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  • Yet Another Prisoner Proven Innocent!

    "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. […]

  • 10 Years at Guantanamo Bay

    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 […]

  • Influence the Princeton Review College Rankings!

    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 […]

  • “Not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized…that I was raised by a gay couple.”

    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 […]

  • Take a Quiz, Feed a Child

      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 […]

  • Former Brandeis President Evelyn Handler Dies

      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 […]

  • Top 10 Wrongful Convictions Movies

    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 […]

  • Vice Provost for LTS and Chief Information Officer Selected!

    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 […]

  • Student Union State of the Union and Updates

      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 […]

  • “Brandeis Pedal Power: Amping Up Campus Events” Proposal

    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 […]

  • Liveblogging the Hiatt Shadowing Predepature Webinar

    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 […]

  • Cross-Disciplinary Courses: A Good Idea

    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. […]


    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. […]

  • State of the Union Press Release: Open to Student Input

    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 […]

  • iPhone 4 Limits Access to Information

    *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 […]

  • We Apologize for the Hiatus

    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 […]

  • Valerie Plame! Here!

    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.

  • Student Advisory Committee and Constitutional Review: E-mail by NOV 25th!

    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 […]

  • Giving Thanks- 1. The ACLU

    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 […]

  • What do you do when you see a drunk girl pushing a guy?

    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? […]

  • Brandeis: The 5-Year Plan

      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, […]

  • Occupy Boston Free Classes this Weekend!

      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 […]

  • Occupy Chicago Negotiates with the Mayor’s Office

    Good news from OccupyChicago. A delegation of Occupiers submitted a petition with 13,409 signatures supporting "the rights of Occupy Chicago to peaceable assemble," [sic] today. Nancy Wade, of the delagation, reported that they "had a productive conversation" with the First Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor, and are currently in negotiations […]

  • Health Center $20 Shots

    The Brandeis Health Center is now serving alcohol, and even taking reservations for drinking appointments, in part of their new initiative to discourage binge drinking by underage students. Excerpts from Health Center e-mail: Walk in shots available Monday through Friday 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Shots are available by appointment if neccessary.  Please call             781-736-3677       to […]

  • Feminism or Firearms: What Empowers Women More?

    "So, maybe the true feminist icon shouldn't be Gloria Steinem but Annie Oakley." This is a particularly anti-feminist clip from "The Five," a show on FoxNews. It was aired November 1st, 2011. The Five- Feminism or Firearms: What Empowers Women More? I found the clip, aired November 1st, this week while looking for material for […]

  • Investigative Reporting: What Entrepeneurs and Novelists Can Learn from Journalists

      Running your own company can be hectic. Especially in the quickly-changing world of technology and   the Web, entrepreneurs lead fast-paced lives. Problems can arise from nowhere that need solutions immediately. Decisions must be made. Customers need to be taken care of. Resources need to allocated–and re-distributed. Life can be an unorganized mess, or a […]

  • Turkish Relief Efforts

    Hey, Please check out this e-mail to support the Turkish relief effort. To whom it may concern, I am contacting you to inform you of a new campus initiative. This student- run initiative is a group of concerned students with the goal of helping with Turkish relief efforts for the recent, devastating earthquake through raising […]

  • Charlie Radin + Gershom Gorenberg => J Street

    I read Gershom Gorenberg every day. Well, every day I check my RSS reader, and if Gershom has written something, then I make sure to take the time to read it.  (His blog is called South Jerusalem. It's on our blogroll, I think).     He's an interesting guy – an Orthodox Jew and member […]

  • PULSE Surveys: Do Em

    Yesterday marked the first Pulse survey from the Student Union, in what is to be a series on all aspects of campus life. We forgot to post the link yesterday, so now it becomes an experiment: only you can test it out: does the link still work even though it is now Tuesday? 1. Link […]

  • Rick Perry on Occupy: Forget $!

    This is perhaps the most liberal we've seen Rick Perry be so far in the 2012 GOP race.  It's a funny clip and well analyzed on The Young Turks with Brian Unger and Richard Eskow, courtesy of Nation of Change, my fave progressive news source.  Watch below! Rick Perry Advises Occupy Movement

  • Open Student Union Committee Positions

    Yet another opportunity to be involved in decision-making on the student level: the Student Union wants non-senators to serve as committee chairs for the Diversity, Services, and Club Support committees. Below are a list of the committees' descriptions. Committees: Diversity Committee: Coordinate events, work to encourage diverse interaction amongst the Brandeis community, and collaborate with […]

  • Move Your Money: Bank Transfer Day

    Today is…MOVE YOUR MONEY DAY! Are you a fan of It's a Wonderful Life? Interested in how this classic Christmas movie is inspiring social justice movements nowadays? Watch a great, 6-minute clip explaining what the day is all about, courtesy of Nation of Change.   This is a short post because it is serving as a forum […]

  • Internship Exchange Proves Informative

    I've been considering writing about Brandeis' Internship Exchange for a while, but I wanted to test it out first. Having played around on the site, I can now say that it is in fact helpful.  Basically, Hiatt wants to offer students more opportunities to network, because the more successful Brandeis students and alumni are, the more […]

  • Occupy the Board Room

    Occupy the Board Room! Send a personalized, humorous message to the head of a bank, with the click of a finger. A fun, innovative way to participate in the OWS movement from the safety and security of your computer. Not that you should need that safety and secruity. But some of us do. Sometimes. REVOLT!

  • U.S. On Its Way to Becoming Friends with the Environment

    Most encouraging article I have read in a while:  U.S. Carbon Emissions Down Seven Percent in Four Years.  Due to a combination of the economic recession, EPA regulations, businesses embracing environmentally-friendly innovation, and more, "We are now looking at a situation where the seven percent decline in carbon emissions since the 2007 peak could expand […]

  • Escort Safety Service Pilots Shuttle Program

    "Pilots shuttle program" hopefully piqued your interest. The Brandeis Escort Safety Service sent out a press release for immediate release, announcing it will be implementing a trial shuttle on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 29th, running from campus to Riverside Station shuttle.  Although I am not familiar with what Riverside Station has to offer or […]

  • AVODAH: To Israel or Not To Israel?

      AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps whose primary focus is "the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States," is coming under fire for sponsoring a trip to Israel.  "We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong agents for social change whose work […]

  • Social Justice Opportunities on Campus…Deadlines Approaching

    Last Student Union e-mail we will directly copy and paste for a while, hopefully. The Student Union just keeps telling us about such good  opportunities that I feel bad not re-promoting them in the name of social justice, though…   The deadlines to apply for: DEIS IMPACT is Nov. 4th Stanley Family Night is Nov. […]

  • Student Union: A Chance to Speak Up!

    Remember when Innermostparts conducted two surveys this summer? Well, not that many people participated, so we didn't gather that much information. This was due to a combination of lack of advertisement/buildup and it being summer, so I'm not pointing any fingers. But, I do think surveys are a great way to gauge what needs to […]

  • HPA Club at Brandeis

    People have been trying to start up a Brandeis chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance for a while now. Here is an e-mail from Adam Ossip regarding the newest incarnation of this movement and how you can get involved! Hello, everyone!  I would like to announce the formation of a new Brandeis club, the Brandeis Chapter […]