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    Professor diagnosed with pertussis

    This Wednesday the Brandeis Health Center, in accordance with Massachusetts law, sent email notification to the University community of a confirmed case of pertusis, commonly known as whooping cough, on campus. Elaine Hiller, lecturer of Biology at Brandeis, developed the symptoms of pertussis earlier this semester and, in an email interview, told The Hoot that [b]ased on when I got sick, the state lab estimated that I was contagious until October 5th.

    Debaters earn fifth at nationals

    The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADaSS) placed fifth in the American Parliamentary Debate Associations (APDA) National Championships at Wesleyan University last weekend. Defeating teams from schools including Yale, William and Mary and Stanford, Justin Gelfand 05 and Andy Bragen 05 finished fifth in the nation.

    Senate looks inward with budget changes

    The Brandeis Student Union Senate debated next semesters budget last Sunday. The budget, which will be voted upon by the Senate in two days, includes several changes put forth by Treasurer Nick Freeman 07, who is charged with creating the budget in consultation with Union President Jenny Feinberg 07. One of Freemans more controversial proposals is the allocation of $5,000 to the Senate Discretionary Fund, a 50 percent decrease from the usual $10,000 allotment.

    Crisis in Sherman: Kosher cops on very high alert*

    Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are investigating the apparent theft of a waffle iron from the non-kosher side of the Sherman Cafeteria. MSP Colonel Smith is asking the University community for assistance. The alleged perpetrator must have had a really big bulge under his or her clothing. If the waffle iron was hot, he or she might have seemed in pain.

    Student Union passed pay parity resolution

    This week the Student Union Senate passed a resolution calling on Brandeis to equalize pay between directly employed and subcontracted Brandeis workers. The Parity Resolution cites the Universitys commitment to social justice as reason to, work through the collective bargaining process to correct the disparity in compensation between direct employees of the University and employees of outside contractors.

    Housing fills up at number 1,404

    Three hundred juniors and seniors are on a waitlist for housing. The three day long room selection process came to a close Tuesday evening leaving no on-campus residence unfilled.

    Debate society second best U.S. team at World Championships

    Malaysias Multimedia University hosted the 25th annual Worlds Universities Debating Competition (WUDC, or Worlds) over a nine day period this past December and January. The Brandeis Debate and Speech Society was represented by Justin Gelfand 05 and Brian Schon 06.

    Deis for Life advocates for an unpopular message, but not looking for controversy

    Deis for Life, a recently chartered club on campus, is dedicated to serious, yet open, discussion of their views against abortion.

    Mock Trial team has conviction for regional competition

    Brandeis Universitys Mock Trial Association will vie for a national slot at an intense two-day competition to take place this weekend at Connecticuts Manchester Community College (MCC). The 2005 American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Northeastern Regional Mock Trial Tournament will determine which two of the twenty-three contending teams will continue on to compete for the honor of representing their schools in Des Moines, IA this April.

    Applications jump by 1,300 with new quick decision process

    Over 7,200 applications for admission were received by Brandeis this year, an increase of about 1,300 over last years applicant pool and the largest in the Universitys history. By various means, Brandeis is aggressively recruiting a wider pool of applicants.