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Around the water cooler

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Since it was announced in April that the Boston Archdiocese was going to sell Boston College 43 acres (and three considerable structures) on the north side of Commonwealth Avenue, few conversations on the south side have concluded without a sidebar on the latest rumors or ideas for how the land and buildings (and dreamed-of buildings to come) would or should be used. The following are notions that have surfaced within hearing of the magazine's editors. Some seem reasonable, some frightening, but none, it must be said, are being considered at the moment. A significant land-use study will take a year or more to complete. At issue is not only appropriate use of the new property, but how the addition of 43 acres at one edge of the University can enhance what is now a tightly knit, balanced campus. The rumors:

• Housing for new faculty, visiting faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, Jesuits.

• Administrative offices for finance, fund-raising, human resources, president's staff.

• McMullen Museum, baseball stadium, conference and retreat center, chapel, television studio, chemistry building, physics building, school of theology, medical school, parking spaces, School of Social Work, Boston College's 23 research centers.

• A stable. This surfaced at a meeting of BC officials and Brighton residents, some of whom believe that Fr. Leahy—rasied on an Iowa farm, after all—is inordinately fond of horseback riding. For the record, the Leahy family has used tractors for many decades, and the president has not been on a horse since he was "a lad." In any case, Iowa favors hogs over horses by a wide margin. Rumor fomenters take note.

 

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