Use BU: BU’s 10 Best-Kept-Secrets and Underutilized Resources

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A compilation of  BU’s best places, events, and THINGS to take advantage of while you’re here.

1. COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION’S CINEMATHEQUE:

Cinematheque, COM’S speaker series, brings  film/television industry moguls and novices to share insight, advice and new projects with the BU community. This year’s presenters have included Mad Men director, Jennifer Getzinger (COM ’90), Colbert Report producer Nicole Savini (COM’99), and Girls actor and indie-film maker Alex Karpovksy. While Film and TV students are required to attend two of these lectures,  Cinematheque events are open to all BU students, faculty, and the public.

WHEN: 7:00 PM on Fridays (approx. six lectures per-semester)  See website for speaker lineup

WHERE: College of Communication Room 101. (640 Comm. Ave.)

2.CAS GREENHOUSE

 While the Organic Gardening Club (O.G.C)  maintains the greenhouse on the roof of CAS, the space is open to the entire BU community. Take advantage of  the Greenhouse by going to a O.G.C meeting, where veterans and newbies alike learn gardening essentials, grown their own vegetables, share pot-luck meals (CHEAP, GOOD FOOD), and hang. OR contact the Earth and Environment Department to sign out a set of keys and explore on your own.

WHEN: See Organic Gardening Club Facebook Page or email O.G.C for meeting times and locations OR schedule a personal visit with the Earth and Environment department. 

WHERE: STONE SCIENCE BUILDING (675 Comm. Ave attached to CAS). Just take the elevator to the top floor and then the stairs to the roof!

3. STARGAZING AT THE OBSERVATORY 

Each Wednesday night at the BU Observatory, Astronomy professors equip stargazers with telescopes, microscopes and a bit of knowledge they need to glimpse the night sky. All Public Open Night’s at the Observatory are free. There is, however, a slight catch: the weather. The Astronomy Department cancels “Open Nights” two hours prior to start time when clouds and rain obscure the view.

WHEN: Every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 7:308:30 during the fall and winter, and 8:309:30 pm during the spring and summer. Call 617-353-2630 for weather-related cancellations.

WHERE: BU Astronomy Department  (725 Commonwealth Ave). Observatory entrance on the fifth floor next to room 52.

4. FREE TEA AT THE HOWARD THURMAN CENTER

The Howard Thurman Center’s tea selection satisfies both loose-leaf aficionados and  Earl Gray stalwarts alike. Whether you take your tea alone or join the conversation with the HTC’s Tea Time, be sure to bring your own mug!

WHEN: Whenever! Tea Time, however, meets at 4:00 on Thursday afternoons.

WHERE: The Howard Thurman Center. Located in the basement of the GSU.

5. FREE ICE SKATING AT WALTER BROWN ARENA

Skip the crowds and ticket fees at the Frog Pond and ice skate at BU’s Walter Brown Arena for FREE! The rink, home to the woman’s ice hockey team, is open six days a week to all students with a BU ID and offers (limited) skate rentals. Take a spin during free-skate hours or book your own private ice time.

WHEN: See the Walter Brown Arena website for the open-skate schedule OR call 617-353-4632 to schedule private event.

WHERE: The Walter Brown Arena (inside The Case Center at 285 Babcock St.).

6. $9 RED SOX TICKETS

The Boston Red Sox are offering college students $9 standing-room tickets for every home game this season. All you have to do is fill out this form and bring your student ID to the game. GO SOX!

WHEN: Check out the Sox Calendar for this season’s home-game schedule.

WHERE: Fenway Park. Duh.

7. RESUME AND COVER LETTER REVIEW HOURS

It’s  like office hours but for your cover letter and resume. Stop by any day of the week to sign up for a one-on-one session with a Center for Career Development representative. He or she will review and edit any cover letter or resume, but time slots fill up quickly– so stop by around 12:00 to make sure you snag a spot!

WHEN: Check out the Center for Career Development website for time slots.

WHERE: The Center for Career Development (100 Bay State Road 6th floor)

 

8. THE HOWARD GOTLIEB ARCHIVAL RESEARCH CENTER

If you’ve been to Mugar Memorial Library, you’ve seen the Emmys, magazine covers, letters, and photographs of famous cultural figures enclosed in the glass cases. Those artifacts are pieces in a much larger collection, The Howard Gotlieb Archival collection. It’s a pop-culture junkie’s vice. Not only does H.G.A.R.C host monthly pop-culture centric events, but all BU students have access to these archives. Go up to the fifth floor of Mugar, ask for a pair of white gloves, and rummage around.

WHEN: The fifth-floor is open during normal library hours, but see HGARC’s schedule of events for more details.

WHERE: Mugar Memorial Library. Fifth floor.

9. MAYOR MENINO’S OFFICE HOURS

Every Thursday from 3:30-5:00, former Mayor of Boston and current BU professor, Mayor Thomas Menino, opens his office doors to all students to discuss, well, anything. He wants to hear from USour opinions on Boston-centric issues ranging from urban planning to city security to Boston sports. Drop by and drop some knowledgeor at least meet a cool, influential dude.

WHEN: Thursdays from 3:305:00 PM.

WHERE: Mayor Menino’s Office75 Bay State Rd.

10. THE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 

Even if you’re not studying theology, this building offers some solid amenities. The Undergraduate Philosophy Study Lounge, located on the fifth floor, is the ideal study spot with it’s one long table with windows over-looking Comm Ave. and a Apple Desktop Computer. The basement hallway offers the perfect underground pathway between CAS and the GSU when the weather gets rough. Plus the library on the second floor, well, it’s an alternative to Mugar.

WHEN: Whenever!

WHERE: The School of Theology. 745 Commonwealth Ave. (In between  CAS and the GSU).

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Hailing from the city of Cheesesteaks and the Fresh Prince- more like the suburbs of Philadelphia- Jess is a member of the class of 2014 studying English and History in CAS. When she is not busy taming her massive hair or writing for Culture Shock, she can be found exploring Boston, bopping to Mos Def or doing impressions from Saturday Night Live skits. She hopes you find her ramblings quirky and insightful, and if not, she at least hopes you find them entertaining.

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