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Sec. of State Kerry offers Egyptian aid amid sequestration

John Kerry announced Sunday the United States would be extending an additional $250 million in aid to Egypt, marking his first major action as U.S. Secretary of State amid major sequestration cuts for domestic programs. “The United States is committed to providing direct support to key engines of democratic change in Egypt, including Egypt’s entrepreneurs and its young people,” Kerry […]

Veteran students require better information, report suggests

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than one million military service members released from duty in the Middle East and their families are expected to pursue a postsecondary education at institutions such as Boston University, according to a recent report. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Blue Ribbon Taskforce released a report Wednesday with recommendations to protect prospective […]

SAT changes beneficial for colleges, students say

College Board’s plans to revamp the SAT to focus more on the core knowledge and skills that prepare students for the rigors of college will be beneficial for applicants, some Boston University students said. Caitlin Fichtel, a College of Communication sophomore, said the SAT has become an “elitist situation,” and success on it has a great deal to do with the […]

Boston businesses sign amicus brief against Defense of Marriage Act

Boston businesses sign amicus brief against Defense of Marriage Act

More than 200 businesses signed the amicus brief against the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday, including some of Boston’s largest corporations. The brief was created as a result of Supreme Court case, U.S. v. Windsor. Edith Windsor married her partner Thea Spyer in Canada in 2007 but resided in New York, a state that recognized same-sex marriage. When Spyer passed […]

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BU faces cuts to research funding, financial aid as result of sequester

BU faces cuts to research funding, financial aid as result of sequester

Officials at Boston University are bracing for impending cuts to research funding and financial aid after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law Friday as part of Congress’s failure to agree on a deal avoiding the sequester. “The faculty has been more cautious with their spending,” said Jennifer Grodsky, vice president for BU Federal […]

Romney speaks to Fox News after months of silence

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, provided insight into the pain of losing the presidency during his first interview since election night. Romney, who spoke with Chris Wallace on Fox News, explained how receiving the voting results on election night. “My heart said we were going to win,” Romney said. “It’s hard, it’s emotional. I mean there was such passion […]

Senate candidates scramble to obtain 10,000 signatures

Massachusetts Democrats and Republicans are gathering last-minute signatures needed to be on the ballot for the special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former senate seat. Candidates must collect and submit all their signatures by Wednesday. “It’s still too early to know who will be on the ballot,” said Brian McNiff, spokesman for Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin. “The deadline […]

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After filing papers, Sean Bielat backs out of Senate race

After coming off two losses in previous Congressional elections, Republican businessman Sean Bielat bowed out of the special senate election race Wednesday, striking a blow to an already small republican field with few established candidates. “Over the past few weeks, I have given a lot of consideration and exploration towards running for the U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts special election, […]

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COM graduate aims to increase fire safety with web series

COM graduate aims to increase fire safety with web series

College of Communication alumnus David Bettencourt said his goal in creating a web series about the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island was to bring peace to those affected by the incident, and to increase fire safety awareness. Bettencourt, a 2001 Master of Fine Arts in Film graduate, said a friend who survived the fire inspired him […]

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Education Secretary warns against sequestration’s cuts to aid, work-study

After the deadline for sweeping spending cuts as part of the “fiscal cliff” was pushed from Jan. 1 to March 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the 10-percent, across-the-board cuts will cause dramatic harm to institutes of higher learning. The automatic spending cuts, referred to as sequestration, are considered major issues at Boston University, as they might affect […]

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