The following message was sent to all students on Friday, April 14, 2023, from Dean Campbell-Foster.
The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon, a global spectacle, and a feat of human perseverance and spirit. It spans 26.2 miles, with spectators weaving an electric, enthusiastic path from Hopkinton to downtown Boston. The marathon is a part of our identity and a sign of spring, and it also serves as a great example of the magic that happens when we cheer one another on.
The hard-earned extended weekend is upon you, and you should set aside time to celebrate your achievements and the arrival of milder weather. Just remember to enjoy responsibly. Don’t take unnecessary risks (BORGs, oversized roof deck gatherings, consuming more than you can handle, to name a few). Look out for yourself and your friends (remember the Good Samaritan Policy).
Stop by and be a part of the annual BU Does the Marathon watch party! Keeping with tradition, BU will be illuminating the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive to let runners know that they are passing through our backyard.
This year, we mark ten years since the bombings and pause to remember the lives lost, including BU’s own Lu Lingzi (GRS ’14), those injured, and the impact the tragedy had on us all. Take a moment to check-in on yourselves, as you reflect on this anniversary. You have friends in student health services and Marsh Chapel who are available to talk, if you need an ear.
Thank you to those volunteering for this event, and best of luck to those runners from our community who we will be cheering for.
Jason Campbell-Foster, EdD
Interim Associate Provost & Dean of Students