Students have only been back at Boston University for a few weeks, but already there have been three reported robberies on and around campus. The number of robberies may be ‘normal’ for this time of year, but it is nevertheless unnerving to the BU community, and should warrant more action than acceptance.
‘ ‘Clean coal’ is a phrase that politicians who want to appear environmentally friendly while appeasing the coal industry love to use. According to the Energy Information Administration, coal use made up nearly half of the energy generated in the U.S. in 2007. Why wouldn’t one be in favor of making it cleaner? However, like most political catchphrases, ‘clean coal’ is nothing more than a gimmick.
We know at some point your parents have gotten a Christmas card from a far- off acquaintance who misspelled their names on the envelope. Or maybe a letter, clearly written while intoxicated, from your step-uncle who ended up going to jail for that weird parrot-slavery auction he operated out of your neighbor’s tree house.
‘No faculty layoffs. In fact, we are continuing faculty hiring.’ These words from Boston University President Robert Brown came as a relief to many, but have turned out to be nothing more than outright deceit. The cutting of non-tenured professors by the College of General Studies is a total contradiction of Brown’s assurance in the Jan. 22 town hall meeting that faculty would be spared in the face of a $10 million budget gap.
Iceland is a country in economic turmoil, yet this tiny progressive nation has provided an example that the whole world can look up to. The appointment of Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has made Iceland the first country to have an openly gay national leader. Iceland has long been a leader in gay rights, allowing couples to have all the benefits of marriage, including the ability to adopt children since 1996.