By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Winter is here! Even though classes are about to end and we’re about to venture into that dark abyss called study period and finals week, there’s still time for one last hurrah of the semester. Take a study break and go ice skating instead!
Here are some places to go ice skating this winter:
1. Walter Brown Arena at FitRec - As BU students, we have this arena right at our fingertips all year long! All you need to do is head up Commonwealth Avenue. Admission and skate rentals are free to BU students.
Pros: Everything is free to BU students! Who doesn’t love free things?
Cons: Hours vary and are limited, and recreational skating hours end on the last day of classes. If you rent skates, you are also not guaranteed to find a pair in your size, depending on how busy the arena is when you go.
Pro Tip: Even if you don’t get a chance to go here this semester, this location is definitely one to keep in mind for those first few months of spring semester.
2. Boston Common Frog Pond - The Frog Pond is Boston’s most popular place to ice skate. While you’re in the area, you can go shopping with friends or grab a bite to eat before heading over to the rink! To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street and walk to the Boston Common. Admission is $5, and skate rentals are $9.
Pros: Its location! The Frog Pond is set right in the middle of Boston’s oldest and beautiful park and while you’re skating you have a great view of the State House and Beacon Hill. The Frog Pond is an all-around fantastic place to have a skate date with friends or your significant other.
Cons: The price. If you don’t have your own skates, $9 is a bit of a hefty price, especially if you do explore the surrounding area and spend money elsewhere on your trip to the Common.
Pro Tip: College Nights are on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., where college students can get $2 admission by showing a college ID.
3. Kendall Square Community Rink - This is located in Harvard Square in Cambridge. To get here, take the MBTA Green Line to Park Street, then switch to the Red Line and take it to the Kendall/MIT Station. Admission is $3 for students, and rentals are $8.
Pros: Great music, friendly staff and rental skates that are in good condition and fit like a glove all make this location one of the best to go to in Boston. It also tends to be less crowded than the Frog Pond.
By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer
After spending three months working at BU, I was more than ready to take a break. I was so excited to go back to Texas for a week that I never realized how much I would miss Boston, the place that had grown to be my new home.
Sure, by going to Houston I’d get to meet up with old friends, see my family, and visit the amazing Galleria (twice!), but by the end of the break I was pleased to return to school and get back to studying.
My little trip brought to mind all the things that Boston has offered me and showed what I truly miss the most about Beantown.
1. The T – Getting behind the wheel was a huge treat during my few days back home. But one thing I really disliked was always having to find a darn parking spot. Public transportation is basically nonexistent in Houston, so going to the shopping center a few miles away meant getting in the car, driving over there, and searching endlessly for the closest parking spot which was two lots over.
2. Having every type of cereal I could want whenever I wanted it – While sitting at home one afternoon, I began craving a huge bowl of Cinnamon Chex and Sargent Choice granola (if I could buy it by the box, I totally would). Unfortunately, the only cereal in my house was off-brand Honeycombs and my dad’s cheerios. But hey, I love cooking so I can’t really complain.
3. Being in the same vicinity as all my friends – If you didn’t know, Houston is one of the largest cities in America, with a circumference of about 60 miles. With friends from all over the place, it’s hard finding a good time to see a buddy who lives 20 minutes away. Here at school, if I want to meet up with someone, they’re just a quick text away. And if you’re one of those lucky souls whose house is down the street from their best friend’s, I tip my hat.
Over the break, my dad brought up an old saying: “the grass is always greener on the other side”, meaning you may not always be happy with what you have. But being away from school has made me those things more, so that when I got back it felt that much better.
But you know, I really wouldn’t mind going to Houston right now so I could wear my sundress and sandals and enjoy the 79 degree weather…
By Trisha Thadani, Staff Writer
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.”
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 Amy Gorel, Staff Writer
Today, many Boston University students don’t even realize the religious foundation our university was founded on — a Methodist tradition (except for that vague memory you have of hearing something about that on your campus tour during high school). And maybe for a good reason.
BU was founded in a Methodist tradition but religious diversity was ingrained in the university from the start.
1839: John Dempster, a Methodist minister from New York state, founded a theological seminary as the Newbury Biblical Institute in Vermont
1869: Methodists William Fairfield Warren, Lee Claflin, Jacob Sleeper and Isaac Rich chartered the petition for one of the first modern research universities in America: Boston University.
The founders apparently included a provision in the Charter calling for the acceptance of religious diversity, according to Kathleen Kilgore in “Transformations, A History of Boston University” :
“No instructor in said University shall ever be required by the Trustees to profess any particular religious opinions as a test of office, and no student shall be refused admission . . . on account of the religious opinions he may entertain; provided, nonetheless, that this section shall not apply to the theological department of said University.”
William Warren, the university’s first president, taught one of the first classes in the U.S. on comparative religion, laying the foundation for religious studies outside the Christian seminary and into the diverse world.
1919: The School of Religious Education and Social Service was established, laying the groundwork for an independent and secular Department of Religion, which was created in 1966.
1970s: Several interdisciplinary programs were founded including the Center for Judaic Studies (now the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies) and the Institute for the Study of Philosophy and Religion.
- The campus at BU supports places of worship and student groups for a great variety of faiths of its diverse population centered on Marsh Chapel.
- While the BU School of Theology is still officially supported by the United Methodist Church, they are interfaith and accept students from all faiths.
- BU has seven university chaplains and more than 29 religious life groups. From a variety of services at Marsh Chapel, which hosts services for many denominations on weekends, Hillel House for Judaic worship and other locations including a Muslim prayer room on the second floor of the George Sherman Union, BU as a unique interplay of different faiths.
By Stacy Shoonover, Staff Writer
Talking to people about personal habits is never easy. When that habit is smoking, the air is even more tense.
After speaking to 50 BU students who smoke, I found that 90 percent of them started smoking before they came to college.
I also noticed that there is about an even population of guy smokers to girl smokers. There did not seem to be a dominant race that smoked either, just as BU’s student body is very diverse – so is the smoking student body.
My interviews were all conducted at the common smoke spots: outside of dormitories, benches along Bay State Road, Cummington Avenue, outside of the GSU, Marsh Chapel, the BU Beach and Commonwealth Avenue.
Most of the smokers I tried to interview didn’t feel comfortable being interviewed about their habits, or using their names in the article. Some, however, felt confident in sharing their experience with me.
No two smokers are alike. Some love smoking, some hate that they smoke. Some never want to quit and some have already tried and failed. Many support e-cigarettes and many disagree with them completely.
An observation from talking to non-smokers that I made is they usually judge one individual smoker based on the smoking population as a whole. Through this, I noticed that non-smokers dwell on the fact that tobacco products aren’t good for the health, and so they believe that no one should smoke. Period.
However, the same observation of “no two smokers are alike” can also be made for non-smokers. Many hate second-hand smoke, but at the same time many non-smokers don’t mind or don’t think it has a large enough effect to make a difference.
Bottom line: just because someone smokes doesn’t mean they are the same as every other smoker. Just like dying hair, or getting a tattoo – one shouldn’t be judged primarily on an appearance or habit.
By Noëmie Carrant, Staff Writer
Welcome to Boston. As a seasoned eater at Boston University, let me tell you right now that you will get sick of the fast food places that grace our campus. When you do, I highly suggest leaving Commonwealth Avenue, taking the T and trying to find other places to go to. Fortunately for you, we at the FreeP, make traveling a lot easier by presenting you with a guide of restaurants, markets and cafés to try out.
GSU sushi is nice, but $10 for a couple of maki and sushi can definitely add up. As an alternative, enter a sushi heaven, where for $16, you can eat ALL THE SUSHI IN THE WORLD…at lunch time. Never fear though, there is a dinner special. All-you-can-eat for dinner will cost you from $22 to $24 depending on what day you go.
117 Chiswick Road
Brighton, MA 02135
2. Super 88 Market
Super 88 is not just an Asian grocery but hosts a lot of authentic Asian cuisine (ie. Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean.) Imagine all the fresh, exotic fruit and frozen and packaged goods – the Korean instant ramen Shin Ramyun is spicy, delicious and is always a classic choice. More than that, the food is both filling and cost-efficient.
1 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
The Trident is a wonderful, cozy combination of a bookstore and a café and is a 10 minute walk from Kenmore Square. This bookstore/restaurant is on Newbury Street, one of the most iconic shopping districts in Boston. Trident has some delicious sandwiches (try the Turvacado), an excellent breakfast selection and the Chocolatino, which saves lives in the winter. Really.
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
Though there’s tea, coffee and cakes, L.A. Burdick is most renowned for its variety of hot chocolate. L.A. Burdick has three flavors: dark, white and milk hot chocolate. Each sip of all the rich and dense liquids is a delight and almost guarantees a higher standard in hot chocolate.
Address: 220 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02215
52 Brattle Street – Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
Boston’s Chinatown is very decent and Gourmet Dumpling Café is one of its landmarks. It’s a busy little place but it’s worth the wait. There are plenty of classic dumplings, dim sum and other Chinese options to choose from.
52 Beach Street
Boston, MA 02111
Flour has four locations all around Boston, because it’s that wonderful. Everything, from the sandwiches (the roasted lamb sandwich is exquisite) to the pastries and cakes (two words: banana bread) is good. Also, they make their own version of pop tarts with puff pastry and raspberry jam that changes lives.There is greatness in every single breadcrumb and chocolate chip. The people bake with love, and as you bite into whatever you order, you can taste it.
131 Clarendon Street (entrance on Stanhope Street)
Boston, MA 02116
1595 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
Fort Point Channel
12 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
190 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139
This Italian deli is the must-visit of the North End. There’s a vast selection of imported goods and an excellent catering service, where you can grab a sandwich, a salad, some pasta, etc. Try the hearty Big Dip sandwich and be Italia.
42 Cross Street
Boston, MA 02113
You’ll often hear people clashing in heavy debate about which is better, is it Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry? Which establishment has the best cannoli? Which establishment has the most variety? Personally, Mike’s Pastry wins my heart, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.
300 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
257 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
Visit this place and get one thing: the lobster roll. It’s $14, but it will be the best lobster roll of your life. Fresh and juicy lobster meat, covered in a celery and mayo dressing, tucked in a doughy bun. Simplistic and classic all in one roll.
15-17 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
Right next to Harvard Square is a nice little burger joint. The interior is fitted with a retro vibe with dimmed lighting to match. The burgers are gigantic and all have whacky names. Try the fries with the homemade pepper jam.
1246 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Though if you’re really set on staying within the boundaries of campus and/or have a tight budget, here are a few tips to spare: West Campus has the best pizza, Warren has The Sandwich Guy and The Omelet Lady and Bay State has the best of everything else.
Could you eat one triple bacon cheeseburger, one order of fries, one root beer and one eight-scoop super sundae in 30 minutes or less? On Tuesday, three Boston University students representing different groups on campus took on the feast known as Rhett’s Challenge. Former managing editor and current men’s hockey writer Tim Healey stepped up to the plate, or more appropriately the tray, to represent the FreeP. Watch the video to find out if Tim succeeds.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
A year ago, I arrived in Boston with mixed feelings. I was excited to move on with life and start my journey as a college student, but at the same time I was nervous about having to fend for myself. Luckily, I wasn’t alone.
Back then, my major concern was adjusting to dorm life. I wasn’t looking forward to sharing bathrooms with strangers or sharing a cramped room with someone else. But once I unpacked my life into the dorm, it began to feel like home. I think that’s probably the best way to become comfortable with living in a dorm, try to make it feel like your room at home.
It didn’t really take long for me to adjust to being in college. I knew I wanted to get involved with clubs on campus as a way to make friends and delve into my interests. In the fall semester, I joined the blog team for the Daily Free Press and interned for the Berger Shack show at WTBU. I enjoy blogging for the FreeP as a way to write about things I am truly interested in. I interned at WTBU, BU’s student-run radio station, mainly because I wanted to host my own show. The Berger Shack is a talk show in which three sophomores dish out their college experiences. It was pretty cool learning how to manage the radio system and hearing my voice on the sound waves.
The best decision I made –and something I highly suggest to incoming freshmen-was getting an academic advisor. Since I’m a COM student, I obtained one via COM Student Services. She answered all of my burning questions regarding studying abroad, scheduling for the next semester and how to fit a minor in my life.
I would say that my most rewarding freshman year experience was winning the Nachman Award for a profile I wrote on the Panera Cares organization. The final assignment for my COM 201 class was to write a profile on a person/organization of our choice. I chose Panera Cares, a pay-what-you-can café in Boston, as my subject and submitted my work to the Nachman Writing Program. When I found out that I won first prize, I was shocked and ecstatic. I not only received a cash prize but my work was published on the Internet. It felt great to have my work recognized. It was the perfect end to my freshmen year.
All in all, my first year at BU was amazing and I look forward to what sophomore year will bring. Probably harder classes and hopefully more free time!