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Kagame speaks on Rwanda

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame joined Brandeis University for a talk and roundtable discussion among faculty, students and policy officials on April 23 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the genocide in Rwanda. "This is a time of remembrance as well as serious reflection," Kagame said in a video recording of the event posted online. Kagame, who became Rwanda's president in 2000, "shared the lessons learned during and following the Rwandan genocide" and "spoke about the challenge of rebuilding Rwanda," according to an April 25 BrandeisNOW article. "There is no template for putting a country back together after such a major tragedy," Kagame said.

Student body will vote on approved proposals to change Union constitution

A revised list of proposed changes to the Student Union Constitution will go to the student body for a vote in the coming weeks, following the constitutional changes that received the signatures of more than 10 senators Sunday night. The revised Constitutional Review Task Force proposal tempers the initial expansion of authority for the Senate over the allocation of funds from the Student Activities fee. It no longer grants the Senate approval power over decisions made by the Finance Board, which will be renamed the Allocations Board.

Judiciary votes on club verdict

The Student Judiciary issued a decision Sunday night in a rare instance of a case going to trial; the justices ruled the Brandeis Libertarian Conservative Union must change its name "to better reflect the objectives of the club." The decision followed a trial on March 6, during which two clubs disputed which one could use the word "libertarian" in its club name.

University pushes changes to dining

All residential students at Brandeis University will be required to purchase a meal plan starting in fall 2016, according to an unsigned campus-wide email from "Campus Operations." Currently, students living in apartment-style residences equipped with kitchens, such as the Foster Mods and Ridgewood Quad, are not required to be on a meal plan. Sodexo will also begin to implement other changes such as a renovation of Usdan Cafe and the elimination of meal equivalencies next year.

University replaces Brandeis secure network with eduroam

Clarification appended This month Brandeis implemented the rollout of a new official wireless network, eduroam, in dormitories. Eduroam replaces the network named "brandeis_secure." Eduroam is an encrypted network that is "functionally equivalent" to the previous secure network, wrote Lindsay Barton, associate director for

DCL moves housing selection process online

Brandeis room selection will be conducted online for the first time this March. Students will select rooms for the 2014 to 2015 academic year using MyHousing, online software run by Adirondack Solutions, a college software provider. The overall process for room selection will remain similar to that of years past, but without the trip to Sherman Function Hall, said DCL Assistant Director for Operations Sarah Hogan-Crowley in an interview with the Justice. Students will have to opt into room selection, as in previous years, by submitting an online application, or "checking the box," on the Department of Community Living website.

Reinharz's pay in the spotlight

A front-page article in the Nov. 18 Sunday Boston Globe highlighted the salary and benefits packages afforded to former University presidents, with a focus on President Emeritus Jehuda Reinharz. Students and faculty reacted, voicing their concern about Reinharz's compensation but noting that excessive executive compensation is not an issue unique to Brandeis. Reinharz's salary and benefits, as reported by the Justice in a Sept.

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