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Top 5 memorable news stories at BC this year

Before completely departing body and soul from BC this year, take a moment to reflect on the five stories that stand out from 2012 and 2013. With finals over and commencement in the past, you will finally have the brain space to reflect on the stories you will always remember from this year at BC.

Photo courtesy of Seán/Wikipedia Commons.

Enda Kenny spoke at BC's Sesquicentennial Commencement. Photo courtesy of Seán/Wikipedia Commons.


5) Commencement: As with any year, commencement is among the most important physical and symbolic events on campus. Since 2013 marked the sesquicentennial year for Boston College, much speculation was made over the speaker. Although neither Bill Clinton nor President Obama filled the role, Irish PM Enda Kenny caused enough of a stir to warrant some serious media attention. With a beautifully sunny day in Boston, it is bittersweet to see the seniors depart!

Screenshot of the New York Times article. Courtesy of Geena De Rose/Gavel Media.

Screenshot of the New York Times article. Photo by Geena De Rose/Gavel Media.



4) Administration’s response to BC Students for Sexual Health: Despite the long-standing existence and activism of BCSSH, the administration decided in April to take a strong stand against the group, threatening disciplinary action against students participating in condom distribution and other outreach efforts. The story ultimately reached the New York Times, and has since retreated from the spotlight.

Screenshot courtesy of Katie  To

Screenshot by Katie Tolkowsky/Gavel Media.





3) Emergence of Boston College Confessions: Yes, internet trends come and go quickly and seamlessly. However, the immense range of emotions BC students expressed through these confessions highlighted the diversity of the student body, and, at times, the frailty of the college experience. Seeing both the highlights and lowlights of many anonymous students, as well as the accompanying encouragement, made apparent a sense of community at BC that is easily taken for granted.

Watch the Gavel's montage of BC Confessions set to Macklemore's "BomBom" here.


Photo courtesy of Christopher Dube/Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Dube/Wikimedia Commons.


2) Macklemore’s Modstock: Despite the presence of the administration’s conservative, Catholic roots, rapper and gay rights activist Macklemore performed at Modstock 2013. To the great joy of many Eagles, the Thrift Shop legend himself gave a performance for the ages in BC’s very own marvelous Mod lot.



Photo courtesy of Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Wally Gobetz/Flickr.


1) Boston Marathon Bombings: Unfortunately, this year was marked by an unprecedented tragedy in the long and celebrated history of the Boston Marathon. BC students will never forget where they were when they heard the news, and the resulting "Last Five Walk" showed the commitment of the BC community to honoring the victims and reclaiming a tradition that makes Boston great.


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