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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Boston College: In Quotes XX

Welcome to the 20th edition of BC in quotes. Old ones here.

I briefly went to Boston College to check it out, and I couldn’t believe how pumped the students were for the food there. They remarked that they sometimes had world class chefs in the school and that the food was always one of the things they looked forward to.
-Sean Culkin, St. John's freshman

The farther BC strays from her Catholic mission, the harder it will ever be to return. BC soon faces a point of no return, and must choose: the world, or your soul?
-The Observer Staff, criticizing BC's decision to allow The Vagina Monologues to be performed on campus

BC cannot become the world's top Catholic university if its nondiscrimination policy continues to prevent it from recruiting and retaining some of the best and the brightest.
-George Jasinki, A&S '06 and Nick Salter, A&S '07

The Jews have taken over
-Unidentified man attending a recent event McMullen Museum event

So where were you, BC? Happy hour? The Mods? Checking away messages? Scanning recently updated profiles on Facebook? I mean, you must have had a perfectly good reason for not voting.
-Shawna Gallagher Vega, Heights journalist

When completed, the re-affiliation will solidify BC's position as the world's premier Jesuit University.
-University President Fr. Leahy, S.J., on the merger with Weston Jesuit School of Theology

If we move, [Boston College] would become the center for the study of Roman Catholic theology in the United States.
-Rev. Robert E. Manning, S.J., president of Weston

God help us. Separately, the BC theology department and Weston were disasters for Catholic thought. Together, who can imagine what baloney they’ll come up with. BC’s president Fr. William Leahy claims as his goal for BC to become “the nation’s Catholic intellectual powerhouse.” Yeah, right.
-Blogger Domenico Bettinelli

Al Skinner
's next win at Boston College will make him the school's winningest coach. How big of a hurry do you think BC is to get Jim O'Brien's name out of the record books? O'Brien, you'll recall, was fired at Ohio State for paying a recruit.
-Blogger J.P. Giglio
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Comments on "Boston College: In Quotes XX"


Anonymous AHL said ... (2/24/2006 02:02:00 PM) : 

Re: the comment from BC students Jasinki and Slater...

It almost sounds as if the "best and the brightest" can only be homosexual, according to what they say in their editorial. What if, by setting the non-discrimination policy wide open, we turn away some of the best and brightest that are personally offended by homosexuality? Are they really concerned with getting the best and the brightest at BC, regardless of sexual orientation, or is there a hidden agenda here?

What these students fail to realize is that it works both ways. But in their quest to shove the acceptance of homosexuality down our throats, they fail to truly become the champions of diversity that they so desperately claim to be.


Blogger BC Eagle said ... (2/24/2006 02:41:00 PM) : 

AHL, one response to your comment is that persons "offended by homosexuality" are bigoted and/or ignorant, and thus can neither be the best nor the brightest.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2/25/2006 09:47:00 PM) : 

BC EAGLE- It's worth noting that Mr. Domenico Bettinelli is a self-described "orthodox Catholic" (which apparently mean a self-righteous religious fascist) and that he is a graduate of Boston "Mail Order" University. Go figure. Oh, and it's McMullen, not McMullin.

AHL- Wow, I'm embarrassed for you.


Anonymous AHL said ... (2/26/2006 02:35:00 PM) : 

"Wow, I'm embarrassed for you."

Why, because I question another person's beliefs? If my post was so bad, show me why, and don't post anonymously. You won't win any points that way. I understand it's cool and hip these days to argue on the side of those who think the non-discrimination policy should change. But you're not going to convince me I'm wrong by simply insulting me.


Blogger Domenico said ... (2/27/2006 11:41:00 PM) : 

To correct your mischaracterization, I did not graduate from Boston University. I graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Apparently, reading comprehension is not high on the list of important abilities for BC admissions.

And orthodox Catholic means someone who professes to be Catholic and actually lives and believes the teachings of the Catholic Church. A difficult concept I know, but even a BC grad should be able to get his mind around it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2/28/2006 11:03:00 AM) : 

From "A not-so-brief profile of Domenico Bettinelli, Jr." at www.bettnet.com: "I went on to Boston University where I majored in aerospace engineering and joined the Navy ROTC program ... Well, it didn't work out too well ... Long story, short: I didn't flunk out but my grades were so low I didn't qualify for a scholarship or grants and couldn't afford to go back."


Blogger BC Eagle said ... (2/28/2006 11:33:00 AM) : 

So to clarify, and renew a previous point of contention on the BC Blog, Dom Jr. is indeed an alum of BU (just not a graduate).

In any event, we're all impressed by his credentials from FU. He really embodies the FU motto of "Following Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!" by coming on the Boston College Blog and insulting the institution and its graduates.

It is surprising, though, that he married the "lovely Melanie Scott," a 2002 graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (MA English). I am confident that her reading comprehension skills are just fine (though some would question her taste in men).


Anonymous AHL said ... (2/28/2006 01:40:00 PM) : 

"He really embodies the FU motto of "Following Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!" by coming on the Boston College Blog and insulting the institution and its graduates."

Yeah, that post of his didn't really make much sense to me. I suppose all Catholic institutions run a full spectrum from conservative to liberal, BC being on the liberal side (if I'm not mistaken, the Jesuits tend to be more liberal than most other Orders). But attacking another Catholic school doesn't really do much to further "the cause" in my opinion.

Bottom line, we all have our thoughts on what is keeping BC from being the perfect place it can be, but we're in this debate to improve the university, not trash it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3/01/2006 10:28:00 AM) : 

As a fellow anonymous poster, I'd like to register my objection to an earlier comment about not "winning any points" by posting anonymously. I also find it odd that the comment came from an anonymously-initialed poster. In BC's spirit of civil discourse, I'd suggest we refrain from personal attacks and stick to the issues. However I see nothing wrong with being critical of other Catholic schools or their pedagogies. Boston College is a vastly different place from FU, ND, SLU or any number of other conservative Catholic schools. And thank God for that. Indeed BC's greatness derives in large part because of its historical openness and diversity, including religious diversity. To suggest that, as BC grads, we are somehow called to solidarity with certain other schools simply because they are Catholic is absurd. The backward, anti-intellectual climate of some of these places is in direct opposition to what BC stands for. The only "cause" we should be furthering is our own Alma Mater’s motto, "Ever to Excel." For many of us who love BC, the present non-discrimination statement is a glaring obstacle in achieving these heights.


Anonymous ahl said ... (3/01/2006 11:12:00 AM) : 

"For many of us who love BC, the present non-discrimination statement is a glaring obstacle in achieving these heights."

One word: Why?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3/03/2006 01:58:00 PM) : 

One thing that seems to have been overlooked in this discussion is that Leahy never uttered the words "the nation's Catholic intellectual powerhouse." That quote comes from the New York Times editorial. Looks like Bettinelli's "orthodoxy" is not limited to his Catholicism.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6/23/2009 11:53:00 AM) : 

"Catholic intellectual powerhouse". Talk about an oxymoron. It doesn't make any sense. BC should have the right to hang the crosses because it is a private, religious institution. However, the hanging of crucifixes underscores the anti-intellectual climate of the school as well as the lack of intellectual curiosity of its students. BC is highly effective at churning out the next generation of doctors and lawyers, but it does not produce any innovative thinkers.


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