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February 2011 Issue

Suicide rattles community

Katherine “Kat” Sommers ’14 was found dead on campus Tuesday evening after an apparent suicide, university officials said. Sommers, 18, was found dead by a community advisor in her residence hall only days after she had moved rooms from the first to the third floor of Gordon Hall in North Quad. “The death of anyone […]


History major called ‘kind, thoughtful’

First-year history major Kat Sommers ’14, of Queens N.Y. died after apparently taking her own life at Brandeis University on Tuesday evening. She was 18. Kat, who attended Archbishop Molloy High School, a Catholic coeducational high school in Queens, was known in her dorm on Gordon Residence Hall for baking “amazing cookies” and having a […]


Sen. Chuck Schumer to visit campus

Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who is the caucus’ vice-chairman and thus the third-ranking member of the Senate, will visit Brandeis May 6 and deliver this year’s Saul G. Cohen Memorial Lecture. “A Conversation with Senator Charles Schumer: Can the United States Remain Ascendant?” will be followed by a question-and-answer with the senator, […]


Crown Center hosts forum on Egypt, Tunisia

Conditions for the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia will not necessarily translate to other uprisings in the region, Middle East scholars said during a forum in Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Tuesday sponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Brandeis Professor Eva Bellin (POL) discussed the uprisings in Tunisia, University of Utah Professor Ibrahim […]


MIT professor to receive Brandeis science award

Peter Schiller, the Dorothy W. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, has been selected to receive the Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences. Pepose, a graduate of Brandeis, conducts groundbreaking research in vision sciences and ophthalmology. According to Pepose, he and his wife, Susan […]


Vigil honors student who took her own life

Members of the Brandeis community remembered Kat Sommers ’14 in a memorial vigil held Thursday morning as they mourned the loss of the undergraduate who was found dead Tuesday evening after apparently taking her own life. The vigil, which was held both to honor Sommers and to help the community cope with the aftermath of […]


Israeli, Palestinian negotiators discuss Egypt and the Middle East

Former Israeli negotiator Daniel Levy and former adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team Amjad Atallah debunked the idea that the revolutions in Egypt and throughout the Middle East would be detrimental to Israel in a talk Thursday evening in Usdan’s International Lounge. The talk, titled “What do the Israelis and Palestinians want, and can they […]


Editorials: Making sense of the senseless

As members of the Brandeis community, we are both deeply disturbed and saddened as we mourn the death of Kat Sommers ’14. Death, no matter how sudden or unexpected, is always tragic. But, in the words of university President Fred Lawrence, suicide is “unbelievable” and “literally impossible to take in,” making it that much more […]


Judges get back to their winning ways

Brandeis men’s basketball snapped its four-game losing streak during the weekend with a pair of victories against Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon. Both teams overcame Brandeis when the Judges visited them in January, but the Judges showed them who was boss in the Judges’ house. First, on Friday, the Judges defeated Carnegie Mellon University […]


Fencing: two out of three ain’t bad

The fencing teams have been busy this past week. The women’s team started off Sunday with a strong showing at the Stevens Tech Invitational while both the men’s and women’s teams hosted Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston College (BC) in the annual Boston Beanpot tournament. This past Sunday, the women’s fencing team […]