Panel discusses the future of Black Lives Matter during the Biden Presidency

Angela Glover-Blackwell, the 2014 Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life fellow, is optimistic for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement following the Biden administration’s calls for a “true multiracial democracy,” she said during a panel discussing the future of the movement with the Biden presidency.  Having participated in the Black Power movement during […]

University enforcement polemic

The rules that Brandeis has put in place in response to COVID-19 are very effective, in theory. These rules are superficially very stringent and there are frequent modifications to these rules to stay up-to-date on new information. Some of these rules include wearing a mask while on campus, limiting the capacity of public spaces and […]

TikTok cooks up something special with the ‘ratatousical’

The year 2020 was full of creative ways to showcase art, but 2021 might’ve started with the most innovative yet: a virtual musical plucked straight from the trending pages of social media. “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,” aka the “ratatousical,” is a wholesome virtual joy that turned the beloved Pixar movie about a rat named Remy […]

‘The Vigil:’ a Hasidic horror movie

A beautifully reimagined take on a person’s internal demons personified, “The Vigil” (2019), directed by Keith Thomas, manages to be touching, engaging and scary despite its low budget and well-worn premise. A Hasidic community, often only used as the setting for a documentary or harrowing TV drama, serves as a unique background for this demonic […]

‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’—Bruce Lee and Bruce Wayne

Despite its title, “Batman: Soul of the Dragon” is not a typical Batman movie. In fact, it’s not a Batman movie at all—it’s a loving tribute to the Bruce Lee films of the 1970s. The movie takes clear inspirations from Bruce Lee’s filmography, primarily “Enter the Dragon” (1973). The film stands out from the crowd […]

‘The Wilds’ is for every young woman who’s felt brutalized by their teenage years

Amazon Prime’s “The Wilds” is the perfectly harrowing, heart-pounding escape that everyone needs to experience. Released in December 2020, this show tells a winding tale of how eight high school girls from different backgrounds get stranded on a deserted island. At first glance, the show seems something of the caliber of “Lost” and “Lord of […]

Sundance Film Festival finally goes virtual

Every year, the transition week between January and February has allowed me the opportunity to do two things: live vicariously through coverage of the Sundance Film Festival and pine for the day when I will be able to experience it for myself. Unfortunately, reality suggests that day will not be arriving in the near or […]

Meaning in life and why it matters

The title of this article is daunting and just as a quick disclaimer, no I am not attempting to discover the meaning of life now (that’s a different article for the future). What I will be doing in this article is talking about a man who helped me and hundreds of students like me discover […]

Zoom class reforms are not working

If you’ve had humanities courses or probably any course on Zoom this past week, you probably have noticed slight changes in the way how professors are formatting class schedules and rules. It seems to me the university has talked to professors in an attempt to re-organize and better the way Zoom classes are held and […]

My recent Starbucks craving

Maybe I’m a little too late to the party, but I’ve recently really started to like Starbucks. I’ve never been super into caffeine; to be honest, I’ve actually been somewhat scared of it. I have seen plenty of people that seem to have become completely dependent on caffeine, either through coffee or energy drinks, to […]

Pothos: The perfect plant for your dorm

The pothos, Epipremnum aureum or “devil’s ivy,” is the gem of the novice planter’s world. Observe the allure of its emerald leaves, waxy spades flecked in gold and the subtle spiral of its endlessly unfurling tendrils. A king of propagation, the pothos is undaunted by carelessness and such paltery forces as sunlight and entropy. If […]

SSIS advice column

Welcome back to the 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 or leave a question in the Google Form link on the Student Sexuality Information Service Facebook page. Any and […]

The end of an era: Barcelona F.C’s downfall

It is incredibly painful to watch Barcelona’s latest 4-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, especially for anyone who fell in love with the game of soccer in the late 2000s or early 2010s. The appointment of the legendary midfielder Josep (Pep) Guardiola as the manager during the summer of 2008 marked the beginning of a new […]

In the Senate, Feb. 14

The Senate voted and passed the motion to change Brandeis Chabad’s constitution. This organization “provides the Brandeis community with enriching Jewish experiences with the intent of promoting spiritual growth,” and, despite its religious connection, is open to all students of all backgrounds. Among the emphasis on the open membership policy, the changes also include updates […]

A recipe for the “perfect” mini-movie

It is not surprising that Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) would release a mini-movie considering the new food options on their menu. Buckets of grease are their specialty, both in chicken form and in Mario Lopez’s hair gel as he plays Harlan Sanders in this cluster fork of a mini-movie. This mini-movie, called “A Recipe for […]

Wendy’s breakfast experiment

This past winter break, we finally got around to trying some of the things on the Wendy’s breakfast menu. Wendy’s has done breakfast since March 2020, so how have two avid fast food reviewers like ourselves not tried it before now? Well, there are two simple reasons: First and foremost, Wendy’s breakfast is only offered […]

Trevor Bauer to the Dodgers?!

The Los Angeles Dodgers, 2020 World Series champions and the best team in baseball, have somehow gotten even better. Possibly the most coveted free agent of this offseason, starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, has signed with the Dodgers. It was difficult to predict where Bauer would go entering the 2021 offseason, however most people would not […]

Univ. updates mask policy, gaiters no longer acceptable

The university has implemented a new mask policy to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus with the start of spring 2021, according to an email sent by Senior Vice President for Communications, Marketing and External Relations Dan Kim on Feb. 11. The university plans to enforce the new policy in addition to previous guidelines […]

Shape-shifting cells and evolution: Bisson’s journey with archaeal research

Alexandre Bisson (BIOL) and his team are currently researching how evolution has shaped the behavior of molecules within cells through the use of archaea, a domain of single-celled organisms. Bisson gained an interest in this topic while completing his Ph.D. in Brazil at the University of São Paulo, where his research primarily involved isolating proteins […]