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Boston-area campus news round-up, week of April 16: Spring semester in review

Posted by Alex Pearlman  April 20, 2012 01:52 PM

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newspapers stack on table black and white.jpgBoston is one big college town. What students are talking about and what's happening on the city's campuses matters. Every Friday, TNGG Boston will round up a few of the most interesting and well-written stories from student journalists across the area.

Lucky for those with a bad case of senioritis -- and all the other students who aren’t graduating in a few weeks but are still having trouble spending these beautiful days in classrooms and the library -- spring semester is winding down. There are only a couple more weeks of final papers, exams, and projects standing between Boston’s collegiate population and three months of freedom.

Since campus newspapers don’t publish over the summer, our campus news round-up will be taking its own summer vacation. But before we go, let’s look back at some of the semester’s big stories.

Boston College Student Disappears; Body Recently Recovered from Reservoir. Early on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 22, Franco Garcia went missing after leaving Mary Ann’s bar in Cleveland Circle. While Boston police began a massive search effort, the 21 year old’s family and friends hung posters and created a Twitter account in hopes that someone would come forward with information about Garcia’s whereabouts. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, April 11, police identified a body pulled from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir that morning as that of the BC senior. Although police are continuing the investigation, Garcia’s death is currently being ruled an accident.

Emerson Bans Bottled Water. In mid-March, Emerson president Lee Pelton announced that the school would begin phasing out bottled water on its campus. Emerson will add bottle-filling stations around campus and provide students with reusable water bottles to encourage the plan. Students’ reactions to the idea were predictably varied; while some saw no problem with it, others felt that the college “[was] being overly cautious about being green,” as Emerson student Danny Chamberlain told The Boston Globe.

Boston University’s The Daily Free Press Missteps with April Fools’ Issue. Featuring jokes about sexual assault, drug use, and bad behavior in general, BU’s student newspaper’s annual April Fools’ edition wasn’t so funny to the school’s student body, especially given recent on-campus problems with those very issues. While both the paper’s staff and its Board of Directors were quick to issue apologies, the damage was done. Acting on the Board’s request, editor-in-chief Chelsea Diana announced her resignation the next day.

Northeastern Says “No Thanks” to Chick-fil-A. After Northeastern administrators announced plans to renovate the school's student center, some co-eds were less than pleased: They didn't want fast food chain Chick-fil-A, one of the proposed new businesses, included in the renovations because the company supports "anti-gay" organizations. In late February, the school's Student Government Association voted against the plan, and shortly after, administrators announced that the eatery would no longer be part of the renovation. Popeye's will instead fill the space.

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