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300-400 protest at BU for profits being put before the students
06 May 2001
400 protest BU and take over Comm Ave. for profits being put before students.Students were frustated by the disruption of their finals study period by a professional soccer match held outside their dorms, a money-making event held without concern for the basic needs of students.BU has a history ofignoring student concerns andhere it boiled over
Sat May 5

Students at BU's west campus dorms called for a protest of BU adminstration putting profit before students, allowing a noisy and crowded professional soccer match to be held on the dorms' adjacent Nickerson Field during student finals period. The protesters yelled chants against BU, lit bonfires, destroyed a BU flag and took over Comm Ave., blocking traffic for 40 minutes. Five students were arrested, possibly more. Students voiced a number of complaints against BU administration and their lack of respect for students, a situation with a long history at BU (see last paragraph).
Around 7:00 pm, students gathered on a west campus common area overlooking the Nickerson Field. At that time a message had already been assembled that could be read looking across the windows of the Rich Hall dorm, "Money speaks louder than students at BU, our quiet hours have been sold!" Around 8:00 pm students tried to move their protest into Comm. Ave. but then directed it back to the common area where students proceeded to start bonfires and rip up a BU flag. The flames grew and the police then moved in to disperse protesters but the crowd held its ground. By this time two arrests of students had been made, only their first names are known at this time, Miles and Mark. The protesters stayed in the area until the conclusion of the soccer match and then moved again on to Comm Ave., near the BU Armory. The demonstrators sat down on the road and blocked traffic demanding a dialogue with the BU administration until riot police attacked them and forcefully pushed them off Comm Ave. One riot cop grabbed a student and told him, "Move or die." Protesters yelled "shame on you" and "who do you protect" in response to the police tactics.
After several minutes of not knowing where the protest was going to go, the group went back towards Nickerson Field with the intention to rush on to it and voice their complaints. The police closed off the field and the students found themselves at the original protest site with a long stand off between them and the police. One student did manage to run on to the field and was then quickly apprehended by the police. More arrests occurred at this point including one student who was singled out for his videotaping of the event. The protesters gradually began to leave seeing that the police had cornered them but before the majority left a few students made passionate requests for everyone to contact the Boston Globe and other news organizations to let them know what happened and to not let their complaints go unheard and unresolved. These speeches were meet by applause and approval of the requests. Students also began to circulate petitions and asked people to write letters to the administration. At this time police also began videotaping the remaining protesters.
For a concise history of problems with BU administration, check out the BU portion of this paper by Teachers for a Democratic Culture,
http://home.uchicago.edu/~jkw3/dem_culture/dem_cultureN8.html Also check out former BU professor Howard Zinn's descriptions in his auto-biography, "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train." Recent administration complaints include a lack of disclosure on how the student undergraduate fee is managed, the rejecting of a clause respecting sexual orientation for BU's anti-discrimination policy and a lack of a simple, open dialogue between students and the administration.

The Student Underground
more at www.thestudentunderground.org as information becomes available
See also:
www.studentunderground.org
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website correction
06 May 2001
The website is www.thestudentunderground.org, not www.studentunderground.org
Dallas Burn RULES the MSL!
07 May 2001
Dallas Burn RULES the MSL!


Hey, Whatever, Boston Terriers fans, if this was an English soccer match you would have seen some true head busting.

A socer game only goes for about two hours anyway, so if you are really pissed about any sporting team f-ing up boston traffic and the BU campus, check out kenmore square before, after and during any red sox game, when squadrons of the mentally infirm descend on our hallowed campus sucking down lite beahs and smacking on water dogs...

besides, nickerson field is legendary, with or without any sorry-assed bu football squad to fill it!

Also, BU makes more money on real estate per second than any boston institution, with or without Professor Zinns keynote addresses. Hey Howie, nice corduroys! (read moving train to get that reference


I don't think really had to with soccer
07 May 2001
I think it had more to do with how the school was treating the students than because of the soccer match. That's the sentiment of quotes from the globe:

The capacity crowd of 11,714 at last night's Breakers home opener at Nickerson Field was swelled by hundreds of protesting Boston University students, angered by what they said was BU's insensitivity to residential life in the adjacent West Campus.


''This is not about the Breakers,'' said Jeff Shariat, a sophomore from Los Angeles. ''This is about our school selling us out.''


The students said they have not been allowed to use the field, which the Breakers have paid more than $1 million to renovate, that their access to the Case Center and dorm walkways was restricted yesterday, and that construction noise and blaring music from stadium loudspeakers last week made it difficult to study for final exams, which begin tomorrow.


''What people are mad about is that BU cares more about money than about what student needs are,'' said sophomore Emily Hemphill.


The students, who also hung signs in the windows of Sleeper, Rich, and Claflin halls, gathered in front of the dorms behind the end zone and chanted slogans during and after the game. BU police said two arrests were made.


Zinn
07 May 2001
I think its cool that you both suggest reading Zinn, atleast you have consensus on that. Also, when did BU offically declare Kenmore Square as part of its campus?


conflicted interests
08 May 2001

What a tangled web we weave
Talk about hypocrites, I should say that ALL students should be in favor of the "first Women's Pro Soccer team" in New England, unless they are ignorant male chauvenists, Miss Hemphill excepted, she is obviously a minor propnent of womens equality, perhaps she's forgotten that sixty years ago she would have been too busy having babies and cleaning the house for an education, yet another candidate for Zinn ... nice education, BU, kudos all around.
The Breakers are going to be a source of pride and achievement for girls nationwide, the BU administration is doing a public and social service! For the six students who disagree, please go to the harvard, mit, bc, notheastern, boston public, wheelock, libraries if you need to study...
better yet, any dining hall on campus.

''What people are mad about is that BU cares more about money than about what student needs are,'' said sophomore Emily Hemphill.

It was quite a game. Following an opening ceremony that rocked the stadium, the Breakers kicked off their inaugural home game on a typically beautiful spring evening in downtown Boston... But the goal and the loss weren't enough to quiet the fans of New England's first Women's Pro Soccer team! The crowd stayed right to the end and the fans were just as thrilled as they would have been if they had won.

protesters
08 May 2001
You might have some point if it was 6 protesters but it was 300 or more. Also, every quote says it was about money being put for students, nobody ever said they were against women's equality or soccer, I was there and I didn't hear people say "fuck the breakers," I did hear "fuck BU." I think you'd write a little less fanatically if your points made any sense.