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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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Holy Cross Professors Look to Inspire and Unite Worcester and Students Through Poetry

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney and Oliver de la Paz see the city as a muse for future works.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney and Oliver de la Paz are passionate about poetry — and the city of Worcester. The College of the Holy Cross faculty....

Holy Cross Celebrates 762 Graduates in its 177th Commencement Exercises

President Vincent D. Rougeau encourages graduates to embody strength through differences in a polarized world.

The College of the Holy Cross graduated 762 members of its class of 2023 on May 26 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Thousands of family and friends,....

Holy Cross Associate Professor: Poetry More Accessible Today Thanks to Technology

Oliver de la Paz, Worcester’s poet laureate, thinks that the increase in poetry’s popularity is thanks to, not in spite of, technology.

Technology continues to change the way humans live, communicate and even write, the latter thanks to ChatGPT, the news-making artificial intelligence....

Holy Cross Professor, Students Publish Wormhole Data in Respected Physics Journal

The results of their Weiss Summer Research program studies on wormholes is published in Physical Review D.

As a student researcher with the Weiss Summer Research program at the College of the Holy Cross, Karina Calhoun ’24 hoped to learn and develop new....

How the Addition of Women’s Studies Impacted Holy Cross

In 1993, Holy Cross graduated the first cohort of students to earn a concentration in Women’s Studies, a move that has influenced generations of faculty and students.

When she arrived at Holy Cross in 1989, Jennifer Moore Kickham ’93 described herself as a naïve young woman who lacked self-confidence and was....

Holy Cross Study Abroad Interest Surges

Applications up more than 30% over 2022 for the College’s study abroad program options.

Applications for the College of the Holy Cross’ nation-leading study abroad program are up more than 30% for the 2023-2024 academic year over the....

Holy Cross Alumnus One of First Peace Corps Volunteers to Return to Overseas Service Since 2020

Tiernan Naughton ’21 will serve as an agricultural extension agent in Ghana until 2026.

College of the Holy Cross alumnus Tiernan Naughton ’21 is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s....

Holy Cross Named One of World’s Most Environmentally Responsible Campuses

College posts near-perfect score in Princeton Review’s 2023 Guide to Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review has named the College of the Holy Cross as one of the world’s most environmentally responsible colleges in its 13th annual....

Holy Cross Celebrates 44th Annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols

The beloved holiday tradition brought the College community together — on Mount St. James and beyond — to rejoice in the Christmas season.

Embraced in soft, warm light under purple tapestry gently draped from above, the College of the Holy Cross welcomed the Christmas season on Dec. 8 in....

Women’s Impact on Business World Celebrated at Holy Cross Conference

The 17th annual Women in Business event encouraged alumnae, faculty, staff and students to share experiences and learn from each other.

Reflect on the past, work hard in the present and invest in the future. These were common themes during the College of the Holy Cross’ 17th annual....