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Hundreds gather on Common to protest U.S. involvement in Syria

Hundreds gather on Common to protest U.S. involvement in Syria

Tempers flared Monday night when more than 200 people gathered at the Boston Common at a candlelight vigil against an attack on Syria. MoveOn.org Civic Action organized the protest in various cities across the U.S., including Boston, but several Syrian immigrants and smaller advocacy groups also showed up and loudly confronted the larger assembly. “He [Bashar al-Assad] is bombing our children, our […]

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N. Korea threats linked to Kim Jong-un’s personality, BU experts say

After a third nuclear test in February and a ratification of a potential nuclear strike on the U.S. Wednesday, North Korea has caused growing concern around the world. The escalation of tensions and intense rhetoric may be in part linked to the personality and policies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, some Boston University experts said. “The acceleration of the […]

Pope Francis might address poverty issues, BU experts say

Although the Roman Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals elected the first Latin American pope in its history Wednesday, any reforms will be a result of his individual character and not of his origin, Boston University experts said. “Any changes he is likely to make will depend more on him as an individual than him being from Latin America,” said Taylor […]

Filmmaker seeks student support on immigration reform

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is challenging college students to join a new campaign and support immigration reform allowing an earned pathway to citizenship based on the DREAM Act. Several Boston University students said they support the DREAM Act’s proposed changes to immigration policy, which would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age to earn […]

Israel Peace Week kicks off with youth music concert

Israel Peace Week kicks off with youth music concert

To kick off 2013’s Israel Peace Week, members of Boston University Students for Israel hosted Heartbeat, an Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, Monday evening. About 90 students, professors and community members gathered at BU Central in the George Sherman Union to attend the group’s showing, which BUSI co-president Rachel DuShey said was a gathering of music and love. “The message of […]

Mass., Colombia forge relationship on science, tech

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of the Republic of Colombia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that will grant formal collaborations between the two entities in the areas of science, technology and innovation. “Massachusetts is a leader in the life sciences, clean energy and other innovation economy sectors,” Patrick said in a press release Wednesday. […]

Pope’s resignation could cause change, BU officials say

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, which was announced Monday and  stems from a lack of mental and physical strength, might result in the Catholic Church choosing a pope to better represent the current demographics of its membership, a number of Boston University professors said. “Most Catholics at this point in time are mostly in developing countries so they are non-white,” said […]

BU students debate SG stance on Iran sanctions

BU students debate SG stance on Iran sanctions

While members of Boston University Anti-War Coalition urged Student Government to take a stance against the sanctions in Iran during a debate Wednesday night, members of BU Students for Israel said they wanted to avoid SG making a decision on behalf of all students. “There’s often polarization that happens in politics and I don’t want that on this campus,” said […]

BU students not threatened by N. Korea’s claims

BU students not threatened by N. Korea’s claims

Despite threats of violence against the U.S. made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a number of members of the Boston University community said they do not perceive the claims as serious and are not concerned. BU international relations professor Joseph Wippl said the threats are a political move made to gain international attention. “[North Korea] does a lot of […]

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will not return to BU

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo will not return to BU

Olivia Culpo, a former Boston University student, said she will not return to BU after winning Wednesday’s Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas. “I actually will not be returning to BU,” Culpo said in an interview with The Daily Free Press. “But it will always be a big part of my past.” In the upcoming year, she will be traveling […]