Beachin’ It On The WAM.

Hey Terriers!

Welcome back from break. Hope you had a great time, whether you went across the country on your own, stuck around here, or took off on an ASB trip! (I, personally, went to Kansas to see a friend, which was great, and then headed home to my parents’ house for three days with a 102.6 fever. Less fun.)

As the warm weather really starts to heat up around here (yes, pun intended) I know I hit the BU beach today. (I bet a lot of you did, too!) So, with that in mind, here’s some BU Beach trivia for you:

The second most popular Grassy Knoll in the entire world.

Scientific Fact: this is emptiest the hill on the Beach has ever been. Ever.

- The Beach is so-called because people (who I am going to assume never lived near an ocean) thought the sounds of the unseen cars zooming by on Storrow Drive sounded like, uh, waves. At least, this is the story I was given on my Admissions tour here, way back in the simpler days of 2007.

- Money for the green space that is the Beach was generously donated in 1974 by Warren Alpert, a 1942 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, which is now known as CAS.

- Alpert lent his name to the Beach. It’s official name is the Warren Alpert Mall. (Impress your friends!)

- Because of this, some people call the Beach the WAM. (I personally hope it catches on.)

I like to imagine this photo being taken by a modern-day Ahab...looks like he's found his whale. (If that's what it is...?)

I like to imagine this photo being taken by a modern-day Ahab...looks like he's found his whale. (If that's what it is...?)

So the next time you head out to lounge in the sun, impress your friend (or that cute sunbather) and spread some BU trivia. Happy ray-catching!

-Jules

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