Holy Cross Hosts 43rd Annual Classics Day

April 16th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Approximately 500 students from 26 high schools across the Northeast gathered at the College of the Holy Cross for the 43rd annual Classics Day. Attendees participated in a costume contest, a certamen (Latin for competition), which featured questions concerning Roman history, mythology, culture and the Latin language, followed by the highly anticipated chariot races.

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Students line the drive by the Hart Center to watch as student-built chariots, pulled by their peers, raced one another.

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The day would not have been complete without Andrew Volpe, a living historian on the life of a Roman soldier greeting guests.

Photos by Jessica McCaughey

Local Artists Premiere Latest Work by Holy Cross Music Professor Shirish Korde

April 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Boston Musica Viva and soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble perform “Kala Chakra,” a new work composed by Shirish Korde, distinguished professor of humanities in the College’s music department. Korde’s work is based on folk music from diverse cultures including Armenia, China, India, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S. In this composition, texts and musical structures are interwoven to create a new work that not only explores common features among world folk traditions that are the focus of “Kala Chakra,” but also juxtaposes conflicting notions of time, color, melody, and harmony into a new sonic world, reflective of the inter-connected world we live in today.

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In a review following the world premiere just a few days earlier in Cambridge, Boston Classical Review said the concert was “so rhythmically infectious that, if the tiny hall had any aisles to speak of, one could imagine the patrons dancing in them. As it was, they had to content themselves with applauding vigorously and bounding to their feet at the close of Kala Chakra, Shirish Korde’s new nine-movement work for three soloists and chamber ensemble.”

Photography by Matthew Atanian

An Amazing Place for an Amazing Race

April 12th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Twenty teams of two gathered outside of the Hogan Campus Center to begin the third annual Holy Cross Amazing Race, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Office of Recreation, Intramurals, and Club Sports. Teams competed for clues in both physical and mental challenges including completing puzzles, a field goal and more to advance through the on-campus course.

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In a second attempt for one of the three cash prizes, student blogger Andrew Cook ’15, right, and cousin Ben Nicholson ’17 represented Team To In-Fitton-y and Beyond, a reference to the Fitton Football Stadium at Holy Cross. Alas, first place was taken by Will Bowers ’15 and Gavin Millay ’15, followed by Joseph Metzger ’17 and Joseph DeVivo ’17 in second place and third to Justin Marino ‘16 and Jeff Daniels ’16.

Holy Cross Announces Spring Concert Performer

April 9th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Scores of students anxiously await the announcement of the Spring Concert performer in the Hogan Campus Center. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Spring Concert closes the annual Spring Weekend festival for students featuring a pig roast, carnival and fireworks.

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After much anticipation, CAB unveiled award-winning artist Jessie J with DJ Pup Dawg for the May 4th show.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Spends an Evening With President Obama and Government Officials

March 30th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Karla Burns ’16 attended the dedication and opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute  in Boston. Burns was nominated to represent Holy Cross and her home state of Vermont by Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. During the dedication, President Obama and other top officials paid tribute to the late Edward M. Kennedy.

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In a surprise appearance, after the main ceremony, President Obama joined guests including Burns. “When he walked through the doors we were all shocked and humbled that he prioritized the time to speak with us.” Additionally, Burns was able to spend time with numerous government officials.

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Burns with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.

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Burns with Congressman James McGovern.

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Burns with Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh.

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Burns even took a selfie with U.S. Senator Ed Markey.

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Burns with U.S. Senator John McCain . Reflecting on the day, Burns said, “It was an honor and a privilege to represent the Holy Cross community and the state of Vermont at the dedication ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. It was inspiring to be surrounded by politicians and student leaders from all over the country who share the common goal of serving our community. President Obama and Vice President Biden along with the other politicians present, opened my eyes to the responsibilities, we the student leaders, have to our country. We are the most educated and involved generation in history and thus, we have a real opportunity to make a difference. After graduating from Holy Cross, I truly aspire to live the mission of being a woman for and with others.”

Photos provided by Karla Burns ’16

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Youth Day

March 21st, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Lacrosse team members Parker Greiwe ’17, left, and Jack McGovern ’17 sign autographs during Youth Lacrosse Day. Young fans participated in halftime contests and a post-game meet and greet session with the team after Holy Cross’ victory over Big East Conference opponent, St. John’s.

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Frank Gaul ’15 signs autographs during Youth Lacrosse Day.

Photos of event provided by Bonnie Lattimore and Dao Chung

Pansies Await Spring’s Warm Weather

March 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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William J. St. Germain, laborer for the Holy Cross Grounds Department, checks on pansies growing in the on-campus greenhouse. Over the course of each growing season around 15,000 plants are grown in the greenhouse. Currently about 5,550 pansies await spring’s warmer weather.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Express Gratitude to Numerous Campus Offices for Their Service

March 19th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, are surrounded by students during an appreciation event. Members of the Holy Cross Student Government Association gathered to thank Dining Services, Facilities, Health Services, Public Safety and Residence Life and Housing for their dedication and commitment to students during the winter season that brought record amounts of snow.

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Scores of students signed large posters that read “Thank you for your dedication during these challenging winter months to keep the campus running safely.”

Photos by Kevin Madrigal ’15

New Graphics Give Hart Center Fresh Look

March 18th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

The Hart Center has a new and engaging look to the entrance and main hallway, which brings to life the storied history of Holy Cross Athletics, in addition to showcasing a number of current student-athletes.

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The main lobby of the Hart Center is home to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame. The display includes plaques highlighting the accomplishments of every member of the Hall of Fame, which includes more than 300 former Holy Cross standouts.

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Photos by Tom Rettig

Classics Alumnus and President-Elect of American Medical Association Visits Campus

March 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Steven J. Stack ’94, president-elect of the American Medical Association, returned to Holy Cross to discuss the value of a liberal arts education with the campus community. A classics major at Holy Cross, Stack said, “In medicine, my classical liberal arts education illuminates the soul behind the science; it keeps me forever mindful that science exists in service to humanity and that care of the entire person is at the heart of the healing arts.”

Photo by Rob Carlin