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    Art Janke

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There are 44 comments on BU Student Dies in Allston Fire

  1. They said on the scene the cause of the fire was probably a cigarette butt carelessly flicked away.. just another reminder to be mindful in every act we do

  2. BU community lost so many great students in the past year.
    3 dead in New Zealand.
    2 dead in traffic accident.
    2 dead in fire.
    1 dead in gun shot.
    1 dead in blast.
    1 dead in fraternity activity.
    Hope they all R.I.P..

        1. You know what? Not helpful. These dead students were people’s family and friends and to see them left off a list of losses is hurtful and makes it seem as if no one remembers them. The commenter “Someone” had a right to point this out, and your sarcasm is insulting.

  3. within only a few months, 5 BU students died for diffrent reasons like trafic accident, alcoholic drink,explosion,fire….very high rate compared to other universities! whis wrong with this school? no bad news again!

    1. BU consists of over 20,000 people across countless undergraduate and graduate programs. Of course more people will die in our community each year than at a college with 4,000 undergrads. Instead of using this as a place to remind us of all the loss BU has suffered this year, let’s try to support each other and begin to heal.

  4. Wow. Can’t believe I spent the better part of freshman and sophomore year across the street at 88 Linden. It seems like Allston is becoming a less safe housing option as the years progress. Thinking of her family and friends in another terrible loss for the BU community. Things are hitting way too close to home these days.

  5. I am deeply saddened at such an event catastrophe. I lived in Alston 1975 1976 and attended Boston university. I am so sad for the family. God bless you. Liz

  6. Very sad news to hear. When I was going to BU my Allston apartment building on Ashford street also caught on fire during my junior year. It is erie to read this news because Linden street was close to Ashford. Luckily we all were not hurt and I thought BU did an excellent job of reaching out to us that day(even thouh it was off-campus housing). May all the members we lost rest in peace.

  7. BU is overdue for some infrastructural changes. Maybe if housing wasn’t more expensive than living off campus, or maybe if housing wasn’t mandatory for so many students on financial aid, or if the minimum (it’s mandatory if you live on campus) meal plan wasn’t more expensive than eating out 3 times a day, these kids wouldn’t have felt the need to cram 18 people into a tiny, run-down Allston house. Also, maybe if freshman dorms didn’t feel like it was 100 degrees inside when it is 20 degrees or warmer outside, they would be more inclined to pursue on-campus housing options.

    And don’t even get me started on the bike safety situation… BU may not be directly responsible, but its issues could not have possibly been laid out for them any clearer after all of this. Student Government needs to get the BU community involved and motivate the administration to move along quickly

    1. I think the issue is not only expensive on-campus housing. A lot of students do not like the fact that there are so many rules and regulations for on-campus housing and they love the “freedom” they get when they live off-campus. Little do they realize that these rules and regulations are meant for our own safety. BU dorms and apartments do not allow us to use candles and the dorms do not even allow electric kettles and rice-cookers that could cause a short circuit and result in a fire.

    2. I wouldn’t go as far as to blame BU for forcing kids into this house, but I think there are ways BU could make on-campus housing more attractive to students to encourage them to stay on-campus.

      1) Year-round housing. A lot of the people I know who moved off-campus did it because they planned on staying in Boston over the summer for work, internships, or summer session, or because they were international and their visa made it hard to return home. New England Conservatory is adding a new dormitory to accommodate students who choose to stay at school year-round, and I think BU could easily earmark some space for this as well, perhaps on South Campus.

      2) More singles. You can have your own room in an apartment off-campus for the same price as a double/triple/quad on campus. Direct roommates are stressful, disruptive, and distracting to many people, and often take away from sleep or study time. And of course, a lot of those double/triple/quads are in buildings full of barely-18-year-old freshmen, whose lives aren’t exactly compatible with the lives of 22-year-old seniors.

      3)Stop building luxury apartments. The market price of a four-bedroom apartment in 10 Buick Street for the 2013-2014 school year would be $6,551, with each roommate’s share at $1,637 (including internet and utilities.) Most married couples I know in their late 20s and early 30s aren’t paying that, because they can’t afford it- and they have full-time jobs.

  8. I don’t think the issue is how expensive on campus housing is or the “freedom” a student gets by living off campus. I moved off campus junior year because I was able to get a living situation that accommodated more of my friends. And once you’re of legal age to drink, there are very few restrictions put on you in on campus housing.

    As far as the bike situation goes. As someone who drives frequently, the issue has very little to do with the bike lanes and far more to do with the bikers. Bikers run red lights, dart out into the road, they feel because they are on a bike that have more of a right than the cars. The bike lanes and rules are fine, it is the bikers who need to change their attitude. I spend most of my time driving on Comm ave worried I’m going to hit a biker.

    Lastly, in response to @Recent BU Alum, as far as infrastructure changes…How recent of an alum are you? They just renovated three major freshman dorms and added two state of the art dorms, in the last TEN years.


    1. Current infrastructure on Comm. Ave is a greater threat to safety than a few rogue cyclists. Some of Boston’s motorists are just as entitled and careless.

  9. I am so sorry for her family and friends’ loss. My prayers and condolences, she knew some of my friends and she seems like a wonderful person. This is such a tragedy.

  10. I just want to say that my heart goes out to everyone in the BU Community, especially my 2013 undergraduate classmates.

    We have had to say goodbye to too many from our year in the past 4 years and my heart aches for all of Binland’s friends and family.

    I hope we dedicate our ceremony on the 19th to all of them. They should be there.

  11. I don’t appreciate this being a forum to debate housing. A life was lost here. Binland was a friend to all, a daughter, and an amazing person. I am deeply saddened by this. I wish peace and comfort to come upon her family and friends. I will miss you Binland.

  12. Lee Family,

    I am a proud member of the Brooklyn Tech Family, which Binland is a part of, and we are very sorry to hear of her passing. It is such a terrible loss. Please accept our condolences and know that we are praying for her, you and her BU Family as well. May she rest in peace.

    1. I knew Binland since she was little, since our parents knew each other. I can’t believe that when I saw her last in Brooklyn that would be the final time. This is a tragic loss, and I wish her family all the best–she was an only child and her mother loved her so dearly. I cannot imagine how tough this must be for her. May you rest in peace, Binland.

    2. RIP, Binland.

      To Binland’s friends and loved ones: Without knowing any of you personally, or having known Binland personally, my thoughts and condolences are with you during these dark and difficult times.

  13. This is not the time nor the place to be discussing BU Housing, the cost of a meal plan, campus rules and/or cyclists vs. vehicular traffic. At the same time, the “Let’s blame BU” game is so old and so very, very worn out.

    Students know, well in advance of enrolling at Boston University, what the costs are. If it is cost prohibitive for you to attend, and at the risk of this sounding abrasive – transfer and find a place that fits within your budget vs. attacking Boston University. If you feel restricted by policies and procedures – transfer to a college or university that affords you the freedom you seek vs. attacking Boston University. I suspect you will find that other institutions have similar “rules” in place – many of which are law and NOT implemented on a whim, simply to make your day miserable. If BU Housing’s options do not meet your needs – regardless of what those needs are, find a place that is more cost-effective and safe and where maintenance issues are often addressed within 24 hours.

    The loss of life is terrible – and our community has experienced far too much recently. That said, this tragedy, or any of the others, are not to be blamed on Boston University. The staff and administration of your institution have done a tremendous job under difficult circumstances, providing assistance for the campus community including temporary housing, academic materials, funds, clothing, food as well as counseling and across-the-board support. I defy you to find a landlord from the off-campus student neighborhoods that will provide similar support services.

    I apologize for deviating from the subject – but this needs to be shared.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Binland Lee’s family during this difficult time – may God watch over all of you with eternal peace.

  14. I was Binland’s freshman history teacher at Tech. This kid had sweet smarts. So focused but such a pleasure to be in the company of. For the world, a real loss.

  15. Yes BU could do more in regards to housing, but compared to many schools they already do so much. For one thing on campus housing is guaranteed all 4 years, more than many schools where it’s only offered to students for their first year or two. How about the landlords in Allston bringing the buildings up to code? A student shouldn’t have died like this and for me as a freshman biology major aspiring to do marine semester I am saddened by the loss of a wonderful young scientist. I never met Binland but I wish I had and she is an inspiration. May she rest in peace.

    1. Maybe if BU and other colleges/universities in the area didn’t insist on encroaching so deeply into nearby neighborhoods, there would be far fewer problems, for students and for the lifetime and longtime residents of these neighborhoods. Maybe the colleges and universities around here and the hotels in this area should work out some sort of an arrangement, so that the Boston-area hotels can agree to take an at least a limited number of students at BU and other colleges/universities in our area.

  16. I knew Binland from Brooklyn Tech when she was on Student Government and I was a Coordinator of Student Activities. She was a sweet, hardworking, caring young lady, even in high school! I wish I had the pleasure of having her as a student as well. This is such a tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and classmates. May her soul rest in peace.

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