Understanding Eating Disorders
Earlier this fall
I was contacted by a Wall Street Journal reporter working
on a story about the “freshman fifteen.” She
sought information about how colleges and universities help
first-year students avoid that so-called prevalent weight
gain. Looking for Holy Cross-specific information to respond
to the inquiry, I contacted Fran Taylor, the College’s
director of wellness programming. Fran explained we don’t
have a freshman-fifteen problem; rather, we have some students
with eating disorders. I had already read a draft of our
cover story on the topic, so I’d anticipated that answer
and explained this to the interested reporter. She ended
up interviewing Linda Nardella, director of dining services,
about her staff’s efforts to assist our students in
making healthy food choices. The article, “The Dining-Hall
Diet,” appeared in the Nov. 7 edition of the paper.
Our cover is a deliberately arresting depiction of the impact
an eating disorder may have on a young person. The artist,
Lauren Dehler ’04, explains that her painting was influenced
by a photograph she saw in her Introduction to Psychology class
text. Lauren is a NEED peer educator who works to encourage
healthy attitudes among her peers at Holy Cross. You may read
more about Lauren and the NEED team on Page 14.
We selected this sensitive topic as a cover story because
a challenge faced not only by some of our students but by young
people nationwide and, perhaps, by someone you know. We thought
you’d like to know how Holy Cross students are working
to help their peers, and that the College’s Counseling
Center is on top of the issue, providing assistance to students
dealing with these serious challenges to their health.
We hope the stunning nature of the cover won’t overwhelm
your ability to notice some design changes launched with this
issue of Holy Cross Magazine (HCM). We strive to keep the content
of the magazine fresh, interesting and thought provoking. Likewise,
we want the look and feel—the design—to support
and enhance the quality of the content.
Collaborating with Christine Koch of Knockout Graphics, the
magazine team set out to develop a cleaner, better organized,
more “modern” look. The team, led by editor Jack
O’Connell ’81, spent months poring over dozens
of magazines, selecting our favorite elements and details.
Molly Fang (HCM designer), Joyce O’Connor Davidson (contributing
writer/editor from the Development Office), Jack and I had
fun with this creative process, and we hope you’ll be
pleased with the results.
As always, we welcome your reactions,
suggestions and constructive criticism about the content
and/or the design.