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November 21, 2017
by Summit

A picture worth more than a thousand words

By Caitlin Mahoney

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but the folks at the Career Development Center say it could also help land you a job.

The Career Development Center says that a clean-cut professional looking profile picture on social media is important for students entering the workforce.

Starting a LinkedIn profile may seem intimidating to students, but there are a few simple ways to beef up your profile to ensure it’s an accurate reflection of who you are.

“Have a great profile picture,” Andrew Leahy, associate director of career development said. “It doesn’t have to be professionally done, but it should be a clean-cut picture of the student.”

Leahy said that students do not have to be wearing a suit, but it could help if they are seeking a career in a field where that kind of appearance is required.

Next, Leahy said that the main job title should have some action to it.

For example, a biology major should have their title be “candidate for research positions in the Boston area” instead of “biology major at Stonehill College,” he said.

“It’s a little bit more forward thinking. It’s got a little bit more action,” Leahy said.

As well, students should be strategic with what they include in the body of their profiles.

Leahy said that you can add as much or as little information as you want, but recommends that it be a bit tailored to the field that the student wants to go into.

“There can be a little bit of strategy there,” Leahy said. “I would definitely encourage anyone who creates their profile to come in during a drop-in hour and meet with a career advisor and let us take a quick look at it.”

Located in the Kruse Center in Cushing-Martin Hall, the Career Development Center is a place where students can drop-in or make an appointment to get help in what their future may look like after they graduate from Stonehill. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Even if a student may have everything figured out, Leahy still encourages them to reach out.

“If you feel like you’re on track, let’s confirm that. You can always be doing something a little bit more,” Leahy said. “Let’s just make sure you’ve got a good plan in front of you.”

So, smile big and don’t be afraid to ask for help, he said.

November 21, 2017
by Summit

Stonehill hosts vigil honoring victims of addiction

By Caroline Chaves

Stonehill senior Jackie Lavin lost her older brother this past June to an overdose on heroin and fentanyl, and she’s hoping to take the lessons she’s learned to bring awareness about the opioid crisis to the Stonehill community.


“After my brother’s death and me suffering because of his addiction for so long, I decided that I wanted to do something to spread awareness of just how serious the opioid crisis really is,” Lavin said. “Sometimes things just click in your head and tell you to take whatever is a negative thing and make something positive out of it. I know my brother wouldn’t want me to be in mourning forever, and I believe that if he were alive today, he would be really happy with what I was doing.”


According to the Center for Disease Control, 91 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose, and the rate is rising. Drug overdoses in 2016 exceeded 59,000, and is the largest rise in opioid deaths over one year in American history, according to the New York Times.


One of Lavin’s goals on campus is to bring awareness to the false stigmas that come with opioid addiction. The stigmas only help to create “them” idea, that addiction happens to those people, not me.


“What I want people to know about addiction is that nobody is immune to its threat. It can happen to anybody,” Lavin explained. “Addiction is often something that gets people locked up in jail. What people need to get through their heads is that addiction is not a crime. It is a disease. A disease that is prevalent in millions of innocent Americans and is often stigmatized. It is not a bad person’s disease. My brother was an amazing person, but the drugs made him go down hill and made him follow a wrong path, and again, that can happen to anybody.”


In addition to the need for awareness, identifying the signs of addiction in loved ones is one way to fight the opioid crisis in America. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence identifies a few key symptoms as signs of addiction. They include, a repeated loss of control in what was intended to be recreational use of a substance, such as black outs and using after saying they weren’t going to, neglect of other activities including time with loved ones and hobbies, problems in relationships as people struggling tend to act out against those closest to them, serious changes in appearance or behavior, and withdrawal. In addition, a family history of addiction can increase a person’s vulnerability to substance abuse severely.


Jessica Greene, speaking for the Health and Wellness program on campus, expressed two main factors as motivation for bringing awareness to the issue on campus: support, and prevention.


“I would also want people to be aware about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs,” Greene said.


She cited statistics from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, noting overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.

“Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015,” she said.


Earlier in October, a vigil was held for people suffering addiction, and it featured the Girls from the Hill.


Lavin called for even more action on campus on the issue.


“If there are any people on our own campus who are victims of addiction or have someone in their families/social groups who have an addiction problem or have died from one, it would be wonderful if we could start a support group for those people. Offer them a safe space where they can express their emotions without fear of judgment,” she said.


For anyone struggling with addiction or the effects of addiction on a loved one, it is important to note than services can be found on campus or provided elsewhere, Greene said.


. Greene offered areas of guidance both on and off campus for students: “We have on campus resources where you can learn more about this such as Health Services and Counseling Services. In addition, we can help connect students to supportive services off campus,” including Teen Challenge in Brockton, an organization committed to ending addiction and aiding the people in the Brockton area.

November 21, 2017
by Summit

Stonehill Alum named to Boston’s Power 50

By Tomas Bernotas

Stonehill Alum Robert Rivers, Class of 1986, who was recently honored by Boston Business Journal by being named to the Power 50 list credits his success to Stonehill and a single course.

Rivers, originally from Stoughton, Mass, credits his success to a project in his senior year at Stonehill with Professor Bill Burke. The assignment was to create a business plan for the rest of his life. The students were instructed to aim higher than they think they can achieve, so if they fall short, they still are successful.

Rivers’ plan involved becoming the president of the largest bank in Boston by the age of 40.

Between graduating and his position today, Rivers worked in many different places but always had his one goal in mind.

Although he was two years late, Rivers had accomplished his goal and became president of Eastern Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Boston.

“I didn’t think it would ever come true,” Rivers said about his senior year business plan.

Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 is an annual list naming the most influential and powerful men and women in Massachusetts.

Rivers, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank, made the list this year along with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Gov. Charlie Baker, and others.

“I was honored to be named to the list, some of the others on the list were people I considered as mentors during my career,” Rivers said.

Banking was always his passion. The finance major hopped around to different banking corporations working jobs as a teller, to a regional manager before finally being named president in 2007.

“I never worked for the money, I did it because I liked what I was doing,” Rivers said. The money was never a problem to him, because he knew if he kept on track then he could work it all out and achieve his goals.

To any students who are uncertain of their futures, lost after graduation, or just needing advice, “Do what you love,” Rivers said.

Along with his job now, Rivers is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Stonehill College.

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.