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November 2011 Issue

College is no place for vandalism

Imagine you are a prospective student, walking up the stairs and past the doors of Usen One. Your first views of Brandeis have been pleasant so far and you have to say that Massell Pond is actually quite attractive. Then, as you walk past the girls’ bathroom, you behold a view of vulgarity: the word […]


Fighting grade inflation, real or imagined: Latin honors changes a short fix

Students will never be particularly angry about grade inflation, but it creates contention between faculty and staff, who argue about the solutions, culprits and the question of its existence.


Administration seeks to create, mobilize school spirit

Standing behind the bleachers in Red Auerbach Arena Thursday evening as the Judges racked up a 28-point victory over Emerson College, Andrew Flagel talked about a re-energized athletic pride and a university filled with unique, untraditional school spirit. Flagel, the university’s senior vice president for students and enrollment and top student life official, previously served […]


One provost, many assistants

Earlier this month veteran chemistry Professor Irving Epstein (CHEM) was named senior adviser for research by Provost Steve Goldstein, in what is only the most recent of several new appointments under the chief academic officer in recent months. Under former Provost Marty Krauss, the first such of recent jobs created was that of Professor Dan […]


Rumba sees fewer incidents than Pachanga

Relay for Life and the International Club hosted the Rumba dance in Levin Ballroom on Saturday, holding it in place of last year’s Pachanga, which university officials canceled after two students were arrested and nine others were hospitalized for alcohol intoxication. The number of students detained last weekend was much lower than last year’s. Late […]


Patrick touts MA-Israel ties

The Brandeis International Business School (IBS) welcomed Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to campus Monday to open the fourth annual New England-Israel Business Council’s 2011 Data Storage & Security Summit. The event brought business and technology leaders from both New England and Israel together to discuss issues of international trade. Just one week after addressing the […]


Brandeis Democrats and Tea Party hold mock debate

The lights were dimmed in Chum’s Coffeehouse Wednesday night as impersonators of Mitt Romney (Josh Nass ’14), Barack Obama (Russell Leibowitz ’14) and Michelle Bachmann (Mary-Alice Perdichizzi ’12) took center stage to discuss the economy, foreign policy and the Obama presidency in a debate hosted by the Brandeis College Democrats or ’Deis Dems. The three […]


Brandeis in finals to be named ‘Most Vegan’

Brandeis has succeeded to the final round of a contest to be named “Most Vegan-Friendly Campus” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the national animal-rights organization. The champion will be named Monday. The university is up against Northwestern, last year’s winner of the honor and a “powerhouse” of vegan advocacy, according to […]


Chomsky denounces Obama on Israel

Professor, philosopher and one of the world’s most preeminent linguists Noam Chomsky spoke to Brandeis students on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Thursday for the second consecutive year. He largely reiterated sentiments, also given at the 2010 speech, that the U.S. alliance is the largest impediment to resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He denounced President Barack Obama, […]


Hiatt holds informational law school panel

The Hiatt Career Center sponsored a law school forum Wednesday afternoon in Hassenfeld Conference Center as admissions representatives from more than 25 East Coast law schools discussed the admissions process and the impact of the recession on application rates. “Penn State has definitely seen a decline in applications,” a representative from their law school said. […]