Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and a visiting professor at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the LongerRange Future, speaks on November 27 and 28
Week of  23 November 2001 · Vol. V, No. 14


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Where Boston: Time capsules at Special Collections

In the hallways of history created by BU's Department of Special Collections in Mugar Memorial Library, a barrage of characters whisper secrets, dreams, desires, concerns, and ideas of the past, according to "Time Capsules," an article in the November 2001 Where Boston. "During a time when our present seems unsure and life feels inordinately fragile," writes Seneca Clark, "we sense history in the making with each passing day" -- something that Howard Gotlieb, director of Special Collections, has known since he began chronicling the 20th century in 1963. "As one of the first achivists to begin collecting contemporary memorabilia, Gotlieb is, in a way, anointing the luminaries of this century by amassing the effects that will be treasured in years to come."

New Yorker: Bad family relations

While several members of Osama bin Laden's family sympathize with him, in a family that may number as many as 600 when all the relatives are counted, family conflicts are inevitable. "This war in a way is really about himself [bin Laden], and the values of his own family," says Adil Najam, a CAS assistant professor of international relations, who has studied the rise of bin Laden, in an article in the November 12 New Yorker. "His rampage is against the Saudi establishment, which he says is not Islamic enough. But his own family is the Saudi establishment."

Boston Globe: Campus demand for mental health services up

The demand for mental health services on many Boston area college campuses has surged as much as 30 percent above normal in the weeks since the terrorist attacks, as young people confront the biggest national trauma in their memory, reports the November 13 Boston Globe. At Boston University, students have been straining psychological services and flocking in record numbers to the mental health center's Web site, logging 35,000 hits last month compared with about 16,000 during the same time last year. The national trauma of the terrorist attacks, the war in Afghanistan, and the growing number of anthrax cases is hitting college students particularly hard, campus mental health workers say. "For anybody who suffered a previous loss or who was already in a vulnerable place before the terrorist attacks, this really adds an extra layer of stress," says Leah Fygetakis, director of BU's Martin Luther King, Jr., Counseling Center. "It's not easy, but we're doing our best to accommodate everyone seeking help."

Boston Globe: Terrier men's hoops should be dominant

With the defection of former America East powerhouses Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, and Towson State, both Boston University and Northeastern are poised to set standards for the America East, according to the November 15 Boston Globe. BU is designated by league coaches as the favorite to win the nine-team regular season, followed by Maine and Northeastern. "We have a lot of veterans and on paper we are pretty good," says Dennis Wolff, head coach of the men's basketball team. "But it's not like we have a dominant player or anything like that. We have as good a chance as we've had in a long time. Last year was a funny year. We were 14-14 without any seniors and with guys who were playing for the first time. At the end of the season we were very competitive."


23 November 2001
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