Sept. 23, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 2

A group of exercise enthusiasts works up a sweat in the new RecPlex multipurpose room.

Around Campus


Room to improve

Just in time for the start of cold weather, members of the Boston College community have a new indoor facility to keep active, warm and fit.

The Flynn Recreation Complex recently opened a multipurpose room that provides more space for club sports practices and group workout classes, including two new entries, "Cycling" and "Core Board." The renovated space replaces what used to be two squash courts and a team locker room.

Twenty-four fitness bikes are available for the cycling classes, which offer high-intensity, instructor-lead cardiovascular workouts more commonly known as "spinning."

"It's really a response to the needs of our members," said Assistant Athletic Director John Pagliarulo. "The squash courts were not as popular as they once were because people's interests are now different."

The RecPlex staff is currently planning three cycling sessions a day, with a maximum of 23 people per session.

The second new activity, Core Board - which consists of a board mounted on springs, on which the person exercising performs a series of movements and maneuvers - will be added to the RecPlex schedule shortly.

For more information, visit the Flynn Recreation Complex Web site at


New Michalczyk film debuts tonight

A new documentary by Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) chronicling efforts by Sicilians to challenge the lawlessness and power of the Mafia will have its world premiere tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts' Remis Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Michalczyk will be on hand for the film's debut, as well as an encore screening at the MFA on Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Co-produced and directed by Michalczyk, "Killing Silence" looks at the Mafia's historic rise from the waning days of World War II to the Mafia wars of the 1970s and '80s. The film depicts the birth of the anti-Mafia movement when the citizens of Palermo, along with some fearless and charismatic leaders, literally took to the streets in outrage following the 1992 Mafia slayings of two leading prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

In the film, Sicilians discuss the goal of the anti-Mafia movement: to break the code of silence (omerta) and reclaim their neighborhoods and their culture from Mafia rule. Interviews with the former mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, and Sicilian-born Cardinal Salvatore Papalardo, retired bishop of Palermo, reveal the power the Mafia exerted in Sicily. Authors, psychologists and the son of a business owner murdered by the Mafia speak with hope about a new generation willing to discuss and challenge the old ways of life in Mafia-controlled Sicily.

The film's credits also include co-producer Rev. Raymond Helmick, SJ, a part-time faculty member in Theology; Adj. Asst. Prof. Charles Meyer (Fine Arts), who was associate producer, sound recordist and still photographer; music producer part-time faculty member Margaret McAllister (Music); and 1988 alumnus Paul Goudreau, associate producer, editor, and camera operator.

For information, contact Stefanie Lubkowski at (617)369-3687 or

Tim Lemire '89 talks with undergraduates during the fourth annual "Careers in the Arts" night held at the McMullen Museum on Nov. 10. Lemire, a writer for an Intranet site of Fidelity Investments and a contributor and former editor at the TAB Community Newspapers, was one of several BC alumni pursuing careers in the arts who spoke at the event. (Photo by Suzanne Camarata)

Going public

Boston College faculty members Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, along with long-time friend and colleague University of Massachusetts-Amherst Professor Walter Denny, are sharing some of their vast scholarly resources in Islamic art and culture.

Blair and Bloom, who jointly hold the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art, and Denny have agreed to collaborate on the distribution of some 25,000 high quality digital images of Islam art and architecture through ARTstor, a non-profit organization which promotes the use of digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields.

Among their previous collaborations, the three academics contributed chapters to Islamic Art and Patronage, the catalogue accompanying a traveling exhibition of Islamic art from Kuwait collections. In the early 1990s they worked together on the critically acclaimed exhibition and catalogue, "Images of Paradise in Islamic Art," which was also seen at museums around the country.

ARTstor Executive Director James Shulman said, "The archives of our collaborators on this important project are renowned among Islamicists and represent an enormous opportunity for ARTstor to provide wide access to their unique archives. Sheila, Jonathan, and Walter know how difficult it is to build resources in their field and we at ARTstor have great admiration for all that they have accomplished. We are thrilled that they want to join in our effort to make such resources widely available for the community of teachers, scholars, and students."

Both Blair and Bloom have Web pages on their work.


Having your cake

Faculty and staff members planning to serve baked goodies at their Thanksgiving dinner next week need not slave over a hot stove. The folks at BC's Dining Services will do it for you.

Dining Services will bake up home made cakes, like apple cobbler, cheese cake and carrot cake, and fruit bread - blueberry, almond-orange and cranberry, among others - for those BC employees who put in their orders by tomorrow, Nov. 19. Orders can be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 23, or Wednesday, Nov. 24, leaving plenty of time to bring out the good china or find that recipe for stuffing.

"We've been doing this for a few years now, and just want to make sure people know about it," said Executive Chef Christopher Eisman, an associate director in Dining Services, which last week sent out a campus-wide announcement about its holiday baking. "There have been plenty of compliments about our baked goods. And, yes, they are home-made, just like grandma used to make."

An order form is available at the Dining Services Web site, For more information, call ext.2-3175 or e-mail


RA search

Resident assistants - "RAs," in the campus parlance - are often the unsung heroes of the University's residential life operation. They're the ones who plan social and educational activities for their assigned residence hall floor and provide essential one-on-one support for students' daily concerns.

So, the BC Office of Residential Life is looking for a little help in finding RA candidates for the 2005-06 academic year. Administrators, faculty and staff are being asked to nominate students who would make good RAs but may need a little encouragement to apply.

According to Assistant Director of Residential Life Clarybel Peguero, a successful candidate is "self-assured, friendly, patient, and eager to live with and help students on a daily basis."

Peguero, who can be reached at, requests all RA nominations by Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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