Supreme Court to hear affirmative action case

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case of affirmative active in college admissions standards, it is unlikely any decision will radically change procedures at Brandeis, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel said. Even though Brandeis is a private university, it receives federal funding; therefore, the court’s decision in Fischer […]

Fifth Russian Culture Week brings together community

In the works since the beginning of the year, the fifth annual Russian Culture Week aims to increase the visibility of the Russian-speaking community at Brandeis through a combination of talent, high culture, activism and free food. “When I was a freshman, Russian Culture Week was really more like a day, where we just had […]

There’s no debate: BADASS ranks third in nation

The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (B.A.D.A.S.S.) is now ranked third in the nation, following victories at the Providence College and University of Connecticut tournaments last weekend. Brandeis trails behind only Columbia and Yale in the national rankings. At the Providence College tournament last weekend, B.A.D.A.S.S. prevailed with wins from Keith Barry ’13 and […]

Curving customary in science classes

Curving grades is a common practice for certain science classes at Brandeis. Science professors often explain that this is done due to the class’ high level of difficulty, meaning that, if these tests were not on a curve, students would do very poorly. Despite the apparently helpful nature of this practice, however, it remains unclear […]

Search continues for missing BC student

After another week of thorough searches, police still have no information on the whereabouts of missing Boston College student Franco Garcia. Garcia, 21, a chemistry major who lives at home with his parents in West Newton, has not been seen since the early morning of Feb. 22, when he attended a BC Mardi Gras celebration […]

Female Genital Mutilation reversible; biography of pioneering doctor presented at WSRC

The Women’s Studies Research Center presented a reading and discussion on Wednesday on a recently-translated book titled “Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldes, the Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris.” Translator Dr. Tobe Levin and author Hubert Prolongeau spoke about the continuation of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and what measures are being taken both to […]

Univ overlooked criminal record in hiring

Found unresponsive and allegedly inebriated in a car parked in Tower Lot, Pippin Ross, who has been teaching the Journalism in Broadcast Media class this semester, was taken into custody by Brandeis Police and transported to the Waltham Police Department for holding, the Justice reported on Tuesday. The following day, she was arrested by the […]

Honey Nut Cheerios: What are you actually eating?

Honey Nut Cheerios commercials boast about the cereal’s ability to lower your cholesterol, but do you really understand all of the ingredients on the food label that claim to have this effect on your body? Do you, in fact, even look at the food label? I know this task may seem annoying at first or […]

View from the top: Noah Fields

Like most students who come to Brandeis, I signed up for many clubs my first year that I never went to. At least for me, however, there were several clubs that I both sought out and remained involved with throughout my time here at Brandeis. These clubs have enabled me to become involved with other […]

The board of trustees: two members and their devotion to Brandeis

Dan Jick For trustee Dan Jick ’79, Brandeis is a family tradition. Connections with the university led Jick to create a scholarship in honor of his father, Leon, who served as a professor of Jewish History. Asserting the crucial and lifelong friendships that can be established during these years, Jick married a fellow Brandeis graduate […]

Professor assists in smuggling investigation

One year ago, eight Mayan pots were held suspect, unknown in legitimacy and legality, but on March 1, the artifacts were finally returned, with the help of Professor Charles Golden (ANTH), to the Guatemalan Embassy at a repatriation ceremony in Washington. Two of the eight artifacts, identified as authentic by Golden, made their way all […]

Fiennes makes exciting, contemporary ‘Coriolanus’

A seething crowd, organized in columns like a ragtag militia, marches toward a city center. Many of them carry cellphones primed to take photos. All of them possess a deep anger directed at the government—they’re outraged by the power of the elites, their tin ear toward their demands. No, this isn’t Tahrir Square or Zuccotti […]

‘Hilarity Ensues’: the title doesn’t lie

“Hilarity Ensues” is the third and final collection of short stories from the life of Tucker Max. Initially, I was concerned because the title seemed tame and I worried that this book would not be as ridiculous as the first two books: “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” and “Assholes Finish First.” I first […]

Raga musicians: a rare and valuable treat

This week, Brandeis welcomed three visiting musicians specializing in raga music, a form of Indian classical and folk music that uses templates to allow for improvisation rather than emphasizing specific compositions, and has also been long adapted into Afghani folk music. The trio is extremely diverse in origin, featuring Homayun Sakhi, a native of Kabul […]

'Glee' raises suicide awareness in season finale

We don’t always ask or expect TV shows to consider serious topics, looking instead for easy entertainment that makes us laugh or cry, but afterward sets us back on our feet to go about our lives. So when a TV series does take on a current and significant issue it’s commendable, especially if it’s one […]

Don’t ‘Bash: Latter Day Plays’

“Bash: Latter Day Plays,” put on by Free Play this weekend, is a show that’s particularly hard to swallow. On one hand, it is a show about Mormons and their sins that, given the background of Mormons, sounds terribly dull. As a result of the play, on the other hand, the writer Neil LaBute, was […]

Author Scott Carney discusses ‘The Red Market’

Last Wednesday night multiple Brandeis groups ranging from the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethics and the Student Union sponsored a lecture given by Scott Carney, a freelance investigative journalist who recently penned the book “The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers.” With […]

APAHM celebrates Asian American culture

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) hosted their opening ceremonies with the theme “Marking Our Mark” to honor the recent accomplishments and contributions from the Asian and Asian American community. This year marks the Brandeis Asian American Student Association’s (BAASA) 40th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the ICC, Intercultural Center (ICC). Cultural performances filled […]

‘GCB’ successfully replaces ‘Desperate Housewives’

With “Desperate Housewives” soon leaving the air, ABC took the opportunity to premiere its new show “GCB” (Good Christian Belles) this past Sunday. The series follows Amanda Vaughn, played by Leslie Bibb, the widow of a Ponzi scheme artist as she moves back to her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She is immediately a character for […]

Break it yourself

Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird’s newest album, “Break It Yourself” does not fail to meet the already astronomical standards set by his previous albums. Textured and complex, Bird’s new work manages to stay away from saccharine shoe-gazing or melancholic ballads that were popular this year from other folk-pop artists. The songs are meticulously composed and performed, with […]