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

Nick Wilson '21, News Editor

Molly Tucker '20, Features Editor

Jinoo Song '20, Culture Editor

Shae Heitz '20, Opinions Editor

Henry Pawelczyk, Sports Editor

Nicole Rodger '19, Authentic Eagles Editor

Maria Clara Cobo '20, Associate News Editor

Audrey Morris '19, Associate Features Editor

Caroline Blessing '19, Associate Features Editor

Maddie Bockus '21, Associate Features Editor

Nico Borbolla '21, Associate Features Editor

Liam Haffey '21, Associate Opinions Editor

Jasmine Schmidt '21, Associate Opinions Editor

Lizzy Davis '21, Associate Opinions Editor

Sydney Woolf '20, Associate Sports Editor

Patrick Carpenter '21, Associate Sports Editor

Elizabeth Coughlin '20, Associate Culture Editor

Dorothy Cucci '21, Associate Culture Editor

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

Kate McCabe '22

Nicole Mailhoit '20

Copy Team

Erin McNamara '20, Head Copy Editor

Sherty Huang '20

Kelly Mahoney '20

Julia Sandquist '20

Anna Costantini '21

Anton Aguila '21

Jenny Huang '20

Kate Bade '20

Ellie Spizzuoco '21

Ben Rufo '21

Josie Morales-Thomason '21

Business Team

Jackson Slaughter '19, General Manager

Mariam Ahmed ’19, Digital Editor

Sage Dubois '21, General Coordinator

Dan Hoffend '19, Marketing Coordinator

Print Team

Sam Reagan '20, Print Editor

Tiffany Liu

Beatriz Kauffmann

Cara Lyons

Jamie Kim

Leila Xu

Nicole Calamari

Editorial Assistants Class of 2022

Joe Ezersky

Julia Swiatek

Kashi Suri

Keaden Morisaki

Kelli Rodrigues

Lauren Blaser

Maddy Wester

Ray Cai

Robert Cerise

Svea McNally

Creative Assistants Class of 2022

Frankie Mancini

Jamie Kim

Alexa Kirby

Maya Taha