The Heights (newspaper)
|Type||Biweekly student newspaper|
The Heights (est.1919) is the independent student newspaper of Boston College. The paper, published twice weekly during the academic year, is editorially and financially independent from the University. The paper's Editorial Board consists of 39 editors and managers who are responsible for the operations of the newspaper. David Cote is the current Editor-in-Chief.
In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011 the paper was selected as an ACP Pacemaker Finalist, placing The Heights among the top 50 college newspapers in the United States.
Founding and early years 
Led by John Ring, class of 1920, the first Heights debuted in 1919 at a mere four pages. The Heights received funding from the school and ran stories about student clubs, sporting events, and lectures on campus. The first board declared The Heights a “news organ” that would live up to the “purity and ruggedness” of its name. Notably, in 1920, an editorial ran suggesting that the mascot of BC be an eagle; the Eagle remains the mascot of Boston College.
Through the early years of the ’30s and ’40s, The Heights remained focused on campus issues. During World War II, The Heights began to include editorials of greater international focus, including pieces about the draft and the war, though Boston College remained the focal point. Among other issues, The Heights wrote heavily about the need for an active student council; The Heights first petitioned in 1947, predating the current undergraduate government (UGBC) by a number of years.. Before the ’50s, the buildings in the Quad had no official names. What is now Gasson was simply “the tower building,” and what are now Lyons, Devlin, and Fulton were also nameless. The Heights suggested naming the buildings after influential figures in the university's history.
In the 1950s, The Heights reprinted a Martin Luther King Jr. article, and in 1960, accusing the University of not honoring the rights of its black students in an editorial. The Heights became more vocal on national issues editorializing about the Vietnam War and showing support for protest groups.
Loss of School Funding 
By the mid-’60s, the paper began to come into conflict with the school's administration. At one point, the paper wanted to sponsor a lecture by birth control activist William Baird, but the University wouldn’t allow it, as birth control opposes stated Jesuit and Catholic values; The Heights still held the lecture in its office in McElroy. The University placed sanctions on Heights editors for their actions. Thus began University president Fr. Joyce's somewhat strained relationship with The Heights.
Soon, though, the paper would be forced to divorce itself from university funding in order to maintain editorial independence. In 1971, The Heights had a source bug a Board of Trustees meeting and printed a transcript of the meeting in the next issue, publicizing the University’s plans to fire Executive Vice President Fr. F.X. Shea. The administration pressed charges and had a restraining order put on the information. The paper's editors, Tom Sheehan and Michael Berkey, were arrested on charges of conspiring to obtain information by illegal means. They pleaded no contest and were assessed a small fine. Sheehan and Berkey believed they were acting in the best interest of the student body; one BC professor, Richard Hughes, described Sheehan as “a genuine crusader, passionately dedicated to his beliefs.” The administration evicted The Heights, and cut off all funding after the incident. Eventually, editors cut a deal with the administration to rent out McElroy 113, its current location.
Modern-day Paper 
In recent years, the board has editorialized in favor of the creation of a Gay-Straight alliance and the revisions of the non-discrimination policy. As an independent student newspaper, The Heights may print what the editorial board chooses, but in order to retain good relationships with the University for a variety of reasons (though the university could not stop the paper from printing per se, they control campus distribution rights and the terms of The Heights' lease agreement for its office on campus), the board has agreed not to run sexually explicit ads or ads promoting birth control. In 2003, The Heights’ lease was called into question, following publication of a sexually explicit column called “Sex and the Univer-city”. A resolution has since been reached, and relationship with the university has been restored.
In 2004, the paper began printing twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays.