The Do’s and Don’ts of Studying Abroad in Japan: The Nitty Gritty (Pt. 2)

Welcome back to this mini-series on the do’s and don’ts of studying abroad in Japan, or just visiting Japan for an extended period of time. Hopefully, you have already read part one and are currently thinking to yourself, “Yes, yes, I’m an open-minded, adventurous person who is dedicated to improving my Japanese and has already […]

The do’s and don’ts of studying abroad in Japan

Studying abroad is one of the most unique, rewarding and adventurous decisions one can make in their undergraduate career—or even in one’s lifetime. Last spring semester, I was fortunate enough to be able to study in Kyoto, Japan, where I participated in Columbia University’s intensive language program, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). Given […]

A world apart during a semester abroad in Japan

Not everyone chooses to study abroad, but for those who do, the experience can leave a lasting impact on one’s life—expanding one’s perspective of the world, making new friends and fully immersing oneself in a different culture. Last semester, Ben Percival ’18 traveled across the globe to Japan, where he studied for nearly five months. […]

‘Girl on the Train’ offers viewers a juicy plot twist

Recently released on Friday, Oct. 7, “The Girl on the Train” starring Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson offers a satisfying experience for the fans of dark, psychological thrillers. While I must confess that I am certainly no film connoisseur and have limited knowledge, if any, of the official standards that define a good […]

Fan dance, bhangra, and Afro-Caribbean dance meet at Culture X

The annual Culture X event created excitement throughout campus as students eagerly anticipated the amazing variety of talents that Brandeis has to offer. On Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. the Levin Ballroom housed a lively crowd as Culture X Arise began with opening speeches from the Culture X chair members Yeng Her ’16, Harlharrissa […]

JSA’s harumatsuri pleases with outstanding food

On Saturday, April 9, Brandeis’ Japanese Student Association (JSA) held its annual Harumatsuri (spring festival) in the Intercultural Center (ICC) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event drew in over 100 students, as it usually does, making Harumatsuri JSA’s biggest event of the year. The popularity of Harumatsuri is no secret as its main attraction […]

Latest SSSP event blossoms with creativity and success

On March 31, Brandeis SSSP (Student Support Service Program) celebrated its 25th anniversary with its largest event of the year called “I Am A Movement.” The event featured guest speakers Cesar Pineda ’16, alumnus Daniel Acheampong ’11, Interim President Lisa Lynch and SSSP director Jennifer Morazes, along with a performance by nationally recognized singer/songwriter Kevin […]

The Wiz inspires critics to click their heels three times

Premiering last Thursday night, March 31, in the SCC Theater was Brandeis Ensemble Theater’s production of “The Wiz.” “The Wiz” is an all-black musical based on the book of the same name by William F. Brown, and it is a version of the original “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with the story deeply rooted in […]

The Last Five Years intertwines themes of both love and time

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Theatre Collective (UTC), Tympanium Euphorium’s “The Last Five Years” premiered Thursday, March 17. The Brandeis production of “The Last Five Years” was directed by Lilly Hecht ’18 and stage managed by Yennie Mok ’17, and their hard work, along with the entire crew of the production staff, produced a phenomenal show. […]

‘Dog Sees God’ contemplates dark, but very relevant themes

The Brandeis Players delivered an astounding performance Thursday, March 10 with their premiere of the renowned play, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” Produced by Dahlia Kushinsky ’17 and directed by Carly Chernomorets ’16, this production was comprised of a widely talented cast and crew, bringing to life the story of troubled high […]

Intimate Apparel woos audiences on opening night

Thursday night, March 3, the renowned production “Intimate Apparel” premiered at the Laurie Theater in Spingold, drawing a good crowd to witness the play’s opening. “Intimate Apparel” was directed by Boston’s own Jacqui Parker, who has garnered much success in her field: she received the Elliot Norton award, the 2004 Boston Theater hero award and […]

Contemporary Korean art dazzles in on campus exhibit

From Feb. 6 to March 26, the Slosberg Music Center will house a beautiful and captivating art display called “Landscapes of the Soul: Contemporary Korean Art.” It will be in conjunction with its musical counterpart, “From Korea: Gugak—Soundscapes of the Soul,” showing from March 19 to 20. The stunning pieces of Korean art give a […]

BET’s ‘Quickies’ wow with student written plays

While full-length plays and performances require the most time, effort, staff and material, there is still much to be said for the shorter works of theater as their production may be just as well-liked and entertaining for the audience. The true brilliance of short plays was demonstrated Sunday, Jan. 31 with the collection of 10-minute […]

Prof. Hoover ruminates on dark themes in upcoming publication

Brandeis University is renowned for its extraordinary staff and high quality of education in nearly all areas of the liberal arts. The literature department is certainly no exception to Brandeis’ theme of excellency in staff, and is fortunate to have Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence Michelle Hoover imparting her knowledge and experience on the budding authors here. […]

Brandeis springs into the new semester with spectacular arts classes

As we get back into the flow of the school semester, students are still making use of their two-week shopping period, seeking the most interesting classes, the most enthusiastic professors and those select courses needed to fulfill major, minor or university requirements. But for those with an intended major or minor in art, or even […]

Mid-Year Exhibition proudly displays seniors’ artwork

From Dec. 9 to Jan. 12, Spingold’s Dreitzer Gallery housed this year’s Senior Mid-Year Exhibition. This exhibition featured a stunning display of a wide variety of art produced by Studio Art seniors, including everything from photography, sculpture, pop art, abstract, collage and more. As soon as one walked down the right-hand staircase of the gallery, […]

HTG’s ‘The Contest’ digs deeper than its script

Before the much-needed holiday break, a few spectacular plays were put on, providing students with the strength to endure the last couple of weeks. Among them was Hillel Theater Group’s “The Contest,” directed by Emily Galloway ’18, performed Nov. 12-15. Centered around the life of an average, working class Jewish-American family, “The Contest” reveals how […]

‘Evolution of Dance’ stuns with energy and grace

This past Thursday night, Nov. 12, the Adagio Dance Company performed its fall semester show, “Evolution of Dance.” As Brandeis’ largest student-run, student-choreographed dance company, Adagio truly demonstrated the extent of their hard work and overwhelming abundance of talent during the two-hour-long performance. Encompassing many styles of dance, ranging from hip-hop to ballet, “Evolution of […]

Auditions for ‘Intimate Apparel’ promising

This year, the Brandeis theater scene welcomes two plays by the renowned Brooklyn playwright Lynn Nottage, whose refined works have examined cultural and personal identity, political injustice and the subtle effects of unexpressed intimacy in social interactions. Auditions for one of her plays, “Intimate Apparel,” were recently held on Saturday, Oct. 31, drawing in a […]

‘Love of the Nightingale’ has a promising opening night

The spirit of Ancient Greece was brought to the Carl J. Shapiro Theater last night as the Brandeis Ensemble Theater premiered their latest play, “The Love of the Nightingale.” Originally written in 1989 by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, “The Love of the Nightingale” is an adaptation of the classic Greek myth of the rape of […]