Constitution Day 2013, and this year, the folks from Student Engagement tapped Boston Police Commissioner and Lowell native Edward Davis, III to deliver the keynote speech to a packed room in the Federal Building, recounting the gripping details of the week of this year's Boston Marathon, and relating it to the need to uphold the United States Constitution during an unprecedented manhunt.
Every year, MCC celebrates the U.S. Constitution in September, usually spotlighting guest speakers to address key pieces of the Constitution as it relates to society today. This year, with the city of Boston being in the global spotlight because of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, the former Lowell Police Superintendent was asked to return to his stomping grounds to speak to more than one hundred students about how the Constitution was tested on several fronts from the minutes the bombs went off until the suspects were captured four days later in Watertown.
Davis told an enraptured audience of criminal justice classes as well as dozens of community guests about details of the Monday afternoon attacks, and how the city of Boston, the Boston Police Department, and indeed, a much larger community responded. You could hear a pin drop in the room as he remembered each of the victims whose lives were lost in the two explosions.
Davis, who joined the Lowell Police Department in 1978 and became the Boston Police Commissioner in 2006, explained the argument over Constitutional rights that took place when authorities realized they had identified the two bombing suspects, and had to decide whether or not to release their photos to the public.
Answering questions from the students, Davis explained that the actions that played out after MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in Cambridge unfolded in rapid succession, and that decisions were being made at 4:30 in the morning, decisions impacted by reports that live bombs were being thrown at police officers and there were potentially other dangers facing the public at large. Based on those reports, decisions needed to be made to ask residents in multiple communities - including the city of Boston - to shelter in place on the Friday after the Marathon, an unprecedented public safety decision.
Davis, the students, and the community partners were welcomed to MCC by Criminal Justice student Dawn Thompson of Lowell.
After the speaking portion, Davis posed for pics with the students and community members, as well as some of his former colleagues from the Lowell PD. Pictures, by the way, via Alyce O'Connell of www.alyceoconnell.com
A great event to highlight the United States Constitution, a riveting account of an historic week in Massachusetts history, a welcome home for a Lowell success story, and a terrific learning opportunity for our students! U.S. Constitution Strong!
Thanks to Middlesex Community College's Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Advisory Board, and other special veterans services, MCC has once again been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“This award recognizes the
work Middlesex does to create a welcoming environment for our veterans,” said
Maryanne Mungovan, MCC’s Director of Multicultural and Veterans Affairs. “The
number of veterans here at Middlesex continues to grow as word spreads among
veterans about our quality programs and overall experience.”
Veterans at MCC have become
more engaged on campus through the Veterans Resource Center on both the Bedford
and Lowell campuses, said Mungovan. Students are helping their peers though
peer mentoring programs, and through a variety of Veterans Club activities,
including Q&A sessions about veterans benefits, and “Heroes Among Us,” a speaking
program that provides an opportunity for an MCC veteran to tell his or her
story about their service.
of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a
data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA
tuition funding. For more information, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
For more information about
MCC’s Veterans Resource Center, contact Maryanne Mungovan, MCC’s Director of
Multicultural and Veterans Affairs, at email@example.com or