second president, dies
Peter Basso and David Salama
Editorial Board Morris B. Abram, the second president of
Brandeis University (1968-1970), passed away from a sudden viral
infection on Thursday at his home in Geneva. He was 81.
serving Brandeis for only two years, Abram was president during
the historic civil rights era of the country and this
university. Abram was also appointed to various posts by five
U.S. presidents. He was also a civil rights advocate
and a world-renowned Jewish community leader.
came to know him later in his life,” University President
Jehuda Reinharz said on Friday. “He is someone who was very
supportive and always willing to lend his good advice to what we
were doing. He was passionately concerned about Brandeis’
succeeded Abram Sachar in 1968. Sachar then went on to become
Chancellor of Brandeis.
Lawrence Fuchs (AMST) recalled how Abram began his presidency
“in the shadow of Dr. Sachar.” But, added Fuchs, Abram began
his presidency with “tremendous promise and ability.”
to his arrival on campus, however,
Abram had a distinguished career as a lawyer and an
advocate for civil rights.
event brings media to campus
regarding the funding and planning of NRA President Charlton
Heston’s March 28 visit to Brandeis have garnered media
attention and sparked campus debate since the event’s
announcement last week.
of Freedom Magazine Bryan Rudnick ’00, the principal organizer
of the event, sent a press release to several Boston-area
newspaper and television groups alleging that Brandeis
administrators were attempting to prevent Heston’s visit by
increasing costs and making unreasonable security demands.
put up financial roadblocks since February 1st, and used scare
tactics to try and block (Heston) from speaking,” Rudnick
student senators also allege that they have been misled about
how their monetary contribution to event will be used, although
Rudnick denies the allegations.
to Rudnick, University officials forced the Brandeis Students
for the Second Amendment (BSSA) to change the location of the
event from Olin-Sang auditorium to Levin Ballroom, which has a
larger seating capacity and poses less of a security risk.
He alleges this was done to increase security costs to
the point where the group would be unable to fund a visit from
Heston, whose views on gun control are controversial.
Assistant to the President John Hose called the allegations
pleased to have a very broad variety of speakers; Brandeis seeks
to have diverse views expressed,” Hose said, adding that
“the president (Jehuda Reinharz) plans to go.”
of Public Safety Edward Callahan agreed, and explained that the
security measures employed for Heston’s visit are standard for
any event involving a famous or controversial public figure.
no ‘plan’ (to block the visit).
Why would we do that?
This is an educational institution where you need to
provide certain security measures consistently,” Callahan
there’s a charge for everything,” he said. “I’m not here
to bleed people.”
according to Callahan, Rudnick “didn’t seem against”
moving the event to Levin Ballroom, which “for logistical
purposes” seemed to be a more suitable location.
Rudnick found the University’s demands for “10 police
officers, two metal detectors, a bomb-sniffing dog, and
Heston’s blood type” unreasonable.
He said that Heston’s own security team, comprised of
former Secret Service Agents, agreed with him and informed
Callahan of the same.
were taken aback by the amount of security (which they thought)
was a bit exaggerated,” Rudnick said.
who denies that a request for Heston’s blood type was ever
made, said that no such concerns were expressed to him.
no time in our conversation did he say (the security) was
actually easier for them when there’s a formalized system in
place,” Callahan said.
sparked further controversy by claiming that the groups
sponsoring Heston’s visit were receiving little financial aid
from the University. This
accusation prompted an investigation by the Student Senate,
which approved a money request by the BSSA for $4,500 (as well
as a $1,000 loan) to cover security costs for the event.
the written request, according to Senate member Jonathan
Sclarsic ’03, the BSSA said they had raised $2,500 but still
needed $5,500 to meet the $8,000 security figure that Callahan
had allegedly quoted.
was a huge amount of money,” Sclarsic said. “Had I known
then what I know now, I wouldn’t have voted to give them all
Sclarsic has since learned is that Callahan estimated the total
security costs at between $3,000 and $3,500, a figure far below
the $8,000 sum requested.
a red flag,” Sclarsic said of the discrepancy. “We’ve been
denied deceiving the senate, and explained that the money will
be “spread around” to cover incidental costs in addition to
security, but not the private reception planned for the same
Senate was not lied to, they just don’t understand what’s
going on,” Rudnick said.
remains unclear is exactly which portion of the visit has gone
Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Dean of Arts and
Sciences, the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Student Union
Senate have all contributed funds in addition to those raised by
the groups hosting the event, namely the College Republicans,
BSSA, the Brandeis Libertarians and Freedom Magazine.
trying to bring light to the fact that the University is trying
to stifle free speech,” Rudnick said.
statements are characteristic of the increasingly personal tone
the debate has taken on. Sclarsic
said he was “offended” by the tactics Rudnick allegedly used
to gain the senate’s financial support.
were threatened that he’d (Rudnick) go to TV and other media,
saying that the Student Senate was trying to prevent Charlton
Heston from coming,” Sclarsic said.
students were disturbed by fliers for the event that featured a
picture of Adolf Hitler, which Rudnick denies having anything to
said he had “no idea” about Rudnick’s motivations, but
cited past visits by controversial figures as proof against
Rudnick’s charges of censure .
had this before, they come and go,” Hose said in reference to
the current media attention.
his own part, Rudnick appears to have had enough of the requests
for media interviews.
was great when it started, but now I’m tired of it,” he
students rally for healthcare
chants of “Social justice starts at home!” and “What would
Louis say?,” graduate students led a protest rally and
campus-wide march last Thursday in an effort to raise awareness
about graduate student issues.
protest was organized by members of the Committee to Lead to
Organizing Graduates (CLOG). The concerns of CLOG include the
need for graduate student healthcare at Brandeis, as well as the
issue of graduate students being both students and employees.
than 60 graduate and undergraduate students marched from Rabb
steps to the Faculty Club, where a Board of Trustees meeting was
taking place, to deliver a petition with approximately 700
signatures in favor of university-funded healthcare for graduate
spoke to those planning the rally the day before it occurred,
and I explained to them that the Board was very interested in
hearing them,” Chair of the Board of Trustees Steven Grossman
said. “Hopefully, we will be able to come up with solutions
for this issue. It is very important to the university to make
rallied with posters and chants in front of windows, from which
board members could see the activities. From the Faculty Center
the rally continued to the center of Usdan Student Center, where
featured speakers addressed the crowd.
are demanding healthcare, a living wage and respect,” graduate
student David Wedaman, a founding member of CLOG, said.
featured speakers included Richard Moser, a representative of
the American Association of University Professors, and Brandeis
professor Gordon Fellman (SOC).
talked about the problem of the privatization of university
functions, and the weakening of the importance of liberal arts.
He said that the corporatism of universities “teaches that it
is okay to exploit someone as long as you can get away with it,
and that you can discriminate against someone based on their
concluded his comments by saying that “academic freedom is
talked about building community among all members of Brandeis.
“Social justice is an issue that arises every day,” Fellman
rally concluded with CLOG members introducing Rekha Rosha (GRAD)
as the CLOG nominee for president of the Graduate Student
rally was absolutely wonderful. It went beyond expectations. We
had an outstanding turnout, and the speakers were very moving.
This rally brought our message to the Board of Trustees,”
Rebecca Potter (GRAD) who formed CLOG last fall, said.
wanted to show that social activism lives at Brandeis.
Undergraduate solidarity contributed greatly to the success of
the march. This is an issue of social justice and fairness,
recognizing that those in need should not have to compromise
their physical health and should have access to psychological
care,” Potter said.
response to the rally, Grossman said, “The Board has a much
greater understanding of the urgency of this matter, and none of
the members expressed concern at seeing the rally. Many members
graduated in the ’50s and ’60s and understand the importance
of demonstrating for a cause.”
Reinharz never talks to us, but Steve Grossman is very sensitive
to our plight,” Wedaman said.
rally brought important points to view. The Committee on
Graduate Student Issues (COGSI) has been formed and has already
met three times,” Milton Kornfeld, dean for Graduate
could not comment on progress the committee has made.
was a little surprised at the need to demonstrate so loudly, but
that is their right. We need to find out what percentage of the
graduate population CLOG represents. I hope that in a few weeks
we will make progress,” Provost Irving Epstein said.
Hantzmon, coordinator of Graduate Student Services, said that he
felt the rally was a success.
that raises the visibility of the graduate student population
benefits the entire Brandeis community,” he said.
is an important issue and hopefully publicity will insure a
resolution,” Hantzmon also said.
issue of graduate student healthcare will be discussed at the
next Brandeis Community Meeting on March 28.
students share culture with community
slogan “Step Up and Speak Out” best summed up the goals of
last week’s Asian Awareness Week, according to coordinator
Nien-ho Chang ’01.
discussions, dance performances, a talent show and more took
place last week as part of Asian Awareness Week at Brandeis.
According to Chang and Grace Kim ’01, another
coordinator, the goal of the week was to promote awareness about
the Asian American community at Brandeis.
wanted to present the Asian culture to Brandeis and to have a
general forum about issues relating to Asian Americans,”
Chang said. “We
tried to have our voice heard more on campus than it usually is.
Americans make up the majority of the minority population at
Brandeis, but many are not heard.” Kim said. “The goal of the week was above all else to encourage the
Brandeis community to work together towards ending racial
variety of activities took place on campus as part of Asian
Awareness Week. On
Tuesday there were origami, calligraphy, and sushi workshops in
Usdan Student Center. There
was also an “Asian Model Minority” discussion, as well as a
performance by the Lion Dance Troupe.
Wednesday the South Asia Club hosted an afternoon of henna,
traditional Indian food, and music, and Brandeis Hawaii O’hana
hosted a discussion entitled “Asian Influences in Hawaii.”
Day was presented Thursday by the Korean Student Association,
and the Cambodian New Year celebration was hosted by the
Cambodian Culture Club. There
was also a culture show last Friday night.
different Asian American group on campus was responsible for
planning a specific day of the week.
According to Chang, this ensured equal representation of
all Asian cultures at Brandeis.
group would have a full day to represent the different aspects
of their culture,” Chang said.
for Asian Awareness week began at the end of last semester.
The Core Committee first distributed questionnaires to
the student body and hosted discussions to determine what topics
related to Asian culture most interested the student body.
Based on the responses, the committee arranged for
speakers and discussion groups, as well as activities related to
to Chang, two of the most outstanding discussions were “Asians
as a Model Minority” and a speech by Professor Paul Wakanabi
from the Asian Studies Program at UMass Boston given at the
Opening Ceremonies last Monday.
as a Model Minority” focused on the idea that although Asian
Americans have assimilated well into American culture, many
Asian Americans are left behind by the stereotype that Asians
are not in need of economic assistance.
Asian Americans who come from less privileged backgrounds are
not getting the help they need because they are perceived as
being superior to other groups in need,” Chang said.
to Nikki Evans ’02, a member of Students organized Against
Racism (SOAR) and organizer of the “Asians as a Model
Minority” discussion, the idea for the event came from an
earlier SOAR conference in which there was a discussion by the
the discussion progressed more and more confusion came out,”
Evans said. “I
thought it would be a great opportunity for different groups to
hoped that above all else, listeners walked away from the
discussion with a greater appreciation for the diversity of
hope that students walked understanding how things can be
applied to you, and built around you. I hope they understand the
diversity of experiences within the Asian American community,”
Evans said. “The goal was to break down walls and for minority
groups in general to discuss their perceptions.”
to Kim, one of the most unexpected and powerful aspects of Asian
Awareness Week was the outpouring of emotion from Asian American
students in the Brandeis community.
the week many students opened up and expressed how they were
feeling,” Kim said. “Many
were really hurting inside and needed the chance to express
future at Brandeis not yet determined
Brandeis’ apparent commitment to affirmative action policies,
outside of campus affirmative action is in jeopardy.
notably, the future of affirmative action is uncertain simply
because a large percentage of Americans remain confused as to
the actual impact of these laws.
is a big debate about what affirmative action is,” Professor
Robert Reich (HS), former U.S. Secretary of Labor, explained.
“Very few people believe that there should be quotas or that
unqualified people should be advanced over the qualified people.
On the other hand, most people in this country strongly believe
in extra efforts to find qualified women and minorities and
extra efforts to promote them.”
the rest of the country, Brandeis too must deal with the
confusion over affirmative action.
action officer at Brandeis,
stressed the importance of understanding the policies
before passing judgment on the program.
would never ask a
department to hire or promote anyone who was not best qualified
for the position,” she said.
explained that many people view affirmative action as a series
of punishments for a lack of minorities or women in certain
positions, something which could not be further from the truth.
Affirmative action does not establish quotas and no unqualified
individual would ever be hired simply based on his or her race
or gender, Barbera added.
the future of affirmative action in America is questionable.
a recent poll taken in Florida, 54 percent of potential voters
supported a ban on state preferences for minorities, while 58
percent of the
respondents in the same poll said they were in favor of
anything, such a response points to the fact that many Americans
do not understand affirmative action laws.
addition, many state universities have already come under fire
for using affirmative action in admission policies and have
dismantled the laws as a result of law suits.
is predicted that if more institutions follow this example many
women and minorities may become alienated as a result and,
according to Reich, both these groups would suffer.
continue to segregate by income like never before,” he
explained. “(This segregation) makes it doubly difficult for
poor minorities to get on the upward escalator.”
has to be absolutely vigilant in reaching out to, recruiting and
encouraging people who have been encumbered by the many burdens
of society,” he said.
debate over these laws has yet to impact Brandeis directly, and
meanwhile Brandeis continues to work toward reaching the goals
of the annual affirmative action plan.
in addition to merely working within the realm of affirmative
action, Brandeis has begun to build a more inviting environment
for both women and minorities.
action does not just mean bringing people in the door, but
having people become part of the institution,” Professor
Shulamit Reinharz (SOC), Chair of Women’s Studies Department
don’t just get people to come here. You have to create a
community that belongs to everybody, you have to create the kind
of environment that people will want to be in,” Reinharz
History Month could be most successful
variety of programs have attracted a diverse audience for
over 30 planned events and the participation
of more than 20 on-campus organizations, Women’s
History Month 2000 is on track to be the most successful
Women’s History Month thus far at Brandeis.
theme, “Women’s Voices: Embracing Our Past, Empowering Our
Future,” was chosen to reflect the status of women and
women’s history at the start of the new millennium, according
to Women’s History Month Coordinator Freyda Gottesman ’00.
made (the theme) less specific than in the past so that it would
be like a crossroads, looking back yet going forward,”
Gottesman said. “It’s symbolic that there’s such a variety
(of events) this year.”
month’s events kicked off on March 6 with “Tea & Tasties”
in the Alumni Lounge, where about a hundred members of the
staff, faculty and student body chatted with each other and
students had the opportunity to “talk about some of what we do
outside of class,” according to Gottesman.
“World of Women Professionals,” held last Tuesday night,
drew about 20 attendees and featured a round-table discussion
with female alumnae from various professions.
The women offered advice on networking tips, how to
balance a career and a family, and how to break into certain
fields according to Jennifer Weiner ’00, chair of the Student
were able to speak one-on-one, which I think helped a lot of
(students),” Weiner said. She got the idea for the event after
taking Professor Joyce Antler’s (AMST) class “Gender In the
Back the Gym,” held last Thursday night in the Gosman Sports
and Convocation Center, featured aerobics, tennis, dance and
weight-training instruction by clubs and female members of the
Physical Education Department.
many of people signed up to participate in advance
inclement weather is believed to have lowered the actual
student turnout. Nevertheless,
those who did show up took advantage of the various activities,
according to Women’s History Month Planning Committee member
Colleen Johnston ’00.
was a good time. A
lot of people were trying new things and the people at the gym
were amazing,” Johnston said.
notable events include the continuing “Brown Bag Lunch
Series,” talks that have generated “successful dialogue”
according to Johnston, and Sunday’s “Women’s Fair,”
which featured booths, speakers and discussions on a number of
is a time to reiterate how important Women’s History Month and
focusing on gender still is,” Gottesman said.
“The achievements and experiences of women are not
considered mainstream, and they’re not recognized in
said that programming was designed to address diverse issues.
goal) is to reach out to different areas of the community ...
start a dialogue on campus about women’s issues,” Johnston
said. Men, as well
as women, are welcome and encouraged to take part in all of the
need to be a part of whatever change is made in society,”
coming up include a lecture by feminist and Vassar College
professor Uma Narayan Wednesday night,
“Take Back the Night” — a demonstration sponsored
by the Committee on Rape Education (CORE) — this Thursday, and
an Academically Incorrect discussion
set for Monday night in the International Lounge.
test eliminated, new program created
a bathing suit is no longer a requirement to obtain an
undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.
swimming test was removed from the list of University
Requirements, and a Religious Studies Program was approved
at a faculty meeting held last Thursday.
of the Brandeis faculty convened for the first faculty meeting
of the semester. They
approved two second reading proposals: elimination of the
swimming requirement, and the implementation of an
interdepartmental program in religious studies program.
proposals pass their second reading, they become part of the
proposal to bypass the swimming requirement passed with a
majority vote during the meeting.
Previously, the proposal had also included a section
which would have reduced the physical education requirement to
one semester with an optional pass/fail test, but this change
was not passed at the Nov. 18 meeting of the faculty.
The new policy will be effective immediately starting in
the spring term of 2000.
proposal to offer a new religious studies program at Brandeis
level of student interest in the program has been considerably
high. Edward Kaplan
(ROCL), head of the steering committee for the Religious Studies
program, said that “the study of religion will be approached
in a more systematic way; recognition of the study as a valid,
distinguished academic discipline will be a valuable resource
first courses will be offered in the next fall term, and in the
future there will
be a core course dedicated to the program.
business discussed at the meeting included discussion of the
master plan for the Brandeis campus.
Several comments addressed the space utilization and
proper building construction on campus without a master plan,
which related to the quality of several buildings on campus.
was also made of the quality of residence halls, which the
faculty recognized as needing renovation.
University has also received four new chairs in different
departments, which marks the first time the University has
received two fully-funded chairs from recent alumni.
The chairs will include ethics in the philosophy
department, a chair to endow the university librarian, a new
chair for the history department, and a new chair in democracy
and public policy.
recommends ousting clusters
are invited to an open meeting to discuss the proposed changes
on Thursday from 4-5:50 in Levine-Ross.
UCC’s recommendations are also available online at:
the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) has its way, both the
cluster program and the half-credit freshman writing lab will
become requirements of the past.
reviewing suggestions made by its Subcommittee on General
Education, the UCC is recommending that changes be made to the
current University Seminar (USEM) program and that the cluster
requirement be eliminated altogether.
proposed changes, which must be approved by the faculty in two
consecutive meetings before they can go into effect, were made
in response to widespread dissatisfaction with certain current
overwhelmingly hated it,” subcommittee member Jonathan Hanus
’02 said in reference to the cluster requirement.
“We want (students) to be able to take the classes they
want without worrying about the cluster.”
added that the changes were formulated “with the problem of
retention in mind.”
their report, the UCC stated that the cluster program had not
achieved its desired effects, namely “to provide a structure
for cross-disciplinary study” and “to foster interactions
and cooperation among participating faculty.”
had hopes that it would form little faculty communities, but
most of them didn’t,” Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences and
subcommittee chair Anne Carter said.
on research conducted by the Cluster Oversight Committee, the
UCC determined that students were, of their own initiative,
engaging in multi-disciplinary study.
study) is a fairly unique aspect of Brandeis — one of which
we’re very proud — but there are other ways for (students)
to do it,” Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Elaine Wong
UCC is recommending that the clusters remain listed in the
Bulletin as optional programs but that, unlike minors, they not
appear on a student’s transcript because they consist of only
other curricular changes proposed by the UCC attempt to modify
the current USEM and writing lab requirements by offering
first-year students several options.
the recommendations are approved, students will not be required
to take the two classes concurrently, and will thereby have more
flexibility in planning their academic schedules.
want students to achieve the intellectual goals we set for
them,” Wong said, adding that the USEM has been “the most
successful (new measure) implemented;
it’s been achieving its goal.”
the new proposal, the writing lab (tentatively entitled the
“University Writing Seminar,” or UWS) would be an optional
full credit course taught by a graduate student.
would be required to take a USEM and two additional
writing-intensive classes throughout the course of their
studies, one of which could be a UWS, but wouldn’t have to be.
students with strong writing skills who wanted to challenge
themselves would have the option of taking a writing-intensive
USEM instead of a “regular” USEM.
They would still, however, be required to take two
writing-intensive courses during their Brandeis careers.
UCC was very serious and concerned with getting it right, and
worked hard to get it right,” Carter said, citing the fact
that writing programs are a “very difficult problem
suspect that (students) won’t be unhappy about divorcing the
writing from the USEMs,” she added.
said he was pleased with the attention the administration has
given to the cluster and USEM issues, and emphasized that the
UWS system is probationary and would be reviewed in two years.
an experiment; we hope that it works,” he said.
War Brigade’s role examined
and The Spanish Civil War: A Symposium” dealt with the
controversial legacy of a group of Americans fighting in the
event started with the screening of “The Good Fight,” a
documentary about the Lincoln Brigade, an American Volunteer
Unit in the Spanish Civil War that fought on the side of the
Spanish Republic, which was unsuccessfully trying to withstand
Francisco Franco’s fascist forces from 1936 to 1939.
was followed by a personal account from war veteran George
Cullinen, who discussed how his decision to fight Fascism in
Spain was an outcome of social consciousness arising out of hard
and chair of History at Mount Holyoke College and Andrew Lee,
who works in the Tamiment Library at New York University, then
discussed the unfairness of America’s negative regard toward
the Lincoln Brigade.
explained that the liberal Spanish Republican government and the
veterans who fought on its side in the Spanish Civil War were
scorned because America feared the Republic might adopt
communism, a system that in their mind represented oppression
said this narrow view of the Republic is a distortion of
the noble mission of the soldiers of Lincoln Brigade that
overshadows the importance of their courage and sacrifice. He
says that proper understanding of the Spanish Civil War requires
one to see past the communist-paranoid American government and
realize that the threat of a fascist government was more serious
than that of a liberal one that might become communistic.
the political right views the Lincoln Brigade’s mission as a
lost cause that aimed to protect
communism, Lee said that
the volunteers did not particularly fight for or believe
in communism. In fact, their struggle was about opposing the
research of letters from a relative who was in the Lincoln
Brigade goes to prove this point.
uncle decided to fight in the war not because he was ordered to
by the communist party, but because he recognized that
intervention was necessary to prevent the emergence of a brutal
dictatorial regime similar to those already established in Nazi
Germany and Fascist Italy. Czitom emphasized that these
volunteers were not the naive pawns of the Communist Party USA
but “flesh and blood human beings with weaknesses” who hoped
for a better world.
said he also volunteered to join the Lincoln Brigade because he
believed in the importance of the mission. His involvement with
the political left gave him an international social
consciousness. Cullinen, who worked as a seaman on various
ships, joined the growing union movement and then the Communist
Party USA to combat the injustice spurned by the Depression.
said that during the Great Depression, “a hell on earth,” it was demoralizing to
witness the suffering of the American people confronted with
widespread unemployment and poverty.
refusal of the United States, among other western democracies,
to support the Spanish Republic and provide it with weapons was
the result of its defeat. The Spanish Republic’s shortage of
weapons made their fight unsustainable against Franco’s
revolutionary forces, who were adequately equipped with weapons
by Italy and Germany.
said that the veterans faced difficulties because of the the
government’s disdain of their military service in defense of
the Spanish Republic. They received no distinction or honor for
of them, who wished to join the United States army to fight the
war, were also discriminated against and harassed in the army
because they were considered subversive.
the same reason, those who remained on the home front were often
veterans of the Lincoln Brigade and other international units
returned to Spain in 1996 for a celebration of their
participation in the Spanish Civil War, where they were warmly
greeted by the Spanish people. They were also granted Spanish
citizenship in honor of their service.
disqualify candidate; UJ case pending
presidential candidate Joshua Peck ’02 was disqualified from
race late Monday night after another candidate accused him of
violating the election rule prohibiting the use of
resources from outside the senate.
is filing a case with the Union Judiciary challenging the
decision. The case will be heard this afternoon.
Peck was disqualified by the elections commissioners,” Chief
Union Justice Jeff Sussman ’00 said. “He obviously is not
agreeing with this and is filing a UJ case.”
to Peck, he was removed from the race because he used a digital
camera to aid in the creation of his campaign website, which he
claims is not a violation of the rules.
think they made a mistake,” Peck said. “I believe that the
UJ case will show that I was well within my rights to use the
claims that other candidates who were not disqualified have also
used digital cameras.
will be a case,” Sussman said. “We’re hoping to finish it
before the candidates’ forum.”
five elections commissioners declined to comment on the pending
appeared on a WBRS talk show for all candidates after his
disqualification with the permission of the majority of his
Dana V. Kaplan
testing debated by panel
out at the faces surrounding her, Marguery Navaroli was moved to
tears as she described her family’s history of breast cancer
last Wednesday in Usdan Conference Room A.
is a story about my family, and a story about cancer,” she
said. Navaroli tested negative for the breast cancer gene after
undergoing an extensive genetic test.
Professor Susan Blumenthal, the assistant surgeon general, and
Katherine Schneider, a genetic counselor, also spoke about the
importance of breast cancer awareness and the stigma surrounding
breast cancer and genetic testing.
to Schneider, who tested Navaroli, one in nine women will
develop breast cancer by the age of 85, and 10 to 15 percent of
cases are inherited. So,
to a genetically pre-disposed family, like the Navarolis, where
the chance of passing on the breast cancer gene is 50 percent,
genetic counseling is a beneficial decision for early detection
among family members.
described the three-step process of genetic counseling, which
first involves pre-test education discussing implications, then
pre-test counseling to prepare the patient with the potential
emotional ramifications. It is only in the final session that
the results of the test are disclosed and appropriate action is
planned if they are positive.
as Blumenthal discussed, genetic testing opens a Pandora’s box
of legal and ethical issues.
Health insurance may not cover this expensive procedure,
and some patients are vulnerable to discrimination at their jobs
if they test positive.
information should be used to heal us, not reveal us,” she
urged, asking those present to support legislation that would
protect patients from genetic discrimination.
echoed these sentiments. After seeing 10 members of her family stricken with breast or
ovarian cancer, she hoped her story would promote awareness
because the option of genetic testing for cancer-prone families,
and laws that would protect patients’ results, are important
issues for families like the Navarolis, and for everyone else.
are all touched by cancer,” said Blumenthal, who ended the
talk by stressing early detection of breast cancer through
self-breast exams, and listed awareness, exercise and a healthy
lifestyle as strategies to decrease high risk of breast cancer.
14 — An officer was called to East Quad to check on the well
being of a student due
to the possibility of a knife wound. The student was not in the
room at the time, but was later located and transported to
Waltham Deaconess Hospital.
14 — There was a report of two males running naked around
16 — An officer observed two individuals carrying two large
trash bags in the rear of Usdan Student Center. The two were
stopped by the police near East Quad and an investigation of the
contents revealed marked property of the Physics department. The
individuals claimed to have obtained the property from another
18 — There was a report of a suspicious box in the area near
the Shapiro Admissions Center; a check of the area revealed that
the report was unfounded.
14 — There was a report that a man-hole cover for a steam pipe
had been removed. This created a hazard due to a hole in the
14 — There was a report of a motor vehicle driving by itself
in T-Lot. The vehicle had rolled out of its parking spot and
came to rest against another parked vehicle with only minor
15 — There were death threats received by telephone in
19 — There was a report of people causing disturbance in North
Quad. The cause of the disturbance turned out to be a a group
leaving a registered party in the Quad.
15 — There was a report that a sound module for a key board
was taken from Nathan Seifer Hall after the hall was left
unlocked for the night.
Thomas, the new Transitional Year Program senator, was sworn in
by Union President Ellie Levine ’01.
request for $2,000 from the Senate’s discretionary fund from
Senior Week organizers was approved by unanimous consent.
Organizers requested the money because they project a
deficit, but any profit up to $2,000 which Senior Week may make
will go back to the Senate.
Junior-Senior Formal emergency money request for $1,800 was
approved by unanimous consent.
The money will come from the Senate’s discretionary
$1,000 International Club emergency money request was brought to
consideration off the floor.
Senators approved an $875 contribution from the
discretionary fund by unanimous consent.
International Club said it would request funds from the
Allocations Board on Tuesday night and give any Allocations
Board money that would put it over the $1,000 balance to the
decision on a Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance money
request to support a trip and a performer was postponed by
unanimous consent. The
request will be considered next week.
a 14-2 vote, senators passed a by-laws amendment that would
expand the criteria for de-chartering clubs. Under the new
legislation, a club can be de-chartered for paying its members
to engage in activities already integral to the club’s
by-laws amendment that would require clubs to turn in their
hazing forms directly after being chartered was passed by