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, Dec. 2015 - Dec. 2016

BCGavel Editorial Team
Editorial Board

Ian Patterson ’18, Editor-in-Chief

Ileana Lobkowicz ’19, Managing Editor

Zach Pugliares ’19, Online Manager

Cara Lyons ’19, Head Copy Editor

Kristen Morse ’18, Creative Manager

Pei-Ling Lee ’19, News Editor

Meg Loughman ’19, Features Editor

Nicole Rodger ’19, Culture Editor

Casey O’Neill ’19, Opinions Editor

Emma Thorton ’19, Sports Editor

Emma Winters ’18, Authentic Eagles Editor

Rohit Bachani '19, Associate News Editor

Liam Madden '19, Associate News Editor

Maura Donnelly ’20, Associate News Editor

Audrey Morris '19, Associate Features Editor

Zach Hoffman '19, Associate Features Editor

Rachel Connelly '19, Associate Features Editor

Louise Nessralla '19, Associate Culture Editor

Ben Wolters '19, Associate Culture Editor

Frankie Magner ‘18, Associate Opinions Editor

Hannah Fagan '20, Copy Editor

Sherty Huang '20, Copy Editor

Kelly Mahoney '20, Copy Editor

Erin McNamara '20, Copy Editor

Julia Sandquist '20, Copy Editor

Jeff Shell '19, Copy Editor

Maggie Whalen '18, Copy Editor

Editorial Assistants Class of 2020
Molly Tucker
Cole Tamburri
Ellen Gerst
Jinoo Song
Jill Cusick
Izzy Catanzaro
Sam Reagan
Creative Team

Kristen Morse ’18, Creative Manager

Danielle Johnson ’18, Assistant Creative Manager

Matthew Han ’20, Video Manager

Business Team

Alexis Iderman ’18, General Manager

Mia Tortolani ’18, Senior Advisor

Mariam Ahmed ’19, Marketing Manager

Jackson Slaughter ’19, Development Manager

Kyle Boylan 19, Marketing Coordinator

Claudia Lasalle 19, Marketing Coordinator

Madison Polkowitz ’19, Marketing Coordinator

Steve Yoon ’19, Development Coordinator

Annie Roberts 19, Development Coordinator