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Award-winning author and Columbia journalism professor Samuel Freedman gave a reading from his latest book, Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, as part of the Working Writers Series. The event was sponsored by the creative writing program and the W.H. Jenks Chair.     

Everlasting Gobstoppers 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the HC chapter of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosted a reading of selections from Dahl’s “land of pure imagination” with an assortment of “scrumdiddlyumptious sweets.”

Artist Jeffrey Marshall discussed his work drawing post-Katrina New Orleans in an Artist Talk April 10 in Stein Hall. Marshall spoke with students and faculty about the environmental, racial and governmental problems that contributed to the disaster, and how he addresses that in his work. 

Outfront, a Holy Cross GLBTQ faculty and staff alliance, hosted several events, including “Notes on a Moral Masculinity: Rethinking Relationships between Homophobia, Heterosexism and Sexual Violence,” a lecture by sociologist and author C.J. Pascoe (sponsored by the Committee on Sexual Assault Facts and Education and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture).

Bookstore by the Numbers
Holy Cross Bookstore Director Dave McKenna stocks hundreds of items showcasing Purple Pride, and recently gave HCM the inside scoop on the Top 5 best-selling products in the store. Remember that the Bookstore is open all summer, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also buy online at  

1  “We ♥ Our Jesuit Pope” T-shirt ($15)  

2  Holy Cross balloon wine glass ($12)  
3  Vineyard Vines “Shep” shirt in navy ($99)   

4 Holy Cross felt banner ($30)

5 Holy Cross “1843” hat in purple ($20)

The theatre department mounted six performances of Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by visiting lecturer Shana Gozansky, in Fenwick Theatre. (Visit for a 2014–15 performance schedule.)

Christopher Shugrue ’13, of Rocky Hill, Conn., has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Shugrue, who majored in chemistry, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Yale University. 

Sand Art 
Following the Holy Week street-decorating tradition of some Latin American countries, students in Fundamentals of Drawing with Susan Schmidt, associate professor of visual arts, created a colorful sand carpet leading to the steps of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel for Palm Sunday. 

Social Library 
Holy Cross Libraries joined libraries across the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries through selfies, tweets, comments and videos. The event helped demonstrate the value of libraries and raise awareness that libraries are busier than ever. 

Save the Date: Annual Women In Business Conference
Longevity in the Workplace: The Pursuit of Self Discovery on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Keynote Speaker: Anne Fink '85, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PepsiCo. Visit for more information. 

Senior Awards
In a ceremony on May 22 in the Dinand Library Main Reading Room, President of the College Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., presented about 60 awards for academic excellence and leadership in service to graduating seniors. The Presidential Service Awards were bestowed on Gary Acquah, Katherine Barrett, Christopher Gillis, Lauren Hammer, Kenneth Jordan, Jr., Derek Kump, Kelly Nedorostek, Christina Richardson, Anthony Russo, Emily Sullivan, Yarlennys Villaman and Anne Wynters. Click here to read the full list of senior award winners in this issue’s Web Exclusives.

That’s Classic 
A record number 855 high school students from more than 28 New England schools came to campus for the 42nd annual Classics Day, celebrating Roman culture and organized by Holy Cross’ classics department. 

200 Years 
Dinand Library hosted a book exhibition, “Foundation of a Collection: Early 19th-Century Books,” in the Main Reading Room as part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Jesuit Restoration.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Bernstein closed the philosophy department’s 2013-14 colloquia with a lecture, “Leo Strauss on the Borders of Jerusalem and Athens.” 

Chris Arrell, assistant professor of music, was awarded the distinguished Ettelson Composer Award for his piece “Of Three Minds.” Arrell was one of two winners chosen from more than 200 applicants.

Artistic Research 
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Leila Philip, associate professor of English, a summer stipend in the amount of $6,000 to research the late Toshiko Takaezu, an internationally recognized ceramic artist.

On Display
There is still time to see the current exhibit at the Cantor Art Gallery, “Our Fragile Home,” with paintings and sculptures by artist Pat Musick, produced in collaboration with her husband, former astronaut and retired Marine Corps Colonel Jerry Carr. In 1990, Carr was invited along with 40 other astronauts and cosmonauts to participate in an Earth Day celebration at the United Nations. Six were chosen to reflect upon their feelings as they first looked back at Earth from space. In the audience, Musick noted that the space travelers, each in their own language, all used the same words to describe their responses—beauty, sustain, harmony, nurture, steward, protect, fragile and balance. It was this experience that prompted her to create a body of artwork that might in turn inspire others to reflect on our collective relationship to our planet. “Our Fragile Home” will be on display through July 25. For more information, visit

College President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., wrote extensively about his Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Italy in a special blog, “In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius.” Read the blog and see the stunning photos at

Denise Schaeffer (left), professor of political science, and Robert Bellin, associate professor of biology, have received the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Awards for outstanding scholarship and academic advising, respectively. 

Gateways, the summer orientation for the Class of 2018, gave students and parents a glimpse of life on the Hill and a chance to meet faculty and administrators who will help them along the way.

Tweet Sweet 
Twitter has ranked Holy Cross as having one of the 50 most influential higher education accounts in America. In the company of large research universities, the College’s “social authority” ranking tied with that of Colgate University-—and was surpassed by only two liberal arts schools.

Shared Wisdom
Members of the Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th reunion this spring, just after the Class of 2014 walked the grass on Fitton Field to receive their diplomas. As a special gift, the elder Crusaders created “What We’ve Learned,” a booklet for the newest graduates. Here are a few of our favorite pieces of sage advice from ’64: 

“Helping others is the best antidote for aging that I’ve found. Purposeful immaturity is also good.”

“No matter what happens, no one can take away your education. Use it wisely.” 

“Having a purpose that matters is what matters.”

“Consider yourselves very, very lucky. The work starts now.”

"Stay healthy. Stay active.”

“As proud as you are to graduate from Holy Cross, you will be even more proud in 50 years.” 

To read more advice from the Class of 1964, click here.