EDITORIAL: Modfest returns
So far this semester, the Brandeis social scene has experienced a gaping void left by the absence of Modfest. But, due to the hard work of many students, this void is now slated to be filled on Dec. 10. Last week, Union senators held a town hall-style meeting in Mod 23 to discuss the reinstatement of Modfest. Mod senator Dilip Sidhu '05 explained new security procedures agreed upon by the campus police along with students. In a gesture of cooperation, Mr. Sidhu collected signatures from a representative of each Mod acknowledging that residents will comply with the new Modfest security precautions.
Starting with the unfortunate announcement of Modfest's cancellation in October, students rallied together to ensure the future of the popular event. This page would like to recognize the efforts of all the students whose hard work will enable the entire student body to enjoy a much beloved tradition.
The Union government, particularly Mr. Sidhu, was instrumental in the plight to save Modfest. Initially, Mr. Sidhu circulated a petition via e-mail to gauge the sentiments of his fellow students. Then, over the following two months, the Union met with the departments of Student Life and Public Safety to negotiate a plan for a Modfest that would satisfy both the students' needs and the administration's concerns regarding safety and noise pollution.
After much deliberation and discussion of alternative options, the Union and the administration finally came to an agreement on a Modfest with updated policies, including the centralization of alcohol distribution and the restriction of side parties.
Along with the dedication of the students involved in the effort to resuscitate Modfest, we would also like to recognize the commitment of Assistant Dean of Student Life Alwina Bennett in making sure that students will not be deprived of festivities this semester. The willingness of the administration in general to working with students to find a viable compromise is also commendable.
It is important for students to be able to have a good time in a safe environment. But perhaps most significant is that organized and responsible students, along with dedicated administrators and staff, were able to discuss, plan and compromise in order to bring about real results. This effort should be an example to the University of how concrete change can be made in the community through productive communication and organized action.