Archive for October, 2013

Outspoken Former President of Ireland Pays a Visit

October 30th, 2013 by smorriss


Speaking to a large crowd of students, Holy Cross employees and visitors from the Worcester and Boston communities, Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, presented a lecture titled “Shared Responsibility: Re-imagining the Future of Governance in the Church” in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and was followed by a book signing.


McAleese, the first Northern Irish native to be elected president, took office in 1997, a role which she would hold for two terms through 2011. She successfully brokered the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, a three-part agreement that addressed institutional changes in the government structure of Northern Ireland, the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the relationship of the Republic of Ireland with the United Kingdom.  During her lecture to the Holy Cross crowd, McAleese drew comparisons between finding ways to broker change and dialog with the paramilitary in Ireland and how the Catholic church should proceed in a direction of change.

“If there is a rightness in what you are saying, you can effect change,” she said. “I really want our good priests to be energized by a church that listens up and not talks down. But how do we get a listening up church?” she asked.

BLOG-McAleese-IMG_1794McAleese, who is currently pursuing a licentiate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, signed copies of her latest book, “Quo Vadis? Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law.”



J.D. Power and Associates Founder Speaks on Campus

October 21st, 2013 by smorriss


J.D. “Dave” Power III ’53, Founder of J.D. Power and Associates, the well-known global marketing information firm that surveys customer satisfaction, product quality and buyer behavior, returned to campus for “An Evening with J.D. ‘Dave’ Power III ’53” on Oct. 1 in Rehm Library. Power was interviewed by Aaron Nicodemus, editor of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s “Business Matters” section, about the new book “POWER: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History,” (Fenwick Publishing, September 2013).



After a special dinner and the lecture, Power signed copies of the book, which will be featured in the upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Holy Cross Magazine. 

Black Student Union Celebrates 45 Years

October 16th, 2013 by smorriss


This year’s Homecoming festivities included “Back to the Hill,” a dinner celebrating the Black Student Union’s 45th Anniversary along with the 40th anniversary of women attending the College. Above Peter Mitchell ’78 shares a hug and a laugh with psychology professor emeritus Ogretta V. McNeil and Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., President of the College.



Above BSU co-chairs Payton Shubrick ’15 (left) and Vicmarys Brito ’15 welcomed the BSU alumni to a special dinner in Hogan. Founded in 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the BSU is committed to educating the Holy Cross community about the importance of heritage, the affirmation of identity and the legacy of achievement. Emphasizing the academic, cultural, social, and political development of its members, BSU aims to provide a support system for African American students and all members of the Holy Cross community by creating an environment that promotes leadership, embraces identity and encourages diversity.

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Above Classmates Robert DeShay ’70 and Art Martin ’70



Crusader Fans Tackle Tasty Tailgating

October 7th, 2013 by smorriss



Alumni, parents and students mixed and mingled at the 2013 Homecoming events, including tailgating on Fitton Baseball Field before the HC v Harvard game.

Photograph by Joao Vickttor De Carvalho ’15