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April 27, 2016
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Talley Steps Down as Football Coach at Stonehill

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Talley accepts athletics development position at Cal State Chico

EASTON, Mass. (April 27, 2016) – Stonehill College has announced that Robert Talley has stepped down following nine seasons as its football head coach to accept the position of Director of Development for the Athletics Department at California State University, Chico. The announcement was made this morning by Dean O’Keefe ’94, Director of Athletics at the College.

Talley oversaw the transformation of a Stonehill football program, which hadn’t won more than four games in the 11 years prior to his appointment in 2007, into the upper echelon of the Northeast-10 Conference over his nine seasons. He guided the Skyhawks to a 5-5 mark in his first year, winning as many games as they had the previous two seasons combined, going on to lead the program to six .500 or better seasons for the first time since the 1990s. Talley departs Stonehill as its all-time wins leader with a 48-46 (.511) overall record, including a 39-36 (.520) clip in Northeast-10 play, highlighted by a share of the 2013 NE-10 regular season championship. Stonehill finished 2015 with its second winning season over the past three years, with a 7-4 record overall, including a season-opening 27-10 triumph at 11th-ranked Bloomsburg University.

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April 25, 2016
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Sports Complex receives award

By Nick Chiocco

The newly renovated Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex has received an award for the Best New Construction Award (under $20 million) from the Construction Management Association of America’s New England Chapter.

Using state-of-the-art technology allowed the expansion to take only 433 calendar days and within budget.

The award was given to a building constructed under $20 million; 50,000 square feet was added to the original Stonehill building that was finished in 1988.

Since the opening in August, students said they have enjoyed the expansion of the SpoCo.

“I go to the gym every morning, and I still have not gotten sick of the view looking out onto the football field,” Hunter Geraghty ’16 said.

April 25, 2016
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Alumni to return for finance career event

By Alec Enright

Stonehill College has asked two alumni to return to campus to discuss career options in the financial service industry with students.

Michael Scannell ’87 and Daniel Farley ’92, are both executives at State Street, a financial institution headquartered in Boston.

Scannell is the senior vice president and global head of Talent Acquisition at State Street, as well as head of State Street’s global initiative. Farley is an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors.

The event, part of the Business Administration Department’s C-Suite Speaker series, is taking place Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. All students, regardless of class year or major, are invited to attend the event.

Topics to be covered during the event include the issues facing financial firms today, as well as what a successful career in financial services looks like. The two alumni will also be discussing how a student can develop a network at Stonehill and job opportunities at State Street.

For more information on State Street, go to statestreet.com.

April 25, 2016
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Spring Carnival to take over Duffy lot Saturday

By Katelyn Rota

Students can expect to see the Duffy lot filled with something other than cars Saturday, April 30.

Assistant Director of Student Activities Lina Macedo said the Spring Carnival, a free event, is sure not to disappoint.

Students can expect to see, “airbrush tattoos, a booth-less photo booth, an inflatable obstacle course, rides, a shootout game, a basketball trailer, friend dough, cotton candy, popcorn, and lemonade shakeups,” Macedo said.

The carnival will begin at 1 p.m when Jamnesty ends and continue until 5 p.m. Jamnesty is an annual, spring, outdoor music festival for social justice. Jamnesty includes performances by students and outside bands.

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April 25, 2016
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Campus Police prepares for Commencement parking

By Matt Brown

Parking lots will begin to fill early May 22 as the Class of 2016 ends its college experience.

Campus Police will be stationed across campus as early as 7:45 a.m., getting early arrivers a parking spot.

Some places are better to park than others, according to Officer Rose Litwinczuk.

“The Holy Cross Center is the best place to park in my opinion, because you will be able to sneak out without waiting in traffic very long,” she said.

Some years Campus Police has had to turn Blessed Basil Moreau Drive into a one-way entrance straight into lot 17.

“We have to make sure people are in their seats by 10:00, so we funnel all traffic to 17,” Litwinczuk said.

When it comes time to exit, there are no easy ways out. Campus Police does open the New Hall gate in order to get people off campus quicker.

April 25, 2016
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Rajadurai clinches Mayor of Martin title

After a months-long race, sophomore Ben Rajadurai was elected Mayor of Martin for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Mayor of Martin election is an annual mock election started by Scott Ferson, president of Liberty Square Group in Boston, and an adjunct professor at the college. The simulation is part of a campaign course taught by Ferson in the political science department.

The voting period was held April 21 between 2:30-4:50 p.m. There were no restrictions as to who could and could not vote.

A total of over 4,500 votes were cast this year, the largest count in Mayor of Martin history. Rajadurai beat opponent Tim Cronin, with 2,445 votes to Cronin’s 2,027.

“I’m honored to be elected,” Rajadurai said. “Voters reacted well to a positive, inclusive message that rose above Washington politics. I hope that we can build on this election to harness the power of the Stonehill community.”

The entire Rajadurai campaign staff was on hand on Election Day.

“I couldn’t have done this without my brilliant team. They are undoubtedly some of the brightest, most talent activists around and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things we accomplish both on campus and in our careers.”

Rajadurai’s term will begin at the end of this school year.

April 25, 2016
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Are you ready to ‘Kiss A Senior Goodbye?’

By Natalie Woods

Commencement is less than a month away, and with that comes time to say a sweet goodbye to the Class of 2016.

During the senior cookout on Friday, May 20, each senior will be presented with a gift bag containing Hershey Kisses and other candy, and personal notes and messages from family and friends.

The presentation of these goodie bags, facilitated by the Student Alumni Association, is called “Kiss a Senior Goodbye.”  This annual tradition gives seniors the chance to get together and reflect on fond memories before Commencement.

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April 25, 2016
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Students share final exam stress relief tips

By Meaghan Dorsey

As the spring semester is coming to a close and finals are approaching, physical and mental health is a top priority for Stonehill College students.

Several students shared their tips for staying healthy during finals season. A majority of these students admitted to using the gym as a stress-relieving outlet.

“I wake up at 8 a.m. every day and go to the gym for about two hours to relieve stress,” senior Jacqui Maloof said.

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April 25, 2016
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Search for survivors in Ecuadorian earthquake still ongoing

By Ted Carbone

The race against time continues, as crews desperately search for survivors from Ecuador’s April 16 earthquake.

So far, 646 people died in the rubble, with 130 people unaccounted for. This is the most deadly earthquake in South America since 1999.

“I think it’s massive and devastating because these areas that have been hit are some of the poorest and some of the most vulnerable in Ecuador,” Stonehill alumnus Tom Hollywood ’98 said in a Vatican Radio interview.

The earthquake hit the northwest coast of Ecuador just before midnight, Coordinated Universal Time.

“Six provinces here have declared a state of emergency,” Hollywood said.

Reconstruction is expected to cost billions of dollars, according to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

April 25, 2016
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Author/Poet Karen Weiser to visit Donahue

By Laura O’Malley

Poet Karen Weiser will be speaking at Donahue Hall Tuesday, April 26.

Weiser may be talking with students at the event about her writing, but don’t look for her work at the library, according to Senior Kenneth Gillpatrick, who works at the library.

“There are currently no pieces of work like books or poems done by Weiser at the library,” Gillpatrick said. “Hopefully we are able to get some books by her in the library soon since she is coming to speak here” he said.

Weiser is the author of the books “ To Light Out, Dear Pierre, Placefulliness”, and “Pitching Woo.” She also was recently awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Award, a Process Space Residency Award, and also a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

Weiser lives in New York City, where she teaches and writes about 19th century literature.