Union creates communications task force

In an effort to make the Student Union more accessible, Union Executive Director of Communications Jamie Ansorge ‘09 has put together a communications task force in order to both increase the Union’s involvement in campus life and to make the Student Union more available to student involvement. “Having a task force really increases the ability […]

Bylaw could censure senators with poor attendance

Student Union senators who miss more than two senate meetings will automatically be considered for censure if a new senate bylaw authored by Executive Senator Andrew Brooks ‘09 gets passed next Sunday. Currently, senators are excused from their two-hour long senate sessions Sunday nights if it is for “extenuating circumstances.” But according to Brooks, who […]

Merit aid portable for study abroad

Sophomore and first year merit scholars on named merit scholarships will now be able to use their merit aid to study abroad, Assistant Dean of Academic Services J. Scott Van Der Meid wrote in an e-mail to the student body Tuesday night. This decision comes almost one month after the Jan. 16 announcement that merit […]

Writer considers intersection between Judaism and sexuality

Leslea Newman, poet laureate of North Hampton, MA, and author of Heather Has Two Mommies, spoke in the ICC Sunday about her experiences as a Jewish lesbian an an event titled “you can’t be lesbian, you’re Jewish!” Newman said that the title of the event came from an encounter she once had after one of […]

When in Granada, you don’t do Nada

I went to a Moroccan-style restaurant the other night–a Tuesday, I believe, at about 9:30 p.m.–and walked out of that place about two and a half hours later, still hungry, and having paid the waitress a tip of zero percent. None of my friends tipped her that night either. In fact, no one did, because […]

Hall of fame or hall of shame? Baseball’s greats break the rules

After the Alex Rodriguez scandal of last weekend, many are questioning if anybody was clean from the steroid era of baseball. Furthermore, who should be in the Hall of Fame? Those with the best statistics or those who were never caught? This writer looked at the numbers and the steroid evidence from 1990 to 2003 […]

Weekend road trip ends in frustration for Judges

The Brandeis women’s basketball team spent last weekend on the road, facing the University of Chicago on Friday Feb. 6 and Washington University in Saint Louis Sunday Feb. 8. Despite putting up a good fight, the Judges came off the weekend 0-2 with a 63-50 loss against Chicago and a 71-56 loss to Wash U. […]

Athletics have value

With the current environment of budget cuts and revenue losses, it seems that everyone is focusing on the Rose Art Museum and other parts of the university that have recently met the hatchet. Another story that is perhaps not in the limelight as much as these other programs is the severe cuts that the athletics […]

Men’s BBall lose weekend games

It was a crucial moment for the men’s basketball, with five straight games on the road, the Judges needed to come out unified and strong in order to compete for a postseason bid. As of now, their chances of an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship appearance are remote after first getting upended by Chicago […]

Arts resources at Brandeis: Use them or lose them

Amidst all the insanity and media frenzy over the Rose Art Museum debacle, there was one simple moment that came to eclipse all the others in my mind. I was walking to class when I heard a senior outside of Usdan discussing the controversy. “I don’t know,” she began, “I guess it makes the university […]

ICC Corner: Brandeis celebrates Asian/Pacific heritage

The Brandeis Asian American Student Association, also known as BAASA, originated in 1971 in the midst of the Vietnam War. With anti-Asian sentiment brewing, it was created to prevent racism against Asians and to serve as an outlet for Asian Americans to become politically active in their communities. BAASA’s mission today has changed and progressed […]

Inside the actor’s studio: typecasting

Columbia in “Rocky Horror,” Roberta in “Quickies,” Mallory/Avril in “City of Angels,” Louise in “Gypsy”… it seems that if you need someone to be onstage in little to very little clothing, I’m the girl to cast. Typecasting is often one of the more trying parts of being an actor—being pigeonholed into a certain “type” of […]

A swastika in Portland

On Jan. 30, a dozen people attacked the Tiferet Israel synagogue in Venezuela, throwing Torah scrolls, damaging others, and leaving graffiti on the walls. The synagogue security guards were held at gunpoint. The synagogue was left with messages of “Jews get out” and “out, death to all” on its walls. On the very same day, […]

Ask the Queer Resource Center!

Do you have questions about gender, sexuality, diversity, or acceptance? Would you like anonymous advice from friendly peer counselors? Check out the Queer Resource Center, the educational branch of Triskelion, the Brandeis LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally) group. We provide free, confidential peer counseling to people of all identities in Shapiro Campus […]

Chili Peppers’ guitarist shreds into new territory

John Frusciante has always seemed badly out-of-place in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the band’s guitarist and backup vocalist, he is responsible for a string of increasingly generic and commericalized albums, yet he has a deep love of experimental music.. His bandmates have a reputation as attention-grabbing superstars, yet he maintains a reserved, quiet […]