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Academic Conference 2018 Showcases Creativity, Independent Research of Over 470 Students

The four-day celebration was filled with performances, poster sessions and presentations across academic disciplines and class years

Over the course of four days, more than 470 students spanning all class years presented the results of their independent, creative and intellectual endeavors during the 2018 Academic Conference. The celebration of academic life at the College of the Holy …

Students Find Alumni and Experience Through Washington, D.C. and New York Semester Programs

The programs join academic learning with direct internship experience, providing students with dynamic opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth

The memorabilia on the 44th floor of the News Corp. Building — Emmy statues, the red and black costume of Marvel Comics character Deadpool, even a life-sized stuffed dog in a full body cast (a prop from the film “There’s …

Luke Lapean ’19 Reflects on Impact of a Summer Ministry Internship

Sophomore finds direction, inspiration assisting three parishes

I was reading the countless daily emails Holy Cross students receive when I stumbled across one inviting me to apply for a Summer Ministry Internship through the Chaplains’ Office. Then in my sophomore year, I hadn’t given any thought to …

Holy Cross Professor on Zwarte Piet, Controversial Netherlands Holiday Tradition

World Politics Review

In the Netherlands, “Zwarte Piet,” or “Black Pete,” has become a point of heated debate as holiday traditions are reexamined for racist undertones. Presented in tandem with “Sinterklaas,” the Dutch Santa Claus, Zwarte Piet is a common figure for Dutch …

For and With Others: Holy Cross Students Choose the Peace Corps for Post-Grad

Four graduating seniors will serve in places such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Rwanda

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Many students come to College of the Holy Cross wanting to make a difference in the world. Four graduating seniors — Katie Bowles, Marie Therese Kane, Clare Orie, and Colleen Brady — are leaving the Hill ready to do just …

Six Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2018

Newly promoted associate professors answer Q&A

02/27/18 by

Six College of the Holy Cross faculty members in a diverse range of fields have been promoted to associate professor with tenure. From measuring the sociology of risk to creating the first-ever Digital Transgender Archive, these professors are pushing intellectual …

Holy Cross Professor Calls for Research-Based Arguments in Medical Aid-In-Dying Debate

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

In a commentary for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette‘s Faculty Forum, Holy Cross sociology and anthropology associate professor Ara Francis says that claims in the medical aid-in-dying debate should be made based on research. “The Massachusetts End of Life Options Act …

Craft Beer vs. Big Beer? Holy Cross Sociology Professors Study the Movement

The Conversation

America’s passion for craft beer is growing at a rapid pace and large-scale beer powerhouses are now finding themselves strategizing new ways to neutralize the competition. In a piece for The Conversation, College of the Holy Cross assistant professors of …

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 …

Anthropology Professor Goes ‘Beyond #MeToo,’ Exploring Feminist Response to Racism and Sexism in Brazil

The Conversation

While the #MeToo campaign continues to make headlines in the United States, other countries are no strangers to viral feminist movements. In an article for The Conversation co-authored by Alvaro Jarrin, assistant professor of anthropology at the College of the …

Holy Cross Sociology Professors Explore Rise of New England Craft Beer Industry

The Conversation

While large-scale beer powerhouses like Miller, Budweiser and Coors have dominated the industry for decades, the exploding U.S. craft beer industry is bigger than ever. There are more craft breweries in the U.S. that any time in recorded history, but …

Holy Cross Takes Top Seat in Ranking for Long-Term Study Abroad Participation

Students share their experiences abroad through photos

For yet another year, the College of the Holy Cross has been ranked No. 1 among baccalaureate institutions in the United States for long-term study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education. According to its report, 133 Holy Cross students …

Professor Emeritus and Vietnam Veteran Writes about ‘The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protesters’ in The New York Times

Jerry Lembcke, associate professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology and former chaplain assistant in the 41st Artillery Group during the Vietnam War, published in the New York Times an op-ed on the background and stories of antiwar protesters spitting on …

‘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.

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 …

Paying the ‘Passion Price’: Sociology Professor Discusses Paying Higher Prices to Support Small Business

The Chicago Tribune | The Orlando Sentinel | The Texarkana Gazette | The Guelph Mercury Tribune

Particularly among millennial shoppers, there are good indicators that buying from small businesses is increasingly popular, even if prices are higher, reports the Chicago Tribune. The media outlet called upon Ellis Jones, assistant professor of sociology and author of “The …

‘Sociologist to Share Research About Schooling Practices’ in St. Maarten

The Daily Herald, St. Maarten | Saint Martin News Network

Melissa Weiner, associate professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross, was recently featured in The Daily Herald, the leading newspaper for St. Maarten and the northeast Caribbean, and the Saint Martin News Network for her upcoming visit to …

Sociology Professor Earns Prestigious Fellowship to Support Alzheimer’s Research

Renée Lynn Beard was named a 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow

Renée Lynn Beard’s first job, as a teenager, was at a local nursing home, where she first encountered someone with Alzheimer’s disease. “She was sequestered far away from the nurses’ station and all social spaces, because staff and residents alike …

Holy Cross Basketball Player Excels On and Off the Court

Marcellis Perkins ’19 hosts a campus radio show, writes a blog about diversity, and serves as an orientation leader

“Growing up, I had amazing role models in school,” says Marcellis Perkins ’19, a sociology major and basketball player from Virginia. “My coaches and teachers pushed me to be who I am today.” At 21, Perkins is acutely aware of …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

350 students will present results of research, independent work across disciplines

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …