Hi there, everyone!
I owe you my apologies, dear readers, because I wrote this post two weeks ago in the days following the Super Bowl but did not post it to the blog. It may be a bit late but I still wanted to share it with you.
When I last posted, we at Holy Cross were bracing for a snow storm. Just as the snow from that storm was being cleared away, we were hit by another storm of beautifully fluffy white snow. In regards to snow removal during and after the storms, I have to send kudos and appreciation to the Holy Cross grounds crew for their dedicated work day and night to clear pathways for walking through the snow. Sincere appreciation and recognition must also be given to the Holy Cross Kimball Hall dining staff who stayed overnight during the worst storm to feed students.
Students may have been confined to their dorm buildings for a period due to snow, but there was a flurry of activities in the days following the storms.
On Friday I accompanied my girlfriend to the Mr. Worcester Pageant held at a restaurant on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester. The fundraising event for the Working for Worcester project included a buffet dinner and the chance to cheer on our own Mr. Holy Cross. I must confess that upon boarding the shuttle to Shrewsbury Street I realized, “I am the only guy on this school bus.” That said, the event was a blast and entertainment was provided by student groups from Holy Cross and other Worcester area colleges. Sadly, Mr. Holy Cross Nate Chung finished third in the competition but his performance of an original song was a highlight of the night.
On Saturday, I attended Alternate College Theater’s performance of the comedy musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical centers on the spelling exploits of six middle school students while examining the dysfunctional home lives of the students and the contest’s adult judges. The production of the show was excellent with a vibrant stage design made of oversize spelling blocks, spot on comedic acting, and pitch perfect music by the cast and stage orchestra. The play was made all the more entertaining because it brought four audience members onto the stage to “compete” with the middle school cast.
This weekend’s Super Bowl unleashed a flood of Patriots pride around campus. Holy Cross is home to many New England and Massachusetts based Patriots fans that were flying their team’s colors throughout Super Bowl Sunday. Kimball even served Patriots cupcakes. I may be a lifelong Pittsburgh sports and Steelers fan but even I could not pass up Patriots cupcakes. While I did not watch all of the Super Bowl, I knew when the Patriots were doing well because of the excited cheers that shook the residence hall.
A Patriots Super Bowl win leads to happy Patriots fans. Happy Patriots fans lead to a happy campus. I can live with that idea.
Until next time, take care, everyone.
Michael DeSantis '18