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By adamg - 5/19/20 - 5:54 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown today told professors and staffers that uncertainties and new expenses caused by Covid-19 are forcing the school to stop contributions towards their retirement - in addition to instituting a previously announced salary freeze. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/20 - 11:34 am

A Boston University sophomore and her father have sued Boston University to demand they be reimbursed a chunk of her tuition because she's been forced to endure a "second-rate online substitute" since the school shut its campus in March due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 9:11 am

The Atlantic takes a look on the coronavirus pandemic on air and noise pollution, and talks to a public-health researcher at Boston University, who now gets her exercise while carrying a decibel meter:

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the acoustic environment in Kenmore Square, a busy intersection near campus, is usually about 90 decibels during rush hour. Yesterday, Walker’s rush-hour readings were just under 68 decibels.

H/t Brad N.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 2:52 pm

The state's four medical schools - at Harvard, Tufts, BU and UMass - have agreed to push their normal May graduations into April at the request of state officials, who in turn have promised an expedited licensing process for people who stay in Massachusetts, to get new doctors into the front lines of the war against Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 2:59 pm

The students are in "suitable isolation spaces," while the staff member is self quarantining at home, the Daily Free Press reports.

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By adamg - 3/23/20 - 6:09 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown announced today the school will boost financial aid by some $37 million for the coming school year so it can meet "the full demonstrated financial need of all domestic first-time undergraduate students," for the first time, to ensure that BU is "accessible to a greater number of talented and ambitious students" even in what is likely to be a coronavirus-fueled recession. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/20 - 12:26 pm

Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun made his announcement today - but says students can stay in their dorms if they want. His counterpart at Boston University, Robert Brown, wants students to go home, but says those who need to can stay in their dorms. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 1:17 pm

The BU News Service interviews regulars at T's Pub on Commonwealth Avenue, which is set to close in May.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 12:58 pm

Harvard University yesterday told students and staff at its Cambridge and Boston campuses that it's banned all school-related international travel and "non-essential domestic travel" due to Covid-19 concerrns - and that it might be a good idea to cancel any on-campus meetings of 100 people or more, although lecture classes will go on as usual. Read more.

By adamg - 1/30/20 - 2:25 pm
Ye wanted posters

The FBI has released a wanted poster for Yanqing Ye, 29, a lieutenant in the Chinese People's Liberation Army, who is charged with conducting espionage while on a visa to study at Boston University, although it's unlikely anyone spotting her photos on a post-office wall will turn her in since she's been back in China since last spring. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/20 - 2:48 pm
Lieber in Wuhan

Lieber in Wuhan in 2011. Source.

Two Chinese nationals were charged - and a Harvard professor arrested - today in connection with what the US Attorney's office alleges are Chinese efforts to purloin US data and intelligence. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/19 - 10:19 pm

Don't go to BU for the annual Boston Anarchist Bookfair tomorrow - it's been moved to the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge, between noon and 5 p.m. In a statement organizers explained the sudden move: Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 9:25 am

The Daily Free Press reports growing numbers of BU students are using scooters - most of them non-electric - to get from A to B on the elongated BU campus; quotes a BU official as saying there's only so much they can do to keep scootin' scholars from getting flattened on public roads in a city with no formal scooter regulations.

By adamg - 3/31/19 - 12:28 pm
Holi colors

Greg Cook captured the colors yesterday as Boston University students celebrated the Hindu spring festival of Holi on Cummington Mall - the road behind Warren Towers.

By adamg - 3/25/19 - 8:55 am

The Daily Free Press reports on the allegations against the as yet unnamed student organization, which included "sleep deprivation, strenuous physical activity, physical abuse, yelling and running errands for current members," as well as withholding food and keeping new members from studying for their classes.

By adamg - 3/7/19 - 9:43 pm
Winter sailing on the Charles River

Roving UHub photographer Alice Murphy was amazed to see some BU kids sailing on the Charles today.

By adamg - 2/27/19 - 9:29 am
Moore

Shortly after midnight, Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of the BU School of Theology, addressed, "with a heavy heart," the vote by a national conference of the United Methodist Church - for which the school is a seminary - to tighten its restrictions on LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage: Read more.

By adamg - 11/18/18 - 8:14 pm

Mike captured the scene this afternoon when some fascists tried to stir up some shit at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair at BU's Sherman Union.

By adamg - 10/16/18 - 2:05 pm

UPDATE: WBUR reports police found an Airsoft pellet gun, but no suspect.

A search for a man spotted with what might have been a gun near Landmark Center around 1:20 p.m. turned into a massive police search through Kenmore Square after he was spotted running into an inbound Green Line tunnel. Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/18 - 1:33 pm
Architect's rendering of new BU building - with birds

Architect's rendering with obligatory birds.

Boston University has filed plans with the BPDA for its proposed 19-story data-sciences building, to house the school's computer sciences and mathematics and statistics departments, along with an interdisciplinary center that combines the two.

The building, which would go up on what is now a parking lot on Commonwealth Avenue at Granby Street, was designed to foster fields of study that now permeate pretty much everything the university now teaches, BU says: Read more.

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