Holy Cross in the News

Seamus Brennan

News Editor


In recent months, the College of the Holy Cross has appeared in various news stories from national media outlets, most notably including expert commentary from professors, a feature on “Jeopardy!” and inclusion in national college rankings.

Victor Matheson, Professor of Economics, has provided expert commentary pertaining to Super Bowl LII for The New York Times, Forbes and Minneapolis Star Tribune, among others.  Matheson suggested that the economic impact of the Super Bowl is “somewhere between a quarter and a tenth of what is being claimed” to the New York Times.

Holy Cross Director of Government and Community Relations published a piece for Common Wealth Magazine entitled “You shouldn’t need to be rich to run,” in which he argued that the state of Massachusetts would benefit from allowing non-incumbent candidates for federal office to use campaign funds to pay themselves a salary. “A career in public service understandably involves some financial sacrifice, but the system is stacked against many new candidates who do not have the means or ability to ditch their current jobs to make a run for elected office,” he wrote.

Andrew Hwang, Associate Professor of Mathematics, published an article for The Conversation in which he examines what a household budget may look like for the average billionaire.  “Most Americans don’t understand how inequitably American wealth is distributed. Worldwide, wealth inequality is even more stark,” Hwang wrote.  Hwang’s piece has also been featured in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Business Insider and CNBC.

Along with the plethora of expert commentary from Holy Cross professors so far this winter, on Thursday, Jan. 11, Holy Cross made its 12th appearance on “Jeopardy!” in the show’s “College Hoops” category.  The clue, “In 1988, Glenn Tropf of Holy Cross set a single-season record by making 63.4 percent of these long shots,” references 1989 Holy Cross graduate Glenn Tropf, who set the men’s basketball record for three-pointers three decades ago.

Also in January, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked the College of the Holy Cross 13th on its list of the top 100 best values in liberal arts colleges and 25th on its list of the top 300 best values in all colleges in the country for 2017.  Kiplinger includes more than 1,200 four-year public and private schools in its rankings and determines quality by statistic such as each college’s acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio and graduation rate.  In 2017, Holy Cross had an impressive four-year graduation rate of 89 percent – which is among the top five in the United States.

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