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At the start of the decade, tuition at Boston College was $39,880 and Stokes Hall didn’t exist yet. A lot has happened since then—here’s a look back at the past 10 years at BC.

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New Places: The decade brought big physical changes to BC’s campus. The Dustbowl, a beloved University green space, closed to make way for the construction of Stokes Hall. The reserve section of O’Neill Library was transformed into the Reading Room. Gasson Hall and St. Mary’s Hall both underwent renovations, and Gasson Quad got a new look. BC turned 2000 Commonwealth Ave. into a residence hall, and More Hall was demolished to make way for 2150. BC demolished the Flynn Recreation Complex and razed Edmond’s Hall to make room for the Margot Connell Recreation Center. Construction began on the new Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. And BC Athletics gained a three-field athletics village on Brighton Campus, along with a new indoor practice facility next to Alumni Stadium. 


New Names: The College of Arts and Sciences took on the name of Robert J. Morrissey, BC ’60, in 2015 after a donation from the attorney and investor made him the largest benefactor in BC history.  BC renamed the area outside of Conte Forum Gabelli Plaza after benefactor Mario Gabelli, and 110 St. Thomas More Hall—or “the Gate”—was named Stayer Hall in honor of benefactors Ralph and Shelly Stayer. The nameless building students previously referred to as “Campanella” was dubbed Maloney Hall in honor of a major gift from trustee TJ Maloney.

The Push for Diversity: Many have pushed for efforts to increase diversity and promote inclusion on campus over the past 10 years. Students and employees have advocated for an increase in AHANA faculty members, something that the University has struggled with throughout the decade. While AHANA enrollment has been on the rise and all incoming students are now required to complete the DiversityEdu education module, BC students still believe the University has a ways to go in terms of diversity. The results of the first-ever Student Experience Survey showed that only 36 percent said they believe the campus is diverse, and six out of 10 students are satisfied with the availability of diversity and inclusion programming on campus. 


The LGBTQ+ Community: Several students advocated for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ+ students on campus. Events such as the Day of Silence, National Coming Out Week, and the GLC Gala have aimed to support and celebrate BC’s LGBTQ+ students. Still, the University has faced repeated criticism for not establishing an LGBTQ+ resource center. In 2016, letters on a sign in the Mod Lot were arranged into a derogatory homophobic slur, prompting students to hold Silence is Violence, a march in which they called on administrators to respond to the defaced sign and bias against LGBTQ+ students. The incident inspired “Walk the Line,” a Heights feature that takes a comprehensive look back on the history of BC’s LGBTQ+ community. 


An Ongoing Fight Against Racism: Throughout the decade, BC students engaged in several demonstrations to fight for racial equality on campus. Several students staged a die-in in St. Mary’s in 2014, opposing what they viewed as a lack of University response to police violence against people of color. The following year, a group called Eradicate Boston College Racism attracted attention with a number of demonstrations. The defacing of a Black Lives Matter sign and the circulation of a racist Snapchat in October 2017 set off the Silence is Still Violence movement. Viewing the University’s response to the racist incidents as inadequate, hundreds of students walked out of class and thousands participated in a march across campus. Some students staged another die-in on Gasson Quad a year later to remind the community of the problems faced by black students at BC. That December, former student Michael Sorkin defaced Welch Hall with anti-black, racist vandalism, prompting students to criticize the administration’s attitude toward institutional racism and call for increased resources for AHANA+ students. The Heights published “My Presence Here Does Not Mean Anything,” a timeline of the history of the black community at BC, at the beginning of 2019’s Black History Month. 


Shifts in Studies: Multiple departments dealt with growing pains as their fields of study became more popular with undergraduates. Economics surpassed communication as BC’s most popular major in 2012, and the political science and computer science departments both struggled to keep up with their increasing popularity. New courses of study were also introduced, including a B.S. program in psychology, a neuroscience major, a journalism minor, and Carroll School of Management minors for students in all of the undergraduate colleges. 


Capital Campaigns: BC surpassed its goal of raising $1.5 billion in its eight-year Light the World campaign, which ended in 2016. In 2018, BC announced Greater Heights, a $150 million capital campaign for athletics, the first of its kind at BC and the largest in the history of the ACC.


Sexual Health: Some students spent their BC careers tirelessly campaigning for an increase in the University’s available sexual health resources. Students for Sexual Health (SSH) launched in 2009 after nearly 90 percent of voters in a student referendum said that BC needed to improve sexual health education and resources on campus. Despite the group’s efforts, BC has refused to officially recognize SSH or allow it to meet and distribute contraceptives on campus. After a decade of operating at odds with the University, the group launched Rubberhub—a free contraceptive delivery service—in 2018.  


Fossil Fuel Investment: Students have repeatedly criticized the University’s investment in fossil fuels in the face of the threat of climate change. Student group BC Fossil Free, which rebranded to Climate Justice at Boston College in 2014, has led the charge on this front through several demonstrations calling on the University to divest. Still, the University has remained opposed to divestment, saying that it is not a viable solution to climate change. 


Admissions: The decade began with a changing admissions landscape: The University had just changed its early admissions policy to exclude applicants who had entered into a binding agreement with another school, a process called “Early Decision.” The addition of a supplemental essay in 2012 led to a brief downtick in applications, but numbers bounced back quickly. There was a record-high 35,552 applicants for the Class of 2023, as the removal of the restriction against Early Decision applicants led early applications to a 50 percent surge. The acceptance rate remained fairly steady throughout the process, however, as each successive class became more academically competitive. In the next decade, admissions will again change—BC switched to adopting an Early Decision model for the Class of 2024 and beyond, following suit with a more competitive tier of universities.


Rankings: BC achieved its then-highest placement—31st—in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranking, the culmination of a seven-year upward trend throughout the 2000s that saw BC jump nine spots. The University held No. 31 for five years before progressing to a tie for 30th in 2016. Throughout that era, BC received high scores from assessments from high school guidance counselors, on its financial aid, and for the Carroll School of Management. By 2019, BC fell to 38th, prompting University officials to point to the survey’s new methodology, which added in criteria based on Pell Grant recipients and gave less weight to categories such as standardized test scores and guidance counselor assessments. The 2020 U.S. News ranking now names BC as the 37th best national university, with an overall score of 69 out of 100 and high scores in undergraduate teaching, service learning, and value.


To the Union: The BC Graduate Employees Union formed in the spring of 2015, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) granted the group an election for establishing collective bargaining rights two years later. Following suit with students at several other private universities, BC’s graduate workers voted in favor of being represented by the union by a 270-224 margin. In 2018, the union rescinded its petition to the National Labor Relations Board with the intention of continuing to ask the University to bargain voluntarily. BC refused to do so, but the union continued urging the University to recognize it and enter voluntarily into a bargaining process. The Boston City Council passed a resolution supporting the union in April 2019, but later in the year, the NLRB proposed a rule that would designate graduate students “nonemployees,” stripping them of the right to organize.


The Boston Tapes: Ivor Bell was acquitted of murder in October of this year after being charged with the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, for which he was charged at least in part due to interviews he gave with BC researchers. The interviews, part of the Belfast Project—which documented the Troubles in Northern Ireland—were supposed to be confidential, but in 2013 BC was forced to release some of the tapes after a subpoena from a U.S. District Court on behalf of the United Kingdom. BC has been heavily criticized for what some see as a major violation of academic integrity in releasing the recordings—commonly known as the Boston Tapes—and breaking its promise.


Google Groups: Following a months-long investigationThe Heights reported on a mistake that allowed anyone with a G Suite account to access hundreds of University communications and associated documents with restricted, confidential, or otherwise sensitive information until December 2017.  Google Groups used by the BC Police Department and other administrative groups and offices had misconfigured permission settings that allowed the information to be accessible. The Heights notified the University in December before potentially widespread access occurred, and the system was patched in attempt to to prevent such mistakes in the future.



Sexual Assault: Students have long strived to raise awareness of sexual assault on BC’s campus. Year after year, many have gathered in the cold on O’Neill Plaza to hear sexual assault survivors tell their stories in Take Back the Night, the main event in Concerned About Rape Education, or C.A.R.E., Week. Several male students stood outside in the cold sporting skirts for a day in 2013 for “Don’t Skirt the Issue,” an event that urged the men of BC to take a stand against gender-based violence. Reports of forcible sex offenses that took place on campus rose from seven in 2011 to 65 in 2017, before dropping to 42 this year. It’s unclear whether the numbers represent a rise and fall in the rapes and fondlings that occur on campus or the number of students who report them. 


Sexual Misconduct Investigations: The 2010s also included intense scrutiny of the University’s approach to sexual assault investigations. One lawsuit, brought by an alumnus in relation to his 2012 disciplinary hearing, nearly encompassed the whole decade: After an administrative hearing board found him responsible for a sexual assault in 2012, he alleged in a 2015 lawsuit that administrators within the Dean of Students office improperly pushed the board’s chair to do so. After a long legal battle, a jury awarded the alumnus over $100,000 in damages.


In 2011, the Obama administration reinterpreted Title IX—the federal civil rights law concerning sex discirmination in education—to include guidelines on how colleges should investigate allegations of sexual assault on campus. The move placed a renewed focus on the subject, and in 2014, BC changed from the hearing board model to an investigator-based one in response to new federal regulations. This year, a federal judge ruled that the new model was not sufficient, saying that private universities have an obligation to give the accused student an opportunity for “real-time cross-examination” of all parties. An appeals court overturned the decision on the grounds that the federal court “abused its discretion” in estimating where Massachusetts law was headed and reinstated the accused student’s suspension from BC.


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Even Year Magic: BC hockey was crowned national champions in 2010 with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The triumph was quickly followed up in 2012 with another national title after a 4-1 win over Ferris State at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Fla. The victory was the program’s fifth and most recent national championship.


Ice Ice Baby: To kick off the winter sports season in 2010, Conte Forum hosted the inaugural “Ice Jam,” which featured everything from celebrity guests to free giveaways. Sports commentator Bob Costas, rapper Vanilla Ice, and Doug Flutie, BC ’85, were all on hand to see the men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams display their talents. The event was repeated in 2011 with a larger attendance. ESPN commentator Steve Levy was the host, and professional dancer Snap Boogie made a surprise performance.


The Holiest of Wars: The Sons of St. Patrick, an on-campus Catholic men’s organization, and seminarians from St. John’s Seminary on the Brighton Campus played a football game on the field outside of the seminary in 2010. The seminarians squeezed out a tight victory by a score of 9-8, relying on an air raid attack. While the trash-talk was rich with references from the Old Testament, the game was designed to foster relationships between the undergraduate group and the seminarians. 


From Bates to Jarmond: This decade saw the hiring of two athletic directors. The first was Brad Bates, who took over from Gene DiFilippo when he retired. Bates led the Athletics department from 2012 until his resignation in 2017. His tenure was met with mixed reviews as football and basketball struggled under his leadership, but non-profit sports such as soccer and baseball excelled. Bates was replaced by Martin Jarmond, who arrived from Ohio State at the age of 37. Jarmond was the school’s first minority director of athletics. 


Hi Steve, Bye Steve: After just a nine-day search, former Temple head football coach Steve Addazio was hired as the head coach of BC football in 2012. Addazio was hired by Bates, who had been on the job for less than two months. Addazio was at the helm for seven seasons, leading the Eagles to a bowl in six of those. He was fired in December of this year, after failing to eclipse the seven-win mark during his tenure. He finished with a 44-44 record overall but was only 1-17 against ranked opponents. BC hired former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley to replace Addazio. 


Welles the Eagle: For the 2013 football season, BC football brought back a live eagle mascot for the first time since 1965. The eagle was named Welles, in honor of Welles Crowther, BC ’99—the former BC lacrosse player who died saving lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The eagle was welcomed by the BC community, but People for the Ethical Protection of Animals (PETA) objected to the eagle’s presence at the games. The animal protection group was concerned for the well being of the bird due to the loud noises and lights that are present during games.


Mediocrity on the Hardwood: In 2014, former men’s basketball coach Steve Donahue was fired by Bates after losing seasons and low attendance at Conte Forum. Bates tapped Ohio head coach Jim Christian to take the reigns of the basketball program. Christian has largely struggled during his tenure on the Heights, compiling numerous losing seasons and failing to build any momentum. He has found himself on the hot seat multiple times, but has his kept job on the back of his strong recruiting. He landed ESPN Top 100 Jairus Hamilton and is awaiting the arrival of Demarr Langford, another four-star recruit.


The Fall of Troy: In its only win over a ranked opponent this decade, the Eagles knocked off No. 9 USC Trojans at home in 2014 by a score of 37-31. After the final whistle blew, students stormed the field to celebrate one of the biggest games of the decade to be played at Alumni Stadium.


Miracle on the Hardwood: In 2017, Boston College men’s basketball upset No. 1 Duke in Conte Forum, 89-84, marking the first time the Eagles had beaten a ranked opponent since they knocked off No. 1 Syracuse in 2014. Thirty points from Ky Bowman and late 3-pointers from Jerome Robinson helped to seal the deal, giving BC its biggest victory of the decade.


Eagles in the NBA: Robinson was selected 13th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers after a stellar 2017-2018 season for the Eagles. He averaged 20.7 points per game and was an All-ACC First Team selection. He formed one of the best backcourts in the country next to Bowman, who would enter the draft after the 2018-2019 season. Bowman averaged 19.0 points per game and after going undrafted, he signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors.


So Close, but So Far: BC lacrosse enjoyed one of the most dominant runs in collegiate athletics toward the latter half of the decade, reaching the National Championship game in three consecutive years. The team’s success came on the back of numerous undefeated runs and stellar individual seasons from the likes of Sam Apuzzo, Dempsy Arenault, and Kenzie Kent. But they could never win the last game of the season, falling to Maryland in 2017 and 2019, and James Madison in 2018.


GameDay: After a 7-2 start to the season, ESPN College GameDay came to Chestnut Hill for only the third time in history, and the first time in nine years. Students lined up starting at 3 a.m. adorned with signs and costumes, anxiously awaiting the start of the show, which aired live at 9 a.m. After the three-hour morning show, the stage was set for the Saturday night, primetime bout with No. 2 Clemson. But after an injury to starting quarterback Anthony Brown, the No. 17 Eagles fell 27-7.


Dillon Declares: After capturing the program record in yards (4,382) and touchdowns (38), running back AJ Dillon declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon carried the brunt of the workload on offense for his three years in Chestnut Hill, leading to his name being mentioned in Heisman candidate conversations.


Football Across the Pond: The Eagles traveled to Dublin, Ireland in 2016 to play the season opening football game against Georgia State. BC lost the game by a narrow margin, 17-14, after the Eagles were unable to stop the Yellow Jackets on third-and-long situations down the stretch.

Going for Gold: Four former players and one current member of BC women’s hockey captured a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Team USA edged Canada, the defending gold medalists, by a score of 3-2 after a shootout to capture their second-ever gold.



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In 2018, The Heights Features section was rebranded as “Magazine,” which brought a shift in both the section’s content and tone. While still creating profiles of BC students, faculty, and alumni like the Features section did throughout the decade, Magazine now incorporates investigative and thematic pieces. Though the section has grown over the past 10 years, it will always be defined by its ability to tell the previously unheard stories of members of the BC community. 


Professor Profiles: BC has consistently boasted engaging and dynamic professors who go above and beyond the call of duty in the classroom. The Heights has profiled faculty from each of BC’s schools across a myriad of different departments, including theatre professor and alumnus Luke Jorgensen (featured in 2010 and 2019); Natana DeLong-Bas, a theology professor who specializes in Islam; and Darren Kisgen, who teaches in CSOM and created a board game, Dragonwood, on the side. The Heights has also interviewed former English professor Katie Daily-Bruckner, who brought her real-world experience as Alec Baldwin’s assistant to her department; psychology professor John Christianson, who spearheaded the creation of the new neuroscience major; and BC Law professor Kent Greenfield, who spoke about Brett Kavanaugh in the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s senate hearings and subsequent confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most recently, in 2019, The Heights interviewed eight of nine newly hired MCAS professors about their first year at the University and their plans for the future. 


Around the World: The Heights has looked beyond Chestnut Hill, and even the United States, over the decade, searching for the most captivating tales taking place around the globe. “Once Upon a Summer…” examined students’ abroad plans for the summer of 2010, while the World Record series featured individual students and their semester abroad experiences in various countries, whether they were in London, Melbourne, or Rome. More recently, The Heights has covered courses that took students abroad, including a political science class involving a Spring Break trip to Kuwait or a CSOM leadership course in Tanzania that entails climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 


Student Life: BC’s students are arguably the most integral part of the school—so The Heights has dedicated ample amounts of time to examining campus life and how trends have ebbed and flowed over the past decade. “Students Struggle to Cope With Stress” examined what stressors were affecting students the most, and “Class Act” surveyed students’ thoughts on class registration. “What Are You Afraid Of?” took a look at the fear factors that were prominent on campus, while sets of twins on campus were interviewed for “Seeing Double.” “Raise the Stakes” chronicled student struggles with the temptation to gamble online, and “Service: It’s a BC Thing” observed the student culture of service and volunteering intrinsic to a Jesuit education. “And That’s the Way We Became the BC Bunch” observed BC’s reputation as a family school and the experiences of its legacy students.


Eagle Date: As early as 2009, Eagle Date kicked off in The Heights. Features editors would set up two students to go on a blind date with the condition that they would later be interviewed about their experience—including rating the date. A 2010 Heights ad read, “Don’t just go on a date… go on an Eagle Date! Dinner on us, and then tell us about your experience in The Heights.” From Rachel and Pablo and Matthew and Caroline, to Tracy and Joseph and Will and Sara, Eagles everywhere were given a chance at finding love. That’s not to say that the dates always went smoothly, however—a 2010 column chronicled the “best of the worst” moments of past Eagle Dates.


Marathon Monday: One of BC’s most beloved traditions, Marathon Monday, has taken on a new significance in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Each year, many BC students have run the marathon. We’ve provided “day by day” profiles on individual student participants, including their grueling training regimens, other activities at BC, and oftentimes, their fundraising efforts for charitable causes. Tommy Mazza, BC ’19, was both a marathoner and mascot who spent his time off the course as Baldwin the Eagle, and he qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon as a member of the Greater Boston Track Club. Brendon Anderson, BC ’15, raised the money to run the Boston Marathon through collecting and recycling cans for 5 cents each, while Ryan Reede, BC ’16, fundraised for the Celtics Shamrock Foundation. Figure skater Lauren Healy, BC’19, is a third-generation Boston Marathon runner, and she strode in honor of her stepmother who died of brain cancer. Tyler Thurlow, BC ’18, completed seven marathons between his freshman year at BC and the 2018 Boston Marathon. 


Mursday Effect: In 2017, two anonymous Heights authors going by the pseudonyms Joanna Oxford and Rutherford Shireton IV penned the satirical series “The Mursday Effect,” which detailed the strange happenings that occurred on campus after a pivotal 2015 day when, after a multitude of Monday snow days, BC had its Monday class schedule on a Thursday, effectively creating “Mursday.”


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Students Take the Stage: BC students have written and produced their own shows, covering topics from BC’s Senior Five to existential dread. The New Voices program has allowed students to present their own original works, from a story about an estranged brother and sister at their mother’s funeral to two college kids at a party.


Support the Arts: The Heights did a three-part investigation into support for the arts at BC in 2011. Students spoke about holding dance practices in hallways and traveling to Newton Campus to find space to rehearse. Student bands found off-campus performance space when they couldn’t find any at BC. For Arts Fest, some student groups were paired with professionals who helped them to prepare. Six years later, several dance groups expressed that finding a space to practice was still a struggle


Boston’s Festival: The first Boston Calling was hosted in 2013—for the first three years, it was held in May and September, before transitioning to being solely in May. The Heights previewed the 2013 fall show, and editors have traveled to the May show for years to chronicle the festival’s performances. First held at City Hall Plaza, the festival eventually moved to the Harvard Athletic Complex. The 10th festival was hosted this past May.


Five Funniest: Heights editors set out to find the funniest people on campus. Beginning in 2018, the Five Funniest People were selected and interviewed about what makes them so comedic. This year, the funniest included a New England Classic editor, two My Mother’s Fleabag members, a One Direction fan account holder, and a member of Hello…Shovelhead! 


A BC Favorite Grows in Coverage: One of the biggest arts events at Boston College, ALC Showdown, has been taking place since 2001. Over the years, Heights editors have talked to dancers, photographed performances, previewed sets during rehearsals, and, of course, gone to the big show. The event’s growth was noted, as 2010 saw an increase in attendance to 3,500 people, and lines snaked outside Conte Forum in 2013. Over the past decade, the coverage has transitioned from solely print to including print and videos leading up to Showdown. The videos have been produced as previews of what people can expect to see. Editors have given tips for viewers to get the most out of the show and suggestions to the coordinators for changes. 


More Space for Creative Works: The McMullen Museum of Art moved from Devlin Hall to Brighton Campus in 2016, with the change first announced in 2014. Fundraisers were held for the move, and the McMullen Museum now hosts Art After Dark, displays professors’ works, and holds a variety of other student events.


Happy Birthday, BC Arts Groups: The 2010s saw several arts organizations, including Synergy, BC Irish Dance, Sub Turri, Hello…Shovelhead!, the Heightsmen, and the Bostonians, celebrate landmark anniversaries. My Mother’s Fleabag celebrated its 30th birthday in 2010 and broke its tradition of performing in O’Connell House in 2015. John Finney, director of the University Chorale and conductor of the BC Symphony Orchestra, spoke with the Heights about his 25 years at BC in 2017. And the Screaming Eagles marching band celebrated its centennial in 2019. 


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Ten years ago, the Metro section was just becoming what it is now. It shifted from Marketplace, which covered primarily business, to a section that reports on local politics, news, food, and culture. 


From Marketplace to Metro: After the shift from Marketplace, The Heights still reported on local businesses. Jebbit, an advertising startup by BC grads, opened in 2018; Purr Cat Café became the first food establishment of its kind in the city; and solar panel startup Sistine Solar opened up in Somerville.


Dining for a Decade: Heights editors have eaten all across the city for the past decade, from food trucks in the South End to Fuel right around the corner from campus. They’ve had burgers and French breakfast and reported on the openings of local restaurants, such as Juice Press in Chestnut Hill.


Ten Years of Advocacy: Protesters took to Boston’s streets over the past decade, advocating for causes ranging from the climate to teachers’ salaries. The first Women’s March was held at Boston Common in 2017, the same year that protesters filled Copley in the Stand Up for Science march and went to the Chinatown Gate to resist President Donald Trump’s order to suspend the entrance of citizens from several countries to the United States. Just this year, protesters outnumbered participants at the Straight Pride Parade, and students skipped school to strike for climate.


Transportation Troubles: The T has been the ire of the city for much of the decade, and it hasn’t changed yet. Cancelations and delays made traversing the city difficult in 2015, and the Green Line derailed at the BC stop in 2016. Some improvements were made—an investment project for above-ground stations was announced in 2014, passengers could track Green Line trains on their phones starting in 2014, and the Government Center station reopened in 2016 after being closed for two years. Still, 2019 saw some of the worst of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as derailments, fires, and delays plagued Boston in the summer, resulting in closures for three T lines in the fall. It seems the T will always serve as a column topic for Heights writers.


History in Local Politics: Ruthanne Fuller was elected in 2017 to serve as Newton’s first female mayor. Setti Warren, Newton’s first black mayor and BC ’93, served two terms from 2010 until 2018. Martin J. Walsh, BC ’09, was elected mayor of Boston in 2014 after Thomas Menino finished his 20-year term—Walsh was sworn in at Conte Forum. Walsh was re-elected for another term in 2018. 


Boston Marathon Bombing: After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, BC students were told to remain in their dorms while police searched for the bombers. BC students rallied together—BC EMS stood by to offer medical support, the Campus School created a list of all of the BC students running for the Campus School to check in and make sure all were accounted for, and people in need of medical attention found it at St. Ignatius, instead of trying to enter the city for medical care. A BC alumna was summoned for jury service at the bomber’s trial, where he was convicted on all 30 charges. The following year, the Campus School, whose volunteers had a long tradition of running unregistered to raise funds for the school, offered an alternate marathon on account of safety measures increasing in the official one.


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