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. SABRE RATTLERS
The BC Fulton Debating Society, ranked among the top five teams in the nation, earned its first-ever victory in the annual West Point invitational tournament in November. Coached by program director John Katsulas, the team beat out more than 100 opponents, including past champion Cornell University, to take home the silver sabre trophy.

The Fulton Debating Society

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RETIREMENT FUND
The Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College has received the final installment of an $8.654 million Social Security Administration grant to promote ongoing research on retirement issues. The total represents a 65 percent increase over the initial grant of $5.25 million. The CRR was founded in 1998, along with affiliates at MIT, Syracuse University, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute. Its director is Alicia Munnell, Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences.

BC Center for Retirement Research

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BIOLOGY TWO
The A&S Educational Policy Committee has approved a new bachelor of arts in biology to complement the existing bachelor of science. The BA has fewer requirements in chemistry, physics, and math, and it accepts non-departmental electives in such fields as paleontology and environmental law. Meanwhile, computer science majors, once limited to a BA, may now choose to pursue a BS, through more extensive course work in their department and in math and science.

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The Biology Department at BC
The Computer Science Department at BC

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ELECTRIC ODES
McIntyre Professor of English J. Robert Barth, SJ, has released his second CD, English Romantic Poetry. Sales will benefit Burns Library.

Hear tracks from Father Barth’s English Romantic Poetry
Order English Romantic Poetry through the BC Bookstore

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WELL, AL
Chikaelo Ibeabuchi ’06 served on a panel with former vice president Al Gore at the Family Re-Union Conference held at Vanderbilt University on October 21. The freshman is on the board of directors of Peace Games, a national organization of volunteers who teach communication and cooperation skills to children in violence-prone schools.

Peace Games
The Family Re-Union conferences

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OLD TUNE
St. Mary’s Chapel was the setting on November 23 of the first public performance in more than three centuries of the chamber opera Patientis Christi Memoria (“Memory of the Suffering of Christ”). Viennese composer Johann Bernhard Staudt, SJ, completed the work in 1685. BC’s Jesuit Institute director T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, a music historian, unearthed the score in the Austrian National Library last year.

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ADDING UP
BC’s Mathematics Institute has received a three-year grant extension of $300,000 from Raytheon to continue its Partnerships Promoting Student Achievement in Mathematics project, begun in 1999 and directed by education professor Margaret Kennedy. In the program, public middle school teachers and parents—primarily in urban systems—are coached in the use of new math materials and instructional strategies.

The Mathematics Institute at Boston College

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EDMOND'S FIRE
No serious injuries resulted last October from an early morning fire in Edmond's Hall that caused at least $100,000 in damages. The fire, ignited by an overloaded surge protector in a bedroom of the lower campus residence hall, was extinguished less than half an hour after it was reported. One student was treated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for smoke inhalation.

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Photo of BC soccer player
BREAK AWAY
The BC men’s soccer team had its most successful season ever in 2002, closing with a record of 18-5. The Eagles went into the NCAA championship tournament at the top of the Big East and as the number five seed. They won two matches—their first victories ever in NCAA tournament play—before losing to Creighton University in the quarterfinals. Head coach Ed Kelly was recognized as Coach of the Year by the Big East and Soccer America. Kyle Singer, an LSOE graduate student, was chosen Big East goalkeeper of the year, and senior midfielder Bobby Thompson was selected the outstanding player at the Big East tournament. At left, junior midfielder Adam Pfeifer pulls away from a Southern Methodist University opponent in NCAA third-round play, on the Eagles’ way to the Elite Eight.

Photo by John Quackenbos

BC Menís Soccer page

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Detail of R.G. Kelly painting
…IRE/LAND
BC’s McMullen Museum of Art is featuring a special exhibit of Irish art and artifacts exploring the influence of the landscape in Irish identity over seven centuries. Items on view include the 13th-century illuminated manuscript Topography of Ireland, paintings by Jack Butler Yeats, George Barret, and Paul Henry, and video by Dorothy Cross. More than 100 works have been assembled, drawn from the British Library, Irish national museums, and private collections. The show continues through May 19.

Illustration: R.G. Kelly, An Ejectment in Ireland (detail), 1848, oil/canvas, 46” x 57”. Courtesy of Burns Library/Anthony J. Mourek

“…ire/Land” at the McMullen Museum of Art





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