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Students march to ‘take back the night’

(04/16/19 10:00am)

Members of the Brandeis community gathered at the bottom of the Rabb Steps on Thursday to raise awareness of sexual violence on campus in the annual Take Back the Night march. Over 60 members of the Brandeis community marched through the center of campus to the Light of Reason as organizers called out statistics from the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct.

University names John Paul Lederach 2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize winner

(04/16/19 10:00am)

The University named John Paul Lederach, a scholar of conflict transformation, the recipient of the 2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, according to an April 10 BrandeisNOW article. Lederach is an American professor emeritus of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame and is “widely known for his development of culturally appropriate approaches to conflict transformation.”

Brandeis Climate Justice calls for University to divest from fossil fuels

(04/16/19 10:00am)

Brandeis Climate Justice called for the University to divest by circulating a script among the community and prospective students on Admitted Students Day, April 14. The script, to be used when for calling or emailing University President Liebowitz and the Board of Trustees, thanks the Board of Trustees for agreeing to “not invest in coal and to freeze other existing fossil fuel investments for the next three years,” but says it is “not enough.” 

Lurie Institute names Starr Fellows

(02/12/19 11:00am)

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.

Union, A-Board await Judiciary decision

(02/05/19 11:00am)

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.

President Liebowitz announces "springboard" funding plan for University

(01/22/19 11:00am)

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.

Finkel wins vice presidency by slim majority, Ashley voted treasurer

(12/11/18 11:00am)

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.

Report details campus shortcomings on diversity

(12/04/18 11:00am)

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.

Former Catholic chaplain was removed after alcohol-related ‘incident’ with University student

(11/06/18 11:00am)

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.

President Liebowitz outlines vision for future of Brandeis

(10/30/18 10:00am)

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.