Who we are

The Gavel was founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Though an unusual name for a student publication, it was named for the gavel Tip O’Neill ‘36 used as Speaker of the House.

In the words of former President Bill Clinton:

“Rep. O’Neill loved politics and government because he saw politics and government could make a difference in people's lives. And he loved people most of all."

Speaker O’Neill was a champion of progressive issues and his gavel serves as a symbol and a beacon for those BC students concerned with making the world a better place. Since its creation, The Gavel has transformed from a small-staffed newspaper to a magazine, and most recently, a full-service online media platform. While we are wholly independent from the University, we are one of the largest student groups in the Boston College community, with 100-plus students involved -- including our editorial board, contributors, staffers, business managers, graphic designers, and more. We publish several online-exclusive pieces per day, covering local news, progressive issues, BC athletics, college arts, the campus atmosphere and more. Bang. (Onomatopeia for a gavel, of course.)


The Gavel welcomes readers’ comments and suggestions or complaints about errors that should be corrected. Messages on news coverage can be e-mailed to [email protected] and our editorial staff will take all issues seriously. The managerial board will take action if editorial content defames or wrongly represents a party or is potentially harmful to faculty, staff, administrators, student organizations or any other members of the Boston College community.

St Ignatius

Tip O'Neill, BC alumnus and former Speaker of the House.

The Gavel Editorial Board 2018

BCGavel Editorial Team
Editorial Board

Meg Loughman '19, Editor-in-Chief

Jill Cusick '20, Managing Editor

Mariam Ahmed ’19, Digital Editor

Erin McNamara '20, Head Copy Editor

Madison Polkowitz '19, Creative Manager

Jackson Slaughter '19, General Manager

Sam Reagan '20, Print Editor

Maura Donnelly '20, News Editor

Molly Tucker '20, Features Editor

Jinoo Song '20, Culture Editor

Shae Heitz '20, Opinions Editor

Ellen Gerst '20, Sports Editor

Nicole Rodger '19, Authentic Eagles Editor

Izzy Catanzaro '20, Associate News Editor

Audrey Morris '19, Associate Features Editor

Caroline Blessing '19, Associate Features Editor

Henry Pawelczyk '19, Associate Sports Editor

Elizabeth Coughlin '20, Associate Culture Editor

Dorothy Cucci '21, Associate Culture Editor

Sam Reagan '20, Associate Opinions Editor

Francesca von Krauland '20, Associate Opinions Editor

Editorial Assistants Class of 2021

Alex Gardilcic

Jasmine Schmidt

Liam Haffey

Maddie Bockus

Miranda Brown

Nick Wilson

Nico Borbolla

Patrick Carpenter

Anna Costantini

Creative Team

Madison Polkowitz '19, Creative Manager

Elizabeth Untama '20, Assistant Creative Manager

KK Bent ’19

Matt Han ’20

Alex Kim ’20

Tiffany Oluoch '19

Maria Clara Cobo '20

Anton Aguila '21

Eleni Krupinski '21

Nicole Mailhoit '20

Copy Team

Erin McNamara '20, Head Copy Editor

Sherty Huang '20

Kelly Mahoney '20

Hannah Fagan '20

Julia Sandquist '20

Jeff Shell '19

Anna Costantini '21

Anton Aguila '21

Jenny Huang '20

Kate Bade '20

Business Team

Jackson Slaughter '19, General Manager

Mariam Ahmed ’19, Digital Editor

Woojae Chung '19, General Coordinator

Dan Hoffend '19, Marketing Coordinator

Print Team

Sam Reagan '20, Print Editor