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The Daily Free Press

Year xliii. Volume lxxxiv. Issue VIII

FUR A CAUSE Store puts donated fur toward helping animals, page 3.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University


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Kerry confirmed by Senate as Secretary of State BUSM research assistant robbed, stabbed near BU By Jasper Craven Daily Free Press Staff

The U.S. Senate confirmed John Kerry as Secretary of State Tuesday, offering the Massachusetts Democrat the job of chief foreign minister for U.S. President Barack Obama. The Senate voted 94-3 to confirm Kerry to the post, ending what has been a relatively smooth process after Obama’s first nominee, United Nations ambassador Susan Rice, faced stiff opposition when she made confused comments regarding the Benghazi attacks in Libya that killed U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. “John Kerry’s exhaustive experience and selfless service as a veteran, a senator and a statesman will help him to step seamlessly into the role of Secretary of State,” said Sen. Robert Menendez in a statement Tuesday. “ I am confident that his vast experience and his relationships with the world’s political and military leaders will serve the president and the nation in furtherance of American foreign policy.” Kerry was approved by a voice vote Tuesday morning by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a committee he currently chairs. Once voted out of the Committee, the full Senate confirmed Kerry Tuesday afternoon. Kerry, a Vietnam veteran and Massachusetts senator for 28 years, first came on the political scene in 1971 when he testified before the Foreign Relations Commit-

By Margaret Waterman Daily Free Press Staff

forever,” Kantrowitz said. “The borrower isn’t able to discharge debt.” Due to a split Congress, the legislation is unlikely to achieve immediate approval, Kantrowitz said. “I can only see the pressure on Congress to do something about bankruptcy discharge growing as more and more students take on greater amounts of debt to pay for their college education,” he said. “More of the burden is shifting onto students and that manifests itself in a couple ways — one of which is increased debt in graduation and another is shifting enrollment from higher cost colleges to lower cost colleges.” Kantrowitz said it is ultimately up to students to make sure the legislation is pushed through, as young voters have been largely important in the past two presidential elections and will be crucial in upcoming congressional elections.

A Boston University School of Medicine research assistant was robbed and stabbed Tuesday night near Browne Street and Pleasant Street in Brookline, according to a BU Alert Service message. Two suspects stabbed and punched the victim before stealing an iPad at about 8:30 p.m. The suspects are described as two males, about 6 feet tall, both wearing knit caps covering their faces, fleece pullovers and jeans, according to the alert. The victim was a 30-year-old BUSM post-doctoral research assistant, said BU spokesman Colin Riley in an email. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. BU sent out an alert message to students at about 9:15 p.m. The incident occurred about a half of a mile away from BU’s School of Hospitality Administration, located at 928 Commonwealth Ave. BU and Brookline Police Department officers responded and are searching for the suspects. Riley said police patrols in the area have increased. “BU Police are assisting Brookline Police in their investigation, and they put out an alert about the incident and to be careful in that area,” Riley said. “It’s just amazing that this incident occurred, but we want to make sure students take precautions and that’s why we put that alert out as soon as possible.” This marks the eighth robbery or attempted robbery on or near BU’s Charles River Campus during the 2012-13 academic year. BU students were among the victims in a string of three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in September and October. On Jan. 18, two suspects approached a BU student and robbed him of his cell phone at 1065 Commonwealth Ave., next to the Shaw’s Supermarket at about 11 p.m. At about 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 19, three people, one of whom was a BU student,

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John Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State Tuesday.

tee in support of ending the Vietnam war. His career in the Senate has been marked by work on issues of foreign policy. Kerry acted as a leading voice toward the ratification of an updated START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia in 2012. He voted in favor of the war in Iraq in 2002, but has since come out against it. In recent years he has also traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt as a diplomat for


Obama. David Palmer, a professor of international relations at Boston Univeristy, listed several major issues Kerry is likely to encounter as Secretary of State. “Key issues Kerry will face will include Iran, continued Middle East turbulence and especially relations with Israel. [Other is-

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Proposed legislation allows students to declare bankruptcy By Margaret Waterman Daily Free Press Staff

While proposed legislation would provide loan forgiveness for students who have no way out, it could also cause credit problems, Boston University professors said. “The advantage of defaulting on your loans is you’re out of debt — you don’t owe the money any longer and you don’t have to make payments,” said economics professor Kevin Lang. “The disadvantage is the effect that prior default can have in a variety of situations where people check your credit history.” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island unveiled legislation Wednesday that would effectively reverse a 2005 decision making it impossible for students to default on their loans. “Young Americans are being hamstrung by record debt levels, forcing them to delay other important investments in their futures, includ-

ing purchasing homes and saving for a secure retirement,” Durbin said in a Wednesday press release on his senatorial website. Student loans are by far the largest source of consumer debt, accounting for $1 trillion of the total figure, according to Durbin’s release. Lang said while there are serious downsides to defaulting on loans, it could not be disadvantageous for students to simply have the option. “You can have a catastrophic financial situation through no fault of your own,” Lang said. “And that’s what bankruptcy was designed for.” One who defaults on their loans has to work his or her way through the legal system and might also be denied other types of loans down the road due to the previous default, Lang said. Mark Kantrowitz, financial aid expert and publisher, said the legislation would force lenders to provide more options to students looking to take out loans. “Right now the legislators don’t have much pressure on them to compromise with borrowers because they know they have this loan

Menino focuses on gun control, education and pay equity in state of city address By Amira Francis Daily Free Press Staff

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave his annual state of the city address at Faneuil Hall Tuesday, surprising a number of citizens with strong rhetoric directed toward issues such as education, pay equity and gun control. Menino made his way to the stage with the aid of a cane as the song, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” by Kelly Clarkson played in the background and viewers applauded his arrival. He began his speech by thanking all of his supporters for standing by him during his recent spell of poor health and continued by assuring all of Boston’s progress. “I stand before you a grateful mayor,” Menino said. “The outpouring of concern and support was truly incredible, but the truth is those cards said more about Boston than me. They are full of pride for our city, and they should be. Because from Orient Heights to Dorchester Heights, we contin-

ue to make great strides.” Menino was out of office for more than eight weeks in two medical centers fighting a series of ailments. He was officially released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Dec. 23. Some Boston residents said they were no longer worried about his health. Derek Lumpkins, 38, executive director of Discover in Roxbury, said Menino’s apparent strength surprised him. “I was actually surprised by how strong he was. He delivered very well and he was very strong, very articulate,” Lumpkins said. “He walked very sturdily through the halls, so no, I don’t have any concerns anymore.” Patricia Amend, editor of Club Business International in Back Bay, said she no longer has concerns about Menino’s health. “He was vital, he was positive,” she said. “It seems like he’s back.” In his speech, Menino said education programs in the city need improvement.

“Let us stay focused on moving forward with that process and on improving quality in all of our schools,” he said. “This year I will include in my budget new ‘quality improvement funds.’ They will support great teaching, leadership training, extended time, partnerships and upgraded facilities at our schools that need higher levels of support.” Menino said he planned to allocate $30 million to enriching schools. He also said he wanted to make Boston the leading city for working women by launching the “Women on Main” forum to open new fields of business to women, make it easier to find quality child care and to help women negotiate for fair pay. To the same end, Menino said he would create a Women’s Workforce Council. “Among other steps, we will make Boston the first city in the country to achieve pay equity for women, “ he said. “The most powerful way to unleash a person’s talent

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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave his annual State of City address Tuesday night.


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All but three Republicans vote in favor of Kerry’s nomination Kerry: From Page 1

sues include] Muslim extremists and the almost certainty of new attacks on Western targets,” he said. Palmer also said China’s continuing economic and military capacity might pose problems for the U.S. In his testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee Thursday, Kerry emphasized that a strong domestic economy would ensure effective foreign policy. “I am especially cognizant of

the fact that we can’t be strong in the world unless we are strong at home,” Kerry said. “And the first priority of business which will affect my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order, is whether America at last puts its own fiscal house in order.” Kerry faced a relatively warm reception from Senators on both sides of the aisle. When Obama initially nominated Kerry for Secretary of State in December, Sen. John McCain lauded Kerry’s experience.

“Senator John Kerry has served our nation with honor and distinction for many years,” McCain said in a statement from December. “I congratulate him on this nomination, and look forward to considering it as the Senate fulfills its responsibilities to provide advice and consent.” Every republican in the Senate voted in favor of Kerry’s nomination save three — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick

praised Kerry’s advocacy and work for the Commonwealth Tuesday, and congratulated him on his position. “On behalf of the entire Commonwealth, I want to extend my congratulations to Senator Kerry on his confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of State,” Patrick said in a statement. “In particular, I want to thank Senator Kerry for his decades of service to the people of Massachusetts.” With Kerry relinquishing his senatorial seat, a special election will take place in Massachusetts

later in 2013. The Mass. Democratic party showed its awareness of this position’s availability in a statement Tuesday. “As John Kerry moves to the forefront of the world stage, Massachusetts voters will have an opportunity to choose a successor who lives up to the high standards he has set,” the statement read. Kerry will make a farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, according a Kerry spokesman. He will be sworn in as Secretary of State later this week, replacing Hillary Clinton.

Menino addresses gun control, women’s equity SAR student: Students should pay debt State of City: From Page 1

is to prepare them for a job. We have many programs and places that do this work, but we can do more.” Menino also addressed gun control. “The most tragic loss of human potential is when it is lost to violence,” he said. “Mayor Bloomberg [New York City] and I will keep working with almost 1,000 mayors and over 1 million Americans. Life-saving solutions, which have long been within our reach, are now within our grasp. Stand with us on guns and say enough is enough.”

Lumpkins said he was surprised by how forceful Menino was about gun control, but glad that he took such a strong stance. “I appreciated how forceful he was about gun control and gun violence, and also the development in the city,” he said. Gerald Robbins, 45, of Charlestown, said Menino’s talk of women’s pay equity was important. “His salute to women business owners was really important, as was his women’s initiative,” Robbins said. “Ideally, eventually there will be a woman mayor that can run those [pay equity] initiatives.”

Jennifer Johnson, 44, editor for Club Business International in Dorchester, said she was surprised by what Menino chose to address. “He actually addressed a lot of issues that I wasn’t even expecting him to address,” she said. “It was really exciting to hear him talk about his initiatives for women.” But Lumpkins said he wished Menino was more specific in his plans for each issue. “I wish he had done a little bit more in terms of thinking in specifics,” he said. “I know this isn’t the kind of space where politicians do that, but I would have liked to hear more.”

lege may be a contributing factor to the growing amount of national student loan debt, but should not be an excuse for defaulting on loans. “The price of college has gone up a lot and it’s definitely difficult for some students to pay for it, but there are other options out there,” she said. “You should struggle through that without being able to take the easy route out.” While all students deserve the chance to get an education, the judicial system should be wary when allowing students to default on their student loans, said College of Communication sophomore Allie Gillette. “It’s a little bit unfair for people that do have to pay full tuition and can’t get financial aid for whatever reason,” Gillette said. “They [those in the judicial system] have to be careful of not giving it to too many people and make sure it’s carefully studied and what not.”

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While BU and financial aid officials said the legislation might be advantageous for some, a number of BU students said its negative aspects outweighed its positive features. “It would benefit me greatly but it would adversely affect my credit score as well, which is then bad for future home ownership or loans for cars, etc. later in life,” said Travis Lovell, a first-year Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate student. Lovell said he has student loans but would never consider declaring bankruptcy to avoid paying them off. “We should have to pay it back,” he said. “It’s going to be a huge burden on the government, and considering we are already in quite a bit of debt this is just going to be adding to it.” Amelia Stucker, a College of Engineering junior, said the cost of col-

8 robberies of class year in 1/2 mile All eight incidents occurred within approximately a half of a mile of Commonwealth Avenue. Police arrested Evan Holmes, a 29-year-old Quincy resident, Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 19 armed robbery. They are still seeking Holmes’s alleged accomplice Tyler Mauritson, 27 and also from Quincy, who remains at large.

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were stopped and robbed at gunpoint by two white males on St. Paul Street in Brookline. The same morning, at about 1 a.m., a black male and a black female pushed a female BU student to the ground before they stole her cellphone and a small sum of cash and drove away.

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Campus & City City Crime Logs

There will be blood By Regine Sarah Capungan Daily Free Press Staff

The following reports were taken from the Allston-Brighton D-14 crime logs from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22. At about 1:21 a.m. Saturday, a man was stabbed in an apartment at 389 Cambridge St. When the police arrived at the scene, they observed a trail of blood from the first floor common area of the building to the second floor apartment. The victim was found sitting on the living room couch of his apartment with a cut on his face and multiple stab wounds on his back. He was later treated and transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The victim’s roommate told police officers at the scene that he heard screaming in the building, saw the victim run into their apartment and a suspect run outside toward Harvard Avenue. The victim stated that he saw the suspect run in his direction but did not think that he was dangerous. The suspect also tried and failed to take the victim’s iPad and headphones. The suspect was described as a stocky white man in a black coat and blue jeans. No further information on the subject is available. Not my gym bag! A breaking and entering incident occurred in an apartment located at 1638 Commonwealth Ave. between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. The unknown suspect entered through the front door and stole about $4150 worth of property, including electronics, jewelry and a gym bag. The police searched the area but failed to find the suspect, other victims or witnesses. The main entrance of the apartment building was also found to be functional and locked at the time of the incident. Roommate gone rogue On Friday, a man accused his roommate of stealing from his locked bedroom at 44 Cummings Road between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The roommate allegedly stole a laptop computer, an iPad and $50 worth of cash from the man. Although a living room window to the apartment was open during the day, it was most likely not a means of forcible entry due to undisturbed objects at the entrance point. After the report, the police used the GPS device in the iPad and laptop to track the suspect. The suspect, has been the roommate of the victim for two months. Drinkin’ out of cups At about 4:23 a.m. Saturday a male was walking on Lake Street in Brighton to grab a cup of coffee when he witnessed two white males standing in a yard shooting a BB gun at red solo cups on a fence across the street. The victim became scared and drove to the police station to the report the incident. When officers arrived, they spoke to the two shooters, conducted a protective sweep of their apartment and confiscated the various BB guns and ammo. One of the suspects was identified as a Boston College graduate student. Detectives are still investigating.

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Buffalo Exchange donates fur to help critters AG pushes for law overhauls on wiretapping By Clinton Nguyen Daily Free Press Staff

Buffalo Exchange clothing retail locations are now accepting authentic fur apparel as donations to support rehabilitation centers for injured and orphaned animals. The Buffalo Exchange coordinates Coats for Cubs, an annual donation that collects, ships and disassembles furs to be donated as bedding to animals at rehabilitation centers across the United States, according to a company press release from Jan 21. Now in its seventh year, the drive runs from Jan. 15 to Earth Day, April 22. Kendall Cullom-Herbison, a store manager for the Buffalo Exchange’s Allston branch, said Coats for Cubs has collected more than 7,500 furs since the company joined with the Humane Society of the United States on the effort in 2006. In 2011 alone the program distributed 1,000 furs and, in 2012, collected 1,200. Kurtis Durfey, the Buffalo Exchange’s design and marketing manager, said the company has a team that manages fur shipments and divides supplies among the rehabilitation centers affiliated with the drive that expressed a need for furs. “The results are pretty telling,” Durfey said. “I think that our customers specifically are growing more aware of the need to contribute and are spreading the word. It

By Zoe Roos Daily Free Press Staff

desperately want to meet the U.S. at the same level … This is important to show their people how good and strong this regime is and that its the ‘right regime,’ often when something important happens in South Korea they want to match this.” Löhr said because Jong-un is young, he must show he is a strong leader. “I think Kim Jong-un is surprising us, in the last months there was little talks about military threats,” he said. “In North Korea there was a lot of stress about consumption on well-doing, living well, and now they are apparently in a way a step back.” Neighboring countries should not be too fearful of the threats,

In an effort to curb gang and gun violence across the Commonwealth, Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley and a group of legislators, members of law enforcement and mayors announced Monday that legislation has been filed to update the Commonwealth’s wiretapping laws. The bill, “An Act Updating the Wire Interception Law,” was filed Jan. 18 and has been endorsed by Mass. Sen. Katherine Clark, state Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty and state Rep. John Keenan. Coakley spoke at a press conference Monday about the importance of the wiretap update for fighting crime. “This is a common-sense step forward to keeping our communities safe from those who illegally sell and use guns and foster an atmosphere of violence,” she said. “If we want to truly be able to investigate and prosecute some of our most dangerous criminals and take them off the streets, we need to update this law.” The update would permit wiretapping to be used in cases of human trafficking, gaming, child pornography, money laundering and enterprise crime, according to a press release Monday from Coakley’s office. The bill would also extend the possible length of the wiretap from 15 days to 30 days, which is the federal maximum. The push for the update represents the effort by law enforcement officials to better utilize modern technology to convict suspects. According to the Attorney General, the law has not been updated since 1968. “It’s like asking our police to continue on horse and buggies after criminals began driving around in cars,” Coakley said. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at the press conference this update is necessary to keep up with criminals. “The state’s wiretap laws are stuck in the days of La Cosa Nostra when today’s violent of-

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JACKIE ROBERTSON/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF Buffalo Exchange is accepting real fur apparel to help rehab centers for injured animals.

has an impact on society’s perception of fur.” Coats for Cubs, fashion designers, retailers and the Humane Society of the United States endorsed the elimination of a loophole in the fur labeling trade in 2011, according to the press release. The collective also endorsed the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010, which was enacted in March 2011. The act eliminated labeling exemptions for products that contained relatively small amounts of fur. Cullom-Herbison said 44 rehabilitation facilities are working with the drive to bring furs to injured and orphaned animals. Lisa DeFreitas, store manager for the Buffalo Exchange’s Somerville branch, said her store

received four fur coats in the first week of the drive. She said customers have been very supportive of the drive overall. “People are very happy to help out the animals, basically,” she said. “People have grandmas with old fur coats that they don’t know what to do with.” Customers expressed support for the drive, but some were skeptical of its ability to achieve success. “It’s a little weird,” said Lauren Harless, an Allston social worker. “I can see it as a way to reciprocate, as a way to give back to the animals and, in a way, right the wrong.” Ellie Baumgartner, an Allston

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BU students not threatened by N. Korea’s claims By Melissa Adan Daily Free Press Staff

Despite threats of violence against the U.S. made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a number of members of the Boston University community said they do not perceive the claims as serious and are not concerned. BU international relations professor Joseph Wippl said the threats are a political move made to gain international attention. “[North Korea] does a lot of threatening to establish independence, and when anyone tries to attack them, they get serious repercussions,” he said. “It is a constant way of creating tension and attempting to get neighboring countries and the U.S. to give more consideration to North Ko-

rea.” On Friday, Jong-un made a public statement vowing retaliation against the U.S. and allies after the United Nations Security Council approved new tightened sanctions in response to a Dec. 12 North Korean rocket launch. Jong-un also swore to test a nuclear weapon on Thursday. In late December 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died, and his third son Kim Jong-un took over as supreme party and military leader. Former German Ambassador to North Korea Consul General Friedrich Löhr said he is not surprised by the threat. “North Korea acts this way because they feel the need to show power and strength in order to be taken seriously,” he said. “They

Freshmen see college as necessary to wealth, study suggests By Brian Latimer Daily Free Press Staff

Despite the findings of a recent study, several Boston University students and professors said it is more important to find fulfillment and experience at college than to be hired in a high-paying job. “Taking a long-range view will be better in the long run, but given the difficult job market today, it’s reasonable for students to focus more on finding a job rather than finding the best possible jobs,” said Randall Ellis, an economics professor. “It’s understandable why they’re so focused on trying to get a reasonable, paying job.” A study released Thursday by Cooperative Institutional Research Program found the primary goal of college freshmen, more so than previous years, is to land a highly paying job to become

wealthy. Over 190,000 fall 2012 firstyear students were surveyed and 88 percent said earning a wellpaying job is a very important reason to go to college. Almost 75 percent surveyed said college was necessary to making large sums of money. Though the prospect of financial stability is a factor in looking for a job, BU students often look for a career they know they will enjoy, Ellis said. “[Wealth] is a good goal to aim for, but not all of them will be able to find jobs,” Ellis said. “Many will choose jobs that don’t pay as much because of passion or other opportunities including further graduate education and internships. Students more frequently in-

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Boston University students and professors agree that mastering a subject is more important than a high GPA.


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CAS freshman: Jobs ‘hard to get’ without bachelor’s degree Freshmen: From Page 3

tern and work to help causes during school and after graduation, Ellis said. “Graduates are taking lower paying jobs now than five years ago,” Ellis said. “Many students are becoming teachers for Teach for America, or doing work at nonprofits and they’re becoming interns.” Economics professor Francesco Decarolis said his students plan to become wealthy, but their priorities are mastering material and finding a fitting job. “[My students] know they must reconcile a high-paying job

with something important and interesting for them,” Decarolis said. “It isn’t enough to get a high GPA and a degree, it’s how you get the GPA and which courses you take.” Decarolis said the results of the survey are not surprising because wealth has always been a goal of college students. “If the wage is a summary measure of success and how interesting and stimulating the job is, often the higher paying jobs will prove they are the most challenging, but engaging,” he said. “Committing to succeed in this market is a good way to open

many doors in life.” Peri Tur, a College of Arts and Sciences freshman, said she views college more as a career necessity than a key to a well-paying job. “I decided to apply to college because, obviously, you can’t do anything in this world without a college degree,” Tur said. “Almost everyone now has at least a bachelor’s degree and it will be hard to get a job without one.” Tur said she must stay competitive to be hired after school, but first will take time off for the Peace Corps. “A large paycheck is not that important to me,” Tur said. “At

some point it has to matter because it has to be just large enough to maintain a living, but it doesn’t have to be in excess.” CAS freshman Jake Barkin said he disagrees with the findings of the study because making money is not his goal in life. “People are not as much looking for high paying jobs, but rather looking for something that interests them,” Barkin said. Chris Topheryang, a School of Management sophomore, said students strive to earn a high-paying job, but the most important part of the job search is finding something they enjoy and can do

for the rest of their lives. “I am going to college to get a higher education and hopefully this education will help me land a good, high-paying, successful job,” Topheryang said. “The job just needs to be something I am happy with and can support my lifestyle.” Topheryang said most students apply to college with aspirations to be competitive in the workforce. “In terms of my future work experience, I’d definitely put it before money,” Topheryang said. “You can also get that kind of experience networking at college.”

Former S. Korean resident: N. Korea threats ‘empty,’ ‘like child acting out’ N. Korea: From Page 3

Löhr said. “This is a problem that surrounding powers have that they could easily deal with, but they might not because it’s risky,” he said. Wippl said the world must adjust to living with North Korea’s irrationality. “They [North Korea] are such an anomaly in a world that is developing rapidly,” he said. “They are like a sore thumb when compared to China and South Korea, modern, developed, industrialized societies.” Several BU students said they agree that North Korea’s actions are done for attention on the global stage. After living in South Korea for six years, School of Management freshman Brian Shin said North Korea’s threats are an empty talk. “They [the North Korean government] say that kind of stuff very frequently,” Shin said. “I don’t take it too seriously anymore. It’s more like a child acting out.” Shin said he believes South Korea needs to help its neighbor

to the north. “If it’s economically feasible I would be pro-unification,” he said. Ann Jacob, an international relations major focusing in foreign policy and security studies, said she did not expect Kim Jong-un to follow his father’s actions. “It’s kind of unfortunate he’s stuck to his father’s ways and now threatening the United Nations and United States with missiles,” Jacob, a College of Arts and Sciences junior, said. “They [North Korea] have gotten a cycle of getting aid. In order to help the cycle you need to help North Korea grow, let it come out of the dark— look at South Korea, it’s bright.” Jong Kim, a CAS sophomore who was an interpreter with the South Korean army from 2010 to 2012, said North Korea could gain benefits from opening relations with South Korea rather than making threats. “If North Korea came to us [South Korea] and was more open, it would be a more developed country,” Kim said. “In the long run we’d have a better economy. It would definitely be beneficial to both countries.”


Experts from Boston University said they are not concerned by North Korea’s nuclear threats.

Some students said attention must be given to other social issues in North Korea. “I would like to focus on the starvation problems they have there, rather than on the military,”

Shin said. Jacob says that the threats create an opportunity for U.S. officials to turn their gaze to North Korea and look into other issues. “Whenever there is a nuclear

launch we pay attention,” she said. “We are not paying attention to the human rights violation going on there and I think that needs more attention.”

Allston store recieves no fur yet Updated wiretapping laws to combat violent crime Fur: From Page 3

waitress, said the drive was thoughtful, but hard to execute. “I think it’s a fine cause,” she said. “But I think that fur has gotten such a bad reputation in the past few years that it’ll be hard to find people who would be willing to donate them.” DeFreitas said she rarely saw people still donning real fur coats. “People still have a lot of them left behind by grandparents,” she said. “So we get a lot of people

who are happy about having a place to drop those things off.” The Buffalo Exchange’s Allston branch has not been faring as well as its Somerville counterpart. “Thus far we have not had any donations,” Cullom-Herbison said in an email, “but the drive just started on Jan. 15.” However, she said she remains optimistic for the remainder of the Coats for Cubs campaign. “We continue to educate our customers about the drive in hope for a successful turnout,” she said.

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fenders are using 21st century technology,” he said. “Updating them would allow us to convict defendants with their own voices and reduce the burden on civilian witnesses.” Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone Jr. said an update would increase community safety. “This bill is an important step to give law enforcement the tools we need to keep our communities safe from gun and street violence,

to combat human trafficking and to investigate terrorist threats,” he said. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said this update would go a long way toward combating violent crime. “Our officers should be able to utilize these surveillance tools to investigate violent crimes,” he said in a statement. “An update to the wiretap law is long overdue and these changes will go a long way in getting illegal guns, drugs and harmful individuals off our

streets and out of our neighborhoods.” Norwood Police Chief William Brooks showed strong support for the Attorney General’s proposition. “It is in the interest of public safety that this statute be modernized to keep pace with developments in technology and crime,” he said in a statement. Voting for the proposed legislation will take place later in 2013.

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uying books can be a long and grueling process. To the book aficionado, there is nothing better than wandering around the shelves of a well-stocked bookstore. One might know exactly what to look for, but many enjoy perusing around stores to see what they might find. Independent bookstores cater to this sort of browsing routine and keep the love for books alive. Creating an identity as an independent bookstore “There aren’t many [independent bookstores] left,” said Dana Brigham, store manager and co-owner of the Brookline Booksmith. “What makes any of us stand out is that we each have our own personality, style selection (both physically and what we carry) and who we hire. Each one is quite unique.” This unique style is something that draws in customers and creates an atmosphere that families, children and students alike all want to be part of. The warmth (literal and figurative) in the store is not the only incentive for stopping by, and any book lover can see why. “The store has character to it. If you walk into it, you know that we’re about books,” said Jeff Mayersohn, owner of Harvard Book Store. “A lot of stores facing financial challenges have introduced non-book items and I have no problem with that,” Mayersohn said. “I think it’s more important that the bookstore survives, and if they do it by selling things other than books, that’s fine. We’ve chosen to take a different path where the book is still our main focus.” As for the Brattle Book Shop, the focus is on used books and keeping the selection fresh. Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop, said restocking the shop keeps the bookstore from getting boring and keeps it alive. “Used bookstores have always been independent,” Gloss said. “What makes them stand out is what you have in stock.” The Brattle Book Shop carries books

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If customers cannot find a title, Harvard Book Store can publish a book within 5 minutes and deliver it the same day with bicycle shipping.

ranging in price from $1 to $100,000. Don’t worry, the pricey books are located in the Rare Book Room and look like unique historical artifacts. One different aspect of the Brattle Book Shop that many independent bookstores don’t have, is an outside lot filled with discounted books. Gloss said, with this feature, Brattle Book Shop draws in anyone from tourists, to students, to business people. Discounted books are a feature that both Brookline Booksmith and Harvard Book Store have in the basement of their stores, but if a specific book can’t be found, these independent bookstores have also invested in online websites. Harvard Book Store has taken it a step further and can actually publish a book within five minutes and deliver the same day with


Brattle Book Shop, located in the Downtown Crossing area, has a unique Rare Book Room where books can range from $1 to $100,000.

bicycle shipping. “We bought a machine that manufactures books,” Mayersohn said. “There are only a small number of bookstores in the world that has these. If we don’t have a book on our shelves, we can print it.”

Competing with chain stores Chain bookstores like Barnes and Noble have locations everywhere, but independent bookstores have something different. “We have a place where people like to come,” Brigham said. “We have a great staff. You can order from us online, we sell eBook readers and eBooks, so it’s not so much a matter of competition as much as finding your niche.” And while Barnes and Noble is a big chain bookstore, it’s just another bookstore that independent bookstores compete with. Amazon has become the head honcho. “If you look at the way sales have trended for independent bookstores or the number of independent bookstores, Amazon has certainly hurt us, but that’s the reality we have to face,” Mayersohn said. “We have to figure out how to compete there. There are things that we do that Amazon can’t do. We create a community around our bookstore,” he added. Online stores may offer discount prices, but independent stores offer more options for shop browsers. “Online works very well if you know exactly what you want,” Gloss said. “When you come into a bookstore and browse, sometimes you’re looking in a section and you realize the book you’ve never heard of is the book you really need.” The art of browsing has become a means to discovering what may just be the perfect book “[As a customer before owning the Harvard Book Store], I would find some book I hadn’t noticed before and I absolutely had to have,” said Mayersohn. “Now I’m in the store everyday, and I still find some book that I had no idea it existed and I absolutely have to have.”

Customers keep coming back for more Some stores such as Brookline Booksmith has made students into regular customers by hosting activities. “Brookline Booksmith is my favorite,” said Stefanie Dominik, a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Dominik said she discovered the independent bookstore through one of its many book and poetry readings. “You can find obscure things that you can’t find at Barnes and Noble,” she said. “It’s fun to browse and find a random book and see if it’s interesting.” “I find independent bookstores cozy. This is the first one [I’ve been to], and I like it because finding books [at the Harvard Book Store] is like fishing,” said Hassan Charafededine, a tourist from Lebanon. “I’m discovering something new.” Bookstores allow you to be physically immersed by books that are stacked from floor to the ceiling. The music and creaky floorboards create a home-like feel and the staff is friendly, sporting as much personality as the bookstore itself. “I definitely prefer independent bookstores over chains,” said Olivia Vera, a freshman at Boston College. “They usually have just as big a selection as the big chains, plus they have a unique charm that you can’t get in the sterile big stores.” It’s the experience of shopping in a bookstore that makes buyers want to keep coming back. When you can be embraced like this in an independent bookstore, it’s incomparable to shopping online. “It’s not corporate, it’s a family-run business,” Brigham said. “There’s an element of discovery and surprise that has always been a part of our deal.” Gloss said he is not perturbed by the unpredictable future of his bookstore. “For as long as I plan on doing this, I think our business will be fine,” he said. “How the world will change in a few years, is hard to tell.”


Brookline Booksmith sells both new and used books.

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The importance of career services Universities, in a tough job market, need to do more to help their students to find a job. According to a recent article by USA Today (originally produced by education-news outlet The Hechinger Report of Columbia University), most universities are spending less and not more on their career counseling centers. In 2012, stated the report, the budget of the average college career office dropped by about 16 percent. Accompanying that drop is a lessened amount of job — and internship hunting — workshops, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This, we can all agree, is unsettling. Through their career centers, universities should consistently make significant efforts to connect students to opportunities in the job market, because getting a job, many would argue, is a (if not the) point of a college education — especially one that costs students upwards of $50,000 a year. Students sometimes go deep into debt to fund their tuition. So as job markets become increasingly competitive, career offices need to keep up with demands from both students and employers. This is difficult, of course — and what exactly, moreover, does it mean to keep up? — The Hechinger Report wrote that the average college career counselor today serves 1,645 students. On campuses with enrollments of more than 20,000 students, the ratio is one to 5,876. But a strong career center ensures students and prospective students alike of the value of their higher education. And it benefits not just students but also the university: high rates of job placement yield high university rankings. The Boston University Center for Career Development makes a marked effort to help students in their efforts to find internships and jobs. In addition to providing a number of career opportunities via the BU CareerLink, the center also helps students fine-tune their resumes and practice interviewing. It also hosts career fairs, the largest of which occur

once every spring and fall. These efforts have proven effective, as Boston University ranked highly on the New York Times’ employability survey this past fall. We are very grateful for the Center’s efforts. This does not mean, however, that some aspects of BU’s career services can’t be improved. For one, career networks are often divided between the different colleges — College of Arts and Sciences students cannot access College of Communication career centers, for example. This is unhelpful to many students. Additionally, BU students are provided only limited access to the network of the Alumni Association, in which there are 300,000 members, according to the Association’s website. Full access is only granted to students once they become alumni. While there are undoubtedly reasons for this, we still feel that connecting students to alumni before they graduate would be a successful way to also connect students with potential mentors and employers who also graduated from BU. Alumni networking is a strong and often successful mechanism for getting a job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of jobs are found through networking. Networking, it appears, beats talent. (On top of that, The New York Times recently reported that companies are more and more preferring and hiring internal referrals.) Opening our alumni network to students is a sure way to foster a stronger BU community both on campus and elsewhere by building students’ networking abilities and in doing so strengthen our school’s reputation. This is not to say that BU students are incapable of finding jobs on their own — on the contrary. We have been trained by the career center and have made our own connections with professors and employers. A BU diploma is reviewed with high regard. But we do expect a portion of our high tuition to continue to be dedicated to strengthening career services.

As the fall semester came to a close at Boston University, I found myself packing all my belongings into cardboard boxes, tearing down posters from my walls and looking over my shoulder at my empty dorm room. I was coming to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to return to Commonwealth Avenue for at least the next five months. I had decided it was time. After all, doesn’t absence make the heart grow fonder? My exotic escape? Washington, D.C. Yes, I’m aware I am not scaling the Alps or the Eiffel Tower. Did I consider being “that kid” and going back to my home city, London, for a semester? Yes, embarrassingly I did. I endured the chuckles when I revealed that I was going proverbially “down the street.” After being required to go home to London to swear my allegiance to the Queen (if only I were exaggerating, and to clarify it was myself in front of her portrait) I was about to delve into the heart of American politics and navigate the jungle that is succeeding in a city full of enlarged egos and backroom deals. I was waiting to feel like the chubby girl in “Mean Girls” who’s told, “You don’t even go here!” Immediately, I was armed with my Smartrip metro card and my curiosity. Network, they told me you always have to appear engaged and make sure you leave Washington, D.C. with numbers and emails for people who know people who know people. That’s how this city works. The most important advice? Never stand on the left side of the metro escalators unless you intend to walk down them. I thought this was an exaggeration, but believe me, it was not. It hadn’t hit me that these avenues, these streets, were going to be home. To add to the fervor, we had arrived at an opportune time: the presidential inauguration was imminent and the city was swarming. That weekend, we dragged ourselves out of bed and made our way to the D.C. Armory. An imposing complex, the line of people volunteering in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memory was staggering. Icy winds battered our faces as we waited to walk into the hall. As we entered, we were greeted by assembly lines. I held open bags as other volunteers stocked them with kits to send to troops overseas. As I surveyed the scene, I was astonished at how many people were finishing care packages and returning to the back of the line to do it all once more. I briefly tore myself away from the furor to head to the

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letter-writing section. “You know, the troops out there say that they wear these letters in their uniforms,” a woman told me as I settled to write. All of a sudden, I heard murmurs swell from the crowd at the other end of the hall. The flashes of cameras began to hasten, and I caught a glimpse of a forehead and then a face. The Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, had joined the assembly line. I had been in the nation’s capital for less than a week and I was in the same space as Joe Biden. He walked by us as he made his way to the stage to address the crowd, somber-faced Secret Service agents surrounding him. I saw his image replicated a hundred times over in the screens of iPhones held up above my head. We made it to the yellow section of the inaugural ceremonies on Monday morning. Early. It’s phenomenal what lengths we will go to for a place in the history books. To look back, regardless of affiliation and say, “The 57th Inauguration? Oh yeah I was there.” As my toes and calves gradually numbed in the cold, our group waited. A man dressed in his navy uniform stood in front of me, his hand held to his forehead in salute when Beyoncé eventually belted out the American national anthem to the National Mall. I am not an American citizen. I volunteered with the Obama campaign, but I could not vote. Weirdly enough, in that moment when thousands of people fell silent to listen to the president they elected to office, it didn’t matter.    “Come on, it’s so close!” I laughed to my friend as the Jefferson memorial loomed into view, the sky a spectrum of reds and oranges as the sun was setting. In reality, we were to walk for another half hour before we stood in front of the steps leading to Jefferson’s statue. I walked into the rotunda and turned around. The Washington monument was a pin pricking the sky, like a needle gently pushing skin, turning it pink. It’s reflection rippled in the water separating Jefferson from the chaos that was Washington, D.C. I was told “the district” was a town of scandals, gossip, ideas — a reverence for the past and an apprehensive yet steadfast optimism for the future. Yet, surveying the city from Jefferson’s perch, all was quiet.  Sofiya Mahdi is a junior at Boston University studying in Washington, D.C. this semester, and a former columnist and Opinion Editor at The Daily Free Press. She can be reached at sofiya218@gmail. com

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Terrier Talk Reflections

The Daily Free Press asked students about their most adventurous class of the semester. Here’s what some of them said. INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS BY MICHELLE JAY AND MAYA DEVEREAUX


“My fourth semester Hindi class.” - CAS sophomore



“Japanese is my most adventurous class because I am a business student.” - SMG freshman

“Chemistry, because I didn’t take it in high school, and well, that’s adventurous for me.” - CAS Freshman


“I’m taking three 300-level economics courses.” - CAS junior

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Morris: College basketball should implement new playoff system Morris: From Page 8

the regular season because they know they are going to make the tournament. It’s pointless. This also takes away the excitement of watching teams fight to get into the tournament, because they have no chance of winning it. The postseason should be reserved for only the very best. College football understands the importance of the regular season. One bad week can be the downfall of an entire season. This importance that college football places on the regular season is what

makes the sport so great. Every game matters, and that can hardly be said for college basketball. Where did this obsession with one-and-done tournaments come from? Sure it is exciting for the fans, but it is completely unfair to the teams involved. One game does not prove which team is better. Even the Royals can occasionally beat the Yankees. The Heat sometimes lay an egg against the Cavaliers. The Patriots actually lost at home to the Cardinals this year. But no one would argue that the latter team is better than the former.

But a series does prove which team is better. The Yankees would never lose a seven-game series to the Royals. This is why all playoffs need a series format. Unfortunately, it is impossible for football to implement a series format into its playoffs due to the brutal nature of the sport. Teams simply cannot handle playing that many games. But this is not the case in basketball. That is why professional basketball has a seven-game series format throughout its playoffs. In basketball more than any other sport, officiating can com-

Etrasco rewarded for offensive game Etrasco: From Page 8


Danielle Etrasco was named to the U.S. national team after two 50-goal seasons.

During the Champion Challenge, Etrasco scored three goals to help the U.S. National team go 3–0 against Team England and both the NCAA national champion and runner up — Northwestern University and Syracuse University, respectively. During the 2012 season, Etrasco scored 50 goals for the second straight year and had two five-goal games. The Massapequa, N.Y., native also earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Women’s Watch List and received America East First Team All-Conference honors. The U.S. National Team will compete next in an exhibition game against Team Canada during the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament at the end of May at Lehigh University.

pletely swing any game. One badly officiated game should not be the end for a team that worked so hard all year. College basketball needs to implement at least a three-game series format into the tournament. Until then, the one-and-done style will not prove which team is the best, but rather which team received the most officiating breaks and good bounces in that one particular game. Sure, we all love watching 20 games a day and seeing our brackets crash and burn. We all love seeing crazy upset after crazy upset. But this does not mean it is

good for the sport. The competitive balance of the sport is completely thrown off. Unfortunately, the only change I see coming in March Madness’s future is more teams being added to the tournament, adding to the already meaningless nature of the regular season. While college football’s playoff format is receiving improvements, it appears college basketball will be forever doomed unless we all wake up from our ‘one-and-done tournament’ trance and realize the atrocity that is March Madness.

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3-point shooting focal point of offense Jacsurak, Brady preparing for next challenge W. Basketball: From Page 8

Terriers’ offense has had success this year is the team’s ability to punish opponents with its excellent 3-point shooting. BU leads the conference in 3-pointers with an average of eight per game. At the present rate, the 2012-13 BU team is currently on pace for 232 3-pointers this year, which would break the previous America East record of 223 set by UMBC in 200708. Terriers racking up Player of the Week awards While a BU player did not receive the

last America East Player of the Week award for the week of Jan. 21 — that honor was given to Albany’s senior forward Ebone Henry — BU players have dominated this recognition over the course of the year. A Terrier has been named America East Player of the Week seven times out of the 12 weeks in the season. Alford leads all America East players with five Player of the Week awards, while Moran and Agboola each have received the award once this season. The only other America East player with more than a single Player of the Week award is Henry, who has two.

Track and field: From Page 8

On the women’s side, freshman Sophie Jacsurak and senior Nikko Brady will look to continue their strong performances in the 60m hurdles. In this event last weekend, they placed fourth (8.73 seconds) and fifth (8.74 seconds), respectively. Brady also placed second in the long jump, recording a jump of 5.61m. Lehane said that he is confident in Jacsurak and Brady, but cautioned that the increased level of competition will require that they bring their best efforts. “They’re going to have to bring their Agame and run really well,” Lehane said. “It’ll be a very stimulating environment.” Sophomore Gemma Acheampong will

compete in the 60m dash and 200m dash after placing eighth in the 60m with a time of 7.87 last weekend. Junior Janet Mellor will also compete in the 200m. Sophomore Amber Muhammed will run the 400m dash, while senior Julia Mirochnick and freshman Jade Paul will compete in the 500m dash. In the field events, sophomore Tessa Runels will participate in the long jump and triple jump after placing ninth (5.25m) and 11th (11.21m) in each event respectively last weekend. While the competition level is increased, Lehane says he thinks the challenge will be good for the Terriers. “Sometimes it’s good to get out of your own comfort zone and your own backyard,” Lehane said.

Women’s tennis remains undefeated with decisive 6–1 victory Roundup: From Page 8

individual victory, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:53.97. Freshman Stephanie Nasson won the 1,650 freestyle with a pool record time of 17:12.25. Senior Melinda Matyas was the best diver for the Terriers, winning the one-meter board with a score of 262.70 points and placing second in the three-meter board with a score of 270.25 points. BU’s next competition will be Feb. 2, when it hosts Boston College starting at 1:30 p.m. Wrestling Sunday afternoon, the BU wrestling team traveled to Davidson, N.C., to face Virginia Military Institute and Davidson College. The Terriers won both matchups with final scores of 34–6 in each match. Seven Terriers won both of their matchups. Senior Hunter Meys (197) was a top performer, contributing 10 points after pinning VMI’s Urayoan Garcia in one minute and winning a major decision over Davidson’s Carson Stack, 10–0.

Redshirt sophomore Alex Najjar (188) also earned ten points as a result of a 14–3 major decision over Conor Black of VMI and a Davidson forfeit. Redshirt junior Nestor Taffur (157) earned his 25th win of the year after a 16–0 technical fall over Ted Gottwald of VMI and a 15–1 major decision against Christopher Talevi of Davidson. At 133, B.J. Suitor pinned VMI’s Brandon Goodwyn and turned in an 8–2 win over Anthony Elias of Davidson. Other double winners for BU were juniors Bubba McGinley and Kevin Innis, and sophomore Mitchell Wightman. BU is back in action this Friday evening as it visits Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., for a dual meet. Women’s Tennis The Terriers improved to 3–0 on the season after earning a 6–1 victory over Binghamton University on Sunday. Sophomore Sami Lieb came away victorious in No. 2 singles, losing only one game and coasting by Binghamton’s Katherine Medianik 6–0, 6–1. She also combined with senior Jessi Linero to defeat

Binghamton’s Missy Edelblum and Alexis Tashiro 8–3 at No. 2 doubles. Linero had an easy first set at No. 3 singles, taking it 6–0, and was able to hold on and win the second set 6–4 to defeat Tashiro. Freshman Kim McCallum partnered with senior Vivien Laszloffy to win No. 3 doubles, 8–5. McCallum later won at the No. 4 singles slot 6–1, 6–4. In the top spot, freshman Lauren Davis battled back after dropping her first set to freshman Sara Kohtz, 5–7, to win her next two sets 6–2 and 3–0 as Kohtz pulled out after an injury. Davis also teamed up with fellow freshman Madison Craft at the No. 1 doubles spot and emerged victorious, 8–4. In her first appearance this spring, junior Kendal Drake was successful at No. 6 singles, winning her match 6–3, 6–0 over Jesse Rubin. Craft played at No. 5 singles in an attempt to complete the sweep for BU, but had to retire due to injury. The Terriers will take the court again Saturday when they face University of Wisconsin in Hanover, N.H.

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-BU coach Kelly Greenberg on her 250th career victory

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Driving The Lane

Faulted System

John Morris

You have definitely heard it before: “Why doesn’t college football implement a tournament like March Madness? College basketball does it, right?” It seems as though everyone feels this way. This way of thinking is completely backwards. March Madness is a terrible thing for college basketball. Don’t think I am saying that I am satisfied with the current college football playoff format. Even with the change to a four-team playoff in 2014, it will not be perfect. College football should just take the current system for choosing BCS bowl teams and make an eight-team tournament out of it. But that is beside the point. I’m saying the current college football format is better than college basketball’s beloved March Madness. Sports are simple. The point of either playing or rooting for a team is to prove your team’s supremacy over all other teams. This process of deciding the best team is broken up into two parts: a regular season and a postseason. The regular season is used to show which teams can be great over a long period of time. Then these teams are rewarded by going to the postseason, and playing each other head-to-head to prove which team is the best. It is most important that these two systems should be fairly integrated in a way that leaves the best team standing in the end. Now, it is true that college basketball has both of these integral parts. But it is the way that it handles the postseason that ruins the integrity of the game. First off, way too many teams make the tournament. It’s just ridiculous. In any sport, every team that makes the postseason should have a chance to win it all. This is not at all the case in college basketball. We all know that a 16-seed has absolutely no chance of winning the tournament. In fact, they don’t have a chance of winning a single game in the tournament. This makes the entire regular season meaningless for any team that actually does have a chance of winning it all. Every year, the Duke University Blue Devils just coasts through

Morris, see page 7


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Coming off a hard-fought home loss to the University at Albany that snapped its season-high 13-game winning streak, the Boston University women’s basketball team bounced back in its next game by defeating the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers, 63–49, on Saturday in Baltimore. For BU (17–4, 7–1 America East) coach Kelly Greenberg, it was important to move on after the Albany (16–3, 7–0 America East) game. “We hadn’t lost in so long … and we hadn’t felt that way in a while,” Greenberg said. “It was really important for Friday, when we were heading down to UMBC, to just regroup and remember that we’re really having a heck of a season, that we got to keep enjoying it and not get too caught up with just one game.” The Terriers started the game out strong with an 18–7 lead, but a 10–0 run by the Retrievers (6–14, 2–5 America East) brought them within one, 18–17, with about eight minutes remaining in the half. After the UMBC run, the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, culminating in a made jumper by senior guard Mo Moran to give the Terriers a 31–30 lead after the buzzer. While the first half was a close contest, the second half was dominated by the Terriers. BU opened the final 20 minutes of the game with an impressive 22–4 run that gave the Terriers a 56–39 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Ultimately, UMBC was unable to recover from the Terrier run, as BU went on to win the contest, 63–49.

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BU senior guard Chantell Alford has garnered five America East Player of the Weeks awards this season. P.8.

Terriers defeat UMBC on the road

Swimming team finds success in weekend meet By Sarah Kirkpatrick Daily Free Press Staff


BU senior guard Chantell Alford leads America East with 3.1 3-pointers per game and has made the most 3-pointers in Terrier history.

Historic win for Greenberg The Terrier victory against UMBC on Saturday was also significant because it marked Greenberg’s 250th career victory in 14 years as a head coach. “It’s a very nice feat to get,” Greenberg said. “I guess it just makes me think of all the teams I’ve coached and how every team is so different and every season is so different and how lucky I am to be coaching women’s basketball.” Prior to her tenure at BU, Greenberg spent five years as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team, posting an 84–54 overall record and winning two Ivy League championships.Appointed as head coach of the Terriers on July 7, 2004, Greenberg has led BU to a 166–104 record and three WNIT tournament appearances during

her nine seasons at the helm. Alford captures all-time BU 3-point record Senior guard Chantell Alford also achieved a significant milestone over the past week, as she became the all-time leader in made 3-pointers for the Terriers with 220 in her career. Alford, who is leading the conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game, has made the 3-ball an integral part to her game, as she leads all America East players with an average of 3.1 3-pointers per game. Alford also leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.9 percent (65-of148). Terriers on pace to break AE 3-point record One of the biggest reasons the

W. basketball, see page 7

Swimming and Diving The Boston University swimming and diving team competed at the Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., Friday and Saturday. The men finished second as a team with a total of 716 points, behind host Dartmouth College, which finished with 1,109 points. Several Terriers came away with individual victories, including sophomore Mario Caballero in the 100 breaststroke (58.15 seconds), sophomore Connor Stuewe in the 100 backstroke (50.62 seconds), and freshman Mun Hon Lee in the 200 butterfly (1:51.98). Caballero also finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.60, and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay. Caballero’s quartet of Stuewe and sophomores Brandon Funk and Ryan Bach finished with a time of 1:34.48. The top diver for BU was junior Jared Scheck, who placed third in the one-meter board with a score of 281.10. The women’s team also finished second with a score of 729 points. Dartmouth was again the top team, with a score of 1,007.5. In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, the Terriers were victorious as senior Katie Radin, freshman Tess Harpur, sophomore Katie Kenney and freshman Karla Ferrera won the event with a time of 1:49. Later, Radin won the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.98. Sophomore Mika Spencer also had an

Roundup, see page 7

BU ready for competition at Armory Collegiate event Etrasco goes nat’l. Members of the Boston University track and field team will travel to New York on Friday and Saturday to compete at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The meet will bring in some of the nation’s most talented collegiate athletes from more than 100 universities. Plenty of BU athletes will be in the mix, said BU assistant director of track and field Bruce Lehane. “For some of [the BU participants], they’re going to be among the best there,” Lehane said. “They’re ready to go.” One of these top Terrier athletes will be senior R.J. Page, who broke his own school record in the 200m dash last weekend, placing fourth overall with a time of 21.25 seconds. He will compete in the same event this weekend. Page will also participate in the 60m dash, in which he placed fourth (6.91 seconds) at the Terrier Invitational.

“He’ll be one of the strongest guys down there,” Lehane said of Page, who also earned America East Track Performer of the Week honors for his record-breaking act. “The track down there may not be as quick as our track, but the competition will be a level of competition that will help him.” Two top performers from last week, graduate student Zachary Ray and freshman Reuben Horace, will also travel to the meet. Horace set a new conference standard in the weight throw last weekend, winning with a throw of 18.77m and earning America East Field Performer of the Week honors. Ray won the 60m hurdles (7.98 seconds) and placed second in the long jump (7.16m), in addition to anchoring the secondplace 4x400m relay team. Both will participate in the same events this weekend. Senior Sam Arsenault will compete alongside Ray in the long jump and 60m hurdles after placing sev-

enth in the long jump last weekend with a mark of 6.71m. Senior Tewado Latty will compete in arguably his strongest event, the 400m, for the first time this season. Last season, Latty won the event at the America East Indoor Championships with a time of 47.27 seconds. At the Terrier Invitational, Latty competed in the 200m dash and led off in the 4x400m. “[Latty] looked really promising [last weekend],” Lehane said. “He ran a 21.40 in the 200, and led off the relay in a 46.9. Those are two great marks, and we expect him to run very well down there. He’ll have to, because the competition’s going to be real high.” Freshman David Lageberg will also travel to compete in the 400m dash, while junior Steve Vitale will run the 500m dash. Sophomore Michael Maloof will join Horace in the weight throw.

After a junior season where she earned a spot as an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, Boston University women’s lacrosse senior attack Danielle Etrasco earned a spot on the 2013 United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team Tuesday. Etrasco, who made the team after the Champion Challenge Weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Buena Vista, Fla., is the first Terrier to make it onto the final Team USA lacrosse roster. As a member of the team, she will participate in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup. BU lacrosse coach Liz Robertshaw will join Etrasco at the FIL World Cup as the assistant coach for Team USA.

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