April 15, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 15

Around Campus

"Family Fun," spring game Saturday

Members of the Boston College community are invited to attend "Family Fun Day" in the Flynn Recreation Complex this Saturday, April 17, and enjoy a range of family-oriented activities prior to the Annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football Game.

Sponsored by the Athletic Department and Alumni Association, the day begins at noon in the Flynn Recreation Complex. The spring football game will take place at 3 p.m. in Alumni Stadium.

Admission to all events is free.

"Just Art" exhibit is April 22-26

The Global Justice Program and Boston College's UNICEF chapter will sponsor the second annual "Just Art" exhibition, which uses various art and media to express themes related to social justice, from April 22-26.

The exhibition, which includes paintings, sculpture, poetry, photography and other artwork, will be on display in the Cabaret Room of Vanderslice Hall. In addition to the standing artwork, there will be a keynote speaker, live musical performances, comedy, and a film festival, as well as an "open mic" night. In addition, a Catholic service will be held to remember and demonstrate solidarity with women and men and children suffering poverty and alienation around the world.

For a schedule of events and other information, see the "Just Art" World Wide Web page at

Bapst to open student gallery

A permanent gallery devoted to student art will open in Bapst Library on April 21 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery, located in the mezzanine overlooking the student lounge at Bapst, is a joint project of the art library and the Fine Arts Department. The opening exhibit, a juried show with works selected by students on a "Spring Fling" theme, is the first of what organizers hope will be six or seven shows a year in the space.

May 2 benefit will showcase traditional music, dance

The Boston College Center for Irish Programs and Irish Studies Program will sponsor a benefit concert, "Rapper, Reels and Revelry: A Celebration of Traditional Music and Dance Across Generations," on May 2 that will feature some of the Boston folk scene's most popular performers.

The concert will take place in Gasson 100 beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit Great Meadows Morris and Sword, a non-profit group of Boston-area high school students who perform traditional rapper-sword dances from England. The team is raising funds for a trip to Whitby, England, where it will perform in an international folk dance festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Featured performers will be Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly, a highly respected fiddler and scholar in the Irish tradition; the group Halali, which plays an exciting mixture of Celtic and American music on fiddles and guitar; and Aoife O'Donovan, known for her dynamic vocal style that blends diverse musical influences. Members of Great Meadows Morris and Sword and students from the Berklee College of Music also will perform.

Admission to the event is $20, $15 for students. More information on the concert is available at or via the Great Meadows World Wide Web site,

Online policies manual updated

Boston College Policies and Procedures Director Ivy Dodge recently announced that University policy 4-730-005, "Student Educational Records," has been revised to bring it in line with legislative and regulatory changes, and with organizational and procedural changes within the University.

Information on this and other BC policies is available through the online policies manual at

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Off to Los Alamos

Having successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at BC, Rev. Cyril Opeil, SJ, PhD '04, will become the first Jesuit physicist ever at Los Alamos National Laboratory when he begins a two-year post-doctoral appointment at the famed New Mexico atomic lab on May 10.

Fr. Opeil, who studies uranium alloys, is one of a handful of American Jesuit physicists. At Los Alamos, known for its secret origins in the Manhattan Project, but where researchers today map chromosomes as well as the national power grid, he will do spectroscopic readings and electron-structure measurements on uranium to shed light on basic properties of the element.

A profile of Fr. Opeil that appeared in the Boston College Chronicle last fall is available at

Lynch School of Education

A rare honor

Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, is welcoming not one but two Lynch School of Education faculty members into its distinguished Laureate Chapter this year: Thomas More Brennan Professor Andrew Hargreaves and Prof. Marilyn Cochran-Smith.

The Laureate Chapter is limited to a maximum of 60 lifetime members at any one time, and typically only a handful of candidates are nominated for membership. The first Laureate member was pioneering educator John Dewey. Others have included Margaret Mead and Albert Einstein.

Hargreaves, formerly co-director and professor at the International Centre for Educational Change at the University of Toronto, was appointed Brennan Professor in 2002. His research on education reform has earned him recognition in the United States as well as Canada, and his 1995 book, Changing Teachers, Changing Times was chosen by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education as the publication most likely to have an effect on the education of teachers.

Cochran-Smith, who directs the Lynch School's doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction, is president of the American Educational Research Association, one of the most prominent educational research organizations. A member of the BC faculty since 1996, she has written extensively on children's language and learning, on teacher research, and on issues of race, diversity and social justice in teaching and teacher education. She has received several honors from American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, including this year's Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.

Law School

Depth and taxes

Just in time for the tax deadline post-mortem, the BC Law Review will host a symposium tomorrow on "The State of the Federal Income Tax: Rates, Progressivity, and Budget Processes."

The symposium, which takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in East Wing 400, will address fundamental changes that have occurred in the American tax system in the past four years, which have raised a number of critical issues: Is it appropriate to decrease tax revenues so as to decrease the size of the government? What is the appropriate role of progressivity? What are the efficiency effects of recent tax cuts? How important is it to have a transparent budget process?

Considering these and other issues will be a number of distinguished presenters and commentators, including BC Law professors Paul McDaniel and James Repetti, the latter serving as the symposium's moderator.

More information on the symposium and its speakers is available at

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