Oct. 19, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 4

The performance of cadets such as (L-R) Charles Riley '08, Drew Firmender '10, Christopher Rosser '07, Master Sergeant Ted Carlin and Cameron Hosmer '07 ˇ shown after winning the Marine Corps 10K Honor Run for the third consecutive year - has made the BC Army ROTC program one of the best in the country.

Around Campus

Celebrating Women at BC

A Nov. 1 event sponsored by the Council for Women of Boston College will celebrate the rich history and myriad contributions of women to the past, present and future of the University. Highlighting the event, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Yawkey Athletics Center's Murray Room, will be the first campus-wide screening of a newly produced film, "Making Our Place: A History of Women at Boston College," a joint project of the Office of Marketing Communications and the Council for Women.

"Though the Council for Women is primarily focused on alumnae, this event offers a wonderful opportunity for us to reach out to the other women of Boston College," said council member and Vice President Mary Lou DeLong, NC'71, who is co-chairing the event with University Trustee Mary J. Steele Guilfoile '76, chair of the council's history project.

"I'm delighted that we have this chance to have members of the community come together to celebrate not only the women of BC's past, but also those who contribute so much to the University today," said DeLong.

The event, open to all faculty and staff, will include a panel discussion about the film and the evolving roles of women at the BC, featuring brief remarks by DeLong, Associate Academic Vice President for Faculties Pat DeLeeuw and University Trustee Cynthia Egan '78, who co-chairs the Council for Women with Trustee Kathleen McGillycuddy NC '71. A Q&A and reception will follow.

"Making Our Place" was produced to commemorate a special BC milestone: On Commencement Day 2006, women graduates represented more than 50 percent of the University's total alumni population of 146,500. Women also continue to represent more than 50 percent of full-time undergraduate students.

The film includes historical milestones such as the 1915 founding of the women's Philomatheia Club that raised critical funds for BC, the 230 archdiocesan nuns who in the summer of 1924 became the first to take classes on the Chestnut Hill campus and the 200 women who arrived in 1970 as the first fully recognized female undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Robsham Theater's fall season began last Friday with a staging of "An Experiment with an Air Pump," featuring Grace Jacobson '10 and Matt Cullinan '07. The Shelagh Stephenson play also was the inspiration for, and climactic event in, a series of programs held earlier this month to examine bioethical and other scientific issues. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini) (Photos by Lee Pellegrini)

Also featured are trailblazers such as Mary Catherine Mellyn, the first woman to receive a BC degree (an honorary one, in 1925), and Alice Bourneuf, BC's first female tenured full professor.

For more information, or to register for the event, call Nicole Huard at ext.2-9175 or visit

-Office of Public Affairs

Cadet pride

It's been a pretty good fall for BC as far as rankings go, both academically and athletically - from the University's placement among the US News & World Report top 35 to the men's hockey team No. 1 preseason spot - ebmail/ and now there's another achievement to report: Members of the University's senior Army ROTC class have been ranked individually among the top 25 percent in the nation.

The National Order of Merit ranks ROTC seniors from one to 3806 according to grade point average, physical fitness and overall leadership performance, including results from a summer training program. Last year, all the BC cadets ranked in the top 33 percent, which had been their best performance to date.

BC Army ROTC advisor Captain Brett Tashiro notes that the average BC cadet ranking was 466 out of 3806, compared to 1003 of 3806 for MIT and Harvard cadets and 1835 of 3806 for Boston University cadets.

Adding to their achievements, the BC cadets won the recent Marine Corps 10K Honor Run in Boston for the third consecutive year.

"I believe these results speak to the quality of our cadets and the balance we have achieved between academics, physical and leadership training," said Tashiro.


Lens on real life

Assoc. Prof. Ernesto Livon-Grosman (Romance Languages and Literatures), an author and expert in Latin American poetics and travel literature, can now add a new title to his resume: documentarian.

Livon-Grosman will premiere his film, ýCartoneros,ţ at the Boston Latino International Film Festival this Saturday. "Cartoneros" chronicles the plight of thousands of unemployed workers who come daily into Livon-Grosman's native Buenos Aires to sort and classify the garbage that neighbors leave behind every evening on their doorsteps. The hour-long film unveils the complexity of informal recycling and its social, political and cultural implications.

The documentary has an accompanying web site, for information on the Boston Latino International Film Festival, see web site. ˇSS

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