Archive for November, 2009

A Somber Remembrance

November 16th, 2009 by



Students, faculty and staff attended a candlelight prayer service in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the deaths of six Jesuits and their colleagues in El Salvador. Sponsored by members of the Magis Program and Pax Christi, the service was held in Martyr’s Plaza in front of St. Joseph Chapel. Holy Cross has been holding a series of events reflecting what martyrdom means throughout the fall semester.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11

Holy Cross President Greets Massachusetts Governor

November 16th, 2009 by


Rev. Michael C. McFarland, president of Holy Cross, left, greets Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during a meeting at Pine Manor College. Organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, the presidents only meeting focused on the importance of private higher education.

BusinessWeek Editor Gives Talk at President’s Council Dinner

November 14th, 2009 by



Diane Brady, senior editor and content chief at BusinessWeek, and author of the forthcoming book Fraternity, featuring the stories of African-American students at Holy Cross in the late ’60s and early ’70, was the featured speaker at the 42nd annual gathering of the Holy Cross President’s Council in Kimball Hall on Nov. 14. The topic of Brady’s book blossomed from a feature story that ran in the March 12, 2007 issue of BusinessWeek.


Brady poses with Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., president emeritus. Her book, due out next year, focuses in part on Fr. Brooks, who encouraged them to attend the College and helped mentor them during their time at Mount St. James and beyond.

Photography by John Gillooly

Holy Cross NROTC Unit at the Veterans Memorial 5k

November 8th, 2009 by


24 midshipmen and Marines from the College of the Holy Cross Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) participated in and helped out at the 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k and Fun Run. The students have been helping out at the race since its inception in 2004. In addition to the runners, Midshipmen acted as road guards, parking attendants, and also provided a color guard for the opening ceremonies. All proceeds from the race went to Veterans Inc., a Worcester-based non-profit organization that provides supportive housing, employment services, computer training, food bank, retreats, wellness groups and outreach services to thousands of veterans and their families each year. For more information, visit

Fr. Arrupe Statue Dedicated in Smith Labs Courtyard

November 7th, 2009 by


The bronze statue of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was dedicated before alumni and friends.  The sculptor was Brian Hanlon, who also created the Bob Cousy sculpture in front of the Hart Center.


A quote from a now famous speech Fr. Arrupe delivered to alumni of Jesuit schools in Europe in 1973 appears on the plaque.


The statue was made possible by a generous gift from longtime Holy Cross supporter Stephen A. Lovelette ’78.

Photography by Rob Carlin

‘You Can Afford Holy Cross. We Did!’

November 5th, 2009 by


Holy Cross’ strong commitment to financial aid is the focus of a new informational video posted on the Financial Aid Web site. Lynne Myers, director of Financial Aid, articulates four key points prospective students should know: admissions to Holy Cross is need-blind; Holy Cross meets 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated need; a Holy Cross education is an investment for the future; and graduates demonstrate great satisfaction with their Holy Cross experience (51 percent alumni giving rate). Nancy Basmajy ’12, Jill Coughlin ’10 and Gbenimah Slopadoe ’10, pictured above from left, share their stories in the two-and-a-half minute video.

Photography by John Buckingham

Altar/Display Commemorates All Souls Day

November 2nd, 2009 by



The “Day of the Dead” (or All Souls’ Day) altar/display in the Lower Gathering/Baptismal Space of St. Joseph Chapel is set up to commemorate All Souls Day (Nov. 2). The display stays up for most of November, a month when Catholics and many other Christians remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Along with the altar/display, a reception was held after the 7 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 1 and featured sweet bread and hot chocolate that are traditionally enjoyed on the Day of the Dead in Mexico.  The idea came from Latin American Student Organization and Cynthia Stone, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program at Holy Cross. The display complements the Remembrance Books and cards that are displayed in the upper and lower chapels during the month of November.

Photography by Tim Paquette ’11