• Sophie Yarin

    Associate Editor, BU Today; Managing Editor Bostonia

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    Sophie Yarin is a BU Today associate editor and Bostonia managing editor. She graduated from Emerson College's journalism program and has experience in digital and print publications as a hybrid writer/editor. A lifelong fan of local art and music, she's constantly on the hunt for stories that shine light on Boston's unique creative communities. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her partner and their cats, Ringo and Xerxes, but she’s usually out getting iced coffee. Profile

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    Associate Creative Director, Photography

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    Janice Checchio has been an art director, editorial designer, photo editor, photographer, or some combination of the aforementioned for 12 years. After seven years at The Boston Phoenix and Stuff Boston Magazine, she returned to direct photography at Boston University, where she had received a BFA in Graphic Design. She lives a photo–ready life in Dorchester with her husband, son, and way too many pairs of glasses. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Nearly 200 Protest BU’s Commencement Speaker, David Zaslav, amidst Hollywood Writers Strike

  1. The legacy media have big issues. The good old boys in charge are losing to Big Tech. If the legacy companies had better diverse hiring practices, they’d be more successful. Id say at least 50% in the C suite and across these companies.

  2. I am very saddened and disappointed that my daughter worked so hard and we traveled so far to enjoy and celebrate her special day. The school did nothing to stop the protest. Several BU students were protesting and getting the crowd going. The crowd did not know what was happening. They were a bunch of followers. This was a tacky display. The BU students should have been escorted off the field and so should the old ass women that made it on the field. They knew it was going to happen so why let David speak? Boston University ruined those students day. It was painful to watch a man not be able to read the room and continue speaking speaking for 30 minutes. The professors and staff watched the debacle unfold. This was not the time and place for a f#$$@@ protest ass@@#34. The school owes a major apology to the parents and students. I don’t care who is getting paid or not getting paid. Here is a life lesson- if you write for a company who does not pay what you think your owed then you leave. You don’t have to stay. Very Pissed and outraged of the circus I attended having to watch all of the clowns. Your freedom of speech can kiss it. Of all the speakers in the world and you choose a controversial man. We were in the presence of a supreme court justice African American Women for Christ’s sakes and this is how this circus went down!!?? WTF I could not get off the clown car. BU lowered your standards and for what??? Your students should have been ashamed and their parents. I would have yanked them of the field for the embarrassment. They don’t deserve that cap and gown. Thank you BU for ruining a beautiful day. Those students deserved to relish the moment and bask in the pure glory of a job well done. Two middle fingers up for taking that from our kids.

    1. I’m not exactly sure who you’re for or against, but of all people who would support freedom of speech and freedom to protest, it’s a Supreme Court Justice.

    2. Freedom of speech should be protected, whether we agree with it or not/timing. It’s often commonplace for protests, so why should graduation be any different?

  3. Did our graduates not suffer enough because of the Pandamic? Let them have their moment of praise for their accomplishments. Leave the woes of society outside during the ceremony.

  4. Alumni

    It was the class of 2023 day. The graduates deserved much better. The families deserved much better. A class that endured the bulk of the pandemic and finished school are heroes. They entered sophomore year in full pandemic hazards. Closed social outlets and academic outlets not open fully. It was a difficult time. Parents were managing student emotions from afar. BU campus engagement for the students by many accounts was not optimal.

    With the campus leadership so out of touch with student life it demonstrated a failure of not understanding how students were effected. How about we take another perspective. The President and others selection of speakers could have thought more about the student experience and empathy.

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