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Pax Christi Vigil Promoting Peace Around the World our common humanity,” says Matt King, ‘14, Co-Chair of Pax Christi with Catherine Morrison, ‘14, both of whom were in Memorial On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Plaza on Wednesday night. Holy Cross Community joined This event helped bridge a Pax Christi in remembering gap between Americans and the events of September 11, Syrians, both of whom have 2001 and praying for global been effected by acts of viopeace in countries presently lence. “We as a community retorn by conflict and violence, membered those who are no such as Syria, Yemen, and longer with us,” stated King, Sudan. “while at the same time thought Students gathered in Memoof those who are still with us rial Plaza where they wrote a suffering under the banner of prayer for peace in their own armed conflict. [We] prayed for words and burned it in offerthe end of the evil that is as ing. After this, they were ofpresent in 2013 as it was in fered a candle to light and 2001: the evil being violence.” place on the edge of the founOver 325 candles were lit in tain that stands in the center Photo Courtesy of Catherine Morrison Memorial Plaza, representing of the Plaza. The mood was Pax Christi invited students to Memorial Plaza on September 11 to write a pryer for 325 prayers for peace and 325 peace and burn it in offering. somber, as students rememmemorials for the past and presbered the seven Holy Cross time. Students stopped in the plaza “It’s our community coming toent of our global community. alumnae who lost their lives on for a few minutes, some for an gether to promote peace.” Pax The Holy Cross chapter of Pax 9/11 as well as their own loved hour, but throughout the evening, Christi, and the larger gathered Christi will continue to follow the ones. Accompanying the solemnity the communion of those paused in community, shared in her position. developments in Syria and the Midwas a tangible feeling of hope and a moment of reflection was felt. Pax Christi is a 70-year-old interdle East at their weekly meetings on solidarity. As candles blew out in the It was this communion that drew national organization promoting Wednesdays, at 7 pm in Campion wind, students went around the Annie Wynters, ‘14 to the event. peace, justice and sustainability “in a House. fountain in an effort to relight the “I’m here to pray for the suffering world that often times overlooks See PEACE, page 4 flames. Catherine Mikula Staff Writer
Every minute, a meditative bowl was rung to focus the energy of the group and symbolize the passing of
in Syria,” shared Wynters. When asked why an event like the prayer vigil is important, Wynters replied,
We All Need a “Safe Ride”
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Kelsey Littlefield Staff Writer After a demanding week of classes, co-curricular activities, and many hours of studying, the weekends tend to be a time for relaxation and leisure at Holy Cross. When not on campus, most students spend their time off campus around the Worcester and Boston areas, and as a result, many still have difficulty finding a safe and affordable ride back to Mount St. James. For evenings that require late night pickups, the Student Government Association (SGA) is working on a “Safe Ride” program. It is designed to help facilitate late-night pickups (designated as after 10 p.m.) for students that are off campus. This concept promotes safe alternatives to dangerous situations that may include drunk driving or walking through unfamiliar areas of Worcester. Dedication and persistence are the main components in having this proposal succeed. SGA CoPresidents Neema Hakim, ‘14 and Natasha Giftos, ’14 have entrusted the project to Annie Wynters, ’14, Director of Community Relations. Wynters’ background knowledge consists of a summer internship with the SGA where she conducted
Crusader of the Week: Julia Midland, ‘14 Courtesy of Wikipedia research on how colleges structure their late night transportation services, primarily between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. Although progress has been made in developing the program and a general layout has been suggested, the project is currently on a hiatus. The SGA is anticipating a start date hopefully within the next year and has reassured students that they will know more details as the path becomes clearer. Developing a program of such
caliber requires multiple hands and minds all working together to promote a core concept and a solid case. Dean Peterson, Chief Hart, and Jerry Maday, Director of Transportation are just some of the key players in administration currently assisting and guiding the program. Certain aspects of the Safe Ride program have been definitively established, including the model and form of transportation needed. Yet, the closest the program has
come to being green lighted involved the Yellow Cab company. Students would receive a reduced fare for transportation during late night hours from Yellow Cab. Unfortunately, this plan was to no avail due to the fact that Yellow Cab’s insurance was lower than Holy Cross’ standards, and as a result, would become a liability.
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Public Safety Blotter Friday, September 13 Clark Hall: Smoke detector set off by female student blow-drying her hair Friday, September 13 Alumni Hall: Officer requested report in regards to an alcohol confiscation Saturday, September 14 Off-campus: Off-campus homeowner called to report HC students ripping the leaves off trees Saturday, September 14 Off-campus: Caro Street happenings Sunday, September 15 Healy Hall: Student reported a missing/lost pocketbook with ID’s in it Sunday, September 15 Dinand Library: Staff reported a person climbing the wall Sunday, September 15 St. Mary’s Chapel: Student reported a person fainting during mass Compiled by Sydney Latour
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Trustee Offers Time and Advice to The Crusader Editorial Staff Elizabeth O’Brien News Co-Editor On Satuday, September 7, several editors of The Crusader met with Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel, ’89, President of the family-run newspaper El Nuevo Día, for a luncheon. Along with Dean Jacqueline Peterson, faculty advisor for The Crusader who also attended the meeting, Crusader staff were able to receive advice about how to improve its newspaper. Rangel has experience running Puerto Rico’s largest daily newspaper, and was pleased to talk with The Crusader about the different forms of news that have been emerging. Rangel talked about the types of media El Nuevo Día uses and how she has had to reconstruct her definition of what it means to be a journalist in light of new technologies. The Crusader staff were able to ask advice on how to change the newspaper so it can cater to the greater Holy Cross community. The discussion ranged from creating article topic
ideas to using video and social media outlets as news sources. Rangel recognized the importance of The Crusader reaching out to her with an ambition to expand to new forms of media. As a result, The Crusader can connect with its readers more. “It was pleasantly surprising to see the desire of more involvement of The Crusader staff in convening and understanding the needs of its audience,” said Rangel. “I think The Crusader has a great opportunity here to expand and utilize technology to reach out and interact more frequently with the audience.” For Rangel and The Crusader, producing news is so much more than a job or club activity. News is the development of daily life, which solidifies the importance of keeping the medium prevalent. “[Newspapers and the media] give the opportunity, by using technology well, to give voice to a variety of interests and points of view that can only enrich your
Courtesy of Holy Cross Webpage Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel, ’89 advised The Crusader editorial staff on how to expand the paper to a multi-media format. own growth both spiritually and intellectually,” said Rangel. “I am always enriched by meeting young stu-
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Students Remember 9/11 Twelve Years Later Kevin Deehan News Co-Editor Ever since the very first anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, the global community has always come together in remembrance of the nearly three thousand people who were killed when nineteen terrorists hijacked four airplanes and crashed them into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 on Holy Cross’ campus, there were a number of events for students to reflect and pay respect. The daily masses were a prime venue
in which students could go and reflect on the tragedy that happened over a decade ago. “The evening’s first reading could not have been more appropriate for the service,” commented Matthew Heffner, ‘16 who was the lector for that evening’s liturgy. “Although the reading told us that people must relinquish evil desires if they wish to find Christ, the message undoubtedly extends beyond the Christian community. The events of 9/11 and similar atrocities could have been prevented if the instigators chose to subdue their evil intentions." Students congregated around the fountain in Memorial Plaza last Wednesday evening as a part of a candle light vigil for peace. De-
spite the windy conditions, members of the Pax Christi club were able to keep the sea of candles lit. Memorial Plaza is a permanent memorial to the seven Holy Cross alumni that were killed in the attacks, but remembrance and reflection were especially prevalent during the night of the twelfth anniversary. Another item that was especially prevalent at the Pax Christi-sponsored vigil was emphasis of honoring those who have already died due to terror by promoting peace in the world. “I think the event being in Memorial Plaza on September 11 sent a strong message to the community. Being from New York and re-
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membering September 11 so vividly, I think the vigil was a great way to remind us how important the promotion of peace is—not only in the United States, but the entire world,” said Angela Conley, a member of Pax Christi. Elsewhere in the country, New Yorkers gathered at the World Trade Center Memorial to read through the names of the victims, President Obama attended the ceremonies at the Pentagon, and many visitors showed up in western Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the forty brave passengers of United 93.
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NEWS From SAFE RIDE, Page 1 This setback did not hinder the progress of the proposal. Neema and Natasha hope that the end result produced will consist of students having the ability to call Holy Cross, and have vans come to their location, free of charge. In order to fully orchestrate the project to its greatest potential, an Ad Hoc Committee is assembling under the organization of Wynters and the team she will recruit in the coming weeks. This group of students will focus on continuing research collected over her summer, discover creative, fresh ideas on transportation, and ultimately, monitor the program’s success.
Interested students should feel free to contact Annie Wynters by email: email@example.com. The plan is promising and truly shows the determination and work ethic of the SGA in their ability to understand the primary needs of the study body. Although the road to completion has been marred by production setbacks, the SGA, administration, and other cohorts all hope their vision will become soon become a reality. In closing words, Wynters share, “The majority of schools we researched have some form of late-night transportation, and it is time to add Holy Cross to that list.”
“Taste of Holy Cross” Hannah Shaw Staff Writer Everyone loves a Kimball event, and “Taste of Holy Cross” was certainly no ex-
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ception. Who wasn’t thrilled to hear that Kimball was serving Science Café mac & cheese, Lower sushi, and Crossroads flatbread pizza all in one night? For those who decide not to attend, “Taste” featured a table for every Holy
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Students indulge in “Central Massachusetts’s Largest Sundae Ever”
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Dining Employees serve samples of Holy Cross eatery favorites.
Cross eatery to share their most famous dishes. In addition, On the Rock constructed “Central Massachusetts’s Largest Sundae Ever” and Cool Beans offered a three sample survey where students got the chance pick their favorite brew to be served up at Cool Beans. Many members of the Holy Cross community are unaware of how Holy Cross Dining is operated. “Most people don’t realize that Holy Cross Dining is independently run,” says Lynn Caputo, HC Dining Marketing Coordinator. Holy Cross is one of the few colleges whose dining is not run by larger companies such as CISCO. “Taste” is all about “work[ing] together and do[ing] one thing.” Caputo is a recent addition to the HC Dining Administration team and is fully in charge of events such as “Taste.” She says that she was able to “look at things with new
eyes” and intends to put on a great event for the freshmen. “Taste” gives them a chance to try all of the delicacies of Holy Cross and meet the HC Dining staff as well. “Taste” is fun for the rest of the student body, to give them a chance to eat their Holy Cross favorites and learn more about the nutrition in Kimball. The event also gave students the opportunity to try the new and coming vegan and gluten-free options. With the variety of food it was hard fitting everything onto one plate. “I’ll have to bring Tupperware next time!” said Jill Michelhaugh, a sophomore at Holy Cross.
Cantor Art Gallery Celebrates 30 years: ‘reThink Ink’ on Exhibit Brandon Gomez Chief News Edior Founded in 1983, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery is celebrating 30 years of exhibitions. As it is written in the Cantor Gallery’s mission statement, the gallery “has special responsibility for integrating the liberal arts values of the College. Through
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Students observing varios pieces from ‘reThink Ink’ exhibit after gallery opening.
gallery exhibitions, Holy Cross educates members of the College community, the Worcester community, and the larger community of scholars and artists about the fundamental intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic issues encountered through art.” Throughout the year, Cantor Gallery displays five to six exhibits, including work from faculty, students, and professional studios. When speaking with Roger Hankins, Cantor Gallery Director, he shared, “The nice thing about having a resource like the Cantor Art Gallery right on campus is that some great art and terrific installations are available to see up close and pretty much available whenever you have time to look at it.” Currently, Cantor Gallery is home to reThink INK: 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio, a collection of works from a Boston-area printing cooperative. Hankins describes the exhibit stating, “reThink Ink: 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio is an example of an exhibition with multiple objectives for interactive discourse…On one level, it is a show about a community of artists in the Boston area that have had the opportunity for many year to practice their printmaking skills in a well equipped and nurturing environment. As simple as that might seem, it is a huge achievement and worth looking at in depth.” Students, faculty, and the general public were invited to the exhibitions opening reception on Wednesday, September 11. Visitors can learn about the contemporary printmaking process and the rich traditions of printmaking in Boston via the large number of different types of prints on display, as
well as the ‘reThink Ink’ exhibition catalog. When asked how the exhibition found its way to Holy Cross, Hankins said, “Professor Susan Schmidt, who is a printmaker from the Visual Arts Department, had told me about the ‘reThink Ink’ exhibition when it was being organized for the Boston Public Library in 2012.” He continued sharing, “Professor Schmidt and I began talking about how the exhibit could be linked to several Visual Arts coursesas well as other campus wide courses, if we could show it here.” Prof. Schmidt and Dir. Hankins met with the founders of the Mixit Print Studio, Catherine Kernan, Jane Goldman and newest partner Randy Garber in order to outline how Cantor Gallery could mount a show of over 150 pieces during the fall semester. The Cantor Gallery will present the work in two sections, the first from August 23 to October 26, and the second installation from November 7 to January 31, 2014. Likewise, a series of public presentations by several of the artists in the exhibit will occur throughout the fall. These talks will begin with Heddi Siebel on October 2, followed by Ilana Manolson on October 24; both at noon in the gallery. Other organized events will be coming up throughout the fall and will be listed on the gallery's website, www.holycross.edu/cantorartgallery. Cantor Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is situated in O’Kane Hall on the first Floor. Hankins closed, sharing, “Paula Rosenblum, Gallery Coordinator, and I love to an-
Courtesy of Hannah Shaw Student Evangelia Stefanakos ‘14 admires a work from the collection swer questions about the exhibits or the gallery too!” Students, faculty, and the general public are welcomed and invited to view the exhibition at their leisure.
From PEACE, page 1 “I would personally recommend continuing to pray for peace in the world,” said King, “and, if the spirit moves individuals to action, a hand written letter to a representative in either Congress or the Senate calling not military build up, but rather a build up of humanitarian aid, for those whom are suffering.” It has been three and a half weeks since the alleged chemical gas attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s administration. The attack killed thousands of Syrian men, women and children, and is believed to be the deadliest chemical weapons attack since 1988. The attacks occurred in and around the city of Damascus, which since the onset of war over two years ago has been controlled by anti-government groups. This includes the Free Syrian Army, a group of military defectors who organized themselves after the initial protests
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and violence in 2011. It has grown to include multiple militia and radical Islamist counterparts, some of whom are allied with AlQaeda. These Islamist groups control the country’s northern and eastern regions, in particular the borders of Turkey and Iraq. Though the Syrian government has lost control of large land areas, they have the financial and military support of both Russia and Iraq. Rebel groups have found allies in countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. The United Nations is estimating a death toll of over 100,000 people and millions displaced, making this a conflict that has irreversibly affected the lives of countless people. As the world holds it’s breath in anticipation of events to come, Pax Christi works to start conversations about Holy Cross students’ role in the global community as perpetuators of justice and peace.
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It was communion that ultimately gathered students to the event throughout the evening, as Pax Christi provided a safe place for all to pray and reflect for peace.
From TRUSTEE, Page 2 the journalism field; their energy and passion reconfirm why it’s important to keep the medium strong and relevant for generations to come.” In addition, Rangel was able to relate to staff members about the mutual problems they faced with the changing media atmosphere. At the same time, Rangel stressed that The Crusader has the same access to technology as other newspapers. This is an incredible opportunity of which the students should encourage and take advantage. “To give a voice to those who do not have one and to defend the principles of a just society will better the human race by helping bring people together,” said Rangel. “It is not a struggle, but a great opportunity to transform our industry and continue with our legacy.” This is not Rangel’s first visit to Holy Cross. Rangel, who graduated from Holy Cross with a political science and Spanish double major, gave a talk in Rehm Library in 2011 regarding her involvement with trying to make Puerto Ricans more informed and involved citizens of their country. She finds it important to balance out the use of technology in media with presenting relevant information that readers are interested in. “El Nuevo Día accomplished this [balance] by carefully studying how our readers approach the news source and by offering them additional valuable information.” Embracing the Jesuit philosophy, many Holy Cross alumni understand the impor-
tance of giving back to the Holy Cross campus, and greater community. For Rangel, offering her time to The Crusader staff means enriching writers to seek the opportunities that she feels grateful to have experienced. “All of those who have graduated from Holy Cross feel truly blessed and profoundly transformed by the education they received at the College,” shared Rangel. “Our responsibility as committed citizens is to give back and be grateful so that we can put our gifts towards the better good of the society.” The meeting also uncovered the student body’s role in media. The Crusader staff are not the ones who have a responsibility to generate news. Students need to give their input on article topics that they are interested in so that The Crusader can be a newspaper with relevant news that reflects student interests and issues. In closing, Rangel stated, “Students are at the heart of Holy Cross because they have always shown so much commitment to the Jesuit principles. “ She continued, “Students understand what it means to be a part of the larger community and their responsibility in making contributions to our society.”
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Holy Cross Top Contender in Teach for America Jess Bailot News Co-Editor Again this year, Holy Cross was ranked as one of the top twenty contributing institutions among small colleges and universities to the Teach for America (TFA) Corps. The first time Holy Cross made the list was back in 2009. Including the class of 2013 Holy Cross graduates, a total of 161 alumni have served in the Corps. Twelve percent of Holy Cross seniors applied to the Corps, with fourteen graduates starting their positions this fall. TFA is a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates from schools across the country to teach in low-income areas on a two year basis. Relatively 50,000 graduates apply to the program, making a position with the Corps very prestigious. At a given time there are 11,000 of these well-prepared Corps members teaching in around 48 urban and rural regions throughout the country. Nearly 32,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure quality education for all children. Amy Murphy, the Director of Career Planning at the Holy Cross, has stated how enthusiastic Holy Cross seniors are about giving back to the community. “TFA has identified Holy Cross as a target school and they have made it a priority to recruit our students for their Corps,” said Murphy. “We have a lot of graduating seniors interested in teaching atrisk youths who may be in under-resourced school districts each year.” In addition to the TFA volunteers in the class of 2014, Holy Cross has five more graduates
volunteering in education roles through City Year. There are also three graduates in the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers program. The Alliance for Catholic Education program, Match Corps, Mother Caroline Academy, the Nativity School of Worcester, St. Martin de Porres Academy, and the Urban Teacher Center each have a Holy Cross alum. Mary Arnold, ‘13, who was involved in the SPUD tutoring program and accepted into TFA, values the skills she learned from her Holy Cross education. “I knew I wanted to have a job where I would be actively working for social justice, and TFA offered me that opportunity,” said Arnold. “In my 7th grade science classroom, I not only teach my students about science, but work every day to emphasize the importance of being active members of the community and advocates for themselves, their peers, and their education--something I learned from my HC education." Holy Cross gives students numerous opportunities to grow and excel, especially through immersion trips. Katherine Grant, ’13, who was also accepted into TFA, reflects on how the immersion trips helped her appreciate her relationships after her time at Holy Cross. "I joined the Corps because my experiences on immersions and retreats while at Holy Cross helped me to see that life is about relationships,” said Grant. “I truly believe that everyone wants to love and be loved. I felt most alive while in solidarity with those enduring hardship, and found joy in their love, compassion, and beauty.”
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Opinions The Pulse of Events “The Pulse of Events:” A page dedicated to the debates of our times. This week’s topic: Syria
Homeland: An Interview with Miryam Birsham, ‘14 Jackie Bellando Staff Writer Now approaching the fourth week of semester, we have all had our fair share of schoolwork and worry. Yet as I write this introduction, there are countless people suffering quite a different fate, one of worry for their countries and their families, throughout the world. With this said, Miryam Burshan, ‘14, a senior at Holy Cross, has an important story to tell regarding the Syria crisis. Although our general political stances and specific opinions may differ, we must remember that news stories - those on the crisis in Syria and otherwise - are based on real lives. What family do you have in Syria? How much contact have you had with them recently? Not including extended family, my grandmother, aunts and cousins remain in Aleppo and Damascus. I immigrated to this country when I was one and I have never returned. My aunts and grandmother have had the pleasure of visiting us in the States several times throughout the years and, needless to say, I am incredibly close with them. Internet and power grids in Aleppo have been down since late August. This is the longest span of time we have gone without communicating.
What is your opinion of the US/Russian final decision: for Syria to destroy their chemical arms by mid 2014? It is a step in the right direction. In other words, it demonstrates a genuine bi-lateral effort to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. However, one cannot allow this decision to overshadow the truth in 100,000 casualties - casualties that the U.S government largely attributes to the Assad regime. While on the other hand, the Russian government holds the rebels and terrorist factions at fault. The U.S. has publicly claimed that the Assad regime crossed a “red line” in allegedly attacking his civilians with Sarin gas. However, the U.S. has yet to produce evidence to justify their claims, while Russia has been incredibly forthcoming with its proof. In July they delivered a report to the U.N. with scientific evidence that the rebels had used Sarin gas in a chemical attack launched on March 19, 2013. The lack of consensus is terrifying; both states cannot be right. Do you think this is the right approach? We must remember that the death toll has reached over 100,000, regardless of the chemical weapons attacks. The decision to eradicate the regime’s chemical weapons,
while helpful, is not enough to prevent further destruction. I admit, more must be done by the internationally community. While I am unsure what this solution entails, I do know that it cannot involve further military aid or even military intervention. Both Russia and the United States must bi-laterally spearhead diplomatic decisions to resolve the Syrian crisis. Do we have the right to intervene in countries such as Syria? Arguments for U.S. intervention have only outlined the best-case scenarios in short-term outcomes. The rhetoric of the Obama administration, regarding Syria, is reminiscent of rhetoric that the Bush administration trademarked for Iraq. It is rhetoric intent on convincing the American public that our actions would help relieve a crisis situation. Perhaps, as Obama stated in his address to the nation, the intervention will “stop children from being gassed to death.” But this presupposes that the Assad regime was behind the chemical attacks. If the Russians are correct and terrorist groups are in fact to blame, then U.S. intervention will not prevent such acts. Furthermore, we cannot ignore the longterm possibility of our arms falling into the wrong hands. History shows us that rushed de-
To Act or Not To Act, That Is the Question Garrett Bych Staff Writer As the great French Enlightenment thinker Voltaire proclaimed, “With great power comes great responsibility.” While many famous Americans have uttered this quotation since, it cannot be overstated in this particular quandary. If America wants to think of herself as one of the world’s greats, she must act as such. This is where the particular argument about how to deal with the Syrian conflict comes to boil. The Syrian government, led by Bashar al-Assad, has to all indications used chemical weapons against both civilians and rebels. If America is indeed one of the world’s strongest, shouldn’t she act upon such violence even if the international community fails to unite behind her? Or should she? This crisis has polarized America, placing the President of the United States on one side of the
aisle staring directly across at a group of congressmen on the other side. This fundamental question keys in on the heart of the debate itself. In my personal opinion, chemical weapon use should not be tolerated under any circumstances, but that does not mean that we can act rashly in dealing with such chemical usage. History has told us over and over again in the Middle East that America will be watched ever closely when she acts, and she may be permanently judged for it. Our history of international relations dating back to the era of colonialism is certainly not flawless, and thus when we make decisions without full support or backing of the international community, they must be weighed as heavily as possible. Our ongoing reputation, especially in a chaotic and unstable Middle East with large amounts of anti-American sentiment, is firmly on the line. Ethics tells us that the use of chemical weapons without a firm
answer from the United States would portray the message that the U.S. simply will not get involved, no matter the circumstance. On the other hand, America’s very recent history in the Middle East, forget the last six decades, is rocky at best. The international community as a whole is not backing us, and if the use of missiles were to topple Bashar al-Assad from power, it could effectively eliminate the existence of religious minorities in Syria (despite the fact that alAssad is an extreme tyrant in many other ways). Thus, when the halls of Congress do convene and decide on what action, if any, to take against the Syrian government, they must consult this ethical question in the context of history, and what consequences, positive and negative, these actions will have on generations of Americans and people of the world for years to come.
cisions in poorly understood situations can result in unintended and very negative consequences. The last two military campaigns by the U.S. to remove dictators have successfully destabilized states. In Iraq, terrorist attacks have become daily tragedies; and Libya has spiraled into a state of lawlessness. In the short term, perhaps the U.S. could succeed in overthrowing President Assad, but then what? It is our duty as the United States of America to gather accurate intelligence and consider the longterm outcomes of our actions to properly inform our decisions for intervention. If our actions carry the risk of unseating a leader, then we must consider the prospect that the new leadership, if one even arises, could create a worse state than the previous leadership. If history repeats itself, which it tends to do, then one can logically assume that toppling Assad will certainly result in a failed state. What other aspects of Syrian life have been affected? The situation is far too complex. Without getting into the specifics, I would like to reveal my personal narrative. My family, family friends, and distant acquaintances have been evicted from their homes, robbed, kidnapped, held for ransom and brutally murdered by the
blood stained hands of foreign terrorists. That is my truth, and also the jarring truth for thousands of Syrians. My family consists of both Antiochian Orthodox Christians and Syriac Orthodox Christians, faiths that can trace their spiritual roots back 2000 years to Syria yet face unique suffering today. Orthodox Christians have been terrorized, priests, deacons, nuns and monks have been killed, 2 prominent bishops have been kidnapped, and churches have been occupied, destroyed and desecrated. The Church and its faithful have been heavily persecuted by terrorism. There is an understanding that overthrowing Assad will lead to the additional elimination of, if not at least the expulsion, of religious minorities. Syria is a terrorist’s playground. There may be very well may be no trustworthy armed force. Therefore it is certainly not a best-case scenario. The methods that presuppose a best-case context, such as intervention involving military aid or a U.S. unilateral military strike, cannot be applicable to a possible worst-case scenario. I urge you all to be more critical the next time you read an article regarding Syria. Please keep my family and the people of Syria in your thoughts and prayers.
Putin the Preventer Chris Roy Staff Writer Syria, much like the pre-WWI Balkan Peninsula, has been a powder keg over the past few weeks. The turmoil coming out of the area was not brought to a truly global stage until the accusation was made that Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1,400 civilians in late August. With this news being brought to light, the United States of America came to bat, or at least attempted to. President Obama attempted to rally the support of Congress and the American people to deliver an ultimatum to Syria; hand over your chemical weapons or face bombing from the United States. However, the support of Congress and the American people didn’t come. After the scandal with NSA spying and the PRISM program, the American people have been wary of the President. Congress and the People did not want to get involved in any
more war or fighting and the outlook for Syria looked bleak until Russian leader Vladimir Putin threw his hat into the ring. Yes, you heard that correctly, Vladimir Putin. Putin has long been the subject of political scrutiny for his handling of Russian politics and his support of various dictators throughout the Middle East. Thus, it would seem that Putin would support Assad, as he has a history of backing such dictators and is commonly described by many people as one himself. Whatever ulterior motives led Putin to make this move, it was vital to the international community that he did. The last thing that the U.S. needs is to get involved in another military conflict. Putin making his offer to assist in the removal of the chemical weapons is huge for the U.S., even if the full effects of this offer have yet to be seen. In this situation, we might just need to start calling the Russian leader “Putin the Preventer.”
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Vote to Remove the General Assembly Jake Bass Staff Writer The General Assembly has become the bane of many recognized student organizations (RSOs) at Holy Cross. Occasionally, the body votes on matters such as the SGA Budget and recognizing new student groups. Yet throughout its existence, there is not a record of a single measure being turned down. The GA was intended to be a deliberative body. For a great number of people it has turned into a monthly lecture. This is frustrating both to students who do not wish to be there and for RSOs who want their voice to be heard. At the GA on Monday, the Co-Presidents are going to propose a new system of representation for RSOs. This body, so titled the “Student Union,” will serve to right the wrongs of the GA. The Student Union will have several powers. The most important of these is the ability to request the rest of the SGA or administrators of the college to take action on any campus issue. The Student
Union will have the ability to ratify the SGA budget and approve student groups. Unlike the General Assembly, the Chair of the Student Union only serves to moderate the debate and introduce discussion points. In order to ensure that the Student Union facilitates dialogue, it needs to be smaller than the GA. Only the 35 RSOs and Club Sports receiving an annual budget from the SGA will be required to send one representative, and that representative can vary. The other 61 RSOs will still be able to vote if they are present, however they will face no penalty for missing. If any RSO attends all the meetings of the Student Union, they will be automatically rerecognized for the following year. This proposed plan will hopefully espouse better student representation in our Student Government. Jake Bass is the Speaker of the Senate. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the entire Student Government Association.
Free Thinking: Why We Really Don’t Want to Be Perfect Sarah Free Opinions Columnist Perfection is something that, in theory, should be an entirely alien concept to humankind. We are imperfect creatures—mortal, jealous, biased, irrational, and utterly flawed. That we can even imagine something or someone that is free of fault is mysterious, and that we can believe life should be a constant journey towards perfection is simply astonishing. Many of us search for perfection in our lives; however lofty, this is not a completely misguided or off-base theory of how to live. Many of the greatest thinkers this world has known have believed in the idea of bettering oneself and living a “good” life. However, perfection is not an ideal or a rational goal to have, nor is it necessary. I do not believe that what people truly want is to be perfect. What we want is much simpler than perfection. Though many of us might say that we strive to be perfect, I cannot be certain that we really mean what we say, nor are we aware of the true meaning of aiming to make some facet of our existences completely without flaw. I believe that an utterly human existence is what we are looking for, not one that is flawless. By “utterly human,” I mean that the perfection that we think we are searching for can be found in recognizing our own humanity. Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Looking for something that is perfect, by means of imperfection? Though it may sound a little backwards and unconventional, I believe recognizing the hu-
manity in others allows us to recognize our own humanity. When we recognize that perfection is not what we expect in others, we are able to recognize that we are allowed to make mistakes, too. Our lives never will be, nor should they be, perfect. What exactly would life be without growth, without change, without betterment, forgiveness, and learning? What would it be without the imperfections in life—challenges, disagreements, and tests that ultimately force us to improve something about our own lives? How much sweeter is friendship after a fight, love after a broken heart, sunshine after rain, and success after failure? The imperfections in our lives and the journeys to overcome them are what we, in all of our beautiful unruliness, are essentially composed of. Each of us knows that we will never be perfect in every facet of our lives. There will always be room for error, time for growth, and meaning in this process. What makes our lives satisfying however, is the ability to see in other people what we refuse to see in ourselves. It is natural to hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold other people to, but we must not let this overshadow that there is goodness to be found in us, too. We are able to forgive another person simply because we understand that he or she is fallible, just as we are. We are able to wonder at the beauty of another person’s soul because we realize that it has transcended that person’s humanity. Maybe all we need, after all, are moments of human recognition in other people that show us that perhaps what we see in others, others see in us.
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Common Cents: It’s The Same Old Story Tyler Scionti Sports CoWell, we’re back at “Common Cents” after a fun summer of relaxing and looking at the economics of our daily world. Believe it or not, a lot of economic-related things happened that weren’t tied to the Wall Street Journal, and what better way to kick off the year than my favorite topic: sports. No doubt you’ve heard about the Aaron Hernandez saga
from just about every angle. Why would he do it, why would a man who has millions of dollars and the love of his loyal fans do such a thing? We’ve heard the sports radio talk show hosts take their shot at why he would stick to a life of crime, but the economists have stayed silent, well until now. In fact, economically speaking, Hernandez had no choice but to continue to resort to a life of crime. Crazy you say? Well, maybe but I’ll explain my reasoning and hopefully teach you a thing or too at the same time.
The study of economics is a study ultimately based on how we satisfy our unlimited wants with our limited resources. We all want things: finished homework assignments, cars, friends, food, and we use our time, energy, and money to maximize our happiness as much as possible.
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We Can’t Stop, And We Won’t Stop Ali Pinero Staff Wrtier Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus. The girl who was dating Liam Hemsworth. Smiley Miley. Whatever you want to call her, the 20year old star that not long ago held our gaze on the Disney Channel has undeniably taken precedent in our conversations and on social media. It’s disconcerting turning on Fox News and watching as reporters go on and on about Miley’s most recent performance or latest music video. It’s common to see her swinging around naked on a ball on Facebook or Twitter, but the news is a place for stories that matter. The fact that stories like Miley’s twerking episode are played shortly following news on Syria is disquieting. This juxtaposition
highlights the sharp decline at which American culture is slipping at an increasingly fast rate. It seems all that we are willing to do is throw our hands in the air and enjoy the ride. Although Miley’s controversial behavior has proven to be quite the catalyst for numerous arguments and discussions, it has also done us a favor by illuminating society’s problem as a whole, something that we have clearly chosen to ignore. I’m pretty sure there have been more twerking videos uploaded to YouTube this year than students graduated from college (kidding). One of these videos is entitled “Miley Cyrus Twerking Into History” and swiftly gathered millions of views. Distressing. I can affirm first-hand the way this effects America’s reputation, as I have just
finished a year abroad in England and met people from all over the world. We are known best for celebrities like Miley, Kim Kardashian and even more so, for the time we spend foolishly obsessing over them. The last time America hit a low comparable to this was with Kim Kardashian’s sudden fame. Behavior that should have been abhorred was rewarded, as Kim and her family suddenly had their own show on television. This is what I am afraid will happen in Miley’s case. Due to the fact that there has been an explosion of interest in her, as the world’s younger population is so caught up on her contentious actions and behavior, she will receive even more unrightfully earned attention from the world. God forbid she gets her own reality show and
On Public Safety Victoria Fritz Opinions Co-Editor Starting another year here at HC means many things: the return of late nights at Dinand, Saturdays spent on Freshman Field, a reintroduction to a very confused east coast version of Mother Nature (seriously though, 50s and wind to 80s and rain? Not cool)- at least for a Midwesterner. High up on this list, of course, is the return of off campus parties and their subsequent demise by Public Safety and Worcester Police. This is in no way a criticism of the campus and the city’s attempts at keeping drunken college students under control. That in and of itself is a much bigger topic, with a lot more opinion than can fit in the space allotted for this week. More appropriately, this is the recognition of an issue I feel should be addressed- that of Public Safety’s obsession with drinking and punishment (and sometimes drinking related safety) and thus, the lack of attention paid to other matters of actual student safety. For instance, a few good friends of mine found themselves on the wrong end of an accident with a Mack truck near campus, definitely not a situation any sane human wants to be in, ever. Thankfully, the situation was resolved and any damage done to either vehicle was minimal. However this conclusion was not reached before a Public Safety
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officer saw the confusion, should have noticed Holy Cross students stuck in a stressful situation and slowed to help, but instead continued driving. In addition to this, I was recently told of a situation in which a student living off campus was leaving the library late at night and was uncomfortable walking to their home. Regardless of the distance, it is the job of a Public Safety officer to make students feel safe; when this student called to request a ride, they were told to wait 20-30 minutes. Really? Our campus is so large that you can’t stop what you are doing at 2 am to help a student alone get home safely for 20 extra minutes? You could argue that the student in question should have waited for the ride, but I feel this option can be overlooked in favor of examining why exactly it was necessary to wait 20-30 minutes without a legitimate excuse. Again, I’m not sure why Public Safety can show up at the drop of a hat to a party and yet can’t arrive to escort a nervous student home or even slow down to ask students clearly in a stressful situation if they need any assistance. Perhaps this opinion would be paid more attention if I were shouting it while holding a red solo cup on Caro Street. This is not to assume, of course, that all Public Safety officers act this way; maybe even just one needs to shape up a little. But please, keep the reality of your authority in mind- the safety of every student here on the Hill, not just the drunk ones.
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is presented with an even greater opportunity to expose herself to the world. Why did she dance like that at the VMAs? Why is she licking sledgehammers? Where were Miley’s clothes? Who cares. As far as I’m concerned, she can do as she pleases. I know that it is upsetting to see younger fans look up to such a role model and that this is the main controversy, but we can’t spend so much time focusing on one person and their mistakes, regardless of whether or not they are famous. If we do so as a society, dedicating precious time to her on the news and other respected means of communicating information, generations to come will only follow suit. It’s inevitable that Miley will pop up in our conversations as her fame
Economists measure this happiness using an “indifference curve” which basically tracks what you want and what you can afford so as to maximize your level of happiness. What the heck does this have to do with Hernandez? Hold on, I’m getting to it! So with an indifference curve you can plot bundles of two goods that will maximize your happiness. For the sake of simplicity let’s label them “x” and “y.” As you can see on the graph there are two curves “one” and “two.” Let’s start with curve one; at every point on that curve I am equally happy, however I would be happier if I could consume a bundle outside the curve. Now, let’s suppose I get a raise in pay, then I can go from curve one to curve two and this makes me super happy. Hot dog! It is the exact same with Hernandez. Growing up he was accustomed to a certain way of life. He lived in a rough place and that was the only life he ever knew. When he was given a boatload of money he didn’t know how to “change,” but he did know how to live
is undeniable, but it is the extent and the means at which we communicate this interest that makes her and celebrities like the Kardashians rulers of our culture. The more influence and power they have over our society and the more they pop up in the news, the more ignorant and vacuous we appear as a country. Although this is clearly a very broad quandary that has been of topic for years and, as a result, is now usually ignored, situations like Miley’s recent fame shows the necessity for it to be reiterated. However, our prioritizing the lives and behavior of celebrities will continue to be a problem for years to come (I’m a realist). It is one of the many things that we, as a country, are known for. Unfortunately, it’s not that we can’t stop, it’s that we simply won’t stop.
his life, and that was the only way he knew how. Hernandez stuck to a life of crime because, well, he had no choice but to. On my curve, once my income rises I don’t switch to a new bundle of goods, instead I am just able to afford more of what I already like. It’s the same with Hernandez, when that multi-million dollar contract rolled in all Hernandez could do was spend more on what he liked, which in his case included some illicit things. So Hernandez’s problems aren’t just a matter of sports or sociology, it’s a great study in economics and a very interesting perspective on the dilemma facing many athletes
What is your favorite thing about Fall at Holy Cross?
“When the ivy changes colors on the front of Fenwick.” –Emilia Sainato, ‘15
“Tailgating for the football games. It’s great to hang out with friends and show some school spirit.” –Caroline Egan, ‘16
“I like the way the campus becomes more colofrus with the leaves changing.” -Nick Jorgensen, ‘16
“I don’t have to shave my legs as often, which is always a plus.” –Sara Keith, ‘14
“Since the weather is a little cooler, I get to wear comfy sweatshirts everyday.” –Olivia Lau, ‘17
“Football season is my favorite thing about the fall because I am a big Patriots fan.” -Derek Kunz, ‘17 Compiled by Rachel Franchella, ‘15
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Features Crusader of the Week: Julia Midland, ’14 Caroline Keane Crusader Caroline
Relationship status: Single Best place to meet guys/girls: THE EDGE
Name: Julia Crowley Midland Year: 2014 Hometown: Swampscott, MA
Favorite thing about Holy Cross guys/girls: They like to get involved and challenge themselves Pet peeve: Not saying “Please” and “Thank You” Favorite off campus restaurant: Too many to choose. But, MezCal guac though…. Advice for current first year students: Please, be yourself! Favorite Holy Cross class: Anything with Professor Geracht Campus activites: Orientation Leader, WCHC, Student aRt sOciety
Major: English w/ Creative Writing Concentration and Studio Art Minor
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Paris
Favorite song: Hardest Question in the English Language. Always: “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. Current: “All Night” by Icona Pop
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music Favorite book: Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Personal motto: Be nice
Currently listening to: “AlunaGeorge”
Current obsession: Figge
Twitter or Instagram: Instagram
Best meal on campus: Hogan Catering does a mean goat cheese salad.
Crossroads or Science Café: I am a SciCafe poser/Recent convert.
September 20, 2013
Faculty Spotlight: Dean Anderson Evan Marie Grogan Teacher’s Pet What do middle school theatre, junior class dean, and mathematics classes all have in common? Dean John Anderson. Dean Anderson has been a teacher in the mathematics department for twenty-seven years and has taught everything from calculus to Montserrat courses to the first year program. His favorite class is Montserrat as it not only allows him to work on interdisciplinary studies, but it also is a new and unique experience each time. He said, “I like that I can branch out from math and take advantage of working with new faculty members and learning from their expertise.” In addition to teaching, Dean Anderson is the class dean for the junior class. As a class dean, he focuses on making sure people stay on track academically by troubleshooting problems with students, as
well as ensuring that everyone gets the most out of their educational experience. Overall, he wants “everyone to stay happy, healthy and productive as students and young adults. For Dean Anderson, the
best thing about teaching at the College of the Holy Cross is the student body. He says, “The students are very good and extremely hardworking. They are interested in getting the most out of their classes and that is evident in the classroom.” Also, Professor Anderson appreciates the class sizes, because small classes allow for a more personal student-teacher
relationship and a more comfortable teaching environment. This type of setting allows him to be himself with his students, an aspect he truly cherishes. Aside from his expertise in teaching and advising, Professor Anderson was once involved in theatre. During middle school, he participated in many productions such as The Night Before Christmas, where he played Scrooge, and The Merchant of Venice, where he played Shylock. He says, “I was really into acting, a fact that most people are surprised about. Though I am usually pretty reserved and shy, sometimes I think a little bit of that theatrical behavior comes out of me in classroom.” Whether or not that is true can only be determined in person, so keep an eye out for him around campus or in class and make sure to say hello.
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The Humanity of True Blood Billy Krauss Vampire Hunter In early September, HBO announced that the upcoming seventh season of the supernatural drama True Blood would be its last. Within this world of vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and faeries growing progressively more chaotic and complex every year, some may judge the decision as wise, believing the ever-expanding story may become too much for the writers to handle. But, True Blood thrives on the chaos. It allows us as the audience to watch a strong and wonderfully diverse cast of characters at their best, but more often than not, at their worst. But, most importantly, through their seemingly unending struggles, we watch these beloved characters grow. For those unacquainted with the show, True Blood premiered in Sep-
tember 2008 after being created by the screenwriter of American Beauty, Alan Ball, who loosely based it upon Charlene Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. Despite the heavy supernatural element in the show, Ball creates a world which seems real and believable. The show begins by thrusting us into this world which has just been shocked by the vampires revealing their existence to the humans. The invention of True Blood, a synthetic blood beverage, allowing the vampires to survive without feeding on human blood prompted the revelation. Much of the show focuses on very real issues the vampire community faces post-revelation, for example their fight for equal rights in the face of prejudice. Ball draws our attentions to the problems of a singular small and conservative bayou town in Louisiana: Bon Temps. This setting and its residents, the main cast of characters in the show, become our
constant through the intricate web of plot twists and turns which occur throughout the six seasons of the show. Their very human battles with intolerance, addiction, insecurity, racism, mortality, morality, and many more define it as a human drama rather than just another vampire show. (The following paragraphs may contain some spoilers) One character of True Blood’s large and colorful cast who exemplifies this notion of a human drama is Eric Northman, played by the Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård. Eric is a one thousand year old vampire Sheriff (a position of authority within the vampire community), who was a Viking prince in his human life. At first, in many ways, Eric seems to be anything but a human. Ball originally presents him to us as a vampire unshackled by any sort of human morality, will-
ing to use or kill anyone and anything to achieve his own selfish goals and satiate desires. Yet, as we come to know his character more, we see him in a more human light. One such instance occurs during a flashback where we see a young human Eric upon his deathbed after being injured in battle. A mysterious vampire visits him giving him a choice between life and death and Eric, unready to accept death, utters the Swedish word for “life.” Most of us can relate to being unready to die, forcing us to empathize with a character we may have previously deemed to be heartless. Eric continues to surprise with his humanity us when he shows an intense love for that mysterious vampire known as his maker (the vampire who made him a vampire and Eric’s companion for centuries) and for his progeny (the vampire which he made). While Eric does not abandon his more selfish nature, he repeatedly shows
a degree of selflessness towards those whom he deeply cares for, something many of us can relate to. The chaos of True Blood, many times laden with tragedy, forces the previously icy Viking melt with emotion, making this show sometimes dismissed as fanciful or a Twilight rip-off (FACT: True Blood premiered before the first Twilight movie) very human. Aided by a phenomenal cast of actors, True Blood, chaos and all, thrills and engrosses its audience, making those faithful to the show fervently loyal to its characters to the point where when a character is apparently killed off boycotts instantly spring up online, protesting the next season. For those have not had the pleasure, I would definitely recommend sinking your fangs into this great show.
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Lessons Holy Cross Students Could Learn from Italians Emma Pcolinski Italian Correspondent Study abroad is less about the classes and more about the intersection of cultures—or at least that’s what I was told by the countless others who insisted I must go. Having studied Italian for the past two years, I figured I knew a fair amount of Italian culture before I arrived to my host city, Bologna. I did know the little things like famous dishes and locales; however, the things that cannot be translated even in a language class seem to be the most essential to understanding Italian life, or Italian life as far as I’ve encountered over the first two weeks of my stay. Here, I have listed a few of my favorite lessons I’ve learned— lessons that as a Holy Cross student were difficult to grasp but things I will now always have tucked away. 1. Stop being so awkward. There isn’t a word for ‘awkward’ in Italian, so feel free to misspeak, offend someone, laugh too loudly in public, kiss your significant other in a crowd of people, trip over uneven steps, argue with a someone over a bill, get lost, ask for directions, tell your friends you love time, get too close for comfort, tell someone he or she is too close for
comfort, wear something outrageous, and stand out. Isn’t it freeing to not prioritize imposed norms? When there’s no word for ‘awkward’ most things seems possible. 2. Meals are more than hunger suppressants. Maybe it’s the way a waiter never gives you the check before you ask for it, or maybe it’s just food that overshoots dining hall quality by cosmic proportions, but in Bologna I’ve noticed that meals are slow, meant for conversation. Nearly every evening, my host mother and I spend the better part of two hours catching up and watching the news (as well as an awesome word-centered game show) over dinner. First pasta, then meat, then cheese, and, for dessert, fruit. It’s not about over eating, its about hitting all of the different palates and spending time with someone you value. 3. Venturing outside of central heating and air conditioning need not be reserved for seventy-five-degree-mostlysunny days. I can’t speak for what life will be like in the winter months, but cooler weather does not deter the Bolognese from eating al fresco. Even in temperatures reaching a chilly range of the low 60s, tables outdoors are packed and deserted inside the
restaurant. Piazzas are frequented even when there is a bite to the air. The Bolognese in particular prepared themselves for rain with miles of porticos lining the streets shielding pedestrians from drops. Windows are closed on the condition of street noise, not the dropping of temperatures. Their decision to take advantage of fresh air (or the freshest air a city can offer) makes for a more friendly and relaxed environment and shows for a greater appreciation of what has been given, rather than always hoping for the optimal conditions like we Crusaders do. 4. Style is not homogeneous. Holy Cross students without a doubt have fashion sense. Most everyone is polished for most every class. Any visitor to the campus will let you know this upon the first ten minutes of arrival. However, any visitor will also make it known that everyone looks the same at Holy Cross: sperrys, JCrew, riding boots, Timberlands, puffy vests. Here, there are definitely some patterns and similarities amongst Italians, but they aren’t afraid to try new things with their clothes. Maybe it fails, like the handful of harem pants I’ve witnessed. But most times, the unusual becomes magnificent.
TREND ALERT: MANICURE MADNESS Natalie Correa Phalange Philosopher Are you looking for a different and fashionable design for your nails?! Try the newly trending reverse French manicure! Recently debuted at last week’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, MAC Cosmetics and Ruffian paired up to design this manicure on their models. They decided to keep the model’s
nails natural, and simply painted along their cuticles with black nail lacquer. Considering the fact that Ruffian promotes a punk style, this reverse French manicure was the perfect complement to the models’ edgy runway outfits. As Halloween is approaching us, this is the ideal manicure you should create in order to endorse the same gothic feel that MAC & Ruffian have newly promoted. Not on the punk side? No worries! Reverse French manicures
can flatter any style one may have. My personal favorite is to paint my nails a pale pink, and paint along my cuticles with a sparkling silver color. It’s easy to say that this new trend is for anyone, you just have to be creative with it!
September 20, 2013
Your ‘To Do’ List: Ali Skamangas Features Co-Editor Hi, I’m back. For half of the school that means nothing, so I guess just…hi. I have loads of topics to cover in the coming issues (probably), but for now, I just want to take the time to dictate to you all what you should be doing in your spare time. Or what you should be doing in your un-spared time: Read: Nicole Krauss’ The Histor y of Love. When you talk to someone whose read it, it’s like they know something about the universe that you don’t. Hopefully, I give off that impression when people ask me if I’ve read it. Anyway, it’s a quick read and not to be missed. Go: To Wal-Mart. Even if you don’t have to. My last two visits to Wal-Mart have been splendid— both times, a man’s voice echoed throughout the store (‘store’ doesn’t seem accurate…entrepôt?), sounding like he had listened to too many recordings of the trailer voice repeating, “In A World…”. Either he was reading off of a script, or he was just seriously relishing in the idea that he could cause chaos in the entrepôt. His delivery was so fragmented, I felt like he was using the gaps of si-
lence to plan out what he actually wanted to say to us all. After I moved past my irritation of his drawn out recitation, I processed that he had said that Wal-Martians were giving out free silverware to all “adult Wal-Mart customers.” I didn’t participate because I wasn't sure what their definition of the word “adult” was. Plus, a mob was already forming around the giveaway table, and all I could picture was a free, brand spankin’ new knife slipping from the hands of one of the adult shoppers and Mr. Voiceover getting exactly what he wanted all along. Anyway, it was still a really surreal experience. You should go sometime soon. Watch: Withnail and I. It’s just so funny. And so good. I’m sorry to overwhelm you with such lavish adjectives. It’s a 1987 black comedy film…said Wikipedia. Eat: My guacamole: Avocados, diced red onion, lemon juice, cumin, garlic salt, not-garlic salt, and tomatoes (if you’re feeling sassy). And no cilantro because I don't like cilantro. Throw one of the avocado pits in the mix to keep the guac’s freshness. That’s probably not true but it sounds like it should be. Wear: Socks. Any kind. They’ll keep you warm.
Alannah Heffernan Chief Features Editor Dear Alannah, It was Saturday night and the party I was at off campus had just gotten broken up by the cops. I walked back on campus and there he was standing at Gate 7 alone. I couldn’t help but say, “Hi.” We used to text but that was something we left behind our sophomore year. As I walked to The Edge to get some free pizza, my phone went off and he texted me. It is now Tuesday and he has been texting me ever since then. If I don’t answer right away he double texts me. I don’t want to be rude and not answer but this whole texting again is beginning to weird me out. How can I tell him that I do not want this texting relationship to start up again? Sincerely, Text Me Never
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Dear Text Me Never, Here are a few simple tips to stop the conversation. 1) Tell him that you have to finish your homework and that you are turning off your phone. This should allow you some precious study time and maybe he will even start to forget about you. If you both have an Iphone make sure you turn off imessage so it doesn’t look like you are lying. 2) Stop responding. Every text does not merit a response. 3) If he hasn’t learned by now that the “double text” only belongs to pubescent middle schoolers, he is out of luck. There is no need to respond back to someone who is overly clingy. 4) Find out why all the sudden he is texting you again. Does he plan on stalking you? Or does he just want to be friends? Hopefully he will get the hint. Ask anytime, -A Have a question? Ask me at: http://askalannah.tumblr.com
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Cue the Cuteness Katie E. DeGennaro Fashion Fairy Godmother Features Co-Editor Hello my sassy saders (which FYI, I am not the culprit of that Twitter account. (Its grammar and overall humor is childish and pathetic.) ...And welcome back to the hill! School has now officially begun with the reinstatement of my fashion fairy godmother column and this year my followers it will be bitchier and better than ever!! So buckle up and get ready for a years supply of criticism, counseling, and casualties. But before I begin with todays lesson, I would like to take a moment to debrief you all on my summer in the city. Many of you may remember the show The City starring my good friend and confidant Whitney Port (lol), well lets just say that show is a load of bull shit. Working as an intern at Jean Paul Gaultier, a designer of similar standards to Whitney’s internship with Diane Von Furstenberg, I dripped sweat running down Fifth Ave balancing man-
nequins, got a third degree burn from a cappuccino machine, and was on call twenty four hours a day leaving me with bags under my eyes the size of birkins (the Hermes signature tote). I have no idea how my girl Whit had time to date an Australian guitarist and sip champagne at Rose Bar. All jokes aside, summering in the city gave me a completely new outlook on the world of fashion. Through tedious meetings at Bergdorf Goodmans, selling summer swimwear to the team at Saks fifth Avenue, and 12 hour photo-shoot sets, I spent time listening and learning from some of the best. Leaving the constraints of the upper echelon preppy palace that is Holy Cross, I saw a whole new diversity of design expanding my own wardrobe beyond its previous Lilly Pulitzer pinks. That being said, I will leave you with a quote from my boss, “(insert Parisian accent here) Being an individual means you have respect of the self. If you remember one thing from your summer here,
it is to look in the mirror, and let the mirror tell you the truth. Fashion is fantasy Katie, and models are fictional.” This year I think we should all abide by Juliette’s rules, the most important rule being, LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Week one of classes left me feeling inspired and hopeful of the future weeks to come, however, weeks two and three left me with suicidal thoughts and premature hatred of all males rocking athletic socks with Sperrys! Sperrys are boat shoes and do humans wear socks on boats? No! Clearly we need a lesson on judging the aggressiveness of morning ensemble selections. Rating your outfit is simple! Do as Soulja Boy says…Hop up outta bed turn your swag on take a look in the mirror and say is this outfit aggressive!? If there is the smallest margin of doubt in your mind, change! If you have high heels on with a mini skirt…change! If your underwear is visible through your bottoms…change! If you’re wearing a peasant skirt…change! And if you smear red lipstick across your
lips for an 8:00 am class…reevaluate your life! Marilyn Monroe didn’t go to college so why the hell are you dressing like her? Like Obama, I have hope and change for the college community. Yes we can dress with class and a taste level to match our IQ’s. You are all officially enrolled in a fifth class, or potentially sixth class for the overachievers, Survey of Collegiate Cuteness. So get cute crusaders! Its time to do work! Always watching… Xoxo Katie E. DeGennaro, Your fashion fairy godmother!
The First Year Out: The good, the bad and...the rest Catherine Burgess Former Crusader Extraordinaire I remember Homecoming Weekend in 2010. I was a junior at the time, and ran into a girl who had just graduated a few months earlier. With excitement we greeted each other and engaged in harmless small talk as polite Holy Cross girls often do in those moments, but the conversation turned serious - and dramatic - when she grabbed my wrists, looked me in the eyes and said, "Cherish every moment here." Maybe you've had similar experiences with young alumni on Homecoming Weekend. At some time, we've heard this all before, and we know exactly what is meant when people tell us to "cherish" or "enjoy" our time at Holy Cross. We can sit back and conceptualize how our four years at Holy Cross are unique and meaningful, but most likely, questions still linger: what is it about life after Holy Cross that makes recent alumni come running back, grabbing wrists, and warning all whom they can about the dismal future that awaits? Is there something we lose when we leave Holy Cross, and if so, what is it? What exactly is the "real world" like that makes it so terrible? Is it really that bad? The difficulty in these questions is that it takes leaving Holy Cross to answer them. I've gathered ten of my classmates from the Class of 2012 who will show a range of what these answers can look like. Throughout this semester they'll share what has been their "first year out," whether they've been volunteering in Detroit, teaching in Spain, or, like me, just working in New York City. I hope that this will do greater service than will any measly donation I give, and also, that by the time this column is through, the "real world" won't be as murky a place as it may seem. In my experience, the first year out has felt brief, but full. In New York City, everything is always happening and everything is competing for attention: flashing crosswalk signs, jackhammering, people bumping into you, more jackhammering, the particular smell of chicken curry and sewage, a phone conversation you were never meant to hear, still more jackhammering, I could go on. Because of this daily sensory overload, I find myself wanting things presented to me in a way that is minimal and digestible, tellin' it like it is and givin' it to me straight. Therefore, I've divided my "first year out" in three ways: what's good, what's bad, and what just is. What's good: It's the real world! No more classes! No more books! No more teachers' dirty looks! Pardon the exclamations, but you don't remember the last time life has seemed like such a playground. Like in college, Saturday is
still the best day of the week, and its sweetness is only amon the subway platform wearing nothing but strappy lingerie plified now that you're in New York, the city of infinite pos- and a neon mermaid wig. You learn to adjust your definition sibility, the place where you can do anything you want at of "normal." In the moments you wish you were still in colanytime you want. You want breakfast, lunch, dinner, alcolege, you know it's not so much the setting or the commuhol and your clean laundry all delivered to your front door? nity of Holy Cross that you're yearning for, but rather the Of course you do! And someone in New York City is there state of mind. Your first year out has given you experiential to do it. You want to learn how to build an ottoman and up- knowledge of an entirely different world, and by having this, holster it yourself ? Sure! A few moustache'd hipsters in you don't - and can't - belong in college anymore. Time Brooklyn can show you how. Look at all these new things! moves forward without a foreseeable end, and is measured Look all these new people! Look at all your free time! Your not by semester, but by month and by season, by the weeks responsibility is only confined to normal business hours, 9 that felt like constant Satudays and the months that pass am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The real world is your oyster with turbulence or with mice. All this awareness of your amfor you to do anything you want or nothing at all. biguous life you must learn to carry. It has taken away some What's bad: It's the real world..................You move into of your youth, but while it hasn't placed you entirely in your apartment, a place you think will be a continuation of adulthood, it has made you see how much life is still ahead. life on Boyden, but really is a cramped spot in a loud neighThis you find exciting. borhood whose monthly rent is double than what it's worth. During your first week, you see a mouse climbing out of the stove burner, and during the two months that follow you kill fourteen more, and feel no pangs of remorse when you drop each critter in the trash can on your street corner while walking to the subway in the morning. You tell the new friends you've met at your job about your little roMost of us probably had not heard of Hannah Shaw dent problem, but instead of comtwerking prior to 2013, as twerking in She’s just being Miley... miserating with you, they look at you past months has exploded in its popularwith fright and disgust and don't care ity with much thanks to singer, Miley “Twerking,” if you have not heard of to ask you about it again. They don't Cyrus. The former Disney Channel star it already, according to the Oxford Engreally care that much about your life has taken on twerking among other lish Dictionary (and yes, you read that outside the office, nor do they really things in an attempt to revamp her image care about your fun weekend, or how right), “Is to dance to popular music in a as she tries for an over sexualized, rocker sexually provocative manner involving much you loved Holy Cross, or that look. She features the dance move in her you were a member of this or the Ed- thrusting hip movements and a low music video “We Can’t Stop.” She consquatting stance.” itor of that. They had all that too. The Oxford English Dictionary, as of tinues to popularize twerking in a new What matters is what you do now, only weeks ago, added “twerking” duet with Justin Bieber leaked in late Auand how well you can do this. The among other popular words, claiming gust, titled simply, “Twerk.” rest is unimportant. Whether twerking crashes and burns that “twerking” has earned the right to What is: It's the real world. You with Miley Cyrus or becomes this generbe added into proper English as it has live on an island with eight million ation’s “disco,” only time will tell. Just been used as slang since the early nineties other people, and you think this is a know to watch for twerking, live in acto describe this type of dancing. Twerkgood idea. Ambulance sirens keep tion this Saturday night at The Edge! ing is thought to be loosely pulled from you up at night and jackhammers West African dance styles but became wake you up in the morning. HomeAmericanized through the New Orleans less people and fire hydrants adorn hip-hop scene. the streets equally. A woman stands
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September 20, 2013
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Off Campus Student Writes-Up RA Ted Cullinane Egg-thusiastic Contributor CARO STREET: It was the moment senior, Grady Anderson, had been waiting for. After barely being accepted to live off campus due to a few junior year “transgressions” he was finally able to get the revenge he had sought out for the past year. He was able to write-up his old RA and denounce the authority he wanted and felt he deserved. “My house, my rules,” said the proud senior after the Eggplant staff asked him about his decision to write-up another student. “No one drinks a Redd’s Apple Ale in my house and gets away with it, let alone my old RA that I’ve never liked.” Mr. Anderson told the Eggplant that he saw his old RA, Thomas Verplank across the room in his 38
Caro apartment and knew immediately that he needed to take action. Anderson had not seen Verplank come in earlier that night because he had been “preoccupied” with the faulty keg tap. However, once Anderson saw his old Resident Assistant rocking back and forth on the couch with a half empty Redd’s Apple Ale, he knew he needed to take action by documenting Verplank’s name, location “slip-up.” and Apparently, Anderson and Verplank never had a great rapport with one another after Anderson noted his frustration with Verplank’s choice of door decoration decision last year for their Loyola 3 hallway. “Who puts pictures of Nabisco snacks on doors?” Anderson asked rhetorically. “I knew I wouldn’t like the kid when I had a picture of a Sun Dried Tomato & Basil Wheat Thins box on my door.”
Anderson had no hesitation to continue noting his persistent feelings towards Verplank: “Who holds a mandatory hall event for a UEFA soccer game viewing between Belgium and Denmark? On a Saturday morning nonetheless!”
No one drinks a Redd’s Apple Ale in my house and gets away with it, let alone my old RA that I’ve never liked.” Despite Anderson’s feelings towards Verplank’s “less than satisfactory” job as an RA, Verplank told the Eggplant that he had to write-up Anderson 3 times last year
for alcohol related instances. “One night I found him in the hallway loudly singing and listening to Cher’s ‘Believe.’ He had an open alcoholic container with him and was clearly intoxicated. I told him to get rid of the drink and go back in his room. He refused and told me that he’s ‘revitalizing a movement’ so I had to take action.” Anderson declined to comment that incident. “Another night when I was on duty I found him urinating on my door. I again, asked him politely to return to his room and go to sleep. He was slurring his words, but I managed to understand that his motive for his behavior was to clean the whiteboard I had hung on my door that listed upcoming hall events,” Verplank stated. Anderson laughed to himself when the Eggplant staff inquired about the issue. “I still don’t know what I did
wrong,” said a now perturbed Verplank about the incident this past weekend, “I’m 21 and he has no authority or right to write me up, plus I’m still unsure how he actually wrote me up. There is no way Res Life [sic] lets that happen.” Anderson still stands by his decision and says that he has no problem doing it again if Verplank “steps foot in [his] palace ever again.”
Holy Cross Student Stranded on Back: Students “Too Top Heavy” Targeted in StopAnd-Frisk Karl Beckman El-Egg-ant Contributor
Shane Garner Egg-xemplary Contributor Nearly seven out of ten people “stopped and frisked” under a new controversial Worcester Police Department policy were College of the Holy Cross students. Of 817 stops made by police in the southern district of Worcester in 2012, 72% of those questioned were were wearing some article of Vineyard Vines clothing, 45% were wearing Sperrys as footwear and 14% were wearing bright colored shorts. Caro Street, which houses a significant proportion of off campus students, had the most “stop and frisk” incidents with 389. The top reason for the stop-and-frisk in 2012 was suspicion of alcohol. Followed closely by the Worcester police having “nothing better to do.” This procedure has brought on a slew of complaints. A
Holy Cross Junior, who would like to remain anonymous, said he felt “fearful” to step off campus and now “thought twice” about wearing his favorite Vineyard Vine shirt. Clare O’Leary, class of 2017, stated that she felt “violated and discriminated against,” and that her love for brand name clothing and “awesome fashion sense” should be not used as a trigger for a stop-and-frisk. The Worcester police data did not list how many of the stop-and-frisks resulted in arrests. The Worcester Police department declined to comment on these acquisitions, but do maintain that public safety is their ultimate goal.
School officials report that a Holy Cross junior is in good condition after suffering a violent tumble this past Friday just outside the Hart Center. Witnesses say the student, who requested to remain anonymous, was exiting the Hart Center around 3:19pm ET when a stiff gust of wind toppled him to the ground. “He just got off balance and went down like a ton of bricks,” said sophomore Nat Domagala, who was also exiting the Hart Center and viewed the entire misfortune. Sources say the student entered the Hart Center gym alone at approximately 1pm for a preweekend, upper-body pump session, consisting mainly of bench press and curls. After blasting his chest and bulging his biceps, he completed his two-hour routine with a five-minute, gut-busting core crusher to solidify a weekend sixpack. However, after downing a protein shake and lumbering out of the gym, the student’s upper body was simply too “swoll” for his own good. “His upper body was just too big,” stated junior Jake Youso. “I don’t wish to critique anyone’s personal workout habits, but he really needed to mix in some squats or something, the kid has chicken legs.”
These chicken legs proved to be the Achilles heal of said student as he swaggered his way out of the Hart Center. Witnesses say the student was no more than twenty paces outside the building when a swift breeze swept across the hill, sending the student staggering sideways before losing balance and capsizing like a great oak tree crashing to the earth. “His tiny little legs just couldn’t hold that kind of mass. When a figure like that is thrown off balance bad things are bound to happen,” said Jeff Oliver, Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach and a leading expert in swollology. “The poor kid didn’t stand a chance, he could use some squat jumps.” The situation got worse for the muscle bound meathead upon striking the ground. As his top half keeled over and toppled to the concrete the momentum he carried from the powerful gust sent him reeling onto his back where he became precariously stuck in a most unfavorable position. His hulking back lay firmly planted on the ground and due to his disturbingly large shoulders and elephantine chest, his arms simply could not reach the ground and he was unable to right the ship. This immensely disproportional body lay stranded like a giant turtle,
helplessly flailing about, and frantically awaiting a Good Samaritan to come rescue him. “It was honestly difficult to watch,” said a random bystander. “I wanted to tear my eyes away but I just couldn’t do it. It was like seeing a T-Rex stuck on its back, such a mighty creature in helpless distress. It’s a sad sight but you just don’t see that every day.” As bystanders froze in shock and awe public safety quickly arrived on the scene and brought the man back to an upright position. This garnered cheers and applause from the surrounding crowd that had gathered to observe this spectacle of physics. The student was quickly ushered into the vehicle and transported to Health Services to treat minor bruises and what was described as a wounded ego.
September 20, 2013
Holy Cross, Boston, and Beyond
SGA Holds Listening Session as Holy Cross Searches for the Next Athletic Director Elizabeth Fullerton Sports Co-Editor This fall Semester marks a busy time of year for the Holy Cross Athletics Department. The college will be conducting a search to find the next athletic director. Former Athletic Director Richard M. Reagan ’76, who has held this position since 1998, officially announced in July he will be stepping down. Two listening session were held on September 5 and 6, one for students, and the other for faculty and administrators, with the hope for them to communicate and provide input into the search process. Choosing who should be the next advocate for the athletics department is no easy task, which is why Holy Cross hired a recruiting firm, DHR International, to conduct the search with the hope of finalizing a decision sometime this fall. Holy Cross President, Philip Boroughs, S.J. also appointed a small search committee to assist in the review of possible candidates. Due to the student information session held on September 6 conflicting with practice schedules for most of the sports teams, the Student Government Association (SGA) took the initiative and held an additional listening session on Thursday September 12 in Hogan-
Suite A for not only student-athletes but also anyone interested. Although not many students were able to attend, those present provided great insight, questions and concerns in relation to the search for the next athletic director. SGA Co-Directors for Student Athletics, Payton Shubrick ’15, a member of Women’s Track and Field, and Anthony Russo ’14, a member of Men’s Swimming and Diving, were moderators for the listening session. A mix of student-athletes and students discussed and proposed ideas. Since many of those present were not in attendance at either of the two listening sessions previously mentioned last week, Shubrick and Russo summarized the main concerns of the previous listening sessions. These focused on individual concerns for certain sports teams. There were, however, main concerns that were common throughout. The sports teams advocated for improved maintenance of the fields, better facilities, meal plans adaptable to athletes, and more locker rooms. At this time, not all of the 27 Division 1 sports teams at Holy Cross have their own locker room. Also, visiting teams typically need to use the swimming locker rooms. Most importantly, the DHR recruiters stressed find-
ing an athletic director who will work within and embrace the tradition at Holy Cross, but at the same time also expand and provide new ideas and insights. Increased promotion urging more students to attend games also came up. Russo and Shubrick assisted in the advertised SGA Game of the Week, which began last year. Each week SGA promotes one of the home games, urging students to come support their Crusaders. This also allows a variety of teams to receive attendance at games and receive recognition. According to Russo, “the number of people coming to the SGA games has increased.” Another program launched by SGA, the Crusader Loyalty Program, has been less successful but is still growing. Russo and Shubrick have a great relationship with Ann Zelesky, one of the Associate Athletic Directors, who is always at all of the SGA games of the week. Daniel Kagdis, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, noted roughly 75% of students at Holy Cross played sports in high school, so there is potential for a greater presence of the student body at games due to an already strong inclination towards sports. Those that were present also advocated for better communication between the athletics department and academics. The
main priority at Holy Cross is academics, yet some students stated at the listening session that they feel to a certain degree they sacrifice academics for athletics, including the need to miss several classes for participation in games. Emily Sullivan ’14, a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team said, “I hope for more opportunities for all the sports teams to come together as a whole.” Sullivan also thinks more individual communication between athletes and the next athletic director would be helpful various times throughout the year. Although Sullivan plays hockey at Holy Cross, she has personally never spoken to anyone within the athletics department. It is often difficult due to conflicting and busy schedules for both athletes and the athletics department to communicate, yet once in a while there is a hope that eventually they will come together and express any concerns or share ideas. Lastly, Sullivan stressed the importance to involve the Holy Cross alumni more at games on a regular basis. While there are a few opportunities each year that specifically focus on Alumni Sporting events, many agreed there should be more opportunities. Shubrick also advocates for action to involve the community more. Holy Cross students and fac-
ulty reach out in many ways to the Worcester Community through outreach programs SPUD, and more, but there is less attention on involving the community within the athletic tradition here. “I would love to have residents of the Worcester community feel welcomed to attend our athletic events and games on a regular basis,” Shubrick says. “While there’s a lot of work that needs to be done, there is a lot of potential here,” says Shubrick, referring to the changes that need to be made with the appointment of the next athletic director at Holy Cross. This is a very exciting time for the college, and the recruiters will do their best to select the best possible candidate for this Division 1 College. In summary, all those present agreed upon someone who will raise the standards of the athletics department, and most importantly, whoever is chosen must understand the mission of this small liberal arts Jesuit College.
Red Sox Predictions: How’d We Do? Tyler Scionti Sports Co-Editor Hey all, it has been an amazing summer of baseball for the Red Sox who sit atop the AL East and as of Monday have a magic number of four before they clinch the American League East title. All I can say is that I never pegged them to be this good. After their hot start in April I was skeptical of our starting nine, but as time went on they have yet to disappoint me as they gear up for their first playoff trip since 2009. At the end of the semester I made five predictions for the summer, so I figured why not use my 20-20 hindsight to see just how wrong I was. Prediction 1: The Red Sox will cool off. We last left the Red Sox with an 187 start to the season (good for a .720 win percentage for you humanities majors), which is astound-
ingly good. Since then the Sox have cooled off a bit, but not by much as they currently boast an MLB best 92-59 record, which amounts to a much more modest .609 win percentage. Anyone think they can get to 100 on the season?
Ortiz is the ability to use the opposite field, something Papi has been doing a lot of in the past few years. By using the Green Monster, Ortiz has bought a few more years to add to an already fantastic career. Prediction 4: Jacoby Ellsbury will have a good year and be traded
Prediction 2: Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz will combine for 35 wins This one was a fair one to make back then, and if Buchholz didn’t hurt himself while sleeping on the couch in June they would easily have beaten the 35-win mark. So far the two have combined for 25 wins, so the best they could probably do is 29 assuming they go 4-0 in their next starts, which could be likely but you never know. Prediction 3: David Ortiz will post big numbers This wasn’t so much a prediction as an absolute fact. At 38 years young
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Even at the age of 38 Big Papi’s still proving he’s one of the best in the business.
Big Papi can still produce at the plate. Ortiz has hit at a .311/.397/.564 clip with 27 home runs and 94 RBIs, oh and he is also tied for second on the team with 26 doubles. The biggest factor for
Well I missed the boat on this one, I was right that Ellsbury would have a nice bounce-back season but instead of trading the star centerfielder when they could the Sox chose to keep him. If Ellsbury resigns for the Sox at a good price then great keeping him was the right decision, but should he go elsewhere for more money I’ll stand by my word that the Sox should have traded him when they could have gotten something in return. Prediction 5: The Sox will make the playoffs
This was actually a tough one to make, with the Yankees exceeding expectations, the Rays doing pretty well, and the Blue Jays hosting perennial All Stars not many pegged the Sox to be playing baseball in October. Yet after a summer of trials and many hard-fought battles here they are with a 9.5 game lead in the AL East and soon to be crowned AL East champions. Well I did pretty well as far as predictions go, sure I missed a few and was way off on some others, but that’s the way baseball is. It’s a funny game and you never quite know what will happen. The Sox are better than they’ve been in years and while making predictions is all well and good, don’t forget to just enjoy the ride. The Sox will play the Orioles at Fenway then head on to face the Toronto Blue Jays. The way things have been going lately, chances are the BoSox will be toasting glasses of champagne in the Sox clubhouse this coming week.
September 20, 2013
2013 Red Sox are Something Special Tyler Scioni Sports Co-Editor As of Monday the Sox sit with a nine game lead over the Rays in the AL East and have a magic number of four before they clinch a playoff spot. To say that the season has been good is a vast understatement as the Red Sox already have more wins so far on the season than they have had since 2009 (they had 95 that season). Should the Sox make the playoffs, and they will, they will have made their first playoff appearance since 2009, and it would be the first time they clinched the division since 2007. So what has changed between the 2012 disaster and the 2013 success? Well there are many factors and you could probably write a book on them, but I don’t have room for a book so let’s break down just a few. The biggest change in the Sox this season is their attitude. In 2012 they looked like a tired band of divas that felt showing up was half
the battle. It was the Bobby Valentine show 24/7 as the Sox fell apart
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The play and attitude of Jonny Gomes has paid off big time for the Sox this season.
and watched their post season dreasm die with each passing day. In 2013 they have a hunger and desire to win, it doesn’t matter if they are down four runs in the ninth
they have the sheer determination to rise up and win. Much of the change starts with the new manager John Farrell who demands the best from his players, and the utmost respect for the game, the rest comes from the players. The Sox brought in the likes of Jonny Gomes and David Ross in hopes that it might instill a better team environment in the Sox clubhouse. 151 games later and the entire starting nine have grown beards together, pick each other up, and refuse to lose. When newly acquired pitcher Jake Peaavy came to town he asked Gomes how he was doing, thre response? “Just one day closer to the parade” Gomes said. While they started out looking like the cast of Major League theyare ending the season as the best team in the MLB, an unstoppable force that just keeps on getting better. In 2011 they went 7-20 in September, in 2012 they were almost as bad having gone 7-19. But the 2013 Red Sox have been hotter than ever, going 11-3 so far on the month as they keep the momen-
tum going strong. As if things could get any better
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Under John Farrell the sox have exceeded nearly all expectations.
the Sox pitching staff has been excellent. John Lackey looks like a new man, as does Jon Lester as the two staff aces have put the Sox on their backs all season. Clay Buch-
holz looked Pedro-esque before he got hurt, but now that he is back from the DL he has picked up right where he left off. Even Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster have stepped up to carry the Sox when needed. And don’t get me started on Koji Uehara and his downright nasty 1.06 ERA and 10.44 K/BB ratio. The combination of Uehara and Craig Breslow or Junichi Tazawa at the back end of the bullpen spells death to any late inning rally by an opposing offense. When you put it all together what you get is a winning team; a team that can win no matter what and has proven time and time again that they are the real deal. Sure the Sox may get knocked out of the playoffs but even if they don’t win it all they showed us something: that Boston is still a baseball town. The Red Sox have been at Fenway since 1912 and they aren’t going anywhere, enjoy it while it lasts because a season like this does not come every year, these Sox are something special.
New England Patriots’ 2013-2014 Season Patrick Buscone Staff Writer For the past five years, the New England Patriots have stayed fairly consistent in their personnel and style of play. This season, however, you can throw most of what we have seen recently out the window. Personnel wise, the team has changed drastically with no starting receivers from last season returning, as a result, the style of play has been altered as well. Yet, despite these deviations the results will not change and we will see yet another AFC East champion team head to the playoffs with high aspirations. The question then becomes, how can the Patriots, with a receiving corps consisting of rookies, a formerly untested veteran in Courtesy of Wikipedia.org Will signal caller Tom Brady have enough offensive fire power to lead his troops to the Super Bowl? Only time Julian Edelman, and an injury will tell, however with the early injuries to key players such as Danny Amendola a return to the big game may be prone, but talented, Danny more or less imposible. Amendola put points on the board and win games? Simply put, the Patriots cannot and will not rely on their passing game like to do most of his damage. It is ceivers. As the season progresses, see the return of Danny Amen they have in the past. also important to note that the the receivers will become more dola, Rob Gronkowski, and ShanAs long as Stevan Ridley can passing game, through play-action accustomed to the option routes Vereen—for Brady to throw the hold onto the ball, he will be the or not, is very much a work in as Brady continues to build rapball to. workhorse in the Patriots’ offense, progress. Thursday night’s game port with them. Yet, what has already and will amassing plenty of carries while against the New York Jets feaBy the second half of the sea- continue to win games for the Pataking the pressure of Tom Brady tured out-of-sync and drop prone son, the offense will be comtriots is the defense. Ever since and company. Ridley’s ability to receivers and a livid Tom Brady. pletely revamped with a Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots draw the attention of the defense You can mark that down as the dangerous running game and a defense has been untrustworthy will also open up play-action low point of the season for more confident set of receiving to say the least. This season will which is where Brady will be able Brady and his new cast of re options—which will eventually s be different.
With most of the starting defense from last season returning and a few more key pieces entering the fold, the Patriots defense has already shown what they are capable of. In two close wins, it was the defense that came up with the big plays to ensure victory. So far, the Patriots have already forced four fumbles, intercepted three passes, pressured opposing quarterbacks, and allowed just four touchdowns. What this tells us is that the defense has made the leap from mediocre to an actual force to be reckoned with. They may not end up being one of the best defenses in terms of yards allowed, but they will certainly win several games this season by making big plays when necessary, just as they have done in the first two games. What we are left with is a team with a dangerous running game, an improving passing game, and a potentially dominant defense. This has not been the blueprint we have become accustomed to in the past. But, if you can recall, it is nearly the same exact formula that won the Patriots three Super Bowls from 2002 to 2006. Does that guarantee that they will win it all this year? Absolutely not, but they certainly have the potential to surprise a lot of people and make a serious run for that elusive fourth ring.
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September 20, 2013
Holy Cross Football Off to a Solid Start Pete Zona Staff Writer As the college football season continues to heat up, the Holy Cross Crusaders are beginning to look like they are ready to compete for their first Patriot League title since 2009. Coming off of a tough 2-9 season a year ago that saw the team lose five games in the final two minutes, the Patriot League preseason poll picked the Crusaders to finish third in the league, behind the defending champion Colgate Raiders and the FCS Coaches Poll #17 Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Additionally, the team claimed six spots on the preseason All-Patriot League team with Mike Fess ’14, Kyle Pedretty ’14 and Kalif Raymond ’16 taking spots on the offensive team, and Gary Acquah ’14 taking a spot on the defensive team. Kicker John Macomber ’14 was placed on both the offensive and defensive All-Patriot League teams. With the recognition of so much talent, the team started the season with high hopes of being able to call the 2013 season a success. The Crusaders got off to a difficult start in week one picking up right where they left off last season by falling to the Bryant Bulldogs of the Northeast Conference in the f
into the final minute before Bryant placekicker Tom Alberti connected on a 30 yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining. Holy Cross tailback Gabe Guild ‘17 gave fans something to look forward to in the years ahead as he led the offense with seven receptions for 98 yards to go along with twelve rushing yards in his first college start. In week two, the #5 Towson Tigers arrived at Fitton Field to take on the Crusaders. Coming off of a 33-18 road victory against the Connecticut Huskies of the FBS, the former Patriot League rival now representing the Colonial Athletic Association arrived in Worcester looking to show just how much of a contender they are to win the Courtesy of Goholycross.com FCS NCAA championship this Senior tailback Reggie Woods tore up year. The Crusaders put up a fight the Central Connecticut State defense on Saturday, posting a career high 153 for much of the first half threatening to keep the game within one yards. score until a 90 yard interception return by defensive back Thomas Bradley put Towson on top 28-7. inal minute by a score of 17-16. The demoralized Crusaders strugFour turnovers and negative three gled for the remainder of the game yards of rushing hurt the team in a and ultimately fell to the Tigers by very winnable matchup on the a score of 49-7. Wide receiver Mike road. While Bryant led the game Fess played an outstanding game 14-6 at halftime, Holy Cross with six receptions for 81 yards and showed a lot of guts in the second a touchdown while quarterback half by shutting down the Bulldog Ryan Laughlin ’15 showed some offense. The Crusaders were able good decision making and a lot of to come back to take a 16-14 lead confidence under center.
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Junior quarterback Ryan Laughlin led the Crusader’s aerial assualt this past weekend, posting three touchdowns in the win against Central Connecticut State.
This past weekend, Holy Cross football traveled to Central Connecticut State in search of that elusive first win. Coming off of a heartbreaking overtime loss to Lehigh, the Blue Devils of the Northeast Conference were looking to get revenge against a different Patriot League opponent in the Crusaders. Holy Cross would have
no part of those plans as they ran the ball at will all over Central Connecticut with 419 rushing yards, the most for the Crusaders in a single game since rushing for 583 against Columbia in 1983. Tailback Reggie Woods ’14 led the charge with 153 yards and Holy Cross recorded its first victory of the 2013 campaign by a score of 52-21. Under the leadership of tenth year head coach Tom Gilmore, the team has shown noticeable progress on both sides of the ball. With three more games to go until the start of Patriot League play, Crusader fans can expect to see even more progress by the time the meaningful games get underway and be certain that the team will be ready to compete for the Patriot League crown. This Saturday, September 21, Holy Cross is hosting the Monmouth Hawks. Kickoff is at 6:00 PM as it will be just the third night game ever held at Fitton Field. Be sure to be there to cheer on your Crusaders as they continue their quest to bring football glory back to Mount Saint James!
Crusader Home Games: September 20-25 Want to catch a game? Below ar e a list of the upcoming home games. Go Crusaders! 9/20: Women’s Volleyball vs. Bucknell @ 7 p.m. 9/21: Women’s Volleyball vs. Lehigh @ 2 p.m. 9/21: Football vs. Monmouth @ 6 p.m. 9/24: Men’s Soccer vs. Northeastern @ 7 p.m. 9/25: Women’s Soccer vs. New Hampshire @ 7 p.m. 9/25: Women’s Volleyball vs. Central Connecticut @ 7 p.m.
September 20, 2013
Purple Pennings With Andrew Fanikos TIDBITS Welcome back to campus! In a week I couldn’t make up my mind I’ll give you a piece of my mind on all the topics nagging sports fans everywhere. So to take Vince Gilligan’s (Executive Producer of Breaking Bad, great show, watch it) advice, buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy ride. With the MLB playoffs looming, many fans find themselves asking what happened to the Rays? Once the ideal for small market teams everywhere, the nine from Tampa have fallen on hard times, going 3226 since the All Star Break, barely keeping pace in the Wild Card Race. Of course Tampa had been without the help of David Price for sometime after the All Star Break and keeping pace in a division featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Bronx Bombers can surely take a toll on you. How much of a toll remains to be seen, although I still like the Ray’s in almost any one game playoff scenario. While on the topic of the playoffs, I must apologize for my baseball predictions at the beginning of season. Don’t know what happened with that. Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve seen the Toronto Blue Jays for what they were: this year’s 2012 Red Sox. I stand by my selection of the Nats as the team to beat, however, no apologies there. Maybe they should apologize to me for false advertising. Also, I will be quite sad if the Yanks fail to qualify for the post season. With the season Mariano Rivera has had it’s a shame the greatest of all postseason relievers may not be able to enjoy one last go of it. But seriously, how bout dat Mo? I mean how much classier can you get. In a farewell tour which has
seemed to last multiple seasons Mo has not disappointed, posting solid numbers and graciously accepting the tributes from fans and teams everywhere. You don’t get much classier than him. Like Mo, Johnny Football has been every bit as classy. NOT. From his touchdown celebrations to his inability to defeat the Crim
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The best closer in baseball’s history, Mariano Rivera has not lost a beat in his final year.
son Tide, Johnny has been sorely slacking. In throwing two, that’s right, two interceptions, in Saturday’s matinee against Alabama one has to wonder if all that illegal autographing tired his arm out. I get it Johnny you’re a lot better than most, but can’t you keep your attitude under wraps a little? Bill Belichick is looking like a fool and Robert Kraft is looking like the penny pincher he is for not resigning Wes Welker and instead opting for the younger, sexier, more reliable (?) option of Danny Amen-
NOSHOWla. With young Daniel potentially out for a number of weeks, it will be interesting to see if Belichick posts bail for Hernandez. After all, don’t desperate times call for desperate measures? In the mean time, the team is apparently petitioning the Commish to see if they can get Gronk back out on the field in a wheelchair. On the subject of football, I have to give my kudos to Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles and their unique approach to the game of football. They lasted far longer than I or any other sportswriter with half a brain would have predicted. I think it’s safe to say that after losing to the lowly Chargers of San Diego Chip Kelly’s offense can safely be relegated to the dustbins of history. Continuing on with Football, I really can’t stand its fantasy component. I mean I like really can’t. Almost every time I check my team I can feel myself becoming physically ill. Now I understand it’s my team and I selected this team, but like seriously!? One point David Wilson? Really David Wilson, really? I feel like Seth and Amy. Really? And don’t even get me started on Amendola. I mean it’s not like I took either of you in the first eight rounds or anything. Oh wait I did. Talk about false advertising. With the start of school, the EPL is once again in full swing. Although the table looks as it would most years, with the usual clubs vying for the top, it is surprising to see Liverpool leading the pack with ten points thus far, especially given the absence of the devastating yet mercurial Luis Suarez yet to play. While I wouldn’t expect to see Liverpool at the top in a couple
months time, I wouldn’t doubt it especially if Suarez resumes his romp through the Premier League following the conclusion of his suspension. Either way, Suarez is hungry for more. The story lines at Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham have been of interest as well, especially given the transfer talks sur
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This season Johnny Manziel has become better known for his off-field drama then for his performance on it.
rounding Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale. Although Bale ultimately departed from Tottenham, the Spurs have played well, as they look to establish a new identity in the post-Bale era. Unlike Bale, Rooney stayed put, and has played relatively well for the Red Devils, recording one goal and two assists. It will be interesting to see how United Manager David Moyes uses him throughout the season, as well as how Moyes fares in his first season taking over for the legendary Alex Ferguson. As for Arsenal, they
may prove to be the team to beat if Lukas Podolski and the newly acquired Mesut Ozil are able to fire on all cylinders. Following a disastrous first match against Aston Villa, the Gunners have turned the corner nicely. Back on Campus, the Fall Sports season is in full swing, with the football, soccer, field hockey, tennis, volleyball, cross country and golf teams all having competed in multiple games, sets, races, and matches. Although there is still a big chunk of season left, no one wants a slow start out of the gate. To this end, both the men and women’s soccer teams recorded early season ties to hopefully put them on track for successful seasons, against Dartmouth and Quinnipiac respectively. Likewise the women’s field hockey team started strong, recording early season wins against Sienna and Sacred Heart. After a bit of a rough start, the Football team seems to have turned the corner, defeating Central Connecticut State this past Saturday. With Patriot League play set to start October 12, the team still has plenty of time to get the kinks out, so to speak. Hopefully they’ll be able to do that and more, including avenging last year’s loss at Harvard. Either way, it should be a fun season. I mean seriously, what else are you going to do on a Saturday? Go to the library? Yeah, right. With that I leave you, until next week, same time, same place.
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