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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 12 comments on Group Gatherings Increase on and around Campus. But So Does Reporting Them

  1. I applaud BU’s testing program but question whether it’s really adding value to have students on campus when most classes seem to be conducted online anyway. I cannot imagine how it would be enjoyable for students to be in this environment, with this creepy army of “Karens” around, being coached to be informants. On a less populous, more remote campus, you could get to a point where the campus would essentially be a safe bubble, but BU is not that campus.

    1. I can promise you that it is very important to my freshman from Nashville who missed out on pretty much every special/important event of her senior year. Being accepted to BU & learning that she’d actually get to go was a highlight in a spring of disappointments. While things certainly aren’t perfect, she is so very happy to be a residential college student.

  2. I wish the article provided more context about why 4 graduate students celebrating a birthday are being punished? Having four people together doesn’t break any social distancing guidelines I’m aware of. Was there more to that incident that isn’t reported in the article? Was the gathering large and other people not in the photo or is the school really disciplining people for hanging out in a group of 4?

    1. If they’re not from the same bubble then any amount of people that close to each other breaks social distancing guidelines (though I don’t think they specified if these people were from the same household or not). Plus by blowing air so close to each other (I’m assuming they were close since they were blowing out a cake) they’re essentially spraying each other with whatever may be in their systems — potentially COVID-19. Not to mention anyone who eats the cake afterwards runs the risk of being exposed through the droplets that remain on the cake.

  3. Dean Elmore’s quote is on point, ““It will be the hapless and the hubris that takes us down.” —Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock’87), Associate Provost and Dean of Students. You wear a mask, social distance to protect others; They wear a mask, social distance to protect you. It’s We Not Me.

  4. Bravo to BU students for reporting! This is a serious time and nobody should be playing with other’s lives! I applaud all the students who are trying to keep the university a safe place!

    1. Better dead than red, am I right, fellow patriot? The students participating in large gatherings are simply exercising their freedoms! It’s their God-given right to ignore all scientific and medical conclusions, elevate their risk of contracting a deadly disease, and most importantly, socially capitalize on their totally-not-out-of-the-ordinary semester. I’m absolutely gobsmacked that anyone takes issue with this, especially their peers who are in close proximity. It’s not like their actions affect anyone else!

  5. The only way the students will learn is through discipline. Northeastern U had the same rules for their students, and it made national news when they suspended 11 freshmen after their first offense. BU seems to be giving warnings and second chances that sets a horrible precedent. You can have the catchy phrases and logos, but enforcing the rules would speak volumes and will make kids understand that the rules apply to everyone. I don’t want to see kids kicked out, neither did NU, but the precedent has been set at BU that you could just get probation, and that is not good.

  6. I would like to understand how 4 people gathering for a birthday party is leading to disciplinary action. If the university and especially those who flaunt themselves as morality police and avid “rule-followers” support this, they should have someone watch their every move and catch them when they slip up the rules, right? It only seems just. Because from my experience, as a freshman in Warren, I can guarantee you that these rules are being broken in front of BU staff every single day. For example, all dining halls have “household tables,” which indisputably have been abused by those not in the same household. I know this because I see friend groups of 6 sitting in a booth. So please tell me why we are not double checking that people are in the same household who sit at these tables. I see it as a complete inconsistency in enforcement. Although I am entirely against those who have gatherings more than even 10, I think this situation with 4 people is quite ridiculous and shows how the University’s policies have double-standards for those who live off campus. I encourage people to reply to this with their thoughts, I am genuinely interested to see what others think.

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