The Daily Free Press
Year xliv. Volume lxxxvi. Issue LIV
Thursday, May 1, 2014 The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University
BU adjunct professors organizing vote to unionize Dept. of Education
helps college campuses combat sexual assault
By Taryn Ottaunick Daily Free Press Staff
As part of a national movement to end the alleged injustices of adjunct professors, members of the Boston University adjunct faculty are working to unionize. “The adjunct professors are doing this in order to improve our working conditions and our working conditions translate directly to the learning environment of the students,” said member of the organizing committee Maureen Sullivan, an adjunct professor at the College of Arts and Sciences. “That’s just really clear to everyone who is doing the organizing. It’s not just the Boston area, it’s all across the nation. That’s the bottom line.” One of the main concerns cited by members of the adjunct faculty was the lack of pay parity between adjunct professors compared to fulltime tenured professors, Sullivan said. “Boston is a very expensive place to live and adjuncts at BU are paid pennies on the dollar of what tenure-track professors are paid,” she said. “That just doesn’t translate into a living wage. It’s very difficult to actually have even a low standard of living in this area based on the pay we’re earning.” A full-time professor at BU earns an average of $157,000 a year, while the average BU adjunct professor earns $3,750 to $9,563 per course, according to the Adjunct Action BU Fact Sheet. “The idea is to get some better wages with some parity to full-time professors,” said Tinker Ready, an adjunct professor in the College of Communication. “Full-time professors have other duties. They have research they have to do, meetings they have to go to. They do have additional duties, but if you look at the numbers, there still isn’t very good parity.” Another grievance of adjunct professors is exclusion from faculty decisions and lack of provisions necessary to teach to their full potential, such as proper office spaces. “Ten adjuncts share this office [COM B40],” said Gary Duehr, an adjunct professor in the College of Communication. “I call it a mini hovel. We have a broken fluorescents light, heating pipes and a PC that’s about a thousand years old. I’m not sure if the Dean has any idea that 10 adjunct professors share this office or that it looks like this, but it’s basically slave
By Adrian Baker Daily Free Press Staff
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In hopes of improving their working conditions, Boston University adjunct professors are unionizing.
quarters down here.” Low wages and obligations from the other jobs many adjuncts must take on to make a living wage hinder their ability to devote ample time to student attention outside of the classroom, Ready said. “I try to find ways to squeeze the amount of time I spend on each class,” she said. “I would say, depending on these hours, I make between $10 and $20 an hour. … I try to fit it [adjunct teaching work] into 20 hours a week, but sometimes it’s hard. Some people think of it as only classroom time, but prep time and grading take up so much time. People say all we do is teach, but the reality is we all work in our fields … that’s what we bring to the schools.” The movement for a union at BU is in the beginning stages. Organizers on the BU committee are currently collecting signatures from members of the adjunct faculty in order to gain enough to establish a vote to unionize, said organizer Antonio Ochoa, a CAS adjunct professor. “Right now, we’re hoping to get the resource for organizing,” Ochoa said. “The colleagues I have talked to are concerned and they share concerns about their job situation and security. … They want to form a union and be active in something like this.” Support from the adjunct faculty at BU has been positive so far, said Stella John-
son, a member of the organizing committee and COM adjunct professor. “I have not talked to one adjunct who didn’t want to join the union once they were told they have a legal right to collective bargaining,” Johnson said. “Once everybody understood that if we all got together, we’d be protected by the union and be able to bargain for a paycheck with parity with the full-time faculty pay, they were on board. … Only one person declined to vote for the union out of hundreds.” The movement at BU is part of a larger project organized by Adjunct Action, a branch of the Service Employees International Union, to form unions for adjunct professors at universities throughout the entire Greater Boston Area, Sullivan said. “SEIU and Adjunct Action are a campaign to organize all of the Boston area universities in a metro-wide model,” Sullivan said. “… Because SEIU has shown to be successful with this metro model in D.C. and other areas, we think Boston is appropriate for this.” The Metro Organizing Strategy involves gathering the adjunct faculty at schools across a select city to ensure equal treatment at each, Ready said. “SEIU approached some people on
Adjuncts, see page 4
The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education issued a report Tuesday providing guidelines to assess the prevalence of sexual assault on American college campuses, which officials are hoping public and private colleges such as Boston University will implement to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in their schools, outlawed under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. “For far too long, the incentives to prevent and respond to sexual violence have gone in the wrong direction at schools and on college campuses,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a Tuesday press release. “As interpreted and enforced by the department, Title IX and other federal laws are changing these incentives to put an end to rape-permissive cultures and campus cultures that tolerate sexual assault.” The report and its guidelines, prepared by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, are intended to help universities prepare a survey that will assess both the frequency of sexual assaults occurring on campuses and students’ attitudes regarding the incidents. The DOE will consider pursuing legislation to make such a survey mandatory by 2016, the report stated. “It’s definitely a step forward, and it’s really encouraging to see that this will be something that is governmentally enforced and not just something that will be up to students telling administration that they care,” said Tori Dutcher-Brown, the public relations coordinator for BU’s Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism. Dutcher-Brown, a College of Arts and Sciences freshman, said it was important to realize that resources at BU for addressing sexual violence on campus have not always been available. The CGSA was established five years ago, and the BU Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center is only three years old, she said.
Guidelines, see page 4
Memorial for deceased CAS student Binland Lee disappears, family responds By Drew Schwartz Daily Free Press Staff
On the anniversary of Boston University student Binland Lee’s death in an Allston apartment fire last April, friends and family assembled a memorial Monday where the blaze that took her life broke out. When they left to gather a few additional supplies for the remembrance and returned to place them at the scene, more than $500 worth of flowers and photographs had mysteriously been removed. “We spent about three hours that morning shopping for frames for the photographs, for flowers, for candles, candies and juices that Binland liked,” said Cait McAndrews, a former roommate of Lee’s who helped assemble her memorial. “When we got to the house, it was a very meticulous process. It probably took us a little over two hours to set the entire thing up.” McAndrews joined Lee’s mother Mei Kwong, who traveled from New York, and other friends and family members in front of 87 Linden St. where Lee, 22, was killed a month before graduating from BU. Those mourning the anniversary of Lee’s death left at around 4:30 p.m. to buy additional wreaths and flowers for the memorial, McAndrews said. “By the time we got back at [6 p.m.], we pulled into the driveway and immedi-
ately realized that something was terribly wrong,” she said. “There was nothing left. There was no sign that there had ever been a memorial there. The earth was raked over cleanly and everyone was in disbelief.” Lee’s friends and family searched trashcans along Linden Street for the materials they purchased earlier that day as well as a photograph Lee had given to her mother just before the April 2013 fire, McAndrews said. They knocked on apartment doors throughout the neighborhood to see if anyone had witnessed the removal of the memorial without success. Given the speed with which the memorial was taken apart and because it seemed as though several people had disassembled it, Binland’s friends and family suspected her former landlord may have removed it, McAndrews said. When Lee’s friend and roommate Noelle Olsen tried to call their former landlord, the property owner answered before quickly hanging up the phone, McAndrews said. When Lee’s former housemate and McAndrews then tried the landlord’s number, they received no answer, she said. “It was an interruption of our grieving process,” McAndrews said. “Everyone was really excited to be able to come back after we all went to dinner with Mei, to be able to see it that night, light the candles again. To have everything taken away so quickly,
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Friends and family of Binland Lee, the College of Arts and Sciences senior who died last April in a three-alarm fire on Linden Street in Allston, are outraged over the sudden removal of the gifts and flowers they left to memorialize the victim.
not as many people were even able to see everything that was set up. Mei was hoping that there would be a big turnout, and that it would be a huge celebration of Binland’s life in tribute. Everything just was changed so quickly.” Binland’s family and friends installed a second memorial Monday night on Linden
St., and paid tribute to it Tuesday morning, McAndrews said. To her knowledge, the memorial is still standing. 2013 Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate Sheba Ebhote met Lee in their freshman year at
Memorial, see page 2
Thursday, May 1, 2014
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Final Word: A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
t this very moment in time, I would argue, student journalists are caught in one of the most difficult situations of any type of student. We are asked to keep up with modern trends, and criticized by the traditionalists when we strive too far outside the box. We are asked to hold ourselves to the highest possible standards, and get scoffed at and feel defeated when we can’t do absolutely everything. We must put sufficient effort into our classes and work ridiculous hours on extracurricular publications to have a shot at any sort of future. In doing all of this, we often sacrifice our sanity and health. I’m sitting here writing this clutching a cup of Emergen-C and wrapped up in my leopard-print Snuggie. I owe every bit of my minimal health this semester to Airborne and Clorox wipes. It is pertinent we have a place to achieve balance, though. With so many conflicting ideas being thrown at us, and so much pressure being placed upon all of us, we need some place to feel validation, a place to settle at least some of our uncertainty. For me, that place has been The Daily Free Press. Sure, you can never fully accomplish sanity. I have texted many people at many points this semester that I’m pretty sure relaxation is a myth. And — if the number of times Dunkin’ Donuts is listed on my credit card statement each month isn’t enough of an indication — sleep is almost entirely a myth as well. But to maintain at least a semblance of stability, it helps to have a community that, no matter what, will always have your back. Countless people mentored me through my transition from uneasy freshman writer to exiting Editor-in-Chief, perhaps the most notable being my first editor, Fall 2012 Sports Editor Kevin Dillon. Kevin, for me, defined the FreeP ideology — patient, kind and encouraging while holding himself and his colleagues to the highest standards of excellence. Most importantly, the sports
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section placed extreme emphasis on creating a strong support system. When I started writing about cross country, and was absolutely terrified out of my mind, Kevin reassured me that BU cross country coach Bruce Lehane was one of the nicest humans on the planet. He was right. I can say with full confidence the support of my sports section is what kept me around so long. I can go down the list of everyone who has worked within the sports section over the past two years and give multiple ways each person has taught me something in some way. This semester, as Editor-inChief, I wanted to help lead the charge on creating an environment that reflected the culture sports family had instilled in me. And what a phenomenal culture it ended up being. I have had the opportunity to work with the most supportive managing editor I could want; a campus editor whose laughter and energy brought light to the newsroom; a city editor who worked with passion and her nose always to the grindstone; a patient, creative photo editor who made some of the most gorgeous
graphics I’ve ever seen; a hilarious opinion editor who encouraged incredible discussion; an eager, hardworking and sweet sports editor; a forward-thinking, strong features editor; and a cheerful, diligent, reliable multimedia editor. And that isn’t including the gems of associate editors, writers, photographers and videographers who worked hard each day to ensure a paper came out each night. They rarely, if ever, gave an excuse with an “I.” It was always a case of “we” — what we could do together to create the most beautiful newspaper possible four nights a week. I could not be any prouder. For the past two years, I have had the extreme pleasure, on a daily basis, of collaborating with and learning from the best journalists at Boston University — some of the best in the Northeast, for that matter. As a young woman who started out just wanting to write about cross country and maybe a couple other sports, I couldn’t have been any luckier. xoxo — Sarah Kirkpatrick Spring 2014 Editor-in-Chief
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With a sigh
The impeding date of graduation makes me feel as if I’m being led on stage for an unprepared yet complicated performance. I’m just not ready. It’s not that I have a bleak or unknown future ahead of me: I have been accepted to multiple graduate programs and have SYDNEY L. the privilege of SHEA continuing to do what I love. But it’s Boston I’ll miss, our campus in particular. Once my Terrier Card is deactivated, I lose library access, and I move out of my apartment — well, I can meander around Commonwealth Avenue all I want, but in reality I’ll never be “in” again. At least not in the same way I am now. There’s something so special about living in an enclosed world where everyone is supportive and the future seems like centuries away. But now each time I look at a calendar, I’m in denial that I’ll soon be violently ripped from this perfect life and sent somewhere else. I see a lot of gin in my future. I’ve felt like a ghost for a while now, or at least like a distant observer imagining what life will be like when I’m no longer a part of what has been the best four years ever. I miss even the most minor of things already, even the annoying ones. The worst day at Boston University is the best day anywhere else. For example, I was bored in class this afternoon and literally started tearing up because it was the last Tuesday seminar I’d be bored in. Tell me that’s not screwed up. Every time I look at my breathtaking view of the Charles River skyline from my very own living room, I want to crawl into the fetal position and rock back and forth, tightly grasping a bottle of whatever I can find. Don’t make me graduate. Just don’t do it. But just like my high school cheerleading uniform, some things are meant to be outgrown after a sufficient amount of time. In some ways the awkwardness of staying another year would be worse than the grief of leaving at the appropriate date. No matter how much I try to be mindful and live in the moment, there’s no stopping the progression of time. It’s obviously better to spend my last days of class being productive and having fun, but I want to make everything happen as slowly as possible. I can’t say that I’ve exactly made a mark on campus. These columns get binned (hopefully recycled) after a day or so. And I guess I edited a few newspapers, maybe even dropped gum somewhere on the sidewalk. In the library where someone had ripped out Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” I wrote it down by memory on a piece of paper freshman year and put it in, kind of like a time capsule or a pressed flower. I guess for someone that’s made all the difference. Sydney L. Shea is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at slshea@ bu.edu.
DOJ to develop Adjunct unionization trending at US universities programs for aid on campus Adjuncts: From Page 1
Guidelines: From Page 1
“There is a lot of student support, but there needs to be more,” she said. “[Students should] actively say, ‘This is something important, this is something I value, this is something I want to continue,’ because then the school will listen.” The U.S. Department of Justice will begin to develop training programs for school officials, as well as campus and local police departments, to provide better treatment to survivors of sexual assaults, the report stated. The DOE’s report also announced plans to describe to schools how they can establish programs on campus to promote bystander intervention in the event of a sexual assault. Bystander training courses are available at BU through SARP, Dutcher-Brown said. Currently, CGSA volunteers receive bystander training from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. A sweeping federal program of this nature would benefit campuses across the nation, she said. Dutcher-Brown also said one of the best ways BU can combat the issue of sexual violence on campus is by raising awareness of its causes. “Education is the most important because most sexual assaults and rapes are perpetrated by people that the survivor knows,” she said. “There needs to be more attention put on education, because then people will know if they are crossing a line, if they are acting without consent, how to get out of those situations and how to receive justice for those situations.” Victoria Genna, a junior in CAS, said the federal guidelines being provided to colleges will help ensure that investigations following cases of sexual assault are more rigorous. “It’s definitely good if this is going to help with better response after the fact,” she said. “If someone commits a crime like that, they should be held accountable for it.” College of Communication sophomore Allie Bouranova said while BU has adequate resources for handling issues of sexual violence, implementing some of the suggested guidelines from the report may also be helpful. “Here at BU, we’re definitely better than a lot of schools [at dealing with issues of sexual assault],” she said. “Just with the SHS [Student Health Services] and all the programs they do, there’s such an active presence of sexual education, and a more open mindset.” Stephanie Clark, a CAS sophomore, said BU could help prevent sexual assault cases by providing more education on the subject. “We didn’t have to do any education module on how to recognize when a situation seems unsafe [or] what to do,” she said. “I could see it helping other students here or maybe other schools who don’t have the resources we do.”
the adjunct faculty and asked if they would be interested in establishing a union,” Ready said. “They’re trying to organize within the city. That way an adjunct won’t be treated badly at one school and not at another.” Since the Boston campaign began, Lesley University, Northeastern University and Tufts University have all voted to form a union for their adjunct faculty, according to the Adjunct Action website. “SEIU had a meeting last spring for adjuncts from all universities in the Greater Boston Area and we all realized the same thing,” Johnson said. “We are working for extremely low pay, doing the same job as our colleagues, but they’re being paid a living wage with benefits. Tufts University and Lesley University have voted for a union and they’re negotiating their con-
tracts now. We never dreamed of this at BU a year ago.” The national trend of adjunct unionization has spawned from large spikes in universities’ hiring of these faculty members as a means of providing labor at a lesser cost than fulltime faculty, said former BU adjunct professor and current activist for Massachusetts Jobs for Justice Gillian Mason. “Back in the early part of the 20th century, 25 percent of all college classes were taught by contingent faculty,” Mason said. “Right now, 75 percent of classes are taught by contingent faculty. That’s a big motivator behind adjuncts demanding better, because more and more of the jobs in the universities are filled by adjuncts.” Although the BU administration has not yet issued an official response, Mason said universities in general respond negatively to union pushes.
“Adjuncts are a source of cheap labor, and a lot of administrators are trying to keep them that way,” Mason said. “Once adjuncts start fighting for their rights and start demanding better [treatment], all of a sudden it becomes less economically advantageous for the administration to create all of these low-wage adjunct jobs.” Ready said by an adjunct faculty union would ultimately enable adjuncts to provide a higher quality of teaching to their students. “Students are going to complain about their tuitions maybe going up, but I think they should look into the other ways the university is spending their tuition — administration salaries, fancy buildings,” she said. “Is it more important to have a dorm that looks like a four-star hotel or a professor that can pay attention to their work? It’s something students might want to think about.”
Friend: Not easy to forget what happened Memorial: From Page 1
BU. Ebhote said Kwong assembled a memorial similar to that on Linden Street for Lee’s grave in Brooklyn, where Ebhote and Kwong live. “A year later, it’s easy for people to kind of forget what happened or move on, which is to be expected, but just to do something like having a memorial brings everything back into perspective for a lot of people,” Ebhote said.
“That was something that was very much hurtful, to see all your hard work, to see something that brings you solace, something that brings you comfort, taken away so suddenly without any type of explanation.” McAndrews said the items Kwong cherished most that were lost, such as the graduation photographs of Lee no longer printed by the company who took them, were recently recovered digitally and will soon be available to
Kwong. “The most important thing was knowing that we were there to support her mother and her aunt and friends, and also felt this loss,” said School of Management junior Steven Winegar, who met with Binland’s friends and family Monday evening. “The memorial itself was material, and there’s only so much value in it. What matters are people’s thoughts and their love.”
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On adjunct professors
As students at Boston University, it’s likely that we will be in several classes taught by adjunct professors over our undergraduate career. According to the BU Adjunct Action Fact Sheet, as our undergraduate student fees have risen over the past few years, so has the number of adjunct professors hired within the school. Although we as students may not pay much attention to whether our professors are adjuncts or not, their status with the university has great implications for the quality of the education we receive. As the efforts for BU adjunct professors to unionize with the Service Employees International Union has recently gained momentum, adjuncts argue that if they are given greater job benefits and worker compensation, they can higher education standards within their classrooms. According to a January Daily Free Press article, many adjunct professors must work fulltime jobs during the day to support themselves while they teach classes. Andrew Sheehan, adjunct professor of computer science at BU’s Metropolitan College, said in an interview that he works during the day as a programmer to sustain a livable lifestyle. “Being an adjunct professor doesn’t actually give very much money,” Sheehan said. “Adjuncts don’t get any benefits really ... Mine come from my full-time job. Most adjuncts teach one, maybe two classes, and that definitely wouldn’t allow you to afford rent, student loans, car, gas, utilities [or] other bills.” In their effort to become a part of a bigger international labor union, adjuncts are demanding a living wage, while fighting for a fundamental change within the higher-education
system. Sixty-six percent of the 2,682 faculty members at BU did not have access to tenure status, according to the fact sheet. The average faculty salary for a tenure-status professor in 2013 was $157,000, while adjuncts were paid between $3,750 and $9,563 per course. Although any employee at any institution should be given benefits and adequate compensation for the service they provide, adjuncts know what they are signing up for when taking on the job. Since the wages earned as an adjunct are not enough to support a livable lifestyle — particularly in Boston — many adjuncts teach as their part-time job on the side. Therefore, it is hard to argue that they are entitled to the same benefits as full, tenured teachers. Since BU is such a big school, administrators are in a position where they have to sacrifice quality for quantity if they want to fill up their classrooms with professors. That is not to discount the quality of education that some adjuncts bring to the table, however. Since adjuncts are most likely working in the field they are teaching in, they have a lot of experience to pass on to students — just look at the amount of working journalists teaching in COM. But, at the same time, since these professors often have other things on their plates, they may not be in a position to give their students the quality of education that they paid for. If adjunct professors are going to unionize and be given the benefits they are demanding, there needs to be a better system for weeding out those professors who will provide an education relative to the caliber of their students, against those who are just hired as “filler” teachers.
LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Financial aid app for int’l students
Some students might think applying for financial aid is easy because all they need to do is choose a right program and fill out a piece of paper. But this process is certainly much more complicated for international graduate students. Last week, I received an email from COM Director of Student Services Bill Taylor reminding us about the approaching deadlines for financial aid applications. That was the first time over the semester that I realized I might have a chance to relieve my financial burden. However, when I tried to find information about the application requirements, I didn’t find any valuable or clear information designed for international students. Also, when I asked other international students about the financial aid application, most of them said they have no idea of what is available and the related requirements. It seems that the only way for us to understand whether we, as international students, will be qualified for financial aid is through the first email or follow-up emails sent by Mr. Taylor. BU’s guidelines for financial aid on its official website basically only apply to undergraduate students, and each school might have different policies on that. Although there is an introduction of the financial aid office’s resources on the school’s website, it fails to provide guidelines designed in accordance with international students’ scenarios. As a re-
sult, international students may find the whole process rather confusing and give up applying all together, or they may just follow the policy designed for domestic students and end up not getting any financial aid. There is even a rumor saying that it’s a waste of time for international students to apply for student loans, one of the most important financial aid resources, because they will never get it in the United States. That is certainly not an impression that BU should want to make to its students. BU needs to have some programs available to international students, or at least make the available resources known to them. The Student Service Office should have someone in charge of financial aid for international students, and constant communication with international students is vital. Workshops about international students applying for financial aid could be held if necessary. To make all the information clear and accessible to international students, each school could have a separate page on its website particularly addressing these information. If all these efforts are made, international students can then feel like the university deeply cares about them. Youzhu Liu is an international graduate student in the College of Communication and can be reached at email@example.com.
Life in the left lane
SARA Ryan President takes a small step in the right direction on collegiate sexual assault As the semester winds down, I’ve packed up my Communist Manifesto and pictures of Karl Marx. My Femi-Nazi t-shirts are neatly folded next to the condoms I’ve been handing out to middle schoolers and the SPF 100 sunscreen for my white privilege. However, amid all the packing and “studying” for finals, there was time for this last column for The Daily Free Press. As college students, we could not be more affected by this topic that I have chosen to write about this week. On Tuesday, President Obama announced a new initiative to limit on-campus sexual assault, according to a TIME article from the same day. The initiative is not compulsory, but recommends a variety of measures to meet federally suggested standards. This includes conducting surveys to assess the current environment on campuses, prevention strategies, response suggestions and more transparent enforcement. While I think the measures are valuable and good-natured, they fall short of my expectations. We need a more holistic approach to sexual assault on campus, addressing the cultural causes in addition to these steps. Obama’s first suggested step is to evaluate the current campus climate. This is an incredibly important move for any program. If a college does not know the size or extent of a problem, how can it solve said issue? While this step is critical, it can also be the most difficult. College officials will have to ensure the highest degree of accuracy. Sexual assault victims are often scared or embarrassed to admit what happened; sometimes, they justify the perpetrator’s actions. These young women (and men) are more likely to answer incorrectly, thus giving a less accurate picture. Obama’s next point focused on prevention. While the report briefly mentioned the areas related to sexual assault (attitudes, behavior and culture), the main focus was on the role of men in preventing sexual assault. It notes that men can step in to stand up for women in danger. I can’t decide how I feel about this point. On the one hand, it creates an expectation: no one should let something less than consensual intercourse happen, regardless of involvement. However, on the other hand, it also limits individual responsibility. The vast majority of men do not take advantage of women. However, the report argues that they should step up and claim responsibility for those who are about to assault someone. What about the rapist? Where’s his (or her) responsibility? We
have just started to push against the idea that victims are somehow responsible for crimes against them. Now instead of that, we are giving the responsibility to the only other non-guilty party: men who do not sexually assault others. This kind of action, while a solid short run solution, is not sustainable. Instead, we need to work toward changing how our culture views women and sex. The cliché, but still widely held, view of women as sexual objects persists in our culture. There is certainly a movement to humanize women (note the irony — women are people too!), but it has not been completely successful yet. We need to show perpetrators that sexual assault is never an option. There needs to be a cultural standard that declares women as equals, rather than as objects used for sexual gratification. I am mortified that this is not yet the case in the 21st century. People have been conditioned to view women as sexual objects, and this a value that can no longer be tolerated. The third and fourth steps of Obama’s report are equally as important: response and transparency. The report argues that there must be a safe, confidential outlet for the victim and a reformed system for investigation. Both of these points provide a solid foundation for a sexual assault response team that has structure and consistency. I believe an enumerated set of consequences for perpetrators would decrease the likelihood of the guilty getting away. Transparency is also incredibly important. Too often we hear about athletic coaches or college boards sweeping the dirt under the rug. By showing how well schools are adhering to the guidelines, the federal government can give students a clear picture of where they should be most safe. Obviously, this will not solve all of the problems, but it will certainly give students peace of mind. Not only are both men and women victims in these crimes, but each incident also affects the families and friends of the victim and offender. Although it is not nearly enough, Obama’s report is a step in the right direction. I sincerely hope that BU exceeds all federal expectations outlined in this report. Our nation needs to create a system where perpetrators are responsible for their actions in clear terms. Sexual assault is not a feminist or women’s issue. It is a people’s issue. And the sooner we act like that, the better. Sara Ryan is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences studying political science and math. She can be reached at sryan15@ bu.edu.
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Top 10 BU moments of the 2013-14 school year
The Daily Free Press sports section voted for their top-10 moments during the 2013-14 year at Boston University. Ranging from thrilling performances to the start and end of certain programs, the 2013-14 season was a very eventful year for BU athletics.
to first-place finishes in both the mile and the 1,000m at the Patriot League Championship meet, he earned Patriot League Male Track of the Meet honors. At the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in
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ers to a commanding 91-70 victory. The Philadelphia native broke a 50year old school record and set an NCAA season-high with his 17 assists on the night to go along 10 key
10. Men’s lacrosse gets first win After coming close in several contests, the Boston University men’s lacrosse team finally earned the program’s first ever victory with a 12-7 road win over Lafayette College on March 15. Redshirt freshman attack Sam Tenney was a force to be reckoned with, tallying four goals on the afternoon. Not to be outdone, freshman midfielder Cal Dearth set a program-record for points, scoring two goals and dishing out four assists. Freshman attack Adam Schaal also contributed two goals and three assists. “It means a lot to everybody,” Polley told the Daily Free Press after the win. “We’ve been very close, and we’ve done a very good job outside of our first game of being very competitive in all of our games and today we just kind of put it all together and made plays when we needed to.”
5. Women’s cross country takes conference title The Boston University women’s cross country team made history, capping off a successful season by becoming the first BU program to capture a Patriot League title Nov. 2 in Easton, Pa. Senior Rosa Moriello led the way for the Terriers with her firstplace performance, running the sixkilometer course in 21:09.93, 38 seconds better than her next closest competitor. Junior Monica Adler took third (21:52.37) and sophomore Shelby Stableford’s time of 22:26.05 was good for sixth place. Coming in close behind were sophomore Michelle Sumner (22:40.32) and senior Nikki Long (23:02.67), whose top-25 performances helped distance the Terriers from second-place Lehigh University. For their efforts, Moriello was named Patriot League Runner of the Year and coach Bruce Lehane received Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. Moriello continued her strong senior campaign at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, where she placed 25th.
9. agboola and Morris surpass 1,000-point mark Senior Rashidat Agboola of the Boston University women’s basketball team and classmate forward Dom Morris of the Boston University men’s basketball team further bolstered their BU legacies this season, as each eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for their respective careers. Agboola first reached the milestone in a Jan. 25 home contest against Bucknell University. Needing just four points to reach the mark, she scored a team-high 25 points in the 86-58 win to become the 22nd player in program history to surpass 1,000 points. Just six days later, Morris also entered the 1000-point club with a 17-point performance in an 8280 overtime defeat at the hands of Lehigh University. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the loss. The Newark, Del., native is the 33rd player in program history to reach the mark. 8. rich Peters, Monica adler, named First Team all-americans Thanks to their stellar performances in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships last month, seniors Rich Peters and Monica Adler were named First-Team AllAmericans by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association of America. Peters, who finished fourth in the men’s mile at the NCAA Championships, set an NCAA record for the 1,000m earlier in the season at the BU Last Chance Meet. Thanks
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Forward Erica Kosienski’s lone goal propelled BU into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
February, Peters broke his own school record in the mile with a time of 3:57.27. The All-American selection was the fifth of Peters’ illustrious career. Adler earned All-American honors after her eighth-place finish in the women’s mile at the NCAA Championships. 7. Mo Watson dishes out 17 assists With a trip to the Patriot League Championship game on the line, sophomore point guard Maurice Watson Jr. put on an absolute show in the Boston University men’s basketball team’s nationally televised semifinal matchup against the U.S. Military Academy. Watson energized both his team and the Agganis Arena crowd with his stellar play, leading the Terri-
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Cornell came out in the first period and controlled the flow and the shot advantage at 10-3. One of BU’s three shots hit the back of the net though, courtesy of the stick of sophomore forward Mike Moran. Freshman forward Robbie Baillargeon extended the lead 2-0 with just less than five minutes remaining in the second. His classmate, forward Nick Roberto, made it a 3-0 game at the beginning of the third. The Big Red made a frantic comeback in the final minutes, cutting the lead to just one. Cornell’s offense made it close, but sophomore goaltender Matt O’Connor stood tall in the end and made 37 saves to preserve the victory.
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points and two steals on the night. His showing was no fluke, as Watson ended the season ranked third in the NCAA in assists, averaging 7.1 dimes per contest. While the game turned out to be one of Watson’s last as a Terrier — he transfered to Creighton University shortly after the conclusion of the season, his performance cemented his legacy for years to come. 6. M. Hockey defeats Cornell at red Hot Hockey Just 11 shots were taken on goal, but that was all that was needed for the Boston University men’s hockey team in the 2013 edition of Red Hot Hockey against then-No. 14 Cornell University. BU’s 3-2 win allowed the team to take claim to the new Kelly-Harkness Trophy.
Saturday, May 3 Softball vs. Bucknell, 12 p.m., 2 p.m. W. Lacrosse @ Boston College, 7 p.m.
4. Jack Parker honored at agganis arena Disappointing might be the first word that comes to mind when discussing the 2013-14 season for the Boston University men’s hockey team, as the Terriers finished the year with a 10-21-4 record. While a trying transitional season did not muster many highlights for the Terriers, one bright spot occurred on Feb. 28, as the team honored long-time coach Jack Parker during the first intermission of BU’s home game against then-No.9 Northeastern University. During the ceremony, the team retired Parker’s No. 6 that he wore during his playing days at BU from 1965-1968. Parker’s No. 6 joins Travis Roy’s No. 24 as the only retired numbers in program history. The Terriers, who also honored their seniors prior to the game, defeated the Huskies 4-1. 3. Women’s Soccer Wins Patriot league Title
Sunday May 4 Softball vs. Bucknell, 12 p.m. M. Lacrosse vs. Duke, 1 p.m.
The Boston University women’s soccer team stormed through its conference opponents this season. Coach Nancy Feldman’s squad put up a nearly unblemished 8-1-0 record in league play and defeated the U.S. Naval Academy, 1-0 in the Patriot League Championship Game to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a No.25 national ranking. In the first round, the Terriers preserved their undefeated home record, downing crosstown rivals Harvard University 1-0 on a clutch goal from freshman striker Erica Kosienski. BU almost made program history in the second round, but narrowly fell at No. 9 Santa Clara University, 2-1. 2. Women’s hockey wins Hockey East The Boston University women’s hockey team had won two consecutive Hockey East Championships coming into this season, but injuries to defenseman Shannon Doyle and forward Kayla Tutino led to a season filled with adversity for the Terriers. The team had to press through a four-game losing streak near the start of the second half of season to make it to all the way the Hockey East championship game in Hyannis. The only thing standing in the way of the conference title was then-No. 4 Boston College — a team BU had lost to four times during the regular season. The Terriers fell behind early and saw themselves down a goal going into the final period. However, senior captain Louise Warren scored the tying goal less than three minutes in and freshman forward Maddie Elia followed with a wraparound goal to give BU the lead. Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry sealed the deal with 13 saves in the final period, one of her 40 on the day, and the Terriers upset BC to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. 1. Wrestling dominates in emotional final home match The Boston University wrestling team, competing in its final contest at Case Gym in program history, handily defeated Sacred Heart University by a score of 47-0. After the final buzzer sounded, BU coach Carl Adams hugged all of his wrestlers and their families in an emotional embrace. Despite receiving word from the University that the wrestling program would be cut after the season, Adams kept his team focused and prepared during their final campaign, as three Terriers — senior Nestor Taffur and juniors Tyler Scotten and Michael Wightman — all made appearances in the NCAA Tournament. “I’m going to have to digest it first but if it’s going to be the last match, this was the best way to go out,” Adams said after the match.
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