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While You Were Out: This Week’s Top News

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

NBA Bans Clippers’ Owner for Life Following Racist Comments

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was banned from the NBA for life following the release of recordings on which Sterling made racist comments. This ban forced Sterling to sell the Clippers and pay a $2.5 million fine. The Clippers team members took a stand against their owner during warm ups at their game last Sunday by wearing their practice jerseys inside out, hiding the team’s name. Other teams were prepared to take a stand too and boycott games if they did not see the punishment for Sterling fitting. After the announcement Tuesday however, many players and team organizations only praised the decision of the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver.

Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs Commence!

Thursday night, round two of the NHL playoffs began with the Bruins and Canadiens. Bruins came off a winning series against the Red Wings and the Canadiens dominated in a short four-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The match-ups for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are: the Chicago Blackhawks, who won against the St. Louis Blues in the first round, taking on the Minnesota Wild, who are coming off a win against the Colorado Avalanche; the New York Rangers, whose win against the Philadelphia Flyers leads them into a series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winning team over the Columbus Blue Jackets; and Anaheim Ducks, due to a win over the Dallas Stars, will face the Los Angeles Kings, who are coming off their winning series over the San Jose Sharks.

Interviews for a BC Irish Project lead to the arrest of Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, was arrested on Wednesday in Northern Ireland in connection with the Irish Republican Army murder of Jean McConville, a mother of 10, in 1972. This arrest comes after recorded interviews, used for BC’s Belfast Project, were turned over to federal prosecutors, who had issued subpoenas for 11 interviews.  Adams has been president of the Sinn Fein political party for thirty years and played a significant role in the 1998 peace agreement in Ireland.

Malaysia Airlines Shuts Down Assistance Centers

On Thursday, Malaysia airline told the family members of passengers on the still missing Flight 370 that they would be shutting down the assistance centers at the Lido Hotel on Friday and other centers by May 7. This left family members distraught and confused as these centers have been the gathering places to learn about new information since the disappearance on March 8. The airline says it will begin to give compensation to the next of kin of each of the victims to help with their economic needs.

Investigation of Sexual Complaints at 55 Colleges

Under the federal law known as Title IX, discrimination based on gender is prohibited at schools that receive federal funding.  55 colleges and universities are now under investigation for violation of this law and their handling of sexual violence investigations. “We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. “I also want to make it clear that a college or university’s appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law.”


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Alana is currently a junior at Boston College studying Communications and marketing. She is the Publicity director and events coordinator for Her Campus BC as well as being a part of the editorial team. 
Meghan Gibbons is a double major in Communications and Political Science in her senior year at Boston College. Although originally from New Jersey, she is a huge fan of all Boston sports! Along with her at Boston College is her identical twin, who she always enjoys playing twin pranks with. Meghan is a huge foodie, book worm and beach bum