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Week of 14 May 1999

Vol. II, No. 34

In the News

Speaking on WCVB-TV's April 21 newscast, William Lord, COM professor of journalism, asked, "Where are the parents?" He stressed the role parents must play to avert tragedies such as the mass murders at Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colo., on April 20. "The parents need to be there," he said. "The parents should know what the children are seeing in the movie houses. They're not with them, they don't know what movies they see, and apparently they're not watching as to what they're doing on the Internet. And that's a real problem."

NATO's air war against Serbia is designed to stop the atrocities in Kosovo, but the victim numbers NATO uses have been open to question. "In all these cases, the first numbers we hear are over-estimates," says Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director of BU's Center for Remote Sensing, in an April 21 Boston Globe story. "I am surprised we are not seeing more of what is on the ground. Sensing equipment is now at a state that should make these things more obvious and more certain." El-Baz is a pioneer in the aerial surveillance techniques being used over Kosovo.

"The idea that being a good guy is necessary to generate the bottom line, that may very well be from a bygone era," says Allen Michel, SMG finance professor, in the Boston Herald's April 23 "On State Street" column by Beth Healy. She is speculating about how BankBoston's community involvement will survive its merger with Fleet Bank.

In the May issue of Vogue, graduate student Xu Jin (SFA'00) says, "They wouldn't tell us where he was. And that was really scary, because we didn't know if he was alive or if he had died or what happened." She refers to her father's first arrest for dissent in China and adds, "There was really no point to tell other people, because a lot of people really didn't understand. I would just say, 'Well he's on business in some other town.' That sort of makes your life easier, that lie."

Museums are facing intense scrutiny into the provenance of their collections, especially of artifacts from native cultures. Boston's Museum of Fine Arts isn't helping, according to Clemency Coggins, CAS professor of archaeology, in the Boston Globe April 19. "The museum has initiated this whole new area of acquisitions in the kinds of art that represent endangered cultural patrimony -- at a time when they are most endangered," she says. "The quality and quantity of the destruction involved in getting those [artifacts] is immense."

"In the News" is compiled by Alexander Crouch in the Office of Public Relations.