. PA.. DEcfMFm.Tsa3a‘t>3Tei‘gs SCHOOL DANCES PROVE POPULAR This year the students of Roman have experienced a new idea in the way 01 school life and social life. They are proud to boast of the dances which have been taking place in the auditorium. The Harvest Dance took place on November 6. The decorations were very coloriul and different. Our R.C.H.S. banner hung from the ceiling fill with balloons. A scarecrow made by Father Kline set off a wonderful atmosphere for our Harvest Moon and our com- stalks surrounding him. The Thanksgiving Dance took place on November 25. The stage setting was much different. The scarecrow was transformed into a Prep football player who was hanging from a Purple and Gold goalpost. Gaily decorated turkeys trimmed the walls. An especially noticeable one was painted by A. Daly of Section A-2. The committee consists mostly of members of the Junior class. Music was supplied by records which were borrowed from Mr. Sydney Mace, a member of the faculty and S. Smith and J. Weber of the Junior Class. P & G '54 FEATURES THE MARIAN YEAR The 1954 edition of the "Purple and Gold" got underway on October 5th with the photographing of the under- classmen sections. The theme of the 1954 yearbook is the Marion Year. The Marian Year was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII to commemorate the centenary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. STUDENTS GET PROGRAM NOTES ON "JULIUS CAESAR" MetroGoldwyn-Mayer. the famous picture making corporation. sent two representatives to Roman Catholic High to give to the student body an ex- planation of the famous play "Julius Caesar." written by the renowned playwrite William Shakespeare. Mr. Fritz Goodman in charge of techincal advising and Mr. Robert Bowal responsible for the publicity of the picture were the two men sent here to represent the studio. In explaining the picture. they used a motion picture slide machine. They demonstrated the technique used in making pictures like "Julius Caesar." The main stars in the picture in- clude: Marlon Brando as Mark An- thony. Greer Garson portraying Cal- pemia. Debra Kerr depicting Portia, James Mason as Brutus and last but not least Louis Calhem as Julius esar. We would like to thank M.G.M. for assuring us what a great picture this is, and we all can do that by patron- izing the picture. SENIOR PROM SET FOR MAY The night of May 14. has yet to The students view of this year's prom is good. A few changes have been made. but none that will mar the usual characteristics of this memorable event. The hired suits. borrowed shoes, and cars will be the same. The swanky Barclay Hotel will still be the scene of this festive night, but the rhythm has been changed. This year. we have an all new sound in the music world. Wayne Barrie and his orchestra. Philadelphia’: newest dance sensation. TIME OUT A few of thr dancers relax between nzunlirrs at tho Harvest Dance. .V('il(Ii1't‘s In-rr for the first of his two TITS at thr Sf. Jon's gatnr.