Math B.S students ain’t gonna get no more social lives…

Math B.S students ain't gonna get no more social lives...
Math B.S students ain’t gonna get no more social lives…

Heavy workload? Ouch. Study in groups: not only will you learn more, but you get a little social life as a bonus. (OK maybe that’s not what quite enough.) And see tutors and an academic coach at the CFLC (bit.ly/BC-connors) to help your work become more focused and efficient, which will make time for more social life. In the meantime, ugh, but you’ll get through it.

How to stop a person from stalking & harassing you on social media? I HATE HIM.

How to stop a person from stalking & harassing you on social media? I HATE HIM.
How to stop a person from stalking & harassing you on social media? I HATE HIM.

I’m so sorry this is a part of your life right now. Online harassment is an increasing problem, and one that some of my library friends are actively working to combat. It’s important to know that some forms of cyberstalking and harassment are actually federal crimes, so you may have some legal recourse if you are experiencing threatening behavior. Either way, before you try to stop this person, it’s important to document evidence of his actions. Take screenshots. Note down the date and time he tries to contact you. Depending on which app you’re using, you may be able to report his profile(s) as abusive, which will flag the platform (like Snapchat or Insta) to take action against him. Not all do, but it is worth a shot. If you’d like someone to walk you through this, I’d be happy to help. You can respond to this post-it with more details (What app are you using? What exactly is he saying to you?) and I’ll respond in turn. You can also reach out to my library friend, Paige Walker, at paige.walker@bc.edu to sit down with you and look at your options. She’s got some experience with this and would be more than happy to help!

If you want some resources to try this on your own, iheartmob.org can walk you through it. Sign up at iheartmob.org/sign_up. I should also mention some BC resources, although some may be out of scope: BC’s You Are Not Alone Guide (bit.ly/BC-you-are-not-alone) includes lots of helpful details, including multiple places on campus where you can get information, assistance with reporting harassment, and direct support.

If you have any questions about BC policy, talk to Corey Kelly in Student Conduct at 617-552-3470 or corey.kelly@bc.edu or Melinda Stoops, Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator at 617-552-3482 or melinda.stoops@bc.edu. Above all, please make sure you’re safe. If you suspect you may be in danger, contact the BC Police Department at 617-552-4440 (or 617-552-4444 for an emergency). The Wall is here to support you with any more questions you may have. <3

Why does BC have so many bathrooms?

Why does BC have so many bathrooms?
Why does BC have so many bathrooms?

The number of bathrooms does not seem excessive to me, given the number of people on campus – and there’s the problem that people all get out of class at the same time and have the same need. in fact, my niece, who is a Wall in the Level 2 women’s bathroom, says the crowds in there can get pretty bad during the times between classes – it makes her feel anxious.

I’m qualified for this amazing internship…

I'm qualified for this amazing internship, but its Super competitive... any tips on how to score the job?
I’m qualified for this amazing internship, but its Super competitive… any tips on how to score the job?

Think about what you could bring to the internship that no one else can. Make the application about how you can solve problems for them. If there’s a list of requirements, go through them item by item and call out how you’re qualified for each of them. Work very hard on making sure your opening is clear, concise, and ideally memorable. Good luck!

How do I ask a girl out? What is your best pick up line?

How do I ask a girl out? What is your best pick up line?
How do I ask a girl out? What is your best pick up line?

Politely. And preferably without a cheesy line – those don’t tend to go over well in most situations. I always recommend asking someone to hang out over coffee on a first date. It’s low pressure, can be short if it’s not going well, long if it is, and there are no awkward moments where someone has their mouth full of food trying to answer a question. Although I will admit to liking the line, “If you were a library book, I would check you out.”

my co-rec football team got absolutely bundled in our last game…

my co-rec football team got absolutely bundled in our last game. We struggled as a team overall. 42-7 was the final score & I haven't slept since. Any Advice? I need a mug.
my co-rec football team got absolutely bundled in our last game. We struggled as a team overall. 42-7 was the final score & I haven’t slept since. Any Advice? I need a mug.

I’d suggest taking the time to communicate about what went wrong during the game. Losing by such a big margin is unfortunate if you’re on the losing side, but using it as an opportunity to learn where you can improve could be the best way to rebound.

Why is Algebra so hard? :(

Why is Algebra so hard? :(
Why is Algebra so hard? 🙁

Multiple variables are a head-spinner for sure, and algebra starts asking you to put together a lot of different math skills & concepts to solve any single problem. I recommend working in groups and working with tutors at the CFLC: bit.ly/BC-connors. Algebra is more approachable if you talk through it rather than just try to think through it alone.

How can I introduce design thinking…

How can I introduce design thinking to employees at BC while staying true to our Ignatian tradition?
How can I introduce design thinking to employees at BC while staying true to our Ignatian tradition?

To paraphrase a fruit-themed company’s public statements, design is not just how it looks, it’s how it works, and the effect on the people who use whatever it is you’re designing. This sounds a little like the Jesuit emphasis on forming the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

How do I get better at logic games?

How do I get better at logic games? I took a prep course but is there a book or something on logic here?
How do I get better at logic games? I took a prep course but is there a book or something on logic here?

We have the SmarTEST prep guide to LSAT logic games online: bit.ly/LogicPrepBook. For the LSAT, the general consensus among top-tire law school students is that PowerScore Bibles are the best books for improving your score. Check out the PowerScore LogicGames Bible as well. We don’t have that in the library unfortunately, but you can buy it online. If you are more generally interested in logic exercises, I’d look at the BC108 call numbers (Level 5, shelf 36).

I have been looking for a BC rifle gun club. … Does BC even have enough ‘courage’ to have one?

I have been looking for a BC rifle gun club. MIT and Harvard has a rifle team. Does BC even have enough 'courage' to have one?
I have been looking for a BC rifle gun club. MIT and Harvard has a rifle team. Does BC even have enough ‘courage’ to have one?

I don’t see a rifle and gun club listed in the current clubs at BC. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start one (bit.ly/BCNewClub)! That’s not to say that there won’t be plenty of red tape, and you’ll likely have to find a way to store weapons off campus. I recommend talking to the Harvard and MIT clubs and getting insight on how they manage their operations before approaching BC. Good luck!

How does math department decide which professor teach a certain course next year?

How does math department decide which professor teach a certain course next year?
How does math department decide which professor teach a certain course next year?

My assistants have contacted the math department; I’ll update you when they provide an answer. Update 9/20: The Math Dept. responds: “We survey the faculty as to their teaching preferences, and to the extent that we can, accommodate their preferences within the constraints of the courses we are required to offer.”

Why do so many countries in the Balkans hate each other?

Why do so many countries in the Balkans hate each other? Where can I read more about this?
Why do so many countries in the Balkans hate each other? Where can I read more about this?

That’s a big topic, and there are a bunch of ways you could approach it. Here are a few suggestions for things to read. Kaplan’s Balkan Ghosts (O’Neill Library DR16 .K36 1993) is a classic history, or you could try something like Mazower’s The Balkans: A Short History (O’Neill DR36 .M39 2000). If you want something comprehensive you could try Jelavich’s History of the Balkans (O’Neill DR36 .J37 1983). And Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (O’Neill DR366 .W3) is still a classic piece of travel writing and cultural observation.