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The Heights will return on Jan. 17, 2013. Happy Holidays! york’s road to 925 season’s greetings best sports Metro Team-first attitude defines legendary coach’s success, B4 Boston welcomes the holidays with 71st annual tree lighting on the Common, D1 scene Before the ball drops on 2013, The Scene reflects on the year’s pop culture highlights, A10 Thursday, December 6, 2012 Vol. XCIII, No. 47 Addazio named new coach Former Temple head coach arrives to take reins of BC football By Austin Tedesco Heights Editor Steve Addazio is the new head coach for the Boston College football team. A press conference was held yesterday to introduce the former Temple University head coach, who will take over for Frank Spaziani less than two weeks after the former coach was fired. “The mantra of Boston College is ‘Ever to Excel,’” said Athletic Director Brad Bates. “Today we celebrate a leader who thrives in the context of daily striving for excellence.” Addazio was signed to a six-year contract. He most recently led the Owls to a 9-4 record and their first bowl win in 32 years during his first season as a head GLC launches new #Ellen2BC endeavor online coach in 2011. Temple then moved to the Big East from the Mid-American Conference last year, and went 4-7. Addazio also served under head coach Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, and won two national championships during his time with the Gators. “I’m here for the long haul, and I’m here to win championships,” Addazio said. “And win championships with class and honor and develop young men on the football field and off the football field and in the classroom—men that are going to leave Boston College one day and are going to make a difference in society and this world we live in in a positive way.” Addazio is from New England and remembers where he watched Doug Flutie’s pass to Gerard Phalen. He also was a fouryear starter for Central Connecticut State University during the late ’70s, and he recalled driving up to BC with his friends at the end of every season to watch the Eagles play Holy Cross. He knew back then that See Addazio, A4 By Devon Sanford Heights Editor of success, because it supports what we believe to be true—that social media at BC has been and will continue to be on an upward trajectory,” said Patricia Delaney, co-chair of BC’s Social Media Council (SMC) and Office of News and Public Affairs Deputy Director. BC first became involved in social media in 2009, when the SMC created Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages for the University. Since then, BC has become active on Flickr, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest. The University has over 25,000 Twitter followers and an average of over Across Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter pages, “#Ellen2BC” has spread like wildfire. Last week, Boston College’s GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) launched a social media campaign to host Ellen DeGeneres, television talk show host and GLBTQ activist, as a keynote speaker next semester. Laura DelloStritto, GLC Chief of Staff and A&S ’13, hopes that the “Ellen2BC” campaign will bring awareness to the GLBTQ community on campus. “Ideally, we would like Ellen to speak about her experiences as an LGBTQ individual,” DelloStritto said. “We would love to hear her discuss her experience coming out, the difficulties she has faced, and how she has overcome those difficulties to become who she is today.” Since the campaign began, DelloStritto and the GLC committee have created an “Ellen2BC” Twitter and Facebook page, which has received over 800 likes. They have reached out to clubs, organizations, sports teams, and academic departments on campus, asking for support. The committee has also released a letter that outlines the campaign’s goals and GLC’s history on BC’s campus. The letter, which has received over 1,500 signatures, reads, in part: “As you know, it is not always easy to be an LBGTQ individual in certain situations. Here at BC, it is often challenging to be an LGBTQ student as the religious ties of our university make support for this community difficult and, in some situations, contested. “The GLBTQ Leadership Council itself was not created by the university but was instead a student Senate initiative in 2004, less than 10 years ago. This came after formal university rejection of an LGBTQ group four times since 1974. Since the creation of GLC, students have played a key role in leading the charge for LGBTQ visibility, resources, and education on campus.” The GLC believes that DeGeneres, as a keynote speaker, would be an educational opportunity for those who are and are not members of the GLBTQ community. “We came up with the idea for this campaign while we were brainstorming ideas to raise awareness about LGBTQ resources in the BC community,” DelloStritto said. “One of the main obstacles GLC faces is a lack of visibility. Many students, including those who could really benefit from the resource we offer, are unaware that we exist. GLC not only strives to produce programming that is both entertaining and educational See Klout Score, A4 See Ellen2BC, A4 graham beck / heights editor New head football coach Steve Addazio gave an introductory press conference on Wednesday. Athletes walk thin line when on the Internet By Austin Tedesco Heights Editor In a split second, 140 characters can set off a firestorm. One day before the Boston College women’s soccer team kicked off against Penn State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, an otherwise ordinary game in the middle of November, sparked attention across the nation. BC sophomore forward Stephanie McCaffrey posted a series of tweets on Twitter mocking the sexual abuse scandal that led to sanctions for the entire athletic department at Penn State. “I wonder if well get into the visitors locker room at Penn state! I hear the showers are weiners only, 10 and under,” read one tweet from McCaffrey. A Penn State blog caught on to the tweets, and the post was picked up by ESPN and The Huffington Post. While many student-athletes and coaches use Twitter and Facebook to build excitement and publicity for their sports and their schools, mistakes are inevitably made, and can be catastrophic. Every athletic department in college sports is quickly trying to find the best ways to use and to monitor social media. Two weeks after the McCaffrey fiasco, the social media policies in the BC athletic department remain unchanged. The department put head coaches in charge of creating rules that are consistent with individual team philosophies, according to associate athletic director of media relations Chris Cameron. Two social media experts did meet with the BC coaches and players this semester, however, to educate them about the power of even the smallest post, and that education process has continued. The athletic department also gave out cards this week to student-athletes with a list of things to do and not to do on Facebook and Twitter. It advises them to keep their accounts private, accept friend or follower requests only from people they know, post positive statements about their team or other teams, and thank their fans for support—but not to repeat anything said in the locker room, post about a tough loss before getting a chance to sleep on it, complain about their lives, engage in “Twitter beefs,” or use Twitter as a form of text messaging. While universities including North Carolina and Kentucky pay up to $10,000 a year for companies to monitor their student athletes’ social media posts, BC has a simpler approach. The sports information directors keep track of most of the student athletes’ social media accounts on their own. The athletic department also sees helping students understand social media and its potential impact as a more important goal than just acting as “Big Brother,” according to Cameron. Warren Zola, an expert on student See Social Media, A5 jordan pentaleri / for the heights The Social Media Council, formed last March, oversees BC’s presence in social media. The University has been recognized for its online efforts. BC earns recognition for effective social media By Sam Costanzo Asst. News Editor Boston College was ranked ninth nationwide on’s list of most social colleges and universities, which was published on Sept. 29. The ranking was based in part on universities’ Klout scores, which show how influential a particular institution is on social networking websites. As of publication time, BC’s score was 89 out of 100. The Klout score is designed to help universities, businesses, and other organizations better understand their social media presence. It is based on the number of times an institution is interacted with on various sites, in relation to the amount of content it creates. On Twitter, for example, the buzz created by 1,000 retweets of 100 original tweets adds more to an institution’s score than if followers retweeted 1,000 of the institution’s tweets 100 times. The number of mentions or likes on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, and connections on LinkedIn, among interactions on other sites, all contribute to scores. As a result, these scores are constantly fluctuating. “We’re happy to see BC’s social media presence recognized by external indicators middle campus lights up Heading into Winter Break, Stokes construction on time New academic building set to open in January By Eleanor Hildebrandt Heights Editor alex gaynor / heights staff Gasson Hall shines in the background of Boston College’s Christmas tree, which University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. lit on Wednesday night in the annual holiday ceremony. Construction on Stokes Hall, the first new academic building on Boston College’s Middle Campus since 2001, is continuing on schedule as the Fall semester comes to a close. According to Associate Vice President of Capital Projects Management Mary Nardone, furnishings have already been installed, meeting the November deadline. Final landscaping, which involves planting bushes around the base of the building and finishing the amphitheater behind the building, is in progress. The fences around the grassy area have been removed, and the newly opened walkway is already seeing significant foot traffic. “We’ve been fortunate with the recent weather, so the landscaping is in good shape,” Nardone said in an email. “Inside the building, before opening for the Spring semester, we still have Audio Visual installations underway, the startup of the coffee bar, and of course the faculty moves.” Construction on Stokes, which is named after BC alumnus and trustee Patrick T. Stokes, broke ground on Oct. 4, 2010, and Executive Vice President Patrick J. Keating said in an email that a dedication ceremony would most likely take place next June. The building offers numerous naming opportunities for alumni and supporters of the University. For $100,000 or more, donators can name a 20-student classroom, a seminar room, or a faculty or department chair office. A donation of $1 million or more warrants the naming rights for the Honors Library, the Function Room, larger classrooms—including the performance and lecture halls—or the garden beneath the Link passageway, which connects the North and South wings of the building. Contributions of $5 million or more allow the donator to name the Stokes Hall Commons, the lawn next to College Road, the Link passageway itself, or the new Campus Green. Vice President for Development and Campaign Director Thomas Lockerby said that his office would keep the names and donation amounts private until the dedication ceremony next summer. “We have been gratified to have both the tremendous support of the Stokes Family as well as significant gifts from several BC alumni and BC parents,” See Stokes Update, A4

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