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Goodbye and A Guy Named Steve
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Goodbye and A Guy Named Steve

We’ve arrived, inevitably, at the end of things. Three years and thousands of words have all been building to this moment: my final column. There are a few dozen versions of this where I rehash the past, settling scores or changing endings or vying for redemption. I don’t want to do that, though. I want…

Boston College Must Provide Better Health Care Benefits For Its Graduate Student Workers
Opinions, Op-Ed

Boston College Must Provide Better Health Care Benefits For Its Graduate Student Workers

This semester the Boston College Graduate Employees Union launched a petition demanding better health care. Boston College provides woefully inadequate health care for its graduate workers, and the recent change in coverage is the latest example of the administration’s needless austerity. Given the administration’s decision to remove the mask mandate despite record cases of COVID-19…

Professor Melnick is Right, We Have a Free Speech Problem … So Now What?
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Professor Melnick is Right, We Have a Free Speech Problem … So Now What?

R. Shep Melnick—the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. professor of American politics—recently submitted an op-ed to The Heights titled “Our Free Speech Problem.” In his op-ed, Melnick observes the “disturbing” reality that “too many students are afraid to discuss controversial topics, and a significant minority think they are justified in preventing those they disagree with from…

Our Free Speech Problem
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Our Free Speech Problem

As Olivia Strong reported in a Heights article last semester, Boston College fared extremely poorly in the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) ranking of free speech on campus—151th out of the 159 colleges included in the survey. Our ranking in this widely disseminated study is embarrassing.   Far more disturbing, though, is what the…

The Texas Heartbeat Act Explained
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The Texas Heartbeat Act Explained

The Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect on Sept. 1. This bill prevents abortionists from killing preborn human beings in abortion procedures after fetal cardiac activity is detected using medical technology. The preborn’s heartbeat can be detected around day 21 of his or her development.  While similar bills restricting abortion have already been passed in…

Boston College Professors Request a Classroom Mask Mandate: An Open Letter to Boston College Administrators
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Boston College Professors Request a Classroom Mask Mandate: An Open Letter to Boston College Administrators

We faculty members of Boston College write to request a masking mandate in classrooms. In response to the new known and unknown dangers that we now face from the Delta variant of COVID-19, most peer colleges and universities have classroom mask mandates—from Holy Cross to Harvard, Boston University, and many others. Brookline and Newton K-12…

Op-Ed: Faculty Advancing Racial Equity Endorsement
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Op-Ed: Faculty Advancing Racial Equity Endorsement

Following the recent wave of racist incidents on Boston College’s campus and an insufficient administrative response, some BC students have raised a question: “Where are the faculty?” Many BC faculty work individually and in existing groups to challenge racism on campus. A newly formed Faculty for Justice project called Faculty Advancing Racial Equity (FARE) commits…

Reconciling Feminism Within Catholicism
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Reconciling Feminism Within Catholicism

It is a distinct point of pride in my family that we are as Irish Catholic (and French Canadian!) as our names suggest: McCoy, O’Neil, Fealy, Ouellet. My mother frequently amused us with stories about how her parents attended separate Catholic parishes. Just a few blocks apart, one was Irish, the other was French, and…

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