• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Campus Town Hall Addresses Concerns over Construction of New Data Sciences Building

  1. Honestly, this is truly ridiculous. I already have classes that are completely disrupted by sounds of construction so loud that my professors are yelling over it. I can’t imagine how much worse it’ll be now.

    It’s already far too late, but I can surely attest that we need renovations to our current buildings far more than it seems we need this building. How about we build a new dining hall so that students don’t spend half an hour wandering around trying to find a seat everyday? How about we renovate half of student housing that is literally falling apart? There are so many better uses for construction than this. Crazy to think so many students pay upwards of 70k to go to this school and our living spaces are deteriorating before our eyes while this monstrosity is built, interrupting classes and students sleeping early in the morning.

    1. I agree – and what about classrooms spaces in Cummington and COM (just to name a few) that desperately need renovation? It’s embarrassing how BU is ignoring fixable problems on campus and instead creating new ones. If BU wanted to make the university a better place to learn for the students who are paying, surely they would work on projects that would help the entire student body, not just specific areas like Data Science that make the most money.

  2. “The almost 346,000-square-foot science citadel, resembling a stack of books, will be fossil fuel–free, and it won several city approvals this past summer.”

    Fossil fuel-free? How is that defined? Does that mean no fossil fuels will be used during the construction? None will be used to mine, manufacture and transport the materials used in the building? Will the building’s electricity be supplied solely by geothermal, wind or solar energy? Or does it just mean the building, once completed, won’t be utilizing gas for heating, cooling and cooking?

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