Amanda Judah

 

Campus News Editor

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May

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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Wed

28

Mar

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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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Agape Latte: The Truth About Love

by Amanda Judah

 

When Yvonne McBarnett took the stage on February 13 at Hillside Cafe, everyone could tell this would be a different sort of Agape Latte speech. She danced up to the stage to “24K Magic,” a favorite song of her husband’s, as preparation to share their love story. Ms. McBarnett shares close ties to Boston College, having received two BC degrees and worked for the university since 2002.

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

Saint of the Issue: St. Francis de Sales

by Amanda Judah

 

While there are many notable saints to celebrate in the month of January, it is especially fitting for The Torch to honor St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalism, as well as of the deaf. His feast day is celebrated on January 24, with prayers such as “Be at Peace,” which highlights the saint’s attitude toward trusting in God’s providence. In keeping with his patronage, the pope often releases his annual message for World Communications Day on this date.

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17

Dec

2017

Christmas Spirit Inspires Charity at BC

by Amanda Judah

 

Christmas is often called the “season of giving.” Charitable organizations use this time to launch campaigns, encouraging the public to think of resources they can share. Recently, this goodwill has extended as early in the year as “Giving Tuesday,” a social media phenomenon that occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Salvation Army bell-ringers are a ubiquitous sight outside of grocery stores and malls, and there are seemingly infinite opportunities to volunteer or donate to charity. Boston College is no exception to this philanthropic trend, encouraging students to participate in several ways that contribute to the overall community:

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

“Mystery in Faith and Physics”: Reflections on Science and Religion

 

by Amanda Judah

 

In his lecture on October 5th, Dr. David Ciampa of the Maine Maritime Academy asserted that “at the foundational level, physics has a kind of mystery about it.” In his appraisal, he was able to draw on experience working at a national lab and at a university. His warm personality appealed to those from either background.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

Kreeft Explains Objections to Atheism in Lecture

by Amanda Judah

 

On September 21, Dr. Peter Kreeft packed Higgins Hall 300 with students and faculty in a lecture held by the St. Thomas More Society. Kreeft delivered a talk entitled, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: Why I Believe God Exists,” drawing from his fifty years of  experience as a theologian and philosopher at Boston College. His logical arguments were punctuated with jokes and anecdotes that allowed his audience to better process his main points. Afterwards, questions flew at the professor for almost an hour, proof that his words were certainly thought-provoking. 

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