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Brandeis students and faculty engage in Roe v. Wade activism ■ Many students attended

protests, and the Politics dept. hosted a discussion about the leaked draft and its implications. By DALYA KOLLER JUSTICE EDITOR

Even amidst the bustle of the end of the semester, Brandeis students and faculty found time to get involved in the pro-choice movement after the leaked draft from the Supreme Court revealed a potential overturn of the landmark case Roe v. Wade. Many members of the Brandeis community joined a protest at Boston Common and the State House on May 3. The protest came together with little planning, according to WBURFM, Boston’s NPR station, but the thousands of people who showed up to march on such short notice proved just how deeply the Boston community cares about upholding the current abortion laws and regulations. The rally included hours of speeches from activists, healthcare workers, and Boston citizens, at the front steps of the State House. Thousands of people gathered to march around Boston Common, chanting and holding signs. Leila Haller ’25 and Sam Brower ’25 were among the dozens of Brandeis students who attended the protest,

and they spoke to the Justice on May 15 about their decision to join the rally and what their experiences were like. Haller described feeling “so genuinely outraged” when she heard about the leaked draft that “the second I heard there was a rally nearby, I made the plans to go. I felt like I couldn’t just sit around if I had the ability to show up and stand against the injustices happening in the Supreme Court.” Brower expressed that they too felt “it was important for me to show up … Roe v. Wade has not been overturned yet, and I wanted to show that it wouldn’t be able to without mass outcry.” Brower recounted their experience at the protest, and that it felt “empowering to be there with so many people,” and Haller detailed that she “had chills the entire time. It is an indescribable feeling when you are standing in a sea of people, unified and passionate about a cause.” Brower expanded further on the importance of the protest and that the number of people who showed up to fight against the potential overturn “showed how the public opinion is in favor of the right to choose.” Haller and Brower both learned more about the potential effects of the overturn from being at the protest. Brower explained that while the protest was empowering and inspiring, “it also made it feel more real and terrifying, seeing how many people

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy meets with Association of American Universities ■ Zelenskyy discussed how

American universities can support the rebuilding of the Ukrainian education system. By LEAH BREAKSTONE JUSTICE EDITOR

Amidst the Russia-Ukraine war, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy took time to speak with members of the Association of American Universities about the future of the Ukrainian education system. More specifically, he discussed how Ukrainians and members of higher education institutions in America can help rebuild and support higher education in Ukraine. The webinar took place on May 16 and was live streamed on YouTube. On May 15, University President Ron Liebowitz sent an email to the Brandeis community publicizing the event. Liebowitz, along with other university presidents and members of the AAU were invited to participate in the webinar and pose questions for Zelenskyy. Barbara Snyder, president of the AAU, began the webinar by addressing steps already being taken by American universities to support Ukrainian students and the Ukrainian education system. “A number

of AAU members are providing support for Ukrainian students through emergency funding, free tuition and housing, administrative flexibility, and visa processing support,” she said. Additionally, some universities are housing displaced Ukrainian students, faculty, and researchers and are providing access to online learning opportunities. Brandeis is included in the universities that have taken steps to help students affected by war. Recently, the International Business School launched a $1 million scholarship called the “Peace Scholarship Fund,” with the goal of supporting students who were “displaced from and forced to leave their country due to violent conflict or persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership of a particular social group or political opinion,” according to their website. In an introductory speech, Zelenskyy discussed differentiating between being an actor versus an observer, especially in times of hatred and conflict. People can make the decision to help or turn a blind eye and merely watch what is occuring. This is also true for countries, and Ukraine wants to be an actor, not a passivist, according to Zelenskyy. “If you don’t want to be a victim or an indifferent bystander, you should instead be fighters for democracy, guardians of

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ADDRESS: Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick highlights democracy in his commencement address.

Deval Patrick H’17 stresses to class of 2022: ‘You are enough’ ■ Topics of democracy and

resilience were among the major themes of the 2022 ceremony.


The sweltering May heat of the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center did not deter the Class of 2022’s enthusiasm for being the first in-person Commencement ceremony since 2019. Along with faculty awards and speeches from varying members of the community, former governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick H’17, delivered the commencement address. Patrick’s speech focused on democracy and citizenship, drawing on his experiences from growing up on the South Side of Chicago, and explaining that though democracy aided his success story, “the American Dream itself is in jeopardy.” Patrick implored undergraduates to “have strong conviction alongside humility” as citizens in a democracy which so often feels as if it’s falling apart. “The moment is now,” he declared. “And you are

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enough,” emphasizing that in a working democracy, each individual vote has an impact. Patrick grew up on welfare, living in his grandmother’s house while sharing a bunk bed with his mother. He recalled not owning a book of his very own until the age of 14 when he “got his break” going to a boarding school in Boston. He asserted that the trajectory of his life was “not defined or limited by my circumstances of birth.” However, while the American Dream helped Patrick achieve his dreams, he stressed that this kind of narrative is becoming more and more of a rarity. This kind of story is no longer as commonly heard, he said, “but it was once told more often in this country than any other place on this earth.” He continued, “this is an American story. The American dream is further and further out of reach for more and more Americans.” Patrick urged students to “make your citizenship personal,” and stressed that “citizenship is an act. A thing you do. Not just a thing you are.” He placed a large emphasis on the importance of not just registering to vote, not even just voting, but ensuring that your vote is counted. He urged the audience to get their peers to vote, even those they dis-

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agree with. Patrick emphasized again to the graduates that “you are enough,” enough to make a difference, even with a singular vote. Patrick argued that today’s political climate treats our democracy “as if it could tolerate limitless abuse without breaking.” Patrick drew on varying examples such as gerrymandering, the “undemocratic” filibuster, current issues in the Supreme Court’s functioning, and voter suppression. He declared that “substance, integrity, duty and honor seem always secondary” and blamed our leaders for focusing on the “next election or news cycle or the next poll instead of the next generation.” Although these graduates are entering an imperfect society with many challenges, they have the ability to overcome these roadblocks and nevertheless succeed, a theme echoed by undergraduate speaker Haley Brown ’22. Brown spoke about growing up with connections to and around Brandeis throughout her childhood. Despite the familiarity with the Brandeis community, she could have never predicted that her Brandeis experience would play out the way it did. She stressed that the entire class


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NEWS POLICE LOG MEDICAL EMERGENCY May 1—There was a medical emergency at the Foster Mods. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. May 4—There was a medical emergency in the Usdan Student Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. May 4—There was a medical emergency in Ziv Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 5—There was a medical emergency in Ziv Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 6—There was a medical emergency in the Golding Health Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 6—There was a medical emergency in the Village. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 8—There was a medical emergency in Ziv Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 8—There was a medical emergency in East Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 9—There was a medical emergency in East Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 9—There was a medical emergency in Skyline Residence Hall. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 9—There was a medical emergency in Massell Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. May 9—There was a medical emergency in North Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 9—There was a medical emergency in the Faculty Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 11—There was a medical emergency in East Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 11—There was a medical emergency in Skyline Residence Hall. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. May 11—There was a medical emergency in Farber Library. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 12—There was a medical emergency in North Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 13—There was a medical emergency in the Abelson-Bass-Yalem Building. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. May 13—There was a medical emergency at the Charles River Apartments. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care.

May 15—There was a medical emergency in East Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and refused further care. NOISE COMPLAINTS May 4—A community member reported loud music being played on Chapel’s Field. The parties were spoken to and left quietly with no problems to report. May 6—A community member reported a loud group outside in the Foster Mods. The individuals were spoken to, and there were no further issues. May 8—There was a noise complaint in the Foster Mods. The Department of Community Living was called but asked police to stand by outside. There were no problems to report. May 8—A community member reported loud music in Ridgewood Quad. The area coordinator on call was apprised and handled the complaint. May 10—A community member reported a loud argument in progress in Massell Quad. Officers spoke with the involved parties and separated them for the day. May 14—Officers responded to a noise complaint made by the area coordinator on call in North Quad. A small gathering of students was dispersed. May 14—A noise complaint was made in the Foster Mods. The Department of Community Living said they would speak to the students involved. No police assistance was requested. MISCELLANEOUS May 14—Marijuana was left unattended in North Quad. The Department of Community Living gave custody of the drug to the police. The marijuana was placed in the property room. A report was composed.

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Student Union gives State of the Union address Founding Brandeis family refreshes student lounge ■ The Union recapped their

achievements from the past semester and discussed their plans for the future. By MAX FEIGELSON JUSTICE STAFF WRITER

On May 3, her last day in office, Student Union President Krupa Sourirajan ’23 gave the opening remarks for the end of the spring 2022 semester’s State of the Union address. Following Sourirajan, members of the outgoing executive board made brief comments on their work over the past semester. Sourirajan said that she was “incredibly proud” to stand before the crowd and deliver her speech. She also announced that next semester will be the beginning of the student leader payment pilot, which Sourirajan said is intended to remove economic barriers to students who want to take on campus leadership roles but also need to work an on-campus job. The plan will start with a small number of secured clubs, including BEMCo and the Student Union. Inaara Gilani ’23, the Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees, and Sonali Anderson ’22, the Senior Representative to the board, spoke after Sourirajan, raising concerns of unfair treatment from the nonstudent members of the board. Gilani said to the crowd, which contained numerous University administrators including President Ron Liebowitz, that she and Anderson believe that the trustees have been intentionally making it difficult for the student representatives to express themselves to the board. “[We] feel that our voices are being silenced,” Gilani said. She also said that the trustees scheduled meetings during the representatives’ class times and did not include space in the agendas for the two to speak. This was important, Gilani said, because when she and Anderson were given time to introduce student concerns to the board, those issues were “noticeably addressed [better] than by sole advocacy outside of the role.” Gilani also said that the trustees wanted to entirely remove the undergraduate and

graduate representatives from the plenary session, the meeting that includes the entire Board of Trustees rather than just the smaller committees. “We have been told that our position has made some people uncomfortable,” Anderson said. “That is the point.” Ashna Kelkar ’24, the executive senator and interim vice president, spoke about the various accomplishments of the Senate over the past semester, including the “pad project” and the dining committee’s work to “implement tangible change to dining options.” The “pad project” was a Union initiative to have menstrual products available in bathrooms for those that need them. Kelkar also said that Peyton Gillespie ’25, the incoming president and former senator, submitted two Brandeis Sustainability Fund Requests. One was to create a stockpile of compostable resources such as utensils, and the other was to make funding for break shuttles to the Logan International Airport. Emily Zhu ’23, the director of Residential Life, said that by next semester, every washing machine and dryer on campus will be new. Jasmyne Jean-Remy ’22, the chief of staff, said that she was able to purchase the KN95 masks which the Union distributed during the Midday Buffet. She also said that she worked with executive board members from Namaskar to purchase new items for the Dharmic Prayer Room in the Shapiro Campus Center. “If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable,” said Chief Justice Eamonn Golden ’24, quoting Justice Louis D. Brandeis. “And that is the purpose of judiciary.” Golden said that the judiciary worked with the Senate Rules Committee to clarify bylaws and the constitution. Sourirajan returned at the end to give the concluding remarks. She thanked her executive board members and said that their “close relationship has been important for efficiently getting work done.” She said that they also kept her in check,and that she was grateful for the boundaries they established. Sourirajan concluded her remarks by saying that she was “excited to pass the torch” to Gillespie and Lia Bergen ’25, the incoming vice president.

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Maffa of the Office of Institutional Advancement, and Esther Feldberg, part of one of the University’s founding families, on the renovation of a student lounge. By ARIELLA WEISS JUSTICE EDITOR

The Feldbergs, founding donors of the University whose gifts helped Brandeis emerge as a university in 1948, made a donation towards renovating the Feldberg Lounge in the Hassenfeld Conference Center. The Feldberg Lounge, built in 1955, was the first space on campus the Feldbergs funded. The lounge, adjacent to the Stein, underwent renovations beginning this past October and was opened to students in April. On a May 18 Zoom call, Esther Granofsky Feldberg explained that her family fundamentally believed in Brandeis’ mission as a Jewish-affiliated university in 1948. “We love the University,” Mrs. Feldberg explained, regarding her family. “We’re so proud of it.” In the seven decades since the University was founded, the Feldbergs have continued to make donations to Brandeis. In a document written by the Feldberg and sent to the Justice by Ruth Maffa — senior regional development director from the Office of Institutional Advancement — the University’s inaugural president, Dr. Abram Sachar, was cited from an earlier letter. In this letter, he called the Feldbergs the University’s “inner family” and among the University’s “most devoted supporters.” In the 1960s, the Feldbergs donated one million dollars to the University for the Feldberg Communications Center, which brought computers to campus at the start of the world’s technological revolution. In the mid-90s, the Feldbergs made a donation that brought internet connection to residence halls, allowing community members to access “off-site information for the first time in the University’s history,” according

to the “Feldberg Family and Brandeis University” document. Maffa, also on the Zoom call, described how the renovation process of the Feldberg Lounge this year was a seamless one, a rarity within the University bureaucracy. “We were really lucky,” Maffa said. “We had complete control.” Mrs. Feldberg’s one stipulation was that she use her own decorator from Florida to renovate the space, rather than the University’s contractor. Mrs. Feldberg’s decorator worked to create a window so students could see into the lounge from the lobby of the Hassenfeld Conference Center. The Feldbergs’ $130,000 gift towards the space also covered reconfiguring the ceiling, replacing the carpeted floors with an easily-washable surface, and installing new lighting fixtures and furniture. “We’d like it to be a hub,” Maffa explained, where students can purchase food from the Stein and eat, work, and spend time with friends. Mrs. Feldberg explained that, “When we were doing the make-over, they [University administrators] told us we couldn’t put in a speaker because they’d be having meetings and needed a place for a [television] screen.” She continued that University staff have dozens of places to hold meetings across campus, and that she pushed back against that decision, saying “this isn’t for anyone but the students.” When asked why she decided to renovate the lounge in the first place, Mrs. Feldberg answered simply: “It needed to be redone, it was created in 1948, and that’s a long time ago.” She continued, saying that “I wanted to help out Brandeis and refurnish it, and I was hoping if we made the lounge nice, students would love it.” Mrs. Feldberg hopes to add a table with an umbrella by the outdoor entrance of the lounge. Though most students have left campus for the semester after the finals period concluded, the newly-renovated lounge will be ready for use for students in the fall. Mrs. Feldberg, who currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida, has not yet seen the renovated lounge. “I’d love to come and see it for myself,” she said.

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democracy, because that’s how you defend your own way of life, your own people, your outlook,” Zelenskyy said. Following Zelenskyy’s introduction, Snyder opened the floor for participating university provosts, chancellors, and presidents to ask questions. A common theme among questions was how to rebuild the education system in Ukraine post-war and how American universities can help by using their resources and academic professionals to reconstruct curricula and support the education system by contributing their expertise. Zelenskyy also stressed the importance of having all of the students, educators, and researchers come back to Ukraine after the war because “without education, without studentship, we will face a terrible stagnation in this state. Even with all the optimism, I’m quite convinced that we shall overcome someday, but we can lose the power of youth, the power and energy of young people, without which we can have no future and we cannot create anything,” he said. Those participating in the webinar were all quick to

commend Zelenskyy for his bravery. His response was: “I don’t think of myself as a model of bravery or anything. I think every adequate person in my shoes would do the same. I’m president, I’m the leader, and that’s the only way to lead.” When questioned about students from neighboring countries of Ukraine, including Russia, Zelenskyy said, “it’s not about your nationality … it’s about not remaining silent about things … your silence is eloquent in terms of support because you support, not necessarily with the deeds but with the silence that you maintain.” On the topic of democracy, Zelenskyy talked about how people take for granted having autonomy and having the right to life in general. “When the war comes, you have no choice, you just have to defend the only right I was referring to, the right to life and that’s it,” he said. An overarching theme throughout the webinar was about not being a passive bystander to hatred and war. Zelenskyy returned to one of his original remarks, passionately stating that “a person in this civilized world should not turn a blind eye when someone’s rights are being violated, when somebody’s being killed, when somebody’s being deprived of essential things like home and family.”

BRIEF As the semester comes to a close, COVID-19 protocols relaxed In a May 4 email to the Brandeis community, Carol Fierke, provost; Stew Uretsky, executive vice president for finance and administration; and Raymond Ou, vice president of student affairs, updated students, faculty, and staff about end-of-semester COVID-19 transitions. Brandeis will be ending its “asymptomatic surveillance testing program on May 20,” according to the email. Changes have been made to the Campus Passport and COVID-19 Portal, and the COVID-19 dashboard has been retired. Beyond May 20, faculty and staff have been instructed to arrange testing with their primary care provider if they experience symptoms or are exposed. Students have been instructed to get tested at the Health Center by appointment “if symptomatic or identified as a close contact.” As for other community members, they should isolate and contact for guidance on returning to normal activities on campus. Close contacts of people with COVID-19 are instructed to continue following the soft quarantine policy if they are vaccinated, while unvaccinated community members should observe full quarantine. The email also said that “on-campus students who test positive for COVID will isolate in their residence hall rooms.” Another major update to COVID-19 policies stated in the email is that after May 20, the Cam-

pus Passport will “no longer show a color-coded status for our community members.” However, it will still be accessible to see history of COVID-19 testing results or for attending an event that requires having completed the Brandeis’ Daily Health Assessment. In addition to this, the COVID-19 dashboard was last updated on May 19 and has been retired. In a May 13 email to the community, Morgen Bergman, associate provost, asked the community to return any leftover test kits to the testing site by May 20, or to “drop them in the collection box that will be located in the Provost’s Office after Commencement.” She also reminded faculty and staff that their final COVID-19 testing session will be on Thursday, May 26 in the SCC. Bergman said in the email that they are working on “updating the COVID-19 Response website with easy-to-follow guidance for summer.” The Brandeis community can expect these updates to be posted after Memorial Day. Bergman added that while surveillance testing as part of Brandeis’ COVID-19 response will be ending, Bergman “will still be monitoring the” email and that members of the community should “feel welcome to reach out with any questions or concerns.”

CONTINUED FROM 1 would be affected by it in whatever way.” Haller spoke similarly: “[The speakers] literally brought tears to my eyes and proved how important it was to be there. Hearing from different women with varying backgrounds showed me how the decision affects so many people differently.” Both Haller and Brower elaborated on their fear and anxiety regarding the future of abortion rights in the country. Haller stated that she has been dwelling a lot on this “total disregard for precedent” and how it will affect future Supreme Court cases, “especially now that the Supreme Court is no longer an apolitical body.” Expanding further on this, she said that “the Supreme Court is not functioning the way it should, it’s not doing its job properly, and that thought worries me. Who is to say what happens next? It’s like everything is fair game now, our entire government is in serious trouble, and we need to pay attention.” Brower articulated similar feelings of anxiety and touched on the importance of citizens coming together to fight for their beliefs: “I’m scared, not only for people who may want or need abortions in the fu-

ture, but for all marginalized groups in this country, but I hope we keep showing up.” The Politics Department also hosted an informal discussion to unpack the leaked draft ruling and to give students a space to ask questions about the potential overturn and express their varying concerns. Profs. Jill Greenlee and Jeffrey Lenowitz (POL) hosted the Zoom event on May 5, delving further into the draft and ruminating on what the future of abortion rights in the country may look like. Greenlee and Lenowitz talked through why the draft may have been leaked and elaborated on what the implications may be around the country if Roe v. Wade is overturned. They touched on various issues that can be found in the current functioning of the Supreme Court and discussed what any possible next steps may be. Students were also given the opportunity to ask any clarifying questions about the issue. Even though this time of the year is often hectic, filled with finals, moving out, and wrapping up the semester, Brandeis students and faculty found ways to be involved in activism regarding the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, both in the realm of protest and in the realm of education.

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EDUCATION: Profs. Greenlee and Lenowitz (POL) hosted a meeting to guide students in an educational discussion session about the leaked SCOTUS draft.

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Good luck, Class of 2022! COMMENCEMENT: Deval Patrick H’17 urges students to participate in democracy CONTINUED FROM 1 of 2022 had to face the unexpected, both in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic and otherwise, but that “the unexpected is nothing more than an opportunity.” She emphasized the unity of their class; that “we got through these four years together despite feeling like the world sometimes wanted to tear us apart.” Apthi Harish, who received her Master’s of Science in Finance from the International Business School, gave the graduate student address. She spoke highly of her time at

the University: “Brandeis gives me a chance to fail but not feel like that defines me,” she said. Harish appreciated being on a campus where students are not afraid to be their unique selves, and in the same breath stated that “inclusivity is not just a word;b it’s the very fabric of our community.” The ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. on May 2, starting with University President Ron Liebowitz addressing the graduating class and their guests. He applauded the students for arriving “at this day through persistence, deter-

mination, and resilience.” Honorary degree recipients David Harris and Christine Mann Darden were honored, with a speech from Harris, though Darden was not in attendance. Lizzie Hillard ’22 sang the national anthem, and the Brandeis Chamber Choir and Brandeis Orchestra performed pieces throughout the ceremony, including Brandeis’ Alma Mater. Additional speakers included University Senior Chaplain Rabbi Seth Winberg, who gave the opening remarks, and Anjum Biswas, the Hindu and Dharmic Chaplain, who

gave the closing remarks. Diploma ceremonies were held over the course of the weekend, divided by major, but undergraduates did not walk the stage to accept their diplomas at the official ceremony. Inviting the students to stand, Dean of Arts and Sciences Dorothy Hodgson officially introduced the undergraduates from the School of Arts and Sciences to join the ranks of those who have graduated from Brandeis. As the Class of 2022 streamed out of the ceremony, they joined Brandeis’ alumni network of over 60,000.

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Marta Kauffman ’79 H’20 reminisces on her ti ■ The [Re]Commencement ceremony honored graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021, and the ceremony featured a variety of speakers. By LEAH BREAKSTONE AND DALYA KOLLER JUSTICE EDITORS


“FRIENDS” CREATOR: Marta Kauffman spoke at [Re]Commencement.

The University hosted its firstever “[Re]Commencement,” giving graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021 to celebrate their graduation. Alumni were invited back to campus on Sunday, May 22 to convene in Gosman Sports and Convention Center, granting them an almost-normal commencement ceremony. Brandeis alum Marta Kauffman ’79 H’20, who co-wrote the famous television series “Friends” and received an honorary degree in 2020, gave the [Re] Commencement address. Kauffman started her speech with humorous disclosure: “I hate writing speeches. So be gentle, laugh when something sounds like it’s supposed to be funny.”

She then told the graduates that she was not going to “tell you how to walk into the world, because you’re already in it.” Instead, she stated she would share lessons she took herself from her time at Brandeis and “held onto for the 44 years since I graduated.” Kauffman began with some minor lessons; “learning what 420 is,” how to play “cow bingo,” and how to dance in the middle of a quad with Bruce Springsteen blaring. Kauffman then moved on to a more heartfelt lesson: the community she formed during her time at Brandeis, mentioning “Friends” co-creator and fellow Brandeis alum David Crane ’79. She joked that she spent more time with Crane than with her ex-husband, “which may explain why he’s my ex-husband.” She also spoke about her best friend of 48 years, whom she met the very day they moved into their firstyear dorms. Kauffman urged the graduates to “hold on to your community from your time together,” adding that during this “unique experience of life … you develop profoundly deep relationships.” She mentioned that by going through

the pandemic together, a unique experience, these graduates are “connected by time.” She emphasized that these relationships and friendships “will be there during your happiest times and get you through your hardest times.” The speech then moved on to another important lesson Kauffman took away from her time at Brandeis: political activism. She mentioned that during her time at Brandeis she took a Women in Literature course, which taught her about systematic misogyny, which she began to see everywhere after graduation, especially during her time writing “Friends.” She mentioned that over the course of her life, she has been arrested several times for civil disobedience: “I’m really proud of myself for putting myself on the line for what I believe in, I’m just sad that I had to.” Mentioning the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, Kauffman admitted to the graduates that she’s worried that “your generation feels disenfranchised. And that due to your feeling of frustrations and helplessness, I’m worried you are so disheartened that you won’t get involved.” Kauffman stressed



Harris has served as the president and CEO of the American Jewish Committee, one of the oldest Jewish advocacy organizations in the U.S. since 1990. Harris attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate student and then received a master’s degree as well as completed his doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. He was also a Senior Associate at Oxford University. Harris began working at the AJC in 1979. He left to work at the National Coalition Supporting Soviet Jewry in 1981 but returned three years later to the AJC, becoming the head of its Washington, D.C. office in 1987. In 1990, he became the executive director. The AJC is an advocacy organization


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Darden to work as a “human computer” at the Langley Research Center. With the assistance of NASA, Darden received her Ph.D. in 1983, and after over 20 years working in the computer pool, she moved on to become an engineer at NASA, researching how to decrease sonic boom in supersonic flight. According to a article about her, Darden became well-known as “one of NASA’s preeminent experts on supersonic flight and sonic booms.” Darden was later appointed manager at the Langley Center and eventually became the first Black woman to be appointed into the Senior Executive Service, the highest rank in federal civil service. She became a fierce advocate and strong role model for women, and especially Black women, interested in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. After four decades working at NASA, Darden retired in 2007.

that works to impact government policies and public opinions on “some of the most important issues facing the Jewish people,” according to their website. They focus on combatting antisemitism, protecting human rights, defending Israel, and strengthening interfaith relations. Throughout his time at the AJC, Harris has led the organization to participate in numerous humanitarian efforts across the world. He has overseen projects such as the resettling of Ethiopian Jews, working to advance treaties between Arab and Muslimled nations, promoting global support for Israel, and the repeal of the 1991 “Zionism is racism” resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.


New inductees to Phi Beta Kappa The University has elected 90 new members to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Of the honorees, 82 are part of the Class of 2022, nine of them having been inducted last year, and the remaining eight are in the Class of 2023. According to the Brandeis Chapter’s webpage, “Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, its high and rigorous standards of excellence have made election to it one of the highest academic honors an undergraduate at a university in the United States can receive.” The Brandeis chapter was founded in 1961, the website goes on to state. This year’s ceremony took place in person on May 20. University President Ron Liebowitz gave opening remarks, reflecting on how the prestigious honor society only inducted men in the beginning of its existence but now it is a welcoming and diverse organization. Following this, as well as a short history of Phi Beta Kappa from Prof. George Hall (ECON), and ovations and a declaration of initiation from Prof. Brian Horton (ANTH), Prof. and Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management David Weil gave the Phi Beta Kappa Address. Prof. Eva Bellin (POL) gave closing remarks, preceding a reception for inductees and their guests. Weil is an “internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy along with regulation, transparency policy, and the impacts of industry restructuring on employment, work

outcomes, and business performance,” according to his Brandeis page. Prior to his career at Heller, he worked under the Obama administration as the administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Weil also “co-founded and codirects the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government,” the page continues. Additionally, he has written well over 100 articles and five books, and has received numerous awards. “I have learned from my own experience in life that if you take on hard things, you must have grit, determination, persistence and a long view. But, above all, hope,” Weil said to students in his speech. Weil’s speech had a focus on the importance of engaging in public service, which he defined as anything that helps anyone in any way. “I have confidence that you will take the accomplishments we celebrate in your induction into Phi Beta Kappa and use them in ways to address the challenges of this world, in the small and in the large,” he said.

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ime at Brandeis during [Re]Commencement that “change doesn’t come from you sitting on the sidelines,” emphasizing the importance of being involved, in voting, in fighting for what you believe in. “Whatever it is that gets you mad: resist, persist, insist, elect.” Kauffman also spoke about the unexpected trajectory that so often comes in life. Chuckling, she recalled that her high school English teacher called her “the least perceptive student [she] ever had, and she would never be a writer.” Kauffman told the audience that she was certain she would be an actress but emphasized that “staying open can change your life.” She told the graduates to “keep your eyes open … life is not a straight line.” She stressed that life can change courses, and “the direction you are taking right now may not be where you end up. But it just might teach you something that will inform what you end up doing.” Kauffman ended her speech by addressing the graduates, summarizing the main points of her advice: “So dear ones, hold on to friends, have good cries and great laughs, lift each other up, stay open, resist, persist, insist, elect,

dance to Bruce Springsteen, or do whatever it is that brings you joy.” The ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on May 22 and began with University President Ron Liebowitz addressing the graduating classes and their guests. The four 2020 honorary degree recipients were also honored. Alan Hassenfeld, CEO of Hasbro Toys, and Howardena Pindell, acclaimed artist, were not able to attend. Ruth Calderon, Israeli politician, was accompanied to the stage by Prof. Jonathan Sarna (NEJS), and Kauffman was accompanied by Prof. Alice Kelikian (HIST). Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz ’20 sang the national anthem, and the Alma Mater was performed by the Brandeis Chamber Singers, University Chorus, and Prof. Robert Duff (MUS). The undergraduate alumni address was given by Victoria B. Richardson ’20, who reflected on her time as a student, acknowledging that the classes of 2020 and 2021 were sitting in Gosman in “what was then the future.” She also took the time to discuss adjusting to college in a pandemic, which emerged just months shy of



HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS Darden is a mathematician, data analyst, and aerospace engineer. She has spent over 40 years working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, devoting her time to studying sonic booms and supersonic flight. She is perhaps most famous for being one of the scientists featured in the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” which was subsequently adapted into a film with the same name. Darden received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education as well as a teaching certification from Hampton University, at the time called Hampton Institute. Darden then moved on to Virginia State College, pursuing her Master of Science in applied mathematics while simultaneously teaching there. After graduating in 1967, NASA hired

their planned graduation. “All of us can show you what resilience looks like,” Richardson said. She ended her speech with a wish for her class: “please be proud of yourself, keep being passionate.” The graduate alumni address was then given by Jainaba Gaye, Heller M.A. ’21. Gaye also brought up the pandemic, specifically talking about lessons learned from a time of true tragedy. “If there is anything that the pandemic highlighted, it is the true value of time,” she said. She also added a wish for her fellow graduates: “May you have the courage to fearlessly pursue your dreams … You are worthy of celebration.” Additional speakers included University Muslim Chaplain Harun Spevack, who gave the opening remarks, and Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life Lara Ericson, who gave the closing remarks. In traditional commencement fashion, each student walked across the stage while their names were announced as they accepted their diplomas. JACK YUANWEI CHENG/the Justice

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‘We created something beautiful’: Two years of the Black Action Plan Sonali Anderson is one of the primary creators of the Black Action Plan. Almost two years after developing the influential plan, she spoke to the Justice about the progress that has been made and her hopes for the future of anti-racism at Brandeis. By NATALIE KAHN JUSTICE EDITOR

In the summer of 2020, as Black Lives Matter protests against systemic racism and police brutality erupted across the globe in response to the murder of George Floyd and other high profile police killings of Black people in the United States, Sonali Anderson ’22 began thinking about ways to make change happen on an institutional level at Brandeis. “I was just very moved really to change, or, to combat systemic racism within a community that we had influence over, and that was Brandeis,” Anderson told the Justice during a Zoom interview on May 18. She started working on coming up with an approach but was not initially planning to take on the main leadership role, thinking that she would need to enlist BIPOC leaders from throughout the Brandeis community to spearhead the effort. It was DeBorah Ault ’22 who made Anderson realize that this wasn’t the only option. “I called her and was just like, ‘This is what I want to do’ … and, you know, she really made me realize, like, we could do it ourselves,” Anderson said, explaining that this was a pivotal moment for her. “It just changed the trajectory of everything, and that is when our partnership really grew.” Anderson and Ault led a small group of students as they spent the summer researching and meeting with other students, professors, and members of the Brandeis community to compile a list of demands to the University to address institutional racism through structural changes. This list was created based on community input as well as unmet demands from previous student movements, including the Ford Hall 2015 sitin and the 2019 #StillConcernedStudents protest. In August 2020, the Black Action Plan document was released. Anderson says that she, Ault, and the other students involved in the BAP knew that making the goals of the BAP a reality would require continued action and involvement. Informed by the varying success of past student-led efforts to combat racism and inequity at Brandeis, Anderson recognized that to create real progress at the departmental and institutional levels, it would take more than just bringing a list of issues and demands to administrators and waiting for change to happen at the hands of the University. She explained that the BAP’s strategy focuses on getting students with the lived experience of being impacted by racism at Brandeis “at the table” where conversations and decisions are happening, a strategy she hopes that students involved with efforts to create change and social justice on campus will

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take inspiration from moving forward. Anderson explained that to carry out this strategy following the release of the BAP, the students involved in its creation first organized a phone bank through social media over the two weeks leading up to the start of the fall 2020 semester. During this time, student volunteers called administrators and University departments “every five minutes” to voice support for the demands of the BAP. By the time Anderson arrived on campus for the start of her junior year, the BAP had secured a meeting with University President Ron Liebowitz and other administrators. It was through this meeting that Anderson and BAP co-creator DeBorah Ault were appointed to positions in the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, where they were able to work directly alongside administrators, acting as advisors to departments working to develop the University’s Anti-Racism Plans, which were heavily influenced by the BAP. “We wanted the Black Action Plan to be the anti-racism plan at this school,” Anderson said. Anderson explained that initially, Brandeis was planning to release these plans in September 2020 but put them on hold when the BAP was released. According to Anderson, the original draft of the plans mostly consisted of goals and promises with little focus on how these would be implemented or accomplished. “That was missing and that’s what we

[BAP] brought to the table,” she said, referring to the lack of concrete plans and action steps in the early draft of the University’s plan. Brandeis released its official AntiRacism Plans in December 2021, accompanied by a statement about the BAP’s contribution, which starts off by stating, “The Anti-Racism Plans presented here were developed alongside a bold student initiative known as the Black Action Plan (BAP),” and continuing by acknowledging Anderson and Ault’s role as the leaders of the BAP’s “effort to articulate and incorporate student concerns about the social environment on campus for Black and African American students.” Anderson and Ault found other ways to advocate for the demands of the Black Action Plan directly within important decision-making spaces at Brandeis. Anderson joined the Board of Trustees as an undergraduate student representative, while Ault became a student representative on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. “We put ourselves in places of organizational power,” Anderson explained. She said that while she feels that Brandeis will only have sufficiently responded to the BAP once all of the demands have been addressed to the fullest extent, she recognizes that making major systemic change takes time, particularly within a bureaucracy such as Brandeis. “It’s not going to happen within a year, it’s not even going to really happen within two years, because with dismantling structures or systemic racism, it’s like pushing mountains,” Anderson said, continuing, “so that takes time and we had to come to that realization.” One of the changes she cited when discussing the progress that has been made in response to the BAP is the transfer of certain roles and responsibiliImage Courtesy of @black_action_plan ties — such as

lockout assistance — from Public Safety to other campus departments, including the Department of Community Living. While she is very proud of what the BAP has accomplished and the many ongoing efforts currently underway within various departments, she explained that there is always more work to be done: “As long as there is racism, there will always be more things that need to be changed.” One of the in-progress efforts that Anderson spoke about is the work being done to make the Office of Equal Opportunity’s reporting process more accessible so that community members feel more comfortable reporting instances of racism and other forms of discrimination on campus, particularly when they involve interactions with Public Safety officers, which Anderson said can often be “crazy.” Anderson will be pursuing an accelerated MBA at the Brandeis International Business School, where she received a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship in recognition of her advocacy and activism work, while Ault will be working as an oral historian at The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Anderson said that as a graduate student, she will continue to be involved with the BAP, albeit in a different capacity. She hopes to use this new role as a Brandeis graduate student to expand the BAP’s work to look at systemic issues that affect graduate students and how these intersect with the systemic racism experienced by undergraduates. The BAP student organization will be releasing a progress report this coming fall, which will update students and other community members on the changes that have been made and those that are currently underway. With Anderson and Ault both graduating, other students involved with BAP will be taking on similar roles and positions within the University to carry on the advocacy and advisory work, something Anderson is very pleased about. Anderson explained that BAP’s primary goal is to see the plan be fully and permanently institutionalized across Brandeis departments, something that they are currently working to achieve alongside Vice President of DEI LeManuel Bitsóí and Vice President of Student Affairs Raymond Ou. “It’s going to be a living thing,” Anderson asserted, “not just, ‘Yes, this happened, and now we’re done.’ It’s going to be a continuation.”


On B Connect, students and alumni ‘Rise Together’ The Justice spoke to the Hiatt Career Center’s Brenda Shively about the new online networking and career development platform and mentorship program for Brandeis alumni and students. By MIRABELL ROWLAND AND MINA ROWLAND JUSTICE STAFF WRITERS

Earlier this semester, B Connect celebrated the oneyear anniversary of its launch with a party on campus, complete with cupcakes and merch. The event was both a celebration and a way to increase student and alumni awareness of the new online network in the hopes of encouraging more members of the Brandeis community to get involved. “Knowing that Brandeis University has such an amazing and supportive alumni network really led to the making of this program,” Brenda Shively said in a Zoom interview with the Justice on May 13. Shively is involved in B Connect and is the director of the associated mentor network for the Hiatt Career Center. So what is B Connect? Short for Brandeis Connection, B Connect is the all-new version of the online networking and mentorship platform exclusively for the Brandeis community, released in February 2021. Alumni and current students who create a free account on the site can search for and post job opportunities, connect with fellow members of the Brandeis community, and access features including the alumni directory and the alumni-owned business directory. The platform is similar to LinkedIn, and users can sync their LinkedIn accounts to their B Connect accounts. What sets B Connect apart, however, is that it is made up entirely of Brandeis community members. As of right now, the platform’s user base consists of close to 5,000 alumni and over 1,000 current students, both undergraduate and graduate. With the updated version of the site, which existed in a different format prior to 2021, B Connect has added new ways for users to find old friends and classmates as well as job and internship opportunities to help current students and alumni build connections and community. One of these new additions is Hiatt’s Rise Together Mentor Network, which connects Brandeis students with over 1,500 alumni mentors. Hosted on the B Connect platform, Rise Together brings together alumni who volunteer to serve as mentors to current students. Alumni can opt-in to the program through their B Connect account, and students can join the program at any point in their college career on B Connect, as over 850 students have done already. “There are so many alumni out there who have expressed that they want to connect with students, they want to answer questions, and help students walk the paths they have walked, so that was really the inspiration behind this program,” Shively explained. The Rise Together program brings alumni of all career interests together in order to serve students in the best way possible. Shively was happy to report that many alumni have reached out and expressed interest in helping students through mentorship or just giving advice about their field or career. She explained that the B Connect and Rise Together programs are meant to be student-driven and create organic relationships. “It’s not just another login or program to add to your account,” Shively said. “It really is an experience of learning [from] or connecting with people. It is meant to help stimulate the networking experience, but it is easier than cold-emailing someone on LinkedIn, for example, because you already share the experience of attending Brandeis.” While she acknowledged that LinkedIn is an important and useful tool for students, she said she found that

students do not always feel comfortable reaching out to people they do not know or share a connection with on the platform. With B Connect, every user on the website is a part of the Brandeis community in some way, meaning that users already have an initial connection to anyone they might want to reach out to through the site. Students and alumni alike can build upon this connection, Shively said, explaining that it can make it easier to start networking and initiating conversations with other Brandeis community members. Rise Together gives participants more freedom and possibilities in comparison to other mentoring programs, Shively explained. With Rise Together, students can be involved as little or as much as they want in reaching out to alumni mentors, who also get to choose the degree to which they want to engage in the network. The platform aims to put less pressure on participants and give them the opportunity to take their time finding the right mentor or mentee, rather than being grouped together automatically without necessarily sharing common interests or ideas. The Rise Together program has held over 20 virtual panel events for students over the course of the school year, featuring alumni who spoke about their career paths, answered questions, and gave advice to current students. Through these events, Shively said that Rise Together engaged more than 400 students and over 60 alumni. When asked about changes she wants to be implemented in the Rise Together program in the future, Shively said she would like to see a shift toward “more in-person events in places where meaningful connections are created.” One such event was “Deis Dinner,” which was hosted by Rise Together this past fall. This event gave students the opportunity to meet alumni in person. Shively also expressed interest in hosting hybrid events in the future to allow alumni all around the world to participate while still giving the students and alumni the chance to connect and ask questions in person. Along with alumni panels, Rise Together is also planning to begin hosting workshops next semester. Shively explained that these workshops will be a space for students to learn more about how to use Rise Together and how to start the process of connecting with alumni. “We’ll be focusing on networking,” she said, explaining that the goal of these workshops will be to provide students with answers to important questions about the process. Shively said questions such as “How do you make that first outreach? What are some language examples? What do you do after?” are planned to be answered at Rise Together events next year. Shively hopes to continue to grow the undergraduate


and graduate student base of Rise Together, as well as the mentor network. She said she hopes the network will continue to expand to include more alumni within a wider variety of fields and positions. With so many niche careers that students may be interested in, Shively recognizes that there can be challenges in finding the right mentor to connect with. She concluded the interview with some advice for current students and new graduates getting started with the networking process and Rise Together newcomers looking for a mentor to reach out to: “An important part of reaching out is to think about what you want to learn from this mentorship or connection. So, for a lot of students, this can be specific to a career, but maybe it’s why someone chose their major. There are questions beyond just ‘How did you get your job?’ Think about what you are hoping to learn because that can frame how you reach out to them.” She also recommended doing research beforehand on the person you are reaching out to, whether it’s through B Connect, LinkedIn, the University Archives, or even a simple Google search. This can allow you to ask more specific questions that show you have invested the time to learn more about a person before reaching out to them, which can help you stand out to mentors and other potential professional connections. Shively said she “could go on forever” with advice, but her last words of wisdom for current students and graduates alike were quite simple: “Just always say thank you and always follow up.”

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DEIS DINNER: In November 2021, Rise Together hosted Deis Dinner, an event that brought together current students and alumni.





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EDITORIALS Farewell to our graduating Justice editors Bidding farewell to our graduating editors is always a bittersweet moment: although we hate to say goodbye after countless late nights spent together, our hearts are filled with pride and hope for all that they will accomplish next. Although it has been a challenging few years, our soon-to-be graduates remained steadfastly dedicated to the Justice, and Brandeis is all the better for their contributions to journalism. Please join us in recognizing the Justice editors in the Class of 2022. Gabriel Frank is an integral part of the Justice, and it’s hard to imagine the paper without him. He started out as a Forum writer in 2018, and quickly distinguished himself as both a writer and a dedicated member of the paper. Gabriel then led the Forum section, and his quiet and intelligent leadership ensured that the section was always run successfully. After his time as Forum editor, Gabriel then became an important associate editor and continued to write for his former section consistently. An astute and engaging writer, Gabriel has touched on topics from #MeToo, censorship, and economic crises, to international turmoil and the COVID-19 pandemic during his time as a Justice staffer and editor. Even through a pandemic and while the Justice was fully online, Gabriel continued to show his dedication to the paper by writing for the Forum section and supporting his fellow editors as we faced the challenges of journalism in the era of COVID-19. As an associate editor, Gabriel can be counted on to step up during a crisis, whether it’s something small like writing an editorial for the week’s issue or laying out the entire Forum section when other editors are sick. Gilda Geist has been a passionate powerhouse during her time on the Justice. Gilda joined the Justice during her first semester at Brandeis and quickly rose through the ranks, training for News editor during her second semester at the University. Gilda then went on to become editor in chief during the 2020-2021 academic year. Although an unconventional year for the Justice and the world at large, Gilda approached her work as a student journalist and leader with grace, dedication, and determination. She, in partnership with thenmanaging editor Luke Liu, led the Justice in covering the developments of COVID-19 as it impacted campus, student and scholar outcry following the murder of George Floyd, and numerous examples of quality journalism during those unprecedented times. In a year defined by uncertainty, we were lucky to have the ever-constant Gilda at the helm. Since completing her role as editor in chief, Gilda has helped to oversee the transition back to printing. As one of

the few senior staff members, Gilda’s institutional knowledge was crucial to returning to pre-pandemic operations. Gilda has been known to slip in-andout of a British accent in conversation and often could be found working on her latest book-binding endeavor or crafting venture. Her passion for journalism is unmatched, and we will all miss Gilda who has in so many ways become the epitome of the Justice. Megan Geller has served as an example of dedication, hard work, passion, and impeccable time management skills since she first joined the Justice in her first year at Brandeis. Megan started out writing articles covering Brandeis sports teams for the Sports section. She quickly stepped into the Sports editor role, where she continued writing in addition to serving as a leader for other members of the section. Before the pandemic, Megan was known for having her work done way in advance of production deadlines. She often left production night at 4 p.m. after having worked on her pages during the weekends. Her commitment and enthusiasm served as an inspiration for all, and she was greatly admired by fellow editors for her ability to stay focused and on top of deadlines. While sports, both at Brandeis and beyond, came to a halt during quarantine, she continued to be heavily involved with the paper, volunteering her time and effort to partake in the editing process, attending meetings, and providing support to those around her. Megan beautifully fulfilled the role of Sports editor for a total of two years, after which she chose to become an associate editor. As an associate editor, Megan continued to write for the sports section. She has interviewed several on-campus sports clubs and has continued her coverage of Brandeis sports teams. Megan has also provided invaluable support to the current leadership of the Sports section. Megan’s presence in the office during production night, meetings, and random times during the week will be greatly missed by all members of the Justice. Lynn Han has left her mark on both the Justice and Brandeis as a whole. She is graduating a year early with not one but two majors, all while she was rising through the ranks of the Copy section of the Justice. Lynn joined the paper in fall 2019 as a first year, and after showing both an enthusiasm for copyediting and a proficiency at catching all kinds of grammatical and formatting errors, she became an editorial assistant to the Copy section in spring 2021. Next, Lynn led the Copy section as one of the Copy editors through fall 2021, and her time as editor was characterized by her editing expertise, humor, and energy.

Always humble and self-deprecating, Lynn is a powerhouse of intelligence, vitality, and determination, and she can always be counted on by her fellow editors to work hard, have a laugh, and do an amazing job (and complain about it nonetheless). It is impossible not to enjoy working alongside Lynn, and we at the Justice will miss her (and her chaotic good energy) next year. River Hayes has been an integral part of the Justice family since her arrival at Brandeis. Joining the Copy section in her first semester, River was quickly recognized for her skill in editing articles and creating a positive environment and became Copy editor before the semester was out. During her time in the role, she cultivated a dedicated and competent staff through top-notch training, created and refreshed guides and how-tos, and helped transform the Justice into a fun, welcoming club. She also wrote several thought-provoking pieces, and took stunning photos for the paper. In recognition of her dedication and skill, River was made deputy editor in the spring of 2020. In this role, she has served on the paper’s executive board, where she has spearheaded the publication’s inclusivity and anti-racism efforts by coordinating workshops covering everything from traumainformed reporting and diversity,

equity, and inclusion practices to career-building. The Justice, and indeed Brandeis as a whole, is a better place thanks to River’s compassion, drive, excitement, and humor. Although we know she is off to do incredible things, she will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. Noah Zeitlin has served as a crucial member to the inner-workings of the Justice. A midyear, Noah joined the photos section early during the spring semester of his freshman year. He quickly distinguished himself in his photography skills and began training to become Photography editor, a position he held for over two years. Noah never failed to take advantage of a photo opportunity. He is known for his timeliness and efficiency. Throughout his time at the Justice, Noah has distinguished himself as a photographer and a writer. He has frequently written stories, created photo stories, and has regularly compiled the Police Log. It is difficult to imagine the Justice without Noah. His stream of Slack messages and insight will be sorely missed. Congratulations to the Class of 2022 Justice editors and contributors! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. We are excited to see where your talent, passion, and diligence take you next.

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In dark times, have a little hope GABRIEL FRANK

IN RETROSPECT The past four years have been interesting, to say the least. Having not been on campus for one and a half of them, it was a time that was quickly followed by a senior year that flew by, but was most definitely not without news-worthy, history-altering substance. It was densely packed with a multitude of events worthy of only the most sophisticated of expertise, objective, and subjective writing. To form a valid and educated opinion on everything from the ebb and flow of ever-more contagious COVID strains; the creeping doom of climate change; the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban; to the Russian invasion of Ukraine; to the Supreme Court draft opinion of a determination to overturn Roe v. Wade; to persistent, active challenges to democracy and freedom both at home and abroad is a nigh impossible task. Indeed, every new headline and news item beholds a virtual lifetime of research, inquiry, and reflection that is outside the scope of one individual’s repertoire. But what one can do, regardless of how well-versed he or she might be regarding a given subject or news item of choice, is to recognize trends, contours, or the way “things are going.” From even the names of what was described above, it is both easy and tempting to think that civilizati-

on as a whole is treading down a dark path, one of irreversible moral decay, authoritarian military and political oppression, environmental desiccation, and plague. Such an opinion has a great deal of merit, and it’s definitely easy to feel pessimistic and demoralized by even checking the news. But I’d like to offer a counter, in saying that these feelings of pessimism are warranted, but that a mere recognition of these trends should also be cause for hope. For starters, nearly every one of the paths recognized above are nowhere near set in stone, subject to a series of contested and hard-fought conflicts, many of which are winnable. Take, for instance, the war in Ukraine. The Russian onslaught is the ultimate of physical manifestations of Vladmir Putin’s regime; cruel, brutal, sadistic, and neglectful and mocking of basic human rights and freedoms, and it is being done because Russia’s neighbor to the West dared to be a free, independent country. But unlike his domestic politics, Putin is being met with a fierce, motivated, and uncompromising opposition, one that he cannot simply propagandize away or silently assassinate. Ukraine has proven itself to have the most determined, innovative, just, and heroic military of the twenty-first century. Nearly three months into the conflict, Russia, long thought to possess one of the world’s strongest fighting forces, has failed to achieve a single one of its objectives, due to in no small part the actions of its

independent, freedom-seeking adversary. On a more symbolic level, however, the performance of the Ukrainian military is a deep cause for hope. It shows that the right to liberty and self-determination, even if imperfect, is worth fighting for, no matter how strong and overpowering the opposite end may be. By extension, virtually any struggle with overwhelming odds against the just side is indeed surmountable, or, at the very least, the mere act of being unwilling to accept one’s fate is enough to shape the lineations of the future. Such an idea is the very foundation the concept of protest lies upon. In what seems like an entirely different world and scope of extremity, and it in many ways is, the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court, written by Justice Samuel Alito, to extensively restrict and regulate the bodies of millions of women nationwide by way of overturning the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, appears to be another case of hopeless, despairing fatalism. Consequently, when this draft opinion was released, many were quick to express their horror and dismay, appearing powerless in the face of an impending majority opinion that would set women’s reproductive rights in one of the world’s most allegedly democratic countries back decades, or longer. But within hours, what accompanied this leak were a series of immediate calls to protest, to refuse the imposition of this unjust, unsafe interpretation of the

law. As of press time, protests are still occurring nationwide and show no sign of stopping. Such disagreements with what may be legal but in no way moral are the norm of American history; from the Boston Harbor to the Edmund Pettus bridge. Here, it is precisely the recognition that if unopposed, to millions of women, as similar to the voting rights of a century ago, despairing losses will take place which has motivated this righteous defiance, born of, above all else, hope; that things do not have to turn out in such an undesirable unjust, and outright cruel way. In other words, there is no probability or guarantee that such protests will be successful, but it is their very existence that should be cause for optimism. People, from all walks of life, are willing to oppose injustice and to reverse the course of society’s seemingly dark path. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, expressing similar sentiments in “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the protagonist, Robert Jordan, debating with himself if life is worth living in the face of such widespread atrocity and destruction in the Spanish Civil War, has a moment of clarity when he reflects, “If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” It is not the certainty of success that should predicate hope; rather, it is its possibility that things can go another way, and that even an individual can change it. Have a little hope.

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Runs Batted In

UAA Conference W L Emory 12 4 Case 12 4 NYU 7 9 JUDGES 6 10 WashU 3 13

Overall W L Pct. 25 13 .750 23 17 .750 19 13 .438 18 16 .375 12 24 .188

Dan Frey M.S. leads the team with 48 runs batted in. Player RBI Dan Frey 48 Mike Khoury 44 Luke Hall 29 Brian King 29

Innings Pitched Mason Newman M.S. leads all pitchers with 53.2 innings pitched. Player IP 53.2 Mason Newman Asher Kaplan 44.1 Marc Maestri 34.2 26.0 Brandon Musto

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TEAM STATS Runs Batted In

UAA Conference W L W Case 16 3 26 WashU 14 6 30 JUDGES 8 12 22 NYU 7 11 17 Emory 7 13 18 Carnegie 6 13 15

Overall L Pct. 9 .842 10 .700 18 .400 20 .389 20 .350 19 .316

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Haley Nash ’24 has a team-high 24 runs batted in. Player RBI Haley Nash 24 Amidori Anderson 21 Melissa Rothenberg 21 Jolie Fujita 20

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BRANDEIS ATHLETICS: Brandeis has produced several world-class atheletes, some who have won Olympic medals.

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Brandeis University is among many other schools such as Tufts University, Washington University in St. Louis, Amherst College, and over 400 others, that are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 3, according to the NCAA Website. As a Division 3 school, Brandeis, like the others, follows the belief that “athletics are an integral part of a well-rounded college experience” and that “the athletic experience allows studentathletes to focus on their academic programs and the ultimate goal of earning a degree.” Some of Brandeis’ alumni are notable athletes, owners, and coaches in





the world of professional sports, including Nelson Figueroa, Jeffrey Lurie, and Tim Morehouse. A member of the class of 1995, Nelson Figueroa pitched for the Brandeis Baseball team for three years while majoring in American Studies. In the 1995 Major League Baseball draft, he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 30th round. In 2009, Figueroa returned to Brandeis to have his Brandeis number retired and in 2015, Figueroa was inducted into the Brandeis Hall of Fame, a list that can be found on the Brandeis Athletics website. Jeffrey Lurie graduated from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 1987, where he earned a doctorate in social policy. Now, Lurie is the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1993, Lurie lost a bidding war to take ownership of the New England Patriots. The following year Lurie bought the Eagles for $195 million. Timothy Frank Morehouse ’00 was recruited by Brandeis for the fencing team. At Brandeis, Morehouse majored in history and went on to receive a masters

in teaching at Pace University. In his sophomore year at Brandeis, Morehouse was ranked in the top ten of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I men’s sabre and stayed there during his second two years at Brandeis, surprising many of the universities who never gave him a second glance in high school. Morehouse was ranked in the NCAA tenth in 1998, sixth in 1999, and fourth in 2000. As a senior, he was voted by coaches and athletes as NCAA men’s sabre Fencer of the Year, and he led Brandeis to the rank of tenth among all Division I schools in 2000. Morehouse was a silver medalist on the United States fencing team, competing in the men’s sabre division at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and was also a member of the 2004 and 2012 Olympic teams, according to In 2009, Morehouse was inducted into the Brandeis Hall of Fame. These individuals, among many others, have gone onto influential careers in the world of sports after earning a degree from Brandeis.

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The decline of eight-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo ■ The once star of Red Bull Racing has slowly fallen into a slew of poor results and seasons. By TAKU HAGIWARA JUSTICE EDITOR

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Daniel Ricciardo started his Formula One career as a bright talent, but in the back marker Hispania Racing Team, he was never afforded the machinery that his talent could materialize into meaningful results. In the following year, he was moved to the Toro Rosso team, which at the time was not a team that could compete for podiums and wins. While in Toro Rosso, however, he scored a handful of points and put in performances that caught the attention of Christian Horner and Helmut Marko, who were and are the team principal and manager of Red Bull Racing, respectively. During this period, Red Bull was in its third year of dominance over the sport with then three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and proven driver Mark Webber at the wheel of their dominant RB-8 car. Understandably for Red Bull, it would have been a risky move to put a driver with two years of back marker experience at the wheel of a championship contender and up against who was, at the time, the best driver on the grid, and thus, Ricciardo spent another year in Toro Rosso for 2013. However, with an upcoming regulation change and Mark Webber announcing retirement, Red Bull came to their shining Australian talent to fill in the gap left by Webber with an offer to drive for them in

2014. While Red Bull was unable to provide a car as dominant as their 2011 through 2013 variants, the 2014 Red Bull was certainly the most capable car afforded to Ricciardo up to that point of his career. To start the year, Ricciardo finished second at his home race in Australia, and while he was later disqualified due to a technicality, his strong opening to the season foreshadowed what was to come for Ricciardo, who finished the year with five podiums and three victories, third in the championship, and most surprisingly, ahead of his four-time defending world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel. To beat Vettel by 71 points in his first year in the team was enough of an indication to many that Ricciardo would be the future of Red Bull. During the same year, Vettel announced that he would be leaving Red Bull to join Ferrari. Ricciardo would be joined by Kyvyat, who, like Ricciardo, was promoted from Toro Rosso. Ricciardo continued showing his talent in Red Bull; even after being joined by 2021 world champion Max Verstappen in 2016, he continued to produce strong results. In 2018, however, Ricciardo announced his departure from Red Bull to Renault. While he has never explicitly explained why he decided to leave Red Bull for a weaker team, many speculated that his reason to leave Red Bull was motivated by the preferential treatment Verstappen had supposedly received from Red Bull. Now, as the undoubtedly number one driver at Renault, Ricciardo had all of the tools that he desired when he left Red Bull, with the exception of a competitive car. While he had strong performances relative to teammate Nico Hulkenberg, he never stood on a podium for the entire season and struggled to score points on multiple occasions. In the following year — 2020 — Renault was able to provide Ricciardo with a stronger package and he capitalized

on it by scoring two podiums and had an overall stronger season than the previous year. During 2020, however, Ricciardo announced a move to McLaren, which had made significant progress during Ricciardo’s time at Renault. The move to McLaren was supposed to rejuvenate his career after a disappointing stint at Renault. At McLaren however, Ricciardo was thoroughly beaten by then 21 year old Lando Norris, and despite recording a win at Monza after a strong performance, had a season to forget with numerous poor performances. Since leaving Red Bull in 2018, Ricciardo has scored three podiums and one win, a tally that he has surpassed in single seasons during his time at Red Bull. With only 288 points in three seasons, Daniel Ricciardo’s poor performance in recent years comes down to his poor career choices but also a general decline in the quality of his performances. Ricciardo has struggled massively in qualifying against Norris during his time at McLaren, which has significantly affected his ability to record meaningful results in races. As his poor performances continue, it seems more and more likely that his window to win races and championships have all but closed. Had he stayed with Red Bull, he would have had the opportunity to contend for a championship in 2021 and possibly 2022, by the way the current season is panning out. While it is unfortunate to see such a loved and accomplished driver struggle to even finish in the points, at some point, teams must start evaluating whether or not he has passed his peak. In a ruthless and unforgiving sport like Formula One, you are only as good as your last race, and if you finish in 16th place while your teammate is in fourth, the damage to your resume is massive, even for a driver with the pedigree of Ricciardo.

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‘Conversations with Friends:’ a slow show for the socially anxious By JANE FLAUTT JUSTICE EDITOR

Here we are again — another one of Irish author Sally Rooney’s restrained, emotionally-knotty novels has been adapted into a miniseries. This time it’s her debut book, “Conversations with Friends,” published in 2017. The 12-episode adaptation, which dropped on Hulu on May 15, stars Alison Oliver and Joe Alwyn as leading characters Frances and Nick, respectively. After the critical acclaim and fan obsession around Hulu’s adaptation of “Normal People” in 2020, there were a lot of high expectations leading up to the release of the next Rooney-verse TV series. In the week since its release, however, “Conversations with Friends” has received

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NORMAL PEOPLE: The novel was adapted into a Hulu series in 2020.

mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. “Variety” takes issue with the lack of chemistry between Oliver and Alwyn, while The Guardian’s review points out that “Conversation”’s slowness often devolves into tedium, and that the series ultimately falls short of its goal to be emotionally evocative and instead feels flat and aimless. Having just watched “Conversations with Friends,” I can’t help but agree with a lot of the critiques of this series. There were plenty of moments that I found the show’s quietness and minimal plot to be, quite simply, boring. And, from the overuse of narration to the often anti-climatic dialogue between characters, the series was very repetitive at times. I swear Frances was asked, “Are you okay, Frances?” at least 20 times across all 12 episodes. At this point, I want to give a major disclaimer: I have never read any of Rooney’s books. My opinions are based solely on the television adaptation, so there will be no “But it was different in the books!” talk in this article, as valid as that critique may be. Although I agree with some of the harsh reviews about this show, I still find myself drawn to the seemingly “boring” characters in “Conversations with Friends,” despite the series’ many imperfections and missteps. The quiet, even awkward,

romance that buds between Frances and Nick rarely feels contrived, or archetypical, which is a difficult thing to pull off in a show centered around an extra-marital affair. Directors Lenny Abrahamson and Leanne Welham also depict Frances’s introversion and self-destructive emotional restraint in a way that invites the audience to empathize with her but never to excuse her of her hurtful and thoughtless actions. The other main characters, Bobbi — played magnificently by Sasha Lane — who is the best friend and ex-lover of Frances, and Melissa — played by the magnetic Jemima Kirke — who is Nick’s wife, are often sidelined in the wake of Frances’s self-absorption and repressed turmoil. I wish these characters’ emotional interiority and depth had been given more time and space, but unfortunately they often must play the part of supporting character. However, both Bobbi’s and Melissa’s extraversion and maturity provide a useful foil to Frances’s — and at times, Nick’s — narcissistic choices and emotional repression. One moment that solidified my respect and admiration for Melissa as a character was in the final episode, when Frances calls Melissa to confront her about a perceived act of sabotage (I’m keeping it vague so as to not spoil anything). Melissa must handle

the flood of accusations, insults, and thoughtlessness coming from Frances — who also happens to be the woman who slept with Melissa’s husband. In a moment of heart-wrenching self-control and kindness, Melissa listens to Frances break down over the phone, takes a deep breath, and steels herself, asking her genuinely, “Are you okay, Frances?” It’s a scene that allows the audience to step out of Frances’s all-consuming perspective for a minute, and see the pain and poise of the people around her that make Frances’s problematic choices even harder to watch, let alone justify. Frances’s inner turmoil and outward aloofness is brought to life effectively by Oliver, a newcomer to television and fresh out of the Lir Academy in Dublin. She handles the complexity, self-

obsession, and anguish of Frances extremely well, and I enjoyed her performance throughout the series. Oliver’s Frances seems to me the perfect embodiment of the bad introvert — the quiet, maybe even aloof, person whose tendency to reflect inward gets twisted into self-obsession. And that’s one of the things the series does well: it honestly shows the messy, and sometimes cruel, side of interiority and anxiety. For people who live too much in their own head and struggle to communicate, Frances’s many struggles in “Conversations with Friends” may hit close to home. Ultimately, for all its slowness and frustratingly reticent characters, “Conversations with Friends” is worth watching, though I won’t be returning to rewatch it anytime soon.

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The MFA: The “Monet, Rodin, and Boston exhibition ran from April to Oct. 2021.

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ROONEY: Young Irish author and screenwriter Sally Rooney’s style is characterized by her focus in interweaving emotions and memories. DUOMI AMY CHEN/the Justice

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RECEPTION: The President’s Reception on Friday hosted seniors and their parents attending the ceremonies.

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DECISIONS: Brandeis Mens’ Basketball players pulled up one last time to the Auerbach Arena.


GO-BIG-OR-GO-HOMER: Justice Senior Lynn Hann brought home her BS diploma in English.


HEAT: Despite the humid, warm weather, Gosman Gymnasium was filled with excited graduates and their supportive families. Design: Megan Liao/the Justice

LIFE-SCIENCE: Hannah Davies, who graduated with highest honor in neuroscience, delivers the undergraduate speech at the life science diploma ceremoy.





Presenting, ‘The Pocket Girls’ by Lizzie Hilliard:

The story of the original musical

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CAST: The cast members of “The Pocket Girls” took a group selfie.


Elizabeth Hilliard ’22 is a singer and songwriter, and now she has officially added writer, creator, and actress to her accomplishments. Elizabeth, who goes by Lizzie, created and wrote the musical “The Pocket Girls,” which tells the story of two sets of sisters and the experiences they have in

THEATER: Elizabeth Hilliard’22 produced the musical “The Pocket Girls.” a small cottage. The musical explores femininity and sisterhood and the bonds they all create. It

is a coming of age story inspired by books like “Little Women,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Anne of Green Gables.” While Lizzie has been exposed to music from a young age, she has been writing and creating her own music for over ten years. In a Zoom interview with the Justice on May 19, she explained that her interest in creating this musical was based on taking full advantage of the resources Brandeis offers for her senior thesis. The Senior Thesis Program requires a proposal of a project, production, or art form that explores the thesis inquiry. It is authentically an act of discovery, and through that process Brandeis guides students with access to spaces for practicing and rehearsing as well as research. She submitted her proposal in April of last year, “But,” she says, “it changed so much.” She

officially started writing in late August up until auditions were posted, but even through rehearsals and read-throughs, changes were being made. She explained that during rehearsals when the cast would do read-throughs, they would make small changes to songs and character development and even explore new places to add more musical scores. For instance, Lizzie explained that the “Scary Social Worker” song would not have been possible or even thought of without the involvement of the cast members. “It was collaborative in an accidental way,” Lizzie remarks, even though she was initially expecting this project to be more isolated and individual. When asked about the effect of COVID-19 during the creating and actual showing of her musical, she explained that there was always a sense of uncertainty. She went on to recount how when the show opened April 29 at 9 p.m. in the Laurie Theater, unfortunately both Lizzie and another lead actress were close-contacted, which affected the show and each actor’s performance because they were masked. Lizzie admits, “This is how it is going to be for a while in the world of theater,” and being prepared is extremely important because “something could go wrong at the last second and you have to adjust.” For fun, we asked what the top favorite songs were for this musical, and Lizze did not disappoint with “The Way Things Always Used To Be” because it is up-beat and fun, and “Scary Social Worker” because it is a bop and extremely hilarious. Regarding the future of her musical, she says while it was

“BILDUNG:” The musical was inspired by coming of age novels about young women. just for fun, she also wanted “to make it as easy as possible to reproduce.” She is open to any future productions of her musical, whether it “is a small cast at a university or giant production, tons of costumes and sets … it could definitely go in a lot of directions.” And as for her future, she is excited to continue in the arts, whether that is on stage, or off as a writer. “I just want to do everything,” Lizzie said. “ I initially want to go into

acting, but I also don’t want to ever stop writing.” For all the creative people out there who are interested in creating and writing, Lizzie says “take advantage of the resources Brandeis has to offer.” She admits she was aware of the Getts Media Lab, but she did not use “the sound studio to record music even though it is literally free.” Her most important piece of advice is “always be open to asking for help and collaborating with others is really valuable.”

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‘Who do you love the most, Emily or me?’ By MEGAN LIAO JUSTICE EDITOR

Confirmed to release a third season in the near future, a TLC favorite, “I Love a Mama’s Boy” brings back more unhinged standoffs and heated debates. The show follows multiple pairs of couples, aging from late twenties to early thirties, who are about to enter the next stages of their lives – marriage or lifelong commitments. In front of them, however, lies a controlling mother who attempts to interfere with the majority of their great life decisions and a dependent MAMA’s BOY. In short, “I Love a Mama’s Boy” is a perfect guilty pleasure for a Thursday night to satisfy your demand for uncomfortable family dramas. A majority of the show pokes fun at the absurdity of the proximity between mothers and sons through minor feuds between the mother and the girlfriend. The show features, for instance, Matt, who brought his mother Kelly to a lingerie

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shop for his girlfriend Kim, and ended up paying for two identical seductive, leopard-patterned lingeries — the other one for his mother. In Illinois, Annette insisted on having a mother-son dance at her son’s wedding with a hot, passionate tango routine, leaving her husband, daughter, and future daughter-in-law, Justina, watching awkwardly as they practiced. Very often, the sons are too timid to stand up to their mothers, upsetting their girlfriends. Throughout their upbringing and until now, their dependence on their mothers does not seem to decline. On the other hand, multiple mothers demand undivided attention from their beloved sons and feel threatened by the presence of the girlfriends to whom the men are committed. They guilt-trip the boys and turn them against the girls, emotionally blackmail them into giving them more attention, or delude themselves into believing that the girlfriends are “not good enough” for their sweet – pampered – baby boys.

One of the show’s highly-discussed couples has to be Shekeb and Emily from Atlanta, Georgia. Shekeb comes from a reserved Afghan Muslim family, and Emily is Korean American. Their struggles stemmed solely from the possessive nature of Shekeb’s mother, Laila. Laila had always wanted her son to marry an Afghan woman, and, never wanting to disappoint her, Shekeb did marry one when Laila was diagnosed with breast cancer. This marriage soon fell apart due to incompatibility, yet Laila did not give up. She repeatedly verbally abused Emily both in private and public occasions, calling her a “pig” when Emily brought her a cake for her birthday. As a gesture of apology for her hostility, she invited Emily and Shekeb to meet at a restaurant, only for them to find Laila sitting with a young Afghan woman who she casually introduced as Wagma. Laila was clearly trying to set her up with Shekeb. Upon learning that Shekeb was seeing someone, Wagma left out of awkwardness,

apologizing for accepting the invitation. On the other hand, Emily stormed out in rage. Shekeb faced the difficult decision to follow his girlfriend or stay with his mother. In the series, the mamas’ boys are almost always put in this very same position. On one hand, the woman who gave him his life, and on the other, the woman for the rest of his life. Laila’s most well-known quote is an epitome of this difficult choice, “who do you love the most, Emily or ME?” A common aspect of the household of a mama’s boy is the lack of physical presence of a paternal figure. Seeing a dominant mother and her abnormally close relationship with her son may lead the audience to assume that the father is no longer around, for he is seldom put under the spotlight. In fact, most of the fathers ARE also living under the same roofs. They are often either ignored or choose to stay distant, possibly intensifying the toxic mother-son relationship. The mother-son relationship dynamic is strongly character-

ized by the son’s heavy dependence on the mother and an aggressive mother taking advantage of her son’s vulnerability. When a girl comes into the life of a mama’s boy, she automatically imposes a threat to the mother — a sign that she is not the sole important woman in his life. The consequential hostility creates tension between the mother and the girlfriend, but the dependent son can often be too timid to choose the side of his girlfriend, especially when the mother chooses to emotionally blackmail them. Such is the recurrent pattern that runs through the whole show. Watching the toxic mother-son interactions, the girlfriends are not only bewildered but more frustrated by the fact that they are never getting the support from the boys in a war with their mothers, prompting them to leave the relationship for good. As long as the mamas’ boys refuse to stand up for their future partners, it seems like they are unlikely to continue to the next stages of their lives.




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Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! Thank you for all your hardwork for the Justice. Some of you took pictures, some of you wrote, some of you burned the midnight oil all night every Monday for the past years. You have been our mentors, colleagues, and families. You know where to find us on Monday nights, so do come back to visit! Here are a couple things that our seniors would like to say about their Justice experiences.

Gilda Geist:


Megan Geller: River Hayes:


Noah Zeitlin: Lynn:



Gabriel: Puzzle Courtesy of OPENSKY SUDOKU