Community mourns death of Alexa Christakos

A vibrant member of the Brandeis community, Alexa Christakos ’11, died Sept. 4 in a motorcycle accident in New Hampshire. She and the motorcycle driver, Michael Gazeaud, 36, were pronounced dead at the scene. She was an American Studies and Philosophy major. “Alexa was a witty, gracious and congenial young woman. A proud Greek-American, she […]

Rosbash named Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

The university named Professor Michael Rosbash the Patricia and Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience last week. Rosbash is widely esteemed by his peers and colleagues and has received countless awards in his field throughout his professional career. Not only does Rosbash teach classes in the Neuroscience Department at Brandeis, but his research has also […]

Harvard drops to fourth place in World University Rankings

Harvard’s ranking in the Times Higher Education, a magazine based in London, fell to fourth this year. Two years ago, Harvard sat at the top of the list. Last year it lost to the California Institute of Technology. This year, Harvard switched spots with Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) usurped Princeton’s spot […]

Len Gerzon ’80 runs for New Hampshire State Representative

Brandeis alum Len Gerzon ’80 is running for a seat as a State Representative in the New Hampshire legislature. Gerzon is running as a Democrat, against Republican Laurie Sanborn, who has served as the deputy assistant majority leader in the State House of Representatives. Both Gerzon and Sanborn ran unopposed in their primary elections on […]

Lurie Institute presents lecture on disability policy

Aaron Bishop, the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the U.S. Congress and the president on disability policy, spoke Thursday at the Irving Schneider and Family Building on “Disability Policy Beyond Politics: Building Blocks for a Better Future.” The lecture was the second in a series of […]

Social Justice Committee unites to fight sexual harassment

The Student Union, which acts as a liaison between students and their administration, says that fighting sexual harassment is the main priority of the Social Justice Committee this year. “I would love the students to maintain great communication with whoever becomes the university investigator, called the Special Examiner,” Park said. This year in Director of […]

Economic situations of minority children discussed at Heller

Professor Dolores Acevedo-Garcia (HS), Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, spoke Tuesday at the Irving Schneider and Family Building in a lecture titled “Using Data and Policy Indicators to Monitor Diversity and Equity Among America’s Children.” Acevedo-Garcia, the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, […]

EcoGrounds café celebrates its grand opening

EcoGrounds, the new Library coffee shop, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party after a week of serving coffee and pastries to eager library-goers. Located in the Goldfarb Library’s Green Room, EcoGrounds is an expansion of Java City, the coffee shop hidden inside the Heller School. EcoGrounds is a brand […]

BOLLI school seeks connection with Brandeis students

Brandeis offers a range of graduate school programs including the Heller School and International Business School, but Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) provides resources for a different demographic. The program provides liberal arts classes to people ranging in age from 50-95 and has almost 500 members. Nationally, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes serve students at […]

Alumni battles with cancer stress importance of health insurance

While it may seem that health insurance shouldn’t be a top priority for people in their twenties, an age group normally assumed to be healthy, Allison Morse ’10 tells a story to the contrary. Now working in the university’s alumni office, Morse spent five years getting misdiagnosed before finally realizing that she had Stage IV […]

Quidditch team combines athletics with friendship

The Quidditch team is often seen practicing on Chapels Field, running like mad amid giant hoops, volleyballs flying abound, some players chasing and others keeping guard, and all the while each playing while holding a broom between their legs. Needless to say, this team is a favorite among campus tour groups. But what looks like […]

Diverse scholarships available to students

Beyond the Alumni and Friends Scholarship, a constituent of the need-based financial aid package, students possess the opportunity to apply for a vast array of scholarship and grant programs associated with diverse disciplinary fields. Ranging in scope from competitive nationally-based scholarship programs to Brandeis specific research grants, the criteria to determine eligibility for such prestigious […]

Twin Shadow and Silent Drape Runners electrify Chums

Chums hosted a concert last Saturday following the Santigold and Theophilus London show put on by Student Events. Serving as a type of after party, the concert was attended by a sizeable crowd and tickets were free but had to be acquired at the WBRS station in the campus center. Anticipating a large crowd, the […]

Santigold flourishes at fall concert

Santigold made her highly publicized Brandeis debut last Saturday with opener Theophilus London. The performance was well worth the $10 ticket cost, although vouchers for half-price tickets were available for two days after the concert was announced. Both acts were poppy and infectious, and the crowd was left buzzing with energy. Theophilus London was born […]

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff Meg Rosoff’s “How I Live Now” tells the story of a teenage girl called Daisy, who is sent away by her broken New York family to live with unknown cousins in the British countryside. The story begins lighthearted and adventurous, as the children enjoy an idyllic farm life […]

Alum seeks living kidney transplant

For Brandeis alum and 29-year-old Julia Kleyman, days filled with dialysis treatment, check ups and donor searches now replace her old hours spent working in the scientific instruments industry. Diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at age 17 but suffering from kidney failure since this April, Kleyman described the search for a living kidney transplant as […]

Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan awes in Arabic and English alike

Thursday evening, the creative writing department presented a reading by poets Fady Joudah and Ghassan Zaqtan. Dr. Fady Joudah, an accomplished poet, physician and translator, won the 2012 PEN USA Literary Award for Translation for his Arabic-to-English translation of acclaimed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s “If I Were Another.” Dr. Joudah also works as an emergency […]

For the final season, a very different “Fringe”

In the world of science fiction, J.J. Abrams has become something of a king, creating the long-running show “Lost,” with an almost cult-like, devotional fanbase despite a near-incomprehensible plot, in addition to directing the latest “Stark Trek” movie and it’s forthcoming sequel. With so much success, it’s sad to see another of Abrams’ projects fall […]

Boris’ Kitchen Amazes at “The Old Sh*t Show”

On Thursday night, Boris’ Kitchen put on “The Old Sh*t Show” in the Merrick Theater in Spingold. From the way people packed tightly into the dance studio-esque room, it was apparent that the sketch group has a solid group of fans. The audience consisted mainly of current Brandeis students, although parents and former members of […]

Cooke and Broderick rebound from first match with strong performance at ITA

At the ITA New England Regionals this past weekend, the women’s tennis team bounced back from their disappointing performance against Tufts in their opening match of the season. After being swept 9-0 by the Jumbos the week before, Carley Cooke ’15 and Faith Broderick ’13 led the Judges with a strong performance. The doubles pair […]