Boston University

By - 10/1/09 - 8:53 am

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports on a mega-keggah on Linden Street in Allston that apparently featured sentries: When the cops showed up around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, a couple dozen people began running outside yelling "the party's over!"

Meanwhile, the Huntington News reports one Husky needed to have his scalp stapled back together after he was knocked down during a fight at a party on Symphony Road around 2 a.m. on Sept. 27.

By - 9/10/09 - 10:15 am

I ask because of the following item from the Daily Free Press police log:

A caller reported that an individual's hand was stuck between the wall and the couch in a graduate student residence at 79 Bay State Road at 11:27 p.m. on Sept. 5. ...

By - 9/6/09 - 10:38 pm

The bizarre story of two alleged neuroscientists who used a BU connection to try to get women on LiveJournal to give them juicy quotes for a book they're writing about netporn - and how they quickly got called out.

BU's reply (which requires you to agree that you're above 14, but it's totally SFW).

Via MetaFilter, which has more.

By - 9/4/09 - 9:26 am

The Daily Free Press reports on the change of heart by at-large City Council candidate Ego Ezedi, who once told opponents the lab would be built whether they liked it or not, but who now says he opposes it because of safety concerns.

Third Decade, who always opposed the project, is annoyed:

... It's changes of position (and tepid acknowledgment of those changes) like this that make me skeptical of politics and politicians in general. OK, so now you're opposed to the biolab...kind of. What's next? What do you propose as a solution for the community which you would like to elect you to office? If elected, how do we know that you won't change position again? ...

By - 7/31/09 - 9:36 am

What won't they think of next? Boston University's Smart Lighting Center is looking at how to use LEDs to light up entire rooms - and provide Internet access at the same time.

The center says that, as light sources, LEDs are better than those compact fluorescent lights that are now all the envirorage because they use even less energy, last longer and contain no mercury. On the downside - they currently cost a lot more.

But researchers aren't stopping there:

By - 7/26/09 - 8:36 am

The Boston Fire Department tweeted last night:

Incident Response: Tech Rescue response for Barnes & Noble bookstore at 660 Beacon St. Kenmore Square. at 11:22pm.

Incident Update: Small one foot square piece of morter fell to sidewalk. No injuries. Turned building over to BU (owner) to secure. 12:30 am

Final Incident Update: Six story building. Morter fell from top. BU will have engineer check further in the morning. Sidewalk closed for now

By - 6/26/09 - 12:27 pm

EwBoston University Police report this is an artist's rendering of a man who apparently keeps trying to get close views of women on campus.

Most recently, on June 19, around 3:45 p.m., police say, the guy entered the women's bathroom on the third floor of 675 Comm. Ave.:

He then entered the stall next to the one the victim was in and looked down on her from over the top of the dividing wall. The suspect fled the bathroom in an unknown direction when the victim screamed. If you observe this suspect or have information that would aid in his identification, please contact the BUPD at (617) 353-2121 or 353-2110. Refer to IRC 9013642.

By - 6/24/09 - 8:56 pm

Small chemical explosion on the third floor, 590 Comm. Ave., around 8:45 p.m., hazmat team on the way.

By - 5/9/09 - 10:26 am

Outrage, dispair, Facebook grumbling, that the Somerville congressman is their commencement speaker.

Be sure to read the quotes from the journalism and poli-sci major who is particularly incensed because Capuano got BU some money to fix up part of Comm. Ave.

The Outraged Liberal tells them to grow up and suggests the particular student outraged over sidewalks consider a profession where she doesn't have to do critical thinking.

By - 4/28/09 - 9:25 am

The Daily Free Press reports a BU junior was arrested at the Comm. Ave. Star Market around 3 a.m. on April 24 for wandering around the store, opening packages and eating the stuff inside:

The officer confronted the suspect when he tried to leave the store with his fingers covered in mashed potatoes from an open package he still had in his hands.

By - 4/25/09 - 7:53 pm

Looks like a steam leak in an elevator control room left a number of students trapped in elevators (see comments below).

TONS of firetrucks and police.

Warren towers has multiple elevators stuck with multiple occupants.

Building without power, lots of alarms.

Comm. Ave. inbound totally shut down.

By - 4/23/09 - 4:29 pm

The Daily Free Press reports workers at the school admissions department removed copies of the paper with stories about their most infamous medical-school student from a reception area for prospective students and their parents:

An admissions office employee, who wished to remain anonymous out of concern for her job, told a Daily Free Press reporter Wednesday that the papers had been hidden because of their content, which could reflect negatively on the school.

By - 4/22/09 - 10:32 am

Boston University Police report a woman walking in front of 200 Bay State Rd. this morning was mugged by another woman who used a "small, light-colored stick" to smack her in the head repeatedly as she attempted to make off with the victim's handbag:

The victim was dazed and had a severe laceration to her forehead and was transported to the hospital.

Boston Police arrested a suspect near Hemingway Street.

Meanwhile, across the river, a Harvard student was hit in the head with a metal pipe during another handbag robbery early yesterday.

By - 4/20/09 - 6:23 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, was today charged with the murder of Julissa Brisman at the Marriott and the attack a few days earlier on another woman at the Westin.

In a press conference with Davis, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said authorities are looking for additional victims and urged anybody who'd been attacked after placing a Craigslist ad to contact police. He added:

Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator.

Markoff, a second-year student at the Boston University School of Medicine, was stopped today around 4 p.m. on I-95 in Walpole. Conley said that in addition to old-fashioned police work, officials were able to trace IP numbers to specific physical locations. Boston Police had earlier released surveillance photos showing the suspect using a handheld device after allegedly murdering Brisman, who came up from New York City to offer massages advertised on Craigslist.

Markoff will be arraigned tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court for Brisman's murder and on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping for the April 10 incident at the Westin. Warwick, RI, police say a similar attack occurred two days after Brisman's murder in a Holiday Inn there.

Innocent, etc.

Last night at the Marriott
By - 4/16/09 - 8:21 am

The Globe reports that the BSL4 lab in the South End will be delayed until at least late next year. Reportedly, the safety review will take longer than projected.

Putting a lab that could handle the most deadly biologicals in a dense urban area has been opposed by residents and some professional organizations. See also a report by the Security Studies Program at MIT.

By - 4/13/09 - 4:22 am

BU is the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Champion! As winners of every tournament they entered this season, the team will be riding duck boats from Kenmore to Marsh Plaza with the Championship Trophy to celebrate on Tuesday, April 14 at noon. Be there! There will be cake!

By - 4/12/09 - 12:01 am

Amanda can't believe the BU win - especially the last minute:

... I'm still in shock.

By - 4/9/09 - 2:14 pm

"Cyberbullying" has become a genuine problem on some college campuses, reports BU's Bostonia magazine in its Spring 2009 edition:

In summer 2007, a music professor at BU was shocked to learn that he had a Facebook page — in his name, with a recent photo and a spot-on bio. But, the professor recalls, “embedded in the document were really scurrilous things that were reputed to have been said by me, and they were quite unpleasant and ugly and immature.”