Oakland University’s women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis and Boston College sports information director Dick Kelley have been selected as female and male recipients respectively of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous Award.
In response to the recent hate crime graffiti in the office of BC Law School’s student organization LAMBDA, many individuals and groups in the law school and beyond came forward with their statements of support and encouragement. The following is a video documenting that support. Way to go BC!
“I remember [Larry] saying, ‘If only you were a boy, if only you were my little brother, you’d be like a nasty wrestler,’ ” said Danielle. “ ‘We’d be like the wrestling siblings.’ ”
That didn’t matter to Danielle, a senior, who became the first girl to win a Massachusetts state wrestling title on Wednesday, securing a 5-3 victory over Winchester’s Jordan Darby in the Division 2 106-pound final.
“Honestly, it’s so overwhelming,” said Coughlin. “After I won, a guy in the stands actually turned to me and he said, ‘Smile, I have to send a picture to my daughter in Africa and tell her that in this country women can become anything.’ I actually started crying when he said that.
“I got a little teary-eyed when I won the state title and my mom was hugging me and I was thinking about my name on the board. But when this guy said that to me, I actually realized that [what I had done] was a little bit bigger than I had first thought.”
McHarris is a double major in sociology and English with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. Recently accepted into the BC Honors Program and a member of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, McHarris has an impressive scholarly record at BC: He has traveled to India through an Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship, where he took a creative writing course and researched the South Asian Desi Hip-Hop cultural movement; worked with Sociology Professor C. Shawn McGuffey on racial development in school-aged children; studied various aspects of rhetoric with English Professor Paula Mathieu; and been involved with BC’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture.
The cowardly acts described in this article are reprehensible and have no place in the Boston College community. The Office for Institutional Diversity joins Dean Rougeau in condemning them in the strongest terms possible. To read more, please click here.