BU grad in serious condition after fall down elevator shaft

Elisabeth Scotland, a 2014 graduate of Boston University’s School of Management, fell down an elevator shaft in Fenway Park Friday night and remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to a statement from her family released through the hospital.

Scotland, 22, of Brigantine, N.J., suffered serious injuries after falling from the fourth floor to the top of an elevator car, which was stopped on the second floor. The Boston Fire Department responded to the scene at about 11:17 pm, BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

“We wanted to get to the woman as quick as possible, so even though we were getting equipment, we put a chair inside the elevator,” MacDonald said. “The elevator roof had a hatch to the top of it, so we popped the hatch and a couple firefighters were able to get up onto the roof.”

The firefighters began administering medical care and, joined by a paramedic from Boston Emergency Medical Services, lowered Scotland onto a flexible stretcher through the hatch on the roof of the elevator, MacDonald said. Scotland was then transported to BIDMC on a medical stretcher.

Scotland graduated magna cum laude from SMG on Friday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lizzy and the Scotland family,” said BU spokesman Colin Riley.

The family, in their statement, expressed appreciation of the support they and their daughter have received during this difficult time.

“The Scotland family appreciates the many expressions of concern and support that have come from the Boston community and the Red Sox organization,” the family said in a statement. “They acknowledge with gratitude the outpouring of love and support from their South Jersey community. They want to thank the Boston Police and Fire Departments for their response to this event. They appreciate as well the exceptional care that Lizzy is receiving at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”

The Boston Police Department and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security are investigating the cause of the incident, which has not yet been determined.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, BPD was unable to comment.

This article will continue to be updated when more information is released.


Brown announces Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as commencement speaker

As the Class of 2014 prepares for their last week as undergraduate students at Boston University, BU President Dr. Robert A. Brown announced Friday morning at the senior breakfast that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be this year’s commencement speaker.

The graduating seniors celebrated their four years at the university at the GSU’s Metcalf Ballroom, where both Brown and Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore addressed the students. Joining Patrick at the podium will be the ceremony’s student speaker, Tori Gilbeau, a soon-to-be graduate of the College of Communication.

“During your years here, you’ve witnessed the world’s slow economic recovery, with unemployment steadily decreasing,” Brown said in his address. “You’ve lived through the fear of last year’s horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon and the great celebration last month of the 2014 event, and the strength of the Boston community and the Boston University community. And you have succeeded, and now you are moving to the next stage.”

Brown said the Class of 2014 was unexpectedly large, earning them the nickname “the bulge.” The class was a part of the BU community in a time of change, he said, with the introduction of the Center for Student Services and the launch of the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College.

Within the room, the tension from tackling their final semester had dissipated as students ate quiche, bacon and fresh fruit and celebrated with friends and classmates. In the background, a slideshow of their Freshman Orientation played, filling the room with photos and music from 2010.

“This is the beginning of the end, unfortunately,” Elmore said. “Today is a day about a lot of little fun and a lot of tradition. We’re going to give you some information that you’re probably going to need over the next couple of weeks. A little smiles, a little cheering, and we’ll even give you a little something to eat, as well.”

Several seniors said they felt pride for all they had accomplished in their years at BU and are looking forward to hearing this year’s speakers at the Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for May 18th.

Cara Polom, graduating from COM, said though it’s hard to believe four years have passed, she is looking forward to hearing Patrick’s speech.

“I had heard rumors that the speaker might be Governor Patrick,” she said. “I’m hoping he can motivate us as we’re about to enter the real world. I have a plan for the next few months. After that, I definitely want to stay in Boston. I have loved being at BU the past four years, and I’m just not ready to leave.”

Anita Shah, of the College of Arts and Sciences, said she was originally going to skip the senior breakfast to study but was convinced by her friends to attend.

“I was really stressed out because of finals, but I know I would have regretted missing this,” she said. “I wanted to find out who my speaker was going to be. If I could give any advice to Tori, it would be just talk about how far we’ve come. She should celebrate the fact that we’re graduating and show that we deserve this.”

COM senior Libby Wymer said attending her own senior breakfast after years of undergraduate study felt unreal.

“It’s terrifying, and it came a lot quicker than I had expected it to,” she said. “I had suspected that Governor Patrick might be the guest speaker. It’s a good way to kind of conclude everything that had happened during our time at BU, especially everything that’s happened the last few weeks [with the marathon]. He’s a good person to represent the student body as a whole, and he’s someone whom we can look up to.”

Boston UpFront brings together local leaders

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and 450 of Boston’s top young professionals, business leaders and students came together Wednesday evening for the premiere of Boston UpFront, a compilation of three films about Boston’s recent and upcoming development.

“The fact is, we have the work force, and we have the ability to deliver things and in some cases, cheaper than other cities around the country,” Walsh said in the film. “We have a very educated work force, and we also have a work force that when we have people coming into these industries, we have the ability and the facilities to train them.”

Joining Walsh were Chief of Economic Development John Barros, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager Beverly Scott, and Walsh’s Chief of Staff Daniel Koh. All took part in the making of the films. The event was spearheaded by BostInno and Streetwise Media and sponsored by data engineering venture Visible Measures and Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, among other organizations.

“Economic development in Boston is about more than real estate development,” Barros said in the film. “It’s about creating the kind of city that attracts young entrepreneurs, that attracts those that want to innovate, those who are looking to solve society’s problems, and it’s about creating the kind of city that supports that.”

The Leaders of the New Economy, the first of three films, featured interviews from the leaders and top influencers of Boston’s New Economy, which will encompass all changes and innovation coming to Boston. Brian Shin, CEO of Visible Measures said the best path to success is learning from mistakes in an effort to improve.

“When I got started as an entrepreneur, I was one of the few young people,” he said. “There is so much to bring us here. The thing that we have to do better is we have to celebrate it. You can be a failure and still be a success.”

The second and third films, Educating for the New Economy and Infrastructure of the New Economy, dealt with the future of higher and alternative education as a part of the New Economy, as well as the challenges in opportunities and infrastructure in Boston, including neighborhood development, policy and transportation.

“There are so many young people with so many interesting ideas, and we lose so many of them every year,” Koh said. “We export talent, and that’s okay, but if we’re losing them because they don’t feel that they have a welcoming place to start their businesses, that’s on us. It’s really important for us to provide that space and that mentorship to expand on these organizations.”

Liz Gottbrecht, marketing director for BostInno, said these films provide an in-depth look at the changes and opportunities to come as a part of Boston’s New Economy.

“With the new mayor and the amount of innovation coming into the city, along with the development and focus of keeping talent here, it’s a look at what we can do to develop the city even more,” she said.

Several attendees said they are glad to be kept aware of the innovation and change being made in the City of Boston.

Mallory Russell, 29, of Boston, content editor for Visible Measures, said she supports the films because she believes in the start-up culture of Boston.

“I am proud to be proud of that start-up culture,” she said. “Personally, I am from the West Coast, I’m from San Francisco, and that area has got a huge start-up culture. I see the same kind of energy here in Boston.”

Tucker Marion, 40, of Holliston, is a professor of technological entrepreneurship and innovation at Northeastern University, and he said he believes in the ecosystem of innovation in Boston.

“I hope this shows people how unique Boston is, both in the United States and globally,” he said. “This shows that Mayor Walsh is continuing the tradition of being an active mayor who really wants to make the city better. It seems like he’s trying to increase the benefits for all the citizens and companies and universities in the area.”

Catherine Bassett, 43, of Roslindale, senior production manager of Rue La La, said she supports start-ups and sees them as being one of the most important aspects of the city’s innovation.

“Although Rue La La itself is not a start-up, I’ve been working in tech and startups for over twenty years,” she said. “The inn sector of this city is so important to me. It’s the center of what makes this city so great, and it’s what our future is all about. If you open up things like innovation to every sector, hopefully that rising tide will lift all boats.”