Northeastern Gives $886,000 In PILOT Payments To Boston

March 2, 2015

Northeastern University recently paid the city of Boston $886,000 to help cover the costs of municipal services, but that was far less than the $2.5 million the city requested.

School Committee To Choose New Boston Schools Superintendent Tuesday

March 2, 2015
From left to right: Guadalupe Guerrero, Tommy Chang, Dana Bedden and Pedro Martinez. (Courtesy BPS)

Now that the final four candidates in the Boston Public School superintendent search have all been interviewed in public hearings last week, the Boston School Committee is scheduled to make a final decision Tuesday night. Here’s a look at the men vying for the job.

BU Fraternity Suspended For Misogynist Media Promoting ‘Blackout’ Party

February 26, 2015

Boston University withdrew its recognition of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, following its use of misogynist videos and photos to promote a party.

Visionaries: MIT’s Alan Guth Made A ‘Spectacular Realization’ About The Universe

February 26, 2015
MIT physicist Alan Guth's “inflation” is accepted as the most plausible explanation for the evolution of the universe. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Guth’s “cosmic inflation” is accepted as the most plausible explanation for the evolution of the universe.

Former Gov. Patrick To Deliver Harvard Commencement Address

February 23, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick completes the traditional "lone walk" down the stairs in front of the State House Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Deval Patrick, who left office last month after serving two terms and is now a visiting fellow at MIT, received both his bachelor’s and law degree from Harvard.

Boston Superintendent Finalists Face Public Interviews This Week

February 23, 2015

Each of the final four candidates will be in Boston this week for public interviews with various stakeholders, such as parents, students, teachers, school leaders and community partners.

Mass. Schools Weigh Options For Making Up Snow Days

February 22, 2015

As students return to classrooms on Monday, some districts may consider asking state education officials for a waiver from the state’s requirement of a 180-day school year.

Should Iranian Students Be Banned From Some Science Programs?

February 20, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the schools that does not admit Iranian students to some science programs. (Jeff Auth/Wikimedia Commons)

At least two U.S. universities have official policies about not admitting Iranian international students to certain programs.

UMass Amherst To Ban Dorm Guests For ‘Blarney Blowout’ Weekend

February 19, 2015

The school’s temporary guest policy was adopted in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year’s rowdy off-campus St. Patrick’s Day-themed celebrations, which resulted in more than 70 arrests.

UMass Amherst Reverses Policy On Iranian Students

February 18, 2015

Wednesday’s announcement comes on the heels of the university’s decision last week to bar students from Iran in a move that officials said aligned school policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Uncertain Future For Petroleum Engineers

February 18, 2015
In Vladimir Alvarado's petroleum engineering class, there are no signs enrollment is shrinking, although job prospects are getting slim. (Stephanie Joyce)

Six months ago, joining a petroleum engineering program seemed like a good investment. With oil prices slumping, some are reevaluating.

BPS Headquarters Moving To Roxbury This Week

February 17, 2015
The redesigned Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, soon to become headquarters for Boston Public Schools, looking south on Washington Street (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Some 500 Boston Public School employees are moving from the their downtown offices to the new school headquarters in Dudley Square.

From Tragedy At Chapel Hill, A Call For Tolerance

February 16, 2015
Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were shot to death in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10, 2015. (Facebook)

The shooting struck a chord with many young Muslims – especially the friends of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu Salha.

Harvard, MIT Sued Over Lack Of Closed Captioning Online

February 13, 2015

Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs.

Harvard Students Stage Sit-In For Fossil Fuel Divestment

February 12, 2015

Students asking that Harvard University divest its endowment from fossil fuels have taken over the offices of President Drew Faust.

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