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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Vol. XCIII, No. 3
BC reminds BCPD works to build trust with the community faculty to report crimes By David Cote News Editor
Clery Act encourages full faculty disclosure By Brigid Wright For The Heights
Last week, Joseph Herlihy, general counsel at Boston College, released a memo to advise and remind faculty and staff of the importance of reporting crimes that they are aware of on campus. This notice comes as a reminder of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires all universities and colleges to collect data of crimes on or near their campuses and comprise an annual report. These crimes span anywhere from murder and sexual assault to theft and vandalism. “The primary purpose of the Clery Act crime reports are to enable prospective students and their parents, as well as prospective employees, to make an informed decision when choosing to study or work at a given college or university,” Herlihy said. According to Security on Campus, Inc., Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student in the 1980s, was raped and murdered in her dorm room on her college campus. The act was instituted in her honor when Clery’s parents were informed after her brutal death that several violent crimes had occurred on or near her campus in the years prior. These reports do not just act as a way to preserve the quality of student life at BC by working to make it safer. Disclosing information of this nature is a legal responsibility of faculty and staff at all universities and colleges, enforced by federal law and the U.S. Department of Education. “My memo was distributed to BC personnel who have significant involvement in student life to remind them of their obligation to report crimes of which they become aware to the campus police,” Herlihy said.
Law enforcement officers are rarely a college student’s favorite people. But Jeffrey Postell, BCPD Sergeant-Community Policing, Community Relations and Crime Prevention, is working hard with the department to change that negative perception and strengthen trust between students and BCPD officers. Postell has a nearly 12-year history in law enforcement, beginning at a small department in North Carolina. After only eight months on the job, Postell was on patrol one night and noticed a suspicious man behind a Save-a-Lot who he thought was a burglar. Postell drew his gun and ordered the man away from the building. After arresting him and bringing him back to the police station, the criminal was identified as Eric Robert Rudolph, one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives for his bombing activities, which
killed two people and injured another 150 over a period of two years. Rudolph, a domestic terrorist with anti-abortion and anti-GLBTQ political views, became infamous for bombing the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics. “We got a very dangerous man off the streets, a cop killer, a domestic terrorist, and ended one of the longest and most expensive manhunts in U.S. history, and it went down very peacefully,” Postell said. “I would never take it back, but I would never wish it on anybody else, either.” He said his arrest of Rudolph gave him experience with the media and allowed him to meet hundreds of people, but it was also a very stressful period of his life. Only 21-years-old at the time of the arrest, Postell quickly became one of the youngest assistant chiefs of a city police department in North Carolina.
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Sergeant Jeff Postell (above) coordinates community policing efforts throughout the BCPD.
Internship fair fills the heights room
By Andrew Skaras For The Heights
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See Crime Reports, A4
Presidential hopeful visits BC for lecture
Students looking for employment opportunities flocked to the Heights Room on Tuesday and Wednesday for the annual internship fair. Companies at the fair included Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and PwC. Recruiters gave students information on various jobs.
Spring involvement fair cut By Andrew Millette Assoc. News Editor
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The student involvement fair held each fall is typically followed by one in early spring.
The Student Programs Office (SPO) will not host a Student Involvement Fair during the spring semester for the first time in years. The event, which is traditionally hosted in the Rat, was canceled due to low participation by both students and organizations over the past few years. “We’re adjusting our approach to the Student Involvement Fair,” said Karl Bell, assistant director of SPO. “We saw decreased participation on the part of both students and organizations at the spring Involvement Fair in the last three years. There is not a large infusion of new students in the spring, and as a result, I found it difficult as the manager of the day to justify the cost.” The cost to which Bell is referring is not monetary, but something possibly more important: students’ time.
“It often happened that there were more organizations present than there were students looking to be involved with organizations,” Bell said. “Student leaders were spending two hours, three hours at the fair, and they’re talking basically to themselves. I experienced it as a thumbtwirling exercise.” Despite the declining level of participation exhibited in recent years, the spring Involvement Fair was a way for many students to get involved. Students seeking information about organizations on campus this semester must now resort to their laptops. “There’s an opportunity for students to learn more about organizations at Boston College,” Bell said. “It’s been around since two years ago. MyBC is a way for any student who has any questions about involvement at BC or organizations at BC to get answers.”
Students, faculty, and guests filled Higgins 225 on Monday at 4 p.m. to hear Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a guest speaker of the International Economic Policy and Political Economy seminar, prescribe policies that would remedy the current economic malaise. Designed and organized by Fabio Ghironi, a professor in the economics department, and funded through the Institute for the Liberal Arts, this seminar is a one-credit course designed to engage students with top scholars in economics, political science, and history on matters of present-day policy making. Already in its fourth semester, this seminar has drawn top speakers to BC, including a Nobel Prize winner and the former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. A hopeful in the presidential primaries of Americans Elect, a nonpartisan third party, Kotlikoff came to the lecture with several plans, termed “Purple Plans,” that sought to combine ideals that both the Democratic and Republican parties could back into a set of policies that would put America back on track to economic prosperity. He saw the recession and ensuing economic stagnancy as a result of coordination failure. “Everyone expected that the economy was going to do poorly, then we took steps to make that happen,” Kotlikoff said. “If I were the president, the first thing I would do is to get the top 1,000 CEOs together to have a coordinated hiring. I will not force you to do this, but I’m going to appeal to your
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Keeley named interim director of the Office of International Programs CSOM associate dean takes on new responsibilities By Cathryn Woodruff Heights Editor
Richard C. Keeley succeeded Bernd Widdig as interim director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillicuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies in mid-January. He was asked to serve in this capacity
on an interim basis as Boston College searches for a full-time director. Keeley guesses that the search process should be completed by summertime, so the new director will be acclimated and prepared for the new position by fall. A 1972 alumnus, Keeley has been undergraduate associate dean of the Carroll School of Management (CSOM) since
1995, having served four years as dean of administration. Since July of 2005, he has also served as director of programs at the University’s Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. Keeley’s time as undergraduate dean of CSOM has given him a unique perspective on his new role. “I’ve come to know the range of programs,” Keeley said of the process of approving students to go abroad. “I have also visited almost a dozen of the sites to
meet with staff and faculty at the various schools abroad.” He also speaks with the students studying overseas, taking them out for meals in order to get a sense of how they are doing. Then he returns to Boston to report on the overseas campuses, giving on-the-ground verification that the programs and the schools are in fact helping and enriching the students’ educations
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BU Professor Laurence Kotlikoff (above) gave a lecture on economics on Monday afternoon.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
things to do on campus this week
DOBC Presents Intrigue Today Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Robsham Theater
The Dance Organization of Boston College will be performing its latest show, Intrigue, at Robsham Theater today through Sunday. The show features jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and more and was choreographed entirely by student members. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the Robsham Box Office.
Hanneke Cassel Band
Today Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Brighton Campus
This unique performance features fiddle, cello, and guitar and is part of the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, and Lecture series.
BC Hockey vs. New Hampshire
Friday Time: 7 p.m. Location: Conte Forum Come cheer for your BC Eagles as they take on the New Hampshire Wildcats in their first home game this semester.
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Obama focuses on the future of American universities in address
On Campus Boston College ranked No. 7 in Alumni Volunteers on Peace Corps’ annual list There are 39 Boston College alumni currently volunteering with the Peace Corps overseas this year, placing the University seventh among medium-sized universities this year. “Being continuously exposed to individuals committed to community service and immersing myself into a university culture that encouraged this type of thinking greatly influenced my decision to join the Peace Corps and helped me to become an effective volunteer,” said Matthew Whalen, BC ’07, in an interview with The Boston College Chronicle. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, Boston College has seen 737 alumni volunteer in the program. Other Boston universities and colleges, including Tufts, Boston University, and Wellesley College, were also ranked in their respective size categories. Peace Corps volunteers teach English, agricultural skills, and other technical or language skills in countries such as Albania, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, Lesotho, Macedonia, Madagascar, the Phillippines, and Zambia.
In his third State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke at length about the needs of American universities. He called for an extension of the tuition tax credit, a doubling of the amount of Federal Work-Study jobs available, and a way to prevent the interest rate on student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent. He also asked Congress to pass the Dream Act, designed to provide undocumented students with a way to go to college. Obama also had something to say to the universities themselves, saying that the government would not continue to “subsidize skyrocketing tuition.”
Local News Brighton jogger warns others after being assaulted on morning run On Jan. 24, a Brighton woman, 31, was assaulted during her morning run, around 5:15 a.m. The woman, who asked that her identity remain undisclosed, said that she was running down Walnut Street when a man in a black jacket, jeans, and a baseball cap with a star on it lunged at her. The woman managed to escape without harm. She and law enforcement officials insist that the area around Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street is usually very safe. However, the woman urged runners to stay alert, run with a friend, and keep headphone volume low to hear better.
MLK memorial focuses on responsibilities of future leaders By Anna Patrick Heights Staff
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The BC community and local churches used songs and speeches to commemorate Martin Luther King’s legacy. ber of the Interfaith Coalition and A&S ’12. “He said it’s not just the dream we’re supposed to remember, it’s also the man.” A senior pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Ford opened his speech by thanking BC for carrying on King’s legacy and recognizing the need to continue King’s work. “You and I have to make a choice as to what his legacy will be,” Ford said.
The message of the speech and benedictions given beforehand encouraged the audience to strive for King’s goals and carry on his unfinished revolution. In that spirit, the African Student Organization collected offerings to donate to famine victims in the Horn of Africa. The collected money from the attendees was forwarded to the Catholic Relief Services for the Horn of Africa Emergency
Relief Fund. In a speech given before the offering, the effects of the famine in Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia were discussed in the context of King’s drive to better the world, as touched upon by Ford. “Most of this generation knows King as a dreamer,” Ford said. “I must implore you tonight to go deeper. King had more than a dream, our brother had a vision.”
Ford’s closing words received a standing ovation, and as the Gasson Rotunda filled with attendees for the reception, many praised him for his inspirational messages. “I liked what Ford said about being a visionary,” said Alexandra Gaynor, A&S ’15. Another round of standing applause was also given to the collaborative musical efforts of the night, with The United Voices of Freedom singing the “Song Of Praise” to open the gathering, followed by a musical selection that included the songs “Souled Out,” “Precious Lord,” the South African Hymn “Siyahamba/We Are Marching In The Light of God,” “I Need You To Survive,” and closing with “We Shall Overcome,” where audience members joined together, holding hands and singing in unison. The collaborative efforts of Campus Ministry, choral groups, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee, the Office of Student Affairs, and University Mission and Ministry to organize the events of the night stood in tribute to the importance of community and partnership that King advocated throughout his life. “That’s what made Martin Luther a king, his deep faith,” Ford said. n
Voices from the Dustbowl
“What would you do if Wikipedia was permanently shut down?”
Sunday, January 22 1:48 a.m. - An officer filed a report regarding a noise complaint in Ignacio Hall. Officers responded and dispersed approximately 100 people from the area, which had no registered party authorization. 7:25 p.m. - An officer provided assistance to two students who were injured while playing basketball at the Quonset Hut on Newton Campus. One party was transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital by ambulance. The other refused to be transported to a medical facility.
Monday, January 23 3:51 p.m. - A BC graduate student reported that he wished to file a harassment/restraining order against his landlords. The student resides off campus and was advised that he would have to notify the Boston Police. Services were offered to assist the student in contacting BPD District 14, but the student declined. 7:40 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a student who reported that he had been physically assaulted while attending a party at an off campus residence. The student was transported by a BC police officer to BPD 14 in order to file a report with the Boston Police. 7:52 p.m. - Officers responded to a report of a possible electrical fire in the
Commonwealth Avenue garage. Upon arrival the officers observed that the electrical conduits located on the wall outside of the elevator room had smoke coming from them. A BC electrician responded and was able to shut off power. The Boston Fire Department also responded and BC Environmental Health and Safety were notified.
“Someone else is going to come up with something like it, so I’d just use that.” —Tina Tian, A&S ’15
Tuesday, January 24 1:45 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a request from Facility Services to confiscate a bicycle that was secured in an unauthorized area near Ignacio Hall. The lock was cut and the bicycle was transported to the Newton Warehouse for safekeeping.
“I’d probably try to get it back.” —Kate Brennan, A&S ’15
6:25 p.m. - Officers responded to a fire alarm in one of the Mods. The cause was determined to be bad cooking. There was no actual fire. The Boston Fire Department did not respond.
2:11 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a fare dispute between a student and a taxi driver. After a short discussion the student agreed to pay her share of the fare. “Go crazy!” —Angel Chen
—Source: The Boston College Police Department
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Wednesday, January 25
Students, faculty, and other members of the Boston College community, as well as parishoners from local churches, gathered on Monday night to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in a memorial gathering that featured speeches by Rev. Michael Davidson, S.J., Rev. Paul Roberson Ford, and Rev. Anthony Penna, as well as musical performances by The United Voices of Freedom in a joint effort with The Voices of Imani, Against the Current, and the Liturgy Arts Group. Ford’s speech after the recitation of King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” brought the audience to its feet in celebration of King’s memory. Hosted in Gasson Hall, the memorial gathering is held annually to commemorate King’s legacy and visions for equality. The even was held one week after King’s birthday, so a reception was also held after the closing performance of “We Shall Overcome” by The United Voices of Freedom, and included a large vanilla-frosted birthday cake in his memory. “Reverend Ford was amazing.,” said Donald Chang, mem-
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
GOP remains divided
Boston College students selected as leaders for foreign relations programs Students chosen to be international ambassadors for Ireland and Australia By Sarah Doyle For the Heights
Sean Talia Three states. Three Republican primaries. Three different winners. Lord help us. Primary season just got a whole lot more interesting, thanks to Newt Gingrich’s savage walloping of the remaining candidates in South Carolina last Saturday. Gingrich captured around 75,000 more votes than second-place Romney, by far the most decisive win for any candidate thus far in terms of absolute numbers. So overwhelming was his victory that Gingrich received several million dollars in campaign donations shortly thereafter, meaning his pockets will be deep enough to continue the fight (i.e. further divide the Republican base) for at least a little while longer. So there still is no clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination, and that is very bad news for anyone who doesn’t want to see Barack Obama sitting in the Oval Office a year from now. As of now, Gingrich and Romney are vying for the top spot in Florida, with Santorum being of no consequence and Paul not even making the effort to campaign there. Gingrich is ahead in the polls at the moment, but that could change at the drop of a hat, depending on whose performance in tonight’s debate is more impressive and whose mudslinging is more effective. And rest assured, there will be mud. Romney is already running an ad in Florida in which he attacks Gingrich as having “cashed in as a D.C. insider” during the housing collapse and as having been “sanctioned for ethics violations” that led him to “resign from Congress in disgrace.” Gingrich has yet to retaliate, but it’s unlikely that he will take such a venomous attack in stride. This is all certain to fill Obama with glee, as he will be counting on the Republican candidates to make one another look so incompetent and unqualified that they will simply no longer be electable. Romney has already done a number on himself in that regard with some of the imbecilic comments he’s made. In New Hampshire, he referred to the president as “a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy,” a not-so-subtle reference to Obama’s rhetoric regarding income inequality. That is not likely to garner votes for Romney, who already has a reputation as a callous and voracious capitalist who cares little for people below his tax bracket. That is something Obama will take advantage of if Romney ends up winning the nomination, which I believe he will. During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the president unambiguously took a shot at Romney, saying that “When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich.” Discreet quips like that might be Obama’s weapon of choice, but they simply aren’t a part of Gingrich or Romney’s arsenal. The only way either of them knows how to play is dirty. That may prove to be a successful strategy during the primaries, but if that’s the game the Republicans want to play when the presidential election comes, then it would behoove them to tone down the rhetoric, lest they give Obama’s campaign extra munitions for the fight. But until that time comes, Romney and Gingrich will continue to beat the hell out of one another, much to the chagrin of those Republicans who understand the importance of GOP party unity, of which there is hardly a semblance at the moment. Stay tuned for what happens in Florida, though, as it could irreversibly swing momentum in favor of whoever wins it.
Sean Talia is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at news@bcheights. com.
Two Boston College students, Brielle Saracini and Leigh Maniscalco, have been chosen as leaders in two separate foreign exchange programs. Both students, who completed semesters abroad, will represent foreign relations programs for the 2011-2012 academic year, promoting study in other countries for American students. Brielle Saracini, LSOE ’13, was selected to be a United States student ambassador for Education in Ireland, a program initiated by the Irish government to promote higher education in the country. Saracini, who studied human development and communications at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, is representing approximately 7,000 students from the U.S. who study abroad in Ireland each year. The U.S. Student Ambassador program connects students in America to those who are studying in Ireland. As one of her duties as student ambassador, Saracini will share her experiences via blogging, Facebook, and Twitter through the spring of 2012. Education in Ireland has been absolutely wonderful,” Saracini said. “It is an extremely helpful and accommodating organization that promotes higher edu-
cation in Ireland. I thoroughly enjoy working with this team. I help play a role in promoting higher education in Ireland by blogging about my experience, offering advice, and addressing any concerns that study abroad students or full-time Irish students may have.” The Education in Ireland
“I think that studying abroad was the best decision that I have ever made.” -Brielle Saracini, Education in Ireland Student Ambassador and LSOE ’13 program incorporates seven Irish universities with a goal to promote higher education in Ireland. Traditionally, the majority of American students who choose to study in Ireland do so for only one semester. An increasing number of American students, however, are deciding to complete their undergraduate or graduate education while at Irish
universities. Saracini highly recommends that students with the means take the opportunity to spend time at a foreign school. “I think that studying abroad was the best decision that I have ever made,” Saracini said. “If a student has the time, availability, and resources to study abroad, I think that it would be a huge mistake not to jump at the occasion. The world has so much to offer, and I personally do not intend to waste one minute or opportunity.” Leigh Maniscalco, A&S ’12, was selected as a student ambassador through the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. These students, a mixture of Australians studying abroad in North America and American and Canadian students who have studied in Australia, are given training in public speaking, leadership, and management in order to promote higher study in Australia. Maniscalco, who could not be reached for comment, studied at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. “I had heard so many great things about the beauty, the friendly people, and the ‘chill’ lifestyle of Australia before I went, and all of it turned out to be completely true, leading to the best experience of my life,” she posted on the program’s website. “I think it will help in all my future endeavors because it has given me life experience, confidence, and simply a new outlook on life.” n
Three members of theology dept. featured in moral theology journal Professors contribute articles about moral theologians of the 20th century By Darren Ranck
“I had written about him previously, and he’s a hero of mine,” he said. In a hat trick of sorts for the Hollenbach’s interest extends Boston College Theology depart- beyond Murray’s legacy, though. ment, three of its educators pub- He interacted with Murray perlished work in the inaugural issue sonally while pursuing higher of The Journal of Moral Theology. degrees in Baltimore. “I participated in a number Lisa Sowle Cahill, a professor of institutes and programs that in the theology department, Rev. he was a speaker at, and I had David Hollenbach, S.J., University gotten to know him,” Hollenbach Chair in Human Rights and Inter- said. “I have a strong interest in national Justice and a professor in social and political questions and the theology department, and Rev. the role of church in society, and James Keenan, S.J., a professor in since his main work was in the isthe theology department, each sue of church-state relations and contributed an essay to the journal religious freedom, it fits right in about a famous moral theologian with my interests.” of the 20th century. Their personal While Murray contributed ties to their respective subjects, to Hollenbach’s education and however, offered an opportunity shaped his interests, Cahill posto pay homage to mentors and sessed a similarly strong connecheroes in the field. tion to her subject. Her essay’s Editors of The Journal of Moral focus, James Gustafson, who was Theology invited each professor a Protestant thinker, taught her to write for the inaugural issue at the University of Chicago. He because of notable experience in also taught Hollenbach during his the field of moral theology. For tenure at Yale University. instance, Cahill and Hollenbach “Gustafson has had a huge influence on Catholic moral thought coming from the ecumenical influence of the interaction between Catholic and Protestant thought,” Hollenbach said. Keenan, just like his colleagues, wrote about a figure with whom he had a preexisting bond, his mentor Josef Fuchs, but his editors did not initially pitch that subject to him. “I wrote about two people,” Keenan said. “They asked me to write about Bernard Herring, -Rev. James Keenan, S.J., but I chose to write about HerFounders Professorship in ring and my mentor Josef Fuchs.” Keenan travelled with Fuchs to Theology Rome to work on his doctorate, and the theologian took Keenan both served as president at one under his wing. “He taught me time in the Society of Christian how to ask questions within the Ethics, while Keenan served as the context of the tradition, so I write principal convener for two world a lot about the history of the conferences on moral theology. tradition.” They considered the invitation Keenan used his invitation to an honor. write for The Journal of Moral “It’s a new journal that’s aiming Theology to explore the differencto have a notable influence, so to es between Fuchs and Herring, be invited to write for the inau- two moral theologians producing gural issue of a new journal is a important work during the same nice thing to do,” Hollenbach said. time period. “When they asked me, I said ‘yes’ “The editors liked that [apright away, and I’m sure Cahill proach] because then they had and Keenan did, too.” the two major Roman theologians Hollenbach wrote about John being covered,” Keenan said. Courtney Murray, an alumnus of “Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, all these BC and the namesake of Murray guys taught at the same time, and House, and discussed his work they all taught the same thing.’ regarding religious freedom. The They were very different from task came easily for Hollenbach. each other. Fuchs was the scholar Heights Senior Staff
“BC is very well known worldwide because of the six of us in the moral theology department.”
and Herring was the visionary.” Of the seven essays in the inaugural issue of The Journal of Moral Theology, three are written by BC professors in the moral theology department. “It’s a very positive statement about the quality of work BC is doing is the area of theology and social, political, economic, and personal ethics,” Hollenbach said. Keenan emphasized the importance of his colleague’s work, citing the success as a team effort rather than an individual one. “BC is very well known worldwide because of the six of us in the moral theology department. It’s six very strong people.” n
R E D I S N O C Safety at BC: According to BCPD’s annual crime disclosure report, in 2010 there were only 22 crimes reported on the Boston College campus. BC students should consider themselves lucky. Colleges in the area report many more crimes, and these crimes are also often of a more serious nature than those reported at BC. Here are some statistics reported by The Daily Beast:
service is printed on the back of every BC ID. -The Women’s Resource Center, located in McElroy 141, provides resources for men and women dealing with the effects of rape and abuse through the Sexual Assault Network (SANet), which holds bystander education classes to help prevent crimes, and other helpful services to educate and support members of the BC community.
-Tufts University reported 479 crimes in 2010. These included one murder and one case of arsony.
In addition to the above services, BCPD offers these tips for students on its webpage:
-Havard University reported 909 buglaries in 2010. They also reported one murder and a case of arsony.
-Don’t use your headphones when walking or jogging. Be sure to stay alert at all times, and pay attention to your surroundings.
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported 536 burglaries in 2010 and two cases of arsony. They also reported 21 car thefts. -Northeastern University reported 130 robberies in 2010. They also reported 6 cases of arony and 82 car thefts. No matter how safe a campus may be, the possibility of becoming a victim of crime is always present. Here are some ways to stay safe on BC’s campus: -BC is one of the many campuses that has an emergency blue light call box system. Blue lights are activated when a student presses a button on the box, immediately creating an open line similar to a telephone that connects the student with the BCPD and alerts emergency services to his or her location. -Eagle Escort is a 24/7 service that provides secure vehicle transportation for students to and from any on-campus location to several off-campus locations and a walking escort for students moving between on-campus locations. This service is especially helpful for students who might be walking from place to place alone at night. The phone number for this
-If you ever feel uncomfortable when walking somewhere on or off campus, go into a crowded place like a restaurant, cafeteria, or store and call the police. -Bring a little bit of extra cash with you when you go out—just enough for cab fare, T fare, or a pay phone call in case your cell phone stops working. -Never leave your backpack or purse unattended. It’s always tempting to leave your bag on the table while you grab lunch in Mac or another cafeteria, but it’s just as tempting for someone to steal that bag. -Always give a roommate or friend a heads up about where you’re going, especially if you’re going alone or at night. -Most importantly, never be embarrassed or afraid to call the police. The old adage “better safe than sorry” definitely applies. If anything makes you feel nervous or uncomfortable, call BCPD if you are on campus or BPD if you are off campus. They will be able to assess the situation and tell you what to do next. -Samantha Costanzo and Andrew Millette n
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Kotlikoff proposes solutions to nation’s woes General counsel urges community to speak up Kotlikoff, from A1
collective self-interest and patriotism to increase employment by 5 percent.” The unison of hiring, he said, would increase demand for goods and services, further propelling recovery while simultaneously encouraging other countries to follow suit, helping to pull the rest of the world up with the United States. His next biggest concern was Social Security, which he described as “a six-decade endeavor of older people taking from the younger people.” “Rick Perry had it right,” Kotlikoff said. “It is a Ponzi scheme. We’ve run up an enormous set of IOU’s off the books—it makes Enron and Madoff look honest.” To solve this accounting problem, he suggested accounting for
both assets and liabilities through time, discounted to present value, so that one could get a look at the fiscal gap, or difference between the two, through the mid-term future. Kotlikoff worked under
“Rick Perry had it right. [Social Security] is a Ponzi scheme.” -Laurence Kotlikoff Boston University Professor and 2012 Presidential Candidate several successive administrations, starting with George H.W. Bush, to analyze this fiscal gap and publish it in the appendix of the president’s budget, until it was censored during Bill Clinton’s
term and then through George W. Bush’s term as well. His suggestion to fix Social Security, “the Purple Social Security Plan,” would freeze the current system for all that was already paid into it, and set up accounts for every individual. These accounts would be funded through an 8 percent payroll tax with the government matching contributions for low earners, and would be invested by the government through a computer in a global indexed fund of securities, bonds, and real estate. To protect investors there would be a downside protection of zero percent real return. To fix the tax system, Kotlikoff proposed an abolition of the corporate tax and the personal income tax in his “Purple Tax Plan.” To replace them, he suggested a 17.5 percent sales tax. In order to make it progressive, he suggested
a voucher sent to households based on their composition in poverty to cover their tax burden. In place of the current estate tax system of a 35 percent tax on estates larger than $5 million, he proposed a 15 percent tax on estates larger than $1 million. While Kotlikoff spent the majority of the seminar explaining these plans and giving briefer outlines of his plan for healthcare, which he claimed could be done using only 10 percent of the GDP, he did spend time taking questions from the engaged audience. These questions spanned his specific policy proposals to his broad beliefs that would guide his decision-making, if elected president. And, like any presidential hopeful, he ended his presentation pointing his audience to his website, kotlikoff2012.org, to gain their support in his bid. n
Crime Reports, from A1 Faculty and staff who become aware of a crime from experiencing, witnessing, or being given reason to strongly believe foul play,
BC recently encouraged faculty to report crimes in accordance with the Clery Act. are urged to contact the BCPD as soon as possible. The urgency of a timely report is to preserve an accurate recount of the crime. Victims or witnesses of such crimes can pursue their own
course of action through the BCPD if they so choose. However, these reports can stay confidential if the victim requests, and can be filed even if there is no intention of instituting criminal or disciplinary measures. The reports’ main objective is to inform the patrons of BC, and to continue to make the campus safer. Herlihy also suggests that these reports will implicitly help the BCPD to make more well-informed decisions when it comes to things like what areas on campus need more attention and what crimes are more common on or near campus. Faculty, staff, and students who are aware of any crimes that have occured are encouraged to contact the BCPD. n
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Boston College police officers participate in a wide variety of community activities, like ice cream socials in residence halls (above right), the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, and the Adopt-a-Cop program with ResLife.
Through community outreach and partnerships, police hope to decrease crime Policing, from A1 Postell began at BCPD in 2009, and since then has worked hard to strengthen the ideals of community policing in the department. “Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime,” Postell said. “It identifies problems that we, as a University, have by partnering with community members to provide remedies.” Overall, the goal of community policing is to decrease crimes and criminal mischief. Postell explained that community policing works through a
three part process. First, officers work hard to show that they care and that they are compassionate about the community, which strengthens the trust between officers and students. “Building trust with residents and the community is imperative to reinforce the commitment our police officers have for this community,” Postell said. Next, the relationships built help BCPD identify problems, whether it is thefts in the library, harassment in the dining halls, or illegal parking somewhere on campus. Then, by working together, BCPD and the students of Boston College can solve potential safety problems on campus and make the area safer, overall. Postell emphasized, however, that the goal is not to get students to rat out their peers. Instead, Postell hopes that the commu-
nity will work together for a safer campus all around. “We are fortunate to have a safe campus, and I think that has been achieved due to our faculty, staff, and students recognizing problems, reporting those problems, and working with us towards solving them,” Postell said. Postell pointed to several programs that are already in place that strengthen relationships between students and police officers. The Adopt-A-Cop program, which pairs officers with residence halls for programming and education, helps officers build a rapport with students. Combined with programs like bike registration, self-defense classes at the Plex, and engraving for valuables like iPods and computers free of charge, Postell says the Adopt-ACop program is imperative for
building trust and reaching out to the community. “By reaching out to our commmunity through community
“Building trust with residents and the community is imperative to reinforce the commitment our police officers have for this community.” -Jeffrey Postell BCPD Sergeant, Community Policing policing programs and initiatives, we can become part of the community,” Postell said. “Community
policing consists of two core components, community partnership and problem solving, and is only a success when the community truly recognizes that we are compassionate and that we care about what they are facing.” Postell said four C’s of law enforcement help guide him and the other officers through community policing. “My four C’s of police work: care, compassion, commitment, and communication, prove to the community that you care and that you want to help solve their problems with the right approach,” Postell said. Through the four C’s, Postell emphasized his hope that officers and community members build positive relationships. “We [BCPD] want the community to feel comfortable in approaching the police with any compliments,
suggestions, or problems they’ve identified, and work in partnership on solutions,” he said. More than anything, Postell emphasized that the men and women of BCPD are not out to get students. They work to keep the community safe in conjunction with members of the community. “The officers of BCPD are people that make sacrifices for the best of others in line with the Jesuit values of ‘Men and Women for Others,’” Postell said. “Law enforcement is about helping people, just like the motto on our cars say, ‘Together for a Safer Community.’ We’re part of this community, and we’re working together to accomplish the goal of maintaining a safe community, and we can only do that if we have the trust and respect of the community members.” n
Keeley brings study abroad experience to his new post SPO cuts involvement fair Keeley, from A1 and transitions. He has also had the advantage of being a parent in the process. Keeley has a son who has graduated from BC, a daughter who is currently a junior, and another son who is currently a freshman. As his children all hope to, or have already, gone abroad during their time at BC, he harbors a rare and profound desire to truly make the programs superior. “As a consumer, an anxious parent, as a dean, and also as a representative, I have seen a fair amount,” Keeley said. On top of knowing most of the staff already, having a plethora of helpful prior professional experience, and obser ving the abroad process through the very transparent window of fatherhood, Keeley is surely up to the challenge of his appointment as interim director of the OIP. The OIP is chiefly responsible for assisting BC students in their study abroad experiences. The office maintains a network of more than 60 academic partnerships in more than 30 countries world-
wide and hosts more than 200 international exchange students annually from universities affiliated with BC worldwide. Keeley’s primary concern in his new endeavor is to oversee affairs in the administration. “I am the kind of person to whom issues would flow if decisions could not be resolved at the
“I would like to use this time to help all of us think how we can make operations better.” -Richard Keeley Interim Director of the Office of International Programs level of international study advisor, although complications that cannot be resolved are rare,” he said. “I would get only the really odd cases.” He also works as a resource for those involved with helping students plan for their time abroad.
“I would like to use this time to help all of us think how we can make operations better,” Keeley said. He added that many qualitative improvements have already been made in the past decade and that the study abroad programs at BC are excellently and smoothly run. The ways of promoting international education at BC are much more pronounced now than they were fifteen years ago. However, there are always ways to improve. One of Keeley’s broader goals is to improve international education at BC. He wants to find ways in which students who might not even think about the importance of going abroad can be convinced that it is something they should consider for their undergraduate education. “It’s conscious building and marketing,” Keeley said. Students who never even consider studying abroad as a possibility should come to some sessions, he argues, and at least think about it. Although Keeley’s new position is not his main job, he still devotes a portion of his day to
ensuring all is well. He spends a couple of hours each day at the Hovey House as director of the OIP, and the rest of his time is devoted to CSOM. As dean for undergraduate matters at the level of student services, he said, “I’m kind of a figurehead with a great office view.” n
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Keeley (above) takes over for Bernd Widdig as interim director of the OIP.
Involvement Day, from A1 Students can use MyBC to view basic club information, contact club officers, and set up a calendar filled with the events of whatever organization they choose, among other features. This year will be a test to see if anything is lost by removing personal interaction between interested students and student organizations. “I’m old school. I believe there’s an absolute benefit to face-to-face discussion. But more and more students are engaging in an online format if you look at the popularity of things like Facebook and Twitter. We don’t lose a lot by not having an involvement fair given the access that students have to our office and our leaders,” Bell said. Telling students to visit a website or stop by an office may be a less visible means of communicating information than hosting a fair. Bell is not worried that this lack of visibility will lead to a decrease in overall student participation, however. “Our students are built, if you will, to be involved,” he said. “Each year there are over 30,000 students
vying for just over 2,000 slots, so we absolutely get the best of the best that the country has to offer. As a result, we know these students come from a very highly involved experience, and we want them to continue that here at BC.” SPO’s belief that the technology of MyBC can sufficiently replace a student involvement fair does not mean that BC students will never see a Spring Involvement Fair again. “I am sensitive to meeting the needs of our student population,” Bell said. “If we hear from organizations and from students that they prefer to have a spring Involvement Fair, then we’ll absolutely consider it, but at this point it’s not cost effective from a student perspective,” Bell said. The time that the SPO would have used to plan the spring Involvement Fair is now going toward the planning of a much larger event in the fall. However, almost all of the details about this event are still under wraps. “Next year is the Sesquicentennial Celebration. There will be a huge unveiling at the Fall Involvement Fair. Huge. That’s all I can say,” Bell said. n
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Spring Involvement Fair benefits freshmen
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player
The Heights encourages SPO to reconsider its cancellation of the event This spring, for the first time in years, the Student Programs Office (SPO) has opted not to host a Student Involvement Fair, citing low participation by both students and organizations as the primary reason for the cancellation. Though the spring Involvement Fair may benefit fewer students than its
“The Heights feels
the fair is still a valuable source of information for those students who do attend.”
outdoor fall counterpart, The Heights does not feel this is reason enough to cancel it entirely. There are still numerous freshmen as well as transfer and international students who may have missed the boat the first time around. As an organization who has participated in involvement fairs for years, we
do not disagree with the fact that there are often more organizations present than students looking to be involved. However, The Heights feels the fair is still a valuable source of information for those students who do attend. In addition, for some first-year students, the fall Involvement Fair can be overwhelming, while the event in the spring is more low-key. Perhaps a different route SPO could have taken would have been to better publicize the fair, specifically targeting those freshmen who “feel it’s too late” to join a club or organization. The Heights believes it is this misconception which may deter students from attending the event. To fill the void this spring, SPO suggested students visit MyBC. While we support this idea, we also want to remind SPO that this is a less visible means of communicating information and students may not think to visit the site. Maybe it’s too late to still go ahead with the Student Involvement Fair, but The Heights feels that, at the very least, SPO should hold some kind of similar event, as many student are still looking to get involved. aDRIANA mARIELLA/ Heights Illustration
Boston College donation leads to mutual goodwill BC’s choice to donate $300,000 toward improvements for Newton public schools will benefit both parties Earlier this week , B oston College announced that it will donate $300,000 over the next three years to Newton public schools for laptops and other technology. With this gift, the Newton School District will be able to buy over 80 laptops and dozens of digital vision projectors and flat screen televisions for its elementary schools in the first year. Newton students now have the chance to study with top of the line, rather than outdated, equipment. Though Newton public schools will directly benefit, this donation is actually beneficial for the University as well. Over 110 BC graduates and students will teach in the Newton School District this year alone, and they will be able to teach using this new technology and will better learn how to incorporate technology into
their lesson plans. In short, they will become more dynamic and more wellrounded educators. It has long been imperative that BC and the town of Newton maintain a healthy and growing relationship that is favorable to both parties, and The Heights would like to commend the University for taking a step that will only strengthen that bond. The University examined a situation and made a decision that will increase the school’s legitimacy and the quality of undergraduate education, all while benefiting an external group. The Heights believes that this fits in perfectly with the Jesuit ideals of pursuit of excellence and commitment to service. The school has helped its students to excel, as well as served the community around them, an admirable choice indeed.
Campus safety should always be a top concern A recent memo to Boston College faculty reminds us all to keep our campus safe by reporting crimes In light of a memo sent to faculty and staff advisors at Boston College reminding them to report any crimes, The Heights believes it is important to extend this reminder to all members of the BC community. Students, as well as professors, staff, and faculty, should make an effort to report all crime they witness, know about, or strongly suspect, in hopes that an increase in the rate of reporting will decrease the frequency of these incidents. It is imperative to remember that even though we may feel safe here at BC, crime exists both on and off campus and we must be aware at all times. Students and members of the BC community should remember to keep an eye on their
belongings, make smart decisions, and take safety precautions to the best of their ability. Crime reporting will benefit everyone at BC and in the surrounding neighborhoods, and will ultimately add to the experience of everyone who chooses to work or study here. Although this reminder was originally sent to faculty and staff advisors, it is an important reminder for the whole community. The Heights commends the effort on the part of the University to keep BC safe for everyone, but wishes to expand this awareness to all of the students. Reporting all crimes to BCPD, from sexual assault to theft, will ultimately make BC a better, and safer, place.
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Letters to the Editor Effects of the Affordable Care Act After much protest from religious organizations and extended debate, the Obama administration announced that religiously affiliated employers must cover the cost of contraception and other preventive services in their employees’ health plans. This announcement marks a significant victory for advocates of women’s health, as the Affordable Care Act would provide women’s health services without co-pay, deductible, or other cost to the patient. Religious institutions strongly opposed coverage of contraception, and sought to include a broad religious refusal clause that would exempt any religiously affiliated institution from including contraceptive services in their health plans. Despite strong pressure from these institutions, the Obama administration maintained the bill’s original refusal clause that exempts only houses of worship and other organizations that primarily employ and serve people who share their religion. Religious organizations that do not qualify for exemption may apply for a one-year transitional period to adjust to the new regulations. Those that qualify for the exemption period will have to comply by August of 2013 instead of August 2012, the deadline for all other non-exempted employers. Roman Catholic Church leaders contacted President Obama to discuss conflicts between covering contraceptive services and religious ideology. The
president also heard from family planning advocates, scientific experts, and members of Congress regarding issues of contraception and women’s health. Despite religious reservations to the new coverage, the scientific community considers contraception a basic and integral part of women’s health services and preventative care. Cost is the largest barrier to contraceptive access for most women. Removing this barrier will lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies and allow for healthy, planned families. Contraceptive access also benefits women’s health, as women who are able to plan their pregnancies are more likely to be healthy before pregnancy and to seek prenatal care. Married women in particular can benefit from these new provisions, since most doctors insist that spacing out pregnancies by at least two years decreases health problems in both mothers and their babies. Despite ideological differences regarding contraception and religion, the Obama administration is putting control of women’s health in women’s own hands. The act ensures that all decisions regarding contraceptive use remain between a woman and her doctor, in the best interest of herself and her family, and without intervention from her employer. BCSSH Executive Board
The following letter is in response to “Removed from responsibility,” by Marye Moran Reading Marye Moran’s foray into moral psychology, I am disheartened by her argument. It seems that Ms. Moran adopts something of a “first-world fallacy:” since we feel bad about the needy, we should send them money (it doesn’t matter exactly to where or to whom), and then feel better about it. On the contrary, money and resources do not replace solidarity. Additionally, the idea that I, the Boston College undergraduate reader, should feel guilty for buying something with “no utility”—like a concert ticket or a poster—is too economically simplistic and vaguely offensive. Many of us, it turns out, are not
only sending away money but are also making it our life’s work to effect social change, be it in an NGO, the Peace Corps, an entrepreneurial start-up, or in anything from teaching to tax reform. Ms. Moran states that “we don’t see everyone as equally deserving” of basic needs. But it is because we do see people as deserving certain basics that we can feel moral anxiety in the first place, an anxiety leading Ms. Moran to claim that “we’re bad people.” Here’s a bolder generalization: we are good people, but we can do better. Enough with the diffuse pessimism and pseudo-
scientific appeals to “biological compulsion” for why we cannot do better. These ‘biological’ accounts are exculpations and excuses for our actions, but what we want are reasons for our actions. Promoting a societal ethic in which an individual’s concerns encompass a narrow sphere of friends and family doesn’t make the world a “better place.” It makes it solipsistic, dysfunctional, and boring. Be biology as it may, we are still rational animals, stubbornly entrenched, therefore, in the realm of responsibility.
R. B rian T racz A&S ’12
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thumbs Up Possibility of not forever being poor after graduation– So, who knows if anything will come of this, but last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama said he was going to work on lowering college tuition. TU/ TD suggests that Obama stops working on everything else (healthcare, lowering unemployment, home foreclosures, the fact that Iran might just nuke us all) and just focus on keeping us from swimming in debt. Want the younger generation’s vote? Lower our chance of having to live in a ba sement apar tment in Cleveland, that’s infested with mutant rats, with a crackhead roommate because it’s the only thing we can afford, and you’ve got our vote. Puppy Bowl Lineup- Need a break from football? Watch The Puppy Bowl, a multi-hour spe cial on Animal Planet which features puppies running around a doggie stadium with a toy football. The starting lineup has just been released, and our money is on Tattoo, a miniature Aussie mix. He may be small, but he’s got the heart of a champion.
Thumbs Down The bare minimum– To the girl in just a sports bra running around the track and the boy on the elliptical in short shorts, this is for you. We go to the Plex to work out, not be forced to stare at your pale, sweaty, and overexposed bodies. It’s like a horrific car crash on the side of the road: we don’t want to look, but somehow we can’t stop staring. For all of the Plexians, please follow this basic rule of respect: If you wouldn’t wear that in front of your parents, please don’t wear it to the gym. Popcorn chicken lottery– Aristotle once coined the theory of the “Golden Mean,” where humans strive to seek the mean between deficiency and excess. Apparently the popcorn chicken cookers at BC dining have never heard of this because the popcorn chicken either tastes like a work of the Greek gods or the work of Helen Keller in the kitchen with a glue gun. Can we have some consistency here? We’re sick of having a 50 percent chance of being stoned in the mouth with chicken stubs when we order a Caesar at Eagle’s. The Vices President– Last night TU/TD had to choose between Dance Moms and the State of the Union, much like Rose had to choose between watching Jack drown in the middle of the Atlantic or moving her butt over on that gigantic door. Our patriotic duty and guilt (mostly guilt) got the best of us, so we tuned in to watch Obama, only to have a clear shot of Joe Biden blantantly texting during the opening remarks. Oh please, Biden, you’re not fooling anyone. Every college student knows the “phone-inthe-crotch” trick. We’re not even allowed to text at dinner, what makes you allowed to text during argurably the most important televised event of the year?
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Amidst tradition, the inclusion of love
Pooja Shah Over winter break, my mom decided to ask me the one question I didn’t expect to hear anytime soon: “When are you planning on getting married?” Caught completely off guard, I shrugged off the question with a “maybe one day?” Pretty satisfied with my response, I turned my attention back to the show I was incessantly watching. My mother, not getting the hint that I thought the conversation was over, proceeded with a smile, “You know, when I was 20, my parents were pressuring me to get married…” In most South Asian families, discussions about marriages are arguably pretty common. In a culture that has traditionally believed marriage to be a concept of karmic destiny, it comes as no surprise that parents are concerned about when their child decides to settle down. The institution of marriage, with a focus on arranged marriages, has historically been a demonstration of an individual’s duty and obedience to his or her parents. Due to societal and cultural restraints, the system of arranged marriage was customary; it was the parent’s responsibility to find a spouse for their child on the basis of economic, religious and social status. For females, this system marginalized their role in society after they entered into a bondage to their husband. Consequently, all their personal goals and desires were surrendered for their husband’s sake. Marriage was considered a tie not only of two people, but that of families. Dating was considered taboo, and most
individuals did not have the liberty to choose their own mate. In fact, the union was formed on the basis of how astrologically harmonious the male and the female were. Religion played a large bearing on one’s marriage, as they were often decided under the attention of a priest or other religious figure. Part of the controversy surrounding the practice of arranged marriage comes from the fact that it fails to factor in love and emotional compatibility. But does this system ever have the potential to change? This past summer, I spent a month and a half in India taking a creative writing course followed by a short visit to family. While conversing with my cousins and their friends, I quickly recognized how marriage has evolved into a modernized concept. Today’s
society in India expands the definition of marriage to accommodate the changes of the contemporary world. Firstly, people are leaning toward their late 20s to wed, compared to the teenage and child marriages that occurred only a few decades ago. Much of this change is attributed to a strong western influence. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average age to get married in the United States is now 28. Evidently, American influences are instrumental in encouraging many cities and rural regions in India to adopt a new mentality of what marriage should entail. Secondly, individuals in Indian communities are now more ca-
reer- and education-driven and tend to wait to get married until they feel they are professionally established. Unlike their ancestors, the opportunity of excelling intellectually is now feasible. However, the thought of assuming complete control over one’s marriage is still received with scorn in some Indian communities. In more conservative regions, there is a social stigma that comes with this decision, because the individual appears to allegedly sacrifice their family ideals for a profitable future. On the contrary, many simply ignore this negative perception and are involved in romantic relationships. Love is slowly making its way into this matchmaking process. It was surprising to see how infrequent arranged marriages are becoming, although they are still practiced in areas that strictly stick to conventional customs. Arranged marriage is not what it once used to be; it now incorporates the use of online dating on matrimonial sites, blind dates, and “suggestions” of potential spouses from friends and family. This expanded view functions more as a marriage search rather than an arbitrary agreement. As someone who loves her culture and traditions, I can honestly say I am glad that the concept of marriage in India is becoming more flexible. Especially because the current trend is that more people are getting married later on in their lives, and to someone of their own liking, it is refreshing to see that this culture is beginning to follow suit. The desire to be successful, independent, and free has the ability to change ideologies that were strictly ingrained in Indian societies for centuries. Pooja Shah is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Tim O’Connor As a life-long Green Bay Packers fan, my Superbowl aspirations died on Jan. 15. My personal, emotional investment in the NFL post-season is over, but I still love the games. There’s nothing quite like the sudden-death, win-or-go-home stakes that characterize the end of football. In a way, the role of an impassioned observer is liberating: I just cheer for whatever makes an exciting game, unless the Steelers are playing. In that case, I root for whoever is not the Steelers. Anyway, the Patriots/Ravens game on Sunday was a perfect example. With seconds left, I was certain that I’d be getting my wish of a thrilling conclusion to a tense showdown. The Patriots defense fended off a potential game-winning touchdown, mitigating the damage to a tying field goal. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundriff would boot in an easy 32-yarder and we’d take it into overtime. And then Cundriff missed. With 11 seconds left, the Patriots offense took to the field, Tom Brady took a knee, and the game was over. As I was throwing in my laundry before the Giants/49ers’ showdown, I found my mind drifting to the Baltimore locker room. What did coach Harbaugh say about Cundriff ’s attempt? Did he blame him? What about the other players? In a team sport, can we attribute a victory or a defeat to any one player? Is it Cundriff ’s fault that the Ravens lost? Within each individual’s capacity to act, to what extent is he or she responsible for the collective outcome? The dilemma takes on a little
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more weight when it drifts beyond the realm of sports and starts overlapping with our daily lives. The recent protest at China-based Foxconn is a wonderful example. After requesting an increase in wages, workers were told they could continue working at the same pay, or quit and receive a month’s pay. After most opted for the latter as a result of harsh working conditions, they were told the offer was no longer on the table. They could either continue working or leave without pay. In response, 150 employees stood on top of a Foxconn building and threatened mass-suicide in an attempt to receive their promised compensation. Foxconn, of course, gained notoriety in 2010, when a number of workers who assembled Apple’s iPhone took their own lives. This time around, the workers in question helped manufacture Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Both companies have launched internal reviews into labor practices, and claim to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the ethical and respectful treatment of foreign workers. Let’s be realistic, though: that’s smoke and mirrors. We know, with absolute certainty, that the technology we use, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat are the direct result of others subsisting on a lower standard of living than we expect for ourselves. Thankfully, the workers were talked down from the building; no lives were lost in this case. But suppose one of them had jumped. Who’s to blame? Is it the workers, who apparently couldn’t keep up with the expected pace of labor? Is it the negotiator, who promised severance benefits he couldn’t produce, or the upper manager who made him renege on the deal? Is it the billionaire Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, who recently lamented of his workforce that “managing one million animals gives [him] a headache?” Follow the chain back far enough, and you ultimately arrive at the consum-
ers who make Foxconn’s profitable by buying Apple and Microsoft products. I don’t know where the buck stops, but a simple fact stands at the root of a democratic, capitalist society: individuals express their will by voting and spending. I own an iPhone, an Xbox, and an Apple computer. To a certain extent, I believe the ultimate responsibility for the abuses at Foxconn falls squarely on my shoulders. I signal my tacit approval for these business practices every time I use my phone or turn on my Xbox, and pretending otherwise is too easy. I don’t have much of a platform for action to face this dilemma, either. The Xbox I can go without, sure, but what about a cell phone? I need some way to get in touch with potential employers; it’s taken on a practical, almost vital role in my own survival. I could certainly look to other manufacturers, but are LG, Samsung, or Motorola any better than Apple? Realistically, there is very little an individual can do to enact meaningful change on a scale that would benefit Foxconn workers. We are all complicit, and there’s no easy remedy. We can’t let this fact define our lives, but to plug our ears, close our eyes, and pretend that everything is fine is unforgivable. It’s easy to let the all-encompassing scope of the problem become an excuse to ignore the small things that we can do to start moving in the right direction. We all know how to write a letter of protest against exploitive business practices, or buy Americanmade goods that are subject to our labor standards. Don’t make it harder than it is. Just ask yourself, every day: “How could I have made things better?”
Tim O’Connor is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janine Hanrahan With his runaway victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich is once again a formidable contender for the Republican nomination. Many have credited Gingrich’s comeback to his strong debate performances, but as the candidate himself sees it, “It is not that I am a good debater—it is that I articulate the deepest felt values of the American people.” Of course, Gingrich does think he is a good debater, given that he has consistently said that he will challenge President Obama to three-hour LincolnDouglas style debates, noting that he will even allow the president to use his indispensable teleprompter. But as overblown and vain as the aforementioned line from his victory speech is, it is classic Newt Gingrich. Over the years, the former Speaker of the House has not only compared himself to Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, and Moses, he has also said: “I think I am a transformational figure.” “I am essentially a revolutionary.” “I’m such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate and what I’m trying to do.” What exactly is Gingrich trying to do? According to his handwritten notes from the 1990s, “Gingrich—primary mission: Advocate of civilization, Definer of civilization, Teacher of the Rules of Civilization, Arouser of those who fan Civilization, Organizer of the pro-civilization activists, Leader (Possibly) of the civilizing forces.” Given that self-aggrandizing is the modus operandi of politicians the world over, one could forgive Gingrich for getting carried away. However, based on his actions, it is clear that Gingrich’s vanity pervades his life. Just before the South Carolina primary, Gingrich’s second ex-wife came forward alleging that Gingrich asked her for an “open marriage,” and then he proceeded to pontificate about the importance of family values just two days later. When CNN’s John King asked him about these claims during a debate, Gingrich was perfectly indignant, saying, “To take an ex-wife and make it, two days before the primary, a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.” King’s decision to begin a presidential debate with such a question is dubious, but that should not obscure the fact that Gingrich’s flagrant disregard for his marriage vows is what is truly despicable, especially given that he was leading the crusade to impeach then-President Clinton while carrying on an affair of his own. Yet given that Gingrich fancies himself the “Definer of Civilization,” perhaps he is held to another standard. Gingrich certainly held himself to a different ethical standard when he was Speaker of the House. In 1997, the House of Representatives voted 395 to 28 to reprimand him for misusing tax-exempt funds for partisan purposes and lying to the House Ethics Committee, marking the first time in the House’s 208-year history that a speaker had been disciplined for ethical wrongdoing. A year later, facing immense pressure from the Republican caucus, Gingrich resigned from the House altogether. Explaining his decision, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.” Even in defeat, Gingrich was as vainglorious as ever. Shortly after leaving the House, Gingrich signed a contract with the disgraced mortgage giant Freddie Mac, where between 1998 and 2008, he raked in between $1.6 million and $1.8 million dollars. According to Gingrich, he acted as a “historian” who had “offered them advice on precisely what they didn’t do.” Beside the fact that this explanation is patently absurd, his work for a government-backed entity flies in the face of conservatism, yet Gingrich offers himself as the “true conservative.” Perhaps this is what Gingrich means when he calls himself “revolutionary.” Despite all of this, Gingrich is gaining considerable traction in the race, and if he wins the Florida primary, he has a very real shot at becoming the nominee. Republicans should ask themselves if they want an egomaniac to be the candidate to face Obama, let alone govern the nation. If they are serious about winning and valuing the Constitution, then the answer should clearly be no.
Janine Hanrahan is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Turnovers are key for BC Men’s Basketball, from A10 One of the main problems that has derailed the Eagles recently has been turning the ball over. Against NC State, the Eagles lost the ball 17 times, 16 coming on steals by the Wolfpack. They were marginally better at taking care of the basketball against Wake Forest, but still rank second to last in ACC turnover margin, averaging over 2.5 more turnovers a game than their opponents. It’s especially proven to be a problem for starting center Dennis Clifford, who’s turned the ball over five times in each of the Eagles’ last two games. “He’s got to get better with that, but we also put a lot on his plate,” Donahue said. “Your [big men] are going to turn it over if you consistently go to them.” Clifford has also been affected by defenses putting more pressure on him. After averaging 15 points per game in BC’s two league wins, he was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 16. But against Wake Forest and NC State, a number of his post moves were not working, and overall, he didn’t look as comfortable in the lane as he has in the past. “NC State and Wake Forest made it a point to really come down on him hard, not just with the guy defending him, but someone else,” Donahue said. “He may have to use his move quicker. Sometimes he gives the defense a chance and our spacing isn’t great.” The excessive turnovers by the Eagles have led to a number of transition opportunities for their opponents. BC’s transition defense has been subpar, allowing easy fast break points for opposing teams. Additionally, there have been times in recent games when players have failed to get back quickly on defense.
Donahue noted that the relative age of the group is a contributing factor. “Transition defense is always a problem with young teams,” Donahue said, “whether it’s fatigue or understanding how fast the game is. NC State did a great job of pushing in transition, and we had miscommunication.” In the backcourt, point guard Jordan Daniels, who started the year 5-of-25 from three, has been steadily developing his shooting and passing touch. Over the last four games, he’s averaged over nine points and is 10-of-20 from the three-point line. “Jordan’s really grown with more minutes played,” Donahue said. “He understands what we’re looking for. I thought he did a good job sharing it over the last three or four games, as well.” Meanwhile, junior Matt Humphrey— who’s led the Eagles in scoring for the majority of the year—hasn’t fared well shooting the ball in the last two games, with only 11 points combined, shooting 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. But other aspects of his game continue to help the Eagles. “Especially on rebounding, [Humphrey] defends well on the perimeter,” Donahue said. “We have some guys that aren’t as good getting off screens. Matt does a very good job on those kind of things that probably go unnoticed to a lot of people.” Despite the recent losses, Donahue has seen the building blocks of this program developing, which bodes well for the future. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am in terms of their development,” he said. “I love where we’re going, I love where the team is headed, I love their attitude. This group understands that we’ve got to play really well to win games, and we’re gong to try our best to do that.” n
Important series with UNH awaits Men’s Hockey, from A10
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The high-low combination of Daniels (left) and Clifford (right) can stop the Eagles’ losing streak.
Winning cultures rely on the dedication of fan base BC Tradition, from A10 third quarter. Winning cultures are created through the give and take of players, coaches, and fans. Men’s basketball head coach Steve Donahue is creating a winning culture in Conte Forum. He has a core group of young players that will undoubtedly make an impact in the ACC over the next few years. Guys like Dennis Clifford and Ryan Anderson have shown flashes of brilliance throughout their first few months as collegiate players. This team is still young and playing against the matured ranks of arguably the country’s top basketball conference. My point is that Donahue’s team has all of the tools necessary for greatness, but it takes time and support. They may not have the prettiest record at the end of this season, and there probably won’t be any madness floating around Chestnut Hill this March, but we should really take a look at this team. Wouldn’t it be great to say that you followed this young group from its roots when they’re having success? People usually frown upon “bandwagon fans,” and this even extends to one’s college teams. In 1994, a successful young head hockey coach returned to his alma mater after a solid career at Bowling Green State University. He was given the tough task of redeeming a historic program that had three consecutive losing seasons. His arrival
the puck, offensively we’re making poor decisions, and [the opposition is] getting great chances to score.” Having picked up just two wins in seven games since the winter break, this weekend’s series against the Wildcats could go a long way in determining whether or not BC could make a run for the Hockey East regular season title. Even so, York refuses to change his approach to this weekend, while emphasizing his point that the most important game is the next one. “We’re really focused on each game,” York said. “That’s the game we want to win. Friday night is our focus. We’ve played 25 games right now, so the 26th is the one we want to win.” One of the most interesting developments to watch over the weekend will be in the crease, where the continued absence of a true No. 1 goalie has hurt the Eagles in past weeks. A team that has recently seen Scott Clemmenson, Corey Schneider, and John Muse dominate between the pipes for the better part of their careers now has a three-way battle for the starting job. Surprisingly, Parker Milner, the starter coming into this season, seems to have fallen behind freshman Brian Billett and senior Chris Venti in the depth chart. Despite this, York stated that the team still doesn’t have a definite No. 1, and that what the players do in practice figures in as a big part in his decision. “We’re going to watch during the week of practice,” York said. “Over the last number of years, we’ve always had that one goaltender who was going to play 99 percent of the games, so that was never a decision process. Now it’s wide open. It’s a decision process, and we’re trying to decide who’s going to give us the best chance to win Friday night.” n
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Despite having a historic athletic tradition, Boston College and its fans have struggled to fill the seats for its younger teams on campus. on campus created an initial buzz, however he went on to have three straight losing seasons himself. But then, to the surprise of the nation, he led his players to a 28-9-5 season and the national championship game. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this head coach was none other than Jerry York. York has since gone on to win three national championships, becoming the second winningest coach in college hockey history along the way. He epitomizes winning and tradition in college sports. Give a talented
young coach a chance, and he or she can make big things happen. While it’s difficult to say that Donahue, or any of the other BC coaches for that matter, will have careers parallel to that of York, don’t forget that patience is a virtue necessary in sports. Just look at what he did with a group of Ivy League players at Cornell. He creates a winning system, and players respect it, just as players respect York and his system. BC is a school of athletic tradition,
whether or not we can see it in all of our teams today. We have an opportunity to revive it and help a young team become great. Head down to Conte Forum, get out some body paint, and cheer until you lose your voice. Who knows? A few years from now, and we might be doing the same thing in March.
Chris Marino is the Assoc. Sports Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dumoulin and the Eagles are in need of points.
Former All-American Bell shines overseas Troy Bell, from A10
Bell was the Big East Conference Player of the Year while at BC, and now is starring in Italy.
“When I first got overseas, it was kind of tough,” Bell said. “It was actually really tough for me because I just never envisioned my career overseas.” When Bell was at BC, the team took a trip to Switzerland, but he wasn’t enamored with Europe. “I thought to myself if I can’t enjoy it with all my college friends, how am I going to enjoy it by myself?” Bell was hesitant to move, but he realized that his options were limited. “It just kind of got to that point where it was what I had to do to have a chance to get back to the League or just have a career,” Bell said. “Things just work out so crazy sometimes. I wouldn’t change anything, though. I really like who I’ve become. I don’t have any regrets about any of it.” One benefit of Bell’s journey is the great amount of advice he’s been able to give because of his experience. “I’m glad I was able to give a lot of the advice I’ve given to guys,” he said. “I didn’t have too many people give me any advice as far as professional advice. I never really got any. I never really had someone to take me under their wing, which is why I do it so much. I recognize how important it is, and no one ever did that for me. I’ve been able to help a lot of people and I’m definitely happy about that.” Louis Hinnant, another former Eagle and one of Bell’s teammates at BC who is also playing overseas, recently spoke about the impact Bell has had on him. “Troy took me under his wing from day one,” Hinnant told a German basketball blog last week. “It was crazy because coming in as a freshman, I was playing behind two All-American guards in Troy Bell and Ryan Sidney, so I wasn’t expecting much time my first season. But Troy told me that by game four, you will be starting, and lo and behold, the fourth game of the season I started and for the remainder of my career. He showed
me how to be a professional. Even as a college player, he had a very business-minded approach to the game, and to this day I still look to him as someone I can always bounce ideas off of, and he’s always willing to help me out.” Bell has stepped in to his new role on Pallacanestro Sant’Antimo the same way he has approached everything in his life. “I love challenges,” Bell said. “That’s why I’m on this team. It’s just different. I want to play with guys who want to play the game. I don’t just want to play with just anybody.” When Bell arrived in Sant’Antimo on Jan. 11, he was facing a huge challenge. Midway through the season, the team sat in last place of the second-highest professional basketball league in Italy. A last-place or second to last place finish in league play would move the team down to a lower division, which would be a huge disappointment for both the club and the town. “They get real nervous,” Bell said. “Losing is, like, 30 times as bad for Italians. They’re so passionate.” The head coach and owner of the team brought Bell in because he has a history of helping out struggling clubs. His reputation overseas is one of a basketball savior, and so far he’s succeeding. In his first game, he dropped 32 points on 69 percent shooting in only 32 minutes of action and got his team a much-needed win. He had 19 points and helped his teammates contribute to another big victory in his second game. With 13 games left in the season, Sant’Antimo has now moved up two spots in the rankings and is still climbing thanks to Bell. After their second win with Bell, the local newspaper ran the headline, “Sant’Antimo è subito (is suddenly) Bell…issima!” It’s this kind of inspiring and selfless energy on the court that Bell has also brought to his music. He worked on a lot of his songs during downtime overseas, and when he returned to the U.S. over the summer, he made three music videos. In the video for “Blood and Sweat,” Bell shows off his smooth R&B
vocals after delivering a motivating message over the phone to a friend. Highlights from his time at BC are shown along with clips of Bell in the studio and the gym. “That song, that’s actually how I feel about my life,” Bell said. “I kind of felt like I couldn’t do a song like that and not come over here and take this job. I’d feel like a hypocrite. If you’ve ever worked hard or sacrificed or ever put your all into anything, you should be able to identify with that song.” Right now, all of Bell’s music is up for free download on his website. He is more focused on creating something people can enjoy than trying to make it big in the music industry. “I don’t want to set any goals yet,” Bell said. “Music is just kind of in my life. I just want people to be able to have little soundtracks to their lives, just good songs that have good memories. I don’t even know about touring. I did one performance, and it was fun.” Through both his music and his play on the court, Bell is continuing to make a difference in the lives of those around him. “Anything in life is either pressure or motivation, and I love them both,” Bell said. “For me, this is actually ideal. I’m completely up for the challenge. I’ve got a young guy — he’s one of the best young Italian prospects, Riccardo Moraschini — and we’ve been working out. I’ve got something that’s kind of giving me purpose, trying to save this team and help Riccardo, and it’s the first time this coach has had a head job, so it’s not even about me. Honestly, I don’t even feel like it’s about me. It’s not about the money or any of that. It’s just about having a purpose.” Bell’s sense of purpose has given him the ability to record meaningful songs about his fans’ lives, all while carrying the hopes of a small Italian town and their basketball club on his shoulders. “It could be really big if we pull this off.” n
Thursday, January 26, 2012 The Week Ahead
Men’s hockey has a series against New Hampshire this weekend. The men and women’s basketball teams host Miami on Sunday afternoon. The women’s hockey team faces off against Northeastern on Tuesday. The men’s final for the Australian Open is on Friday.
Recap from Last Week
Game of the Week
Men’s basketball lost to Wake Forest. Maine won the series against Men’s hockey in two close games. Women’s hockey stayed hot in a win against PC. The women’s basketball team fell to Florida State. The Giants and Patriots will play in the Super Bowl.
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This Week’s Games
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Men’s Hockey: No. 7 BC vs. UNH (Series)
Men’s Basketball: BC at No. 19 UVA
Women’s Hockey: No. 4 BC vs. No. 6 Northeastern
Women’s Basketball: BC vs. No. 10 Miami Who will win the Australian Open?
After being swept by Maine last weekend, the No. 7 Boston College men’s hockey team (14-10-1, 107-1 Hockey East) returns to Kelley Rink to play the University of New Hampshire (9-12-2, 6-9-1) tomorrow night. The team looks to get back to its winning ways in its first home game since winter break. Earlier in the season, the Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 5-1, behind a career-high 39 saves from junior Parker Milner. The biggest question remains who will play between the pipes, as Milner, senior Chris Venti, and freshman Brian Billett have not been able to secure the top spot.
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Developing leadership and unity key for success at the college level Daniel Ottaunick Until last semester, I had never attended a basketball game at Boston College. Basketball has never had the same appeal to me as football, soccer, or baseball, and while the success of the BC men’s hockey team has turned me into a fan, I’ve never had any strong desire to go to a basketball game at BC. So in December, when the opportunity came up for me to sit at the press table with a fellow Heights editor and watch the women’s basketball team take on the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, I accepted largely out of an interest in seeing what I had been missing in Conte Forum. While the team won the game by a final score of 80-64 and racked up a season high in points scored, they struggled, especially in the first half, in which they scored only 32 points and did not seem poised to close the game out. During halftime, however, something must have fired the team up in the locker room, as they came back for the second half ready to win the game. A lot of basketball enthusiasts will say that the women’s game provides a better display of basketball fundamentals, and that the sport, which is not typically as popular as men’s basketball, is often overlooked. That’s not what I’m going to be discussing in this column. I’ve never been a serious basketball fan, and I couldn’t tell you about any major differences between men’s and women’s basketball other than that the men’s game involves much more dunking. What I can speak about after attending my first basketball game at BC
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Head coach Sylvia Crawley’s young team can serve as an example of the importance of developing leadership and unity in college sports. is that certain fundamental attributes characterize any successful team. It would be difficult to call the 20112012 women’s basketball team successful, and their struggles are evidenced by their disappointing 0-7 start to ACC play and their 5-15 overall record. But success comes in many forms and isn’t sourced from scores and stats.
While these things are indicators of success, how goals are achieved is often much more compelling than the goals themselves. Take leadership as an example. For a team to be successful, individuals need to share the same goals, and those who step up as leaders are able to guide and inspire others. After the game, I was
able to speak with head coach Sylvia Crawley, who emphasized the importance of the team overcoming issues during the first half to win the game. Another trait that winning teams embody is unity. Especially at the collegiate level when players are still developing their abilities, not every player will have the same strengths or
experiences as her teammates. Some players are great dribblers but lack defensive abilities, while others have mastered rebounds but have little experience shooting from behind the arc. This junction is where knowing one’s teammates becomes important. Inside and outside of sports, discovering your own strengths and learning how others balance, you can help you achieve things you could not on your own. These ideals cannot be achieved overnight, or even during the duration of a single season. Teams that are able to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament have the balance and depth that can only come with experience. Looking at the roster of the team, it’s clear that experience is lacking, as only one player is a senior, and she’s in her first full season with the team. Ten out of the 13 players on the team are either freshmen or sophomores. Before this team is able to start posting more wins, the players need to learn how they can work together well, which will come as they spend more time learning together. I’m not going to speculate on the specific struggles this team has faced. While the team undoubtedly possesses a lot of talent and potential, it is clear that something is missing, and that in order for BC to start winning games, thought needs to be put into how each player can use her own strengths to fortify the strengths of the team. Once its fundamentals are present, success will come.
Daniel Ottaunick is an editor for The Heights. He can be reached at sports@ bcheights.com.
BC goes cold against BU Women’s Hockey, from A10 the well-deserved win. “It’s a tough loss,” Crowley said. “I think we could have been in it if we played like we did in the first, but now we’ve got a bit of a rest before we go back at it. The tough thing about our schedule is that we’ll get a chance to play four or five games in not a lot of days, so these days off are a good time to rest.” With the loss, the Eagles fall to second in the Hockey East behind Northeastern, who has the same number of points in one fewer game. BC next plays on Tuesday against Northeastern in the Beanpot. Following that, the Eagles face another challenge when they will play four games in an eight-day span. n
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The women’s basketball team racked up 25 turnovers during a tough loss in Chapel Hill.
Eagles continue skid at UNC Women’s Basketball, from A10 Not much went right for the Eagles on Wednesday. Three different Tar Heel players finished in double figures, including senior center Chay Shegog, who put up 16. UNC outrebounded BC 53-36 and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds. The Tar Heels were held to 44 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc, but the second chance points spurred the UNC victory. Offensively, the Eagles had a very poor shooting night. They only converted on 15 of their 58 attempts, shooting 25 percent from the field. Sophomore guards Kristen Doherty and Tiffany Ruffin both had a rough night in Chapel Hill. They shot a combined 2-of-14 for only five points and accounted for eight turnovers.
Shayra Brown was the lone bright spot for the Eagles. She tallied 17 points with only one turnover. Brown was coming off of a career high 25-point effort at Virginia. She provided the majority of the bench production for BC. Brown is slowly making a name for herself during this rebuilding season for the Eagles. Freshman forward Joy Caracciolo also had a tough night in her eighth career start, shooting 1-of-7 for just two points. She has steadily been improving, but the tough loss at Chapel Hill could be a setback for the young player in her new starting role. The Eagles’ schedule doesn’t get any easier. They face No. 10 Miami on Sunday at Conte Forum and will be looking to notch their first conference win against a strong Hurricane squad. n
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Ashley Motherwell and the Eagles were unable to put anything up on the scoreboard last night.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Another ACC loss for BC
Eagles left out in the cold by Terriers Women’s hockey fizzles in shutout at BU By Steven Principi Heights Staff
The No. 4 ranked Boston College women’s hockey team saw its six-game unbeaten streak end last night thanks to an 6 effort that lacked BU both consistency Boston College 0 and efficiency. A strong first period gave way to two sloppy ones, and the Eagles fell to the Boston University Terriers 6-0 at Walter Brown Arena. BC was shut out on the road for the first time in over a year, and showed head coach Katie King Crowley just how far her team has to go. “I thought we played great in the first period,” Crowley said. “After that I don’t know. It looked like we got lost out there. BU played at a high level tonight and they kept it up through the whole game. They were able to take advantage of our mistakes. We had a couple of chances tonight, and we weren’t able to do anything with them.” The two teams both came out strong in the first period, each getting a handful of chances on goal. A strong effort in goal by Corinne Boyles kept the game scoreless
until 19:49 of the opening frame, when she was beaten from close range. The second period was a different story, however, with BU dominating the Eagles for the full 20 minutes. Boyles stood on her head for the majority of the period once again, but ran into some bad luck when a puck that was chipped into the zone hit off the boards and off her skates before finding the net. Just three minutes later, BU extended its lead to 3-0 with a nice passing play that left Boyles without a chance. The teams went into the second intermission with the Eagles down 3-0 and failing to impress. Crowley stressed the importance of a more consistent effort from her team but did admit that it was almost inevitable that something like this would happen at some point this year. “I think one of the things that gets overlooked is that we’re very young,” Crowley said. “I know we have eight seniors, but we’re really young. Two of our freshman forwards are out there almost every other shift, and we have two defensemen out there a little bit. So it’s hard when you’re looking to be consistent because some of these kids are pretty young. But we’ve got
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beat the BU goalie. The Terriers ended the game with a 36-30 advantage in shots and far more quality scoring chances than the Eagles. BC never looked like they could get back in the game, and BU walked away with
In head coach Sylvia Crawley’s return to her alma mater, the Boston College women’s basketball team North Carolina 77 fell to 0-7 in ACC Boston College 46 play last night in a 77-46 route at No. 25 North Carolina. Both Crawley and assistant coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton played for the 1994 championship team at UNC. The Tar Heels opened the game on a 14-0 run before Eagle guard Kerri Shields hit a three grabbing BC’s first points in the game. BC cut the lead to nine points four separate times, but the Tar Heels proved to be too much, shutting down all of the attempted runs by the Eagles. One reason for the poor offensive outing was turnovers. BC opened up the game with six turnovers in the first five minutes and finished the game with 25 turnovers leading to 25 UNC points.
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Corinne Boyles and the Eagles were unable to keep up with a tough Terrier offensive attack. to try and get through this and keep going forward.” BU put the game away midway through the third period with three goals in an eight-minute span. The Eagles came close on several occasions throughout the game but were never able to finish a play and
Patience is a true virtue
Chris Marino One of the biggest reasons why I chose Boston College was tradition. Growing up just outside of Boston, I often attended BC sporting events, and became attached to the players I watched. Seeing guys like Matt Ryan, Mathias Kiwanuka, Jared Dudley, Brian Boyle (a fellow alumnus of my St. Sebastian’s), and others, drew me to the school. I saw a fan culture that I wanted to be a part of. I still remember my first football game of freshman year. Walking through the crowds of bright yellow Superfan shirts, I envisioned the athletic atmosphere that I would be surrounded by for the next four years. Fast forward to today, a little over a year from that day, and I am somewhat disappointed. I’ve written in the past about how shaky the football team’s fan base has been, and I can now add a host of other sports to the list. Of course, just as with most Division I schools, there are small sects of hardcore radical fans who travel with the team, wear body paint, and challenge their teams to greatness. The next step is broadening that commitment to a wider range of students. We are BC. These are our teams. We have a responsibility to support them and challenge them to be the best they can be. It’s hard to do that when the fan section is half empty or students begin to clear out in the
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ballin’ beats Former BC All-American Troy Bell sets the world aflame on the court and in the studio By Austin Tedesco Asst. Sports Editor
When it comes to creative and stylistic beauty in sports, nothing can top the athletes on a basketball court. Football stars work as small pieces of a system with individual style limited to skilled position players whose main difference is whether they are more speed or power oriented. Baseball players can make slight adjustments in pitching or hitting mechanics, but it’s subtle, and the appreciation of
that kind of art is reserved for the most dedicated fans. Every move on the hardwood is a creative effort just like that of a musician in a recording studio. Former Boston College basketball player Troy Bell has recently translated his own on-court creativity to the studio, making inspiring R&B music while playing professional basketball in Italy. Basketball inherently nourishes individual creativity the same way music does. The court becomes a stage for the players
made his way to the NBA Development League in 2005. “I went to the D-League, and after that I felt like if you can play in the DLeague, you can play anywhere,” Bell said during a phone conversation this week after a late practice with his Italian club Pallacanestro Sant’Antimo. “With the long bus trips and everything, it just sucks, the D-League sucks.” The decision to go play in Europe was, at first, a difficult one for Bell. He has played for different clubs in the top French and Italian leagues since heading overseas in 2007.
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Donahue eyes smart play at UVA
Hockey in need of rebound By Steven Principi Heights Staff
By Stephen Sikora For The Heights
The Boston College men’s basketball team enters tonight’s game at No. 19 Virginia on a two-game losing streak in the ACC. The Cavaliers will be the third nationally-ranked team the Eagles have played this season, but head coach Steve Donahue says that the opponents the Eagles face do not matter. Rather, it’s about execution. “I don’t think who we’re playing or what we did recently really affects what our preparation is,” Donahue said. “With our youth, we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing the fundamental things right, and we’ve got to do them better on both sides of the ball.”
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to perform on. A coach plans an offensive system for his players to shine in the same way that a producer lays down a beat for an artist. Each bounce of the ball, shot in the air, chase-down block, and timely steal makes up a collective possession that builds into the game’s song. To understand Bell’s venture into music, some background is needed about how he arrived in Sant’Antimo, Italy, a small town just outside of Naples, two weeks ago. After four very successful seasons at BC, including two Big East Player of the Year awards, he was chosen in the first round draft of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics in 2003. He never found a solid role on an NBA team and eventually
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The major question heading into the weekend will be who plays for York between the pipes.
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Game of the Week
In a crucial home-and-home series with UNH, No. 7 hockey needs the points......A9
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the No. 7 Boston College men’s hockey team since winter break, and things don’t appear to be getting any easier. The Eagles will face a strong opponent in the New Hampshire Wildcats this weekend for a home-and-home series in which they need to rack up more points. BC has been famous for its late-season successes under head coach Jerry York, but since the winter break ended, something has been missing. Passes aren’t as crisp, pucks aren’t bouncing their way, and the consistency on both ends of the ice that York has stressed for years, is lacking. And while a bad stretch of games won’t doom the Eagles’ championship hopes, the cause for concern is noticeable. “Every year is different,” York said, “We’ve had some incredible runs late in the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to happen every year. We’ve got to really improve as a hockey team to
Building a successful team
Breaking down what women’s basketball needs to get in the win column.................................A9
get on a run. It’s not going to be enough to say BC’s done it in the past few years. We need to go out and take it.” There have been a number of things that have led to BC’s slide, one of which has been the lack of production from many key players. York switched up his line combinations for last weekend’s series against Maine with some mixed results, but the final product continued to be lacking. York was less focused on his team’s production in recent games, however, and more concerned with some of its decision-making. He cited turnovers as a key reason for the team’s struggles and stressed the need for improvement in that area if they want to turn things around. “The one thing that jumps out at me is that we’ve turned over a lot of pucks on offense,” York said. “They’ve resulted in a lot of 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 opportunities on our goalies. We talk a lot about good defense leading to good offense, but what’s troubling us right now is that when we have
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‘Soul 2’ doesn’t sound so smooth, page B5
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Scene and heard
the star faints at sundance, page B2
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Music no longer unites its listeners
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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BY: Allan guzman
Brennan Carley “Did you even notice I was talking to you?” a friend asked me after I’d taken my headphones out of my ears the other day. I didn’t notice. I had found myself caught up in the crescendo of joyful noise pulsating from my earbuds, too enraptured with the sound. Why do we use music as a means of tuning out, rather than tuning in, to culture? Movies like Almost Famous and Velvet Goldmine offer hazy pictures that recall music as a communal experience. Bedrooms became concert halls for teenagers and college students and families. People actually listened to the radio for their music, and went into hysterics about big album releases. Maybe the Internet has oversaturated listeners with artists, but can anyone honestly say that they’ve ever driven to the airport to greet bands upon their arrival? Our generation needs our own Beatles! I don’t claim to be an expert on the matter, but what I do know is that listeners today don’t celebrate music as millions once did. Every now and then, a heap of fans might rally around an album release (like last year’s Adele, Lady Gaga, and Lil Wayne discs) but that phenomenon is the rare exception to the rule. With the glut of choices consumers are presented with, I think it’s become increasingly difficult for artists to find widespread traction. That’s why I was surprised when everyone on this side of the equator erupted in disgust at Lana Del Rey’s admittedly listless performance on Saturday Night Live. Yes, she bombed, and I think she knows it too (look, at least she was no Ashlee Simpson or Ke$ha). However, while I would chalk it up to nerves and a style and key of singing unfamiliar to many, audiences united to pounce on the singer and declared her a flop on the spot. I don’t want to waste time debating her performance, but it served an important purpose. You’d have to be completely culturally illiterate to have not heard about Del Rey’s failure. It was, for the wrong reasons, a return to a culturally shared musical experience, on par with the blowout after Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl nip-slip. While I’d like to think that Del Rey’s controversial performance could reunite a fractured culture, recent demises in the field offer alternate visions. The music business is cluttered. Last week, in response, Spin declared its intentions to halt its capsule reviews in favor of tweet-reviews so it could cover more ground. Though Spin, a magazine that has already switched to bi-monthly installments, made the decision for financial reasons, the announcement’s wording bluntly declared that audiences no longer had the time—or any interest—to read long form reviews. Though I think Spin is wrong (and the financial implications behind its decision clouded its validity), I think the implication that there isn’t a soul who cares about music surely can’t be true; influential blogs like Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan attract millions of readers a day. I know people whose iTunes libraries are stuffed with “Pitchfork’s Top Rated” tracks, which must mean something is clicking with readers. Maybe I’m naive—coming from a well-read school, most of my friends are pretty clued in, but I think Spin’s nail in the music-reviewing coffin was a bit preemptive. In years past, artists like Lil Wayne jumped on tracks every five seconds to remain culturally relevant, a cute tactic, yes, but a short-term one at best. What I think is most needed in 2012 is another “Adele moment,” a chance to prove to the cynical-minded among us that we as a culture can unite around an album, no matter who it’s by, in our support of the cultural “now.” Though pickings may seem slim, the music industry—and yes, listeners too—must prove Spin wrong by remembering the days when music mattered and, more than that, reinstating that era. We need another 21, and we need it soon.
Brennan Carley is the Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
1.KLUM DUMPS SEAL
2. A ‘30 ROCK’ FAINT
Hollywood power couple Heidi Klum and Seal have decided to file for divorce after seven years of marriage. The pair said that they are parting amicably after “much soulsearching,” and they remain respectful to each other. Klum, a renowned model and TV star, and Seal, a British singer, began dating in 2003 and were married in 2005. Among other accomplishments, the couple was also famous for sporting extravagant Halloween costumes each year.
Tracy Morgan, star of the hit NBC show 30 Rock, was recently rushed to the hospital after he collapsed while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Morgan apparently fainted from a combination of exhaustion and the high altitude of the festival’s location. Several reports claimed that Morgan was intoxicated, which caused the collapse, but these allegations have since been dismissed as false.
3. JIM CARREY: ‘IDOL?’ American Idol viewers were treated to an audition with a bit more star power than usual on Sunday night’s episode. Jane Carrey, daughter of actor Jim Carrey, auditioned before the three judges in hopes of getting a ticket to Hollywood. The 24-year-old performed well enough to make it to the next round, though the fact that she’s Ace Ventura’s daughter, and was acquainted with Jennifer Lopez when she was just a toddler, may have boosted her chances of advancing.
4. DON’T DISS KROEGER Canadian rock band Nickelback has decided to finally take action against all of the jokes and negative comments that have been made about them in the past years. The band has begun responding to anyone who badmouths or ridicules it via its official Twitter page. The replies have been mostly sarcastic, but there have been some nasty ones. Not all tweets have been in response to the haters, though. The band continues to keep fans informed of upcoming tour dates and also responds to well-wishers.
5. 2 LIVE CREW REUNITES The 90s rap group 2 Live Crew will be reuniting and touring this summer. The Miami-based group gained notoriety in the early 1990s for their explicit party songs, such as “Me So Horny.” Their lewd lyrics led to a national campaign against obscenity in music. Three members of the group were arrested in the process, though they were later acquitted.
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“Ever since I was a kid playing Beatles CDs into oblivion, I’ve always taken great pride in my devotion to rock and roll.”
A Hater’s Confession: why I just can’t seem to ‘preciate Matt Mazzari So they gave me a music column. Well-adjusted pop music listeners have been dreading this day for years now, ever since my very first VanillaIce-is-a-Liar-and-a-Thief rant when I was a wee lad. I hope you’ll bear with me, for there are tough times ahead. Ever since I was a kid playing Beatles CDs into oblivion, I’ve always taken great pride in my devotion to rock and roll. The musicians of the mid-20th century who made the album an art form are my heroes. Their incredible passion, character, and creativity have meant the world to me, and I can’t possibly thank them enough for sharing their wonderful talent and vision. Yet there is a darker side of my musical inclination, a lightless place of dishonor and animalistic longing. That is why, in my first official column, I am violently compelled to lift this awful burden from my chest: I … am a “hater.” Before you break out your pimp hands, know that I didn’t choose to feel the way I do about rap and modern pop music. It simply … happened. Now, to my chagrin, I find that I am directly addressed in practically every rap song to ever air. Let me tell you, there have been hard times. I’ll do my best to explain.
When Chamillionaire bids his haters “Good morning,” I grit my teeth against the acerbic blow of his rapier wit, for it is I being told to gaze ashamedly upon my shimmering reflection in his sick rims. I had to shield my sallow eyes from the messianic brilliance of Lil Wayne when he declared: “Dear Mr. Toilet, I’m the s—t, I got these other haters mad ‘cause my toilet paper thick.” DJ Paul had my “hater” brethren and I “shaking like booties in a strip club” with his caustic expose piece, “Don’t Violate.” I spent over an hour retching feverishly after I heard Kanye’s “Runaway” because … well, that is just a really, really bad song. How did I become a “hater,” you ask? Well, you know what they say: “Some are born ‘haters’, others attain ‘hate’ and others just can’t handle poppin’ bottles and mad stacks o’ cash.” I think someone says that, probably. Maybe it’s in “Runaway.” I don’t know because I couldn’t make it all the way through that one ... I mean, seriously, why do we need to toast to the a — holes? Isn’t that just a fundamentally obvious faux-pas? If I’m ever at a cocktail party and a guest raises his glass and goes, “Hey guys, let’s hear it for Pol Pot,” I am so out of that cocktail party. On a serious note, though, I would like to pose an honest question: why does every rapper find it necessary to
mention the apparently vast, nameless hordes of people who don’t find him or her appealing? I can’t think of anything more needlessly arrogant and immature than defiling a legitimate art form with spiteful shout-outs. Perhaps that’s because I’m a hater, or perhaps it’s because I have come to expect something more from music than this rehashed “dissing” nonsense. I submit that it’s a weak genre and a weak mind that relies disproportionately on lambasting its absent antagonists for subject material. The trope is so irrationally prevalent it’s made the whole genre sound uninspired and redundant. Since the musical component of rap is usually handled by a simple computer program, the verse is the only real opportunity for artistic investment. So where’s the art? Where’s the investment? Do these people really have so little to say? Can a man we call a musical “artist” truly possess such a vapid imagination? It’s so ridiculous it’s farcical. Real music was never meant to be a vehicle for touting one’s wealth with lame puns and repetition. It’s meant to be personal and inventive, and when it isn’t, well … that’s where us haters come in.
Matt Mazzari is a columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at arts@ bcheights.com.
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“i got robbed. i don’t mean the oscars, i mean literally. my pants and my shoes have been stolen.”
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DISc JOCKEY DICTIONARY BELOW, FIND A GUIDE TO MUSIC’S MOST INFLUENTIAL DJS. WE’VE BROKEN IT DOWN INTO SIX CATEGORIES, AND WE’VE PUT A POPULAR FACE TO EACH.
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A close cousin to trance, electro house music uses similar synthesizers and catchy lyrical melodies, yet the genre’s DJs tend to speed up the tempo and build up songs quicker for more powerful drops. Electro house still stays away from the intense, song-altering drops more accustomed to dubstep, as the DJs aim to create clean and euphoric sound. Despite a rather small following in Europe, electro house’s popularity has grown exponentially in America, as famous DJs within the genre constantly tour in the States.
No one in DJ universe had a bigger 2011 than Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii. The 22year-old Swedish DJ exploded onto the music scene late in 2010 with his upbeat single, “Seek Bromance.” Then, spring of last year, the smash-hit “Levels” surfaced on the Internet and quickly invaded the playlists of radio stations and college parties across the country. The success of his catchy electro anthem has effectively brought the Swedish DJ and the electro house genre into the mainstream and, coupled with the popularity of fellow countrymen Swedish House Mafia, there’s no signs of this being a one-year fad. With an onslaught of popular singles and a rigorous touring schedule, Avicii is arguably the most popular DJ in America right now. Interested in seeing the electro house superstar? He will be playing the Mullins Center in Amherst on Tuesday. And it shouldn’t be hard to find a ride—several of your fellow classmates have already brought their tickets.
Considered the tamest of the electronic genres, progressive house gets its name from the slow but steady build-up of its increasingly complex melodies. While some modern progressive mixers tend to incorporate heavy electro sounds into their songs, progressive music in its purest sense consists of tame and docile melodies. The trademark long runtime of progressive house tracks allows DJs to stack up the anticipation towards an unsurprising yet pleasing drop. Unlike dubstep or techno, it’s the type of electro music that you can use as a backdrop while reading a book or studying for a test. Perhaps the most visually recognizable of the DJs, sporting an unmistakable, typically red ‘mau5’ head, this Canadian-born DJ released his first album Get Scraped in 2006. He blew up after three collaborations with Rob Swire, his Australian artistic counterpart and producer, had reached number-one on Billboard dance hits—the most well-known is “Ghosts n’ Stuff,” which was later featured on a PlayStation commercial (the mix of the same song, entitled “Moar Ghosts n’ Stuff” is perhaps better than the original and worth checking out). In 2009, he was named the best selling artist on Beatport, with more than 30, 000 downloads of his singles “Not Exactly,” “Ghosts n’ Stuff,” and “Faxing Berlin.” Known for his high-energy performances, Deadmau5 seems to enjoy performing, and has no doubt widened his audience by attending music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella, gaining respect from artists and fans who may not necessarily be drawn to the electro/progressive house genre.
Easily the biggest British musical export since the Beatles, dubstep features what Wikipedia describes as “overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns.” Though it has only recently weaseled its way into the mainstream, thanks to artists like Britney Spears, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, dubstep has been a staple of British music for over a decade.
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Heavy dubstep drops and electro bass lines not your thing? Perhaps you are most suited for the trance lifestyle. While not very popular stateside, trance has been a solid cornerstone in the European music scene for almost two decades. With hypnotic synthesizers and slow buildups and breakdowns, trance music looks to lull the listener into a dreamlike state. A trademark of the trance genre is the catchy lyrical progressions that frequently accompany the docile synth melodies.
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If you’re looking to begin an exploration into the world of trance, look no further than Armin Van Buuren. Coming from the Netherlands, arguably the epicenter of trance, Van Buuren is perhaps the most popular DJ on the planet. Singers such as Sharon den Adel and Nadia Ali have become famous overnight because of their collaborations with Van Buuren. He held the top spot of DJ Magazine’s infamous top 100 list from 2007-2010, and his weekly internet radio show, “A State of Trance,” attracts over 15 million viewers a week. His latest show showcased his infamous year mix, Van Buuren’s personal mashup of the eighty most popular trance songs of the year. Currently touring through Latin America, Van Buuren will return to the U.S. for a spring circuit, including a headline gig at the Ultra Music Festival. Rumor has it that the Dutch DJ will debut some tracks from his upcoming album, set to be released later this year, at Miami’s infamous electro festival.
Techno is the grandfather of the electronic music craze, as its history stretches back into the 80s. The backbone of a techno song is its heavy and persistent drumbeat, which usually comes in early and sets the standard rapid pace of the genre. The accompaniment to these drums is usually high octave synthesizers and a booming, infectious low octave baseline. The genre found its audience in America during the rise of the 90s rave culture and has occupied a small niche in the music industry ever since.
Without Benny Benassi, it is safe to say that none of these DJs would exist. Benassi is the father of all things techno, bringing the underground house music epidemic to the main stream; his 2002 hit “Satisfaction” is not only immediately recognizable by its pounding bass line, but is a timeless party classic (and well known for its infamous music video featuring tall models and power tools). With five solo albums under his belt, the most recent one released in June 2011, Benassi who is (shockingly) 45 years old, has clearly lost none of his talent or drive. The Italian DJ has collaborated with a huge variety of artists, from Outkast to Chris Brown. His most famous remix, perhaps, is “Bring the Noise,” a mix of the Public Enemy song of the same name, which won a Grammy for Best Remix in 2008. While he may be a seasoned vet, this DJ certainly cannot be overlooked or ignored.
“What is a Skrillex?” countless people asked themselves after the dubstep maven infiltrated November’s Grammy nominations. This year, the Best New Artist nominee gained fans after the release of his now-hugely popular Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, an EP that takes a YouTube clip of a girl “cup stacking” and urgently distorts it. The effect is a pulsating, incessant sound that demands listeners’ attention. In December, Skrillex released Bangarang, an EP featuring popular Brit-pop singer Ellie Goulding. The disc showcases the DJ at his best. Present are his prevalent heart-stopping drum drops and fuzzy, chopped-andscrewed vocals. Last week, he dropped a remix of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” that reinterprets the song without losing its core, which is perhaps why audiences are finally taking notice.
Last February, The Scene did a spotlight on how dance music is infiltrating the pop world, and 2011 proved to be no different in that regard. Top 40 hits featured clubbier beats, spiraling choruses, and bass lines too deep to resist.
CALVIN HARRIS Nowhere is dance’s influence in pop clearer than in Calvin Harris’ work. The Scottish DJ began his career in 2007, and has since released several albums—including the instant classic Ready for the Weekend—that topped the charts overseas. His glossy, synth-driven music frequently features his own vocals, but Harris is a generous man. A purveyor of massive beats, Harris aided Rihanna in her quest for dancehall domination with “We Found Love,” that song you can’t get out of your head once you hear its opening chords. He also worked on the Barbadian’s “Where Have You Been,” a song that is certain to blow up in 2012. Another notable Harris song, “Feel So Close,” sends up Americana—think of it as the Friday Night Lights theme song on acid. With an impending album and dual appearances at both Coachella weekends, Calvin Harris seems poised to conquer the charts all over again.
by brennan carley | arts & review editor, Taylor cavallo | assoc. Arts & Review Editor, and Dan Siering | Asst. Arts & Review Editor
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Star value by Carolina Del Busto
Another Olsen looms large
Sifting through the Oscar snubs
We have all heard of an Ashley Olsen and a Mary-Kate Olsen, but wait, there’s another Olsen sister? Elizabeth Olsen, Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister, first started to generate some buzz with the release of indie flick Martha Marcy May Marlene at last year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This year, she returns to Sundance to promote her new film, Red Lights, alongside some more established names in Hollywood. Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and Robert De Niro also star in the film, which is about a psychologist and her assistant, who investigate paranormal happenings. Red Lights isn’t Olsen’s only film out this year—Silent House also deals with the paranormal, and is set to hit theaters March 2012. Olsen is a fresh 22 years young, and in a little over a year she has already managed to create an impressive resume. Though her acting credits are few, she is keeping busy with new projects and shows no signs of stopping. While this Olsen doesn’t appear to be following in the exact footsteps of her famous sisters—Elizabeth’s roles are those of a more mature, serious actor—there is no denying that we will see a lot more of the girl in the years to come; a star has been born.
The polka dot sensation hits this spring The design for all ages allows you to add flavor and fun to your wardrobe
Therese Tully This past week has been pretty dismal, but with the unseasonably warm weather that made an appearance, and my dreams of spring fashion to come, I am feeling much better. What better way to lift your spirits than to look at beautiful things? It is so nice and refreshing to dwell on the real issues, whether I can pull off polka dots, rather than the questions of our “futures” that we must deal with in our daily lives. We could all use a little distraction. I won’t pull myself back down into the misery of the daily grind; I am determined to lift us out of it, with polka dots, that is. Some of you, heck most of you, are probably reading this thinking, “This girl is definitely ridiculous and maybe a bit crazy.” Perhaps you glanced at this column just to see what it was about, and you find polka dots so frivolous that I have lost you as a reader forever, but I hope that you will bear with me, as I explain why I love them. And just for the record, I know I am a little crazy, but it is fashion that makes me happy, so I won’t apologize. Polka dots are the pattern of the times. They have been hailed as the hype of the season, and rightfully so. Not only are polka dots iconic, but also there are so many ways to make them fresh and new even today. As far as trends go, I love seeing one that I can relate to. One that flatters all body types in some way or another, one that is not too outlandish, offensive, or expensive to reach the masses, and one that just plain old doesn’t take itself too seriously. The polka dot is the perfect trend for spring. Though this has been a particularly mild winter thus far, it surely has been a grey one. I wish all that rain were snow, since it is generally pretty dreary out there. What is more cheerful than a polka dot? The frivolousness of them can’t help but lift your spirits and pull you out from the dreary dumps. Children wear polka dots, old people wear polka dots, fashion icons, movie stars, legends of all sorts can rock the ditzy dots. Their enduring popularity across time, space, and culture stems from the joy they bring. They are a bit unexpected, and make people think twice; they are a conversation piece, as all fashion should be. Polka dots exist in all shapes and sizes, but my favorite rendition would have to be the pairing of two different sized dots, which just says “chic.” Also, wearing a polka dot with another print is a little bit adventurous, but who doesn’t love bending the rules
of fashion from time to time? From raincoats, to pants, to shoes, to blouses, skirts, scarves, bags, and everything in between, rocking the dots can bring some joy to an ensemble, and to your day, as well. We all need a little bit of fun in our wardrobe, and this is the perfect way to find fun in a trend. So the jury is out: invest in a piece of your own. My personal suggestions would be J.Crew’s “Hot Dot” bathing suit line, the Betsey Johnson polka dot trench coat, or Topshop’s “Cream Spot Midi Dress,” or maybe even sport some polka dot nails. Can’t wait for spring to start sporting the trend? Grab a polka dot iPhone case to text, call, Tweet, e-mail, play games, and whatever else you do on there in style. Or, find a new polka dot tote and swap out your old school backpack or purse. Changing up your school bag, and carrying your books in even a subtly-dotted satchel will make each day feel a bit more special. But most of all, at Boston College, especially during the dreary “Summer Internship Fair” week, it is important to remember to not take oneself too seriously; there’ll be plenty of time for that at the nine-to-five internships people will be trekking to this summer. So enjoy some wardrobe freedom while you still can, smile, throw on some polka dots, and I swear spring will be here soon.
Therese Tully is an editor for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Top: Striking, bold polka dots on a crisp white dress give any outfit a classically chic yet timeless feel of fresh preppy style. Bottom (right): This eye-catching and subtly spotted popping blue makes this polka dot dress a funky alternative to the typical pattern. Bottom (left): Despite their potentially childlike association, this black and white evening gown proves that the infamous pattern can even be sported on the red carpet.
Taste debate: The golden globes
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A Golden Globe is an award made merit-worthy today by the thousands of jaw dropping artistic developments made prior to 2012. Since January of 1944, the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony has been held to honor distinct films and television programs for their perceptible excellence. They represent true success. Unfortunately, various actors of today are attending the ceremony inebriated to receive these oncerespected awards, and the general public now perceives the awards themselves to be pitifully bestowed upon unworthy recipients. It is safe to assume that the Golden Globes are motivated by a money craving that is satisfied by the annual profits made from excessive publicity for the ceremony rather than actual taste in filmography and talent. Still, as viewers, we must take these awards seriously. We must ignore the petty gossip and murky advertising surrounding drunken celebrities and poorly chosen films that they are part of. The Golden Globes has chosen to focus on what the majority of viewers are focusing on: which celebrities are attending the ceremony and how outrageously they present themselves at it. We must stop this habit and fix our attention on more talented and poised actors. If we do, everything will change with time. The actors will strive to be what we admire, perform with honor, and earn back our esteem. Eventually, this will cause the Golden Globes organization to revert its focus back to what really matters–true talent–and it will still make a profit by giving the viewers what they want.
“The Golden Globes are like the Oscars, but without all that esteem.” Ricky Gervais hurled this insult as he hosted the Globes this year and received approximately zero backlash from anyone at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The actors might have stood up for themselves as Gervais made fun of them, but most were laughing and drinking too hard to notice. Why do so many people in the entertainment business regard the Golden Globes as a joke? Let me name a few reasons. Looking at the show’s nominees and winners for television over the past few years, I noticed a few patterns: the HFPA really, really likes premium cable shows. Add in a former movie star or comedy actor trying to be taken seriously, and congratulations, you just won multiple Golden Globes nominations. Of course, the shows on HBO, Showtime, and Starz have quality, but both critics and audiences agree that some of the best recent shows are on basic cable. With Boss and Episodes being recognized instead of Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation, the HFPA’s secret is out: they don’t watch much television. Even the Globes’ one potential redeemer, the inclusion of comedy categories, is heavily flawed. Sure, 2010 wasn’t a great year for cinematic comedy, but does that mean The Tourist should be recognized for its “excellence” in three categories? Even when the HFPA has a better selection, like this year, they include lessfunny, more-prestigious movies like The Artist which completely undermine the catergory. I viewed last weeks show as three hours to hang with an increasingly drunk George Clooney, which enlivened the otherwise bland, semi-ignorant awards ceremony.
At the beginning of the week, I was having some trouble deciding on what to write for this column. Then I woke up on Tuesday and saw the Oscar nominations. Compared to last year’s long, distinguished list of Oscar snubs (Mila Kunis, I still feel your pain), it looked as though 2012 would be a much more tame selection process. Yet, shortly into the early morning ceremony, as actress Jennifer Lawrence, sporting her dark Katniss Everdeen hair, and Academy president Tom Sherak began rattling off the selections, it soon became apparent that the nominations were not going to align with my predictions. Thus, like every other film columnist in the country, I would like to take the time to express my grievances to the Academy. The best place to start here is Best Picture, a category that leaves me scratching my head the most. Having the choice to now pick five to 10 nominees, the Academy settled on nine contenders for the year’s biggest prize, with almost all of them being either feel-good or emotionally endearing films. While several of the nominees, including The Artist and Moneyball, rightly deserve a seat at the table, a few of the selections seemed to have simply enticed voters with glitzy trailers and big Hollywood names. Yes, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I’m talking about you. Though I’m not a huge fan of Rottentomatoes.com, the movie rating website seems to have a knack for predicting Oscar candidates. In the last ten years, not a single Best Picture nominee has been given a “rotten” rating, which entails a score under 60 percent. This streak looks to be over—after being reviewed by every relevant critic in the country, Extremely Loud currently stands at a rotten 48 percent. How does a film, you say, that received such undeniably mediocre reviews elbow its way into cinema’s biggest ceremony? Most likely because of its late release date—it open nationwide just last Friday—and the presence of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, two fan favorites and previous Oscar winners who would be otherwise uninvolved in the ceremony. So, then, is the Academy compromising their artistic morals to attract more viewers, or did Academy voters simply not have enough time to digest the critical response? My optimistic side hopes for the latter. Well, enough about morals and hypotheticals. Let’s move on. For Best Actor, the most notable name missing is Michael Fassbender. His riveting performance in Shame, a role in which he left no part of his anatomy to the imagination, was considered by many to be a lock for a nomination. Apparently, revealing your birthday suit on screen doesn’t get you as far as it used to. Well, at least, not when it comes to men. Rooney Mara, who sported real piercings and a severe lack of clothing in the graphic American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, continued to ride the wave of critical approval by receiving a nomination for Best Actress. This was one of the few pleasant surprises. This is, however, where the praise for David Fincher ends. The Social Network and Dragon Tattoo director, who I thought was cruelly robbed of a Best Director win last year, was once again glanced over by Academy voters, as Mara’s nod was the lone major recognition for his latest film. It also seems that the Academy is not quite yet ready to accept CGI-enhanced actors as real actors. I’m talking, of course, about Andy Serkis, who created a lot of interesting discussions about the Oscar-worthiness of his role of creating the movements for Caesar the animated chimp in Rise of the Plant of the Apes. Many believed that the actor, who also played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was the main reason for the surprising success of the film and deserved some recognition. The Academy, ultimately, did not agree with Serkis advocates, but with CGI effects becoming ever more popular, this discussions is only going to become harder for Oscar voters to ignore. Lastly, I can’t talk about this year’s Oscar snubs without mentioning dear Albert Brooks. The veteran actor was set to make his return to the Oscars after critics showered him with admiration for his gangster role in the neo-noir film Drive. It would have been Brooks’ first nomination in over thirty years. Yet, keeping with their feel-good theme, the Academy chose otherwise. In a tweet, the actor exclaimed “I got ROBBED ... I mean literally. My pants and shoes have been stolen.” At least you still got your sense of humor, Albert.
Dan Siering is the Asst. Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
‘Soul’ is a disappointment for the seasoned crooner By Margaret Fahey For The Heights
Fortunately for record sales, Seal’s new album Soul 2 Deluxe was on sale Jan. 24, released soon after he confirmed his divorce with superstar Heidi Klum. Seal is a British-born R&B/soul singer and songwriter. His album probably will catch some eyes because his celebrity divorce seems extremely unexpected and a little disheartening. We all saw Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s split coming, but the seven-year marriage between supermodel Heidi Klum and sensitive, soulful artist Seal seemed untouchable. Honestly, I can admit I’ve spent more time watching reruns of Project Runway than I have spent listening to Seal. His album is a sequel to his 2008 disc Soul, both containing covers of romantic classics from the 1970s. We can conclude from his covers such as “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green) and “Back Stabbers” (The O’Jays) that Seal might be having a tough time with the end of his marriage to a supermodel. On the album, Seal uses his fourtime Grammy winning voice to reinterpret famous songs by a variety of famous artists, such as Bill Withers, Ross Royce, Teddy Pendergrass, The Chi-Lites, The Miracles, The Spinners, and Marvin Gaye. Those who enjoy Seal’s soothing voice will be relieved that the album title really does speak for itself. The album is
consistent with his singing style and contains few differences overall from Soul, yet I couldn’t help but be a bit overwhelmed by the songs, especially “Love T.K.O” (Teddy Pendergrass) and “Ooh Baby Baby” (The Miracles), which share the overarching, depressing theme of lost love. The list of songs that Seal covers has little variability and is relatively depressing. Although the songs are merely covers, the “Love T.K.O” lyrics like “Take the bumps and the bruises / Of all the things of a two-time loser / Tryin’ to hold on, faith is gone / It’s just another sad song” seem to be too real. Seal’s voice really shines in his rendition of the Chi-Lites’ classic “Oh Baby,” making it really the gem of the album. Maybe it’s the looming news of his recent divorce, but I can’t help but pay attention to its lyrics, “pain will double if you leave me now / ’Cause I don’t know where to look for love.” This afternoon I was having trouble understanding why I was feeling so melancholy, until I remembered that I had listened to the entirety of Soul 2 earlier in the day. It seems that Seal’s previous album, Soul contained a wider selection of fast-tempo songs than its later counterpart. Soul’s songs “Knock on Wood” and “It’s Alright” contain faster and more upbeat tempos and messages. The lyrics of “It’s Alright,” “You got soul / Everybody knows that it’s alright / Whoa it’s alright” are a bit different from the lyrics
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Soul 2 Seal produced by Reprise released Jan. 24 , 2012 Our rating D+
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Hot off the heels of a publicized divorce, Seal shows that his wife’s assets might be more valuable than his. “You abandoned me / Love don’t live here anymore” from “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” in Soul 2. There is no arguing that Seal’s beautifully rich voice has allowed him to become a talented and world-loved artist. It seems, though, that Soul 2 is the mellower, cynical twin of Soul. Luckily the album ends on a lighter message with “Ain’t Nothing But a House Party.” Its faster tempo seems
a bit out of place alongside the other songs, but is much welcomed after a list of classic soul songs deterring its listener from ever seeking a celebrity marriage. Seal was recently on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where he explained that he will continue to wear his wedding ring as a symbol of his and Heidi’s shared seven years and their children. Seal may not be able to shake
off Rose Royce’s lyrics “I just can’t let you go, for me you were meant / I’m wishing on a star / to follow where you are...” If you are looking for a mixed bag of mellow, classic love jams, I would suggest listening to Soul, or even better, check out the originals. Unfortunately, this album couldn’t save Seal and Heidi’s marriage, and may possibly have been the cause of its demise in the first place. n
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Lo-fi might return to popularity with Cloud Nothings’ ‘Attack’ By Dan Ottaunick Heights Editor
Computers have changed the way we listen to music. When we dust off old records by Duke Ellington or Frank Sinatra and hear what our grandparents were listening to, one thing we notice,
aside from the differences in style and lyrical content, is how amazingly awful the recording quality of many of these records can be. This is part of the charm of listening to oldies, but now that we have the technology to produce clean sounds and make Ashlee Simpson sound like a talented singer,
should bands see aural perfection as a goal? It depends on who you ask. While their aesthetic qualities differ from those of oldies, many modern bands have attempted to channel noise and feedback, controlling those elements in their works to create specific sounds.
attack on memory cloud nothings produced by carpark records released Jan. 24 , 2012 Our rating A-
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Cloud Nothings’ new album gives us an atmophere that is not only nostalgic of lo-fi music, but also quietly exhilirating.
Think back to “What Goes On” by The Velvet Underground, a song with a static sequence I hesitate to even call a guitar solo, in which noise and static breed art. In the 90s, “lo-fi,” or low-frequency music, became more popular in some music scenes, but record labels were hesitant to allow bands to intentionally not record their music at optimal quality. Creation Records was nearly bankrupted by the commercial disaster of My Bloody Valentine’s masterpiece, Loveless. While lo-fi is not as popular as it once was, many bands today can trace their roots to the aforementioned music scenes, using elements of lo-fi in otherwise more accessible contexts. Cloud Nothings, a project of Dylan Baldi, not only takes influence from earlier lo-fi bands, but champions them and makes them relevant to contemporary audiences. Attack on Memory, the band’s excellent third release, is a strong example of how lo-fi can find wider audiences today. Attack on Memory manages to walk the tricky gap between accessibility and innovation, in large part due
to its revival of the essential lo-fi sound. Take “Fall In,” a fast and energetic track that begs listeners to dance, bang their heads, or, if idle, at the very least tap out a drum beat with office supplies. The power of the song is in its overall presentation, which comes from the album’s production that, though intentionally not cleansounding, perfectly obscures the varied sounds of the song into energy. “Stay Useless,” another highlight of the album, succeeds for the same reasons. There is no single element that one might isolate from this song in an attempt to explain why it succeeds. The guitar riffs, though good, are simple. Baldi’s vocals are noticeably and perfectly flawed, and dozens of other sounds crowd the song’s atmosphere. The song succeeds because of how these elements work together to create a single sound, downplaying the importance of any individual musical element. While Attack on Memory succeeds in many ways, its reliance upon older artists demands mention. The more the band bor-
rows, the less innovative their album may be, though Baldi does not seem overly concerned with changing music, instead choosing to focus his energy–and there is quite a bit of energy here–into mastering sounds and bringing them to today’s music audience. The album, however, could not be mistaken for that of any other artist, and perhaps one of its greatest successes is its channeling of many different types of music. There is no one thing about this album that makes it particularly compelling. This is not to say that the album is flawed–it has no glaring weaknesses–but that its success is in the atmosphere it creates. Attack on Memory works because it channels a nostalgia that, contrary to its name, unmistakably echoes post-hardcore 90s bands. While this isn’t an album you would misjudge as being 20 years old, it is a throwback to anyone who has enjoyed the energy of lo-fi music. Whether you hear one of its tracks playing in a basement bar in New York City’s Lower East Side or at a party this weekend, just embrace it as an excuse to bang your head and rock out. n
‘100 Proof’ is Kellie Pickler’s most personal and touching album By Margaret Fahey For The Heights
On Jan. 24., country music star Kellie Pickler released her third album, 100 Proof. Pickler originally gained her stardom after reaching the top six in American Idol at the age of 19 and signing immediately with BNA records. An artist of humble background, Kellie Pickler has made a lot of headway since she first auditioned in Greensboro, N.C. for a spot on American Idol. Although she has not quite reached the stardom of female country music stars Carrie Underwood (another former Idol) and Taylor Swift, her songs should not be overlooked. Being from the country music-loving city of Nashville, Tenn., I first heard of Kellie Pickler with her golden single “Red High Heels.” The song’s extremely catchy beat and lyrics seduced me and I am not ashamed to admit it even appeared on a couple of my homemade mixed CDs. Pickler’s new album is her most personal yet, especially the song “The Letter (To Daddy)” in which she addresses her in-
and-out-of-prison father. The song “Tough” contains lyrics about her life growing up, one in which Pickler’s mother abandoned her at age two, after which she lived with her grandparents. The lyrics, “I wanted lace, I wanted pearls, to be a princess like / The other girls / But life came hard to my front door” are intense and more personal than her songs from other albums. Pickler’s new album pays homage to her country music idols like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, while also exposing some inner demons. The song, “Turn on the Radio and Dance” is one of the more uplifting songs of the album and has a good melody and sound that country music lovers can enjoy. This simple song contrasts with her more emotionally charged songs “Tough” and “The Letter (To Daddy).” We can assume that the song “Stop Cheatin’ on Me” is not about Kellie Pickler’s newlywed husband Kyle Jacobs, who helps write some of her songs. “Cheatin’” has an old-time country sound, but the message is a little desperate and probably the
worst of the album. Any woman who finds herself singing this song seriously should take a step back and realize that these words leaving her mouth are probably the reason why someone is cheating on her. Pickler has been noted as saying that her relationship with Jacob is more embodied in the song “100 Proof,” which contains lyrics “We’ll go home and lay down safe in the arms of love / And we’ll dance all night long on the edge of can’t get enough.” It seems that the album has a wide variety of subject matter, ranging from “Mother’s Day” about being abandoned as a child, to “Unlock that Honky Tonk,” in which Pickler sings about getting a country band and some alcohol together for a good time. While Kellie’s songs have previously been praised for their nice melodies and catchy lyrics, in 100 Proof, with songs like “Tough” and “Mother’s Day,” Kellie proves that she has depth too. After a more than troubling childhood, Pickler can thank her parents for giving her material and motivation that has translated into a successful music career. Existing Kellie Pickler fans will not
be disappointed with 100 Proof, an album that gives fans further insight into her emotional background, while also providing some catchy country gems. For country music fans, Pickler’s producer (shared with Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack) and her tribute to older female
country idols give 100 Proof’s more traditional sounding songs worth checking out. I will venture to guess that Kellie Pickler’s songs will not be discussed in 50 years’ time, so those that passionately dislike country music should not spend a minute listening to 100 Proof.
In the entire scheme of music history, her songs are minor, and I find her occasionally anti-feminist lyrics a little off-putting. All this in mind, I cannot say that I will hate listening to 100 Proof play in the waiting room when I visit my dentist in Nashville this summer. n
100 Proof Kellie Pickler produced by Sony nashville released Jan. 24, 2012 Our rating C+
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The ‘American Idol’ alum returns on the country offering ‘100 Proof,’ an intensely personal and revealing album.
Radio singles by miika groden Skrillex feat. Sirah “Bangarang”
Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding “Summit”
Skrillex “Right In” “Bangarang,” featuring indie-rapper Sirah, is a perfect example of a well-produced dubstep song. It takes gritty synth and “wobble” bass sounds that makes dubstep unique from other electronic music and places it at its core. The hard-hitting bass creates an intensity split up by Sirah’s hiphop style vocal breaks. This track is perfect for all dubstep fans, and definitely deserves to be blasted.
“Right In” is a return to the style of Skrillex songs from Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. It features the DJ’s classic style, which consists of mechanical, almost monstrous dubstep bass, and is highlighted by incredibly sweet vocals and soft chords. His ability to mix these two different moods of music into one fluid song shows listeners, who may not particularly enjoy his type of music, that he is indeed a skilled musician.
For those who are not interested in any form of dubstep, “Summit,” featuring Ellie Goulding, is a testament to Skrillex’s wide musical range. The song is categorized as trance, in that the mellow bass and the major chords create an airy sound that is infectious. Goulding’s sensational voice, alongside one of the best vocal editors in the business, creates some of the most beautiful sounds Skrillex has ever produced.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
BY DARREN RANCK
Featuring art and an arboritum in the Fens Some Boston locales feel so close yet so far. Does that dictate their worth? If the Back Bay Fens offer any indication, the answer is a resounding, “No.” Nestled in the Fenway-Kenmore area, the Back Bay Fens, more commonly known as the Fens, serves as an urban parkland for the neighborhood. Its creation hinges on the early days of Boston.
During the early 18th century, Bostonians needed to reclaim a tidal flat found next to the Charles River. This piece of marshland fell into decay because of nearby sewage, and it developed into a health hazard for the city. Frederick Law Olmsted headed the charge of redesigning the area into a public park with the ability to flush itself out twice daily. With continued cleaning and maintenance over the past 150 years, the Fens suffers from anything but rot. It now houses the beauty of Mother Nature alongside some of the
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The Kelleher Rose Garden is a beautiful oasis for Fens-area for residents come springtime.
most beautiful works of manmade art imaginable. The park itself possesses several artifacts that are well worth the search. On Westland Avenue, the clean and majestic Westland Gate offers the grandest entrance to the Fens. Built of smooth and durable limestone, the gate includes a promenade framed by two columns, each with a sculpted lion’s head protruding from the stone. Architectural strength gives way to natural loveliness, though, in the Richard D. Parker Victory Gardens. Victory gardens served a noble purpose at the home front during World War II. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called on citizens to grow their own food both for themselves and the troops overseas. While victory gardens sprouted in both the Boston Commons and the area surrounding the Boston Public Library, the victory garden in the Fens is not only the last remaining one in Boston but one of only two in the United States. Its historical roots give it prominence in gardening culture, but the victory garden is a must-see for fans of flora and history alike. Situated on the east side of the park is the Kelleher Rose Garden, another innovative exhibition of plant life. Its development stems from an odd obsession with rose gardens during the 1920s. Landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff created the rose garden and its extravagant fountain across from the Museum
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Allston resident loses her check to thief
of Fine Arts (MFA) for the enjoyment of rose enthusiasts and gardeners. Since then, it’s blossomed, figuratively and literally, as the garden has increased in size over the years. In 2008, horticulturalists and rose researchers restored the garden,
Museum, both of which house pieces of art from around the world, are worthy day trips and offer discounts for students. A trip to the Fens does not afford convenience for Boston College students, though. To access it, students
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Free for college students, the MFA reveals a new artistic treasure upon every visit. which gave it fresh beds of roses and changed the manner of upkeep. Come the spring, this garden will be a sight to see. If the naturalistic elements of the Fens do not appeal to you, plenty of man-made structures border it. The MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner
have to either take the D-line to Fenway and walk or take the E-line to the Museum of Fine Arts. The former offers the best surveillance of the surrounding area, though, and gives credence to the adage, “The journey is the destination.” The journey is certainly worth the work when it is the Fens. n
Tantric stirs senses with Indian cuisine
Somewhere between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, a check was stolen from a woman in Allston. The victim reported that she sent her rent by mailing a check to her landlord in California for the amount of $950. The victim received a copy of her check from her bank showing her the check had been cashed, but the name was changed on the check to Antonio Bobic, which is not the name the victim had originally designated.
Larceny in an Allston building; debit card stolen and used On Jan. 22, the victim reported that while he was working in the building he had left his backpack in a rear room that is used for storage, and that unknown persons stole it. The victim stated that there was $150, his student ID, blood donor card, and a Bank of America debit card in his wallet. He also stated that he got an e-mail from the Bank of Boston about money that was spent at CVS. He then stated that the suspect(s) did use the debit card at CVS in downtown Boston in the amount of $500.
Assault and Battery at Chisiwck Rd., North Brighton over girlfriend At about 8:25 p.m. on Jan. 22, an officer responded to a report for an assault and battery. The victim stated that while at a party a 6-foot tall, blonde white male accused him of talking to his girlfriend. He took the victim’s hat and threw it across the room. The victim asked the suspect to get his hat back and then the suspect and his friends began fighting with the victim. The victim sustained facial injuries to his eyes and swelling to his right wrist. The victim stated that he did seek medical attention from the Boston College medical staff. He stated that the suspects are also students at BC, and said he can identify the two suspects involved.
Break and entry on Englewood Ave; thousands of dollars stolen At about 9:55 p.m. on Jan. 23, two officers responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering report. Upon arrival, the officers spoke to the three victims. Victim 3 stated that she was the last person to leave the apartment at about 2:00 p.m. Victim 1 stated that she came home around 5:00 p.m. and observed that most of her jewelry was missing from her jewelry box. The missing jewelry totals to about $3,000 in value. Victim 2 reported that she was missing a Nikon P-90 camera, a watch, a gold ring with a stone, a gold necklace with a locket, and a gold bracelet from her dresser drawers and nightstand. Victims stated that they leave a key in the foyer in a shoe. They further stated that the key was found out of the shoe, on the foyer floor. There were no signs of forced entry obserevd.
- Courtesy of the Boston Police Department, District 14 Gathered by Marc Francis, Asst. Metro Editor
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Tantric triples the favor and treats dinners to a barrage of spicey dishes in an intimate dining atmosphere. By Kristopher Robinson Heights Senior Staff
Very rarely do humans have an experience where all five of their senses–sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing–are supremely satisfied in tandem. When it does happen, however, they are sure to remember it and remember it well. Such a memory is achievable after a taste of Indian cuisine at Tantric. With its name in bold, neon orange letters, on the outside, Tantric resembles a small, upscale bar. There is one, of course, inside the restaurant. Immediately upon entrance, the glossy counter and shelves of liquor greet patrons and emit a feeling of sophistication that is promptly welcoming. From there, the eyes have no choice but to dance around the establishment. Dimly lit lights that create a subtle glow and sensual atmosphere make for a potentially intimate dining experience, but do not detract from the ability to appreciate the simple yet decorous variety of art. Inspired by the esoteric Indian teaching of Tantra, Tantric pledges to stir the senses of those served there. With its detailed menu, comfortable seating, and attentively accommodating wait staff, it succeeds. Tantric’s tantalizing aroma is titillating to the senses, wafted into the noses of all those who enter, preparing them for a mouth-watering meal. Choice of appetizers is not the restaurant’s biggest selling point, but perhaps it’s better to leave customers more time to delve through the selection of courses. From chicken to lamb to seafood and even pizza, all with a tangible Indian twist, Tantric has something for everyone, even those who are not yearning for or are the most acclimated to Indian food. One appetizer to note is naan, a special kind of bread cooked in the Tantric oven. It can be prepared in a variety of flavors, among them garlic, cilantro, or even chili cheese. Too much of this special bread can quickly fill up the stomach, but it is convenient to share with a group of people, especially to mix and match the unique flavor customizations. The entrees come prepared in a curry sauce that the chefs can alter to fit a person’s tolerance for spice–mild, medium, or spicy. Being at an Indian restaurant, it’s tempting to go for spicy, the hottest of the three choices. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? In this case, if one is not adequately prepared for the dam-
age that the curry sauce can do, their mouth just might end up feeling like it’s playing host to a battle in the Coliseum. For the seasoned spicy eaters, the flavor should enhance the tastiness of their selection, but for a diner who prefers to walk on the mild side, it can make the mango in the mango chicken dish taste something like a chili pepper … a really enormous one. Fortunately, the staff keeps the water coming like a rain forest.
Location: 123 Stuart Street, Boston Cuisine: Indian Signature Dish: Salmon Tikkas Atmosphere: 9/ 10 Price: $$$ Overall Experience: A
Drinks are reasonably priced for a restaurant such as Tantric and are well worth the money spent. For those looking to consume alcohol, the drinks look as good as they taste. There’s no doubt that the bartenders know what they’re doing. If you can’t decide which drink to pick, go by which name you like the most. The list features unorthodox nomenclature such as Persephone’s Pleasure, Hot Lips, and Ladies Night. For those looking for non-alcoholic options, try the lassi, a yogurt smoothie that can be made sweet, salty, or mango-flavored. If you’re looking for a hybrid of both, add vodka to the smoothie. You won’t regret it. Customers watching their waistlines have a small selection of heart-healthy choices to pick from on the menu, aside from the standard salads, such as the salmon tikkas, an entree featuring grilled salmon served with pineapple and sun-dried tomato salsa. Not looking to eat particularly healthy, but still want to make sure that you contain the amount of damage done to your physique? Don’t worry. Make the sauce spicy enough, and you’ll be sure to sweat off half the calories you consume. n
Walking into the jungle
Marc Francis If I could only count the number of old ladies I have whacked with my gigantic backpack as I made my way around the streets of New York. Just kidding. New Yorkers are not as aggressive as the media has played them out to be, but they are fast, and in order to not end up like The Lion King’s Mufasa, you must either walk quickly or just move out of the way. Indeed, New York is a jungle filled with animals that will trample those who are not fast on their feet—literally and figuratively. A New Yorker is most identifiable by his walk. An outof-towner can easily be identified by his standout, slow pace. The natives march down the sidewalks at a seemingly reckless pace, while the tourists move in packs at a glacial stride. Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that the average speed of walkers in Lower Manhattan is 4.27 feet per second, while the average for tourists is almost one foot per second less. It related walking speed to what they called “sidewalk rage.” This type of rage is prominent in New York, occurring in a situation where a busy New Yorker encounters a slowerpaced individual. The angered walker is known to mutter curse words or bump into others to get ahead. You will rarely hear an utterance of the phrase “pardon me” from any pedstrian, let alone one consumed by sidewalk rage. What many do not understand is that the physical design of New York forces its residents to navigate around town quickly. When so many people live in such close proximity, the competition for completing daily tasks becomes innate. We are programmed to associate speed with success. As we pass people on our way into the grocery store, we immediately note that our chances of obtaining that last jar of Nutella have substantially increased, and the quicker we make it to the cash register, the less we have to worry about waiting behind other customers. Acknowledgement of other pedestrians is directly correlated with walking speed. Rarely does a New Yorker stop to provide assistance to a dazed and confused tourist. It is not because we experience a sadistic thrill as we observe foreigners trying to differentiate the East Side from the West Side, but we simply are too determined to complete our daily agenda to take notice of the world around us. Residents of Boston, on the other hand, are much more relaxed and easygoing—they possess an “anything goes” attitude. I was surprised to learn that people do not use the Boston Commons as a shortcut to get to the other side of the park. They actually enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery and chit-chatting with random strangers. That’s another thing—it is almost as if we are encouraged to make friends with the people we encounter while traveling through Boston. In New York, our parents’ advice of “not talking to strangers” has substantial backing, but in order to completely swallow the Boston culture, you must converse with the locals. After all, a trip to Boston seems to be lacking something essential if you are not left mimicking that distinctive accent throughout the “cah” ride home. The walking pace in Boston is obviously slower than that of New York, and it still requires major adjustment on my part. But with this slow pace comes a much more comforting, homey atmosphere. Boarding the T, I hear quite a few passengers muttering “sorry” or “excuse me,” and as I play the role of the confused tourist, a random pedestrian is likely to help me even without my request. Overall, while the fast-paced life of the New Yorker may be beneficial for his physical health, the stress that such a lifestyle entails is surely not ideal. Boston appears to have reached a satisfactory mean, as a citizen is able to accomplish his daily tasks without the pressures of beating out a fellow Bostonian. Marc Francis is the Asst. Metro Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Speeches’ concerns similar
Brighton Music Hall flourishes By Molly LaPoint
Speeches, from B10 Menino hopes that the improvements to Madison Park will also attack persistent unemployment in the neighborhood. City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo was pleased with the mayor’s plans to expand neighborhood crime watch groups by 100 this year, stating, “That’s important to me.” The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge’s Joshua Resnek reported, “The speech evoked a strong and enthusiastic response from a largely adoring crowd.” Menino’s speech hit hard on unemployment through education, a topic that Patrick also discussed. The governor proposed the development of Massachusetts’s 15 preexisting community colleges into academic institutions with emphasis in specific job skill education. Patrick declared that Massachusetts has a “skills gap.” With an economy recovering from the effects of a global recession, the governor made it clear that the state could not afford the 120,000 job openings left unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers. “I believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help close our skills gap and get people back to work,” Patrick said. The proposed changes to the Massachusetts community college system would bring greater integration among the community colleges themselves as far as similar core curriculums, easily transferable credits to other colleges or universities, and improved coordination among the needs of local business industries and course offerings. In order to fund such a change, Patrick proposed an overall increase of $10 million to the state’s community college budget and challenged the business community to match the state’s increase. “[C]onsider what it would mean if those 120,000 open positions were filled. “ Patrick said. “It would mean the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate would be cut in half, to its lowest in a decade. It would mean 120,000 people would go from being unemployed, at a cost to the state of $800 million, to being earners, contribut-
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Michell Chester, Mass. Commissioner of Education, is among the proponents of the changes. ing more than $500 million in new tax revenue, a revenue wthat we can invest in further growth. And most important of all, it would offer a way forward to those who are wondering tonight whether there is a place for them in tomorrow’s economy,” The governor also addressed his hopes for lowering the state’s health care costs, which contribute to the fact that 98 percent of Massachusetts state citizens are insured by some type of health care coverage. Patrick declared that through government intervention beginning two years ago, the state’s average premium has dropped by 14 percent, from 16.3 percent to 2.3 percent. By employing new methods as to how the state pays for care, Patrick stated that Massachusetts would avoid a billion dollars in increasing health care costs for this fiscal year and several hundred million more the following year. “I believe that with these tools and the right oversight, we can slow the growth in health care costs significantly,” Patrick said. “And knowing we can count on the creativity, civic responsibility, and partnership of those who work in and lead our health care industry, just as we have to make the progress to this point, I am confident we can do this the right way.” In the governor’s final segment of his state of the state address, the focus was on a twofold improvement to the state’s justice system. At one end of the spectrum was the readjustment of the state’s Habitual Offender law and at the other were the state’s minimum sentencing laws for
nonviolent drug offenders. Patrick openly recognized that “simply warehousing nonviolent offenders is a costly policy failure.” The governor noted that due to the undiscriminating sentencing of first time and nonviolent drug offenders, the spending on state prisons has grown 30 percent in the past 10 years. Patrick also stressed the importance of ensuring that violent, repeat offenders are not prematurely released from prison and recommended an increase in the time a third-time violent offender be eligible to be released on parole. The governor went on to state his support for a proposal that the sentence for any violent offender whose third felony is murder or an equally despicable crime be life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. “These reforms are not about sweeping up the innocent or the unlucky,” Patrick said. “They rightly focus on the worst of those who repeatedly prey on our residents. We cannot and will not pursue a strategy that categorically rejects the proper place of parole in public safety.” The conclusion of the governor’s speech focused on unity within the Commonwealth. Patrick recalled in a moving anecdote how the people of western Massachusetts rallied together when the tornado ripped through their communities, stressing the point that “their community is our community,” and that the citizens of Massachusetts must work together in order to continually to strive for a better Commonwealth. n
Menino encourages community sentiments
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with business leaders, is that people lack the skills necessary to do the job. In order to supply the skilled workforce demanded by the state’s numerous business industries, Patrick proposed the reformation of Massachusetts’ public community colleges. Under the proposal, each community college would offer courses that would match the skills sought by local industries. The governor also voiced concern about combating growing health care costs. By government intervention the growth in health care Courtesy of Google.com premiums went from 16.3 percent just two years previously to 2.3 percent currently, but Patrick Gov. wants to fight crime with intelligent responses. warned that without continued monitoring the state’s health care costs could skyrocket. that would give life sentences without the The governor’s final issue he wished to ad- possibility of parole for offenders whose third dress was that of crime, and adjustments to offense was murder or an equally heinous the justice system to provide more intelligent crime. While staying tough on violent crime, responses to criminal activity. First, Patrick Patrick articulated that the imprisonment of wished to reduce the number of violent crimes first-year and non-violent drug offenders was committed by repeat offenders by increasing significantly contributing to increasing prison the time three-time offenders would need to costs and unnecessary confinement when the serve before being considered for parole. The possibility of other responses for such crimes governor also expressed support for a measure was available. n
two partners in the newly created Madison Park Business Partnership. Menino moved on to discuss crime in Boston. He mentioned that over the last six years the crime rate in Boston has been reduced by an astounding 25 percent, but he believes it should be even lower. The neighborhood crime watch groups will be expanded by 100 this year in an effort to make it easier for people to get information and connect. Menino has also asked the Boston Police to expand their unresolved shootings project. With regard to improving the health of Bostonians, Menino stressed his desire to make Boston a leading city in obesity prevention. Despite the fact that Boston was named the third healthiest city in America by Forbes, Menino sees obesity in Boston as a critical issue. The issue of job creation was also
Person to Watch Having walked down Linden Lane less than two years ago, Boston College graduate Pardees Safizadeh wasted no time since and took life outside the University by storm. She has traversed the working world with incredible success and is setting the world aflame, one community at a time, with many accomplishments since her graduation that are worth highlighting. Who: BC alumnus Pardees Safizadeh What: Less than two years after graduating, Safizadeh landed a job at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Where: The company is based in Camridge, but Safizadeh travels all over the state through volunteer initiatives. Why it matters: Safizadeh’s success is the prime example of the benefits of embracing the core curriculum and fully exploring Boston.
This weekend, Brighton Music Hall celebrated its first anniversary with two sold-out performances by Mission of Burma. The venue, which is located on Brighton Avenue in Allston, is managed by Crossroads Presents, the same company that runs other local venues such as the Paradise Rock Club, Orpheum Theatre, and the House of Blues. According to their website, “Crossroads Presents is a locally owned and operated Boston based concert promoter that works to develop bands into tomorrow’s headliners with a wide range of venues from 340 cap to 2,700.” Crossroads Presents decided they wanted another smaller-capacity venue, which is how Brighton Music Hall came into being. Brighton Music Hall has a capacity of 340, all general admission, according to its website. “[The company] decided to find another club in Boston with a capacity under 500,” said Lee Zazofsky, general manager of Brighton Music Hall in an e-mail. In its first year, the venue has hosted bands that have gone on to perform at Crossroads’ bigger venues and worked to gain their respect. “We have put a number of acts on stage who have quickly graduated to the Paradise and the House of Blues,” Zazofsky said. “We’ve shown artists that we are a very professionally run venue that will treat them well and help them develop.” In addition, they’ve worked to establish a relationship with the Allston-Brighton community, Zazofsky said. “We’ve also shown the community that we are serious about bringing quality entertainment into the neighborhood.” Going forward, Zazofsky said the management hopes “to continue to find new talent and to attract new fans to our club.” n
Graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and theater, Safizadeh worked as a part-time intern for a public relations firm called Harron & Associates. Afterwards, she moved on to full-time work and began managing other interns. Eventually, she was faced with the task of organizing and putting together an entire concert, with only the help of a full-time intern. However, the turnout at the show reflected her incredible success—Channel 4, Channel 5, The Boston Globe, and even senators attended the event. “My job is to make a community and connect people,” Safizadeh says. After making her way through a few other communication positions, Safizadeh has settled into freelancing as a marketing consultant and working at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Her experiences at BC, she claims, have helped her immeasurably throughout her journey. “You take all of those core courses, history and art and everything, and you think it’s pointless, but it’s actually extremely helpful” Safizadeh says. “You want to have that outside knowledge, because it
brought up, and Menino announced that it will be addressed in part by a resort casino proposal in East Boston. Menino concluded his speech by talking about making improvements to the Boston public school system. He mentioned that graduation rates have never been higher, but there are major issues with the student assignment process, which ships students to schools across the city from their homes. It is a problem because “parents might not know each other; children might not play together. They can’t carpool, or study for the same tests. We won’t have the schools our kids deserve until we build school communities that serve them well.” He vowed that this situation will be changed one year from now. Menino’s closing sentiment again mentioned relationships: “The more we know each other, the more we will trust each other, and the more we will be able to accomplish. Together, we will make 2012 another landmark year in Boston’s storied history.” n
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has taught me to be more creative. You take everything you learn from all these different places and you apply it to your life.” Her creativity is certainly echoed via the unique events she conducts at the Cambridge Innovation Center; Waffle Wednesdays and designated chat-times keep the workplace less stressful. Miraculously, Safizadeh has also found time to maintain her devotion to service. Volunteering at Build Boston, a program for high school students who are having trouble staying in school, has allowed Safizadeh to act on her instilled Jesuit values by sharing her communication and management skills with younger students who are seeking an outlet and some business guidance. So what is this successful graduate’s advice for current BC students? “Get off campus and go into Boston, and there is a whole world of different kinds of networking events and places to go,” she shares. She suggests that students start job-hunting around sophomore year, rather than senior year. “It will give you the network you need so, when you realize what you want, you can get there a lot more quickly.”
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Gardner’s vision rejuvinated Gardner Museum, from B10 The construction of the new wing produces a stark contrast to the dark, historic, intimate environment Gardner fashioned. Pulitzer prize-winning architect Renzo Piano was determined to “create magic” for the Gardner museum. The modern structure holds elements that resemble the J.P. Morgan Museum in New York City, another of the architect’s masterpieces. The New Wing fulfills Gardner’s vision to support artists and patrons alike. Volunteer Faith Stemson explained, “the primary goal [of the New Wing] was to offload the wear and tear on the historic museum.” With 70,000 square feet of additional space, the building is now home to the library, bookstore, and exhibition galleries featuring up-and-coming artists. Calderwood Hall, a performance space soon featuring Sunday afternoon concerts, brings Gardner’s love of music to life inside her museum walls. Cafe G now seats guests both inside and in the courtyard of the New Wing, serving up a renowned lunch menu. Most notable on the cafe’s menu is the seasonal bread pudding, named “Boston’s Best Indulgence” by The Improper Bostonian. To get to the ISGM, take the Green DLine inbound to Fenway and walk .6 miles along the Back Bay Fens. The ISGM is located near the MFA, making many forms of art accessible within a block of walking distance. ISGM admission tickets are only $5 with a college student ID, or free with a museum membership. And if your name is “Isabella,” you will be given a free ticket, as per the request of Gardner herself. With the expansion, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has quickly become a prominent cultural Boston landmark worth exploring. n
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meals, and work together to complete tasks. Living in such a close community nurtures personal growth and cultivates a mutual respect for each other. The Haley House Livein Community seeks to exhibit these values both in their personal lives and in the soup kitchen. Therefore, not only do members build and foster lasting relationships with each other, but also establish deep connections with Haley House guests. Live-in volunteers have an array of responsibilities at the soup kitchen. They not only cook and serve meals for guests, but Courtesy of Google.com also stay and participate in reflection after Haley’s Soup Kitchen provides for hundreds. each meal. Generally, about five volunteers are assigned to see through the completion Haley House, from B10 of every shift, though sometimes as many small, rented basement apartment as a place as 12 people are needed. Volunteers also where destitute men could receive a hot cup decide which dishes will be prepared for of coffee and a simple, warm meal. Since then, guests. Though meals depend on which it has expanded and grown into a full service ingredients are available (most of which are soup kitchen located on Dartmouth Street. supplied through the Greater Boston Food Today, Haley House serves, on average, 75 Bank), there is a great variety in the dishes. men at each breakfast (six days a week) and Mary Ashton, grant writer and develop30 elderly men and women at lunch (three ment assistant at Haley House, says, “Meals days a week). More than 2 million meals have can run the gamut from simple breakfast been served to date. What makes the House (oatmeal, grits, boiled eggs, and fruit salad) truly impressive, though, is not just the sheer to vegetarian stuffed bell peppers to polenta number of meals it has provided, but that no with vegetables, ham, and cheese.” one has been paid to prepare or serve a single After the meal, volunteers and several one of these meals. guests stay to partake in a contemplative reIn fact, Haley House has instituted a flection. “A reflection time,” Ashton says, “allive-in community of volunteers to run lows us to debrief from the morning shift by the soup kitchen. With its deep Catholic sharing anything that made us comfortable Worker roots, the community encourages or uncomfortable, happy or sad, energized or members to make life choices that promote depleted. It also gives us a chance to reflect justice and peace through direct action. As a on bigger picture questions and challenge result, members take personal responsibility volunteers and guests to engage in thoughtful for those individuals in need by serving the answers.” Further, this opportunity enables homeless in the soup kitchen. Moreover, they participants to consider the systems that attend weekly meetings, share community create both hunger and poverty and to think
about practical solutions to these injustices. Aside from the soup kitchen and live-in community, Haley House has also created Noonday Farm to combat hunger and to offer poor, famished families and individuals the healthy food they need to live. Located in Winchendon Springs, Mass., the Haley House Farm consists of 18 acres of land, five of which are cleared to grow organic produce. From broccoli, pumpkins, and tomatoes to brussel sprouts and bok choy, Noonday grows an incredible selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Adding to its diverse assortment, the farm also raises chickens as a source of fresh, organic eggs. Just as in the soup kitchen, everything on the farm is accomplished by the service of volunteers, and everything grown is donated to those in need. Much of the food is contributed to the Community Action Council in Winchendon, and some of the food goes to the Haley House Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry to benefit local families. To be as sustainable as p 0 ossible, the farm uses all naturally renewable resources and attempts to keep consumption at a basic level. Keeping with the Catholic Worker tradition of Maurin, Beth Ingham of Noonday Farm says, “We don’t set out to grow good food; we set out to steward the earth, and it’s really great that as a result of that, we get good food too.” Haley House continues to abide by its mission to honor the intrinsic dignity of each human being by providing the poor and homeless with such basic necessities. Through several of their programs, such as the soup kitchen, live-in community, food pantry, and farm, Haley House offers nourishment for the body, mind, and soul to individuals who direly need it. n
result of Bridget’s hard work,” said Allison Rubin, media and public relations manager of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. The determination and sheer positive energy of the dancing troop was visible and contagious. The Girl Scout mission, prominently displayed on their website, is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.” The
organization is more than a producer of delectable cookies—it is a creator of model females. Beginning with Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and finishing it off with Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” the girls put on a show that was worth standing out in a snowstorm to watch. The scouts performed their routine to promote the Girl Scout cookie sale that ends Mar. 9, as well as to honor the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary on Mar. 12. Those infamous cookies are constantly
in high demand, especially because they are only sold for a certain period of time. Selling cookies is a key component of the Girl Scout experience because it fosters the communication and public relation skills the organization strives to nurture. The profits obtained from the cookies are used by the local council that sponsors the sale to supply the troops with necessary resources and to conduct programs throughout the year. A portion of the revenue is also used to fund community service projects. It is
Clara Kim is a senior staff writer for The Heights. She can be reached at metro@ bcheights.com.
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After a dominant season of hockey, the Boston Bruins emerged victorious in the 2011 Stanley Cup. Following tradition, President Obama invited the entire team to the White House in celebration of their championship win. On Monday, Jan. 23, there was a ceremony to honor the Bruins. The invitation is considered an honor in and of itself, and not every team receives an opportunity like this. Tim Thomas, the Bruins’ goalie, stirred up controversy over his absence. He declined the offer, stating that he believes the federal government “has grown out of control” and he is in protest of the Obama administration. The action flooded newspaper headlines and provoked debate over whether or not Thomas’ decision should be considered offensive.
Christine Zhao Yes, it is true that Thomas is a part of the Bruins, and as part of a team, he might have protested in some other way, but he should not be penalized for his choice. Sports and politics should not be mixed in the first place, but when so much attention is placed on the action of a hockey player, it takes away from more pressing issues that the country faces. The standard White House ceremony is a nice gesture towards hard-working teams, but it should not be a pseudo-mandatory event to attend. Tim Thomas put in the time, effort, and passion that brought the Bruins to their victorious finish. Frankly, it is ridiculous that he was kept from starting because of his political views. The fact that the other players were questioned about their goalie’s absence should in no way be considered Tim Thomas’ fault. If the ceremony is meant to celebrate the team, then that’s where the focus should be placed. Moreover, this controversy is evidence that even star athletes are concerned with current events and politics. Stereotypes often depict them
as meatheads with no real knowledge of what is going on in the world, so it’s reassuring that Tim Thomas pays enough attention to form a political opinion. One may question why someone can’t just put aside his or her personal beliefs for one day, but the man who can do so is not showing conviction. Thomas was brave enough to stand up for his beliefs, and all Americans should appreciate that. Tim Thomas was not and should not be considered rude for what he did. He was simply exercising his First Amendment rights, something that every American, especially fans of the Internet, should understand and sympathize with. His decision should not be viewed as a betrayal of his teammates because it was not a game, but a political tradition, which has no authority to determine an athlete’s integrity, based on his willingness to attend an event he did not want to take part in. Thomas’s, actions can be seen as a protest, but certainly not an unreasonable one.
Christine Zhao is a staff wrtier for The Heights. She can be reached at metro@ bcheights.com.
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Inappropriate expression Clara Kim On Jan. 23, the Boston Bruins were invited to visit the White House, where President Barack Obama honored them for winning the Stanley Cup last season. The entire team was in attendance—save one: goaltender Tim Thomas. It was later determined that Thomas did not attend the trip to Washington, D.C. because of his “own opinions and political beliefs,” as told by Cam Neely, the Bruins’ team president. Thomas later used his Facebook page to explain that he was absent from the event as an act to show that “the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.” Although some people are saying that this was a statement of freedom of speech that spoke volumes, I believe this was a selfish act on Thomas’ part, one that reflects poorly on his personal judgment. For one, Thomas is part of a team. The Bruins are a team made up of 24 players who work together and play together—a dynamic that is obviously successful. The congratulatory event at the White House was supposed to celebrate the hard work and team dedication that each man has contributed throughout the season that
led to winning the Stanley Cup. Thomas missed the point and dragged political beliefs into the discussion. Individual political beliefs should have been put aside for one day, because it was not about politics, but about the team and representing the city of Boston. It’s not fair to the 23 other teammates who are now being distracted from the celebration of their Stanley Cup win by questions arising from Thomas’ glaring absence. Thomas should have realized that his action would have had a side effect, one that doesn’t just concern him. Secondly, if Thomas wanted to make a real political statement, he should have accepted the invitation to visit the White House because he probably would have had the chance to personally speak with Obama and discuss with him his own concerns about the American government. By missing the purpose of the White House invite, Thomas missed a great opportunity to speak his mind directly to Obama. But more importantly, he mistreated his teammates.
also important to note that these cookies do not just see the stomachs of local families whose doorbells are rung by little girls in uniform—Girl Scout cookies also travel to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan every year. The scouts declare that “Every Girl Scout cookie has a mission: to help girls do great things.” Whether it is developing one’s own interpersonal skills or recognizing the men and women risking their lives overseas, the cookies represent a multitude of values and hard work. n
A politically aware player
plans for tomorrow
January is an important month. Not because it’s the first month of the year, or because it’s your friend’s big 21st birthday, but because January is generally the month that, all across this great nation, leaders of government give their annual state of the government addresses—be it city, state, or union. From the president of the United States, Barack Obama, down to Mayor Carl Brewer of Wichita, Kan., January is the month to make bold pronouncements about how that particular level of government has been performing and what changes may be on the horizon. The average, civic-minded citizen may find some of these proposed changes exciting, promising, and hopeful. The vocabulary used in these kinds of addresses is sleek and clean, meant to conjure up imaginings within voters of a pristine “tomorrow” full of good feelings and prosperity. In essence, what we want to hear from these speeches is that, if there’s a problem facing our government today, it will be fixed tomorrow. Not fixed in a utilities worker, “I’ll be there sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.,” kind of way, but in a very real, timely, and concrete fashion. Of course, we all recognize that fixing any problem facing the government cannot, and will not, be fixed early in the morning following the address, but we hope that they will be indeed fixed. However, there is an issue in this lovely scenario: many of the problems addressed are messy, and speeches made in spotless chamber rooms, full of welldressed people, cannot smooth them over without incident. These changes may very well radically alter people’s lives. Take, for example, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s proposition of unifying the state’s community colleges with a similar core curriculum, mission, and administration. Did he ask what the presidents of those 15 community colleges thought about the whole thing? The Boston Globe did. “We’re just trying to digest what we’ve heard,” said Bill Hart, executive director of the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office. The Globe noted that Patrick spoke with community college presidents the day before his state of the state address, and caught many off-guard. While the reformation of the Massachusetts community college system may very well be necessary, it does not make the process any less muddled with conflicts between private individuals and the wishes of the state. I believe a healthy question to ask whenever any government proposition is offered is, “Who does this effect?” Not only just who benefits, but also who suffers. Again, going back to Patrick’s Sate of the State address, the governor proudly announced that Massachusetts went from one of the country’s worst states in the area of job creation, at 47th, to one of the nation’s best, at fifth. Job creation is a fairly ambiguous term. In many cases, it’s been noted that job creation can simply mean taking a single job from one location and moving it to another, different location and voila, that new and different location just created a job. So, as an economics major, I wonder to myself, of all these jobs that the state of Massachusetts has created over these past few years, how many were just the result of companies moving their business from one place to a new, more appealing location, that new location being Massachusetts? Because, while it is wonderful that people in Massachusetts have jobs, it is troubling if someone in another state lost his job in the company’s relocation. Or take the case of the presidential State of the Union Address. Think what you will of taxing the wealthy more, as proposed by Obama earlier this week; my question is, will that affect those employed by producers of luxury goods? Their high-end products are consumed by those same wealthy people who, because of higher tax rates, may no longer demand those goods in the same manner. Perhaps this will not come to fruition, but the point is that when considering any government propositions, there is one key question: does the net benefit outweigh the net cost? A topic for another day, but we must also consider any candidate for election by the same measures.
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Reflecting on the surrounding state
Hiding in hibernation
Patrick plays up recent job creation growth
City safety, education top concerns
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commercial front of Zaftig’s Delicatessen, this is something that just cannot be missed, despite the distance and the perpetual chance of inclement weather. Too short of notice? Well, fine. Then on Feb. 29—which could be more or less devastatingly cold depending on the year, New England weather is wonderfully fickle like that—author Jodi Picoult will be making an appearance in the same theatre courtesy of Brookline Booksmith. The recent success (in book sales, critical acclaim, and movie deals) and rapid publication of her novels make this appearance pretty noteworthy for such a small bookstore as the Booksmith. Although there hasn’t been any You’ve Got Mail-esque battle between Brookline Booksmith and Barnes and Noble, I feel like I am doing a good thing for independent businesses when I shop there. Plus, attending either of these events will support the Coolidge Corner Theatre as well, which is New England’s most successful non-profit movie theater and a beautiful landmark in the area. Even though warm blankets and scrounging meals in your room to avoid leaving the dorm for any reason whatsoever has it benefits (namely that you can stay in P.J.’s all day, no questions asked), some events refuse to wait for spring. If no written plea can break the hibernation trend, at the very least I have high hopes for global warming to make the point moot. I know that I am supposed to be against the melting ice caps, and polar bears are very cute. But if I can have 50 degrees every day in January in Boston, as has happened this week a couple of times, I’ll take it without any complaints at all. Charlotte Parish is the Metro Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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On Tuesday Jan. 17, Boston’s mayor Tom Menino gave his 19th State of the City address, for the year of 2012. Menino discussed the progress of the city of Boston throughout 2011. He mentioned the efforts and successes of the city in lowering healthcare costs, cutting crime, and making investments in the neighborhoods of Boston. Menino stressed the importance of relationships within the communities of Boston. “We’ve refused to allow strained budgets to result in strained relationships. While others have been building walls, we have been building connections,” Menino said. The mayor continued his speech by laying out his plans to help improve Boston this year. The biggest concerns expressed by Menino included crime, and improving Boston’s educational system. He first mentioned the development of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School: “Tonight, I am announcing a plan to transform Madison Park into a top-notch center for career readiness and workforce development.” Menino expressed his desire for Madison Park to become a “pathway to solid jobs and a strong future for city youth.” He believes that Madison Park can become “a shining example of how to increase jobs and opportunity in our neighborhoods.” The mayor also mentioned that renowned chefs Barbara Lynch, who attended Madison Park herself, and Gordon Hammersley will be the first
“What is the first thing to go when there is a snowstorm on the weekend? Any chance of an outing to Beantown.”
This past Monday, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick gave the annual State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts State House, in which he highlighted state achievements in areas such as excellent test scores in math and science by the state’s students, the high percentage of citizens who are insured for health care coverage, and the state’s great energy efficiency. The governor also recognized that Massachusetts has had to make budget cuts in recent years, and he gently urged citizens to view funding for improvements in the economy, health care, and education as investments in the state’s future. Patrick noted that since taking office in 2006, the world has experienced dramatic shifts such as the global economic collapse and slow growth in job creation. The governor stated that in 2006 Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation among other states and has since moved to fifth in two years’ time. This, he stressed, was no accident. “The strength of our progress is an indisputable fact,” Patrick said. “Things are better in Massachusetts than in most other places in America. But that doesn’t mean they are good enough. We have hard choices yet to make.” The hard choices Patrick alluded to start with jobs. Within Massachusetts 240,000 people are currently looking for work, but there are only 120,000 job openings. The reason, Patrick explained from his meeting
Hibernation is no longer just for bears. It’s a plague that has spread to college campuses across the New England area, and Boston schools (including our lovely campus) in particular feel the call to just start sleeping our way through this awful weather, waiting until the sun bursts out again just in time for finals. Aside from the issues this poses for attendance rates—honestly, I cannot quite fathom how off-campus folks drag themselves through the slush and snow and sleet and many other words to attend early morning classes—there is another victim who falls prey to this tendency: Boston. What is the first thing to go when there is a snowstorm on the weekend? Any chance of an outing to Beantown. And as my roommate and I were slogging through the snow last Saturday, I completely understand the temptation to limit weekend activities to Fin’s and Foster Street. But there is too much going on right now that is a one-shot deal. So shake off the warm blankets and face the chilly music. Even if you only make it as far as Coolidge Corner (barely a handful of stops down the C-line), you can find plenty of unique events worth your while. In particular, my personal favorite, the classic, quirky Coolidge Corner Theatre has once again been chosen to host a Sundance Film Festival acclaimed movie (this year it is Lee Toland Krieger’s Celeste and Jesse Forever, featuring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones) today, and today only. So if there are any tickets available at the box office or the raging black market of movie tickets just around the corner under the
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Citizens anticipate consequential transformation By David O’Donaghue and Andrew Schweiger For The Heights Boston mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick recently gave their State of the City and State of the State addresses, respectively. Both leaders stressed the importance of improving education, the economy, and healthcare, as well as cutting crime. Menino’s speech focused on education,
as he announced his plans to change the Boston Public Schools student assignment process within the next year and that he has plans to overhaul Madison Park Vocational Technical School. The mayor’s plans to change the student assignment process would affect families all over Boston. Currently, students are transported by bus all over the city to schools nowhere near where they live, and Menino wishes to change this so that more money can be put directly into the schools and not wasted on
Gardner reopens, revamped Renovated museum stuns visitors By Patricia Tiedt For The Heights
As students return to school from semester break, old friends, new classes, and an abundance of snow consume the first week back. An overload of schoolwork, however, does not. The start of a new semester provides the opportunity to take advantage of the culture and events Boston has to offer. The recently renovated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) currently tops the list of must-see exhibits in the city. Courtesy of google.com Isabella Stewart Gardner not only Over 2,500 works reside in the Gardner Museum. designed the 15th century Venetian-style palace that houses her private collection, except for the restoration of the Tapesbut actually lived on the premises during try Room. The galleries themselves still her lifetime. Including over 2,500 works hold their antique charm and intimate of art, the compilation consists of art setting. Different rooms categorize the forms from tapestries to a living garden. art: Gardner designed spaces based on Just as impressive as the art displayed is cultures (such as the Dutch room and the the architecture that surrounds it: three Chinese Loggia), colors (the “blue room”) stories of galleries enclose a vibrant garand religion (Spanish Chapel and Long den, creating the illusion of a sanctuary Corridor). No information about each rather than a museum. piece is displayed. Instead, room guides The hype concerning the renovations are provided throughout the house. was misleading in terms of what was actually remodeled. To clarify, the museum See Gardner, B8 itself was not altered in the construction,
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transporting students. This plan drew positive responses from many city and state officials. State Senator Jack Hart (D-South Boston) said, “I could not be happier to hear the mayor say that.” City councilor at-large John Connolly said he’s pleased that the overhaul of the school assignment policy is a top priority for 2012, but added that he will be focused on the follow-through from Boston Public Schools (BPS) officials.
Menino’s plans for Madison Park Vocational High School drew strong support, as well. Carol Johnson, a superintendent of BPS, said, “We know that the programs around the Commonwealth that are working the best have strong career pathways that lead from the vocational program, so we’re very excited about this opportunity to partner with the business community to create these authentic experiences.”
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Haley House nourishes body and community By Ariana Igneri For The Heights
This is the second installment in a series exploring Haley House’s contribution to the local community. Haley House began with the realization of a simple, yet significant, truth: all humans need, and are entitled to, food. Spurred to action by the teachings
of Catholic Workers, such as Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, John and Kathe McKenna founded the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Live-in Community, Food Pantry, and Farm to respond to the needs of the many desperate and starving homeless individuals wandering the streets of Boston’s South End. In 1966, Haley House started in a
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Girl Scouts dance through Prudential despite snow By Marc Francis Asst. Metro Editor
Last Saturday at 9 a.m., in the midst of a snowstorm, more than 100 members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts stormed the Prudential Center in what turned out to be a very successful, and adorable, flash mob. The Girl Scouts, ranging from ages 5 to 17, broke out into dance in front of the Boston tourist attraction in an effort to not only sell cookies, but to display their developed sense of leadership and commitment to their organization. Among the large crowd were parents, tourists, local shoppers, and representatives
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from Fox News—all came out to honor our society’s future female leaders. Bridget Miller, A&S ’15, choreographed the flash mob’s routine and led the troop throughout the dance. Miller is one of the many volunteers dedicated to the 100-year-old organization—the Scouts boast a pool of 17,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across Eastern Massachusetts. “The girls had a blast despite the cold weather, and we were able to promote the cookie sale and our 100th anniversary to a different audience, including the local news. The success of the event is the direct
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