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    Alene Bouranova is a Pacific Northwest native and a BU alum (COM’16). After earning a BS in journalism, she spent four years at Boston magazine writing, copyediting, and managing production for all publications. These days, she covers campus happenings, current events, and more for BU Today. Fun fact: she’s still using her Terrier card from 2013. When she’s not writing about campus, she’s trying to lose her Terrier card so BU will give her a new one. She lives in Cambridge with her plants. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Student Activism Today Is Leaving a Mark on Climate Change, Antiracism, Housing, and More

  1. I am an adjunct professor at BU and was a campus activist from 1976-78.

    I would like to dispute the notion that we “disrupted classroom education. Teach-ins replaced the standard curriculum with consciousness-raising.” That sounds just like John Silber, BU’s elitist president for many years. He called my group of activists “short pants communists.” He called police on campus to arrest protesters.

    BU is a different place than it was back then. But the tuition is outrageous. Faculty and staff are treated poorly. The publications policy – which bars funding for “all journals of opinion” – is still on the books.

    Seems activism is great as long as it stays off campus.

  2. Great article and so glad to see all the activism. Can only wish things had advanced just a little faster over the past 50 years! BU was (in)famous nationally for independent thought and activism back in the day. And we all (students, staff and faculty) got a LOT of flack for speaking out. The independent student newspaper, kicked off campus when Silber banned it for daring to criticize him, was championed by the ACLU in a free-speech suit. Students joined staff in a fight against medieval labor practices at the BU Clinic. Etcetera! As Michael Moore reminds us, continual individual and group pressure on those in power is always necessary to get the right thing done…

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