Archive for February, 2016

Holy Cross Students Participate in Pilgrimage for the Holy Year of Mercy

February 28th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Holy Cross students and staff participate in a pilgrimage for the Holy Year of Mercy. Joined by students from Anna Maria College, Assumption College and Worcester State University, community members began with a prayer on the steps of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel on the Holy Cross campus and walked the 2.4 miles to the “Holy Door” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester. Participants traveled with canned goods for donation to the Cathedral and upon arrival participated in reconciliation services and confession after walking through the Holy Doors.

Alumni Poet and Actor Takes Part in Working Writers Series

February 25th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


James Keegan ’83, poet and veteran actor with the American Shakespeare Center, takes part in the Working Writers Series in the Rehm Library. Keegan participated in a question-and-answer session with Julianna Baggott, W.H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters and visiting professor of English, then performed monologues from some of his favorite roles including Hamlet, Shylock, and Henry IV.Keegan has performed some 80 roles in more than 60 productions, performing in the Folger Shakespeare Theater, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, and at the Delaware Shakespeare Festival. He is also an associate professor of English and theatre at the University of Delaware.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Acclaimed Actor Performs Award Winning Monologue at Holy Cross

February 21st, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

Acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith performs his “Rodney King” monologue in Seelos Theatre. The performance combines history, poetry, and tragedy as Smith tackles the odyssey of Rodney King, a construction worker darkly deemed “the first reality TV star” when his violent beating at the hands of police in 1991 was caught on film. Smith’s monologue won a 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. rodney-king-2

Attendees engage in a discussion with Smith and Michael West, associate professor of history at the College, following the performance. Smith also took part in a “Meet the Artist” reception in the Seelos Theatre lobby.

Photography by Rob Carlin

Students Discuss Genocide Prevention at Annual Presidential Scholars Symposium

February 20th, 2016 by csteuer



On Feb. 20, Holy Cross students met to discuss genocide prevention and an emerging international policy norm known as the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), as part of the annual Presidential Scholars Public Policy Symposium on campus.

The annual symposium provides an intellectually challenging forum for Presidential Scholars to explore compelling issues of public policy with their peers. Previously the scholars have confronted policy challenges related to global warming, U.S. immigration, global health issues, and the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Photography by Natalie Sanchez ’16

Local Students Compete in Third Annual Mr. Worcester Pageant

February 19th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

Clint Jackman ’16, center, represents the College of the Holy Cross in the third annual Mr. Worcester Pageant. Hosted by the Working for Worcester project and the Worcester Student Government Association, the event brings together college students and residents from the community to help raise money for the citywide Working for Worcester project.


In addition to Holy Cross’ Jackman (left), contestants from three area colleges participated in the event; Dan Page ’16 represented Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bobby Costanza ’16 from Worcester State University and 2016 winner Brian Belleville ’18 of Assumption College. Students competed in three rounds of competition: talent, interview and formalwear. Local celebrities Walter Bird, editor of Worcester Magazine; Mayor Joseph Petty; Maureen Binienda, principal of South High Community School; and City Councilor Kate Toomey judged the contestants.

Photography provided by Brendan Healey ’16, co-executive director, Working for Worcester

Government and Community Relations’ Conversation Series Welcomes Congressman McGovern

February 18th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Students, faculty and staff joined Jamie Hoag, left, director of government and community relations, for a conversation with U.S. Rep James P. McGovern. During the discussion Congressman McGovern applauded the White House’s announcement that President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba next month. Following his discussion McGovern yielded questions from campus community members.

Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette and Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight covered the event.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Traveling Black History Museum Stops at Holy Cross

February 18th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Campus community members view artifacts at the Black History 101 Mobile Museum display in the Hogan Campus Center. The display of more than 5,000 rare treasures is an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to hip hop.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education, Africana Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and Multicultural Peer Educators, the mobile museum artifacts represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights and Black Power era, and popular culture.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Cousins and Fellow Crusaders Travel To Mountaintop Monastery

February 16th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Cousins Casey Norton ’16 and Tommy Gallant ’12 pose during a trip to Montserrat, a mountain in Catalonia, Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, laid down his soldier’s weapons and began a new life devoted to study, teaching, service, faith and purpose. The two traveled for 10 days touring Barcelona and Morocco last summer. “We decided to make a special trip to Monserrat because Tom had recently graduated from Holy Cross and I was going to begin senior year,” says Norton. “It was an incredible experience being at such an important religious site and words truly can’t describe how I felt. It really made me feel connected with my faith and reinforced the concept of ‘men and women for and with others.’ ” Gallant is currently in his second year of medical school at the University of New England.

Photo submitted by Casey Norton

Students Dance to Raise More Than $30,000 For AIDS Research

February 16th, 2016 by csteuer



On Jan. 30, students, staff and alumni at the College of the Holy Cross danced the night away in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom and raised $33,787 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the annual dance marathon hosted by Holy Cross Dance Marathon (HCDM). Participants danced from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., to the theme “Ignite the Night.” Actress Fatima Ptacek, the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and an ambassador of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, flew in for the event.  She also blogged about the dance marathon for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s website.



Students Abroad Attend Lecture by Former Obama Speechwriter Jon Favreau ’03

February 13th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey


Jon Favreau ’03, third from left, former chief speechwriter for President Obama, poses with Tom Reuter ’17, Megan Izzo ’17, and Tyler Ambrose ’17, after delivering a speech at the Oxford Union. The members of the class of 2017 attended the lecture, “Life as Obama’s Speechwriter,” during their study abroad at Mansfield College.

Photo provided by Megan Izzo ’17