Literature and Beyond Club Hosts Its First Event of the Semester

Published: December-19-2016       Author: Joshua Blicker

On Tuesday, December 6th,  the Literature and Beyond Club hosted its first event of the semester. Entitled “Authorial Intent: Shakespeare, the Constitution, and the Shulchan Aruch,” the event analyzed matters of authorial intent across three disciplines—political science, English Literature, and sacred Jewish texts. Each respective topic was analyzed by a particular expert in its field: Dr. Ruth Bevan, chair of the political science department, discussed authorial intent in the U.S. Constitution; Dr. William Lee, professor of English, discussed authorial intent... Read more

Fundraising VP Steps Down Morning After Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

Published: December-18-2016       Author: David Rubinstein

Seth Moskowitz, the chief administrator of YU’s fundraising office, resigned his position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement on Monday, December 12, the morning after the annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation. The now-vacant position will remain empty for the time being, and President Richard Joel will personally oversee Institutional Advancement until he steps down on July 1. Mr. Moskowitz joined YU’s senior leadership in 2014. At the time of his hiring, President Joel described him as “a consummate professional, a... Read more

Longtime Caf Personnel Member Regina Eli Departs YU for New Position

Published: December-18-2016       Author: David Rubinstein

Regina Eli, longtime staff member at the Furman Dining Hall, completed her last day of work at YU on Friday, December 16th. She is moving to Maryland, where she will work on the staff of a hotel in Silver Spring. Ms. Eli, endearingly called Regina by the hundreds of students who appreciate her sincere smile and cheerful attitude, came to Yeshiva over eleven years ago when a temp agency connected her with a position at YU. She stayed on staff,... Read more

Tzedek Society Hosts Panel Discussion to Humanize Homelessness

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Judah Stiefel

The YU Tzedek Society, in partnership with the Stern Social Justice Society and the Yeshiva University Honors Program, hosted a panel discussion on homelessness awareness. The panel dealt with the difficult realities of life without shelter, the causes of homelessness, and the government and independent agency responses to combat the unprecedented rate of homelessness in our society. The event’s organization was headed by Tzedek Society member Moses Dykman and Yosie Friedman, who moderated the discussion. The panel featured four diverse... Read more

Mayor of Jerusalem Addresses YU Community Before Receiving Honorary Degree

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Elliot Heller

Dozens of members of the YU community came out to Weisberg Commons on Thursday evening, December 8 to hear brief words from Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem. Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor since 2008, was introduced by President Joel, who conferred an honorary degree upon the mayor at Sunday’s 92nd Hanukkah Convocation and Commencement Ceremony. “Mayor Barkat was chosen to keynote this year’s convocation in celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and because of his many... Read more

Subaba: Raising the Bar for Washington Heights Restaurants

Published: December-18-2016       Author:  Joshua Zirman

In the 2016 spring semester, a flashy green sign went up on Amsterdam Avenue near 187th Street, and there was a buzz around campus about the opening of a new restaurant. Students were used to using words like “greasy, unhealthy, and dirty” when referencing the restaurants on the YU campus. At times, they felt that they were spoken to rudely by employees and that they were rushed to leave the restaurant upon finishing their meal. This is exactly how Daniel... Read more

Beren Campus Welcomes Library Renovations

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Eric Shalmon

Renovations at the Hedi Steinberg Library on the Beren Campus created an open study space for students out of what were previously stacks of periodicals. Featuring individual cubicles, lounge seating, and group study rooms, the renovations on the lower level of the library were the result of student requests for more study space on the Beren Campus. Zahava Schwartz of the Beren Campus Student Life Committee, in cooperation with Head Librarian Edith Lubetski, conducted a student survey to determine many... Read more

Writing-Intensive Courses Made Mandatory for New Students

Published: December-18-2016       Author: Judah Stiefel

A new writing-intensive course requirement will be added for students who have joined the school in the past year, including those who attended the post-Pesach program. The writing-intensive initiative will not add a class to the YU core requirement but rather will require students to take one core course which will be taught with a writing-focused orientation. These classes will be available within many of the core disciplines. The courses will be designed to improve students’ critical reading and writing... Read more

IBC Launches New Student-Organized Speaker Series

Published: December-12-2016       Author: Michael Shavolian

On December 6th, Rabbi Benny Rofeh, faculty member of the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies, hosted the second of a series of four IBC Talks. Inaugurated this semester, IBC Talks is a program sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Torah Studies and was initiated by SOY IBC Vice President, Aryeh Laufer, and fellow classmate, Michael Shavolian.  In his introductory comments, Rabbi Rofeh remarked, “I am sorry I am not giving you a normative rule because I don’t think a... Read more

Management Students Attend Special Presentation on China

Published: December-08-2016       Author: Elliot Heller

In a unique, coed event, all four intro-level management classes of the Sy Syms School of Business came together Wednesday evening in Weisberg Commons for a special session about China and its role in the global environment. Professor Andrew Geller,  Visiting Clinical Professor of Management and director of YU’s Executive MBA program, spoke in depth about issues facing China today, its role in the global marketplace, and the future of the U.S.-China relationship. The lecture was inspired by the two... Read more

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