Beloved English Professor Leaves YU After 15 Years

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Doron Levine

At this pivotal juncture in YU’s history, the students are sadly bidding farewell to one of their most beloved professors. Dr. Gillian Steinberg, Yeshiva College professor of English, Director of First Year Writing, and Coordinator of First Year Seminars, has announced that Spring 2015 will be her final semester at YU. Dr. Steinberg studied English literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her PhD in English literature from University of Delaware in August 2000. Soon after,... Read more

Dedicated Professor Yair Shahak Chooses to Leave YU

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Binyamin Goldman

Professor Yair Shahak, a remarkable and renowned professor in the Hebrew Department, will be leaving YU at the end of this year. As a student at YU, Professor Shahak triple majored in Jewish Studies (with a concentration in Bible), Hebrew Language and Literature, and Music. Shahak started working toward an M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies while still an undergraduate at YU and completed both his B.A. and M.A. simultaneously. Shahak is currently completing... Read more

News Briefs – April 2015

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Commentator Staff

Sarachek Tournament Draws Over A Thousand Fans This year’s Sarachek tournament once again proved that the Yeshiva League basketball establishment is a force to be reckoned with in the world of Jewish sports. For the players and their fans, the YU-run and internationally broadcasted event is no game – many consider the ‘tourney’ to be the annual pinnacle of Yeshiva League hoops. So while most pairs of undergraduate eyes were glued to ESPN’s coverage of the second and third rounds... Read more

New CIO for Yeshiva University

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Yaakov Sebrow

James (Jim) Vasquez, a former CIO at Ellucian’s Leadership Services, has been appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Yeshiva University. Ellucian’s Leadership Services is a company that helps educational institutions thrive in a changing environment and provides guidance for them to be more transparent and efficient. With the administration taking heavy heat on those exact fronts, Vasquez seems to be the perfect man for the job. As CIO, Vasquez will serve as University’s head technology leader, providing guidance... Read more

Silver is the New Green

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Eliyahu Raskin

MyActions, the nationwide environmental think tank dedicated to improved sustainability in colleges behind programs like “RecycleMania” has awarded Yeshiva University the “Silver Student Actions Award,” a promotion from the “Green” standing that Yeshiva previously held. According to the website, this award indicates that the school “has student leaders committed to student and group activation across campus through focused challenges and delivering on impact targets.” YU’s student representative is Yeshiva College senior Jonah Keyak. Along with his peers from colleges across... Read more

Jazz Ensemble Performs to Packed Crowd in Spring Concert

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Darren May

There are many programs at YU that are lauded for their outstanding caliber of excellence. Our Jewish learning programs are undeniably world class, our academics are among the finest in the country; one could go on and on. There are, however, some exceptional programs that are often overlooked by the general school and faculty, yet continue to uphold a high level of excellence. The YU Jazz Program is one of these programs and recently held their annual spring concert just... Read more

YU Presents the Humanities at Student Research Day

Published: April-19-2015       Author: David Tribuch

At two in the afternoon, on Sunday March 29, Belfer Hall served as the home for YU’s Student Research Day for the college’s humanities and social science majors. Students studying the liberal arts presented their research from a large variety of fields, from literature to art history, from political science to anthropology. Meirah Shedlo, who works in the Stern College for Women’s Dean’s Office, was really excited while organizing the event because “along with all the amazing science research done,... Read more

Economics in Crisis: Two Tenure-Track Faculty Terminated

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Adir Feifel and Ben Kohane

To most Yeshiva University students, the week before Passover is seen as an opportunity to plan for the upcoming holiday break while winding down from stressful midterms and essays. However, the vacation-minded student body were unaware of a crisis developing within the Economics Department. As a result of the severe budget cuts being implemented at YU, Professors William Hawkins and Michael Richter, two popular tenure-track faculty members, had their contracts terminated, sending shockwaves throughout all of Yeshiva College. The decision... Read more

Dr. Joanne Jacobson Named New Associate Dean, Other Updates From Future “Super-Dean” Dr. Karen Bacon

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Elie Lipnik

Over the past couple of months, there has been great confusion and upheaval among Yeshiva University students due to YU’s financial predicament, and more specifically, the announcement of  proposed major academic cuts. Although there have been many statements issued and meetings with the administration to discuss the implications of these changes, exactly what is it to be cut and how it will affect YU students is still unclear. The only unambiguous piece of information is that Stern and Yeshiva College’s... Read more

Mourning a Tragedy and Lending a Helping Hand

Published: April-19-2015       Author: Arel Levkovich

On Saturday, March 21st, tragedy struck in Midwood, Brooklyn, as a terrible fire – stemming from a malfunction in a hot plate erupted overnight in the home of the Sassoon family. The fire took the lives of seven Sassoon children, while their mother, Mrs. Gayle Sassoon, and second-oldest sister, Sipporah Sassoon, were both able to escape through the glass of second-floor windows. They both remain in critical condition. Mr. Gabriel Sassoon was away from his family on a trip that... Read more

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