Husky Happenings

Groundbreaking set for Veterans Memorial A groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Veterans Memorial, located at the intersection on Forsyth Street across from Centennial Common, is set for next Thursday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Neal Finnegan, chairman of the board of trustees, and Northeastern President Richard Freeland are both scheduled to give remarks. The memorial will bear the names of nearly 300 students and graduates who have died while in military service. The design, created by three alumni, Mo Zell, Marc Roehrie and Steve Fellmeth, will feature “two horizontal and one vertical element slipping past one another,” according to the proposal. “Interwoven between these elements is a paved ground plate abstracting the American flag with 13 strips and 50 lights.” Each fallen soldier will be remembered with their own individual stainless steel panel, which will include their name, rank, military branch, date of birth, hometown, date and location of death, class year and college. The panels will be in a garden and surrounded by a granite wall. The three designers won a $10,000 prize for their proposal, which was chosen from 6 submitted designs. All prize money was raised specifically for the contest, starting with a personal contribution by Finnegan, said George Trush, chair of the School of Architecture.

– Ricky Thompson, News Staff

College of Business Administration ranked 37th The College of Business Administration announced last month that its undergraduate business program has been ranked 37th in the country by BusinessWeek. The ranking are based on student opinions on academic quality, student engagement and job placement results of nearly 100,000 business majors, who rated their programs on everything from curriculum and faculty to facilities and grading policies. The magazine surveyed 2,000 recruiters, studied starting salaries, rated individual business programs, and determined which schools sent the most students to top MBA programs. “Our students tell us that the co-ops make them better business school students, and the businesses that recruit here tell us that hands-on business experience makes our graduates more successful business leaders,” said Thomas Moore, dean of the College of Business Administration, in a release from the university. This was the first year BusinessWeek compiled the ranking of the top 50 undergraduate business schools.

– Ricky Thompson, News Staff

Al Gore was floated as presidential candidate The recent background noise generated by the Presidential Search Committee’s secrecy could not be ignored, even by the person chosen for the position. “Let me start by making a statement: I am not Al Gore,” Joseph Aoun, president-elect of Northeastern, said in his first address to the university community Thursday in the Curry Student Center. Aoun’s remarks made reference to a report Tuesday by Wonkette, a political gossip blog based in Washington, D.C. It said former vice president Al Gore was “on the short list” for the presidency – of Northeastern – according to a “reliable-but-unverified” source. Coinciding with The Boston Globe’s announcement a day later, a report in The Boston Herald’s “Inside Track” column shot down any possibility of Gore’s candidacy. “There is a short list,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying, “But he ain’t on it.” His press secretary, Kalee Krieder, said Thursday that Gore was traveling to promote the release of his film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ and could not be reached for comment.

– Ricky Thompson, News Staff

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