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The Independent Student Newspaper of Boston College Established 1919 Vol. XC, No. 31

THE HEIGHTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

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Fences to enclose Dustbowl Construction of Stokes to close Dustbowl until 2012 BY PATRICK GALLAGHER Assoc. News Editor

A trio of construction projects that will cost a total of $100 million was approved by the Boston College Board of Trustees last Friday. The preliminary stage of construction on the 183,000 square-feet Stokes Academic Building will commence on Monday, Oct. 4, with the preparations to erect a fence around nearly the entire perimeter of the Dustbowl. “This is a significant first step for the University in terms of implementing the Master Plan,” said Executive Vice President Patrick Keating. “It’s not often that the University

makes a decision to invest $100 million in its future.” Also approved at Friday’s meeting was a renovation of the University’s property at 129 Lake Street, formerly known as Bishop Peterson Hall, in addition to a renovation of portions of the Gasson Hall interior. “The real work starts now,” said Keating, who has been one of the chief architects behind the University’s Institutional Master Plan, which was first announced in 2007. The Stokes contract was awarded to Walsh Brothers Inc., a Boston-based contractor, for $62 million, and the 129 Lake St. contract was awarded to a second yet-to-be-named contractor for $15.8 million, Keating said. Also included in the $100 million that was approved by the Board of Trustees is financing for various utility projects, interior work on multiple buildings, architectural contracts, and other construction costs. Keating said that the renovation of 129 Lake

St., coupled with the future renovation of 2121 Commonwealth Ave., will clear the way for the administrative offices currently located in More Hall to be relocated to the Brighton Campus. This in turn will allow for the razing of More HAll to make way for a residence hall. “Those two allow us to tear down More Hall so we can begin the construction of the residence hall,” Keating said. Walsh Brothers constructed 21 Campanella Way, 110 St. Thomas More, and the original Bapst Library. The contractor has also recently worked on various building and renovation projects at Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University, among other institutions. All of the construction workers involved in the project will be unionized, Keating said, and all will go through a worker orientation program to avoid issues between workers and COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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The Fray concert cost UGBC $80 K BY MICHAEL CAPRIO News Editor

The student government’s non-budgeted losses from last semester’s Spring Concert amounted to about $80,000, administrators said. The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), budgeted $50,000 for last year’s Spring Concert featuring The Fray and Steel Train. Because of low ticket sales, however, an additional $80,000 needed to be allocated to make up for losses. The UGBC declined to release the concert’s final figures publicly until recently. When planning concert events, the UGBC does not budget for a sell-out crowd, said Mark Miceli, associate dean of the Student Programs Office (SPO). The total operating budget of the concert was about $160,000. The UGBC had budgeted $50,000 to subsidize

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student tickets. Ticket sales amounted to $30,000, falling short of covering the $110,000 needed to break even. Some of the difference was covered by a reserve account managed by SPO and used for making up budgetary losses. “The UGBC had an inactive reserve account to cover them just in the case of these events, and we used that money,” Miceli said. “That had been built up over years of being under budget. It’s something that the University requires them to have just in case of these situations,” he said. Some of the losses were redistributed from other departments within the UGBC that were under budget for the year. Miceli declined to release information on how much money was redistributed from within the UGBC budget. But, he said, some of it could have come from the executive department’s discretionary fund or from other under budget departments, such as the AHANA Leadership

The orange line (above) represents the fence that will soon enclose the Dustbowl.

Stabbing victim released

Hegarty returns home, police issue warrant BY MICHAEL CAPRIO News Editor

The student victim in last weekend’s stabbing in the Mods has been released from the hospital and is currently at home. An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspected assailant. Boston College Police Department (BCPD) officers detained four people

and arrested one individual in connection with the fight in which Hegarty was stabbed. Twenty-one year-old Santos Carrasquillo of Cambridge was arraigned in Brighton District Court Monday on the charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his shod foot, which

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ALEX TRAUTWIG / HEIGHTS EDITOR

$50,000 of losses from The Fray were accounted for in the UGBC executive budget.

Conte Forum to host Ice Jam

Council (ALC). “The total loss to UGBC was probably less than $80,000 because of all the other budgets that were under budget,” Miceli said. Micaela Mabida, president of the UGBC and CSOM ’11, said the budget results from the concert allowed her to analyze some of this year’s executive

BY TAYLOUR KUMPF

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Asst. News Editor

The Boston College athletics department, together with the Undergraduate Government of BC (UGBC), has announced plans for the inaugural Ice Jam, a hockey and basketball pep rally, to be held in Conte Forum on Oct. 26. Both the men’s and women’s bas-

ketball teams, and the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, will be participating in this unique event. Many colleges throughout the country have what is known as “Midnight Madness” the night before their basketball team begins practicing for the season. Ice Jam will be an opportunity

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Faculty promote diversity BY PATRICK GALLAGHER Assoc. News Editor

The Council of AHANA Faculty at BC has been formed to help represent and support AHANA professors who are seeking promotion. “The University – from the president through individual departments and faculty members – must be committed to the recruitment and retention of AHANA faculty at BC,” said Rhonda Frederick, director of the Council and a professor in the English department, who also serves as the director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). She emphasized the important role professors of AHANA background play in a university setting, and the need for a more diverse faculty at BC. “AHANA faculty contribute more to this University than courses that fulfill the cultural diversity requirement,” Frederick said. “To list our contribution here is onerous,” she said. She said that the need for such an estimation of value “speaks to the kinds of issues that must be overcome.” At BC, 109 out of 760 full-time faculty members are AHANA. While that 14.3 percent is significantly higher than it was 10 years ago – when 10.4 percent of BC’s full-time faculty identified as AHANA

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CECILIA PROVVEDINI / HEIGHTS STAFF

Diplomats rubbed shoulders with NGO representatives at the Boston Symposium on the Arms Trade Treaty at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Discontinued U.N. conference held in downtown Boston Student-organized event brings U.N. delegates together BY REBECCA KAILUS Heights Staff

Delegates gathered in Boston this week to discuss technical details of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to regulate the international trade on small arms. The Boston Sym-

posium on the Arms Trade Treaty, which was originally scheduled to take place at Boston College, was conceived and organized by Leon Ratz, A&S ’11. Ratz, who works for Amnesty International for seven years, had attempted to organize the conference at BC and hold it in early June. Organizational complications, however, forced Ratz to postpone the conference and seek the University of Massachusetts, Boston as an institutional sponsor. The foreign ministries of the governments of Australia, Austria, and Luxembourg were also co-sponsors of the

event, which ran from Thursday evening to this morning. Ratz said he has observed the Arms Trade Treaty process over the course of the last four years in his role at Amnesty International. “Last year I was at [the] U.N. when they adopted the resolution that launched negotiations for the Arms Trade Treaty. I was there for the vote,” he said. “I came back to Boston, and I started hearing how there is not enough time in the process. Somebody calculated there

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