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Poetry reading by Aaron Fogel, a CAS and GRS associate professor of English, at 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, at CGS Auditorium

Week of 11 March 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 23

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Construction visionary Richard Towle to depart BU, having reshaped campuses

Senior Vice President Richard Towle has announced he’s leaving the University after 25 years. “It’s been a real joy,” he says. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Jessica Ullian
When Richard Towle arrived at Boston University 25 years ago, he thought he would stay for “a couple of years.”



Former Botswana leader Sir Ketumile Masire new African President-in-Residence

Former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By David J. Craig
A key steward of Botswana’s makeover, Sir Ketumile Masire, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, will be working and studying in the United States until November as BU’s new Balfour African President-in-Residence.


Boston's Jewish community concludes spiritual odyssey of Daf Yomir at Morse

At Morse Auditorium, members of the Boston Jewish community celebrate Siyum HaShas, the international event marking the culmination of a seven-and-a-half-year study of the Talmud under the Daf Yomi program. Photo by Frank Curran

By Brian Fitzgerald
For Rabbi Joseph Polak, Boston University was an apt setting for a large ceremony to mark the end of the seven-and-a-half-year process of reading the Talmud under the Daf Yomi study program.

BU names Agganis Arena hockey rink after Jack Parker

At the March 3 pregame ceremony announcing the naming of the Jack Parker Rink (left to right): Fred Chicos, chairman of the Board of Trustees athletics committee, Joseph Mercurio, BU executive vice president, Aram Chobanian, president ad interim, Mike Lynch, director of athletics, Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97), Parker’s wife, Jacqueline, daughter Jacqueline (SED’94), son-in-law Scott Lachance (CAS’94), a forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and grandsons Jake (wearing Lachance’s BU jersey) and Shane. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
In a ceremony prior to BU’s final home game of the season March 3, Chobanian announced the naming of the Jack Parker Rink and presented Parker with a plaque that reads “in recognition of the highest standards of excellence that you have personally achieved and have introduced to students, alumni, and fans.”

Math and stats prof D'Agostino leads dissent at FDA panel hearings on painkillers

Ralph D’Agostino Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Noah Shaffer
Food and Drug Administration panel hearings typically don’t make for exciting television. But last month millions of arthritis patients tuned in nervously to news coverage of an expert committee’s three-day scrutiny of painkilling drugs.



Boston Expressionist David Aronson: a painter between worlds

Detail of Aronson’s The Cellist was created using encaustic, an ancient painting technique using pigment mixed with hot wax. From the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kohn

By Jessica Ullian
David Aronson: A Retrospective, an exhibition currently at the Boston University Art Gallery through April 3, explores the changing interests and ideas of Aronson, who at 81 remains one of Boston’s best-known modern Expressionist painters and a key figure in the development of CFA’s school of visual arts.


An article in the February 25 B.U. Bridge about Professor James McCann’s research imprecisely referred to Amharic, a popular language in Ethiopia, as the national language. In fact, according to Ethiopia’s constitution, it is “the working language of the Federal government,” while all Ethiopian languages “enjoy equal state recognition.”

In the same issue, the name of surgery patient David Richards was mispelled in an article about a revolutionary heart procedure.

The B.U. Bridge regrets the errors.

March winds up? Winter appears reluctant to leave the Charles River Campus as recent snow and ice attest. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
March winds up?


Heart matters. President ad interim Aram Chobanian, a cardiovascular expert, told students during a UNI lecture on March 4 that to have a long life they should eat foods low in salt and saturated fat, exercise regularly, stay away from cigarettes and drugs, drink in moderation, take precautions against sexually transmitted diseases, stay intellectually and socially active, minimize stress, and of course — choose a good doctor. And it would be a good idea to “pick your parents if you could,” he said, because genetics goes a long way in determining lifespan. He pointed out that approximately 50,000 Americans today are over age 100 and that many had parents or siblings who lived just as long. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Heart matters.




11 March 2005
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