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    CSVBC Holds Successful First ‘Marathon Sunday’

    Students Should Support Runners, Respect Extra Safety Measures At This Year’s Official Marathon

    April 14, 2014

    Following the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced increased security measures for this year’s race. Besides outlining an increased police presence along the route and laying out stricter rules for both runners and spectators about wearing costumes, carrying backpacks, and possessing glass bottles, among other things, the BAA also released a statement unequivocally discouraging unauthorized participants.

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    NOTH Dance’s Name Exhibited Poor Taste

    In Light Of Last Year’s Marathon Attacks, ‘Drop Beats not Bombs’ Title Was Highly Insensitive

    April 13, 2014

    On Friday evening, Nights on the Heights (NOTH), in conjunction with Global Zero and Electronic State of Mind, hosted a dance titled “Drop Beats not Bombs.” In light of the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon, this choice of title showed extremely poor taste.

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    COLUMN: Why Not To Say ‘No’ To Bandit Runners

    April 13, 2014

    After the tragedy at last year's Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and Boston Police Department plan to enforce tighter security restrictions to ensure that an incident of last year's nature does not occur again. While some of the rules are necessary to maintain a safe environment for runners and spectators alike, the BAA announced a new rule that I cannot comprehend—the prohibition of bandit runners from participating in the 118th Boston Marathon.

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    COLUMN: Reflecting On A Slogan

    April 13, 2014

    I remember exactly what I was doing when I found out that something terrible had happened during last year’s Boston Marathon. Since I was studying abroad in Beijing, my situation was a little bit different from the norm. When I returned to the U.S., I was pleased to learn that  the sentiment of support, love, and friendship had been nicely wrapped up in a new mantra—“Boston Strong.” I was proud of Boston and how it had responded. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I have continuously been impressed with or proud of how “Boston Strong” has been used in the year since the incident

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    April 14 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

    April 13, 2014

    Thumbs Up Brighton Campus - Sometimes, we think that this part of Boston College’s campus does not get the love it deserves. On this past beautiful, sunny Saturday, we took a brief foray onto those wonderfully green grounds, and the campus was mostly deserted. Full story

    Christian Must Deliver On Vision For BC Basketball

    New Coach Is Impressive So Far, But Decision To Keep Terms Of Contract Private Is Disconcerting

    April 10, 2014

    Director of Athletics Brad Bates introduced Jim Christian, formerly of Ohio University and Texas Christian University, as Boston College’s new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday, completing a three-week process to find a replacement after Steve Donahue’s firing. Bates cited Christian’s passion for BC, ability to articulate a vision for the program, track record for winning championships, and fit with the institution as the four key elements which contributed to his hiring.

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    Admissions’ Long-Term Focus Supported By Stats

    Two Years In, Admissions Statistics Reinforce BC’s Decision To Add A Supplemental Essay

    April 10, 2014

    Despite a relatively steep decline in the number of applications received for the Class of 2017, the decision to add a supplementary essay was, and remains, both commendable and strategic in an effort to attract students with deeper interest in the University. Although the decreased number of applications also raises the acceptance rate, the office of undergraduate admission should be applauded for the effort to increase the yield, and for not employing cheap tactics to decrease the acceptance rate.

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    System Changes Make Class Registration Easier

    New Course Numbering System And Agora Portal Upgrade Show Clear Improvement Over Old System

    April 10, 2014

    The University announced last fall that the course numbering system was going to change from the two-letter, three-number system to a new four-letter, four-number Kuali catalog management system beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. Although class registration is still done through the UIS system, the platform for searching for courses has been updated and is a significant improvement from the old system.

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    The Art Of Etiquette Today

    April 10, 2014

    The problem of etiquette today is a trite topic in some sense. The older generations chide the younger, and the younger rebel against the older. It’s cliche.

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    A Tale Of Two Immigrants

    April 10, 2014

    In the time it took to write this paragraph, three people have been detained for illegal entry on the border between Mexico and the U.S. Once, two of these people were my parents.

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    Congress And ‘Cards’

    April 10, 2014

    Frank Underwood, of the Netflix hit-series House of Cards, is the kind of politician you hope doesn’t actually exist in the reality. He is ruthless, stopping at nothing—bribery, intimidation tactics, deception, and even murder—to get where he wants and what he wants.

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    LTE: Reflections Of A College Conservative

    April 10, 2014

    I am a card-carrying Republican. As a Catholic, Asian-American, and Millennial student government leader, my conservative political beliefs mark me as a rarity. From Maryland to Massachusetts, my political stance elicits expressions ranging from disdain to disgust. The most common reaction is confusion.

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    April 11 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

    April 10, 2014

    Thumbs Up Skirt Day - Although we are not the highest authority regarding the official skirt day (a former Heights editor still at Boston College lays claim to that title and we at TU/TD are not about to dispute her claims), we do believe that yesterday was the day. Full story

    Students Should Attend C.A.R.E. Week Events

    This Year’s C.A.R.E. Week Adds High-Profile Lecture, Male-Focused Event To Help Spread The Message

    April 6, 2014

    Concerned About Rape Education (C.A.R.E.) Week is the time of year when the entire Boston College community is called to face the problem of sexual violence, and students and faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad events that the Women’s Resource Center and its co-sponsors plan throughout the week.

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    BC Career Center Needs New Director, Location

    Career Center Staff Have Worked Admirably Without Director, But Center Needs Vision For Future

    April 6, 2014

    As the Boston College Career Center approaches the two-year anniversary of its last official director’s departure, the pressure mounts to choose a new leader who can take the center forward. Although many students have undoubtedly used the center’s services to refine a resume or land an internship opportunity, many other undergraduates still find themselves navigating the murky waters of cover letters and job interviews by themselves. This can be attributed, in large part, to the location of the Career Center, which sits next to the St. Ignatius Church on Commonwealth Ave. and is well-removed from the paths frequently traversed by BC students.

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    COLUMN: Reaching For A Higher Education

    April 6, 2014

    The alarmingly un-alarming truth is that the U.S. still has some of the highest high school dropout rates among OECD countries despite being one of the most democratic and economically developed, according to The New York Times, which makes the accomplishment of completing an education in the “Land of Opportunity” all the more a testament to personal responsibility.

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    COLUMN: Rethinking Mental Health In The Armed Forces

    April 6, 2014

    For the third time since 2009, the U.S. has witnessed yet another horrific shooting at a military base. The media is swarming with reports addressing the unfortunately familiar, yet sensitive, topic of gun control in the U.S. At the same time, many target and blame the influence Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may have had in Lopez’s rampage, and, therefore, they simultaneously question the role PTSD plays in the lives of other war veterans.

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    April 7 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

    April 6, 2014

    Thumbs Up Lower Omelets - The omelet line at Lower runs like a well-oiled machine. You give the chef there your choice of toppings and in very little time you have a delicious omelet for your eating pleasure. But that isn’t even the most important part of the equation there—the choices are fantastic. Full story

    BC Should Prepare For Possibility Of Unionization

    In Light Of The NLRB Ruling, The University Ought To Reassess Its Understanding Of Student-Athletes

    April 2, 2014

    In a move that could potentially have a dramatic effect on Boston College athletics, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago ruled last week that a group of scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees of the institution, and that they therefore reserve the right to form a union and collectively bargain for rights.  Even if the chances of any unionization efforts by the athletes at BC are slim, the University and the athletic department need to be prepared for the possibility, while also making sure not to discourage the athletes from pursuing any options that might benefit them.

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