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A report released by the Environmental League of Massachusetts on Thursday rated the Baker-Polito administration's environmental efforts with a C. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS

Environment groups give Massachusetts environmental efforts C grade

In collaboration with several environmental agencies, the Environmental League of Massachusetts released its first annual report Thursday on the commonwealth’s environmental efforts, deeming Massachusetts’ efforts as a C, according to the report. “In light of findings here, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) earns a collective grade of C for their first year of work,” the report […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday that there will be an increased investment in services for the homeless in the budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 as part of the Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston initiative. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh allocates new funds to address homelessness

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes the allocation of $1.3 million to further the progress of the city’s “Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston,” according to a Wednesday press release. Walsh stated in the release that he hopes the new funding will help improve conditions for the homeless population within the […]

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More employers inclined to hire recent college graduates this year, survey finds

Sixty-seven percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year, according to a Thursday CareerBuilder survey. The hiring outlook experienced a 2 percent increase from last year, though business remains to be the highest in-demand degree among employers. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll between Feb. 10 and March 17, with a sample of 2,186 hiring managers […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced on Thursday the new "Commonwealth Commitment" initiative, which aims to make college more affordable through rebates and tuition waivers. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Baker-Polito unveil plan to make higher education more affordable

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Thursday a bipartisan plan to increase the affordability of higher education and encourage degree completion, according to a Thursday press release. The plan, called the “Commonwealth Commitment,” awards eligible undergraduate students with a 10 percent rebate after each semester that they successfully complete, according to the press release. Participating students […]

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Elkie Clinton speaks about diversity and other social issues at the BUnited conference Friday night in the Questrom School of Business. PHOTO BY MADI GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BUnited gives voice to diverse conversations, issues in two-day conference

College students from Greater Boston gathered Friday and Saturday at the inaugural BUnited conference, a Boston University student-run symposium geared toward fostering discussions about diversity and other social issues. Approximately 70 students came to a panel in the Questrom School of Business Saturday afternoon, following a workshop breakout session that was part of the two-day conference. The Saturday schedule included […]

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Boston University trustee and School of Management Class of 1972 alumnus Richard Shipley donates $10.5 million to the School of Medicine to create a prostate cancer research center on the BU Medical Campus. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU trustee Richard Shipley establishes cancer research center, explores “humane” treatment

Boston University trustee Richard Shipley, a School of Management Class of 1972 graduate, donated $10.5 million to the BU School of Medicine for the creation of the Shipley Prostate Cancer Research Center on the BU Medical Campus, BU spokesperson Colin Riley said. Riley confirmed that Shipley’s donation will go toward finding treatments for prostate cancer that are less invasive, less aggressive […]

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A report released Wednesday by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education found that more bachelor’s degrees were awarded to students from higher-income families. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Success rate of earning bachelor’s degree depends on family income, report finds

Wealthier students in the United States have higher rates of success in earning bachelor’s degrees, according to a report released Wednesday by The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. The report is a partnership project between the Pell Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, said Pell Institute director Margaret Cahalan. […]

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Three panelists discuss the pros and cons of divesting from fossil fuels at a public forum in the George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium in late February. The BU community’s efforts were rewarded Friday by the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Fossil fuel divestment advocates see results in ACSRI’s recommendation

Many Boston University students as well as faculty and staff members have been active advocates for BU to divest from fossil fuels over the recent years. Advocacy efforts led the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing to consider a divestment recommendation to the Board of Trustees in 2014. The ACSRI decided to review the issue of fossil fuel divestment on […]

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A mural created by French artist “JR” began the dismantling process on Thursday. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Popular mural on John Hancock Tower to come down

A popular mural that has become a fixture in Boston’s skyline will soon be removed, officials said. The grayscale mural depicting a man with his hands in his pockets is currently displayed on the glass of the John Hancock Tower in Back Bay. “Last day of the piece in Boston,” the mural’s artist, JR, wrote on his website Wednesday. “They […]

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Jake Brewer, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and BU Student Government's president-elect, presents his amendment to create an upper and lower house at a Senate meeting Wednesday evening. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Senators reject Brewer’s proposed bicameral legislative plan by narrow margin

The Boston University Student Government Senate debated for three hours Monday evening, eventually voting to reject president-elect Jake Brewer’s proposed amendment to the SG Constitution. Brewer’s proposal was for a bicameral legislature, separating senators and the rest of the student body into an Upper House and Lower House, The Daily Free Press reported on April 12. The amendment proposal failed […]

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