Archive for February, 2015

Holy Cross Community Members Advocate for Financial Aid

February 25th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


From left, Rep. Dan Donahue ’09, Rep. Christine Barber ’98, Rep. Thomas Sannicondro ’78, Ligia Flores ’18, Miryam Burshan ’14, Anne Ziaja ’78 and David McDermott ’81 gather at the Grand Staircase of the State House, located in downtown Boston. Together, alumni and students attended the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUM) Financial Aid Advocacy Day to raise awareness for need-based federal financial aid.


Sannicondro, Flores, Burshan, Donahue, and Barber pose in the Senate Chamber of the State House.

Photography by Sue Hunt

Members of Holy Cross Rowing Team Clear Fire Hydrants

February 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


College of the Holy Cross rowing team members, from left, Kiernan Black ’18, Abby McCarthy ’18, Katherine Packhem ’17, Paige McGeehan ’17, Catherine Greene ’17 and Colleen Brady ’18 shovel out fire hydrants along College Street in Worcester. There are 6,100 fire hydrants across the city of Worcester in need of shoveling. On February 19, the city of Worcester, in conjunction with the Worcester Sharks, Worcester Bravehearts, the DCU Center and the Harlem Globetrotters announced the ‪#‎woochallenge on Facebook, offering prize packages to Worcester residents who help the city dig out from this winter’s record-breaking snow and improve public safety in their community.‬‬‬

Photo by Tom Rettig.

Campus Police Officers in Worcester Receive LGBQT Training From City Officials

February 20th, 2015 by kethier

The newly-formed Worcester College Campus Police LGBTQ Liaison Consortium held its first training day on Feb. 20 at Worcester State University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus police officers from colleges across Worcester gathered for training to become better liaisons to their campuses’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. The trainers at the event included representatives from the Office of Attorney General, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Gay Officers Action League. The day concluded with a community panel with members from Parents and Family of Lesbians and Gays, Safe Homes, and Worcester Pride.

Robert Hart, director of public safety, represented Holy Cross. He said “the training was an excellent first step in garnering trust and open dialogue with not only the members of the Holy Cross LGBTQ Community, but the Worcester Community as a whole.” Hart further explained “By the Worcester Police Department taking the lead to improve their own education and outreach program, and by sharing that knowledge and trust base with the College Public Safety Departments, we will benefit as a community.”


Holy Cross Marks Ash Wednesday

February 18th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Holy Cross community members attend Ash Wednesday mass in Mary Chapel. Services for Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of the Lenten season, were also held in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. In addition to services,  there are a number of reflection opportunities sponsored by the Vice President for Mission, the Office of the College Chaplains, and the Holy Cross Jesuit Community. Each program provides a way to enter into the sacred season of Lent in the midst of everyday life.


Kathryn Spitler ’18 attended the 8:15 morning prayer at Mary Chapel.

On Snow-Covered Campus, Video Installation ‘Under the Icy Sky’ Takes on Double Meaning

February 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Boston-based artist Georgie Friedman  premiers her site-specific video installation designed for Holy Cross with an artist’s reception in the Spillane Pavilion of the Integrated Science Complex. The video installation, “Under the Icy Sky,” re-contextualizes natural elements in relationship to the architecture of the science complex.


In an interview with Boston’s NPR news station WBUR, Friedman said that Worcester’s record snowfall enhanced the effect of her installation. “Overall, I want viewers, especially people on the campus who frequent this area everyday, to gain a new perspective of a familiar space, a new awareness of their everyday surroundings — and, ideally, to contemplate their relationships to the natural, built and technology-created environments.”
Photography by Caroline Cormier ’16

New Program Offers Yet Another Way for Students to Connect With Their Professors

February 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


English Professor Helen Whall enjoys lunch with students in Crossroads. In early February, the Holy Cross Student Government Association launched the Bring Your Professor to Lunch program, a new initiative designed to foster students’ relationships with their professors. Working with Dining Services, SGA developed a gift card system which students use to pay for their professors’ meals. “Although the program was just recently instituted, it has already gained popularity among students and professors alike.” according to Megan Izzo ’17, director of communications for the SGA.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Valentine’s Day Reading and Crafting in the Community

February 14th, 2015 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Five student athletes, coordinated through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), spent their Valentine’s Day reading children’s books about Clifford the Big Red Dog, and making arts and crafts with young children. Through the event — which was sponsored by Edward Street Child Services and held at Rotmans Furniture and Carpet Store — the volunteers from the women’s field hockey team helped to promote child literacy.


Kathryn Cronin ’16 reads to children from the Worcester community alongside Clifford the Big Red Dog.


(from left to right) Lauren Sutherland ’17, Gabriella Smith ’17, Kathryn Nutting ’17, Audra Kinney ’17, and Kathryn Cronin ’16
Photographs by Rose Hayes, director of special projects at Edward Street Child Services

Worcester Named Snowiest City in the Country

February 10th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The snow-covered Holy Cross campus is seen through the columns of Commencement Porch. Following a series of major snowstorms over the past few weeks, Worcester has been named the snowiest city in the United States. According to, Worcester has seen more snow than any other city in the country this season with 91.4 inches and, according to forecasters, more is expected in the coming days.

Photo by Tom Rettig


The Ordination of Virginia Coakley

February 8th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Members of the Holy Cross community gathered to celebrate the Service for the Ordination of Virginia Coakley, assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries, to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Boston.


Following an afternoon of prayer, reflection and song, attendees joined Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College and the Office of the College Chaplains for a reception in the Loyola Ballroom.


Above from left to right, Rev. Paul Harman, vice president of Mission, Virginia Coakley assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College.

Holy Cross Students Compete for Iron Chef Title at UMass Amherst

February 7th, 2015 by kethier

On Saturday, Feb. 7 students from the College of the Holy Cross competed in the second Annual Inter-University Iron Chef Competition hosted by last year’s champions UMass Amherst. Gabriella Fletcher ’17, Mae Hougo ’18, Lance Madden ’18 and Matthew Whalen ’18 competed against teams from UMass Amherst, Yale University, McGill University (Canada), the University of New Hampshire and the University of Ottowa (Canada).

student mixing in the ktichen

The day kicked off with the Brownie Competition. Hougo, coached by Kathy Egan, dietitian at Holy Cross, entered a gluten-free chocolate brownie recipe topped with espresso whipped cream into the contest. This portion of the competition required students to prepare 120 additional portions of their recipe for the “People’s Choice” award which was voted on by the audience.


For the main event, teams were required to prepare two courses from a basket of ingredients. A  mystery ingredient was revealed the day of competition and it was local maple syrup. With the guidance of coach Marty Dudek, associate director of dining at Holy Cross, the team prepared an entirely gluten-free menu that featured two entrees.


The entrees included: sesame encrusted sautéed flounder marinated in coconut milk and fresh lime juice with gluten-free soy sauce served over wilted arugula and topped with shitake mushrooms; herb roasted chicken breast with maple-apple-cranberry chutney atop sweet and local potato twist, sauteed spinach and finished with a Parmesan crisp.


Yale University won the grand prize and McGill University won the both first place and the “People’s Choice” award.