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Holocaust historian to speak at 2019 Commencement

(04/09/19 10:00am)

In an April 2 email to the Brandeis community, University President Ron Liebowitz announced this year’s commencement speaker, alumna Deborah E. Lipstadt MA ’72, PhD ’76. According to an April 2 BrandeisNOW article, six additional honorary degrees will be presented at the Commencement ceremony, which will take place on May 19.

Chairman of marketing group talks about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

(03/26/19 10:00am)

The last film with an Asian and Asian-American ensemble cast was “The Joy Luck Club,” which came out in 1993 — until “Crazy Rich Asians” premiered in 2018. Bill Imada's marketing firm launched a marketing campaign in the hopes of obtaining an opening weekend of 19 million viewers — only to see 35 million people turn out, making it the most successful romantic comedy in almost a decade. 

Student union candidates debate campus issues

(03/19/19 10:00am)

At 11:59 p.m. Tuesday March 19, polls will open for the first round of spring Student Union elections. Positions up for vote will be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, junior representative to the Board of Trustees, representative to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund and junior representative to the Alumni Board. Last night, the candidates shared their perspectives on a variety of Brandeis-related subjects at the candidate debate led by current president Hannah Brown ’19. In addition to those who attended the debate in person, over 140 people watched the live stream, hosted on the Union’s Facebook page.

Tennis team returns after two devastating defeats by Middlebury and Colby

(03/19/19 10:00am)

The women’s tennis team is now 4–4 for the season. Following recent wins  against California Institute of Technology, Redlands Community College, Bates College and Colby College; and losses against Bryant University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MIddlebury College, the ladies have yet to face any University Athletic Association opponents. Their first UAA matchup will be against New York University on April 6, but for now, their next opponent is Wheaton College on Saturday.

German activists discuss the fight for climate justice

(03/12/19 10:00am)

As part of their U.S. tour, two German activists, Dorothee Haeusermann and Daniel Tyll Hofinger, shared stories and discussed their experiences advocating for climate justice last Thursday. The activists belong to the climate justice organization Ende Gelände, which aims to mobilize people to fight for climate justice by stopping coal mines and protecting the Hambach Forest. In English, Ende Gelände means “here and no further.”

One game postponed and two more cancelled for the baseball team

(03/12/19 10:01am)

The Brandeis men’s baseball team is gearing up for their 2019 season. The team’s first game against the University of Massachusetts Boston was postponed and will be made up on April 23. Their games scheduled for Sunday against Western New England University were cancelled due to bad weather conditions, resulting in the team playing only two games out of the five on their schedule. But the limited number of games played bodes well for the Judges: their overall record is 2–0 after their first two games against Bowdoin College, according to the Brandeis Athletics website. 

Judges’ season comes to an end on Saturday with a 7-game losing streak

(03/05/19 11:01am)

The Brandeis Women’s Basketball team has concluded their 2018-2019 season with a final record of 7–17 overall and a 3–11 record in the University Athletic Association. The Judges had an record of 4–9 at home in the Red Auerbach Arena and 3–8 away, according to the Brandeis Athletics website.

Diversity in debate

(03/05/19 11:00am)

The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society embodies its acronym, BADASS, giving club members the power and confidence to defend their own beliefs and question those of others. According to its website, BADASS is “dedicated to providing the students of Brandeis University a place to hone their speaking skills and explore new perspectives, attitudes, and ideas.” BADASS’ mission statement has, in recent years, been the catalyst for the club’s initiative to recruit members from diverse backgrounds.

Brandeis alumni recount Ford Hall occupation

(02/12/19 11:00am)

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1969, between 60 and 75 student members of the Brandeis Afro-American Society began to occupy the Ford Hall building. The occupation, which lasted until Saturday, Jan. 18., began when 10 to 15 Black students told the building’s two switchboard operators to vacate the premises and took over the phone system. The students ordered students in classes to leave the area and secured the building. They then held a news conference in the office of Black student advisor Lathan Johnson, during which Rocard Millet ’68, MSW ’71, Ph.D. ’74 and Brandeis Afro-American Society President Roy DeBerry ’70, MA ’78, Ph.D. ’79 read a statement consisting of  ten non-negotiable demands for the University. This historic event now lives on in the University’s archives. 

Team continues its losing streak

(02/12/19 11:00am)

As the Judges inch closer to the end of their season, they continue to battle their University Athletic Association rivals. This week, they took on the Carnegie Mellon Tartans and Case Western Reserve University Spartans. Unfortunately, their last home games of the season resulted in two more losses, bringing their losing streak to four games in a row. They are now at an overall record of 7–14 for the season, specifically at 3–8 in the UAA, according to the Brandeis Athletics website.

Women start new losing streak after falling to Rochester and Emory

(02/05/19 11:03am)

The Brandeis Women’s Basketball team continues their season by playing two more University Athletic Association rivals. This week, the Judges lost to the Emory University Eagles and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets making the team 7–11 overall and 3–5 in the UAA. Looking ahead, the Judges will take on Carnegie Mellon University on Friday at 6 p.m.

Univ. responds to national changes to Title IX policies

(01/29/19 11:00am)

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has prepared Title IX policies aimed at expanding the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape. According to an Aug. 29 New York Times article, these policies would “bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims.” In a Jan. 24 email to the Brandeis community, University President Ron Liebowitz announced that Brandeis has joined 54 other Massachusetts colleges and universities to publicly comment on the Department of Education’s proposals.