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BC on BU, BU on BC

Dumb things they say about us, and yeah, what we say about them


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In the video above, random thoughts between a campus in Boston and a campus that pretends it’s in Boston.

For a couple of schools with a lot in common, Boston University and Boston College sure don’t seem to like each other much.

We share the same avenue, gripe about the same B Line, take turns winning the NCAA hockey championship, even get mistaken for each other by unfamiliar out-of-towners. But ask BU students which school they’d most like to beat (at pretty much anything) and you’ll hear two letters: BC.

It’s Boston’s most famous regional rivalry, not quite on a par with the Red Sox and Yankees, but head and shoulders above even the fiercest high school foes. As for other university competitions, everyone else clearly is in a lesser league. Northeastern? Suffolk? Please.

The contention is rooted in long tradition, but also in conceptions, preconceptions, and misconceptions. And every so often, it’s fun to check in and see if any of those notions, from preposterous to downright insulting, have changed.

Apparently not.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


27 Comments on BC on BU, BU on BC

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 12:34 am

    way to ask bu hockey fans what they think of BC. you ask the bc tools and theyll of course give you better answers. Why don’t you wait outside the hockey arena or something and ask people then. Youll get better answers that truly reflect the BU BC rivalry better than you just did here.

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 8:31 am

    Lots and lots of the same

    The biggest difference I can see is that every BC kid looks the same. There is no stereotypical BU kid – because they aren’t cut from the same cookie cutter. That’s the difference – Oh, and BC may run Boston, but BU runs the world.

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 9:18 am


    The video is great. Even if the subject is sport, the video still contains the false common stereotype that BU is mostly for people of colors, blacks, etc. and BC mostly white etc. Having studied in both schools, I know this is not true. To avoid this false stereotype, it could have been better to interview the black and colored people of BC too. Indeed, BU and BC are equals concerning diversity, multiculturality, etc. Angali

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 10:39 am

    And that was the bomb.

    More STUDENT/CAMPUS LIFE oriented pieces like this would be nice. ::hint hint::

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 11:14 am


    Hey, at least BU and BC students can all read. Imagine being a school in the South like Rice or Vanderbilt and being rivals with Houston or Tennessee??? Exactly.

    Get the football rivalry right by the way: BC does not play ND every year (unless that’s changed, considering they’ve played the last two years). And BU going 4-27-1 against BC in football before having the series canceled in 1962 (http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/discontinued/b/boston/opponents_records.php?teamid=374) a rivalry does not make.

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 1:58 pm

    Well done

    I thought this video was very well done. Might be good to show at orientation!

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 4:12 pm

    Haha, I like the fact that students in both schools view their rivals as “backwards-cap-wearing,” while…students in both schools…wear caps backwards.
    Good video, except the promotion of the “f— ’em up, f— ’em up, BC sucks” chant. Not so much because it’s vulgar (I don’t give a rat’s ass about that), but because it’s embarrassingly overdone. As someone with degrees from both institutions, I have to say BU looks pretty silly chanting such a thing when they’re playing UNH. Trust me, BC fans do not chant “BU sucks” when they’re playing Maine, nor do they chant “Notre Dame sucks” when they’re playing Miami.

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 8:14 pm

    It sucks to BC

    Great piece … captured both sides of the coin. Loved the comment about poor branding … Boston College isn’t in Boston and isn’t a College.

  • Anonymous on 12.10.2009 at 9:42 pm

    So what?

    Many questions asked….and so what?

  • Anonymous on 12.12.2009 at 12:49 pm

    SO TRUE!! haha, BU and BC students are THE SAME!! well done.

  • Anonymous on 01.08.2010 at 11:11 am

    For the Record: Boston College *is* a college in Boston

    Very well done video. However … one correction.

    There’s a problem with the adage that “Boston College is not a college and is not in Boston,” mentioned in the video and repeated in the comments above: it’s not entirely true.

    According to BC’s Fact Book, about half of the main campus (105 out of 200+ acres, including the entire Lower Campus, home of Kelly Rink, Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium) is in fact in Boston.

    Since they are technically a university, shouldn’t they just re-name themselves “Boston University?” … oh wait

  • Dirk on 01.10.2010 at 3:17 am


    Great Video. Great backround music. Ever lasting topic.
    It’s already a while ago that I have finished my studies at BU. In between I returned to Germany doing my business there.
    The video brought me back alll the memories from the time I was part of BU. Fantastic. Nothing has changed.

  • Anonymous on 02.03.2010 at 12:00 pm

    yo bitches

    bc hockey are a bunch of benders

  • Anonymous on 02.03.2010 at 5:16 pm

    Come on, students at both schools picked their respective school because Boston is the best city on the planet, no arguments there. Why don’t we just put or differences aside and focus all our energy on the Sox beating the Yankess!

  • Anonymous on 02.03.2010 at 9:57 pm


    one guy at BC said that they just packed the T so that we, BU students, cannot get on.
    And, I got on it once with my girls and they called us lesbians.
    I cannot believe that they said that in front of my face.
    I just HATE BC and they should be called as ” NEWTON” college not Boston college.
    They think they are better than us in every way but actually it is not true.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 1:30 pm

    Told you so....

    In response to haha, BU students have bolstered the “better than us” attitude for years…….and so the tide has changed. How’s the ride so far ?

  • Anonymous on 02.08.2010 at 10:12 am

    Peace between the universities

    How unfortunate. I think the rivalry between the schools is no longer fun; both schools seem mean-spirited.

    Boston College does not “suck.” Nor does Boston University. Why is there a stigma attached to each school? Would you treat someone differently because he or she went to the “enemy university” ?

    To BC: please do not group all BU students together. Yes, some of us are here because we were not accepted to our first-choice, second-choice, or even third-choice schools. Please try your best not to look down on us simply for being BU students. I feel no animosity towards BC; on the contrary, I think your campus is pretty, and I know students that attend your university. Why would I hate a school where I have friends?

    To BU: do not be rude for the sake of being rude towards BC students. Even if they provide a reason, matching ill behaviour with ill behaviour is ridiculous. Do not stereotype BC students. Some of them come from small towns out in the middle of no where; they are not preppy, they are not rich, they are backwoods Connecticut residents who went to school with me, and I am glad. I understand the need for friendly rivalry at sporting events, but everyone should attempt to be cordial, especially in every-day passing.

    I wish both schools would drop any notions of pretension and learn to coexist. Hurtful comments affect both universities. Respect the admirable qualities each school has to offer.

  • Anonymous on 02.09.2010 at 10:26 pm

    Fact Check

    For all of you who cannot seem to understand the name “Boston College” and its history, it is quite simple: 1. Boston College was the very first college founded in Boston, 2. “College” is an old name that schools such as Boston College and Dartmouth College maintain – both schools are universities but the name “college” celebrates their rich histories.

    By the way, BU was originally founded in Vermont so your claim to Bostonian ties in not nearly as strong as BC’s claim.

    Both BC and BU are academically prestigious schools and indubitably among the best in the world, but let us not be fooled. BC is arguably the best all around school in the country with incredible academics, a multitude of nationally ranked teams, one of the top CEO clubs in the world, and one of the most beautiful campuses in the world to name a few details. Aside from academics, BU does not have an incredibly strong athletic department and has a relatively lackluster campus.

    Even still, both schools are excellent.

    • Crimson & Clover on 12.14.2011 at 8:02 pm

      Little place you might have heard of called Notre Dame begs to differ (heck, most top privates- Stanford, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, &c can boast athletic success in excess of BC’s with better academics to boot). I find it hilarious that BC backers use many of the same insults towards BU that Domers do against BC (what’s the matter, couldn’t get in here?), but complain heartily about the latter. Can’t have it both ways, Backup College.

  • Anonymous on 02.16.2010 at 10:46 am

    To "fact check"

    BU was established in 1869 in BOSTON, regardless of the fact that it traces its roots back to Vermont. The bottom line is, Boston University became BOSTON UNIVERSITY once it was established in BOSTON. Get off your high horse and stop pretending like you know so much about history. Your condescension disguised as “humility” is exactly the kind of attitude that BC students have that BU students absolutely despise. Also, what kind of institution in the 21st century that claims to have made a “major commitment to academic excellence” doesn’t have an engineering program?

  • Anonymous on 03.10.2010 at 2:25 pm

    Flawed logic

    Are you suggesting that the University of Chicago hasn’t made “a major commitment to academic excellence” since it does not have a formal engineering program?

    Or are you suggesting that Harvard University only started making “a major commitment to academic excellence” in 2007 when it established its engineering school?

  • Rick on 03.21.2010 at 9:44 pm


    Anyone who can not understand the animosity between the two hockey powers is clearly not a hockey fan or a fan of either schools. First, you can’t root for both teams, By DEFINITION to be a BC hockey fan is to hate BU and Vise-versa WHY? there are so many reasons and time and space don’t permit listing them here. Despite what is written above the schools do NOT have all that much in common. For instance, …. BC is a Catholic university with traditional conservative values, whereas BU is pretty much the SEAT of liberalism in Boston, ( save for Harvard) so just right THERE you have a chasm to between the 2 schools to begin with. another thing is that BU regards BC folks as basically “rich snobs” and BC folks regard BU people a basically “trailer trash” you know the old snobs vs the slobs thing. I will give you one more. BC and it’s coach will not accept just anyone. Academics are important at BC, while BU and coach Jack Parker would take Jeffery Dahmer if he could skate well enough. the point is. if you don’t get it, you don’t get it. the hatred ain’t going away any time soon. And for the record…. GO BC

  • Anonymous on 05.01.2010 at 7:34 pm

    I suppose I do not "get it."

    “if you don’t get it, you don’t get it. the hatred ain’t going away any time soon.”

    I am not a fan of hockey. I do not mind the hockey rivalry BU and BC have; being a sport, this is understandable. What I do not approve of, however, is the mean-spirited comments that escape the bounds of hockey and reach a personal level. If the comments are in jest and of good nature, again, this is understandable. When comments become unwarranted attacks on strangers, especially if unprovoked, the rivalry goes too far. You are quite correct; I do not “get” the hatred, but if hatred is indeed the word to describe the relationship between the schools, I do not want to “get it.” I would like to leave any concept of hatred, which is likely much too strong a word to apply to the situation, out of my undergraduate experience, thank you.

  • Korean Dude on 01.06.2011 at 9:50 pm

    BU vs BC.

    Campus: Boston University is located in city of Boston. BU students have city of Boston for themselves. Boston College is located isolated part of Boston. BC students have campus life. Reputation: Boston University is well known in globally outside of U.S. or outside of Boston. Boston University is well known university around the world. Boston College is well known in U.S. and in Boston. Hockey: BU Ice Hockey was dominate team before the year 1990. From 1990-2010: BC Hockey improved. Now BU-BC hockey are both equal. Both teams have equal right to represent city of Boston. I prefer more city life. I like BU over BC. The girls and academic. Both schools are fine.

  • BU! on 04.02.2012 at 8:47 pm

    While I was admitted to both BC and BU, I feel that BU is the place for me. I am extremely excited to partake in this rivalry in my upcoming 4 years, and more specifically to thrive in the heart of Boston. But if ANYONE makes the proclamation that BU is BC’s safety school, they are making a pompous generalization that only serves the purpose of proving the BC stereotype.

  • brian on 07.16.2012 at 10:39 pm

    Screw both schools!…no authentic, real-life assessments known as Co-Ops! Northeastern Huskies!

  • Adam on 11.09.2012 at 10:13 pm

    worst BU video ever!! I went to BU and because if this video I like BC more!

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