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Uzo Aduba (CFA’05) was one of BU’s top sprinters long before she became famous for her Emmy-winning turn as Crazy Eyes on Netflix’s hit show Orange Is the New Black. Aduba, here in 2002, ran 55 meters in 7.07 seconds against a long-standing record of 7.03. Photo courtesy of BU Athletics

I really think Suzanne from Orange is the New Black is autistic, even though other characters characterize her as “crazy.” She is definitely intelligent despite her unconventional behavior, as several episodes reveal when she shows that she knows facts others don’t, is well-read, and has a gift for writing. But she demonstrates almost no understanding of social conventions (and often doesn’t seem to care) and her backstory revealed she didn’t understand boundaries and age-appropriate friendships, which can be facets of autism in some people.