idea for a Day in the Life issue of HCM had
been bubbling on a rear burner for some time. It seemed like
a bit of a no brainer, a photo essay presenting
the various activities taking place on (and off) campus in
a typical 24-hour period. In the wake of our War & Peace issue,
it felt as if the time for the 24 issue had arrived
It will be a perfect summertime edition, the editors
agreed. And what could be easier, they wondered, than hiring
a few photographers, turning them loose on Mount St. James
and waiting for the pictures to come rolling in?
Quite a few things, as it turned out.
The 24-Hours issue of HCM turned out
to be a lesson in complex logistics. The first chore of the
project was selecting the date. We needed to identify a single
day prior to the end of classes but late enough in April
so that some of the greenery and outdoor activity had returned
to campus. We needed to shoot during the school week so that
we could gather some classroom images. We wanted a busy but
representative day at Holy Cross, a day that would present
a fully inclusive cross section of campus lifepictures
of students, faculty members, administrators and staff. And
we wanted to capture images that represent as many aspects
of campus life as possibleacademics, athletics, spirituality,
social life. Most of all, we wanted a day that would recall
for our alumni the full expanse of their time at the College:
the continuous stream of classes, lectures, Mass and prayer
services, club meetings, sports practices, band and dance
rehearsals, volunteer service, study and bull sessions and
midnight diner runs.
We ended up selecting Thursday, April 24, 2003. Which may
have been a beautiful spring day in any number of cities
and towns across America. In Worcester, however, April 24
began with a snowstorm.
Luckily, no freak squall could deter our intrepid photographers.
Allow us to take a moment to thank them for their sharp eyes,
creative outlooks and, most of all, their stamina. The images
that capture this day in the life of the College were brought
to you by Patrick OConnor, Rob Carlin, Dan Vaillancourt,
M. David Leeds, Rob Bennett 98, and John Buckingham. (The
indefatigable Pat OConnor, by the way, shot the entire
We anticipate that these pictures will give you some sense
of the many and varied activities that take place every day
here on the Hill and, combined, make up the totality of the
Holy Cross experience. But more than this, we hope they trigger
a memory or two of some specific day on campus that continues
to define your own time on Mount St. James.