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    CULTURE BRIEF: Bronstein to feature fireworks

    This years Blockbuster Bronstein, Student Events spring celebration, features campus events throughout the week. Today brings miniature golf on Usdans front lawn and a 10 p.m. showing of The Incredibles on the Shapiro Great Lawn.

    Ann Coulter to give Commencement address*

    Ann Coulter, the noted conservative political pundit and bestselling author, will deliver the keynote address at the Universitys 54th commencement exercises, according to University spokesman Dennis Nealon.

    ITS to roll out Power over IP system*

    Next fall ITS plans to unveil a new system called Power over IP (PoIP) that will replace traditional campus power distribution. The initiative comes on the heels of several other IP developments: the upgrading of the campus network, installation of Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service, and the newly announced IPTV initiative.

    New phones to kick off IPTV trial

    Yesterday Chief Information Officer Perry Hanson announced to the community an immediate and mandatory trade-in of all existing Cisco 7912 phones on campus. The small one-line 7912 phones given to all students will be replaced with larger 7940 model phones which include additional capabilities.

    ITS to get new VoIP phones for students

    Students will receive new Cisco phones that offer enhanced capabilities next year. The current 7912 model phone will be replaced with the 7940, a larger, two-line phone that is used in most offices on campus. The move comes after ITS discovered conflicts between the existing phones and the proposed IPTV system, which is likely to replace cable television next fall.

    Network outages plague campus

    Problems with a core network switch in Feldberg caused several hours of intermittent network outages this morning, according to Chief Information Officer Perry Hanson. In a letter to the community, Hanson blamed a software fault for outages that caused phone and data services to be unavailable for periods between 1:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday.

    After circuitous journey, Mock Trial obtains funds necessary to compete

    Brandeis Universitys Mock Trial team this week secured the necessary funding to attend a national competition in Florida. The needed $4,000 came from four different sources, including the Student Union, the University Retention Fund and from an outside donation. The teams ability to attend the trip was in doubt two week ago due to ongoing concerns about a lack of funding.

    Mock Trial denied funding to attend national tournament

    The Brandeis University Mock Trial Association, which last week won a coveted spot at a national tournament in Florida, may not be able to attend due to funding constraints. Neither the Student Union nor the University will provide funding for transportation and lodging for the event. Mock Trials experience vividly illustrates a problem that is increasingly frustrating leaders of successful and high-achieving Brandeis clubs.

    Brandeis receives $10 million in gifts

    Two major gifts in support of faculty development were announced Thursday by University President Jehuda Reinharz. The Kay Fellows Fund will bring young postdoctoral scholars to campus for two-year appointments in interdisciplinary programs. The Norman Faculty Support Fund will fund faculty research and paid research leave for assistant professors.

    Hoot Interview: Jaffe defends curriculum changes

    Dean of Arts of Sciences Adam Jaffe sat down with The Hoot and talked about the proposed curriculum changes.