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An Encounter with Elie
Wiesel, Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m., GSU Metcalf Hall

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Whole lotta shakin’
Major Alaskan quake rocks alum, seismologists

Geoff Abers, a CAS associate professor of earth sciences, with Josh Stachnik (GRS’02) doing fieldwork near Mount McKinley during the summer of 2000. Photo courtesy of Geoff Abers

By Tim Stoddard
For most people, it would have been the wrong place at the wrong time, but not for Josh Stachnik. On November 3 at 1:12 p.m., Stachnik’s pickup truck began to dance a jig across a remote stretch of the Denali highway.

Scrambled nest eggs
Investment advice from a prof who’s a pro

By David J. Craig
It has been a daunting two years for the increasing number of Americans who invest their retirement savings in stocks and have watched the value of their nest eggs plummet.

Jet proponent propelled invention with friends’ help when Brit government balked, BU collection shows

Lancelot Law Whyte, 1896–1972. Photo courtesy of BU Special Collections

By David J. Craig
In 1930, 23-year-old British fighter pilot Frank Whittle filed a patent for what would be the world’s first jet engine. But the British Air Ministry scoffed at the idea, and for the next several years Whittle (1907–1996) scrounged for resources to develop it.

Men’s basketball
Resting on laurels won’t win any, coach tells returning champs

Billy Collins (MET’03) averaged 12 points and 8.1 rebounds a game last year. Photo by Tim Winn

By Brian Fitzgerald
Like last year, the America East defending champion BU men’s basketball team returns to the court with high expectations. But you won’t find coach Dennis Wolff tripping down memory lane by playing 2001–2002 highlight videos to his players.

Polaroid Collection documents dramatic impact of instant imaging By David J. Craig

Books of 2002

Dedication of Masterman Hall. BU Trustee Edward Masterman (far right) and his wife, Sydell, attended the ceremonial dedication of the recently renovated Edward I. and Sydell Masterman Hall (La Maison Française), at 153 Bay State Road, on November 12. Joining them, among others, were Board of Trustees Chairman Richard DeWolfe (MET’71) and Chancellor John Silber. Masterman, who is a partner in the Boston law firm of Masterman, Culbert and Tully, has been a BU trustee since 1982, chairman of the Trustee Development Committee from 1990 to 2002, and a regular supporter of, and contributor to, University projects. Masterman Hall is one of a number of recent University brownstone renovations on Bay State Road. Photo by Vernon Doucette
Dedication of
Masterman Hall


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