The following was sent to all students on Friday, April 15, 2022.
This long weekend is full of renewal, ritual, and revival. Some of us will travel to refresh with tradition, family, and friends. Many of us await the world as it comes to Boston to watch, run, and enjoy the world’s oldest annual marathon on Monday.
Tradition calls for gathering with friends for hard-earned revelry this Monday. Whether you plan to be a race participant, a witness to the race, or to simply celebrate with friends, please make your personal safety a priority. As you gather in the neighborhoods surrounding the area, please be mindful of your safety on rooftops and decks – many of these structures were never constructed with the intent of hosting large gatherings. (Not a good idea to be on roofs, sit on railings, hang out on crowded decks and porches, or to jump off roofs, ledges, walls, or porches.) Most importantly, if you choose to drink – and you are of legal age to do so – don’t overindulge and keep an eye out for each other (especially if you’re hosting people). If you are out-and-about in the City, stay close to trusted pals; trust your gut when it comes to people you don’t know; and, come and go with the people you started with.
The last stage of the 42.195-kilometer race cuts across our yard – through South Campus and Kenmore Square. This year, make your way either to the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive or to the corner of Beacon Street and Amory Street. Student groups and departments are hosting BU swag, snacks, and the BU Pep Band. We’ll be there – cheering and in our finest BU gear – on Monday (April 18), between noon and 2 pm. Join us as we let runners and folks passing by know they’re on our yard and that the Terriers own the street!
Sing, dance, listen to music, eat well, root and cheer – hopefully with others. Regardless of your plans, have all the fun you can stand, and if you can, do make your way to the Marathon route. (And remember, your classes, exams, and assignments are waiting for you on Tuesday.)
Best wishes and success to Terrier runners and volunteers,
Associate Provost and Dean of Students