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Candidates clash in first Senate special election debate

In the first debate to feature candidates from both parties, the three Republican and two Democratic candidates seeking Secretary of State John Kerry’s former senate seat sparred over social issues, foreign policy and the economy Wednesday night. “This [was] the first chance for many Massachusetts voters to meet and hear from the candidates. I look forward to learning more about […]

Many BU students support historic same-sex Supreme Court case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a second round of arguments Wednesday over a same-sex marriage case that has the potential to determine the future of same-sex marriage in the country. Several Boston University students said they are pleased to see the court reconsidering gay rights as the stigma has steadily faded away in recent years. “Although it has taken […]

Congress votes to protect military tuition assistance

Congress issued a continuing resolution Thursday to restore Military Tuition Assistance programs by limiting spending on political science research to finance government operations through the end of the 2013 fiscal year. Boston University spokesman Colin Riley said 80 active-duty service members at BU would have been affected by the cut. “The students are stationed throughout the world, taking courses online […]

Logan unlikely to see major flight reductions as result of sequester

Sequester budget cuts to Massachusetts’s airports should not have a large impact on the number of flights through Logan International Airport, local airport officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration dealt with major budget-cuts as a result of the sequester, and five Massachusetts airports will lose their air traffic controllers. These budget-cuts will begin to affect the five airports, which include […]

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GOP, Dems. propose budgets with differing effects for students

GOP, Dems. propose budgets with differing effects for students

Among a number of other dissimilarities, federal budgets proposed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress offer varying effects for students involving federal financial aid and education funding. Democrats in the House of Representatives’ House Budget Committee announced an alternative budget plan Monday in response to the budget released March 12 by House Budget Committee Republicans, according to a Monday press […]

IBM officials partner with Boston, BU to grow ‘smarter city’

Boston University officials are partnering with executives from IBM and the city of Boston to promote better technologies for urban energy efficiency. Officials hosted a series of panels on Wednesday titled “Smarter Cities: A Roadmap for the Future” at the BU Photonics Center, focusing on how technology is helping cities run more efficiently. “The purpose of this partnership was to […]

After privacy breach, Google pays $7 million

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Tuesday that Google Inc. will pay more than $327,000 to Massachusetts after Google collected data and photographs from unsecured wireless networks for its Street View service. “This hard-fought settlement recognizes and protects the privacy rights of people whose information was collected without their permission,” Coakley said in a press release Tuesday. Google agreed to […]

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BU breaks from trend of unfilled math ed. positions

BU breaks from trend of unfilled math ed. positions

Although higher education institutions across the U.S. continue to struggle to fill openings in mathematics education, according to a survey of colleges and universities, Boston University has not experienced such problems, officials said. Mary Elizabeth Matthews, a doctoral student studying math education, said the need for mathematics teachers to educate students on how to teach has increased, which contributes to […]

Section of Violence Against Women Act to focus on colleges

A part of the Violence Against Women Act — which passed through Congress Thursday — focusing on college campuses will require institutes of higher learning such as Boston University to adhere to new standards regarding sexual assault and sexual violence. Under the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, university officials will have to provide victims of sexual violence with contact information for […]

Employers value experience over grades, data suggests

Employers value experience over grades, data suggests

A significant percentage of employers prefer students with work experience outside of a college environment to students with no experience and high GPAs, according to new data. “I’ve seen there is a lot of concern about grades, more than there should be,” said Susan Walker, a Boston University professor of journalism. “I wish the focus was more about what you […]