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October 2011 Issue

Upscale ‘Puccini for Beginners’ almost entertains

Movies, in many cases, are a way to get away from the stresses and demands of real life. Why deal with a pressing issue when you can sit on a couch and watch a movie about people who have sillier issues that will inevitably get resolved? Or watch a movie about people with worse issues […]


Novelist Evelyn Waugh still wows, even today

You wouldn’t normally think that Evelyn Waugh, usually shown in photographs as a middle-aged, portly man, could possibly inspire bonding between mostly normal college-aged students. I for one have always been a huge fan of this English author’s novels and, upon discovering my roommate’s interested in him, I’ve decided to unearth as many facts about […]


Getting reacquainted with ‘Harry Potter’

It is bizarre to think that “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in the United States in 1997. I remember first picking it up and being bewildered at why so many people were interested in reading these books. Pretty soon, though, I had breezed right through it, along with “The Chamber of Secrets” […]


Still holding out for ‘Heroes’: revisiting the first season

I’ve always watched more than my fair share of TV shows. Unless I’m doing homework, you can always expect me to have a TV on in the background. Recently, though, I’ve begun to feel that network TV shows are nothing but crap. There’s the occasional funny sitcom but there hasn’t been a show that has […]


Arts Recommends 10/28/11

‘The Science of Sleep’ A French film starring Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (also in “Y Tu Mama Tambie”n), “The Science of Sleep” is a mix of fantasy, romance, and dreams coming to life. The last bit is not as much terrible cliche as it is a psychological disorder that Stephane (Bernal) has that keeps […]


‘Freedom Riders’ discuss social movements, then and now

They were warned: You’ll be called names. They’ll harass you, beat you, maybe even kill you. But that wasn’t enough to deter the brave men and women who traveled down to the South by bus in the summer of 1961 to challenge the segregation of transportation. Labeled agitators and communists by their detractors in both […]


Classical Studies proves itself as timeless as Virgil

Amid the university’s budgetary crisis in 2008, Brandeis humanities departments faced imminent, and possibly fatal, downsizing in response to economic realities. Yet less than three years later and despite the setbacks, at least one department has managed to flourish. The Classical Studies department, under the guidance of Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, who goes affectionately by […]


Rose reopening marks new era

More than two years after the university’s decision to close The Rose because of a widening budget gap and shrinking endowment launched an international controversy and media frenzy, Brandeis celebrated the 50th anniversary of the art museum this week. Inside The Rose, the $1.7 million renovation project created freshly painted white walls, new LED lighting […]


PETA: Vegan options not everything

The university is again a top contender for the title of “Most-Vegan Friendly College” among all small schools, a title awarded annually by the scholastic arm of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA2. Brandeis placed third in the competition last year, losing to Brown, who in turn lost in the final round to […]


College Notebook: MIT student found dead in his dorm room

A first-year MIT student was found dead in his dorm room Tuesday evening, authorities said. Satto Tonegawa ’15, an 18 year old from Newton and the son of MIT professor Susumu Tonegawa, who won the 1987 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, was found by MIT police after 5 p.m. Tuesday in his dorm room. […]