Monday Morning Update

August 25, 2014

Injustice & Inequality: In Texas, a wrongfully convicted person is entitled to $80,000 per year for wrongful incarceration. In Illinois, a person could receive as little as $8,000 each year, depending on the amount of time served. Many states lack any statutes compensating the wrongfully convicted. In a Providence Journal op-ed last week, Economics Professor Robert Rosenthal drew attention to the injustice of a situation where only one in five of those exonerated receive compensation equal to or greater than the federal standard, which is $50,000.  An authority on the value of economic loss, Rosenthal wrote, “The injustice that begins with a wrongful conviction, in too many cases, seems to extend well beyond the time that one’s freedom is granted.” To read his analysis, visit here.

Stargazing: Written by Physics Professor Chet Raymo and published 22 years ago, The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage recently topped a Boston Globe list of books about stargazing. Reviewer Katharine Whittemore hailed Raymo’s book for its brilliance. She described it as “a soulful affair, quoting poets like Rilke and Roethke, featuring rich wood engravings by Michael McCurdy, and strewing a nebula of lovely metaphors.” We have two copies and you might win one if you know the name of the Hollywood movie based on Raymo’s novel, The Dork of Cork. Email answers to

Democratic Forums: Inside the Science Center on Tuesday night, three Democratic candidates for Governor of Massachusetts debated such issues as education, casinos, medical marijuana, public safety and more. Before the debate, supporters of each camp were out in force, rallying and cheering on their candidate as the race gathers momentum. Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki moderated the debate, which was sponsored by the Martin Institute, Gatehouse Media and WCVB-Boston. To see photos from the event, visit here. On Thursday, the Martin Institute welcomes the Democratic candidates for Attorney General and Treasurer of Massachusetts. For more information, visit here.

Shovel Shop: Stonehill is probably the only school in the world whose senior class adopts a shovel. That’s the opening of a seven-part audio series on the Ames Shovel Shop that aired on WATD 95.9 FM Radio last week. Featuring College Archivist Nicole Casper ’95, each installment covered the history behind the Ames Shovel Company and the Ames Family and their connections to Stonehill. To listen to the series, visit here.

Going Grey: Based in Hollywood until recently, Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. ’67 brought stability and renewed success to Family Theater Productions, a Catholic media production center sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. In July, he switched coasts to become the President of Holy Cross Family Ministry in Easton. The move is a return of sorts, as Fr. Raymond served in the College’s Campus Ministry and Residence Life Offices earlier in his career. Speaking of his Stonehill experience, with a characteristic chuckle, he told The Anchor, “That’s where I started to go grey.”

Journey Continues: The excitement mounts as Micah Christian ’06 and his band Sons of Serendip prepare to perform on tomorrow night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. The quartet advanced to the show’s Top 20 two weeks ago and are now one step closer to the $1 million prize. To read a recent Boston Globe feature by Lauren Daley ’05, visit here.

Next Issue: We will be taking a break over Labor Day and will resume our normal publication schedule on Monday, September 8. Happy Labor Day!