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Reforms and reframes in the Student Union

I wrote a piece earlier this academic year talking about what I called the “elite” of Brandeis, the exclusive group, made up mostly of Student Union members, that runs all campus activities and makes up… Read More...

Toward a more lighthearted college culture

I had certain expectations of college culture before I arrived at Brandeis, expectations that mostly consisted of what my parents had told me, stories from friends who went to bigger universities (Pitt, Penn State) and… Read More...

Brandeis students are stunted by technology

I attended an open forum with President Liebowitz about a month ago which gave interested members of the community the opportunity to voice their opinions about the aspects of Brandies they thought should change. One… Read More...

Brandeis needs more nature

Recently I came across a large photo book, the photos depicting Brandeis through the decades until the late 2000s. It has fantastic images of this place pre-1948, when it was Middlesex University, a medical school… Read More...

The Disorganization Kid

The common perception of a “successful life” is nearly impossible to reach, and it is leading to cultural disconnects and unfulfilling outcomes for many young people. David Brooks wrote about this issue almost 20 years… Read More...

Brandeis students should care more about sports

There has been a lot of talk among our campus’ student leadership over the past few months, mainly among the members of the Student Union and in some talks with administrators, concerning how to increase… Read More...

The chaos of double-doors

With the school’s recent decision over “Buyer Beware,” discourse at Brandeis has turned to the very serious issues of censorship, art and speech. However, our attention needs to be directed elsewhere. There is something more… Read More...

Free speech requires responsibility

If we talk about free speech only in abstract terms, we will never make any progress and will remain divided as a community. I attended the last half hour of the free speech forum on… Read More...

How our system of government makes us more partisan

For politicians, voting with their party is a decent career choice, though it can cause a lot of political problems. Voting on every bill according to a politician’s party line helps secure their political career,… Read More...

Expanding the Brandeis bubble

The socio-cultural conditions at Brandeis create a community starkly different from the rest of the country, and we should be aware of that. I come from a town east of Pittsburgh, on the border of… Read More...
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