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January 2005 Issue

New class evaluation forms debut

New course evaluation forms made their debut last semester in the History, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Theater Arts Departments. The surveys showed an increase in the amount and specificity of questions. This is consistent with the aim of the evaluations reformatting, according to Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Elaine Wong.

Republicans, peace activists share bus to D.C.

The day Bush was re-elected as president of the United States some people cheered, some people cried, and others were merely apathetic to the entire election. On that day, the Brandeis Republicans began planning a trip to watch the inauguration. So did the Brandeis Students for Peace. About a month ago, the two groups decided to cut costs and share a bus to and from DC.

Modfest slated for Jan. 29

Despite its last-minute cancellation late December, Union senators are working to reschedule Modfest. Assistant Dean of Student Life Alwina Bennett indicated that Saturday, Jan. 29 might be a likely date.

On Your Marks: Even pro athletes cannot escape Residence Life

If youre a Brandeis student, the following situation is probably very familiar. Late February or early March you find everyone is crowding around the mail room, eyeing each person as they open a white envelope, to see either great satisfaction or intense sorrow overtake their face. Thats right, Im talking about the housing lottery.

Writer's Block: Fun Czar: if it's good enough for Harvard…

There has really never been much doubt that Brandeis provides its student body with a high quality education. We have the dedicated administration, the notable faculty, the proud alumni, the generous donors. The environment around here breathes academic rigor.

Ice rink constructed, skates still elusive

Earlier this week, a new ice skating rink was completed among the trees between the Shapiro Campus Center and the Feldberg Building. Dean Rick Sawyer and the Student Union Executive Office worked together to plan and create the rink, which Sawyer describes as a recreational addition to campus. The rink, built by Facilities staff and paid for by the offices of Associate Vice President of University Services Mark Collins and Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Jean Eddy, is available for student use free of charge.

This Week at Brandeis

A preview of the upcoming week's events and activities.

Former Provost received over $300k in severance

Former Provost Mel Bernstein, who left Brandeis after a sudden falling out with the University, received $335,363 in employee benefits during his only year at Brandeis, according to the Universitys 2002-2003 tax forms recently obtained by The Hoot. This amount, over $300,000 more than the next non-officer staff member, includes costs allowed in severance agreement, the tax return says.

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.

Hoot Interview: Krauss describes history, goals of curriculum changes

Provost Marty Krauss sat down with The Hoot to discuss the history and goals of the Integreated Planning process.