BC Cancels Campus Subscription to WSJ, Replaces With W, S.J.
ST. MARY’S HALL — Boston College Libraries, under the direction of administrators, quietly cancelled campus subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last week, replacing them with subscriptions to a new Jesuit periodical, W, S.J.
The cancellation, which was announced via Post-it Note on the O’Neill Answer Wall on Monday, surprised many students and faculty members on campus. Upon picking up the newest issue this week, readers found the typical coverage of U.S. financial news replaced by essays about “what it means to see God in everything, even the Protestant infidels.”
“Business interests have always played a crucial role in the mission of Boston College, and this will never change,” said Buzz Wordsworth, an associate spokesperson in the Office of University Communications, in a statement. “However, the Board of Trustees suggested that it would be beneficial to recall the University’s Jesuit, Catholic values by [manipulating impressionable] readers through the medium of a newspaper.”
Reactions to the announcement were mixed among students. In particular, some individuals within the Boston College community have objected to the paper’s editorial policy of excluding any mention of the Illuminati from print, as well as its “tasteless” gossip column in which various Jesuits write at length about their predictions for when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will die.
At press time, an editor of W, S.J. was approaching Fr. Kevin, S.J., about a position as a social media coordinator.