Adriana Watkins

 

Campus News Editor

Wed

31

Jan

2018

“No Exit” is No Laughing Matter

by Adriana Watkins

 

As the January cold settled in, and students enclosed themselves in their dorm rooms, the Boston College Theatre Department debuted No Exit. The play ran from January 26-28 in the Bonn Studio—a space that became, for the weekend, a glimpse into Hell.

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Sun

17

Dec

2017

Joy to the World: The Geography of Christmas

by Adriana Watkins

 

It’s early December. You’re in the car. The radio DJ announces that “Silent Night” is playing next, with a verse in the original German. “German?” you think to yourself. You often forget this classic carol wasn’t written in English—and perhaps you feel a sense of discontent. Do you even know what Christmas looks like in Germany? Or in Kenya? Or in the Philippines? Your own traditions and memories of the holiday bring you plenty of joy—but what does this joy look like for others?

 

Here are a few ways other nations commemorate the birth of our Lord:

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Fr. James Martin Outlines Ideas for Inclusion

by Adriana Watkins

 

On Sunday, November 12, Fr. James Martin, S.J., visited St. Ignatius Parish to lecture on methods of LGBT inclusion. The talk, which was well-attended, drew interested members from both the St. Ignatius community and the Boston College student body. The lecture was based on Fr. Martin’s recently published book, Building a Bridge, which identifies ways in which “the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” He elaborated on each of these three aspects individually, attempting to describe his own vision for dialogue and acceptance.

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Friendship: What, Why, and How

 

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm & Adriana Watkins

 

“Friendship,” C. S. Lewis writes. “Is born at the moment when one man says to another, What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

#TrumpTweets: The Use and Abuse of Media

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

At this moment, you’re one Google search away from Donald Trump’s eight-year Twitter history—a corpus composed of 36,200 messages. Often, even those who don’t use Twitter end up seeing or hearing about these 140-character media bursts, a series of “sound-bytes” that tells us what the President is thinking, doing, or planning. Many users appreciate the updates (Trump has some 41 million followers) while others critique his use of social media (a quick Google search will show you that). While there are strong opinions on both sides, few voices argue that his presence on Twitter is unimportant.

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

BC Conference Invites Dialogue on Amoris Laetitia

 

 by Adriana Watkins

 

Sensing a need for increased understanding between clergy and families, Pope Francis released his papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia in April of 2016. The document, whose title means “Joyful Love,” enumerated several challenges facing the modern family. It was intended as a starting point for further conversation, and in a recent symposium, Boston College provided an environment in which to continue this discussion.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

A Multitude of Selves: Accountability and Taylor Swift

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

There’s nothing like a little vengeance to kick start your day.

 

 

Recently, after the recommendation of a friend, I listened to Taylor Swift’s new song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Now, I realize this song has been circulating for about a month, and any attempt to address it would seem passé. However, the opportunity to examine these lyrics and discuss their implications is too tempting. 

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

Students Express Compassion After Marseille Attack

by Adriana Watkins

 

On Sunday, September 17, four Boston College juniors were attacked with hydrochloric acid while traveling in southern France. The incident, which occurred around 11 A.M., took place in the Marseille-St. Charles train station, and was committed by a mentally-unstable woman. Two of the juniors were injured in the attack, though they are making a full recovery. Meanwhile, the students have been lauded for expressing their compassion towards their attacker, whose illness, said one, “should not be villainized.”

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Tue

25

Apr

2017

Expectations vs. Reality: Divine Mercy Sunday

by Adriana Watkins

 

The Catholic Church is good at celebrating. After the seemingly-endless forty days of Lent, there comes a parade of feasts; we pack more holidays into twenty-four hours than greeting-card companies can invent arbitrarily. There’s a lot going on this time of year. Here’s an example: all at once, it can be the Friday of the Octave of Easter and St. Anselm’s feast day and the eighth day of the Divine Mercy novena…take a breath when you can!

 

But it’s that last event I’d like to focus on—the Divine Mercy novena. Sunday, April 23, marks the conclusion of this annual prayer. Beginning on Easter, participants recite a Divine Mercy chaplet once a day, offering each devotion to a different group of people. The first day, for example, is dedicated “to all mankind,” while subsequent days are focused on more specific groups like priests, unbelievers, and the souls in Purgatory. These devotions (along with the chaplet prayer itself) were given by Christ to St. Faustina Kowalska in a series of visions. You can read about them in her personal diaries.

 

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Extra, Extra: The Best News in the World

 

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

Everywhere we look, there’s news. Televised broadcasts, online articles, nicely printed papers like this one—countless voices crying out, “You need to know this.” Sometimes a piece of news divides our lives in two: before and after. That is the story of the Annunciation. Commemorated on March 25, this feast commemorates the angel Gabriel’s announcement of the Incarnation to Mary, resulting in the most bizarre headline of all time—God becomes Man.

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Saint Blaise and the Role of the Corporeal

 

by Adriana Watkins

 

Here’s an experiment: stop a pedestrian walking down Commonwealth Avenue and inform them that, on a recent Friday, several million people worldwide lined up to have candles pressed on their necks. You may receive some comical responses. As strange as the statement sounds, however, it describes the feast of St. Blaise, celebrated on February 3rd and accompanied by a “blessing of the throats.” Though many of us are happy enough to accept the blessing as an obscure tradition, what do we know about its origins? How much do we know about St. Blaise himself? Asking ourselves these questions can help us explain the cherished custom to that bewildered pedestrian.

 

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

“A Story of Men and Women”: Chorale Sing Carols from Near and Far

Chorale Singing Carols

by Adriana Watkins

 

If you heard rapturous applause emanating from Trinity Chapel this weekend, you can thank “Christmas on the Heights.” From December 2-4, the University Chorale and the Boston College Symphony Orchestra (BCSO) held their winter concert, an event that would have been worth much more than the ten-dollar admission price. John Finney conducted a program of traditional carols, from “O Holy Night” to a beautiful setting of the “Ave Maria.” The songs were listed in print alongside their national origins; this made it especially evident how the hymns wove together praises from countries across the world.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

“Your Brother is Such a Saint”: Meet Your Holy Family

by Adriana Watkins

 

Almost anyone who is a younger child knows the struggle of measuring up to their older siblings. You may roll your eyes a little bit when a friend tells you how wonderful your sister is, or how polite your brother is growing up to be. And if you haven’t had that problem, don’t worry—Catholics have 10,000 older siblings, and they’re all perfect.

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

The Six Weeks of Christmas

by Adriana Watkins

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and if it feels like it was just beginning to look a lot like Halloween, that’s because it was only three weeks ago. But, like it or not, the tidal waves of red and green have begun to roll in. You may be ecstatic, or you may be making a feeble attempt to “at least celebrate Thanksgiving first” as you decorate your room with turkeys instead of colored lights. Either way, you’re bound to find Christmas around every corner, and it begs the question: Is there a right time to get into the holiday spirit?

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

The Rosary and the Rhythm of Life

by Adriana Watkins

 

If somebody says a task will take about twenty minutes, most of us won’t consider that a burdensome amount of time. But if somebody says, “Let’s pray a Rosary,” we’re suddenly aware of the enormity of each passing second. We even check how many beads are left in the decade. (How many now? Six. How many now? Five and a half.)

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Twenty One Pilots and the Flight from Responsibility

by Adriana Watkins

 

If you’ve turned on your radio more than once this year, you may be a little sick of “Ride.” You’ve probably also heard your fair share of friends belting the chorus of “Stressed Out,” and the pop music culture in general seems to have taken up a policy of Twenty One Pilots, Twenty One Thousand Times a Day. What exactly attracts so many listeners to this band? The music is catchy, sure, but plenty of music is catchy. There must be something in the lyrics that draws us in, and the more I listen to these songs, the more I think the draw runs deeper than the buzz of a few overplayed songs.

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