The president of the Brandeis Conservatives Club, Brandon Musto ’20, appeared before the Senate to propose changing the club’s name to the Young Americans for Liberty Club. Brandeis had hosted a club also called the Young Americans for Liberty Club until last year, when the club disintegrated due to leadership problems. Musto said the current club name “pigeonholes” its members as exclusively conservative, when many of them are more interested in personal liberties, like free speech. The BCC currently has Republican, Democratic and Libertarian members, he said. Musto said changing the name would “expand membership” and that associating with the YALC would provide them resources and connections with Young Americans for Liberty clubs at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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In a moderated discussion with high school and graduate students, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum encouraged members of the Brandeis and Waltham communities to think about whose voices are heard in classrooms and what teachers can do to influence participation from diverse perspectives. The 2018 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize recipient shared experiences from her time as a professor and explained the ideas developed in her famous book, “‘Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?’ And Other Conversations About Race.”
On Sept. 26, the Brandeis Board of Trustees elected four new members, bringing the total Board to six officers, 33 trustees, five faculty representatives, three student representatives and nine trustees emeriti. The Board serves as “the final authority on all aspects of the university’s operations,” according to the University’s website. The Board of Trustees, in additon to other duties, is responsible for electing the University’s president and for holding the president accountable for all academic, administrative, financial, and other activities.
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.
On Wednesday, writer Mickey Rapkin detailed his journey from a wandering college graduate to magazine journalist to author to screenwriter, speaking to an audience of Brandeis students and a cappella fans. Rapkin is best known for writing “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory,” the 2008 nonfiction book upon which the “Pitch Perfect” movies are based. Two University a cappella groups, VoiceMale and Company B, surprised the audience by performing before the lecture.
CAREER EVOLUTION: On Wednesday, Mickey Rapkin shared how he transformed from a magazine writer to a screenwriter through writing his nonfiction book about college a cappella groups that would inspire the “Pitch Perfect” movie franchise.
The first issue discussed at the third Senate meeting of the semester was the de-chartering of 37 clubs. The Senate decided with an overwhelming majority to de-charter all of the clubs that recently had not completed their club renewal forms.
Campus clubs, staff members and members of the Brandeis community gathered to learn about the state of sustainability on Thursday night. Mary Fischer, the University’s sustainability programs manager, spoke about recent sustainability initiatives and what the campus has achieved in recent years.
“The quest for career and family has been a long journey, so we are not yet at the end of the road,” Claudia Goldin said as she opened her talk on the social and economic struggle of choosing between pursuing careers and families. Her talk took place last Thursday and was entitled, "A Long Road: The Quest for Career and Family," and discussed how American society has developed through trends in labor economics.
Pulitzer Prize alumna discusses Japanese war crimes against China in “The War Crimes That Disappeared”
In a presentation at the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex on Tuesday evening, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Prof. Jeanne Guillemin ’73 explained the complicated history of Japan’s war crimes during World War II and how American officials worked to prevent the prosecution of Japanese generals after the war in her presentation, “The War Crimes That Disappeared.”
Harvard Prof. Claudia Goldin examines how college graduate women have increasingly focused on their careers as a measure of success over the last 40 years.
University Ethics Center announces Bahalim Student Fund for projects countering Islamophobia in the US
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Brandeis Chaplaincy recently announced the creation of the Bahalim Student Fund, a fund to give the Brandeis community an opportunity to fight Islamophobia and promote Islamic values.
As Waltham-area schools settle into the 2018-19 school year, a number of changes and new programs are coming to Waltham High School.
Five days after a series of gas explosions injured more than two dozen residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Mass., lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against the company responsible for the incident. According to a Sept. 18 report by the Associated Press, the lawsuit, filed against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, seeks compensation for residents of the three affected cities who were evacuated but did not suffer injuries or property damage.
Members of the Student Union confirmed Executive Board appointed members and committee chair appointments at their weekly Sunday meeting. They also elected a new Community Emergency and Enhancement Fund Representative, Allocations Board Representative and Executive Senator.
The idea that every person should receive an unconditional basic income (UBI) each month, just for being alive, has generated conflicting opinions among economists and policy makers for years. Members of the Brandeis community and outside guests gathered to learn about this unorthodox economic idea last Thursday when Austrian filmmaker and economist Christian Tod presented his documentary on the subject, “Free Lunch Society: Komm Komm Grundeinkommen,” or “Free Lunch Society: Come Come Basic Income.”
FREE LUNCH SOCIETY: Filmmaker and economist Christian Tod discussed what he sees as the benefits of implementing an unconditional basic income after the screening of his documentary last Thursday.
Jeffrey Ward was recently named the University’s interim Athletics director, according to an email sent by President Liebowitz on Sept. 4, 2018.