Archive for April, 2015

Rob Tiro ’15 Wins Seat on Wakefield School Committee

April 28th, 2015 by kethier

On Tuesday, April 28 Rob Tiro ’15 won a seat on the Wakefield School Committee. There was a three-way race for two seats and Tiro won by 140 votes. Tiro had many supporters during the election especially members of the Holy Cross community including: Daniel Creme ’15, Joseph Vara ’15, John Milligan ’17, Jonathan Formichella ’15, David Cieremens ’15, Michael Carboni ’18, and many others.

Robbie Tiro

Rob starting election day with a smile and a positive outlook!

victory celebration

Victory is ours! From left to right: John Milligan ’17, Joseph Vara ’15, and winner Rob Tiro ’15, seated is current Wakefield School Committee member Evan Kenney who endorsed Tiro.

Rob's Papa

Public service runs in the family as Tiro’s grandfather Anthony “Chubby” Tiro served on the school committee in Chelsea for over 30 years.



Members of the Class of 2015 Join Together for Rites of Passage Ceremony

April 24th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Members of the class of 2015, joined by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, celebrate together in the annual Rites of Passage Ceremony in Mary Chapel. The religious and cultural ceremony marks the passage of college graduation for students from the African diaspora who have been active in worship life on campus and have served as Multicultural Peer Educators.


Faculty, staff, students and their guests celebrated the milestone together with prayer, a ceremonial passage between mentors and mentees and song.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Class of 2018 Plants Tree in Honor of Arbor Day

April 24th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Associate Chaplain Marty Kelly joins members of the class of 2018 for a ceremonial tree planting. As an incoming class, members of the first-year student body read “Unbowed: A Memoir,” by Wangari Maathai, the story of how a girl from the Central Highlands of Kenya became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa, her numerous run-ins with the brutally repressive Kenyan government and how she came to see planting trees as a way to empower local communities. As a way to conclude the year, Estrella Cibreiro-Couce, dean for the class of 2018, and the class of 2018 officers invited their peers to a ceremonial tree planting on Arbor Day.

Photo by Tom Rettig

‘X’ Marks the Cantor Art Gallery

April 23rd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Photo by Tom Rettig


Caitlin Cantor ’15 installs her work “Pine Box” in the Cantor Art Gallery as part of the Holy Cross Senior Concentration Seminar Art Exhibition  titled “X”. Cantor describes her work as “a spiritual piece dealing with nature and the human connection.”  The annual exhibition features the artwork of graduating seniors who have participated in the Senior Concentration Seminar.


Photo by Rob Carlin

Kim Tu Dam ‘15 poses with her Isolation Series during the opening reception of “X.” The exhibition will be open to the public through May 22.

Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo Kick Off 2015 Academic Conference

April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Venezuelan artist Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo brought verve and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the 2015 Academic Conference opening concert and reception in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Equally well-known in the world of Latin jazz with his Grammy-nominated band La Clave Secreta and classical circles for his collaborations with Osvaldo Golijov, Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau and his Plural Combo bring their own twist to Afro-Cuban classics à la Buena Vista Social Club and Fania All-Stars.


A special appearance by Worcester’s own Manolo Mairena, took the audience through soulful boleros to the high-octane rhythms of salsa and timba.


Faculty, staff and students took to the floor to dance, heeding Grau’s advice that “we play better when you dance!” The event was co-sponsored by Academic Conference and Arts Transcending Borders.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

NROTC Students Recognized at Presidents’ Review

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The midshipmen and Marines of the NROTC unit present themselves in formation to the presidents of the three Worcester institutions in the NROTC consortium: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University and the College of the Holy Cross at the annual Presidents’ Review.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Celebrates Purple Pride Day

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Students on campus celebrate the annual Holy Cross Purple Pride Day. Members of the Purple Key Society decorated the campus in the early hours, sponsored events throughout the day to promote school spirit, and offered giveaways in the Hogan Campus Center.


The celebration capped off with live music on the Hogan Courtyard by Holy Cross student band, Karate in the Garage, and food trucks serving frozen hoagies, pizza, and kettle corn.

Photos by Tom Rettig

‘Libertad’ Concert Takes Holy Cross On A Tour To Argentina

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


The College Choir and Chamber Singers perform “Libertad,” a concert that takes audiences on a tour to Argentina. The concert program incorporates the diversity that comes along with choral music from different parts of the world. Featuring music of the Western Hemisphere, primarily focusing on music of the United States and Argentina, the concert centers around the theme of freedom.

Photo by Dan Vaillancourt

Holy Cross Hosts 43rd Annual Classics Day

April 16th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Approximately 500 students from 26 high schools across the Northeast gathered at the College of the Holy Cross for the 43rd annual Classics Day. Attendees participated in a costume contest, a certamen (Latin for competition), which featured questions concerning Roman history, mythology, culture and the Latin language, followed by the highly anticipated chariot races.


Students line the drive by the Hart Center to watch as student-built chariots, pulled by their peers, raced one another.




The day would not have been complete without Andrew Volpe, a living historian on the life of a Roman soldier greeting guests.

Photos by Jessica McCaughey

Local Artists Premiere Latest Work by Holy Cross Music Professor Shirish Korde

April 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Boston Musica Viva and soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble perform “Kala Chakra,” a new work composed by Shirish Korde, distinguished professor of humanities in the College’s music department. Korde’s work is based on folk music from diverse cultures including Armenia, China, India, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S. In this composition, texts and musical structures are interwoven to create a new work that not only explores common features among world folk traditions that are the focus of “Kala Chakra,” but also juxtaposes conflicting notions of time, color, melody, and harmony into a new sonic world, reflective of the inter-connected world we live in today.


In a review following the world premiere just a few days earlier in Cambridge, Boston Classical Review said the concert was “so rhythmically infectious that, if the tiny hall had any aisles to speak of, one could imagine the patrons dancing in them. As it was, they had to content themselves with applauding vigorously and bounding to their feet at the close of Kala Chakra, Shirish Korde’s new nine-movement work for three soloists and chamber ensemble.”

Photography by Matthew Atanian