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