• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Escape from Ecuador: The Race to Get BU Students Out amid Global Flight Bans

  1. I hope that the students that decided to stay behind intentionally are asked to pay for the rescue efforts. They put themselves in that situation, not the university nor the US embassy. They coukd have easily stayed in Ecuador with the host families it seems like the locals were doing their best to keep them engage in local costumes another invaluable experience. Perhaps the university should place that in their abroad program contract with the students next time.

  2. I’m disappointed in the extreme bias presented by this writer. The title, lede, and entirety of this article do not tell the full story.

    As an American who spent a semester abroad at the USFQ and traveled and lived extensively in South America, this is a preposterous and sensationalist viewpoint. The country of Ecuador currently has less cases of Covid-19 (532) than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (777). In addition, Ecuador’s government has taken clear and quick precautions to protect its populace while the US government was engaged in insider trading and misinformation to the people. The students were safer in Ecuador than coming back to the US — and furthermore, the concept of study abroad is grounded in experience. As soon as true global learning began to take place here, American students were treated as children “trapped.” Nonsense. These students were beginning to undergo a true learning experience and instead have learned lessons in xenophobia American ethnocentrism.

    Articles like this shelter, misinform and infantalize US students. We need to encourage resilience and overcoming challenge as a community, rather than enabling the absurd self-centered narratives presented in this article.

    1. Julia, thank you. The story does not say that Ecuador was dangerous or irresponsible, merely that BU wanted to get the students out of a foreign country and home before it became logistically impossible. Sorry that you took it otherwise. Doug

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