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Katie Couric is suddenly very much in demand now that she's departing "The CBS Evening News." The anchor talked at Tufts a few weeks and now Boston University has announced that Couric will deliver the commencement addrees at Nickerson Field May 22. The onetime "Today" host, who's reportedly trying to get her own talk show, will also receive and honorary degree. But the real fun today took place after the announcement of this year's commencement speaker. That's when BU's dean of students Kenn Elmore jumped into the Charles. Elmore had promised to go for a quick dip if 2,011 members of the Class of 2011 contributed to the school's fundrasing campaign. (In 1996, you'll recall, then governor William Weld took the plunge, fully clothed, to show his commitment to cleaning up the notoriously nasty river.) "I ran my mouth and said I'd not only jump in, but I'd wear a tux and my flyest tie," Elmore told us afterward. "It was warmer than I thought it would be." It helped, of course, that Elmore had a wetsuit on under his tux. "I cheated a little, I guess," he said. You can watch him get wet here.

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Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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