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Dec. 14, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 8

Bapst Library's Gargan Hall now offers "round-the-clock" study space almost every night. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Around Campus

"24"

The 24-hour study space recently established in Bapst Library's Gargan Hall as a pilot program has become the newest campus "hot spot," if numbers are any indication.

Opening on the Monday after Thanksgiving break with little advance notice, the after-hours study space drew some 50 students its first night, says Bapst Librarian Adeane Bregman, and traffic has been growing steadily - for example, there were 112 users counted at 1 a.m. last Wednesday.

Gargan Hall's 24-hour schedule will run Sundays through Thursdays for the rest of the academic year, expanding to seven nights during final examinations.

The idea of a 24-hour study area came into focus this past summer, after - in response to student requests for such a space - Gargan Hall and the O'Neill Library Reserve Room were kept open for extra hours at exam time during the previous academic year. A committee chaired by James Kreinbring, executive assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, discussed the possibilities and challenges in creating a permanent round-the-clock study space.

"When students ask for study space," said Kreinbring, "you certainly want to respond."

But establishing the 24-hour space was not, as Bregman notes, just a matter of opening a door and posting a sign. "You need a contained space, but you don't want to have students roaming around campus in the middle of the night, so that means you need to make sure they have what they need on the premises" - including access to bathrooms, as well as snacks and refreshments.

In fact, Kreinbring points out, numerous offices and departments played a role in the project, including: the Undergraduate Government of Boston College; Boston College Police Department; and the offices of the Executive and Financial vice presidents, Space Management and the Dean for Student Development. Obtaining and setting up vending machines for the Bapst downstairs lounge - also available after hours - was the work of Dining Services, Facilities Management and Information Technology.

Administrators will review the 24-hour pilot program during the summer and decide whether or not to make it a permanent fixture.

Whatever other considerations might be weighed, Bregman says there is certainly an historical and symbolic benefit to using Gargan, which dates to the early years of BC's Chestnut Hill Campus.

"Gargan is a touchstone for BC to many people," she says. "I can't tell you how many alumni make a point of visiting Gargan when they return to campus. And one of my all-time favorite comments was from a student who said, 'When I come here, I feel so smart.'"

-SS

Tribute to "Pelly"

Former Boston College baseball coach Eddie Pellagrini, who died on Oct. 11 at age 88, will be honored by having his No. 13 jersey retired by the University.

Pellagrini, a former major league ballplayer who coached at BC from 1957 through 1988 and led his teams to 359 victories and three appearances in the NCAA's College World Series, is the first member of the Boston College baseball program to be so honored.

"We will hang a replica of Pelly's jersey on the outfield wall," says Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo. The Boston College baseball diamond on Shea Field is already named for Pellagrini.

Pellagrini joins a select circle of Boston College athletes who have had their jersey numbers retired. The group includes football players Doug Flutie '85, winner of the 1984 Heisman Trophy; 1985 Outland Award winner Mike Ruth '86; and hockey player David Emma '91, who won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player in his senior year.

-RO

Immigration, through an Irish lens

Thirteen immigrant leaders from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe - hoping to emulate the political and economic successes of minorities in the United States - have participated this month in an inaugural program run by the Boston College Irish Institute, part of the University's Center for Irish Programs (CIP).

The program, which began Dec. 5 and ends tomorrow, features seminars with faculty members from the Carroll School of Management and Political Science Department, as well as with Office of Governmental and Community Affairs Vice President Thomas J. Keady Jr.

In addition, participants - representing Somali, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Sudanese and other new communities - are making several site visits to community and political organizations that help promote, support, advocate for and nurture immigrant communities in the United States.

"Although Ireland and Northern Ireland have historically been sites of emigration, for the first time in their history, both countries are experiencing net immigration as a result of continued European Union integration and robust economic growth," said CIP Executive Director Thomas E. Hachey.

"This influx of immigrants into Ireland and Northern Ireland has been a boon to the economy, but the rapid entry of foreign-born workers and asylum seekers has been an unexpected and challenging consequence of economic and political stability," said Hachey, noting there are currently approximately 150,000 Polish and 50,000 Chinese people living in Dublin alone.

"Ireland and Northern Ireland are now home to growing Polish, African and Chinese communities, and while these immigrants have been absorbed relatively seamlessly into the economy, some groups have found it difficult and problematic to integrate into the cultural, political and social fabric of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the existing communities have struggled to accept them."

Funding for programs is provided by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, by Boston College, and through a variety of partnerships. More information on the Irish Institute is available at www.bc.edu/centers/irish/institute/.

-Rosanne Pellegrini

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