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Bapst Library was named one of the country’s most beautiful college libraries by Town and Country, which avoided the now-familiar comparisons to Hogwarts and more reverently noted, “It almost resembles a Medieval church.” Undergraduate admission offered early-action entry to 2,900 of 9,000 applicants. Colloquium, a political science journal edited by undergraduates, debuted, offering articles on “Colonial Legacies of Economic Growth—A Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” by editor Cesar Garcia ’17, and “Cognitive Misers: How People Calculate the Worth of Their Vote,” by Olivia McCaffrey ’17. The Norfolk Prison Debating Society defeated Boston College’s Fulton Debating Society. Meeting in an auditorium at the medium-security facility (there are no away matches for the Norfolk squad), the teams collided over “Resolved: The United States should impose a carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions,” with Norfolk taking the affirmative position. Founded in 1933, the Norfolk team has over the years defeated West Point, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Princeton. Among inmates on earlier teams was Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X. “The Environment and Society” was the theme of the University’s annual research symposium. Keynote speaker Nathaniel Stinnett, JD’05, founder of the Environmental Voter Project, discussed low voter turnout among self-described supporters of environmental issues. Martin O’Malley, ex-governor of Maryland and 2016 presidential candidate, is the inaugural Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professor at the Law School. In a January lecture on the state of U.S. democracy he said, “We have become bored with our own politics, so bored in fact that most of us would rather be entertained by it than read about it.” Associate professor of psychology Liane Young was honored by the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology for her work on moral psychology. The Connell School of Nursing celebrated its 70th anniversary with a lecture, an exhibition of nursing artifacts from the University archives, and the raffle of a pair of CSON scrubs. On Sunday January 29, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, executive vice president Michael Lochhead, and provost David Quigley cosigned a message emailed to the Boston College community stating their objections to the executive order signed on January 27 suspending entry to the United States by refugees and by citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African countries. Citing Pope Francis (who declared, “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee”), they wrote, “Boston College was founded in 1863 to educate the children of immigrants and, like our nation, has gained so much from the presence and contributions of faculty, students, and staff born in other countries.” University offices are assisting any affected community members. A cost-benefit analysis of City Connects, a program created by the Lynch School of Education that provides support networks for at-need students, their families, and their schools (currently more than 30,000 students in 84 schools), found that the program produces $3 in savings to society for every dollar invested. The New York Times commented that if City Connects were a company, “Warren Buffett would snatch it up.” Professor of physics Krzysztof Kempa was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his work on the properties and applications of electronic nanomaterials and devices. A U.S. News & World Report review of salary-to-debt ratio among graduates of private law schools found that Boston College Law provided its alumni with the “best chance of paying off their student debt.” Angela Jin, a senior in the Carroll School of Management and cofounder with a hometown friend of 1950 Collective, which creates clothing for teen girls—with many of the ideas crowdsourced and a portion of sales donated to charity—was featured in Seventeen magazine. A Heights survey of the winter break activities of faculty found them variously writing articles and books (one author took to a cabin in the woods), studying television news programs (and feeling overwhelmed by pharmaceutical ads), and leading a service trip to Haiti. The newspaper noted that history department professors appear “most likely to respond to unsolicited emails from college newspaper reporters.” Women’s basketball guard Kelly Hughes ’17 scored her 301st three-point shot, setting the Eagle record for women and men. Connell School professor Ann Burgess was the featured speaker at the 16th annual Veterans Remembrance Ceremony, on November 11. Burgess is an authority on the treatment of trauma victims and director of the Collegiate Warrior Athlete Initiative, a program that pairs University student-athletes (from football, swimming, and field hockey) with veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for twice-weekly 90-minute training sessions followed by discussions on issues of wellness led by University faculty and staff. Some 400 students packed the Rat in Lyons Hall to hear K-Pop phenom Eric Nam ’11 talk about his career path, sing a few songs, including “Can’t Help Myself,” a Korean, English mash-up (with a sing-along), and to join him for selfies. The air was heavy with admiration.
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