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Part 2 – Woo news you can use … and a song🎵💗

At Holy Cross college:


At Clark University:

Hewitt, Julie
Julie Hewitt

April 3 at Clark U: EPA exec to deliver Geller Lecture on the economics of water

Julie Hewitt, an Environmental Protection Agency executive, will present this year’s Albert, Norma and Howard ’77 Geller Lecture, “Waters… People…Value” at Clark University at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, in the Grace Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hewitt is the associate director for economics in the EPA’s Office of Water, an office that ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.

Hewitt is an expert in the economics of water and water quality; she oversees a wide range of analyses that seek to understand how people are affected by changes to U.S. waters.

Hewitt previously served as a staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Hewitt holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

This event is co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Economics Department.



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Jett! What are you doing in this post?!



Yay! From Congressman Jim McGovern’s office …

McGovern Announces Holy Cross President will join him for
Pope’s Address to Congress

Congressman Jim McGovern announced yesterday that Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross, will attend Pope Francis’ unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress September 24, part of his first visit to the United States. It is the first time a pope will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate.
“Next week, I am excited to have Fr. Boroughs join me for Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress and Americans across the country,” Congressman McGovern said. “As president of the College of the Holy Cross, Fr. Boroughs has been a pillar of our community in Worcester and it is a privilege to have him come to Washington for the pope’s first visit to the U.S. Pope Francis is inspiring millions of people every day with his call for world leaders to do more to tackle climate change, poverty, and so many of the other great challenges of our time. I look forward to hearing his message and hope it will inspire our leaders to work together to build the stronger future we all know is possible.”
“As a member of the Society of Jesus, I am honored to be able to attend this historic occasion. Clearly, being present when Pope Francis addresses Congress is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Fr. Boroughs said. “I am most grateful to Congressman McGovern for inviting me and look forward to hearing the Holy Father share with the American people his vision for engaging significant opportunities and crises facing the global community today.”
Jamie Hoag ’98, director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, will also attend the address with Congressman McGovern and Fr. Boroughs.
While Fr. Boroughs is in Washington D.C., students, faculty, and staff at Holy Cross will have the opportunity to watch the pope’s address to Congress at a gathering on campus. Holy Cross is also participating in the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s “watch party,” which involves nearly two dozen Catholic institutions around the country watching the address to Congress.
Pope Francis will arrive in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22; on Sept. 24 he will head to New York City, and he will end his U.S. trip in Philadelphia September 26-27.

Today is Working for Woo Day! If all our Holy Cross college students were as AMAZING …

Jeff Reppucci!

… as Holy Cross college senior community/global activist Jeff Reppucci, Woo could really soar!

Last year Reppucci launched his cool public service initiative called Working for Worcester. Lots of folks – 1,000 volunteers – built, renovated and restored 12-15 different playground sites and activity spaces around Worcester, including a dance studio at the Worcester Youth Center.

Today Jeff and volunteers are doing it again! Building or renovating play spaces for the kids of Worcester. Refurbishing Woo kid locker rooms! Creating play-scapes  for Worcester inner-city kids who need to go out and exercise but often don’t have the outlets! Outstanding! … Consigli Construction is helping out in a major way –  overseeing all the Woo projects.

Two great Italian-American guys changing their community and the world in a big way!

Jeff knows when you get kids hooked into sports, you get them weaned off the streets, hanging with responsible adults/mentors. You help them stay healthy and keep them connected to their schools/education!

On the world stage, Reppucci  founded Students Helping Children Across Borders Inc. , a non profit that raised thousands of dollars to build sports and wellness facilities in the Russian village of Suzdal, where Reppucci had traveled.

Yay for Jeffrey Reppucci! Yipee!!!!!

Can Mayor Joe Petty/the City of Worcester give this cool/most gifted kid a KEY TO THE CITY?

Can we all urge Jeff to stay in Worcester after graduation … and run as Worcester’s first STRONG MAYOR?! He’d be outstanding!!!!!!!

– Rosalie Tirella

A change of tone! Father McFarland’s complete/unedited letter (of remorse) to Worcester City Council re: Holy Cross college partiers

November 16, 2010

Dear City Councilors,

On behalf of the entire Holy Cross Community of faculty, staff, and students, I thank you for recognizing the progress made over the past year in improving communication and addressing neighborhood concerns about the off-campus behavior of some Holy Cross students.

I want to assure you that concerns have been heard and the College takes them very seriously. There have been some setbacks, but we are addressing them with both immediate actions and sustainable change.

In cooperation with Worcester Police, the College has already taken steps to control student behavior in the neighborhood and we have begun work on a more comprehensive plan to advance relationships of consistent and mutual respect in the College Hill neighborhood. We remain committed to following up on every incident of off-campus misbehavior and applying appropriate sanctions.

Our goal is to implement additional practical and enforceable changes to how we respond to behavior that disrupts the College Hill neighborhood.

While these changes will take some time to develop and implement, we look forward to sharing the results of our collective efforts with you.

As President of the College of the Holy Cross, I take responsibility for and will lead these efforts; but the enforceablility and good working relationships required for real progress is dependent on the continued involvement of the reliable and accountable expertise of leaders throughout the College. To that end, I am joined by Timothy R. Austin, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean; Michael Lochhead, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Jacqueline D. Peterson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Paul Irish, Assistant to the Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Conduct; Robert Hart, Director of Public Safety; Ketherine Robertson, Special Assistant for Community Relations; and others throughout my administration.

The success of this effort relies on the College, City officials, Worcester Police, neighbors and students working together in mutually respectful and collaborative ways. We have indeed made progress in addresssing quality-of-life issues for our closest neighbors, and we look forward to building on what has been accomplished.

Very truly yours,

Michael C. McFarland, S.J.
President [College of the Holy Cross]

One Holy Cross college grad writes …

Dear Ms. Tirella,

I agree with you wholeheartedly that the off-campus behavior of Holy Cross students can get out of control. It saddens me to hear about these things, especially the violence towards police officers and the disturbing of families, as it surely does to most members of the Holy Cross community. This is an issue that needs to be addressed by the college and stricter enforcement is needed.

Where this gets tricky, however, is that oftentimes these parties and gatherings are not done on Holy Cross property. Thus, they are out of the jurisdiction of the college. To solve this, there needs to be a cooperative relationship between the college, the community, and the government of Worcester. Insulting each other, claiming the other as incompetent, and other such negative behavior only lead to more resentment. Continue reading One Holy Cross college grad writes …

“The Purple Letter” (aka letter to Holy Cross pres. from Worcester City Council)

editor’s note: This letter (below), signed by the Worcester City Council, will most likely be discussed tonight at Worcester’s City Council meeting (7 p.m., Channel 12 on your TV, if you don’t want to make the trek to City Hall). It was mailed to Father McFarland, president of Holy Cross college, November 15, 2010.


The Letter:

Rev. Michael McFarland
President, College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Dear Father McFarland:

We, the members of the Worcester City Council, are frustrated and disappointed by the repeated examples of poor behavior by some students who attend the College of the Holy Cross. We write this letter to you to reinforce our support for City Manager O’Brien’s efforts to engage you personally and ask for your leadership to change the long-standing culture of disrespecting the neighborhoods of Mount Saint James. Continue reading “The Purple Letter” (aka letter to Holy Cross pres. from Worcester City Council)