Monday Morning Update

April 28, 2014

Green Guide: Stonehill’s commitment to sustainability and the environment has been featured in the Guide to 332 Green Colleges, published by the Princeton Review. Whether it is the new solar field, water conservation measures or increased composting in the Dining Commons (currently 600 pounds of food waste is composted weekly), we are making progress in being a more sustainable campus. For more, visit here.

One Fund: Like many runners, Peter Paul Payack ’09 didn’t finish the 2013 Boston Marathon. This year, as a member of the One Fund Boston team, he clocked in at 4:17:15, raising $10,000+ for the fund. His reflections on what happened that tragic day earned him the invitation to join the One Fund Boston team. Payack credits leg cramps with keeping him from reaching the finish line when the bombs went off. Subsequently, when the FBI named Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suspect, Payack realized that he had coached “Jahar” in wrestling at his alma mater, Cambridge Rindge and Latin. A production artist/editorial cartoonist, Payack used his talents to produce a Boston Strong illustration, which ESPN snapped up.  For more on his story, visit here.  

Ringing of the Bells: Alumni from our early history might recall the bells that used to ring from the St. Joseph Chapel in Holy Cross Center, but they haven’t worked for years.  Thanks to generous donations, however, Campus Ministry has been able to install a new electronic carillon bell system atop the Chapel of Mary. The new bells rang out officially for the first time on April 15 when the College, in solidarity with churches throughout the region, marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Bible Story: Biblical scholar Professor Emeritus Michael Coogan often argues that the Ten Commandments have been wrenched from their original context and made into a kind of graven image, not to be examined or challenged. In his new book, The Ten Commandments: A Short History of an Ancient Text, he traces their history from Moses to Cecil B. DeMille and the Supreme Court. Rejecting the Commandments as a timeless code, Coogan concludes that some of the specific prohibitions and some of the values underlying them are no longer appropriate in a modern, pluralistic society. Others, however, enshrine more universal ideals, that should be honored, although not by public display. We have four copies of this lively, provocative book. First come, first served. Email

Darkness: We note a small but significant shout out to Professor Emeritus of Physics Chet Raymo in a recent Time cover story on Finding God in the Dark. The article profiles theologian Barbara Brown Taylor, who believes we are often nearest to God in the darkest of voids, and it mentions Raymo as one of the influences on her thinking. Over the years, Raymo’s writing has provided informed meditations on science as a creative human activity while celebrating the grandeur and mystery of the natural world.

Jazz It Up: On a recent sunny afternoon, the sounds of cool jazz echoed across the quad as three professors performed an impromptu jam session. Our musical professors, Lincoln Craton (psychology/guitar) Mike Horne (physics/drums) and Greg Maniero (biology/bass), will be in action again celebrating International Jazz Day on Wednesday, April 30 in Dining Commons A from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome. To see a photo of them jamming on the quad, visit here.

Sad About Leaving: Finals start on Friday. Commencement is just under three weeks away and, while Tara Daniels ’14 always thought she’d be happy to graduate, she never imagined being sad about leaving. In a recent Summit article, Daniels reflected on what she will miss about Stonehill. For example, she noted the support she received one semester when she had to do all of work from the hospital because she had been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. To read her full story, visit here.