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Holy Cross Alumna Likens Greek Classics to Hip Hop Music

Marybeth Reilly-McGreen '89 explores how artists like Homer and Kendrick Lamar are more similar than one might think

I’d been a hip-hop music fan from grade school, when a Catholic kid’s idea of rebellion was bellowing Blondie’s “Rapture” a cappella on the school bus until the driver screamed. I graduated to old-school hip-hop classics, “Rapper’s Delight,” “White Lines” …

The United States of Anxiety: Experts Weigh in on How to Stay Engaged in Politics Without Burning Out

Among others, Holy Cross faculty members Daniel Klinghard, Tim Bishop '72 and Peter Flaherty '87 chime in

If you thought presidential election seasons were tumultuous in the past, brace yourself for Election 2020. The 24-hour news cycle, smartphones and ubiquity of social media have caused politics to invade Americans’ lives in ways that have upended their sense …

Holy Cross Alumna Founds New England’s First Social, Activity Group for Those Living With Limb Loss

Inspired by her unexpected journey, Melissa DeChellis '02 helps people find support — and their inner-athlete

Melissa (Pierre) DeChellis ’02 needed an ambulance. Instead, she was bouncing around in the back of a pickup truck, on a winding mountain road on the Caribbean island of Dominica. That morning, she had woken up with pain and swelling …

Mable Millner Looks Back Over a Career Spent Looking Ahead

As she prepares to retire, the director of multicultural education and associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion talks about bridging gaps, breaking ground and why her work is so much more than a profession

“The message was so special,” says Mable L. Millner, smiling as she reads a card resting next to a bouquet of flowers on her desk: “‘Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.'” The …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Brings Artistry of Nepal, Greater Understanding of Buddhism to Campus

After three years of extensive planning, Todd Lewis brought the 'Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal' exhibit to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

When Todd Lewis decided to study Buddhism in graduate school, he wanted to explore the least- examined Buddhist place in the world: Nepal. Post-graduation, Lewis set out on what was supposed to be a yearlong Fulbright trip to the Himalayan …

The Christmas King: Holy Cross Alumnus Masters Hallmark Holiday Strategy

As the president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Bill Abbott '84 has turned the Christmas holiday into a massive, months-long celebration

It’s unlikely you know his name, but you definitely know his work. And that’s alright with Bill Abbott ’84. As president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Abbott answers his own email, eschews retaining a personal PR team and …

Professor’s New Work Examines the Universal Exile of Grief

Grammy Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov's newest piece, 'Falling Out of Time,' will be performed by the Silkroad Ensemble at the end of October

There are words in the English language for those who lose a parent, a husband, a wife. But when it comes to articulating the loss of a child, “there is not a single word,” notes Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of …

Classics Course Examines How Ancient Times Relate to Conflict in the United States

How Greek and Roman cultures have been put to use — positively and negatively — in the United States

The music of Steely Dan, the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and the history of two world wars may seem an odd trio of discussion topics for a classics course. But the juxtaposition of the modern and the ancient …

Holy Cross Alumna Leads Nonstop Philanthropy From an Unexpected Source

Mary Ellen Curran '86 helps World Wrestling Entertainment deliver hope, empowerment and action to communities worldwide

Mention billion-dollar international powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the thoughts of many automatically land on its colorful characters and eye-popping feats of athleticism. But Mary Ellen Curran ’86 says there’s another story to tell. As the company’s senior vice …

New Book Gives Voice to History of Jesuits on Campus

'Beneath the Cross' tells the stories of the men buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, offering a companion history of the College

Hundreds walk by daily, but most would recognize only a handful of the names on the nearly 300 white stone markers at the Jesuit Cemetery. A new book seeks to rectify that, detailing the lives of those interred and, in …

Not Backing Down: Athletics Director Marcus Blossom Has Big Goals for Holy Cross

From pursuing his dream of playing Division I basketball to finding the career he loves, Blossom has a long history of refusing to stop until he's reached his goal

With a 4.43 GPA and stellar ACT scores, Marcus Blossom had his pick of colleges across the United States when he was a high school senior. The offers of an academic scholarship came from far and wide. Blossom, however, wanted …

Curiosity Leads to Unique Find Hidden in Fenwick for Decades

A munitions box found in Fenwick 421 revealed long-lost letters and scholarship from the late classics professor Rev. Robert Healey, S.J.

You’d think that everything hidden in Fenwick Hall would have been found by now. But that’s the thing about 175-year-old buildings: There’s always something else to discover. Such was the case in May when Avanell Brock, the College’s multimedia producer, …

Holy Cross Alumnus Honors Late Rev. Brooks, S.J., One Signature at a Time

Rodney De Leaver ’74 has been collecting signatures of students, faculty and alumni of color in the book "Fraternity" since 2008

It was November 2008 and Rodney De Leaver ’74 had an epiphany while sitting in the Hogan Ballroom. On campus to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Black Student Union, he was watching a “fireside chat” between the late president …

Theater Professor Enlightens the Next Generation

As chair of the theater and dance department, Edward Isser makes sure to take part in ethical discourse

Whether it’s the Great White Way or College Street, questions of social justice in an increasingly polarized country can be asked and explored onstage. “I think a lot about my responsibilities as a white man,” says Edward Isser, W. Arthur …

Retiring Faculty Members Leave Rich Legacy on Students, College

For more than four decades, these seven professors have shaped Holy Cross and their fields

After decades of shaping students and the College, the following faculty members announced their retirement from Holy Cross this spring: Isabel Alvarez Borland, distinguished professor of arts and humanities; Patricia Bizzell, distinguished professor of humanities; John Hamilton, associate professor of …

First-Year Biology Course Studies the Effects of Aging

How do we age and what can we do about it? Montserrat students dig in

There’s something poetic about the youngest members of the Holy Cross community spending an entire year learning about the oldest members of society. That’s the scientific quest students undertake in Biology of Aging: Understanding and Combating Aging, a Montserrat class …

Holy Cross Alumnus Bridges the Gap Between Civilians and Military

Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel ’89 founded Hiring Our Heroes to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment

For Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel ’89, each morning breaks with a cup of coffee and some reading. “I start each day reading emails from service members who have received our care packages,” he says. “They express gratitude and astonishment …

Holy Cross Alumni Find Powerful Connection, Spiritual Growth Through Retreat Program

The popular program offers a slate of retreat options for alumni across generations

One was looking for a community of faith. Another was mourning the death of his wife of more than 50 years. And a third, juggling grad school and a full-time job, just needed time to breathe. Their reasons are as …

Theater in a Contentious Age: Holy Cross Alumnus Uses Theater to Tackle Contemporary Questions

Bartlett Sher ’81 uses the classic art form to address real-world issues in a world that 'is complicated and messy and full of weird contradictions'

It’s really hard to say what the national narrative is anymore,” says Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher ’81, “but one thing you can almost be certain of is every eighth-grader in the United States is probably going to read ‘To …

Joanne Chouinard-Luth Wants to Help Holy Cross Students Live Long, Healthy Lives

The namesake Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center will foster a new era of holistic wellness on The Hill

Dentists are all about preventive care, says Joanne “Jo” Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D, MPH, M.S. She spent 30 years in practice embracing an approach of preventing and mitigating disease, and now she’s using that same tactic in her philanthropy, promoting health and …