Grad students voice concerns over parking, teaching at open forum

Three graduate students peppered President Jehuda Reinharz and other administrators with questions about parking, Teaching Assistants (TA) and stipends at an open forum Monday meant as a “conversation” between both groups. “This is not a speech by me or any other administrator,” Reinharz said to the audience of three. “This is a chance for people […]

Faculty debate university librarian’s tenure at meeting

The faculty tabled a vote on whether to de-tenure the position of university librarian Thursday after many members objected to the move. The objections were unanticipated by Interim Chair of the Faculty Handbook Committee Prof. Paul Jankowski (HIST), who presented the change as part of the yearly review of the faculty rights and responsibilities handbook. […]

Hadassah event sheds light on experiences of children in the Holocaust

Psychologist Dr. Eva Fogelman spoke Sunday at Rappaporte Treasure Hall about the impact of the Holocaust on child survivors as part of a three day conference sponsored by The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI). Fogelman explained that although experiences differ for each survivor, many stories from child survivors have been dismissed because the survivors were not able […]

SEA proposes ‘green fees’

Students for Environmental Action (SEA) have proposed a series of amendments to the Student Union Constitution that would raise the student activities fee, paid alongside tuition, for the purpose of creating a Brandeis “sustainability fund.” If the amendment is passed, the fee would be raised by $7.50 per semester, SEA President Hannah Saltman ’12 said. […]

TRISK and MSA unite for film, discussion on sexuality and Islam

Triskelion and the Muslim Student Association(MSA) presented a screening of “A Jihad for Love” Tuesday in the Intercultural Center. The film, about homosexuality in Muslim countries, was part of Triskelion’s celebration of Gay Pride Month. The event, organized by Kaamila Mohamed ’11 and Aziz Sohail ’13, was geared towards educating the student body about the […]

Dates auctioned for clean water

The Student Union Senate Social Justice Committee continued its fundraising for “charity: water” this week, hosting the First Annual charity: water Silent Auction and Date Dash. The event auctioned off meals with 11 students and several staff members. The event was part of a semester-long fundraiser for Charity: Water, a non-profit organization that provides access […]

Undergrads grill Jaffe, Reinharz on JBS and fundraising at Monday’s forum

Dean of Arts and Sciences Adam Jaffe and University President Jehuda Reinharz fielded questions about the Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) and fundraising at Monday’s undergraduate forum. Last week’s news that half of the JBS programs had been cut–or what Mateo Aceves ’11 called the program’s “abject failure”–was a hot-topic at the forum. “It’s a pilot. […]

Ready or not, here comes summer

The end of the semester might be quickly approaching, but sophomore Alice Konghende’s summer plans are still up in the air. “I may do an internship. I may go to Germany to see my sister. Or I may be here to do some research for a professor,” she said. “Or go to Ohio. That’s an […]

Faculty Awards: Prof. Melissa Kosinski-Collins (BIO)

Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award: Kosinski-Collins is the 24th recipient of the prize. Biography: Kosinski-Collins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. After earning her Ph.D. in Protein Biochemistry from MIT, she […]

Faculty Awards: Prof. Elizabeth Ferry (ANTH)

Lerman-Neubauer ‘69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award: This prize, established by Trustee Jeanette Lerman at the time of her marriage to Joseph Neubauer, requires its recipient to be not just an exceptional teacher, but also one who has had a significant impact on students’ lives as a mentor, advisor and friend. Biography: […]

Faculty Awards: Prof. Maura Jane Farrelly (AMST)

Michael Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching Award: Given every year to a tenure track faculty member who combines scholarship with inspired teaching. Farrelly is the 28th recipient of the award. Biography: A graduate of Fordham University with an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Emory University, Farrelly joined the Brandeis faculty in the fall of […]

DIVERSE CITY: Let us form a diverse city

Let us form a diverse city, one full of different cultures, races and religions. Let our city be a place where people do not see race, only color. Where people do not judge others by what they wear but instead who they are. Maybe it would even be better if people did not judge at […]

DIVERSE CITY: Humanitarian violations in North Korea

What is the first thought that runs through your mind when you hear “North Korea?” Is it nuclear bombs? Or Communism? Or even their “dear leader,” Kim Jong-Il? Or maybe you were one of the few who thought about the human rights violations. At the end of World War II, the Korean peninsula was divided […]

Michael Ian Black cracks up Brandeis

Comedian Michael Ian Black’s smart and hysterical standup made an enthusiastic crowd of Brandeis students laugh so hard that they were able to forget about impending finals. Marking the beginning of Student Events’ Bronstein Week, Black’s performance started off things on the right foot. Known for his sarcastic, deadpan humor on VH1’s “I love the […]

Novelists make the political personal

The Creative Writing Department hosted the first of a three part series on Tuesday, April 13, with a discussion titled “The Personal and the Political: Historical Novels and the Jewish Experience.” During the hour-and-a-half talk, novelists Anita Diamant and Jennifer Gilmore spoke to an audience of Brandeis students and community members about their most recently […]

Manginah hits right ‘Notes’ with new CD

Four years after the release of their last album, Brandeis a cappella group Manginah has released its latest CD, “Notes in the Wall,” a collection of the group’s most popular songs from its present repertoire. The album serves as a good representation of the group’s live performances, mixing classic Israeli pop with a very modern, […]

‘M. Butterfly’ proves a riveting production

In their complex and thought-provoking production of “M. Butterfly,” the Brandeis Players provided their audience with an ambitious, searing drama. David Henry Hwang’s script tells the story of a French diplomat’s twenty-year love affair with a Chinese singer whom he discovers is both a man and a spy. The play’s primary preoccupation is with what […]

From recent to renaissance: Timeless a cappella

A cappella music is represented by twelve separate student-run groups at Brandeis, but apparently that’s not good enough for the Department of Music. Last Saturday, the Brandeis University Chamber Choir had the sheer audacity to hone in on the a cappella racket, simply because none of the established ensembles perform sixteenth-century French music. Can you […]

Brandeis theater community shows it cares

Many students attend Brandeis in the hopes of gaining an education that will allow them to make a positive impact on the world in the future, but a group of Brandeis undergraduates proved last weekend that there’s no reason students can’t start now. More than four hundred students gathered in Levin Ballroom on Saturday night […]

3D is not for me

The last three years have undoubtedly witnessed a boom in the number of 3D films arriving at cinemas across the country. Hollywood studios have continually restated their commitment to the technology, asserting that it is the way of the future—3D televisions will apparently be released within the next year—but all I see is a gimmick. […]