Dear Holy Cross Community,
The Spire is so excited to be back with you for the Fall 2020 semester! We are also pleased to introduce our new initiative – weekly newsletters, which will replace our usual print form. Here you will be able to find every article published within an issue, as well as polls and other updates.
To begin this issue, we would like to extend a warm welcome to incoming students – some of whom have already contributed to The Spire! Check out a skillfully-penned satiric poem by Michael Vale ‘24, “A Tale of a Freshman.”
For more first-year experiences, check out “An Interview with Braedan Perry ‘22 and Kendall Swanson ‘22: Thoughts and Advice for the Class of ‘24,” by Stacey Kaliabakos ‘23, Features Editor, as well as “Gateways Orientation Warmly Welcomes Incoming Students,” by Kelly Gallagher ‘22, Editor-in-Chief.
We hope that the entirety of the community is adjusting to this unconventional fall. The college experience this semester is very different, but the Holy Cross spirit continues to unite and support us. Though we are dispersed, there is still plenty of action going on within our community! If you’re looking for faith-based opportunities to connect, check out “Chaplain’s Office Launches Soul Squads,” by Jocelyn Buggy ‘22, News Editor.
For a taste of the College’s arts offerings this semester, read “Arts Transcending Borders Hosts Virtual Open Studio with Kevin Mourad,” by Nicole Letendre ‘23, Features Editor.
Back on campus, Dining Services is working hard to provide a great dining experience while also protecting students and staff, as covered in “Unsung Heroes of Campus: Dining in the Time of Covid,” by Grace Bromage ‘23, Chief Features Editor.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Please check out the list of our full offerings below.
“Chaplain’s Office Launches Soul Squads,” by Jocelyn Buggy ‘22, News Editor.
“Virtual Career Fair connects students with prospective employees,” by Devyn Forcina ‘22, News Editor.
“Gateways Orientation Warmly Welcomes Incoming Students,” by Kelly Gallagher ‘22, Editor-in-Chief.
“A Chinese-American’s Response to Anti-Asian Sentiments,” by Hui Li ‘21, Co-Chief Graphic Designer.
“False Hope,” by Julia Maher ‘23, Opinions Editor.
“Presidential Debates: Why They Really Matter,” by Joe Barbieri ‘23, Opinions Editor.
“So, Trump Knew All Along?” by Maggie Connolly ‘21, Chief Opinions Editor.
“Housing Department Misses the Mark with Virtual RA’s,” by Ethan Bachand ‘22, Chief News Editor.
“Unsung Heroes of Campus: Dining in the Time of Covid,” by Grace Bromage ‘23, Chief Features Editor.
“A Homesick-less Semester for First Year Students,” by Caroline Wallace ‘23, Staff Writer.
“Arts Transcending Borders Hosts Virtual Open Studio with Kevin Mourad,” by Nicole Letendre ‘23, Features Editor.
“Back to School,” by Bridget Flaherty ‘21, Features Editor.
“An Interview with Braedan Perry ‘22 and Kendall Swanson ‘22: Thoughts and Advice for the Class of ‘24,” by Stacey Kaliabakos ‘23, Features Editor.
“Legends From the HC Campus: The Oracle of Williams,” by Hannah Johnson ‘21, Chief Eggplant Editor.
“A Tale of a Freshman,” by Michael Vail ‘24, Staff Writer.
“If We Went Back,” by Mario Micallef, Eggplant Editor.
“NFL Week 1 Takeaways,” by Mike O’Brien ‘23, Chief Sports Editor.
We hope you enjoy this first issue of The Spire! If you would like to receive future weekly newsletters, please submit your email in this Google Form. Otherwise, you can peruse newsletters in our Issues tab on our website.
Finally, we would like to extend our invitation for you to engage with us this semester. If you would like to submit an article, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Instagram at HCSpire, on Facebook at hcspire, and on Twitter at HC_Spire.
Thank you very much for reading!
Featured graphic design by Hui Li ’21