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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Brandeis women’s basketball team has persevered and impressively ended a four-game losing streak when they conquered the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. In an impressive matchup with a tight final score, the women have started to head in the right direction against their University Athletic Association rivals. Currently, the Judges are sitting at a 7–10 overall record, 3–4 in the UAA. Next, the team will face the Emory University Eagles at home on Friday to kick off February’s matchups.
Committees reflect on semester’s accomplishments after senators disband Swimming Club, vote for new executive senator
Senators reflected on their accomplishments in the final Senate meeting of the semester. The meeting began with a motion to dissolve the Swimming Club. Senator-at-Large Noah Nguyen ’21 explained that last fall, the club went on probationary status and was granted a second probationary term in the spring after failing to meet the requirements for club funding in the first term. The second probationary term ended on Oct. 3, Nguyen said, during which the club again failed to meet the requirements for Student Union funding. The motion to dissolve the club passed unanimously, by a vote of acclamation.
Students and Brandeis Dining Services staff met to discuss menus for the resident dining halls for the spring 2019 semester at the final Senate Dining Committee meeting of the semester on Wednesday. According to Operations Director Stan Park, this meeting gave attendees an opportunity to express their wishes regarding menus for the upcoming semester that will be put together over winter break.
So far this season, the men's basketball team has faced many fierce competators and looks forward to many more. Some previous matchups against the Judges include the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which resulted in a win for the Judges, Suffolk College, a loss for the Judges and four victories against Bates College, Lasell College, Salem State University, Babson College and Becker College. This Saturday, the Judges ended their streak after a loss to Wesleyan University. The Judges look forward to 14 more games between now and the end of February.
The Brandeis women’s basketball team is now in the midst of a two-game losing streak following their most recent loss against Gordon College, as they continue their 2018-19 season. The Judges now sit with an overall record of 3–5 and have yet to play any conference games against University Athletic Association rivals. The Judges continue to press forward despite having only eight healthy players on their roster, according to the Brandeis Athletics website, proving a hurdle for the team.
After months of deliberation, the Board of Trustees adopted a set of policies regarding fossil fuel investments at their November meeting, updating the 1973 guidelines that previously informed their investment decisions. Brandeis students have been pressing the administration to divest from fossil fuels for several years and have continued to do so in response to the recent policy announcement.
The Judges are pressing forward this season and have played against some very talented competition. Saturday, the Judges’ record improved to 3–3 after a very impressive game where they conquered the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats. Although the Judges have played several games since the last issue of the Justice, this article will focus on this game because of all of the action that took place.The final score was a notable 77–60 victory for Brandeis.
Speaking to the Brandeis community at the Women’s Studies Research Center, scholar Pnina Abir-Am described the legacy of former Prof. Carolyn Cohen (BIOL). Abir-Am is widely published on the history of women and gender in science, the history of molecular biology and the history of public memory, according to the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center website. Cohen was the University’s first female biology professor and served as a spokeswoman and mentor for women in science.
The women’s basketball team has started off their season with one win and one loss, creating an overall record of 1–1 with no games yet in the University Athletic Association. Between the rookies and the returning players, the team brings a large amount of talent to the court, making the prospects of this season strong.
As of Sunday evening, the men’s basketball team had won two out of the first three games of the 2018-19 season. The game on the evening of Monday, Nov. 19 will be reported on in the next issue of the Justice, but the final score and a summary of the game’s action are available on the University’s Athletics website as well.
Professional basketball has raged on in the season, and each conference has had its share of action.
On Saturday, the season officially ended for the women’s soccer team, as the Judges were defeated by Farmingdale State College in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. With this close to their season, the 19th-ranked Judges achieved a season record 12–5, and the 25th-ranked Rams improved to 17–3–3 and went on to to play at the College of New Jersey on Sunday, according to the Brandeis Athletics website. Ultimately, the results of this game came down to one shot from the Rams and led to a score of 1–0 for the game that took place at the College of New Jersey.
Machines in the laundry room in Charles River Apartment 114 almost caught on fire on Nov. 4, Community Advisor Zosia Busé ’20 wrote in an email sent to residents of the building.
This weekend, the Judges played their last three games of the 2018 season. The women have had a pretty strong year, ending with an overall record of 13–17. The Judges have had their best season in the UAA in nearly a decade.