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Resurrection of a Voice The AHANA Concept Revisited [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Resurrection of a Voice The AHANA Concept Revisited By Margaux Pena Editor-In-Chief It comes as no surprise that students at Boston College are still asking the question,“What is AHANA?” No, it’s not a cult. No, it’s not a club. And no, there are no “members” and therefore no application to join. During freshman orientation it is the first topic in the ‘diversity’ discussion. At that time, Orientation Leaders are given the task of explaining the uniqueness of the AHANA movement to new high school graduates. In fact, the lessons learned from this discussion could be of benefit to those beyond the BC campus. Recently, organizations outside of Boston College have debated over the use of terminology other than minority. Clearly, twenty-three years later, it’s time to reeducate ourselves on what the AHANA movement was all about. The acronym created by alumni Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis stands for African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. It is an umbrella term that was develo...
Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, Asa student of Boston College and your editor-in-chief I would like to welcome you to the AHANA Collage. As an AHANA student I have come to recognize that there is a need for an outlet to voice the concerns, celebrations, and opinions of Boston College’s AHANA community. Founded 22 years ago, the Collage is designed to be a voice for the voiceless. The Collage has been dormant for sometime but it is here in the 21 n century that we will see a resurrection. In the late seventies the Collage was critical in the AHANA movement. A 1979 edition of the Collage showcases the interview with Alfred Feliciano, the student who coined the term AHANA. Throughout its short life the Collage tackled global issues including the Disinvestment of South Africa - which led to Mandela’s release in the early nineties. This year, we have witnessed many successes within the AHANA community. Starting with a sold-out boat cruise, to spectacular cultural shows (The Showdown...
Clubs Welcome Collage [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Clubs Welcome Collage By Shauyi Tai tr ttrt Black Student Forum (BSF) The Black Student Forum is committed to creating an environment that fosters the political, cultural, and social growth of its constituents, as well as the Boston College community as a whole. Black Family weekend is one way we fulfill this goal. The Black Student Forum coordinates the annual Black Family Weekend at Boston College. During this weekend BSF provides stimulating discussion on the issues facing the black college student, while simultaneously sponsoring events that engage individuals across the spectrums of race and age. This year, the theme was THE MOVEMENT:Achieving Excellence Through Action. The actions of many have made the Black Student Forum what it is today. Asian Caucus (AC) The Asian Caucus of Boston College serves as the link between nine culture clubs and the greater Boston College community. These clubs include the Chinese Students Association, the Indonesian Culture Club of Boston College,...
Baker and Thomas Working for You [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Baker and Thomas Working for You By Andrene Fairweather After weeks of campaigning, yellow fever and its contagious nature spread across the Boston College campus. Our new 2002-2003 UGBC President and Vice-President are Adam Baker and Orville Thomas, respectively. In an interview with Baker &amp; Thomas initiatives were mentioned which they hope to implement, both on a shortterm and long-term basis. First is the improvement of UGBC.org which will include services from OffCampus Apartment Evaluations to a BC ‘EBay’. It is their hope that from UGBC.org “other things will spawn,” said Thomas. Baker &amp; Thomas also plan on creating 4 standing committees which would focus specifically on diversity, the inclusion of sexual orientation in BC’s nondiscriminatory clause, improvement of academic advising, and the relationship between BC and the town of Newton. Baker &amp; Thomas are also interested in having influential speakers like Toni Morrison and Judy Shepard ad...
Scholarship Winners Reflect [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Scholarship Winners Reflect By Kimberley Parkins Verdaguer Blessed With Scholarship “The path to righteousness is through God,” an emotional Gabriel Verdaguer, AHANA Leadership Council president and A&amp;S junior, told those gathered in theWelch Dining Room (The Rat) for the tenth annual Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship ceremony on March 23, 2002. Verdaguer was selected for the award from seven finalists, each chosen for their qualities which embody the spirit of Archbishop Romero. The scholarship is awarded to a junior of Latino heritage and covers threequarters of the university’s tuition during the recipient’s senior year. Verdaguer considered himself “truly blessed” with the award.” In his career at Boston College,Verdaguer has actively participated in the AHANA Leadership Council, AHANA Caucus, Cape Verdean Service Trip, and Varsity Track. He hopes to continue in Romero’s spirit by working with the BC administration to address AHANA concerns on campus next year. ...
Dr. Presley Making Changes [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Dr. Presley Making Changes By Kimberley Parkins Since her arrival in September of 2000 from Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Cheryl Presley, Vice-President of Student Affairs, has had constant interaction with students who have been an essential asset to the Boston College community. As the first woman and person of color to hold the position of Student Affairs VP, Dr. Presley contributes a unique perspective to the office responsible for addressing student concerns. One of the most significant changes to the BC community since her arrival has been the inclusion of student panels and building directors in the decision-making process as well as the creation of more positions in Student Affairs. Another noteworthy aspect of Dr. Presley is her particular interest in women, AHANA, and first generation college students. Because of her efforts and her enthusiasm for higher education, students can expect a full-time coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center as well as the replacement of gradua...
The State of AHANA Affairs The Collage as a Forum [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
The State of AHANA Affairs The Collage as a Forum By Charles A. Grandson IV State of AH AN A Affairs Boston Collage has approached a historical milestone with the reemergence of the AHANA Collage. Indeed, it may be considered one of the most important accomplishments for the AHANA community of Boston College since the conception of the AHANA Leadership Council. The Collage was a very crucial instrument in the past, as it tried to serve as the voice of the AHANA community on this campus. It was a voice from students to faculty and administrators, and equally importantly, a voice from the faculty and administrators to the students. It was the means of communication within the AHANA community. With the cancellation of the Collage a breakdown of this communication transpired. The revival of the AHANA Collage can only improve the current methods of dialogue. Asa united people, we must promote conversation toward the understanding of one another. Now we have a convenient outlet for our is...
The Perils of Catholicism A personal reflection [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
The Perils of Catholicism A personal reflection By Gabriel Verdager One Sunday not too long ago, the day after one of the most profound spiritual experiences and manifestations of my young life, I went to Catholic mass as usual. This evening, though, I went to Saint Ignatius with a dear friend of mine, and if not for his presence and that of some other select few, I would have felt alone. There I was, with my intended brothers and sister of faith, praising, worshiping, and communicating with our unifying God, when I thought, “How could we all be talking to the same God when in my vision stand the very same people that shy away from me in fear, hate, or disgust because I am Different ?” “God, how could I be talking to You and You talking to them, when, if their ignorance would only be fueled with courage, they would spit in my face and call me names? How could You listen to us singing Your name in unison when outside these walls, DIVIDED WE FALL?” But Lord, I dare not defy You, so I ...
Growing Pains: The Black Studies Program's Road to a Department [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Growing Pains: The Black Studies Program's Road to a Department By Justin McLean The Black Studies Program was created in 1969 as an experimental program designed to meet the demands of students of color at Boston College. Now, thirty-three years later, the Black Studies Program has only two fulltime employees, Dr. Frank Taylor and Professor Sandra Sandiford. While universities across the country have established functioning Black Studies Departments, the program at Boston College boasts only a handful of minors. The controversy over this slow development is rooted in both institutionalized policy and student apathy. It is evident that at this university the culture of the European is valued above that of the cultures of its AHANA students. For example,the History core requires only classes in Western Civilization. In fact, the official position of the History Department at Boston College reads: “Because so much of modern history has been dominated by Europe and because Europe pione...
Misrepresentations in Yearbook: A Student's Observations [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Misrepresentations in Yearbook: A Student's Observations By Roystone Martinez Last year, as I read through the 2001 Sub Turri yearbook, I realized that there were grave injustices committed against students of color. These injustices can be seen in the lack of AHANA portrayals in a volume that is meant to represent the student body here at Boston College. Frustrated by this issue and by what seems to be the institutionalized obstruction of student development here at Boston College, I met with several individuals in the Office for the Dean of Student Development. Now I feel compelled to speak out against what I feel is a blatant disregard for the needs of AHANA students. This is not meant to be a verbal assault or attack on the office as a whole, but an attempt to gain recognition from the administration regarding the fact that AHANA students are being overlooked once again. In the first 250 pages of Sub Turri, (including the opening, current events, academics, organizations, studen...
"Being there' for Kids is His Goal [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
"Being there' for Kids is His Goal By Sister Eileen Connelly CATHERDAL DEANERY - Cincinnati native John Richardson, a senior offensive guard at Boston College, was recently honored for his achievements on and off the football field. A 1997 graduate of St. Xavier High School, he was named to the 2001 American Football Coaches Association Division l-A Good Works Team, as well receiving the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award for Outstanding achievement in academics and athletics. Richardson was raised in Bond Hill and attended St. Joseph Parish in Cincinnati. He was educated in the Cincinnati Public School system through the eighth grade, and like most of his classmates, expected to go on to public high school. However, tuition assistance from the Boys Hope Program gave Richardson the opportunity to attend St. Xavier instead. It was an opportunity for which he will always be grateful. “I just liked the atmosphere there,” explained Richardson, who became actively involved at St. Xavier as a m...
Page 5 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — AHANA collage — 1 April 2002
Photo by Rafel Mota The Collage Staff: Working to Make a Difference We at the AHANA Collage hope you will support this endeavor. Pictured above (from left to right):Justin McLean‘os, Margaux Pena‘o3,Andrene Fairweather ‘O5, Gabriel Verdaguer ‘O3, Kimberley Parkins ‘O5, Marian Lozano ‘O3, and Shauyi Tai ‘O4. Not pictured: Charles Grandson ‘O5 and Aimee Fournier‘o3 We want to hear your thoughts and reactions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com! Write for the Collage ! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org