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  • Proudly displaying their home-cooked meals are, from left, Father Stephen Curry, Father Rick Piatt and Father Raymond Dlugos. Feb 5, 2018 —
    By day, Merrimack’s three full-time Augustinian priests serve God and their fellow man. By night, they serve one another … dinner.
  • Oct 1, 2017 —
    About 60 female freshmen are participating in Merrimack’s new Women in STEM living-learning community this semester. The community is meant to provide much-needed support for women as they prepare to enter male-dominated occupations.
  • Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Brittnie Aiello presents a diploma to an inmate during a ceremony ... Jan 30, 2018 —
    Eleven inmates at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Middleton (Massachusetts) Jail earned four credits from Merrimack College as part of an innovative program in which they completed the new course “Institutions and Inequality” at the end of the fall semester.
  • Sep 28, 2017 —
    The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s STEM Advisory Council has awarded Merrimack College and Salem State University a $60,000 grant as the lead institutions of the new Northeast Regional STEM Network.

Notable & Quotable

  • Thomas Nolan, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in a March 1, 2018, Worcester Magazine story on the impact SWAT operations can have on children who are at home when a raid is being conducted. Nolan, a former SWAT officer and 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, said police should think twice before carrying out such raids. “If I were the SWAT commander, I would be extremely reluctant to put my team through the door when I have reason to believe that there are innocent people, particularly children, on the other side,” he said.

  • Thomas NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a Nov. 17, 2017, DigBoston investigative article on the use of military-like force by small-town police forces in Massachusetts. Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, acknowledged that while there is a genuine need for tactically trained officers to respond to certain situations, the types of incidents SWAT teams are supposedly meant to address hardly ever occur in small towns in the state. “If you don’t have situations where the public would endorse use of the SWAT team, the tendency can be for SWAT teams to be deployed for reasons we could see as less than legitimate,” he said.


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