Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Eurythmics

We've reviewed the history of plenty of athletic pursuits in various Throwback Thursday features: archery, baseball, basketball, bowling, equestrian sports, martial arts, and outdoor winter activities. We even looked at the evolution of the Seton Hill mascot.

Today we will introduce many of you to a lesser-known form of exercise called eurythmics/eurhythmics. If you think of "Eurythmics" at all, you may think of the '80s music duo best known for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

Though it's a physical activity, eurythmics was actually developed as a form of musical education in about 1905 (Encyclopedia Britannica). Its creator, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, didn't think of eurythmics as dance, but it did go on to influence that field.

If the Britannica article and the date on this photo, entitled "eurythmics 1910's outdoors," are to be believed, Seton Hill must have been a trailblazing eurythmics program.

This photo in the old Sullivan Gym is dated 1930 and shows quite a crowd looking on!

To watch video clips of modern Eurythmics being used in the fields of music and dance, you can search YouTube for "dalcroze." 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elevator escapades

It was an entertaining morning at Reeves Learning Commons. A couple of the library staff kept hearing a faint alarm-like sound, but we couldn't figure out what it was. Until, that is, Dr. Stanley texted that he was trapped in the elevator and we determined that the sound was the elevator.

I (Kelly Clever) live-tweeted from our position outside the top elevator doors. As usual with tweets, read bottom-up:

Meanwhile, on the inside:

The elevator is currently out of order. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Lowe Hall

You may have noticed that Lowe Hall is undergoing renovations.

It seems like a fitting time to look back at the history-- and unusual naming!-- of the building. (As usual, transcribed text appears under the clipping images.)

"Looking Back to the Building of Lowe Hall"
It began with a ceremony! But then, Seton Hill, from initiation to commencement, begins and ends ends [sic.] everything ceremoniously. Well "Breaking the Soil" was the first step toward the erection of the new building. It was an impressive rite, typifying progress, hinting of the past great achievements and suggesting future victories.

Then the Steam Shovel arrived. How it dug into the mass of earth, and stone, tearing away the hillside. For days we watched it, at first, fascinated, then fearful, lest the tennis court disappear in a landslide. Then the materials began to arrive. Trucks and wagons, daily traversed the road with their weights of brick and sand and pipes and stone. What noise and hammering and tearing and the building was wel [sic.] underway-

Thus the summer months flew by and the girls were once more back on the Hilltop. The building was yet unfinished. 

More pipes, more brick, more supplies. One morning, looking out of the windows, we beheld a car load of bath tubs, which, on account of the rain, were filled with water. You can talk as you please about schools with private roms [sic.] and baths but could you find a number of them so conveniently place [sic.] as under your very window!

Report said, "By Easter, the rooms will be ready." But they weren't. The hammering went on, the noise went on, the constructing went on. We loved it. Everything was so excited and disturbed and extraordinary that our school year was quite an exception to the regular routine. 

September came into its own again and with it the new building! Seton Hill had settled down to quiet and peace. Outside of sometimes hearing a little noise and knocking in Lowe Hall, the construction at the present day is modern, cosy and complete.
F. Little, '24.

Most people who have a passing familiarity with the the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are aware that Lowe Hall was named for Mother Aloysia Lowe, but most are probably not aware of how it got the name. We have the small but intrepid Class of 1920 to thank for that:

Lowe Hall, so named in honor of Mother Aloysia, was the first of the college residence halls. Ground was blessed and broken for it March 25, 1919, at a ceremony presided over by Father Sullivan, and participated in by the faculty and students. The hall contains more than seventy single rooms. The dining room, attached to Lowe Hall, a fine example of Lombard Gothic architecture, has a seating capacity of five hundred. It was first used by the former pupils of Seton Hill Schools at the annual alumnae banquet, June 17, 1920. In it the Sisters assembled July 19, 1920, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their foundation in the Pittsburgh Diocese. A tablet over the fireplace in the dining room, in Old English lettering, pays tribute to Mother Aloysia:

Remember, Good Friends,
Aloysia Lowe
Who as first Mother of her companion
Sisters of Charity in this place
Labored with them in all Meekness,
and with patient striving: who founded
this School of Christian Learning
which still betokens the Worthiness of
her ensemble to her kindred in Faith
& in Honor of whose deeds this
Building is now called
Lowe Hall
In the year 1920 upon the Fiftieth
Anniversary of her First Beginning the
Pennsylvania Mission in the year 1870
--May she and her companions Rest in
Peace & may they Pray for Us.
Hazard--yet forward

For the naming of Lowe Hall the credit, if not the honor, should go to the Class of 1920, Seton Hill College. the three members of this class, the first Liberal Arts graduates of the college, had expected to be the first residents of the new building. Construction operations having been delayed as a result of the war, the girls had been given a half-promise that, since they were obliged to forego the honor of residing in the hall, they should have the privilege of naming it. The privilege, for some reason, was withheld from month to month. The girls clamored for permission to announce the name in The Estonian. The May number, the last before Commencement, was ready for publication and still no permission was forthcoming from the Community authorities.

The students and most of the Sisters felt that this first distinctively college building should be named for Mother Aloysia, the originator of Seton Hill's educational activities. Many members of the Community, however, believed that Mother Aloysia's name should be reserved for a Community building.

The Duquesne Construction Company, the builders, had paid for a full-page advertisement on the back page of The Estonian, which displayed a cut of the hall with the caption, The New Residence Building  Seton Hill College, and the name of the builders in inch-high letters. With the approval of the staff adviser, the girls simply pushed the caption down, inserted the name LOWE HALL in conspicuous type, and sent the paper to the printer without more ado. They then acknowledged their temerity to the horrified Dean, who predicted all kinds of dire consequences.

Half triumphant and half apprehensive the class confided their dilemma to Father Sullivan. With his inscrutable smile he remarked, 'All right; now we'll clinch it.' He immediately set about preparing the inscription for the dining room. Soon everyone began to be delighted with the name. In a short time it became generally assumed that the name originated with the building itself. 

Here is the infamous ad itself:

And here is a snap of a Lowe dorm room in the 1920's:

As always, many thanks to Bill Black in the Seton Hill Archives for the photos, documents, and stories!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday

In observance of Holy Week, we're either skipping Throwback Thursday or throwing it wayyyy back, depending on your perspective.

This depiction of the Last Supper was painted circa 1545 by Giorgio Vasari. You can learn more about the painting on its Wikimedia Commons page

Safe travels to all who are heading home for the holiday.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Break Hours

Easter Break Library Hours

Thursday, April 13th:   8:00 - 4:50
Friday - Sunday:          CLOSED
Monday, April 17th:     8:00 - 4:50

Have a happy and blessed Easter. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday: PA program

This one's only from fifteen years ago!

Clipping from The Daily Courier, Tuesday, April 16, 2002:

Cancer screening
The Wesley Health Center of Connellsville hosted students from physician assistants program at Seton Hill College. The student (sic) conducted free breast health screenings for patients at Wesley Health Center. The program is funded by the Komen Foundation/Race for the Cure, Pittsburgh. Students (from left) Karina Gonzalez, Ruby Garva and Wendy Smith talk with patient Burtha Hughes (left) of Point Marion, (sic) about clinical and self-breast (sic) exams. Any patients in need and at risk of breast cancer were referred to the Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP) and the Family Health Council for follow-up screening. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Reading Theme: Dark humor

April is National Humor Month, but instead of a bunch of knock-knock jokes, we’re featuring books of dark humor. It’s not for everyone, and neither are these books, but for the grimly amused, here are some suggestions...

By user:pschemp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow: “Kenneth Trachtenberg… is a witty, eccentric Russian-literature nut who leaves his native Paris to be near his famous American uncle, Benn Crader. Uncle Benn is a world-class genius in botany but a total duffer when it comes to women. Now his erotic escapades & disastrous marriage are about to lead him & Kenneth into a wonderful romp through America's mind-body dilemma...and into a Bellovian masterpiece of great wisdom & good fun.” (Publisher’s summary)

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “One the eve of WWI, three American male explorers stumble onto an all-female society somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth. Unable to believe their eyes, they promptly set out to find some men, convinced that since this is a civilized country, there must be men. So begins this sparkling utopian novel, a romp through a whole world "masculine" and "feminine", as on target today as when it was written 65 years ago.” (Publisher’s summary)

The Call of the Toad by Gunter Grass: “A couple from Gdansk has a unique idea for a business: selling cemetery plots in Gdansk to Germans who were exiled after WWII.” (Publisher’s summary)

Tourist Season: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen: “A group of most unusual terrorists sets out to purge Florida of greed and corruption by attacking what they consider the root source--tourists.” (Publisher’s summary)

The Barbarians Are Coming: A Novel by David Wong Louie: “Sterling Lung who ‘grew up in the back of his parents' laundry dreaming of being an American, while speaking Chinese to his mother, English to his friends, and very little to the father he seemed always to disappoint’ is now a graduate of Swarthmore and the Culinary Institute of America, involved in ‘an arm's length-affair with a Jewish-American princess.’" (Publisher’s summary)

Bright Lights, Big City: A Novel by Jay McInerney: “Written entirely in the second person, McInerney's first novel is a vivid account of cocaine addiction.” (Publisher’s summary)

Buddha’s Little Finger by Victor Pelevin: “In the Russian Civil War of 1919, Pyotr Voyd is commissar to the legendary Bolshevik commander Chapaev, and falling in love with his machine-gunner sidekick, Anna. But who is the Pyotr Voyd who finds himself incarcerated among a group of patients in a contemporary Moscow psychiatric hospital? And who is the Chapaev who issues maddeningly metaphysical dialogues on the virtues of the void and the illusory nature of reality?” (Publisher’s summary)