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    Angry, Controversial Senior Sendoff

    It's the last issue of The Hoot and even though I am no longer any sort of official, weekly columnist, I still get a request from the editorial board reminding all the seniors to not be afraid to go out with a bang. Don't worry, I got that covered. So I go home and scribble down a few thousand words in an article called Brandeis' Golden Years It was all about how Brandeis is nearing 60 years of age and it is time for Jehuda Reinharz to retire the traditionalism of Brandeis money and find donors who will not complain every time some Palestinian artwork is hung on campus or some obnoxious student invites Jimmy Carter to campus. It was trite.

    Kickin’ it with MC Paul Barman

    Susan Chopnick: We wanted to know: have you ever performed in front of this many Jews since your Bar Mitzvah?
    MC Paul Barman: Never Bar Mitzvah'd, so that is an impossible question. But the easy answer is, (long pause) no.

    Campus recycling program established

    A collaboration of clubs and administrative offices announced this week the reestablishment of an abandoned recycling program that collects usable products and food from students. The program is expected to reduce the University's waste output as well as cut down on disposal fees.

    A sneak-preview of Saturday’s Springfest

    Springfest is happening Saturday on the Great Lawn. New Brandeis Policy: Beer for over-21s with proper id (wristbands will be issued so no beer garden). Concerts start at 12pm, should end by 6pm.

    An off-campus failure

    Following the demolition of Ridgewood this summer, the Brandeis administration and Student Union will be faced with a high percentage of students off-campus. In the past, the Union has been much more proactive in addressing the needs of off-campus students. This year's off-campus senator, Jonathan Winstone '07, and the Union as a whole has completely ignored their responsibilities to this portion of their constituency.

    Anti-Semitism will not come to Brandeis

    After WWII, Hungarian author Arthur Koestler gave a speech in London about the rise of the Cold War, the Soviet Block and everything he perceived as wrong with communism. He was then attacked, immediately following the lecture, for bringing aid and comfort to individuals now known as McCarthyists. Koestler responded by simply saying, You cannot help it if idiots and bigots share your views for their reasons. That doesn't mean you can be tarred with their views.

    Walking the line of censorship

    This week, the Brandeis community was introduced to two committees, one to address and advise the Provost's office on “controversial” art exhibits and other events and another being created by the Student Union to review and establish a collective of Middle East events this Spring. The administration and the Union have every right to create these committees. After the controversy's surrounding the “Voices of Palestine” art exhibit last spring and the confusion from the Carter event, it is fair to suggest that there be an advisory board. However, there is a thin line that these committees must be careful not to cross: censoring ideas.

    A new Brandeis? Reflections on a maturing university

    Last April, when the Brandeis Administration choose to censor the Palestinian Childrens Art exhibit Voices of Palestine, many students felt troubled by the Universitys inability to face and debate the difficult issue surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The Justice editorial board declared the removal of the art exhibit a shame and an unfortunate step in the wrong direction. Additionally, an Arab student, during a fallout sensitivity meeting held by the Ethics Center days after the controversy erupted, declared that he no longer felt like Brandeis was his home.

    Academic sanctioning: The keys to success?

    The new lockout policy at Brandeis has gained a lot of negative attention due to the unnecessary paperwork that students must fill out when they are locked out of their rooms. However, when discussing the change of policy that now forces students to go to the Residence Life office to be readmitted to their rooms, they failed to inform the community that the new policy allows Residence Life to academically punish students who are repeat “lockout” offenders.

    Voting off the wagon

    Bandwagon politics dominates intellectualism and debate at Brandeis and leads to the popularity of some pretty terrible political candidates. Despite Brandeis' facade of activism and progressive labels, the Brandeis Democrats dominate the political debate on campus, and rubber-stamping a political party is as dangerous, passive, and anti-democratic. Here are a list of two alternative candidates worth voting for.