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Game On: Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Embraces New Role

Katie Lachapelle is ready to make the team competitive in college hockey’s toughest division

Want to evaluate team character during a rough season? Check out a Monday practice. “Mondays were the hardest,” says Tori Messina ’19, a co-captain on Holy Cross’ women’s ice hockey team that went 1-29-3 last year in its first season …

It’s Never Too Late: Holy Cross Alumna Pens Two Bestselling Novels

Karen McManus '91 left a 20-year career in marketing to follow her dream of writing young adult novels

When Karen McManus ’91 published her first book in May 2017, she realized a dream deferred. An aspiring author since childhood, she experienced the thrill of watching her first novel catapult onto The New York Times’ best-seller list and remain …

Black Student-Athletes Take Leadership Role in Creating Shared Community

The student-founded group, Men of Color Athletes, is driving discussion and impacting its members

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent the 2017 and 2018 football seasons out of work. And even if he never takes another snap, he leaves quite a legacy. Kaepernick’s influence was on display at January’s Black Student-Athlete Summit (BSAS) in …

The Golden Rule: Holy Cross Alumnus Helps Provide Health Care to the Homeless

Ron Lawson '75 found himself homeless 30 years ago — now he helps others in the same situation

Ron Lawson ’75 had worked for 14 years as a financial analyst and manager for some of the biggest firms on Wall Street. So when he was suddenly laid off in the early 1990s recession, he didn’t think much of …

Holy Cross Students Turn Project Ideas Into Reality Through Ignite Fund

When students were tasked with building a religious curriculum for a local middle school, the Ignite Fund helped the project take shape

Rev. Thomas McMurray, S.J., wears many hats at Nativity School of Worcester — director of admissions, director of Jesuit mission and identity, and chaplain. When he needed help developing a religious education curriculum for the school, he knew where to …

Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society Takes Business Programs at Holy Cross to Next Level

The new center gives students multiple pathways to study business at the College

“Before, we emphasized that students could ‘major in anything, succeed in business,’ but we only offered the one pathway, the co-curricular certificate of readiness through COES,” says David Chu, the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society’s director of certificate programs …

Holy Cross Alumnus Paves Way for Ethical Business Leaders

Throughout his career, Art Ciocca '59 has taken an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy

Before tech startups flocked to Silicon Valley, before entrepreneurs competed for millions in funding on the TV show “Shark Tank,” and before entrepreneurship was part of the cultural zeitgeist in the U.S., Arthur “Art” Ciocca ’59 saw entrepreneurship as the …

New Course Explores Storied, Unexpected Relationship Between the Jesuits and Music

Students studied the misunderstood relationship and showcased their research in a culminating, full-length concert

What do Freddie Mercury and Chance the Rapper have in common? They’ve both created music that nods to their Jesuit ties. And they’re both topics of discussion in the course Music & the Jesuits, taught by Daniel DiCenso ’98, assistant …

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, …