By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer
Over the past few months, trends in hilarious Facebook groups have prompted Boston University to create some witty groups of its own. We have already covered the notorious Banana University, but that is just one of the many entertaining pages.
Similar to Banana University, Bedtime University is also based on the participation of the students who like the page. The more submissions each group has from students, the more the group grows.
The popularity of other BU Facebook groups such as BU Confessions and BU Crushes work a slightly different angle on student interest. Unlike picture-based groups, these pages are based off of anonymous submissions, and with the help of survey tools such as Survey Monkey and Google, not even the creator of these groups know who are submitting them.
A vast range of well-written, borderline inappropriate, and ‘what were they thinking!?’ posts create addicting groups that have students clicking the refresh button to see if the page has been updated within the last minute. BU Confessions was liked by over 4,000 people- that’s more people than are in this year’s undergraduate freshman class.
Keep in mind that these popular groups are not the first groups from Boston University. In fact, there is an entire community on Facebook that you can have access to with your bu.edu e-mail called Groups at BU. Groups at BU help you find Facebook groups that are related to the university in some way. Many of these groups can be categorized as being a mutual interest, residence, or course/school.
Facebook groups for BU are being created constantly, and it is even possible to create your own BU Group. Some of the best groups I’ve found so far aren’t nearly as popular as others. Here are some of my favorite (underrated) Facebook groups for Boston University:
One of the groups that should definitely be as popular as BU Confessions, BU Compliments is a feel-good group that is all about “spreading positivity to fellow Terriers” as the page’s “About” section explained. Through a Facebook message, you can send an anonymous compliment to the moderator of the page who will then post it up. People who read the page are also encouraged to tag their friends so that they can be sure to see that they have been complimented.
Boston University Wine and Cheese Society
For the classiest BU students who are over 21, the BU Wine and Cheese Society is meant to educate undergraduate students about the culture of wine and cheese pairings.
Overheard at BU
Another page that has been created for multiple college campuses already, Overheard at BU is exactly what it sounds like. The entertaining part of this page is that many overheard statements are taken out of context.
By Hilary Ribons, Blog Editor
The past few days have been hard for Boston. After the explosions that ended the Boston Marathon early yesterday, a somberness has fallen over the city. Everyone is still on edge and heightened security remains on Boylston.
Today, Online Editor Melissa Adan and I went down to Newbury to take some photos and interview people the day after the event. The city seems to be slightly quiet and deserted, but perseverant.
In respect of recent events, the online team has chosen to withhold posts on the blog until tomorrow evening.
Though the last couple of days have been difficult, some good has come out of it as well. Whenever something like this happens, though terrible, it offers the chance for people to unite and support each other. Buzzfeed.com produced a list of ways that the nation has stepped up to aid and support those involved in the Marathon explosions. This included marathon runners completing the race and going directly to the hospital to donate blood, good samaritans who helped at the scene and an ongoing google doc that was created a few hours after the event in which people listed open space they had in their home for visiting runners and their families who couldn’t leave the city.
I would also like to commend the newspaper staff on its coverage of this event. It has truly been trying and I couldn’t be more proud. Staff photographer Kenshin Okubo’s photos are receiving international attention and made it onto the front page of the online edition of the New York Times. Online Editor Melissa Adan’s video has now been featured on NBC Latino, NBC Miami and Miami’s WSVN News. Additionally, the rest of the staff has been producing excellent coverage that is being closely watched by many in this city and the rest of the world.
I believe in the strength of this city. Of course no one will ever forget, but they will move forward. The words Obama said at the press conference held on Monday evening echo throughout the city:
“Boston is a strong and resilient town; so are its people.”
By Samantha Wong, Staff Writer
Boston University remains a mixed-bag dating scene, with lots of different people wanting a lot of different things, from hook-ups to relationships and everything in between.
The classic method of asking someone out is when one person invites another person out. But, in both the figurative and literal sense, with so much to do and so little time, it seems that students are more inclined towards an easier approach.
That’s where Tinder comes in.
The new location-based “dating app,” and its counterpart Grindr, described on its site as an “all-male location-based social network,” has been appearing on smartphones across BU’s campus.
The application works by connecting a user’s Facebook profile to the application once it is downloaded. Tinder takes the user’s profile picture on Facebook and allows other Tinder users to ‘like’ or ‘pass’ the user’s profile picture.
If two users ‘like’ each other then they have the option to go into a private chat room to meet. Some people choose not to meet and continue to ‘like’ or ‘pass’ others. Tinder does not post if the application is being used on Facebook and does not publish any of the user’s information to other users, other than age and first name if available.
Certainly, a virtual world may seem like a better way to ease into the dating scene, especially for students who have had bad previous experiences.
An anonymous female student from the School of Management recalls how a random male student asked her about the schedule of the bus and then proceeded to accompany her on the journey home uninvited. He then chatted her up the entire journey, not letting the fact that this could be a potentially awkward situation bother him. The male student then asked for the female student’s number when they were to part ways, which she felt obliged to decline.
Kayla Gillespie, College of Arts and Science freshman, said she was set up on a terrible blind date. Halfway through dinner, Gillespie’s date started yelling out obscenities, and then implied that they should go back to his residence and do “other things.” Gillespie’s date proceeded to ask her to pay for his dinner because he did not bring any money and then followed her to the nearest T stop— all the while attempting to convince her to change her mind about coming back with him. It is no surprise that Gillespie said “needless to say I will not be going on a blind date again, anytime soon.”
However, some students are fortunate enough to have found a significant other (traditionally- in person) while at BU. Adrien Gates, College of Arts and Science sophomore, whose boyfriend is in the School of Management, believes that dating at BU is not as difficult as it seems.
“Maybe I just got lucky. I think what really impresses a guy is when you initiate things, especially with the 2:3 ratio [of guys to girls] BU has,” said Gates.
The general consensus of dating at Boston University is that there is no general consensus. Some people meet each other without the use of dating sites and apps, and some find them fun and useful.
People should not feel pressured by the presumed college dating scene to do something out of their comfort zone. These dating apps may make it easier for people to approach each other in ways that they wouldn’t usually do in person.
By Justin Soto, Lifestyle Editor
Boston University’s Programming Council is planning a weekend full of fun with their annual inter-school pageant, Mr. and Mrs. BU on Thursday March 21 and Seth Meyer’s comedy show on Friday March 22. Since I am a huge fan of Saturday Night Live, I was thrilled to hear that Seth Meyers would be coming to perform on campus. As current head writer of the NBC show SNL and the host of its parody segment Weekend Update, he is an icon for comedy fans around the country.
Meyers got his improv comedy start as a member of the Northwestern University sketch group called Mee-Ow. He continued his career at ImprovOlympic with the group Preponderate as well as overseas as a cast member of Boom Chicago. Meyers joined the SNL team in 2001 and in 2005 he was promoted to writing supervisor. Once Tina Fey left the SNL show, Meyers became head writer for the 2006-2007 season. When Amy Poehler left the show in the 2008-2009 season he started anchoring Weekend Update alone. These experiences landed him a film role alongside in the 2004 film called See This Movie as well as the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem. He has continued acting in films along with his job at SNL.
He is performing in multiple places in March including a stop at BU on March 22, Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, Minn. on the March 23 and the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando, Fla. on March 25. He seems to attract young audiences who enjoy his sarcasm and improv talents. I hope that fellow BU students will enjoy his comedy performance as much as I will.
His experiences include satire, political satire, news satire, improv and sketch comedy. These varying expressions of comedy awaken the senses of an audience member, especially with his witty tone and quirky smirk when presenting the news on SNL. BU students should be delighted to watch him perform this Friday, hopefully setting the pace for a great weekend.
By Daily Free Press Staff
This past weekend, BU felt more like a ski resort than a university.
White powder covered the trees on Bay State and piled up in fluffy mountains alongside dorms. Students had fun in the snow with activities that ranged from the hilarious to the bizarre and included two, school-wide “SnowBrawl’s,” skiing down the T tracks on Commonwealth Avenue and sledding down snow banks.
We’re all happy to have weathered the storm (and gotten a snow day in the process). The DFP staff compiled some of the best photos of the fun in the freeze. Enjoy!
By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
Yesterday, the Daily Free Press reported this summer construction will begin on a new Taco Bell under Warren Towers. This is monumental. A reintroduction into the family of BU connected restaurants is not to be ignored, especially when it’s of the taco variety. Then again, perhaps we should really look into this returner and make sure it’s worthy of its old spot.
And wouldn’t you know it? Taco Bell has a few skeletons in its closet, the most recent being a scandalous commercial meant to air during the super bowl. This commercial called for an actress to bring a veggie tray to a super bowl party. As she was greeted at the door, a voice over stated that her action was “a cop out” and that people will “secretly hate you for it.” To many, this was seen as Taco Bell promoting its hate for vegetables. After so many write-ins and complaints they had to pull it.
Hmm, that’s a bit far-fetched. In my personal opinion, this idea of veggie trays being a bit lack luster is a common truth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually the one in the corner obsessively dipping my carrot sticks, but compared to a platter of tacos….eh, you can tell which one will be the more exciting donation. Also, not that it matters much but there are some vegetables present in a standard taco, though they may be without much nutritional value. And one last point: this is a super bowl ad. Can we expect that much from it?
In the end, the multitude of people got so worked up over the supposed veggie discrimination won’t stop Taco Bell from coming back to BU. Perhaps in the spirit of good-will we can all pitch in and get them a veggie tray for the grand opening.
The infamous, “veggie-hating” ad, pulled from TV after much controversy.
By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
Jan. 21 2013 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday is known nationally as a day set aside to honor MLK’s contributions to history. Amongst BU students, it’s also recognized as a tip-of-the-hat to one of BU’s most notable alumni. And a three day weekend.
Without his significant role in the civil rights movement, the United States would be totally different. No progression, no equality, no unity. Iconic American figures such as Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson would not have been able to pursue their respective dreams in a close-minded American society. King strived to open the world’s eyes to its multicultural demographics and stressed embracing diversity.
But what does Martin Luther King Day mean to today’s students at his alma mater?
To me, it means a lot. His persistent activism has enabled me to obtain an education in culturally diverse environments. I am fortunate enough to attend a school that promotes and thrives off its diverse student population.
The city of Boston and the BU community are proud to have nurtured one of the most amazing philanthropic pioneers in American history. Martin Luther King Jr., we salute you!
By Lauren Dezenski and Sam Sarkisian, Daily Free Now Multimedia Staff
With Monday’s Beanpot championship hockey game on the horizon, the Boston University/Boston College rivalry looms large in the minds of many students. We asked BU students what they disliked most about our Newton Neighbor, BC.