Sept. 23, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 2


Howard Dean to speak Oct. 5

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will speak at O'Neill Plaza on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m.

Dean, a medical doctor who won five terms as Vermont governor, entered the presidential race in the summer of 2002. Combining a "populist" campaign style with Internet technology to help attract support, Dean emerged last fall as a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. But his prospects dimmed after he failed to win the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, and after finishing third in Wisconsin he ended his campaign on Feb. 18.

Since then, Dean has founded Democracy for America [], a political action committee "dedicated to supporting fiscally conservative, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government - from school board to the presidency," according to the group's mission statement.

The event, sponsored by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the BC Democrats, is free. For more information, call ext.5-0363.

USA Today seeks "best and brightest"

USA Today is conducting its annual search for the nation's best and brightest undergraduates and Boston College faculty are encouraged to prompt students to apply for this high-profile recognition.

Full-time undergraduates, sophomores or above, are eligible for the "2005 All-USA Academic Team." Winners will be selected on the basis of scholarly excellence, as well as their leadership roles on and off campus. A key element given most weight by the judges will be a student's original academic or intellectual project. The judges will be influenced by the student's ability to describe that endeavor in a required essay.

Twenty students will be selected for the competition's First Team, who will have their photographs published and accomplishments noted in a two-page color spread in USA Today in February and receive a $2,500 cash award. Forty more students will be named to the Second and Third teams.

Five BC students have been recognized by this contest over the past decade, since Elizabeth LaRocca '94 made the First Team. Most recently, history and political science major Jonathan Lennon '05 received honorable mention in the 2004 competition.

More information and nomination forms are available at All entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Burns Scholar Moloney to give lecture Sept. 29

Mick Moloney, a highly regarded musician and folklorist who is the fall 2004 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, will present "The Mulligan Guard: Irish America and the Musical Theater of Harrigan and Hart" on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Room of Burns Library.

Moloney, a faculty member at New York University, has recorded and produced more than 40 albums related to traditional Irish music and performed concerts throughout the world. He also has appeared several times at BC, notably the Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance Summer School and Festival. [A profile of Moloney will appear in an upcoming Chronicle.]

Following Moloney's talk, a concert of traditional Irish and American music will be performed by the trio Old New England.

For more information, call ext.2-3938.

Fr. Kennedy to speak at Lonergan event tonight

Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music), director of the Boston College Jesuit Institute, will present "Ancient Jesuit Sentiments: Music and the Creation of Culture" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

Fr. Kennedy is a music historian who rediscovered and brought to the stage long-neglected Jesuit operas of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The event, sponsored by the Lonergan Workshop, is free and open to the public. For information, call ext.2-8095.

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