Holy Cross in the News

The Kennedy Legacy
James David Christie, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence and Holy Cross organist, performed at the funeral Mass for Sen. Ted Kennedy Hon. ’77 on Aug. 29 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. Susan Graham, mezzo soprano, who sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” joined him. At the end of the service, Christie played one of the most well-known choral pieces from the “German Requiem” of Johannes Brahms, “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place.” Internationally known tenor Placido Domingo and cellist Yo-Yo Ma also performed at the Mass.

Edward O’Donnell, associate professor of history at the College, commented about continuing the Kennedy legacy in the Aug. 27 edition of The Boston Globe: “There might be enough goodwill, enough romance and nostalgia and so forth, to carry (a Kennedy) into office,” he said. “But the electorate could decide that this is the time to make a break. Leave the Kennedy phenomenon on a high note.” In the Aug. 30 edition of The Boston Herald, O’Donnell noted that, despite his stand on reproductive issues, which went against the Catholic Church’s teachings, Sen. Kennedy followed the Church’s position on other key issues such as ending the death penalty and the eradication of poverty. “He fashioned himself to think that social justice accompanies many, many issues of life and justice,” O’Donnell said.

Thoughts on the New G.I. Bill
Vice President for Administration and Finance Michael Lochhead, a native of Sandy, Utah, shared his experiences attending college under the previous G.I. Bill with the Salt Lake Tribune, and commented about how the new bill could positively impact campus culture at Holy Cross. “The benefit in having more veterans at a place like Holy Cross is clearly diversity,” he said. “I think it will really enrich the classroom environment.” Lochhead also spoke about the new G.I. Bill’s benefits on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” which reaches more than 11.5 million listeners each week on 650 public radio stations nationwide.

Saskatchewan Style
Jocelyn Kratchmer ’11, a member of the women’s hockey team that boasted an incredible 24-2-1 season last year, was the subject of a feature story on TSN Canada’s Sports Leader.