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April 29, 2005

There's Stuff in Boston, Too

Daniel Riehs

      Each year prospective UGBC presidential candidates proudly proclaim all of the stuff they will bring to campus if they are elected. Hopeful students respond with screams of "Yeah! They're going to deliver stuff." More cynical students respond, "They'll never provide stuff. People have been promising stuff for years."

      The cynics usually turn out to be right, and the Boston College community goes yet another year deprived of fall concerts, on-campus bars, and twenty-four-hour ice cream stands. Though for all of the banter about stuff, it seems odd that the question is never raised: "Why do we need all of this stuff in the first place?"

      The answer one would expect to hear is that Boston College is located in the middle of nowhere and its students have no way of traveling to a large, metropolitan, city-like area with all of the cultural and ice-cream-related activities that one could ever take advantage of during ones time at college.

      This, of course, is not the case. Boston College is located about three feet away from a city with a population of almost 600,000 people—a city that hosts dozens of top musical acts each year, as well as countless bar and ice cream opportunities. Additionally, there happens to be a convenient transportation system that for a small fee will transport any student from Lower Campus to locations all around the Boston Metropolitan area.

      I suggest that there is no need to ever have concerts on campus. If the UGBC feels that students cannot afford to buy tickets for concerts in the city, then a very reasonable plan would be for the student government to sell cheaper, subsidized tickets for such events.

      The city of Boston helps make Boston College a truly great university. It is absurd to think that the value of our school is somehow diminished if we seek entertainment off campus, and in many ways the BC community already realizes this. There is no barber shop on campus, no bank, and no movie theater, yet no one seems to be complaining. Students accept that they have to take a trolley to get to a multiplex, and our tuition is that much cheaper because one has not been built on campus.

      The whole city of Boston is our campus… and besides, if we take concert and bar planning off of the UGBC agenda, maybe we will finally be able to elect a UGBC President who feels the need to make some real changes, not just stuff.

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