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How do Boston’s on-campus dining options measure up?

College students have a reputation for a lot of things, but a sophisticated, discriminating palate is certainly not one of them.
Food-o-rama!
By STEVE HOLT  |  September 07, 2012
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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
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Law & Disorder: The Best of Last Semester's Campus Crime Logs

Incident logs available online and/or at campus police stations display laundry lists of amateur-hour escapades and bike/backpack/wallet/gadget thefts. Here are some amusing, singular shenanigans and trends from last semester culled from public records
Best time of your life? Hardly. Behold these stunning antics, ripped straight from the campus crime blotters.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 27, 2012
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Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
Parent flap
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 20, 2012
BU prof cooks meth like a pro, apparently doesn't teach calculus quite as well

BU prof cooks meth like a pro, apparently doesn't teach calculus quite as well


What's with all these Breaking Bad comparisons? As far as we can tell, the only thing 74-year-old BU prof Irina Kristy has in common with...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 05, 2011


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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
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Boston Midsummer Opera's The Italian Girl in Algiers

This year Drew Minter and BMO gave us the young Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers , composed when he was 21 (it was his 11th opera!). It's an energetic comedy about a wily young woman who outwits the warlord who wants to add her to his harem.
Dream Girl ?
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 05, 2011
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Big conservative funders are making a new push at universities

Funders are working through official university channels to underwrite lecture series, conferences and colloquia, and centers geared for the general-interest student, all carrying university imprimatur.
Right turn on campus
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 15, 2011

WikiLeaks update: Boston hacker brigade rallies to "Reboot Democracy"


As the WikiLeaks saga marches on, federal investigations creep closer to home. And while the courts still have yet to determine how much whistle blowing...
By Ariel Shearer  |  June 22, 2011
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Sluts for justice

On Saturday, Boston joins the national SlutWalk movement, demonstrating solidarity to fight "slut shaming," a common response to sexual violence.
No means no
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011


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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
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An old monster re-awakens

Until a few weeks ago, Godzilla was a time capsule of nuclear dread and handmade special effects. But with parts of Tokyo in ruins, over 12,000 Japanese dead, and radiation spreading, the film is more relevant than ever.  
 Fallout Boys
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011
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The Royally Screwed Tenenbaum

After more than seven years and dozens of petitions, motions, and court appearances, the title fight over the future of music washed up on the South Boston waterfront this week.
Sharing is caring
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011
See these films: "Experimenting Women" at BU Cinematheque

See these films: "Experimenting Women" at BU Cinematheque


Where are the women making film these days? Where are our local directors? Both questions are answered at the BU Cinematheque program "Experimenting Women: An...
By Peter Keough  |  March 08, 2011
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Clif Garboden, 1948-2011

Clif Garboden, who spent virtually all of his professional career affiliated with the Boston Phoenix , died last week. He was 62.
Media = truth
By PETER KADZIS  |  February 18, 2011


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Redstone Contest


A couple of weeks ago I again had the privilege of serving as one of the judges of the Redstone Contest, the annual short film ...
By Peter Keough  |  February 09, 2011
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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
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Interview: Greg Fitzsimmons brings it home

Greg Fitzsimmons wasn't born in Boston, but the comedy community in town has claimed him as one of its own all the same.
Return of the native
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  January 28, 2011
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Review: Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, And Conversations

If you are interested in the great painter Philip Guston (1913–1980), you will want this book. If you are interested in American painting from 1945 on, and into the future, you will want this book. If you enjoy a great talker in top form, you will want
Fast talk: A great artist bends your ear
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 07, 2011
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Search-term smackdown

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


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Kentridge's South Africa and Coe's disasters of war

South African artist William Kentridge is often hailed for providing "a vivid history of apartheid and its legacy," as Time said when it named him one of the 100 most influential persons of 2009.
Plus posters from Hatch
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2010
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Shelf life

Some people visit bookstores so their children can chew objects outside the home. Others, to peruse the latest magazines for free. Still others walk into a bookstore and are filled with a vague but palpable longing.
Interested in a career in books? Here's whatcha do.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010
Spike Lee Gives BU Students the Only Commencement Speech They'll Ever Need

Spike Lee Gives BU Students the Only Commencement Speech They'll Ever Need


I'm not sure who spoke at my Boston University graduation five years ago. Though I can't remember why I skipped the ceremony, my guess is...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 07, 2010
Bill O'Reilly. In the Phoenix. On porn.

Bill O'Reilly. In the Phoenix. On porn.


READ: Bill O'Reilly, ELI WALLACH ON ACTORS AND ACTING [February 5, 1974]READ: Bill O'Reilly, THE DEVIL BEHIND THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES [April 30, 1974] ...
By Steve Miller  |  August 26, 2010
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Leveling Up

Are you unemployed? Have you spent the last two weeks playing Red Dead Redemption and seeing how far you can run your horse around the map before the game stops you? (Here's a hint: it's forever. )
Be a Boston-based video-game developer
By MADDY MYERS  |  August 06, 2010


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New directions

Listen carefully: is the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University throwing down the gauntlet? "I'm interested in bringing more documentary into the PRC," says Glenn Ruga, who became executive director in February.
Docu vs. deadpan at the PRC, and new painting at BU's 808
By GREG COOK  |  July 16, 2010
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010
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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010