Letter to the Editors

To the editors,

We, the undersigned proud alumni of the College of the Holy Cross, reflect fondly upon our years on Mount St. James. Each of our lives were forever changed by our experiences and friendships on the Hill–in classrooms and dorm rooms, through SPUD or service trips, on the playing field or in Campion House. Whether we graduated months ago or years ago, our time at Holy Cross also informed our lifelong values. We each remain committed to living as “men and women for others.”

Holy Cross taught us to be men and women for all persons–all religions, races, and national origins. Therefore, we are encouraged by the dialogue Holy Cross faculty recently prompted about The Crusader–a name shared by both the Holy Cross student newspaper and our mascot. While the Crusader has been a tradition at Holy Cross for years, introspection is also a valued Holy Cross tradition. We live in a time of rising Islamophobia, and a time when Pope Francis warns us against an “epidemic of animosity.” It is time to reconsider the mascot, and ask ourselves if we wish to identify not only as being in service to others, but also as allies to others. We believe it is appropriate for each of us to examine our conscience, reflect on the legacy of the Crusades, and grapple with the implications of sharing a symbol with the likes of the Ku Klux Klan.

Upon reflection, we the undersigned alumni call on the campus community to change the name of both our newspaper and our mascot. We believe doing so would better reflect the values we each embraced during our time on the Hill, and which we continue to hold dear.

Sincerely,

Awais Ahsan, 2003

Victoria Aufiero, 2005

Danielle Azzariti, 2005

Jeffrey Bourgeois, 2016

Bridget Collins, 2005

Monica del Rio, 2002

Amanda Dvorscak, 2002

Lauren Gray, 2005

Meghan Griffiths, 2004

Peter Harrison, 2005

Andrew Jaico, 2007

Jennifer Lee, 2005

Katie Li, 2005

Maureen Lo, 2003

Rabia Nizamani, 2002

Alpha O’Neal, 2004

Claude Owens, 2002

Laura Peynado Castro, 2002

Karin Siomporas (née Jorgensen), 2016

Kerri Smith, 2003

Emily St. Germain, 2005

Kristin Wheeler, 2005

David Wright, 2008

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