Jessica Vallejo Awarded Boston College’s Oscar Romero Scholarship

Vallejo was recognized in a recent ceremony at Yawkey Center hosted by the Romero Scholarship Committee. The Romero Scholarship, which covers 75 percent of senior year tuition, is awarded to a Boston College junior who demonstrates a commitment to the values and ideals reflected in the life of Archbishop of El Salvador Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and oppressed who was assassinated in 1980.

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Sophomore Earns STEM Scholarship

Since arriving on campus as a freshman, Maria Asdourian, A&S ’15, has been heavily involved in research within the Biology Department. Working with Daniel A. Kirschner, professor of biology, Asdourian has been involved with research on Alzheimer’s disease in his lab. This month, Asdourian was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for her research in the field of biology and her potential for future graduate study.

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Retreat Offers Safe Space For GLBTQ Students

Students, faculty, and staff members of the Boston College community left campus late afternoon on Friday for a weekend of reflection and dialogue. The Dean of Students Office (DSO) and the Center for Student Formation hosted the annual Spectrum Retreat, a confidential weekend-long retreat for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) students.

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Students Organize Anti-Hate Initiative

A group of BC students has put together an anti-hate initiative on Boston College’s campus in response to the prejudice against Muslims, immigrants and people of color after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The following is from their facebook page.

We welcome all members of the Boston College community and beyond, and invite you to share your words of support to those experiencing prejudice. We are not affiliated with any religious group, ideology, or political party. Just humanity.

Email dontmeethurtwithhate@gmail.com to learn more about getting involved or with general questions.

Why did we start this movement? We oppose this type of violence and discrimination after the Boston Marathon. See below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/ann-coulter-hijab_n_3139513.htmlLove Islam Banner in the Quad

Undocumented Students Ask Jesuit Higher Ed: “Just Us” or Justice?

More than three-quarters of administrators, faculty and staff at Jesuit colleges agree or strongly agree that “admitting, enrolling, and supporting undocumented students fits with the mission of the institution.” And yet 40% recently said there were no known programs or outreach to undocumented students of which they were aware. There is then an obvious disconnect between a theoretical “support” of these students and an informed and institutionalized approach on how best to serve them.

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Dr. King’s Unfinished Struggle

On April 4, 1968, 45 years ago today, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed. This I remember.

What I often forget is that King was assassinated while preparing for a march in support of striking sanitation workers. Dr. King was moved by the deaths of two garbage collectors, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Dr. King travelled to Memphis to add his voice to a local labor issue, to call for an end to discrimination and for improved safety standards that would help avoid similar tragedies.

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