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Campus Happenings

May – July 2017


New Leaders in College Administration
Along with changes in senior leadership at Holy Cross, Holy Cross is proud to announce four key leadership positions have been filled.

Bill McKenney, who has served the college as director of Residence Life for the past three years, is now also the dean of students. Bill brings to this role not only his expertise in student life administration, but also a keen sense of the Holy Cross mission. McKenney has been a key collaborator with The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College to bring Holy Cross students even greater campus experiences and has plans to continue raising standards for student life.

JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, formerly the director of Alumni and Parent Programs is the new director of development. Wilson Hastings will work with Father David Tyson, C.S.C., interim president, and Michael Griffin, Ph.D., senior vice president, on the strategic direction of the college’s fundraising efforts. She will also work on planned giving and major gifts.

Jordan Schank will begin on August 2, 2017 as the director of admissions. Formerly the assistant director of admissions at The University of Notre Dame, Schank brings seven years of experience in undergraduate admissions and a deep understanding of the C.S.C. collegiate environment. “I am thrilled to lead a team of energetic admissions counselors who exhibit a strong passion for all things Holy Cross,” says Schank. “Together, we will enroll the best students for Holy Cross.”

Adam DeBeck is moving from associate director of Admissions to director of Alumni, Parent, and Community Relations. “Adam’s long history at Holy Cross makes him a natural fit for this position,” says Griffin. “He’s so connected to current students, alumni, and the South Bend community, he will be a great leader at the college.” DeBeck will continue to advise Admissions as they transition to their new director.


SOAR Lends Incoming Freshmen a Helping Hand
In June, Holy Cross hosted five sessions of Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration, known as SOAR. Led by Gwendolyn Higgins, academic advisor, current students at Holy Cross guided incoming freshmen through a day-long introduction to the Holy Cross experience. The student leaders were Caleb McDaniel, ’20, I.C. Young, ’20, Ayari Lopez, ’20, Bashar Saleh, ’20, Max Coduti, ’20, Steven Juzwiak, ’19, Abby Magyar, ’20, and Katie Luczak, ’19.

A truly whole-college event, students who attended SOAR learned more about individual programs at the college, Information Technology, Campus Ministry, Counseling, Student Programming, COMPASS, and so much more. They were also able to sign up for classes.

There will be one more SOAR session in August right before school starts for students who weren’t previously able to attend.


Gateway Program Enters Fifth Year
A Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame collaboration, the Gateway program offers a group of incoming freshmen selected by Notre Dame the opportunity to enroll at Holy Cross for one year with a guaranteed transfer to Notre Dame upon successful completion of the program. Gateway students attend classes at both institutions and must maintain a 3.5 GPA and good standing at both schools to transfer. Being involved with both campuses gives students a unique and formative college experience.

The Gateway program finished a successful fourth year in 2016-2017. There were 56 students in the class, and all who applied received transfer acceptance to Notre Dame.

This year also saw the program’s first graduates from Notre Dame. All 17 students who transferred to Notre Dame after the inaugural Gateway year graduated last year, many with honors.

Since that first class, the Gateway program has seen growth every year. In 2017-2018, a record 66 Gateway students are planning to attend Holy Cross for their first year of college before transferring to Notre Dame to finish their academic career.


Holy Cross History Association Holds Conference
The Holy Cross History Association held its annual conference June 1-3, 2017, at Holy Cross College.

The conference included a range of subjects in its presentations, including a new app on Sisters of the Holy Cross who served in the American Civil War as nurses, the sculptures of Brother Bernard Klim, and apocalypse symbolism in the basilica at Notre Dame, among many others. Presenters included Tony Oleck, a graduate student from the University of Notre Dame, Hugh O’Donnell, Marsha Stevenson, Notre Dame librarian, Kevin Cawley, Notre Dame archivist, Joseph Tobin from Holy Cross Village, Brother Frank Ellis, and Lisa Loughran.

Participants in the conference also viewed local Holy Cross historical sites at Old College, the Basilica, the Hesburgh Library, the Midwest Archives, Schubert Villa, and Saint Mary’s College, where Sister Esther Black guided attendees around Loretta Chapel and the Sisters’ cemetery.

At the end of the conference, Holy Cross History Association approved the location of next year’s conference at Moreau Seminary and new officers, including a new president, Father James Connolly, C.S.C.


Labor & Leisure Conference Attracts International Attendance
From July 10-11, 2017, Holy Cross College hosted the fifth international, interdisciplinary conference in The Style & Quality of Life in Modern Humanity series. A collaboration between Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland, and Holy Cross College, this year’s conference theme was “Labor & Leisure.”

More than 50 academics from around the world presented their papers and research in disciplines ranging from theology to economics to poetry. Carolyn Yauyan Woo, former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, gave an inspiring keynote address on Monday. The conference ended with the organizers making plans for Holy Cross faculty and students to attend next year’s conference in Poland and bringing the conference back to Holy Cross in 2019.


Saints & Scholars Completes its Second Year
More than 120 high school students from across the country visited the Holy Cross College campus from July 14-28 for the second annual Saints & Scholars Institute. Divided into two one-week programs, Saints & Scholars is a summer theology program that merges big ideas about the world with deep theological concepts and challenges students to pray with saints, learn with scholars, and heal the world. Many students attended Saints & Scholars after finishing with Notre Dame Vision, creating an even deeper faith experience.

This year, there were six “tracks” of study: medicine, human rights, media, science, sustainability, and business. Mornings were devoted to classroom learning, and afternoons were spent putting discussion into practice. Among many other real-world experiences, students worked on sustainable farms, created radio commercials, visited mission-focused businesses, presented story times for refugee children, and held science and health fairs for children in the local community.


Changes to Campus Dining
On July 31, 2017, Notre Dame Campus Dining began management of the Holy Cross College dining program, including the Siegfried Dining Hall and a re-branded café serving Starbucks coffee and food.

Campus Dining will deliver the high level of quality guests have come to expect at its Notre Dame locations, utilizing locally and sustainably produced foods wherever possible. Assistant Director Marc Poklinkowski and Campus Chef Matt Seitz will be serving updated menus based on current trends created by chefs certified by the American Culinary Federation.

Many of the employees students, faculty, and staff have gotten to know over the years will continue to be a part of Holy Cross Campus Dining, and Campus Dining will continue to hire students on campus.


Cortes Book Announcement
Holy Cross College is proud to announce that Ángel Cortés, Ph.D., chair of the history department, has written a new book on Orestes Brownson, one of the great figures of 19th century American Catholicism. The book, Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace (Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000), will be available August 8, 2017.

As a professor, Cortés inspires his students with his passion for history. He teaches freshmen in the first year College Seminar, honors U.S. History, and a variety of upper level history classes. Cortés works tirelessly side-by-side with his students in class and on research projects. He is also a frequent organizer of extracurricular academic experiences at the college, including coordinating the college’s annual Constitution Day lecture and leading past global perspectives excursions to Mexico and Peru.

For more information about the book, please visit http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319518763.

Older Events

January-February 2017


January 19, MLK Day of Celebration
Afternoon classes were canceled so that students could attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. A series of four rotating sessions went from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and a keynote address began at 7 p.m. Nearly 180 faculty, staff, and students attended the events, which started with an introduction and blessing from Br. John Paige, president of Holy Cross College.

Opening address

G. David MossIn the rotating sessions, Dr. G. David Moss, director of the African American Student and Parent Services department for the South Bend Community School Corporation, spoke about the American prison system and the harm it inflicts on poor people and minorities. He spent a little while talking, including sharing shocking statistics about the prison industry, but then spent most of his time engaging his listeners by asking what solutions they could think of.

George GarnerGeorge Garner, curator at the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Museum, gave students an inside look at the history of the South Bend Natatorium. Mr. Garner opened helped students realize that segregation did not just affect distant communities across the United States, but also affected individuals in the local South Bend community

Kelly JordanKelly Jordan, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and dean of students, shared the background and detail behind King’s most famous speech: I Have a Dream. Many students were surprised to learn that the words “I have a dream” had been used in other speeches before, and weren’t in the written text of King’s speech.

Juan ConstantinoJuan Constantino, ’16, who works at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, shared his emotional story of his life as an undocumented immigrant in this country. Several of the listeners were brought to tears at his impassioned description of the difficulty and uncertainty of education, work, and safety as an undocumented immigrant. Constantino also shared what the South Bend organizations and government are doing to make undocumented immigrants feel welcome in the community.

David Moss KeynoteDr. G. David Moss also gave the keynote speech. He spoke about how deeply education matters to combat racism in our community. Dr. Moss talked about the importance of mentoring youth and ensuring that they are given the necessary tools to succeed academically and throughout their lives. He ended his talk with a challenge to Holy Cross students to not just discuss problems, but to go out and make a difference in their community.


January 24, Library Provides Flipster Magazines
Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of the McKenna Library. Click on the Flipster link on the McKenna Library Resources page to access a site where you can browse among the magazines offered to you by the library. You can then click to view Newsweek (en Español, tambien), Oprah, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, or Time within your browser. This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, as long as you are connected to the Internet. It’s like having your own, personal subscription!

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January 25, Jazzman’s Sandwiches Get Faster
Jazzman’s installed a new turbo oven to make mealtimes faster and easier for students on the go and between classes.

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February 2, Race, Class, and Justice Discussion
Holy Cross College hosted the local breakfast series “Food for Thought” with a discussion on Race, Class, and Justice. Local academics and organizations came together to discuss a range of topics such as School to Prison Pipeline, Access to Health Care, Sanctuary Cities/Campuses, Police Accountability, Wages and Income, Mass Incarceration and more.

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February 3, Play for Jake Donates AED
Dan Bigg and the Play for Jake Foundation donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Holy Cross College faculty area. Play for Jake is an organization dedicated to educating parents and students about the dangers of undetected heart conditions and preventing sudden cardiac arrest in young people.

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February 8, Lynn Coleman: Leading Through Service
Community organizer Lynn Coleman spoke to students at the monthly Practical Lessons in Success speaker series. Coleman is a former South Bend Police Officer, assistant to former South Bend Mayor, Steve Luecke, as well as a current Violent Injury Community Liaison with Beacon Health Services. He spoke about leadership through service and how that idea can transform people and communities.

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February 15, Basketball Seniors Honored
The men’s basketball team honored three seniors: O’Brien Hobbs, Madison McCaffrey, and Brian Aldrich. The women’s team honored Shana Anderson for her four years of work on and off the basketball court. Since the night ended in wins for the both of the Saints basketball teams, it was a great sendoff for these four exceptional student athletes.

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February 16, Students Thank Donors
Students, faculty, and staff wrote notes to thank donors for their help in making a Holy Cross education possible. Over 150 thank you notes were written, and pictures taken, in appreciation of the generous donors who make up the tuition gap every year.

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February 16, Br. John Talks to COMPASS Group
Br. John Paige, president of Holy Cross College, was the guest speaker for a COMPASS workshop. He shared his experience in his journey in life of teaching, why he became a brother rather than a priest, and where it took him along the way. He lastly shared how he finally was able to pursue his passion of working in Africa after he had served his calling as a Brother in DC, Rome and all around the globe. Students were particularly interested in his insight on learning new skills all along your journey of discovery, being willing to learn from others and “being still” to hear what your internal gut feeling is saying.

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February 17-18, Parents Enjoy Visiting HCC
XX families attended the first Holy Cross Parents’ Weekend open to all parents. The weekend was full of fun events including an international food dinner, bounce houses for all ages, carriage rides, and a talk from Br. John Paige, president of the college.

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February 20-23, Lit Fest Success
Holy Cross hosted its first Literary Festival in February. The week started with a faculty poetry and essay reading on Monday by Professors Melanie Page, Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., and Br. George Klawitter, CSC. On Tuesday, Steve Carlsen, an Army combat veteran, read from his recent book written from the perspective of an Iraqi soldier. The Hammes Bookstore on the University of Notre Dame campus hosted author Michael Collins, Ph.D. Dr. Collins, who also teaches in the English department at Holy Cross College, read selections from his most recent novel and work produced under his direction by students from the Westville Education Initiative (WEI). An Irish immigrant, Dr. Collins is the author of ten works of fiction translated into 22 languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth was a finalist for The Man Booker Prize. The final event on Thursday was a student open mic night, where students read their own original work, as well as presented writing from WEI students. The week was a great success, with each event full of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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October-December 2016

Compiled by Victoria Netkovick, ’19

Dig for the Cure
At this year’s Dig for the Cure event on October 5, volleyball didn’t just bring fun to campus – it also allowed students to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Each 6-member team that registered to participate paid 10 dollars as an entrance fee, which was then donated to the National Breast Cancer foundation. Spectators enjoyed the music, bonfire, and food. Many teams competed, but only one was left standing at the end. After a hard-fought battle, the team standing at the end was comprised of Megan Santos, Kacey Hudson, Daniel Laskowski, Santiago Migliaro, Jacob Riley.
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DES Induction
At the annual Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction on October 5, eligible students were inducted into the DES national honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Inductees of Holy Cross College’s Epsilon Delta Chapter are required to have completed at least one half of the credit requirements for their bachelor’s degree and rank in the top twenty percent of their class in scholarship. Each year a faculty member speaks at the event, and is then also inducted into the society. This year it was Cosette Fox, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, who spoke about how psychology can help students succeed.

The 2016 student inductees were: Kaylee Ables, Herbert Borek, Colin Crawford, Kylie Day, Mary Freeby, Brandon Harris, Leon Kyles, Marco Medina, Veronica Ramirez, Jacob Schudt, Tagin Schultheis, Jacqueline Tarzian and George Sutherland.
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Fall Fest
Once fall break ended, the countdown began: seven days until Halloween. From October 24-28, the Holy Cross Student Government Association welcomed back students from fall break with a week full of Halloween-themed fun. These events allowed students to bond over their excitement for everyone’s favorite creepy holiday. The highlights of this fun-filled week were the trick-or-treating event Ghosts and Goblins and the HoCro Hoedown.

This year’s Ghosts and Goblins event took place on October 25. Children of all ages dressed up in their Halloween costumes and flocked to the delightfully decorated Holy Cross College campus for some safe trick-or-treating fun. After crafts, games, candy and a costume contest in Jazzman’s Café, the children traveled to North Hall to knock on students’ dorm room doors in hope of obtaining candy. This event was not only fun for the children, but also for Holy Cross students: students decorated their dorms for this event and were encouraged to dress up in their own Halloween costumes. This event never fails to put smiles on the faces of all who attend.
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There was also some new events this year. One was Flannels and Fire. Students gathered on the O’Connor Commons to sit around a blazing fire to sing, roast marshmallows and have fun. Later in the week, pumpkin carving stations were set up outside, and local pet rescues brought dogs to campus to visit with students.
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HoCro Hoedown was the big finale to top off Fall Fest on October 27. Attendees received a free t-shirt, and indulged in caramel apples, a fall favorite. Many students participated in attempting to eat the powdered donuts hung from the tent without using their hands, to varying levels of success. After the fun and the food, students could cut a rug on the dance floor with their peers. To make this memory last forever, students had the opportunity to have their picture taken with many of the fall themed props provided. The HoCro Hoedown was a fun and memorable way to conclude Fall Fest.
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ND vs. Miami (FL) Alumni Tailgate
Alumni and Parents Programs brought a return to tradition on October 29 with a Notre Dame Football tailgate. The entire Holy Cross community was invited to the Holy Cross tent to visit friends, catch up on Holy Cross news, and share chicken wings, cookies, and chips. The day was a rousing success, and more than one person was disappointed when the tent finally closed for the game, in which Notre Dame just edged out the Miami Hurricanes, 27-30.

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Sophomore Anchor Day
College sophomores find themselves in an awkward stage: they have one year of college under their belt, but are still far from graduation. Each year, the school places aside one day just for Sophomores called Sophomore Anchor Day. According to the mission statement of Anchor Day: “In thinking about the Christian vocation to holiness as an ongoing journey, the Sophomore Anchor Day Experience invites students to engage both the mind and the heart in all matters of discernment.” On November 2-3, around 30 students and 10 team members traveled to Camp Ray Bird for this amazing anchor day. The team was comprised of both junior and senior students, ensuring sophomores benefited from their Anchor Day experience. “The highlight of Anchor Day is that students are really able to engage the mind and the heart, says Andrew Polaniecki, director of Campus Ministry. “Throughout the day, students participated in letter writing, mindful stretching, quiet contemplation, and scripture reflection.”
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Spes Unica XXXIX
Spes Unica is a retreat which occurs once each semester. Director of Campus Ministry Andrew Polaniecki noted, “The purpose of the retreat is to have the opportunity to grow in your relationship with God and to have a chance to get to know other members of the Holy Cross community in a relaxed setting.” The 39th Spes Unica retreat took place over November 11-13. Forty-eight students participated in this weekend long retreat. Polaniecki says “The fellowship aspect of this retreat truly allows students to connect with each other, but also have a lot of fun.”

This next Spes Unica retreat in the spring will mark the 20th anniversary of the event.
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Thanksgiving Food Baskets
November is often known as the month of giving. Each year, the Holy Cross Social Concerns Committee, along with other student volunteers, use donated food items to create food baskets for families in need. On November 20, five days before Thanksgiving, students from all over campus came together to pack around 75 food baskets, breaking their previous record of 60. After those food baskets were packed they were then delivered to 75 different families throughout the South Bend community.
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Winter Formal
Held at the Riverside Terrace on December 3, the Winter Formal allowed students to come together with friends before the busy week of finals began. Students enjoyed food and a cash bar, and danced to the great music provided. With snowflakes hung from the ceiling, the dance had a wonderful wintry theme. Though the night is over, students can look forward to another dance in the spring.
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Las Posadas
On December 5, students and faculty gathered to observe the tradition of Las Posadas, which reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to find a place to stay to give birth to Jesus, and is often used to teach children the Christmas story. The group walked around campus singing and asking the dorms to shelter them. After being turned away, they are finally accepted in for refreshments and fellowship. After the posadas procession was completed, a piñata was hung in the atrium to be smashed, raining candy down on all who participated.
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December Graduation
This year, Holy Cross was pleased to confer degrees on 17 BA graduates and 6 AA graduates at a reception on December 8.
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July-September 2016



Incoming Saints S.O.A.R. Onto Campus
During the hot days of summer, Saints Orientation, Advising and Registration for incoming freshman (S.O.A.R.) was taking place at Holy Cross College. Five S.O.A.R. sessions took place over the summer, with a total attendance of 210 students. S.O.A.R. gives the new students the opportunity to ask those important questions in preparation for move in day. Students and parents were given information from the financial aid office, residence life, alumni and parent programs, and many other departments. Throughout the day, students were able to meet with their academic advisors and get an idea of their schedule for the fall semester. According to Bill McKenney, Director of Residence Life and Housing and coordinator of S.O.A.R., “These S.O.A.R. days gave the students an opportunity to meet fellow students and get acclimated to the campus. The S.O.A.R. program is the first step in helping the students feel at home Holy Cross.”

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High School Students Experience Saints & Scholars
Around 130 high school student from across the country migrated to Holy Cross College to participate in the first annual Saints & Scholars summer theology institute (SSI). Each morning these students attended classes that combined theological ideas with global concerns such as public health, media, human rights, and sustainability. In the afternoons, the students left campus for community-based learning, which allowed them to apply their classroom knowledge and learn by experience. This program truly incorporates Holy Cross College’s educational mission established by Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C. Blessed Father Moreau believed a great education incorporated praying, learning, and healing. Dr. Michael Griffin, director of the program, said one of his highlights from the summer was being able to see these bright high school students gain an interest in Holy Cross, and many were even able to picture themselves perhaps as a student here one day.

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Welcome Weekend Finishes With a Bang
Between August 20-22, 184 new students moved in to the residential halls at Holy Cross College. Thanks to the 32 returning students who were part of the fall 2016 Welcome Weekend Crew, the weekend sailed along smoothly. Nearly 600 students, family members, and staff attended the St. André Dinner Saturday evening, August 20, in the Pfeil center, but according to a student survey, the St. Soiree was the highest rated event of the weekend. All students, new and returning, were invited to attend the St. Soiree which capped off the end of Welcome Weekend Monday, August 22. This year, the highlight of the St. Soiree was a special 50th anniversary fireworks show, a dramatic way to mark the beginning of the academic year.

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Service Project Cleans Up New Building
On Sunday, August 21, over 75 alumni and students joined together to complete the first ever Alumni/Student Service Project. The service project, cleaning up the outside of the new St. Joseph Arts and Science Building, was a joint effort between the Alumni and Parent Programs Office and the Student Programming Office. Alumni and students gathered trash and pulled weeds in order to beautify outside of the building. “Holy Cross College has a long history of having its students provide service to others,” Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, explains. “We thought during this 50th anniversary year it made sense to bring together alumni and students to give of their time and talent to Holy Cross, and we hope this project will become an annual event.”

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Soccer Season Kicks Off
Soccer season at Holy Cross College officially began on August 24. The Holy Cross men’s soccer team took on the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University. The first minutes of the game looked gloomy for the Saints. The Golden Eagles defense was playing on the top of their game. Until the 35’ mark the score was 0-0. That all changed when Cayetano Donoso, ’20, and Jonathan Boye, ’19, came into the game. Donoso passed the ball to Boye, who scored the Saints first goal of the season giving the Saints a 1-0 lead, a lead they would never give up. With the help of newcomers and teamwork, the Saints men had a great start to the 2016 season.

The Holy Cross women’s soccer team hosted Grace Bible College on August 29. The first half didn’t go as the Saints planned, and they went down 3-0 going into halftime. In the second half, the Saints looked to get back in the game. Brianna Gonzalez, ’19, and Lizzie Medina, ’19, each shot 3 shots on the goal, but unfortunately, the Saints couldn’t come back, and lost this game to Grace Bible College with a score of 3-0. This loss only makes them more determined for their next home game, September 24, against Saint Ambrose University.

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Res Life Block Party a Hit
Residence Life welcomed students back to their neighborhood on August 30 with a campus-wide block party. The music playing from the O’Connor Commons drew out around 75 students from their dorms. Ice cream was handed out to all the students that attended, and students could play various lawn games, as well as play with a variety of inflatable toys and castles. Despite the overcast weather, it turned out to be a great way for students to drop their school work for a little while and meet their fellow Saints and hall mates.

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Ping Pong Supremacy Fiercely Fought
On September 1, students participated in the first Table Tennis Tournament of fall 2016. Twenty-three students playing varying styles of ping pong registered to battle for the first and second place Chipotle gift card prizes. After two hours of brutal competition, two students emerged victorious and headed to the final championship game. Reigning champion from last year, Parker Zimmerman, sophomore of Basil Hall, went head-to-head against freshman newcomer Grant Murphy of Anselm. The audience was divided: many students found themselves cheering for both Murphy and Zimmerman. The game was tight for a while until Murphy found himself down 18- 13. Despite the odds, Murphy managed to tie the game, but at the end of the day his miraculous comeback wasn’t enough to beat the reigning champion, Zimmerman, who claimed his second championship (and Chipotle gift card) with pride.

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Hall Olympics Start New Tradition
Around 70 students participated in the Hall Olympics event on September 3. Each hall was represented by a team of 8 students. These students participated in many events which included 3 on 3 Basketball, sand volleyball, dodgeball, relay races, an inflatable obstacle course, and various water games. After the events were complete, the first place winners were South Hall, followed closely by Basil Hall. The ladies from North Hall rounded off the top three. Megan Gettinger, women’s hall director, shared that the Hall Olympics were more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “Participating in these Hall Olympics allowed students to work together in a competitive setting while building campus spirit,” she said. “We can’t wait to see who wins next year!”

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For future events, please visit our calendar.