This Week In
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:09
UMass Amherst celebrated Labor Day on campus with a record-breaking picnic. As of Monday, the university has set the record for the world’s largest fruit salad, weighing in at over 15,000 pounds. The concoction was made using 150 varieties of fruit, in honor of the school’s 150th anniversary. Most prevalent in the salad were apples (over 3,600 pounds) and berries (almost 1,300 pounds). The fruit salad also contained currants, pears, oranges, papayas, mangoes, various types of melon, and mint. This is UMass Amherst’s fourth title in the Guinness Book of World Records, and the other accolades are equally as strange: they also hold the title for world’s largest stir fry and New England’s largest seafood stew. The fruit salad was distributed to dining halls across campus and other eateries in the city after the official weigh in occurred.
The 2013 Boston Comedy Arts Festival, hosted by Improv Boston, began on Tuesday and will run through Sunday, Sept. 8. The festival includes shows, workshops, and acts, and covers three types of comedy: sketch, improv, and stand-up. Along with popular local acts, the festival will draw comedians from around the nation to perform over the coming days at Improv Boston’s location in Central Square in Cambridge. Local acts include: the troupe from North End hotspot the Improv Asylum, Chocolate Cake City, a sketch group that originated at Emerson College, and the main stage cast of Improv Boston. Tickets, schedules, and showtimes are available online via the Boston Comedy Arts Festival website. This is the festival’s fifth year in Boston—in past years, featured performers have traveled from as far as Mexico, Toronto, and Amsterdam.
Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate who attempted to unseat Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick in the 2010 gubernatorial election, announced Wednesday that he will run a second campaign to become governor of the state. The announcement comes after former U.S. Senator Scott Brown denied a bid for the election, hitting the GOP in Massachusetts with a blow from which the conservatives can only hope to recover. As Brown left the local political scene, he endorsed Baker for the Republican nominee. Baker launched his campaign with a two-minute web video this morning, in which he stressed his ability to work with Democrats and that he has proven himself as a capable leader through multiple organizations. As of now, Baker is running unopposed in his party. Five Democrats are currently in the running to take the name on their party ballot.
Hollaback! Boston, an online group committed to fighting sexual harassment in the greater Boston area, filed a complaint with the MBTA over a “super sexualized” advertisement being displayed on trains. TapBooty is an application for mobile devices that advertises “earn cash and gift cards on the spot by trying free apps and winning free games.” The app’s artwork on the T included a cartoon drawing of a female with the phrase “Tapbooty” printed on her backside in multi-colored letters. As of Tuesday afternoon, an MBTA official reported to Boston Magazine that the advertising agency at Tapbooty requested the ads to be removed from trains on account of their crude nature. In their public apology, spokesmen at Tapbooty said “Our intention with these ads was simply to attract new users, not to impact anyone adversely.”
Did you miss the annual freshman Target run, or simply refuse to join the masses in back-to-school shopping? You’re in luck—this week, Poppin will bring all the supplies to you. Poppin is an office supply company known for spicing up the classic school supplies, such as composition books and pens, with vivid colors and signature designs. Their mission is to brighten your day by brightening your supplies—as told by their slogan, “Work Happy.” In order to spread the joy, Poppin has embarked on a tour of Boston-area college campuses this week in their mobile pop-up shop (think of a food truck, but with desk items instead of lunch items). Lucky for those in Chestnut Hill, the Poppin truck will deliver school supplies to campus on Friday morning, including a free gift with every purchase.