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The importance of communication within the University community surrounding COVID-19 cases and hybrid classes

 In particular, this board takes issue with the University’s closure of an entire testing site on upper campus, the current policies and practices surrounding contact tracing and isolation for infected students, and the general sense of confusion and difficulty that has accompanied these changes that have hampered experiences in classes and elsewhere.  

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Brandeis

Brandeis University is to be commended for disassociating itself from MESA, the Middle East Studies Association. MESA has voted to embrace Omar Barghoutis antisemitic genocidal BDS movement 

As COVID-19 cases rise, students and faculty need to take action

 Prioritizing safety is especially important for those who have experienced a potential exposure from a close contact or who are experiencing symptoms. Of course, we should all be following University guidelines and adhering to instructions provided by the Brandeis Community Tracing Program (BCTP) and the Health Center if placed in quarantine or isolation — this is the least we can do to slow the spread and respect our fellow community members. But the apparent delays and communication failures of the BCTP and Health Center in notifying students when they are identified as a close contact have made it clear that simply following instructions is not enough.  

Amidst war in Ukraine, demands for financial transparency go unheard

Brandeis’ failure to be financially transparent has large consequences in the context of the current conflict in Ukraine. Per the Yale CELI List of Companies, over 450 companies have withdrawn from Russia — either at a reduced capacity or operating in full — but many companies have failed to exit business in Russia. This economic activity funds Putin’s war. Without a specific breakdown of how the University’s endowment is allocated, we have no way of knowing exactly where our financial contributions to the University are going, and, what’s more, we have no idea if any part of this money is aiding Russia’s economy.  

The Flawed US immigration system for Cameroonian asylum seekers, explained

The cruel effects of the United States’ flawed immigration system have massive implications on Cameroonians who are essential members of communities across the United States and those who have demonstrated remarkable resilience in pursuit of safety. In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis and armed conflicts in Cameroon, it is direly important that President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas designate Cameroonians Temporary Protected Status. TPS will ensure, safety, security and that Cameroonian families are able to stay together and that those who seek asylum are able to do so without being further subjected to cruelty or harm from deportation forces such as ICE.  

The Kiwibots on campus: friend or foe?

Overall, a quick poll of my friends revealed that while most of us don’t like them and find them fairly annoying, we struggled to find a solid reason for this dislike besides the technological privacy aspect. We do agree that the Kiwibots could be really helpful for students, and are likely a good addition to campus.  

"Views on the News": The "Don't Say Gay" bill and its impact on education

"Views on the News": The "Don't Say Gay" bill and its impact on education Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., has stated his intention to sign the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, which has been named by those in opposition as the "Don't Say Gay" bill because it seeks to ban instruction of gender and sexuality issues in the classroom. How does this bill negatively impact those who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community? To what extent does banning or mitigating conversation surrounding gender and sexuality harm students? What can student organizers do to promote more inclusive legislation in conservative states to promote inclusivity?  

“Views on the News: US Ambassador declares Russia's actions are war crimes"

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Thursday that actions committed by Russia against Ukrainian  civilians constitute war crimes, marking the first time a senior U.S. official has directly accused Moscow of war crimes since last month's attack on Ukraine began. How does declaring the actions of Russia a war crime help Ukraine in its effort to squash the war? In what ways can Brandeis provide support for Ukraine during this time? 

Letter to the Editor: Contamination without communication?

We are writing to address concerns and clarify procedures that were reported in the Justice’s Feb. 8,  2022 story, Contamination without communication? University leaves students and staff out of the loop  about high lead levels and water fountain closures .  

Letter to the Editor- Dining Services

We encourage community members with concerns to speak to one of Dining's onsite management team members, utilize the Bite Help and Support link on the app located on your profile tab, or by using 

"Don’t Bite the Hands that Feed You': a student POV from the rally for union workers

The event opened my eyes to the depth of these issues going on around campus and helped me further empathize with the needs of our faculty.  Cassandra Anderson, acted as one of the coordinators of this rally. Student support was incredibly important for this rally. “If Brandeis only saw the workers advocating for themselves, they would do nothing. Student involvement was critical,” she said. 

The fight for change: Ruthzee Louijeune, Boston city council at-large

Black immigrants face race-based discrimination in the United States, at a disproportionate rate. As more Black immigrants come to the United States, Louijeune voiced a central question: “Is this an opportunity for America to undergo a positive shift in reforms and political ideologies, or will people stay complacent and stagnant against racial discrimination and xenophobia?”  

‘My name is Pauli Murray’ The significance of amplifying Black voices

The board calls on Brandeis to continue facilitating conversations about Black and POC work at the University that often goes unrecognized. Pauli Murray’s crucial contributions, that have secured the protections of many, have almost been erased from our historical narrative. Many Black and POC faculty at Brandeis are putting forth valuable research which should be uplifted and celebrated before they leave this earth. 

Brandeis Public Safety fails to meet student demands

This board is also concerned with the pace at which these reforms are happening. “Next year, we will begin a comprehensive strategic planning process that entails community input toward achieving consensus on the role, mission, vision and values for campus safety,” Rushton wrote. This has already been a multi-year process. We believe that the University’s efforts to reform Public Safety and make students feel safer on campus have been insufficient. The pace at which reforms are taking place is not proportional to the urgency of the situation — student safety must be a priority. 

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