Help a Friend of the Core

On Tuesday, BU Today reported the frightening story of Will Lautzenheiser, a former BU student who lost his limbs to a terrible infection and has come back to Boston for rehabilitation.

During his time at BU, Will was a devoted student of English and the Core. As a teaching and research assistant and as a graduate student in film studies, Will earned the friendship and esteem of many faculty, staff, and alumni. Over the years, he has remained a great friend of the Core. Now, as he struggles to recover from his difficult illness, I know that he would be grateful for any support or sympathy that we as a community can provide.

A fund-raiser for Will has been scheduled in the GSU on Friday evening. The event, “An Evening with Michael Tully,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes a screening of director Michael Tully’s film Septien, followed by a conversation with Tully. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to benefit Will can be made at the door.

We also will be sending Will a message of sympathy from the Core community, along with a contribution to his support. If you would like to join us by signing that message, or if you would like to make a contribution (any amount will be gratefully accepted), please contact Zachary Bos in the Core office, by calling 617-353-5404 or emailing

Information about a fund to support Will will be posted as it becomes available at

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