- January 26, 2009: " I am writing to tell you that the Board of Trustees met today and voted to close the Rose Art Museum."
- Later in the January 26 email: "Today's decision will set in motion a long-term plan to sell the art collection and convert the professional art facility to a teaching, studio, and gallery space for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty."
- February 26: "Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of misinformation circulating in the media regarding the Rose. The facts are: 1. The Rose is NOT going to close. The Board of Trustees voted to keep the Rose open as a teaching and exhibition gallery that is even more fully integrated into University life and the academic enterprise. 2. The Board of Trustees voted to authorize Brandeis to sell a limited number of pieces in the collection -- if the need arises in the future. Nothing will be sold into the currently depressed art market."
President Reinharz, spare us the crap. The Board voted to close the museum; it's not going to be functioning as a museum, so just stop. We all know how to read, and we all have your past email to refer to. Stop pretending the press got it wrong.