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First Hockey Task Force Public Meeting Tomorrow

Website established to take BU community comments


The task force appointed by President Robert A. Brown to assess the culture of the BU men’s hockey team holds its first open forum for the BU community tomorrow from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Sargent Auditorium. The forum is designed for task force members to listen to input from the community. It will be moderated by Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87).

The task force was created following sexual assault charges against two BU hockey players, one in December and one in February. Both players have pleaded not guilty.

“The Task Force is working to understand the nature of the interaction between the hockey team and the broader University community,” says Provost Jean Morrison, who cochairs the task force. “We are not trying to assess the guilt or innocence of the individuals who have been charged; rather, we are trying to understand if there are systemic issues that are related to the ice hockey team. If people feel they have relevant experiences or observations that will help us to understand the issues, they should let us know. We are asking members of the BU community to provide us with input they believe is relevant to our assessment of the culture and climate of the men’s ice hockey team.”

In addition to the open forums, members of the BU community may provide input in writing, either through a web portal established for this purpose or via traditional letters sent to Morrison and fellow task force cochair, Trustee Jonathan Cole, at the Office of the Provost, Boston University, One Silber Way, Boston 02215.

The task force is to report its recommendations by this summer.

The first public meeting of the Men’s Ice Hockey Task Force is tomorrow, April 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Sargent Auditorium, 635 Commonwealth Ave. Another public meeting will be held Monday, April 23, again from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101, 565 Commonwealth Ave.

Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

6 Comments on First Hockey Task Force Public Meeting Tomorrow

  • Rob on 04.10.2012 at 7:44 am

    Systemic issues of criminality across campus? Why not distract from the issue by pillorying a symptom, and ignore the causes?

  • Haha on 04.10.2012 at 9:01 am

    This task force has been on this issue for so long I actually forgot what it was about.

    I’m so sick of these pointless PR maneuvers that BU constantly dishes out towards its problems. The hockey team is sexually assaulting women? Let’s build a task force! Unrecognized fraternity is hazing students? Dean Elmore is on the case!

    And yet, none of these problems ever get solved and our tuition continues to rise for some reason.

    • Really? on 04.10.2012 at 9:48 am

      If BU continues down its current route severing ties with every student organization, the school is going to drastically diminish in size and be overrun by “nonaffiliated students.” Perhaps they should stop running out the door when things hit the fan and earnestly attempt to address the issue at hand.

      • untrue on 04.10.2012 at 10:28 am

        tuition keeps rising and more and more people keep applying so no, BU will not diminish in size

        • Really? on 04.10.2012 at 1:12 pm

          You are too quick to argue and misunderstood my comment. Perhaps try reading it again?

  • kip on 04.10.2012 at 12:05 pm

    Sexual Assaults have occurred at the Air Force and Naval Academies along with West Point; The military’s most serious problem is sexual assaults (surpassing suicide), Subsequent to issues involving hockey players, a sorority was suspended for hazing, A student was arrested for alleged misdeeds in the library, an insensitive April fool piece in the newspaper bombed resulting in resignations and just last evening a fraternity incident of hazing was reported.

    The fact is whatever is at issue is not a Hockey Problem, it is a societal problem. One thing I believe that has been a constant over the last 45 years (and perhaps longer) is that alcohol and sex is a volatile mix!

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