Nineteen-year-old William B. Neenan of Sioux City, Iowa, entered the Jesuit novitiate in Florissant, Missouri, on August 15, 1948. Eighteen years later, Fr. Neenan earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, where he stayed on to teach. A visiting professorship led to his joining the economics faculty at Boston College in 1980 and to stints as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and academic vice president, with a sideline as wedding presider. (He estimates he has officiated at the marriages of some 200 Boston College alumni.) Last fall Neenan sat down in his Heffernan House office with Ben Birnbaum, editor of Boston College Magazine, for a conversation about his life and career. Here he talks about his early years as a Jesuit.]]>
Last November 15, members of the graduating Class of 2014 signed up for their final semester of courses. Among the spring classes they filled most quickly, according to the Office of Student Services, were those taught by the individuals above. The professors were filmed in front of a greenscreen at Boston College’s Media Technology Services studio.
“Bringing UGBC down to earth” was the campaign slogan of juniors Lucas Levine and Vance Vergara as the political newcomers vied this year for the leadership of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, squaring off against the “take-back-your-student-government” team of Nanci Fiore-Chettiar and Chris Marchese. The race attracted a record 4,332 undergraduate voters, as the presidency for the 2014-15 academic year went to junior Fiore-Chettiar, a sociology major and UGBC senator, and the vice presidency to classmate Marchese, a major in history and political science.
Campaigning commenced on February 11 and ran for nine days. On Day Two, @BC caught up with the candidates and their supporters as they canvassed the residence halls of Vanderslice and 90 St. Thomas More Road.]]>
On December 2, the Dynamics met at the Christmas tree in the atrium of the Cadigan Alumni Center.
Vocalists: Cassie Dragone ’14, Ryan Galvin ’14, Terry Gelsi ’15, A.J. Hernandez ’15, Andrew Jones ’15, Meghan Linehan ’17, Kristina Rex ’15, Varsha Ramesh ’16, Paul Sherban ’16, and Kavi Vijayasekar ’14.]]>
The vocalists: Shruthi Balasuryan ’14, Sourabh Banthia ’17, Priyasha Chaturvedi ’14, Kayla Costigan ’15, Andrew Lee ’16, Jessica Leong ’14, Kiran Mani ’15, Mat Thomas ’14, John Thompson ’14, Jordan Witter ’14, Lucy Xu ’17, and Haesoo Yoon ’17.
The music: “Tu Meri Dost Hai” (You Are My Friend); and Kanye West’s “Heartless” in a mashup with “Udi Teri Aankhon Se” (I Fly Through Your Eyes).]]>
After nine months of lobbying by local business leaders and other Boston College allies, notably Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. ’36, President John F. Kennedy arrived on the Heights on April 20, 1963, to address the University’s Centennial Convocation, an assembly that capped five weeks of lectures, performances, panel discussions, and receptions. University President Michael P. Walsh, SJ, introduced Kennedy to an Alumni Stadium audience of 30,000 that included elected officials, church leaders, and representatives from 294 colleges and universities. Harvard president Nathan Pusey, Georgetown president Edward B. Bunn, SJ, and British economist Barbara Ward Jackson were present to receive honorary degrees. (Kennedy was given his honorary degree in 1956 when, as a senator, he delivered the Commencement address.) Despite the pageantry, the scene had an informality and intimacy that are unthinkable today—with two students scrambling on the bleachers behind Kennedy to find a seat close to the president (43 seconds into the video) and Kennedy chuckling at his joke about his Boston accent.
View Kennedy’s typed speech with his handwritten changes.]]>
“God’s Grandeur” had its premiere on November 9, 2013, in Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus, sung by the University Chorale under the direction of John Finney. A chamber orchestra of professional musicians also performed.
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like an ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs— Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ (1877)
To see how the Boston College campus filled in this farmscape, move your cursor around the map.]]>