U.S. college students don’t know enough about the world, report finds

U.S. college students don’t know enough about the world, report finds

Do you know which branch of the U.S. government has the constitutional authority to declare war? This is an example of a question asked to 1,203 surveyed U.S. college students in May. Researchers from the Council on Foreign Relations and National Geographic asked the students 10 randomly-generated questions, out of 75 possible, to gauge how much they know about the […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is initiating a program to test self-driving cars on Boston streets. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Boston to begin self-driving car program

Boston will begin exploring the use of autonomous vehicles over the next several years as part of Go Boston 2030, a transportation planning initiative to enhance mobility, according to a Wednesday press release. The City of Boston is partnering with the World Economic Forum, the “International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation,” according to its website, and it will be working this […]

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Person shot outside Allston nightclub

A person was shot in the head outside a Linden Street nightclub in Allston late Sunday night, officials said. The suspect is still at large, Boston Police said. The suspect is a black man wearing a black hoodie and green pants, according to BPD Superintendent Bernie O’Rourke. The victim is a black man in his 20s, Robert Ciccolo, a BPD captain, said at […]

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The Falun Gong Club holds an introductory seminar about the religion on Wednesday night. PHOTO BY BRITTANY CHANG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Falun Gong group raises controversy, student concern

Boston University’s Falun Dafa Club originated from College of Engineering post-graduate student Taiyao Wang’s desire to bring light to the number of Falun Gong followers that were “tortured to death in jail and in labor camps” by the Chinese government. The practice of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice, gained more than 70 million followers in the late 1990s until […]

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Emerson College is deciding whether to reopen the historic Colonial Theater after reviewing proposals for renovations. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Emerson Colonial Theatre reopens one year after closing

  Emerson Colonial Theatre, owned by Emerson College, is considering partnerships with various art organizations to reopen the theater after a year-long operations hiatus, according to Emerson spokesperson Carole McFall. “The College understands the historic and cultural value of the Colonial in Boston and beyond and its significance for our campus community, the theater-producing community, and the public,” McFall wrote […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has announced a new hotline service for people struggling with substance abuse and drug addiction. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Mayor’s Office begins 311 for Recovery Services hotline

A new hotline service aimed to help Boston residents battling substance abuse and addiction was launched Tuesday by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, according to a press release. The service, called 311 for Recovery Services, will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it will provide callers with access to addiction treatment, recovery programs for friends and family […]

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Fossil fuel divestment at Boston University: a timeline

As the Boston University Board of Trustees meets this week, members of Divest BU expect the university to make a decision on the long-debated issue of fossil fuel divestment on campus. Divest BU, a coalition that pushes for divestment, organized a rally Wednesday afternoon to advocate for fossil fuel divestment. Rachel Eckles, a student organizer at Divest BU, said they originally planned […]

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Members of Divest BU gather in front of the BU Castle to protest the Board of Trustees’ investment in fossil fuels. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Group advocates for fossil fuel divestment ahead of trustee decision

Chanting “no more coal, no more oil, keep your carbon in the soil,” approximately 80 members of the Boston University community rallied on Marsh Plaza Wednesday afternoon, urging the university to divest funds from fossil fuels. Divest BU, a coalition that advocates for divestment movement on campus, organized the rally when they learned that the BU Board of Trustees might […]

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Pro-marijuana legalization group leads funding thanks to PAC

One pro-marijuana legalization group has raised over $2.4 million in 2016 alone, while the largest opposing campaign has raised less than $400,000, according to state financial reports filed Friday. The pro-legalization group, YES on 4, began in the summer of 2015, and by that fall had a ballot initiative with 105,000 signatures. The group’s main purpose is “to establish a […]

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Campus Crime Logs: Sept. 8 – 11

Campus Crime Logs: Sept. 8 – 11

The following reports were taken from the Boston University Police Department from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11. Medical assist reported at 705 Comm Ave. Officers responded to report of a male student having a panic attack at 11:10 a.m. on Sept. 8 near 705 Commonwealth Ave. The student was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Bicycle stolen from 52 Buswell […]

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