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He slipped into her room one night. She just stood there for a long time, taking in the sight of her daughter’s face and feet sticking out of her sheets. She had been the crush of his life ever since her wife died giving birth to her. He had cared for her, provided for her, made her the center of her existence. He had no intention of remarrying, or even having relationships outside of the one he had created with his wife, now deceased. Instead, he had poured all the love and devotion he had had for her into her love and devotion to her daughter.
He had never seen her as anything other than her beautiful and precious daughter. She was everything to him. Everything he had, he would give it to her in a heartbeat.
And so it had been, for a long time. A long time.
He then he left. He was happy to see her grow from the foundation he had laid, she loved to see how she stood out. But from the first few weeks after she moved in that summer, he began to realize that in addition to pride, achievement, and hope, he felt another emotion that he wasn’t proud of. She had never failed to show appreciation for all the good things he did for her. He knew that she was grateful for the advantages he had given her. And yet there was a small voice, growing louder and louder as the months passed, and growing louder even though he told himself the voice wasn’t being fair or rational. “How do you dare?” was what the voice wanted to shout. “How could he leave me?”
And now, for a few days, she was back. She didn’t need a car, so he had driven his own to pick her up from her bedroom. It was during the long drive back that he first noticed her legs.
Their visit was perfectly normal, a banal family visit, and as they talked and as he drove her from the restaurant to the mall to a friend’s house and so on, it became increasingly difficult to stop thinking and take her eyes off his. she. her legs. And then the belly that he loved to show off. Her beautiful long neck.
The swell of her breasts.
The wonderful, charming, funny and intelligent face of hers.
And, to his surprise, he felt no guilt. She was beautiful, who could deny that? During her brief stay, why not enjoy what he now apparently had to offer?
Today, her last day at her house for this short vacation, he had taken her to a farewell dinner he organized with her friends. The girls laughed and pretended to flirt with each other and the waiters, while he smiled and remained relatively quiet, not wanting to be the old man who ruins the “vibe.”
His daughter looked at him from time to time. He felt more and more secure. She was looking at him, not to communicate, not to share a moment of comfort or connection. She was looking at him. She watching him watch them. Watch her.
He hadn’t wanted to think it out loud to himself but, dressed her. It was shorter than he had to be. It was a lower cut than he needed to be. She left her back bare, he believed she was clearly not wearing a bra.
She knew that he would be at the meeting. Why dress like this? Why watch him so closely tonight?
On the way home they were both silent. This was unusual. Why was he silent? Why was she?
Her shoulder strap on her right side, he certainly wasn’t being careless enough to leave the one in front of him on her shoulder. But the one far away from him, the one he plausibly didn’t seem to notice, had fallen, and she hadn’t done anything to correct it.
When he hugged her goodnight, when she ended the hug, she cupped her face in her hands, almost motherly. “Thanks dad, it was a wonderful night.” She leaned down and he almost flinched, backed away, ran away… and she bent her head down a little and kissed his forehead. Just as it had seemed at the beginning of the gesture: motherly.
She went to bed and he was left alone, reflecting on the long and painful journey that would take her away from him tomorrow.
And here he was, now, while she slept, sizing her up like never before.
She took a step forward. Carefully, carefully. She took the sheet off him.
He was surprised and pleased to discover that there was nothing else to keep her warm, not a single piece of clothing. His daughter, like his wife before her, apparently preferred to sleep naked. Or, she was beginning to allow herself to be suspicious, maybe she didn’t usually do it.
She lay on her back, one arm behind her head and the other stretched out over the edge of her. This drew her chest up. Her breast, as beautiful as she had begun to imagine. He allowed her gaze (her heart rate was increasing enormously along with another part of himself) to rest there for a while. He allowed her imagination to kiss her breasts, caress hers pzones.
Then she continued her imaginary journey down, touching her tight belly in her mind, he could almost feel her leaning down to kiss her bare pubes. Similar to the way his arm was outstretched, so were his legs, one bent at the knee to curl under the other, but the effect of this was to open his hips for him, to invite him to consider what was coming. there was between them. Why did she shave it herself? How long had that been going on?
As much as a part of him revolted at the thought of a man seeing his own daughter that way, for so long, though, he continued to watch, her belly slowly rising and falling behind the new spotlight. yearning for him.
He kept going, wanting not to miss anything.
In his imagination he brushed against her long legs and caressed her feet.
And he finally looked her in the face again. Even asleep, her expression exuded confidence. Was he dreaming of her future, of a future he had envisioned for her, filled with achievement and dominance? A future in which she slid to the top and looked down on those she had left behind, her lower ones?
She knew she would do this, but she had banished all thought of him until she did it. And now, he was kissing her feet. Tenderly, she worked her way up, trying not to breathe, but insisting on feeling her legs with her lips.
He told himself that he could do those things without waking her up, if he was careful.
He also wondered intensely how she would react when he woke up. How would he express the desire that he had been expressing and encouraging tonight?
He was kissing her shins, her thighs, her iliac crest. Her pubes.
He lay there for a while, gently, aware that any force would cause an awakening, and knowing that he had to work hard not to intend that to happen.
He moved on, finally, after resisting a surprising urge to kiss those nearby lips, only to cast aside caution and begin to probe with his tongue.
He continued up, kneeling beside her, kissing her belly, her ribs. Her chest. He risked the smallest touch of her lips on her nipples. She still hadn’t woken up!
He moved closer to kiss her shoulders, her neck. Her cheeks. He stared at her with uncomfortable lust, her eyes inches from her face, able to take in every detail.
He stood up and was surprised at what he had accomplished so far. His thoughts turned to the door.
Her hands went to her belt.
He undressed silently and, carefully, cautiously, he climbed as discreetly as he could onto her bed, over her body.
And now her face was upon his. His legs, one bent at the knee, began to move smoothly with his own legs until his penis—yes, he insisted on emphasizing to himself, his father’s penis—was in position to enter. He knew this, eventually he would start to wake her up, and he was ready. He knew she would respond lovingly to her acknowledgment of his silent communications earlier in the evening. But even if she didn’t respond positively, he was determined now.
Trembling a little, he placed her left knee in the crux of her bent right knee and began to push her sister’s shin away from her.
And finally, lazily, he opened his eyes. He had decided, and carried out her resolve, not to look away from her at this point, to show how firm and loving her intentions were, to respect her gaze by keeping his.
He waited for her relieved smile to begin. He seemed to be taking in the situation. The head of his father’s penis was now touching the spot that she would now gladly open for him.
But, without a smile, instead of a smile, he opened his mouth and spoke. It wasn’t what he said that surprised him, but the way he said it. Cool, calm, determined, unflappable.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
She realized that she was so serene that she must have been awake for quite some time. She was ready for him. Had she felt every exciting kiss? From her feet, to her pubis, to her chest, to her neck? Had she just stood there silently, letting him do it? Did this confirm her invitation?
But now there was nothing tempting in her face. Accompanying her angry words and tone was an annoying squint, a squint that lived on the verge of anger.
He opened his mouth to speak. He had mentally rehearsed for this. He had to be firm but gentle. He would be clear and explicit about the subtext of her interactions tonight. Even if she denied it, he would make her see that she owed him, if in fact her looks and the way she dressed were a deception.
He had decided that he would not take no for an answer. But he was also sure that he wouldn’t listen to any of them. She was going to be happy that he was giving her this gift, and if she wasn’t, he was sure she was.he would convince her to agree, to understand, perhaps even to be pleased to perform this service.
If not immediately, she would eventually see that she was as much to him as he was to her.
That’s what happened in rehearsal.
However, when she opened her mouth to speak, “I, uh, well, I think it’s about time, I mean, this is, we have to, I mean, you have to-uh…”
By then it was too late. She suddenly gave an almost comical cry.
Her hands closed tighter over his balls. He was suddenly trying to get away from her when a second before he had decided to be inside her. But he couldn’t escape, couldn’t even try. It would just make him increase the pressure on her balls. She had it, he couldn’t move. So he froze.
She increased the pressure and he groaned, not even aware of the embarrassment and embarrassment he should be feeling right now.
Her daughter looked at him angrily, her eyes narrowed and a strange smile on her mouth. “We fucked,” she said.
“DAD”, she continued deliberately.
“When I SAY let’s fuck.” She squeezed harder.
“On my terms. Do you hear me, asshole?”
Eyes closed, mouth tight with her pain, she nodded as best she could, weakly.
She pushed him by the balls, which hurt even more than what he had been doing before, but at least it relieved the pressure. She slid off the bed, her knees on the floor, but before she could regain her composure, she sat up and put her legs on either side of him. She grabbed him by the hair. She held his gaze. Now he had a moment to look at her again.
Her powerful, youthful, masterful body was more desirable than ever.
She was holding him in her place. Certainly he was stronger than her, but she had him by her hair and escaping from her hands would not only hurt, but would involve an utterly embarrassing struggle to escape the hands of her little daughter. . And what could she do next, anyway? He stood still.
For a moment he allowed her to look her up and down. With one hand he held her hair, with the other he parted her pussy lips. It was incredible: he almost came on the spot to see her daughter doing this.
And then she began to push her face toward her, and said the words:
“Suck my pussy, asshole.”
And he complied. She closed her legs around his neck and locked him in her place.
He had imagined, in response to the secret flirtation he was sure they engaged in all night, that they could spend a long night together. And they did. His daughter had certainly been ready. Very clever, just as she had hoped.
As she had expected, but not as she had expected. As her expectations of him became less and less like reality, his heart sank lower and lower, but what else could he do now but obey?
Later that night she finally allowed him to put her penis inside her. But only after making her cum several times. He would make her come from her with her tongue, or she would make her come from her while he licked her ass. Then she would pull him to him and play with her penis and her nipples until she was almost ready to come, explaining to him how ridiculous and old she looked. And then she would send him back to her pussy, fucking her face one more time until she came again.
This continued until he finally got bored. He was tickling her cock one last time that night, snickering at her every move. After a couple of distracted sighs, he rolled his eyes.
“Okay, whatever. If you have to do it, do it now and get away from me.”
She frowned at him, then leaned back and looked up at the ceiling, rolling her eyes again, ignoring him, grabbing her phone and paying attention to seemingly anything else. Cautiously, slowly, as if it couldn’t be true, he slid from her daughter’s side to stand on top of her. She didn’t take her eyes off his phone.
It was on her vaginal lips. The tremor in her arms, in her entire body, came not from a lack of strength or stamina, but from the sheer audacity of what she was about to do, and the emotion that accompanied it.
There was no connection to her. This was not an expression of love, or any kind of emotion at all. All the courage that she had accumulated in the thought of this moment, all evaporated with her face turned to the side thinking of everything in the world but him. He was a disgusting man wearing a body, nothing more. What he was about to do, he could have done with a mannequin. Realizing so truly what he was doing, he felt ashamed.
His story about himself had evaporated, and he was still as ready, even smarter, than ever to finally just fuck his daughter’s body without faking it. And so he did.
He could see perhaps the slightest sign of discomfort passacross her face as he began to push his cock firmly into her pussy. As he entered, his eyes widened for the tiniest fraction of a second, and his pelvis moved slightly into place beneath him, before he once again retreated to his phone, laughing at her. something I was reading.
When he tried to kiss her, she slapped him, saying, “That’s disgusting, hurry up or you won’t finish,” and then, with a sort of triumphant taunt, he finished the sentence, “DAD.”
She continued to fuck obediently, trying to assimilate her experience, to engrave in her mind the feel of her daughter’s vagina warming the length of her cock. Without thinking, an instinct born of previous intercourse decades ago, she leaned down and kissed her nipple. So she grabbed him by the hair, scratched his face viciously, and said, “Hit two, you dumbass. Damn. Bitch.”
She grunted and groaned, “I’m sorry,” and she knew she better not fuck this up again or she’d never be allowed to finish. She scoffed and went back to her phone.
She only showed more signs of awareness of what was going on as he began to ejaculate inside her. She glanced at him briefly, a look of annoyance and disgust on her face, then looked up at the ceiling, rolled her eyes and just whispered ‘ew’.
When he finished her ejaculation, he began to fall on her, breathless, imagining her sperm working its way deep into her own daughter’s reluctant womb. Before her body could make any more contact with hers, he scratched his chest and rib cage roughly, saying, “Jesus, no, get away from me, you disgusting piece of shit!”
He rolled off her, face open like a fish, trying to catch his breath from her.
He didn’t know what the rest of the story might be. His head full of thoughts, somehow triumphant, regretful and defeated at the same time, he asked “What…now…” between gasps.
“God,” he said, looking down meaningfully, “You obviously clean up your mess.”
After she made him wipe her own cum from her pussy with her mouth, and made him give her another orgasm, he collapsed onto her back.
He gasped and said with a frown, “Seriously, you’re the worst, ‘dear father’. You were going to what, rape your own daughter, ‘Dad?'”
In silence, he told the truth. “Yes.”
“Yeah, fuck you. I let you do it this time basically because I was bored and curious to see if you could pull something off, but no. You could have at least made it fun. That was fucking boring dad. It felt like nothing.”
She sat up and brought her face close to his where he was sitting on her bed trying to make himself as small as possible. She pushed his body back toward the edge of the bed.
“Okay motherfucker, this is what will happen every time I let you make me come,” she said. And she pushed him off her bed. She fell to the ground. “You will speak only when spoken to, and you will sleep there when it is over.”
The floor was cold linoleum. He was naked. I had no pillow.
“From now on, you will never cum, never have sex with anyone, let alone me, without my saying so. Do you understand?”
The door was open, he could walk out. But then what?
“I understand.”
She smiled. “Ma’am daughter. That’s what you call me from now on.”
Her voice trembled. “Yes, madam daughter. I understand, madam daughter.”
“I may never let you fuck me again. I may never let you fuck anyone, or cum in any way, and you’ll obey because if you don’t, I’ll tell the police you’re a fucking rapist.”
He cried. “Yes, madam daughter.”
“Fine” she said after a second. “Okay. You know how much I’d like to just kick you into the ground, over and over right now. But I know you’d like it so much.”
Without a word, she turned around, knowing full well that he wasn’t going anywhere. Except for telling him to stop crying at one point, she proceeded to ignore him for the rest of the night. She stayed on her phone, texting her friends for a long time.
And so she slept, on the cold, hard floor, under the foot of her daughter’s bed.
She fell asleep thinking about the horrible things that her loving daughter could do from now on. She slept knowing the real reason she wouldn’t leave, the reason she could leave him at will and he could never leave her. She fell asleep knowing there was no escape, because there was no desire to escape. She had said it many times in the past.
Everything he had truly belonged to her.

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2022

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A board room review is an important part of running any business. It helps to ensure that members in the board fully understand the industry’s issues and challenges. Nevertheless , if it’s not really conducted properly, it could lead to protests, angry clients, and less business. To prevent this, here are a few ways to make sure your aboard review should go as smoothly as possible.

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Posted on: September 20th, 2022

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If you want to learn how to be described as a photographer, the first step is to get the right equipment. There are numerous resources available that can help you discover the tricks of the trade. Nevertheless , before you buy your hardware, you should have a definite idea of what kind of photography you should do. Then, you can earn courses to find out the different methods of picture taking.

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If you’re trying to find an effective document management system to your firm, VDRs are a great choice. A VDR is a highly secure way to maintain, access, and promote documents. In addition, it allows you to give permissions to be able to users and sections of paperwork. Users also can add insights and keywords, and schedule daily reports.

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A variety of digital marketing tools are available to streamline marketing plans and automate tasks. Many of these tools are quite intuitive, whilst some can be used by simply people while not experience in internet marketing. For example , Canva is a drag-and-drop design program that includes custom made pictures, icons, and styles. It can help businesses create effective graphics with no need for graphic artists. Another digital marketing tool is usually Google AdWords, which is a pay-per-click promoting solution that is used by firms for marketing campaigns.

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This process can differ depending on how advanced the exchange is. It’s worth mentioning that crypto markets are highly volatile. By trading virtual currencies you can make profits more quickly than when you trade stocks. Besides, trading cryptocurrencies don’t require special finance education. That’s why it’s so attractive for institutional and retail users. Therefore it’s essential to follow the price charts and understand what influences the value of BTC and other coins and tokens.

Are Bitcoins legal?

The US Federal Government accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment. You can use bitcoins to pay for goods and services in the US. Bitcoin mining is legal in the US. The Federal Government taxes virtual currencies.

Because bitcoin transactions are irreversible and there are many faucets, they have become targets for hackers interested in stealing bitcoins. Advertisements are the main income source of bitcoin faucets. Faucets try to get traffic from users by offering free bitcoin as an incentive. Some faucets also make money by mining altcoins in the background, using the user’s CPU. On 12 March 2013, a bitcoin miner running version 0.8.0 of the bitcoin software created a large block that was considered invalid in version 0.7 .

Where to buy BTC with USD using your credit card?

Because the more people know about the asset, the more they want to buy it. Other factors, like network operability and transaction security, are also important, but they rather contribute to the two first mentioned. Thus, the news about the technical upgrade could attract more attention to the project so more people read about it and decide to obtain the digital token. These points are just a few reasons why people prefer virtual currencies against traditional fiat funds. Mainly, crypto transactions are highly secured with hashing algorithms, simple in use, and are not regulated by a single entity . To be sure, only a minority of bitcoin miners and bitcoin exchanges have said they will support the new currency. This is seen as a significant event for couple of reasons. Firstly, traders may speculate on the possible scarcity of Bitcoin making way to high volatility.

Depending on the order type and market changes, the final price may be different. Read more about flappening blog here. This can happen if the project fails, a critical software bug is found, or there are newer more innovative digital currencies that would take over its place. If you recall Bitcoin was worth nearly $20,000 in 16th December 2017. But in 17th December 2018, the price of Bitcoin was at its low of about $3,200. Bitcoin is a highly volatile asset class and requires a high risk appetite. The price of bitcoin started off as zero and made its way to the market price you see today.

Bitcoin Price Chart USD

This is a visual representation of the price action in the market, over a certain period of time. Bitfinex has a bespoke offering expertly tailored to meet the specific needs of professional and institutional traders including sub-accounts, expedited verification, and dedicated customer support. Liquidity providers can generate yield by providing funding to traders wanting to trade with leverage. Funding is traded on an order book at various rates and periods.

  • Since your personal computer is connected to the internet, it has the potential to be infected by malware or spywares which could compromise your funds.
  • “Tesla sold $936 million worth of bitcoin in the second quarter, more than a year after the company bought $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency at the peak of its massive growth and popularity,” said Reuters.
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  • UNUS SED LEO provides utility for those seeking to maximize the output and capabilities of the Bitfinex trading platform.
  • Bitcoin has shown as steady a rise in value over the years as any other cryptocurrency on the market, so it’s only reasonable for bitcoin investors to be curious about how high it can ultimately go.

Q Cryptocurrency Report As we reach the midpoint of the year, it looks like 2022 is shaping up to be an annus horribilis for the crypto market. Our new digital magazine goes beyond the daily headlines to put crypto and blockchain developments in perspective. There were also a range of other developers including Pieter Wuille and Peter Todd who contributed to the development of Bitcoin Core – the first client on the Bitcoin network. A client is a piece of software that enables a network participant to run a node and connect to the blockchain. Bitcoin transactions are recorded on a public, distributed ledger known as a “blockchain” that anyone can download and help maintain. Although HODLers will probably not notice a big impact, Taproot could become a key milestone to equipping the network with smart contract functionality. In particular, Schnorr Signatures would lay the foundation for more complex applications to be built on top of the existing blockchain, as users start switching to Taproot addresses primarily. If adopted by users, Taproot could, in the long run, result in the network developing its own DeFi ecosystem that rivals those on alternative blockchains like Ethereum. Some of the top crypto cold wallets are Trezor, Ledger and CoolBitX. Some of the top crypto hot wallets include Exodus, Electrum and Mycelium.

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Over two weeks starting late June 2013 the price dropped steadily to $70. The price began to recover, peaking once again on 1 October at $140. The price quickly rebounded, returning to $200 several weeks later. The latest run went from $200 on 3 November to $900 on 18 November. On 1 September 2020, the Wiener Börse listed its first 21 titles denominated in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, including the services of real-time quotation and securities settlement. The number of businesses accepting bitcoin continued to increase. In January 2017, NHK reported the number of online stores accepting bitcoin in Japan had increased 4.6 times over the past year. BitPay CEO Stephen Pair declared the company’s transaction rate grew 3× from January 2016 to February 2017, and explained usage of bitcoin is growing in B2B supply chain payments. In March 2016, the Cabinet of Japan recognized virtual currencies like bitcoin as having a function similar to real money. Bidorbuy, the largest South African online marketplace, launched bitcoin payments for both buyers and sellers.

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Musk famously purchased $1.5 billion in the king of cryptocurrencies using spare cash on the EV maker's balance sheet, a highly unorthodox move since most companies abhor putting their war chests at risk.

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Because bitcoin is so new, price predictions are mostly informed speculations. Higher volume typically means a given cryptocurrency has more market liquidity, meaning more ability for investors to sell an investment when they want to realize a profit. It represents how much crypto is bought and sold over a period of time, typically 24 hours. It’s organized through a network known as a blockchain, which is basically an online ledger that keeps a secure record of each transaction and bitcoin price all in one place. Every time anyone buys or sells bitcoin, the swap gets logged. Several hundred of these back-and-forths make up a block. Yes, as bitcoin has grown to become more widely adopted, there are various derivative products being launched that allows you to short sell bitcoin. If you are an institutional investor, CME and Bakkt provide regulated bitcoin futures products which you can participate to long or short bitcoin.
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The article also stated the currency would be accepted in five locations, including the front desk and certain restaurants. The IRS considers cryptocurrency holdings to be “property” for tax purposes, which means your virtual currency is taxed in the same way as any other assets you own, like stocks or gold. Overall, bitcoin is considered a highly speculative and risky asset compared to conventional investments. While there is no guarantee you will get any of your money back, bitcoin has become the most valuable and commonly held among the thousands of cryptocurrencies that have since been created.

There is no official ISO code for Bitcoins, although BTC is commonly used. Bitcoin Halving or sometimes also known as the Halvening, refers to the reduction of block reward to miners by half. This is part of its built-in monetary policy, in which after every approximately 4 years, the mining reward will be halved towards the limited capped supply of 21 million Bitcoin. Once 21 million of Bitcoin have been minted, there will no longer be new supply of it rewarded to miners, and miners are expected to earn revenue by way of transaction fees. It has a circulating supply of 19 Million BTC coins and a total supply of 21 Million. If you are looking to buy or sell Bitcoin, Binance is currently the most active exchange. CoinGecko provides a fundamental analysis of the crypto market.

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Author: Sahar

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015

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Category: State of the Union

Hi there.

This site hosted a particularly strong student/activist blog that ran from late 2007 – 2011 at Brandeis University.

It was founded by Sahar Massachi and Loki, and then run for most of its life by Sahar Massachi, with assists by Adam Hughes, Elly Kalfus, Nathan Robinson, and a large cast of contributors.

Please feel free to peruse the archives.

You can reach Sahar here.

Author: elly

Posted on: June 25th, 2013

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Category: holidays, reflections from a brandeis student

The VP of HR at Brandeis sent out an e-mail Monday to Brandeis Staff saying that President Lawrence has decided to close offices on Thursday and Friday for July 4th, giving workers "an extended weekend for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends." (E-mail printed below)

While I appreciate the good will behind this move, and I believe this in common in many workplaces, do employers realize how giving extended holidays impacts hourly wage workers? As a temporary summer employee working at Brandeis for the summer for an hourly wage, I don't get paid when the school is closed, since I can't come in. That means that rather than enjoying the relaxing weekend, I worry about how to pay my rent with 2 less days – i.e. 14 hours less pay – for the month. 

I spoke with a friend and fellow Brandeis alumnus about this today, and zhe informed me that when zhe worked at Brandeis as a student, zhe would very frequently lose hourly wages because of the Brandeis Mondays and other irregular schedules. As a student, I worked very few hours a week and never considered the impact this policy had on workers, but as an employee working 2 part time jobs, I realize how frustrating magnanimous gestures such as this can be. 

Can't holidays be optional (if not otherwise compensated for)?!


Good afternoon,
As a reminder, President Lawrence has directed that Brandeis University offices will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd with staff returning to work on Monday, July 8th.

His hope is that staff members will be able to use the extended weekend for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends.


Scot Bemis

Vice President for Human Resources

Author: elly

Posted on: June 20th, 2013

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Category: Brandeis Dining

This e-mail re new Brandeis Dining Service partner Sodexo was sent to Brandeis Staff and Faculty earlier today (Thursday June the 20th)

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Brandeis University is pleased to announce that we have selected Sodexo as our new campus dining partner. Beginning July 1, 2013, Sodexo will begin managing and operating Dining Services on campus.  

Sodexo’s commitment to excellent customer service, customer satisfaction, local & sustainable foods, and food-forward innovation make them a welcome addition to our campus. Their culinary team will bring a passion for fresh food and catering excellence to campus. Some of the new offerings you will see on campus will include: Starbucks, Russo’s Market, and the first Guy Fieri on Campus located in New England.

Over the coming weeks, Sodexo and Brandeis will share more specific information about meal plans, dining hours, new food formats, events and other information. 

Please join me in welcoming our new Resident District Manager of Dining Services, Jay Degioia. You can reach Jay at ext. 64276 or email

If you have other questions or would like additional information, please contact Mark Collins at 64435 or

Thank you,

Ellen de Graffenreid

Senior Vice President for Communications


So, this is huge! Students have been criticizing and campaigning against Aramark for years (decades?) because of the quality of their food as well as their ideological stances (human rights vi, underpaid employees, etc). Does anyone out there have opinions on/knowledge of Sodexo? Do we know what's going to be happening to the Aramark workers?

I will be researching them, feel free to comment or e-mail in tips (tips @ For now, here's the "Controversies" section of their Wikipedia page:

"There have been at least nine boycotts of Sodexo, for varying reasons: at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, at the American University in Washington D.C., and at Université Laval in Quebec City, at Binghamton University in New York, and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, at DePauw University in Indiana, Hollins University in Roanoke, VirginiaEmory University in Atlanta, Georgia,[13][14][15] at Nordea banks in Finland, at the University of Tampere, Finland and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[16] At DePauw University the students protested against Sodexo's alleged low pay, former investment in private prison businesses, and the lack of local food options.[17]

At the Nordea banks the issue was a cut in wages after Sodexo took over the bank's workplace food services.[18][19] After a successful boycott, the wages were raised.[20]

In 2009, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched a United States nationwide campaign against Sodexo with their stated objective of improving wage and job standards. In 2010, the SEIU recruited students at many U.S. colleges to support strikes and demonstrations in protest of Sodexo's alleged unfair labor practices including anti-union behavior and paying low wages. [21][22] Although one series of strikes at the University of Pittsburgh led to the negotiation of higher wages and lower cost health insurance plans for the cafeteria workers,[23][24][25] none of the Sodexo accounts targeted by the SEIU have unionized or even requested an election vote. According to a statement from Sodexo, the SEIU engaged in a smear campaign in an effort to drive out rival labor unions that have traditionally operated in the foodservice industry as well as for general publicity.[26]

Sodexo filed a lawsuit in March 2011 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act accusing the SEIU of "engaging in illegal tactics in its effort to unionize workers".[27] During the trial, it was revealed that the SEIU had written and distributed a manual to its staff detailing how “outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.” Tactics recommended include references to blackmail, extortion, accusations of racism and sexism, and targeting the homes and neighborhoods of business leaders for demonstrations.[28] Following the court discovery of this document, SEIU agreed to terminate their public campaign focused on Sodexo and the charges against SEIU were dropped.[29]

In May 2011, 27 University of Washington students were arrested during a sit in at the University's administrative offices for protesting the University's concessions contract with Sodexo.[30]Shortly after, on May 19, another 13 students were arrested under similar circumstances.[31]

All of the frozen beef products used by Sodexo in the UK were withdrawn on 22 February 2013 following the discovery of horse DNA in a sample.[32] The company supplies 2,300 institutions, including schools, old-age people homes, prisons and branches of the armed forces within the UK.[32]"

Author: elly

Posted on: January 29th, 2013

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Category: State of the Union

Currently watching the 2013 New York State of the State, which took place January 9, 2013. Here are some key moments and ideas:

  • Minute 12-17:15 Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman makes an introductory speech and blessing. She was installed in March of 2012 as President of the New York Board of Rabbis and is the first woman in the 131-year-history of the organization to hold this position. Rabbi Goodman supports women’s reproductive rights and health care, and advocated for marriage equality in New York State, and key line in her speech "Women are still not equal"

Author: elly

Posted on: January 26th, 2013

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Category: prison reform

The BBC ran an article last week, "Johnny Cash and his prison reform campaign," about country singer Johnny Cash's advocacy work on behalf of prisoners. Cash toured many prisons, performing live for inmates, and gave evidence at a US Senate subcommittee on prison reform in 1972, speaking of the abuses prisoners he talked to had suffered.

Explaining why Cash was effective in his cries for prison reform, Danny Robbins writes "Cash successfully humanised the prison population and gave them a voice. He had a unique ability to get inside the heads of these forgotten and ignored men and understand the problems facing them – the roar from the inmate audience that can be heard on Live at San Quentin when he launches into the provocative angry title track is testimony to this." (A 30-second audio clip of Cash onstage at San Quentin is available to listen to next to the article.)

I think we need more of this overlap between arts and activism. Cash was able to bring hope to prisoners and relat their stories to people living on the outside, a necessary bridge if we are going to address the problems caused by mass incarceration and develop better, more empathic approaches to dealing with people who commit crimes.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 13th, 2012

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Category: reflections from a brandeis student

bdeisI learned this lesson today.

When you read an e-mail and feel really angry about it…

  1. Vent about it to people who are not involved in the situation
  2. Try to figure out why you feel angry; what in it provoked you so
  3. After many deep breaths and giving yourself time to cool off, re-read the e-mail and re-evaluate what is says

This method has a great success rate. Often, when you reread it you discover new things you hadn't originally seen, and you even hear it in a different tone of voice. If this does not work for you, try purposely reading it in a different tone of voice to see alternate ways it could have been intended.

Downside: This is not as helpful when you need to respond to an e-mail within a short period of time (i.e. if you're organizing an event and have to figure out logistics, provide advice, etc.), since it really does require space and time. But, those e-mails suck anyway.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 13th, 2012


Category: reflections from a brandeis student

Hey guys,

I've spent the past 7 semesters doing activism at Brandeis. Even while abroad studying comedy in Chicago, I did activism at Brandeis. In fact, I was more active from afar because it felt more manageable. And that's what I want to write about now: managing it. Because trying to change Brandeis, Waltham, Massachusetts, the Northeast, colleges across the United States, America, the Western Hemisphere, the world, the universe…. can get pretty exhausting.

So, here are a few lessons I've learned. I'd appreciate it if you shared with me whether you've experienced similar or different things, any advice or empathy you have to give, and words of inspiration.

1. Burnout

From my first exposure to Brandeis activism (which came in the form of Sahar Massachi recruiting me to write for Innermostparts in Upper Usdan midway through my first semester here), I was warned about the evils of Burnout. It was built up into this big scary thing that would happen to me without my knowing it.

Examples of things I have heard about burn out:

  • "Don't invest too much energy into this project or you'll burn out"
  • "Activists at Brandeis tend to burn out quickly, they have great ideas but then they drain themselves and give up on them. Don't do that."
  • "I've been working to make Brandeis more sustainable for the past 2 years and now I'm a junior and I'm going abroad and I don't care anymore. I've been burned out."

Despite all these warning and words of caution, despite seeing my friends burn out, I couldn't figure out how to avoid this trap. I say "trap" because Robert M. Pirsig refers to things which block our gumption (read: energy, motivation) as such in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the most insightful book I have ever read. I fell into this trap upon returning from Chicago to Brandeis, second semester junior year, and I have not been able to recover since. I went from planning numerous events and leading multiple clubs to maximizing the amount of time I could spend by myself in my room, because I realized that was what I really needed. I am just now re-learning how to do come back from a burnout. 

Which leads me to my next point..

2. Overcomittment

I reached my peak of involvement sophomore year. Here's a list of what extracurricular activies I was involved with that year:

  • reviving Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
  • writing for the Justice Arts
  • serving on the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance Steering Committee
  • being a Waltham Group Kids Connections Coordinator
  • writing for The Blowfish
  • Tutoring through English Language Learning
  • Serving on the Freeplay Theatre Board
  • Trying to start a Brandeis Improv Club
  • Boris' writer contributer
  • Co-founder of Little Hands video sketch comedy group
  • Interning at Second Step Domestic Violence facility
  • Acting and filming things around campus
  • Working at Einsteins
  • Managing Innermostparts

While this may seem like a normal schedule to many Brandeisians, looking back I realize how exhausting it was. I never spent time in my room, I spent little time with many of my closest friends, I was a mess. I felt I had no control over my life, since I was so devoted to making these groups work, and doing everything I could to "make a difference."

I would spend hours thinking and debating with friends over whether you should feel guilty for not "doing enough." As though there's such a thing as enough….As though anyone has a right to make you feel guilty for not trying to make a difference…As though guilt is a good motivatonal tool.

I realize now that while splintering myself all over the place and doing everything I was interested was great for broadening my horizons, it was my ego driving me to do as much as I could, and not my passion for change.

3. Messiah Complex

Andrew Flagel talked about this at the Club Conference at the beginning of the semester, and it really stuck with me. I went through most of my time at Brandeis with a Messiah Complex, subconsciously thinking that needed to do things because if didn't do them no one else would, and that that would be a problem. While that kind of thinking can drive you to do effective, productive things with your time, it can also lead to Points 1 and 2. And, perhaps the larger problem, it is simply not true.

Repeat After Me:

I am not the only person who can plan an event.

I am not the only person who can lead a meeting.

If I do not do this, it will not mean the end of the world.

Brandeis can exist without me.

These steps are not meant to devalue your significance- if you tell me you play a vital role to your organization, I believe you. If you say that if you do not submit those forms to Finance Board, no one else will and your club will get no money and then no one will come to your events since there's no free food and then everyone will sign off the list serv and then your club will be dechartered for lack of activity then perhaps you're right. The thing to realize is that just because those things may happen does NOT mean you must be beholden to your club. As much as your club does for the world, there are things that are more important. And there always will be.

So do your club, your friends, your roommates, and especially yourself a favor and admit to yourself that YOU ARE NOT BEHOLDEN TO YOUR CLUB.


NOTE: The terms club, cause, campaign are used interchangeably throughout this post. I also use the concept of club and social activism interchangeably at times because that has been my experience at Brandeis (I think every club I was a member of was arguably a proponet of social change).



Well, that concludes this post. It turned out a bit differently than I expected, and it was a good reason to avoid finishing my 10 page Shakespeare paper. I intend to write 2 follow-up notes before the semester ends- one on Lessons from a former Finance Board Representative and one on Most Important Things to Know When Planning an Event at Brandeis

If anyone is reading this and would like a note targeting something specific they have encountered, feel free to let me know.


Author: elly

Posted on: December 11th, 2012

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Category: State of the Union

Pre-SOTU Intimate Group Conversation with Todd

  • RPF's being sent to other food providers- product of Strategic Planning Review, new administration open to new things
  • Strategic Plan- enough student involvement?
    • Planning Steering Committee, 26 people (incl. 2 grad students, 2 undergrads), meets once a month
    • Core Committee- 6-7 people (incl. 2 grads, 2 undergrads?)


  • Student Accomplishments
    • BADASS rankings
    • Men and Women's soccer wins
    • Course Evaluation Guide student editors, whoot
    • Carlton's Secretary e-mails (Todd knows how hard it is)
    • Campus support services who helped people in wake of suicide at the beginning of the semester
  • Union achievements
    • Usdan Bulleting Board
    • Senate Meet and Greet
    • Outreach
    • Hurricane Sandy bracelet sales
    • Turkey shuttles
    • Midnight buffet TMRW (first time actually occuring at midnight)
    • DeisLaunch Pad SU radio show
    • Extended study spaces
    • SU Dining Services Committee (new this year…used to be University committee?
    • Treasurer Clements says this is the "most efficient Treasury ever" and that all forms have 24 hour turnover rate
      • improved communication between Treasury and FBoard. Shoutout to Nathan Israel (whoot Nathan)
    • DeisImpact happening in spring- 37 events
    • This feels like Parks and Rec-local news
  • SU Future Steps
    • Will look into puppy rub (sp?) event for next semester- puppies to relieve stress during finals
    • Take better care of off-campus students (this year has most numbers students living off-campus)
    • Fix SU election by phasing out of BigPulse and creating new guidelines for next semester
    • Looking into "Deis Day" to express Bdeis pride- formal recognition ceremonies and pot. a parade
    • Do more to promote Chums and Stein so don't need to rely on coffeehouses
    • Brandeis will be looking into new dining services providers
      • Last renovations to dining buildings occurred in 1998
      • Kirkland will be meeting biweekly with Dining Services admins to work to better hours, variety of food
    • Collaborating with Graduate Student Union (40% of Brandeis student pop is graduate students)
  • Other things Brandeis should be proud of
    • 97% (check?) Brandeis fauclty have highest degrees in their fields
    • FML first Brandeis pres. to reside full-time in Waltham


  • Did Justice articles impact Kirkland's speech? (off-campus students, stein/chums usage)
  • Treasury how do you measure efficiency?
  • SU looking to limit number of clubs being chartered?
    • Want to make clubs coordinate more, have hierarcy so under one umbrella group
    • "Providing resources" vs. "making sure they become more effective"
      • Club Support committee has to juggle roles of helping clubs and limiting clubs re money
    • No "concrete ideas" right now about restructuring. Treasury and FBoard involved
  • Student Involvement in…Everything?
    • Students don't feel physical attendance is necc. because of social media — shift

Author: elly

Posted on: January 7th, 2012

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Category: Uncategorized

"Today [January 4th] in Dallas, Texas, Rickey Dale Wyatt was cleared after spending 31 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit."

I love getting these kinds of e-mails from the Innocence Project.

They tell me about their clients, prisoners serving time, who they have helped exonerate through the use of DNA evidence.

Oh, our criminal justice system….

Read the full text of the Innocence Project's e-mail below:

Read more…

Author: elly

Posted on: January 6th, 2012

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Category: Uncategorized

Amnesty International reminded me about something today.

That our country has a secret prison where we 'detain' people for indefinite amounts of time without trials.

It's called Guanatanamo Bay, and it's been open for 10 years.

According to the New York Times, in January of 2009, Obama issued an executive order instructing the CIA to close down Guanatanamo within the year, calling the secret prison camp "a damaging symbol to the world."

Three years later, the New York Times reports that 171 prisoners remain there now. You can read a docket listing the prisoners' full names. Many of them have been held since 2002, when the prison opened.

Help put an end to this unfair treatment by signing Amnesty's petition to Obama, participating in Amnesty's National Day of Action Against Guantanamo on January 11th in D.C., or simply becoming better education on the situation, for instance by reading Poems from Guantanamo Bay, poems written directly by the prisoners and edited by Marc Falkoff.

The full text of Amnesty's e-mail is included below:

Read more…

Author: elly

Posted on: January 4th, 2012

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Category: Uncategorized

The Princeton Review is compiling updated information on undergraduate universities for its College Rankings.

Whether you agree with the Princeton Review's school rankings or not, this is a good opportunitity to influence this institution which informs so much of our education system.

So, take the SURVEY and tell the Princeton Review what you think of your school.

And post pro/con arguments for the ranking system to begin with, if you feel so empassioned.

Author: elly

Posted on: January 3rd, 2012

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Category: Uncategorized

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted a link to this video not too long ago. Kudos.

This video is a really nice example of an "average American" sharing his voice in government.

I think he does a good job.


Zach Wahls Speaks About Family

Description on Youtube.

"Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.

The fight to to keep marriage equality in Iowa continues, help us support Iowans like Zach."


The resolution passed in the House but did not make it to a vote in the Senate.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 30th, 2011

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Category: Uncategorized


The World Food Programme has a new quiz on the famine ravaging Ethiopia. Just by taking it, you are helping to end it.

How is that?

For every person who takes the quiz, or shares it with their friends on facbeook or twitter, a meal will be donated to one child in Ethiopia.

From WFP:

"WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. By taking our quiz, you've just joined hundreds of thousands of people across the globe who, like you, are committed to feeding the world's hungriest people!"

WFP has developed an innovative way to use social media and technology in order to raise awareness of international hunger crises, and generate charity. The Ethiopia quiz is just one quiz you can take. The WFP's other social justice donation games include Free Rice, a vocabulary game, and Food Force, a Facebook application strategy game.

Social media can be harnessed in powerful ways to create productive change or provide temporary relief.

Do you think these quizzes and games are effective?


Author: elly

Posted on: December 26th, 2011

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Category: Uncategorized


Read President Lawrence and Chairman Sherman's e-mail below regarding the recent death of former Brandeis President Evelyn E. Handler. We at Innermostparts send her family our regards and sympathies as well.


Dear Members of the Brandeis Community:

It is with great sadness, particularly during this holiday season, that we write to let you know that former Brandeis President Evelyn E. Handler died Friday night after being struck by a car in Bedford, N.H.

Evelyn Handler served as Brandeis president from 1983 to 1991. She was the first and only woman to lead the University. During her tenure as president, Brandeis was admitted to the Association of American Universities, a significant distinction for such a young institution.  Her other notable achievements included strengthening the University’s life sciences programs, initiating the Volen Center for Complex Systems, and the University’s membership in the University Athletic Association.

On behalf of the entire Brandeis community, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Handler family.


Frederick M. Lawrence, President

Malcolm L. Sherman, Chairman of the Board

Author: elly

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

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Category: Uncategorized

David Protess, president of the Chicago Innocence Project, wrote a list of the top ten movies about wrongful convictions in the Huffington Post

The Chicago Innocent Project, similar to Brandeis' own Schuster Institute Brandeis Innocence Project, investigates criminal cases in which prisoners may have been wrongfully convicted. According to the nationwide Innocence Project's site, there have been 281 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States, including 17 who served time on Death Row. If ever there were a strong argument against the death penalty, there it is.

This holiday season, why not watch some movies which explore the merits and flaws of our criminal justice system? Having only watched #s 10, 9, and 3, I can't vouch for the majority of the movies on this list, but all of them raise good questions and promote awareness of the flaws in our criminal justice system, regardless of their cinematic worth.

For extended synopses and commentary, read Protess' full article.

10. Conviction

9. My Cousin Vinny

8. In the Name of the Father 

7. Murder on a Sunday Morning

6. The Fugitive 

5. The Hurricane (a movie about the life of Ruben Carter, the Vice President of the Chicago Innocence Project)

4. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

3. Shawshank Redemption 

2. The Thin Blue Line

1. The Wrong Man 



Author: elly

Posted on: December 21st, 2011

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Category: Uncategorized

New Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis announced: John Unsworth!

To the Brandeis Community:

I am delighted to announce that John Unsworth, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the new Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis. John will start his position in mid-February.

Our library is a treasured resource and our use of technology and the innovation we bring to it are critically important factors in the university's future. I am confident that John will help lead us in the right direction in both these arenas. John impressed the search committee and the Brandeis community with his intelligence, deep expertise, collaborative approach and easy manner.

I want to thank those of you who served on the search committee. I know how much time and effort went into this search and its successful outcome. In addition, I want to thank students, staff and faculty from across the Brandeis community who met with the candidates, attended their presentations and offered feedback.

I am delighted that the process has led us to today's announcement. A story on the appointment has been posted on BrandeisNow.



Steve A. N. Goldstein '78, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.
Provost and Professor of Biochemistry

Brandeis University
Office of the Provost
415 South Street, M/S 134
Waltham, MA 02453

Author: elly

Posted on: December 11th, 2011

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Below is a summary of the highlights of the latest Student Union e-mail, along with my commentary underneath each point.

I am in Chicago and so could not go to the State of the Union. Did anyone attend? Thoughts/reactions?

Attached to this post is "most of what was said at the State of the Union," e-mailed by the Student Union. I like the town hall forum initiative. Rosen covered a lot of  issues and changes Brandeis has been making, and for the most part they sound like steps in a positive, more student-friendly and involved path.


  • The Usdan C-Store (P.O.D.) will be open from Midnight – 2am on Saturdays for all of next Semester! Thank you to everyone for supporting the Senate's Ad-Hoc Dining Committee, Senator Ricky Rosen and the Student Union in this initiative. Make good use of those hours!
    • ?YES! Responding to students' needs! Now if only we could negotiate with Aramark…
  • In response to PULSE Feedback, we've been trying to secure more study space for the student body. In the future, we are trying to get the Mandel Center & Science Complex, but we need to see how this new option goes. Please understand that you need to keep your study space clean and neat. If this first extension of study spaces goes well, then we will be able to get the nicer areas like the Science Center!
    • ?GREAT! Listening to feedback! Yay!
  • Student Union, Student Events, Student Activities and WBRS are proud to bring you… MAKING WAVES! – The Brandeis Pool Party! Saturday, January 21. Keep your eyes open for more information, but get your swim-suits ready!
    • ?Does this mean the pool will be opening Jan. 21st?????!
  • Attached is most of what was said at the State of the Union. Please feel free to read it over, and let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc.
    • Highlight: From now on, Rosen hopes S.o.t.U.'s will be Town Hall Forum-style
    • State of the Union

Author: elly

Posted on: December 9th, 2011

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Biking to blast music. Sounds like a spinning class. Or an OK Go video. In fact, it's a sustainability project.

Harrison Goldspiel, Carrie Watkins and Amira Mintz-Morgenthau submitted "Brandeis Pedal Power: Amping Up Campus Events" as a proposal to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund last month, and are waiting to hear back about whether their project was picked up or not. If funded, it would enable volunteers to generate energy simply by bicycle-riding. The energy could be used for a multitude of campus events, including as a "sustainable sound system," which is what the band Melodeego does, explained Harrison.

This is an awesome idea, promoting bike-riding, concert-attending and sustainability all at once. It's pretty crazy to think that we have such amazing technology these days, which enables us to generate our own energy in such a simple manner.

Read Harrison's description of the project, below, and take their survey too!

The project is "Brandeis Pedal Power: Amping Up Campus Events." I am working with Carrie Watkins '12 and Amira Mintz-Morgenthau '12. I became inspired to work on this project after seeing various concerts powered by bicycle energy. There was a water/hydrofracking festival this summer in NYC that featured a big concert completely powered by bicycle energy generators and "natural ass" power. I also knew of a Massachusetts band called Melodeego that has their own bicycle powered sustainable sound system for all their shows. After going to's Moving Planet: Boston event on 9/24 and riding the bikes myself, I decided we need this at Brandeis. So I rallied together Carrie and Amira and we applied for a BSF grant to construct three bicycle energy units. We are working very closely with Melodeego and their side project, Sustainable Sound to design and eventually construct the units. The second component to our project involves creating a student group called the Pedal Patrol which will manage the bicycle units. We are collaborating with Student Production Services and will incorporate the completely bicycle units and the Pedal Patrol into their organization.

The goals of our project are to: (1) create a new, carbon-free mechanism to power events on campus, thus reducing total energy use and carbon emissions, (2) get students, faculty, and the administration educated and excited about energy and climate change issues in a visually innovative fashion, and (3) set a precedent for university departments and student organizations, such as the Student Union, Student Events, Student Activities, WBRS, Chums, and the Punk Rock and Roll Club to constantly think about the environmental impact of their decisions.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 6th, 2011

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I applied to Hiatt's Winter Break Shadowing program and was unable to make it to the first 2 dates of the mandatory pre-departure meetings. 

Currently, I'm virtually attending the "last chance" one.

I thought I would liveblog it and post any interesting/entertaining/surprising tips.

Andrea Dine, Associate Director of Career Development at Brandeis' Hiatt Career Center, is currently walking us through how to research our alumni matches, in terms of them personally, their field of work, and their specific position.

Interesting Points

  • The number one thing alumni matches complain about is students not knowing anything about what they do.  I can see how this is irresponsible on the students' behalf, but really…why is that so wrong? Why are these alumni getting offended by our ignorance?
  • Number one thing NOT to do: directly ask if they will give you a job or internship. I totally agree with this. That makes ANYONE uncomfortable, especially someone you're meeting for the first time, and who's doing you a favor!
  • Facebook is a social networking site good for keeping in touch with friends and family, especially long distance.
  • Brandeis has a lot of comedian alumni, who have won competitions and appeared on TV! I know of Myq Kaplan, the people behind friends, and perhaps a few others, but I'm excited to e-mail Andrea after and find out who these people are.
  • Whether to e-mail or to handwrite thank you letters is a contraversial question. As a gross generlization, older alumni are more likely to expect hand-written notes. I'm surprised to hear that people still handwrite anything. I only ever write e-mails. That's a nice idea, though, to handwrite.

Much like my Intro to Psych class, throughout the Webinar we are being polled to check that we are paying attention. Some of the questions are in regards to our emotions, while others are more like Millionaire $100 questions. Easy and silly.

  • One polling question involved the word "definately". 

This is the first time Hiatt is matching students and alumni on an individualized, one-at-a-time basis. Despite the time it takes, they are hoping this will produce better matches!

And that's the end. Thanks Hiatt! That was fun!

Author: elly

Posted on: December 6th, 2011

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I'm an English major, but I've taken a whole JBS semester in sociology, 2 theater classes, 2 creative writing classes, 2 legal studies classes, a math class…the list goes on. 

My point is, a liberal arts education involves lots of different subject areas all kind of mixing together. And that's the way it should be. Especially at Brandeis, students are encouraged to study in multiple disciplines. So why not combine disciplines within a course, exposing students to multiple perspectives on the same issue?

The latest BrandeisNow features an article concerning two of my favorite teachers, Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser, for winning the the Innovative Course Design award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Kamesky, a History and Women's and Gender Studies professor, and Lanser, who teaches English, Women’s and Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, and is currently on sabatical, teamed up in the fall of 2010 to teach Brandeis' first course in English and History.

ENG/HIST 118b London from Restoration to Regency: People, Culture, City

As BrandeisNow reports, the course focused on London's history, geography (with special attention paid to maps), and culture, delving into its art, music, architecture, theater and more. 

By combining these disciplines, the course offered a more complete look at London than analysis through one specific, more in-depth lens, could offer. What is the worth of being an expert on London's literature from the 1800's if you have no sense of who wrote it or what they were responding to?

I think this course (which will be offered again during the 2013-14 school year) is a great initiative, and would like to take an English-History course in the future. 

In fact, the class I took with Kamesky, SYS 1c, was a sophomore seminar for my Lerman-Neubauer Fellowship, which asked the question "How Do We Know What We Know?" from a variety of perspectives. In class, we analyzed the concept of the self, and how it pertains to different disciplines and methodologies, from the lenses of: Economics (former Dean Jaffe), Art History (Prof. Kalb), History (Prof. Kamensky) and Neuroscience (Prof. Katz). 

Each sections lasted about 8 weeks (half a semester), and consisted of in-depth analyses and class discussions. I had never taken college classes in any of these areas before, and they truly opened my mind. This opportunity is not available to all students, but I think more interdisciplinary seminar courses should be offered.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 5th, 2011

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I'm looking for summer internships on the Career and Internship Connections (CIC) site right now, thanks to Hiatt, and I just stumbled across the coolest-sounding job ever.

Too bad they stopped accepting applications on Nov. 28th. It's still a fun read though.

***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Secret Service representatives will be attending the morning career fair only. They look forward to meeting with you and discussing employment/internship opportunities on the day of the event.

The United States Secret Service is mandated by statue and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. During the course of their careers, special agents carry out assignments in both of these areas an must be available to be assigned to duty stations anywhere around the world.

The Secret Service protects:

-The president, the vice president (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the president-elect

-the immediate families of the above individuals

-former presidents, their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse remarries.  In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former president leaves office

-children of former presidents until age 16

-visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad

-major presidential and vice presidential candidates, and their spouses within 120 days of a general presidential election

-other individuals as designated per Executive Order of the President

-National Special Security Events, when designated as such by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

The Secret Service investigates:

-violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States

-financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, financial information fraud, false identification documents, access device fraud, advance fee fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, electronic funds transfers and money laundering as it relates to the agency's core violations

-computer-based attacks on the nation's financial, banking and telecommunications infrastructure

For additional information and qualifications, please visit 

Application Qualifications:
Desired Attributes: The following attributes are desired for this position.
Desired Work Authorization Status: Authorized to work in the U.S.
Sponsorship: Only include candidates that do not require sponsorship


This raises so many questions for me, not the least of which is…those are the ONLY desired attributes/qualifications?

Author: elly

Posted on: December 4th, 2011

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The Student Union just sent out an official press release concerning the State of the Union, which will be this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 in the Mandel Atrium. 

The State of the Union, which has typically consisted of the SU President, and sometimes members of the President's Executive Board, delivering speeches, including reflections on the past term and predictions or unveiling of plans for the upcoming semester.

However, in an effort to make the event "more transparent and interactive," this year the State of the Union will consist of a short speech from SU President Rosen and then an open floor for questions from anyone in the audience, and featuring a "panel of Student Union representatives."

In a reception to follow the address, Rosen, Provost Steve Goldstein and Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel will jointly "lead one of the first student Strategic Planning sessions."

This sounds like a great initiative. Rosen's administration has talked a lot about reforming the Student Union to place more focus on open communication, transparency, and increase student input, but events like these are necessary to put those lofty ideals into practice. 

Having attended the past 2 spring State of the Unions, I can say that the crowd is usually made up of more "adults" than students. Hopefully, this effort will increase student participation and attendance.

Anyone want to liveblog the event for us here at IMP?



The full text of the press release follows below: 

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Author: elly

Posted on: December 4th, 2011

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*Thanks to the Brandeis Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance chapter for these articles. Check them out at:

I don't and never have had an iPhone, but I still know who Siri is. Friends love showing off that they can talk to a phone and get a response from it, although that's what phones were invented for in the first place. It goes back to some primal urge to control other humans, which is why scientists are developing human-like robots.

Anyway, Siri is pretty impressive. She can look things up, answer jokes with witty retorts, and more. But, people are discovering that she is still limited by what her designers want her to say, and some of these pre-programmed responses seem to have a specific, anti-choice agenda behind them.

"The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice."

As the above site demonstrates via screenshots, ask Siri  about birth control, where you can get an abortion, or even type in the address of a specific abortion agency, and Siri will not have any answers.

Apple's defense, according to a BBC News article, is that Siri is still in her developing stages, and does not have all the information yet to answer everyone's questions. However, Siri's lack of knowledge on specific, controversial subject matters has led to speculation that this is more than just the beta stage. Is it right for Apple to push a moralist, anti-choice agenda on iPhone users if this is true?

Since I don't have an iPhone I can't run a test myself, but I urge you all to ask Siri questions relating to pro-choice options and see what she says.

And if you think Siri should be updated to include information for pro-choice resources, go to Apple's website and fill out a user feedback review saying exactly what Siri is missing.

Author: elly

Posted on: December 3rd, 2011

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Hello, Loyal and Dedicated Innermostparts Readers,

We, the staff here at Innermostparts, would like to apologize for our recent hiatus from reporting.

We know that people like you depend upon us for something, whether it be entertainment, news, or child support, and we feel badly when we deprive you of these essentials.

We believe it is a blog's job to update frequently and consistently, and to provide its readership base with thoughtful and relavent material on a regular basis.

With that said, it is difficult to live up to these standards without a big editorial and writing staff. As you can see from recent posts, although we have several one-time contributors, our writing staff has grown very small and disorganized.

This is a call to action.

Whether you often find cool social justice articles on huffingtonpost and want to do more than like them on your facebook, or you find yourself writing theses on women's rights that you have nowhere to send; whether you want to write a post an hour or copyedit others' grammar once a month, if you are interested in joining the ranks of Esther Brandon, Sahar Massachi, Elly Kalfus, Rocky Reichman and others, please let us know! We are happy to talk with you about the possibility of joining Innermostparts, Brandeis' only social activism blog!

E-mail us at, subject line: Writing for Innermostparts, and we will be in touch, or track one of us down in person and express your interest.

There's a lot going on in the world and we want you to help us cover it.

We value your feedback.

Thank you!


Author: Sahar

Posted on: November 30th, 2011

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Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were spies! And then the treasonous act of revealing Plame's identity almost took down the Bush Presidency.


They'll be at Rapaporte at 2pm today. Be there!

More info here.

Author: elly

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011

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The Student Advisory Committee for the Strategic Planning Process and the Student Union Consitutional Review Task Force.

Two awesome opportunities for any undergraduates to make decisions about our school.

No application necessary- simply e-mail Herbie about your interest in either of these groups by Nov. 25th!

Read below for more information:

Currently there are two initiatives taking off this week, but neither can be successful without the input and cooperation of the student body.

The first is the Strategic Planning Process. As Provost Goldstein mentioned in his email last week, a committee has been formed to assess the trajectory of Brandeis, and recommend strategies that will shape the framework, goals and priorities of the University for the future. This is a big deal.

Until May, I will be your undergraduate representative on the Committee, but I cannot possibly be your only spokesman. A Student Advisory Committee is needed to engage the student body, gather student input and make sure that the undergraduate community has a say in this major-decision-making process. This committee will be responsible for gathering and organizing the input and opinions of all students. 

I need your help! If you are interested in being a member of the Student Advisory Committee, then please email me with your name, class year and resume at by midnight, Friday, November 25. The Committee will be meeting at least once a week for two hours. An additional two to four hours of work will be required per month. This Committee is open to all students, except for those going abroad next semester. It will be a diverse group of students from all years and all aspects of the undergraduate community. Interested and want to learn more? EMAIL ME!

We cannot let a major planning exercise lack student voice. We cannot let the Strategic Planning Process just become another shelved University Proposal. Join me in making sure that the Strategic Planning Process has a profound positive impact upon future Brandeis students. This is a special moment in Brandeis history – make sure you have a say.

The second initiative is the Student Union Constitutional Review. Every four years, the Student Union is mandated to review its Constitution. While the last review was in 2009 – 2010, I believe we can benefit from changing some of the Constitution's rhetoric. 

This process requires the participation of a great deal many students, all of whom are expected to reach out to the greater student body. Attached is the Constitution Article on Constitutional Review. Please read through it, and if you are interested in serving on the Review Task Force, please email me at by midnight, Friday, November 25, and mention which constituency you want to represent.

While not a University initiative, this Constitutional Review will hopefully benefit the undergraduate student body in the future, and I welcome any student input on the matter. Our Constitution can be found at by clicking on the About Section.

This is a chance for us to impact Brandeis and the way of life for our undergraduates. If you are interested, please don't let this run by you.

Thanks so much, and have a terrific break!

Author: elly

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011

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In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to express support for organizations or people that make a positive difference in the world.

First up, the ACLU.

The ACLU, comprised of the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation, has been working since 1920 to protect the rights of American citizens.

ACLU Victories of 2011
  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" finally came to an end.
  • The extreme Mississippi Personhood Amendment was defeated.
  • Congressional attempts to defund Planned Parenthood failed.
  • An outrageous provision that would have granted this and all future presidents a blank check to involve the U.S. in a worldwide war without end was halted.
  • Free speech rights of Occupy Wall Street protestors have been defended.
  • New York state passed a landmark marriage equality law.
  • Illinois banned the death penalty.
  • ACLU lawsuits stalled enactment of every "show me your papers" racial profiling law passed across the country.
  • We blocked enactment of South Dakota's draconian anti-abortion law.
  • The Obama administration decided to stop defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act against an ACLU legal challenge.


Thank you, ACLU.


What groups are you guys thankful for?

Author: elly

Posted on: November 20th, 2011

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I just came home to my loft, suite-style building across from DePaul's campus, located on busy Fullerton Street, and was confronted by the scene desribed in the headline.

Sure, 1 a.m. near a college campus there are bound to be drunk people fighting. But, what do you do when you think it might be serious?

As my friend and I neared the guy and girl, I heard her yell "Why would you do this to me?" and grab his shirt and push him.

He tried to pull away and said "I'm calling the police. I'm going to call the police." 

She seemed drunk and he seemed sober.

What do you do?

I keep repeating that because I honestly don't know.

Maybe they were a couple and had just had a trivial fight. Maybe she was taking things way out of line. Maybe he was going to call the cops and it would all be fine. But how do I know?

As we walked by, I turned and said to them "Are you guys alright? Do you need help?"

The guy responded with something along the lines of "She's drunk. She won't let go of me…We're okay."

I can't remember what he said, but it sounded like he was dismissing me.

So I left.

When I entered my lobby, next door, I told the security guards that a guy and girl were yelling at each other on the sidewalk, in front of the restaurant next door. 

The security guard's response?

"If it's past the black pillar, it's not our problem."

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Author: elly

Posted on: November 18th, 2011

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As Provost Steve Goldstein sent out in an e-mail earlier today, President Lawrence is soliciting input from the faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in order to devise a 5-year plan to put Brandeis on the right track.

For faculty and staff, this will take the form of planning sessions group meetings.

Undergraduate students, on the other hand, will "convene a Student Advisory Committee to engage the student body through a series of town hall meetings, forums and online surveys," and the Graduate Student Association will likewise organize events for graduate students to contribute their input.

In addition, Goldstein announced the members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. It is comprised of: Gannit Ankori, Ben Gomes-Casseres, Karen Hansen, Tim Hickey, Anita Hill, Fernando Rosenberg, Susan Birren, Lisa M. Lynch, Bruce Magid, Michaele Whelan, Malcolm Watson, Herbie Rosen, Michael Singer, Jonathan Davis, Barbara Mandel, Bart Winokur, David Bunis, Andrew Flagel, Elaine Kuttner and Dan Feldman.

Soliciting input as to the future of our University is a good initiative, and would be even better if the news was accompanied by concrete plans for how this will play out, as it was for the faculty and staff, who were sent Doodle polls to fill out to organize their meeting. We will see how this process plays out, but until then, students can still follow up on the initiative by e-mailing Student Union President Herbie Rosen or others involved to suggest how it should be conducted.

The most promise opportunity was Goldstein's mention of a website that will go up in December to document all of the ideas these groups come up with. This is a good way for the whole Brandeis community to be involved in the decision-making process if they choose.

I'm also confused as to why graduate students' input will be gathered in a different way than undergraduates:

With Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment, undergraduates will convene a Student Advisory Committee to engage the student body through a series of town hall meetings, forums and online surveys. Similarly, the Graduate Student Association will solicit input via a series of events and online opportunities. 

Is there a significance to this distinction? I'd like to know how graduate students feel about the text of the e-mail and their role in the process.


Read the full text of the e-mail below, and share your views on this news.

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Author: elly

Posted on: November 17th, 2011

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There are a series of "Free School University" classes taking place this weekend at Dewey Square. Read their descriptions.
Friday, Nov. 18th
1. Political Policing in the United States: Historical Perspectives on the Challenges Confronting the Occupy Movement (FSU) – 1PM
This teach in will briefly review the history of political policing in the United States before giving an analysis of the four principal approaches security forces use to subvert movements. From here, I will cover the contemporary organization of domestic intelligence gathering under Homeland Security and close with pressing questions for the occupy movement derived from a comparison of the differing outcomes of the confrontations between various occupations and the police.
Teacher: Brendan McQuade, PhD student in sociology at SUNY-Binghamton.
2. Power & Visibility: “The Means of Correct Training” from Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish – 2PM
Philosopher Michel Foucault believed that we live in a vast network of surveillance. We go to school, punch a clock, pay our bills – each of these actions make us visible as orderly citizens, as, in Foucault’s words, “docile bodies.” Small disorders are allowed, but they bring greater scrutiny: the truant is watched by the principal; the late worker by the boss; the person behind on their mortgage by the banks and courts. Greater degrees of disorder sentence one to greater visibility, all the way to the prison cell fitted with surveillance cameras. The Occupy movement represents a disorderly form of visibility. Are we making our dissent easier to see, and thus easier to control? Or are we powerfully refusing the docility we’ve been taught? Let’s talk about it as we discuss this chapter from Foucault.
Teacher: SUSAN GORMAN, Ph.D. in English from Tufts University. She teaches at several sites in the Boston area and is committed to the idea of empowering communities through the classroom.
3. Paul Le Blanc Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture  – 5PM

Teacher: Paul Le Blanc is Associate Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA. He has written widely on history and social issues, edited the “Revolutionary Studies” series published by Humanities Press and Humanity Books, and is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Protests, Uprisings and Revolutions to be published by Facts-on-File.
Saturday, Nov. 19th
1. Globalization and How it Affects Us – 1PM
Corporate globalization has brought the whole world into one economic system, dominated by multinational corporations. It is the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution. This interactive presentation will include a brief description of the development of corporate globalization and an explanation of how it results in soaring corporate profits, the loss of millions of jobs in the United States, increased hunger and poverty in developing countries, the environmental crisis, and the inability of our country to recover from the present recession.
Teacher: Madeleine Cousineau is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Human Services Program at Mount Ida College. She has also taught in the Boston University Prison Education Program. She is the author of books and articles on radical religion and social activism in Brazil and a longtime activist on global issues.
2. Occupy The Economy, with Kerry Power, followed by Q&A – 2PM
An overview of the twelve steps of the Economic Revolution as a process to create a new, sustainable economy and society that more equitably enriches all who contribute to it.
Teacher: Mr. Kerry Power has been a successful entrepreneur and social activist for over thirty years. In addition to his extensive experience in the Alternative Energy and Internet Technology industries, Kerry has also worked with many of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations, from both liberal and conservative camps, to provide a variety of non-partisan voter education publications to dedicated activists across the nation. “Economic Revolution” takes Kerry’s commitment to social and economic improvement to the next level, launching his new trilogy of solution-oriented instruction manuals for restoring America’s famed standard of living, and celebrated way of life.
3. How “Free” Trade Kills Jobs, Reduces Wages, Wrecks the Environment & Destroys Democracy – 4PM
President Obama recently signed into law new trade agreements Korea, Colombia and Panama, but like NAFTA, CAFTA, the WTO and a host of other bad trade deals that came before them, these free trade agreements have nothing to do with growing our economy or supporting the middle class with good jobs. What they are really about is exporting jobs, weakening the democratic process and putting more power in the hands of multinational corporations and their Wall Street Bankers. This teach-in is an introduction to the costs and threats posed by “free” trade.
Teacher: Steve D’Amico is a coordinator with, a non profit 501c(4) fighting against unfair trade agreements and for American jobs. As a community organizer in the 70s and 80s he fought against discriminatory lending practices by banks and helped win passage of the Community Reinvestment Act. He is a former Massachusetts State Representative from the Fourth Bristol District.
The full Occupy Boston schedule can be found here:
*Thanks to Shea Riester for this information.