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Offering a Helping Hand to Migrants Waiting to Enter the US

On a December weekend when most students were frantically cramming for finals or getting in some last-minute Christmas shopping, Chelsea Tejada (LAW’20) was visiting safe houses in the hills outside Tijuana, Mexico, helping LGBTQ refugees from Central America who are seeking asylum in the United States. “Those stories really stuck with me,” Tejada says. “Their […]


The Story Behind Ocasio-Cortez’s Dancing Video—from Those Who Made It

It was a quiet winter week for Eric Baker (COM’13) and Raul Fernandez (COM’00, Wheelock’16)—until their phones started blowing up. A silly four-minute dance video they helped make eight years ago on the rooftop of the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University was suddenly all the rage on YouTube. In a matter of […]


What You Need to Know about the Government Shutdown

With no end in sight to the partial federal government shutdown which began December 22, there are growing questions about which federal agencies are affected and how the shutdown might impact federally funded research at Boston University. “This is a partial government shutdown, so only select government agencies, which do not have a final fiscal […]


New Book by Pete Souza (COM’76) Throws Some Shade on Trump

From 2008 to 2016, Pete Souza worked at the job of a lifetime: he was the White House photographer, chronicling the first US African American president. Last year Souza (COM’76) spoke with BU Today about his book Obama: An Intimate Portrait a collection of pictures from his eight years on the job that made some readers tearfully nostalgic for […]


Witness to Lessons of Elie Wiesel

Two days after the mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh October 27, Ariel Burger was in a reflective mood when he picked up the phone to discuss his friend and mentor, the late Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (Hon.’74). “It would have been a good time to have his voice here,” Burger […]


What Does Social Media Sentiment Reveal about an Election?

It’s nearly 5:30 pm on election night and Susan Walker, a College of Communication associate professor of journalism, calls out, “We’re nine minutes away from our live cut-in—do we have a mic check? Can you give me a 5-4-3-2-1?” Adrian Thomas and Thomas Fiedler, dean of COM, count up and down, preparing for their first […]


Midterm Election Results Bode Well for Health Care, Environment

The reasoned debates and shouted arguments at candidate forums and dinner tables are over. American voters decided Tuesday to give Democrats a majority in the House, with at least 27 new seats, hobbling Donald Trump’s presidency (most Republican candidates had rallied to the president). The electorate left the Senate in GOP hands, adding four new seats […]


Students on Why They Voted

Larissa Davis (CAS’19, Wheelock’19) regretted not voting in the 2016 presidential election, and she wasn’t going to let it happen again on Tuesday. The 21-year-old biology major voted for the first time in this year’s midterm election, a vote she said was motivated by her opposition to President Trump’s environmental policies and his decision last […]


POV: Two Students Offer Opposing Views on Which Party to Support

POV: It’s Morning in America Again Why you should vote Republican this Election Day By Jack Moriarity (COM’20) If you were alive in the 1980s, you might remember a famous political ad, called Morning in America, for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign. The ad talked about how much positive progress had been made in the […]