Archive for December, 2013

Even Winter Sunrises Are Beautiful at Holy Cross

December 28th, 2013 by


Smoke billows out of the Kimball Hall smoke stack as the sun rises on Mount St. James.

Photograph by Jerry Maday

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes at Christmastime

December 20th, 2013 by smorriss


On Dec. 14, volunteers from the Holy Cross Club of the Capital Region joined Boston College alumni at Arlington National Cemetery to place wreaths at the graves of deceased Crusaders and Eagles.  This joint event, part of a national “Wreaths Across America” effort, aimed to honor our fallen heroes. Through the on-campus research of Rev. Robert Keane, S.J., director of Special Projects in Mission, 15 Holy Cross alumni were identified as being interred at Arlington. If you know of alumni who are buried at the National Cemetery, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 508-793-2483.


Snowfall Blankets Campus

December 18th, 2013 by

A snowstorm on Dec. 17 dumped nearly seven inches of snow on Mount St. James making for a winter wonderland just days before Christmas.

The snow-covered Nativity scene in front of O’Kane Hall.


The tombstones in the Jesuit cemetery peak out above the snow. St. Joseph Chapel can be seen in the background.


Fenwick Hall as seen from Kimball Quad.


A side view of Fenwick Hall.


The pavement on Linden Lane glistens from the light streaming through the lamp posts.

Photography by John Cannon

Crews Work All Night to Clear Snow on Campus

December 18th, 2013 by

Physical Plant crews worked throughout the night to clear the more than half a foot of snow on campus that fell the day before. The snow ended at approximately 9 p.m., but most of the white stuff had been cleared by the time employees arrived the next morning.


A plow clears snow in front of Dinand Library.


A sander truck spreads salt and sand in front of St. Joseph Chapel. Alumni Hall can be seen in the background.


Snow is cleared around Kimball Quad.

Photography by John Cannon

Worcester Firefighters Practice Skills

December 12th, 2013 by csteuer


On Dec. 11, members of the Worcester Fire Department Dive Rescue Team were at the Hart Center pool practicing the skills they might use in real-life scenarios, including evidence recovery, escaping from entanglement, and providing oxygen to a victim trapped underwater. The 16 divers in the fire department work in teams of four, and must perform a minimum of six open water dives and one pool dive each year as training.


A diver in the diving well follows a guide line, used when searching for victims or evidence in open water to maintain a consistent search path.

Fa la la la la …

December 8th, 2013 by smorriss


On a cold and blustery Sunday, when most students were inside studying and keeping warm, it was hard to miss Allison Rancourt ’17 of West Stewartstown, N.H.; Mark Lies ’17 from Greenwood Village, Colo.; and Diana Hurtado ’17 from Tucson, Ariz., standing outside the Hogan Campus Center in their fancy black dresses and duds. The trio was waiting for their ride to Boston, where they and other members of the Holy Cross Chamber Singers had been invited to perform at a private party. The group contains about 20 members and is directed by David Harris. Photo by Suzanne Morrissey

Holy Cross Remembers Nelson Mandela

December 6th, 2013 by Christian Santillo


The Holy Cross community remembers the life of Nelson Mandela, his tireless work for social justice, and his leadership by example. This afternoon, students, faculty and staff gathered to hear readings of Mandela’s writing and to observe a moment of silence, followed by the South African National Anthem. His memory will also be honored at faith services throughout the weekend, as well as during a celebration of Kwanzaa.






Photos by Stephen Albano

New Location for Nativity Scene

December 4th, 2013 by


A new Nativity scene, which contractors recently constructed, is on display in front of O’Kane Hall. The crèche was traditionally set up on the Dinand Library steps. The new location will allow more people to take in the special exhibition.

Photograph by John Cannon