Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The reason: Irish prime minister, the speaker, has supported slight changes in Ireland's abortion laws in the wake of a woman's death after being denied an abortion.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in a statement today that he would not attend Boston College's commencement because Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is scheduled to speak and: ...the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies. The proposed Irish law would allow abortion if the mother's life is threatened. The bill was introduced after international outcry over the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who died in an Irish hospital last year after being denied an abortion. Halapppanavar was told by a midwife at the hospital that she could not have an abortion because Ireland was "a Catholic country." O'…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The 137th Annual Boston College Commencement will be held on Mon., May 20, 2013.
Boston College will welcome Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as its 2013 featured commencement speaker, according to a recent article published in the Boston College Chronicle. BC president William P. Leahy will present Kenny with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony, which will be held on Mon., May 20 at 10 a.m. in Alumni Stadium, the Chronicle reported. Kenny has served as Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland since March 2011 and is the leader of the Fine Gael political party of Ireland. According to the Chronicle, his political career has spanned nearly 40 years. In addition to Kenny, BC will present honorary degrees to James A. Woods, the founding dean of BC's Woods College for Advancing Studies; Wayne Budd, former U.S…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Catholic college threatened to crack down on condom-dispensing students. Is the school right to defend its beliefs or is it stifling student rights?
Some Boston College students are in hot water with the university this week. The Jesuit school sent the students letters threatening them with disciplinary action for handing out condoms on campus. The students, who are part of the group Boston College Students for Sexual Health, were giving away condoms from their dorm rooms, according to boston.com. The rooms were called “Safe sites.” But the school has a policy against the distribution of contraceptives on school grounds. Representatives for the health group said the move comes as a surprise. The university has known about the program for years but did not act until now, according to organization chair Lizzie Jekanowski. Boston College, meanwhile, said the move was made to help …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Why "We're No. 2!" is not a bad thing: High scores on an international science and math exam taken by eighth graders around the world show that Massachusetts students are doing better than American students as a whole.
Our citywide angst over the education of Boston’s children caught a break this week, with the good-news results for Massachusetts from an international study of mathematics and science achievement. The ray of sunshine in these parts is that Massachusetts eighth graders scored second highest in the world on the science portion of the TIMSS, the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Just Singapore’s scores were higher. In math, the Commonwealth ranked sixth behind South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. The test, taken by 600,000 eighth graders worldwide, is meant to show learning trends over time and has been given every four years since 1995. Massachusetts participated at a level which allowed …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The BC Police Dept. is the first department in Greater Boston to have the QR codes on their cruisers, the school said.
You see them in restaurants, on coupons, and when you check into the airport on your smartphone; QR codes seem to be everywhere. Now, they're making their debut on police cruisers. The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) recently implemented QR technology on its police cruisers, according to a press release issued by the school. QR (which stands for for quick response) codes are two-dimensional barcodes that, when scanned with a smartphone, redirect users to a website or promotion. When the codes are scanned with a smartphone, users are directed to the BCPD website and Facebook page. “We have embraced technology. Law enforcement and public safety agencies nationwide must rise to the level that our society and community are on. That …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
College campuses aren't immune from crime. Here are some tips to pass along to co-eds for staying safe on campus.
As the Seniors from Brookline High School's class of 2012 are getting ready to start at their colleges, and as Boston University and Boston College are gearing up for another semester, there will be a lot of students in the Brookline area. Freshman will be eager to prove they are ready for their first opportunity to live away from home and upperclassmen will be returning to something familiar and comfortable. In either case, personal safety should still be at the top of the priority list. The report of an alleged rape on the campus of Harvard University last week was a shocking reminder that terrible crimes are possible anywhere -- even on the campus of one of the most renowned universities in the world. “It’s so shocking, absolutely …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Franco Garcia, 21, has been missing since the early morning hours of Wed., Feb. 22.
The friends and family of a missing Boston College student are hoping to spread more information to the public about their fellow classmate, who has been missing since early Wednesday morning. Franco Garcia, 21, of West Newton, was last seen on Feb. 22 around 12:15 a.m. at Mary Ann's Bar in Cleveland Circle. He has not attended classes or shown up for work since that time. Garcia's friends and classmates will be setting up an information table tomorrow, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Mary Ann's, 1937 Beacon St., Brighton. The group will have flyers in both English and Spanish to pass out to people in the area. Amelia Zani, one of Garcia's friends and classmates, said she will be on hand to answer "any and all questions" about …
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The student, a female, is being decontaminated at a Brighton apartment.
An explosion in a basement chemistry lab at Boston College injured one student and caused authorities to evacuate the building on Saturday morning. The student, who was initially unaccounted for, was found off campus. Emergency decontamination teams are helping her and interviewing her. It could not immediately be confirmed the nature of the experiment she was doing at the time of the explosion. Firefighters have cleared the scene of the explosion, 2995 Beacon St. There was no fire along with the explosion, according to Steve MacDonald of the Boston Fire Deparment.
All students are now accounted for.
UPDATED STORY: Chemistry Lab Explosion Injures One at Boston College ~~~~~ An explosion in a lab at Boston College has caused the evacuation of the building. The situation has been declared a Level 3 Hazardous Materials incident. Initially, one student was unaccounted for, but she has been found. There was no fire as a result of the explosion. The incident took place in the basement of 2995 Beacon St. We'll have more on this breaking story as we learn it.