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Monday, February 4, 2013
Vol. XCIV, No. 5
UGBC PROPOSES RESTRUCTURING BY ANDREW SKARAS Asst. News Editor In last year’s UGBC presidential election, Chris Osnato, A&S ’13, campaigned on bringing change to the UGBC. During his term, Osnato and his vice president, Kudzai Taziva, A&S ’13, have worked with the heads of ALC, GLC, and Senate to draft a new constitution for UGBC. This coming Sunday, ALC, GLC, and Senate will vote on the final draft of the constitution and, if passed, the new constitution will take effect for the 2013-14
academic year. “The impetus behind this process was to take the organization, strip it down to its bare parts, and build it back up,” Osnato said. “We came up with three things that we wanted our student government to be: gets work done through policy and action, student oriented, and representative. The way UGBC is structured is with four branches. There are four presidents and four vice presidents. When you look at our organization, there is no distinct constitutional power structure.”
Under the current constitution, UGBC is broken down into four branches: ALC, GLC, Cabinet, and Senate. The president and vice president of UGBC lead the Cabinet, and each of the other organizations elects its own leadership. In the proposed constitution, there are only two branches: the executive branch and the legislative branch. The new legislative branch is the Student Assembly, which would replace the current Senate. It would retain many of the functions of the current Senate, as
well as add some new policy related responsibilities. The executive vice president, elected with the president as in the current constitution, would serve as the president of the Student Assembly and be responsible for appointing the chairs of the different committees. “We have expanded the Student Assembly to 50 students,” Osnato said. “This includes the current class structure, but it also guarantees representation for every school. There are the two representative board chairs,
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Eco-friendly ﬂoor to open in Edmond’s
Asian Caucus relaunches magazine
Sustainable community will start up in Fall 2013
BY BRIGID WRIGHT Heights Staff
hoped would eventually be a series of events for students upon their return to BC. “Back at BC,” sponsored by the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies and put on by the Career Center and the OIP, focused around a fiveperson panel sharing their experience and advice with a room full of undergraduates who had recently returned from studying abroad. The panel consisted of Dara Fang, CSOM ’13, who studied abroad in Venice
The Asian Caucus’ literary magazine, ASIAM, is returning this semester in digital format. The magazine prints prose, poetry, essays, and all forms of visual art, in hopes of capturing the identities and experiences of Asian American students. Founded in 1993, the magazine was formerly named True Colors and published similar content focused on the past and present experiences of Asian American students. True Colors was printed until 2005. In 2010, the magazine was renamed ASIAM, a fusion of the words Asian and American, to continue to provide a creative outlet for students of any background about their experiences with the Asian American identity. ASI AM aims to provide a space where students can showcase artwork of all kinds. According to the magazine’s website, ASIAM works to “cultivate this unique composite of culture through informative journalism and engaging narratives, centered on our perception of Asian America, both on and off campus.”
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BY ELEANOR HILDEBRANDT News Editor This fall, Boston College’s Special Interest Housing, which now includes residential programs such as the Healthy Alternatives Lifestyle floor, the Romance Languages floor, and Honors Program housing, will be joined by a new program: the Sustainable Living and Learning Community. Located on the seventh floor of Edmond’s Hall, the program will consist of 24 students, split up into six four-person apartments. The application period ends on Friday, Feb. 8, and is only open to rising sophomores. “We chose sophomores for this pilot because sophomore year is an important time of transition for students,” said Executive Director for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) Katherine O’Dair, in an email issued jointly with Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Donald Hafner. “In our discussions with sophomore, junior, and senior students, we discovered that sophomore year can be more isolating than freshman year, as the close-knit community that students had during freshman year has changed … The conversations, joint activities, and interaction with faculty and upperclassmen that can take place in a living/learning community organized around a theme of shared interest can be an effective way for sophomores to form lasting relationships, explore future possibilities, and build skills.” According to O’Dair and Hafner, the program was, in part, a product of a meeting that the Office of the VPSA and the provost’s office held in the fall of 2011. A group of 30 faculty and staff members discussed ways to integrate students’ academic experiences with their lives outside of class, which produced the idea of a living and learning community. They said that the program has garnered positive responses so far, noting that, in recent years, the topic of sustainability has cropped up more and more frequently, and that members of the
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Nick Gozik, director of OIP (above left) spoke at Thursday’s event. Kathleen McGillycuddy and Ron Logue (above right) were also present.
OIP hosts panel for students back from abroad BY ELEANOR HILDEBRANDT News Editor “For many of those who go abroad, we expect to experience some sort of culture shock,” said Nick Gozik, director of the Office of International Programs (OIP). “On returning to the States, however, we expect to feel the same.” So began “Back at BC: Marketing Your Experience Abroad,” an event aimed not only at reacclimating Boston College students who had returned from a study abroad experience, but also
at coaching those students in ways to put their time overseas to use when applying for jobs and internships. Gozik, who recently moved to BC from Duke University, noted that the University has traditionally put much effort into preparing students before they go abroad, and has supported them while abroad—but had no similar support system in place for the time after their return. Last Thursday’s event, which began at 4 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons, was the first of what Gozik
Professor honored for international humanitarian work BY DEVON SANFORD Assoc. News Editor Professor Brinton Lykes, chair of the department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education and the associate director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, was recently awarded the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2013 International Humanitarian Award. The APA Committee on International Relationship Psychology (CIRP) recognized Lykes for her sustained and enduring humanitarian services and activism with underserved populations. As a community-cultural psychologist, Lykes has focused her efforts in documenting and responding to human rights abuse and the effects of state-sponsored violence.
She has worked across the country—in Boston working with Latino middle school youth, in New Orleans partnering with African-American and Latina communitybased health promoters to develop new models of cross-community leadership post-Hurricane Katrina, and in Guatemala assisting Mayan women survivors of army conflict and sexual violence. Lykes grew up in New Orleans during the Civil Rights and desegregation movement. Her experiences in high school affected her perspective on social injustice and the need for social change. “I saw firsthand the ways in which exclusion and prejudice affected people’s everyday life,” Lykes said. “I saw the lack of tolerance that sometimes characterizes all of us as human beings.” As a college student, Lykes traveled to
Paris, France, where she witnessed student protests for equitable education and workers’ protests for fair pay. For the first time, Lykes was exposed to community organizing and protest. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Lykes attended the Harvard Divinity School, studying Liberation and Theology. She became more heavily involved in Latin-American issues and protests against America’s involvement in the wars of El Salvador and Guatemala during her time at Harvard Divinity School. With her studies, Lykes obtained a Ph.D. at the interface of psychology and sociology, combining her interests in activism with academic work. “In many ways, I think of my involvement as continuous with the ways in which
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LSOE’s Brinton Lykes was recently honored with the APA’s Int’l Humanitarian award.
Monday, February 4, 2013
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Elaine Pagels discusses the Book of Revelation By Jennifer Heine For The Heights Boston College welcomed worldrenowned biblical scholar Elaine Pagels on Thursday for the first lecture in the Lowell Humanities Series this semester. Best known for her work on the non-canonical and in particular the Gnostic Gospels, Pagels, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, came to BC to speak both on her scholarship in these areas as well as the Book of Revelation, the subject of her new work, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. Pagels emphasized the historical context surrounding Revelation, what she called one of the most misunderstood biblical texts. “It’s one of the most controversial books in the Bible, and often considered one of the strangest,” Pagels said. “There are no stories in it, no morals. Revelations consists of dreams and visions.” She attributes the book to John of Patmos, a refugee from the Roman conquest of Jerusalem. “If you go to Jerusalem today, you can see a pile of rubble when the Romans destroyed the temple of Jerusalem,” she said. “You can still see the destruction of that war. They destroyed Jerusalem and John’s people.” Furthermore, she added, the disillusionment that Patmos would have experienced at the failure of the second coming would have contributed to his writings. “This war was unthinkable, but according to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus predicted the unthinkable destruction of Jeru-
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Pagels, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, spoke in the Lowell Humanities Series on Thursday. salem, and after that happened, that the Kingdom of God would come,” she said. “But 10 years passed after the war, and 20, and 30, and John would have seen, everywhere he went, the kingdom that had come was not the kingdom of God. It was Rome.” According to Pagels, the Book of Revelation then carried on a prophetic tradition of an often-conquered people. “What John did, in the Book of Revelations, on one level at least, was to take
the cultural traditions of his people, the writings of the prophets and the imagery of classical Jewish prophecy, and update them to his own time,” she said. “This ancient story, of God fighting the dragon, has been updated throughout Jewish history, when they were taken over by Babylon, by Egypt, by Rome, and so on. They would portray these enemies that were conquering them into terrible monsters.” What to modern readers often seems
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11:50 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a University Stay Away Order at Middle Roadways.
1:15 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a larceny in the lower parking lots.
1:33 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a suspicious ciscumstance in Rubenstein Hall.
10:16 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a suspicious cirumcstance in the Law Library.
12:23 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a BC student needing medical assistance on Newton campus. The student was transported by cruiser to a medical facility.
1:33 p.m. - A community safety notice was issued by Director King in the Boston College Police Headquarters. The notice reads: “Local law enforcement agencies have reported during the past week, two (2) armed robberies being committed at the following non-campus locations: Intersection of Reservoir and Lee Road, Newton and 200-222 Lake Street, Brighton.”
2:34 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a missing parking permit in Brighton Campus lots. 8:35 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a BC student needing medical assitance in the Flynn Sports Complex. The student was later transported to a medical facility.
College Corner NEWS FROM UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY DEVON SANFORD Assoc. News Editor On Friday, as many as 60 Harvard University students were issued academic sanctions and forced to withdraw from the school after cheating on a final exam according to the Associated Press. Michael Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, sent a campus-wide email saying that more than half of the students who faced the school’s Administrative Board have been suspended for an undisclosed period of time. Harvard implicated as many as 125 students when officials first addressed the issue. During the spring semester of 2012, a teaching assistant noticed similarities on a take-home exam. Though students were instructed to work alone, evidence suggested that undergraduates may have shared answers. The Harvard Crimson, the school’s student newspaper, reported that the Introduction to Congress class had 279 students enrolled. “Somewhat more than half of the
Administrative Board cases this past fall required a student to withdraw from the College for a period of time,” Smith wrote in the campus-wide email. “Of the remaining cases, roughly half the students received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action.” Several Harvard athletes, including two basketball co-captains who have since been removed from the team roster, were involved in the scandal. A school spokesman, citing student privacy, said that specific student cases would not be discussed according to the Associated Press. The spokesman would also not discuss if any of the athletes had withdrawn or which teams are affected. The dean stated that a school comittee is working on recommendations to strengthen a culture of academic honesty and promote ethics in scholarship. “This is a time for communal reflection and action,” Smith wrote. “We are responsible for creating the community in which our students study and we all thrive as scholars.”
a hallucinatory vision, therefore, Pagels explains as a thinly veiled criticism of the Roman Empire. For understanding readers, this work would have provided solace. “This book gives hope that someday justice would happen, that somehow God would not allow the innocent to suffer, that He would bring the power of Heaven down and set the world right again,” Pagels said. The universality of the imagery also allowed the book to remain relevant, as Pagels explained, from political cartoons of Hitler as the seven-headed beast to the naming of the 2003 “Shock and Awe” operation in Iraq. “It’s a powerful book, it can be used so many different ways, and people apply their own situations to it because it’s so evocative and imaginatively written, and can be read so many different ways,” Pagels said. “What is striking to me is that people on either side of the same conflict can use it against each other, because the images are so universal.” Although this historical emphasis, as well as her dedication to noncanonical gospels has not necessarily endeared Pagels to theologians, she considers her work a part of understanding Christianity. “It’s not everyone who understands that the work I do, exploring the history of a religion, is a deeply personal quest,” she said. “It’s about the deepest, most important questions that we have. I wouldn’t study this tradition my whole life if I didn’t love it.” Still, she added, “The legacy of this work should be to open up questions.”
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VOICES FROM THE DUSTBOWL “What is your favorite Super Bowl tradition?”
“Playing football with my friends.”
“Playing squares.” —Peter Choi, A&S ’16
—Regan McKinnon, A&S ’16
“I like soccer.” —Alex Madronal, A&S ’16
“Watching with my family.” —Alexandro Ramirez,
Monday, February 4, 2013
Awareness Husson discusses alumni relations, charitable giving to action By Mary Rose Fissinger Heights Editor
Taylour Kumpf Who’s responsible? It’s a question frequently pondered by my fellow environmental studies peers and myself when considering the degradation of the world around us. The blame could easily fall on the government, big business, societal constructs, or even our nation’s education system for not cultivating awareness from an early age. Often, the individual feels he or she is too small or inadequate to make a difference, and people would much rather point fingers than consider their own actions. While I personally don’t think any one group or person is entirely to blame, I believe the role of the individual is just as important as the role of any larger entity. To quote from Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking Silent Spring, “We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one ‘less traveled by’—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth.” It is my hope for our generation that we be one of trailblazers, choosing over and over again the less traveled path, turning awareness into action. From what I can tell, we’ve reached a point in time where most of us grew up with some sense of our place within the greater environment. Maybe it was as simple as learning to recycle from Dad or being told to shut the water off when not using it by Mom, but a certain shift took place with our generation. Further evidence of this shift is our absolute familiarity with phrases such as “going green” and “eco-friendly.” While this change is definitely a step in the right direction, I’m afraid that too often people get caught up on the words themselves without understanding their meaning, and I think the recent efforts on the part of the UGBC exemplify this. Back in October, the UGBC Senate released a statement titled “A Green State of Affairs: Promoting a Sustainable BC.” While the sentiment behind the release is commendable, I felt it was lacking in tangibles. Rather than giving solid examples of what can or will be done by our campus’s student leaders, Senate relies on vague rhetoric to encourage students to engage in, continue, and promote sustainable practices without actually explaining what those practices might be. Education and awareness are important, but action is essential, and that’s where each one of us has room for improvement. Luckily, taking action does not have to be a solo venture, and we have incredible examples of groups doing so right here on campus. The students and staff behind groups like Real Food BC, EcoPledge, and EcoReps make an effort to do their part for the environment every day, and it’s a shame they aren’t given greater recognition. Also, to its credit, BC’s Office of Residential Life has recently decided to play a more active role in the University’s green push with its new Sustainable Living-Learning initiative. Starting next year, 24 rising sophomores will have the opportunity to form a new residential community focused on environmental issues and action. The group will be instrumental in building this program for future years, hopefully with significant expansion. Applications for this unique experience are still being accepted, and I strongly encourage environmentally aware freshmen to choose the less traveled path and apply. Educating ourselves for a global future should no longer be an elective, but a way of life. In my mind, the question is no longer “Who’s responsible?” but instead “What path will you choose?” The choice, after all, is the individual’s to make.
Taylour Kumpf is a senior staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
At the beginning of 2012, the Office of University Advancement operated out of three very separate locations: one office on Route 9, one in St. Thomas More Hall, and one in the Alumni House on Newton campus. This February marks the one-year anniversary of the Office’s new home in the Cadigan Alumni Center on Brighton campus. Converted from an L-shaped ’50s-style building, the Center contains a large, open, central area used as the setting for countless events geared toward alumni and parents. The new setup allows each of the 180 office employees to feel more connected to the Office’s mission of building support for the University throughout the alumni community, according to Senior Vice President for University Advancement Jim Husson. “When we were in the space we were in on Route 9, you might be in a role in this organization that’s not on the front lines of the work that’s touching alumni,” Husson said. “You might never actually see an alum if you’re in an office on Route 9. Now if you work here and you’re in that kind of role, alumni walk in here every day, committee meetings are happening every day, so it brings everyone in the organization closer to the impact we may have on relationships alumni have with the University.” The construction of the Cadigan Alumni Center is just one way in which Husson has watched the Office of Advancement grow during his 10 years here. He’s also seen his staff increase with the inception of the Light The World Campaign, the largest campaign in the history of Jesuit, Catholic education, and the umbrella under which all the Office’s current projects fall. “There’s a goal around fundraising, there’s a goal around service,
there’s a goal around legacy goals and providing for BC in people’s wills, and there’s a goal around participatory activities,” Husson said. “We did that because we wanted to make sure that everything we were doing in University Advancement, and any way an alum may choose to connect to the University was part of the campaign effort.” In addition, Husson has seen the nature of his work change. In an office whose primary objective is maintaining contact with alumni who may have moved anywhere in the world, adapting to the newest forms of communication is essential. Thus, the office of University Advancement, like so many other departments at BC, has become a presence on multiple social media. “We are fortunate to partner very effectively with Jack Dunn’s Office of News and Public Affairs, and with Ben Birnbaum’s office in marketing and communications,” Husson said. “The important thing to understand is that in terms of outbound marketing and branding of the University, Ben, Jack, and myself and our offices all share pieces of that responsibility.” University Advancement is specifically in charge of the BC Alumni Twitter account, which informs alumni of events taking place across the country and keeps its audience up to date on notable activities or achievements of members of the alumni community. “We’re using social media as just another arrow in our quiver around thinking about how this can help us strengthen and protect the relationships people have with the University,” Husson said. An avid Twitter user himself, Husson employs his personal account for two main purposes: to aid in the spreading of University news and to share his thoughts and opinions on topics relevant to the fundraising profession. Before the New Year, back when the fiscal
cliff was looming and Congress was in the throes of discussing possibilities for the new tax code, Husson made clear via Twitter his opposition to the potential limitation or eradication of charitable tax deductions. “The charitable gift deduction is a time-honored tradition,” Husson said. “It’s been a part of the tax code since just four years after the tax code was established. It’s the only thing in the tax code that was designed to encourage behavior
“The charitable gift deduction is a time-honored tradition. It’s been a part of the tax code since just four years after the tax code was established. ” - Jim Husson Senior Vice President for Univeristy Advancement that was about doing something for somebody else … Deduction for charity is saying to you, ‘We as a country value you doing something for someone else.’” BC joined numerous other nonprofits to form The Charitable Giving Coalition, which lobbied against tampering with the charitable deduction, even sending representatives (including Husson himself ) to talk to members of Congress. Their sentiments eventually prevailed in Washington, and the charitable deduction remained untouched. More recently, Husson tweeted a link to a New York Times article about a $350 million gift that New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made to Johns Hopkins University, bringing the total amount of money Bloomberg has donated to Hopkins up to $1.1 billion. Despite the fact that this gift made Bloomberg “the most generous living donor to any education institute in the United States,” according to The New York Times, Husson found the most interesting part of the article to be the third paragraph, which notes that Bloomberg’s first donation to Hopkins was made the year after he graduated and amounted to $5. “I tweeted that because I wanted to bring attention to that piece of it,” Husson said. “The idea that here was a donor whose first gift was a $5 gift, both because I think that’s an important idea for people in the advancement community to think about as we think about our work, and because I want young alumni, when they read about a Mike Bloomberg gift, to not think, ‘Well, why would my gift matter when you’re getting $300 million from somebody?,’ but to see that it all starts in the same place that we would all start with a small gift.” University Advancement has been trying recently to focus a great deal of attention on these young alumni of BC, which speaks to the mission of the office. Despite the fact that the vast majority of recent alums are not in the position to make large gifts, the office has set up countless events specifically for young alumni in the past years in the hopes of ensuring that BC students carry with them into the world their ties with the University, and that the relationship only continues to grow as the alumni get older. “We very much believe that gifts to this University should be about relationships and not transactions,” Husson said. This philosophy seemed to serve the office well in the recession, during which time many
families were looking to limit their philanthropic contributions. Husson found, though, after the initial 12 or 18 months of slowed giving, that most families deemed BC an important enough part of their lives that they continued to donate. University Advancement works closely with other members of the University to ensure such strong relationships. One way is by facilitating conversations between donors and the leaders of the area of the University to which they are thinking about giving. As a result, the deans of the colleges as well as directors of certain areas, such as athletics or the Presidential Scholars Program, are all extremely involved with advancement and maintaining ties to alumni. These ties are how Husson is able to refute the idea that his office simply asks people for money all the time, which he acknowledged is how many people see it. “We do ask people for money, obviously, but we try very hard to position the idea of a gift as one outcome of a strong relationship we hope you have with the University,” Husson said. “From our point of view, there’s no question that Boston College would not be the University it is today without the philanthropy that so many have provided.” The son of a woman who received no college education and a man who died young, Husson himself was a beneficiary of university financial aid that resulted from a philanthropic gift. “As I was approaching my graduation from college, I wanted to explore opportunities to give back a little bit to the educational field, and a mentor of mine said, ‘Why don’t you think about fundraising?’” Husson said. “This was 1987, and I took my first job at a secondary school, and I’ve been doing this ever since … I love what I do.” n
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Athanasios Orphanides, senior lecturer at MIT, discusses the forces that caused the Euro crisis, the measures that have been taken to correct it, and the future of the common currency.
MIT lecturer analyzes Euro area debt crisis, fiscal situation By Andrew Skaras Asst. News Editor “Things actually look better for the Euro area today than they did a year ago—are they?” With this question, Athanasios Orphanides, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, opened his lecture on the politics and economics of the Euro area crisis, in which he gave one explanation of what has happened to the Euro area because of the crisis and what he expects for the Euro area in the future. At Boston College last Monday as a part of the International Economic Policy and Political Economy Seminar, Orphanides drew from his experience as governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus from 2007 to 2012 and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2008 to 2012 to give his interpretation of the sovereign debt crisis in Euro area countries, as well as the circumstances surrounding the crisis. Orphanides began by tracing the beginning of the crisis and explaining how it reached Europe from its origins in the U.S. after the collapse
of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, when the crisis shifted from an American to a global crisis in 2009. While Orphanides said that monetary and fiscal interventions averted catastrophic outcomes, he also stressed that the Euro area did not see a recovery, but rather became the new center of the financial crisis. Analyzing what the problem was really about, Orphanides listed five different possibilities as answers that different experts gave: fiscal, competitive, growth, banking, and governance. However, he dismissed the first four and suggested that the issue of economic and political governance was at the heart of the crisis. “The Euro area is not in the top two [among the Euro area, the U.S., the UK, and Japan] in terms of running deficit or in terms of debt-to-GDP,” Orphanides said, as he explained the fiscal situation in Europe. “Markets seem to be attacking specific governments within the Euro area. Since the crisis, we have seen the disintegration of the Euro area sovereign markets. Markets are telling us that they don’t think this monetary union is functioning well. But again, this is not a fiscal
issue overall.” Looking at three problem countries—Greece, Portugal, and Ireland—Orphanides then addressed the question of competitiveness. While there was some divergence in unit labor cross between France, Italy, Spain, and Greece and Germany in the 2000s, Orphanides cited the inconsistent market response to this divergence—Italy, Spain, and Greece were punished by the bond markets while France was not—as why this was an insufficient explanation. Turning to growth, Orphanides talked about the increase in the unemployment rate in the Euro area. He talked briefly about the recessions in the member states and the general lack of growth in the Euro area, but quickly shifted focus to the issues of governance, which he saw as the biggest part of the crisis. “I think we need to look deeper into the economic governance of the Euro area and try to understand what went wrong and what needs to be fixed,” Orphanides said. “What was uncovered in the first phase of the global crisis was something that was known all along—that the Euro area was incomplete in its design. Among
other things, it doesn’t have a crisis management framework. This was understood at the time the Euro area was created in the ’90s. At the time, this was a conscious decision.” With this deficiency, the Euro area faced a crisis that has become an existential threat, according to Orphanides. There are a number of member states that are currently under stress from the bond markets. He linked the stress that the governments faced in their sovereign debt issues with the banking problem, a problem with undercapitalized banks. “Because of the global crisis and recession, significant gaps were revealed in the monitoring and enforcement of the rules [for member state’s deficit and debt levels] and it was recognized something that was suspected all along—that many countries were not following the rules,” Orphanides said. “Greece was the first offender in this. The Greek system data could not be trusted. At that point, in the first quarter of 2010, people started realizing that we had to complete the monetary union and figure out how to deal with crisis. The crisis management framework was
not there and had to be designed on the spot.” Focusing on crisis management, Orphanides discussed the constraints faced by the Euro area in resolving the crisis. Primarily, these were political constraints stemming from the fact that there were restrictions on action by the ECB, the EU, and other member states embedded in the EU treaties. Furthermore, Orphanides spoke about the necessity of avoiding moral hazard going forward. He described two possible approaches, a cooperative one and a non-cooperative one, and how the member states eventually settled on the latter, after the former failed to work. Looking at the current situation and the future of the Euro area, Orphanides offered few absolute answers. “Words continue to suggest a strong desire for solution, while actions suggest a continued bias toward postponement,” Orphanides said. “The European Central Bank ensures that the crisis can be averted for a little while longer. Can this muddle be sustained until the [European] leadership will make changes?” n
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UGBC, from A1 ALC and GLC, and there is also a group of representatives from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, RHA, and registered student organizations. These are students that are active and involved, but don’t always feel like the government represents their interests and their needs. This structure allows those people to have an elected voice guaranteed.” The new executive branch would incorporate the functions of Cabinet, ALC, and GLC within it under the leadership of the president of UGBC. Directly under the president is the Executive Council, which is composed of the president, the executive vice president, and the vice presidents appointed to lead the five divisions of the executive branch—financial affairs, student programming, student organizations, student initiatives, and diversity and inclusion. “The vice president’s role in each division is a bit different,” Osnato said. “Within the Executive Council, the vice presidents would report back from their division and advise the president on relevant issues. We want these positions to be devoted to advisory aspects and oversee their divisions. They will also be going out and meeting with administrators. The way we currently have it structured, given the amount of work that they will be doing, all of the vice presidents will be paid.” In the current structure, only the president and vice president receive a stipend. It is uncertain whether there would be more money appropriated for the new vice presidents or whether each of them would be paid less than the current vice president. Under this structure, ALC and GLC would take the form of representative boards, each one responsible for determining its own composition and leadership, in the division of diversity and inclusion. “The ALC and GLC are now officially under the office of the one student body president,” Osnato said. “They still carry their heritage with them and they still have chair people that they appoint, but they are fully now within the Undergraduate Government of Boston College. Now, the people who are elected as chairpersons of those respective groups now serve as members of the Student Assembly.” “The representative boards will serve to make LGBTQ needs apparent to the whole organization,” said Joshua Tingley, president of GLC and A&S ’13. “This makes it clear that the issues of LGBTQ students are the issues of the whole student body and are at the forefront of the work that the UGBC is doing. The new representative board is going to respect the history of the GLC and not drastically leave behind well-known programming and advocacy that we have been doing. The board is going to be doing a lot more policy work, which is a new step for the GLC. I think that these changes are a great step for the undergraduate government to be doing.” The proposed division of student programming would include sub-committees that would deal with on-campus programming, BC heritage programming, and BC to Boston. The heritage programming division would deal with events that are specifically AHANA or GLBTQ events. Each of the representative boards would be able to nominate two individuals to serve on the programming committees. “I think one of the biggest things is that the new UGBC brings AHANA issues to the forefront,” Patel said. “One group working on the issues is not enough. The new structure allows the entire student body to care about these issues. Further, the integrity of our events is kept in the new structure. For example, though our larger social programming has been moved to the division of student programming, we have the opportunity to assign members to the committee and have these members involved in our ALC conversations.” Within the new structure is a revamped leadership and training program, the UGBC Leadership Academy (ULA). This program would consolidate the Mentoring Leadership Program, the Freshman Outreach Program, and the AHANA Leadership Academy into one program for freshmen, which would introduce them to UGBC and pair them up with mentors within the organization While Osnato, Patel, and Tingley all spoke very positively about the new constitution, there were some reservations. “In the Student Assembly, I hope that students passionate about making a difference and passionate about AHANA issues in particular run and have their voices heard,” Patel said. “We of course can’t guarantee these students run and are elected but I think we have a created a structure in which there are many ways to get involved and adequately represent the student body. Further, though the AHANA Leadership Academy will no longer exist in its original form, the new UGBC Leadership Academy will allow a wider variety of students to discuss the topics previously discussed in ALA.” In spite of these reservations, all three supported the passage of the new constitution in the vote on Sunday. n
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Dean David Quigley (above) congratulates a new member of the Order of the Cross and Crown, the honors society for seniors from the College of Arts and Sciences.
I was raised and the different transformations I had in my understanding,” Lykes said. “My parents raised me with a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of and being responsive to others. I think what I discovered in France is that is a really important motivation—but it’s charity rather than change. Over the years I’ve come to understand that I myself as a woman have experienced marginalization and exclusion, that I myself am diminished by living in a country and in a community where all people are not embraced as equals, and that I lose out when I don’t have an opportunity to meet people as peers.” Earlier this academic year, Lykes was also selected for the prestigious Ignacio Martin-Baro Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award from the APA’s Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence. “I am deeply honored to accept these awards on the behalf of all the people I have worked with over the years,” Lykes said. “I think it is a way of recognizing the critical importance that we—people living in the United States—continue to engage in the global community in which we live, that we build relationships of solidarity and that we also hold ourselves accountable for some of the horrific things our country has done.” Lykes accepts the APA’s 2013 International Humanitarian Award with some ambivalence, however.
“The APA, unfortunately, has also engaged in some of the practices we, who are committed to human rights, find deeply problematic,” Lykes said. “It has a history, unfortunately, of psychologists who have collaborated in Guantanamo and who have assisted in certifying the health of people who are being tortured … It is ironic to be given an award by an association who has done some wonderful things but who has also failed in its commitments to human rights and international justice in some ways. I hope that, by recognizing someone who is one of their friends, but also one of their critics, it is acknowledgement that people within the association are thinking more critically about these issues.” Lykes will be honored for both of these awards this coming summer in Honolulu, Hawaii. The awards will be formally presented at the APA/APF Award Ceremony during the annual APA convention. When asked about her time teaching at Boston College, Lykes paraphrased a passage by Martin Luther King Jr. that she had recently read with her Global Service and Justice class. “People sometimes mistake critical thinking for negative thinking, but for me critical thinking is about creativity,” she said. “It’s about being able to think in ways that are against the grain— it’s about asking questions about a phenomenon that have not been asked yet, and I think that is one of the reasons I love to teach.” n
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After the panel’s question-and-answer and subsequent breakout conversations, members of the audience gathered to network.
Students learn to market experience abroad OIP Panel, from A1 last year; Leslie MacKenzie, a campus recruiter for PricewaterhouseCoopers; Theresa Higgs, vice president of Global Operations at the non-profit United Planet; Megan Cain, LSOE ’13, who studied in Madrid last year; and Lou Gaglini, associate director of Career Services at BC. After Gozik acknowledged several guests at the event—Kathleen McGillycuddy, chair of the BC Board of Trustees and NC ’71; Ronald E. Logue, BC ’67, MBA ’71; Provost Cutberto Garza; and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Donald Hafner—he turned the microphone over to Sarah Lynes, an International Study Adviser (ISA) who introduced the panel members and moderated their discussion. Lynes asked Mackenzie and Higgs, from an employer’s perspective, what differences they saw between students who had and had not studied abroad. Higgs said that it was rare for her to interview someone without experience abroad—she looks, therefore, for applicants to dig deeper than “Oh, it was so
great, I learned so much about myself.” Mackenzie agreed: “Make sure you’re immersing yourself in the culture, you’re aware of current events there—you’re not just thinking about, ‘Oh, it was so much fun,’” she said. The student panelists chimed in, suggesting ways to draw relevant skills from an overseas experience. “One aspect I really came across was not just how to communicate in a different language, but in a different culture, with different norms,” Cain said. That skill, she said, was directly applicable to the workplace, especially when beginning at a new job. Fang said that her experience not only improved her ability to manage her personal finances, but also helped her adopt a more globalized perspective. “The U.S. isn’t where the world starts and ends,” she said, adding that keeping up with European news helped her transition back to the States. Gaglini then stressed the importance of looking for transferability in skills learned abroad to skills needed in the workplace. According to him, employers look for people who can “thrive and survive in ambiguity,” and therefore, applicants should try to describe in interviews what they experienced,
not just what they did. “Don’t just assume [employers] will understand what you’ve experienced,” Gaglini said. “You may need to spell it out, and you may need to engage in reflection before that.” “Liking to challenge yourself, and being interested in learning more—those are going to help you in any profession,” Mackenzie said. “Getting comfortable in your ‘uncomfort’ is really important too.” A member of the audience asked about how employers viewed post-graduate work— whether or not teaching English abroad, for example, would be seen as a “cop-out.” Higgs, who was a Peace Corps Volunteer, responded. “What skills do you have yet to gain?” she asked. “Are you going to graduate BC and get your dream job and stay there forever? Maybe. But you have to think about your next step, what you still have to learn.” “The world’s a very small place right now,” Gaglini said. “You do have the opportunity to get exposed to other countries, other cultures … There aren’t too many organizations that don’t have some touch in another country, another culture, depending on what kind of business they’re in.” n
ResLife commits to new sustainable program Sustainability Floor, from A1 BC community are already involved in sustainability efforts around campus. “As someone who is passionate about sustainability and has been part of the efforts of students, faculty, and staff in this area, I am really excited about the opportunities this program will provide for BC sophomores and the BC community,” said Kate D’Angelo, Resident Director for 66 Comm. Ave., Gabelli, and Voute, in an email. “There’s a group of faculty members that’s interested in working with us,” said Dorrie Siqueiros, assistant director for the sophomore area. “The environmental studies program and biology are … the programs that we’re working with right now.” In addition, Siqueiros said that she will be joined by O’Dair and senior students in environmental science classes in vetting applications for the program. D’Angelo has also been working with administrators to create the application and work through the application process. “I am also work-
ing with students who, among other contributions, are researching best practices from current sustainability living learning programs in the country,” D’Angelo said. “We will use that research as well as our resources on campus to design the curriculum for our program.” “We want much of this community to be developed by and for the students who live there and with mentorship from upper-class students,” O’Dair and Hafner said. “So, while the framework and basic expectations for the community have been set, the details of the curriculum and activities will be developed this spring and into the summer with a collaborative group of students, faculty, and staff.” “With this program, because of the timeline that we’re on, we’re really going to be able to answer to what people want to do,” Siqueiros said. “I’ve worked with the Romance Languages program and the Honors program, and those are pretty set, in terms of what we’re going to be doing with it, but this program—there’s so many resources on campus, it’s such a hot-button topic, and we’re going to have 24 students who are going to drive that conversation.
I think each year that the program exists, that’ll happen, but this first year is the most exciting year because these 24 students are really going to have a lot of influence.” In financial terms, O’Dair and Hafner said that the new program was not anticipated to incur significant expenses. “We expect the students in the living/learning community will meet together weekly, perhaps over dinner, to talk with invited faculty or guest experts about topics of interest, or to plan and carry out a capstone project,” their email read. “We will provide modest funding to the community for such activities, but beyond that, we do not anticipate any major additional operational or administrative costs.” O’Dair and Hafner suggested that the new sustainability floor would not be the last opportunity for future students to integrate their educational and extracurricular lives. “While we are committed to sophomores in this community, we are also open to expanding the program, including the possibility of living/learning communities focused on other themes, such as social justice or entrepreneurial leadership,” they said. n
Their goal is to allow students to voice their experiences of this dual identity and establish a presence on Boston College campus. Nicholle Yu, CSOM ’16, further explained the mission of the magazine as a creative outlet. “The overall mission of ASIAM is to provide an outlet for people to share their creative pieces,” Yu said. “Often many of our peers have a lot of talent that goes unexplored because of pressing concerns like school or work. This is just an environment that seeks to promote our other talents and share it with others.” The reason for the five-year gap was unclear to Yu, but according to Lucilla Pam, editor-and-chief of ASIAM and A&S ’14, the idea to re-launch the magazine was proposed by Matthew Alonsozana, co-president of the Asian Caucus and A&S ’14, and she explored further. “I read a lot of past volumes, and felt that there was still a need for this magazine in the community,” Pam said. “As a writer, I realize the importance of having environments to share my thoughts and expressions, and I wanted to bring that for my peers on campus.” Pam also explained that the editorial board put a lot of effort into revamping the magazine after the final decision to re-launch it. Jae Won Shin, poetry editor and A&S ’15, commented on the magazine’s importance to Asian American culture on campus. “I think [ASI A M] is absolutely necessary because I don’t think Asian Americans express their thoughts through things like poetry enough,” Shin said. “Sometimes, we want to be discreet in talking about our thoughts and feelings … and by making a structure d env ironment for the A sian community, and those who want to contribute who are not Asian, we can communicate more.” Shin also mentioned that having a publication like this provides many opportunities for student writers, and opens up possibilities for the next generation of Asian American literature and journalism. The editorial board instituted a number of changes for the new version of ASIAM. The most notable change of ASIAM is the online access. The magazine is now digitally formatted as opposed to the previous print versions. “This allows us to have more say in the design and layout, as well as having the entire production in color,” Yu said. However, the changes spread farther than the physical design of the magazine, as Yu commented that she hopes the editorial system will remain in place so that publication can continue. “Our hope is that we can really get the community involved whether it is through submissions or reading the finished product,” Yu said. “As a rebirth, we intend that the infrastructure of the e-board, the process, and the magazine itself can continue on for years to come.” n
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QUOTE OF THE DAY It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. -Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), former president of the United States of America
Despite shortcomings, The Heights urges UGBC’s voting bodies to pass the proposed constitution Members of the UGBC, led by current executives from each of the four branches, have spent the past several months drafting a much-needed plan for a restructuring of the student government. If passed by the three voting bodies of UGBC next Sunday—the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC), and the Senate—the plan will make massive changes to the existing structure of UGBC. In the process of creating the proposal for the new constitution, the current executives researched the student governments of numerous ACC and Ivy League schools. They started from scratch, hoping to create an entirely new UGBC that aims to accomplish three goals: enact change through policy and action, be more student-oriented, and provide better representation. Chris Osnato, president of UGBC and A&S ’13, said the committee aimed “to strip [UGBC] down to its bare parts and build it back up.” The changes proposed are extremely significant—the new constitution is not a small step, but a giant leap. The Heights first thanks those involved for taking the initiative to create this proposal, and applauds their work in researching and compiling it. We especially appreciate that, after creating the proposed constitution, the committee allowed a vetting process, where members of the four branches of UGBC could make suggestions that would be considered for the new proposal. Encouraging this sort of collaboration ensures that the new constitution is not unilateral, but rather includes suggestions and perspectives from across the student body. One major change to the UGBC constitution is the abolishment of the current Cabinet, which would be replaced by the executive council. The executive council would be composed of the president and the executive vice president—who would run for their positions on a single ticket—the press secretary, and five other vice presidents appointed by the president-elect. The vice presidents would be responsible for five different divisions in UGBC—financial affairs, programming, student organizations, diversity and inclusion, and student initiatives. This change would help to streamline and consolidate some of the current functions of UGBC. The divisions of each vice president represent the five most broad, pressing topics with which UGBC should be concerned, and with the vice presidents serving as mediators between the president and each division, important information could be communicated more efficiently than in the past. Each of the vice presidents could easily bring concerns from their particular division to the president, who would in turn be better informed about the workings of each division. Hopefully, this would remove superfluous bureaucracy, and would consolidate similar departments from each of the four branches—for example, those concerned with programming—thus allowing better collaboration and a more united front. The Heights’ view of these proposed changes is not without reservations, however. Unlike the current UGBC, in which only the president and vice president receive stipends from the University, all six vice presidents would be paid for the year they serve if the proposal is passed, according to Osnato. This decision is highly questionable and represents a significant shortcoming in the proposed constitution. Although UGBC puts in significant work throughout the year, so do dozens of other student organizations that do not receive stipends. The student activities fee paid each year by every undergraduate is not used to pay stipends for other student leaders who provide significant services to the University, like the president of Eagle EMS or the chair of the Student Organization Funding Committee. Why, then,
should it be used to pay stipends for seven members of UGBC? The most disturbing part, however, is that the five vice presidents would be appointed by the president and then approved by the student assembly. Although they would not be directly elected by the students, they would receive the students’ money nonetheless. The Heights urges UGBC to reconsider whether these stipends are necessary at all. Another highly significant change in the proposed constitution is to integrate GLC and ALC into a single Division of Diversity and Inclusion. Within the division, GLC and ALC would exist as separate entities with separate chair people, but they would both be represented on the executive council by a single vice president. Integrating GLC and ALC could have mixed effects. On the one hand, uniting the departments into a single student government would send the message that Boston College’s student body is as united as its government—not divided by race or sexual orientation. In this way, initiatives that have traditionally been exclusively lobbied for by the GLC or the ALC would now become initiatives that the entire UGBC, and thus the entire student body, could support. It would be much more difficult for administrators or other students to write off issues as solely being GLC or ALC issues. On the other hand, it is possible that GLC and ALC, and thus the initiatives for which they fight, could get lost in the shuffle. This could have drastically negative effects on the populations traditionally represented by these bodies. It is imperative that, if the new constitution passes, the current members of ALC and GLC continue to stay passionate about the issues they have been fighting for, and ensure that the new UGBC recognizes and fights for them, as well. Another major change is in the reorganization of Senate into the new Student Assembly. The new constitution calls for 30 more senators, in addition to the current 20, bringing the total number to 50. These senators would not all be traditionally elected by grade, however. Some senators would be drawn from branches beneath the new executive council, like ALC and GLC, while others would be representatives of registered student organizations (RSOs) such as culture clubs, music, art, and performance groups, service organizations, etc. Increasing student representation can only have positive effects. Traditionally, the largest criticism of UGBC has been that it is representative of only a select group of students and is composed solely of UGBC insiders. By increasing representation in the Student Assembly to more than just traditionally elected senators—who are often targets for these criticisms of uniformity—UGBC is making a clear effort to create a more diverse representative body, not only in ethnicity and sexual orientation, but also in involvement and interests on campus. The Heights believes that increased representation is the greatest strength of the newly proposed constitution, and the chief reason for which it should be passed. Although the proposal has shortcomings, The Heights believes that it ought to be passed by the voting bodies next Sunday. Like many high profile organizations, UGBC is often criticized by those it serves—sometimes justifiably so, sometimes not. This proposed constitution is a chance to address those criticisms in a serious way. Osnato campaigned on a platform of real, tangible change, and this proposal is an opportunity to follow through on that promise. The Heights urges ALC, GLC, and Senate to recognize the gravity of the decision that rests on their shoulders and pass the proposed constitution. If UGBC truly has the best interests of the student body of BC in mind, BC will soon have a brand new student government.
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Letters to the Editor The following letter is in response to “The Health of Nations” by Ryan Giannotto, originally published on 1/31/13: Ryan Giannotto’s Jan. 31 column touches on an issue that is at the heart of debate in America over the proper role of government in our economy. Sadly, that is the only positive thing I can say about it. Aside from the fact that Mr. Giannotto seems to have a severely flawed understanding of what the Affordable Care Act does (no honest reading of the law would come remotely close to “automatically granting ... free medical care”), he shockingly argues that since “thwarting death is futile,” health care reform is a foolish endeavor—people will still die, after all, so they’ll never get the immortal life that they so clearly desire. More shocking, however, is his justification for not wanting to expand coverage: it would, he explains, simply cost too much for those
poor insurance companies. While it’s not surprising at this point to see a Republican take the side of big business over the uninsured, it is still frightening. The insurance companies made $13 billion in 2010 profit—they’re doing fine. Our health care policy objectives shouldn’t be determined by referencing the bottom line of huge corporations. We should put people over profits and make sure that nobody in America dies because Aetna wouldn’t cover a lifesaving surgery. Want to know what one life is worth? Head to the ICU at Massachusetts General and ask one of the patients’ families. Evan Goldstein CSOM ’16
Snowjam is a wonderful, worthwhile experience From Jan. 18-21, I joined 10 other buses of Boston College students in hopes of escaping the college social scene and traveling to Mont-Tremblant, Canada on a weekend trip hosted by Campus Vacations called Snowjam. The hype was unbelievable for the trip: promo posters and videos were posted on Facebook and Twitter weekly, special codes were handed out in order to receive special discounts on the trip, and it seemed like everybody was talking about the once-in-a-lifetime weekend getaway! For those of you who are curious, here’s the cold hard truth: It truly was an awesome and unforgettable time, but it was not perfect. Being able to make a purchase from a liquor store in Canada was one the coolest and weirdest feelings I’ve ever experienced. For once, everyone and everything around me felt mature. There was no schedule or itinerary, no orders on where to be and when to be there, no real rules other than the obvious law-based ones, and essentially we were let free in Mont-Tremblant to do whatever our hearts and our wallets desired. It truly was an amazing weekend and it was made special by the people I was surrounded by and the memories we shared. Yes, Snowjam did have amazing nightlife events, the skiing really was top-notch (despite the fact that it was pretty damn cold), and it certainly lived up to the hype that had been built up for weeks and weeks. You could spend your day walking through the village shopping, skiing or snowboarding on the mountain, or even just kicking back with friends. No matter what you did, it was all pure fun and enjoyment. Despite all that, I truly believe that what made the trip and the weekend so complete was how much fun I had with the people I was with. Snowjam did have some negative aspects that it wouldn’t be fair not to mention, the main one being expenses. The trip is a very costly one for a weekend.
A standard four-person hotel room is a bit over $400 for the four day, three-night stay. Though the food was very good, especially the creperie in the village, it was somewhat costly once one realized that the prices were actually higher because of the monetary exchange rate. Though it is certainly possible to balance how much you spend and when you spend it, it is hard to avoid the desire to spend in a place as beautiful and engaging as Mont Tremblant. Another negative aspect that I must note was the bus ride. We had a far longer commute back and forth to Canada than we truly hoped for. Though this was very unfortunate and somewhat frustrating, it did not defer my overall feeling of the Snowjam trip. Sometimes you can’t control traffic, stoppage time, and other random chance factors that significantly slow down an estimated time of arrival. For people questioning whether or not to go to Snowjam, I have one response: go. Seriously, go. You will have the time of your life if you go with your best friends and allow yourself to truly enjoy all that Canada has to offer. Never skied before? Go give the slopes a try. Never had genuine Canadian food? Visit a restaurant in the village. Never been able to drink in a bar legally? Get your butt to the local bar pronto. The keys to success during Snowjam are two things: control your spending and also watch how much you consume during this weekend, so you don’t spend your entire time miserably hung-over! If you do these things, you will truly enjoy the experience that comes along with it. It will be a weekend that I will remember for months and years to come because I allowed myself to try something new when I hopped on a bus for 12 hours and headed to Mont-Tremblant, Canada with my best friends.
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Monday, February 4, 2013
BC should walk the walk
Eleanor Sciannella the eagles are back - The hockey team is back in the saddle! Silly Vermont thought their goal in the first few minutes would get them somewhere. The most notable part of the game was probably the Boston College Eagle’s impressive and varied demonstrations of their ability to play hockey without a stick. In the first period, after his stick was broken, Brown stopped the puck twice in just a couple minutes from getting near the goal: first with his skate and next with his entire body. Later, Milner deflected the puck with his helmet (whether or not this move was intentional is irrelevant). Basically, when the tally of shots stopped with something that was neither a stick nor a hand reached three, we knew we were watching the reigning national champs. dreaming of a white super bowl sunday - Snow flurries. Could there be more pleasant winter weather? Snowflakes you can catch on your tongue, a bright sky, no need to wear tights under your jeans. Suddenly February doesn’t seem so bad. beanpot banter - Beanpot today!! The Beanpot is the best hockey game of the year. Yes, we would argue, even better than the National Championship, because at the Beanpot, we constantly get to assure the opposing team, often in offensive language, that we are the best school in Boston. Harvard needs to know that it was coincidentally the safety school of every single one of us! They try and pull that “Sunday School” crap? Don’t they know that Jesuit is the greatest breed of human there is? And never forget, Eagles: Jesus loves us, and it sucks to BU.
“I hate this place,” my professor says on the first day of classes, “I can’t put the tables the way I want to, there’s no podium, and you guys get distracted with the pretty view from the window.” She was partly kidding about the last part, but she is right about one thing—Stokes was not designed with teachers in mind. Instead, it serves as a pillar of one of Boston College’s most iconic features—the beautiful campus. And BC puts a lot of effort into keeping it that way. Every year they lay down more carpet grass, just to have it trampled by throngs of students trying to skirt slow walkers on the paths. When high school students tour the campus, the best looking buildings are highlighted—Gasson, Fulton, Bapst, and now Stokes. There is something to be said for attracting an incoming freshman class, getting alumni donations, and making BC a place that the current students want to be. There is even something to be said for justifying the amount of money spent on fancy buildings by teaching the students they attract how to go out into the world and spend their time, money, and knowledge on making the world a better place. BC provides it’s students with ample opportunities to learn what it means to serve others through service trips, volunteer organizations, classes, and other social justice groups, but have they impacted the entire student body in a permanent way? It feels like everyone does some kind of community service. But the kind of service students take part in is in practice, not in lifestyle. The people who end up going to BC are mostly people from well-off backgrounds, where the priorities of the students are all very similar. Yes, we go out into surrounding communities and volunteer our time, but beyond that we fail to live in a way that may prevent some of the suffering that those communities feel. A lot of the culture of the student body is centered on what people own—Hunter boots, summer homes, and alcohol budgets. It is easy to get caught up in the materialism, even if you volunteer. Living simply doesn’t seem like an option here.
And by the time graduation rolls around, we’re more concerned about getting a good job, or getting into an even more expensive grad school than becoming men and women for others—a concept that is mostly emphasized in philosophy and theology core classes that we’re done with by sophomore year. Most of us come from families that expect us to succeed in our chosen field, and oftentimes that means taking a job that doesn’t promote the well-being of the marginalized in society. The pull to become a successful, functioning adult is a lot stronger than the one to serve others. Catholic social teaching is all about helping the most vulnerable, but when BC constructs a building like Stokes,
By the time graduation rolls around, we’re more concerned about getting a good job, or getting into an even more expensive grad school than becoming men and women for others—a concept that is mostly emphasized in philosophy and theology core classes that we’re done with by sophomore year. which doesn’t even have wheelchair accessible doors, it makes me think that BC only puts out this message of agape and service to others to keep up with its Catholic reputation in an effort to appeal to students and parents who want their kids to have that good ole,’ well rounded, Jesuit education from a respectable school that will land them their dream job. I appreciate what BC already does to serve others—paying our workers living wages, giving away unused food from dining halls, and implementing practices that decrease our carbon footprint are just a few examples, but these good deeds do not excuse excessive spending on buildings that are more for show than for
learning. The most frustrating thing to me is when people complain about how ugly Carney is. All of my favorite classes were in Carney. I never feel that the standard of the building in which I learn should be better than the quality of the class I’m taking, or the professor I am taking it with. When how “pretty” our surroundings are become equally as important as the quality of our education, you know the Jesuit message has not gotten through. Even if the upkeep of the grounds is essential to keeping the school running, all that I ask is that we make the system more efficient. Gold elevators are not going to make or break a prospective student’s decision to go to BC. BC can have a respectable campus with a more cost-effective budget. Building new facilities may be an important part of maintaining BC’s competitive edge, but that does not justify spending excessive amounts of money on unnecessary features. Efforts to give opportunities to a wider variety of students, or putting more money into service programs so that they are more inclusive is a much better use of funds than letting me spend four hours a week in a pretty building. By building Stokes, BC is telling its students that maintaining appearances is more of a priority than giving more scholarship money, or paying for good professors. The irony here is that I am finding fault in the social conscious of the school that taught me everything I know about social justice—so it could be argued that BC is doing it right. My concern is that most of the student body hasn’t realized the disparity between BC’s mission and its actions. We all love BC. But that shouldn’t stop us from taking a step back and considering why the administration makes some of the decisions they do. Because we love our school, and because we are men and women for others, we should encourage BC to do everything with the most vulnerable in society in mind. As an educational institution, BC is best equipped to inspire the future leaders of this country to commit to serving those most vulnerable. If attracting donors and students who can afford tuition here takes precedence over it’s commitment to promoting social justice, it is an institution founded on a false sense of doing good for others.
Eleanor Sciannella is a staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The quarter-life crisis where’s the guac? - Super Bowl Sunday, the Holiest of Days of Obligation, has come and passed. Americans love Super Bowl Sunday because it is invariably a day of feast: spicy hot chili, seven layer bean dip, the tortilla chips shaped like bowls so you can get all seven layers of aforementioned dip into a single bite, nachos, wings, fries, and every other food that will ensure a Plex packed with girls for the next three days. Why, you may be thinking, is this in the Thumbs Down column? Well, we will tell you. BC did NOTHING to aid in our festivities. Some guacamole in the mini marts would have sufficed, but nothing! Not even at City Co. Which means we had to spend real money on that stuff! We can understand Lower not stocking up on cases of Sam Adams for the day, but come on. You could have hit us up with some Tostitos Gold. longest national anthem - We’re pretty sure Alicia Keys set the record this Super Bowl for longest ever rendition of the National Anthem. They should have cut to a commercial. Those meddlesome midterms - The first round of midterms is approaching, and we are not happy about it. Also, how is it possible to have two rounds of midterms within one term? Doesn’t the preface “mid” seem to imply ‘middle’? Doesn’t each semester only have one middle? Seeing as this whole 2-midterms schedule seems to defy mathematics, what are the chances boycotting them would gain us favor with our math professor? Extra credit? How impressed are you that we wrote almost this whole TD in questions?
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Ryan McGuill Anthony Davis (the starting rookie center for the New Orleans Horn— ahem, Pelicans) was born on March 11, 1993. Ryan McGuill (the world renowned “King of Making Microwaved Oatmeal”) was born on Feb. 21, 1992. I’m about a year older than him and this kid has already made more money than I will in two lifetimes. This depressing thought occurred to me a few days ago while I was with a friend at Moogy’s. We were basking in the euphoria that is generally associated with Tommy Boy and casually watching NBA highlights when my friend says, “I have a new rule. I will never buy the jersey of a professional athlete who’s younger than me.” I didn’t follow up on his reasoning—probably because I was distracted by the freakish athleticism of young AD—but his new rule left me wondering why we choose to wear jerseys in the first place. Obviously, the natural bro-ish response is because it looks gnarly, it allows the biceps and triceps to catch some Vitamin D, and not wearing one to an outdoor concert is a crime punishable by death among some social circles. However, there are some other, less apparent factors that must play into choosing between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. As a 5th grader jacking up 3-pointers
at recess, envy might lead us to purchase a Vince Carter jersey. Devotion to the team is a good reason to rep Rondo’s #9 at a Celtics championship parade. One might buy Kobe’s jersey simply out of respect—this reason is why I wear my only jersey, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. In refusing to wear the jersey of someone younger than me, would I be doing it out of jealousy? Would I be shunning a potentially creepy situation? Would it be equivalent on the creepiness scale to wearing a random Little League World Series jersey? Or would I maybe be acknowledging that my window has closed, that I’m already lagging on my life path? Is anyone listening to me? Bueller? Bueller? Ultimately, these questions aren’t tied to the anxiety of choosing a jersey but deal with a much more pressing issue: the quarter-life crisis. How dare you flash your unibrowed mug and make me question my accomplishments and goals, Anthony! I had never heard of this phenomenal bummer until my freshman Literary Themes class, when a senior professed to us that Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse V pulled him out of his slump. I shrugged it off and figured it was just a dramatic way of saying that he was depressed about entering an age where it isn’t exactly kosher to get hammered on a Tuesday night. However, the quarter life crisis is very real. It’s marked by the stress and confusion of having to think about a career, questioning, and wanting to see the world as much as possible before committing to a slavish consulting gig. Instead of buying a yacht or a Porsche convertible like someone in a mid-life crisis might feel the need to
do, the quarter-life crisis sees worried twenty-somethings utter way too many YOLOs, state the desire to “just be a nomad and live off the land, man” and possibly even make attempts to break out into the world of underground rap under the moniker “the Notorious G.O.D.” It’s the realization that the pursuit of happiness, as unalienable and awesome as it might be, is simply a pursuit and not a guarantee. If only Thomas Jefferson was still around, he’d feel my pain. Sigh. I’m not a professional by any means, but if I’ll offer one piece of advice to those of you who are belabored by similar pressure: you’re not alone. The quarter-life crisis is just a matter of perspective, and if you start to view matters positively your stress will disappear. Take every obstacle in stride and grow from it! And dedicate time to the things you really love to do. Go fishing. Go ice fishing. Go ice fishing on the Res with a six-pack in hand. After all, life is too quick to be worried about expectations. I changed my perspective and the results have been fantastic, as I’ve finally decided to follow the path of Robert Langdon (the protagonist of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons) and become the world’s leading cryptographer. And still, think twice before rocking the Davis jersey—not because of envy, jealousy, respect, or any of those corny intangibles, but because I’d hate to see you become that guy who’s always wearing a pinnie.
Ryan McGuill is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at opinions@ bcheights.com.
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Dress up for class and life Suzie Scordino ….A story by and for hopeless romantics. Freshman year was all about dressing to impress. I wore my new Urban tops and skinny jeans and boots and cardigans and necklaces, blah blah blah. Then after hearing, “Ugh only freshmen actually dress up for class,” my heart was crushed as I collapsed into stretchy pants and hoodies. (This is not to say that caring for your appearance is “So freshman year LOL.”) It was easy to embrace the t-shirt, leggings, and UGG standard because, well, it’s super comfy and I don’t care. I even wore gym shorts to work. Zero cares. I dressed like this for a while, only putting in extra effort when a special someone was in one of my classes, or I just felt like making all the girls in Mac super jealous of my super average style. Then everything changed ... I saw Les Miserables over Christmas Break. No, please, keep reading, I promise I’ll only gush about it for five seconds! So, in Les Mis there’s a scene where the main girl, Cosette, is all decked out in 17th century swag with a puffy sleeved full-length dress and golden curls to top it off. Marius, the adorable revolution boy, basically falls in love with her at first sight because she’s all dressed up, looks way too good for him, and he realizes that she’s someone he’ll have to chase if he really wants her. (And, not to ruin anything, but he totally does! And they’re so cute together! AH!) Sound familiar? This little boy-meets-girl-across-the-room happens a lot in movies, books, songs, everything. What doesn’t happen often: Girlin-sweats-buys-book-boy-sees-unbrushedhair-from across-bookstore-and-decides-hesimply-must-have-her. More often the girl in sweats buys a book, the boy buys his iClicker or mug or whatever, and neither meet and/or care about the other one. How sad. Don’t let this happen to you! We need to bring back dressing up for class! As well as dressing up for life in general! I want my Cosette-Marius moment! Now I’m aware that we can’t just wander around at the end of hallways, rooms, or dining halls looking alluringly beautiful and having no idea that we’re doing it. So here are a few simple ways to jumpstart your moment with that special someone. Mind you, these are all while you look cute because SLOBS DO NOT FIND LOVE IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY. The Drop & Go. Take a page out of the Cinderella story. Straighten your hair, put on makeup, and get your butt to the library. Then pick a spot next to a handsome somebody, make some eye contact, and accidentally leave your ID on the table. Oh no! I guess he’ll just have to run after you! And when he does, you breathlessly say to the good sir, “Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! So like what’s your name?” (or if he’s a bit slow on realizing that you’ve run off without your ID, he’ll Facebook you! Perfect opportunity for a meet up! Lunch date! Fireworks!) The Turnaround. So you’re in line, be it in Lower/Mac/Stuart Dining Hall or the BC Bookstore and someone quite fetching has delightfully placed himself behind you. Carpe diem! Seize that boy! You turn around (hence the name) and act like you recognize him. “Oh hey, are you in my [insert class that you are positive that he is not in]?” He says, “Umm no I’m not.” But you insist! “Really? Are you sure? I could swear, you look really familiar.” He goes, “Nope, haha, I’m really not.” “Wow okay I’m losing my mind ... (and then SO CASUAL) I’m Emily by the way.” Holla! The Klutz. You drop your books/papers right in front of him (very Olivia from She’s the Man-esque). Make SURE you have a bunch of papers so he will definitely stop. Then you can just be a hot mess as your little prince swoops in to pick up all your stuff. Then you’re all, “Oh my gosh, I’m so flustered right now, thank you so much. What’s your name?” Remember that the name is key because then you’re introduced! And the domino effect follows with friend requests, Facebook chats, the number exchange, and meet up! (By the way, if he does not bend down and assist your gorgeous self he will be X’ed for lack of gentlemanly manners, boo on him.) So those are some ideas for you to mull over. Feel free to use them or adapt them to your personal style. Reflect on how your current class day outfits portray yourself and consider dressing up a few days a week. You’ll be surprised how many people will comment on your newfound sense of confidence and poise with “Okay I see you girl,” or “I didn’t know you had other clothes ... but I mean, you look good.” Now there are many reasons to look nice other than to meet someone who you’re interested in, but hey! It’s not a terrible idea! Just remember the main focus here: dress up for class. Dress up for life!
Suzie Scordino is a staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Breaking out of the horror genre, ‘Warm Bodies’ entertains By Luiza Justus For The Heights
Some may think they’ve seen every zombie story, and that the subject matter has been exhaustively drained and the horse beat to a pulp. Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine, brilliantly proves that a fresh angle can be taken on almost any story, turning it into something that Warm Bodies: audiences Jonathan Levine h a v e n o t Summit seen before. Entertainment It is arguable that zombie movies have become so prominent that they now break away from the horror film genre and stand on their own, each time feeding society’s obsession with the living dead in an apocalyptic and violent manner. Warm Bodies turns this genre on its head, establishing itself as a romantic comedy that takes place in the setting of a horror film. This out-of-place feel only adds to the ultramodern tone of the movie, that in itself is a metaphor for the inarticulate awkwardness that is adolescent love. Warm Bodies is based on a novel by Isaac Marion, and is told entirely through the point of view of the zombie himself. The film follows
this same premise, and the story is narrated by R (Nicholas Hoult), a young zombie who lives in a “society” of the undead stationed in an old airport. His home is an abandoned 747 aircraft. He doesn’t remember anything about who he was before the plague hit, he just spends his existence loitering around the airport and going on the occasional hunt. R and his fellow zombies decide to go on a mission to find food (human brains are their favorite, as they have access to the victim’s pool of memories by feasting on their cerebral matter) at the exact same time as a group of young adults exit the protected human settlement to procure medical supplies. This unfortunate coincidence results in a tragic meeting of the two groups, and as the shooting and brain eating ensues, R crosses paths with Julie (Teresa Palmer), and then proceeds to kill her boyfriend and eat his brain, gaining access to all his memories—and his feelings for Julie as well. R decides to protect her and take her back to the airport in which he lives. Although the fact that he keeps her hostage in his abandoned 747 is a little concerning, they forge a good dynamic, and his lovesickness develops. Julie becomes curious as to why this zombie guy is so different from the others, and why the very
few words he manages to utter to her are so kind and protective. R begins to change, his humanity keeps growing, and they realize that they are starting a movement that affects all the undead and reverses the apocalypse. What makes this film so worthwhile is its unexpectedness, and the fact that the story is told from the point of view of the zombie for once. The character of R, even though we never find out much about his background, is extremely relatable. Through his very clever narration and commentary, we get a sense of who R is, and his comments are probably the most commendable aspect of the movie. For example, when R is trying to make a good impression on Julie as she’s being kept hostage, he thinks to himself: “don’t be creepy, don’t be creepy” or “ugh, you’re being weird again!” as he stares at her while she eats. His internal struggle as he’s around this special girl is very reflective of how teenage love really is—and his comments are truly hilarious. They are even lacking in some parts, making the audience wish to hear more from him in certain situations. Director Jonathan Levine also wrote the adapted screenplay for Warm Bodies.
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‘Bodies’ tells the story of a former brain-eater discovering a new appetite for compassion. His body of work is not extensive but very estimable, with 50/50 as one of the leading titles. The general idea of Warm Bodies is comparable to 50/50, as Levine manages to take a very serious and worrisome situation and make it funny and lighthearted. While probably not the most groundbreaking film of the century, Warm Bodies is recommended to anyone who
wants to have two hours of engaging entertainment, and witness this very sweet (and maybe a little twisted) love story. One of R’s best comments shows why this zombie movie is not like any other. As he denotes a type of zombie that is so mindless that it will eat anything that moves, he says: “Well, I do too. But hey, at least I’m conflicted.��� n
‘Bullet to the Head’ misses the mark
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Sylvester Stallone’s latest endeavor, ‘Bullet to the Head,’ is a dull and unexceptional film, relying on tired action flick cliches. By Sean Keeley Arts & Review Editor For whatever reason, the old-man action movie is a prolific subgenre in Hollywood. Typically, such a movie will feature plotlines about characters coming out of retirement, lots of jokes about the stars’ age (and how Bullet To the head: they’re “too old for this Walter Hill s—t”), and Dark Castle a thrilling Entertainment finale in which our heroes dispense a much younger villain thanks to their age-worn experience. Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Bruce Willis have all had their shot at this formula, and just two weeks ago Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reappearance as a border-town sheriff in The Last Stand counted as another entry. But surely no one in Hollywood is so caught up in the genre as Sylvester Stallone. From his sixth outing as Rocky Balboa in 2006, to his reprisal of Rambo in 2008, to his franchise pet project The Expendables, Stallone seems intent on convincing audiences that he can be an action star well into his late 60s. Arriving in the doldrums of early February as another exhibit is Bullet to the Head, a decidedly old-fashioned action film that might as well have been released in the mid-’80s. Stallone stars as Jimmy “BoBo” Bonomo, a veteran hit-man who makes an
uneasy alliance with a Korean-American detective (Sung Kang) after both men are set up and betrayed by the same people. As the two unlikely partners navigate the corrupt, crime-ridden ranks of New Orleans, they begin to expose a conspiracy reaching up to the highest levels of government. Really, though, this plot is just an excuse to create various situations in which Sylvester Stallone pumps bullets into people’s heads. There is something agreeably simplistic about Bullet to the Head. This is a movie with no pretensions, hitting all the requisite action movie cliches without aspiring to anything beyond them. For a while, it’s fun enough, especially in the hands of Walter Hill, who since the mid-’70s has made his name as a director of violent, well-crafted thrillers. The opening scenes have some stylistic panache—with Stallone doing a voiceover that recalls the classics of film noir, a black-and-white flashforward that sets up an intriguing premise (the cop-hitman alliance), and an effective soundtrack that nicely accents the film’s alternating scenes of smooth criminals cruising around town, shady backdoor scheming, and bloody hits carried out by Stallone. But Bullet to the Head has very few surprises up its sleeve, and the formula soon grows tired. The grisly violence established in the opening scenes loses its shock value about the fifth time that Jimmy suddenly ends a confrontation by shooting someone in the head. Stallone spends the movie doing
his usual silent tough-guy shtick, and though the movie is occasionally enlivened by the amusing sparring between Jimmy and Taylor, the dialogue is not exactly what you would call witty. (A choice example: “Guns don’t kill people—bullets kill people!”) The movie tries to inject some human interest amid all the carnage with a plot thread involving Jimmy’s daughter Lisa (Sarah Shahi), who in the final confrontation is held as a hostage in the most classic of action movie showdown locations, an abandoned warehouse. Thankfully, this climax is more interesting than the dull mayhem that precedes it, ending with an axe fight between Stallone and the hulking heavy Keegan (Jason Momoa). Of course, it’s sheer ridiculousness that these two enemies would toss aside their guns to duke it out medieval-style. But it’s a fun scene that is just ridiculous enough to work. Bullet to the Head, unfortunately, doesn’t offer enough over-the-top action moments like that. Too much of the movie is taken up with a tiresome succession of interchangeable gun deaths, and an exposition that doesn’t really go anywhere. That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have its occasional genre pleasures, but it’s certainly not worth going out of your way to see. Bullet to the Head is the kind of movie best enjoyed on a lazy summer afternoon on cable, when you’re craving something about as blunt and mind-killing as, well, a bullet to the head. n
weekend gross weeks in release
1. Warm Bodies
2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
3. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Zero Dark Thirty
6. Bullet To The Head
8. Django Unchained
9. Les Miserables
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bestsellers of hardcover fiction 1. Private Berlin James Patterson, Mark Sullivan 2. A Memory of light Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 3. Suspect Robert Crais 4. Gone girl Gillian Flynn
5. Ever After Kim Harrison 6. Tenth of December George Saunders 7. The fifth Assassin Brad Meltzer 8. The Third Bullet Stephen Hunter 9. The Racketeer John Grisham
Despite decent moments, ‘Stand Up’ doesn’t fulfill its potential By Ryan Dowd For The Heights
“It’s just like the old days, isn’t it?” “No, it’s better.” Just like its main characters, Stand Up Guys is a film that simply cannot make up its mind about most anything. Stand Up Guys: The acFisher Stevens tion begins Lakeview when Doc Entertainment (Christopher Walken) picks up his old partner Val (Al Pacino) from prison after 28 years in the joint. The two ex-con men (soon joined by a third) take a night out on the town. For Val, it may be his last, and his fate rests in the hands of his best friend, Doc. Doc was retired by Claphands, his boss, 28 years ago, but not before he gave Doc one last job—to kill his best friend Val when he got out of prison. Val, as it turns out, was serving time for killing the Claphands’s only son in an apparent crossfire. And so the two compadres in crime embark on one last night out on the town.
It’s fun to watch the flamboyant Val give impassioned speeches, threaten guys more than half his age, and snort drugs at the bar. His character almost represents an older mesh of Tony Montana from Scarface and coach Tony D’Amato from Any Given Sunday. The ever versatile Walken gives a quiet, touching performance as Doc, who must at the end of the night shoot his best friend in the back of the head. Doc is Val’s reluctant partner who really just wants to paint the sunrise and drink tea at the local cafe. Despite solid performances from both leading men, director Fisher Stevens’ second feature film plods along seemingly comedic and dramatic moments. Stevens won an Oscar as a producer for the documentary The Cove (2009) and has also appeared as an actor in numerous television shows throughout the years. Stevens’ direction gives his lead actors room to make an impressionable performance. Almost too much room, however, as the duo of Pacino and Walken cannot carry the film’s trudging pace and aimless plot. Alan Arkin, most recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Oscar darling
Argo, gives the film a shot of life when the original duo break their old wheel man Hirsch out of a nursing home. The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies plays Arkin’s daughter, a steady nurse who makes several appearances in the gang’s adventure. Amidst a slew of familiar faces one fresh face did emerge. Addison Timlin plays an endearing, innocent character, Doc’s favorite waitress, at the cafe the trio frequent throughout the night. Timlin more than holds her own against the three acting legends with continuous cheerful banter. She brought some life to a screen that sorely needed it. Timlin may be a name to look out for. But aside from a few truly poignant moments between Pacino, Walken, and Arkin, Stand Up Guys is a blip on the radar compared to anything the three have done before. Sure, Stand Up Guys may be reminiscent of the old days, but by no means is it better. The film catches itself in between questions of right and wrong, age and youth, without ever giving a real answer. The film also lacks a consistent tone. Stevens has made neither a comedy nor drama, but a film that urges the audi-
ence to laugh and cry. The audience rarely does either. Maybe that’s the point. That growing old is slow and confusing, filled with moments of desperate comedy and quiet sadness that may not make a whole lot of sense. And if by making the film contradict itself, Stevens makes his point about growing old, then the film may accomplish what it intended. That
also does not make the film a joy to watch at times. Sure, the film contains a few fun and touching moments. It may be fun for fans to catch up with Pacino, Walken, and Arkin for a bit, but the film fails to deliver on its promise, what it could have been: a thoroughly entertaining and compelling retrospective on age, friendship, and death. n
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Pacino, Walken, and Arkin come together in ‘Stand Up Guys,’ a comedic, but mediocre effort.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Nozuka’s smooth sounds enchant in Robsham Nozuka, from A10 creative guitar playing, and a confident stage presence into a crowd-pleasing set. With graduation on the horizon, Layton sees his future in music and will pursue any such opportunities when his time at BC comes to an end. Be sure to check out Layton’s tracks online and keep an eye out for upcoming performances at BC, as well as in the Boston and New York areas. His star is surely one on the rise. With the close of the opening act, the much-anticipated and talented 24year-old Justin Nozuka took over the microphone and slipped right into the first few songs, charming fans with his soulful and swoon-worthy sound. Acknowledging the audience with smiles and playful facial expressions, the artist kept focused on his craft, playing fan-favorites from both of his albums, You I Wind Land And Sea (2010) and Holly (2008). The set-list included “Heartless,” “My Heart is Yours,” “Swan in the Water,” “Golden Train,” and the ever-popular “After Tonight.” Nozuka engaged the audience throughout as he sang and played, often rhythmically stomping along to the music in order to start a beat for the audience to clap along. Toward the end of the show, Nozuka invited two fellow musicians to the stage to sing and strum along with him for the final part of his set. The trio, creating a rich and well-rounded sound, topped off the night with a captivating rendition of “Amazing Grace.” As the audience
cheered for an encore, the humble musician thanked everyone for coming to the show, and obliged by playing one last song. Much to the surprise and delight of the crowd, Nozuka decided to share a new piece that he had recently written. Even after a full set and an encore, at the end of the show the gracious Nozuka hopped off the stage and into the audience to greet and pose with fans who happily snapped pictures. Musicians like Nozuka are a rare breed. His silky-smooth vocals and thoughtful lyrics paired with his effortless instrumental abilities and passionate playing style make Nozuka a talent with a bright future—both his love of music and his emotion are clearly displayed during his performance on his expressive face. Nozuka is currently recording his latest album, which, according to the singer, is due for release around April. For Nozuka, a key to music is finding sounds that resonate, and he works to negate all that doesn’t blend in order to find a satisfying balance in his music. Not only does Nozuka’s music resonate in vocal and instrumental sense, but also in the lyrical sense as his meaningful messages truly appeal to listeners. Nozuka’s own recent musical inspiration comes from artists such as the Icelandic band Sigur Ros and pianist Sviatoslav Richter. With the release of his new album nearing, Nozuka hopes a tour will soon follow. Keep an eye out for the singer and stay tuned for his next album and tour. If you have the opportunity to see Nozuka live, it is more than worth it. n
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Photographs like the one above exemplify the stark, evocative nature of Davidson’s photography on exhibit in “East 100th Street.”
Harlem photography showcased at MFA MFA, from A10 Davidson makes it obvious that this community maintains grand respect for their seniors by showcasing the elderly in their elaborately decorated homes. This is especially obvious in comparison to the toddler’s bedroom mentioned above. One specific photograph captures a woman who seems to be in her ’70s wearing many clothing layers and sitting at a craft covered kitchen table with a television playing the news in the background. Artwork adorns the paint tinted walls and the kitchen counters are overcrowded hoarding zones. I understand from this trend that the elderly either collect these items throughout their lives, or the community provides
this for them and hopes someone will do the same for them when they reach old age. I noticed Jesus imagery trending in Davidson’s work. In particular, he captures the portrait of a malnourished 7 or 8-year-old boy alone against a balcony railing. His body is against a straight bar, and centered, giving one the image of a cross. Davidson directs this boy to bow his head, contort his body, and stand so that his face is surrounded by a small patch of bright sky, serving as a halo, and producing divine effect. Images of John F. Kennedy also make sporadic appearances in Davidson’s work, authenticating the time period. These JFK posters are featured in Davidson’s work, and JFK’s photograph is
often decorated and looked to as a sort of shrine. The insertion of this detail in the 43 print series is clever and accommodating to the observer. Without specifically telling the museum goer, it is obvious to them that the people of Harlem revered this man and referred to him as a transcendent figure in their lives. Bruce Davidson shows the world ’60s Harlem by focusing on human expression and does not follow the typical photographer’s trend of catching a city’s architecture and skyline on film to illustrate an urban setting. Instead, the people are the city in his work. Davidson’s “East 100th Street” is a meditative exhibit—a thought-provoking display of sociology and art. n
‘Picasso’ a hilarious comedic portrait ‘Picasso,’ from A10 excellent comedic timing and appears comfortable living his character, inserting ad-libs, flamboyant hand flares, and even interacting with the audience as he screams his name happily into their faces. Sarah Mass also gives a noteworthy performance as Suzanne. She delivers her monologue with just the right amount of gesture to demonstrate Picasso’s mythical effect on women. Gouchoe comes blaring in like the Spanish Armada, instantly grabbing onto anything remotely feminine and reimagining the bar in his subjective, cubist philosophies. When he is in action, it’s impossible to look away. He is a fireball of suave. Thanks should be given to Pingwei Li for her visionary costume design. Picasso’s long, loose robes cascade as he drapes himself on women. They trail behind him to emphasize his smudged, impressionistic existence. Picasso’s fire comes into contact with Einstein’s timid genius in a memorable scene —the stage dims red, and we are removed from the Lapin Agile as the two duel in a chair-kicking, high-jumping, aerobic “draw-off.” It becomes
apparent that no creation has an objective value removed from emotion. No dream is significant without an innate human curiosity. What does the Theory of Relativity mean to a man not mystified by the universe? What do Picasso’s drawings show to a literal mentality? When Picasso sees Suzanne, the audience watches breathlessly as he seduces her for a second time. Picasso approaches women with the careful discretion of his art—they are, after all, the fragmented subjects of his work so often. Gouchoe envelops Mass in his hunger for inspiration, he reaches to deconstruct her through sex, to break her down into the loose format of his paintings. We see him hit that vulnerable spot, take her apart for canvas-work, and leave her rotting like a forgotten still-life. In fact he quickly moves on Germaine (Sarah Goldstein) as well, but to no avail. Obviously, the scene is important—this is, perhaps, Picasso’s only rejection. But I was hoping to be removed from the bar for this scene through lighting and sound as we were for the other moments of catharsis (the showdown, the star-gazing). Towards the end of the play, we are treated to a brief, gorgeous representation of Elvis—a stray “visitor” (Joe Meade) that wanders into the
piece just in time to remind us that genius lies somewhere beyond science and art, in a land of mindset. Regrettably, the performances by the “geniuses” are so vibrant, and so well-performed, that they eclipse the audience’s interest in the smaller, saner characters. Freddy (Tim Kopacz), Gaston (Leo Magrini), Sagot (Tom Brown), and the Countess (Christine Movius) all contribute wonderfully to the show, but how can they possibly stand out among the wild personages that shaped the 20th century? Picasso at the Lapin Agile is, for this very reason, perfect at a time when many are realizing that we may not be as special as we were always led to believe. That brief moment when Picasso sketches Suzanne is most telling. The production of art takes nothing out of him, it requires no extra effort because genius is his consistent mode of existence. If he was to always hold a pen, he would always be producing because he lives it. And like the overshadowed minor characters in this play, we have to wonder: do I have that? Am I worthy of a drink at the Lapin Agile? Perhaps we should merely appreciate the creators of our age as they are creating, and not wait for retrospect to shape our perception of the world. n
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‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ provokes laughter as well as reflection on modernism.
Shining a spotlight on 2012’s best TV, from ‘Girls’ to ‘Mad Men’ Joe Allen While 2012 was a surprisingly great year for movies, the continuing output of excellent television series was less of a shocker. Many critically-acclaimed returning shows came back to the air to deliver superb new seasons, while a few new shows made their mark on the television landscape. Narrowing the best of television’s offerings from last year to a mere five shows might initially seem an impossible task, but I’m up to the challenge.
5. Girls Lena Dunham’s new HBO comedy proved divisive from the start, with controversy surrounding the show for its all-white cast when it premiered. Even today, the show’s vocal naysayers argue that none of the show’s characters are likeable, so why bother? But what Girls’ detractors are missing is a show about how challenging and confusing life can be in the immediate post-college years. The often-unsympathetic protagonist, Hannah, can engage in smalltown family drama one week and attend a huge New York party the next without
coming any closer to finding a legitimate job. Much of the humor stems from the fact that the writers know these impulsive, oftdelusional characters better than they know themselves. 4. Game of thrones No show right now is more devoured by the mythology-hungry than Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s sexand-violence-soaked fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Adapting such a huge book series, with a cast of characters that rivals Lord of the Rings, into 10-episode seasons
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Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls,’ a quirky comedy about the confusions of post-college life that airs on HBO, was one of the TV’s best surprises last year.
would seem a downright impossible task, but Game of Thrones accomplishes it with ease. The show’s second season spreads its numerous characters from the icy North to the Eastern city of Quarth, without ever losing focus thanks to thematic connections and the all-consuming war for Westeros. And for Peter Dinklage fans, season two doesn’t disappoint, giving the small, yet clever, Tyrion Lannister much more responsibility (and plot importance). 3. Archer Archer is the underrated comedic gem on FX, and my pick for best comedy of 2012. For those looking for a well-oiled laugh machine, there is no show quite as tight and sharp as Archer on television. Centering on the world of loud-mouthed spy Sterling Archer as he navigates tough assignments and the crazy cast of characters in his office, the show has perfected the art of joke telling, with jokes being used to bridge scenes, to flashback to previous events, and to take the realistically-animated series into darker directions. The show’s greatest strength, however, lies with its excellent voice actors, including H. Jon Benjamin, Chris Parnell, and Jessica Walter, playing a raunchier, nastier version of Arrested Development’s Lucille Bluth. 2. Breaking bad TV’s most thrilling drama entered its fifth and final season in nothing less than a sprint. Ending the show in 16 episodes, after everyone’s favorite anti-hero, Walter White, triumphed at the conclusion of season four, would have been easy to mess up. But the massive talent behind Breaking Bad, including some of television’s most nuanced actors, smartest writers, and most experimental directors, created a stunning first half of season five. Sure, the pacing was sped up a bit too much at certain points, but the moral degradation of Walt is still a wonder to behold. After a shocking cliffhanger, the last eight episodes of the show seemed
destined for greatness. 1. mad men After disappearing from the air for nearly 18 months, Mad Men returned to television with its best season to date. Series creator Matthew Weiner’s ambitions were high going into the season, looking to tackle every issue of the mid-1960s, from civil rights to death. The sheer number of instant classics in the show’s fifth season shows that Weiner succeeded. “Mystery Date” perfectly captures the suffocating paranoia following the Richard Speck murders. Ending “Lady Lazarus” with the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” was a stroke of genius. Nothing compared, however, to the masterpiece that was “Far Away Places,” an episode that followed three characters across one day and that featured Roger Sterling’s famous, captivating LSD trip. Season six can’t come soon enough. most improved award I have complained a lot about The Walking Dead. I’ve found the dialogue clunky, the characters uneven and unlikeable, the plot meandering. But I stuck around because the show always seemed to have the potential for greatness, with a talented cast, interesting themes, and great source material. The first half of season three finally seems to be approaching that potential. The show isn’t quite great yet (who the hell is Michonne, really?), but season three found The Walking Dead realizing many of its strengths: gory zombie mayhem, iconic comic book characters, and an unrelenting sense of gloom as the post-apocalyptic world struggles to survive. If the back half of season three continues to improve, The Walking Dead could become the most entertaining genre show on television.
Joe Allen is a staff columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at arts@ bcheights.com.
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THE FINER THINGS
‘Picasso’ is a comedic portrait of youthful genius BY DMITRY LARIONOV For The Heights
ARIANA IGNERI “There is no unique picture of reality.” When British scientist Stephen Hawking said these words, he was probably referring to theoretical physics, cosmogony, or something else completely out of my depth—interestingly enough, however, his words are just as applicable in the realm of the arts. There are infinite pictures of reality, but there is only one reality. Thus, it’s impossible to create a “unique picture” of it because of the very nature of its definition. Everyone, including artists, experience and see reality differently, from their own perspective, and so, the way that they portray it is always and inevitably wholly distinctive. Equipped with an individual sense of perception, we each see the world through an exclusive lens, filtering reality no differently than we would an Instagram photo. A single picture can be transformed and seen in a number of different ways—layered over, sharpened, and cropped, until it hardly resembles the original subject. Our visual perceptions serve the same purpose. But how do our “filters” work? If there is just a single reality, why do we all perceive it differently? If the subject isn’t changing, why don’t we all see it the exact same way? Is it our eyesight that’s faulty? Our mental processes? Or something else entirely? Actually, understanding visual perception is quite complex, and though a string of questions is a decent place to begin, it’ll take far more than a few, simple answers to provide a full and comprehensive understanding of the topic. In their introductory book on visual perception, Nicholas J. Wade and Michael Swanson explain that perception has to do with ocular operations as well as with brain functions. They say, concerning the function of the eyes, that “light is emitted by incandescent sources, and reflected from objects to enter the eye, so initiating the process of seeing.” Perception, though, is incomplete without its psychological component. Hence, they continue to describe how “vision, like all other aspects of experience … is mediated by activity of the brain.” It’s a dual faceted procedure, involving both a physical and neurological component. Through an intricate process, sensory organs, called receptors, modify light energy into nerve impulses, transmitting them to the back of the brain to produce visual perception. The way our brain processes such information is the reason why we all perceive reality independently—it’s the reason various artists portray an identical subject in an entirely opposite manner. Take, for example, the Pieta, depicted first by the French Romantic artist Delacroix and then by the Dutch, Post-Impressionist, Van Gogh. A painting of the Virgin Mary cradling the limp, dead body of Jesus Christ, the Pieta, by both artists, essentially illustrates the exact same scene. Features of both renderings, the deep love, tender emotion, and caressing arms of Mary were most certainly aspects of the subject’s reality. However, the way that Delacroix and Van Gogh perceived these truths was completely divergent: The former used dark, somber colors and precise lines and the latter utilized light hues and soft, blended strokes. Their conflicting perceptions resulted in two filtered versions of reality. At this point, it’s pretty obvious that visual perceptions affect the way that artists interpret their subjects. Even Da Vinci, who actually played a fairly important role in developing theories regarding eyesight, once said, “A painting, though conducted with the greatest art and finished to the last perfection, both with regard to its contours, its lights, its shadows, and its colors, can never show a relievo equal to that of the natural objects.” He understood how perceptions make representations of reality altogether unfeasible. But just as a photo looks better trimmed, enhanced, and filtered, so too does the world when we see it from our own beautifully unique perspectives. It’s the possibility of such diverse, colorful interpretations of reality that make the world that much more striking. Perceiving life, filtering it, is by no means a negative thing. With perception, life has the possibility of becoming art—of being painted over and colored in. Life, or reality, is more than just what we see—it’s what we perceive, and to quote my friend, “Life looks better filtered.”
Ariana Igneri is the Assoc. Arts & Review editor of The Heights. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens when you introduce two of history’s most prolific geniuses, liberate them of language barriers, and have Steve Martin feed them shot after shot after shot? I’m not sure, but the result is called Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and there were certainly no “icebox” laughs in last Friday’s performance. The Boston College theater department brought the proverbial house down with an energetic hour of fantastical, thought-provoking comedy. The show takes place at a murky cabaret in Paris. Albert Einstein (Billy McEntee), on the verge of publishing his Theory of Relativity, is about to meet a Pablo Picasso (Chris Gouchoe) ready to abandon his Blue Period and create Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Our culture often remembers history’s geniuses as somber, tortured artists, but PALA takes on a lighter tone than the subject matter implies. As student director Shannon DeBari reminds us, “we forget that Einstein and Picasso were young once, too, around [our] age, hitting on women and having a few drinks in a bar.” And her vision rings clear throughout the production— the characters do not recognize each other as the brilliant men that we see them as today, often criticizing and disregarding what turned out to be the greatest work of the 20th century the way one would laugh off their friend’s indie music blog. McEntee portrays a neurotic, frail little Einstein whose awkward personality is a laudable exercise in restraint. He is at once confident in his genius and modest in his presentation. Patrick Lazour, as Schmendiman, executes his sardonic role with
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Justin Nozuka and BC’s Alex Davidson’s ‘East 100th Street’ Layton shine in Robsham show brings Harlem to the MFA BY COURTNEY SEITZ For The Heights
Eric Clapton, and John Mayer. Layton’s devotion to his music is evident in his unique sound, an infusion of rock, pop, and blues. Skillfully juggling the rigors of pre-med classes and a commitment to the BC men’s club ice hockey team along with his music, Layton manages to make time for rehearsal, and especially enjoys playing his electric guitar, the sounds of which he incorporated into his set on Friday night. For L ayton, a song has its roots in the instrument and it is from this starting point that the rest of the pieces to a song fall into place. The hard work that the senior dedicates to his music was evident at his Robsham performance, as he translated smooth vocals,
On Friday night, Robsham was abuzz as students poured into the theater for a concert by singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka with opening act Alex Layton. As the lights dimmed, the crowd welcomed Boston College student Layton to the event sponsored by Nights on the Heights. A senior pre-med student, Layton dazzled fellow students and fans with a six-song set, which included three original compositions: “Brown Eyed Blue,” “Hit the Floor,” and “17 Days.” Layton interspersed his own work with a few covers, such as “Mr. Jones” by the Counting Crows and Jason Mraz’s “The Remedy.” Since first picking up the guitar in eighth grade, th e s el f - t au g ht musician has devoted time to exploring both his vocal and instrumental talents, drawing inspiration from the likes of Jimi COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES Hendrix,
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Looking back at TV’s finest in 2012
The past year provided plenty of TV surprises, including Archer and Game of Thrones..............A9
BY KIRA MULSHINE For The Heights Until Sept. 8, the large white-walled, wooden-floored Gallery 335 is dedicated to the Museum of Fine Arts procurement of 43 original Bruce Davidson prints. His telling black-andwhite photography was last showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, titled “East 100th Street.” In this exhibit, Davidson captures the uniqueness and humanity of struggling children, parents, lovers, and friends in 1960s East Harlem, and is visibly trusted as a local figure and shadow in East Harlem society. Each print narrowly measures up to the typical five-by-eight photograph, but Davidson’s many strengths manage to show through clearly despite the small size. As one witnesses the exhibit, one immediately recognizes that the connection he has with each subject through his lens is clear in every honest grin, squint, and sneer. Davidson successfully captures personal moments in dozens of Harlem city dwellers’ lives as they simply lie in bed with their lovers or possibly endure the summer heat flying kites atop an overcrowded apartment building. His photographs speak through object choice and placement, which stress the importance of indi-
Warm Bodies is a fresh twist
The new ﬁlm successfully merges the zombie movie with the teenage rom-com..............................A8
vidualism in such a historical period. While viewing this showcase, it is soon apparent that Davidson’s observational talents expose the resident’s expressive surroundings while flaunting his own awareness of light and, in turn, enhancing each individual’s emotion during such a dangerous decade. My eyes promptly stop upon a simple image that awakens my sympathy as I understand the story it articulates. I first notice a single light bulb and hanging string-switch lying at the center of the scene. It is the only light source in the windowless room, and attaches to a bare, graying-white ceiling. Because of the placement of this light, the small square white walled bedroom seems large and lonely for one sleeping toddler on a sheet-less twin bed. It is a dismal scene featuring an unsupervised child surviving on the bare necessities of life. In effect, it is impossible not to sympathize for this child, and in turn, the people of Harlem. This is one of many Davidson prints that effectively removes you from your own singlemindedness and reminds you that life is not easy for anyone; your job is to make the best of what you have. As the ’60s Harlem photographs progress , I notice several trends .
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Bestsellers...............................A8 Box Office Report........................A8
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After late collapse, BC edges Clemson BY JACK GARVEY For The Heights
On a chilly Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum, the Boston College Eagles used red-hot shooting and a resilient ef for t dow n Boston College 75 the stretch to notch their 68 Clemson first home win in ACC play. Freshman guard Joe Rahon led the way for the Eagles, putting up a stellar stat line of 26 points, four assists, four rebounds, and lighting it up from deep, going 6-for-7 from three. On the other side of the ball, Clemson’s leading scorer and rebounder, Devin Booker, continued his elevated play, pouring in 19 points and grabbing 10 boards as his Tigers fell to the
Eagles 75-68. BC (10-11, 2-6) controlled the pace and dominated both sides of the ball for the first 31 minutes of the game, in part to pesky perimeter defense and solid ball movement and execution on the other end. Eddie Odio’s spirited play in the first half helped the Eagles jump out to an 11-point lead, as the forward stuffed the stat sheet, chipping in seven points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and one monster block that prevented an easy Clemson layup. Head coach Steve Donahue commented after the game about Odio’s first half play, saying, “What Eddie was doing is exactly what were preaching and he does it so well … I thought Eddie did a great job with all the energy things.” BC found itself up as much as 20
points with under 10 minutes to play, but Clemson clawed its way back to within one point with a 1:15 left to play in regulation. This huge run was sparked in part by the hot shooting down the stretch from guards Jordan Roper and Adonis Filer. As the Tigers’ shots kept falling in, this allowed Clemson to set up and execute a full-court press that the young Eagles squad looked vulnerable against late, as they committed three straight turnovers at one point and almost allowed Clemson to steal the win. In the end though, it was the poise of the two freshmen guards, Rahon and Olivier Hanlan, as well as some clutch shot-making from Ryan Anderson that
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The Eagles let their 20-point lead disappear against the Tigers, but closed out the win.
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DEFROSTING FOR THE BEANPOT After suffering through January slumps, Boston programs meet in the 61st Beanpot
Offensive execution and gritty defense lead to win
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After sending a laser toward the goal, Quinn Smith and a home crowd eager to erupt watched as the puck discretely snuck past the opposing goaltender. Conte Forum held its breath for what seemed like an eternity as the puck inched toward the goal line, only to be helped into the net by a pair of diving Vermont Catamounts trying to bail their goalie out. The Eagles had grabbed the lead, stolen the game’s momentum, and finally left last weekend’s disaster against Maine in the past. “Sometimes you get the bounces,” Smith said of the pivotal moment, “and I think we got those today.” Yet the Boston College men’s hockey team owed more than pure luck to its own gutsy effort on Friday night, as it defeated Vermont by a score of 4-1. For BC, the game snapped a two-game losing streak and ended a win drought at home that spurred anxiety over a potential midseason collapse. Despite the lopsided final score, head coach Jerry York’s Eagles still looked affected by their recent malaise on the offensive end, struggling to capitalize on breakaways and opportunities near the net. The Catamounts immediately made the most of their own chances, as defenseman Anders Franzon sent a shot off of goalie Parker Milner and into the net for a quick score early in the first period. “I thought once again, we fell down early at home,” York said. “I think you’ve got to be able to play with a lead and you’ve got to learn how to play with a deficit. You’ve got 60 min-
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Striding up the left side, three Terriers between him and the net, Steven Whitney sees that his path to the goal is closed and sends a perfect pass across the ice to be taken by Bill Arnold a few yards inside the blue line. A short glide. His right foot kicks back. From 40 feet out, he shoots. Glove side, top shelf.
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JANUARY SLUMP Record.............2-4-1 Goals Scored........22 Goals Allowed.........22 Minutes Trailed.....195.5 Conference Losses......4 Home losses....................3 Games without Jerry York...3
Just over the waiting hand of Boston University goalie Kieran Millan. For the third straight time—the fourth in five years—Boston College is victorious in the Beanpot, the annual tournament that pits four major college hockey programs against each other to crown the best in Boston. This year, for the 61st time, Harvard, Northeastern, BU, and BC will meet in this unconventional two round tournament, starting tonight with semifinals with the final and 3rd place game to be played next Monday. Few will soon forget the overtime thriller that left the Eagles victorious over their biggest crosstown rival last year. No doubt many will hope for a similar situation this year. But with the seemingly annual January slump at the forefront of many minds, rankings, records, and tradition aside, BC hockey fans may find themselves asking, “Can we hope for such an outcome this year?” One area in which most fans have very little doubt is in head coach Jerry York, who played in the Beanpot during his time at BC, winning the 1965 tournament over Harvard then BU, a possible combination for the Eagles this year, and coaching BC to six more wins. Because of his lifetime Beanpot prowess, York was the sole inductee to the Beanpot Hall of Fame this year, adding yet another achievement to his already memorable year. Yet York isn’t going to let any award shift his focus. “Maybe
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While the Eagles held on during the first half of play, the Maryland offense proved too consistent in their Sunday ACC matchup.
BC falters during second half at Maryland BY MARLY MORGUS Asst. Sports Editor
Everything seemed to be looking up. After four straight ACC losses, the last day of January closed that dark period for the women’s basketball team with a commanding win over NC State. High off of their third ACC win, the Eagles headed down to College Park for another round of conference play against an impressive 17-3 University of Maryland team. The ACC’s third ranked team, Maryland was an intimidating opponent, and though
BC was able to hang with the powerful Terps offense during the first half, it proved too much for the Eagles come the second half of play, and they came away from the day with a disappointing 85-62 loss, their seventh of ACC play. During the first five minutes of play, the two teams traded scores remaining close until a 3-pointer by freshman guard Nicole Boudreau, then another from forward Kristen Doherty, started an 8-0 run for the Eagles, putting them up by eight. That run however, was quickly countered by the Terps with 11 straight points, put-
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ting the Eagles down and taking away their only lead of the game. Although the Eagles responded and did not allow any more large runs during the first half, their efforts were not enough to bring the game to even again. Slowly but surely, Maryland built its lead with precision shooting. As a team, the Terps were 52 percent from the field during the first half, and though they allowed more turnovers, nine versus the Eagles’ seven, their defense withheld BC, only allowing the Eagles three points off of
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Jackson brings competitive fire
The sophomore shooting guard uses his deep range to lead the Eagles....................B2
Twiddling thumbs, a few head bobs, lots of texting, and almost no singing or dancing. This is what happened in the student section during timeouts at the Boston College basketball game against North Carolina last week, even with the only packed crowd since last year’s Duke game. And it wasn’t the students’ fault. It’s the music. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a Mod on a Saturday night or Conte Forum on a Tuesday, if there’s dominatingly loud music playing, then that music is going to set the tone for everyone within earshot. It’s inevitable. The music in Conte is setting the wrong tone. It consists of a mixture of awkward, clunky, and unnecessary tracks that aren’t fit to be arena music. They could barely get a party started in 2004. Good arena music hits on a few key qualities, and right now BC is whiffing on just about all of them during basketball games. Arena music, especially for basketball, is also it’s own unique animal. You can’t rehash the same tracks that work out at Alumni on football Saturdays.
Eagles take down Wolfpack at home The women’s basketball squad got a muchneeded win over NC State last week..........B2
First, the song either has to be a classic, or a massive hit at the moment. No one should look around and comment to the person next to them that they remember when “Lose Yourself” was popular. Yes, 2002 was a fun year with that song playing on the radio every 25 minutes, but it’s time to move on. Eminem has, so should we. Second, a majority of the crowd should know the words right away and should immediately feel compelled to belt them out. This is not the case with the random Pitbull tracks blaring last week or the strange EDM that only a few diehards could recognize. No, stop it. Play a little Bon Jovi. Play some Beastie Boys. Play “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. Play anything that is easy to jump right into and enjoy. If it’s an even remotely competitive game, then the student section will get into the song and that will carry over to loud “defense” or “let’s go Eagles” chants, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Third, don’t play rap songs that have verses that go on forever like Drake’s “Forever.” It’s annoying and fans lose interest. It’s great to play some hip-hop during breaks, but keep it simple. “Whoomp! (There It Is)” pretty much always works. “Jump Around” is good if you stick to the chorus. Also, if the band continues to play “Let Me Clear My Throat,” they’ve really got to step it up. I love the band. It’s admirable
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Monday, February 4, 2013
Shields shines as Eagles’ offensive attack outduels NC State By Chris Grimaldi Assoc. Sports Editor When the final buzzer sounded to end Thursday night’s matchup against NC State, the Boston College women’s basketball team returned to the win column after losing four straight. Yet a back-andforth battle created the illusion that three distinctly separate games had been played within a 40-minute span. Thanks to timely offensive execution and veteran composure, the Eagles managed to outlast the Wolfpack by a score of 81-69 despite a turbulent second half. “A lot of it comes down to our fundamentals, which we have been working on,” said head coach Erik Johnson of the victory. “The game of basketball does have some ebb and flow. We missed some shots that were good looks and they made some, but on the offensive end when we finally started driving hard, because they basically decided they’d stick out on the shooters.” Effective Eagle shooting from the beginning set the tone of the first half, as BC’s offensive momentum was immediately sparked by a Kristen Doherty 3-pointer in the opening moments of play. Crisp ball movement, execution on the fast break, and a formidable presence established down low by junior Katie Zenevitch allowed BC to build an 18-7 lead while the Wolfpack offense sputtered. Though the visiting team crawled its way back into the game at 31-26, the Eagles countered with an 11-0 run of their own bolstered by a pair of 3-pointers from senior standout Kerri Shields.
Taking a commanding 44-31 lead into the break, Johnson’s squad had shot 54.8 percent from the field—including 6-of-12 from behind the arc—while outscoring its opponent in the paint by a margin of 14 points despite NC State’s clear size advantage. Yet the gains that BC had made during the first 20 minutes were quickly jeopardized by a relentless Wolfpack scoring barrage to start the second half. NC State caught fire from the field, scoring the period’s first nine points en route to a 19-5 scoring run that culminated in a go-ahead 3-pointer from guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman. “I thought we gave them the lead back,” Johnson said in response to the temporary second-half collapse. “We stopped cutting off their right hand, they got really good drives, they were able to take it to the basket, we weren’t able to step up. We turned the ball over. When we’re turning the ball over, it’s hard to get back on defense. So they’re getting some transition, they’re feeling confident, and they hit some big shots.” Although BC’s offense had gone cold, it immediately responded to the sudden lead change with quick layups from Shields and Doherty to stop the bleeding. NC State saw its last lead of the night disappear minutes later when BC’s Tessah Holt made a relentless drive to the rim and tied the score at 58. From there, the Eagles seized full control of the game and never looked back, taking off on a 17-0 run aided by a clutch three-ball from freshman standout Nicole Boudreau at the top of the arc. The BC attack turned a second half nail-biter
into a blowout victory and a much-needed third ACC Win for Johnson’s Eagles. “We ran in transition, we scored in transition, which is a staple of ours,” Johnson said in reaction to BC’s late-game execution. “Where we have a harder time because we are not as big is in the half court, but we set screens, we were able to get some inside baskets on some cuts and drives … I thought this was a good offensive game in that we played in both the full court and the half court.” In spite of the Eagles’ stop-and-go second frame, their win over NC State was a complete team effort that saw all five starters finish with double-digits in scoring. Yet Shields stole the show with a game-high 20 points, including four drained 3-pointers that contributed to BC’s flurry of scoring runs. “[Shields] is one of the best shooters in the nation, which she showed tonight,” Johnson said. “It’s one thing to be a great shooter, but it’s another thing to be able to get those shots in tough situations.” Taking down a formidable conference rival at home and gaining ground in the ACC standings is a momentous step forward for a BC team headed into the heart of its season. Even so, Johnson realizes that the foundation for any successful program is the will to grow stronger with each and every game. “Just the fact that we’re continuing to improve—and even if NC State made every shot and beat us tonight—I love seeing the progress and their understanding of what goes into winning basketball games and putting ourselves in a position to continue to get better.” n
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Kerri Shields contributed 20 points to BC’s third conference victory of the season.
BC defeats Black Bears By Emily Malcynsky Heights Staff
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Captain Blake Bolden and the women’s hockey team have won 16 of their last 17 games, solidifying a No. 2 national ranking as they prepare for the Beanpot this week.
Zenevitch shows versatility in conference win By Chris Stadtler Heights Editor
SPORTS in SHORT
When Boston College women’s basketball head coach Erik Johnson entered the locker room after Thursday night’s win, he said that one individual’s stat line made the difference. “The first thing I said in the locker room was, ‘Five assists and one turnover, that’s going to be a win,’” he said. A statement like that is usually about a dynamic guard, but that night, it was about BC’s veteran center Katie Zenevitch. The versatile 6-foot-3 junior dominated the first half in her team’s 81-69 victory against North Carolina State. She had four assists and five rebounds over the first 20 minutes of play alone. “Katie’s our center, but she’s not really a true low post presence,” Johnson said.
“She can score inside. She can certainly grab rebounds and defend … [but] she’s got a beautiful jump shot. She’s a very good passer.” Zenevitch’s passing defined her performance against NC State. The Eagles were much faster as a team, and the center’s vision exploited the opponent’s zone and lack of speed. “We’re not the biggest team in America,” Johnson said. “When we have to slow down and ride it out in the half court, often it’s much more difficult for us … I thought tonight we did both.” BC’s usual strength is in transition, but Zenevitch lifted the Eagles by opening up the halfcourt game. When Zenevitch found herself locked at the top of the key, she pivoted to survey the court. Shielding the ball from her defender, Zenevitch remained poised and
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patient. Then she used the opportunity to find her teammates streaking for the easy lay in. Her assists allowed BC to find high-percentage shots and shoot 55 percent from the field in the first half. Up by 13 points at the break, the Eagles’ halftime lead was a result of the center’s play. “The fact that we’re getting her away from the basket and having her be able to pass opens up even more driving lanes and some of those back door cuts,” Johnson said. The tandem of Zenevitch and Kristen Doherty was also at full force. Doherty had three assists of her own and 16 points. A couple of her points were a result of Zenevitch’s ability to find her cutting to the basket. Even when her teammates were not open, Zenevitch could take a 12-foot
jumper with ease. Her game against the Wolfpack, unusually for a center, was focused mostly around the top of the key. The Eagles’ early success led to in-game adjustments from NC State. Zenevitch’s distribution made the Wolfpack concentrate on stopping BC’s inside play. “When we finally just started driving hard … we loosen them up … suddenly now they have to defend inside and out,” Johnson said. With the Wolfpack’s emphasis on interior defense, the smaller BC unit used its guards, who rained threes from behind the arc. They shot 6-for-12 from three-point land in the first half. Lone senior guard Kerri Shields highlighted BC’s strong performance from beyond the arc. Shields was 4-for-5 on three-point field goals in the first half. n
Numbers to Know
The number of saves Parker Milner recorded in his victorious start against Vermont on Friday night.
The game-high number of points guard Joe Rahon scored in the Eagles’ defeat of Clemson on Saturday.
The number of games that the women’s ice hockey team has won in its last 17 games.
The Boston College women’s ice hockey team landed its 16th win in the last 17 games Saturday night against the University of Maine. The Black Bears were unable to quell the Eagles’ fierce offense, leading to a final score of 6-3. The Eagles came out strong from the start, pelting Maine’s goaltender Brittany Ott with 14 shots. Nothing seemed to slip by the Black Bears defense, however, resulting in a scoreless tie at the end of the period. A power-play goal by Maine’s Shawna Lesperance at the very beginning of the second period put the Black Bears ahead of the Eagles 1-0. Sophomore Alex Carpenter responded by beating Maine’s defense twice within a 2:35 span to give BC a 2-1 advantage. These scores brought Carpenter’s season scoring total to 23 goals. Adding to BC’s lead were junior Melissa Bizzari and Lexi Bender, a freshman, who each added a goal to finish out the second period with a score of 4-1. The Black Bears managed to score once more during the final period, but the Eagles’ offense could not be stopped, as seniors Dru Burns and Kate Leary each tallied a goal toward the end of the game. Being a defensive player, Burns’s goal was her first since January of last season. With just seconds remaining, Lesperance slipped one past the BC defense to end the game with a score of 6-3. The game left Maine with an overall record of 4-19-3, while BC now boasts a record of 20-4-2. Saturday’s game allowed Carpenter to extend her personal point streak to a Hockey East record 24 games with a point distribution of 23-28-49. Bizzari continued her own seven-game point streak, totaling seven goals and five assists. The Eagles’ next game will be against Harvard this Tuesday during the 35th annual Beanpot Tournament. The game will take place at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena. n
Quote of the Week
“Sometimes you get the bounces, and I think we got those today.” — BC’s Quinn Smith after to Friday night’s momentous 4-1 home win against Vermont.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Eagles break out of January slump By Alex Stanley Heights Staff
An enthused student body returned to life at the Kelley Rink on Friday night, chanting and harassing goaltenders with its usual vigor, as Boston College bested Vermont 4-1 at home. After Maine swept the Eagles twice at home, a commanding win against the Catamounts was enough to lift the energy and hopes of the BC faithful after a disappointing run of form. A similar scenario happened last season, when yet the same Maine Black Bears captured back-to-back wins against BC. This then set off an unbeaten streak of 19 games for BC, which included a Beanpot title in addition to a national championship. “I thought tonight, during our stretch, it was the best we have played coming from behind,” said head coach Jerry York. “It was important for us to score some goals, because we have been snake bitten a bit in that area. Technically, we played a really solid third period.” The players themselves felt a marked improvement over the last series of games. “Obviously we weren’t too happy with how we were playing. Line changes, a few things—the guys were really motivated,” said Patrick Brown, a junior
forward who made several key plays against Vermont, including a pair of no-stick blocks while the Catamounts were on a power play. Quinn Smith, a sophomore forward, who bagged the second, game-winning goal, had more to add. “Now that we are getting into what coach calls ‘trophy season’ and everything is getting really tight, we really want to start playing with a little more desperation,” he said. “Obviously we want to stay calm and collected, but we really want to have that sense of urgency.” Critical Returns Also of note, this game marked the return of senior goaltender Parker Milner and freshman defender Mike Matheson to the starting lineup. York had nothing but praise for the two players. “Parker was strong in goal again, that’s 39 saves and one goal. That’s pretty good stuff there for Parker,” he said. York had kept Milner out of the previous game to give him a rest. “I talked to Parker a few weeks ago and I said, ‘I don’t envision you playing all 40 games or 44 games, however many we are going to play,’” he said. “He understands that. We’ll be looking for spots to give him a breather. It’s not just the
physical work, it’s the mental preparation for every single game.” As for Matheson, York thought his reappearance from injury went beyond the immediate impact, of making several crucial checks and defensive plays. “With the return of Mike Matheson, it helped us, because we could move Steven Whitney back up front. Try to really balance the lines more,” he said. The Beanpot Next up, the Eagles play Harvard on Monday at 8 p.m. in the first game of the Beanpot at the TD Garden. The win against Vermont puts the team in an interesting position given that they are the only team in the Beanpot that did not lose going into the tournament, providing them with momentum. Boston University lost 5-1 at UMass, Harvard was blanked 3-0 by Rensselaer, and Northeastern came away with a 3-1 loss against UNH. “It’s great to get a win. We were struggling as of late, but regarding our game today, we got contributions from all of the lines,” Brown said. “The Beanpot is awesome. It’s one of the most fun games we play. I think everyone is feeling good, we are playing well, and we are confident to play Harvard." n
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After an unsuccessful month of play in January, the Eagles got back on track with a 4-1 win over the Vermont Catamounts Friday night.
Rahon erupts on offense Men’s Basketball, from B1 allowed BC to hold on for the win. The sophomore forward, who is currently in the top five in the ACC in both points and rebounds per game, had a modest afternoon with only 12 points and four boards, but had perhaps the biggest basket of the game: a contested layup off a feed from Rahon that stretched the Eagles’ lead back to three. Clutch free throw shooting from guard Lonnie Jackson (14 points, six assists) sealed the win as the Conte faithful collectively breathed a massive sigh of relief. Team captain Dennis Clifford logged his third straight game of single digit minutes, playing only two first half minutes before being relegated to the bench for the rest of the contest as he continues to deal with chronic knee problems. When asked about the possibility of shutting Clifford down for the season,
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Senior Steven Whitney contributed a highlight-reel goal against Vermont in BC’s 4-1 win.
Defense picks up the slack Men’s Hockey, from B1 utes to play, and the ebb and flow of the game is sometimes going to do that for us. I thought tonight, during this stretch, was the best we played from behind, because even though it was 1-0, I thought we made some good plays and had some really good effort.” The Eagles’ gritty play on defense and aggressiveness against the boards culminated in one of the game’s pivotal turning points. With BC playing shorthanded late in the first period, junior forward Patrick Brown’s stick was snapped in half by a Nick Bruneteau slap shot. Though without a stick, Brown sacrificed himself to halt a volley of Vermont shots, blocking two pucks with his body and singlehandedly wasting the Catamounts’ power play opportunity. His solo defensive stand drew an ovation from the home crowd and rallied a hungry BC squad playing from behind. “The first shot hit my stick, so it broke,” Brown said, “and then I was trying to get the puck out of the zone, but I didn’t have my stick. So I was trying to hold it in the corner and then the puck went back out to my point, so I just got into the lane a few more times and did what I could.” Sure enough, the Eagle offensive attack responded with a productive second period. On a surge toward Vermont’s goal, forward Danny Linell fed a pass that Pat Mullane onetimed past Catamount goalie Brody Hoffman. Smith followed with his own memorable shot from the blue line that was helped in by the opponent only 47 seconds later, marking the first time in a while that a mistake played to BC’s advantage. In less than a minute, the Eagles had tallied as many goals as they had during their entire series against Maine. “We need to get more pucks to the net,
so I think that’s basically what I tried to do there,” Smith said. “I think if we do get more pucks to the net, more bounces like that will happen, especially with guys driving, so it’s definitely a builder.” Taking a 2-1 lead into the final frame, BC’s offensive barrage refused to relent. Senior forward Steven Whitney sent an off-balanced shot from his knees past Hoffman for a highlight-reel goal. The score not only marked the assistant captain’s 11th third-period score of the year, but also his 16th overall, tying a personal career high for goals in a season. “It’s been a magical season [for Whitney],” York remarked. “The goal from his knees—I’ve got to watch that on film again. He’s really one of the elite players in the nation. We’re awfully glad he’s here at BC.” Before the final horn sounded, sophomore Johnny Gaudreau put an exclamation point on the Eagles’ performance with a top-shelf goal of his own. Coupled with a 38-save effort from Milner, the determination of BC’s lines brought a squad desperate for redemption back to the win column in style. Friday night’s game provides the Eagles with much-needed momentum heading into its first-round Beanpot matchup against Harvard on Monday. Yet Smith realizes that a remarkable stretch run like last season’s can’t solely depend on one successful night, but rather a team’s collective drive to excel. “I think now that we’re getting into what Coach calls trophy season and everything’s getting really tight,” Smith said, “we really want to start playing with a little more desperation in our game. We’re obviously going to stay calm and collected, but we really want to have that sense of urgency … and just really try to get things going because we want to be headed in the right direction coming down the line.” n
Donahue said, “We have [thought about it], it’s not my decision. But the reality of it is, and he knows it, he’s not effective out there … hopefully we don’t have to shut him down and he starts to get slowly better.” Despite the win, there were still some concerning issues for the young Eagles. The team was outrebounded by double digits, and surrendered 14 offensive rebounds to only five of their own. Those offensive rebounds only led to 10 second chance points, as the Clemson big men kept missing put-back after easy put-back, but this is still a concern for Donahue going forward. In his postgame press conference, Donahue commented on the effect these close losses has had on his team, saying, “When you don’t win … it’s hard to stay confident. And I think this was a great way to get these guys confident, to feel good about themselves, and continue to work. [Today’s win] was critical in a lot of different ways.” n Graham Beck / heights Editor
Sophomore forward Eddie Odio contributed on both ends of the floor against the Tigers, with key blocks and rebounds in BC’s win.
Odio’s energy jumps out against Clemson By Stephen Sikora Heights Staff
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Eddie Odio came up with an important block in transition, robbing Clemson of two points.
There were two major career highs set in the Boston College men’s basketball win over Clemson on Saturday. Joe Rahon led the team with 26 points and made six-of-seven from beyond the arc. But the second may have been an even more important development for head coach Steve Donahue, as Eddie Odio was on the court for 29 minutes and continued his high-energy play of late. The sophomore from Miami averaged six minutes a game as a freshman and contributed a total of 21 points, four assists and three blocks for the entire season. He has flown under the radar up until the past couple weeks, as a lack of depth thrust Odio into the starting lineup. With Dennis Clifford’s ongoing injuries leaving the team’s frontcourt thin, the 6-foot-7 forward found increased playing time early in the year.
He’d been performing better than his averages from last year—about 14 minutes and a couple of points and rebounds per game—but nothing substantial until this past week’s games versus UNC and Clemson. Odio was flying all around the court when the Tar Heels came to Conte, as he responded well to his first start of the season. His four blocks were as much as he had the rest of the season combined. He played 28 minutes, making three of his seven shots and while also contributing six rebounds. Donahue had him in the starting lineup again Saturday against Clemson and he delivered. Odio filled up the stat sheet with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals. He also made the best play of the day with seven minutes left in the first half and BC up by four. Jordan Roper of Clemson came up with a steal and sprinted down the court for what seemed like an easy
layup. But when he went for the dunk, Odio blocked in, kept it inbounds to Danny Rubin, who eventually found Rahon who was fouled. The 3-point swing put BC up by five instead of two, which would prove crucial at the end of the game when the Eagled let their lead slip to one. “You’re seeing his maturation right in front of you,” Donahue said. “The blocked shot that he chased a kid down was a huge play … he had a long way to run for that. The other one he blocks Jennings inside. Jennings and Booker are in my opinion two of the best posts in the league. In that way, both are borderline NBA players, and I thought Eddie did a great job with all the energy things.” In a world where BC doesn’t have the athletes to compete with other ACC teams on pure speed or physicality, they’ll need to get by on smarts and energy. Donahue sees Odio filling that role for now, and his teammates are catching on. n
Monday, February 4, 2013
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While all of the participants in the Beanpot Tournament have had their ups and downs over the course of the season, they enter Monday night in hopes of being recognized as Boston’s top college hockey team.
York, “On that night, we’re crowning the best in Boston” Beanpot, from B1 sometime later we’ll look back at all of that, but right now, individual accomplishments aren’t what we focus on. It’s not about one person or player, it’s about the team,” he said. No. 5 BC comes into the tournament as the top ranked team with No. 11 BU the only other top 20 team. January woes have brought the Eagles four losses, more than the three that they had in the three months of play leading up to the new year. The Eagles hope to get back on track, especially with York back on the bench after missing a crucial series against New Hampshire early in the month that was the beginning of the slump. January, however, is over. On Friday, the first night of the merciful beginning of a new month, the Eagles returned to the ice with renewed vigor and overcame the University of Vermont with a confident 4-1 win. The Eagles enter the Beanpot with strong records against their Boston foes. They have faced both Boston University and Northeastern three times so far this season, and their record against both teams is 2-1. After a disappointing
home-opener loss to the Huskies on Oct.13, BC has rebounded with dominating 3-0 and 9-3 wins. When it comes to BU, the two teams traded 4-2 wins in their first two meetings, but BC took the upper hand in the most recent meeting between the two with a 5-2 win on Dec. 1. BC and Harvard have yet to meet this year, but the Crimson has not fared well against Hockey East teams such as Merrimack, UMass Lowell, and Northeastern, sustaining a loss to each of them. In converse, the Eagles have a 5-1 record against those teams. Yet, York, a seasoned Beanpot veteran, knows not to take the Harvard game for granted. “We haven’t played Harvard yet because of some gimmicks in the schedule, so that’s shaping up to be a really good rivalry game,” he said. “I’ve been to see them play and watched video, and they’re a much better team than their record shows. They have a lot of talented players, but injury has held them back a lot.” Between tonight’s semifinal and the second Beanpot matchup next Monday, BC will travel to UMass Lowell for a regular season game having nothing to do with the tournament. Though some may
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The Eagles are looking to defend their 2012 Beanpot crown starting tonight. consider such an intermission to be distracting, York takes it in stride. “Right now we focus on the next game. That’s Harvard,” he said. “This week it will be Lowell, and then after that we can think about the next one.”
BU enters the tournament as the only other nationally ranked team with a record of 13-9-1. January was not a strong month for the Terriers either, as their four losses mirrored BC’s. It included a close loss to UMass Lowell toward the end of
the month and, more recently, a defeat at the hands of the University of Massachusetts in a disappointing 5-1 performance for their last game before the start of Beanpot play on Feb. 1. Along with those slips, after failing to maintain slim leads throughout the game, the Terriers suffered an overtime upset to Beanpot foe Harvard. Before the upset, Harvard had been winless for six games. BU, on the other hand, had been on the upsurge. Overall, the Terriers are still looking strong. Although January held some tough losses, they also overcame Merrimack and Providence, two Hockey East teams that had given Northeastern trouble earlier in the season. Also, one cannot forget about landmark wins against then No. 5 North Dakota and No. 1 New Hampshire earlier in the season. Although Northeastern does not boast the most impressive record (7-13-3), they can still be expected to put up a strong show as they meet BU tonight. Though they have been inconsistent, the Huskies have come away with a few important wins this season. Their first was an early season upset over BC as they spoiled the Eagles’ banner raising home opener. At the begin-
ning of December, they managed to hold off a Massachusetts team that has been popping up with upsets in the Hockey East despite their less-than-stellar ranking. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, they came away with a close defeat of BU on Jan. 18, the last meeting of the two teams before their incumbent game tonight. Apart from their triumph over BU, the Harvard hockey team has not had much reason for celebration this year. 5-14-1 overall, Ivy League and non-conference play have both caused trouble for this freshman-heavy team. In order to find Beanpot success, the Harvard defense, which has allowed an average of 3.76 goals per game so far this season, will have to kick into gear. Tonight will hold the first round of play with BU and Northeastern facing off first at Boston’s TD Garden, followed by BC and Harvard. Next Monday, a championship and a third place game will be held. York is anticipating the nonconventional tournament with enthusiasm. “It’s a great atmosphere for us. It’s really important to remember the history and the tradition of this tournament,” he said. “On that night, we’re crowning the best in Boston.”
Conte needs a musical tune-up Hockey, from B1 that, no matter what, the whole crew cheers on the basketball team to no end. I think they are the only non-family members that can say they’ve always supported this group of players. They were phenomenal at the Inauguration. But, please, study up on DJ Kool’s hit single before the next game. This should be Conte Forum’s jam during basketball games. Football can have “Shipping Up To Boston.” It’s actually kind of cool that the band rocks that song about 10 times a game in the
fall. Officially give “Seven Nation Army” to the hockey crowd. It’s become a classic BC song over the years, and those “Oh”s sound great echoing around the ice. Seriously consider playing “Let Me Clear My Throat” at least five times a game when hoops is going on, but fix the horn drop first. The buildup is solid, but there is no soul, and there’s no funk in that classic horn drop when it’s playing right now. It’s enforcing more of an eye roll than an all-out dance session as it is currently played. A band leader could also step up and give instructions to the crowd over the
beat like DJ Kool does live. In order to get more students at the games, the team is going to have to win and the ticket system, as well as the seating arrangments, will have to be upgraded. All of those things are going to take time. Until then, give students a good time outside of just the entertainment between the black lines. That kind of change can happen right away.
Austin Tedesco is the Sports Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at sports@ bcheights.com.
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The music at Conte Forum could use a facelift in order to engage students better and keep the energy high.
Offensive onslaught down Eagles W. Basketball, from B1 turnovers, compared to the Terps’s seven. Yet at the end of the half, the Eagles were only down by seven, with a high 3-point percentage (5-11—46 percent) allowing them to remain close entering the break. The beginning of the second
half was a similar story. While BC managed to respond to much of the Maryland offense, they were never able to get in a solid run that would significantly narrow their deficit. Throughout most of the half, the Terps lead lingered around 10 to 12 points. Yet as time wound down in during the last 10 minutes, the BC offense slowed as Maryland’s maintained
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The BC offense couldn’t keep up with a potent Maryland attack yesterday.
a constant speed. Maryland maintained their efficient shooting from the field, making 16 of 33 for 49 percent, while the Eagles slipped to only 38 percent. Despite their zero 3-pointers in the second half, the Terps finished the game up by 23 with a final score of 85-62. Only two BC players managed to post double digit scoring. Kirsten Doherty had an impressive 18 points in her 29 minutes played and Kerri Shields finished the day with 14. Boudreau, who has been celebrated as a top freshman in the ACC, had only nine points. Maryland had only three players in the double digits, but two of those, Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins, broke into the twenties with 24 and 26 points, respectively. The Eagles have now lost five of their last six games and dropped to a 3-6 record in ACC play. Head coach Erik Johnson, however, stayed positive after the game. “Clearly our advantage is that we’re hard to guard,” he said, “but Maryland did a good job of preventing our drives. The credit goes to a really good defensive team that did a nice job.”
Monday, February 4, 2013
Shooting prowess makes BC’s Jackson a leader on the court By Andrew Klokiw
Heights Staff When a head coach takes over a new program, it is often said that he should be given the proper amount of time to bring in “his guys” and implement his system completely. In the case of coach Steve Donahue and the men’s basketball team, Lonnie Jackson has become an integral part of this process, clearly one of Donahue’s guys. The guard out of Valencia, CA, projects an image of his coach—a calm, cool, and collected individual on-and-off the court, rare for a player in today’s environment of billion-dollar endorsement deals and flair that permeates every facet of the professional and collegiate games. In short, Jackson understands what it means to be a fundamental basketball player. When prompted to describe his role on this young team, Jackson gave an answer that could have come from Donahue. “My job is to be a leader on the court, defensively and offensively—to spread the floor, spot up, share the ball, making the right pass, the extra pass,” he said. “Basically just being a com-
petitive leader and playing the role of spotting up and getting my teammates involved.” Watching the struggles of Donahue’s squad, one cannot help but forget that Jackson is only a sophomore. That Donahue’s regular rotation contains not one upperclassman is something that is often overlooked by detractors of both coach and team. The youth of this Eagles team is something that has thrust Jackson into a leadership role perhaps a bit earlier than he originally anticipated. Jackson has embraced that role with a predictable enthusiasm and has become somewhat of a coach on the court for Donahue, a fact that cannot be overlooked through all the program’s growing pains. But what truly makes Jackson a unique weapon for this team is his deadly shooting ability. Jackson spends long periods of each game roaming the perimeter and waiting for the kick-out pass that comes from a cutting guard, be it Olivier Hanlan or Joe Rahon. Jackson’s 127 attempts from behind the 3-point arc are 31 more than Rahon, who has attempted the second most threes on the team. Perhaps most im-
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Jackson, though only a sophomore, has established himself as a leader on the team.
pressive, though, is Jackson’s ability to convert, as he leads the team in 3-point percentage (.394) of any player who has attempted more than 10 threes. “Coach says that if I have any ounce of space he wants me to take the shot,” Jackson said of his shooting prowess. “He also wants me to take shots that I wouldn’t normally take. He says that if I’m within six feet of the 3-point line, he wants me letting it go. My dad has something called a Shotmaster that I used growing up and still use. It’s basically something to help me replicate the same shot every time. I shoot the same way every time when I’m practicing. Wherever I catch the ball, I’m going up with it. I’m not dipping it, so I can get it off quickly.” Donahue echoed Jackson’s description of his shot almost identically, and was quick to credit the impressive work ethic of his guard for molding such a deadly shot. “A lot of the credit goes to him,” Donahue raved. “I think what sets him apart as a shooter is his ability to get the ball into his shooting pocket quickly, where he doesn’t need much time. It’s a credit to him and his father, who he’s worked with greatly on his shot. That’s what we thought we could utilize in our offense when we saw him. He works extremely hard on his shot and does an incredible amount of extra shooting before practice and after practice. I think that a lot of guys can shoot it, but that a lot of guys can’t necessarily get it off as quickly. His accuracy from distance in pressure situations is one of the major ways in which Lonnie thrives.” One of the most important things to Jackson is that he not be labeled as only a 3-point shooter, however. One moment the sophomore is reminiscing on a high school game where he hit 11 3-pointers, his own personal record, and the next he is quickly dispelling the notion that his game is one-sided. For any player to be one of Donahue’s guys, he has to make the grade on both ends of the floor. Jackson does just that. “There are so many intangibles to Lonnie,” said Donahue of Jackson’s twoway abilities. “He works extremely hard, he’s vocal, very competitive every day in practice, and I think he’s developed his all-around game very well.” These are all the things that Donahue and his staff saw in Jackson when they recruited him to the Heights in the summer of 2010. As Jackson describes it, the process that brought him to the Heights was not exactly normal. “My recruitment at BC came pretty late in the process,” Jackson said. “I was talking to a lot of schools on the West Coast and the Ivy League, not Cornell though. After the Vegas tournament, it was a quick process. The staff here called me, because they had seen me play in Vegas. Coach [Nat] Graham came out to see me play with my high school. The next day, coach Donahue called me and offered me a scholarship. The next week, I came out here for a visit, and then I committed. It was an extremely quick process in how it happened and luckily it worked out.” Donahue echoed many of those
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Known for his 3-point accuracy, Lonnie Jackson brings more than just efficient scoring. same sentiments regarding Jackson’s recruitment. “I saw a kid that could shoot the ball and was very competitive,” the coach said. “His team won the Vegas tournament, which was a big time tournament. I thought he would be a nice building block to start with this program.” This rapid sequence led to Jackson becoming a part of Donahue’s first recruiting class at BC along with Ryan Anderson, Patrick Heckmann, Dennis Clifford, Eddie Odio, and Jackson’s AAU teammate, KC Caudill. Jackson points to that AAU experience in the Pump ’n Run program as being especially important for his development in becoming the player he is today. It would be with Double Pump Elite that Jackson would win the prestigious Vegas Tournament, earning the exposure to Donahue that would lead to his quick commitment. “It helped me tremendously to see where I needed to get better,” Jackson said. “In high school, everyone who was going to play in college dominated. [Pump ’n Run] was big for me because it helped me to see where I was going to fit in at a higher level and what I needed to do to get there.” Being a major part of Donahue’s first recruiting class here on the Heights has inextricably tied Jackson and his fellow sophomores to the fortunes of their head coach. But in hearing Jackson talk about his coach, one can easily sense
that he has completely bought into what Donahue is selling here at BC. “I love everything about his style,” Jackson said about Donahue. “It is tailored to my game, to our team, and to our offensive weapons. Him as a coach, he’s just so positive. We all trust in him completely, even though we’re struggling right now. He’s coached for over 20 years and he’s been through this process before. If we just come to work every day as a team and stay positive through all our trials and struggles, I think we’re going to come out on top. He’s one of the best leaders in the country for this team.” The ultracompetitive Jackson seems to have a style and demeanor that fit seamlessly with his coach on-and-off the floor. With their basketball fortunes at BC so closely linked, it is obvious that Jackson is one of Donahue’s guys. What is not as obvious is the future of the duo and the rest of this Eagles squad, but regardless of their struggles, Jackson projects a confident image for his team in a message to Boston College basketball fans. “The fans should know that we’re a special group,” Jackson said. “We’re determined to be a team that is reckoned with in the NCAA. Even though right now it’s not going great, we’re going to get there. The fans just need to know to keep the faith and keep trusting us because we know we’re going to get there.” n
Only a Super Bowl ring stands between Ryan and NFL glory Stephen Sikora By the time you’re reading this, the Super Bowl will have been played and a winner determined. It’s my belief on the eve of the big game that the 49ers will be victorious. With the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, their offense matches up as well if not better than the Ravens’, while the 49ers defense was second in the league in points allowed per game. For all the talk of Ray Lewis leading the team in his final year, Baltimore was an average defense in 2012, ranking 17th in yards allowed and in 12th in points. While San Francisco powered past Green Bay and their high-octane offense led by Aaron Rodgers, they failed to do the same against the Atlanta Falcons. Boston College graduate Matt Ryan threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game. It was an impressive performance, but the Falcons fell just short of the victory in a narrow 28-24 defeat. The former signal caller of the Eagles led a 14 play, 70 yard drive in the fourth quarter, but could not complete a fourth down to have a shot at the end zone. Failing to gain those 10 yards should not taint Ryan’s season. After leading Atlanta to the best record in the NFL on the strength of his pass-
ing, he won his first playoff game by defeating a Green Bay team that many considered to be the best in the league. Matty Ice finished fourth in the league in passer rating and fourth in total QBR, an advanced statistic from ESPN that attempts to measure a player’s contribution on every play they’re involved in. Ryan was first in the league in Pass EPA, a major component of QBR, which ESPN describes as “clutch weighted expected points added on plays with pass attempts.” The traditional stats back up what the total QBR and Pass EPA say—that Ryan had one of the best arms in the game. He threw for 4,719 yards, 32 touchdowns against 14 picks, and completed 68.6 percent of his passes, leading the league. And if you solely watched a game, oblivious to stats, you’d still pick up on his success. A great example came in Atlanta’s fourth game against Carolina. Needing a field goal to win with a minute left and the team pinned at their one-yard line, Ryan connected with Roddy White on a downfield bomb of 59 yards. He then took the clock down with two complete passes totaling 13 yards. The Falcons won the game on Matt Bryant’s 40-yard field goal. Ever since Atlanta started off by winning their first eight games there was consistent talk about how Ryan and the Falcons could perform well in
the regular season but many doubted them when it came down to what really mattered—the playoffs. The sentiment was ludicrous then and is especially egregious now. In Ryan’s rookie season in 2008 he led the team to the postseason, only to be beaten by the Cardinals, led by Kurt Warner, who would have been champions if not for Santonio Holmes’ toe barely staying in the end zone. In 2010 and 2011 Green Bay and the New York Giants beat the Falcons. Both teams won the Super Bowl. When Ryan dominated the Seahawks in the first half en route to his first playoff win, he finally silenced the critics, who at their worst brought up the fact that Ryan lost to Virginia Tech in the 2007 ACC Championship Game. This was apparently proof he couldn’t come through when it mattered. (Yes, there was a time when our football team was good enough to make the ACC Championship Game.) The Seahawks were widely believed to be one of the best teams in the league after a strong second half. Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), a statistic they describe as “[breaking] down every single play of the NFL season, assigning each play a value based on both total yards and yards towards a first down,” took a bolder stance. In the years that the website has measured
DVOA—1991 through today—the Seahawks came in sixth overall. And Ryan was able to defeat them by throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns. So how did he get to this point from BC? In his first year Atlanta relied on the run game based on the strength of Michael Turner, who rushed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2008. There were flashes from Ryan along the way, including a win over the Bears in which he found a receiver for 26 yards with six seconds on the clock. Their kicker then booted a 48 yarder with one-second left for the win. Ryan had been steadily improving in the successive years, becoming an above average quarterback over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Falcons made the decision to hand the keys to Ryan in 2011 when they traded a pile of draft picks in order to move up and take star receiver Julio Jones with the sixth pick in the draft. The move was much maligned at the time, but now looks to be a work of genius. Ryan didn’t truly become that player that he is now, a player that puts a team in contention for the Super Bowl every year, until he set career bests in yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage in 2012. Until he wins a Super Bowl Ryan will not join the ranks of Tom Brady,
Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Rodgers, but after the success he’s had this year, a ring is the only thing separating him from that group. Ryan also fits in with the new era of mobile quarterbacks. He finished with a run EPA—which ESPN describes as “clutch weighted expected points added through scrambles, designed rushes, and fumbles/fumble returns on running plays” of 12.1 that ranked 10th in the league, right between Robert Griffin III and Christian Ponder. There were three moments concerning BC football this year that topped anything the actual team accomplished. One was the dismantling of Notre Dame that Alabama put on our rivals in the BCS championship game. The second was the ongoing success of Luke Kuechly—the 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year led the league in tackles even after playing out of position the first four games of the season. The biggest event, though, was the emergence of Ryan as a top quarterback. He has ascended the ranks to which the Falcons now have a Super Bowl or bust mentality.
Stephen Sikora is a staff writer for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Asking doctors to have a heart
Parisa Oviedo There in front of me, the size of a small lemon, pumping vigorously just feet away, was an infant’s heart. Hours before, I could only take claim to seeing hearts on chocolates, candy-grams, and on Grey’s Anatomy. Yet here I was, inside the OR at Boston Children’s Hospital, watching a two-weekold newborn with hypoplasty (a nearly missing left ventricle) struggle for his life in a world he received a harsh welcome to. The newborn’s aorta was exceptionally small, even under microscopic lenses and toothpick sized tools. Frank Pigula, the cardiac surgeon whose team led the operation I witnessed, told me that for a moment during the surgery he had been worried. One wrong move, one leaking valve, one rip in the tiny aorta … and a precious, new life could have been taken away instantly. I was surprised when he told me that he had been even the slightest bit concerned while operating—it seemed to me that he had performed the whole surgery with flawless ease and a collected disposition. When in the presence of a skilled team of seven or so medical practitioners, from a cardiac surgeon to anesthesiologists, less than 100 percent focus is not an option. And so, despite my body’s pleas for water and rest, I stayed for the entire duration of the five-hour surgery. After the successful surgery Pigula took me along on his rounds to check on his patients, talking to me in medical terms as if I were just another surgeon, but also explaining the cases more in depth to me so I could better understand as a student. In one room, two baby boys looked up at me, until I noticed that they were connected: infant Siamese twins. That day will forever be engrained in my memory. However, it was one that didn’t come easily—after many attempts at contacting hospitals, doctors and their assistants, and public health organizations, I had begun to give up just as everyone had told me to. As a freshman in college, especially in a city like Boston where there is a never ending supply of pre-med and med students, It is 97 percent impossible, without personal connections, to gain any type of medical experience beyond being at an information desk. But someone in the remaining 3 percent, Pigula, decided to break the trend and let me scrub into one of his cases. If I were a representative of any healthassociated facility then I would instinctively choose an older, medical student over an undergraduate freshman in college too. However, with pre-med students dropping like flies after just one semester of chemistry, it is easy to have your resolve shaken. On weekends too, it’s often tempting to take partying three or more nights in a row over occasional Saturday nights in O’Neill. However, if more doctors and surgeons like Pigula allow a freshman to shadow them from time to time, the student’s resolve could be more easily solidified. Let me put it this way: from time to time I doubted myself in my abilities to follow through with the pre-med program and its rigorous demands. After just half a day in an OR, however, I am absolutely certain that medicine is the right path for me, even as a freshman, and am now exceptionally motivated to tackle the curriculum and the extra years of schooling. For the first time, I saw, in that OR, biology, chemistry, and physics weaved smoothly together into a single mission: saving this patient. I no longer questioned the necessity of learning about chemical bonds and volumes. Now, I come to my chemistry class eagerly willing to learn, after finally realizing just how important it really is in the medical realm. Opportunities like my day of shadowing Pigula aren’t easily accessible to freshmen, but that doesn’t mean that such opportunities don’t exist. Boston College undergraduates interested in the health and science professions can volunteer during the school year at organizations like Partners in Health, whose headquarters are in Boston, or right on BC grounds with the Campus School, a school for children under the age of 21 with with severe disabilities. Despite the extremely popular misconception, one “C” on your first semester transcript doesn’t mean you should give up and transfer to CSOM because they don’t have as much post-grad schooling and because you’re convinced you’ll “make tons of cash in business.” One rejection from a volunteering opportunity doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for more. Someone in that 3 percent—someone like Pigula—will let you learn that being pre-med is about being passionate and intrigued enough by science, health, and a challenging, intense vigor that makes you willing to dedicate a few extra years of your life to learning how to most directly help people for the rest of it.
Parisa Oviedo is an editor for The Heights. She welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC holds events to commemorate black history month Black History, from B10 month of the year, when it should always be celebrated and learned throughout the entire year. Grace noted that many of the courses at BC tend to be Eurocentric, accrediting caucasian figures as the founders of modern society and praising them for achievements when only a few iconic black figures are studied in depth. The argument that black history should not be separately celebrated from American history has generated some opposition against hav-
ing Black History month at all. Recently, acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman caught the attention of many when he publicly stated that he finds Black History month “ridiculous.” He stated, “You are going to relegate my history to a month?” and that racism will not end until we “stop talking about it.” “I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” His argument is that dedicating and setting apart a distinct month to black history seems to defeat the purpose of helping people see
black history as American history, intertwined and indistinguishable. Freeman’s intent is noble, but perhaps we are not collectively ready as a society to see things his way, not yet. Progress takes time, and there are still too many who have not been exposed to the big picture, the significance of black history and culture in relation to the entire nation. Also, the argument can be made that being completely “color blind” may not necessarily be a good end goal. Celebrating a distinct Black History month can be seen as celebrating the dif-
ferent traditions, culture, and stories that make the whole mural of our nation a lot more colorful. So, come to the events that the AHANA house has prepared for Black History month. Celebrate the different cultural, political, and social ideas and traditions that an extraordinary group of people have contributed to our school and nation. Be a part of a living and moving conversation, because Black History month is not only the story of one group of people, but also the progressing story of us all. n
Students have mixed perceptions about dating in college Dating, from B10 does not mean that you have to drastically change everything about your life in order to date someone. You do not have to coordinate matching schedules, you do not have to eat every meal together, and you do not have to spend every waking moment together. There seems to be two dominant trains of thought regarding dating at BC. The first being that if you are in a relationship, you must be attached at the hip and your entire life revolves around your girlfriend or boyfriend.
The second being that dating is too much of a commitment, so hooking up with everyone you meet is a better alternative. Like Clara Dawley, A&S ’15, explained, “There is an entire middle ground on the spectrum of dating that we are not exploring.” That being said, dating in college is not for everyone. “With all the temptations that come with college, dating is only an option if it is with the right person,” said Michelle Gordon, A&S ’15. “If you can trust someone equally as much as they trust you, then it is truly possible. However, a relationship cannot be forced, it has to happen naturally. As for
the RHA dating game, I think that falls under forcing it, and I’d be surprised if any of the contestants make it past the first date.” “Dating at BC is like a bell curve, and it has an inverse relationship to the hookup culture,” said Stephen Sullivan, A&S ’13. “Freshman year, everyone hooks up with everyone. Then we grow and mature in our sophomore and part of junior year, before going abroad. After that, people start searching for their ‘senior five,’ and stop looking for relationships. I wish more people wanted to explore the dating culture at BC because you never know what it will
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Sophomore Leadership Council resurrects ‘The Dating Game’ of the past in an effort to bring entertainment and laughter to students.
bring. Students need to learn, grown, and mature because it will only get harder after college. Why not practice and have some fun along the way?” Andrew Lee, A&S ’16, added, “Regardless of whether or not a date or a relationship goes well, everything happens for a reason, and you can learn something from any relationship.” Explaining the BC dating scene in a similar fashion, Leah Buckley, A&S ’15, said, “I think people feel more stable dating sophomore or junior year because they already feel a sense of stability at BC. Most freshmen probably want to try to experience college without being tied down. I also think seniors get nervous to date because they’re transitioning out of BC and they don’t know what will happen after graduation.” At a campus as large as BC’s, it seems reasonable that people have different perceptions and opinions on the dating culture. Veronica Glennon, A&S ’15, commented, “Everyone should take time as a freshman to explore the DFMO [dance floor make out] random hookup in the mods, but you can’t depend on the DFMO for all four years.” On the other hand, Jenny Jung, A&S ’16, said, “The BC atmosphere definitely encourages casual hookups over relationships. It kind of sucks, especially when casual hooking up is not your thing. But the nice thing about Valentine’s Day is that it reminds everyone of how nice healthy relationships are.” Dating in college is possible and if you would like to go out on a date with someone, ask them out! It does not have to be fancy—keep it casual. As Rory O’Donnell, CSON ’15, said, “I want to date you, not marry you!” n
Conducting his way from Alumni to the White House By Michelle Tomassi Features Editor They brave the heat for every September football game, and their perfect mix of pop music and songs of Boston pride may cause you to nearly fall off your tiny spot on the bleachers. The Boston College “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band provides the soundtrack to every football game and pump energy into the bodies of every Superfan, despite what’s happening on the field. While their performance would be nothing without the immense dedication of their numerous members, their success can also be attributed to the help of Matthew Hutchinson, A&S ’13, a senior who has been the main conductor of the band for the past three years. As a freshman who had participated in his high school’s marching band, Hutchinson entered BC as a baritone player, but soon realized that he wanted to take on a greater role by conducting. “My freshman year I auditioned, maybe against five or six other candidates, which included upperclassmen, so I anticipated that I would be taking on an assistant’s position,” Hutchinson said. The audition process involves conducting three pieces of music selected at random from director David Healey, followed by a student vote along with the director’s selection for the most qualified candidate. Despite being only a freshman, Hutchinson obtained the position, and is now responsible for conducting all the field shows and leading the band during rehearsals. Some may wonder about how the music selections are made, since a certain song is needed to express the mood of every moment. “At game day, it is up to the discretion of myself and the stands conductors,” Hutchinson said. “We usually come to an agreement on what we think is an appropriate time and place for every piece of music in our repertoire.” Healey is responsible for choosing the songs prior to the season, and Hutchinson makes sure to assemble the songs in a manner that is fitting for every game. Hutchinson had his first experience conducting in high school, but his true appreciation for the role heightened during his time at BC. “I think that it’s
just an incredible experience when it came to college because the level of talent in the ensemble surpasses my high school band by so much,” he said. It’s a very different experience being in front of the band and hearing the creation of harmony first-hand, he explained, which is one of his favorite aspects of being the conductor. Hutchinson had the chance to create the ultimate performance with the band’s recent appearance at the presidential inauguration. He had performed at New York City parades in high school, but none could match the experience of marching on the streets of Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. “It just looked surreal—that is the best I can describe it,” Hutchinson said. “Getting closer to the president, I was trying to maintain posture, but then I could see to my left the president and the first lady, and it was just incredible.” The selection of the “Screaming Eagles” to perform in the inaugural parade
resulted undoubtedly from long hours of rehearsal, which Hutchinson noted as a challenge when trying to conduct a group of about 180 people. “Sometimes the band isn’t completely focused, so when not everyone is focused and you’re at the helm of the band, things start derailing and it’s very nerve-wracking,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re performing, you’re afraid of what could happen. There’s a lot of pressure on game day,” he added, especially during the first few weeks of the season, when the band is testing new material. Band camp, which is about a week and a half before the start of the fall season, can be a very intensive process, but the student body can attest to the fact that those lengthy practices have had outstanding results. The marching band differs from many of the student organizations on campus in that most of its members make the commitment even before they arrive at BC. Through post cards, information tables at orientation, and reaching out
to freshmen with marching band or instrumental experience, Hutchinson, as well as the other student leaders, ensures that they have a sizable amount of incoming freshmen to join the largest student organization on campus. When he’s not in the stands, Hutchinson balances his chemistry major with his participation in Eagle EMS. He intends to go to medical school after graduation, but for the next year he will be working for a pharmaceutical company based in Long Island, N.Y. Looking back on the past four years, Hutchinson can say with confidence that it’s been a “good run,” and anyone who has heard the band perform can surely agree. “After my time in high school in marching band, and four years here at BC, it’s definitely bittersweet,” he said. “I could not have asked for a better encore performance than performing for the President of the United States. It’s just such a good way to end.” n
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Under the leadership of Matthew Hutchinson for three years, the Boston College Marching Band has experienced immense success.
Spend your Valentine’s Day alone NATHAN BUBES This is a guide for all the guys who put their boys ahead of the girls. For all guys who thought girls had cooties until 5th grade. (I SWEAR this was not me!) For all the guys who frankly thought Valentine’s Day was an excuse to eat more chocolate. I am writing for all the fellas who have told a girl that they can’t hang out because the Rangers play the Bruins and the Bruins are five points out of first. Girls, I am sorry. No list or guide will help this day for you. If you do not have a super special friend, this day will be awful, you will cry, and will watch The Proposal to torture yourself. I have been alone on Valentine’s Day. To be honest I have never NOT been alone on Valentine’s Day. For 19 years it has been a pretty easy day— stay at home, watch TV, and never think about the holiday that makes me uneasy to an extreme. However, now I am at college and, wow, let me tell you, I am in trouble. Let’s fast-forward to Valentine’s Day and let’s just say that the chances of me having a date are worse than the football team going undefeated. Here is where I start to worry. Now it’s around 9 o’clock and I really need to go get Late Night. I will walk from my dorm to Mac and witness people going out on dates while the only date I will have are the two dudes at Late Night who like chicken tenders too. I will also see couples eating heart shaped chocolate out of each other’s hands. (I honestly don’t care about the date part of this—I just want to get that big heart-shaped box with five different sorts of caramel-filled chocolate, which is true love for me.) So now that it has been established that I will be alone all night, I need a game plan that will help me avoid everyone like the worthless piece of garbage that I am. So here are a couple of how to’s for that 14th day in February. Once again this is for guys only. Sorry girls, keep your heads up, you can always call me. (Just realized that was super creepy, really sorry, I just went way too far.) 1) How To: Avoid constantly saying the phrase, “How the hell did he get her?” The question “How the hell did he get her,” is a guy’s go-to line. It immediately implies that either she must be really weird or he is super rich or that the world just hates us. It makes us feel better. It makes us think that if he can get her then maybe one day I can be lucky too. So to avoid saying this, just stay in your room. If you go out at all you are bound to see couples and then turn to your buddies and utter this line. Stay in your room and re-watch the 1988 NCAA basketball national championship between Oklahoma and Kansas—really good game. (Here is the link if you are interested http:// vault.ncaa.com.) 2) How To: Avoid the roommate who keeps asking you what he should wear for his date. Personally, I would just respond by making fun of his date, but this would be immature and here at Boston College we are “making men and women who will be capable of shaping the future with vision, justice, and charity.” So in keeping with the BC way I would definitely try to sabotage him. Tell him that the ugly Christmas sweater he has would look great with his yellow cords. Or convince him every girl loves that (hideous) tie-dyed shirt with the big kitten on it. When your roommate walks out looking like a fool you will sit there in pure joy, and honestly, what’s better than sabotaging someone else’s Valentine’s Day? I am of the mindset that if I am going to be miserable all day then no one else should be happy too. 3) How To: Go on a date. Wait, what?! I am really sorry, please ask the guy down the hall that has the tube of hair gel. I wish I could help you, but it’s Valentine’s Day and TNT’s got a sweet NBA doubleheader! (No, actually, no sarcasm, the Heat play the Thunder and then the Clippers play the Lakers.) I got a reservation for two with my remote and me. Good Luck on Valentine’s Day. No, I’m serious—I hope that your day is worse than mine!
Nathan Bubes is a contributor to The Heights. He welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Finding motivation during the winter months MICHELLE TOMASSI Students at Boston College are now in a state that really deserves to have a formal designation. It is a state of severe confusion, dangerous cases of blank stares at textbooks, and a tendency to forgo all immediate responsibilities in favor of the “let’s think about my future and freak myself out” frame of mind. This is a phase I like to call the “inbetween” phase, and it is affecting poor souls everywhere I look. As January has disappeared without warning, February is now upon us, and some students just don’t know how to handle it. Gone are the days when classes were just beginning and “real work” did not exist, and now the pressure is on to start becoming a serious student again. In other words, many students are “in-between”—they are not quite ready to occupy O’Neill once again, but still hear the words of Mulan ringing loud and clear: “Let’s get down to business.” Even the weather has been reflecting our emotions—we had two glorious days of 55 degrees and sunshine, only to return to
30-degree sadness. It was enough to inspire anticipation for the spring—when kneelength puffer jackets can be shed for good, and students will finally be able to enjoy their iced caramel lattes from the Chocolate Bar in the new green space outside of Stokes. However, those dreams will have to wait. I don’t care what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about it—winter is here to stay for quite a bit more time. For now, students may be looking for ways to increase their productivity without reliving memories of finals week, which seems strangely recent, despite the six weeks that have passed since that sleep-deprived, overly-caffeinated time of our lives. If you’re looking for places on campus to escape the temptation of your twin XL bed, here are a few spots that may serve you well during the in-between time, until you are mentally and emotionally prepared to return to Bapst/ O’Neill: 1) Second floor of Corcoran Commons. On a Saturday morning or afternoon, the second floor of the dining hall is empty enough that students will not be distracted by groups of friends Snapchatting their
General Gao’s chicken to unsuspecting recipients, but is still filled with the muffled hum of students on the first floor—quiet enough to get some serious work done, but not too much to drive you absolutely insane. Plus, if you live on Lower Campus (sorry freshmen and CoRo inhabitants), you don’t even have to face the cold or the stairs on your way there. 2) The Laundry Room. Yes, it’s a great place to get some reading done while you wait for your washer to finally end its eternal one minute, but it can also be utilized as a study space even when you are not doing your laundry. Once again, you will be isolated enough to focus, but the sound of the machines can be just as wonderful as your Spotify homework playlist. Another bonus: you’ll get to witness the strangely entertaining sight of people hovering by the washers, constantly checking the door to see if someone will miraculously walk in to empty a machine, and their faces in extreme anguish as they decide whether or not to empty out someone else’s clothes and ruin that person’s day. 3) Third floor of Gasson: We’re all a little
upset that Gasson Commons is no longer available for quiet reading (and naps), but there are chairs that are almost as comfy on the third floor, perfect for last-minute assignments in between classes. I’d also like to add that there are probably numerous places in Stokes that have been unexplored, and personally I’m a fan of the little room directly above the Chocolate Bar. 4) Brighton Campus: For those who don’t mind taking a walk, but would like a change of scenery, the library of our School of Theology and Ministry is relatively unoccupied and open to undergraduate students. You may feel the need to bring some friends along, but beware: it is very difficult to get anything accomplished when you have a room to yourself and a white board. Changing up your location every once in a while can be enough motivation in itself to put your lazy self aside and embrace your inner scholar, so don’t be afraid to venture out by yourself and find your own hidden gem.
Michelle Tomassi is the Features editor for The Heights. She welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BY CATHRYN WOODRUFF Asst. Features Editor His bookshelves are packed with deep blue and red spines of all different widths. At first glance, it is an unassuming, typical bookshelf of a college professor. What you will not know from first glance is that most of these books are the culmination of his life’s work. But for David Twomey, professor in the business law department, professional triumphs are not something he boasts about. “You don’t need to write this down,” he said with a modest smile as he recounted a call he received from the White House in 1986. Twomey was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to a three person Presidential Emergency Board, whose recommendations served as the basis of the resolution of a multi-issue labor dispute between six railroad unions. Twomey’s success did not go unnoticed, and he was asked back to serve on Boards for President George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush to resolve major disputes in the rail and airline industries. Twomey was also elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1979 and has been selected by employers and unions as arbitrator for over 2,000 labor-management disputes throughout the country. A significant portion of his bookshelf houses accounts of his labor arbitration decisions. Twomey recounted how the experience of being an arbitrator has shaped him immensely. Part of the process includes involvement in real life cases: going to paper mills, factories, schools, and airlines. “I hear real life problems and get exposed to current issues of the day,” Twomey said. His involvement in arbitration has exposed him to the reality of the material he teaches in his classes. “Everything is a story—I’ve had wonderful experiences, heartfelt sometimes,” he said. “As an arbitrator, you really get to see life, and you hope that you can communicate that reality to your students and
bring those cases to life in class.” Although he has made quite a splash outside of the Boston College bubble, Twomey has been incredibly successful at BC. His journey has been engrained in the threadwork of BC. Twomey attended Boston College High School, attended BC as an undergraduate, served in the Marine Corps from 1956-58, and returned to BC for Law School. After graduation, he had the opportunity to teach at BC. “I decided I’d come for a while and see what it’s like to teach at my school,” he said. “Forty-four years later, I’m still here, and I love being here every day.” Twomey teaches Introduction to Law and Legal Processes, a CSOM core class that introduces students to the legal process and offers an overview of law in summary form. Additionally, substantive specific concepts are taught, such as contract law, antitrust law, and constitutional law. He also teaches the Labor and Employment Law class, in which students study in detail the broad labor and employment laws that law students will be exposed to in their management careers. Twomey has written the textbooks for both courses. He
wrote the Business Law textbook with coauthor Marianne Jennings from Arizona State University, and wrote the entire Labor and Employment textbook by himself, and has published 34 editions. Twomey does his research during the year, scouring information on cases that have been decided in his subject areas. “There are thousands of cases, but you have to select those that have a teaching value, that have exciting fact patterns that students will relate to,” Twomey said. For his research, he goes to the BC law school and reads the Supreme Court cases as they come out on “advanced sheets.” He diligently assesses the different cases and spots ones that he could use for his books. Once he has gathered the current cases he finds pertinent, he spends the summertime at BC writing his chapters. “I never leave BC, but I love it,” he said. The most rewarding part of teaching for Twomey is getting to know his students. His teaching philosophy for all of his 44 years of professorship has been to get to know every one of his students personally. He has notecards with information about each of his students, and
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he notes the imperativeness of building a community in the classroom—making sure people get to know each other and become friends for life. Twomey, who has essentially never left BC, has watched as it has evolved over time, as a school and as a student body. He was able to watch the construction of Gasson Tower as it came together, and witness Stokes come alive over the summer. As a member of the labor union, he even worked as a construction worker in the summer of 1961 and actually helped to build McElroy. He might possibly be the only person on campus who is distressed by the possibility that the building might be torn down. “There’s always something developing—new cases—the law is developing constantly and you have to develop along with it,” said Twomey. “If you’re excited about the law as it develops each day, there’s an energy you get from doing current research and this makes you a better teacher.”
HE SAID, SHE SAID My roommate is a great person, but he’s very messy and does little things that have started to bug me. We’re planning on living together again next year, so I want to make sure we resolve any issues before the end of the semester. How can I tell him that he needs to start making some changes, without sounding too mean or accusing?” You’re on the right track with this one in terms of making sure that this issue gets addressed now rather than let it become an even bigger problem next year. If you don’t say anything at all, it’s likely to keep bothering you and your roommate will probably continue to allow his neatness to slip further and further. If that happens, your roommate relationship will most likely suffer, and next year won’t be as good as it can be. I’d try to approach this problem by institutALEX MANTA ing some sort of cleaning schedule. Try setting a weekly schedule that rotates, where one week you clean, and one week your roommate cleans. This will be fair, in that you are both cleaning, and by implementing a schedule it sets a deadline for when the cleaning has to be done. If your roommate won’t agree to this, it may be time to reconsider your living options for next year. However, you have to keep in mind that people have different definitions as to what ‘clean’ is. Just because you don’t think he is ‘clean’ doesn’t mean that he doesn’t consider himself clean by his own standards. The more specifics you can include in your cleaning schedule in terms of what needs to get done, the easier it will be for you two to get along with each other. Be up front and work out some system rather than leaving passive aggressive notes or saying side comments about it that will only make your roommate feel insulted and upset. In the end, no matter how you end up approaching this, just try to be as friendly as possible, and be willing to do a little extra if you’re someone who likes your room especially clean.
This is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Since the two of you have plans for next year, it may be helpful to have a discussion about your living arrangements early on in the semester. It’s a touchy subject to breech between friends, but certainly not impossible. Have a conversation face-to-face, and as per usual in most slightly rough conversations, start with the positive—tell him TAYLOR CAVALLO why you want to live with him and how great you guys get along. But tell him that lately you’ve been feeling like things have been a bit messy and it’s hard for you to live in a messy environment. You can say that there are simple things to fix on his part, and make sure you give specific examples to be clear about what you mean. Say that you’re very excited about living together next year and this is only a minor issue that both of you can work on improving in the future. This should be a calm, quick, and mature conversation. There doesn’t need to be fighting or yelling, and his feelings don’t have to be hurt at all if you handle the situation correctly. The point of living together is to have a great year with one of your best friends, not to fight over chores and all of the other little things. Luckily, this can all be fixed with some honest one-on-one conversation, and the two of you should be fine before you know it.
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Charter school provides more opportunity Match, from B10 “This is the first year it’s actually a graduate school,” Dusing said. “They won’t get a master’s after they complete this year—they guarantee getting you a job. Not necessarily in Boston, but at a charter school somewhere in the country—they have a phenomenal networking system in the MTR program. They guarantee getting you a job at a school, and then they’ll observe you and evaluate you for two years and make sure that you’re doing a good job, that you’re very much above average … based on y our effectiveness and your evaluations, they’ll give you your master’s, or not.” Dusing, who is not a part of the MTR program, said that much of her tutor training focused on reinforcing the Match philosophy, and learning the culture of Match at the school. Tutors also practiced their teaching techniques, learning how to give and respond to feedback. “One of the staples of Match Education is the idea of feedback,” Dusing
“No matter your background ... you have every opportunity and every possibility to go to college and beyond.” -Genevieve Dusing MHS Tutor said. “I, for instance, work with nine students—freshmen and sophomores—very closely … I am in constant contact with their teachers. One of the cool things about Match, and specifically the high school—we had two weeks of training in August, and by the end of those two weeks, we had to know all of the 260some kids in the school … Even though I may only work with those particular students, I would say that by this point I know 90, 95 percent of the students on a first-name basis by face. They know me, I know them … all the teachers know every student, whether they work with them or not, administrators know every student very, very well.” She continued, stressing the closeness of the staff and administrators at Match. “It has that family-oriented feel—you stay very much connected while you’re there, and when you leave,” Dusing said. “If you leave.” She noted that about half of the current teachers and administrators were involved with the Corps at one point. In fact, Dusing and her fellow tutors are not the only BC alumni living out the mission of “men and women for others” at Match. Match Education’s COO, Mike Larsson, BC ’04, was part of Match Corps 1, and served as the Director of the Annual Fund for Boston College High School for a time. “It’s a no-excuses charter school, which means that no matter your background, no matter your socioeconomic status, you have every opportunity and every possibility to go to college and beyond,” Dusing said. “They don’t just want kids to get into college. You want to get into college, be successful, graduate college, and find something to do.” n
GlobeMed encourages students of all backgrounds to become advocates for change in global health By Allison Broas For The Heights The fifth floor of McGuinn is relatively quiet Sunday evenings, barring a few phone calls and various people preparing for the upcoming week. Come 5 o’clock, however, you will hear the pattering of feet running up the stairs, eager to attend the weekly GlobeMed meeting. Nearly three years into its time at Boston College, GlobeMed has become an extremely popular club for students to get involved with on campus. Focused on raising awareness about global health disparities, GlobeMed was founded by a group of students at Northwestern University in 2007 and has continued to expand to 50 university-based chapters throughout the country. Each chapter is partnered with a communitybased health organization around the world—organizations are now located in over 21 countries in North America, Africa, South America, and Asia. BC’s GlobeMed chapter, founded in the fall of 2010, is partnered with (take a big breath) Centro de Capacitacion de Campesino de la Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, Peru (CCC-UNSCH). Along with CCCUNSCH, GlobeMed works to improve the health of the elderly and their families in the communities of Huamanguilla and Yanama—primarily through income generating projects, nutritional development and primary prevention measures. Through campaigns and events on campus such as bake sales and evenings with guest speakers, GlobeMed strives to raise money and awareness about these global health issues, and all of the money that GlobeMed raises goes directly to their partner project. Since 2010, GlobeMed at BC has raised over $5,000 to support CCC-UNSCH and their nutrition programs and income generating projects. Upon its formation, the chapter attracted a surprisingly large following, probably due to its popularity at schools
around the country. At first in the dark about how to reach out to students most effectively, the chapter has seemed to have found its footing this year with successful events—as of January, they are over halfway to their fundraising goal of $5,000. While many students have actively sought out GlobeMed, joining GlobeMed has been a product of mere happenstance for many of its staff members. BC GlobeMed’s co-President Sahil Angelo, A&S ‘14, recalls stumbling upon the club three years ago. “I actually learned about GlobeMed by accident—I accidentally walked into an info session. I was immediately inspired by their long-term partnership model as a form of sustainable development.” In the years since, Angelo has served on the GlobeMed executive board and now acts as one of the club’s co-Presidents. “I’m really happy to see how our club has flourished. We have great campaigns and even better staff members. As a junior, I’m excited to see where we go this semester and the years to come.” Every chapter is made up of an executive board and staff members. The board contains two globalhealthU coordinators, whose job is to educate staff members and the larger college community about global health issues. One of the globalhealthU coordinators, Nicoline Bach, A&S ‘15, revels in the student-run aspect of GlobeMed. “GlobeMed was founded by students and has been run by students ever since. I think it’s so cool that everything GlobeMed does is based on student initiative and gives students a real way to make a difference in the world. Because of GlobeMed, there is this whole network of undergrads who all share the goal of improving global health. The fact that we partner with a grassroots organization illustrates the organization’s belief in close and meaningful relationships.” Those meaningful relationships are a central part of GlobeMed, as summits and events are held throughout the year
to bring people from every chapter across the country to talk about global health. The GlobeMed Global Health Summit is the mother of all summits—attracting hundreds of students to Northwestern’s campus to explore their decisions to involve themselves in the global health movement. This year’s summit, for example, will tackle the question, “Why Students?” and will explore the unique position students are in as agents of social and global change. Taking place in April, the Summit will undoubtedly attract leaders in global health, previously hosting Partners In Health founder Paul Farmer as the honorary keynote speaker. Regional summits and gatherings are hosted year-round to encourage constant conversation about global health disparities and help students form relationships with similar-minded students in the vicinity. This past Saturday (Feb. 2), Northeastern hosted a SnowTop, a smaller conference designed to attract students from GlobeMed chapters around Boston. The conference, made up of student panels and discussions, encourages students local to Boston to form relationships with one another as advocates for global health equity. GlobeMed has championed the work and ability of students to become active agents of change since its formation six years ago. The majority of alumni of the organization have gone on to incorporate global health into their careers in some way, with many volunteering and working overseas. Most importantly, however, GlobeMed celebrates the contribution and importance of every student from every background. No matter your choice of study, GlobeMed welcomes students with open arms and helps English and chemistry majors alike realize the huge role they can play in the global health field. As its visibility on campus is increasing rapidly, GlobeMed is still on the prowl for students at all passionate about global health. Get involved, attend an event, sit in on a meeting, feel the love. n
chitecture as BC will need renovations, but students are recognizing a pattern unique to BC—it’s been going on too long. Many students were unaware that St. Mary’s Hall would be undergoing renovation and a bit surprised by the “none-ofyour-business” construction fences that are laced around the historic building. Built over 95 years ago, it is not shocking that St. Mary’s needs to be updated, but students are quite annoyed about the noisy process. Wasn’t Stokes Hall enough? “It was really quite surprising to see and hear all the construction on campus after break,” said Alexandra Covelle, CSON ’13, a resident of Ignacio Hall. “I just got over the construction of Stokes Hall, which came out great, but I thought it would stop there for a while at least. I was trying to sleep in this morning and it is quite impossible when you live in a construction zone.” “It definitely makes it hard to talk on my phone as I am walking up to class, past St. Mary’s,” Kelly Quinn, LSOE ’13, said.
“I don’t start conversations on the stairs anymore.” Construction on St. Mary’s will reportedly run until November 2014, comprised of inside renovations and an outside “facelift” similar to the one Gasson recently received. The Jesuits most certainly deserve the best living arrangements, and no one disagrees with that, but is St. Mary’s Hall construction a continuation of what seems to be BC’s “ever to excel” mantra applied to architecture? BC’s “Institutional Master Plan” better exposes BC’s eagerness to build. The proposed 10-year plan will involve expansion onto the Brighton Campus, a new Plex, and a large array of other buildings and improvements. BC’s goal is “to develop a vision for growth that looks to the 21st century, but is also grounded in the University’s past.” A keen focus of the project includes propelling BC forward as a leader in liberal arts and Catholic educa-
tion. This sounds great on paper, but the pleasing resonance stops there as nothing joyful emanates from the sound of a Bobcat bulldozer. “It wakes me up every morning,” said Allie Broas, A&S ’13. “While I appreciate the need for construction and renovation, I wouldn’t mind a complimentary pair of Beats to wear those mornings when I just want to sleep in.” Jamming with Beats or not, BC students are surrounded by construction and, it appears, will be for some years to come. Maybe current students will find satisfaction when they revisit BC 10 years down the road? Maybe, by then, their loans will be paid off and they will finally see and appreciate the beauty of the new structures without hearing the noise it took to build them.
Intelligence is a tricky commodity. How can we measure such an indefinable and intangible concept? As a society, we trust standardized tests to churn out a few meaningless numbers that apparently dictate our ability to be successful in school. These vague numbers also dictate how we place ourselves on this mysterious intelligence ruler. Our intelligence becomes, in essence, wrapped up in our self-esteem and our view of how we stand against others in the world. Today anyone really has the ability to be “intelligent,” or at least to pose as intelligent. Anyone can read countless pieces written by the “intelligent elite”—becoming, supposedly, “intelligent” themselves. With a simple “Retweet” click, John Doe can repost a brilliant political observation—regurgitating his friend’s revolutionary thoughts. Does this make these thoughts his? Does this make him intelligent, or simply plugged in? In the past, those with money and influence held a monopoly on intelligence. But today, we are bombarded with unrelenting shards of intelligence—for better and for worse. Knowledge is currently the only free commodity, and we are all simultaneously traders and shoppers. As a whole, I would argue that we are a much more informed population than has ever existed before. Yet with knowledge spinning around on so many different platforms on the web, there is also the dilemma of information overload. It is undeniable that the chaos and fast pace of modern society has shortened our attention spans. We love to jump from site to site, swallowing disjointed snippets of information. I noticed the other day, while trying to sit down to read a long and dense article for my political science class, just how distracted I was. I had planted myself in an O’Neill cubicle—an act of self-prescribed isolation. Yet I couldn’t help but notice the notifications lighting the screen of my phone. Someone tweeted at me? Someone snapchatted me? And I actually began to feel suffocated. I was so frustrated with myself for being so tempted to divert my attention, angry that I couldn’t even resist. After calming my anxieties by, admittedly, checking my phone, I began to assess my habits. Was I unable to devote my full attention to the political science reading because I am no longer capable of giving my undivided conscience to anything? These thoughts are scary, but very much enmeshed in the threadwork of our generation. It is bizarre that, as an English major, I have never read The Great Gatsby. It’s crazy, I know, but for some strange reason, it was never included in my high school curriculum. When I go to grab a book to read for pleasure, The Great Gatsby is not at the forefront of my mind. My mother was shocked when I asked her if we had a copy of the classic lying around the house. “How have you not read that?!” she said condescendingly. Perhaps it was easier back in the ’60s when there were fewer distractions. Now, when the cyber world is begging you for your attention, is it completely shameful to scour Perezhilton.com rather than indulge in an American classic? Arianna Huffington, president and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group addressed this problem eloquently in an interview with Bob Jeffrey, Chairman and CEO of JWT Worldwide, marketing communications brand. “The greatest innovations in the future are going to be around a paradox. The paradox is that as billions more people become connected to the Internet, we are all going to become obsessed with disconnecting, and [The Huffington Post] wants to be at the forefront of that,” Huffington said. “We want to be at the forefront of disconnecting from technology, for a period of time everyday, in order to connect with ourselves, because that’s the ultimate source of wisdom.” In this fractured world, the ability to disconnect is vital. It’s something I definitely need to work on. Even more frightening is witnessing how connected my 12-year-old twin sisters are. Their generation is even more consumed by the viral world, and there is no doubt in my mind that they would choose Instagram over The Great Gatsby. We are so fortunate to have the world at our fingertips—literally at the click of a button. But with this comes a dependency on something that can be detrimental. As a society we need to catch our breath in the real world every once in a while. A personal goal of mine is to disconnect for a time period on a daily basis, allowing myself a repose from the fast-paced nature of the cyber world. Maybe I’ll even get around to reading The Great Gatsby. In this splintered world, I challenge you as I challenge myself, to take a break. Breathe, and turn off your phone while you read that political science article. We will definitely get more out of it.
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BC campus seems forever under construction Has your life ever been interrupted by the sudden sound of a concrete-eating, earth-shattering jackhammer, drilling what seems to be a hole to China? Have you ever been in the midst of a boring but nonetheless important conversation with one of your senior-five only to be cut off by a “CLANG-CLANG-CLANG?” Have you been suffering from recurring migraines, sleeplessness, and lethargy? Well, if the answer is “yes,” then you are not alone. If the answer is “no,” and you live anywhere near St. Mary’s Hall, then you should probably go to health-services and get your hearing checked. Jokes aside, there is and has been a great deal of construction underway at Boston College’s campus, some of which seems a bit counterproductive to forging a peaceful campus environment. Understandably, a campus with such historic, breathtaking ar-
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By Eunice Lim For The Heights It was only 42 years ago that black students were first admitted to Boston College. A lot has changed since, and it would be hard to imagine a BC campus today without its diverse student body and multi-cultural experiences. To celebrate both black history and the 150th anniversary of BC’s founding, the Office of AHANA Student Programs and Student Affairs has set the theme of this year’s Black History month as “Ever Progressive: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Black History.” Rayana Grace, A&S ’13, who serves as a cochair of the Black History month committee at the AHANA office, along with Sandra Dickson, CSON ’13, offered insight into the purpose of celebrating the month and its intended effect on BC. With multiple events and the integrated support of various groups on campus such as FACES and the Multi-Christian Fellowship, Grace excitedly stated that this Black History month is going to be even better than the months past. It will showcase a diverse array of events from a dual-panel discussion series, cultural dinners, documentary showings, to musical performances by the BEATS and the Voices of Imani, as well as Spoken Word performances. The big kick-off event of the entire month is on Feb. 6 at Corcoran Commons. “We want to offer events that appeal to everyone,” Grace said. “The events we have planned are entertaining, but have an important underlying, educational tone.”
When asked about the goal of celebrating Black History month, Grace commented the most significant goal is to produce and continue a conversation about black culture, history, and issues. The relevant topics discussed at panels, speaker events, and documentary showings should not end there, but should be brought back into the students’ lives and their conversations with friends and family. Only when there is active, continuing conversation about black issues amongst the students can the BC community progress toward further tolerance, awareness, and understanding. Grace expressed her own anticipation for the events to come. She is looking forward to the dualpanel discussion the most, held on Feb. 13 in Gasson Hall, which will delve into the issues dealing with “Battle of Complexions: The Significance of Skin Color in the Black Community” and “Why Can’t I say the N Word.” There are layers of complex issues even within the black community, as the titles of the panel discussion suggest, that are often overlooked or oversimplified by most. Grace hopes these panel discussions and speaker events will dispel simplified explanations of colored culture and history. Celebrating Black History month allows her, as well as many other students of color at BC, to “reflect how far people like me have come” and find a sense of pride in her roots. “Still,” Grace reflects, “we have a long way to go.” Black history is allotted one
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throughout the years Fr. Michael P. Walsh, S.J., then University President, launched the “Negro Talent Search Program” in 1968. The term AHANA was coined in 1979 by students Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis. The Black Studies Program, in conjunction with the museum of AfroAmerican History and the Boston Public Schools, initiated the first “Blacks in Boston” conference to examine racial issues in Boston’s black community in 1983. The University added the Cultural Diversity core requirement in 1993. maggie burdge / heights graphic
Education without bounds By Eleanor Hildebrandt Heights Editor Less than a year after graduating from Boston College, several BC grads—Genevieve Dusing, Abby Stemper, Allison Holcombe, and Michael Francke, all BC ’12—who are working just down Comm. Ave. from the Heights—as full-time tutors at a public charter high school. Match Corps is a yearlong volunteer program that runs August through July, constituting a fulltime tutoring position at one of Match Education’s three public charter schools, and Dusing, a double major in biology and Spanish, decided last spring that joining the Corps was a good way to spend the first year after college. Since last August, Dusing has been living and working at the Match High School (MHS), a charter school located at the intersection of Babcock Street and Commonwealth Avenue, as part of the ninth cycle of Match Corps. She’s currently one of 42 tutors who work at MHS, and one of 35 who live at the school as well. “I’m a fulltime math tutor—I work with freshmen and sophomores daily in an hour-long tutorial period, either 3-on1 or 1-on-1 if it’s a special ed student,” Dusing said. “We work very closely with students, not only in school, but building kind of an outside relationship. We’re responsible for talking to parents once a week or every other week—updating them, telling them how their kid is doing in classes, in tutorial.” Match Education’s mission, as stated on their website, is in part “to generate four-year college completion results that are better than any other U.S. public school serving low-income students … our graduate school has to produce novice teachers who are better than all other novice teachers in the U.S. at generating measurable achievement gains for low-income students.” Furthermore, Match seeks to serve as a “research and development platform for long-term reform … What our work invariably lacks in absolute size it has to compensate for in intellectual power and reform relevance. Our inventions have to be compelling enough to matter, over time.” Match began this mission when MHS opened its doors in 2000, and the organization has been steadily working to expand and improve upon its undertaking ever since. A charter middle school in Jamaica Plains opened in 2008—students there are now at the age where they can feed into the high school. Students must go through a random lottery to be admitted to either school, but once in, younger siblings in the same family are also guaranteed admittance. Match Education also runs Match Community Day School, opened in 2011, which is targeted at students who are learning English as a second language, and is also located in Jamaica Plains. Furthermore, in 2008, Match also began a master’s program called Match Teacher Residency (MTR). Members of MTR tutor Monday through Thursday, and then spend their Fridays and Saturdays taking graduate school classes at the high school, working on practical applications and teaching techniques.
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Hook-up culture makes students reluctant to play the dating game SLC Sophomore Dating Game has many students asking if we can save the date By Katherine Dobberstein For The Heights Are you looking for love? The Residence Hall Association’s Sophomore Leadership Council (SLC) is hosting the second annual Boston College Sophomore Dating Game, which is scheduled right before Valentine’s Day. The event will take place Feb. 13 in McGuinn 121. SLC member Lauren Shook, A&S ’15, explained, “We want to get our sophomore class together while love is in the air!” Using Faceb o ok to advertise the event, the SLC asked
students to nominate friends for the opportunity to be the chosen bachelor and bachelorette. The SLC will also select three female contestants and three male contestants to participate in a traditional “The Dating Game” fashion—the bachelor and bachelorette will ask the contestants, who are hidden from view, questions, and each will choose a contestant to go out with on a date. “Our hope for this event is to come together as a class to laugh, to make some love matches, and to meet new people in our grade,” said SLC member Alyssa Stern, A&S ’15. With this event and Valentine’s Day
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approaching, many students have been talking about dating at BC, or maybe lack there of. As BC students, we are no strangers to conversations about the “hook-up culture.” In fact, we use this buzzword so much, that it has almost become an excuse for not dating. However, despite all the talk about “hooking-up,” we cannot dismiss the fact that some students on campus are dating, or at least wanting to date. “I know a lot of people talk about the BC hook-up culture, but from what I’ve seen, there are all types of relationships here on campus,” said Katherine Kubak, A&S ’15. “I have friends in long-term relationships, friends starting to date casually, friends that just want a hook-up at parties, and friends who aren’t interested in any of it.”
Also mentioning the hook-up culture, Alessandra Christiani, CSOM ’15, said, “I think dating at BC is hard because we are such an alcohol centered school with a hook-up culture. I feel like most people that get into a relationship end up dating someone they’ve become good friends with. Maybe the y met through another friend or in class. It’s just hard to find someone at BC, so props to whomever can do it!” This idea that it is hard to meet someone who is willing to date is f r ustrating for many student s . “I think dating in college is really hard,” said Amy Yeung, CSOM ’15. “It’s a lot riskier and scarier than it was before. Unlike in high school, we don’t have history or know that much about oth-
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ers here, so getting to know someone well enough to date is a difficult task, especially with how busy most of us are.” Echoing this thought, Kathleen Costello, CSON ’15, added, “Nursing students rarely date in college.” Ricky Scheiber-Camoretti, A&S ’15, explained, “Dating at BC is almost as unheard of as BC winning a football game. Now that we have a new coach, hopefully that will change.” And there is no reason why the BC dating culture cannot change. There seems to be a misconception on campus that dating someone is comparable to committing to marriage. Dating can be as simple as hanging out with someone and talking, or getting ice cream or pizza. It
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