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Gunfire, Car Chases, and Bombs Reported in Watertown, Mass, Livetweeted by Wes Alums

Wes alums Jared Keller ’09 and Phil Ross ’12 are tweeting live as the story develops.

Police scene at MIT, via MSNBC.

Police scene at MIT, via MSNBC.

We usually stick to Wesleyan-centric news,  but it’s hard not to be alternately captivated and terrified by the news coming out of the Boston region right now, in Watertown, on MIT’s campus, and within miles of Tufts. Several hours ago, MIT posted an alert about an active shooter on campus and later reported that a campus police officer was shot and killed. Meanwhile, in nearby Watertown, there have been “reports of violence and an extremely heavy police presence,” according to NBC. Witnesses have been reporting gunfire, loud booms, and a police chase. You can listen to the Boston Police Scanner here, though it remains entirely unclear if the situation in Watertown is related to the shooting at MIT or, as some have speculated, the Boston Marathon bombings:

The situation seems to have culminated in a massive police standoff. As the Times reports:

Burfoot ’68, Champion Runner Who Ran in Boston Marathon on Monday, Has High Hopes for Future of the Race

“Personally you feel deprived for a moment of your chance to reach the finish line. And then slowly through the confusion the real story reaches you.”

Amby Burfoot, dressed in his Wesleyan apparel, after winning the 1968 Boston Marathon.

Amby Burfoot, dressed in his Wesleyan apparel, after winning the 1968 Boston Marathon.

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, stories emerge from all corners about the shock and terror of the event, not only from the news, but from friends and family as well. While it’s often easy to feel comforted by the Wesleyan “bubble,” there are also important reminders of the direct effect of the tragedy on our greater community.

One such story comes from Amby Burfoot ’68, who in 1968 graduated from Wesleyan and won the Boston Marathon. As an undergrad, Burfoot was a star runner. He was undefeated throughout his four years in cross-country dual races, earned several New England and IC4A college division titles, and has been inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame. Since graduating, Burfoot has participated in dozens of marathons, and has gone on to become a writer and editor for Runner’s World magazine.

On Monday, Burfoot, 66, was marking the 45th anniversary of his ’68 win by running in the Boston Marathon yet again. He was about a half-mile from the finish line when he was forced to stop where masses had gathered, and he soon learned the reason for this chaos. In the aftermath of the bombings, Burfoot has written, and been interviewed, about his experience on Monday, as well as his hopes for the future of the Boston Marathon.

Breaking: Two Explosions, “Dozens” of Serious Injuries Reported at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

According to the New York Times, Boston Globe, and just about any other major media outlet, there has been a major explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon. BloombergTV has a live feed of the scene. From the New York Times:

The Associated Press reported that the authorities were helping injured runners leave the scene and bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that was being used for runners.

The A.P. said that a loud explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street, near a photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard several seconds later.

Details are slowly emerging, but journalists and witnesses are reporting major injuries and possible casualties on social media. (Warning: Some of the images are graphic.) (Update: the Boston Police Department is reporting two deaths and 23 injuries from the blast. A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m. President Obama is being briefed, and security is being increased at nearby hotels and “prominent locations in New York.”)

Video: Pro-Divestment Student Group Interrupts Tufts Information Session

Classless prefrosh dad of the year: “I’m going to get security if you don’t shut the hell up.”

As the debate over fossil fuel investments continues raging in the NESCAC blogosphere, members of a Tufts student group calling itself Tufts Divest For Our Future infiltrated an admissions information session last week to ask about the University’s investments. Not quite as epic as sending a fake press release to over 150 national and local media outlets claiming the University is formally divesting from the war and fossil fuels industries, but whatever—it’ll do.

In The ‘Cac managed to obtain video footage of the incident, which appears below. Curiously, the most hostile party caught on tape is not the questioner, who politely but insistently inquires, nor the admissions officer (or student?) leading the session, who suggests that they discuss the subject after the session. It’s the disgruntled prefrosh dad who swings into action with some seriously misguided hero fantasies, growling, “We came here to learn about the University. Stop wasting our time! I’m going to get security if you don’t shut the hell up.” Can’t imagine how mortified his kid must’ve been, sinking into hir chair like Harry Potter wearing the Sorting Hat. “Daaaaad. You’re embarrassing me in front of the other prefrosh!”

MA Gov Advertises Wes to ’27 Prefrosh

If you were the governor of Massachusetts and a bunch of third graders asked you what your favorite book was, what would you say?  I’d actually start rambling about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – best book ever – but I’m not the governor of Massachusetts and I haven’t been in a third grade class in six years.  Anyway, here’s what the real governor said:

“I like a bunch of different books. Have you ever read any Mark Twain?” Again, like the John Legend response, blank stares. “He was a famous novelist and essayist who lived a long time ago, not too far from here,” the governor said, shifting to more of a teacher mode. “He grew up in the South and wrote about growing up on the Mississippi River. I love the way he writes.

“I also like to read history, biographies mostly, and there is a writer named William Manchester who used to teach at Wesleyan University and he wrote some amazing biographies including about a guy named Winston Churchill which I really like.”

Usually when I hear people adopting the “some guy” attitude, it means so much more.  Just sayin’.  If you’re dying to know, the next question was about his favorite food (all food).

Disclaimer: Math isn’t my strong point right now, so third graders may or may not be the eventual class of ’27.

[Thanks to Marianna Foos for the tip] [WBUR]

Middletown #39 Most Stoned City

According to a recent ranking from The Daily Beast in honor of National Weed Day on 4/20, Middletown is one of the Most Stoned Cities in the nation.  Here’s what they had to say:

Regular Users: 7.9%
Pot Culture: 7 out of 10
Arrests per 100,000 residents: 180
NORML chapter?: No

Academics: Home to Wesleyan University, which ranks No. 18 in the nation for marijuana use, according to The Princeton Review’s annual “Reefer Madness” ranking.

Seeing that Manhattan came out at #3, Boston at #4, and San Francisco at #5, it only makes sense that Wes was a major contributor to the Middletown rank.  The only other Connecticut city to beat Middletown was New Haven at #36.

Shuttles to Boston, NYC for Winter Break

Jen Liebschutz ’11, Chair of the WSA Shuttle Committee, writes us regarding shuttles to Boston and New York City for Winter Break:

We will run shuttles according to what times work best for everyone and we will send out more information soon. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us at wsa@wes.

Reminder: Tuesday is the last day to purchase tickets at the box office for Thanksgiving Break. The New York buses have sold out, but a few Boston tickets are still available.

For those who would like to take the WSA-chartered shuttle for Winter Break, please vote in the poll, near the top of our sidebar.

Thanksgiving Break Buses

The WSA sends this friendly reminder that Wesleyan shuttle bus tickets to New York and Boston are selling now. Get ’em before they’re gone.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Thanksgiving break buses to New York and Boston! Tickets can be purchased at the box office until Tuesday, November 18th, or until they are sold out. The cost is $20 each way. The New York bus goes to Grand Central Station and the Boston bus goes to South Station. The buses will leave Wesleyan on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:00 pm and will pick up at their respective locations at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 30th.

This is a great, hassle-free alternative for getting to Boston or New York. Make your traveling this Thanksgiving break easier.

Box Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Buses to Boston and New York for T-giving

Make your travels a little easier this Thanksgiving Break! The WSA Transportation Committee is arranging for buses to transport students from Wesleyan directly to Boston and New York:

The WSA Transportation Committee is working on getting buses to run directly from Wesleyan to New York City and/or Boston on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 5:00 PM… The cost would be approximately $20. Please email wsa@wes if you’re interested, and note the location you want to go to. The buses will only run if enough people express interest!