The Harvard Crimson reports "recent cases of mumps and infectious mononucleosis" at the school.
Mayor Walsh and a local philanthropic family are starting a fund to provide financial support to Boston students at certain local colleges who are nearing graduation but who might be forced to drop out because of financial hardships. Read more.
The Crimson rips the lid off the story: Not all Harvard students really want to see a football game and are trying to earn some bucks by selling their Game tickets even though they're not supposed to. Prices have gone up because Fenway has assigned seats, unlike when the Game is at the Stadium. Deans have gotten involved; students are being warned they face possible disciplinary action.
The Huntington News reports on a protest aimed at getting Northeastern to increase its voluntary payments in lieu of taxes.
Boston has long asked non-profits to kick in 25% of what they would pay in property taxes if their property were commercial instead of non-profit. Northeastern has always been on the low side of PILOT payments, but says it more than makes up for it in other things, such as annual scholarships for Boston residents attending Northeastern - and the $100 million it put into renovating a city playground (in a statement, the university did not mention that that money also gave it rights to use the playground).
A company that is opening a medical-marijuana dispensary in East Boston said it has a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy BC dive Mary Ann's on Beacon Street and rebuild the decrepit place into a contemporary pot shop serving both recreational and medical marijuana users. Read more.
The Huntington News reports a well meaning Northeastern student gave $60 to a guy at Ruggles who said he needed to get back to New Hampshire. Campus police caught up with him and escorted him off campus.
Won't you help? Harvard upperclassmen haven't been able to get hot food for breakfast since the U eliminated it to save money during the Great Recession in 2009. The Crimson issues a plaintive plea for help:
After eating a full, healthy breakfast, students will be more prepared for the classes they have that day. Students are better equipped to get the most out of their education when they are not distracted by hunger, and more enticing breakfast options could help promote regularized eating schedules.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker at UMass Boston can proceed with a libel suit against the news editor at the campus newspaper, which published a photo of him in 2013 provided by campus police - who wanted to ask him whether he was photographing women on a shuttle bus from the JFK/UMass T stop to the school. Read more.
The Crimson reports six women were chosen to perform in this year's Hasty Pudding productions.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who charged Harvard University failed to do enough to protect her from assaults and harassment by her ex-boyfriend and his pals while they were students there. Read more.
WBZ reports their landlord is kicking them out after they withheld rent pending the outcome of a BPD investigation.
An Arizona man was arrested last night on charges he posted two comments on photos posted on Instagram by Harvard University Instagram photos last year in which he threatened to kill blacks planning a graduation ceremony at Harvard in May, 2017. Read more.
Cambridge officials announced today the city has hired Roderick Ireland, retired chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, to conduct an independent review of how Cambridge police officers arrested a 21-year-old Harvard student standing naked on a Massachusetts Avenue traffic island on April 13. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a wrongful-death suit by the father of an MIT graduate student who threw himself off the roof of a campus building, saying that while colleges do have some unique obligations to protect their students, there are limits to what they can be expected to do, in an age in which students, especially at the graduate level, expect to be treated as adults with rights, including that of privacy. Read more.
Chip Goines spotted this procession near Harvard Square today. Whole bunch of people lost a bet? We don't know!
Cambridge Day reports.
Samson Donick, 22, today pleaded guilty to indecent assault and battery (reduced from aggravated rape), assault and battery (reduced from indecent assault and battery), and breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony (reduced from breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony), in exchange for a sentence in which he avoids any prison time for a 2015 sexual attack on a BU student in her dorm room, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
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