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Geoffrey Hill poetry reading, 5 p.m., Friday, April 15, CGS Auditorium

Week of 8 April 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 26

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University remembers icons Makechnie, Silber, Bellow

By Brian Fitzgerald and David J. Craig
George Makechnie, dean emeritus of Sargent College, was associated with Boston University for 80 years and advised generations of students, faculty, and administrators as an elder statesman. Kathryn Silber, another venerated longtime ambassador of the University, was its first lady for a quarter of a century. And Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow, the author of a dozen novels, was among BU’s most famous and respected faculty members.

Top student employee brings role models to inner-city students

Erica Blom (CASí07) was named the Student Employee of the Year for her work with the Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development. Photo by Vernon Doucette

By Jessica Ullian
Erica Blom was in the middle of her second year as a tutor with the Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development (BUILD) when one of her second-grade students at the Farragut Elementary School in Roxbury told her that she didn’t want to go to college.

Ha Jin wins second PEN/Faulkner for War Trash

Ha Jin Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Jessica Ullian
Jin (GRS’94) is already counted among the best American writers — in March, War Trash was awarded a PEN/Faulkner Award, a prestigious peer-juried prize for fiction.



SAR Dean Waters receives $1.2 million federal grant to help struggling readers

Gloria Waters Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

By Brian Fitzgerald
Sargent College Dean Gloria Waters has long been interested in children’s reading problems, and for good reason.



Bursting academic bubbles: topics from AIDS to Iraq to the Old Towne Team

James Johnson (center) and Sassan Tabatabai, an instructor in the CAS Core Curriculum, listen to Reza Pahlavi (left), the eldest son of the former shah of Iran, discuss the Future of Democracy in Iran at a forum last April. Photo by T. J. Kirkpatrick

By Tim Stoddard
The Core Curriculum is an integrated series of eight courses in the humanities and natural sciences that builds a foundation for a liberal education.

The American flag at Marsh Plaza was lowered to half-mast April 4
The American flag at Marsh Plaza was lowered to half-mast April 4


8 April 2005
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