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    BCPD Officer Honored For Bravery During Storm

    Joe Lamusta Received The Robert Bunker Award For Helping A Northeastern Student On Shea Field

    He should’ve brought gloves. If Joe Lamusta had known he’d spend a half-hour trudging through two feet of snow during the height of a blizzard, maybe he would have thrown on more than just a jacket before heading to Boston College for his 16-hour shift.

  • First Circuit Court Rules On Belfast Project

    Only 11 Of 85 Interviews Determined Relevant To McConville Killing

    On Friday, May 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston issued a ruling with regard to interviews from the Belfast Project, Boston College’s oral history project on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

  • Garza Stepping Down From Position As BC Provost

    Boston College's Provost and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza announced on May 6 that he will be stepping down from his position on June 30 of this year. He will take a yearlong leave of absence from the University and will return to BC as a professor in the fall of 2014.

  • Administrators Take Steps To Deal With Grade Inflation At BC

    Starting during the Vietnam War, average grades at universities nationwide began to climb steadily, a trend that has not stopped since. At the time, professors were unwilling to give students low grades, as a poor GPA could jeopardize their military exemption status and result in their being sent to fight and possibly die overseas.

  • Student Group Fights Islamophobia

    Between the comedy show fliers and a cappella banners, “Don’t Meet Hurt with Hate, Love Islam” might be missed by those passing through the Quad. The phrase, painted on a blue banner and hung earlier this week, is surrounded by signatures and kind words of Boston College students, faculty, and administrators in support of the cause.

  • Cuban Writer Laments Repressive Practices

    Cuban Writer Laments Repressive Practices

    Boston College’s Cuban-American Student Organization (CASA) hosted Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo for a presentation on Tuesday concerning the current state of Internet-based citizen journalism in Cuba. Lazo, a blogger, freelance photographer and civil rights activist, discussed the Cuban government’s repressive Internet policy, the difficulty of disseminating one’s viewpoints in such an environment, and the gains the movement has made since its origins.
     

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  • Chomsky, Activists Protest Base On Jeju Island

    Chomsky, Activists Protest Base On Jeju Island

    Naom Chomsky and two South Korean activists spoke at the ‘Save Jeju Island” event.

    On Tuesday, Boston College’s Korean Students Association hosted an event called “Save Jeju Island,” featuring two South Korean activists, Young-Hee Jeong and Sukjong Hong, and popular public intellectual Noam Chomsky.

  • Column: End Of A Journey

    1,356 days separate the moment my parents dropped me off on Newton Campus from the rapidly approaching moment when I collect my diploma in Alumni Stadium. Day 1 feels like yesterday. In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 2, 2009, I nervously paced around the clothes and books scattered across my bedroom. In an effort to block out my fear of the great collegiate unknown, I made three promises to myself.
     

  • 'Last Five Speech': Steps of Strength

    “I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” These are the words from Isaiah 41:10 that spurred me through 26.1 miles of the Boston Marathon, the words that comforted me as I was hunkered down with hundreds of others outside of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel seeking shelter from the explosions, and the words that represent the promise that our city has to hope in and run towards.

  • Proposal For New Core Unveiled

    New Interdisciplinary Courses To Be Introduced Beginning Next Spring

    The Class of 2017 could begin taking new core classes as early as next spring, pending the approval of the latest core plan by University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., and University Provost Cutberto Garza.

  • Modstock Security To Be Ramped Up

    Outdoor Concert Will Be Ticketed

    This year’s Modstock concert, set for May 2 and headlined by the rapper Macklemore, will be ticketed in order to limit the number of attendees.

  • Sophomore Earns STEM Scholarship

    Sophomore Earns STEM Scholarship

    Since arriving on campus as a freshman, Maria Asdourian, A&S ’15, has been heavily involved in research within the Biology Department. Working with Daniel A. Kirschner, professor of biology, Asdourian has been involved with research on Alzheimer’s disease in his lab. This month, Asdourian was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for her research in the field of biology and her potential for future graduate study.

  • BCTalks Highlights Undergrad Research Interests

    BCTalks Highlights Undergrad Research Interests

    “The big thing [BCTalks] is trying to highlight is that BC has a number of students who have a variety of passions,” said Tommy Steichen, co-director of BCTalks’ most recent event. “It’s more than what just your major is because you can have research and passion outside of what you normally study at school, and there’s a lot more that goes into each individual person than what is just on the resume.”
     

  • Eagle Escort Invests in New Vehicle

    The Boston College Police Department purchased a 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan to replace its 2008 Dodg

    “We are a service-oriented department,” said Jeffrey Postell, sergeant of Community Policing, Community Relations and Crime Prevention. For Postell, each decision of the BCPD must reflect the ideals of community policing, with police officers becoming “stakeholders” in the community. Recent changes to the service formerly known as Eagle Trans, led by the shift from a 2008 Dodge Caravan to a 2013 Toyota Sienna minivan, were no exception.

  • Retreat Offers Safe Space For GLBTQ Students

    Students, faculty, and staff members of the Boston College community left campus late afternoon on Friday for a weekend of reflection and dialogue. The Dean of Students Office (DSO) and the Center for Student Formation hosted the annual Spectrum Retreat, a confidential weekend-long retreat for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) students.

  • Irish PM Enda Kenny To Be 2013 Commencement Speaker

    The University announced today that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will be the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2013. Kenny assumed office as Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland in March of 2011. He is a member of the Irish Fine Gael political party and established a coalition government with the Labour Party at the beginning of his term. Before his election as prime minister, Kenny served as Ireland’s Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997, and has served as a Teachta Dala—a parliamentary representative—since 1975.

  • ‘Ignites’ Explores BC’s GLBTQ Culture

    ‘Ignites’ Explores BC’s GLBTQ Culture

    Three days before the beginning of Arts Fest, the white tent on Stokes Green was packed with students. They weren’t there to take in the visual arts showcase—no paintings would even be hung for another 36 hours—but rather to listen to four of their peers share their experiences with GLBTQ issues on campus.

  • Profs Consider Payment For Student Athletes

    When it comes to paying college athletes, Warren Zola, assistant dean in CSOM, says that the wrong question is being asked. The question is not about whether or not the payment should happen, but instead who is going to decide what that payment is.

  • McGowan Shares Advice in 'Last Lecture'

    McGowan Stressed the Importance of Risk in the Last Installment of "Last Lecture" series.

    The Americans for Informed Democracy presented the latest installment of its “Last Lecture” series on Tuesday with Rev. Richard McGowan, S.J., an adjunct associate professor of the Carroll School of Management. The talk, based on terminally ill Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” speech and his subsequent New York Times best-selling work of the same title, poses the question, “What would you like to share with the world if you knew it was your last chance?”

  • Golf Tournament To Debut, Benefits ALS

    The inaugural ALS Charity golf tournament will be held this Saturday at the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course. The event, which is open to all Boston College students, is being organized through BC2Boston in collaboration with the athletic department, with all proceeds benefiting the ALS Foundation for two members of the athletic department who are currently battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.
     

  • On The Fly Closes Out First Year

    On The Fly Closes Out First Year

    “As a team of over 200 full-time employees and several hundred more part-time employees,” the Boston College Dining Services (BCDS) website states, “we take our motto of ever to excel in F.A.C.T. (food, attitude, customer service, teamwork) to heart in everything that we prepare for you.”
    With a multitude of recent developments to campus dining options preceding the 2012-13 academic year, BC Dining continually makes strides toward meeting student satisfaction and financial stability with regards to nutrition, individual needs, and a leading level of quality services. With change, though, comes hesitation—and often the circulation of misinformation on dining options.

  • BC Ignites Speech: Erin Sutton

     

    The following speech was given by Erin Sutton, A&S '16, at BC Ignites on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.  It has been edited for formatting purposes only.

    My mother called me into her bedroom. She was crying, and told me that there was something we needed to discuss. I walked in with an artificial look of surprise, already knowing everything that she was going to say. It was the summer of 2005. I had just turned 12, Pope Benedict had just been ordained, and my brother, Will, was coming out of the closet. My mother was taken aback, I couldn’t understand her surprise. My older brother and I are extremely close and I had known about him for a while. Usually a ray of light, a father figure to me for most of my life, he had become reclusive and self-loathing. I remember, as a child, praying before bed for him to get the strength to tell my family about his sexuality, so that the “Old Will” would return.

  • BC Ignites Speech: David Riemer

    The following speech was given by David Riemer, A&S '14, at BC Ignites on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.  It has been edited for formatting purposes only.

    Suddenly the prospect of four years at a school in the sprawling Green Mountains seemed a bit claustrophobic.

  • Athletic Department Salaries Rose In 2011-2012

    Compensation for the highest paid members of the Boston College athletic department rose during the 2011-2012 season, according to the University’s Fiscal Year IRS 990, which was released this week.

  • Manhunt Shuts BC Down

    University Coordinates To Keep School Running During Citywide Lockdown

    On Friday morning, students at Boston College were asked to remain inside their dorms as the search for a suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings continued. Governor Deval Patrick had requested that all residents of Boston, Watertown, Newton, Cambridge, Belmont, and Waltham shelter in place while the Boston Police Department and the FBI conducted its search for the suspect in the bombings. The stay-in-place order was lifted shortly after 6:30 p.m. that day.

  • BC’s GLBTQ Issues Subject Of ‘Ignites’

    After last September’s BC Ignites event accomplished exactly what creator of the event and Special Initiatives Director of the UGBC Community Relations department Conor Sullivan, LSOE ’13, hoped it would, he decided to do it again. This semester’s BC Ignites will take place tonight on Stokes Green at 7 p.m. and will highlight students’ experiences with GLBTQ issues at Boston College.

  • BCPD To Hire Five Civilian Dispatchers For Next Year

    This fall, police officers at Boston College will be aided by five full-time civilian dispatchers working in their headquarters.

  • Grad Students Chosen For Ethics Fellowship

    Two current Boston College students, Kristin Haas, STM ’14, and Jessica Frattaroli, BC Law ’14, have been chosen to participate in Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) this summer. FASPE is a two-week program held in New York City, Poland, and Germany, and will take place this coming May.
     

  • Students Share Literary Talents in BC Reads Event

    BC Reads hosts its first Creative Reading Night on Thursday night in the O’Connell House.

    On Thursday, BC Reads hosted a Creative Reading Night, their first event ever, in the main hall of the O’Connell House. The event was an opportunity for members of the Boston College community to come together to share their literary talents.

  • Petition Circulates At BC For Cage-Free Eggs

    A new petition has hit the Facebook newsfeeds of Boston College students. “BC Cage Free Eggs” is an appeal for cage-free eggs in all BC dining halls and facilities. The petition was created by Elizabeth Tov, GA&S ’16, and Kathryn Kavner, CSOM ’14, and was released on Facebook two weeks ago.  
     

  • Faculty And Admins In Conflict Over Senate

    Disagreement Persists Over The Role Board Of Trustees Should Take In Senate Formation

    Unlike many institutions of higher education, Boston College does not have a faculty senate.
    The University did not always lack a governing faculty body, however. In the 1960s and 1970s, the University Academic Senate (UAS) was in operation. According to Michael Malec, a professor in the sociology department and the treasurer of the BC chapter of the American Association of University Professors (BCAAUP), UAS consisted of 50 percent faculty members, 25 percent administrators, and 25 percent students. In the late ’70s, though, the senate shifted to mostly faculty dealings, then to a forum for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and then faded away at the end of the 1980s as meetings were more and more sparsely attended.

  • Supreme Court Rejects Belfast Project Appeal

    On Monday, Apr. 15, the United States Supreme Court denied the appeal made by Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney and Belfast Project researcher and former IRA member Anthony McIntyre in an effort to prevent the recordings of interviews with former IRA member Dolours Price from being handed over to the Police Services of Northern Ireland.

  • Boston College Takes to the Road for Sesquicentennial Service

    One of the pillars of Boston College is service to others. From 4Boston and PULSE to Arrupe and Appalachia, the University encourages its students to give of their time and energy to those less fortunate than they. In keeping with this identity, BC has also incorporated the theme of service into its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the school. In order to reach out to alumni across the country and across the globe, BC has taken a service project on the road to  Dublin and different cities in the U.S. in the aptly named “150 on the Road.”

  • Column: Love in the Aftermath

    Until my impromptu afternoon nap, Marathon Monday had been a tremendous success. I opened the backdoor at 9 a.m. to find friends already outside, inviting me to join the festivities. I spent the morning roaming the Mods, saying hello to friends, and successfully begging for cheeseburgers. When I woke up around 4 p.m. though, the day went downhill quickly. A rejection from one of my top choice law schools was waiting in my email inbox, and my recently skinned knees were complaining every time I moved. More importantly, though, I turned on the news and discovered the tragedy that had occurred at the marathon finish line.

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    Bombs Go Off At Marathon Finish Line

    Two bombs went off on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The Boston Globe has reported that three people have died, including 8-year-old Martin Richard from Dorchester, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell from Arlington, and Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at BU. At least 170 people were injured and treated in area hospitals.

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    BC Student Rushes To Find Family As Marathon Stops

    As Michelle Gordon, A&S '15, passed Heartbreak Hill and made her way down Commonwealth Avenue past the Boston College campus, she thought the worst was behind her.

  • Boston College Students Explore The Power Of Confession

    Facebook Page Boston College Confessions Reveals Hidden Sides Of University, Impacts Those Involved

    “I’m a high school dropout and I go to BC.”
    Posted late last night, this confession is one of thousands released on the Boston College Confessions Facebook page. The page, created on Feb. 20 by three Boston College undergraduates, has gained massive attention since its establishment, receiving over 6,000 anonymous confessions and more than 3,600 likes. At its peak, the page was receiving over 500 posts per day. BC students, prospective students, alumni, and a few curious readers have posted confessions and chimed into the conversations on the Facebook page. After nearly two months online, “Boston College Confessions” has been the host to jokes, romantic confessions, and declarations of depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Leahy Issues Annual Letter To Community

    In an effort to summarize the past year’s events at Boston College, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., sent out his annual letter to members of the BC community today.

  • Six Seniors Arraigned For Vandalism

    Yesterday in Brighton District Court, six Boston College students—Charles Howe, Timothy Orr, Arthur Pidoriano, Christian Rockefeller, David Rogers, and Matthew Tolkowsky, all A&S ’13—were charged with breaking and entering a Brighton apartment as well as with the willful and malicious destruction of property over the value of $250, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

  • BC Alums Announced to Board of Catholic Charities

    Kevin MacKenzie, BC ’78, and Jennifer Merrigan-Fay, BC ’89, were recently named to the 25-person Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. The organization is one of largest social service providers in Massachusetts, with 15 locations in the greater Boston area serving over 200,000 inhabitants per year.

  • Jessica Vallejo Receives Scholarship for Service, Solidarity

    On Saturday, members of the Boston College community gathered to celebrate the 21st annual Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship dinner. Every year, the scholarship recognizes a BC junior who is involved in community service, works with Hispanic/Latino issues on and off campus, has shown leadership in extracurricular activities, and has shown superior academic excellence.

  • Eagle EMS Releases Data

    Eagle EMS Releases Data

    Organization’s Scope Broadened By Addition Of Ambulance

    Last year, Eagle EMS (EEMS) obtained a specially outfitted 2012 Ford Explorer to serve as a class five, non-transporting ambulance. Since then, EEMS has provided more EMS coverage on BC’s campus than ever before. Part of the added benefit of having the vehicle has been an increase in data recorded and kept by EEMS Director of Operations Gus Godley, A&S ’13.

  • Nacier-Alonsozana To Lead UGBC During 2013-14 Year

    Nacier-Alonsozana To Lead UGBC During 2013-14 Year

    Alcohol Referendum Passes, New Student Assembly Members Chosen

    Voting in the final UGBC elections for the 2013-14 school year closed at midnight on Friday, Apr. 5. Matt Nacier and Matt Alonsozana, both A&S ’14, were elected UGBC President and Executive Vice President, respectively. Of the 9,110 Boston College undergraduates, 3,116 voted in the final elections, which began on Apr. 4. Fifty-eight percent of the votes were cast for the Nacier-Alonsozana team, with the remaining 42 percent voting for the team of Tim Koch, A&S ’14, and Chris “Trugs” Truglio, CSOM ’14.

  • Mock Shares Her Transgender Experience

    “There is great power in owning who you are and not being ashamed of that.”
    Janet Mock, writer, former staff editor of People magazine’s website, and transgender rights advocate, spoke on Friday afternoon about her experiences as transgender. The event, “Translating Transgender with Janet Mock,” was hosted and moderated by the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC)’s Freshman Leadership Program.

  • Splash Brings Younger Students To Campus For Interactive Classes

    Splash Brings Younger Students To Campus For Interactive Classes

    Nearly 500 middle school and high school students woke up early Sunday morning to attend classes at Boston College. Most were living in Massachusetts, but some participants of BC Splash had come from Rhode Island and other parts of New England in order to experience the teaching skills of undergraduate students at BC. They chose up to five classes beforehand from a selection that ranged from “Pranking Around the World” to “Adjusting to Dorm Life.” Some classes were also available to walk-ins.
     

  • Mark Herzlich Shares Experiences as Athlete

    Mark Herzlich Shares Experiences as Athlete

    Herzlich, linebacker for the New York Giants and BC football player alum, spoke on Saturday.

    Saturday, New York Giants linebacker and former Boston College football player Mark Herzlich came to BC to discuss leadership in a lecture sponsored by the Brennan Symposium in Leadership and Ethics.

  • Health Equity Activist Talks Social Justice

    Health Equity Activist Talks Social Justice

    Paul Farmer Shares Experience With Liberation Theology

    “Health care delivery is really humbling,” said Paul Farmer, renowned pioneer of global health equity and founder of Partners in Health (PIH). “Suffering is very humbling.”
    On Wednesday night, the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, along with the Church in the 21st Century (C21), hosted Farmer alongside theology professor Roberto Goizueta. The event, “Accompaniment: Liberation Theology, Solidarity and a Life of Service,” brought forth conversation on matters of medicine, theology, and social justice, and how these themes are reconciled upon implementation.

  • Patrick Shares Own American Dream

    Patrick Shares Own American Dream

    On Tuesday, Apr. 2, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke honestly and passionately about his opinions on immigration, and how social work is the platform for improving immigrants’ lives.
    Patrick, who has served Massachusetts as governor since 2006, gave the keynote address for the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) sponsored by the 30th Annual Mary Mason Field Supervisors Appreciation Event. The event is held every year to thank the field officers who work with GSSW students during their practicum in honor of Mary Mason, who served as field director for GSSW for 22 years.

  • Spring Weekend To Feature ‘Bingo Players’ At Plex

    April 14 Concert Will Open To 1800 Students

    Plexapalooza returns on Sunday, April 14, when the Bingo Players—an electric dance music (EDM) group best known for their single “Cry (Just a Little)”—will take over the Plex basketball courts. The Dutch duo, which will be fresh off its performance at the California music festival Coachella, will play until midnight in the Plex show, which is jointly hosted this year by UGBC’s Campus Entertainment department, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and Nights on the Heights (NOTH).

  • Jason Wen Joins Tech Transfer Office

    The Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL) at Boston College is one young office with many responsibilities, just as its director, Jason Wen, is one man with many titles: Ph.D., MBA, CLP, RTTP. The first two degrees are well-known, but it was the latter two, Certified Licensing Professional and Registered Technology Transfer Professional, that served to pull together each diverse facet of Wen’s background.

  • Global Zero Talks Nuclear Arms

    Global Zero Talks Nuclear Arms

    Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, spoke on nuclear proliferation.

    Boston College’s Global Zero organization held a panel event on Mar. 25 entitled “The Nuclear Dilemma: A World Held Hostage.” Welcoming Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, the current director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, as well as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Donald Hafner, who also served as an associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at BC and on the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter administration, the organization sought to facilitate discussion on the issue of nuclear proliferation in the U.S. and internationally.

  • Koch-Truglio, Nacier-Alonsozana Move On To UGBC Finals

    McCarthy-Knapp Out Of The Running

    Voting for the primaries of the 2013-14 UGBC president and vice president is closed, and one team has been eliminated from the running.

  • Former Irish President To Be Burns Scholar In Fall

    Every year, the Burns Library and the Irish Studies program invite a renowned scholar, writer, or artist in the field of Irish culture to come to Boston College for either a semester or a full year to teach, give lectures, and conduct research in the library’s extensive collection as the Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies. For the fall of 2013, the Burns Visiting Scholar will be Mary McAleese, president emerita of Ireland.

  • New Citizens Naturalized At BC

    “Well, good afternoon, fellow citizens,” said the Honorable George A. O’Toole, a Massachusetts district judge and BC ’69, addressing 94 United States citizens naturalized in Robsham Theater on Thursday.

  • Unofficial BC Frat Celebrates Founding

    The tale of how the first chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) was founded 112 years ago at Richmond College is a familiar one to the fraternity’s thousands of members across the country. It might resonate most strongly, however, with the Boston College students who have finally succeeded in establishing their own chapter.  
     

  • WRC Panel Emphasizes Role of Feminism in Modern World

    WRC Panel Emphasizes Role of Feminism in Modern World

    Feminists from Boston College, past and present, gathered on Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). The event, “Still Fighting the Good Fight,” welcomed a panel of speakers ranging from a professor to a current undergraduate to discuss the meaning of feminism on campus and advocate for change.
     

  • Three Teams Vie For Next UGBC President And VP

    Three Teams Vie For Next UGBC President And VP

    The 2013 Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections race has officially begun.

  • Feminism The Focus Of ‘Coming Out Day’

    Amidst the flurry of UGBC campaigning, students and faculty members across campus have been showing their support for a different cause this week. While the maroon-and-gold pins sported on backpacks and lapels are themselves unassuming and understated, their message—“This is what a feminist looks like”—is anything but.

  • BC to Boston snags 'Book of Mormon'

    UGBC’s BC to Boston has booked 200 tickets to the Tony Award winning musical, ‘The Book of Mormon.’

    For its last “big event” of the spring semester, the BC to Boston department of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) has secured 200 tickets to the April 12 and 13 performances of The Book of Mormon at the Boston Opera House. One hundred tickets will be available per night, and BC students can purchase two per BC ID at $35 each online through Robsham Theater starting April 4. Students will be seated in a blocked section in the theater, and will need to provide their own transportation to and from the theater.

  • Russell Reflects On Leading Under Fire

    Former British Army Officer Speaks At Clough Colloquium

    In the midst of violence and uncertainty, being a leader takes on a whole new meaning. Maj. Russell Lewis, a former officer in the British Army, explained how he acquired this meaning during his time in Afghanistan as part of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Clough Colloquium on Monday night.

  • Column: The Time For Confessions

    The Boston College Confessions Facebook page has exploded in popularity this week.  BC students, through anonymous posts in an open group, can air grievances about their roommates, reveal a years-long unrequited crush, or wax poetic about how attractive girls look in yoga pants.

  • Jenks Leaders Work With Cradles To Crayons

    Five Boston College students have developed a campus service program to support Cradles to Crayons (C2C), a Brighton-based charity that provides clothing, school supplies, and toys to underprivileged children.

  • UGBC Proposes Point System

    UGBC Proposes Point System

    Senate Committee Advocates For New Alcohol Policy

    In the last few days, a Senate committee has been at work publicizing its proposed alternative to Boston College’s “Community Standards Sanctions,” more commonly referred to as the alcohol and drug matrix. UGBC is proposing a point-based system that they claim would increase the clarity and transparency of sanctions as well as help promote healthier drinking habits.

  • UGBC Campaigning Officially Begins Today

    The campaigning season for president and vice president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) during the 2013-14 academic year will begin today. Three teams are competing: Tim Koch, A&S ’14, and Chris Truglio, CSOM ’14; Molly McCarthy and Ricky Knapp, both A&S ’14; and Matt Nacier and Matt Alonsozana, both A&S ’14. The team of Nick Barrett, CSOM ’14, and Tim Strakosch, A&S ’14, removed themselves from the running last week.

  • Professor Reflects On Recognition Of Irish Magdalene Laundries Crimes

    Professor Reflects On Recognition Of Irish Magdalene Laundries Crimes

    Smith Contributed To McAleese Report, Which Prompted Irish Government To Apologize Formally

    Although last month’s McAleese Report detailing the abuses of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundry workhouse system and the government’s subsequent apology stunned and dismayed many at Boston College, especially given the school’s Irish Catholic heritage, it proved particularly meaningful to professor James Smith, who, through extensive research and advocacy on the subject, played a vital role in bringing the scandal to light.

  • DiPasquale Sheds Light On Islamic Response To Liberalism

    DiPasquale Sheds Light On Islamic Response To Liberalism

    “A great deal of interest has been focused on the Middle East, and in particular on North Africa—rightly, I would say,” said David M. DiPasquale, professor of political science at Boston College. “However, we have a cautionary tale from the end of November into December, that is after the fall of Mubarak: in the construction of a new constitution for Egypt, there appears to be an increasing emphasis on Sharia. And here, we note, in article two of the draft constitution, Sharia has been placed the primary guide for legislation.”

  • Students Explore Tech Firms In San Francisco

    As Boston College students unpacked their bathing suits and sunglasses from Spring Break, 24 students were tucking away Apple sweatshirts and WePay t-shirts—merchandise from their TechTrek trip to San Francisco.
     

  • Bergoglio Elected As First Jesuit Pope

    Bergoglio Elected As First Jesuit Pope

    With the election of Pope Francis yesterday, the College of Cardinals has taken a step forward in the direction of a more global Catholic Church, Boston College theologians have said.
    Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the first Jesuit to become pope, as well as the first pope from South America. Although he was reportedly runner up to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the last papal election, he was not initially considered a serious candidate for the papacy during this conclave, mostly due to his age—he is 76 years old. His election occurred on only the second day of the papal conclave, much faster than many theologians were expecting given the unique nature of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

  • Plan For Core Renewal Expected By End Of April

    Committee Looks To Interdisciplinary Courses For Solution

    Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about the renewal of the University core.

    After almost a year of exhaustive research, Boston College’s core renewal committee has begun outlining plans for a more engaging and interdisciplinary core curriculum.
    The process began in October, when the committee and Continuum—a consulting firm hired to facilitate the process—started conducting extensive interviews, meetings, and brainstorming sessions with students, faculty, administration, and alumni.

  • Gennaro Named To Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

    Connell School of Nursing Dean Susan Gennaro has been named to Sigma Theta Tau International’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

  • Simmons Reflects On Experience Of Women At BC

    Simmons Reflects On Experience Of Women At BC

    The relationship between Chobani and Boston College goes deeper than undergraduates’ infatuation with the yogurt.

  • UCLA Professor Analyzes Effects of Title IX in Youth Sports

    “A lot of us experience sports as an escape, a place to experience something separate from the rest of our lives. In reality, that is far from the case.”
    Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of California Los Angeles, presented his lecture, “Four Decades after Title IX: Sports, Kids, Gender and Families,” on Monday night. Messner spoke on the changes in sports and gender expectations since Title IX was established in 1972. He offered an in-depth analysis on the progression and reestablishment of gender norms in youth sports.

  • UGBC Holds Candidacy Meeting, New Guidelines Introduced

    Last night in Stokes Hall, all prospective candidates for UGBC president and vice president—eight in total—gathered for a mandatory informational meeting. Although the teams are not yet official, the students who attended were Matt Alonsozana, A&S ’14; Nick Barrett, CSOM ’14; Ricky Knapp, A&S ’14; Tim Koch, A&S ’14; Molly McCarthy, A&S ’14; Matt Nacier, A&S ’14; Tim Strakosch, A&S ’14; and Chris Truglio, CSOM ’14.

  • Bates, Addazio Outline Future For Eagles

    Bates, Addazio Outline Future For Eagles

    The future of Boston College athletics will start to take shape in the next two months. Athletic director Brad Bates and the rest of the department are in the process of putting together a comprehensive strategic plan, Bates told students at Monday’s “State of the Heights,” sponsored by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC).

  • Commons Converted To Chapel

    Commons Converted To Chapel

    When construction began on St. Mary’s at the beginning of this semester, a new space was needed for a chapel on Middle Campus. Staffed by the Jesuit community, the chapel in St. Mary’s offered Mass several times a day during the week, as well as Mass every Sunday. During the two years of construction, however, there will be no use of the building, and that prayer space will be closed.

  • Leaders In Sports Highlight Path To Success

    Boston College students, faculty, and neighbors packed the Murray Function Room on Monday to hear a panel including Olympic swim coach Bob Bowman, Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long, and ESPN announcer Beth Mowins. Held as part of the Chambers Lecture Series under the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics the event took the form of a casual discourse, with Mowins as well as audience members questioning Bowman and Long on their Olympic careers and the secrets to their longstanding success.
     

  • Professors Challenge Conceptions Of Poverty

    Professors Challenge Conceptions of Poverty

    On Tuesday night, a panel of professors discussed United States poverty through lenses.

    “In his State of the Union Address on Feb. 13, President Barack Obama urged that the youth have the opportunity to obtain skills training and education that enables them to find a stable job in a modern labor force and work their way into the middle class,” said William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. “As it stands, the chances that youth with a high school diploma or less who are disproportionately disadvantaged minorities will obtain such a job are much lower than they are for their counterparts who go on to college.”

  • Macklemore For Modstock

    Spring Concert Cancelled, UGBC Announces That "Thrift Shop" Sensation Will Headline Show In May

    The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) has cancelled the Spring Concert and is placing the entirety of their concert funding into ModstockUGBC’s annual outdoor concert held on the last day of classes. Macklemore, the Seattle-based rapper who recently gained worldwide attention for his single “Thrift Shop,” will be headlining the show.

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  • Kelley Named USBWA’s ‘Most Courageous’ Of 2013

    In the 35-year history of the United States Basketball Writers Association’s “Most Courageous” Award, players and coaches have exclusively been granted the honor.

  • Caucus Takes A Closer Loo At Mental Health

    Caucus Takes A Close Look At Mental Health

    “I hope this encourages and gives a template for action to other organizations involved,” Matt Alonsozana, A&S ’14, said about Silver Week at Boston College. “If there’s going to be a change in regard to how we perceive mental health, and to how we help our friends avail [University] resources when they need them—that type of catalyst can only be held in a student community.”

  • Column: Changing The Core

    This spring, the University continues its review of the academic core curriculum, and tomorrow, a number of students will be joining in the ongoing discussion. The student focus group will be asked to answer one basic question: “What do you see for the future of the BC core curriculum?” Though simple in structure, this question and the answers it yields will shape the future of education on Boston College’s campus.
     

  • Fair Brings In Growing Companies

    Fair Brings In Growing Companies

    The Heights Room was filled with both aspiring entrepreneurs and Boston-area tech firms this Monday during the Boston College Venture Competition’s (BCVC) first annual startup career fair. Companies, some of which were founded by recent BC alumni, had the chance to meet students who were eager to work in innovative and fast-paced tech companies.

  • Faculty Develop Interdisciplinary Minor In Medical Humanities

    Members Plan To Present Proposal For A New Health Sciences Minor This Spring

    Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture (MHHC) may soon be joining the list of interdisciplinary minors at Boston College.
    Professor Amy Boesky of the English department said that an array of faculty members, while conversing about their respective courses, realized that in some cases there was significant overlap in subject matter. The group realized that courses on topics such as the representation of the body and the history of illness in narrative could potentially fit into an interdisciplinary program in the medical humanities.

  • Segal Discusses Econometric Society, Academic Journals

    Segal Discusses Econometric Society, Academic Journals

    At the end of 2012, economics professor Uzi Segal was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, the learned society for economists around the world. He joined fellow colleagues, Arthur Lewbel and Tayfun Sonmez, who were elected fellows in 2003.

  • CSOM Student Joins VFA

    Max Walters, CSOM ’13, was recently offered a fellowship with Venture for America, a competitive two-year program that offers a pathway to startups and entrepreneurship right out of school for recent college grads.
     

  • Cottarelli Discusses Fiscal Accounts

    Cottarelli Discusses Fiscal Accounts

    The director of the Fiscal Affairs department of the International Monetary Fund spoke on Monday to

    “The fiscal accounts of many advanced economies are now in the worst shape ever,” Carlo Cottarelli said. “In 2008, the IMF was calling for an expansionary fiscal policy for the first time ever. The recession was not an ordinary recession—[it] turned into a demand recession. The monetary lever was not working. We called for a fiscal expansion when others had not recognized the full impact of the crisis.”
     

  • Allies Address Assault

    BC Men Don Skirts In Protest Of Gender-Based Violence

    With spring a month away and snow still covering campus, “skirt weather” seems like part of a distant future. Yet for a group of Boston College men, a chilly Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to don that particular item of clothing.
    Last Thursday, male volunteers stood in the academic Quad between classes, wearing skirts as part of “Don’t Skirt the Issue,” an awareness event coordinated by Allies, aimed at ending gender-based violence.

  • ALC's Masquerade Draws Diverse Crowd

    ALC’s Masquerade Draws Diverse Crowd

    Avant-garde performers, a retro photo booth, and the synthetic urban beats of DJ Ides (Alex Bou-Rhodes, A&S ’15) commanded the attention of over 850 Boston College students at the AHANA Leadership Council’s (ALC) 17th annual ball, held at the Westin Copley Place. Dressed to the nines, the hundreds of students who attended the dance represented a multitude of cultures and traditions, all celebrating and invoking the much sought after BC spirit of unity.

  • BCAAUP Discusses Governance

    BCAAUP Discusses Governance

    Professors Look At Faculty Involvement

    Faculty involvement in Boston College’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (BCAAUP) has increased since its start in 2010, and now boasts over 120 members. Recent signs during last Friday’s meeting, however, hinted at a growing sense of apathy toward one of BCAAUP’s main goals—establishing faculty governance.

  • Katongole Discusses Reconciliation, Faith

     

    When Charlotte Atyam, a 14-year-old Ugandan schoolgirl, was kidnapped by rebel forces to be forced into sex slavery with 138 of her classmates, her mother Angelina was beyond heartbroken. When 109 of the girls were released shortly after the abduction, Charlotte was not among them.

  • Coffey Examines Foreign Language Learning, Fluency

     

    Last Friday in Stokes S286, professor Thomas Coffey of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Creighton University presented “Language Scales: Majors, Contact Hours, and Real Life Proficiency”—an in-depth analysis of the importance of learning additional languages in the contemporary world.

  • Faculty Members Weigh In On Pope’s Resignation

    After Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would be stepping down from the papacy at the end of February, Catholics across the world began to process the information.
    Considering Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic affiliation, and the areas of expertise amongst the BC community, a number of University faculty members have already been contacted by major news organizations, including The Boston Globe, Fox News, the radio station WGBH, and The Boston Herald—to share their opinions on the situation.

  • BHM Panel Discusses Issues of Skin Color, 'N Word'

    BHM Panel Discusses Issues Of Skin Color, ‘N Word’

    Within the context of a single racial community, what is the significance of different skin tones? What does it mean to have light or dark black skin? What is the historical significance of the “N word?” How is the word used in American society today? Why shouldn’t people use it?
    As a part of the Office of AHANA Student Programs’ Black History Month events, two panels of Boston College professors addressed these questions on Wednesday night, one titled “Battle of Complexions: The Significance of Skin Color in the Black Community” and the other titled “Why can’t I say the N word?”

  • Army ROTC Recognizes Student Feats

    Army ROTC Recognizes Student Feats

    Awards for academic, physical prowess given

    On Wednesday afternoon, Boston College Army ROTC held an award ceremony for BC, Regis College, and Framingham State University ROTC students on the second floor of Stokes Hall. The event acknowledged the accomplishments, both academic and physical, of 20 ROTC students.

  • Petersen Presents On Emotion In Conflict

    On Monday afternoon, professor Roger Petersen of MIT gave a presentation on the findings he gathered during his time in the Balkans. The presentation, titled “The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict,” discussed how he analyzed specific emotions to predict how things would transpire between the Albanians and the Serbians.
     

  • Cronin Keeps the Conversation Going

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, professor Kerry Cronin presented a lecture entitled “Dating and Relationships: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Part of the “Be Well” lecture series, in conjunction with the Boston College Office of Health Promotion, the talk sought to provide an overview of the dating culture and state of relationships on campus.

     

  • New UGBC Constitution Passes, Will Take Effect In Fall Semester

    A week after releasing the final draft of the new constitution, the UGBC voted Sunday to adopt it starting in the 2013-14 school year. After spending months assembling the new constitution and weeks debating and amending it, the GLC, the ALC, and the Senate all passed the constitution.

  • Panel Calls Intellectual Tradition To Action

    “I maintain that there is a center, or a heart, to the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Rev. Robert Imbelli, whose last year at Boston College is drawing to a close, to a crowd in Gasson 100 last Thursday night. “One that distinguishes it from a Platonic or an Aristotelian, a Stoic or an Epicurean tradition.” BC’s Church in the 21st Century (C21) began its schedule of spring semester events with a panel titled “The Heart of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” consisting of Imbelli; Marina McCoy, a professor in the philosophy department; and Khaled Anatolios, a professor in the School of Theology and Ministry (STM). Imbelli spoke first, with McCoy and Anatolios giving shorter, follow-up statements. The floor was then opened to questions from the audience.
     

  • Peter Cronan Discusses Networking, Athletics, And Leadership At BC

    “We are all selling something,” Peter Cronan, regional vice president of Merrill Corporation and BC ’77, told students at the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics Lunch with a Leader last Thursday. Cronan spoke with students about his time as a college and professional football player and how he made his transition from the field to the office.

  • CSA And KSA Present Culture Show

    CSA And KSA Present Culture Show

    Judging by attendance numbers alone, a casual onlooker at Robsham Theater Sunday evening could hardly have guessed the difficulties organizers faced in putting together their culture show. The Korean Students Association (KSA) and Chinese Students Association (CSA) collaborated on the annual event to celebrate the lunar New Year, originally scheduling it for Feb. 8.

  • Foley Discusses Modern Liberal Arts Education And Augustine

    What would St. Augustine say about a so-called liberal arts education in the 21st century?
     

  • BC Awards Commemorative King Scholarships

    BC Awards Commemorative King Scholarships

    Clayborne Carson Speaks At Annual MLK Scholarship Ceremony; Students Honored

    The audience in Robsham Theater was tense Monday night as five finalists for the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship awaited the award presentation. The scholarship, which is funded and presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee, awards $20,000 to the Boston College junior who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and involvement with the African American community and African American issues both on and off campus

  • Nowinski Discusses Head Injuries

    Athlete speaks about the dangers of contact sports

    Terry Long, Andre Waters, John Grimsley. The list goes on—all former NFL players, all committed suicide before the age of 50.
    “I’m going to talk to you tonight about the concussion crisis,” Chris Nowinski said in Gasson 100 on Tuesday night. Nowinski, a nationally recognized expert on concussions, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), as well as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University (BUCSTE), was hosted by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics to speak about the troubling and largely disregarded statistics behind head injuries in sports.

  • Rougeau Recognized As Influential Black Lawyer by OBABL

    Dean Rougeau was named one of the 100 most influential black attorneys.

    Despite his own intentions, Dean Vincent Rougeau is an anomaly. When appointed to head the Boston College Law School in July of 2011, he became the law school’s first African American dean. This year, he was named for the second consecutive time to On Being a Black Lawyer’s (OBABL) annual list of the country’s 100 most influential black attorneys.

     

  • BC Email Will Move To Google By This Fall

    Switch to Google Apps for Education will begin in March

    By fall 2013, Boston College webmail will have transitioned entirely to Google Apps for Education, a free platform that includes, in addition to email, a web-based calendar, documents, and Google Drive.

  • Russel Discusses Challenges, Successes Of Writing

    Russell Discusses Challenges, Successes Of Writing

    “The question I get asked most often boils down to, ‘Why do you write such weird stuff?’” Karen Russell addressed this question to a room of literary enthusiasts in Gasson 100 on Wednesday at the second lecture in the Lowell Humanities Series, this semester.
     

  • Column: Moving At A Glacial Pace

    “Everyone is so polite!” One of my professors made this surprising epiphany in class a few days ago. He commented that unlike at other universities where he previously taught, students and faculty at Boston College rarely overtly criticize the administration. At Cornell, for example, he explained that students and even professors routinely lambast the university leadership in the student newspaper or in class. BC is the one exception.
     

  • UGBC Proposes Restructuring

    In last year’s UGBC presidential election, Chris Osnato, A&S ’13, campaigned on bringing change to the UGBC. During his term, Osnato and his vice president, Kudzai Taziva, A&S ’13, have worked with the heads of ALC, GLC, and Senate to draft a new constitution for UGBC. This coming Sunday, ALC, GLC, and Senate will vote on the final draft of the constitution and, if passed, the new constitution will take effect for the 2013-14 academic year.

  • OIP Hosts Panel For Students Back From Abroad

    OIP Hosts Panel For Students Back From Abroad

    “For many of those who go abroad, we expect to experience some sort of culture shock,” said Nick Gozik, director of the Office of International Programs (OIP). “On returning to the States, however, we expect to feel the same.” So began “Back at BC: Marketing Your Experience Abroad,” an event aimed not only at reacclimating Boston College students who had returned from a study abroad experience, but also at coaching those students in ways to put their time overseas to use when applying for jobs and internships

  • Professor Honored For International Humanitarian Work

    Professor Honored For International Humanitarian Work

    Professor Brinton Lykes, chair of the department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education and the associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, was recently awarded the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2013 International Humanitarian Award. The APA Committee on International Relationship Psychology (CIRP) recognized Lykes for her sustained and enduring humanitarian services and activism with underserved populations.

  • Awareness To Action

    Column: Awareness To Action

    Who’s responsible? It’s a question frequently pondered by my fellow environmental studies peers and myself when considering the degradation of the world around us. The blame could easily fall on the government, big business, societal constructs, or even our nation’s education system for not cultivating awareness from an early age. Often, the individual feels he or she is too small or inadequate to make a difference, and people would much rather point fingers than consider their own actions. While I personally don’t think any one group or person is entirely to blame, I believe the role of the individual is just as important as the role of any larger entity.
     

  • Light The World Campaign Reaches $1 Billion

    Light The World Campaign Hits $1 Billion

    Largest Jesuit Fundraising Campaign Now 2/3 Complete

    Boston College announced today that it has raised $1 billion for its Light the World campaign, which aims to raise $1.5 billion for University development by 2015.
    The campaign’s major initiatives, in addition to raising $1.5 billion, are to increase the number of alumni who donate annually to 40,000; to increase the number of legacy and estate gifts; and to expand volunteer service to BC.

  • Spin Classes At Plex To Raise Money For Rare Cancer Research

    After Meghan Wilda, CSON ’13, learned that her friend and fellow Boston College senior Christen Heye, CSON ’13, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma over winter break, Wilda paired up with seniors Alyssa Rose and Julianne Wojno, A&S ’13, to create a team to ride in the upcoming Cycle for Survival event.

  • Column: A Jesuit Tradition

     

    Two years ago, Boston College professors, one of whom was Jewish, were having a conversation. The Jewish professor joked that BC’s “men and women for others” programs were so inclusive that he felt like he could be a Jesuit himself. The other professor earnestly replied that you don’t have to be Catholic to become a Jesuit.

  • BC Professor Gives Talks On The Middle East

    BC Professors Give Talks on Middle East

    Peter Krause and Timothy Crawford, BC Political Science professors, spoke at the Middle East 101 Lec

     

    Last night, the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Student Association (MEISSA), in coordination with the Al-Noor Journal, the Iranian Culture Club, and the Islamic Civilization and Societies Department, hosted the first in a series of speeches as part of Middle East 101 Lecture series. The program gives students an opportunity to understand the complicated issues involved within the Middle East. Boston College’s political science professors Peter Krause and Timothy Crawford spoke about the United States’ presence, strategy, and military interactions in one of the least understood but strategically important regions of the world today.

  • Princeton Professor Lectures On Western Political Culture

    Princeton Professor Lectures On Western Political Culture

    As snow descended early Monday evening, students, administrators, and faculty alike gathered in Gasson Hall’s Irish Room for the first Clough Center lecture of the spring semester.
    The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy chose Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, to begin their Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence series for the spring, nearly filling the room to capacity.

  • Lynch Shares Experience In Work, Philanthropy

    Lynch Shares Experience in Work, Philanthropy

    “With your first sentence, light a fire,” said Peter Lynch, treasurer and founder of the Lynch Foundation, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research, trustee of Boston College, and BC ’65. “With your second sentence, build a bridge.”

  • Belfast Project Interviewee Found Dead

    Ex-IRA militant and Belfast Project interviewee Dolours Price was found dead in her Dublin home last night, the BBC has reported.

  • Frozen Pipe Bursts In Yawkey Center

    Frozen Pipe Bursts In Yawkey Center

    Around 4 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 26, sprinkler heads on the fourth floor of Boston College’s Yawkey Athletics Center burst, leading to significant flooding in the building. According to Boston College Director of Facilities Michael Jednak, the burst was due to pipes frozen as a result of the recent spell of cold weather.

  • UGBC Plans Eco-Friendly Progress

    Caucus Releases New Sustainability Goals

    In recent months, the policy caucus of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) has been working on issues of sustainability on campus. Under the direction of caucus chairman Matthew Alonsozana, UGBC Senate member and A&S ’14, and Joseph Manning, caucus chief of staff and A&S ’14, the caucus has coordinated with eco-friendly student groups and Cabinet departments and released a sustainability press release to the student body last semester. Recently, the caucus has created a set of standards for UGBC and student group events on campus to rate their sustainability.

  • Groups Sing For Campus School Benefit

    Groups Sing For Campus School Benefit

    Gasson 100 was filled with support on Thursday night for the Campus School’s second annual a cappella concert. Seven groups from Boston College sang a variety of songs, from today’s popular hits to classics, to benefit the Campus School.

  • SOFC Hosts Volleyball Tournament For Student Organizations

    SOFC Hosts Volleyball Tournament For Student Organizations

    The Chinese Student Association and BCTV jumped, bumped, and spiked their way to $1,000 and $500, respectively, as the winning and runner-up teams in the Boston College Student Organization Funding Committee’s (SOFC) first annual Student Organizations Volleyball Tournament.
     

  • Stokes Hall Opens After Years In The Works

    Stokes Hall Opens After Years In The Works

    Newest Academic Building Represents The University’s Investment in the Liberal Arts

    Last week marked the first time that Stokes Hall, Boston College’s newest academic building, opened its doors for classes. The $78 million, 183,000-square foot building is named in honor of a $22 million donation from Patrick T. Stokes, former CEO of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., former chair and current member of the BC Board of Trustees, and BC ’64.

  • ResLife Fills Key Positions

    ResLife Fills Key Positions

    The Office of Residential Life at Boston College is in the process of filling several key administrative positions. Catherine-Mary Rivera, former director of the Pathways program, was recently promoted to associate director for education, a spot that had been vacant since current Director of Residential Life George Arey left the position in October 2010.

  • Admissions Adds Essay, Number Of Applications Falls

    2013 Sees 10,000 Fewer Apps Than 2012 After Adding 400-word Essay

    Boston College received almost 10,000 fewer applications for admission this year, down from 34,051 applications in 2012. Officials have attributed this 26 percent decrease mostly to the addition of a 400-word supplemental essay, a first since the University joined the Common Application in 1998.

  • Microsoft Exec Relates His Experiences

    Microsoft Exec Relates His Experiences

    Last Friday in the Newton Room of Corcoran Commons, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics hosted guest speaker Robert Bach, former president of the entertainment and devices division at Microsoft, at the Center’s Lunch with a Leader Program. The program, which focuses on offering students the opportunity to meet and engage with prominent business leaders, allowed Bach to speak to both his experiences at Microsoft and his take on the value of leadership.
     “I want to talk a little bit about the Xbox experience from a strategy perspective,” Bach said.
    After briefly introducing the room to his experiences and background up until working with Microsoft (including his role in the implementation of Microsoft Office in the ’90s), Bach detailed his oversight of the launching of Xbox–a revolutionary gaming system that aimed to afford gamers an incomparable experience.

     

  • Column: The End of a BC Era

     Last semester I wrote a column questioning the purpose behind Stokes Hall. I recognized the necessity for extra classroom space while also lamenting the tragic death of the Dustbowl. Now that Stokes Hall is open for academic business, I felt obligated to write a follow-up evaluation.
    I arrived at Stokes Hall for the first time last week, 10 minutes early for class for the first time since the New York Jets were relevant. I marveled at the spacious and clean classrooms, which are a welcome upgrade from the grimy netherworld of Carney Hall. I also immediately called second semester dibs on a seat in the second floor hallway connecting the North and South buildings. On weekdays I frequently read in this corner, where I can relax comfortably while people-watching through the massive windows. Finally, I ventured cautiously to the mysterious fifth floor, where I discovered a locked penthouse. I have a sneaking suspicion that a vicious three-headed dog sits behind this mystifying door, guarding the sorcerer’s stone which University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., uses to preserve his immortality.
     

  • Baseball Night at Fenway Park Features John Farrell

    Last night was a special one for the Boston College baseball program, as it held its 21st annual Baseball Night in Boston at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. New Red Sox manager John Farrell served as the keynote speaker for the event, which helped raise funds for BC baseball.
    Speaking to the players in attendance, Farrell focused his talk on the challenging road from college baseball to the major leagues. He said the first thing everyone had to do was put aside their bats, gloves, and statistics, and focus on their character.
     

  • Athletics Report Reveals Financial Data

    Boston College athletics changed its reporting methods of revenues and expenses for ticketed sports in its Equity in Athletics Data Report last year, a move toward greater transparency for the department.

  • Restoration Of St. Mary’s Hall Begins

    The new year welcomes not only Stokes Hall, but also a recent approval by the Boston College Board of Trustees for the complete restoration of St. Mary’s Hall.

  • Rightside Shirts Raises Money, Awareness

    Last spring, recent Boston College graduates Dylan Enright, BC ’12, and Jeff White, BC ’12, started a non-profit company called Rightside Shirts.
     

  • BC Student Creates Gaming Tournaments

    Across the campus, one item likely to be found when looking into a random dorm room is a video game console. While styles range from a modern console like an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3 to a classic console like an Nintendo 64 or a GameCube, a gaming console of some sort is a staple for college students. With his startup company, Campus Gamer, Daniel Donohue, CSOM ’13, wants to bring gaming on campus out of the dorm room and into the public square in the form of gaming tournaments hosted on campus.
     

  • Racquetball Court Under Renovation

    Racquetball court number five is currently being turned into a new cycle studio and wellness office, creating an air conditioned room for spin classes and making way for new programming.

     

  • Addazio Named New Coach

    Former Temple Head Coach Arrives to Take Reigns of BC Football

    Steve Addazio is the new head coach for the Boston College football team. A press conference was held yesterday to introduce the former Temple University head coach, who will take over for Frank Spaziani less than two weeks after the former coach was fired.
     

  • BC Earns Recognition For Effective Social Media

    Boston College was ranked ninth nationwide on Mashable.com’s list of most social colleges and universities, which was published on Sept. 29. The ranking was based in part on universities’ Klout scores, which show how influential a particular institution is on social networking websites. As of publication time, BC’s score was 89 out of 100.
     

  • Preparing The BC Community For Changes In Weather

    Boston College Office Of Emergency Management Releases ‘Winter Weather Preparedness' Newsletter

    In preparation for the upcoming winter, the OEM has already published a “Winter Weather Preparedness” newsletter for the BC community. Containing advice for students on and off campus, the publication advises students on how to prepare for winter weather, what to do during inclement weather, and how to handle the aftermath of severe snowstorms. In addition, the newsletter discusses auto safety and lists additional resources helpful for students.

  • Column: Superlatives Bring Wrong Perspective

    “You’re beautiful.” I have heard this phrase countless times: on sitcoms and rom-coms, at dining halls and at parties. Guys are always eager to break out the “b” word when smooth-talking a girl. I, though, have higher standards for this simple word. In fact, I have never directly called a girl beautiful before.

  • Princeton Professor Speaks About The Eurozone Crisis

    The economic disaster that currently plagues the Eurozone is a result of three interlocking crises relating to sovereign debt, banking, and balance of payments, according to Princeton University professor Hyun Song Shin, who spoke at Boston College Tuesday.

  • Sirdani Looks At Literary Women In Iran

    In an era when Iranian politics constantly dominates newspaper headlines, contemporary literature can offer more information about Iranian society and culture than most expect. Last Monday, Mahtab Sirdani spoke to a group of students and faculty, analyzing and comparing a graphic novel and a short story in Devlin 425.
     

  • BC Hosts First Model UN

    Local High School Students Gather For Inaugural Conference

    Boston College Model United Nations (BCMUN) hosted its inaugural meeting for regional high schools, EagleMUNC, on Dec. 1 in the Irish Room of Gasson Hall. The conference, which focused on promoting a high standard of both intellectual and enjoyable debate among high school Model United Nations delegations, was the first in BC’s history.

  • CSOM Classes Take Teecil To The Next Level

    BC Students Compete In Electronic Marketing

    In recent weeks, Boston College has been subject to an electronic marketing onslaught for the Teecil, a combination golf tee and pencil designed by Providence College alumnus Stephen Squillante. Students in Edward Gonsalves’ three sections of Marketing Principles were pitted against each other this semester in a marketing competition to obtain the most views on online uploads, including images of the Teecil in unique places and YouTube videos.

  • VFA Matches College Grads With Start-ups

    Sean Lane, BC ’12, thought he was headed for a career in advertising. He envisioned himself working for Hill Holliday, one of the agencies he interned with during his time at Boston College. After searching through one of BC’s online job databases, however, Lane found something new in Venture for America (VFA).

  • Benefit Honors Injured BC Alum

    On Dec. 8, a comedy benefit will be held for Dale Ahn, BC ’12, who suffered a severe C5 cervical spinal cord injury in 2011. The Ahn family will be partnering with the non-profit Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to present the benefit, Stand Up for a Cure. The benefit is in honor of individuals who face spinal cord injuries and paralysis, and features four comedians from the Gotham Comedy Club in New York and Caroline’s on Broadway.

  • Lowell Talks Continue With Susan Choi

    On Thursday night, author Susan Choi gave a preview of her newest book, which will be published next summer. The event was sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series, and gave students and the general community the chance to hear an esteemed author discuss her latest work and the process of writing.

  • Sophomores Discuss Study Abroad Experiences

    “Getting Chilean child services called on me, that was no bueno,” said Sam Kent, A&S ’13. Kent, along with six other Boston College students and an advising assistant from the Office of International Programs (OIP), composed a panel that discussed the undergraduate study abroad experience as part of the UGBC Student Formation’s ‘Sophomore Self Check: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?’ event, which was hosted Tuesday night in Higgins 225.
     

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    McCaffrey Suspended For PSU Tweets

    Bates: Athlete 'Used Very Poor Judgment'

    Stephanie McCaffrey, CSOM ’15, a forward on the Boston College women’s soccer team, was suspended on Thursday for a series of tweets she posted regarding Pennsylvania State University and the sexual abuse case it was wrapped up in last year.

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    RHA Helps Air Out Concerns

    The Residence Hall Association held two town hall meetings this week, giving students a chance to ask questions of some Boston College administrators. 

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    UGBC Fashion Show Emphasizes Diversity

    Descending the lit staircase of the O’Connell House and stepping onto an audience-flanked runway, Boston College students displayed a diversity of styles Thursday night at the UGBC fashion show.
     

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    Schwartz Doles Out Dating Advice

    Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert and sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, doled out some valuable advice to students in her lecture Thursday night.
     

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    Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebrates Diversity

    The annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebration held this past Thursday opened with the words, “When we come together to share our stories of gratitude, we stop time.” In the Heights Room, students and adults of all faiths gathered to “stop time” by giving praise, expressing gratitude through personal stories, praying, and enjoying good food together.

  • Grafton Reflects On Portraits As Art

    On Thursday, Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam Professor of History at Princeton University, gave a lecture as part of the Lowell Humanities Series. His lecture was titled, “The Florence Renaissance Portrait: Cultural Origins of a New Art Form.”

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    Med School Officials Support MCAT Changes

    Last year, 145 Boston College students applied to medical school. Few universities in the country produce more medical school applicants than BC.
    Significant changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), however, may affect the course plan of many aspiring doctors at the University. The current form of the MCAT has been in place since the 1990s, but changes in the fields of science and medicine have led the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to completely revamp the exam.

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    CIA Agent Debates Legitimacy Of The ‘Global War On Terror’

    “What are the threats to the Homeland?” Glenn Carle asked. “What is the nature of al-Qaeda? What are the capabilities of al-Qaeda? Why did al-Qaeda exist?” These are the questions that Carle sought to answer Wednesday evening at the “Update on the ‘War on Terror,’” sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

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    Harrington Calls For Better Support Of Returning Troops

    A crowd of nearly 200 men and women, many in military attire, gathered on the Burns Library lawn the morning of Monday, Nov. 12 for the 12th annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Veterans of various wars as well as students in the Army ROTC program gathered near the University’s veteran’s memorial to honor the nation’s fallen.

  • BC Represented At Jesuit Teach-In

    This weekend, Boston College will be sending 18 undergraduates to Washington, D.C. for the 15th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The event will feature speakers discussing issues of social justice. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

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    Arts Career Night Creates Intimate Networking Atmosphere

    Another iteration of Career Night for the Arts, an event that has taken place annually since 1999, was held in the McMullen Museum on Tuesday night. Unlike the larger Boston College Career Fair that many students are familiar with, the Career Night for the Arts brings in around 20 alumni who have found success in the arts each year to speak with students about their careers in a more intimate setting.
     

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    BCSSH Talks Body Image At BC

    In the spirit of Love Your Body Week, Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) conducted a panel titled “Let’s Talk About Loving Your Body.” Students discussed body image as it pertains to sexual responsibility. The panel of five students spoke on a variety of subjects, including being comfortable in relationships, pornography, and even offering a male perspective on issues that are primarily female-focused.

  • Late Night Conduct Deteriorating

    “It’s the worst it’s ever been by far,” said Helen Wechsler, director of Dining Services at Boston College, about recent student behavior at Late Night. Late Night, which is offered between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at Corcoran Commons, “has always been a bit rowdy,” Wechsler said. “But from late last semester to right now, there is a lack of respect for our staff and others.”

  • Core Will Be Reviewed Through 2013

    Boston College has recently partnered with Continuum, a multidisciplinary design consultancy that specializes in institutional innovation, to renew the undergraduate core curriculum. The current core curriculum was instated in 1991 and has remained unchanged since.

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    Symposium Focuses On The Role Of Religion In Higher Education

    As a Catholic institution preparing students for a largely secular word, Boston College often finds itself conflicted.
    In celebration of BC’s sesquicentennial, the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life hosted a symposium this weekend to celebrate and explore the intersection of religion and secularism at the heart of BC’s educational model.

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    Foreign Policy Key For Obama's Second Term

    Judgments on the Obama administration’s foreign policy thus far, as well as the major decisions the newly re-elected president will soon face, were key focuses of a lecture Friday afternoon featuring political science professor Marc Landy and journalist Jason Margolis.

  • Column: Football Glory Days Long Gone

    Right now, campus has returned to relative normalcy. Few vestiges remain of the events that transpired Saturday night. Lingering Notre Dame fans can still be seen in the dining hall or walking around Lower with their Boston College friends, but there are few other signs that remain.

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    Increasing Hospitalizations Prompt Alcohol Policy Review

    Dean Of Students Office Examines Drinking Safety

    All across the United States, the legal age for the consumption of alcohol is 21. Breaches of state alcohol laws, however, are handled differently at universities across the 50 states. At Boston College, the alcohol policy is formulated by the Dean of Students Office (DSO). According to Dean of Students Paul Chebator, his office is concerned with the health and safety of the students, as well as following the law, when they design the school’s policy.

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  • Senior Gift Team Shoots For The Record

    Class Of 2013 Aims For 1,300 Total Donors

    “This year the class has been issued a unique challenge from University Trustee Drake Behrakis [BC ’86]: reach 1,300 donors and set a new BC record,” said Kaitlin Vigars, assistant director of annual giving at Boston College and BC ’08. “If the class reaches this milestone, Drake will give the University $25,000 to fund student programs and activities.” Vigars and other members of the campus community kicked off this year’s senior gift campaign last week. The campaign will run through the end of May 2013.

  • Column: Creating The Signature Home Game

    As I look back on my three-plus years at Boston College, I occasionally pause to consider my regrets. I ponder parties I never attended, classes I never took, girls I never had the courage to ask out. One regret overshadows all the others, though: the lack of a signature home football game.
    What is a signature home football game, you ask? This Saturday, turn on the TV and watch a home game at a traditional football powerhouse. Observe the complete lack of open seats. Observe the passion in the student section. Observe the unbridled joy if the home team wins, or the soul-crushing sadness if the home team loses. Then ask yourself, has a BC home game ever remotely lived up to that experience?

  • Service Strengthens Relationships

    On Tuesday night, the Church in the 21st Century and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), alongside Campus Ministry, hosted a panel on the topic of “Encountering Christ Through Service.”

  • BC Reads Encourages Leisure Reading, Reviews Books Online

    The Club Maintains A Blog And Volunteers At A Local School

    Since its beginning as a student organization last year, BC Reads has given students at Boston College and the surrounding community a greater access to works of literature for leisure reading.
    BC Reads was started last year by DJ Adams, A&S ’13, and Christie Wentworth, A&S ’13, who found a mutual interest in reading for pleasure while studying abroad during their junior year.

  • Rombalski Will Leave After Four Years As Vice President

    After four years at Boston College, Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs, has announced that he will be leaving his post over the coming two weeks.

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    ESS Makes A Splash With Its Fifth Semi-Annual Program

    High school students from the Boston area flocked to Boston College on Sunday, Nov. 4, to learn about political structures in the world of Harry Potter, how to avoid awkwardness, and ways to prepare for college life.

  • BC Team Places First In Ethics Competition

    The team of Matt Alonsozana, A&S ’14, and Justin Feng, CSOM ’14, took first place in the annual Collegiate Eller Ethics Case Competition on Friday, Oct. 26 at the University of Arizona. This marked the first time, in six years of participation, that Boston College has placed in the business ethics competition.

  • Injured Alum Holds Fundraiser

    Dale Ahn, BC ’11, Works To Spread Awareness For Spinal Injuries

    On Dec. 8, a fundraiser will be held for Dale Ahn, BC ’12, who suffered a severe C5 cervical spinal cord injury in 2011. The fundraiser, “Stand Up for a Cure,” will be held in Libation, a bar and restaurant in New York City. Money raised by the fundraiser will go toward Ahn’s Supplemental Needs Trust, a fund established to offset the costs of Ahn’s rehabilitation and long-term care.

  • Scramble Educates Entrepreneurs

    For the entire weekend, over 60 Boston College students gathered to embark on BC’s first ever StartUp Scramble. Sponsored by the BC Entrepreneurial Society (BCES), the event served as a crash course in everything students needed to know to begin their own companies. Over the course of the weekend, participants were given guidance and coaching and had to come up with a final pitch to give for their startup by the event’s end on Sunday afternoon.
     

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    Income Inequality Impacts Education

    Boston College played host to the annual Mass Humanities fall symposium on Saturday afternoon. This year’s event was called Mind the Gap, and focused on the issues surrounding economic inequality and the effects they have on American democracy.

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    SSH Begins Year-Long Petition

    On Friday, Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) began a petition demanding a sexual health resource center at Boston College that they plan to present to the administration at the end of the academic year. So far, the petition has more than 300 signatures.

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  • DSO Encourages Civic Engagement Via Website

    Earlier this fall, Boston College was selected by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) to be part of the Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, an honor that only 50 other colleges and universities in the U.S. received. This program was created in response to worries among education experts that the current U.S. education system is not preparing young men and women to be engaged, informed citizens. BC and the other schools that comprise the Lead Initiative are looking to fight the perceived inefficiencies in the education system by launching exciting new programs focused on educating students to become better citizens.

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    Boyle Lectures On His Time At Homeboy

    While serving as pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles in 1988, Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J. presided over the burial of a victim of gang violence for the first time. Today, Boyle has buried 188 individuals killed from gang violence.
     

  • Mod500 A Creative Marketing Success

    Maria Sannella’s Marketing Planning course has been chosen to compete with 19 other schools in a nationwide contest, known as the Chevrolet Campus Promotion, that allows winners the opportunity to present marketing ideas to the executives of Chevrolet.

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    Homecoming Brings 1,000 Into Boston

    Prior to attending this year’s homecoming dance, freshmen had concerns, with rumors ranging from “it’s going to be all freshmen” to “it’s mostly an event for the upperclassmen.” Brandon Marianacci, UGBC’s special events coordinator and A&S ’13, quelled their doubts.

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    Education, Social Responsibility Keys To Good Business

    “The world changes so fast, so incredibly fast right now, that you can’t stop learning,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, the Citizens Bank’s president for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and the father of a senior at Boston College. “One thing we emphasize when we recruit good people is you have to continue to learn.”
    Fitzpatrick opened his mind to a group of graduate and undergraduate students interested in finance and the social responsibility of business last Friday in the Fulton Honors Library. Fitzpatrick was invited as the second to last speaker for this fall’s “Lunch with a Leader” series, sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

  • UGBC Encourages Respectful Halloween Costumes

    After much discussion about what some people considered offensive costumes seen on campus during Halloween last year, UGBC has created the Dress with Respect campaign for Halloween 2012.
    Dress with Respect is designed to encourage Boston College students to think carefully before choosing a costume and make them aware of the potential repercussions of wearing certain costumes, not to tell them what they should and should not wear, said Natali Soto, co-director of the Dress with Respect committee and A&S ’14.

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    From White Castle To The Heights

    Kal Penn On The Youth Vote In The 2012 Election

    Kal Penn, Hollywood actor turned political activist best known for his performance as Kumar Patel in the comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, came to Boston College last night to discuss a far more serious topic.

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    BC, Newton Collaborate On High Tech Crosswalk Signal

    Boston College students who have crossed Beacon Street at Lawrence Avenue this year may not have noticed that the journey has recently become less dangerous than in years past. Until now, pedestrians who wished to cross Beacon Street at Lawrence Avenue had to deal with a notoriously difficult and unregulated crosswalk. This year, however, the task has become significantly easier.

  • Schindler's List Survivor Asks Students To Act Against Injustice

    It’s one thing to watch horrific scenes in Holocaust films, but it’s another thing entirely to listen to someone who was actually a victim of it tell her story. On Tuesday evening, Rena

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  • Column: Singin' And Partyin' In The Rain

    Everyone wants to live in the Mods. I often find it difficult, however, to explain to someone outside the Boston College bubble why the Mods are so desirable. They will inevitably mention that tailgating is only technically allowed seven days a year. Then they point out the cramped closets and complete lack of lights in the bedrooms (I’m convinced whoever designed the Mods was a sadist). Now, whenever anyone asks me why I enjoy living in the Mods, I will regale them with the tale of last Friday night.

  • Campus School Runs, Walks, And Rolls Together

    Thanks in part to the unusually pleasant weather on Sunday morning, the Boston College Campus School enjoyed a large turnout of both Campus School students and families and BC students at its sixth annual Fun Run, Walk, and Roll.

  • Diversity Conference Draws Experts From Around The World

    Academics from across the nation and even the world converged at Boston College on Friday and Saturday for the 12th annual Diversity Challenge Conference. Sponsored by BC’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, a subsidiary of the Lynch School of Education, the conference featured over 90 presentations related to this year’s theme: “What to Do About Race and Culture and Violence.”

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    Cronin Criticizes Hookup Culture

    On Oct. 18, professor Kerry Cronin entertained and educated a crowd in Fulton 511 on the college hookup culture in her lecture “Bring Back the Date,” presented by the St. Thomas More Society. Cronin illustrated the common thought processes of college students and their relationships, while explaining the “rules” of hooking up and the importance of “real dates” in university life.
     

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    BC Kicks Off Tip O'Neill Centennial Celebration

    The late Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Democratic Speaker of the House between 1977 and 1987, would have been 100 years old this coming December. In the first of three events designed to commemorate O’Neill, political analyst Thomas Mann gave a lecture in O’Neill Library last Thursday tracing political change throughout O’Neill’s career.

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    BC Allies Hold Panel Discussion On GLBTQ Issues, Being An Ally

    This past Thursday, Oct. 18, Boston College Allies held a panel at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 203 titled “What’s it like to be an Ally?” The panel was the kick-off event for the year for Allies, a student-led organization working to promote tolerance of GLBTQ issues on BC’s campus.

  • Outdoors Club Gains Traction In First Year

    After years of clearing red tape and navigating bureaucracy, the Outdoors Club of Boston College (OCBC) now enjoys both official recognition as a student organization and status as one of the most popular student-run groups on campus.

  • Column: Walking The Labyrinth Of Senior Year

    One week ago I was skidding through a rough patch of senior year. Roommate tensions at Mod 14 Bravo were at a record high, largely due to my actions during the past weekend. I had recently asked out a special someone, only to strike out worse than A-Rod in the playoffs. Most ominously though, I had just taken the LSAT, and was facing the daunting duo of law school applications and neglected schoolwork. I went to O’Neill Library on a Wednesday night to get work done, and promptly sank into an uncomfortable nap at one of the booths. My problems were both literally and metaphorically weighing me down.

  • Authors Of Book On Evolution And Religion Discuss Implications

    “Can a transcendent God be a personal God?” Neil Ormerod asked to the crowd gathered in Fulton 305 on Monday evening. “We are close to God because He is the source of our being. Our conception of God is too small. Divine existence is not like our own. It is inexhaustibly mysterious.”

  • Supreme Court Issues A Stay On Belfast Tapes

    United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently approved a stay on the Belfast Project materials being sought by the Police Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

  • Promises Made Under Duress Still Carry Weight, According To Law Expert

    “Your money or your life.” While this phrase is easily recognizable as the catchphrase of a back-alley mugger, less clear is the moral responsibility of the victim when responding to the aggressor in that situation. If a victim attempts to bargain with his attacker, what value should be placed on any promises he makes while under duress?

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    Poli Sci Profs Weigh In On Upcoming Election

    The American political landscape and its numerous facets were examined and evaluated Thursday night, as four of Boston College’s political science experts weighed in on the upcoming presidential election at the Decision 2012 panel.

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    RHA Mimics New York City Street In O’Neill Plaza

    Despite the morning drizzle, a festive atmosphere pervaded O’Neill Plaza on Friday as the Residence Hall Association (RHA) kicked off its first event of the year.

  • ‘Switch’ Examines Energy Crisis

    Boston College hosted a screening on Thursday, Oct. 11 of the documentary Switch, which aims to give a balanced report of the world’s options for a more sustainable energy source in the future.

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    Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebrates Identity

    On Saturday night, Boston College Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated its closing ceremony with a fiesta of food, dancing, and performances in Gasson 100. The ceremony, presented by the Office of AHANA Student Programs (OASP), the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee, the Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship Committee, and the Latino/as at Boston College Association, marked the end of BC’s fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month. Students, families, and faculty filled the audience to celebrate BC’s Hispanic culture, language, and history.

  • October Concert Series Continues

    The Boston College music department and the Institute for the Liberal Arts have teamed up to bring a series of concerts, spanning a variety of musical genres and time periods and featuring artists-in-residence, to campus during October.
     

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    Bates Brings Fresh Perspective

    New AD Hopes To Maximize Student Development

    The search is finally over—Boston College has its new athletic director. Fifty-three days after Gene DeFilippo announced his retirement as AD, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., announced on Tuesday, Oct. 9, that Brad Bates is the new AD on the Heights.

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    GLC Hosts Events For Annual National Coming Out Week

    This week, the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) is hosting a series of events to celebrate National Coming Out Week (NCOW). The events are designed to create awareness of the GLBTQ community on campus and offer support for those who are exploring their sexuality.

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    UGBC Hosts Discussion On Dining Issues

    Dining Services Admins Explain Changes To System

    On Tuesday, UGBC hosted a panel of Boston College dining officials to answer questions about the changes made to BC Dining Services (BCDS) for the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Column: A Standard Annoyance For Students

    SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT—standardized tests have more acronyms than a baseball box score. Throughout my early life I was a strong supporter of standardized tests. To me, they were the great equalizer. High school had an endless array of variables, yet across the United States, everyone took the exact same SAT. Rather than a flowery and subjective letter of recommendation, the SAT yields a single number. This score could be used to evaluate any college student across the country. In my mind, the system couldn’t be better.

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    Sweet Dreamzzz Campaign Helps Students Sleep Tight

    “I wish you would  spend one third of your lives in a state of hallucination and paralysis,” said Roxanne Prichard, Ph.D., in front of an audience of about 200 Boston College students while talking about sleep as part of the “Sweet Dreamzzz” campaign. The new campaign, part of the Office of Health Promotion’s initiative for the year, strives to “identify barriers of sleeping well and develop coping strategies that really work,” according to their website.
     

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    BC Junior First-Ever UN Observer

    One of Boston College’s own made history last week as the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations.

  • WRC Founds Group Aimed At AHANA Females

    As Women’s Resource Center (WRC) staff members for the past three years, Keun Young Bae, A&S ’13, and Nicole Laniado, CSOM ’13, understand well the so-called “glass ceiling” that women face with regard to advancement in education and the workplace. Both also recognize the prejudices that come with being a member of Boston College’s AHANA community. “For women of different ethnicities and cultures,” Laniado said, “it’s a double glass ceiling.”

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    Political Scientists Evaluate Obama’s Presidency

    Good-natured banter peppered the serious political discussion at the nonpartisan Obama evaluation panel last Tuesday night, in which professors Marc Landy, David Deese, and Alan Wolfe discussed the accomplishments and shortcomings of President Barack Obama’s first term.

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    BCPD Launches Sidewalk Safety Campaign

    Crossing the street safely may seem like a basic skill that most people learn at a young age, but the Boston College Police Department (BCPD) has good reason to launch its new “Be Safe. Been Seen. Be Street Smart.” campaign.
     

  • Column: 21 Going On The Real World

    A few nights ago, my roommate turned 21. As an underage senior living in the Mods, he endured an unrelenting stream of insults and pranks relating to his under-21 status. Once, after driving to a liquor store to pick up beer, I solemnly informed him that minors were not allowed inside, reminded him not to talk to strangers, and locked the car doors as I went inside. At the housing meeting for Mod residents, I helpfully pointed out how the disciplinary matrix contained much harsher penalties for him and recommended that he be the sober contact for registered parties, since of course he wouldn’t be legally allowed to drink anyway. As the clock struck midnight on Tuesday, and he triumphantly shot down my last half-hearted underage joke, I paused to reflect on what being 21 actually means

  • UGBC Focuses In On Ways To Advocate Effectively

    The UGBC is best known around campus for the two concerts they organize every year. What is less well-known is the work that they do to influence and shape the policies that University administrators put in place. While they have no power to implement policy, they do offer suggestions based on what they perceive to be the needs of the students.

  • Gozik Takes Over OIP With A Wealth Of World Experience

    As a young undergraduate, Nick Gozik had reservations about studying abroad.

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    Williams' Insights About Key Molecule Advance HIV Research

    In the research laboratory of biology professor Ken Williams, research on a molecule has been used to make the connection between the immune response of the human body and the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease in patients living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
     

  • Column: What It Means To Be American

    At this point, another Parents’ Weekend has successfully come to a close. For most students, this means that their rooms are now stocked to the brim with all the essentials—paper towels, toilet paper, assorted toiletries, snacks, nut clusters, and writing utensils. For some students, this meant a trip to Newbury Street on Daddy’s credit card. For freshmen parents, it was a chance to allay the separation anxiety which they have been suffering from for all of three and a half weeks. For the rest of the parents, it was a chance to really see the school that their son or daughter attends.
     

  • Hollywood Eagles Begin To Take Flight

    Although Boston College offers a club for almost every hobby and interest imaginable, there was a void in BC’s club repertoire that was filled only this year—a club dedicated to filmmaking and the entertainment industry.
     

  • Moloney And Price Disagree On Contents Of Belfast Project Tape

    Recent statements by Ed Moloney­­­­—an Irish journalist and former director of the Belfast Project, an oral history endeavor sponsored by Boston College that chronicled the experiences of various paramilitary members during “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland­—and Dolours Price, an interviewee of the project, conflict greatly on the specific content of the tapes currently being sought by the Police Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

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    Gus Burkett Ready To Learn BC’s Culture

    This fall, Boston College welcomed Gus Burkett, new director of the Student Programs Office (SPO), to continue the campus traditions and foster more student involvement. Burkett, with a passion for encouraging student involvement and a busy career in student affairs, intends to use the upcoming months as a learning period for absorbing BC’s unique culture and student body.

  • Player Charged Last Spring Returns To The Field For BC

    Jaryd Rudolph, the football player charged with unlawful secret recording last March after he allegedly recorded a consensual sexual encounter between his roommate and a female graduate student, has played in all three of Boston College’s football games this fall.

  • Computer Science Society Reboots

    The Society Has Revamped Its Direction In The Hopes Of Increasing Student Interest

    The Computer Science Society of Boston College, formerly known as the BC Association for Computing Machinery, has undergone massive reconstruction over the past several years, reviving their club and changing its direction. Their efforts include creating a website known as BC Skills, which serves as a portal to connect students and encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation on projects such as start-up companies.

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    Technology And Religion Can Go Hand-In-Hand

    “How can we draw people to faith when they are constantly preoccupied with modern technology, with cell phones, computers, and Angry Birds?” asked Matt Weber of CatholicTV, epitomizing key issues targeted on Tuesday at “Contagious Faith,” an event sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) at Boston College. Weber’s question characterized a night designed by C21 to be “a conversation about nurturing a contagious faith and the challenges and joys of living out that faith on a daily basis.”

  • CSOM Posts High Starting Salaries For Recent Graduates

    NerdWallet Ranks BC Sixth Among Undergrad Schools

    According to a recently released report, the Carroll School of Management (CSOM) ranks sixth among undergraduate business schools with the highest reported starting salaries among graduates.

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    Pub Series Back For The Fall With A New Look And Big Plans

    Last Thursday night, Sept. 20, UGBC hosted 21-plus students in the Rat for the first event in the year-long Pub Series. With the theme “Welcome Back Eagles,” the makeshift watering hole served a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, in addition to All-American food like sliders and pigs in a blanket.

  • Silicon Valley Alums Return To The Heights

    E-Week Continues With Panel Discussion

    On Thursday, Boston College hosted a panel of five Silicon Valley-affiliated entrepreneurs and venture capitalists as part of BC’s first annual Entrepreneurship Week. The event was made possible by the BC Technology Council, the BC Entrepreneur Society, the BC Venture Competition (BCVC), and John Gallaugher, associate professor of information systems.

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    Oxford Professor Touts Complex Government

    The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy welcomed Jeremy Waldron, the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University and professor of law at New York University, to Boston College last Thursday. Waldron’s lecture was titled “The Separation of Powers in Thought and Practice,” and focused on the importance of the separation of the three branches of government in the United States, and its implications for our nation’s political process now and in the future.
     

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    Eagles Flock To 2012 Career Fair

    On Sept. 20, Boston College held its annual Career Fair in Silvio O. Conte Forum from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A total of 1,761 students, an increase of 350 students from last year’s event, attended the fair where 115 companies, BC graduate schools, and post-graduate programs had set up booths.
     

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    Tickets Sell Out In Record Time

    Hockey season tickets for students, as well as the new three-sport “Legion” package, sold out during the third week of August, a record-setting date for the Boston College Athletic Department.

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    Healthapalooza Postponed Due To Inclement Weather

    Health Fair Will Be Held Friday On O’Neill Plaza

    On Sept. 21, Healthapalooza will kick off the Office of Health Promotion’s (OHP) initiative to unite students on campus for living healthily and safely on Boston College’s campus.

  • Smaghi Putting Euro Crisis In Perspective

    Less than a decade after its creation, the euro is facing a crisis. Several European countries, such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, face ever-increasing rates on their sovereign debt and more interest payments than their shrinking tax revenues can sustain. The European Central Bank (ECB) has exhausted their standard repertoire of policy measures and has taken experimental measures to prevent the euro-zone from falling apart.

  • Column: Not Sorry For Party Rocking

    A couple of days ago I first learned that the Fall Concert will start at 5 p.m. Since I was abroad last semester and was busy playing blackjack and completing a fraction of the typical Boston College academic workload, I was unaware that the Third Eye Blind concert took place at a similarly early hour. After the initial reaction of “Silly Jesuits trying to ruin a good time,” I began to examine the reasons behind this.

  • Sociology Professors Recognized For Careers Of Scholarship

    David Karp, a professor in the sociology department, received the George Herbert Mead Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

  • Collaboration Vs. Collusion: The Fine Line Of Cheating

    Two weeks ago, Harvard University launched an investigation into allegations that 125 students cheated on a take-home final exam. The exam was given for the government course “Introduction to Congress” last spring and was intended as an open-book, open-note exam.

  • Peer Health Coaches Help Students Find A Balance

    This year, the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) welcomed 45 students as health coaches for the upcoming year. These students were trained and certified to meet with other students to discuss health related issues and help create plans to lead students to healthier lifestyles.

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    BC Opens Sesquicentennial At Fenway Park

    The Sesquicentennial Celebration officially began this past Saturday with a Mass at Fenway Park. Attracting nearly 20,000 guests—including student, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families—the historic Mass was concelebrated by 100 members of the Boston College Jesuit community and alumni priests. University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. celebrated the Mass, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. presided.

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    Hispanic Heritage Month Opener Celebrates Identity

    The newly renovated O’Neill Plaza took on a Latin rhythm Friday night to kick off the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College.

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    UGBC Budget Released

    $595,000 Will Be Divided Between ALC, GLC, Cabinet, And Senate For 2012-2013

    The UGBC will receive $595,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a recently released budget report. Each of the four branches of the UGBC—Cabinet, Senate, the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), and the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC)—reported increases in budget from the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • BC Ranks 4th Among Mid-Sized Schools For TFA

    53 Graduates From 2012 Enter TFA Corps

    Earlier this month, Teach For America released its fifth annual ranking of the colleges and universities that contributed the greatest number of graduating seniors to its teaching corps.

  • BC's Scott One Of 96 American Chemical Society Fellows

    At the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia on Aug. 20, Lawrence T. Scott was one of 96 chemists honored as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. The ceremony was hosted by former ACS president Nancy B. Jackson.

  • Belfast Court Issues Stay On Materials

    As the legal battle over the fate of the Belfast Project tapes continues in the United States Court of Appeals in Boston, and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is in the works on behalf of researchers Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre, the two earned a small victory on Friday in the Belfast courts. The Irish High Court issued an injunction on Friday afternoon, temporarily preventing the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) from accessing any interviews from the project that may be turned over as a result of the subpoenas.

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    110 STM’s New Name Is Here To Stay-er

    “A building’s name is more than a marker. A building’s name tells a story,” said Jim Husson, senior vice president for University Advancement, at the dedication of the newly-christened Stayer Hall Friday afternoon. Formerly 110 St. Thomas More Hall, or “the Gate,” Stayer Hall was recently named in honor of the generosity shown by Ralph and Shelly Stayer, beginning a new chapter in the building’s story.

  • BCPD Adopt-A-Cop Program Continues To Grow And Evolve

    Now entering its seventh year at Boston College, the Adopt-A-Cop/Community Liaison program, sponsored by the BCPD and the Office of Residential Life, continues to grow.

  • Devino Named University Secretary, Vice President

    Rev. Terrence P. Devino, S.J., director of Manresa House and special assistant to the president, will succeed Mary Lou DeLong as vice president and University Secretary upon her retirement in January. Devino, who has also worked in leadership positions at Fairfield University and the University of Scranton, is looking forward to the new challenges the job presents.

  • Belfast Project Case May Go To Supreme Court

    Arguments For BC's Appeal Begin Sept. 6

    Irish journalist and Belfast Project researcher Ed Moloney, together with Belfast Project researcher and former IRA member Anthony McIntyre, recently announced their intention to bring the case of the Belfast Project to the United States Supreme Court. The pair, appealing a decision by the United States First Circuit Court of Appeal that rejected their right to intervene in the Boston College archive case, have repeatedly emphasized the case’s vast constitutional importance and potentially harmful ramifications on the fragile peace process in Northern Ireland and the enterprise of oral history.

  • UGBC Fall Concert Will Feature Time Flies, Lupe Fiasco

    This year's Fall Concert, hosted by the UGBC, will feature hip hop duo Time Flies and Lupe Fiasco in Conte Forum on Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m.

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    Campus Takes On A New Look

    O’Neill Plaza Goes Green, Stokes Hall Nears Completion, And O’Neill Library Gets Upgraded

    The University’s central plaza has a new, green look this fall, following construction over the summer months. The area in front of O’Neill Library has been regraded, and grass and trees have been planted to give campus additional green space in light of construction on the site of the former Dustbowl.

  • Armstrong Promoted To VP For Planning, Assessment

    Boston College students and faculty often remark that the University provides an academic and social atmosphere unlike any other college or university, and Kelli Armstrong, the newly appointed vice president for planning and assessment, is no exception. Armstrong, who was recently promoted to this role after serving as the associate vice president for institutional research, planning, and assessment, was first hired eight years ago as a director of BC’s original Institutional Research department.
     

  • BC Will Start Sesquicentennial Celebration With Mass At Fenway

    Office Of News And Public Affairs Unveils New Virtual Tour And Smartphone Application

    Boston College will begin its Sesquicentennial celebration this month with a mass at Fenway Park on Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. The event will be open to BC students, faculty, alumni, and other guests who have preregistered online. The mass is the first in a series of events that will highlight various aspects of BC’s history and dedication to education in the 150 years since its founding in 1863.

  • University Mourns The Loss Of Beloved Lynch Dean, John Cawthorne

    John Cawthorne, former associate dean of the Lynch School of Education (LSOE), passed away from cancer at the age of 70 this week. Cawthorne, an expert in urban education and a popular faculty member and administrator, retired from Boston College in the spring of 2012 after serving for 13 years as associate dean for students and outreach.

  • Oprah Pays Surprise Visit To Boston College

    Noted philanthropist Oprah Winfrey visited Boston College on August 2 to meet seven graduates of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) who recently studied at BC as part of a summer enrichment program.

  • 2012 Alumna Recognized For Service In Africa

    Donkor Earns Awards From Magic Johnson Foundation

    Recent Boston College alumna Angela Donkor, BC ’12, was recognized recently by the Magic Johnson Foundation for her service and leadership in Africa.

  • Parents Of Alex Grant Sue Nine Men

    Suit Claims Grant Was Illegally Provided Alcohol

    The parents of Alex Grant, the Boston College student who drowned in an upstate New York creek last March, have filed a lawsuit against nine men they allege played a role in their son’s death by providing him and his childhood friend, Michael Perlow, with alcohol.
     

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    Famous Fine House Will Be Repurposed To Townhouses

    For the past century, 45 Selkirk Road, known by the Brighton community as the Fine House, has served a number of purposes. It opened its doors as an elementary school for the blind in the late 1800s. In the mid-1900s, a new buyer added a few bathrooms and made several other renovations to turn it into a single family home. Its third buyer gave the house purpose in the Boston College community, where it has served as a popular off-campus housing option for the past decade. With yet another buyer, the house makes its fourth transition, which will become its most transformative yet, as the historical Fine House will undergo major repurposing to become four townhomes.
     

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    Ticket Prices Raised For Next Academic Year

    Athletics Will Provide $40 Superfan Discount

    The Boston College Athletic Department announced recently that there will be changes to the prices of student season tickets next season for football, men’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey.

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    Civil Disobedience More Successful Than Violence

    Erica Chenoweth, an assistant professor at Wesleyan University, admitted at the beginning of her lecture at Boston College on Tuesday that she was once very skeptical of nonviolence and civil disobedience.

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    Students On The Move Despite Various Injuries

    This is the final installment in a three part series on student disabilities at Boston College.

    No Boston College student is invincible. Accidents happen to everyone, which is evident by the number of casts and slings that can be seen around campus at various times. Though temporary disabilities are relatively short-lived for the students that have to deal with them, they still have a major impact on an injured student’s college experience.
     

  • Reel Big Fish Will Headline 2012 Modstock Concert

    Reel Big Fish will headline the UGBC’s annual outdoor Modstock concert on Thursday, May 3, according to UGBC executive manager of campus entertainment Michael Cavoto, A&S ’13.

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    Hillside Will No Longer Take Mandatory Dining Funds

    Three New Mini Marts Will Open Across Campus

    When students return to campus in the fall, the new green space on O’Neill Plaza will not be the only noticeable change. In addition, students will notice three new mini marts located across campus – and perhaps shorter lines in Hillside Cafe.

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    MCF Honors Seniors, President, And Bell

    On Friday evening, members of the Multi-Cultural Christian Fellowship (MCF) and their guests filled the Walsh Function Room for their end-of-the-year awards ceremony. After a year of 5 a.m. Friday prayer sessions, retreats, and a large-scale concert, among other things, MCF came together to celebrate their graduating seniors, their outgoing president, Kadeem Massiah, LSOE ’12, and Karl Bell, assistant director of the Student Programs Office for his contributions to their organization.
     

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    Tony Taccone, BC Seniors Receive Awards For Contributions To The Arts

    On Friday afternoon, the 14th annual Arts Awards Celebration and Reception was held in O’Neill Plaza. The Arts Council Alumni Award was presented to Tony Taccone, BC ’72, and the Faculty Award to Michael Noone, chair of the music department. The award ceremony opened with a performance by Kristin Drew, A&S ’12. Accompanied by trumpet player George Frideric Handel, A&S ’13, and pianist Sandra Hebert, Drew performed a rendition of “Let the Bright Seraphim” by George Handel.

  • Honors Program Represents Boston College In The Run Of The Charles

    The Honors Program participated in the Run of the Charles, New England’s largest canoe race, on Sunday for the second year in a row since the end of the long-standing tradition’s five-year hiatus, started in 2006.
     

  • TOmsen 4/30

    Tomsen Reflects On Current U.S. Foreign Policy In The Middle East

    “How things turn out in Afghanistan will have an effect on the multi-decade process of transformation that is going on throughout the Muslim world,” U.S. Ambassador Peter Tomsen said. “The course of the competition will be decided by the many millions of Muslims in their own countries influenced by their own cultures, histories, and aspirations. America and the West should lend support to the majority moderates, but it is, in the end, a struggle in which only they can prevail.”

  • Student Found Dead In Walsh Dorm Room

    Michael Gannon, a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management (CSOM) from Lake Forest, Illinois, was found dead in his Walsh Hall dorm room this afternoon. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police have ruled out foul play.

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    Mulhern Offers New Ideas On Constitutions

     

    On Wednesday at 4:30, John J. Mulhern gave a lecture in McGuinn 121 titled “The Prospects for Constitution Making: Two Ancient Perspectives.” The event was part of a series of lectures held by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and the Boston College Legal History Roundtable.

  • Column: Twisted Logic Leads To Tragedy

    Last summer, the Norwegian people were forced to witness the worst peacetime atrocity in their country’s history. On July 22, 33-year-old Anders Breivik murdered 77 people and injured several others via the bombing of a government office and the now-infamous shooting on Utoya Island. Nearly nine months after the attacks, Breivik is currently on trial, an event that has been simultaneously fascinating and horrifying to follow.

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    Katz Links Language And Violence

    Modifying convention proved to be the theme in all senses of anti-sexism educator, author, and filmmaker Jackson Katz’s talk Monday night. Sporting jeans, a t-shirt, a blazer that seemed to be made of black felt, earrings, and a 5 o’clock shadow, he asked the audience’s permission to step out from behind the podium for his speech, because, he said, “stuffy isn’t really my style.”

  • GLC Elects Leadership For 2012-2013

    Tingley, Hendricks To Further Develop Council

    On Sunday, the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) had elections for presidential and vice presidential positions for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • BC’s Invisible Disabilities Brought To Light

    Issues For Students With Disabilities Go Unnoticed

    Boston College students are forced to think about the activities of a variety of student groups every day as they pass by bright advertisements while walking through campus. It is not unusual for thousands of BC students to be aware of the upcoming activities of a group composed of only 25 people. There is a group of approximately 200 students united by a commonality, however, that the general BC population is rarely, if ever, forced to consider: students with disabilities.

  • Alleged Attack Not Confirmed By PD Reports

    Students Debate The Issue Via Social Media

    Last weekend, Paige Rojas, A&S ’15, was allegedly assaulted on consecutive nights by a white male in a grey hooded sweatshirt. According to Rojas’ reports to the BCPD, the alleged attacks occurred near the Ignacio stairs early Saturday morning, and then again early Sunday morning outside Corcoran Commons.

  • Osnato and Taziva Choose Senior Cabinet

    Chris Osnato and Kudzai Taziva, president elect and vice president elect of the UGBC and both A&S ’13, recently selected their senior cabinet for the 2012-2013 academic year. The selection of coordinators in each department will take place over the coming week.

  • Column: Living And Loving For Others

    My grandmother hasn’t got much time left. As I’m writing this, she is lying in the other room “snoring” because she hasn’t received dialysis in almost two weeks. She will soon depart from us.

     

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    Respected Sports Journalist Endorses Benching Freshmen

    Last Thursday night in Fulton 511, New York Times sports journalist Bill Pennington gave a talk to Boston College students titled “Finding value—and our way—in the minefield of BC Athletics.” Pennington, who has received the Associated Press Sports Editors Award six times, has been with the Times since 1997.

  • Schaeffer Resigns from Board of Trustees after Public Criticism over Sex Abuse Scandal

    Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J. has stepped down from his post on the Boston College Board of Trustees today, following public criticism of the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest who allegedly molested dozens of young boys over 40 years.

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    Woods Honored For 44 Years

    Namesake Of WCAS Celebrates Deanship

    On Tuesday night, just a few of the thousands of people affected by the deanship of Rev. James A. Woods, S.J., dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS), gathered in Conte Forum for a celebration of Woods’ career. Woods has served as dean of WCAS for 44 years, beginning his tenure in 1968.

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    Maji Wins BC SEED Prize For Startups

    On April 18, Boston College SEED (Social Entrepreneurs Envisioning Development) hosted their final event in their first annual business competition series, called Social Impact Venture Competition. BC SEED is a subdivision of BCVC (Boston College Venture Competition), which promotes entrepreneurship across the BC community. The competition featured a number of teams who pitched their business plans, all of which involved solving a social issue. The winner was Maji Bottles, who won third place in the BCVC pitch competition last week. The company received $1,000 dollars to put toward their business.

  • Students Get Memberships To Aquarium

    VPSA Arranges For Discounted Tickets

    For many years, the Provost’s office has collaborated with the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science to offer free admission to Boston College students. Next year, for the first time, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) will be offering similar free admission to the New England Aquarium and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

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    Sex Trafficking Still An Issue Today

    “Back in 2004, I ended up buying two girls,” Nicholas Kristof said. “One was Sre Net, who I paid $150 for. And Sre Mum, I paid just over $200 for her. The thing that shook me the most was that I got receipts in writing for buying the two girls from the brothels. When you get a receipt for buying a human being in the 21st century, it is really a disgrace on the time.”

  • BC Parkour Team Ready To Jump In

    Too active to be considered a student organization and not competitive enough to be considered a club sport, Boston College’s unofficial parkour team (BCPK) is stuck in what might be the only place its gravity-defying members cannot get out of.

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    Body In Res Tentatively Identified As Franco Garcia

    The body found in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday morning has been tentatively identified by state police as that of Franco Garcia, WCAS ’12, who went missing on Feb. 22 after a night out with friends at Mary Ann’s in Cleveland Circle. Initial observations indicate that the body is Garcia’s, but an autopsy is necessary for confirmation.

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    Namib Beetle Design Wins BCVC Pitch Competition

    Namib Beetle Design, a startup company dedicated to finding a way to collect water sustainably, won the Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) last night. The startup received $10,000 to invest in their business.

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    Reddit Cofounder Warns Of SOPA Legislation

    There are few people in the world with the ability to give a presentation covering topics ranging from a humpback whale in the South Pacific Ocean named Mr. Splashy Pants to congressional hearings on Internet piracy, but Alexis Ohanian is one of them. Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit and noted Internet activist, visited the Heights Tuesday night for a presentation sponsored by UGBC and Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC).

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    Juniors Visit JFK Presidential Library

    Last night, buses left from Conte Forum at 5:30 p.m. to transport 375 BC students, faculty, and administrators to the JFK Museum and Library in Boston to celebrate the Sesquicentennial Junior Class. Upon arrival, students were encouraged to walk through the museum and enjoy artful, historical displays. After moseying through the museum, students were excited to enjoy a gourmet four-course meal, while listening to speakers, featuring Rev. Michael Himes.

  • Jumpstart Not Just For LSOE Students

    Wide Variety Of Boston College Students Volunteer At Local Low-Income Preschools

    For the 50 volunteers, work-study students, and PULSE program students who serve as corps members for the Boston College chapter of Jumpstart, there is no better job or volunteer placement than at one of the three preschools served by the program. Jumpstart, a national early education nonprofit, pairs college students and other community members with preschool students in low-income areas.

  • Pratt Discusses Group Management

    On Tuesday, Michael G. Pratt, the man CSOM Dean Andy Boynton called the “single most productive faculty member in the Carroll School,” delivered the first inaugural O’Connor Chair address titled “Peace without Quiet: How Groups that Hate Each Other Can Work Together.”

     

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    BREAKING: Body Found In Reservoir Tentatively Identified As Franco Garcia

    The body found in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir shortly before 8 a.m. this morning has been tentatively identified by state police as that of Franco Garcia, WCAS '12, who went missing on Feb. 22 after a night out with friends at Mary Ann's in Cleveland Circle.

  • BREAKING: Body Found In Chestnut Hill Reservoir

    Early this morning, a man walking his dog reported a body floating in the Chestnut Hill reservoir. The body has not yet been identified, and it is not known whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

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  • Students Rally For Trayvon Martin

    For one, Trayvon Martin’s tragic story hit too close to home. For another, social activism has always been a part of life. But for all of the participants in Tuesday’s rally to raise awareness for Martin’s case, justice was the end goal.

  • Undergrads Present Research At BC Talks

    Boston College students discussed everything from brain function to the way businesses should operate at the second BC Talks on Tuesday night. The undergraduate lecture series gives students a chance to share their research and interests in 15-minute lectures, similar to the popular TED Talks.

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    Making A Splash

    High Schoolers Flood BC For A Variety Of Student-Taught Classes

    Boston College was inundated with over 650 high school students this Sunday for the fourth installation of BC Splash. Running from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the program brought together high school students with BC undergrads for a day of unorthodox classes. With a large diversity of topics, the classes explored academic interests that do not always come up in traditional classes and gave BC undergrads an opportunity to teach others about their passions.

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    GLC Hosts Candyland-Themed Annual Gala

    Stowell, McDargh Speak On Issues Of GLBTQ Rights

    Saturday evening, the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) hosted its fourth annual Gala at the Back Bay Event Center.

  • Rui Receives Romero Award

    Junior Pre-Medicine Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

    Rui Soares, A&S ’13, received the Archbishop Oscar A. Romero scholarship on Saturday evening in the Yawkey Athletics Center for his outstanding efforts in leadership and academia, as well as his contributions to the Latino community. The scholarship, which is awarded to the student who best follows the example set by Romero, celebrated a landmark 20th birthday, and the ceremony honored the legacy of both the students who created it and its namesake.

  • BCPD Plans To Focus On Bike Safety In April

    Boston College students can expect to receive a large number of citations from the BCPD during the month of April, but for once they will have no reason to be upset about them. The BCPD and BC Bookstore are partnering up to make April Boston College Bike Safety Month and are launching a program to educate the community on bike safety issues, which will include the dissemination of “citation” coupons that offer students 20 percent off on the bookstore’s new line of bike safety equipment.

  • Class Creates Campaign For Honda

    Students in professor Maria Sannella’s Marketing Principles class are gearing up for the final stages of their 2012 Honda Civic Coupe Marketing Campaign. Honda and EdVenture created the competition in hopes of giving students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the marketing industry.

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    University Releases Sesquicentennial Celebration Schedule For 2012-2013

    Anniversary Will Kick Off With Mass At Fenway Park

    As the University enters its 150th year of existence, numerous plans have been made to celebrate the history and success of Boston College. The University has recently released details of events that will occur throughout the next three semesters in celebration of BC’s sesquicentennial.

  • Spring Concert Will Feature Co-Headliners Nelly And Third Eye Blind

    After the usual weeks of rumor and speculation, UGBC has announced that Third Eye Blind and Nelly will perform at the annual spring concert on April 20 at 5 p.m. in Conte Forum. Despite concerns over potential cancellations due to a high number of transports at recent concerts, UGBC was given a green light by the administration in February to bring a concert to campus. Tickets will be sold for $30, starting on April 3 at 8 a.m. online.

  • Corbet Preaches 'Investing In Other Women'

    Brigid Wright

    On Mar. 27, the Council for Women of Boston College, along with Boston College Smart Women Securities (SWS), co-sponsored a lecture by Kathleen A. Corbet, BC ’82. The talk, titled “The Unconventional Path to Achieving Financial Health and Empowerment,” discussed Corbet’s journey in the business world. Corbet emphasized her “path less traveled” as she explained her transition from a 25-year career in finance, to non-profit work, entrepreneurship, and more.

  • Panel Explores Future of NASA

    Kevin Cannon

    On Tuesday evening in Cushing Hall, Boston College hosted several presentations and a panel discussion debating the future of space travel. The speakers included Jim Schier, NASA’s chief architect for space communications and navigation, NASA’s Brent Sherwood, and BC professors Dominic Papineau and Charles Carrano.

  • Leahy Sends Letter To The Community

    Reflects On Growth And Development

    University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. sent a letter to the Boston College community yesterday that provided updates on the current state of the University and highlighted recent achievements relating to academics, finances, and the improvement of campus facilities.

  • Column: North Koreans Lose Again

    Yesterday, President Obama returned from a three-day trip to Seoul in which he met with leaders from South Korea, China, and Russia to discuss nuclear security and proliferation.

     

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    ALC Elects New Leadership

    Devika Patel and Jorge Miranda, both A&S ’13, will serve as president and vice president, respectively, of the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) for the 2012-2013 academic year. The two will replace current ALC president Gururaj Shan and current ALC vice president Alicia Martinez, both A&S ’12.

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    Seniors Fill Club Royale

    Annual 100 Days Dance A Success Despite Delayed Schedule

    Originally built in 1918 as an opera house, Club Royale hosted Boston College’s 100 Days Dance this past Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Open only to seniors, attendees spent the three hours dancing to Top 40 remixes and buying drinks at one of the club’s many bars.

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    O’Connell House Transformed Into Gotham And Metropolis

    The O’Connell House played host to the Joker, Superman, Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many other superheroes Thursday night for the annual Middlemarch Dance.  Over 100 students attended the dance in full costume, according to Denny Carr, late night graduate programming assistant for the Student Programs Office (SPO) and LGSOE ’13.

  • Case Of Slain Jesuits Gets A Second Chance

    One November night in 1989 in El Salvador, six Jesuit priests who were living at the University of Central America were woken up, taken outside, and shot. The killers, all part of the Salvadoran army, were unwilling to risk leaving any witnesses behind and also killed the Jesuits’ housekeeper and her daughter. Now, over 20 years later, these men and women may finally get the justice they deserve through the efforts of the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA).

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    BC Alumna Trespicio Encourages A More Realistic Approach To Health

    “Stop apologizing for every decision you make in your life,” Terri Trespicio said to a room full of women in the Murray Function Room on Thursday night. The Council for Women of Boston College welcomed Trespicio, who is widely known in her field of healthy living. She is a writer, broadcaster, healthy living expert, regular contributor to local and national media, a former senior editor at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, and creator of bestdecisionallday.com.

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  • Familiar Plot Of 'Hunger Games' Still Satiates Readers

    “Trickster stories tell us about the human mind,” said Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at Harvard University. “The stories themselves look to predator-prey relationships to understand cunning.”

     

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    Stokes Still On Schedule

    The inside of Stokes Hall is beginning to take shape and the project remains on schedule, according to Project Manager Ed Stokes. Construction will be completed in October, the building will be ready for occupants in December, and it will open for classes at the beginning of the spring semester in January 2013.

  • CSOM Earns Top-10 Ranking In The US

    ‘Bloomberg Businessweek’ Moves The Carroll School Up 6 Spots This Year

    Just weeks after the announcement of Boston College’s first top-10 graduate school, the Graduate School of Social Work, a second BC school made a similar list.

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    'Apprentice' Winner Speaks About His Success

    Rancic’s Lecture Gives Students A Unique Perspective On Their Time In College

    "It’s okay to fall down, it’s okay to make mistakes, but when I was growing up, it was never okay not to try,” Bill Rancic said to a full house in the Murray Function Room.

  • Biometrics Program Helps Students Evaluate Their Health

    On Mar. 19, 2012, the second of a series of four biometrics programs was held in the Heights Room from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. These events, called “Know Your Numbers,” offer the opportunity for employees and students of Boston College to learn their cholesterol and blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and body mass index in order to make choices to remain or become healthy.

     

  • Brandeis Prof Talks On Obama

    “Why are so many bills, having been passed by a supportive Congress and an initially popular President, facing so much trouble with implementation?” Morton Keller, Spector Professor of History Emeritus at Brandeis University, expounded upon the experience of Obama in the first three years of his presidency at a talk this Wednesday that answered such questions.

     

  • BC Named To President's Service Honor Roll

    On Mar. 10, Boston College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for outstanding work in serving others. The honor roll serves as an acknowledgment of colleges and universities that emphasize service in their curriculum, and those that contribute positively to the surrounding communities.

     

  • Becoming Men And Women For The Environment

    This week, Boston College’s campus featured UGBC’s third annual “Green Week.” The week, dedicated to sustainability and social justice, featured events every day highlighting different ways to get involved with being “green” on campus.

  • University Mourns The Loss Of Fulbright Scholar

    Kelly Dalla Tezza, BC '11, Killed In Tragic Car Accident

    Kelly Dalla Tezza, BC ’11, died Friday in a tragic car accident while working in Morocco on a Fulbright scholarship.

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    GSSW Earns Top-10 Rank Among National Peers

    A year after celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) has reached another milestone. It is the first of Boston College’s graduate schools to be ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report. After coming to BC in 2001, Alberto Godenzi, dean of the GSSW, made a top-10 ranking the school’s 10-year goal in 2004.

  • Five Teams Remain In BCVC Competition

    Students participating in the annual Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) have been refining their startups since first submitting their business models in October.

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    Conference Discusses Islam's Role In Democracy

    Boston College hosted an all-day conference to take a close look at the role Turkey and Islam play in democracy. The conference, called “Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model,” consisted of three panel discussions and a keynote address by Scott Alexander, the director of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
     

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  • tuition 3/15

    Tuition Up 3.6 Percent

    The Boston College Board of Trustees has approved the budget for the 2012-2013 academic year, including a 3.6 percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board. The increase brings the tuition total to $43,140.

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    Ex-Con Turned Public Speaker Offers Guidance

    Organizers of the Chambers Lecture Series chose what may seem to many like a rather unusual speaker for their twelfth lecture of the year: Patrick Kuhse, a former financial planner turned convict turned public speaker.

  • Franco Garcia Still Missing

    After More Than Three Weeks Of Searching, No Clues Have Been Found Regarding Whereabouts

    Franco Garcia, WCAS ’12, is still missing, more than three weeks since he disappeared after a night out with friends.

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    The Search Continues

    More than a week after the disappearance of Franco Garcia, police officers continue to search throughout the Boston College area for any clues about his location. Since his disappearance last Tuesday, the BC community and four separate police departments have searched tirelessly for any sign of the Woods School senior. No evidence relating to his disappearance has been found, police say.

  • Eagle EMS Member Revives Local Man After Heart Attack

    Not all Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can say they registered a "save" in the first year of their certification. Nick Cochran-Caggiano, Eagle EMS EMT and A&S '14, is one of the few who can.

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    Sox Executive Explores Leadership

    On Tuesday afternoon, The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics hosted Sam Kennedy, president of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), for "Lunch with a Leader."

  • Global Zero Continues To Grow In Its First Semester

    Global Zero of Boston College (GZBC) has made significant strides in its first semester at BC and is on track to continue its mission to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. Though the main goal of Global Zero chapters such as the one at BC is to raise awareness and collect signatures on petitions to end proliferation, GZBC is also working on expanding Global Zero in New England.

     

  • faith 3/1

    Panelists Discuss Women And Their Search For Religion

    On Feb. 27, Salt & Light hosted a panel discussion co-sponsored by The Women's Resource Center, the St. Thomas More Society, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and Cura. The second of a series of talks, the panel discussed the meaning of being a woman of faith, furthering the recent discussions regarding sexist attitudes, particularly around sexuality, on BC's campus.

  • Student Still Missing Since Last Tuesday

    Franco Garcia, WCAS '12, has been missing since Tuesday night and was seen last at Mary Ann's bar in Cleveland Circle. Garcia's absence was reported to the police Thursday afternoon after he missed work and class on Wednesday, and neither friends nor family have seen or heard from him since late Tuesday night.

    Garcia was last seen wearing a white and blue button down shirt, jeans, and glasses. Police reports list his appearance as 5-foot-9, 200 pounds.

  • Eagles Abroad Feel No Effect From Project

    Legal Case Fails To Gain Attention Overseas

    Boston College students studying abroad in Ireland and the United Kingdom were alerted last month by the administration to the subpoenas of the Belfast Project, an oral history project undertaken by the University in the early 2000s that has ignited much discussion both abroad and in the United States.  Students abroad have stated that they have not felt in danger since arriving in Ireland, and many were unaware of the legal case until receiving the letter.

  • GLC Calls For Recognition

    'To New Heights' States GLC's Goals

    In this year's UGBC presidential election cycle, both of the final teams met with the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) and talked about their goals for the upcoming year. Since the UGBC's constitution was amended to include the GLC as an integral part, there has been an increased focus on the GLC's document, "To New Heights," which outlines their goals for Boston College over the next ten years.

  • UGBC Gets Green Light For Concert From Administration

    UGBC has announced that they have been given the go-ahead by the administration to have a concert this spring. This approval comes with a contingency clause, however, as administrators have said that future concerts are dependent on student behavior this spring.

  • Rare Occassion Brings New Questions: Should Two UGBC Candidacies Be Allowed?

    Current UGBC Senate vice president and UGBC presidential candidate Vanessa Gomez, A&S '13, was also on the ballot in hopes of being a UGBC senator for the class of 2013 next year. Though she lost the election for president, Vanessa won a senate seat for the class of 2013.

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    Campus Parking Dilemmas And Prices Explained By Administration

    If you ask students, many of them will tell you that one of their least favorite aspects of Boston College is the lack of undergraduate student parking.

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    Series Offers BC Students A Look At The 'Real World'

    The UGBC Student Information and University Affairs committee filled Gasson 100 on Wednesday night with their first of several "Real World: Boston College" events.

  • Walk For Water Publicizes Shortages

    Every morning until Mar. 2, two groups of students will meet and walk between one and a half to two miles for the movement known as "Walk for Water." These morning walks mimic the distance many people in developing countries have to walk to reach sources of fresh water, and raise both money and awareness for the Batey Los Robles School in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Column: GOP Provides The Laughs

    This year's Republican primary season has been spectacular. Everything about it makes it entertaining – the quickly shifting political winds, the struggle to overthrow Romney, and Herman Cain. But among all the reasons to pay attention, my favorite is that the candidates just love to say really stupid things.

     

  • Wall Brings Years Of Experience, Positive Attitude To BC Libraries

    Thomas Wall, the University Librarian of Boston College, has never been afraid of an adventure. Since his four years as an undergraduate at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, Wall has traveled the country as a student, teacher, and librarian. His office walls are decorated with an eclectic collection of posters, pictures, and paraphernalia that capture his many adventures. A classic Steelers end zone picture hangs next to an iconic Lonesome Dove movie poster. A John Deere hat sits beside a large stack of classical texts. A family photo sits next to university degrees. Wall's adventures as a student and librarian have brought experience, knowledge, and great passion to the BC campus.

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    Rev. Michael Himes Gives Lecture On Sacraments

    Popular Lecturer Brings Crowds To Gasson 100

    "Why does the universe exist? In short, because God loves it," said Rev. Michael Himes on Thursday, Feb. 15 in Gasson 100. The Irish Room was standing room only, as students, faculty, and many guests were drawn in to hear Himes speak about why Catholics are sacramental people.

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  • BC Teams Up With SALT Financial Program

    On Thursday, Boston College announced its new partnership with the SALT program in an effort to help students and alums better manage their finances.

  • Bus2Alps makes Europe accessible

    Begun in 2003, the Bus2Alps program has absolutely exploded. A Tour Operating company, Bus2Alps organizes and operates tours for students studying abroad, whether it is for a weekend, a week, or in the case of the summer tours, two weeks.

     

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    Award-Winning Author Discusses Writing, Social Issues

    When New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani considers an author's writing as "Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West," one can bet he has some interesting things to say. Boston College got an ear-full of this wicked literary fusion with the visit of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz yesterday in the Murray Function Room of Yawkey Center. Brought to BC by the Lowell Humanities Series and Fiction Days,  Diaz discussed his two books and read unpublished drafts of his latest works.

  • Middlemarch Will Have Superhero Theme This Year

    The theme for the 38th annual Middlemarch dance was announced last night at 10 p.m. in Conte Forum.

    The announcement video showed three O'Connell House managers arguing over the theme, each insisting that Jersey Shore, sports, or PBS was the best idea for a theme before announcing that Middlemarch would be cancelled this year.

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    Researchers Weigh In On Belfast Project Legal Drama

    The Belfast Project started as an historical effort by Boston College intended to preserve the experiences of men and women on the ground during “the Troubles,” a period of violence and political turmoil in Northern Ireland that lasted from the 1960s to 1998. Over the past nine months, the project has developed into far more—an international legal episode with high tensions and even higher potential consequences.

  • Senate And SOFC Discuss Reorganization of RSO Financing

    The UGBC Senate and Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC) held a joint meeting on Monday night to discuss how to better fund student organizations on campus, in order to ensure that each club gets as much money for its programs as possible. While no conclusive solution was reached, both groups agreed that communication between the Senate and SOFC could be improved.

     

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  • News Tab 2/13

    Osnato-Taziva, Gomez-Wanandi Advance To Final

    Five Remaining Teams Cut To Two In Primary

    The results of the UGBC presidential primary have been released, cutting the five remaining teams down to two. Chris Osnato and Kudzai Taziva, both A&S '13, won the primary with 38 percent of the student vote. Vanessa Gomez and Jen Wanandi, both A&S '13, will also advance to the final round of voting with 30 percent of the votes.

  • MLK 2/13/12

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Awarded

    On Friday, Feb. 10, Boston College held its annual presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship in Robsham Theater. Sandra Dickson, CSON '13, was this year's winner.

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    ‘Monologues’ Focus On Issues Of Sexual Health

    This weekend marked the ninth performance of the controversial Vagina Monologues on Boston College's campus. The show, written in 1996 by Eve Ensler after she interviewed 200 women of all ages and countries, explores topics such as sexual awakening, profanity, rape, and self-image. Each year, a spotlight monologue is added to highlight a current issue. This year's spotlight discussed the dangers Haitian women still face as a result of last year's earthquake.

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    Lecture Outlines Religion’s Role In Military

    Devlin 101 was filled with students and guests Thursday, Feb. 9 to listen to Rev. Richard Erikson and Jonathan Ebel discuss the importance of religion in the military. Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and the American Public Life, the event sought to provide a deeper understanding of the multifaceted role that religion plays in the lives of United States servicemen.

  • Column: Real Issues Need To Be Discussed

    UGBC primary elections are in the books. Two teams handily walloped the other three camps. The UGBC "insiders" who campaigned in the traditional manner will have one more week to convince the student body that they are the best women or men for the job.

  • Candidates For UGBC Office Face Off At Presidential Debate

    Candidates for UGBC president and vice president met on the eve of primary voting last night in Hillside for a debate sponsored by the Elections Council. The five remaining candidate teams, Vanessa Gomez and Jennifer Wanandi, both A&S '13; Chris Osnato and Kudzai Taziva, both A&S '13; Michael Salerni and Benjamin Donovan, both A&S '13; Conor Sullivan, LSOE '13, and Daniel Tonkovich, CSOM '13; and Robert Veiga and Jeff Colonnese, both CSOM '13, answered questions posed by ALC, GLC, the Elections Council, and The Heights.

  • WRC Sponsors Petition

    Barstool Blackout Event Provokes Center To Solicit Support For Victims Of Sexual Assault

    A perfect storm has arisen this March at Boston College due to the scheduling of two separate events—Take Back the Night and the Barstool Blackout Tour at the House of Blues, both of which will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 28.

  • BC Director Hopes To Legitimize Social Work In Afghanistan

    Eileen Ihrig, director of international programs at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), is the co-principal investigator for a project that aims to establish social work as a recognized profession in Afghanistan. Ihrig and BC have partnered with Hunter College School of Social Work in New York and the Afghan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled. With funding from UNICEF, the collaboration intends to establish occupational standards and curricula at undergraduate and graduate levels for social work in Afghanistan.

  • Zaarly And LeapTask Here To Help

    Two new opportunities for Boston College students to get the things they need quickly, and maybe make some extra money, have been introduced to campus.     

  • Column: Court Rules In The Right Direction

    Hooray justice!

    On Tuesday afternoon the 9th Circuit Court struck down California's Proposition 8, declaring it unconstitutional and dealing a heavy blow to all those who frown upon the idea of same sex couples being granted the right to marry.

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    ALC Ball Draws 800, Event A Success, Organizers Say

    Students Attend Dance At The Weston Hotel

    On Saturday evening, approximately 800 students gathered at the Copley Weston Hotel for the 16th Annual AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) Ball. Food from several different cultures represented in the acronym was served, and students danced the night away to the bumping beats of a local DJ.

  • Column: Hop Off Of Your Barstool

    No one has ever accused me of being a feminist, but it is certainly a label I would welcome. A feminist is simply someone who wants equality, nothing more and nothing less. There is a certain negative connotation attached to "feminist," and most definitely a slew of derogatory terms for women and men who demand equal protection and treatment for all people.

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  • Charity: Water Kickoff Event To Raise Awareness For Global Water Shortages

    BC's Chapter Of National Organization Will Host First Event This Wednesday

    The non-profit organization charity: water was founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. This year marks the launch of Boston College's own charity: water branch.

  • Campus School 2/6/12

    Campus School Seeks To Become Bigger Part Of BC Life

    Despite its status as the smallest academic building on campus, the most learning happens within Campion Hall. Campion serves as home to the Campus School, a school for students ages three to 21 with special needs. The school operates outside of the Boston College administration, but it offers opportunities for BC students to honor the Jesuit motto of men and women for others through working with the students of the Campus School.

  • Campaigning Begins, Teams Release Plans

    Candidates for UGBC president and vice president began campaigning in earnest yesterday, releasing their platform information and recruiting supporters in their quest to lead the Boston College undergraduate body. Campaign t-shirts of various colors filled classrooms and the Quad, and hand shaking and door holding will undoubtedly continue throughout the month.

  • Initiative Shot Down By Senate

    Campus Will Not Become Smoke Free

    College campuses are one of the last safe havens for smokers in an increasingly smoke-free world. Boston College will remain smoker-friendly for the foreseeable future, as the UGBC Senate recently chose to shoot down a campus-wide smoking ban initiative.

  • First Generationers Seek Support

    This past week, members of Class Action, a nonprofit organization seeking to address issues of class discrimination, held an informal meeting on campus in hopes of creating a support group for first generation college students. In coordination with several graduate students in the sociology department, Class Action is hoping to connect with the undergraduate population more often during this upcoming semester.

  • Capstone Seminar Helps Seniors Navigate Life After BC

    As seniors begin to live out the final chapters of their Boston College experience, they inevitably realize that, before long, a wider world awaits them—one filled with new challenges to overcome, opportunities to seize, and decisions to make. To help students navigate life after commencement, BC offers a Capstone Seminar for seniors that aims to have them reflect on the education they received, as well as preview the long road ahead. As the Capstone program ultimately tries to impart a lasting impression on seniors the importance of always being men and women for others, the Social Innovation Symposium, held last night  in the Heights Room, endeavored to encourage those participating in future Capstone Seminars to further incorporate social innovation and social responsibility into their future career plans.

  • Welfare Programs Not Overfunded

    During the past year, Congress has repeatedly attempted to work out a plan to reduce or eliminate the massive federal budget deficit. Consequently, many have called for the downsizing of government programs, especially those deemed to be unnecessary or overfunded. Among such programs are those that provide financial aid to the poor.

  • UGBC Candidates Announced

    Six Teams Will Run For President And VP

    Six pairs of Boston College undergraduates have entered their names in hopes of becoming UGBC president and vice president for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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    SOFC Works To Increase Budget Transparency

    Anyone could tell you money doesn't grow on trees, but a member of the Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC) might wish they had a green thumb. The SOFC manages the money received from the student activity fee and allocates the funds to student organizations to cover their costs. The SOFC does not, however, allocate funds for every request from student organizations, and the leaders of these groups are left wondering why. In an effort to answer students' questions, specifically those involved in student organizations, the SOFC continues its campaign to increase transparency and build relations within the community.

  • Policy Results May Cost Readers

    In 2008, the National Institute of Health (NIH) made a revolutionary move with the NIH Public Access Policy, which allows the general public to view the results of scientific research funded through tax dollars. This policy, according to the NIH, was enacted to "help advance science and improve human health." Throughout the world, doctors and scientists use the research published online to prevent the spread of disease and to make advancements in scientific research.

  • Every Bite Counts Prevents Waste On Campus

    Sometimes the simplest ideas are those that have the greatest impact. Two years ago, then-sophomores Ashley Thibodeau, CSON '12; Riley Collins, A&S '12; Emmie Monsein, CSOM '12; and Stephany Shelton, A&S '12, observed an obvious problem: all of the extra food thrown away each night in the Boston College dining halls. In response, they founded Every Bite Counts, an organization that saves this food and donates it to local charities every weeknight.

  • BCTV Brings Campus News To Eagles Around The World

    One Year In, The Student TV Station Continues To Grow

    This Valentine's Day marks the one-year anniversary of Boston College Television (BCTV). The television station launched last February and has since made big strides in the BC entertainment industry. BCTV can be found on Channel 50 throughout the day as well as 24/7 on bostoncollegetv.com. The network hosts five main shows: news, entertainment, sports, comedy, and campus clips. Katie Tusch, producer of BCTV and A&S '13, has big hopes for the shows.

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    BCPD Works To Build Trust With The Community

    Law enforcement officers are rarely a college student's favorite people. But Jeffrey Postell, BCPD Sergeant-Community Policing, Community Relations and Crime Prevention, is working hard with the department to change that negative perception and strengthen trust between students and BCPD officers.

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  • BC Reminds Faculty To Report Crimes

    Clery Act Encourages Full Faculty Disclosure

    Last week, Joseph Herlihy, general counsel at Boston College, released a memo to advise and remind faculty and staff of the importance of reporting crimes that they are aware of on campus.

  • MLK Memorial Focuses On Responsibilities Of Future Leaders

    Students, faculty, and other members of the Boston College community, as well as parishoners from local churches, gathered on Monday night to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in a memorial gathering that featured speeches by Rev. Michael Davidson, S.J., Rev. Paul Roberson Ford, and Rev. Anthony Penna, as well as musical performances by The United Voices of Freedom in a joint effort with The Voices of Imani, Against the Current, and the Liturgy Arts Group. Ford's speech after the recitation of King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," brought the audience to its feet in celebration of King's memory.

  • Column: GOP Remains Divided

    Three states. Three Republican primaries. Three different winners. Lord help us.

  • Three Members Of Theology Dept. Featured In Moral Theology Journal

    Professors Contribute Articles About Moral Theologians Of The 20th Century

    In a hat trick of sorts for the Boston College Theology department, three of its educators published work in the inaugural issue of The Journal of Moral Theology.   

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    Admitted Eagle Day Brings 2,000, New Program A Success

    Student Volunteers Help Show Prospective Students BC Through Tours And Info Panels

    More than 2,000 prospective Eagles flocked to Chestnut Hill on Sunday for the first of five Admitted Eagle Days that will occur throughout the coming months. Visitors toured the campus, attended information sessions, and learned about student life from a variety of student and faculty volunteers.

  • Winston Center For Leadership And Ethics Looks To The Future

    Generous And Involved Benefactors Help BC Students Interact With Global Business Leaders

    Officially launched May 4, 2006, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics has seen great success in its nearly five-and-a-half years of existence. Having already impacted around 10,000 Boston College students and faculty, the Center looks to expand its efforts as it moves forward.

  • Tutoring Service Preps High Schoolers For SAT

    The magnanimous spirit at Boston College is contagious. "Let's Get Ready," especially, stands out as an extremely far-reaching organization. Let's Get Ready is a nonprofit organization that provides free SAT preparation and college application assistance to underprivileged high school students.

  • Weerapana Recognized For Research

    Assistant Prof Uses Interdisciplinary Approach In Work

    Eranthie Weerapana, assistant professor in the Boston College chemistry department, has recently won two awards for her research in cancer and aging.

    The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded Weerapana a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. This honor is only available to biomedical researchers nominated by their institution who are within the first two years of their first research appointment in the state of Massachusetts, or at Brown or Yale Universities. Winners like Weerapana receive $300,000 if selected.

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    BC Grad Compares Locke To Muslim Liberalism

    Few people would ever think to compare the philosophy of Muslim liberalism to that of Enlightenment thinker John Locke. Joy Samad, who received his doctorate from Boston College in 2006, is one of these few.

    He explained the connection at a lecture last Thursday in McGuinn 121 titled "John Locke and Muslim Liberalism," in which he read an abridged version of his paper of the same name. The paper was published in the  Journal of Church and State last summer.

  • BC Ordered To Hand Over Belfast Tapes, Will Not Appeal Ruling

    Judge William G. Young Will Review 24 Subpoenaed Belfast Project Interviews

    In the most recent development regarding the Belfast Project, an oral history project held by the Burns Library chronicling a period known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland that lasted from 1969 to 1998, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, Dec. 27 that Boston College must turn over tapes relevant to the investigation of the disappearance of Jean McConville, who was killed by the IRA in 1972. BC will not appeal the ruling, according to University Spokesman Jack Dunn.

  • Early Action Applicants Up By 6 Percent

    The number of early action applicants this year increased by six percent over last year, despite some changes in other universities' policies that might have indicated it would decrease.

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    Arrupe Sends Students To 9 Communities

    While the majority of Boston College students were enjoying their last days of winter break from the comfort of their homes, Arrupe International Immersion Program participants were living in the midst of abject poverty in nine different communities across Latin America.

  • Undergraduates Given Unique Opportunities After Law Class

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of a unique  class offered at Boston College, "Environmental Law and Policy." This class does not fit the mold of a typical college class. It offers  a unique class setting and subsequent opportunities to continue the exploration of law electives without the attachment of a law major or pre-law label.

  • Romney Now Lacks Opposition

    And so it continues.

    On Monday, Jon Huntsman became the third major Republican nominee hopeful to drop his bid to compete against President Barack Obama this November, following suit behind the likes of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, both of whom called it quits in the past month and a half. Unfortunately for Republicans, however, this doesn't just mark the weeding out of another pitifully unqualified candidate—it marks the withdrawal of the last, and perhaps only, sane and sensible runner in this mad race.

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  • BC Trustee Named In SEC Lawsuit Against Former Mortgage Giant Execs

    Boston College Trustee and Adjunct Professor Richard Syron, BC '66, was recently named in a lawsuit made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accusing Syron, former CEO of the government sponsored mortgage giant Freddie Mac, of misleading investors and ultimately contributing to the 2008 financial crisis. The lawsuits made Friday implicate both Syron and Daniel H. Mudd, former CEO of Freddie Mac's sister company, Fannie Mae.

  • BC Junior Reaches Out To Crash Victims

    On Sept. 7, 2011, a tragic plane crash took the lives of 44 people, including 28 players, two coaches, and seven staff members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl professional hockey team of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). This tragedy has affected lives across the globe—the crash left Lokomotiv Hockey families from 10 different nations without brothers, sons and fathers. Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, called the crash the "darkest day in the history of the sport."

  • BCSSH and BCSDH Exchange Words Outside McElroy

    This past Friday, Dec. 2, a relatively new student group calling themselves the Boston College Students for Dental Health (BCSDH) distributed individually wrapped flossing packets to students on the sidewalk between Upper Campus and McElroy.

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  • ALC Dept. Promotes Continuity

    A new department created by the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) will help the organization achieve continuity in its future endeavors, the council's leadership says.

  • New Website Provides Alternative To Blackboard For Online Classwork

    Students and professors frustrated with the Blackboard learning management system will be relieved to find out that they now have another option when it comes to posting and viewing readings, syllabi, and grades for classes: Coursekit, a program created by students and launched last Wednesday.

  • WRC Finally Able To Expand Its Horizon

    The Horizon group, sponsored by the Women's Resource Center (WRC), has begun to carve its place at Boston College.

    Founded last semester, the group sought to "provide a space for gay, bisexual, or questioning men to discuss and seek support in a safe and encouraging environment," according to Katie Dalton, director of the WRC.

  • Moglo Applications Founders Ready To Launch New App

    This week, John Bacon and Matt Ricketson, both A&S '12, are preparing to release their newly designed smartphone app known as Aniphon. The app, short for "Animals on your Phone," is a game designed for smartphones, inspired by gaming systems.

  • Hoops For Hope Raises Money For Jimmy V

    Seventh Annual 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament Earns Over $10,000 For Cancer

    On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Boston College Hoops for Hope Committee hosted its annual basketball tournament at the Plex. The proceeds of the event went to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

  • ‘Times’ Columnist Speaks On Election

    This past Thursday, Dec. 1, the Boston College College Republicans welcomed Ross Douthat, the youngest columnist ever hired by The New York Times, to give a presentation on the upcoming 2012 election and its implication regarding American government up until 2050.

  • Gabriel Provides Insight On 2012 GOP

    In His Be Current Lecture, ‘Times’ Columnist Compares Election Campaigns To Match.com

    On Thursday, Dec. 1, New York Times journalist Trip Gabriel spoke to Boston College students in a lecture sponsored by the Quality of Student Life Committee (QSLC), with hopes to further educate students on the popular issues of the Republican campaign for this coming election.

  • The Iraq Disaster

    The end of December will be here soon, and I think we all know what that means: all but a handful of the remaining U.S. troops in Iraq will be home within a matter of weeks. No doubt, many will feel that this is a closing chapter in American history, and that soon the nation will be able move on from the shameful debacle that was the 2003 invasion. Iraq will forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.

  • CEO Of BNY Mellon Addresses Financial Job Market

    Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, a custodian bank, will continue to be a large employer of those in Boston's financial sector in coming years, despite turbulence in the markets that the company's CEO attributes to overactive rumor mills and excessive regulations.

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    Coming Together in Thanks

    Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration Unites Denominations

    The harmonizing tunes of organs and violins filled the Heights Room last Thursday afternoon during the annual Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration. The event, "a joyful celebration of our diverse roots and shared values," hosted guest speakers and musicians, all of different religious backgrounds.  

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    BC Welcomes ‘The Onion’ Head Writer

    Boston College welcomed Seth Reiss, the head writer for The Onion to speak about the satirical newspaper last Thursday.

  • Habitat for Humanity Establishes Chapter on Campus

    Boston College's Habitat for Humanity chapter, which is new to campus this year and welcoming new members, is dedicated to building homes for families in Boston and has no application to become involved.

  • Quad To Undergo Renovations Over Summer

    According to the Boston College Chronicle, the Academic Quad—located in the center of Devlin, Fulton, Lyons and Gasson Halls—will undergo landscaping changes this summer. The renovation will begin the day after Commencement, May 21, and is scheduled to finish before classes resume in the fall.

  • Focus Groups Explore BC’s Diversity

    During the last academic year, the Office of AHANA Student Programs (OASP) and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs conducted a climate survey about diversity on campus. This past spring, smaller focus groups were convened in order to gather more information about questions that sprang up as a result of the original survey and could not be answered with any preexisting institutional data.

  • BC Social To Open As Media Hub

    Webpage Will Coalesce Boston College’s Best

    In an effort to bring better cohesion to the social media offerings at Boston College, the Office of News & Public Affairs is working with BC Information Technology’s Web Group to launch a fully integrated social media convergence site called BC Social.

  • BC Community Supports Bombing Victims, Alums

    In the wake of tragedy, members of the Boston College community have joined together to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
    Most recently, BC alumni, friends, and even complete strangers have reached out to Patrick Downes, BC ’05, and his wife Jessica Kensky, who were both seriously injured by the bombings. A fundraising effort via GiveForward.org was launched within days of the Boston Marathon to help pay for the couple’s medical bills and rehabilitation costs. The fundraiser has since raised over $735,000. Friends, family, and supporters of the fundraiser have left notes of encouragement and good wishes for the couple, including video tributes from as far away as Istanbul.

  • Alonsozana And Pan Win Aquino Scholarships

    Alonsozana And Pan Win Aquino Scholarships

    On Tuesday, the Asian Caucus awarded Matt Alonzosana and Lucilla Pan, both A&S ’14, with its Corazon and Benigno Aquino scholarship—an honor recognizing Boston College juniors with exceptional achievement in academics and community service to the Asian American community. The two were chosen from a pool of 39 applicants, and were among five finalists recognized at an honorary banquet held for the Aquino scholars.
     

  • Alumna Raises Awareness For Education Through Ultramarathon

    Liz Byron, BC ’06, spoke at Boston College on Tuesday about her recent experience running the Marathon des Sables, a 147-mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara desert. She ran to raise $50,000 to buy laptops for the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA), a full-service community school in Allston where she is a special education teacher.
     

  • 'Last Five' Speech: We Decide

    We are Bostonians. Today, we are united. Every day from this point on, we will stand as one nation, one city and one people together for a common purpose – to be the most selfless, kindest, and bravest selves that we can be. Over the past few weeks, I, along with many others, have been struck with such raw emotions of immense grief, anger, confusion, and numbness. These emotions we feel do not represent weakness. But instead, they show a pride for our school. They show a deep love for our city and they show a true respect for a tradition that will forever be the Boston Marathon.

  • Mudstock Registration Changes Due to Crowd

    This year’s Mudstock, the annual mud volleyball tournament organized by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), will be held on May 2 in the Edmond’s Hall parking lot. A spring tradition, Mudstock has long been popular among the student body.

  • Column: Parting Thoughts

    This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Avenue Q for the second time. My first encounter with the Sesame Street-meets-South Park production was only about nine months ago, but my reaction to the show’s all-too-real themes was much different this time around. I was still laughing, but underneath the laughter was an overwhelming sinking feeling in my stomach.

  • Boston College Undergraduate Awarded Truman Scholarship

    Boston College Undergraduate Awarded Truman Scholarship

    “It was a complete shock,” said Narintohn Luangrath, A&S ’14, of being awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship honoring “college juniors who show leadership potential and have an interest in government or public sector service.” As one of just 62 juniors selected from a field of 629, she had reason to be surprised, if due to the odds alone.

  •  MCF Celebrates Closing Ceremony

    MCF Celebrates Closing Ceremony

    Members of the Multicultural Christian Fellowship presented graduating seniors with awards.

    The Multicultural Christian Fellowship (MCF) celebrated its closing ceremony and awards dinner with an outpouring of love, faith, and togetherness last Friday evening.

  • Merkert Labs To Undergo Summer Construction

    The Merkert Chemistry Labs are undergoing construction this spring in order to update equipment and accommodate the large influx of students enrolled in the program in recent years. Merkert’s labs have not been updated for 20 years, and the new facilities will be more compatible with the instructional style used for these lab classes, according to Lynne O’Connell, professor in the chemistry department and director of the freshman lab courses.

  • Zach Braff to Host The Baldwin Film Awards

    On Saturday, May 4, Zach Braff, star of Garden State and Scrubs, will host The Baldwin Film Awards, presented by the Hollywood Eagles, Nights on the Heights (NOTH), and the Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC). This will be the first Baldwin Awards ceremony in a few years, and its scale is much larger than years past due to the collaboration of several student organizations.

  • Jones Named New VPSA

    Boston College, which has operated without a vice president for student affairs (VPSA) since former VPSA Patrick Rombalski left in November of 2012, announced today that Barbara Jones has been hired to fill that position. Jones will officially begin work at BC on July 1 after she finishes the year at Miami University of Ohio, where she has worked as the vice president of the division of student affairs since 2008.

  • Irish Dance Fundraiser Held for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

    An evening of Irish music and dancing will be held in the Back Bay to benefit the Richard Family Fund, a charity founded to support the Richard family in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Martin Richard, age 8, was the youngest victim of the bombings. His younger sister and mother, Jane and Denise Richard, were severely injured.

  • UGBC Picks New Cabinet Members

    On Tuesday night, the UGBC Senate and Selection Committee met to vote on the nominations for the appointed vice-presidencies. Although nominees for the senior-level UGBC positions have been approved by the Senate in the past, this year saw the creation of a Selection Committee for the approval process.

  • Top-Paid Administrators’ Salaries Released In Report

    Compensation for the highest paid members of the Boston College athletic department rose during the 2011-12 season, according to the University’s Fiscal Year IRS 990, which was released this week. The document accounts for the tax year beginning June 1, 2011, and ending May 31, 2012, and also includes information about the University’s top paid administrators.

  • Professors Reflect On Aftermath Of Boston Bombings

    In the 10 days since the bombings at the Boston Marathon, our city has had time to think, question, and reflect on what transpired in an effort to “make sense of a senseless act,” according to history professor Julian Bourg.
     

  • Burns Applies Expertise To Modern Foreign Policy

    Introduced as “BC’s man in the State Department and in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard,” Nick Burns, BC ’78, Hon ’02, has an extensive list of credentials. Primarily known as a United States ambassador and as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, Burns is also a proud Boston College alumnus. Last Wednesday evening, Burns spoke to an audience of students, faculty, and alumni in an a network event hosted by the BC Undergraduate Hellenic Society.

  • Column: Discarding Dining Dollars

    My roommates and I refer to Boston College dining bucks as Monopoly money. Instead of starting with $1,500 to buy properties and railroads, students receive $2,200 to purchase food, drinks and (for me) an unhealthy amount of F’Real milkshakes. For the first few months of freshman year I assumed that all colleges used this payment plan. However, after visiting my high school friends at other secular, condom-friendly universities, I learned this was not the case.
     

  • BC Ignites Speech: Scott Chamberlain

    The following speech was given by Scott Chamberlain, A&S '15, at BC Ignites on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.  It has been edited for formatting purposes only.

    If I were to tell I was straight, you would not assume anything about my personality. But when I tell you that I’m gay, many of you will make some immediate assumptions about me.

  • BC Ignites Speech: Ben Martin

    The following speech was given by Ben Martin, A&S '13, at BC Ignites on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.  It has been edited for formatting purposes only.

    My name is Ben Martin. I am here as a Catholic student. What that means, I hope will emerge in the course of this talk.

  • Ongoing Core Renewal Prompts Reexamination Of Honors Program

    In early April, all Honors Program students received an email from Polis president Devon Behrer, A&S ’13, inviting them to a “State of the Honors Program” discussion, at which they would think about the “future of the program and how the core re-evaluation may affect the program.” Although the event was postponed indefinitely due to schedule complications, the discussion over the current state of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program is one that has been occurring consistently throughout this academic year and even earlier among faculty, students, and administrators.

  • WZBC Will Celebrate Its 40th Year

    WZBC Will Celebrate Its 40th Year

    WZBC, Boston College’s radio station, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Apr. 24 with a spring concert at the Middle East Downstairs restaurant and nightclub, featuring musical artists Javelin, Howse, and Saint Pepsi. The event reaffirms the station’s commitment to new and innovative music, and demonstrates its longstanding importance not only at BC but also in the Boston community.

  • Sustainability Fair Showcases Conservation Work On Campus

    On Thursday, Apr. 11, the Boston College Office of Sustainability sponsored an annual Sustainability Fair that was held on the second floor of Corcoran Commons. The event boasted a number of tables featuring BC facilities departments as well as outside businesses sharing their efforts to help make BC a more sustainable campus. With the help of many eco-friendly companies, BC’s various facilities departments are making a concerted effort to reduce waste and promote recycling and other methods of reducing our carbon footprint.
     

  • Column: Boston Strong

    On Friday, Boston became a ghost town. Eerie images depicted a city on lockdown while law enforcement officials conducted the search for the second suspect in the bombing of the 117th Boston Marathon. The people of Boston waited somberly for hours, eyes glued to local news stations and Twitter feeds, hoping and praying for progress in the manhunt.
     

  • Start-up Modern Guild Offers Online Career Mentoring For Students

    On Tuesday, Apr. 23, Modern Guild will be hosting an event to inform students about their start-up company and its benefits. Modern Guild, founded in 2012, is an online mentorship program that offers a one-on-one experience with a career coach to help students prepare for the business world. The program offers three different courses, Immersion, Acceleration, and Exploration, which are all geared toward a student’s interests and how to find and pursue potential careers. All courses are taught by trained and experienced career coaches and business professionals.
     

  • BC Rallies In Wake Of Bombings

    BC Rallies In Wake Of Bombings

    Monday On Campus Saw Widespread Confusion, Service

    On the afternoon of Monday, Apr. 15, around 3 p.m., the crowd at Mile 21 was considerably thinner than it had been just hours earlier. The stream of runners passing by the Boston College campus had narrowed to a trickle, but students were still leaning over the guardrails by St. Ignatius Church, yelling encouragement and offering high fives. Friends, family, and local citizens had gathered on the other side of Commonwealth Ave. to do the same. One or two people had heard a sound like thunder a few minutes earlier, but no one thought much of it—the weather was turning from April sun to rain, perhaps. The Boston Marathon went on.

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  • Students Organize ‘Last 5’ Walk, Vigil As Memorial Events

    Students Organize ‘Last 5’ Walk, Vigil As Memorial Events

    The concern, at first, was how to get people to sign up. Danielle Cole, CSON ’15, and Michael Padulsky, LSOE ’15, were both stopped short of finishing the Boston Marathon after the two bombings on Monday, and they wanted to finish the race together. They were sitting in a dorm on Monday night with friends when Padulsky came up with the idea to walk the last five miles from the Boston College campus to the finish line, and invite the rest of the BC community to join.
    “Why don’t we do something about this?” Padulsky said. “We weren’t able to finish our marathon. Why don’t we do something to commemorate it?”

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner Discusses Literary Career

    Boston College welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon to the Murray Function Room yesterday as the final installment of this semester’s Lowell Humanities Series. Chabon read from his recent work, Telegraph Avenue, and discussed his prodigious literary career.
     

  • This Year's Senior Week Undergoes Changes

    Senior Week, a longstanding tradition designed to celebrate seniors’ last week at Boston College, has undergone some changes this year. 

  • GLC Draws Crowd to Annual Gala

    Over 250 Boston College students celebrated this year’s GLC Gala to the theme of “Moulin Rouge.”

    This past Friday evening, the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) hosted its fifth annual Gala at the Ben Franklin Institute in South Boston. This year, the theme “Moulin Rouge” drew a crowd of over 250 students.

  • UPDATE: After Surging In Popularity, 'Last 5' Event To Be Postponed

    After meeting with University officials, the organizers of the “Boston Marathon: The Last 5” event have decided to postpone the walk to downtown Boston, originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, according to a Facebook post on the event’s page.

  • Column: The Promise Of Triumph

    At first, it was all triumph.

    It started with the familiar scenes of any Marathon Monday, the day that anyone who has spent a Patriots’ Day in Boston has come to love.

  • Students ‘Take Back the Night’ In O’Neill Plaza

    Students ‘Take Back the Night’ In O’Neill Plaza

    Last night under cloudy skies, hundreds of Boston College students gathered on the O’Neill Plaza grass at 6 p.m. for the Concerned About Rape Education (C.A.R.E.) Week event “Take Back the Night,” sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and supported by numerous on-campus organizations.

  • UGBC, RHA Hold Town Hall For Students

    UGBC, RHA Hold Town Hall For Students

    Last night offered a rare opportunity for students to get their questions about Boston College policies answered directly by administrators in a public forum. Undergraduates crowded into McGuinn 121 to take part in the “Student Rights Town Hall,” sponsored by UGBC and RHA. Students had the chance to ask a panel of three student conduct administrators questions about issues regarding housing, write-ups, the consequences of alcohol use, and life in the residence halls.

  • Phyre, Other Startups Place In Yearly BCVC Competition

    Phyre, Other Startups Place In Yearly BCVC Competition

    Yesterday the Boston College Venture Competition (BCVC) announced this year’s winners at their seventh annual event. BCVC is a yearly business plan competition founded to promote and support entrepreneurship on campus. Many successful BC-founded firms, including WePay, Wymsee, LocalOn, NBD Nano and, most recently, Jebbit, got their start competing in BCVC.

  • Woodruff Highlights Role Of Nurses In Caregiving

    Woodruff Highlights Role Of Nurses In Caregiving

    Lee Woodruff, best-selling co-author of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, and contributor to the CBS This Morning Show, discussed caregiving and coping in family crises at this semester’s Pinnacle Lecture Series, sponsored by the Connell School of Nursing.

  • BC One of 22 Universities to Win Changemaker Award

    Ashoka U, an educational endeavor of international social entrepreneurship organization Ashoka, named Boston College a “Changemaker Campus” in a San Diego ceremony on Feb. 23. The designation, currently granted to only 22 universities worldwide, recognizes BC’s commitment to social innovation.

  • Column: Embracing the BC Aura

    Until this year, Marathon Monday had never appealed to me. Waking up early is always a nonstarter, and I prefer to start my day with orange juice instead of Natty Lite. Moreover, I questioned its arbitrary nature. If Marathon Monday is an excuse to day drink excessively, why not do so on a different day?

  • Referendum On Alcohol Policy Passes

    On Thursday and Friday, students voted not only on who will lead UGBC in the coming academic year, but also on a referendum regarding how the school sanctions students found guilty of violating its alcohol and drug policy. The referendum asked students if they would prefer the administration change the matrix system that is currently used to a points system without offering a specific plan, and passed with 83 percent of the voters in favor of the switch.

  • Stayer Hall Room Catches Fire On Sunday

    Stayer Hall Room Catches Fire On Sunday

    Dormitory Building Evacuates At 4:27 A.M., BFD Respond To Scene

    At 4:27 a.m. on Sunday, a fire was reported in a fifth-floor room in Stayer Hall. All Stayer residents were immediately evacuated, and the rest of the Boston College student body was alerted via emergency text and email at 4:41 a.m.

  • Connelly Examines Changing Relations

    Lecture Explores Catholic Church’s Approach To Jews

    Today’s observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, was commemorated Sunday in a lecture sponsored by the Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning that explored a seminal change in relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.
     

  • Column: Waiting for Clarity

    Like many members of our campus community, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the condom clash between Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) and the administration—aptly referred to as “the BC condomonium” in a recent Daily Beast article. Though the buzz has died down for the most part, the University remains at odds with the outspoken student group, and thus I’ve decided it’s still timely to share my thoughts on the issue.
     

  • BCSSH And University Still At Odds

    Tensions have calmed somewhat between the administration and Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) since the controversy over “Safe Sites” made national headlines last week, but the students involved remain dedicated to their cause.

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  • Sandra Day O’Connor Stresses Civic Ed

    Sandra Day O’Connor Stresses Civic Ed

    “Democracy certainly is not a spectator sport,” said former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “It requires the participation of all of us.”
    A symposium titled “Law Schools and The Education of Democratic Citizens” was held at the Boston College Law School on Tuesday morning. The event served as part of an ongoing celebration of BC’s 150th anniversary. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court, joined Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, Timothy Macklem, head of the school of law at King’s College in London, and Vincent Rougeau, dean of BC Law, for a discussion on civics education. The symposium was moderated by Sharon Beckman, professor of criminal justice at BC Law.

  • FACES Discuss Race on Campus

    Racism. It is a term commonly used and commonly misunderstood. At Boston College, the Dialogues on Race discussion groups aim for better understanding of racism and its presence at BC. Part of FACES at BC, Dialogues on Race is aimed to provide students with a comfortable environment to talk about the difficult subject of racism.

  • Alex And Ani CEO Emphasizes Passion

    “I make a pretty dramatic statement, but I believe in it. We sit somewhere between hospitals and God,” said Giovanni Feroce, emphasizing the personal focus Alex and Ani LLC brings to its bangle bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Feroce, CEO of Alex and Ani, spoke to a crowd of students and faculty members on Wednesday in Merkert. Feroce was invited to speak about branding, strategy, and his own career path by the CSOM Marketing Department and the BC Marketing Academy.

  • Column: UGBC's Limitations

    UGBC presidential voting happens today.  I am sure hoards of campaign volunteers are packing the Quad and old Dustbowl, begging for your vote.  While I am a politics junkie when it comes to national and statewide elections, when it comes to UGBC campaigns I am what Rush Limbaugh calls a low information voter.  I’ve only voted in one UGBC election in my nearly four years here, and that’s because my former freshman floormate was a presidential candidate.  My voter apathy is only partly due to laziness though; I also have reasons behind my non-participation.

  • Women In Business Share Insights on Networking

    Women In Business Share Insights on Networking

    “Often people make the mistake of thinking that the harder I work, the better I am … people will recognize my skills and I will be promoted,” said professor Judith Clair last Tuesday as she introduced the fourth annual spring panel hosted by the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) and the Council for Women at Boston College (CWBC). “Hard work and smarts get you far but only so far. What you also need are relationship skills. You need people to help you and you need to help other people.”
     

  • Admins Warn BCSSH About ‘Safe Sites’

    On Friday, Mar. 15, the University administration sent an email to the residents of all rooms identified as Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) “Safe Sites,” indicating that students in those rooms could be in violation of University policy if they were found to be distributing condoms to the general student body. The letter, signed by Paul Chebator, dean of students, and George Arey, director of the Office of Residential Life, further indicated that residents of these rooms could be subject to disciplinary action.

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  • CSOM Named Sixth Best US Business School

    The Carroll School of Management (CSOM) was ranked No. 6 among United States undergraduate business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual review, released last week. The ranking is calculated based on five different areas: a student survey, the schools’ academic quality, rankings by employers’ recruiters, the rank of MBA feeder schools, and graduates’ starting salaries. This year marks the third time in the past five years that CSOM has ranked in the top 10—it placed No. 9 both last year and in 2010, with a dip to 16th place in 2011.

  • UGBC Campaigns Underway, Primary Begins Today

    Primary voting begins today on OrgSync for the 2013 UGBC Presidential and Vice Presidential elections, and after voting ends tomorrow, one ticket will be eliminated from the running.
    The three teams—Tim Koch, A&S ’14, and Chris “Trugs” Truglio, CSOM ’14; Molly McCathy and Ricky Knapp, both A&S ’14; and Matt Nacier and Matt Alonsozana, both A&S ’14—have been focusing on spreading their platforms to the student body throughout the last week. All teams have been holding dorm walks, attending on-campus events, and utilizing social media to spread their names.

  • Three BC Juniors Compete For Truman Scholarship

    Loughrin, Luangrath, Manning All Finalists

    Three juniors at Boston College are finalists for the Harry S Truman Scholarship, awarded to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to students who will be college seniors in the next academic year and who have significant potential for leadership in government. Each scholarship awards $30,000 for a two or three-year graduate study.

  • Backgrounds Program Cultivates Conversations on Diversity

    A small group of students is taking the initiative to have serious, in-depth discussions about issues relating to diversity in the areas of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status.
     

  • Erin Brockovich Shares Life Experience

    Erin Brockovich Shares Life Experience

    “I thought for a while that Superman was gonna come and save me, but I gotta tell you, he ain’t f—in’ coming.”
    The students who packed the Heights Room at Boston College last Thursday to hear Erin Brockovich speak quickly learned that their speaker was not one to mince her words.
    Brockovich came to speak at BC about perseverance and female empowerment as part of the first annual Boston College Women’s collaboration.

  • Shell CEO Considers Future Of Energy

    “The issue that I want to discuss today requires that we question old assumptions,” said Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell. “I want to share with you my views on the future of energy.”

     With his background in the oil industry, Voser addressed the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club of Boston Thursday on the problems facing the world’s energy supply in the coming years. He began by discussing the position of Shell within the oil industry as a high-tech company and their concerns regarding climate change.

  • Column: Stick-to-it-iveness

    Along with probably many members of the female population at Boston College, I found the recent Heights article, “Female BC Students Report Lower Self-Confidence When Leaving College,” unsettling. Perhaps even more unsettling is the fact that the statistic wasn’t shocking. Despite my lack of surprise, however, the news has been difficult to digest. My gut feeling has been confirmed, and now I’m left wondering why this is the case and what we, as females, can do about it.

  • Resolution Calls For Divestment

    BC Fossil Free And Senate Urge BC To Divest From Fossil Fuels

    Boston College students have begun to push against the administration on University investment in fossil fuel companies. On Mar. 18, BC Fossil Free, a coalition of Boston College undergraduate and graduate students, sent out a press release asserting that the University is contradicting Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic values by hosting Peter Voser, the CEO of the Royal Dutch Shell company, at today’s CEO Club of Boston luncheon.

  • Cornille Named Newton Chair

    Before Catherine Cornille, professor of theology, became the first female chairperson of Boston College’s theology department, she was the first full-time female professor in the theology department of the University of Leuven, a 500-year-old university in Belgium. This month, Cornille was appointed to the Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture, succeeding Judith Wilt, the inaugural holder of the chair, who retired in 2010.

  • CEO Outlines Challenges Of Burrito Business

    John Pepper, the CEO of local burrito restaurant chain Boloco, came to Boston College on Wednesday for a lecture sponsored by the Boston College Entrepreneurs Society. He spoke about strategies to deal with business competition. Boloco prides itself on creating “inspired burritos,” while using quality ingredients and paying its employees some of the highest wage rates in the industry.

  • Gluck Shares Excerpts From WWII Book

    Gluck Shares Excerpts From WWII Book

    Most students don’t think twice about the validity of their history textbook. When reading about World War II, for example, many take the content of American textbooks as the truth, not considering that a Japanese textbook might, for example, view the war completely differently.

  • Boston College Celebrates APAHM

    Boston College will highlight its diversity next month as it commemorates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) a celebration of Asian identity and culture on campus. Sponsored by the Asian Caucus (AC), a confederation of Asian cultural clubs, as well as the AHANA center, APAHM will feature a variety of events that recognize the achievements of Asian Americans and celebrate the vitality of their culture.

  • Drezner Highlights Role Of Economic Governance

    On Mar. 19, Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, came to Boston College to present on global economic governance.
    Drezner is a senior editor at The National Interest and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy. He has served as an international economist at the Treasury Department’s Office of International Bank and Securities Markets, has consulted for various for-profit, non-profit and public sector agencies and has provided expert testimony for both houses of Congress.

  • Next Year's Arrupe Leaders Announced

    The Arrupe International Immersion Program has selected 18 students to lead service trips during the upcoming school year.

  • BC Alum Nominated For Next Secretary Of Energy

    BC Alum Nominated For Next Secretary Of Energy

    MIT Professor Ernest Moniz, BC ’66, Chosen To Join Obama’s Cabinet

    If the Senate confirms Ernest Moniz, BC ’66, as the next U.S. Secretary of Energy, two of the 15 members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet will be Boston College alumni. Secretary of State John Kerry, BC Law ’76, assumed office on Feb. 1 this year—the date of Moniz’s confirmation hearing is as of yet undecided. He is poised to inherit the position from current Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who served during Obama’s first term.

  • Alumna Partners With Water Treatment Non-Profit In Ghana

    Alumna Partners With Water Treatment Non-Profit In Ghana

    Last June, Brianan Kiernan, BC ’12, joined the non-profit organization Community Water Solutions (CWS) as the Ghana country director.
     

  • Horizon Provides Safe Space

    Horizon, a support group for gay, bisexual, and questioning men, is welcoming new members. Horizon was created in 2011 and modeled off of the Women’s Resource Center’s (WRC) similar group, Prism, which is for lesbian, bisexual, and questioning women. The group strives to offer a comfortable, safe environment for men in the Boston College community to discuss concerns or successes. Meeting once a week, the group is completely confidential and free.

  • McNellis Offers Advice On College Relationships

    McNellis Offers Advice on College Relationships

    McNellis spoke about the BC hook-up culture and its harmful effects on college relationships.

    On Thursday, Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J., gave a talk entitled “Where are the good men?: Women Want to Know.” The talk explored the damaging effects of the hookup culture, its possible causes, and other problems that arise when students look at college as “a bubble.”

  • Column: Preference For Points

    Most college students, if they have the will, are going to find a way to drink—whether they’re underage or not. This is true at Boston College, as I’m sure it is at countless schools across the country. Moreover, college drinking is inevitably paired with some method of keeping that drinking in check. At BC we recognize this method as the alcohol matrix, an inconsistent system that focuses more on punishment than on rewarding smart behavior.

  • Tuition Increased

    Tuition, Fees, And Room & Board For 2013-14 Announced Along With University’s Operating Budget

    The Boston College Board of Trustees has set the tuition at $44,870 for the 2013-14 academic year, approving the new figure as part of an overall 3.6 percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board. Tuition alone is 4.01 percent higher than the figure for 2012-13, which stood at $43,140.
    The University will raise financial by 7.9 percent, to a total of $97 million. Almost 70 percent of BC students receive financial aid, and the projected package for need-based financial aid is expected to exceed $35,000.

  • CSON Prof Recognized As "Living Legend"

    CSON Prof Recognized As ‘Living Legend’

    When Ann Burgess, professor of nursing, obtained her doctorate in Nursing Science, she wanted to spend her time treating patients. She never intended to enter academia. Over 30 years later, Burgess has recently been named the inaugural recipient of the “Living Legend Award” from the New England chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for her research in forensic nursing.

  • Math Professors Earn Sloan Fellows Award

    Greene and Treumann were among 126 U.S. and Canadians recognized.

    Joshua Greene and David Treumann have at least two things in common. The first is that both were among the 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers chosen as this year’s Sloan Fellows, a key indicator of their emerging leadership within the scientific community as scholars in an early stage of their careers. In fact, many recipients go on to become Nobel Prize winners.

  • Column: The Housing Predicament

    Mod selection day has come and gone. I spent Tuesday afternoon amusedly browsing the collective rage and joy of the junior class on Twitter, as well as reflecting on my previous Mod selection experience. While studying abroad in Scotland, I was unwilling to deal with the stress of housing selection, so I took an epic power nap while my roommates euphorically selected Mod 14 Bravo. The true impact of housing selection, though, goes beyond the mere selection of actual living quarters.

  • Sen Discusses Pursuit of Justice in India

    On Feb. 28, an auditorium in Higgins Hall was packed with individuals who had come to hear Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen give a lecture entitled “Constitution: Language and Content,” an event sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Long before Sen began speaking, all of the chairs were occupied, and attendees filled the rest of the floor space to the extent that one woman wondered aloud, “Is this going to be a fire hazard?”

  • Advisor Evaluation System Will Launch This Semester

    This spring, Boston College students will have the ability to assess their academic advisors through an online evaluation system as part of the University’s efforts to renew its focus on academic advising.

  • Women In Business Gain New Sponsor

    When Amy Gips, BC ’04, came to the Carroll School of Management in the fall of 2000, she followed the standard path for many CSOM students—she concentrated in finance, graduated, and got a job working at an investment bank in New York City. She has since broken this mold and has recently started an angel investor fund for female entrepreneurs: Astia Angels, located in the Bay Area.

  • Petty Shares Insight On Student Affairs

    Petty Shares Insight On Student Affairs

    “It’s not brain science, but it is heart science.”
    That is how M. L. “Cissy” Petty, Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans, described the process of building an Ignatian style of development in Jesuit universities. Last night she gave a lecture titled “Nexus,” specifically highlighting that Jesuit institutions must nurture an Ignatian community that helps to create “a seamless student experience.”

  • ‘Globe’ writer brings experience to campus

    “I’ve only worked at one paper for 45 years,” said Bob Ryan, sports correspondent at The Boston Globe and BC ’68. “I promise you, you could parade in here the next 10,000 columnists in America and not one of them would say they’ve only worked at one paper.” Ryan spoke to a crowd of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in sports journalism on Tuesday in Gasson Hall.

  • Author Says College Ed Must Change

    Kamenetz discussed the future of online education and its effects on social communities.

    Anya Kamenetz, author and media expert, spoke to the Boston College community on Tuesday afternoon about the future of technology in education. Kamenetz’s books, Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young and DIY U: Edpunks, Edupreneurs, and The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, speak to the rising economic problems that young people are facing and how university tradition is being infiltrated by technology. In her presentation, Kamenetz offered insight on the future of online university education and how the realities of expensive higher education could be aided by an online college experience.

  • Column: Spending Time Wisely

    Every one of my classes contains at least one disinterested student. These scholars spend the entire period aimlessly surfing the Internet or hunching over their smartphones. I have no personal objections to these people—without them I would have never discovered Sporcle and 9gag, two wonderful and devilishly distracting websites. I had a sudden epiphany last week, however, while observing one student meticulously read ESPN articles for a full 75 minutes. The class in question has no attendance policy, and the student was clearly not taking notes or even paying attention. So, why was he there?

  • Plex Swim Program Expands

    Plex Swim Program Expands

    The Boston College Masters Swim Program is one of the Flynn Recreational Complex’s best-kept secrets. The team, which is non-competitive, meets several times a week and offers a great cardiovascular workout, focusing on improving swim skills. The program has been active for several years and has had great success, and is now trying to expand and include more of the BC community.
     

  • Club Sports Alums Discuss Their Athletic Experiences

    Club Sports Alums Discuss Their Athletic Experiences

    Alumni Speak About Applying Experience To Professional World

    Four years ago, the Clubs Sports Council was formed as a student governing body to organize the various club sports teams, to advocate for them, and, as of two years ago, to distribute the University’s funding among the different teams. On Friday, the council hosted their second annual leadership dinner, in which they invited back recent graduates of the club sports program to discuss their experiences, both within the program and in their careers since graduation.
     

  • Female BC Students Report Lower Self-Confidence When Leaving College

    At a faculty forum in April 2012, amidst a slew of data presented by Vice President of Planning and Assessment Kelli Armstrong to the hundreds of faculty members who had gathered that day, one statistic stood out to the crowd: female students leave Boston College with lower self-confidence than they had as freshmen. In contrast, men generally gain self-confidence during their four years here, despite having, on average, lower GPAs than their female classmates.

  • BC To Boston Deals With Weather Contingencies, New UGBC Structure

    In its inaugural year as a separate department within the Cabinet of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), BC to Boston has aimed to offer a wide variety of events to BC students. For its first two years of existence, BC to Boston was housed within the Student Life department, and those who worked on the team were not officially considered members of UGBC. Currently, the department consists of director Sarah Slater, A&S ’13, deputy director Tim Koch, A&S ’14, Senate liaison Sean McBride, A&S ’15, 11 coordinators, and five freshman mentees. “This year, we have more manpower, and are also involved in the greater UGBC as an organization,” said Sarah Slater, director of BC to Boston and A&S ’13.

  • Teju Cole Speaks On "Senses Of The City"

    Teju Cole Speaks On "Senses Of The City"

    Cole discussed his experiences as a writer and photographer in post-9/11 New York City.

    “After you write the book, you learn what it’s about,” said Nigerian-American writer, photographer and professional historian Teju Cole. On Thursday night, Cole appeared in Devlin 101 as part of the Lowell Humanities Series. Cole’s lecture, titled “Senses of the City,” examined the nature of the city, drawing heavily from literature and his own observations as an artist in New York. These observations were framed with two short passages from his 2011 novel Open City.

  • Hoyt Stresses Perseverance, Acceptance

    Hoyt Stresses Perseverance, Acceptance

    “I’d like you all to think of three small words—yes you can—because for 51 years, everyone has been saying no you can’t.”
    Dick Hoyt, father to Rick Hoyt and member of “Team Hoyt,” spoke these words to a hushed audience on Monday night in Devlin 008. Students, faculty, and members of the Boston College community filled the lecture hall to hear Dick’s inspirational story of a father-son team.

  • Panel Discusses State Of Catholic Periodicals

    Panel Discusses State Of Catholic Periodicals

    “The demographics are frightening,” said Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal, reflecting on the readership of his magazine. “It’s very … mature, and 98 percent are Catholic.”

  • Syria Deeply Aims To Boost Awareness of Ongoing Civil War

    For most Boston College students, the civil war in Syria seems, quite literally, half a world away. For seven international studies and political science majors, though, the conflict has become a personal one.
     

  • BC Prof Awarded NIH Grant

    Tricia Burdo, research associate professor and biologist at Boston College, was recently awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
    The Research Project Grant, the original and most historically known grant given by the NIH, is used to supplement and support health-related research that investigates cures and causes of diseases, as well as human development and the environment as they pertain to physical wellbeing. Burdo plans on using this grant to further her study in AIDS-associated peripheral neuropathy, which is a tingling, numb sensation or pain that begins at the toes and spreads throughout the feet, legs, and arms.

  • Column: A Donation Dilemma

    “Sesqui and I Know It.” As graduation comes terrifyingly closer, this rather annoying tagline has become a frequent trespasser inside my inbox. These emails all contain the same theme: please donate to the senior gift fund. Though I haven’t contributed yet, I have still formed a strong opinion about these emails.
     

  • Relay Raises Money And Awareness

    Relay Raises Money And Awareness

    Friday night was no quiet night at the Plex. While many Boston College students went about planning another typical night out, over 1,000 students headed to the Plex to dedicate a night to the support of cancer research. Students continuously walked around the indoor track from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in memory or honor of those affected by cancer.

  • Bubble Collapse Complicates Schedules For Athletic Teams

    Bubble Collapse Complicates Schedules For Athletic Teams

    The protective bubble over Alumni Stadium’s football field was pumped back up on Friday afternoon, about a week after it collapsed under the two feet of snow deposited by winter storm Nemo.
    It is still possible, however, that the bubble will not stay up until the end of the winter sports season in late March, according to Michael Jednak, director of facilities services.

  • Column: Coping With Stress

     

    From the time we were in diapers, many of us have been told to dream big, to be better than our parents, to excel in everything we do. The problem is, living up to such high standards is not only something that’s been encouraged, it’s been expected. So, when we finally reach the age of adulthood and realize we’re just normal people living average lives, it’s no wonder most of us freak out a little, and it’s no wonder our generation is stressed. While most of us have quietly believed this to be true for some time, it has now been made official—we’re stressed.   

  • Lover's Lounge Pairs Potential Daters, Emphasizes Choices

    Lovers’ Lounge Pairs Potential Daters, Emphasizes Choices

     

    The African Students’ Organization heated up the Cabaret Room with its annual Lovers’ Lounge, a dating game show. Hosts Maxine Cooper, CSOM ’14, and Cinique Ahmad, A&S ’14, kept the laughs coming as they introduced contestants and facilitated rounds. 

  • Internment Survivor Speaks

    Internment Survivor Speaks

    Japan Club of Boston College hosts Day of Remembrance event

    Almost 70 years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced relocation of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry.
    For the past three decades, Japanese American communities have commemorated this and the events that followed by hosting Day of Remembrance events in February with the hope of spreading awareness of internment during World War II.
    At Boston College, the Day of Remembrance was commemorated Tuesday night with an event sponsored by the Japan Club of Boston College (JCBC): a presentation by Yutaka Kobayashi, who was interned in camps in Utah and California during World War II. Kobayashi lives in Wellesley, Mass. and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

  • SASA Performs Annual Culture Show

    SASA Performs Annual Culture Show Sunday Night

    After Nemo delayed the show, students danced to traditional music in Robsham on Sunday.

    “Parampara,” the Hindi word for tradition, was the name of the South Asian Student Association (SASA) show on Sunday which featured traditional dances performed with a modern flair. What differentiated it from other dance shows is that it was an educational experience. Performances were intermingled with videos explaining the different traditional costumes and music associated with different dances, and there was even a student fashion show, after the intermission.

     

  • Fukuyama Examines World Order

    Fukuyama Examines World Order

    After Hurricane Sandy cancelled his scheduled visit to Boston College in October, renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama finally made it to Chestnut Hill Tuesday night, narrowly avoiding more meddlesome extreme weather in winter storm Nemo.

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  • Column: Finding Love in a Mod

    In my Capstone class last semester, I was assigned a letter to my future son or daughter, advising them on how to find love. I wrote an eloquent letter to my future children, backed up with absolutely zero personal experience, explaining how to meet people and determine if they are that special someone. As I was proofreading the letter though, I realized that my amazing advice would become useless if my children read the letter at the same age that I wrote it.
     

  • SLC Brings Romance to Sophomores

    SLC Brings Romance to Sophomores

    Sophomores particpate in the second annual Dating Game last night.

    Love and laughter filled the room of McGuinn 121 on Wednesday evening during the second annual Sophomore Dating Game, sponsored by RHA’s Sophomore Leadership Council (SLC). Hosted by SLC members Peter Trainor and Ted Raddell, both A&S ’15, the event provided entertainment for students in an informal setting in honor of Valentine’s Day.




     

  • Winter Strom Nemo Buries BC

    Winter Storm Nemo Buries BC

    The Boston College campus was blanketed with snow last weekend as winter storm Nemo dropped almost 25 inches on Boston.
    Even before the storm arrived, a significant amount of planning went into the University’s response.

  • 'Vagina Monologues' Elicits Laughs, Reflection

    ‘Vagina Monologues’ Elicits Laughs, Reflection

    Even the impending winter storm Nemo couldn’t deter the crowds that descended upon McGuinn this weekend for The Vagina Monologues. Although the blizzard shuttered the Friday and Saturday night performances and rescheduled Sunday’s, the audience packed the auditorium both nights in support of the performance’s 10th anniversary at Boston College.

  • Column: Silence In The Snow

    Simply because I could, I took the opportunity over the last three days to do absolutely nothing. Feel free to call me lame, but you didn’t catch me playing beer pong on a handcrafted snow table or building a snowman in a bikini. I didn’t climb on top of the Plex or sled down the hill behind Iggy. Instead, I spent most of the weekend in my room (read: my bed) alternating between watching Breaking Bad and finishing a book for class. This extreme laziness even extended to my meals, as mac and cheese and Stacy’s pita chips became my sole sustenance.
     

  • Bc Splash To Add More Group Activities, Expand Offerings

    BC Splash To Add More Group Activities, Expand Offerings

    This semester, high school students from the greater New England area will learn, play, and experiment with Boston College students during the sixth annual BC Splash. The teaching program offers high school students the opportunity to visit BC campus for the day, and attend courses created and taught by BC undergraduate and graduate students.
     

  • Crane Talks Digitalized Humanities

    “I always like to start by saying that I don’t believe in the digital humanities,” said Gregory Crane, chair of the classics department at Tufts University. “When we say digital humanities, we have people identify it as a separate niche field. From my perspective, it’s not about a separate field, but living in a world that we are a part of. Ideas are now flowing through a digital space—what does that mean for us as humanists?”

  • BC Alum Runs Ultramarathon For Fundraiser

    Liz Byron, a teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy, will run an ultramarathon to raise $50,000.

    Liz Byron has always done things best in under a minute. The former Boston College swimmer sprinted her way to the school’s 50-free record before graduating from the Lynch School of Education in 2006.
     

  • Travis Roy Addresses Injury, Process Of Adjustment

    Travis Roy Addresses Injury, Process Of Adjustment

    Travis Roy, former Boston University hockey player and author of Eleven Seconds, spoke about his remarkable story of recovery and resilience to students and members of the community in the Murray Function Room on Tuesday night. Roy spoke of his devastating injury and incredible physical and mental recovery, reminding students to set goals and never stop making new ones.

  • Black History Month Kicks Off

    Rayana Grace, A&S ’13, and Sandra Dickson, CSON ’13, are both busy individuals, serving in leadership positions for many clubs and service opportunities. What brought them together recently is the desire to make this year’s Black History Month (BHM) the best ever at Boston College. They took the first step in achieving this goal by making speeches to convince the BHM Planning Committee that they were the right people for the task.

  • 'NY Times' Writer Adam Liptak Talks Supreme Court

    ‘NYTimes’ Writer Adam Liptak Talks Supreme Court

    On Wednesday, New York Times reporter Adam Liptak gave a talk reflecting on his experience covering the United States Supreme Court. He also reviewed the upcoming controversial cases that will be addressed in the coming months. The event was sponsored by the Quality of Student Life Committee and was entitled “The Roberts Court in 2013: A Reporter’s Reflection.”

  • BC Student Shares UN Experiences

    BC Student Shares UN Experiences

    Loughrin served as the first U.S. Youth Observer at the UN General Assembly.

    At the age of 20, Brooke Loughrin, A&S ’14, has a resume that could fill 20 pages.
    From her first experiences at age 12 working for the Fabric of Life Foundation, to her numerous roles within the Boston College community, she has always had a passion for improving the lives of people around the world. At BC, Loughrin is a political science and Islamic civilizations and Societies double major, vice president of the Iranian Culture Club, Editor-In-Chief of Al-Noor, member of the Presidential Scholars Program, and an undergraduate research fellow for Ali Banuaziz, all in addition to her extensive participation in community service and world travel.
    This past fall, Loughrin accepted an honor that would overshadow the rest of her outstanding accomplishments. On a late September afternoon, she received a call informing her that she had been selected to accompany the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly as our country’s first ever youth observer.
     

  • Alexandros Costopoulos Presents Repo(we)r Greece Talk

    Last Wednesday, the Hellenic Society of Boston College welcomed the “Repo(we)r Greece” team, which aims to educate on the exact status of the Greek crisis and methods to move the country forward. Traveling all the way from Athens, Professor and founder of Repo(we)r Greece Alexandros Costopoulos spoke about his effort to redefine Greek credibility both at home and abroad.
    “Repo(we)r Greece started about 18 months ago when we felt that we should do something,” Costopoulos said.
     

  • Eco-Friendly Floor To Open In Edmond’s

    Sustainable Community Will Start Up In Fall 2013

    This fall, Boston College’s Special Interest Housing, which now includes residential programs such as the Healthy Alternatives Lifestyle floor, the Romance Languages floor, and Honors Program housing, will be joined by a new program: the Sustainable Living and Learning Community. Located on the seventh floor of Edmond’s Hall, the program will consist of 24 students, split up into six four-person apartments. The application period ends on Friday, Feb. 8, and is only open to rising sophomores.

  • Husson Discusses Alumni Relations, Charitable Giving

    At the beginning of 2012, the Office of University Advancement operated out of three very separate locations: one office on Route 9, one in St. Thomas More Hall, and one in the Alumni House on Newton campus. This February marks the one-year anniversary of the Office’s new home in the Cadigan Alumni Center on Brighton campus.
     

  • Asian Caucus Relaunches Magazine

    The Asian Caucus’ literary magazine, ASIAM, is returning this semester in digital format. The magazine prints prose, poetry, essays, and all forms of visual art, in hopes of capturing the identities and experiences of Asian American students.

  • Elaine Pagels Discusses The Book Of Revelation

    Elaine Pagels Discusses The Book Of Revelation

    Pagels, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, spoke in the Lowell Humanities Series on Thursday.

     

    Boston College welcomed world-renowned biblical scholar Elaine Pagels on Thursday for the first lecture in the Lowell Humanities Series this semester. Best known for her work on the non-canonical and in particular the Gnostic Gospels, Pagels, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, came to BC to speak both on her scholarship in these areas as well as the Book of Revelation, the subject of her new work, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.

  • BC Law Alum Kerry Named Sec. Of State

    Mass. Senator Takes On International Role

    Senator John Kerry, BC Law ’76, was confirmed Tuesday as the next United States Secretary of State. Kerry will take over from current Secretary Hillary Clinton as she leaves the position following the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s first term.

  • ALC Plans Masquerade

    The AHANA Leadership Committee (ALC) is putting on its first-ever themed ball to be held at the Westin Copley Hotel in downtown Boston on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. the next morning. The ALC Ball is the second of the committee’s two major programming events of the school year, following the fall’s ALC Boat Cruise, and is both larger and more formal than the cruise. The theme of the ball this spring is “Masquerade,” and the planning committee intends to hand out masks at the event—as well as unveil a larger surprise.

  • Student-Taught Language Night Classes Kick Into Gear

    Student-Taught Language Night Classes Kick Into Gear

    Northeastern University took the initiative, and now Boston College is following along.
    When Hannah Lee, A&S ’13, came back last year from her fall semester abroad, she was eager to continue practicing the French she had learned and become fluent in. However, as a student already double-majoring and trying to maintain a rigorous curriculum, she simply could not find space in her schedule to pick up a new class.

  • MIT Lecturer Discusses Euro Crisis And Future Of Euro Area

    MIT Lecturer Discusses Euro Crisis and the Future of Euro Area

    Athanasios Orphanides, MIT Sloan School of Management senior lecturer, spoke on Monday to students.

     

    “Things actually look better for the Euro area today than they did a year ago—are they?” With this question, Athanasios Orphanides, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, opened his lecture on the politics and economics of the Euro area crisis, in which he gave one explanation of what has happened to the Euro area because of the crisis and what he expects for the Euro area in the future.

  • Puriefoy Speaks on U.S. Education Challenges

     

    “Is education a fundamental right?” Wendy Puriefoy, president of Public Education Network (PEN), asked. “In a democratic society, you bet it is.”
    As part of an ongoing lecture series put on through the Boston College sesquicentennial celebration and organized by professors of the Lynch School of Education, the University invited Puriefoy to discuss the challenges with public education in America on Tuesday afternoon.
    A nationally recognized expert on public school reform, particularly in low-income regions of the country, Puriefoy spoke to both the organization’s approach to civil society and how educators can participate in “public engagement.”
     
     
     
      

  • Social Highlights GLBTQ Resources At BC

    Social Highlights GLBTQ Resources At BC

    Both the graduate and undergraduate GLBTQ communities of Boston College came together on Monday night for the first-ever Spring Welcome Social. Sponsored by the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC), in conjunction with Allies and support groups Prism and Horizon, the event sought to promote the resources available at BC for students who identify as GLBTQ.

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  • University Files To Close Belfast Project Case

    In light of the recent death of ex-IRA member Dolours Price, Boston College recently filed a motion in the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the legal case surrounding the Belfast Project subpoenas should be closed.

  • O'Keefe Named New CIS Director

    O’Keefe Named New CIS Director

    At the beginning of the semester, Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J. acquired a second “hat,” so to speak, and a second office. After settling into his new satellite home in Rahner House on College Road, he now counts himself among the number of faculty members who “wear two hats” at Boston College. His first—that of a faculty member—he has had for over 20 years as a professor and, later, dean of the Lynch School of Education. His second, that of the interim director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, he donned just a few weeks ago.

  • Bio Professor Earns Grant

    Bio Professor Earns Grant

    ACS Awards Marc-Jan Gubbels $720k

    Biology professor Marc-Jan Gubbels was recently awarded a four-year, $720,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS)—but his research isn’t on cancer.
    Gubbels and his team are investigating Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that has already infected 20 percent of Americans.

  • Student Creates Calorie Counting App For BC Dining

    Although Boston College Dining Services (BCDS) provides nutritional information for all of the food it serves, accessing this data from a mobile phone can be a tedious process. James Campbell, A&S ’13, created the Campus Calories mobile app to make it easier.

  • Column: A Defense Of Stokes

    Yes, we’re two weeks in, and nearly everyone has settled into a life that includes Stokes Hall. Students with classes in the new building can finally put their maps away, most of us have decided how we feel about the Chocolate Bar 2.0 based on our affinity for gelato, and few are still considering what this building actually stands for. While Stokes may be just another academic building to some—or a confusing game of Mouse Trap to others—I see it as a brave and inspiring affirmation of this University’s commitment to the liberal arts.
     

  • Clinical Professor Honored With Nurse Of The Year Award

    Clinical Professor Honored With Nurse Of The Year Award

    The Massachusetts March of Dimes Chapter honored Holly Fontenot, a clinical assistant professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, with its Nurse of the Year Award earlier this month.
     

  • Law Office Defaced Over Long Weekend

    The office of Lambda, Boston College Law School’s GLBTQ coalition, was vandalized over the three-day MLK weekend. Words and phrases including “gay bukkake,” “gangbang,” “frig,” “MILF,” and “bean flicker” were written in capital letters on the wall of the office, which was left unlocked over the weekend.

  • University Honors MLK

    University Honors MLK

    “We gather the spirit of our ancestors which moved us from a nation of unborn hopes and a history of discrimination to today’s expression here in this room of a more perfect union,” said Mario Powell, S.J., opening the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gathering on Monday evening.

  • Internship Fair Draws BC Students

    Internship Fair Draws BC Students

    Last night, the Boston College Career Center hosted the Spring 2013 Internship Fair in the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons. The event ran from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and hosted an array of companies, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Dunkin Brands, Citi, Epsilon, Liberty Mutual, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Vistaprint. Students came to the Heights Room, dressed in corporate attire with resumes in hand, in the hopes of landing a spring or summer internship.

  • BC Alum Presents New, Natural Candy Brand

    BC Alum Presents New, Natural Candy Brand

    John Burns, BC ’94 and CEO of Unreal Brands, is a man on a mission. Bringing experience from key roles at two venture capital firms, Highland Capital and now Raptor Consumer Partners, Burns has already had success with companies such as Lululemon and Pinkberry, and spoke Wednesday evening on the history, challenges, and decisions at his current project, Unreal.
    “Businesses in the 21st century need a purpose,” Burns said. “With Unreal Brands, that purpose is to “prove that things don’t have to be the way they are,” and specifically to “take the ‘junk’ out of junk food.” Although they are in the process of launching “unjunking” efforts for soft drinks, breakfast cereal, and other goods, they have chosen to start in the most unlikely place: candy.
     

  • Portfolio Challenge Teaches Investment Strategy

    Portfolio Challenge Teaches Investment Strategy

    The Boston College Portfolio Challenge (BCPC), a new club dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to learn about investing in the stock market, held its first event, featuring investment advice from three BC alumni, Tuesday night.

     

  • Marching Band Selected To Perform At Inauguration

    On Monday, Jan. 21, the Boston College “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band will perform at the Inaugural Parade for the second Inauguration of President of the United States Barack Obama. On Jan. 3, the Inauguration Committee announced the Screaming Eagles’ selection, along with a list of other groups from around the country selected to perform at the 57th Inaugural Parade. According to the inauguration website, more than 2,807 applications to participate in the parade were submitted, and the BC Marching Band was one of only 60 groups chosen to perform.

  • BC To Host Leadership Conference

    Jesuit Student Leaders Will Gather In 2014

    Boston College will host the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) for the first time during the summer of 2014. The three-member team of Maria Ireland, Kathryn Nowak, and Teddy Raddell, all A&S ’15, who all attended NJSLC at College of the Holy Cross last summer, recently learned that their 21-page bid, submitted last fall, was successful.

  • Faculty Named Top Irish Educators

    Six Boston College faculty members were recently named to Irish Voice newspaper’s 2012 Irish Educators 100 list. The newspaper recognized Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., Seamus Connolly, Mike Cronin, Thomas Groome, Joseph Nugent, and James Smith for their contributions to higher education.

     

  • University Prepares For Flu Outbreak

    As the spring semester begins, University Health Services (UHS) is preparing students and staff for this year’s flu season. Across the country, 47 states have reported massive outbreaks of influenza-related illnesses and the city of Boston has declared a public health emergency. The staff at UHS is urging students to get a flu shot if they have not done so already.

  • Column: A Nod to the Band

    On Monday, President of the United States Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second time. The event will be missing the record crowds from January 2009, as well as the historic nature of an African American taking the presidential oath for the first time. Monday’s inauguration will feature a new special guest, though: the Screaming Eagles Marching Band.

        
        
     

  • GLC Launches New #Ellen2BC Endeavor Online

    Across Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter pages, “#Ellen2BC” has spread like wildfire.
    Last week, Boston College’s GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) launched a social media campaign to host Ellen DeGeneres, television talk show host and GLBTQ activist, as a keynote speaker next semester. Laura DelloStritto, GLC Chief of Staff and A&S ’13, hopes that the “Ellen2BC” campaign will bring awareness to the GLBTQ community on campus.
     

  • Athletes Walk Thin Line When On The Internet

    In a split second, 140 characters can set off a firestorm.
    One day before the Boston College women’s soccer team kicked off against Penn State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, an otherwise ordinary game in the middle of November, sparked attention across the nation.

  • Heading Into Winter Break, Stokes Construction On Time

    New Academic Building Set to Open in January

    Construction on Stokes Hall, the first new academic building on Boston College’s Middle Campus since 2001, is continuing on schedule as the Fall semester comes to a close.
     

  • Altbach Updates BC On Higher Education Abroad

    The Center for International Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education (LSOE) hosted an up-to-the-minute field report from professor Philip Altbach this past Tuesday, Dec. 4. Altbach is a global expert on Indian and Chinese higher education. Tuesday’s conversation was stimulated by Altbach’s recent trip to Beijing and Delhi, where he attended an extended series of meetings and conferences with higher education leaders and scholars. Altbach has had a long scholarly history with the two countries.

  • LaCombe Stresses Humility

    On Tuesday, Dec. 4, professor Amy LaCombe presented in Yawkey Center as part of the Last Lecture Series. LaCombe is a senior lecturer in the Portico faculty of the Carroll School of Management (CSOM).

  • Dubois Discusses History And Instability Of Haiti

    This past Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Lowell Humanities Series featured Laurent Dubois, the Marcello Lotti Professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, in its last event of the semester.
     

  • BC Professor Recognized For Urban Education

    Lynch School Of Education’s Barnett Earns Massachusetts Professor Of The Year Award

    Boston College Lynch School of Education Associate Professor of Science Education and Technology Michael Barnett has been named the 2012 Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

  • BC Graduate Awarded Grant For Study In UK

    Every year, the Marshall Selection Committee chooses approximately 40 American students for two years of funded postgraduate study in the United Kingdom at the university of their choice. This year, Aditya Ashok, a history and biology major and BC ’12, has been selected as a recipient of the George Marshall Scholarship.

  • Mayer Addresses Reporting Aspects Of ‘New Yorker’

    It is a common misconception, according to journalist Jane Mayer, that writing for The New Yorker involves chatting at endless cocktail parties, attending fashion shows with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and essentially joining the Algonquin Round Table, the social circle of cultural taste-makers prominent in early 20th-century New York.
    For Mayer, who spoke at Boston College Wednesday night as part of the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series, The New Yorker provides something more essential to her writing than those opportunities: a “haven for rigorous reporting.”

  • Panel Condemns Death Penalty

    On Thursday, the Pro-Life Club hosted a panel called “Voices from Death Row.” The panel consisted of Lawyer Johnson, a man wrongly convicted of murder and later released after 10 years in prison, Dale Recinella, a lay Catholic chaplain serving Florida’s death row, and Joshua Marmol, a lawyer and member of the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay Catholic organization based in Italy.

  • Column: Word To Live By: We'll Do It Live

    For my last column, I would like to harken back to the immortal words of Bill O’Reilly, famously uttered to express his extreme frustration. I have given them much thought in the past few years, and I feel like they have come to encompass so much of what I have done and what I still do to this day.
     

  • Belfast Project Researchers Appeal To Supreme Court

    Researchers for the Belfast Project have filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, extending the stay on the Belfast Project materials granted by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer earlier this month until the petition is decided.

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    Chess Club Grows In Size And Scope With First Tournament

    On Nov. 8, a dozen participants faced off in the first chess tournament at Boston College in recent memory.

  • Feminists For Life Host Panel To Discuss Pregnancy Resources

    For the third time in five years, Feminists for Life of America (FFL) visited Boston College to begin conversations about what changes need to be made on campus to enable a student who becomes pregnant to stay in school and keep the baby.

  • Column: Farewell To A True Statesman

    On Wednesday, Rep. Ron Paul gave his farewell address to Congress, marking the end of his 22-year career in the House of Representatives. Focusing on his bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency, Paul decided not to run for reelection last year.

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    Weiler Explores Religious Conflicts

    “The path of this lecture is not ‘Here is a complex problem and here is my elegant solution,’” said Joseph H. H. Weiler to a rapt audience in Higgins 300 last Thursday. “The path of this lecture is ‘Here is a complex problem, and by the end you will realize that it is even more complex than you thought.’” Weiler, who is the Joseph Straus Professor of Law and holder of the European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University School of Law, gave a speech titled “Of God and Law in Europe,” co-sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, and the Boston College School of Law. The Johannesburg, South Africa native is also director of the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, and the co-director of the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization.
     

  • Community Reacts To Letter On Question 2

    On Nov. 1, five days before Election Day, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. sent an email to Boston College alumni in Massachusetts concerning Question 2, a ballot measure that would have permitted physician-assisted suicide. The letter enclosed in the email, co-written by various educators in Catholic institutions of higher education throughout Massachusetts, posed arguments against Question 2.

  • BC Expands Sexual Assault Resources

    “The statistics on sexual violence are both deeply troubling and a call to action for the nation,” reads the Dear Colleague letter issued on April 4, 2011, by the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding the application of Title IX laws to issues of sexual assault.
    This letter set in motion a widespread examination on the part of colleges of their current procedures for dealing with sexual assault.

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  • Love Your Body Week Promotes Healthy Living, Self-Confidence

    This week, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is sponsoring the annual Love Your Body Week. The week consists of a variety of events, including lectures on body image, weight loss, and healthy eating, as well as dance workshops and even a theatrical performance. The WRC partnered with Boston College Recreation, the UGBC, University Counseling Services, faculty, and many more organizations to provide thoughtful and compelling events to inspire positive body image on the BC campus.

  • Course Offers Taste Of Law School

    A great number of Boston College students have undoubtedly given much thought to enrolling in law school after graduation. Although law school opens the door to a career that many find challenging and rewarding, choosing to attend law school is an enormous commitment, both in terms of time and finances. Before making such a commitment, undergraduates generally have few opportunities to determine for themselves what law school entails. Next semester, however, BC will be offering undergraduates a chance to experience a typical law school course. Environmental Law and Policy (UN 256) is described in the course catalog as introducing “students to the structure, doctrines, and logic of environmental law and of the American legal system.”

  • Column: Time To Ignite Class Registration

    The middle of November is defined by change. Students throw away their Halloween costumes, tentatively start playing Christmas music, and make plans for Thanksgiving break. Hovering ominously over these cheerful holiday activities, though, is the specter of course registration.

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    Killermann Makes Serious Issues Comical

    On Thursday night, Sam Killermann told an audience in Higgins 300 stories from his life, including highlights such as losing a nipple to his mom’s double dog dare and answering the house phone as Batman until age 15.

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  • Feminists For Life Will Hold Pregnancy Resource Forum

    What are the resources on Boston College’s campus for a student who becomes pregnant? Are they such that keeping the child is a viable option for a student who wishes to stay in school?
    Perhaps as a result of the taboo nature of the topic, especially at a Catholic school, few students know the answers to these questions.

  • Krause Analyzes Use of Non-State Violence

    Last week, as part of Boston College’s recognition of International Education Week, the International Studies Program (ISP) put on a series of lunchtime lectures by BC faculty.
     

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    Hook-Up Lecture Goes International

    Every year, philosophy professor Kerry Cronin speaks to Boston College students on what she refers to as the “hook-up culture” and asks them to test out the more traditional methods of dating in a lecture known as “Bring Back the Date.” Last Thursday in Higgins 310, however, Cronin put an internaional twist on her usual lecture and discussed dating and hooking up from an international perspective.
     

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    Football Team Tops The ACC In Grad Rates

    Boston College tied with Northwestern University for third in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR), according to data released by the NCAA last week. The school received a 97 percent overall score for its 29 men’s and women’s varsity sports

  • BC Celebrates Native American Heritage

    The Society of Native American Peoples of Boston College (SNAP) has teamed up with the Office of AHANA Student Programs (OASP) to create five events to take place throughout November, celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Their aim is to put on events that are both entertaining and educational in the hopes that they draw large and diverse crowds and ensure that the attendees leave with a greater knowledge of Native American culture.

  • Phone Center Reaches Out To Alumni

    “Tuition only covers about 60 percent of the cost of educating a BC student,” said Sara Eldridge, manager of the Boston College phone center. “Private support is really necessary here.” Consistently garnering between $5,000 and $10,000 in donations per night, with totals sometimes going upward of $20,000 depending on the alumni pool, the 60 to 80 BC students employed at the BC phone center work hard to earn that support.

  • Kaplan Shares Keys To Corporate Success

    When Karen Kaplan applied to work as a receptionist at Hill Holliday in 1982, she was not sure if she wanted to work there or even if she wanted to work in advertising. She had graduated college as a French literature major and intended to go on to law school. What she did know was that she wanted to meet the then-president of Hill Holliday, Jack Connors, BC ’63. After getting that job, Kaplan never left Hill Holliday and now serves as the president of the company.
     

  • OIP Debunks Myths

    On Monday, the Office of International Programs (OIP) sponsored panel of International Study Advisors (ISA) to clarify the experience of studying abroad to an audience composed largely of second- and first-year students, in a discussion titled “Study Abroad: Myths and Realities.”
     

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    BCTalks Showcase Research

    Eight Undergraduates Share Knowledge At The Third BCTalks

    On Sunday, Nov. 4, Education for Students by Students (ESS) presented its third series of BCTalks lectures. BCTalks is modeled off of the famous TEDTalks, a conference that combines technology, education, and design disciplines and educates the community on “Ideas Worth Spreading.” BCTalks is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to share research, passions, and knowledge in a social setting.

  • Fleabag Show Overcrowds O'Connell

    Show Delayed, Some Turned Away At Door

    Despite the popularity of the show, Saturday night’s 10 p.m. My Mother’s Fleabag performance hosted a much smaller crowd than in previous semesters, after many guests were asked to leave due to overcrowding in the O’Connell House.

  • Claremont McKenna Duo Redefine Poverty Research

    On a daily basis, the average Boston College student probably spends at least $30 on meals alone. Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, two economics majors at Claremont McKenna College, recently lived voluntarily on only $1 a day. The pair lived off an average of $1 a day for eight weeks in Guatemala in order to understand life below the poverty line. Ingrasci, Temple, and their two photographers recorded their experience in a film titled Living on One. The film’s Boston premiere was held last Friday in BC’s Devlin 008 and drew a crowd of about 300 audience members.
     

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    Dancing Unifies Student Leaders

    Last Friday, the Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA) partnered with UGBC’s UNITY to host the fourth annual Dancing with the Scholars event. The event is designed to connect student leaders with accomplished members of student dance groups, who practice and then compete against other pairs in front of judges and the audience. The contestants used all types of music genres and dance styles for a wide cultural representation.

  • Column: Focus On Motives, Not Appearance

    “Hypersensitive” was the new buzzword on campus this past week.  Everyone seemed to have an opinion on the infamous opinions column.  Someone even came to my Mod’s Halloween party dressed as a WASP with an accompanying copy of last week’s Heights issue.  Though Halloweekend Part II is officially over, I can’t resist responding to the article and subsequent backlash.
     

  • BC Prepares For The Frankenstorm, Classes Cancelled Monday

    Boston College has begun hunkering down along with the rest of the East Coast in anticipation of what could be the most damaging storm in 100 years if current forecasts are correct.
     

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    Comedian Explores Role Of Race In Politics

    “It’s good to be back in Boston,” said comedian Baratunde Thurston. “I lived in Boston for 12 years, and I escaped. I come back pretty regularly, because you can never really leave a town that is so conflicted. I remember my first trip to Boston—I was visiting colleges, and I came across the intersection of Tremont and Tremont. That explains everything: the drivers, the politics, the everything.” Last Thursday, Oct. 25, Thurston gave a  multifaceted speech, titled “Birth Certificates, Fact Checkers and the Art of Negrospotting: A Look at Race, Comedy, and Politics in the 2012 Election.”
     

  • RHA Gives Local Children A Treat

    On Friday, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted Haunted Heights, a program that brought 100 children from a local elementary school to the Boston College campus for a day full of Halloween fun.
     

  • WZBC Holds Annual Fund Raiser, Hosts Fall Concert

    On Sunday, WZBC, Boston College’s student-run radio station, finished its 2012 Biennial Fundraiser. The event, which started Friday Oct. 17, ran for 10 days and raised over $26,000, surpassing WZBC’s initial goal of $25,000.
    Donations were made by an estimated 400 donors by phone and online. The fundraising will continue online until the end of the semester. Those who donated to the fundraiser will receive premiums, such as a WZBC mug, t-shirt, canvas tote, duffle bag or grab bag, as a thank you for their contributions. The money raised by the Biennial Fundraiser will help fund WZBC for the coming two years.

  • Column: There's No App For Perspective

    Hi. I am the Millennial Generation, and I have a problem. I have always known of this problem, but it has only dwelt somewhere in the back of my generational collective conscious. Back there, it has festered and grown over years of habits left unchecked. You see, I am addicted to technology.

  • Panel Finds Humanity In Prisons

    On Friday, Oct. 26, the School of Theology and Ministry sponsored a conference titled “Prison Ministry: Where Justice and Mercy Meet.” The event featured keynote speakers Gregory Boyle, S.J. and Sister Maureen Clark, who spoke about the process of re-entry into society from a prison, as well as three panelists who gave firsthand accounts of their experiences in the area.
     

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    Mod Lot Flooded After Rain Storm

    Last weekend, a fierce downpour covered Boston College’s campus with over half an inch of rain in a period of only a few hours between Friday night and Saturday morning. BC’s storm drain system was inundated by the sudden storm, causing flooding across a large portion of Lower Campus. Water levels in the Mod Lot reached a height that fully submerged the tires of some vehicles, and flooding in roads on Lower Campus rendered some impassable. Water also entered into buildings.

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    Al-Mutawa On Art As A Language

    Most Boston College students would not know much about comic book superheroes based on Islamic archetypes—but last night’s lecture by Naif Al-Mutawa would not have been any less meaningful as a result.

  • Changing World Requires New Skills

    On Tuesday, Alberto Godenzi, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work, gave a talk on globalization as part of the Sesquicentennial Dean’s Series at the Cadigan Alumni Center on Brighton Campus. The talk was sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association and was titled, “Putting our Heads in the Sand Won’t Make the World Go Away.”  
     

  • AAUP Fights For Recognition At BC

    Faculty members of Boston College’s branch of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) met yesterday prior to the Faculty Forum to discuss both their place within the BC community and their specific grievances. For the organization, the forum offered dual significance. Not only did it present members with an opportunity to air these issues directly to the provost, but it also raised the AAUP’s visibility within a community that often leaves it unacknowledged.
     

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    Economic, Health Experts Add To Health Care Debate

    “As Willy Sutton said when people asked him why he robbed banks, he replied, ‘That’s where the money is,’” said professor Joseph Quinn of the economics department. “This topic is dedicated to Willy.”
    Quinn, accompanied by a panel of economic and health policy experts, spoke to a gathering of students in a “healthy debate” on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on both the political and medical climate of the U.S., particularly for college students. “Entitlements—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are key components of federal spending,” Quinn said. “The good news is Social Security problems are manageable. The bad news is Medicare and Medicaid problems are not.”

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    Boat Cruise Draws Crowds

    Casino Theme And Safety Measures Add To Event’s Success

    The annual AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) Boat Cruise took a themed turn this year, bringing students out on the water for a night of music, food, and casino games.

  • Column: Passing Thoughts On Passing Time

    There is nothing you can be more certain about in life than the passage of time. While it is constantly flowing, like an undercurrent to our lives, we rarely stop to give it much thought. We are just too busy with all those things that take up our time—schoolwork, jobs, activities, or just hanging out with friends—to notice it.
     
     

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    2012 Election Analyzed By Top Scholars

    Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy held a conference titled “The 2012 Election in Comparative and Historical Perspective.” The event, co-organized by the Boston College History department and co-sponsored by the Carroll School of Management (CSOM), featured a series of speakers discussing topics relevant to the upcoming election.

  • Boat Cruise Revamped

    ALC Adds Theme, New Safety Measures To Annual Event

    The Programming Department of the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) has reworked the ALC Boat Cruise this year to include more varied entertainment and stricter security measures.

  • Advising Week Kicks Off With Help For Undeclared

    Academic Advising Week officially began on Monday with an advising event held in Devlin 101 at which panelists spoke to undeclared students about what factors to consider when choosing a major at Boston College. The event was the first of several that will take place on campus this week.

  • OSS Teaches Smart Money Management Strategies

    Differentiating between wants and needs and developing discipline when budgeting were the principal guidelines at the Introduction to Budgeting workshop Wednesday evening held by $uccessful Start, Boston College’s financial literacy program.

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    UGBC Hosts First Major And Minor Fair For The Undecided

    Over 40 areas of study were represented at the first-ever Major and Minor Fair held on Tuesday afternoon. The event was organized by the UGBC in collaboration with the Academic Advising Center as part of the inaugural Academic Advising Week.

  • Muldoon Reflects On Life, Language

    Notable poet and current poetry editor of The New Yorker Paul Muldoon spoke to a full room in Devlin Hall last night, the latest event in the Lowell Humanities Series, presented in collaboration with Poetry Days.
     

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    BC 2 Boston Hosts Harpoon Brewery Event

    On Friday night, BC 2 Boston held their first ever 21-plus event at Harpoon Brewery in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park. Seventy Boston College juniors and seniors were bused to a private tasting room at the brewery, where students had the opportunity to sample 15 different types of beer while mingling with friends and learning a little about their favorite drink.

  • OIR Looks For Student Input On Conduct

    The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment has recently distributed a University-wide survey in order to gather information on how familiar students are with the current Code of Conduct System at Boston College and their opinions on the process.

  • Column: Another Approach To Admissions

    In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that universities could utilize affirmative action in their admissions policies in order to promote a diverse student body, so long as the policy used race as only a plus factor and not a deciding factor. In the majority ruling, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that the Constitution does not prohibit the use of race in admissions decisions if it is used in a precise manner and it furthers a compelling educational interest that is derived from having a diverse student body. However, she also said that she did not see racial affirmative action as a permanent fixture in admissions decisions, suggesting that in 25 years it would no longer be necessary.
     

  • Court Revisits Affirmative Action

    Last Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court began oral arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas, a case whose ruling could redefine the landscape of higher education.

  • Jacobs Questions Vietnam Strategy

    In Southeast Asia, the United States defined its foreign policy through and based its fight against Communism on the extended conflict in Vietnam. While this is taken for granted now, professor Seth Jacobs suggests that this was not the necessary conclusion to America’s involvement in the region.
     

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    Harvard President Awarded First Sesquicentennial Medal

    Faust Speaks On The Benefits Of Liberal Arts

    Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, was honored as the first recipient of Boston College’s Sesquicentennial Medal in a ceremony on Wednesday.

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    NBC Legend, Rising Star Take The Stage In Robsham Theater

    On the stage of a packed Robsham Theater on Tuesday, NBC News journalists Tom Brokaw, H ’90, and Luke Russert, BC ’08, had a conversation about the current state of the media in America, the presidential election, and the duties of our generation.

  • Symposium Explores Education's Role In Modern Democratic Society

    “We are here so that students, faculty, community members, teachers, and education leaders will have the chance to exchange ideas in a way that is true to our democratic spirit,” said Maureen Kenny, professor in the Lynch School of Education (LSOE) to her audience last Friday at the symposium on “Education and its Role in Democratic Societies.” The daylong event kicked off the first Boston College Sesquicentennial and LSOE public lecture series. Kenny teaches a graduate class that focuses on the same topic.
    The conference came in the wake of the heated presidential debate, where both candidates discussed the importance of education while also criticizing the other candidate’s approach. Unlike the presidential candidates, however, the leaders at the symposium all agreed upon one fact: the current education system is not sufficient enough.

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    One Politician Still Optimistic

    In the 1960s, Jon Huntsman’s grandfather, a Republican, used to have two photos hanging by the front door of his house that guests would see as they left—one of John F. Kennedy, and one of Lyndon B. Johnson.

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    Boo Reflects On Life As An Investigative Journalist

    “The stuff that I care about most is stuff that most people don’t want to read,” Katherine Boo said to a full audience in Gasson 100. As a part of the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, Boo came to Boston College Wednesday evening to speak about her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and her life’s work as an investigative journalist.

  • Garland Reevaluates Death Penalty

    On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Boston College Law School and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy hosted a colloquium on capital punishment in the United States. David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and professor of sociology at New York University, gave a lectured titled “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition.” Discussing the research he conducted while authoring a book with the same name, Garland argued that the death penalty as it exists in the U.S. is a “unique cultural and historical phenomenon.”

  • Healthy You Augments Insurance

    In 2010, Boston College’s Human Resources department partnered with several schools in the area to develop a way to help their employees’ moderate healthcare with rising costs. BC paired with Tufts, Boston University, Harvard, and several other schools to benefit University staff.

  • New Data On Law Opportunities May Serve As A Reality Check

    Attending law school is the worst career decision you’ll ever make.

  • BC Cable Options Held Back By Cost, Not Lack Of Support

    The Boston College cable television system was implemented 16 years ago as an academic endeavor, but since 1995 the program has continued to improve as both an information and entertainment venue for students.

  • Students Aim To Bring Jesuit Leadership Conference To BC

    Last July, a group of Boston College students attended the 16th annual National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The conference, which began at Regis University in 1997 and has been hosted at a different one of the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and affiliate universities every year since, lasted four days and focused around the theme “Live the Mission.” Every day had a keynote speaker, as well as leadership sessions led by Holy Cross faculty, Holy Cross students, or students from the delegations of other schools participating in the conference.
     

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    Parents Get A Taste Of The BC Life

    Chilly rain couldn’t dampen spirits on campus as families descended upon Chestnut Hill Friday afternoon for Boston College’s annual Parents’ Weekend.

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    Quonset Hut Gets Long-Awaited Makeover

    After a stressful day of classes, homework, and exams, many students take time off to play basketball for an hour or run on a treadmill. While many Boston College students who live on Main Campus go to the Plex to exercise, students from Newton Campus have a much longer journey. However, the two-year renovation of Quonset Hut, which began in 2010, was recently completed.

  • BC Ignites Speech: Adriana Mariella

    Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said that he wished for a nation in which people would not be judged by “the color of their skin” but by the “content of their character.” He hoped for a nation that would look beyond color and look to what matters about a person.

  • BC Ignites Speech: Sandra Dickson

    As students of a Jesuit institution, we are strongly encouraged to be well rounded, to find meaning, and most importantly, to be more inquisitive. With these ideals instilled in us, we find ourselves realizing our passions enabling us to make change.

  • BC Ignites Speech: Matthew Alonsozana

    Now on this single campus, there are two perspectives in regard to race. Distinctly different and often opposing, the issue of race is seen as a non-issue for many non-AHANA students and the issue for many AHANA students. Volatile as this is, we struggle to confront this status quo out loud. How did this happen? And to paraphrase a certain Mr. Lupe Fiasco, how did it get so loud inside our heads with the words we never said? Talkative though we seem, we are for the most part, mum on the topic of race and certainly silent about racism, be it within the confines of this campus or our larger society.

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    Stokes Hall Nears Completion As Opening Date Approaches

    The top floors of Stokes Hall are currently being outfitted with carpet and wood molding, and the project remains on schedule for completion around Halloween and an official opening in January, construction managers have said.

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    Faculty Dining Room Will Be Opened For Student Dinners

    BCDS Will Sponsor TV Chef Series

    Starting in early October, the Faculty Dining Room in McElroy Hall will open its doors to undergraduates once a week. Boston College Dining Services’ (BCDS) new TV Chef Series will kick off with a night featuring the cuisine of Food Network chef Jamie Oliver, and is slated to continue on Thursdays throughout the academic year.

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    BC Ignites Urges Further Discussion

    Three Student Speakers Address Issues Of Racism On Campus

    Students found seats on the newly installed grass of O’Neill Plaza, the stone steps that border the renovated area, and the benches along the perimeter as the organizer of BC Ignites, Conor Sullivan, LSOE ’13, took the podium to begin the public forum on diversity and racism Monday night.

  • BC 2 Boston To Keep New Events Rolling

    BC 2 Boston, the UGBC program that aims to provide Boston College students with “Boston’s Best at a Bargain!,” ushered in the new school year with two sold-out events this week: the Museum of Science’s College Night this past Monday and the Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game on Tuesday.
     

  • Column: This Magic Moment

    As parents flock to Chestnut Hill from all corners of the United States, I reflect on my previous Parents’ Weekend experiences. I remember watching parents and siblings eagerly explore Hardey First Floor as my floormates and I impatiently waited for them to say goodbye so we could fulfill our Friday quota of binge drinking and bad decisions. I remember the Saturday football games, where my mother would forlornly ask why I wouldn’t let her bring a mystery book to read.  Lastly, I remember Sunday morning Mass, a yearly ritual where I drag my disheveled self over to Conte Forum and parry questions about the previous night’s activities from my disapproving parents.  

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    'Show Goes On' In Conte

    Timeflies, Lupe Fiasco Fill Conte For The Return Of UGBC’s Fall Concert

    The Fall Concert is back with a vengeance.
    After the success of last spring’s concert, before which Boston College had gone a semester without a concert in Conte Forum, the concert this fall had to rewrite the legacy of the 2010 concert, which had about 40 medical transports.

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    Acappellafest Sells Out Robsham, Raises Over $5,500 For Charity

    On Saturday night, the Robsham Theater hosted the 2012 Acappellafest in front of a sold-out crowd. Nearly 600 members of the Boston College community attended the event, which featured BC’s 10 a cappella groups: the Acoustics, Against the Current, B.E.A.T.S. (Black Experience of America Through Song), the Bostonians, the Dynamics, the Heightsmen, the Madrigals, Shaan, the Sharps, and Voices of Imani.

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    Bell Urges Entrepreneurs To Start Early, Think Creatively

    “My view is: don’t wait,” said Peter Bell, general partner at Highland Capital and BC ’86. “Waiting is a really bad thing in life. Time is one of your most precious resources.” Bell spoke to a crowd of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in entrepreneurship last Thursday in the Fulton Honors Library. Bell was welcomed back to his alma mater as the first speaker for this fall’s “Lunch with a Leader” initiative, sponsored by the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

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    BC ROTC Honors Fallen Soldiers

    On Friday, Sept. 21, at 6:45 a.m., the Forty Bravo Company cadets stood in dignified silence while the sun crept up the horizon, slowly filling Burns Lawn with the light of daybreak. The ceremony, held each year on the third Friday of September to recognize the POW (prisoner of war) and MIA (missing in action) soldiers who fought for our country, commemorates the sacrifices of these men and women in accordance with national POW/MIA soldier day.
     

  • Column: A Window To Collegiate Utopia

    Last year, as the second semester was just beginning and everybody was barely settled into their classes, the one conversation topic that couldn’t be avoided was: “What are you doing for housing next year?” This inescapable topic caused much consternation amongst the freshmen and was surely the end to many friendships. Luckily, I did not lose friends over the issue, but I was unsure what I wanted to do.
     

  • BC Sponsors National Preparedness Month

    In 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored the naming of September as National Preparedness Month. September was chosen in honor of the Sept. 11 tragedy, a point at which safety education became even more stressed for the public. This is the third year that Boston College has officially participated.

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    BCVC Hosts First Ever Entrepreneurship Week

    Few would have expected the Sept. 17 kickoff event for Boston College’s first annual Entrepreneurship Week to involve the phrase “#unfollow your dream,” but that was, at one point during his presentation, exactly the proposal of Young Impact CEO Stephen Douglass, the keynote speaker invited by BC’s Entrepreneurial Society (BCES).

  • BC Ignites Hopes To Spark Conversation

    Three Students Will Speak On Racial Issues

    The issue of diversity at Boston College will take center stage on Monday, Sept. 24 in O’Neill Plaza at the first BC Ignites, an event organized by UGBC in the fashion of the Women’s Resource Center’s annual Take Back the Night.

  • Inaugural Chair Of BC's Music Department Passes Away At 71

    Anne Dhu McLucas, the inaugural chair of Boston College’s music department, was a victim in a double homicide near Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 7.

  • Bell Named 2012 Monan Prof.

    Bollege’s Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. professor in theatre arts for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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    BC Community Garden Continues To Grow

    The Boston College Community Garden, now in its fourth year, offers BC students an opportunity to work closely with nature and bring organic produce to the University and the areas that surround it. Located on the Brighton Campus, the BC Garden is a project of the student club Real Food BC, the BC chapter of a nationwide organization known as the Real Food Challenge.
     

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    2016 Welcomed At Convocation

    Boston College welcomed the Class of 2016 Thursday evening with the ninth annual First Year Academic Convocation.

  • BC Remains 31st In ‘U.S. News’ Survey

    Boston College was ranked 31st among national universities for the second consecutive year in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

  • UGBC Creates Policy Caucus

    One of the biggest problems facing any college group is institutional memory. Because there is a 100 percent turnover at the undergraduate level every four years, many student groups find it difficult to maintain momentum and continuity over different generations of college students. While this does give the opportunity to reinvent themselves to better serve the current population, it also poses problems when trying to effect changes outside of the group.
     

  • Column: Avoiding Real Life At Its Finest

    When I woke up nice and early Monday morning (read: 10 a.m.), I was completely ready to tackle the week ahead (read: I missed the weekend). After a little over a week of living the Vandy lifestyle, I had settled into my routines. I was thrilled to have my own bathroom across from my bedroom and enjoyed not having to rush to get ready in the morning. Needless to say, I was completely surprised when I walked into my bathroom to find a sink full of water and dark colored detritus on the counter. Not in any state to deal with it, I took my shower, filed a work order, and went off to class, assured that the problem would not be there upon my return in the evening.
     

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    Barry's Book Explores True Heroism, Passion

    It’s hard to imagine that even the most competitive baseball players would tolerate playing for eight hours straight. It’s even harder to imagine that any fan would stay to watch them until 4 a.m. And yet, at the longest professional baseball game ever played, both did.
     

  • Five New Members Join BC Board Of Trustees

    As the Boston College undergraduate community welcomes the freshman Class of 2016 to its ranks, the Board of Trustees is also welcoming freshman members of its own. Five new members have joined the board for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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    Harvard Historian Clarifies Jefferson Family Tree

    The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy kicked off the 2012-2013 school year this Wednesday with a talk from scholar, author, and professor Annette Gordon-Reed. A professor of law and history at Harvard University, Gordon-Reed presented a lecture titled “Law, Culture, and Legacies of Slavery,” which was held in conjunction with the Boston College Legal History Roundtable. The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for History explored the way slavery shaped white attitudes toward blacks and vice-versa, especially in the areas of law, credibility, and family.
     

  • Senior Pass No Longer Offered After Violation

    Over 300 Students Will Receive Refunds For Purchased Tickets

    The 2012 Boston College Senior Pass is no longer being offered to BC seniors due to a policy violation involving BC’s indicia.

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    Enterprising Senior Sells Style And Customization

    While University of Miami student Jason Shuman sat in a fraternity chapter meeting one Sunday night two years ago, two observations struck him: One, the items being pitched to him and his brothers by sales representatives were overpriced and of subpar quality. Two, nearly everyone in the room was wearing the exact same shoes: Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes.

  • Drug And Alcohol Abuse Addressed Through Program

    Peer Group Focuses On Substance Abuse And Recovery

    This fall, Boston College’s Office of Health Promotion and the Alcohol and Drug Education (ADE) Program are starting a support group for students on campus who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. BC, like many other schools nationwide, is looking to create a supportive and welcoming environment for those students who are returning to college campuses after recovery, or are seeking assistance with a problem they are currently facing or are afraid they are developing.

  • Column: R.I.P. Senior Pass

    A couple of weeks ago, I was rudely disturbed during game of Mario Kart with my roommates by two students knocking on my Mod sliding door. They began aggressively pitching the Senior Pass to us. It contained tickets to multiple events, including pub crawls, a beer pong tournament, and a party at the top of the Prudential Building. The next morning, I woke up at 8:55 a.m., an extremely rare occurrence given my dream fall schedule, and purchased a Senior Pass. Despite the appeal of the actual events, I bought the pass for entirely different reasons.
     

  • Prison Arts To Enrich Inmates' Lives Via Art

    This year, the Boston College Arts Council is introducing a new program, one geared at bringing arts education to the incarcerated. The Prison Arts Outreach Program will bring BC students to two women’s prisons in Framingham, Mass. to teach workshops in various areas of the visual and performing arts.

  • West Nile Virus Should Have Little Effect On BC Campus

    Students Are At A Relatively Low Risk For Infection, Despite Attention From The Media

    Both Newton and Boston have been classified as areas of “high” threat for the West Nile Virus by their cities’ health departments, prompting University Health officials to raise awareness of the illness and urge students to take appropriate precautions.

  • ODSD Renamed For Clarity's Sake

    In 1980, when Dean of Students Paul Chebator came to Boston College, the Dean of Students’ Office was a small one, with only five or six staff members. In 1997, after years of growth, the office was renamed the Office of the Dean for Student Development, to reflect its expanded mission. At that time, the office had 20 staff members and encompassed the Alcohol and Drug Education program, the Office of International Programs, Graduate Student Life, Student Programs Office, Crisis Management, and various leadership programs.
     

  • BC Undergrads Win Prestigious Summer Research Scholarships

    This year, two Boston College students, Casey Brodsky, A&S ’14, and Benjamin Reiner, A&S ’13, received Norris Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarships. Granted by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the largest academic society in the United States, these prestigious awards are given to only four students from the northeastern area each year.
     

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    UGBC Fall Concert Will Feature Timeflies, Lupe

    This year’s Fall Concert, hosted by the UGBC, will feature hip hop duo Time Flies and Lupe Fiasco in Conte Forum on Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m.

  • Kalscheur Emphasizes Intellectual Tradition In New Role

    Rev. Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., the newly appointed senior associate dean for strategic planning and faculty development in the College of Arts and Sciences, asks some very big questions.

  • BC Hopes For 150 Minutes Of Service

    VSLC Sponsors Eagle Volunteers Initiative

    As part of Boston College’s Sesquicentennial celebration, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) have invited members of the BC community to participate in 150 minutes of community service during the three semesters of the Sesquicentennial.

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    Freshman Class One Of The Most Competitive Ever

    Class Of 2016 Sets New BC Application Record

    There were 34,000 applications for the class of 2016, a 3 percent increase over last year and a new Boston College record.

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    DeFilippo Steps Down, Says It’s The Right Time For ‘New Leadership’

    The day the Boston College fall sports schedule began, the man at the helm of the entire department decided to move in a different direction. In a surprising move, Gene DeFilippo officially announced his retirement as director of athletics on Aug. 17. DeFilippo decided it was “the right time” for “new leadership in the athletic director’s position.”

  • ‘Forbes’ Ranks BC 26th Overall Among Colleges Nationwide

    In a recent list complied by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which ranks the top 500 colleges in the nation, Boston College was ranked 26th overall, 25th among private institutions, and 14th among research institutions. This ranking places BC above Tufts (No. 32 on the Forbes list), Georgetown (No. 38), and Villanova (No. 83).

  • CFLC Offers Services For Students With Learning Disabilities

    The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC) may have a full time staff of only four employees, but it makes an impact on thousands of people at Boston College. Undergraduates, graduate students, and professors will all benefit from services provided by the center this year, as they have since the center’s opening in September 1991.

  • Column: Stokes - What Is It Good For?

    After a week of getting readjusted to BC, it struck me how comfortably familiar the campus felt. The one glaring exception to this fuzzy feeling, though, was the nearly completed monstrosity named Stokes Hall.
     

  • Students Start Petition Against Proposed Dining Changes

    To say Boston College students are not pleased about some of next year’s changes on campus is putting it somewhat mildly. In response to the recently announced adjustments to the mandatory residential dining plan, students are signing an online petition that calls for a stop “to the unreasonable increases and changes in the mandatory meal plan.”
     

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    Jiang Wins Aquino Scholarship For Academics And Leadership

    Last night the Benigno and Corazon Aquino scholarship was awarded to Krystle Jiang, A&S ’13. The ceremony took place in the Murray Function Room between 6 and 8:30 p.m. and featured Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr., Consul General at the Philippine Consulate in New York, as the keynote speaker.
     

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    Last Lecture Examines The Winding Path Of Life

    On Wednesday night in Higgins 300, the Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) of Boston College presented a lecture from Audrey Friedman as BC’s eighth installment of “The Last Lecture Series.” Friedman is an associate professor and associate dean of undergraduates in the Lynch School of Education.
     

  • Reel Big Fish Headlines Modstock

    Ska band Reel Big Fish will headline the UGBC’s annual outdoor Modstock concert this afternoon, May 3, beginning at 3:15 p.m. Opening acts will include Guy Dupont, LSOE ’13, aka ILO Productions, and The Dean’s List. The concert will also feature the winner of Boston College’s Battle of the Bands competition.

  • BC Senior Juliet Zawedde Learns From World-Renowned Investor

    The Smart Woman Securities (SWS) national organization recently sponsored its annual trip and mentorship program to visit with Warren Buffett in Omaha, Neb. SWS Boston College, founded in 2010 by six women on campus, sent Juliet Zawedde, A&S ’12, to learn from the brilliant entrepreneur and investor. Zawedde was the only BC student chosen, among 20 women from universities such as Harvard, the University of Virginia, and Yale.
     

  • Column: A Call To More Action


    The world is a very different place in May 2012 than it was a mere 365 days ago. What’s different?  Well, what was formerly Sudan is now two different countries. Muammar Qaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than four decades, was killed by the Libyan rebel army, effectively putting an end to the country’s civil war. The United States is no longer at war in Iraq. And of course, Osama bin Laden is dead.

  • Sophomore Found Dead in Walsh

    Michael Gannon, a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management (CSOM) from Lake Forest, Ill., was found dead in his Walsh Hall dorm room on Saturday, April 28. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but police have ruled out foul play. Gannon was a member of both the Boston College swim team and the water polo team.

  • More Than Just Hills Challenge Disabled Students

    Anyone familiar with the maze of staircases and hills that makes up Boston College’s campus would understand why a student with a physical disability might find it daunting. But this does not mean that students who have limited mobility, hearing, or vision do not attend classes and excel at BC.

  • Column: And Life Goes On

    My column has appeared on Page Three (or Four on a busy news day) just about every Monday for the past two and a half years. As the headshot that appears with this column reveals, you have to be a little smug and arrogant to be a columnist. What it doesn’t show you is that to be a news columnist you have to have a deep love and appreciation for Boston College and a passion for making a difference on campus. This is my last column, and I hope reading them has given you as much joy as writing them has given me.
     

  • Social Media's Impact On College Students Explored

    In UGBC’s final “Real World BC” lecture last Thursday, Joanna Pabst, a graduate assistant in the sociology department, discussed social media and how it affects social change.
     

  • Global Zero Of BC Hosts First Annual Photo Contest

    The Boston College chapter of Global Zero (GZBC), an organization that aims to end nuclear proliferation, announced the winner of its first annual Color or Ash Photography Contest in an awards ceremony held Thursday night. The contest featured 195 submissions of photos meant to show the beauty of a world that would be lost if a nuclear war were to take place.

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    O'Neill Plaza Going Green For The Fall

    Trees And Grass Will Replace The Existing Concrete In One Of The University’s Most Traversed Areas

    When students return for classes next fall, one of the most traversed spaces on campus will have a brand new look. Starting the day after Commencement, May 22, the University will begin renovating O’Neill Plaza to transform the area into a green space, with trees and grass replacing the existing concrete.

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    Former Chief Of Staff Shares His Experiences

    On Tuesday, Andrew Card, who served as the 21st White House Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush, addressed an audience on behalf of the Boston College Republicans. Card also served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush, as well as in several positions ranging from cabinet member to liaison under President Reagan. Card is the second-longest serving White House Chief of Staff.

  • C-CERT Prepares Students, Community For Disasters

    The Boston College Office of Emergency Management recently launched the fourth BC Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) course to teach and prepare community members to deal with emergency or disaster situations.

  • Spring Concert Sends No Students To The Hospital

    After hosting two consecutive concerts that featured between 30 and 40 alcohol-related medical transports, the UGBC has managed to organize a concert that didn’t send a single Boston College student to the hospital.

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    Skloot Defends The Value Of Curiosity

    On October 4, 1951, cervical cancer cells were taken from Henrietta Lacks, and the future of medicine was changed forever. These cells, taken without Lacks’ knowledge, had the ability to proliferate indefinitely and to survive in vitro, making them the first “immortal” human cell line. The story of Lacks’ cells, which are now referred to as HeLa cells, is widely known because of the research and medical breakthroughs the cells have led to, including human genetic mapping and the discovery of the cure for polio.

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    Top Math And Chemistry Professors Invited To BC

    Every year, Boston College’s mathematics and chemistry departments invite one expert each to discuss his or her field of expertise. This year, the chemistry department selected Charles M. Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. The mathematics department hosted Robert Ghrist, a math professor at the University of Pennsylvania. During lectures given last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, the professors discussed nanotechnology and applications of math, respectively.

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    Nelly, Third Eye Blind A Success

    Spring Concert Boasts High Attendance, Low Transports

    On Friday, April 20, the UGBC hosted its annual Spring Concert in Conte Forum, featuring Nelly and Third Eye Blind. The concert, which was held after the cancellation of the Fall Concert and an administrative review about the feasibility of future concerts, was successful in allaying many of the administration’s concerns about on-campus shows of this nature.

  • Schaeffer Resigns From Board Of Trustees

    Trustee Steps Down Amid Abuse Scandal

    Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J. resigned from his post on the Boston College Board of Trustees on Thursday following public criticism of the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest who allegedly molested multiple young boys over several decades. He had served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2004.

  • BCAAUP Raises Awareness For Lack Of Faculty Influence At BC

    Last week, the Boston College chapter of the American Association of University Professors (BCAAUP) hosted two events on campus as part of Quality for Higher Education National Awareness Week. BCAAUP is one of 59 organizations across the country that support the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, an initiative which planned the week that saw university organizations from Massachusetts to California host events to raise awareness about the importance of a faculty voice in the future of higher education.

     

  • Unique Program Teaches Ethics Through Tragedy

    If those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it, the graduate students participating in the 2012 Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) seminars are better off than most.

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    BSF Hosts Black Family Weekend

    From Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15, the Black Student Forum celebrated the 40th annual Black Family Weekend. The forum honored the weekend’s legacy under the theme Black Excellence: Reclaiming, Redefining, Renewing.

  • Trustee Alleged To Have Covered Up Sexual Abuse

    Schaeffer Under Public Criticism

    Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J., a member of the Boston College Board of Trustees, has come under fire for allegedly covering up sexual abuse as the leader of the Jesuits in Chicago more than 10 years ago.

  • Panel Explores State Of Religious Liberty In America

    On Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m., The Church in the 21st Century Center held a panel discussion titled “Is Religious Liberty Under Threat In America?” focusing on religious charities and educational, health, and social service ministries. The discussion panel took place in Robsham Theater, and was moderated by John L. Allen, Jr., an NCR Senior Correspondent who has written seven books on the Catholic Church.

  • Column: Addicted To The Wrong Plan

    Last week, President Obama met with the presidents of various Latin American and Caribbean countries at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. The dialogue at the summit centered on the war on drugs and, in particular, what a failure it’s been.

  • Team Effort Key To Zaaha

    College students have long represented a lucrative market for a variety of companies. There is much debate, however, about the most effective way in which to reach this target group. One company, edVenture Partners, was founded on the idea that the best way to reach college students is through other college students, and has spent the last 22 years matching up businesses looking to gain exposure among college students with college classes looking to gain marketing experience. This innovative company gave Boston College students enrolled in Maria Sannella’s Principles of Marketing Class the power to create a marketing campaign for Internet startup Zaahah.com.

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    Campus Greets National Champions

    NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Champions Honored With Ceremony At O’Neill Plaza

    It was a picture-perfect setting to celebrate the men’s hockey team on Tuesday afternoon at O’Neill Plaza. As the sun shone down on the center stage, the Boston College community welcomed back its players, who brought with them a new piece of hardware: the National Championship trophy.

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    Bob Woodruff Will Address Class Of 2012

    Award winning television journalist Robert Woodruff will address the Boston College Class of 2012 at the 136th Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 21. Woodruff made national headlines after sustaining a traumatic brain injury while reporting on the United States War in Iraq.

  • Sophomore Founds Clothing Brand

    In November 2011, a young Boston College entrepreneur invested his life’s savings in the establishment of a new clothing company. Andrew Veneziano, CSOM ’14, created One and Done, a brand intended to convey a message of taking risks and getting the most out of life. The t-shirt line, right now consisting of selected designs and styles (fewer than 100 of each), are unique, with a specific message of individuality and escaping comfort zones.

  • Alum Earns Fifth In Korean Singing Show

    Few people can say they took a year off after college to pursue their childhood dream of singing. For Eric Nam, BC ’11, this dream has manifested itself in a spot on MBC Star Audition, a Korean television show  similar to The X-Factor or American Idol—a journey that took him much farther than he had ever anticipated.

     

  • Capuano, Kennedy Honored By BC’s College Democrats

    This past Wednesday the College Democrats of Boston College honored Congressman Michael Capuano (MA-8) with the Fr. Robert F. Drinan Award and Joseph Kennedy III with the Democratic Rising Star Award. Both honorees spoke at the ceremony, which took place in the faculty dining room between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

  • Column: Romney's Deep Pockets Prevail

    And then there was one.

    On Tuesday morning, Rick Santorum formally announced that he would be suspending his campaign, clearing the way for Mitt Romney, who will be the Republican presidential nominee this coming November. The news came as a major surprise, as Santorum seemed prepared to duke it out with Romney until the bloody, bitter end — or at least until the campaign funds dried up, which they apparently have.

     

  • BCAAUP Writes To Leahy, BOT Asking For Investigation

    In response to growing national and international interest in the Belfast Project legal case, the Boston College chapter of the American Association for University Professors (BCAAUP) has sent a letter to the Board of Trustees and the president, as well as started a petition to create a third party committee to investigate the research that occurred during the Belfast Project.

  • Faculty Responds To Survey

    This fall, the Boston College chapter of the American Association of University Professors (BCAAUP) conducted its second faculty survey to discern what the concerns of the faculty are with regard to their involvement in University affairs. Members of the BCAAUP began discussing the results at their meeting, on Feb. 27.

  • Column: Things Are Getting Far Too Hazy

    In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Janet Reitman explores the hazing culture of fraternities at Dartmouth in her compelling piece “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing Abuses.” It tells the story of Andrew Lohse, a whistle blower who may have been motivated by more than a moral desire to change the culture of Greek street.

  • Castro's Daughter Speaks At BC

    Dressed head to toe in vibrant red, Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, spoke in Higgins 300 Thursday evening. Sponsored by the Cuban American Student Association, (CASA) Fernandez fluidly interwove her personal story with what she referred to as the “endless revolution” in Cuba for 50 minutes.

  • cummings 4/2/12

    Cumings Explores Evolution of U.S.-North Korea Relations

    Since Kim Jong-Il, the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), died on Dec. 17, 2012, numerous scholars, including Bruce Cumings, have argued about the stability of the regime. On Mar. 29, the Asian Studies and Asian American Studies departments co-sponsored a lecture by Cumings, a history professor at the University of Chicago. The lecture, titled “The Kims’ Three Bodies: How Dynastic Succession Works in North Korea,” discussed the time around the death of Kim Jong-Il and the diplomatic history between North Korea and the United States.

  • Republicans, Democrats Work Together With No Labels

    This week, No Labels, the Boston College chapter of a national organization dedicated to creating change in the American government, co-sponsored Rock the Vote week. No Labels was seen on campus publicizing their group, informing students about the organization, and handing out free pins, stickers, and t-shirts as a part of the Rock the Vote campaign.

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    Victims Of Sexual Abuse Take Back The Night

    Under a cloudy sky on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 6 p.m., many members of the Boston College community gathered in O’Neill Plaza to discuss the issue of violence against women at the annual Take Back the Night ceremony. The event was well attended by both male and female spectators. The evening’s message directly aligned itself with the Jesuit ideals that BC is founded on—the event was a strong expression of students’ ability to be “men and women for others.”

  • Debate Illuminates Key Issues For 2012 Election

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    To help students make sense of the hubbub surrounding the recent presidential primaries and caucuses, the College Democrats and College Republicans, in partnership with UGBC, No Labels, and the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), sponsored a political debate on Wednesday night. The debate was part of the national Rock the Vote campaign, which is aimed at getting students to register to vote. Moderator Alicia Martinez, vice president of ALC and A&S ’13, asked debaters to explain their respective party’s stance on clean energy, higher education, the state of the economy, and illegal immigration.

     

  • Author Of 'Tiger's Wife' Talks Creativity

    Wednesday at 7 p.m., New York Times bestselling author Tea Obreht spoke in Devlin 101 as part of the Lowell Humanities Lecture Series. Obreht was born in former Yugoslavia in 1985, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the prestigious British Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011, making Obreht the youngest Orange Prize-winning author in the award’s history.

     

  • Injury-Saving Turf Installed in Alumni

    After about two years of planning and deliberation, the Boston College Athletic Department has announced that it will install new turf in Alumni Stadium. The base layer of the new field, made by Brock International, is designed to reduce brain injury by up to 50 percent.

     

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    Campbell’s CEO Returns To Alma Mater

    Morrison Discusses Business Strategies

    In a consumer economy recovering from a recession, companies are looking for any way to satisfy, and Campbell’s Soup CEO Denise Morrison, BC ’75, explained how she became one of the most prominent women in corporate America and the steps her Fortune 500 company is taking to increase the brand’s excitement, convenience, and emotional response.

  • WRC Sponsors Annual C.A.R.E. Awareness Week

    Week Provides Resources For Survivors Of Assault

    This week, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is sponsoring various events for Concerned About Rape Education (C.A.R.E.) Week, which aims to promote awareness in the Boston College community about sexual assault. The WRC has been sponsoring C.A.R.E. Week since 2003.

  • STM Professor Looks For Explanations Of Doctrine

    Rev. John Shea, OSA, an adjunct professor at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM), has recently caused a stir in theological circles as a result of a letter he wrote to Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, published in The Heights on Mar. 19, 2012, concerning the ordination of women in the Catholic Church.

  • CSVBC Runners Making Strides

    With the Boston Marathon less than four weeks away, almost 400 students, faculty, and staff are preparing to conquer the 26.2-mile trek on behalf of the Campus School Volunteers of Boston College (CSVBC). The Campus School depends on both the enthusiasm and monetary support raised from Marathon Monday and other fundraisers to support its students, ages 3-21, with severe multiple disabilities.

  • Column: Importance Of Always Questioning

    We can all breathe a sigh of relief. The contract of Father John Shea, an Augustinian priest and an adjunct professor in the School of Theology and Ministry, is not being renewed only because his position is being replaced with a tenure track professorship. According to the University, hiring a professor for a tenure track was considered long before this March, and the decision not to renew his contract was actually made over a year ago. It would be an absolute shame if this were not the case.

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    University Mourns The Loss Of BC Grad And Fulbright Scholar

    Kelly Dalla Tezza, BC ’11, died Friday in a tragic car accident while working in Morocco on a Fulbright scholarship.

  • Player Charged With Invasion Of Privacy

    Jaryd Rudolph Will Attend Hearing In April

    Jaryd Rudolph, a member of the Boston College football team and A&S ’14, has been charged with allegedly using his cell phone to audio-record a consensual sexual encounter between a female graduate student and his roommate in February.

  • Column: Racism Is Still Present

    You know those times in life when you realize just how cruel and thoughtless human beings really are? To the point where you’re ashamed to be a member of the species? If not, then take ten minutes today to read about the murder Trayvon Martin, and I promise you will.

  • Debators Qualify For Nationals

    Four Boston College students have qualified to compete in the National Debate Tournament (NDT), which will take place at Emory University from Mar. 30 to April 2. The students qualified in teams of two: Brendan Benedict, A&S ’12, and Michael Maerowitz, A&S ’14; Sullivan McCormick, A&S ’15, and Alexander Carlman, A&S ’15. This will mark the 66th annual NDT, which features the top 78 debate teams in the United States.

     

  • Becoming Men And Women For The Environment

    This week, Boston College’s campus featured UGBC’s third annual “Green Week.” The week, dedicated to sustainability and social justice, featured events every day highlighting different ways to get involved with being “green” on campus.

  • ‘Forgotten Chapters’ Brings To Light Boston’s Lost Literature

    Students Research Boston’s Forgotten Literary Works

    Students in an English seminar class are preparing for an upcoming exhibit on which they have worked all year long, titled Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History. The exhibit will feature a wide variety of mid-19th century literature that today’s culture has not preserved. This elite class, taught by Paul Lewis, has researched disregarded Boston-area novelists, poets, and journalists, along with their works.

  • Winston Center Recruits Student Ambassadors

    The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics has announced a new program to encourage student participation in the center’s activities. The new Winston Center Ambassador program will begin in the fall semester, and will give interested students the opportunity to work closely with the program’s administrators in planning and publicizing the center’s events.

  • Bostonians Lucky On St. Patty's Day

    Boston has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since Massachusetts was only a British colony, and the city’s passion for the holiday has not diminished at all in over 250 years.

  • Housing Crisis Hits BC...Again

    The three most important things in real estate are: location, location, location. Many BC students seem to think that where they land in the lottery is the most important aspect of their spring semesters. While I haven’t been the luckiest in location, I have been fairly lucky with whom I’ve been living. Certainly it would be nice to live in the Mods (if that’s your taste) or Gabelli (for those with more refined palettes), but ResLife is correct when they say it’s not where you live but who you live with.

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    Greeks Reflect On Democracy

    Hellenes Gather For Panel On Greek Influence In Politics

    The Heights Room was filled with Hellenes and Philhellenes alike Monday for a panel discussion on “The Greek Influence: Democracy Today.” A collaborative effort between the Hellenic Alumni Network and the Hellenic Society of Boston College, the panel explored the influence of the Greek political and cultural heritage on American democracy in its origination and current existence.

  • Mormonism will affect Romney’s campaign, panelists say

    The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) hosted the Inaugural Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture Tuesday night at the Alumni Center on Brighton Campus. The event, titled  “Are Mormons the New Catholics and Jews? Mitt Romney and the Political State of the Union,” featured two panelists: Stephen Prothero, Boston University professor of religion, and Kristine Haglund, editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. The panel was moderated by Alan Wolfe, a BC professor of political science.

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    Noted Environmentalist Designer Redefines Green Living

    Neil Chambers, author and award-winning green designer and founder of Chambers Design, Inc. and Green Ground Zero recently visited Boston College as part of his “Urban Green” nationwide university book tour. Chambers is the author of Urban Green: Architecture for the Future – the focal point of his book tour, aiming to discuss new ways to design green cities.
     

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    Lynch School Freshman Seminar Will Undergo Numerous Changes To Emphasize Ignatian Values

    The Lynch School of Education’s (LSOE) freshman seminar class is anticipating changes to improve its structure and effectiveness.

  • Administrators Weigh In On The Rising Cost And Questionable Benefit Of A College Education

    BC Hopes To Produce Well-Rounded Grads

    One of the most hotly debated topics in politics focuses on the worth of the college degree. While a bachelor's degree can open vocational doors, the question remains: does receiving a college degree necessarily mean anyone learned anything?

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  • Communication Dept. Loses More Classes, PR And Ads Gone

    Journalism Moved To American Studies

    The course offerings of the communication department will go through a series of changes starting in the Fall 2012 semester. Advertising, a class that has been been offered for years by the department, will not be offered at Boston College next year. Public Relations and Advanced Public Relations classes will be moved out of the communication department, but will still be offered by the University.

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  • FBI Special Agent Discusses Corruption

    On Tuesday, Feb. 28, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Cynthia Deitle gave a presentation on public corruption at the Winston Forum on Business Ethics in the Murray Room of the Yawkey Center.

     

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    International Assistant Application Deadline Approaches

    The deadline for applications to the International Assistant (IA) Program is fast approaching. Applications for the program will be accepted until Mar. 13. The IA program, which has been a popular and rewarding program since its inception in 1980, pairs volunteers with incoming international students in order to ease the transition into life at Boston College and the United States.

  • Column: Second Semester Update

    Quite a bit has happened in campus news this past week. A student has disappeared, less than half of the student body voted in the UGBC presidential election, The Heights endorsed the winning candidate of that election, and I discovered that Father Neenan, special assistant to the president, reads my column.

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    Mali Music Fills The Plex With Gospel Music

    The Plex basketball courts took on a brand new purpose Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of chairs were lined up in anticipation of Boston College's first large-scale gospel concert, featuring popular gospel music artist Mali Music. Sponsored by the Multicultural Christian Fellowship (MCF), the concert drew a large crowd and was the first of its kind at BC.

  • Fifth Annual Relay A Success

    From 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, students packed the Plex for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This year marks the fifth time that Boston College has hosted the all-night event to raise money and awareness for cancer charities.

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    Electronic State Of Mind Shows Off DJs At Masquerave

    On Saturday evening, over 150 students gathered in the Rat for an electronic "Masquerave." Hosted by the student group Electronic State of Mind (ESM), the rave showcased four of the club's own DJs in a belated Mardi Gras celebration.

  • Law To Provide Contraceptives Without Copay

    On Mar. 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that extended medical insurance to over 30 million people and overhauled the health care system in the United States. One of the most controversial provisions included in the overhaul was the mandate that employers must give their employees free access to contraceptive care through the insurance plans that the companies or organizations offer. Churches are exempt from this mandate, but religiously-affiliated universities and hospitals are not.

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    Chris And Kudzai Win With 51 Percent Of Vote

    42 Percent Of Students Turn Out To Elect UGBC Leadership For 2012-2013 Year

    Chris Osnato and Kudzai Taziva, both A&S '13, have won the UGBC presidency for the 2012-2013 academic year. The pair received 50.5 percent of the votes cast.

  • BC Will Appeal Court’s Ruling, Protect Tapes

    Appeal Will Not Be Heard Until June

    Boston College filed an appeal on Monday of the federal court ruling issued last month that ordered the University to turn over transcripts and recordings of interviews with seven individuals who took part in the Belfast Project, an oral history project on the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles.”

  • SOFC Budget Runs Dry Early

    The Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC) has recently alerted all organizations that receive funds from it that it has exhausted its budget for this year and will not be able to fund additional events or hear appeals for more funding.

  • Students Must Scrutinize Potential Internships

    Only a few months after Megan Easton started her unpaid internship at an event-planning firm in the spring, she began to dread going to work.

  • BC Grad's Film Shows Moral Courage

    This past Tuesday, Feb. 21, Boston College hosted a screening of the documentary Brownstones to Red Dirt. The film documents a penpal program between sixth-grade students from inner city Brooklyn and orphans from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

     

  • new tab 2/20/12

    Themed Pub Night Brings The Rat Back To Its Glory Days

    Thursday evening, the Rat was home to po' boy sandwiches, jambalaya, Creole-inspired music, and reasonably priced beer and wine for an early celebration of Mardi Gras. The 21+ event was sponsored by UGBC Campus Entertainment and was their second Pub Series event of the academic year.

  • 34 Students Vie For 15 UGBC Senate Positions

    14 Freshmen, 10 Sophomores, And 10 Juniors Will Run

     

    Despite the focus on UGBC presidential and vice presidential elections the past two weeks, Senate campaigning started in earnest last Saturday. Elections for the 2012-2013 Senate will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, the same days as the UBGC presidential elections.

  • Woods Schoolers Have Difficulty Finding Representation

    Because They Do Not Pay Activities Fee, WCAS Students Often Miss Out

    The Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS), a school within the University through which students can take night classes, earn professional certificates, bachelors and masters degrees, and enroll in non-degree programs, lacks a representative in UGBC Senate. Students are also unable to vote in UGBC elections because they do not pay the $298 student activity fee other undergraduate students pay.

  • Column: Born Lucky? Be Responsible.

    With the exception of Valentine's Day, a (some would say) controversial statement about homosexuality by Father Himes, and the anticipated redoubling of campaign efforts by UGBC presidential hopefuls, it has been a rather slow week in campus news.

  • Obama Provides Avenue Of Escape For Religiously Affiliated Institutions

    In recent weeks, a struggle between the Obama Administration and certain religiously affiliated organizations has played out on the national stage. The struggle concerned the Obama Administration's stance on the rules that govern the health insurance plans offered by religiously affiliated organizations, such as charities, hospitals, and universities. Initially, the administration supported the requirement of such organizations to offer free birth control for their employees. It did, however, allow an exception for explicitly religious organizations, such as churches.

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    Eagle EMS Rolls Out New Medical Vehicle

    Ford Explorer Will Help EMTs Respond To On Campus Medical Emergencies

    After a decade of research and proposals, Eagle EMS (EEMS) has finally obtained an emergency response vehicle. A specially-outfitted 2012 Ford Explorer XLT will allow EEMS to give initial medical care to patients anywhere on any one of Boston College's three campuses in the time before an ambulance is able to arrive. This is a massive step forward in the evolution of EEMS, which was previously only able to offer care during events on campus.

  • Hooking Up For Life Explores Relationships After College

    Staff Members From Campus Ministry Discuss Life Beyond BC's Hookup Culture

    Though the median age of marriage is not as low as it once was, marriage is not an incomprehensible topic for college students to consider. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Campus Ministry hosted Hooking Up For Life, a discussion on intimacy, love, marriage, and the transition from college living to married life. The conference room of Gasson Hall was filled to capacity as students anticipated the words of panel speakers Kelly Sardon-Garrity, Tammy Liddell, and Dan Leahy along with their spouses. The panel speakers, all from Campus Ministry, were introduced by campus minister Rick Rossi, who said that the hour-long discussion would be generated by questions submitted by students prior to the panel's introduction.

     

  • Column: Catholics Can't Get Enough

    I guess you really just can't please everyone …

    On Friday, the Obama Administration announced that employers would no longer be forced to cover contraceptives in their employees' health insurance plans, as they may be exempted due to religious objections. In such cases, however, insurance companies themselves would have to cover those costs. Thus, regardless of where they work, women will now be able to get a hold of contraceptives if they so choose to use them.

     

  • 100 Days Dance Moved To March

    Club Royale Will Host Event For Seniors

    Last Friday, the Senior Week Committee sent an e-mail to seniors providing details about the 100 Days Dance. With the 100-day countdown to graduation beginning this past weekend, the committee announced that the Club Royale will still host an event on Mar. 23.

  • T Storm Will Remain Student Organized For Another Year

    The annual storming of the T by Boston College students on the night of the Beanpot game almost took an official turn with University approval. Last year, UGBC Campus Entertainment worked with the athletics department and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) to arrange a deal for BC students hoping to ride the T to the Beanpot game.

  • Appalachia Volunteers Of BC Win Grant For This Year’s Program

    The Appalachia Volunteers of Boston College have recently won a $2,500 grant from Liberty Mutual's Responsible Scholars Alternative Spring Break Grants program. This grant could not have come at a better time, as the Appalachia Volunteers find themselves in a very unusual situation this year—short of volunteers.

  • Symposium Encourages Integrating Service Into Careers

    Last Saturday, Boston College students of all grade levels, majors, and schools gathered in Gasson 100 for the second annual Leadership Symposium. The theme of this year's symposium, which was sponsored by the Student Programs Office and UGBC, was "Living and Leading in a Competitive World."

     

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    The Logic Behind BC Ticket Prices

    Athletics Explains Ticketing Strategy

    While winning, and winning often, packs stadiums more than anything else, the cost and simplicity of the ticket process is a major determining factor in the level of attendance at athletic events, especially for students. Boston College's men's basketball team has struggled over the season with poor attendance at home games. Though many would say the final score is a reason for not attending, it is important to note how BC's ticket process differs from other schools', in both cost and functionality.

  • Fair Share Uses Grassroots Approach To Support Jobs

    Though the unemployment rate has gone down, there are  millions of Americans still struggling to find jobs. The Fair Share Alliance (FSA), a national non-profit group that recently opened a branch of its organization in Newton, strives to help these Americans by giving them a better chance at finding a good job.

  • Ishmael Beah Visits BC For Lecture On Life Experiences

    This past Monday at 7 p.m., Gasson 100 was filled to capacity by students, faculty, and guests waiting to hear a lecture by Ishmael Beah. Beah, best-selling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, came to Boston College to discuss his experience as a conscripted child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone, as well as his current efforts to improve international standards in relation to the use of children in conflict. The event was co-sponsored by the BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the BC Arts & Social Responsibility Project.

  • Fair Trade Week Brings Vendors To BC

    Four Seniors Hope To Inform Students

    This week marked a major step in Boston College's evolution as a socially just campus. Four students, Jinah Kim, A&S '12; Megan Monahan, A&S '12; Matthew McCluney, A&S '12; and MaryJo Maliekel, A&S ‘12, worked together to plan Fair Trade Week, a week of events designed to inform students both generally about the fair trade movement and specifically about fair trade resources and issues on campus.

  • Admins Alert Students Of Belfast Project

    Students On The Isles Notified Of Legal Case

    Due to recent developments in the Belfast Project, Richard Keeley, interim director of the Office of International Programs, and John King, director of public safety and chief of the BCPD, sent a letter dated Jan. 30 to Boston College students studying abroad in Ireland and England, cautioning them from overtly displaying BC paraphernalia during trips to sensitive areas in Northern Ireland, and informing them on the details of the case.

  • Boston College Won’t Save On Snow Despite Mild Winter

    At this time last year, Chestnut Hill had experienced 77 inches of snow. This year, only eight inches have fallen. Cities across the northern United States learned their lesson from last year's intense snowfall and greatly increased their snow removal budgets for this winter. They are now faced with the decision of what to do with all of the extra money that they will not have to spend due to the mild winter. Boston College, however, does not expect to have this problem.

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    Offices At St. Thomas More Moved To New Brighton Campus Building

    With the final touch-ups being made and the last of the new furniture being brought in, the newly renovated building at 2121 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton Campus is almost ready for the approximately 185 Boston College employees who will be moving in on Feb. 13. The new building will be the site of offices and conference rooms for University Advancement. One wing of the building is completely new, with two others being renovated in preparation for the move.

  • 'NRG' Games Begin On More Visible Note

    On Jan. 30, the Office of Energy and Engineering began its second Energy Challenge. The "NRG" Games, the colloquial name of the challenge, pits the residence halls against each other to see which one reduces its energy consumption the most.

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    BC Dining Explains Food Pricing Strategies

    Prices Are Chosen Based On Numerous Factors, Admins Say

    Boston College Dining Services (BCDS) has been recognized numerous times as one of the best in the nation. Just last year, it was awarded the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Foodservice Operator of the Year prize. And while students might agree that the food is good, they certainly know that it is not cheap.

  • Snow Jam 2/2/12

    SnowJammers Left Disappointed By Long Rides

    Bus Service And Inclement Weather Cause Trouble, Campus Vacations Offers Refunds

    Many students looking forward to a trip full of snow, fun, and Canadians were left unhappy this weekend, as the annual SnowJam trip, sponsored by Campus Vacations, was full of disappointment for many prospective vacation-goers.

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    Long-Awaited Outdoors Club Gains Approval From SPO

    After working for over two years to gain official recognition, the constitution of the Outdoors Club of Boston College (OCBC) has been approved and the organization has been registered by the University.

  • CSOM Offers Unique New Minors

    The Carroll School of Management (CSOM) has recently developed a new minor, offered specifically to non-business majors in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). The minor is in Management and Leadership, with a concentration on the behavioral aspects of managing. This minor differs from other majors in CSOM because it does not require courses typically taken by business majors, such as accounting and finance.

  • Goizueta Wins Yves Congar Award For Theological Excellence

    On Jan. 13, Boston College professor Roberto S. Goizueta was honored by Barry University with the Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Each year the award, which honors Cardinal Yves Congar, seeks to recognize a Catholic theologian whose work moves Catholic theological tradition forward to deal with issues facing the modern church, as the Cardinal himself did in his teaching and writings. At the award ceremony in Miami Shores, Fla., Goizueta gave an address, titled "Against the Pursuit of Happiness: The Preferential Option for the Poor and the Denial of Death," reflecting on part of his work being honored that night.

  • Healthcare Reform Stirs Controversy

    Legislation Puts Religious Institutions At Odds With Their Fundamental Beliefs

    In a move that stirred up religious institutions across the nation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 20 that nonprofit institutions that do not currently provide coverage for contraceptives in their employee insurance plans will have to comply by Aug. 1, 2013.

  • Number Of Female Athletes At An All Time High

    In 2012, almost 200,000 female college athletes will play for 9,274 NCAA teams, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, a recent report, "Women in Intercollegiate Sport: A Longitudinal, National Study," found that there has been a sharp increase in women working in college sports over the last 35 years. There are nearly 4,000 female NCAA coaches, and the amount of female administrators and athletic directors is also steadily rising.

  • Column: What's Most Needed For UGBC

    Last Thursday my esteemed colleague Sean Talia described a new climate in the Republican presidential primaries. Tomorrow's vote in Florida will prove a pivotal day for at least one presidential hopeful and perhaps determine who can survive in this world of mudslinging that has become so central to several campaigns.

    Although the most publicized, the Republican primary field is not the only sight of political climate change in the country. On Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, Mass., six UGBC presidential and vice presidential hopefuls will begin their quest for the highest student-held office in the land. The climate around this election season is significantly different from that of years past due to the boldness of several young men and women and their "party" that exploded onto campus last spring.

  • Welfare Programs Not Overfunded

    During the past year, Congress has repeatedly attempted to work out a plan to reduce or eliminate the massive federal budget deficit. Consequently, many have called for the downsizing of government programs, especially those deemed to be unnecessary or overfunded. Among such programs are those that provide financial aid to the poor.

  • Spring Fair 1/26/12

    Spring Involvement Fair Cut

    The Student Programs Office (SPO) will not host a Student Involvement Fair during the spring semester for the first time in years. The event, which is traditionally hosted in the Rat, was canceled due to low participation by both students and organizations over the past few years.

  • Econ Lecture 1/26/12

    Presidential Hopeful Visits BC For Lecture

    Students, faculty, and guests filled Higgins 225 on Monday at 4 p.m. to hear Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a guest speaker of the International Economic Policy and Political Economy seminar, prescribe policies that would remedy the current economic malaise. Designed and organized by Fabio Ghironi, a professor in the economics department, and funded through the Institute for the Liberal Arts, this seminar is a one-credit course designed to engage students with top scholars in economics, political science, and history on matters of present-day policy making. Already in its fourth semester, this seminar has drawn top speakers to BC, including a Nobel Prize winner and the former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.

  • Keeley Named Interim Director Of The Office Of International Programs

    CSOM Associate Dean Takes On New Responsibilities

    Richard C. Keeley succeeded Bernd Widdig as interim director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillicuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies in mid-January. He was asked to serve in this capacity on an interim basis as Boston College searches for a full-time director. Keeley guesses that the search process should be completed by summertime, so the new director will be acclimated and prepared for the new position by fall.

  • Boston College Students Selected As Leaders For Foreign Relations Programs

    Students Chosen To Be International Ambassadors For Ireland And Australia

    Two Boston College students, Brielle Saracini and Leigh Maniscalco, have been chosen as leaders in two separate foreign exchange programs. Both students, who completed semesters abroad, will represent foreign relations programs for the 2011-2012 academic year, promoting study in other countries for American students.

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    Senior Starts Company To Help Alleviate World Water Shortages

    Maji Donates Proceeds To Fund Wells In Africa

    As a whole, the Boston College student body spends thousands of hours each year helping local communities through programs like 4Boston and PULSE. Max Ade, A&S '12, hopes to take things one step further.

  • UGBC Hopes To Gather More Student Input

    This spring, UGBC has plans to continue numerous initiatives that were begun in the fall and hopes to receive more student input on future projects.

    Michael Kitlas, UGBC President and A&S '12, spoke recently about the UGBC's plans for the coming semester.

  • UGBC Has Resolutions To Keep, Too

    The Plex is packed with people resolved to lose that little bit of belly fat that has accumulated due to the holidays or perhaps to reverse that pesky freshman (or senior) fifteen. I quit smoking and resolved to sound less condescending. I don't think this column is going to be a very good start to the latter.

  • New WriteCheck Software Lets Students Check For Plagiarism

    It is undeniable that technology has changed the face of higher education, but it may now be changing the face of cheating.

    iParadigms, LLC made major news a few years ago when it released Turnitin, a computer service that allows educators to cross reference their students' papers with a massive database of student papers, journals, books, periodicals, and websites to check for plagiarism. They now offer a second product that is making news, WriteCheck, a service that allows students to check their papers for plagiarism against the same database used by Turnitin.

  • Goldschmidt Named New Head Of C21

    One of Boston College's most distinctive facets is also one of its more obscure: the 10-year old organization called Church in the 21st Century (C21). However, its new director, Erik Goldschmidt, is doing all he can to make C21 a bigger part of student life at BC.

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    ‘Sub Turri’ Celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Yearbook Hopes To Photograph 100 Percent Of Seniors

    Sub Turri, one of the oldest organizations on Boston College's campus, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. As part of that celebration, student leaders of the yearbook have stated their hope that 100 percent of BC seniors will have their senior portraits taken in honor of the 100th edition.

  • MCAT Will Be Lengthened In 2015 To Include More Subjects

    As the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) plans major changes in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Boston College prepares its own program to accommodate students.

  • Gathering Will Be Held in King’s memory, scholarship to be awarded

    Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Lives On Through Remembrance And Change

    Next Monday, Jan. 23, the Office for University Mission and Ministry will host the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gathering. The event will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s strides in civil rights and honor his memory. Hosted in Gasson 100, the event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

  • Honors Program Director Steps Down

    O’Connor Leaves His Post After 14 Years As Program Head

    After being part of the directorship of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program for 30 years, Mark O'Connor has decided to step down as the program's director.

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    McMenamin Gives Reflective Last Lecture

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) continued their Last Lecture series with a talk given by David McMenamin, director of the Pulse Program. The Last Lecture Series is a biannual event put on by AID that was started by Randy Pausch a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. After being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Pausch gave a final address to his students in Sept. 2007 reflecting upon the great questions and challenges of life. His speech has inspired the Last Lecture series at other universities around the country.

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    Banquet Brings Poverty Issues To Light

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, a Poverty Dinner was hosted in the Murray Function Room to bring awareness to the immense poverty in the Horn of Africa and the disparities in wealth across the world.

  • BC’s Many Interdisciplinary Studies Promote Dialogue

    The knock on academics by some has often been that it is difficult to understand the applicability of their research to the daily lives of individuals. A constant challenge for the universities and institutions that employ them has been how one makes research and the knowledge it offers come alive and be applicable to the lives of ordinary people.

  • Bostonians Celebrate 25th Anniversary

    The Bostonians of Boston College will perform a 25th anniversary reunion show in Devlin Hall on Dec. 10 featuring members of every class year since 1986. This will be the final event of a reunion weekend for the Bostonians.

  • UGBC Senate Makes Moves Toward Transparency, Reorganization

    Members Vote To Dissolve Judiciary And Clarify Purpose Of UGBC Positions

    The UGBC Senate recently made two major changes to its constitution by voting to dissolve the Judicial Branch and make changes to Article IV, in an effort to "re-brand the organization to accurately depict its structure" and create a more transparent relationship with Boston College students.

  • BC Works To Assist Students In Difficult Economic Times

    At the peak of the most recent recession, unemployment for individuals with less than a high school diploma peaked at near 16 percent. The high figure is juxtaposed with an unemployment rate for those with a bachelor's degree or greater topping out at just 4.5 percent for the same period. From the disparity, the nation is beginning to understand that education can be a great equalizer.

  • New Video Contest To Help Promote Good Sportsmanship

    Every Boston College student knows the annoying, unsportsmanlike fan that can be found occasionally at games in Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium. The drunk, rude, or uncontrollable fan who yells obscenities blindly at the other team is an annoyance at any sporting event.

  • BC Groups Help Raise Awareness, Funds For The Congo

    Robsham Theater played host to the Concert for Congo on Friday night in a lively event featuring some of Boston College's top performing groups and prominent advocates for change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Sponsored by BC for Congo, Artists Striving to End Poverty at BC, and the Arts and Social Responsibility Project, the gala raised awareness about human rights violations occurring within the country and funds for Panzi Hospital, a treatment and care center for survivors of rape, located in Bukavu, DRC.

  • ‘New Yorker’ Journalist Discusses Pakistan And Bin Laden

    Though the Boston College campus undoubtedly heard of the daring raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden last May, Nicholas Schmidle gave a far more in-depth perspective on the topic last Monday in Devlin 008.

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    No Plans to Expand Walsh Check-in Desk

    Walsh Hall will remain the only residence hall with a security-staffed check-in desk in the near future, administrators have said. 

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  • Residence Halls to Get Water Fountains

    The Residence Hall Administration hopes to pass a new initiative to install water fountains in residence halls as soon as this year. The initiative calls for water fountains to be placed in residence halls where students do not have a kitchen or half kitchen. 

  • Events Highlight Benefits of an International Education

    Week Showcases the Breadth and Depth of International Intiatives On Campus

    International Education Week took place last week from Nov. 14 to 18. Through a series of events, the week sought to promote the benefits of international education at Boston College.

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  • Another Side of Joe

    September seems like it was just yesterday. We sailed through October and donned our crazy costumes on Halloween. Half of November is in the books, and we're just two days away from Thanksgiving break. When we come back, we'll have just a few weeks of class before finals, the conclusion of the term, and winter break. The semester was about as long as this first paragraph, but hopefully you did not find either too painful to suffer through.

  • Campus Mourns Death of Michael Racanelli, A&S ’14

    Michael Racanelli, a 20-year-old sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Brightwaters, NY, was found dead in his off-campus apartment on Foster Street in Brighton on Monday.

  • Activists Continue Efforts to Quash Belfast Subpoena

    University Remains Engaged in Legal Battle Over Records

    Irish activist groups are continuing their measures outside the court system to quash the subpoena of Boston College's Belfast Project archives as the University continues its long legal battle to challenge the order.

  • MBA Programs in Demand Despite Economic Trends

    Strength of Business Offerings Keeps Students Marketable

    It appears as if the academic prognosticators at Boston College may have correctly predicted the role of graduate professional degree programs, at least for business students. For BC, its graduate business programs appeared to have weathered trends in higher education influenced by economic factors, largely due to size and focus.

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    Boisi Center Lecture Addresses Faith and Fiction

    Fiction, especially science fiction or mystery, is not usually the go-to source of spiritual guidance.  

  • Two Juniors Found Startup Website, LeapTask, to Cater to BC Students

    Two Boston College students, Matthew LeBel, A&S '13 and Chase Mcaleese, CSOM '13, have co-founded a startup website called LeapTask.com.  

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    Homecoming Rounds Out Midterm Season

    Students Celebrate 11:11 at the Sheraton Boston

    At 9 p.m. last Friday, over a thousand students shuffled into the Sheraton Boston's Republic Ballroom. By 11:10 p.m., the throng of semi-formally adorned bodies was in full sway on the dance floor – a space normally used for trade shows and corporate conventions. A woman in a red dress danced in the corner, alone; a man was kissed by the French fry buffet. At 11:11, the balloons came down.

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    Allies Host Vincent Pryor for Annual Gay in Athletics Event

    Former Texas Christian University linebacker Vincent Pryor recounted his coming-out experience at the Allies' annual Gay in Athletics event, held in Fulton Hall last Thursday.

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    Graduate Students Join BC Splash Effort This Semester

    If only the list of classes for spring registration included courses like "Political Structures and Policies in the World of Harry Potter" and "How to Hack Life: A Guide to Hyper Productivity."

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    BCSSH Holds Annual Sex Toy Bingo

    Thursday night, Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) packed the basement of Roggie's for its annual Sex Toy Bingo event.

  • VFA Encourages Entrepreneurs

    New Program Launches to Provide Other Postgraduate Options

    Teach for America has matched 33,000 recent college graduates with teaching positions in low-income schools since its inception 11 years ago. Now, Venture for America (VFA) hopes to do the same thing with a different kind of college graduate.  

  • UGBC Rebrands Image: Four Equal Parts with ALC, GLC

    Unifying Changes to be Finalized Next Semester

     

    Next semester, the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), along with the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) will become equal parts of the UGBC, a change from their former, semi-autonomous states.

  • Admins Reflect on Pathways Initiative

    Program to Work out Kinks Next Year

     

    Since August, residents in Hardey-Cushing have experienced a new type of interaction with their Resident Assistants (RAs) as part of the Pathways Initiative. Developed by the Office of Residential Life, the program aims to foster community growth and development in smaller resident communities.

  • University Looks Past the Labels When Buying Coffee

     

    The way Boston College picks its beans to fill the 7,000 cups of coffee purchased weekly in its dining facilities is likely to draw a nod of approval from Juan Valdez himself.

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    Demonstration in O’Neill Plaza Sheds Light on Food Inequalities

    Erected late last night, dozens of white trash bags filled with thrown away cardboard, old paper products, and used plastic bottles hung conspicuously from a well-engineered wooden frame. Students walking through O'Neill Plaza could not help but notice the unusual scene. Most students glanced only momentarily at the strange contraption, a brief flash of bemusement crosses their face as they hurried to class.