Collegiate Round Up
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
Harvard: University Introduces Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship
This week, Harvard is officially introducing the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship, named for rapper Nas, as part of the Hip Hop Archive and in connection with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. The fellowship, which was underwritten by a major investor at Harvard who asked to remain anonymous, will help to fund artists and students who show promise and originality in the creation of hip-hop music. The Hip Hop Archive has supported research and scholarship in the field of hip hop for Harvard students since its establishment in 2002.
Nas first became famous in the world of hip hop with his debut album Illmatic in 1994, and has released 10 albums since, eight of which have gone platinum. “Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the head of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in a July 16 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.
The Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute was established in 2002 by Marcyliena Morgan, a professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard. According to the Archive’s website, the mission of the institute is to “facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture, and responsible leadership through hip hop.” Though Harvard may seem like an unlikely place for a hip hop archive to be located, the school was one of the first universities to play rap music on college radio before it became popularized and played on commercial radio. The Hip Hop Archive exists within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, which was formed in 1975 to give fellowships to students in African and African-American studies, and is currently run by Gates. The Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship will officially be introduced later this week at Harvard.
Boston University has had its highest fundraising year yet, raising $116.9 million dollars in funds for the fiscal year of 2013. This record-breaking amount puts the Campaign for Boston University more than halfway toward its $1 billion goal. The Campaign for Boston University is the school’s first official fundraising campaign, and publically launched last fall. Campaign funds will be used in various ways, but the bulk of them will be used to support scholarships for undergraduate students. Later on, funds will be used to increase the number of endowed professorships, increase research opportunities on campus, and to help expand BU’s career services, libraries, and athletics. Finally, the funds will help to improve facilities and buildings on campus, including a new medical school building and the school’s most recent project, the New Balance Field.
“This last year was a historic one for Boston University fundraising,” said President Robert A. Brown according to the university’s website. “The launch of our comprehensive campaign certainly is creating tremendous momentum for the University.”
On Aug. 26, Emerson College proposed a project to the city of Boston to remake the current commercial properties at 1-3 Boylston Place in Boston into an 18-story residence hall. Currently, the property is owned by Emerson College and is home to the Sweetwater Tavern and the Estate nightclub, both popular spots among students. The proposal first must be approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, with input from the public and the city. After initial meetings in early September, the project has already been scaled down from a 280-foot tall structure to a 171-foot tall structure. Even at the lower height, the building still would be one of the tallest on Emerson’s campus. The building would be composed of suite-style rooms, and would house students, while the “Little Building,” one of Emerson’s biggest dorms, is being repaired. “The Little Building has done the majority of housing for our students, but now it needs to be fixed,” said Margaret A. Ings, Emerson’s Associate Vice-President in a community meeting about the project on Sept. 3. If approved, the construction of the new dormitory would begin in spring of 2014.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at around 11:30 p.m., an 18-year-old student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology fell through a skylight during a fraternity party.
The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, was at a party at the fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa, located at 485 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. According to eyewitnesses, the student was on the roof of the fraternity and was jumping up and down on the skylight before it eventually broke, dropping the student down four stories. He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, but did not have any severe or life-threatening injuries.
When the police reported to the Phi Sigma Kappa house the following day, numerous safety citations were issued, including the removal of walls between the buildings at 485 and 487 Commonwealth Ave., both of which are owned by the fraternity. The deck on the rooftop where the student was standing when he fell was also cited as illegal due to its lack of railings.