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BU SSW to establish center for healthcare initiatives StuGov holds 2nd By Taryn Ottaunick Daily Free Press Staff
With a generous $12.5 million gift from an anonymous donor, Boston University’s School of Social Work will open the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, officials announced Friday. The CISWH, which will be located on the BU Medical Campus, will combine the disciplines of social work and medicine in order to gain an understanding of how the two topics must work together to create ideal healthcare systems, said SSW Dean Gail Steketee. “This new center will focus on interdisciplinary goals with a focus on how the profession of social work can play critical roles in developing an equitable, affordable, high quality and cost effective health care system,” Steketee said. “… All of our health disciplines, including social work, are beginning to work together to make this dream a reality in the coming years. This will mean re-conceptualizing primary care to include preventive efforts for the public’s health, as well as direct services for individual and family physical and behavioral health care.” Although the center is located on BUMC and will work primarily for graduate students, it will also provide opportunities for undergraduate students, particularly those in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Steketee said. “The center will provide several fellowships each year to doctoral and masters’ stu-
election for College Governments chair By Jaime Bennis Daily Free Press Staff
rate 48 workers in Massachusetts who lost their lives on the job,” she said. “As has been said, one death is too many. We know that the majority of workplaces accidents were preventable, caused by preventable hazards. We must recommit ourselves to support, encourage and require that employers institute proven safety measures at the workplace.” Kaprielian has been working with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to establish Patrick’s Executive Order 511, which established the Massachusetts Employees Safety and Health Advisory Committee to improve worker health and safety. “On any given day in Massachusetts, over 3 million residents report to a job,” she said. “I will stand with you and fight so that none of our three-and-a-half million workers has to sacrifice their health or safety for their paycheck.” While several attendees were there to show
After an additional election and significant deliberation, Boston University Student Government Judicial Commission has confirmed College of Fine Arts sophomore Alexander Golob as chair of next year’s College Governments Presidents’ Council. “We dealt with incomplete information from the start of the election,” the Judicial Commission said in a statement Monday. “We decided upon what was presented to us at the time and made decisions. However, through our investigation, we conclude that Alexander Golob is the winner of the President’s Chair.” In the initial election, College of General Studies Student Government President Austin Kruger, a sophomore in the College of General Studies, won over Golob, president of CFA student government. On Saturday, the SG Judicial Commission was brought in to verify the initial vote, which was conducted by SG Executive Vice President Richa Kaul because the current chair of the College Governments Presidents’ Council Felicity Chen granted Kaul the authority to do so, said Judicial Commissioner Stephen Chang. Later on Saturday, the Judicial Commission ruled to disregard the results of the poll because not all voters were notified properly prior to the poll. Chang also said at the same time, Chen had conducted a poll using qualtrics, a method later declared illegitimate by the Judicial Commission due to the potential of bias. The Judicial Commission met Sunday and conducted an independent election by personally calling members of the College Governments Presidents’ Council to count their votes. In the second election, Golob defeated Kruger. “We called the individual presidents on the phones to record their vote,” Chang said. “I personally talked to the president to reduce any bias [and] stated all candidates possible for voting. The Judicial Commission recognizes our election to be the final and fair election.” The Judicial Commission received an appeal from Kruger Sunday evening, claiming he lost to Golob because the election was conducted unfairly, Chang said. The commission determined there was inadequate evidence of tampering with elections or coercion, therefore Golob was announced the winner of the election.
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$12.5 million from an anonymous donor will go toward constructing the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health on the Boston University Medical Campus.
dents in social work, public health and potentially other fields,” she said. “In addition, the center will welcome undergraduates, especially those within UROP whose interests align with faculty at the center.” The CISWH will also work closely with the Center for Global Health and Development, whose expertise in the urban environment of underprivileged countries renders them a valuable partner, said CGHD Direc-
tor Jonathon Simon. “On the urban agenda, we have a lot to contribute and learn from each other,” Simon said. “The CGHD works with underprivileged communities outside of the United States. Much of the work of CISWH is with that same population here within the U.S. — those in need of social support and social services … Social work puts such a
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Workers Memorial Day honors those killed during work By Stephanie Pagones Daily Free Press Staff
To honor workers who have been injured or killed on the job, more than one hundred workers, union, government representatives and residents gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House on Monday. The memorial event, part of the Workers Memorial Day Commemoration, was organized by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. It honored those who had been killed or injured in the workplace in 2013. In attendance were representatives of labor unions, such as Building Trades Council and Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, as well as Massachusetts Sen. Ken Donnelly and other representatives of the state legislature. “In 2013, we lost almost 50 workers, almost 50 employees of workplace related death, and countless more undocumented cancer and illnesses,” said Steven Tolman, president of The
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. It is imperative people fight to give Occupational Safety and Health Administration the ability to properly penalize and investigate worker safety violations and workplace conditions, Tolman said, which is something that must be done at the federal level. “We need to ensure that our public employees are protected on the job sites and without the resources OSHA needs, we run the risk of losing more workers each year to occupational tragedies,” he said. “We need to change the mindset so that the number one priority of all employees is making sure that all workers are able to get home safely. Rachel Kaprielian, secretary of Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, said any workplace death is unacceptable, and we should not fight to for less workplace incidents, but for no workplace incidents. “It is a solemn day to be here to commemo-
Workers’ rights groups strive for safer workplaces after workplace death report By Felicia Gans Daily Free Press Staff
In anticipation of Workers Memorial Day celebrated Monday to honor those hurt and killed due to injuries in the workplace, a report titled “Dying for Work” was released Sunday about workplace deaths in 2013 and changes made to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Compiled by Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, the report details the 48 Massachusetts workers who died in the workplace in 2013. Nine of the 48 deaths are attributed to falls, the most common workplace cause of death. “None of the fatalities were a random never-happened-before, never-happen-again event,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, executive director of MassCOSH. “We’re seeing enough similarities between the fatalities that we know there are things that must be done to prevent them.” The report was intended to look deeper
into the causes of each individual victim’s death, placing a spotlight on what the workplace could have done to prevent the event and what further regulations should be put in place, Goldstein-Gelb said. “We don’t let this report just sit on the wall,” she said. “We look at it all the time to take a look at where we can have a bigger impact.” While workplace fatalities have remained stable over the past few years, AFL-CIO and MassCOSH are working together, beyond their collaboration on the report, to raise the bar and ensure safe and healthy jobs that provide a sustainable wage and enjoyable working atmosphere to all Massachusetts workers. Both organizations look to give employees a voice in the workplace, allowing them to advocate for improved conditions should there be a need for them, Goldstein-Gelb said.
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The Massachusetts AFL-CIO released its annual report about work-related injuries and death Sunday, which says 48 workers in the Commonwealth died on the job in 2013.
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Activists call for full funeral compensation Director for CISWH to be named by 2015 pay respect to her father, who lost his life while working at Logan International Airport in 2005. She is advocating for the Family Burial Benefit Bill, which will give more money to families of workers who had died on the job in order to be able to provide funeral services. “This is the ninth year since my father died,” she said. “He was electrocuted while working at Logan Airport. It’s important to try and make a change. Right now, $4,000 is provided to families, but that doesn’t begin to cover the cost of a funeral. More money would make a difference at a time when a family doesn’t want to worry about costs.”
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respect to friends and family who had lost their lives while at work, others were in attendance to show support for the cause. David Graham, 67, of Natick, was there to mourn the loss of a friend, Michael McDaniel, whom he had known for more than 23 years. “We worked together at the Town of Natick Water Department,” he said. “He and my friend Scott Sperling were injured in an accident involving a backhoe truck. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. It’s something we are forced to deal with every day.” Melissa King, 31, of Boston, was there to
Kruger: Elections lack ‘specific’ protocol, initial results should still be considered
versy to begin with,” Golob said. “We went through all the procedures that Judicial laid out, and I think it was seamless in terms of due process.” Kruger said the results of the initial election should still stand. “Enough presidents voted for a majority to elect their leader,” Kruger said. “The judicial commissioners publicly declared a winner. These votes were collected before all the drama took root, and there are no specific requirements on election protocols because the current presidents’ chair has failed to write a constitution.” It has also been rumored that there is still animosity between Kaul and Golob from the recent SG Executive Board election in which Kaul beat out Golob as next year’s Executive Student Body President. Kaul said this is not the case. “The campaign is over,” she said. “We have settled our differences, we are actually on good terms, and I will be welcoming him to the Executive Board if he is the new chair of College Governments Presidents’ Council, just as I would if anyone else won.” Adrian Baker contributed to the reporting of this article.
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“There were allegations with tampering,” the Judicial Commission said in a statement. “After investigating this case, we believe there is not enough evidence to suggest the fact of tampering with votes and coercion.” Felicity Chen and SG Treasurer Fiona Chen have both been accused of endorsing Golob’s Student Government campaign slate True BU behind the scenes. “The College Governments Presidents’ Council is comprised of each president of the nine undergraduate colleges of BU,” Felicity Chen said. “They are the university’s best and brightest leaders who have been elected by their prospective colleges. As the current chairwoman of CGPC, it is extremely unlikely that the best and brightest of BU subvert to such claims.” Golob said he looks forward to assuming the position of College Governments Presidents’ Council chair and commended the Judicial Commission for handling the recall election and appeal professionally and efficiently. “I don’t think there was much of a contro-
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strong focus on the urban environment in the United States, and one of the themes for work at the CGHD is the urban environment in low-income countries.” Simon said the economic knowledge from the CGHD would be a crucial tool in analyzing social policy for healthcare within the CISWH. “The whole issue is bringing rigorous economic analyses to social policy choices, so that we’re spending the limited social investments that we have during a time of declining investments in the social sector,” he said. “We need to spend them as effectively and efficiently as possible. The CGHD has a very strong economics program that works on these issues. Clearly the applied social sector of economics is a place where the two centers can collaborate.” A director has not yet been appointed to CISWH, but Steketee said there should be one in place by early 2015 who possesses a large variety of credentials across numerous
disciplines. “The director will occupy an endowed professorship within the SSW and will work with faculty from the CGHD, and from BU SSW, School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Dental Medicine and the department of economics,” she said. “We expect that center faculty will also work with colleagues from the Schools of Communication, Engineering, Management and other fields.” Steketee said social work and medicine go hand-in-hand because both career paths require an element of compassion. “Social workers are trained in clinical skills to work with individuals, families and groups of people, and they are also trained to evaluate the larger picture, the neighborhood, the community, and the social policies, that influences the availability of essential care and services to meet people’s needs,” she said. “Thus, social workers are uniquely positioned to lead inter-professional efforts to ensure that center goals are met.”
Resident: Labor mgmt. teams needed WorkerS: From Page 1
“If workers are encouraged to speak up, if they have their respect and are valued by their employers, things are going to be safer,” she said. “One of the things we work toward is strengthening that voice in the workplace and ensuring that there isn’t retaliation against workers that do speak up.” Lisa Field, director of field operations at Services Employees International Union Local 888, was one of over 35 contributors to the report. Local 888, which represents public employees on the state and local level, has worked with MassCOSH to extend Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards to further protect workers. “We work with MassCOSH in order to
help us train our members to become strong advocates for workplace safety,” she said. “It’s a collaborative effort. It’s not just the workers, and it’s not just management. We just look at it as a team.” Field said many workplace safety regulations are legislatively mandated, but it is vital to have labor management teams trained to ensure the mandates are in place and working effectively. “We hope to build a real cultureof safety in Massachusetts for all workers, not just for public workers,” she said. “One vision I know that I share with MassCOSH is we’re hoping we can get all the players to the table to have a huge safety council … to really collaborate.”
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Campus Crime Logs April 21 to April 27 By Alyssa Ciofani Daily Free Press Staff
The following reports were taken from the Boston University Police Department crime logs from April 21 to April 27. Large party busted A large party was broken up at 72 Gardner St. in Allston on April 21 at 9:26 a.m. BUPD took down the names of 35 BU students present. Not all attendees were BU students. Wallet stolen from Warren Towers A student’s wallet was stolen after she left it at the security desk at Warren Towers, located at 700 Commonwealth Ave., on April 21 at 9 p.m. The incident is under investigation. Suspicious man in Warren Towers A suspicious man was reported at 700 Comm. Ave. on April 21 at 10 p.m. This man was later found in a student’s room and was identified as the student’s father. The man will be staying with the student for a couple of nights. Domestic dispute on Bay State Road A domestic dispute between a man and a woman was reported at 208 Bay State Rd. on April 22 at 3 a.m. No assaults were reported. When BUPD arrived, they advised the couple separate for the night. Trespasser on Buick Street A man was found trespassing at 10 Buick St. on Wednesday at 9:48 p.m. He was given a warning and escorted off BU property. Trespasser at Mugar A non-affiliate was found sleeping in Mugar Memorial Library, located at 771 Commonwealth Ave., on Thursday at 12:30 a.m. He was issued a warning and escorted off BU property. According to BUPD, the man had received additional trespass warnings prior to the incident. Counterfeit money at Barnes and Noble A counterfeit $20 bill was given to BUPD by a Barnes and Noble employee at 660 Beacon St. after the note was found Thursday at 10 a.m. Wallet stolen from administrative center An employee’s wallet was stolen from Room 256 of the administrative center located at 2 Silber Way on Thursday at 3 p.m. Unknown package A female student received an unknown package delivered from Hong Kong at Warren Towers on April 24 at 2:25 p.m. The student did not order anything from Hong Kong and is not from there. The package was opened and contained a piece of latex. Police have custody of the package. Underage possession of alcohol Three non-affiliate minors were stopped at Beacon Street and St. Mary’s Street on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for possession of alcohol. They will be summoned to Roxbury District Court.
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Residents speak out about housing crisis Student think By Clinton Nguyen Daily Free Press Staff
Boston residents raised concerns and suggestions addressing gentrification and an insupportable housing supply at a Boston City Council hearing Monday evening. City Councilors Josh Zakim, Ayanna Pressley, Charles Yancey and Frank Baker were present, as well as several panels of testifiers, who raised and clarified issues to the council’s attention. Zakim, who filed the hearing at the end of February as a human and civil rights matter, published a statement saying he hoped to address the provision of safe and affordable housing, rising median real estate costs outgrowing median incomes, the city’s Inclusionary Development Program and income inequality. “Particularly in a city that boasts about our diversity, we need to be demonstrating in our housing stock a commitment to preserving diversity,” Pressley said. “And not just on the racial lines, but also the socioeconomic lines.” Attendees said they were interested in seeing how the council would address gentrification in their neighborhoods. “What I’m afraid will happen is there will be a displacement of people who call this place home,” said Maureen White, 34, a resident speaking about her neighborhood of East Boston, “People who’ve made this neighborhood their community — they’ll just be forced out, and we’ll be a neighborhood of rich people.” Some attendees were not from Boston but were nonetheless affected by those displaced from Boston’s neighborhoods. “We saw that most kids coming in from the state came from Boston neighborhoods, so the gentrification has an effect on the people in Brockton,” said Ross DePina, 24, of Brockton, who works with
tank system to replace House By Adrian Baker Daily Free Press Staff
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Boston City Council’s Committee on Housing and Committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights held a public hearing Monday evening where members of the public discussed the housing inequality and the right to affordable housing.
youth. “Plus, we see other things happening: luxury housing being put up [and] property that could kick out working class people.” Among the issues that were brought up by panelists and testifiers, the most frequently cited was the inadequate housing supply for the recent explosion of the city’s population. Since 2010, about 19,000 people have moved to the city of Boston, said former City Councilor Mike Ross. “If there’s one thing I remember from business school, it’s that demand or price will only go down if supply increases as against that demand,” he said. Ed Glaeser, Ph.D., an economics professor at Harvard University, said he agreed with several of the city councilors and re-emphasized the need for zoning law reform. “Reforming the zoning code allows for more density,” he said. “That’s about affordability, and it’s also about environmental sensitivity. Building Boston up is a way to avoid building out, right? And you get a greener world if you build the city up instead of building out.” Other panelists addressed the issue of Millennials, who are coming
to the city for education and leaving the city to find more affordable housing. Tamara Roy, senior principal at ADD Inc., an architectural firm, said housing density could be bettered in a variety of ways. “Boston’s rapid shift toward singles and much smaller families coupled with our existing postwar housing stocks, of which over 66 percent are two-, three- or fourbedroom units, leaves us to the conclusion that the far better solution is a smaller, more affordable unit,” she said. Roy is one of the creators of the micro-apartment, a class of compact studio apartments ranging in under 300 square feet. Several of her architectural students had to move out of Boston because their incomes out of college were not enough to make ends meet. At the end of the panel, residents said they were pleased housing has become an important issue in the city council. “[In] the last panel, housing justice rang true,” said Daniel Procaccini, 27, of Norwood. “They reminded the council about what’s important on the ground and what people are experiencing.”
Boston University Student Government senate voted Monday to dissolve its House of Representatives in favor of a new SG branch that will aim to bring more members of the BU student body together to discuss strengthening community on campus. “The needs that need to be met from students are not the needs that we are currently meeting with the House [of Representatives],” said SG Executive Vice President Richa Kaul while presenting the proposal. “We want to replace it with something that does meet the needs of students.” The new SG branch, entitled the BU Student Think Tank, aims to be the permanent community-organizing branch of student government. It will gather student leaders to foster community at BU through open conversation, healthy compromise and innovative collaboration, said Kaul, a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore. School of Education senate representative Sandra Soto, a member of the committee that presented the Think Tank proposal, said the SG House of Representatives was never brought to fruition. “There haven’t been House of Representatives meetings. There are currently no representatives,” said Soto, an SED sophomore. “We are using all of the knowledge we gained from the past year of trying to make this work and get it started to make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes.” Soto said whereas the SG House had been open only to student group leaders, the Think Tank will allow for increased participation among students who may not be hold official titles at the school but are interested
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New Balance in running to supply troops with American shoes By Kelsey Newell Daily Free Press Staff
To uphold its commitment to provide troops with American-made supplies, the U.S. Department of Defense is considering a contract with Allston-based New Balance to provide the military with sneakers. The Berry Amendment, established in 1941, requires that our troops are training and operating with American-manufactured materials. Up to this point, the Department of Defense has given the troops cash allowance to purchase sneakers themselves, but a policy change will ensure that even their footwear is American, the Department of Defense announced Friday. New Balance announced it would be competing for a contract with the DoD to be the sole supplier of sneakers for the military. Matt LeBretton, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs, said the contract would benefit New Balance, the military and the domestic economy and job market. “This decision will create more American jobs at manufacturers and suppliers in Maine and Massachusetts and across the country,” he said. “We look forward to moving through the implementation process and competing to provide our American military with the very best in U.S.made athletic shoes.” New Balance will be vying for the contract with many other com-
panies, which need to have a product made completely of American materials with American employees to compete. “This is a contract we will compete for … we do not have a deal at this point,” said Amy Dow, communications manager for New Balance. “In 2013, one out of every four pairs of shoes that New Balance sold in the USA was made or assembled here. New Balance also proudly employs more than 1,300 American manufacturing workers.” New Balance currently makes a 100 percent Berry-compliant shoe, which would cost the DoD less to supply the troops with than the current cash-allowance they are providing, according to a 2013 press release from Massachusetts Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “DoD has spent approximately $180 million on the athletic footwear cash allowance program to date, which is money that could have gone to American jobs and manufacturing,” Tsongas said in the 2013 release. Tsongas has been advocating for this policy change for more than one year. If implemented, this policy change would redirect the current money the DoD is giving their troops back into the American economy. “Innovative companies such as New Balance are able to provide our service members with quality products and keep business here on
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The U.S. Defense Department announced Friday that it will be providing military recruits with American-made footwear, so if it chooses Massachusetts-based New Balance, which is one of the few companies whose shoes meet all the federal requirements, the privately owned business may see a surge in revenue in the millions.
American soil,” she said. “We are boosting job growth, spurring economic development and innovation and giving the brave men and women of our armed forces better gear. This amendment is a win all around.” Several residents said they are excited about the prospect of troops wearing New Balance shoes, and happy to hear the military will be supplied by American manufacturers. “It’s great that [the military] will be buying from Americans and not from overseas,” said Joseph Wells, 42, of Back Bay. “But I don’t think
it’ll make much of a difference in the job market or anything, I just think it’s a nice gesture and ensures that Americans are supporting Americans while our economy is wavering.” Cristy McDaniel, 51, of Back Bay, said it is time for this action to be implemented, especially since this policy has been put in place for years. “It’s not right for the people that represent us to be wearing stuff from other countries,” she said. “It may not seem like that big of a deal, but is sends a message that we are united.”
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in bolstering a sense of community on campus. “It would be a wider range of BU students, so it would engage the entire community rather than that specified group,” Soto said. “The Think Tank would be responsible for doing the research in between the [senate] meetings to ensure that the issues that are brought up can actually be solved together.” The senate also voted to fund an initiative that will provide recycling bins on each residential floor of Warren Towers. “Increasing access to recycling is really im-
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portant,” said Director of Environmental Affairs Danielle Elefritz. “There are students on every floor who are interested in recycling, but they’re not going to take the time to go down to the fourth floor, or they just don’t know what resources are available to them.” The $5,140 allocated by SG to the Department of Environmental Affairs will allow them to purchase 45-gallon recycling bins that are expected to be available to students by the beginning of the fall semester, said Elefritz, a junior in CAS and the College of Communication. To read the rest of this story, please visit dailyfreepress.com.
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Researchers at Mass. General, Harvard School of Public Health say more TV leads to less sleep for children Hoda Yehia Science Tuesday Staff “Turn off the TV!” We’ve all heard this classic parental command, and we’ve all been annoyed as children. However, a new study published in the May issue of Pediatrics shows that it is indeed important to turn the tube off from time to time for your health. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health have found that a higher amount of television viewing can decrease the amount of sleep that children get. “Many children watch many hours of television or other screen media daily, so over the course of
a week, that can really add up to a substantial sleep debt, and the reason that’s important is that as little as 20 minutes of increased sleep in experimental studies improved academic performance and attention,” said Elizabeth Cespedes, lead author of the study. The mothers of over 1,800 children, six months to eight years of age, were asked a variety of questions related to sleep and television exposure over a period of several years. The researchers found that for every additional hour of TV viewing, a child lost seven minutes of sleep per day. Researchers also found that
children with a TV in their bedrooms decreased their average sleep duration by half an hour per day. “Many people don’t know, but screen media computers and especially televisions emit blue light which, when you’re in close proximity to that, actually depresses melatonin production and can lead to a delayed circadian rhythm,” Cespedes said. As a preventative measure, Cespedes suggests that parents follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’s recommendation of setting two hours of screen time per day for children between the ages of six months and seven
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Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health found that for every extra hour of screen time, children lose seven minutes of sleep. Some suggested solutions for reducing this screen time are removing bedroom TVs and eliminating dinner TV viewing.
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years. Other strategies are simply to remove TVs from bedrooms and to turn off the TV during meals. However, according to Boston University School of Public Health professor Sophie Godley, the process of reducing TV exposure is a tough task in many households. “It’s all well and good to say if we want to decrease screen time, but I think we also need to look at the concepts in which that’s happening — sometimes parents put small children under screens because that’s the only way they’ll get a break, or that’s the only way they still can get dinner ready,” she said. Godley notes that the next steps should be offering “healthy options” to parents on how they should manage screen time use among their children. “When families are stressed and when families don’t have the resources they need from the city or from other institutions, then sometimes you can rely on TV or rely on screens, so it’s always important to put this in contact and make sure that people have
healthy options for how they spend their recreational time and how their children spend their recreational time,” she said. Furthermore, Cespedes said while her team’s study focused on children, added screen time affects sleep for all individuals, especially college students, who are always looking at a screen and don’t get much sleep to begin with. “College students probably consume a lot more screen media than the little kids in our study who are only watching about an hour-and-a-half a day,” she said. “That’s the time in your life where you’re probably more sleep deprived than other times.” Godley said biological differences between children and adults dictate that excessive screen time is more harmful for children than for college students. “The difference is that children are more vulnerable because their bodies are still developing and growing,” she said. “... So the lack of sleep or an impact on missing sleep — sleep deprivation — is going to hurt them more than it would hurt an adult.”
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Stopping bullying where it begins Policymakers in Massachusetts can spend as much money as they please to expand and refine early education in their state, but if a student isn’t even comfortable in the classroom — what’s the point? According to MassEquality.org, bullying remains one of the greatest hurdles to success in a child’s academic experience. As children are discovering the power of anonymity in cyberspace, the days of simple pushing and shoving on the playground are supplemented with stabbing comments over social media — particularly against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. MassEquality states that 65 percent of teens have reported being verbally or physically harassed in the past year because of their unique qualities such as gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability. On Thursday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill that is yet another attempt to combating such intolerance in schools across Massachusetts. This new bill, called An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools, will work to enhance and enforce protections for LGBTQ students in school districts, charter schools and certain private and residential schools in the state. The new law outlines certain anti-bullying programs that Massachusetts schools must implement, as well as details specific procedures for collecting and reporting information on bullying incidents within the classroom. “This new law is the next step on our path to protect children from bullying,” said Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley in a Thursday press release. “It will better protect students who we know are most vulnerable to bullying, including our LGBTQ students and those with disabilities. It will also allow us to better track the effectiveness of our bullying programs across the Commonwealth.” The original version of this law, passed in 2010, increased efforts to educate students about bullying through handbooks and classroom instructions. Additionally, it implemented new rules intended to hamper down on bullying in schools, as well as enhance education among faculty in how to recognize the problem among students before it even begins. The new legislation passed on Thursday expands on these existing provisions from the 2010 law, as well as adds the important factor of a new data collection requirement. The compiled data will be sent to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an analysis on the patterns in LGBTQ bullying in certain schools each year. This is an important reform to the original legislation because it will increase efforts in analyzing bullying problems at its core. It will also reveal patterns of what is being said and done, who is prone to
being the bully, the bullied and all of the other factors in between. “DESE will develop a survey to be administered to students every four years to assess overall school climates and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying to better determine measures needed to prevent it,” according to the Thursday release. This new legislation is the fundamental change that Massachusetts needed to implement in their schools. Although eradicating bullying in such open environments will take more than just a piece of legislation, this is still in an important step in eventually achieving that goal. According to MassEquality.org, students at schools with such comprehensive anti-bullying policies are more likely to report incidents of harassment and assault than those at schools without such preventative policies. Although school administrators have an obligation to protect their students as much as possible, it would be impossible for them to know every time a student is made fun of for their sexual orientation, gender expression, race, religious affiliation or disability when the bullying is done over the internet. So, part of the responsibility for stopping bullying lies on the person being bullied. But, it is unlikely that the victim will take advantage of this responsibility unless they have a comfortable outlet where they can voice their qualms and know that they will be heard. “This legislation is an important step toward ensuring that all young people are able to learn and thrive in our Commonwealth’s schools,” Patrick said in Thursday’s press release. “With this new law, we are continuing our dedication to our teachers, parents and kids to give them the tools and protections they need so that every student has a chance to reach their full potential.” However, no matter how refined this legislation may be, no piece of law will be effective against bullying unless its provisions extend past the parameters of school property. Cyber bullying has the malicious ability of impeding on a vulnerable student in their home — a place that is normally supposed to be considered their safe haven. Massachusetts has made great strides in regards to being an open and liberal state, and policy makers need to help ensure the state continues to progress on and upward path through the legislations they decide to pass. However, Massachusetts cannot just rely on legislation to fix the problem of bullying within its schools, but rather, it needs to enforce the idea that tolerance and compassion needs to be taught in homes at an early age. Anti-bullying legislation will work best with a cultural shift.
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Hogwarts Online kate hofberg
Do you have access to Wi-Fi and dreams of becoming a real-life witch or wizard? Well, now that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is offering online courses, you can. Although I wish I were kidding, I’m not. It used to be that if you wanted to get to Hogwarts, you would need to make a lengthy commute through your imagination via high-speed train that departed from the make-believe Platform 9 ¾. These days, however, you don’t need to travel farther than you own living room to experience the magical curriculum of the imaginary institution, as Harry Potter super fans have launched the website “Hogwarts is Here.” This website is fully equipped with a full catalogue of “Ministry-approved” online classes for the aspiring wizards and witches. Actually, the online version of Hogwarts might be the easiest school in the world to get accepted to. If you’re worried that your GPA, GRE scores and letters of recommendation aren’t good enough to earn you an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, don’t be. An identifiable pulse is pretty much all you need to get in. Take three minutes to fill out a few required fields with basic information like your name and e-mail address and you can receive your very own Hogwarts acceptance letter! Don’t get too excited, though — it’s not delivered by an owl. Really, it’s just a fancy e-mail confirmation notifying you that you’ve been officially registered on the site. After opening a bank account with an online Gringotts and buying textbooks at a virtual Flourish & Botts, students have to be sorted into houses. Unfortunately, there are no Sorting Hats in cyberspace so you have to pick a house for yourself. Having trouble deciding if you belong in Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw? Don’t worry. There’s an official “Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?” BuzzFeed quiz that can help you figure it out. But don’t be tricked — no pun intended — into thinking that the online Hogwarts experience is a fun game that’s as easy as the enrollment process. When classes start, students are expected to do some serious work. Hogwarts students sign up to take up to seven classes at one time like Charms, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Herbology, History of Magic and Transfiguration. For each nine-week course, students are expected to study the material and complete actual homework assignments and take quizzes and tests that are graded by fully accredited, volunteer
Hogwarts professors. Not overwhelmed by the workload? Great. Apply to write for Hogwarts’ very own student newspaper, the Daily Owl. And oh yeah, I forgot to mention, thanks to the “Wizard-Muggle Integration Movement” an education at the Hogwarts online school is all offered completely free of charge. Tempted to drop your own legitimate college textbooks and enroll in the new magic school? God, I hope not. It’s only been about a week and a half since the launch of Hogwarts is Here and more than 155,000 people have already enrolled. And honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a fan of the Harry Potter series myself, but there has got to be a more productive way to be spending your time than writing a 300-word essay about the loopholes in Gram’s Law for Defense Against the Dark Arts Class. I don’t care how free it is. I might only be more interested in enrolling if Hogwarts Online was offering courses on how to make FAFSA student loans, love handles and shingles disappear with the flick of a wand or the casting of a spell. What’s scarier than the size of the online student body, which grows bigger every day, is how legitimate the online Hogwarts website looks. It’s frightening how much it looks like an actual technical college webpage, beckoning potential students with images of engaging students and links to FAQs about enrollment, academics and student life. I wonder how many of the super fans, who are already having a difficult enough time making the distinction between reality and fantasy, see the Hogwarts online school as a legitimate educational pursuit. I’m not so sure I want to know the answer. For me, it conjures up images of clueless bookworms having to answer to potential employers who sit across from them at a large desk, “So let me get this straight. You have a degree in poisons from Hogwarts Online?” I promise, listing Hogwarts under the “Education” section on your résumé is a good way to get yourself fired before you’re even hired. Call me crazy, but I’m going to go ahead and continue my studies as a journalism student at Boston University for now. If I’m going to spend three hours reading a virtual textbook, you better believe it’s going to be for a class that I can actually list on my résumé. Kate Hofberg is a graduate student in the College of Communication. She can be reached at email@example.com
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Benedykciuk: Season of change brewing for college athletics Benedykciuk: From Page 8
really wasn’t anything wrong with the old plan that allowed three meals per day. And secondly, the unlimited plan is much more costly. Schools with many athletes will see negative financial effects of the new policy almost immediately. All athletes are expected to be in peak physical condition. As such, they are expected to remain active and eat healthy. Player activity and training is the responsibility of the coaches and administration, but eating healthy is the responsibility of the athlete. The parameters before the change to unlimited meals and snacks enabled athletes to eat three meals per day, which is both perfectly legal and perfectly healthy. The NCAA considered all the differ-
ent potential schedules for all athletes, and determined that it was in the best interest of the greater good to make an unlimited meals policy. That much is perfectly fine. To think that a Division I school like Penn State University or Ohio State University has the same number of athletes at a Division I school like Lehigh University or American University is preposterous. Larger schools like Penn State will see a much larger financial demand as a result of unlimited meal plans, but will probably be able to cover the expense much easier than smaller, less profitable schools. This example leads into a discussion of another new change. The NCAA has considered giving the five most powerful conferences — ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — autonomy from the rest of Division I schools
in the country. These conferences would make rules and decisions that apply only to themselves. This move would be a huge step in the right direction, as the larger, richer schools have much different needs and interests than smaller, less profitable schools. Additionally, athletic scholarships do not cover the full cost of attending college. An idea to provide $2,000 stipends for student-athletes proposed by NCAA President Mark Emmert was rejected; smaller schools voted the idea down because they would not have enough money to provide their athletes such a stipend. The proposed new drug policy is excellent. The new rule reduces the penalty for a player’s first positive drug-test if the substance is anything other than a performance-enhancing drug. Obviously enough,
street drugs like marijuana are not PEDs, so the sentencing should be different. The ruling cannot be left to the discretion of the schools, either, since marijuana is illegal federally, but legal in two states. The NCAA is changing rapidly right before our very eyes. “The notion of using a union-employee model here is something that strikes most people as a grossly inappropriate solution,” Emmert said. Only time will tell if his hypothesis was correct, or if any other of the various changes made by the NCAA could also be “grossly inappropriate.” I think most of the changes made are for the better, but the chances of a union forming at Northeastern seems unlikely. It will interesting to see what other changes will appear down the pipeline for the NCAA going forward.
Young set to be Quinn’s ‘right-hand man’ Men’s Hockey: From Page 8
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BU coach David Quinn announced two new staff members for the 2014-15 campaign.
Wiley earns Patriot League Female Track Athlete of Week for performance at relays Track: From Page 8
“[Brady] did a great job this week,” Johnson said. “She had some season-bests and also a personal-best in the long jump. She’s worked very hard to be able to do what she’s done. I’m very proud of her accomplishments. … To do so well on that kind of a stage speaks to her being ready and training well and being very focused.” Junior Gemma Acheampong, a member of the 4x100m relay team, finished 14th in the 100m dash with a time of 12.20 seconds. In the men’s version of the same event, freshman Justin Flynn continued his stellar rookie campaign, running 10.82, good for a top-20 finish. To cap off an impressive meet, BU’s 4x400m relay team of senior Hannah Wiley, freshman Toria Levy, senior Carolyn Maynard and sophomore Christy Wood shattered their own school record. The quartet finished the four laps in 3:38.77. Wiley’s performance on both relay teams, coupled with her top-20 placing in the 400m hurdles, led to her being awarded Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Week. At the Skyhawk Invitational in Easton, the Terriers posted strong performances all across the board. In the 1,500m run, both the men and women had strong finishes. Sophomore Kevin Thomas won the competition in a time of 3:51.26 while his classmate Alec Olson came in third (3:52:13). For the women, junior Ashli Tagoai emerged victorious, running a personal-best time of 4:36.53. Freshman Cameron Williams showcased his dominance in the sprints. He came in first in the 200m and ran second in the 100m in a personal-best time of 11.06. In addition to Williams, the Terriers placed two more runners in the top-10 of the 200m. Sophomore David Lagerberg
was right behind Williams, finishing second with a time of 21.98, while freshman Alastair Prenn came in 10th with a time of 23.00. Not to be outdone, the women had four runners in the top-10 of the 200m. Freshman Djenne Parris and senior Janet Mellor came in first (25.58) and second (25.82) in the event, with sophomore Talia Flores (26.37) and freshman Kerri Graber (26.47) finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Graber also came in fourth in the 400m dash (59.11). BU truly shone in the field events, as junior Ethan Knight won the shot put (15.54m) and freshman James Barnett came in ninth (12.33m). Knight also came in second in the discus with a throw of 46.59m. Junior Mike Maloof won the hammer throw with a with a mark of 52.44m. Senior Connor Sullivan won the high jump with a leap of 2.00m. On the women’s side, senior Sarah Dillard finished first in the discus (38.90m) and third in the hammer throw (44.16m). Freshman Natalie Grabowski and freshman Sarah Kert came in fifth (3.20m) and sixth place (3.05m) in the pole vault. Overall, the men’s side finished in second place among all teams while the women’s team came in fourth. Johnson expressed her satisfaction with her well-rounded unit as they prepare for the Patriot League Championships this weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “It’s great [to have a balanced team],” Johnson said. “This is my ninth season coaching here at BU. When I first got here we weren’t very well rounded and I’m happy to say that out of the 21 events that are in track and field, we are represented in pretty much every one of them. That speaks volumes. That’s what track and field’s about and that’s what it should be.”
de-committed. “His recruiting speaks for itself,” Quinn said. “He is another guy who cares about BU and he is a guy who has had a lot of success recruiting. He is a good coach. I’ve known Albie a long time and I think if there was a free agent market for coaches and Albie was on it, I think everybody in the country would have wanted to hire him and we are lucky to have him.” Young’s role as the director of hockey operations, replacing Pertti Hasanen, involves no coaching and more logistics — video, scheduling practices, the players’ academics, etc. “[Young is] really my right-hand man in a lot of ways,” Quinn said. Much of Young’s value comes in his background. Between leaving BU after his sophomore campaign in 1986-87 and leaving his previous gig — coaching St. Mark’s in Southborough, his alma mater — to rejoin BU, Young had a successful 17-
year NHL career in which he put up 756 points (342 goals, 414 assists). His time as a player is highlighted by two Stanley Cups — 1991 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche — and three Olympic Games. With the addition of Young, the BU staff now includes a former NHL coach (Quinn), a former NHL scout (associate head coach Steve Greeley) and a former NHL star (Young). Hasanen and assistant coach Buddy Powers will not return to BU. Hasanen is seeking more coaching opportunities, according to Quinn, while Powers is moving to Ohio and will likely find work there. “He still wants to work,” Quinn said of Powers specifically, though the same could be said of Hasanen. “He is not a guy who is retiring. But this can be a very demanding job. Buddy and I have been friends for a long time. I hired Buddy back in Ann Arbor when I was the head coach of the national program and I loved having him here this year. He just wants a different lifestyle.”
Terriers look to continue momentum Softball: From Page 8
worst day but those two losses kind of hit home. We needed to get things together, we needed to get the little things right and we needed to start producing in the lineup. You win as a team and you lose as a team, so I think that point really proved that and I don’t think we’ve lost since then.” Both Ekart and Gleason said momentum has played a huge role in the team’s winning streak. However, both said the team needs to take it one game at a time to not get ahead of itself heading into the playoffs. “It’s so cliché and everyone says that but when you get ahead of yourself, it’s a long season,” Ekart said. “It’s an over-50 game
season and when you get things going and things clicking, you work on the little things and do the little things right. … As long as you can stay clicking, playing a team we will hopefully keep it going.” Gleason said she hopes to keep the momentum up heading into the postseason. “We’ve played five game in five days so they are tired and it’s the last week of school and they need to get some rest,” Gleason said. “It’s tough, but they grinded it out and I don’t think we think about the games and morale. You just take it one game at a time but we talk about momentum and try to keep it on our side and if it does get away from us, getting it back. Every game, every inning is trying to get the momentum.”
Discipline key factor in BU’s offensive surge Slugging: From Page 8
credits the home run to her new approach at the plate this season. “I’ve been more disciplined in my plate appearances,” Ekart said. “I was just looking for something that I could stay back on and drive. It was early in the game so [Lowell pitcher Handly Marielle] was trying to come to come in and I just drove it.” Before this recent stretch of home runs, BU had been at the bottom of the Patriot League in that category despite leading the league in doubles placing second in triples. “We haven’t had a lot of home runs in the month of April, so it’s great to have that and get a run on the board,” Gleason said. “Brittany hit three over the weekend and each time they went a little bit farther.” The Terriers have a different leader in each extra-base hit category. Senior first baseman Chelsea Kehr has the most doubles with 16; freshmen infielders Brittany Younan and Moriah Connolly each have five triples, while Clendenny and Ekart each have four
home runs. Ekart said a major strength has been the team’s ability to get to opposing teams’ bullpen. “Our biggest thing is staying consistent and looking for good pitches to hit. We’re better when we get deeper in counts and make the pitcher work. We just need to keep feeding off each other.” To go along with its tendency to push pitchers out of games early, the team also continues to excel with runners in scoring position with an average of .337, led by senior outfielder Jayme Mask, who has a .475 average in 15 at-bats. This Terrier offense is one of, if not the best, in the conference, something Ekart attributes to the ability of the team to strike from anywhere in the lineup. “First thing first it puts a run on the board and puts the pressure off. Production comes from anywhere in our lineup. There’s power one through nine, there’s speed one through nine.”
He has got his tentacles everywhere. -BU coach David Quinn on new assistant
coach Albie O’Connell’s impressive recruiting network.
The Blue Line NCAA changes
Benedykciuk, see page 7
No Events Scheduled Sunday night, Daily Free Domination posted a commanding 6-0 victory in the first round of the broomball playoffs.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Softball extends streak to 11 games BU producing
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Senior catcher Amy Ekart’s second-inning home run helped lead the Terriers to a 4-3 victory over UMass-Lowell. By Joon Lee Daily Free Press Staff
Victories continue to come for the Boston University softball team following a 4-3 victory over the University of MassachusettsLowell. The win marked the 11th straight victory for the Terriers (30-18, 11-4 Patriot League), who continue to play some of their best softball of the season as they gear up for postseason play. Freshman pitcher Makinna Akers went the distance, tossing seven strong innings, allowing six hits with three runs, two walks and four strikeouts. BU coach Kathryn Gleason said
Monday’s win does not represent the team’s best output. “I didn’t think we played all that great but we stuck it out and got the win,” Gleason said. “Sometimes you don’t play your best but you still get it done so I think we hung in there and did it. I think we could execute a little bit better on defensive plays.” After shutting down the Riverhawks (9-35) for six innings, Akers allowed all three of her runs with two outs in the seventh after surrendering a three-run home run to Lowell center fielder Ariana Darcy. “We have to be tough in the seventh inning,” Gleason said. “You have two outs, you have to get
tough on the mound. [The home run was] just a ball up in the zone that we’ve got to get out of the zone or down. That’s what I talked to the pitchers about after the game — that people are scoring runs on home runs and that’s not acceptable, so they know it and we’ve just got to be better.” Standouts for the Terriers at the plate included freshman third baseman Brittany Younan, who had two hits, three RBI and a stolen base, and senior catcher Amy Ekart, who had two hits, including a home run that started the scoring for the Terriers in the second inning. “We’ve had different people step up throughout the lineup,” Gleason said. “Amy stepped up today and got us on the board early and Younan has gotten some key hits lately so you just never know who it is going to be.” Ekart said the six-hit, fourrun output did not highlight the strength of the Terrier lineup. “Offensively, we probably could have been a little bit more assertive,” Ekart said. “Six hits isn’t really representative of the production of our lineup, but we got hits when it mattered and hits when runners were on base. Defensively, we had a few little miscues, but nothing we can’t clean up at this point in the season. It’s all about the little things so as long as we get those cleaned up, we’ll be good to go.” Since dropping both games of a doubleheader against the College of the Holy Cross on April 12, the Terriers offense and pitching have clicked and helped spur the team on its current winning streak. Ekart said the two losses against the Crusaders were the turning point of the season. “It kind of put things into perspective,” Ekart said. “You’re never your best on a good day and you’re never your worst on your
SoftBall, see page 7
extra-base hits during stretch By Michael Joscelyn Daily Free Press Staff
In the midst of a 11-game winning streak, the Boston University softball team is clicking on all cylinders. While the team has excelled both at the plate and on the mound, the most significant aspect of the Terriers’ stellar play may be their recent proclivity for producing extra-base hits. The Terriers (30-18, 11-4 Patriot League) have had one of the most dynamic offenses in the Patriot League all year, but have been known more for their high average and speed around the bases rather than the long ball. “The more you swing the better you get, and that’s what we’ve done all year,” said BU coach Kathryn Gleason. “All year we haven’t been known as an extra-base hit kind of team so it’s great. Then I don’t have to use another trick in the bag.” This recent surge has been led by senior shortstop Brittany Clendenny, who has three home runs in her last six games after having just one in the 42 games before. All of Clendenny’s home runs came in crucial spots for the Terriers, including when she kicked off the Terriers’ four-run first inning against the University of Rhode Island on April 22. Not only is Clendenny hitting more home runs, but she has also continued to lead the team in RBI, with 46 on the year, Senior catcher Amy Ekart has also contributed to the streak, as she had a home run in BU’s 4-3 win over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Monday afternoon to bring her season total to four. Ekart
SluGGinG, see page 7
Track impressive at Penn Relays Men’s hockey adds new personnel By Jacklyn Bamberger Daily Free Press Staff
With the Patriot League Championship on the horizon, the Boston University track and field program is peaking at the right time, posting impressive performances at both the Penn Relays and the Skyhawk Invitational over the weekend. The Penn Relays, run annually at the University of Pennsylvania, is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious meets in the country. This past weekend marked the 120th edition of the event. “It’s a great honor,” said director of track and field Robyne Johnson. “[The Penn Relays] is arguably one of the best meets in the world. We feel very fortunate to be able to take part and also to be able to do so well.” BU’s performance in Philadel-
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The two new additions to the BU men’s hockey staff are an average age of 41 years old, P.8.
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Mike Benedykciuk The NCAA has been harshly criticized for years. College athletes around the country have faced a consistently high risk of injury and very little scholarship protection. Very recently, though, players like Shabazz Napier of the University of Connecticut and former players like Kain Colter of Northwestern University have ignited the fire of change the NCAA so desperately needed. A few short months ago, Northwestern University changed college sports forever. The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago declared that Northwestern football players were employees of the University, not students. As such, they could unionize. The historic vote to unionize came this past Friday. The ballots, however, have been seized, and will only be opened if the board sides with the players. The board’s final decision to approve the case, though expected by both sides, could take months to reach. A Northwestern football player told the Chicago Tribune that he was “80 percent sure” the team would vote “no” to unionizing. Even if the votes decide that there will be no union, it is worth mentioning that Northwestern’s football players would still recognized as University employees, pending the NLRB’s final decision. NCAA Tournament MVP Shabazz Napier spoke out on poor conditions for college athletes, as well. His comments that he went to bed “starving” resulted in the NCAA passing a rule change last Thursday allowing Division I athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. Aside from changing meal plans, the NCAA has approved several other changes in the past few weeks. I am far from against the new meal plan policy. In theory, I really like the thought of all athletes getting an unlimited meal plan. I love my unlimited dining plan, and would recommend it to every student. It is very convenient and does not restrict your schedule in the slightest. Practically speaking, though, there are a few issues. First, there
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phia was highlighted by senior Nikko Brady’s great all-around performance, as she won the eastern section of the long jump, leaping 6.21 meters, just shy of a school record. Also in the jumps, senior Alison Barwise placed second in the high jump (1.84m) and junior Tessa Runels posted a top-20 finish (11.7m) in the triple jump. A day later, Brady turned in a season-best time in the 100m hurdles, running 13.84 seconds and placing 18th in the event. The New Castle, Del., native then helped helm a 4x100m relay team that finished fourth in the ECAC section with a time of 45.99 seconds, just off of a program record. For her efforts, the conference named Brady the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week on Monday.
track, see page 7
Thursday, May 1
No Events Scheduled Next up, the team will take on BUPT Tuesday night at Walter Brown Arena.
By Tim Healey Daily Free Press Staff
There will be a pair of new faces on the Boston University men’s hockey bench next year, and, in keeping with tradition, the additions are of a decidedly scarletand-white flavor. Former Terriers Albie O’Connell and Scott Young are returning to Commonwealth Avenue as assistant coach and director of hockey operations, respectively, according to BU head coach David Quinn. O’Connell, a 1999 BU graduate who was part of four Beanpotwinning teams and two Frozen Four squads, captained the team his senior year. He joins the Terriers after three years on the Harvard University bench, with previous Hockey East pit stops at Northeastern University (three seasons) and Merrimack College (one season).
Friday, May 2 Track @ Patriot League Championships, All Day
At Harvard, O’Connell worked primarily with the defense and special teams. Though, in Quinn’s words, “as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, you’re a coach second.” O’Connell has built a reputation as an excellent recruiter, and Quinn expects him to excel in that role at BU. “He has got his tentacles everywhere,” Quinn said. “There are really not a lot of places he hasn’t been or if he hasn’t been there he knows people who are there. He understands how important it is at our level to recruit. At the end of the day, that’s what it is about.” While O’Connell was recruiting for the Huskies, Northeastern secured commitments from former Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau and Providence College goaltender Jon Gillies. Both later
Men’S Hockey, see page 7
Saturday, May 3
Softball vs. Bucknell. 12 p.m., 2 p.m. W. Lacrosse vs. Boston College, 7 p.m. Track @ Patriot League Championships, All Day