The Quad

Freshman: Pick a hall, any hall!

If you are an incoming freshman, you will quickly become accustomed to these four buildings, which make up what we call “The Quad”: Lyons, Joyce, Ryan, and Alumni. With the new development of the Dion Student Center, the four buildings are linked in the middle, making it so that when it is 20 below and windy outside you can get to your friend’s dorm for an emergency Chinese date without having step outside into New England’s Antarctica. You can also get a quick bagel and coffee from Einsteins without even changing out of your PJ’s or putting on shoes, because it’s a short inside walk from all rooms in the quad. Maybe this makes us lazy; maybe this makes us efficient. The quad is where it’s at; it’s one of the best locations on campus because it’s so close to everything you need. The academic buildings, Alliot (the dining hall) the library, and the gym are all a short walk. Ryan, Lyon, Joyce, and Alumni are pretty similar in both exterior and interior. Each have laundry facilities in the basement and are made up of doubles, singles, and a rare triple or two. The mailroom is in located in Joyce, and Health Services is in Alumni.

I live on the second floor of Ryan. My floor is composed of all girls, and we have the only lounge in the building. Ryan is the closest residence hall to the tennis courts and the the Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts building, Bergeron. It’s also the oldest building in the quad, and there have been rumors of remodeling in the near future. The photos of the left are of my room, taken just before my roommate and I moved in (it is much more decorated now… but the outdated pictures are due to the fact that we have reached a point in the semester where organization and room cleanliness aren’t too high on our priority lists). The rooms all have closets with doors, but unlike the other three, they do not have shelves. They are all carpeted with one window, and come with a bed, a desk, a chair, and a small dresser. And just in case you were wondering, yes it is absolutely possible to build a blanket fort within the room. The basement of Ryan is what we call The Swamp. You’ll see a photo of it below. Mostly upperclassman live in the Swamp, and while it looks a bit frightening, I promise it’s not that bad. The rooms down there are more spacious and have higher ceilings.

The below photos are of Joyce and Lyons (the photos were taken this fall–it’s not quite that summery here yet). The interior of these buildings are pretty similar to Ryan, except they have different closets and shelved walls. One of my favorite parts of the quad is the grass space between Joyce and Lyon; dotted with picnic tables, slacklines, and frisbee groups, it’s kind of the freshman domain. This afternoon, there was even a band playing out there, which seemed to act as an announcement: Everybody, get off Netflix and out into this beautiful springtime sunshine!!

The Quad is used cheifly to house all freshman, but some sophomores and upperclassmen reside here as well. At the center of campus, it’s the perfect location for those that are new to St. Mike’s, and those that are new to the whole college experience. I love the spindly vines that grow up the brick walls; we sure don’t have that in Minnesota. Conclusion: The Quad is a great place to start!

-Cecelia Schnobrich

Founder’s Hall!

Hi all!

Today I wanted to talk about Founder’s Hall.

Founder’s Hall from the front

First, I’ll start off with a fun fact. When St. Mike’s opened in 1904, Founder’s Hall was the entire college. It contained classrooms, the dorms, and the dining hall! Hard to believe that we have expanded so much in the past one hundred and ten years!

Founder’s Hall is still in use today. It contains offices like the Registrar, the Dean’s office, and the President’s office.. These offices may not be something we think about every day, but when we need them they can be a huge help!!

This yellow building is attached to Founder’s Hall and called Founder’s Annex. In this building, you will find an assortment of offices, including the Financial Aid office.

Founder’s Annex!

The top part of the building actually inspired the Saint Michael’s College logo. The tower with a cross can be seen in many of the SMC insignia.

Most students visit Founder’s Hall to visit the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office is where you go to declare a major or minor, change your adviser, or get a copy of your transcript. You can also talk to the Registrar about transferring credits and registering for classes.
Outside the Registrar’s office, they have a bulletin board with lots of helpful information. This bulletin board includes information like every professor’s office, and which classes have seats available in them.

A festive Founder’s bulletin board!

The door on the right is the Registrar’s office!

Hope that gave you some information about a really important building on campus! As always, if you have any questions about Founder’s Hall or SMC life in general, feel free to contact me!

-Emily Clegg

Durick Library: Best College Library (Fact).

The library offers an obvious flavor of academic utility: academic literature, miles of novels and other books, online resources, computers, study spaces, etc. Not only do students have access to resources from our own library, but from other libraries (other universities, I believe) who participate in our inter-library loan. One might say that the library is endless in its offerings of academic resources; last semester when Common Ground asked a librarian if the club could co-purchase the rights to a film, they offered to pay for the whole thing (Intersexion is now available for rent from the DVD stacks), so you can pretty much get what you need. But there’s more to the library than just academics, and those qualities are the ones that: (a) make it the special place that it is, and (b) will probably comprise the more significant aspects of my memories spending time there.

The Strangely Hidden History
 
Last semester, I got to tour the archives and “secret room” of the library, which are two of the only spaces not readily accessible by the student body (without permission). Not only was it wicked cool to see parts of the library I’d dreamed of seeing since freshman year (seriously, those windows into the secret room on the far right front of the library are mysterious!), but I also learned that our library houses some serious history and treasures. These include but are not limited to: an *alleged* piece of the cross (like THE cross), a relic from the body of Saint Edmund (his skin), and Sermones de patientia in Job, which was published in 1474 (like, before the Native Americans saved Chris Columbus and his crew after nearly drowning in the Ocean Blue). This tour was the first time I knew we had any of this, and my point in sharing is that Durick automatically become ten times cooler when you consider the mass of unique historic artifacts that rest beneath the chairs of these studious Purple Knights.
It’s Like Our Living Room (Imagine Gryffindor House).

Definitely Gryffindor (Dailey Room).

You know how some witch or wizard always happens to be lounging in the Gryffindor common room when Hermione, Ron and Harry stumble in post-plotting or post-delinquency? You don’t? OK: well it’s this magical space filled with fluffy chairs, pictures on the wall, and what I imagine to be the warm scent of magic. In these ways, I find Gryffindor house to be like Durick (if we had a fireplace that would be BOMB). Walking into the library is like entering a hybrid world of studiousness and napping (we really do nap in there), with the occasional social exchange between stressing classmates or busy friends. Someone’s always reading some book, and more often than not you’ll see a student without their shoes. It is the most comfortable place on campus to bust out a paper, cram some studying, or even plan out an organized academic schedule if that’s what you’re into. Either way, I and most of the people I know get most of our homework done there, and I’m unconvinced that this can be explained by anything but library magic (which probably comes from the archives downstairs!).

Everyone Has their own spot (because there are so many).

Different people find comfort in different spots; whereas I’m more of a table-and-chair kind of person, my boyfriend Trevor can read dozens-of-pages articles in armchairs that put me to sleep. So depending on the type of student/type of homework, one can seek out: independent study cubicles, computer labs, a food-friendly study room downstairs, group project tables, individual tables in the bird’s nest, or, like I’ve mentioned, fluffy armchairs. The library-goers with whom I often associate are frequent fliers in the Dailey Room, which also houses the Global Eyes photo exhibition (which showcases student photography from around the world). My personal favorite, though, are the two most secluded study cubicles at the end of the rolling stacks in the basement (you kinda have to find them). I’ll be happy to consult with anyone looking to find a Durick study spot that best suits them, just shoot me an email 😉 (sort of kidding but I’ll actually help you if you want).
 
Lollipops and Other Comforts

Durick’s Den–the location of much snacking and finals coffee breaks.

I think I’ve called Durick comfortable more than once, and that’s due to more than just the sleep-inducing armchairs. Next time you’re in the library, take a left at the top of the stairs and head for the encyclopedias. Across the aisle from the research desks you will likely find a large pink bowl of purple and gold lollipops, supplied courtesy of the library for nothing more than pure happiness and study calmness. During finals, there are cookies, coffee and hot chocolate in the food-friendly Durick’s Den (in the basement), because the library knows we’re stressed and wants us to be happy. It is the plurality of possible study spaces, wonderful librarians and college staff, plus amenities such as these that make Durick the truly welcoming place that it is, and for this I don’t hesitate to call it my favorite building on campus.
If you have any questions about the library or want a personal tour, I will be more than happy to oblige at any time.

Thanks for reading, and happy studies!

-Ben Rosbrook

Tarrant/Ross

“Ahhhh the smell of sweaty gym socks and rubber floors in the morning.” Probably the only place that you will ever hear that on campus is in the Tarrant/ Ross Sports Center here at SMC. Let’s break it down a little more.


Lets start with Tarrant. It’s more formal name is the Jeremiah J. and Kathleen C. Tarrant Student Recreation Center. It was a $5 million project and was dedicated in October of 1994. On my tours, I like to say that Tarrant is more of our recreational side of our sports complex. It houses our field house which has 4 indoor courts that can be used to basketball, volleyball or tennis. It also has a 1/8 of a mile indoor track. It is also home to 3 racquetball courts and 1 squash court.

On the second floor of this lovely building is where our weight room is located. In there we have everything you may need to get that body you’ve always wanted to impress your Alliot crush. Also on the second floor is a dance room. Obviously in the dance room people dance, but they also offer amazing fitness classes during the week such as Zumba, Yoga, RIPPED and Barre Fitness. The awesome thing about these classes is that it only costs $15 for 6 weeks of one class, which is insanely cheap.

Then there are the things that people don’t know about the second floor. Our athletic department is housed up there as well as coaches’ offices and the viewing deck for the pool.

 

 

 

 

Back down to the main floor we go! When you first walk into the building you will notice a desk to your left. That is where the lost and found is located as well as the place that you can go to borrow sports equiptment (such as basketballs). The Hall of Fame Room and Rec Rooms are also on the main floor.


One of the unique things about the main floor of Tarrant is that there is a 2 story indoor climbing wall. It is sponsored by our Wilderness program and they do an awesome job of running it. Personally, I have never climbed it, but I have 2 years to change that! It looks like so much fun and everyone always says how great it is.

 

 

 

  When you are all done with your time in Tarrant you go through this wall of doors and TA DA! you are in Ross! Ross, to me at least, is our more varsity side of our sports complex. In here we have our main basketball court, varsity weight room, swimming pool, trainers offices and our trophy cases.

 

The trophy case in Ross has to be one of my favorite spots on campus. It is really cool to look at all of the amazing things that our athletes here at SMC have accomplished. But I do have to be honest, my favorite part of the trophy case is all the way at the end towards the doors facing the library. There you will find our rugby banner from when we were champions of Rugby Northeast in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

The main part of Ross sports center is our main basketball court. This is where all of the home basketball and volleyball games take place. It is also where a lot of orientation activities happen as well as our spring concert. Last year we had Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and it was truly incredible!

 

 

 

Also towards the back of the basketball court is a staircase that leads to our varsity weight room. It is reserved for all varsity teams and is normally locked. They use this instead of the normal weight room so that it doesn’t get too clustered.

 

 

 

 

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Susanna Shigo
 
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A Home Away From Home: McCarthy Arts Center

As a theatre major, a majority of my time is spent in the McCarthy Arts Center. I keep saying if there was one thing that I could change about Saint Mike’s, it would be that McCarthy would have dorms!

A view from the Playhouse when I was a spotlight operator for SHOUT! The Mod Musical

This space has served many purposes in my life at Saint Mike’s: theatre classes, Drama Club meetings, Mainstage Shows, Drama Club Shows, and Saint Michael’s Playhouse.

The Booth! Where I operate the show as a stage manager.

A look from inside the booth, and my script for calling the show!

This mini-tour shows you into a large chuck of my life at Saint Mike’s! Be sure to check out my post on our new renovated seats! Here’s the before info, and the after will be updated soon!

The last night of Godspell is tomorrow, my senior seminar in theatre, and my last Saint Michael’s College Mainstage. There will be many feelings tomorrow. I am so lucky to have shared this experience with a wonderful cast and crew!
As always, sending my love,

 

Katelyn Whitman

Girl’s Dressing Room: Prepping for Godspell night #5!

Townhouse Livin’

One of the many perks of being an upperclassman is the ability to live in a townhouse. There are four different townhouse sets: the 100s, 200s, 300s, and 400s. I lived in the 400s last year and now live in the 200s. I have to say last year was one of my favorite years with housing, but this year takes the cake! I get to live with two of my best friends and all of my other close friends are within walking distance!

Here are some pictures of my house this year in the 200s

What do you get in a townhouse?

1 Couch
2 comfy chairs
2 coffee tables
Kitchen table and chairs

-In your bedroom you get

desk
bed with draws underneath
fabulous closet

What do you not get?

In the kitchen you are not given pots or pans, kitchen utensils, or plates etc.

Also the meal plan is slightly different when you live in a townhouse. You are put on a reduced meal plan, meaning you get 40 swipes into Alliot or Sloane. Don’t worry though, you can still opt to get the full unlimited meal plan if you so choose.

In the 200s there are 4 single bedrooms with a large bathroom upstairs with a private toilet and shower, and double sink.

Here is a picture of my bedroom:

The 400s townhouses are slightly different. There are two bathrooms and five individual bedrooms. Here are some pictures of my house last year:

 Living in a townhouse has been my favorite living situation! I lived with 4 fabulous girls last year and 2 of my best friends this year. Who could ask for anything more?!

I hope this helps you with understanding some of the dorm living situations here at SMC!
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-Kayley Mavridis

Sloane: The Building of Great Art and Food

Today I will discussing a building that probably isn’t as well known as Alliot, or Quad Commons. Sloane is a building at the very edge of Saint Michael’s North Campus which is about a mile away from the rest of our campus. Sloane is broken into two parts, the dining hall, and the art studio. The dining hall part of Sloane is our second dining hall on campus and functions the same as Alliot, where you use your Knightcard to swipe and its apart of the meal plan, so there is no additional fee. Unlike Alliot Sloane serves different food, and has a sitdown reasturaunt seating where the food is served to you. Also like a classy reasturuant you have have to call in and make a reservation which fills up quickly. What I like about the dining hall besides the food (which is really good) is being able to just sit down and hangout with some friends.

Adam plotting?

We were judged so hard for taking this photo in the middle of everyone’s dining experience

The second part of Sloane would be the home of Art Majors, and other art classes. Sloane is where all Art classes take place and where Art Majors have Galleries and their own studios. My first year I took Graphic Narritive here where I would draw stories, and learn how stories are told through art. My favorite part of Sloane would have to be the bathrooms, which sounds really strange at first. The bathrooms at Sloane are covered in paint, drawings, and other murals which makes them their own work of art. The bathrooms are constantly changing with quotes, and potraits being added every week.

One of the Art Galleries at Sloane

A class room where I took my art class in my first year

This is a bathroom

Either for food, or for art, Sloane is a great place to be. Thanks for reading.
-Brendan Oates

North Campus: Living the Life

As you may have noticed by looking at the other bloggers pages, we have all taken different parts of St. Mike’s campus to show you and personally tell you why we love these areas. I chose to talk about North Campus.
“North Campus?” you ask. “What is this mystical place that you speak of?”
Only one of the coolest places at St. Mikes! North Campus is less than a mile up the road (north…I’m sure you never would have guessed that!). We have a shuttle that is always running to take us back and forth from North Campus to Main Campus. On North, we have three dorm style buildings (double rooms as well as some singles, adding up to about 60 people per building) and four apartment style buildings (four people per apartment, two rooms in each apartment, four apartments in each building). Given all those facts, there are about 300 students who live on this part of campus, all of which are either Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors.

The Ethan Allen Apartments

 

Hamel Hall (where I live now)

The St. Mike’s North Campus buildings

Purtil Hall (Dorm)

Linnehan Hall (Dorm)

An appropriate name for a cross road

The Shuttle!! (I love talking with the drivers, they’re so nice!)

Along with our housing buildings, we have Sloan! Sloan is a building that has two parts: art and food. On one half, they have all the art classrooms and students work hanging. On the other half is a restaurant style dining option that is included in the meal plan. To go to dinner at Sloan, you simply call on Tuesday (at 2pm sharp!) and make a reservation for you and your friends either that night, Wednesday, or Thursday night. On your day and time, you show up and are served just like a restaurant! I think the food is a step up from our normal cafeteria, so it’s REALLY good!!

Sloane Hall

Bike rack outside of Sloane

And what’s great about North is that the CCTA bus (that takes us to Burlington) goes right past all of our buildings so it’s easy to jump on!

Bus stops on North

North is a bit quieter since it is away from everything else, but the rooms are a bit bigger (bonus!) and you form a little community up here. Everyone is very respectful of each other (typical St. Mikes kids) and it’s definitely a fun experience living up here. Hopefully you have the chance to explore North when you come!
And check out the campus map to see where everything is!
-Kathryn Miyahira

The Suite Life

Cashman Hall

For the past two years I have been lucky enough to live in the on-campus suite buildings. Sophomore year I lived in Pontigny Hall and this year I live in Canterbury Hall. Cashman Hall is the only suite I have not lived in but I spent a lot of time in the building when my friend was an R.A. there last year. I love the suites because I get to have my own room while sharing a common area with my friends. There are typically 8 rooms per suite along with two bathrooms to share with your roommates. Suites also come equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave. It’s nice because I get the chance to decorate my room however I like and then my roommates and I come together to deck out our common area. On each floor of the building there is also a community kitchen. I love to cook and this provides a nice opportunity to get away from the dining hall on occasion. Various pasta dishes and kebabs have been my specialty this year.

My room!

Each suite building is also equipped with a laundry room on the first floor and a Great Room where students can go to study, watch TV, or play ping-pong. R.A.’s host various bonding events in these rooms and there is always plenty of free food. I am personally a big fan of when R.A.’s order Wings Over Burlington. Last semester when I was abroad I swear I day dreamed about those wings.

My suite’s common area.

The suites have been my home for the last two years and I have a lot memories there. From watching the votes being tallied on election night, to viewing Game of Thrones in a packed common room, to having Nerf Gun wars, the suites are always an entertaining place to live.

-Dominic Wood

Canterbury Great Room

Kebab night.

Oh Hey, What’s Up, Saint Michael!? A Tour of the SMC Chapel…

Hi everyone!!

Today on The Life of a SMC Girl, I wanted to take you on a virtual tour around a place that has been quite important in my life at SMC- the Chapel!! For those of my wonderful readers who don’t know, I have been involved with Campus Ministry since I was a first year. Whether it’s been helping volunteer through MOVE, serving at the 7pm mass, or being a Senior team leader of VITA, campus ministry has helped shape me into who I am today. It also means that I get to spend a lot of time in the lovely Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel and become known as the Princess of it (Hahahaha!! Just kidding- even though if there was one, it would probably be me with the amount of time I spend there 🙂

Top photo: the Chapel’s front entrance (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5904915) Middle: the Chapel at Christmas- my favorite!! Bottom: a prayer service in the back altar space with my friends, Nicole and Greg!!

The Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel was built in 1965, making it the largest Chapel in the state of Vermont. It seats 1000 people and is shaped like a cross, so there is seating in the north, east, and west naves, and another altar space in the back. The Chapel is a place where everyone is welcome, whether you identify with a different religion or don’t choose to practice. I always come here just to de-stress or when my life seems chaotic, gain some quiet time to myself. What most people don’t know, however, is that there is an Upper Room upstairs in the Chapel, which is full of comfy couches, pillows and blankets, a fully stocked kitchen and an alarm clock, in case you want to take a nap up there. It’s where I usually go to study if the Academic Buildings or Library is really packed.

Thank you to www.sse.org for the picture. St. Edmund mass 2012, with all of the Edmundites!!

Of course, we can’t talk about the Chapel without the Edmundites. The Edmundites were founded during the 19th century and settled in Pontigny, France. They were named after St. Edmund of Canterbury (who, fun fact, had his arm in the SMC archives for a bit, serving as a relic- how cool is that?!) and have been known for their establishment of Mont St. Michel and St. Anne’s Shrine as a pilgrimage site, being leaders within the civil rights movement (Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouelet actually was one of Martin Luther King’s closest confidants!!) in Alabama, working within Latin American countries such as Venezuela, and establishing the first catholic school in Vermont… you guessed it!! Saint Michael’s College 🙂 The Edmundites still have a presence on campus (as you can see from the picture above 🙂 and are probably some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
PS- can you see me in this picture? 🙂

VITA team 2013-14!! From top left: Tim, Maura, Colleen, Emily, Kate. Bottom left: Kelly, Lauren Murphy, me, Po.

Being a part of VITA has honestly changed my life for the better. VITA, meaning way of life in Latin, is the peer ministry group on campus. A lot of the VITA programming meets in the Chapel to help students to relax and reflect. VITA offers a wide variety of programs, such as LINK, our large faith sharing group, Connections, our small faith sharing group, and Dessert and the Divine, our monthly dessert and reflection group. Coming in as a first year, it was VITA which helped me to get involved and my SMC mom and phenomenal campus minister/ VITA mentor, Anna Lester, who helped me to not be so shy and scared about the transition into college. I’ve been so lucky to work with an amazing group of people these past four years to not only help myself, but help others in so many different ways. What’s so wonderful about VITA is that not only is everyone welcome in the Chapel, but to VITA as well. What I also love about VITA is how different everyone who comes in- whether it be various religions, backgrounds, or faith journeys, we are all so interested in learning about each other and seeing different perspectives on so many topics.

Jay blessing an animal in the Sanctuary!!

We also have events for the community, such as our annual Animal Blessing. Typically, this is celebrated on the feast of St. Francis, which falls in October. I’ve been lucky enough to help with this event all of my years at Saint Mike’s, aiding the amazing Jason Moore, our retreat director and wonderful campus minster. My favorite thing, of course, is seeing all of the community members and dogs from the All Bread and the Greyhound shelters right down the road, getting blessed and having the chance to play with them afterwards. If you’re far from home, you can always bring in a picture of your animal to have blessed as well!!

Po and Jerome at the lecturn

If you’re ever interested in getting involved in serving at mass, I would totally recommend it!! One of the first ways I got involved on campus was by serving as a lector and a Eucharistic Minister at the 7pm student mass. There are usually two main masses on Sundays- 11am for the community and 7pm for students. If choosing to serve, you can do a wide variety of things, such as singing or playing in the liturgical choir or serving as a lector (reader) Eucharistic Minister, or Altar Server. There are also daily masses every day at 11:30am (and 4pm on Monday’s) and other ways of worship, such as Adoration, Taize, and morning prayer in the Chapel as well. Typically to serve, you have to go through training, so that you’re prepared for what to do when serving at mass. Of course, that didn’t stop me from messing up one or one hundred times in between, but it’s honestly been one of the best things I’ve done in my four years here. Up above, you can see my best friend, Po being helped by the hysterical Jerome Monachino, our liturgical choir director. Jerome controls the mics and sound system in the Chapel, so he always helps run lector training, giving some great tips when reading into the mic.

Welcome Back Social- perfect way to cool off and eat some delicious ice cream!!

One of my favorite things of all time to do is to get big groups of people together. Luckily, we host a lot of socials in the Upper Room of the Chapel, where we can get together to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Constantly throughout the semester, we have various ice cream,cookies, pizza, and nachos socials with movies, games, and even sleepovers mixed in between. This picture was from our Welcome Back social this past August, which was filled with so much fun!!

LEAP Fall 2013!! From left: Alex, Amanda, Kerry, Mary, Marci, me, Emily, and Nicole.

Retreats one of the most intrinsic parts of campus ministry and depend heavily on the Chapel to serve as the setting to prepare for each semesters group. Retreats are held one weekend every semester at St. Anne’s Shrine, geared to helping find what students need in their lives at the moment. LEAP, our community based retreat, and Emmaus, our Ignatian spirituality retreat, are our two most popular retreats, in which students give personal talks and experiences, planning for months to make the retreat a reality. Retreats are open to everyone of any faith and are extremely well attended. The connections you make with others on the retreats are priceless and have really helped me to find myself and my faith throughout my retreat weekends.

This year’s Way of the Cross group in the Chapel lobby!! From left: Shawn, Greg, Chris, Maura, Aaron, Allie, Chris, me, Alex, Caitie, Po, Allie, Tyler, Lucia, Kristen, and Lauren Loy.

As I was mentioning before, we have a lot of events both for the community on campus and off. One of these events is Way of the Cross. Way of the Cross is a really awesome way of taking the typical Stations of the Cross during a Friday in Lent and giving it a personal touch, infusing personal narrative into each station. For the past four years, I have played Mary Magdala and it has been an amazing experience. So many students help out each March with this, practicing late at night in the Chapel the night before and we always get such a nice turn out!!

Lit Choir at Catholic Central HS, Albany NY!!

While I’ve been involved in campus ministry all four years at SMC, one thing I had always wanted to do, but never had the courage to, was join the SMC liturgical choir. Led by Jerome Monachino, it is honestly the most talented and coolest group of people. Me being the scardy cat I am, I was too shy to join. However, my best friend, Merrill, was actually the one to give me the courage to finally go and Marci was the one to help solidify that as well. Being able to sing my heart out to some really great tunes each Wednesday for 6:30pm rehearsal and Sunday for mass on the risers in the Chapel is one of the best feelings in the world. The Lit Choir also goes on a tour each year to various churches and schools along the east coast. This year, we went to Albany, NY and I had one of the best times of my life. Even though I was late to the game, I’m so thankful that I was able to still continue trying new things, even in my senior year.

Phew!! I probably exhausted you all from our look around the Chapel- don’t worry, we can take a breather hahaha!! Honestly though, the Chapel is a phenomenal place not only for reflection, but a place where no matter who you are or what you believe in, you can somehow find something special about it. It has really become my home away from my dorm on campus, as it’s the place where I really was able to develop into the person I am today, something I’m extremely thankful for.
Until next time, I send you my very best wishes,
Alex Byrne 🙂