The Daily Free Press reports BU this semester has been plagued by a guy on a moped who putters up to people talking on their phone by the curb, snatches their phones, then speeds away. The latest theft was Sunday night in front of Marsh Plaza on Comm. Ave.
It gets stuck. It was also a lesson learned by the BU maintenance guy who crammed in.
Like, for example, Boston Nightlife Express, which is now providing bus service between the BU campus and various downtown points, 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. You reserve a ride online - mostly $6 a pop - you can buy snacks on board and you get a cookie at your destination.
The Daily Free Press reports Bill Baird spoke the other day at BU - for the first time since his arrest in 1967 for giving a condom and some contraceptive foam to a 19-year-old during a talk there.
Outrage at Boston University after officials order floor-length mirrors removed from one dorm's hallways as potential fire hazards (that's what she said):
"I feel that taking off the mirrors was completely unnecessary," said Allie Orlando, a freshman in the College of Communication. "When you are going to class, it's convenient that the mirrors are right there by the elevators in case you to need to correct something."
The Daily Free Press reports a security guard at the Packard's Corner Star Market managed to retrieve an entire cooked chicken, soda, rolls and cold cuts from a drunken BU student who attempted to make off with them early last Friday, but only after a struggle in which the student punched him at least twice before running off.
The guard knows the guy was a BU student and not a Red Sox pitcher, because in addition to the chicken, soda, rolls and cold cuts, the guard also managed to grab his BU student ID, the Daily Free Press reports.
The Daily Free Press reports a student living on Aberdeen Street notified campus police that "the area around her sink looked different and looked as if someone shaved in the bathroom and left." So that probably rules out frizzy-haired comedians who like rearranging things and putting them back exactly as they were.
Jillian Baker tweets:
T driver at BU Central to passengers: come up front to pay your fare, this is the MBTA not the BU shuttle.
A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated a jury's monetary damages against Joel Tenenbaum for downloading and sharing copyrighted music on various peer-to-peer networks - and ruled there is nothing unconstitutional about the law used to go after him.
The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston does not mean Tenenbaum has to fork over the money to Sony and four other recording companies just yet, however.
The BU Daily Free Press objects to efforts by the BU, Boston and Brookline police departments to crack down on underage drinking off campus, basically asking why they don't concentrate on catching real criminals:
While it is important to keep students safe, invading off-campus territories with constant patrols and threats will become a headache for off-campus residents and only increases stress among the student body.
But initially, only on tuberculosis, not ebola, the Daily Free Press reports.
And that's not enough, housing director frets.
The Daily Free Press reports the guy who held up City Convenience at 700 Comm. Ave. Monday night also claimed to have a gun.
Boston University reports a spike in robberies of laptops, smart phones and other gizmos in the past couple of weeks. Mugar Memorial Library, the George Sherman Union, and FitRec are all targets, but sharp-eyed thieves are on the prowl for unlocked empty rooms and other opportunities. Campus police suspect just one or two purloiners are responsible:
It could be outsiders, but we're not naÃ¯ve enough to think that it couldn't be individuals affiliated with BU.
Kenn Elmore, Boston University's dean of students, discusses a site that lets people rate BU women.
At least, when it comes to reimbursing Boston for city services.
A new report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge looks at "payments in lieu of taxes" negotiated between some municipalities and their non-profit, non-property-tax paying landowners. Boston collects more of these payments than any other city in the country (and Massachusetts has much more cities collecting them than any other state), but because they're negotiated separately, the amount each local institution pays varies considerably.