Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Craziest Season of All

Hello, prospective students!

I know it's very late into the semester to be making my first blog appearance, but hey, better late than never, right?

My name is Catalina Tresky, and I'm a junior, majoring in communication and minoring in French.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! Now that we're all back from a short and well-deserved, I must say, break, it's time to hit the books for the craziest season of all: finals season.

For those of you wondering what it's like around here at this time of year, I'm not going to lie: you can feel the stress in the air. We all have something due at least every other day, and the fact that we have to study for exams the week before Christmas is, simply put, not cute. But the great thing about BC during finals is the amount of de-stressors we have around us. RAs put together great "de-stressing" events, and the Plex puts on a great event called Inflatables Night. Yep, it's exactly what it sounds like - a gym filled with inflatables to channel your inner child during finals.

Every morning, our dining halls give us free coffee to keep us moving through our sleep-deprived days filled with studying, writing, and more studying. And the dining halls keep the love coming during Late Night when they put out breakfast foods to keep us fueled during the late hours of the night/the early hours of the morning.

So, even though finals are definitely not the most fun part about going to college, the BC community definitely eases the blow of least thrilling part of the year.

On another note, I hope everything is going well in your college process! Feel free to comment on this post with any further questions about BC student life.

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Square Off: El Pelon v. Crazy Dough

Battle of the BC Food!!!
When friends come from off campus to visit, it's usually considered good manners to feed them. (MY friends don't usually let me forget to feed them either way...) Boston College's dining halls offer a lot of variety, everything from the grill to the pasta station. Also, compared to other colleges I've visited, our food is pretty good. My personal favorite is the Wok-a-Way station on Wednesdays, I absolutely adore stir fry. However, unlike other schools, we don't have many commercial food chain companies on campus. Well actually, on campus, we have none. There's a Dunkin' Donuts across the street (try their hash browns sometime) but that's it for big names. There's also a Flatbreads sandwich store and White Mountain Creamery, both pretty delicious but clearly not your typical Subway or Coldstone's. This year we have TWO new power players on our off campus food line-up! El Pelon, a taqueria with funky t-shirts and a splash of cultural flavor, and Crazy Doughs, a funky dim lit brick oven pizza place. The food at both are wonderful, but which of the two reign supreme? Let's check some specs.

In terms of affordability, Crazy Dough's is a bit on the pricey side. A personal mini flat pizza runs a bit higher than the BC mini pizza price (which is not a good thing, over priced food is NOT as psychologically enjoyable). Also, the size of the pizza was a bit disappointing for the price and Crazy Dough's line also tends to be very long, so their space is VERY cramped. The dim lit seating area is nice, but the clunky black iron chairs detract from the natural lighting and are hard to move around, especially when the last person in line is an inch or two away from the back of your chair. BUT, their selection of foods are awesome; they have a new salad bowl that's in the process of being patented, and they give free refills!

El Pelon's prices range just a bit lower than Chipotle's, but their food is just as good. Their spacing tends to be a bit cramped, and their bottled drinks are on the expensive side. Also, though the El Jarrito soda bottles look and taste awesome, they can't be opened without a bottle opener, so woe be unto you if you decline their polite offer to have it opened. For me, one of the big things at a place like this is the meat quality and vegetable freshness. Burritos and tacos are made up of pretty much just vegetables and meat, so raw steak and wilted lettuce is a no no. I can happily say that El Pelon uses pretty good stuff in their meals. It's not like Chipotle, where you can often see into the kitchen and watch what's being put into your food. The kitchen's barred off and creation station is hidden, but so far this hasn't been cause for worry!

I still have yet to pick between the two. I've frequented both, both still have that "new" factor and both are BC friendly, but Crazy Dough's is a bit more so since you can use EagleBucks there. [Hurry and hop on the bandwagon El Pelon!] My advice? Come over and try them both for yourselves to pick a favorite!

O & O!
-Sam


Ice Jam

Hello all,
a couple weeks ago I attended an event called Ice Jam at Conte Forum. At Ice Jam Conte was split into half and half between the ice and the basketball court. This event was hosted by Bob Costas and the legendary Doug Flutie even came not to mention the fact that Vanilla Ice performed his hit single "Ice Ice Baby." The purpose of ice Jam was to introduce the 2010-2011 Men's and Women's soccer and basketball teams. Each team was introduced separately with the coaches arriving in style. Everyone booed when a BC patrol Car delivered the women's hockey coach. The car drove onto the ice entering where the Zamboni usually does. Not only were the teams introduced, but they also put on a show. The women's basketball team did a dance off vs Aero K one of BC's many dance clubs. I'd say Aero K won the day but the basketball team put in a solid effort. Also 3 members of the men's hockey team and 1 member of the women's hockey team participated in a fastest shot competition. The highest shot by a member of the men's hockey team registered a whopping 99 mph. As if that wasn't enough a few of the hockey players participated in a trick shot competition. Then there was the basketball competitions. First there was a 3 point competition which Doug Flutie took part in and ended up losing. although he wasn't bad I think he should stick to playing football. Equally exciting, was the dunk competition. This was my favorite event on the night solely because one of our star players Reggie Jackson was able to Dunk over Josh Southern who is 6 ft 11. When he made that dunk, crowd went crazy. Finally, to round out the night, 1 student was given a 2 year lease on a brand new BMW covered in eagle designs. This was the highly coveted Eagle car that had been the subject of conversations for weeks, as it had sat on lower campus. About a week previous to the concert, all BC students received an email that told them about the car. In the email was a coded message. The instruction were to crack the code which would reveal a question and then to send in your answer to the question. From those who answered the question right, 10 students were randomly selected and given a chance to win the car. On the night of Ice Jam, the 10 students filed out onto the court. The car like the BC patrol car arrived through the Zamboni entrance. From a set of 10 keys each student chose a key. They were told only 1 key would start the car and they would have to go one at a time and try there key on the ignition. If the car turned on they would win the car. The crowd watched as key after key failed to start the car. Finally it started and there was a resounding yesssss from the student with the winning key. After that the crowd dispersed and the unforgettable night came to a close. BC plans to make Ice Jam an annual event. I can't wait to see what they come up with for next years event. As always feel free to contact me. I am a sophomore in the college of arts in sciences. My email address is rossmama@bc.edu.

Thanks, Matt

Monday, November 8, 2010

Shaw Meets with Father Leahy

This past week, the Shaw Leadership Program Freshman got to meet with Father Leahy, the University's President. He spoke with us about leadership and the skills one needs to become a leader. His words were quite insightful and it was a great experience to meet and talk to our University's President. The Shaw Leadership Program fosters these types of learning seminars every week and through the program, I have only had great experiences. The influential leaders that have graced our presence have made significant impacts on how I interact with people during the day. Yet, it has also taught me to be patient and listen more. More to come from Shaw soon!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stokes

Hello Everyone

As everyone has probably noticed by now construction on main campus is underway. Between the remodeling of Gasson hall, and the building of Stokes hall (RIP Dustbowl) the noises of construction are starting to become a norm while walking through main campus. Although this may seem bad in the immediate view I believe that this is a great opportunity for Boston College and the students. If these buildings are built in the time frame the school has said, they will be done by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. As a freshman this is very appealing because this means that by the start of my junior year there will be two new halls on campus which will greatly increase the aesthetic appeal of the campus. Through this endeavor Boston College will become a even better university than it already is and will hopefully attract more perspective students to the college. To prospective students this construction should not be viewed as a determent to Boston College but a encouraging factor; moreover, those who will be freshmen next year will only have to deal with it for one year. The construction on the Boston College campus shows that BC is looking at the best interests of the students and trying to ensure that we can get the best education possible. On top of this it is showing that BC is trying to uphold its reputation as a top university in the country by expanding its grounds and attracting bright students around the world. Although the construction is going to be annoying at times, the benefits of this project will last a lifetime and let Boston College excel to new heights.

-MVM

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Plex

Hello Everyone

As bad as this sounds, today was my first visit to the plex since we got a tour of the place at orientation. The day started off bright and early with a run from Newton to the plex, which may I say is a brutal run when it is 20 something degrees outside. When we finally got to the plex, I have to say I was impressed. From what I have always heard, the plex isn’t that great of a facility. People always say how crowded, hot, and rundown the place is; however, with the exception of a few other people crazy enough to get up at 7 oclock, it was relatively empty and all of the machines were open whenever I needed one. On top of this I never realized how big the plex actually is; between the fitness equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, and pool there are plenty of places to work out and stay in shape. Staying in shape is a big part of having a healthy experience and a great way to keep away the dreaded freshmen 15 (or 20). So next time your debating on were you would go to work out, (which usually doesn’t happen unless you live on Newton) try out the plex.

-MVM

Love It!

Hello readers of this here blog. As I am writing this, I'm sitting in the Chocolate Bar, the on-campus coffee bar, sipping a hot chocolate. I don't drink coffee because it's gross, but I swear this place makes the best hot chocolate so it doesn't really matter. I make the hot chocolate even better by swirling in my own added mixture of cinnamon. I used to also add a bit of nutmeg, but they took it away this year for unknown reasons. Don't worry, I'm working on getting it back. Despite the absence of nutmeg, this drink is just the thing I need after my twenty minute walk outside in this nippy fall weather.

I've made getting a hot chocolate from the Chocolate Bar on Thursday mornings my own little ritual. My first class of the day is at noon on Upper Campus, not far from here, but fairly distant from just about everywhere else. Anyway, not only do I sip on my hot chocolate, but the school newspaper The Heights comes out on Thursdays and I always complete (or at least try and fail to complete) the crossword.

This ritual is really one of my favorites. It marks the beginning of the end of the week and the coming of the weekend. I reflect on what's happened such as my class discussions on abortion and Buddhism in Japan and lectures on Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy of imagination and look forward to the coming events of my weekend from trivia in Lower dining hall tonight to the University Chorale concert tomorrow and on and through my trip into the city on Saturday finally landing on my favorite mass at 10:15 on Sunday night to start the week off right. This is what I love about Boston College.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Portico

Hello Everybody

Portico with professor Cioni is perhaps one of the best classes I am taking this semester in the CSOM school. Although it is a required class for all CSOM freshmen, the course load is slim and the class is invigorating. As an intro to business/ business ethics course, the name doesn’t sound that appealing; however, the professors do an excellent job at making the student questioning their own judgment and ideology in business. Now I am not going to lie, the summer work that was due in the first week of august did put an obstacle in my summer plans of sitting around and being lazy; however, do not let the fear of summer work deter you from taking this otherwise enjoyable class. Another element of this class that I find very productive are the Monday night evening sessions. On most Monday nights the portico committee will either bring in a guest speaker from various companies in the US, or have someone from the CSOM community speak on the various topics we are learning that week. These evening sessions do a great job at taking the hypothetical ideas we learn in class and relate them to the real business world. Overall Portico is perhaps my favorite class due to its fair workload, invigorating discussions, and real world application. So if any incoming freshmen are debating on whether or not to go in to CSOM, I would say do it for this class alone.

-MVM

Hello all. It has been an exciting couple of weeks since my last post. Football beat Clemson, and hockey won its first 2 home games vs Merrimack and last night vs Umass Lowell. I can't wait for Friday's University of New Hampshire match up. Its also been fairly busy academically as well as I had midterms last week though it was nothing overbearing.

Anyways, I would like to talk a little about a club I am in called Appalachia. We meet most Sundays throughout the semester and learn about the Appalachia region in the United States. During Spring break we will take a service trip to various Appalachia regions to help impoverished people. This is a great service opportunity because unlike most service opportunities at BC you don't have to apply to be involved you simply come to the meetings and follow the instructions of the trip leaders. There are a lot of students involved (around a few hundred at least) and there is something like 32 different sites that we could potentially go to in the spring. I can't wait.

Again if you want to contact me my bc email is Rossmama@bc.edu. I am a sophomore in the college of arts and sciences. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks Matt

A love of Newton that pays


Hey,

Hope everyone out there is doing well! I just got back from a great shift at work and it inspired me to share a little about my experience working at BC and the special spot Newton has in my heart - I swear the two are related.

The summer before my freshman year, I received the news: I was going to spend my first year of college living in a quad in Hardey on Newton Campus. WHAT? Not exactly the double on upper I was hoping for. However, as cliche as it may sound, I immediately fell in love with Newton during the first days. Largely, I can attribute my love of Newton to the great friends I instantly made. I consider myself so lucky to be able to look at my pictures from my first weekend of freshman year and find most of those same people living in my 8 man suite in Walsh today. For me, Newton was the ideal place to foster such friendships. It was away from the hustle-bustle of main campus and never a difficult place to spot a familiar face.

Soon after school started, I began to look for a job with my friends Kathryn and Kristen. With the recent economic downturn, it was even difficult to find a position to fill a work-study. We ended up at our last resort - Newton Campus' very own Stuart Dining Hall. What was there to look forward to about wearing a uniform and serving food your peers - right? Wrong!

Work has always been a part of my life, and it soon became a very surprisingly enjoyable part of my student life at BC. When I even went in to apply for a job, I felt very warmly welcomed by my soon to be boss, Mark. To this day, I do not think I can say I have met a nicer, more admirable person in my life. In addition, Mark is always super understanding that we are all students and sometimes cannot make shifts because of papers or midterms. At Stuart, where I soon found out that a ton of students work, my friendships with Kathryn, Kristen, and others strengthened and I quickly formed positive working relations with my bosses and chefs. I found an escape from typical student life as I interacted with a variety of very interesting people. One day, I even had an entire conversation in French with one of my favorite chefs from Morocco.

At the end of last year, I applied and was accepted to the position of Student Manager at Stuart. Every year, there are about 7 student managers who are responsible for running the dinner, late night, and weekend shifts. In short, we make sure that everything stays clean, breaks are taken at the right times, everything is stocked, everyone works an equal amount, and all necessary tasks are completed. Already, I have learned so many skills in management that I know will help me in all aspects of my life. And by the time I graduate at twenty-one years old, I will have about three years of a management position under my belt. Although I am not in the Carroll School of Management, I know that management skills are an invaluable asset for all careers.

Ok, so now for the sappy, sentimental stuff. I will never forget the wave of emotions that overcame me I first took the bus back to Newton this year for work and looked in the window of my beloved Hardey. Living on Lower Campus has been a big adjustment for me this year, and I nearly teared when I saw the lawns, the lounges, and the trees of Newton and was flooded with the memories I associate with them.

Now, twice a week, I journey back to Newton for work at Stuart. More than ever, I look to this as my paid escape from busy student life on main campus. My boss always asks how my week is going, I get to catch up with my work friends, eat a DELICIOUS Stuart meal for free, and feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the night. I could not be happier that I lived my freshman year on Newton and that the only job I could get was at Stuart. Though I live on main campus now, I know that Newton and Stuart will be defining parts of my college experience throughout my four years.

Later,
Alexandra


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Off Campus

Hey there!

It's time to tackle a technicality about Boston College, namely the fact that no one is guaranteed four years of housing that comes to BC. It's kind of annoying since I personally only got three years. Some people luck out and are on campus for all four years, though, and there's really no problem. However, there are some pros and cons about living off campus.

Some of the cons are that you have to either walk or take the bus to class every day. This is a bit annoying, especially since I lived on Newton freshman year and had to take the bus then too. Another con is that you may be separated from friends for a year who have four years of housing and may be stuck living with people you know a little less about. The final con I would say is that it is just plain stressful finding housing, especially if you don't start early. Once you do find a place to live, though, it's smooth sailing and you can avoid on campus housing drama.

Now the pros abound. First of all, it is a great experience living on your own for a year. Paying bills and keeping responsibility is a great life lesson. Also, housing tends to be cheaper off campus than on. Another pro is that you can stay around the BC area during Christmas break and the summer since you'll have a place to live. This is great if you have a job or just plain want to come back early from break. Finally, you can find a greater deal of independence living off campus.

Overall I feel living off campus has been a great experience, but I would not want to do it for a second year, especially since I didn't live on main campus freshman year. While I love living off campus right now, I cannot wait until I move back on for senior year and spend that time with all of my friend's together again!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Go Eagles!



It’s no secret that Boston College’s football team is on a bit of a losing streak. The student body certainly hasn’t hesitated in letting their frustration at our 2-5 record be known, and even though quarterback Dave Shinskie has been pulled from his starting position, the mention of his name still has the potential to evoke angry outbursts from students.

Despite our less-than-perfect season, home football games continue to be an essential aspect of Boston College culture. On game days, students take a break from endless homework and reading assignments, put on their distinctive Superfan yellow t-shirts and shades, and then head down to Alumni Stadium with their friends to cheer on the BC Eagles. The student section is always packed, and if we’re playing a decent team, the rest of the stadium is filled with returning alumni and fans of the opposing team. All in all, it is nothing short of a good time.

Our second-to-last home game is this Saturday, and I have to say that I’m a little sad to see the end of yet another football season. We’ll be playing Clemson, and it just might be the time for us to score our first ACC win of the year. If not, there’s always basketball season to look forward to.

Until next time,

Rosie

*****
Post-game edit: We won! There's still hope!

Newton

Hello everybody!

When I originally found out that I was going to be living on Newton Campus last summer my heart sank (along with about 900 other freshmen); however, my perception of this campus has significantly changed since that first week.

First off I am not going to lie and say that living on Newton doesn’t isolate you from kids on upper, because it does; however this only makes the freshmen on Newton that much closer.
The people on my floor are some of my closest friends, and I know some of them more than my friends back home just by being with them for a little over a month. From hall sports to Wednesday night abs our floor finds fun ways to connect and emulate the “action” of upper campus.

Now to tackle the issue of the dreaded bus. The Newton bus can defiantly be a pain sometimes; for example, when the bus driver decides to take his break when you're already late for class, or missing the last 2:00am bus; however, truthfully the bus isn’t that bad and waking up 15 minutes earlier in order to get the bus is not really that big a deal. Also the 2:00am bus is perhaps one of the funniest trips you will ever make and everyone has to do it at least once.

In terms of dining, Stuart is awesome, mainly because the law students need a good place to eat, but we’ll take it. Newton is also awesome for all of its fields, especially given the new construction on main campus. Everywhere you look on Newton you see green fields that are ideal for any sport you want to play, and I cant wait till the winter for some intense sledding down Newton’s many hills. In short Newton is an amazing campus that is wrongfully viewed as boring by most incoming freshmen. We have just as much fun as those freshmen on upper and form a great bond with those people that we are “stuck” with. So to all those Eagles that live or lived on Newton be proud, and to all those incoming freshmen Newton is the place to be.

-MVM

Monday, October 25, 2010

Classes

Hello everybody!

Now, my last post stated that I am a history/philosophy double major with a minor in American studies. I've already delved into what I may do with this concentration - so let's look at what it is I do currently as a liberal arts major, why don't we? Now I've finished all my core so I'm only taking classes that apply to my concentrations for the remainder of my undergraduate career.

This semester I'm taking "Kierkegaard and Nietzsche" and the "Philosophy of Imagination" for my philosophy major, "Public Culture in Post-War Japan" and "Age of Decision, United States 1877-1929" for my history major, and "City in Literature and Film" for my American studies minor. Interesting classes all, and I may talk more about each individual one in future posts, but, for now, my workload:

All I do in my free time is read. Read read and read some more. This reading is occasionally broken up by writing on the reading I have been doing, but then I go back to reading. Some might find this workload slightly taxing and monotonous, but I really do love every minute of it. Being post-core, I'm able to focus on topics I find interesting and am finally able to avoid math like the plague.

That's all I really have to say about my workload. If you have any questions about specific classes, or anything else in general, feel free to contact me at nick.f.clements@gmail.com...I'll find some time in between readings to answer them fully. Have a great week!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

An Update From Shaw

Hey Guys!

I'm Chrissy Suchy and I'm a freshman. Additionally, I'm a member of the Shaw Program. Shaw is a leadership program that offers students of the incoming freshman class to live in the Shaw House on Upper Campus their freshman year with all the 20 members (half boys half girls).

So far, its been a really rewarding experience. I've been able to meet people that are from all over the country and have different outlooks on all walks of life. Its also really nice being able to live in an actual house (with a full kitchen and lounge in addition to all the rooms that we have). But regardless, the Shaw program offers students to attend weekly seminars with influential leaders in the BC community and learn about everything Boston College has to offer. I personally have really enjoyed meeting with the head basketball coach (Coach Donahue), various Jesuits, and I am looking forward to meeting with the university's president, Father Leahy. So far, Shaw has been really great to me, and I look forward to the year to come. I'll keep you all posted!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There's no time like Procrastination Time



Hello from O'Neill Library!

A very cheerful "What's up?" to all the prospective students who are viewing this blog! Pleasure to make your acquaintances, my name is Samantha BUT all that's necessary is the first three of the eight letters (lucky guess on which ones?).

I've chosen a very special time to begin documenting my junior year at Boston College. Right now, most of us are in the "throes" of midterms! It's like Christmas; the teachers are overly generous with handing out the gifts of paper assignments, tests, quizzes and extra work to make sure that we are all well aware of certain things (like who Boniface VII was) to prepare us for our futures in Marine Biology, Neuroscience, Criminal Law or any other career that isn't the least bit remotely connected. In a way, midterms are fun though. I get a warm feeling in my heart as I delve into my books, staring at the sunset over the Boston Skyline (Check it out actually! This is what I see from these fantastic half wall height windows!) and resurface to a beautiful sunrise about thirteen hours later with a serious cramp in my legs and hunger growls reminiscent of a passing truck. But it's nice to know that in these times, you're definitely not alone. Studying together with other people around this time is definitely recommended, it makes the time pass faster, you have a system of support of other friends who can certainly relate to how you feel, AND breakfast at 7:30 a.m. is a GROUP activity! Just make sure you can focus, distraction is a blessing in moderation!

So, who is the writer behind this sarcastic yet pleasant dose of reality? My name is Sam Augustin, and I am currently a junior at Boston College. I am an English and Communications double major with a pre-law concentration in both. [I am also currently studying for a gorgeous midterm with a matching 10 page paper.] I'm involved in Student Admissions Program Online and Office Management, I'm on the Undergraduate Government of Boston College's (UGBC) Student Rights Team, and I am the Vice President of a culture club's executive board. I do more around campus but currently, these are my favorite and most active commitments! Getting involved at BC is easy to do, a lot of fun and extremely beneficial if you commit to a reasonable amount of different activities and stay responsible and active in those that you do chose to commit to. Ask if you have any questions about any of the groups I'm currently involved in!

Blogging is serving as a great way to unwind after a few hours straight of studying though. A good way to make sure that the studying continues is a program for Mac Users called SelfControl. Temporarily blocks several sites that I may slightly obsess over (Facebook, BCMail, Google, NYT.com, StumbleUpon, Kayak [I love to travel!]) and keeps them blocked from your computer until the timer has run out. Supposedly even if you try to uninstall the program, the sites remain blocked for the sake of "self-control" until the timer is done. Needless to say, I've found away around the timer, but I set it back up so that I could be a good student. Now, if you do decide to try looking this up at some point, please be aware that downloading links from the internet can harm your computer, so be careful what you download! Also be wary of scams, p.b. & jam and other programs. You get the gist!

One last note: Many people work well under pressure. However, high school "work under pressure" and college "work under pressure" are two very different concepts. Time management is a MUST, especially after you get your first potent dose of "All Nighters". So, if you haven't already, practice managing time wisely. Balance is key, the golden mean is a wonderful standard, and I'm looking forward to finding my inner balance again after this hectic week! Enjoy your weekends and look out for my Thursday postings! If you have any questions at all, feel free to comment or shoot me an email!


-S

Hello

Hello! My name is Matthew Rossman and I am a sophomore in the college of arts and sciences. I am currently undeclared but am heavily leading towards becoming a history major. BC has a lot of great history courses to offer and a great history staff. I am currently taking a class on the Vietnam war which I am thoroughly enjoying. My professor took a lot of acting classes in college and he incorporates his skills into the lectures constantly changing his voice to match the person who is quoting. I find this very entertaining and comical. I am also taking a sociology class called peace or war where we look critically at why the US gets involved in wars. As an American this course can be disconcerting at times because we have read articles by people who believe the United States is an empire and we go to war solely to advance our society. However, I think this class has given me a new perspective on war and how it is not always clear cut.

Anyways, while classes and homework do take up a substantial period of my time, I still have plenty of free time to become involved in activities on campus. I currently write for the heights newspaper which is very easy to become involved if you so choose. Basically you just show up at a weekly meeting, the editor will give off a list of articles he needs and then first person to claim it gets to write the article. Last week I got to cover BC's hockey team versus Denver. Since the games were not televised on BC cable, I was allowed to go down to the men's locker room and watch the game on direct television with some student managers. Also, after the second game vs Denver which we won, one of the captains called me to do a post interview. I am so excited for the hockey home opener on October 29th. Even though the team was national champions last yr, they appear to be even better.

I am also involved with intramural sports. Intramural sports are a great way to continue playing sports if your not quite at the varsity or club level. Right now I am playing Softball and Hockey. The cool thing about hockey is that we get to play in Conte Forum which is where the actual BC hockey team plays its home games.

Thanks for reading my post. This is my first post this yr and there will be many more to come. If you have any questions pertaining to student life or just want a perspective from a current student feel free to email me at Rossmama@bc.edu. I know I have a funny email. Anyways if theres anything I can help with feel free to contact me. Thanks

Matthew Rossman

Life on Newton

Hi all! I hope wherever you are, October is treating you nicely! It's getting a little chillier here in Chestnut Hill, but the leaves are turning, so it's beautiful all the same.

My name is Lexi Schneider and I am a freshman in the College of Arts and Science. I am a history major, and I will most likely double in theology. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life (then again, who is?), but I'm currently thinking about law school and high school education in terms of a career path.

I live on Newton Campus in Keyes South (dubbed the Newton of Newton Campus because it's separated from the other two dorms). Originally, I was a little disappointed about being out on Newton. I was not excited about being away from the action of main campus, and feared that dreaded bus. However, my outlook has significantly changed during the past two months. Newton is only freshmen, and about 900 students get placed here. Many argue that the food is better at our lone dining hall, Stuart, which has been debated by many of my friends on Upper. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but Stuart is by far my favorite dining hall to eat in. It's really "homey" because it's so small; I know the employees and they know me, and the dining is really intimate. There's also a lot to say for the community. I LOVE my floor! They are all really amazing. We've all meshed really well. My entire dorm gets along well together as well which is great. Keyes has its own library and laundry services, which is really convenient, and each floor has at least one common area. The bus is not really all that bad, although inconvenient at times. It only runs until 2 a.m., but you can always call Eagle Escort for a ride back after that. Sometimes I also just spend the night on Upper too.

Best of luck in the college search, and I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have about Newton, or college in general!

Introduction

Hello! My name is Nick Clements and I am currently starting my Student Admissions Blog for this year. You, the reader, will get to hear all about the life and times of a junior history/philosophy double major, American studies minor in Boston College's undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences! Get excited!

Now, reading my concentration, one may ask oneself (as many ask me), "What, exactly, is he going to do with a degree in that? Liberal arts!? I mean, come on!" My normal answer to this question is a snide "something impractical," but, this being an informational blog and that being a valid question to ask, I will answer truthfully. I am currently planning on going to graduate school for American studies, an interdisciplinary course of study which focuses more on cultural and social trends throughout history and currently. Many of those who go down this track either work in museums and the public humanities, or, rather stereotypically, teach. American studies is an enriching and interesting program that covers all the bases of American life.

Anyway, thanks for paying attention to my first post, there'll be many more to come!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My First Few Weeks at BC!

Hello!

My name is Maggie Reeves, and I am in the College and Arts& Sciences. I am currently an Economics and Mathematics major, but that will probably change over the next four years. My majors probably sound odd for someone in Arts&Sciences, but I never thought of applying to business programs. So, for any of you thinking about applying to "CSOM", the business school at BC, DO IT because it is so much easier to transfer out of CSOM then transfer in. Still, a lot of my classes have a majority of CSOM students so I do not feel as thought I am missing out on anything not being on CSOM. Pertaining to the academic transition to college, I felt really prepared for the core class I am taking. However, because of AP placement, I am in a lot of classes for sophomores and juniors, and for these classes, it can be kind of overwhelming at times. This is partially because as a freshman it is kind of hard to find someone to study with or sit with in class because it feels as though sophomores already have set friends.

Social transition has been a lot easier. Concerning the Newton vs. Upper debate, Newton is where it is at. I was originally placed in a forced triple on Upper, so I was desperate to get my own closet even if it meant coming to Newton. I am so glad I did too. It is true that everyone knows each other. Also, the buildings are a lot smaller so you really know everyone in your dorm. I feel like Upper is like an apartment complex while Newton is like a home as corny as that sounds. If you end up living on Newton, you are guaranteed not to have a forced triple. Social life here is amazing. Between football games, movie nights, and random fun nights, time really flies.

My favorites class is PULSE, which fulfills both my philosophy and theology university core credit. I like it because it counts as two classes, but class only meets the same number of times as a typical class. However, the difference is that I have to do ten hours of community service a week. However, it does not seem like work at all. I volunteer at "Another Course to College," which is a public high school in Brighton, MA. Here, I tutor and form friendships with the students.

Aside from working with SAP, I am on an intermural co-ed flag football team. Intermural sports are really low commitment and a lot of fun. As a freshman, I am signed up for a lot of clubs but have not really picked which ones I really want to be committed to. I do not want to mention any that I have only been to one meeting and look foolish to anyone really involved to that meeting, but I will definitely keep you updated.

Come for a tour and fall in love with BC like I did! For me, coming here was just intuition for me, so you should definitely come see if its the same for you!

Maggie Reeves

Hello!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Sarah, and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m double majoring in economics and political science. In addition to the Student Admission Program, I'm involved in Cura and the women’s rowing team.

This is my first year participating in Cura. Each of the groups has 6-8 people and meets for an hour once a week to talk about faith and life at BC. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to reflect and take part in small group discussions with other students when I went on a 48-Hours trip during my freshman year, so Cura seemed like a great way to continue to do this on a regular basis. I’ve been to one meeting so far, and I can't wait to get to know the other people in my group.

Midterms are currently underway, so I took a much-needed break from studying and went with my roommates to see The Social Network last weekend. I was especially excited to see it because the film crew came to the BC boathouse on the Charles River last fall to shoot the rowing scenes. Unfortunately, I never saw Justin Timberlake or any other actors during the filming, but it was still really cool to see clips of the Charles in the movie. One of the many things I love about being a student at BC is that the city and everything it has to offer are just a T ride away. Exploring Boston with friends is always a great way to relax after a hectic week.

Thanks for reading!
Sarah

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday!

Hey everyone,

Thank goodness its Friday! This was a hectic week with two midterms, but I can't complain as I made it through! During each semester at school, there seem to be about two two-week long periods full of papers and mid-term exams. Generally, this time is really as stressful as you make it. If you do your readings when they are assigned, take good notes, and generally don't procrastinate, then you should be fine. But, alas, as many of us occasionally neglect to do so, it can all come crashing down on you quickly.

Newbury Street

So long as it does not absolutely pour tonight, my friends and I are going to Newbury Street in the city for some shopping and dinner. Granted some of the stores on Newbury are very expensive, it is a gorgeous street with a ton of cool shops and just a great atmosphere. In a lot of ways, Newbury Street reminds me of my favorite place at home, Church Street in Burlington, VT. Tonight, I hope we try out this Thai restaurant I have really wanted to go to.

With a stressful week behind me, the weekend should provide a great opportunity to embrace some of the culture Boston offers!

Later,
Alexandra


Friday, October 8, 2010

Sophomore Year!

Hey guys!

This is my first post, so I'll just introduce myself a little to all of you potential Eagles!!

My name is Lauren G, and I am a sophomore in the School of Arts & Sciences. I am an Economics major and International Studies minor.

Currently, I am involved in a couple of things on campus. First off, is the Student Admissions Program, where I volunteer as a Tour Guide, Day Visits host, and a blog writer! Yay!

I am also involved in BC's ONLY sketch and improv comedy group on campus, Asinine. Being a part of Asinine is so much fun, and it's an awesome way to get involved in something I might never have the opportunity to do after college.

So, I only mentioned two out of the HUNDREDS of clubs and organizations at BC. There's a club for basically anything you can think of (and if not, you can always start one up!)

I can't wait to share with you all the great moments I experience during my sophomore year!
Hope you all come on back, and stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!
-Lauren G

(PS. If you have any questions you want answered, or want me to discuss something in my next blog you want information on, please don't hesitate to contact me at: ghazall@bc.edu .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Relationships at Boston College

Hello again!

I hope you all had an exciting weekend - I certainly did (with one glaring exception being the loss to NOTRE DAME AT HOME on Saturday - it was still wicked fun though). Although this is a kind of taboo subject at colleges, I thought I'd write to you about my experience with relationships at BC.

I came to college still in a dying relationship from high school. After months of childish and immature fighting, I felt like it was time for something new; a new beginning at a new place, with new people and new places to see. I would just like to say that not all relationships from high school end when college begins, but mine did.

I was not looking to get into a relationship right when I got here. I felt like most freshman guys - ITS COLLEGE. Parties, girls, maybe some classes, right? That's when it all started to happen.
It was actually pretty crazy how this relationship started. My friend and I decided on one slow Friday night in September that we'd go to Newton to see what life was like on the other side of Commonwealth Ave. Little did I know that I would meet one of the most amazing girls I have ever met in my life. Her name was Erin. Like most freshman from Upper, I thought to myself "great, another one of those Newton kids, I'll never see her." As it turns out, she lived right down the hall from me in Gonzaga! Who knew??
October was when things really got started, though. We had been hanging out for a while, and I felt like she was fast becoming my best friend. I saw her almost every day, and we always stopped to talk. When she talked, my attention naturally turned to her. She was smart, funny, cute - she had it all. I won't bore you with all of the details (sorry, Erin!!), but one thing led to another; a few awkward McElroy Commons dinner dates, one Hillside dinner date (big spender, right?) and ONE off campus movie date in Boston later, and it was official. It was the start of something wonderful that is still going strong after 10 months (two semesters of school, one winter break, and one summer).

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, that's for sure. Relationships in college are actually quite different than relationships in high school (for me, at least). There are two things that are different to me. First, you wind up seeing this person multiple times a day every day, so I feel like we've gotten to know each other REALLY WELL. This is great for us because we like each other's personalities. Of course, this isn't always the case, but if you find the right person WITH A PERSONALITY YOU LIKE, chances are it will work out. The second is that although you may live down the hall from each other 9 months out of the year, there are the other 3 months to worry about (namely, summer). Luckily, we live pretty close (Massachusetts and Rhode Island...go sox), but it was certainly a change not being able to see her every day.

College relationships are "fluid" in this way; there is constant separation and reunion. Its not easy to get used to, but once I realized that our relationship would be this way, it became much easier to just focus on staying in touch and enjoying the time we have together at school, or in the summer.

One final note: for some reason, people think relationships "never" happen in college. This is ABSOLUTELY NOT THE CASE. Boston College will inundate you with meetings, emails, clubs, and activities that talk about the "hook-up culture" and how it is related to the downfall of dating and relationships. Although there is a "hook up culture" that is alive and well at BC, people still get into committed relationships. It's all about who you meet! I never thought I would be in a relationship so early, but thats just the way it happened.
So, if the time is right and you find someone you really want to get to know in a special way, go for it! Ladies, feel free to take a bit of initiative also - this is the 21st century, and I'm sure Erin could attest to the fact that guys don't always get it right away. Sometimes, you need to show a little bit of initiative to get it back from the guy - and that's fine.

If you ever have any questions about relationships and dating, there are a number of different resources available to you as a student that can help you through troubled times, or just give you someone to talk with. University Counseling Services is one place that probably isn't utilized as much as it should be. Also, there are a multitude of seminars, events, and "meet and greets" held throughout the year by the Office of Residential Life (through your RAs and hall staff) and by Nights on the Heights (an organization that plans weekend events throughout the year). Finally, if you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me at ficcagli@bc.edu. I'll do my best to help you out or point you to someone who can.

My advice: get out and meet some people. You never know what you may be starting. I met someone randomly who I now love dearly, and who will always have a special place in my heart. Its worth it!

Until next time,
The Quest Continues,

-Greg

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Introduction...and some basic thoughts


Hello there!

Since this is my first post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Greg, and I am a Sophomore at BC. I am sitting right now in the Loft over the Lower Dining Hall (its probably my favorite place to study/eat on campus).

You may have noticed that I am searching for all 11 dining halls on campus. I read somewhere in some literature floating around the admissions office that we have 11 PLACES TO EAT. When trying to name them, I could only name about 5, so I'm searching for the other 6 to enhance my food experience. Of course, I will keep you all posted on how the search is going, and there will be pictures to go along with the descriptions. I LOVE FOOD, and the food on campus is pretty good. That being said, it is still college food, and probably nothing like food that you would get at home. But you've got no choice but to love it enough to eat it, or risk spending a small fortune on take out.

Besides eating, class is also one of my favorite activities. And, like a true college student, I am procrastinating studying for this test in Research Methods (a communications class about how to do communications research) to introduce myself to you. There will be lots more where this came from!!

Thanks for reading
Keep it classy,

- Greg

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Back from Abroad!


Although classes started nearly three weeks ago, it was only yesterday that fall officially began. Wednesday marked the beginning of the new season, and also the consequent end of summer. However, my summer memories won’t soon be forgotten.

This summer I studied abroad in Bordeaux, a small town in the south of France, right in the middle of wine country. It was an incredible five weeks, during which I lived with a French family while taking Intensive Intermediate French. I completed the entire Intermediate French curriculum during that time, a feat that normally takes two semesters. The immersion experience catapulted my progress in French forward, and this semester I am taking French Conversation, Composition, and Reading I. Although I’m still pretty far from obtaining fluency, my level of proficiency amazes me in comparison to where I was just last spring, when I was finishing Elementary French I. My class is taught entirely in French now, and I am well on track to graduate with a minor in French.

BC’s study abroad programs are one of the many great opportunities available to students here. Nearly half of BC’s undergraduates study abroad at some point during their four years here, whether it’s a summer course like my trip to Bordeaux, or a one- or two-semester program during their junior year. I’m yet to meet someone who didn’t love their experience abroad, which I think is a real testament to the quality of the programs run by the Office of International Programs. Even though I’ve only been back for a few months now, I’m already looking into studying abroad in Italy during the spring semester of my junior year.

Please feel free to comment or email me at chandlro@bc.edu with questions regarding study abroad here at BC, as I serve as a member of the Office of International Program’s Student Advisory Committee and would love to answer any questions you might have.

Until next time,

Rosie

And in case you’re new to the SAP blog, a little bit about me. I’m from Charlotte, NC, a sophomore here at BC, and pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Art History with a minor in French. I blogged last semester, so check out some of the older posts if you’re interested in my freshman year experience.

Friday, April 30, 2010

To Newton or Not to Newton?

That is the question. But according to the latest edition of The Heights, an independent student newspaper, the Class of 2014 will not have the option to choose whether they would rather live on Newton or Upper Campus. To be honest, I feel like this is probably for the best, as eliminating housing preferences means that incoming freshman will no longer have to deal with the anxiety of deciding which campus is the right fit for them. I remember last spring, when I was torn between the idea of living in a small community like Newton Campus, or enjoying the convenience of living on Upper Campus.

After a lot of debate, I ended up requesting to live on Upper. However, I was assigned to live in a double on Newton. When I received the news, I was devastated. I thought that living on Newton was going to be the worst thing in the world, even though I had been so torn between the two just a few weeks before. But as it turned out, I was wrong. Funny how often that has happened to me this year.

Newton has been great. Yes, it’s inconvenient to live a mile away from Main Campus, and yes, the buses do get annoying at times. But at the end of the day, getting on the Newton Bus feels like going home. I wouldn’t trade my experience living on Newton—good people, good atmosphere, good food, and slightly larger dorm rooms—for anything. Although everything didn’t work out exactly as I planned, I feel like it all ended up working out for the best in the end. So, keep my story in mind as you all receive your housing assignments this summer. No matter where you end up, it has the potential to be great.

Until next semester,

Rosie

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Time

Hey Everyone,
So this weekend a lot of great things are happening. There's a Lose the Shoes soccer tournament for AIDS awareness. Yes, that means barefoot soccer and a lot of fun. You make a team of five to seven people, give a little money for a good cause, and play soccer! It's supposed to be gorgeous weather...or so the weather channels says, which can be deceiving. But also, one of my favorite events at Boston College all year long, it's Arts Fest! It actually started today with various creative performances. There are films, poetry readings, dance groups, comedy troupes, singing, artwork, and more. There's even free food! (Dessert presentations...last year there were free chocolate strawberries and it was absolutely amazing) Springtime is such a great experience on campus, with everyone out in the Dustbowl, in the Quad, prowling through O'Neill Plaza. It's a weekend of culture as the year comes to an end, even if it means finals are fastly approaching.
I'll be out in the sun anyway!

Thanks!
Hannah Wheeler
Class of 2012
wheeleha@bc.edu

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Marathon Monday

Hi again,

Just a reminder, my name is Hannah Wheeler and I'm a sophomore international studies major in the college of arts and sciences. This past Monday Boston College celebrated the annual Patriots' Day with a day off from our studies. With no classes to attend, students flocked to see the famed Boston Marathon that passes right by the campus. Not only is it an inspiring event to cheer on thousands of men and women from around the country who have been training mercilessly for this day, but for many at BC, we had fellow peers running the race.

The Campus School of Boston College sponsors students to run the race by only suggesting that they raise money for the school. This means those interested in running don't have to have a qualifying time, only have to participate in fundraising and awareness of the Campus School. Just a little bit about the Campus School--it's a non-profit, private day school part of the Lynch School of Education for students from the surrounding communities, aged 3-21, with various disabilities. Boston College students can find many ways to get involved with it other than the Marathon, if running 26.2 miles isn't really your thing. The school is always looking for students to come and volunteer their time, just spending time with the kids. Just another way Boston College gives back!

Thanks,
Hannah Wheeler
Class of 2012
wheeleha@bc.edu

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Elements

Hi everyone,

Clubs and activities are a big part of any college student's life. Whether it be EcoPledge or Special Olympics, there is always some way to get involved. Many students who come to Boston College are heavily involved in clubs in high school, and want to continue with those clubs or publications here at BC. However, college will also provide you with the opportunity to branch out and do things you may not have done in high school, and that is what this post is about.

One publication that I have recently become involved in is Elements, the Undergraduate Research Journal of Boston College. Elements began in 2004, and since then has grown into what it is today. As a member of the editing staff, I will play a part in deciding which articles are selected for the journal. What makes Elements so unique is that all of the articles are written by Boston College students, so any undergraduate student at BC can submit a paper he or she has written for a class and it could be published in Elements. So, if you were involved in a literary magazine in high school, or if you were not, definitely consider joining Elements at Boston College.

That's all for now. Until next time!
Ali McDonald
mcdonaay@gmail.com

Monday, April 12, 2010

And So It Ends...

Last Tuesday, forty-nine of my fellow freshmen and I celebrated our graduation from Boston College’s Emerging Leader Program. ELP, as it is fondly known, is just one of the many leadership opportunities available on campus for freshmen. Several other notable programs are the Mentoring Leadership Program through the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the Shaw Leadership Program.

While I don’t know as much about the others, ELP is essentially focused on leadership development; it requires that its members attend weekly meetings, each of which is devoted to a topic that is in some way related to leadership. The program also has a community service requirement—each semester, every member is required to complete 10 hours of community service, in addition to the occasional group community service project in which everyone participates. Oh yeah, and ELP is the best (in my perfectly biased opinion).

To be honest, I’m not sure if ELP made me a better leader or not. But what I truly do appreciate about the program are the people that I met through it. Coming from North Carolina, I knew virtually no one upon my arrival here at Boston College last September. However, after the 2-day ELP retreat before the fall semester began, I already had found a community in which I felt welcome. Eight months later (where has the time gone?), I now consider some of these people among my closest friends. I cannot imagine my Boston College experience without them, or my freshman year without having done ELP.

ELP was a truly wonderful experience for me, and I encourage any incoming freshmen to consider applying for it (look for an application in the mail this spring), or one of the other leadership programs available here on campus. Getting involved in co-curricular activities is, in my opinion, what makes one’s time at BC truly worthwhile. You can take classes anywhere, but rarely can you find people as committed and passionate about such a diverse range of extracurriculars as here at BC.

Until next time,
Rosie

Culture at the Click of a Mouse

Hi again!

I want to talk about a great service BC provides. Boston College has so many opportunities that it offers us as students. We have access to great classes and amazing professors. We have so many clubs to choose from. We have pretty enjoyable dining services. We have outstanding athletics. We have a GORGEOUS campus. In addition to all these outlets and activities to keep us busy BC also provides a place for lectures and speakers to come from around the nation and even the world to bring us a little taste of something outside Chestnut Hill.

We've had creators of different technologies, businesses, and ideologies, various political leaders, and more come to campus and give us a slice of the real life. And yes, we are busy college students, so say you have a class during a time that you really, really, really want to see a speaker, BC has got you covered. BC Front Row films and uploads various lectures around campus for us to see at our leisure. Just a warning, it can be a huge procrastination tool when the papers and the readings start piling up...but it's better than Facebook! So if you're bored or just want to check up on the type of speakers we get, check Front Row out!

Have a good day!

Hannah Wheeler
Class of 2012

ASK ME QUESTIONS
wheeleha@bc.edu

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Course Registration

Hello everyone,

It's that time of the year again! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone is trying to figure out which courses they should take next year.

Don't worry, you won't have to do it alone. When you come to Boston College as a freshman, you will be assigned an academic advisor, who will help you with questions that you have about Boston College life. Your first registration experience will be during summer orientation, where summer faculty and your orientation leader will help you choose courses that you might be interested.

Once you arrive on BC's campus, you will be assigned a pre-major academic adviser, who will help you navigate course selection until you declare a major, at which time you will receive a new adviser in that field. For example, as an purposed English major, it wouldn't make much sense for my adviser to be in the Chemistry department, so once I officially declare my major, I will be reassigned an adviser in the English department.

Before I register for my courses, I will have a meeting with my academic adviser, who will help me figure out which courses I want to take, and make sure I am on track with completing my core requirements. Then, all of the registration is done online. You will receive a registration date and time, and you can register at any point after your registration time. The rising seniors will register first, followed by rising juniors, and then rising sophomores.

If you're not exactly sure what you want to take, don't worry! We have drop/add week at the beginning of the semester, which will allow you to try out courses and see the syllabus without having to fully commit to them just yet.

Well, I'm going to go relax outside on this beautiful day. Until next time!

Ali McDonald

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

Hey there,

It's been awhile, but just a reminder: my name is Hannah and I'm a sophomore here at BC. I wanted to talk about one of the many opportunities that Boston College offers that you might not think you need...but is greatly appreciated after participating.

I'm talking about the many retreat programs you can partake in. Recently, I decided on a whim to try out Halftime, a program created by a department of BC called Intersections. Don't get me wrong, I love being on campus, but sometimes when the work piles up and life gets too stressful and you're just dying for a change of scene, getting away from the daily grind can be more than needed. There are many locations and different weekends that Halftime is located but my specific section was in Dover, MA where BC owns a retreat center.

It was an amazing and refreshing experience and completely free. We were divided up into small groups where we just got to unwind and talk about anything that was stressing us out lately, what we thought about the paths (academically, career-wise, etc. etc. etc.) that we were leaning towards for our lives, and just reflect on what we've accomplished so far in college. It was comforting to just refocus and affirm that I'm making the right choices in life. It's that feeling that Boston College is really looking out for you and providing a community spirit that makes me love it so much here.

Intersections offers some other great programs as well. In addition to Halftime, there are other retreats offered by various groups on campus. There's the freshman retreat offered through first year experience, 48hours, to get you adjusted to your first year of college, Kairos - a religious related retreat that is pretty secretive but everyone loves after they go on it; sorry, I haven't been yet so I can't offer any input, but I've heard great things. Many clubs on campus also have their own retreats.

Before coming to college I never really thought about the importance of reflecting and giving yourself some time to actually let yourself think, but these retreats allow you to realize how much this can center you in the business of balancing life at college.

Until next time!

Hannah Wheeler
wheeleha@bc.edu

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ALC Showdown

I wanted to let everyone know about an amazing AHANA dance event, the ALC Showdown, that took place last weekend. AHANA stands for African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, and it is an acronym that replaces the word minority on campus. The show was put on by ALC, or the AHANA Leadership Council, and showcased the AHANA dance groups on campus, including groups like the Vietnamese Student Association and the hip-hop group Phaymus.

It opened with an exhibition showing Lil' Phunk, a dance group of 6-13 year olds. Not only were they adorable, but they were amazing dancers. The show alternated between traditional and contemporary dances, with many of the groups performing more than one dance. A lot of the more traditional groups, like The Philippine Society of Boston College (PSBC), performed a traditional dance and two hip-hop dances. The show was had three hosts, all of whom were hilarious and put on small skits in between the acts.

At the end of the night it was time to announce the winners. The showdown was split into two categories, one for the best dance group and one for the best culture group. Synergy, a hip-hop group, won first place for best dance group, and Fuego, a Latin dance group, came in second, while Aero-K, the Korean Students Association's dance group, won first place in the best culture group and Masti, the South Asian Student Association's dance group, placed second in the best culture group. It was a wonderful show and I can't wait until the show next year!

Ali McDonald
mcdonaay@gmail.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bring-On the Ne-On

Although I’m not exactly a connoisseur of techno music, I have harbored for quite a while a secret desire to attend a rave. Something about the idea of blaring music, glow sticks, and ridiculous clothing in various shades of neon has always appealed to me. Lo and behold, last weekend Boston College’s Nights on the Heights — one of the many programs that provide on-campus entertainment for students — made this secret dream of mine a reality.

Neon Newton, as it was called, was every bit as fun and ridiculous as I had hoped. It was held in the Quonset Hut on Newton Campus, the pint-sized gym located just a hop, skip, and a jump from my dorm room in Hardey Hall. The gym was packed with freshmen from Newton and Upper Campus alike—the event had drawn enough publicity to persuade even the Upper kids to make the journey. And the event was, for lack of a better word, absolutely bumpin’. By 10 o’clock, a line literally had formed at the door as students waited for others to leave so they could gain admittance. The dance lasted until midnight, at which point most of the crowd headed to the dining hall on Lower Campus for some Late Night munchies—pizza, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, and other delicious, fattening snacks that have become indisputable staples of BC culture.

Neon Newton was the first Nights on the Heights event that I’ve attended this year. However, after last weekend’s ridiculousness, I definitely will be headed to another one soon. Roller skating at O’Connell House, anyone?

Until next time,
Rosie

Monday, March 22, 2010

Random Wandering Leads to Great Discovery at the Boston MFA

Until this semester, my experience in the art world consisted pretty much entirely of finger paintings and macaroni necklaces. I had never taken a course in art history, and the last time I’d taken an art class was in the fifth grade. Needless to say, I was not exactly sure what to expect after making a last-minute decision this past January to enroll in Art: Renaissance to Modern. Although I had no idea whether or not I would find the course interesting, I felt that this semester would be a good time to go ahead and get my core requirement in the arts out of the way.

Midway through this semester, I’m happy to report that it has become one of my favorite classes. I have learned a great deal about the artwork of the Italian Renaissance and the Late Gothic period in Northern Europe, a subject that I never thought I’d find particularly interesting. I’ve even made several journeys to the Boston Museum of Fine Art this semester, as it’s a requirement to visit the MFA in order to view the work of art on which you write your papers. These trips have been surprisingly interesting. Not only does viewing these works in person provide you with a different perspective than viewing them online or in class, but also my random wanderings through the various exhibits have turned up some remarkable works of art.

My personal favorite is a piece of installation art by Candace Breitz entitled “Queen (A Portrait of Madonna),” which I discovered one day by following the sound of “Like a Virgin” into the Foster Gallery. I was shocked by what I found: a collection of televisions stacked on top of one another, each featuring a different individual singing one of Madonna’s greatest hits in imperfect harmony. I had no idea that art could be so weird. Or so very, very fascinating. Although I initially wasn’t sure whether or not I liked it, I found myself unable to turn away. Yet standing there staring amongst a group of equally spellbound spectators, I began to develop an appreciation for it. It’s not everyday that you stumble upon something that captures your attention so fully. And I have to say, I never expected to find it at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

Until next time,
Rosie

Oh, and did I mention that admission is free with a BC student ID? Yeah. A good thing just got that much better.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Finally, sun!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Here in Boston, this mid-March holiday is a really big deal, and lots of fun, as many celebrate their Irish (or not so Irish) heritage. This year, it is exciting that Saint Patrick’s Day is coinciding with what feels like the first real day of spring, it is beautiful, sunny, and around 63 degrees.

After a long winter, we are happy to come out of hibernation in New England, hang out outside, and celebrate the new season. In Boston, Saint Patrick’s Day is a multi-day event: it began this Sunday with the annual parade in South Boston, also known as “Southie”. I did not brave the rain to journey downtown, but my friends that went assure me that it was a lots of fun, regardless of weather. Also, BC has a proud Irish heritage, and the largest collection of Irish archives outside of Ireland.

Today on campus, lots of people are wearing festive Saint Patrick’s Day gear, everything from green hats and shirts to necklaces, shamrock headpieces and face paint. This afternoon, I could hear someone on campus playing bagpipes outside in the sunshine, and it smells like students are grilling burgers and hot dogs.

It’s hard to believe that soon it will be warm here all the time, and the year is almost over. Any questions, feel free to email me!

Rachel Craft
craftr@bc.edu

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring Break Service - Appalachia 2010

This past week was Boston College’s spring break, a time for students of all ages to take a break from school and go on vacation.

This spring break I chose to go on Appalachia, a service trip sponsored by Boston College's Campus Ministry. Appalachia is one of Boston College’s largest service organizations, and with 35 sites all over the Appalachian region, the program sends over 600 undergraduates to areas in need.

Throughout the year I attended weekly meetings on Sunday nights where I learned about the types of problems that plague the Appalachian region, and I discussed the importance of working for others. There are two types of trips within the Appalachia program: Habitat for Humanity, and Community. With the Habitat for Humanity trips, BC students work with the Habitat for Humanity organization at their site to work on a house. Meanwhile, community trips involve more interaction with the people in the area, and projects could include anything from working with students in schools to painting fences.; basically you do whatever the community needs you to do.This year I went to Waverly, Virginia on a Community trip. Though our trip was technically a community trip, we spent most of the week working on houses doing everything from hammering insulation, to putting up siding, to replacing roofing shingles. I had a lot of fun and I met a lot of new people both from Waverly and from Boston College.

Boston College also has other service trips to other areas of the world, including Arrupe, a service trip over winter break, as well as trips to places like Jamaica, and trips over the summer. Boston College always has a way for you to get involved, and I would definitely recommend Appalachia to anyone who is looking to serve others and having fun doing it!

Ali McDonald
mcdonaay@bc.edu

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Non-Dancer's Introduction to BC Dance

Boston College is in the full swing of the second semester. Just in case you don’t remember me from last semester, my name is Ali McDonald and I am a freshman English major in the College of Arts and Sciences. One thing you should know about me is that I have no artistic skill whatsoever: no drawing, no singing, no acting, no dancing. However, there are plenty of people on campus who have fully taken advantage of the many wonderful arts groups we have on campus, and that is the focus of my post.

In addition to offering dance classes, Boston College has several dance groups on campus, including the Dance Ensemble and the Dance Organization of Boston College. Both of these dance groups are entirely student run, performing student-choreographed pieces throughout the year. In January, I went to the Dance Organization of Boston College’s show Revolution at Robsham Theatre, and it was phenomenal. The show incorporated different styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. My personal favorite dance was “Higher Ground,” which was choreographed by a senior dancer to The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song of the same name. Overall, the show was fun to watch and you could tell how hard all of the dancers worked to put it together.

For people looking for something a little different, Boston College also has dance groups like Fuego Del Corazon, which is the Latin dance group on campus, as well as an Irish dancing group. So, if you are interested in dance, Boston College has many wonderful opportunities for you. If not, grab a few friends and go to a show; you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time!
Ali McDonald

Monday, February 22, 2010

Almost Spring Break!

Welcome to 2nd Semester!

Just to reintroduce myself, I’m a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’m a history major and a French minor. At BC, I’m a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, I volunteer with the Student Admissions Program (hence this blog; I also give tours, host day visits and reach out to prospective applicants), I tutor a local elementary school student and try and find time amidst everything to hang out with my awesome friends and roommates.

This is a busy week for many students, as we finish up 4 final days of class before spring break. Spring break is earlier at BC than for many other schools, yet we also have a few days off at Easter. It’s nice because having time off twice really breaks up a busy spring for students and faculty alike.

This year, I will be staying in Boston for spring break. As a coxswain on the Men’s Rowing Team, we will be practicing on the Charles River twice a day, getting ready for our spring racing season. There are lots of great options for Spring Break at BC – ranging from going home for doctors appointments to trips to a warm sunny beach. One of the most popular spring break activities is a service trip. My roommates are going to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and rural Virginia to help those less fortunate than us. College service trips are a lot of fun; you often travel with other BC students, professors, and sometimes even priests! I am jealous of my roommates’ upcoming adventures and I can’t wait to see pictures when they get back.

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of reading and homework to complete before break begins this Friday that I need to get back to – please post or email with ideas or questions!

Rachel Craft
craftr@bc.edu

The Glory that is the Rat

Hey guys how's it going? Just to let you know I'm a new blogger so I'll give a little introduction. My name is Hannah and I'm a sophomore International Studies major with an Islamic Civilizations and Societies minor. I'm originally from a small town relatively near Reading, Pennsylvania....for those of you who know anything about PA.

Anyway, so I realized something today while I was having lunch in what's known as 'The Rat', one of the many dining halls here at BC. I have friends that go to colleges all over the US that incessantly complain about the quality of their food, but I've never really been able to relate. BC food is good - and even though not all of it is 5-star restaurant status, let me tell you - The Rat is an amazing place to experience. I'm a huge soup fan and the Rat always seems to have a different and more delicious soup every day. For example today I enjoyed the absolute heavenliness of a cup of Cream of Broccoli, but they've been known to have Thai Chicken Curry, Chili, White Bean Escarole, New England Clam Chowder (duh!), Minestrone, Italian Wedding Soup, Butternut Squash and Apple (surprisingly amazing...no really, it's life changing), your typical Chicken Noodle Soup, and more. Maybe I'm just a little bit too obsessed with soup, but it's so delicious. And you know, on those days when I feel like branching out for some breaded items, a.k.a. sandwiches, the great thing about the Rat is that once you buy your sandwich (which could be anything from the Tomato and Pesto to an Italian Sub to Turkey and Swiss on Multigrain) you can take it out and use the panini machines conveniently located seconds away, grilled to personal satisfaction.

So if you haven't noticed, lunch is my favorite time of the day. Seriously though, you won't starve coming to BC; there's such a variety of places to eat and it's easy to take back to your room. That's another thing which is great about the system. Some colleges work on a swipe plan where you get a weekly allotted amount of swipes where you eat as much as possible (Freshman Fifteen anyone?) and can't really take anything with you to go, then run out of swipes for the week. But here you get a certain amount of money per semester, and then buy food when you want to and as much or little of it as you decide, obviously budgeting it to some extent. You don't really ever run out unless you eat a lot all the time. I think it's a lot better system.

So that's just a little scoop on BC Dining Services and some of the reasons that contribute to the amazingness of The Rat. There are so many more...the daily specials like Chinese food or sausage ciabattas! The apple-cinnamon waffles! The myriad of cereals! Anyway...I could go on forever, but I'll wrap it up for now.
If you have any questions about BC Dining or even anything general, send me an e-mail; I'd love to help you out!

Thanks,
Hannah Wheeler
wheeleha@bc.edu

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hey Everyone!

I'm a new blogger, so I'm going to quickly introduce myself: My name is Pat, I'm a freshman with an undeclared major, and I'm from Massapequa, New York (which is on Long Island).

Now that that's done with, I can't believe how beautiful it was earlier today! It was sunny with a high near fifty degrees, which is a rarity in the Northeast during the middle of February. Although I did have some homework and essays to work on, I was able to find time to enjoy the great weather and go outside. During our study break, a friend and I decided to explore Newton Campus. Even though we've been living in Newton for a few months now, there were some places which we had still never seen. One of those places was Edmands Park, a small, forested area west of the campus, behind the Keyes dorm.

The park isn't a typical park - no slides, swings, etc. - but it's more of a mini piece of wilderness in our own backyard. Dirt paths wind around the park, going up and down the many hills. Though the park isn't too large, at points the woods become so dense that neither Newton Campus nor the surrounding suburbs could be seen through the leafless branches. It was also surprising to see how busy the paths were; during our hike, we ran into many locals who also wanted to take advantage of the great weather by getting some exercise with their dogs. It's pretty amazing to think that such a cool piece of nature is so close to campus and in the middle of the suburbs. I guess this just adds to the (long) list of why Newton Campus is awesome!

That's it for now! If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Pat Kane
kanepf@bc.edu

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hey y'all!

There’s a small blizzard going on outside right now. Will classes be cancelled tomorrow? Probably not. This is typical Boston weather and, I’ll be honest, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for me.

Hi, my name is Rosie Chandler, and I’m a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina—not quite The Sunshine State, but a place that is nevertheless a consistent 20 to 30 degrees warmer than here. An inch or two of snow, and chances are the entire city will shut down for a week. So the question you’re probably wondering is, “Is she starting to regret her decision as the snow rapidly accumulating outside her dorm room window makes it more and more evident that the cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon?” Or maybe, “Should she have gone somewhere warmer, maybe stayed a little closer to home?” My response: absolutely not. Boston College is awesome, and I plan on using this blog to tell YOU exactly why this place has become so near and dear to my heart.

Today’s reason to love BC: the community that we have here. As you may or may not know, BC does not have any of the social fraternities or sororities that tend to dominate the social scene of many colleges and universities (particularly south of the Mason-Dixon line.) The result? A campus that isn’t divided among something as arbitrary as letters of the (Greek) alphabet. We’re not ADP or KA or DKE or ATO. We are BC. Each and every one of us. And I feel that this gives us the opportunity to get to know one another through our common interests—writing for The Heights, dancing with Synergy, taking a class on social justice, joining The Emerging Leader Program, or whatever your bag happens to be—rather than because we happen to share some extraneous label. It enables us to create meaningful friendships with one another, and for each of us to grow our social circle in a really positive way. A semester and change deep into my BC experience, I can honestly tell you that deciding to come here was one of the best decisions of my life. I may not get to wear my sandals anytime soon, but the strong sense of community that exists here is more than enough to make up for the snow boots. And, after all, spring break is only a week away.

Feel free to comment or email me at chandlro@bc.edu with any questions that you might have (preferably ones that are relevant to your decision about coming to BC) and thanks for reading my blog!

Until next time,
Rosie