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Thinking About Upgrading to an iPhone 15? Consider the Environment, Too

Sales of Apple’s new iPhone are hot, with the company expected to produce more than 75 million units worldwide before year-end. But what happens to the millions of “old” phones the iPhone 15 replaces?

Last Friday, Apple released the iPhone 15 in stores, selling out available stock around the world and marking the fifth fall in a row the company has released a new model. Yet before consumers upgrade, an expert in ethical consumerism …


Documenting How Climate Change Affects Apples

As climate change has a more significant effect on local orchards, Ross Comcowich ’25 and Matthew Rigione ’25 worked with Daina Harvey, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, to document how orchardists and cider-makers are preparing for the changes to …


LGBTQ Alumni Network Serves as a Visible Sign: You Are Welcome

The first of its kind among Jesuit schools, the group celebrates 10 years and provides the community many say they lacked in their years on The Hill.

It was spring 2011 when Phil Dardeno ’02 and Meg Griffiths ’04 visited campus to attend a community conversation for LGBTQ students and alumni, an event requested by the students. Neither can recall where the event was, debating whether it …


Remembering Alice Laffey: Dedicated Bible Scholar, Mentor, Friend

The late associate professor emerita was known for her words, wit and passion for justice.

Thanks to her acute sense of justice and purpose, a sharp, analytical mind, and tremendous kindness, friends and former colleagues say Alice Laffey was the conscience of the religious studies department during her 35-year Holy Cross teaching career and through …


‘The First Impression is That You’re Home’

Holy Cross community enthusiastically welcomes Class of 2027.

On August 26, first-year students experienced their first Holy Cross tradition, Move-In Day, when they were welcomed to Mount St. James by students, staff, faculty, and alums who helped carry their bags and boxes to their dorm rooms. Video by …


For Five Worcester Students, The Future Is 3.5 Miles Away

The city’s North High School produced five members of the College’s Class of 2027, its most competitive admission year in decades.

Holy Cross surrounded Shakira Suazo Valdez. Four of her classmates at North High School in Worcester — including her best friend — received acceptance notifications in March. Three of her teachers proudly wore purple as alumni.


The Class of 2027 Hits The Hill

827 first-year students experience their first Holy Cross tradition, Move-In Day.

On Aug. 26, members of the Class of 2027 were welcomed to their home for the next four years by Holy Cross leadership, staff, students and alumni, first at their actual move-in and, later, at the annual Mass of the …


More Expensive or Unavailable: How Wild Weather Will Affect Your Favorite Foods

Experts advise consumers to prepare for the expected ways climate change will affect the food supply chain.

Already a precarious endeavor, farming in an age of wild weather fluctuations has become more challenging, and growers and consumers will need to make adjustments to navigate the nation’s food system in the months and years ahead, according to experts. …


Barbie: A Force For Good?

A social scientist's perspective is changing in light of how the iconic doll is portrayed in the blockbuster movie.

Since its unveiling in 1959, the Barbie doll’s evolution has been shifted and shaped by cultural expectations, societal movements, corporate idealism and children’s imaginations. The smash hit “Barbie” movie, released in July, is the latest reimagining of the doll and …


Do Democrats Communicate Differently Than Republicans?

SoRelle Wyckoff Gaynor, assistant professor of political science, finds that the parties have distinctly different approaches to how they talk about (or stay silent on) legislation.

Despite the majority of federal legislation receiving bipartisan support, how members of Congress communicate the details to constituents is divided by party lines, said SoRelle Wyckoff Gaynor, assistant professor of political science. “Unfortunately, there is a lack of objective information …


Inside an Undergraduate Student-Run Stem Cell Lab

From experimentation to, ideally, publication, biology majors examine how stem cells age, with hopes to better understand how they could be used to treat disease.

Julia Paxson, DVM, associate professor of biology and head of the department, is serious about her research, which strives for a better understanding of how stem cells age and whether age improves or decreases cell efficacy when used for treatment …


How to Stay Artistically Motivated in a World Full of Distractions

Interruptions and daily responsibilities can kill creativity. An artist living with ADHD explores why and offers ideas on how to keep creating.

Alex Raper ’25 dove straight into her Weiss Summer Research with a complex self-portrait. The sketch, which included a serpent wrapped around the top of her head, was one she described as mentally heavy and frustrating. Within a week, she …


Can Jesus Walk Through Walls?

Pioneering international research by Holy Cross psychology professor Florencia Anggoro examines a critical question never explored: Do religious beliefs shape how children think and learn?

The majority of the global population is religious, yet psychologists have little understanding of how religious beliefs impact the way children think, says Florencia Anggoro, Holy Cross associate professor of psychology.


On the Floor And In the Labs

New pediatric medicine internship program at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center gets Holy Cross students first-hand clinical experience.

As a child, Karla Gonzalez ’24 was not afraid of the hospital. She had Ellen — her nurse, role model and confident — who brought her toys, kept her spirits lifted and always included her family.


Holy Cross and Worcester Polytechnic Institute To Develop Dual Degree Programs

Holy Cross math, computer science and physics majors will be eligible to pursue a Master of Science or Master of Engineering at WPI in an accelerated program.

Two of Worcester’s oldest institutions of higher education have announced a new partnership to strengthen collaboration and provide new pathways for students. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President Grace Wang and Holy Cross President Vincent D. Rougeau signed a memorandum of …


How Trees Increase Equity Across Worcester Neighborhoods

Environmental Studies’ Nicholas Geron and students collaborate on surveying, researching the city's trees to aid biodiversity and residents.

As a young teacher in the South Bronx, Nicholas Geron focused on engaging his high school students not only in their courses, but also in their environment. At a time when New York City was investing in its Million Trees …


College Partners with Worcester Public Schools to Introduce Classics to Young Students

Holy Cross students teach Greek civilization to Worcester East Middle School students.

Holy Cross students brought ancient Greek civilization to a Worcester middle school spring semester, in an effort to introduce young students to the field of classics.


How a New Holy Cross Course Is Tackling the ‘Leaky Pipeline’ of Women in STEM

Led by L. Gaby Avila-Bront, associate professor of chemistry, students mentor young women scientists in Worcester

College of the Holy Cross Science in Community students are on a mission to change the future makeup of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


Class of 2023 Spotlight: Charlie Cassidy

“I’ve really been able to merge my two passions [classics and chemistry] into one.”

When he was young, Charlie Cassidy ’23 knew he wanted to be a classics major but it wasn’t until high school that he fell in love with chemistry. At the College of the Holy Cross, he found a way to …