A Boston College Minute
Somewhere in the recesses of campus there may yet be a patch of snow, and the trees are still bare, but the Heights heralded Monday, April 8, as “the best day of the year.”
Conditions (at noon): 67 and sunny
Locations: O’Neill Plaza, Stokes amphitheater, Higgins lawn, the quad, Bapst lawn, and the campus green (formerly the Dustbowl).]]>
On April 11 in Boston College’s Murray Room, 25 students, chosen by faculty mentors at 25 local colleges and universities, took part in the annual Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival, reading original work to an audience of professors, students, and friends. Nominated by the English faculty to stand for Boston College was Helen Spica ’14. A few days before the event, the Michigan native delivered a private reading for @BC. The setting was the Brighton Campus dance studio.]]>
huda Rijal ’16 was among 94 immigrants who took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States before a U.S. District Court judge (George A. O’Toole, Jr. ’69, P’09, ’11) in Robsham Theater on March 21. In 2008, he and his family were the first Bhutanese to be resettled in America from Nepal, where more than 100,000 Bhutanese are living in refugee camps. With the help of Lutheran Social Services, the family found a home in New Hampshire. Rijal intends to major in biology and/or chemistry at Boston College.
The naturalization ceremony took place at the University at the invitation of the Graduate School of Social Work, which in fall 2012 opened its Immigration Integration Lab to study the needs of immigrants and develop strategies for aiding newcomers. Part of the University’s Sesquicentennial celebration, the ceremony in Robsham reflects Boston College’s early role in educating the sons of local Irish immigrants.]]>
WZBC 90.3-FM, Boston College’s FCC-approved radio station, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Listeners today might be surprised to learn that for its first six years, the 1,000-watt station (heard within a 15-mile radius of campus) focused on commercial pop. As the seventies became the eighties, the wheel turned. In 1990 Rolling Stone magazine described the station’s DJs as gazing into “the abyss of rock’s avant-garde” while wearing black denim jeans “by the Gap.”
To become a DJ, an undergraduate must pass a test covering FCC regulations and station history; host a show on the AM station WVBC (broadcast online and through Boston College cable); intern with an FM DJ for one semester; pass an engineering exam; and submit an application to the program director (currently Erika Bjerklie ’14) to host a two-hour show. WZBC broadcasts 73 shows in all (some by non-students), 19 to 23 hours a day, seven days a week, from its studio on the first floor of McElroy Commons.]]>
Moniz joined the MIT faculty in 1973, and from 1983 to 1992 he led the university’s federally sponsored Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His confirmation would mark the sixth government position held by the former Boston College physics major, who earned his doctorate from Stanford University. During the Clinton administration Moniz served as an associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (1995–97) and as under secretary of the Department of Energy (1997–2001). In the Obama administration he has been a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (2010–12), the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council (2009–present), and the Defense Department’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (2010–present).
In a November 2011 Foreign Affairs article titled “Why We Still Need Nuclear Power” (available online for a fee) Moniz wrote, “It would be a mistake to let [Japan’s nuclear accident at] Fukushima cause governments to abandon nuclear power and its benefits,” among which he counted its relative cleanliness, reliability, and low cost. “The public,” he stated, “needs to be convinced that nuclear power is safe.” Moniz has also said (in a 2010 interview with the Switch Energy Project) that he is “bullish” on solar energy. As he wrote in Foreign Affairs, “If the United States takes a hiatus from creating new clean-energy options . . . Americans will look back in 10 years with regret.”
tokes Hall opened for classes on January 14, two years, three months, and 10 days after barrier fences went up on middle campus around the area between McElroy Commons and Lyons Hall. An on-site construction crew of nearly 300 completed the foundation in early spring 2011 (0:20 in the video) and closed in the 70-foot-tall, four-story structure in late winter 2012 (0:43). Masons laid 25,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone veneer, work crews installed 812 windows, and landscapers put down 7,500 square yards of lawn. The completed 183,000-square-foot liberal arts facility contains 36 classrooms and houses the classical studies, English, history, philosophy, and theology departments, the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, a coffee shop, and the offices of First Year Experience, PULSE, and the Academic Advising Center.
This 78-second video is made from still images grabbed from the feed of the northwest-facing webcam atop Carney Hall. It begins on November 10, 2010, and ends on February 11, 2013. A live feed of Stokes may be viewed here.]]>