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How Do Holy Cross Students Get into Medical School?

Health professions advisers help students develop well-rounded experience and articulate it in their applications

Just about everyone who applies to medical school has top grades and test scores. So who gets in and who doesn’t? Often it comes down to “miles traveled” — experiences outside the classroom that show an applicant’s abilities beyond technical …

Photos, Video: Time Capsule Discovered in Hart Center From Building’s 1975 Completion

The "Hart-shaped box" celebrates Holy Cross athletics more than 40 years ago, as College looks ahead to the future of the program today

On a seemingly normal day atop Mount St. James, HCM’s own art director and designer, Stephen Albano, made a historic discovery. While searching through the Holy Cross Archives, Albano found two photos that alluded to something in the walls of …

Major League Businessman: ESPN Executive Burke Magnus ’88 Hits Home Runs for Sports Fans Everywhere

From overseeing programming and scheduling for ESPN to his favorite sports movie, Magnus discusses his career trajectory and interests

It’s not just athletes who start at the bottom and, after years of developing their skills in the minor leagues, break into the big time and sign major contracts. Sports businesspeople work just as hard as they rise through their …

The Hurricane Hunter: When Others Flee From Dangerous Storms, Commander Scott Price ’99 Flies Into Them

A pilot for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Price gathers essential data for weather forecasts and scientific research in the most dangerous conditions

As Hurricane Irma surged toward Florida and the southeastern United States in early September, the country braced for the impact of the Category 4 storm, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in recent memory. People fortified their homes, stocked up …

‘Food, Beer, and the Environment’: Seminar Explores the Creation and Consumption of Food

Sociology professor Daina Harvey challenges his students to look at food as more than simply fuel for their bodies

When most people sip a beer, they’re thinking about taste — hops or malt, whether it’s a dark or a light beer — alcohol content, or maybe even the name on the label.

The Disappearance of the Fenwick Tower Bell: A Holy Cross Mystery

The historic bell disappeared from campus in broad daylight in 2009 — and some dedicated alumni have been on the hunt for it ever since

“Once upon a wintry morning, while in slumber I lay yawning, and the college-bell was ringing as it often rang before…”

Alumnus, English Professor and Poet Reflects on His 25th Reunion

Philip Metres '92 ponders the power of memories, inspired by his visit to campus

It’s always a dangerous proposition to tell someone a dream you’ve had; they always turn out to be much more interesting to the dreamer than the listener. But bear with me. For years, I’ve had a dream that I was …

‘Prescription for a Better World’: Eileen Howard Boone ’86 Leads CVS Health to Drop Tobacco Products

The alumna is a driving force behind the company's mission to help customers live healthier lives

Ask Eileen Howard Boone ’86 about life at home with her husband and their blended family of six children, and she’ll tell you that motherhood is the most rewarding job she has ever had. So it’s no surprise that when …

Holy Cross Football’s Historic Upset Against Boston College: 75 Years Later

The teams will go head-to-head on the football field in 2018 — their first match-up in 30 years

Holy Cross stood little chance as it took the field against an undefeated and top-ranked Boston College football team at Fenway Park in 1942. The Orange Bowl-bound Eagles were prepping to compete for a national championship just a few weeks …

Holy Cross Scholar-Athletes Follow in the Footsteps of Athletic Hall of Fame Relatives

From the golf course to the softball field to the football stadium, these second-generation Crusaders live up to their family name

At Holy Cross, scholar-athletes represent a strong tradition of excellence, and nowhere is this more evident than in the College’s athletic legacy families, where dual passions for athletics and alma mater often reach back generations. In a student body where …

Startup Company Founded by Brendan Candon ’10 Poised to Become the eBay of the Sporting Goods Industry

Forbes Magazine praised the company, SidelineSwap, for making sports more affordable

When Brendan Candon ’10 played on the varsity lacrosse team at Holy Cross, he received all the equipment he needed: sticks, gloves, pads, you name it. It was a few years after graduation, when he was volunteering as a coach …

Holy Cross Students from Somaliland Make the Most of Opportunity to Study in the U.S.

Sahra Hassan ’19 and Zak Muse ’19 plan to take what they learn at Holy Cross back to their home country and improve its future

There’s a map of the world in the Holy Cross Office of International Students, a map that includes photos of dozens of young people with lines connecting them to their home countries. Two of those lines connect faces to a …

Jesuit Organizations Lead the Way in Aiding Refugees Worldwide

A record 65 million displaced people need help, and Jesuit organizations on the front lines are responding — including here at Holy Cross

Samer Naeem was in his early 20s when he lost his eyesight. He’d been born with a genetic disorder that caused high blood pressure inside the eyeball. One day, while walking the streets of Baghdad, a student hit him in …

Holy Cross Unveils Architectural Drawings for New Center for Arts and Creativity

The building is an initiative of the College's $400 million Become More Campaign

Poised on the brink of a new era in arts education, the College community eagerly awaits the construction of a dedicated center for the arts and creativity, one of the major initiatives of the College’s Become More campaign. Publicly launched …

The Comeback Captain: Peter Pujals ’18 Returns From Injury for Historic Fourth Year as Football Captain

Pujals, the first Holy Cross athlete to serve as a four-year captain, is ready to lead the Crusaders to a winning season in 2017

When Crusader quarterback Peter Pujals ’18 felt his left leg crack under a hard tackle in the fourth game last season, he assumed he’d walk it off. Playing through pain was normal. But when teammates saw their captain limping on …

Innovative Ensemble Combines Traditional Instruments with Electronic Music

H-CLEF, the Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble Federation, uses laptops, game controllers and other technology to create unique computerized sounds

Sitting with perfect posture in Brooks Concert Hall, Marena Ella Minelli ’17 lifted a violin to her chin and began to play, releasing beautiful streams of music with her bow. Moments later, she placed the string instrument on a chair, …

Holy Cross Bids Farewell to Three Beloved Faculty Members

Blaise Nagy, Karen Turner and Helen Whall share memories, anecdotes, and what’s next

As the campus tipped its hat to the class of 2017, it also bid farewell to three faculty members who retired at the end of the academic year: Blaise Nagy, Karen Turner and Helen Whall. These faculty members, who have …

Acting Up: James O’Connor ’98 Makes Name for Himself in Hollywood

O'Connor has performed alongside stars including Richard Gere, Bill Murray and Donnie Wahlberg

He’s been a Commie and a cop, a goon and a grieving father, a hitman and he’s been hit a few times. Welcome to the world of character actor James Andrew O’Connor ’98, a guy who growls like a grizzly …

Living Histories Program Keeps Class of 1951 Connected

Members of class share their own life story in monthly class newsletter

It was a summer day in 2015 when Gus Concilio ’51, scrolling through his Facebook feed, happened upon a photo of former classmate Jim Jebaily ’51. Not having spoken with Jebaily since graduation, Concilio sent his old friend an email …

Remembering Vito Acconci ’62: Influential Performance Artist, Poet and Architect

Three Holy Cross professors pay tribute to Acconci — as student, artist and inspiration

Acconci: The Student Edward F. Callahan, professor emeritus of English who taught at Holy Cross for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1990, first encountered the young Acconci in his own classroom in 1959. It was the late …