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Boston College Remembers J. Donald Monan, SJ (1924-2017)

  J. Donald Monan, SJ, the 24th president and first chancellor of Boston College, died on March 18, 2017. The significance of Fr. Monan’s contributions to Boston College and the Boston College Libraries over his decades in office cannot be overstated. … Continue reading

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Boston College Nursing: Cushing Hall

After numerous struggles, the nursing students finally established their presence on campus. In 1958, Archbishop Cushing generously donated funds to allow the Nursing School a building of its own on the Boston College Main Campus. This building, still in existence … Continue reading

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A Boston College Pioneer: Reminiscences of Dr. Henry C. Towle, class of 1877 & ‘79

My first visit to Boston College was made when a mere child. I wandered into the ground bordering on James Street and found someone exhuming dead bodies before the building of the Church of the Immaculate Conception…. It was not … Continue reading

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Do We Really Care?: Early student activism in the 1960s

Have Boston College students truly been men and women for others? Despite the physical changes, the university’s purpose and message have largely remained constant. Beginning in the 1840s, those who envisioned Boston College wanted to improve the lives of Irish … Continue reading

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A Living Memorial: Students react to President Kennedy’s assassination

The music cut off abruptly in the dining hall. Students and faculty crowded around radios to hear the reports from Dallas. In Bapst Library’s auditorium, President Michael Walsh, S.J., led the campus in the rosary. He announced the news before … Continue reading

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“A Rededication to the Sacred Things we Call the Humanities.”: The Success of the First Five Years of Father Sweeney’s Humanities Series

When critically acclaimed poet T.S. Eliot left his second lecture at Boston College, he declared, “I want to be invited back. Even when I am unable to go elsewhere, I shall return to Boston College.” And invited back he was, … Continue reading

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Fulton’s Various Rules: Making Boston College a Jesuit Institution

In 1599, the Society of Jesus published the Ratio Studiorum and sent copies to their eight schools throughout Europe. The Ratio was essentially a rulebook for all the colleges operated by the Jesuits. The daily course schedule was outlined. Each … Continue reading

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