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What do the College Mascot and the Baltimore Orioles Have in Common?

Answer: Mike Franz, Holy Cross College class of 2016

By Maureen McDonald ’15

Michael Franz is a junior communications major and sports management minor who shares a passion for Holy Cross College as well as the Baltimore Orioles. Despite his incognito role on campus as “Basil the Saint Bernard”, his passion of supporting the Saints is evident both inside and outside the costume. This summer, Mike had the opportunity to work for the Baltimore Orioles as Event Staff. His duties were varied, including tasks from scanning tickets to ensuring the attendees conduct was under control.

One day, Mike hopes to either be a writer for the Orioles or to be a sports columnist in the Baltimore area. He believes that the top three skills he has gained while at Holy Cross are public speaking, time management, and persistence, which have all been professionally utilized in his job with the Orioles. This upcoming summer, he will be continuing with the Orioles as part of their event staff.

Currently, Mike is involved at Holy Cross as the mascot “Basil the St. Bernard” and as a Sports Information Intern for the Saints Athletic Department. Mike stated that his Holy Cross experience helped him with gaining his position because of the various communication skills that he has learned while attending. Mike’s advice to his fellow Saints looking for a job and/or an internship is “Explore. Don’t settle on the first thing you find: it could be too easy. Challenge yourself and find one that is a little more difficult because ultimately it will make you a better individual.”