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The subtle benefits of gatekeeping for communities

When I think of a “community” I think about a group of individuals with shared interests and values unifying under a common label for a unique purpose. There is a distinct difference between liking something… Read More...

Why is my campus ugly and why should I care?

As the college application season is coming to an end for high schoolers, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for when I was in their shoes, only a year ago. It was definitely a stressful… Read More...

SSIS advice column

Welcome back to the SSIS column, where we answer any and all of Brandeis students’ questions about sex, sexuality, identity and relationships. If you have a question you’d like answered in our next column, email… Read More...

The purpose of public apologies

On Dec. 4, the Academy Awards tweeted out “Welcome to the family, @kevin4real! #Oscars.” Soon after this event, some from the internet started expressing disdain towards the Academy’s decision to have Kevin Hart host the… Read More...

Shaving company’s newest marketing scheme: alienating core customers

People just love it when profit-motivated, multi-billion-dollar companies preach to them great moral messages. This can be seen in Gillette’s new advertisement: “The Best Men Can Be,” which can only be described as a smash… Read More...

Pushing for full divestment isn’t radical: it’s necessary

Last semester, the Board of Trustees voted to enact a three-year suspension of all fossil fuel investments and promised to revisit the idea of full divestment after reviewing the results of the suspension. This decision… Read More...

Validation in education

Since I was five years old, I took violin lessons. Like most children, I was never excited to play or practice. But every Tuesday when my parents drove me to my violin lesson, I found… Read More...

I don’t pay $70,000 a year to write LATTE posts

One of the things that Brandeis has going for it is academics—generally speaking, the professors are qualified and adept at making classes both bearable and edifying, but one aspect of our education here has threatened… Read More...

“Fridays for a Future:” The power of the next generation

After the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School last year, student activists took to the streets and social media to voice the issues of gun violence in the United States. These students were met with… Read More...

Send the flyers flying

Inspired by last week’s piece on plastic utensils and bags on campus and my recent trip back home, I also wanted to share an idea on how to make the Brandeis campus more green. The… Read More...
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