Brandeis hires Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain

Brandeis hired Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain beginning on Sept. 14. Sharrieff will work with the Muslim community on campus, including the Muslim Students Association, the chaplains and others to “respond to the needs of a spiritually diverse campus community,” said Sharrief in an email to The Brandeis Hoot. The previous Muslim Chaplain, Imam […]

Multifaith Chaplaincy in transition

The overall structure and some positions at the Multifaith Chaplaincy are currently in transition. The university has hired Maryam Sharrieff as interim Muslim Chaplain, and spiritual advisor Allison Cornelisse is serving in place of an official Catholic Chaplain. To examine and propose changes to the Chaplaincy, the university commissioned a Working Group, which released its […]

Anita Hill, now Univ. Professor, lectures on race, gender, opportunity

Professor Anita Hill said the ruling in a recent Supreme Court case involving housing discrimination is a step toward eliminating systemic racism, speaking at the celebration of her appointment as University Professor on Thursday, Sept. 24.  The case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs  v. The Inclusive Communities Project Inc., addresses “disparate impact theory” in […]

Off-campus students report increased police monitoring

Officer Cory Amarante of the Waltham Police Department approached Brandeis students at their off-campus homes on Saturday, Aug. 29 and warned them, in what students called a “threatening” manner, not to host any parties at their residences.  Off-campus homes approached include several of Brandeis’ unaffiliated fraternities such as Phi Kappa Psi, Zeta Beta Tau and […]

Sorensen Fellows reflect on summer internships

Each year, through Brandeis’ Sorensen Fellowship, students accept summer internships around the globe in order to translate social justice into action. The International Center for the Ethics sponsors the program which allows students to examine issues pertaining to the environment, inequalities, ethics and many more important topics. The fellowship is a three-part process. In the […]

Students take summer trip to Al-Quds University

This summer, three Brandeis students, Hannah Kober ’16, Risa Dunbar ’17 and Leah Susman ’18, along with Brandeis Professor Bernadette Brooten (NEJS) visited Al-Quds University. Brandeis maintained a partnership with Al-Quds University until November 2013 when a rally on the Al-Quds campus led former President Frederick Lawrence to suspend the partnership. The Brandeis University/Al-Quds University […]

Farmers’ Club and new Gerstenzang farm are ready for new school year

In spring of 2015, the Brandeis Farmers’ Club established a farm on the roof of the Gerstenzang Science Library. The farm has flourished over the summer, and the club has several plans for the upcoming semester. The farm began as a final project in Prof. Laura Goldin’s (AMST/ENV/HSSP) class Greening the Ivory Tower, but students […]

Princeton Review names Brandeis top school for community service

In its 2016 issue “The Best 380 Colleges,” The Princeton Review named Brandeis University the number one school for community service. The Princeton Review surveyed students at hundreds of colleges to complete this ranking for the first time. Brandeis has long prided itself on its students’ commitment to community service, with its historic championing of […]

Student Union President Nyah Macklin ’16 is prepared for new school year

Nyah Macklin ’16 was sworn in as Student Union President on April 22 at the spring 2015 State of the Union address as Sneha Walia ’15 passed her the symbolic torch. With only several days until fall semester begins, Macklin spoke to The Brandeis Hoot about her plans for the upcoming year. In an email […]

Students fight for Al-Quds partnership amid controversy

On Friday April 17, the Brandeis University & Al-Quds University Student Dialogue Initiative hosted a teach-in in President Fred Lawrence’s office waiting room. Students, alumni and faculty filled the room to express support for the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership and dialogue. The future of this partnership is a controversial issue. Brandeis suspended the partnership in November 2013, […]

BRIEF: Judy Glasser joins Brandeis as interim senior VP for communications

In an email to the Brandeis community on Thursday, President Frederick Lawrence announced that Judy Glasser was appointed as interim senior vice president for communications. Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel has been serving in this position for the past nine months. Lawrence’s email thanked Flagel for his work in these “dual […]

BRIEF: University releases Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence

On Wednesday, April 22, Brandeis University released a Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence via email. The survey is divided into many sections and seeks to learn about the experiences of as many Brandeis students as possible. It was sent to undergraduate and graduate students and is entirely confidential. In an email to the Brandeis […]

Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry speaks on campus

On Monday, April 13, Marc Lasry, the co-founder of Avenue Capital Group and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, gave a talk at Brandeis titled “The Business of Basketball” in which he drew upon his experience in both basketball and finance. Lasry was born in Morocco and immigrated with his family to Hartford, […]

FMLA hosts third annual Sexual Violence Awareness Week to educate students

The Brandeis Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) hosted its third annual Sexual Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) with various events to educate students on the serious issue. “This week will include events focused on beginning a discussion on sexual violence on college campuses, educating each other about sex and consent, and making steps to create a […]

BZA and SEA collaborate to discuss environmental challenges in the Middle East

Two speakers from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies visited Brandeis Monday, March 23 for the Brandeis Zionist Alliance (BZA) and Students for Environmental Action collaboration event “Cooperation through the Environment.” Daniel Shek, former Israeli ambassador to France and chair of the public council for the Arava Institute and Clive Lipchin, director of the Institute’s […]

Students return to Lawrence’s office to promote renewal of Al-Quds partnership

More than 30 students and alumni from the Brandeis University and Al-Quds University Student Dialogue Initiative staged a press conference in President Fred Lawrence’s waiting room to express their dissatisfaction with the administration’s behavior regarding the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership on Friday, March 13. Participants sought to express why they believe the university must reinstate the partnership. […]

Students hold sit-in promote reinstatement of Al-Quds partnership

On Friday, March 6, 15 students and alumni held a community gathering in President Fred Lawrence’s office demanding a meeting discussing the restoration of the university’s partnership with Al-Quds University. This group requested the meeting be held within the week. Catie Stewart ’16, Eli Philip ’15 and Naomi Hornstein ’15 organized the event with a […]

CAST program grants $2,000 to promote art and social change

The faculty committee of the Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) minor awarded four grants of $2,000 to faculty members exploring the relationship between the arts and social change. The grants seek to promote interdisciplinary discussion, social justice and peace building through creative projects at Brandeis. The grants were awarded to Professors Azlin Perdomo […]

UAC Subcommittee Final Report released to the public

The final report of the University Advisory Committee (UAC) Subcommittee on Sexual Violence was released on the Provost’s website earlier this month. The Provost appointed the subcommittee in 2013. It completed the report in June, and in November, attached an addendum responding to the 2014-15 Brandeis “Rights and Responsibilities.” Upon completion, the subcommittee released the […]