By Sarah Fisher, Staff
On one of the first spring days in Boston, Boston University students lined up to wait for some free ice cream from the Ben and Jerry’s truck parked in front of the George Sherman Union. This Tuesday was Free Cone Day: the long-awaited day when Ben and Jerry’s shops around the world give away over one million scoops of ice cream.
Accompanying the truck at BU was Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben and Jerry’s. Harriet Lamb, the CEO of Fairtrade International, was also there to help share a message of why Fairtrade products are important. “Today, we’re really celebrating because this is the first time that we have been 100% fair trade in all of our scoop products all around the world,” said Solheim. From sugar to bananas to cocoa, Ben and Jerry’s has committed to use only environmentally, economically, and socially fair ingredients. Ben and Jerry’s already had a sustainable dairy program in the U.S., but now, they buy all their ingredients grown outside the US using the Fairtrade system.
Solheim emphasized that everyone—especially college students—can support the Fair Trade system to make a difference. With the added publicity of Free Cone day, Solheim said “we’re hoping people will start walking the walk instead of just talking the talk.” Dean Elmore also joined in on the fun, serving students ice cream in his converses and sunglasses.
Now, despite the (delicious and well-worth-it) calories, Ben and Jerry’s is something people can feel good about eating.
By Taylor Burke
They may seem intimidating, but Dean Elmore and Assistant Dean Battaglino are much more than busy figureheads on campus. Rather, they are approachable, easygoing people who genuinely love their jobs and getting to know their students. Most people don’t know much about either of the deans’ lives outside of their jobs.
Assistant Dean Battaglino jokingly hesitates to reveal his most embarrassing moments. Instead, he says “I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me,” and laughs. He advises students to walk carefully across the BU Bridge in the winter, given his flop on the bridge’s slick, iced-over metal pieces . He said that was pretty embarrassing, which we can all imagine.
Something else you probably didn’t know about Dean Battaglino: he loves The Little Mermaid.
The reason? He claims that it’s both entertainment and a love story. Many of us can relate to these reasons.
When he isn’t watching Disney flicks, Assistant Dean Battaglino may be found listening to Norah Jones, watching the old version of Brian’s Song, or reading Breakfast with Buddha.
Dean Elmore, on the other hand, would rather be listening to John Coletrane or Nina Simone, and reading Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man. His favorite films are Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull or Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.
Dean Elmore also calls himself a germaphobe, though he is never hesitant to shake someone’s hand.
He used to host a television show called Reality Check on PBS that focused on profiles of New England artists and other interesting people. He jokes that that gig was back when he had hair.
Dean Elmore’s on Twitter, too. Feel free to Tweet at him, but he says that he tends to accidently post publicly on Twitter when he thinks that he is direct messaging someone. After spending some time with the Deans, its easy to see that they’re not so different from all of us students as we may have imagined.
By Emily Overholt, Campus Editor
Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore shares his views on the 2012 Massachusetts election. All views expressed in this interview are that of an individual, not the thoughts of Boston University as a whole.
Daily Free Press: Did you vote in this election?
Kenneth Elmore: I did vote in this election.
DFP: Are you willing to share who you voted for?
KE: For me, voting for president while being a resident of Massachusetts is more about some sort of expressive conduct and being able to say, “This is how I handle the freedom that we have to vote,” than saying, “This is who I vote for.”
I just don’t think the way that you vote in [Massachusetts] for president really matters. So, I did vote. I did in an expressive way to show democracy that I’m here whether democracy pays attention to it. So, I almost think that it doesn’t matter who I voted for in Massachusetts, so I’m not going to tell you.
DFP: Did you follow the Senate race?
KE: I must admit I thought that Scott Brown would pull it off again. I also thought that there would have been a closer margin than what I think the margin ended up being for the two of them.
Scott Brown is an interesting guy who I think tends to come off as the right kind of representative for Massachusetts. I know he’s in the Republican Party, and people say, “Eh, a rep in Massachusetts means something different.” I think he was that different kind of republican in Massachusetts. I think he represented Massachusetts well, and I think Elizabeth Warren will also represent Massachusetts well.
It’s funny you’ve got these two people who I think in different ways really represent Massachusetts quite well in terms of their personalities. I think Elizabeth Warren comes at it with sort of that consumer advocate kind of approach that Massachusetts is about—the Massachusetts that’s about high ideas and pushing them forward and having that international impact. And Scott Brown, I think, is that guy who comes across as more on the ground, more specific, more a neighborhood kind of guy. The guy from around the way who’s done really well to represent us, too.
So, very different points of view I think the people in Massachusetts, me included, had some wonderful choices to make between the two of them.
DFP: What about the ballot questions?
KE: Here’s what I love about the ballot questions. I love that we actually run a plebiscite in Massachusetts in that if you get enough people real democracy happens. That’s what’s great—real democracy. You can get some questions out there.
One dealt with the ability for people who fix your car to share data, which I think is an important thing, I think I joined the 85 percent of people who said,“Sure,” especially since there’s a law I think that already exists about it. So it’s great not to have that confusion.
I have two younger children. I have a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old, and I had some great conversations about this with my 13-year-old daughter because she was advising me about how to vote. We had a great conversation about legally assisted suicide… She recommended that I vote for that, that I vote yes on that, because my daughter said, “Look I think that people need to be able to control that portion of their lives.” She was willing to put on the line the notion that maybe a doctor could be off a little bit here or there but if a person needs to control that, given the news that they get and working with a doctor, we need to do that.
I did vote for it. I think that I agree with my daughter that I would like to control these sorts of things, but I try to think more of the positive approach…
I think there’s something about personal autonomy that we’ve really got to look at. The ability for an individual to choose the time of their death when it is so imminent like that… I’m real conflicted about it because I’ve had plenty of lessons in my life that [suicide] is just blatantly wrong. But in the broader picture I think that I prefer to give people the ability to make some choices around that.
In terms of the marijuana, my daughter had less of an interest about this. But she also recommended that for medicinal purposes, we should allow people to be prescribed marijuana and to be able to use marijuana. I’m one of those people who thinks that the state has started to do so much to treat marijuana as less of a large scale criminal type of offense. This probably goes right in line with the overall look at it.
The hard part is there are still these conflicts that the feds still see pot differently, and there is a conflict too in that there still is a drug trade in pot. And with any underground drug trade, it’s dangerous. People still kill each other over large quantities of pot. People still rob each other over large quantities of pot.
Even though I think the society takes less of a criminalized view of pot, weed or whatever you want to call it, it’s more culture. It’s more pop culture, if you will. I think most people are starting to be relatively indifferent about people smoking dope.
However, it’s still illegal. I’m one of these people who thinks if we can do this under the guidance and supervision of a doctor, then we should allow people to do that. And society still needs to have a real important conversation about drug use in society and what we’re willing to tolerate.
So, I voted yes on that, too.
By Alex Falco, Daily Free Press Staff Writer
Boston University Police Officers gave a Rape Aggression Defense demonstration and met with students in the George Sherman Union Tuesday.