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Boston College Should Evaluate Mental Health Services, Implement Virtual UCS Scheduling, and Hire More Referral Staff
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Boston College Should Evaluate Mental Health Services, Implement Virtual UCS Scheduling, and Hire More Referral Staff

Boston College should evaluate the efficacy of mental health services provided on campus in order to determine how to best serve the mental health needs of the student population. Some improvements that should be implemented include the creation of an email or messaging service to schedule appointments with University Counseling Services (UCS) and an increase…

Editorial: Boston College Should Permit Professors To Require Masks In Their Classrooms
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Editorial: Boston College Should Permit Professors To Require Masks In Their Classrooms

Boston College should allow professors to implement mask mandates in their classrooms. A professor’s classroom is their own space, and the University should support its faculty by allowing them to make their own decisions regarding their personal and professional safety. The University has a responsibility to safeguard the well-being of all members of the BC…

Editorial: To Promote Dialogue, Student Organizations Should Not Invite Prejudiced Speakers
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Editorial: To Promote Dialogue, Student Organizations Should Not Invite Prejudiced Speakers

Student organizations should not invite discriminatory speakers that ostracize members of the BC community and do not constructively participate in open debate.  There is a consistent pattern of hateful and inappropriate speakers being invited to speak on Boston College’s campus. In March, BC Republicans hosted political scientist Hadley Arkes, who promoted conversion therapy and argued…

Editorial: Boston College Should Expand Core Renewal Courses To All Students
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Editorial: Boston College Should Expand Core Renewal Courses To All Students

Boston College should expand access to interdisciplinary Core Renewal courses beyond first-year students in order to keep upperclassmen engaged in the core curriculum. BC’s process of revamping its core curriculum began in 2012 and was most notably marked by the creation of the Core Renewal Enduring Questions and Complex Problems classes for first-year students. These…

Editorial: Boston College Should Allocate More Funds To Campus Ministry To Employ Non-Catholic Chaplains
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Editorial: Boston College Should Allocate More Funds To Campus Ministry To Employ Non-Catholic Chaplains

Boston College should allocate more funding to Campus Ministry so that it can expand its staff by hiring chaplains of other faiths. Campus Ministry is an integral part of many students’ experiences at BC, regardless of their religious affiliation. It sponsors several retreats and service immersion programs that it stresses are “open to students of…

Editorial: Boston College Should Validate LGBTQ+ Students And Establish A Resource Center
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Editorial: Boston College Should Validate LGBTQ+ Students And Establish A Resource Center

Boston College should validate its LGBTQ+ students by breaking from the Vatican regarding its recent statement that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages and that such relationships are sinful. The University should release a statement in support of its LGBTQ+ students and commit to establishing an on-campus resource center.  LGBTQ+ students have said they…

Editorial: Without an Overhaul of the Housing Selection Process, Students Must Take It Upon Themselves To Mitigate Toxic Culture
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Editorial: Without an Overhaul of the Housing Selection Process, Students Must Take It Upon Themselves To Mitigate Toxic Culture

The housing selection process at Boston College is a needlessly stressful one, marked by rumors and distrust. Since a complete overhaul of the housing selection process seems unlikely in the near future, students must take initiative to change the toxic culture surrounding housing at BC.  Every class year at BC has a desired housing location….

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