The Daily Free Press Year xliii. Volume lxxxiv. Issue XVIII GREAT OUTDOORS Boston officials seek to beautify Hub’s outdoor areas, page 3. [ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University HEALTHY TWEETS Study researches potential of Twitter predicting health trends, page 5. ] www.dailyfreepress.com W. hockey defeats UVM twice over weekend, page 8. Today: Showers/High 47 Tonight: Snow shoewers/Low 32 Tomorrow: 36/22 DOUBLING UP WEATHER Data Courtesy of weather.com Scott Brown’s Fox News job gets mixed reviews BU officials deny By Sophia Goldberg Daily Free Press Contributor After deciding he would not run in the special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat, former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown announced Wednesday that he would become a contributor for Fox News to the station’s daytime and prime-time television shows. “Senator Brown’s dedication to out-ofthe box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and we are looking forward to his contributions across all Fox News platforms,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for Fox News, in a press release Wednesday. Brown defeated Mass. Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley in the special election in 2010 to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s open seat. He announced Feb. 1 that he would not run in the special election June 25 for Kerry’s seat. Brown did not rule out a possible run for the governor position when it becomes available in 2014. “I am looking forward to commenting on the issues of the day and challenging our elected officials to put our country’s needs first instead of their own partisan interests,” Brown said in the release. Brown made his television debut on “Hannity” at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. He said on the show that running in another election for the Senate within three years would be a burden. student claims of rodents in GSU By Leah Park Daily Free Press Contributor Duncan also said the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid would also be affected and would in turn affect millions of students during the college application process as they decide where to attend school. “A cut to Student Aid Administration could affect the processing of the [FAFSA], which millions of students and families use,” he said in his speech. “This could mean that many students would not receive financial aid determinations and awards in time to make enrollment decisions.” Officials for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, Duncan said, believe a sequestration of this magnitude would be extremely harmful for all U.S. citizens in addition to students. “This should not come as a surprise, because sequestration, by design, is bad policy,” he said in his speech. “The resulting deep cuts carry the very real threat of While some Boston University students said they have seen mice run through the George Sherman Union, BU officials denied the allegation that the GSU has a rodent problem. “When mice or other rodents are noticed, we are quick to respond,” said Senior Vice President for Operations Gary Nicksa. “I’m not aware of any current problem, but it would not surprise me if we do have mice on campus since it [Boston] is a city.” Nicksa said Facilities Management and Planning officials are prepared for and aware of any potential problems or rodent infestations if they arise. “We do have a preventative program — we constantly monitor and intrigue rodents, but it comes with living in the city,” he said. “Nothing has come to my attention.” However, Emma Leighton, a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said she saw a mouse Sunday night while eating dinner at the GSU. “While mice are a natural thing to have around food places like restaurants, it’s gross to have them inside,” Leighton said. “I’ve never felt otherwise uncomfortable or grossed out by the food I’m eating at BU Dining Services, though.” Emily Chau, a CAS senior, said she has seen mice under booth tables near the City Convenience located within the GSU. “My friend and I were studying for our midterm in one of the booths next to City Convenience, and she felt something scurry across her foot,” she said in an email. “I looked under the table to see, and saw what I’m assuming was the tail whip around once and disappear.” Michelle Kwon, a School of Hospitality Administration sophomore, said she saw a mouse near the Academy Room in the GSU while she was with a friend. “With the mouse running around the tables, there is no guarantee that there are no mice in the kitchens of GSU,” she said in an email. “It makes me feel uncomfortable because the mice may be in the kitchen where they make the food that the other students and I eat.” Kwon said BU Dining Services and Sequestration, see page 2 Mice, see page 2 MICHELLE JAY/DAILY FREE PRESS FILE Former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown, pictured on election night at the Park Plaza Hotel, signed with Fox News as a correspondent. “It’s the people’s seat as you remember, and to do five races in six years and raise another $30 million to $50 million and then go and participate in a Congress that’s dysfunctional and extremely partisan,” he said. “But you know, I’m going to continue to work and be part of the election process back home and other elections throughout the country.” John Carroll, professor of mass commu- nication at Boston University, said Brown’s independent point of view is different than Fox’s image of a far-right Republican news broadcast. “They let go Sarah Palin and Dick Morse, who were controversial, and then they bring in Scott Brown, who has positioned himself as an independent voice and who is more moderate,” Carroll said. “So Brown, see page 2 Ed. Secretary warns against sequestration’s cuts to aid, work study By Margaret Waterman Daily Free Press Staff After the deadline for sweeping spending cuts as part of the “fiscal cliff” was pushed from Jan. 1 to March 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the 10-percent, across-the-board cuts will cause dramatic harm to institutes of higher learning. The automatic spending cuts, referred to as sequestration, are considered major issues at Boston University, as they might affect financial aid and work-study programs, BU officials said. “It’s really troubling to us,” said Jennifer Grodsky, vice president for BU Federal Relations in D.C. “No matter what happens, we have a tremendous financial aid office that thinks a lot about how to communicate with students and parents on what is their best option.” After months of deliberation, Congress partially avoided the fiscal cliff by passing The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on the Jan. 1 deadline, but the sequestration deadline remains and was pushed to March 1. Education officials advocated for avoiding the sequestration cuts in late 2012, as the cuts pose a significant threat to research funding. Duncan, who delivered a speech Thursday in front of a Senate committee devoted to the topic on Capitol Hill, said sequestration would cut $49 million from the federal work-study program and cut Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants by $37 million. If the government does not avoid the March 1 cuts, the federal work-study program will need to eliminate about 33,000 students, Duncan said in his speech. With the cuts made to FSEOGs, approximately 71,000 students will be affected. BU professor arrested on charges of domestic assault, suspended from teaching By Brian Latimer Daily Free Press Staff A Boston University professor is no longer teaching and is not being paid after he was arrested on allegations of domestic assault, BU officials said. Pedro Lasarte, a 65-year-old Spanish professor in the Department of Romance Studies, was arrested Feb. 10 and faces charges of battery and domestic assault after allegedly intimidating a woman with brass knuckles, according to news outlets. “This is an allegation of domestic assault and as far as the university is concerned, he is not currently teaching and he is has been on a ‘no-pay’ status since Wednesday,” said BU spokesman Colin Riley. Arlington Police Department officials declined to comment as the case is now in the hands of the Suffolk County District Attorney. A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney could not be reached for comment by press time. Arlington Police Department officers arrested Lasarte Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. after responding to a distress call at his home on Moulton Road, according to news outlets. He allegedly scraped the woman with the tips of his keys then “thumped” her in the ribs with brass knuckles, which are illegal in Massachusetts. The woman accused Lasarte of scraping her upper arm with his keys. Police on the scene reportedly said there were visible scratches on her arm that appeared to be key abrasions. The woman told police Lasarte said he knew where to strike her with the brass knuckles so no mark would be left, then thumped the left side of her rib cage, according to news outlets. She called the police soon afterward. Police on the scene reportedly said Lasarte was belligerent and did not cooperate with them. He denied all allegations of do- mestic abuse and ever touching the woman. Lasarte was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon, news outlets reported. He reportedly did not know brass knuckles were illegal in Massachusetts and said he brought them to the U.S. when he moved here from Peru 30 years ago. The woman said Lasarte threatened her over a dispute about the time of day she decided to wash the dishes, according to news outlets. She said he enjoys doing the dishes at night and was angered when she was doing them in the afternoon. Lasarte, however, reportedly told police he became angry about several purchases she made to his credit card. Just before his arrest, Lasarte told officers she spent about $3,000 dollars on his credit card. “Again, because of the allegations and he is not receiving pay,” Riley said. “This is a very unfortunate circumstance.” PHOTO COURTESY OF BU Pedro Lasarte, a Boston University Spanish professsor, was arrested Feb. 10 on charges of battery and domestic assault.