Volleyball hosts first UAA round robin weekend

It was another busy week for the Brandeis women’s volleyball team as it played three opponents (Emory University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Rochester) in the University Athletic Association (UAA) round-robin and one regular season opponent, Roger Williams. To kick things off on Saturday, the Judges played Emory, last year’s national champions. The […]

When someone’s choking…

While eating out at a restaurant and relaxing with your friends and family, one of the last things on your mind would be the presence of a hazard, such as choking. However, according to the National Safety Council, choking is the fourth leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries. Knowing the steps to take […]

Brandeis students strike for climate justice

Among the thousands of people gathered in Boston City Hall Plaza for a national climate strike on Sept. 20 were close to two hundred Brandeis students—some skipping class for the day to show their support of addressing climate change.  The strike was one among a national series of protests inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old […]

Vaping-related illness takes eight lives

Bridge to Wellness (BTW) is a peer led group at Brandeis for educating and empowering students to prioritize well-being and practice healthy decision making around substance abuse, stress management, nutrition, fitness, and mental health. BTW works to strengthen access and connections between students and campus resources. Through active community involvement, BTW hopes to improve the […]

In the Senate 10/2

UPDATED: 10/17 6:56 p.m. The Senate passed an amendment to allow senators to enforce the Union code of conduct on Tuesday. The amendment allows senators to vote to punish Union members who violate the code of conduct, and if a two-third’s majority vote is reached, distribute punishment ranging from revoking access to the Student Union […]

My audience is my enemy: what’s the matter with gaming journalism?

“These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers—they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours.” This is what former editor-at-large Leigh Alexander concluded in her article on Gamasutra: “Gamers don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over.” This is why many games journalists—people who write reviews of games and cover […]

‘All My Heroes Are CornBalls’ review: CHRIS IS DISAPPOINTED

MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT ORGANIZED ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT THIS ALBUM BUT HERE I AM ANYWAY. Last Friday, Baltimore’s own Jpegmafia released the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album “Veteran,” “All My Heroes are Cornballs.” And man… I don’t know what else to say… I’ve never heard anything like this; it’s incredible.  OH SO YOU […]

Taste is more complicated than we think, says Dr. Kathrin Ohla

Taste, as we think of it, doesn’t really exist, according to human gustation researcher Dr. Kathrin Ohla. Our expectations, past social experiences, other sensory systems and the sequence in which food comes into our mouths help to shape our taste judgements, Ohla told an audience of students and faculty as part of the joint neuroscience/biology […]

Resilience Fair provides resources for students

The Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) atrium was transformed on Tuesday, Sept. 24 as the Resilience Fair set up shop, luring students to the event with Lizzy’s Ice Cream and booths peppered with candy and stickers. Lizzy’s donated ice cream for the event free of charge, and volunteers from the Department of Community Service helped dole […]

Sh*tfaced Shakespeare Presents ‘Macbeth, but Drunk’

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Brandeis’ Shakespeare society, Hold Thy Peace, sponsored a unique and unforgettable event. The group went to see Shitfaced Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth at The Rockwell in Boston. In this performance, the Bard’s infamous Scottish tragedy becomes one of his most outrageous comedies to ever grace the stage. This shift from tragedy […]

The difference between satire and trolling

Hate groups in the modern era have needed to devise unique ways of justifying or inserting their hateful beliefs in the mainstream. The public is generally culturally against such overt representations of racism or sexism, so hate groups are relegated to outsider status until they can find ways to permeate the collective social consciousness. In […]

Glee-watching: Season 1

Re-watching Ryan Murphy’s 2009 creation, “Glee,” was an accident at first, then a happy choice. Some might say this follows the same trajectory as the show itself. At the time the show was airing, I don’t think I made it further than season two. I got tired of the contrived plot lines and song covers. […]

‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’ review: a return to glorious insanity

If you have never watched “Invader Zim,” then I am sorry to inform you that you have missed out and frankly, should feel a little sad about it. Airing on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2006, the show, about an inept alien invader and the overzealous conspiracy theorist trying to expose him, was unlike most other […]

Lil Nas X’s Panini and a quick lesson on afrofuturism

“Ayy, Panini, don’t you be a meanie/Thought you wanted me to go up/Why you tryna keep me teeny?” sings Lil Nas X, surrounded by a gang of robot dancers. The 20-year-old country singer and rapper recently released the music video for his newest single “Panini” off his debut album “7.” The video features the “Old […]

On privilege

I immigrated with my mom from Bangladesh when I was four to join my dad who was then a photograph specialist at a shop in Cambridge, MA. I realize that while my parents may not be college educated, growing up in Cambridge has given me enormous privileges. I think it’s still hard for people to […]

SSIS advice column

Welcome back to the Student Sexuality Information Service (SSIS) column, where we answer any and all of Brandeis students’ questions about sex, sexuality, identity and relationships. If you have a question you’d like answered in our next column, email ssis@brandeis.edu or leave a question in the Google Form link on the Student Sexuality Information Service […]

Doing nothing: it’s okay

As I started classes this semester, I listened to every person in every class list their majors and minors, each person reciting a longer and longer list. At Brandeis we joke about everyone having more than one major, about the overachievers and the never-had-a-moment-to-breathers. And sitting in class as a first-semester senior listening to upperclassmen […]