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Students walk through the GSU Link, a hotspot for clubs on campus. Last week, the BU's Allocations Board released its budget report for student groups, introducing a new process of giving money to groups called The Square. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Allocations Board announces funding decisions, student organizations express frustration

Sophia Roldan-Ferreira, the president of the Boston University Belly Dance Society, said her club cannot hire instructors this semester because the Allocations Board, an organization that is in charge of distributing a portion of student tuition to undergraduate student organizations, denied their request of $5,000 club funding. The Questrom School of Business junior said she does not understand why AB did […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker attends a forum with the Opioid Crisis Working Group in April of 2015. Baker recently released a new report on opioid-related deaths in 2013 and 2014 that includes key findings such as that young people in Massachusetts are especially at risk for overdose. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Opioid-related deaths increased by 350 percent since 2000, report finds

The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased by 350 percent in the past 15 years, according to a report released Thursday by the Baker-Polito administration. The report analyzed opioid-related deaths from 2013-14 and marked the first time data from several state agencies have been connected to provide an overview of deaths associated with the opioid epidemic, according to […]

By Alyssa Meyers· · 0 comments · City, News
Protesters against the North Dakota Pipeline march through the city on Saturday Morning. PHOTO BY ALYSSA MEYERS/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Protesters march against controversial Dakota oil pipeline

Boston residents and activists marched from the Boston Common to the Charles River Esplanade Saturday morning to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Approximately 60 protesters gathered at the corner of Park and Tremont streets at 11 a.m., when the event opened with a prayer circle lead by Oceti Sakowin spokesperson […]

By Alyssa Meyers· · 0 comments · City, News
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 […]

By Lavanya Prabhakar· · 0 comments · Campus, News
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 […]

By Amanda Kaufman· · 0 comments · City, News
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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