An oil spill on the Charles River on Wednesday, near Shaw’s Supermarket, brought hazmat crews to the scene. The Waltham Patch reported in a Dec. 6 article that a passerby noticed what appeared to be an oily substance leaking into the river and called 911 at 4:10 p.m. The oil was later determined to have leaked from the drainage system, piping and manholes in Waltham.
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Branda, a mobile application created by Brandeis students for the University community, launched on Thursday. According to the Branda website, it is a “two-sided platform” connecting Brandeis students with essential campus services.
Following the success of the Shapiro Campus Center’s lighting efficiency project, the University has dedicated $2.5 million to increase the number of buildings on campus that will receive LED lighting upgrades, according to a Nov. 15 email from Finance and Administration. This new initiative will contribute to the institution’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint and thereby reach a 15% reduction over 2015 by 2020, a goal set by the University as part of its 2016 climate action plan.
Celebrated as the international day of philanthropy, this year’s Giving Tuesday challenged members of the Brandeis Community to be #OneForBrandeis. Within 24 hours, 1,597 individuals raised $438,850 for the University.
On Giving Tuesday, Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion waterfront casino and luxury hotel located near Logan International Airport, announced that it will commit $10 million over the next four years to support civic institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to a Nov. 27 press release on the company’s website.
After months of work behind the scenes, the Brandeis Food Pantry celebrated its official opening on Friday. Located in Kutz Hall across from the Registrar’s Office, the BFP is open to all members of the Brandeis community and provides non-perishable canned items and personal care products.
As part of its commitment to funding medical research, the National Football League awarded Boston Children’s Hospital more than $14.6 million for concussion research, according to a Nov. 15 NFL News story. To date, the NFL has donated more than $35 million to fund brain health and injury research, per the same article.
Brandeis celebrated its ninth annual Kindness Day on Thursday, bringing together University faculty, staff and students in a campus-wide effort in the spirit of passing along kindness.
Massachusetts residents have set a new record for voter turnout the 2018 midterm election, according to a Nov. 9 CBS Boston article. On Friday, Secretary of State Bill Galvin confirmed that 2.7 million voters had gone to the polls, compared to 2.1 million in the 2014 midterms. At the time, ballots were still being counted. Massachusetts re-elected Republican governor Charlie Baker. FiveThirtyEight considers Baker to be a “moderate, or perhaps even liberal, Republican.” Voters also elected an all-Democratic House of Representatives delegation to Washington, D.C. The state also voted on three ballot questions.
A new American fusion restaurant named Balani has opened on Moody Street. It takes the place of Raffaele’s Ristorante, which closed in spring 2018, according to an Oct. 29 Waltham Patch article. The restaurant’s Instagram page describes the restaurant as “making really tasty yums in a fun space.”
Author Mira T. Lee stood behind Harlan Chapel’s granite lectern, reading passages from her debut novel, “Everything is Beautiful.” Last Tuesday night, Brandeis faculty, staff and students listened to Lee share the ways her personal experiences growing up in immigrant communities and with family members suffering from schizophrenia influenced her novel. The organizers of the event placed two lamps near the front of the chapel but kept the main lights off, leaving audience members in dim lighting.
The state of Massachusetts supplied the city of Waltham additional funding for road work and transportation, according to an Oct. 24 Waltham Patch article. Waltham received $1,609,034 in the initial fiscal year 2019 funding report, but has now secured an extra $321,807, bringing the total to $1,930,841, according to the Patch article.
“Hey, I’ll see you around,” Robert Singer ’19 said on his way out of his politics class. “I gotta go buy a banana so I don’t die.”
The Brandeis Library recently announced four changes regarding borrowing and fines: the new Food for Fines program, general collection, equipment fines and amnesty waivers.
Waltham native Caroll Spinney has retired from the children’s program “Sesame Street,” where he portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, according to an Oct. 17 New York Times article.
Members of the University’s administration joined students in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium on Thursday night to stand in solidarity with those affected by sexual violence. The Prevention Advocacy Resource Center (PARC) announced the We Believe You Vigil in an Oct. 10 email, just one day before the event.
Sharline Nabulime became the first AfricanAmerican to join the Waltham City Council, as well as Ward 6’s first refugee councilor and first female representative, according to an Oct. 11 Waltham Patch article.
In a Sept. 4 email to the Brandeis community, University president Ron Liebowitz announced the creation of the Office of Equal Opportunity, which is expected to be operational by spring 2019. The Justice spoke with Dr. Mark Brimhall-Vargas, the University’s chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, about the creation of this new office. The OEO will report to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
While waiting for physical therapy, a group of student athletes noticed Marci McPhee’s sweatshirt and asked what sport she coached. “Uh...” McPhee responded. “It’s a social justice thing — ’DEIS Impact.”
Jeffrey Ward was recently named the University’s interim Athletics director, according to an email sent by President Liebowitz on Sept. 4, 2018.