Category: Spotlight

Spotlight: Visit the MFA

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

Visit the MFA: it's free for college students!/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Kan Wu

Visit the MFA: it’s free for college students!/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Kan Wu

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is free for college students, only a short distance from Boston University and has a lot of neat exhibits on display right now that are really worth checking out. Here are a few that can only be seen for a short time! Did I mention admission is free with your BU ID?

1. “To Boston with Love

Flags sewn in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are on display in the Shapiro Family Courtyard this month. The MFA brought back the display as the one-year anniversary approaches. More than 1,700 flags were sewn with words of encouragement and thoughtful designs to show love and peace to the Boston community. These flags come from all parts of the world, and show global support for Boston.

2. “Permission to be Global

On display in the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery until July 13, “Permission to be Global” features Latin American art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. It shows what it means to be global today and includes paintings, photography, video and performance art.

"Think Pink" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ PHOTO BY Rosemary Merrill Loring and Caleb Loring, Jr. Gallery of Textiles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Think Pink” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ PHOTO BY Rosemary Merrill Loring and Caleb Loring, Jr. Gallery of Textiles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

3. “Think Pink

“Think Pink” explores how the color pink has changed in meaning and has influenced art and fashion over time. It’s on display in the Loring Gallery until May 26. The exhibit includes dresses, men’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and paintings.

4.”Quilts and Color

In the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery until July 27, “Quilts and Color” features approximately 60 quilts of bright colors and designs. Artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy put together the collection to show the work of mid-20th century art.

With hours upon hours of exhibits to explore, be sure to check these out before they are gone! These displays can’t be seen anywhere else!

Spotlight: The BU Castle

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

BU has it's own castle, jealous yet BC?/ PHOTO VIA

BU’s castle is also home to the Pub where you can attempt the Knight’s Quest./ PHOTO VIA

Well, after attending Boston University for seven months I finally learned that we have a castle… a legit castle.

Located at 225 Bay State Road, this Tudor revival mansion is used mainly for special events, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and is also home to the infamous BU Pub.

On the first floor you can find a library, dining room, Great Hall and a music room. It has a capacity of 125 people for a standing reception, and can seat 92 for a dinner.

The construction of the castle was completed in 1915, and after the death of the owner BU acquired it in 1939. Until 1967 the castle housed the president of Boston University, but it became a primary spot for events instead.

Alongside the beautiful early Renaissance architecture, a breathtaking view of the Charles River makes the visit worth it. The castle has select open hours, though they vary due to room rentals. A call ahead would be smart to guarantee a successful visit.

The BU Pub is located in the lower level, for the 21+ crowd. With a long list of signature sandwiches and an old-world Boston pub style, it’s definitely a must see. It’s the only university-operated establishment on campus that serves alcoholic beverages.

Pub-goers can also participate in a Knight’s Quest where participants must drink 50 types of beer. Upon completion, participants get a special mug to use while in the pub and also become knighted in a ceremony.

So seniors, if you haven’t been knighted at the pub or seen the beautiful views of the river, definitely add a visit to the castle on your to do list before graduation. It’s another place that makes BU so special and you don’t want to miss it!

Spotlight: Stay Studious During Spring Break

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

With Spring Break only days away, school is the last thing students (myself included) want to think about. But staying on top of school during the break can really help your stress  level and well being for the remainder of this semester. Here are some tips you can use to get ahead and use time wisely during spring break:

1. Look at your syllabi.

Find your syllabi for each class and focus on the next two weeks of classes after the break.

2. Make a list.

Write down the assignments, readings and homework for each class for these next two weeks.

3. Choose a few assignments to complete over break either from each class or from one or two classes.

Getting future readings done is a good use of time and they’re easy to do while lying on the beach, flying on a plane or riding in a car. If the readings are for the not-so-near future, take notes in the margins or on a laptop so that before the due date you can review what you read. It’s a real time saver!

4.Figure out when you’re going to accomplish your academic goals.

Instead of simply packing homework, plan ahead: allocate time to work. I usually pick one assignment per day. I know I’m going to the beach during my break, so I’m going to read a book for my International Relations class on those days. So, don’t let the work get in the way of your plans, but find a way to fit them in.

5. Find a way to reward yourself!

Getting even one assignment done during the break is an accomplishment in itself, so find a way to reward yourself. It’ll help motivate your studies.

Homework is important, but remember to also have fun. Spring Break should give students a breather from the busy life of a BU student. Get work done, but in the words of Donna and Tom from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, “treat yo self” to a fun week. We all deserve it!

Spotlight: BU Entrepreneurship Club


Looking for a way to make some dough? Try turning your ideas into reality. PHOTO BY/ Heather Goldin

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

If you have ambitions of starting a business and are in Boston University’s Entrepreneurship club, you’re on the right track! First time you’re hearing of it? Here’s some Q and A on the club to get you started:

Q: What is it?

A: E-Club acts as a networking organization and advances dreams of aspiring undergraduates. From meeting with successful entrepreneurs to sharing ideas with one another, the club is an easy way to build relationships with those in the small business world and start new business adventures.

Q: What does the E-Club do?

A: The club has bi-weekly meetings, holds seminars and has annual events. The club’s main event is what is known as the “Start-Up Weekend.” It’s a three-day affair in the ballroom of the School of Management where students have the ability to create prototypes for businesses, share ideas and converse with business owners and creators.

Q: Is the club successful?

A: Yes! Many club members have started their own start-ups, and used their skills learned to help them achieve. In face, here are a few students who’ve gotten into the entrepreneurial spirit and succeeded:

Dave Basheglia:

Basheglia founded the E-Club, and went on to co-found and serve as current CEO of Tap Lab, a social mobile gaming company. He recently returned to BU to speak with the E-Club about his successes and how the club helped him in his career.

Connor McEwen:

McEwen, a senior in the College of Engineering, works for Dorm Room Fund’s Boston team, a great example of student venture capitalism that invests in student’s start-up ideas. Dorm Room Fund’s goal is to support and inspire more careers in the start-up industry by helping students take their ideas from their dorm room into the market.

Esteban da Cruz:

Da Cruz, current E-Club president, currently works part time at a Yoga studio as well as at local start-up company as an intern. In addition, he just went out on an interview for a start-up in Boston. Da Cruz acts as a mentor for the members by giving them advice and holding office hours where members can get one-on-one help.

For more information on BU’s E-Club, find them on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, McEwen encourages students looking for funding on their start-up ideas to fill out the Dorm Room Fund application on their website.

Take advantage of these links! If you want to turn your ideas into moneymaking corporations, E-Club is the place to be.

Spotlight: Summer Storage Made Easy

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

Don't end up lost in a maze of storage units./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Brian Pennington

Don’t end up lost in a maze of storage units./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Brian Pennington

With the spring semester going so fast, summer plans are in the back of our minds. Want to get a head start on summer preparation? Finding a storage company for all your college belongings is a great way to start. Below are some of the most commonly used services by Boston college students.

1. Cubbyhole

BU alum Jason Kaplan is the cofounder for an app called ‘Cubbyhole’ that finds nearby homes with extra space to store boxes, objects, luggage, etc. Storage can last one day, one month or even one year. Different rate plans are available, starting at $15.

The most popular usage of the service has been college students leaving for the summer or one-day travelers needing a place to store luggage before a flight.

Cubbyhole asks users to login with Facebook and then after determining his or her location, finds storage options nearby.

Users can also be hosts, offering space from a drawer size to an entire room. Hosts keep 70% of the fee, with the remaining 30% going to the Cubbyhole company.

2. Cubesmart

Students can save up to 15% and even get the first month free for using the service Cubesmart where users select a location, choose a cube size and then reserve a unit. Prices for students start at $79.90 per month.

3. Sparefoot

On Sparefoot, users can enter their location and get results for different storage services nearby displaying prices from lowest to highest. Storage space size varies from a 5’ x 5’ cubicle to 10’ x 30’.

4. Fetch- Storage at your Service

Fetch storage picks up the items to be stored, stores them and then returns them. Prices start at $3 for a small crate and then escalate to up to 70 cubic feet for $62 per month. Fetch also offers a cheaper rate to buy boxes and rent crates.

Spotlight: 411 on BU Architecture Opportunities

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

The changing face of the Beijing skyline./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons.

The changing face of the Beijing skyline./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons.

Interested in architecture and want to learn more about it? Here are some ways to get involved with architectural opportunities at Boston University!

The Architecture Club

BU’s Architecture Club is the first club dedicated to enjoying and learning more about architecture. The club acts as a resource for students interested in architecture programs by providing seminars on furthering education and portfolio development.

BU Chapter of the US Green Building Council

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable design and construction. The student group aims to raise awareness for sustainability and promote interdisciplinary interaction. The club sees sustainability as a non-exclusive field that inherently involves the joining of many facets of society and academia.

The Global Brigades

The Global Architecture Brigade is part of the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organization called Global Brigades. Each year, Global Brigades mobilizes thousands of university students around the world to participate in nine different skill-based programs to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities. The Architecture Brigades work with engineers, designers and community members to meet local educational and health needs by designing and constructing schools and health centers.

Upcoming Event: “Asia and the City” Forum

What: A forum on the changing nature of the Chinese capital between the late imperial and contemporary periods. Speakers include Ya-chen Ma from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and Shuishan Yu from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University.

When: Wednesday, February 5th from 5-7pm

Where: 154 Bay State Road on the 2nd floor in the Eilts Room

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the Architectural Studies Program at BU, contact Keith Morgan, the Director of Architectural Studies, at

Spotlight: Get to Know Some of BU’s Newest Faculty

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

New professor's on campus/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Lisa Padilla

A new semester brings new professors to campus/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Lisa Padilla

A full-time faculty count of 2,628 and a student body of 29,978 people can be overwhelming to the average student. With so many faces to know at Boston University, sometimes its not as easy to get to know who our teachers are beyond what they teach in the classroom. However, we’ve made it a bit easier to recognize some new names on the staff to look out for and what they are involved in besides teaching at BU.

 1. David Carr

This New York Times media columnist teaches about supporting journalism in the digital era. He still writes for The New York Times and is planning out curriculum this semester for his two courses next year. Carr will be teaching two courses inspired by his column, one for Fall 2014 and one in Spring 2015.

2.  Dirk Hackbarth

This international scholar in dynamic corporate finance teaches as an associate professor of finance in the School of Management. He’s also an associate editor of Management Science and Review Finance, and has been published in multiple academic journals.

3. Robert G. Loftis

A retired foreign service officer and United Nations worker now serves as a professor of the practice of international relations. He recently was appointed the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements, where he helped negotiate with Iraq on the Status of Forces Agreement.

4. Ksenia Bravaya

Known as a leader in quantum mechanical calculation of complex materials, Bravaya is now an assistant professor of chemistry. She has contributed as a presenter at more than 30 conferences and co-authored a publication of 19 peer–reviewed pieces.

5. Anthony Janetos

Janetos had a previous career in high-impact global change science where he presented before Congress on various environmental issues many times. Now a professor of earth and environment and the  Frederick S. Pardee Center Director, Janetos continues to pursue the studies and influence of global change research.

6. Minou Arjomand

Having published articles in Theatre Survey and Perspectives on Europe, Arjomand now serves as an assistant professor of English at BU.  She is a co-founder of Morningside Opera and is currently writing a book about how post-World War II trials frame modern drama.

Spotlight: Maintaining New Years Resolutions

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer

Will you stick to your resolutions?/PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

Will you stick to your resolutions?/PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

Making a new years resolution seems simple, but usually its easier said than done.

According to the University of Scranton’s study of resolution statistics, only 46 percent of resolutions were kept for six months or more in 2013.

So with one month of the new year almost complete, we offer some tips to continue the commitment to our resolutions.

1. Continue to be Realistic

Make sure that your resolution is something that you still really want. For example, if you want to get fit but you hate running, don’t resolve to run a mile per day. It’s okay to modify your resolution. Instead, you can ride your bike or lift weights. Find the best possible option for personal success.

2. Plan Ahead and Stay Organized

If you haven’t been organized about your resolution so far, it’s not too late to start. You can keep a calendar, download a new appset short-term and long-term goals,  and make an outline or even a simple list to keep your plans and progress clear.

3. Keep it Social

Talk about your resolution with your friends so that they can hold you accountable. The more you talk about it, the more you’ll stick to it.

4. Stay Positive! 

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself! Keep going even when times are tough and before you know it, your resolution will become more natural and rewarding.

Spotlight: Under the Eye of the FBI

By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer


Former BU professor Isaac Asimov/ PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to tools like MuckRock and the Freedom of Information Act, government documents are made availible in an effort to have a transparent government, to an extent.

A man named Conor Skelding recently requested documents from the FBI that detailed a government investigation of Isaac Asimov, former BU professor-as well as a rather famous sci-fi author.

While I don’t know the reasons behind Skelding’s request for this information, the documents give some perspective on the public’s indignation at the NSA these days.

The reasoning the documents provide for investigation are as follows:

1. Asimov was born in Russia (though he came to America when he was three, and was naturalized by the time he was eight years old).

2. He was in academia as a biochemist (they were looking for ROBPROF, an academic in the field of microbiology).

3. He wrote for Sci-Fi Magazines which did some “blind” publishing for the Communist Party (CP) in the states.

4. His name was on a list from the 1950s of people who the CPUSA should contact for recruitment-but it doesn’t say if he was contacted or not.

Solid enough evidence? Well, the FBI didn’t think so and no, there was no further investigation into the matter.

But the government’s command of information is nothing new. The Cold War brought about a great deal of Soviet paranoia-calling out the communists-in America, especially during the 1950s. When Asimov was considered as a potential face of ROBPROF, a code name for a Soviet spy, it was already the 1960s and some of the craze had died down. However, this was the time when the government was looking for people who were inflaming the anti-war movement-which, according to BU Professor William Keylor, was assumed to have been fueled by the communists.

Nevertheless, the fact that the government had an entire file on him was probably not known to Asimov. They listed his address, phone numbers, wife, educational history; they had all the details of his private life.

So when the Edward Snowden ordeal became public and everyone started realizing just how much information the NSA had on each and every American-as well as foreign subjects it was investigating-it should have been no surprise.

Maybe you’re slightly uncomfortable with the government being privy to all those Google searches of cats you do every day, but this is nothing new: there’s just a new platform for you to submit information out into the world for the government to find. And anyways, why would the government care about how many times you’ve colored in the Koalas to the Max photo?

Spotlight: Dean Elmore

By Trisha Thadani, Staff Writer

“You can take Elmore out of BU, but you certainly cannot take the BU out of Elmore.”/PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore’s classic bow tie and ever-present smile is a common sight for Boston University students while walking down Commonwealth Avenue. Elmore is known to make appearances at various student-group meetings, several on-campus performances and, sometimes, even grabbing a drink with students at T’s Pub.

Many know Elmore as a figurehead and a leader, while others view him as a confidant, mentor and friend. Those who know him well enough say there is hardly a difference between Kenneth Elmore, the Dean of Students and Kenneth Elmore, family man and friend.

He said he promotes the same values of personal integrity and communication to his students as he does to his two teenage children.

“I think that getting people to really understand what it is in their life that they can do well and take pride in is important,” Elmore said. “I think about this position, and also me being a dad, is getting people to understand where their passions lie, and how best to deal with passion.”

Elmore has been with Boston University since 1985. Beginning as an intern at the George Sherman Union, Elmore now sits at his desk on the third floor of the GSU with the title of Dean of Students. Back in August, he celebrated his 10th anniversary as Dean of Students and 28th year with the University.

Though, Elmore’s path to Dean of Student was certainly not a straight one. Jumping between various positions within BU, he temporarily diverged from BU for to practice law. Four years later, with BU still pulsating through his blood, Elmore came back home to BU where he happily here to stay- for now.

“I truly feel I got one of the greatest and best jobs around… This is a job where I’ve seen incredible grace and people who perform in these wonderfully graceful ways and I say, there you go, that’s joy,” Elmore said. “It’s just joy and joy and joy.”