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20 Years Strong, Plumley Village SPUD Programs Continue to Grow

The housing complex in Worcester has become a popular — and growing — volunteer site for helping youth

Each week, dozens of Holy Cross student volunteers take a short drive across the city to continue a commute that started two decades ago. The students, members of Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), make their way to Plumley Village, …

Jimmy Murray ’17 Works His Way to 2019 AFC Championship Game

The offensive lineman's never-say-die work ethic propelled him from Fitton Field to playing for the Kansas City Chiefs

Jimmy Murray ’17 sees opportunity where others see stop signs. He first worked his way onto his high school football team and later onto the Holy Cross football team as a walk-on. In 2018, he beat the odds once more, …

Justice, Equality and Immigration: Holy Cross Alumnus Offers Free Legal Advice to Undocumented College Students

On the cutting edge of higher education, Jason Hernandez '07 helps undocumented college students navigate the U.S. immigration system

When Jason Hernandez ’07 arrived on Mount St. James in fall 2003, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in or which career he might be interested in after graduation. But he did know, he says, that he wanted …

A Holy Cross Without Fenwick and O’Kane?

A long-forgotten 1955 master plan for the College predicted that a campus without the iconic buildings was inevitable

It’s nearly impossible to imagine Mount St. James without the iconic spires of Fenwick and O’Kane halls, but that’s exactly what a 1955 master plan predicted — and argued was inevitable. A Dec. 15, 1955, story published in The Crusader …

For Us, For Others, For Action: Alumni Reflect on a Half-Century of the Black Student Union

Fifty years after the founding of the BSU, alumni look back on a time filled with mission and personal impact.

It was Spring 1987 and high school senior Arnold Principal was lost. He arrived on Mount St. James for a campus visit, got separated from his host and unknowingly stumbled upon the Black Student Union-sponsored Spring Talent Show. “Two BSU …

Five Outstanding Alumni Receive Sanctae Crucis Awards

A nuclear physicist. A foreign journalist. A federal judge. A developmental psychologist. A visionary physician. A look at their remarkable worldwide impact.

They graduated years apart, yet each embraces the Jesuit magis, a calling to “be more” that has fueled Holy Cross men and women throughout the decades and around the world. Determined to live lives of purpose and impact, these alumni …

Two Alumni, Political World Veterans Teach Course Examining Politics From Inside-Out

Political consultant Peter Flaherty '87 and former congressman Tim Bishop '72 teamed up for real-time course on 2018 midterm elections

The advertisement starts with a video of Hillary Clinton on stage. “If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” she says. The video is intercut with images of …

‘Summa’ Exhibition Showcases Work of Visual Arts Faculty

Eight educator-artists share work and a look at their creative process

Scattered across a table built using the golden ratio were a series of small-scale hybrid sculptures created by Associate Professor Michael Beatty. His work, a mix of handmade and digitally printed forms, was among the artwork featured in “Summa,” an …

Women’s Ice Hockey Joins Elite Hockey East

The team is finding top-tier competition and more opportunities in its first Division I season

Life is a lot different for head coach Peter Van Buskirk and the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team this season. One day they’re facing the sixth-ranked team in the country, and the following week they’re right back at it, …

Holy Cross Alumna Empowers Young Women Through Poetry in the Mississippi Delta

Born out of her Teach for America experience, Madison Walsh '12 co-founded Girls Write the World, a girls-only literacy and youth development nonprofit

If you’ve ever been to Mississippi in the summer, you know it is no place for the faint of heart, and you might wonder what brings me back year after year. It’s exactly that — heart — in the form …

Stranger Things: English Course Traces Gothic Tradition to Modern TV Shows and Movies

From British literature to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' students explore what old and new monsters tell us about ourselves

More than 120 years ago, readers huddled by the amber glow of candlelight in wide-eyed terror to devour the pages of author Bram Stoker’s Gothic tale, “Dracula.” In 2016, viewers by the millions sat in the screen-lit blue light of …

‘A Symbol of Victory and Sign of Salvation’ Lecture Explores College’s Namesake

Inside the history, art and meanings behind the Holy Cross as part of the College's 175th anniversary celebrations

Today, images of the cross and crucifixion are synonymous with Christianity — but that has not always been the case. “Art historians have been unable to identify an explicitly Christian crucifix prior to the fourth or even the fifth century, …

Holy Cross Alumnus Founds Nonprofit So Every Child Can Enjoy Winter Sports

Schone Malliet '74 makes snowboarding and skiing accessible to urban, suburban and rural children by transforming a dormant New Jersey ski area

A city kid, Schone Malliet ’74 didn’t strap on his first pair of skis until he was an adult. He’s since made up for lost time, becoming a prominent figure in the winter sports scene and taking on a mission …

Alumna Leads Movement to Empower and Advance Female Visual Artists

Artist Maggie O'Neill '99 is spearheading a cause to make sure the work of underrepresented women artists is seen worldwide

In 1999, Maggie O’Neill departed Holy Cross with a political science degree in hand and a plan in mind: She was going to law school. There was just one problem. “I didn’t really want to go to law school,” she …

Finding Oneself in Others: Theresa Becchi ’10 Finds Inspiration in Peace Corps

Two years of service in a Southeast Asian female prison helped this young alumna discover commonality in an unlikely place

A year ago, I sat in a prison yard under the corrugated metal roofing of a makeshift shelter, surrounded by women who had trafficked drugs, trafficked humans, killed their husbands or killed a child. We laughed, cried and sang, squinting …

Holy Cross Women’s Volleyball Team Tops National Community Service Challenge

With 571 volunteer hours and 100 percent participation in a three-month period, the team topped the NCAA competition

For the first three months of 2018, Holy Cross women’s volleyball beat the competition with their service and assists of a different kind — those they performed off the court. And they did it without even trying. “It was really …

Last Lap: Reflections from Retiring Swimming and Diving Coach Barry Parenteau

After 43 years and 241 combined wins, the second-generation coach has a lot to be thankful for

It was a fall day in 1975 when Barry Parenteau found himself alongside his father, Paul, in the office of then-Holy Cross Athletics Director Ron Perry Sr. ’54. The elder Parenteau was head coach of the Holy Cross men’s swim …

Young Alumni Found Nonprofit to Build Schools and Provide Medical Care in Honduras

Action for Education has built two schools and served thousands of Honduran patients since its 2015 founding

It was 2014 when Michael Mastroianni ’16 found himself in Honduras on a missionary trip — and on the verge of losing a bet that would change his life and those of local residents. In the country on a Medical …

Holy Cross Alumni Fight to Create Affordable Housing for All

At the local, state and national levels, alumni are taking the charge to be sure everyone can afford a place to live

In the beginning, all Connie Snow ’77 wanted to do was take a few houses — Victorians, once stately but now decrepit — and bring them up to code, creating homes for needy families in Brattleboro, Vermont. “We were in …

Le Chevalier: English Professor Receives French Knighthood

Maurice Géracht adds a new layer to his 52-year (and counting) story of teaching and impact on The Hill

It was a chance encounter in an elevator that brought Maurice Géracht to Holy Cross 52 years ago. He was a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin, wrapping up his dissertation and fielding job offers, when his adviser asked …