March 4, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 12

Around Campus


"Lunch and Learn" offers tech training

Information Technology Services is sponsoring a series of one-hour "Lunch and Learn" demonstration and training sessions on computers and related technology. The workshops will provide instruction in Dreamweaver, Photoshop and virus protection and security for Windows XP, among other areas.

A complete list of sessions and other information is available at

Ronnie Gilbert to perform March 11

Legendary folksinger Ronnie Gilbert will trace her life in story and song at a special appearance on Thursday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Gilbert rose to prominence as part of the folk revival group The Weavers, whose songs "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Irene Goodnight" achieved national popularity, and went on to craft a highly acclaimed solo career. She branched out into theater as well, touring with her own one-woman play on the life of labor organizer Mother Jones, for which she also wrote the book and lyrics.

She retired from full-time performing in 1996, with the exception of a few benefit events, but recently returned to the stage with this autobiographical production.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Women's Studies Program at ext.2-8528.

Program explores Russian art, music

The Slavic and Eastern Languages Department will sponsor "Slava," a presentation of music, art, and poetry of the Russian Golden and Silver ages (19th and 20th centuries) by Boston pianists Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt, on Wednesday, March 10, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Gasson 100.

In addition to a slide presentation and poetry reading, the Suhrstedts will perform the music of Glinka, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2-3914.

MassRIDES program now available

Members of the Boston College community are encouraged to consider the recently introduced MassRIDES program as an option for commuting to and from campus.

MassRIDES provides service to commuters, employers, students, tourists and other traveler markets. A new, bilingual customer service line will offer round-the-clock travel information so callers can receive information at the time they need it most. Travelers and commuters throughout Massachusetts will be able to use online ride-matching services to find a carpool partner, join a vanpool, or begin using transit on the commute to work or school.

This spring, MassRIDES will introduce its Commuter Incentive Program, which encourages drive-alone commuters to switch to carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, biking or walking for traveling to and from work. MassRIDES representatives will on hand to discuss the program at BC's Transportation Fair planned for later in the semester.

For more information on MassRIDES call 1-888-4-COMMUTE.

Connell School of Nursing

Chariots of ice

A group of Connell School students, including players on the BC women's hockey team, will take to the ice at Conte Forum on March 9 for a good cause.

The CSON squad will play students from the Massachusetts Hospital School in a sled hockey game to benefit the school's Chariots Sled Hockey Team, comprised of wheelchair-bound young people ages 8 to 19.

Sled hockey is similar to ice hockey except that players move on two-blade sleds and use two sticks, one with a spike and another with a blade. The players propel themselves using the spike-end sticks and then play the puck using the blade-end.

The idea for the fundraiser came from the BC nursing students who conduct their pediatric clinical rotations at the Massachusetts Hospital School, which provides medical, rehabilitation, recreation and educational services to children and young adults with disabilities.

The BC students were inspired by the MHS players and saw the financial need the team faced, according to CSON Clinical Instructor Nanci Haze Peters who supervises the nursing students. Ice time, sleds, player tournament sponsorship and jerseys are just some of the Chariots' expenses.

"How exciting it is to be able to help others succeed. I can think of no better way than to be able to participate in a common love we both have and that is the game of hockey," said BC women's hockey captain Sarah Carlson '05, a nursing student.

Carlson's teammate and fellow nursing student Megan Scully '06 also will represent BC, and CSON graduate student Tara Mounsey, who won a gold medal while playing for the 1998 and 2002 US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, is also scheduled to appear.

Tickets for the game, which begins at 6 p.m., are $5. A raffle, bake sale and other special events also are planned.

For more information, contact Peters at ext.2-4271.

Graduate Arts and Sciences

Growing through GYRO

For nearly 15 years, the GYRO, or Grow Your Own, Project has encouraged talented BC African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers by giving them a public forum in which to present their research.

Last week, four GYRO protégés discussed their work at a Black History Month Colloquium: Lynch School of Education master's degree student Workneh Endazenaw Woldehana; Anna Kasafi Perkins, who is pursuing a doctorate in theology; law student Carrié Solages; and nursing doctoral student Deborah Washington.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Candace Hetzner convened the event, which GSAS sponsored with the Office of Affirmative Action, Office of the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties, History Department, Black Studies Program and other departments and offices.

Law School

Increasing volumes

The Law School Library continued to strengthen its impressive holdings by recently acquiring some 2,500 rare historical legal documents and manuscripts from Robert E. Brooker III, chief executive officer of Cambridge software company ICLUBcentral.

Focused primarily on Boston and the New England area and spanning two centuries, the Brooker Collection - now housed in the library's Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room - provides abundant opportunity for the study of early American land use and transfers, law and legal systems, town governance, family matters and daily life. Documents include deeds of land and other property, contracts for goods and services, legal documents such as complaints, deposition testimony and wills, business papers such as invoices and receipts, and evidence of everyday life as glimpsed in letters and estate inventories.

"In another 10 years, every conventional casebook for law students will be available online," said Monan Professor of Law Daniel Coquillette, namesake of the Rare Book Room. "What will never be online are the unique manuscripts that show how law was practiced. The reason Mr. Brooker's gift is so important is that these manuscripts show how lawyers actually practiced law through the past few centuries. The gift fits in beautifully with our existing collection, and this is why our Law Library will be so unique and special in the years to come."

Highlights from the Brooker Collection are on display in the Coquillette Rare Book Room through May.

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