HRSC issues notice on new payroll system

The Human Resources Service Center has issued a notice on changes stemming from the new University payroll system which debuted this month.

The Direct Deposit slips dated Oct. 15 represent the first monthly run from the new system. These documents look very similar to the ones issued under the previous system. However, some employees may notice small differences in the amount of their net pay, compared with previous pay periods. These differences are primarily due to the fact that the new system utilizes the most precise and up-to-date calculation methods for tax withholding allowances, particularly with respect to state taxes. The net result for most employees will be a small increase in overall net pay, but for some there could be a slight decrease.

For more information on the new payroll system, please contact the HRSC at ext.2-4772.

Conte Forum open for ice skating

Boston College employees are invited to ice skate at the Conte Forum rink. Admission is free with a Boston College ID, and $3 for guests. Schedules of available ice time are available at the Flynn Recreation Complex, or through the RecPlex hotline at ext.2-3035.

Symposium on Irish art slated for Nov. 9

The McMullen Museum of Art will present a symposium, "Reading the Visual Languages of Ireland," on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Devlin 101.

The event, held in conjunction with the museum's "Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political" exhibition will be moderated by Irish Studies Program Co-director Prof. Adele Dalsimer (English). Featured speakers will be Prof. Robin Lydenberg (English), part-time faculty member Katherine Nahum (Fine Arts) and Pine Manor College faculty member Vera Kreilkamp.

Thanksgiving hosts are sought

The Intercultural Office is once again encouraging Boston College employees to share their Thanksgiving celebrations with international students through the office's Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Day Host Program.

Hosts may invite one or more international students for a Thanksgiving meal. No overnight stay is required.

To obtain more information, or to sign up for the program, contact the Intercultural Office, McElroy 114, at ext.2-8005 by Monday, Nov. 8.

Diversity program is launched by HR

The Human Resources Department is sponsoring "Diversity at Boston College: A Journey of Self-Reflection, Dialogue, Understanding and Action," a program of workshops, seminars and discussions designed to promote understanding of the issues related to diversity and multiculturalism.

The program includes a videotape-and-discussion series, a diversity awareness workshop module and "Diversity Skill-Building" seminars.

For information on registration and the schedule of events, contact the Employee Development Office at ext.2-8532 or by e-mail at

Law Student Assoc. co-sponsoring race

The Boston College Law Student and American Bar Association will sponsor the Fourth Annual Race Ipsa Loquitur this Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Race Ipsa is three-mile run and fundraiser held in memory of Law School Senior Associate Dean Brian Lutch, who died of cancer in 1995. Proceeds will go to a memorial scholarship and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Jimmy Fund.

Further information and registration is available today and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Law School snack bar.

Debate team ranks in nation's top 10

The Fulton Debating Society of Boston College is the 10th-best debate team in the US, according to rankings of the nation's 200 debate teams released earlier this month by National Debate Tournament officials. Liberty College was the top-ranked team, and others included the University of Pittsburgh (4th), Wake Forest University (8th) and the University of Southern California (9th).

The Fulton Society also was ranked as the number one team in the Northeast district.

Michalczyk film to air on PBS in November

"Prelude to Kosovo: War and Peace in Bosnia and Croatia," a new documentary depicting the bitter civil war in the former Yugoslavia, will make its television premiere on local PBS affiliates in November [Nov . 5 at 9 p.m. on WGBX, Channel 44 ; and Nov . 10 at 10 p.m. on WGBH , Channel 2]. The film was produced and directed by Prof . John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) .

Shot on location in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, the hour-long film combines graphic footage and interviews with political and religious figures. The film - dubbed " informative and worthy " by the Boston Globe - addresses the ideology of " ethnic cleansing " and the massacres resulting from a nationalist quest for political, cultural and religious domination.

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