The Brandeis Asian American Task Force is circulating a petition calling for the creation of a faculty position in Pacific Islander Studies, which would be filled by Prof. Leanne Day (GRALL). Day, a Pacific Islander, is currently finishing her second year of the Florence Levy Kay Fellowship in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies.
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The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management announced the inaugural class of its Nathan and Toby Starr Fellowship for the spring 2019 semester in a Feb. 7 press release. The program aims to “foster research expertise and expand understanding of disability policy among undergraduate students,” per the same announcement.
Student Union President Hannah Brown ’19, Vice President Aaron Finkel ’20 and Chief of Staff Emma Russell ’19 presented four claims to the Union Judiciary on Jan. 15 regarding the Union’s status within the Union’s constitution in a case that will determine whether it is considered a club or governing body. Currently, the Union is considered a club and is therefore under the jurisdiction of the Allocations Board.
BranVan accessible transport hours extended
The administration put forth a $73 million proposal, termed “springboard funding,” that will address gaps in University operations that must be filled before pursuing a major capital campaign, University President Ron Liebowitz announced in a Jan. 11 email to the Brandeis community last week. The proposal is split into two parts and spreads spending over three years, allotting $47 million for incremental operations and $26 million for capital expenditures.
Members of the Brandeis community elected Aaron Finkel ’20 as vice president and Adrian Ashley ’20 as treasurer of the Student Union for the Spring 2019 semester. The Union held a special election yesterday after announcing Vice President Benedikt Reynolds ’19 and Treasurer Jerry Miller ’18 will resign at the end of the semester.
A student found posters bearing alt-right rhetoric and symbols outside of East Quad last Wednesday night and reported them to a Community Advisor, who provided the Justice with a copy of the poster. The text on the poster read, “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals.”
University President Ron Liebowitz released the Campus Climate Report last Thursday, which detailed the “exceedingly high standards” and broader shortcomings of the University, as well as the steps the administration is taking to address them. This second and final report, authored by independent investigators the University hired last spring, follows up on the initial findings regarding the complaints lodged against former men’s basketball coach Brian Meehan.
Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe ’73 has donated $10 million in scholarship funds to be allocated to undergraduate and graduate students from Japan. This is the single largest donation the University has received from an international graduate, according to the University’s Nov. 14 press release.
Brandeis University Press announced its partnership with the University of Chicago Press on Nov. 12, following the dissolution of the New England Press Consortium, of which Brandeis was a founding member.
Father Walter Cuenin, the University’s Catholic chaplain from 2006 to 2015, was removed from ministry and his position at Brandeis due to alcohol addiction and a “related incident” involving an adult male student, the Archdiocese of Boston’s Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs Terrence Donilon confirmed in an Oct. 3 email to the Justice. The University had originally attributed Cuenin’s departure to unspecified “health reasons”in a Jan. 13, 2015 email from Dean of Students Jamele Adams.
University President Ron Liebowitz urged the Brandeis community to strive for a strong, secure and sustainable future in a speech outlining his vision for the University yesterday. About 350 people attended the all-campus presidential announcement, with more watching the livestream, in which he shared the “Brandeis Value Proposition,” his framework for the University’s future.
The Board of Trustees announced that it had not been able to reach a decision on divestment and aims to adopt a new standard for its policy governing investments at its next meeting. Before then, it will review the current general guideline, Brandeis University as a Responsible Investor.
After a year of negotiations, a Tentative Agreement has been reached between the chief negotiators of University and the bargaining unit of the Graduate Student Union. The TA, which has not yet been released, will be voted on by the approximately 240 members of the bargaining unit on Sept. 18. It is yet to be ratified by the University, but it is expected to pass both parties’ ratification processes.
Graduate students and representatives from the administration are entering their eighth month of contract negotiations, according to an email to the Justice from Eric Chasalow, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will address the graduating class at the upcoming commencement ceremony, according to a Monday press release.
In a call to action, students marched from the Rabb Steps to the administration buildings last Wednesday, the same day the Board of Trustees was meeting, and urged University President Ron Liebowitz to engage with the Board and discuss fossil fuel divestment.
Free speech watchdog the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education posted an open letter addressed to President Ron Liebowitz on Monday, calling upon the University to re-examine its principles of “freedom of expression, inquiry, and debate” in the wake of the “Buyer Beware” controversy.