I’m sitting in my Boom Latinoaméricano class, half listening to a presentation about yet another story featuring an execution via crucifixion/forbidden incestuous love/violent photographs come to life/insert equally morbid scenario (Latino literature is amazingly cheery).  What’s really captivated my attention, however, is a rose bud right outside the window that separates me from the outside […]

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This week on S&S, Sam gives Saba a BU-themed sports quiz.

Sam Dykstra and Saba Hamedy. Photo Illustration Credit Sumner Lambert

1) Who was the coach of the BU men’s basketball team before Patrick
Chambers took over last season?

2) How many NCAA championships has BU won in men’s hockey?

3) Which men’s basketball player went down with an injury earlier
this season and is now out for the rest of his junior campaign? (Hint:
he was a tri-captain.)

4) Which BU netminder got his first shutout of the season Saturday
night in a 1-0 win over Providence College?

5) What is the highest the women’s ice hockey team been ranked this season?


1) Saba: Dennis Wolff because I asked the audience (a room full of editors)
and 50 percent (I’m guessing Editor-in-Chief Josh Cain and Sports
Editor Annie Maroon were those two people). Although, Farid Hamedy (my
dad) was a close choice for second pick (holla at Chelsea Feinstein).

Sam: You are correct, madam! Wolff coached the team for 15 years and led the team to two NCAA tournament berths before being canned in the summer of 2009. Chambers has coached the team now for two seasons and has a chance to lead the Terriers to their second straight America East championship game in March.

You’re 1-for-1, Saba. Have to say I’m impressed (even though it took some help from your friends).

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Hello readers! We’d like to take a moment to address the technical issues we have had with our main news website over the past few weeks. As you may know, ever since switching from College Publisher to WordPress at the beginning of the semester, we have been having problems with the website being down. Often […]

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It often escapes me that Boston encompasses more than just our strip of campus. But, whenever I seem to forget, I find myself in some unknown part of the city that makes me love it even more. This past week, I had to go on a Boston scavenger hunt with my organizational behavior team. We walked and walked until we got to the Public Garden. And then, turning left toward Beacon, we ended up at Beacon Hill.

While this is a well-reputed neighborhood in the city, it was my first time ever being in the area. Though some of you might have visited the cute boutiques and bistros of Beacon Hill before, very few of you have probably made it up the hill to Louisburg Square, the most expensive neighborhood in our local area and one of the most expensive in the country. When you overcome the intimidation of its perfection and climb the winding hill, you are presented with intersecting rows of flawless townhouses. This time of year, the snow atop the red brick makes a charming contrast.

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During Sunday night’s Grammy Awards something strange happened – something other than Cee-Lo Green’s Elton John inspired performance with puppets including Gwyneth Paltrow. Even Barbra Streisand was shocked as she slowly opened an envelope and hesitantly stuttered out “The S-s-s-suburbs.” Arcade Fire had won Album of The Year against four albums that sold better and […]

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“The Grammys are on tonight?” So I asked myself minutes before “our Super Bowl” (why is that necessary?) premiered on CBS last night – a question that revealed the yin and yang of the Grammys. That paradox being the unimportance of music’s most important night. However, in a surprise move, the Grammys didn’t suck quite […]

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Yesterday was not set to be a terribly exciting day but it definitely turned out to be. My friend Erika and I headed out in the morning to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery to jump start our weekend (and to get away from studying for our finals early next week).

We arrived in Trafalgar Square ready to take touristastic photos on top of the lions decorating Nelson’s Column. We were instead surprised by a huge demonstration by Amnesty International and other activists who were celebrating the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak.

Unless you’ve been completely shut off from the world as of late then you know that there have been major protess all around the Middle East – with the biggest one being in Egypt. The people of Egypt, using social media and word of mouth, organized huge protests in Cairo & Alexandria demanding the immediate resignation of President Mubarak. Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years but led the country into difficult economic times. On Jan. 25, the people decided that they had had enough.

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The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You” Music Video The Black Keys’ newest music video is … not really a music video. It’s more of an epically badass movie trailer for a flim that should, but probably won’t, be made. Half Kill Bill, half Desperado, the three-minute western shoot ’em up could be the newest installment in Tarantino […]

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Jose Julio walks toward me with a conspiratorial smile, places his hand on my shoulder and asks me if I’ve heard of a song called “Gringa Loca.” When I answer that I haven’t, he laughs and tells me I should look it up.

Now I could be concerned that my political science professor has just instructed me to check out a song entitled “Crazy American Girl,” but frankly, I’m happy to oblige.

The university I attend follows one of the most progressive models I have ever encountered. The vast majority of the professors insist that their students call them by their first names and use the familiar “tú” form instead of the formal “usted” to address them. So I am taught by Jose Julio, Jorje and Gabriella.

On one of my first days in Ecuador, Jorje beseeched us with a smile, “Please call me “tú,” you’ll make me feel younger.” Let it be known that Jorje has advised multiple Ecuadorian political leaders and mediated an attempted (and unfortunately unsuccessful) negotiation process between the Colombian government under President Andrés Pastrana and Colombia’s largest guerilla group, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), among other illustrious endeavors.

And despite – or I should say because of – these credentials, these professors often begin class by individually greeting their students, kissing them on the cheek as is the custom here and kindly joking around with them.

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