The Latest Campus News

September 22, 2017
by Summit

Campus Police release photos of potential suspects

By Amy McKeever

Stonehill Campus Police released photos of men who may have been involved in the incident that occurred Friday night.

The incident, that left a Stonehill senior seriously injured, is part of an ongoing investigation lead by the Brockton Police Department. The student injured is now undergoing treatment in a Boston Hospital.

Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes urged the Stonehill community to share any information they have regarding the men in these pictures with Brockton Police Detectives at 508-897-5213.


September 19, 2017
by Summit

Commuters get new home

By Lia Cariglia

Commuters returned to Stonehill to find the commuter lounge moved and is now smaller.


The move was made because the Student Union, where the lounge had been for years, was torn down to make way for what will be the Academic & Welcome Center. The new lounge is Commons room 105 behind the Student Government Association office.


“The move happened the end of last year,” Patrick M. Keaney, assistant director of co-curricular programs, said. “We worked with commuter council and they settled on this one.”


He said they lost of their size but his plan is only until spring of 2018.


Philip M. Toussaint, treasure of the commuter council said the new lounge isn’t adequate.


“The new room limits commuters ability to eat and do work as the space is really small, in a locked down building, so students are now forced to the library or a friends’ dorm at night,” he said.


He advises students to try to get involved in as many events as possible and get to know people-including those with dorms.


Keaney said people are not really kicked out of the room – the building is just locked so they can’t get in.

He said people have started looking for a better set up.


In the meantime, Sophomore Brendan J Connelly urged commuters to use their time wisely and also find different places to eat.


“Wendy’s is not your only option—be better. Just because it’s easier and cheaper option does not mean it is the best.”

September 19, 2017
by Summit

Defending the Hill: A look at the potential of Stonehill Women’s Soccer

By Amy McKeever

The Stonehill Women’s Soccer team played “with each other and for each other” last season bringing them to NE-10 conference championship victory, Senior Forward Lindsay Gomes said.


“We were all so close and there is no doubt in my mind that that is why we performed so well,” Gomes said. “However, this foundation that the seniors last year built is still here this year as we are trying to recreate this environment with our 10 freshman.”


This season, the team is trying to rebuild after losing 10 seniors, to ensure they have anther chance at the title. Gomes said one major step the team is taking is working to build team chemistry.


“It was the key to our success. Last year we played for each other and with each other. Our hearts were in it.”


Seniors Taylor Shannahan and Meredith Moore took over the captain positions for the team. Shannahan said she intends to lead the team to another successful and exciting season.


“We are going to come out everyday whether it’s a practice, game or lift and work has hard as we can,” Shannahan said. “We understand the high expectation coming into this season and are excited to reach our goals ahead of us.”


Gomes believes the two captains set a good foundation that the rest of the team cam build off of and likely recreate their success from last year.


“When the bar is set high, there is no other option but to reach that high standard,” she said.


Gomes believes it is things like heart and drive that set them apart from their competitors.


The team is now 2-2 in overall standing and 0-1 in Conference standing after winning their first two games against New York Institute of Technology and Nyac College, then falling to Molloy College and The College of Saint Rose.

September 19, 2017
by Summit

New year, new Hill: Menu shift prompts student complaints

By Tomas Bernotas

While grain bowls and salads might be the healthy choice, some students said they don’t like the new changes in menu at The Hill.

This past summer, Kenny Florio, manager at The Hill, along with other members of the Sodexo staff at Stonehill College, decided to change the menu by adding some healthier options while removing some late night favorites for students.

“Basically it’s the same menu, we just wanted to add in some healthier options” Florio said.

The addition of these bowls also adds much more flexibility to the available order he said. Students now can “build your own meal with whatever you want,” he said.

Some students are not sold on these changes.

“Why change something that didn’t need to be fixed?” Liam Rendall said, class of 2018, “The old menu was fine, I’m not sure why they changed it.”

According to students the most significant items taken away were items like curly fries, meatball subs, and a selection of soups.

“It all came down to which items were selling and which ones weren’t,” Florio said. “We ended up throwing away a lot of food at the end of the day so we knew something and to change.”

Students quickly noticed the old favorites were gone.

“I don’t know why they felt the need to take away items just to add a couple healthy options” Rendall said, “It would have been easy enough to just have them both on the menu.”

“The menu shouldn’t be limited, they shouldn’t have taken things off just to add a few items,” Senior Meghan Lucey said.

The new items consist of grains such as rice and quinoa, with grilled vegetables and chicken mixed in to make it seem almost like a burrito bowl one would order at Chipotle.

However, Rendall was not impressed with the grain bowl.

“They label it as having ‘grilled vegetables’ on the menu but my meal was cold when I tried it,” Rendall said.

“The new additions aren’t bad” Lucey said, when asked if she’s tried the new items. “I think it’s good to have some more healthy and tasty options for students.”

No more changes are in place for the future, Florio said, but he said that if students would like to see a change in the menu, they may come talk to him at The Hill.

The Hill hours have also changed. It now opens later, 11 a.m. on weekdays. Other times remain the same.


September 19, 2017
by Summit

Academic Convocation welcomes first years and honors seniors

By Caroline Chaves


Sometimes a shovel has meaning. Just ask Stonehill College Senior Class President Tyler Normile who presented this year’s traditional senior class shovel to the college president.


This year’s shovel was the Ames Malleable Iron Potato Scoop.


Normile compared the Ames’ family innovation to the innovative spirit that Stonehill embodies and pursues in its students as he presented it to Stonehill College President Fr. John Denning, C.S.C.


As is tradition, the senior class president took the stage for the “Presentation of the Shovel.” In an ode to Stonehill’s beginnings, with the Ames family – famous for their shovels in innovation in their field – the senior chooses a shovel to remind the Stonehill Community of the importance of their history and place.


The potato scoop, as Normile explained, was a central innovation for potato farmers alike. The shovel, which features slits to allow for dirt and rocks to filter through, was a major solution to the issues the farmers had had with previous shovels. Normile compared the Ames’ family innovation to the innovative spirit that Stonehill embodies and pursues in its students.

“To the first years, I hope you remember where you are today,” Normile said. “Think back to this when you discover what your potato is. And to the seniors – we’ve made it this far, let’s make this last one count.”


The presentation was part of the 21st annual Convocation Ceremony at Stonehill, kicking off the school year Aug. 30.


Stonehill students gathered in the Stonehill College Fieldhouse to welcome the class of 2021 and salute the class of 2018 as well as “dedicate and rededicate themselves to the pursuit of learning and teaching” at the start of a new academic year, said Joseph Favazza, college provost and vice president of academic affairs.


The ceremony brought up some conflicting emitions for seniors.


“It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that this convocation marks the beginning of my senior year,” senior Katie Foley said, “but I’m so excited for the year to come, and the future that lies beyond the Hill.”


Senior Nicholas Sangiovanni, introduced his “friend and mentor,” Professor Helga Duncan, who received the Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching last year.


“’I don’t know,’” Sangiovanni said.


It was these words he attributed to be the most important words Duncan had ever said to him. He said those words gave him new insight because his teacher had placed herself on level terrain.


Duncan, wiping away tears after his comments, addressed the crowd with a call against anti-intellectualism, arguing that college is now, more than ever, more job-preparation focused over an intellectual experience of the whole person. By deciding to attend college, Duncan argued that students were making a statement against the track of anti-intellectualism this country seems to be on.


“Education is not a consumer good … a means to an end, it’s making the world a better and more just place … be curious, be open to that which is different,” Duncan said.


The Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor presented every year based on student, faculty, and staff nominations, was awarded to Bettina Scholz. Scholz was not able to attend, but in her absence, the former chair and dean of her college, Peter Ubertaccio received the award for her. He said hiring Scholz, attending her yearly review, and being on the committee for her tenure, were probably among the greatest moments of his career.


To close the 21st edition of Convocation at Stonehill, Father Denning welcomed the freshman class, encouraging them to become deeply engaged and look out for each other.


“I hope you know just how important your words and actions are,” he said.


Denning expressed sympathy and prayers to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and quoted Martin Luther King in relation to the white supremacist march and tragedy in Charlottesville


He said injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We all are tied in a single garment of destiny and we must work to deepen the spirit of solidarity among us.


“I pray we all have the conviction and moral compass to stand up to immoral scourges of our day … May we all grow in wisdom and justice and grace, and may Our Lady of the Summit watch over us all,” Denning said in closing.



September 19, 2017
by Summit

Student injured in off-campus incident

By Malcolm Jacob

A Stonehill senior was seriously injured in an off-campus incident Sept. 15.

The circumstances involved two groups of people outside of Owen O’Leary’s Restaurant & Pub in Brockton.

The student received prompt emergency care. He was first taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center and later moved to Boston Medical Center. Members of the school administration have offered support for the student and comfort for his parents. Campus Ministry gave prayers for the student at the 12 p.m. Mass on Friday.

Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes said this is a reminder that people should always pay attention to the situation that they are in, whether they are off-campus or within the “Stonehill bubble.”

“I think it’s important that young people take full account of their surroundings and what is happening around them,” Carnes said. “All of us should be concerned for our personal safety and I would encourage students to make good life decisions regarding their safety.”

Carnes added that the Stonehill College Police Department is not the primary authority in this situation, as the incident took place within the jurisdiction of the Brockton Police Department.

Still, he invites anyone who has questions or information to reach out to Campus Police. Anybody who wishes to talk about the incident can call (508) 565-5100 to contact the Stonehill College Police Department dispatch.

May 7, 2017
by Summit

Stonehill mourns the loss of Linsey Malia



By Lianna Jordan

A Stonehill junior died in a boating accident while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 6.

Rev. John Denning, the college president, announced the death of Linsey Malia, an honors student, to the Stonehill community in an email late Saturday night.

Additional details of the accident were not immediately available but the college president noted he was making the announcement with great sadness.

Just a few days before the tragic accident, Malia posted photos of her time studying abroad to her Facebook account.

“We are a close community at Stonehill, and Linsey contributed to many areas of campus life—as a peer mentor, a teaching assistant, a member of the Moreau Honors Program, and a volunteer with multiple campus partners. Her death represents a deep loss for all of us and, of course, for her family,” Denning said in the email.

Malia was one of four students who regularly donned the Ace the Skyhawk costume at athletic events throughout the year.

The psychology major and sociology minor also handles all of Ace’s scheduling and hires new students each year to take on the role of the friendly Skyhawk.

In an interview with Stonehill’s alumni magazine, Malia said Stonehill was her first choice. Malia said she knew she would want to be the mascot if she got in.

Malia also said in the interview that she learned perseverance and commitment while acting as the mascot.

“I always do my best to push through and make the best out of the experience. If I’m having fun, then chances are the crowd is having fun, too,” Malia said.

Denning said in a follow up email Sunday that counselors would be available May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Counseling Center in the Chapel of Mary.

Residence Life staff will also be available to students in the residence halls, and Masses will be celebrated today at 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Linsey will be commemorated at all of these Masses.

Denning said there would be an additional prayer service for Malia at 4 p.m. on May 7 in the Chapel of Mary.

February 2, 2017
by Summit

Stonehill stands up for rights at Women’s March


By Aisha J. McAdams

When the bus pulled in at 4:17 a.m., Saturday morning after the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, 6 Southwest St. was empty other than 36 Stonehill students filing off the US Coachways bus after an eight-hour overnight trip to Washington D.C.

After some students brushed their teeth using a water bottle and the sidewalk as a sink, they rallied up their posters, companions and whatever could squeeze into their satchels or the clear backpacks that would pass security for the day.

Four hours later, more than half a million people crowded the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington along with millions of others around the world including cities such as Boston, New York, and even Nairobi, Kenya according to CNN.

While millions joined for particular personal reasons, the common thread among the marchers was unity. According to the Women’s March mission, the march was in response to the rhetoric of the election of President Donald Trump. It was the march’s goal to stand together in solidarity to protect the nation and its vibrant diverse communities that strengthen it.

Katherine O’Donnell, student executive of the Moore Center of Gender Equity, helped organize the trip and said she felt obligated to attend in response to the election.

“I have always been extremely passionate about gender equity and the intersectional nature of this event drew me to it,” O’Donnell said. “It was not intended just to be about women’s rights, but also rights for people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, Muslims, etc.”

Other students including Bertha Roberte ‘18 and Christ Julmice ‘17 attended because they wanted to stand up against issues that affect them on a day to day basis from not only being a woman, but a woman of color.

“I feel like Trump has attacked every layer of what makes me, me. I am black, an immigrant and a woman, so I feel as though I am forced to fight for justice and protect myself, the LGBTQ+ community, my Muslim friends and immigrants,” Roberte said. “I am also voice for the Black Lives Matter movement.”

O’Donnell, along with the rest of the Stonehill students, was excited to hear from members of the Women’s March that they were the first marchers to arrive among the record breaking crowd of the day.

“It was definitely tough with it being the first weekend back at school and my friends wanting me to spend time with them but I was doing it for myself, my country, and my future children so I got over it relatively fast,” Colleen MacDonald ‘17 said.

A rally was held prior to the march from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. between third and fourth on Independence facing Northwest but an overwhelming amount of support from marchers the left neighboring streets booming. The rally featured recognized advocates, artists, entertainers and other leaders including Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansen, and the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards.

Marisa Nieves, a member Women’s Health and Empowerment Now and the Moore Center, felt that America Ferrera’s speech in particular resonated with her.

“The emotional connection to what she was saying was so apparent. You could tell she cared deeply about what she was saying,” Nieves said. “In addition to listening to such strong leaders, seeing all of the unity from everyone coming together, no matter each other’s differences was truly empowering. There was an overall sense of respect for one another.”

The rally extended for more than an hour longer because of the number of speakers. Marchers appeared to get antsy to march because some, including students from Stonehill, had been standing with other protesters for over seven hours straight.

The march began before the rally officially concluded. Officers and emergency vehicles were dispersed throughout the route and according to NBC, D.C. police reported no arrests.

Will Gilmore ‘20 and Todd Gernes, an associate professor and Assistant Dean of General Education, said they felt the march was inclusive even through most of the people there were women..

“The organizers made a point to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone, and I appreciated that very much. I’ve studied and taught Women’s History and African American History for many years, and so critiques of patriarchy and white privilege no longer make me uncomfortable,” Gernes said.

Gernes attended the march with his wife. Gilmore attended with his friends to support LGBTQ+ rights.

“I’m bisexual and it was something that was really important to me to be there to stand up who I am and take part in a moment in history,” Gilmore said. “Being a man I felt like I stood out a little in the beginning but everyone was really welcoming.”

Like Gilmore, O’Donnell believed it was an important moment in history that many Stonehill students missed out on.

“I have been increasingly disappointed by the apathy of Stonehill students over the past four years and this is just one example. Even many students who said they wanted to come, didn’t actually take the step to act,” O’Donnell said. “The fact that 5 million people showed up across the country and not even 55 Stonehill students showed up is frustrating to me. However, the students who did show up 100% made it worth it. And the turnout in DC and worldwide was absolutely incredible and validating in so many ways.”

But according to those who did attend the march was a truly remarkable experience and incomparable experience, even to the snowflake soiree

“I’m proud to go to Stonehill. It’s lit the fire in me to that the sentiment of care is simply not enough- that we need to take action to protect our fellow humans,” MacDonald said.


February 2, 2017
by Summit

Sexual assault prevention enhanced with 10k grant


By Amy McKeever

To Jessica Greene, Stonehill’s Health and Wellness coordinator, the college has been dedicated to working towards violence prevention.

“We see more and more colleges nationally addressing sexual violence prevention,” Greene said. “Stonehill has been very proactive in offering services, resources and prevention efforts dedicated to this topic.”

So Greene teamed up with Director of Corporate & Foundations Relations Marie Kelly to apply for a grant that would aid Stonehill in continuing prevention efforts and training related to sexual violence.

Stonehill was chosen as one of 20 colleges to participate in a leadership program that enables participating schools to develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault, according to the College’s website.

The Avon Foundation awarded the College a grant of $10,000 to go toward furthering sexual assault and violence prevention programs such as; Bystander Intervention Training, One Love: Escalation workshops on recognizing and responding to dating violence prevention, R.A.D. Self Defense classes, awareness weeks and other events that promote healthy living.

Greene said Stonehill has taken a big step in sexual violence prevention with addressing the subjects of dating violence and students perceptions of safety on campus. The grant will help the College increase training and resources that address sexual violence prevention, Greene said.

“We are working on a new Bystander Intervention Social Media Campaign and will be hosting an area wide Bystander Intervention Training on our campus, which we are inviting staff and students from other schools to attend as well,” she said.

In addition, Greene says the College plans to look at ways to increase support services for survivors and implementing trauma informed trainings.

“We want to further institutionalize sexual assault prevention,” Greene said in a press release by the College. “We’ve been asking ourselves, ‘How do we make this something that is addressed at every area of our college campus?’ We’re glad to have more resources to answer that question.”

The Avon Foundation works to improve the lives of women and their families and provides funds to colleges seeking a decrease in gender-based violence on their campuses. To learn more about the program visit