Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
UMass Dartmouth: Ceremony Held in Remembrance of Bombing Victims
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth hosted a ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. The ceremony took place before a Cross Country Invitational and was part of an observation of Saturday’s International Day of Peace. Students planted a tree to commemorate the three people killed and the more than 200 injured as a result of the bombings.
“To all the competitors here today,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman in her speech at the ceremony, “I ask that you run in memory of those harmed on April 15, and in celebration of our unyielding determination to keep moving forward, despite any obstacle.”
This ceremony was particularly meaningful at UMass Dartmouth because the surviving marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a sophomore at the university during the time of the bombing. Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted and detonated the devices at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Tamerlan was killed later that week in a shootout, and Dzhokhar was captured in Watertown on Friday, April 19, after a day-long manhunt that kept the city of Boston in a state of emergency.
More than 100 athletes, students, faculty, and members of the university administration attended the ceremony of remembrance. Other places around Massachusetts were also involved in this spirit of remembrance, including the town of New Bedford, which also planted a tree of peace on the same day. These trees will celebrate the memory of those who lost their lives, and will also carry a message of peace.
Boston University had its highest number of alcohol-related transports in recent history over the weekend of Sept. 13-15, with 13 students being taken to the hospital. This has sparked discussions between the university, BU students, and the BU police department. According to BUPD Detective Lieutenant Peter DiDomenica, five to six transports per weekend are average numbers for the university. Many calls are made to the police by security guards or Residence Life officials because students are often afraid to call and get themselves or their friends in trouble. \
Although the BU police department said in a comment to The Daily Free Press that it hopes this was just a random occurrence and was not indicative of a larger trend, it is still taking precautions. On Monday, Sept. 23, Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore discussed these issues with students in a talk on campus safety.
In a letter to the president of Northeastern University, the Anti-Defamation League requested an investigation into alleged anti-Semitic teaching practices taking place at the university. “We strongly urge Northeastern to investigate the allegations and report on its investigation, and to do so promptly,” said the letter to President Joseph Aoun. Jewish students at the university have complained about unfair treatment towards Jews by professors. Many of these complaints have been in regards to biased treatment against Israel in the Israel-Palestine debate. Students have complained that professors are often so anti-Israel that their statements border on anti-Semitism. Groups on campus, such as the Jewish advocacy group,Americans for Peace and Tolerance, have also accused university professors of one-sided teaching in the Israel-Palestine debate. Northeastern University has not yet commented on the issue or made a public response to the letter.
Suffolk University is getting a brand-new, state-of-the-art academic building at 20 Somerset Street in Boston. Demolition of the current building at 20 Somerset Street began in June and will likely be completed by the end of the month. Then, the construction of a new building is set to begin. The new building will have as many as 1,100 classroom seats which will replace academic buildings currently located in the more residential area of Beacon Hill. This will allow Suffolk to move the center of its campus more into downtown Boston and lessen the student presence in residential areas of Boston. The new building will include environments conducive to different types of learning. Classrooms will feature new types of seating, student “pods” for group work, and will include technology such as electronic white boards and projectors. It will also include science labs, a new dining hall, and faculty offices. The building is expected to be completed by 2015.