First-year bids his way to world champion title

Adam Grossack ’14 has started the process of forming a bridge club at Brandeis, but he plans to serve as a mentor, rather than a competitor. He’s had enough experience competing recently—in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, he was named the world champion of bridge under 21. Grossack has been playing bridge since he was […]

Student groups help on Halloween

For the 23rd year, Brandeis students have taken Halloween, a night associated with free candy and hyper children, and transformed it into a night of giving back to the Waltham community. This year, approximately 200 volunteers participated in Halloween for the Hungry, Waltham Group’s biggest annual event. Halloween for the Hungry is a food and […]

Students rally for sanity

Before this weekend, I could not actively visualize a quarter million people because I had never been around that many people at once. But this Saturday, I managed to survive both a parking lot with approximately 10,000 people and a rally with 250,000 people. In theory, I knew that these numbers were large but, until […]

The (other) ‘Wild Party’ on campus

I know that there has been much talk on campus about Pachanga and its aftermath, but it is important to note that Pachanga wasn’t the only crazy booze-fueled party that was going on at Brandeis the weekend of Oct. 23. The other fiesta on campus was also booze-filled and packed with scantily clad students. Wondering […]

Brandeis love stories: Talking with the director of ‘Brandeis, I love you’

Love is in the air at Brandeis. This weekend Brandeis Ensemble Theatre along with the Adagio Dance Ensemble, Kaos Kids and Hooked on Tap are putting on the show “Brandeis, I Love You.” Based on the love stories of Brandeis students, choreographer and director Danielle Zipkin ’12 has created a series of performances that celebrate […]

Pot pros and cannabis cons: a look at our favorite plant

With the elections this week, there are the usual controversial debates about taxes, abortion and health care. Yet one issue a lot of us have been casually throwing around is the idea presented by California’s Proposition 19, which would essentially legalize marijuana. In addition, there was the unbinding Question 4 on the Massachusetts ballot, which […]

Russian-American author discusses ‘Jews in her house’

Russian-American author Lara Vapnyar read from and spoke about her book, “There are Jews in My House,” Wednesday in an atmosphere of Russian conversation and light refreshments. Hosted by the Brandeis Genesis Institute, Vapnyar’s event was intended to build cultural connections between Russian Jews and other members of the Jewish community. The event was co-sponsored […]

BEMCo: Brandeis life support

Every hour of the week, Seth Merker ’11 and Daniel Saxe ’12 are on call, responsible for the health and well-being of all Brandeis community members. Both Clinical Supervisors on the Executive Board of the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo), Merker, the director, and Saxe, the director of operations ,take turns covering 24-hour shifts seven […]

Exploring outward and inner nature

Sunflower It was just one of those kinds of days. The beauty around her astonished her into some kind of slumber as she tried to capture every inch of beauty before its overwhelming aesthetics made her comatose. She got on her knees, bent this way and that—all different angles to attempt to capture the big, […]

‘The Force Unleashed II’: Here we go again

In 2008 LucasArts had a novel idea to make a game that takes place in the 19 years between the prequel and original trilogies of “Star Wars.” The game, titled “The Force Unleashed,” was successful enough to spawn a sequel that was released this week. With a bit of foresight that the game might not […]

It’s kind of a sad story, actually

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is a mish-mash of comedic and dramatic components. The film parades itself as a romantic comedy, while giving the audience a glimpse of a darker underlying story. The film’s extremely stylized format, while fitting for a romantic comedy, falters under the weight of the heavy issues that the film […]

Haiti relief gets grant

The Brandeis Haiti Initiative will host an ETE (Empowering Through Education) Camp celebration and promotional event on Monday as Shaina Gilbert ’10 returns to campus with counselors from the summer to share their experiences. The evening will have musical entertainment, refreshments and presentations from students about their time in Haiti this summer. Gilbert, who founded […]

Volleyball splits second day of Judges Classic

The Judges won one match 3-1 against Clarkson but lost another 0-3 against Tufts at the Judges Classic Saturday. The team also lost 3-1 in the first day of the classic against UMass Boston on Oct. 29. The Judges dropped the opener of the 2010 Judges Classic in Auerbach Arena with game scores of 25-15, […]

Men’s soccer suffers defeat by Chicago Maroon

The Judges’ men’s soccer team was defeated 1-0 by the University of Chicago Sunday on Stagg Field. The loss dropped the Judges to 9-6-1, 1-4-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while the Maroons improved to 8-7-1, 2-3-1 in the UAA. After a slow first half in which each team only got off three shots, […]

Selig, Norton post top three finishes at UAAs

For Brandeis’ cross country teams, Halloween weekend meant not costumes and candy but a trip to New York City and a race in the Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park. The Judges put forward a respectable showing at the New York University-hosted meet; the men’s team placed fourth and the women’s sixth in the University Athletic Association […]

Men’s basketball looks to build on strong ’09-’10 season

Last year, the Brandeis men’s basketball team finished with a 22-7 record (9-5 in conference play). From there, the Judges advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament for the second time in four seasons. If the Judges are to achieve a similar level of success, they will need to do […]

Gordy’s sport predictions

What is with the NFL this year? Teams that were on fire last year can’t seem to get hot streaks going. Furthermore, teams that should suck are beating the Super Bowl favorites. Not to mention off-field decisions are turning teams into train wrecks. A few statistics to consider: Last week my picks were 8-5, bringing […]

Women’s soccer loses UAA crown in Chicago

University of Chicago clinched the University Athletic Association (UAA) league title Sunday, as the Judges lost 2-0 at the away game. Had they won, the Judges could have moved into a tie for first place, but instead it was the first UAA crown for the Maroons since 1999. Chicago scored both goals in the first […]

Turf wars: Israeli-minded student groups dedicate week to Israel with different angles

Professor Noam Chomsky will speak on campus next Thursday as part of Israel Occupation Awareness Week, a series of events planned by Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) to advocate for the rights of Palestinians suffering under the occupation, Lev Hirschorn ’11, coordinator of Jewish Voice for Peace […]