The Class of 2015 move-in showed the best of Brandeis. I was so proud of the entire community. Hurricane Irene was no match for the enthusiasm and energy of our newest Brandeisians, their parents, our amazing Orientation Leaders, Community Advisors, and our dedicated student life, facilities, and public safety staff.
Walking the halls of Massell Quad, I witnessed a kind of team spirit worthy of Louis Brandeis. No sooner had a car arrived from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky or Illinois, than a group of OL’s had emptied it and were running up three flights carrying hampers, microwaves, bedding and books. In fact, one family’s belongings were taken out of their car in 12 seconds flat. Now that has to be some kind of record. Irene called for flexibility and creativity and our team excelled in both. Perhaps more than anything, I was struck by the number of first-year students, still setting up their rooms, who said that they already felt at home here. Now that’s Brandeis!
The theme that the OL’s selected for this year could not have been more appropriate: we have truly “hit the ground running.” I look forward to welcoming all the members of the Class of 2015 as well as the returning students and transfer students, as we begin what I know will be a great year for Brandeis University.