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Notre Dame will be joining the ACC in all sports besides football, A10

Fashion’s Night Out visits the city for a night of clothes, food, and fun, B10

The Scene brings you the best dressed of New York Fashion Week, B1

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vol. XCIII, No. 28

UGBC Budget Released

Senior Pass no longer offered after violation Over 300 students will receive refunds for purchased tickets By Devon Sanford Heights Editor

The 2012 Boston College Senior Pass is no longer being offered to BC seniors due to a policy violation involving BC’s indicia. The Senior Pass, created by Michael Nardella, A&S ’13, and Anthony Russo, CSOM ’13, was offered to seniors as an all-inclusive pass to events throughout the fall and spring semesters. The $129 ticket included a pass to six events: a booze cruise

and pub crawl in downtown Boston, a “Freight Fiesta” Halloween party, a “Top of the Hub” event on the top of the Prudential Center, a Valentine’s Day event, a March Madness tournament with a grand prize, and a second booze cruise and pub crawl event during Senior Week. The ticket also included a t-shirt and photo album. Before its cancellation, over 300 seniors had purchased a Senior Pass. The program, which was intended to provide a convenient access pass for BC seniors, was originally designed by Nardella and Russo this past summer and held no affiliation to Boston College. “The Senior Pass [was] a ‘one ticket one

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Enterprising senior sells style and customization By Julie Orenstein For The Heights

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$595,000 will be divided between ALC, GLC, Cabinet, and Senate for 2012-2013 By David Cote News Editor

The UGBC will receive $595,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a recently released budget report. Each of the four branches of the UGBC—Cabinet, Senate, the AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), and the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC)—reported increases in budget from the 2011-2012 academic year. The budget is derived from the student activities fee, which rose this year to $304 per student per year. “The UGBC budget is determined by the vice president of student affairs office, and our total budget rises proportionally to the student activities fee,” said Molly Mc-

Carthy, vice president of Senate and A&S ’14. “This year, the student activities fee rose, and thus, our budget did as well.” The Cabinet, which receives the most significant portion of the funds, will receive $352,550 for the year. The ALC, with the second most, will receive $101,890. The GLC and Senate will receive $40,110 and $26,000, respectively. To determine how the money in each branch gets budgeted, the presidents and vice presidents of the four branches receive budget requests from their individual department directors. Each of the directors submits requests for events or programs that they hope to put on during the year. After all of the requests have been submitted, the heads of each branch evaluate each

request and determine allocations to each department. “The presidents and vice presidents of ALC, Cabinet, GLC, and Senate spent a considerable amount of time together this summer working through the budget, so that major budgetary decisions could be discussed across all four branches,” McCarthy said. The collaboration between branches was meant to increase the unity of the organization as a whole. McCarthy, who also served as budget committee chair, was able to report back to members of the Senate. “As budget committee chair, I was also charged with presenting the budget to the Senate for approval,” McCarthy said. “During this process, it was helpful to be able to provide the senators with information regarding how the budgetary decisions

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While University of Miami student Jason Shuman sat in a fraternity chapter meeting one Sunday night two years ago, two observations struck him: One, the items being pitched to him and his brothers by sales representatives were overpriced and of subpar quality. Two, nearly everyone in the room was wearing the exact same shoes: Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes. Upon considering these facts further, Shuman, then a sophomore, realized that he was stumbling across a market niche that had not been filled before: customized boat shoes made specifically for fraternities, bearing their Greek letters. He immediately contacted his four best friends from his childhood in the Boston area, including Greg Karelitz, A&S ’13, and shared his idea. After collaborating with shoe manufacturers and working through nearly 10 prototypes, the five men formed Category 5 Boat Shoes in 2011, now recognized as the first and only manufacturer of customizable boat shoes with officially licensed fraternity branding. Launching on over 80 college campuses this fall

and expanding to over 200 schools by next semester, Cat 5’s signature shoe, The Yachtsman, is available customized or non-branded through on-campus representatives, as well as through their website.

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Greg Karelitz, A&S ’13, (above) is the Chief Technology Officer of Category 5 Boat Shoes.

Drug and alcohol abuse addressed through program Peer group focuses on substance abuse and recovery By Brigid Wright Heights Staff

This fall, Boston College’s Office of Health Promotion and the Alcohol and Drug Education (ADE) Program are starting a support group for students on campus who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. BC, like many other schools nationwide, is looking to create a supportive and welcoming environment for those students who are returning to college campuses after recovery, or are seeking assistance with a problem they are currently facing or are afraid they are developing. In general, ADE works to help students by preventing, educating, and supporting them through the obstacles that college life presents for substance misuse or abuse. A division of the Office of Student Affairs, ADE works to challenge illegal and unhealthy behaviors and encourage students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and drugs. Statistically, it is difficult to determine what percentage of student populations are in recovery for substance abuse, as college campuses are not the most sympathetic

environments for these students, and many choose to not come forward. Studies have shown, however, that campuses in the Northeast, campuses with a high percentage of students involved in Greek life, and campuses with successful and notable sports teams are some of the schools with higher rates of drinking issues. Lindsay Napier, assistant director of the Office of Health Promotion, discussed a trend throughout the country of developing different kinds of programs for students who are recovering from addiction. “A real model is Texas Tech, which has something called a CRC—Collegiate Recovery Committee,” Napier said. “They offer a variety of different programs, some peer counseling, some professional, to offer support to their students.” Napier also noted that campuses getting involved in this movement range in their programs, offering options such as substance-free housing, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and even live-in staff and intensive recovery programs. Both Napier and the peer advisor assisting with the support groups commented on the most difficult parts of being a recovering student on a college campus. “There’s a stigma attached to being an alcoholic between the ages of 18-22,” said one of the student advisers, who chose to speak anonymously. “In college, the social

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Boston College ranked fourth among medium-sized schools in 2012, contributing 53 graduating seniors to the Teach For America corps.

BC ranks 4th among mid-sized schools for TFA 53 graduates from 2012 enter TFA corps By Gabby Tarini For The Heights

Earlier this month, Teach For America released its fifth annual ranking of the colleges and universities that contributed the greatest number of graduating

seniors to its teaching corps. This year, Boston College ranked fourth among all medium-sized schools, contributing 53 of its seniors to the organization. Teach For America is part of the broader movement to end educational inequality in the United States. Its goal is to ensure that all students are provided with equal educational opportunities, and the organization is one of the most successful of its kind. Over the past two decades, Teach For America has gone from the

idealistic senior thesis of one Princeton student to a national non-profit with an annual budget of $212 million. Teach For America corps members are top college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. The hope is that these dedicated young graduates will help to minimize the disparity in educational opportunity between children of low-

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

things to do on campus this week



Mass at Fenway Park Saturday Time: 4 p.m. Location: Fenway Park

The official opening of Boston College’s Sesquicentennial Celebration will take place at the historic home field of the Red Sox. Come join thousands of BC students, alumni, and staff in celebration of the University. A walking tour of the field will follow the mass.

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Celebration


Friday Time: 5 p.m. Location: O’Neill Plaza

The Latin Soul Arts Festival in O’Neill Plaza will explore Latin culture through food, spoken word performances, live music, a DJ, and intercollegiate showcases.

Free Guided Tour of Paul Klee Exhibit


Sunday Time: 2 p.m. Location: McMullen Museum

A docent-led tour of Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision: From Nature to Art will take place on Sunday. It will be free and open to the public.



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Former Alabama professor pleads guilty to 2010 murder charges

On Campus BC professor launches website that details Jesuit work in China Assistant professor of history Rev. Jeremy Clarke, S.J., has recently launched a website that provides access to rare digitized books that contain information about Jesuit missionary work in China from the 16th to 18th century. Clarke selected information from books from the Jesuitica Collection in the Burns Library, which contains 2,500 books all written before 1773. The website features historical narratives, maps, correspondence, and musical compositions in five languages that depict the early Jesuit missionaries. The website, titled Beyond Ricci, which can be found at, took a year for Clarke to complete. The digitized selections focus on books by or about Jesuit missionaries including Matteo Ricci, Philippe Couplet, Alvaro Semedo, Christopher Clavius, and Athanasius Kircher. Digitized items on the website include the Jesuit missionary translation of Confucion texts that introduced the philosopher to the Western world, as well as a 1735 translation of a French encyclopedia of China.

On Tuesday, Amy Bishop, a former professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, pleaded guilty to a capital murder charge and three charges of attempted murder. She is being prosecuted for the 2010 shooting deaths of three colleagues during a faculty meeting in the biology department. Three other faculty members were also injured at the meeting. Bishop had initially pleaded not guilty to her charges by reason of insanity. Prosecutors had previously sought the death penalty for Bishop, but are now recommending a sentence of life without parole for the capital murder charge, as well as three life sentences for the attemptedmurder charges.

Local News Allston restaurant owner forced to pay $675,000 in back wages Marc Kadish, the owner of three restaurants in Allston, and the U.S. Department of Labor have reached a settlement agreement in response to charges that he violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The settlement requires Kadish to pay 70 workers a total of $675,000 in back wages plus an equal amount in liquidated damages. Kadish was found to have paid workers regular hourly wages for overtime hours that they worked, which should have been paid at one and a half time.

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Harvard historian clarifies Jefferson family tree By Breandan Cotter For The Heights

The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy kicked off the 2012-2013 school year this Wednesday with a talk from scholar, author, and professor Annette Gordon-Reed. A professor of law and history at Harvard University, Gordon-Reed presented a lecture titled “Law, Culture, and Legacies of Slaver y,” which was held in conjunction with the Boston College Legal History Roundtable. The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for History explored the way slaver y shaped white attitudes toward blacks and vice-versa, especially in the areas of law, credibility, and family. Drawing on her experience of researching a book on Thomas Jefferson, Gordon-Reed shared her encounter with a long-standing controversy surrounding the statesman’s possible illegitimate children with his slave, Sally Hemings. She argued that the controversy revealed reluctance by historians and scholars to trust the word of a black man over that of a

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Professor Gordon-Reed questioned the racial bias of scholars who have denied the legitimacy of Jefferson’s black son. white man. In 1873, a former slave by the name of Madison Hemings claimed to be the living son of Thomas Jefferson. His claim received brief publicity but was otherwise relegated to the dustbins of history. Throughout the years, every time the issue surfaced, it was subsequently dismissed, in part due to the testimonies of Jefferson’s

legitimate grandchildren, who claimed Hemings was the son of Jefferson’s nephew. Despite mounting evidence for Hemings’ version of the story, and multiple incongruities in the grandchildren’s, this continued to be the case. Finally, DNA testing concluded that Hemings was very likely the biological son of Jefferson, and today most historians

generally agree on the matter. Gordon-Reed described the resistance she encountered as “carr yover ” from America’s racially segregated past. Pointing out that African-American testimony was not historically allowed in court, she argued that this reluctance to grant credibility to a black man stemmed from

such disparity. “Who in their right mind,” she asked, “would ever dare to question whether Jefferson’s wife’s children actually were from Thomas Jefferson? No DNA testing to prove their lineage exists, yet it goes unquestioned and is accepted as fact.” This, Gordon-Reed said, speaks about the lack of protection for the idea of the family unit for enslaved peoples. Family as a legal or societal construction simply did not exist for slaves. Marriage was not recognized between slaves , and families were frequently separated. Jefferson himself split 10-year-old boys from their mothers in order to sell them to other slave owners. Owner-slave relations were common, and there was no concept of “consent.” A slave was considered property, and had no legal rights or recourse. Gordon-Reed concluded her lecture by urging those present to rethink the way they viewed credibility. By the awareness and study of history, she argued, we could understand the impact the attitudes of the past have on our own attitudes and help to “shatter stereotypes.” n

Police Blotter

Voices from the Dustbowl


“What is the McMullen?”

Saturday, September 8 12:34 a.m. - An officer filed a report regarding medical assistance provided to an intoxicated student at Vanderslice Hall who was transported to a medical facility by an ambulance.

regarding an underage intoxicated subject in The Mods who was transported to a medical facility by an ambulance.

1:13 p.m. - An officer filed a report regarding medical assistance provided to an intoxicated student at Alumni Stadium who was transported by a cruiser to a medical facility.

1:13 a.m. - An officer filed a report regarding an underage intoxicated student off campus who was transported to a medical facility by an ambulance.

1:39 p.m. - An officer filed a report regarding suspicious circumstances surrounding an intoxicated student at Loyola Hall.

2:10 a.m. - An officer filed a report regarding an underage intoxicated student at Gonzaga Hall who was transported to a medical facility by an ambulance.

2:07 p.m. - An officer filed a report regarding medical assistance provided to an underage intoxicated Boston University student at Alumni Stadium.

9:39 a.m. - An officer filed a report about a noise complaint for an off campus address.

4:02 p.m. - An officer filed a report regarding a student who was placed into protective custody by the Massachusetts State Police at Conte Circle. 6:04 p.m. - An officer filed a report regarding an underage intoxicated student at Gonzaga Hall who was transported to a medical facility.

Sunday, September 9

12:15 a.m. - An officer filed a report

“The museum in Devlin.” —Nick Benevenia, A&S ’14

12:36 a.m. - An officer filed a report regarding an underage intoxicated student at Walsh Hall who was transported to a medical facility by an ambulance.

“I have no idea... is that the Irish thing?” —Cameron Barwick, CSOM ’15

Monday, September 10

5:08 a.m. - An officer filed a report on a fire alarm activation at 66 Commonwealth Ave.

—Source: The Boston College Police Department

“A McDonald’s breakfast sandwich.” —Caroline McQuaid,

A&S ’16


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73° Partly Cloudy 55°


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Source: National Weather Service

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

R.I.P, Senior Pass

A couple of weeks ago, I was rudely disturbed during a game of Mario Kart with my roommates by two students knocking on my Mod sliding door. They began aggressively pitching the Senior Pass to us. It contained tickets to multiple events, including pub crawls, a beer pong tournament, and a party at the top of the Prudential Building. The next morning, I woke up at 8:55 a.m., an extremely rare occurrence given my dream fall schedule, and purchased a Senior Pass. Despite the appeal of the actual events, I bought the pass for entirely different reasons. Given the lack of Greek life and relative size of the typical Mod or off-campus apartment, the average Boston College party has roughly 50-75 attendees. Usually most of the partygoers have a unifying theme; they are all part of the same club, or sports team, or former freshman floor. Maybe even they all work for The Heights. Regardless, it is extremely unlikely you will see all of your friends together at one party. They are likely spread out all over campus and Brighton, and you will only be able to hang out with a small fraction of them. In contrast, this golden ticket offered the opportunity to hang out with a huge portion of the senior class. I would get to see my roommates and other close friends, obviously, but also classmates, former acquaintances, and even long lost passengers of the soul-crushing 8:45 a.m. Newton bus to campus. While small parties where I personally know everyone can be fun, I also yearn for the stereotypical large-scale frat party. Since setting the world aflame and joining a fraternity appear to be mutually exclusive, the Senior Pass became the ideal opportunity to turn my vicarious enjoyment of Animal House and Old School into a reality. Instead of a toga party in a dingy basement, though, the Senior Pass offered the Top of the Hub and entire Boston skyline as a backdrop. My thoughts shifted abruptly to a high school graduation flashback. Three and a half years ago, my senior class sat in the bleachers of the gym, a mere hour away from collecting our diplomas. Our class adviser stood up in front of us and announced that in all probability this was the last time our class of 256 students would ever be in the same room together. Then he burst into tears. As he sobbed uncontrollably in front of our shocked class, I had the sinking feeling that he was right. With three years of hindsight, it has become even clearer. Forget the entire senior class, I haven’t even been in the same room with all my high school friends since graduation. Every summer, I seem to drift further apart from my high school life. Friends I hung out with every weekend during high school, I see once a summer. The cracks in my college social life are already beginning to surface. Friends are accepting job offers in other cities, or applying to volunteer groups that will pluck them from the BC bubble and place them in far-flung countries. As I confronted this sobering reality, the Senior Pass began to resemble a Project X-style event to me, minus the alarming amounts of ecstasy and mediocre acting. Instead of one final party though, there would be six. Six last chances to party with the whole senior class. The bucket list possibilities were endless. With this romantic notion in mind, I eagerly purchased my Senior Pass tickets. Unfortunately, the Senior Pass was cancelled Monday night, killing my romantic notion as effectively as Stokes Hall snuffed out the Dustbowl. Instead of a persuasive piece suggesting you purchase the Senior Pass, this column has become its eulogy. I fervently hope that other opportunities to fraternize with the entire senior class as a whole will arise, because in eight months I will be sitting in Alumni Stadium, my former class adviser’s words echoing in my head.

Matt Palazzolo is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at news@


Prison Arts to enrich inmates’ lives via art The program, in its first year as a formal organization, relies on students By Mary Rose Fissinger Heights Editor

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This year, the Boston College Arts Council is introducing a new program, one geared at bringing arts education to the incarcerated. The Prison Arts Outreach Program will bring BC students to two women’s prisons in Framingham, Mass. to teach workshops in various areas of the visual and performing arts. The idea for the program started a few years ago when Crystal Tiala, chair of the Arts Council, started the Arts for S o cial Resp onsibility Project, one facet of which was Theater of Hope, a program that brought theater to at-risk youths. A chaplain at Massachusetts Correctional Institution Framingham, Maureen

Clark heard about the program and asked Crystal to do a similar thing at the prison. For the past few years, some BC students have been participating in this project, doing theater with inmates at both MCIF and South Middlesex Correctional Center. “This is the first year that the program has been formalized,” said Jennifer Martin, graduate assistant for the Prison Arts Outreach Program and GSSW ’13. “It’s being sponsored through the Center for Student For mation, who is hosting the program and making it more formal and broadening it from just theater to the arts in general.” The program will be a part of Fully Alive, the Catholic chaplaincy program run by Clark. Martin hopes to have a team

of about 18 volunteers solidified by the middle of next week. “We had a great return, really thoughtful student applications,

“[I] pretty continually heard, ‘This is the first time I’ve laughed in years, this is the first time I’ve felt present in my body for a while.’” —Jennifer Martin, GSSW ’13 and graduate assistant for the program and phenomenal interviews,” she said. The student volunteers will be put into groups, and these groups will design the work-

shops they will teach to the inmates. Each workshop is supposed to last three weeks, one session per week. “So it’s more on a cyclical schedule, so there’s really an opportunity for there to be a focus to each workshop cycle, whether its poetry or theater or dancing or singing, and students can take ownership or that kind of thematic development,” Martin said. While the Prison Arts Outreach Program is starting at the two women’s prisons in Framingham, Martin sees potential for expansion in the future. “Right now the program is trying to start off small so that it does what it does well. There are definitely opportunities to expand to other prisons because there is such a great need for this work,” Martin said. Through her past volunteer work bringing theater to incarcerated populations, Martin has seen the positive impact

exposure to the arts can have on inmates. “[I] pretty continually heard ‘This is the first time I’ve laughed in years, this is the first time I’ve felt like I was present in my body for awhile,’” Martin said. “And at first coming from my social work background, I was kind of conscious of maybe they’re giving me the answer I want to hear, but after doing this for over 30-40 workshops … realizing the reality … that, in an institutional system like the prisons, they’re constantly on guard, they’re constantly trying to follow rules, and it’s very dehumanizing. And so many of them become defined by their crime or by their sentence or by their identity within the prison system and realizing how impactful that can be … it’s not until it’s been continually repeated to me that I’m realizing it must be true, because I’m hearing it from all these different groups that are telling me such affirming things.” n

BC’s Scott one of 96 American Chemical Society felllows By Qian Deng

For The Heights At the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia on Aug. 20, Lawrence T. Scott was one of 96 chemists honored as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. The ceremony was hosted by former ACS president Nancy B. Jackson. “ACS is esp e cially proud to honor these chemists, who have given so much to the community and the profession,” Jackson said. “They are leaders whose work is having a lasting beneficial impact, not just on science but also on the ACS community.” Beginning in 2009, the ACS Fellows Program has honored ACS members for “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the society.” To qualify for selection, members must be nominated after having demonstrated significant leadership both professionally and through volunteer service. S co tt w a s n o m i n ate d b y Robert Larson, chairman of the Division of Organic Chemistry at the ACS. Nobel Prize winner Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University and Robert McMahon of the University of Wisconsin, both ACS Fellows, seconded the nomination. The ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, has designated fewer than a half a percent of its 164,000 members with the fellowship. Scott is also the chair-elect of the Division of Organic Chemistry at ACS. Studying novel organic compounds, Scott’s research aims at finding the relationship between the structure and properties of molecules. Fullerenes, a recent focus of his work, are a form of pure carbon that were first discovered by accident as the soccer ballshaped “buckyball” in 1985, until which there were no known pure carbon compounds beyond diamonds and graphite. The discovery excited the scientific community, particularly in fields such as optics, nanotechnology, and materials science, and scientists have been exploring the application

of fullerenes and related compounds for purposes ranging from curing cancer to improving armor to making superconductors. There had been a dearth of ways, however, to isolate and

“These chemists...are leaders whose work is having a lasting beneficial impact, not just on science but also on the ACS community.” —Nancy B. Jackson, Former president of the American Chemical Society control the compounds within the fullerene family. The paucity was solved with Scott’s groundbreaking success in the “rational synthesis” of fullerenes, producing quantities that could be isolated. Now, the laboratory is aiming to apply lessons learned toward isolating the related carbon nanotubes.

In line with the spirit of the fellowship, Scott’s contributions to society parallel his accomplishments as a scientist, since working in the classroom similarly involves interpreting properties in the context of structures, albeit in a human regard. Here, new ideas and pursuits may well begin as the discovery of the fullerenes did, as a byproduct of the collision of energy with familiar materials. It is up to the skills and vision of the professor to synthesize and isolate useful products in inspiring and productive ways. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Scott received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University in 1966 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Har vard University in 1970. He has since taught at UCLA and the University of Nevada before joining the faculty at Boston College in 1993, where he now serves as associate chair of the chemistry department and holds the Louise and Jim Vanderslice and Family Chair in Chemistry. He has published over 200 papers, largely in top journals such as Science, Nature, Chemical Reviews, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Angewandte Chemie. n

College Startups Category 5’s customizable boat shoes may be the first of their kind, but the company is certainly not. College kids have been innovating from the relative comfort of their dorm rooms for years. Take a look at these successful businesses, all founded by undergrads: -Napster: It may not be a surprise to find out that Napster, the popular file-sharing site that allowed people to share MP3 files for free, was founded by a college student. Sean Fanning created the site during his freshman year at Northeastern University. Though he was forced to file bankruptcy after myriad lawsuits from recording artists, the site was incredibly popular while it lasted. -College Hunks Hauling Junk: Oman Suliman, a student at the University of Miami, submitted a business plan for his trash-removal service to the Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. After winning its $10,000 grand prize, he has expanded the company to 21 franchises nationwide. -Microsoft: Bill Gates may well be the patron saint of college start-ups. Gates founded his company while at Harvard, then dropped out to expand his company and become a multibillionaire. He now funds the Gates Millenium Scholarships, which pay for students’ education through college. -Facebook: It’s no secret that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook while he was a student at Harvard, then dropped out and became a multibillionaire as he watched his social networking platform’s popularity skyrocket. -BetterBoo: It’s the question nobody ever has an answer to: what do you get for your friend’s/mom’s/second cousin’s birthday? Now BetterBoo, founded by Nick Chmura of the University of Tampa, has the answer. The web-based app uses Facebook and Amazon to help users find the perfect present. -G3Box: Gabrielle Palermo and other Arizona State University students came up with the idea for low-cost, mobile medical clinics. The modular clinics are made from recycled shipping containers and used in both the United States and Africa. -Salute the Brave: University of Southern California student Ryan Morris created a clothing line dedicated to soldiers serving overseas. For every product sold, Morris sends one to a soldier, along with a care package to help boost morale. -The iPhone air guitar app: Well, what else would you expect from a pair of Stanford students? James Anthony and Edward Marks created the first iPhone air guitar app that users could strum just like a real guitar, by tapping into the phone’s accelerometer.

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BC professor Lawrence Scott was recognized for his achievements in chemistry by being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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UGBC budget increases with activities fee Victims of substance abuse now have outlet UGBC Budget, from A1

were made.” For the 2012-2013 year, the campus entertainment department of Cabinet, one of the most visible departments in the UGBC, will receive $245,000. A significant change from last year’s budget was the allocation of funds specifically for BC to Boston, rather than having their budget come from the student life department in Cabinet. This year, BC to Boston will receive $23,000. “The increase in funding is extremely warranted because BC2Boston has performed so well in the past,” the

budget committee’s report read. The ALC, whose budget increased by 2 percent this year, reported an increase in funding for the programming department of almost $4,000. The GLC’s budget increased by 29 percent for the 2012-2013 academic year, the highest increase of any branch. McCarthy said one of the major goals of the budget committee is responsibility with the funds entrusted to them on behalf of the students. “In general, we strive for fiscal responsibility, as the UGBC budget comes directly from the student activities fund,” McCarthy said.

“We want these funds to reach as many students as possible over the course of the academic year.” The budget committee does not determine the amount of money allocated to each department, but provides recommendations for future budgets. This year, the budget committee recommended a reevaluation of Ice Jam, which, they said, “has not been widely attended over the past two years.” By decreasing the funding to Ice Jam, the report stated the committee’s hope that Campus Entertainment would revamp the event for the coming year. In addition, the committee recommended “a more unified

approach to public relations.” Due to the increasing collaboration between departments and branches on large scale, cosponsored events, the committee recommended a more unified public relations body to serve the entire organization. Overall, the budget committee concluded that the year’s budget was “a fiscally responsible allocation of student funds.” “I think one of the major strengths of this year’s budget is that the heads of branches were realistic,” McCarthy said. “If an event hadn’t been performing well in the past, then they decreased its funding to make room for new, more innovative events.” n

Teach For America continues to draw from BC pool Teach for America, from A1 income communities and their wealthier peers. The organization seeks strong leaders who cannot only inspire in the classroom, but also work with communities to help students and their families break the cycle of generational poverty. This fall marks the first time more than 10,000 first-and-second year corps members will be teaching in high-need classrooms. This represents a 10 percent increase over last year’s total corps size. The 5,800 first-year corps members earned an average GPA of 3.54 and represent more than 1,500 colleges and universities across the nation. Angela Callado, the Recruitment Manager at Teach For America in the Greater Boston area, emphasized that the twoyear commitment is “actually just the start of a lifetime commitment to this social justice movement to end educational inequality.” After seeing what is possible in the classroom, many teachers are compelled to become lifelong

advocates for the social justice movement. Callado explained that at the beginning of the academic year, her students had trouble identifying the main idea of a simple historical passage. By the end of the year her students out-

“I think BC as an educational institution has a strong commitment to service and reflection, which are of course two things that we look for among candidates.” -Angela Callado Teach For America Recruitment Coordinator performed one of the highest achieving public school districts in the nation by over 20 percent. Callado’s memorable classroom experiences are usually not the

exception among teachers but rather the rule—67 percent of Teach For America teachers end up working full-time in education in some way or another long after they have fulfilled their two-year commitment. BC has a long history with Teach For America. The University made its debut on the list of top contributors in 2009, and throughout Teach For America’s 22-year history, over 307 BC alumni have taught as corps members. Organization officials believe that BC’s success, as compared to other medium-sized institutions in the country, lies in its Jesuit roots as being “men and women for others.” “I think BC as an educational institution has a strong commitment to service and reflection, which are of course two things that we look for among candidates,” Callado said. BC students are among the best candidates for Teach For America because they typically already have had meaningful experiences working with lowincome communities and have

spent time reflecting on their own privileges and what they can do to serve as an advocate, mentor, and teacher in the community. Looking toward the future, the organization will strive to find top leaders on the University’s campus that reflect the racial and socio-economic background of the students in the classrooms. Callado believes that by sharing the background of the students, graduates can have a profound impact in the classroom. “Our students need to see more direct role models. They need to know that individuals like themselves that may have come from immigrant parents, or were born in the same neighborhoods as them, have successfully graduated from a four year college so that our students can see what is possible by having a quality education.” Above all, Callado hopes that the organization will continue to build relationships with the University’s talented leaders and inspire them to bring their knowledge, skills, and passion to a classroom of students who need it most. n

Alcohol Education, from A1 life revolves heavily around drinking, and it’s hard to explain why you can’t go out just to have a few beers. It’s an unfortunate way of life that has become acceptable.” The student support group will kick off with drop-in meetings, to allow students with interest to come into the Alcohol and Drug Education Office and speak with the peer counselors and gather more information. The support group is not limited to students on the BC campus who are already in recovery, but are open to anyone who wants to talk to a familiar face rather than a counselor or a Resident Assistant about the problems they may be experiencing with drugs and alcohol. The appeal of these support groups is that they are peer-facilitated, where students work to provide an outlet for their fellow classmates. Staff at the Health Center,

Counseling Center, R As, and Undergraduate and Graduate Directors have been notified of the availability of these new support groups, so that they can inform students who they believe might benefit from the support. These notifications, along with flyers posted in residence halls, were used to preserve the privacy of these students who may be wary of being public in their involvement, but are still able to receive the opportunity to attend. The support groups primarily assist those students who struggle with alcohol and drugs, and help them find comfort and solidarity on college campuses. However, the ADE hopes that their presence on campus will raise awareness of the growing issue of alcoholism and drug abuse on college campuses. Weekly drop-in meetings for the support groups will take place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Gasson 013. n

Senior Pass cancelled Senior Pass, from A1 pass’ for seniors to have a really fun senior year,” Nardella said. “Almost every senior had heard about it, and most [showed] interest in the passes.” As a junior, Nardella had created a similar program with two recent BC graduates for the Class of 2012 seniors. The program included a booze cruise and pub crawl, and over 950 seniors attended. Nardella hoped for similar success in this year’s program. “We [weren’t] quite sure how successful the event would be,” Nardella said. “We [were] looking to get around 600 students.”

On late Wednesday afternoon, Nardella and Russo met with Dean of Students Paul Chebator and discussed the matter. The program was officially shut down after the meeting. Neither Nardella nor Russo are choosing to challenge the decision. They assert that the seniors who purchased a Senior Pass have since been informed and will receive a refund by Sept. 25. “I am not unhappy with anyone nor am I fighting this … We are voluntarily canceling [the program] after being notified of a possible Boston College policy violation involving Boston College’s indicia,” Nardella said in an email. “All students will be getting their money back in full.” n

Senior serves as tech chief for boat shoe company Boat Shoes, from A1 For Karelitz, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for numerous aspects of operations, management, and marketing, the theory behind Cat 5 is simple: class meets custom. Those qualities, however, are not limited to shoes just for fraternities. “Our whole baseline to the company is custom. Custom, class … and we don’t want to leave any groups out of it, because it’s essentially a canvas for any logo or artwork or anything like that,” he said. “Greek life is just one part of the puzzle. We don’t want to stop there.” This versatility has made it easier to market the shoes on campuses without Greek life, such as Boston College. Organizations from BC, including a cappella groups and club sports teams, have already approached Karelitz about creating a custom product for their members. Cat 5 is looking to expand even further beyond The Yachtsman

in the immediate future, with a women’s shoe and sorority branding coming this January and collegiate logo licensing in the works for next fall. The company has also been approached by a handful of professional athletes who have requested personalized boat shoes, and the possibilities for delving into professional licensing are out there. According to Karelitz, as the only company to offer custom boat shoes with any logo, Cat 5 follows the concept of Nike ID shoes (custom sneakers that can be made with embroidered initials), but bumps it up a notch with a new take on custom, as well as high quality and competitive pricing. Foreseeing the challenges of getting the shoes onto college campuses and competing with well-known brands such as Sperry, Cat 5 reached out to potential campus representatives before their website launched to spread the word about the brand’s main competitive advantages. After receiving well over 300 applications, the company contracted over 85

campus representatives on over 60 campuses nationwide during their first test phase. Even more will join Cat 5 this fall as part of the Class Meets Custom Campus Takeover campaign, which officially launches the brand’s oncampus sales. A computer science major, Karelitz says CTO is the perfect title for him, as it forges a connection between programming and artistic design, two strengths that he put to use when creating the company’s logo and website. Since his days of building websites and selling handmade wooden pens in high school, Karelitz, despite his major in A&S and not CSOM, has “always been an entrepreneur,” with a love for talking about new ideas and trying to execute them. “I don’t believe that people necessarily define themselves as their major. I like to ask people, ‘what are you about?’ rather than ‘what is your major?’” he said. “I think it’s valuable to understand that it doesn’t matter necessarily what you study, but how you practice and evolve into things

you like to do.” This semester, Karelitz faces a new challenge: managing his BC coursework with a full time position in an up-and-coming company. He is only taking four courses, one of which is a marketing class that he says he is taking “for fun.” He will also be able to utilize his out-of-class venture as a basis for one of his assignments, a Facebook project for which he will use Cat 5 as a topic. Overall, Karelitz says he would love to help expand the Cat 5 brand’s recognition even further. “My goal is that I want to see somebody on the other side of the country, other side of the world wearing my boat shoes. That’s the satisfaction I’m looking for,” he said. As for his post-graduation plans, he hopes to continue working with Cat 5, but will also be applying for jobs “along the lines of what [he is] doing now.” “I do see Category 5 as a future endeavor, with business as well,” he said. “I would like it to be my primary job, if it gets there, and right now it’s looking good.” n

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UGBC transparency sets encouraging precedent

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

-Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author

The Heights applauds UGBC Senate for releasing its budget, and urges students to examine its allocation of funds Students at Boston College have long asked that the UGBC become more transparent in its decision-making processes. This year, the UGBC Senate has taken a significant step in the right direction by releasing its budget to The Heights for publication. The Heights appreciates the Senate’s willingness to follow through on its promise and applauds it for being honest and open to criticism. Becoming more transparent, especially where students’ money is concerned, shows the undergraduate community that their student government truly cares about their wellbeing while at BC. The Heights encourages students to take an active role in the way their school is run. Look at the budget carefully to see how your money is being allocated. If you have concerns or questions about the current breakdown of

funds, contact the UGBC to express them. The UGBC’s first and most important role is to serve the students, and if said students are feeling ignored or taken advantage of they have a right to question their student government. Neither the students nor the UGBC should be isolated. Instead, a steady stream of communication between the two should be created in order to improve the quality of student life. Releasing the budget is certainly a start, but this action sets a precedent for future transparency. The student body will expect the Senate and other branches of the UGBC to continue in this vein and disclose more information in the future. By doing so, students will feel less excluded from important decisions, and the UGBC will continue to establish itself as a more credible and representative institution at BC.

Fundamentals behind ‘Senior Pass’ strong Despite their policy violation, The Heights encourages Senior Pass visionaries to continue fostering their ideas Earlier this year, seniors Anthony Russo, A&S ’13, and Michael Nardella, CSOM ’13, came up with the idea of the “BC Senior Pass”—a pass for the class of 2013 that would serve as an all-inclusive ticket to events throughout the year, such as a booze cruise, a pub crawl, and a “Top of the Hub” event. This program was immediately popular with seniors, selling over 300 tickets—with a goal of 600—in a short period of time. Unfortunately, the Senior Pass has been cancelled due to a policy violation involving the use of Boston College’s name to market the initiative. Now, Russo and Nardella must refund all tickets sold under the name “BC Senior Pass.” They do, however have the option of re-booting the program under a different name. While we understand where the University was coming from in terms of the use of their name on an unsanctioned event, we feel that the efforts made by Russo and Nardella to orchestrate this initiative were admirable. The Heights understands that this decision is frustrating and inconve-

nient, but we believe the opportunities provided by the Senior Pass were valuable. Students often complain that some senior events thrown by the administration do not reflect their true interests, or that not enough students attend. With the Senior Pass, however, Nardella and Russo were attempting to provide events that catered directly to the entire senior class—events that were fun, exciting, unique, and would resonate with our age group. We strongly believe that, even with the refund, students will recognize the program’s potential and will continue to sign up if Russo and Nardella do decide to continue under a different name. Ultimately, we love the entrepreneurial spirit behind ideas like the Senior Pass, and we encourage students to keep brainstorming and implementing similar creative ideas. Students complain daily about things that irk them, but seldom try to do anything about them. Russo and Nardella took the initiative to organize events for their entire senior class, and their actions should be applauded.

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Letter to the Editor UGBC President commends school spirit Over the course of the first two weeks of this young school year, I have noticed a slight change in the Boston College undergraduate community. Never before, over the course of my time here, have I seen the student body so fervent, so ready, and so excited for a school year. Whether it was the full student stands at both the Miami and Maine games, the incredible outpouring of students of all grade levels at the Student Involvement Fair, or the sheer number of smiles that have dominated the landscape throughout any stroll around campus, the student body seems to have a new life injected into it. While some may attribute this to typical early-school excitement, or the presence of a new freshman class, I

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like to think that we are growing as a student body. We are becoming more dedicated to all aspects of BC life, to showing enthusiasm not just for sports, but for organizations, groups, and academics. While I challenge all students to become even more passionate about their endeavors, I just wanted to take the time to commend the student body on their spirited start to the semester, and offer cautious optimism that such spirit continues throughout the school year. Christopher Osnato UGBC President A&S ’13

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The Heights commends those brave enough to come forward, and encourages peer support This fall, Boston College’s Office of Health Promotion and the Alcohol and Drug Education (ADE) Program are starting a support group for students on campus who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Like many schools nationwide, BC is launching this initiative with hopes of creating a supportive and welcoming environment for students who are in recovery or have a desire to reach out to someone. The Heights is overwhelmingly in support of this effort, as we feel the program is filling a long-standing need on campus. Alcoholism and drug abuse are growing issues on college campuses, and we applaud BC’s decision to take serious action on this front. Unfortunately, college campuses are not the most sympathetic environments for students struggling with drugs or alcohol, causing many to choose not to come forward. The

Heights applauds those students who do come forward and who are brave enough to recognize their need to take part in the recovery program. The ultimate goal of the program is to unite the community and create a network for students who want or need peer support. Therefore, we strongly encourage friends and roommates to respect the decision their peers may be making to take part in this program, and help them find comfort and solidarity on BC’s campus. Finally, The Heights would like to remind students that the support group is not limited to students who are already in recovery, but is open to anyone who wants to talk to a familiar face, rather than a counselor or an RA, about the problems they may be experiencing with drugs and alcohol. The appeal of these support groups is that they are peer-facilitated, where students work to provide an outlet for their fellow classmates.

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Thumbs Up Open tables at Hillside- It was Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. when TU, TD realized that we had an unbearable hunger for a New England Classic. The horror, we thought! Getting a table during the lunch rush? We have a better chance at marrying Father Leahy. Yet, when we walked in, there was barely anyone there. At first we thought that they found traces of E.coli in the Boston beef (but really, there is something fishy about that sandwich…) but then a friend told us it’s because Hillside isn’t on the meal plan anymore. As a junior with a Flex plan, this means nothing. Bring on the frips, and transitively, the 15 pounds. Being best buds with Baldwin- All our friends were friended by Baldwin Eagle the other day. We, however, were excluded from this friending spree and had to pretend that like, being friended by Baldwin is just like, no big deal. Yet, this morning, Baldwin finally decided we were cool enough! We’ve never felt more Boston College-y. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell success- A study done by The Palm Center, a leading research institute for information about controversial issues, stated that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell had no/a slightly positive effect on the military. Thumbs up for equality and thumbs up for the U.S. military. G ang nam St yle- Ye s , we know, we are really late on this one, but we can’t get enough of the music video for Gangnam Style. It’s every horrible rap music video cliche in one place. There are explosions, girls in bikinis, yachts, and a catchy horse dance that we will definitley be breaking out at parties. Who do we have to pay to get this one on the Cityside jukebox? Remembering the fallenEleven years after Sept. 11th, it is nice to know America still remembers the fallen. Every social media site we were on was covered with patriotic statuses and videos. 9/11, never forget.

Thumbs Down Corgi crisis- We’ve been really into corgis this summer. After we saw them in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, we spent a majority of our Friday afternoons at work searching them on YouTube—corgis playing in water fountains, a Corgi singing “Call Me Maybe” (his stage name: Corgi Rae Jepsen), a corgi bellyflopping, and of course, Corgi Cam. So we really took it hard when we found out that Monty the royal Corgi, one of the stars of the Bond sketch, passed away the other day. Let’s all take a moment to remember one of the world’s cutest dogs. Chri s Brown- Ever yone’s favorite creeper and someone who is a permanent Thumbs Down, Chris Brown, just got a little bit creepier by getting a tattoo of what looks like a women’s battered face on his neck. He claims it’s a Mexican cultural symbol, but we think he is full of s—t. Why can’t this guy just be put on the Lost Island already?

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Kristy Barnes When the leaves begin to turn our favorite colors (maroon and gold, of course) and we arrive back on campus to the sights of freshmen feverishly scampering to find buildings such as Fulton or Lyons, upperclassmen often begin a time of reflection, a reminiscence upon the one, two, or three years they have spent under Gasson’s all-too-well-lit tower. Remember how it felt to leave our dog for the first time, his puppy-dog face staring longingly out the window as our crammed SUV pulled away? Recall waiting in the hour long-line to get our books with the heat of our parents’ breath hissing at us, “Didn’t you pre-order these?!” Recollect the time we first discovered TransLoc, Coolidge Corner, or the use of a fake ID? We reminisce fondly upon these moments, as we sit in Lower feeling real grown up, our Addie’s pizza that much more delicious now that we didn’t have to trek down from Upper Campus, or for the really adventurous, from Newton. Yes, we of the upperclassman population feel good about ourselves now that we no longer live in standard doubles, or, for the unfortunate, forced triples. Until it happens. You look across the sardinepacked Corcoran Commons and see that familiar face as your stomach drops—no, plummets—with dread. Immediately you apply the BC-lookaway remedy, hoping they didn’t see you either, feeling an awkward pang of guilt and discomfort. The person you made eye contact with, who is the sole reason you are willing to leave your

Addie’s dinner unfinished in order to escape the awkward encounter that may happen? Well, that was one of your “September Friends.” We all have them: may they be fellow ex-residents of Kostka 2, or people you were forced to interact with on that first night where everyone had to run around screaming “I WAS BORN IN [insert respective birthday month here].” These are the kids with whom you ate your first meal in Mac, discovered where the Rat was, and had your first drunken night on the Boston College Shuttle. You trolled the Mods with them and took pictures on the Boat Cruise, which were later posted on Facebook to show your high school friends that, indeed, you knew how to party—and no, you were not eating lunch by yourself. We all had them: these people we now wish had transferred just so we would not have to awkwardly interact with them on a regular basis. So can we blame the freshmen for calling the girl down the hall her “new best friend” … even if that same girl down the hall will undoubtedly ignore her in a month? These poor things have sore calves, are about to put on 15 pounds due to the muffins and croissants of Mac, and have no idea what the Chocolate Bar is like. They are confused, wandering souls who are easily spotted, if not by their wideeyed expression, then by the fact that they are quite a bit smaller than the rest of us. Socially, all they know is the cruel hierarchy of high school and are desperately clinging to any social ladder they can find. They are hunting for those among them who seem “cool” or happen to know upperclassmen (for party purposes, of course). In order to survive in this strange new environment where it is not social suicide to eat lunch on your own, they cling to each other like seniors cling to freshmen girls—and freshmen girls cling to their drinks.

So to any freshman reading this: let me be the bearer of bad news. Look next to you, to your right and to your left. Those faces will not be the ones sitting next to you in the years to come, but rather faces that you will eventually dread to see. They don’t actually like you. They probably can’t stand the way you chew your food, or find your laugh to cause pain in their ears. They simply are sitting with you

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because they have no one else to be with. But hey, isn’t that why you are sitting with them too? Do you really have anything in common with them other than having to wear shoes in the shower for the first time? The truth is when you find your real friends, the ones with whom you will form your 8 man (then 4 man, then 6 man …), these are the faces that haunt your memories of the awkward first days of BC, before you knew where the Gate was or that going out in groups of 10 will get you rejected from every Mod. However, don’t lost your faith in humanity just yet, because the best thing about September is that eventually October rolls around. Kristy Barnes is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at

One of those people Patrick Angiolillo I am one of those people. I always remember, and often get hung up on, the little things: habits (I bite my nails to where they look like they’ve been through a shredder); pet peeves (you want all the pictures in your house straightened? Invite me over for dinner); or so-called fun facts (In 1783, a sheep, a duck, and a rooster accompanied the pilot of the first hot air balloon flight, my friends). This pervades my character. When I tell stories, I try to capture the details. It’s not just the left-brained folks who like to pick up on these things. Many people do. They enjoy sprinkling conversations with interesting observations which they cannot resist dropping on an audience (“She was wearing a plum-colored scarf, John, not a purple one—plum.”). Take a flight-wary passenger on a turbulent trip to Israel and a mishandled cup of Coke as an example. I won’t say the accident was the fault of the overly affectionate Norwegian couple next to me, but I won’t say it wasn’t, either. After a rushed commotion to clean things up, I was left with a good stain on my pants, and in a not-so-good place. I could easily have been mistaken for an incontinent 20-year-old man who was boycotting airplane restrooms in some sort of protest against their inconvenient size. This drove me quite beyond annoyed, and not because I was damp below the waist for several hours in a cramped seat on a long flight. Rather, the stain that would develop marked most of my attention. Never mind that a host of other stains would join forces with the original Coke stain to

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create a tapestry of dirt and rust and grass colored blotches on my shorts in the next six weeks in which I would be participating in an archaeological excavation. That did not matter then. It was a chalk-it-up-to-principle moment. This should not have happened to me, at this time, in this place. It was “Inconceivable!” as Vizzini from The Princess Bride might aptly say. This incident, seemingly harmless, was vilified by the fact that when I walked into Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, I found out from an airport attendant that my bag had gone missing (Insert Vizzini, again.) Apparently, between de Gaul, Paris, where I was briefly laid over, and Tel Aviv, Israel, AirFrance lost my bag. I should have expected this, though, with the running I had to do from one gate to another (in sopping wet shorts, recall) through de Gaul airport. What this meant for me was three days of living out of my stained dig shorts and other borrowed clothing. By the day my bag arrived I rejoiced, vindicated as I was. After the mishaps on and with the airline, incurable jetlag (never go ahead seven hours, get three hours of sleep and excavate Roman ruins the entire following day), and two long days of manual labor in the hot Israeli sun, I was more than overjoyed at the appearance of my bag on my bed one afternoon. It was almost as if it had been dropped off as alternative payment by the tooth fairy, who was now cashing in misfortune for missing luggage (She must get bored of teeth, right?). Fuming well into the dig season over the stained pants, which seemed to be the catalyst of a slew of misadventures on my subsequent stay in Israel, I now recall the incident with an air of nostalgia. It is my first memory, after all, of my first trip ever taken alone—internationally, nonetheless. To a quasi-war zone, mind you. So, why wouldn’t it deserve a place in my mind’s Rolodex, next to visiting the holy city of Jerusalem and swimming

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in the Dead Sea? Now that stain, which had more than enough time to really make itself home in my shorts, faintly remains, an echo of an uncomfortable flight (in more ways than one), a horrible first few days on an excavation half way across the world, and the beginning of an adventure that I will recall well into my old age (Rest assured, my grandkids will definitely be saying “Don’t tell the story about the shorts again, Grandpa!”). I might do well to say, “Why get hung up on the little things? Forget the nitty-gritty.” But I can’t. Whether it’s a stain on my pants that drives me up a wall, a hangnail that I just have to bite off, or the picture next to the kitchen telephone that I need to straighten every time I see it, even though it will never hang straight because of the way it was hung up in the first place, I must embrace it all. It is a part of who I am. There is something to be said for the sheer originality of our world the way it is, with the people in it. We would be less of a world without the pet-peevers, the fun-fact guy, and the lady who will not let you forget that it was a plum-colored scarf. Without them as they are, without their stories, obsessions, tics, or any of the other peculiarities that make them the unique individuals we call friends, relatives, spouses or strangers, things would be a lot more boring around here. And don’t we all love a good story or a great show for the details— the little inside jokes we catch on to because we know exactly what they are talking about—even if they reveal the insanely kooky, but all-too-human side of us? Count this as an introduction to an appreciation for humanity, with all its quirks. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Patrick Angiolillo is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at

In September of 2011, two unpaid interns for Fox Searchlight filed suit against the major filmmaking corporation for breaking labor laws concerning the work they did for the film Black Swan, which grossed over $300 million worldwide in 2010. This year, their lawsuit was expanded to include anyone who has ever worked as an unpaid intern for Fox Searchlight. As I returned to Boston College this fall as a senior, I have found myself, like many, discussing my summer, and the conversations I have with my friends inevitably turn to the myriad of unpaid internships we took to bolster our resumes, and get “a foot in the door” of the working world. From banks to news and radio stations, in both creative and more conventional fields, thousands of students, as well as the newly graduated, do unpaid work every year, with most never thinking twice about what this means to themselves and the job market. A quick poll of my friends found that 90 percent of them had at one point taken on an unpaid internship, whether during the school year or during the summer, and many had worked two or three in the course of their college career. An obvious catch-22, most don’t see an alternative. We do work for free so that we might land a paying job in the future. One senior I spoke to took an unpaid internship from the same popular Internet retail site two summers in a row, even though it meant no stipend even for housing or commute, and working up to 50 hours a week. “It was a step up [this year] from last summer, when I would go stand in line at Shake Shack for everyone, and I don’t regret it, but a paycheck is something I am looking forward to with a real job,” she told me over lunch. Those around us nodded in agreement recalling our own internships, coffee and lunch runs, copy making, and package pick-ups. “I’ll feel a lot better when I’m doing meaningful paid work,” chimed in another girl. “I mean, my internship was useful in that it was a working experience, but I didn’t really learn anything.” Most people I spoke to agree that the overall internship experience is more about resume building than anything, and while office experiences can be meaningful and are not especially tolling, doing work for free still feels exactly as it sounds: like free labor. At ages 21 and 22, clocking hours in offices while doing the same jobs as full-time paid employees can feel a bit degrading. Thirty years ago, our parents would have never worked for free, to get a leg up or otherwise, and if others’ parents are anything like my own, they likely think it’s crazy that we do so now. The biggest hang-up for many, I’ve found, is not in the internships at start-ups or non-profits who probably couldn’t afford the extra staff that is needed and give their interns meaningful responsibilities, but rather with the bigger corporations like banks and investment firms who could easily afford to pay interns at least minimum wage. Massachusetts labor laws state that an unpaid intern must receive the same training that would be provided in an educational environment, but may not do any work that advances the company in any way. To me, it sounds like many companies have no problem taking on unpaid interns to do menial office tasks that do not necessarily advance them as a company, but at the end of the day provide little to no educational advancement for the intern, creating a lose-lose situation for interns who are not getting paid, or learning anything. Is the resume boost worth it? I often asked myself this question while working a perfectly comfortable, but trivial, unpaid internship in Milwaukee this summer, especially as it meant fending off high-paying nannying jobs. At BC, where graduation is dependent on classes rather than credits, taking an internship for the latter is no real solution to a sticky modern problem. What is the solution then? While I don’t really have an answer to this loaded question, I know I can’t be the only one who thinks there has to be a better way. Zoe Lake is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at

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Thursday, September 13, 2012


Boston College 1. Push from the O-Line 2. Contain big plays on D 3. Fast start and finish strong

Northwestern 1. Force turnovers 2. Take away passing game 3. Take advantage of BC DBs

players to watch

boston college offense Alex Amidon Weight: 186 Height: 5’ 11” Position: WR Year: Jr.

defense Kaleb Ramsey Weight: 288 Height: 6’ 3” Position: DT Year: Sr.

northwestern offense Venric Mark Weight: 180 Height: 5’ 8” Position: RB Year: Jr.

defense Tyler Scott Weight: 265 Height: 6’ 4” Position: DE Year: R-Jr.


Boston College will win if... If the defense holds Northwestern under 30 points and the RBs hold on to the ball.

northwestern will win if...

If it forces Chase Rettig to make poor decisions, and comes up with a big play or two on offense.

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Chase Rettig had a strong game last year against Northwestern (above), but will be looking for a better result this year in Evanston. He and the offense will be looking to start strong.

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Offense looking for quick start vs. Northwestern By Stephen Sikora

Heights Staff After a dominating performance against Maine last weekend, Boston College will face its toughest test of the season so far when it travels to Chicago to take on Northwestern Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are 2-0 on the year, including a 42-41 win over Syracuse despite giving up 482 passing yards to opposing QB Ryan Nassib. Considering how well offensive coordinator Doug Martin’s offense has performed so far, Chase Rettig and company could take center stage on Saturday. The Eagles need to avoid the poor start that slowed them down against Maine, scoring their first points eight minutes into the second quarter. BC hopes to avoid another sluggish start this weekend. “The [slow start] carried over from practice,” Rettig said. “A couple things we didn’t execute well showed up in the game. The one way to fix that is to practice better this week, and I thought [Tuesday] was one of the better practices we’ve had.” “It’s something that Coach Martin stresses, starting fast, and we didn’t do it [against Maine],” said wideout Alex Amidon. “Not making mistakes in the first couple of drives really gives us momentum. That will be key.” Amidon is having a breakout year for the Eagles, as his 16 catches and 248 receiving yards lead BC, the latter good for the fifth-highest total in the country. Amidon attributes the new scheme installed by Martin to his, and the offense’s, success so far this season. “[The offense] is more fast-paced and a little

simpler,” Amidon said. “I love it. Sometimes when you’re in an intricate offense there’s a lot at the line of scrimmage to think about. With this offense, we’ve been doing the same thing for so long now, it’s just second nature. You can play as fast as you can.” Going Home Traveling to Illinois will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of Eagles, including left tackle Emmett Clearly—from Arlington Heights—and middle linebacker Nick Clancy, who’s from Plainfield. “It’ll be nice [to play there],” Cleary said. “A lot of people have never had a chance to make it out [to Boston]. It’s a chance for all the Chicago guys to make a good impression.” “It’s really exciting, just having this opportunity to showcase what I can do,” Clancy said. “Finally getting a chance to start on a national scale in front of my home crowd. It’s going to be really spectacular, and I’ve been inching to get down there. I can’t wait for Saturday.” Clancy’s family and a number of friends are attending the game, something he made sure was possible before the season started. “Week One, I only had two people coming to our game from Miami,” Clancy said. “I made a deal with a couple other guys on the team to help each other out later down the road. I was able to get a lot of tickets through that.” “My dad just emailed me actually last night the rough draft of who’s making the cut,” Clancy said, laughing. “A lot of people are expected to come.” Both Clancy and Cleary considered playing

football for Northwestern, but ultimately decided on BC. “I very nearly went there,” Cleary said. “It really came down to [BC] and Northwestern. I felt like I fit in more here at this school, and then this program, I wanted to be a part of it. Just being around the guys, it was a different feel. I made the right choice.” “When I was choosing schools, three big things stood out: academic[s], athletics, and location,” Clancy said. “BC and Northwestern are almost identical in terms of where they are in those three categories. When it came down to it, it was either stay close to home or go far away, and I choose to head out east.” Important Game Getting the win this week is of the utmost importance for BC. Not only do they want to avoid a 1-2 start, but the Eagles also have a bye week after the game before a tough matchup against No. 11 Clemson Sept. 29 at Alumni Stadium. “[Getting the win] is very important,” said linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. “Confidence is very key. Especially with the win going into the bye week, preparing for Clemson—having two weeks—it would do amazing things for us as a football team. “We’ll be able to rest up a little bit, go on into Tuesday’s practice next week not really having the Northwestern game in the back of our mind. We’ll be able to focus purely on Clemson.” Rettig echoed that sentiment. “Everyone knows [a win] would really help out,” Rettig said. “It’s up to us. We’ve got to play good football. We have to play four quarters.” n

Defense prepared to handle Wildcats’ hurry-up Northwestern, from A10 field, being careful not to let him run wild. “Say we’re in Cover Two or base, the MIKE’s taken out of the middle of the field, so if the quarterback can see a crease in the middle of the defense, he can just tuck the ball and run straight up the field,” Clancy said. “If we can just have that guy kind of sitting in the middle reading the quarterback left and right, I think we’ll be alright.” At middle linebacker, Clancy will likely be a key defender in containing Colter, but he’ll have help from his teammates who might be spying the quarterback as well. “We actually have defenses where we have a guy that’s going to spy the quarterback, that’s his job, his base. It’s called Dollar Fives,” Clancy said. “I’ll be in the middle of the field as best I can, trying to spy him too.” The defensive line will play a big part in shutting down Colter as well. Increased pressure on the quarterback will help out the rest of the defense, as it will force Colter to make quick decisions in the pocket. Last week, the D-Line was crucial in creating the two interceptions due to pressure on Maine’s quarterback, in addition to batting down balls at the line of scrimmage. “We had eight bat-downs by our defensive linemen. That’s huge. Those are crazy numbers,” Clancy said. “We’ve got some tall defensive ends in Brian Mihalik and Mehdi Abdesmad. “That’s going to be a big thing for us this week too, is getting in Colter’s face and putting pressure on him. That was one of the key components and why we were so successful against Maine. If we can just keep our front four pushing the line, getting penetration, and putting on moves so they can get in the quarterback’s throwing lane, we’re going to have a good game.” Another key for the defense will be stopping Northwestern’s hurry-up offense. The Eagles struggled facing it last year in the season opener, but Pierre-Louis feels the D is better prepared to keep up with it now. BC has already faced a hurryup offense in Miami, and defensive coordinator Bill McGovern has been making it a focus during practice this week. “We know what we need to expect,” PierreLouis said. “Bill McGovern has been stressing the hurry-up, he’s been making the scout team go faster, we’re getting in our positions better. The D-Line is getting set, the linebackers are making sure we’re making the calls, making sure the whole defense is

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Brian Mihalik (above) and the defensive line will play a key role Saturday, trying to put pressure on NU’s quarterbacks. together, and that’s very key, especially going into Northwestern.” Head coach Frank Spaziani knows it will be a difficult task to keep up with the hurry-up offense, hoping the Miami game will help his defense out. “I don’t know if it’s getting easier to handle,” Spaziani said. “People are becoming a little bit more comfortable with it and understand exactly what goes on. But unless your players have been involved in it and have seen it a few times, it can be very disruptive.” The Eagles will need to play a full 60-minute

game if they want a chance to win, as the Wildcats have orchestrated fourth quarter comebacks in each of their first two wins. The players have seen the tape from that game, and are trying not to be Northwestern’s third straight fourth-quarter victim. “They play four quarters of football,” Pierre-Louis said. “They’re striving every down. They won’t give up at all—I know that for a fact. They came from behind against Syracuse, Vanderbilt as well. You can see that those guys are going to play 60 minutes of football. We can’t let up at any point.” n

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 The Week Ahead


Women’s soccer hosts Clemson tonight at Newton, and men’s soccer plays at Virginia Tech tomorrow night. Field hockey travels to Maryland to face the top-5 Terrapins. Football travels to Chicago to play Northwestern. The 49ers host the Lions on Sunday Night Football.


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Game of the Week

Football beat Maine for its first win of the season. Men’s soccer was blanked by Maryland, while women’s soccer settled for a tie with No. 8 UCF. Field hockey got the win on the road at Harvard. In his return to the NFL, Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a win over the Steelers.

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Field Hockey: No. 11 BC at No. 4 Maryland NFL: Lions at 49ers

Boston College

BC moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings after notching a tie with No. 8 UCF at home over the weekend. The Eagles went up 1-0, but then rallied from a 2-1 deficit to force the tie. Clemson comes to town with a record of 5-1-2, but no quality wins on its slate yet. Both teams will be opening conference play in the matchup. The only time the Eagles have lost to the Tigers was in the 2006 ACC Tournament. Senior Kristie Mewis brings a seven-game scoring streak into the game.

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Notre Dame the newest member of the ACC Notre Dame to ACC, from A10 and integrity,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our partnership with Notre Dame only strengthens this longstanding commitment. Notre Dame enhances the league’s unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope. The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast. This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.” The addition of Notre Dame makes the ACC a very solid conference, especially with all of the changes colleges have been making over the past two years. With the move, the ACC announced it has raised the exit fee to $50 million, further securing the strength of the conference. “We are committed to keeping the Atlantic Coast Conference a vibrant and competitive league dedicated to ensuring the appropriate balance of academics,

athletics, and integrity,” the ACC Council of Presidents said in a joint statement. “The addition of Notre Dame further strengthens the rich tradition and culture of the ACC, as well as allowing for future academic collaboration, and we enthusiastically welcome them into the league.” Notre Dame announced earlier this year that its hockey program would be joining Hockey East in 2013. The school’s teams will be visiting Chestnut Hill even more often now through all of its varsity programs. As far as football goes, the Fighting Irish have agreed to annually play five ACC members and each conference opponent at least once every three years. Notre Dame certainly fits the mold for an ACC team, combining strong academics with talented athletic programs. “Sports has always played a very specific role at Notre Dame, it has two functions. One is to contribute to the education of students and the other is to promote the University. This partnership helps us do both effectively,” Swarbrick said. “By joining such a prestigious group of universities

who share our commitment to athletics as an educational vehicle, not as something secondary to the mission of education, but as something core to it, we will further the education of our student-athletes.” Swarbrick thanked the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, for his leadership during the decision-making process. Jenkins was equally excited for the prospect of the move and the implications it could have on Notre Dame’s future. “The ACC is composed of some of the most highly respected universities in the country, and we at Notre Dame look forward to joining them,” Jenkins said. “With a mix of institutions—many of which are also private, similar to Notre Dame in size, and committed to excellence in research and undergraduate education—the ACC is an exceptionally good fit for us academically, as well as athletically. “It is our hope that, over time, we will be able to explore the possibility of academic collaboration as well as athletic competition with these outstanding universities.” n

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ND and BC will become very familiar with each other, especially on other fields than football.

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Head coach Alison Foley is not letting her team overlook Clemson, who has vastly improved.

BC ready to take on Clemson Women’s Soccer, from A10 on both offense and defense,” Foley said. “They’ve got a couple of precise finishers and they serve accurately, so nothing we earn will come easily. Typically in ACC games, it’s tough to come by good opportunities to score.” For a perennial title-contending squad like BC, its results to date would indicate that a strong start to ACC play should not be a problem. At 5-0-2, the Eagles already boast impressive victories over No. 19 Boston University, Connecticut, and Northeastern. These are all in addition to picking up a crucial point in a draw on the road at No. 4 Stanford, which has become their annual tormentor in the NCAA tournament. Their last result came on Sunday evening, when No. 6 Central Florida visited the Heights and fought its way to a tough 2-2 draw. Kristie Mewis scored the opening goal of the match for BC, extending her consecutive points streak to seven games. The Eagles demonstrated themselves to be much more than a one-woman team though, as numerous attackers had good opportunities to score before junior Kate McCarthy evened up the game late in the second half. On the score sheet, BC is paced by Mewis (4 goals, 5 assists), sophomore Stephanie McCaffrey (four goals), freshman defender McKenzie Meehan (four goals), and McCarthy (three goals). According to Foley, however, it might be the names that have not yet appeared in the

goal column that will serve as the keys to unlocking Clemson’s defense: captain midfielder Gibby Wagner and senior forward Victoria DiMartino. “We’ve got a lot of really good weapons,” Foley said of her team’s attack. “We’ve got girls pitching in goals from a lot of positions, and I think when your defense is as potent as ours, it’s harder to stifle our attack. Vicky and Gibby—maybe not in stats, but in coaching measurement—have been fantastic away from the ball and the goal. They’ve provided a lot of secondary assists, runs away from the ball, and just the little things to help us win. That can’t go without notice.” After they host Clemson on Thursday, the Eagles will travel to Cambridge on Saturday to take on their crosstown rival Harvard, in what will serve as one of their last non-conference games of the regular season. Foley specifically pointed to that game as a crucial match to set up BC’s foray into conference play down the stretch. “Anytime you talk about local derbies, they bring a different sentiment to the table,” Foley said. “Everyone wants to be the best in Boston, and right now we’re on top [after beating both BU and Northeastern], with everyone wanting to knock us off.” To date, the Eagles have taken each and every opponent, ranked or not, in stride. With the team looking like an early national title contender, there is no reason not to believe that it will emerge from this weekend with a record of 1-0 in the ACC, and atop its perch in the city of Boston. n


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rently enrolled at BC will be able to RV out to South Bend during their college career unless they went last year. Just like you weren’t going to be able to 48 hours ago. So, as much fun as it is to complain about Notre Dame, we can all go ahead and stop complaining about that one. There is also a new rule that the Irish can be invited to any bowl game that the ACC qualifies for, as long as the Irish are within one win of other eligible ACC teams. Confusing, right? Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t affect us much. They won’t keep us out of the Orange Bowl if BC (fingers-crossed) qualifies for it in the future, and if they bump us down one spot in the bowl hierarchy, I think we can all get over that in exchange for conference security, prestige, and increased revenue. Moving on to basketball, where the news is even better. Notre Dame is a fairly consistent top-25 program, and that only means a stronger conference and another top team for BC to knock off and add to its tournament resume. A schedule consisting of Syracuse, UNC, Duke, Pitt, NC State, and now ND may seem daunting, but it’s not. It’s helpful.


Men’s Soccer, from A10 Clemens and freshman David Lauretano lead Va. Tech, with each having two goals in five games. On the other side of the pitch, the Eagles have seen major production from senior Kevin Mejia, who currently leads the team with two goals, as well as freshman Jason Abbott, who has a goal and an assist. The key for the Eagles will be strengthening the back line, as goalkeeper Justin Luthy has given up six goals in four games to go along with 13 saves. “We’re trying to get the defense straightened out a bit, because we have two new guys back there,” Kelly said. “We have some freshmen playing, so we’re just working on them and making sure that we’re not giving up silly goals. We’re working on better organization

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no team can count on playing the other teams with any sort of reliable consistency or rotation, and the post-season tournament can be as jumbled and complicated as possible. Thank you for making things logical. This is likely a PR move to focus the attention on Notre Dame, and it’s also probably a lie. Here’s what the ACC should do, and what it’s likely planning behind closed doors. Add Georgetown as the 16th team. It strengthens the hoops side, doesn’t pose any sort of imbalance on the football side, and continues the tradition of strong academics throughout the conference. That way we can have a basketball regular season and postseason that is logical and practical to everyone except Mr. Swofford until a few months from now when he announces Georgetown’s addition to the ACC, at which point its membership will be perfectly logical and practical. Anyway, welcome Notre Dame. Overall, this is great news for the conference and thus great news for BC.

Austin Tedesco is the Asst. Sports Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at

Eagles still recuperating from injuries

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BC needs all of the quality wins it can get in order to make the tournament, and now it only has more opportunities. A loss will mean very little and a win will mean a whole lot. And yes, starting in 2013-2014, the Eagles will be a legitimate contender for a spot in the tourney. Now, some things get a little trickier on the basketball side. Remember a few weeks ago when the ACC announced that every school was getting a basketball rival, meaning BC plays Syracuse twice a year? The addition of Notre Dame means the ACC has 15 men’s basketball programs in the conference. Supposedly, this means that every school gets two rivals now, and somehow that math is supposed to work out. I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same exact thing. And no, there aren’t any plans to add a 16th member. “There is no need to add a 16th team to the league,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford in a press conference yesterday. “From a practical standpoint, it really is illogical.” You’re right, John. Whenever anyone starts any sort of league, the goal is always to have an odd number of teams, preferably right around 15. That way,

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Notre Dame coming to the ACC Will be member in all sports except football By Greg Joyce Sports Editor

The Holy War will no longer be just taking place on the football field for Boston College and Notre Dame. The University announced today that it has accepted an invitation to join the ACC, and will become the 15th member of the conference. The Fighting Irish will remain independent in football, but will become full-time members of the ACC in all other sports. “We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Notre Dame director of athletics Jack

Swarbrick. “This will enable us to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports. Although Notre Dame will remain independent for football, BC head coach Frank Spaziani was still excited to hear the news about the conference’s newest member. “Well, we have a long standing tradition with Notre Dame, and I think we have a mutual respect and appreciation for each other. We understand what a great institution it is,” Spaziani said yesterday on his weekly teleconference. “I think it’s tremendous for our league and certainly for Boston College. We play them, and now to be playing them in other sports is valuable, very valuable.” BC had previously agreed on a contract extension with Notre Dame in football, with games set for 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016,

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2018, and 2019. According to Associate Director of Athletics Chris Cameron, that contract will be played out. After 2019, BC will likely be put into the rotation of ACC teams that will play Notre Dame at least once every three years, if the Fighting Irish are still independent by then. Notre Dame will be another conference-hopper from the Big East, joining Syracuse and Pittsburgh, who accepted invitations to the ACC last year. The Fighting Irish are leaving the Big East, with the exit date not yet set. The earliest they could leave without a penalty is in 2015, but the possibility of a buyout is certainly possible. BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo deferred The Heights’ request for comment on the matter to the ACC office. “The ACC was founded on the cornerstones of balancing academics, athletics

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Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick (left) at yesterday’s introductory press conference.

taming the ’cats

Austin Tedesco It was announced yesterday morning, seemingly out of nowhere, that Notre Dame will be bringing everyone except for Rudy and his football teammates to the ACC at some point during the next few years. When the move from the Big East will occur, exactly, depends on math and politics and boring things like that (plan for 2015). The point is, though, that the Irish are coming, and it’s great news. Here’s a general breakdown of how the forthcoming changes will affect Boston College. Notre Dame will remain independent in football, but will play five ACC teams each year on a rotating schedule, for now, and that actually makes a lot of sense. I don’t know why any program would want to give up its own exclusive TV deal with NBC or why any big move like that would be made before the entire college football playoff system is put in place. If the Irish have a better shot at making the playoff by playing in the ACC, then they’ll make the move. If they don’t, then they’ll stay independent. It’s that simple. So how does this affect BC football? Not that much, actually. It was also announced yesterday that BC’s game contract with ND will continue as planned, so the Eagles will still host the Irish in 2015 and 2019, and ND will still host BC in 2016 and 2018, meaning no one cur-

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Kaleb Ramsey (right) put pressure on Kain Colter (2) in last year’s game against Northwestern, but he’ll be looking to do more of it Saturday to contain NU’s speedy quarterback.

Looking to steal a win on the road, Boston College will need the defense to bring its A-game By Greg Joyce Sports Editor

It’s been a tale of two games for the Boston College defense, and if the Eagles are to pull off a win at Northwestern on Saturday, the D will need to repeat its performance from last Saturday against Maine. BC will be facing a different look with the Wildcats, as they are led by Kain Colter, a dual-threat quarterback, and Venric Mark, a small halfback who averages over 100 rushing yards per game. But Colter is not the only quarterback the defense will likely face, as Trevor Si-

emian has been in the rotation as well. Mostly seeing snaps in the second half of games, Siemian led the game-winning drive against Syracuse in Week One, and led two go-ahead drives at the end of last week’s win against Vanderbilt. Knowing that, the Eagles are preparing for both Colter and Siemian. “We know when [Siemian] is in the game, most likely they’re going to be passing the ball, because if he’s in the game, he’s in the game for a reason,” said fifth-year middle linebacker Nick Clancy. “I think our coach has been telling us, ‘If you see Siemian in the game, know what to expect—expect [the] pass.’

That’s what we’ve been focusing on. If Colter’s not in the game, Siemian’s probably going to be in there to pass the ball.” If Colter is in the game, Clancy and the defense are prepared to try to shut down the quick, run-first quarterback. “Kain Colter, he’s an absolute weapon,” Clancy said. “I think he’s more of a run-style quarterback—run first, throw second. Whenever he finds himself in trouble, he’s not afraid to just tuck the ball and go run with it. We’re going to do a lot of base stuff, but we’re also going to have guys spying on him and making sure that he’s contained and limit his

Foley has BC ready for ACC play

men’s Soccer

By Andrew Klokiw

On Friday, the Boston College men’s soccer team will travel down to Blacksburg, Va. to face conference foe Virginia Tech. The Eagles (2-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) are coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 3 Maryland, while the Hokies (3-2-0, 0-1-0) were downed by No. 1 North Carolina in their last match. Head coach Ed Kelly says that this week’s practice has shown some challenges due to injuries, however the team is excited to have some veteran leaders return. “We’re working hard, but Charlie’s still a little bit sore,” he said. “All in all, we’re getting healthy again. It’s taken some time to get these guys back, and we’ve had so many injuries that they’re still getting used to playing with each other again and that kind of stuff.” Despite the final outcome of last week’s loss to the Terps, as well as its drop from the NCAA top-25 rankings, BC did have some positives come out of the match. The team looked poised in the first half, despite starting four freshmen against an experienced squad. Even more

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BC getting healthier for VT The return of veterans will solidify the offense By Chris Marino

Assoc. Sports Editor

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In a conference like the ACC, everyone looks to women’s soccer powerhouses like Duke, North Carolina, and Boston College as the top clubs. And these teams’ dominance in 2011 came partly at the expense of BC’s upcoming opponent this Thursday evening in Chestnut Hill, the Clemson Tigers, who finished an abysmal 0-10 in conference play last season. But that doesn’t mean head coach Alison Foley and the No. 5 Eagles will be taking the Tigers lightly. “Clemson is off to one of their best years in a long time,” Foley said. “Their new coaching staff has the group organized and moving in the right direction. They improved drastically over last season. By virtue of it being the first ACC game, there will be a lot of energy on both sides and anything can happen.” Foley’s cautious words are backed by Clemson’s hot start to this year. For a team that finished last year with a dismal 6-12 record, the Tigers seem to have put the

ability to run around the field.” Weakside lineback Kevin PierreLouis said that defending a guy like Colter is all about going back to the fundamentals. “Know your job and do your job,” Pierre-Louis said, when asked about the game plan to stop Colter. “Especially if you try to do too much, [Colter] can see an open gap and next thing you know, it’s six [points].” In order to contain the speedy quarterback, the defense will have defenders spying on Colter in the middle of the

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Senior captain Gibby Wagner has not recorded a goal yet, but has helped her team in other ways. past behind them, as they currently sit at 5-1-2. Their lone loss came at Furman University, where they were downed 1-0 in overtime. As Foley alluded to, Clemson head coach Eddie Radwanski enters his second season at the helm of the program. Radwanski’s squad has thus far been paced by sophomore forward Liska Dobberstein (four goals) and senior midfielder Maddy Elder, who has chipped in six assists

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through eight matches. The Tigers are also yet to allow more than one goal in a game, and freshman goalkeeper Hunter Rittgers has already earned four shutouts in 2012. While not mentioning any names, Foley expressed wariness of all these improved areas for Thursday evening’s matchup. “They have looked really balanced

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importantly, senior forward Charlie Rugg entered the game for the first time this season, recovering from a knee injury. Rugg, who was named to the All-ACC team last season, entered the game with 16 minutes left in the first half and played the remainder of the match. The return of their co-leading scorer should improve the Eagles’ chances in future play, especially with senior midfielder Kyle Bekker, who was tied with Rugg for the team lead in goals in 2011, back in action the last few games after injury. “He’ll start at Va. Tech,” Kelly said of Rugg. “He’s ready to play. He’s just a bit rusty. But he’s playing and he’s getting better. Bekk’s back out there as well, we’ll get back that partnership they had.” Last season, Rugg and Bekker combined for 16 goals and 12 assists, making their healthy returns a necessity for the Eagles this year. Although it is early in ACC play, the Eagles have prepared hard for their trip. The Hokies pose a legitimate challenge to the Eagles, having won three 1-0 contests against Richmond, Temple, and St. Bonaventure. Junior forward David

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Thursday, september 13, 2012

BY Brennan Carley Arts & Review Editor, Dan Siering Asst. Arts & Review, Editor Taylor Cavallo Assoc. Arts & Review Editor

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Spears is back for ‘one more time’

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Scene and Heard

BY: Joe allen

Brennan Carley Britney Spears has a new commercial for Twister. I’ll let that sink in for a minute before I continue. Spears, who notoriously blew out her knee several years ago while dancing, is the face of a game that is—in its 2012 incarnation—entirely about dancing. This poses a question—do we care about what our favorite celebrities are actually able to do, or are we content with blissfully accepting an image that’s been painted about them in the media? For instance, Spears was taken to task last year for using a body double in her popular “Till The World Ends,” but was equally as derided for her lackluster dance moves during a concert in support of her Femme Fatale album. Although nobody has made a fuss yet, Spears is clearly not dancing in the Twister commercial—there are far too many camera cuts to shots of just legs, then focusing back on Britney as she shimmies her torso, simulating the moves she could once nail so sharply. Yesterday, she made her debut as the newest judge on The X-Factor, an appearance that has been publicized as a return to the bubbly, funny Spears of old. Media appearances by fellow judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid have shown an air of reverence surrounding Spears, as if she’s some godly presence who plans to swoop in and save the show with her heavenly ways. It’s eerie to me because it seems almost as if Spears’ media presence of late has been one giant campaign to wash away her slightly speckled past, to which I say, who cares? Why do phrases like “that was then, this is now” matter so deeply to Americans who find themselves wrapped up in the stories of Spears and others? It’s this reinvention that has taken place time and time again in pop culture that I’m talking about, like when Justin Timberlake sexed it up on Justified— great album, by the way—or when Christina Aguilera got “Dirty,” gained some weight, got bionic, joined The Voice, and has now reestablished herself as a credible voice in the music industry. Perhaps it has something to do with the comeback story that we as Americans are so attached to as a trope precisely because we can see ourselves in celebrities’ shoes. Britney had some rough years, Christina hasn’t had a hit in a while, but we like seeing a fighting spirit in these celebrities. This shouldn’t come as news—pop culture icons have been reinventing themselves for years. The situation we have with Britney, it seems, is one of revisionist history, placing her on this hallowed pedestal as the Princess of Pop. Don’t get me wrong, she’s churned out some incredible pop songs over the years, but that doesn’t mean the viewing public should be brainwashed into believing in the image of Spears that her handlers so desperately want us to embrace. She is who she is, and that’s a human being, flaws and all. It’s a similar story with Canadian “Call Me Maybe” starlet Carly Rae Jepsen, who ascended to fame so quickly with a seemingly innocuous backstory. I think very few people would be able to identify Jepsen as a former Canadian Idol contestant, just as many were shocked to discover that the supposed teenybopper was in fact 26 years old at the time of the song’s release. There’s nothing wrong with a little backstory either. I think it’s great that Jepsen has found success doing something she loves, and I think Spears is a good fit for the show she’s now judging. I just don’t like being delivered packaged celebrities every time I confront them. I find myself gravitating to musicians and actors who embrace who they were and use it to shape who they are—many of whom just happen to be New Yorkers, who never run away from their problems. Jepsen, Spears, Aguilera—they’re all significant movers and shakers in the world of entertainment, and they’ve all worked to get where they are. They shouldn’t continue to patronize the American public by pretending that they’re perfect. I guess what I’m saying is that I’d like Britney Spears to be more like Danny Brown, a Detroit rapper who was a major crack addict, whose manic rhymes are surely the byproduct of years of addiction. Spears showed signs of embracing the crazy on Blackout, but now it’s like it never happened. Pull a full Danny Brown, Britney—wear the crazy on your sleeve. It’ll make for a better show.

Brennan Carley is the Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at


2. ‘MUCH ADO’ IS NEW Saying that Joss Whedon has been having a good year is an understatement. This year, the idolized writer released the instant-cult classic horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods and box-office giant The Avengers. So what has he been doing in his limited spare time? Filming a cheap, black-and-white version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing! The film, just released to applause at the Toronto Film Festival, has prompted Lionsgate to buy its distribution rights.

By way of blurry set photos, we have been lead to believe that Arrested Development’s fourth season is really happening. Lately, it seems like every week brings more evidence to throw in the pile. These past few days, multiple actors who played recurring characters on AD have confirmed their involvement with the new season, including Judy Greer (who plays crazed secretary, Kitty), Liza Minnelli (Lucille #2), and Mae Whitman as George Michael’s ex-girlfriend, Ann. The last announcement reportedly caused a whole fan nation to ask, “Her?”

4. AVATAR 4 Y’ALL James Cameron is certainly busy these days between the Avatar sequels, filming oceans, and…did we mention Avatar? Just when everyone thought the trips to Pandora would end after a second sequel, Cameron pulled a George Lucas on all of us. He’s making a prequel. Queue the collective “Oh … okay.” Cameron told MTV that trip back to the “early expeditions of Pandora” would be the “logical thing” because “we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three.” Has anyone told him that pursuing something besides Avatar is also logical?


Anyone who has ever asked themselves if their relationship will work long-term now has a definitive answer: No! If nine-year couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler is getting divorced, none of us stand a chance. The break-up was “very amicable,” a source says. “Bulls—t!” we say, followed by “They even sealed the deal this time. It’s just not fair!” Some facts to make the news even sadder: Arnett and Poehler had two sons together. They have appeared on screen together numerous times. They’ve …you know what? We’re going to cry ourselves to sleep now, if that’s alright with you.


As impossible as it may seem, imagine you’re Ryan Gosling. You’ve just written a script called How to Catch a Monster that “weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern-day fairy-tale.” You naturally want Christina Hendricks to star as a single mother working in a “fetish club” (Hendrick’s words). How do you do it? You send her the script in “this cool box with an interesting little key, and cool artwork in it.” She accepts the role not only because you like craft projects, but also because you’re Ryan Gosling. The rest of the world waits in anticipation.

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Internet outlets such as Spotify and Pandora make finding and downloading songs very simple. But is it good for the art?

Music hunting takes on a new form in the modern age Katie Lee My true love for music began on my 10th birthday. It was that day when my parents finally gave me that pink and white polka-dot boom box from Target (yes it played CDs, tapes, AND had AM/FM radio) that I had been asking them to buy me for months. At the time, I believed it to be the greatest gift in the world—the greatest piece of technology ever invented. A collection of CDs complete with my beloved Backstreet Boys Millennium and my dad’s favorite Tom Petty album, Into the Great Wide Open, shortly followed. While the collection of CDs slowly grew, I listened to the albums that I had accumulated on repeat, flipping through the booklets of lyrics and artwork. Now, the days of obsessively listening to these albums are far behind. In this era of instant satisfaction and gratification, it’s easy to forget the days before effortless downloads, music blogs, and unlimited streaming from an online radio. Over the course of our short lifetimes, it seems as though everything about the way we listen to music has evolved. Even the period of over-jealous middle school Napster downloads and CD burning feels like eons ago. With the rise of online retailers (followed by a mul-

titude of illegal ways to download), music just became easier and easier to find and listen to. Today, as an avid music lover, I have more access to and listen to more music than ever before. There is no longer just one way to listen. From iTunes, to Pandora, to Amazon mp3s, to 8tracks, the options are endless. You can always hear what you want to hear, when you want to hear it. It’s now possible play an Internet radio based on mood, search for similar artists to ones you’re interested in, or even to check out what your friends are listening to. What’s more, the discovery of the latest hip-hop mixtape or the hot new indie band from the Northwest is right at our fingertips. Whether you are a lover of music blogs, a social media fanatic, or just someone who gets sent a YouTube link to a new catchy tune by your roommate, the potential for stumbling upon new or unknown music has become extraordinarily easy for everyone. People just now seem to know a lot more about what’s out there, even when they don’t necessarily own the rights to the music itself. This past summer, I reluctantly jumped on the Spotify bandwagon. While some of my friends had been raving about the service for months, I was hesitant to move away from my obsessive and meticulous use of my

iTunes library. I was caught up by the fact that the library and playlists were my own, something that I had been developing for years, and I was unenthusiastic to do something different. However, within a few days of use, I was hooked. I could skip an unlimited number of songs, subscribe to a friend’s playlists through the Facebook integration, and discover infinite amounts of new music through features and apps. The possibilities were endless. But is it all too much? Is the amount of music available an information overload? What could possibly come next? I must admit, there are some days that I can’t make up my mind. I don’t know what to listen to or how I should listen to it. I find myself anxious as to whether I should be on the look out for the next rising artist or if I should spend time listening to ones I already love. Technology has undoubtedly brought us closer to music. Yet maybe it has gone too far. Sometimes, I find myself longing for the simple afternoons of placing the scratched Tom Petty disc into the polka dot boom box and dancing around my living room to “Learning to Fly.”

Katie Lee is a staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at arts@

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FOR ONE WEEK OUT OF THE YEAR, FASHION AND POP CULTURE ELITE UNITE UNDER THE TENTS OF LINCOLN CENTER. THESE TWO WON OUR HEARTS. BY Brennan Carley Arts & Review Editor, Dan Siering Asst. Arts & Review Editor, Taylor Cavallo Assoc. Arts & Review Editor

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jESSICA cHASTAIN No one worked harder in 2011 than Ms. Chastain. The red-headed actress starred in seven feature films, nearly all of which were met with critical success. Chastain kicked off the year with a bloody modern take on Shakespeare’s classic Coriolanus, which put the young starlet firmly on the map. She then hit the film festival circuit with a triumvirate of critical gems: Terrance Malick’s ambitious life drama The Tree of Life, the psycho-apocalyptic thriller Take Shelter, and—perhaps the most surprising hit of the year—The Help, for which the actress was awarded an Oscar nomination. Chastain has settled into selecting roles that depict good-hearted, caring characters, such as The Help’s sympathetic Celia Foote or the maternal mother in The Tree of Life. At New York Fashion Week, Chastain displayed her classy elegance through her simple, yet chic, wardrobe. At the Altuzarra Spring 2013 show at La Venue in NYC, Chastain sported a camel colored, curve hugging dress with crisscross detail around the bust line. Her wavy red hair, a staple of the starlet, was pulled back into a ponytail and added a refreshingly simple touch of sophistication to the outfit. The clincher was a white and silver belt with a gold accessory clip at the front to give the dress a tailored finish. Although potentially risky against her pristine porcelain skin, the flesh colored dress popped against the star’s striking red hair and rosy lips. Chastain’s style hasn’t gone unnoticed—the star posed for the highly coveted pinnacle of fashion, Vogue Italia in 2012. While Chastain was certainly not the flashiest celebrity of the stylish week, her subtle sense of chic went a long way and stayed true to her classy persona, exhibited through her roles and her wardrobe. While a usual actor would take a break after such an arduous year, Chastain has showed no signs of slowing this year, having starred in four flicks this year—including the recent rugged western Lawless. Later this year, the red head will take on her first leading role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, the much anticipated thriller that centers around the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Look for Chastain to be hitting the talk show and red carpet circuit hard this fall, where she can continue to show off her stunning wardrobe. With a strong canon of work, keen eye for fashion, and classic good looks, Chastain seems to be well on her way to a prolific career as both a trendsetter and a leading actress.


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If you lived in a metropolitan area this summer, the odds are that you encountered the sonic burst of banjee rapper Le1f, a the New York born and raised wunderkind who quietly released the supersonic mixtape Dark York in April to little fanfare outside of the circles in which he already rolled. Although big time blogs largely ignored the tape at the moment of its release, Le1f had a back-up plan to get noticed. The low budget, high thrills video for “Wut” catapulted the rapper into the mainstream upon its July release. Pitchfork, Gawker, and even NBC all picked up on the hypnotic video, which features (in turn) a shirtless man in a Pikachu mask, dance sequences that scream “GIF me,” and the most ratchet backup dancers this side of 125th Street. It’s funny, it’s original, and it’s completely unexpected, with the kind of moments that take viewers by surprise and entrance them at the same time. It comes as no surprise that the fashionably fascinating rapper—who happens to be gay, but makes note that it shouldn’t define his career—made his mark on some major fashion shows during New York’s Fashion Week. Asher Levine, a 22-year old fashion maven who has designed for Lady Gaga and fellow clothing connoisseur Nicola Formichetti, personally invited Le1f to perform at his Spring 2013 Menswear Show. It makes sense: Levine describes the collection as “shapes that accentuate the human form in ways that you would look at it and not understand what it means”—much as Le1f has taken the art form of rap and bent it in new ways. Additionally, Le1f found himself invited to view some prestigious shows during the weeklong festivities. “They got me and mom seated across from Diane and Anna lol,” he Tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, referring to fashion icons Diane Von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. He DJed for Patrik Ervell’s show and Narciso Rodriguez’s afterparty at the Standard. His most prestigious slot, however, came when he played alongside the queen bee, Lil Kim, at the Opening Ceremony’s first night party. Though Le1f has maintained almost an entirely New York presence since the explosion of “Wut,” he’s now signed on to open for Brooklyn rap group Das Racist’s fall tour across the country, bringing the phenomenon to Boston’s Royale in October. He dyes his hair whatever color pleases him when he wakes up, and matches it with patchwork tank tops, thrift-store chic hats, and bottoms shorter than most men would even consider wearing. He is, in a word, unique. Le1f has alluded to desiring to work with rappers like Azealia Banks and Sasha Go Hard—with whom he’ll play at New York’s Santos Party House later this month—and it seems like nothing is out of the question for the lyricist. Le1f is both a fashion forward star and the voice of a generation previously repressed in mainstream rap. He represents both old and new schools of rap music, inverting expectations and defying conventions.


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Keeping with the current

Star value by Allan Guzman

Rebel Wilson breaks conventional rules of comedy Ocean looks to bridge musical gap There aren’t too many female actors capable of achieving the title of comedic royalty attained by the likes of Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey, but newcomer Rebel Wilson is showing us all that she’s got the potential to make it in Hollywood. The native Australian is making quite an impact in the increasingly popular female-led, Judd Apatow-inspired style of humor. Wilson has enjoyed success in Australian television shows such as Bogan Pride and The Wedge, but her breakout role came in the film Bridesmaids, where she played Kristen Wiig’s boorish, yet funny roommate, Brynn. Wilson has since appeared in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and is now starring in another Bridesmaids-esque comedy, Bachelorette, as well as the upcoming Pitch Perfect. It’s only a short while before Wilson hits comedy stardom, and she’ll surely keep audiences laughing every step of the way.

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Fashion Forward

Resist lazy urges and dress to impress Professional, polished feminie attire will turn heads this fall

Therese Tully Yesterday I headed out for my night class. As I strolled across campus, I came across one of the weirdest sartorial moments I have witnessed during my time at Boston College. I saw a bro all decked out in typical bro attire, right down to the perfect height mid-calf socks. This is something that is so familiar on this campus, that it no longer warrants any notice at all. But something was off—the guy was carrying a leather briefcase. Really? I don’t think I have ever seen a stranger juxtaposition. A t-shirt and backwards hat don’t really scream “business professional” to me. What could he be doing? I was so confused. But really, I shouldn’t be surprised, I guess. How many of us have seen people out partying one night, and buttoned up in a suit the next day for a CSOM event? One moment they are raging frat (or so they wish) bros, and the next they are substituting sports talk with words like “resume,” “cover letter,” and “networking.” Nothing I’d care to talk about, that’s for sure. They travel in packs across campus, looking like a herd of young up-and-coming analysts or something, perfectly hiding their hangovers. College is such a strange between-time in our lives. Yes, I often feel like I just want to throw on a BC sweatshirt and call it a day, but there are other days when I feel more grown up and professional. Should we be criticized for being one person by day, and a totally different one by night? We are young, so why not I guess. Pretty soon, throwing on yoga pants and calling it an outfit for the day won’t be in the realm of possibility for most of us. Business casual, blazers, and button downs will become our uniforms. So if we choose to present ourselves professionally day-to-day, even if we are only heading to Lower Campus, it shouldn’t be looked down upon. I personally like dressing up for class. It distinguishes you ex-

ternally, and changes the way you feel about yourself. Heading to the library in a blazer makes me feel like I am ready to get down to business, while sweatpants leave me ready to nap. So now that everyone’s summer internships are over, it’s time to transition these pieces into your everyday wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but clothing is too expensive for me to not find multiple ways to wear each item I own. Silk blouses that were tucked into pencil skirts all summer can be freed from their waistband constraints and paired with colored jeans for a casual, yet pulled together classroom look. Not only will you look great, but you will also be prepared for whatever the day may throw your way. Professors will undoubtedly take you more seriously than your pj-clad classmates if you need to ask for a favor. Now those dressier pants and skirts that seem silly outside the office can also be repurposed for your school wardrobe. Pairing something structured and business-like with an unusual fabric complement is sure to be eye-catching. Denim and tweed, floral prints and khaki-colored skirts, or loose fitting tissue thin tees over a pencil skirt are all sure to be winning combinations. As the weather changes and gets weirder and weirder, and you never know whether it will be freezing or burning up outside, using that blazer you bought for your internship over a sundress is the perfect combination. Add a scarf on chillier mornings to keep the look stylish and not too overdone. This way, you can navigate the ridiculously unpredictable temperatures of Gasson Hall in style. This fall, pants for women are on the rise, as evidenced throughout every fall fashion magazine currently on the stands, making it the perfect time to channel your inner businesswoman. Keep things feminine despite the masculine silhouette of a pant, paired with metallic statement jewelry that is dominating the runways, by swiping on a coat of cranberry colored lipstick, the hottest hue this fall by far. No one said business casual, even to class, had to be ugly. A polished look just screams New England in the fall. Hopefully cooler weather starts to come and allow the exposure of my sweater collection. And also, hopefully the cooler weather will ban the bizarre shorts and briefcase pairings that are apparently all the rage on campus at this moment in time. An element of surprise, and a good mixing in an outfit is good, but I’d go so far to say that lax wear with a business edge is not a trend that is going to be catching on any time soon—I hope. Regardless, dare to work some more professional pieces into your daily wardrobe to ensure a powerful state of mind and a successful semester ahead.

Therese Tully is an editor for The Heights. She can be reached at

Although many of us want to forget our past internships, there may be a few things salvagable from the experience; namely staple pieces from your wardrobe. Blazers are appropriate in the workplace and the classroom setting. Heels and tailored pants can make any outfit sophisticated despite the time or place. Even though internship experiences might have been less than pleasant, channeling the business chic yet casual style from the mundane workday can only help develop your professional persona.

Like This? Try That! by Carolina del busto We can probably all agree that eBay is a pretty awesome website, but if you’re a crafty person (like me), then Etsy is where you’ve died and gone to arts-and-crafts heaven. You’ll first notice the stark differences when it comes to the categories each site offers. EBay’s categories range from electronics to sporting goods to motors, whereas Etsy has a more tailored range from holiday to ceramics to vintage. Etsy offers more than just an outlet where people can sell things that they’ve made, but these same people can also set up online shops and essentially run a mini-business this way. On eBay, you have your seller’s account, but it’s not as personal or independent as it would be on Etsy. EBay is described as an online marketplace of sorts where one can find an old out-of-print baseball card, or even buy a car. Etsy, on the other hand, fosters an environment for some creative people to sell their creations and others to buy craft supplies. Both of these websites are pretty stellar in their own ways, but next time you’re looking for that one-of-akind accessory, you might want to browse Etsy. Photos courtesy of google images

I was lucky enough to spend this summer in New York City, and I was even luckier that my two fellow arts editors lived in close proximity to the Big Apple. While we took advantage of numerous offerings around NYC (read Brennan Carley’s column from last week for more details), the one vein that we most avidly tapped was the city’s summer concert scene. Some of these shows were only my indulgences, like the free Central Park concert by Dawes, while other times the performer was a collective favorite of the group, such as Lana Del Rey’s 45-minute sprint of a show at Irving Plaza. Then there were those acts that my editor friends were ecstatic to see and I knew nothing about, but, for the sake of seeing live music, I went to go see. One example of such a concert was Frank Ocean’s performance at Terminal 5. I’m sure some of you more versed in the music world are appalled that Ocean would fall under such a dubious category for an arts editor. But I would be the first to admit that current hip-hop and R&B are not strong areas of expertise when it comes to my fine arts education (my fellow editors, on the other hand, are currently working on their doctorates). I have nestled into the nook of being the movie/folk rock/house music enthusiast of the trio. But when I saw Ocean play that Thursday night, the same night the infamous “derecho” storm sped through New York (coincidence?), I was immediately hooked. Surrounded by ruckus and a sold-out crowd that knew virtually every word that came out of the soulful crooner’s mouth, it was nearly impossible to discount Ocean as just a flavor of the month. Until that night, I had never seen a performer get roaring applause for every song he or she announced to the crowd. It was nothing short of a musical phenomenon. The late-July concert came just a few days after the release of Ocean’s first official album, Channel Orange, which sold 131,000 (legal) copies in its first week. The performance also came weeks after Ocean announced to the world that he was homosexual, a revelation that made a few headlines and brought a whole set of new meanings to his songs. Ocean has since began to make a name for himself nationally, making stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago and, more recently, MTV’s Video Music Awards. There seems to be nothing stopping this soulful songster with fantastic flow from continuing his vault into stardom. While he only has one true album to his name, Ocean has been around the music game for quite some time. After looters destroyed his New Orleans studio in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ocean elected to move to Los Angeles in 2005, where he eventually nabbed a songwriting deal to help pen tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy. It was also in L.A. that he met a broke and angry young rapper named Tyler, who would soon slap “The Creator” at the end of his name and helm the now-notorious rap group Odd Future. Ocean claimed that Tyler inspired him to continue writing and pursue a solo career. The singer then released his own mixtape, nostalgia, Ultra, earned Kanye West as a fan, and was signed to Def Jam for his full-length album. R&B singers are a dime a dozen in pop music today, but what makes Frank Ocean so special is the type of crowd that is attracted to his music. It seems that Ocean, for the time being, has bridged the seemingly infinite gorge between indie and mainstream music—his catchy choruses attract Top 40 fans and his sincere lyrics fascinate more cerebral music lovers. In my corner of the world, it has given my friends, with usually clashing music tastes, something to agree upon. While I know a few of you already have a well-established love for the avant-R&B singer, for the rest I urge you to give Frank a chance and dip a toe in the Ocean.

Dan Siering is the Asst. Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at

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Eclectic xx gives listeners meditative new album

Chart Toppers

By Kira Mulshine

1 Whistle Flo-Rida 2 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 3 One More Night Maroon 5 4 Lights Ellie Goulding 5 Some Nights Fun. 6 Everybody Talks Neon Trees 7 Wide Awake Katy Perry 8 Good Time Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

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The xx is an easy listening, London-based indie band that formed back in 2008. It began in 2005 as a duo group, consisting of 15-year-old Oliver Sim and Romy Croft. The now four innovative musicians (with the addition of Jamie Smith and Baria Qureshi) came together as friends, and since then they have released two full-length albums. Today they released their second album, Coexist, and it is already gaining much deserved worldwide praise and playing time. The stunning resonance in Croft’s voice guides you through 45 minutes of tranquil artistry where The xx creates music with depth that is admired for its ambiguity. There is no distinct interpretation of each track that is obvious to the listener—instead, listeners may extrapolate their own meaning which allows them to interact personally with the album. Upon listening to Coexist several times in its entirety, I leisurely shaped my opinion of the dreamlike conglomeration of tracks. The album blends together flawlessly to create background music that complements a weekday routine, most of which students spend alone and walking, working, studying, eating, or thinking. Each action can be completed while the pacifying melodies of The xx flow into your ears, diminish your

anxieties, and set you at ease. Coexist begins with the surreal sounds of keyboard, bass guitar, and Croft’s entrancing female vocals. This first track, “Angels,” is reminiscent of the song “Stars” off their first selftitled album. It incorporates similar passionate and heartbreaking lyrics paired with the simple sounds of trancelike keyboard, unbroken bass guitar, and minimal drum beats. You barely notice as the next track “Chained” begins, until a male voice accompanies Croft, in this dreamlike duet with inspiring musical undertones. These undertones are especially apparent in the upbeat drum beat that lies beneath the song as a whole. It keeps the track moving forward with a dancelike, R&B feel that is bound to be included in a club remix, if it has not been already. Although there are minimal surprises in musical progression as the album advances, I still particularly enjoyed “Sunset,” a track placed thoughtfully in the middle of the album. It is another upbeat duet that can be placed in the R&B genre. Its sensual but simple lyrics immediately captivate and weaken. The lyrics “And what have you done with the one I love? / When I look into your eyes / I see no surprise” are particularly depressing if one listens too closely, but the words can allow listeners to consider their own experiences with love. As much as this album gives one a sense of ease, it is apparent that it is

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The hip xx foursome offers listeners an isolating, yet meaningful meditative experience through new ‘Coexist.’ not meant to leave the listener elated, but instead contemplative. Nearing the end of the album is one of the few tracks in the mix which led me to advance toward positive thought. The song, titled “Swept Away,” begins slow and soothing with dominant vocals, and as it nears the one minute mark, a catchy drum beat, appealing keyboard chords, and later a comparatively hopeful guitar riff

each enter the mix. The smooth transition to the following song is almost indistinguishable. Titled “Our Song,” it ends the album on an optimistic note, telling a story of a supportive couple who may no longer be, but still care deeply for each other. This is blatant in the beginning verse, “All I have / I will give to you / And at times when no one wants to / I will give you me / And we’ll be / Us.” This

is simply a beautiful composition of words which show the existence of love between two coexisting characters who speak throughout the entire album. As the final tones fade, you will be released from your meditative state refreshed and ready to take action—but be careful, you may not notice the album begin again as you enter another 45-minute introspective session alone. n

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Simplistic, yet charged emotions resonate through ‘The Carpenter’ By Ariana Igneri Heights Staff

Over the past decade, The Avett Brothers have released a number of albums. Yet it wasn’t until 2009, with the release of I and Love and You, that the Southern trio successfully polished and shined its bluegrass,

Indie style. Collaborating once again with producer Rick Rubin on their latest record, The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers seem to have finally evolved, adapting a distinctive identity that both the band and listeners can be comfortable with. Here, they remain true to their past, crafting acoustic, folk-based melodies, while at the

same time subtly balancing their rootsy vibe with their mainstream ambitions. The Carpenter, in sum, is a 12track compilation of brilliantly startling, fingerpicked ballads, which are appropriately introduced by the title track “The Once and Future Carpenter.” The guitar line is basic yet rich,

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The Avett Brothers continue to impress fans with their poetic ability to turn dark ideas into a melodic and light album.

giving the song a raw, natural feel. Scott Avett’s earthy vocals, moreover, lend a sense of introspective sincerity to the track, as he sings, “If I live the life I’m given / I won’t be scared to die.” As evident in this reflective song about life and death, The Avett Brothers have the poetic skill of carving, almost literally, simple, beautiful truths out of complicated, and sometimes weighty, concepts. “Winter in my Heart” is another song that enables the band to take a serious, dark idea, and make it both lyrically and melodically aesthetic. It’s ghostly and stark, but simultaneously poignant and delicate. Working again with an acoustic rhythm as a base, The Avett Brothers further enhance the ambience of the track with a hymn-like cello and a weeping steel guitar bridge that instantly evokes a strong, emotional response. Because musical authenticity is an obvious aspect of The Carpenter, it’s no wonder that the record’s songs tend to resound not just in the listener’s ears, but also in his or her soul. “Through My Prayers” and “A Father’s First Spring,” for example, are both achingly lovely ballads, but for extremely different reasons. The former song is a sol-

emn one that gracefully delves into the universal theme of loss, and the latter song is a tender, sweet one that describes the sentimental love of a father for his daughter. The lyrical subjects are in blatant contrast, but what is true of both ballads is not just lulling, layered harmonies, but also strong, emotional connections. Aside from ballads, there are other shining points on the album ,too. “Pretty Girl From Michigan,” “I Never Knew You,” and “Down With the Shine” are fun songs that rely less on gently picked strings and more on bouncing bass lines, marching piano chords, and striking banjo strums. With the first, the band adds to their collection of “Pretty Girl” songs with one that is rollicking and confident. Characterized by a hybrid blues jam and a precisely placed and fuzzy electric guitar, “Pretty Girl From Michigan” is soaring and loud compared to the rest of The Carpenter, but it is by no means overdone. “I Never Knew You” is just as energetic, and with its sparkling keys and driving strums, it even has a Beatles-esque touch to it. Although a bit slower, “Down With the Shine” is also a bold, building anthem. The song, complemented

by brassy trumpets, is actually about avoiding the shining temptation of materialism, and as the sharp banjo plucks on, the conviction in Avett’s vocals is undeniable. The only place that the album falls short is in the middle, with two sequential songs: the 98-second long and boringly jangling track “Geraldine,” and the psychedelic and insistently adventurous “Paul Newman Vs. The Demons.” Both just don’t seem to blend effectively with the general tone of the record. These two mishaps can be easily overlooked, however, in light of The Carpenter’s first single and its closing track. “Live and Die,” a shuffling, country ballad, has an irresistibly bright chorus and an even better pre-chorus, making it an excellent choice for the record’s lead single. The last song, “Life,” is one of the most memorable. The sweet, mellifluous notes of the cello and the bright, warm acoustic melody of the guitar blend with the honeyed vocals and rising and falling harmonies of the two brothers to create the perfect end to The Carpenter. It really is a masterpiece that whittles a place into your heart and resonates deeply with beauty and truth. n

Legendary Dylan exhibits lyricism in abstract, introspective album By Sean Keeley Heights Staff

Predicting Bob Dylan’s next move is never easy. The man has spent his 50-year career defying expectations and letting his muse carry him where it will. Sometimes the results are genius, like when he went electric in the mid-’60s, or turned his failing marriage into the stuff of poetry in Blood on the Tracks. Other times … well, he does something like Christmas in the Heart, the indefensible 2009 release where Dylan strained his shattered vocal chords with cheesy renditions of Christmas carols. But it’s never safe to count him out. Three years after the Christmas debacle, Dylan has done another turnaround with his 35th studio album, Tempest. In some ways, the new album resembles his previous efforts Love and Theft and Modern Times, as Dylan continues to mine the American folk and blues tradition for inspiration. Many of the album’s lines and riffs come from older songs, and it is also peppered with allusions to the Bible, Shakespeare, and other sources. Yet Dylan is able to craft

this hodgepodge of influences into something genuinely creative. His poetic voice is clear as ever, always ready with a sardonic quip or clever turn of phrase, and he still has a few surprises up his sleeve—whether it’s name-dropping Leonardo DiCaprio on a 14-minute song about the Titanic or crafting a moving tribute to John Lennon. Tempest begins unassumingly enough. “Duquesne Whistle” opens with the muted interplay of old-timey guitar licks before kicking into a jaunty train song. It’s pleasant enough, but Dylan’s all-too-ragged voice isn’t able to convincingly sell the song’s sentiment, and a few of the notes are simply out of his reach. The next track, “Soon After Midnight,” is a marked improvement, with Dylan singing in a gentle croon that’s surprisingly effective. The song starts as a tender ballad addressed to a lover (“I’m searching for phrases / To sing your praises….”), but soon reveals a darker side, with the narrator stating “I’ve been down on the killing floors” and offering to drag his rival’s corpse through the mud. The song’s turn is evidence of Dylan’s sly ability to shift the tone

of a song with a single line. It also foreshadows the darkness and bloodshed of the rest of the album. Two long tracks are particularly notable in this regard: “Tin Angel” and “Tempest.” The first is an album highlight, a nine-minute murder ballad in which a jealous husband confronts his wife and her lover. All the elements come together here: Dylan’s descriptive powers are in full force, picking up on small sensory details and effortlessly shifting between his characters’ different voices, while cymbals, banjo, and a bass line steadily pulse to the song’s deadly conclusion. The title track, an epic about the Titanic’s sinking, is not quite as successful. Despite an appealing Celtic sound, a lively fiddle part, and some good lines, it is ultimately indulgent and fails to justify its 14-minute length. E l s e w h e re o n th e a l b u m , though, Dylan gets it just right. “Scarlet Town” is an ominous portrait of a decrepit village, with some of the album’s most evocative writing. “Pay in Blood” is a high-energy rock jam, with Dylan’s fierce snarl ferociously delivering some of his most blistering lines in years, culminating in the repeated

declaration “I pay in blood, but not my own.” It’s a song that puts Dylan’s weathered vocals to fine use, and is an undeniable album highlight. After exploring such dark and angry territory, Tempest closes on a tender note with “Roll On John,” a warm and sincere tribute to John Lennon. The song is both a lament

of his death and a celebration of his life, mixing concrete biographical details with more abstract verses. It even incorporates lines from Beatles songs and ends with an invocation of William Blake’s “The Tyger.” What comes through most clearly, though, is the affection in Dylan’s voice as he sings the chorus: “Shine your light / Move

it on / You burned so bright / Roll on John.” It’s a touching tribute from one artist to another and a reminder of what a great talent was lost when Lennon was murdered in 1980—and, too, a reminder that we still have one of rock’s greats with us, still forging ahead 50 years after he entered the business. Roll on, Bob. n

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New ‘Tempest’ reinforces Bob Dylan’s position as rock royalty through his emotive lyrical narration and clear voice.

Radio singles by nathan rossi Carly Rae Jepsen “This Kiss”

Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay-Z “Clique” “This Kiss” is the official second single from Jepsen’s upcoming U.S. debut album, Kiss. While not nearly as catchy as the ubiquitous “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen and her production team were smart in crafting a follow-up single that sounds like it was taken straight out of the ’80s. While not groundbreaking, “This Kiss” is a believable next step in Jepsen’s career trajectory. Expect to hear this nonstop.

The latest track from the upcoming GOOD Music compilation does not stray far from previously released singles. Likewise, the song does not compare to anything on last year’s Watch the Throne. The beat is too bombastic. West and Jay give decent, but otherwise unremarkable, performances. Ultimately, Big Sean steals the show with a verse that saves “Clique” from being forgettable.

Taylor Swift “Ronan” “Ronan” is the story of a young boy who died of a cancer at the age of three. Written by Swift and the boy’s mother, the song has been released as a charity single with all proceeds going to Stand Up 2 Cancer. Once again, Swift proves that she is a master storyteller, giving heartfelt and touching vocals that are haunting. “Ronan” is one of Swift’s best songs to date.


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A Standing O for Boston’s Historic Theatre District There’s nothing quite like watching a feel-good musical, or a sidesplittingly hilarious comedy show, or a captivating musical performance. The energy and excitement of live entertainment and performance art that surrounds Boston’s historic Theater District has drawn crowds for over two centuries, and today offers attractions that

branch beyond what the neighborhood name suggests. Easily accessible to students via the T, the Theatre District in downtown Boston is located on the east and south sides of the Boston Common on Washington and Tremont streets. Throughout this area of town lie several famous theaters and their familiar architectural facades. The Colonial Theatre, the Opera House, the Schubert Theatre, the Citi Performing Arts Center (which includes the Wang Theatre), the Wilbur Theatre, the Charles Playhouse, and the Orpheum Theatre entice visitors and passersby to enter their lavish lobbies and extravagantly adorned interiors. Keep in mind that you don’t even have to attend a show to view

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Located on Washington Street, the historic Boston Opera House boasts intricate renovations.

the beautiful architecture. The Theatre District is also home to Emerson College. Emerson owns two of the theaters in the area: Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Paramount Theatre. The National Register of Historic Places honored Boston’s Theatre District in 1979 to celebrate the historical richness of how Boston’s top-notch theaters came to be. Theater became a legal institution in Boston in 1792, after the Puritans had banned it along with other forms of entertainment. At that point, theaters began popping up along Washington Street and Tremont Street, and flourished. Although the introduction of movies threatened the district with empty seats in the early 1900s, Boston theaters bounced back and have undergone careful restoration and refurbishing through the years. For all the Broadway aficionados, Boston will soon be hosting some of the best musicals fresh from the Big Apple, including War Horse (Opera House, Oct. 10-21), Memphis (Colonial Theatre, Dec. 11-23), Sister Act (Opera House, Jan. 22-Feb. 3), and Jersey Boys (Colonial Theatre, Jan. 30-Mar. 9). If traditional theater holds no interest, however, make sure to check out the wildly entertaining Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse. Blue Man Group is an annual smash hit and representative of the variety welcomed by the Theatre District, such as some of the

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Owned by Emerson College, the Paramount Center features studios and two theaters. entertainment industry’s most popular comedians. In particular, Russell Brand and former SNL player Norm MacDonald will be performing at the Wang and Wilbur Theatres later this month. Comedy clubs, karaoke bars, and nightclubs also line the streets of the Theatre District. Comedy Connection at the Wilbur Theatre on Tremont Street is one of the most popular comedy clubs in Boston, and though it tends to feature big-name comedians (like past headliners Chris Rock), it also highlights local comics on the rise. For those who prefer to be on the stage instead of sitting in the audience, karaoke bars like Limelight on Tremont Street provide the opportunity to embrace your inner star

and belt out your favorite tunes from the stage area. And what’s a show without dinner? The Theatre District boasts dozens of restaurants with a wide range of cuisines, including French, Thai, traditional German, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, and contemporary American. Since many of the restaurants in the area are pricey, a quick, cheap bite might have to suffice, so head to the City Place Food Court at the Stuart Street/Charles Street intersection in the Massachusetts Transportation building. The food may not be superb, but the interior layout has won design awards, so it is worth stopping by even if simply for a post-show coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. n

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At about 4:00 p.m., the manager at the Tavern on the Water walked into District D14 to report stolen property and stated that at about 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, an unknown person walked into the right rear opened door. The person entered the manager’s office and removed over $1,000 from the safe and then fled. Video surveillance has been recovered to be further investigated. The total amount of money taken is unknown.

Mistaken identity enables robbery on Gardner Terrace At about 12:31 a.m., two officers responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress at 9 Gardner Terrace. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the victim, who stated that while he was at home, a white male entered his home through an unlocked rear door, entered an unoccupied bedroom, and stole a MacBook Pro and iPod Touch. The victim stated that the suspect unplugged a light in his bedroom and may have left a print on the outlet cover. The suspect fled in an unknown direction and was described as a white male 6-foot-0, wearing a gray t-shirt and black pants. The victim stated that when he observed the suspect, he thought it was his roommate with his glasses on.

Attempted break and entry on Summit Avenue At about 3:13 a.m., a call was recieved regarding a nightime prowler on Summit Avenue. On arrival, officers spoke with the victim who reported that while he was sleeping on his couch on the first floor of his home, he heard loud noises coming from his front porch outside, underneath the unlocked front window where he was sleeping. The victim stood up and observed an unknown black male, standing outside his front window, attempting to gain entry into the victim’s home. The victim yelled at the suspect, “Hey, what are you doing?” The suspect stated, “Okay, I will go.” At that point, the suspect walked off the victim’s front porch.

No force break and entry in Allston apartment On Sept. 7, at about 5:00 p.m., two officers conducted a Code 35 Licenced Premise Inspection at a pharmacy. One officer went undercover to attempt to order a beer at the premise, and the other officer later returned to ask for the license to sell the displayed alcohol. The owner was able to produce the license, but it should be noted that one of the restrictions of the license was that no alcohol was to be served when the election polls were open and the date the detective purchased the beverage was, in fact, election day.

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By Jae Shin

For The Heights Le’s Vietnamese Restaurant on Harvard Avenue is a mecca for those college students who love Asian food but are on a tight budget. Word associations with this delicious restaurant (located on 137 Brighton Avenue) would include carbs, comfort food, close to campus, and cheap, as the average price of an entree is around $7 and that of an appetizer is $4. Guests will find it convenient to take the B-line down to Harvard Avenue and walk down about half a mile, past Garlic n’ Lemons Mediterranean Cuisine, and head right. The restaurant is divided into three sections—the middle area is ideal for large groups while the sides are more suited to small and intimate groups. The decor is open and inviting, with huge windows on every side and a neutral color wallpaper, along with Vietnamese ornaments hanging on the walls. On an average weekend (the restaurant rarely has over-capacity rushes that require waiting for a table), one of the owners will greet patrons personally. The menu offers around 14 categories, ranging from at least seven different varieties of pho (a Vietnamese noodle dish), to curries, fried rice, beef stirfries, appetizers of steamed Asian buns with vegetarian or meat fillings, vermicelli noodles, and everything in between. Each category has at least three varieties, but substitutions for any taste preferences are possible. It is preferable to go as a hungry pair or group to take advantage of family style sharing. After one look at the menu, it’s obvious that the variety of plates make patrons want to try a whole slew of options. Le’s Vietnamese Appetizer Platter—which comes with beef teriyaki, crispy spring rolls (glorified egg rolls), summer rolls (egg rolls that aren’t deep-fried and thus healthier), sugarcane shrimp, Vietnamese shredded chicken cabbage, and shrimp toast—is a fantastic starter. With this hearty platter, groups of four or more can pay about $5 per person to get a taste of almost everything on the appetizer menu. If that isn’t enough to satisfy, there is also

the Vietnamese crepe and the roasted quail, which have a healthy heartiness. The combination of carbohydrates, vegetables, and lean meat will leave the consumer feeling quite pleased with his or her choice of restaurant. Out of those appetizers, though, the roasted quail and the summer rolls feel a bit healthier and satisfying to the appetite. The entree menu is varied, so everyone who enjoys Asian cuisine will find his or her Location: 137 Brighton Avenue Cuisine: Vietnamese Signature Dish: Lemongrass shrimp Atmosphere: 6/10 Average Entree: $7 Overall Experience: B+

favorite plate. Curry beef tastes of an IndianVietnamese fusion with lots of veggies and spice. Meanwhile, the lemongrass shrimp and the Pad Thai satisfy the Thai flavor craving in the midst of the Vietnamese cuisine. These dishes are perfectly salty, and the lemongrass shrimp balances the carbs from the Pad Thai. To round off an excellent dining experience, patrons should absolutely get the combination fried rice bowl and everything pho for the entire table, as these are two of the most requested items on Le’s menu. The combination fried rice is full of veggies—perfectly seasoned, not greasy—and has chicken and sausage. An added bonus for vegetarians is that the meat can be taken out, which is just one more way that Le’s Vietnamese makes sure to cater to the patrons’ every need during their dining experience. n


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Counterfeits: the plague of fashion

Marc Francis In honor of this week’s coverage of Fashion’s Night Out, I thought it would be interesting to delve into the current economic state of the retail market and how technology continues to creep its way into the industry. I interned in the financial planning and merchandising sector of Ralph Lauren this past summer, and was afforded with a behind-the-scenes look at the daily challenges of a large retail corporation. Firstly, the office environment is not as cutthroat and glamorous as the media likes to make it seem—it is made up of hundreds of passionate, intelligent individuals who, just like the rest of us, show up for work every day with an overstuffed agenda. The goals of the departments I worked with included predicting consumer trends based off of historical data and developing a budget that the company strives to achieve. I would never have guessed that such analytical objectives could be heavily influenced by something as seemingly trivial as a week of rainy weather. The fashion industry faces hardships that other kinds of retailers do not have to face, such as popular trends, counterfeits, and exaggerated bad publicity. Out of every kind of market, the fashion industry probably faces the most long-term loss due to counterfeit goods. Piracy in the music industry has only become popular in the last 10 years or so, while the shoppers of Canal Street have been ripping off Chanel for decades. Sure, some may claim that selling a piece like a Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater for $300 at an 80 percent mark-up is a crime in and of itself, but we exist in a free market in that we are not required to buy goods, but we are required to respect them. FNO was hopefully able to not just dazzle Bostonians with pretty dresses and free knapsacks, but also introduce them to an entire artistic culture that is nurtured through the consumer. The book, Luxury China: Marketing Opportunities and Potential, by Michel Chevalier and Pierre Lu, discusses the income China draws from producing and selling counterfeit designer clothing. The book states that “The World Customs Organization believes that the fashion industry loses up to US $9.2 billion per year to counterfeiting.” The fashion industry has a job for almost every kind of person, ranging from the avant-garde designer to the in-store sales associate, so it is unfortunate that this number represents the amount of jobs that are lost. By purchasing that fake Louis Vuitton handbag, you are participating in a destructive process—congratulations, you have just contributed to our country’s ever-sosteady unemployment rate. Just over a decade ago, technology played such a minor role in the running of the fashion world—it was all threads and needles. Now, however, the production process would not be able to operate without the use of technology. Believe it or not, however sad this may be, so many designers do not even sew—they simply sketch their design on a touch-pad and email it to a production factory. Sure, for high-end retailers like Ralph Lauren the process also involves CEO approval, color palette references, store allocations, model fittings, etc. But nevertheless, the chain of events required to sell one pant has been significantly reduced. And although the Internet has created more opportunities for the sale of counterfeit clothing, it also has brought about much tighter forms of security. Companies are now able to track down individuals in foreign countries who are selling fake goods to Americans, and slowly reduce the rate at which these goods are sold. Technology is now also visible on the runway. For Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring 2013 runway show, she collaborated with Google co-founder Sergey Brin and accessorized her models with the new “Google Glass.” These glasses sport built-in screens with a GPS system, camera, and Internet access—to mention, they are definitely fashionable. But the end of the day, profits and keeping up with trends should come second to the clothes themselves and the artistic influences they inspire. In the words of Kenneth Cole, “Be clothesminded.” Marc Francis is the Asst. Metro Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at

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Festival boasts professionals from all art genres Art Fest, from B10 temporary outdoor public art installation (titled “Ripples” by Carolina Aragon), and a chalk artist who was working on recreating Vincent van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” in a five-and-a-half by seven foot square. The glass blowers hailed from the Diablo Glass School, and as onlookers admired the elaborate and beautiful technique, the sense of pride and joy in these artists’ faces was evident. Visitors were then able to speak with the talented artists about their unique craft and purchase the beautiful pieces made before them. While the glassblowing exhibit was engaging to watch, children were able to take part in and leave their own mark on something unique in the festival. Boston’s budding Picassos used a vast canvas that became more and more covered with art as the festival continued. As paint was offered to passersby, children’s faces almost instantaneously lit up, and they ended up collaborating on a widely viewed and admired “exhibit.” On the last day, it was filled to the brim with bright, shining displays of these children’s art. Peace signs, flowers, hearts, suns, abstract swirls, and playful splatters decorated the mural and made for a heartwarming display. Another showcase popular with viewers of all ages was the newest art installation from Carolina Aragon, “Ripples,” which stretched along the inside of the park and near the waterfront. Designed to showcase a different viewing experience to each person, the iridescent film “fins” on the huge twisting tunnels shifted depending on the wind and the angle from which it was viewed. Therefore, each person approached the exhibit from a new angle due to the constantly changing weather conditions. The result was clearly

a sense of great amusement and beauty as people shifted toward this installation to admire it and take in the endless variation. Children also took to crawling through the structure, gathering a whole different vantage point and experience altogether. Chalk artistry also took up the attention of a large number of those in attendance as the artist Jerrie Lyndon undertook the task of copying “Starry Night” onto the pavement. Watching her transform the ground into a beautiful night sky and following the gorgeous strokes she made to create the master-

Company (which provided an energetic beat and their unique mixture of both tap and jazz), and Love Experiment, who performed on the Garden Stage with a wonderful mixture that blended a variety of musical genres, creating a sound all their own. These performances kept the energy up throughout the festival as it showcased even more local artists than the traditional mediums. All of the artists in attendance, though, helped to create an unforgettable experience for all those who came out. n

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The Boston Arts Festival featured many different dance and performance groups, including the Boston Tap Company (pictured above).

Minorities advocate fair representation in elections

Candidates push to finale

Mayor Menino is still in the process of drafting a fair plan

Senate Race, from B10 amount collected by all candidates in the race pitting Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown against Democratic Rival Elizabeth Warren through the end of June has topped $46.7 million, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.” In the 2010 election to fill Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat, $44.4 million was spent. To give some context, the Huffington Post also reported that in Virginia, $20.6 million has been collected for both candidates of the Senate election. In Missouri, $19 million; in Nevada, $16.4 million. This is clearly a testament to how important of a race this is to both the Republicans and the Democrats, locally and nationally. In addition, Brown and Warren make it exponentially easier to be involved in the race because of the civilized tone resulting from the People’s Pledge agreement. Back in January, Brown and Warren agreed to keep third-party groups out of negative ads by signing the People’s Pledge. Under this agreement, “a candidate who benefits from a third-party ad has to pay a penalty chosen by the other,” National Public Radio reported. Most media outlets and Massachusetts residents agree that this has shifted the race’s tone for better. However, without negative ads, Brown and Warren campaign ads will target the character of the candidate, which has proven to be tricky for Warren. Recently, The Boston Globe reported that, “according to top Democratic leaders in Massachusetts, Warren campaign advisers are considering a new strategy that will be aimed at toning down what those lead-

piece was inspiring, to say the least, and onlookers stopped to watch for minutes at a time, entranced by her skill. The artist also made sure to engage the crowd in a special way, looking up from time to time to answer questions, ranging from the piece at hand to her portfolio to the history of the recreated artwork before them. In addition to these big hits, there were also 19 live performances that transfixed people in admiration of the skill displayed on stage. Such acts included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Tap

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Brown emphasizes an everyman personality. ers call the preachy tone that has dominated her ads until now.” Warren’s media team is considering making a significant shift in how they present Warren—in an effort to make her more appealing to voters. Tufts political science professor Jeffery M. Berry commented, “She is sitting stationary, not a lot going on besides her talking into a camera.” Local Republicans and even some Democrats note that Brown’s advertisements make him seem very polished, young, and active. His commercials show him with fishermen and addressing the “overregulation” of the industry, speaking to you “on the road” in his pick-up truck, and also in the same frame as a firefighter. Even if Warren doesn’t make strides with the possible new direction of her television ads, she’ll have one more chance to make an impression with her voters, namely the upcoming debate. Brown and Warren will appear together in the fourth and final televised debate on Sept. 27, hosted by The Boston Herald and UMass-Lowell, moderated by David Gregory of “Meet the Press.” n

and make their views heard. Because of these concerns, all Boston city counselors who represent a minority group were opposed to the new redistricting plan. If the plan went through, and these groups would be restricted to representation by one counselor. Minority groups are concerned about thereafter having a lesser impact on the politics in Boston due to their diminished representation, and having decisions reflect only the white majority’s opinion. Councilor Bill Linehan is the redistricting plan’s greatest advocate, claiming that neighborhoods surrounding District Four were also comprised of minority groups. He openly voiced his frustration at the possibility of having to redraw yet another redistricting plan. In making his decision about the plan, Menino faced threats of potential lawsuits from groups such as the NAACP and MassVOTE in defense of minority groups and their equal representation. Ultimately, Menino vetoed the redistricting plan and put the city council back to the drawing board. He agreed with the claims that the newly created redistricting plan misrepresented the cultural dynamic of the community and almost silenced the minority voice in the

Person to Watch A Google search of the name Eric Nam reveals his Twitter handle, his Facebook page, a few photos, as well as a few of his YouTube videos, which include his rendition of Jason Mraz’s “ I Won’t Give Up” and 2NE1’s “Lonely.” These videos have garnered over 50,000 hits each and have had Asian Americans buzzing about his talents. Suffice to say, he is on the cusp of riding the K-pop (Korean popular music) wave. At first glance, Nam seems like just any other college

Who: Eric Nam, BC ‘12 What: 5th place winner of the singing competition, ‘Star Audition,’ on MBC. Where: Nam chose to forgo a spot at Deloitte in New York to travel to this Korean pop show. Why it matters: Nam hopes to be an inspiration to other students who want to follow unconventional dreams.

graduate. At Boston College, he was active in many different clubs, such as UGBC and Shaw Leadership Committee. In addition, he helped bring Kollaboration Boston to BC: the Asian-American talent show with an aim to empower and enrich the music industry. In 2011, Nam left Chestnut Hill with a B.A. in International Studies, and friends at the school who remember him with fondness. So it is no surprise, considering his leadership, interest in music, and effusive personality, that Nam decided to try out for MBC’s Star Audition via YouTube. Before graduating BC, Nam had a few hobbies, including making YouTube videos covering artists such as 2NE1 and Adele. After graduation, he invested much time into auditioning and campaigning for votes on his submission to MBC’s Star Audition. He reached out to his fan base and made it grow through his efforts via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Because of his talents, his motivation, and his willingness to connect with others, he was able to gain enough votes to advance to the next round. He was flown to Korea for more auditioning. He deferred his acceptance into Deloitte Consulting and flew to Korea. He says that he thought there was no time like the present to follow his dreams—which were to see how far

area by decreasing the political impact of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian voters. Menino was uncomfortable with concentrating all minority voters in one district and said that putting minorities into one district “may limit their opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.” In making his ultimate decision, Menino took into consideration his duty to represent people of all ethnicities and made a choice ensuring that all races in the Boston area have political influence. Although the new map has been vetoed, there are elements of the old map that may resurface in the new proposal. For example, Precinct One and the Wharf District may be removed form the North End’s District One to South Boston’s District Two, which is represented by Linehan. These changes do not have racial implications and are adjustments to meet the necessary population targets, so will likely be present in future proposals as well. As the City Council was initially split on the subject of redistricting—considering the vote was continuously 7-6—they are now working on the formation of a new and improved redistricting plan that will fairly represent all people in the area. Some of the Council is frustrated with the reconstruction of yet another redistricting plan that satisfies more of the general population. Yet most of the council, even those who voted in favor of the first plan, are eager to create an improved plan that is more representative of the general public and allows everyone to participate in political affairs of Boston. n

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he could get with his singing talents, as well as to motivate others to pursue their own dreams. He eventually placed fifth in the competition and was chosen by Loen Entertainment to release a single called “The Blue Moon of Jeju.” Nam is currently finishing up his promotions for his song and is preparing to sign with an entertainment company for a formal debut into the Korean pop music industry. He is preparing to take the music world by storm, and while doing that, he is hoping that his successes will give others, especially immigrant children, motivation to follow their dreams. n

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Thursday, September 13, 2012


Second annual Fashion’s Night Out expands and closes down Newbury for an evening Dozens of stores use innovative discounts and attractions to draw in shoppers

ton, doled out frosting shots for a sugary pick-me-up. Makeup and hair salons alike featured chair massages, 10 minute makeovers, and free blowouts at temporary “salons” inside and outside the stores. FNO drew a diverse crowd: models, students, designers, rising stars in the industry, advertisers, musicians, and shoppers alike flooded the streets of Boston. Herb Chambers lined six blocks with over 80 car showcases from their exotic collection. “Life Is Good” hosted backyard games, raffles, and various artists throughout the evening. The spas of Newbury offered free massages, hand treatments, facials, and anti-aging eye treatments. Student creations from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design were displayed in storefronts. Charities also found a role to play in the event. Fashion startups, such as the Fashion Truck, offered discounts

in exchange for gently used clothing. The Massachusetts ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) put their own spin on FNO, calling rescued animals “the ultimate fashion accessory.” While many Boston College students attended the event as shop-goers, one in particular played a bigger role in the night—Jessie Kenworthy (A&S ’16) strutted down the impromptu runway set up in FNO, from B10 the middle of Newbury Street. Designers Britt Ryan and Vikram shoes were featured special events to entice new customers on the Center Stage runway outside Joe’s on this busy night. Madewell (the sister American Bar and Grill, while major destore of J. Crew) lured shoppers in with a signers shined on the Copley Square stage. “braid bar,” with professional braiders stylIn true Boston fashion, the afterparties ing girls’ hair as they began their evening. were perhaps more important than the Georgetown Cupcake, one of the newest event itself. Nightclubs, bars, and hotels shops to join Newbury, featured “runway hosted parties throughout the city for the red velvet” FNO-themed cupcakes, while designers, models, and general particiSweet, the famous cupcake shop of Bospants of FNO. The real invite of all invites Thursday night, however, was to the Revere Hotel’s afterparty at the Emerald Lounge. If you missed out on this night of glamour and design, don’t fret! BC has been selected to host the first ever College Fashion Week. As one of four locations nationwide, BC will join Boston University, Northeastern, and the Her Campus executive team. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Estate Boston. To register for the opening evening, visit to secure a spot on the guest list. With the overwhelming success of FNO in Boston, it comes as no surprise that the collegiate environment will join in the fun. The producers of FNO have expanded the event nationwide, promoting trendsetting designers and offering one-night-only benefits for their loyal customers. Overall, Boston’s second FNO was a raging success, Marc francis/heights editor filled with glamour, style, and the newest Catwalks were erected on Newbury Street and in the Prudential Center to display collections. trends in this great city. n


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Ann Romney and Michelle Obama recently delivered speeches at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and the critics were sure to have their fair say on the leading ladies’ words of support. Ann Romney discussed her life story with husband, Mitt Romney, and was sure to stress on the familial and ethical values Mitt would bring to the President’s office. Michelle Obama, similiarly, flocked to the defense of her husband. With a blissful ease, Michelle summarized our country’s current challenges and declared her husband, Barack Obama, as the rightful future president. While Ann Romney was critiqued for presenting a fluffy, out-of-place love story, Michelle Obama was also accused of slyly attacking the Romneys’ values.

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Epitome of intelligence Charlotte Parish With so many issues in this election that are critical to women, the female voice on a presidential team is vital. However, since both Obama-Biden and RomneyRyan are lacking certain equipment to truly empathize with female voters, the incumbent and hopeful first ladies are of vital importance. After hearing both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney’s speeches at the national conventions, it is very clear that Obama did a superior job supporting the Democratic campaigns. Both women had a similar tenor to the start of their speeches—the difficulties facing this nation, and women in particular— but Romney’s speech felt hollow next to the eloquence and performance of Obama. Romney made allusion to single mothers and having difficulties gaining respect in the workforce, yet her stance was oddly negative by repeating how hard it still is to be a successful businesswoman. Obama, oppositely, took these difficulties and used them as a springboard to discuss the inspiration she has found throughout her tenure as first lady, exampling wounded warriors and women with whom she has spoken on the campaign trail. The confidence and ease of Obama on stage were evident. And these are not cosmetic touches, they are the difference between a business room presentation and a rousing speech. As Dale Carnegie points out, “There are always three speeches for

every one you actually gave. The one you practice, the one you gave, and the one you wish to give.” The eloquence that Obama projected every moment that she was on stage (as opposed to Romney’s endearing but stilted performance) demonstrates her crucial preparation. However, the most obvious gauge of how Obama’s speech won over more constituents is that while Romney relied on high-school debate team style speech giving (using a fist pump while saying “Women!”), Obama inspired thunderous applause that actually prevented her from going on at times, simply using her intelligent rhetoric and genuine emotion. Comparing the two women is inevitable, especially since there were many similar content elements between the two (personal stories with their husbands, the difficulties of females in the work force, the preservation of the American Dream). After the fact, both women gave good speeches, but only one can be called great. Romney now seems like a traditional first lady, a good counterpart to her husband. But Obama is an intelligent force in her own right, capable of challenging and questioning her husband, and certainly capable of representing America at home and abroad.

Charlotte Parish is the Metro editor for The Heights. She can be reached at

Romney made relatable Andrew Skaras Bringing to the stage years of experience as a housewife and mother, Ann Romney spoke eloquently and successfully to the women in attendance about the many concerns that have weighed them down over the last four years. Having raised five children herself, she related to the hard work mothers put in helping their children with homework over the years, only to wonder where all the time went as they sit to watch their children walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. She also sympathized with all the women in the corporate world who feel like they have to work harder to gain the respect of their male colleagues. Although most people do not think of Ann Romney’s life as even remotely relatable with that of the average American, she was effective at sharing anecdotes from her life that captured the essence of Americana. She talked about her father and grandfather, immigrants from Wales, and the years of hard work they put in to make it in America. Focusing on her own life, she recounted stories from her courtship and the early years of her marriage that emphasized the struggles that all young married couples face. Although Mitt Romney’s success in business and the wealth he has accumulated have been topics of controversy, Ann Romney did not shy away from the topic, but implicitly framed the success

in terms of the American Dream. She reminded the audience that such success did not come without many years of hard work. Drawing upon the lessons that many parents teach their children, she called to mind the many times parents tell their children to “do their best,” and then lauded her husband for doing just that over the course of his career. Regarding her husband’s charitable contributions and volunteer work, Ann Romney explained his motivation for not talking about it. She focused on the virtue in quietly going about charity for its own sake and not making a political talking point out of it. Tying her speech back into her husband’s corporate success, Ann Romney highlighted the American Dream by saying, “Dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.” This tied together her focus on American Exceptionalism and how there have been many charities benefiting from American capitalism. Throughout her speech, Ann Romney was most successful in drawing from what she knew to connect with the audience. Her anecdotes from motherhood were poignant and connected not only with the women in the audience, but the fathers who were there too.

Andrew Skaras is a writer for The Heights. He can be reached at metro@

Jacqueline Parisi While we were relaxing during the lazy days of summer vacation, Massachusetts was doing anything but. In fact, on June 29, Governor Deval Patrick signed the compromise legislation that the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) and Stand for Children have been working on for a long time. Stand for Children, which backed the ballot question, has agreed to drop the campaign since Patrick signed the compromise legislation before July 3, the last day to submit necessary signatures for a ballot initiative. Since it is the product of months of work and adjustment, it requires a bit of backstory to be fully understood. The S 2315 compromise bill will give teacher performance and evaluations greater weight in public school personnel decisions. Commencing in 2016, major staffing decisions will be based first on ratings and then on seniority. Although teachers with tenure will not be cut before teachers without that status, professional teacher status (tenure) will be attainable for all teachers regardless of seniority. Through Race to the Top, which was signed in 2009, states are encouraged to come up with their own plans, as the act is designed to spur reform and embrace innovative approaches to teaching and learning in America’s schools. With the new compromise, educators will be better trained in the Race to the Top evaluation systems. Finally, the compromise bill will fund a data system to allow the public to view their schools’ ratings. They will not be able to view the ratings of particular teachers, however, so there will be no system like Boston College’s PEPs for public school students to sift through the “good” and “bad” teachers who would probably have been reviewed mostly by students who were either overly enraged or enthralled with the teacher. The compromise bill moves forward “by a couple years something we’ve been working on the teachers and other professionals in education already,” according to Patrick. I could not have said it better myself. If this bill was in effect during my high school career, I can’t help but think how different some of my teachers would have acted. Hopefully, this new bill will discourage the tenured teachers from becoming too lax in their policies while, at the same time, not undermining the value of seniority. It is no surprise that agreements in the world of education are not easy to come by, to say the least. The key word in education reform seems to be “compromise” between the major stakeholders in education to ultimately benefit the students, rather than the politics of the process. Yet this is most certainly easier said than done, as we have seen with this latest compromise. Prior to the passage of this bill, the American Federation of Teachers (which controls the Boston Teachers Union) campaigned against the original proposal and the MTA. They argued for a better notification process for underperforming teachers and time to improve. “We have no concerns with making the evaluation process more accurate, more rigorous, and more transparent,” said Richard Stutman, president of the Boston Teachers Union. “We want and expect good teachers. That isn’t the issue. The school department wants to have a simplified process, without giving people notification when they are not doing as well as they should. What we are looking for is timely and constructive feedback, time to improve, and notification of the rating evaluation cycle.” Stutman, who said that his members were “relatively disgusted” by the proposal, believes that the school department has refused to negotiate on these points, which are critical for a strong evaluation system. Other critics worried that the proposal’s changes would threaten veteran teachers who work with the most challenging students in the school district. “It is mandated by law, and we are going to move forward” with the new teacher evaluation process, said Matthew Wilder, a spokesman for Boston schools. “We still want to collaborate with [the BTU], but they need to be willing partners.” Thankfully, a successful compromise resulted, and the House approved the legislation without debate or a recorded vote. Stay tuned to see what will happen this fall in the tumultuous and often deadlocked world of education reform. Jacqueline Parisi is a staff columnist for The Heights. She can be reached at

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Wicked Cultured

Strike a pose: Fashion’s Night Out

Working from the outside in

By Tricia Tiedt Heights Staff

Last Thursday, Sept. 6, the city of Boston participated in its second annual Fashion’s Night O ut (FN O) e vent . Originally launched in New York City in 2009, the e vent ha s since grown exponentially, as seen in FNO’s slogan: “From Manhattan to Milan, Atlanta to Australia, the afterhours shopping extravaganza … is back!” The event began as a collaboration between Vogue magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), New York and Company, and the city of New York, in order to promote Fashion Week in New York City. FNO now features over 5 0 0 p a r t i c i p at i n g stores nationwide, making this year’s event the biggest and most successful FNO yet. Newbury Street in its entirety was closed to oncoming traffic for the evening, which kicked off with a welcome speech b y B o s t o n ’s M a y o r Thomas M. Menino. All of Newbury, Copley Square, and the Prudential Center participated in FNO with giveaways, store discounts, and fashion shows. Special events included a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the Prudential South Garden, the “BEFORE I DIE” wall located at the Rose Kennedy Greenway— where FNO shoppers were invited to write out their hopes and dreams—and the POP EVERYTHING exhibit by POP, Inc. to create a pop-up shopping event. The main fashion show featured at Boston’s FNO took place in the Center Court of Copley Square, showcasing looks from retailer Neiman Marcus and designers Jimmy Choo, Wolford, and Elie Tahari. The biggest draw for Bostonians during FNO involved all the discounts and free demos that shops offered. Storefronts up and down Newbury set up

Charlotte Parish In the presidential election, there is an overarching question about all of the nitty gritty particulars asked about the candidates’ rhetoric and plans: How do I, as a contentious voter, view this country? This is the question we as citizens pose to ourselves—albeit subconsciously—everyday when we make choices about where we live, what we purchase, and how we go about our business. And while there are very few times (like casting a ballot) that Americans so explicitly alter the path of this self-definition of the country, it is worth considering how we may be fostering (or failing to do so) the culture around us. Because Boston has had the rare continuity of the same mayor for almost 20 years, Menino and his staff have been able to consider the culture they want to foster in the city. Take, for example, Boston’s second annual participation in the global Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). It may seem like a frivolous event to many. With so many pressing issues around the globe, nation, and our own front doors, why should we applaud those who want to Google fabrics and sip free champagne in Newbury Street stores? Why would Menino take the time to endorse and publically encourage Bostonians to attend? One reason is that the people who want to do these things are the same people who may be most effective in fighting the bigger battles. Sound like a stretch? I wouldn’t say so. The target audience of FNO is the 20 and 30-somethings (particularly college

Boston is ... altering the seams of the city in order to attract those who will fill it with substance. graduates who have job stability and therefore money to spend) without the financial strain of children, mortgages, and retirement savings. Those are the people who can be wooed into spending—tricked into ignoring the pulsing crowd that, personally, overwhelms any inspiration I felt while observing the FNO events—at an extravaganza such as FNO. These people are also the target group of Boston’s current renovations around the Seaport, where apartment buildings are going up, specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of unattached, young professionals: another plan that Menino helped design and about which he is very enthusiastic. Complimenting the anticipated increase of youth in the city and decreased “brain drain” (the city’s term for the unfortunate reality that the majority of incredibly talented students who live here for four years vanish with their degrees), several groups have taken steps to updating the city’s nightlife, from bars staying open later, to increasing taxi service, to more special events at museums and theaters. FNO, Seaport, and bars might still seem like frivolous methods by which a metropolis like Boston should attract the “best and the brightest” of the rising generation. Wouldn’t these cosmetic changes encourage lushes, fashionistas, or future Wall Street moneygrubbers rather than the contentious citizens we want to cultivate? The answer is no. Boston is playing one of the smartest games around, altering the seams of the city in order to attract those who will fill it with substance. After all, the target group of all of the above changes is the same group that was inspired by the Rock the Vote campaign of 2008. It is an “if you build it, they will come” scenario, where Boston hopes the “it” is an energetic cultural scene and the “they” are the next generation of innovators. Charlotte Parish is the Metro Editor for The Heights. She can be reached at

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Redistricting plan angers local voters

Senate seekers stick to respect in television ads By Clara Kim

By Emma Swayze

Heights Senior Staff

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Our country takes pride in equal representation and the ability for individuals of all races to have their views and beliefs taken into account. In August of 2012, a new redistricting plan that received a 7-6 approval vote by Boston’s city council was presented to Mayor Thomas M. Menino. His actions regarding the new plan give voters insight into how he will handle future issues in the city of Boston and prove he agrees with the districts, who say there are shortcomings in the plan, particularly for minority voters. Mattapan and D orchester, two neighborhoods in Boston inhabited by numerous minority voters, have been regrouped as one district opposed to two in the new redistricting plan. Thus, although more than half of Boston residents identify with a minority group, they would only be represented by one district. For the amount of minorities living in Boston, they fear that one district is not enough to fairly represent

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would be an understatement. As people of all ages walked amongst the wide array of artists’ tents in Christopher Columbus Park, the waterfront glistened in the distance and provided a beautiful backdrop for all who came and exhibited. Participants considered the festival a great way to showcase their work and for newcomers to get more exposure, especially since the majority of artists were locals who hoped to accrue repeat business. Some of the most crowded and attention-grabbing exhibits were the glass blowing, the kids’ mural, a

Never has it been more evident that it is officially election season in Massachusetts. While the rest of the nation is focused on the presidential election, the Commonwealth is multitasking with the highly publicized Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Senate race. Over the past couple of weeks, the polls have spoken volumes as to exactly how tight this race will be. Just two weeks ago, Senator Scott Brown had a sizable five-point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren, but in recent polls, the pointdifference between the two candidates has been less than one point, with a 3.5 percent margin of error. In the pivotal weeks leading up to the Senate election, Brown and Warren will be vying for the people of Massachusetts’ vote in what will prove to be one of the most exciting elections this season. This race has more than lived up to the hype that was generated immediately following Warren’s announcement to run for the Senate seat. As reported by the Huffington Post in late July, “the

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Boston Ballet was one of the live performances to enliven the annual, outdoor Arts Festival.

Waterfront animated by Arts Festival By Natalie Blardony For The Heights

With glass-blowers and chalk artists, photographers and tap dancers, the array of talent during the 10th annual Boston “Ahts” Festival was extensive, not to mention completely free. With 19 performances and over 55 visual artists, there was something for everyone to stop and admire during this three-day fest. This year’s event attracted close to 100,000 tourists and Bostonians alike (the festival was unable to get a solid head count since it is an outdoor event with no ticket sales), and to call it successful

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