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September 23, 2011

Ken Calemmo ‘12 with Ron and T Jablanski

By Ken Calemmo
On September 23, 2011

Ron and T Jablanski are residences of 118 College Street. Ron is a proud, decorated Vietnam Marine Corp Veteran and President of the College Hill Civic Assocation. T Jablanski is an active member of the community, serving as the Director of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts and is a self-proclaimed "professional volunteer."  Ken Calemmo ‘12, is a reident of 31 Caro Street and is the  SGA Director of Community Relations. The following is a transcript from an interview which took place on Sept. 16, 2011.

 

Ken: How long have you two lived on College Street and why did you decide to move from Auburn to the College  hill neighborhood?

T: We've been here 6 years. We moved to the College Hill area because it was a ranch house. I don't know if it was actually in our plans to move back to the city of Worcester. When we moved here from California, we bought a house in Quinsig Village and shortly after bought a house in Auburn. Twenty-two years later, we moved back to Worcester.

Ken:What qualities do you think make Worcester a special place to live?

T: I'd say diversity; the diversity of the people and the history. I think Worcester has a wonderful, colorful history. Its working class community that is accessible.

Ron: Location of Worcester is cool in the sense that you can go so many places very easily.

Ken: What do you think is the biggest misconception that the students of Holy Cross have of the neighbors?

T: That we don't like them and that we don't care about you.

Ken: What do you think is the biggest misconception that neighbors have of Holy Cross students?

T: I think there are many but the first is that you're all rich, spoiled, and that all you want to do is party.

Ron: ...and that your parents will take care of any mistakes that you make.

What do you think is the biggest accomplishment that the neighbors and college have collaborated on?

T- Again I am a little biased because of my investment with the Dog Park and understanding of Cookson Park. But I am very impressed with the work done by the College to work with the neighbors and Cookson Park and the creation of the master plan at their own expense.

Ken: What do you think is one of the big setbacks we have had?

T: Change is slow.

Ron: The time it takes to change a person's mind or to change the atmosphere of negativity that's been going on, trying to change that whole mindset, it just takes too long.

T: The students come in with a certain history of the campus that you're coming to and some of those traditions that you came with are fading away and things are changing. For the students I think it's a loss of how you spend your weekends and having to conform a little more and for the neighbors the change probably just isn't fast enough.  

Ron: The moving in and out and people being so busy today, the old neighborhood feel, it's hard to get that back.

Ken: Is there any place or activity on campus that you'd like to visit or try?

Ron: I have never taken a tour of HC.

T: I've never taken a tour either. I used to sneak in and use the library when I was in college.

Ken: What is your favorite activity on a Friday or Saturday night?

T: Friday and Saturday night when I am free, I like to drink beer, and hang with my friends. I like to sit around with my girlfriends, chat, listen to music, and drink more beer.

Ron: I am the designated driver.

Ken: What is your dream vacation?

T: With the use of unlimited resources, to take my friends and family anywhere I'd choose.

Ken: If you could meet one historical figure and sit down and share a meal with them who would it be and why?

T: Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Actually, I'd like to meet all the founding sisters of the 19th Amendment. I think those women had a lot of chutzpa. They were just incredible, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton because of her tenacity, she was a pioneer and a rebel and did not conform and I would love to have some of that rub off on me. But I am so impressed with the women who worked so hard in the women's movement.

Ron: I'd like to meet her too, but I'd love to sit down and meet Ben Franklin. The fact that he invented so much, he's a true visionary. To me he is the one of the most thoughtful, unique, persons, inventors, and writers.

Ken: Given NE extreme weather what is your favorite season?

T: I probably like fall most. I enjoy the change, the transformation of my environment, and the thought of hibernating feels nice.

Ron: I like spring after a long winter. I like to bass fish, it's the start of getting out on the water.

Ken: What do you think motivates you most in life?

T: I think it might sound weird I'm very motivated by suffering. I have an extraordinary background and tremendous suffering in my life and because of it I have a great amount of empathy and I am called, I believe, to help others. I don't like seeing other peoples suffering.

Ron: I don't know what really motivates me to be honest, the Marine Corps, everything Marines.

Ken: What is your favorite food?

T: Everything Italian

Ron: Ditto

Ken: What is your favorite animal?

T: Definitely a dog, it would have to be a dog.

Ron: Winning horses.

Ken: What is one piece of advice you would give to students at Holy Cross, particularly students living off campus?

T: Tough question. I would have to say, just to be mindful that you're living in a neighborhood. There are folks around you who are dying of cancer that are suffering, people having babies. Your behavior really does affect those around you. What you do today really does matter even if for the immediate time, it really does matter. It makes a difference. How you leave us is how we feel about the students. When you leave, you've left us with a taste of what we should expect from the next group of students and it's unfair.

Ron: The richness and fullness of your lives while you're a student, you don't really know what you have until it's gone. It doesn't hit you until after you're gone. You don't want to create a situation that is so bad that if affects the next class coming up. You want to keep that name of HC really positive but still have a good time.


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