Monday Morning Update

September 26, 2016

First Presidential Debate: Experts believe the year’s first presidential debate, happening at 9 p.m. this evening, may have over one hundred million viewers. While most will watch from the couch, Professor Peter Ubertaccio, Martin Institute director, and political science major Ben Rajadurai ’17 will be there in person. We caught up with the duo and got their thoughts on the presidential race and expectations for the debate! Read more here.

The Great Outdoors: Not many clubs can boast more than 100,000 members, a 140-year history, and a dedicated base of supporters ($12 million in fundraising last year). The Appalachian Mountain Club, led by John Judge ’89, offers that and more. The Boston Business Journal recently profiled Judge, taking a deep dive into his time at the organization and what motivates him to fight for a healthier environment. Read more here.

Literary Tradition: Since it started in 2001, the Chet Raymo Literary Series has hosted top writers on campus annually and this year’s guest Lynda Barry continues that great tradition. A painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator and more, Barry has authored 21 books and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones, Mademoiselle, and Salon. For more about her work, visit this New York Times Magazine profile from 2011. Don’t miss her lecture, next Thursday, October 6, 6-8 p.m., in the Martin Institute Auditorium.

Ken Percy Honored: Groundskeeper and union steward Ken Percy is being honored by the Congregation of Holy Cross whose U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers recently named him as a recipient of the Spirit of Holy Cross Award. Working at Stonehill since 1978, Percy received the award in recognition of his service as a lay collaborator who has faithfully served the Holy Cross mission of making God known, loved and served in an educational setting. Congratulations, Ken.

Two Halves to Communication: Writing for The Summit this past week, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Megan Mitchell argued that while colleges across the nation debate trigger warnings and free speech, we shouldn’t forget that listening is just as important to communication as speech. She urges us all to consider how to create a space where students can listen, freely and openly. Read her full column here.

Artist Roots: For National Arts in Education week, stagehand and playwright Marie Cooney ’83 wrote to her local paper explaining how art education transformed her life and, in making her case, she pointed to her Stonehill theatre experience. Singing the praises of Theatre Professor Patricia Sankus, who retired earlier this year, Cooney noted the power of the serious plays and topics that Sankus addressed and how they shaped her personal life and professional career. To read Cooney’s reflection, visit here.

Visiting Speaker: A quick shout out to Harvard Visiting Scholar Dr. Dimitar Bechev, who will be speaking today at Stonehill as a guest of the Learning Inside-Out Network (LION) Program. His talk, from 1:00-2:00 pm in Duffy 207, is entitled “Whither Serbia?” The talk will explore developments in Serbia's domestic politics and foreign policy in the wake of the elections held in April and the formation of a new coalition government.

XC Accolades: Skyhawk Cross Country shined at the recent National Catholic Championships. Our Women’s team (No. 10) placed third overall, and won the NCAA Division II title, with Senior Nicole Borofski placing fourth overall and winning the individual title for D-II. Our Men’s team (No. 23) placed fifth in D-II, with Senior Antonio Xelhua finishing 16th overall. Stonehill is the only Northeast-10 school at which both Men’s and Women’s Cross Country are ranked in the top 25 nationally.