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December 13, 2014
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Attempted sexual assault reported on campus

By Liam Dacko

Stonehill College Campus Police sent an announcement via email late Friday night informing the community of a report of an attempted sexual assault that occurred several months ago.

A female student reported a male student who is known to her attempted to assault her. According to the email, the student reported the incident to a staff member. The student has elected not to provide the alleged attacker’s name to Campus Police at this time. The student also did not reveal whether the incident took place on campus or off school grounds.

The Summit staff will continue to update the community on this report as more information becomes available.

*Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that a sexual assault occurred. The email sent by Campus Police refers to the reported incident as an attempted sexual assault.

December 7, 2014
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Kevin Hotaling ’17 crowned Mr. Stonehill 2014

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Mr. Stonehill Logo, Designed by Andrew Ahern ’15

By Liam Dacko

After weeks of practicing alongside his competitors, sophomore Kevin Hotaling has secured the title of Mr. Stonehill 2014.

“I wasn’t expecting to win. Not in a million years. People kept telling me that it’s always been seniors that win Mr. Stonehill. I was floored! I couldn’t contain myself,” Hotaling said.

Throughout the Disney-themed competition, which was held Dec. 6 in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, Hotaling enchanted the crowd with a mix of humor and talent.

For the swimwear portion of the event, he wore a Little Mermaid-style tail and seashell bra, which drew huge laughs. For his costume, which he said was “made by his grandmother,” he received an honorable mention for “Best Swimwear.”

Hotaling showed a more serious side during the talent portion, during which he sang “Fever” alongside members of Girls From The Hill.

Hotaling was not the only winner of the night, though. Senior Tom Wood was crowned Mr. Congeniality. Best Talent went to senior Matt Smith. Senior Austin Alfredson received an honorable mention for Best Formal Wear.

December 7, 2014
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Tough Luck in Louisville

By Shea Healy and Kayleigh Lepage

LOUISVILLE – The Stonehill field hockey team didn’t have the outcome it wanted in Louisville last week.

The team lost the national semi-final game to Long Island Post University on Thursday.

Stonehill finished the season with a 17-4 record and a conference championship.

After Thursday, the team visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and watched the Stonehill cross-country team compete in the national championship race.

The closing ceremonies wrapped up the Division II festival on Saturday night.

(Shea Healy and Kayleigh Lepage, both journalism students, are members of the field hockey team)

December 5, 2014
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Franklin/Essex sleighs competition

By Kelli O’Keefe

In a fight to the finish for Deck the Courts Thursday night, houses added last minute decorations.  After judging, winners were announced at the holiday party in the Commonwealth court.  It was a cold night, but housemates gathered for the results.

First place went to Franklin/Essex, second place went to Rehoboth, and Chatham/Deerfield  got an honorable mention for syncing their lights up to music. Mather was also recognized for smelling the most like Christmas. Prior to the judging, members of this house baked Christmas cookies.

Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Chatham/Deerfield as placing second in the competition.

December 4, 2014
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Stonehill Field Hockey flies off, hopefully to victory

By Kayleigh Lepage

As the planes take off, the Stonehill Field Hockey team members prepares their baggage for the ride of their lives.

Thousands of athletes, over 30 teams, have competed to play in the NCAA Division Two Festival held in Louisville, Kentucky.

This is Stonehill’s second appearance in four years and they couldn’t be more excited..

“This is what we’ve worked for all season long. We’re more than ready, each and everyone of us,” explains senior Jennifer Foley before they take off.

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December 4, 2014
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Watch Stonehill field hockey today play in Louisville, streaming live on The Hill

By Shea Healey

Stonehill College field hockey team is playing at the NCAA Division II Festival this week in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team beat the Long Island Post University Pioneers two weeks ago in the Northeast 10 Conference championship, 1-0.  The team flew out from Boston Tuesday morning.

Their first practice at Trager Stadium Wednesday was a great walk through before their game Thursday (today) at 4 p.m.  The game will be streamed live from The Hill on campus.

There are four field hockey teams in the tournament; West-Chester University, Millersville University, Long Island Post University, and Stonehill College.

The Skyhawks have beaten the Pioneers both times they have met this season, and they are hoping for another win tomorrow.

If the Skyhawks win tomorrow they will advance to the National Championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Shea Healy is a journalism student and member of the team in Louisville.

December 2, 2014
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Student Spotlight: Abby Bongaarts

By Brendan Monahan

Abby Bongaarts

Q: What are you involved in on campus?

On campus I am a Resident Assistant in the courts, I work as a writing tutor in the College Writing Center (CWA), I am a teacher’s assistant (TA) for a religious studies class, I am a German tutor, and I work as a research assistant for a history professor. This semester I am participating in the Developing Fundraising Leadership Institute program (DFLI), which is run through the Center for Non-Profit Management. In this program we are learning how to work as fundraisers in non-profits. I also volunteer at My Brother’s Keeper and the Stonehill Farm. Two summers ago I participated in Stonehill’s Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. I participated in the HOPE program my freshman year on a trip to New Orleans and am participating again this year on a trip to West Virginia.

Q: Where are you from and what is one thing you wish people knew about your home state?

I am from Minnesota. I wish people knew that not everyone from Minnesota lives on a farm and that it gets really hot in the summer. We also don’t live in Igloos. Also, someone asked me once if Minnesota is next to that state Chicago…Chicago is not a state.

Q: How did you find Stonehill?

Stonehill was on the top 10 happiest schools list in the Princeton Review 320 Best Colleges book. I didn’t know that much about colleges outside Minnesota, so I figured that list was a good place to start.

Q: What do people from Minnesota call people from the East Coast?

Coasties. Sometimes the term coastie can have a negative connotation to it, but when I say it I only mean it with love.

Q: What is your favorite Stonehill event?

Bingo. I don’t want to brag….but I’m really good.

Q: Where did you study abroad and what was your experience like?

I spent 10 months studying abroad in Munich, Germany. I took classes in German at the University of Munich and also interned at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, an environmental humanities research center. I was also awarded a grant by the German government to conduct research for my senior history thesis on the relationship between conservationists and Nazis. Overall, studying abroad was the best decision I made while at Stonehill. I am glad I decided to go for the year because I was really able to learn the language and integrate into the culture.

December 2, 2014
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Breen ’14 looks to motivate others

By Aimee Chiavaroli

Jamey Breen was born with cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair, but does not view his disability as a liability.

Breen, who graduated in 2014, is now sharing his story through his blog and hopes to motivate others.

“I was born this way. This is my normal. I can’t change it and I wouldn’t want to change it anyway,” Breen said.

If someone is physically disabled or in a wheelchair, people assume they cannot do things, Breen said. He stressed that the word disability is limiting. He can do anything other people can do, just a little differently, he said.

When he was younger, Breen looked for a sport that could give him an opportunity to play the same way other kids do. He found wheelchair basketball.

“It’s empowering when you can participate fully in something that you love,” Breen said. He has been playing on a chair team for 10 years, and has been a volunteer coach for the Stonehill men’s basketball team for the past two years. Breen is passionate about it and said it gives him a reason to come back to campus.

“When you spend a lot of time with a group of people, they feel like family. People in the locker room respect me and support me. The things the coaches say is Stonehill basketball is a family. Not that I don’t miss my own brother, but I had 13 other brothers that tried to fill in the gaps. It meant a lot to me that the guys picked up on that. I don’t want to move on completely because I need to be here to show my support.”

Breen’s 23 year-old brother Daniel died after a car accident on Oct. 12, 2013. He was one of Breen’s biggest motivators.

“In my mind, my brother’s the greatest person in the world. He saw me as a person without a disability,” he said.

His brother taught him about confidence, and that his disability does not define him.

When Breen shares his story, he wants to reach as many people as he can, he said. He will talk about his disability, but does not want it to be the focus of his message.

He began posting motivational messages on Facebook and Twitter, and started gaining followers. Then, he started his blog. He knew he had something to say and that it was worth listening to, he said.

“When I graduated, I learned I had a passion for sharing my story and becoming a writer,” Breen said.

He studied health care, but was involved with ‘The Summit’\ and liked to write on his own. He felt writing for school was trying to please professors, he said, instead of writing for himself.

“Because I can verbalize my story, I feel very lucky. I really believe the things I say can benefit everyone,” Breen said.

His college roommate had suggested he write a book, he said. Breen loved the idea. He spoke to writers and learned a book can take at least a year or two to write. For now, the blog serves as developing content for the future book.

Breen encourages people to make the best of their situation.

“As long as you know in your heart what really gets you excited and what you’re really passionate about, share that with others. Share yourself with other people in a positive way. Use your talent in a way that serves others,” he said.

More information about Breen can be found on his blog at jmbreen55.wordpress.com.

December 2, 2014
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Santos ’15 does it all

By Kasie Lyons

Jeffrey Santos, 21, of Beverly, Massachusetts, has never been one to sit on the sidelines.

His list of accomplishments and activities are almost as tall as his 6’4” frame. He was accepted to the Moreau Honors Program as a first-year student, works 20 hours per week, starred in the college’s production of “Footloose,” interned in the nation’s capital and sings with Stonehill College’s coed acapplla group Surround Sound.

Santos has no room in his schedule for downtime and that is the way he likes it.

“I was very involved in high school. So when I got to college I wanted to take it slow because of how overwhelmed I was senior year, but then I got to Stonehill and I realized that you can’t change the essence of who you are,” Santos said.

Being involved is not only a defining feature of Santos’ life. It also helps him prioritize.

“I work well under pressure. It makes me better with time management,” Santos said.

Santos credits his semesters spent off-campus with teaching him how to deal with pressure.

Studying at the University College of London, which has an enrollment of over 26,000 students, was a big change for Santos.

“It was my first time being alone,” Santos said. “Eight people from my high school went to Stonehill, so it was my first time being by myself.”

During this time, Santos learned how being alone could benefit him.

“I learned that exploring a new place by yourself can be one of the greatest things a person can do. You’re left to your own devices and all that makes you is kind of stripped away, and what’s left is who you truly are,” Santos said.

In the spring of his junior year, Santos was back on campus and was voted Student Government Association Executive President. Santos is one of the most recognizable students at Stonehill.

“It’s unusual for me to walk to class and not see someone I know,” Santos said.  “I’m definitely a people person. But I also enjoy my alone time once in a while to regroup and process life.”

As executive president, Santos must stay up-to-date on campus issues and serve as a bridge between staff and students. This means staying neutral on issues, which Santos admitted can be a struggle.

“As president the hardest thing is being neutral. I’m supposed to facilitate conversation and not add my own opinions, which is hard because I’m very opinionated,” Santos said.

Santos has strong views on the importance of family.

“My biggest goal is to enjoy my career and have a family. That’s always been my number one dream because I am very family driven and I love tradition,” Santos said.

As for short-term goals, Santos is looking ahead to graduation in the spring.

“I want to graduate with high honors,” Santos said.

December 2, 2014
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Overcoming Crohn’s disease

By Amy Szablak

In what seemed to be the blink of an eye, sophomore Ray Horman’s life changed.

“I was the king of the world and it all came crashing down,” he said.

Horman, 20, of Morristown, New Jersey, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012, a painful and life-altering condition. He first learned he had a problem when he tried to give blood in 2011, the doctor would not let him.  Something was abnormal with the chemicals in his blood, and this worried Horman.

He later began to notice more symptoms, such as fatigue and weight loss.  He noticed welts on his legs, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.  He also suffered from Anemia. After many tests, Horman was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in March 2012.

Crohn’s disease is a “chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract,” according to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Common symptoms include fever, pain and inflammation of the bowels. An estimated 700,000 Americans suffer with Crohn’s disease, according to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Horman was hospitalized for eight days because of his diagnosis.  He suffered an infection and was quarantined in his room.

“It was like prison,” he said. “When I got out, I remember standing outside the hospital and just breathing in air.”

After being released, Horman had to make many changes in his life. He saw 12 specialists who gave him different diets to try.  Horman hoped to find a diet that he liked and did not give him pain. He ate scrambled eggs, fruit, steamed vegetables, chicken and steak.  He could not eat anything else.  After starting the diet, Horman lost 40 pounds in three months.

“For me that was nothing, I need to eat way more than that,”  Horman said.

Currently, Horman is taking medication so he can have more variety in his diet.  He now avoids dairy, sugar, nuts, and fruits with seeds as much as he can.

“I’m much more loose with my diet now,” he said. “It makes me happy.”

Crohn’s did not only change Horman’s diet, but also his outlook on life.

“I was very humbled in that hospital,” he said. “You don’t know how good you have it until it’s taken from you.”

Horman said living with Crohn’s on a college campus is difficult.  He cannot forget to take his medication. Others may not understand why he cannot eat certain foods.  He must follow his diet.

“It’s going out of your comfort zone,” he said. “I want to fix it, but I can’t.”

Horman does not know any other Stonehill students with the disease. He hopes to create a club on campus for other students with Crohn’s, educate students and spread awareness of the disease.  The club would be open to anyone. Horman wants to share his experience with others through the club, and he wants an outlet for kids with Crohn’s. He believes it is possible to live with Crohn’s on a college campus and does not feel like it weighs him down.

“It humbled me and made me accept who I am,” he said.  “It reminds me of how far I’ve come since I was in the hospital.”

For more information about Crohn’s Disease, contact Ray Horman at rhorman@students.stonehill.edu.