The Heights December 5, 2016

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Spry footwork and palpable chemistry propel Dance Showcase to new highs, B8

Professor and student discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, A5

Women’s basketball fell to 2-6 after dropping two games this week, B2

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Monday, December 5, 2016

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8k 9fXi[ D\\k`e^# X 9ifX[ =fZlj L>9: \o\Zj gi\j\ek gcXe ]fi g\\i$kf$g\\i Zflej\c`e^ gif^iXd 9P :?I@J ILJJF 8jjk% E\nj <[`kfi Russell Simons, Undergraduate Government of Boston College president and MCAS ’17, and Meredith McCaffrey, UGBC executive vice president and MCAS ’17, presented to the Student Life Committee of the BC Board of Trustees on Friday about the quality of programs, student accessibility, inclusivity at BC, and the proposal to make BC a sanctuary campus. They also spoke about the post-election campus climate and civic engagement. This is the second time Simons and McCaffrey have spoken to the Board of Trustees this year. Typically, the UGBC president and EVP meet with the Board four times a year. Simons and McCaffrey said that this discussion with the Board differed from prior presentations, which had a more narrow focus. In Simons and McCaffrey’s last presentation, they focused on a proposed student center. “I think the major privilege of our positions is that we are so enmeshed in the day-to-day workings of the University, and that gives us a vantage point that few students have,” Simons said. “We have such a generalist approach to student advocacy now, which is the one difference

between the Executive [Cabinet] and the executive vice presidency and the presidency—we have to be generalists.” Simons and McCaffrey updated the Board on the initiative to keep O’Neill Library open 24 hours a day. The extended hours began last year in collaboration with Student Affairs and continued this semester. According to Student Affairs, the initiative has been a success due to the large turnout during late hours, and McCaffery hopes the program will become permanent. Simons and McCaffrey also notified the Board about two of the resolutions it passed before Thanksgiving break, including a spirituality resolution and a resolution affirming the Student Assembly’s desire for a student center. The student center resolution, which was passed unanimously, does not outline a specific plan or budget for the center, but encourages the Board to make it a priority. UGBC is also planning to create a peer-to-peer counseling pilot program, in which students can serve as resources for one another. The idea for this program came after an increase in student demand for University Counseling Services (UCS) this year. UGBC senators researched student-to-student counseling services at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to build a potential program. Simons and McCaff rey hope the implementation of this program would help alleviate some of the need for counseling services

through UCS. Simons and McCaffrey also presented their work with student accessibility, and talked about the diversity of what qualifies as accessibility. “Accessibility to us isn’t necessarily just physical accessibility,” Simons said. “[It is] accessibility in the context of communication between students, the administration, the accessibility of UGBC as a student government to the student body ... and how we continue to have an open line of communication between all the parts of the University that make our job possible on campus.” In an effort to increase the transparency within the administration, this past October, UGBC held a conversation between student leaders and administrators. The communications department within UGBC also sent out a survey to receive student feedback on how UGBC is catering to students’ needs. McCaffrey said that they hope to release the survey’s results next semester. UGBC is also working to accommodate students with physical disabilities at its events with the implementation of QR codes on event posters. After scanning the code, students will be directed to a webpage in which they can submit a request for an accommodation for a physical disability. Simons and McCaffrey also provided updates on campus inclusivity.

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College’s Student Assembly (SA) passed two resolutions on Sunday night, one of which endorses a petition by Eradicate BC Racism that calls for BC to take steps to designate itself a sanctuary campus for undocumented students. The other resolution calls for the University to adjust its current process for reporting bias incidents by centralizing a reporting form on the Agora Portal and creating a team of people from different campus organizations that would work on bias incidents. University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., signed two statements last Tuesday that affirm BC’s commitment to upholding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action signed by President Barack Obama in 2012 that gives protected status to undo cumente d students . DAC A is threatened in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, who said he plans to repeal several of Obama’s executive orders, which could include DACA, in his first 100 days in office. Eradicate’s petition has 16 total recommendations, and Leahy’s action is one of them. The statements, one from Pomona College and the other from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, do not technically designate BC as a sanctuary campus. The first resolution, sponsored by Gianina Chua, MCAS ’18, and cosponsored by Hailey Burgess, MCAS ’19, passed unanimously. The SA’s vote is the latest in a string of events since Eradicate released the petition last Monday, including Leahy’s signing the statements on Tuesday and a rally hosted by Eradicate last Thursday that called for further, more concrete actions from the University.

Eradicate—whose petition has been signed by over 1,700 students, faculty, and staff as of Sunday night—is now calling in particular for Leahy to sign on to an additional statement by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. BC is the only of the 28 American, Jesuit colleges to have not signed it. The statement explicitly commits to “[protecting] to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on our campuses,” which, according to an analysis posted on Facebook by Eradicate, the other two statements do not do. Afterwards, Chua said in an interview that she was surprised Leahy had signed the two statements last week, but more surprised that BC was the only school not signed the AJCU statement Chua said the statements BC has signed do not necessarily protect against potential immigration raids at BC. The resolution says a sanctuary campus could take actions that “include but are not limited to: pledging to keep students’ immigration status confidential, not voluntarily participating in the enforcement of immigration law, and providing pro bono legal counsel.” This ambiguity has caused concern among many members of UGBC. “This is dealing with fundamental human rights,” Michael Proietta, MCAS ’19, said. “It’s an ethical and to some extent religious imperative to support something like this.” Raymond Mancini, CSOM ’19, raised the concern that supporting the Eradicate petition could endorse violating federal law, but several members said that the petition does not call for BC to resist requests for lists of undocumented students if the government had a warrant. “If we don’t approve something like this, that’s an active statement that we do not support those students, or those humans, generally, which is completely contrary to what we stand for as a Jesuit university and a liberal arts university,” Josh Frazier, MCAS ’19, said. “And it’s going to put us at … a disadvantage as

See Student Assembly, A3


See Trustees, A8

Gianina Chua, MCAS ’18 (left), and Hailey Burgess, MCAS ’19, presented the first resolution.

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Trump gave a lot of attention to issues of diversity and inclusion, and resulted in a general increase in student activism on campus. University Counseling Services (UCS) will host an event focusing on these issues Tuesday in the Commons Room of 2150 Comm. Ave. The event will feature a panel of both Student Affairs staff and faculty from various departments. The panelists will discuss different aspects of diversity and inclusion based on their fields of expertise, connecting their observations to campus culture. “Our initial conversations happened towards the beginning of the semester,” said Julie AhnAllen, the assistant director of diversity and inclusion in UCS. “Many of the conversations surrounded

more of the race-biased incidents happening around us and students’ distress about that.” With the negative impact some marginalized groups have felt this fall, AhnAllen has also noted a growing demand for an official conversation on diversity within individual counseling sessions at UCS. The panel, moderated by AhnAllen, will begin with opening remarks from Vice President for Student Affairs Barbara Jones, as well as Billy Soo, Vice Provost for Faculties. The panel will feature three professors and one member of the UCS staff, who will speak on the subject of diversity and inclusion within the context of their fields of expertise. “As [Director of UCS Craig Burns]

and I were talking about ways to bring the community together, the collaboration with the faculty piece came about,” AhnAllen said. “Students, obviously, spend a lot of their time in class and having these kinds of conversations with faculty, and as Student Affairs folks, we are trying to merge that gap between student life, student support, and what students talk about in their classes and classrooms.” Regine Jean-Charles, who teaches African and African Diaspora Studies, will speak about reconciling frustration toward various events in the context of faith. Usha Tummala-Narra, an associate professor in counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department, will talk about the intersection of

gender and race. John McDargh, a theology professor and an active member of the LGBTQ community on campus, will speak on bias incidents, how to respond to them, the impact they have on campus, and how to collectively move forward. Burns will be talking about the impact on mental health through the lense of trauma and bias. The goal of the panel is to explore the different perspectives of diversity and inclusion from the panelists’ points of view, then move into the larger question of how to have conversations across differences and tension points while maintaining a supportive community. UCS hopes the event will help to create

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things to do on campus this week

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host an ice skating night at the Frog Pond in Boston Common tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. CAB holds this event annually. It is accessible by the Park Street station. Two tickets are $10.

NEWS BRIEFS Jkl[\ek Xe[ Gif]% G\e 9ffb Brian Gareau, a sociology professor at Boston College, and Connor Fitzmaurice, a former student of Gareau’s and BC ’10, co-authored a book titled Organic Futures: Struggling for Sustainability. The idea for the book stemmed from Fitzmaurice’s senior thesis, which won the Morissey College of Arts and Sciences’s McCarthy Prize for outstanding senior thesis. Gareau was so impressed by Fitzmaurice’s thesis that he offered to help build on his work. Yale University Press also expressed an interest in publishing their research. Organic Futures examines the lives of small-scale organic farmers in New England as they struggle to compete against the food industry in producing “organic” food. Fitzmaurice and Gareau explore the history of the “locally grown” food movement and describe interviews with several local farmers in New England. The book also details the evolution of the organic food industry, from small-scale farming with environmentally-friendly production to questionable practices by large farming companies. Piecing together the book took a lot of time and effort by the authors. “It was all worth it,” Fitzmaurice said to The Chronicle. “The standards for academic presses are high, so that meant having to not only go over what I’d done already but go beyond, and look at organic farming in a broad historical and cultural vein. But we had good support from Yale, and we knew we were on the right track. I was really happy to have Brian as my collaborator.” Gareau also had a positive experience helping with the book. “I’d hope our experience with Organic Futures would encourage faculty to consider doing this kind of beyondthe-classroom work with students,” Gareau said. “It’s very rewarding in many respects.”

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HBO released a documentary about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing on Nov. 21 that features Patrick Downes, BC ’05, and his wife, Jessica Kensky. Downes lost a leg during the attack, while Kensky lost both. The documentary, Marathon: The Patriot’s Day Bombing, portrays the events that happened on April 15, 2013, through footage of victims, first responders, family members, and journalists. According to Boston College Magazine, the couple will also be portrayed in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg film about the bombing, Patriots Day, which premieres this month in Boston. During the bombing, 264 people were injured on Boylston Street, and 17 of those people lost limbs. Downes and Kensky were the only couple in this group. “I still can’t believe it was both of us,” Kensky said to BC Magazine. “That has been the hardest thing of all.” After the newlyweds had both undergone several surgeries for their injuries, they were faced with lifelong repercussions from the attack. Patrick told WGBH that the reason he and his wife agreed to be featured in the HBO documentary was to let viewers know that the Boston Marathon bombing didn’t end after that day, but rather is something many will need to recover from for the rest of their lives.



Monday, December 5, 2016

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting on O’Neill Plaza will take place on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CAB, which is hosting the event, will feature live performances and have free giveaways for attendees. Students, faculty, and the public are welcome to the event.


The third annual Advancing Research and Scholarship at Boston College conference, hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning, will take place today from 12 to 5:30 p.m. in the Heights Room.


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Even at a school without the stereotypical hypermasculinity of a frat scene, some male students still feel pressure to increase their “body count.” A panel hosted Thursday by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) titled “Decoding the BC Bro Culture” dove a little deeper to try to understand why. Composed of two professors and two students, the panel comes as UGBC is also holding a “Masculinity Unmasked” photo campaign, which pairs interview responses with pictures of students talking about their experiences with the social expectations of masculinity and its negative effects. “It’s all about quantity over quality,” said Andrew Owens, a communication professor who brought up the hookup culture as going hand-in-hand with the idea of a “body count.” Owens also proudly affirmed his own sexuality and then called out the “DL culture,” or “down low culture,” at BC when it comes to sexual orientation. DL culture refers a sexual activity or relationship that is kept private because the person does not want to reveal his or her sexuality. Owens believes that DL culture is heavily influenced by the alpha-male mentality. He believes having this state of mind is not an authentic way of living. Mike Sacco, the executive director of the Center of Student Formation and the newly appointed executive director of First Year Experience, provided

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A panel of professors and students discussed the prevalence of hypermasculinity at Boston College on Thursday night. his perspective on this issue. He reminded everyone of his annual talk at Orientation, during which he points out that incoming students are accustomed to being leaders. Many have a certain social clout in high school, he said, and must adjust to different roles when they come to campus. “It’s a feeling of a loss of power,” Sacco said. “You’re taught that masculinity equals power. If you find you lose power, you try to gain it back by being hypermasculine.” While Owens and Sacco examined “bro culture” from a professional perspective, Jesse Rascon, MCAS ’19, and Brian Paula, MCAS ’19, brought a more personal look at the situation. Both students felt that they were submerged in the culture of hypermasculinity, but chose to distance themselves from it. Rascon echoed Sacco’s sentiment that the “bro culture” at BC fosters an environment where men feel pressure to show restraint in expressing their feelings. “Masculinity comes from a

character consistent pattern of reserving emotions,” he said. Rascon compared the ideas of masculinity he was exposed to before and after coming to BC, and said that wanting to exhibit strength is a primal quality. He said that different cultures do it in different ways, whether it be physically or financially—both of which he has noticed at BC. Seeing these different interactions led Rascon to dismiss masculinity altogether. “The best way to understand the concept of masculinity is to lose it,” he said. Rascon then shared an experience from back home in Miami, where his friend believed that being masculine meant being physically strong, aggressive, and able to defend yourself. After making a joke at a party, someone pulled a gun on his friend, threatening that ability. Rascon acknowledged that this idea of hypermasculinity comes with its own dangers and he had to learn how to deal with the situation. Both Rascon and Paula come from Latino backgrounds and felt that it

heavily influenced the way they were perceived within the “bro culture” at BC. The need to be the “alpha male,” however, existed for them before they arrived here. The mold at BC is just expressed in a different way, according to Paula, one that is socially constructed and results from the hookup culture. He believes young people are choosing to make and uphold the mold. The panelists agreed that “bro culture” is something everyone on campus has the power to affect, and it all starts with a conversation. “We need to call out this misogynistic, hegemonic behavior,” Sacco said. Paula believes these ideas need to be challenged by both men and women. Sacco pointed out that sometimes it is easier for men to open up to their female friends because there is no pressure to show restricted emotions. Rascon implored students to have an open, honest discussion about the detriments of hypermasculinity. “You guys have a lot of power,” he said. “You can challenge it. Your voice is just as valuable.”

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POLICE BLOTTER Friday, Nov. 30 11:46 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a suspicious circumstance at Maloney Hall. 3:25 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a medical incident at Gasson Hall.

“For me it was detaching myself from feeling that obligation that my femininity is attached to my hair,” she said. “It was a liberating experience.” Rodriguez-Rowem then outlined the different hairstyles often worn by black women—from dreadlocks and boxbraids to bantu knots and afros. She detailed how each hairstyle culturally links to Africa. For example, bantu knots originate from the Bantu people, who are represented by over 300 ethnic groups in Africa. Afros originated from the black power movement in the 1960s and ’70s. She also discussed the cultural appropriation of black hair. When a non-black person wears dreadlocks or has an afro, it is considered trendy, but when a black woman does the same thing it is seen as unkempt and unprofessional, she said. “The privilege that someone who is not black holds when they style their hair that way … you’re not only taking away someone’s culture, but a lot of people don’t understand the meaning behind why those styles exist,” she said. “Not learning the culture of the purpose behind that style is problematic as well.” After the conclusion of the presentation, a panel of female black

students and an administrator spoke about their experiences with their hairstyles. Araba Mantey, MCAS ’18, was raised in Ghana. At her school, the norm for girls was to have their hair permed, so to fit in with her classmates, she did that for many years. When she moved to the United States, however, she decided to stop perming it and let it grow out. Mantey now wears her hair naturally and wears wigs. Maakeda Sinclair, CSOM ’17, has been growing out her dreadlocks since she was 3. Since her whole family has them, she never thought of her hair critically in her childhood. It was the summer of her junior year in high school at an internship when she noticed she was different. Although she could not cite a specific example, she said she noticed microaggressions in the workplace, which made her feel uncomfortable. For Sinclair, keeping her dreadlocks has been a political choice to push back against the perceptions some people have of black women with dreadlocks. “For me, my hair is an expression of something consistent for me,” Sinclair said. “I have always had a deep connection to my hair and what I

choose to do with it.” Mantey also noticed microaggressions at her first job. She described feeling out of place with her hairstyle. “I felt like my bosses were staring around me instead of at my face,” Mantey said. “I put it in a ponytail [or] in a bun so it was less to stare at.” The panelists were then asked if they had experiences with non-black people relating to their hair. Alyssa Savery, LSOE ’17, has an afro. She said that she often receives comments that she has nice hair “for a black girl.” A couple of the panelists felt that some of the most critical comments they have received have come from their families and friends. “It’s not just people who are not black,” Maakeda said. “It’s actually black folks who ask me about my hair too.” Maakeda notices a difference, however, in how black women and white women are treated because of their hair. “A lot of times it’s annoying to have people continuously ask you about your hair when you know a lot of white people don’t get asked about their hair because we see it on TV,” she said.

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11/30/16 - 12/02/16

2:33 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a traffic crash at the Mod Lots.

Saturday, Dec. 1 7:19 p.m. - A report was filed regarding confiscation of property at Stuart Hall.

9:15 p.m. - A report was filed regarding an underage intoxicated person at Stayer Hall. 8:04 p.m. - A report was filed regarding possession of drugs with the intent to distribute at Walsh Hall.

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The resolution also says that current resources for reporting bias incidents are scattered and convoluted, and says the Division of Student Affairs currently suggests incidents be reported in any way, particularly by emailing Student Affairs or the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS). There is an online bias incident report form through DOS that was shut down soon after its debut last fall after DOS received some inappropriate or unactionable reports. It appears to have since been reinstated, though it is unclear when. There is also a form submitted through the Office of Institutional Diversity, whose website says it is unnecessary if the incident was already reported through DOS, BCPD, or the Office of Residential Life. The resolution calls for the University to institute an “efficient and united operation” to investigate these incidents, particularly an easily accessible online

form, which the resolution suggests should be available on the Agora Portal. That is meant to allow verification of a reporter’s credentials without compromising his or her privacy. Another concern in the past has been academic freedom, as Dean of Students Thomas Mogan said last fall that some professors were worried about how such a system would apply in the classroom. Proietta expressed concern that the spirit of the resolution could produce a “culture of hypersensitivity” at BC or infringe upon free speech, but Mackenzie Arnold, a member of UGBC’s Free Speech Committee and MCAS ’17, said that would not become an issue. “This proposal isn’t changing any of the policies that already exist at BC,” Arnold said. “If a student or someone else records something that isn’t actually hate speech … this isn’t going to change that.”

and sustain an ongoing conversation about how to respond to many social issues on campus, with a focus on how faculty and staff can help to support and engage the BC community. While AhnAllen had extended the conversation to the Undergraduate Government of BC, because of the timing and logistics of the event, UGBC will not be involved. Student involvement in conversations about social issues on campus is always important, she said, but this collaboration between faculty and staff is meant to send a message to students that they are not the only ones responsible for starting these conversations on campus. “I’m hoping many students will show up and join the conversation, but not feel like they need to necessarily lead the conversation.” AhnAllen said. “This is hopefully a way for us as faculty and

staff to say, ‘Hey, we care about these issues, too. We would like to contribute to and have these conversations, too.’” UCS hopes to continue this conversation next semester through an event focusing on what it means to be an ally, and how allies can show their support. AhnAllen hopes to involve UGBC more in next semester’s event. Many students, AhnAllen noted, are afraid to say the wrong thing or offend those that are in pain. While talking about ways to engage the BC community about many struggles certain communities are facing, AhnAllen said that engaging the allies of these communities came to mind. “It’s kind of acknowledged that these conversations surrounding change won’t really be that productive unless the community that feels pain and the community of allies really come together and work together,” AhnAllen said.

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At the time of the Ebola crisis in 2014, the entire nation of Liberia had as many doctors as there are catiologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. That’s according to Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, who gave the global response to Ebola a grade of D- and continues to call for more preparation in combatting the spread of disease. As the international community has largely turned its attention away from the Ebola and Zika pandemics, Jha insists that the world’s inadequate learning from these crises has left it without the proper mentality to prevent another outbreak. Jha gave a lecture titled “Preventing the Next Global Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and Zika” on Thursday. His lecture was the last in the Park Street Corporation Speaker series, which explored the values and ethics related to health and health care practices. Jha prefaced his lecture by framing the event as a discussion, taking questions and cues from the audience throughout the talk. Jha began by explaining that his interest in pandemics is rooted in the fact that pandemics are a serious and global threat to humanity likely to occur within the next 10 years. But pandemics have received the fewest preventive measures and resources in comparison to other global threats, such as terrorism. Given this, Jha emphasized that people must rethink how they treat the issue of pandemics in order to most effectively strategize and prepare for another outbreak. Regarding the Ebola pandemic, Jha discussed what exactly happened and why the system failed. Within Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, Jha explained that the disaster was caused largely by a health system that essentially stopped functioning. Jha insisted that this was not a health disaster, but a societal disaster. “The entire nation of Liberia had as many doctors as there are catiologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” Jha said. Jha elaborated that, in order to more accurately understand what went wrong with the Ebola crisis, people must first realize that Ebola is a highly treatable and manageable virus. The disparity in mortality rates of Ebola between West Africa and other countries is therefore the result of a failed health care system, he said. Jha described the origins of Ebola, discussing the 24 previous smaller-scale outbreaks of Ebola and how the circumstances of patient zero’s location near the border of three countries contributed to the speed with


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Ashish Jha spoke to students on Thursday about what people can learn from the Ebola outbreak. which the virus spread. Most importantly, Jha emphasized the extensive length of time it took before agencies began to take the crisis seriously. It took three months before people knew the virus was spreading, and six months between the declaration of Ebola as a crisis and the start of significant action’s being taken by the international community. Jha described the failures on the global scale by citing the fear and misguided reaction of many authority figures, the lack of trust in government, and little coordination between international efforts. Overall, Jha said that, while 11,000 have died from the Ebola pandemic, the number likely would have been closer to 300 had there been a proper response. The issue, Jha explained, was not with a lack of advanced medical research, but with an inadequate investment in natural core capacities. Coupled with deforestation, commercial networks, and a lack of community engagement, weak health care infrastructure rendered West Africa extremely vulnerable to the Ebola epidemic. Jha prefaced the next part of his lecture—the origins of the Zika virus in Brazil in 2015—with the reassurance that people have done better in handling the Zika outbreak. In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, there has been better coordination between critical organizations. But Jha stressed that improvement is not enough and that there is a need for a financial commitment that matches the problem. “We can’t keep going on a trajectory where we just invest in the 19 new medications for high blood pressure because we know we can sell it in the U.S. or the U.K. and do nothing

for Ebola,” Jha said. Jha noted that the financial cost of a pandemic is roughly $60 billion a year, even though it would take only $4 billion to prevent a pandemic entirely. Jha remarked that, while we have been increasing our efforts by tens of millions, this is not nearly enough. “What Massachusetts spends [on health care] in a week is what the world needs to spend on research and development to deal with preventing the next pandemic,” Jha said. Looking toward the future, Jha explained that there is not an extensive list of things that the world must do. But people must take responsibility for preventing the next outbreak. “I think that we’re only going to really make progress if individual people and organizations put pressure on their governments,” Jha said. Jha emphasized that while it is impossible to predict the unpredictable, it is essential to make investments in the fundamental, core functions of health care systems. Furthermore, there needs to be an independent monitor to hold governments accountable for their contribution to the preemptive effort. Jha noted that interest wanes as soon as a pandemic goes away. He stressed that there needs to be a group of people who are not going to waver in their dedication to preventing what may very well be the next global catastrophe. “These are small dollars compared to the size of the problem, and I don’t think we should have to choose, but we’re probably going to have to make choices because we’re not going to make the investments that we need,” Jha said.

Eradicate Boston College Racism held a walkout on Thursday at 3 p.m. Around 75 students and faculty gathered on O’Neill Plaza to call for additional actions from the University, in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, to support undocumented students and workers by becoming a sanctuary school. The walkout came two days after University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. signed two documents in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helps protect undocumented students from deportation efforts, and three days after Eradicate released a petition with 16 recommendations that called for the University to protect undocumented and marginalized students. Trump could repeal DACA, an executive action signed in 2012 by President Barack Obama, when he takes office next month. Eradicate expressed hope that the University would sign an additional statement, released this week by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, that similarly agrees to support undocumented students. As of Thursday night, BC is the only one of the 28 U.S. Jesuit universities not to have signed it. The walkout was part of a nationwide walkout that took place at universities across the country on Thursday organized by Movimento Cosecha, an activist group that aims to protect marginalized groups. Eradicate had planned to participate since at least the week of Thanksgiving. Eradicate handed out signs to students and faculty as they joined. The signs read, “President Leahy protect our undocumented” and “DACAmented.” Raquel Saenz, a member of Eradicate and GSSW ’17, and Amelie Daigle, a member of Eradicate and GMCAS ’17,

led call-and-response chants and invited students to speak about their experiences as immigrants in the United States. Kevin Ferreira, a member of Eradicate and GLSOE ’19, said that Dean of Students Thomas Mogan asked him not to use a megaphone because it would disrupt the classes that were still in session. University policy on amplified sound is that it is only approved for use after 4:30 p.m. Ferreira agreed to take the blame for his own use of the megaphone at the rally. Eradicate did not receive a permit for the walkout from the Office of the Dean of Students. Mogan said in an email yesterday that he had reached out to Eradicate, an unrecognized group, about getting a permit, but received no response. Ferreira said that BC’s becoming a sanctuary campus would mean that the University would work to protect and support undocumented students. This would come via legal help, medical services, and mental health services, as outlined in the petition. “This is the first step,” he said. “Please reach out to others. Work in structural ways to make sure this campus responds. Let’s make change.” Maria Cristina Fernandez, WCAS ’20, spoke about seeking refuge in the United States when her family fled Guatemala two years ago. Her mother, who was a judge in the country, spoke out against corrupt leaders. As a result, she and her family received death threats. They decided to leave their home, their family, and their friends to come to the United States. Since arriving in January 2015 and joining the BC community the next fall, Fernandez has re-found a sense of safety. “I learned to breathe again,” she said. Fernandez does have American citizenship, but she hopes BC can continue to be a place of security for all students. ”I believe that BC, as a Jesuit, Catholic, Christian institution, should protect the members of this community by being a sanctuary campus and giving them the respect, freedom, and peace of mind that the community members deserve,” she said.



Monday, December 5, 2016

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In an era of globalization, the business world has become increasingly interrelated, blurring borders. Recognizing this, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics strives to develop global citizens and bring programs to all Boston College students to expose them to diverse topics and new perspectives. This mission, however, was not exactly what the Winston Center was originally founded for. This year, the Winston Center will be celebrating its 10th year since its founding as a gift from Robert Winston, Boston College ’60. While the heart of the Winston Center is still intact, it took a different direction from Winston’s original vision of a place for executives to meet and talk about business ethics and leadership. Today, the Center has shifted its focus from simply executive education to creating a community that teaches students how to excel in leadership and ethics in the business world and in society at large. Since one of the Center’s goals is to bring a more global perspective to the students, it brings in speakers from all corners of the world. “It’s all about bringing diversity of thought and perspective to Boston College because we are in this bubble here and yet the students are from all over,” said Monetta Edwards, assistant director of the Winston Center. For the first semester, the Center focuses on its Clough Colloquium,

which includes speakers that are at a global level. The Center has brought in big name speakers to campus, including Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and F.W. de Klerk, former President of South Africa. The center encourages its speakers not only to talk about their role as a leader, but to also speak about their other passions. During the second semester, the Center takes a more national approach through its Chamber Lecture Series. For these speakers, the Center tends to invite those who have experienced some type of adversity in their field of work, such as Lara Logan, the 60 Minutes news reporter who was attacked and sexually assaulted during the Arab Spring uprisings. “You see these people at very high levels and you think of success, but we like them to talk about their setbacks and failures and life to make it more real,” Edwards said. Edwards explains that she tries to collaborate with all different groups— whether it be the Slavic studies program, theatre department, or women’s collaborative—to come up with a diverse list of speakers that appeals to all students, not just those in the business school. Other than hosting speakers, the Winston Center also runs two different programs: the Jenks Leadership Program and Winston Ambassadors. Those accepted into the Jenks Leadership Program have the opportunity to take part in workshops that focus on individual leadership development to


The Winston Center brings speakers from across the world to discuss leadership and business and develop global citizens. discover what type of leaders they are. They also take on a community service project. Historically, the projects have been centered around campus, such as the recycling program in the Mods. Last year, though, the students went further and thought nationally. They gathered all the on-campus comedy groups for a show and donated the proceeds from ticket sales to Prevent Child Abuse America. The Winston Ambassadors help with the promotion of the events as well as providing the opportunity to engage with the speakers in a smaller group setting. Not only that, but it also gives the students an opportunity to learn essential life skills. “I think it’s really taught me how to reach out and be like the worse someone can do is say no,” said Molly Davis, Win-

ston ambassador and MCAS ’18 . Through the Winston Ambassador program, students gain perspectives that they don’t get through a normal day on campus, explains Davis. The Winston Center is an important resource for BC students, especially those in the Carroll School of Management. Business and ethics are two things that should naturally go together. The Winston Center urges students to think larger than themselves and builds upon the curriculum of Portico, a class that was actually born out of the Center. Davis points out how the business world is getting more and more interconnected through globalization, and having speakers that represent justice is an essential thing for students to be exposed to, especially within the comforting confines

of the BC bubble. “It brings a great perspective and builds upon the same thing that you’re learning in class,” Davis said. Moving forward, Edwards hopes to continue to develop the programs the Center hosts and reach out to more departments for collaboration. The program has been primarily centered around the BC campus and the surrounding area, so she hopes to continue to push the students to expand their perspectives and think globally, as well as simply expand the scope and reach of the Center in general. “We are really committed to giving you the tools to be that extra special person when you go into the world and just be more kind and aware of your fellow human beings,” Edwards said.

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College is fun—for me, at least—because it’s like everyone decided to get together and play a big, collective (though definitely pricy) game of house. We have our own little living quarters that we spend our time in, our own professional sports teams that we cheer for, our own newspaper and news outlets (see: the publication that you are currently holding), and even our own news content that directly affects us. We have our economists and businessmen, our artistic and liberal arts people, and everything in between. We have our eating spots and coffee shops, and, for at least a little while, you may even find yourself renting a house in a neighborhood of fellow kids who are similarly pretending to be real people. Much like life, you come in green and new and it all happens at once. You slum it for a bit on a distant island in Newton or in a closet-sized forced triple, but it’s all a part of the process. After your first year, you get a promotion. You may get a housing upgrade to go with it, but at the very least you’ll wake up a bigger and more involved part of the puzzle than the previous year. The next year, like something out of your early-middle ages, brings with it a restlessness that might inspire you to just drop everything and travel for a while— something to break the 9-to-5 monotony. For some reason in this universe, your multiple-month hiatus of international gallivanting is totally acceptable. You might also realize that your family (of friends) is outgrowing its current (on-campus) living space, so you might find a new place to live. You’ll pick up everything and settle into a drafty, ramshackle little house in a suburb of Boston College (i.e. offcampus). It’s not much, but you turn it into a home and luckily for you, your best friends happen to be just down the street. Within a year, you’ll wake up and be startled to find yourself on the other side of that table at the involvement fair, or meeting with a new kid at “the office” who’s actually genuinely interested in your input. You might step back and catch your breath as you try to describe the whole experience to that person on the other side of the table—or even yourself. One thing I feel that personally cap-

tures the essence of this playful “pseudo-journey” through “quasi-life,” is the way that the questions change as you move through these years. The broadreaching yet specific list of questions (i.e. What do you want to major in? What interests you? What activities are you involved in? Etc.) slowly dissolves into something a little more infinite, a little more open-ended. For better or worse, the questions become, what do you want to when you graduate? Phrased differently, what do you want to do when this simulation ends and you move onto the real thing? Everyone has a different answer to the question, and many don’t have an answer at all—but the most exciting thing is the nature of the question itself. Some people find these interrogation, Thanksgiving dinner-style conversations daunting, but I’m not necessarily talking about those. I’m talking about the conversations you have with yourself, or the people in your life who care the most. It’s not a question of what you want to do, but rather one of what you want to be, and what mark you want to leave. When I tell people that I am (or, was) an editor on The Heights, I personally love it when they ask if I want to write for a newspaper or do something in journalism after I graduate. Not because I take it as a validation of some journalistic mastery or skill (most who ask haven’t even read my work), but because it’s a confirmation that that door and that universe exists. It’s a reminder of an infinite possibility. At present, my immediate plans don’t involve writing for a newspaper, but to me, the important thing is the question itself. The question itself implies that the universe in which I become a journalist is the same as if I were to become a lawyer, or a baker, or an airline pilot—it exists. Having written columns about cheese tray best practices and doorholding etiquette, I’m not one to undertake sermonizing via The Heights, but what I can say is that there is no reason to fear the “What next?” question. BC has been a better sandbox than I could ever have imagined, and now, informed by that experience, I present myself to the world outside the bounds of Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street. I still don’t know exactly what I want to be when I grow up, but I know what I want it to feel like—something to the tune of these last four years.

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E\n ;\Xe 9i`e^j JZ`\eZ\ Xe[ K\Z_ <og\i`\eZ\ kf CpeZ_ JZ_ffc 9P 8J?C<P JK8L9<I =fi K_\ ?\`^_kj On top of being a “single dad,” James Slotta has a lot on his plate after moving back to the United States from Toronto. With his two children and his wife, whose profession forces her to travel often—thus giving Slotta the joking title of “single dad”—he not only has to adjust to Newton, but also Boston College, where he has been hired as the newest associate dean for research in the Lynch School of Education. Slotta started out in the science field as a physics major at the Case Institute of Technology but moved into psychology and robotics before deciding to pursue and complete a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. After graduation, Slotta went to Berkeley for his post-doctorate and collaborated with a team that focused on discovering how to bring the internet into science classrooms. This meant developing learning environments for middle and high school science classes where the internet could be used as a real-time resource to help students work together more collaboratively. “At this time during the mid-’90s the web was just coming up,” Slotta said. “People don’t remember what it was like before the web but I was [in my 20s] without the web. We had email and you could send files but the basic way of living did not involve computers.” The team wanted to see if the internet could really become a functional thing that allowed for the sharing and collection notes, Slotta said. When the team first began this endeavor, it lacked browser frames and other tools to assist it along the way. But by the time of Slotta’s departure from Berkeley in 2005, Web 2.0, the latest iteration of the internet, had become available.

“Web 2.0 was a turning point,” Slotta said. “2005 brought the age of more social forms of learning like Wikipedia, Flickr, and oth-er recommendation systems, and this was mind-popping. We were beginning to see the internet as more than just a file server and now actually as a social aggregator.” The culmination of these efforts, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE), has continued to flourish, and Slotta is cur-rently in the midst of writing new research on it. Slotta’s prior research transferred into his later work on collective inquiry, a method in which the entire classroom sees itself as the learner. “You are not learning individually or competing with your friends for a better grade, but instead you are sharing resources and building on one another’s ideas,” Slotta said. “I’m leveraging diversity in the classroom and a new breadth of interest and using tech-nology to do that well.” After 10 years of study at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where he held the Cana-da Research Chair in Education and Technology, Slotta and his family made the move to Boston. He believes that being at BC is a good fit for him and now splits his time between his own research and his job as the associate dean of research, in which he supports the school and faculty through a broader vision of understanding how the School of Education connects to the rest of the campus. “My job is to help that work go better and also to build connections and to find new opportunities for faculty,” he said. “One of my personal visions is to help the faculty in the Lynch School become more of a knowledge-sharing community that builds on re-sources and keeps things from being forgotten.”

Slott a b elie ve s that the Ly nch Schools faculty’s extensive expertise in teaching, learning, assessment, technology, and social justice can be attributed to the campus on a wider basis. He also stressed that the Lynch School should not be insulated from the rest of campus, but connected, and his own work will continue to fortify these connections. His current pursuit involves how K-12 teaching affects how science is taught at the university level by working with Lynch faculty in the biology and geoscience departments. Science is not an extraneous interest in Slotta’s life—his wife is an epidemiologist and public health researcher studying HIV in households in East and South Africa. Despite his wife’s frequent travels and Slotta’s new schedule, the family, along with their 6-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, have adjusted to living in Newton. Before having kids, his hobbies had always revolved around his interest in the outdoors, and he wants to bring that into his chil-dren’s lives as well. Beyond his work in education, Slotta is also interested in sustainability. As we move into the 21st century, he sees the importance of building sustainable lifestyles and learning about conservation—focusing specifically on the awareness of the human footprint on the planet. “Social media needs to progress beyond circulating stuff in a bubble and instead on organizing a liquid democracy where people [put] their behaviors, practices and money within their social commitments and social lifestyle choices,” Slotta said. With Slotta at the helm, the Lynch School and BC as a whole are sure to make great strides in achieving a deeper sense of com-munity and collaboration.


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Students at Boston College are busy with major and core requirements and have little, if any, time for electives. Programs that are not popular in the core suffer from this lack of attention and are often overlooked by students. Despite the opportunities and advantages it offers to students in today’s globalized world, Slavic Studies is one of these programs. The Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures is wide ranging and encompasses Slavic, East Asian, and Middle Eastern Studies. Coupled with teaching the languages present in these regions, the department focuses on helping students understand the culture, history and literature. The most overlooked section of the department is the Slavic Studies program. Slavic Studies is the study of the Slavic people, their culture, history, and the languages they speak. “The Slavs are the largest ethnicity of Europe,” Cynthia Simmons, the undergraduate program director of Slavic studies, said. “You can go from Russia through Eastern Europe into the Balkan Peninsula, and those are all areas where there are ethnic Slavs.” For students interested in Eastern Europe, courses are offered in both Russian and Bulgarian. The department offers a both a major in Slavic studies and a Russian major and minor. Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of United States foreign policy has shifted from Russia and the Slavic regions to the Middle East and Asia. Along with this shift in focus, there has also been a shift away from the prioritizing of Slavic civilization in education. With recent developments in foreign policy, specifically the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations, expertise in the Slavic region is increasingly important. “None of us could imagine that anyone would consider Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent, a trustworthy ally,” Simmons said. “Many just don’t understand Russian history and Soviet culture. We need to have a deep understanding of Russia and the Slavs as Russia has its influence over all of Eastern Europe.” The end of the Cold War and reallocation of resources has affected both the number of students taking Slavic studies and the number of professors in the department. In the 20 years Simmons has been at BC, she has seen a department with around 12 tenure-track professors and full classrooms of students decline to about five professors and only a

handful of students graduating with degrees in Slavic studies each year. Additionally, to receive a degree a student must have an intermediate knowledge of a Slavic language, which many students just aren’t willing to commit to due to the difficulty in such an undertaking. Being such a small department does have its benefits. The size of the department creates a familial feel between faculty and students. Elena Lapitsky, who has taught Russian at BC for 15 years, serves Russian tea every Wednesday in the Rat to students that are currently enrolled in Russian or who have taken it before. The event allows studies to interact with their professor and classmates on topics in both Russian and English. Students that find their way to the department often do so because of a Slavic background or interest in foreign affairs. In the past few years, more and more students are entering the department for love of Russian literature. Such students are first introduced to Russian literature in high school through the reading of Dostoyevsky and wish to delve into such studies more extensively upon arriving at BC. “We have our Russian literature survey courses entered as core lit courses,” Simmons said. “So students can study Russian literature and get to know the faculty and they might get more interested that way. For departments that aren’t in the core, that outreach to reach students is difficult.” Students who graduate with a degree in Slavic Studies or Russian have a wide array of opportunities because of their knowledge of the language and culture. Many students often choose to enter the world of government. Many students interested in this field will pursue a Boren Scholarship, in which the government pays for a student with knowledge of a critical language to study in a country where that language is spoken, with the student then having to serve two years in the National Security Field. Knowledge of Slavic languages also provides outlets into fields besides government including international business or, as Dan Hirlinger, MCAS ’20, hopes: sports. “Right now I’d like to get a job in the NHL, maybe scouting for the KHL [Kontinental Hockey League],” Hirlinger said. So next time you have a spare moment in the Rat, consider going upstairs and checking out the professors that bring Slavic languages to BC. You just might end up with a career halfway across the world.


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so the school wasn’t that accepting,” Aboukhater said. Aboukhater explained some of the horrors he and his friends would witness routinely throughout their childhood in one of the world’s most dangerous U.S. cities. “It started around 2011,” Aboukhater said. “That’s when the crisis really hit Aleppo. We started sensing changes in

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the way we lived.” Clean water was hard to come by, finding food at different markets was difficult, and they struggled with a lack of electricity. The combination of malnutrition and bombings would often seem to be too much to handle. “You’d just be walking down the street and people would get shot,” Aboukhater said. “You’d be walking in one neighborhood with your friends and then a nearby neighborhood would get bombed and after a brief moment of shock, you just keep walking because life goes on.”

Krause, who authored the upcoming book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win, discussed some of the ways the U.S. has intervened in the Syrian crisis. Krause explained that the most common we’ve seen are U.S. airstrikes against ISIS or the enemies of the rebels. There is often a lot of controversy as to how much the U.S. should intervene in a country that is not of immediate interest to the U.S. “The Obama Administration feels that this is a humanitarian crisis but also says that the country is not a core U.S. interest, so they’ve mostly stayed out of it,” Krause said. “However, they’ve done other things to prevent it from worsening. It’s a case where you can say overall, the U.S. has stayed out. But it’s not a place where the U.S. has had zero intervention.” Throughout history, the U.S. has been criticized for acting like the “police of the world.” Krause noted the U.S. as being “forward deployed” in places like Germany and Japan where we’ve stationed troops since World War II. According to Krause, many people believe that the U.S. could pull back in regard to some of their military bases spread throughout the world and still be safe given the country’s advantageous location and allies. Krause also acknowledged the moral argument against the U.S. pulling back. There have been over 400,000 deaths in Syria, many of them civilians. It’s a fact that is very difficult to ignore, even if it is not in the country’s own self-interests. “The deadliest wars in U.S. history are the Civil War and World War II and we’re approaching those same numbers in a country that is about a tenth of the size of the U.S., population-wise,” Krause said. “It’s a humanitarian disaster.”





Kf Dfm\ =finXi[# <iX[`ZXk\ Dljk 8Zbefnc\[^\ <]]fikj University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. signed two statements on Tuesday concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012 that helps to protect undocumented students from deportation. The two petitions, from Pomona College and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), established the University’s support of immigrant students. Leahy’s actions followed Eradicate Boston College Racism’s release of a petition calling for BC to be made a sanctuary campus. Universities across the country are debating this question following President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to overturn some of Obama’s executive orders, which could include DACA. Leahy signed the two statements the day before Eradicate’s planned walkout protest, which was originally organized to call for the University to declare support for its immigrant students. Eradicate carried out the protest despite Leahy’s decision to sign the statements, instead criticizing the University specifically for not supporting a statement released by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). The group also called for BC to take more concrete steps to support minority groups and undocumented immigrants on campus. It is worth noting that BC has abstained from signing statements from the AJCU in the past, such as a 2013 statement supporting undocumented students. Eradicate maintains that the AJCU statement in question indicates a larger and necessary commitment on the University’s behalf to the protection of minority students. A chart released on Facebook by the group portrays the Pomona College and ACCU statements as inadequate, as Eradicate believes that only the AJCU statement fully protects students from the implications of the law based on their immigration status. While it was appropriate for Eradicate to still carry out a demonstration, since it was a part of a larger national protest, and there is undeniably still progress to be made

in protecting immigrant students at BC, the organization should have acknowledged Leahy’s action. Students called for Leahy to make BC a sanctuary campus and signing the Pomona and ACCU statements was a step in the right direction. The protesters, and Eradicate by association, may lose some of their credibility by not explicitly making it clear that they acknowledge what Leahy did when rallying to promote further action on campus. This could further alienate the administration and possibly members of student body from supporting its cause. Because the initial intention of the protest was to decry the University’s lack of expressed support for DACA and minority students, the impact of the event was lessened due to Eradicate’s lack of recognition for Leahy’s support of DACA, which came just before the event. While not holding the walkout would represent an unwise concession on the organization’s behalf, the BC administration is more likely to support and have a positive response to Eradicate protests in the future if it receives the recognition that it deserves for meeting student demands, even if only partially. Cooperation and dialogue between these two entities is essential to the creation of a diverse campus in which students from all backgrounds feel welcome. Many students feel that the BC administration has not done enough in the past to be conscious of and to react to the issues put forth by minority student groups. Eradicate’s message of the importance of issues of race on campus and creating a more inclusive university for all is still relevant and deserving of a platform for expression. The group is an important influence on campus in promoting mutual respect, and is leading the way forward for positive change. In the future, it is important for Eradicate to recognize that holding such a protest without explicitly acknowledging the University’s positive initiatives could compromise the integrity and legitimacy of future demonstrations. While protests are important in bringing about change, it is paramount that the organization work with the University administration, and not against it, if its goals are to ever come close to fruition.

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20 MCAS Chairs Respond to Leahy Signing DACA Statements We stand together with Boston College President, Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., who has signed an open letter (along with 435 other college and university presidents and chancellors) urging the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program protects the over 700,000 individuals who entered the United States as undocumented immigrants when they were children, by granting them two-year renewable work permits and deferral of deportation proceedings. This program is under threat from President-Elect Donald Trump, who has said that he will end the program. The text of the open letter is below: The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society. As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals. Since the advent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student leaders, working across campus and in the community. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech and the nonprofit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies. To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded. We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have

been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future. We call on our colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and nonprofit sectors to join with us in this urgent matter. <CC<E N@EE<I# :?8@I# ;<G8IKD<EK F= GJP$ :?FCF>P

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A Response to Leahy’s Signing of DACA Statements When Boston College released the news that University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. signed a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many were overjoyed that the University had chosen to stand with the undocumented and larger immigrant community. This news followed the release of the petition “Call for Boston College to become a Sanctuary Campus,” which has been signed by over 1,500 community members. After months of rising hateful rhetoric, members of our community could not help but feel that Leahy was making good on the school’s Jesuit mission. The devil is in the details, however—Leahy’s signature on the Pomona College statement does not change the reality that many undocumented immigrants, including DACA recipients, may soon face: mass detention and deportation. The Sanctuary Campus movement has spread to hundreds of universities across the country. Rallies and petitions from students, faculty, staff, and alumni have put pressure on the leadership of institutions to take concrete actions to protect undocumented immigrant students who attend their campuses. If university leaders fail to supplement their stated support of undocumented students with material protections, their signatures are little more

than a hollow gesture meant to placate the movement. We must demand more than gestures if our goal is to actually protect students. As outlined in the petition, BC can—and should—provide holistic legal, financial, health, and mental health support for immigrant students, faculty, and staff. BC must commit to deny Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to University property if we truly want to protect students. The University can open the doors of St. Joseph’s Chapel, St. Mary’s Chapel, and Trinity Chapel by designating them part of the Sanctuary Church network. Finally, as a leader in the Jesuit community, BC should encourage the parish council and pastor of St. Ignatius Parish to do the same. In his famous “Men for Others” address, Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. tells us that the principle of justice is cultivated by three attitudes: Live More Simply, No Unjust Profit, and Change Unjust Structures. The call for BC to become a Sanctuary Campus is deeply aligned with all three of these attitudes. Declaring BC a Sanctuary Campus is an act of justice—one that we must continue to demand.

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D8KK?<N 9<;L>E@J NEW BEGINNINGS - Change is good, and it’s here. The new Thumbmeister has been coronated. The desk has been cleared of old Mac cups and a new set of thumbs pounds on the keyboard, ready to hail or condemn the very existence of the ordinary and the ridiculous. No one and nothing will be safe from the judgment of the thumbs. By the power of the thumbs may we all be exposed to the hyperbolic and real joys and pains of life. The legacy of the thumbs is great, and it will not be tarnished by this assuming pair. These thumbs will strive to be tantamount to those that came before, branding the absurd and contorting the normal. These thumbs are here to stay. DUCK BOOTS - Brown and tall, weatherproof and laced up. Duck Boots pound the Upper Campus stairs. One, two, three, seven pairs trod by, each squeaking emphatically underfoot . Suddenly, the boots sprout wings, and their wearers glide above the bustling 9 a.m. crowds. They soar above McElroy and over Stokes, bellowing quacks that bring the campus rush to a halt. The flock arrives atop the Gasson spire, and announce their lordship over the Heights. A lowly freshman cowers and cries in a random hammock tied between two trees nearby. His mom bought him goose boots. He didn’t get the memo.

NOT REALLY KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE DOING - The power of the thumbs is immense. With great thumbs, comes great responsibility. The myriad facets of the everyday and the nonsensical lie within the jurisdiction of this pair of directional appendages. But these thumbs are new, inexperienced. Novices in the thumb community. Cadets in the ranks of thumb wars. Rookies on the thumbball court. How could such thumbs ever live up to the specters of thumbs past? Will the old thumbs revolt, and take back their place upon the Thumbmeister throne? Only time will tell. Or it won’t. I suppose that could happen too. WHEN YOU DECIDE TO WEAR YOUR DUCK BOOTS AND APPARENTLY SO DID EVERYONE ELSE - Prior to the ascension of the Duck Boot flock as Heights royalty, a young freshman inclined to conformity pushes open the aggressively loud door to his hall. His brand new Duck Boots laced tight, he contemplates the broken pavement around him. It is broken like his heart. Freshmen have a lot of emotional problems. He carries on regardless, holding on to the aura of coolness pervading from his feet. Then, it hits him. He looks around. The essence does not extend from his feet. It is everywhere. He is aghast. The multitude of Duck Boots surrounding him bring him to his knees. The stench of overpriced rubber fills his lungs. He chokes, and falls over in the middle of the crowd. He is trampled, his agony unheard in an uproar of quacking. The Duck Boots steal his spirit. Soon, they will use it to take over the world.

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The place of trigger warnings and safe spaces in the university system has long been a hotly contested topic. The growing social and political unrest of the past few years has only served to exacerbate this debate. Campuses across the nation have been dealing with the question of what it means to be “safe.” This question has no clearly defined answer, but too often attempts to ensure “safety” in reality lead to censorship. And, too often, “safety” is confused with comfort. Make no mistake about it, all students and all people deserve to feel safe from harm. But ideas and beliefs do not. The university system exists to foster the exchange of and competition between ideas. Too often now, any sort of push-back against strongly held ideas is perceived as deliberate offense, or worse, bigotry. But the selfsame sense of bitterness and insularity pervades the rest of our culture as well. Why engage in dialogue with someone when you can simply label and dismiss them? The establishment of safe spaces is tantamount to the erection of siege walls. They aren’t about keeping the people inside safe, but keeping dissenting people out. These practices are not unique to large political and social issues. They pop up in classrooms every day, across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Students are often permitted to excuse themselves from topics and situations where they might be triggered by potentially offensive content, and in doing so the whole classroom is weakened. How can fields like history, literature, and religion ever be tackled without a willingness to confront the uncomfortable? We cannot allow fear or discomfort to stop us from shining light on the darkest corners of our existence because sometimes that is where we make our most profound discoveries. It’s often said that the only way to prevent history from repeating itself is by studying it. In studying the past, we come face to face with some truly horrific

events and periods in human history. In a world dictated by safe spaces and trigger warnings, it isn’t difficult to imagine how we might lose the courage to confront our mistakes and thereby lose the crucial opportunity to learn from them. I believe that safe spaces and trigger warnings are rooted in compassionate intentions. It is perfectly sensible to want to protect people from encountering trauma that they have experienced elsewhere in life. A sexual assault victim should not have to read a story about sexual assault, nor should a veteran be obliged to watch a war film. I would feel entirely uncomfortable arguing for the contrary of these cases. Yet, in my own experience, I feel more comfortable advocating for people to face their trauma. As a child of a dysfunctional home, I was raised around domestic violence. I witnessed spousal abuse on a regular basis before the deaths of my parents and I am still deeply affected by it. There isn’t a day that goes by where I escape thinking of the experiences I had in my childhood and adolescence. I consider myself quite well adjusted, but I know there are others from similar

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mates of the life experience and insight I have to provide. I believe we are here, not only in college but as a community, to help each other learn and grow. To be the best people that we can be as a result of our combined experiences and knowledge. Whenever someone checks out in the exchange of knowledge, especially in the university system, it is a loss for everyone. The concepts of trigger warnings and safe spaces are being co-opted by the easily offended at an increasing rate. They usurp the protection intended to be offered to the most marginalized and damaged members of our society and use it as a shield to protect themselves from the threat of challenge. On a bubble campus like ours we find ourselves already deeply insulated from the “real world.” I get incredibly frustrated when I see people erecting walls to protect themselves from discomfort. As a university, and as a community of thinkers, we are at Boston College to challenge and be challenged. Outside of the most extreme cases, I believe discomfort is an inherent part of constructive intellectual discourse. Discomfort in the classroom is the friction of dissimilar ideas coming into contact. As students, scholars, and intellectuals we must be willing to embrace that discomfort and insulate ourselves from the dangerous relativism that is creeping into our culture at an ever-increasing rate. We’re allowed to think another person is wrong and, if we conduct ourselves politely, we deserve the right to try and prove that person wrong. This interaction is what hundreds of years of academic progress has been built on. But now it seems that universities, the very system that should be promoting this intellectual battle, have taken a back seat or worse—cordoned off the ring. Where once professors and students were in the practice of instruction and learning, we seem to be approaching a practice of coddling and being coddled. What is the point of a university at all if the only thing the community wants is to have its innate ideals protected from the outside?

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E8K?8E ;8?C<E Donald Trump has dangerously warped our understanding of the perils of political correctness. Much of America, 71 percent in one poll, thinks political correctness has become a problem. Trump has capitalized on this mood and railed brashly and frequently against our supposedly PC culture throughout his campaign, blaming it for any number of disparate ills that plague our country. But when Trump goes so far as to cite his disdain for political correctness as an excuse for his countless offensive and tasteless descriptions of other people, he wrongly confuses irreverence for political correctness with plain rudeness and disrespect. Take his response to Megyn Kelly when she asked him about his long history of degrading comments toward women, many of whom he has called “slobs”, “pigs”, and “dogs”: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.” By invoking PC culture to excuse his callous language and behavior throughout his campaign, Trump distracted from the way in which the phenomenon has actually become a problem. In these instances, and so many more, Trump isn’t voicing a reasoned view—he is being mean and vindictive. If our politically correct culture stops Trump and people like him from calling women “dogs”, that is, if it upholds commonly accepted norms of treating other people with respect, I hope we can all agree that it is

actually a good thing. On college campuses, which pundits often point to as the worst examples of excessive political correctness, we may actually need an even stronger PC culture, if we define it as the suppression of hateful insults. Earlier this semester, on our own campus, someone rearranged the letters of a parking lot sign to spell an anti-gay slur. After the election, several instances of hateful and discriminatory acts toward minorities were documented on other college campuses. But we cannot let Trump distort the term. PC culture is actually beneficial insofar as it suppresses the use of hateful language. The real problem is that it prevents people from expressing their views, which inhibits constructive discourse. It empowers people to ignore other arguments or instinctively condemn them, or worse, their author, as some sort of “ism” without considering the view on its own. In this sense, political correctness does reign tyrannically on college campuses, where the demand for ideological conformity limits intellectual diversity. When people do share dissenting social and political views, some simply refuse to listen, or worse. Innumerable examples have been criticized in the media over and over: Speakers disinvited from campuses, professors and administrators forced to step down, student op-ed columnists attacked and disavowed. It seems to me that these examples, which draw ire from all corners, are the clearest manifestations of a much more subtle and insidious culture that represses thought and expression. Campus debate about Trump and everything he represents, or lack thereof (debate, after all, implies disagreement), is a perfect, though regrettable example. Political correctness, if I can use the term to describe this phenomenon, is definitely a problem when students on campus, and indeed people across the country, feel unable to express their views, their instincts—like their support for Donald Trump—for

fear of being labeled and attacked. I was utterly shocked and upset the night Trump won. In the following days, I felt angry and despondent. I had no desire to speak with anyone who voted for him, even though I have very little personally on the line with a Trump presidency. I realize, then, that this is easier for me to say than for others, but I would not be making this point about our culture if I did not feel strongly that decent and respectful conversation is the only way forward. Not only is freedom of thought and expression critical to the preservation of civilization, but without conversation, hearts and minds cannot change. People can only be persuaded if they are engaged in dialogue. People can only be engaged in dialogue if they feel comfortable enough to express their views. The more we realize how much we share in common with each other simply by virtue of being human, and that our political views do not define us, the more comfortable we’ll be talking with one another. Let’s forge a culture that both condemns hateful language and supports respectful, intellectually diverse discussion. In order for this to happen, we all must take the opposite cue from our President-elect: less name-calling, more substance, more evidence, and more conversation. Justice and truth will only prevail as a result of careful argumentation and persuasion, not intellectual and moral intimidation. My point extends to my own everchanging view, which has been momentarily captured and expressed here. If you disagree with what I’ve said, please explain why in the comments or if you see me on campus. This is my last column, but I hope the conversation continues, for the sake of moving forward.

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December has rushed in like an unwelcome houseguest. My friends flip through their planners frantically, trying to account for lost time. Where did November go? When did we get to finals? How will it all get done? I can feel the stress in my tight chest and tingling palms, in the pile of unwashed dishes in my sink. Some people exercise to relieve stress. Other people meditate, color in mandalas, or knit scarves. I make ice cream cakes. This morning, I arrived at White Mountain at 8:30 a.m. The door was locked—I rapped on the frosted window and my boss, Peter, rushed to let me in. The Comm. Ave traffic chugged along beside me, and a T driver in a yellow jacket bustled by, a Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand. I breathed in the brisk air and tried not to think about the books in my backpack and the straps that dug into my shoulders. Making an ice cream cake is easy. First, you fill a cake tin with ice cream and let it harden in the freezer for two hours. Once hardened, you hold it in a sink of hot water, shaking the pan around until the sides of the ice cream cake unstick. Then you flip it over onto a gold-papered disk, wipe away the streams of melted ice cream, and pop it back in the freezer. While I waited for the flipped ice cream cake to firm up, I drummed my fingers on the counter. Customers would filter in throughout the day, but for the moment, the store was empty. Sometimes I bring books with me to work. I read intermittently, pushing myself to finish a paragraph or a page or a chapter in between customers. No moment can be lost, right? Today, I let the moments fly by. I mixed up frosting colors in clear, plastic bowls—bright blues and peaches, mellow lilacs, a bowl of daffodil yellow. I hummed along to the crackling Tchaikovsky on the radio. I let my thoughts wander from the items on my to-do list: the unread books and incomplete job applications, the unfinished Heights column and ignored grocery needs. I’m a list-maker by nature. I constantly rework homework lists and grocery lists on a worn-out legal pad, making supplemental lists on index cards when I need yet another mode of organization. Boston College hasn’t helped me get over this obsession. I’m surrounded by list-makers, organizers, and over-achievers in all arenas. Sometimes I feel disorganized in comparison. In the midst of all this list making, we have forgotten something crucial. The barrage of to-do lists isn’t meant to amplify stress or remind you of all the things you haven’t done. A list is a simple thing. It takes the uncontrollable and intangible cloud of stress and pins it down to a piece of paper. A list should give you peace of mind. Can you remember the last time you felt relaxed after looking at your to-do list? After frosting my cake, I put it in the freezer to harden, and I made a new to-do list: fold clean rags, wipe tables, refill napkin dispensers, and decorate cookie monster cake. As I moved through each of these tasks, I felt the glow of accomplishment. I dotted the bottom of my hardened ice cream cake with yellow puffs of frosting, dusting the top with sprinkles. As I looked at my finished cake, more satisfying than any completed essay or problem set, I wondered why life wasn’t as simple as filling up an empty cake tin or adding on another layer of frosting. At 10:00 a.m., I stepped out into the cold December sunlight. I held my completed White Mountain to-do list in one hand, each item crossed off with a thick Sharpie line, and I tried to hold on to my peace of mind. My backpack straps strained against the weight of all I had to do, but I forged on to O’Neill anyways.

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In recent years, the city of Boston has grown into a technological hub, a place in which startup tech companies can develop into both national and international business powerhouses. Living in such close proximity to the city, Boston College students should have the access to benefit from this ongoing growth. But there was a sizable hole in the educational system that prevented students, specifically women, from getting the resources they needed to succeed. The Women Innovators Network (WIN) was created to solve this issue, and has made considerable progress in recent years. In 2015, John Gallaugher, a professor in the Carroll School of Management, noted a gender disparity in his algorithm’s course, which is made up of far fewer female students than male ones. Gallaugher gathered these few women in his course together to begin a dialogue about the lack of women in technology industries, business, and clubs pertaining to these subjects, as well as

those about entrepreneurship. This discussion sparked a passion in these women that did not not burn out until they could find a practical solution: the creation of WIN. “To foster the number of women interested in a career of technology and business, by building a supportive network, of women and men at BC and beyond,” Arev Doursounian, co-president of WIN and MCAS ’17, said of the mission statement. In early stages of development, the WIN founders realized that there was a gap in the educational system. They sought to help students who are looking for a career not exclusively in business or technology, but rather the unique intersection of the two. This niche is an expanding field, yet there was a lack of resources on campus for women interested in pursuing that type of career. WIN helped fill the gap by creating an inclusive environment that empowers and encourages women to find success in these historically male-dominated fields. WIN frequently collaborates with the Edward H. Shea Center for Entrepreneurship and BC Women in Business to provide a myriad of resources for women to learn from experienced professionals, create meaningful network connections, and develop valuable skills that they can apply to their careers. Soon after its creation, however, the program faced what could have been a major

setback. The founders of the program were preparing to graduate, meaning it would fall upon the shoulders of the underclassmen in the club to carry out its mission. Doursounian, CSOM ’17, and Hannah Say, CSOM ’18, stepped up to the plate as co-presidents. Under their leadership, the program has continued to rise to new heights. (Say was the asst. online manager of The Heights in 2015.) There are now approximately 200 students involved in WIN, and the club is still accepting new members. WIN has hosted a number of events, covering a wide and everexpanding range of topics. From keynote speakers with nontraditional career paths, to workshops that teach a specific skill, to opportunities to cultivate meaningful connections with professionals in the industries, Doursounian and Say have put in long hours to ensure that every event hosted by WIN offers something new and effective for its attendees. “People hear ‘women innovators’ and wonder if it’s only for women, definitely not,” Say said. “We want to build an inclusive community, because that’s the point. Female empowerment is about raising people up and not excluding anyone, so the events are open to all students.” Some popular past events have included the Swift coding workshop. At this event,

students learned how to use Swift coding language, which is used in iOS devices. This program was unique in that it required no previous experience, and by the end of the session, the attendees had created a functional app that could be used on their phones. “I really liked the Swift workshop … at the beginning I had no idea how to work the software, but by the end I had like a real app, it was cool because in a very short amount of time we were able to produce a tangible product,” Doursounian said. For most of its events, WIN looks to find keynote speakers—BC alumni in particular—who have experience in corporate environments or working with startup companies. In some cases the speaker has experience in both areas, such as recent keynote speaker Lindsay Lobue. Lobue, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, left a stable position to create her own start-up business, Greenback Labs. She spoke to BC students in October at an event Say cited as one of her favorites. Say said she believes the popularity of this event arose from the practical advice Lobue provided, as well as her less-conventional career path. Younger students, who have not decided on their exact career projections, could have an easier time identifying with her as a role model as opposed to someone who followed

a well-defined track. WIN hosted its largest event of the semester last Thursday night, where the group provided a catered dinner and talk from keynote speaker Diane Hessan. A former CEO of the Startup Institute and current chairman of C Space, Hessan is a well-respected businesswoman and a bestselling author, who provided advice on developing and expanding competitive business strategies. This dinner was as an excellent networking opportunity for students to meet a number of BC alumni in attendance, while the dinner environment served as an ideal platform for initiating conversation and forging connections. “We really wanted it to be an opportunity for a community building event, which is why we decided to make it a dinner and invite back recent alumni … so that they will have a chance to network and foster a conversation,” Say said. While the program has made considerable progress since its creation, it is still looking to grow. WIN encourages any student interested in business and technology to join the club, and is also open to suggestions about future events or workshops. “There are a lot of opportunities that I think people aren’t aware of, and would get really cool experiences out of, but just aren’t as widely promoted,” Say said.


;\jg`k\ ;\Zc`e`e^ J`^_k# J\e`fi J`e^\i =`e[j ?`j Jfle[ 9P N8CB<I I8PDFE; =fi K_\ ?\`^_kj Music has always been a passion for Ben Seo, LSOE ’17. Singing, writing, and listening to music are all within his skillset. Growing up in South Korea and later the United States, he participated in local and national competitions, including a Korean version of American Idol. During his time at Boston College, he has broadened his perspective and explored this passion of his. Most recently, Seo has released his first single entitled “I’m Sorry” in both South Korea and the U.S. Even from a young age, music was a part of Seo’s life. Growing up in Korea, he often took inspiration from popular artists who encompassed a wide array of genres. “I’m an omnivore, I listen to jazz, soul, R&B, electronic, and Korean music,” Seo said. When it comes to the music he creates, however, Seo tends to stick with classical and balladlike songs. While he would like to branch into other genres, Seo thinks that there is a sharp line between professional and personal interests. “The songs you write and the songs you love are always different,” Seo said. As an aspiring artist, Seo faces even greater challenges trying to break into other genres. When singers are trying to make

their big break, it is better to establish one consistent genre so that they can build up a faithful fanbase. Seo has always had a talent for music, and through hard work, he hopes to reach even greater goals in the future. During one of his first days in high school, Seo noticed that it was suddenly difficult to avoid walking into people in the hallway. While that could just be someone’s bad day, it signaled a bigger problem for Seo. He was subsequently diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease affecting the eyes. Though it did not interfere with his life too much in the beginning, his vision rapidly deteriorated in a short period of time to the point where he is now considered legally blind. Seo had to readjust many aspects of his life, but he did not allow the impairment of this vision to interfere with his passion and drive for music. Seo is both optimistic and honest when it comes to his condition. While he doesn’t permit his vision to prevent him from pursuing his goals and ambitions, he also has come to understand what it means in his life. “It’s living your life with the things you have,” Seo said. The outlook he has now, however, came after a lot of emotional turmoil within himself. He admitted that for a long time he struggled with accepting who he is. Like many adolescent college students, he found himself caught between who he truly

is and who he wanted to be. For a long period, Seo believed it was best to try and hide his condition. “I wanted to hide it, I wanted to be cool,” he said. But eventually Seo realized during his time at BC that hiding his condition wasn’t the best choice. Speaking on what changed his opinion on his condition, he said that he realized he just had to live. In his marvelous, sarcastic tone, Seo proclaimed his motto. “It’s okay to not be okay,” Seo said. In addition to his plans for a musical career in the future, Seo hopes to use his skills and talents to help others and provide guidance. Seo recognizes that while he does face challenges, others in South Korea, the U.S., and abroad face very similar struggles. Touching on some of his aspirations, Seo hopes to be an advocate for others through his preferred medium: music. Seo knows the power that a good role model or mentor can have on students. Speaking on a past experience, he remembers working with a blind professor in a music class during a summer course at Berkeley. Seo recalls seeing how respected and admired this professor was, and realized that he could have the same influence. While Seo understands that such a high status requires hard work and dedication, he has all of the tools and talents to make that ambition a reality.

L>9: C\X[\ij <dg_Xj`q\ @eZclj`m`kp# 8ZZ\jj`Y`c`kp `e Gi\j\ekXk`fe Trustees, from A1 The AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) Boat Cruise and the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) Formal, previously referred to as the GLC Gala, are two events that encouraged diversity and inclusion at BC. The name of the GLC Formal was changed this year after being “gala” since 2009. “Formal” implies that students have a date. The name indicates greater acceptance of LGBTQ students at BC, Simons said. UGBC is also working to challenge societal norms by creating the “Masculinity Unmasked” photo campaign. Each photo comes with a story from a male undergraduate at BC about their experiences with masculinity. Simons and McCaffrey

made this a priority this year because they felt it did not get enough representation on campus. UGBC also hosted an event titled “Decoding the BC Bro Culture,” which featured a panel of professors and students who spoke about the prevalence of hypermasculinity on campus. Simons and McCaffrey also expressed support for gender identity in BC’s nondiscrimination clause. Simons believes that the University does not discriminate against people in terms of gender identity, but would like to see its commitment to this principle formalized in the clause. He believes this will attract prospective students to attend the University. Sexual orientation was added to the non-discrimination clause in 2005 after

a years-long effort by some students to get it included. Its inclusion followed at least two referenda sponsored by UGBC, including one in the spring of 2005. McCaffrey said her understanding of the referendum process is that it goes forward only if conversation with administrators is stalled on an issue, which she said is not the case with including gender identity in the clause. Simons and McCaffrey also discussed their work toward increased financial inclusivity. The first initiative they discussed was helping to fund T passes for Connell School of Nursing students, who often take the train to hospitals downtown for their clinicals. UGBC also annually funds shuttles to South Station and Boston Logan International Airport

during Thanksgiving Break and will do it again for Spring Break. UGBC is also working with the Montserrat Office, an office in the Division of University Mission and Ministry, to create the Montserrat Book Tribe, which would provide funds for textbooks for students in need. Students can donate their books to the Montserrat Office at the end of the semester so they can be distributed to students the following semester. UGBC hosted a number of events last month that allowed students to discuss the outcome of the presidential election. It hosted an event on election night that allowed students to view the results of the election together in the same room. UGBC also held several discussions

during its meetings to reflect on what the outcome of the election means for students on campus. Simons and McCaffrey concluded their presentation to the Board by discussing the petition for BC to become a sanctuary campus, which has garnered over 1,600 signatures by students and alumni. The Student Assembly passed a resolution supporting the petition on Sunday night. “In these positions you have to consider a lot of factors,” McCaffrey said. “The more you see administrative perspectives on things and the constraints that other people have, it definitely gives you a broader perspective on both how the University works and how we can be most effective as UGBC.”




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For most, Christmas in Detroit sounds like a cruel punishment. For Boston College football, it’s the ultimate present. The Eagles are headed to the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 to face off against Maryland at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. The game will be televised on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. BC and Maryland have matched up against each other 11 times, but not since the Terrapins left the ACC in 2013. Their most recent meeting was that same year at Byrd Stadium, where BC edged Maryland,

29-26. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 8-3. The former ACC foes will both be seeking their seventh win of the season. The Terrapins (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) won their first four games under first-year head coach D.J. Durkin before dropping six of their next seven. Like the Eagles (6-6, 2-6 Atlantic Coast), they rebounded with a victory in their last regular season contest to guarantee bowl eligibility. Head coach Steve Addazio noted that there is some history between Durkin and himself. When Addazio was the interim head coach at the University of Florida, he was involved in bringing Durkin to the Ga-

tor coaching staff from Stanford. Addazio, who earned a trip to a bowl in his first year at BC, has one piece of advice for Durkin in his first bowl.

Dec. 26, 2016

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“It’s exciting to get there, but it’s gotta be more exciting to win it,” Addazio said. “You wanna work hard, you wanna drive and push, but you also wanna make sure it still remains a reward. So there’s a fine line there

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in terms of how hard you work … you don’t want bowl season to become drudgery.” With the selection—the 25th bowl appearance in school history—BC has achieved a bowl berth in 15 out of the last 18 years. Although BC has never participated in the Quick Lane Bowl, it has played a bowl game at Ford Field. In 2002, the Eagles emerged from the Motor City Bowl with a convincing 51-25 win over Toledo. The last time BC was still playing during bowl season was in 2014, when Christian Hackenberg and Penn State eked out a 31-30 overtime win in the Pinstripe Bowl. Maryland’s last bowl appearance was also in 2014, when Stanford handed the

Terps a 45-21 loss in the Foster Farms Bowl. Aside from extra practice and national coverage, the Eagles will receive another added bonus from their bowl appearance: bowl swag. Since its inception in 2014, the Quick Lane Bowl has given out some of the cooler gifts in college football, including JBL headphones, custom-made, life-sized fatheads for all players, and $200 Best Buy gift cards. “It’s almost the perfect gift to get a senior,” team captain Myles Willis said of the full-sized decals. “I’m gonna give it to my dad, it’ll be something he’ll cherish forever. He’s gonna love that.”


D@:?8<C JLCC@M8E I hate flying. I hate it more than anything else in the world. It’s weird because I like airports. I love being surrounded by a medley of food and people bustling off across the world. As a kid, I would look at all of them and wonder where they were going. I’d grab my mother’s hand and point out to the planes on the tarmac, telling her which airline or plane it was. A lot of airlines name their planes, too, so I’d try to get a running list of the entire fleet that I saw. (Spoiler alert: I only ever saw the same two planes because every time I flew, we’d just be going back and forth between JFK and Orlando, pretty exclusively on JetBlue.) Yet when I sat down on the plane, I freaked out. I couldn’t handle being in one place for more than 15 minutes at a time, much less two hours in a pressurized cabin full of people who most definitely didn’t want to hear me speak. I vowed to swear off travel completely. If people wanted me to see the joys of what the world can offer, I told them that the world could come to me. Obviously, it wasn’t all up to me. But for 18 years, I lived contentedly, shuttling back and forth between the Northeast Corridor and the tail of the South they call Florida. I had a short diversion to Chicago, but for the most part, I stayed safely out of the skies. I seemed to forget this when I ran as sports editor of The Heights back in 2014. Connor Mellas, then the man in charge, pitched me on the idea of getting to cover the most prominent games. For eight years, I did musical theatre in school—getting to be on center stage is where I thrive. Caught up in the thrill of becoming a real-life journalist—well, without the pay—I didn’t realize that the most prominent games meant flying across the country to the farthest recesses of the ACC. Ask the guys over at WZBC how I felt when I boarded the plane to Duke last fall. I firmly shut my eyes in the middle seat of the last row. I made fists with my toes during takeoff and landing, just like that passenger told John McClane to do at the beginning of Die Hard. Yes, there may have been a little yelp or two. I was already terrified enough of writing the story well and quickly enough to get it out to the masses. Now I had to deal with my life flashing before my eyes as the landing gear went up. Well, I made it to and from Durham in one piece, even as Boston College football fell apart around me. The story went out fine, too. I’m sure at the time I said that the story was the best I’d ever written, but honestly, I say that to myself every time I write something. As time sped by on the job,

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9P D@:?8<C JLCC@M8E Jgfikj <[`kfi NEW YORK — With Boston College men’s hockey trailing after two periods, Jerry York didn’t need to give any speeches in the locker room. A 2-0 deficit to the defending national champions might cause many coaches to put on their best Herb Brooks impressions. But, despite the deficit, York saw no need. His team got all the motivation it needed from North Dakota’s Rhett Gardner. The sophomore center f rom Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan gave that to the Eagles by ripping off the helmet of Scott Savage. That penalty gave the Eagles new life—a five-minute major, plus a game misconduct, coupled with 90 seconds of 5-on-3 play to enter the third period. Capitalizing on the power play is a situation BC has struggled with for much of the season. But with goals from Colin White and Christopher Brown, the Eagles re-electrified their half of the

crowd at the World’s Most Famous Arena, and silenced the screams of “SIOUX FOR-EVER” from the green and white invaders of the Midwest. But as soon as the man advantages ended, the Fighting Hawks returned. And the large contingent from Grand Forks, N.D. screamed even louder than the hustle and bustle of New York City. Though they came through on their crucial power play


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“Everything about tonight was Frozen Fourish to us,” York said. A back-and-forth first period saw the Eagles spend much of their time in the Fighting Hawks’ zone. BC (12-5-1, 7-0-1 Hockey East) bombarded North Dakota (8-5-3, 2-3-1 National Collegiate Hockey) goaltender Cam Johnson with a plethora of high-quality chances. Johnson handily deflected each away nonetheless, even when forced out of the crease. On the defensive end, the Eagles protected Joe Woll with strong play on two penalty kills. Michael Kim continued his recent hot streak with a couple of strong pass breakups and easy clears. Midway through the period, the Fighting Hawks struck first. Tyson Jost, the hotshot freshman, took in a feed from Austin Pognaski, who carefully avoided a diving Connor Moore. Woll sold out too far to Jost’s right, allowing the Colorado Avalanche prospect to deke to Woll’s left and score.


chances, the Eagles struggled to finish in 5-on-5 play. Despite missing star forward Brock Boeser, No. 9 North Dakota used a second wave of momentum in the third period to power past No. 3 BC, 4-3, in the College Hockey Showdown at Madison Square Garden. Between the bright lights of New York and the high-level of play, York believes Saturday night was a precursor.

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Men’s Basketball: Bench Shines

The Eagles earned their fourth win behind a 34-point effort from the second unit..........B4

Women’s Hockey: BC Crushes Friars Anastos and Newkirk each tallied four points in a 8-0 beatdown of Providence.............B3

TU/TD...................................B2 Sports in Short..........................B2 Women’s basketball...................B2



Monday, December 5, 2016 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

THUMBS UP BALL IS LIFE  UCLA took down top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday. The Bruins looked like national championship contenders, thanks to Lonzo Ball. The freshman phenom tallied 14 points, seven boards, and six assists. It runs in the family—his younger brother, LiAngelo, put up 72 points in his high school game this week. COUP D’ÉTAT?- Before the NBA season began, fans assumed that another Warriors-Cavaliers finals rematch was inevitable. We might be greeted with a pleasant surprise. The Warriors have already lost three games, and the Cavs are being chased by Toronto, Boston, and Chicago. BOWL BOUND  It wasn’t pretty, but BC football is headed back to a bowl, its first since 2014. A late Christmas gift would give the Eagles a winning season and their first bowl victory in nine years.

THUMBS DOWN A B1G MISTAKE? - For the second time in the College Football Playoff ’s three-year existence, Ohio State has snuck into the field. And once again, Urban Meyer’s squad will enter the semifinal game carrying the weight of controversy. It’s time to throw out the strength of schedule and RPI stats. FISHING FOR MEDIOCRITY - The Los Angeles Rams have signed head coach Jeff Fisher to a twoyear extension. In Fisher’s first four years with the Rams, he has led the team to three seven-win finishes and a rare 6-10 mark. But hey, the Rams know who they’re getting—the Bill Belichick of mediocrity. NO SHIRT, NO DEFENSE - JR Smith is notoriously bad at defense, even for an NBA player. He took that to a new level against Milwaukee. As the Bucks were inbounding the ball, Smith decided to say “Hi” to Jason Terry, who was on the Milwaukee bench. Tony Snell, Smith’s man, cut to hoop, received the pass, and scored.


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Despite having just two wins this season, Boston College women’s basketball should have beat FordBoston College 49 ham. The Fordham 56 game should have at least been a tossup. Instead, the should-haves turned into missed opportunities, repeating a cycle seen so many times in this young season, as the Eagles lost 56-49. From the first moments in the opening quarter, Fordham (6-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) took control and never let go. A mere 12 seconds into the first quarter, Fordham registered its first points, thanks to a smooth layup from star forward G’mrice Davis. Fordham followed this quick score by going on a 10-2 run that left BC (2-6) overwhelmed.The Eagles were forced to play catch-up for the rest of the game. BC recovered somewhat

before the end of the quarter, as freshman Emma Guy knocked the Rams lead down to six points by the end of the quarter. A Mariella Fasoula defensive rebound and successive score got the Eagles off to an auspicious second quarter start. The fact that it took this long for Fasoula to get involved offensively was somewhat troubling, as she averages 17.3 points per game and is the team’s leading scorer. Despite this early BC surge, which brought the deficit to four points, the Davis-led Fordham offense quite easily quelled any Eagles momentum. With five minutes left in the half, Davis had recorded 14 points—already more than her season average of 12.6 points. BC finished up the period in even worse shape than when it started, exhibiting an inability to contain Fordham, which ended the quarter up 29-20. Fordham continued its dominance into the third quarter as the

Rams swiftly put four points on the board to further stretch their lead. The Eagles were left unable to respond—BC did not record its first points until three minutes had transpired in the quarter. Due to the collective work of Kelly Hughes and Fasoula, BC was able to pull within five by the end of the quarter. Nevertheless, the momentum remained with the Rams. The final quarter was much like the first three. BC showed spurts of control and promise, but the smooth force that is Davis was too much for Fasoula, Guy, and Hughes. The Eagles were able to keep the score relatively close throughout the entire quarter, but they could never steal the lead from Fordham. The Eagles showed some promise over the course of the game, but the early first quarter lead conceded to the Rams forced the Eagles to claw for a comeback the rest of the way.

BC had to adapt its usual playing style, while Fordham was free to play loosely. This change of play style resulted in the Eagles having a plus 10 rebound margin, which is especially noteworthy considering that BC has averaged a minus 0.1 rebound margin to this point. The Eagles severely underperformed in terms of shooting, as they only got off 57 shot attempts, significantly less than their season average of 73.25 attempts. The Rams, on the other hand, got off 74 shot attempts. While the shooting percentage of the Eagles may have improved this game, the sheer number of attempts by Fordham propelled it to the win. Furthermore, the Eagles struggled with free throws, missing all three, while, the Rams made all 10. The early deficit forced the Eagles to play safe, ultimately spelling their downfall. Two bright spots for the Eagles were Fasoula and Guy. Together,

the underclassman duo recorded 61 percent of BC’s total points for the game and each registered six rebounds. Fasoula has been a strong presence and team leader all season. Guy, on the other hand, had registered just six points in the four games preceding Sunday’s contest. This most recent game showed that the streak of brilliance revealed in the first game of the season is not just a one-time event. “We’re still sorta in that 50 percent area where half of the plays that we’re making, we’re making the right play,” head coach Erik Johnson told BCEagles. com. “We’re making the right effort play, we’re communicating properly, but unfortunately in half of the plays we’re making mistakes.” Going into its next matchup against Yale this Wednesday, BC will need to minimize its mistakes and resist retreating to its comfort zone: restricted basketball.

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their lead to 19-13 entering the second. The Eagles started the second quarter with Kelly Hughes taking a risky 3-pointer from the edge of the court. It paid off, and BC ran down the court with an even bigger advantage. Th e E a g l e s ’ d e f e n s e w a s tough for the Lady Lions to break through, and resulted in long pauses where they were unable to make a pass. Penn State continuously ran into traffic but was able to get some advantages as the BC players racked up the fouls. Consequently, the Eagles entered the locker room at halftime with only a one-point cushion of 31-30. BC had a hard time in the third quarter, scoring only eight points to Penn State’s 15. The Lady Lions came into the frame aggressive, holding long possessions on BC’s end of the court. Af ter L indse y Sp ann w a s fouled shooting a 3-pointer, she went to the line for three free throws that tipped the scale in Penn State’s favor. The frustration was apparent on the Eagles’ faces as they were starting to miss simple shots and quickly falling behind after previously holding a large lead. They were determined to fight until the end and got a couple of points back at the tail end of the quarter. The fourth quarter was so back and forth that it felt like

even taking the time to blink would mean missing something important. While Moore was able to get an immediate bucket, the Eagles were determined to get their lead back. Pineau, Fasoula, and Hughes all made consecutive baskets, and with the gap between the two teams down to just two points, Penn State was forced to take a timeout. With five minutes left, it was turning into a cat-and-mouse game. One team would get two points, but then the other would immediately counter with two of its own. It took two baskets

by Fasoula and Pineau to tie up the game with two minutes left. Fasoula was the star of the game, totaling a career-high 29 points, more than half of BC’s game-ending total. Both Hughes and Penn State’s Peyton Whitted fouled out, but those setbacks weren’t going to stop either team from battling until the very end. In the last minute of the game, it came down to free throws. Both Penn State and BC used up all of their allotted timeouts, and it came down to Kaliyah Mitchell at the charity stripe. She was able to make both free throws, giving the

Lady Lions a four-point lead that solidified their victory. Despite the result, head coach Erik Johnson wasn’t disappointed with how his team played. “I cannot be more proud of the way that our team showed today,” Johnson said. “That’s the first time this year that I’ve watched from start to finish and fight, hustle, fight together, work hard. We made mistakes, we certainly

had those chances to win that basketball game, but I’ll take that group of kids fighting together and fighting for the fans here at Conte Forum.”


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of the contract through a public records request. Neither program has confirmed the report yet. The first meeting will be at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 12, 2026, before the Scarlet Knights host the Eagles in Piscataway, N.J., on Sept. 11, 2027. The former Big East foes have quite a history—the two programs first played each other nearly a century ago and continued

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of the SEC and Pac-12, respectively. The Eagles haven’t played a Big Ten school since 2014, when they lost a heartbreaker to Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl, 31-30. Perhaps, in Rutgers, BC sees a little bit of itself. Both have struggled as of late, ranking among the worst Power Five schools in recruiting and total offense. Out of 128 FBS teams, only the Scarlet

Knights averaged fewer yards per game than the Eagles. Scheduling Rutgers also makes sense for BC given its recent recruiting push into New Jersey. Head coach Steve Addazio has put an emphasis on the region, snagging players like Anthony Brown, Jonathan Hilliman, Nolan Borgersen, and Tommy Sweeney from the Garden State.

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=`^_k`e^ ?Xnbj JhlXj_ 9:Ëj K_`i[ G\i`f[ :fd\YXZb Xk DJ> MHOK vs NoDak, from B1 Five minutes later, Jost struck again, this time on the power play. After Austin Cangelosi whiffed on a soft tip over Johnson—a perfect shorthanded attempt—Jost got another great pass, this time from Shane Gersich. He beat Woll stick side to give the Fighting Hawks a 2-0 lead. Then came the brawl that, as head coach Jerry York said after the game, gave the Eagles another chance. Not long after Luke McInnis got slashed, setting up North Dakota’s fifth power play of the game, the Eagles grew frustrated with a lack of luck in drawing penalties. Some extracurricular activity led to a Chris Wilkie slash, before the aforementioned game misconduct. York made sure his guys knew what he expected. “It gave us a chance to get back in the game, and we took advantage of it,” York said. The Eagles came out firing at Johnson. Under a minute through the third period, Savage sent a perfect pass from the top of the circles to White. The team’s leading goal-scorer slotted it just past Johnson’s outstretched left skate to cut North

Dakota’s lead to 2-1. With seconds expiring on the regular power play, Brown knotted the equalizer. He took advantage of a Savage blast that was aided by a deflection by David Cotton. North Dakota’s Johnny Simonson was so focused on trying to push away Cangelosi from in front of the net that he abandoned Brown. The sophomore flew in to push it past wide-open space on Johnson’s right. Ye t th e Fi g ht i n g H aw k s wouldn’t be denied. Simonsen assaulted Woll with a couple of initial shots. On his second, he pushed it back out to Joel Janatuinen. With Woll screened on the right, Janatuinen gave North Dakota a 3-2 lead. Without a man advantage, the Eagles couldn’t gain the momentum back. It’s something captain Chris Calnan recognized as he reflected on the game afterward, and expressed an urgency to get that changed before BC’s game against Northeastern this Tuesday. “I think we could’ve had a little more sustained pressure in their zone,” Calnan said. “Getting more shots to the net, getting guys to the net. We’ll fix that to be ready for Tuesday night.” Trevor Olson iced the game


Trevor Olson (11) celebrates with his teammate, Christian Wolanin (24), after a game-sealing goal. Joe Woll (31) skates off the ice after the loss. with two minutes to go, easily shifting around Savage to go low on Woll’s glove side, a pity because it made a Matthew Gaudreau tip-in with 8.7 seconds to go for naught.

Despite the loss, York takes away one key benefit: practice for the NCAA Tournament. York was thrilled when NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton approached BC about the prospects of playing

this game three years ago. For two programs which have been in many big games over the last 20 years, the chance to get some practice in was huge for York’s group of young guys.

“It’s hard to manufacture Frozen Fours or Regional Finals—you’ve got to experience it—but the big stage, bright lights, it’s good for both clubs,” York said.


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After a bit of a shaky start, Boston College women’s hockey has been on a tear lately. Even a great season, however, can be a bit of a step back coming off an undefeated regular season that brought the team to the National Final. Although they have not been the world-beaters they were last season, the No. 6 Eagles have continually proven themselves to be a dominant team. Their 8-0 win against Providence was no different. The Eagles (11-3-3, 10-2-1 Hockey East) started strong, with junior Toni Ann Miano scoring the first goal less than

30 seconds into the game. The Friars (8-10-1, 4-6-1) tried to calm things down, managing to keep the chances back-and-forth early in the period. Then, the Eagles reclaimed momentum after the Friars took two penalties virtually back-to-back. BC created a lot of pressure during the first penalty, but was unable to convert. Only 33 seconds later, the Eagles returned to the power play as Kate Friesen was called for tripping. This time, they took advantage of the opportunity and Miano scored her second goal of the night to put BC up 2-0. This was Miano’s second two-goal game of her career—the other was also against Providence, last February. Miano now has 15

points in 16 games, making her Hockey East’s leader in points by a defenseman. From there, BC controlled the pace of the game, as Providence goaltender Madison Myers fought to keep the Friars in it. The Eagles managed to top off a dominant first period with a goal in the last minute from Ryan Little, bringing the score to 3-0 after the first 20 minutes. The Eagles finished the period with 17 shots, their highest tally in a single period since the first period of their game last month against Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Rather than sit on their lead, the Eagles came out just as strong in the second period, taking con-

trol on offense for the first few minutes. BC risked losing momentum as it took two consecutive penalties, but managed to shut down the Friars’ power play, allowing only one shot for the duration of both penalties. Less than a minute after the second penalty ended, BC was put on the power play and Erin Connolly scored quickly to further expand the Eagles’ lead. The Eagles added two more goals in the second period—one from Kali Flanagan and another power-play goal for Connolly—to take a commanding 6-0 lead heading into the third period. Once again, the Eagles refused to let up, piling up shots against freshman netminder

Clare Minnerath. She started the period—her first collegiate appearance—in relief of Myers after Myers conceded six goals. BC found a way to get the puck past her when Andie Anastos scored her eighth goal of the season a little more than halfway through the period. BC then killed off another penalty, improving its overall success rate to 92.6 percent, the third-best in the NCAA. The Eagles finished the scoring with less than three minutes remaining in the game, as freshman Kate Annese scored the first goal of her NCAA career. Katie Burt finished with 17 saves to earn her third shutout of the season—and 29th of her career—in the dominant 8-

0 win for BC. Anastos had three assists in the game, finishing with her first four-point game of the season. Makenna Newkirk also finished with four points, all assists, in the first four-point game of her career. The Eagles outshot the Friars in every period, with the final shot total 45-17 in favor of BC. The Friars were held to their lowest total in a game this season, and their leading scorer, Cassidy Carels, was held to only two shots with the Eagles as dominant on defense as they were on offense. BC’s commanding victory over its Hockey East foe bodes well as the Eagles look to replicate last season’s success prior to an extended Winter Break.

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my stories got better and, more importantly, got to the public more quickly. And after trips to South Bend, Ind.; Clemson, S.C.; Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and even Dublin, my anxiety decreased as I flew more in one calendar year than I had in my entire life. Because of The Heights and BC Athletics, I am no longer afraid to fly. So now, I’m taking off again. Starting Jan. 1, I will be moving on from my position as your sports editor. This is my final column in that position. It has been an honor to serve as the student voice of BC Athletics’ elation and frustration for the last two years. As of publication, this job has put me in the press box for 80 games across seven different sports: men’s hockey, football, baseball, women’s hockey, men’s basketball, lacrosse, and women’s basketball. Including this column, you’ve read something I’ve written a whopping 209 times. I truly thank everyone for sticking with me throughout what hasn’t been an easy two years. Of course, it’s not like I’d know that. While BC’s overall record and perception has suffered, mine has thrived. In total, BC teams are 48-28-4 when I’m in attendance. Yes, that’s mostly because of men’s hockey (21-10-4). But I’m undefeated in lacrosse (1-0), women’s basketball (1-0), and women’s

hockey (5-0); baseball has been stellar (8-4); and I’ve even got a 4-1 record in men’s basketball. (Don’t ask me who the Eagles played in those games. It’s not that important.) Only in football have we taken our lumps together. The Eagles have gone 8-13 over these last two seasons, plus the Pinstripe Bowl, where we truly acquainted ourselves for the first time over the Twittersphere. Over that time, we’ve seen a lot of turnovers, not a lot of points, and the most frustration. And I even made a best friend—he just doesn’t know it yet. I wouldn’t leave without putting the BC sports community in such capable hands. Riley Overend and Annabel Steele will still be sports editors, with Riley taking over the top spot. Most importantly, both are unafraid of getting their hands dirty in press conferences afterward. They will continue our great tradition of holding BC coaches and administrators accountable for their performances and what they say, as Tom DeVoto, Jack Stedman, and I did before them. Neither will stray from controversy. Both will continue to tell amazing stories. Before I sign off, just a few more people I need to give shoutouts too for making this job so fun for me:

Thank you to Mellas and Austin Tedesco. You could’ve fired me when I screwed up that Clemson men’s soccer article back when I was a freshman. (Don’t look it up in the archives—it died in a fiery hell when and the accompanying Google Drive were wiped off the face of this earth). You both set the foundation for the writer I am today. I literally would not have been here without you. Thank you to Connor Murphy, Shannon Kelly, Kaylie Daniels, Magdalen Sullivan,

ments of BC Athletics when my words couldn’t do it. For Julia, thank you for accompanying me on our many road trips. I am excited for the places we have yet to see together. Thank you to Keaton McAuliffe. To those who don’t already know, she was the mastermind behind the majority of our print designs over the last two years. You picked up our pages because she made you want to. It’s not easy designing loss after loss, but each one was especially enticing in its own way. Thank you to Carolyn

Boston Globe, Richie Thompson of The Boston Herald, Eric Avidon of The MetroWest Daily News, Bill Maloney of Eagle in Atlanta, and, of course, the entirety of the BC Interruption crew—Brian Favat, A.J. Black, Joe Gravellese, Eric Hoffses, Grant Salzano, and Laura Berestecki. You welcomed me into the BC sports media family with open arms. You made it fun to have people with whom to celebrate (quietly) or complain (loudly) about what was going on on the field. We are the people who speak for the ever-frustrated fanbase in Chestnut Hill. Don’t let ’em down. Speaking of which… Thank you to all of the Twitter users out there who make covering games more fun with your various commentary. BC fans are some of the greatest in the world, though they’re not given any credit for it. They haven’t had a lot of success to celebrate, yet they get more deeply frustrated than any fanbase I know—and I root for the Mets. You can’t hate on a group of people who care this much about merely wanting their team to win. Who doesn’t? Thank you to all of the BC coaches and athletes. A particular shoutout to those of you who I’ve gotten the opportunity to feature: Katie Burt, Mikaela Rix, Kenzie Kent, Darius Wade, Thatcher Demko, Eli Carter,

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Freeman and John Wiley. I certainly didn’t make life easy for you two by wanting to push out content. You both made a special effort to learn sports to help make our writing better. Thank you to Zanna Ollove, Mark Majewski, Matt Lynch, Lizz Summers, Jason Baum, and, especially, Chris Cameron. Media relations is a thankless job. You were all patient with me as I learned the job. Thank you for giving me someone to laugh with in the press box, on road trips, or at practice. Thank you to Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, Julian Benbow and Mike Vega of The

Jerry York, Mike Gambino, Michael Kim, Austin Cangelosi, Casey and Ryan Fitzgerald, Teddy Doherty, Katie Crowley, Jacob Stevens, Truman Gutapfel, Matt Milano, John Johnson, Colin White, and Jordan Chatman. Your answers made my job easy. Most of all, Steve Addazio. Man, where would I be without you? A sincere thank you for my going away present. Saturday was the first time I got to see an ACC win in person in either men’s basketball or football since I became a BC student. It took two and a half years longer than I thought it would, but at last, it happened. Congratulations. We’ll meet up again in Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. Oh, wait, don’t worry. I’m not leaving the BC Athletics scene. Far from it. I’ve got a year and a half left at this school, and a lifetime of tweeting after that. I’ll still be on the men’s hockey beat—I’d miss Jerry too much. I’ll still be writing features on the athletes, or in the Shea Field press box as long as that old trailer is still standing. And yes, Steve, I’ll be in the Yawkey Athletics Center every Saturday for as long as you’re there. But for now, I have to go. My flight’s about to leave. I’ll see you all when I get there.

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<X^c\j KfiZ_ ;Xikdflk_ =ifd 9\_`e[ k_\ 8iZ `e :fddXe[`e^ N`e 9P I@C<P FM<I<E; 8jjfZ% Jgfikj <[`kfi It was business as usual for Boston College men’s basketball on Saturday—another day, another nonconference op70 Dartmouth Boston College 88 ponent, another career-high for Jerome Robinson. The Eagles squeezed another scoring spectacle out of their star sophomore guard against Dartmouth, as Robinson dropped 27 points in a 88-70 win. Freshman point guard Ty Graves chipped in 13 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, in his best performance for BC since the home-opener. For the first 10 minutes, the Eagles (4-3) struggled to pull away from the Big Green (0-6) and relied too heavily on Robinson to shoulder the scoring load. But when the ACC’s third-leading scorer went to the bench with a pair of fouls, the trio of Graves, Jordan Chatman, and Mike Sagay promptly stepped up to fill the scoring void. The second unit fueled a 12-2 run that extended BC’s lead to double-digits while also giving Robinson a muchneeded breather. “If we can’t score off the bench, we won’t be able to beat teams,” Robinson said. “When they start scoring off the bench, it makes it even easier for the starters to score, too. We just find a little groove and keep scoring.” Dartmouth kept within striking

distance thanks to a big day from forward Evan Boudreaux, last season’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Boudreaux entered the game ranked fourth in the conference in scoring with 17.2 points per game and first in rebounding with nine per game. To start the second half, he drilled a jumper, a 3-pointer, and then made one free throw to reduce the Big Green’s deficit to seven points. Boudreaux scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the second half to bump his total to 23, but that’s all he would get due to a controversial foul call. With about 10 minutes remaining, Boudreaux attempted to swat away a Connar Tava layup and instead caught him directly in the face. After an official review, the foul was determined to be severe enough to warrant a flagrant 2 foul, resulting in an ejection. Without Dartmouth’s best player on the floor, BC’s 10-point lead turned to 20, and head coach Jim Christian even subbed in Gordon Gehan, a fan-favorite walk-on, for the final minute. The Eagles looked like an entirely different team from the one that mustered 54 points in a loss to Richmond last weekend. After netting just four total bench points against the Spiders, BC’s bench trio of Graves, Chatman, and Sagay combined for 30 points. As a team, the Eagles shot 11-of-21 from downtown, a product of their quick perimeter passing. BC also tallied a season-best 23 assists, committed just 13 turnovers, and scored 20 points off

of Dartmouth’s mistakes. Once again, Robinson showed off his ability to score from anywhere on the court. He drained 4-of-7 attempts from 3-point range, some coming from the baseline and some coming from deep. He attacked the hoop, drawing contact and finishing through fouls as part of his fourth 20+ point game in the last five contests. The Raleigh, N.C., native even put his midrange shots on display, with off the dribble pull-ups and turnaround jumpers. At times, it almost looked too easy. But the real storyline from Saturday revolves around everyone not named Jerome. The rest of the Eagles complemented Robinson’s scoring barrage with a balanced offensive attack, something they haven’t done in each of BC’s three losses this season. AJ Turner connected on 1-of-2 triples to improve his 3-point shooting mark to 45 percent, compared to 26 percent last season. Chatman was typically efficient, needing only seven shots to reach 12 points. Ky Bowman and Tava recorded six points apiece and played solid defense on the other end. Mo Jeffers had eight points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a pretty left-handed floater in traffic. And, most importantly, the supporting cast gave fans a little more confidence that the Eagles won’t be playing 1-on-5 when the looming ACC schedule rolls around.


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9P 8E;P 98:BJKIFD ?\`^_kj JkX]] Jerome Robinson pulls up from mid-range, misses, but quickly grabs the offensive rebound. He dishes it to A.J. Turner for the three—buckets. Three minutes and 16 seconds into the first half, and Boston College men’s basketball’s air raid was just beginning. The Eagles went off from beyond the arc in their 88-70 victory over Dartmouth. Prior to Saturday afternoon, BC (4-3) had not made more than nine 3-pointers in a game this season. Against the Big Green (0-6), the Eagles broke the elusive 50 percent mark by draining 11-of-21 from deep. This past weekend at the Barclays Center Classic, the Eagles shot a mere 33.3 percent from 3-point land over the span of their two losses in tournament competition. Back in Conte Forum, BC cured its shooting woes, not just from 3-point range, but also from the field in general. By converting 55.7 percent of its shots, the Eagles put up 88 points . B oth their shooting percentage and total point value were season-highs. Five different players—Robinson, Turner, Jordan Chatman, Ty Graves, and Mike Sagay— cashed in from three. Their selfless playing style was driven by ball movement and ultimately showed in the stat line. Overall, the Eagles assisted on 23 scoring opportunities, the most so far this the year. Minutes into the game, it became routine. Penetrate and kick it out for the open shot, or simply bring the ball up and swing it to whoever had the best look. Coincidentally, many of these assists positioned scorers for “catch-and-shoot” opportunities. But the Eagles did not shy away from the paint either. In fact, they outscored Dartmouth 40-24 in the interior. Whether

it came from a Mo Jeffers post move, a Connar Tava putback, or a Robinson layup, BC’s inside game complemented its perimeter shooting. Head coach Jim Christian stressed that he never instructs his team to get points on the board in a particular fashion. “I’m not going into a game saying, ‘Hey we want 27 layups,’” Christian said. “I’d love that, but I want good shots. I want good ball movement. I want good player movement. I want us to understand what a good offensive play is.” It appears that Christian’s players are catching on—especially Turner. Despite immense scoring potential, the 6-foot-7 for ward has been extremely selective with his shots all season. Instead, he has focused on being a floor general. Unlike point guards, Ky Bowman and Graves, who constantly pushed the pace of Saturday’s game, Turner brought the ball up the court with patience. He surveyed the court and settled for the best option at hand. Turner took as many shots as he had assists: six. While the Eagles were expecting him to establish himself as the team’s second-leading scorer, he may be content with this efficient type of play. Since Turner’s scoring numbers were down, others were forced to step up against the Big Green. And they did. BC’s bench scored 10 more points than Dartmouth’s reserves. Graves and Chatman chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, and Sagay, who received a career-high 15 minutes, posted five points. BC’s supporting cast opened up the floor for its starters, enabling the Eagles to take over the game. Turnovers have proven to be BC’s biggest flaw this year. But by limiting careless passes and pressuring the opposition, the Eagles turned this negative stat around to force 20 turnovers

from Dartmouth. As Big Green mistakes compiled in the second half, BC strung together scoring chances, allowing it to stretch its lead. Fr o m h i g h p e r c e n t a g e shooting to ball movement to ball security, the Eagles left few points on the floor. They even knocked down 9-of-11 free throws, as they continued to improve their marksmanship from the charity strike. Throughout the first three games of the season, BC shot 57 percent from the line. In the next four, the team has shot 78 percent. The Eagles’ mistakes were disguised by their 18-point margin of victory and a multitude of season highs. But BC didn’t win every battle. Dartmouth, which has consistently been outworked on the glass all season, out-rebounded the Eagles 33-27. BC even conceded 11 offensive rebounds, giving its oppponent ample second chance opportunities. Fortunately for BC, the inability to crash the boards didn’t cost it the game. BC ’s win extended Dartmouth’s losing streak to six games—its longest to start the season since the 2006-07 campaign. Nothing seems to be going the Ivy League representative’s way. Dartmouth’s only bright light, sophomore forward Evan Boudreaux, was ejected during the second half, after smacking Tava as he was going up for a finish. Boudreaux, the conference’s fourth-leading scorer, had 23 points at the time. But, after all, the Big Green are 18-64 against current ACC schools . Even the odds were stacked against them. The Eagles have shown that they can make the necessary adjustments to roll over a team like Dartmouth. But, until the treys start landing against teams from the Power Five, their legitimacy will remain in question.


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BOSTON — Casey Fitzgerald slammed his stick down and screamed at the glass. He knew what Boston College 2 the Northeastern 1 Dogpound—louder and prouder than ever—knew: another late penalty will seal this one for Northeastern. It’s not like Fitzgerald was the only culprit for Boston College men’s hockey on Tuesday night. The Eagles had seven penalties that led to power plays for the Huskies, compared to only two for NU. Whether all were legitimate is irrelevant. Hockey East’s infamous referees thought BC—the third-most-penalized team in the nation—deserved more time outs. But head coach Jerry York has been down this road before. He knows that there are ghosts who live in the famed Matthews Arena. Every once in a while, they creep onto the ice to bless or curse Northeastern. You can hear them in the creaks of the seats, the whir of the Zamboni, or sometimes in the Dogpound’s chants of “Stacy’s Mom.” “It was quite a college hockey game,” York said. “I’ve been here a lot of years, and it never ceases to amaze me how the ghosts of the building bring out the best.” York heard the ghosts come out on Tuesday with a loud ping—though that could’ve just been Michael Kim’s shorthanded game-winner. For the second year in a row, the Eagles stole a game from their historically maligned crosstown rivals on St. Botolph Street. Last year it was because of Matthew Gaudreau. This year, Kim—the

sophomore blue liner from Ontario—cursed NU in a 2-1 final to help BC remain undefeated in conference play. It was the least Kim could do. He feels BC was in that situation because of him. For much of the game, the Eagles (12-4-1, 7-0-1 Hockey East) had survived with a man down against Hocke y East’s second-best power-play unit. Northeastern (5-6-4, 1-5-2) attacked Joe Woll with a strong first- team unit of Z ach As ton-Reese, John Stevens, Dylan Sikura, Adam Gaudette, and Garrett Cockerill. Woll finished the game with 24 saves, and had a sharp performance—perhaps the best in his young college career. Yet York attributed much of that success to his defense’s strong play on the penalty kill. While the goaltender gets a lot of the praise, York wanted to spread that around to the men who come before him. “Our ability to win the game tonight was a direct reflection of our penalty killing,” York said. “Joe made some exceptional saves, but I thought our stick positioning and blocking of shots was almost like chalkboard.” Though the Huskies generated only four shots on goal in the first period, each was a high-quality chance. By the time they pumped that up to 11 in the second frame, the Eagles were back on their heels. The E agle s f inally broke through offensively with under a minute to go in the second period. JD Dudek broke away cleanly along the near boards, forcing Ryan Shea to skate in tight. At the last second before the crease, Dudek sent a desperation pass cross ice to Colin White. The sophomore center casually

flipped the puck over goaltender Ryan Ruck’s head to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead into the locker room. Yet, because of Kim, that lead wouldn’t last very long. Gaudreau took a hooking penalty only 1:22 into the third period. The Huskies had struggled all game long to gather momentum on that unit, but Kim accidentally abandoned Sikura on the left circle. The miscue allowed Sikura to dish the puck to Cockerill from the blue line. Aston-Reese cleaned up his rocket shot, knotting the game at one apiece. Frustrated with himself, Kim determined to make good on his mistakes. “The first goal they scored was my fault,” Kim said. “So I just told myself, I had to get this back.” Kim almost didn’t get that chance. With under two minutes remaining, Fitzgerald got called for interference, putting the pressure on the Eagles to do whatever they could to force a tie. But Kim saw an opening. He watched as Stevens mishandled a dump back to Aston-Reese at the blue line. That brief window gave Kim the opportunity to cause havoc and steal the puck away. The play caught Cockerill flat-footed in front of Ruck, with his stick on the wrong side to stop the shot of the left-handed Kim. By the time he brought it around, Kim had already heaved up a desperation attempt. “To be honest, I just shot it,” Kim said. “I wasn’t aiming. Just got a little bit of puck luck.” Kim might call it puck luck. But York knows better. It’s the ghosts of the Matthews Arena. And this time, they blessed the Eagles.


Michael Kim made up for an earlier defensive miscue with a late game-winning goal to defeat the Huskies.


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Donald Glover, better known as artist Childish Gambino, has taken a major step into the intensely passionate, humid world of 70s funk and R&B and out of the carefree land of tongue-twisted humor and bars for days. His third studio album, entitled Awaken, My Love!, demonstrates Glover’s versatility and artistry while taking a noARRIVAL tably risky Paramount Pictures departure from his previous style. Not one track on Awaken features any semblance of rap or stylistic tendancies from Glover’s Camp (2011) or Because the Internet (2013). Some would say that his transition from rap figure to psychedelic superstar began with his EP, Kauai, which featured more thoughtfully instrumental tracks like “Late Night in Kauai” and “The Palisades.” But, no matter what, throughout that project Glover maintained his usual presence with at least

some harmonization or rap contribution. This is not true for Awaken. The tracklist of the album plays off like a laundry list of vintage hits that distort and mangle Glover’s voice beyond recognition. In “Me and Your Mama,” the twinkly intro with a simple piano quickly devolves into an R&B synth coupled with falsetto, breathy backup vocals. This lays the foundation for the electric rock guitar riff that makes way for Glover’s howling voice. Raggedly singing with passion, Glover exhibits a sound we’ve never heard from him before. This pattern is reiterated throughout the album in other tracks, such as “Have Some Love,” “Boogieman,” “Riot,” “Redbone,” and “California.” All of these contain guitar and rhythm sounds reminiscent of Cage the Elephant with an R&B twist The inspiration for this jump in style is clear to Glover. Awaken, My Love!, according to a Nov. 17 interview with the artist in Billboard, began with a childhood memory. “I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling,” he said. “I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, “Wow,

that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great.” This description could not describe the track “Boogieman” any better. Outfitted with voice changes, screeches, maniacal laughs, and more, the song’s studio embellishments prompt listeners to envision Glover as a mix of Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix. Beyond these electronic and synthetic additions to the songs, the emotional messages behind the them is palpable. “Zombies” explores the downsides of fame and those that exploit your artistry for money. “They can smell your money/And they want your soul,” Glover sings. “We’re coming out to get you/We’re all so glad we met you/We’re eating you for profit/There is no way to stop it.” But the trials and tribulations of love and unrequited love take main stage in the album. In “Baby Boy,” Glover discusses complicated relationships while singing, “All the pain, all the tears/Many nights, many years/This love for me is fading/You waited, but I never came home to you.” This theme is brought up once again in “Have Some Love” in the lyrics, “Really love one another/It’s so hard to find.”


Rapper turned psychedelic singer, Childish Gambino’s new album proves masterfully daring. No matter what, the album cycled back to the same sound with similar guitar riffs and vocals. Through this, the album, overall, serves more as an expression of inner emotion. Where Glover’s previous works were seemingly “verbal acrobatics,” as Weiner describes them, he calls Awaken as “an exercise in just feeling and tone.” Some could say this exercise has gone too far. While some tracks barely feature a recognizable Glover’s voice, “The Night Me and Your Mama Met” doesn’t at all. The instrumental harmonization of backup vocals and guitar embodies the peaks and pitfalls

in a night of passion without including a single word. No one can deny the sheer mastery found on the album, but it’s tough to say whether this is the right direction for Glover. Although this shift in sound may not have completely come out of left-field, it should still take listeners by surprise. What Glover plans to do with his newfound funk is beyond prediction, but it will surely satisfy his artistic and daring self. his newfound funk is beyond prediction, but it will surely satisfy his artistic and daring self.

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Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) doesn’t exorcise demons from the possessed. He isn’t a member of the clergy. He doesn’t splash holy water or compel with the power of Christ. Dr. Seth Ember evicts “parasitic non-corporeal entities” from the minds and bodies of the people they are feeding on. He jumps into the minds of the victims, bringing with him the realization that the world they perceive themselves to inhabit is merely a trick of the “demon” in its attempt to absorb all of its host’s life force. He also gives the victims the power to escape from the spirit’s clutches and push them out. Incarnate hit theaters last Friday with a whimper, as most bad horror movies released during Oscar season tend to do. Directed by Brad Peyton, Incarnate begins exactly how one would expect. Lindsay (CariINCARNATE ce van Blumhouse Tilt Houten), and her young son Cameron (David Mazouz) walk back to their apartment with groceries. Cameron makes eye contact with a deranged woman rummaging through the garbage across the street. Can the movie possibly foreshadow harder? Yes. Yes it can. While the characters cook spaghetti, the audience learns that Cameron’s father was an abusive alcoholic and that Lindsay has cut him out of their lives. Cameron clearly misses

his father, in spite of his fl aws. Later that night, Cameron hears a strange noise coming from the kitchen. Cue fake jump scare/real jump scare cliche. The noise is just the wind through the open window (fake jump scare), but when Cameron goes to close it, some horrible shape rushes in (real jump scare). Lo and behold, it’s the deranged and clearly possessed woman he saw earlier. She attacks him, and the demon “jumps” from her to him. Now the movie can truly begin. Simply put, Incarnate should not be nominated for any Academy Awards this year. But Incarnate does have its bright spots. First, the story is actually decent. It’s different from your average, every-day demon/exorcism movie. The idea that religion isn’t the basis for the mythology of the movie, at least in the opinion of the main character, is refreshing. Dr. Ember’s ability to drive the entity out from within the mind of the victims is a new take on classic exorcism. Most of the acting in Incarnate is sufficient. There are a few characters who feel out of place in the movie, but the big names in this movie aren’t obviously phoning it in. Eckhart does a very good job with his role, as does van Houten. Mazouz is equally impressive in his role as Cameron, especially considering that most child actors are not good at acting yet. The problem is that these high points do not have the strength to save the movie. Incarnate could be good, if it weren’t for its constant and tiresome cliches. To run through a few, Incarnate uses the “You need to take a look at this” cliche, the “You know who I am?” cliche in which the demon knows exactly who

Dr. Ember is as if that is supposed to make it creepier, and the “[insert anything here] could never happen!” and then it happens cliche. There has been a change for the worse in the way horror movies, at least in the past few years, try to scare the audience. Most of the bad horror movies do this, and it’s not just a coincidence. They use jump scares in place of actual horror. Jump scares are scary. But they don’t make a horror movie good. Jump scares are cheap ways to frighten the audience. A good horror movie should be scary because the subject matter, or the characters, or the story is genuinely frightening, not because every 10 minutes there is a loud noise and something flashes across the screen. This is not to say that horror movies shouldn’t or can’t have jump scares. They are great for getting the adrenaline pumping. This is simply to say that a story should be what makes a movie good, regardless of genre. What really holds Incarnate back, however, is its clunky exposition. The writing in this movie makes it seem like some characters only exist to ask a question so something can be explained to the audience. Movies should show, not tell. Most good movies show everything the audience needs to understand the situation on the screen. They trust the actors to act well and they trust the audience to be smart enough to understand what is going on. Incarnate does not. Incarnate has the potential to be a good movie, but it holds itself back. It is one of the better generic horror movies, so if a 90-minute scary story is the goal, Incarnate is the means to an end.




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The Hamilton Mixtape is a work of art that must be analyzed and appreciated as a stand alone piece. Obviously roots of the Hamilton soundtrack cannot be ignored, but it is beneficial to approach this album for what it is and nothing more: a compilation of the most popular and talented artists of the time bringing a new voice to the history of democracy. It should HAMILTON MIXTAPE not be Atlanta Records compared in quality to the original Hamilton soundtrack, because what could ever compete with that anyways? If a comparison between each Hamilton Mixtape song is made with the original inspiration from the soundtrack, one might be disappointed. Anything that is derived from a pre-existing masterpiece will obviously struggle to answer up to the high

standard we subconsciously assign to it. This is especially true with Hamilton. For example, “Wait for It” is a piece similar enough in composition to the original that is comparable to Usher’s powerful version in the original. The original evokes such a strong response, because of the little details like the minor strings in the background that make it so sonically full, the echoing of the ensemble with the lines “Death doesn’t discriminate / between the sinners and the saints / It takes and it takes and it takes / And we keep living anyway / We rise and we fall.” These lines make the struggle of living in the face of death seem more universal. The wonderful surge of sound and emotion that comes with the third refrain that listeners anxiously wait for throughout the entire musical is still compelling. This rendition, however, may disappoint some as many of these beloved details were omitted. Despite this, Usher brought the incredible accessibility that could bring this song to forefront of exposure, both in style and by the exposure that his name brings. The original is already a pretty accessible song and one could easily see it being popular

in the mainstream scene of music. The Hamilton Mixtape goes one step further to make revolutionary history accessible to the general public through these covers. The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is that it takes a distant and unrelatable historical figure, Alexander Hamilton, and uses the theatrical medium to give it depth and approachability. Hamilton gives the history a heartbeat, as cliché as that is, and it lets people like me, who are relatively conscious of history but by no means enthusiasts, connect with a compelling story that would have been left of in the textbooks of high school American History if not for Hamilton. It makes the figures in the origins of democracy into characters that speak to the human experience itself. The play develops universal themes of love, love lost, rebellion, the power of the people, the strength of humanity, and countless others. It gives people a reason to explore the historical struggle and learn what, we—as a country—came from, and how that can help us figure out where we are going. The song that exemplifies this power is “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” that


Popular artists Usher, Riz MC, and others examine social issues through a historical lens. pulls from a line from the original song “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” which references the fact that Hamilton and Lafayette are both immigrants fighting for the country that took them in. “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” by K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, and Residente, takes this influential line and explores the history of America as an immigrant nation in light of the modern-day dialogue surrounding immigration. Given the recent anti-immigration climate among

our recent political discourse, people forget that this country was built from the ground up by immigrants, and protected by them to this very day. The album has countless other things one could speak towards, but the hasty conclusion that nothing could compare to the original sountrack, is false. The Hamilton Mixtape stands alone and shines—it is one of the most poignant sonic experiences for the times we live in and it is revolutionary.


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A mound of papers reading Hello…Shovelhead! proudly presents … ‘Have You Tried Fruits?’ rested on a table in Fulton 511 on Friday and Saturday night. A lengthy disclaimer on it contained a playful yet important message. “By entering this show you have temporarily suspended your right to be offended.” This message is followed by a long and whimsical list of descriptions or categories that a viewer might possibly fit into. For example, it asked for viewers to not be offended if they identify as “a philosopher, Plato, Play-Doh, a theater kid, Ford Theater, Abraham Lincoln,” and so on. If the handout alone can make you laugh, ‘Have You Treid Fruits?’ has a great time in store for you. The front page of the paper ends with a poignant message: “Check the ‘tude at the door. Sit, back, relax and remember how to laugh at yourself. Cause if you’re not, then, someone else is.” Hello…Shovelhead!’s fall show begins with a video. Each member of the cast is being driven separately to an unknown location. They speculate to the camera on what television show Hello… Shovelhead! has been requested to be a part of. Finally, they arrive in the middle of the woods. They are greeted by their leaders, and the show

they are going to be in is revealed to them. The cast of Hello…Shovelhead! will be doing an episode of Naked and Afraid. The cast is divided into teams and told to strip down to their birthday suits. What followed was a combination of jokes and utter ridiculousness that had the audience cracking up from the start. The video did a great job at warming up the crowd while also letting the audience get familiar with the different members of the cast. The video ended with cheers and applause from the crowd and, from there, the show began. But it only gets better once ‘Have You Tried Fruits?’ began its series of skits. One skit that definitely resonated with the crowd was a scene about a camp counselor. It opens with two camp counselors, complete with clipboards and tie-dye t-shirts. A couple comes to them to retrieve their child. They search their clipboards for the kid but are unable to find them. The alarmed parents snatch the clipboards from them, but cannot find a list of names. Instead, the counselors have clipped a CD and a DVD copy of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York to their boards. The parents demand their child and, from behind their backs, each counselor produces another clipboard and begin searching it for the child. The terrified parents rush offstage, promising to call the police and mourning their lost

kid—leaving the audience roaring in laughter. Every skit that followed was met with similar applause and laughter. The cast appears to genuinely enjoy performing and working with each other. The kind of chemistry between the cast in this production is a huge part of what made this show so fun. These great and fun performances can be credited in part to great directing by Casey McLaughlin and Dan Casey, who also do a great job on stage themselves. Hello…Shovelhead! also makes good use of the few props they include in their scenes. They get through many of their scenes with only a few chairs and whatever hand-held objects they choose. The costumes they wear aren’t extravagant or fancy. In fact, everything the cast wears can be found in your closet at home, yet the audience is never confused at who or what a character is supposed to be. The only criticism that can be offered is that the show didn’t last longer. There was a brief intermission between its two acts, but when the show ended for good, the audience was left wanting more of the clever scenes and witty dialogue from Hello…Shovelhead!. The show they put on this weekend was a resounding success and bodes very well for any of their upcoming projects or events in the latter half of year.

:i`jg Gi`ekj :_ife`Zc\[ ]ifd :fm\i kf :fm\i 9P :?I@J =LCC<I 8ikj I\m`\n <[`kfi Books of all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials attract different readers based on their interests and tastes. One reader may have a certain love for large, leatherbound books instead of pocket-sized paperbacks. O t h e r s , h o w e v e r, m i g h t f i n d a small, colorful paperback to be just as mesmerizing as any old-fashioned dictionary or encyclopedia. Some, if not a lot of readers, regardless of the content of any old book, may be discouraged from reading any type of book just because of its front cover or the old, worn feel of it. While not all readers are guilty of adhering to the prejudice of rejecting certain books without really looking at what they’re really about, many readers are. The new John J. Burns Library exhibit in the O’Neill Reading Room, Judging a Book By Its Cover: The History of Early Printed Books looks to explore the development of the history of printed books while also displaying creative projects put together by the exhibit’s curators, students in the Early Printed Books course. The exhibit, in its entirety, can be found in three display cases found throughout the Reading Room. At first glance, these cases are filled with a vast array of colors, materials, and content. While there may be a few examples of classically-rendered, albeit small, student-crafted pamphlets and books, this exhibit explores a wide range of print mediums that have been used over the centuries. Se veral students in the class put together volvelles , wheel-like paper crafts often used as calendars displaying the month and season throughout the year. Many of these volvelles might be calendars, but a few of them adapt the volvelle in unique ways. One such volvelle, put together by Angelica Carberry, MCAS ’19, was made into a circle of fifths, a tool that allows musicians to discern major and minor keys. Another volvelle, this one made by Christine Lorica, MCAS ’17, tries to help teach its viewers how to speak French, as the wheel points out different verb endings used in the language. The exhibit’s volvelles are far and away the biggest spectacle found in the O’Neill Reading Room and display the

student’s unique approach to rebranding an antiquated print tool. Other books and pamphlets included in the exhibit are a little less specific in their aim and purpose. One sheet attempts to personify the various astrological signs with drawings of a variety of characters, each dressed colorfully. Other books featured throughout the display cases are simply supposed to be noteworthy for their covers. One such cover is made of wood. Two others are painted with intriguing designs. While these covers are pretty enough, it’s really difficult to tell what they are trying to tell viewers about what the students who created them learned in their time in the Early Printed Books class. These few books are not the only component of the exhibit that seem a bit misguided or disorienting. For an exhibit titled, The History of Early Printed Books, there isn’t much of a history of printed books to be had in the O’Neill Reading Room. The three display cases are filled with these creative projects put together by students, but with little else. There are no definitions for or descriptions of some of the mediums in the exhibit or terms that are found in the students’ explanations of their works. While the creative projects in the exhibit are interesting enough on their own, their seems to be a lack of a cohesive element that would tie together the different parts of the displays and give the exhibit an overall message. This is by far the exhibit’s biggest flaw. A unified message would be a great asset to the impressive collection. Judging a Book By Its Cover works as a beautiful display of creative print mediums that students in this Early Printed Books class have crafted. It does not, however, do a great job of living up to its title, giving a well-rounded history of printed books. In some ways, the students’ works flesh out elements of different mediums, but they do not really expand on the development of books and printed texts. This is not to say they are not individually impressive works, but within the context of the rest of the exhibit, their prescence may be considered distracting. While the students’ proje cts are interesting to behold, the discrepancy between what the exhibit title implies about its content and the many works on display may make it hard for viewers to reconcile well.


8 N_`dj`ZXc ÊN`ek\i `e E\n <e^cXe[Ë 9P ?8EE8? D:C8L>?C@E 8jjk% 8ikj I\m`\n <[`kfi A number of students stroll down Linden Lane, their hands shoved deep into the pockets of their puffy down jackets to avoid the biting winter wind. Leaving a dizzying pattern of fresh footprints in the gently falling snow, two or three of them seem to submit to their inner child in fits of laughter while dodging flying spheres of handpacked snow. Others opt not to tarry, preferring instead to shield their faces from frigid air and forge ahead in search of shelter. It’s almost winter at Boston College, and final exams compete with the whimsy of falling snowflakes for the attention of an entire student body. After the sudden click of a standard film camera—and following a few hours of negative processing—this rather ordinary moment is frozen in time. A few decades later, however, the black and white photo sits behind a sheet of protective glass as part of this month’s festive oncampus exhibit, Winter in New England. Featured among a myriad of other artists’ odes to the holiday season, the photo is just one artistic piece that comprises a temporary exhibit located at the far wall of the O’Neill Reading Room. Celebrating a season full of freezing temperatures and warm, wool clothing, the new exhibit is a creative and oddly calming addition to the popular student study space. The colorless snapshot is stamped haphazardly with a rough estimation of the year during which it was taken. A vague “1980-1995” is scrawled under the image, the exact date unknown but ultimately rendered unnecessary in an informative visual art

and literature exhibit. Featuring time-honored works from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow next to hastily shot photographs sourced from local, unknown contributors, the display showcases an impressive spread of beautiful, season-specific pieces that span several centuries. Mounted onto plaques that add immense character to the otherwise drab library walls, well-known poems from native New Englanders are displayed for the odd passerby to appreciate. For example, the eloquent words of Emily Dickinson’s poem entitled ‘There’s a certain Slant of Light’ illustrate the profound bleakness of a cold winter afternoon in Amherst, Mass. Adjacent to this piece is “Snow-Flakes,” one of Longfellow’s stirring “poem[s] of the air,” inspired by nature’s perennial beauty. To aid art aficionados in forming their own opinion of the extensive art collection, the exhibit also features various plaques offering important factual information as well as brief snippets of literary interpretation. In an effort to describe the collaboration of artists and scientists on the understanding of New England weather patterns, one plaque reads, “Professional and amateur researchers ... present us with a detailed record of winter’s features, challenges, and changes.” Through artistic rendering as well as fact-based understanding of the region’s ever-changing weather, the exhibit serves to express an almost universal appreciation for a historically puzzling climate. These plaques, rich in art history and scientific significance, also serve as an explanation for the curator’s decision to include a variety of interrelated artistic media. The exhibit boasts a number of winter-related

excerpts, demonstrating the care with which this exhibit was constructed. For example, a visually stimulating paragraph from Harriet BeecherStowe’s Our Wood Lot in Winter suggest the hours poured into extracting the perfect passages from a selection of famous American novels. Appropriate to the cold blankness most commonly associated with a New England winter, the photographs showcased are developed in black and white. They depict students traversing the winter-ravaged BC campus across several decades, dressed in snow gear and big hair appropriate to the photos’ respective eras. The artistic decision to display predominantly colorless visuals in a winter-themed exhibit puts an equal emphasis on the pictures as it does on the artfully strung words of the featured poems. The calming aesthetic of the wintery exhibit can be attributed not only to the evocative poems and the candid photos, but also to the detailed winter watercolor images crafted by artist Andrew Wyeth. His works, which offer a muted color palette and beautiful renderings of New England farms and fields covered in snow blankets, date back to the late 1950’s and beautifully portray the more rural areas of New England on a quiet winter’s day. The collection of on-campus photos, critically acclaimed poems, and local almanac articles represent a profound constant about the notoriously ever-changing New England climate. After experiencing the exhibit, viewers glean the following message: No matter what the year and despite the decade, every New England winter promises an opportunity to play, to dream, and to create.



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Dlj`Z f] 9XeXc ;Xpj Cʃʎʇʄ Gʔʋʇʉʑ I have always found it curious that certain songs bring me back to precise moments in my life. One might think that these moments would be ones of intense emotions, imprinted on the mind because of their impact and importance. But more often than not, songs bring me back to mundane moments and seemingly banal snippets of my memory. Vividly, I remember walking down CoRo listening to Pearl Jam’s “Hold On.” As I was walking to the stop to head into town, I saw two of my friends. After a brief smile and a wave, the interaction was over and I headed on my way. That is where the memory ends. I remember sitting in my forced-triple room in Cheverus doing calculus homework listening to “Think” by Kaleida on repeat. I remember glancing out the window as the dry February air whipped tree branches and snow violently about. But the sun was shining. And I can almost picture the exact problem I was doing at the time. During my senior year of high school, I remember walking into my house one day to be greeted by Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” as Sinatra sings the verse, “And I’ve got no defense for it / The heat is too intense for it / What good would common sense for it do?” The memory seems to end as I place my keys on the table. Further back I remember, with the utmost clarity, sitting on the bus on my way to school listening to Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box.” As the bus rolled up to the next stop and rain continued to flood the street and more heated bodies began to pack into the seats, the windows began to fog. Most of these seem like ordinary events in my eyes. This led me to wonder why I have them as memories. I suppose we never really know when we are forming memories, that is, when we are making lasting connections within our neural framework, but it still begs the question. Why did my subconscious value these moments? When thinking of memories, I believe we often consider the circumstances around what we were doing in those moments. The things we recall are everything happening around us. These are family gatherings, holidays, and graduations. But those things are just tethers to the emotional state we were in. For memories, the most valuable aspect of these small recollections is the tether to the emotional world. We can recreate the circumstances, but the memory is used to link to a unique emotional state. That is what I have tried to uncover with these and other memories: the emotional state I was in. I seemed to find that I was often content—simply content and happy with a sense of disregard to what was going on around me. These memories are much more internal to me and the music helps me see that. Imbued in the songs, seemingly forever, are these tethers to those moments and how I felt. Whether I was reaping a sense of content from the songs themselves, I have yet to determine, but they will forever house these notions for me. The emotional connections we forge in our minds are a guiding force throughout the rest of our lives. With that said, even the most ordinary of moments can be fueled by a multitude of feelings. As a college student, it is almost depressing that the mind, when left to its own devices, will retain seemingly inconsequential information in a time dominated by lengthy equations, verses, and concepts. Down the line, however, in the later years of our lives, these seemingly small inconsequential moments will likely be a greater source of joy than anything that can be tabulated on a spreadsheet. I believe it is in these smaller moments that we truly find ourselves. Songs help us dig past the superficial ephemeral moment and dig deeper. “Music is what feelings sound like,” - Unknown Author.

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N\\b f] ;XeZ\ J_fnZXj\ ZXgk`mXk\j Xl[`\eZ\j n`k_ jklee`e^ g\i]fidXeZ\j% 9P :8C<9 >I@<>F 8jjfZ% 8ikj I\m`\n <[`kfi The Robsham stage was open once again, as the velvety red curtains retreated from view. As the chatter subsided and the ambient hum was hushed away, the quiet patter of feet lightly filled the air. Anticipation made way for cheers as the Dance Organization of Boston College took the stage, commencing a full and captivating evening of dance. Hitting sensual, emotional, and technically skilled beats, the Second Annual Week of Dance Showcase hammered home the abilities of BC’s dance community. Vida de Intensa Pasion’s gave one of the night’s most sensual performances through an impeccable rapport between its members. The subtle touch between partners could be seen rippling through their bodies, often times thrusting the dance into different directions. Partners locked eyes, never faltering, even as their feet and hands executed intricate, tactile motions. VIP differentiates itself from other groups, including other Latin influenced groups, through a calculated sense of detail. Such intimate foil made for a performance that surely quickened the heartbeats of audience members. Bringing sweet jazzy energy to the stage, Full Swing made use of a lightning-fast pace. The lifts, vaults, and spins were impressive with each successive iteration within the dance. Though hoisting another human being is usually considered an impressive feat, the guys and gals of Full Swing made it appear easy as they tossed and turned about each other’s bodies. One lift had the ladies go over the men’s shoulders and tumble adroitly off their backs in one fluid motion. Full Swing gave a jaunty and fun performance that is likely to inspire others to get on the dance floor. Dance Ensemble gave two stunning performances with impressive levels of synchronicity and poise. Its first performance had its members in simple black outfits which brought attention to their exposed legs arms, and faces. As they twirled gracefully about the stage, the beauty of their precise movements was brought into full effect through choreographed unison. A particularly striking moment was found when, after transitioning from a leap in the air to the ground, the dancers flourished their legs upwards in elegant fashion, creating a sea of spritely limbs.



Their latter performance had them in simple red dresses dancing to “Say It” by Tory Lanez. The music was of considerable interest in this performance as the troupe intelligibly conveyed the songs message through its dance. The song became considerably more emotionally pressing as the dancers moved with the song, strengthening its effect. As the song came to a close, but a few dancers remained and fell to the floor, creating a circle with their bodies. This choice, to pull most of the ranks off stage, was a brilliant choice as it left the audience with a simple, yet refined closing image. Both performances by Dance Ensemble were enthralling. The group’s sheer numbers make its uniform movements all the more impressive—it conveys a real sense of strength within the organization. The Conspiracy Theory Dance Crew displayed a substantial amount of ground work and nimble movement. Employing ample amounts of classic break dancing moves, the crew amped up the crowd as its members took turns throwing down their best moves. Fit with an assortment of baggy clothing, hats, and hoodies, the crew looked the part, and their technical skills proved that they have the moves to support the look. Complete with handstands, flips, and head spins, Conspiracy Theory offered a memorable alternative to the more classic dances of the evening. On Tap was a thorough cacophony of clicks and synchronous stamps of the feet. Harmoniously matching the beats of the song, the group created a commanding stage presence with each snap of its heels. The lighting during its performance was especially moving, as a bright light on the side of the stage projected the shadow of all the dancers on the adjacent wall. The effect, due to the dancers depth about the stage, was a beautiful collage of shadows gracefully playing out their performance in two

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dimensions. This quaint visual, whether intentional or not, lent to the charm and atmosphere of the entire event. Irish Dance, clad in Beantown sports gear, gave a rousing dance to “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” As the Dropkick Murphys’ song pounded on, the dancers adopted a harsher step. The stomping was an interesting change to the usually light-footed troupe. In their second performance, Irish Dance adopted its traditional methods and machinations. The spry footwork of the dance-method were intricate and expressive. The oft overlooked flicks of the toes and clicks of the heel make Irish step dance so illustrious and quietly stirring. The stage was set afl ame by the intense Fuego Del Corazon crew. Undulating hips and gyroscopic motions made for a fiery and flirtatious act. As its members deftly stepped to each other, the fervor for dance was found in each precise step. In every whip of the hair, shake of the shoulders, or tender touch of the face, Fuego was dripping with an indelible amount of vigor as they executed moves with a high level of precision and skill. During the performance, when three of its members danced on stage, the rest could be seen off stage, lingering, smiling, and laughing as they waited to rejoin the rest on stage. The Latin dance crew give off a sense of community visually on and off the stage. Other groups, like Phaymus, Aerodynamik, the Golden Eagles, and Masti also performed, making the night one of many tastes, styles, and abilities. This Dance Showcase exemplified the talents of the entirety of BC’s dance community in a way only otherwise seen during Showdown in the spring. Eclectic tastes and dedication are words to describe all that the community has to offer. In more ways than one, this night proves that Robsham will remain full for this event in the years to come, resting on the laurels of a talented student body. As friends applauded and called out, each organization took a bow. The excitement was fresh in the jovial air of Robsham. Even as the last roses had been flung and the curtains hid the stage once more, one can be sure that the talents of BC’s vibrant dance community are always on full display.

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