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  • Gina on 12.20.2012 at 7:36 am

    So cool!!! So happy for her

  • Maria Panchenko on 12.20.2012 at 8:49 am

    I oppose beauty contests. The are harmful to the soles and karma of both women and men. I see nothing to be proud of and feel sorry for all the girls who were hoping to win or won the contest. I am surprised our institution places this in the headline news. If these girls won the cello or marathon contest I would feel proud of it. And if they are beautiful while playing best cello, that would be double enjoyable.

    • OldFatty on 12.20.2012 at 9:24 am

      She won something, just be proud of the girl. This doesn’t have to turn into a debate.

      • pjs on 12.24.2012 at 8:10 am

        To each his or her own priorities, including responding to a post.

    • Joe on 12.20.2012 at 9:31 am

      Get off your high horse.

    • Mari on 12.20.2012 at 9:31 am

      @Maria — Lighten up! And learn how to spell “souls.”

      • Rachel on 12.20.2012 at 10:01 am

        I thought that too, but then I thought maybe she was referring to the high heels that beauty queens wear…

      • Katya on 12.20.2012 at 12:56 pm

        Wow, that’s so rude! She just expressed her opinion! Do you see her name, she isn’t a native speaker. And like you never misspelled anything..
        But the point is, not all of us feel the same about those competitions. And if you have nothing to argue but caviling at her writing..well..it’s not an English seminar here!!

        • Timmy on 12.20.2012 at 9:51 pm

          Just because she has an ethnic name doesn’t mean she’s not a native speaker…

        • ydel on 12.22.2012 at 6:22 pm

          I say, it doesn’t matter whether you agree on these types of things. If you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all, or if you decide to express yourself don’t be a hypocrite and take people’s responses as is.

    • KitKat on 12.20.2012 at 9:44 am

      Your reaction to this shows a classic ignorance for what pageants are. You’ve basically narrowed it down to cultural cliche. There is no reason why beauty and talent should be celebrated. Miss Universe is the highest acheivement in the pageant arena. A BU student won. That’s why it’s a headline.

      • KitKat on 12.20.2012 at 9:45 am

        Also, it is the first time in 15 years that the USA has won Miss Universe.

    • Broski on 12.20.2012 at 9:53 am

      “The are harmful to the soles and karma of both women and men.”

      I lost it picturing someone really concerned about the bottom of men and women’s shoes. SAVE THEIR SOLES! STOP WALKING SO MUCH!!

    • Go BU! on 12.20.2012 at 11:06 am

      I’m not sure I follow why fish are being harmed

  • Michael J. Walsh Jr. on 12.20.2012 at 9:36 am

    Congratulations Olivia! What a great holiday gift for you and your family. I’m looking forward to following your experiences and travel destinations in the coming year. The places you will see and people you will meet are truly once in a lifetime opportunities. Cherish and enjoy every minute; make a difference in peoples’ lives. I’M PROUD OF YOU!!! Another CGS success story…


    Mike Walsh
    BU Staff
    MET ’08
    Parent CGS ’10/CAS ’12

  • Ana on 12.20.2012 at 9:48 am

    I agree with Maria’s comments above. Indeed, women in beauty contests are paraded on stage like cattle for sale as would-be buyers inspect their parts. They are confined by society’s ideals of what “beauty” is, which – to me – appears to be a woman with lots of make-up and a skeletal frame. What about internal beauty? What about recognizing women for creativity, social justice, innovation, and leadership? I will not be entering my daughter into a contest like this where competitive thinness and degradation rule!

  • Student on 12.20.2012 at 9:49 am

    I oppose beauty contests too. They are sexist and objectifying and misplace values and priorities. Let’s have a STEM contest instead.

  • BuMom on 12.20.2012 at 9:51 am

    Unless you are talking about her high heels, it is SOULS not SOLES.

  • Catherine Caldwell-Harris on 12.20.2012 at 10:24 am

    i appreciate the diversity of opinion on this page. I appreciate the courage of those writing to say they oppose beauty pageants. Too much emphasis is placed on women’s appearances in our society. We can be happy for Olivia but still hope that our daughters, sisters and friends find beauty pageants silly and old-fashioned. Now can someone post a url of Oliva playing the cello?

    • Grace on 12.20.2012 at 6:31 pm

      I agree. she would look more beautiful playing the cello than paraded on stage to judge her for the looks she had nothing to do with except for the make up of course.

  • Brian on 12.20.2012 at 11:23 am

    Although I understand the sentiment of those against beauty pageants pageants, I just want to point out the fact that the majority of the contestants are college educated women. Many are working toward a career of some sort. For example, Ms. Turkey graduated the top of her class, and Ms. South Africa is working toward a business degree. Not only are they educated women, but many have volunteered with causes that they deem important. Ms. Australia volunteered with Operation Smile for some time.

    For these women, pageantry and modeling is just another talent and hobby that they enjoy. Before we criticize them for it, we should think of everything else they bring to the table.

    Congrats to Olivia for winning the title!

    • Grace on 12.20.2012 at 6:33 pm

      Congrats Olivia!!!! nice point here.

    • Ace on 12.21.2012 at 1:41 pm

      Great point. Thank you!!

  • Student on 12.20.2012 at 11:29 am

    Beauty pageants are silly, and I believe the only kind of beauty really worth something is the beauty on the inside. It shouldn’t be such a big deal, but because our society has determined physical beauty to be of the utmost importance, it is. But if it makes her happy to receive attention/recognition in a pageant, congratulations. Personally, I’m happy to be an attractive girl in CAS rather than obsessed with beauty pageants and graduating from CGS. To each their own. Let’s all just focus on what makes us feel good about ourselves.

    • Repulsed by "student" on 12.20.2012 at 1:58 pm

      What a foolish, ignorant comment. Typical hypocrisy: “happy to be an attractive girl in CAS” while believing “the only kind of beauty really worth something is the beauty on the inside.” Insulting those who graduate from CGS is nasty color on you. Perhaps consider keeping the insulting comments to yourself.

    • Jo on 12.21.2012 at 12:24 am

      Sounds like a hater to me…

  • Carlos Lu on 12.20.2012 at 12:21 pm

    What will happen to her title if we discover other sentient life in the Universe?

    • MoonBatman on 12.20.2012 at 2:54 pm

      Best. Comment. Ever

  • Sam Lynch on 12.20.2012 at 12:55 pm

    Aye chi wah wah (don’t know if this is spelled correctly or not, just know how to say it), leave the politics out of this and let her be happy. Plain and simple, congratulations, Olivia on your splendid accomplishment! I did a little happy dance at home when I heard that an American won, and then it was a double pleasure to learn that you are a BU student. Hurrah!

  • Romina on 12.20.2012 at 1:26 pm

    Have people realized that this is something that she has chosen? No one has forced her to enter these contests. Although this is not my way of life, I’m happy for her. Learn to live and let live. Not everyone approves of your life choices. So, with that said, congratulations!!

  • SJ on 12.20.2012 at 2:40 pm

    Is she really Miss UNIVERSE? or Miss Earth? ;)

    • Me on 12.20.2012 at 6:35 pm

      hehehe. you must be a scientist.

    • Olivia fan on 12.24.2012 at 2:02 pm

      You are not following pageants… Miss Earth is another beauty pageant, it has around 80+ delegates that started in 2001. Miss Universe is a 1951 American based pageant. You must be jealous that she is named the most beautiful woman in the universe and you are just nobody!

  • MoonBatman on 12.20.2012 at 3:07 pm

    Best thing to happen to Rhode Island since…


    Family Guy.

  • carl on 12.20.2012 at 4:45 pm

    Maria Panchenko, please get a life!! If you don’t like beauty contests, then don’t be a part of them, but let’s congratulate her and be happy for her. This was her choice not yours.

    • Maria Panchenko on 12.21.2012 at 10:32 am

      How come you don’t want your full name posted? I express my opinion openly. how about you? come on, no worries, just exchange of opinions. speak up! I explain yet again: beauty contests that many adults “enjoy” for entertainment give wrong negative message to all young girls(and boys): if you are not beautiful – you are less worth for everything else, therefore your self esteem plunging. BTW right after winning the title Olivia (the winner) decleared that she is not returning to BU, and BU is just a part of her past. Dump all the education, cello playing????

  • Maria Panchenko on 12.20.2012 at 5:56 pm

    Just want to appreciate all the comments. Nice debate. Thanks for noticing my misspells and typos, I was in a hurry writing it during work. You don’t need to have beautiful looks to do charity or play cello. The beautiful looks do not help to do charity or play cello. I know many contestant girls are talented and are involved in many activities, instead they choose to compete in looks. Why? because that’s what our culture wants from them. I have nothing against these girls and hope that the day will come they will reconsider values/priorities, be a healthier life for them. P.S. no spell check done:)

  • BU ALUM MOM on 12.21.2012 at 9:10 am

    WOW!! sounds like a bit of jeaoulsy here with some of the mean comments… Congratulations to Olivia and be proud she’s a BU student. There will always be pageants and consider how intelligent and accomplished they are.

    • Maria Panchenko on 12.21.2012 at 11:21 am

      Sadly, the girl is no longer BU student, right after winning she announced that she is not going back to BU. No jealousy, concern about our beautiful and smart girls.

      • me on 12.22.2012 at 8:01 pm

        She will not be returning to BU because she will spend the next year traveling for the organization and doing charity work. Charity work and supporting a cause are one of the main components of winning a Miss USA or Miss Universe crown. I believe that is something to be proud of.

  • Drew Dave's on 12.22.2012 at 3:18 pm

    There are other competitions in other arenas
    If you prefer witty competitions look else where

  • Olivia fan on 12.24.2012 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulations on winning Olivia, I guess you are not too welcomed in BU… great that you are considering other colleges in NY or CA, they offer you more than Boston……………

  • John on 03.15.2013 at 12:46 pm

    I personally find beauty contests do more damage than good.
    The fact is they are part of life and will always be part of life. Do ugly people find these contest awful? Do losers say it’s how you play the game that counts not if who wins or loses?
    This beauty contest is creating a healthy discussion on this topic. Let’s not call people names or laugh at their opinion no matter what side of the fence they’er on. Focus on the contest and what it means in the USA and all over the world. Let’s talk about this in a respectful way. Debate the contest. Make a pro and con list. Don’t insult the winner or someone else’s view point.
    Discuss this topic respectfully.
    Use spell check.

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