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‘Donkey Kong Country:’ The high concept mess that is impossible to hate

There is a long-circulated rumor that when Rare showed their tech demo of “Donkey Kong Country” (DKC) to Nintendo, the Japanese executives were convinced that a hidden supercomputer was running the game behind a curtain.… Read More...

The spooky haunts of Brandeis University

A collage of brutal concrete, brick and steel, the Brandeis campus is a haunt of its own unique variety. If you choose to wander on a particularly overcast autumn afternoon, certain corners of the campus… Read More...

Sufjan Steven’s ‘The Ascension’ merges the electronic with the lyrical

When Sufjan Stevens released the single “America” back in July, I was not impressed. At 12 minutes, it was asking a lot. The song was certainly not helped by the chorus, which is repetitive and… Read More...

The Rose Art Museum has reopened to students

After a month of uncertainty, the Rose Art Museum has officially reopened for student use, and I am pleased to admit that the experience remains largely unchanged save for a few conspicuous omissions. The museum… Read More...

McDonald’s revisited: Travis Scott and spicy nugs

I went for a run yesterday. This is an activity that I do not undertake very often, so I thought my freshly beleaguered muscles deserved a reward. I immediately drove to McDonald’s, of course. What… Read More...

Brandeis everchanging: A eulogy to the dead Sherman Willow

To the rear of Sherman Dining Hall, encircled on three sides by the tired brick edifices of the Massell Quad, is a little pond. The body of water is largely inornate. There is a low… Read More...

‘Mulan’ is just another Disney Action Movie

My faith in Disney’s live action adaptations was spent a long time ago. I went into “Mulan” with no expectations at all, and I was satisfied to find that I never needed any. Like its… Read More...

Sal’s at The Stein, a Faustian Bargain

We campus-going Brandeisians are a special sort. You might say that we have a penchant for pain and sacrifice. Every day we are newly reminded of the loss of our clubs, sports and classes. We… Read More...

The success of July’s Boston Student Film Festival

The 2020 run of the Boston Student Film Festival was live-streamed the second weekend of July, and, to the collective relief of myself and the ten or so other viewers in virtual attendance, the show… Read More...

The magnificent seven of Post-Bacc 2020

For those out of the know, the Brandeis fine arts department hosts a post-baccalaureate program every year. The post-baccs are students (from Brandeis and beyond) who have graduated and are looking to spend an extra… Read More...
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