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Muzzles on campus

Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards, student edition
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 13, 2012

You gotta fight for your right

There are a lot of colleges in Boston, and they all have a lot of parties. I spent the semester trying to chronicle them for the purpose of science.
. . . to evaluate the quality of various college parties (and assign a grade accordingly)
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  January 27, 2012

Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds

Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
Safety in numbers
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 30, 2011

Oh, the Humanities

The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
 A word cloud representing 6,574,357 hours of scholarship
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 29, 2011

An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

Welcome to Boston, college kids.
From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Search-term smackdown

 Golden Ngrams
 Golden Ngrams
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 31, 2010


Night Fruit add grit to a dream-pop landscape

My fascination with dream pop — a genre characterized by washy guitars and airy, indistinct vocals — lies in its effects when done right: a sense of vague translocation and a fleeting feeling of transcendence.
Nocturnal cravings
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  October 01, 2010

BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency

Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
After School Special
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 14, 2010

Ledge Lessons

As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United Sta
We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Elena Kagan’s shaky record

As a potential Obama nominee for Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan has liberal bona fides and the likely support of the right. But if her record is any indication, she’s more likely to side with the conservative bloc on matters of executive power and wa
What a Kagan appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for civil liberties

The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010



When March Madness tips off tonight, Kevin Mackey will be in the stands taking notes. As a professional-basketball scout, he's looking for tomorrow's NBA stars.
More than two decades after Kevin Mackey pulled off the then-biggest upset in NCAA Tourney history, he made it to the NBA.
By JON HART  |  March 19, 2010

Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Critical Mass

If free speech is what gives value to the campus "marketplace of ideas," UMass Amherst would long ago have gone bankrupt.
Over the years, UMass Amherst has proven to be a reliable hotbed for political hypocrisy and squelching of free speech

Play by play: October 16, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
This week's theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2009

Father Feeney

Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to
A Heretic Courted By The Church
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Less can be more

It's one thing to shoot for an ecologically softer lifestyle -- one that's more deliberate, and less wasteful.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2009

Doom predictions

Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
Gays into the crystal ball
By AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009

Play by Play: September 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009


Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009

Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division

In a 1957 Supreme Court decision upholding the free-speech rights of university professors ( Sweezy v. New Hampshire ), Justice Felix Frankfurter quoted prominent South African scholars on the importance of academic freedom.
New England campuses muzzle free speech
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 10, 2009

Aerosmith's Kramer put the 'Line' in 'Brookline'

All I know is that it's a fucking miracle that none of the five of us are dead.
In this book excerpt, Kramer recalls his life in greater Boston before the boys hit it big
By JOEY KRAMER  |  June 26, 2009

Scammer solstice

It's summertime, and the scammin' is easy. What else can explain the recent appearance of a former NFL player in court to face 22 counts of . . . wait for it . . . mortgage fraud!
Football meets fraud in Georgia. Plus, Wazzu wackiness, and Tim Donaghy gets busted up.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 19, 2009
Bloomsday 2009 at Boston College

Bloomsday 2009 at Boston College

Lo, June 16 approaches, the day that Leopold Bloom rambled through Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses 105 years ago — and you can ramble too....
By Shaula Clark  |  June 10, 2009


Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009

Our digital landscape

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009

Books tour

While most area colleges continue to offer predictably boring campus tours that amount to wandering through academic ghost towns imagining departed crowds, there are also some alternatives to the standard walk-and-talk routine.
A guide to unofficial campus visits
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  May 01, 2009