How Brandeis’ new gen. ed. proposal compares to Boston-area colleges

For the first time in 23 years, Brandeis is fully revising its General Education Requirements. If the new plan is approved the number required courses will change from 11 to 13, with the addition of requirements in Digital Literacy and Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the U.S. The new requirements would take effect in 2019 […]

Take action to Save Ohno

Brandeis is taking part in the Save Ohno competition this October. SaveOhno, a national organization that holds competitions at many universities, encourages students to improve their sustainability efforts and raise their environmental awareness. By fostering healthy competition between students—and with the added bonus of Patagonia prizes for the top three teams—SaveOhno is a great way […]

A writing class for scientists

For the more scientifically inclined first-year, a required writing seminar may seem a little daunting. Luckily, Brandeis’ diversity of seminars includes classes that stray from a typical literature course—-classes like “Darwinian Dating: The Evolution of Human Attraction.” Professor Elissa Jacobs has a Ph.D. in biological anthropology, focusing on primatology and evolutionary biology. She has taught […]

Learning writing through popular culture

As part of the undergraduate general university requirements, first year students are required to take a University Writing Seminar (UWS) for the purposes of coaching students on how to write in a university setting. Though required courses such as the UWS class are frequently dreaded by students, UWS offers a variety of topics offered by […]

Lisman lab discovers key to long-term memory, furthering research on Alzheimer’s and addiction

Since the 1980’s, Professor John Lisman ’66 (BIOL) has investigated the relationship between memory and calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase (CaMKII). On Sept. 27, Lisman’s Lab’s breakthrough study demonstrating that CaMKII stores long-term memories was published in the online edition of “Neuron,” a peer-reviewed neuroscience journal. The discovery, achieved through experimentation on rats by the lab […]

Indigenous People’s Day inspires campus discussion

Faculty, Massachusetts Bay organizations and student groups hosted programs at the Second Annual Indigenous People’s Day Teach-In in the Intercultural Center on Monday, Oct. 9. The event featured presentations and lead informative discussions. In one of the six presentations, Roba Bulga, a Sustainable International Development student, showed a video on a short case study of […]

Students compete in sustainability contest to learn, improve habits and win prizes

SaveOhno, a competition to improve and promote sustainability efforts on college campuses, is happening at Brandeis from Oct. 9 to Oct. 21, coinciding with Global Climate Change week. Students can earn points by signing petitions, attending campus events, eating vegan for a day and more, working to support the environment and earn prizes from Patagonia. […]

Stop Production on “Buyer Beware”

On Sept. 26, 2017, the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts and Brandeis administrators held a meeting in which they decided to reschedule “Buyer Beware,” a play written by Brandeis alum Michael Weller ’65 and directed by Sam Weisman ’73, from Nov. 2017 to Feb. 2018. The reason for the play’s delay and eventual rescheduling was […]

The pros of COMP classes

As all Brandeis students come to know, in the summer before arriving on campus they must write a timed essay in order to be placed into a University Writing Seminar (UWS), a requirement for all students. However, some students must first take a Composition course before enrolling in a UWS their second semester. Professor Marsha […]

Seniors Reflect on UWS

“As a senior reflecting on your time at Brandeis, how did UWS impact your college career?” “More so than the content of what I studied in the course, I really learned a lot from the…formatting of the whole thing. I never again had to write a lens essay, but I always felt confident that I […]

Expanding the Brandeis bubble

The socio-cultural conditions at Brandeis create a community starkly different from the rest of the country, and we should be aware of that. I come from a town east of Pittsburgh, on the border of what some call “Pennsyltucky.” “Pennsyltucky” refers to the center and northwestern regions of Pennsylvania, the more rural portion of the […]

Brandeisians tackle Kafka in stunning adaptation of ‘The Metamorphosis’

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” That’s the first line of Franz Kafka’s deeply unsettling 1915 masterpiece novella, “The Metamorphosis.” As the first line and the title elude, the story follows a down-on-his-luck salesman who—somehow—gets transformed into a gigantic insect. […]

Masterfully directed and performed ‘Woyzeck’ fills theater with emotion

Paranoia. Guilt. Infidelity. Peas. What do all of these things have in common? This past weekend, the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts presented the play “Woyzeck” by Georg Büchner in the Merrick Theater of the Spingold Theater. The opening night performance on Friday, Oct. 6 was packed, with chairs forming a semicircle on the floor […]

The brilliance behind FX comedy series ‘Better Things’

Last fall, two new high-profile comedies premiered on FX. One was “Atlanta,” a mold-breaking comedy series by actor/rapper/wunderkind Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), that became acclaimed by both audiences and critics pretty much right out of the gate. But the other innovative show—one that placed women at the forefront—was Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things.” Now in […]

TSA’s Nightmarket brings authentic international cuisine to Brandeis campus

The Taiwanese Student Association (TSA)’s annual Nightmarket lit up the Fellows Garden outside of the SCC on Saturday, Oct. 7. For an evening, the Garden was transformed into a traditional night market, complete with string lights hanging on trees and pop music playing over loudspeakers. In traditional night markets in Taiwan, vendors set up stalls […]

‘Wonderful Wonderful’ lives up to its title as The Killers finally make a comeback

There has not been a scarcity of well established indie and alternative artists releasing new music within the past few months. New releases this past spring and summer from Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal, The Man, Foo Fighters and Halsey clearly justify this statement. One particular group in the indie scene […]

Volleyball takes two at Homecoming

On Saturday, the Brandeis women’s volleyball team took on Gordon College and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The Judges swept both teams in the Homecoming round-robin style tournament. The Judges beat Gordon College 3-0 in their first game of the day with scores of 25-15, 25-22, 25-15. They dominated their opponent in aces more […]

Men’s soccer wins at Homecoming

The men’s soccer team took on Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in a University Athletic Association (UAA) match-up this past Saturday as part of the Homecoming festivities. The Judges are ranked #18 by, while CMU is ranked #12 by However, the Judges proved themselves worthy competitors with a 2-0 shutout win Saturday. The Judges […]

Brandeis Athletics hosts annual Homecoming event

The weekend of Oct. 7-8 was a big weekend for Brandeis Athletics as it hosted a variety of events honoring the “homecoming” of alumni across all programs. The events catered to both the returning alumni, looking to reconnect with their achievements in the athletic realm, as well as current student-athletes, who were able to engage […]

Politicization of sports has brought this country to a new low

For many Americans, watching sports is an escape. Whether it be to avoid politics, a stressful situation at home or simply a way to relax after a long day at work, sports give many people a necessary break from the various stresses that consume their everyday lives. That’s why President Trump’s comments and the subsequent […]