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In its latest national rating of undergraduate business schools, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Carroll School of Management fourth in the nation, up two spots from last year. The concession shack outside Corcoran Commons formerly known as Beans, Creams, and Dreams changed its name to Meatball Obsession, selling beef and turkey meatballs in a cup (with an assortment of toppings) from a company of the same title. Unexpectedly strong early sales, according to Dining Services, necessitated “an emergency production run.” Joseph DuPont was named associate vice president for Career Services. He was previously dean of the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University. The Board of Trustees approved a $916 million budget for fiscal year 2014–15. Tuition will increase 3.6 percent, to $46,670, and need-based financial aid will rise by 6.7 percent, to $103.5 million. Will Hobson ’06, a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, became the first alumnus awarded a Pulitzer Prize, for an investigative series exposing abuses within a county government program for the homeless. The striking headline in the Boston Globe on April 3, “Boston College Hires Christian as Coach,” referred to the appointment of Jim Christian, of Ohio University, as head basketball coach, replacing Steve Donahue. The April 1 issue of the Depths (the Heights‘s evil twin) reported that the College of Arts and Sciences had amended the core requirements for cultural diversity to include meals at Chipotle, Tasca, and other ethnic eateries. Boston College sports information director Dick Kelley ’87, MA’89, passed away after a three-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the finals of this year’s Boston College Venture Competition, Nxt4 took the $20,000 first prize for its plan to develop an interactive résumé that will provide an interface between colleges and prospective applicants. In a related event, junior Loic Assobmo’s concept for a smartphone app that would provide information about life-threatening diseases in Africa took first prize ($2,500) in the University’s SEED (Social Entrepreneurs Envisioning Development) competition. Assistant professor of mathematics Maksym Fedorchuk was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition of his work in algebraic geometry. Boston College has offered to hand over, to the individual participants, records pertaining to interviews with former members of the Irish Republican Army and Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force in regard to “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Participants in what was called the Belfast Project had been told the tapes would remain confidential during their lifetimes, but an American appellate court decision in 2013 compelled the turning over to British authorities of interviews pertaining to the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, resulting in the arrest of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, who was later released without charges. Beginning in fall 2014, the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a major in environmental studies. Matthew Evans ’15, a biology major with a focus on neurobiology of cell growth, was awarded a two-year Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate fellowship in the sciences. Evans will spend the summer working in a laboratory at Cambridge University. On the competition front: Boston College improv teams Committee for Creative Enactments and My Mother’s Fleabag took the top two spots at the 10th College Comedy Festival Beanpot Tournament; The Ignacio/Rubenstein residence hall community saved 15,845 kilowatt-hours of energy during this winter’s University-sponsored competition; and following an 80-point season, junior Johnny Gaudreau won the 2014 Hobey Baker Award, collegiate ice hockey’s highest individual honor. In the 2013–14 academic year, the number of international students and faculty rose by 16 percent, to 1,974, with 57 percent coming from Asia. For their performance of Alicia Keys’s “If I Ain’t Got You,” freshmen Benjamin Stevens (vocals) and Chris Vu (piano) won the 10th BC Idol competition. The event raised $6,530 for the St. Columbkille School music program. More than 500 delegates from around the world attended the three-day Boston College Model United Nations conference in Boston, confronting issues from the outbreak of war to a financial markets meltdown. Some 3,500 students attended the AHANA Leadership Council’s annual Showdown in Conte Forum, which featured 12 undergraduate dance troupes. Fuego del Corazón took first place in the dance category, while MASTI won the cultural category. David Miele, an assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education, was named the Buehler Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor, the first of up to 10 endowed assistant professorships aimed at supporting research by junior faculty. Bapst Library is one of the 12 “Most Magical College Libraries” in America, according to the online magazine takepart.com. Jennifer Welter ’00, running back for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution had three rushes (for no yards) in a game against the North Texas Crush, making the ex-Boston College rugby player arguably the first woman to play a position other than kicker or placekick-holder in a professional men’s football game.
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