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Report recognizes difficulties faced by adjunct professors BU officials ensure safety of students in As adjunct professors at many institutions of higher education fight for adequate employment benefits, a report recently issued by Concase of emergency gress recognizes the challenges part-time proBy Taryn Ottaunick Daily Free Press Staff
fessors face. Issued by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the report highlights the struggles faced by adjunct professors in the United States trying to earn a living from their adjunct salary. It is a response to a governmentcreated forum that asked adjunct professors to express their career concerns. The report marks the first time the government has recognized adjunct faculty mistreatment at universities as a growing issue, said Malini Cadambi Daniel, a spokesperson for an organization that aims to garner better benefits for adjunct professors called Adjunct Action. “When you think about how little adjunct faculty make, how few benefits most of them have — no health insurance, no retirement security, how they are forced to reapply for their jobs so they have no job security — it’s shocking,” Daniel said. “If the debate in this country is about income inequality and whether we need to raise minimum wage, this is perfect timing.” Many adjunct professors, such as Andrew Sheehan, an adjunct professor of computer science at BU’s Metropolitan College, work fulltime jobs during the day to support themselves while teaching classes. “I work during the day as a programmer,”
By Kaitlin Junod Daily Free Press Staff
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A new study from the House Education and the Workforce Committee data shows that adjunct professors are underpaid compared to tenured professors and take on multiple jobs to support themselves and their families.
Sheehan said. “Being an adjunct professor doesn’t actually give very much money. 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, other bills.” Gillian Mason, a former BU adjunct professor and current activist for Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, said one of the most cloying concerns among adjunct professors, particularly
those looking to become full-time employees, is that there are few opportunities for advancement in the adjunct professor system, which is economically beneficial to universities. “BU adjuncts don’t have a union, so there’s really no sense that adjuncts have a voice on the job at BU,” Mason said. “... A lot of folks have the idea when they’re doing that of, ‘This is just temporary, and when I graduate, I’m going to get that tenure-track job and it’s going to be
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Lack of available liquor licenses hurting Mei Mei Street Kitchen By Kelsey Newell Daily Free Press Staff
Mei Mei Street Kitchen, a restaurant located in South Campus, has been deferred from obtaining a liquor license by the Boston Licensing Board, causing an obstacle for the restaurant’s development. The restaurant is unable to get a beer and wine license from the Boston Licensing Board because the city has reached the limit of alcohol licenses. Right now, the cap for Boston is 650 full liquor licenses and 320 wine and malt liquor licenses, despite that Boston is home to more than 2,000 restaurants and bars. Margaret Li, co-owner of Mei Mei, said the restaurant has been seeking a license since it opened in December.
“If we want one [a beer and wine license] through the city, we either have to wait until one becomes available, which means reapplying and paying the fees every 30 days, or buy one on the open market which is currently running at about $90,000,” she said. “This is a problem particularly faced by small independent business because it is the bigger chains that have the capital to buy these liquor licenses and hold on to them.” Nicole Murati Ferrer, chair of the Boston Licensing Board, one of the two boards required to approve a liquor license petition, said although the board does not have the power to grant extra licenses, it tries to help qualified restaurants when no licenses are available.
There is a law that prevents businesses from applying for a license multiple times within one license year, but Ferrer and the rest of the board try to work around that when a business would otherwise be granted a license had there been any available. “For us in Boston, since we’re almost always at the cap, if we don’t have a license [at the time that we approve of an application] what we do is we defer the application up to 30 days to see if a license become available then,” Ferrer said. “If a license does become available, then we grant that license to that petitioner. If no license opens up, then we reject the petition without precedence so that the person can reapply as often as they want to within
Mei Mei, see page 2
Gun-related incidents made national headlines every day last week, two of which occurred on college campuses. Despite the recent series of shootings, however, security officials at Boston University say the campus is wellequipped to handle emergencies. “We have officers specifically trained on how to respond to shootings should one occur on campus, and that is basically get there as fast as you can, address the shooter speedily to resolve that threat,” said Boston University Police Department Chief Tom Robbins. A student at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Ind., was shot and killed on Tuesday. Another campus shooting occurred at South Carolina State University Friday, where a student was killed by a gunman. However, Robbins says, the BU community has developed a solid routine on how to keep students informed and safe during emergencies. “One of the biggest things we do is provide information on our website, and we provide information through training that we have developed on people how to react,” Robbins said. The key component of the emergency security plan is notifying the community to avoid the premises of the shooting site through a university-wide virtual alert system, known as BU Alert, Robbins added. “It would be a notification of what’s transpiring,” he said. “We would also tell people how to respond to that--In other words, stay away from this area, police are responding a report of whatever it is.” Lauren Palitz, a Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences senior, said the BUPD’s constant presence on campus is reassuring. “They’ve responded well to situations,” Palitz said. “They patrol Allston all the time. I always see BUPD cars all the time. “We’ve chosen to live in an urban environment, so with that choice comes risk, and that risk can’t ever be completely annihilated ... Nobody’s ever 100 percent safe, but I don’t walk around fearing for anything.” BUPD officials developed the emergency
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Obama pledges to fight sexual assault on college campuses across United States By Sophia Goldberg Daily Free Press Staff
As President Barack Obama launched an initiative to combat sexual assault at college campuses across the nation Wednesday, one may wonder what resources exist to prevent and handle sexual assault on the Charles River Campus. “The prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our Nation’s institutions of higher education is both deeply troubling and a call to action,” Obama stated in a Wednesday memorandum from the White House. “Although schools have made progress in addressing rape and sexual assault, more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students of higher education.” Obama established a task force of college administrators that will be given 90 days to create a list of recommendations for preventing and handling cases of sexual assault on campus, according to the memorandum. Boston University Police Department officials make efforts to prevent sexual assault by offering programs and advice to help students avoid incidents of sexual assault during freshman orientation and periodically throughout the year, said BUPD Detective
Lt. Peter DiDomenica. “We have the Rape Aggression Defense course which is provided free to students,” he said. “…It’s kind of a self defense course for women. We also provide advice for not becoming a victim, like not making yourself vulnerable by consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, accepting drinks from people, etc.” Reported sexual assaults at BU in 2013 included four incidents of assault and six incidents of indecent assault and battery. DiDomenica said these numbers are fairly normal for a college campus. “Some cases result in an immediate arrest, but we find frequently that these are reported well after the event occurred, said DiDomenica. “They are very difficult for people to report, and unfortunately it gets delayed sometimes weeks, or even months ... The more time the victim waits to report, the less options we have to collect forensic evidence.” Women in college face a high risk of sexual assault, according to a White House Council on Women and Girls report, entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call
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President Barack Obama announced a measure to combat sexual assaults on college campuses Wednesday, which will involve a task force of college administrators creating a list of recommendations on assault prevention.
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Owner: Liquor license important for business Transition from adjunct to tenured prof. long process Mei Mei: From Page 1
that year.” A petition to bring the control of the number of liquor licenses in Boston has been passed by the City Council, but still needs to be signed by the mayor and then by the state legislature. The petition would bring the number of licenses available within proportion with the number of restaurants in Boston. “It’s a huge component of revenue for many restaurants and this is one of the areas where costs tend to be lower so it’s a big aspect of profit,” Li said. “We are worried ... generally a license can be found. It’s just a question of whether you can pull together the
finances for one. It’s an important part of our business though, so we would most likely have to make that investment at some point, the question is how long can we hold out hoping to get one from the city.” Some residents said being able to sell liquor should not be that much of a deciding factor for whether restaurants succeed or not. “I go to restaurants for the food, not the alcohol,” said Yifan Zhang, 24, of Fenway. “It’s strange that there would be so few liquor licenses available, but it’s also strange that restaurants would find it so necessary.” James Danielson, 45, of Brighton, said he does not understand
why there is a cap on liquor licenses. “I can’t think of a reason why that would be necessary as long as those who are granted licenses meet all the criteria,” he said. John Nguyen, 50, of Boston, said he sees how the lack of having an alcohol license could hinder businesses in a city filled with businesses that do have alcohol licenses. “The American market and economy is all about competition,” he said. “It’s completely impractical that there are so few licenses available to such a lively city. Allowing more restaurants to have alcohol licenses would help small restaurants stay alive and add to the city atmosphere.”
Blog increases awareness of sexual assault on campus Sexual Assault: From Page 1
to Action.” Every one in five women has been a victim of attempted sexual assault in college, in addition to a significant number of men, the report stated. Students who have been victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report the incident and seek help. BU’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center and the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism are a source of support for victims. “Students turn to SARP for assistance after a trauma,” said SARP Director Maureen Mahoney. “We provide free of charge, confidential assistance that varies according to the circumstances. The most important thing we do is provide students with accurate information about their options so a student can make
informed decisions about what courses of action are best for them.” Aside from the agencies on campus that are meant to provide solace for victims of sexual assault, victims may also find support in “Surviving Numbers,” a Tumblr account and non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for sexual assault. “‘Surviving Numbers’ started out as a project meant to raise awareness at different campuses about sexual assault,” said Ali Safran, creator of the blog. Safran has worked with BU students in the past to generate submissions, according to a Boston.com article. “…I wanted to raise awareness of the fact that it [sexual assault] happens everywhere and that its not unique to one school. After experiencing sexual as-
sault in high school, Safran decided to create a blog where people victims of sexual assault could submit a poster talking about their experience with sexual assault. While Obama’s task force is a great step for sexual assault prevention, Safran said she hopes members of the task force will search for more input from people closer to the source of the problem in colleges. “Currently the task force is made up of great people for sure, people on his staff and people on the Council for Women and Girls,” said Safran. “But I also think it’s important for him to get feedback from people who have experienced sexual violence so that he can take that into account and see what their recommendations might be.”
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awesome.’ Unfortunately, what we’re finding more and more is that tenuretrack jobs aren’t easy to get. You’re going to be an adjunct for a lot longer than you think you are.” Sheehan said although adjunct professors are often looking for ways to become full-time professors, many obstacles prevent them from receiving the full tenure-status they desire. “It would be nice if an adjunct wanted to go full time and the opportunity afforded itself at the university, but there are a bunch of barriers that don’t let that happen,” Sheehan said. “That’s the way it always has been.” The tenure review process varies from one university to another, and even from one college to another within Boston University, but it tends to be a lengthy process with numerous steps, according to the Faculty Handbook. At BU, the tenure review process typically requires the candidate to meet the approval of several officials and committees, starting with
tenured faculty members of the department and sometimes approved, non-tenured faculty members. They discuss the candidate’s qualifications and take a vote. If approved, the candidate’s application goes through the department chair, an appointment, promotion and tenure committee within the school, the school dean and then the provost. From there, the application requires review from a larger committee, the provost and the president. Warren Mansur, an adjunct professor of computer science at MET, said adjunct professors should regard their teaching positions as extras unless they hope to pursue careers as tenure-track professors. “They [adjunct professors] are taking a part-time job, and can’t expect to get the same benefits as a fulltime job,” Mansur said. “My experience is that being an adjunct means you’re doing something extra job on the side. It’s a part-time job ... If you want it to be a full-time job, you should apply to be a member of the full-time faculty.”
Police chief: BU campus ‘very secure’ for students Safety: From Page 1
security plan after the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre in Jefferson County, Colo. The plan has been adapted according to new information received from other campus shootings, said Vice President of Administrative Services Peter Fiedler. “The university is constantly revising our emergency plans based on what we learn, unfortunately from what others have experienced, like the Purdue shooting that happened earlier in the week, and Columbine,” Fiedler said. “We keep modifying our plan in which to address those things.” To help the BU community respond to on-campus crises, the university now offers an online emergency training course through Blackboard Learn, said Executive Director of Research Compliance Kevin Tuohey, from BU’s Environmental Health and Safety department. The online course, which appears under the “All Blackboard Courses” tab, includes sections about shelterin-place versus evacuation procedures, fires, bomb threats, weather
emergencies and chemical hazards, Tuohey said. Despite its urban setting, Robbins said the precautions security officials implement make BU a well-protected campus. “We have a very secure and safe campus,” Robbins said. “We have a number of officers that work 24/7 with supervision who provide protection and security. We put a lot of information out for the student body, faculty and staff on how to remain safe ... However, I will caution that like any big city, we do have some incidental crime that occurs.” Ryan O’Flaherty, a College of Engineering sophomore, said the Blackboard emergency education course would be beneficial to freshmen anxious about the dangers of their new urban campus. “You need to be comforted in that way,” O’Flaherty said. “I have a pretty good handle of how to live in the city at this point because I’m a sophomore, but if you’re an incoming freshman and you’ve never lived in the city before, then it’s probably a good idea to learn about how to take care of yourself.”
CaMpus & CiTy CaMpus CriMe LOGs Jan. 20 TO Jan. 26 By Alyssa Ciofani Daily Free Press Staff
The following reports were taken from the Boston University Police Department crime logs from Jan. 20 - Jan. 26. Vandalism in dorm On Jan. 20 at 2:45 p.m., a member of the Boston University staff reported that two swastikas were drawn on a glass petition in a fourth-floor study lounge in Warren Towers, located at 700 Commonwealth Ave. Possession of alcohol At 9:20 p.m. on Jan. 20, two male students were removed from Agganis Arena, located at 925 Comm. Ave., for the possession of alcohol. Wallet and cellphone stolen A BU cheerleader’s wallet and cellphone were stolen from a hallway locker room at Agganis Arena, located at 925 Comm. Ave., on Jan. 20 around 10 p.m. The items were left unattended during a basketball game. Man arrested for warrant On Jan. 20 at 10 p.m., BUPD arrested a non-affiliate for an outside warrant. Stolen laptop A student’s laptop was stolen from the School of Theology on the second floor, located at 745 Comm. Ave., on Wednesday at around 3 p.m. Chemical spill BUPD responded to a call about a chemical spill in lab 507 at 590 Comm. Ave. on Wednesday. When BUPD arrived, officials from BU’s Environmental Health and Safety department were already present cleaning the spill. No injuries were reported. Marijuana possession On Thursday at 11 p.m., BUPD discovered marijuana and paraphernalia in a student’s room on the fourth floor at 1019 Comm. Ave. The items were removed from the room. Employee’s backpack stolen A student employee’s backpack was stolen from a locker at Agganis Arena, located at 925 Comm. Ave. Video surveillance shows another employee removing the backpack from the locker on Jan. 24 at 9:48 a.m. Assault reported to BUPD On Friday at 1:30 p.m., a student reported that three students were assaulted and robbed in October at Brighton and Chester Street. BUPD is reaching out to the victims. Estranged father at Huntington Theatre On Friday around 3:45 p.m., a student’s estranged father searched for his daughter under a false name at the Huntington Theatre located at 264 Huntington Ave. The student was notified, and her father was asked to leave.
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Beth Israel awarded grant to help ICU patients SG to sponsor bike-charging In an ongoing effort to eliminate preventable harm in the intensive care unit, Beth Israel Deaconstations at BU ess Medical Center received a $5.3 By Felicia Gans Daily Free Press Staff
million grant Wednesday from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of California. Preventable harm is any injury or sickness that could affect a patient while in the hospital setting. The grant will be used over a 30-month period and will focus on projects and issues within the ICU, said BIDMC Director of Public Relations Jerry Berger. “We as an institution set a goal in 2008 to eliminate preventable harm,” he said. “Tough goal, but as people said, if you’re going to set a goal to reduce preventable harm, anything other than elimination is not acceptable. So we’ve been on this journey now for several years.” Through the grant, BIDMC plans to broaden the definition of preventable harm and use technology that will benefit clinicians, as well as the patients and their families, Berger said. Over the past several years, BIDMC has taken small steps to
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both the private and public sectors,” Walsh said in the release. “She loves the City of Boston, knows the inner workings of city government, and she’ll play a huge role in bringing City communications to the next level.” Stephen Quigley, professor of public relations at Boston University, said that Pollack will play a valuable role as the Chief Communications Officer of the city. “She becomes the strategist and the tactician on the mayor and the city’s behalf,” he said. “She plays that critical role between city government and the citizens to make sure there’s an open flow of information.” Pollack will also serve as the voice of the people, ensuring that Boston residents are aware of what their elected leaders are doing, Quigley said. “We always think of communicators as strictly outbound messengers, people who stand at a press conference and spew out words, but one of the key roles they play is someone who brings insights and wisdom and
Boston University Student Government will sponsor the installation of stationary bike-charging stations throughout campus, SG officials said at a senate meeting Monday night. The environmental initiative, which was presented by Claire Richer of BU’s Environmental Student Organization, proposed the installation as a way to motivate students to be more active and reduce the campus’s environmental impact. “It [the bikes] is something that’s available to anyone,” Richer, a College of Arts and Sciences junior, said. “That’s the way the environmental movement needs to go, having local power and having power and electricity that people themselves are responsible for.” The bikes, developed by a Belgian-based company called WeWatt, could be the first of many human-powered charging stations to reach college campuses as well as airports and other public spaces, Richer said. “People don’t realize how much power they have inside themselves to produce things like electricity, and the We-Watt bike is cool because it doesn’t look like a conventional bike,” Richer said. Richa Kaul, SG Executive Vice President, said the proposal reflects Student Government’s ability to respond to major issues affecting the campus and the rest of the world. “I am really excited about us sponsoring that new bike pedaling project,” Kaul, a CAS sophomore, said. “That is a fantastic thing that SG can support. It’s visible. It’s something that’s a great initiative moving forward.” SG Senate Chair Avi Levy said the stationary bike initiative could serve as a testament of BU students’ concerns with preserving the world around them. “It could be something that the whole campus could stand behind as producing our own clean energy,” Levy, a CAS junior, said.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently won a $5.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of California that will go toward Intensive Care Unit improvements.
reduce preventable harm, such as raising beds to a 30-degree angle to clear the lungs of patients who are susceptible to ventilator-associated pneumonia. The grant will allow medical centers to perform further research and take larger steps to solve problems such as these, Berger said. “Ultimately, our goal is to expand the definition of preventable harm to include the loss of dignity
and respect,” he said. “It’s stepping up what we already consider an important task of communicating with patients and families about their conditions, to be better aware of what is and is not acceptable, in terms of treatment.” BIDMC is one of four institutions currently working with the Moore Foundation to omit pre-
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Pollack appointed as chief communications oﬃcer By Kelsey Newell Daily Free Press Staff
Leaving her job as director of media and public relations at the Department of Neighborhood Development, Lisa Pollack has been appointed as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Boston, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Friday. In her new position, Pollack will assist the mayor with communication crises and work to unify communication across the City’s departments, a Friday press release said. “Absolutely thrilled to be appointed CCO for the City of Boston,” Pollack said in a tweet Thursday. “Many, many thanks to @marty_walsh for his confidence in me.” Sheila Dillon, the director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, has worked closely with Pollack and said she played an important role in the department. “Lisa was an intricate part of our team at the Department of Neighborhood Development,” she said. “She was a terrific manager and helped coordinate our web presence, social media, press and external docu-
ments.” Dillon said that Pollack’s genuine work ethic will make her a valuable addition to the city’s communication team. “She cares deeply about this city and communicating effectively with its citizens,” she said. “While her leaving DND was a loss for our department, she will be an asset to Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston.” Pollack, a 1994 graduate of Brandeis University, got her first post-graduate job in the Office of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as his staff photographer and later, his senior media liaison. In 2004, she began working at Denterlein, a communications firm, before beginning her work at the Department of Neighborhood Development, the release said. Pollack will be holding the title previously held by Dot Joyce under Menino, and she will be working alongside Walsh’s press secretary, Kate Norton, and press assistant, Emilee Ellison. “Lisa brings a unique blend of skills and a wealth of experience in
Mass. Cape receives $1 million to go toward preserving wetlands By Kelsey Newell Daily Free Press Staff
U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Thursday for awarding a $1 million grant to Harwich and Chatham, two towns on Cape Cod, to conserve coastal wetlands. Grants went to 12 states and Puerto Rico, totaling $16.5 million, as part of the National Coastal Grants Wetlands Conservation Grants Program. In addition, state and local governments, private donors, conservation groups and many others will be contributing $18.2 million to cover the work that the projects will entail to provide a permanent solution for marine life and their habitats. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said although coastal wetlands provide key habitats for fish and wildlife, they also improve water quality, provide flood protec-
tion and support local economies. “These grants, funded through excise taxes paid by anglers and boaters, give us the opportunity to join with states and territories and other partners to conserve and restore these areas that are so vital to our environment and our quality of life,” she said in a Thursday release. Multiple public officials in Massachusetts announced their approval of this grant and its importance for the future of Cape Cod, including Warren and Markey. “Protecting Massachusetts’ wetlands is good for the environment and good for our local communities,” said Warren in a Friday release. “Wetlands help improve water quality, reduce flooding, and provide for a diverse natural habitat. This USFWS grant and significant partner funding will go a long way toward strengthening wetland con-
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U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey announced Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a $1 million grant to support the preservation of coastal wetlands in Chatham and Harwich.
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Residents welcome BIDMC grant, possible improvements for ICU patients BetH iSrael: From Page 3
ventable harm and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs. The medical center was identified last year as an institution whose focal areas are aligned with the goals of the Foundation, said Loren Pogir, the Patient Care Program director at the Moore Foundation. “Beth Israel was just a perfect partner for what we’re trying to accomplish so they have the best track record,” she said. “The stuff we look for is really leadership and we want to see that the organizations have actually used IT tools in the past to help improve care.”
The Moore Foundation also looks for institutions that can bring their strategies to community hospitals, she said. BIDMC will use the grant to launch pilot programs in the community branches of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and Beth Israel Deaconess HospitalPlymouth, a Wednesday press release said. “The most important thing is that we want to make sure we’re demonstrating results,” Pogir said. “And the second most important thing is we need them to do it in a way that can actually scale to other institutions. So really what we’re
trying to accomplish here is to find ways that can be generalized or scalable beyond just Beth Israel but other community hospitals in Boston or across the country.” Several residents said they are happy to hear about BIDMC’s grant and hope it will create a safer and healthier environment for patients in the ICU. Nancy Joseph, 29, of Brighton, said any improvement in the medical centers will serve as a comfort to patients and their families. “It’s important to prevent future harm because you want to ensure that the operations of the hospital are efficient and that you aren’t
having clients be harmed while they’re in the hospital setting,” she said. “Anything they can do to improve their services and make sure that, not only are they getting good services but they’re not actually incurring more harm while they’re at the hospital, is a good thing.” Ryan Holohan, 39, of East Boston, said a decrease in preventable harm would be beneficial for the hospital economically, as well as serving as a comfort to patients and their families. “First of all, it’s for a higher quality of life, to improve their life quality if they’re already injured,” he said. “Secondly, if they don’t get
more injured, we’re saving money on medicine and medical bills.” Clara Ren, 23, of Back Bay, works as a patient finance representative at Boston Children’s Hospital and said BIDMC made a good decision to use the grant to better the ICU. “If someone gets hurt, that’s liability to the hospital, so I understand that it’s important to have this grant to fund the research to provide all the equipment for the patients,” she said. “The ICU is the most critical department of the hospital, so that’s a great place to start.”
Markey: Wetlands key to fish, flood control New communications chief ‘important voice,’ locals say WetlandS: From Page 3
servation on the Cape.” Markey, who has made climate change and the environment a priority during his time in office, said the wetlands are vital for more than just the coastal regions. “Massachusetts relies on its wetlands for everything from fish to flood control,” Markey said in the release. “As the climate warms and storms intensify, we need to be even more diligent about protecting and restoring our wetlands so that they can protect us. I applaud the USFWS and partner agencies for this forward-looking project.” Another official, U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, said preserving these habitats has a lasting importance. During his time in office, he has written and passed legislation to protect Massachusetts’s lakes, streams and wetlands.
“With this award, USFWS has demonstrated its shared commitment to projects that will bring long-term viability to our communities,” said Keating in the release. “This funding is a direct investment that will go beyond Harwich and Chatham; tourists and Massachusetts residents alike will benefit from this dedication to coastal wetland conservation.” Several residents said the grant going toward Cape wetlands is a good investment, and despite being a tough undertaking, would be worth it in the end. “Some people may not be environmentally active and may not really care about protecting animals and their habitats, but it will benefit our communities as well,” Steven Bureau, 43, of Back Bay. “This will protect coastal cities from flooding without man-made objects.” Andrew Clayton, 75, South End,
said the Cape wetlands are a waste of investments. “If we take ourselves out of the picture, these wetlands may indeed end up being eliminated,” he said. “But looking at the past, I think we can see that it’s hopeless to fight what naturally happens, which is climates and habitats coming and going.” Yinzhi Cao, 28, of Boston, said conserving these habitats will be a valuable investment for the future. “We need to protect the habitats that remain,” Cao said. “Our constructions have invaded their habitats, so it’s our duty to maintain the ones that we have left. Some people may feel that we’re trying to fight the course of nature, but even if that is the case, we have to at least try and let future generations deal with that.”
Students want vending machines to take dining points SG: From Page 3
“It makes a really good statement about our campus and what kind of students we have. We’re all very socially responsible and environmentally responsible, and that reflects in the proposal we just passed.” Another project on the table was the installation of dining points as an option in residence hall vending machines, a project
initially recommended by BU students. “The vending machine proposal ... is moving in the right direction,” Kaul said. “It’s not so much about the issue itself, but being able to hear students’ perspectives and seeing what they want to change and then us actually making that happen.” Kaul said the implementation of this initiative is indicative
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complaints back to the government,” he said. “She becomes a really important voice of the citizens to the mayor.” Several residents said they are excited to hear about Pollack’s goals for unifying the city’s department through communication. Joshua Needham, 24, of Mission Hill, had not known there was a chief communications officer in the past and plans to contact Pollack with any questions he has in the future. “It’s one number to reach for one problem that you’re having,” he said. “Before, for a certain situation, I was calling the wrong department the whole time, and I had to call the wrong department to find out that I had to call the right department. Here, you can just call one place and get the right answer right away.” Donald Graham, 30, of Brighton,
said Pollack’s position creates a sense of transparency between the people and the government. “It seems like a good idea to have a point person like that, one person to reach out to,” he said. “It makes the government more accessible to have it be someone’s job to just be that communications person.” Gina Novelli, 60, of Fenway, said Pollack will hopefully serve as a direct connection between Mayor Walsh and the citizens of the city. “We need to have a direct mode of communication,” she said. “There’s too many layers. That’s what’s happening in politics, there are just too many layers to get through to get to the correct answer. If one person specifically does that throughout the day, they become an expert in communications and the subject they’re dealing with. That’s what you need, someone who always knows what’s going on.”
of SG’s pledge to represent the voices and concerns of the student population after learning through an SG-issued poll last semester that students were indifferent to SG’s presence on campus. “To me, that’s what [the vending machine initiative] stands for more than anything else...Expanding dining points locations was something we heard, and we are working to make it happen.”
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Miller-Urey experiment redux: Researchers seek origins of life in safer recreation of 1953 study Daniel Leary
ut yourself in a world with a harsh, dark, fiery atmosphere. There is no one in sight. Clouds of smoke, chains of lightning and streams of lava cascade across this hellish landscape. The air is hard to breath, toxic and hot. Where are you? Here on Earth, about 3.8 billion years ago. It is these conditions that Dr. Stanley Miller and Dr. Harold Urey wanted to recreate in their famous 1953 experiment, but the means by which they did so were dangerous. Now, a group of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has recreated the basis of the Miller-Urey experiment, this time with a different set-up than the original and with more knowledge of Earth’s pre-biotic conditions, according to a Jan. 21 press release in the Journal of Visualized experiments. “We did a more realistic, safer, representation of the experiment,” said Dr. Eric Parker, a graduate student from GIT and a researcher for the study. “My colleagues and I have been approached many times on how to do the Miller-Urey experiment. We have always been hesitant to explain how to conduct the experiment since there is a major risk of explosion while conducting the experiment.” The Miller-Urey experiment is famous for its probe into the origins of life on Earth. In short, Miller and Urey mimicked circumstances similar to those on Earth about 0.7 billion years after
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One ﬂask was ﬁlled with gases mimicking the Earth’s early atmosphere (left) and the other was ﬁlled with water (right). Evaporated water ﬂows from the right ﬂask up and around into the left ﬂask, where it meets an electrical spark to represent lightning.
it formed, which is fairly young in geological terms. The original experiment aimed to recreate the chaotic conditions of the young Earth with a twoflask apparatus. One flask was filled with water that is boiled to simulate evaporation. The other flask contains four gases: methane (CH4), diatomic hydrogen gas (H2), ammonia (NH3) and water vapor (H2O). Both flasks were connected by a series of tubes including a con-
denser so any gases present in the experiment that come in contact with the condenser would exit the gas phase and enter the liquid phase prior to traveling back to the flask that contained water. This process mirrored rainfall on the early Earth. An electric current was used to simulate lightning, provided in the original experiment by a Tesla coil that ran all day for a week straight. After this reaction ran for
seven days, a dark brown liquid formed in a collecting tube. When analyzed, some incredible results were found: From simple inorganic molecules, relatively complex organic molecules were formed. Researchers found amino acids such as glycine and aspartic acid, some of the building blocks of life, in the simulated primordial goop. In other words, the study suggests that components of life arose naturally from a lifeless world. The original experiment prompted many scientists to do their own versions, and it also paved the way for the rise and growing interest of the prebiotic chemistry field. “It was such a huge discovery from that era of biology,” said Edward Loechler, Boston University professor of biology. “To put it simply, it’s bloody complex.” And it is. But with complexity comes confusion and danger. The gas composition of the original experiment contained methane and hydrogen — both explosive gases — that could have caused harm if ignited by the Tesla coil. “Miller and Urey ran a risk of running the tesla coil for that long,” Parker said. “Tesla coils are supposed to be turned for specific period of time. It’s not designed for continuous use.” To improve safety in the recreation, Parker and his team adjusted the electrical use. “For our experiment, we reduced the voltage output to
30,000 volts from the original experiment’s 60,000 volts,” he said. “We also put the Tesla coil on a timer so it would discharge at hour intervals so it wasn’t continuously running. This ultimately made our experiment run longer than the original’s, but made our experiment safer and more accurately represented a lightning discharge event on the early Earth. The team also used a different gas mixture including N2 as well as methane, ammonia and water. This combination better simulates what scientists believe the early atmosphere to have been like, particularly after years of widespread volcanic eruptions. In their final paper, the researchers also gave insight on how to safely evacuate the gas mixtures before the Tesla coil discharged. “To reduce any ambiguities and confusion, we wrote and published a paper on how to do correctly and safely,” Parker said. “Any interested scientists can now read about it and do it step by step.” So what does this mean for the future? Now scientists from all over can recreate this historic experiment safely and correctly thanks to the GIT research team. This could instill a resurgence and further intrigue into the field of prebiotic chemistry. And who knows? With more researchers performing the same experiment, perhaps we could discover even new insights into the origins of life.
Run for your lives: Exercise for cancer patients can cut mortality rates in half, study suggests
Hoda Yehia Science Tuesday Staff xercise just may be the key to cure cancer, or at least one step toward getting
there. In a new study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, researchers discovered that physical activity significantly increases the life span of cancer survivors, specifically in men, according to a Thursday press release. Kathleen Y. Wolin, the Loyola University-Chicago Stritch School of Medicine professor who co-authored the study, said past evidence of the effects of physical activity on cancer survivors encouraged researchers to explore the relationship further. “We’ve had an emerging pool of evidence that’s come out over the last few years on the benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors, and so we wanted to see whether we saw that same effect in this population of men,” she said. In the study, 1,021 men diagnosed with cancer were given a survey at certain time periods in which they reported their daily
physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs and sports and recreational activities. The patients are all part of the ongoing Harvard Alumni Health Study that examines men who entered Harvard University as undergraduates between 1916-1950. “We use that [survey] to estimate their sort of weekly energy expenditure,” Wolin said. “We didn’t look at specific types of activity-we looked at their amount of physical activity overall.” The study did not seek patients with a specific type of disease, but rather any who were diagnosed with some form of cancer, Wolin said. Researchers were then able to compare the effects of physical activity levels among the men, who had an average age of 71. “We were able to collect the data on cancer diagnoses among these men ... [and] we were able to look at their physical activity levels after cancer diagnosis,” she said. “Then the study looked at the death records for these men … and so we were able to look at
the physical activity levels of the men after their cancer diagnosis and compare their different causes of death.”
“When we compared the men who were the most active to the men who were less active, we see about half the risk of all causes of death in those men.”
However, Wolin said a slight setback in the study was not having access to physical activity levels before cancer diagnoses for comparison. “We didn’t have their prediagnosis physical activity, so we couldn’t look at change from preto post-diagnosis and we didn’t have a lot of detail on the kinds of treatment that the men received,”
she said. Researchers found that men who expended more than 12,600 kilojoules per week were 48 percent less likely to die of any cause after diagnosis than men who expended fewer than 2,100 kilojoules per week, according to the study. “When we compared the men who were the most active to the men who were less active, we see about half the risk of all causes of death in those men ... I would say the most compelling number is probably about half risk of death,” Wolin said. “... The take-home message is that physical activity after a cancer diagnosis can help improve survival.” Where does this take us, though? Wolin sees this area of research as an important step toward improving the life of cancer survivors. “It’s part of a growing literature that’s looking at lifestyle changes that cancer patients can make after diagnosis to improve the quality and quantity of their life,” she said.
“… It shows that making changes after a diagnosis has a number of benefits for cancer patients.” She mentioned other similar studies that find exercise to have several other benefits for cancer patients. “There’s also evidence, not in this study, but in other studies, that exercise can help with managing symptoms and side effects of new treatments, reduce risk of reoccurrence and reduce risk of other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” she said. In terms of the future for cancer survivors, Wolin said she sees physical activity as a worthwhile investment. “The sort of way I describe it is that for something like physical activity, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck,” she said. “So engaging in physical activity is improving your quality of life, it’s improving your quantity of life, with far fewer side effects than we associate with drugs, but we’re getting similar magnitudes of benefit.”
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Macklemore: Does he really get it?
We all know the story. When Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, was in the third grade, he thought that he was gay because he could draw, his uncle was and he kept his room straight. He told his mom, with tears rushing down his face, but she was like, “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, trippin’.” If Macklemore is a straight boy who loves girls, then was he in right the place to advocate gay rights in front of almost 29 million viewers through his performance of “Same Love”? Or is he still “trippin’?” At the 56th Grammy awards Sunday night, Macklemore joined with his producing partner Ryan Lewis and singer Mary Lambert to perform the hit single “Same Love.” This performance of Same Love, which was nominated for Song of the Year, was taken to another level with the addition of the marriage of 33 gay and straight couples. What took it even further was Queen Latifah was sworn in as a commissioner by the state of California so she could officiate this ceremony. No one can deny how wonderful and heartwarming the ceremony really was. Couples from everywhere on the racial and sexual spectrum joined hands to partake in a union of love and commitment. The fact that all of these couples, each from different realms of society, were next to each other as they exchanged these vows really attests to how far we have a society have come in our tolerance for others. Yet, at the same time, if this was a genuine attempt by Macklemore and the cable network to honor these couples, then why were they only given a few fleeting moments of camera time? The focus should have been on the people who were sharing this monumental exchange of vows in front of the rest of the world — not just on Macklemore and sometimes Lambert. The intentions of Macklemore and ABC may have been good, but the sheer scale of the event leaves one to question how much of the performance was genuine, and how much was just an exploitative marketing technique. Any event or campaign of this scale that touches on such controversial issues comes with the un-
derlying intentions of publicity and marketing. Branding is a major part of our cultural identity and cause-related marketing is a part of our society that extends far beyond just advocating for gay rights. Although Macklemore can exert a genuine sense of sympathy towards the gay community, no matter what, he cannot absolve himself from being the privileged, straight male that he is. Due to his demographics, he runs the natural risk of seeming like he is just an advocate for this issue in pursuit of some positive publicity. This does not mean that those disconnected from an issue cannot participate in campaigns for major social movements, however. Genuine empathy and selflessness is what holds this society together, after all. But in reality, it’s in our human nature to flock toward those with whom we can identify. Mackelmore’s Grammy performance would have been much more effective if the camera focused more on Lambert, who is the only person featured in this song that is openly lesbian. While we’re at it, we should also stop referring to the performance as “Macklemore’s,” as there were more than 66 people who experienced one of the most important moment of their lives during this set. Regardless of who is advocating for gay rights, as Macklemore rapped during the performance, “A piece of paper isn’t going to solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start.” Although we are nowhere near reaching total equality or acceptance, we have definitely taken some major steps in the right direction. But there are still the undeniable millions of people who continually marginalize and shame the “other” people in our society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LGBT teens are at a substantially higher risk of suicide than straight teens. Eighty percent are verbally harassed at school, while 40 percent are physically harassed. The number of homeless queer and transgender youth seems to go shamefully overlooked, as well. And unfortunately, a few nicely worded rap verses by a privileged, straight male artist aren’t going to fix that.
kate hofberg I can’t decide if going to ‘90s night at Common Ground last Friday night was the best or worst decision of my life. I had no intention of venturing out of my heated house that night. My idea of a fun Friday night usually consists of nothing more than sitting on the couch with my cat, Lars, with a Domino’s pizza and a box of Oreos until I crawl into bed at about 9:30 p.m. But what was supposed to be a quiet evening of watching “Rob & Big” reruns and painting my nails with my roommate turned unexpectedly and spontaneously into a sloppy cameo at the Allston bar scene. It all started with one glass of wine from Trader Joe’s finest $3 bottle of cabernet sauvignon and a YouTube playlist of everybody’s favorite “old school” music videos, including Outkast’s “Hey Ya” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” I dare you to tell me that this generation of music videos doesn’t excite some feelings of nostalgia in you. Even I, the Heavy Metal Princess of Boston, can’t help but burst into a fit of uncoordinated dance moves and a butchered recitation of the words of the pop soundtrack of my awkward junior high school years. If you pour me enough wine, I think I’m the world’s best singer. Anyone with functioning ears can tell you that’s not the truth in the slightest, but with my third glass of wine my living room transformed into my stage. Bless my roommate’s heart for having the patience to sit there and listen to me shriek the words to “Lady Marmalade” at the top of my lungs into my television remote-control-turned-microphone. To make the dreadful experience more tolerable, she poured herself another glass of wine and trying to keep up with my roommate who is three years younger than me, I followed suit and also poured myself another glass. After watching every Spice Girls music video ever created and polishing off two and half bottles of excruciatingly cheap wine, the brilliant idea of taking our night of reminiscing to the next level at Common Ground’s 90’s night suddenly popped into our heads. A more genius idea we never had — without a stitch of makeup on my face and in an outfit that some would confuse with pajamas, we headed excitedly to Harvard
Ave. From there, my memories of the night start to blur. I remember something about being overly enthused about the DJ playing Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, dancing a sloppy version of “The Macarena” and an unbelievably expensive bar tab. How could it be that I spent $30 on two Bud Lights? Or was it four Bud Lights? Who can remember? Obviously, not me. Unfortunately, I am learning the older I get, the harder it is to recover from a night of drinking. That’s why I hardly ever spend my weekend evenings away from my couch. When I woke up on Saturday morning, not only was my head pounding with the Ace of Base beats that I couldn’t get out of my head, and a red wine/Bud Light induced hangover, but also I woke up with a huge scratch on my face and a nearly broken knee. Damn you, ‘90s night! How did this happen to me? To anyone who can solve the mystery of my physical injuries, I’ll pay them handsomely with apologies and thank yous. But despite all the physical injuries I sustained that night, the pictures on my iPhone suggested I had the time of my life. I even made new friends! I wish I could remember the name of the man in the cowboy hat who showed up in almost every picture from that night, but unfortunately, all I can remember is being impressed that he knew all the words to Dee Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart.” So maybe I did have an incredibly fun night of recklessly dancing the night away to my old ‘90s favorites. Maybe it was so much fun to sing a long to every song the DJ played. But was worth the agonizing pain I felt the next morning when I had to hobble on one good leg to the medicine counter in a desperate search for Advil? Did I have enough fun to justify the scar on my cheek that makeup won’t cover and that probably won’t fade for a week? I want to say no, but to quote my personal favorite band of the late ‘90s, B*Witched, “C’est la vie.” Kate Hofberg is a graduate student in the College of Communication. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Women’s basketball creating turnovers Women’s Hoops: From Page 8
to go 1-on-1 in the post and obviously with her numbers, she took care of business with that.” Staying focused Heading into the final stretch of 10 games, the Terriers sit in the seventh spot out of 10 teams in the Patriot League standings. BU’s next set of games should prove to be trying, as it has to play the top four teams in the Patriot League, including two games against the second place U.S. Military Academy. Despite the challenges, however, Greenberg said her team is focused on taking the schedule one game at a time, not looking toward the conference standings. “I’m going to be really honest with you, I don’t even know the league rankings right now,” Greenberg said. With this being the first year in the Patriot League for BU, the Terriers have had to adjust to facing new opponents, new players and a new style of play which is difficult for a young team such as BU. “Our coaches are really excited about the second half of league play,” Greenberg said. “Now that our players have seen everyone, there’s a little bit more of familiarity with who’s who and who does what so we’re excited about it.” Defense staying strong
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Senior defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin tallied two goals in a weekend series.
Galen Rupp sets American record Track: From Page 8
sive in the weight throw, finishing second with a distance of 18.76 meters. Senior Rich Peters placed third in the 3,000m run with a record time of 7:52.61, breaking a BU record of 7:54.93 set by Eirik Hansen. “He just gets better year after year,” Johnson said about Peters. “He’s come so far with showing his strengths and his commitment to getting better. We’re looking forward to seeing a mile time our of him at the Valentine Invitational.” The meet was capped by the perfor-
mance of Oregon Project member Galen Rupp. Rupp, a silver medalist at the 2012 London games, broke the American record in the two-mile race with a time of 8:07.41. Just nine days prior, Rupp set an American record in the 5,000m at the same track. Overall, Johnson said she was pleased with her program’s performance during the invitational. “We stepped up, we had a lot of [personal records],” Johnson said of her team. “I thought they did well. It’s a good step towards getting better each week and achieving our goal of doing the best we can in the Patriot League.”
Alston, Thomas solidify bench play Men’s Basketball: From Page 8
year,” Watson said after a 66-58 win over Colgate University on Jan. 15. “This is our season. My teammates trust me, and the confidence that they have in me boosts my own confidence.” Bench remains strong Not only have the Terriers had solid play from their starting five, but the Terriers also have the collective strength of their bench going for them. Senior guard and tri-captain Travis Robinson has been called off the bench and to start in four games this season due in place of Watson and senior guard D.J. Irving. Robinson thus far has averaged 19.2 minutes per game and has put up 6.1 points per game. Junior forward Malik Thomas has also
been a key player off of the bench, averaging 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 18.3 minutes per game. Jones said he is proud of the efforts of the second-string players and that the play of the bench has given the Terriers more depth. “That’s the thing that I’m most pleased with right now is that we have more guys that can contribute at a higher level,” Jones said of the bench. “Obviously, with D.J.’s talent, experience and toughness and Mo Watson’s talent, experience and toughness, it’s hard to take those guys out, but our bench has done a great job backing them up. “[Sophomore forward] Justin Alston is just going to get better. Malik Thomas was a starter last year and could start on most teams. He’s been much more consistent this year for us. [Robinson] has also given us some good minutes. I like our bench.”
Even with the offensive inconsistencies throughout the early part of the season, BU has been able to rely on its defense, which has held opponents to 63 points or less in the last three games. “It was really nice to score 86 points but I think it had a lot to do with our defense,” Greenberg said. “We were really helping each other, taking away penetration lanes, so I’m very happy with our defense and the direction that we’re moving in.” The Terriers have also been very good at generating opponent turnovers, ranking second in the Patriot League in turnovers forced with 297 total for the season, good for an average of 14.7 per contest. The last time BU did not force double-digit turnovers was in a Nov. 22 game against the No. 1 University of Connecticut. Much of the success on defense is due to BU’s scheme to create pressure. “We’ve been playing man-to-man and we’ve been pretty solid so we just have to keep doing that,” Greenberg said. With the defense holding its own and the offense making strides, the Terriers are ready to take on the rest of their conference schedule, something that Greenberg said she believes the team is ready for. “Now that we’re in the thick of things in the Patriot League, we’re settling down,” Greenberg said. “Early on, not to make any excuses, but the opponents were so new it was like playing non-conference games and I think we’re more prepared now.”
Connect with us on Twitter: @DFPsports @BOShockeyblog @BUbballblog Fratkin brings ‘work ethic’ to ice for BU Women’s Hockey: From Page 8
each the games against the Catamounts, while playing a solid amount of minutes for the BU defense. With her performance with the Terriers, Durocher said he believes Fratkin is one of the preeminent skaters in all of college hockey. “She’s very durable, very strong out there,” Durocher said of Fratkin. “Her goals were two different types of goals. One was kind of a quick slap shot that she had her eyes on from the point and the other one she got up in the center lane and knocked in a rebound off [sophomore forward] Sarah Lefort’s shot. “Off the ice and in the locker room, she’s a respected person for her ability, her work ethic, what she brings to our team. We need her to play great defensively and whatever happens offensively, I call that gravy.” Durocher said having a bright spot in Fratkin in the wake of the losing streak is important to rebounding as a team. “Your state of mind goes a long way and winnings makes you a lot happier than losing,”
Durocher said. “Winning probably generates more confidence so that’s our charge, to see if we can put a win together. The best way to put a win together is every shift, every five minutes or every period, you see yourself winning those individuals battles. The one minutes, the five minutes, the periods will start to add up if you keep winning.” Durocher mixing up message The recent losses have not led Durocher to panic. Instead, the coaching veteran has tried to change the tone of his message to light a spark in his players. “You become a little bit more nitpicky in looking for things, finding things and showing them things that have lead to the four game losing streak,” Durocher said. “In some ways, you work a little bit harder because ours is a long season, they don’t need to hear me correcting them on every little thing all of the time. “If you understand concepts and you play hard, good things will happen for you.”
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BU looks for Terriers look to right 2nd-half issues Agboola aids consistency in improved on defense BU oﬀense By Jacklyn Bamberger Daily Free Press Staff
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With the Beanpot Tournament only a week away, the time for the Boston University women’s hockey team to play strong hockey is coming closer by the day. Losses in their last four games, the longest losing streak of the season, has the Terriers limping toward the Beanpot, which opens against Boston College Feb. 4 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. BU coach Brian Durocher said he believes BU’s struggles emanate from the team’s inconsistent defense, tendency to take excessive penalties and inconsistent goaltending over the last two weeks. “I don’t get the feeling that we’re making the greatest reads,” Durocher said of the defense. “There comes a time in the game where you have to be aggressive. There comes a time to play conservative and a lot of times, it’s sort of a neutral stance where you make good, smart reads and you’re not crashing down in situations that are going to result in three on twos and you’re not getting three forwards caught behind the net. You’re not getting people on the wrong side of the puck. “We need to make sure to correct and ultimately play a little bit smarter as far as that goes.” To help alleviate the issues, Durocher said he and his staff have gone over a lot of video with the team. “We try to show them a little bit of video, some live situations that happen in games,” Durocher said. “We try to stress it in defensive zone coverage drills or back taking drills and then obviously it’s a matter of the split-second decisions that take place in the game, bringing it to the game and making good decisions.” While she started the season with some of her best play in her four-year career with the Terriers, senior goalie Kerrin Sperry has struggled the last two weeks. In her last three starts, Sperry has allowed 10 goals in losses to Providence College, Northeastern University and the University of Vermont. Despite the struggles of late, Durocher said he is sticking by the senior netminder. “I think we have an all-star-type goalie in net in [Sperry], and we have a young lady in [freshman goaltender] Victoria [Hanson] who is going to be fantastic college goalie,” Durocher said. “With the senior-freshman split, I don’t want to start a controversy. [Hanson] has done a fantastic job and Kerrin’s done a fantastic job. It’s part of a building of a team, not just one goalie or the other.” Fratkin shines One of the few bright spots during the Terriers’ trip up to Vermont (11-12-4, 7-6-1 Hockey East) was the play of senior defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin. Fratkin tallied a goal in
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For the Boston University men’s basketball team, execution has not been an issue. Rather, the team’s main focus heading into the second half of conference play has been learning to close out games. The problem has been somewhat of a constant throughout the season, but it presented itself most recently in the Terriers’ (14-7, 7-1 Patriot League) last two contests against American University and Bucknell University. At American (12-7, 8-0 Patriot League), BU was outscored by 20 points in the second half en route to an 86-56 loss. After shooting 45.5 percent from the field in the first half, the Terriers could not find the basket, resulting in a second half field-goal percentage of only 21.4 percent. The team also went 2-for-11 from 3-point range in the second frame, adding to the Terriers’ shooting woes. Against Bucknell (9-10, 4-4 Patriot League) in Lewisburg, Pa., the Terriers dominated every aspect of the game from the get-go and led 52-32 with 7:39 remaining in the contest. From there, BU took its foot off the gas and allowed the Bison to charge back and go on a 26-7 run to cut the Terrier lead to one with 30 seconds remaining in the second half. Fortunately for the Terriers, the team was able to squeak by the Bison by a score of 64-61, thanks in part to the strong freethrow shooting of sophomore guard John Papale. “It hasn’t been every game, but it creeps up and we have to learn how to fight back,” said BU coach Joe Jones about his team’s second-half struggles. “We need to learn how to focus for the full 40 minutes.”
named Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 30. On Monday, the conference awarded Watson with Honorable Mention Patriot League Player of the Week honors for his play against the Eagles and the Bison. Watson averaged 15.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals during the two-game stretch. Watson said his confident play can be attributed to the attitudes of his teammates. “Coming into conference play, I told our guys that this is our
The Boston University women’s basketball team struggled to find an offensive rhythm early in the season. Although a problem early in the year, the Terrier offense has thrived in recent games due to the play of senior forward Rashidat Agboola. In BU’s (8-13, 3-5 Patriot League) previous game, a victory over Bucknell University, Agboola recorded a season-high 25 points, which put her over 1,000 total points for her career with the Terriers. Her effort in the game helped the Terriers reach a season-high 86 points in the win at Case Gymnasium. Following the strong performance, Agboola received an honorable mention for Patriot League Player of the Week. The Methuen native has been a powerful force on offense, but she has also become a leader on the court. “Rashidat’s level of intensity, focus and just her overall presence has been very consistent for us,” said BU coach Kelly Greenberg. “That’s what we were looking for in her, and we’re glad that it’s here.” Saturday afternoon, the Bison (10-8, 5-3 Patriot League) did not have an answer for the senior. Agboola hit almost every shot she took, going 8-for-8 from the field and a nearly perfect 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. “The way Bucknell was playing us they were not doubling Rashidat like a lot of the other teams have the past several weeks,” Greenberg. “So it was nice for Rashidat
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Senior guard Travis Robinson has excelled off of the bench this season.
Watson leads charge For anyone who has watched a BU basketball game within the past year, the stellar play of sophomore point guard Maurice Watson Jr., is no secret. This season, however, Watson’s performances have garnered national attention. Watson currently leads the Patriot League and ranks seventh in the NCAA in assists, averaging 6.6 helpers per game. The sophomore is also fourth in the conference in points per game with 14.7. The Philadelphia native was
BU track team particpates in John Thomas Terrier Invitational By Jacklyn Bamberger Daily Free Press Staff
It was a weekend of new, personal records for some members of the Boston University track and field team at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at the Track and Tennis Center, including a new BU record in the 3,000m run. Friday night was dedicated to the women’s events. Junior Gemma Acheampong led the way for the Terrier sprinters with her fifth-place finish in the 60 meter sprint with a time of 7.67 seconds. Sophomore Christina Wood ran a time of 24.68 in the 200m dash, good enough for a 10th-place finish. In the mid-distances, senior Carolyn Maynard placed eighth in the 400m final, completing the two laps in 55.73 seconds. Sophomore Jade Paul finished seventh place in the 500m dash, running
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Wednesday, Jan. 29 M Basketball vs. Army, 7 p.m. W. Basketball @ Army, 7 p.m.
a 1:14.62. The distance events proved to be the main source of attraction, with members of the Nike Oregon Project on the track for the second straight week. The Oregon Project is an elite group of professional runners who live and train under coach Alberto Salazar. The aim of the group is to promote distance running throughout the United States. Track and Field Director Robyne Johnson said she appreciates the Oregon Project and their relationship with the BU track program. “It just solidifies what we’ve said about how fast our track is and how great our fans are and just how tight the track community is,” Johnson said. “It just really shows how big the sport is in our country and how big Boston fans are and we’re really happy to
have them on the track.” The women’s mile was dominated by two superstars of the sport, high school sensation Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay, both members of the Oregon Project. Cain, 17, nearly set a world junior record in the mile with her 4:24.11 first-place performance. Hasay finished third in the race with a time of 4:28.37. For the Terriers, senior Rosa Moriello, coming off of a redshirt season, posted a career best in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:25.33, good for second place. “She’s really hungry to get better,” Johnson said about Moriello. “She’s done an excellent job and we’re really happy with her progress.” In the same race, sophomore Michelle Sumner finished ninth in a career-best time of 17:06.24. It was the men who took to
the track Saturday. In their first ever college meet, two freshmen, Ethan Homan and Justin Flynn, stood out for the Terriers. Flynn posted two top-10 finishes, placing fifth in the 60m dash and eighth in the 200m race. Homan ran 1:52.55 in the 800 meter race, good enough for eighth place in the event. “[Homan and Flynn] did a wonderful job,” Johnson said. “It’s tough coming from high school to Division I track and field and they both made their transition into it excellently. They’ve done a very good job.” In the field events, senior Blake Edwards jumped 7.08 meters to take first in the long jump. Senior Connor Sullivan placed fourth in the high jump. Sophomore Reuben Horace was impres-
Thursday, Jan. 30
Friday, Jan. 31
Saturday, Feb 1.
No Events Scheduled Not to be outdone, Justin Bieber, another controversial Canadian, said he will support the Seahawks, meaning we all lose.
M. Hockey @ UMass-Amherst, 7:30 p.m. W. Hockey @ UConn, 7 p.m.
track, see page 7
M. Basketball vs. Lehigh, 1 p.m. W. Basketball @ Lehigh, 2 p.m. W. Hockey vs. UConn, 3 p.m.