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May 2012 Issue

Cooke named UAA Rookie of the Year, heads to NCAA Championships

Carley Cooke ’15 was selected to play in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Individual Championship tournament. The event, hosted by Meredith College in Cary, N.C., from May 24 to May 26, will consist of 32 individual athletes. Additionally, in the same week, Cooke was named the UAA Rookie of the Year. Cooke became the […]


From the Editor’s Desk: BU’s problems relevant to broader college community

Everyone is talking about Boston University this year. After rape allegations against two hockey players, a hazing scandal, a graduate student murdered and now a tragedy on a study abroad program in New Zealand, grief counselors consoling students rather than professors grading final exams now dominate the conversations on campus. After suffering multiple tragedies and […]


Brown breaks record in 1,500 – meter race

In one of the final meets of his collegiate career, Chris Brown ’12 set a new Brandeis record in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:43.49 at the New Balance Twilight Meet hosted by Bentley College. Brown’s time was the fastest in all of Division III in the 2012 season by almost three seconds. […]


Softball drops title game, runner-up in ECAC tournament

On its final day of the season, the Brandeis softball team played three games. In the first game, an elimination game, they defeated Simmons College 3-1 and in the second game they defeated Endicott College 5-1 to force a decisive game for the ECAC Division III New England title. Unfortunately, the Judges fell into an […]


Brandeis grad tackles both politics and science

Frances Colón PhD ’04, who came to study neurobiology at Brandeis, has taken full command of her education, building on her talents outside the laboratory to earn her new job as deputy science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Colón explained how the science and technology branch first “made its entrance during […]


Senior speaker bids goodbye to class of 2012

In his four years at Brandeis, Daniel Liebman ’12 was involved with the Undergraduate Theater Collective, Brandeis Film Collective and Waltham Group, among other organizations, and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, was on the Dean’s List, and served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. In his application to […]


Petsko addresses 92 members of Phi Beta Kappa

Gregory Petsko (CHEM) addressed the newest inductees of Phi Beta Kappa at the initiation ceremony Saturday in Spingold. Petsko, who is the Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacodynamics, was asked to prepare this speech by faculty members of the Phi Beta Kappa Selection Committee. First, let me congratulate all of you […]


Consider post-tenure review

Faculty seeking tenure at Brandeis face a high degree of scrutiny that bears little resemblance to the relaxed oversight that tenured professors enjoy. That should change. In a Hoot survey, 45 percent of respondents answered that they had taken a course with a professor they considered “unqualified.” The Hoot also reviewed spring 2011 course evaluations […]


Senior gift participation up from last year

Senior gift participation increased by 1 percent this year, making it the highest participation rate in recent memory. President Fred Lawrence lauded the class in a faculty meeting last Thursday, saying that senior gifts were an excellent way to begin the habit of giving to the alma mater. The gifts were of various sizes—anywhere from […]


Campus activates creativity for annual arts affair

Even with finals looming, the final weekend in April proved truly incredible. In part, this was because the Leonard Bernstein Festival for the Creative Arts brought art, dance and music to venues across campus. Meanwhile, a number of theater productions were being staged alongside the semester shows of countless clubs. To top it all off, […]