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Christian Must Deliver On Vision For BC Basketball

By: The Heights Editorial Board

Director of Athletics Brad Bates introduced Jim Christian, formerly of Ohio University and Texas Christian University, as Boston College’s new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday, completing a three-week process to find a replacement after Steve Donahue’s firing. Bates cited Christian’s passion for BC, ability to articulate a vision for the program, track record for winning championships, and fit with the institution as the four key elements which contributed to his hiring.

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Admissions’ Long-Term Focus Supported By Stats

By: The Heights Editorial Board

Despite a relatively steep decline in the number of applications received for the Class of 2017, the decision to add a supplementary essay was, and remains, both commendable and strategic in an effort to attract students with deeper interest in the University. Although the decreased number of applications also raises the acceptance rate, the office of undergraduate admission should be applauded for the effort to increase the yield, and for not employing cheap tactics to decrease the acceptance rate.

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System Changes Make Class Registration Easier

By: The Heights Editorial Board

The University announced last fall that the course numbering system was going to change from the two-letter, three-number system to a new four-letter, four-number Kuali catalog management system beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. Although class registration is still done through the UIS system, the platform for searching for courses has been updated and is a significant improvement from the old system.

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BC Career Center Needs New Director, Location

By: The Heights Editorial Board

As the Boston College Career Center approaches the two-year anniversary of its last official director’s departure, the pressure mounts to choose a new leader who can take the center forward. Although many students have undoubtedly used the center’s services to refine a resume or land an internship opportunity, many other undergraduates still find themselves navigating the murky waters of cover letters and job interviews by themselves. This can be attributed, in large part, to the location of the Career Center, which sits next to the St. Ignatius Church on Commonwealth Ave. and is well-removed from the paths frequently traversed by BC students.

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BC Should Prepare For Possibility Of Unionization

By: The Heights Editorial Board

In a move that could potentially have a dramatic effect on Boston College athletics, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago ruled last week that a group of scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees of the institution, and that they therefore reserve the right to form a union and collectively bargain for rights.  Even if the chances of any unionization efforts by the athletes at BC are slim, the University and the athletic department need to be prepared for the possibility, while also making sure not to discourage the athletes from pursuing any options that might benefit them.

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Pagoda Project Exhibits Impressive Research Efforts

By: The Heights Editorial Board

After nearly two semesters of virtually searching the globe, a history class taught by Rev. Jeremy Clarke, S.J. and an art class taught by Sheila Gallagher have brought three formerly lost pagodas, of Shanghai origin, to Boston College. The classes’ work should serve as an example for other professor-student projects at BC because of its real-world applications.

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New Programming Board Needs Student Input

By: The Heights Editorial Board

When UGBC voted to split off its programming department, a committee was formed  to establish the form that the new Programming Board will take, as well as the guidelines under which it will operate. Since the committee began meeting at the beginning of this semester, it has made little quantifiable progress toward finalizing the structure of the new board, and has announced that it will push back its original April 1 deadline by two weeks.

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