Members of Holy Cross Rowing Team Clear Fire Hydrants

February 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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College of the Holy Cross rowing team members, from left, Kiernan Black ’18, Abby McCarthy ’18, Katherine Packhem ’17, Paige McGeehan ’17, Catherine Greene ’17 and Colleen Brady ’18 shovel out fire hydrants along College Street in Worcester. There are 6,100 fire hydrants across the city of Worcester in need of shoveling. On February 19, the city of Worcester, in conjunction with the Worcester Sharks, Worcester Bravehearts, the DCU Center and the Harlem Globetrotters announced the ‪#‎woochallenge on Facebook, offering prize packages to Worcester residents who help the city dig out from this winter’s record-breaking snow and improve public safety in their community.‬‬‬

Photo by Tom Rettig.

Holy Cross Marks Ash Wednesday

February 18th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Holy Cross community members attend Ash Wednesday mass in Mary Chapel. Services for Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of the Lenten season, were also held in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. In addition to services,  there are a number of reflection opportunities sponsored by the Vice President for Mission, the Office of the College Chaplains, and the Holy Cross Jesuit Community. Each program provides a way to enter into the sacred season of Lent in the midst of everyday life.

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Kathryn Spitler ’18 attended the 8:15 morning prayer at Mary Chapel.

On Snow-Covered Campus, Video Installation ‘Under the Icy Sky’ Takes on Double Meaning

February 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Boston-based artist Georgie Friedman  premiers her site-specific video installation designed for Holy Cross with an artist’s reception in the Spillane Pavilion of the Integrated Science Complex. The video installation, “Under the Icy Sky,” re-contextualizes natural elements in relationship to the architecture of the science complex.

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In an interview with Boston’s NPR news station WBUR, Friedman said that Worcester’s record snowfall enhanced the effect of her installation. “Overall, I want viewers, especially people on the campus who frequent this area everyday, to gain a new perspective of a familiar space, a new awareness of their everyday surroundings — and, ideally, to contemplate their relationships to the natural, built and technology-created environments.”
Photography by Caroline Cormier ’16

Worcester Named Snowiest City in the Country

February 10th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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The snow-covered Holy Cross campus is seen through the columns of Commencement Porch. Following a series of major snowstorms over the past few weeks, Worcester has been named the snowiest city in the United States. According to GoldenSnowGlobe.com, Worcester has seen more snow than any other city in the country this season with 91.4 inches and, according to forecasters, more is expected in the coming days.

Photo by Tom Rettig

 

The Ordination of Virginia Coakley

February 8th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Members of the Holy Cross community gathered to celebrate the Service for the Ordination of Virginia Coakley, assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries, to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Boston.

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Following an afternoon of prayer, reflection and song, attendees joined Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College and the Office of the College Chaplains for a reception in the Loyola Ballroom.

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Above from left to right, Rev. Paul Harman, vice president of Mission, Virginia Coakley assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College.

New Web Resource for Exploring Catholic Practice Launches With Reception

February 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Members of the campus community celebrate the official launch of the Catholics & Cultures website  during a reception in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Catholics & Cultures, an initiative of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, is a brand new resource  that invites visitors to explore the religious life and practice of ordinary Catholics living in countries and cultures around the world. With scholarly articles, interviews, demographic data, slideshows and videos, the site will serve as a growing, changing depiction of the global Church today.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Arts Transcending Borders Program Takes Participants on Spiritual Journey

February 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Arts Transcending Borders  2014 artist-in-residence Cristina Pato returned to the College to present a new work-in-progress inspired by the Camino de Santiago and her Galician roots in the Mary Chapel.

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Guests arrived early to explore an exhibit of photography from the Camino by Virginia and Michel Raguin in the gathering space outside Mary Chapel. Here, Professor of Art History, Virginia speaks to a guest about the photography.

Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims across Europe have undertaken an arduous journey along several routes, which, like the grooves on the scallop shells carried by the pilgrims, culminate in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the site of St. James’ tomb. Today, El Camino, or The Way of St. James, invites people from all walks of life, who often embark on the journey to mark moments of transition. “Making The Way” brought together the College Choir, theatre department faculty and students, and the Cantor Art Gallery in an exploration of the Camino in words, images and music, from medieval chant recorded in Codex Calixtinus, a 12th century illuminated transcript, to the tender aria “Lúa Descolorida” by Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music at Holy Cross. Drawn from the stories of local pilgrims, moments of hardship, resolve, camaraderie and mirth coalesce into a timeless narrative that invited participants on a spiritual journey along the Camino.

Photography and Video Project Sparks Compelling Images of Community Members

January 29th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Last semester, members of the Holy Cross community were invited to participate in a photography and video project, titled “Faces of the Hill,” as part of Unity Week. Participants were asked to answer the question, “How do you define yourself?” Hundreds of students, faculty and staff took part. Portraits of members of the Holy Cross Community holding signs that define them now hang in the Hogan Campus Center. It reminds us that working together for social justice, while acknowledging our differences, is a hopeful process.

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Holy Cross students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to explore together — through events, conversations, panel discussions, common readings and other academic and cocurricular programs — the reality of what it means to live as a community in solidarity today. Visit the HC in Solidarity site, and join the conversation today.

Photography by Christian Santillo.

New Work by Faculty Artists on Display in Cantor Art Gallery

January 28th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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During an opening reception for “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists” visitors to the Cantor Art Gallery view an exhibit created by full and part time College of the Holy Cross faculty members of the visual arts department. The exhibit runs from Jan. 21 to April 10, 2015. Work by Amy Archambault, studio supervisor and lecturer; Michael Beatty, associate professor and division studio head; Rachelle Beaudoin, lecturer; Matthew Gamber, assistant professor; Randy Garber, visiting professor; Cristi Rinklin, associate professor and chair of visual arts; Susan Schmidt, professor; Leslie Schomp, lecturer; Marguerite White, lecturer; and Amy Wynne, lecturer are included in the exhibition, which features drawing, installations, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Students Raise $30,000 for Pediatric AIDS Foundation

January 25th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Approximately 150 members of the Holy Cross community danced the night away in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom at the annual dance marathon  hosted by Holy Cross Dance Marathon. Together, students, staff and alumni raised $30,755.60 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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Photos by Kevin Madrigal ’15