Newton civic and religious leaders, activists, and students spoke at a virtual celebration honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The event was hosted by the Harmony Foundation and centered around the theme of “Keep Moving Forward,” in light of the pandemic and widespread protests against the systemic racism facing Black Americans.
I began the investigation into these numbers two years ago when I was a reporter, not a columnist, for The Heights. The benefit of sharing this information in the form of a column rather than a news article is that I can say, without penalty: These numbers are insane. They are insulting. They are exploitative.
Columnist Doug Girardot writes that in their reopening rhetoric, BC officials did everything in their effort to downplay the realities of college life in a pandemic. The flurry of summer emails students received in their inboxes and the maroon and gold technocratic signage littered throughout campus have suggested a conditional promise of normalcy: If you do all these things, then we can have school just like usual. But this is a dangerously fantastical apodosis.
The bookstore near the Ivy League sells everything from academic titles to mainstream books, and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of academia.
A broader concern voiced by residents was that the proposal for the vision plan was influenced more by the demands of potential developers and property owners, rather than by the desires of the Newton public.
Approximately 275 residents of Newton and the surrounding area attended a community open house to hear from city officials and give their own feedback regarding proposed developments to the area occupied by the Riverside T stop on Sunday evening. It was hosted by the City of Newton Planning Department.
Karim Kawar, the former Jordanian ambassador to the United States and Mexico from 2002 to 2007 and BC ’87, spoke with Kathleen Bailey, a professor in the political science department, at the second-annual Omar Aggad Memorial Lecture on Thursday.