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September 18, 2014
by Maureen Boyle
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Viewing party held for Sons of Serendip

By Liam Dacko

Grace Church in Avon, Mass. pulled out all the stops for a celebration held in honor of a Stonehill alum on Sept. 17.

Over 200 church parishioners flocked to the festivities to watch Micah Christian ’06 and his band Sons of Serendip as they competed in the final round of America’s Got Talents ninth season. The group performed the song “Drops of Jupiter” alongside the band Train during the live finale.

The quartet, whose style is a fusion of gospel, R&B, classical, and neo-soul music, finished the competition in fourth place. Magician and fellow competitor Mat Franco took home the first place prize, a deal for a Las Vegas show.

The Sons of Serendip was formed six months ago by Christian and three other Boston University students. Christian is currently studying for a master of divinity degree from that university.

The viewing party held in the group’s honor was organized by Christian’s brother, Aaron Christian.

“I’m his biggest fan, I take that title,” he said. “I wanted there to be a place where everybody in the area could come together.”

Visitors were given the opportunity to watch the finale of America’s Got Talent on a movie theater-style screen. Surrounding the screen were projections of each of the band member’s faces. A food truck was also hired for the event.

Christian said he is proud of his brother Micah’s accomplishments on the NBC talent show.

“It’s so exciting seeing him finally get to show his gift to the world,” he said. “He can sing beautifully. People at Stonehill know that, people at [Boston University] know that, but now, the world knows. It’s great to see him finally achieving a dream that he always wanted to achieve.”

Christian said it was wonderful to see a large number of people show up to the viewing party to support his brother.

“A lot of people are fans,” he said. “A lot of people know him from growing up, a lot of people have gone to school with him, college and everything, so it’s great seeing people from Stonehill, people from [Boston University], friends from elementary school, friends from church, friends from all over coming together and sharing this moment.”

One of those friends is Randolph elementary school teacher Diana Gervino, who was in choir with with Micah during middle school. Aaron Christian said his family has known Gervino for “twenty years.”

“Micah never disappoints,” Gervino said. “He’s been out and about forever, at [Boston University], Stonehill. He’s done awesome.”

Aaron Christian’s friend Michael Ivey also showed up for the celebration.

“They did a great job,” he said. “They’ve been blowing it up.”

Christian said the experience on America’s Got Talent has transformed his brother.

“He has so much confidence now,” he said. “He’s just killing it right now, he’s killing it.”

The experience has also boosted the group’s social media following. The Sons of Serendip have gained a large fanbase on Twitter since this season of America’s Got Talent started airing. Boasting over 3,600 followers, the band uses the website to give their fans updates about their performances on the show. Their Twitter handle is @SonsofSerendip.

Stonehill’s Communication Department has also used Twitter to actively promote the Sons of Serendip’s success. Professor Anne Mattina used the department’s account (@StonehillComm) to live-tweet the show every week in a show of support for Christian and his fellow band members.

After it was announced the Sons of Serendip had finished in fourth place, Mattina used the Twitter account to suggest that we have not seen the last of this group.

“Just remember [Jennifer Hudson] did not win American Idol,” she wrote.

America’s Got Talent judge Mel B shared similar sentiments during the program.

“You now have a platform to do what you want,” she said to the group.

No matter how his time on America’s Got Talent finished, Christian still seems to have the support of Grace Church parishioners like Nick Lohnes.

“We are very proud of [him],” he said. “We will keep [him] going.”

 

September 15, 2014
by Summit
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Sports Complex renovation underway

By Dan Gordon

Construction at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, which began Aug. 25, is on schedule, according to team members involved with the day-to-day operations.

Project Manager Dan Ramos, of Bond Brothers Construction, said work on the long- planned renovation is going smoothly, with the only complication being an unforeseen 2,000 yard pocket of loam that needed to be excavated before any construction could begin.

It was not a suitable place for a building,” Ramos said.

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September 15, 2014
by Summit
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Student Spotlight: Kraig Boates

By Brendan Monahan

Q: What are you involved in on campus?

Okay, get your notepad ready, this may take a while. So I am an RA in New Hall, the President of the LES honor society, Vice-President of Stonehill’s on campus chapter of ACM, Grand Knight of the on campus chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a teacher’s assistant for the computer science department, and I also work at the library as a desk attendant.

Q: What is your motivation to stay so active?

Truthfully, I just like to stay busy. We are only here for four years, and with every one that passes I find the Stonehill community offering me regular opportunities to be involved in a number of capacities: so I figured why the heck not. I know by doing what I do, I will be able to look at my time here and feel as if I left no stone unturned.

September 15, 2014
by Summit
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Medical marijuana remains banned at Stonehill

By Liam Dacko

If you think the opening of medical marijuana dispensa- ries in Massachusetts means you will be able to light up at Stonehill College, you thought wrong.

Administrators are choosing to stand by their current policy on marijuana, which prohibits the use of controlled substanc- es and drug paraphernalia on campus. People who violate this policy are subject to expulsion from the college, mandatory participation in a rehabilitation program, or referral to law enforcement.

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September 15, 2014
by Summit
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Christian’s Got Talent

By Liam Dacko

The Stonehill community has watched America’s Got Talent enthusiastically this summer as one of its own tries to make his dreams come true.

Class of 2006 graduate Micah Christian and his band Sons of Serendip have advanced to the final round of the hit NBC talent show’s current season. The final round performances will be showcased this Sept. 16 and 17 during the show’s season finale.

The Sons of Serendip is a musical quartet that was formed six months ago by Christian and three other Boston University students. Christian is currently studying for a master of divinity degree from that university.

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September 12, 2014
by Summit
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You Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone

By Erin Leo

I’ll admit it: I would be the first one to complain about the number of list-servs we used to receive and the clutter they caused in my email inbox. Sure, some of them gave me an unexpected chuckle, but for the most part I would roll my eyes at the dozens of emails that would pop up by the minute, especially when one of them would evolve into a virtual argument. However, now that they have been removed, I, along withmany other students, have realized that despite the mild annoyance they were actually quite helpful in finding out what was going on around campus. Clubs used them to share meeting times and spread the word on events for all students to enjoy, while others would shamelessly recruit people for their intramural team in hopes of winning the coveted Hill Rec Sports champion t-shirts.

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September 12, 2014
by Summit
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Skyhawks Soccer Competes in Catholic Cup Tournament

By Ted Carbone

Skyhawks Men’s Soccer sits at an even 1-1 after two games during the Catholic Cup Tournament this past weekend.

The Colchester, Vt. based tournament hosted by Saint Michael’s College had four teams play in the 2nd annual tournament. On Friday Sept. 5, the Skyhawks played a home game against Assumption College.

Stonehill jumped to the early 1-0 lead as Assumption scored on its own goal in the 24th minute. First-year midfielder Connor O’Brien was the first Skyhawk to score for Stonehill as he shot it at Assumption’s right post in the 37th minute. First-year forward James O’Shea and junior forward Drew Montano picked up their first assists of the regular season on the play.

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September 11, 2014
by Summit
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Bystander training required for residents

By Kelli O’Keefe

If you are with more than 15 people in your common area lounge and alcohol is present, you must register with Residential Life and undergo bystander or “social gathering” training.

Chanel Mazzone, a Resident Assistant in the Colonial courts, said social gathering training for students “makes sense.”

A 2011 report from the Alcohol Task Force found heavy drinking on campus. Vice President of Student Affairs Pauline Dobrowski said national trends do indicate things may be changing, however, and new students are binge drinking less.

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September 11, 2014
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Stonehill remembers Kennedy Clifford ‘17

By Olivia Schneider and Aimee Chiavaroli

Monday night was cool and crisp, the beginning of many fall nights to come. The moonlight appeared through the cloudy film to illuminate the brick path on which students and faculty gathered to remember Kennedy Clifford ’16. Candles were handed out, pamphlets with Clifford’s picture on the front, while Professsor Warren Dahlin played the harp.

Clifford died in August near Park Ridge, N.J.

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