The police were called on Brandeis Leftist Union members who were protesting, alongside a dozen dining workers, the abrupt firing of Kevintz Merisier.
The firing of a beloved dining hall worker sparked outrage and uproar, and prompted a petition.
For most of the world, Sept. 8, 2021 was not significant in any way. For the University of Wisconsin’s population of roughly 4,000 Jewish students and faculty, it was a day where they had to choose between spirituality and school. This year, Wisconsin’s first day of class — a day that appeared to be insignificant to the university’s administration — happened to fall on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Hebrew calendar.