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  • Nate Fisher COLUMN: Received Wisdom

    This column is a conversation with Old Nate, a continuation of my first piece about the recent changes made to the Boston College campus and the messages those changes send. Stokes Hall is the most high-profile of these changes. Everyone and his or her mother loves it, with its overwhelming eager-to-please-ness. But hey, this country was founded on the sweeping rejection of received wisdom, so with that in mind, here's another take.

  • Mary Kate Nolan COLUMN: Why Not To Say ‘No’ To Bandit Runners

    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.

  • Kimberly Crowley COLUMN: Reflecting On A Slogan

    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

  • Emma Vitale Congress And ‘Cards’

    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.

  • Jovani Hernandez A Tale Of Two Immigrants

    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.

  • Patrick Angiolillo The Art Of Etiquette Today

    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.

  • COLUMN: Reaching For A Higher Education

    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.

  • Jaclyn Susskind COLUMN: Rethinking Mental Health In The Armed Forces

    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.

  • Victoria Mariconti COLUMN: The Problems With #BC2018

    This topic has already been addressed, so for the sake of originality, I have to ask: what remains that is worth saying or repeating? Only that you endorsed underage drinking on this campus for the mere sake of cultivating an attractive social media presence. For those of you just tuning in, this is regarding the “Welcome #BC2018” video that was released to greet the accepted students of the incoming class.

  • Stephen Sikora COLUMN: Tanking In The NBA

    The beginning of April is one of the best times of the year to be a sports fan. Yet, there is one tradition each April that the NBA alone adds—teams jockeying for a better draft lottery position by losing. And losing. And losing some more. 

  • Kristy Barnes COLUMN: Oft-Forgotten Learning Disabilities

    “Are you stupid? Do you not understand the difference between ‘bog’ and ‘dog?’ You’ve failed yet another spelling test!” I was in fourth grade and in front of my entire class when I discovered I had a learning disability (LD).

  • COLUMN: A Different Kind Of Core

    As an education dork fascinated by policy issues, I recently spent a lot of time reading about the Common Core. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Common Core is a set of academic standards and learning goals that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. What motivated me to write this column was my shock at turning on my computer the morning Indiana dropped out and realizing “Common Core” was trending on Facebook.

  • COLUMN: Raising The Minimum Wage

    When studying the debate over the minimum wage, I began to consider the effects of campus wages at Boston College. Year after year, on-campus prices increase. Football games, theater productions, and charity events are additional costs that are not factored into a semester’s tuition. These costs can be quite a heavy burden. As our nation looks to increase the minimum wage, student employees should join the movement to increase their on-campus wages.

  • Nate Fisher COLUMN: The Devil Filed Into Conte

    Three young men sit in the stands watching a hockey game. For the two seniors, it’s their final game at Conte—the last of many. Their conversation is resigned and detached—Boston College goes on to lose this game and faint worry is only just starting to set in. Mostly, the three young men make big pronouncements, each pronouncement anchored in the 20/20 hindsight of old age. They’re seated pretty high up.

  • Jovani Hernandez COLUMN: Considering The Culture

    Although the world of higher education poses academic challenges that develop one’s critical thinking, a more significant challenge students confront is one that tests their grasp on the environment from which they come.

  • Patrick Angiolillo COLUMN: The Spiritual Vs. Religious Debate

    A quick Google search for the phrase “spiritual but not religious” yields a list of varied results—everything from webpages espousing spiritual aid, to humanist chaplains writing on how to be good without God, to religious advocates warning against the dichotomy of spirituality and religion, to a host of popular media sites, each with its respective columnists and pundits popping opinions left and right.

  • Emma Vitale COLUMN: Iran And The World Around You

    If you’re unfamiliar with Iran’s recent history, the only thing you probably know about the nation is what has been in the news in the past few months—the supposed dangers of its nuclear program and the discussions about it. It’s unfortunate that this issue is what is characterizing knowledge and opinions of Iran, because there is so much more to the country than its pursuit of (allegedly peaceful) nuclear energy.

  • Jaclyn Susskind COLUMN: High-Stakes Russian Poker

    As the crisis in Ukraine advances, various questions and opinions have risen. A question I have asked is, why does the U.S. always seem to find itself in the middle? Then again, who else would? 

  • Ben Olcott COLUMN: Rethinking Discovery

    The human side of the Malaysia Flight 370 story is important. It matters. It matters that 239 human beings are presently unaccounted for, and it is important to their families that they are discovered, whether that discovery entails their coming home or provides some sort of closure.

  • COLUMN: Responsible Feminism

    Although the suffrage and the 1960s feminist movements gave American women both the civil freedom and equality for which they long yearned, it did not eradicate the subconscious belief that being a woman is an impediment meant to be overcome. In fact, the idea of feminism has become so misconstrued that we are now grappling with three unintentional repercussions that are simultaneously hampering women’s progress in society, eroding childhood for a generation of girls, and leaving them confused on what it means to be a successful woman today.

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