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September 14, 2005

At the Eye of the Hurricane

      On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought to light the problems in America like no other "incident of national significance" could. It pulled off the scab of ignorance and re-opened deep wounds in our nation's history. With Katrina, the usually invisible people all of a sudden became visible in all their suffering. The faces of children of color appeared not on infomercials for Christian charities in developing countries, but on American soil. The poor, the old, the infirm, the kids and the low-wage workers with no cars, TVs or credit cards, all showed up on America's doorsteps and stayed. The effects of Katrina will be long lasting, and have the power to transform the political landscape of America. . . . [Read Article]

UGBC Needs to Unify the Student Body

      As the year came to a close last year, a bitter-sweet taste was left in the mouth of many Patriot staff members. In our eyes, no event represented the student body of Boston College better than the "rally" and "strike for equality," an event in which about twenty to twenty-five percent of the student population participated in. No sooner than the strike ended, however, was there disconcerting news for the progressive community at Boston College. Undergraduate President Luke Howe and Vice President Ben Nauman had nominated controversial and, in many cases, unqualified conservatives to the positions of power within the student government. Even though Luke and Ben retracted the nominations of Chris Pizzo as Chief of Staff and Doug Bush as Executive Director of the Social and Cultural Department—moving them to Executive Staff before the UGBC Senate hearing on the matter-the UGBC Cabinet remains overwhelmingly conservative. In addition, Pizzo has been unconstitutionally named head of executive staff despite not being confirmed to the Cabinet under that title. These developments are not shocking, as it remained certain last year that Pizzo would be functioning as Chief of Staff this year regardless of his title. . . . [Read Article]

Supreme Court Loses its Conservative Leader

      This past weekend Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist died of thyroid cancer. Rehnquist was appointed by President Nixon in 1971 and was the longest standing member of the court. Although in recent years he was overshadowed by—the more staunchly conservative—justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice William Rehnquist spent over three decades on the Supreme Court as its leader of judicial conservatism. Now, this great bastion of conservative jurisprudence has disappeared and will most likely be replaced by John Roberts. Throughout his tenure as a justice on the Court Rehnquist ruled on landmark cases on a range of issues concerning capital punishment, abortion, and school prayer. The Court that Rehnquist leaves behind is one of the most conservative in the last fifty years and will only become more so with the appointment of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement, whoever that may be. . . . [Read Article]

Roberts Qualified for Supreme Court

When Science Becomes Heresy

Covering for Karl Rove

Senator Barack Obama Comes to BC

As Judicial Novice, Roberts Must be Scrutinized

The Cindy Factor

Fill 'er Up: The Energy Bill and a Renewed Crisis

Frist Announces He Will Support Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

G.I. Neo-Con

The AHANA Leadership Council Continues Strong in 2005

GLC Goals

Progressive Profiling: John Michalczyk

Fans: "Take it to the Heights"

United We Stand: A Call to Activists

Senate 2006: Races to Watch

The Ohio GOP: Lessons in Corruption

Democrat Has Slight Lead in Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Underpinnings of Christian Left Can be Seen at Boston College

Why I'm Blue

All The News That's Left To Print

Nerd Draws Parallels Between Iraq and Star Trek

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