• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    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 4 comments on BU’s Charles River Campus Marks Its 100th Anniversary

  1. Hi,
    1970 was my graduation year! The photo of President Silber giving a commencement speech can not be from 1970…..commencement was cancelled that year (as your article point out later!) .

  2. Removing the ghastly parking lot behind CAS and replacing it with grass and trees would go a long way toward creating a serene and indeed, uplifting, quad like environment commensurate with the enhanced stature of BU. Both the alumni center at the Castle and Admissions Office next door, front the hideous parking lot, which generates all of 150K in annual fees. What a vast improvement in the alumni experience if we could congregate at the” alumni mall” at our front door. More importantly, thousands of high school students visit admissions every year. Their first, indelible BU image is of a parking lot. For many families, the initial impression was a deal breaker. The “alumni mall” is clearly a no brainer! In conjunction with the new Data Center, BU will create a visual persona second to none among major urban universities.

    1. I read a long time ago that that area was reserved for the eventual construction of a new library to replace Mugar. That was before the digital age of course. I agree that a well landscaped mall would be perfect there.

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