Quickly Around Town

Opening Number: 150

Boston College

With graduation at 10 a.m. this morning, Boston College will bring it’s year long celebration of its 150 anniversary – the sesquicentennial – to a close. Commencement season, folks, it’s still on us, and while we didn’t call out all the schools, a big congratulations to graduates across the city this month.

OUT & About, Uncategorized, We Love Music

Macklemore Brings Message of Equal Rights to the Heights

Gasson Hall at Boston College

It’s no secret that hip-hop artist Macklemore is an ally of the LGBTQ community; he supports the efforts of the You Can Play project, he has a gay uncle, and – oh yeah – there’s this catchy song on his latest album co-written with singer Mary Lambert called “Same Love,” which decries homophobia and advocates for equal treatment for all.

Last Thursday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave a concert at my alma mater (yes, this happened, but you might not have heard about it – BC wanted concert organizers and the student body to keep the free, outdoor performance under wraps [unlike other things]). When I heard he’d be performing, I wondered – would he speak out for gay rights on the campus of a Catholic university? Would he sing the song? Continue reading

Quickly Around Town

“We Decide When Our Marathon Ends”

2008 Boston Marathon

Update 4/17 @ 3 PM: This event has been postponed. More info here.

Update 4/16 @ 6 PM: Although Boston Police officials have yet to comment, many Bostonians are highlighting the infeasibility of organizing what has become a group of 12,000+ walkers and runners. Some claim it would be irresponsible to interfere with rush hour and/or with police investigations on Boylston, while others fear for the safety of the participants themselves. Event organizers have not reacted to these developments.

Even more proof that Boston is a resilient city.

A group of Boston College undergrads is organizing an event they’re calling Boston Marathon: The Last Five Miles. Their plan is to walk the last leg of the marathon route, from BC’s perch atop Heartbreak Hill and on into Boston, in order to “remember, honor, and stand up for all those affected by the incident that occurred at the 117th Boston Marathon.”

At the time of publication, the event’s Facebook page has attracted nearly 7,000 attendees. While some are concerned about the logistics of a five-mile march during Friday rush hour, the positive response to the event far outweighs any concerns. One marathoner, who was stopped at Mile 21 due to Monday’s tragic events, plans on picking up where she left off – she’ll be running the last five miles, and she invites others to do the same.

“For anyone who lost their life…we will walk,” the event description reads. “We will walk to show that we decide when our marathon ends.”

The walk kicks off at 4:30 PM this Friday. See you there.

We Love Weekends

We Love Weekends – March 29-31

Weekend lovers: have you voted on the final round of our Shite Sixteen, the mad shootout for Boston’s best dive bar? Mary Ann’s versus Punter’s Pub. It’s Northeastern versus BC. The E Line versus the C (and D) Line. Pizza-through-window versus Pino’s.

But wait, let’s say you’re looking for something else on Easter Weekend? Our authors dish on their weekend plans and give some ideas.

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Education

Sexual Health Debate at Boston College Begs Questions of Reform

It’s a bad week for Boston College to pick fights about sexual health.

But it creates a rallying cry for students, alumni and Catholics to push for reform, reality and relevance in University– and Church– policy.

Two cases before the Supreme Court determine the fate of marriage equality, and social media’s come alive with red and pink signs of support and photos of Anti-Prop 8 placards. Meanwhile, Boston.com reported yesterday Boston College administrators ordered Boston College Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH), an unrecognized student group, to cease distributing contraception and sexual health literature on campus, given its conflict with the school’s “responsibility to protect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.”

As an alumnus of the university, I found this a troubling action. The BC administration was decades behind students, faculty and alumni in recognizing LGBT rights. We are seeing a similar pattern in their behavior toward sexual health.

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