A Contest of Ideas is an independent journal of opinion at The College of the Holy Cross. The journal seeks to create a robust discussion on campus about the problems we face as a world, as a nation, as a local community, and as individuals. A Contest of Ideas is a nonpartisan journal, and is not affiliated with any one religion. Rather, it seeks to engage writers and readers of all faith and ideological backgrounds. The opinions here are those of the author alone. To contact us, email acontestofideas@gmail.com.



Rob Legare '18
Co-Editor in Chief
Hometown: East Greenwich, RI
Major: Political Science
Favorite Book: American Lion by John Meacham

Connor Hennessey '19
Co-Editor In Chief
Hometown: Lincoln, RI
Major: Philosophy on a Pre-Health track
Favorite Writer: Jean-Paul Sartre  

Billy Ford '19
Assistant Editor in Chief
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Major: International Studies, concentrating in Middle East Studies and Conflict Resolution
Favorite Book: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Tim Philbin '19
Assistant Editor in Chief
Hometown: Bedford, NH
Major: Philosophy
Favorite Book: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

Andrew Smith '19
Treasurer, Economics Editor
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Economics and History
Favorite Book: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer 

Mithra Salmassi '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Major: English, with a concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Galen Comerford '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Major: Sociology, with a minor in Religious Studies
Favorite Author: Kate Chopin

Nate Figueroa '18
Staff Writer
Hometown: Saratoga, NY
Major: Political Science, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies
Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Brian Senier '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Melrose, MA
Major: English and Political Science
Favorite Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Declan Cronin '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Major: History
Favorite Author: Michael Crichton 

Katherine Lenahan '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio
Major: International Studies, with a concentration in Latin American Development
Favorite Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Alex Campagna '20
Staff Writer
Hometown: Bristol, RI
Projected Major: International Studies and Spanish
Favorite Book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Dan Murphy '18
Staff Writer
Hometown: Woodstock, CT
Major: Political Science
Favorite Author: Isaac Asimov 

Kayla Horan '18
Staff Writer
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Major: Economics and Public Health
Favorite Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving 

Joe Woloszyn '20
Staff Writer
Hometown: East Rockaway, NY
Projected Major: English and Chemistry
Favorite Author: John Irving

Mark Hoffman '19
Staff Writer
Hometown: Edina, MN
Major: Philosophy and Political Science
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 

Hanna Ballantine '19
Technology and Web Design
Hometown: Holden, MA
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Book: The Tenth of December by George Saunders 

Allyson Noenickx '19
Technology and Web Design
Hometown: South Boston, MA
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Book: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad