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What it Takes to Run the Marathon

Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)
Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)

by Patrick Stallwood

 

The Boston Marathon is among the most iconic races in the United States. It is the oldest and the fastest in the country, dating back to 1897 with a median finish time of 3 hours and 44 minutes. This year, the marathon runners were buffeted by cold rain and wind, yet persevered. 

 

One participant running for charity was Evelyn Rakowsky, MCAS ’18. Rakowsky has always loved running, and was part of the cross-country team in high school. She added running a marathon to her bucket list, and in the fall of her junior year, she ran the Philadelphia Marathon. 

 

This year was Rakowsky’s first Boston Marathon. She joyfully recounts, “When I saw the marathon for the first time, I just stood at Mile 21 with my friends for the whole day with signs, and it was such a special experience.” She knew then that she had to run it.

 

 

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2018

Historian Speaks on Abuse, Memory, and Religion

by Jeffery Lindholm

 

The girl with the pseudonym “Mary Ross” called her experience “my little Hell.” God had abandoned her. Her desire for God endured, and what she desired was His presence. She prayed, “If you [God] really want me, you have to do something to or for me.” The next thing she remembers was waking up with scrapes all over her body. This was her sign—violence as her indication of God’s presence.

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2018

Fr. Ken Himes: The Power of Mentors

by Amanda Judah

 

In the second-to-last Agape Latte of the year, Fr. Kenneth Himes regaled Hillside Café with stories about the power of mentorship. Himes has taught at Boston College since 1996, and serves as a full-time professor of Theological Ethics. In his April 10 talk, the professor recounted several stories about his coming of age, with an emphasis on the important role his mentors played in the process. 

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2018

Hookup Culture an "Aspirin for Loneliness"

by Adriana Watkins

 

On April 12, a large group of Boston College students filled a Merkert lecture hall. They were there to hear Fr. Paul McNellis, S.J., speak about the landscape of modern college sexuality, in a talk entitled, “The Hookup Culture: Here to Stay?”The lecture came at what McNellis considers an important moment, as the normalization of transient sexuality has made hookups “just one [more] lifestyle choice.”

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2018

Patrick Downes: A True Man for Others

by Amanda Judah

 

On March 19, Patrick Downes addressed a packed Yawkey Function Room for the Ignatian Society’s inaugural “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” lecture (AMDG). The lecture series aims to attract a speaker who embodies the values of this Ignatian mission, whose Latin translates to, “For the greater glory of God.” Downes’ efforts over the past five years have made him more than eligible to speak in the series. As a double Eagle, he  is well versed in the oft-quoted “men and women for others” motto of the University. His speech illustrated how this title can become “the most powerful” in a person’s life, if they are willing to accept the fact that humans are responsible for one other.

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2018

Cardinal DiNardo Calls for All to Abide in Christ

by Jeffery Lindholm

 

On March 15, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, spoke to the Boston College community about friendship in the Gospel of John. Cardinal DiNardo claimed that there is “something about John’s Gospel that is special.” Drawing on Scripture and the early Church Fathers, the Cardinal presented a long meditation on the Church, rooted in one word: caritas

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2018

Model UN Gives Historical, Religious Perspectives

by Adriana Watkins

 

On the weekend of March 16-18, approximately 650 high school students flooded hotel rooms at the Westin Copley. The students, who came from around the country and the world, arrived in Boston with suits and ties, extensive notes, and starry eyes. Phones were put away one by one as the crowds filed into their conference rooms. The doors shut, the noise died, and the fun began: the teenagers were no longer students, but delegates. Their goal? To save the world.

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2018

Tridentine Latin Mass Returns to Campus

by Ethan Starr

 

After several years of absence from the on-campus Mass schedule, the Tridentine Latin Mass returned to Boston College at the beginning of Lent. Students can now attend Masses celebrated in ecclesiastical Latin on Fridays at noon in St. Joseph’s Chapel.

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