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  • CSVBC Holds Successful First ‘Marathon Sunday’

    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.

  • NOTH Dance’s Name Exhibited Poor Taste

    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.

  • Admissions’ Long-Term Focus Supported By Stats

    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.

  • System Changes Make Class Registration Easier

    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.

  • Christian Must Deliver On Vision For BC Basketball

    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.

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

    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.

  • BC Career Center Needs New Director, Location

    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.

  • BC Should Prepare For Possibility Of Unionization

    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.

  • Pagoda Project Exhibits Impressive Research Efforts

    After nearly two semesters of virtually searching the globe, a history class taught by Rev. Jeremy Clarke, S.J. and an art class taught by Sheila Gallagher have brought three formerly lost pagodas, of Shanghai origin, to Boston College. The classes’ work should serve as an example for other professor-student projects at BC because of its real-world applications.

  • New Programming Board Needs Student Input

    When UGBC voted to split off its programming department, a committee was formed  to establish the form that the new Programming Board will take, as well as the guidelines under which it will operate. Since the committee began meeting at the beginning of this semester, it has made little quantifiable progress toward finalizing the structure of the new board, and has announced that it will push back its original April 1 deadline by two weeks.

  • Turnout Reflects Success In UGBC’s Weekend Events

    UGBC hosted the Annual Ball and Plexapalooza last weekend, and by the numbers, both events were successful. The Annual Ball sold out, and the Plexapalooza concert, featuring DJ Enferno, sold at least 900 tickets and filled the gymnasium in the Flynn Recreation Complex to near capacity.

  • University Must Improve Accessibility On Campus

    The issue of accessibility for students with disabilities has recently become much more visible on campus, after the art gallery in Bapst was closed a few weeks ago. One of Boston College’s strengths is its commitment to service, opportunity, and equal access, and it is crucial that the University works to uphold this much-vaunted principle in deed as well as word.

  • Thesis Presenters Deserve Greater Recognition

    Boston College seniors representing eight departments from across the humanities and social science disciplines participated in the inaugural senior thesis poster presentation on Friday morning. Turnout for the event, however, was disappointingly low.

  • University Must Rethink Art Space On Campus

    The University has recently closed down the student art gallery in the basement of Bapst Library because it did not meet Massachusetts’ statutory requirement for handicap access. This closure exacerbates an already problematic situation on campus—the limited amount of space available on campus for students to display their artistic creations.

  • Campus Voice Ought To Connect UGBC, Students

    UGBC relaunched Campus Voice, a website that provides a forum for students to create and support initiatives meant to improve the BC community, this week. his or her particular issue’s status through emails from UGBCWhile the site’s goals—including increased transparency, accountability, and dialogue between UGBC and the student body—are well intentioned, the execution of the site launch has been flawed so far.

  • Students Should Respect Marathon Changes

    The Campus School Volunteers of Boston College will not be permitted to maintain their long-standing tradition of participating in the marathon as bandit runners. As a result, the Campus School will host its own marathon on April 13, the week before the official Boston Marathon. The Campus School’s decision to host its own marathon to honor the hard work of its runners is wise and students should still support the runners.

  • Pro Day T-shirts Send The Wrong Message

    During BC football's annual NFL Pro Day, every BC player competing wore a maroon shirt emblazoned with "EXCELLED." The message that these shirts conveyed—that these players have already fulfilled the University's motto, "Ever to Excel"—is worthy of note and concern.

  • New Funds Afford Way To Recognize Junior Faculty

    David Miele was recently named as the first Sesquicentennial Challenge chair, the first of up to 10 chairs that the University is planning to establish for assistant professors. The establishment of such chairs is a rarity, as most universities reserve endowed chairs for senior, tenured faculty, and BC should continue to recognize junior faculty.

  • Athletics’ Indecision Hurts BC Basketball

    Donahue was told last Thursday that he would return next year, according to Sports Illustrated, but as of press time there has still been no word from the athletic department about the coach’s status. Although it is debatable whether Donahue deserves to keep his job next season, there is no denying that BC has handled the days since the basketball team’s season-ending loss last Wednesday very sloppily.

  • Feminist Coming Out Day Sparks Conversation

    Buttons bearing the provocative message “This is what a feminist looks like” once again appeared all over campus on Monday, marking Boston College’s second annual Feminist Coming Out Day. This year’s Feminist Coming Out Day built upon last year’s by offering a handout with the button, but more can be done in future years to engage a greater portion of the student body.

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