Nov. 3, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 5


Alumni Mass is Sunday

Alumni and members of the Boston College community are invited to attend the annual University Memorial Mass to be held at St. Ignatius Church at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ will celebrate the Mass, which will be offered in memory of all deceased alumni.

Following the Mass, a coffee and dessert reception will be held in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. Those wishing to attend should contact the Alumni Office at ext.2-4700 or

Journalist to discuss Wal-Mart controversy

New York City journalist Liza Featherstone will present the lecture "Always Low Wages! Fighting For Women's Rights at Wal-Mart" on Nov. 7 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Higgins 300.

Featherstone is the author of the 2004 book Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, Salon and The Nation, among others.

Her appearance is sponsored by the National Association of Women in Higher Education (NAWCHE). For more information, call ext.2-4198 or e-mail

Lecture on English intolerance of Catholics

Wayne State University Professor of English Arthur Marotti, regarded as a pioneer in detailing the relationship between literature and religious culture, will give a talk titled "The Intolerability of Catholics in Early Modern England" on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Connolly House.

Marotti is the author or editor of such works as Catholicism and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern English Texts; Manuscript, Print, and the English Renaissance Lyric; John Donne, Coterie Poet and Religious Ideology and Cultural Fantasy: Catholic and Anti-Catholic Discourses in Early Modern England.

His talk is sponsored by the English Department and the Journal for Religion and the Arts. For more information, call ext.2-2303 or e-mail

Irish musicians perform Nov. 15

Kathleen Conneely and Tina Lech, two highly regarded New England area Irish musicians, will present a concert, "Across the Waters," on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Connolly House, 300 Hammond St.

Conneely, born in England to Irish parents and now living in Rhode Island, is a skilled tin whistle player who taught at the Gaelic Roots Summer School and Festival at Boston College. Lech is a Boston-based fiddler whose talents are constantly in demand for performances and recordings. Conneely and Lech have both won major Irish music competitions.

The event, sponsored by the Irish Studies Program, is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext.2-3938 or e-mail

Kelley Rink open for skating

Members of the Boston College community can once again take to the ice for an "open skate" from now until Dec. 5 at the Conte Forum Kelley Rink.

Faculty, staff and students must present a valid BC ID to the attendant and bring their own skates. No hockey sticks or pucks will be allowed on the ice during open skate sessions.

Skating instruction also will be available during some sessions.

For a schedule of open skate and skating instruction days and times, see

Emergency closings and early dismissals

Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan has issued a reminder concerning the University's policy for work cancellation, delayed openings and early dismissal due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Employees should tune to WBZ-TV News Channel 4, WCVB-TV Channel 5 Eye Opener News or WBZ News Radio 1030 AM between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. for announcements of cancellations, delays or closings. Information also will be available through the BCInfo Web page or at (617)552-INFO.

An announcement canceling classes does not mean there is a cancellation of work; it will specifically mention that Boston College is "closed" when employees are not expected to report. Such closings are rare, Sullivan notes, so employees and students should generally presume that classes will meet and that all essential services will remain in operation.

When work is canceled, some essential activities in certain offices may need to be maintained. It is expected that some arrangement for coverage or standby will be made between the office administrator and staff. If an employee is required to work on such a day, compensatory time off will be provided to him or her and will be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient to the department and the employee.

The decision on early dismissal of employees because of weather conditions will be announced by the Department of Human Resources. This information will be made available on BCInfo or at ext.2-INFO. Unless otherwise notified, all staff are expected to remain at work until closing.

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