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Holy Cross Plowed Through Blizzard Nemo with Minimal Disruption Sara Bovat Co-Editor-in-Chief Only two days after the 33rd anniversary of the disastrous blizzard of 1978 that killed 112 victims, an equally forceful Blizzard Nemo made its way through the northeast on Friday, February 8 with 28.7 inches of snow. The College of the Holy Cross suffered minimal property damages, while student life continued rather ordinarily due to the commitment to the campus’s various departments and students through a shelter-in-place procedure. In anticipation for the snowstorm, William Conley, the Director of Administrative Services and Emergency Coordinator, initiated preparations two days prior to the storm on Wednesday, February 6. Similar to the procedure for any extreme weather forecast or expected natural disaster, Conley spearheaded a team of campus representatives to organize a proce-
dure for before, during, and after the storm. This emergency response team ranges from Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J. as President of the College to the Edwin Cool-
The team collectively tackled concerns regarding the weather updates, the academic schedule, cancellations of campus events, food and water, shelter-in-
and the communication of the College’s plans to students, their families, and faculty. Conley emphasized that the chief priorities were the students’ safety and
team’s chief priority of the students’ safety led to the College’s first implementation of a shelter-in-place for a snowstorm. Conley acknowledged that the blizzard-like conditions largely influenced the team’s ultimate decision to establish a shelter-inplace from Friday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 10 a.m. “My concern was that we would have students wander outside, get disoriented in the blowing snow, and get hurt,” recalled Conley. “Specifiwe were cally, concerned that students might get hit by the numerous snow plows that were operating in blowing snow low visibility, and night time conditions.” The governor of MasCourtesy of Colleen Paddock sachusetts issued a ban After 28.7 inches of snow from Blizzard Nemo, students took creative liberties throughon usage of the roads out the weekendto enjoy it. throughout the state. baugh from Residence Life place requirements, the op- keeping the campus open Therefore, the College’s to Dining Services to Chief eration of facilities & for students to continue Thursday announcement to Robert Hart from the Of- Services, snow clearing, daily activities. See SNOW, page 4 fice of Public Safety. power outage possibilities, The emergency response
Spring Awakening a Resounding Success Bridget Bowman Staff Writer This past weekend the Alternative College Theater (A.C.T.) presented Spring Awakening. The rock musical, set in late 19th-century Germany, follows the stories of teenagers transitioning into adulthood. The 14-member cast melded a captivating intensity, haunting melodies, and raw emotion into a show that took the audience on a journey through the challenges of adolescence. Director Christine Freije, ’13 said Spring Awakening is “an important musical for Holy Cross, especially because the overarching theme of the play is repression, which I think Holy Cross students have a healthy dose of,due to shame, sexuality [and] academics.” Freije, a theater major and A.C.T. Chair, said Spring Awakening was a show that
blew my mind. I did not know musicals could be like
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ments. The musical is also known for its profanity and
reographer Caitlin Murphy, ’13 and the actors in order to find “that happy medium between profanity and not making the audience or my actors uncomfortable.” Murphy said that some of the sexually suggestive choreography was essential because the themes of “trials of adolescence and repressed sexuality had to be expressed through movement to keep their integrity.” The processes of finding that “happy medium” began in July when A.C.T. received the rights to the show on Freije’s birthday. The show was cast the second week of September, with rehearsals starting a few days later. Courtesy of Will Fitzmaurice and Annie Le The cast and crew worked for five days a week, for up Courtesy of Maddie Klett to three hours a day, with Freije and her cast’s dedication of an incredible amount of time and effort clearly the time commitment inpaid off, as their production of the rock musical “Spring Awakening” met with recreasing as opening night sounding success. approached. The cast even so high energy and very dif- that.” open sexuality. Despite the returned to Holy Cross a The show had high-en- controversial aspects of the week early from winter ferent than anything we have done in the past few ergy rock songs capturing show, Frieje found the col- break to have day-long reyears.” Freije saw the musi- teenage angst as well as soft lege administration support- hearsals. cal on Broadway as a melancholy numbers and ive of their efforts. Freije worked with cho- See SPRING, page 2 teenager, and said, “It just even some comical moshe wanted to bring to the Fenwick stage because “it is
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Former Student Keeps Her Vigil Outside the Campus Gates By Elizabeth O’Brien News Editor On Monday, February 11 at around 11:30 a.m., some members of the Holy Cross community may have seen a woman standing on College Street who appeared to be protesting something and answering questions to anyone who came up to her. The woman - Kate - was participating in a vigil for justice after the Holy Cross administration mishandled a very traumatizing event that Kate went through. She asserts that she was sexually assaulted by a Jesuit priest while on a study abroad trip as a student at Holy Cross. Many years later, in 2003, Rev. Michael McFarland, S.J., the former President of the College, apologized for what happened and offered assistance. He also promised confidentiality, as did Rev. Dennis J. Yesalonia, S.J., the general counsel of the College of the time. However, the next year Kate found out that Fr. McFarland had released private information to a third party. She has continued to reach out to members of the Holy Cross administration, including the College’s current president Father Philip Boroughs, S.J.. Allegedly she is ignored, and some of her confidential information keeps on being released without her consent. Fr. Boroughs has taken action against Kate such as banning her from campus and creating an internal list with her name on it. As time goes on, she is learning of many more security breaches that are occurring within Holy Cross’s administration. In March 2012, Kate started the Hunger Strike for Justice at Holy Cross. This year, however, she has decided to initiiate a new vigil, one that she predicts might take ten years. She is determined to
stand up for what she believes in. “My conscience requires that I stand up about these problems because I believe the college administration is hurting other people the same way,” said Kate. “This time [my vigil] will not end until I know that justice has been achieved.” Holy Cross administrators have contacted Kate many times with promises of making progress with the issue, however the plans have not been seen through. For instance, she was guarunteed a settlement in 2012, but nothing happened. “I asked the College to cover part of the medical advice related to PTSD and income loss, cover the expenses of the long ordeal, and pay a ‘community fine’ to nonprofits and people in need of help so I could have at least one clear way of seeing accountability for the very unreasonable and years long delay,” said Kate. The purpose of the vigil is to try and make the Holy Cross administration solve Kate’s problem after years have flown by. She also believes she is not the only one who is going through this ordeal. “The main reason for the vigil is to communicate differently after all other ways of communicating were futile for years,” said Kate. “Holy Cross has been ambivalent about resolving all the problems I brought to the attention of the administration.” It is understandable that some students might be hesitant about sticking up for Kate’s cause. Dave O’Regan, Worcester chapter head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests who participated in the vigil, believes students should be open to discussing the issues that Kate has faced. “When we love our faith and trust in the leadership it is easy to turn away from the
issue of sexual abuse, a worldwide problem in the Church today,” said O’Regan. “The students can stop and talk with Kate when she is outside the college holding her vigil and see that she is a fellow graduate of Holy Cross who has been severely wounded by the insensitivity of College President who has been causing her further pain.” While Kate is very passionate about protesting, she is still a victim and has to deal with difficult emotional trauma. It is not always easy being in the spotlight. “Sometimes talking about it sets me back personally, so I have to keep it measured,” said Kate. “Like many victims, I can freeze when traumatic things come up, so I am only public when I can talk about some of it.” Just by recognizing Kate’s situation, students and faculty at Holy Cross can help her healing process. “Social Justice is reaching out to victims of abuse and helping them find healing,” said O’Regan. “The students and faculty can call to light the plight of Kate standing outside the gates in all weather and ask Holy Cross to meet with her and mediate her situation.” Despite the negative attitude towards certain members of the Holy Cross administration, Kate is able to recognize some justice in the matter. Fr. Yesalonia did reach out to Kate at one point and explained that he does not have access to the conversations that she had with Fr. Boroughs, and made an ethical choice to contact her. He did some investigating on his own and told Kate what he found, which was something he certainly was not required to do.
February 15, 2013
SGA Services Have Students’ Best Interests in Mind Implementing changes in the weekday and weekend shuttle services Deirdre Koenen Chief News Editor Holy Cross students now have yet another reason to give thanks for the faithful efforts of the Student Government Associations (SGA) Services, who have provided a new and improved means of escape from the gated bubble of the College on the hill. With the commencement of the new semester, SGA Services has implemented some favorable changes in the weekday shuttle schedule and has introduced the new “Special Saturday Shuttles” to liven up the weekend possibilities of the student body. John Milner, ‘15, the Director of SGA Services, worked with adviser Sara Swillo, the Associate Director of the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), and Director of Transportation - Jerry Maday - to accomplish these advantageous improvements to the shuttle schedule. The original weekday schedule had required a round trip of over an hour for a trip as short as Walmart, and there’s really only so much you can do to amuse yourself while waiting in that superstore. Any shuttle trip on that schedule took up a significant chunk of time from a weeknight, a sacrifice that any student with a hefty workload would be reluctant to make. A few changes have been made to this route so that it is now possible for a student to leave Hogan at 6pm, do a quick errand at Wal-Mart and get back to Hogan 3 a half hour later.
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Milner explained that in the past there had been complaints about the reliability and efficiency of the shuttles, and so SGA Services worked to reevaluate the system. The revised route includes the same stops to Wal-Mart, BlackAuburn Mall, stone, Shrewsbury Street and
SGA Services are certainly doing their utmost to provide the student body with every opportunity to get off campus and enjoy themselves in the most efficient and feasible ways possible. White City; but with a rearranged set of times to provide students with a more feasible option for embarking on weekday trips. The weekday shuttle services will now be using only one van for the route, and will be operated by professional drivers rather than student drivers. Regarding the new Saturday shuttles, Milner explained that the Sunday shuttles in the past turned out to be inconsistent, and often money was spent on the shuttles with few to no students actually utilizing the services. He said that they have switched the shuttles to Saturday, ration-
alizing that students are more likely to go on shopping excursions on this day than on Sunday, a day typically devoted to accomplishing the remainder of weekend schoolwork. Students will have the opportunity to visit Natick Mall, Patriot Place and the Wrentham outlets on the Saturday shuttles, which made their first trip on February 2nd to Natick. Upcoming trips this semester are February 16th to Patriot Place, March 23th to Natick, April 6 to Patriot Place, and April 20th to Wrentham. On February 16th, students are especially encouraged to take the shuttle to Patriot Place since there will be outdoor skating at this location that weekend. These shuttles leave from Hogan 3 at noon, and will bring students back on a shuttle departing the location at 4pm. Thus far, Milner speculates that the shuttles have been received favorable by the Holy Cross community. Many students have been making use of them, and the drivers are continuing to keep records of the students on board to evaluate the popularity of the new system. SGA Services are certainly doing their utmost to provide the student body with every opportunity to get off campus and enjoy themselves in the most efficient and feasible ways possible.
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February 15, 2013
The Worldwide Water “I Love Holy Cross” Video Shortage: How You Can Help Awarded for Excellence Vivian Daly Eco-Action Co-Chair In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed the fundamental human right to water, but still one in nine people on this planet go without clean drinking water. Why do so many go without access to safe water when there is plenty in the world? Well, the water market is estimated to be a $400 billion dollar market, meaning corporations are interested in gaining access to the global water market, and do so by gaining influence in international governing bodies like the United Nations and the World Bank. For example, the World Bank’s 2030 Water Resource Group is chaired by the CEO of Nestle and all water projects must include a corporate partner. This forces partnerships between beverage corporations, those looking to privatize water for profit, and the general public, those relying on public water sources for drinking, cleaning, and cooking, and is creating a conflict of interest. Now you may be wondering, what can we at Holy Cross do about that? Well, every year over $100 billion dollars are spent on disposable plastic water bottles worldwide; just 1/6 of that amount [$15 billion dollars] could cut the number of people without safe access to drinking water in half. Here at Holy Cross we are lucky enough to
have safe access to drinking water, a right that not everyone around the world has, and yet we still choose to drink bottled water, which is thousands of times more expensive than tap and sometimes the exact same product (both Dasani and Aquafina are just filtered tap water). Eco-Action along with over 300 students who have already signed our petition are making a commitment to end this wasteful action, through the #UnCapHC campaign. In our campaign, we are asking administration to end the sale of disposable plastic water bottles for the following reasons: 1. Environmental: water bottles that are not recycled fill up land-fills and create massive amounts of waste. Additionally, the amount of oil and energy needed to obtain, clean, package and transport the water in plastic water bottles is too massive an amount to justify buying and using them. 2. Economic: Plastic water bottles are expensive when compared to essentially free tap water. It is financially better for us to buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water. 3. Social: Clean water is a fundamental human right, but has been commoditized through the bottle water industry. Clean water has therefore become a good that only the wealthy can afford. Since clean water is extraordinarily scarce across the
globe, it is unjust for industries to rob communities of clean water and package it, only to be sold elsewhere or back to the community for an outrageously more expensive price. As a Jesuit institution, Holy Cross has the social responsibility to ensure that the water we, as a community for and with others, consume is not polluting the earth during production, nor harming struggling societies through monopolizing free water. 4. Health: Municipal tap water is regulated more strictly than bottled water. Tap water is also filled with essential vitamins and minerals that are filtered out of bottled water. If you are interested in joining our #UnCapHC campaign you can sign our petition at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/uncaphc/, like us on Facebook at Holy Cross EcoAction or follow us on Twitter @PurpleGoesGreen for campaign updates, or join us at our next meeting, February 27, 2013 at 7:30pm in Hogan 403. Help us join over 90 colleges and universities who have already banned or restricted the sale of plastic water bottles on their campus!
ing has been her favorite A.C.T. show of her Holy Cross career because of F r e i j e ’s direction and the tight-knit cast. Much of the cast was c o m prised of underclassmen, with a first year student as one of the lead roles. Patrick O’Konis, ’16, who played Melchior, said that his experience in his first A . C . T. producCourtesy of Will Fitzmaurice and Annie Le tion was Danielle Santos, ‘14 and Patrick O’Konies, ‘16 gave espe- “fantascially moving performances alongside thier fellow cast tic: everymembers in the A.C.T. production last weekend. one was welcomDespite the time commitment, ing. Christine was a great director actress Suzanne Crifo, ’13 said, “I and made the experience just innever regretted any time I spent at credible.” rehearsal.” She said Spring Awaken-
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Emma Cronin Staff Writer Last semester, the College sent out an email encouraging students to participate in flash mobs across campus, which were to be included in an essentially unknown video project entitled “I Love Holy Cross.” This video, directed by Harry Chiu ‘12, features the Crusader mascot energetically dancing with students throughout Mt. St. James. Although it was virtually unknown at the time of its launch, this video received the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District I Excellence Award in late January. As Holy Cross website news reporter Cristal Steur explains, “The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and allied areas. The CASE District I awards program recognizes the communications work of educational
Many of the A.C.T. members are currently spending their junior year abroad, which allowed a number of underclassmen to fill the void. Freije said she tried to not allow class year be a factor in the casting process, and said she enjoyed directing a young cast. “I joke with them that I cast them because freshmen will do what I tell them, but it is actually really nice,” said Freije. “I feel like such a proud mom because I have watched them grow from being nervous freshmen, literally week one of their college career, to being these confident actors onstage.” The entire cast was very talented, with each cast member seizing the opportunity to showcase his or her acting and singing ability. Harry Crimi, ‘15, who produced the show along with Shannon LoCascio, ‘14 said, “Working with such a passionate cast and crew makes this show easy and fun to produce.” Crimi also said that Winter Storm Nemo made a significant impact on the musical. After a sold-out opening night, A.C.T. was forced to postpone its show Friday evening and faced many can-
institutions located in the Northeast and parts of Canada.” Cristal Steur states that this award is bestowed upon ìindividuals and schools doing innovative work in the fields of special events, fundraising, stewardship, volunteer engagement, alumni relations, student alumni initiatives, advancement services, and communications.î Joyce O’Connor Davidson, director of alumni relations communications, and Christian Santillo, assistant director for web communications in public affairs, accepted the award on behalf of HC at a conference in Boston from January 20February 1. When the video was filmed, the creators did not even consider the CASE District I Excellence Award as a possibility. In contrast, the Holy Cross Fund, which consists of active alumni and donors to the College, initiated the video project in order to propel Holy Cross to #1 on U.S. News & World Report listing of “most-loved schools” by alumni. In addition, they hoped the video would inspire willing alumni to donate to the Holy Cross Fund.
celled reservations on Saturday due to hazardous travel conditions. A.C.T. reduced the ticket price for the Holy Cross community on Saturday evening, which led many students to fill the theater that night. The Friday show was postponed to Sunday evening, meaning the cast, crew, and pit band performed four shows in two days. However, the energy level remained high as the cast danced, jumped, and pounded their way through the rock songs. Freije’s vision for the musical persisted throughout the show, and Rev. Jim Hayes, S.J. praised Freije for her directing talent. “She’ll be
Alumni originally anticipated two thousand new donors after launching the video. Yet, as director of the Fund Margaret Hayden Bramley describes, “It was a great success; we exceeded the goal of 2,000 donors by 31 percent. In addition to these quantifiable results, many alumni were inspired to share the many reasons why they love Holy Cross, and how the ‘I Love HC’ campaign brought back memories of their time on campus.” Alumni and students across the country eagerly flocked to YouTube to watch the ìI Love Holy Crossî video, and to date, it has about 19,059 views. From dancing with Public Safety officers to jumping around on the Hoval, the Crusader in the “I Love Holy Cross” video serves as an entertaining reminder that here at HC, we are family, and Mt. St. James is home.
the next Bartlett Sher,” he said, referencing the Holy Cross alumnus who is now a renowned Tony Award-winning director. The senior director hopes to continue directing after she graduates in May. For Freije, the thought of graduation relates to the very essence of Spring Awakening. In the Director’s Note, Freije wrote, “What this play affirms, for me, is that despite that sickness I feel at the thought of growing up, of leaving here, change and growth are both inevitable and beautiful.”
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BSU Fashion Shows Diversity Through “Seven Deadly Sins” Charlotte Errity Features Co-Editor Every year, Holy Cross’ Black Student Union puts on a Fashion Show that takes place off campus: it is truly fashion’s night out for Holy Cross students, and is becoming a modern tradition at the College. Planning for this large event goes all the way back to the beginning of fall semester, when the executive board of the BSU plans the theme “Seven Deadly Sins” and conducts try-outs for the models. Holy Cross senior and co-chair of the Fashion Show, Catherine Broadbent, ‘13, comments on her involvement and the details of the show. She has been a part of the BSU Fashion Show team for three years, and was eager to run the show on her own and “try things out I wanted to try.” For example, the E-Board collective decided on the intriguing theme of the Seven Deadly Sins. “We thought it was provocative, while still allowing us to show some on-trend styles in fashion.” This statement proves itself in the runway fashions of each of the six themed scenes: for example, “statement piece jewelry” for Greed, and “boyfriend, casual wear” for Sloth. The theme was evident and creative when presented
From SNOW, page 1
on the stage. by providing professional attire, a separate boutiques: “Two [bouThe show began at 8 p.m., but network of support and the career tiques] are from the Boston area, there Reza and was a 7 Kim DePM dinsigns, and ner opone from tion, if West Harty o u ford, Conbought a necticut, table hot that doticket, nated last considyear as well, ering the called Ooh tables La La.” sold out “I would quickly. say forty Toupinís percent [of i n the runway Worceslooks] came t e r from boucatered tiques, the prewhich was s h o w really new food. for the Shuttles and show Courtesy of Ian Jones f r o m made [the H o g a n The models flaunt their creativel apparel on the runway at the 7th BSU fash- c l o t h i n g ] ion show on Friday, February 1. brought look expenstudents sive and apand campus members to Mechan- development tools to help women pealing to the audience, something ics Hall downtown for the show. thrive in work and in life,” accord- I think missed the mark in past All proceeds from this event ing to the charity’s mission state- years,” Broadbent says. went to the charity called “Dress ment. The secret to pulling together a For Success,” an organization that Catherine Broadbent informed coherent show? “It’s a lot of shop“promote[s] the economic inde- the Crusader staff that the clothing ping trips and creativity!” Broadpendence of disadvantaged women for the showwas provided three bent adds that one of the showís the emergency response team was conscious of a typical college student’s weekend wake-up time of 10 a.m., thus chose to lift the shelter-in-place for that time. They aimed for students to still be able to go to Kimball brunch, study in Dinand Library, and exercise at the gym as usual. The shelter-in-place contributed
after the storm. A few of these dining workers did not even work hold on the Friday before Blizzard a shelter-in-place precaution was Nemo, but nevertheless arrived consistent with the level of severthat evening to ensure that ity of the state’s response to the brunch would be prepared for emergency. students in the morning. In Conley’s three years at the The workers who plowed College, he had previously applied trucked on from 12 p.m. on Fritwo other shelter-in-places with day afternoon to about 5 p.m. on both being for hurricanes. With Saturday the blizzard-like evening, conditions of totaling high winds and to about limited visibility 29 hours. being similar efThen, fects of a hurriafter recane, a t urning widespread blizh o m e zard like Nemo f o r demands a t w e lve comparable rehours of sponse to a hurs l e e p, ricane. t h e y Chief Robert p i c k e d Hart, Director up where of Public Courtesy of Estefania Cruzval they left Safety, reThe snow plowers drove for 29 hours straight from Friday into Satur- off to ported that the day then took just a twelve hour hiatus to only begin again on Sunday. clear the students coopcampus erated well. He recalled a few stugreatly to their goal of maintainpathways and roads for Monday dent sightings during the night, ing student comfort. Because stumorning classes. but said that they complied to the There were also five tradesmen officers’ plea for them to return dents were mandated to remain in their dormitories during the critiwho attended to systems and to their dormitories. cal hours of the snowstorm, the service calls. Aside from safety, Jacqueline Pesnowplows were able to effecThe one common student comterson, the Vice President of Stutively plow throughout the night plaint after the storm was the lack dent Affairs and Dean of without the worry that they will of student parking. Chief Hart, Students, echoed Conley in exrun over any wandering students. however, found that before and pressing the team’s strong hope to Still, the tireless efforts of many after the snowstorm there were not disturb students’ day-to-day campus employees were the chief sufficient available parking spaces routines. She said, “Given that we drivers behind successfully susin Student Lots 3 and 4, despite are a residential campus unlike other consortium schools where taining students’ lives throughout the fact that these lots are further many students commute. We the weekend. Conley reported away from the student dormitoneed to put things in place that that nine food service workers ries. Despite the student parking ensure students’ safety and also spent the night on campus in order to serve 1,500 students beconfusion, Holy Cross survived help continue comforts of daily tween the hours of 10 a.m. and Blizzard Nemo and carried on living in their homes here.” 12 p.m. on the Saturday morning with its mission as usual. Conley further explained that
scenes, themed to the sin of Envy, has models dressed in vine: “[It was] my Project Runway unconventional challenge moment!” Between the show’s six scenes, members of the Holy Cross and Worcester community performed, including performances by the Rhythm Nation Steppaz, Fusion, the Boys & Girls Club Dance Team “In Da Zone,” Holy Cross’ Ballroom Dance Team, lyrical team from the Dance Ensemble, and one of the College’s all-female acappella groups, Off the Record. Missed this year’s show? Catherine Broadbent says regardless of the year, “I think what’s great about this show is how it continues to get better.” The BSU Fashion Show represents the slew of talent at Holy Cross, while also showcasing the diversity amongst the campus. This fashion show, a collaborative effort from members of the BSU and other specifically assigned to the show, provides a fun and eclectic night out for the Worcester community.
Lincoln Pays Annual Visit to History Class
Courtesy of Claudia Betchold
On Tuesday, February 12, Abraham Lincoln time-travelled to modern times. He paid a visit to Father Kuzniewski, S.J.’s “Lincoln and His Legacy” to celebrate his birthday with cake.
Public Safety Blotter Sunday, February 10 Lehy Hall: RA from Lehy called to report that students built snow fort by the dumpster at Lehy and he wanted it knocked down *****Your decision on what to do with it***** Monday, February 11 O’Kane Hall: Hole punched in wall
February 15, 2013
Opinions The Pulse of Events Introducing “The Pulse of Events:” A page dedicated to the debates of our times. This week’s topic: Gun Control.
Right to Kill With Arms? Jeremy Garneau Opinions Co-Editor In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, there has been a wave of sadness, anger, and contention throughout the nation. The disputes between Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, and everyday people are surrounded over gun control, an issue that has sparked controversy and debate for decades. In an attempt to seek justice and provide peace of mind, some people have urged for tighter gun control to prevent such incidents, whereas other groups have expressed the need to have more guns in homes and schools for protection. Recently, President Barack Obama, in the aftermath of the tragedy, explained the necessity for universal background checks in order to give consolation to a nation of grievers, but also to address an issue that was not at the forefront of Obama’s political agenda during his first term. Although some con-
servatives oppose the idea of universal background checks, around 85% of Americans are in favor of a universal background check for private gun sales, according to national surveys. Wayne LaPierre, the CEO and Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, has expressed his opposition with the background checks proposal. On May 28, 1999, however, LaPierre urged for background checks in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting. In addition to the background checks, Obama is proposing a ban on assault weapons, a stricter watch on “straw purchases,” and an expansion of mental health programs. The growth of these programs can help prevent tragic cases similar to Sandy Hook, since people with mental health issues pose an added danger while possessing a gun. By increasing criminal penalties for “straw purchases,” a person who legally buys a gun and gives it to someone else, America can have a closer eye on gun violence. According to another national survey, in 9 out of 10 gun
Mental Health Control David Perretta Chief Opinions Editor I would like to start off this piece with a bit of a disclosure: I am from Fairfield County, many of my friends from high school lived in Newtown, and a very close family friend of mine teaches first grade in Newtown (not at Sandy Hook). So, though I am not personally acquainted with the families of any victims, the atrocity that occurred there was a bit more than the latest tragedy airing on the news for me – I have connections to that town. Furthermore, I am not a gun owner, nor do I desire to be one. I feel that these are important things for you to know before I start discussing my feelings on “gun control.” Ever since that horrible day, there has been a clamor within the Democratic Party to rush the passing of gun control legislation. While I do support better gun regulation (as in background checks), these new limits on what a law-abiding citizen can and can’t own are flawed at best. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, recently signed into law a bill that made it illegal for anybody to possess a firearm with more than seven rounds in the clip and one in the chamber. However, the state legislature failed to include a provision that would exempt police officers from these new regulations. With the stroke of a pen, every cop in New York was a criminal until an amendment could be made. The New York case is a perfect example of what happens when legislation comes from emotion instead of facts; mistakes are made and resources must (unnecessarily) be allocated to correct them. I would not have a single thing against this if the laws were designed to do anything beyond offer us the illusion of safety. However, there is little data to suggest that banning certain guns curbs violence. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was speaking on Meet the Press the weekend
after the horror in Newtown when he said one of the most brilliant lines I have heard regarding the push for a reinstatement of a Federal “assault weapons” ban. He pointed out that when Columbine occurred the ban was in place and there were armed officers in the school. Clearly, neither helped. This begs the question: Why would we want legislation that has been proven to prevent the violence it seeks to curb? I personally believe that we should stop wasting our time on failed laws and find a new way to solve the problem of mass shootings. The demographics could not be clearer: emotionally disturbed young men carry out mass shootings. These are people with mental health issues who are a threat to the public. For some reason, we don’t quarantine these people. We devote our energy and resources to getting rid of firearms (with error-ridden laws) and do relatively little to improve the mental health of those committing the crimes. My question is simple: Why? Mental health issues still carry a stigma in America. If you’re sick with the flu, you have no problem telling the world that you went to the doctor to get a prescription. If you’re sick with depression, then that isn’t the case – most worry that they would be judged for admitting that they had to seek help. That, I think, is the key part of the solution for ridding ourselves of these heinous crimes. We don’t need a superficial ban on assault weapons (which, by the way, is a make-believe phrase), but we do need a mental healthcare system free of judgment and readily available to those in need. The past has shown us that arbitrarily designating aesthetic features as “assault” features does not work, so let’s try solving this problem at its root. Let’s stop the people who commit mass shootings by helping them achieve mental stability. That’s the conversation that we need to have if anything is to be done.
crimes, the killer is not the original owner of the gun who benefitted from a “straw purchase.” Many passionate Second Amendment advocates believe that Obama is taking away their right to bear arms, yet his proposal holds promise for the future. Obama isn’t trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. He is taking a bold stand against gun trafficking after the gruesome tragedy this nation has witnessed. By focusing on areas such as mental health, safety responses, assault weapons, and background checks, Obama is trying to criminalize the people who abuse their right to bear arms. The opponents of the proposal also will be perturbed with the potential ban on assault weapons. Many of these gun-owning proponents proudly attest to how guns are used for self-protection from robbers, murderers, etc. By simply looking back at criminal records, one can see how many gun crimes are actually between intimates rather than strangers. Also, the FBI counted an estimate of 213 jus-
tified firearm homicides per year from 2005 to 2010, which clearly shows how gun usage for protection is very seldom. And even if there is a ban on assault weapons, Obama’s opponents will still have handguns to rely on. I think Obama’s plan is a great step in the right direction and conservatives need to understand that he is on their side. As a nation, liberals and conservatives need to work together to help fuel this stand against gun trafficking. If I were to make any changes to Obama’s proposal, I would recommend that the plan also focus on gang violence, drugrelated violence, and gun safety education. This isn’t an issue of gun control, but rather an issue of gun trafficking and protecting the welfare and safety of our law-abiding citizens. I think we as Americans, liberals and conservatives alike, should listen to the wise words of comedian Chris Rock who recently stated, “The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and dad of the country, and when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don't it usually bites you ….".
Time to Talk, Time to Act Lauren McDonough Opinions Co-Editor It’s a refrain that we’ve heard far too often in the past year, alone: “Now isn’t the time to talk about it.” We heard it after Aurora in July and again after Newtown in December. The idea of the saying is that the tragedy is too fresh, that we need to allow the nation time to grieve before we talk about why it happened. And by the time it is appropriate to talk about gun control, the NRA has skillfully stifled the conversation or another tragedy has overpowered the last. Gun violence is a polarizing issue in the United States. People tend to take a strong fixed stance, the two extremes being some variation of “hands-off my Constitutionally-protected firearm” or “let’s rid the United States of guns, entirely.” Neither is the most rational response, although most people can identify in some way with one or the other. Personally, I don’t believe that the average American citizen needs to own a gun. A gun gives a person the power to kill another person faster than they can say, “Whoops.” That a life, or multiple lives, for that matter, can be ended with the quick pull of a trigger, an action that requires so little thought, a move that can be carried out before a person even has time to think about what they’re doing, is appalling to me. That being said, it’s irrational to believe that we could rid America of its firearms given the fact that it’s so heavily armed with both legal and illegal guns. So we come to America’s least favorite word: compromise. A compromise over gun control is especially tricky because of the parties involved. The NRA holds a lot of power over the U.S. government. They know what it means to defend a constitutionally protected right, and they do it well. They are consistent in their goals and actions, and manage to retain their influence even after horrific gun tragedies that should ruin their reputation. Those in favor of gun control, however, are more of a motley crew. There are different opinions and goals coming in from all angles – from the President, from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and from Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions, to name a prominent few. The only way for this side of the gun debate to gain traction is by creating a unified front with shared goals and initiatives. Once both groups have clear stances, we could move forward on a national compromise. In my ideal world, this would include removing guns from
the hands of those for whom they are not necessary – this means everyone but police officers, security guards, and members of the military. I know that’s unlikely given the Second Amendment and the fact that a majority of Americans support hunting. I understand why hunters are protective of their right to bear arms. To ask them to give up their guns would be like asking all drivers to hand in their car keys because of a spike in highway accidents. Hunting is a sport that requires skill and is governed by laws and regulations. Hunting of animals – no matter what your moral stance on the issue is – can be a legal pursuit. Killing people, however, is not. Mass shootings obviously aren’t the only instances of gun violence in the U.S., but they are frequently the most talked about because they are shocking and frightening. They are often also linked to mental health problems. The state of mental health care in the U.S. is, frankly, a disgrace, but that’s a separate issue from gun control. Our solution can’t just be to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, because little children, teenagers in gangs, and rashthinking grudge-holding adults have access to guns too, and they may fire without ever thinking about the consequences, about what it means to end another person’s life. When you own a gun, you are implicitly saying that you believe that you have the right to kill another person. And unless your line of work requires it, you are wrong. A realistic immediate solution, then, would be to tighten the regulations surrounding gun purchases, and to ban the purchase of assault weapons that were designed for war. Long-term, we need to decide as a nation how we are going to react to the gun violence that permeates our culture. What is “the right to bear arms” really worth to us? The instances of gun violence that we need to consider when we talk about gun control are the instances that we don’t hear about. The ones that are glossed over on the nightly news, hidden in a brief summary in the Metro section of The Boston Globe, written off as gang violence. Do these deaths count for less because they don’t shock us? Have we become so desensitized to gun violence that when a 15 year old is killed while chatting with her girlfriends in a public park a mile away from the President’s Chicago home we barely take note? Now is the time to re-sensitize ourselves to gun violence, to express outrage at anything less than legal gun usage, to refuse to accommodate demands on our government that put our families, our friends, ourselves at risk of careless death.
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Common Cents: Financial Aid = HC Profits? Tyler Scionti Sports Co-Editor Financial aid has long been established as a government subsidy (the opposite of a tax, the government gives you money rather than taking it away) to promote the education of our citizenship. While that is certainly true, there is a way that colleges benefit from financial aid and use it as a form of price discrimination to maximize their total profits. Holy Cross, like many colleges, is a non-profit institution; that does not mean that they do not try to maximize profits where they can to keep the school running. Now before we jump right into all that technical mumbo jumbo, let’s look at the current situation. Price discrimination is a practice of selling a product to each person at the price he is willing to pay. You can see this all around you—movie theaters sell tickets at different prices, as do restaurants and museums; those are all forms of price discrimination. Let’s say I am selling cookies and I have three people: one is willing to pay $2.00, the
other is willing to pay $1.50, and the last is willing to pay $1.00. You might think that to maximize my profit I would want to set a price somewhere in the middle, however that is not the case. If I set the price at $1.50, I make $3.50, which is more than I would make if I sold it to the one person willing to pay $2.00. However, let’s say I use perfect price discrimination and sell cookies to anyone at the exact maximum price they are willing and able to pay. So, then I get the one person willing to pay $2.00, and the person willing to pay $1.50, and the person willing to pay $1.00. That gives me a profit of $4.50, which is the most I can possibly earn. College financial aid works in the exact same way. The practice of price discrimination mainly takes effect with monopolies. Holy Cross is not a monopoly when it comes to getting a high quality college education, but in the market for people who rank Holy Cross as their number one school, they are definitely a monopoly. Using price discrimination, Holy Cross can get every student who wants to go there, just
like any monopoly operates. The price of tuition at Holy Cross is a steep $55,130 (courtesy of collegeboard.org). Now, if Holy Cross were to only accept that price how many people do you think would go here? If there was not any financial aid of any kind (whether it be $100 or $10,000), there would be a decrease in the number of students attending, and thus a decrease in the school’s profits. However, if Holy Cross offers financial aid, then they get everyone who can pay $55,000 and $50,000 and $40,000, and $30,000. Basically they get everyone who wants to go to the school for whatever amount they are able to pay which maximizes the school’s profits. Holy Cross does not do this to maximize their profits. The U.S. Government provides subsidies as an incentive to get a college education. However, Holy Cross does happen to benefit from the financial aid program, because it allows them to accept more students than they could if there was no financial aid.
Window Open For Change Sara Bovat Co-Editor-in-Chief Out of his window, out of the Vatican goes Pope Benedict XVI. On Monday, February 11, the infamously unpredictable pope announced his resignation to the Catholic worldwide community and beyond. As of February 28, he will officially be the first Catholic pope to leave his post in the last six centuries. “Before God,” daringly uttered Pope Benedict XVI on Monday morning, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise.” Even though he spoke the statement in one language – Latin – to a gathering of cardinals in the Vatican, observers around the world translated this declaration in numerous ways. Although he gave a generous two-week notice, the one billion Roman Catholics around the world underwent a period of
critical shock with the full awareness that an abrupt transition for the Catholic Church will soon occur. The Catholic institution, its worldwide faithful followers, and critical observers are not accustomed to abruptness. The simple principle of a pope “quitting his job” is perceived as obscene. Because of the holy connotation so tightly connected to the role, we forget that the papal position is essentially just another job. Similar to a CEO position of a business, leadership transition inevitably will happen. However, in regard to the role of the pope, the world seems to have unconsciously dismissed the possibility that the shift can still occur without a pope dying. As an instinctive reaction to the unexpected nature of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, it is easy to become suspicious of his motive, curiously questioning the plausible magnitude of scandals that he may be concealing.
Yet, Catholicism’s extreme discomfort with change extends further than Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. Whether the issues pertain to the sanctity of life, women’s rights, homosexuality, or divorce, forceful resistance from the Church always seem to accompany the matters. The criticism of the Pope’s unconventional departure from the Vatican only reflects the patterned Catholic struggle with transition. He boldly recognizes that despite his accomplishments during his papacy, the Catholic Church deserves a leader who can better modernize with the changing times than a frail, eightyfive year old. This rather sobering expression of honesty can very likely mark a revolutionary precedence for the Catholic Church. Not even including the radical possibilities for his replacement, such powerful boldness from the uppermost Catholic authority figure can hopefully lead to more open-mindedness from See POPE, page 8
Treating Citizens Like Children Patrick Horan Contributing Writer Recently-elected Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, has prided herself as a fighter for America’s middle-class. However, a few weeks ago, when a reporter asked her what income range describes the “middle-class,” she responded, “It’s not a numbers issue. I know you’d expect a very wonky answer for me, you know, about the percentiles.” The reporter politely pressed her and maintained that bills pertaining to taxes do indeed involve numbers. Warren again failed to answer the question and claimed, “When we strengthen education, when we make it possible for kids to go to college, then we strengthen America’s middle class, and that doesn’t need a dollar figure.” To explain how the definition of the middle-class is not related to numbers, the senator then argued, “How about somebody who’s taught school for ten years, and takes off a year to go to graduate school, and has an income of only $4,000 in the year that she’s not teaching? Would you say that she’s fallen out of the middle class? I wouldn’t. It’s a whole lot of characteristics that define the middle class.” One would assume that a woman who claims to be an expert on the finance industry would be quick to answer the question with relative ease by citing various statistics, area, median incomes, and quartiles. While there is not a precise definition of the term middle-class (especially since income varies by region), defining the middle-class is fundamentally an issue based on numbers. Senator Warren’s response is a classic example of a politician dodging a reporter’s question in order to bring up a talking point that sounds pleasant to the ears of constituents. This was not a good start for her, if you were hoping that the Harvard Law professor would bring substantive change to the beltway (something many Holy Cross students believed last fall). She had an opportunity to talk directly about policy and how it would affect the ‘average Joe.’ Instead, she talked ambiguously. When she could have talked to Americans like adults, she talked to them as if they were children. Warren’s dodge on this question is disappointing, but it is not surprising, except, perhaps in the sense that it was an especially simple question to dodge. We live in an age where large numbers of Americans do not know
who the Vice President is (41% according to a 2011 Pew poll) or how many justices sit on the Supreme Court (63% according to a 2011 Newsweek Poll). Poll results vary depending upon the pollster and the sampling size, but you get the picture: frighteningly large Americans do not know basic facts about their own country. What do such statistics imply to candidates seeking votes? Most of the people out there do not have an adult-level understanding of big issues. Therefore, it’s not critical to bore them with facts and knowledge about statistics. The alarming ignorance of American history and government within the American public coincides with a rise in the emphasis on empathy in politics. As George Will pointed out in a September 2012 article, “A recent The Washington Post/ABC News poll asked respondents to say which presidential candidate ‘would you prefer to have take care of you if you were sick’ and which ‘would you rather invite to dinner at your home.’ What is depressing about these questions is not that they miss the point of presidential elections nowadays but that they seem to touch the electorate’s erogenous zones.” Politicians can frequently appeal to pure emotion over reason. They can win over the crowds by acting like their friend as opposed to seasoned statesmen charged with upholding the Constitution. That is a travesty. We may like our leaders, but we should elect them because we respect them, not because we think they would be nice company at dinner. The United States is in a perilous position. We are at roughly 7.8% unemployment; but, including the under-employed and those who have given up for work, we are at a much higher 14.7%. American public debt is over $16 trillion. Retiring baby boomers continue to put pressure on smaller, younger generations as they collect Medicare and Social Security. So-called Generation Y is on track to being the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than our parents. Our fiscal woes ensure serious discussions about taxation and spending. These are tough questions that require adult thinking and adult solutions. If we want adult solutions, then we should demand more answers out of leaders. We should demand precise answers - not ambiguity - on questions, particularly ones that are as basic as “How do you define the middle-class?”
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Free Thinking: "Why Life is a Little More Eternal than it Seems" Sarah Free Staff Writer Life as it is presented to us is fleeting. We are bombarded with the idea that we must seize every opportunity that comes our way because it may never come again. We live our lives in accordance with the notion that we must take advantage of where we are, here and now, because it will not last forever. Everywhere we turn, we hear about the fallibility of life, the mortality of it all. We are continuously reminded of our own brief existences and how, try as we might, we cannot make them last forever. It is wise to take advantage of these pieces of advice, for, surely, earthly life does not go on forever. However, nobody ever talks about the opposite. We never hear about life’s durability. Far too seldom do we hear about the infallibility of the human spirit and the strength of human connection. We emphasize what we cannot have rather than what we do have. Maybe we do not have “forever” in the way that it is understood by most of us—an infinite amount of time to live. Yet, we do have forever. The time that we live our lives is, in essence, forever for our own beings.
We did not know ourselves before we were born and we do not know what lies ahead for each of us after we die. Is our lifespan then, not our own “forever?” By attempting to maximize the time that we are here, sometimes we forget that life is a balance of opposites. We forget that as surely as we will die, we will live, that we are as strong as we are vulnerable. We are as capable of forgiveness as we are capable of hurt. And, as humans, we are capable of love far more than we are capable of hate. Although we may not have forever, forever surely has us. We cannot discount the time that has been made available to do the most good that we can do, and to love one another in the best ways that we know how. There may not be a reason why the Earth will continue to spin long after we are gone. However, there is surely a reason that we are here for the brief amount of time that we are allowed to spin with it.
Wake up Holy Cross Jeremy Garneau Opinions Co-Editor The weekend of February 8 to February 10, many members of the Holy Cross community gathered together to see The Alternative College Theater’s performance of the hit musical, Spring Awakening. This musical follows the story of a group of adolescents as they explore the confusion, power, and inevitability of their sexualities. The scenes depicted an array of different problems that dealt with suicide, parentchild arguments, violence, bullying, death, and abortions. As graphic and emotional these scenes were the audience reacted stronger with a particular scene in the play. One scene showed a girl getting an abortion, no reaction. Another one showed a boy committing suicide, no reaction. However, when two boys briefly kiss one another, an alarming number of “EWWWWS” and “UGHHHHS” echo throughout the audience. I looked to my friend who instantly understood the immaturity we witnessed. And to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating or being overdramatic, I noticed some shocked expressions towards some people around me. Although I agree that public
The Roving Reporter “Building snow forts!” –Alex Rouleau ‘13
homosexuality may come as a shock to people, there are times when some reactions are just inappropriate and rude. Spring Awakening, in its entirety, is a provocative, rebellious, and thought-provoking musical that hopes to depict the out-of-control changes that all youth undergo in society. From this tragic and avant-garde musical, viewers see how growing up is essential in the midst of the tumultuous changes happening around them. The irony in all of this lies in how a college community immaturely laughs in a play with such serious and coming-ofage themes. In the Holy Cross community and beyond, whether you want to believe it or not, there are people like those in the provocative scene. I hope I don’t scare people or illicit any “EWWWWS” by saying this. There are homosexuals on the Hill and beyond. In fact, the director for Spring Awakening on Broadway is openly gay. In the year 2013, I thought people, especially a Jesuit collegiate community, would acknowledge the artistic choices of this play. Yet more importantly, I thought people would place some level of dignity and worth on a fellow human being, re-
gardless of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc. I am not suggesting that all people bow down to the gays. At the very least, homosexuals should never be at the receiving end of ridicule and disgust due to ignorance and differences in opinion. After seeing this musical, my eyes were opened to the ignorant immaturity in our society still alive today. Some people need to open their eyes after seeing that play in order to look beyond their sheltered or one-sided view on life. I just hope that in the Holy Cross campus and the greater world, we learn to appreciate the diversity in our world and respect the human dignity in everyone. No “EWWWS” or “UGHHHS” required.
How did you spend the Blizzard of 2013?! “I drank plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and watched the last season of Friday Night Lights!”
“I avoided my homework and watched the entire first season of Glee!” –Casey Sirotnak ‘13
–Bianca Llaneza ‘14
“Tobogganing!” -Eric Sherman ‘14
“Sledding down Boyden!”
“Worrying if 23 Caro would collapse on us!”
–Katie McKenna ‘14
–Pat O’Neil ‘13 Responses compiled by Victoria Aramini, ‘14
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We Should Still Fear Al Qaeda Kevin Piro Staff Writer Recently, Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst for CNN, wrote an article arguing that al Qaeda has largely been dismantled and that the threat of al Qaeda is a “localized” and “containable” one. Among other claims he makes, one in particular stands out, that “al Qaeda and its allies’ record of effective attacks in the West has been non-existent since 2005.” In an effort to downplay al Qaeda’s record in the world, Bergen suggests that the homeland has not suffered a successful attack, conveniently ignoring the Fort Hood shooting and the Times Square bomber. Bergen fails to recognize the threat that al Qaeda and its affiliates pose not only to Westerners, but Middle Eastern and African governments. Let’s begin with last September. Our consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by al Qaeda affiliates and burned while our ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered. It seems that al Qaeda is still capable of recognizing our weaknesses and taking advantage. It took weeks for the Obama Administration to admit
that this was an act of terror and in the meantime they painted this as an impromptu “protest” against an anti-Muslim video. In reality, this attack was planned far in advance and scheduled for the anniversary of 9/11. Mr. Bergen discusses how “core al Qaeda” is on its way to extinction and that its affiliates are no better off. Another interpretation, of course, is that al Qaeda has decentralized and dispersed its operations throughout the Middle East after Osama bin Laden’s death. Mr. Bergen praises drone strikes by President Obama which have increased in his four years in office over President Bush’s term. These strikes were highly criticized during Bush’s term in office and there is little criticism from the mainstream media now that Obama is in charge. The Obama Administration even just approved an executive power that allows the President to order a drone strike on American citizens abroad if they are suspected of being terrorist operatives. It’s unclear on why it’s “legal, ethical, and wise” for President Obama to kill that American citizen from the air, but a human rights violation if President Bush captures that same
citizen and subjects him to enhanced interrogation to discover intelligence that might prevent an attack. (The movie Zero Dark Thirty illustrates how these techniques aided in the search for bin Laden.) Mr. Bergen argues that Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia all have had successful campaigns against al Qaeda. This can be attributed to pressure by the United States on these governments to step up operations to dismantle terror networks across the globe. What Mr. Bergen does not understand is that these networks are still dangerous. Mr. Bergen says that al Qaeda operating from Yemen was behind the failed underwear bomber in December of 2009 in Detroit and the attempt to smuggle bombs into the country in October 2010 and, yet, these were not successful. These incidents, however, are evidence that al Qaeda is very much alive and operational. In the current crisis in Mali, the Malian government called upon France to assist in routing jihadist groups that had taken over the Afghanistan-sized area of Northern Mali. Government forces had retreated and jihadists established
Has Apple Peaked? Eric Butts Opinions Co-Editor If you have followed the market over the last few months then you know that the Apple stock has lost about a third of its value. It is always kind of funny that when a company does exceptionally well, like Apple did, the commonly held sentiment is that it is going to continue to go up forever. Now that it has fallen from its pedestal as the world’s most valuable company, reports of its demise have been frequently overblown. Apple has not peaked so much as it has plateaued. Think of it this way, how many people do you know who have iPhones? I could probably count on only one hand the number of people I know who do not have them. When everyone has the product, even if they are constantly innovating, it really difficult to sustain the kind of booming growth that we have seen for Apple over the last ten years. The other issue for the technology giant is increased competition from other companies. Companies that five years ago you would never have expected to give Apple a run for its money are now lining up to be considered the next tech monolith. Consider this: Amazon is actually losing money on its Kindle Fire in order to increase its market share, but you know what? It’s working and is generating a lot of hype for a company which previously was much more of an eBay than a Microsoft. Speaking of Microsoft, despite the fact that they have been banished to Apple’s shadow in recent years, they have massive amounts of capital on hand and are desperately working to revitalize their image. If you have seen a Microsoft Surface, you can attest to the fact that it is a fantastic product; one which is definitely comparable to if not better than the iPad. Consider also the Nexus tablet Google is pro-
ducing and it is going to be hard for Apple to maintain its monopoly on the tablet market. Therein lies the problem for Apple. In the iPhone and the iPad, they released two devices which were so fresh and so innovative that they were able to act as a monopoly for several years. Now that we are seeing other great products enter the market, Apple cannot possibly sustain its growth. The question at hand is: Do you believe Apple can continue to stay two steps ahead of the competition? Kobe Bryant once said, “These young guys out there are playing checkers, I’m out there playing chess.” Eight years ago, laptops were quickly replacing desktop computers, but now thanks to Apple it is tablets that are taking over. Returning to the initial question of peaking, the answer depends on how much faith you have that CEO Tim Cook has the ability to continue the innovative imagination of the visionary that was Steve Jobs. If you think Apple has enough geniuses on payroll that their next market changing product is right around the corner, then they definitely have not peaked. Bear in mind that the first iPad was released almost three years ago now, but the other tablets on the market have emerged only in the last year. That gives Apple a three year head-start on developing the next great product. However, if you think that the market has caught up to them and competition from Google, Amazon, and a rejuvenated Microsoft is going to be enough to keep Apple close to the pack, then you will probably believe that Apple has hit a plateau. As far as where I stand, Apple is not going to continue to grow at the alarming pace it was able to sustain for so many years. That said, I have been wrong before, especially concerning Apple, so I would not be surprised to be proven wrong again.
Shariah law which included maiming thieves, public executions, and banning any religion other than Islam. Mr. Bergen argues that since this is a brutal form of law the jihadists will not win the locals over and they will eventually rise up against the jihadists. Mr. Bergen also says that if this does not happen, they will cheer international outside intervention. But Mr. Bergen misses the point: Outside intervention is the only way to stop these Islamist extremists. When the historic city of Timbuktu is held at the mercy of Islamic extremists, there is a huge problem. When France has to send in troops to route out extremists, there is a crisis. It does not matter if these terrorists are “core al Qaeda.” They take their inspiration from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The al Qaeda-affiliated group Boko Haram is killing non-Muslims in Nigeria and attacked the UN headquarters there in 2011. Mr. Bergen ends by saying that “al Qaeda and its allies’ record of effective attacks against the West has been non-existent since 2005” and “with threats like these we can all sleep soundly at night.” In the wake of Benghazi, this sentiment is not
just naïve, it’s nothing less than bizarre. Our ambassador was brutally murdered in September in Benghazi and three Americans were killed last month during a hostage situation at a gas facility in Algeria. Clearly Obama even differs with Mr. Bergen if our President just approved drone strikes on American citizens. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has just visited Holy Cross, and we as Americans must hope that Mr. Kerry, as much as he is for a drawdown of U.S. forces across the globe, will understand and recognize the threats to us and our allies abroad. History has shown that if we try to ignore the world, we will still be dragged into conflict. World War I drew us in to defend our allies. We tried to stay out of World War II and were caught off guard at Pearl Harbor. Troops were placed in Saudi Arabia to counter an aggressive Iraqi dictatorship under Saddam and ten years later, in protest, Osama bin Laden sent nineteen jihadists to kill nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. Pulling the blankets over our heads and going back to sleep, as Mr. Bergen suggests, will invite more of the same.
Problems with Black History Month Patrick Horan Contributing Writer Every February, the United States and Canada observe “Black History Month” or “AfricanAmerican History Month.” The latter term is used for the sake of political correctness, despite the fact that most black Americans are not literally African-Americans in the same sense that this writer is not literally Irish-American (this is where one should make a distinction between African-American and of African descent and between Irish-American and of Irish descent, but I digress). Throughout this month, we are told of the struggles blacks have faced over the centuries and of the courage and fortitude of individuals such as Harriet Tubman; Jackie Robinson; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Clarence Thomas. While the hearts of those who celebrate Black History Month may be in the right place, designating a month to remind ourselves of such stories should not be the way we remember such history. The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when historian, Carter G. Woodson, the son of a slave, and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” They chose this week to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. When “Negro History Week” was created, Jim Crow, lynchings, a segregated military, and bans on interracial marriage were norms. History books also neglected the sufferings, challenges, and triumphs of blacks throughout history. Since the 1920s, thankfully,
things have changed for the bet- the principle of integration. Black ter, and our education policy Americans are not visitors putting should change to reflect this. on a cultural show, nor are they Black History Month was created legally separated. They are an into compensate for the lack of at- tegral, inextricable part of the tention to black history. We have country’s past, present, and future. moved in the right direction since The curriculum should treat them then. We no longer treat African- as such.” Americans as if they are in secFreeman and Cooke are preond-class citizens under the law. cisely right. Black history should Now, if we want to teach African- be taught in schools, but it should Americans, Asian-Americans, not be taught as if it is different Hispanic-Americans, and Ameri- from the rest of history. The cans of all other races that they point of studying the heroism of are guaranteed political equality in Harriet Tubman and Jackie the United States, we should not Robinson is to show that the teach certain histories in unequal color of their skin makes them no measures. In a 2006 interview, less and no more American than black actor Morgan Freeman told heroes such as Abraham Lincoln Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes that and Babe Ruth. If we wish to the idea of a Black History Month make this point clear, then we is “ridiculous” because it relegates would do well to not separate the the history of blacks to a single history of blacks from whites and month. He noted that black his- other races. tory is American history. When Wallace asked From POPE, page 6 him how society other higher Catholic orders on pivotal social issues. would address The feminism movement, the rapid advancement the problem of of technology, the increase in pre-marital cohabitaracism against tion, among other transformative Western societal African-Ameri- developments place rising pressure on the Catholic cans, Freeman Church to evolve from its traditional Catholic docr e s p o n d e d , trines. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported “Stop talking on the same Monday that the Catholic Church is about it.” Simi- growing most rapidly in African and Latin American larly, Charles countries, which also pushes the Church to venture C.W. Cooke of to new realms of comfort. National Review Neither Pope Benedict XVI nor I recommend that recently wrote, the Church needs to stray away from its highly val“Rather than ued Catholic Tradition. Rather, we acknowledge that being treated as a traditional Roman Catholicism will inevitably need separate and lim- to adjust to the changing secular society. If it doesited discipline, n’t, it will risk remaining relevant to modern divorced by the Catholic laypeople and may struggle to retain mempigmentation of bership. Who knows whom the cardinals will deem its subjects from worthy enough to hold the next papal power – an ‘ m a i n s t r e a m ’ African, a woman, Barack Obama, a twelve year old, American his- or another conservative white male. Regardless, tory, the teaching Pope Benedict XVI admirably left the door open of black history for change with his monumental exit. should hew to
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Crusader of the Week: Erin Cummings’14 Alannah Heffernan Chief Features Editor Name: Erin Cummings Year: 2014 Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota Major: Math Favorite song: “Good Life” OneRepublic Motto for life: Do it. You won’t. Roommates: Ashleigh Alex, Brianna Stowe, Catherine Morrison Campus activities: Math TA, SPUD Favorite spot on campus: Math Lounge Favorite class taken at HC: Medical Imaging Favorite Kimball meal: I don’t eat at Kimball! Best dorm to live in: Alumni Guilty Pleasure: Popcorn with lots of butter and salt One word you would use to describe yourself: Awesome Three words your friends would use to describe you: Angel, Aggressive, Flawless Favorite pastime: Awkward conversations Pet peeve: Disorderliness Favorite TV shows: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Psych Best movie: October Sky Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye
Role Model: Michael Phelps Favorite place travelled to: Laguna Beach, Ca Childhood aspiration: Be a Princess Favorite holiday: My birthday Worst Summer Job: Summer Camp Do you have an HC bucket list, if so what’s number one? To be the face of the Holy Cross Calendar Favorite word: Tryna Favorite off-campus Worcester restaurant: The Flying Rhino Do you prefer… …Kimball brunch or Kimball dessert? Kimball Brunch …Th e Crus ade r or Fools on the Hill? The Crusader …Science Café or Crossroads: Science Cafe Where could you be found… …on a Tuesday at 11 am? Doing my hair …On a Friday at 1am? Text me to find out ;) …On a Saturday at 9 pm? Causing mischief …On a Sunday at 6 pm? Napping Best piece of advice you have ever received: Don’t drink the punch! Fondest Holy Cross memory: Every St. Paddy’s Day What would you rather be doing right now: Chatting with Big Bob
Vampires in The New York Times Peter McStravick Music Maven Last week, there was an interesting classified, without much elaborative effort to standout, under “Notices & Lost and Found” printed in The New York Times, which read: Modern Vampires Of The City May 7, 2013 Hmmm… Potentially sounding like another anticipated apocalyptic date where cities are run down by garlic-fearing pasty men, this classified was the not-so-conspicuous approach by particular indie rockers to publicly state their new album and release date. Naturally, it was not exactly a cutting of the ribbon type of ceremony, but a sense of humor shown by New York’s Vampire Weekend. Yes, Vampire Weekend will be releasing their 3rd full-length album this coming May and will actually be headed to Boston on May 15th. This album follows their past two records, Vampire Weekend and Contra, both of which received much publicity and hype in theindependent and billboard music scene. In fact, the music video of “Giving Up The Gun”, a single off Contra, included gems Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, and Lil Jon. What’s not to love? Ezra Koenig, the band’s frontman and principal lyricist, is ready to be taken seriously. While most bands typically write
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dozens of songs in pursuit of creating an album comprised of the best 12, Koenig mentions their style is unique; they write/record songs particular to the album and continue to master them until they feel ready. Essentially, after working on this album for over 20 months, Vampire Weekend is ready to share their next chapter. With their debut self-titled album fitting in with the twee chamber pop of the later 2000s,Vampire Weekend developed quickly outside the quirky guitar riffs into a more studio driven attempt, with each track being more diverse than the next. With that being said, Vampire Weekend mentioned that Modern Vampires Of The City is different than both of their previous albums, as more time has been spent and the pressure is much greater. MVOTC will be the answer to the fallen hipster status and the rise of popularity. In a way, Vampire Weekend’s method of announcing their release date speaks a lot about what kind of album this really will be. The audacity to go through The New York Times classifieds rather than Pitchfork or Billboard to proclaim the new album is odd enough to ask the question: What have we been missing from Vampire Weekend? They have put forth such exuberant music over the last five years, but this marketing stunt seems more promising than peculiar. Sparking the anticipation for the next four months with this ironic move is clearly a sign that these New Yorkers want us to notice. So let’s take note of this.
Emma Pcolinski Staff Writer Now that the spring semester has arrived, and you, returning First Year, are settling into your new classes and the second half of your Montserrat, it is time to grow up. You had your semester to wander around campus with your lanyard in tow; now it is time to perfect the art of “seeming like an upperclassmen” or at least “not like a clueless lemming.” Here are some easy tips to carry in your back pocket (not literally, of course—that would be strange) to not seem like a freshman. Most of them are common sense, but hey—you didn’t seem to catch on last semester. 1. Don’t brag about your ‘crazy night.’ We all had particularly wild nights on the Hill. Some were even so bizarre that we’re still trying to piece together the mystery a semester later. But, if we’re all being honest with ourselves, the majority of nights were just amalgamations of too much bad alcohol and people we really didn’t want to speak with. It’s okay to have a boring night. It’s okay to admit it. 2. Don’t wear a skirt out if the temperature is hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Do you really want to be shivering all night, when your plans in Carlin or Williams inevitably fall through? And not to sound like your mother, but you’ll catch your death. Wear some clothes; sexy does not mean exposed. 3. Don’t chill on Easy Street waiting for a party. No parties will magically appear for you and your thirty friends to enter and drink all of the Natty Ice. The dorms are small and booze is expensive enough to withhold it from strangers. 4. Stop buying Burnett’s and pretending like it’s casual. It’s not. Do you really think you’re doing your throat a favor by drinking lighter fluid? I don’t care if it’s magic flavored. Just put down the plastic handle and try harder. 5. Don’t aim for ‘drunken mess’. This will automatically classify you as ‘The Worst Kind of Person.’ No discussion. No one wants to clean up your vomit or deal with your constant stumbling and slurring. 6. Don’t look for your HOCRO spouse. He or she could be hidden in your CRAW Poetry class. More likely, this
mysterious someone decided that Notre Dame or UCLA suits him or her better. You won’t know until it happens, so don’t pretend you do. Just enjoy being with your friends and creating memories—memories that involve little to no Burnett’s—to share with that special someone eventually. 7. Do all the things. Or not. Join clubs that interest you, but do it on your time for you. Don’t worry about resume building. The best resume is one filled with only things you love. 8. Realize it’s okay to sit alone in Kimball. Sometimes your friends just have other plans. We understand that. We know you have friends, even if the only one who was free to join you for dinner was your Montserrat reading. 9. Spend a night in. Sometimes it’s just a lot more fun to not wear real clothes and only talk to people you like. Sometimes it fun to spend a Friday sober. Watch a movie, catch up with a friend, ponder existence, finally relax for the first time since August. 10. Learn how to let go of doomed friendships. Some people who seemed like great friends last semester won’t seem like it this semester. It’s not necessarily anyone’s fault. Everyone is discovering his or her true self. Sometimes all of the changes in people just don’t align with each other. It’s okay to be sad or disappointed. It’s even okay to be mad. But after a little while, it’s time to move onto better things. You’ll continue to meet fascinating people throughout your four years. Some of them will be at your wedding and some you’ll hide from in the Cool Beans line. Life happens. 11. Stop complaining about how much work you have. I know Intro to Philosophy can be really taxing, and Orgo is literally the worst thing that happened since your Cluster Event was scheduled the night before your ten-page paper was due; but honestly, if you saw my 200 plus pages of nonsensical reading for tomorrow, you would probably faint. It just all gets done. And if it doesn’t, then the world continues to spin. I get that this is ten times more work than your Generic New England College Prep School—which you swear was, like, super competitive and academically rigorous—but here, honestly, it only gets harder
(and more ridiculous). 12. Stop planning your entire existence. You probably won’t be the next Steve Jobs or even the next Fitzgerald. The best things in college—in life— are unplanned. Let life happen and focus on becoming the best you, not the Next Anyone Else. 13. Stop skipping classes. Don’t buy into the myth that this will help you catch up on work. It won’t. You’ll feel even more overwhelmed when you’re sitting up at 2AM trying to teach yourself an entire tense of a language you most likely loathe by now. Don’t waste precious sick days in bed on a ‘necessary’ mental health day. Treat yourself to a nap or an episode of Arrested Development after class instead. 14. Start taking care of your whole self. Tired? Sleep. Hungry? Eat. Sick? Visit Health Services. Overwhelmed? Take a breath. Now another. Now do something mindless for a little bit. Maybe even go to Hart or Loyola to blow off some steam. And most importantly, if you’re sad, talk to someone. Nothing will solve itself if you swallow all those feelings. Silence only makes problems bigger. And if it’s getting to be too much, go to the Counseling Center on Hogan 2. There’s no shame in talking to people who know how to deal with the ups and downs of life best. More people go than you think. 15. Realize that no one really cares. Remember the time you went to class sans makeup? Or missed that toothpaste stain on your shirt? Really? Because no one else does. Everyone here is far too narcissistic and busy to notice the time you tripped up the Hogan staircase. Just do you and smile. So there’s your comprehensive guide to seeming like you’re not a freshman. It’s time to toss that lanyard and put away your bitty skirts until St. Paddy’s Day. You’ve already survived your first semester, which is an accomplishment in itself. There are still plenty of new things to come—just wait for Spring Weekend—but for now, just walk with conviction and pretend like you know what you’re doing. That’s the real secret. No one really knows what he or she is doing. Just take care of yourself and stop trying so hard.
Overheard on the Hill "My iPhone is broke, my laptop is covered in a Cheetos film, and my mother isn't returning my plea texts for more beer money...I cannot wait for the weekend." *** "Ash Wednesday is like tomorrow, so I'm going to go to Coldstone twice."
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The Pub Poll Nick Tasca Studious Statistician One of the many benefits to being a 21+ student here on the Hill is the Pub. I love nothing more than to have a casual beer with all my friends on a Tuesday night while listening to the 10 spot. Earlier this academic year, a couple friends and I toy-ed around with the idea to start the Pub Poll, so with the start of a new semester we figured we'd sort of run with it. Whether it's a simple, light-hearted topic, or one that's rather thought-provoking, the Pub Poll is designed to get people talking. Be sure to check out The Crusader as we'll post the weekly results. Have a question that you'd like to submit? Send it over to Nick Tasca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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App Watch: “Vine” Charlotte Errity Features Co-Editor A new, free app called “Vine” has surfaced since its acquisition by Twitter in October 2012. More and more bloggers and celebrities have joined the Vine community to record their lives through a six-second or less still in love with my ex. This As- because you don’t want to feel video. sumption boy is taking me out to alone on Valentine’s Day. While Currently, the Vine app is excluthe Chop House this weekend for you should move on from your sively for the iPhone and iPod Touch; Valentine’s Day. I have to admit ex, you should be moving on for Twitter has claimed that it is working it’s nice to brag about how I have all the right reasons and not just on bringing the app to other plata date for “Singles Awareness for flowers. The best advice is to forms, according to Twitter’s official Day.” Am I being too selfish if I be honest with this Assumption blog. With this app, users can capture use him just for the free meal and Hottie and tell him that you are anything either in uninterrupted not ready to be in a committed reflowers? video, or fragmented filming: it is lationship. Enjoy being single beclear that should this app be successcause a girl like you won’t be single Sincerely, ful, stop motion filming is back. Like for very long! Twitter’s one hundred and forty charAll I want are flowers! acter limit, Vine has a six second filmAsk anytime, ing limit. This time limit allows for constant streaming of videos, miniDear All I want are flowers!, -A mal to no wait time for the videos to Yes, you are being too selfish. You load, and concise video captures. It’s should not be purposely messing Need advice? Email me at almost as if you only see the thesis of email@example.com with some poor guy’s heart just someone’s argument for whatever they are videographing. Although Vine has been gaining a large following since October, for me, the app earned my attention during the recent New York Fashion Week (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week). Most of the biggest names in fashion disagree with my list is up to you, HBO's Girls: and blogging have signed up with however, now that the list has gone The Jersey Shore Grls Vine, and have recorded their fashion public, all will know when you pubweek experiences via Vine. I’m loving licly support something that has Blizzard Nemo: Hurricane Sandy been outed. Fomo: Yolo Much like on the SAT's, I will provide a sample for reading purposesHashtags: Playing Tag
Ask Alannah Alannah Heffernan Chief Features Editor Romance Referee Dear Alannah, I have a dilemma. Recently I have started seeing someone who is considerate, smart, outgoing, and goes to Assumption. It is so nice to have found a guy that is not so self absorbed as some of these guys (or should I say boys) on the hill. He really wants to date me and I find it flattering. However, I just got out of a three year relationship from high school. I know that he will just be a rebound because to be honest I am
2013 Trend Report Katie E. DeGennaro Features Co-Editor Fashion Guru Ladies and gentlemen, This week after battling a bout of the coughs and sniffles (I in fact do not mind my own corniness), I decided in an effort to aid in my own recovery and simplify your friday mid morning readings, to release my "IN" and "OUT" lists for 2013. While we were all on winter vacation for the turn of the year, I feel it is only necessary to remind you all of the trends worth keeping for the 2013 season and those that are better off in the trash. So it is y o u r choice. Whether you agree or
it, because in six seconds, users can capture their favorite looks and the overall aesthetic of the fashion shows throughout the week. Like Instagram and Twitter, the Vine app is heavy on the hashtags. In the Explore section of the menu (similar to the Explore section of Instagram), we can see various hashtags of the moment. For this week, the top trending hashtags and video subjects are #nyfw (New York Fashion Week), #vineportraits (video self portraits), #remake, #loop (Vine videos recorded on a loop), #magic, #sport #howto, and #food. While this app is very new, and there are definitely some kinks to work out, I can see a bright future for Vine, should the expansion onto other platforms, such as the Droid, work out. Vine has an unbelievably fluid design; it’s easy to use, and easy to find videos that are interesting and funny to watch (for only six seconds!). Sure, there are plenty of competing video applications on the rise, such as Keek (a Kardashian/Jenner favorite), but because of Vine’s correspondence with Twitter, I truly feel as if things can only get better for this app. Will we see Holy Cross students join Vine soon? Assumingly yes, because Vine videos are just another form of expression: something our generation craves, as proven through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, excreta.
Pats & Darts
In : Out
Mixing Prints: Running with Shin Splints
Pat: Nemo has arrived!
Dart: It’s a Snowstormnot a cute fish..
Beyoncé: Bieber Flu Shots: Top Knots Street Style: Gangnam Style The Ipad Mini: The Iphone 5 The Royal Baby: The Royal Wedding Snap Chat Me Baby: Call Me Maybe
The New York Times: Valentines
Pat: I am on someone’s Dart: He is the kid that list for 100 Days! smells... Pat: It’s Valetine’s Day!
Dart: I am single...
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The Eg g plant The Crusader’s Satirical Page Public Safety Gets Inspiration From Old Westerns Bobby Keilig Egg-sistential Contributor Citing the overwhelming display of bravado and machismo present in the average Clint Eastwood "A Fistful of Dollars" movie poster, the Office of the Public Safety has announced its preliminary intention to consider whether or not the concept of officers carrying two guns, one on each hip, is a favorable proposition. The move comes in the wake of months of discussion on gun violence across the nation, but remarkably there is absolutely no correlation, inside sources report. Dismissing the recent political battle between the NRA and every other person in the country as purely coincidental with regard to the implementation of a dualwielding policy, school officials insisted the notion had more to do with John Wayne's extraordinary acting in the films "the Comancheros" and "Rio Bravo" than anything else. Sgt. Baileys, a particularly vocal actor in securing all public safety officers the right to bear two arms, kindly agreed to interview with the Eggplant. "You look at John Wayne or Clint Eastwood in any quintessential Western, and what are they doing? They're shooting up bad guys. And what are they packing? You said it: two guns, one on each hip. To play the part you have to look like the part, you know? And I know what you're thinking, but no. All analogies attempting to link our most recent brainchild to the national discussion on firearm safety can be dismissed as pure happenstance."
Nevertheless, some students have questioned the legitimacy of the contrivance, which was deliberated completely independently of faculty and student body opinion. Taken aback by the swift nature in which the plan has cemented itself, one Senior was impressed that school officials have not issued a mass Email about a large and public SGA meeting that you would normally associate with such a brazen scheme. School officials have typically held such conferences in the past so that large numbers of students can be asked to attend so that their opinions can be fairly and wholeheartedly ignored. Parents themselves lacking two firearms, one on each hip, were also somewhat befuddled at the lack of correspondence they have received on Public Safety's newest notion. One disgruntled father, who happens to be an owner of a collection of malfunctioning WWII machine guns, has checked his mail box for updates every day for the past week-even on Sundayto no avail. Another parent, self-described as the proud owner of two squirt guns, was concerned at the speed in which Public Safety has sought to upgrade their personal arsenal. "If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk" she said, referencing the popular children's book by Laura Numeroff. Indeed, snipped news clippings from a Fall issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reveal that it was only back in 2011 that officers were first permitted to carry a single sidearm. The newest model in carrying allotment would be a twofold increase in holstering ability, or in other words, officers
would be provided with double the number of devices designed solely and purposefully for shooting other people. Officers and gun experts were quick to step up and defend the logic behind walking around with an extra pistol so that one can have two guns, one on each hip. "We fought long and hard for policy that would allow officers to carry one firearm, so I'd love to see you prevent me from pursuing the policy that will allow me to have two, and then three, and then later four firearms, per hip, etcetera, etcetera" Cpl. Burnetts remarked as he waved his arms in the air to emphasis the lack of finite possibilities that the term etcetera denotes. As the best sharpshooter on the Public Safety squad, Cpl. Burnetts's word carries serious weight. "For Pete's sake there are serious implications on placing limitations on the number of firearms that officers can tote," Cpl. Burnetts continued. "While some officers are right handed, some are lefties-and some can't even make up their mind. By having two guns, one on each hip, the risk factor of human error due to miscalculation of hand dominance can be avoided." "If students don't like it, we encourage them to pursue their education in New York or some other bleeding heart liberal state like Chicago," the steady-handed eagle-eyed crack shot added.
After Numerous Female Partners, Loyola Gym Decides: It’s Time to Settle Down James Fisher Egg-sotic Contributor It’s no secret that the ladies love Loyola Gym, but the all that attention might not be as great as it sounds. After servicing countless girls with its ellipticals, treadmills, and exercise balls, the Gym has decided to choose someone special and end its storied career as the favorite workout spot of Holy Cross women. “At this point I just feel used,” complains Loyola Gym. “I mean most of these girls show up for 20 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of abs and then im-
mediately leave.” The Gym also adds that the women it entertains almost never text back. “I just feel like all the girls care about is how my equipment makes their bodies feel,” says the Gym. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a good run, but I’m ready to be with someone who’s not just going to show up on a Thursday afternoon when she needs to preemptively burn off Salty Dog beers.” Loyola Gym says it plans to begin its search for a serious partner when the weather warms up and its patrons go back to running outside where everyone can see how in shape they are.
School Suspends Alleged “Peeping Tom” Ted Cullinane Egg-stemporaneous Contributor CLARK HALL- Sophomore Tom Higgins wasn’t very optimistic after receiving his housing selection at the end of freshman year. However, after a semester of living with an adjacent view of a primarily junior dorm, Loyola Hall, Tom realized his location at Clark Hall wasn’t all bad when he was able to see into the windows of various Loyola residents at night. “I know I’m weird, but what sophomore guy wouldn’t want to watch a junior girl get changed across campus,” Tom said as he was being detained by public safety. Higgins later told us that instead of playing video games, or spending time on Barstool sports, he’d plan his nights around watching various Loyola residents through their windows. However, what originally started out
as a creepy habit turned drastic for Higgins when he was later arrested and charged with 7 accounts of voyeurism and invasion of privacy. “We started getting complaints from various Loyola residents,” commented a public safety officer, “(Loyola residents) would tell us that they’d see vague images of a figure in either the staircase or a fourth floor bedroom watching them as they changed.” Public Safety has since sent multiple emails to tell, then warn, then mandate students in Loyola to make sure their window curtains remain shut when they want privacy. Ironically for Mr. Higgins, a violator of voyeurism is commonly referred to as a “Peeping Tom.” Tom Higgins declined to comment on the irony, but giggled when the Eggplant staff informed him about his title. Due to his criminal charges, Higgins will be suspended for the rest of the semester and will have to live in the Mulledy basement for the rest of his time at Holy Cross.
New York Freshman Has Trouble Adjusting to Life on The Hill Brendan P. Higgins Egg-alitarian Contributor As we all know the transition one makes from high school to college can be a very difficult one, but one student appears to have had a particularly tough time adjusting. Chaminade High School graduate Jack Himler is finding life on the hill to be a considerable change from life in his hometown of Manhasset. “Yeah, like nobody gets it really. Like I went to Chaminade, I have the keys to the world. Like I tried to cut the line in crossroads to dap up my man Hannan and kids started harassing me. Like do you realize where I come from? Do they not see the sweatshirt?” Jack saw early setbacks upon arriving this fall when he was cut from the lacrosse team, “Yeah Morrissey really screwed me over,” He said on being cut, ”I got screwed out of good play time at Chaminade so I sent him tapes of my older bro, he plays at Princeton. We’re about on the same level, and Morrissey was not about it, even after at the first tryout I scored like six goal. I guess I’m gonna have to play club or something, at least I’ll get to run the show. I kinda already told everyone that I was on the team so I’m a little worried of the backlash, hoping if I just don’t say anything nobody will ask. ” When asked to comment Coach Morrissey said, “This kid sends me tapes of his older brother playing lacrosse and says its him when I don’t let him tryout. No way was I going to let that kid see the field even at a tryout, I’d be taking away from
kids who could actually help the team. He must have said ‘Do you not know where I’m from’ and ‘Do you not know what family I’m from’ ten times each. Kid can barely catch and throw, I couldn’t bother to have him waste my time. I told him he could be the manager if he wanted, I’m hoping he doesn’t take me up on the offer.” Jack said of his meeting with Coach Morrissey, “Yeah he said he just didn’t have the room on the team this season and that I basically have a guaranteed spot next year. I told him I’d think about it, don’t know if I’ll try out again though because I feel disrespected, you know? Like my older brother plays lacrosse at Princeton. I’m family friends with Shane Thornton at Yale, and I’m like best buds with Greg Rhodes whose a freshman playing at Duke and you aren’t even gonna give me a spot on the roster? It’s like he wasn’t even listening to me.” Jack said that the hardest thing about coming to college was overcoming the Chaminade stereotype, “When someone hears you went to Chaminade they think they know everything about you, but like I’m nothing like all these jerks here who went to my school. I’m not entitled, I’m not incredibly cocky, I don’t do everything I can to be popular, and I don’t talk about kids behind their backs like all these other kids from Chaminade. I’m different.” Jack said that he will likely major in Economics and hopes to work for his Dad’s investment bank after graduation. He also said if Club Lacrosse doesn’t work out he would join the Club Squash team. He turns twenty-three this Saturday.
February 15, 2013
Holy Cross, Boston, and Beyond
An Interview: Up Close with Egetta Alfonso, Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field Coach Elizabeth Fullerton Sports Co-Editor Unfortunately, Nemo prevented the Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field team from competing at the Boston University Valentine Invitational last Friday, February 8. This meet marked the last opportunity for the Holy Cross women to compete before the Patriot League Championships. Luckily, I was able to ask Egetta Alfonso, head coach of the Track and Field team, a few questions regarding the season so far, and what lies ahead for the Crusaders… Up to this point, how do you think the indoor track and field season has gone? The season’s been going well, but I feel as if we're just beginning and championships are already upon us. It all goes by so quickly. How do you feel about this season’s roster? I have incredible women and athletes. They're a very athletic group and they work very hard. We lost some excellent people last year to graduation, but oth-
ers have stepped up their game to fill in those gaps.
What are the team’s goals for the remainder of the season? We always come in with the following goals: be loud and proud at the meets, be competitive, win our dual meets and place well in the Patriot League and New England Championships. We would like to place in the top 3 of the Patriot League championships. We missed that goal last year, placing 4th during the indoor season.
What do you think of this year’s group of captains? The captains this year are Britt Gorski, Kathleen Brekka, Sarah Meinelt and Mel Forte. They’re super. This group has all been through their own struggles with track and has bounced back. They're all ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) qualifiers, so they represent the most competitive portion of our team. And they've already done so much in terms of service for the community. Courtesy of Goholycross.com Who has really stepped up in the past few weeks? Several of my Egetta Alfonso, the women’s track and field coach, is intent upon athletes have really stepped it up. fininshing the year strong, hoping My girls that are competing at the to attain a top threee finish at the highest level right now would be Patriot League Championships. Steph Okpoebo in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 4x400 (55 meter hurdles) have qualified relay, Britt Gorski in the 800 meter for New England’s. Marissa Rorun and Mackenzie Arndt in the mano has had some very impres pole vault. All three have qualified sive jumps this season under our for ECAC's. In addition to that: new jumps coach Mat Lemaire. Kathleen Brekka (1000m,mile), She's very close to qualifying for Oona Wood (500m), Kelcey Ger- New England’s and is ranked well main (Weight Throw), Emily in the Patriot League. Hughes (3000m), and Kylene Carey
What is one aspect the team needs to improve on? They need to understand that sometimes a season isn't smooth and perfect, and when you have some bumps you have to keep fighting through it, or you can easily become frustrated and negative. Track and field athletes have to be very resilient. Not every competition is a PR (personal record) and sometimes you just don't have a good day. Then it's time to move onto the next competition. Have any new additions to the team already made a significant impact? Absolutely. Oona Wood in the 500-meter run is just short of qualifying for ECAC's. Caroline
Carley posted a 3:07 in the 1000 meter run early in the season. Liz Provost has thrown over 39 feet in the Shot Put right now. Alex Eckert has jumped farther than 34 feet in the triple jump Is there a chance that any school records could be broken this season? Yes. Steph Okpoebo has already broken the 55m and the 300m records. We have some people close to breaking other records, and who knows what will happen in championship season… Coach Alfonso, a Holy Cross graduate, continues her role as head coach in her fourteenth season with the team. The Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field Team resume competition at the 2013 Patriot League Championships in a three day meet, Friday February 15-Sunday February 17. The team will travel to compete in West Point, New York, which will be hosted by the U.S. Military Academy.
Lance Armstrong A Lying Loser How an American Icon Became an American Villian Peter Zona Staff Writer For the past decade, Lance Armstrong was considered by many to be not only the greatest American cyclist of all time, but possibly even the greatest athlete of all time. In light of recent events, it has become evident that he is nothing more than a fraud. He manipulated the entire sport of cycling throughout much of his career, and the only list of results from this century that now has him as number one is Forbes’s listing of America’s Most Disliked Athletes. For years Lance adamantly stated that he was a clean rider and never used performance-enhancing drugs. He would cite the fact that he never tested positive despite taking hundreds of doping control tests. A month ago, in the aftermath of the United States AntiDoping Agency’s report that detailed how he and his teams cheated the system for years, Lance
confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he did in fact dope and that in his opinion, it is impossible for anyone to win the Tour de France without the assistance of performance enhancing drugs. However, while it may seem that he was finally seeking forgiveness for his past actions, it was likely for more selfish reasons. He claimed that he never again doped after his victory at the Tour in 2005, a claim that the USADA’s report disagrees with. This is significant because cooperation with the anti-doping agencies could reduce his lifetime ban to only eight years, which would be this year if he could prove 2005 as the end of his sins. This would allow him to return to competition in triathlons and marathons. While several current riders have expressed sympathy towards Lance, others like Britain’s Mark Cavendish have expressed the wish that he would forever disappear from cycling. Defending Tour de France champion and
Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins also expressed disgust with Lance and feels that he destroyed the reputation of the race
were doping, it does not mean that Lance was the best rider of an even field, but that he was better at doping than anyone else. Regardless of the whole Lance Armstrong controversy, the future of American cycling appears bright. First, new procedures have gone into effect and investigations have begun to try to finally bring the era of doping in sports to an end. Secondly, the new generation of American cyclists has already begun to demonstrate that they will be a dominant force in the years ahead. Last year, Washington native Tejay van Garderen finished fifth overall in the Tour de France and claimed the white jersey of the best Courtesy of Wikipedia.org young rider classification at only 23 Lance Armstrong, formerly a world- years of age. class cyclist has become a worldHis season also included top 5 class liar following his departure overall finishes at the prestigious from competitive cycling. Paris-Nice race, which kicks off the and sport that Wiggins worked so European season in March, as well hard to dominate in last year. Even as at the Tour of California and the though many other riders of his era U.S.A. Pro Cycling Challenge in
Colorado. He is widely considered to be America’s greatest hope for winning the Tour de France in the near future. His teammate Taylor Phinney is another bright star for the future of American cycling. At just 22 years old, Phinney experienced success at the Giro d’Italia and the U.S.A. Pro Cycling Challenge to go along with his fourth place finishes in both the Olympic Road Race and Time Trial. A third but lesser known young American to keep an eye out for is 24-year-old Andrew Talansky. His breakout race was the Vuelta a España last fall, in which he placed seventh. As if the sport of cycling wasn’t tough enough already, these three riders have also been given the task of righting all of the wrongs the previous generation committed. They certainly seem to be up to the challenge.
February 15, 2013
The End of the Tim Thomas Era in Boston John Morton Staff Writer As a result of Winter Storm Nemo, the Bruins’ scheduled game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning was cancelled. However, Bruins’ fans were still treated to a historic game with the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 vs. the Vancouver Canucks. In that season, goalie Tim Thomas had one of the most dominating performances in the playoffs in NHL history. He saved 94 percent of the shots he faced and only allowed 1.98 goals per game in the entire playoffs. With the Bruins’ 4-0 shutout of the Canucks, Thomas became the first goalie in NHL history to record a shutout on the road in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. In addition to his Stanley Cup heroics, Thomas was also known
for his controversial decision not to attend the White House reception for the Stanley Cup winners. Despite this, Thomas will be remembered as one of the best goalies in Bruins’ history and it certainly was bittersweet upon learning that he has been traded to the New York Islanders for a conditional 2014 or 2015 second round pick. Thomas, who has decided to take a year off from hockey, still has no intention of reporting to the Islanders, which makes this trade more of a salary dump than trying to get a pick in return. If Thomas does not report to the Islanders, the Bruins will not receive the pick they acquired in return for him. However, this does not mean that the Bruins traded Thomas for free. By moving his 5 million cap
hit, the Bruins have more payroll flexibility and, if the Bruins decide
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The Bruins will be without Tim Thomas this season.
to move Marc Savard to long-term injured reserve due to concussion related symptoms, they could have even more money to make a move at the trading deadline. In 2011, the Bruins made moves at the deadline by acquiring Chris Kelly, Tomas Kaberle, and Rich Peverley, which helped them win the Cup. Similar moves for role players could theoretically occur with this trade. With the trade of Thomas, the Bruins are showing their confidence in Tuukka Rask to lead them to victory in this abbreviated season. Rask is 6-1-1 so far, with an amazing 1.96 goals against average. In the Bruins’ last game Wednesday night in Montreal, Rask out-dueled Canadians’ goalie Carey Price to give the Bruins a 2 to 1 victory. With the win, the Bruins ensured their lead in the Northeast Division
and allowed them to keep pace with teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have only given Rask one game off so far, so it will be interesting to see how they manage his workload with games occurring more frequently. Tim Thomas will definitely be missed in Boston as he proved to be clutch in 3 Game 7’s in the 2011 playoffs. Unfortunately, Bruins fans will no longer be able to see Thomas’ classic barrel rolls in goal as he tries to save the puck, but this trade will serve the Bruins well, especially around the trading deadline. With this trade, Bruins fans can officially say that “Tuukka Time” is truly here.
Crusader Softball: Down But Not Out Tyler Scionti Sports Co-Editor While the blizzard last week may give us very little indication that spring is on the way, the calendar is closing in on the 2013 spring season for the Holy Cross Softball team. The season will start on March third in Florida where the Crusaders will square off vs South Dakota to start things off in 2013. Last year the softball team went 936, however they have been working hard all offseason and hope to get off to a hot start led by captains Samantha Fregenti and Alex Gustafson. As the Crusaders hope to remain positive and prove to the Patriot
League that they remain a formidable opponent, Sam Fregenti was kind enough to give me some insight into her thoughts on the 2013 season. From the outset the softball team will face a great barrier in that they were slotted lower than they’d hoped in the college rankings, however they have not given up and will go out with something to prove in 2013. For some teams, having the odds against you can be a get detriment to success, but for the softball team it only adds to their determination to win. I asked Sam for her thoughts to which she responded that the team was predictably upset but they won’t let it Courtesy of Goholycross.com Senior Sam Fregenti hopes to once bring them down. “We've turned this into motiva- again provide an offensive spark for the Lady Saders.
tion during these past weeks of pre-season. We're entering game play with a chip on our shoulder and setting out to prove everyone wrong.” For those who don’t know, this is Samantha’s final year as a member of the Holy Cross Softball team; while her upbeat personality and leadership skills on the field will be missed, she will leave many reminders of her career at Holy Cross. When asked what she thought about her last season Sam was optimistic. “I'm going into this season just really trying to enjoy every moment… . I'm hoping to have a fun and successful season, and I think we have a great group of girls to achieve this”
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Sam led the team with four homeruns in 2012, and remains the all time home run leader with 19 career homeruns. Expect her to add quite a few more to that total as she further cements her place in Holy Cross history. Having records to hang your hat on is all well and good, but what Sam really wants this year is a Patriot league title to end her career on. Thanks to Sam for the interview, and keep checking for more news on the women’s softball team. They may be down but don’t count them out. With some fresh new talent and a long winter to work on their game this team will hit the ground running in 2013.
February 15, 2013
John Lackey Hopes to Start Anew in 2013 Tyler Scionti Co-Sports Editor
Ben Cherington did not break the bank to bring in a star pitcher for 2013, but many forget that he did not really have to. Yes that is true, the Sox already have a qualified number two/three starter, and his name is John Lackey. John Lackey came to Boston (with very little fanfare) in 2010 as one of Theo Epstein’s biggest acquisitions that offseason. He underperformed from the outset, and earned a great deal of ire from the fans at Fenway. To be honest, when Theo signed Lackey I was never the biggest fan; he has a career ERA of 4.10 and a 1.345 WHIP (walks/hits per inning). Those are not great numbers, but back then the Sox were able to count on Lester and Beckett to carry the staff. His habit of always scowling, rolling his eyes when asked “dumb” questions, and tossing up his hands when a teammate makes an error hardly qualified him for one of Fenway’s most beloved players. Lackey went down early in 2012 and took the year off to get Tommy John surgery on his elbow, which had apparently been gradually breaking down ever since he set foot in Boston (how it got past the Sox medical staff we will never know). Lackey has returned though; he was one of the first players up to spring training a week before he was scheduled to arrive and he has
been looking good so far. Lackey looks to have dropped 10 pounds over the offseason, and has been throwing with a little extra on his fastball giving the Sox coaching staff much needed confidence in their number three starter. Clay Buchholz has even went so far to call Lackey a “legitimate ace,” that’s a claim that needs time to be determined but it could be an indication that Lackey is turning things around. Lackey may not be the star power, or one of the “sexy” players that ownership wants, but he is a fierce competitor and wears his heart on his sleeve. When guys like Pedroia and Youkilis play hurt or start fights we cheer them on, well if Lackey can win Fenway over maybe he can be one of those players. Lackey has three years remaining on his contract, and you can bet the farm that he will pitch his heart out in every one of them. Lackey may have a bad reputation among fans, but he is a competitor. He wants to win more than anyone else, and for a Sox staff that seems too passive, his intensity may be just what the Red Sox need. He is not ace, but that doesn’t mean he can’t go out with the mindset to win every game. When he was with the Angels Lackey was one of the most hated pitchers of the staff, now he gets a fresh start to show us what he’s got. Lackey will get about 30 chances to prove to Fenway that he is still a dominant pitcher, let’s hope for his sake that he does.
Pools.... Andrew Fanikos Chief Sports Editor Two weeks ago, the Holy Cross Swimming and Diving teams hosted Bryant University in their final home meet of the season. Although both squads would come up short of recording victories at home, with the women’s team falling by a score of 199-95 and the men’s team edged by a score of 170-125, both teams were led by strong individual performances. Junior Katie Luther and sophomore Alicia LiCalzi led the diving team by each recording first place finishes. Senior Kristen Desrosiers had a top three finish as well in the 50 yard back stroke, while junior Kelsey Poremba, sophomore Kristen Coleman, senior Laura Webber, freshman Claire O’Brien, and senior Natalie Livingston all enjoyed strong performances.
Freshman Tyler Wright led the men’s team with two first place finishes in the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Juniors Jan Yburan and Nick Videtti finished first in each of their respective events, the 100 yard backstroke and the three meter dive. Seniors Brian Power and Brian Lyons each earned second place finishes along with freshman Prior to the contest, seniors Kristen and Katelyn Derosiers, Natalie Livingston, Laura Webber, Claire Reidy, Brian Power, Brian Lyons, John Vatalaro, Richard Pellegrini, and Ned Supple were all honored as for their commitment and dedication to the squad during the last four years.
...and Pucks Elizabeth Fullerton Co-Sports Editor Women’s Ice Hockey Team tied St. Anselm 2-2 on “Pink the Rink” night, Friday February 1. The Crusaders came from behind in this one with key goals from senior Rebecca O’Quinn and freshman Kati Goguen. Goguen scored the game tying goal early in the third period. The Crusaders travel to Castleton,
Vermont to play the Castleton State Spartans again on February 15. The Crusaders have played Castleton state twice this season, recording a win on January 12 and a tie on January 18. The Crusaders are currently 12-5-5 overall and 64-5 in conference games.
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Members of the senior class pictured before the start of the action with the coaching staff.
Holy Cross forwards Tory Bratton, Chelsea Monahan and Nicole Giannino wait for the puck to be dropped at the “Pink the Rink” game against St. Anselm. Giannino shared the assist with teammate Caroline English for Goguen’s goal that tied the game 2-2. Giannino has 7 goals and 4 assists so far this season. Monahan has 4 goals and 4 assists this season.
February 15, 2013
Purple Pennings With Andrew Fanikos
A Modest Proposal Dear Father Boroughs and Mr. Dick Regan, One hundred and seventy years ago Benedict Joseph Fenwick, the second Bishop of Boston, founded the College of the Holy Cross. Having originally intended to establish the college in Boston, Fenwick was spurned in his efforts to do so because he intended to establish an institution grounded in the traditions of Catholicism, a faith which was held in contempt by an Anglo-Protestant dominated society. Forced to purchase land high above Worcester on Mount Saint James, as the inhabitants of Worcester, much like their Boston counterparts, wanted nothing to do with a Catholic College, the odds were stacked against Bishop Fenwick and all who chose to collaborate with him during the college’s formative years. During these early years, the school saw itself struggle, its existence threatened by both flame and politics. In 1852, Fenwick Hall went up in flames, forcing the school to both rebuild and reopen, while the Massachusetts state legislature refused to grant the college an official charter. Despite such numerous and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the college was able to flourish and continues to do so to this very day. Bishop Fenwick took a leap of faith. Often, it is only by taking such a leap of faith that progress can be realized. Crawling, we find, can only achieve so much, if anything at all. Like Bishop Fenwick did so many years ago, we too, as an institution, must take a leap of faith. Within recent years, the college has
been crawling with regards to its athletic program. While the Holy Cross has enjoyed a modicum of athletic success, success has sadly become increasingly difficult to sustain. We, therefore, inevitably find ourselves at a crossroads. Holy Cross boasts 23 Division 1 athletic teams yet harbors an identity closer to that of a Division III institution, as academics take precedence over athletic success, and rightfully so. Despite holding such institutional values the college continues to compete at the Division I level, resulting in a number of programs with minimal success and equally minimal fan support. Not only hindered by institutional values, the Holy Cross athletic program is hindered by both its location and participation within the Patriot League. As surprisingly as it may be, the sunny confines of Worcester and membership in a conference composed of mid-majors does not exactly attract top-tier athletic talent to the college. While we can change neither our institutional mentality nor our location, recent developments have made it clear that we can we can change our conference alignment, a move which if done right would allow us to continue to adhere to our institutional values while simultaneously enjoying an athletic renaissance. This is the leap of faith we must now make, a leap which will pay great dividends, much like the initial leap of Bishop Fenwick. We will not leap blindly however, but will leap with our eyes open, by joining the ranks of the “Catholic Seven.” The so-called “Catholic Seven” were the seven Catholic colleges
and universities which split from the Big East athletic conference in mid-December. Located primarily in the northeast, these institutions opted to depart from the Big East following a joint decision to form a conference which would primarily focus upon basketball, as opposed to football. The seven schools, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova are currently in the process of finalizing their departure from the Big East, seeking out other schools to join their ranks, hoping to eventually expand to a conference of twelve schools, and working on a television contract with Fox. Although Holy Cross was not listed as one of the five schools the Catholic Seven has publicly pursued in order to expand its fledging conference, the Catholic Seven will have difficulty convincing all five of their target schools to join their ranks. Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Dayton, and potentially VCU will all entertain the notion to bolt from their respective conferences, but it is unlikely that all five will join the Catholic Seven. This then, leaves Holy Cross, the oldest Catholic college in New England, a school which places academics above athletics, and one which is historically a basketball school, and a school which needs a shot in the arm for its athletics department, as a prime candidate to join the Catholic Seven. The decision to realign Holy Cross athletics with the Catholic Seven makes perfect sense. The seven schools which currently compose the Catholic Seven, much like our Patriot League brethren,
are on par with Holy Cross from an academic perspective and subscribe to our institutional mentality of academics first, athletics second. Basketball is king at each of these seven schools, much like it is at Holy Cross, and given the current alignment of each of the Catholic Seven’s other athletic teams, we would not have to move our nonPatriot League teams, from their respective conferences. The fact that the majority of these teams are located in the northeast, asides from Marquette, would keep travel expenses low. While Holy Cross would initially struggle to compete against the likes of Georgetown and Marquette, the cache of competing in a top flight conference would no doubt lure top flight talent. By competing with some of the best programs in the country, the Crusaders would once again enjoy the support of a rabid fan base. No longer would the gym be empty for a Saturday night matchup against a key conference rival, as it was this past Saturday against Lehigh University. The cache associated with competing in a top flight conference would, most importantly, pay bigtime dividends, the dividends the Patriot League simply cannot compete with. Assuming the Catholic Seven are able to split from the Big East and rally new members, the conference will complete a television deal with Fox Sports which would be worth an estimated 500 million dollars over twelve years for twelve schools, with each school making just north of three million dollars a year. In the words of Dick
Vitale, “yeah baby!” Taking in more than three million dollars annually for the duration of the contract would be quite the shot in the arm for an institution which finds itself, like many others, cash strapped in a poor economy. The money made through the television deal could be used to rehabilitate aging athletic facilities, augment the endowment through increased capital investment, increase the number of tenured professors at the college, as well as to finance a number of other projects, such as football scholarships. Perhaps most importantly, with greater television exposure on a national network, would allow the college to further increase its national footprint, leading to an increasingly diverse and wellrounded student body. In closing, Bishop Fenwick took a leap of faith on a massive scale. I implore you to do so as well, because leaps can lead to big improvements. Besides, who wouldn’t want to have Dick Vitale up at the Cross for a barn burner. Sincerely, Andrew Fanikos, Dedicated Fan
2013 Winter Homecoming Athletic Events Saturday Feb 16: Men’s Lacrosse versus Sain Johns: 12:00pm Hart Turf Field Alumnae Basketball game: 12:30 pm Hart Center Women’s Basketball versus American: 3:00 pm Hart Center Women’s Lacrosse versus Boston College: 3:00 pm Hart Turf Field Men’s Hockey versus Connecticut: 7:00 pm
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Published on Feb 15, 2013