Boston University Offers Many Activities For Students During First Weeks Of School

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) – More than 29,000 students will begin classes at Boston University next week, and over the next several days many will be returning to Boston. As students prepare for classes, the university has organized a wide range of events to keep them engaged in activities and to help make their transition back to school and the city a smooth one, while keeping a watchful eye over them at the same time.

“Fall Welcome” begins Friday, September 3, with women’s soccer action as the BU Terriers battle George Mason University at Nickerson Field beginning at 7 p.m. Students can take part in “Late Night at Barnes & Noble,” on Saturday, September 4, when the Kenmore Square bookstore, which normally closes at 9 p.m., will be open until midnight. Late night comedy shows are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, at cafes in four residence halls: Warren Towers, West Campus, Myles Standish Hall, and Towers dormitory.

On Monday, September 6, immediately following the Class of 2008 Matriculation Ceremony, students will take part in SPLASH! at Nickerson Field. SPLASH! is an annual event for freshman with games, prizes, vendors, music, and a barbecue — to welcome them to the university and to give them a chance to meet and mingle with their classmates.

In the following days, there will be a “BE YOU Bingo” event at the George Sherman Union, a “Discover Boston Harbor Cruise,” a “Free Drive-in Movie” on the Warren Alpert Mall, and a “Welcome Back Barbeque.” Also available for student purchase are tickets to a Red Sox game and tickets to the comedy “Shear Madness” at the Charles Playhouse.

Continuing a practice that dates back to the mid-1980s, Joseph Walsh, director of community relations at Boston University, will “ride along” with Boston Police from District 14 this weekend and regularly during the first few weeks of school as they patrol throughout Allston and Brighton. Throughout this period, Walsh will meet and greet BU students living in the neighborhood, encouraging them to contact him with any problems and reminding them of their responsibilities to maintaining a safe, quiet, and harmonious community.

During the day on Monday, Walsh will be touring areas of Allston and Brighton with representatives of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, the Boston Police, and other city officials to assist off-campus students with any problems and remind them of their responsibilities to the community.

For more information on the activities and their locations, please call the Office of Public Relations at 617-353-2240 or the Student Activities Office at 617-353-3635.