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More than 500 hate crimes reported to Healey’s hotline BY BEN RABIN DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

More than 500 incidents have been reported to the Massachusetts attorney general’s hate crime hotline since its launch three weeks ago, according to Chloe Gotsis, a spokesperson for Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. The hotline was established after state officials saw an alarming rate of violence, bullying and harassment perpetrated against racial minorities, LGBT community, women, immigrants and other marginalized groups after Election Day, the Daily Free Press reported on Nov. 18. The hotline has received reports of racist graffiti, harassment of minorities and interracial couples, race and gender-based bullying in schools and bigoted slurs shouted in public places, Gotsis wrote in an email. Jack Beermann, a Boston University law professor, said the Trump administration’s lackluster commitment to civil rights is concerning. “[Trump’s] attorney general nominee, [Jeff] Sessions, was turned down from a federal judgeship because of his bad record on civil rights, so it’s concerning that he’s going to be in charge of civil rights enforcement for the country,” Beermann said. “Based on Donald Trump’s own comments during his campaign, he doesn’t seem to be very much concerned with civil rights either.” Beermann said the hate crime hotline is necessary in the current political climate. “There’s a big increase in hate incidents and anti-Semitic incidents since the election,” Beermann said. “The frequency is up, and there’s a lot of incidents involving Muslims and people thought to be Muslims.” Though he said he felt skeptical about the effectiveness of the hotline, Beermann said it is a positive step in the right direction. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


Imagine Boston gathers at Dudley Cafe on Wednesday evening to voice their opinions on how to face challenges in the community.


Imagine Boston 2030, a weeklong series of tours and panels that allow residents to learn more about the City’s major initiatives from city leaders, launched Wednesday. Imagine Boston 2030 aims to “create a framework to guide the preservation, enhancement, and responsible growth of our city between now and 2030, with input from the public,” according to a Nov. 21 press release from Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s office. Boston residents and city officials involved in the Imagine Boston 2030 initiative gathered Wednesday afternoon at Hibernian Hall for a walking tour of Dudley Square to learn what organizers had planned for the future of the City and the community of Roxbury.

Rebekah Emanuel, the executive director of Imagine Boston 2030, said ordinary citizens have shaped the movement. “This is very much a plan of the people, by the people, for the people,” Emanuel said at the launch. “We’ve talked to over 12,000 different residents about what they see as the top priorities as Boston grows, and we also looked at the big trends that are shaping Boston.” Emanuel said the tour is an opportunity to “take things from the page and feel like they’re actually coming to life.” The tour stopped at sites including the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library and Justice Edward O. Gourdin Veterans’ Memorial Park before finish at Dudley Cafe. Each stop highlighted a specific issue that the Imagine Boston 2030 plan was going to focus on.

During the tour, Natalia Urtubey, the director of engagement for Imagine Boston 2030, talked about the importance of improving funding in growing communities. “Through our research, we found that 95 percent of Bostonians are within a five-minute walking distance to a park, library or a community center,” she said. “That is obviously a huge investment opportunity for the city.” Citizens who attended the tour expressed different opinions about the Imagine Boston 2030’s plan and what areas they would like the City to focus its efforts on. Frederick Fairfield, 75, of Canton, said she was concerned about how this initiative could potentially rising the cost of rent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

BU graduate students to organize for unionization effort BY DANNY ANDUZE DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

In a recent effort to improve working conditions and benefits, Boston University graduate students began to push toward unionization in cooperation with the Service Employees International Union Local 509. The students’ effort towards unionization was made possible in August, when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are considered employees of the university. BU graduate students, who are now deemed university employees, are seeking to solidify their rights as workers. Christopher Holden, one of the students behind the effort, said their first few informational meetings were successful. “Our meetings have been a great opportu-

nity to discuss things that are going well at BU that we want to preserve, problems we want to see addressed and how we can strengthen our voice on the issues that affect us,” said the fourth-year Ph.D. candidate. Sarabeth Buckley, a third-year Ph.D. candidate, said students in each department have different reasons behind their support for unionization. The energy behind the movement was overwhelming, Buckley said, with students with different concerns working toward a mutual goal — to improve working conditions and employees’ benefits. “From the humanities side, there are a lot of financial issues,” Buckley said. “For example, there is a lack of summer funding, but people aren’t allowed to work elsewhere, so some have actually had to drop out of the program. Also, the funding has been less and less reliable.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


Sarabeth Buckley, member of the graduate student organization, is in favor of unionizing.



BPD considers using social media scanners



The Boston Police Department is considering implementing software which would scan public social media data for threats to public safety, according to a statement from the BPD. The program has a proposed a budget of $1.4 million, according to Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Such a tool would help prevent crimes such as “gang violence, drug crime, prostitution, and terrorism [which are being coordinated and conducted on the internet]”, according to the BPD’s statement. “The technology will be used in accordance to strict policies and procedures and within the parameters of state and federal laws,” spokesperson Lt. Detective Michael McCarthy said in the statement. “The information looked at is only what is already publicly available.” The BPD is not the only police department that found such software useful in law enforcement — the Baltimore County Police Department used Geofeedia, a social media scanning service, as a law enforcement tool in the past. Elise Armacost, the director of public affairs for the BCPD, said the software, which cost $20,000 per year, was recently discontinued within the department after major social media platforms, including Twitter, stopped providing Geofeedia with data. “We regret the loss of this useful law enforcement tool,” Armacost said. “Geofeedia allowed us to view open source information specific to keywords such as gun, school or clown and a specific geographic area.” Armacost said the software only accessed public posts, and the detectives who used the software still obeyed the constitutionally mandated court and subpoena process. “It is essential that you note that information observed via Geofeedia was information left public by the sender,” Armacost said. “Geofeedia cannot collect information on social media posts marked private. There is no difference between a detective who reads someone’s open source tweets and detective who hears someone say something on an incident scene.”


The following reports were taken from the Boston University Police Department Crime Logs from Nov. 21-26. Marijuana possession found at 140 Bay State Road Residence Life staff reported on Nov. 23 at 10:11 p.m. that a male student possessed marijuana in The Towers. Officers responded to the report, confiscated the drug and grinder and issued a civil citation for the student.


Boston Police Department considers using police social media scanners.

Crockford said the ACLU has deep concerns with this new technology because the use of social media police scanners interferes with civil liberties and freedom of speech. “People shouldn’t have to worry that cops are watching over their shoulder as they express their First Amendment rights on the internet,” Crockford said. Crockford said there is a high probability that the technology will be abused. “Police shouldn’t spy on or create associational dossiers about people who are criticizing the government or organizing for a better world,” Crockford said. “Unfortunately, that’s likely to happen if BPD goes through with this plan.” Tracey Maclin, a law professor at Boston University, commented on the issue with a legal perspective appealing to the Constitution. “The government is certainly free to examine and review, and frankly catalogue, any information that you or I or any third party puts out publicly,” Maclin said. “So as a matter of Fourth Amendment law — that’s the search and seizure provision of the constitution — they’re not violating anybody’s privacy if they are simply looking at information that is available to the public or to third parties.” Maclin said with regard to the Constitution, such software would not legally infringe on the freedom of speech. “As far as free speech is concerned … nobody’s preventing anybody on Facebook or any other social media outlet to say whatever it is they’re saying,” Maclin

said. “If you or I stood out on the street corner and gave a speech about bombs, the BPD would certainly be free to listen to the speech and then write down what we’re saying, and then utilize it for investigative purposes.” Several Boston residents expressed concern over the program. Michael Albro, 35, of Back Bay, said that police do not possess the authority to access the social media accounts of individuals, and that this is an overuse of their power. “That’s a terrible idea, and it’s a terrible infringement on our civil liberties,” Albro said. “It’s disturbing.” Aurelie Edwards, 47, of the North End, said although she is not on social media, she is concerned for her sons and the invasion of privacy the measure might pose to them. “[The program] will probably be helpful for terrorism, but I’m more concerned about privacy,” Edwards said. “As a matter of principle, I don’t think that they should be having access to all that information without consent.” Molly Ezzell, 26, of Allston, said people should be wary about the line between public and private information. “In this day and age people are always on their phones, and it’s really hard to say what is private and what is not anymore,” Ezzell said. “So I think we just have to figure out where the line is, because we’re sending it through all these carriers, and we don’t really own what we’re sending.”

Student union may lead to job loss, dean says UNION, FROM PAGE 1

Buckley said graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments are concerned with the lack of benefits, including vision and dental care, the latter of which was recently withdrawn, prompting the students to work toward regaining the benefits they once had. Students have also brought up the concern regarding loopholes in parental leave, Buckley said. “If you’re on an external fellowship, you can take the leave, but you end up not being paid during that time,” Buckley said. The minimum vacation days for graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants remain ambiguous. Consequently, graduate students are uncertain about what they are allowed to do and what their expectations are, Buckley said. Graduate students are also promoting better day care options. Without good day care options, it is almost impossible for students to work and study while supporting a family, she added.


“Right now, the university can decide what they want to do, and we just have to agree and go along with it,” Buckley said. “We want to have more of a say in how our employment functions and be a part of that process.” There is a long process for the proposed unionization to reach ratification, and the timeline remains unclear, said Buckley. “This is a democratic process, so it will be up to all of us as union members to decide what issues we want to push in our first contract,” Holden said. “What we do know is having a formal contract will establish clear expectations both for graduate assistants and the university.” School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman said graduate students who are pushing for unionization must critically analyze the effects that unionization may have on the university and their academic experience. “With what might be an increase in benefits comes a loss of autonomy,” Coleman said. “The job will have a more rigid schedule and there are no funds for over-

time. Everyone will have to work to the rule. Graduate students are preparing for a professional role, and it is hard to see how a union contract will facilitate that.” Coleman said another consequence of unionization is the risk of job loss, because some work for graduate student can be done by work-study students or other undergraduates who are willing to work for academic credit. “I am very pro-union when one does not have control over one’s working condition,” Coleman said. “I do not think that is an accurate portrayal of a graduate student’s life.” Aviva Cormier, an eighth-year Ph.D. candidate, said graduate students should receive better treatment from the university. “We are the face of the university in classrooms, at conferences and in other academic settings around the world,” Cormier said. “That fact needs to be reflected in the way the university treats its graduate workforce.

Money bags missing from the Yawkey Center for Student Services An Aramark manager reported on Nov. 23 at 10:20 p.m. that two bags of money from 100 Bay State Road. The two bags contained a total of approximately $500. An armored truck was scheduled to pick up the bags from a safe in the the Rize Cafe and Bakery, but did not show up because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Later, the bags were discovered missing. Student finds intruder in her StuVi II dorm A female student reported on Nov. 23 at 3:56 a.m. that she saw an intruder at 33 Harry Agganis Way in her closet, whom she recognized as a neighboring resident. Officers found the intruder and another male student, as well as two pellet guns, in the room. Both male students were arrested and charged with breaking and entering and carrying firearms on school grounds.



The following crime reports were taken from the Boston Police Department crime logs from Nov. 28 – 29. Elderly victim found dead in Brighton apartment Police responded to a call about a sudden death at 30 Washington St. in Brighton at approximately 4 p.m. on Monday. A social worker and a property coordinator found the elderly victim dead on the couch in an apartment. Victim assaulted by three men at Glenville Avenue Officers responded to a call about an assault and battery on Glenville Avenue on Monday at 1:59 a.m. The victim said three black men, who looked to be in high school, approached and attacked the from behind, punching the victim’s face and head with closed fists. The victim, found with bleeding nose and bruised eyes, refused to be treated when an ambulance arrived. Pedestrian hit by motor vehicle at Harvard Avenue Police received a call Tuesday at 2:29 a.m. concerning a pedestrian who was struck by a car in Allston. A witness said the victim, who seemed to be intoxicated, stumbled and fell down on Harvard Avenue before getting hit by the vehicle. The victim was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for further evaluation.



School of Social Work dean retires after 30 years at BU BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

After eight years of serving as the dean of Boston University’s School of Social Work, Gail Steketee will be retiring from her position by the end of this year, the university announced Tuesday. Steketee, who has spent 30 years working at BU, said she was reluctant when she accepted the deanship in 2008. “I had no intention of becoming an academic dean because I liked the research very much,” Steketee said. “I also liked teaching. I liked the whole experience of being a professor here at the university.” Betty Ruth, an SSW professor, wrote in an email that she enjoyed working with Steketee throughout her deanship because of Steketee’s encouragement. “She has always been broadly supportive of faculty efforts, and has promoted excellence in teaching, service, leadership and research, helping the school to strengthen its productivity and improve its stature,” Ruth wrote. “She herself epitomizes the ideal of the ‘dean scholar.’” Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said Steketee’s retirement is a part of what occurs naturally with faculty and adminis-

trators at BU. “I guess these are life cycles. We find that people are tired, they move on, they have different ways that they want to go with their lives,” he said. “We’ll miss [Steketee] but we understand, too, that there have got to be some transitions.” Steketee said one of the most interesting parts of her deanship was meeting with the School of Social Work Student Organization at least once per semester to hear about their concerns. “It’s in the nature of how we get into these positions,” she said. “We want to be in academia, we want to be a part of the teaching process, we like the students, we like our colleagues. It’s all fun and interesting and challenging.” As a dean, Steketee attended meetings for a number of associations including the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. She said she will miss connecting with a group of colleagues and asking them questions when challenging issues arise. “I think it’ll be quite a transition actually,” Steketee said. “I am accustomed to hearing those conversations and being aware of that, so that will be a loss for sure.” After her retirement, Steketee will remain involved in social work. She said

she will dearly miss her colleagues, but she looks forward to having more time to explore Boston and the Northeast with her husband in retirement. SSW students said they have appreciated Steketee’s support for student efforts during her deanship. Eunice Kwon, a second-year graduate student, said her access to the dean has been helpful. “This past year, [Steketee has] been very involved in some of the conversations with students about changes we want to see in the school,” she said. “So I think her openness and willingness to talk to students will be missed.” Another second-year graduate student, Nalim Choi, said she was impressed with Steketee’s support for student activism when Steketee allowed SSW students to make a banner to hold at Black Lives Matter protests. “She gave us budget for it out of her own department, which was pretty cool,” Choi said. “I thought that really showed initiative on the dean’s part.” Eliza Campbell, also a second-year graduate student, said Steketee made time for SSW students despite her demanding daily tasks. “She made the effort to come to a talk


Gail Steketee plans to retire from the School of Social Work at the end of the academic year.

on the Wednesday after the election, even though she has a very busy schedule, and participated,” Campbell said. “It was very encouraging.”

Experts, residents weigh in on Healey’s hate crime hotline HOTLINE, FROM PAGE 1

“Just being there, [the hotline] is successful because it gives people an outlet … I don’t have any idea how many actual crimes it’s going to uncover, but just having the state’s attention is a good thing,” Beermann said. Shay Stewart-Bouley, the executive director of Community Change, Inc., an organization that promotes racial equality, said Trump’s administration could potentially violate civil rights. “[The hotline is] a good intention,” she said. “It’s a step in the right direction, but until it’s actually fully implemented and we see what effects it has, it’s too soon to say [if the hotline is effective].” Several Boston residents said they are skeptical of the impact the hotline would have on the number of hate crimes. Jeffrey Volk, 41, of Kenmore, said although he has not heard of the hotline before, officials should be careful when handling the calls. “Some of those [calls] are credible and they obviously need to be investigated,” Volk said. “Right now, I think we’re a little hypersensitive socially. Trump didn’t propagate [these crimes].” Volk said the country should return to normalcy after the presidential election. “The election was very divisive,” Volk said. “People are on edge and I very much would like to see things settle down, but at the same point and time, you don’t ever want to discount a legitimate reporting of crime.”


Attorney General Maura Healey discusses the results of creating a hate crime hotline to take reports of harassment and intimidation of minority groups.

Marlishia Aho, 33, of Dorchester, said she is not surprised by the number of calls that the hotline received. “The number is on par with what’s happened nationally as far as people feeling empowered nationally by what happened with the election,” Aho said.

Tyler Allen, 34, of Brighton, also said he is not shocked by the rise in hate crimes. He expressed concern for the younger generation. “We’re in a different kind of generation … [so] there’s more at stake now,” Allen said. “I’ve seen [hate crimes] on

the news and noticed some of the stuff happening around here, too. I would say there’s probably more [crimes] than that out there. That [number is] just what’s recorded.”




Students discuss how food insecurity, homelessness intersect BY JAMIE CLARK DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston University students discussed homelessness and food insecurity at a panel hosted by BU’s Student Food Rescue Wednesday night. The panel, “Where Food Insecurity and Homelessness Intersect,” included two key figures who help to solve food insecurity throughout the Greater Boston area. Sasha Purpura, the executive director of Food For Free, and Stephanie Nichols, spokesperson for The Greater Boston Food Bank, led the discussion. Through the quiet atmosphere of an audience of about 30 students, Purpura began with a video about her organization. The video described the organization’s mission, which is providing people with healthy food consistently. Food For Free is currently working with more than 100 organizations in and around Boston, including Boston Medical Center and Cambridge Public Schools. In the last year, Food For Free distributed two million pounds of food, or more than 1.5 million meals, according to their website. “Solving hunger in the U.S. is less about getting calories into people, and more about giving people consistent access to healthy food,” Purpura said. Nichols stressed Greater Boston Food Bank’s focus on healthier foods.

“Eighty percent of our meals reach our high health standard, 50 percent of our food is perishable and over 30 percent of our food is fresh produce,” Nichols said. Nichols added that eastern Massachusetts faces food insecurity specifically due to the area’s high cost of living. “According to the [Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage calculator], a family of four would need $70,000 a year just to meet needs — and that’s not going on vacation, that’s just to survive,” Nichols said. Because of this, Purpura said, it often comes down to tough choices between health and hunger for some families. “Families with hungry kids end up having to choose between a $4 Burger King meal versus one head of lettuce and a tomato,” she said. Purpura said additional health problems — such as diabetes and heart disease — often arise from choosing these cheaper meals, leading to even more expenses and a further inability to buy healthier foods, even with poor health conditions. Tiffany Guan, a member of the Student Food Rescue team, helped organize the discussion. “As SFR volunteers, we mainly attract busy people who only have an hour here or two hours there to volunteer and who want to do good work,” said Guan, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. “And so a lot


CSC and Student Food Rescue partner with BU food justice to discuss and offer perspectives on food justice and poverty Wednesday evening.

of the time, you don’t really experience the full issue. You kinda just go there and do your thing and leave — you don’t have time to reflect or think about how much food insecurity is affecting so many people.” Attendees were encouraged to take action, raise awareness and remain conscious. They are also asked to volunteer, donate and ask facilities on campus where the leftovers are going. Julia Hess, a freshman in the College of Communication, said she found the panel enlightening and interesting. She also

expressed interest in getting involved with the cause. “Community service has always been a big part of my life,” Hess said. “And growing up, I definitely helped. My dad and I would make meals for the local church. I was just very curious to listen to the panel and learn more about how I can get involved in fixing the food waste issue.” Max Crossan, a freshman in the Questrom School of Business, said the information provided at the panel surprised him. “I think a lot of the issues they raised were really interesting,”

Crossan said. “I never thought of them before, like what it takes to get to food and all the barriers involved. It’s a lot more difficult than I originally realized.” Taylor Whiteman, a Questrom sophomore, said he was glad to hear from Purpura that Food For Free is picking up BU’s surplus food. “It’s just great to see how the journey to end food insecurity is a lot of little steps, and it’s gonna take time,” Whiteman said, “but each and every one of us can make a small stride each day and hopefully eventually end this.”

Imagine Boston 2030 continues with discussion of education BOSTON, FROM PAGE 1

“One of the things we want taken care of is the people living here, that they just don’t get displaced because they can’t afford the new rents,” Fairfield said. “If we can’t bring in new housing with a mix of tenants, we can’t afford to upgrade the area.” Kristine Acevedo, 45, of Dorchester, said she was impressed with the language of the plan, but she wanted to make sure the City can put its proposal into action. “There’s still a lot that’s still up in the air and there are certain things that, whether or not it actually goes forward into fru-

ition, have yet to be seen,” Acevedo said. “Ideas are great, but if they’re just ideas and they don’t go anywhere, then obviously this is just all for naught.” After the tour, Imagine Boston 2030 continued in the evening with a panel discussion about education and career development. Approximately 20 people attended the discussion and shared their ideas for improving the education system in Boston. Urtubey said the main goal of the discussion is to find ways to make education available and effective for everyone. “This particular conver-

sation and everything that we talk about in education isn’t just about [Boston Public Schools],” Urtubey said. “We’re also talking about any children in the City of Boston, and we want to make sure that they have access to the right opportunities and access to education.” Turahn Dorsey, the chief of education of BPS, spoke on the panel and emphasized the need to eliminate the achievement gap between different groups of students with different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. “We should consider that even though school is critical,

critical stages of learning happen before kindergarten entry,” Dorsey said. “You can see significant achievement gaps by race and gender by age two.” Several attendees of the talk shared their hopes and concerns for the future of education in the city. Clare Shepherd, 61, of Dorchester, said one of the biggest issues in the education system is the lack of apprenticeship opportunities for students. “I think that people just don’t understand what apprenticeship is and that it is learning both classroom-based and hands-

on, but earning money while you’re learning and earning college credit while you’re learning,” she said. Sheila Peterson, 61, of Foxborough, said hands-on career experience is essential to a complete education. “Career experience helps to put a student’s education in context, and it also extends the educational learning experience to skills you can’t get in the classroom,” said Peterson. “You really need the two together to really get a holistic education.”

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Kate Weiser, founder of popular Instagram account, Bucket List Boston (@bucketlistboston).

Bucket List Boston creator breaks out of the “BU bubble” BY KALINA NEWMAN DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Kate Weiser, a sophomore in Boston University’s College of Communication, is one of the university’s most famous Instagram users. Her account, Bucket List Boston (@bucketlistboston), has nearly 5,000 followers with more than 337 original posts that depict the beauty and liveliness of Boston. Less than a year after Weiser started the account, companies have reached out to her for partnership deals, and her pictures have been featured on dozens of Boston-themed Instagram pages. Surprisingly, the account was inspired from a rejection. Weiser started her page after the prestigious Boston photography Instagram, IG Boston (@igboston), did not accept her as a contributor, she said. “I really wanted to be a part of [IG Boston],” Weiser said. “They said that I didn’t have enough ‘Boston’ in my Instagram ac-

count. So I sat on the idea, and came back into second semester with the idea to create an Instagram solely for all of my Boston pictures.” Weiser chose the handle @bucketlistboston for its alliteration and its unique niche. The account is essentially a virtual bucket list. Every post is numbered as a place or thing for people to do around Boston, such as spending dawn at the Esplanade or visiting Boston College. After a couple of months, Weiser’s account began to pick up a large following. “The account began to grow last spring. As I was studying for finals, a kid came up to me and said that seeing Bucket List Boston pictures was the highlight of his day,” she said. “It made me realize the extent to which I was touching other people.” One of Weiser’s largest breakthroughs, she said, was being featured on the official BU Instagram page. After Weiser and Bucket List Boston reached BU’s more than 33,000 followers, her account received an influx of new followers.

“We gained about 1,000 followers from that, which is insane,” she said. “We’re also working with Kane’s Donuts in South Boston for a collaboration, so that has been fun.” Weiser said a key attribution to the success of her account was her ability to relate to her followers. “You want people to be able to say, ‘Oh, I could see myself doing that thing or going there,’” Weiser said. “I try to accomplish this by making most of what I post free of charge, so more people are able to do it.” In addition, Weiser engages with her followers by creating a story arc with a countdown of places to explore in Boston. “Every day there’s at least one new thing that you can do in Boston, and it creates that pull that keeps followers engaged and checking out the content,” Weiser said. As for generating content, Weiser stressed the importance of building up a queue of posts. “Having quality content is huge,” she said. “You will gain a lot of followers and get

more likes if you produce quality content. It’s important also to have content built up beforehand, so you have posts saved to share with your followers.” To achieve this, Weiser said she goes off campus at least once a day with her camera to take photos. “I get my exercise in for the day by going on walks and getting lots of pictures,” Weiser said. “Yesterday, for instance, I went on a nice walk to Newbury and got my first holiday pictures of wreaths and lights that were up.” Weiser credits the main success of her Instagram to her desire and motivation to getting off campus and exploring Boston. “The ‘BU bubble’ is real,” Weiser said. “It’s really easy to feel like our campus is huge anyway, so why bother going off? But Boston is such an amazing city, and we are here for four years so it’s worth taking advantage of it. There are not a lot of opportunities of being new in a big city, so why not explore?”


500 Women Scientists pledge creates global network of women BY KAYA WILLIAMS DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Search the phrase “open letter” on Google, and you will find approximately 19 million results. One open letter, however, is reaching the masses on an entirely new level. With 10,572 individually vetted signatories from 88 countries as of Wednesday, the 500 Women Scientists pledge aims to combat discrimination and “find innovative solutions to the problems [women] face in the U.S. and abroad,” according to a copy of the original

pledge published online. In addition to solving problems through innovation, the open letter invites women in science and their colleagues to “declare [their] support to each other and to all minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA.” “We see the pledge as a foundation for creating a global network of women scientists,” Kelly Ramirez, one of the original signatories and a representative of the 500 Women Scientists movement, wrote in an email to The Daily Free Press.

The threatening political climate drove many of the founders’ concerns, Ramirez said, adding that the organization wishes to combat “anti-knowledge sentiments” by way of inclusivity and collaboration. “Coming together gave us a chance to turn our frustration in a positive direction and begin to build an inclusive global community,” wrote Ramirez, who is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. “We were driven to write the open letter to address our shared concerns, give women scientists a collective voice, and pledge support

to each other.” The pledge also piqued interest at the local level. Forty-nine faculty and affiliates of Boston University have signed the pledge, including Kim McCall, a professor and the chair of BU’s Biology Department. While she said she does not often witness overt discrimination in the classroom, there is an unconscious and inherent bias. “It’s all very subtle,” she said, referring to “little things” she has witnessed in CONTINUED ON PAGE 6




BU On Broadway puts a twist on “The Last Five Years” JOHNATHAN D. KINDALL DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The door of the Boston University Student Theater at Agganis Arena may soon need a disclaimer: bring your own tissues. This Thursday, BU On Broadway opens its abstract and unconventional production of the emotionally-charged, smash-hit musical “The Last Five Years.” “The Last Five Years,” originally written by Jason Robert Brown, first premiered in Chicago in 2001. The musical looks into the five-year relationship of Jamie Wellerstein, an aspiring novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The narrative is presented with an interesting twist. While Jamie’s side of the relationship is told from beginning to end, Cathy’s tale is told in reverse chronological order. In the opening song, Cathy deals with the couple’s breakup, yet in the song that follows, Jamie sings about their first date. Their stories continue from there, crossing at one point in the middle. BU On Broadway’s production of “The Last Five Years” aims to add even more complex layers to this unconventional show. There is a different version of Jamie and Cathy at the beginning, middle and end of the narrative, which makes this a six-member cast, instead of the usual two-member cast. “We are using the three people to create a one rich person,” said Zach Schiffman, the show’s director. “It gives us the opportunity to really see the processing behind some of their decisions.” Each of the actors represents a different emotional aspect of their respective charac-

ters. In the beginning, Jamie and Cathy are energetic and youthful. In the middle, the pair is confused yet loving. By the end of the chronological narrative, Jamie and Cathy are both hardened and angry. “We get to see how they change and how this relationship is such a transformative thing for them,” Schiffman said. “You can see the emotions so tangibly,” said Izzy Weinberg, who plays Middle Cathy. She said she quickly began to notice things she and her fellow cast mates had in common. The next challenge was building on that and making three performers act one character. “We’re trying to infuse this idea of Cathy with the actors, as opposed to telling everyone to slip into this one role,” Schiffman said, Jamie’s character went through the same process. “It’s odd that I’m playing a third of collective consciousness,” said Jimmy Bie, who plays End Jamie. He described how, early in the production, the three actors playing Jamie were directed to walk in a circle and act as Jamie in different situations until they began to emulate each other’s movements and reactions. This detail-orientated continuity can be found in the tech department as well. Subtle changes in the color schemes of both the costumes and the lighting reflect different features of the characters. “We are trying to use a lot of details to show that the same characters at different stages of their character arcs,” said Ruby Yang, the show’s technical director. Schiffman has made some significant changes to the work, but he emphasized that it is wholly in respect for the original source material. “I directed this show as an homage to the


Members of the Last Five Years rehearse in the Boston University Student Theater Tuesday evening.

text,” Schiffman said. “I believe it’s wrong to say that to honor the text you do it exactly as written. That’s not how you do it. You do it by using what is there and building things and creating things,” he later added. While BU On Broadway’s production does add a handful of spoken lines, the show is still primarily a musical. Melodies and musical themes reappear throughout the whole work. “All these musical themes give you a lot to read into with the show,” said Jessie Rosso, the show’s music director. “You learn something new every time you listen to it.” Schiffman agreed that the music was an essential part of the show. “It taps into an innate feeling we all have about relationships and companionship,” he said.

Those realistic and heavy emotions are at the heart of “The Last Five Years,” said Ethan Schalekamp, who plays Middle Jamie. “The whole show is like a what-if,” Schalekamp said. “It could happen to you.” The show’s relationship with its audience is intimate and substantial. The effect the musical could leave on those watching is as much a part of the show as anything else. “This show is built around empathy,” Schiffman said. “While the two characters aren’t able to be empathetic to each other, we all latch onto the show because we’re empathetic human beings.” “The Last Five Years” opens at Boston University’s Student Theater on Thursday Dec. 1 and runs through Saturday Dec. 3. At the time of this writing, tickets are sold out.

Female scientists unite to gather signatures and find solutions 500 WOMEN, FROM PAGE 5 the classroom and the workplace. Deborah Belle, a professor in BU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, said she also sees subtle discrimination in the workplace. Belle said her career in science was inspired by an interest in understanding gender roles. Women are just as qualified as men but receive “discouragement and can be effectively deterred,” she added. Steps such as the pledge are much needed, Belle said, and “in the Trump era, it will be absolutely necessary for all of us to come together.” Pamela Templer, a professor of biology and director of the Ph.D. program in biogeoscience at BU, said she felt the letter was not all-encompassing, but she also chose to join the list of signatories for its values. She wrote that she signed the pledge because, like many other scientists, she strives for “equality, diversity and inclusiveness across gender and traditionally underrepresented groups.” “I don’t think that any one letter can convey the concerns of one community, as any community contains a rich diversity of opinions,” Templer wrote in an email. Some students who aspire to be scientists in the future also became receptive to the initiative and what it represents. Samantha Delgado, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, said she felt the pledge effectively conveys the concerns of the community. “One part I particularly agree with is demonstrating that young girls and women are needed in these careers,” Delgado said.

“There is something wrong with the lack of encouragement given to young girls to pursue STEM careers.” Abbey McCracken, a freshman in the Sargent College of Health and Reßhabilitation Sciences, said that her inspirations for becoming a scientist included influential past teachers, “especially those who were women.” She said the pledge perfectly expresses

her concerns with the scientific community, and said she hopes it will “begin to change the community of science to become more inclusive of women.” Elizabeth Co, a lecturer in BU’s Biology Department, said she believes inspirational figures are fundamental to the process. “So much of change is because of people being role models,” Co said.

With these leaders, Ramirez said the 500 Women Scientists are hopeful the pledge will continue to go in a positive direction. “There will need to be fights on so many fronts,” Belle said. She later said the initiative is a strong start and the potential for a “remarkably cohesive movement that brings many constituencies together.”

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BU ultimate sparks reactions with feminist photo series BY KAITLYN LOCKE DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Camaraderie, shared victories, countless hours spent working together — many would agree these elements make a team. But according to Annika Chan, a captain of the Boston University women’s ultimate team, their team is “a family, first and foremost,” which happens to promote gender equality together. Sixty players from the BU Lady and the Manly Ozone Pilots ultimate frisbee teams participated in a photo series called “I Need Feminism Because…” that was initially published as a photo album to their Facebook page on Nov. 15. Each blackand-white photograph features one player holding a frisbee with a handwritten note, which explain their personal connections with feminism. The players’ responses included “I need feminism because sexual assault occurs on campuses without serious consequences,” “because my self-worth is not measured by whether men find me attractive” and “because I refuse to let my uterus be a political object,” to name only a few. The idea for the photo series started with Apryl Hsu, a sophomore player on the Lady Ozone Pilots, who participated in a photo series for social justice in a feminist club in high school and decided to continue it at BU. The photos were not intended as a reaction to the election, she said, but rather a response to the “lack of morale post results” that permeated the BU campus. “I feel like we really need this right now to show everyone: don’t give up on anything, not all hope is lost,” Hsu said in an interview with The Daily Free Press. When Hsu brought the idea to Chan, the captain said she immediately recognized it as something aligned with the values of ultimate, a sport she said has a welcoming community and has long since strived for gender equality. “Everyone came up with such valid responses that related to their daily lives … and what came out of it was this powerful message that equality is something that still needs to be achieved,” Hsu said. “And ultimate being a sport all about equality, it just seemed like the right thing to do to make this series.”


on’t give up on anything, not all hope is lost.

In the two weeks since the photo series was posted, the “I Need Feminism Because…” photo album has acquired more than 4,500 shares on Facebook. Individual photos have often have several hundreds of likes. The Bay Area Disc Association and Duke University’s women’s ultimate team, inspired by the Ozone Pilots’ album, also created their own photo series on the issue. While most commenters on the Facebook album left positive sentiments, others remarks are less so. One comment read, “I don’t expect people to respect me just because I have a vagina.” On a post regarding the wage gap, a commenter wrote, “Women don’t make 33% less for the same work, stop making up bulls--- that flies in the face of our established laws.” The BU women’s ultimate team chose to ignore negative comments, focusing instead on the positivity that their photos yielded, the captain said. “We’re a family, so we really just talked about it if it did bother us,” Chan said.



A member of the Boston University Ultimate Frisbee team poses with a phrase from the “I Need Feminism Because...” movement.

“For the most part, a lot of us know that these [negative] comments are part of the minority of the population that’s been seeing this.” Caeleigh Higgins, the vice president of the Lady Pilots team, said the team’s coaches, Casey Terp and Tracy Snyder, have been very supportive of the photo series. “I think a lot of our girls are stronger just because we’ve had so much support from our team, but also our coaches believing in us so much,” Higgins said. “They were huge role models for a lot of us, especially the upperclassmen who’ve been with them for a while, making it a safe environment to show who you are but also stand up for what you believe in.” Several team members expressed their encouragement for other sports and organizations to continue the “I Need Feminism Because…” thread and to speak up for their beliefs. “I think there are a lot of misconceptions about feminism, and I’m hoping that the campaign gets people to start asking questions and learn more about gender equity issues in the United States in particular, but also globally,” Michaela Cushing-Daniels, the president of the Lady Pilots team, wrote in an email to The Daily Free Press. “I would love to see a change in the way people view feminism in the long run.” Higgins called the series a “learning experience” for people to discover their relationship with feminism, despite negative connotations they may have heard about the word before. Hsu called it a “catalyst for conversation.” “I can’t speak on behalf of the team, but I have a strong feeling that the majority of our team were feminists before I was,” Hsu said. “Everyone on this team has such a similar mindset. The people willing to do this kind of photo campaign, even if they didn’t think they were a feminist before, they sure are now.”

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Fenway neighborhood should embrace universities, students When you live in Boston, a metropolis with one of the largest college student populations, seeing a student taking a jog on the Esplanade is as common as catching a cold during f lu season. Students from Suffolk University, Northeastern University, Berklee College of Music and other institutions make up a large portion of residents living in Beantown. Students who come in September and leave in May have become a part of Boston’s character. Last week, the Fenway Community Development Corporation asked Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Planning and Development Agency to slow down university development in the neighborhood, according to an article from Boston Herald. Fenway is the home of many major private universities, more so than any other Boston neighborhood. The Fenway CDC said that freezing current university development projects would give them a chance to look at each project’s long-term effect, according to the article. Current initiatives in the neighborhood include Northeastern’s proposal to lease spaces in the Christian Science Center and Emerson’s plan to transform a hostel into dorm space for students. Though Boston is a special city, Fenway

as a neighborhood is especially unique. Students filter through the businesses of Fenway on a daily basis, many of which


enway has become so intertwined with colleges that rather than fighting their development, residents should be embracing the growth that academic institutions bring to the city.

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and dorms implanted in Fenway further evolves the neighborhood. Fenway has become so intertwined with colleges that rather than fighting their development,

residents should be embracing the growth that academic institutions bring to the city. Neither residents nor students are leaving the Boston area in the near future. These two sides must learn to coexist, grow with each other and build upon what the others can bring to the neighborhood. Without compromise, Boston will not live up to the stellar reputation it has managed to keep intact since its beginning. Though students only stay here for a set amount of years, they still have a tremendous impact on the community. Students in this city have been dealing with one question for as long as there have been colleges in Boston — are we residents or merely visitors? Some students might take the opportunity and become immersed in the local culture, food, people and issues that the city face. Others may spend their four years in the library and their dorm room. Either way, there is no doubt that colleges and their students shape the city, for better or for worse. That said, people who decide to live in Boston should anticipate and embrace the student population’s impact on the city. After all, living with students who are eager to explore the city is not the worst thing in the world.

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Has art failed the electorate?


On Monday night, I went to an event called “Creatives Coming Together: a post-election conversation.” The event, hosted at a church in Roxbury, aimed to “bring together the creative community of Boston to provide a space for reflection, discussion, and action steps.” At the event, it became apparent that artists were reacting in a variety of ways to the presidential election. Throughout the night, there was an emphasis on brainstorming ways to enable creativity to support the vulnerable, send strong messages and, most importantly, make their messages accessible to a wide variety of populations. I felt moved to attend this event because of a Facebook status posted by rapper Marlon Craft. He wrote, “we as artists have failed in our duty to society. in our duty to convey truth in a language that all can speak.” I showed up, eager to see if anyone agreed with Marlon. Have artists failed in speaking to a wider audience? The group of people that showed up confirmed the stereotype — creators typically fall on the liberal side of the political spectrum. Quintessential liberal jargon was used throughout the event with many mentions of the term “safe space,” one that conservatives rail against. However, the aim of the event and emphasis on action made it clear that these liberal artists were aware of their biases. The event space had several large posters with questions the 70 attendees could choose to answer. We divided into groups to tackle these questions and come up with ideas to put into action. One question read, “How can your art speak to those who don’t share your politics?” My group included musicians, performance artists, actors, dancers, visual artists

and another writer. I broke the ice by asking my driving question: have artists failed? Some were offended, others agreed and some argued that artists rarely have the monetary advantage or platform to succeed in conveying accessible messages. There was consensus in the group that artists need to strive for simplicity and move their craft into spaces not typically designated for art. That’s an incredibly tall order, so is this even possible? The only answer we came up with was “time will tell.” To dig a little deeper, I sought out conservative creators to get their take. I spoke to Indiana resident and musician Brendan Coyne, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, along with actor Jack Moriarity, a freshman in the Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Coyne and I spoke about art as a social function. He made a valid argument about how difficult it is to execute work that highlights those who are different from you without tokenizing the notion of the “other.” Coyne also pointed out that the dichotomies between liberals and conservatives or between coastal America and the Rust Belt should be irrelevant in his form of artistic expression. He talked about how when he is playing music, the ideology of the other players in the room does not affect his playing ability or theirs. It is crucial to note that in a time as divisive as this, communion with art creates unity. With Moriarity, we directly addressed the question “have artists failed?” Moriarity gave a bold response that I think would resonate with the artists in the post-election conversation. “I don’t think art can fail, only artists can determine if their art has failed,” he said. We spoke about how artists determine their own metric of failure and success based on how and to what extent they want their messages to be understood. Moriarity brought up a play, “The Laramie Project,” which had a profound effect on him as an actor. It was groundbreakingly raw and effective at sending a message that challenged the viewer’s perspectives and prejudices. I’m excited to see how artists relate to each other and relate to their audiences in the coming years. My hope is that the next few years will be an incredibly productive time for artists who want to bridge the divides in our country. As the audience, we must remember two things: art is what we make of it, and perhaps more importantly, as Moriarity said, art cannot fail.

Letting go of a relationship


Before I left for Thanksgiving break, I got a text from the guy I was casually seeing. He had been uncharacteristically spotty with his communication the whole week, and I picked up on a shift of some sort. He calmly and maturely texted me that he was developing feelings for someone else and believed it wouldn’t be fair to either one of us if he continued to see me and pursue her. I understood, as I am no stranger to this situation — I’ve been on both sides of it. Ironically enough, I had done the same thing to him last year during winter break, when things got complicated with an ex whom I once described as a hurricane. When I got his messages, I was upset, confused and even embarrassed, but I did understand. I think that’s what hurts the most. The situation was hard, but he handled it correctly. The reasoning, the logic — everything he needed to present a sizable argument were present. We had never actually defined what we were doing, and there was a casualness that surrounded the situation every time we hung out. I would be leaving in two short months to go abroad, and he would be staying in Boston. If he could find happiness with someone else, then that’s the best for him. One of my friends described what we were doing as being at a crossroads between establishing what we were and letting it go. Keeping things casual worked for as long as it could. At the end of the day, however, I couldn’t compete with his emotions for someone else regardless of how I felt about him. Now I carry words I’ll never

say to him and pack them into a box, making it easier to forget them. Relationships come with many existing variables — timing, emotion, situation and history are just a few examples. No matter how hard we try to control things and keep them stable, we can’t. Things end, people move on and we try to move forward as best as we can. Timing has always been something that I’ve struggled with as I always get myself into relationships that have expiration dates. May it be the person that was graduating soon, leaving for home or going abroad, a problem always arose. There is no remedy for timing and no easy formula to evade feelings when the clock is ticking. Sometimes things end because they have to end. Sometimes things end because there is no possible way for them to continue. Sometimes things end to minimize the damage that one would feel if they were to persist. One of the hardest parts of this whole process is slowly waning him out of my life. I am aware that this is the best possible thing for me to do, but when I see something that reminds me of him, it’s weird not to reach out to him. We were friends first, and there was rarely a topic that we didn’t tackle. Slowly letting go of those sentiments is just going to be a matter of time. Usually, I would be able to pack all my emotions into a column and write about all the ways someone has wronged me. This time is different. This time, there’s an understanding. The respect I feel for him and our underlying friendship make letting go just a bit harder. Emotion is one of the factors in life and relationships that we cannot control. We can’t control the feelings we have for other people or their feelings. The last time I saw him, we talked about what we were doing. He joked that if he were seeing someone else, he’d tell me. I half-jokingly asked him if that were true, knowing from my experience in past relationships that the lack of openness historically came from the other side. I have always preached openness and honesty, no matter what the emotional consequences were. The truth was, he did end up telling me. At the end of the day, that’s all I can ask for.

Interrobang The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in five adults in the United States has at least one tattoo. We here at the ol’ Free Press want to know — what would BU people get as their tattoo? CFA: “#mycfa”

Questrom: “My daddy paid for this”

CGS: “Get back to me in two years”

BU Dining: “Don’t eat the chicken”

Freshmen: Mom’s phone number

SHA: “We matter”

BU Academy: A temporary tattoo

FreeP: “FINAL!”



Women’s basketball still searching for winning formula BU continues to struggle on the road


The Boston University women’s basketball team has seen major contributions coming from a variety of players over the last few games. While this shows BU’s (1-5) scoring versatility as a team, it is concerning that the team doesn’t have a clear top scorer to rely on late in games. The Terriers’ leading scorer this season is senior guard Sarah Hope, who averages 12 points per game. Yet, Hope scored significantly below her average against Harvard University (seven points) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (eight points.) Junior forward Kara Sheftic is the second leading scorer on the team, averaging nine points per contest. The Essex Junction, Vermont native may be the most consistent scorer on the team. Her season-high was 13 points against Boston College, and she has yet to score below seven points in a game thus far. Sheftic has shown steady improvement from game to game, as she has improved her field goal percentage in each of the last three tilts. Senior forward Meghan Green was BU’s leading scorer with 16 points against the Crimson (5-1), but she only tallied four points against the River Hawks (0-7). On Monday, against the University of New Hampshire, her offensive woes continued, as she went scoreless for the first time all season. While BU head coach Katy Steding is pleased to see her team share the wealth on offense, she’s insistent that her team needs to find primary scorers that they can count on. “I’m glad we have different players that

The defeat prolonged the Terriers’ winless record thus far away from Case Gym. This season’s early road struggles are similar to the problems Steding’s side had last year. In the 2015-16 season, Terriers went 1-14 on the road en route to a 3-27 finish, the worst in Steding’s three seasons at the helm. The Terriers have continued to improve each game this year, but they have yet to prove that they can play well on a consistent basis away from Case Gym Terriers squander early leads


Junior forward Kara Sheftic has been a reliable scorer for Katy Steding’s squad.

can put up the numbers, but we need to be more consistently going to our main-stay folks,” Steding said.

NWHL salary cuts could jeopardize league’s future INGEMI, FROM PAGE 12 As a result, the players were taken aback when the salary cuts were announced. Some players heard the news just moments before practicing. While some have considered the possibility that they could no longer afford to play in the league, no one thus far has officially walked away. The salary cuts were set to be 50 percent before Dunkin’ Donuts gave an additional $50,000 in support, allowing the players to keep 12 percent of their salaries. The future of professional women’s hockey is questionable at best, but there is still hope. Rylan has said that she expects the league to play at least for the remainder of this season, so there are still several months for the league to increase revenue. Meanwhile, the NWHL isn’t the only small sports league that is facing trouble. The Arena Football League lost more than

In the first quarter of its matchup with the State University of New York at Albany, BU was outscored 25-5 in the first quarter, and went on to lose 69-54. Since then, the Terriers have been resilient. In the past three contests, BU came out of the first quarter with leads. “In the first few games, we would dig ourselves a hole,” Steding said. “We’d spend the entire game trying like heck to climb out of it.” Against Harvard, the Terriers jumped out to a 16-8 lead after the first period. However, they were outscored for the remainder of the game and allowed 41 points in the second half. In addition, the Terriers’ field goal percentage decreased from approximately 44 percent in the first half to 35 percent in the second half, while the Crimson shot better in the latter half, improving from 38 percent to 54 percent. Even in BU’s lone victory over the Lowell last Saturday, the same thing happened. After one quarter of play, the Terriers

were leading 12-10. Although they did not relinquish the advantage, they did suffer a near-collapse in the second half, surrendering 40 points after allowing only 16 in the first 20 minutes. On Monday night against UNH (4-2), BU once again held an early 16-9 lead. A 17-6 Wildcats run in the second quarter, followed by a 33-point second half, propelled them to a 59-51 victory. Despite the blown leads, Steding is happy that her team has remained competitive down to the wire. “It’s nice to be in a position that we’re battling in the second half, even though we haven’t strung four great quarters together yet,” Steding explained. “This team doesn’t give up, and that’s something that I’ve noticed that’s a positive.”


hile BU head coach Katy Steding is pleased to see her team share the wealth on offense, she’s insistent that they need to find primary scorers that they can count on.


half of its teams in an offseason, while Major League Lacrosse is struggling to keep the Rochester Rattlers franchise in upstate New York. When the Boston Pride take the ice at Warrior Ice Arena Saturday night, it will be their last time playing at home until February. In the interim, players and fans will wait in angst to hear from the league. What niche leagues like the NWHL mean to fans is that the players play solely for the love of the game. Most of them have other part-time and full-time jobs, but they still make the commitment to themselves, their teammates and the sport. Hopefully, there is a solution out there that can keep the league financially viable without sacrificing fair compensation for the players.

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First line remains essential to women’s hockey success BY NICOLE HAVENS DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

As seen during its weekend sweep against Princeton University, the Boston University women’s hockey team has relied on its first line to create scoring chances this season. The group of first line forwards — graduate student Mary Parker and juniors Victoria Bach and Nina Rodgers — was formed on Oct.15. Since then, they have been a force to be reckoned with on the ice. Over the weekend, they were responsible for three of eight goals scored by the Terriers (10-5-1, 6-5 Hockey East). To date, the trio has recorded a total of 28 goals. “I think right from the beginning no matter who’s played with them, Victoria and Mary have had some real good karma,” said BU head coach Brian Durocher. “They’ve played extremely well and they’ve obviously produced quite a few points.” Parker has scored at least one goal in each of the past eight games, and this weekend she brought her consecutive point streak to nine games with two goals against the Tigers (5-6-1). Bach lost her six-game point streak after Friday’s game against Princeton, but she leads the team with 13 assists. She is currently tied with Parker for the most points on the team with 23 each. Rodgers had a slower start to the season, but has steadily accumulated points, including two goals in two games against No. 6 Boston College. This past weekend, she collected one goal and three assists. “I don’t even think she’s hit her stride yet,” Durocher said. “I think she’s going to score more goals down the road. Each day is a little bit of a growing experience and I’m just happy to see that she’s relaxing and playing very good hockey.” Rodgers’ efforts did not go unnoticed by the college hockey world, as she was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Monday. Two overtime wins in past three games The Terriers have gone into overtime only three times this season. Despite their

early tie against Pennsylvania State University on Oct. 14, BU has played well in overtime, especially during their recent wins. Against Harvard University, the Terriers had a 2-1 lead going into the third period and took a 3-1 lead with 12:25 remaining, only for the Crimson (1-8) to bounce back with two goals in three minutes. In the first overtime game between these two teams since 2014, Bach scored the game-winning goal just over three minutes into the period. “We gave up a couple late goals, but again found a way to win in overtime, so those are the marks you like to see, that you’re being resilient,” Durocher said. On Saturday, BU faced a much tighter matchup in its second contest against the Tigers, who held a lead going into the final frame. The Terriers came back once again, and 37 seconds into overtime, Parker sealed the win with a goal assisted by her fellow linemates. Victoria Hanson has career-high 41 saves For senior goaltender Victoria Hanson, the season has been filled with ups and downs. At the start, she was splitting time with junior goaltender Erin O’Neil, and was sidelined during the four games against BC (10-3-3, 9-2-1 Hockey East) and the University of Maine. Her skills have impressed Durocher since the pair of games against Merrimack College, and she has subsequently seen more ice time. She recently started in the tough matchup against Harvard, and kept the point advantage for the Terriers. “She’s got plenty of reach, and if she gets herself in the right spots, she takes away a lot of the shooting opportunities for the shooters,” Durocher said. “I’m happy to see her getting comfortable there and not overplaying the game, but getting ready and making the first save.” Against Princeton, the Stoughton native continued to show why she deserved her starting spot on the ice. Friday night, Hanson kept the Tigers to one goal and made a career-high 41 saves. The following afternoon, she went on to save 29 shots, including one during overtime.


Graduate Student forward Mary Parker has scored a goal in eight straight games.

Hanson and the rest of the Terriers must continue to bring all of their efforts if they want to continue their success when they play the University of Connecticut in a home-and-home series this weekend. “From a mental state, we’re feeling

good,” Durocher said. “When that happens, you get a little bit of momentum and you can get a run, and for five games it’s been a good run. All in all, I like the general compete level, I like the structure of which we’re playing.”



Quotable “I don’t even think she’s hit her stride yet. I think she’s going to score more goals down the road,” - women’s hockey coach Brian Durocher on junior forward Nina Rodgers. p.11

Stick to Sports

The future of the NWHL and women’s pro hockey


For people who only watch the four major sports leagues, they might be unfamiliar with how it feels to have a league where players are under constant threat of being relocated or teams may get dissolved all together. For example, when the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Supersonics moved, fan bases were in uproar over the loss of their respective teams. For a National Women’s Hockey League fan, or any niche sport, that is just the norm. The NWHL is the first professional hockey league for women that pays its players. It is based entirely in the Northeast, with its four franchises representing New York, Boston, Connecticut and Buffalo. Ever since the first campaign of the NWHL was completed a year ago, the future of the league has always been up in the air. When the second season began this October, it appeared that the troubles the league once faced may have been put in the past. That all changed two weeks ago, when it was announced that the league would cut player salaries by 38 percent so it can afford to complete the 2016-2017 season. With average players making $14,000 to $17,000 per year, the decrease in salaries caused doubt regarding whether the NWHL would continue. Yet, despite the drastic cuts, NWHL games are on this weekend. The following day after the league’s shocking announcement, NWHL players responded. The players accepted the pay cuts, but demanded that the league provide them with proof of valid insurance, investor identifications, third-party audits and an explanation of how league revenues have decreased. Meanwhile, the players are still waiting for answers from NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. The NWHL Players’ Association did not have a say regarding the salary cut, and since there is no collective bargaining agreement mandating what the commissioner can or can’t do, the league has all of the power in this situation.

Road Block The women’s basketball team has yet to win a road game this season. Last year, they went 1-14 away from Case Gym. p. 10


Men’s basketball drops a close one to UConn BY RYAN STOLZ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The Boston University men’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive game Wednesday night at the hands of the University of Connecticut. The Terriers (4-3) managed to hold the struggling Huskies (3-4) to a mere 51 points, but they were ultimately done in by their own lackluster offensive performance. BU’s scoring struggles were the story of the game, as its offense was unable to match the pace of its energetic defense, which forced 13 turnovers. On offense, senior guard Eric Fanning paced the Terriers despite coming off the bench for the first time this season. The Trenton, New Jersey native totaled 21 points on 7-11 shooting and added nine rebounds. In addition to Fanning, junior guard Cheddi Mosely also came off the bench for the first time this season, but scored just four points with no assists. After the game, BU head coach Joe Jones insisted that his hardest working players will be in the starting lineup on a nightly basis. “We’re going to make sure that the guys that are starting are consistently playing the hardest,” Jones said. “That’s the sole reason [Fanning] wasn’t starting.” Fanning has led the Terriers offensive attack all year, averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game. Fanning has contributed in other areas as well. He grabs the second-most rebounds per game (5.4) and dishes out the second-most assists (1.7) on the team. While Fanning has been stellar on the offensive end all year, the Terriers have struggled to receive consistent production from other key players. This hurt BU against UConn, as no other Terrier totaled more than eight points. The Terriers were held to nearly 28 points below their season average of 76.7. Foul trouble limited one of BU’s other main contributors, as senior forward Justin Alston was held to eight points on 4-11 shooting. However, he played just 26 minutes due to four personal fouls. Despite their poor offense, the Terriers’ defense gave them a chance in the waning seconds. Trailing by three points with 30 seconds remaining, Fanning recorded a key steal that gave BU a chance to tie the game. However, freshman forward Tyler Scanlon missed the game-tying shot. BU shot a season low 3-19 from the three-point line and 18-58 overall. The offensive struggles came just days after shooting 50 percent from the field Monday night against Saint Peter’s University, a game in which the defense struggled, allowing 80 points. Despite the loss, Jones recognized his team’s resilience and lauded their play


Cedric Hankerson leads the men’s basketball team in steals season.

down the stretch, closing the gap to two points with five seconds remaining after a Mosely 3-pointer. “We just kept battling,” Jones said. “We struggled a lot to shoot the ball and score. But you have to attribute that to [UConn’s] side of the rim. Overall, I was proud of the effort we gave.” Against UConn, BU’s defense stepped up, forcing the Huskies to shoot a mere 32 percent from the field. Most notably, the Terriers’ defense held UConn sophomore Jalen Adams in check all night. Adams, who scores a team-

high 18 points per game, only tallied seven points on 3-15 shooting. This forced the Huskies to rely on more inexperienced players such as freshman Christian Vital. Vital, who has seen increased playing time in every game for the Huskies this season, logged 36 minutes while recording a team-high 13 points in the win. “Collectively we did a great job of following the game plan and keeping [Adams] out of the lane,” Jones said. “We did a good job within the zone of understanding what we needed to do.”







No. 6 men’s hockey vs. Providence, 7 p.m. An NBA game on Wednesday between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings was postponed because the floor was too wet to play on.

No. 6 men’s hockey @ Providence, 7 p.m. Women’s hockey @ UConn, 7 p.m.

Women’s hockey vs. UConn, 3 p.m. Men’s basketball @ North Carolina State, 4:30 p.m. Women’s basketball @ Arizona State, 2 p.m.

It turned out the court was covered Women’s basketball

in the tears of fans who realized

@ Long Beach State/Florida,

they actually paid money to watch

1:30 p.m.

the 76ers play the Kings.