BU commencement speaker sparks controversy – The Daily Free Press

Students, faculty and alumni express their discontent with Boston University’s decision to host David Zaslav, president and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Discovery, as the 150th all-university commencement speaker May 21.

After failed negotiations with studios and streamers — including Discovery-Warner — about compensation, residuals and working conditions, the Writers Guild of America announced its plan to strike for the first time in 15 years on May 1, three days before it was annou

Board of Trustees appoints Kenneth Freeman as BU interim president – The Daily Free Press

Boston University’s Board of Trustees appointed Kenneth Freeman, vice president and associate provost and dean emeritus of the Questrom School of Business, Wednesday as the interim president of the University.

Freeman will assume the position August 1 after President Robert Brown steps down July 31.

The Board wrote in an email letter to the BU community the trustees decided to introduce an interim president because it aims to make the process “careful, unhurried” and conducted in a “strategic

The Week Ahead: May 8 to 14

BU Today’s new weekly feature, The Week Ahead, aims to keep you informed of what’s coming up around campus, Boston, the country, and the world, with a curated list of interesting and notable happenings.

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BU Dance Program is hosting end-of-semester dance classes for dancers of all levels. The final one offered is stretch and relaxation, a fitting class as students head into finals.

Stretch and relaxation class, 5 to 6 pm, FitRec. Mo

Sustainability Seed Grants Will Fund Ideas Ranging from Textbook Lending to Eliminating Dental Supply Waste

A graduate student in the College of Fine Arts’ graphic design program, Nina Gozzi (CFA’23), noticed the large amount of wasted paper from the building’s printing and graphic design studios. This problem inspired her to start Plant Me After Reading, workshops designed to educate people on how to repurpose waste.

Plant Me After Reading was one of a dozen projects that recently snagged a 2023 Sustainability Innovation Seed Grant, made possible by Innovate@BU and BU Sustainability. The grants give

BU Figure Skating Club Tries for Its Seventh National Title in Anaheim This Weekend

The BU Figure Skating Club is in shape for another run at a national title—their seventh, if they win—this weekend, as they head to Anaheim, Calif., for the National Intercollegiate Final, taking place April 14 to 16.

The team of 23 BU skaters will face off against 16 other teams from across the country. Led by coach Andrea Mohns-Brillaud (COM’87), the group is one of BU’s most decorated, winning its first national title in 2009 and never finishing outside the top three since. Last year, they p

Making Sense of “Swatting” Hoax That Hit BU Sunday Night

The calls came in to the Boston University Police Department in rapid succession around 8 Sunday night. A frantic voice with gunshots in the background reported an active shooter at 855 Comm Ave, 233 Bay State Rd., and 733 Comm Ave.

One clue that it was a hoax might have been when, asked for a location, the caller said “the University of Boston.” But the BUPD must take a call of that gravity seriously, and so officers responded as if it was the real thing—securing buildings, ushering students i

The Week Ahead: April 10 to 16

BU Today’s new weekly feature, The Week Ahead, aims to help keep you informed of what’s coming up around campus, Boston, the country, and the world, with a curated list of interesting and notable happenings.

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Maria Victoria Murillo, a Columbia University professor of political science and international and public affairs and director of the school’s Institute of Latin American Studies, will lead BU’s inaugural Crossroads in Latin Am

How BU Honors Earth Day, Every Day

April 22 is the 53rd celebration of Earth Day worldwide, and BU has big plans. To mark the occasion, the University has launched Earth Day 365, an event series highlighting the importance of protecting the planet every day.

“One thing that we preach in our office is that the celebration of the planet and sustainability shouldn’t just be dedicated to specific moments in time,” says Sam Moller, assistant director of communications at BU Sustainability.

This year’s program, which began March 18 a

Healey-Driscoll Administration files a $734 million supplemental budget – The Daily Free Press

The Healey-Driscoll administration filed a bill Friday to prepare the Commonwealth for the end of the COVID-19 emergency on May 11 with a supplemental budget allocating $734 million to programs and state government departments.

The $734 million comes in addition to the spending proposals outlined in the initial House 1 budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2024.

If passed, the money would “supplement funding for core programs and services, provide transitional funding for COVID-era workforce a

Protests continue weeks after the death of UMass student Sayed Faisal – The Daily Free Press

Sayed Faisal, a 20-year-old University of Massachusetts Boston student, was fatally shot by a Cambridge Police officer Jan. 4, sparking outrage and protests across the city.

“We really will only win through a mass movement,” said Jeffrey Shen, MIT senior and organizer with Party for Socialism Liberation. “We can only grow from here.”

The “cross campus student movement” largely organized by the PSL, has four demands: to release the names of all of the officers involved, release the unredacted p

Alternative Service Break Trips Return to Normal After Three Years

After three years of pandemic disruptions, BU’s Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) are back in full force this year.

The weeklong program, run by BU’s Community Service Center (CSC) from March 5 to 11, gives students the opportunity to travel and volunteer with nonprofits over Spring Break. ASB was founded over two decades ago to bridge diverse communities and teach students about the importance of inclusivity and social justice, according to the CSC website.

“I think the beauty of it being in p

The Week Ahead: February 27 to March 5

This is BU Today’s new weekly feature, The Week Ahead. Its aim is to help keep you informed of what’s coming up around campus, Boston, the country, and the world, with a curated list of interesting and notable happenings.

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The Boston University African Studies Center is hosting guest lecturers Dora Moono Nyambe and Joseph Schmitt, who will discuss Schmitt’s book chronicling Nyambe’s life and mission to curb forced marriage and educate

Prepping Students for a Tight Job Market

Soon-to-be grads are surrounded by big tech layoffs and a looming fight over the debt ceiling. Amid the uncertainty, BU’s Center for Career Development, the Newbury Center, and Alumni Engagement recognize these changing dynamics and are offering four events this semester aimed at helping students learn how to network and about BU’s exclusive professional networking platform, BU Connects.

“In partnership with the CCD, we’re working to deepen our office’s engagement with students by providing an

Need Ideas of How to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Boston?

With finals just about over, it’s time to get in the festive spirit. Campus dining halls close on December 21 and residence halls on December 22 (they will reopen at 10 am on January 13).

Whether you are staying in Boston over break or live in the area year-round, be sure to check out some of the city’s holiday events. Our list of holiday markets, performances, and exhibitions will surely keep you busy this winter.

And remember to check back, as BU Today will publish a list of New Year’s event

The Weekender: December 8 to 11

With winter break just around the corner, now is a good time to take advantage of holiday festivities throughout Boston. Browse a ceramics show, sip some tea at a Newbury Street pop-up, or check out a popular BU Christmas service. The opportunities are endless, so grab your coat and scarf and hit the town.

Head to Burro Bar to enjoy delicious Mexican fare and a selection of more than 100 tequilas. Enjoy bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, where you can feast on endless tapas-style porti

Idea Sharing App Insphigher Wins Annual BU Cannabis Start-Up Competition

The Photonics Colloquium Room was buzzing with excitement Tuesday night as students, alums, and finalists gathered for the sixth annual Innovate@BU Cannabis Start-Up Competition waited to find out who had netted the $10,000 grand prize.

The finalists presented their ideas for cannabis-ancillary start-ups (companies or ideas that support the cannabis industry but don’t come in direct contact with cannabis plants) to a panel of judges.

This year’s winner was Isabelle “Belle” Bryan (CGS’19, COM’2

Stop the Tyrants Unite for Freedom

On Tuesday at about 10 a.m., patriotic music blared from Grand Opportunity USA’s event speakers on Boston’s City Hall plaza.

GO USA – a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization – hosted the “Stop the Tyrants Unite for Freedom” rally to promote its Opp Score political credit rating system which rates candidates on a scale of -5.0 to +5.0 points based on “five points of opportunity:” personal, economic, social, education and national.

“It’s sort of like the Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes of politics,” founder

The Weekender: October 20 to 23

You can expect BU to be bustling with people and activities this Family & Friends Weekend. Whether or not you have visitors stopping by, be sure to check out the BU Fringe Festival and the Head of the Charles Regatta, or venture off campus for some sushi, a pop-up market, or a showing of the musical Hairspray.

Since opening in 2017, Fat Baby has established itself as the place for sushi and cocktails. Split fusion appetizers for the table—like the coconut shrimp with mango habanero sauce or sca

The Weekender: September 22 to 25

Thursday is the first official day of fall, so it’s time to get out those bomber jackets and loafers (if you follow the fashion advice of Vogue). Once you’re suited up, venture off BU’s campus for a fun-filled weekend. Grab a bite at a board game café, stop by a vinyl record store, watch a film premiere, shop at a vintage market, or attend a comedy show.

Grab some friends and bring your A game to Knight Moves, a board game café nestled in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner neighborhood. With thousands

Contentious NY-12 Primary to Conclude, with Nadler's and Maloney's Careers on the Line

Once allies in Congress, Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney have become fierce competitors as they both run in the new 12th Congressional District of New York in this month’s Democratic primary. The two long-time House members were each first elected to Congress in 1992, but a chaotic redistricting process led to both their bases being drawn into the same new district, which includes much of both the East Side and West Side of Manhattan from about 18th Street to the north end of Ce
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