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Ian Barber of Westhampton stays put in Cambridge dorm

Lesley University student Ian Barber said he was hanging out with friends in the dormitory lounge last night, watching the news coverage of the manhunt for bombing suspects.

“We that the chase came through Harvard Square from our friends at Harvard, and that’s only five minutes from campus,” he said. “We kept waiting and waiting because we thought they were going to get them any minute.”

They listened to sirens and watched the news coverage until about 4 a.m., he said. In the morning, the university emailed and texted students to tell them to stay indoors.

“It’s bizarre,” said Barber, who is on the school’s track and field team. “We always run around the city, so I know almost every place they’re talking about. It’s weird to think it’s happening around here.”

“The other crazy part is the kid on the loose is my age,” he said. “You wouldn’t expect that.”

He said his fellow students in the dorm are watching the news or trying to distract themselves from the manhunt with various activities, including a tournament playing the videogame “Street Fighter.”

“People are trying to keep their minds off it,” he said.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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