Union secures limited Riverside shuttle test run

Even with campus BranVans and shuttle buses regularly running into Waltham and Boston, Brandeis students seeking to explore other cities and towns in the greater Boston area find public transportation difficult to navigate and avail themselves. Most college students live on a tight budget and only upperclassmen are allowed to have cars, limiting transportation options. […]

TSA raises money for Turkey quake

Brandeis students have mobilized after a disaster occurred across the world, calling for aid for the victims of an earthquake in the eastern portion of Van, a province of Turkey. The Turkish Students Association was revived after news of the last devastating quake and has begun to fundraise after an aftershock created additional damage and […]

Waltham mayor wins third term

Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy won re-election for her third term in office Tuesday, beating her 22-year-old challenger, Andrew Wirth, by 89 percent. Wirth, this year’s surprise candidate, began his campaign by breaking a world record and gaining a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by spinning the Guinness Book itself on his right […]

Strategic plans topic of faculty meeting

President Fred Lawrence once again promised faculty communication in the upcoming strategic planning process at the November faculty meeting last Thursday, with Provost Steve Goldstein announcing that the launch of the university-wide review would begin Monday. “We keep coming to this topic, but it’s critically important,” Lawrence said, “and I’ve answered a lot of questions […]

‘Deis Dems canvass for Obama in New Hampshire

The Brandeis Democrats joined in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign, canvassing in New Hampshire last Sunday as Democrats tried to build momentum, while Republican candidates draw attention in debates ahead of early primaries this winter. Sasha Beder ’14, the Organizing for America Liaison at the Brandeis Democrats, explained how volunteers went door-to-door, focusing on […]

In hall of orators, a closer look at anti-Semitism

Seventy-three years to the day after the tragedy of Kristallnacht, despite persistent efforts on the part of the Anti-Defamation League and its allies, anti-Semitism survives and, at times, thrives. But, according to both Justice Louis Brandeis and university President Frederick Lawrence, “the answer to bad speech is more speech.” The Anti-Defamation League on Monday held […]

Dance groups ‘Take the Lead’ at annual Dancefest

As a broad exhibition of the many dance styles at Brandeis, Dancefest 2011 at Levin Ballroom on Nov. 9 presented a hefty two hours of passionate dancers sharing what they love with an enthusiastic and engaged audience. Each routine was an engaging and truly enjoyable experience, with styles ranging from hip-hop to African dance to […]

Documentary explores homosexuality in Israel

The 45-minute documentary “Mom and Dad: I Have Something to Tell You”—shown as part of “Out in Israel Month”—has something to say not only to parents of gay children in Israel, but to all people in every country. The documentary was presented at a screening this past Monday at the Wasserman Cinematheque on campus and […]

‘Godot’ well worth the wait

The show begins with a ragged man trying to remove his boot. He yelps in anguish as he fails to remove it. Another man appears, almost as scruffy looking, and does not assist in removing the boot. Eventually, the first man gets it off, looks inside and notices nothing is there. This is how “Waiting […]

Lethem shares ‘The Ecstasy of Influence’ at reading

I’ve never been the biggest fan of author readings. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy them but you have to admit they’re strange things. Whenever an author stands up to speak, I’m always taken by the thought that those of us in the audience are like spectators at a zoo. And, just as […]

‘Improv Asylum’ provides a crazy good time

We were crammed into a hot and sweaty basement surrounded by slightly drunk people. The group settled behind us was a little too drunk, laughing too loudly at nothing. We were sitting there, waiting for the show to begin, a little nervous. That was how my evening at Improv Asylum in the North End began […]

‘Project Runway’ winner impresses in finale

Millions gazed as gold-splattered patterns brimming with vibrancy flowed down the runway, sleek reflections of mirrored pieces glittered before the audience’s eyes and innovative spectacles of plastic garments pranced alongside polished, creamy designs. “Project Runway” had reached its momentous season nine finale locale, the runway show at Mercedes-Benz fashion week, where only four talented and […]

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‘Rocket Science’ An indie film about a 15-year-old stutterer learning to debate sounds questionable. Combine that with an obsessive-compulsive kleptomaniac for an older brother and a father walking out, and it sounds pretty awful. “Rocket Science,” however, pulls this background together and creates a charming protagonist in the form of Hal (Reese Thompson). Hal is […]

Into the arms of the angels: Saving the Kinderlachen

During the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to reunite my grandmother’s third and fourth cousins, Rolf Hess, Ruth Hilb Hamburger and Hanne Hirsch Liebmann. Not only do Rolf, Ruth and Hanne share a common lineage, they also each survived the Holocaust. They were the sole survivors of their family because of the efforts of […]

8,000 miles and a war between us

When Beth Bowman ’11 was at Brandeis, she was an International and Global Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies major, an IMES Undergraduate Department Representative, a member of the Equestrian Team and an active participant in many other clubs and organizations. After graduating, Bowman chose to take a year off and combine her two […]

Sharing art with Ghanaian children

In the spring of 2009, Jessye Kass ’13 was another ordinary high school senior, anxiously awaiting acceptance letters from colleges. After the grueling process, Kass was accepted to Brandeis and decided to enroll shortly thereafter. “Ultimately, I ended up choosing Brandeis because of the midyear option,” Kass said. “I knew I wanted to be teaching […]

Teaching English in Japan: a midyear’s experience

Every year, Brandeis Admissions staff offers a group of incoming students the chance to join the Brandeis community in the spring semester, when there is more available campus housing and classroom space. These students, called midyears, often spend their fall semester participating in internships, taking classes at other universities, or traveling abroad. With their available […]

Challenge accepted: Judges will host the finals

Brandeis University forward Lee Russo ’13 scored two goals off of headers early in the first half and late in the second half to lead the top-seeded Judges past the eighth-seeded Southern Vermont College 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Division III New England championship tournament. Russo put the Judges on the scoreboard at […]

Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Big Money

As the West Virginia football team battles its Big East opponents on the gridiron, West Virginia University lawyers will be fighting a different battle against the Big East. The Mountaineers recently accepted a bid to join the Big 12 and leave the crumbling Big East conference, which recently lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, […]

Volleyball ends season with tournament in New York

Last weekend the Judges volleyball team participated in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by New York University. In the first match the Judges were paired against top-seeded Emory, the second-ranked team in the country. Unsurprisingly, the Eagles rose above the Judges with set scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-11. Leading the offensive charge […]