Columnist Doug Girardot writes that in their reopening rhetoric, BC officials did everything in their effort to downplay the realities of college life in a pandemic. The flurry of summer emails students received in their inboxes and the maroon and gold technocratic signage littered throughout campus have suggested a conditional promise of normalcy: If you do all these things, then we can have school just like usual. But this is a dangerously fantastical apodosis.
BC released a letter on Monday with more information on how testing and contact tracing will be conducted in the fall and giving a more detailed look at the plan for a mix of online and in-person course instruction.
Students confronted a panel of administrators and students in the wake of Michael Sorkin, CSOM ’21, defacing walls, furniture, blinds, and a mirror in Welch Hall with racist epithets on Sunday.
In response to Michael Sorkin’s racist vandalism, top BC administrators sent out two separate statements—one to faculty and one, albeit much less detailed, to students—rather than addressing the University community as a unified group.
BC student Michael Sorkin, CSOM ’21, was named as the student arrested for damaging property in Walsh Hall, racist vandalism in Welch Hall, and assaulting a BCPD officer earlier that morning.
“My Boston College education transformed my life, and I could not be more thrilled to help shape future generations of BC students and alumni in this new role,” Gosselin said.
From the mundane to Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, here’s a small dose of what your professors have been getting up to for the past month.