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Brandeis alumni, students in uproar over former president’s pay

Waltham, MA - 10/28/2013 - Jehuda Reinharz (cq) former president of Brandeis University and president emeritus and faculty member, was photographed speaking with the Globe in his office in Waltham, MA on Monday, October 28, 2013. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Slug: 02reinharz Reporter: todd wallack LOID: 6.2.2130297558
Some point to cuts at Brandeis while former president Jehuda Reinharz is still being paid.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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More than 1,000 Brandeis University students, alumni and staffers signed a petition this week expressing outrage after learning Jehuda Reinharz received at least $1.2 million for part-time work since stepping down at the end of 2010.

Former students and faculty said the payments were particularly irksome because the payments came at a time when the university was forced to make painful spending cuts because of tight finances, while continuing to raise tuition faster than inflation, forcing some students and parents to go deeper into debt.

“It’s just a slap in the face,” said Sahar Massachi, 24, who earned two degrees in computer science from Brandeis and started the petition with other alumni. “I have friends who had to drop out of Brandeis because the tuition was so high and professors who were forced to leave Brandeis because of budget cuts.”

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