Fencing teams triumph at Duke and Beanpot Tournament

The men’s fencing team has lost only two matches in their last two tournaments, and this success continued this past Saturday in Durham, North Carolina, at the Duke Invitational as they went 5-0. This performance was highlighted by a defeat of the 10th-ranked Duke University Blue Devils. Brandeis began strong against the host school, leading […]

Pre-Health advising staff turnover frustrates students

Monday, Feb. 10 welcomed the arrival of Brandeis’ new, full-time Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising Abby Voss, a new addition made soon after Surella Seelig left her position as a pre-health advisor. Pre-health students were made aware of the changes via a Feb. 6 email from Pre-Health Advising Director Misty Huacuja-LaPointe. Voss, a native of […]

Visiting professor explores haunting Jewish photography

On Monday, Feb. 10, David Shneer, a professor at the University of Colorado, gave a distinctive insight into perceptions of the Holocaust through photos. The event titled “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust,” was named after Shneer’s book published in 2011. Students, adults and people from the Waltham area attended the event, […]

Hooked on Tap delivers strong performance

Last Sunday, the SCC was clattering away with a room full of tap dancers, with a performance by Hooked on Tap. The show was about an hour long and was absolutely splendid. Being a tap dancer myself, I was inspired to get back into tap dancing after watching the show. Tap dancing may look like […]

Netflix debuts quality documentary on Mitt Romney

Netflix has transformed the way media has been released with production of original series like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” Their latest “Netflix exclusive” tackles a different medium—documentaries. Following the campaign of Mitt Romney through both the 2008 Republican primaries and his 2012 Presidential run, “Mitt” provides a comprehensive review of […]

‘The Lego Movie’ satisfies people of all ages

“The Lego Movie” is an animated comedy featuring the voices of well-known actors such as Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell. Disney fans out there may have seen the preview for this movie while trekking out in the snow to see “Frozen,” this year’s biggest animated hit. Seeing this preview before such an amazing […]

FA dept underfunded, endures poor facilities

The building lies two miles away from campus. Its windows are boarded shut. The staircase is on the outside, so to go upstairs students must step outside into the blistering cold. The floor has a thick layer of dust on it, and mousetraps lie under the stairs. The kitchen is so dirty that it looks […]

Sillerman Prize offers support for philanthropic college students

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management promotes philanthropy on campus “that advances social justice through research, education, practice and leadership development.” It sponsors Generous U, a nationwide contest that encourages philanthropic college organizations by having student groups compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and […]

’DEIS Impact recognizes the Roma conflict and human rights

Discrimination: It is a trend that has pervaded almost every country’s history since the dawn of time. When a group that is different arises and challenges the societal norm, those who meet the societal standard discriminate against the new minority, often feeling afraid of or intimidated by this anomaly. Among discriminated minorities, some well-known groups […]

Staff offered buyouts to decrease $6.5m deficit

An email sent out to the Brandeis University staff on Jan. 27 announced that the school is offering “voluntary early retirement buyout packages” to 150 staff members who are 60 years or older with 10 or more years of service at Brandeis by Apr. 1, 2014. This plan, which is entirely optional, would require those […]

Students protest Reinharz’s executive compensation

A group of about 15 students gathered outside the Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center this Thursday, in protest of Brandeis’ policy of executive compensation. The controversial policy, recently widely revealed in The Boston Globe, has drawn criticism for being the basis of the continued payment of former Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, who received $4.9 million of deferred […]

Controversy over Hindu prayer space in Harlan Chapel lends to an uncertain future

Last week, on Thursday, Feb. 6, a ceremony was to be held in the Harlan Chapel to celebrate the opening of a Hindu prayer space at Brandeis. It was organized as an attempt to advocate interfaith understanding and to provide Hindu students with the convenient provision of a prayer space. The ceremony, titled “Murthi Sthapana” […]

Univ. to improve crosswalk safety, collaborating with Waltham

Ellen de Graffenreid, senior vice president for communications, assures the community that Brandeis has commenced multi-faceted efforts to improve safety conditions surrounding the crosswalk on South Street. In the wake of a car accident that sent three student pedestrians to the hospital last week, de Graffenreid assures that Brandeis is cooperating with the city of […]

Tennessee moves toward free community colleges

In Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State address last week, he proposed that the Volunteer State offer free tuition to state residents at community colleges and technology centers. The program would be called the Tennessee Promise. If implemented, Tennessee would be the first state with such a system in place for its 80,000 […]

Stage management workshop offers important lessons for the professional workplace

Most of us aren’t stage managers. Some of us have never even attended a theater production. However, almost everyone is going to end up working in the professional world. It’s frightening, but inevitable. Leslie Chiu, director of production in the Department of Theater Arts, held a seminar called “Stage Management: The Art of Taking Care […]

Sex, drugs, and classical music

Sex, drugs and classical music are three terms not often used together. Yet Amazon emblazons all three across their promo for their new video pilot, “Mozart in the Jungle,” making for a surprisingly stellar show. “Mozart in the Jungle” hinges the on the New York classical music scene, arguably the highest echelon of classical music. […]

Broken Bells breaks free after the disco

Broken Bells, the American indie rock band composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, came out with their new album “After the Disco” on Feb. 4. Even though many fans seemed disappointed by the band’s new songs because they lack energy or any sort of dance groove to them, […]