Editor's note: A Justice editor spending the summer in Washington, D.C. had the opportunity to witness the delivery of Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions as a member of the student press.
Family, friends, alumni, current students and the candidates of the graduating Class of 2013 gathered in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center to witness the 62nd annual commencement ceremony on May 19, during which 850 bachelor's degrees, 803 master's degrees and 93 doctorates were awarded.
A position for a sexual assault prevention and survivor services coordinator is in its final stages of being created and will be filled by the fall semester according to Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan is leaving Brandeis after 12 years to take over as the chief academic officer at Emerson College, a position comparable to that of provost, according to Whelan. Associate Vice President of University Affairs Dr. John Hose and seven other faculty members will be leaving the University and retiring from academia. "I've gotten to know all of the faculty really well, and I came in here because the faculty were so extraordinary, and just really talented, dedicated people," said Whelan in an interview with the Justice. "[Provost] Steve Goldstein ['78] is really a big ideas person, really visionary," said Whelan.
Round two of Student Union spring elections took place last Thursday from midnight to midnight, leaving three of the 14 available positions vacant by the end of the day.
Ellyn Getz '13 was selected as the undergraduate speaker at commencement by the class of 2013 last week, according to Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer.
Pachanga, a dance hosted by the International Club in Levin Ballroom, returned this semester on April 13 after a hiatus of almost three years. The event, which was traditionally held once a semester before it was suspended after the last Pachanga on Oct.
From midnight to midnight on April 17, the student body had the opportunity to vote on three proposed amendments to the Student Union Constitution.
Student Union Vice President Gloria Park '13 spearheaded an initiative to collect student feedback regarding the current shuttle service system. A survey regarding shuttle services was sent in an email to the Brandeis community on April 5 in order to receive suggestions for improvement.
Last Wednesday, University Registrar Mark Hewitt announced via email that a change in policy will require students who plan to enroll in over 23 credits worth of courses to pay an additional fee. "Starting with Fall term 2013, students who are approved to enroll in more than the 22 credit maximum will be charged additional tuition for any credits beyond 23.