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BC Ranked No. 151 of 159 U.S. Colleges for Free Speech
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BC Ranked No. 151 of 159 U.S. Colleges for Free Speech

In early October, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), in conjunction with College Pulse and RealClearEducation, released a report ranking the free speech climate at American colleges. Boston College, a university unaccustomed to finding itself at the bottom of rankings, was ranked 151 out of 154, with a total of 159 schools surveyed.

Grace Beinlich
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Grace Beinlich

“Just remembering that there’s a greater cause for all of this … like all the hard times that I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, my shins hurt,’ or like, ‘I don’t want to go for a long run’ … I just kept remembering all the kids that are gonna receive these awesome resources that I was fortunate enough to have—and I think a lot of people at BC were fortunate enough.”

Olivia Colombo
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Olivia Colombo

“I kind of made the decision that I was kind of tired of MALS controlling my life, and that even if surgery was after … I was gonna cross that finish line. Luckily, surgery was the shortest amount of time away from the marathon that would give me enough time to have surgery, recover, finish training in like a reasonable enough amount of time, and then run.”

Claire Floyd
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Claire Floyd

“There weren’t, like, crowds lining the streets, but I had an overwhelming amount of friends who set up like a fake Marathon Monday set up on Mile 21. Just like when I got to the top of Heartbreak Hill, I could hear everyone screaming, and then they all got in their cars and raced to the finish line to be there, so it was pretty amazing.”

Emma Majernik
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Emma Majernik

“Even for my short runs, just to literally be like, ‘Okay I know that house, like, I know how far I am from BC or … markers that I could, you know, like latch on to and be like, ‘Okay I know where I am. This is familiar. Like, it sucks, but I’ve gotten to the top of it a bajillion times. I can do it again.’”

Harris Craycraft
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Harris Craycraft

“To pass BC knowing that there are people who are kind of following me on the tracking app and who were waiting and all the people who didn’t know me but they still saw my BC jersey and stuff so passing it was just kind of a lot of joy. You know I wasn’t thinking I’d be smiling so much running through there, but I was.” 

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