Archive for December, 2012

Freezing Rain Makes for Icy Scene on Campus

December 17th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

Leaves of grass are covered in thick ice from an overnight freezing rain. The Hart Recreation Center is in the background.

Photograph by Jerry Maday

Holy Cross A Capella Group Delilahs Sing at White House

December 17th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

The Delilahs, an all-female a cappella group from Holy Cross, sings holiday songs at the White House.


Photography by Michael Glynn

Student Weightlifting Event Raises Thousands for Cancer

December 13th, 2012 by csteuer

Last Friday, Holy Cross students held their annual Benching for Breast Cancer Fundraiser.  Sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC ) and HC for a Cure, more than 500 students participated in the event, which raised more than $2000.  

Working in teams of four, students solicited donation pledges based on how much weight they could  lift, all while wearing a costume.  

Student organizer Elizabeth Watters ’13 says the best costume award went to the men’s rowing team dressed as KISS and the most enthusiastic award went to the softball team.  

All proceeds from the event will benefit Pink Revolution, a Worcester-based breast cancer alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols Offers Many Festive Scenes

December 6th, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos

A holiday tradition since 1978, the Office of the College Chaplains and the College Choir at Holy Cross host an annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent in St. Joseph Chapel.

Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., vice president for mission, gives a reading.

Michelizabeth Sainvill ’14 delivers a reading.


Guest conductor Christopher Shepard leads the College Choir.


Michelle Sterk Barrett, director of Community-Based Learning, gives a reading.


Paul Melley, assistant chaplain and director of liturgical music, delivers a reading.


Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, director of the Office of the College Chaplains, presides at the event. Servers are, from left, Matthew Boni ’15 and Joseph Seebode ’15.


From left, Suzanne Crifo ’13, Ariel Jiminez ’13, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president, Tracy Barlok, vice president for development and alumni relations, and Eileen Dombrowski, receptionist in the Office of the College Chaplains.


Fr. Boroughs gives a reading.
Photography by John Buckingham

Student Government Association Holds Basketball Tournament for Hurricane Sandy Victims

December 5th, 2012 by csteuer

The Student Government Association (SGA) organized a 3 vs. 3 student/faculty basketball tournament to support relief efforts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The tournament took place on Monday, Dec. 3, with a buy-in of $3 per person, all proceeds directly funded vital relief efforts.  There was also a collection of canned goods and donations taken at the event.

Learn about other Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on campus.

Photography by Matthew Atanian.

Holy Cross Stages Its Own Dancing With the Stars Competition

December 3rd, 2012 by Nikolas Markantonatos
Nine students with little or no dance experience paired with seasoned dance “pros” from the Ballroom Dance Team to compete in Holy Cross’ version of “Dancing with the Stars.” Judges C. Dan Earley ’12, former team captain, left, Joanne Highland, center, and Pat Connelly, one of the head professional dance instructors for the Ballroom Dance team, prepare to watch the pairs take the floor in the Hogan Ballroom.
Kallen Bakas ’12 and Samantha Hullihen ’13 of the Ballroom Dance Team performed one of the showcase dances at Holy Cross Dancing with the Stars in the Hogan Ballroom.
Lauren Dy ’13, the “pro” dancer, and Chris Tota ’13, the novice, really got into character as they danced a tango to “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”
Gaby Betances ’14, the novice, and Harry Crimi ’15, the “pro” dancer, performed a rumba to “Ring My Bells” by Enrique Iglesias.
Allie Gitto ’14, the veteran ballroom dancer, and Andrew Cecchetti ’13, the novice, won the competition with their cha-cha to Karmin’s “Brokenhearted.” The event was free, but donations were accepted at the door. At the end of the evening, the winning pair was able to donate the proceeds to the charity of their choice. Gitto and Cecchetti selected the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. “I was very proud of Allie and her partner, their routine was really good,” says two-time winner Hullihen ’13. “I was very pleased to pass on the title to someone with such a great routine. I was quite impressed with the overall quality and difficulty of this year’s routines across the board.”
Photography by Matthew Atanian