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Sarkozy Seniors Emerge Victorious at Battle of the Bands Bridget Bowman Staff Writer 300 students crowded into Kimball Quad last Saturday to rock out to their fellow Crusaders in this year’s Battle of the Bands. Sarkozy, a band comprised entirely of seniors, won this year’s competition and will be opening the annual Spring Concert this Monday. Sarkozy also won Battle
of the Bands in 2011, which they admit was a surprise since they were only sophomores at the time. After some members went abroad last year, the group was reunited for this year’s competition and proved to be the band that could excite the crowd once again. “It could have gone either way, and hearing that it was Sarkozy was one of the most joyous moments of
this year,” said lead singer Peter McStravick, ’13. McStravick, along with fellow band mates Andy Biedlingmaier, Mike Sullivan, Chris Theobalt, Sam Moll and Joe Plantamura, pumped up the crowd with high-energy songs including “What I Like About You,” “The Anthem,” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Sarkozy won in the third round against Foggy Bot-
toms, the defending champions from last year’s Battle of the Bands. The third round was determined by a “very close” fan vote according to Tom Sica ’13. Sica and Brittany Haracz are co-chairs of Campus Activity Board’s 10-Spot Committee, which hosts the event each spring. Plantamura attributed Sarkozy’s victory to “a lot of serious practice, and a lot
of debate over picking the right songs—not just good songs, but good Battle of the Bands songs. We practiced them really well and I think we played really well together.” Sarkozy practiced a few times a week for hours at a time throughout the semester. In the week leading up to the competition they See BANDS, page 4
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FLAs Say Goodbye to Holy Cross Courtesy of Colleen Paddock Courtesy of Bridget Bowman The all senior band Sarkozy won the 2013 Battle of the Bands and will open the Spring Concert on Monday, May 6th for Walk the Moon and Mac Miller. Sarokzy members are Pete McStravick, Andy Biedlingmaier, Mike Sullivan, Chris Theobalt, Sam Moll and Joe Plantamura.
Holy Cross Students Shave for the Brave Elizabeth O’Brien Co-News Editor This past week was full of events relating to Relay for Life. One of the most memorable was students shaving their heads to garner support and funding for the Relay for Life event which took place Friday,
April 26 in the fieldhouse. Before Friday’s event two students shaved their heads in the hoval, and then during Relay for Life a few students shaved their heads in front of an enthusiastic crowd cheering the students on. The latter event was called Shave the Brave. On Thursday, April 25, Chris Tota, a senior at Holy Cross and the HRA of Wheeler Hall, and Paul Misci, a senior and SGA Co-President, shaved their head at the hoval in support of Relay for Life. From 3-5 p.m. students could come to the hoval and see Tota and Misci get their heads shaved and participate in lawn games such as ladder ball, cornhole, can jam, and football. The purpose of the shaving of heads on the hoval was a way to spread the word
See SHAVE, page 3 Courtesy of Elizabeth O’Brien Vanessa Moscatello, 15, cut over 8.5 inches of her hair off at the Relay for Life event last Friday.
Travis LaCouter Named Valedictorian for Class of 2013 Deirdre Koenen Chief News Editor
Chair. The Commencement Chair, Lauren Spurr, ’13, explains that they It may seem that only last week look for “a variety of qualities in the we arrived on the hill for the start of candidate. First, achievement in acthis academic year, but last week ademic scholarship is considered, when a campus-wide but all of the applicants email announced Travis have outstanding acaLaCouter as the vale- “I’m blessed with demic records. In the dictorian speaker for great friends who presentation of the the graduating class of have always been speeches, we consider 2013, it really hit home the quality of the piece there for me and as well as the student’s that their proud date is only a few weeks away. with amazingly presentation ability. We The Valedictorian supportive pro- also consider their inselection is a rigorous on campus, fessors who have volvement process designed to athletics, and in service invested their opportunities.The comfind the best candidate for the job. The top time and energy mittee seeks to make twenty-five students in in developing me sure that the selected the graduating class are candidate is representainvited to apply for the as a person. To tive of the Class of role. If they choose to them all I’m re- 2013 and has worked to pursue this application, ally grateful.” make the College Miseach of them must sion part of their every-Travis LaCouter, ‘13 write a short speech day life.” and provide a complete After this presentalist of his or her involvement on tion, the panel chooses three finalcampus. Each candidate must then ists who move on to meet with deliver this speech to a panel con- Dean Austin, who makes the ultisisting of two senior students, the mate decision on the winner. A Vice President for Student Affairs, short time after his meeting with the Class Dean, and a professor See LACOUTER, page 2 chosen by the Commencement
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SGA Leadership Banquet Honors Deserving Students Jess Bailot News Co-editor On Monday, April 22, the Student Government Association (SGA) held its annual Leadership Banquet. All the nominees, RAs, OLs, RSO Co-Chairs, members of the Student Government Association, Faculty, and Staff dressed in their best cocktail attire for this event in the Hogan Ballroom. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. was the reception, and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. was the dinner. The event was planned by SGA Co-Directors of Programming Makayla Humphrey, ‘15 and Ross Davis, ‘14. “It was a lot of work, we have been planning this event since January,” commented Humphrey. A lot of detailed plan-
ning went into the event, including invitations and the signature pen giveaways handed out at the dinner. Humphrey and Davies also had to meet with a lot of senior and general awards committees in order to decide who would be the recipients of awards. This year is the most nominations the school ever had, one-hundred ninety-five for twenty-two awards. The hosts of the evening were Kevin Piro ’13 and Payton Shubrick ’15. Faculty and Staff attended to help present awards to the students. Out of the 195 nominations, these students were honored with the coveted awards: Admirable leadership Traitss: Kevin Malloy and Rob Doyle Silent Leader Award: Lauren Dy
Public Safety Blotter Friday, April 26 Lehy Hall: Officers reported that the east exterior door would not secure due to being super glued Friday, April 26 Off-campus: Officers checked out original site of the mock wedding and reported that no one was there Sunday, April 28 Carlin Hall: Students reported a bird in the fourth floor bathroom Sunday, April 28 Off-campus: Female student called to report that she had a van in Rhode Island with a flat tire Sunday, April 28 Mulledy Hall: Officers responded to students being stuck in an elevator Sunday, April 28 Loyola Hall: Staff called to report a broken bottle outside of Health Services
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Remarkable Vision Award: Payton Shubrick and Anthony Russo
Outstanding Advisor Award: Chuck Stanley
St, Ignatius of Loyola Award: Vivian Daly
Rising Star Award: Patrick Maloney and Cecelia Plaeh
Program Supporter: Ann Zelesky
Joseph J. Reilly Award: Jeffrey Godowski and Antonio WillisBerry
Reverend Francis J. Hart, S.J. Intramural Participant of the Year: Annemarie Wiesen
Groundbreaking Organization: IHC- Relay for Life
Outstanding Service to the Worcester Community: Michaela Johnson Greatest Contribution to the Holy Cross Community Relations: Jeff Repucci
Reverend Anthony E. Ciampi, S.J. Award: SHAPE Excellence in Collaboration: MPEs Club Sports Team of the Year: Ski Team
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From LACOUTER, page 1 Dean Austin, Travis received the email titled“Valedictorian Selection Results,” and describes his reaction, “I didn’t open it right away because I was too freaked out – but after a couple minutes I did and I was thrilled to learn the good news.” “It was a very tough decision,” Dean Austin reflects on the choice. “Any of the finalists would clearly have done a great job. Unfortunately, we only have one speaker each year!” From Concord, New Hampshire, Travis is a member of the College Honors Program who is double majoring in Political Science and Catholic Studies. “Being a part of the College Honors Program has been a real pleasure,” he says, “especially getting to know some of the other members and getting to take the special interdisciplinary seminars that are offered.” Travis participated in the D.C. semester program during his junior year, an experience he considers one of the highlights of his time at Holy Cross. “Going to D.C. my junior year had been a long-time goal of mine,” he says, “and it has really changed the course of my life. And winning the Vannicelli prize and presenting my D.C. thesis was easily one of the more rewarding aspects of my four years here at Holy Cross.” “I’ve been lucky to have a lot of great opportunities here,” he says of his time here at Holy Cross. “I think the strictly undergraduate nature of the College is key. Not enough people realize how lucky we are to not have to compete with grad stu-
Overall, all found it to be a very special night. “I think it went very smoothly. It was nice for the leaders to come together to recognize the work of their peers.” Reflected Humphrey. Congratulations to all nominees and those who won awards!
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“The committee was overwhelmed by the academic achievements and involvement contributions made by all the candidates who submitted speeches this year. They all brought something unique to the table, and any one of them would have made a great Valedictorian. I am proud to be part of a graduating class that is comprised of so many passionate and talented individuals. Narrowing down the pool was not an easy task, but I am eager and excited to hear Travis’s address during Commencement.” - Lauren Spurr, ‘13 undergrads, which is great.” The summer following graduation,
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Travis will return to D.C. for the Hertog Program in Political Studies, a program in political philosophy and American politics for undergraduates and recent graduates. After this he will begin applying to research-based or think-tank jobs in the Washington area. A couple more years down the road he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science. Reflecting on his four years on Mount St. James, Travis says, “I’m blessed with great friends who have always been there for me and with amazingly supportive professors who have invested their time and energy in developing me as a person. To them all I’m really grateful.” “The committee was overwhelmed by the academic achievements and involvement contributions made by all the candidates who submitted speeches this year,” says Lauren Spurr. “They all brought something unique to the table, and any one of them would have made a great Valedictorian. I am proud to be part of a graduating class that is comprised of so many passionate and talented individuals. Narrowing down the pool was not an easy task, but I am eager and excited to hear Travis’s address during Commencement.” Travis will address his fellow class members on May 24th at Commencement, but for now he has a few words of wisdom for students of every year at Holy Cross: “Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Nothing ever goes quite according to plan, so you have to learn to adjust to changing realities.”
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Third Annual MS Fun Run a Success Victoria Fritz News Co-Editor This past weekend, Saturday, April 27, SHAPE, a club on campus focused on advocating for student health awareness, sponsored the third annual MS Fun Run on the Hill. The event was originally championed by former Holy Cross student Ashley Caceres, previously the treasurer of SHAPE. Her intent was to awareness about MS and raise funds for the National MS Society. “She wanted to get the message out that MS affects not just older people, but also college students,” says Katherine Grant, ’13, current co-chair of SHAPE. As the founder of the event, Ashley also had a personal investment in the issue; she herself was a student living with MS; she designed the event to include activity, because for those with MS physical activity is a component to keeping symptoms at bay.
Today, the intent of the Fun Run remains the same. SHAPE continues to raise money for the National MS Society and bring together a community of students committed to help find a cure for the disease. In order to participate, students were asked to donate a small fee, in addition to a bake sale for those who did not participate in the run/walk. Registering for the event was intended to promote education on the issue; the run was used as an educational platform, with SHAPE members stationed along the running path holding signs with MS facts and figures. These facts were intended to show that MS really does affect our age group, and expose those new to the illness to some background information on the disease. Allen Wu, a graduate from the Class of 2012, came back to DJ the event. He also served as the DJ for the event last year. He played a variety of upbeat songs, comple-
menting the bright and sunny atmosphere, and getting runners in the mood to participate. All runners were given free water bottles and pizza at the end of the race. A prize for the first place male and female participants was awarded, in addition to three raffle prizes. All registered runners received a raffle ticket and were eligible to win. The prizes included $25 gift cards to Panera, Starbucks, and Target. “The event was a Courtesy of Katheirne Grant huge success,” according to Grant. A crowd of enthusiastic Holy Cross students participated in the MS Fun Run around SHAPE topped the campus last Saturday. number of registered runners and tions continuing to be made. In all, n’t participate! participants from the past two the MS Fun Run was a success. years. $535.76 was raised for the Look out for it next year if you didNational MS Society, with donaFrom SHAVE, page 1 about Relay for Life. Chris Tota thought shaving his head was an effective way to make others realize the importance of Relay for Life. “Shaving my head was a great opportunity to reach out to the community for support of the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life,” said Tota. “It is an event that really grabs people’s attention when they see [a student] walking around bald on campus.” The event at the hoval also bared an emotional impact. Paul Misci was motivated to raise money to help patients because he has seen many family members suffer from cancer. “The point was to stand in solidarity with those who have or have had cancer and have gone through the pain of losing their hair,” said Misci. “My father and countless members of my family are survivors of cancer, and unfortunately all of my grandparents have lost their lives to cancer.” Likewise, family and friends have galvanized students to become dedicated to Relay for Life. Members of the Holy Cross community have been affected in some way by cancer. “At the end of last summer, my dad was diagnosed with aggressive soft tissue cancer and went through seven weeks of radiation, so he was my inspiration for shaving my head,” said Tota. “Glad to say he’s been cancer free for almost 4 months now.” Students may shave their heads for personal reasons, but being able to motivate others to do the same seems to be at the heart of Relay for Life’s mission. “I am shaving my head because I want to, but if my decision causes more people to be brave and shave their head then I’ve done more than I set out to do.” The main Shave the Brave event occurred during the Relay for Life event at 8pm. Students volunteered to get up on stage and shave their heads to raise money for cancer research. Right before the students
got their heads shaved the crowd could spontaneously donate money and ask to shave a student’s head. Many emotions run through one’s head when he or she is sitting on a stage and hearing the buzzing of the razor. Anthoney Yakely, a freshman at Holy Cross who shaved his head, was a little nervous at first, but doing it for cancer research made the process more exciting. “It was nerve-racking having everyone watch me shave my head, but I had a good time doing it because I was able to help out a very good cause,” said Yakely. Many students felt a sense of comradery at Shave the Brave. Brendan Connallon, a freshman at Holy Cross who attended Relay for Life, felt everyone came together watching fellow peers shave their heads. “I really respected the students who shaved their heads because it is definitely a sacrifice that not many students are willing to do,” said Connallon. “But everyone came together to support each other for an important cause.” Shave the Brave was a very energetic and lively event. However, the other, more serious parts of the event, were very powerful for students too. “The luminaria ceremony was an important event,” said Yakely. “Seeing so many people walk a silent lap in solidarity with those who were affected by cancer definitely resonated with me and reminded me why we were doing the relay, which is to help those who need our support.”
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From BANDS, page 1 practiced every day, which paid off since preparedness was one of the five judging criteria. The judges also rated the bands on material, interface with the audience, quality of performance, and presentation. The first two rounds were judged by four Holy Cross seniors: Antonio Willis-Berry, Kate Tremarche, Mary McClay and Alex Krawsowski. Willis-Berry, Tremarche, and McClay are all co-chairs of acapella groups on campus, while Krasowski is Co-Chair and Program Director of WCHC, the campus radio station.
Krasowksi said that judging the bands this year was very difficult. “All of the bands were really good,” she said. “They were better than I expected, with good song choices and some different instruments that were very refreshing.” Krasowski was surprised to see a saxophone in bands like Foggy Bottoms and After School Affair, a cello in Collectivity, and a banjo in Peyote Ugly. Peyote Ugly’s banjo player Jack Condon, ’13, said, “Everyone in Battle of the Bands is looking to do a good performance but also something different from other bands, and incorporating a non-traditional instrument is one way to do that.” Condon was a member of the
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competition’s other all-senior band. His band mate, lead singer and guitarist Brian Gorzkowski, ’13, said, “It was poignant realizing that this was probably our last time performing all together as a band for our college careers. But I couldn’t have asked for a better day and atmosphere.” The crowd in Kimball Quad clearly enjoyed all of the bands that performed on the sunny Saturday afternoon. “It’s one thing to get up in the morning and do all the background work,” said event coordinator Brittany Haracz. “However, it’s another thing to look out at 1:30 p.m. and see so many people having a good time.” Many students packed in front of the stage as
Sarkozy performed, singing and dancing along with the band. “Our formula is crowd-pleasing and hard-hitting songs,” said Sarkozy guitarist Chris Theobalt. Theobalt and other Sarkozy members actually participated in separate bands during the competition in their first year at Holy Cross. It was only after living on the same hall in Clark their sophomore year that they decided to join forces, culminating in their Battle of the Bands victory that year. Guitarist Mike Sullivan pointed out that this year’s competition was different from 2011. “Another thing that helped us out this year was that our fans got really interactive,” he said. On Saturday, Sarkozy fans were
seen in outrageous outfits shooting confetti in the air and tossing red balloons in the crowd during “99 Red Balloons.” Sullivan added, “I’m just glad we put on a good show and that our fans were happy.” The band is now working towards their performance at Monday night’s Spring Concert and said they are looking forward to performing in the Hart Center for a second time. Sarkozy’s Drummer Andy Biedlingmaier said, “With the Spring Concert, there’s nothing on the line except playing a really good show. You don’t have to worry about competing; it’s just about showcasing what we can do.”
Sarkozy enjoyed a very enthusaistic audience and an especially impressive group of fans during their performances on Saturday. Courtesy of Justin Magsarili
Holy Cross Alumnus O’Connor Gives Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work, and Civic Life Emma Cronin Staff Writer
Si Mangia Bene! Pasta Olympics Brings a Touch of Italian to Campus Emma Pcolinski Staff Writer
reign of their culinary creativity. Pasta fresca, pesto,
The fourth annual Pasta Olympics took place last Thursday, April 25th. Organized by the LIBERA Italian Club, as well as the Italian Department, Italian professors, FLAs, students (and their hungry friends) filled the Loyola Ballroom to sample ten different kinds of pasta, cooked by classmates. The winner, AJ Zefarina and his team, took home a generous gift card for his mastery of pesto penne. Though the competition was stiff, and the judges took their job seriously by going back for seconds, you know, just to make sure voting for that team was really the right choice, many welcomed it as a study break, as well as a break from Kimball cuisine. Each judge contributed two dollars to eat plates full of fresh-made pasta. Though many came to eat, many too were excited to have the opportunity to cook after months of dorm life. The teams, usually comprised of two or three people, were given an expense limit for the ingredients, but otherwise, were given free
“I personally love getting the chance to cook a real Italian meal for friends. Making Bucatini all’amatriciana really brings me back to my time studying abroad in Rome, since it is a quintessential Roman pasta, and getting to cook with one of my friends made it an even better experience.” -Jeff Godowski, ‘14 amatriciana, and many others were featured, usually old family recipes. Jeff Godowski, ’13, said of his experience at the Olympics, “The pasta Olympics was a great expe-
rience to cook for that large of a crowd. I was definitely not expecting such a number of people to show up as judges, or even that many teams to compete. There was definitely competition, but I personally love getting the chance to cook a real Italian meal for friends. Making Bucatini all’amatriciana really brings me back to my time studying abroad in Rome, since it is a quintessential Roman pasta, and getting to cook with one of my friends made it an even better experience.” The Pasta Olympics, though widely attended by students of the language, is not limited to the Italian department. Next year, around this time, when your dining dollars are low and the walk to Kimball is just too far, grab a few friends and head to the Pasta Olympics. No exercise required, but do make sure you leave room for seconds. A special thank you to all who helped out this year, especially our lovely FLAs, Diana and Silvia, the LIBERA Italian Club, and the department.
This past Tuesday, Holy Cross alum Jim O’Connor, ’58, visited campus to give the Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work, and Civic Life. This lecture, presented in Rehm Library, honors a graduate of Holy Cross who exemplifies the College’s dedication to the integration of faith and learning. O’Connor, who earned an Economics degree from Holy Cross and went on to obtain a Masters in Business from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University, shared his keys to happiness and success with students and faculty of the College. Mr. O’Connor currently serves as director on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards, including: Corning Incorporated, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, United Airlines, the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Urban League, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Adler Planetarium, the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Northwestern University. O’Connor detailed how his Jesuit foundation, both at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and at Holy Cross, inspired him to make a difference through these various foundations. In regards to Holy Cross, he extensively praised the faculty and ideals of the College, describing it as “an environment that causes students to reflect on what is important in life.” Although O’Connor remarked that other talks he’s heard at Harvard or Georgetown often focus on global issues or the flaws of capitalism, he chose to focus his talk on the traits necessary to solve world issues, instead of the issues themselves. First, O’Connor stressed the importance of a positive attitude, saying, “Without attitude, you’re dead.” He related this to his second valuable characteristic: good judgment. O’Connor explained that in his experience, the capacity to read people and relate to others is essential to success. Furthermore, he highlighted the need for inner direction and a sense of goals, declaring that as students we must be “propelled by our own self-worth.” Next, O’Connor proclaimed the need for enthusiasm for one’s work, coupled with a results oriented mind-
set. Without these, he explained, it will be nearly impossible to accomplish a goal. Overall, O’Connor encouraged students to keep a strong sense of perspective, and give others credit where credit is due. “In this changing world,” he explained, “you’ll never get to the big things if you don’t hone the little skills necessary to get there.” After detailing his opinion of the characteristics necessary for success, O’Connor shared his personal reasons for founding the Big Shoulders Fund. A Chicago nonprofit organization, Big Shoulders supports inner city Catholic schools, with over half of the students attending the schools coming from families who live at or below poverty level. O’Connor referenced a quote by Chilean writer Gabriela Mistral while discussing Big Shoulders. He recited Mistral’s quote: “Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today.” O’Connor emphasized the significance of this quote in correspondence with the mission of Big Shoulders. With an unbearably high number of Chicago children dropping out of school or failing to advance to college, Big Shoulders functions as a savior for the small, dedicated Catholic schools that need assistance the most. Although Big Shoulders cannot singlehandedly revamp the Chicago education system or eliminate Chicago poverty completely, the organization has improved education significantly in recent years. In fact, 90% of high school graduates with a Big Shoulders Fund renewable scholarship enroll in college of the following year. Overall, Jim O’Connor offered a genuine, thoughtful, and inspiring lecture to students and faculty this past Tuesday. Through his various business ventures and social work, it is clear that Jim O’Connor exemplifies the Jesuit model of “Men and Women for Others” and serves as an example to all Holy Cross students.
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Housing Selection: Too Much “May the Odds Be Adrenaline for Ever in Your Favor” 7 A.M. Garrett Bych Staff Writer Enrollment. Speak that one word to any Holy Cross student and watch his or her facial expression quickly change. Some view enrollment with excitement, the opportunity to select new, enticing classes for the following semester. Others have been at Holy Cross long enough to immediately frown and shake their heads in frustration. Regardless of any given student’s particular reaction, no one can deny that enrollment is at least interesting. It’s enrollment morning at Holy Cross. You set 6 alarms beginning at 6:30 a.m.; you cleared all bursar holds, yet you are still preparing for the worst. It is time to enroll for the Fall Semester of your senior year. Will this finally be the time that you go 4 for 4? It has to happen at some point right? If you are a science major, you are probably telling yourself that you won’t get BioChem no matter what you do, so you might as well prepare those elective classes just in case. If you’re a humanities major, you’re banking on getting into that seminar that will help you graduate and will also look good on a resume. You make a cup of coffee in a Keurig that is not allowed on campus and you open STAR on your computer. Your roommate is still sleeping and since you’re not com-
peting for the same classes, you decide to wake him up. After chugging your coffee and yelling “C’MON” at your computer, you prepare for the final few moments before you click a random button and await your fate. Two more cups of coffee and it is 6:58. You are mentally walking through your backup options at this point. “Maybe I’ll get these three but not that religion course so I have a backup music class that will let me sleep in on Friday’s since Salty is always a priority.” Somewhere around 6:59 and 32 seconds you realize that whatever happens, happens, and you stop caring, for 28 seconds at least. You check the 4 boxes of your preferred classes and stare at the time on the top right-hand corner of your MacBook. 3, 2, 1 and it’s 7 A.M. You click enroll, and when your classes pop back up, you click finish enrolling. At this point you are yelling regardless of what classes you may or may not have gotten. Some words are more appropriate than others. In the end, enrollment is over, and you are technically ready for the next semester. Enrollment is not perfect, and often times it angers students immensely. Even if you were extremely unlucky with enrollment, at least you can take solace in the fact that it’s one heck of an adrenaline ride. Thanks for that Holy Cross.
Jeremy Garneau Opinions Co-Editor Climbing up the four flights of stairs to Wheeler 4, I always maintained hope that my future living situation would not entail a marathon-like trek. Staring at my cramped, narrow, and disorderly dorm, I clung to the hope that someday I will be rid of this nightmare. Smelling the waves of mysterious and unidentified odors, I picture a day when my room would smell more like a dorm rather than a combination of gym locker and week’s old ramen noodles. Differences in cleanliness between me and my roommate struck a clear divide in our jampacked room, which made Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs seem spacious. In the midst of living in one of the rings of hell, I smiled knowing that the housing selection process would save me. The odds were ever in my favor. Or so I thought. My future roommate has been living in a claustrophobic forced triple in Wheeler, where my problems have been only half as bad as his. With his unfortunate living situation of being in a forced triple, we figured our housing selection time to choose a dorm for next year would be relatively early. Optimistically opening our STAR accounts, we found out that we got a late enrollment time. If that wasn’t bad enough, we discovered that most people who were blocking or who currently had decent living conditions got
housing selection times much earlier than us. OK, so we probably won’t be living in Lehy or Healy. I can live with that. However, we learned that Mulledy will most consist of 50% sophomores next year. Living in a freshman dorm would probably be the icing on the cake to this amazing selection process. Holy Cross needs to fix this housing selection process because the reasoning for giving preferences to certain dorms makes no sense to me. How can a group of blocked dorms get priority over a simple 2 person dorm? It also says that GPA factors into the earliness of your selection time, yet that remains to be seen with some students’ grades. In the end, my future roommate and I will jump into this selection process with our game faces on. We will work with what we got for our selection time and fight tooth and nail for something decent. Our year of hoping, praying, and being frustrated will hopefully be worth it in the end.
Striking the (Delicate) Balance David Perretta Chief Opinions Editor I apologize for the first person narrative that much of this article seems to be occupied with. Please remember that I am utilizing my story to make a more universal point. With that in mind, dear reader, please - join me! The day that Father Markey called and told me that I had been accepted to Holy Cross as an early decision applicant, I remember having two reactions: joy, and anxiety. My primary response to the news was to jump up and down excitedly while calling family and friends to share my happiness with them. Then came the onset of feeling that I had wandered into the unknown; what would come of this? What would Holy Cross mean for my journey through life? There I was, feeling as if I stood atop a world that had never been chartered. Imagery aside, I'm sure many of you felt the same way I did. If seemingly contradictory emotions were not enough to throw me through a mental loop, the advice
that I kept receiving certainly did. There were the academics that I looked up to (and still do) that all gave me some iteration of this message regarding college: Take the time to study what you love, and to find yourself. It's a valid point; much of high school was prescribed for me (and is for many others), with relatively little wiggleroom for course selection. This was finally a time for me to figure out what I wanted to study (I was drawn to English, as my friends were drawn to Biology, History, Economics, etc.). The other bit of advice I received directly contradicted this, and tended to come from the businessmen that I had encountered: Take the time and cultivate a marketable skill - use Holy Cross as a springboard to a career. After all, an undergraduate degree is an investment of sorts. You pay money to an institution for an education in the hopes that, at some point down the road, you will not only recoup your initial capital, but will also earn more money than you otherwise would have.
Obviously, both views are important to students. You can't be successful in the world if you don't learn what you're good at and are passionate about. Likewise, it is unreasonable to pay the ludicrous sum we call tuition without expecting it to pay dividends down the road. The question is this: How can we strike a balance between the two? Flash forward to orientation: I, like everybody else who attended Gateways, was required to sit down with an advisor and discuss course options for the coming fall. It was great - for the first time I felt (relatively) free to control my studies, and I picked my classes with great excitement and anticipation for the semester. However, nobody sat me down to discuss the practicality of what I was taking. And I mean that in the positive, not the negative that you typically hear. Maybe it was just my experience or recollection, but nobody sat me down and told me that the skills I would learn in CRAW: Poetry and Intro to Philosophy would translate well into Finance and Journalism (I have worked in both fields). And that, I
think, is a shame. A liberal arts degree is a truly wonderful thing in that you can bring it (almost) anywhere. The skills emphasized across disciplines are generally applicable to real-world professions. At the same time, I had to discover “practical” courses like accounting on my own with no suggestions (or cautions, to be completely fair) from those around me. This has been puzzling to me as of late, especially with internships across multiple fields under my belt: Why doesn't everybody learn how to read a balance sheet in an increasingly service-driven economy? Likewise - why do I still run into people who don't know what a derivative is, how government works, and who Ernest Hemingway was? There, I think, is the balance between discovering yourself and learning a required skill set. The school does a tremendous job of encouraging you to explore academic interests that you never would have dreamt of, but does it require you to learn basic facts about the world we live in? You
probably will, but at the same time...you might not. After all, there are no universally required classes. Maybe the distribution requirements need to be revisited in regards to some academic disciplines - maybe there are books everybody should be required to read, scientific functions that all need to understand, and histories that need to be studied. Finding yourself is important (and should never be discouraged), but practicality has its place as well. I love the intellectual freedom this school has given me. I just question the fact that there are no specific, required courses for graduation - no list of classes that all students must take. I find it hard to believe that nothing is important enough to require familiarizing every Crusader with it. The administration should devise a list of classes offering invaluable skills and see that it is required learning for the entire student body.
Free Thinking: Why it is Easy to Be Negative, and Why We Should Change Sarah Free Staff Writer Learning to love others the way that we would like to be loved is no simple task. The Golden Rule was instilled and drilled into most of us at a young age: treat others the way you would like to be treated. As we grow however, we see more of the world. We see past the endlessly hopeful notion that humans are only capable of good—some of us discover this later than others in life, some of us sooner. When we live and experience, we learn. We discover the multiple dimensions of the human personality and of interpersonal interaction, and apply these observations to our own interactions. Sometimes negativity seeps into the knowledge we acquire, and we utilize it along with the positive. We feel jealousy and react with coldness just as we feel happiness and react with warmness. We know how certain words make us feel and we utilize that which has been used against us simply because we know it is effective. Sometimes it seems easier to hurt others the way we have been hurt than to remember how to love others the way we would like to be loved. Maybe it is the essential, yet intangible nature of love that makes it easier to remember and be consciously capable of
hurt. Conflict is just that—interruption of the natural flow of life and concurrently the natural flow of love. Interruptions are easier to remember than the “everyday.” The apparent ease of being negative is not an excuse to be so. It is far greater—albeit far more challenging— to love when we have been hurt. It is more challenging to remember to love others in the way that we know eases and fulfills our own spirit. We find it easier to express negativity for two reasons. The first is that it connects us to those around us. Suffering to any degree is the common thread between all humans, and connection and acceptance are two things the human soul craves. If negative sentiments about the weather, another person, or our surroundings are probably shared with someone around us, we are likely to express them. The second reason is that negativity does not make us as vulnerable as being loving does. There is nothing to be taken away from us when we are negative because we are not investing ourselves. Being negative—whether in speech, action, or lack of speech or action—places the spotlight on the object of our disdain and away from ourselves, our emotions, and our thoughts.
Housing Headache Lauren McDonough Opinions Co-Editor I’m not a high-stress person by nature. Exams, papers, presentation, public speaking – none of them tend to get my pulse racing. My senior housing appointment experience, however, may be the most stressed I’ve ever been. The system is based on a lottery in which everyone gets a randomly assigned number that is averaged with that of their roommates to determine what time they get to choose their housing for senior year. Most rising seniors who are planning on living on campus want an apartment – either in Williams Hall or Figge Hall. As is often the case with desirable housing, there are more seniors who want apartments than there are apartments to be had. This leaves a significant number of seniors in the dust, often returning to their junior year housing with communal bathrooms and no kitchen. With my housing number, I managed to just squeeze by, snagging the second to last apartment available for women in Figge. Needless to say, it was a stressful few hours listening to people brag about their city view apartments in Williams on every imaginable form of social media. (Note to rising juniors – stay off of Twitter at this time next year.) Now, I’m well aware that crossing my fingers for a new apartment at my expensive liberal arts college is a trivial sort of stress, but it was stress
nonetheless. It also felt like stress that should have been avoided with a better sort of system, since I’ve been vocal about the experiences I’ve had with housing in the past. Here’s where the real problem lies, however. The people with housing appointments after me, who had no chance of getting an apartment but still showed up to their appointment to discuss their options, really got the short end of the stick. According to the fine print on their housing contracts, by showing up to their housing appointment they committed to paying for on campus housing for the 2013-2014 school year. This means that even if they’d had the requisite meetings and discussions to live off campus if they were unable to live in apartment, it was all negated by simply showing up to the housing appointment. The process entraps students who didn’t think to read the fine print on a housing contract that they’ve signed for the last four years. It works to the advantage of the college, because they are guaranteed to fill all their housing slots (on top of the forced triples in some freshman buildings). To me, this seems not only flawed, but manipulative. Frankly, it’s unkind to manipulate anyone in this way, let alone the rising seniors at the College. Underclassmen of Holy Cross, you’ve been warned. Beware of the Housing Selection Process.
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May 3, 2013
Evil and the Boston Marathon Patrick Horan Staff Writer In 1992, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, borrowing ideas from the historicist philosopher, G.W.F. Hegel, published his famous The End of History and the Last Man, in which he argued that the spread of liberal democracy and free market capitalism would inevitably bring about the end of humanity’s sociologica and political evolution. Fukuyama, witnessing the triumph of free markets over socialism, wrote this book in the recent aftermath of the Cold War. His thesis of an inexorable march towards peace and harmony was put into serious question after the 9/11 attacks as syndicated journalist George Will noted that history had “returned from vacation.” The horrific events on April 15th at the Boston Marathon reassert Will’s grim statement. America’s principles of liberty and equality along with other attributes, including its fortuitous geography and abundance of natural resources, have made it a prosperous land, unperturbed by rampant civil strife. Obviously, this is not to say that the U.S. is completely free of violence or any grave social ill, but many Americans can go to sleep at
night and feel safe. The events in Boston, particularly for the Holy Cross community that is less than an hour-long drive away, have made us think twice about the blessings we too frequently take for granted. As Americans come together in mourning and in unity, some will say that it is morally wrong to care about the deaths in Boston, while giving such little attention to violence that is commonplace in the darker places of the world (e.g., the Middle East, countries throughout Africa, etc.). This is a patently absurd view. It is human nature to care more for what is close to home. Although we should learn about what goes on in other parts of the world and care about the terrible things done in these countries, people cannot be faulted for feeling more sympathy for those close to them. Otherwise, we would be in a constant state of misery as we would despair for every crime committed against one’s fellow human beings. As this article is being written, there is still relatively little information regarding the suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, behind the bombings and their motives. Therefore, this writer will not comment on what specific steps should be taken
now. So what can we do? Social scientists will attempt to understand these men’s motivations. They will think of the psychological, anthropological, and even economic origins of such ideas. Using such intellectual approaches to understand the Tsarnaevs’ wickedness and to prevent similar behavior in the future is a noble endeavor. However, we should be aware of the limits of social science. Certain dimensions of evil may be explained by experts in these fields, but we would be naïve to think that advances in these disciplines will lead to the eradication of such evil. We would be making the same mistake made by Fukuyama that if only we could tweak society so that we have perfectly optimal conditions, we would end human suffering. The terrible events in Boston show that evil is just as alive as it has been throughout history. While the fight against evil is one that will be hard-fought, the most important thing to remember is that good will always be there to combat it.
Hitting Home Hard Eric Butts Opinions Co-Editor If you grew up in post 9/11 America, you are probably familiar with the word, “bomb.” In context, “Suicide bomb,” “terrorist bombing,” “Roadside bomb,” and other phrases have gotten us to the point where we are really numb to these kinds of events. Some might disagree, but I believe that most people do not really stop and think when the news anchor casually reports that a roadside bomb went off in Afghanistan. This makes it kind of odd when you hear about bombs occurring in your backyard. It is almost as if you think that bombs are things that happen in faraway lands, but never here. Although we had a terrible tragedy on 9/11, our country has been
relatively safe from terrorism ever since. I would not be surprised if many people had developed a sense of security in that time period. I grew up in a town just south of Boston and went to high school in a neighborhood of Greater Boston. While I am fortunate to be able to say that no one I know was directly harmed through the attacks, I can also honestly say that I might not look at downtown Boston the same way. I have driven down Boylston Street hundreds of times in my lifetime and do Christmas shopping at the Prudential Center every year (“The Shops at Prudential Center” are located right next to where the bombs went off), so I am very familiar with the area. How could I have ever known that it might be the site of a bombing?
A teacher from my high school serves as an official at the Boston Marathon every year. It was a little unbelievable when I saw him on television assisting people to get out of the bomb area. If the bombing itself was not going to make this event hit home for me, seeing people I know on television in the middle of a bomb site definitely did. The moral of this story is that the next time I hear about a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Somalia, or Iraq, my thoughts will probably linger a little longer than before on the event. Bombs do not only happen in other places, they do not only happen in movies, and they do not only happen in nightmares. They can happen anyplace, even in your backyard.
May 3, 2013
What Best Friends Leave Behind Elizabeth Holmquist Staff Writer I came across an article on Thought Catalogue the other day called, “The Things You Keep When Someone Leaves.” It was mostly a girl protesting too much that she, in fact, was not bitter about her breakup, and focused mainly on the things leftover in her closet from this old boyfriend, such as mixed tapes and sweaters. Around the same time, someone who I considered my best friend from high school had just created a Twitter account. And, as I was looking through the people she followed, I noticed that one of the first people she thought to follow was one a girl who was especially mean to me in high school. This girl was someone who, at the time, I perceived to be the girl who had stolen my best friend from me. The combination of the article and the account made me wonder about friendships, and in essence, what they leave behind. Friendships are one of the most valuable things one can acquire in
life. I should clarify and say that good friendships are the most valuable. We make friendships everyday, all the time. We become acquainted with the woman who sells us coffee every morning, the girl who sits next to us in the class with the weird professor, we even confide in our significant others who become so close to us for the duration of the relationship. But, finding a best friend is really a treasure. When we find someone who understands us on our best and our worst days, knows everything about us, knows what we’re about to say before we even say it, well that’s something worth more than all the gold in the world. There is something so special, so complex and so delicate about that kind of relationship that we can’t help but want to keep it all for ourselves. So, naturally, the trouble starts when someone else wants a piece of this treasure for himself. It is always extremely problematic when someone else wants to become best friends with your best friend. This is the person to whom you tell your deepest, darkest se-
crets. You have shared good and bad times. You have been through so much together. How can it ever be the same with someone else? Why should you have to share? Then comes the haunting question for which you cannot seem to find any answer: Why does she need this other person when she already has me? There never seems to be any answer to completely satisfy you, and the only thing left to do is feel the cold pangs of jealousy and insecurity—something you never thought you would feel in your relationship before. To you, the unspoken seal of trust has been breached, and your friendship contaminated by this other entity. This interloper. It was two years later, and there I sat at my computer screen, staring at Twitter, racking my brain for an answer that after all this time, I still couldn’t seem to find. All the petty feelings I had felt as a teenager seemed to come rushing back at a flash of pixels on a screen. How could my friend like someone who bothered me so much and how could she take my place? In that
moment I knew I was being selfish, but I didn’t care. I wished that if I just restarted my computer, I could delete this unwelcomed girl from my screen, my life, my memory, and the hard drive of my friend’s life. I thought to myself about how much better I am in every way than this other girl, and once again I felt myself transforming into another version of myself. I became this confused girl I once was in high school, feeling all alone and betrayed—wondering just who this other girl was and why she needed my friend. So I considered the possibility that maybe this other girl wasn’t all that bad, however, I quickly dismissed this as something laughable and insanely untrue. Then, I thought that perhaps she is good for my friend. Again, I tossed this idea aside, seeing no benefit to such a friendship. What could it be? What could it possibly be? But then, I contemplated my own friendships and realized something that I had been missing all along. Something so clear and bright, I felt silly to have overlooked it for so
long. I realized: no two friendships are alike. All those questions I had asked myself for so long, lost sleep over, could not understand—there was nothing to understand. Our friendships were so different. This other girl, no matter how awful I thought she was, never devalued my friendship for one second. Why? The answer is invariably because best friendship is reciprocal. The things you experience and overcome are things that are done together and make the bond of friendship stronger. The love of a best friend is the same kind of unbreakable love you have for a sister. You fight, you make up, you laugh, you cry--but you do all these things together. The love you feel for a best friend is something that will always pull you back together and create a stronger fusion that will be harder to break next time things go bad. It will always be there, even in times when you can’t feel it or see it. When you’re best friends, you’re sisters of the mind, heart, and soul. See FRIENDSHIP, pg. 8
MLB: Monopolistic Baseball Tyler Scionti Sports Co-Editor We have come a long way from the days of Rockefeller and Standard Oil. Way back in the day, before anti-trust law, monopolies were technically allowed if you could finagle your way into owning one. After the government got wise to what was going on a series of antitrust laws were passed which pretty much prevents any kind of monopoly from being formed. There is still one great monopoly left though, one that the government will not, and cannot, topple: Major League Baseball. I’ve written a great deal about sports and economics, that’s partly because I started out as a sports
writer, and also because professional sports present an extremely interesting focus for economic study. There is just so much to look at and examine and so much data available to the public, but before I keep boring you with my enthusiasm let’s get to the topic at hand, how the MLB is one of the last great monopolies. Monopolies are a type of firm (there are four) operating in a market in which they are the only firm offering a unique product in an environment with high barriers to entry. Let’s take a look at one firm in particular, the Boston Red Sox. It’s amazing to me that the government does little to regulate the MLB, here you have a firm that can charge whatever it wants and do
The Roving Reporter “The Far East Movement Concert!” –Anthony Spagnoletti, ‘14
“Pig roast!!!” -Bianca Llaneza, ‘14
whatever it wants simply because it can. If you grow up in Massachusetts you have very little choice when it comes to your favorite team. Sure you can be a Baltimore Orioles fan but let’s face it, if you like the O’s you aren’t going to many games because who is going to pay for a plane ticket just to watch a baseball game? The Sox on the other hand are right in Boston, you pretty much have to root for them or not care about baseball. Thus the Sox are a unique product with which there are zero substitutes. Next are barriers to entry, with the way the MLB has advanced there is little chance of many more teams being added, and if one is to be added it will be a minor league
team that gets promoted. No high school baseball coach can just start a team, he needs money, land, players, approval by the MLB, grants to build a ballpark… The list goes on and on. The barrier to entry into the MLB is extremely high, so high that there really is no chance of ever making it as a team owner unless you buy an existing team. So now that it is established that the MLB is a monopoly, what does that mean? Well a perfectly competitive firm charges the price that is designated by the market equilibrium, which means the lowest price that they can charge without losing money. A monopoly charges the price that is designated where their marginal revenue is equal to their marginal cost. That means that the
Red Sox sell as many tickets as they can as long as the revenue from that ticket is more than the cost of that ticket. They then use that specified quantity and find the price on the market demand curve. This ends up to be much higher than the market equilibrium price but because there is only one Red Sox team and no way to duplicate them, they can do whatever they want. So what you get is $90 tickets along with $8.00 beers and rather tasteless $5.00 hotdogs simply because the Red Sox can do whatever they want. That’s it for the semester here at Common Cents, have a great summer, stay safe, and come back in the fall with questions for me to answer!
What are you looking forward to most spring weekend? “I’m looking forward to spending the entire day outside in the sun!” –Jaclyn Vignati, ‘14
“Ebumpin’” –James Marino, ‘14
“I love that it’s warm out and everyone is outside having fun and we get one last chance to be carefree before finals!” –Jeanne Kiernan, ‘14
“I can't wait to see the little farm animals on campus again!” -Stephanie Ortiz, ‘14 Compiled by Victoria Aramini, 14
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Continued from FRIENDSHIP, pg. 7 As I realized this, I realized that no one had stolen my friend. This girl’s friendship wasn’t any better than mine, just something completely different. I remembered that only two people who really love and care for one another could rekindle a friendship that seemed to be dead for a year and a half. Then again, best friendship really never dies, does it? Maybe this, best friendship, is the love we were all meant to find—it seems to be love in its best and truest form. As for the article I read, well, I think that what is “left behind” from best friends is love and care. Though, it is always with us, so I don’t think it ever really gets left anywhere. So, unlike a sweater from a boyfriend, you can never return it. Maybe it’s just the mark of friendship is the thing that gets left behind, since it’s branded on your heart forever.
May 3, 2013
Edward Carey Staff Writer Every day, we hear story after story about how dysfunctional government is and how much Congress is a mess. To be honest, many of these criticisms are based in truth. Being a "Washington insider" involved in government comes with the connotation of being dirty and dishonest. Again, somewhat justified. However, our government, for and by the people, is in place to serve us. As a recent participant in the College's Washington Semester Program and an intern with the Senate
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, I saw how public service in government can be admirable work as a way to give back. Walking into the Capitol building every day to do the work of the people and my fellow citizens was a true honor. Knowing that I was doing the work of the people was a responsibility I took seriously. Yes, I was an unpaid intern doing a good amount of grunt work, but it allowed me to see the unique nature of our country and government. Even just delivering papers to the Senate floor, it was an honor to be on "official Senate
business." Being granted these great responsibilities and opportunities to serve the country, contrasted with my temporary, unpaid intern position, was a touching sign of our truly democratic society. Although it was exciting to meet some of the most powerful people in the world in the Senate, what I enjoyed most was the feeling of serving and helping my fellow Americans. I would have regular phone conversations with people on topics such as helping them find health insurance, understanding a recent news development, or figuring out what the
new health care law means for them. Using my knowledge, education, and experience to help my equals, I truly felt I was living the College's mission of being a man for others, living out the democratic ideal our country was founded upon. This helped me see beyond dirty politics and instead embrace this amazing opportunity to serve my fellow citizen. Politics justifiably gets a bad rap. But let's not let that reputation get in the way of you seeing what the government what it is truly here for and serving in this dignified mission.
Muslims Feeling Alienated After Boston Bombings Ahmad Nabi Hassanzoy Staff Writer When crises such the Boston Marathon bombings happen, Americans try to heal each other, which I think is a great thing to do. The nation comes together without any doubts. The Republicans send their thoughts to the Democrats in New England. People such as Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino started the One Fund to help the victims. These are all good actions and they show the love and generosity of many people in this nation. However, in times like these, I think Americans forget to ask themselves why they really come together and against whom do they stand against as a nation? And is doing so helping their cause? When the news of the suspects hit the media that they were Muslims, Americans pour in their criticism and started to talk about surveilling the entire Muslim community. However, I think America has had worse events in recent times (I am not claiming that this one in Boston was not the worst). For example, the Colorado shooting took the lives of more than three Americans and brought fear among many good American citizens. The shooting of children in
Connecticut is another event. The shooting of the Sikhs in their temple is another example of violent acts. However, some how these events and these actions die out in American media. In fact, President Obama was not even able to pass the bill in support of more gun laws. But when a Muslim does something then the entire Muslim community in America has to suffer (probably) for years now. In a letter by Holy Cross alumni, Michael Rogers S.J writes, “Dear Dzhokhar, you failed. Did you ever think that you would make it out? The US captured Bin Laden, and Saddam.. there was no chance you would escape. This is not the measure of your success, though.” The letter has a good message to it. However, did the Americans became blind folded and forget that Bin Laden was apparently America’s man when he was fighting against the Russians alongside the mujahedeen in Afghanistan? Even further, when the Iraq-Iran war broke out, the American government poured billions of dollars in aid to Saddam Hussein. And in your money in hand, he brutally crushed the Iranians. In this manner, the Muslims are actually the ones who suffered the most. I am not here to make a judgment or ar-
gument about your government’s actions. However, I would like to say that Americans do hold a hesitant when it comes to dealing with Muslims if they are in America or outside America. Doing so can only separate you, Americans from us, Muslims. When you, Americans claim that Christianity teaches to forgive. As Muslims we understand that and we respect that. At least, I would say that the educated Muslims do respect to a very high level this claim or another peaceful claims of Christianity. Forgiveness, I think is one of the greatest lessons that many religions teaches us. Also, great leaders teach us how to forgive. In the movie Gandhi, a Pakistani man comes up to him and says that the Pakistanis have killed his only dearest son. In reply, Gandhi says to him to go and find a Pakistani orphan and raise as if he would have raised his son. Here, Gandhi leaves us all with a great example of forgiveness. However, it is when we, as Muslims in America see your real bias in your media and in some of your countrymen’s words that we cannot come to understand what your real motives are when it comes to dealing with us. In fact, we also sometimes do not understand the lessons of forgiveness that Christi-
anity teaches many Americans in this country. What kind of forgiveness is this when your government is talking of placing all of the Muslims in this nation under surveillance and as a nation you are not speaking against the actions of your government that we know by now that not all Muslims are bad people. It is evident that the Muslims as people have suffered the most when it comes to the actions of the U.S. government’s policies. The Muslims in America have constantly be looked upon. As Muslims we come to America with a hope for better life just as many of your parents and grandparents did when they first came to this nation. Majority of us do not come to this nation to learn how to dislike you as Christians or to do any harm to you or any other religious group. In this manner, as Americans you need to understand that as a nation you should not fear the Muslims. They are not against you or your ways at least inside America. We have a saying in our part of the world that if you are not a thief, you have nothing to worry from a king. It is when you become a thief that you need to start to worry about your actions. I think it is time that the American media puts an end to its bias against the Muslims in America. I think it
is time that Americans think about its own actions and learn from them then questioning Muslims as people. And if Americans really come to do so, I have no doubts that Muslims would show a greater respect to Christians in this nation and in around the world too. I think by questioning all Muslims, this would not help the American cause of spreading the peace around the world. This cannot bring also Christians and Muslims together. I think Christians and Muslims need to find a middle ground where they can exist in peace without questioning each other ways of living or their beliefs are or what their deity teaches them. I think this could only be possible if as people in this nation, including Christians, take a bigger lead in spreading their real hand of friend to the Muslim world as well. Your nations and you as Christians have been in the light of knowledge more in the recent decades than the Islamic world. In this manner, you have not only more to offer to the world around you, but you also have sort of an obligation to spread your knowledge and light across the globe in a peaceful manner as well.
Final Article Yvon Gachette Staff Writer The social clock is ticking, and in approximately a month, I will be graduating. This is my last article as an undergraduate, so it was difficult to decide which message I wanted to leave behind. What did I learn over these past few years? Did I enjoy my time here? Did I make all the right decisions? Did I make the right mistakes (believe it or not, there is such a thing as a “right mistake”)? How have I changed? What contributed to my success here either academically or socially? As a philosophy major, did I find the meaning of life? Did I find my answer? I personally have not explored my faith (or lack thereof) on this campus, but I know for certain that the college has a strong Catholic iden-
tity. Even if you do not necessarily belong to the Catholic tradition, there are many other outlets and support for other religious folks on this campus. Although I do not identify myself as one of the religious ones (in the traditional sense – after all, what is religion?), and I have prioritized philosophy over religion this whole time, I can ironically say that one of the main answers I have found in philosophy today is at the center of Christianity itself. Forgiveness, I would assume, is the highest virtue in Christianity, and it is for me is the origin of many wonders. I think that as a campus which often prides itself on its religious identity, we do not practice that virtue enough. I have chosen to practice the virtue of forgiveness because philosophy has taught me that, in so doing, my understanding will be a
lot clearer – free from the constraints of anger, resentment, of frustration. For me, saying “I forgive you” has become synonymous to “I understand you” because you are a human being, you breathe and feel the way I feel, and we are all vulnerable to temptations. It is in my conviction that forgiving means recognizing that, although we are all assumedly free, we are still sometimes at the mercy of our lowest animalistic instincts. Forgiveness is my way of acknowledging that you are not to be held fully and completely accountable for all that you do; you live in a world of persons, and perhaps that those who came before you, those who are around you, or even I, am sometimes partly responsible for your actions. It is through forgiveness that I have obtained some understanding which will guide me into the “real
world.” I now understand more deeply why one must keep an open heart and an open mind, rather than operate under the assumption that everyone is out to place one on the guillotine. It is now clearer than ever to me that you are not your race, you gender, your mental/physical state, your religion, or your sexual orientation. I understand that labels, namely negatives one, are divisive in nature, and we are often too quick to throw them at each other. I have become more aware of the fact that, although hate is existent, certain actions do not necessarily come from a source of hate, rather upbringing, ignorance, or even culture. I now stand under the belief that even hate is worth understanding, and that its very presence in our world has a value of it owns-- reminding us of the grandeur of love. Ultimately, as long as you remain
respectful and considerate of your neighbors, I think that you are free to live your life; only you can forfeit that power and let others dictate said precious life. Liberate yourself from the judgment of others. Be not sorry you are what they call black, white, pink, blue, gay, straight, bisexual, vegan, fruitarian, physics major, sociology major, philosophy major, baseball player, football player, etc…basically, be whatever you want, do whatever you want, not owing any explanation to anyone, be forgiving, be understanding, follow your bliss, and happiness will follow. Also, remember to laugh – really loudly and obnoxiously sometimes.
Name: Caitlin MacNeil
Charlotte Errity Features Co-Editor
Pet peeve: People knocking on doors to get let in
Year: 2013 Favorite TV shows: New Girl, Friends, and Glee Field
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby Role Model: My parents Favorite place travelled to: Monterey, California Childhood aspiration: Be the bat girl for the Red Sox Favorite holiday: Christmas Hometown: Tewksbury, Massachusetts Major: English Favorite song: “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum Motto for life: Have faith, expect miracles Roommates: No one else wants to live in Mulledy as a senior… Campus activities: Head Resident Assistant of Mulledy, Holy Cross Dance Marathon, & Weekend Workshop on Reflection and Journaling Favorite spot on campus: Cool Beans Favorite class taken at HC: James Joyce with Professor Reynolds Favorite Kimball meal: Taco salad Best dorm to live in: Mulledy... 3 years strong Guilty Pleasure: Quoting lines from the movie, Pitch Perfect One word you would use to describe yourself: Sleepy Three words your friends would use to describe you: Compassionate, Dedicated, and Gullible
The Fruits of Chance & Necessity
Favorite pastime: Vacationing in Kennebunk, Maine
Best movie: Dreams
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Cantor Art Gallery Celebrates Seniors’ Work
Features Crusader of the Week: Caitlin MacNeil’13 Alannah Heffernan Chief Features Editor
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Worst Summer Job: Cashier at a Rite Aid pharmacy Do you have an HC bucket list, if so what’s number one? #1 is to graduate (Almost there!) Favorite off-campus Worcester restaurant: Mezcal Do you prefer… …Kimball brunch or Kimball dessert? Kimball brunch …The Crusader or Fools on the Hill? Fools on Thursdays, Crusader on Fridays …Science Café or Crossroads? Science Café Where could you be found… …on a Tuesday at 11 a.m.? Catholic Education class with Jeff & Tota …On a Friday at 1 a.m.? Studying in the Mulledy staff office …On a Saturday at 9 pm? At Wooberry! …On a Sunday at 6 pm..? Kimball dinner with friends Best piece of advice you have ever received: “Be safe & make good choices” –Thanks, Mom Fondest Holy Cross memory: Raising $35,200 for Pediatric Aids at Holy Cross Dance Marathon 2013 What would you rather be doing right now: Wasting time on Pinterest & Instagram
nity to explore issues of artistic professionalism with the encouragement to take risks in developing their ideas. Participants are challenged to experience both the revelations and failures of the creative process. Critiques, required readings, writing and sketchbook assignments provide a rigorous
professional setting. With the help of Roger, Tim and David Gyscek, I believe that I was able to put together a The current exhibit in the College’s polished series of photographs that art gallery, the Cantor Art Gallery is a are accessible and appealing to my aucollection of pieces from senior studience.” dents who participated in the Senior Vivian Daly, ’13, describes the Concentration Seminar. The exhibiprocess of her own piece, “I've always tion is entitled been interested “The Fruits of in the face as a Chance & Necessubject for artsity” and will be work. I find on view until May looking at the 24th. The pieces face interesting, presented are a and also the fincolorful display ished product of these seniors’ that comes from hard work it. There is also throughout the an interesting resemester. lationship and Eleven students sometimes a from the Senior connection beC o n cen tr a tio n tween the viewer Seminar’s works and a drawn face. are on display in ‘Faces’ explores the show. Each this interest. It's person has his or an instillation her own theme. composed of a Courtesy of Vivian Daly few “Student artists hundred participating in drawings on Vivian Daly ‘13 showcases her installation in “The Fruits of the exhibition glassine in oil bar Chance & Necessity” ‘The Fruits of with an acrylic Chance & Necessity,’ include Jack foundation for self-reflection and de- wash. Throughout the tenure of the Butler, Dioni Cruz, Vivian Daly, velopment,” reports the Holy Cross show I'll be adding even more drawJanelle DiMartino, Danielle Dimond, Cantor Art Gallery webpage. ings each week.” Chelesea Jenkins, Julia Keough, Annie Jack Butler, ’13, is showing a collecThis collection of soon-to-be gradLe, Kerry Simon, Alexander Vera, and tion of his photography. He com- uates is impressive. The students abKatherine Wallace. Visual arts faculty ments on his process of creation: solutely have taken risks in carrying members Susan Schmidt, professor, “The work that I showed at the Can- out each of their artistic visions. The and David Gyscek, assistant profes- tor Galley is a series of analog photos show uses various media, including, sor, guided students throughout the called A Study of Forces. When cre- but not limited to, paintings, drawings, academic year in developing their art ating this work, I'm using 1940s tech- stop-motion video, glass, and threepractice and creating a concise body nology, but looking to current digital dimensional pieces. of artwork reflecting the individual's photography for final product. I used “The Fruits of Chance & Necesviewpoint and distinct aesthetic a series of multiple exposure tech- sity” is a fabulous addition to the Canvoice,” says a report from the Holy niques along with masking to put im- tor Art Gallery. The show is on view Cross website. There are numerous ages of architecture into my own daily, except Sunday; the show will different mediums represented body. The inspiration for this project also remain open through comthroughout the show. Each student connects back to Italian sculpture and mencement ceremonies. brings his or her artistry to the show. architecture relationships as well as “The Senior Concentration Seminar contemporary tattooing. The Cantor provides students with the opportu- allowed for me to show my work in a
b. good: The Boston Chain Comes to the Worcester Area Charlotte Errity Features Co-Editor A new restaurant in the ShrewsburyWorcester area has popped up in White City Plaza, hailing from Boston, called, simply, b. good. The newest addition to this Boston-based chain serves burgers, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches. Under a slogan inspiring farm-fresh ingredients and factory-processed food—“Food made by people, not factories—b. good lives up to its promise. When you enter the restaurant, the first thing you notice are the red walls and the photos of farms from around Massachusetts. You order at a counter, where two employees greet you kindly, and sit down
and wait as they freshly prepare your food; when it’s ready, they will immediately call your name to pick it up. b. good comes at a time when I feel many Holy Cross students need a healthy option off campus. Yes, you can be healthy at Panera Bread or get brown rice at Chipotle, but those are conglomerate chains, in which their food is not grown in the Massachusetts area. It’s inspiring to see chains like b. good enterprising agriculture. And, no doubt, it really delivers. I’ve ordered salads every time I’m there, and since I find Kimball’s grilled chicken particularly lackluster, I really enjoy a wonderful grilled chicken Caesar salad. The salad itself was fresh and tasty; it was served in a trendy silver salad bowl. Additionally, I chose
accompany my salad with one of their smoothies, either mango or strawberry banana (both are delicious), and was no disappointed. My friends and I also split a side of crisp vegetables, which were delicious broccolini and mushrooms and fresh cheese. For the first time in a while, I was really pleased with an off-campus decision. While b. good is close to the nearest Chipotle, no doubt a Holy Cross favorite off-campus eatery, try this place out instead. I promise you won’t be disappointed: the menu offers a variety of foods far from salads (their burgers sound and looked especially delicious). I’m so glad we have a healthy, new off campus dining location, perfect for both lunch or dinner.
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Au revoir, Adiós, and Arrivederci: Saying Goodbye to Our FLAs We will miss you all so much next year! Emma Pcolinski Staff Writer Anais Miege ville - Fr ench What is your favorite Holy Cross memory? My favorite HC memory? Whoa, tough one. My whole experience here has just been amazing. I remember some incredible moments with my roommate when I just felt I had found a sister. I remember some epic parties. I remember the amazing feeling to see my students speaking a beautiful French when they could barely say “bonjour” one year ago... What was your funniest or strangest moment in practicum? You have to know that my practicum are always weird because I am weird. But there is one lesson about the pronunciation of the "r" in French and it was hilarious. It's a sound that is a really complicated for an American student and we had so much fun trying to all say it properly. Now they make fun of me when I say a word with a lot of “r”s. What is your favorite American expression or word? I’m more used to Spanish expressions because I'm surrounded by Spanish FLAs, but if I had to choose one word I'd say "fool" just because being part of The Fools On The Hill made my experience here so complete. I was so lucky to get to know all these amazing "fools." What are you planning to do after you leave The Hill? After leaving HC, I plan to enter a huge depression moment! I can't believe I'm leaving, and it's the last thing I want to do. Back home I still have two more years before I graduate. So back to school! Yay! What is the thing you are most looking forward to doing or seeing back home?
Clearly, I'm looking forward to eat real bread! A warm baguette... yummy. No kidding, the only thing that can make me feel better is that I'm going to see my friends and my family that I missed very much. Can't wait to go take a coffee in my favorite Parisian café... (I know cliché!) Before you leave, what would you like say to Holy Cross students? Before leaving I would say so many things to the whole HC community. They became my family. I got to know amazing people. People I'll never forget. People that changed my way of thinking and the way I want to live my life. It was clearly a life-changing experience. My students were obviously the best! I couldn't have asked for more dedicated, funnier or intelligent ones. They made my job easy and fun. Every single student or faculty member is inspiring. I'm leaving this place sad but so grateful to have met all these inspiring, amazing and really good people. You all make me see the world differently. It was an honor to meet you, to live amongst you and to be part of your world. Andr ea Pas in Gonzalez Spanish What is your favorite Holy Cross memory? It's been such an amazing year that it's very difficult to choose only one memory. When I look back I can think of lots of special moments: meeting the other FLAs at the very beginning of the year, teaching my first practicum and meeting my students, travelling to new places, hanging out—I mean working—at the FLA office, attending Holy Cross events, and basically just every little moment of living, studying and working at Holy Cross. What was your funniest or strangest moment in practicum?
When you are teaching a foreign language there are lots of fun moments, like when your students just make up new words mixing Spanish and English. I have lots of these: "dinero" (dinner), "data" (date), “mailo” (mail), etc. I laugh a lot during practicum. What is your favorite American expression or word? I love blendings because we don't have them in Spanish. Some of my favorites are: darty, brunch, shopaholic, Brangelina...I don't know I just find them funny. What are you planning to do after you leave The Hill? I have no idea! I will try to find a job in Spain, it won't be as cool as being a FLA, but hopefully I will find something related to teaching. What is the thing you are most looking forward to doing or seeing back home? I can't wait to go to the beach. After this winter here in Worcester, I'm ready for some sunbathing and swimming at the beach. I think I had enough snow for the rest of my life. Of course I am also looking forward to seeing my family and friends, to eat Spanish tapas, and to go to my hometown's soccer team games again. Where was your favorite place to visit while here? I loved visiting New York and Washington D.C. Both are amazing cities with lots of things to do and to see. I’m also excited about my upcoming trip to the West Coast! Before you leave, what would you like say to Holy Cross students? Well, I really want to say THANK YOU! Thank you all for such an amazing year and enriching experience. Thank you for being so welcoming and friendly, thank you for making practicum so fun to teach (even at 8.00 am!), thank you for your hard work and, most impor-
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tantly, thank you for everything I have learned with and from you. You have definitely made a difference in my life. I wish you all the best of luck in your future, and if you ever come to Spain, you know, “mi casa es tu casa.” Silvia Milazz o - Italian What is your favorite Holy Cross memory? The people of 5 City View, my house and home here in Holy Cross, my roommates trying to speak Italian and me trying to speak Chinese, all the brunches we had, the dinners at Lucky's cafe (if you haven't gone there yet, do it!) all the good sushi, all those Celtics games, the American jokes I love, people holding doors creating that awkward moment in which you feel the need to hurry up because they are waiting for you, the neighbor shoveling my snowy yard so that I can get inside my house, my favorite students that became great friends and great ambassadors of this so fascinating and complicated country, the first time I had a Sam Adams, going to Boston on the very school bus I had always seen in the movies, and finally, this general feeling of living in an episode of my favorite American TV shows. What was your funniest or strangest moment in practicum? Many people know this story already but it is worth to tell it. One of the first days of practicum I told one of my students "dai" that in Italian means "come on" but it is pronounced as the English verb "die." It was a hard moment because I didn't know how to explain him that I just wanted to encourage him, not to curse him! What is your favorite American expression or word? Wow, that is a tough one. I love English language because it gives a lot of chances for creativity. I really
like the words “facetious,” “selfconscious” and the expressions “at the end of the day” and “I have to say”(I say it all the time!). Finally, I couldn’t live without all the “that's what she said” jokes, they are a recipe for disaster! What are you planning to do after you leave The Hill? I will go back to my country to finish my master and then I’m planning on moving to Spain or Brazil for a while. I just want to keep travelling! What is the thing you are most looking forward to doing or seeing back home? I really want to go for a walk in the city, have a glass of wine with my friends in a nice piazza and have a long chat with my mama. Where was your favorite place to visit while here? I know it is a cliché but I have to say New York and also Chicago. Before you leave, what would you like say to Holy Cross students? It has been a pleasure knowing you guys. I really admire you for all your hard work and determination. If I can give you a piece of advice, try not to get too stressed out, focus less on the future and don't repress your emotions too much. I know it's hard to feel like you are being judged all the time but ultimately you are going to have to face yourself, not other people, so don't be too hard on yourself and stop texting so much! You have a bright future waiting for you, I'm positive.
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W.W.K.W (What Would Katie Wear)... This Weekend? Katie DeGennaro Features Co-Editor
ever, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Translation: this weekend step outside the neon lycra leggings, man-tanks, and revealing bustier tops, and slip into something more user friendly. Spring Weekend is the last hurrah of the Holy Cross season and therefore, your last tagged pictures on Facebook before the summer. So this weekend, as you stand lonely in front of your closet door, ask yourself this, W.W.K.W...For after a years worth of fashion friendly advice, W.W.K.W should most certainly suffice! Keep it simple. Who knows where you will end up, or for how long you will be out and about. Wear comfortable shoes, loose tops, and min-
In lieu of the upcoming weekend activities, I thought it only necessary to go over proper Spring Weekend get-ups. While Spring Weekend does seem to encourage the student body to dress neurotic, this year I think those of you in faux pas question, should all make an effort to dress both practically and tastefully. That being said, I am aware of the seventy degree sunshine expected for the weekend, so in an effort to minimize my glaring stares, I have begun to prepare my eyes for unsightly cropped-tops and crotchy jorts which I am sure will appear. How-
imalist accessories. The motto of the weekend is to look like you aren’t trying, like a day trip to the beach. Less will always be more. Furthermore, in regards to your faces, sunscreen is most definitely necessary. Lobster red should and shall remain an O.P.I nail polish color, not a tint to your forehead. So, keep your phone in a case, keep your Ray Bans within reach, and make sure your container is always closed ;). Happy Spring Weekend, W.W.K.W Your Fashion Fairy Godmother, Katie E. DeGennaro
Ask Alannah Alannah Heffernan Chief Features Editor Dear Alannah, I have three ten page papers for two English classes and one religion class... And then I have a final project due on Monday. I want to participate in Spring Weekend but I don’t know how I will get it all done. I know Spring Weekend is a Holy Cross tradition but I don’t think I can participate. The Easy St. Fair is when I should be in the library! All I want to do is pet a pig at the petting zoo and spend the last weekend with
my friends before we all part ways for the summer. How will I be able to get it all done? Sincerely, Overworked and Underplayed Dear Overworked and Underplayed, Time management is the key to success at Holy Cross. I cannot believe I am telling you this so late in the year. Without time management, you will fail out…maybe that’s dra-
matic. If your work isn’t done by now it looks like you cannot participate. If you are half way done with most of your work, make a schedule and stick to it. Plan out every minute and find a balance between your work and your social life. Worse comes to worst, there’s always next year (unless you are a senior then party on!). Have a great summer! -A
May 3, 2013
Overheard on The Hill... “Did you hear who is living in Figge next year? It is definately the cooler of the senior apartments!” *** “Battle of the Bands got the best of her. She was passed on with shoes on by 9:30...”
May 3, 2013
The Eg g plant Holy Cross Releases New Plans to Skew Housing Even More in the Coming Year: “We Really Could Not Care Less,” stated the College Art Vandelay Egg-ressive Contributor Early Sunday the College released an official course of action on how they plan to make housing even worse on Mount Saint James. “We’re very excited about this venture,” commented college president Fr. Phillip Boroughs, “We hope that by 2015 Holy Cross will be virtually unlivable.” The plan is among the most ambitious in the college’s recent history, where every class grade and likely every student will be affected. “We were worried that we hadn’t done enough after this year where we basically didn’t approve anyone to live off campus, tripled
up a higher percentage of freshmen and hopefully sophomores, and had Juniors in Healy, and Seniors in Carlin and Alumni,” commented Director of Student Conduct Paul Irish, “its really going to be a land mark year for us in terms of ruining housing. I mean when we thought of making the already too small six man rooms in Carlin and Alumni eight man rooms we thought we hit our peak, but we think that we can make it even worse by 2015. The ambitious plan includes many changes to almost every asset of housing at Holy Cross. Phase One includes every freshman living with four people to a room, putting two desks in each hallway. “We realized that you can probably fit another bed in those rooms, and we’re
gonna go for it,” said director of Community Relations Matthew Kennis, “Hopefully it doesn’t work out. We still plan on telling everyone on tours that a small minority of students have to live in forced triples and quads, but its gonna be close to one hundred percent.” Phase two included pushing the eight man suites in Carlin to twelve man, because we couldn’t think of a reason not to. Phase three involved the opening of tents for the remaining non-tripled and quaded freshmen on the lacrosse field. \ “We’ve looked into it and found out it is indeed legal to put kids in tents like this in Massachusetts. We considered putting the tents in the Kimball quad but it was determined that doing so would be entirely too
Dimwit Shocked to Discover He Has Been Inadvertently Recycling Robbie Keilig Egg-Headed Contributor SCIENCE CAFE: A junior bearing the moniker Jordan Trane was allegedly struck with disbelief this past Tuesday, having suddenly come to the realization that he has been inadvertently recycling the entirety of his refuse for several weeks. The self-proclaimed opponent of "trees and other dumb crap that grows" maintains that his euphoric moment was "hard to comprehend," finding the reality of the situation to be "a shame, truly a shame." The revelation occurred approximately at noon, after Trane carelessly tossed his utterly stupid and inconceivably wasteful water bottle into a recycling receptacle which offered the message "paper only, please." Quoted as having said "Psh, paper only my left buttocks, who cares where I recklessly toss my stuff," Trane apparently made every attempt to dispose of his rubbish via his usual method. At this time, all sources indicate that
Trane's mind was infinitely removed from the possibility that the byproduct of his consumerism was in actuality being trucked to a state of the art facility to undergo cleaning and sorting so that it could be later repurposed into a variety of household goods. Trane was purportedly brought down to Earth by a nearby friend, who pointed out that Holy Cross had switched to single-stream recycling several weeks prior. Key witnesses maintain that, upon hearing this news, Trane went pale for several minutes and did not speak. Others maintain that Trane simply laughed and walked away, pretending he had not heard the news which represented the absolute antithesis to his campaign of wanton environmental apathy. Then again, all of the witnesses and characters in these articles are completely fabricated so it is hard to tell what actually happened. "Wow, are there really that many hippie tree-huggers here?" Trane was heard remarking to himself shortly after the incident, thus providing infallible evidence to all of
those within earshot that he was indeed the bloviating ignoramus and narrow-minded prick that many assumed he was. "You mean to tell me, I've been diligently throwing my cardboard, paper, beer cans, water bottles, and old homework away, purposefully placing them in the wrong recycling containers, and I've actually been aiding in the prevention of landfill growth and ecosystem pollution? Freaking unbelievable." As of press time, a strange Tranelookalike, clad in a "reduce, reuse, recylce" t-shirt, was observed sifting through organic cow manure with a broad smile as he planted several sapplings in his home back yard.
convenient for the students,” said Irish. It was also said that students living in the tents would still be charged full room and board by the college. The fourth and most ambitious phase of the project involved the elimination of off campus living and the public burning of the remaining houses on Caro Street the first weekend of school. “We were going to do the burning over the summer when the students weren’t here, but we wanted to see the tears flowing on College Street,” said Irish, “It was a costly venture to buy those remaining houses, money that could have gone to our underfunded athletic programs, but we thought it would be better serviced here.”
The one worry college officials had with this plan was the worry that they wouldn’t be able to make housing any worse for the 20152016 year but they came to the conclusion, “We still have a few tricks up our sleeves.” When asked about why these changes would be made, Paul Irish commented, “We just really do not care. There is not a single thing we care less about on campus than the housing situation.” This news coincided with the announcement that the college would no longer be releasing its retention rate, but would still tell tours that it’s “pretty high.”
Rising Seniors “Pretty Pumped” to Be Placed in Mulledy Basement Zach Lanning Chief Eggplant Editor When Shawn Spencer recieved his housing time of midnight on the last day of Housing Selection, the same time he had received in the previous two housing lotteries, one could have guessed that he would be most justifiably bummed. Due to unbelievably cramped conditions on campus next year this time would surely doom Shawn and his three roommates to a non-apartment and, as rising seniors, this situation would seem a little less than ideal. “I don’t even want to know where Shawn ended up,” quoth Gus, a friend of Shawns, “ I had to straight up murder five girls in order to get an apartment in Williams...and my appointment time was at 2 in the afternoon!” Shawn attended the Housing Lottery at his appointed time and took whatever was left for him, which turned out to be the room right next to the RA in Mulledy Basement, a traditionally Freshman dorm. Shawn was, however, not as upset as others may have been if put in a similar situation: “Yea I’m actually stoked for this,” admitted Shawn, “I remember
when I lived in Mulledy my Freshman year and it was a blast! It was a little diffrent back then because we only had three people in a room and now we’ll have four, but even though that means less room to, like, move around and stuff, it also means less space between me and my bros! We’ll totally have a bonding sesh like everynight when we have to share a bed.” Shawn went on to describe some of the other positive aspects of living on Easy Street as a senior: “I mean, I don’t really cook anyway so I wouldn’t need a kitchen, and having a personal bathroom is such a waste. I like to be able to talk to the other ten dudes in the hall bathroom while I’m taking care of my business, you know? Also, I’m close to Hogan and there’s, like, a water fountain and stuff in the hallway which is righteous.” He was also very excited to bond with some of the younger members of the school and to share his experience with those who will be living around him: “Freshman bros definitely throw the best parties so I’m gonna be all up in that.”
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May 3, 2013
Holy Cross, Boston, and Beyond
Women’s Track and Field Displays Numerous Career and Season Best Performances at the Brown Springtime Invitational Elizabeth Fullerton Sports Co-Editor A select group of the Holy Cross Women’s Track and Field team competed in Providence, Rhode Island at the Brown Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 29. For those that were competing, it was the last chance to make an impression before the Patriot League Championships. This is the time of the year, as the season nears the end and the weather gets warmer, when athletes are in peak condition to compete at their best. As expected, the beautiful April day included many career and season best performances for members of the Holy Cross team. In the sprints, Madeline Dodge, ‘15 led the way with a career best time of 12.87 seconds in the 100
meter dash, which was quick enough for second place. Even though Payton Shubrick ’15 usually runs the 400 meter run, she did a fine job in both the 100 and 200 meter dash, running personal best times of 13.42 seconds and 26.42 seconds in the respective events. In the 100 meter hurdles, Alexandra Parise ’15 placed fourth, adding another career best performance to the list of Crusaders, with a time of 16.46 seconds. There were also several notable performances in the field events, too. The Crusaders placed 3-4-5 in the hammer throw. Christy Manning, ’14 placed third in the hammer throw with a career best distance of 46.91 meters, and close behind was Kelcey Germain, ’13 with a distance of 45.91 meters. Elizabeth Provost, ’16 placed fifth in the event with a throw of 40.27
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Madeline Dodge, ‘15 led the Crusaders with an impresive performance in the 100 meter at the Brown Springtime Invitational
meters, which is a season-bes throw for her. In the long jump, MaryGrace Brogioli, ’15 jumped a
Bruins Prepare for Playoff John Morton Staff Writer Entering the last day of the NHL season, the Bruins had the chance to clinch the Northeast Division by beating the rival Ottawa Senators. Becoming the second seed would be beneficial to the Bruins because they would have crucial home ice advantage for at least two rounds in the NHL playoffs. Unfortunately for Bruins fans, the Bruins could not pull out the victory and fell to the Senators 4 to 2. That leaves the Bruins as the 4th seed entering the playoffs. The Bruins will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the playoffs start Tuesday, April 30th. This season the Bruins have won 3 out of 4 games against the Maple Leafs. Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs with 52 points in 48 games. Although the Maple Leafs have been a surprise this season with goalie James Reimer finally living up to his potential, the Bruins are the better team on paper. As long as they play a complete game, the Bruins should win a 7 game series against the Leafs, especially with crucial home ice advantage. Even though the Bruins are a better team than the Leafs and should win at least one playoff round, the potential future matchups for the Bruins are problematic. The teams they could play in the ensuing rounds, such as the Canadians and Penguins, are difficult opponents with depth and good goaltending. Against both, the Bruins have 1 win and 6 losses. In addition, the Bruins’ own flaws could dampen fans’ hope for another Cup run. The Bruins had trouble get-
ting the puck out of their own zone as the season went along and always struggle on the power play. What is most alarming of how the Bruins have played this season is how they play in the third period. The Bruins have lost nine games this year after leading entering into the third period. In order to advance far into the playoffs, the Bruins will need to play consistent, 60-minute hockey. Even though the Bruins have consistency issues that they will need to address, there is still hope for Bruins fans. If the Bruins can show the poise and all-around effort that they exhibited at the beginning of the year, they can play with any team in the league. Perhaps what will be most essential for the Bruins’ success is how Tuukka Rask has developed. The last time he entered the playoffs as a starter he gave up a 3-0 series lead to Philadelphia. However, this year he is near the top of the league with a 1.97 goals against average. The Bruins’ reliance on defense begins with Rask, and if he is at the top of his game the Bruins will remain competitive with the high-powered offenses that Pittsburgh and Montreal have. Although it will be difficult, the Bruins do have the toughness, resiliency, and depth to go far. What will determine how far they go is playing up to their potential for a full 60 minutes.
distance of 5.12 meters, just ahead of teammate Marissa Romano, ’15, who jumped 5.09 meters. The Crusaders placed 4-5-6 in the triple jump. This time, Romano jumped further than her teammate Brogioli. Romano placed fourth with a distance of 10.89 meters. Brogioli jumped just shy of Romano’s mark, with a distance of 10.85 meters. Liann Devereux also jumped well, with a distance of 10.48 meters. Mackenzie Arndt, ’15 performed well in the pole vault, placing second with a height of 3.65 meters. Michelle McGahan, ’15 set her own career best mark in the same event with a height of 3.5 meters, good enough for fourth place. In the long sprints, Fiorella Johnson, ’15 ran 1:01.10 in the 400 meter run. Even though some of the middle distance crew did not compete, there were still impressive
performances from several members of the squad in the competitive 800 meter run. Caroline Carley, ’16 led the way for the Crusaders, running a season best 2:16.85 and placing fifth. Catherine Gildea, ‘16, who has run the 1500 meter run frequently during the season, ran a strong 2:19.03 in the 800, placing seventh. Teammates Abigail Mitchell ’15 and Sarah Meinelt were close behind Gildea, running 2:19.31 and 2:20.23 respectively. The Brown Springtime Invitational was a non-scoring meet, but if it were a scoring meet the Crusaders would have done well, despite not everyone on the team competing. The Crusaders compete next in their most important meet of the season, the Patriot League Championships, on May 3 and 4, which will be hosted by Lehigh.
Ramblings Christopher Kalpin and Jacob Kripp Sports Editors Emereti We’re back! (Sort of...) The good people of Mount Saint James have been in distress with the absence of sexy sports writers Jacob Kripp and Chris Kalpin. For the past three months, we’ve been harder to find then Katie McKenna. We’d like to keep it that way but before we leave these hallowed grounds next month at graduation we figured we’d bestow you with one last piece of literary genius. First, let’s dispel all the rumors surrounding our absences. No, we did not finally rush with the Crips. We’re shockingly not thug enough as evidenced by the fact that we had to look up how to spell C-r-ip-s to make that lame joke. No, we have not been trapped in the Kimball-Fenwick tunnel the whole time. And no, we did not enter into a civil union together. The honest truth is that our absence is due to the basketball team sucking. We love Holy Cross basketball but the lack of success finally hit critical mass back in January. There are simply so many ways to spin another loss as a sign that the season is about to turn around. We’ve literally done everything possible over the past three years since that’s really how far back the sucking goes under our tenure. But like most of our writing, this article is not actually about the basketball team. For the past three months, we have been pursuing the Holy Grail for sports writers at The Crusader: an interview with Bill Simmons, ‘92. For those squids out there who are not familiar with Mr. Simmons… Google him. We’re not wasting our precious word count explaining his entire background. He is basically the Godfather of sports blogs who recently sold his soul to ESPN for a ton of money. But heck, as Fifty said, “If they hate then let’em hate and watch the money pile up.” Our respect for Mr. Simmons’ extends beyond his talent and goes all the way back to his beginnings here as a sports editor for The Crusader, just like us. And for the past three months we have been under the impression that we actually captured this Holy Grail. In our attempt to not have to discuss the woes of the basketball season, we emailed Mr. Simmons back in January hoping to interview him about Holy Cross as he occasionally tweets about his disappoint with the program. While this had a
lower expected success rate than a post Salty Dog 2:00 A.M. text to the opposite sex, we held on to a strain of hope. And our efforts we rewarded, when he responded confirming his interest in doing a piece with us. (Note: The first sign that Mr. Simmons was not to be trusted was when he emailed us from an AOL address. Like what? – And for those who want to out-nerd us, we know that his original blog was for Digital City on AOL. That still doesn’t begin to explain having an AOL email in 2013.) Despite this initial skepticism, we put together a list of the most bizarre and inappropriate questions that two college kids could ask a sports media mogul. We left no awkward stone unturned as we asked him about everything from who was on his 100 Days Ball list to who is the hottest Holy Cross alum (For the record, it’s totally Jon Favreau.) And then we waited….and waited…and waited. We weren’t sure what the precedent was on how long to give someone of his stature to respond. (Once again, the AOL email address should have been the omen that he would take a while.) To make a long story short, we ended up exchanging about a dozen emails in total with our follow-up emails ranging from addressing him in Spanish to sending him our own Youtube clip to try to get him to elicit a response. And like the hottest girl at a party, Simmons kept dodging us. We finally thought we scored (double pun intended), when Simmons agreed to meet the press deadline for the last edition of the year (April 28th). Well, April 28 has come and gone with no response. Hence, we sit here angrily writing this column full of hate as we procrastinate from doing our last Holy Cross assignments. Simmons was a bigger tease than dating a girl who believes in abstinence. Not sure there is a more immature way to deal with this, hence this is exactly what we’re doing. So we’d like to end our careers as officially going on record as saying that we hate Bill Simmons. (Although, we will still follow him on Twitter and read all his columns.) And we’re out! P.S. Yeah, we totally stole Simmons’ title from his old column. Plagiarism? #YOLO P.P.S. We’d totally do this to all our ex-girlfriends too but it would probably seem pretty creepy and just result in us crying ourselves to sleep…again.
May 3, 2013
2013 Tour de France Preview Peter Zona Staff Writer
when it counts. The overall classification is not the only goal for the riders. The green jersey of the This year marks the monumental 100th points classification, a system based on conedition of Le Tour de France. 110 years sistency for sprinters, will also be hotly conafter the inaugural race in 1903, 198 riders tested. Mark Cavendish of Great Britain, will start in Corsica on June 29th with who has won 23 stages since 2008 and is hopes of achieving glory for themselves closing in on the record for most stages and their teammates before finishing on the won in a career, will undoubtedly be riding Champs-Elysees on July 21st. This year’s for this jersey which he has surprisingly won Tour will feature eight flat stages, four only once (2011). He will face stiff commedium mountain stages, six mountain petition from 2012 green jersey winner stages, two individual time trials, a team Peter Sagan of Slovakia and former teamtime trial, and two rest days. It will be an mate André Greipel of Germany. The polka dot jersey for the King of the Mounincredibly challengtains classification is difficult ing course that into predict. Samuel Sánchez of cludes two ascents Spain and Thomas Voeckler of the legendary of France are the past two l’Alpe d’Huez. Due of this classification winners to this course layand are likely to shoot for it out, several riders again this year. The final indican be considered vidual classification is for the strong contenders white jersey of the best young to win the overall rider under the age of 26. title. classification can provide This Chris Froome of an interesting view of the fuGreat Britain is certure. Tejay van Garderen of tainly the early fathe United States became the vorite to take home third American ever to win the coveted yellow this classification last year foljersey. He has exCourtesy of Wikipedia.org lowing in the footsteps of the ceptional talent all The look of a champion? Chris legendary Greg LeMond around as he can Froome is an early favorite to take (1984) and Andy Hampsten climb and time trial the yellow jersey of the Tour. (1986). He is eligible again this as well as anyone in year and will ride for the jersey as a consothe peloton. He is coming off of a breaklation prize if the overall classification is out out year in 2012 that saw him finish second of reach. Another young American, Anat the Tour to his teammate and compatriot drew Talansky, is relatively unknown but Bradley Wiggins in addition to taking fourth has certainly shown that he is capable of at the Vuelta a España and third in the Time performing at the highest level with excelTrial at the Olympic Games. He has also lent performances at the 2012 Vuelta a Esdemonstrated good early season form with paña and the 2013 edition of the victories at the Tour of Oman, the prestigious Paris-Nice. The Frenchman Critérium International, and the Tour de Romandie. Additionally, the team around Thibaut Pinot is the final young rider that him, British based Team Sky, is one of the could likely capture the white jersey. While strongest with top quality riders like these three Australian Richie Porte and Bradley lesser known Wiggins who can support him in any classifications situation. While Wiggins won the are certainly an Tour last year, he has expressed that achievement, no he will ride in support of Froome rider will seek this summer, but he is certainly a them out if it contender himself if Froome fades does not benefit early. the goals of the A few other riders that will chalteam as a whole. lenge for the top step of the podium Those teams include Alberto Contador of Spain, without any one Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, Cadel rider who can Evans of Australia, and Andy compete for the Schleck of Luxembourg. Nibali may overall classifibe the most likely challenger to Courtesy of Wikipedia.org cation may seek Froome. He placed third in 2012 and Will Wiggins succeed should victory in the Froome falter? recently defeated Froome by a narteam classificarow margin in Tirreno-Adriatico. He tion. The most has also won the Giro del Trentino this balanced team will earn victory here and spring. After winning the Tour in 2007 and will likely be American based team Garmin2009, Contador faced a doping suspension Sharp, Team SKY of Great Britain, or Rathat has prevented him from contending dioshack-Leopard of Luxembourg. Many over the past few seasons. It will be inter- other riders will simply set their sights on esting to see whether or not he can be a victory in any of the 21 stages. All in all, challenger without the use of performance the 100th edition of the Tour de France will enhancing drugs. Cadel Evans won the be a very exciting race that will test each Tour in 2011. Age will certainly hurt rider’s courage and will during his three chances of victory, as he is now 36 years week trek throughout France. old. While he cannot be counted out, it is more than likely that he will ride for his 24 year old American teammate Tejay van Garderen, who finished fifth in last year’s Tour and won the white jersey of the Best Young Rider Classification. Finally, Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 edition and runner up in 2009 and 2011, must be considered a contender. While he has been plagued with injuries over the past few seasons, he has demonstrated in the past that he will be ready to ride in July
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May 3, 2013
Top 5 Predictons for the Boston Sox This Summer Tyler Scionti Sports Co-Editor As of Sunday the Sox sit atop the AL East with the best record in baseball at 18-7. I made many predictions about the Red Sox back in the winter and all I can say is that I have had to throw pretty much all of them out the window; the Sox have exceeded every expectation for them going into this season which means it’s time for a new round of predictions from my crystal ball. I’m always hesitant to predict what will happen, I always dislike it when I hear someone say “Yep, I knew this would happen,” because in baseball anything can happen, it really is impossible to be right when all is said and done. That said, here are my top five for the summer. #1: The Red Sox will cool off: At 18-7 the Sox are playing at a .720 clip, if you projected that over 162 games then they would end the season with a 117-45 record—that just is not going to happen, no matter how good they are. They have gotten very lucky with stellar performances from their starting pitchers and a few key players, once those stats come back to earth so will the Sox’ winning percentage, but it’s nice to watch and enjoy the show while it lasts. Still, given how the Sox have been playing so far there are many bright spots that give hope that not only can they finish with a winning record, but they can possibly finish with more than 90 wins for the first time in two years.
#2: Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz will combine for 35+ wins: I think this one is a no-brainer; the two are a combined 9-0 and have struck out 67 batters over 69.1 innings while giving up only 13 runs. While those stats won’t last forever, given the hot start both pitchers are on and no signs of letting up any time soon I think it would be a conservative estimate to say that each pitcher would get at least 15 wins, and not out of the question to expect them to end up with 17-20 wins apiece by October. While Lester and Buchholz are bound to come back to earth, their success has been a driving force in the Sox’ record of late. #3: Ortiz will post big numbers: David Ortiz has hit above .500 in his return and while he will not end the season with the title as the next Ted Williams, there is no reason why he can’t end the year with some big numbers. Big Papi has been keeping himself in better shape over the past few seasons and it has shown in his ability to put together good at bats and drive the ball the other way. Long renowned as a pull-hitter, Ortiz has been reinventing himself with a new approach to use the Green Monster to his advantage. I’d peg him for a .300+ average on the year with 25-30 homers. #4: Jacoby Ellsbury will have a good year and be traded: Now this is a bit out there, but here is my reasoning. Ellsbury is represented by Scott Boras, so you know that come free agency this winter he will be looking for the biggest deal
possible. Should he have a poor year I think there is a chance the Sox will keep him around simply because he is affordable and a decent player. Let’s say he resumes his 2011 form and mashes 25 homers alongside a .325 average by the trade deadline, chances are he will look for a fat contract, which the Sox really can’t afford. So why let him walk for free when they can trade him to get an extra arm in the bullpen? #5: The Sox will make the playoffs: Maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but there are a great deal of signs that point to the Sox ending 2013 on a high note. For all the grief Cherington received in the offseason his plan to reinvent the Sox clubhouse has largely worked. There are no divas who complain about playing time or Sunday games, instead there are 25 hardworking guys out there who want to win and are willing to do it together. With the additional wild car spot and the overall weakness in the AL East right now I think the Sox are in a good position this season given their head start. It has been a fun year so far for Sox fans and the good times seem to never end. I wish you the best this summer; have fun, stay safe, and catch a Sox game or two. I’ll see you in the fall when we start up again and hopefully will be preparing to watch Red Sox baseball in October.
Celtics Avoid Being Swept by the Knicks in Overtime Win at The Garden Elizabeth Fullerton Sports Co-Editor In the aftermath of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, Bostonians have shown their true colors as courageous and strong people, bringing out the very best in this wonderful city. It’s no surprise that the Boston Celtics, after trailing in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Knicks 3-0 in the best of seven series, didn’t surrender in game four on Sunday, April 28. After the game, Paul Pierce, the Captain and “The Truth” told reporters “I already called my friends in New York [Saturday] telling them I’d be there for dinner.” Confident? Psychic? Regardless, Pierce was right that the C’s would play Game 5 in New York, and he led the way for the Celtics with 29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block. The New York Knicks fans can’t take their brooms out now. The Boston Celtics avoided being swept by the Knicks by winning in overtime 97-90. This was an emotional win at The Garden, for this marked the first Celtics victory in Boston since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, in which
three people were killed in the explosions and more than 280 were injured. After not scoring over 80 points in each of the first three games, the Celtics offense finally came alive on Sunday afternoon, in which they scored 97 points. If the Celtics lost game four, they would have packed their bags and confronted a long summer knowing they didn’t win a single game against the Knicks. With just one more win, the Knicks can advance to the second round, a feat the franchise has not achieved since 2000, when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. After the first quarter, Celtics fans knew not to get too excited, even though Boston led the Knicks 22-17. In the four games of this series so far, the Celtics have led three out of the four first quarters. In the first three games, the Celtics played strong in the first two quarters only to take the foot off the gas in the last half. It almost seemed like history was going to repeat itself in game four, as Carmelo Anthony helped the Knicks snap a Celtics 20 point lead in the third quarters, as three of Boston’s players, Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, and Jeff Green found themselves in foul
trouble. Even though Brandon Bass fouled out of the game for the Celtics, his defense was phenomenal. He accepted the difficult challenge of covering Carmelo, and did so excellently. Despite Carmelo’s 32 points, he shot a mediocre 10 for 35 in field goal attempts, and missed all seven of his shots from downtown. After the game, Doc Rivers, head coach of the Celtics, told reporters “Bass was the star of the game” for his defensive effort guarding Carmelo. Although Boston’s Jason Terry (Jet) has struggled throughout most of the first round series, he scored 18 points in the win, 9 of which came in the overtime sequence. In a sense, Terry came through when the Celtics desperately needed him too. Garnett also contributed 13 points and 17 rebounds, and Jeff Green added a 26 point game effort. The Celtics remain optimistic despite their slim odds to advance to the second round. Even before the series started, the odds were not in Boston’s favor, who was playing as the seventh seed against the Knicks, the second seed. No NBA team has come back to win a best
of seven game series in the playoffs after losing the first three games. Out of 103 situations in the NBA’s history of the playoffs, only three teams have forced a game seven, yet they all did not advance to the next round. While it’s a long shot for the Celtics, it should be noted that another Boston sports team did what most thought was the impossible. The Boston Red Sox, after losing the first three games to their rival, the New York Yankees, won the next four games in the 2004 American League Championships. That same year, the Red Sox went on to win the World Series. Am I saying this will happen again? Probably not. While anything’s possible, the Celtics barely beat the Knicks on a day in which Anthony had an off day shooting. Also, Sixth Man Player of the Year J.R. Smith had to sit out the game for the Knicks due to his one game suspension by the NBA for an elbow he threw at Jason Terry in game three of the series. The Celtics may be holding on by a thread right now, but I admire their resiliency. They easily could have waved the white flag in game four, but they played with the intent to extend the series. This
Celtics team is relentless, playing without All-Star Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL, a season ending injury, halfway through the season. Impressive rookie Jared Sullinger also had to miss the rest of the season after he had back surgery. It’s also not clear whether All-Star Kevin Garnett will retire after this season, and possibly Paul Pierce, too. Regardless, Garnett and the rest of the Celtics won’t go down without a fight, and their win on Sunday proved just that. The Celtics have a long way to go, and will need to win another game to bring the series back to Boston. Tune in to the Celtics-Knicks game on Wednesday May 1, which will be played at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
May 3, 2013
Purple Pennings With Andrew Fanikos A View From the Field and the Booth: Catching up with Mike Barry and Dom DiPersia This past week, I was able to catch up with Mike Barry, ‘14 and Dom DiPersia, ‘14, two individuals who know their way around Holy Cross Athletics. While Mike looks forward to the upcoming football season, serving as an intern on the coaching staff, Dom will look forward to covering the action on the gridiron as the new Director of Sports Programing at WCHC, with a staff including our own Zach Lanning, Patrick Kurr, and Eric Sherman. In two exclusive interviews, Mike and Dom weigh in about the upcoming athletic season and discuss the expectations of their respective programs. Interview with Mike: What does the team expect from its non-league opponents? We’re real excited about the opportunity to play some new out of league opponents this season. We’re actually playing a twelve game schedule, opposed to an eleven game schedule like years pasts. We hope to get competitive challenges out of each of these contests and hopefully come away with W’s. We’ll also be playing Monmouth out of league this season, which is a new game for us as well. Each of these opponents is strong in their own right so we’re looking forward to the challenge. With graduation in May, the 2012 squad will lose a number of talented seniors, including Gerald Mistretta, Tom Mannix, and Sean Whited. Who do see stepping up next season? Although we hate to see guys like that go, we have a strong senior class who is definitely up for the challenge. We’re strong across the board at Wide Receiver with senior starters Kyle Toulouse, Jon Smith, Mike Fess, and Nate Stanley all returning. We also have a handful of young wide receivers who will contribute a great deal this season as well. Tommy was definitely a big leader and impact player on defense last season, but our defense is all around solid with numerous Interview with Dom: What can you tell me about your time at WCHC? I’ve been apart of WCHC Sports for 2 years now. During my time with this campus organization, I have moved up from a rotating color commentator, to the Director of Hockey Broadcast, to now being named Director of WCHC Sports. It’s been a fun ride. The way I see it, as a broadcaster, you have families, alumni, and even scouts listening in to our broadcasts. I have tried to make it as professional as possible, trying to bring WCHC Sports up to par with some of the bigger college stations. The relationships with the coaches and players of the teams has been great, constantly getting to know them better as every game goes by. What do you hope to accomplish as the new Director of Sports Programming at WCHC? In this new regime, I plan to take
contributors in both the upper and lower classes. Seniors Gary Acquah and Mike Tucker will definitely look to fill leadership roles, while our younger guys start to contribute more on the field. We also have a great freshman class coming in this season that we’re really looking forward to, hopefully those guys can come in and compete right away, which would give the team a real nice jolt of energy headed into the season. What can you tell me about the incoming class? Our incoming recruiting class is very strong this year. We addressed needs on both sides of the ball and expect our incoming Freshman to make an impact with Holy Cross in 2013. The staff and players put a lot of effort into the process this year and we expect this to pay off with a class that’s both effective on the field and fits well with the character and chemistry of our team. The Patriot League decision to allow its member schools to award scholarships will take effect this coming season. Do you have any thoughts about the potential implications of this for the program’s future? Overall, I think its great for the league and the schools involved. There is always a new excitement around a program, which makes the decision to provide scholarsome of the new additions I brought to WCHC Sports this past year and keep making strides with them. After establishing the social media side of the club (Facebook and Twitter), we want to continue to grow that side of WCHC Sports. After getting close to 200 followers on Twitter in the first 6 months of it being up and running, we are shooting for over 300 by the start of football season. With getting the alumni that follow us game and score updates from all the games we cover, as well as conference updates, player interviews, and breaking news, we want to continue to give more live action news to the people that can’t listen to us for certain games. We are establishing a WCHC Sports Blog to give students who aren’t 100% comfortable behind the mic the chance to stay involved with the teams, players and coaches by writing short articles and player interviews. A well-rounded Sports Communication experience is what I’m hoping
ships in football. I think its good for the school, the athletes, the alumni, and the students alike to be excited about Holy Cross football again. I think it’s an incredible opportunity not just for Holy Cross football, but for Holy Cross athletics as a whole. By adding up to fifteen scholarship players starting with the 2013 class, Holy Cross and the entire Patriot League will be able to compete on the highest level in the FCS and seek possible opportunities to compete with FBS schools down the line. The hope is that by recruiting at the highest level in attracting the best studentathletes possible, the Patriot League can maintain or hopefully elevate its status as a strong and competitive FCS League. In my eyes its a win for all involved, the players, school, and league as a whole all stand to elevate their potential as both students and athletes at the college level. It will also be exciting to hopefully rekindle some old rivalries from the glory days of Holy Cross football. Do you have any funny stories to share with the readers of The Crusader? Depends what kind of stories, I think it would be best to keep the social life stories between myself and the holy ghost. But football wise, we always have a lot of fun, funny traditions that go on at practice and during meetings. Most of to give back to everyone involved. Professionalism is what I’m attempting to install. Do you have any funny stories from the booth? On a road trip down to UConn with the Men’s Hockey team, the equipment had been acting up. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but by the end of the 1st period, the system had died. Thinking on my feet, I called into the radio station and did the final 2 periods of broadcasting from my phone after being connected to the phone line back at the radio station. You never know what’s going to happen in this field of work. How many games do you typically broadcast in a semester? We try to do all the home games if possible, as well as an average of 35 away games depending on travel accommodations. Over the course of football, basketball (men’s and women’s), and men’s hockey, plus any conference championship
the time coach Gilmore likes to run a tight ship but sometimes when we get a few minutes to kick back we get to have some laughs together. Most of the time this usually ends up being dance offs, or story telling contests, or one time we had a rap battle which was hilarious as you can imagine. The team lost a lot of close games last season to some really good teams. Asides from staying healthy, what can the team do to build off of last season? Yeah, I mean, we lost a ton of close games which came right down to the wire, this was really disappointing and disheartening because we really felt like we were headed in the right direction but just couldn’t get the W’s in the win column. There were at least five or six games where we had more than a good chance at winning and just didn’t come away with it because of a handful of plays, which could have easily gone our way. On the same token, I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses. We need to get better in specific areas to make sure those handful of plays in fact go our way this season. Its unfortunate we couldn’t come away with the wins last year, but 2012 is in the past, and the best we can do is learn from those experiences and apply them to our efforts in 2013. Hopefully in doing so we can come away with those close wins game, we get to log in a good amount of broadcasts spread out between 3-4 broadcasters per sport (give or take). What’s the best Holy Cross game you’ve ever been in the booth for? HC Men’s Hockey played No. 15 ranked Yale at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA just before the New Year. Senior Brandon Nunn was just coming back injury and Holy Cross was on the cusp of breaking into the Top 20 in the nation. Going into the 3rd period, the teams were tied 2-2. Brandon Nunn scored his 2nd goal of the game to get the game-winner with 6 minutes left as Holy Cross went on to upset Yale 3-2, moving them into the Top 20 for only the 3rd time in school history. What can students do to get more involved with the WCHC sports? Contact us about wanting to do
next season against tough opponents. What are the goals of the team for the upcoming season? Like every season our goal is to win each game every single week. We put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the season and we plan on winning every game we prepare for. Our goals are always to win the Patriot League and compete for a National Championship in the FCS playoffs. Hopefully we can achieve these goals collectively and all improve on our mistakes from last season to produce a more exciting and well-deserved outcome this season. It would be great for this senior class to leave Holy Cross with a championship ring and I know everyone involved with the team is dedicated to that task. Do you have any final thoughts? Lastly, I’d just like to ask all of Sader Nation to remember to support the program this upcoming fall. I know it means a lot to the guys that you come out and support them. It’s important to have a strong fan base and your guys support really does keep them program going and energized. It would be great to see more faces from campus out there at Fitton field every Saturday. I speak for everyone associated with the program in saying it means a lot to us and we really do appreciate it. certain sports that interest the students. Also, wait for the info session in the fall and constantly check emails for updates and news regarding the broadcasts and training sessions. What are your goals for the upcoming year? We are trying to get sponsors for WCHC Sports (unlikely as of right now, but still pushing hard for it), as well as going on more road trips with the teams and expanding out social media outreach. The main goal is just to establish WCHC Sports as a prominent, professional college broadcast station and attempting to “keep up with the Jones’ ” as we grow bigger.