Reaction to the Rose Art Decision

To the Brandeis community,

I and many others are deeply upset and concerned over the recent news regarding the closing of the Rose Art Museum.  Personally, I regard the Rose as a very integral part of my Brandeis education–I doubt I would have chosen to attend Brandeis had the Rose not been a part of the package.  Recently, a group of students, myself included, demonstrated outside of a closed faculty meeting in an effort to gain transparency and inclusion of students in the discussions/ decision-making processes surrounding the budget crisis.  We were led to believe that our efforts were not in vain–many faculty members spoke out in support, and a motion was passed to encourage student imput.  I and other concerned students are deeply dissapointed and dismayed by yet another blatant lack of consideration for the thoughts and opinions of the broader Brandeis community, especially where such an important issue is concerned.  I am not alone in my outrage over the lack of communication and consultation concerning the Board of Trustees’ decision, and in order to convey that, a group of my fellow students and I would like to organize a sit-in in and/or around the Rose at 1pm this coming Thursday, the 29th.  Our hope is that both students and faculty will turn out in support of the Rose, and that the administration will be forced to take notice and openly communicate with the concerned members of the community.  I feel that something must be done to react against what is an imposing and inconsiderate decision on the part of the Board and the administration.  I hope sincerely that you will be in support of our idea, and encourage anyone who is able to attend.  If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at r...@brendeis.edu, or Maarit Ostrow at maos...@brandeis.edu.

Respectfully,
Rebeccah Ulm