No, Really, Park In The Mod Lot At Your Own Risk

Massive flooding hit Boston this morning, causing damage across the area and forcing the T to switch to shuttle service between the BC and Washington Street stops. The water also swamped the Mod Lot, the lowest point on BC’s campus.

Rev. William B. Neenan, S.J., Dies At Age 85

Rev. William B. Neenan, S.J., vice president and special assistant to the president at Boston College since 1998, died last night. Neenan, who celebrated his 85th birthday last January, served at BC for over 30 years in various capacities, including the University’s first Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. Professor; the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and, from 1987 to 1998, the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties.

Neenan was known throughout campus for the small ways he reached out to students, such as hosting lunches for students from different parts of the U.S. and releasing an annual recommended reading list, called “The Dean’s List.” In addition, the Neenan Society, which was established in 2009 and named in Neenan’s honor, recognizes alumni who consistently support BC, regardless of donation level.

The University confirmed the news of Neenan’s death shortly before 11 a.m. this morning on Twitter, sending out a picture of him with the caption “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of our beloved friend Fr. Bill Neenan, SJ.”

No funeral arrangements have been made public yet.

William Bolton Premieres “Let’s Stay Together” Video, Discusses Album

William Bolton, CSOM ’16, premiered the music video for “Let’s Stay Together” this afternoon, and released the single for sale through his self-managed Shopify store. The track was initially previewed through Bolton’s Soundcloud account earlier this spring, and has racked up more than 70,000 plays over the last three months. It will be featured on his forthcoming album Summer Breeze, which he expects to release later this summer. He is also currently working in New York City with Grammy-nominated rapper and producer Ryan Leslie on a new extension app for Shopify. The app will offer support tools for artists looking to independently produce and sell their music, capturing data on fan base and sales. The Heights spoke with Bolton about the new video, Summer Breeze, and his project with Leslie.

Heights: What can you tell us about the “Let’s Stay Together” music video?

Bolton: For the “Let’s Stay Together” video, I worked with my director—his name’s Adaa Ardekani, and he goes to school at Elon University in North Carolina. So I flew down to Elon in late April, and we filmed the music video. We actually got it done then, but then we took some time with editing. Adam’s actually living with me in New York right now—we’re both working for Ryan [Leslie]—and we’re planning some more music videos for the summer.

Heights: What’s the concept behind this video?

Bolton: The concept behind the video was: Let’s stay together. [laughs] No, more like, let’s go down to North Carolina. Adam actually had these two friends from school that were dance majors from Elon, and they put together a whole routine to the song. So we came for the routine. I got down there, practiced it with them, did some of the moves and figured the placement out, and we filmed that in a few different locations—we actually got on a rooftop for some of it. It was just a really fun video. We literally shot for two days straight.

The song itself has its own kind of retro feel to it, so the video has that as well. I mean, naturally by what I’m wearing, but also the style we filmed it in, how we edited it. You’ll be able to tell when you see it.

Heights: So what’s currently going on with your music?

Bolton: Yeah, so I actually have an album coming out this summer, called Summer Breeze.

Heights: And what’s the release date on that?

Bolton: It’s very tentative. I’m really close to being finished with the project. It’s just a matter of finishing a few vocals and then mixing it all. It’s going to be July or August. There’s no definite date yet, but I’m getting there.

Heights: How would you say your process is different for making a video versus songwriting?

Bolton: When I write a song, it’s usually something I notice later. I make the beat first, and then I start the speaking and singing. Feelings, exchanges—everything going on inside my head just comes out. Then I organize it, and that’s how it goes. But for a video, since it’s very visual, we sit down with the song—I’ll Skype with Adam—and we’ll literally just listen to it over and over. We’ll ask, if the song was a movie, what sort of movie would that be?

Heights: And this app that you’re working on with Ryan Leslie, is it currently public release?

Bolton: It’s in the beta stage, but it’s funny you should ask, because 50 Cent just joined a week ago. Basically, the whole idea is instead of using iTunes, instead of having a manager, a label, or even using a distributor, the idea is to sell your music through your own website, and when you sell it through your own website, you can get all the data on the people who are buying it. Through iTunes, you can’t. So what Ryan has actually been personally able to do is leverage this data with his most recent album—in Europe, he was able to sell out a 32-city tour. So how it works is you run your stuff on Shopify, and the app organizes the data from Shopify—because Shopify doesn’t do that well—and the app tell you how many customers you have, how much money you made, and tell you where your fans are all over the world.

Heights: So what can fans expect next from you this summer?

Bolton: The Summer Breeze album. I think it’s the best music I’ve ever made—I’m really excited about it.

U.S. Judge Decides Not To Unseal Tapes And Transcripts From Belfast Projects

U.S. district Judge William G. Young decided yesterday not to unseal any of the tapes and transcripts from Boston College’s Belfast Project, according to The Boston Globe.

The oral history project, which collected interviews with former paramilitaries involved with the sectarian conflict known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, became the subject of controversy in 2011 when Young ordered BC to turn over certain tapes that had been linked to the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. After fighting the subpoena, the University eventually turned over segments of 11 tapes to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in 2013, in pursuance with a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, which maintains that both countries act in full compliance with each other during criminal investigations.

A number of arrests in Northern Ireland this spring were linked to information contained in the released tapes. Most notably, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was arrested for questioning on April 30—although he was released without charges, his arrest was followed by protests both within Northern Ireland and from members of BC’s own history department, five of whom signed an open letter declaring they had no knowledge of or connection with the project when it was underway. The project’s organizers have been criticized for not vetting confidentiality contracts with a lawyer before giving them to participants; each interviewee was originally promised that their interviews would remain confidential until their death.

The University announced on May 5 that it would release all tapes and transcripts to the appropriate interviewees upon request and presentation of proper identification. BC also stated that it would continue to shield participants’ identities until their deaths.

A few weeks later, NBC News made a legal bid to Young in an attempt to acquire tapes of all of the project’s interviews, arguing that the documents were a matter of public interest by virtue of their relation to “incidents of terrorism and criminality.”

According to The New York Times, NBC’s request was followed by a renewed effort by the PSNI to acquire the rest of the tapes as well.

Young stated that he did not have most of the tapes, as they were returned to the University after he reviewed them for their relevancy to the McConville case, according to the Globe. He has refused to unseal the transcripts that are in his possession, but has agreed to turn over other records, mainly legal arguments, that had previously been sealed.

Watch: BC Students Read Offensive Yik Yak Posts

After writing this Letter to the Editor over the weekend, the FACES Council followed up on its response to Yik Yak usage at Boston College with this video about the harmful effects of the anonymous social media app. In the video, BC students read some of the most sexist, racist, and homophobic remarks shared on the app.

Warning: The video contains explicit language.

‘Our Music Is Juicy’: Chatting With This Year’s BC Battle Of The Bands Winner

Thursday night at Battle of the Bands, Juice took home first place. In this interview, the band members, including Christian Rougeau, A&S ’17; Jack Godfrey, A&S ’14; Ben Stevens, CSOM ’17; Miles Clyatt, A&S ’17; Chris Vu, A&S ’17; and Daniel Moss, A&S ’17 answer some questions about their experience. Two members, Kamau Burton and Michael Ricciardulli, both A&S ’17, couldn’t make it, but were there in spirit.

Heights: Did you play an instrument in high school, or were you part of a band?

Rougeau: I did a lot of that stuff like that in high school—I’ve been playing the violin since I was three.

[They all laugh as Godfrey approaches the interview, out of nowhere]

I actually moved from South Bend, Indiana to Westin, Massachusetts halfway through high school. So when I was in South Bend I was in a band at Notre Dame and we had the opportunity to open for their version of Modstock, which happens at the beginning of the year—so that was pretty cool. And I wasn’t really in a specific band when I was in Massachusetts, although I had a couple of side projects and stuff.

Godfrey: Well, yeah—not at my school, but I played in my church band as one of the music leaders. I played piano and a little bit of drums, guitar, bass, and we had another band as well where we played at birthday parties.

Stevens: In high school I played the cello and I was in a choir, and I was actually the drummer/singer of a band in the ninth grade. I mostly, like Jack, played and sang in church.

Heights: How did you all meet?

Daniel: Okay, so first me and my roommate Miles, the drummer—oh wait, there he is…

[Clyatt approaches the interview, again out of nowhere]

…met on the Agora portal and then we jammed in our room for a pretty long time, which we still do. Then we found Christian, who brought in the Upper boys, which are Chris Vu and Mike Ricciardulli.

Godfrey: I was in English class with Miles during the first semester and then we realized that we both play instruments.

Stevens: I kinda just hopped on the bandwagon.

[They all laugh.]

Rougeau: I knew Kamau from orientation, and we decided to do BC Idol, and Ben was doing BC Idol with Chris Vu, and we all decided to jam. And then we made this sort of super-group where the winners of BC Idol mixed with the second place winners of BC Idol and we formed the best jam band on campus.

Heights: All right, I’ll definitely quote that.

Rougeau: Oh no, no, don’t say I said “the best.”

[Sorry boys, I’m a reporter]

Heights: How did you come up with the name “Juice”?

[Everyone cracks up and says, “That’s a good question.”]

Godfrey: Okay, so we had to submit our video to compete in the competition and we needed a band name, which we didn’t have, so didn’t you, [he questions Clyatt], just say “Juice”?

Clyatt: Yeah, [he replies to Godfrey], you and I were the only ones there, and we wrote in the group chat because I had to submit the video in five minutes, and I said, “Come up with a name.”

Rougeau: And I was like, “How does ‘Juice’ sound?”

Godfrey: And we had five minutes to think of something better and we couldn’t.

Stevens: We were going to do Saucy Juice or Juicy Sauce.

Godfrey: Or Suicy Jauce.

Rougeau: I have a special connection with juice because apple juice is my favorite juice.

Heights: So it was pretty spur-of-the-moment? There was no inspiration?

Stevens: Our music is juicy.

Clyatt: And we’re all really sweet.

Heights: Where do you guys practice?

Clyatt: In our room or Lyons.

Godfrey: For the first Battle of the Bands we were practicing until about one in the morning—there were about six of us playing in one small dorm room.

Godfrey: I feel like everyone must have been pissed off.

[They all laugh.]

But it worked.

Heights: How do you choose what songs to play?

Rougeau: Well, for the last couple of competitions, the first round Battle and the second round Battle, we haven’t been allowed to play covers so we’ve been doing a lot of speed-writing originals, and I mean everything’s turned out awesome because we love “Pineapple Group,” we love “How Ya Gonna Do Me Like That,” we love “Where I Wanna Be,” but we do also love to play covers. So when we’re picking covers we kind of have a sound in mind although we have a wide array of genres that we do. But we do tend to go for more funky stuff or stuff where we can showcase Ben’s voice or Vu on the keyboard or my violin.

Clyatt: I’d say that no matter what, we all listen to different types of music—rap, pop, jam bands—but within those genres we all play funk.

Rougeau: Hip hop, rock, alternative, funk … jam.

Daniel: Everything but country.

[They all laugh.]

Heights: How did you guys prepare for this event, and what other venues have you played at?

Godfrey: We drank a lot of apple juice every day … Okay, we just practiced a lot. Like all of the time.

Stevens: 11:00 at Lyons we’d start practicing.

Godfrey: We’d start at about 11 [p.m.] and end around 2 [a.m.].

Rougeau: At least four times a week, especially leading up to the show.

Moss: And we played at Faneuil Hall.

Stevens: We played at the Music Guild and it was really cool. We played outside and got a huge crowd. But we played outside O’Neill for our first kind of introduction to BC.

Moss: The first real time was round one of Battle of the Bands.

Godfrey: It’s funny that we have only done five performances and our fifth was yesterday. And Ben wasn’t even there for the first round of Battle. The whole band has only been together for four performances.

Clyatt: The first time the whole band played together was two days before our first show.

Vu: I learned all of the songs the day before.

Heights: What was it like on stage last night?

[In unison]: Sick!

Godfrey: I was screaming the whole time.

Heights: I was too.

Stevens: The lights perfectly coincided with our builds and the crowd was awesome.

Rougeau: Whenever I took a solo the lights would go and the crowd would scream.

[He imitates what the crowd sounded like.]

I was just feelin’ it.

Heights: What happens next now that you have won Battle of the Bands?

[In unison]: Modstock!

Rougeau: Yeah, we’re opening for Hoodie Allen.

Godfrey: We’re also trying to play at the Commencement Ball, and we’ve auditioned for that, so we’re just waiting to hear if they’ve picked us.

Heights: What are your plans for the future?

Godfrey: England!

[They all “aww” in unison and hug one another.]

Moss: Our bass player is leaving and going back to England, which is a rough move.

Godfrey: I’m only at BC for one year—this is the end.

Stevens: And it’s really sad because I fell like we’ve all become such good friends—like really good friends. We got mushy yesterday.

Rougeau: Yeah, it was a beautiful thing.

Stevens: When they were announcing the winners we all held hands.

Rougeau: But in terms of after Jack leaves, we’re all—well, a lot of us—are living together in Walsh, and Chris is living down the hall, which will be awesome. I think we’re going to start the year off by playing a couple of shows in our room—having, like, Juice parties.

Heights: Oh yeah, you guys can serve juice boxes.

Rougeau: Exactly. We’re also going to try and play around Boston and get our name out there because we’ve kind of expanded to the maximum that the BC bubble will allow us to, so we’ll have to break through the bubble. Hopefully somebody will notice us.

Photo by Drew Hoo / Heights Staff.

Gallery: 36,000 Faces Of The Boston Marathon

The narrative of the 2014 Boston Marathon was delivered in pieces. The victory of 38-year-old Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, was a small part of the story unfolding. The city was in a conversation with itself, and the approximately 36,000 runners were a canvas of ideas: motivational quotes, Bible verses, names, initials. Runners wore the city with “Boston” written on the inset over an image of a road. Others dressed as famous figures from the city’s history or simply for a cause.

Photos by John Wiley / Heights Editor.