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BU President Silber Will Resign in May

By Dan McGuire
Associate News Editor

Boston University President John R. Silber announced Friday that he would be stepping down from his position on May 31. Jon N. Westling, the current provost, will take over the presidency. Silber, who headed the university for more than 25 years, will take on the new post of Chancellor of the University. He will be responsible for long-range planning, fund raising, and will continue to have a part in the university's hiring and tenure processes.

Silber's presidency was marked by controversy and success. Silber was the most highly paid university president in the country with a salary of $564,020. Silber's attempts to cut professors who he considered to be "dead wood" and his attempts to silence critics by freezing salaries brought significant protest from the university's faculty. During his time, however, Silber brought three Nobel laureates to the university and increased annual research grants from $15 million to $180 million.

[The New York Times, March 30 and the Daily Free Press, March 30]

Yale Service Strike Begins

Maintainance workers at the Local 35 union went on strike Thursday. Union leaders expect more than 95 percent of the food, physical plant, and maintenance workers in Local 35 to leave their jobs. About 750 Local 35 members have signed up for picket shifts.

"We don't want to hurt [students], but this is the way they'll see how the university feels" about its workers said union pantry worker Nellie West. Union leaders said that they hoped students would pressure the Yale administration to make concessions and end the strike.

Students anticipating a long time without food services pillaged university dining halls. The Yale Daily News reported seeing students walking out with uncut apple pies under their arms. "We asked students to put [food] back, but as soon as we did someone else grabbed it," said one dining hall's manager. Yale students have been stockpiling food in anticipation of the strike, and grocery store owners in the area have said that the number of Yale students buying groceries has increased dramatically. [Yale Daily News, March 29]

Quake hits southern Massachusetts

An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale jostled Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island at 3:23 p.m. EST March 22, MIT researchers said. While no damage or injuries were reported, the minor quake lit up police switchboards as people called in to find out what had happened. The U.S. Geological Survey office in Providence said that aftershocks were unlikely. [Reuters Wire Service, March 31]