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How Do I Register to Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

The 2018 midterm congressional and various state elections are just five weeks away and with control of the US House of Representatives (and possibly the US Senate) very much up for grabs, the stakes have never been higher. Democrats hope to take back the House (the Senate may be a longer shot), while Republicans are […]


SPH Sexual Violence Class Becomes Forum on Kavanaugh Hearings

After watching Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, a student in Emily Rothman’s School of Public Health class on sexual violence emailed Rothman with a request. Julia Campbell (SPH’19) was feeling sad and angry and overwhelmed. She asked Rothman, a professor of community health sciences and an expert on sexual violence, […]


Kanye West, Chris Evans, and Isaac Asimov

Only in this new era of President Trump could one story bring together the actor who played Captain America, the rapper Kanye West, and the late Russian scholar and prolific author Isaac Asimov, a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of biochemistry. But that’s what just happened over the weekend. To back up, West […]


Making News

C. D. “Budd” Ruffin,the District 2 commissioner from rural Choctaw County, Ala., is a big guy—defensive-lineman big—and he sweats a bit as he stands in the grand marble rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in his sport coat and scally cap. Ruffin came to Capitol Hill to lobby Alabama’s congressional delegation to fund workforce […]


Rising Democratic Star Ocasio-Cortez Urges Students to Become Activists

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star in the Democratic party, urged BU students to become activists for social justice despite the odds when she spoke at the Tsai Performance Center on Monday. Using her own life and long-shot Congressional campaign as an example, Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) told the crowd of nearly 500: “I could not bear to […]


US Mayors: Blacks, Trans, Muslim, and Immigrants Face Discrimination

An extraterrestrial eavesdropping on earthly communications in 2018 would think the United States is beset by discrimination—racial, gender, religious, and xenophobic. According to the country’s mayors, he’d be right. A survey released Monday by BU’s Initiative on Cities (IoC) and the National League of Cities (NLC) says mayors believe immigrants, transgender people, African Americans, and […]


BU Works to Reunite Immigrant Families

This past summer was a devastating time for immigrant families trying to enter the United States—parents were criminally prosecuted at the border, and children, some as young as five months old, were forcibly separated from their mothers and fathers. The federal government had no plan to reunite these families, many who came seeking asylum or […]


I Spent My Summer Working at Boston City Hall

Summer 2018 proved unforgettable for six undergraduates who worked at Boston City Hall as Boston University City Scholars Summer Fellows. The fellowships, which are funded by BU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, are open to any BU sophomore or junior Menino Scholar or Boston Community Service Scholar enrolled full-time at the University. Applicants also have to […]


Why Some Politicians Shun Promotions

“Proven employee with administrative experience and history of marketing well with the public. Promotion sought: Nah.” That would make an odd résumé line for most of us, but not for at least one group you’d expect to be more ambitious: big-city mayors. Fewer than one-fifth of them seek higher office, recent BU research found. Put off […]


POV: Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative or Constitutionalist?

Over the next few months, during the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, you are going to hear a lot of stories, on all sides, about how “he voted in favor of these people” or “he ruled against this party.” Tune all of that out. It is worthless. To evaluate […]