Events: Budget Presentation, Black Identity, Arts Festival, and Benefit Dinner

Tomorrow afternoon from 5-6:30 in Levin Ballroom there will be another Budget Presentation and Q&A held by senior administrators including Jehuda, COO Peter French and Provost Marty Krauss. A presentation on the University’s budget and fiscal situation will be given, after which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. Afterward, from 6:30-8pm in Levin, there will be an Open Student Forum led by Jason Gray. This open forum is a chance for students to have their voices heard and their questions answered.

Tomorrow night at 7pm in Swig Lounge, ICC there will be an interesting informal roundtable discussion on Black Identity (pre and post Civil Rights) with various professors and staff members such as Prof. Wayne Marshall, Jamele Adams, and Ashley Rondini. It sounds like a very interesting dialogue to be a part of, no matter your race/racial identity.

On Sunday from 5-10pm the second Expressions Arts Festival will happen at Biagio Ristorante and Bar (on Moody St. in Waltham). The festival will include live performances and paintings, crafts and jewelry, and it provides a great opportunity to network with other artists. The event will be MC’ed by Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum, and will include performances and art by Molly Haas-Hooven (’09) and Allison Vanouse (’09), Josh Mervis (’08) and Samson Kohanski (’08), Brandeis Saxophone Quartet, Northeastern’s Kathryn Hansis, Emerson’s The Gringo Choir, FRIT and Brandeis’ VoiceMale. After 10pm, there will an after party with DJ and Dancing. The Arts Festival will benefit Expressions, a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing grants for programs globally that empower and develop individuals and the societies in which they live through the arts. Check out for more details!

At 7pm on Sunday there will be a Benefit Dinner brought to you by local restaurants (including Milk Street Cafe) in the Multipurpose Room in SCC, to benefit, Baet Cham Le’Naara, a home for at-risk girls in Nahariyah, Israel. The participants of Hillel’s trip to Israel this winter break are sponsoring this fundraiser. The cost will be $10 for the dinner, plus there will be a silent auction and entertainment!