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By adamg - 9/4/20 - 12:46 pm

A number of local colleges and universities are posting daily or weekly Covid-19 testing results; to date, the numbers show much lower infection rates among students who have come to Boston even if that means taking classes in their dorm rooms and prohibitions against parties. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/20 - 9:55 pm

City Realty, which used to specialize in small apartment buildings, says it will soon file plans for a 16-story, 262-unit residential building on Ashford Street, next to the West Station commuter rail station that state officials once pushed but which more recently have said they would put off until 2040 or so. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/20 - 2:58 pm

Boston University says lawsuits by several students seeking tuition reimbursements because of the shift to online learning in March should be dismissed because they violate Massachusetts law against suits over "educational malpractice." Read more.

By adamg - 8/8/20 - 10:49 pm

The Daily Free Press reports the station, WTBU, canceled an online benefit, scheduled for this past Friday, after learning the fund paid to bail a man charged with rape who is now charged with another rape following his release.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 10:42 am

Boston University advised faculty and staff today it's taking a number of steps to reduce the odds of any airborne Covid-19 infecting people who have to spend time in its buildings - including dorms - as the school re-opens. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/4/20 - 2:12 pm

City Councilor Kenzie Bok, who represents the normally student-heavy Fenway and Mission Hill, is urging the city's two largest universities to reverse course and not let any students come to Boston for at least the fall semester - saying the greatest potential risk to Boston is "the sheer influx" of people from out of state, many from places with far higher Covid-19 rates. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 9:53 am

Several Boston colleges have filed plans with the city to take over all or parts of local hotels and apartment buildings to house students this fall. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 11:09 am
Listing of Covid-19-related jobs at Boston University

Some of the Covid-19 job postings at BU today.

Both Boston University and Northeastern are looking to hire nurses, lab technicians, medical assistants and contact tracers as part of their ambitious plans to test thousands of students, professors and staff every day come this fall. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/20 - 11:33 am

Carol Burnett Show parody of "Gone with the Wind". "Went with the Wind".

BU President Robert Brown is starting a committee to look at renaming Rhett the BU Terrier, because his name comes from Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind." Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 12:30 pm

Boston University President Robert Brown yesterday detailed more of the steps the school will be taking to tamp down any potential Covid-19 infections as school re-opens this fall. Among the steps: Required weekly Covid-19 tests for students who live on campus, their professors and any other BU employees who have regular contact with students - as well as for any students and employees who take public transit to and from the school. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 9:02 pm

The Daily Free Press reports Boston University is looking at a fall re-opening plan that could mean putting healthy students in hotel rooms as the school sets aside hundreds of dorm rooms for use by Covid-19-positive students.

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.

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.

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