By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
I’ve interviewed 11 Boston University students and alumni and asked them, “What would you say to your freshman self?” Some people were funny about it, some people were serious, but all answers were straight up honest. Freshmen, I hope you take these quotes into consideration as you spend the rest of your semester growing into your own skin. These students have some great advice.
“Spend more time with good people and less time in SMG. Also make better decisions.” – Will Dunn, 24 (SMG ’12)
“Everything always ends up being fine in the end. Don’t have any regrets for the hard work you put in.”- Sean Marria-Nelson, 22 (COM ’14)
“Never try to finish an entire dinner portion and cheesecake slice at the Cheesecake Factory. It’s a bad idea. Some people are not going to care about the things that you care about. Some people are inherently rude or mean but there will always be loving people to combat those jerks.” – Kathryn Vaz, 19 (COM ’16)
“Pursue the major that makes you happy from the beginning, rather than trying to stick with the one that you feel like you are expected to pursue.” – Beth Whatley, 22 (CAS ’13)
“Get your ass out of bed and go make some friends. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts.” – Christina Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)
“Be a little more social and confident.” – Deanna Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)
“Break up with your long distance girlfriend. Don’t let your major mandate what you can and can’t do. Find another way to paint.” – Max Davis, 20 (SMG ’16)
“Being physically close to someone isn’t the same thing as hanging out. Remember that when you room with your best friend and keep growing in friendship.” – Doully Yang, 22 (ENG ’14)
“No matter what grade you get, you are amazing. Put yourself over your studies, your social life and your commitments because after this all that matters is that you did what made you happy.” – Avion Cummings, 19 (SAR ’16)
“Kid, you’ll never have free time like this again. Make the most of it.” – Jason Chan, 27 (CAS ’08)
“Worry less, take more risks, and stop procrastinating. Take advantage of more of what Boston has to offer.” – Isabel da Rosa, 21 (COM ’14)
As for my advice to my freshman self and current/future freshmen, you don’t have time to waste on people that don’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated. People come in and out of your life. Your friends and significant others will change. Let it happen. It’s their loss, not yours.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Static and electrifying – that was what the energy was like on Saturday night. The audience screamed their support as dancers threw themselves across the stage with flips and stunts.
Fusion, Boston University’s leading on-campus hip hop dance troupe, hosted ELEMENTS XIV, its annual dance competition in Metcalf Ballroom. Some of the best dance crews from all over the east coast performed, including The Mooks, Northeastern’s Kinematix, and UFP.
Using a blend of contemporary dance and hip hop, Static Noyze, a group known for its visionary themes and story-lines in its sets, earned first place with its unique telling of a power struggle between an Egyptian queen and king.
Capital Funk and PROject Nailz also performed sets that stood out from the line-up of competitors. PROject Nailz had arguably one of the funniest and most memorable sets of the night, and highlighted some of its dancers by dressing them as various characters from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.
Many of BU’s own dance groups also competed. Aside from Fusion, who opened and closed the competition with two separate sets, Unofficial Project (also known as UPro), an Asian hip hop dance troupe that “combines elements of Asian and American hip hop culture,” and Vibes, BU’s only all-female hip hop dance group, also performed in the first half of the show.
Beau Fournier played host to the event once again this year. Fournier is a dancer and choreographer of the Los Angeles-based crew, Fanny Pak. His commentary and antics served as transitions between the competing crews’ sets.
In addition to Fournier, Vinh Nguyen, Pat Cruz, and James Alsop served as judges for the competition, all of whom are dancers and choreographers with stunning credentials. Alsop has even worked and choreographed for the Queen of Pop herself – Beyoncé.
Crazy impressive, right?
It was definitely a night to remember for the dance community. The atmosphere was so intense that even non-dancers were sure to have a good time. And if you missed out on getting tickets for the show, don’t fret. On Sunday, Nguyen, Cruz, Alsop, and Fournier will hold workshops all day in Metcalf Ballroom. Prices can be found on the ELEMENTS XIV Facebook event page.
By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer
The typical markings of a Hollywood-esque awards show: red carpet (check), searchlights (check), and immaculate venue (check). Now all that’s missing are the high-profile stars and their big-budget period dramas.
Yet even without the parade of Armani and Oscar de la Renta, Boston University’s very own Redstone Film Festival displayed an impressive array of film-making talent. The annual event showcases films created by BU students in the College of Communication, and is one of the premiere film festivals in New England. Past Redstone Film Festival award winners have gone on to direct, write and produce films such as “Runaway Jury,” Alice in Wonderland” and “The Bourne Identity.”
The five short films shown last night varied from the heartwarming story of a girl who asks Santa to turn her into a boy, to the bizarre tale of an octopus-wrestling animal fighter.
Kate Brown, whose film “Our Way Out” depicts the struggles of the LGBT community in high school, said she wanted to make a film that “would mean something to someone.”
“I just wanted spark a conversation within the community about real issues that are going on in schools today and the real fear and the real pressure that students face,” said Brown, a graduate student in the College of Communication. Her film garnered the second place award.
Although all of the finalists walked away with at least one award — which included prizes from Canon and Avid — “Ears of Cherry,” by College of Communication graduate student Helen Jiang, ended up taking the top prize of the evening. Her film also won awards for Best Editing and Best Screenplay. What’s most important, however, is for students, faculty and staff to come together to appreciate the final product, says Jan Egleson, Associate Professor of the Practice of Film and Television in the College of Communication.
“I mean, awards are fun, they have their place, but really the wonderful thing is that we all gather as a community, see what we’ve done, and celebrate each other’s work. That’s a great thing,” said Egleson.
By Alex H. Wagner
Although the idea of dueling pianos tends to share connotations with a Bugs Bunny cartoon, in reality the act of playing music in a pair or group brings unlikely groups together. In this instance, that divide is the Charles River separating Boston University and Harvard.
For the first time, BU and Harvard students played a joint recital at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, as part of the Two Piano Project, a collaborative effort between piano programs at the two schools. The projected was formulated last summer by BU’s Piano Department chairman Boaz Sharon, BU doctoral candidate Anna Arazi and George Ko, Co-President of the Harvard College Piano Society.
Auburn Lee, one of the Harvard pianists, agrees that the shared recital between schools is something special. Having pianists from both schools “coming together to make music…that’s really the coolest part.”
When asked what his personal goals were for the evening, Lee kept it simple: to play well, and to tell a story.
The Two Piano Project turned out to be quite a treat, especially after several pianos hit the streets of Boston last Fall for the “Play Me, I’m Yours” art project.
Check out BU and Harvard battle it out on the piano below:
2013 was a year of tragedy, triumph and new beginnings. Here is a look back, in chronological order, at the stories that impacted BU students and the entire city of Boston the most this year.
Winter Storm Nemo prompts cancellation of classes, snowball fight, arrest
- Classes canceled in anticipation of major winter storm
- ‘Snowbrawl’ draw hundreds, BUPD take student into custody
- Boston still recovering after Winter Storm Nemo slams Commonwealth
Freshman Anthony Barksdale II dies after being medically transported to hospital from function at Allston house, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity suspended, alcohol policies at BU reformed
- ENG freshman dies Saturday morning
- ENG freshman remembered for friendly demeanor
- Community holds candlelight vigil in memory of Anthony Barksdale II
- BU suspends Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity
- Elmore, Brown meet with Greek leaders following death
- Students push for BU to change medical amnesty policy
- BU Greek life participates in 1st-ever mandatory alcohol training
Jack Parker retires after 40 years as men’s hockey coach, is replaced by former BU player and assistant coach David Quinn
- Jack Parker announces retirement after 40 years as BU head coach
- Source: David Quinn to be next BU men’s hockey coach
- BU officially taps David Quinn as Jack Parker’s successor
Women’s hockey team reaches Frozen Four, falls in national title game
- Early goal propels Terriers to national championship game
- Women’s hockey loses championship bout 6-3 despite mentally strong showing
- Marie-Philip Poulin returns from injury to give BU spark
BU cuts varsity wrestling program
- Wrestling team ceasing varsity-level competition
- BU wrestling community reacts to loss
- BU wrestling staying strong amidst last season
Explosions rock Boston Marathon finish line, BU student Lingzi Lu dies, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev captured after daylong manhunt shuts down Boston
- 3 dead, many injured by blast, spectators shocked
- After deadly marathon bombing, officials begin piecing together evidence
- Students shocked, disheartened by Marathon attack
- BU student among 3 killed in blasts, another injured
- After an elusive week, bombing suspect arrested in Watertown
- Massive rally takes place in Boston Common after 2nd marathon bombing suspect taken into custody
- Student killed in Marathon explosion remembered for effervescence, dedication to studies
- Lingzi Lu’s promising life commemorated by friends, family, BU community
- Marathon bomber formally charged with 30-count indictment
- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty
BU student Binland Lee dies in off-campus house fire
- Allston blaze claims 1 BU student
- Victim of Allston fire remembered as personable, driven to change world
- Fatal Allston fire caused by smoking materials
- City officials enforce ordinance with landlords on housing units
Gender-neutral housing approved by University
- Gender-neutral housing proposed to University Council
- University Council approves gender-neutral housing
- Gender-neutral housing available for first time
- More students expected to use gender-neutral housing next semester
Boston celebrates as Red Sox clinch World Series title at home
- BU students from other states come together to enjoy Red Sox
- Crowds swarm Kenmore Square after Red Sox win World Series
- Red Sox Rolling Rally parade brings thousands to Hub
Martin Walsh wins mayoral race over John Connolly, becoming first new mayor of Boston in 20 years
- John Connolly, Marty Walsh to face each other in final mayoral election
- Martin Walsh narrowly defeats John Connolly in Boston mayoral race
- Marty Walsh announces transition administration
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger sentenced to 2 life terms in prison
- Prosecution seeks life sentence for James ‘Whitey’ Bulger
- Victims’ families face James ‘Whitey’ Bulger at sentence hearing
- James ‘Whitey’ Bulger sentenced to 2 life sentences in prison
Mayor Thomas Menino to chair initiative at BU in 2014 following end of mayoral term
- Mayor Menino to co-chair Initiative on Cities at BU
- Students, officials excited to see Mayor Menino join university
For a look at some of the images of 2013, click here to view our album.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
If you think you know Boston, think again.
Last year, I participated in Boston University’s annual Amazing Race, which is based off of the CBS reality television show of the same name. The event was exactly what it sounds like: one massive scavenger hunt and a race against time to find clues leading to a certain destination, and sometimes even completing tasks at those destinations to receive the next clue. The last team to arrive gets eliminated.
I was one of eight people that made up a team representing my favorite club, the Boston University Filipino Student Association. I was excited beyond belief to run around this amazing city we call home and (hopefully) earn a monetary prize for my club. But, there were some things I wish I had known beforehand – and that’s where I extend my knowledge onto you.
This year’s race will be held on Nov. 16. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on what to expect:
- Brush up on knowledge about Boston and the neighborhoods within it; bring maps and guidebooks if you can. These are vital, since all cellphones and electronic devices will be taken away the morning of the race. Having some sort of prior knowledge beforehand or a few resources you can turn to during the race will save you precious time! Be prepared to approach total strangers for help as well.
- Get a day pass for the T. You’ll be running all over the city, so you might as well save some money while you’re at it. A 1-Day Pass costs $11.00 and gives you unlimited travel on the MBTA. I highly recommend purchasing one before the day of the race.
- Bundle up – wear layers! Boston weather is highly unpredictable and you’re bound to get hot and sweaty at some point. Be comfortable but practical.
- Bring a small, light drawstring bag or backpack with you. Bring a small supply of snacks to keep you energized throughout the day (granola bars, fruit, etc.) and maybe a water bottle or two. You can also stash your guidebooks and maps in here! A couple of Band-Aids or a small first-aid kit never hurts, either.
- Get a decent amount of sleep the night before. Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need all the energy you can get, so rest up!
And last but not least, expect to have fun and make a handful of memories!
Some of the most memorable tasks we had to do last year in order to receive the next clue included acting out a scene from a Shakespearean play, walking into an antique store and asking someone to draw a portrait of one of our team members, and making a cheer for one of Boston’s many sports teams at the TD Garden.
Last year, I only got four hours of sleep the night before, wore horrible shoes and sprained my ankle while my team sprinted to get to the next clue. Talk about a major fail on my part. But with the help of my teammates and at least a dozen piggyback rides later, we were able to finish at a decent time before getting eliminated.
To those of you participating in this year’s Amazing Race, I wish you the best of luck.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
The gorgeous marbled floors and beautiful outside facade should be enough to reel any passersby inside the Hillel House at Boston University. But if the architecture isn’t reason enough to get you to step inside Hillel, I’ll give you one now: free Friday night dinners.
That’s right folks, for those of you who don’t have an unlimited meal plan or just want a break from the dining hall food, you get a chance every week to meet some new people and enjoy a tasty, feels-like-home-cooked meal.
In order to claim your wonderful Hillel dining experience, the first thing you gotta do is secure a meal ticket. All it takes is a few minutes to sign yourself up on the BU Hillel website and you’re set.
After signing myself up, I waited for Friday to finally come around. Religious services started at 6 p.m. and went on for about an hour and a half. Afterwards, everyone made their way to the third floor of the Hillel house.
The dining room layout was almost like a wedding: round tables with seats surrounding them with dinner rolls and grape juice (mimicking wine) as the centerpiece. Once everyone was settled, someone came out and said grace, or Kiddush, and the meal was finally open.
Our first food option was matzah ball soup. What’s matzah ball soup, you say? It’s a broth based soup, usually with carrots and celery, which also consists of dozens of fluffy soft balls made from ground up matzah and spices. They become so delicate from sitting inside the soup and soaking up all the juices and spices, which makes for a delicious and hearty appetizer. That, accompanied with challah, an eggy, sweet bread, made this meal like one from my grandmother’s house.
After the soup and bread, there was much more to come: salad, brisket, chicken, vegetable medleys and roasted potatoes were all delivered to each table to make up the bulk of our meals. The food was absolutely scrumptious and it felt like a huge shift from what I’m used to having at Warren.
In addition to the wonderful food, the atmosphere of the dinner was great. Everyone was talking to each other and it felt very comforting being in a place with so many friendly people. Jews and non-Jews alike attended the festive meal, enforcing BU’s emphasis on diversity and learning about new cultures and people.
Though I can’t fly down to Houston on Friday nights to eat a family dinner, it feels nice to find a place where I can still feel comfortable with my new family in Boston.
By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
Connor McEwen, a College of Engineering senior, was chosen as one of 11 college students to be on the investment team for Boston’s branch of the Dorm Room Fund, a student-run venture that invests in student startups.
McEwen and his roommate of four years, Nam Chu Hoai, a College of Arts and Sciences senior, took time off their junior year to build their own startup, Credport, a way to verify people you were interacting with in online marketplaces.
With some personal experience in building a startup, McEwen and Chu Hoai have some advice for future entrepreneurs. Here are some tips from them:
1. Understand what you’re signing up for.
McEwen: “Entrepreneurship gives a lot of freedom. It also takes a lot of time, energy and motivation, but at the end of the day it’s worth it.”
2. Do it for the right reasons.
Chu Hoai said that when they began working on Credport, they left college as an afterthought, instead of dropping out and figuring out what to do from there.
Chu Hoai: “We thought, ‘We want to work on this, how do we do it?’ instead of ‘What are we doing after we drop out?’.”
3. Just do it.
Chu Hoai: “The best thing is just to get started and do something.”
McEwen: “Start working on something. It can be a side project, or even simply a one page website, but start making something yourself instead of something you have to do for class…the most important thing is having the willpower to just start working on something.”
4. Reach out and ask for help.
McEwen: “Boston is an awesome place to become an entrepreneur. There are so many people who are helpful and willing to reach out and give you advice.”
- Have an idea that needs financial support? Apply to the Dorm Room Fund
5. Have some confidence!
McEwen on ‘confidence’: “Everyone says, ‘Oh, Jobs is a genius,’ and yeah he was really smart and an awesome guy, but at the same time he was just an 18-year-old going to college at one point in his life. Everything in the world was made and designed by someone not that much smarter than you.”
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
It’s been nearly two months since we’ve been in school, which means you’ve probably had more than a few boring breakfasts.
Whether it’s been Cocoa Puffs every single morning or switching between strawberry and vanilla yogurt, chances are you could use some new, unique breakfast entrees to switch things up a bit.
If you’re fine with eating the same thing every day, more power to you! But for those of us with ever-changing morning munch-y desires, here’s a list of something new you can eat every day of the week:
Monday – Is it really Monday again? Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get over that dreaded beginning-of-the-week feeling, but eating a super delicious breakfast can certainly brighten your spirits!
Today, check out the omelets and toss in your favorite toppings (here’s a great way to eat your veggies!). You’re going to want a protein packed meal to keep you awake during your classes. Pair it with a slice of toast or English muffin and you’re good to go!
Tuesday - In my opinion, Tuesday is basically Monday, except that tinge of excitement you get from seeing your classmates again is long gone. I’d recommend French toast this morning. Make it more exciting by topping it with peanut butter and frozen blueberries.
Or, if you’re more traditional, you can’t go wrong with syrup. But you’re looking to skip the extra sugar from it, top your toast with some jelly instead: it’ll sweeten things up without giving you a sugar rush.
Wednesday – It’s Hump Day! Let’s kick the morning off with a bowl of cottage cheese. Mix it with fruit: blueberries, strawberries, or whatever you can find!
Make sure to add in a dash of cinnamon (there’s a shaker by the Grill area) to get an extra zing of flavor. It tastes great topped off on a slice of toast or half a bagel.
Thursday – Don’t be a cereal killer, be a cereal thriller! (Oh geez, not another pun…) Now sounds like a good time to whip out one of those sasquatch bowls. Fill it up with your favorite cereal, but why stick to one?
Mixing two or even three different cereals will give you a unique flavor in every spoonful.
Friday - Power through your last day of classes with a not-so-boring bowl of oatmeal. Here are a few combinations you can try in the dining hall:
- PB&J – Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with a tablespoon each of peanut butter and jelly.
- Chunky Monkey - Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with chocolate sauce and add sliced bananas on top.
- Blueberry Cinnamon – Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with a ladle-full of frozen blueberries, a couple shakes of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of honey.
Saturday – Hallelujah! Finally, Saturday has arrived. To start your weekend, make a kick-ass breakfast sandwich: toast and butter an English muffin, then add 2 sliced hard-boiled eggs to the inside. Throw in some salt and pepper and a couple squirts of hot sauce for good luck.
On the side, cut up an apple and dip in it some au natural peanut butter. Do you hear that? It’s my stomach, already growling for Saturday breakfast…
Sunday – Can you believe it’s been SEVEN WHOLE DAYS since you repeated a breakfast? Don’t stop now! On Sunday, treat yourself to the pancake bar.
Whether they’re chocolate chip or blueberry, pancakes on Sunday is sure to lift your spirits up before your next week of school begins.
All that’s left is drinks: switch it up between milk, tea, coffee and all those weird looking fruit-infused waters you haven’t tried yet. Bon appetit, mes amis!
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Do you hear those screams in the distance? What is that? No, it’s not the sounds of students wailing over their midterms (ha, ha). Whatever it is, it’s coming from the basement of 518 Park Drive.
You should go investigate. But bring along a friend or two, because you won’t want to go alone.
Halloween is coming up fast, and this Saturday, the BU Japanese Student Association, BU Chinese Students and Scholars Association and South Campus Residence Hall Association are holding their annual Haunted House. Enter if you dare.
For those of you who are new to campus or haven’t been to the event before, here’s the rundown.
Typically, groups of five or six people are let in at a time. As they walk through the Haunted House, people in costume jump out at the most unexpected times. Warning: side effects may include peeing one’s pants or shouting a mouthful of expletives at the top of one’s lungs.
Besides all that, what else can visitors expect at the Haunted House this year? This week, I spoke with School of Education sophomore Sayaka Kawano. Kawano is on JSA’s executive board and is on the planning committee for the Haunted House.
According to Kawano, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.
“What makes this year so special is that this time we’ve made our Haunted House mission oriented. Visitors have to complete certain tasks instead of just walking through. We’re also collaborating with another group for the first time – the BU Chinese Students and Scholars Association – so we’re expecting an even larger turnout than usual,” said Kawano.
In previous years, the Haunted House has had a dollhouse theme and a hospital theme. This year, the collaborating groups tried to incorporate more of Japanese culture into the theme.
“Our theme is ‘ryokan.’ Ryokan is a Japanese-style traditional inn, and ours is filled with Japanese spirits and ghosts. Once you arrive, an innkeeper will lead you inside. Throughout the course there are different characters you will recognize from old and traditional Japanese folktales and movies. I can’t give away too much, because part of the fun is seeing these characters, but I can tell you that I’ll be inside dressed as the girl from ‘The Grudge’,” said Kawano.
“It’s the perfect way to kick off Halloween a week early! Feel free to come in costume, our entire e-board will be dressed up. Bring the Halloween spirit and invite all of your friends,” she said.
Horror fans and scaredy cats alike, you won’t want to miss out on this experience. There will be food – expect there to be hot chocolate as you wait in line! – and best of all, the event is FREE!
JSA’s Haunted House will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 518 Park Drive in South campus. The event runs from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., but doors close at 9. For more information, check out the Facebook event.