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Brandeis provides updates to students as fall semester begins

In an email sent to Brandeis students on Aug. 30, Vice President for Student Affairs Andrea Dine provided updates on changes to campus that occurred over the summer, housing and the university’s 75th anniversary.


Vice President Dine mentioned that several updates occurred “in and adjacent to Student Affairs’ spaces.” These changes included a “refreshed” Shapiro Campus Center (SCC), including the SCC Lounge on the 1st floor, and independent work spaces and new student organization meeting rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. She also mentioned upgrades to the Village Fitness Center, a “refreshed” Muslim Prayer Suite and that an “accessible ramp to the Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC), located in Mailman House is now open.”


Dine also provided updates about housing availability. She wrote that “once the housing selection process ran its course, all students on the pending and waitlists were offered housing on campus. Given this outcome, and the continued availability of rooms on campus, we did not retain Holt Hall at Lasell University.” In a separate email with The Hoot, Dine mentioned that four students requested to be housed in Lasell University, an offer which the university extended to students in a June email. Because the 30-student threshold was not met, “those students were given room assignments on campus.” She added that undergraduate students who still need housing should contact Community Living. Additionally, Dine noted that the “new Student Housing Advisory Committee selection process is being finalized and will provide an opportunity for students to share input and feedback about on-campus housing processes.”


Lastly, Dine asked that students “sign up to join us October 13-15, when Homecoming, Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend/Reunion, and the celebration of 75th anniversary will take place. The weekend’s registration and most of its events are free for students. There is something for everyone. Consider joining discussions including “Black Brandeis, Black History,” and engage with University Professors Anita Hill and Jonathan Sarna. Go the distance at the Homecoming 5k Run/Walk, consider performing at the Student Performance Showcase and compete for prizes at BINGO.”

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