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Holy Cross college’s Father McFarland: Enabler extraordinaire

By Rosalie Tirella

This is why the College of the Holy Cross has so many problems with underage drinking/partying: Father McFarland, president of Holy Cross, is an enabler extraordinaire. When it comes to his young charges on College Hill, there is no limit to the bull he will throw at HC critics, no end to the denial of a reality that Worcesterites and even most Holy Cross students have acknowledged for years: HOLY CROSS COLLEGE IS A PARTY SCHOOL.

During a TV newscast last night, which pretty much recapped the point we made about the rowdy/booze-fueled parties HC students hold on Caro Street, the TV reporter tried to get a quote from a Holy Cross official – most likely the school’s president, Father McFarland. On our tv screens we saw pictures of trash on Caro Street, a huge banner hanging from a three decker front porch on Caro Street advertising a party. You would think the school president would do the mature thing … .

But how did Father McFarland react to these TV shots – Worcesterites’ reality?

Neither McFarland nor any HC p.r. flak, for that matter, would show his/her face on TV. How sad when you compared McFarland’s silence and the TV shots featuring Worcester City Manager Mike O’Brien looking exasperated and telling the camera that for the past three weeks Holy Crss students have been out of control on Caro Street – doing things like “urinating in bushes.”

Holy Cross release a “statement,” a blurb thrown up on the TV screen with no name attached. The statement pretty much sounded like a spoiled kid. It said Holy Cross college was pissed that City (Worcester) officials would talk so critically of their students! And if they continued to do so, HC’s and Worceter’s relationship would not move “forward.” Meaning they would pull the plug on whatever good they are doing in town.

No apologies. No, reaching out to the community. No promise of educating HC students. Nothing. Just blasting the city – and then threatening the city.

Jesus would be ashamed of these Jesuits.

Holy Cross does not pay PILOT! WPI, MCPHS and now Clark University pay PILOT!

Holy Cross has the largest endowment of any Worcester College – millions, upon millions, upon millions of dollars! Yet Holy Cross does not offer full scholarships to poor South Worcester kids who ace their reportcards and are good enough (all A’s) to attend Holy Cross but cannot afford to pay the steep tuition. Clark University has a great program that does just this – gives full scholarships to high achieving Main South kids – ultimately lifting poor Main South families out of poverty and creating a lot of good will in the ‘hood (and city). Truth be told, Holy Cross is the biggest cheap skate college in town! HC has even closed all worker holiday parties (like cafeteria workers) to Worcester kids. They used to invite our inner-city young ones!

Who does Father McFarland think he is? When his puss is plastered on the cover of the Telegram and Gazette and the paper’s website, when his school is featured on the TV news and other websites (like ours) and more – with EVERYONE TELLING HIM TO GET HIS STUDENTS UNDER CONTROL AND STOP THEIR PUKING, PISSING AND PRANKS – he shuts down. Just like the wizzened, dried up, loveless, arrogant man he is. What was the name of the priest in The Scarlet Letter?

Father McFarland needs to listen to the community and react appropriately.

Holy Cross college: even its students admit it’s a mega-kegga all the time!

By Rosalie Tirella

Interesting stuff! Even the students at Holy Cross admit that booze plays a major part in their lives at HC. I just visited a very interesting website – unigo.com – a website where kids rate their colleges, talk honestly about the schools they attend. It’s meant to be read by other college students or high school kids who are thinking of attending various colleges, including The College of the Holy Cross. The straight dope – for their pals.

Depressing fact that District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller and half of South Worcester have been wrestling with for years: kids at Holy Cross love to party. At unigo.com, Holy Cross students even list the name of the street – CARO STREET!!! – where the Holy Cross partying happens! Wow! Caro Street – a kind of landmark for budding alcoholics! Tell Father McFarland! Let him learn – or stop denying – the truth.

Read what the rest of the world is reading about Holy Cross and its environs in unigo.com:

“The social scene at Holy Cross is largely run by students involved in athletics, perhaps due to the lack of Greek life on campus. Much of the partying takes place on Caro St, where several upperclassmen live in off-campus houses and throw big, loud parties that can spill into the street.

“There aren’t frats or sororities, but there’s Caro St. off-campus apartments people go to, and sports houses that function kind of like frats or sororities,” writes a senior sociology major.

Alcohol has a definite presence at Holy Cross, and students who like to party will go out several nights a week. “People tend to party 3-4 times per week, and drink excessively on the weekends,” reports a junior majoring in political science.

Lovely.

Here’s more:

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest score, the students at Holy Cross rate alcohol/alcohol use a whopping 8!

Take that, Father McFarland!

Out of the mouths of coddled babes … .

And from another Holy Cross student: “Sports are very popular at Holy Cross. Unfortunately, on the weekends much of the fun revolves around drinking, so for those of you who don’t drink, try to be prepared for that … .”

Yeesh ….

One College Hill resident writes re: her Holy Cross college neighbors

By T. Jablanski

I am the Director-elect of Junior Clubs for the General Federation of Woman’s Club here in Massachusetts. I am also a resident of College Hill. I take issue with Eileen’s’ comment “While Worcester residents are busy complaining about undergrads drinking a lot, Holy Cross students are contemplating serious real-world problems. Furthermore, they are actually contributing something to the world. I encourage you to take a look at the overwhelming numbers of students that choose to devote their time and talent to volunteer programs such as the Peace Corp and Teach for America.”

I devote much of my life to a volunteer organization that addresses “real-world problems,” victims of domestic violence, teen suicide, homeless veterans, homeless shelters, the elderly, the sick and the poor. I work to empower women of all ages to improve their communities through volunteerism.

I also live on College Hill. This is my home, the place I come to, to rest and re-group so that I can go back into the world and do the volunteer works that I do. I also consider myself a good neighbor; I am polite, friendly, invested and respectful of those around me.

But when I am unable to sleep and rest and I am awakened at the earlier hours of the morning, with my dog barking, my granddaughter crying and men and women alike laughing, singing, screaming, horns honking, music blaring it makes for a very grouchy neighbor. I am sickened at the thought of my granddaughter playing in a yard where the night before I witnessed several young men urinating all over my fence and shrubs.

I think the vast majority of students are respectful, well behaved, and good neighbors; it is the few that are corrupting the reputation of the many. One doing good works, college students or regular folks who chose to volunteer, has nothing to do with being respectful and conscientious of those living around you.

I say party, party on. I too like to raise a glass or two. I have parties at my home. However, I can assure you that my party goers will not urinate on your lawn will not trash your yard or your neighbors and will not raise you from a dead sleep at 1:30 in the morning. This has nothing to do with where you receive your education from, your heritage or your food preference. It’s all about respect for each other and personal accountability.

Party, but do so without music so loud that residences are forced to use ear plugs and sleep medications just to get a night’s sleep. Party without trashing our neighborhood, without using my or my neighbor’s yard as a toilet and finally go home without honking, singing and screaming. Then perhaps as a resident of College Hill I and my neighbors can get the rest needed to physically tackle some of those “serious real-world problems” and be proud and pleased with the place we call our neighborhood and our homes.

More on Holy Cross!

A few letters from ICT readers that seemed especially appropriate, seeing all the Holy Cross kiddies have asked their friends and parents and their invisible pals (new identities with new email accounts, boys and gals???) to barrage us with lets to the editor.

But first a few thoughts: 1. My cousins and uncle attended “The Cross.” It was never filled with as many spoiled little pukes as it is today. 2. This state (hello, Deval and Tim Murray) needs to talk up UMass Amherst – tell the country what a great university it is! UMass is at the forefront of stem cell research, etc and has been given a wad of $ from our governor. Deval needs to make some great TV commercials, a la former prez Bulger. 3. The WPD needs to get tough with these kids – arrest and lock up! Continue reading More on Holy Cross!

The College of the Holy Cross and the culture of alcoholism

By Rosalie Tirella

Three or so years ago, after scores of InCity Times articles/Tony Hmura ads decrying the lewd, thoughtless and stupid behavior of dead-drunk Holy Cross students (one of our readers wrote us that a HCross couple was having sex in the hallway in the three decker in which she and her child lived!!!), I was at a corner store in the Madison Street/Southbridge street area of Worcester. I was heading to my car when a prepped-out (short haircut, loafer-wearing, no socks) late-40-something-year-old guy came up to me and told me: 1. He was visiting his kid at Holy Cross and could I give him directions to the school and 2. Could I also give him directions to the nearest package store (I think he even said “packie”!).

I was appalled. Here he was: the Holy Cross frat guy all grown up! Just as arrogant as he had been during his Holy Cross days – and, more important to me, just as big an alcoholic.

This weekend he was helping/enabling his kid to become an alcoholic.

I put two and two together: I gave boozer-dad directions to Holy Cross, but I didn’t tell him where the nearest package store was.

Then I got into my car thinking alcoholism IS A GENERATIONAL CURSE. It is passed on and on and on … from grandparents to parents to kids … from holiday parties to birthday bashes to summer cook-outs to wakes and to gatherings of all sorts (both happy and sad), with Holy Cross college being some kind of milestone for young alcoholics. Here the kids were: at school, away from home, under all sorts of pressure, enjoying all sorts of new experiences. Boozing, somehow, made things seem more real. Alcohol was/is a big part of Holy Cross students’ lives. And when Dad visits Holy Cross, he drinks, too, he parties, too. (Especially if there’s a football game! Go Crusaders!) Continue reading The College of the Holy Cross and the culture of alcoholism