Fundraising style shifted with Brandeis presidential transition

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Overlooking the fairway greens and still water ponds that make up senior citizen paradise at Boca Greens Country Club here, at 86 years old Rosalind Schacknow remembers vividly the day when the Brandeis library received the millionth book in her time as president of the National Committee’s Boca Raton chapter. “When […]

Textbook costs rise with frequent updated editions

In a time when economic hardship is becoming the norm, college students feel yet another aspect of university life draining more money out of their wallets: textbooks. While textbooks have always been expensive, students have seen a significant increase in the release of new editions. As many students began to register for classes and look […]

Linsey Pool opens with full house

After much anticipation, the Linsey Pool opened to festivities last weekend. Despite multiple inches of snow, Brandeisians turned out for a grand-opening pool party, complete with mechanical shark, photobooth, free pizza and an appearance by the president’s wife. Open at 7:30 a.m., Linsey Pool is already being regularly used by sports teams for practice, as […]

Obama starts challenge on tuition

President Obama prodded the nation about the growing gap between the necessity of higher education and the ability to afford it in his third State of the Union address Thursday evening. The president held colleges and universities accountable for their rising tuition bills, claiming that taxpayers’ funds will subsequently decrease if tuition continues to rise. […]

Study Abroad fair highlights travel opportunities

Representatives from the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad Thursday invited representatives from a selection of the university’s 250 approved study abroad programs to a mini study abroad fair in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium. The university approves programs in 70 different countries worldwide. Most popular study abroad locations include the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Denmark, […]

IBS showcases business internships

A Thursday night event at Brandeis’ International Business School featured six speakers in the fields of business, finance and banking, from companies such as State Street Corporation, Santander Sovereign Bank and BYN Mellon Wealth Management, who came to speak to the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). These vice presidents, executive directors […]

BSF gets large donation, awards much of it

The Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF), which provides grant money to students who wish to pursue “green” projects and initiatives on campus, has awarded projects including a recycling machine and a green laundry system more than $20,000 of its grant fund to bring green innovation to the Brandeis University campus. To work on green initiatives with […]

Univ. research connects classroom to marketplace

Federal research and development efforts are failing to make the most of basic and applied research occurring in universities in communities across the country, according to a recent report from the Center for American Progress. It elaborated, saying that the current relationship between federal, academic and private enterprise was detrimental to economic development. Professor Eve […]

ENVS Professor aqquires local farm

Brian Donahue, associate professor of American environmental studies, recently bought a 170-acre farm in Gill, Massachusetts. After three decades working on a community farm in Weston and teaching students about landscape and conservation, his long-term goal has finally been realized. Presently on sabbatical, Donahue is currently completing a study of Eastern woodlands, in addition to […]

Birren draws on value of sciences as dean

One semester into her new role as dean of Arts and Sciences, Susan Birren has transitioned from her position as teacher to administrator by drawing on her science background and training, to focus on the connections between science and humanities, teaching and research. A biologist by profession, Birren’s challenge is to advance President Fred Lawrence’s […]

Transitional Year Program inspires students to excel

Alyssa Green ’14, the 2010-11 Transitional Year Program (TYP) senator, grew up in a self-described turbulent household. The challenges Green now faces as a college student are incomparable to the various struggles thrown her way since her childhood. As a result, Green has brought a new perspective on daily life to Brandeis. At first, Green […]

Undergraduate Art Show opens with student-only gallery

Large, distinctive eyes stand out from the round face of one painting, a mix of soft blue watercolors and thick paint; someone comments that it was drawn by taping a bowl to the wall and painting the distorted image. On the other side of the gallery is a torn piece of paper with dark marks […]

Modern-day ‘Sherlock Holmes’ thrives

On Jan. 15, the BBC aired the second season finale of its modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective novels starring the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes, titled “Sherlock.” The show, which chronicles the adventures of the world’s only consulting detective and his loyal companion John Watson, is uniquely structured with each season consisting of […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ in 3D

At the 9 p.m. screening of the award-winning classic “Beauty and the Beast” that I attended, the audience uniformly consisted of college-aged students. Although the Disney franchise is definitely trying to relive the Disney Renaissance by repackaging old movies and making them “new,” they are still directed toward the same audience, just 10 years older. […]

‘Fountainhead’ a good read beneath the controversy

“The Fountainhead,” penned by Ayn Rand in 1943, remains controversial to this day, partly due to occurrences in the novel but more so because of Ayn Rand herself. The founder of a political movement called objectivism, Ayn Rand has often been viewed as being too extreme, either in a conservative or libertarian sense. She believed […]

Hidden Gems of iTunes

I always enjoy finding singles by unknown artists on iTunes. They are often better than current mainstream artists. In contrast to hearing the same Top 40 song in the grocery store, the melodies and lyrics of unknown artists are often more meaningful and familiar to my ear. This was once again the case when I […]

Student artist turns Brandeis into a playground

College students, not young children, play on the shiny red swings hanging from white ropes across campus. Some swings mysteriously appeared without explanation in the fall and now nine swings fill the campus, stretching from the Shapiro Campus Center to Rabb. Students frequently talk about the swings and enjoy them on study breaks but few […]

Arts Recommends

‘My Summer of Love’ On the surface, “My Summer of Love” seems like a movie whose only angle is featuring a lesbian couple, half of which has a cockney accent. After some time though, it becomes very clear that the film is not about that at all; it is about the difference between storytelling and […]

You Know We’re Right: First-year freakout!

Dear Leah and Morgan, I am a second-semester first-year and I have no idea what I am going to study at Brandeis. This past fall, I took my UWS and three other classes that interested me. I intentionally didn’t focus my classes in any one area, hoping that studying a variety of things would help […]

Judges rebound with overtime victory at Chicago

This past Sunday, the Brandeis men’s basketball team defeated the University of Chicago, 97-89, in a thrilling overtime UAA conference matchup. The Judges endured a spectacular 44-point performance by Chicago senior guard Matt Johnson with two sensational games from guards Vytas Kriskus ’12 and Tyrone Hughes ’12 to go along with strong bench play. Kriskus […]