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Washington Semester Program Students Meet Alumnus Clarence Thomas ’71

November 11th, 2015 by kethier

Washington Semester Students Meet Clarence Thomas

Students in the Washington Semester Program at the College had the unique opportunity to speak with Holy Cross alumnus Clarence Thomas ’71, associate justice of the United States. Thomas talked to the students about  his Holy Cross education and his career path that led him to a seat on the Supreme Court. Thomas also offered insight about what  students can expect to encounter in the professional workforce as they start to think about their future after Holy Cross.

Pictured from left to right: Kyle Espinola ’17, Chris Auray ’17, Emily Breakell ’17, Genesis Bautista-Torres ’17, Samuel Gentile ’17, Andrew Higgins ’17, Max Lies ’17 , Clarence Thomas ’71, Bowen Lee ’17, Caroline Shannon ’17, Alec Davis ’17, Nick Goode ’17, Ryan Foley ’17, Hannah Tulinski ’ 17, and Victoria Pennacchio ’17

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitors Center Becomes a Reality

July 7th, 2015 by kethier

Father Boroughs and community leaders

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., joined Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) as well as, state and local leaders to celebrate the advertisement of Phase 1 of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester. This unique destination for Worcester community members, visitors and the National Heritage Corridor will offer many recreational, historical, cultural, and geographic attractions while celebrating the lush landscape of the Blackstone River Valley.

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.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest Offers Big Thanks to Holy Cross

March 29th, 2015 by kethier

Nate Pine accepting award

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest recently held the Big Show at the Hanover Theatre in honor of the organizations 15th anniversary of the College Mentor Program. Big Brothers Big Sisters honored the College of the Holy Cross for being an integral part in helping build its program. During the event the College was presented with the 2015 Bob Cousy Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award and Nathan Pine, director of athletics, accepted the award on the College’s behalf. The award is given to an organization which goes above and beyond in support of the mission and agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and it is named after one of our most loyal donors and supporters, the legendary Holy Cross alumnus, Bob Cousy ’50.

“It was a privilege to accept the Bob Cousy Most Valuable Partner Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters on behalf of Holy Cross. Our student-athletes, students and staff have been heavily involved with the program  in the Worcester community for the last 15 years” said Pine. “Together we are honored to have the opportunity to support mentoring in our local community, and we look forward to continuing to enhance this important partnership for many years to come.”

Student Volunteers and Nathan Pine

Nearly 300 students from Holy Cross mentor a child after school one afternoon each week.


The event was hosted by Ben Bailey, comedian and host of the popular television show “Cash Cab” and included many musical and dance performances from local College’s. Holy Cross was well represented with performances by Fools on the Hill, Holy Cross Cheer Squad, Rhythm Nation Steppaz, and Sons of Pitches.

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 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.