Blending humanity with fairytale, ‘Into the Woods’ enthralls

“Into the Woods,” directed at Brandeis by Jessie Field ’13 and put on by the Free Play Cooperative, presents a twisted set of fairytales and takes them to conclusions far beyond where they began. The musical asks, in nearly three hours of song, the question really begged of fables: What happens after “happily ever after?” […]

University releases new framework for Strategic Plan

Provost Steve Goldstein released the preliminary framework for Brandeis’ strategic plan on Wednesday, highlighting the university’s commitments to social justice, global connections and selective academic excellence in new focus areas. “This proposed framework reshapes our practices in profound ways, guiding us toward the fulfillment of our founding vision while addressing today’s unique challenges,” Goldstein wrote […]

Union considers new senate position and club reforms

Proposed creation of a 567 Senator Student Union President Todd Kirkland ’13 announced his intention to propose the creation of a 567 quad senator at next week’s meeting. Under the current system, 567 and the Charles River Apartments share a senator. Kirkland explained the reasoning behind the proposed change. “Typically the person that gets elected […]

At faculty insistence, administration to make public more specific committee reports

After the new strategic plan’s preliminary framework was presented at the October faculty meeting Thursday, where several professors criticized its generality, President Fred Lawrence retook the floor and announced that a larger amount of information would be made public than originally intended. At the beginning of the forum, Provost Steve Goldstein had stressed broad principles […]

Student clubs host forum on Zionism

Students, professors and community members discussed the past, present and future of Zionism in the modern world during a forum in the international lounge Thursday evening. The event was co-sponsored by four on-campus Jewish organizations—BIPAC, J Street U, bView and Hillel—and featured commentary by student leaders, experts and members of the audience. The event was […]

Local hotels increase prices for Fall Fest weekend

As Fall Fest at Brandeis begins this Thursday with a flurry of activity, it is not only families, students and professors on campus who feel the excitement of this weekend each year. The hotel community in Waltham and surrounding towns is also highly aware of the arrival of relatives to Brandeis each October, marked by […]

Author Michael Nava presents ‘The City of Palaces’

Attorney and writer Michael Nava read excerpts from two of his books Thursday afternoon in a Shiffman classroom, showcasing his upcoming novel, “The City of Palaces.” Nava is most famous for his seven-book mystery series following the cases of gay lawyer Henry Rios. “Henry is gay because, well, I’m gay, and that is what I […]

BC Student Selected as First Ever UN Youth Observer

Brooke Loughrin, a junior at Boston College in the Presidential Scholars Program has been selected as the first ever United States Youth Observer at the United Nations. Loughrin is originally from Seattle, Wash. and has spent extensive time abroad in India, Senegal, Iran, Turkey, Nicaragua and Tajikistan. According to the UNA-USA, the youth observer position […]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Affirmative Action case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments challenging affirmative action on Wednesday in the case of Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin. In Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, the Court—under Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s use of limited racial preference, ruling that race could be a factor in admissions, […]

Rabbi Zirkind promotes Sherman as a ‘home away from home’

A common sight in and around Sherman Dining Hall, Rabbi Chayim Zirkind truly believes that Sherman is a place where students can feel at home. Zirkind’s occupation seems fitting for him. While he did not always know that he wanted to become a rabbi, he was always conscious of his interest in the religious field. […]

Alum builds on Peace Corps experience in conservation biology career

In a remote village along the Bay of Antongil in Madagascar, a small cluster of local children excitedly follow an American woman’s trail. To onlooker Dan Perlman, Associate Provost and Professor of Biology at Brandeis, their smiling faces say it all. “We’d walk through the town, and a cloud of children would run after her […]

Shared passion of basketball and music inspires student rappers

Having always possessed a love for music, Ishmael Kalilou ’15 anticipates his upcoming performance alongside peers Youri Dascy and Connor Arnold at Chums later this month. Despite the fact that it will be his first live performance rapping to an audience, Kalilou is not plagued by nerves, but rather looks forward to the event with […]

64 years ago, Univ celebrated founding

This past week marked the 64th anniversary of Brandeis University’s founding. When originally founded on Oct. 7, 1948, President Abram Sachar delivered a speech at Symphony Hall in Boston, accepting his position of office at the newly founded university. In his speech, Sachar focused on the birth of Brandeis, with its “procession, which includes delegation […]

Professors analyze the art of Carl Van Vechten

Brandeis’ Close Looking series kicked off this Wednesday in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall with a look at the work of Carl Van Vechten, an artist with a diverse career that included photography. While the program started a half an hour late, the discussion, led by Professors Nancy Scott (FA) and Faith Smith (AAAS) quickly began […]

“Or,” shows that free love can abound, even in Classical Europe

In the Shapiro Campus Center Theater on Thursday, Brandeis Players began their weekend-long run of “Or,” a play by Liz Duffy Adams. The Brandeis Players are a member of the Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC), the umbrella organization that helps to organize a large portion of Brandeis’ undergraduate theater. “Or,” was the second play directed by […]

No one and the Somebodies proves that rock runs in families

Saturday’s Chums concert brought an impressive variety of musical genres to the coffeehouse, which was made even greater because two of the bands shared members. Though attendance was weak due to late publicity, the performers had a strong and free-spirited presence. First on the bill was Big Mess, filling in for Turbosleaze, due to internal […]

Women’s tennis team rolls over Simmons 9-0 sweep

The women’s tennis team swept Simmons College 9-0 on Monday in their last dual match of the fall season. With the sweep, the Judges improved to 1-1 this fall, rebounding after their 9-0 loss to Tufts last month. Playing without team captain Faith Broderick ’13 at No. 2, All-American Carley Cooke ’15 led the charge […]

No. 22 women’s soccer improves to 10-1-1

During the women’s soccer team game last Thursday against Babson, the Judges showed a dominating performance, winning 4-1. In their second game against Case Western on Saturday, the slow play ended in a draw for both sides. The match was defined by stellar goalkeeping and an up-and-down pace that exploded into scoring chances for both […]

Volleyball rebounds with 3-0 at Emerson

The women’s volleyball team won their second straight match this week, beating the visiting Emerson College Lions in three straight sets on Wednesday, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23. The win brings the Judges record to 13-7. The team is now ranked 12th in New England. Wednesday night saw Liz Hood ’15 and Lauren Berens ’13 each with […]

Siegel and Krems reach finals of ‘A’ flight doubles at Wallach Invite

Last weekend the men’s tennis team competed in its final event for the fall season, the James Wallach Invitational tournament hosted by Bates College. Highlights of the doubles events included performances by the Judges pairs in the ‘A’ flight. The pair of Alec Siegel ’15 and Mitch Krems ’16 reached the finals of the ‘A’ […]