RUNNING IN STYLE
Eagles leave 15 runners stranded in defeat to St. John’s, A10
Tom O’Keefe, of @BostonTweet, promotes local startups through #DownloadBoston, B8
‘The Scene’ gives snapshots of patriotic fashion at the Boston Marathon, B1
The Independent Student Newspaper of Boston College
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Vol. XCV, No. 23
JOHN KERRY FOR COMMENCEMENT BY CONNOR FARLEY News Editor On Monday, May 19, U.S. Secretary of State and former Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry, BC Law ’76, will deliver the address at the University’s 138th Commencement Exercises. University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. will also present Kerry with an honorary Doctor of Laws at the ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. The Commencement Exercises will proceed as a two-part ceremony, with the University Commencement, or main ceremony, beginning at 9:15 a.m. The main ceremony will be followed by individual school and college diploma presentations, during which approximately 4,000 graduating seniors will receive degrees. The second set of ceremonnies are slated to finish no later
than 2 p.m. Kerry completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University in 1966 with a major in political science. As a sophomore, Kerry was named the Chairman of the Liberal Party of the Yale Political Union in 1963 and competed as a top debater among college students across the country. He later earned his law degree from Boston College in 1976, and went on to work as an assistant district attorney and then the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis from 1983-85. Prior to graduating from Yale, Kerry enlisted to serve in the U.S. Naval reserve in 1966 and served two tours of duty throughout Vietnam, where he was wounded by shrapnel in 1968 and again in 1969. Having served as the head of a Swift boat—or Fast Patrol Craft (PCF)—along a peninsula close to Cam Ranh Bay,
Kerry was wounded by shrapnel as a result of enemy open fire. Almost four months later, Kerry’s boat was again subjected to enemy attack, and he was wounded by shrapnel in his left leg. He would later receive two Purple Hearts for his action in duty. Upon returning to the U.S., Kerry embarked on a lifelong campaign for veterans as a co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and later as a senator, where he lobbied for veterans’ b enef it s , extensions of the GI Bill for Higher Education, and the improvement of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a report from the Office of News and Public Af-
fairs. Kerry announced his candidacy in the 2004 presidential campaign alongside vice presidential candidate and then-senator from North Carolina John Edwards. Following the team’s democratic bid for the presidency, Kerry and Edwards eventually conceded the race
The U.S. Secretary of State will speak at the University’s 138th Commencement ceremony
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Career Center settles on new director
Walsh visits WCAS grads to talk impact of education
Joseph Du Pont named head of Career Center
On Tuesday night in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons, the Woods College of Advancing Studies hosted its 2014 graduation dinner for students nearing the completion of their final semesters. Family and friends joined the graduates for the event, as well as faculty of the Woods College and members of the Boston College Alumni Association. Highlighted by Woods College alumnus and a class address from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, WCAS ’09, following the dinner portion of the evening, the agenda started off with welcome remarks by Woods College Dean James Burns, I.V.D. Before briefing the audience on current initiatives being pursued by the leadership of the Woods College, Rev. James
BY MUJTABA SYED Heights Editor
BY MARY ROSE FISSINGER Special Projects Editor
Nearly two years after the departure of the last Career Center director, career services at Boston College can claim a new commander. Joseph Du Pont, Esq. joins BC from Brandeis University, where he worked since 2007 to expand the reach and capabilities of their Hiatt Career Center. With a resume that boasts the introduction of innovative ways to engage students and an extensive history of collaborations with other departments, Du Pont brings to the Heights all the things BC’s career center needs, according to Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) Barbara Jones. “He certainly has a wealth of experience, but it’s more than that,” Jones said. “He really has a vision of where a career center can go—what it needs to look like in the future to best position our students to be able to get not only that first job but to have the skills that they’re going to need for their lifetime.” Du Pont’s position will be slightly different from that of past career center directors, however. He will assume one of five associate VPSA titles under the reorganization of the division of Student Affairs that was announced on April 2. Designed to foster greater collaboration within the division and beyond, the reorganization will give associate vice president (AVP) designations to Du Pont, Executive Director for Student Affairs Katie O’Dair, Director of the Office of Residential Life George Arey, and the new Dean of Students, when he or she is appointed. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas McGuinness, who oversees University Counseling Services, Health Services, Eagle EMS, and the Office of Health Promotion, will retain his AVP designation. Under the new structure, Arey will continue to oversee all things pertaining to residential life, while O’Dair will assume direction of graduate student life, Title IX compliance, assessment, and the Women’s Center (formerly the Women’s Resource Center), as well as a new leadership center. Du Pont’s
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On Tuesday, Walsh addressed graduating Woods College of Advancing Studies students.
Hoodie Allen to headline 2014 Modstock concert BY CONNOR FARLEY News Editor On April 14, the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) confirmed that indie rapper Hoodie Allen will headline Boston College’s 2014 Modstock concert, playing a free show on Thursday, May 1, with opener San Francisco-based artist DJ Earworm beginning at 3:30 p.m. According to Denise Pyfrom, UGBC vice president of programming and A&S
’14, this year’s Modstock artists were chosen based on data collected from an open feedback survey on UGBC’s Facebook and OrgSync webpages during the winter. “We were pleased with the amount of students who participated in the survey, and we look forward to putting on another fun and safe Modstock,” Pyfrom said. “Both artists are extremely talented and cater to the genres that the BC community indicated that they liked
P. Burns, S.J., took a moment to recognize the efforts of Rev. James Woods, S.J., who presided as dean of the Woods College for 44 years. Citing Woods as one of the more significant driving forces of the Woods College’s success and current position, he noted that the school must now look forward and not get complacent as it strives to better prepare adults amidst a competitive post-traditional education environment. “Any of you who know him, his infectious laugh, his stature—we stand on tall and broad shoulders,” Burns said. “However, just because we have that vantage point and the advantage of such historic roots, does not mean that we can remain motionless in the ever-changing world of the post-traditional and adult learning environment.” Burns then described
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On Monday, students lined up along Commonwealth Ave. to watch students, family members, and other runners participate in the 118th Boston Marathon. See B8
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On April 14, UGBC confirmed that indie rapper Hoodie Allen will headline Modstock 2014.
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things to do on campus this week
The Heights The Boston College theatre department’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical is directed by Stuart Hecht and will be performed in Robsham Theater.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Beginning at noon today, the annual Arts Festival will take place through the weekend across Middle Campus in Gasson Hall and tents on O’Neill Plaza and Stokes Lawn. Over 1,000 members of the BC community will present music, theater, dance, film, and visual art.
Marita Sturken of New York University will examine the history of photographic memory today at 4:30 p.m. in Cushing 001 in a talk entitled “Kodak, Polaroid, and Facebook: The Shaping of Memory, Family Pictures, and Photography of the Self.”
Giving our Du Pont hired to oversee career services hearts away Du Pont, from A1
Alex Gaynor Responsibilities and obligations may be more significant duties than we often imagine. There are the typical responsibilities such as washing dishes after a meal and simple obligations like showing up for class on time—but there are also responsibilities toward one another and the crazy, giant world that we all inhabit. To explain this more in-depth, I must revert back to my favorite children’s book: The Little Prince, my go-to manifesto for life. To provide some background on the tale, the part of the story that I am concerned with picks up when the little prince finds himself on Earth, where he meets a wise fox who explains the necessity of responsibility in relationships. The fox illustrates the importance of “taming” other people. By caring for and spending time with others through the ups and downs of life, and taking the time to experience their lived realities, the fox believes that we tame others. After this explanation, he states, “tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoise”: you become responsible forever for what you have tamed. By investing time into his friend—the rose that the fox is referring to—on his home planet, the fox explains to the prince that what makes his relationship with the rose so valuable is the time that he sacrifices for her. While it may seem puzzling, I believe that this exchange between a fictitious talking fox and a little boy holds much significance in illuminating larger themes about genuine responsibility in relationships. The fox challenges us to think about what, who, and how we have given love to the world, as well as how the relationships that we form determine what we give our hearts, minds, and lives to. What do you choose to give your heart to, and how does that bind you to a specific cause, person, or place? Often, we begin to feel a natural responsibility and attachment to places, people, or issues that we have invested either a lot of time or care. Many times, we will experience a friendship that demands a lot of energy, and the intensity of the duty toward one another or a group may be overwhelming and cause some people to retreat. It is only when we recognize that inherent duty that we can take action in a variety of forms. Some may refer to this as being “ruined for life,” which is the idea that when people give their hearts out to the world to tame others or be tamed, they approach life in a completely fresh and altered way. After the little prince tames his rose by caring for her, suffering with her, and experiencing joy with her, he is, in a way, ruined for life because he can no longer see her as just an ordinary rose—she is now his rose, since he was the one who gave his heart and life out to her. This could either be categorized as a lot of Jesuit-y, feel-good jargon or it could be profound insight on the value that could be put on human relationships. When we allow ourselves to give our hearts away, make connections, and invest in the lived realities of others around us, not only are we ruined for life and cannot see the world in the same way, but also we tame those people, places, and issues and bind ourselves to them. We tame them, and thus they become ours to care for with an everlasting bond.
Alex Gaynor is a senior staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
responsibilities will be predominantly the same as those of previous career center directors, but Jones said she hopes that the new structure will elevate the role by prompting and facilitating greater collaboration with other programs and departments. Jones began thinking about a restructuring soon after she arrived at BC last summer, when she learned from current Dean of Students Paul Chebator that he would be retiring at the end of the academic year. After spending a semester familiarizing herself with all the parts and functions of student affairs, she began the reorganization in January with the goal of having the new job description prepared for when the search for a new Dean of Students began. Her examination of the division of student affairs led her to the conclusion that its purpose is to provide three things to students—services, support, and engagement. When beginning the reorganization, she tried to create subdivisions that would not only inspire collaboration, but also made sense within the framework of these goals. She noted the Dean of Students Office (DSO) as being the primary place for providing services to students, while the health-related programs under McGuinness are the primary source of support. O’Dair’s responsibilities focus on the engagement of students, while both residential life and career services can be seen as a melding of all three, according to Jones. Jones’ decision to give the career center director the AVP designation is also in line with a larger trend occurring across the country. “Nationally, the titles for career folks have really started to change,” she said. “You were seeing more positions out there that were assistant or associate vice president
or vice provost, or some title like that—higher in the hierarchy to reflect the institutional nature of the position. So we went back and took a look at it and decided that we would change that title while we were still in the process of looking. Part of it is just to be competitive with other top schools.” This change in title was partially what attracted Du Pont to the position—he said he believes it is a reflection of the value BC puts on career discernment. In addition, he is eager to explore the collaboration opportunities presented by the new structure. “Career services really sits at the nexus of a lot of really important stakeholders on campus, and if you have an opportunity to collaborate and work with faculty and alumni and the Board of Trustees and friends of your school and students, you could do some really tremendous, dynamic things,” he said. Having studied history and religion at Duke University, and later earning a law degree from Georgetown and a master’s in Student Personal Administration from New York University, Du Pont’s professional experience is as varied as his education. He spent his first year out of Duke serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New Orleans before working as a teacher and guidance counselor for a Catholic prep school in Long Island. After a year in that role, he went on to law school. Following graduation, he worked as a real estate attorney for the next five years before going to school for his master’s. He has worked in career services since 1997 at both NYU and Brandeis, and at Teach for America, where he was the vice president of the Office of Career and Civic Opportunities. “I love working in value-driven organizations,” he said. “I’ve sought that out in my life, and BC is certainly a value-driven organization.
When you talk specifically about the Jesuits, you have to think about personal discernment, high educational achievement, and an emphasis on helping others … That’s just a tremendous community to be a part of and to do this important work.” As a father of three and someone who experienced firsthand the increasingly non-linear nature of career paths, Du Pont said he hopes to foster a culture around career services at BC that is welcoming to students who are unsure of what they wish to do after graduation. He also wants to ensure that students remain open to the serendipity inherent in college life and are unafraid to explore unexpected opportunities. These ingredients to a successful career discernment environment are largely cultural, however, and therefore do not lie in the hands of the Career Center alone. Thus, Du Pont hopes to incorporate all areas of BC—academic and administra-
tive—in the development of career services on campus. “Career success for students is an institutional priority,” he said. “It’s not just the career office that has to work on that. The career office should be an integral part of that, it should be a thought leader for the campus community and at large, but when you have the entire community working toward that and a culture that’s set up like BC where that’s possible, the possibilities are pretty amazing.” Jones is confident that Du Pont has the vision necessary to transform career services at BC from something utilized by the career-conscious few to a productive, far-reaching, and individualized experience that lasts four years. “He has really taken [Brandeis’] career center and built it into something very special, and I hope that we’ll see that same thing happen here,” she said. n
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POLICE BLOTTER Monday, April 21 8:38 a.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC student who was later transported to a medical facility from Ignacio Hall. 10:00 a.m. - A report was filed regarding the civil possession of marijuana on Campanella Way. 10:46 a.m. - A report was filed regarding medical assistance provided to a BC student and her guest who were transported to a medical facility from 90 St. Thomas More Road Hall.
12:27 p.m. - A report was filed regarding an intoxicated person in the commuter lot. 2:25 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a disorderly person in the Cushing Hall clinic. 3:04 p.m. - A report was filed regarding an underage intoxicated BC student in the Mods.
—Source: The Boston College Police Department
Who Who would is your be favorite your ideal BCcommencement Dining employee? speaker? “John Kerry.” —Jeff Elliot, CSOM ’17
“Amy Poehler.” —Megan Ryan, LSOE ’17
“Marty Walsh.” —Sam Leedy, CSOM ’17
“Will Smith.” —Lynn Petrella, A&S ’17
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Another arrest made in connection to McConville case By Connor Farley News Editor Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about the subpoenas of the Belfast Project. In a series of arrests made in the ongoing investigation of the murder of Jean McConville—one of the most famous of up to 16 victims killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) between the ’70s and ’80s—a 57-yearold woman was brought in for questioning relating to the case last Wednesday, according to a report from The Guardian. The unnamed woman was detained by
police officers in west Belfast and transported to Antrim police station, but was subsequently released per a police report distributed to prosecutors, according to The Guardian. McConville, a 37-year-old widowed mother of 10 who disappeared in 1972 and was later found to have been murdered by IRA members for suspicion of being an informant for the British army, has been the subject of much debate among authorities in Northern Ireland in recent months. In late March, former IRA chief of staff Ivor Bell, 77, was arrested and charged for aiding and abetting the murder of McConville, according to BBC Northern Ireland.
Bell’s arrest and others are being linked to the Belfast Project, an oral history initiative started by Boston College in 2001. According to the same BBC report, the case against Bell is based on an interview he allegedly gave as part of the Belfast Project. The project was dissolved in 2011 after the U.S. Department of Justice issued subpoenas on behalf of the PSNI ordering the University to release the tapes of interviews conducted with Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, two former Northern IRA militants. The audiotapes of interviews used for the project were housed in BC’s John J. Burns Library, but a number were later turned over after being subpoenaed by the PSNI. Con-
tracts between interview participants and the project’s organizers originally stipulated that the tapes would be sealed until each individual’s death due to their sensitive nature, but were unscreened by lawyers, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. A U.S. federal judge issued the subpoena that ruled that BC had to turn over all tapes relevant to the death of McConville to PSNI on the basis of a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) between the U.S. and the UK that maintains both countries act in full compliance with each other during criminal investigations. One week after Bell’s arrest, another
unnamed 56-year-old man was brought in to Antrim police station for questioning regarding the murder of McConville and similarly released hours later, according to The Guardian. The Guardian also reported that Hughes also alleged during a Belfast Project interview that current Sinn Fein party president Gerry Adams oversaw the orders to bury McConville in secret. McConville’s body wasn’t discovered until August 2003, 20 years after Adams assumed the Sinn Fein presidency. Adams has never admitted to being a member of the IRA and has openly disputed any connection with McConville’s death. n
Walsh speaks to graduating Woods College students Walsh, from A1
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John Kerry, BC Law ’76, visited BC in 2012 and will now address more than 4,000 graduating seniors at the 2014 Commencement.
Kerry to deliver address at grad ceremonies for BC Class of 2014 Kerry, from A1 on Nov. 3, 2004. After Kerry had served 28 years in the U.S. Senate, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved him as the U.S. Secretary of State on Jan. 29, 2013, after his nomination by President Barack Obama in December 2012. The University has announced that it will also present honorary degrees to former Boston Celtics player, former BC basketball head coach, and basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Cousy; awardwinning innovator in the field of nursing Ann Riley Finck, BC ’66; president and CEO of Urban Health Plan (UHP), Inc. Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, BC ’76; and Robert Morrissey, a University trustee and senior partner of Bostonarea law firm Morrisey, Hawkins, and Lynch. Cousy, a New York City native who played college basketball at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
before being drafted to the Boston Celtics in 1950, won six NBA championships with the Celtics and was later inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971. Immediately after playing for the Celtics, Cousy joined BC as the head coach of the men’s basketball team in 1963, where he would lead the Eagles to three NIT appearances and stay until 1969, before coaching the Cincinnati Royals from 1969-73. Finck is currently a Neuro-ICU nurse and nurse practitioner at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and a graduate from the Connell School of Nursing. Upon graduating from BC, Finck spent a year serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and she would later go on to become a founding member of the Council for Women of BC (CWBC), an organization focused on connecting female undergraduates with leading alumnae through career advice and leadership development. A graduate from the Class of 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in psychol-
ogy, Izquierdo-Hernandez now serves as the president and CEO of UHP, a network of community centers located throughout New York City—namely the South Bronx and Queens—which provide health services to more than 50,000 patients. After earning a degree in economics in 1960 and later being named to the University’s Board of Trustees in 1980, Morrissey has made significant contributions to BC’s investment and Endowment Committee, and played a critical role in the University’s Ever to Excel capital platform, according to a report from the Office of News and Public Affairs. At Commencement, Cousy will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree; Finck will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Nursing Science degree; IzquierdoHernandez will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree; and Morrissey will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. n
the steps the Woods College is taking to remain a leader in the brand of education it specializes. “We have embarked on an ambitious redesign of the Woods College that has four key objectives,” Burns said. The initiatives include creating greater access to education through new enrollment, strengthening financial viability through more revenue and the increase of endowed funds, the development of new programs that will interact and enhance existing aspects of BC academic offerings, and the introduction of new master’s programs that specialize in preparing graduates for increasingly popular careers both in the local Boston area and nation-wide. Following this discussion, Burns showed the audience a new promotional advertisement for the Woods College, highlighting the plans he had just spoken about. Woods then recognized the tremendous efforts of Woods College students to attend night classes amid hectic work and family lives, as well as the support their family and friends provided them to complete their degrees. He implored graduates to fully utilize their Jesuit, Catholic BC education to positively impact those around them in all of their pursuits. Citing one Woods College alumnus in particular who exemplified the successful execution of this objective, Woods called Walsh to the stage as the first annual recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award. Walsh began his address by thanking members of the BC and Woods College faculty. After recognizing Woods for his contributions to the school, Walsh told a story about the man who had served as dean during the years he spent taking night classes while serving as a Massachusetts state representative. “Father Woods called me into the office one day and he wanted to see me,” Walsh said. “He looked at me and he said, ‘you know, you’re a pretty smart
guy’… then he held up my transcript and there were a lot of W’s on it. He told me I needed to get my degree done.” On a more serious note, Walsh went on to say that Woods helped provide him with the inspiration to earn his undergraduate degree from the Woods College within the next three semesters. “I know exactly how hard you’ve worked to get here,” he continued, addressing the graduates. “You’ve had to balance your studies with all kinds of responsibilities at home, at work, and other things that happen. Life happens. But you were dedicated.” Spending the bulk of his speech honoring the efforts of the graduates and their supporters, Walsh explained that his successful transition from working in the state house to being elected mayor of Boston was a testament to the empowerment and opportunity available to those who receive degrees from advancing studies programs. He argued that what makes schools such as the Woods College so powerful is that they teach students who already have a firm grasp on their interests. “A lot of you in this room have already lived life,” he said. “You know what you want to do … the education we received in the night school is no different than the education in the day school here.” The final portion of his address echoed the earlier sentiments of Burns by reminding the graduates how significant their degrees could be to the world around them. “You have changed your life for the better, and by doing that, you are changing the lives of your family, your community, and your society,” Walsh said. “We need to come back as often as we can, we also need to show current students and graduates that people can get a great education like we did.” Speaking to the crowd he would have been a part of just five years earlier, Walsh stood as a reminder to the graduates of how much their efforts to enrich their education over the past few years could pay off. n
UGBC confirms Hoodie Allen, DJ Earworm as Modstock performers Modstock, from A1 the most.” Prior to the spring of 2013, UGBC funded two concerts during the second academic semester—the Spring Concert and Modstock—but has since cancelled the Spring Concert in an effort to direct most of its concert-planning budget toward Modstock. In 2013, UGBC reallocated $95,000 away from its annual Spring Concert and into Modstock. According to Melanie MacLellan, programming manager of on-campus events and A&S ’14, UGBC’s budget for this year was between $60,000 and $70,000 for booking, production costs, security expenses, and other financial outlays. Last year’s concert was headlined by rap act Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and
previous years have featured artists such as Sugar Ray, Reel Big Fish, and Motion City Soundtrack. The concert, organized by the programming department of UGBC, is scheduled to take place on the Mod parking lot on the last day of classes. The official announcement from UGBC came two weeks after Hoodie Allen publically stated from his Twitter account that he would be performing at BC. On March 28, Hoodie Allen—the stage name for Steven Markowitz—tweeted in response to a BC student that he would be playing the concert. At the time, according to Denise Pyfrom, vice president of Programming for UGBC, no contracts for an artist had been signed at the time of his tweet. He later posted that he assumed the news had been announced
after receiving tweets about the rumored performance. “UGBC waited to announce the artist until the 14th because we do not release our performers officially until contracts have been signed, ensuring that this performer will be coming to BC,” MacLellan said in an email. “We released as soon as the contracts were signed by all necessary parties.” A New York-based rapper and graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Hoodie Allen has selfreleased three EPs and four mixtapes, and is largely known for his song “No Interruption.” The May 1 show will be one of 24 publically announced concerts Allen will perform as part of his tour, entitled “Hanging with Hoodie.” n
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At a dinner for WCAS students on Tuesday, Walsh reflected on his experiences at BC.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Atmosphere at marathon shows Boston’s resilience
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. -Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957), Greek novelist, poet, playwright, and philosopher
Overall, BC students comported themselves well during Marathon Monday celebrations Due to heightened security at the 118th Boston Marathon following the attacks at last year’s race and a concerted effort to discourage “bandit runners” from entering the course, there were noticeably fewer Boston College students running past Mile 21 on Monday. Despite the reduced number of
Despite the reduced number of familiar faces, the atmosphere at this year’s marathon was not overwhelmingly different than that of year’s past— students, family members, friends, and neighbors still lined Comm. Ave. in order to cheer on the runners. familiar faces, though the atmosphere at this year’s marathon was not overwhelmingly different than that of years past—students, family members, friends, and neighbors still lined Comm. Ave. in order to
cheer on the runners. State police, BCPD, Boston PD, Newton PD, and the National Guard, as well as Eagle EMS members, were visible throughout the course of the day, but onlookers took their presence in stride and maintained an air of celebration. Although the law enforcement officials kept order admirably well, and students were for the most part respectful, Marathon Monday was not entirely quiet. According to the BCPD public blotter, there were 16 transports from various campus locations to a medical facility over the course of April 21—10 of the subjects were identified as BC students. Various other reports were logged, including confiscations, vandalism, civil possession of marijuana, larceny, underage intoxication, disorderly persons, and suspicious circumstances. There was also a significant amount of litter left along Comm. Ave. and around campus once the race was over. Overall, however, the BC student body comported itself well during the marathon. With 36,000 registered runners—an increase of nearly 13,000 over last year—and the added significance that this year’s race held, having a throng of students present to support the runners after they crested Heartbreak Hill was particularly important.
Festival showcases best of BC student arts scene The 16th Annual Arts Festival will continue last year’s successful event structure
The Boston College Arts Council will host its 16th Annual Arts Festival this weekend. Th e three-day event will bring a collection of BC acts to various locations around campus, with the festival’s happenings centered in a tent set up on the O’Neill Plaza. Arts Fest 2014 will be headlined by Anne Garefino, executive producer of South Park and Book of Mormon and BC ’81. Garefino will be honored with the Arts Council Alumni Award. The theatre department is staging a production of The Drowsy Chaperone on the Robsham Main Stage, another centerpiece of this year’s lineup. In the O’Neill Plaza tent, the Battle of the Bands and
Singer-Songwriter competition will be held Thursday night, BC Underground Friday, and Dancing with bOp! Saturday. Arts Fest 2014 follows the successful formula created for the festival last year, and while not much changed in structure, nothing especially needed fi xing. Arts Fest is an excellent opportunity for students to view BC’s musical acts in a convenient, centralized setting, with most events free of charge. The University should stay committed to keeping the Arts Fest tradition healthy in the years to come and continue providing the financing necessary for Arts Council to accommodate the festival’s diverse offerings.
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THE ONLINE BUZZ Printing reader comments from www.bcheights.com, the Online Buzz draws on the online community to contribute to the ongoing discussion. In response to “Kabacinski Prepares To Run Marathon For A Cause” by Bennet Johnson, which ran on 4/10/14: “Nice article. I remember you at Kirby Park as the struggling 7th grader who always had a smile on his face and would wave as we passed on the dike. He did not know me, and I did not know him. But what I saw in that young man was a dedication and determination that persists to this day. Good luck, Chris.” —DON KARR Plymouth High School
In response to “The Art of Etiquette Today” by Patrick Angiolillo, which ran on 4/10/14: “BRAVO! Manners and proprietary have gone out the window. As a retired college instructor, I watch the students of today closely and am dismayed. Something as simple as being late (to class, dates, appointments, whatever) or interrupting someone while they are speaking has become the norm. Manners are a reflection of your upbringing. Sadly, students today have lost respect for themselves and others. Of course it has been ever thus.” —ANONYMOUS
Kerry a welcome, worthy choice for Commencement Alumnus John Kerry has much to share with Class of 2014 based on extensive career experience John F. Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State and BC Law ’76, will be this year’s Commencement speaker, delivering the main address at Boston College’s 138th Commencement Exercises on May 19. As an accomplished diplomat and member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, he is an excellent choice to address this year’s graduating class. It is also a positive reflection on the University that he has agreed to return to his alma mater 38 years after graduating. Kerry represented Massachusetts for 28 years in the U.S. Senate,
and he served as the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman before assuming office as Secretary of State in 2013. Since his service in the Vietnam War, he has been instrumental in advocating for U.S. veterans, fighting for their benefits and access to medical treatment. I n a d d i t i o n to d el i v e r i n g a speech, Kerry will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. Given his decades of service to the U.S., its veterans, and to world diplomacy, he is a worthy recipient of this award.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
What’s in the phrase?
Emma Vitale Meatball Obsession - Although we were unable to make it to the new inhabitant of the hut outside of Lower on Marathon Monday due to limited street crossing opportunities, we have heard from sources close to TU/TD that the meatballs were good. While we question the continuing tradition of weirdly suggestive names for the little hut (no one has ever been able to adequately explain to us who thought that “Beans, Creams, and Dreams” was a good name for … well … anything), we do like to see that it is open occasionally. For those of us who find it thoroughly impossible to spend all $2,282 of the residential dining plan that the University foists upon us, we are also thrilled that the place accepts the Monopoly money that constitutes the regular meal plan. New Lines At Addie’s - Well, it took them long enough, but they have finally reconfigured the line situation at Addie’s. For those of you who were unfamiliar with the old system, let us break it down for you real quick—it sucked. There was one line that transformed into an amorphous blob during times of high traffic in the evenings, as students who wanted salads would be waiting in line, holding up students who simply wanted a ready-made pizza. Because most BC students couldn’t be bothered to look up from their phones long enough to tell those around them in which line they were waiting, what we had there was a failure to communicate. With a simple shift of the dividing line, the Addie’s staff has solved this problem. Now, there are two lines—one for all those who want to get their salads, and one for everyone else who wants to get a pizza. Boston Calling Line-Up - In case you haven’t heard, Boston Calling announced its fall line-up yesterday afternoon. Among some of the highlights are The National, Lorde, Nas x the Roots, Childish Gambino, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Girl Talk, pleasing fans of all genres. Huge Thumbs Up to Boston Calling, by far the best line up thus far. Thanks for skipping over Flume (?) this time—we really just don’t need more of that in our lives. Downloading Johnny Hockey Johnny Gaudreau was recently added to the Calgary Flames’ roster in NHL ’14, meaning that it is now possible to download him onto your XBox and control him in a virtual fight, which is kind of weird since we were sitting in English class with him only a couple weeks ago. The only thing? They made his overall rating a mere 77. We’ve got 80 reasons why he should be at least an 80.…
Marathon Monday Profile Pics Everyone and his or her mother has decided to take one of his or her many pictures from Marathon Monday and use it as his or her Facebook profile picture. We think this is way overdone and just a little bit cliche. Yes, we get it—you were at the Boston Marathon on Monday with your friends. That’s great that you were out there, cheering on the runners. It really is. But you don’t need to document it via a new profile picture like so many other BC students out there.
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St. Louis Park, Minn., is a pretty normal town. Affectionately called “SLP” or “Park” by its residents, it is a suburb of Minneapolis— about 10 to 20 minutes from downtown—but not the typical homogeneous “suburbia” often associated with suburbs. With about 45,000 people and a strong Jewish population, it has its nicer areas, it has its not as nice areas, and it has its wonderful (in my opinion) public high school, St. Louis Park Senior High. In recent years, however, St. Louis Park, Minn. has been struck by tragedies that are anything but normal. Just a few weeks ago, a senior at Park High, Evan McManus, and his father, Damian, went missing hiking in Colorado during Spring Break. The search was called off on April 9, and members of the SLP community lost a family member, a friend, a teammate, a co-worker, and a boyfriend/husband. This was unexpected and came as such a shock to all. Yet, as heartbreaking as this tragedy is, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Last year, Carly Christensen, a freshman at Park, passed away from the flu, two fourth grade students were buried in a landslide while on a field trip at a regional park, and Reuven Rahamim, a small business owner whose son Sami graduated from Park in 2013, was killed by a former employee. The year before that, another student, Derrick Keller, succumbed to leukemia, a revered coach, Joel Koch, died of
an aneurysm, and Park senior Andrew Dudley was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike. As unbelievable as it sounds, there are still more that I could mention, but I’ll stop here. To all of these tragedies, but especially the most recent ones that keep adding to the list, members of the community have responded with many displays of solidarity and declarations of support, from holding vigils, to flying orange colored balloons (orange is one of the school colors), to painting the senior wall in memory of the deceased. One of the most notable demonstrations by students and those on the Internet is the use of the phrase “SLPstrong” on social media networks. This can accompany a picture, a note in a tweet, or simply stand as its own message, and I’m guilty of using it from time to time. Along with so many of my peers from home, I’ve posted and tweeted “SLPstrong” just like I’ve used “Boston Strong” in things marathonand Boston-related. On a surface level, I’m tempted to be cynical and say that we only use these terms to feel better about ourselves and to prove somehow that we are all a part of this hurting community. This may be true, but isn’t that the whole point of the phrase? To say in a simple way that we’re all together and supporting those who are aggrieved by the loss? There isn’t much I can do to support my hometown when I’m 1,400 miles away here in Boston. I can’t attend any vigils, I can’t fly orange balloons in my yard, and I can’t paint the senior wall. But I can show my solidarity in a small way and contribute to the sense of strength that those affected by loss need to feel. And I do think it means something. It means that I, like the many others who have graduated from Park, am still bound to my
hometown even years out of school and that I still feel a connection to that community. It means that I hurt for the students and the families just as much as I would if I were still physically present there, and it means that I have pride for my home and faith that the community will overcome the hardship. Maybe it’s cheesy, and maybe the use of that phrase doesn’t result in any tangible outcome or relief to those affected, but it makes a difference in its own way. Seeing hundreds of people use “SLPstrong” and thousands use “Boston Strong” illustrates the support and faith that so many have in the community, and it shows those directly affected by the tragedy that they are not alone. A Facebook page for the McManus men was created as soon as the news got out, and it has grown to over 6,400 members. Family members and close friends have posted how much the support of the community (and beyond) means to the family—even though so much of it is only through social media—and how much it gives them strength at a time when they feel incredibly alone. “SLPstrong” is not a grand gesture that will bring relief to the affected members of tragedies in my unoffending hometown. It is, rather, something that connects my peers and me to the place in which we grew up and allows us to show our support for a pretty normal town, 10-20 minutes from Minneapolis with 45,000 people and a strong Jewish population, which has been struck by more than its fair share of abnormal tragedies.
Emma Vitale is a staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at opinions@ bcheights.com.
White privilege in education
Jovani Hernandez The U.S. bleeds the idea that one gets out what one puts into any endeavor, but this idea is only a myth—for non-whites at least. A recent study conducted by Katherine Milkman and others at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania aimed to find any disparity among the likelihood that professors respond to students’ requests for mentorship. Pretending to be students, Milkman and her colleagues emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 universities in the country, expressing interest in each professor’s field and asking to meet. These emails were identical, except the students’ names differed. In order to diversify the pool of students, Milkman and her colleagues sent these emails under fabricated monikers such as Brad Anderson, LaToya Brown, Juanita Martinez, and Chang Wong. What the researchers found was that women and minorities were less likely to get positive responses from professors. A name such as John Smith might be thought of as normal in comparison to Jose Hernandez, which sounds ethnic and foreign. There are preconceived notions with both names—a professor reading John’s name might think he enjoys the Fourth of July and has two white heterosexual parents, a sister, and a dog. When coming across Jose, however, a professor could be reminded of the news segment he watched the night before about illegal aliens and how they’re taking the jobs from good, hardworking American people like himself—even though a doctoral degree is difficult to earn, especially for someone who recently entered the country. These professors are some of the most learned individuals in the world, yet, as the study proposed, many are ignorant when it comes to race. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 60 percent of full-time professors in postsecondary institutions are white males, 26 percent are white females, 4 percent are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 8 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander. In order to find out whether white males are the sole discriminators against students with ethnic names, Milkman et al. looked at female, black, and Hispanic faculty
to find that the initial results still applied—Hispanic and black students who reached out to Hispanic and black faculty were less likely to get responses from these faculty members than their white counterparts. One might think that the opposite would be true because people tend to gravitate toward others with whom they find commonalities. Physical markers are more easily accessible than information like others’ income or educational backgrounds. Therefore, skin tones among professors and students of color offer an early link between both parties. Milkman et al.’s study, however, suggests that the bias found with this research extends beyond individual and racial matters. There is a way of perceiving individuals who aren’t white that is ingrained in the fabric of this country—in particular, in the world of academia. In four semesters at Boston College, I’ve only taken two courses taught by professors of color (not that there are many). Reaching out to these professors and being engaged in their classes have been more comfortable experiences than dealing with most of the professors whose classes I’ve taken at the University. Fortunately, the two black professors that I’ve reached out to have reciprocated the interest I’ve expressed toward them, opposing Milkman et al.’s research, by advising me on how to best use my skills. As an English major and sociology minor, however, I’ve dealt more with faculty working in the humanities than natural sciences, which tends to be a more lucrative field than the humanities. Interestingly enough, Milkman and her colleagues found that there was more discrimination against women and minorities in more lucrative fields such as natural sciences and business, BC’s pride and joy. The disparity is blatant in business academia—there are currently 2,004 undergraduate students enrolled in the Carroll School of Management, of whom 1,359 are males and 654 are females. Because most of the students at BC are white, my guess is that most of the students enrolled in the business school are white, too. Nevertheless, Milkman and her colleagues found that women and minorities were 25 percent less likely to get a response from faculty in the business field than Caucasian males. The University not only promotes male privilege, but also white privilege because CSOM students, mostly Caucasian males, have opportunities created with them in mind (i.e., Career Launch and Interview Prep Week). Because CSOM is a pre-professional school, the argument could
be made that its inherent nature lends itself to such initiatives in order to steer students to internships and jobs post-graduation. Furthermore, one could argue that the University is not promoting male and white privilege, even though the effect is a byproduct of how CSOM operates, but when weighing Milkman and her colleagues’ research, bringing the effect to light is important. Although the study does not provide concrete reasons behind why women and minorities were less likely to get a response from professors in business schools, I infer that these professors conceive “business people” to be male and Caucasian. Perhaps, if established professionals in the world of business were mentoring more female and minority students, there would be more students of these systemically marginalized groups applying to programs such as CSOM and using the term “businesswoman” wouldn’t be out of an obligation to be politically correct. Education should not be engaged solely within the classroom, especially if, as Peggy McIntosh writes, “[one is] taught to think of [certain groups’] lives as morally neutral, normative, and … ideal,” whereas others are seen as deficient because they don’t align with dominant ideologies—white, heterosexual, and male. I don’t believe there are BC students who wake up thinking about flaunting their white privilege, but I do think there are students on campus who act or say things without being considerate of others’ feelings because they’re unaware of their privilege. The University should promote programs such as Dialogues on Race more, and a cultural competency course should be implemented into the undergrad core and faculty training because the issue applies to both students and faculty. Although I have a duty to educate my fellow Eagles about Latino culture since I have a firsthand experience of it, I should not be perceived as a spokesperson for all Latinos. Additionally, there must be a greater effort made by the predominant group to understand those who are the minority. Professors must be mindful of the students they are teaching, because what works for one group does not necessarily work for another. The first step in working toward a solution for the systemic bias against non-whites in this country is to be informed about it.
Jovani Hernandez is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY PAT HUGHES
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Living out gratitude Patrick Angiolillo There is an old collegiate tradition of applauding a professor after his or her last lecture. Today, this tradition is often forgotten. Sometimes, however, the professor receives applause at the conclusion of every lecture. It appears that this tradition, in whatever form, stems from the students’ gratitude for the professor’s willingness and ability to share knowledge of all things historical, philosophical, mathematical, scientific, and whatnot. A similar phenomenon happens occasionally after Mass at the student chapels. I have many times seen the priest thank the choir for its musical aid and even encourage the congregation to show its gratitude by applauding the musicians and singers. These public (and audible) displays of gratitude are not the only ways to express how thankful we are for other people, whether they are friends, peers, or professors. Yet, whatever the medium, the point remains that we are displaying our gratitude. In my own experience, I have been deeply grateful—for my family, friends, professors, my Boston College career, my completed thesis (submitted on Tuesday!), and my future academic pursuits. I am grateful for my brothers in the Sons of St. Patrick, my friends in the St. Thomas More Society, my fellow singers in the Liturgy Arts Group, and all my editors of The Heights’ Opinions section. I cannot begin to list the endless number of people I should thank daily for their support, encouragement, wisdom, and love, both at BC and beyond. But I try to—or, at least I want to—because to be grateful for another person, and to have others be grateful for you, is part of the foundation on which lasting friendships, loving marriages, and lifelong bonds are built. Gratitude is at the heart of social—as well as religious—experiences the world over. Rev. Paul McNellis, S.J., who annually teaches Jesuit scholastics in Vietnam, has several times asked his students to compose a list of what they think are the top five “Vietnamese Virtues.” In the years he has done this, gratitude has ranked within the top three, and for many years earlier in his career, gratitude placed first on the list. He hypothesizes that more traditional societies—like the ones he knows in Southeast Asia—have a high regard for social duty, and so a genuine sense of gratitude governs an individual’s relationship with other members of society. As he puts it, “When you begin with the social, rather than the individual, you start with duties rather than rights, and gratitude is seen as a duty to the society (especially family) that made your own existence possible.” This, he goes on to say, has ramifications at all levels of society and for determining and supporting the common good. In Southeast Asia, this social virtue is tied to the Buddhist regard for gratitude, especially gratitude for one’s parents—which is, as McNellis explains, the highest karmic factor above all others. Similarly, in Christianity, gratitude stands at the foundation of every Christian’s relationship to God and God’s creation. Indeed, the sacrament of the Eucharist, sometimes described as “the source and summit of the Christian life,” is a celebration grounded in gratitude—what is more, the word Eucharist literally means “good-thanksgiving.” In the rituals of this sacrament, Christians offer their thanks to God for His mighty works and blessings. In a Western society that has for a long time turned more and more toward the individual—we need only think of enlightenment scholars who would only accept the reality of the world if it were predicated on the reality of their own mind!—we sometimes lose sight of our duties to others in society. Endemic to this thought is the loss of gratitude for the simple fact of being a member of society. A certain elitism creeps in with social philosophies that begin and end with the individual. This elitism tells us we are owed what we are owed from society, and not that we owe what we owe to society. We might do well to recall this karmic virtue—indeed, this human virtue of gratitude. McNellis has suggested writing up a list of all the people for whom you are grateful—whether you know them personally or not—and then praying for them. By grounding everything in gratitude, we recall our duty to others in society’s web of social relationships. Such recognition will surely benefit all aspects and levels of social responsibility and, I think, generate a better society. One way or the other, our gratitude will never be in vain.
Patrick Angiolillo is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Louisville, UNC set to visit Conte
Men’s lacrosse wouldn’t ﬁll the lack of springtime wins From Column, A10
EMILY FAHEY / HEIGHTS EDITOR
The Syracuse Orange are set to visit Olivier Hanlan & co. in each of the next two seasons. build on their success from last season, which saw them secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, after taking the conference’s crown in Greensboro. Christian has hired two assistant coaches to help him tackle one of the strongest conferences in the game. Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli was the first official hire to the staff. After working under the Terps’ head coach Mark Turgeon for eight seasons, Spinelli comes to Chestnut Hill with an array of recruiting experience. The Boston University graduate’s journey has taken him to Wichita State and Texas A&M in addition to the ACC program. Christian also announced that Bill Wuczynski will join his bench at BC. Wuczynski coached under Christian at both Texas Christian University and Ohio University. A third hire is all but official according to reports and tweets, as University of Rhode Island associate head coach Preston Murphy looks set to return to ACC basketball. Murphy served as BC’s Di-
rector of Basketball Operations from 2007-10, until leaving to coach at his alma mater. The official hires and likely appointee strike a balance between player development and recruiting. Wuczynski is touted for his work with guards, as he worked with 2013 MAC Player of the Year Award winner D.J. Cooper at Ohio. Spinelli and Murphy are known as recruiters. The Maryland assistant was able to bring local talent in Jake Layman and Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz to College Park. Murphy played a role in developing two NCAA Tournament caliber teams at BC, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson was brought in under his watch. Each appointee has his own strength and the bench is targeted at areas where experts say the previous coaching staff lagged. The new head coach will have quality talent to build on in Olivier Hanlan, and Christian will need to better organize the squad on the defensive end for the Eagles to find success in a versatile conference.
Errors, stranded runners cost Eagles From Baseball, A10 hit his sixth homer of the year with a rip off Justin Dunn, who was making his fourth appearance and second start of the season. Having pitched just three and one third innings over the season, he struggled to find his rhythm. Over the three frames he pitched, Red Storm batters were able to get six hits, in addition to those two runs. The issue for Gambino’s team was not the pitching, though, it was getting runners home. The Eagles threatened on multiple occasions, but left men on
base in eight innings. Failing to score in the eighth was the Eagles’ largest blown opportunity of the night. Hennessy’s knock up the middle in the eighth got him to first, before he was advanced to second through a single to left from Hernandez. Sophomore pitcher Thomas Hackimer hit Butera, loading the bases for Cronin. Red Storm head coach Ed Blankmeyer made a change, removing Hackimer to put in Joe Kuzia. The reliever threw one pitch to Cronin, who flew out to center field to end the inning and thwart BC’s chance to level the tie. When the Eagles had their chance in
the eighth they were trailing by one run, after catcher Tyler Sanchez reached on a throwing error. The mistake pushed Robbie Knightes to third and plated Jarred Mederos. BC’s chance to turn the tide was sandwiched between the run that helped the Red Storm take the lead and an insurance run that it scored in the ninth. Mederos struck again when he singled to third, before advancing to second on another throwing error by the Eagles. Wayman tallied the unearned run, which was enough to set the the Eagles back to 14-27 on the year.
in the opening stages of its program? BC would get a few quality players, and if the program had a couple of good seasons, playing in the Northeast will become an advantage, but there is no such thing as instant gratification in any area of collegiate sports. If you’re set on replacing baseball with lacrosse because you want to see a quick fix and a winning spring team, you’re putting your eggs in the wrong basket. Building the program from the ground up—finding the right coaches to recruit the right players and form the right team that will finally get some wins in its
incredibly competitive conference and region—would probably take just as long if not longer than a revamping of the already present baseball team. Thanks to Title IX, the process of building a men’s lacrosse team isn’t going to begin without at least some form of restructuring within the athletic department. BC could do great things with varsity men’s lacrosse, but the process would be long and arduous, and it’s not worth cutting another major sport in order to get it rolling.
Marly Morgus is the Assoc. Sports Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com
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From Basketball, A10 The Eagles will play Miami and Pittsburgh both home and away next season, before rotating to play home and homes against Clemson and North Carolina in 2015-16. In addition to the home-and-home pairings, the Eagles will play five additional home games this season against North Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Virginia, and Louisville. Each of those schools plays its own brand of basketball, which Christian noted in his introductory teleconference. “I think there’s a lot of different ways that basketball is played in the ACC,” Christian said. “There’s not one particular style that’s been winning. There’s some teams who just grind out—defensive teams—who are opportunistic offensively, Virginia this year—it won that way. Syracuse, with the way they play, has been unbelievably successful, but it’s different than most teams. Now, obviously, Louisville with their full court attack, and the way Duke plays and pressures.” When Louisville comes to BC, Christian’s team will have to adapt to the pace of its game. While the Eagles could get into slow halfcourt battles against a team like Syracuse, Pitino will throw everything in his team’s arsenal at BC for 40 minutes. Virginia’s stout defense will visit BC as well. Returning Malcolm Brogdon, Anthony Gill, and Justin Anderson, the ’Hoos will look to
Thursday, April 24, 2014
BY ALEX FAIRCHILD | ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
M. GOLF The Boston College men’s golf team came in third place at the Notre Dame Oak Hill Invitational to start the week. John Jackopsic’s play led the Eagles, as the junior came in sixth on the individual leaderboard. BC finished behind Nebraska and tournament winner Notre Dame. The Eagles edged Georgetown for a spot in the top three, by just two strokes. Andy Mai’s best round came on the second day of the competition, as he shot a 71, which was good enough for a ninth place finish. Mai’s teammate, Matt Murphy, came in 13th at +13 over the course of the three-round tournament. Patrick Oleksak finished 17th on the leaderboard, shooting 18 over par. Nick Pandelena’s +23 was enough for a 23rd place finish.
W. TENNIS The Boston Colege women’s tennis team participated in the first round of the ACC Tournament yesterday
in Cary, N.C. The Eagles, who entered the tournament at 13-9 on the season, started the tournament off on a dominant note with a 4-0 win over Pitt, the Eagles’ first ever win in the ACC Tournament. Three Eagles won their singles matches, while the others three went unfinished. Jessica Wacnik defeated her opponent by a score of 6-2, 6-3. The Eagles fared just as well on the doubles side. The top two teams handled their opponents, while the third pair of Heini Salonen and Emily Safron tallied BC’s only loss on the day, as they were edged by the Panthers, 8-6.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 The Week Ahead
The women’s lacrosse team takes on No. 3 seed North Carolina in the ﬁrst round of the ACC Tournament. Baseball hosts a three-game series against Maryland, and softball will play three games against Virginia in Chestnut Hill. The Colorado Avalanche lead the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in the ﬁrst round of the Stanley Cup Playoﬀs.
Game of the Week
Recap from Last Picks
Softball picked up a pair of victories over Maryland in a home series. The men’s hockey team crashed out of the Frozen Four to eventual champions Union College. Womens’ lacrosse defeated Virginia Tech on Newton Campus. Liverpool beat Manchester City to control its destiny in the Premier League title race.
Boston vs. North College Carolina
Guest Editor: Ryan Towey Metro Editor
“What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me.” CONNOR MELLAS
This Week’s Games
W. Lacrosse: BC vs. North Carolina
MARLY MORGUS Assoc. Sports Editor
ALEX FAIRCHILD Asst. Sports Editor
RYAN TOWEY Metro Editor
Baseball: BC vs. Maryland (3-game series)
Softball: BC vs. Virginia (3-game series)
Stanley Cup Playoﬀs: Avalanche vs. Wild
Ranked at No. 5 in the women’s lacrosse rankings, the Eagles head into their conference tournament as a No. 6 seed. The ACC is the country’s strongest league, as the league boasts four of the nation’s top five teams. BC will face the No. 3 seed, North Carolina, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Head coach Acacia Walker’s team narrowly lost to the Tar Heels last month in a contest that ended 14-13. Attacker Covie Stanwick scored twice against UNC, and leads her team once again this season. Her 68 points in 15 games leads the team, but she will be pitted against Abbey Friend, who has 67 points in 16 games for the Tar Heels.
Saturday, 12 p.m., Newton Campus
WHICH WILL BE BETTER: HOCKEY OR FOOTBALL? Men’s hockey will build on history
Football has postseason potential
BY MICHAEL HOFF
BY JIM HILL
sophomores don’t need to develop to be good, but the winningest coach in the sport’s history will ensure that they do. The football team had a nice season last year, but the men’s hockey team has the same number of Frozen Four appearances in the last three years as the football team has head coaches. The hockey team’s 21st century success has established that the baseline for next season will be, at the least, earning a bye in the Hockey East tournament and reaching the NCAAs. Betting against that happening is like betting against the Red Wings to make the playoffs, the Patriots to get a first-round bye, or the Spurs to win 50 games. I like money even more than being right, so I’ll accept anyone’s wager against college hockey’s version of gravity.
The last time Boston College men’s hockey didn’t make the NCAA tournament was 2009. Before that, the last time Jerry York ‘s team didn’t make the dance, I was six years old. So it’s a pretty good bet that the Eagles will make the NCAAs next year, solely off the program’s past consistency. And even though BC is losing some great players, it’s happened before. “We lose a lot of good players,” York said after the NCAA Regional Final win over UMass Lowell this year. “What are we gonna do when [Brian] Gionta leaves? You know, what’s gonna happen, Coach? You gotta keep on replacing those type of players. Jeez, you’re losing [Cam] Atkinson, and [Mike] Mottau [and those types of players]. So the trick is that, we all need good players, you gotta keep being active in recruiting and bring good players in.” So yeah, Johnny Gaudreau could be the best player York has coached. He’ll be tough to replace, as will his linemates. The team will be fine, though, because it always is. After Mottau, the last Eagle to win the Hobey Baker before Gaudreau, left in 2000, BC won the national title in 2001. All-American Atkinson left in 2011, and the Eagles won the season’s last game in 2012. BC might not win it all next year, but York is following the same blueprint outlined in that quote above: replace studs with studs. SBNation College Hockey ranked BC No. 6 in its early look at the 2014-2015 season, and a big reason why is BC’s annual crop of bluechippers scheduled to arrive on campus in the fall. York reeled in four of College Hockey News’ top 10 recruits for the class of 2014: Noah Hanifin, Sonny Milano, Zach Sanford, and Alex Tuch—not to mention the possible acceleration of ’95 recruit Miles Wood, who was CHN’s top uncommitted recruit before BC scooped him up in March. The Eagles were the youngest team in college hockey this season, and they may be next year, but that didn’t matter when they ran away with the top seed in Hockey East this past year. More so than next year’s highly touted rookies, BC will be a contender again because of this year’s rookies that already fulfilled their hype. A lot of those guys were thrust into big-time roles, be it top-six forwards or top-four defensemen, and they held more than their own. Steve Santini was matching up against Hockey East’s top forwards before Christmas, and by season’s end, the second power play unit consisted of four freshmen. Thatcher Demko, who will pass the title of “youngest player in college hockey” to Hanifin next year, kept BC alive in its Frozen Four loss to eventual national champion Union all by himself for long stretches of that game, and he’ll likely be drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft this June along with Milano and Tuch. Ian McCoshen, the highest drafted player of the 2013 recruiting class until Demko likely bests him, didn’t hit his stride until late in the season because of a mid-season concussion, but he will terrorize opponents with more than his slap shot as he steps into a more prominent role. BC’s rising
At first glance, the outlook for the coming football season seems bleak. Soon to be wracked with departures on both the offensive and defensive ends, and set to play the 15th most difficult schedule of all FBS programs (according to the NCAA’s rating system), the team seems primed to face some challenges. These difficulties are not entirely staggering, though, and there’s support for the argument that the Boston College football team could be on the verge of an incredible 2014 season—one that could extend into the postseason, into 2015, and overshadow that of the BC hockey team. The success of this football team will pivot on the replacements’ and recruits’ performances, the effectiveness with which these players remedy certain
EMILY FAHEY / HEIGHTS EDITOR
The BC men’s hockey team and the football team are each losing key players. Which will have the better season?
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departures and deal with certain changes. Among the more notable changes, from last season, will be those that affect the BC backfield. Bruising halfback Andre Williams is gone, so running back and rising sophomore Myles Willis will have to shoulder some of what was once Williams’ workload. University of Florida transfer Tyler Murphy will replace Chase Rettig, who acted as BC’s starting quarterback and was a four-year veteran. Over the courses of their college careers, Murphy and Willis have evidenced an ability to function well within the constructs of the readoption offense, which will most likely serve as BC head coach Steve Addazio’s new offensive system. During his time at Florida, Murphy exhibited his skill and athleticism in such offensive schemes. Likewise, while not yet having played within consistent read-option parameters during his college years, Willis could be suited to the system by virtue of his abilities and his experience with such schemes prior to enrolling at BC. Once the tripleoption quarterback at Marist School in Conyers, Ga., Willis has always been marked by spontaneity and versatility. Over the course of his freshman year, Willis averaged 5.8 yards per carry, just below Williams’ 6.1 mark. Beyond the losses affecting the backfield, departures have affected the larger roster, but the majority seem to be counterbalanced, thanks to Addazio’s recruiting and transfer drawing. Long considered one of BC’s defensive centerpieces, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will be graduating. Top-tier linebacker recruits Connor Strachan, Ty Schwab, and Christian Lezzer will soon be arriving, though. Strachan, who signed with BC in May, has generated the most buzz. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker was clocked at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, showing a speed that could improve the BC pass rush. Yet another centerpiece, defensive end Kasim Edebali, will be leaving as well, his spot filled by recruits as well. Harold Landry, from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C., headlines the group. With a 4.68 40-yard dash and strength enough to bench 275-lb and squat 430, Landry could bring both speed and power to the BC roster. While new recruits like Landry might offset the loss of Edebali, however, the returning players should maintain the moderate defensive successes of last year, which were driven by Edebali’s performances on the field. Additionally, on the offensive end, offensive lineman and transfer Matt Patchan will not be returning, but Addazio’s Florida-BC turnstile— through which Patchan was the first to pass—has generated another replacement: Ian Silberman. The 6-foot-5, 295-lb offensive lineman will bolster a BC line chock full of upperclassmen. So, as it relates to the roster, the narrative for this coming BC football season is one based in progress but also dependent on the maintenance of past successes. It’s also noteworthy that this narrative is not unique to BC. With similar circumstances affecting much of the ACC, and with Addazio effectively signing recruits and producing stopgap solutions to most roster dilemmas, the situation at BC is bound to improve. If the BC football team finds a way to effectively implement new offensive schemes and its players, the squad should be en route to a winning season and a bowl game. If the team was to win this prospective bowl game, and the hockey team was to fall short of Frozen Four competition, the shadow might just loom.
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There’s no Eagles fail to make a comeback against St. John’s such thing as a quick ﬁx BY ALEX FAIRCHILD Asst. Sports Editor
MARLY MORGUS The baseball team has done it again. As they head down the stretch into the last few weeks of the season, the Eagles are burdened with a 14-27 record which, while an improvement on last year’s 12win season, has ignited an active online conversation about the merits of fielding a baseball team at all. If you’ve never scrolled through and read a Twitter feud surrounding BC Athletics, I beg you to please do so—they’re extremely entertaining. The dispute that I came across recently was centered around the fact that the Eagles have been abysmal at baseball for a number of years now, and it questioned why BC even bothers fielding a team, especially when baseball could be replaced with another program—lacrosse. It’s a debate that’s by no means new to the BC athletics community. In December of 2012, The Heights published a feature that highlighted alumni who were still upset about the lack of a men’s varsity lacrosse program, and there have been hopes that, with the beginning of Brad Bates’ administration, the University will consider reinstating a varsity men’s lacrosse program. My gut reaction? Bring it back. Please, God, let them bring it back. Let there be croakies and pinnies and spoons and Ray Bans and classic New England spring days. Let me relive the spring days of high school when the sun would shine and the lacrosse team would roll over opponents. Let me watch this crazy combination of the agility of soccer, the skills of hockey, and the physicality of football. On the surface level, lacrosse looks like the perfect sport for BC. It’s popular in the Northeast, where you find some of the best high school programs in the country, and on the rise throughout the nation. The recruiting potential in Massachusetts alone could form a formidable team, not to mention the talent in Connecticut and New York. The general student body already has the suitably preppy persona that would so easily meld with a lacrosse team, and it is a sport for which private schools seem particularly adept at fielding championship teams. All will be right in the world if BC reinstates men’s lacrosse. That’s a fantasy, though. It takes a lot of time and resources to build a successful program in any sport, and while re-initiating a lacrosse team wouldn’t have the same challenges as if BC was trying to create, for instance, a football team, if BC (and its Twitter community) is feeling that it needs a team to replace the baseball team, lacrosse may not be a viable option. In its last three seasons, 2000-02, BC men’s lacrosse had a record of 5-26. Its schedules generally consisted of schools from the Northeast, with similar names to a men’s hockey schedule with a few more regional games and Ivies tossed in. That was then, and this is now, you might say, but in the event of the formation of a BC men’s lacrosse team, the Eagles would enter the ACC, one of the nation’s most dangerous lacrosse conferences. They would be tossed in the ring with Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Virginia, all of whom are ranked among the top-15 programs in the country, with the ACC taking four of the top five spots with ’Cuse in first. A glance down the record column is perhaps the most revealing statistic—the six teams that make up ACC lacrosse have a combined five losses to non-ACC foes this season. Recruiting is another huge issue. While the Northeast is one of the greatest sources of lacrosse players, there are plenty of established college teams in the Northeast that are taking in talent. Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Penn, and Yale all consistently place programs in the top-25, and that’s just the Ivy League. The Big East has seen its share of success as well. Approach a young recruit, and where would he rather go—to Princeton to join a top-15 team, or to BC to join a program that doesn’t have a history of success and is
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The Eagles tied the game at 2-2, but were unable to hold back St. John’s in the 4-2 loss.
Chris Shaw singled up the middle to kickstart what the Eagles hoped would be another last-gasp comeback. With Shaw on 4 St. John’s first, Michael Boston College 2 Strem stepped up to the plate but failed to advance his teammate when he fouled out to third. Tom Bourdon entered the batters’ box, but his at-bat ended with a fly out to right. It was more of the same from the Boston College baseball team, as it left another runner stranded. Utility man Logan Hoggarth singled to get Shaw into scoring position on second base. With John Hennessy at the plate, the Eagles had an experienced player with the chance to level the game—but the theme stuck. Hennessy made contact and the ball trickled to the first baseman, who collected the ball and tagged first to end the game. Two more runners were left on base, for a total of 15 stranded runners over the course of the game. Shaw and Hoggarth could have made the difference in Wednesday’s
game against St. John’s, which the Eagles lost 4-2. The closest BC came to breaking through its struggles came in the bottom of the seventh, when Shaw batted in a run. The sophomore has been the hottest bat on the diamond for head coach Mike Gambino over the past few games. After knocking in five runners in a three-game series against NC State over the weekend and batting .571 in the series, the sophomore went cold against St. John’s, though he was able ground out to third to score Gabriel Hernandez to tie the game at 2-2. BC’s attempt at a comeback started in the fifth when Joe Cronin reached on a fielder’s choice to third base. Junior Blake Butera got to third and Hernandez scored. BC had to dig itself out of the two-run hole after St. John’s got its offense going in the third. After two scoreless innings, the Red Storm tallied two runs in the top of the frame. Junior Robert Wayman was able to plate when Michael Donadio grounded out to second. With the bases cleared, Matt Harris
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ACC PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED
Jim Boeheim’s Orange will play the Eagles twice in each of the next two seasons.
Jerian Grant and the Fighting Irish are paired as rivals with Boston College. BY ALEX FAIRCHILD Asst. Sports Editor Men’s basketball has been at the forefront of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for decades, and through the additions the league has made over the past few years, the conference has become even stronger. Boston College will get a taste of that power this season when Rick Pitino’s Louisville and Roy Williams’ North Carolina travel to Conte Forum. The visit will come in new head coach Jim Christian’s first season in charge of the Eagles, who mustered just four wins in conference play last season—two
of which came over conference cellar-dwellers Virginia Tech. This week, the conference rotated its schedule pairings for the next two seasons, though, meaning the Eagles will play different teams on repeat. Each team is paired with two schools that are considered rivals. Teams are locked to play against those squads for consecutive years in home-and-home series. Additionally, ACC schools play two rotating teams home and away each season. For the Eagles, the locked home-and-home setup will be against the same two teams they were matched with last season: Syracuse and Notre Dame.
The Orange will come to Chestnut Hill with a fully revamped squad that returns just two starters in guard Trevor Cooney and center Rakeem Christmas. Head coach Jim Boeheim will have to rely on inexperienced players at a few positions, as Michael Gbinije and Tyler Roberson will be key to the Orange’s operation. Most likely, Syracuse will operate in a 2-3 zone—as it has for every season since 1996—and Christian and his team will have to adapt to its complexities. After Donahue’s team was able to change on the fly last season against Syracuse, Christian will have to put his team in the position to break it
Louisville’s full-court attack comes to Chestnut Hill as a conference opponent.
The Cavaliers will bring their defensive style to BC when they visit Conte.
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down. Getting two cracks at it could help his side knock off the Orange. While Notre Dame struggled to keep its head above water in the ACC last season, finishing just above the Eagles, the Fighting Irish expect to return Jerian Grant. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 19 points per game in an abbreviated 2013 season. Grant’s year was cut short when he was unenrolled from the University “due to an academic manner that [he] did not handle properly,” according to his statement on Notre Dame Athletics’ official website.
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Former BC tight end CJ Parsons charged in assault BY CONNOR MELLAS Sports Editor Former Boston College tight end CJ Parsons, 22, and former Marist College quarterback Anthony Varrichione, 23, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the alleged beating of a homeless man on Allston St. on Jan. 26, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday morning. Parsons and Varrichione, both former players at Xaverian High School in Westwood, were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday and released on personal recognizance. The two men allegedly assaulted 50year-old Michael Hudson past the point of consciousness after an argument broke out around 2 a.m., repeatedly slamming his head into the sidewalk until a woman
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threw herself onto Hudson’s body. Parsons, a senior scheduled to graduate from BC this spring, also pleaded not guilty to violating the witness intimidation statute for urging an unidentified individual not to identify him. BC has taken action against Parsons: “‘In light of these disturbing allegations, Craig Parsons has been issued a summary suspension from Boston College,’” University spokesman Jack Dunn told The Globe in an email. “‘He will have no access to the campus until the matter is resolved.’” In the 2013 football season, Parsons played in each of the Eagles’ 13 games, recording nine catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns over the course of the season. BC Athletics confirmed that the 6-foot-6, 253-pound tight end had exhausted his eligibility and that his college football career was over before the alleged assault took place.
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CJ Parsons (right) pleaded not guilty to charges of a January assault on a homeless man.
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BC ARTS FEST 2014 The Scene highlights 14 of the dance, Music, theater, and other events taking place at bc this weekend for the 16th annual festival. By Ariana Igneri | Assoc. Arts & Review Editor & Michelle Tomassi | Asst. Arts & REview Editor
‘The drowsy chaperone’
Wednesday 4/23 to Saturday 4/26, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 4/27, 2 p.m.
John Wiley is the Arts&Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston College theatre department will be presenting its spring show this weekend in Robsham, directed by professor Stuart J. Hecht. The story of The Drowsy Chaperone begins with a musical theater fan who plays his favorite musical record on a turntable, and the musical proceeds to come to life in his living room, telling the love story of a Broadway star. Tickets are $10 with a BC ID and are available at www. bc.edu/robsham or by calling 617–552–4002.
inside the BC studio: anne Garefino
Thursday 4/24, 3:30 p.m.
Anne Garefino, the award-winning executive producer of South Park and the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, is the recipient of the 2014 Arts Council Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement. Garefino, who graduated from Boston College in 1981 from the Carroll School of Management, will be making several appearances this weekend, the first being a live interview with professor Kerry Cronin this afternoon. The interview will take place in the Stokes Art Tent. alex gaynor / heights senior staff
Student gallery: opening reception BC’s Best
Thursday 4/24, 5 p.m.
Student artists will have their work on display this weekend in the Stokes Art Tent, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, featuring Artists Talk, in which BC students will discuss their artistic experiences. In addition, the fourth floor of Devlin will be displaying even more student work with Inside the Studios: Work by Student Artists.
Thursday 4/24, 8 p.m.
Student artists will showcase their musical talents on Thursday evening in O’Neill Plaza at BC’s Best, an event co-sponsored by Nights on the Heights, UGBC, and the Music Guild. The night will feature a Singer/Songwriter Competition, followed by Battle of the Bands at 9 p.m. Bobnoxious, Seaver’s Express, and Juice will be competing for the chance to open for Hoodie Allen at Modstock next Thursday. alex gaynor / heights senior staff
Dance ShowCase (Critic’s Choice)
Friday 4/25, 2 p.m.
Friday 4/25, 9 p.m.
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Friday 4/25, 11 p.m.
The Arts Council collaborated with local professionals in the months leading up to this year’s Arts Fest to offer professional training to student dance groups, and their top choices will be featured in the Critic’s Choice showcase on Friday in O’Neill Plaza. Students will also have the opportunity to see performances of various dance groups in showcases scattered throughout the weekend.
The second annual BC Underground will take over O’Neill Plaza on Friday night. Students can see some of BC’s hidden talent in a lively and interactive setting. Electronic musicians, DJs, rappers, spoken word poets, break-dancers, and hip-hop dancers are among the acts that will be performing.
After hours Theatre
Friday 4/25, 7 p.m.
Friday’s events will conclude with a series of 10-minute plays that are written, directed, and performed by BC students, taking place in O’Neill Plaza.
Student Documentary Screenings
Friday 4/25, 12 p.m.
BC’s sketch comedy group Hello…Shovelhead! will be performing in the Stokes Art Tent on Friday. Admission is free.
Friday 4/25, 7:30 p.m.
Emily Mervosh and Katyln Prentice, both A&S ’14, will be presenting their films, Genesis and Mile 21, respectively, in conjunction with the film studies department. The screenings, followed by a Q&A, will take place in Devlin 008.
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readings by faculty
BC faculty members, including Eileen Donovan Kranz, Maxim D. Shrayer, Kim Garcia, Suzanne Matson, Michael C. Keith, and Amy Boesky will be reading selections of their poetry and prose work in Gasson 100 until 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
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‘the laughing medusa’ Presents
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Last April, New York Times columnist Dennis Lehane wrote a column after the Marathon bombings, questioning the sentiment that the terrorists, “had messed with the wrong city.” Lehane resolved that while on its face, the remark was probably true, it remained unlikely that the city would respond much at all. Boston was a city set in its ways, stubborn in the face of change, unlikely to surrender its traditions out of fear and unready to reflect on them either. I was reminded of Lehane’s remarks in October when Marc Fucarile, a survivor of the April bombings who had lost a leg in the tragedy, called to question the usage of One Fund donations, and more broadly, the commercial employment of the “Boston Strong” motto. Fucarile was part of a panel at the Boston Book Festival, addressing the media’s coverage of the Marathon. While all others on the panel praised the work of journalists on the front lines, Fucarile questioned their response to the tragedy, candidly asking a panelist from the Boston Globe what the organization planned to do with the proceeds of its Marathon publications. The other panelist was visibly taken aback, measuring his words carefully as he nonspecifically explained that the victims of the tragedy would certainly get a percentage. There comes a point of asking, just what percentage do we owe, and can that percentage ever be enough? A little over a year ago, I wrote a column titled “The Language of Healing,” discussing the role that language plays in response to tragedy. “Language can’t disarm a bomb,” I wrote. “It can’t dress a wound. It can’t bury the dead. At best, it erects a monument of words, and searches for the lessons written in our scars—but language can’t disarm a bomb.” Today, I’m not sure if I ever lived up to anything in that column. As Lehane suggested, maybe we haven’t changed all that much. Imagining members of the American media as entirely villainous perhaps goes to far—at worst, we assume it to be biased—and yet, it’s unclear to me what praise can be given to publications that mix altruism with money motives. In part, it’s the curse of capitalism. When everything is incentivized, intentions become percentages. Positive action is underscored by guilt, and in some circumstances, it feels more sincere to do nothing at all than give yourself partway. Capitalism cushions tragedy with indifference, and allows us to confine moral obligation to the purchase of a t-shirt, the printing of a book, even the writing of a column. The language surrounding tragedy, in time, inevitably transforms into a discussion of ourselves. “Boston Strong,” initially a statement on the victims and first responders, has been expanded into the popular lexicon as a way of discussing the everyday: sports teams, elected officials, publications, the initiative of university students. Words once reserved for a courageous few have been decentralized to apply to the great many. All these criticism seem to direct us toward a more simple alternative—be unchanged, at least externally. Suppose the tragedy to speak more truly through silence than calculated word, and extend praise to the select few deserving of it. Give quietly to charity, and certainly don’t asked to be honored for that giving. Isolate talk of the incident to the textbooks, so the details are not profaned. The more principled we imagine the approach, the more analogous it becomes to ignoring the day entirely. In many respects, the most selfless way to address a tragedy you were not directly a part of is to not react to that tragedy all. In theory, it would be the most clean ethic, but in practice, it would mean little to anyone. Internalizing the language of tragedy, allowing the memory of it to mix with our own selfish motives, will surely lead to contradictions and hypocrisy. Having seen the city’s response Monday, however, I am convinced we must walk that road anyway. As Lehane suggested, the city was never destined to change all too much. To open ourselves to a rhetoric that suggests tragedy made us stronger is to reject the very real threat it has of making us weak. Boston is a headstrong city, and while it certainly is caught in its traditions, the city’s stubborn pride is also what keeps it from indifference.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Saturday 4/26, 8 p.m.
The BC bOp! jazz ensemble will be performing alongside various dance groups on Saturday, including Dance Ensemble, the Dance Organization of Boston College, Golden Eagles Dance Team, Fuego del Corazon, BC Irish Dance, Phaymus, UPrising, MASTI, and Full Swing. The event, which will take place on O’Neill Plaza, is free to BC students with an ID and is $15 at the door for the general public.
voices of Imani Gospel choir
Saturday 4/26, 12 p.m.
The gospel and praise-singing group Voices of Imani will be performing a number of its popular songs in the main tent in O’Neill Plaza on Saturday at noon.
Saturday 4/26, 5:30 p.m
BC’s all-female literary magazine, The Laughing Medusa, is celebrating the release of its Spring 2014 issue on Saturday evening in the Fulton Honors Library. The free event will feature student poetry readings and displayed artwork.
A cappella Showcase (critic’s Choice)
Saturday 4/26, 2:45 p.m.
All eight of BC’s a cappella groups—The Acoustics, Against the Current, BC Shaan, B.E.A.T.S., the Bostonians, the Dynamics, the Heightsmen, and the Sharps—will perform throughout this weekend for Arts Fest 2014.
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The Scene presents seven of the many events, including tours, workshops, and shows, taking place in boston this weekend for the city’s biannual arts celebration, running through Sunday 5/4. By Ariana Igneri | Assoc. Arts & Review Editor
Boston ballet workshop series
Saturday 4/26, 11 a.m.
The Boston Ballet is offering free workshops this weekend, allowing participants 18 and under to learn about the costumes, business, athleticism, and music of the dance company on Saturday morning until 3:30 p.m. Food samples, courtesy of Fresh Food Generation, will be a part of the event, too.
ready sets go: fashion photography
Saturday 4/26, 3 p.m.
Boston Studio photographer and Pravda Models International owner Younes Sphynx is leading a workshop in which attendees will be able to learn various camera, lighting, and styling methods in addition to participating in a photo shoot at Restoration Resources. Guests must RSVP to email@example.com.
green patriot posters exhibition tour
Friday 4/25 and Saturday 4/26, 5 p.m.
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Fork & tune
Friday 4/25 and Sunday 4/27, 7 p.m.
Fusing music and food, Fork & Tune is a unique, four-course meal dining experience meant to underscore the top ingredients of the season, relating them to the complete track listings of various classic albums. For these dates, the menu will be inspired by Prince’s Purple Rain. The restaurant is at 379 Washington St. Tickets are $40.
‘Becoming cuba’ Post-show discussion
Friday 4/25, 8 p.m.
Following the Huntington Theater Company’s presentation of its drama Becoming Cuba on Friday night, Boston Globe photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner Essdras M. Suarez will lead a talk about his work and experience in Cuba. The discussion is free and open to both the show’s attendees and the general public.
Sam Aquillano, executive director of Design Museum Boston, is heading free tours of a new exhibit of print and interactive digital posters inspired by World War II graphic illustrations. The gallery, which deals with the theme of combating climate change, is located at 315 A. St.
onemic (one moment inspiring creativity)
Saturday 4/26, 10 a.m.
The Boston community is invited to showcase its artistic talents on Saturday afternoon at the Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre for a free open mic event.
sketcherific night out
Friday 4/25, 7 p.m.
Audio Concepts, Broadview Marketing, and illustrator Fran Constantino are hosting a date night drawing extravaganza at 870 Comm. Ave. this Friday night. Art supplies, snacks, and drinks (for guests over 21 years old) are included with the purchase of a $12 ticket.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Scene Style Boston Marathon
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Surprising sights of the Marathon
John Wiley / Heights Editor
Portraits of the city From Snapshots, B1 with “Boston” written on the inset over an image of a road. Others dressed as famous figures from the city’s history or simply for a cause. Marathon styles are unique in that functionality is given priority—among competitive runners, that is. For this reason, the elite group took a far minimalistic approach. Keflezighi, sponsored by Sketchers, wore a simple redand-white striped shirt and blue shoes. Rita Jeptoo, the 33-year-old female winner of this year’s race, wore blue and orange, the colors
of this year’s marathon. The apparel of runners a little later in the pack was decidedly less unstated. Brian Skinner of Bolingbrook, lll., for example, finished the race in an impressive 3:17:36 dressed as a colonial American statesman. The costume was complete with a tricorn hat, ruffled shirt, and brown button-down vest. Former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie made his own sort of showing at the Marathon. Dressing in support of his Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Flutie sported red, white, and blue with American flag shorts.
On the other side of the barricade, at the top of Heartbreak Hill, BC students were particularly patriotic. The customary Marathon Monday pinnies—which have historically kept to drinking slogans—shifted in design and commemorated the victims of last April’s attack, while others more broadly showed support for this year’s runners. Subtle details of the day were put into new context—two dogs on the sideline dressed in Red Sox jerseys, a police officer in uniform jogging alongside a friend as he passed. The city was the same, but the race was different. n
Looking into a wardrobe and taking a step back into Sweden How a little blue dress bought abroad made a memory, not just a fashion, style, or status statement
Therese Tully I scoured the sale rack on a solo trip to the H&M in Sweden. My semester abroad in Sweden involved a lot more alone time than I was previously used to, but I readily embraced it. Now, the Swedish H&M was much pricier than its American counterpart, and it was filled with clothes with a decidedly Swedish vibe. Where the American store is filled with a great variety of styles, Swedes thrive in normalcy and sameness. What’s in vogue is a sort of classic, crisp, hipster-vision of fashion. Lots of dark colors, not a lot of patterns. Bleach-blond men and women in black jeans and leather jackets—they really pull it off. I found a beautiful royal blue dress tucked away, just my size, on the sale rack of the Swedish H&M one day. I hadn’t packed much clothing for my time abroad because space was tight. I tried to convince myself that staples were all you really needed when traveling, and that this experience wasn’t about sartorial sophistication, but rather inner growth. I think I did a fairly good job, for someone who is fashion obsessed, of letting myself get into the comfortable rhythm of having a fauxuniform, which almost always included snow boots and my down coat. I learned to let go, to let my clothing take a back seat priority-wise, and it felt really good—until I had a date, that was. It was the spring, and the sun was finally
coming out. Rising early and setting late, we were having tons of daylight, people were taking 1 a.m. strolls through the park without problem or fear. It was time to shed my winter skin, my puffer coat, and my four pairs of bottoms—two pairs of tights, a pair of leggings, and a pair of jeans, topped with woolen socks, of course. One pair of pants was officially sufficient, and it was a beautiful day to be alive in Uppsala, Sweden. But now the problem was, I had a date with a handsome blond Swede and no outfit that was appropriate for the occasion. When I found a loose blue dress, with the sash, I knew it was perfect. Plainly, chicly Swedish, but also bright and festive. Swedish spring fashion worn by an American girl. I had no roommates to sound the decision off of. It was up to me, and in the dressing room I quickly converted the Swedish currency to dollars and took the plunge. The next day, I walked my usual route to downtown Uppsala decked in my new dress, light jacket, and flats that were quickly filling with the gravel that had been scattered everywhere during the winter months. His friends wanted to know who the girl in the bla klanning that he was walking around town with was. They hadn’t recognized immediately that I wasn’t a Swede like themselves. (Once I opened my mouth and rattled off quick, easy English, or slow, labored, broken Swedish over pear ciders, however, they definitely knew.) It was my good luck dress, and it would get a lot of use. Even after this first date, I wore this dress obsessively for the next few weeks. It was one of my only spring outfits, and I couldn’t help how great I felt in it. That dress is full of memories, late fikas, and walks in the park—my last day in Sweden, even.
Fashion is not just function, it is not just art, it is not just style, it is not just status, or label. Fashion is also in the business of creating memories. Outfits serve to take us back to some of the most monumental moments in our lives. When we talk about memories, we often talk about what we were wearing. It makes these memories more vivid. My current roommate always says she remembers meeting me freshman year and that she remembers exactly what I was wearing on that move-in day. We speak fondly about almost every day of freshman year, differentiating one event from another by what we wore. “Don’t you remember that party, you wore that top that I love?” It’s that simple. Looking through my closet is not just about picking an outfit, it’s about picking
a mood, calling on a memory, closing my eyes, and believing that I am somewhere else for just a minute. The way that blue dress, bla klanning, fits reminds me what it feels like when the sun finally comes out after a very long winter. It reminds me what sitting in the sun drinking coffee for hours feels like. It reminds me of the fear and the excitement that is all mixed up when you are all by yourself in a strange place. It sounds like broken Swedish, and it smells like popcorn and first dates. Looking through your closet can be even more powerful than looking at a photo album—trust me, take a look.
Therese Tully is a senior staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo courtesy of Uppsala University
A semester in Sweden offered an introduction to a new set of styles and fresh outlook on fashion.
Things I did not expect to see at the Boston Marathon on Monday: A woman running along at impressive speed, considering the fact that she had a sign that read “Baby” with an arrow pointing to her stomach. Team Hoyt, the father-son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt, at mile 21 of their 32nd and final Boston Marathon. I had only previously read about their incredible story in news articles, and seeing them in person for the first time was wonderfully unexpected. A man keeping pace with a red flannel shirt tied around his waist, as if he were ready for a ’90s-themed party rather than a marathon. Respect, sir. Things I did not expect to do at the Boston Marathon on Monday: Have a quick conversation with one of the runners, who slowed down near our side of Comm. Ave. to tell us how great Boston College students were during last year’s marathon, and proceed to take a selfie with the runner on her phone. I imagine it was like getting asked by Ellen DeGeneres to take a spontaneous selfie with her celebrity friends—but much more meaningful. Refuse to take any pictures of the runners with my own phone, since I just could not bring myself to take my eyes off of their faces—the smiling ones, the determined ones, and the walking-in-pain ones. After high-fiving countless runners, have one of them hold onto my hand just a little bit longer, and a little bit tighter, as if to say “thank you” with a single touch. Things I did not expect to feel at the Boston Marathon on Monday: Love. Even though I love our campus, Boston, and everything in between, I didn’t expect to feel love toward each person who passed by me on Monday. It wasn’t just an overarching love, or the kind of love you toss around daily—it was an overwhelming onset of emotion that was inexplicable, but the kind of feeling that doesn’t really require explanation. Frustration. The frustration of not being capable of being in two places at once—while Mile 21 is where I know I belonged, I was dying to go to the finish line. Honestly, I wish I could have been in 26 places at once, just for the chance to be with the runners at every step of the way (pun intended), and cheer them on from start to finish. Regret. Even though I’ve never run more than a mile in my life, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was missing out on something—all I wanted to do was run alongside them, and get each and every one of the runners to tell me their story. Before Monday morning, I had spent weeks pondering what I should expect on the day that we’ve all been thinking about for the past year. As expected, the Boston Strong movement was in full force—on t-shirts, in social media, and in the atmosphere. As expected, there was a feeling of celebration for the reclaiming of arguably the most important day of the year for Bostonians. As expected, there was an outpouring of pride, compassion, and joy throughout the entire day. The one thing I couldn’t predict was whether or not I would feel the presence of one particular emotion: fear. On Monday, it’s safe to say that for the most part, there was none. After seeing countless faces still smiling after running 21 miles, watching officers pace diligently up and down Comm. Ave., and being surrounded by so many people with the same purpose, any tinge of fear that existed within me soon disappeared. I cannot claim that the runners and spectators shared my sentiments, but to me, it was pretty clear that fear didn’t stop this year’s participants from crossing that finish line. When I look back on April 21, 2014, I’m not going to remember feeling afraid. I’m going to remember the two pregnant women I saw running for two, and realize that those babies are pretty special for having completed a marathon before birth. I’m going to remember the girl who has a picture of my face on her phone, and smile at the thought of her showing that photo to her friends in the retelling of the event. I’m going to remember that man who gently squeezed my hand in mutual understanding—a fleeting yet intimate moment of respect and gratitude. With a mental collection of photographs in my head—snapshots of people, faces, and sensations that will be hard to forget—I can finally give my thanks to everyone involved in this year’s Marathon. Thank you for proving that Boston, and human beings as a whole, will never cease to surprise me.
Michelle Tomassi is the Asst. Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
THE CRITICAL CURMUDGEON
Pop star stylings: creating an image through clothing lines MATT MAZZARI On Tuesday night, the world watched as the chronically Canadian rapper/former Degrassi star Drake lint-rolled his trousers on the sidelines of a Raptors playoff game. Like, he literally brought a lint-roller to his courtside seats, took it out in the middle of a play, and just started doin’ his thang. Can’t have linty pants! Now, the good folks at ESPN (End Sportsball? Probably Never) have had a good laugh about this, but anyone who tells me this guy wasn’t mugging for the camera is just plain naive. Go watch the clip: Drake is showboating, it’s clear as day. But more importantly, he’s demonstrating an interesting priority for musicians that I’d like to talk about this week, and that is the hardlyexplicable yet inextricable linkage between the music industry and fashion. When Seth Meyers asked Kanye West in an interview about
the difference between how he approaches his music and how he approaches his fashion endeavors, West responded, “Everything in the world is exactly the same.” Granted, no one has any idea what he’s talking about, but I think the point still stands that fashion and music are definitely connected as mediums, particularly for Top 40 artists. West has collaborated with the French brand A.P.C. on a summer capsule collection as well as with Adidas. Pharrell, Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, and dozens of other recognizable faces in pop have proudly attached those recognizable faces to clothing lines. Though I’d be hard-pressed to call Adam Levine’s K-Mart collection “art,” there’s undeniably an element of fashion that makes it a creative (and expensive) entertainment form, so it makes sense that creative millionaires would gravitate toward fashion. But why is the crossover from musician to fashion designer so common? I don’t know many fash-
ion designers who turned around and released Billboard No. 1 hits. Why do we have this expectation that our musicians try their (albeit heavily-guided) hands at fashion? This trend sort of reminds me of the crossover that’s been happening between Disney stars and pop musicians: what about being a child actor/actress qualifies you to also have an album and a top-10 single, Selena Gomez? Speaking of which, Ms. Gomez recently released her own fashion line with Adidas in Berlin, and so the cycle continues. The next step is an autobiography, then a co-written musical screenplay, then a tribal pottery exhibit in the Guggenheim. It’s pretty easy to dismiss these sorts of connections as banal, industry-insider market manipulations, and that’s frequently precisely what they are. However, I think there’s another side of this that is more consumer-focused, and that’s the side that interests me. In the same way that we want our pop music to be catchy, we
want our pop stars to be stylish— that’s a given. My theory is that we want this because it simplifies the process of ascribing to a subculture. Think of all the American subcultures you know: chances are that there’s a music scene that is directly associated with them. Sometimes it’s a case of “chicken or the egg,” but I honestly believe that it’s more frequently the music that pioneers the look. Sid Vicious was to punk what the Cure was to goth what White Snake was to long hair/tight pants what Public Enemy was to gangsta what Kurt Cobain was to flannel shirts and what the current indie scene is to hipsters. We want people to take one look at us and say, “I bet that guy listens to ______.” Do you know what the sales of mop-hair wigs did when the Beatles landed in New York? And the style before that was crew-cuts! The pattern of big names in pop-music becoming big names in fashion is relatively recent, but it was the next logical step to make.
We’d been letting music define our culture’s appearance since the Jazz Age, so it only stood to profitable reason that the industry icons would start to become one and the same. The reason “trademark looks” exist is because, like Drake, we are incorrigible showboaters: If our favorite musicians were shapeless phantasms that just produced good music, what would we purchase so that everyone would know we listen to them? It’s just like what Kanye West said to follow up to his original statement in that Meyers interview: “Meaning like, you can do comparable people like—who would you compare Daniel DayLewis or Philip Seymour Hoffman to musically, or in fashion, directing, architecturally? Who was your favorite teacher when you were growing up?” Yeah—it’s just like that.
Matt Mazzari is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future keeps it ‘Honest’ with sophomore rap album BY HARRY MITCHELL Heights Staff After suffering a five-month delay and going through a name change—in the process, receiving notably less hype than 2012’s Pluto—Atlanta rapper Future’s sophomore album Honest finally dropped this week, and it was worth the wait. The journey to complete the album, announced two summers ago as Future Hendrix, was extensive. The 22-month period was marked by major events in Future’s life, including his engagement to R&B artist Ciara and a number of successful
features including massive hits like Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” and Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” With Mike WiLL Made It, SPIN Magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year, acting as executive producer of Honest, Future comes up with a solid product, finding a healthy balance between delicate, emotionally intelligent songs and hard-hitting bangers. Future’s vocals are assisted by auto-tune on every track of Honest. The technology is often criticized for compromising the beauty of a song, but in the case of Future, his rhythmic, passionate voice is greatly enhanced. On the album’s title track,
Future’s rattling voice emerges from the speakers with great finesse and emotion. He repeats the lyric “I’m just being honest” after almost every line throughout the song, yet, the phrase never comes close to feeling repetitive, as his varying pitch and tone make the lyric feel different each time it is delivered. “I Be U,” one of the most successful songs on the album, has a similar effect. While a number of the lyrics are difficult to understand through the auto-tune, the ambient beat and enchanting sound helps the listener empathize with the topics Future is rapping about.
HONEST FUTURE PRODUCED BY EPIC RECORDS RELEASED APRIL 22, 2014 OUR RATING
PHOTO COURTESY OF EPIC RECORDS
Rapper Future uses auto-tuning to his advantage in ‘Honest,’ allowing the technology to enhance his rhythmic vocals.
Although Future’s magnetic voice can be credited with much of the album’s success, it certainly does not carry all of the weight. The production quality of Honest is incredible—Mike WiLL Made It provides a diverse set of beats that will keep a listener’s head nodding through all 18 tracks. The opening track, “Look Ahead,” has an irresistable beat. The danceable, fast-paced track gives the delayed album the exciting start that it needs. “Move That Doh,” the third track, features G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T, i am Other’s Pharrell Williams, and Free Band Gang’s Casino. The stubborn beat has burps of powerful synths that work perfectly with the styles of those featured, creating a street-rap track that makes a listener want to get up out of your seat and break something. Along with “Look Ahead,” “I Be U,” and “Move That Doh,” “Never Satisfied (feat. Drake)” and “Benz Friends (feat. Andre 300)” are the highlights of the album. Both of these tracks show off Future deviating from the mold of present-day rappers. On “Never Satisfied,” Drake explains his voracious appetite for women and material wealth that can never be satisfied (“Money’s all I get and still money on my mind / But I ain’t never satisfied / I found the one and say I’ll never cheat again / We don’t talk for like some months / I ended up
f—king with her friend”). Future seems to have a slightly different, more sophisticated understanding of success, as he explains that loyalty to his crew forever takes precedence over money and fame. In “Benz Friends,” arguably the best song on the album, the dissonance of Future’s thoughts on material wealth becomes more apparent. Andre 3000’s familiar voice opens the track, repeating, “I told that girl I don’t give a damn ‘bout no Benzes,” followed by Future emphasizing a similar ideal (“These cars don’t mean s—t / These h—s don’t mean s—t / These clothes don’t mean s—t / This show don’t mean s—t”). The Atlanta rappers both spit powerful verses stressing the importance of loyalty and the insignificance of money, cars, and clothes. While the album as a whole does have some weak moments (including songs like “Shhh…” which is basically a poorly executed rip-off of Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson”), the positives heavily outweigh the negatives. Mike WiLL Made It provides spectacular production, the record’s featured artists exceed expectations, and Future delivers with beautiful, electronically enhanced vocals that tie it all together. Overall, the project exceeds expectations, and it shows off an artist greatly improved from his debut album. Whether you like it or not, you have to respect his honesty.
Iggy Azalea rehashes ‘Classic’ rap themes in studio debut BY JOHN WILEY
Arts & Review Editor Iggy Azalea’s fake Georgia drawl grows heavier by the year. The 23year-old Australian rapper is the darling of Southern hip-hop—moving to Miami from Australia at age 15 and hopscotching along the Bible Belt since, Azalea emerged from a life of poverty, establishing herself as one of the preeminent female rappers working in a genre dominated by men. Azalea’s studio debut is largely an effort to reclaim that storied past—The New Classic is Azalea’s Cinderella story. Ironically, however, it’s a very materialistic record. A self-made, amorphous entrant to the Southern hip-hop scene, Azalea perhaps too readily adopted the prevailing attitudes of American hiphop culture. She carves out her place in the popular music lexicon with gutted messages. The New Classic is Azalea’s how-to on getting rich, and its attitude toward the poor is actually quite ruthless. In “Impossible is Nothing,” one of the 15-track collection’s preachier moments, Azalea exposes just how comfortable she is with inconsistent ideas. In a single track, she gives a condescending take on the poor (“Success is what separates you from the have-nots / And have all of these haters at your neck like an ascot”), and then criticizes the “sell
outs” (“Promise to blaze a path and leave a trial for the next / And never sell out my soul for any number on a check”). What she lacks in thematic integrity, Azalea could have easily picked up for in wit—she does not. Tactless lines are delivered with misplaced confidence throughout the 52-minute LP. Bland, joyless metaphors are the centerpiece of Azalea’s lyrical style. Azalea trails lines like “Focus, keep eyes open, victory never sleeps” or “I’m a debut / You’re a deja vu” with awkward pauses, as if to suggest something so impressive was just spoken that listeners might need a hot second to cool off. We never do. Azalea never tries to reject the caricature hip-hop creates of women, and if anything, she does a fair bit to exploit it. In “New B—h,” Azalea talks about entering a relationship with a man for his money, moving into his “big house,” interrupting his life with his family, and taunting his exes. There’s nothing especially liberating about the track, nor does it have anything new to offer on its subject. Azalea’s exhaustive references to wealth distance her from an adverse past that potentially could have made The New Classic a great record. The rags-to-riches story wears thinner with each miscalculated reference, and in time, the frayed fabrics of the artist are exposed. Put bluntly, Azalea doesn’t seem
to be making music on her own terms. The themes of The New Classic are heavily recycled, and while Azalea directly, frequently characterizes herself as doing something different with this album, she never convinces. Considering all The New Classic’s glaring flaws, Azalea does remain a likable artist. The album benefits from two standout tracks, “Black Widow” and “Work.” The overwhelming appeal of these couple songs, however, makes the rest of the album suspect.
In part, the shortcomings of The New Classic can be explained by hip-hop’s unrealistic expectations of women. It’s no coincidence that the most successful female rappers are all willing to make music videos about their behinds—it’s an unspoken requirement of the genre, and Rick Ross and other male rappers (of varying physique) are lucky to be on the other end. More than any other mainstream genre, hip-hop is saturated with male artists—to Azalea’s credit, she’s carved out a place for
herself in an industry in which there normally would be none. Handling the long list of expectations keeping women from succeeding in hip-hop is no easy task, and respectively, the women that do make it in the industry are almost inevitably more talented and well rounded than their male contemporaries. Azalea, however, is too quick to pick up that Georgia drawl, and while her presence in the Top 40 has certainly been felt, it’s not clear that presence will ultimately mean anything.
THE NEW CLASSIC IGGY AZALEA PRODUCED BY ISLAND RECORDS RELEASED APRIL 21, 2014 OUR RATING
PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLAND RECORDS
Azaela has asserted herself as a presence in hip-hop, but her studio debut is overwhelmed by materialistic themes.
CHART TOPPERS TOP SINGLES
1 Happy Pharrell Williams 2 All of Me John Legend 3 Talk Dirty Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz 4 Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J 5 Let it Go Idina Menzel 6 Pompeii Bastille 7 Turn Down for What DJ Snake and Lil John
1 Frozen Soundtrack Various Artists 2 Testimony August Alsina 3 Rivers In The Wasteland NEEDTOBREATHE 4 Talk Dirty Jason Derulo 5 Lights Out Ingrid Michaelson Source: Billboard.com
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK BY MELISSA ABI JAOUDE
“IT’S ON AGAIN” ALICIA KEYS
Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar collaborated for the music video for “It’s On Again.” The song is from The Amazing Spiderman soundtrack and the video incorporates scenes from the movie along with shots of the artists. The song is quite incredible and is on par with rest of the music on the soundtrack, produced by Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams. Lamar’s introduction is contrasted with the quietness of the piano in the background. It is interesting that the song is about being heroic, and yet in the video Keys and Lamar seem to play the part of villains. The video switches back and forth between Keys, Lamar, and scenes from the movie. Many of the scenes that were used from the film are relatively intense and action-packed, yet somehow the way they were presented with her voice in the background mellows out the violence. The video takes out the suspense of the film and instead includes breathtaking shots that hint at the special effects and visuals of the Spiderman sequel. If this video was meant to entice the audience to see the film, the aesthetics of the “It’s On Again” video should be enough to convince it. Near the end the video, Lamar shuts off the power from the city and the video immediately snaps to a shot of Spiderman (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) as they watch the city black out. It gives the audience just a small taste of the movie, but then it completely changes and the lights of the buildings start to flicker—suddenly, it isn’t certain whether that scene was actually from the movie. Keys is playing the piano in the middle of the city as the lights continue to blink on and off, and Lamar soon joins her. The video ends with Spiderman and Gwen falling through the roof of a glass building. The song itself is quite spectacular, and it pairs well with the visual appeal of the upcoming film.
SINGLE REVIEWS BY RYAN DOWD LANA DEL REY “West Coast”
BRAD PAISLEY “River Bank” Pop Artist Lana Del Rey has taken a minimalist approach here to create a soothing effect. It stays in line with her usual themes—young love, memory—but her low-key approach impedes any potentially memorable moments in the song’s dragging, four-minute duration.
RAY LAMONTAGNE “Drive-in Movies” “River Bank,” the debut single from country star Brad Paisley’s upcoming album, lacks both the soul of his earlier work and the style of his latest work. It’s catchy enough that you might not turn the dial, but don’t mistake it as anything but sugary fodder for the herd.
At his best, Ray LaMontagne is hard to understand—his words, not his intended meaning. He means well with his single “Drive-in Movies,” channeling nostalgia along with a quick rhythm, but far too often it’s far too difﬁcult to understand what the heck he’s saying.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
AT&T brings innovation challenge to colleges Stepping up Bennet’s Banter
the mayoral Twitter game Bennet Johnson
Transparency has been the motto of the Walsh administration ever since Mayor Martin J. Walsh, WCAS ’09, took office. According to BetaBoston, on Thursday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. Walsh will bolster that notion by hosting an event on Reddit. No, this is not a sit-down interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes. Nor is it a full-blown feature in the New York Times detailing Walsh’s government policy. Instead, I’m talking about Reddit. For those unfamiliar with this website, Reddit provides entertainment, social networking, and news to its viewers. Registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links, and subsequently “up” or “down” vote page submissions to organize posts and determine their position on the site’s page. So why would 47-year-old Walsh choose to collaborate with a website that is primarily tailored to the teenage and younger generations? The answer: It is part of his job. As mayor, Walsh needs to be accessible to all Bostonians. In this day and age, a mayor must utilize social media, because such tools give a voice not only to younger individuals who abide by them, but to a large portion of other age groups and demographics that do not normally interact with local lawmakers. As a middle-aged man who is not the most tech-savvy individual, Walsh has adapted very well to social media over the past year. Prior to last October, Walsh never had the need to use Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit. I know many middle-aged and older individuals, like Walsh, who are attempting to adapt to our tech-savvy world. I’ve heard countless relatives refer to Facebook and the “tweeter” as completely foreign concepts. It is only natural for Walsh to feel somewhat alienated from our generation, and his attempt to use social media platforms ranging from Vine to Instagram is admirable. He understands that social media has the power to bridge the gap between municipal leaders and residents. With just over 100 days in office under his belt, Walsh has already hosted two Twitter chats as well as a Facebook question-and-answer session, where Bostonians and others have peppered him with questions ranging from fiscal policy issues to his favorite TV show. On Tuesday, Walsh announced via a Vine video that he would host another social media questionnaire on Reddit. On Thursday, Walsh will participate in Reddit’s AMA, which stands for “ask me anything,” and allows users to make themselves available to the online community. Reddit users will be able to participate in the online forum by asking Walsh any question they desire. Walsh is not the only one who has spent time on the website’s AMA session. A number of local stars have participated, including New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon. Walsh will also join a prestigious list of Reddit AMA stars that includes President Barack Obama, Bill Murray, Snoop Dogg, Scott Stapp, and Woody Harrelson. Walsh’s AMA has the potential to be very informative and entertaining—especially since the format of the website allows for questions that can be rather controversial as well as inconsequential and often random. Walsh will probably face some of the standard questions that are demanded of political officials, including the legalization of marijuana and other controversial issues. It is likely he will also be asked about many of the present topics facing the city, containing the Boston Public School system, the future of the Seaport district, gentrification, and gun control in Boston. Although he’s been mayor of Boston for just over 100 days, Walsh has done a great job acclimating to the fast-paced role of governing the city and connecting to the large demographic groups of Bostonians. His next task as mayor is to step up his Twitter game.
Bennet Johnson is the Asst. Metro Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com
By Maggie Maretz Heights Staff
Sometimes referred to as “America’s College Town,” Boston is an epicenter of higher education and is home to more than 250,000 college students. Intercollegiate academic collaboration is rarely cultivated, however, although it is relatively easy to catalyze. This past Saturday, two of Boston University’s student-run agencies, AdLab and PRLab, sought to remedy the lack of networking and cooperative learning between students in Boston with an event called AT&T’s “Innovate Possible” Campus Challenge. The two Boston University agencies collaborated to serve their client, AT&T, for the entirety of the spring semester. The company wanted the AdLab and PRLab to raise awareness on BU’s campus about the 10 percent discount offered to students on AT&T products as well as their college development programs. They hope that by establishing a presence on the university’s campus, they might be able to recruit some of the best minds for their summer development programs, which offer college students the opportunity to gain experience at a large company in management, technology, sales, and more.
When confronted with the task of raising awareness about the opportunities AT&T has to offer students, the members of PRLab and AdLab wanted to do something that would adequately engage the student population. “We thought about putting up a tent somewhere nice, and people could come and there would be free pizza and balloons, but that doesn’t really get anyone excited or make them experience the brand,” said Christopher Hurlbert, account executive for AT&T’s “Innovate Possible” Campus Challenge. “We wanted to create a sort of experiential awareness campaign in order to really engage with the people in Boston.” With that goal in mind, Hurlbert and other BU students working on the AT&T account decided to invite students from all over Boston to come meet each other and network, because they believe this doesn’t happen in this city as much as they would like it to, or as much as it should. In order to raise awareness about the college development program, the team decided to have students come and act as if they were in the program. They were asked to innovate and use AT&T technology in order to solve a social problem. Students arrived Saturday morning at the George Sherman Union Backcourt, where they were allowed to network for an
hour before they were asked to form groups of four, with participants from at least two different schools. Each group was assigned a “challenge pack,” which essentially asked the students to come up with a creative answer to the question: Using AT&T technology, how can we increase graduation rates among high school students in the U.S.? To aid their thought process, groups were also given background information on AT&T’s Project Aspire, which is the company’s signature philanthropic initiative. Project Aspire, originally launched in 2008, is AT&T’s investment in what it believes is one of the most important assets for a nation: a well-educated workforce. Since the program began, AT&T has impacted over one million students in all 50 states, and it has pledged to invest $350 million in order to increase graduation rates in the United States. The company hopes that students will not only graduate, but will also graduate with a level of education that has prepared them to enter college or the workforce. With an idea of what AT&T had already done, students worked together to brainstorm how to further improve education in the country. Hurlbert explained that, although they had a big vision for this project, it didn’t pan
out exactly the way they had imagined due to budgetary constraints. They were hoping to get about 80 participants, but were only able to raise awareness by sending emails to invite people to come. A few over 30 showed up, which Hurlbert says actually worked out well because it provided for an intimate and engaging environment. The team was also pleased with the number of schools that showed up—students from eight universities were there, including BU, BC, Harvard, and Wesleyan. The winning team decided to tackle the problem by presenting a multi-step approach, tracking trends by using large-scale data. The group also explained the importance of making students more involved in their own learning process, because they will be likely to stay in school if they feel connected to the process and enthusiastic about it. The bigger vision and goal that AT&T has in mind, Hurlbert said, is to recruit the brightest minds from the Boston area. The company currently has a distinctly corporate image, and it wants to reposition its brand so that it can appeal to the highest talent. It hopes that by having a presence on college campuses, students will get to see firsthand what AT&T can offer. n
Local Wegmans to include bakery and liquor store Wegmans, from B8 exceeded our very assertive projections leading us to expect a very big crowd,” she said. Because of the huge numbers that Wegmans expects to draw on Sunday morning, the grand opening will be limited to food sampling and recipe demos, as opposed to other planned activities. “All of the excitement that our employees and customers feel will already overwhelm the day,” she said. The new Chestnut Hill grocery store is located off of Route 9 and is approximately 80,000 square feet complete with a 10,500 square foot liquor, beer, and wine store on the second level that has been open since late March. The new location will house, along with an extensive array of grocery items, a pharmacy, bakery, expansive prepared food options, a floral department, and a catering center. In addition to market items, Wegmans locations offer frequent in-store cooking classes and events including sessions focused on cooking with and for kids as well as using organic food. In 2011, the first Massachusetts store was opened in Northborough and, with a 140,000 square foot store space, it is the largest grocery market in New England, according to a Wegmans press release. The success of this first store, which broke opening day records with 25,000 shoppers, led to the decision to expand Wegmans throughout the Boston area including the Chestnut Hill location as well as the opening of a Burlington location in the fall, and plans for stores in Westwood and Fenway in the near future. The Rochester-based supermarket chain was founded in 1916 and first began its expansion that would lead to its current 83 stores in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts in 1968. All of the chain’s major operations are still led by the Wegman family, including CEO Danny Wegman, the great-grandson of the chain’s original founders. Although it only operates along the east coast, Wegmans has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top supermarkets as well as one of the best places to work. Fortune Magazine has named the chain as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 17 consecutive years, and it held the 12th spot in 2014. Wegmans also beat out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to receive the first annual “SUPER Market” award presented by Food Network in 2007 for “the grocery chain that has most changed the way we shop.” “At Wegmans, we pride ourselves on our reputation for offering an excellent working environment for our employees,” said Marybeth Stewart, the chain’s human resources manager for New England in the company’s press release. The chain has also been heavily praised for its focus on a commitment to the community. Each store has a set budget specifically focused on community support which includes giving through various areas including donation of food, healthy eating education, and strengthening surrounding neighborhoods. Wegmans has also awarded over $90 million in scholarship funds to about 30,000 of its employees since 1984. The chain hopes to be a beneficial addition to the Chestnut Hill community as well as a high quality food retailer, and expects a positive response from the area. “We are so pleased for the warm welcome we have received from the community of Chestnut Hill,” Natale said. “We cannot wait to open our doors on Sunday and welcome our newest customers.” n
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Wegmans is a prominent east coast chain that will open a Chesntut Hill location this week.
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Copley Square is one of the many places that Boston Shines has worked on in the past.
Annual program looks to improve city’s neighborhoods Boston Shines, from B8 There will also be Sidewalk Teams this year. These are groups of people who specifically volunteered to “clean the sidewalks and other public places on their streets,” according to the event details on Boston Shines’ official website. This weekend, Boston Shines will cover several neighborhoods: West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Allston and Brighton, and Bay Village. The weekend of May 2 will cover Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, and Mattapan. The project’s final segment, on May 9 and 10, will hit the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway, the South End, the North End, the West End, Downtown, Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston, and South Boston. According to Boston Shines’ website, this year’s program plans to place a particular focus on “physical service, university engagement, youth development, and expanding City of Boston volunteer opportunities that help
unite neighbors and communities.” Deasy explained that Boston Shines frequently partners with community service groups at local universities such as Boston College and Boston University, as well as sororities and fraternities in Boston area colleges. While students are attending college in the Boston area, Boston Shines wants to remind students that they too are residents of Boston who deserve a clean city and should take pride in their neighborhood. One of the ultimate goals of Boston Shines is to increase solidarity within the Boston community and building neighborhood pride. Boston Shines hopes that this pride will carry over year-round and inspire people to keep their neighborhoods clean 365 days a year. While Boston Shines is a single event, all residents are encouraged by the city to be active within their neighborhoods and to be vocal when their neighborhood needs help. n
#DownloadBoston promotes startups, including apps #DownloadBoston, from B8 To all the future startups in Boston, O’Keefe has some simple advice: “Truly believe in yourself and your product,” he said. “Otherwise, no one else will.” In his own experience, O’Keefe said that loving a product is essential to a startup’s success because those ventures require one’s attention during nearly every waking moment. If the startups aren’t a passion, he argued, they will quickly transition from being a pleasure to being work to being a burden. O’Keefe made it clear that startups are not always the success stories that everyone dreams that they will be. Several
of his startups were not successful, but they provided valuable learning lessons that translated into @BostonTweet, and he hopes that the same will be true for #DownloadBoston. “Everything before Boston Tweet was a failure, at least financially, but they were an amazing learning experience,” he said. “They taught me what you need and what you don’t need to be successful.” In the face of failure, however, O’Keefe remained optimistic, and he said that aspiring entrepreneurs should do the same. “There is nothing wrong with failing,” he said. “It’s all one big learning curve.” n
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#DownloadBoston promotes local startups by lobbying businesses for support.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
T FOR TWO
Maryland, Boston, and sandwiches SARAH MOORE
EMILY FAHEY / HEIGHTS EDITOR
Thousands ran the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, marking a comeback after the bombings that rocked the city during last year’s race, killing three and injuring hundreds.
Marathon Monday proves success for BC runners Marathon, from B8 spectator with a renewed appreciation for the sacrifices of everyone on and around the course.” Chris Maxwell, CSOM ’16, had been training for this year’s marathon for the past three to four months. Injuries to his foot and knee were in the back of his mind as he approached the starting line on Monday. Maxwell is an experienced runner who qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon after completing the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, Mass. the previous year with a time of 3:01. Maxwell hit all of his mile splits, and by the end of the 13-mile mark, he was at 1:25, right on pace to hit his goal of 2:50 for the entire race. While stretching, massaging, and physical therapy prevented any injuries from arising for a majority of the race, around the last nine miles Maxwell experienced excruciating pain in his calves as he reached Heartbreak Hill. He was forced to resort to walking and jogging the remainder of the race,
finishing with a time of 3:32. “I have never run a race in which spectators lined up pretty much the entirety of the course, and definitely not for 26.2 miles,” Maxwell said. “It was incredible to see how the city of Boston rebounded from the acts of terror, and truly shows our resilience as a city and community of runners from around the world.” Chris Kabacinski, A&S ’16, ran the marathon for a charity organization. Kabacinski reached his goal of raising $4,000 for the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), an organization that funds innovative and creative projects in its school districts. Kabacinski described the race as, “the best experience of [his] life,” although the race itself was not quite ideal. After running a strong 10K and half marathon split around seven minutes and 15 seconds per mile, he experienced severe cramping in his calves at the halfway point in the race. “Never have I started cramping up that early in a run, and I’m not quite
sure why it happened,” Kabacinski said. “The cramps in both of my legs were terrible over the final stretches on Beacon and Boylston, but the crowds and the other runners kept me moving.” Although the race was not his personal best, Kabacinski said it was the most fulfilling race he’s ever run. The crowds of supporters from WEF at Mile 15, along with fellow BC students at Mile 21, provided the boost he needed to finish the race—not only for himself, but also for the people he represented at WEF, and for the city of Boston. “Seeing my family on Boylston along with the rest of the crowd and running down Boylston with all the other marathoners made those last meters worth it all,” Kabacinski said. “What the Boston Marathon made me realize more clearly and more beautifully than ever before is that we runners all run for so much more than ourselves or our goals.” Kabacinski plans to continue to make a difference with WEF, aiding the organization in any way possible. He
also hopes to continue his passion of running by taking on another marathon next fall, and to officially qualify for Boston in another year. This year’s Boston Marathon proved to be a success. A total of 35,755 athletes were registered to run the 2014 marathon, the second-largest field in the race’s history. American runner Meb Keflizighi won the men’s title 2:08.37, the first American man to break the tape at the finish line since 1983. Keflizighi had the names of last year’s victims written in black marker on the corners of his race bib. On the women’s side, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the race in a course-record 2:19.57, defending a championship from last year. Perhaps what was most remarkable about this year’s Marathon was that of the 32,408 runners who left the starting line in Hopkinton, 32,144 officially finished, a 99 percent completion rate. On a beautiful sunny afternoon in Boston, people were determined to finish the race, and they did.
BOSTON FOODIE Ittoku offers authentic Japanese cuisine Restaurant offers traditional Izaka dining experience BY KATIE BU For The Heights Boston offers an array of Japanese restaurants, but until recently, the city lacked a traditional Izakaya-style restaurant—Ittoku filled this void in November 2013. Izakaya is a popular type of restaurant that traditionally caters to people looking to unwind after work with sake, beer, and small plates of various foods. Izakaya is often likened to tapas, as they both consist of a variety of small portions of food often shared between groups. Owners Kentaro Suzuki, Minabu Ito, Taiji Mineo, and Carlos Vidal came together to open Ittoku, each bringing impressive backgrounds and culinary experience. Suzuki has nearly 20 years of experience as a sushi chef at various restaurants and works as the sushi chef and designer of the sushi menu at Ittoku. Ito and Mineo co-own Sapporo Ramen, a popular ramen shop in Cambridge which is expanding into the Korean supermarket, H-mart, in Center Square. Ito mans the restaurant’s
kitchen and grill while Mineo remains behind the scenes providing background support. Vidal owns Cafe Mami, a small Japanese eatery in Porter Square. This is the first time these men have worked together in opening and running a fullservice restaurant. Petit Robert Bistro, a French restaurant, previously occupied the space at 1414 Comm. Ave. The interior design was subtly yet effectively renovated in order to capture the essence of a true Izakaya restaurant. For example, a wine cellar was converted into the sushi bar and red lanterns LOCATION: adorn the walls. In 1414 Commonwealth Avenue an interview, Suzuki likened this to one CUISINE: of the “old school Japanese - Izakaya drinking spaces in Japan.” SAMPLE DISH: “Once [our cusYakitori Combination tomers] have stepped into our restaurant, we
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want them to feel like they’re in Japan,” Suzuki said. Their location is accessible for students at BC, as it is situated across from the Warren Street T stop on the B line. They also offer $1 valet parking. Ittoku, Japanese slang for “shall we go,” beckons a diverse array of people to try out the restaurant. Ittoku looks to cater to every demographic, from large groups of young professionals and college students looking to kick back with a few drinks and good food, to families with young children. Their menu offers classic Izakaya food, and many come to Ittoku to try the eatery’s Yakitori, grilled chicken skewers. Utilizing all parts of the chicken, the variety of choices includes thigh, crispy skin, and gizzards. One of the most popular yakitori options is their bacon-wrapped yakitori. In addition to their grilled meats, their omusoba and sushi are popular amongst customers. Staying true to the Izakaya spirit, Ittoku also carries an impressive collection of sake.
The staff can offer advice on pairings of the food with either hot or chilled versions of the beverage. The sake is often served in traditional square, wooden cup, adding to the authenticity of the dining experience. In addition to the extensive menu, diners can choose from daily specials, which serve a dual purpose. First, the chefs are able to feature seasonal foods and the freshest food. “The other day we had some North Carolina blue fin tuna, a great fish … but not something we can always carry,” Suzuki said. Their daily specials also allow the chefs to experiment and see what foods their customers receive best. Recent specials include toro toro beef tongue, miso mackerel, and salmon with garlic mayo—some of which may be added to their permanent menu. In addition to updating their regular menu, the chefs also want to extend their dessert menu, which currently includes a waffle alamode and their unique “yakimo brulee”—a twist on creme brulee made with Japanese sweet potato.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Senate and House of Representatives assembled in general court earlier this week to discuss matters of great importance—increased expansion on reporting deadlines of public health bills, the authorization of district funding to local public libraries, and the designation of the fluffernutter as the Commonwealth’s official sandwich. The popular New England dessertsandwich—consisting of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter slathered messily on white bread—was the subject of House Bill 2868, which was filed on Tuesday by former State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein. Although it still needs another vote of the House before going to the Senate, the proposed law has already received initial approval from state lawmakers. If the bill makes it through the Senate, Massachusetts will be one of two states that has its own, legally binding, official sandwich—along with Maryland and the soft-shell crab sandwich. As ridiculous as it seems, sandwiches, grinders, hoagies, subs, and heroes not only manage to hold a special place in the heart of every Eagles’ Nest diner, but also a cultural significance across the U.S. The fluffernutter is no exception—created in Somerville in 1917, the sandwich has been around almost as long as the Boston Marathon. Although I would trade a fluffernutter for a West Coast Chicken, the history and significance of the stickysweet sandwich falls in line with other New England favorites, putting it on a to-taste pedestal, along with chowdah and Sam Adams. It is because of this importance that I think the bill would be a great addition to Massachusetts’ legislation. Traditions, no matter how ridiculous they are, manage to hold cities and regions together based solely on the connection of being a part of the same area, or action. In a similar way as we that assume the New England food staples upon setting foot in Boston, we take on the responsibility of cheering our hearts out for the Marathon runners as BC students. Family traditions, college traditions, and state traditions all work to build a sort of community that anyone and everyone can get behind. Since I walked up the Million Dollar Stairs the first time this fall, I have had the opportunity to assume the traditions of BC as well as those of Boston, from Superfan shirts to making the trek to Southie for St. Patrick’s Day. One of the best parts about BC in this way is Boston—not only that we have access to the array of opportunities that the city has to offer, but that we are thrust into the culture of the city even if we never leave the security of the BC bubble. Although my humble, maroonshuttered, single-level home in Maryland is only about 10 minutes farther outside of DC than BC is from Boston, it wasn’t until August that I was ever able to be swept up in a city’s tradition. DC is great, with the president, cherry blossoms, and a sprinkling of oddly shaped monuments, of course, but there is a reason why the slogan isn’t DC Strong. Somewhere between the fluffernutter and the Head of the Charles, Boston has a way of making itself feel like it is yours, regardless of if you were born in the 617 or the 301. I couldn’t be happier to have this city as my own for the next three years: to excitedly attend the countless Red Sox games and the winter performances of the Nutcracker; to carry a twine-tied box of Mike’s Pastries up the four flights of stairs back home to my un-airconditioned Quad; to stare forever in awe of the unbelievable omnipresence of the Citgo sign; to enjoy all the traditions Boston has to offer; and, especially, to have my fill of the sweet, almostofficial, state sandwich.
Sarah Moore is an editor for The Heights. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
EDGE OF TOWN
Faith at the ﬁnish line
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Tom O’Keefe, creator of @BostonTweet, looks to support local startups RYAN TOWEY
BY GUS MERRELL
Many of those interested in historical trivia know that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday 1865. His admirable achievements aside, his death deified him—at least for Christians, the day on which Lincoln died made it that much easier to conflate the narrative of his life with God’s own. As far as historical coincidences go, one can hardly do better than that, but here’s another: In April 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings were locked at 2-2 in a minor league baseball game that began on Holy Saturday and continued into the early hours of Easter Sunday. The game was suspended at 4:07 a.m. during the 32nd inning but concluded on June 23 in the bottom of the 33rd inning, when the PawSox brought it home. An analysis of this numerological miracle can be left to Dan Barry, who dissects the game’s beauty in his Bottom of the 33rd. Again, it is difficult to imagine a scenario in which average events and religious significance more evidently collide, but on Monday we came pretty close. Just one day after Easter Sunday—the day on which Christians the world over celebrate the triumph of life over death—Boston ran its marathon. The meaning and joy of this significance should not be reserved for the devout alone. Rest assured, I myself had not been to church for many weeks until this past Sunday, and as I grow older I find my religious doubt only increasing. One could argue that ours is an age of disillusionment—as we scientifically and systematically explain away higher power, as we are incessantly confronted by a world of violence and broken images on our television screens, as that violence seems to be met by political and philosophical fracturing instead of moral solidarity, we lose our faith. But still, whenever someone asks me whether or not I believe in God, my answer is always a perhaps-too-quick, perhapstoo-unjustified, “Yes.” Because sometimes, despite myself, I see him. Monday, I saw him in the soles of the thousands of feet that made repeated contact with the pavement of Massachusetts streets, each step an emphatic affirmation of motion, a triumph over stasis. The Christian tradition that Boston College espouses insists that what is lost can be repaired, that what is fallen can rise again. Surely, this is a teaching from which anyone can learn, even if a dissatisfied friend called logic scoffs at its religious context—as one should do in the face of all friends who scoff too often, tell that friend to be quiet so that you can experience those emotions that are beyond pure reasoning, so that you can just enjoy the show. And what a show the 2014 Boston Marathon was. It was the consummation of Boston’s rejuvenation in the past year—the city’s three days, so to speak. After a Marathon tarnished by unjust death, the community came together to respond with vivacious life. Invite logic back into the room and he will remind you that there is still work to be done, still questions to be asked. What motivated the alleged bombers last year? Could it have been prevented? Was the lockdown a good idea? Was increased security during this year’s Marathon successful or worthwhile? Does this column assume too much when it asserts that running a Marathon can possibly signify a revival after last year’s tragedy? These are questions worth exploring, but they can be asked in the coming months. For now, it is my hope that we can reflect on the image of the thousands of runners passing BC on their way to some invisible finish line past Heartbreak Hill, that we can enjoy the simplicity of a day spent in motion, a day when we all rise early either to run or cheer, a day when we look the memory of death in the eye and say that living is still worthwhile. “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27
Heights Staff While the world often looks to Silicon Valley or San Francisco to provide the technological advancements and innovations that it constantly desires, many overlook the startup-rich Boston. While it is home to several major companies, such as Facebook and Dropbox, Boston is also home to countless smaller startups that have come to garner more recognition. Among these are Drizly, an alcohol delivery service; Jebbit, a new face to website advertising; and RunKeeper, an effective way of keeping track of runs, bike rides, and other workouts. An app might catch fire in a particular city, but the origins of such apps are usually not known well, if at all, to the general population.
Starting an app or company from scratch and garnering a large base of users is a daunting task. Tom O’Keefe, a Boston College alumnus and the man behind the popular Twitter account @BostonTweet, wanted to create a way for Boston startups to hit the market running and steadily gain name recognition. In January 2014, he created #DownloadBoston, which strives to boost local startups by advertising and lobbying for local businesses to promote the startups. #DownloadBoston currently only lobbies on behalf of digital startups—and at this point all but a few are apps—but O’Keefe hopes to expand to other consumer goods in the near future. O’Keefe, founder of five previous internet startups in the past decade, including @BostonTweet, draws from his experience with
them to build a successful organization. @BostonTweet is both a blog and a Twitter account that O’Keefe started during the 2008 recession to help raise awareness about local companies and businesses. Now, it serves to inform consumers about company’s promotions or hiring terms, and O’Keefe has used the account’s substantial following to spread the world. “The large following in Boston, I think over 100,000 through Boston Tweet, really helped put #DownloadBoston out there,” he said. O’Keefe doesn’t promote the startups individually. Rather, they are presented as a group, or a selection from which consumers can choose. “The idea is to work with retailers and cafes that we as consumers go to and target their consumer base,” he said. “We give them apps that their
consumers will find useful.” O’Keefe explained that, although there might be some sort of technology exposition in the city, there won’t necessarily be the common person there. “Not everyone will go to a tech expo,” he said. “You have to get the everyday consumers involved.” Boston has to be able to compete with New York City and San Francisco in terms of the amount and quality of startups, O’Keefe said. In his eyes, they are the model that Boston needs to match, and he hopes that #DownloadBoston will help to level the playing field in some sense. Through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, O’Keefe wants to have major media sources recognize Boston startups and get their names out.
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Boston Shines looks to beautify neighborhoods Program invites citizens to volunteer for local projects BY KELLY COLEMAN Heights Staff
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A new Wegmans in Chestnut Hill will host a grand opening starting this Sunday at 7 a.m.
Wegmans to open new Chestnut Hill location BY SARAH MOORE Heights Editor The second Massachusetts location of the popular, family-owned, grocery store chain Wegmans is opening in Chestnut Hill Square. The new, multileveled market will host a grand opening on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 7 a.m. “The Greater Boston community has already welcomed us with open arms,” said Rich Boscia, store manager of the Chestnut Hill location, in a press release from Wegmans Food Markets. “We can’t wait to provide our Chestnut Hill customers with the
incredible customer service and the unique shopping experience that people have come to expect from Wegmans.” The grand opening will begin on Sunday morning and will include samples of Wegmans’ 70,000 products throughout the day, including their new organic line, as well as features from their prepared food section, seasonal menu, and their sub and sushi shops. Director of Media Relations Jo Natale commented on the expectations of the store opening. “Our Northborough location has
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As the conclusion of the Boston Marathon marks the true beginning of spring, it’s time for some serious spring cleaning. Boston Shines, an annual citywide neighborhood cleanup project, will kick off this weekend, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. Boston Shines is a program run by the city’s Office of Neighborhood Services. Since its inception in 2002, the program’s goal has been to increase solidarity among Boston residents, encourage volunteerism, and promote collaboration between Boston residents, businesses, and city services through neighborhood cleanup projects. Any Boston resident can request a project to be completed in their neighborhood through a Boston Shines volunteer team. The program has helped clean sidewalks and streets and plant gardens in public parks, among many other outdoor cleanup or repair projects that beautify the neighborhood. “We support whatever projects folks are interested in doing,” said Jordan Deasy, the South End and Bay Village Neighborhood Coordinator and the
citywide coordinator for Boston Shines this year. “We make as many projects as possible work.” Residents can submit a service request online, over the phone, in person at Boston City Hall, via Twitter, by approaching one of Boston’s mobile city services trucks, or utilizing the office’s Citizens Connect mobile app. Once individuals have submitted requests, they can track them online. The administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, WCAS ’09, has made a major change to the program this year. Rather than devoting one weekend to all Boston neighborhoods, the administration has decided to divvy up the volunteer projects over the course of three weekends. Each weekend is devoted to a different region in Boston. Deasy explained that the administration felt this approach would allow more city agencies to devote more time to each neighborhood. In year’s past, many felt the city’s resources were being spread too thin. This approach, Deasy said, should allow city agencies to focus their full attention and resources on one area at a time. The city provides t-shirts, gloves, and tools to the volunteers at their project sites and welcomes donations of these items from the public. The city will also be responsible for cleaning up trash and picking up supplies once the project is completed.
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Runners from BC reﬂect on Marathon experience BY BENNET JOHNSON Asst. Metro Editor
Ryan Towey is the Metro Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at metro@ bcheights.com
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The 118th running of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston took place in the shadow of the 117th, which turned tragic when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260. This Marathon Monday offered ath-
letes a chance to remember, reflect, and confront the memories of the past year’s tragic events. Boston College had a strong representation in this year’s marathon, with its athletes striving to make a difference in the Boston community. Peter Krause, an assistant professor within the political science department, kept a promise that he made in a letter to the editor in The Heights last year, declaring that he would run this year’s marathon to honor the bombing victims. Krause, who had no previous longdistance running experience, could not imagine the physical pain that he would endure throughout the 26.2-mile race. On Marathon Monday, his race was
a tale of two marathons. Throughout the first 17 miles, Krause cruised along at his target pace of 8:15 per mile, but then the muscles in his left leg seized up and brought him to the asphalt. He was forced to trot the last eight miles with some severe muscle cramps. Despite the pain, Krause described the inspiring sense of community he felt running alongside people with prosthetic limbs, as well as men and women in their 80s. What kept him running, he said, was the enthusiastic cheering he heard from his fellow Bostonians, especially BC students. “Mile 21 definitely had the most passionate fans and made me proud to be an Eagle,” Krause said. “It was an amazing experience overall, and
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any disappointment with my injury was quickly washed away by seeing the Boston community at its best and remembering why I ran the marathon the first place.” Although injured, Krause was able to finish the marathon with a time of 4:18:07. He is looking forward to having some time away from running, but has not ruled out the possibility of participating in another marathon. “If a cause like this arises again, or if my competitive nature dwells on how I could have done without getting hurt, you could see me out there in the future,” he said. “In any case, you will definitely see me out there as a vocal
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