Tiffany Griffin '02, a communications and psychology major from
Springfield, Massachusetts, is this year's Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scholarship winner. At a celebration of the award's 20th anniversary,
Griffin was cited for her participation in the Jenks Leadership
and the International Assistant programs. She has mentored an inner-city
high-school student through College Bound and tutored in BC's Options
Through Education program. Griffin has also volunteered at the Roxbury
Food Bank and the Baldwin Elementary School. The scholarship, given
annually to a student of African descent, covers 75 percent of senior
Photo: Tiffany Griffin '02. Lee Pellegrini
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On the World
A team of five seniors from the Carroll School of Management has
won the 2001 Tucker Anthony Big East Investment Challenge. Rachel
Byars, Katherine Flynn, Michael Naylor, Robert Pease, and Shane
Smith earned three percent on the hypothetical $250,000 they were
allowed to invest. None of the other 13 college teams in the competition
showed a net gain in the four-month contest. For the victory, Boston
College will receive a $30,000 scholarship from the Tucker Anthony
Under the lights of New York's Madison Square Garden, the men's
basketball team celebrates its 79-57 win over the University of
Pittsburgh in the Big East Conference Championship game. The victory
completed the shortest worst-to-first turnaround in the history
of Big East athletics: Last year, BC went 3-13 in Big East contests
and finished at the bottom of the conference standings. This year
the team posted an overall regular-season record of 23-4 before
advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship tournament.
Coach Al Skinner has received national attention for the Eagles'
change of fortune (see "Courtside," below.) Troy Bell
'03 was named the Big East Player of the Year.
Photo by John Quackenbos
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The Board of
Trustees has approved the 2001-02 budget, the University's 30th
balanced budget in as many years. With rising utilities costs and
the addition of new faculty and academic support initiatives, tuition
and fees will go up a combined 5.2 percent, to $24,470. Financial
aid will rise $4.1 million, or 5.6 percent, to $78.7 million. The
University's operating budget next year will total $480 million.
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has been appointed to
a committee formed to clarify the relationship between the Church
and Catholic academe as set out in the 1990 papal document Ex
Corde Ecclesiae. The committee, composed of six university presidents
and six bishops, was organized by the Association of Catholic Colleges
and Universities and is led by Donald Wuerl, bishop of Pittsburgh.
A related 1999 interview with Father Leahy, from the BC Chronicle:
Ex Corde and BC
Some 1,200 of BC's 8,600 undergraduates spent spring break (March
3-11) volunteering in service to the needy. More than 500 students
participated in the Appalachia Volunteer Program, a student-run
organization sponsored by the University Chaplaincy.
Related article from the BC Chronicle: BC Volunteers Will
Travel Far and Wide During Spring Break
FOR THE RECORD
Running what head coach Randy Thomas called "a brilliant race,"
Shannon Smith '01 became the University's first-ever women's national
champion by winning the 3000-meter event at the NCAA Indoor Track
Championships on March 10. Smith set a school record of 9:11.25,
besting by more than 9 seconds the 1997 mark set by Angie Graham
'98. Smith, a geology major, is from Fairport, New York.
Related article from the BC Chronicle: Nothing Run-of-the-Mill
About This Champion
After a stellar season in which the Eagles went from last place
(3-13 in 2000) to first (13-3 this year) in the Big East, men's
basketball head coach Al Skinner has been named coach of the year
by five national organizations. He received the title from CBS-Chevrolet,
ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting
News, and the United States Basketball Writers' Association.
Skinner has coached the Eagles since 1997.
Photo: Al Skinner. Lee Pellegrini
Related article from the BC Chronicle: Eagles' Unlikely Dream
Season also a Triumph for Skinner
Construction of a new campus building has begun. The 155,000-square-foot
structure, located on the Lower Campus below the O'Neill Library,
will house the Boston College Police, the Office of Residential
Life, Information Technology services, a cafeteria, a bookstore,
and offices for the Economics, History, and Communication departments.
Juniors Amanda Jack and Richard Moriarty have been elected president
and vice president, respectively, of the undergraduate student body.
To encourage student participation, Jack, an English major from
Somerset, Pennsylvania, and Moriarty, a communications major from
Rockville, Maryland, plan to reestablish "town hall" meetings
between undergraduates and administrators.
Photo: Amanda Jack '02 and Richard Moriarty '02. Lee Pellegrini
Related article from the BC Chronicle: Jack, Moriarty to
President William P. Leahy, SJ, has announced the promotions of
15 faculty members. Named to full professor were Daniel Kirschner
(Biology), John Fourkas (Chemistry), Mary Crane (English), Frances
Restuccia (English), David Blustein (LSOE), and Penny Hauser-Cram
(LSOE). Uzi Segal (Economics) received full professorship with tenure.
Eight faculty members were promoted to associate professor with
tenure: Scott Miller (Chemistry), Douglas Marcouiller, SJ (Economics),
Maxim D. Shrayer (Slavic and Eastern Languages), John Houchin (Theater),
Rabbi Ruth Langer (Theology), Robert Muller (CSOM), Barbara Brush
(SON), and Patricia Tabloski (SON).