On December 2, the Dynamics met at the Christmas tree in the atrium of the Cadigan Alumni Center.
Featuring: 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.]]>
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.
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“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)
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The lawn outside Burns Library, site of the Veterans Memorial Wall, before the 13th annual remembrance ceremony and roll call on November 11, 2013. The commemoration was organized by the Boston College Veterans Alumni Network.]]>
On October 17, Adam Fitzgerald and Joseph Spece of the Class of 2005 held a poetry reading in Stokes S195, sponsored by the English department. Fitzgerald, an adjunct professor of literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and the New School and the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy, read from his collection, The Late Parade (Liveright Publishing, 2013). Spece, the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a MacDowell Fellowship, is the editor of SHARKPACK Poetry Review. He read work from his volume, Roads (Cherry Grove, 2013). Each talked with @BC about the writing life.]]>