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March 2013 Issue

With poor judgement, Secretary out of line

Responding to an opinion article in The Hoot about Brandeis Hookups on Facebook last week, Student Union Secretary Carlton Shakes wrote a comment filled with profanity to address our writer’s post. Prior to Shakes’ comments, administrators of the Brandeis Hookups Facebook page had engaged in a respectful discussion, explaining the points they disagreed with while […]


Kramer misses All-American mark at NCAAs, looks for redemption in outdoor season

For Alex Kramer ’13, the moment had finally come. Surrounded by the top runners in the division, he was preparing to run the race of his life at the NCAA Division III track and field Championships. Making a shot at achieving an All-American title, Kramer admits that the only thing going through his mind moments […]


Baseball team leaves UAA tournament on low note

The last week has not been what the Brandeis baseball team had hoped for. The UAA Tournament took place in Central Florida between March 10 and 17. Rochester, Case Western, Washington University and Emory participated in the contest, each playing eight games. The Judges last game took place on Saturday against the Rochester YellowJackets. After […]


Board of Trustees appoints Traquina as new chair

The Board of Trustees elected Perry M. Traquina ’78 as its new chair of the for a three-year term, beginning May 19, at their meeting this week. Traquina, the son of Portuguese immigrants, is now the chairman and CEO of Wellington Management Company LLP. He graduated from Brandeis summa cum laude, as a member of […]


Brandeis police investigating alleged sexual assault

Brandeis University police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred off campus and was reported to the department on March 14, Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan said. “We’re reviewing it,” Callahan said in a phone interview Thursday. “We’re doing what we need to do to assist the parties involved.” University police do not […]


Goldstein hears feedback on strategic plan draft

Several community feedback sessions took place last week so that students, staff and faculty could offer comments on the most recent draft of the strategic plan. On March 14, an intimate discussion took place in Levin Ballroom in Usdan Center. The session was led by Provost Steve Goldstein, who forfeited the microphone to sit down […]


Board approves 3.94 percent student cost increase

The Board of Trustees approved a 3.94 percent overall increase in student costs as part of its FY 2014 budget, university officials announced Thursday evening. Last year, overall student cost increased by 4.1 percent for continuing students and 4.85 percent for new students, making Brandeis the second most expensive college in the state, behind only […]


Ethics Center hosts UN panel on rule of law

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life organized a discussion last week, featuring former South African Justice Richard Goldstone, on how the U.N. implements rule of law standards. Led by Daniel Terris, director of the Ethics Center, the panel discussion focused on the 2012 proclamation by the United Nations, which says that “the […]


McKenna delivers management lecture on philanthropic leadership

Margaret McKenna, author, speaker and expert of issues such as educational access women’s economic empowerment, hunger and social change leadership, discussed components of good leadership at the 2013 MBA Distinguished Management Lecture, which took place at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management on March 19. McKenna was named president of the Walmart Foundation […]


Harvard Divinity scholar speaks on refugee trauma in Bosnia

Exploring the implications of the trauma endured by countless refugees expelled from their home country during a period of bitter political and emotional turmoil, Dr. Zilka Spahic Siljak of the Harvard Divinity School presented the lecture “Women peacemakers on the ethnic borders of Bosnia Herzegovina” at the Women’s Studies Research Center. Emphasizing the crucial role […]