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March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

(L-R) Freshmen Dave Harris, Shelbi Thurau, Sarah Lucie and Mike Jorgensen act out during "The 24-Hour Theater Experiment," held March 25 in Devlin 008. Five groups of students were each given 24 hours to create a play and perform it at the event, a benefit for Nativity Prep Middle School, which provides free education to low-income students from Greater Boston. (Photo by Justin Knight)

Around Campus

From Disney, with love

If you've never quite been able to get "A Whole New World," "Somewhere Out There," "When She Loved Me" and other classic Disney hits out of your head, don't fight the feeling: Tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Higgins 300 you can listen, even song along, to these and more - and all for a good cause.

"A Night of Disney Love Songs," sponsored by the BC Art Club, will feature BC students singing 19 Disney tributes to love through themes of romance, loss, hope, and friendship. The proceeds will benefit the Franciscan Children's Hospital. A $5 donation is suggested.

The event is the brainchild of Anthony Nunziata '06, who came up with the idea while he was directing a Robsham Theater production of Harold Pinter's "The Collection" last fall.

"Psychological drama, Disney love songs, opposite ends of the spectrum - this is what I love to do," he quips.

Nunziata let the idea germinate until he returned from spring break. Then he recruited a friend to play piano, selected the songs, held auditions and cast 21 students for the production.

"We all love Disney deep down, but I've never seen a show performed with Disney songs except when I went to Disney World," he says. Most of all, Nunziata adds, "I wanted to give back to people what Disney songs represent: the child in us all. So what better way than to have the show benefit the Franciscan Children's Hospital?"

-SS

On the screen

Some 300 invited guests are expected to gather April 3 in the Yawkey Athletics Center for the premiere of a new documentary film that recounts the roles women have played at Boston College since its establishment in 1863.

"The History of Women at Boston College" is an initiative of the Council for Women at Boston College, a group of about 70 alumnae. The film was produced by the Office of Marketing Communications.

"Women have played a significant role since the very beginning at Boston College, but they have enjoyed increasing prominence and leadership roles in the last 25 years," said Kathleen McGillycuddy '71, a BC trustee and co-chair of the council.

The council was founded in 2002 with the mission to increase the involvement and influence of alumnae in all aspects of life at Boston College.

-GF

Sean Hickey '08 joined fellow students on the Campus Green March 16 at a T-shirt design session held to help raise awareness of, and encourage, recycling on campus. The event was organized by students from the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, the Environmental Action Coalition and EcoPledge. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Scientific inquiry

Science will be in the spotlight at BC in April with campus visits on consecutive days by two distinguished speakers: a former high school football player turned comet expert, and the State Department's chief scientist.

On April 10, Boston College Magazine, the Physics Department and Graduate Student Association will sponsor a talk by Michael A'Hearn '61, the principal investigator on NASA's Deep Impact Project.

For 10 years, A'Hearn led a team of physicists and engineers that worked to send a rocket to the comet Tempel 1 some 83 million miles from Earth. In July of last year, their efforts paid off - marking the first time that humans had been able to make contact with a comet in space - and the data collected through the project could provide significant information about the formation of the solar system and the composition of comets.

A'Hearn - who majored in physics and played tight end while at BC High - will give his talk at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 310, moderated by Prof. Michael Naughton (Physics), interim associate vice president for research. [A BCM profile of A'Hearn is available at bcm.bc.edu/issues/fall_2005/ft_ahearn.html.]

The following day, April 11, the BC Chemistry Department will host an appearance by George H. Atkinson, science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, at 11 a.m. in Merkert 127.

After joining the Department of State in 2001 as a American Association for the Advancement of Science senior science fellow, two years later Atkinson was tapped by Rice's predecessor, Colin Powell, to serve as the department's principal liaison with the national and international scientific community. He is credited with expanding the science and technology capacity within the State Department by increasing the numbers of scientists and engineers, while simultaneously becoming involved in policy issues of both short and long-term significance.

Atkinson, who is a professor of chemistry and optical sciences at the University of Arizona, will discuss international science policy issues and new governmental frameworks to identify and evaluate emerging scientific and technological advances.

-SS

Walk - or Run

The Boston Marathon [see related story] is by no means the only event in the coming weeks where members of the BC community can use their feet to do some good.

Next Saturday, April 8, the BC MBA 5K Challenge will bring together students, faculty and alumni of MBA programs to raise funds for The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc.

The race begins at 10 a.m., with check-in and registration at 8 a.m. The fee for registration is $25 per runner.

For more information, see the MBA 5K Challenge Web site.

On April 23, the BC AIDS Awareness Committee will hold a 5K "Run/Walk for Relief" in and around campus to support an African children's relief organization.

The event begins at noon, and registration is $15. All proceeds will benefit the Malawi Children's Village, an organization dedicated to the care of every orphan in the Mangochi District of Malawi, a small central African country where AIDS is the greatest health challenge - more than 40 percent of mothers giving birth in Malawi are HIV positive.

For more information, see the Web site or e-mail aidsawareness@bc.edu. To find out more about Malawi Children's Village, see www.malawichildrensvillage.org.

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