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RANKINGS Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine about U.S. politics and government, ranked Holy Cross No. 26 on its 2016 list of “Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges,” which measures schools “based on what they are doing for the country—by improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.” Holy Cross was also No. 23 on their list of “Best Bang for the Buck Northeast Colleges.”

ACCOLADES College Factual, a college search website, ranked Holy Cross the No. 2 Best Catholic college in the nation, No. 5 Best Massachusetts college and No. 35 overall among 1,387 colleges nationwide in 2016. Two academic programs landed in the top 10 in the nation, including English language and literature and religious studies, both at No. 9. The site partners with USA Today on these annual rankings and uses metrics from the U.S. Department of Education and PayScale.com.

AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS For the 8th year in a row, Holy Cross ranked among top contributors to Teach for America among small colleges and universities. In 2016, nine Holy Cross graduates joined the ranks of more than 170 alumni who have taught through the program.

NEW E-JOURNAL Holy Cross and the Catholics and Cultures initiative jointly launched the Journal of Global Catholicism (pictured). This new, international, peer-reviewed and electronic journal aims to foster an understanding of contemporary Catholicism in cultures worldwide. The premier issue of the Journal focuses on various expressions of Catholicism in India, where religion is extremely pluralistic and vividly displayed.

22 UNDER 22 Her Campus, a Boston-based online magazine, compiled a list of “22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women” for 2016, and Amanda Farren ’16 made the the list. Farren, an economics major originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts, was selected from over 1,000 nominees, due in part to her role in establishing the women’s club ice hockey team while she was a student.

START-UP SMARTS The Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies (COES) hosted a dinner with Ed “Skip” McLaughlin ’78 (pictured) on Oct. 18, 2016. McLaughlin recently published the book, The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business, and spoke to students about how to launch their own successful start-up.

GO GREEN The Princeton Review put Holy Cross in their 2016 Guide to 361 Green Colleges. The guide includes the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, highlighting their “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.” Holy Cross received a “Green Rating” score of 86 out of 99.

HANIFY-HOWLAND Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line—a 24/7, free text message support service for people suffering from depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and eating disorders—discussed how philanthropy is changing the world at the Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture on Oct. 25, 2016. The lecture recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the realm of public service and is given annually in honor of Edward Hanify, Class of 1904, and Weston Howland.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Middletown,” a seriocomic play, tells the tale of a group of people who are both mundane and extraordinary–and who are all lost somewhere in the middle of their lives. The theatre department presented “Middletown,” which was written by William Eno and directed by assistant professor of theatre Scott Malia, over two weekends in November, Nov. 3-5 and 10-12, 2016, at Fenwick Theatre. They will be back on stage this spring in March and April, with a production of the play, “The Royal Family,” by George S. Kaufman Edna Ferber.

THE GRASS IS GREENER In the Fall 2016 issue, HCM reported on the first re-sodding of Fitton Field. Not only did the physical plant department complete the project in time for the football team’s home opener in mid-September, they also earned accolades for their hard work: a Grand Award in the Professional Ground Management Society’s 2016 Green Star Award competition.

COFF-PERA On October 27 and 28, 2016, Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) presented “Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch.” Featuring 11 musicians and a storyteller, the production takes place in a coffeehouse in 17th-century Istanbul (Constantinople) and tells a legend of love and jealousy, intensified by the crossing of boundaries between the free and the enslaved, white and black, Muslim and non-Muslim, East and West.

VANNICELLI LECTURE Alexander Kochenburger ’17 received the 2016 Vannicelli Prize, awarded each semester in honor of the late Holy Cross political science professor and Washington Semester director, Maurizio Vannicelli, for the best research paper produced in the Washington Semester program. The prize also involves delivering a lecture to the campus community; Kochenburger discussed “Resettling Syrian Refugees in America: Regional Stability & Saving Lives” on Nov. 9, 2016, in Rehm Library.

ON STAGE The Fenwick Theatre stage became the Upper West Side of New York City, as Alternate College Theatre (ACT) actors performed “Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright. The comedic play tells the story of 20-something aspiring writers and the celebrated editor they are trying to impress; Emma Callahan ’18 directed the production.

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, an annual celebration with seasonal music and holiday Scripture readings, was presented by the chaplains’ office on Dec. 8, 2016, in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. More than 1,400 members of the Holy Cross community from near and far enjoyed the event via a live stream on the Holy Cross website.