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Stonehill mourns the loss of Linsey Malia

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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.

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