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Steve Kornacki is a Boston University alumnus and a political reporter for MSNBC. PHOTO COURTESY STEVE KORNACKI

INTERVIEW: MSNBC host Steve Kornacki on intriguing relationship between politics and media

The first election Steve Kornacki followed was the 1990 Massachusetts gubernatorial race between John Silber and William Weld. Twenty-five years later, he’s gearing up to cover the 58th presidential election as a political correspondent and host for MSNBC. Kornacki, a 2001 graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, recalled portraying Silber, a former president of BU, in his sixth-grade mock […]

by Kelsey Cronin· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Marsh Chapel's Global Ministries Department and the Boston University Mexican Student Association celebrated the Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1. PHOTO COURTESY PABLO RODRIGUEZ

Dia de los Muertos celebration supports cultural community on campus

Mexican communities around the world began celebrating “Dia de los Muertos,” or the Day of the Dead, Sunday. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional holiday that honors deceased loved ones through prayers, traditional foods and decorated altars. Right here at Boston University, however, the Mexican Students Association, in partnership with the Global Ministries Department at Marsh Chapel, hosted its […]

by Jih-Chieh Yun· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
A student group competes during the “So You Think BU Can Dance” competition Saturday evening. PHOTO BY JOHNNY LIU/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“So You Think BU Can Dance” brings philanthropy to center stage

Raising money for the Half the Sky Foundation, a nonprofit founded in Beijing that raises funds to help Chinese orphans receive the medical care and services they require to have a healthy childhood, Boston University China Care Fund held “So You Think BU Can Dance,” a competition fundraiser, Saturday night. BUCCF is one of more than 60 student-run China Care […]

by Mariel Cariker· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
The 20th annual Boston Veg Food Fest gathered many vegetarians and natural food providers on Saturday and Sunday. PHOTO BY JAKE FRIEDLAND/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston Veg Food Fest showcases healthy alternative eats that can’t be beet

Boston’s resident herbivores “vegged” out Saturday and Sunday at the Boston Veg Food Fest, held in Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center by the Boston Vegetarian Society. Organized by volunteers, the weekend gathering highlighted both local and national efforts to help support a healthier lifestyle. Vegans and vegetarians, as well as meat-eaters who were simply curious, came […]

by Natasha Mascarenhas· · 1 comment · Features, Spotlight
Barry DeVincke, a Boston by Foot tour leader, led a Boston University student and faculty group through Boston Common during an LGBT walking tour Friday. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU students and faculty take educational trip through Boston LGBT history

Walking along a path in Boston Common across from the Massachusetts State House, there are no visible remnants of Boston’s LGBT history. However, this was the very path where about 155 years ago, transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman walked while discussing Whitman’s newest edition of “Leaves of Grass,” a literary classic famous in part for its bold […]

by Kylie Obermeier· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Candles were lit in honor of students' coming-out stories at the “Sacred Stories of Emergence” service at Muedler Chapel on Wednesday night. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

OUTober event shines light on acceptance within religious LGBT community

The candlelit Muelder Chapel at Boston University’s School of Theology provided a safe space Wednesday night for those who identify as a part of the LGBT community. The setting was intimate, with just 17 people, mainly graduate students, sitting in a circle around a small table topped with candles, some left unlit. The gathering, “Sacred Stories of Emergence,” was part […]

by Michaela Johnston· · 1 comment · Features, Spotlight
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward, left, discusses his novel "The Last of the President's Men" during a conversation moderated by David Gergen at the First Parish Church in Cambridge on Tuesday night. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Bob Woodward calls for clear-watered, open-gated politics

Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who broke the Watergate scandal with colleague Carl Bernstein for The Washington Post in 1972, visited Cambridge Tuesday to promote his latest book, “The Last of the President’s Men.” “What you’re always looking for is the part of the story you don’t have,” Woodward said to a crowd of 300 that gathered at […]

by Samantha J. Gross· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Founders of Unlock Foundation, Scott Karrel and Michelle Shapiro, visited students at the Old Odonase School in Ghana this year. The foundation aims to address educational gaps in rural African schools. PHOTO COURTESY MICHELLE SHAPIRO

Unlock Foundation opens up educational opportunities for rural African children

In the four years since the creation of Unlock Foundation, the philanthropic partnership has addressed educational gaps in rural and marginalized African schools by working with teachers, students and community members to ensure that the children get the best primary education possible. Unlock Foundation was created by Scott Karrel, a 2010 graduate of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, […]

by Andrea Kaufman· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
McDonald’s hosted a pajama party at City Hall Plaza to promote the new “All Day Breakfast” menu. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

McDonald’s customers can now eat McMuffins all McDay

Within 10 minutes of the gathering’s opening, nearly 100 Bostonians flocked to City Hall Plaza for free Egg McMuffins and coffee Friday to take part in McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Pajama Party, which celebrated the restaurant’s new All Day Breakfast menu. “Now, 24/7, when you roll out of bed, breakfast is available,” said Catherine Allen, executive vice president of SHIFT […]

by Kelsey Cronin· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Emma Karin Eriksson holds her latest edition of her zine, "Radical Domesticity," after the Household Cleaners Workshop at the Boston Zine Fest Saturday. PHOTO BY MADISON GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Boston Zine Fest advocates for radical social awareness

It is often difficult to tell if activism-oriented events have any substantial impact on those who attend them, but it was clear that the Boston Zine Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, not only exposed attendees to new ideas, but also inspired them to act. The festival’s first day at Make Shift Boston included a panel discussion on how zines serve […]

by Kylie Obermeier· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight