The Daily Free Press Year xlii. Volume lxxxiii. Issue XXXIX [ SO STUDIOUS U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano keeps students in mind at Congress, page 3. Monday, November 12, 2012 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED ‘Skyfall’ hits theaters as newest addition to James Bond saga, page 5. ] www.dailyfreepress.com HARD LOSS Men’s hockey loses 4–2 to BC, page 8. WEATHER Today: Partly cloudy/High 65 Tonight: Cloudy/Low 55 Tomorrow: 58/36 Data Courtesy of weather.com Boston residents honor lives dedicated to military service Officials search for link between garage fire, ‘Allston flamer’ By Chris Lisinski & Regine Sarah Capungan Daily Free Press Staff PHOTOS BY KENSHIN OKUBO/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF Various veterans, ROTC groups, honorary militias and military units march through downtown Boston in the Veterans Day Parade Sunday. By Margaret Waterman Daily Free Press Staff Standing amid a crowd on Boylston Street on Sunday, New Hampshire resident Colleen McCormack-Lane said that being at the Boston’s Veterans Day parade allows her to show support for her father, who passed away in 2011. “It’s emotional ... It’s very important to us,” said McCormack-Lane, whose father served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. She said she and her husband were attending the parade in his honor. Hundreds of observers turned out to celebrate the parade march from the city’s theatre district to Faneuil Hall, lining the intersection of Boylston Street and Tremont Street by the Boston Common to watch it begin. The American Legion sponsored the parade, which featured ROTC groups, military units, honorary militias, marching bands and veterans’ organizations. Veterans Day, a national holiday, marks a three-day weekend for a number of workers across the country. The parade also featured military representation from Boston and various towns across Massachusetts. Residents and visitors alike came out to support family members who had served the country. Tim Dawson, who lives in Boston, said he comes to the parade every year to honor U.S. veterans. “I’m a free man. I depend on them [people who serve],” Dawson said. “I have family that is in the service.” Brian Upperman, who lives in Plymouth, said he attended the Boston Veteran’s Day Parade because it is well coordinated. “It’s the oldest, and one of the best,” Upperman said. Upperman, who is planning a cookout for the work holiday on Monday, said a lot of people in his family have served in the military and they are under-appreciated. “Since 9/11, they have been appreciated Veterans Day, see page 2 Culture, identity revisited after Puerto Rico’s status-change vote By Chris Lisinski & Megan Kirk Daily Free Press Staff Gabriela Pabon, a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore who was born in Puerto Rico, said that while she would not mind it becoming a state, she worries the people would lose their culture. “The way of life in mainland United States is very different than in Puerto Rico, and my biggest fear would be that our traditions would eventually be erased,” she said. “In Puerto Rico, people are a lot more laid back and are very warm. I feel like people in the U.S. are more concentrated on the individual, while people in Puerto Rico are more concentrated on the collective.” About 80 percent of Puerto Ricans voted in a referendum Tuesday that re-evaluated Puerto Rico’s status as U.S., according to the Puerto Rican General Elections 2012 website. Fifty-four percent voted “no” when asked if they were content with the current relationship with the U.S. and 61 percent voted favoring statehood. Thirty-three percent voted for Puerto Rican semi-autonomy, and 6 percent voted for complete independence. Julian Go, a Boston University sociology professor, said the vote does not confirm that Puerto Rico will become a state. “If you think about the history of these types of referenda, it’s non-binding, so even if Puerto Rico votes to become a state, it’s not going to happen necessarily,” he said. Go said the Puerto Rican statehood bid has been an ongoing matter for years. “There’s a whole history of a desire to become a state and at the same time, fundamental disappointment,” he said. “There’s a history of resentment and disappointment, and I think that history going back so BU alum’s memory, legacy lives on By Chris Lisinski Daily Free Press Staff Nearly a year after his death, Boston University alumnus Kyle Trotman lives on in those he knew and loved, said College of Communication junior Dexter McCoy. “Today, we are here to celebrate the life and memory of our friend, brother and mentor Kyle,” McCoy said to a crowd of more than 80 people in Marsh Chapel. “As long as we live, Kyle lives. Kyle is me and Kyle is you.” Members of the BU community honored Trotman’s memory at a memorial service Saturday afternoon. Trotman, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2011, died of heart failure in December 2011 at the age of 22. During his collegiate career, Trotman worked at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground as a Cultural Mentorship Program student ambassador and worked for a program called 100 Black Men Who Care About BU. He graduated with a degree in economics and was hired in October of 2011 as an IFR research analyst for home equity and multiple issues at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Brooklyn, NY. “By 22, Kyle created a legacy for himself, something a lot of young folks can emulate,” said Reggie Gill, Trotman’s uncle. “We sent you [him] a boy, you [he] returned a man.” Gill said Kyle had been like a son to him. He recalls his nephew loving his time at BU and looking after the people he met there. “He has left us physically, but he is here in spirit,” he said during the ceremony. “The pain is very tough … but we want to thank you all for being a part of his life.” Sarah Doyle, a 2011 CAS graduate, said she got to know Trotman while the two Trotman, see page 2 far means that these votes are more symbolic than anything else.” Juan Pablo Cáceres, a Puerto Rican College of General Studies sophomore, said the referendum was illegitimate. “It’s more like a stunt that the previous governmental party did because they are pro-statehood,” he said. “To get reelected for this new term, they tried to do this new plebiscite so ... at least people would see it back home better than our current status [as a] freely associated state.” Cáceres said Puerto Rico’s current status is damaging, but he supports independence. “Right now our current status is worse than statehood or independence because we have so many limits that are imposed on, first, our economy,” he said. “The de- Puerto, see page 4 Investigators are probing into circumstances of a fire that ignited early Sunday morning in Allston, an incident that officials determined was the work of an arsonist. Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said firefighters responded to the fire at 15 Long Ave. at about 7:50 a.m., where firefighters found a garage with two vehicles inside on fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and BFD investigators determined the cause of the fire to be arson. The incident comes about one year after a string of incidents involving vehicles on fire in Allston within a two-month period. The fires appear to be similar to the “Allston flamer” incidents, MacDonald said. “There are similarities,” he said. “They happened on weekend mornings and the cars were not parked on the streets — they were either in driveways or in garages.” Authorites are investigating whether Sunday’s fire is related to the 2011 fires. MacDonald said the garage was a standalone structure with no residents, and no injuries were reported. He said both wooden doors to the garage and the back window were destroyed in the fire. The walls, floor and ceiling were not badly damaged because the building is made of concrete. Both vehicles in the garage were totaled, he said. The fire destroyed a Honda Civic and an unknown Acura model. While MacDonald could not confirm if the vehicles belonged to Boston University students, he said one was leased to a resident across the street and the other was leased to a resident living next door to the garage. He said the area has a high population of students, but the owners might also have been young professionals. Boston Police Department officers are assigned to the fire investigation, but the BFD will continue to lead and conduct the investigation, MacDonald said. Nearby residents expressed concern about the fire. Hakan Jackson, an graduate student in the School of Management who lives at 17 Long Ave., said he hopes for more information on the intention behind the incendiary to be released. “Hopefully they find a motive behind the Fire, see page 2 HERE COMES THE BRIDE PHOTO BY KIERA BLESSING/DAILY FREE PRESS Boston University School of Law alumna Lauren Kirshner and her bridesmaids are photographed on Bay State Road just before her wedding Sunday afternoon.