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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Green Monsters, Sox Fever, and Ellen DeGeneres

October 24th, 2013

It all started with a tweet. Specifically this tweet from TV personality Ellen DeGeneres: “Okay, Boston, here’s the challenge. Dress up like a green monster with red socks, and get down to Marsh Plaza at BU to be on my show!” The time was 2:01 PM on Tuesday, October 22, one day before the Red Sox took on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series; within two hours, and spurred on by subsequent tweets from the talk show host promising Series tickets, a crowd of hundreds of BU students had gathered on Marsh Plaza.

IMG_0796They came dressed as frogs and green superheroes. They came in fake beards and red knee-high socks. They came to be part of something cool, to yell and scream and maybe get on TV. And as the evening came on and show time drew nearer, the crowd swelled to nearly 1,000 young people.

CAS junior Myrna Jreige said she found out about the happening from her mom, who had heard about it from someone at work. “My mom called and was like, ‘You better get out there!’” recalled Jreige, clad in green face paint, a green raincoat, and a Sox hat. CAS freshman Ebrahim Ebrahim was walking by Marsh Plaza and decided to see what was going on. “I figured out pretty quickly what was happening,” he said. “Everyone was chanting ‘Ellen, Ellen!'” Describing himself as not a huge baseball fan, the Oklahoma native said the atmosphere on campus was “cool” with so many students excited about the World Series coming to Fenway.


After dark fell, and after braving a rain shower, the spirited students finally got what they were waiting for. Ellen addressed them via satellite hookup, laying out the terms of her offer: everyone in the crowd had to find a stranger and take the scariest picture they could. Their prize? Two World Series tickets, a visit to the set of the MLB Network to meet some former players, and a $5,000 prize courtesy of Shutterfly. Watch the clips of the BU portion of the show here to see how it all went down: Part 1. Part 2.


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