Clubs at Brandeis with an artistic bend got the opportunity to introduce themselves to first-years at the activities fair on Sunday, Aug. 30.
One of the campus’ newest literary publication, Jaded, was in attendance. The literary magazine’s goal is to spark activism on campus, particularly concerning issues of cultural assimilation and immigration. The first issue came out last semester, and it is showcased not only poetry and prose, but also photography and comics that serve to represent discrimination and depict struggle, whether it be satirical, serious or a combination of both.
Cupcake Obsession, informally known as the Cupcake Club, presented their exquisitely decorated desserts in the hopes of luring new members. The group’s activities consist of baking and decorating cupcakes in a relaxed environment. The smell of fresh cupcakes brought me back home the first semester I was on campus and tried out the club for the first time. No baking experience is required and students get to be creative with frosting, fondant and other fun material used to adorn cupcakes. And of course, the best part about the club meetings is getting to eat your creation.
Another literary club on campus is Laurel Moon, a group of creative writers and anyone else interested in reading and writing works of literature. The works consist mostly of poetry and prose. At the beginning of the semester, students get a chance to workshop their pieces, as the semester carries on, the editorial board chooses which pieces are published and works on the magazine’s design. This publication is the oldest literary magazine on campus, and every year, the English department chooses a recipient for a Poetry Prize as well as a Fiction Prize.
Also at the fair was the Brandeis Israeli Cultural Club. Formerly known as the Brandeis Zionist Association, BICC rebranded itself to get rid of the political connotations that “Zionism” carries. The club gained momentum last semester, with President Tzlil Levy ’17 and Vice President Shayna Hertz ’17 working hard to preserve the club. They organized Tel-Aviv Club Night and an Israeli breakfast.
While all of Brandeis’ a cappella groups were recruiting in full force on Sunday, No Singer Clef Behind had a unique pitch of accepting anyone interested. An all-inclusive group, No Singer Clef Behind turns no one away. Sophomore Steven Hoffman founded the group last fall, and last spring, their semester was packed full of people clapping along with the songs.