Notes on growth, change

I came to Brandeis thinking I would do two things: go to school and play basketball. I had other desires to explore a part of the country I had never been to before, enjoy time away from home and even have some fun. But at the top of my list was wanting to do both […]

Inside the NCAA: Blatant sexism on the surface

“Thank you for using the three biggest weeks of your organization’s year to expose exactly how you feel about women’s basketball—an afterthought,” said Nell Fortner, Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach, in an open letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) she posted via Twitter on Tuesday morning.  Division I women’s basketball players—along with […]

Coping with COVID-19 cancellations: student-athletes still sidelined

Despite remaining hopeful that competition would return for the 2021 spring semester, student-athletes at Brandeis University have continued to face disappointments regarding their timeline for returning to play. In July 2020, Brandeis Athletics announced a suspension of all intercollegiate varsity athletics through the new year, canceling seasons for fall and winter sports. This semester, not […]

Miami Heat center uses anti-Semitic slur during videogame livestream

Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard has been placed on indefinite leave after using an anti-Semitic slur during a video game livestream this past week. The professional basketball player was playing Call of Duty: Warzone while using the platform Twitch, which allows gamers to attend live streams of other players and chat with them as they […]

UAA cancels spring sports competition in light of the coronavirus pandemic

In Jan. 2021, the University Athletic Association (UAA) announced the cancellation of conference play for spring sports during the 2020-2021 season. With this news, the UAA will have not held any competition for the academic year, as fall and winter seasons were also canceled previously in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that continues to […]

NCAA college basketball returns despite raging pandemic

Since the conclusion of the National Basketball Association (NBA) bubble in October, fans have been craving more of the sport amidst the stay-at-home orders, advisory warnings and quarantines that have become so normalized in recent months. Despite cases of the coronavirus roaring at all-time highs across the country, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has […]

To the start and end of my senior season

When I played organized basketball for the first time at the young age of six, I never pictured myself still surrounded by the game some 15 years later. I do, however, remember the way that the sport made me feel in those first moments. It was like I was alive and free, suddenly feeling as […]

Athletes speak out on World Mental Health Day

Each year on Oct. 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Mental Health Day, an annual campaign designed to acknowledge mental health issues across the globe, as well as to uplift those combating stigma and providing healthcare in the mental health workforce. “The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health […]

Two members of Brandeis Athletics participate in UAA series on race and racism

The University Athletic Association (UAA) has released a series titled, “Conversations on Race and Racism”—highlighting current and former coaches, players and administration and their individual experiences with race and racism—and two members of Brandeis athletics were invited to share their stories.   Lauren Haynie, the Director of Athletics, and Pauri Pandian, the Head Coach of the […]

The Hidden Opponent: student-athletes and stigma surrounding mental health

When someone sprains an ankle or breaks their wrist, it is visible to the naked eye, with players and trainers working towards rehabilitation in an effort to return that athlete to the field as soon as possible. However, unlike a physical injury, damage to one’s psyche is more or less invisible on the surface, obscuring […]

Student-athletes react to fall sports seasons cancellations

As the coronavirus continues to affect millions of people across the globe, many collegiate athletes in the United States have had to cope with the fact that there will be an extremely limited, if any, fall season for their sport.  As of July 27, intercollegiate varsity athletics at Brandeis have been suspended until Dec. 31, […]

Student-athletes react to season cancellations

As college students around the country are continuing to adjust to being at home and continuing their learning online, thousands of student athletes across the country are also coping with another reality: the cancellation of their sports seasons.  According to a Brandeis Judges update, as of March 12, intercollegiate competitions would still be held until […]

Track and field send two to national meet

Two Judges from Brandeis University will head down to Guilford College for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, NC this upcoming weekend, taking on the country’s finest track competition. On the women’s side, Niamh Kenney ’21 will participate in the 3,000-meter run event, while Jack Allan ’20 will represent […]

A day in the life of a Brandeis athlete: Eric D’Aguanno ’20

This column attempts to highlight a variety of student-athletes, striving to unearth what the hectic life of a Brandeis athlete exactly entails. With this in mind, such a collection of stories will serve as a testament to the hard work, passion and resilience that athletes at Brandeis specifically embody, hopefully working to bridge the gap […]

The Black Mamba, the Girl Dad and Kobe Bryant’s eternal legacy

After 20 seasons spent playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the ball stopped bouncing for five-time NBA champion, 17 time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Finals MVP and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Average professional athletes do not walk away from a career with such impressive feats, nor do they completely change the course […]