Pitch #1: Underused club resources at Brandeis.
Unknown to most Brandeis students, the University has two funds that students can use for club or independent projects. The Community Enhancement and Emergency Fund, or CEEF, can hold up to a quarter of a million dollars, and is currently full (and has been full for a year). The Brandeis Sustainability Fund, or BSF, has been collecting $7.50 per student per semester since Fall 2011, and rarely receives more than one project proposal per semester. In fact, almost all proposals coming from one class whose assignment is to make such proposals. Both funds have remarkably little oversight. I would like to investigate why students do not use these funds, and how the student representatives to these committees–Emma Russel for CEEF, Cassie Cain for BSF–promote and/or distribute funding.
Pitch #2: Town-gown relations, specifically between Waltham police and unofficial Brandeis greek life.
Students in Greek life often complain (and probably have always complained) about fraternity and sorority events being shut down early by police due to what these organizations see as undue security concerns. Frome one perspective, Brandeis’ suburban campus offers few places for students to congregate except for these houses. On the other hand, the greater Waltham community has a right to peace and quiet. At the same time, Waltham is deeply dependent on Brandeis, and thus on Brandeis’ students, for industry. I would like to interview members of the Waltham Police, as well as fraternity/sorority presents and Greek Awareness Council members, to investigate the diverse perspectives on this issue, and on the connection or dependency between Brandeis/Waltham. This story could interest members of Greek life at other suburban universities, police forces in other student-focused cities, the Brandeis administration and other Brandeis students.