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Spotlight: NYC v. Boston

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

Obviously, Boston is better than New York City./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Roberto Zingales

Boston: home of the Red Sox, the Bruins, and Boston University./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Roberto Zingales

I spent this past weekend in New York, and while NYC is the “big apple” and the “largest city in the U.S.” I couldn’t help thinking how much I love Boston more. Don’t get me wrong, New York is amazing — but there is just something about Boston that makes it superior. Let me explain…

New York is amazing because:

1. 24-Hour Subway

This city never sleeps. While Boston just go the T to stay open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, New York is transporting people on a Tuesday at 4 a.m., and it’s wonderful.

2. That being said, the city never sleeps

Boston’s bedtime is that of an old married couple having to wake up the next morning for a nine to five workday. New York has nightlife, bars, events and activities at all hours.

3. The streets are blocked, and they make sense

If someone told me I had to be at 42nd and 6th, I wouldn’t have to get out MapQuest, or take a cab just to avoid getting lost or being late. In Boston, the streets don’t make sense. Bottom Line.

4. Central Park is better than the Boston Common

Both are gorgeous… but Central Park has a zoo. A zoo, people! 1.317 square miles of adventures, playgrounds, animals, zoos, concerts, etc. is better than 50 acres of trees.

5. New York is the Cultural Capital of the World

Home to the United Nations and a hub of international affairs, New York is more cultural in food, fashion and other cultural markets. Boston is more centered on remembering the past with its strong historical background.

Boston is way better than New York because:

New York City has a lot to offer, but can it stand up to Boston?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Chris Isherwood

New York City has a lot to offer, but can it stand up to Boston?/ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Chris Isherwood

1. New York is too crowded

The traffic of the Boston Marathon is the traffic on a normal day on 42nd street in New York. Boston is more livable, and while Boston is still touristy, it doesn’t stand out as much as the most populated city in the U.S.

2. We have the North End

Enough said.

3. Boston smells better

There isn’t as much pollution, and that is a beautiful thing.

4. Sports

Yes New York has won 47 professional championships, but it’s the largest city in the U.S. Boston is the 21st largest city in the U.S., and has won 34 professional championships. Go Sox. Go Bruins. We win.

5. Boston is the hub of history

Home of the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and many other significant moments of the American Revolution, there’s so many historical sights to see. We also have the first public school in the U.S., the first subway system and the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the U.S.

And most importantly, Boston is home to BU, the best school ever! So, we win.

Spotlight: History of Religious Diversity

By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer

Marsh Chapel is an example of a building of religious tradition located on campus./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

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.

Today:

–  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.