Sunday, December 16, 2007

Boston Colleges - Dec. 9-Dec. 15

Boston University

Journalism professor Chris Daly caused a stir by criticizing a front page story in the Washington Post by Perry Bacon Jr that drew on false rumors that Barack Obama is a Muslim as the worst piece of political journalism in 2007.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Boston University must complete another environmental review of its controversial new research laboratory. The ruling jeopardizes the school's ability to the centerpiece Biosafety Level-4 laboratory that would house Ebola, plague, and anthrax. The court said that the original approval "lacked a rational basis because the evaluation of the 'worst case' scenario was significantly incomplete".

Cambridge College

Mahesh Sharma paid for his nephew's tuition using college funds. He is also accused of appointing a vice president to the college who has a contract with the school worth $170,000.


Allston residents are demanding more community benefits from Harvard before it begins construction of its billion dollar, 350-acre Allston campus part of a new science complex that will house a stem cell institute among other buildings as part of a 50-year plan. The school has already promised "physical improvements of the neighborhood, free math and science tutoring, and conduct a survey to guide its future educational offerings for Allston residents". Harvard president, Drew Faust, will also be involved in more consultations with faculty and community members after concerns that the new campus will dilute the quality of academic life in Cambridge.


Tufts hosted its annual Naked Quad Run last Monday; students ran from West Hall then around the Residential Quad. A video of the event was posted on YouTube. Many of the students sported props including "sported flags from their home countries, weird hats, large hoops, body paint, drums and even a giant condom".


UMass-Boston will begin adding three new academic buildings, two dormitories and an above-ground parking garage over the next decade in a plan to spend $750 million to give the school a more traditional feel.

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