Over four days in June, More Hall, the retired administrative office building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Thomas More Road, was demolished by a 651-horsepower Komatsu excavator—the biggest in Boston. The three-story brick structure, built in 1954 to house the Law School, will be replaced by a 490-bed residence hall due to open in 2016.]]>
An audience of more than 20,000 gathered in Alumni Stadium on May 19 to celebrate the University’s 138th Commencement, at which 2,182 undergraduates and 1,307 graduate students were awarded degrees. As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, JD’76, delivered the Commencement address, Gary Wayne Gilbert, director of University photography, captured the scene using a camera mounted on a robotic device. In two and a half minutes, Gilbert took 21 adjacent shots, which he then wove into a single image.
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All images are drawn from digital collections maintained by the University Libraries. Updates to the flipbook will follow as more recent yearbooks come out of copyright protection.]]>
Has the Catholic Church come to terms with the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States?
A one-question interview with Hosffman Ospino, principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. The first in a series of reports from this three-year study was released May 5, 2014.
Ospino is an assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.
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Historian Heather Cox Richardson’s students explored the American state of mind through 50 years of comic books and contemporary events, from the 1960s to 9/11.
The course was called “Making History Public,” and it resulted in a student-produced exhibition on the third floor of Stokes Hall South. The exhibition runs until August 15.]]>
Who (in order of appearance): Lawyer, statesman, and humanist St. Thomas More (1478–1535), eight feet tall, bronze. In his hand, wrapped for transport, he holds a palm frond symbolizing his martyrdom. • Bolivian-born sculptor Pablo Eduardo (in brown shirt), who also created the statue of St. Ignatius in front of Higgins Hall on Middle Campus. • University President William P. Leahy, SJ (in maroon baseball cap).
Where: Garden outside the Law Library, on Newton Campus.
When: September 23, 2013.
The sculpture is a gift of the Privitera family, which includes three graduates of the Law School, Francis D. ’56, Francis D. Jr. ’95, and Philip ’95. A dedication ceremony took place May 2, 2014.]]>
As runner Rachel Rudder ’14 approached Boston College on the way to the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon, @BC producer Ravi Jain handed her a small video camera in a harness. She was already wearing her gold and maroon SuperFan T-shirt, which, she says, “definitely got the students riled up.”
Rudder finished in 03:27:57. The friend who ran with her briefly is Haley Farrell ’14.]]>
At the Jesuit-run Tushanwan Orphanage in Shanghai, the teenage woodworking students of Brother Aloysius Beck, SJ, crafted balsawood replicas of some of China’s famous pagodas between 1911 and 1915. Eighty-six of the models were transported to San Francisco for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition and never returned.
Last summer, assistant professor of history Jeremy Clarke, SJ, visited the Tushanwan Museum, built on the site of the former orphanage. The museum, he learned, was searching for the pagodas. To help, Clarke assigned his undergraduate students to trace the pagodas’ whereabouts from 1915 to today. The students located the pagodas—83 of them—in a Boston-area warehouse. (A fuller account of the pagodas’ travels and the students’ quest awaits in the spring issue of Boston College Magazine.) With Clarke, the students curated an exhibition of three of the pagodas in the O’Neill Library foyer. The photographs below were taken by Lee Pellegrini.
The show business career of theater and English major Tracey Wigfield ’05 began months after her graduation from Boston College with a year as a page for the Late Show with David Letterman (the job, she recalls, involved repeating, “The ladies’ room is that way”). Today she is a writer for The Mindy Project, after working her way up from writer’s assistant to producer on the series 30 Rock, which aired its final episode (“Last Lunch”) on January 31, 2013. In September, the episode earned Wigfield and comedian Tina Fey a shared Emmy for best writing in a comedy series.
Wigfield took questions from students on April 7, 2014, in Devlin 008.]]>
A few days before the final showdown, @BC got a preview in the Bonn Studio Theater.
“Pineapple Groove,” played by Juice, with Kamau Burton ’17 (vocals/acoustic guitar); Miles Clyatt ’17 (drums); Jack Godfrey ’14 (bass); Daniel Moss ’17 (electric guitar); Christian Rougeau ’17 (violin/vocals); Ben Stevens ’17 (vocals); and Chris Vu ’17 (keyboard).
“Devil’s Wine,” played by Bobnoxious & the Master Craftsmen, with Sean Eckelman ’14 (lead guitar); Phil Hudner ’14 (rhythm guitar); Tom Jennings ’14 (bass); Ryan Moore ’14 (drums); and Bobby Scheuch ’14 (keyboard/vocals).]]>