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Comm Ave Fair Comes to BU

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On Tuesday, August 31, head to Sargent College to learn how to create a healthy computer workstation, get dietary tips, and take away free pedometers and first aid kits. They’ll be in front of 635 Commonwealth Ave. from 1 to 4 p.m.

A Moon Bounce. Snow cones. Live music. And best of all, free swag. It’s all part of the Comm Ave Fair, a back-to-school party for all students on Tuesday, August 31. The event, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students and various schools, colleges, and University departments, officially kicks off the 2010–2011 school year.

“The Comm Ave Fair is a way to make it easier for new students to connect with the community, and a way for our academic departments to engage with students,” says Kenneth Elmore, dean of students. “Students will see the real, practical, and enjoyable applications of the academic opportunities on campus. The event is another way to strengthen the University community at large.”

The events will take place along Commonwealth Avenue, starting at the School of Management and extending all the way to Agganis Arena. Each group participating in the fair was asked to showcase what makes it unique.

Following are just some of Tuesday’s fair events. A full list is available here.

  • Ready for recess before classes even begin? Then head on over to the Metcalf Scvience Center plaza, 590 Commonwealth Ave., where the School of Education will offer team-building exercises (some involving minor acrobatics), an invention-building contest, jump-rope and hula-hoop contests, chalk artwork, and temporary tattoos. They’ll also be giving out free popcorn, cotton candy, juice boxes, and other snacks.
  • Have ambitions to be famous? The College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., will host a webisodes challenge on the COM lawn, and results will be aired on the COM student network, BUTV10. Prizes will be awarded. Not ready for the limelight? The college will also have snow cones, a Moon Bounce, and DJing by COM’s student radio station WTBU.
  • If you’re a NASCAR fan, consider stopping by the Science and Engineering Program, 808 Commonwealth Ave., to catch the toy racecar-building contest. Teams of two will create toy racecars using supplies provided by the college, such as CDs and a mousetrap. Each member of the team whose car travels the farthest distance will win an iPod touch.
  • And if baseball’s your thing, make sure to visit the George Sherman Union. The Student Activities Office will host a mini-Fenway on the GSU Plaza, complete with a batting cage, baseball-themed carnival games, and a mini Green Monster. They’ll be offering free baseball fare, such as peanuts, Cracker Jack, and lemonade. You can also purchase Red Sox tickets. The Hot Tamale Band will provide music.

Attending the Comm Ave Fair? Tweet what you’re most excited about seeing and include the hashtag #commavefair.

Comm Ave Fair events will be held along Commonwealth Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31. More information is available here.

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu; follow her on Twitter at @amlaskow. Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.


One Comment on Comm Ave Fair Comes to BU

  • Richard on 08.27.2010 at 9:21 am

    Avoid using a mouse

    In using a computer on the desktop, one of the worst things you can do is use a mouse: it requires you to reach over, form an awkward angle with your hand and wrist, grasp the thing, and move it around. After using a mouse for years, I encountered right-wrist pain which told me that this was a bad idea; and I realized that my right hand was being overworked (the heavily used Return key and cursor arrow keys are on the right). I realized that a trackball made far more sense, always being in one place and requiring no hand contortions; and if I located it on the left side of the keyboard, it would balance the load on both hands. That has worked well, over many years. I find the Kensington Expert Mouse trackball to be the smoothest.
    So: rather than give away mousepads, encourage the use of trackballs, or Apple’s new Magic Trackpad.

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