Local high school students compete in the 44th annual Classics Day, hosted by the Holy Cross classics department. The day features a series of events relating to both the study and experience of ancient Roman culture and is designed to familiarize students with the classics department, its faculty, and current students. More than 500 students from 22 area high schools attended this year’s event and participated in various challenges and contests, including a manuscripts challenge, costume contest, trivia, and an art contest.
Photograph by Tom Rettig
Over spring break, 9 students traveled to Ecuador with visiting lecturer Antonia Carcelén-Estrada to conduct field work for “Sportswriting in Spanish: Haciendo Periodismo Deportivo,” a course offered through the Spanish department and taught exclusively in Spanish.
Throughout the semester, students have been studying sports journalism, a rapidly growing communications industry, simultaneously developing their linguistic capacities while learning about different media platforms. Throughout the semester, each student has been working with a media contact in Ecuador, leading up to this trip which allowed them to engage first-hand with what they have been studying at the College.
In Ecuador, the students traveled to different cities covering a range of sports. They began in Guayaquil where they provided live coverage and commentary of a match between Ecuador’s two rival teams, Barcelona vs. Aucas; they later had the opportunity to interview famous tennis player, Nicolás Lapentti.
They also traveled to Bahía where they were on a live radio show called “La Voz de los Caras,” and got to cover adventure surfing, a popular sport in the area, interviewing surfers who established a surfing school in the city.
Their trip was rounded out in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where the students interviewed the minister of sports, Xavier Enderica Salgado, a member of the executive branch of the Ecuadorian government.
For Anabella Perez ’16, the class is dynamic in every way. “Every time we come to class we are either preparing for a radio broadcast, creating mini films, or working on our documentary,” shares Perez, who says this trip was the best study tour she has taken at Holy Cross. “Even while we were in Ecuador for a week we never rested, we were always filming, reporting about a game, doing interviews, this to me was one of the best components in the course.”
Students will present a collective documentary on their semester-long course that will include material from their trip to Ecuador at the Academic Conference on April 28.
Four teams recently competed in the fourth annual Shark Tank Competition sponsored by the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies. Students presented their original ideas prepared through various COES workshops with the aid of alumni mentors. This year’s participants included Sean Griffin ’16, Jake Medina ’16, Matt Heffner ’16, Matt Watson ’16, Reilly Bloom ’18, and Michael Sise ’18. The judges panel included alumni members Michael Guleserian ’93, chief experience officer of Nubar and Sheraton Commander Hotel; James Horne ’98, analyst at IBS Capital LLC; Larry Naughton ’93, co-chair of the Business & Technology Group, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; and Michael Balmuth, partner at SV Life Sciences.
Matthew Watson ’16, center, an anthropology major with a self-designed food studies minor, took home the grand prize of $12,000 with his pitch to start the Brewery Stewardship Alliance, a sustainability certification program that empowers environmentally-friendly craft breweries. In a turn of events, the judges awarded Jake Medina ’16 and Sean Griffin ’16 second place with $2,500 to put toward their mobile technology units to help continue to expand their non-profit, Student Empowerment Program, an organization that seeks to close the educational technology gap.
Photography by Rob Carlin
On Feb. 20, Holy Cross students met to discuss genocide prevention and an emerging international policy norm known as the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), as part of the annual Presidential Scholars Public Policy Symposium on campus.
The annual symposium provides an intellectually challenging forum for Presidential Scholars to explore compelling issues of public policy with their peers. Previously the scholars have confronted policy challenges related to global warming, U.S. immigration, global health issues, and the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Photography by Natalie Sanchez ’16
Holy Cross community members gather to discuss Tavis Smiley’s “Death of a King,” which focuses on the final year of Dr. King’s life. In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a campuswide book read to engage with Dr. King’s legacy on an intellectual level and to explore how it still resonates today.
More than 125 students, faculty and staff read and discussed the book. In addition to discussion sessions, the book also served as the theme for the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.
Photography by Tom Rettig
Holy Cross community members gather in Rehm Library for the 10th annual Non-Profit Careers Conference. The conference introduces students considering careers in non-profit and community based organizations, activism, public service, and social change.
The program is taught by Holy Cross alumni, faculty and staff working within a non-profit or public service setting at the international, national, regional, and local levels. Sessions include an introduction to Vocation and Discernment, the business side of non-profits, and networking events.
In addition to lectures, Stephanie Yuhl, director of Montserrat program and professor of history, ran an interactive workshop on public speaking and listening with substance. With assistance from various Holy Cross community members, students benefited from small group discussions, and individualized attention.
Photography by Tom Rettig
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. welcomes Holy Cross community members to “Breaking Down Pope Francis’ Address To Congress,” a panel discussion moderated by Crux spirituality columnist and WGBH radio host Margery Eagan. Participants included, from left, Rev. David Dae An Rynick, a Zen Buddhist priest at the Boundless Way Temple in Worcester; Frank Kartheiser ’88, co-founder of the Mustard Seed and founder of and lead organizer at Worcester Interfaith; Caner Dagli, associate professor of religious studies and an expert in Islamic studies; ; Sara Mitchell, geologist and director of environmental studies; Daniel Klinghard, associate professor of political science; and Emily Muldoon ’16, who recently returned from a semester in El Salvador. Watch an archive of the panel online.
Photo by Tom Rettig
Holy Cross community members gather in Rehm Library for a live viewing of Pope Francis’ address to Congress. Pope Francis, the world’s first Jesuit Pope, made his first visit to the U.S. Sept. 22-27, 2015.
Photography by Tom Rettig
Students and faculty from Holy Cross’ CreateLab course partake in a “flash swarm” in the Swords Atrium of the Integrated Science Complex. Alongside visiting artists-in-residence, Troika Ranch, an internationally renowned ensemble that fuses dance, theatre and technology, the Holy Cross community is exploring the relationship between Gravity and Grace: The Intersection of Art and Science, this year’s Arts Transcending Borders theme. Collaborating with theatre, CreateLab classes and the Arts Transcending Borders initiative, Troika Ranch will integrate live performance with cutting edge interactive technology at Holy Cross throughout the year.
Photo by Tom Rettig