Over the years, hundreds if not thousands of Worcester-area children have been paired with Holy Cross students through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The “Bigs” have fun adventures and get togethers with their “Littles” each week, and in the spring, they let loose at the annual Field Day in (where else?) the Fieldhouse.
On Field Day, the “Littles,” including Valentina, (above) shown here with her Big Sister, volleyball player Dana Weston ’15 from Canton, Mass., get to shoot hoops and play other games, hang out, and make crafts…plus lunch and ice cream!
Lacrosse player Jamie Ward ‘15 of Glen Rock, N.J., gives his “Little,” Jayden a lift (above).
(Above) Gary Acquah ’14, a defensive lineman for Crusader football from The Bronx, N.Y., says he and his “Little,” Fernando, both enjoyed going to see the Celtics play over the winter. Fernando’s goal? “He wants to play basketball one day for Holy Cross,” Acquah says.
“Little” Damien (above) was wicked excited about getting the cones set up for a relay game with his “Big,” lacrosse player Tommy Shannon’16 of Andover, Mass.
The 174-acre Holy Cross campus (which is a registered aboretum) is once again blooming with spring colors, and local watercolor artist Nick Connors finds inspiration in the mix of classical and modern architectural styles that give the College its award-winning look. The son of John Connors ’56, Nick says O’Kane is his absolute favorite location to paint.
O’Kane Hall by Nick Connors
Nick (left) with his father, John Connors ‘56, at a local art show in March.
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel by Nick Connors
Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies, conducts his Introduction to Comparative Study of Religion course on a sun-splashed Stein Quad. Students were sharing their capstone course research: a “spiritual encounter” with (according to their own choice) ritual and discussions with worshipers in Jewish synagogues, a Hindu temple, Jain temple, or several Buddhist Zen centers. “Their analytical work and their excitement in sharing their experiences makes this one of the best single classes I teach at Holy Cross,” says Lewis.
Photography by John Morton ‘15
Created and organized by Holy Cross student Jeff Reppucci ’14 (below, right), Working for Worcester is a citywide project that mobilized hundreds of student volunteers from across Worcester, as well as folks from sponsoring companies, including Unum and The Hanover Insurance Company. After registration and speeches at the morning kickoff event at the Hart Center, groups dispersed to about a dozen work sites to construct new and renovate outdated family spaces, play areas, libraries and more. With tens of thousands of dollars donated, along with supplies and skilled labor, Working for Worcester garnered regional media attention.
At the kick-off event at the Hart Center, College President Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., (above left) spoke to the gathered crowd. (Photo by Dan Vaillancourt)
Volunteers posed for a group shot at one of the work sites, the Goddard School of Science and Technology, which serves 586 students from Kindergarten to 6th grade. (Photo by Patrick O’Connor)
One of the Goddard projects was prepping community garden boxes with fresh soil. (Photo by Patrick O’Connor)
At the Elm Park Community School, volunteers painted murals and gave the library and cafeteria a lift. They also installed playground equipment. (Photo by Patrick O’Connor)
Artists like this Crusader seemed to be having a blast at their work site. (Photo by Patrick O’Connor)
At the Worcester Youth Center, the girls’ dance team and a variety of after-school dance programs used a large empty space with a cement floor as their “dance studio.” The cement floor, in particular, was very limiting and possibly harmful to dancers’ knees. Working for Worcester volunteers prepped the space to receive a new, professional-quality hardwood dance studio floor AND a surround-sound corner-mounted speaker system. Walls got fresh paint, mirrors were hung around the perimeter, and a ballet stretching bar was installed on the west side of the room. (Photo by Patrick O’Connor)
The NROTC battalion got its hands dirty at South High School, where a lot of debris and brush around the grounds needed to be cleared to make way for upgraded outdoor play spaces and new plantings. (Photo by Matthew Atanian)
Over at The Belmont Street School, volunteers chalked out and painted basketball, hopscotch and four-square courts to make better use of a paved outdoor area. (Photo by Dan Vaillancourt)
As a warm spring day turned into a misty evening on April 19, Asian Students in Action (A.S.I.A.) presented ExplorAsian 2013. The popular event featured music and dance performances, student testimonials and an impressive buffet of Asian cuisine. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Kiva Microfinds, a nonprofit group connects thousands of people to borrowers and partner institutions around the world, working together to create opportunity and alleviate poverty with loans as small as $25. (Photo by Stephen Albano)
Student organizers for the evening event included
Left to right, front row: Stella Wan ’14 (in beige dress), Tery Vinh ’15, Ingrid Rivera ‘13, Kim Khuu ’13 and Kharisha Laroco ’15 (holding umbrella)
Left to right, back row: Amy Cao ’15, Andrew Cavicchi ’14, Chapin Evans ‘14 and Ian Jones ’15 (Photo by Stephen Albano)
Tery Vinh ‘15 and Amy Cao ‘15 dressed as empresses from the Tang Dynasty. (Photo courtesy Amy Cao ‘15)
Twelve Holy Cross students pose before reading selected passages from their science-inspired creative writing in the O’Callahan Science Library in Swords Hall. Passages from the students’ writing were on display in the science library in poster sized renditions. The second annual event, titled “Opposites Attract: Exploring the Bond Between Science and Literature,” is part of a course taught by Leila Philip, associate professor of English. Front row, from left, are Barbara Merolli, science librarian, and Philip.
Photograph by John Morton ‘15
Scores of students, faculty and staff gather at St. Joseph Memorial Plaza for an Interfaith Prayer of Lament two days after the Boston Marathon tragedy. The gathering offered an opportunity to voice grief, offer prayers for the victims, and lift up desires for a more peaceful world in the face of the bombings at the marathon.
Photography by John Morton ‘15