Across the country and at BC, both abortion-rights and anti-abortion advocates are processing the Dobbs decision, which overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, establishing that the U.S. Constitution does not recognize a federal right to an abortion. Although not physically together on campus, students, alumni, and professors are grappling with what this decision means for the future of abortion in the United States.
Title IX—passed on June 23, 1972—prohibits discrimination based on sex within educational programs or activities that receive federal funding in a mere 37 words:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
“Once you get over [Heartbreak Hill] and … you see the place that you’ve been over the last four years—it just kind of was a sigh of relief,” Kacha said. “Honestly, I can’t even put into words how amazing it was to kind of just see all the people that I’ve spent my entire four years here with just there supporting me.”
“Obviously you don’t know who people are, but that really allows people to be authentic and kind of bond together over a lot of things,” Valentine said.
In the most competitive year of Boston College’s undergraduate admissions yet, 42 percent of admitted students in the Class of 2026 identify as AHANA+ students.
Poets from various colleges in the Greater Boston area gathered at BC on Tuesday for the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival.
“I just wanted to be as inclusive as possible,” Nassif said. “Because I don’t know who you are when I approach you, that makes me feel like I’m doing it to the best of my ability. It’s not my friends and their outfits. It’s literally just people I see walking around.”