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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Vol. XCIV, No. 17
BCSSH and University still at odds
Sandra Day O’Connor stresses civic ed BY JOHN WILEY Heights Editor “Democracy certainly is not a spectator sport,” said former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “It requires the participation of all of us.” A symposium titled “Law Schools and The Education of Democratic Citizens” was held at the Boston College Law School on Tuesday morning. The event served as part of an ongoing celebration of BC’s 150th anniversary. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court, joined Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, Timothy Macklem,
head of the school of law at King’s College in London, and Vincent Rougeau, dean of BC Law, for a discussion on civics education. The symposium was moderated by Sharon Beckman, professor of criminal justice at BC Law. “Frankly, the skills and knowledge to run government entities is not handed down through the gene pool,” O’Connor said. Born in El Paso, Tex., O’Connor earned her B.A. and Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from Stanford University. In her legal career, she served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona, first female Majority Leader of the Arizona State Senate, judge for the Maricopa Country Superior Court, and later the Arizona Court of
Appeals. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated her as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court. O’Connor retired from the Court in 2006 after almost 25 years of service. In 2009, she founded iCivics Incorporated. Grounded in her campaign to reverse the declining civic knowledge of Americans, the iCivics website provides 16 educational video games and free civics resources for teachers. “On the last nationwide civics assessment test, two-thirds of the students scored below sufficiency, and only onethird of adult Americans can name the three branches of government, let alone
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O’Connor spoke at the BC Law School Tuesday.
Health equity PATRICK SHARES OWN AMERICAN DREAM activist talks social justice Paul Farmer shares experience with liberation theology BY CONNOR FARLEY Heights Editor “Health care delivery is really humbling,” said Paul Farmer, renowned pioneer of global health equity and founder of Partners in Health (PIH). “Suffering is very humbling.” On Wednesday night, the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, along with the Church in the 21st Century (C21), hosted Farmer alongside theology professor Roberto Goizueta. The event, “Accompaniment: Liberation Theology, Solidarity and a Life of Service,” brought forth conversation on matters of medicine, theology, and social justice, and how these themes are reconciled upon implementation. Farmer, widely noted for his success in advancing access to healthcare for the poor and marginalized in regions spanning Central America to Africa through PIH, began the talk by explaining his first contact with liberation theology—a multifarious field of political and social movements within Catholic theology—and its impact on both his medical studies and perspective on “large scale social forces.” For Farmer, the current Kolkotrones University Professor at Harvard University and chairman of Harvard medical school’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, his initial medical visits to Haiti in 1985, following his undergraduate studies at Duke University, afforded him the opportunity to study outside “safe enclosures”—but with it a bleak and unsettling perception of “structural violence”: a term often employed by Farmer to describe harmful social structures among other conceptions of suffering, such as institutionalized classicism and the neglect of fundamental human needs. “The biggest barriers to a preferential option for the poor in health are system barriers—they’re systemic … It’s not always easy to see,” Farmer said on the obstacles to providing health care for the socially marginalized. “They have their roots in history and economic disparities … [System barriers] are not volition problems.” Goizueta also noted the hindrance of effective medical treatment among the world’s destitute by referencing both the geographic and social lines of division, or systems of “separation” and “compartmentalization,” that exist throughout society. “What’s important for us is to learn to make connections,” Goizueta said on enabling social justice. “The ability to cross borders and to meet people on the other side, as it were, is crucial.” “‘There can be no option for the poor
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke at BC Tuesday morning in an event hosted by the Graduate School of Social Work. BY BRIGID WRIGHT Heights Staff On Tuesday, Apr. 2, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke honestly and passionately about his opinions on immigration, and how social work is the platform for improving immigrants’ lives. Patrick, who has served Massachusetts as governor since 2006, gave the keynote address for the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) sponsored by the 30th Annual Mary Mason Field Supervisors Appreciation Event. The event is held every year to thank the field officers who work with
GSSW students during their practicum in honor of Mary Mason, who served as field director for GSSW for 22 years. Patrick got his start through a program in Chicago that helped minority students with strong academic ability achieve success. This program allowed Patrick to attend Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., and he went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was appointed to former President Bill Clinton’s administration as the Assistant Attorney General in Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice until 1999. Patrick called his story “improbable,” but possible through the help
of social work. Patrick began his address by expressing gratitude to all the field supervisors who attended for their impressive and extensive contributions to social work. He spoke of the controversies that surround the integration of immigrants into American mainstream life, but revealed several ways that immigration is vital to our country’s existence and success. “[The United States] is organized around a set of civic ideals, and we’ve defined these ideals over time … as equality, opportunity,
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Tensions have calmed somewhat between the administration and Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) since the controversy over “Safe Sites” made national headlines last week, but the students involved remain dedicated to their cause. Despite pushback from the University and the possibility of disciplinary action, Lizzie Jekanowski, chair of BCSSH and A&S ’13, said that the group is going to continue the work that it has done in the past, including condom distributions on College Rd. and the Safe Sites program, which provides comprehensive sexual health information, male and female condoms, and personal lubricant in residence halls. “We’re not going to stop the work that BCSSH normally does,” Jekanowski said. “We don’t want this to escalate needlessly, but we’re going to continue being public with our work.” Since the letter went public last Monday, the organization has received more than 900 signatures each, 1,800 total, on two separate petitions of support—one for members of the BC community, and one for non-members. “We’re so overwhelmed and so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve gotten over the past week,” Jekanowski said. The organization began a campaign on their Facebook page last week for supporters to call Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and discourage him from attending a speaking engagement at BC on Tuesday. Patrick attended the event as planned, and when asked a question about the condom situation by Jekanowski, dismissed it as out of his scope as governor. It is unclear if any specific event sparked the letter to Safe Sites residents sent Mar. 15. Jekanowski said that BCSSH had not changed its operations recently, continuing the Safe Sites program normally and distributing condoms on College Rd. periodically. In interviews with CNN and NBC, however, University Spokesman Jack Dunn stated that the group had become “very public” with their distributions and were attempting “to make a mockery out of Catholic values,” claims that Jekanowski and BCSSH deny. Dean of Students Paul Chebator was surprised by the response to the letter, saying that he did not expect it to cause such a stir. The members of BCSSH had been meeting with administrators in the Dean of Students Office (DSO) and in the Office of Residential Life regularly over the past two semesters, and those conversations were ongoing. The letter, Chebator said, was not a threat, but rather a warning.
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Spring Weekend to feature ‘Bingo Players’ at Plex BY ELEANOR HILDEBRANDT News Editor Plexapalooza returns on Sunday, Apr. 14, when the Bingo Players—an electric dance music (EDM) group best known for their single “Cry (Just a Little)”—will take over the Plex basketball courts. The Dutch duo, which will be fresh off its performance at the California music festival Coachella, will play until midnight in the Plex show, which is jointly hosted this year by UGBC’s Campus Entertainment department, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and Nights on the Heights (NOTH). “This is exciting because we’re collaborating with RHA and Nights on the Heights, and it’s kind of like a big coming-out party for all the things these groups together can accomplish,” said Mike Cavoto, director of Campus Entertainment and A&S ’13.
“There’s a lot of money involved in these—and these people know what they’re talking about, in all these organizations, and when they work together there’s a lot of perspectives, and I think that this show is really going to speak for itself in terms of quality and how much fun people have.” According to Cavoto, while the budget for the
Bingo Players show has not yet been finalized, the three groups each contributed a comparable amount to the concert’s funding. “We wanted to go in a bit of a different direction this year,” said Dan Rimm, deputy director of Campus Entertainment and CSOM ’13, about the artist
choice. “In the past, what we’ve done for Plex shows is we’ve typically taken smaller acts, mash-up acts, and made the Plex show experience sell itself, as opposed to the artist. This year, what we want to do with the rise of EDM, and how we’ve cancelled the Spring Concert, is we wanted to make a bigger show that a lot more students would enjoy.” He described Bingo Players as an up-and-coming act, citing its recent slew of music festivals as evidence of its rising popularity. Rimm said that capacity for this event has been increased from that of Plex shows in the past by 500 people—the Bingo Players concert will be able to accommodate 1800 students. Tickets go on sale Monday, Apr. 8, on the Robsham Theater website, and are $22 each. Students can purchase
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
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things to do on campus this week
1 2 3 UGBC Elections
Today, Tomorrow Time: Ongoing Location: OrgSync
The elections for the president and vice-president of UGBC for the 2013-14 academic year are open from Thursday, Apr. 4 at 12:00 a.m. until Saturday, Apr. 6 at 12:00 a.m. Students can vote for a team and for or against the alcohol points system referendum online on OrgSync.
Friday Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Stokes 195S
The GLBTQ Leadership Council is hosting Janet Mock to moderate a Q&A session on her life and experience as a transgender person. Mock is a writer and served as an editor of People.com. In addition, she serves as a speaker and activist for transgender issues.
Saturday Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: Fulton 511
Mark Herzlich, BC ’10, will be speaking on Saturday as a part of the Brennan Symposium for Student Leadership and Ethics. During his time at BC, he was a linebacker for the football team and overcame bone cancer during his junior year. He currently plays for the New York Giants.
Women in business share insights on networking BY GIANNI MATERA Heights Staff “Often people make the mistake of thinking that the harder I work, the better I am … people will recognize my skills and I will be promoted,” said professor Judith Clair last Tuesday as she introduced the fourth annual spring panel hosted by the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) and the Council for Women at Boston College (CWBC). “Hard work and smarts get you far but only so far. What you also need are relationship skills. You need people to help you and you need to help other people.” The panel was titled “Networks, Mentors and Sponsors: Finding and Leveraging Relationships to Help Guide and Progress Your Career.” The e vent packed many undergraduate and graduate women into Yawkey Center for both the event and networking. “The main purpose of the Graduate Women in Business is to provide a supportive network and relevant prog ramming for our g raduate women. We believe that navigating how we cultivate and build relationships over the course of our careers is tremendously important,” explained Allison Dahl, MBA ’14, one of the co-directors of the GWIB. The p aneli st s include d four prominent women in business: Ann Carter, the CEO of the marketing firm Rasky Baerlein, Deborah Lodge, a partner at the law firm Patton Boggs, Emily Neill, the President of Junior Achievement of Northern New England and Terri Stanley, the
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Panelists discussed the roles that mentors and sponsors could play in professional life. CEO and creator of the television show styleboston. Each panelist gave advice on how to select a mentor or sponsor in the workplace and how to identify what role he or she best played. “A mentor, from my experience, is somebody who can listen and offer you advice on how to do or handle whatever the situation is at hand, someone who can also give you some coaching around shifts in career, or a tough situation with a colleague, things like that can be either short term or long term,” Neill said. “A sponsor, through my experience, is somebody who literally takes you under their wing and helps to set the groundwork to march you through the company into your next role … somebody who literally sponsors you to take the jump up … they’re very different roles to play.” Of the two roles, mentors are more
general and easier to find. Neill recommended having a handful of people to go to for help and advice, each with a different skill set. “I personally have probably five or six different mentors, men and women, depending what the need is on my end,” Neill said. “So those of you that are being mentored, I strongly encourage you to think about not just putting all your eggs in one basket and thinking that some person is going to save your life, because you’re going to need different skills from your mentors in different ways.” The panelists agreed that young women should be careful when choosing a person to try to learn from. Not ever yone is the right fit for ever y person. “It’s really about the communication and the relationship and the way that you click with someone that gives you
the confidence to then go and say, ‘Listen, you’re a CEO of a huge development firm, I know you know this aspect of business and I need some help. Here’s my dilemma, here’s my situation, I would love for you to give me some advice,’” Stanley said. While attempting to secure a mentor, panelists said that young women must work hard to be quality employees and not focus so much on themselves but on their companies. “Ar ticulating what you don’t know, being very honest, and really just focusing on what your job is and how you are going to help the company, how are you going to add value to the company,” Stanley said. “It’s about the company, it isn’t about you. If you can show that, then I think people will give you recognition. They’ll trust you, they’ll say ‘You know what, she has her head on straight, she gets it. I’m going to put my time in.” Apart from attaining a helpful and encouraging person to learn from, networking was also seen as key in order to achieve business success. “I want to challenge you from this point forward, every networking event you go to act as if it is an interview for that job that you really want to get,” Neill said. “Because believe it or not, every networking event is an interview. People are judging you. They’re listening to your words. They’re seeing how you’re dressed. They’re looking at how much activity you have at the bar. They’re looking at how interact with others. You are being judged—you are being interviewed."
Wednesday, March 27
Thursday, March 28
sault in Vanderslice Hall.
11:40 a.m. - A report was filed regarding vandalism to a motor vehicle in the lower lots.
1:48 a.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC student who was transported to a medical facility from the Middle Campus lots.
Sunday, March 31
12:28 p.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC student who was transported to a medical facility by cruiser from O’Neill Library.
3:42 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a BC student transported to a medical facility by cruiser from Williams Hall.
4:41 p.m. - A report was filed regarding an activated fire alarm in McGuinn Hall.
12:06 p.m. - A report was filed regarding property confiscated from the Mods.
5:38 p.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC employee who was transported to a medical facility from McGuinn Hall.
Saturday, March 30 9:34 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a sexual as-
College Corner NEWS FROM UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY ANDREW SKARAS Asst. News Editor A course at George Mason University that involved creating historical hoaxes was recently taken down because of ethical concerns. T. Mills Kelly, associate professor of history, twice taught “Lying About the Past,” a course that required students to fabricate an historical event and make it public. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, a departmental committee that vetted the course deemed that publicizing the hoaxes could be too damaging to justify the existence of the course. The course was first taught in 2008, as a “special topics” course, which allows for experimental teaching. This designation also meant that the course was only informally evaluated. Although the hoaxes included falsified documents and references, Kelly’s blog also included a warning about the accounts. Last fall, Kelly decided to list the
course in the university’s course catalog and this required that the course be approved by the departmental curriculum committee. According Brian W. Platt, chair of the history department, there were concerns about the damage the hoax could to do the public and the students’ futures. The committee was also concerned about a course requiring that students do something to which they could be ethically opposed. The course was structured such that the hoax was worth 40 percent of the final grade. In addition to this, there was concern over whether or not the course violated the university’s computer-usage policy. The decision the committee reached was that the hoaxes that students created could only be presented in class, but that the course could still be taught. Kelly declined to continue to offer the course after the verdict was reached because he believed that the course would not have been worth it.
9:14 p.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC student who was tranported to a medical facility by ambulance from Fenwick Hall.
—Source: The Boston College Police Department
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VOICES FROM THE DUSTBOWL “If you could join any dance group on campus, which would it be?”
“Sexual Chocolate—they look like they have a good time.” —Dan Martin, A&S ’14
“Fuego—I love to salsa dance.” —Ale Maldonado, A&S ’16
“Synergy— Brian Lindo was my OL.” —Tyler Najac, CSOM ’16
“Sexual Chocolate—they’re obviously the coolest.” —Mike Pool, A&S ’16
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Jason Wen joins Tech Transfer Office By Qian Deng Heights Staff
Matt Palazzolo UGBC presidential voting happens today. I am sure hoards of campaign volunteers are packing the Quad and old Dustbowl, begging for your vote. While I am a politics junkie when it comes to national and statewide elections, when it comes to UGBC campaigns I am what Rush Limbaugh calls a low information voter. I’ve only voted in one UGBC election in my nearly four years here, and that’s because my former freshman floormate was a presidential candidate. My voter apathy is only partly due to laziness though; I also have reasons behind my non-participation. If the entire UGBC government were overthrown in a bloodless coup, leaving behind a student power vacuum, I would barely notice. Fall, spring, and Mod concerts would disappear forever, but I haven’t been to any of those since freshman year. A notable exception would be the BC to Boston organization. One of my favorite memories of sophomore year was seeing Jersey Boys with my roommates after purchasing discounted tickets through the program. BC to Boston also provides discounted tickets to sporting events, a popular draw to the BC student body. Other than this exemplary group’s disappearance though, I personally would only be marginally affected by UGBC’s absence. While researching this article, I examined the platforms of the two presidential candidates. Some of their ideas were excellent, such as reforming the disciplinary matrix, and creating a PEPS style rating system for landlords and real estate agents. Others were helpful but completely outside my interest zone, such as designing CSOM minors for Arts & Sciences students. However, suggestions like creating study hall space for freshmen drew my attention to an inherent flaw in the UGBC system. The president and vice-president are only elected to one-year terms, while most of their platforms contain ideas that would take at least two years or more to implement. Plans like protecting the Mods would be an ongoing process that could not be solved by a single UGBC president. While it is true that party platforms don’t disappear when a candidate leaves office, every administration is different, so a plan like creating freshman study areas may be relegated to the backburner when a new president with different priorities takes the oath of office. My main problem with UGBC is its lack of power. In 2009 the BC student body overwhelmingly passed a referendum on sexual health with nearly 90 percent of the vote. Four years later, has anything changed? Of course not. Condoms and birth control sales are still restricted to off-campus sites, and most disturbingly, students still need to pay for STI testing. The BC administration still has veto power over each and every UGBC decision. Months of meticulous planning for an incredible Fall Concert could be completely erased if the higher powers decide to cancel it. This lack of power makes me view the presidential platforms skeptically. Ideas like petitioning BC to hire more AHANA faculty and staff sound like a great idea, until I realize whoever receives this letter could simply toss it in the garbage without repercussions. Despite my previous cynical statements, I still maintain a positive opinion of UGBC. I personally know many members who enthusiastically work to improve the undergraduate experience at BC. Moreover, my two main criticisms of UGBC are completely outside of its control. A college diploma unfortunately disqualifies the president from running for a second term, and the BC administration is too terrified of condoms to cede any power to the student body. These two flaws act as shackles, immediately locked on to the president-elect, that prevent him or her from effectively pursuing their ambitious policy platforms. I admire both presidential campaigns, but as long as BC maintains dictatorial control over the student body, my potential vote in a UGBC election means nothing.
Matt Palazzolo is a senior staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, spoke on nuclear proliferation at a recent Global Zero panel.
Global Zero talks nuclear arms By Jennifer Heine Heights Staff Boston College’s Global Zero organization held a panel event on Mar. 25 entitled “The Nuclear Dilemma: A World Held Hostage.” Welcoming Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, the current director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, as well as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Donald Hafner, who also served as an associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at BC and on the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Carter administration, the organization sought to facilitate discussion on the issue of nuclear proliferation in the U.S. and internationally. According to Angela Song, president of Global Zero and CSOM ’15, “Global Zero is an organization that advocates for the nonproliferation and eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons.” Drawing from this mission, the panelists explored the arguments against nuclear disarmament and their hopes for the future. Both agreed that the most common opposition they face is that of security. “One of the arguments that I find frustrating is that the U.S. needs a nuclear deterrent,” Pifer said. “While I don’t disagree with that, there have been too many instances in which we’ve been very lucky, and I don’t think that we can count on
that in the future. “I think nuclear deterrents worked during the Cold War. It would be hard to find countries as diametrically opposed, militarily and ideologically, as the U.S. and the Soviet Union at that time, and we never got into direct conflict,” he said. “But will we be that lucky in the future, especially when there are more actors on the nuclear stage? As the risk increases, we may want to move to a different paradigm.” Hafner expressed a similar sentiment. “Deterrents can work,” he said. “But even if they work, they do not require arsenals of the size we possess now. If an error occurred, the consequences could be devastating for human life.” They shared such examples as the Ukraine and South Africa as models of effective national disarmament. As Pifer explained, the Ukraine gave up its weapons for the sake of international relations, in particular with the U.S. once it had obtained help in eliminating the weapons and security assurances. South Africa gave up its program in a similar fashion, although it developed its program rather than having it granted by virtue of another nation’s collapse. As Hafner observed, “The South African government built up its nuclear weapons primarily for a political reason. The weapons were designed to invoke the aid of the United States, Great Britain, et cetera, should it ever be challenged by its neighbors.” With its concerns assuaged, the South African government was able to abandon its pro-
gram—a strategy the panelists believed could prove useful in other situations. “In short, the South African government made a judgment that its security issue was solved, and so gave up its nuclear weapons,” Hafner said. In future undertakings, he asked, “Is there someone who will provide some security assurance, if it is in our raw interest to prevent nuclear weapons?” The panelists acknowledged that the subject offers no easy answers. Situations such as North Korea, for instance, demonstrate the difficult balance the U.S. must maintain on the international front. “The North Koreans look at what happened to Iraq, what happened to Libya, what has not happened to them, and they’ve drawn certain conclusions from that,” Pifer said. “We don’t want our behavior abroad to encourage their proliferation.” “The more we point out and respond to the North Korean provocation, the message we send is that having nuclear weapons is a good thing,” Hafner said. “It gets you benefits—it gets you attention on the international stage.” Despite, and even because of the difficulties involved, both Pifer and Hafner emphasized the importance of Global Zero’s work. “Youth has a lot of energy, a lot of optimism about the future,” Hafner said. “There’s a kind of wonderful contagion that can result when college students take up a cause, even one as dark and complicated as this one. I believe you can truly make a difference, and I encourage you to do so.” n
FACES discuss race on campus By Meaghan Callahan For The Heights Racism. It is a term commonly use d and commonly misunderstood. At Boston College, the Dialogues on Race discussion groups aim for better understanding of racism and its presence at BC. Part of FACES at BC, Dialogues on Race is aimed to provide students with a comfortable environment to talk about the difficult subject of racism. FACES at BC began in 2005 as it became an officially registered student organization. Its mission statement has remaine d the same since the programs inception. “FAC ES is an anti-racist organization committed to educating the BC community on the issues of race, identity and systems of power and privilege,” the statement reads. “Through discussions, social interactions, and academic forums, FACES stimulates dialogue and facilitates the elimination of structured inequality, discrimination and racial polarization. These conversations and experiences will challenge individuals to address their own preconceived notions, and those within and beyond BC.” Dialogues on Race is just one of the programs that FACES has implemented to further their mission. It is an open forum for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to meet in comfortable settings and discuss their experiences with race at BC and in other areas of their lives. Coordinated through the Office of AHANA Studies Programs, the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Office of Residential Life, and FACES,
Dialogues on Race discussion groups meet twice a week, for six weeks. The discussions are coordinated by students, for students. This year, the two cocoordinators are seniors Aoife O’Leary and Christopher Finan, both A&S ‘13. Throughout the si x- we ek p erio d discussion groups meet in comfortable environments and tackle difficult subjects. Topics that are covered include the Definition of Racism, Race at BC, Institutional Racism, and Race and the Media. The program culminates in an action project at the end of the six weeks. The action project is designed to further the conversation of race and to spread it to other members of the B C community. Past action projects have included presentations in the quad, video projects featuring student interviews, and student surveys. At the end of the six-week period, students can expect to be more aware of the racism that is in their lives, their own perceptions of race, as well as how race is perceived by those around them. Student s can also expect to be prepared for future careers and any form of diversity that they may experience in the work environment. “No matter what field you go into you will deal with a diverse group of people,” Finan said, “It is important going into that situation that you know your own perceptions of race, as well as what others may be.” Student facilitators lead all discussion groups. “The goal of the student facilitators is not to teach about the topics of race,” O’Leary said, “the goal is to get everyone engaged in a dialogue about race,
we are there as discussion leaders, rather than teachers.” Dialogues on Race discussion groups are open to all sophomore, junior, and senior students. At the beginning of the semester there is an open sign-up online. There are also sign-up tables in the dining halls as well as a Facebook event op en to e ver yone. There is also the option of emailing the co-coordinators to become involved in the program as well. “People may be hesitant to join at first, afraid of the conversations that may be had, but after a few meetings those fears subside,” Finan said. The co-coordinators and discussion facilitators realize that these are difficult subjects to tackle. However, it is a goal of the discussions to grant validity to everyones’ experiences and opinions. Each discussion opens in saying that ever y one has something to bring to the table and everyone has something to gain from their experience. Student reactions to the program and their experiences have been very positive. Since the start of the program, participation and retention has improved greatly. This past s e m e s te r, a l m o s t e v e r y o n e who began the program stayed through the duration of the six-weeks. Dialogues on Race also allows students to interact with groups of people who otherwise would not have met. “Meeting people and becoming friends with people who you may not have otherwise met give you a lens to see how people perceive you and how you perceive other people,” O’Leary said. n
The Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL) at Boston College is one young office with many responsibilities, just as its director, Jason Wen, is one man with many titles: Ph.D., MBA, CLP, RTTP. The first two degrees are well-known, but it was the latter two, Certified Licensing Professional and Registered Technology Transfer Professional, that served to pull together each diverse facet of Wen’s background. “Technology transfer is a new field,” Wen said. “Maybe 20 years ago, this career did not exist, and even now there are no schools that purposely train people for this job, which needs several backgrounds, like science, business, and patent law. We need to be able to talk science with inventors and faculty, legal terms with attorneys, and business terms with executives, in addition to understanding licensing, evaluating technology, and analyzing patentability. “I did many years of research in the lab, from Ph.D. student to postdoc to faculty member, writing papers, applying for grants, had my own students in my lab,” Wen said of his first career as an associate professor in molecular biology at Virginia Commonwealth University. “Not only I but many other scientists just published papers for grants, for the faculty position, and nobody took advantage of their research,” he said. “I felt, in my limited lifetime, I couldn’t see something really happen because of my research, so I wanted to do something practical. If my research can’t do that, I’ll help other scientists with their research to reach the same goal. “Tech transfer is about transferring research results from academia into the market, into the industry, so that it can benefit society. We don’t want our technology to stay in the lab forever, we want it to do some public good.” Thus, Wen was inspired to work his way through part-time MBA and JD programs, gaining the qualifications to embark on a new career. Though a non-native speaker of English, Wen closed many deals as an assistant director in the Office of Technology Transfer at the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, including sublicense revenue sharing for a drug that treated spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. He generated over $30 million in revenue for researchers at the laboratory in a single instance. “That might have been the largest deal in its history. I hope to reach a deal like that again at BC,” Wen said, indicating revenue as one of the biggest challenges at BC’s OTTL as well as other universities, where costs far outweigh the influx of funds. In an attempt to increase licensing to companies, Wen finalized two deals within two months of assuming his post in December. “The office made more in those two months than in the previous fiscal year, but we still need help to reach the break-even point and
then get to a positive cash flow,” Wen said. He has recently promoted the office at an international meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers, and creates new job and internship openings at the OTTL each week. “We have a program to give training opportunities for students, postdocs, or even outside people.,” he said. “It’s a chance to get actual training that is unavailable in class for people of any background, whether to evaluate technology, do market research, or gain experience with patent law. “We have a fun job—you will not feel bored,” Wen said of the fast-paced schedule that created the office’s rare demand for new employees. “We have already interacted with most of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. “There is a lot of communication internally with scientists, faculty, administration, but also with outside people, like patent law firms, licensees or potential licensees from different industries. We also have to do a prior search for the new inventions we get. With deadlines for things like legal filing and publication, we have to re-prioritize every day.” The only constant priority is speed, and not only because of the number of parties involved or the constant advancement of scientific research. “With the new regulations at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, before the patent went to whoever invented it first, but now the consistent rule is for whoever files it first, so we have to file as early as possible,” Wen said. Still, Wen is appreciative of how busy the office has been, and hopes for even further growth, particularly in terms of actual ideas, the reason for the OTTL’s existence in the first place. Describing BC’s research as “relatively small but growing and full of potential,” Wen draws optimism from a recent multi-million-dollar grant for the biology department. “We have the capability to get big grants,” he said. “There’s a unique culture here,” he said. “I think it’s small but cute, and there’s a focus on academics, but the social environment is great.” For Wen, BC constitutes an ideal environment to promote innovation through the open communication of ideas, rather than excessive specialization. “We could host social events and seminars with contributions from different departments or schools. It could help faculty or students get ideas, integrating the different areas. “Don’t think that undergrads can’t have inventions,” he said. “They are all smart kids, and it wasn’t easy to get here. We would like to get input from the whole community, not only the faculty, so if the students get an idea from a class, or their lab work, they should let us know.” “I hope that one day we can create BC’s own company for the innovations here,” he said. n
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Jason Wen brings 10 years of biomedical science research experience.
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Plex show to be third stage of Marathon weekend events Spring Weekend, from A1 two tickets with their BC ID. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and close at 9:45 p.m. on the night of Apr. 14. “Instead of having a really little-name Plex show, a medium Spring Concert, and a medium Modstock, what we decided is we want to do a big Modstock and a big Plex show, because everyone knows that concerts in Conte are fun, but with the chairs, it kind of gets in the way,” Rimm said. “So if we could really bring that kind of entertainment to students within the Plex, where they have room to dance and really have a good time, we thought that we might as well spend our money in that way.” Plexapalooza will not be the only event of what Cavoto and Rimm termed “Marathon Weekend,” however. Cavoto stressed the desire to create a weekend around Boston College school spirit, and said that he hoped to see the beginnings of a tradition. In line with that vision, Apr. 14 will also see the annual BC Boardwalk, a free carnival of food, games, and rides, co-sponsored with the RHA; and a Field Day, co-sponsored by BC Athletics. The Boardwalk, which has previously been held on O’Neill Plaza, will be held in the Mod Lot from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “We just want to make it a really fun atmosphere, so
that you can get outside your dorm and really do something, walk around—everyone loves a carnival, and how often do we get to go to a carnival as college students?” Rimm said. The Field Day, which is partially sponsored by Coke and ’47 Brand, will be named “Battle of the Classes,” and will pit the four grades against each other in various games such as corn hole, Wiffle ball, relay races around the Reservoir, and intramural sports. Each activity will involve smaller prizes, and the event as a whole will include t-shirts and other giveaways. The winning class will receive a trophy, which, according to Cavoto, Campus Entertainment is working to get placed inside a Conte display case. Signups for the Field Day begin Friday. Cavoto and Rimm have been working to coordinate the Apr. 14 events, in tandem with RHA, NOTH, and Athletics, since the beginning of the semester—even earlier in the case of the Plex show and Field Day. “[It’s] something to get people really excited to go to BC,” Rimm said. “Everyone knows the weekend’s great as it is, but what do we do as the undergraduate government? … If we can make that weekend just a little bit more fun, I think that would meet our goal.” “It’s already one of the most fun weekends at BC, and we just want to make it that much better,” Cavoto added. n
Gov delivers GSSW keynote Patrick, from A1 and fair play,” Patrick said. “All these values transcend race, ethnicity, religion, and other differences because they defy dogma. We have always been a beacon for strivers and thinkers from all over the world.” Patrick spoke passionately about the American Dream, and explained that immigration is not only the foundation of the U.S., but also plays an intricate role in our economy’s growth and future. He said that often immigration is “detached from facts” and viewed as sour, and sometimes racist. He offered impressive statistics of the country’s industry advancements that can be credited to immigrants who created businesses and filled labor gaps. He explained that these immigrants are here for these ideals of equality and opportunity, and the American Dream. Patrick continued to speak about immigration policy reform, and how “demonizing immigration denies who we are as Americans.” He spoke about the Dream Act, which would allow the children of immigrants who were born and raised in this country the ability to attend state universities with the same in-state tuition as American citizens. Patrick explained that the Dream Act is aligned with our country’s civic
values, and how education is vital to the success of these children and young adults in improving their lives, and our country as a whole. He spoke passionately about deferring deportation, and how he is striving to close education gaps in Massachusetts to provide equal opportunity for learning to all students. “If [the children of immigrants] grew up here, went to school here, and matured into responsible college applicants, then I believe they should have the same access as everybody else to the next rung on the education ladder, the rung, that will lead to productive citizenship,” Patrick said. “Giving all children access to quality education starting in their earliest years ensures their success and ours. It is the cornerstone of the American Dream.” Patrick closed by explaining that the American Dream is a reality, and immigration and education are key to the advancing our success as a country and realizing that reality. “The American Dream is more than the stuff of legend and folklore—it’s real. And it is especially real in the lives … of immigrants and those who work to make it real, and make it last.” Patrick said. “You cannot separate the American Dream from immigration, nor would we want to. Frankly, our future depends on it.” n
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GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi introduced Patrick before his keynote speech on Tuesday.
SSH will meet admins in April BCSSH, from A1 “The letter was a clarification of University policy,” Chebator said. “It was a matter of wanting to go on record with them so that it was clear to everyone that that is in fact the position of the University. This isn’t about possessing condoms, it’s about distributing them on campus.” While he agrees with the students that the University needs to provide better opportunities for sexual health education, Chebator said that the condom distribution in residence halls had been impeding progress. “I agree 100 percent with them that we need to do a better job of sexual health education on campus,” Chebator said. “They’re not going to get an argument from me on that. What was somewhat interfering with the conversations we were having was the condom distribution piece.” Jekanowski also agreed that the organization had been meeting regularly with administrators, pointing out that the Safe Sites program had been created in cooperation with the University. She felt, however, that the letter was threatening and unwarranted. “We have worked with the administration to create Safe Sites, and we were in the middle of an email chain trying to figure out when to meet again,” Jekanowski said. “The
letter came out of nowhere.” Members of BCSSH will meet with a group of administrators in late April to continue discussions about their role on campus. Jekanowski named three things she hoped would come out of that meeting. “First, we want no disciplinary action to be taken against the students involved,” Jekanowski said. “We want BCSSH to continue to be allowed to do the work it has done. Lastly, we want a public letter from Jack Dunn in which he rescinds his statements about BCSSH and publicly apologizes.” Jekanowski, Chebator, and Dunn each stated their hope that the situation will not result in disciplinary action, but Chebator did note that the University has policies in place by which it will abide. The meeting between BCSSH and administrators in DSO and Residential Life is scheduled for Apr. 29. It is unclear what policy changes, if any, may arise from the meeting, but Jekanowski emphasized that BCSSH will not change its strategies, and remains dedicated to advocating for sexual health resources and education on campus. Despite the dedication, she maintains that any significant progress in terms of policy is unlikely. “Change probably won’t happen in the near future,” Jekanowski said. “Change is slow at BC.” n
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Paul Farmer and Roberto Goizueta discussed health care in the third world, theology, and social justice in Robsham on Wednesday.
Farmer, Goizueta discuss global health issues Farmer, from A1 without having friendships with poor people,’” Goizueta also said, quoting Gustavo Gutierrez, the foremost figurehead of liberation theology. The speakers’ discussion then shifted to the topic of “accompaniment” and its necessity in authentically comprehending human struggle. Accompaniment, Farmer explained, is the immersive understanding—the learning “with,” not “of ”—of lives disrupted by social upheaval and economic tumult. “Accompaniment is, in part, a notion that to help improve the quality of care that we can deliver as doctors or nurses, we have to be able to reach into the everyday lives of the patients,” Farmer said. Few embody and enact this ideal to the extent of Farmer, whose work in human rights and global medical care have seen success in some of the world’s most devastated regions. Specializing in infec-
tious disease and internal medicine, his work in treating diseases—tuberculosis, malaria, AIDS—in countries like Haiti and Rwanda have been met with dramatic triumph. “In fact, we just reported, along with our colleagues, that we’re seeing the steepest declines ever in human mortality,” Farmer said on bringing diseases under control, at which point a packed Robsham audience released an awe-stricken applause. “To see that happen after 19 years, after the worst spasm of violence in Africa, ever—to see it charted…” Farmer said. “But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to die one day. That doesn’t mean it’s not suffering, and painful … [On the global health improvements as a result of his work] that doesn’t mean we’re exempt from figuring out how to walk with people.” For Goizueta, a leading expert on liberation theology and prominent CubanAmerican professor of Christology, the
concept of accompaniment is exemplified through his theological teachings and, most recently, his book Caminemos con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment—a publication on the meaningful expression of the Christian faith for the Hispanic/Latino community in North America. The exchange of experiences and interpretations of faith through the suffering of the poor allowed both speakers to convey their evolved views of Christianity’s role in medicine and the call for solidarity through progressive social change. Farmer, in his closing, noted the relatively recent “torrent—a good torrent” of interest among college students regarding global health—a term that, prior to Farmer’s work, hadn’t even existed. “There is a wellspring of goodwill out there,” Farmer said, noting that, if channeled into a social movement, would substantially further transregional empowerment. “I’m full of optimism about that.” n
Alex and Ani CEO emphasizes passion By Mujtaba Syed Heights Editor “I make a pretty dramatic statement, but I believe in it. We sit somewhere between hospitals and God,” said Giovanni Feroce, emphasizing the personal focus Alex and Ani LLC brings to its bangle bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Feroce, CEO of Alex and Ani, spoke to a crowd of students and faculty members on Wednesday in Merkert. Feroce was invited to speak about branding, strategy, and his own career path by the CSOM Marketing Department and the BC Marketing Academy. Feroce graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1991 before attending the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Giving particular focus to both business and the military while in school, he participated in infantry training and civil affairs before attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to partake in the Advanced Management Program. Working in retail optics as a military reserve, Feroce did not actively serve in the Armed Forces until after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “Post 9/11 I spent approximately five years on active duty. So I kind of had to switch gears and it’s a lot of that real-world experience that I’m now able to bring back into the business world,” he said. When asked about the specific aspects of the military that translated to his current success at Alex and Ani, Feroce’s response focused on the intensity and pressure prevalent in military situations.
“It was dramatic in a way in which it was so serious. Your attention to detail is elevated. Your planning is elevated. Your operational tempo is elevated. All of those things are making their way now into the business life I have. The real-world experience and decision-making are what my job is all about.” Continuing onward to discuss the military’s impact on the way he views his workforce, Feroce constructed a metaphor to explain the way he manages personnel. “To have life and death situations and carry them over, I now view the business decisions I make in the same way. Which I should if you think about it—because employees’ lives depend on it. Jobs in my mind are no different than having somebody’s life in your hand.” After actively serving in the military, Feroce met Carolyn Rafaelian in October 2009. Rafaelian, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Alex and Ani, eventually recruited Feroce to be CEO of her company in January 2011. Achieving rapid success as evidenced by a nearly 500% increase in revenue from 2011 to 2012, Feroce started explaining the growth by isolating the company’s high demand and establishment of distribution channels. “Number one, we’re the hottest brand on the planet. So it’s really a matter of putting out our points of distribution and creating a supply chain. The demand is there. The growth is a culmination of all of our efforts to get our products to the people.” Feroce then discussed the productivity of the Alex and Ani staff, citing both
incentives created by management as well as an innate passion present in all employees that creates an unmatched organizational sense of perseverance. “The people that work throughout the night and live and breathe the business are the ones that are successful. We have systems and viewpoints that many companies don’t have, so our productivity is extremely high.” Transitioning to branding, Feroce placed significant emphasis on the stories and personal attachment customers associate with Alex and Ani products. Reflecting on numerous interactions with people that reported improvements in their lives and mental states as a result of Alex and Ani merchandise, he spoke of a positive energy the brand prides itself on. “The energy I speak to is used to create products that are rooted in a lot of research and development, which focus on symbols, meaning, and what they represent. And then they empower people to remember that things are going to be okay.” As Feroce and his colleagues at Alex and Ani continue to focus on a wider array of products that will create personal connections for consumers, their revenues suggest that they seem to have found a formula for success in the contemporary market for jewelry and accessories. Amidst the company and personal success, Feroce continues to put the wellbeing of consumers above all else. “During the next five years, I want to see the brand get the distribution it needs. I want to see our products get to the people who truly need them.” n
O’Connor questions citizens’ involvement O’Connor, from A1 say what they do,” O’Connor said. “Seven percent of eighth graders can name the three branches of government. Less than one-third of eighth graders can tell us the purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name. I hope I make my point here.” “I do think that there is a special obligation for law schools and lawyers to tend to the issues of civic education,” Minow said, responding to O’Connor’s initiatives. “We make a bet in our kind of government that we can govern ourselves, and that we will do a good job in so proceeding, but that bet carries with it an enormous risk, and the risk is that we don’t invest in the time and energy that it takes to do it well.” “We talk about democracy in louder terms than we ever have,” Macklem said, himself a native of Canada, currently teaching in the UK. “We go around the world, we engage in many different endeavors, some of questionable validity, and we talk the
language of democracy. And yet we live in a world in which people will quite openly say ‘I’m not political. I just don’t do politics,’ as if that’s a possible position to have. Being not political is being political. It’s just bad politics.” “When do we begin to speak of the common good?” Rougeau asked, later concluding, “I think when we do that, we will create a thriving democracy that engages citizens, promoting the principles of justice and fairness and equality, what we need to begin thinking about other concepts like sacrifice and sharing.” Using O’Connor’s iCivics project as a springboard, Beckman posed the question of how law schools can do a better job preparing law students for lives of civic engagement. “I think law students ought to start getting engaged even while still students in some group activity that accomplishes some of what you want to accomplish,” O’Connor said in response. “Getting people registered to vote, getting people active for certain
causes that you think need to be furthered, and implementing that kind of thing.” To conclude the symposium, Beckman redirected the focus toward O’Connor’s career. “When you were a Supreme Court Justice, you did not only the job of being Supreme Court Justice, but being the first female Supreme Court Justice, which was a whole additional job, which you are still doing now on top of the judging that you’re doing,” Beckman said. “Well, I’m not still doing it now,” O’Connor responded. “Listen, what’s fun now is when I go in the courtroom, and sit there, and look up at that bench and see three women on that bench, it’s a new sight.” “Justice, you opened the conversation and I wanted to then give you the opportunity to have the final say,” Beckman said. “Oh, I’m not good at the final say,” O’Connor said. “I’m not finished yet, so I don’t like having the final say.” O’Connor’s voice was quickly drowned by the applause of the audience. n
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‘The Heights’ does not endorse a candidate team After much deliberation, The Heights is not endorsing a candidate team for president and executive vice president of UGBC for the 2013-14 academic year. This decision was not one that The Heights arrived at quickly, and it is not a statement against either of the remaining campaign teams, nor is it meant as an insult. Rather, it is a reasoned, nuanced position that hopefully says more about the UGBC elections than a simple choice between two options. The Heights fully encourages students to educate themselves on their options and vote in the final elections, which will end tomorrow at midnight. Both remaining candidate teams are qualified in different ways, and each has the ability to lead UGBC effectively, albeit in different directions. There are many strengths in each of the campaign teams’ qualifications and platforms that will be made clear in this editorial. At the same time, each team’s disadvantages pose significant obstacles to the future success of UGBC that should be fully acknowledged. The candidate team of Tim Koch, A&S ’14, and Chris “Trugs” Truglio, CSOM ’14, is the clear choice in terms of programming. Koch has a proven record as deputy director of BC to Boston, leading the organization in its first year as a department within UGBC. Under Koch’s leadership, BC to Boston has expanded in all senses of the word—increasing the number of events offered each semester, diversifying the types of programs sponsored by the organization, and increasing the number of tickets available for each. BC to Boston is one of the most well-liked and wellutilized student-run organizations on campus, and this is in large part due to Koch’s heavy involvement. This candidate team’s stance regarding the reformation of Nights of the Heights to a more practical model, inspired by Koch’s programming experience, is particularly attractive. In addition, Truglio has experience hosting events for off-campus students during the past year, serving as Head Eagle Ambassador in the Dean of Student’s Office and acting as a liaison between the University and off-campus students. Programming is only one part of the UGBC’s role on campus, but it does occupy a massive portion of its budget. It is also arguably the area for which UGBC is most well-known among students. Although the fact that many students consider concerts and dances the most important events the UGBC puts on each year is unfortunate, it is still a reality, and it is clear that Koch and Truglio will be best suited to accommodate student demands in this area. At the same time, Koch and Truglio seem to have a dedication to the needs of a diverse student body. As orientation leaders, they have gained a balanced understanding of the needs of a variety of students, and are enthusiastic about reaching out and adapting their plans to make sure students get what they want in terms of policy and programming. Their plans to engage incoming freshmen are especially well thought-out and represent an effort to reach a population that can often fall by the wayside. Alternatively, the candidate team of Matt Nacier and Matt Alonsozana, both A&S ’14, is clearly the better choice in terms of policy. As chairman of the policy caucus, Alonsozana has spearheaded policy reforms in areas ranging from dining services to alcohol policy. His work has been highlighted in The Heights consistently throughout the past academic year, and his dedication to creating positive change on campus, his administrative contacts, and his ability to rally students to a cause are all admirable qualities that would serve him well as leader of the Student Assembly next year. It is clear for these reasons that Alonsozana would be a more effective executive vice president than Truglio. Truglio, though enthusiastic, has little experience with UGBC politics, but would be the leader of the entire Student Assembly if elected. In the past, the role of vice president has clearly been secondary to the role of president, and thus presidential candidates were scrutinized far more seriously than vice presidential candidates. This year, however, represents an historic shift in UGBC due to structural changes, the effects of which cannot yet be fully understood. One thing that is certain, however, is that the vice president can no longer be the second best. The responsibilities of the
job of vice president have been increased significantly, and they require not only dedication and enthusiasm, which both candidates have, but also knowledge of UGBC’s inner workings, a quality Alonsozana alone can claim. The position of executive vice president, as it is designed, is one that will likely necessitate nitty gritty politics, for better or worse. Unlike Alonsozana, Truglio has not demonstrated an ability to manage this kind of responsibility. Unfortunately, Nacier and Alonsozana’s experience, however diverse, is centered primarily on UGBC, making their team a classic example of UGBC insiders. As Chief of Staff of the Cabinet this year, Nacier has experience as a crucial part of the current president’s administration. It seems that this has resulted in less interaction with, and thus less understanding of, the needs of the student body as a whole in comparison with Koch and Truglio. Although the experience of Nacier and Alonsozana within UGBC is impressive, it is often better to have a more balanced experience to ensure that the entire student body—not just those particularly concerned with UGBC—is represented. Electing Nacier-Alonsozana would risk perpetuating the typical UGBC stereotype—that it is a nepotistic, exclusive, insider organization—criticisms that have certainly carried weight in previous years. The final area of concern for both teams relates to the merging of the current GLBTQ Leadership Council and AHANA Leadership Council into a single department of diversity and inclusion in the coming year. Neither team had particularly strong platforms on this point, nor were they often mentioned during the team’s campaigns, despite the great change occurring within these organizations. This year, more than ever, policy issues concerning AHANA and GLBTQ students cannot be neglected, and it is disappointing that neither campaign has provided truly adequate explanations of their plans in these areas. Overall, both candidate teams that remain this year are impressive and qualified, with significant contacts in the administration, wide-ranging experience, and a dedication to student advocacy. Both candidate teams are clearly motivated, and both have concrete plans for their various platform points if they are elected. The strengths of each team—programming for Koch-Truglio and policy for Nacier-Alonsozana—are the opposite team’s greatest weaknesses. Nacier and Alonsozana’s status as UGBC insiders causes significant concern for the future of UGBC—in recent years, the organization has struggled with nepotism throughout its appointed positions and lacked transparency among its voting bodies. On the other side of the ticket, Truglio’s relative inexperience with UGBC politics could result in a lame duck year for the Student Assembly, with little change in policy, an area where this year’s Senate has already begun to make strides. It would be a shame to see that progress stalled. In the past, this page has used its experience with UGBC and its related politics, in addition to its knowledge of the campaign teams and their platforms, to endorse a specific candidate team in the election. This year, however, coming to a true consensus on which team to endorse became an impossibility. With the massive structural changes to UGBC, the above combinations of pros and cons for each team, and the generally shortened campaign season, it cannot be reasonably predicted which of the two teams would have a more positive effect on the student body during the coming academic year, and thus it would be irresponsible to encourage students to vote for a particular team. Despite this, The Heights encourages students to vote with an informed knowledge of both teams’ respective strengths and weakness, so that the result of the election can at least reflect the concerns and hopes of the student body. No matter the results, The Heights hopes the winners of the election will be aware of their weaknesses, and work to create an inclusive, hard working, transparent UGBC that continues the programming traditions students have come to expect while fostering significant positive policy change for the student body as a whole.
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Letters to the Editor The following letters are in response to “Admins warn BCSSH about ‘Safe Sites’” by David Cote, originally published on 3/25/13:
Planned Parenthood stands with BCSSH As a recent Boston College alumna (class of 2011), a staff member at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and a founder of BC Students for Sexual Health, I am proud to stand with the student group and their supporters. The decision of BC administrators to shut down the Safe Sites program is disappointing and short-sighted. Birth control is a basic and essential component of preventive health care—no matter where you work or go to school. Access to condoms and the information needed to make healthy decisions about sex empowers young people to protect ourselves and our partners and determine if and when we want to become pregnant and have children. Everyone benefits when condoms and birth control are accessible. When young people are able to take control of our health and our future, communities see fewer unintended pregnancies and healthier families. Catholics overwhelmingly agree that birth control access is essential. Ninety-eight percent of sexually active Catholic women will use birth control in
their lifetime. Polls last year showed that a majority of Americans and a majority of Catholics support the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, which makes birth control and other preventive care available without a co-pay. The actions of the BC administration are not only out of step with students, they are out of touch with the majority of Catholic Americans. While students are always welcome at Planned Parenthood for free condoms, affordable STD testing, birth control options, and nonjudgmental care, students should also be able to count on their university to look out for their health and well-being. It is irresponsible for BC not to equip students, or let students equip themselves and each other, with the information and tools they need to make healthy decisions about sex. Birth control, including condoms, is basic health care. Even on a Catholic campus. Alicia Johnson BC ’11
BC has an obligation to the Roman Catholic Church As an alumnus and current student, I can safely say that the recent news emanating from Main Campus both surprises and confuses me. I have read, through a number of sources, that the Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) have been threatened with discipline for the illicit distribution of condoms within BC dormitories. My indignation does not, however, arise on the side of BCSSH, quite the contrary. Though I would consider my sensibilities to be liberal, I feel nothing but confusion as to why this particular group or its apparent numerous followers on the Internet feel that they are in any sense correct as to their mission or their situation. BC is a private, Catholic institution. As such, BC is different from say the University of Massachusetts, which, as a public university, cannot restrict student rights to protest or buy birth control products. BC, however, can, as the campus itself is private property (hence why BCSSH cannot distribute condoms in the cafeterias). BC also functions as a landlord to the many students it holds on campus (and while I am no expert in property law) I would assert that students have agreed through
tuition and other agreements to abide by the rules that BC institutes. Chief among those rules, per the Catholic end of the spectrum, are the rules against distribution of birth control. BCSSH seems to think that this rule is a BC rule, that appeals to the administration or articles in the Washington Post will sway Fr. Leahy to change the rules, because they’re oppressive and wrong. But of course that sentiment shows a complete lack of understanding of not only BC, but also the Roman Catholic Church, which BC, as a Catholic and Jesuit organization, is, in some ways, beholden to. The “problem,” therefore, is not with BC, but rather the Vatican and as I said I am shocked that students who made a willful and intentional choice to attend a university they knew to be Catholic and private would be ignorant of the basic tenets of Catholicism and Church hierarchy. Patrick Keating BC ’12 BC Law ’15
An Open Letter to the Boston College Administration First of all, I want to applaud you on your moral fortitude for standing up to the BCSSH and their so-called “Safe Sites” by prohibiting members from distributing condoms (or as I call them, “sin receptacles”) from the privacy of their own dorm rooms. This was certainly a big statement in terms of upholding the traditional Jesuit Catholic values of Boston College, and I thank you for it. That being said, I write this letter because I want to bring to your attention [to] another major issue that has been plaguing the campus recently, an issue that threatens to seriously derail the Jesuit Catholic mission of BC. I am talking, of course, of BC Dining’s knowing and deliberate distribution of meat on Fridays during Lent. Just a couple of weeks ago on a Lenten Friday, I was casually standing in line for a Tuna Melt Panini at Eagles’ Nest when my jaw dropped at the sight of a “Meatball Parmesan” option staring me right in the face. I nearly fainted later that night browsing around Lower Live for dinner, where I found myself completely surrounded by a hedonistic buffet of BC Burgers, Steak and Cheese Subs, and Wok Away Beef Teriyaki Skewers. After doing a bit more investigation, I realized that BC Dining had been distributing meat like clockwork every Friday! Fish and other sacred options were of course offered as well, but
the fact that BC Dining was actively providing meat to a huge portion of the student population irked me greatly as a Catholic myself and as a student attending a private Catholic institution of higher learning. Some might say it is unfair to expect the entirety of the student body, many of whom are not Catholic themselves, to be subjected to the personal laws of a religion to which they may or may not subscribe, but that sort of reasoning is preposterous. Without strict enforcement of Catholic ideals here at BC, we would merely be left with an institution seeking to serve as a spiritual guide while leaving it up to students to have to discern the finer points of their beliefs and consciences themselves, and who wants to attend a den of heresy like that? The BC I know is a strong and devoted spiritual crusader, and I call on you, the administration, to recognize the error of BC Dining’s ways and send them a letter of warning at once so that next year this Lenten meat debacle does not happen again. Otherwise, we might be stuck making our own informed decisions about right and wrong, and that certainly wouldn’t leave us better off. Patrick Ebbert BC ’15
Administration’s actions are damaging the community Once again, the Boston College administration has disappointed its students by jeopardizing their health. An underhanded threat of disciplinary action to students that are trying to promote a safe and healthy environment is not only devastatingly disappointing, but it also represents the intolerance of the BC administration. Part of the BC mission states that “the University regards the contribution of different religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of its intellectual life” (http://www.bc.edu/offices/bylaws/mission. html). Yet, the University constantly denies the voices and actions of students who do not agree with certain Catholic teachings (particularly those related to sex and sexual orientation) and seems to deny those voices that do not match corporate interests. In this denial, the University limits the growth of an intellectual environment and disregards its mission’s commitment to tolerance of non-Catholic traditions. But beyond the damage done to the intellectual community, there is no excuse for BC to limit student access to health services and information regardless of it religious orientation. This statement goes beyond the current tension as BC Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH)is distributing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention methods and reproductive health information without affiliation to the adminis-
tration. Yet, this tension opens up a much needed and desired discussion. A University that is committed to the “personal formation of its undergraduate” should not limit its students’ access to healthcare, whether or not that healthcare is sex-related. If a denial of any type of health resources is part of a University’s core values, something needs to be changed. In this case, maintaining Catholic values is a detriment to the student body, and thus the relevance and importance of this maintenance should be reevaluated. If BC’s connection to the Catholic Church is damaging both the intellectual and social environment of the campus, BC should perhaps make a decision to adhere to a different type of Catholicism—a more liberal type, for which there is great demand. The signatures in support of BCSSH and its mission are proof in themselves of this desire for change. If this type of behavior continues on the part of the administration, the irrelevance of Catholic social values will only become more evident to BC students. However, judging from the blatant disregard the Church has for reproductive rights as human rights, the growing irrelevance of the Church might be just the thing for which we can all thank God.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Joy of what’s to Come - Welcome back, everyone, from the last real break of this 2012-13 academic year and to the best part of the year! Some highlights for the month and a half that’s left: course registration, Marathon Monday, shorts weather, Modstock, and the unbeatable feeling that comes with the completion of your last exam. Although we pray that shorts weather comes chronologically earlier than it appeared in that list, because if we can’t wear shorts on Marathon Monday, someone’s getting hurt. The Easter Egg Hunt - We feel for each and every one of you who did not get to participate in the best holiday-associated sporting event known to man. And make no mistake, it is a sport—a contact sport, for the best of us. The annual dart for the classic treasure trove of eggs on the window sill is a holiday tradition nearly unrivaled. Yes, it may be slightly disgraceful that we all twiddle our thumbs throughout the holy celebration of Jesus’ resurrection aka the muchtoo-long Easter mass and then come home and elbow our little brother in the face to deter him from getting to the candle holder egg before us, but we are choosing not to reflect upon what this says about us. Screamin’ Goats - Our obsession with goats sounding like humans (if you haven’t seen the Taylor Swift feat. goat “I Knew You Were Trouble” video, watch it now) has finally been validated. The other day, In Putnam County, Tennessee, a team of deputies were called to investigate reports of a man calling for help. Turns out, it was just a goat tied to a fence. So there you go. It’s a thing.
Ben Olcott Until this year, I always thought of this moniker as a bit hokey (not as in Va. Tech sense, this is never their time). Yes, a typical March has its heavy doses of meteorological oddity, but the proverb “In like a lion, out like a lamb” tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, and not actually predictive or true. Sure, the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament can be intense and “mad” but the culmination of the whole thing doesn’t even happen until April, and the “madness” dies down as the tourney gets drawn out. Spring Breaks come, then go. School marches on all the same. In Massachusetts, winter spitefully fends off spring throughout, and it’s not really all that “mad:” it’s usually pretty boring. This last March, there must have been something in the air, because the world went insane for 31 days. An Argentinian was elected Pope (he’s technically not the first non-European pope, though he’s the first since 731), took the name of Francis I (the last pope to take a previously unused name was Paul I, and before him, Lando—what an awesome name—in 913), and is the first Jesuit (!) to hold the position. Boston College got news trucks sent to our doors for that. BC threatened disciplinary actions against responsible students disrespecting BC’s tradition as a Jesuit, Catholic University, and then got more media coverage. News trucks came to our campus, two times (two times!) in a span of two weeks. BC hasn’t been this riled up since Vatican II. March Madness: I don’t know a single person whose bracket wasn’t completely demolished. In fact, there really isn’t anyone. Look at the ESPN.com Tournament Challenge leader—even his/her Southwest region is in shambles (if you had Wichita St. going this far because you truly believed they had
So how bout this weather, huh? April has disappointed us thus far in regard to the weather, but we sense that temperatures are all uphill from here. We don’t know about you, but we have packed away our winter coats in the hopes that Mother Nature, in a rare act of mercy, will see our defenselessness, take pity, and send 55+ degree days our way. Based on the level of emotion we experienced when conducting an informal poll amongst a select group of BC students on how they felt about the two minute snow on Tuesday, we believe that the sheer will power of the collective student body will be enough to force the cold away for good. These kids are not messing around.
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S&P 500’s Wikipedia page (can’t it be a legitimate source already?) that seems to indicate bigger rises lead to bigger falls. If memory serves correctly, 2007 was a great year for the S&P—2008 was not (fun fact 2: the 13-year S&P low was recorded on Mar. 9, 2009). Smells like madness is cooking close by. North Korea announced it would be ending its armistice with South Korea in March, making all those tanks and troops on the border between the two countries suddenly much less ridiculous (posturing and rhetoric by NK is not uncommon, but a nuclear test in February was pretty tangible—hey, February is crazy too). Plus, “Brilliant Comrade” (loosely translated) Kim Jong-un is crazy all 12 months of the year. To return the tournament to the second. Who saw Kevin Ware’s injury? Now that was madness. And that other sport: Jerry York had surgery to repair a detached retina (huh?), and then we got spanked by Union (where even is that?) in the first round? Only in March. Did people you know go a little nuts in March? Maybe it was the two breaks. A lot of school, then not a lot of school, a lot of home, then not a lot of home, a lot of beer, then not a lot of beer—these things all can drive a college kid crazy. But minor alcohol withdrawal didn’t make “Brilliant Comrade” essentially re-start a war, admissions boards boorish businessmen, or the stock market skyrocket. I have no idea what did it, but I do know people sense change: they bristle and get defensive and do all sorts of mind-cartwheels. Maybe most of the time, that “sense” is like a vestigial animal sense of danger that our evolved minds interpret as irrationality. We laugh it off. It’s nothing. Just a weird thought. But maybe something massive is looming invisibly in the near future, some change so huge the whole race unconsciously went mad for it for a month. If that’s true, watch out world: here comes April.
Ben Olcott is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at opinions@ bcheights.com.
A new form of birth control
Charades dos and don’ts- In Washington Heights of New York City just a few days ago, a few friends decided it would be charming and hilarious to reenact an Old School scene—namely, the one in which the comedic trio kidnap all their fraternity pledges by throwing a hood over their heads and pulling them into an unmarked van. This particular stunt took place at 7 p.m. and quite publicly, leading the witnesses to believe that they had just seen an actual kidnapping go down. They foolishly decided to act as upstanding citizens and alerted the NYPD, who proceeded to search tirelessly for the “missing” man, who was in fact just toted away to Lake Harmony, PA for some raucous birthday celebrations. There’s a moral to this tale, dear readers: there are some movie scenes that are okay to reenact, and there are some that are not. For example, DO reenact the scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Matthew Broderick jumps on the float in downtown Chicago and leads the parade in a dazzling performance of “Twist and Shout.” DON’T reenact the scene from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King when Golem falls into the lava of Mount Doom.
the juice to get through Gonzaga and Ohio St. I congratulate you on your know-how, but please get your ass off the couch). We got like a foot of snow in March. I shoveled a lot in March. I’m from New Jersey and that’s odd to me (which is saying something). If you look outside, you’d never guess spring had technically sprung (fun fact: apparently the first day of spring, Equinox, does not always take place on the 21st—I had no idea). The end of March was anything but ovine. College admissions, which is, for many, thankfully in the distant past, reared its monstrous head in my family this March. I had the misfortune of being reminded how ugly the whole process is, how utterly insane it is to think there’s any semblance of “fairness” still in it. A 12.5 percent increase in applications is nuts. But what’s really mad is very intelligent, honest people don’t get into their favorite schools anymore unless they sacrifice their sanity and spend 22 hours a day preparing for college, or thousands of dollars a week on an SAT score and application essay. When you can purchase a perfect score, when schools continuously equivocate character with a resume, when potential and promise are no longer considered worth anyone’s time (“we want to see what you’ve done” –every single university admissions page), and when schools operate like international business conglomerates, “fairness” is thrown out the window, and “madness” comes flitting in. Speaking of international business conglomerates, the S&P 500 (an index of 500 leading companies on the stock exchange considered to be the best bellwether for the U.S. economy) hit a new high on Mar. 28 (slightly above pre-bailout highs). This is crazy because, does anyone feel like the economy is improving? Maybe it’s a bit early to make any sort of judgment on this—obviously, these effects take time to be felt. But apparently there’s been a general increase in market values since January. Where is all that? I think many people are starting to get suspicious. I’m far from an economics anything, but there’s an interesting graph on
Given all the recent attention that the Boston College Students for Sexual Health organization has been getting, condoms have clearly been on everyone’s mind. I always support a healthy debate about controversial issues, so I encourage people to discuss the issue with friends, roommates, and teachers in a respectful manner. This is an issue on our campus that is gaining national and international recognition. If anyone should be talking and debating, it’s us. After discussions about both civil and religious freedoms and rights, I would hope that conversations turn to the issue of birth control itself. Whatever your stance on the current condom debate, it is an undeniable fact that birth control is a resource that not only students, but all people, should have access to if necessary. A CBS News article from April 2012 by Michelle Castillo stated that, “according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … the average teen birth rate decreased nine percent from 2009 to 2010, reaching an all time low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 … a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010 … less teenage mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946.” This decrease applies across almost all ethnic and economic groups. The CDC credits these statistics to the proper use of multiple forms of birth control for sexually active teens, demonstrating that safe sex messages have been taken seriously by this demographic. While the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy of any other developed nation (nine times more in the U.S. than other developed countries), I think all would have to agree that this is a hopeful statistic no matter what side of the BCSSH debate you personally lean toward.
An interesting cultural phenomena in the U.S. that has been cited as a potential pregnancy deterrent (along with contraception), contributing to this decrease in the teen mom statistic, are the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and to some extent, Teen Mom. While I may not be an expert on most things, one thing I am sad to say I could be considered an expert on is 16 and Pregnant. It is a guilty pleasure in which I’ll admit I indulge (everyone has one…). I’ve found myself having to defend this show to many people, mostly adults, who simply assume without knowing anything about the actual show, that it belongs in a category with the rest of reality television that many people label as ‘a pile of garbage.’ Of course, there is a lot of trash in the reality TV category. Many of these shows do not really need to exist. I’ll name a few: Duck Dynasty, Amish Mafia, Preacher’s Daughters, Ice Road Truckers, Funeral Boss, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, Mob Wives, Beard Wars … the list goes on. My question would be—who watches these shows? The sad truth is that reality TV costs less to produce but gathers a wide audience and has therefore become more and more popular. It seems as if any quirky, off the beaten path, alternative lifestyle niche group can be the center of a reality TV show, at least for one season. Most reality TV is pure garbage. However, there are some reality TV shows that get it right—granted, the pickings are admittedly slim. While some may call it overly disturbing, Intervention tells the stories of real addicts—their personal histories, the first time they used, how they became addicted, and the struggles they face everyday to support their addiction. The show eventually climaxes with a family intervention, and the choice to embrace the gift of rehab, fully paid for by A&E. Intervention presents the truth about the life of a drug addict, stripping it of any glamour some may think it has. While the show is at times disturbing, it is necessarily poignant. I would argue that 16 and Pregnant has the same effect on teen pregnancy. A major critique of the show is based on the nature of the show itself. Many people disagree
with the fact that teen mothers are the ‘stars’ of a reality TV show and that despite the message the show is attempting to present, the only thing that resonates with viewers (the demographic being mostly teenage girls) is that teen pregnancy may be synonymous with stardom. This is simply not the case. Watching the show, the reality of teen pregnancy is evident. In almost every episode, the father of the child leaves or becomes uninvolved before the 60-minute show is over, the baby is presented not as an accessory or a loveable cuddly stuffed animal to love you forever, but as a real commitment. No detail about the hardship of motherhood is spared. Economic issues and social misfortunes are specifically highlighted throughout the show. While it may seem silly that I am defending this MTV construct, it does have a real life effect on teenage girls. According to a December 2010 MTV article by James Dinh, 82 percent of teenagers credit the hit show in helping them understand the challenges that come with unexpected parenthood. If people are quick to claim that the binge drinking, promiscuity, fist fights, and overall stupidity presented on Jersey Shore will somehow permeate the minds of teen viewers and make them act in the same ridiculous way, why is it too hard to believe that some sort of educational lesson would be lost on these same viewers as presented through the medium of reality TV? Considering the current climate on campus concerning the distribution of condoms, this statistic should be taken in to consideration. When discussing the BCSSH debate among ourselves, we should really be discussing the true issue at hand: contraception and its necessity among our community. While this debate will eventually blow over like so many others we’ve experienced throughout our four years on this campus, the risk of pregnancy and STDs will not, and that is where the true urgency of this debate resides.
Taylor Cavallo is a senior staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
BY PAT HUGHES
Discovering white privilege Eleanor Sciannella My entire life I’ve had a racially diverse group of friends, and I’ve always prided myself on that. My high school was nine percent white, with the rest an even mix of Asian, black, and Latino kids. I was almost always the only white person in any given social setting. So I’ve always thought of myself as very racially savvy. In high school we’d joke about race all the time because we were faced with our differences and the stereotypes that we did or did not display. I thought I knew what race meant, and what it meant to be a part of a certain race. I took Race, Class, Gender during my first semester at Boston College and learned a lot about the systemic ways in which racism works in housing, education, and criminal justice systems. I learned that race was a social construct—that things like skin color, eye shape, and hair type are markers of a person’s potential because people use these classifications to justify the oppression of certain groups in very subtle and pervasive ways. But one course wasn’t enough for me to internalize and understand racism. I returned to my second semester at BC to a student body of mostly white people who almost never discussed race, so I slipped back into the sheltered, politically correct world of BC. It wasn’t until I started working at Community Change Inc., my PULSE placement, that I really began to understand the ways race is a social construct and how it affects white and black (and brown and yellow) relations in America. One night in high school, I was over at a friend’s house with a group of girls from our field hockey team (all of whom were black except me). One friend asked me if I was uncomfortable being the only white girl there, to which I replied “No, I’d be uncomfortable if I was with all white people!” Which was true. My impression of white people at my high school was that they were superficial and stuck up. The friend who asked me the question admitted that she’d be uncomfortable in an all-white group too. So when I showed up to my PULSE placement I expected to be a whiz at all the race stuff. But when asked what my experience with race was, I pointed to my black teammates, my Asian best friends, and my racially diverse schools. It never occurred to me that my being white affected me in many more ways than the race of my friends did. White privilege, a term I had become very familiar with in my Race, Class, Gender course, is a term that applies even to me, the race expert that I thought I was. It wasn’t enough to have friends of different races to qualify as an anti-racist. I had dismissed my friend’s insecurity about being around all white people as her being her typical shy self, but I failed to understand the underlying race-relations in this situation. I, being of the dominant race (in the sense that white people control politics, history books, business, the media, and countless other aspects of American life) felt comfortable with people of other races (and obviously get along fine with white girls, seeing as most of my friends here are white), while my black friend would have felt very uncomfortable with all white people (a race that has oppressed hers for centuries). At the time, I thought this was just an example of how great I was at navigating different racial groups, when in fact it exemplifies the white privilege of feeling no racial tension no matter the race of the people we are with. I used to equate race with one’s ethnicity and culture. But there are people of different ethnicities who are of the same race. Don’t we clump all “African-Americans” into one racial category even if their ancestors come from different countries? Why are disparities in wealth, education levels, and incarceration rates, based on race, not ethnicity? If race is just physical characteristics, how did racial stereotypes develop and how are they perpetuated today? How were those stereotypes used to dehumanize certain groups of people? How are those stereotypes used to create legislation that benefits those already in power? These are questions we must ask about every institution we are a part of. So on the journey to internalizing racism, I found that really the point is to internalize white privilege, because that is the side of the story of racism I can attest to. Dismantling racism for me requires recognizing where white privilege has played a part in my life, bringing that knowledge to other white people in places of power, and intervening when I see white privilege creating a disadvantage for others. Author’s note: This column is inspired by Debby Irving’s manuscript to “Waking Up White.” She is looking for a publisher and is hoping to be published in 2014.
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Who will have the better 2013-14 season?
Men’s hockey will be ready to reload BY CONNOR MELLAS Heights Staff
After what can arguably be reflected on as a rebuilding season, the Boston College men’s hockey team will look to dominate in the 2013-14 campaign. Likewise, after a progress-filled building year, the men’s basketball team will attempt to put the pieces together and strive for victory in next year’s season. Success is relative to the standards applied to each team, and while both are poised to continue improving, BC looks likely to achieve greater success on the ice than on the court. Unquestionably, the biggest challenge facing BC hockey next season is replacing key seniors and core role players like Pat Mullane, Parker Milner, Patrick Wey, Patch Alber, and Steven Whitney. Here’s the bad news: losing their massive levels of experience and leadership will be very difficult to make up for. The graduating seniors accomplished a truly incredible amount in their four years on the Heights, and they’ll be sorely missed. Before total panic sets in, however, there’s plenty of good news. First, there is certainly no shortage of skill in the existing talent pool, and new leaders are ready to emerge. Providing they resist the beckoning of the NHL, junior forwards Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes will return, bringing their combined 23 goals, 37 assists, and one national championship back to Conte. This past season’s roster was extremely young, with 15 freshman and sophomores on the squad. After a 22-win season, it’s a safe bet that the experience gained by underclassman threats like freshman defensemen Michael Matheson and Teddy Doherty, and sophomore forwards Destry Straight and Quinn Smith will be invaluable moving forward. Second, Jerry York has done it again. The Eagle’s 2013 recruiting class is one of, if not the best in the nation, an absolute behemoth of talent and potential. Thatcher Demko, the top goaltender recruit and rock between the pipes for the U18 national team, is Chestnut Hill-bound this fall, ready to begin what looks like a very promising career with the Eagles. In addition to finding a top quality netminder, York has looked to bolster the defense, bringing in quality defensemen. Ian McCoshen of the USHL’s Waterloo Blackhawks is a defensive beast, along with top recruits Steve Santini and Scott Savage of the U.S. National Development Program. Scoring depth was a problem this year, one that’s being addressed in this recruiting class. Evan Richardson, Austin Cangelosi, and Ryan Fitzgerald are highly promising Johnny Gaudreau-like forwards, short and speedy clinical goal-scorers. Canadian stud Richardson has been a key playmaker for two seasons on the BCHL’s Powell River Kings, Cangelosi recorded a whopping 60 points for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms this past season, and Fitzgerald took home the MVP award at last year’s Prospect Showcase. Fear not, BC isn’t abandoning muscle entirely, incoming forwards Chris Calnan and Conor McGlynn are a solid 6’2”, 185 pounds, and 6’2”, 195 pounds, respectively. And finally, because two is better than one, Matthew Gaudreau is committed to the Eagles. While there is some speculation he may wait one more year, hopefully he will arrive on the Heights this fall. Which brings up the last piece of good news: another season with Johnny Hockey. So far, all indications point toward the Hobey Baker Award
Thursday, April 4, 2013
finalist and Hockey East Player of the Year, Gaudreau, spending another year terrorizing NCAA defensemen and goaltenders. Gaudreau built on his 44 points, 21 goals, and 23 assists from his freshman year this past season, recording a devastating 51 points, 20 goals, and 30 assists this campaign. After two seasons and 95 points, you can bet that Gaudreau will once again be a force to be reckoned with in his third year at BC, and hopefully, a leader his team can stand behind. After an anticlimactic end to the 2012-13 campaign and the Mullane generation, the Eagles will need a strong year to climb back to the top. The continued emergence of Gaudreau as one of college hockey’s best players places even higher expectations on this team, and its success will be measured by its ability to meet these goals. While a successful season for the BC basketball team would be making the NCAA Tournament, BC hockey will need to strive for loftier goals—they must return to the Frozen Four to consider its season a true success. This team is surely capable of it. BC hockey has existing talent that continues to develop and improve. It has the veterans, the guys who have won it all before. It has one of the most talent-rich incoming recruiting classes in the country. It has the complete support of the Superfans, and it has the superstar. It has the best coach in the history of college hockey. Next year, it has the chance to win it all.
Basketball can go dancing yet again BY ANDREW KLOKIW Heights Staff
Nowadays, Boston College fans tend to be a bit down on their sports programs. The hockey team’s promising season met an unceremonious end at the hands of Union College, Frank Spaziani’s football team never quite took off, and Steve Donahue’s team … wait what happened to the basketball team? For the first time in what feels like ages, it appears the basketball program on the Heights has begun to rise from the ashes of the Al Skinner era and the looming shadow of past stars Jared Dudley, Tyrese Rice, and Reggie Jackson. Although it does represent going out on a limb, it is not too much of a stretch to declare that Donahue’s charges, while mirroring the charismatic style of their head coach, will be the feather in athletic director Brad Bates’ cap in the upcoming calendar year. To clarify, under legendary head coach Jerry York, the hockey program has visited the national tournament 14 of the last 16 years, winning three of the last six national championships. The basketball team has not made its national tournament since York and his players were raising their banner in 2008. Recent history has been kind to the hockey program in every way but one. This one downside, albeit a small one, serves to explain why BC fans will relish 2013-14 on the hardwood more than its icier counterpart: expectations.
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After three seasons on the Heights, it appears that Donahue has finally pushed off the cumbersome “rebuilding” label, instead handing it over to Steve Addazio and the football program. Before this season’s ACC tournament, one in which the Eagles downed Georgia Tech before giving a good fight to eventual conference champions Miami, freshman guard Joe Rahon said this: “Teams know what [Olivier Hanlan and I] are capable of and that we’re dangerous. For us as a team, we can be the best in the ACC.” He and Hanlan would back up those bold words as Hanlan captured ACC Rookie of the Year honors while the tandem led the Eagles to wins in five of their final eight ACC matchups. Along with the sophomore All-ACC Third Team selection, sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, the trio assembled by Donahue has quickly and quietly established themselves as three of the best at their respective positions in the entire conference. While the supporting cast did not seem to impress anyone in the early going this past season, this element of Donahue’s team improved visibly as the season wore on. Sophomores Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson gave the Eagles viable perimeter threats, a crucial piece to a team that sorely missed every inch of sophomore captain Dennis Clifford’s seven-feet in the paint. One would be remiss to omit BC’s human highlight reel, sophomore Eddie Odio, a player who’s dynamic jumping abilities provided Superfans with plenty of exhilirating blocks and made him the unquestioned defensive MVP of the squad in the second half of the season. While this cast might underwhelm in relation to what legendary coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams have built at Duke and North Carolina, not to mention anything of what Jim Larranaga’s Miami squad accomplished this past season, each of these seven players was an underclassman in 2012-13. Free from the expectation saddled upon their hockey counterparts, this young core will continue to improve. In addition to these pieces, Donahue has brought in two guards that will vastly improve the team’s backcourt depth and this year’s thin rotation. The emergence of Odio will hopefully be paired with a fully healthy Dennis Clifford in 2013-14 and a wild card in a Notre Dame transfer, the 6-7 Alex Dragicevich, to give the Eagles more punch to contend with the towering frontcourts of Miami and the rest of the ACC. On the strength of BC’s close games against national powerhouses like Duke, UNC, and Miami in 2012-13, and with Hanlan a consistent threat to set a new record on any given night, this team is ready to make the next step to the top of the ACC. As Jerry York’s hockey team copes with losing its top two scorers and defensemen, along with turning to an unproven goaltender next season, the spotlight on the Heights is vacant for just a split second. That might be long enough for Donahue, Hanlan, Anderson and company to bring BC basketball back to the NCAA tournament. That sort of season could very well happen when Donahue’s initial class are seniors. But let’s be realistic in the present day. These Eagles aren’t going to the postseason.
Union defense forces an early exit for the Eagles BY GREG JOYCE
Heights Senior Staff PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Boston College could never get comfortable. For 60 minutes Saturday night, the Eagles were outworked in nearly every aspect of the game, as the Union College men’s hockey team displayed a shutdown defense and more than enough offensive savvy to move on to the East regional final with a 5-1 win. “You’ve got to give credit to Union,” said head coach Jerry York. “I thought they beat us fair and square. They’re really a very, very strong hockey team. I knew they were going to be a difficult team to play, but I was even more impressed watching them play tonight.” The Dutchmen used efficiency on both ends of their special teams play and a physical style of hockey to knock BC off its game plan and out of the tournament. While Union went 3-for-7 on its own power play, it more importantly held the Eagles scoreless on their seven power plays. “I think the failure to stop their power play and inability to put red lights on when we got on the power play,” York noted as his team’s biggest weaknesses on the night. “When we failed to defend properly, they got goals on the power play. Special teams were a key part of the equation tonight.” BC could only muster eight shots on goal while on the man advantage, largely due to the Dutchmen’s ability to block shots and clog passing and scoring lanes. On most of the power plays, the Eagles spent their time passing the puck around or collecting a cleared puck from Union.
The Dutchmen finished with 20 blocked shots on the night. The shots that were able to find their way through to the net were stuffed time after time by goalie Troy Grosenick, who finished with 29 saves. It didn’t take long for Union to strike on its first power play of the game—just 22 seconds into the man advantage. Josh Jooris took a crossing pass from Kevin Sullivan and put it top shelf over Parker Milner’s right shoulder for the 1-0 lead. The Dutchmen took that lead into the locker room for the first intermission, but the Eagles were still in the game. “The 1-0 lead after one, I thought we had to bury some chances,” York said. “We had some good scoring opportunities that just didn’t go in the net for us—either real good saves, or missed opportunities.” Jooris scored again 39 seconds into the second period while on the 4-on-4, netting a goal that was nearly identical to his first. He took a cross-ice pass from Wayne Simpson and lifted the puck over Milner’s right shoulder again to make it 2-0. “The early 4-on-4 goal was a critical goal against us,” York said. “That took the 1-0 lead to 2-0 real early in the period. We were getting ready to go on a power play, but we never quite got to the power play situation before they scored the 4-on-4.” The Dutchmen weren’t done yet though. Just 25 seconds later, Cole Ikkala skated down the left wing with a BC defender right on him. He let a wrister rip and it snuck by Milner’s right side for a commanding 3-0 lead. BC had another power play late in
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After falling behind early against Union, the Eagles watched as their season come to a close and a successful run by their seniors ended. the second period, but it was wiped out when Steven Whitney was called for his second penalty of the night. Once the 4-on-4 expired and Union went on the power play, it created another scoring opportunity for a goal. Daniel Carr took the puck on the wing and flung it out in front of the blue line for Shayne Gostisbehere. The defenseman fired away on a slap shot and beat Milner to take the four-goal lead. “The defensemen are extremely mobile,” said senior captain Pat Mullane. “They have two or three guys back there
that are extremely shifty. If you give them a couple steps, they can take it up the ice and really beat you.” The Eagles finally got on the board with 3:58 left in the game, when Johnny Gaudreau snuck the puck five-hole on Grosenick to break up the shutout. Gaudreau came in from the left side with a toe drag and wristed the puck on Grosenick. The loss marked a somber end of a career for the BC senior class, which finished with a combined record of 11440-9. While the final knockout will hurt
in the immediate future, the seniors know that they were a part of something bigger in their four years as Eagles. “We feel like the luckiest kids in the world to be able to wear the maroon and gold for four years and represent Boston College and play under coach York,” Mullane said. “It’s tough,” Milner added. “This school means everything to me. More than the loss, that’s what makes it hard, is that I won’t get to put the jersey on anymore, and I won’t get to spend all day with those guys.”
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Baseball begins a home series against Clemson tomorrow afternoon. Softball travels to face rival BU this evening. Women’s lacrosse hosts Duke Saturday afternoon. Women’s tennis hosts Miami on Saturday. Michigan takes on Syracuse in the men’s Final Four on Saturday night.
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Baseball dropped two games to UNC by scores of 11-0 and 5-2. Women’s hockey lost a 3-2 overtime thriller to Minnesota in the Frozen Four. Women’s lacrosse fell 19-11 to UNC. UMass-Lowell won its ﬁrst Hockey East Tournament. The ACC tallied three wins in the ﬁrst weekend of NCAA tournament play.
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On Saturday afternoon, women’s lacrosse will host No. 7 Duke. The Blue Devils are coming off of a 12-11 overtime loss to rival UNC after previously enjoying a five-game winning streak. They currently boast a 9-2 overall record. Meanwhile, BC will enter play on Saturday with a No. 20 national ranking and an overall record of 5-6, looking to build on a 10-7 win against ACC foe Viginia. With a win on Saturday, the Eagles would post a winning record on their current three-game homestand in addition to reaching the .500 mark. Despite the disparity between both squads’ overall marks, they will face off with identical 2-2 conference records.
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Column, from A10 for the Eagles, and just behind him was Mullane, whose points came in the form of support as he tallied 27 assists. Wey had 12 assists and provided steady support on the defensive end. As Ciampini’s goal hit home, it was time for the Eagles to start looking toward the next season. In this abrupt ending, there was no time to praise the dynastic class before moving on to determining how to continue the tradition of success for the Eagles over the individuals. The first progress came in form of the election of a new set of leaders. Next year, another strong set of two forwards and a defenseman will captain the Eagles. Elected by their peers, a set of three: a goal scorer, a brick wall defenseman, and a player that goes beyond statistics. Bill Arnold and Isaac MacLeod will take up the reigns of Whitney and Wey as the team’s assistant captains. Arnold will bring a similar up-front leading attitude that Whitney and Mullane did with their productivity on offense. This season, he struck a balance between the great scorer and great assister, coming in just behind the offensive duo with points with 17 goals and 18 assists. Arnold gained valuable leadership experience during his sophomore year when he participated in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships and was considered one of the U.S.’s top three players.
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Senior defenseman Patrick Brown was named the head BC hockey captain for 2013-14. MacLeod provides the defense. A leader on that end of the ice has to offer things other than goal scoring, and MacLeod has demonstrated his ability to lead in another way by earning Hockey East All-Academic team honors during his first two seasons. At the head of the charge will be Patrick Brown, a forward from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who, though he fell in the middle of the pack as far as points this season, has stepped it up to become a valuable addition to the team during his junior year. Some of his top performances came when they mattered most, as Brown scored the deciding goal in the second game of the Eagles’ Hockey East quarterfinal series. He also had a goal in the Beanpot final.
Even with an undeniably able trio to lead the Eagles going into next season, the rising senior class has a lot to live up to. Is there life after Milner? Can BC still score with two of its top three point earners graduated? This senior class was hugely important to the success that BC hockey has enjoyed over the past four years, but their graduation will not mean the end of a tradition of excellence. Along with the three captains, the team still has its top goal scorer in Gaudreau and emerging powerhouses such as Quinn Smith and Teddy Doherty to place their hopes in. It’s not the end of the line.
Marly Morgus is the Asst. Sports Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
turned to sophomore lefty Nick Poore to close the contest out. Kregel managed to draw Harvard closer, as he launched a Poore offering over the wall to cut BC’s lead to a mere two runs for the first time since the third inning. The Crimson would not go down without a fight, scratching out a hit by pitch and a base hit to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Yet Poore remained poised throughout the comeback threat, and retired the game’s final batter on a fly-out. Despite dropping 22 of their first 25 games, the Eagles now take a two-game winning streak into the heart of their conference schedule. A BC lineup that has awakened with 15 runs over the past couple of games will look to carry yesterday’s sound execution into this weekend’s home set against ACC rival Clemson. Prior to their home opener yesterday, the Eagles defeated Connecticut in an away matchup on Tuesday afternoon, 7-4. The effort was aided by two homeruns from Shaw, who provided BC’s game-winning, three-run shot in the ninth. Before putting his squad ahead, Shaw had tied the score at four earlier in the day. John Gorman took the mound in the final frame and retired the Huskies with a perfect performance.
when Cronin launched a double to centerfield to plate Dowdell. Sophomore Blake Butera drew a walk to end Kaplan’s afternoon, but relief pitcher Jordan Haviland fared no better than his predecessor. Harvard’s right-hander met his match in Hennessy, who crushed a two-bagger of his own to drive in two more runs. By the time the dust had settled, the Eagles had established a 7-2 advantage that they never relinquished. Though Shaw scored in the fourth inning on a Ferrick RBI groundout to put BC up by six, the Crimson began chipping away against the Eagles’ relief corps. Harvard’s Mike Martin drew a walk against BC freshman Austin Solecitto in the fifth and scored on teammate Mitch Klug’s double. Solecitto managed to work out of trouble, but Harvard tallied two more runs in the sixth frame off of run-scoring knocks from DJ Link and Martin. Suddenly, the Crimson had shrunk the once looming deficit to 8-5 thanks to timely hitting and the home squad’s inability to tack on insurance to its lead. With their lead down to three and a potential winning streak on the line, the Eagles
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Freshman Joe Cronin contributed an RBI to the Eagles’ eight-run outburst against Harvard.
Eagle seniors leave behind a four-year legacy of lasting success Seniors, from A10 While their sophomore season ended in a shocking defeat to Colorado College, the class continued to be major contributors. The eight skaters combined for 35 goals and 99 assists, while Milner was in goal for three of BC’s 30 wins that season. Weeks after the season ended, the class had its first departure, when Samuelsson left to pursue his professional career. Kreider and Dumoulin made news when they decided to stay on for what turned out to be one last special year. During the class’ junior year, Milner arose from John Muse’s shadow between the pipes, establishing himself as the No. 1 goalie. He started every game during the Eagles’ 19-game winning streak that culminated in another national championship. “There aren’t any words,” Kreider said just after winning it all. “It’s the pinnacle, it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s absolute bliss.” Kreider, Whitney, and Mullane were three of the top five scorers on the team that year, while Dumoulin, Wey, and Alber emerged as key defensemen. After a magical 33-win season that ended in pure joy, Kreider and Dumoulin left on a high note and signed with NHL teams.
“It feels good, especially going out as a winner,” Dumoulin said after signing his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Last October, the class began its final go-around in the maroon and gold. Once nine strong, there were six Eagles left to be seniors, as well as senior manager Tom Maguire. They had the chance to do something that no one else had done before: win three national championships at BC. That was their goal all season—to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and to make history for their class. Yet all year, there was something different, something that seemed off. During their junior year, winning became second nature. All four lines were on the same page, goals came in bunches, and the defense was on lockdown. This year, that wasn’t the case. There were high points when it seemed like BC had found its groove, but it would almost always be followed by a disruption. The bumps couldn’t completely slow down the Eagles, as they clinched another NCAA tournament berth. Going to the tournament was routine for the seniors, but it never became old. They took the No. 2 seed in the East region, and prepared for a tough No. 3 Union team as the next step toward accomplishing their ultimate goal. They never got there. A 5-1 defeat
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As he sat next to his coach, the one he’d always dreamed of playing for, Mullane showed why he had earned the ‘C’ on his jersey, even though it wasn’t always easy. “I think I’ve been extremely fortunate with the group that I came in with,” Mullane said of his class. “Obviously there are seven here now, but you can’t forget Chris Kreider and Brian Dumoulin and Phil Samuelsson. They’re just as much a part of our success as the guys that are here. I feel very fortunate, and I think I can speak on behalf of them. We feel like the luckiest kids in the world to be able to wear the maroon and gold for four years and represent Boston College and play under coach York.” Any loss that ends a career is crushing, but the emotions on Saturday night were especially poignant because of what the team had experienced just a year ago. “I think it’s the opposite end of the spectrum, knowing I won’t have a national championship and I don’t get the chance to come back and do it again, it’s really hard for me,” Mullane said. “The high you feel after you win a national championship and you come off the ice and spend the following month and a half with your team knowing you’re the best team in the nation and no one ended your season is the best feeling.” That feeling is one Mullane wanted to
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Friday night cemented that, abruptly ending the seniors’ collegiate career. It was a season cut short, an ending that didn’t seem to be representative of the rest of their time at BC. Another national championship wasn’t in the cards, but going out like this was far from what they had come to expect. After 60 minutes, Mullane couldn’t pull himself off the ice. The small circles he kept making allowed for memories from the last four years to swirl around in his head, moments after one defeat ended his collegiate career. Finally, after the rest of his team had left the ice, Mullane too, forced himself to skate off one last time wearing the BC sweater. He soon disappeared under the tunnel, but just after midnight, made his final appearance at a BC press conference. Eyes red and still dressed in full uniform, Mullane collected himself as he entered the room for one last press conference. “I’ve got a great captain next to me,” said head coach Jerry York. “He’s won a lot of trophies here at BC. He’s been exemplary in all facets of being a studentathlete. I know he shares the disappointment that I share not moving on to the championship game here, but nobody ever promised it was always going to be easy.”
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have again, but more importantly, pass on to the freshman class, as the seniors had done for him and his class in their first year at BC. It was all too much to take in for the seniors, as the minutes slowly passed by after midnight. The emotions were all over the place. There was an ultimate sense of bliss, mixed in somewhere with the overwhelming desolation, appreciation to be found in the more direct frustration, triumph, to eventually be remembered more than the final defeat. “Last year’s something that we’ll have forever,” Milner said. “It’s tough to think of it that way now, but I’m sure we’ll be able to put it in perspective someday.” If he could, Mullane likely would have kept skating in circles on that ice if it meant he could have one more shot at it with his team. But he couldn’t. Instead, minutes after he skated off the ice for the last time, Mullane found the strength to put the last four years into perspective. “I’m truly blessed to have been a Boston College student athlete,” an emotional Mullane said, his voice shaking as he finished his last interview as the captain. “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”
Greg Joyce is a senior staff writer for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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After ﬁnishing on top last year, BC’s seniors had a crushing end to their careers this season GREG JOYCE PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Pat Mullane kept skating in circles. He knew that once he stepped off the ice, he would never again be back on it in a Boston College uniform. The circles delayed the inevitable. They delayed what waited beyond the ice: the tears, the pain, and the realization of the end of his days of college hockey. While the rest of his teammates headed down the tunnel and into the locker room, Mullane refused to come off the ice just yet. There was too much history on a sheet of ice while wearing that maroon and gold
sweater—history that Mullane and his senior classmates had made in their four years at BC—to skate off like any other game. This wasn’t any other game. It was the end of an era, and Mullane couldn’t pull himself off the ice. More than anything, though, the hardest part of Saturday night for Mullane and his classmates wasn’t just losing and missing out on another national championship. The hardest part came after the game in the locker room, when they had to take off the maroon and gold for one last time. “Right now, the pain is knowing that I’ll never get to wear this jersey again,”
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Mullane said. “It means so much to me, and it’s been a life-long dream of mine to wear this jersey. To have to take that off, that’s the hard part.” “It was pretty emotional after the game, looking around knowing that I’ll never play here again,” Steven Whitney said. “But I’m grateful that I’ve got to have some of the experiences and the memories that I’ve gotten. I’ll forever be grateful for that.” Parker Milner may have been the most incredulous of all after the game. It was only a year ago that he let in just two goals through the entire NCAA tournament. Now, he was one-and-done in the tournament after allowing five goals on the night. But after the game, Milner wasn’t the goalie that let in five goals. He was a senior who had played his last game. “This school means everything to me,”
Milner said. “More than the loss, that’s what makes it hard, is that I won’t get to put the jersey on anymore and I won’t get to spend all day with those guys.” It was an era that officially started on Oct. 18, 2009, when six freshmen took the ice for the first time donning the BC sweater—Brian Dumoulin, Chris Kreider, Mullane, Philip Samuelsson, Patrick Wey, and Whitney. They lost that game, 4-1 to Vermont, but it wouldn’t be representative of their next four years on the Heights. It was one of only 40 losses this class would experience, a small number next to its 114 wins. Milner saw his first collegiate start on Oct. 3, 2009, a 4-3 win over Merrimack. Patch Alber, a scrawny defenseman from New York, didn’t come in on a scholarship like the rest of his class, but walked on to the team and made his debut on Jan. 22,
NCAA Tournament Wins 2010. Their freshman campaign ended in elation on April 10, when the Eagles won a national championship in Detroit. While the upperclassmen filled the stat sheet in that final game, the first-years represented as well. Whitney tallied his 21st assist of the season, and Kreider scored his 15th goal, on which Samuelsson earned his 13th assist. It was clear early on what this freshman class was capable of. They helped BC win 29 games that year, a shadow of what was to come. Brooks Dyroff, who didn’t see any action during his freshman year, joined his classmates out on the ice in the 2010-11 season, as the ninth member of the class of 2013.
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BC strings together a pair of wins BY CHRIS GRIMALDI Assoc. Sports Editor
Braving blustery conditions to take the field at Pellagrini Diamond for the first time this season, the Boston College baseball team looked to build on its newfound momentum Boston College 8 against crosstown rival Har6 vard. Harvard A five-run third inning propelled head coach Mike Gambino’s Eagles to an 8-6 victory, as they thwarted a late Crimson comeback attempt to tally their second consecutive win. After junior starting pitcher Matt Alvarez silenced Harvard’s bats in their first couple of turns to the plate, BC drew first blood in the second frame to break a scoreless tie. Rookie Stephen Sauter catalyzed the Eagle offense by ripping a double into the leftfield corner just inside of the foul line. The freshman soon moved to third after an infield single from junior Jimmy Dowdell, who later went on to
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The Eagles tallied a second straight victory yesterday, winning their home opener. tally two RBIs. BC continued to wreak havoc on the base paths, as Dowdell swiped second base to place two Eagle runners in scoring position. A walk to freshman Joe Cronin left the bases loaded for BC slugger and junior captain Tom Bourdon. Yet Bourdon didn’t even have to connect on a pitch to put BC on the scoreboard. A wild pitch from Kaplan allowed Sauter to scurry home for the game’s first run. Bourdon drew a walk to provide junior John Hennessy with a bases-loaded opportunity of his own, but Kaplan continued to struggle with finding the strike zone. Hennessy drew a base-on-balls to force in another BC run, putting the Eagles up by two in an inning defined by well-executed small ball.
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The Crimson immediately responded with an offensive answer of their own in the top of the third inning. Two wild pitches from Alvarez brought Harvard’s Jeff Hajdin to score after he notched a leadoff double. A Brandon Kregel sacrifice fly tied the score up at two apiece. Just when it looked as if the Eagles were about to waste a promising start, their bats came alive in the bottom of the third. After freshman Chris Shaw singled and sophomore Travis Ferrick was hit by a Kaplan offering, Dowdell struck again with a timely two-run triple. The Eagles’ extra-base hit frenzy continued
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MARLY MORGUS As Union’s Daniel Ciampini put his goal past Parker Milner, it represented more than the fifth goal that the Dutchmen would score that night. It was more than just a finishing touch for Union to put on its performance of the night. It was the end of a dominating win that was an uncharacteristic way to put an end to the college career of six Boston College seniors. Twice this postseason, the Eagles have been treated to abrupt endings. In the Hockey East playoffs, Boston University put on a second half offensive rally that pushed BC out of the running for a tournament title. Then, in the NCAA Tournament, a run was cut short once again in the first round of play as they failed to match the Dutchmen’s efforts.
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The Eagles did not win the national championship. The senior class failed to win the Hockey East tournament for the first time in their careers. The Eagles finished with a record of 22-124. It would be hard to argue that the senior class is not one of the most successful in the history of BC hockey. Their overall record was 114-40-9. They went undefeated in the Beanpot. They won two National Championships. Despite the disappointing playoff performances this year, the six seniors have been praised as a dynasty. But as with all great dynasties, this one must inevitably come to an end. The trio of Pat Mullane as captain and Steven Whitney and Patrick Wey as the assistants proved to be big performers this season. Whitney was second on the team in points, surpassed only by sophomore standout and Hobey Baker award finalist Johnny Gaudreau. He scored 26 goals, the most
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SCENE AND HEARD
BY: SEAN KEELEY
JOHN WILEY By the end of this month, One World Trade Center—previously known as the Freedom Tower—will reach its full height with its antenna of 1,792 feet. Its steel structure, near fully encapsulated in glass at this point, has already redefined the Manhattan skyline, reclaiming a look of importance for the downtown financial district. However, resting atop a foundation reaching into the catacombs of Ground Zero, One World Trade Center exists as more than a visual imposition. The past 12 years, we have lived as a nation tormented, bleeding through a gaping wound in lower Manhattan. It’s an oversimplification to describe One World Trade Center as architectural scar tissue, and yet there’s worth in recognizing it as a miraculous regeneration of a city, and indeed a nation. I was in second grade when the towers fell. It was a Tuesday, and relatively early in the morning, my classmates began getting called to the office and disappearing. Bloomfield, N.J. is around 12 miles from New York City, and by the time my father picked me up, smoke was already visible in the blue September sky. Twelve years later, clear, sunny days in September still come with feelings of uncertainty. As I recover fragments of my seven-year-old self, suddenly I’m afraid again. I’m afraid for my relatives working in the city, and I’m afraid for the world I woke up to that morning all those years ago—I remember the events through which that world was unmistakably challenged, forever altered, perhaps destroyed. Can a building slight the trauma? Can a structure transcend its foundation, reach higher than its spire, reach farther than its walls? Can it reclaim the world we lost? The nation caught up in flag waving, in pressing ideas of democracy overseas, in adopting a rhetoric vaguely grounded in freedom certainly would believe so. And yet, the more tangible America, recognizably at a loss of identity, increasingly skeptical of its foundations, if only in a silent way, keeps reservations on the matter. Although we lost the two towers of World Trade Center over a decade ago, in a way we continue losing them each day. When a building attached to great symbolic wealth crumbles, I reckon the loss is not much different from the death of a loved one. In the mourning process, psychology suggests rather than removing a loved one entirely from the conscious, mourners instead internalize them, incorporating ideas of that person into daily routine. So too it seems we have internalized our loss in Manhattan. To this day, I cannot pass through the Lincoln Tunnel without fear, a fear the tunnel is too weak, that these structures exist indefinitely, that the city is never static. In nations like Rwanda, acts of genocide and other traumatic social afflictions are often reconciled by a long process of culture building—an artistic identity is purposefully developed alongside the reconstruction of a state. Art plays a critical role in cultivating new thought, and often takes up the preeminent therapeutic duties in the healing of a nation. I would like to argue that the U.S. is currently undergoing this very process of culture building, similar, if not entirely equivalent, to what we have seen in developing nations. The flourishing of new architecture in Manhattan provides an imposing visual context for the cultivation of a national identity. In the mourning of a loved one, we erect tombstones, while in the mourning of a city, we resurrect living spaces. We turn to artistic languages to speak the truths of what we long to be. And when a 1,792 foot superstructure, solemn, reflective, commanding, and alive is erected in lower Manhattan, we can recognize the groundwork of an artistic renewal of American life. But beyond this powerful architectural front, a similarly motivated effort of artistic movements have assumed roles in the building of our culture. It’s no coincidence movies like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Miserables similarly dabbled in themes of national identity and freedom, that they’ve presented cases for and criticisms of liberal democracy. It’s no coincidence that artists like Fun. and Ke$ha have very successfully penetrated the American pop music scene with songs glorifying youth, suggesting perhaps we’re a nation subconsciously longing to feel young, to feel invincible, to feel untouched, unviolated—I dare say American art has not seen such a drastic consolidation in its pedagogy since the Second World War. By the end of this month, One World Trade Center will reach its full height, but the height of our nation is far from being reached. Perhaps the idealistic, flag-waving America and the tangible, suffering one operate on the same fears—perhaps they are two different faces of the same struggle for identity.
John Wiley is the Asst. Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. ‘NEMO’ SEQUEL FOR 2015
Disney/Pixar officially announced Tuesday that they have another sequel in the pipeline for November 2015: Finding Dory, the followup to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Like its predecessor, the movie will be helmed by Pixar stalwart Andrew Stanton and will reunite the big players in Nemo’s original voice cast—including Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. DeGeneres expressed excitement at the film while also teasing the studio about their priorities: “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16.”
2. G.O.O.D. KID LOST
Kid Cudi announced on Tuesday that he was leaving G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West’s record label. The label (which stands for “Getting Out Our Dreams”) was founded by West in 2004 and has put out releases by John Legend, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, and Cudi himself, along with the collaborative album Cruel Summer. Cudi was quick to point out that the move was strictly a business decision, not a personal one, and that he remains close with West. “Man, everything is cool,” he claimed. “Everything is peace with everybody on the label.”
4. MINAJ GETS ACTING BUG
Pop-rap queen and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj has recently dropped some surprising hints that her ambitions aren’t limited to the musical realm. Specifically, Minaj wants to return to what she claims was her “first love”—acting. “I may be working on something right now,” Minaj teased. “I can’t really say too much about it, but I definitely have the acting bug.” Further details are scant, but in the meantime Minaj fans can enjoy her recently released music video for “High School” featuring Lil’ Wayne.
3. MONKEY BUSINESS
Another week, another Justin Bieber mishap. Last week, Bieber’s recently acquired pet monkey was seized at customs when the teen pop star couldn’t produce the appropriate documents upon his arrival in Munich. “Mally” the Monkey was soon taken to a city animal shelter and placed under quarantine. German authorities have given Bieber four weeks to pick up the animal. The event is only the latest in a series of unfortunate events for the 19-year-old, following a recent hospitalization, a skirmish with paparazzi, and a noticeably public diss on Letterman from ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
5. ‘THRONES’ RENEWED The third season premiere of HBO mega-hit Game of Thrones just aired on Sunday to record-setting ratings, and the network is already looking to the show’s future. The show has officially been renewed for a fourth season of 10 episodes, which will likely draw on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the lengthy third installment in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series on which the show is based.
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Beloved rock group Radiohead deserves to come under closer critical scrutiny due to their intellectual pretensions and musical sameness.
Musical mediocrity: overrated bands MATT MAZZARI Lately, (as in the last three months or so), I’ve been doing my darndest to stay relevant with these columns. I wrote about Beyonce when she lipsynced (lipsunc?) the national anthem, about Lil’ Wayne when he had his second codeine-induced seizure ... heck, I even threw Fall Out Boy a bone when they announced that they were saving rock and roll. I’ve been keeping up with the times, baby! Bringing you the latest and greatest in this crazy, newfangled, post-Fall Out Boyreunion world. Well, all that shiz-nit ends now. Today I want to talk about my “heavily researched” list of the Most Overrated Bands of the early 21st century so far (lay off, it’s a working title). What’s going down today is gonna be me calling out all of the still-performing bands who’ve effortlessly captivated the hearts and minds of American listeners, and then me explaining why they’re just meh. If at any point you disagree, tough noogies. You don’t like it, you can just go and write your own column. Call it “Wrong-AboutEverything-Guy’s Corner”. We’ll put it in the Arts & No Taste Section, next to the Kenken, ‘cuz that’s like Sudoku for lame-os. Alright, enough fooling, lets start ‘er up. To get the ball rolling, I have just one word, made from two words fecklessly combined: Radiohead. Over the break, I was suckered into downloading yet another album by this Abington rock group: this time it was The Bends. I listened to the
album three full times. Three. Times. And I still can hardly tell the damn songs apart! Radiohead takes pseudo-intellectualism and watery mechanics to a whole ‘nother level: I’m convinced that Thom Yorke is so far up his own butt he’s created a spatial paradox. There’s no denying that the band has an ear for musicality, but where does it take that? The most impassioned song of theirs is “Creep,” and they hate that one: the ruptured distortion on the guitar, which they did as a spiteful joke, constitutes the best part. Speaking of irony, it was my nemesis Cee Lo Green who made the limp melodics of “Reckoner” (from In Rainbows) roar to life, saving those terrific intonations from Yorke’s incomprehensible drone. If you haven’t, check out Gnarls Barkley’s “Reckoner” cover. It has all the soul that song (and Radiohead) is missing. I’m all for music snobbery, but rock characterized by faux-academia is just wrong. Had enough? Too bad! Next up: the fabulously un-fabulous Mumford and Sons. What’s that? “But I love the banjo and the mandolin,” you say? Then listen to bluegrass, you schmuck. Indie “ban-jolin” bands wreck the subtlety and skill of those instruments by playing them like alternative rock strings. It’s like using a didgeridoo for “punk” music: it just don’t jive. I’ve listened to both Sigh No More and Babel now and, again, still find it a challenge to pick out when one inspired track ends and the next begins. The energy is there, and everyone in the band can play tremendously, but they’ve pigeonholed themselves so securely with the indie
hard-folk sound that they can hardly even take irritatingly filtered photos dressed all old-timey anymore. Just kidding, they always have time for that. Seriously, though, not every song you churn out can be just banjo, mandolin, bass drum, and resonator guitar. I enjoy “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave” as much as the next guy, but the harmonizing needs to be pushed over the edge: bring in something that honestly challenges you, and no, I don’t mean the glockenspiel. I NEVER mean the freaking glockenspiel. Having a musical formula is great, but if you don’t ever break the mold you’ll be a poor man’s Fleet Foxes forever. Am I really almost out of words already? I haven’t even touched upon the outrage of Fun.’s multiple Grammy nominations, or Muse’s profound mediocrity, or how everyone who has ever performed with Rick Ross is either content with or cannot recognize half-hearted rhyme-spitting. I’ll summarize with this: if any song on your LPs can be swapped to another of your albums and create little-to-no major disturbance, you might be good, even darn good, but not great. Great musicians have recognizable styles, but they’re constantly applying it to new ideas, unearthing fresh material to revolutionize with force, talent, and imagination. Or maybe I’m completely, totally, loudly wrong. Ah, well. Happy late April Fools!
Matt Mazzari is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Watch the Throne CROWNING TV’S BEST SERIALIZED DRAMAS
The season three premiere of Game of Thrones debuted Sunday on HBO. The sword-and-sandals fantasy epic, based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, is only the latest example of the trend that has been sweeping TV over the past decade—complex, long-form serialized dramas that demand long-term viewer investment in their storylines. This week, The Scene celebrates the shows that have shaped this narrative, taking viewers from a mysteriously supernatural island to the corridors of power in Washington and everywhere in between.
GAME OF THRONES
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapted Game of Thrones from George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed, seven-part fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire. Thrones follows seven noble families as they plot for power in the land of Westeros. But while lords and kings battle for the crown, dragons hatch in the Far East and ancient arcane creatures, known as White Walkers, lurk beyond The Wall in the North. In the first season, we follow Eddard Stark (a Northern lord) in his journey south toward the capital to aid King Robert against enemies within and beyond the walls of the city. Things, however, never seem to go as planned in Game of Thrones, much Walter White (Bryan Cransto our chagrin (or frustration). The bad guys—or who you thought were the bad guys—win. ton), a chemistry teacher diagAs much as Game of Thrones may look like Lord of the Rings, Thrones is about power and nosed with terminal cancer, turns survival, not good versus evil. to the production and distribution of The premiere of season three, which aired this past Sunday on HBO, looks much methamphetamines to leave his pregdifferent than season one. Some key characters now reside in the cold hard nant wife and son with cerebral palsy the ground. War tears through the once peaceful land, and with at least financial means to live comfortably past his infive seasons still in the books (the third book will be split into two evitable death. Breaking Bad is neck deep in a pool seasons) Thrones is not going anywhere. –R.D. of moral ambiguity, and prospers as it dabbles with themes of family, crime, and duty in the growing absurdity of White’s existence. It candidly addresses questions of causality, mortality, and relations—largely following the The allure of the White House certainly rests, in part, in its aura of opaque secrecy and lofty importance. Capitalizing on this public fascination with what goes on in American politics behind closed doors, NBC’s 1999 series traThe West Wing is a concluded serial drama that focuses dition on the happenings of the fictitious presidential of similar administration of Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). crime draThe show was initially made famous by the mas such as The writing and direction of Aaron Sorkin, Sopranos and The and it went on to air a total of seven Wire. The AMC show seasons before its termination in is currently on its fifth 2006. A great deal of The West season, receiving many of Wing’s appeal was due to its television’s top accolades, and attempts to depict relcontinuing to inspire audiences evant U.S. government with its characteristic strangeness issues—the reality and intelligent writing. It has also been of terrorism and commended for its cinematography, atth e s c a n d a l taching vibrance and imagination to wide of corruppans of the New Mexico’s landscapes. The section inond half of the show’s final season is set to air this summer, drawing to a close AMC’s paramount crime cluded—in a way that was both authentic and intriguing. drama. –J.W. The drama successfully achieved this sense of intimacy, throughout its overarching plot, with its continuous, single-frame, master shots that became known as “walk and talks.” When creative masterminds J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, and Damon Lindelof first brought Lost to ABC in 2004, it seemed to be Sorkin’s technique, in addition to a simple variation on the old stranded-island narrative seen everywhere from Robinson Crusoe to Gilligan’s Island. But viewers its clever dialogues and notable could hardly have expected the twists and turns Lost would follow over the course of six seasons. The supernatural element performances, truly added to the was hinted at from the first episode (what was that polar bear doing on the island?) but it only grew more pronounced over cinematic value of The West Wing, time, as the writers spun a complicated tale of smoke monsters, time travel, alternative timelines, and a mysterious organias well as to its predominately zation called the Dharma Initiative. Lost was truly an exemplar of complexly layered, serialized TV storytelling, and the positive critical reception. showrunners even pioneered the use of online games and other cross-media efforts to let fans further explore the –A.I. show’s mythology. When the show faltered in popularity with a convoluted tangle of plot threads and unanswered questions in season three, the writers established a definite end point in season six to wrap things up. Reaction to the finale was mixed, but on a whole Lost stands as a uniquely ambitious experiment, mixing sci-fi mythology with deeply developed characters and a long-running thematic thread exploring the conflict between science and faith. – S.K.
THE WEST WING
HOUSE OF CARDS
A remake of a diabolically entertaining BBC series from the 1990s, Beau Willimon’s House of Cards premiered this February exclusively on Netflix. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star as Francis and Claire Underwood, a power-grubbing political With comprehensive story elements spanning six seasons, The Sopranos brought mob drama into the 21st century, with complexity couple seeking to climb the political ranks in and nuance characteristic of iconic mobster films like The Godfather Trilogy and Goodfellas. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is the Washington, D.C. by any means possible. A gripping charismatic antihero of the HBO series, the boss of the and cynical narrative of sex, politics, and power, House of DiMeo crime family. His life is a careful, and often Cards benefits from the cinematic gifts of directors like David problematic balance between his roles as a faFincher and James Foley—not to mention Spacey’s star turn as the ther, a husband, a mafia leader, a womanizer, manipulative but strangely charming Underwood, who frequently a brother, a man of family principles, and addresses the audience directly with withering asides and sarcastic rea figure of moral decay. The Sopranos is marks. The show’s unique rollout on Netflix (all 13 episodes were released the story of contradiction, the cersimultaneously) suggests a release model for future TV shows. Significantly, emonial observance of family tratoo, it allowed Wildition paired with an adverse limon and the other writculture of violence. For beters to dispense with some ter or worse, often met hallmarks of weekly serialized with contention from TV—like the use of cliffhangers to Italian-American end episodes. “Our hope was people groups, The Sowould want to immediately watch the pranos h a s next episode, not because we instituted some become a defining portrait of life in New Jersey, with much of its production resort of superficial cliffhanger,” Willimon said, volving around Garden State landmarks. The series iconically ends in Holsten’s “but because they’re so invested in the complex Confectionary in Bloomfield, N.J.. This story and characters, that’s what draws them back.” final scene, set to Journey’s “Don’t House of Cards has proved extremely popular so far, and Stop Believing,” abruptly ends in season two is already in the works. – S.K. black, ambiguously suggesting Tony’s death. –J.W.
Capturing the essence of American society and culture in the 1960s, AMC’s widely acclaimed series Mad Men has been praised not just for its acting, writing, and directing, but also for its historical authenticity and visual style. By centering on the business and personal lives of the highfalutin advertising agents working on Madison Ave. in New York City, the show explores themes relevant to the period—such as adultery, sexism, and racism—confronting them in a way that is both entertaining and insightful. Mad Men has been lauded for its approach to its content, accurately portraying the societal norms of the time, from the rampant alcoholism to the heavy smoking, with all of the vintage glamour that has made the decade so iconic. Embodying the sum of these characteristics and habits, the big shot advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is the show’s main character, and with each successive episode of the series, Mad Men seamlessly and suspensively reveals more and more about Draper’s ambiguous and shadowy past. Winning a significant number of Emmys and Golden Globes, the American period drama is currently about to premier its sixth season. – A.I.
In The Wire, creator David Simon sought to create an objective portrayal of the war on drugs in the streets of Baltimore. What he created, however, was arguably the greatest television show of all-time. The Wire chronicles the war on drugs through the eyes of the law with all its bureaucratic trappings and the eyes of the crooks, even the more empathetic ones. The Wire introduced an element of cold, calculated realism that all serious shows now try to capture. Season one follows a joint homicide and narcotics team as they try to take down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Piece by piece the detectives try to build a case against Barksdale and his inner circle with a wiretap while Barksdale tries to strengthen his position within the city and against the law. The show not only examines the legal struggle but also the lives of Barksdale’s underlings living in the projects. Throw in Omar, a Robin Hood-like gang banger turned informant, and the plot only thickens. Later seasons follow a similar pattern but only create more and more gray area. The Wire lives, thrives in gray area. The Wire, a brooding study of the America justice system, is not digested easily— and that’s its point. – R.D.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
NETFLIX NEXUS BY CHRISTINE ZHAO
A teen drama about being ‘Awkward’ in high school TITLE: Awkward YEAR: 2011 CREATED BY: Lauren Lungerich STARRING: Ashley Rickards WHY: An absolute guilty pleasure, Awkward is an MTV drama describes the trials of being a teenager in high school.
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After coming down from Jersey Shore-generated fame, MTV decided to jump on the teen drama bandwagon. Teen Wolf, a supernatural drama, The Hard Times of RJ Berger, a comedy, and Awkward, a show that follows a plain Jane turned dream girl. While sophomore Jenna Hamilton of Awkward isn’t a teen werewolf or hung, she does have plenty of action going on that certainly justifies the show’s name. With plenty of high school shenanigans going on, the show is like watching an amplified version of the modern teen experience—Jenna’s best friend Tamara (pronounced TahMARA, “like if your birth control fails, you better Plan B it Tamara!”) is a font of creative slang, like skitch (sketchy bitch), DTR (define the relationship), and recessive chub (fat you can’t control with diet and exercise), and her Asian friend Ming Huang fulfills the ethnic stereotypes of having strict parents and a quirky style, animal hat, and black-framed glasses included. Then there’s the eye candy: Beau Mirchoff plays the popular, soccer-playing hottie with glazed-over family issues, Matty McKibben. His blonde equivalent, Jake Rosati, is the All-American, Chad Michael Murray-doppelganger who is appalled at the thought of taking his Jesus-loving, cheerleader girlfriend’s “be hymen.” Both vie for Jenna’s affections, creating an addictive, albeit cringe-worthy, 24 episodes of guilty pleasure.
Fashion advice inspired by ‘Thrift Shop’ How to look incredible in someone else’s old clothes
ELIAS RODRIGUEZ I am usually one of the last people to get on the top-of-the-charts-YouTube-sensation wagon. As long as I try to avoid it, I end up giving in and getting hooked. There are the worst of songs (see Rebecca Black’s “Friday”) and then there are the best—Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” The song is great. The video is great. What’s not to love? And don’t even get me started on Macklemore’s too-cool-for-school attitude. A lot of people can rock a fur coat, but a Batman onesie? That officially makes the Seattle native the coolest person on this Earth—in my book, anyway (my condolences, Adam Levine). Why am I talking (or writing) about “Thrift Shop,” you ask? It’s a song about fashion. I know, color me shocked. According to an interview with GQ, the song is autobiographical i.e. the rapper buys all his clothes from thrift shops. Macklemore is proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. He manages to put on someone’s old clothes and pull them off. Why? Because he has fun with it. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and that’s what fashion is all about. You could be wearing every label from Armani to Zegna, but if you don’t do it with confidence it’ll be money down the drain, because it is the man that makes the clothes, not the other way around—despite what Mark Twain is quoted as saying. When you dress to impress, you don’t want other people to show up wearing the same thing as you. Which is when those one-of-akind pieces come in handy. What are the odds that someone will show up wearing the same vintage/thrift/old sweater as you? Little to none. Watching Macklemore dig through racks and bins of clothes at the proverbial thrift shop, I couldn’t help but ask myself: what is the difference between vintage and used clothes? After careful research (i.e. Googling “vintage vs. used”
and clicking on the about.com link) I arrived upon the answer. According to the website, the difference lies in where you buy the clothes. At a vintage store, the owner buys the pieces from someone and resells them to customers. On the other hand, at a thrift shop the clothes are donated, and bought by customers later on. This explains why you spend a fortune in vintage stores and find bargains in thrift shops. Some are older than others, but at the end of the day they’re all old clothes—which makes them pretty special on its own. The thing about fashion is that it recycles itself. Exhibit A: Ray-Ban’s wayfarers. Popular in the ’60s, the sunglasses made a come back in the ’80s, and again in 2007. Much like zombies, they just won’t die—and that’s a good thing. Imagine your dad bought a pair in the ’80s and kept them. You’d be able to rock them without spending a dime. Which bring us to a story of mine. Once upon a time I was at my grandmother’s house when she was going through my uncle’s things from when he was younger to get rid of. She pulled out a jacket in pristine condition that belonged to him circa early ’90s and asked me to try it on in case I wanted it. I did and it fit like a glove, as if it was bespoke for me, so I kept it. Because it was a classic, navy jacket it was very much wearable, so I wore it around a couple times and then I had an idea. I went to one of those stores that sell sewing materials and bought gold buttons to replace the blue ones on the jacket and then took it to a tailor to do the job. The whole thing cost me around $12 and it very much improved the jacket. Today it is the most special piece of clothing I own. The moral of the story is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on clothes to look good or stylish. You can find things that look great, and even when you do you can custom them to your personal style and make them unique. Look through your dad and even granddad’s old clothes—the older the cooler—and you might be surprised to find something that you could wear today. In the poetic words of Macklemore, “one man’s trash is another man’s come up.” Can’t wait to see what he wears to Modstock.
Elias Rodriguez is a columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spending more on your clothes isn’t entirely necessarily to look fashionable—shopping at thrift stores or borrowing vintage pieces from your parent’s closet could be a good alternative to achieving your own classic and unique style.
THIS WEEKEND in arts
BY: ARIANA IGNERI | ASSOCIATE ARTS & REVIEW EDITOR
1. CAESAR MUST DIE (FRIDAY 4/5, 7:00PM)
3. 2013 ALC SHOWDOWN (SATURDAY 4/6, 8:00PM)
5. ANDY GRAMMER CONCERT (SUNDAY 4/7 6:30PM)
Caesar Must Die, an acclaimed new film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, is holding its Boston premiere this Friday in Higgins 300. Sponsored by the Italian Club, the film tells the story of a group of inmates enacting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in prison.
A dozen of BC’s on-campus dance groups, including Sexual Chocolate, UPrising, DOBC, and Masti, will perform in Conte Forum for Saturday’s ALC Showdown, the year’s biggest dance competition. The evening will feature professional judges, a celebrity dance group, and fun music. Tickets are $15 through Robsham Theater.
Characterized by his chipper, acoustic, pop melodies, Andy Grammer is most well-known for his hit singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” Tickets for his concert this weekend at the House of Blues are $22 at the door.
2. MFA THESIS EXHIBITION (FRIDAY 4/5, ONGOING) Three Master of Fine Arts candidates, Laura Fischman, Jasmine Higbee, and Laura Beth Reese, will be presenting their work at “The Fourth Wall Project” on Brookline Avenue. Though each artist is unique, their work, collectively, focuses on humanity and its surroundings. The exhibition runs from Apr. 3-12 (12 to 6 p.m.), with an opening reception and exclusive artist talks on Apr. 6 from 5 to 8p.m.
4. BOSTON BALLET’S THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (SATURDAY 4/6, 7:00PM) One of their trademark performances, the Boston Ballet’s rendition of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty is an exquisite presentation of a beloved classic. Thanks to UGBC’s BC to Boston program, discounted tickets for the ballet are available online for $20 through Robsham.
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A consumer’s Criterion confession
SEAN KEELEY When it comes to shopping, even the least materialistic of us have our weakness—that one product or brand that irresistibly draws us and practically forces our hand into our wallet to fork over our cash. For the fashion-conscious of the Boston College population, J. Crew is surely the biggest culprit. Even the most cursory glance at daily campus fashion makes that clear enough, and you don’t have to wander far to overhear conversations that confirm the suspicion. While in The Heights office, I frequently overhear editors regale each other with fashion compliments and ask where they got a particular piece of clothing. The answer isn’t always J. Crew, but no matter where the clothing’s origin, the explanation usually comes with a fervent testimony about a particular store and an anecdote of how they saw the item and just couldn’t resist. But I’m not here to talk about clothes— no, I’ll leave that to our much more qualified fashion writers. What interests me is the idea of brand loyalty, especially in the arts world. Whether it’s the realm of books, music, or movies, certain companies have a near-monopoly on our affections, channeling the love of an art form into an attachment to a particular product. Like any good consumer, I am susceptible to this trend. And so, in the spirit of a certain popular Facebook page at BC, I make my eccentric confession: I am a Criterion Collection addict. What is The Criterion Collection, you ask? The company describes their mission as “gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.” That doesn’t quite do them justice, however. Criterion’s idea of extra features isn’t just a brief featurette or two. We’re talking about audio commentaries, original and rare archived documentaries, interviews with cast and crew, alternate edits of a film, even multiple aspect ratios, together with accompanying booklets (or sometimes entire books) featuring multiple write-ups from film critics putting the movie in context. Not to mention that each release is topped off with an original, carefully designed cover art scheme and a nice little spine number representing the movie’s place in the Collection. (The latest release, Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux, is Spine #652). In other words, each Criterion release is like film school in a box—and it’s the closest thing to heaven for a film geek like me. The collection runs the gamut from early silent films to popular American classics like 12 Angry Men to schlocky Japanese horror films to risky new releases. And even if the occasional questionable release slips through the cracks (Michael Bay’s Armageddon, really?), Criterion does a remarkable job of filling gaps in film history and boldly predicting future talents. Long before the first episode of Girls aired on HBO, Criterion recognized Lena Dunham’s potential and issued her film Tiny Furniture on DVD and Blu-ray. Criterion Collection movies are to me what shoes are to many girls: that thing that you really don’t need one more of, but which you always find a reason to justify buying. The biannual 50 percent off Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble is where my wallet takes its biggest hit each year (and where my parents do the bulk of my birthday and Christmas shopping). It provides me an excuse to blind buy films I know nothing about on impulse and the trust I place in the label. A four-disc collection of films from 1960 Czechoslovakia? Why not! I couldn’t hope to count the number of great movies—old and new, American and foreign—that I’ve been introduced to thanks to Criterion. I suspect the same is true of Criterion’s customer base. There’s a reason people keep paying premium prices for their movies, and why the company has been going strong since 1984. I suspect that this slightly exaggerated personal love letter to Criterion makes me sound vaguely like a weird fetishist, or an incorrigible hipster, or both. But beyond my personal obsession, there’s a bigger point that Criterion’s success proves: commerce and art are really not so exclusive as they’re sometimes made out to be. Criterion is the perfect example of a lucrative company who really cares about its product, and whose commercial concerns promote greater appreciation of art. They’re making inroads into the streaming business with Hulu Plus, but in this age of digital media nothing can replace the quality of their physical product. And as long as they keep up their standards, I will gladly continue paying—even if that means filling up my closet with DVDs instead of shoes or J. Crew sweaters.
Sean Keeley is the Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
OneRepublic goes ‘Native’ on superb new release BY ARIANA IGNERI
Assoc. Arts & Review Editor Pristinely produced, OneRepublic’s latest release, Native, is a quintessential pop record—with every track glossed over and polished until it essentially glistens with perfection. Despite such heavy studio control, though, this album, like the band’s former two, manages to retain absolute authenticity. Native provides listeners with what OneRepublic has become known for—live instrumentals mixed with pop elements—but it does so in a way that enables them to avoid sounding banal and formulaic. In the purest way possible, Native is the epitome of the pop cliche, but with both evident songwriting skill resting beneath its heavy production and emotion resonating from its synthesized sounds. The record’s opening track, “Counting Stars,” is a brilliant start to the album. Vital, infectious, and grandiloquent, the song builds from basic, acoustic strings into a driving drum march, as the band’s lead singer, Ryan Tedder, proclaims, “No more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars.” Relying on similar, yet unique, production techniques, Native’s next two songs, “If I Lose Myself ” and “Feel Again” are the album’s first two singles. Slowly climbing into a momentous chorus of sliding synths and shimmering cymbals, the former track relentlessly pounds and stomps, making it a song that is indeed easy to get lost in. The latter track, “Feel Again,” is
equally as gripping, juxtaposing its heavy percussion against Tedder’s bright, smooth, and almost delicate falsetto and creating a sound that is as pervasive as it is full. Much of Native, its anthems and mid-tempo songs included, follows this same sort of musical style. “What You Wanted” and “Can’t Stop,” for example, are both medium paced tracks that captivate not so much through their audaciousness but, rather, more so through their patient, steady perseverance. While “What You Wanted” is characterized by its whirling background vocals and looping and whizzing guitar riff, “Can’t Stop” is made by its whipping drum strikes. About love and loss, it’s one of Native’s most sincere songs, with Tedder vulnerably and desperately professing, “I can’t stop thinking about us anymore” amidst persistent percussion. Quite obviously, compelling drum sounds are a staple component in OneRepublic’s work. Just as in the other two tracks, the band uses these percussive elements in “I Lived” and “Something I Need,” two anthem-esque songs pulling, lyrically, from the ever-popular theme of carpe diem. Comparable to the band’s hit, “Good Life,” the optimistic “I Lived” finds Tedder declaring “I owned every second that this world could give / With every broken bone I swear I lived.” With its spinning guitar riff, handclap bridge, and expansive chorus, it would undoubtedly be a solid upcoming single. Native, despite being deeply
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NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC PRODUCED BY INTERSCOPE RECORDS RELEASED MAR. 26, 2013 OUR RATING A-
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Seemlessly blending synthesized sounds and live instrumental elements, ‘Native’ is solid through and through. seeded in its pop genre roots, does, however, experiment briefly with other sounds. While still adhering to conventions, both “Light It Up” and “Au Revoir” reveal OneRepublic acceptably adventuring beyond their typical musical boundaries. The former track, with its dark, dense, and indulgent guitar riff, is more alternative than pop in terms of genre, and the latter song, with its swelling cellos and subtly sparkling piano melody is a heartfelt ballad—a brief respite from Native’s predominately percussive nature. Taken together, the two songs demonstrate the band’s indisputable ability to adeptly explore a range of sound possibilities, while
skillfully remaining within the confines of their own style. Holistically, the album represents a significant achievement for OneRepublic, though it ends, unfortunately, rather ambiguously. The most riveting song on Native, “Preacher,” precedes the record’s final song, “Don’t Look Down,” which in contrast to the aforementioned song, is a disappointingly weak 90 seconds of nothing more than psychedelic production. Unlike “Don’t Look Down,” “Preacher” is both musically and lyrically captivating. Glazing the thematic complexity of faith and family in synthesized gospel choruses and sturdy rhythms, its sounds justly
complement its words, including insightful lines such as “God only helps those who learn to help themselves” and, in reference to his religious grandfather, “He was a million miles from a million dollars but you could never spend his wealth.” Its conclusion is fairly anticlimactic, but Native proves that genuineness, depth, and substantiality are all attainable within the scope of the pop genre, even amidst heavy production. In the end, the record is simultaneously wild and controlled, live and synthesized, and cliched and sincere—Native, ultimately then, is a beautifully produced contradiction.
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Tyler, The Creator provokes and pushes boundaries on ‘Wolf’ BY JOHN WILEY
Asst. Arts & Review Editor Tyler, The Creator’s songwriting is a pointless exercise. It doesn’t go anywhere much and sees little importance in itself. If anything, it prides itself on being unfocused, grotesque, immature, offensive, and fragmented—and yet, these are all deficiencies, not faults. Tyler makes no pre-
tensions of purpose in Wolf, his second studio album. In fact, he frequently mocks the many critics who attempt to breathe meaning into his longwinded manifestos. Rightly, it seems Tyler’s music is only satisfying once we stop expecting it to make a point. By acknowledging what it lacks, Wolf realizes its strength. Fittingly, the album begins
in a sentimental progression of piano chords, topped with a healthy dose of xylophone. And then, right over this progression, as the music builds in hefty orchestrations of brass and strings, Tyler intimately greets the listener (“F–k you, f–k you, f–ck you, f–k him / F–k everything else I can see”) and effectively sets the tone for the 18 tracks of incessant lyrical bludgeoning
WOLF TYLER, THE CREATOR PRODUCED BY ODD FUTURE RECORDS RELEASED APR. 2, 2013 OUR RATING A-
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Though clearly not for all tastes, Tyler’s ‘Wolf’ is a hilarious and uncompromising effort from the polarizing rapper.
to come. It’s near impossible to avoid drawing comparisons between Tyler, The Creature and Frank Ocean. As the preeminent members of OF WGKTA , the two artists have found their roots hopelessly intertwined in the Los Angeles hip-hop collective. Resolvedly, any attempt to wholly separate the respective work of Tyler and Ocean is a fruitless effort indeed. Functioning as outsiders, the two have dramatically picked apart and retooled the hip-hop industry. They worked closely on Wolf, with Ocean appearing on 10 of the album’s tracks. And yet, apart from its propensity to challenge longstanding musical structure, their music operates on drastically different terms. Ocean’s work is saturated with profundity, operating through long, cryptic metaphors. It frequents themes of spirituality, illuminating Ocean’s uncommonly developed perception of God. It speaks of the mystical importance of love in American life—obliquely addressing themes of human sexuality. Tyler’s work, on the other hand, is a thought experiment,
a stream of consciousness seemingly characterized by its depravity. It’s often disgustingly blunt, and Tyler’s ideas seem undeveloped and short-winded. Tyler is an outspoken atheist. He understands romance as nothing spiritual, but rather selfish desire—these views are probably explained best in “IFHY,” (“I f–king hate you / But I love you / I’m bad at keeping my emotions bubbled”) the closest semblance of a ballad on Wolf. His views on sexuality are complex at best, and while the frequent accusations of Tyler being a homophobic seem wrongfully narrow, his efforts to dissuade them are resignedly insensitive and similarly problematic. For example, on “Domo 23” his treatment of an incident at the 2011 Pitchfork Festival in which several human rights organizations protested his music’s content is markedly dismissive. (“So, a couple f–gs threw a little hissfit / Came to Pitchfork with a couple Jada Pinkett signs / And said I was a racist homophobic / So I grabbed Lucas and filmed us kissing”) But what can come across as hatefulness in Tyler’s work is perhaps better regarded as an unattract-
ive residue of artistic approach. In Frank Ocean’s music, what seems a simple statement is often a telling insight. In Tyler, The Creator’s music, what seems a telling insight is almost always a simple statement. Criticism of Tyler’s homophobic language and similarly questionable remarks regarding rape, misogyny, suicide, and racism is quite legitimately grounded in his music. However, such criticism raises a great question of why people are turning to Tyler as a moral authority at all. Respectively, his work triumphs in calling to mind this absurdity of taking artists as figures of morality, when in many cases, artists are far more disjointed than their listeners in that regard. Tyler stripped any pretension of moral significance from Wolf, and what’s left is an imperfect, but compelling sophomore effort, falling short of Goblin as far as shock value is concerned, but making up for much of that in authenticity. Wolf is a tantalizing look into a disturbed, creative mind, most appropriately commended for its willingness to pose questions to which it offers no answers.
Lil’ Wayne’s latest fails to generate excitement with lackluster effort BY MISSA SANGIMINO For The Heights
The album for which so many Weezy fans have been waiting has finally been brought to judgment; Lil’ Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II was released last week and has since been met by a variety of responses. The album took the No. 2 spot on the U.S. album chart (though so far it hasn’t unseated Justin Timberlake’s latest), but it hasn’t created much of a murmur on the music scene. As an album, I Am Not A Human Being II contains a range of style that was not always made available by Lil’ Wayne as a rapper. The album is clearly an attempt to give more artistic meaning to the career of the self-proclaimed “greatest rapper alive.” The cover art is more subtle and imaginative, and tracks on the album like “IANHB,” “Trigger Fin-
ger,” “God Bless Amerika,” and “Back to You” show a new side of Wayne that is less obvious, more musically interesting, and reflect a bit more creativity from an instrumental standpoint. Nearly all of the tracks feature other famous artists, ranging from Juicy J to Trina to, of course, Nicki Minaj. By far the most unique track on the album is Lil’ Wayne’s work with Dre, “Hot Revolver,” which falls into the rock genre to a much larger extent than any of the other tracks on I Am Not Human Being II. Wayne’s language throughout the entire album was pretty consistent with what we’ve been hearing for a while—this is something that has been a bit disappointing. By branching out with his instrumentation but failing to produce any impressive newness in his lyrical material, Wayne exerts the notion that he didn’t give this album all he’s got.
From a success standpoint, the album is a bit substandard compared to Lil’ Wayne’s past releases. Because Wayne produced neither a completely new album with songs of an entirely different style, nor an album that was totally characteristic of pop-based, it didn’t win over very many album collectors. This is not entirely the case for those listeners who lean toward radio play. Some songs have definitely taken off as singles—“My Homies Still” feat. Big Sean and “No Worries” feat. Detail stream regularly at parties and over radios since their release—and the recentness of the album’s release leaves some success to be seen. The fact that so many artists are featured on the album will give the album more publicity, but the quality of the tracks and lack of consistency may prevent the album from taking off as much as his previous work.
I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II LIL’ WAYNE PRODUCED BY CASH MONEY RECORDS RELEASED MAR. 26, 2013 OUR RATING C+
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Lil’ Wayne’s ‘I Am Not a Human Being II’ lacks creativity, but benefits from other artists featured on the album.
SINGLE REVIEWS BY BERNADETTE DERON will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber “#thatPOWER”
Chris Brown “Fine China” Chris Brown goes back to his Michael Jacksoninspired roots with his up-tempo, bouncy single. This track has a soulful instrumental blend of bass guitar, drums, keyboards and violin. Along with Brown’s classic vocal range, this is reminiscent of his early work. Throw in a couple of MJ-esque screams and you have a bona ﬁde hit. Welcome back, Chris. We’ve been waiting.
The latest single off will.i.am’s highly anticipated album questions exactly what the public is holding their anticipation for. The track starts off promisingly with Justin Bieber’s vocals over a nice progressive beat, and then will.i.am comes in and drops the same bars he does on every song. Take Bieber out, put Britney Spears in, and it’s “Scream and Shout.”
Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre “Waiting All Night” Chances are you haven’t heard of Rudimental, a drum and bass quartet from England, but you should know them. The group’s crazy beat, combined with trumpet on this track makes their sound truly fresh and new. Add Ella Eyre’s powerhouse vocals and it makes for an extremely moving and uplifting song.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
THIS WEEK IN... BY TRICIA TIEDT | METRO EDITOR
Unlike the general notions running rampant throughout other college campuses of Boston, Harvard students aren’t too happy about their Spring Concert lineup. Tyga, a rapper most famous for his song “Rack City,” was announced to headline Yardfest last week, much to the dismay of over 1,000 students. In less than a day, an online petition via Change.org had over 1,500 signatures opposing the rapper’s performance due to his “explicitly and violently misogynistic lyrics.” According to The Harvard Crimson, the petition had over 400 signatures within the hour it was first posted. Although his name is an acronym for ‘Thank You God Always,’ thousands of the Harvard community—both current and past students alike-are speaking out against his presence, inciting the Office of Student Life to rethink their frontrunner.
The Red Sox spent the official Opening Day of the MLB season facing their greatest rival in the Bronx. With an 8-2 win over the Yankees, the Sox are off to a fair start, marking John Farrell’s first game and win as manager of the Red Sox. “Today was a very good day in a number of ways,” Farrell said, according to The Boston Globe. Coming off a poor performance last season, which included 93 losses, the Red Sox had something to prove. Players who drove in runs included Shane Victorino, who drove in three runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury, absent for most of last season, drove in two runs. “I think a lot of us felt embarrassed about what happened last year,” said starting pitcher John Lester. “We’re busting our butts to try not to let that happen again.”
MBTA CUISINE A l t h o u g h i t ’s hard to believe due to the continuous cold temps, summer is indeed on its way. And thanks to the MBTA, Bostonians can now better utilize one of New England’s most popular beaches. Early this week, the Cape Flyer was announced: a train that will run from Boston to Hyannis at Cape Cod, with stops at Lakeville and Buzzards Bay. The first train will roll out of South Station on Friday, May 24—the start of Memorial Day weekend. Each Saturday and Sunday, the first train will depart at 8 a.m. and the last train will return from Cape Cod at 6:30 p.m. With tickets priced at $35 round trip, the MBTA hopes the Cape Flyer will increase tourism to the Cape and decrease the already congested roadways during the summer season.
Boston music scene heats up BY MAGGIE POWERS Heights Editor
This June will kick off an exciting concert season for the city of Boston. Beginning with spring concerts at local colleges and stretching through late August, there will be a host of entertainment for music enthusiasts throughout the city. Boston residents are no strangers to big concerts with venues in surrounding areas like the Comcast Center in Mansfield and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. What makes summer 2013 unique is that major music events are taking place within the boundaries of the city. Boston is further asserting itself as a dominant force in music and the arts. The rising star Macklemore’s concerts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College, April 26 and May 2, respectively, will kick off the summer. Colleges draw stars on their way to major success, and Macklemore’s presence at BC and MIT is no exception. On Mar. 8, tickets will go on sale for the MIT show to non-students. Prices are $25, limit to two per customer. The BC show is a free event, but is not open to the public. The crowing jewel of Boston’s musically notable summer is the brand new music festival, Boston Calling. Huge names such as Fun., the Shins, the National, Of Monsters and Men, the Walkmen, Andrew Bird, Ra Ra Riot, St. Lucia, the Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Cults, Youth Lagoon, Caspian Bad Rabbits will be present. According to The Boston Globe, the organizers of the event hope the big names like Fun., Of Monsters and Men, and the National will help mobilize the young, culturally-in-touch crowd. Their hope is that this momentum will make a mark for this new event. While other major cities have their own signature music festivals—Chicago’s Lollapalooza and New York’s Governors Ball to name a few—this is the first time Boston will have one to call its own. According to The Boston Globe, Brian Appel and Mike Snow, the organizers of he event, felt the need to fill this void.
This will also help to fill a general void in the New England music festival circuit—most major music festivals take place in the middle of the country or on the west coast. The event is scheduled to take place on May 25 and 26 in City Hall Plaza. Lack of an outdoor venue was always cited as a reason to the lack of music festivals, however the creative use of City Hall plaza allows Boston residents to avoid this obstacle. This choice of location will allow for the blending of the music festival atmosphere but still nodding to Boston’s metropolitan presence. In addition to the multi-stage entertainment there will be a beer garden and some of Boston’s famous food trucks. Tickets are $120 general admission and $325 for a VIP pass. Single day passes will be available as the event comes closer. The event that completes Boston’s summer 2013 musical trifecta is the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert at Fenway Park. These are two of the most influential men in the music industry preforming in one of the most beloved Boston landmarks. Timberlake and Jay-Z are scheduled to preform on both Aug. 10 and 11, the second night due to overwhelming popular demand, according to Boston.com. These iconic stars performing in this iconic location will round out the summers big musical acts. These three events will anchor Boston’s pop culture for the summer. They span all months of concert season and take advantage of the young population that makes up so much of the population of Boston. The Macklemore concerts at BC and MIT exemplify that performers are drawn to this area because of their huge fan base made up of college students. Boston Calling answered the growing demand for a multi-stage music festival that people previously discredited because of lack of accessible outdoor venues. And while Fenway Park is no stranger to concerts, superstars Timberlake and Jay-Z are simply affirming Boston’s pop culture status.
With the start of spring comes even more reason to head outdoors—food trucks are back in Boston. On Monday, Bostonians saw the return of the increasingly popular dining options throughout the city. The City of Boston has approved 56 food trucks to serve at 18 locations in the greater Boston area, from Copley Square to new sites, such as Charlestown and East Boston. In addition to adding locations, the city has approved “cluster sites,” locations that will house two to three food trucks in one place. From burgers to stir fry to cupcakes, food trucks are now producing some of the most popular foods in Boston from its bestknown restaurants—including Area 4 (located in Kendall Square). For a full list of food trucks and their sites, visit cityofboston.gov.
BUSINESS Moveline, a company that originated in New York City’s TechStars, has made its move to Boston. Marketed as “a radically easier way to move,” Moveline acts as a liaison between moving companies and customers. The idea is this: customers who work with Moveline film a video of their inventory to be moved. Within three business days, Moveline advises each customer with price quotes from three to five of the best moving companies in their town. After choosing a mover, customers book online through Moveline. A Moveline “move captain” is then placed in charge of your move, taking the hassle of moving off your hands—all for free. Why? Moveline founder Kelly Eidson hopes to create the “glue between customers and moving enterprises.”
Shake Shack shakes it up
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BY MEGHAN LEAHY For The Heights
If you thought you’d never be willing to wait an hour for a simple hamburger, think again. Although, in your defense, Shake Shack doesn’t just make simple burgers. They make, quite possibly, the best burgers and burger-eating experience ever to exist. Ever. What started as a hot dog cart in Manhattan quickly developed into a multi-location burger enterprise, and the latest opening is here in Chestnut Hill. Part of The Street shopping center along Route 9 Westbound on Boylston St., Shake Shack opened its environmentally-friendly doors on Wednesday, Mar. 20 and has been busy ever since. Structurally, the indoor seating is a little tight, but manageable, and the lighting and decor is pleasant. Most of the building is made from sustainable and recycled materials, all of which come together beautifully in wood surfaces and chrome accents. Waiting for 60 minutes to order what is, at the surface, fast food, may seem a little excessive, but the wait really goes much faster. In reality, it is about 15 minutes shorter (the employees say it’s an hour to stay on the safe side), clocking in at roughly 45 minutes. The staff keeps you occupied with menus to mull over and free samples to eat, so while you’re waiting, you can imagine the types of burgers, custards, concretes, and fries that will soon be on your tray. The good news is that the long wait to order is balanced out by a short wait for what you order—in about 10 or 15 minutes, your buzzer will go off and you can leave your comfortable spot at your table (assuming you find one, that is) to pick up your order at the counter. If you jump on the “C-Line”, a Disney-Fast-Passesque way of cutting the line, you can order all your cold items (custards, concretes, beverages) at record speeds. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and wonderfully helpful, especially when recommending their favorite menu items. If you’re unsure of what to order when you make it to the register, a safe bet is to start with the ShackBurger or Hot Dog. And if you’re a vegetarian? Don’t fret, you’ll find your entree in the ’Shroom Burger. The crinkle-cut fries on their own are alright (not worth nearly $3, in my opinion),
but somehow when they’re covered in a blend of American and cheddar cheese sauce, it would be completely reasonable to spend all of your Mega Millions lottery winnings on one order. The beverages are decidedly PG but if you’re looking to set yourself apart from the high school crowd and get a little more adult when you dine, you can order from the beer and wine selection, made up of items exclusively brewed and bottled for Shake Shack. The frozen custard is available in fun flavors every day, but the shining star of the cold items is the concrete—specifically the Boston-themed Lobstah Shell, with North End pastries mixed in. Although the prices may seem slightly higher than what’s comfortable for your wallet, they’re cheaper LOCATION: 49 BOYLSTON STREET CUISINE: American SIGNATURE DISH: ShackBurger ATMOSPHERE: 7/10 AVERAGE BURGER: $6 OVERALL EXPERIENCE: A than the prices of other restaurants with similar quality. And even if they weren’t, finishing a meal at Shake Shack somehow feels so much healthier and cleaner than devouring a burger and fries at Five Guys, which is a feeling worth paying for. If you’re waiting for the hype to subside or the lines to die down, you may be waiting in vain. Speaking from experience, you can wait for an hour at both 8:45 p.m. on a Saturday night and 1:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. The multiple Manhattan locations still boast hour-long lines years after their establishment and it’s not like there’s a shortage of good burger places in the city. Plus, students from all over Boston (yes, meaning BU and Northeastern, too) have been spotted in line here in Chestnut Hill. The craze for Shake Shack will never end, but the quality of their service won’t be changing either. Do yourself a favor and go right now—there’s no excuse for missing out on their cheese fries.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Yep, she went there
TRICIA TIEDT First, a confession: this column has absolutely nothing to do with Boston. But, here’s the justification: it has to do with New Jersey. And college students everywhere. And a newspaper. And half our student body is from New Jersey, right? And this, ladies and gents, is a college newspaper. And, as the working title of this column is “Breaking Boundaries,” I’m always looking for something a little edgy. And this, my friends, definitely pushes the limits. So here we go. “Yes, I went there.” This was the phrase Susan Patton, Princeton University ’77, used after she made one of the most shocking statements of the week to female students at her alma mater: get a husband. In a letter to the editor published in The Daily Princetonian (commonly known as The Prince) titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had,” Patton tackled the issue of love in a class of highly educated people—people who, in her opinion, have a very small pond in which to find their so-called fish in the sea. “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there. I am the mother of two sons who are both Princetonians. My older son had the good judgment and great fortune to marry a classmate of his, but he could have married anyone. My younger son is a junior and the universe of women he can marry is limitless. Men regularly marry women who are younger, less intelligent, less educated. It’s amazing how forgiving men can be about a woman’s lack of erudition, if she is exceptionally pretty. Smart women can’t (shouldn’t) marry men who aren’t at least their intellectual equal. As Princeton women, we have almost priced ourselves out of the market. Simply put, there is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are. And I say again—you will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.” Yep, she went there. Now, where does one begin with this? It should come as no surprise that this letter reached a national audience in a matter of hours, and it should really come as no surprise that the backlash and outrage over Patton’s words was immediate—and harsh. The majority of voices raised against Patton have belonged to young women, defending their place in the workforce and the progress women have made in society in the past 36 years since Patton was an undergrad. The arguments have been scathing, witty, satirical—and admittedly, valid. A satire by Rebecca Kreuter (an associate editor for opinions at The Prince) and Holt Dwyer (an opinions columnist) was posted in The Prince following Patton’s letter: “Yes, we should snap up a husband, and soon, lest we be left with someone uglier, dumber or—gasp!— younger than ourselves. The mind, and a brainy one at that, boggles.” But, here’s the twist—a lot of women think Patton is right. The majority of advice available to women in today’s society deals with one realm: the professional. How to succeed in a ‘man’s world,’ have a worthwhile career, how to affect change in society through business. Long gone are the days of home ec, and rightly so. But, with the disappearance of the sewing machine went the conversations about family, motherhood, and as Patton suggests, finding a mate. In trying to demystify dating in this city of singles, Boston-based writer Kara Baskin asks: “What’s wrong with wanting to be happy, sooner?” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: had I wanted my Mrs. degree, I would have stayed in Texas. And while I’m torn on Patton’s views, I found one surefire takeaway. At Princeton, students and administrators alike are currently discussing the value of marriage in today’s society. At Boston College, students are demanding developments in sexual health practices from a Catholic, Jesuit administration that is attempting to uphold the value of marriage in today’s society. Yep, I went there.
Tricia Tiedt is the Metro Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at metro@ bcheights.com.
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Along with a number of Boston’s ‘Big Five,’ (BC, Boston University, Harvard, and MIT) Northeastern increased tuition by approximately 4 percent for the upcoming academic year.
Northeastern invests $204 million in ﬁnancial aid BY LAUREN TOTINO Heights Staff Northeastern University recently announced plans to make its largest financial aid investment in the school’s 115-year history. The university will provide a hefty $204 million in institutional grant aid for the 2013-14 academic year, which will not include government funds or loans. Tuition for 2013-14 has just been set at $40,780, marking a 3.7 percent increase and the lowest in more than 30 years. This recent financial aid investment is a nine percent increase from the previous academic year, in which the school demonstrates its particular strategy to increase financial aid at double the rate of tuition and fees. Northeastern has met this goal consistently for the past six years. The net increase in tuition will be 2.9 percent, factoring in the record level of financial aid. Previously, Northeastern’s financial strategy was designed specifically “to support students in achieving their degree, balance access and affordability, and align with the university’s goals,” according to Jane Brown,
vice president for enrollment management, as reported by the Northeastern News. The new investment strategy, Brown states on the school’s website, will yield an outstanding and diverse student body from around the world with academic interests that are just as diverse. Substantial financial aid investments aside, Northeastern is also characterized by its commitment to the “Northeastern Promise,” a pact which was created to guarantee that students and their families “are equipped to anticipate the costs of a Northeastern education and to prevent unexpected circumstances from impacting a student’s progress toward a degree,” according to the university’s website. This “Promise” ensures for those students who receive need-based grant assistance eight semesters of level funding, and automatically increases the students’ aid at the same rate of any tuition increase that is to take place in the future. Tuition at Northeastern is not the only figure on the rise. Northeastern received 47,322 applicants for 2,800 spots in the fall of 2013 freshman class, an applicant pool which the university touts as having “exceeded all
prior benchmarks” in terms of quality and geographic diversity in addition to the sheer number of total applicants. Specifically, the average GPA in this year’s pool increased from 3.7 to 3.8, while about 50 percent of the applicants have a two-part SAT score above 1300, compared to 20 percent of applicants who scored in this range in 2006. Is the increase in tuition as a consequence of the new investment strategy worth it? One can look toward the benefits reaped from Northeastern’s integration of rigorous academics and its co-op program, which allows for career-oriented experiential learning opportunities that have shown to offer students an impressive return on investment by providing graduates with certain advantages in both the increasingly competitive job market and in the pursuit of graduate education. In straight facts and figures, more than 90 percent of Northeastern graduates between the years of 2006 and 2011 were employed or enrolled in graduate school nine months following graduation, with 87 percent of those employed doing work relevant to their undergraduate major. Within this employed group, 50 percent were offered a position
from a previous employer involved in the co-op program. The increase in financial aid surely will have an impact on parents as they compare financial aid offers received by their university-bound teenagers. In a comparison between Northeastern and Vanderbilt University by the online financial aid resource Collegedata.com, for the academic year of 2010-11, the numbers on Northeastern’s chart show a somewhat low 69 percent of financial need that the Boston school had met for the typical freshman that year. For all undergrads, this percentage dropped to 59 percent, which stands out when compared to Vanderbilt, which met 100 percent of the financial need of both the university’s freshman and its older undergrad students. A recent report from the New York Federal Reserve has found that total student debt in the U.S. has nearly tripled over the last eight years. Northeastern University’s response to this with a major investment solely in financial aid might be a small step in relieving this disheartening statistic, especially if other universities who can afford it follow suit.
Senate race progresses towards primary election BY JULIE ORENSTEIN Heights Editor Five candidates—two Democrats and three Republicans—have officially taken to the campaign trail in the United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, promoting their platforms and sparring head-to-head in televised debates ahead of the Apr. 30 primaries. Democratic U.S. Representatives Edward Markey, BC ’68 and BC Law ’72, and Stephen Lynch, BC Law ’91, though still appearing to hold an advantage over their Republican counterparts, have each faced roadblocks this past month in their respective campaigns. The state Republican Party has filed a complaint against Markey, the frontrunner in the Democratic race with an 11-point lead over Lynch, according to the latest poll conducted by radio station WBUR, for ethics violations regarding several of his television ads. As described in a letter written by executive director of the Massachusetts GOP Nate Little to the U.S. House Committee on Ethics, Markey’s campaign is said to have used “prohibited video” from House floor
and committee hearings in his ads, and also illegally coordinated with his Congressional office for his campaign’s benefit. “It is our hope that the Committee quickly gets to the bottom of Ed Markey’s apparent reliance on taxpayer funded resources to benefit his campaign,” Little said in a statement. The Markey campaign, however, denies the charges, with spokeswoman Giselle Barry telling The Republican that the accusations are “frivolous and totally unfounded.” Meanwhile, Markey’s Democratic challenger Lynch has suffered a setback in trying to earn influential endorsers, many of whom have chosen to remain neutral in the election rather than support him. These include Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who has said he will not come out in favor of either candidate, and the AFLCIO, whose lack of support is a particular weakness for Lynch considering he has used his background as a former ironworker to actively lobby for union support. Also of concern for both Democrats is the fact that many outsider groups have found loopholes in the “People’s Pledge” that the candidates signed in the hope of
keeping outside groups from influencing the campaign financially. Groups such as the progressive League of Conservation Voters have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on canvassing and get-out-the-vote efforts in support of Markey without technically breaking the pledge by going on-air with advertisements. Money from outsider groups could prove especially important in special elections due to the shortened timetable and lower expected voter turnout. For all candidates, last week marked the race’s first televised debates, with issues from abortion to same sex marriage to health care arising for both parties. Republican candidates Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney and BC ’79, Gabriel Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL, and Daniel Winslow, a current state Representative, met in their first debate Mar. 27, with the primary focus of introducing themselves to voters. They agreed on traditional GOP platforms of smaller government and balanced budgets and all appealed for new faces in Washington. For the most part, they all initially sought to challenge the Democratic candidates more so than each other, with
Winslow stating at one point, “Any of us is better than either one of them,” referring to Markey and Lynch. All three also called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including the socially conservative Sullivan, who said he is a “traditionalist” who believes in marriage between a man and a woman, but would repeal DOMA because of his federalist view that marriage should be handled by states. In the Democratic debate, The Boston Globe reported that Markey presented himself as experienced and the natural liberal successor to former U.S. Senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry, BC Law ’76, whose seat he is looking to fill. Lynch, alternatively, tried to appear as a “populist fighter” who is not afraid to challenge party leadership. The two scuffled over abortion and health care in particular, seeing as Lynch’s pro-life and anti-Affordable Care Act stances differ from the majority of his fellow Democrats, Markey among them. The general election, in which the WBUR poll reports that either Democrat would have a 17-percentage point lead over any of the Republicans, is set for June 25.
PERSON TO WATCH By: Danielle Dalton | For The Heights Home. It’s the subject of countless pining song lyrics, a symbol of the American Dream, and, for Jason Reblando, BC ’95, a focus of his photography. While photographing youth boxers in Chicago, Reblando became interested in chronicling the many facets of public housing from one teenage boy’s reflection. Recounting the scene to The New York Times, Reblando recalled, “He was working the heavy bag and said something poignant to me. He said, ‘I know that slavery’s supposed to be over, but we have to live where the white man says to live. I got slavery on my head.’ It piqued my curiosity about housing and displacement.” Reblando began photographing the Lathrop Homes, a public housing development on the North Side of Chicago undergoing renovations. Through his work on housing de velopments, he learned ab o u t th e Greenbelt communities.
As part of the New Deal, three planned towns designed to encourage a spirit of community were built for displaced farmers and the poor. In the wake of the Great Depression, the communities served as public works projects, employing 25,000 people. Despite political controversy that ensued, the communities—Greenbelt, Md.; Greendale, Wis.; and Greenhills, Ohio—were lauded for their innovative designs which incorporated copious amounts of open space. On the concept of home, Reblando expressed to Abigail Smithson of The Photographer Discloses, “… I feel like home is just as much a psychological state as it is bricks and mortar … Residents are very invested not only in their own town, but in each other’s towns. Traveling from Maryland to Ohio to Wisconsin, I spoke with many residents who were acutely aware of their connection to each other through their New Deal legacy … It seems like they can relate to the concept of home on a whole other level.” Through landscape scenes which juxtapose the paradox of unpredictable life amidst the backdrop of a deliberately constructed setting, Reblando captures the fibers of community embedded in the towns. He commented to Smithson, “I do hope to evoke a tension between the ideal and real. While utopia strives for equality and perfection, it will of course always fall short, as its etymology can imply. ‘Eutopia’ means good place, and ‘utopia’ means no place … I hope to leave a degree of ambiguity and open-endedness to
the images.” Similar to how one boxer’s remark forever changed Reblando’s focus of photography, Reblando, a sociology major, took Karl Baden’s photography class as an elective and the experience transformed his entire life plan. Classes, however, weren’t the only thing that left a lasting impact. Commenting to The Boston College WHO: Jason Reblando WHAT: Reblando uses his photography skills to record and assist those in public housing developments. WHERE: Chicago WHY IT MATTERS: Reblando’s dedication to the downtrodden is consistent with the Jesuit value of being a man or woman for others.
Magazine, Reblando reflected, “The Appalachian volunteer experience had a huge impact on my life. It made my study of sociology real and gave me a sense of purpose. I’m still pursuing that purpose through my photography.” Reblando demonstrates that it is not the major one identifies as that dictates their life after graduation, but rather it is the person who they become through the myriad of little moments that holistically create the BC education.
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Bruins fail to gain Iglina, but look to Jagr’s future By Brenna Cass For The Heights In the early morning of Mar. 28, both fans and members of the Boston Bruins were shocked when the captain of the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead of the anticipated Bruins. The Bruins will have to complete what has so far been a lackluster season without the help of the future hall of famer. On Tuesday, the team did acquire former member of the Dallas Stars Jaromir Jagr, a strong trade which they hope will help to revive the team for the rest of the season. Iginla, decided to break his no-tradeclause for a limited number of teams, two of them being the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Bruins. The Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli had made an agreement to send two current players and a first round draft pick to the Penguins in exchange for Iginla. The veteran forward and future hall of famer decided at the last minute to go to the Penguins instead of the Bruins, allegedly because he wanted the chance to play with Sidney Crosby. The Penguins are also currently in first place in the Eastern conference. The Bruins recovered quickly from the snub, however, and acquired veteran Jagr from the Stars on Tuesday afternoon. The trade took place just before the trade dead-
line of Wednesday, April 3. Jagr, originally from the Czech Republic, will likely become the team’s leading goal scorer. He will likely make his TD Garden debut on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. Fans hope that he will add a muchneeded boost to the Bruins’ offense, which has scored only 16 points total in the eight games leading up to Tuesday’s win against Ottawa. They also hope that Jagr will augment the Bruins power play, which the team has also struggled with this season. Boston is currently 14 for 92 in power play goals, giving them a 15.2 percentage of goals scored. Jagr will be a strong force in terms of the team’s power play, and had scored six power-play goals already with the Stars. The Bruins are currently in second place in the Northeast division of the NHL Eastern Conference behind the Montreal Canadians, their division rival. The Bruins stand at number four in the eastern conference standings, putting them in a good position going into the playoffs. Throughout the shortened season due to the NHL lockout, the Bruins have had trouble maintaining consistency. They had a strong start to the season, winning most of their games in February, but fell behind throughout the month of March, with a number of games being lost due to a lack of starting momentum. The most notable loss came Mar. 27, when the Bruins lost by one point to their rivals, the Montreal Canadi-
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In a surprise trade, Flames Captain Jarome Iglina went to the Penguins instead of the Bruins. ans after a comeback late in the game. The Bruins will also play the Penguins at the end of April in a highly anticipated game, especially with the recent snub from Iginla. Jagr should strengthen the Bruins offense and scoring potential, and will hopefully give the team the momentum they need to be successful in the fast-approaching playoffs. Each team has less than 15 games left in the regular season. The Bruins still have a chance for the
Stanley Cup, especially with a strong place in current NHL standings. Winning the Stanley Cup in 2013 would be the seventh cup for the Bruins. The Penguins currently stand as the Eastern favorite, however—even more so with the addition of Iginla. It still remains to be seen how Iginla will mesh with the rest of the team. Bruins fans remain hopeful that the team will continue to deliver through the end of the regular season. n
Political hopefuls set sights on open mayorship Candidates emerge after Menino’s decision By Maggie Maretz For The Heights After Boston’s current mayor, Thomas M. Menino, declined to run for his sixth term in the upcoming mayoral election, the race was opened up to a series of non-incumbents who will vie for the position until votes are cast in November. Menino, who will still be acting mayor for nine months, served the city for 20 years, and his contributions to the city have received praise from distinguished individuals such as President Barack Obama and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust—whoever becomes his successor will therefore face the high precedent set by Menino. The first of the candidates who have announced their campaigns is John R. Connolly, an at-large Boston City Councilor, current resident of West Roxbury, and graduate of Harvard University and BC Law in 2001. Connolly currently holds the chair position of several committees in Boston: the Education Committee, the Environment and Health Committee, and the Special Committee on a Livable Boston. He hopes that his time as chair of the Education Committee in particular will aid him in his goal of repairing the
school system in Boston and offering each child a world-class education, which will be a central focus of his campaign. On his website he explains, “We all need our Boston Public Schools to work because great schools lead to safe and healthy neighborhoods.” Next is Charles Clemons, a Dorchesterraised entrepreneur responsible for founding the radio station Touch 106.1, a nonprofit operation that was created in an effort to provide a family-oriented, profanity-free source of good music, an outlet for listeners to voice their concerns and grievances, and an organization that puts on events in order to bring together the community. Clemons, who also has served for 10 years as a correctional officer and a Boston police officer, says he plans to focus on issues like education, jobs, and public safety, and is overall dedicated to creating a better Boston. Another candidate is Will Dorcena, BC ’95, who was also raised in Dorchester and obtained his MBA from Babson College. Dorcena, the son of Haitian immigrants, cofounded a newspaper entitled The Boston Haitian Reporter, a monthly paper that focuses on the happenings in the Haitian community within Boston, as well as the
U.S. and Haiti. He also managed the Summer of Opportunity, a program that offers the young students of Boston opportunities to participate in paid internships through the cooperation of the ManuLife Insurance Company and the Boston Police Department. As mayor, he promises to listen to the concerns of Bostonians, advocate for responsible spending of tax dollars, and make Boston a better city. Martin “Marty” Walsh, a Democrat from Boston who has held the position of State Representative since 1997, announced Tuesday in an interview with The Boston Herald that he will run for mayor, and has already raised $175,000 toward his campaign efforts. Walsh holds many titles, including chairman of the Committee on Ethics, co-chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Labor Party Caucus, and co-chair for the Special Commission on Public Construction Reform. He also is active in local organizations in Boston, and holds the position of a board member for groups such as the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club and the Neighborhood House Charter School. The primary focuses of his campaign lie in organized labor, addiction recovery services, and youth and elderly advocacy. The next candidate, Felix Arroyo, was born and raised in the South End and currently lives in Jamaica Plain. Arroyo was
elected to the Boston City Council in 2009 and before that worked as a community organizer and also coached a youth sports team for eight years. Because of this, he has a vested interest in the youth of Boston, and hopes to provide better opportunities for them. He also is dedicated to improving public health and promoting economic growth in Boston, and has developed legislation known as “Invest in Boston,” which encourages Boston to invest its money in banks that will reinvest in Boston, which he believes will in turn create jobs, promote economic growth, and reduce housing foreclosures. The final candidate who has announced his intent to fill the shoes of Menino is Daniel Conley, who has held the position of District Attorney for Suffolk County since being elected in November of 2002. His office deals with roughly 50,000 criminal cases annually, and has worked closely with the Boston Police Department in order to maximize the efficiency with which police officers gather and prosecutors use eyewitness evidence. For now, these men represent the candidates that will compete for the open mayoral position, although many speculate that others, such as Councilor Robert Consalvo, may announce their candidacy in the days to come. n
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Mayoral candidates eager to fill Menino’s role include John Connolly (1), Charles Clemons (2), Will Dorcena (3), Martin Walsh (4), Felix Arroyo (5), and Daniel Conley (6).
Fashion icon Iris Apfel coined a phrase I wish to share with the Boston College community: “When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” I was born and raised in New York City—the land of individuality. My friends and I grew up in an environment where some of the most positively recognized people were those who wore the most unique outfits from the most obscure clothing shops. Individuality breeds creativity and free thought, and I firmly believe that clothing is reflective of much more than aesthetical tendencies. Whether on the street, in the office, or on a college campus, your clothing transmits information regarding self-esteem, personality, and socioeconomic status. The BC administration is currently under much scrutiny from its students for its alleged “close-mindedness” when it comes to issues that conflict with Catholic teaching. A majority of the student body is pleading with the University for change and a breakage of tradition. It seems quite contradictory that a campus filled with students who adhere to the same fashion choices, hobbies, and habits are asking their University to stop following practices that have been in place since the school’s founding. If students are hesitant to stray from the norm, how can they expect the University to abandon traditions that are at the core of its identity? I am under the impression that BC is a victim of groupthink and a lack of courage. Normative social influence has trapped students in a web of conformity. J. Crew, Longchamp, Uggs, and North Face are fashion brands that litter the BC campus. I am not writing to voice my like or dislike for these brands, but rather to focus on their detrimental effects on the University’s population. Initially, it may seem silly to attribute such weighty characteristics to mere items of clothing. A person’s clothing, however, is what we first notice—our senses receive signals before the person utters a word. Here lies my main point—BC students unintentionally tell the world that they are a homogeneous population, when in reality we are an institution with abundant personality and free thought. Unfortunately, the potential for growth and change will only be realized as students recognize that peer acceptance does not necessitate imitation, but personalization. President of Wesleyan University Michael Roth recently authored an article in the Huffington Post titled “Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity.” Roth references the prominent effects of groupthink throughout the United States’ war with Iraq as he discusses the role of conformity as an “enemy of democracy.” I genuinely resonated with Roth’s dissection of conformity in America, especially as he stated that “You can see the vicious circle: the more cohesion, the more pressure toward ‘rationalized conformity.’ The more conformity, the more cohesion. Outsiders, and ideas from the outside, are not welcome. Everybody hears the same one-note chorus.” BC students have rationalized that conformity will lead to peer approval, which translates into future success. However, it is usually those who choose not to conform but engage in an experimentation of ideas who reach a fruitful end. If we are all traveling on identical paths, only a small percentage of us will attain success. The homogeneity present on campus not only creates unpleasant stereotypes, but also an illusion of invulnerability that will serve against the student population in the professional world. Most students that experience inner turmoil at BC are direct victims of the cycle of conformity— they are in such a state of intimidation that the natural process of self-discovery has been halted. For many, college is the last opportunity to grow comfortable with themselves before they begin their careers. Upon graduation, students are expected to know who they are and have clear cut goals. As a proud member of this campus, I sincerely hope that students recognize that before major administrative changes take place, they must have the courage to express themselves freely.
Marc Francis is an editor for The Heights. He can be reached at metro@ bcheights.com.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
A FAREWELL TO MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO
BY RYAN TOWEY | ASST. METRO EDITOR
e has been mayor of Boston longer than many Boston College freshmen have been alive. After a 20-year career, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man whose overwhelming popularity has led him to be called “Mayor for Life,” announced last Thursday that he would not seek reelection for a sixth term this November. Menino made his announcement at Faneuil Hall surrounded by his wife and family. A crowd of his supporters were in attendance, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He was greeted to the sound of thunderous applause and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” “I’m here with the people I love, to tell the city that I love, that I will leave the job that I love,” Menino said in a speech to the crowd. Menino rose to Boston’s top political office in 1993, when he became the acting mayor for four months after Raymond Flynn’s departure. When Menino, an ItalianAmerican, was elected to the office in November of that year, he became the first non-Irish-American mayor of Boston since 1930. He cited ailing health as one reason that he would not seek reelection. Menino, age 70, was hospitalized for an upper respiratory infection last fall, and, during his hospitalization, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Menino fears that he would not be able to run the “Menino schedule” for which he has become known. “I miss hitting every event, ribbon cutting, new homeowner dinner, school play, and chance meeting,” Menino said. Through his rigorous schedule, he has maintained a very personal connection with Boston’s citizens. A Boston native, Menino was born in Readville, a part of the Hyde Park neighborhood, and earned his bachelor of arts degree in community planning from the University of Massachusetts Boston, evidence of a man steeped in the city that he governs. “One of the great blessings of this job was meeting half the people who live in this city. I get asked all the time how I met so much of Boston. I just did what I loved, and then it wasn’t too hard,” he said, according to a transcript of his speech as prepared for delivery. A poll released by The Boston Globe indicated that 49 percent of those polled had indeed met Menino personally. “Spending so much time in the neighborhoods gives me energy,” he said. Menino’s reference to the segments of Boston as neighborhoods speaks to the way in which he has led his city with a focus on neighborhood development through the appointment of neighborhood coordinators, a model that has been adopted in other cities throughout the nation. Menino was recognized for his focus on the neighborhoods of Boston in 2001, when Governing magazine named him one of their “Public Officials of the Year.” Menino’s focus on developing neighborhoods did not rely solely on housing, as most developing models did, but instead on improving the attractiveness of a neighborhood by updating design, recruiting small business owners, and improving schools. Such developments earned him a reputation
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as an “urban mechanic.” Menino spoke to this personal touch on Thursday when he said, “Being with our residents builds our trust. It may not be the only way to lead Boston, but it’s the only way for me.” Menino, however, will certainly not be remembered for his way with words. He will be fondly remembered for his wordy fumbles, made more apparent by his thick Boston accent. Gaffes have included those made this past January. When discussing the NFL playoffs, Menino mispronounced the name of Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker as “Wes Weckler,” and tight end Rob Gronkowski only as “Grabowski.” Menino’s lack of a way with words, however, only highlights his dedication to action. An outspoken defender of GLBTQ citizens, for example, Menino refused to partake in South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade when organizers excluded a GLBTQ group from marching. Though the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was within the First Amendment rights of the organizers to decide the message of the parade, thus allowing them to exclude the GLBTQ group, Menino stood firmly by his decision and did not march in the parade. Perhaps more controversially, Menino famously alerted the president of Chick-fil-A that the eateries were not welcome in Boston, due to the organization’s reputation as staunchly oppositional to samesex marriage. Menino later said that he knew there was little he could do to actually prevent the restaurants from opening in Boston, but his efforts were applauded by supporters of GLBTQ rights, though derided by free speech proponents. In his spe e ch on Thursday, Menino included “gay friends and neighbors” amongst those with whom he believes the people of Boston must make their stand to keep the city on an upward trajectory. Menino’s liberal sentiments and actions regarding members of the GLBTQ community have extended to others as well, especially through his 1998 establishment of the Mayor’s Office of New Bosto-
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nians, which seeks to provide resources for immigrants to learn English, gain an education, and become citizens. “You open your arms to all New Bostonians and then stand with them as they become citizens,” Menino said on Thursday. “And then you cut a ribbon on the small business they started. And then, when their children graduate at the top of their class, you have them for lunch and marvel at how fast they rise up in a city that welcomes them.” Menino was also dedicated to his position as co-chair of the political coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns alongside New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The coalition, which advocates increased gun control, rose increasingly in prominence after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Though Menino will no longer be mayor, he has no intention of falling off of Boston’s map. “I do plan to stay very engaged in Boston’s future,” he said. With nearly 20 years under his belt as mayor, it would almost be too much to expect Menino to disappear. Through his approval ratings that often launched into the seventies and through a career longer than any other mayor’s in the history of Boston—a history that spans nearly four centuries—Menino became not only the city’s legendary mayor, but also the city’s face. A summation of his career was best made by Men i n o h i m s el f i n his speech, when he managed to express the common touch and passion for which many will remember him: “If you want to meet half the people in this city, all you do is go to their homes and their jobs and where they raise their families and where they strive to improve their neighborhoods and say this: Boston is the greatest city on earth.”
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