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Faculty, staff reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern ties

Jack Gri­nold, Northeastern’s leg­endary sports infor­ma­tion director, says watching the heavy­weight champ’s training ses­sions at Matthews Arena in 1964 “were some of the most delightful after­noons I’ve ever spent.” In 1994, Ali received an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice from North­eastern. The trans­for­ma­tional sports figure died on Friday. Here, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity reflect on Ali’s life and legacy.

Born to run

Diego Rivas, E’16, grew up in a family of run­ners. But he didn’t pick up the sport until he enrolled at North­eastern. On Monday, he’ll com­pete in his first Boston Marathon, ded­i­cating his run to his marathoning friends in Boston and to the vic­tims of the 2013 bomb­ings. “For me,” he says, “it will be an honor.”