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President Leahy was among nine Catholic leaders in education cited by the White House for service to their institutions and communities. Exercising its preemptive legal right, Boston College purchased a set of website names that featured “Boston College” or one of its other trademarks joined to the newly established “dot-xxx” domain. Prudential Financial became the sponsor of a Boston College National Retirement Risk Index, which tracks the percent of workers “at risk of failing to maintain their standard of living in retirement.” The index currently stands at 51 percent, and is produced by the Carroll School’s Center for Retirement Research. A record 34,000 students applied for entry into the class of 2016. To the disappointment of Eagle fans, and acting against a Heights columnist’s recommendation that he choose “another year of Baja chicken paninis” over a year of professional football, junior Luke Kuechly, a marketing major, decided to enter the NFL draft, from which he is expected to be plucked in the first round at great expense to whoever does the plucking. The Graduate School of Social Work and Hunter College have received a grant from UNICEF to develop national curricula for social workers in Afghanistan. About to celebrate their publication’s 100th anniversary, editors of this year’s Sub Turri have embarked on a campaign to convince 100 percent of seniors to sit for portraits taken by the yearbook, up from the average of 60 to 70 percent in recent years. Students played basketball, danced, and collected leftovers from the dining halls while benefiting cancer research, a hospital in the Congo, and the Greater Boston Food Bank, respectively. According to the University’s government affairs office, Boston College students spend more than 375,000 hours as volunteers a year. English Professor Suzanne Matson received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction writing, for a novel in progress. Among other significant faculty awards, chemist Eranthie Weerapana received both a $300,000 Smith Family Award in biomedical research and a $450,000 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation award for her studies of biological systems. A student group calling itself BC Students for Dental Health turned up on the public sidewalk adjoining McElroy Commons to distribute dental floss alongside representatives from BC Students for Sexual Health, who, as is their particular habit, were distributing condoms in protest of Boston College’s policy of not offering birth control devices through its student health center. Floss is not available at the center either. Asked by a roving Heights reporter to name the Disney princess with whom they “most” identified, three of four (male) students selected Jasmine, of the Aladdin series, while the last named Sleeping Beauty “because I love sleeping.” The Heights also replaced its “marketplace” section with a department called Metro devoted to local Boston news. Michael Pratt, a Carroll School professor who directs the doctoral program in organizational studies, has been named the inaugural O’Connor Family Professor, established by David P. ’86 and Maureen O’Connor. More Hall offices—fundraising, financial management, and human resources—were relocated to two rehabbed buildings on the Brighton Campus: the former chancery building (now called the Alumni Center) and a St. John’s Seminary building once used to house students and offices. The Alumni Association joined fundraising in the Alumni Center following a comfortable 22-year exile on the Newton Campus. Plans call for More Hall, the first home of the Law School when it relocated from downtown in 1954, to be replaced by a student residence. Also, the artificial turf at Alumni Stadium will be replaced in late spring following seven years of round-the-year pounding by football players and athletes sheltered by “the bubble.” The University tied with Duke at number two according to NCAA calculations of graduation achievement by varsity athletes at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The second place score was 97. Notre Dame led the group with a score of 99. Students at the School of Theology and Ministry founded Lumen et Vita, an online journal of theology. Sample article title: “The Human as Encounter: Karl Barth’s Theological Anthropology and a Barthian Vision of the Common Good.” Boston College has approved a plan for the placement of water bubblers in residence halls that don’t provide kitchen facilities and, most pertinently, sinks that aren’t in bathrooms. “Yellow Man” Michael Judd ’13, the student who for three years cavorted at Boston College games dressed in yellow spandex (he used to have a companion in maroon), has hung up the elastane. Referring to his graduation next year, Judd told the Heights, “I have to be a real person soon, which is absolutely terrible.” The second-best quote of the last quarter goes to Seth Reiss, head writer for the Onion, who in a public talk in Devlin Hall noted that his newspaper “makes the news instead of waiting for the news to happen.”
Editor’s note: This article was revised March 2, 2012, to clarify Michael Judd’s graduation date.