In its current form, the Senior Class Gift is severely flawed. If it were changed to give students more control over how the money is spent, then it could be both more transparent and more effective.
With new autonomy from the NCAA, the ACC is likely to allow colleges to offer scholarships to athletes that cover the full cost of attendance. Should that be the case, BC should extend that to all full-scholarship athletes.
City Councilor Josh Zakim has taken it upon himself to push college athletic departments in the city to protect their athletes better. Although the NCAA has been slow to change policies for players’ health and safety, it is not the city’s place to step in and intervene.
When moving off campus, students face a number of difficulties inherent in the process itself. On top of that, they must deal with the added anxiety of pressure from fellow students to sign a house early. Together, this makes finding off-campus housing difficult and unpleasant.
Yesterday’s BC Ignites brought mental health, a difficult topic to discuss, to the forefront of conversation on O’Neill Plaza. Coupled with some of UGBC’s other new initiatives, this public discussion can work to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness on campus.