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Holy Cross Celebrates Alcohol Awareness Week
Courtesy of Bridget Bowman SRC Katie Holland ‘13 mixes some mocktails for students at an Alcohol Awareness event on Thursday. Bridget Bowman Staff Writer If you walked through the Hoval on September 24, you wouldn’t have missed the colorful balloons, sidewalk chalk and neon posters laden with facts about the damaging effects of alcohol abuse. This Hoval promotion kicked off Alcohol Awareness Week, sponsored by the Students for Responsible Choices (SRC). SRC Co-Chair Katie Holland ‘13 said, “We’re trying to promote lowrisk choices when using substances, especially alcohol. Alcohol Awareness Week is really just to spread that message.” Holland’s Co-Chair, Diana Homsy
‘13 concurred and added, “We want everyone to have fun, but we want them to have fun safely.” Along with the promotion of safer and healthier activities, this week also sought to educate students about the choice they have to partake in irresponsible drinking. Fran Taylor, Director of Wellness Programming, said that the college environment tends to pressure students into drinking. “What I’d like students to take away,” she said, “is that if you don’t want to drink or you don’t want to drink a lot, it’s actually okay.” Julia Levesque ‘15 attended the week’s “Mocktails” event and said that Alcohol Awareness Week was “a good idea for this campus,” and
that the week’s events “bring attention to the fact that people are going to drink, but you can do it in a safe way.” While Holland and Homsy deemed the week a success, they added that this week had some new events compared to years past. Homsy, who has been an SRC since her sophomore year, said the week has “grown tremendously” over the past few years. One new event this year was a presentation titled “Want to Know What It’s Like to Get a Second Chance?” On Wednesday Night, three former prisoners came to Hogan Student Center and spoke to Holy Cross students for two hours about their experiences. These men are currently residents
“Honest, raw, open and compelling. You will be nothing short of moved,” promised Fran Taylor in her invitation for students to attend the “Second Chance” panel event, which was sponsored by the Students for Responsible Choices as part of Alcohol Awareness Week last Wednesday. Her words rang true for those in attendance, as they listened to the testimonials of Scott, Jesse, and Mike, former prisoners with a history of substance abuse who reflected on pasts filled with pain, harsh consequences, and
the horrific effects of alcohol and drugs on their lives. Current residents of Dismas House, a rehabilitation home in Worcester, these men gave students a glimpse into what it is like for them to receive a second chance and rebuild their lives. Fran Taylor explained the SRC’s decision to implement this panel into the events of Alcohol Awareness Week: “For the past five years we have had a similar panel during the SRC training and it has always proven to be an eye opening experience. Hearing personal stories and seeing first-hand the pain and suffering substance abuse can cause
left quite an impression on many of the SRC’s. It was their suggestion that we bring a panel to the student body.” Scott, a lifelong resident of Worcester, said that he had grown up in a good family and entered into a lifestyle dominated by alcohol and drugs when he was the age that we students are now. He recalled going out and getting drunk with his buddies as the main concern in his life at that point, really the only thing he cared about, but he didn’t acknowledge his need to be drunk as a problem, saying, “that’s what I thought I was supposed to do at 20 years old.”
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at Dismas House in Worcester, which aims provide a support system for former prisoners who are transitioning back into society. Mary Callahan ‘13 found the talk very powerful. “I appreciated the honesty and courage demonstrated by these men,” she said, “and I learned that sometimes good people make mistakes that will stay with them for life.” This year the SRC’s also collaborated with Campus Activity Board’s Music Committee in an “Open Mic Night,” which took place in Crossroads on Friday night, September 28. As various students performed on stage, the students who attended the event painted photo frames and
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In his later twenties, Scott also got involved in drugs; and as his friends moved on and acquired jobs, he remained swept up in a world reigned by the good feelings of drinking and the euphoria of drugs. This addictive cycle of drinking and getting high, drinking and getting high defined his life for years. He described the impact of this dependence on his character, looking back at his actions as if at a different person, someone with a completely different set of values and motivations, all because of the See SECOND CHANCE, page 3
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CityRide Offers Safer, More Reliable Transportation on Fridays Deirdre Koenen Chiefs News Editor As the weekend approaches with the promise of a small break from exams, deadlines and 8 a.m. classes, know that our Student Government Association has worked to give you a sweet escape from campus with the implementation of CityRide. New this semester, CityRide is a shuttle service that runs every Friday night to various locales throughout Worcester that the SGA thought would especially appeal to the student body. This new shuttle has replaced the late WooBus, a ride celebrated for providing lengthy tours of the city and unloading passengers at inconvenient stops dubbed ‘sketchy.’ It’s a fun name to say, but that may be all the WooBus ever really had
going for it. The Director of SGA Services, sophomore John Milner explains that CityRide has been a project the SGA has been working on in partnership with Clark University since the spring semester and into the summer. Last year’s Director of Community Relations, Ken Calemmo spoke with representatives of other schools in the Worcester Consortium about their shared form of transportation. This conversation was continued by the current SGA co-presidents, Paul Misci and Kate Shea, and reached the consensus that the WooBus was not a favored means of weekend transportation. The SGA began collaborating with the president’s office at Holy Cross, as well as with Clark University, to acquire an improved form of
transportation around the city. Misci and Shea dubbed the new shuttle CityRide, and Shea also worked to design the logo. Milner explains that SGA has been working to find out exactly what the students need, and how they can improve the transportation systems to better suit those needs. The solution, CityRide, he describes as a far more dependable means of transportation on Friday nights, and a better fit for the student community. Compared to the WooBus, Milner says that CityRide has so much more to offer the student community in terms of safety, reliability and the locations on the route. He explained that the CityRide route was designed to meet the wants and needs of the students; SGA worked hard to ascertain that
CityRide gave riders access to the most satisfactory selection of destinations. Students have the option to board the CityRide to and from campus from 6pm on Friday until 2am the next morning. The late hours ensure that students returning to campus late at night have a safe way to get back to Holy Cross. The SGA Facebook page and various posters around campus advertise CityRide and list places within a half mile of each of the stops. The shuttle goes to Holy Cross, Clark University, Union Station, Canal District and two locations on Shrewsbury Street. Popular destinations near the stops include the Center Grille, Flying Rhino, the DCU Center, Stage Time Comedy Club and numerous other popular places for entertain-
ment and dining. Milner says that that for now, the shuttle will run on Friday nights, but SGA may look into running it on other nights as well if it proves to be popular among students. He says that the main issue they are dealing with right now is the lack of awareness among the student body. Since not many people know about this new form of transportation, it has not yet reached the level of popularity had by the other shuttle services. CityRide has the potential to be a very popular and effective addition to the many forms of transportation offered to students at Holy Cross.
As Holy Cross Celebrates 40 years of Co-Education, Professors Reminisce About the Past Matt DiMaria Staff Writer Today we honor the many dedicated Holy Cross staff members who put their hearts and minds into helping the students here. In light of the 40th anniversary of co-education, professor who have been at the college for more than 38 years shared their personal perspectives on where the college has been. Professor Patrick Ireland, who teaches in the English department, came to the college in the fall of 1973. He has been teaching literature on Tuesdays and Thursdays ever since, describing his times on the hill as very enjoyable. He has developed close relationships with many of the professors, learning new ways of theoretical thinking from his colleagues, while continuing to hold his roots in the era of New Criticism in literature. One particularly warm memory of Professor Ireland’s was the graduation of 1976. There were three honorary doctorates given out that year to Blessed Mother Teresa, Wendell Arthur Garrity, (former district Judge of MA.) and Walter J. Ong S.J.(A former professor of Prof. Ireland’s at St. Louis University). Professor Ireland was put in charge of showing around Professor Ong, and he recalls the Jesuit grabbing his collar and shouting “bring me to Mother Teresa!” Professor Ireland, seeking to be a good host was able
to make it happen, a truly remarkable experience as he defines it. A second unforgettable event that day involved Judge Garrity. Because of his decision to integrate the buses in Boston, Garrity had received many death threats. Thus, two federal marshals closely tailed him the whole day. Professor Ireland still remembers facing the Judge with a cigarette in his mouth, and when he went to reach into his jacket pocket to light up, both federal marshals reached for their guns. “It was an interesting day,” he recalls, “met Mother Teresa, was dragged by the collar by my old professor, and almost got shot by two federal marshals.” Prof. Virginia Chieffo Raguin, a professor of art history, also shared her refletions. Passionate about teaching and scholarship, she is interested in all varieties of religious art, patterns of collecting, and intersections of the visual image and written culture. She has also seen Holy Cross evolve throughout the years. One of the most remarkable events that she encountered was the integration of women onto the campus. This year, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of women at Holy Cross. She reminisced about John Brooks, who was the president of the College at the time she was first there, “He was a great man, always pushing for the rights of all people, truly selfless in nature.” Fr. Brooks
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was a good friend of Professor Raguin, and a passionate leader. She maintains that there are few people like him. Another of the first women students on at the college is Professor Theresa McBride, who first arrived on campus in the fall of 1973. Coming directly from Seattle University, a small Jesuit College, she felt like she fit in almost immediately. She loved the small feel of the campus that still holds true today. Teaching throughout the decades leading up to now, she saw a development in the students that she taught. Both current and previous generations were passionate in their intellectual prowess, but in a more technological era, the students now are just different. The college has gone through massive changes; 40 years ago there were only a handful of administrators, and now there are almost 30 different administration departments. The change is truly incredible. The campus has gone through massive expansion, integrated women and minorities, and has so much more to offer to students. It is amazing to think of where this school has been, and where it is headed. God bless all of the professors who have been teaching here longer than I have been alive, and continue to inspire our students to become the leaders of tomorrow.
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Campus Activites Board Sponsors Fall Events
Students pause for a moment at the Remembrance Wall to read the stories of students whose lives were affected by alcohol abuse.
Courtesy of Bridget Bowman A few student stop by the Hoval to enjoy mocktails and snacks, provided by the SRC’s as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.
From AAW, page 1 students performed on stage, the students who attended the event painted photo frames and made friendship bracelets while sipping hot apple cider and eating pumpkinflavored treats. Another component of Alcohol Awareness Week was the Remembrance Wall at the entrance of Hogan, which portrayed personal stories of students whose lives were affected by alcohol. First year student Pat Coan said that, for him, the Remembrance Wall was “a pause and reflect moment on my own actions.” On Thursday evening, the SRC’s held a “Mocktails” event and handed out non-alcoholic cocktails. Friday evening the SRC’s provided free chicken wings from Wings Over Worcester in all of the first year residence halls.
Matt Ward ’13 was one of the SRC’s distributing free winds on Friday night. He emphasized the importance of raising awareness about the effects of alcohol, especially for underclassmen. “Not a lot of them have experience with alcohol coming in,” he said, “so it’s good for them to know their limits before experimenting.” Throughout the week, the SRC’s manned lobby tables in Hogan and handed out Blood Alcohol Concentration cards that help students monitor the amount of alcohol in their systems. Students were also challenged to wear Fatal Vision Goggles, also known as beer goggles, which simulate your impaired vision and mobility while under the influence of alcohol. In addition, students were encouraged to sign the “Be There” pledge
at the lobby tables. Diana Homsy explained the pledge as a commitment, saying, “that when you and your friends go out, especially when alcohol is involved, you’ll make responsible choices and you’ll be there for yourself and your friends.” This year, 157 students signed the pledge and received purple rubber bracelets to serve as a reminder of their promise. Holland and Homsy were grateful to everyone who participated in the week’s events. Fran Taylor said that the week was truly about education, not intimidation. She said that when it comes to alcohol awareness, “You can’t stop giving out the information.”
Join The Crusader! Do you have an interesting news tip? Email us at Crusader@g.holycross.edu From SECOND CHANCE, page 1 drinking and drugs. His is a past marked with desperation, run-ins with the law, jail time, and multiple fresh starts and relapses. Scott also recalled a couple serious girlfriends, acknowledging the detrimental effect of his drinking habits on his ability to maintain a wholesome relationship. He concluded his talk with a message to students, advising, “If you have a problem, or think you know somebody who has a problem, don’t wait.” Jesse also reflected on the ruinous effect of addiction on every aspect of his life, recalling a past of opportunity and promise that drugs quickly stole from him. He had gone to college in Kentucky on a wrestling scholarship, and acquired a good job afterwards which he loved. He remembered the time he spent at that job before drugs entered his life as the happiest four years of his life.
Jesse initially started using cocaine to stay up late and keep up with the immense amount of work from his job, but the addiction progressed so fast that he didn’t even realize what was happening, and it was out of control within a couple of months. He started losing everything – his job, his relationship with friends and his close bond with his brother and sister. “It makes things such a mess,” he said of his choices, “deciding to pick up something that has no benefit to your life.” As Jesse concluded his account, he advised students to refrain from the substances that could ruin opportunities for a good education and successful life: “it’s not worth it…you’re in such a good position now, you’re in a position now that I squandered.” The final speaker for the event, Mike also encouraged students to be aware of their current situation and to think about the responsibilities that our age demands of us.
Within the first minute of his story, he had possession of every ear in the room with the blunt honesty of his words. He introduced himself as a man who started dealing drugs as a mere child, served in the state penitentiary at age 17, and openly admitted to having a major role in probably the most notorious gang in Worcester. Baring the raw truth of a past defined by violence and shocking illegalities, Mike stood before the students of Holy Cross as living proof that anyone can change their ways and deserve a second chance at life. He recognizes now the absence of good influences in his youth, and encouraged students to be aware of the importance of our responsibility toward the younger members of our society. “You are role models,” he said, emphasizing the fact that children are the future, and it’s our duty to be there for them and give them an image worth living up to. Not only do we have a responsi-
The Campus Activities Board recently sponsored a fun-filled adventure to Six Flags, New England on Sunday, September 23rd. CAB offered students a discounted ticket price and provided free transportation, making this off-campus adventure both affordable and convenient. Park-goers arrived bright and early under bluebird skies and had plenty of time to ride all of the park’s rollercoasters. Students described the experience of screaming on the whiteknuckle thrill rides as a “great de-stressor”, a perfect way to blow off steam after a long week of writing essays and solving problem sets. Amusement park snacks were also a cherished treat and another highlight from the stellar day. Those in attendance agreed that the trip was a worthwhile way to spend an otherwise lazy Sunday. The good times continued on Friday, September 28th, when the Campus Activities Board collaborated with Students for Responsible Choices (SRCs) to sponsor Open Mic Night. The event, which took place in Crossroads from 10:00PM until midnight, featured student performers who entertained their peers with a wide variety of talents. Mike Dunbar, whom you may remember from last spring’s Battle of the Bands, kicked off the night by serenading the crowd with an acoustic set. He was followed by an acoustic performance by Bridget Bowman, whose popular song choices encouraged the audience to sing along. Chyna Hope electrified the crowd with her raps, and Samir Normani recited original poetry. Comedian Mike Lodato
bility to the children in our lives; we have an immense obligation to our peers and anyone else who could be affected by the choices we make. As someone who has witnessed the horrors that irresponsible drinking can result in, Mike told students to think when they drink: “If you are going to drink, do it responsibly.” He echoed the advice so often promoted by the SRC’s on campus, urging students not to drink and drive, to refrain from over-drinking, and to be responsible above all else. One of the students in attendance, John Dobbins ’14 commented on the panel’s impact on him: “There is such a change of perspective when personally hearing the story of an exconvict…Hearing these men speak reminded me how easily anyone can become lost and how quickly one’s life can make a turn for the worst. The most important message I took from this talk was to be grateful for all of the positive in-
provided comic relief with his stand-up routine. While taking in the performances, the audience also enjoyed the nostalgia of arts and crafts. Students had to chance to express their own creative impulses through favorite pastimes such as painting picture frames and making macramé bracelets. Since the open mic night was designed to have a “Coffeehouse” feel, the night would not have been complete without its namesake beverage. Those in attendance sipped hot coffee, teas, and apple cider throughout the show, and the beverages were complemented by seasonal snacks, namely pumpkin bread and pumpkin whoopee pies.
If you missed the fun this week, don’t fret! CAB is sponsoring plenty of upcoming events. 10/ 16- 10 Spot featuring Craig Connolly and Will Turone 10:00 PM in Crossroads 10/19- Quidditch 10:00 PM in the Fieldhouse 10/21- Apple Picking Bus leaves Hogan 3 at 10:30 AM Tickets available at Lobby Tables
fluences you have in life and to always have hope that others might one day be able to redeem themselves and make peace with others.” It would be accurate to conclude that Dobbins’ reaction reflects the thoughts of most students in the room that night, and proves this event to be an effective component of a week geared toward increasing this kind of awareness. Fran Taylor expressed her hopes that students would take away from this experience “a deeper understanding and appreciation of the dangers of high risk drinking.” What better way to educate students than by allowing them to witness such personal and emotional accounts of truth?
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Rev. Father Boroughs’ New Diversity Team Jessica Bailot Staff Writer This year Father Boroughs is taking steps to change the College of the Holy Cross’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. The process to find a new Chief Diversity Officer for the 2012-2013 school year was very challenging. So this year Father Boroughs met with the Cabinet and vice presidents in order to gain approval for a new approach to solve the problem. There are now seven faculty and administration members of the Diversity Leadership Team. These members are: Amy Wolfson- Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychology, Academic Affairs, Chair Mable Milner- Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Chair Jim Kavanaugh- Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Athletics Lynne Herring- Associate Director of Human Resources Virginia Coakley- Assistant Chaplain and Director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries David Chu- Director of the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies, Academic Affairs Thomas Culigan- Alumni Affairs, Development
This team was appointed in late May-early June of last semester. The Diversity team, however, has only met several times since August. They are currently in the process of researching and reviewing campus material. In an interview with Dean Wolfson,
“Many liberal arts colleges have started to take an internal approach to diversity and inclusion as opposed to having just one position” ~ Dean Wolfson we are able to get an insight into the future of this new idea put forth by Father Boroughs. At this point, the team is still trying to get off the ground and hopefully hold more meetings in order to have preliminary communication next semester. The team has been working closely with Denise Bell, going over current data, researching demographics and surveys. “Many liberal arts colleges have
started to take an internal approach to diversity and inclusion as opposed to having just one position,” observed Dean Wolfson. The team is formed from all different aspects of the campus administration and faculty, giving the team its own diversity of divisions. The main goal of the team right now is to research in order to create the best environment for a more diverse campus. “There is a lot of work to be done,” stated Dean Wolfson. The team has a lot of requirements to fulfill before actually making recommendations to help academic affairs and human resources with this issue. For example, are the 23-25% students who are members of ALANNA diverse within their own group? Religious diversity is also imperative to a well-rounded campus community. Diversity is a part of the college experience, and our Mission Statement strongly supports our individual identities. “I have asked them to work across campus to explore ways to advance a campus climate that respects, values, and supports the academic, social, and personal development of diverse students, faculty, and staff,” wrote Father Boroughs in an email about this topic. The Diversity Leadership Team will be an asset to Holy Cross.
MSO’s Weekend Workshop a Resounding Success Emma Cronin Staff Writer This past weekend, 35 Holy Cross students and several staff members headed to the Warren Conference Center in Ashland, MA for the annual Multicultural Student Organization Weekend Workshop. This workshop, which is sponsored by the Offices of Multicultural Education, Student Involvement, and Student Affairs, as well as Dean Peterson, occurs each year as a learning experience for the MSO chairs and cochairs. Antonio Willis-Berry ’13, the SGA Director of Diversity, explains, “The goal of this weekend was for the MSO chairs to work together to understand the purpose of each individual group, while also talking about their missions, event planning, and collaboration.” Along with two representatives from each MSO, representatives from CAB and SGA joined the workshop to facilitate teamwork and effective event planning among the MSOs. In addition, the presence of students from CAB and SGA allowed the MSO
chairs to make important connections for their future endeavors on campus. Throughout the weekend, the MSO chairs worked together in various activities to promote cooperation and unity among their respective clubs. “We hope they learned and understood more about the mission of their organization and how it relates to other events on campus,” Antonio says. The Weekend Workshop participants also heard testimonies from several Holy Cross faculty members, most notably Dean Peterson. She emphasized to the students the importance of understanding what it means to collaborate, in order to serve as effective cultural and educational groups on campus. As the workshop came to a close, the participants were split into small groups, in which they were asked to discuss an issue at Holy Cross and how they would resolve it. The groups then presented these issues to Dean Peterson, who advised them on how to make an impact upon returning to campus. In addition, each student devised a goal and
shared this goal with one other student. The two students then became accountability partners and will work together on campus to ensure that each student is working towards his or her personal goal. As Antonio declares, “I don’t think anything like this has happened at Holy Cross because the students talked about working together as opposed to what each group needed to do individually.” The workshop’s final exercise demonstrated this collaboration; the groups all worked together to formulate a common mission statement. This statement highlights the mission of each MSO, and also affirms their prominent position at Holy Cross. The mission statement reads: “We rise to the fullness of who we are by sharing and affirming the experiences of our brothers and sisters through respect, action, growth, and equality.” The MSO Weekend Workshop was a resounding success, reaffirming the MSO’s necessity, prominence, and effect on campus life as a whole.
“1,000 Event” Raises Awareness for Pediatric AIDs: HC Dance Marathon Victoria Fritz News Co-Editor On campus this past week, you may have been wondering why so many students were walking around with numbers labeled on their clothing. To raise awareness for the cause they support, Dance Marathon (an RSO here on the hill) held their 1,000 Event, in which 1,000 Holy Cross students donned labels numbered from 1 to 1,000 representing each of the 1,000 children that are diagnosed with pediatric AIDs every day. These children get the disease while in the womb or through the breast milk of their mother. “We wanted people to be aware of a problem that they don’t usually associate with AIDs,” says Dance Marathon’s Lauren Spurr. “When people think of AIDs, they usually think of drug users and adults. We hoped to show the magnitude of pediatric AIDs and bring awareness to the cause.” They hoped that by coming in contact with such a large amount of people throughout the day wearing numbers, students would ask questions and subsequently learn more about the cause in addition to getting an idea for the magnitude of the problem. The event was sponsored by the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDs Foundation, as is the club, and included the chance to visit the hosting of an ambassador from the foundation. The ambassador was available for questioning via gchat and shared her experiences with pediatric AIDs as well as her experience
of being born HIV-negative to an HIV-positive mother. Dance Marathon represents this foundation throughout the year, with numerous events coming up in the remainder of this semester as well as in second semester that go to raise awareness and support for the same cause. Signup for the club begins in late October, with the 12 hour Dance Marathon (for which the club is named) occurring in late January. They plan to continue to raise awareness through the month of October, hosting lawn games during family weekend. With world AIDs day on December 1, the club also has plans for a coordinated event then as well. By doing events that inspire questions and spark curiosity, Dance Marathon’s Lauren Spurr feels that “We are definitely spreading awareness in an effective way and hope more people are familiar with our cause.” In their first year, the club raised a total of $26,000 and hopes to surpass that by raising $30,000 this year. All funds go to the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDs Foundation, to continue helping those 1,000 children diagnosed with AIDs every day. Students who know of companies interested in corporate sponsorship for the club should contact Dance Marathon for more information.