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February 2012 Issue

Brandeis ranked among best-value colleges

Princeton Review has once again listed Brandeis as one of the “Best Value” colleges in America. The average student, the survey claimed, graduated Brandeis with $21,000 in debt. Nearly 70 percent of students receive financial aid, the same percentage that borrows money in loans. While Brandeis has significantly higher tuition than the national average for […]


Students weary about fallout from transit cuts

In preparation for a March 1 Waltham hearing on MBTA cuts, Student Union President Herbie Rosen ’12 and Vice President Gloria Park ’13 organized a Town Hall Forum on Monday night for members of the Brandeis community to voice their concerns and hear the university’s response to the recent MBTA plans. Brandeis University’s Senior Vice […]


Brandeis graduate convicted in terror plot, appeals case

Lawyers for Brandeis graduate Aafia Siddiqui PhD ’01 have appealed her conviction, saying that the testimony the 39-year-old woman gave during her trial was involuntary because she was not mentally stable at the time. In 2010 she was sentenced to 86 years in prison for opening fire on U.S. soldiers in a police station where […]


Midyear senator elected, Charles River still vacant

Derek Komar became the first midyear senator after the election Monday night with 37 percent of the vote. He is intent on effecting change in both the student body’s perception of the Student Union and the Union itself. While he concedes that many before him have tried and were largely ineffectual, he believes that his […]


Gates Foundation gives $500,000

Donald Shepard, a professor at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School, has been awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue research on malaria prevention in Kenya and Tanzania. According to an article on BrandeisNOW, the professor and his collaborators will receive $500,000 during the course of […]


AMST’s Whitfield on ‘Jews, Racial Justice, and Democracy’

Professor Stephen Whitfield (AMST) gave a lecture Sunday titled “Jews, Racial Justice, and Democracy,” speaking at Temple Shalom in Medford, Mass. The event, open to the public, emphasized the “role of Jews in promoting black culture and therefore promoting racial justice” before and during the civil rights movement, Whitfield said. Specifically, Whitfield focused on African-American […]


Two students found tech start-up, showcase newly-made app

Brandeisians are the type of people who color-code their closets and keep files in extremely complex subfolder systems. It’s little wonder then that two of them have invented a mobile organizing application. Sahar Massachi M.A. ’12 and Adam Hughes ’12 will design and present the official app at the RootsCamp conference in Washington D.C. next […]


Oh Megan puts the ‘Oh’ in orgasm

For the second time this year, the Brandeis Vagina Club brought back “Oh Megan!” to impart her knowledge about the female orgasm. Held in Lown Auditorium, the workshop quickly became standing room only as Brandeisians learned about themselves, their partners and how to stimulate their sex lives. Megan is a nationally certified sexuality educator who […]


Romantic movies, please; hold the schmaltz!

Just because Valentine’s Day has come and gone—as it is wont to do—does not mean that the romance needs to end. But let’s save the fancy dinners and expensive jewelry for the special occasions. What if it is just date night and neither of you really wants to get dressed up and go out. No […]


‘Soul Calibur V’: Have the swords rusted?

“Soul Calibur V” is the latest game in Namco Bandai’s “Soul” series, which tells the tale of two semi-sentient legendary swords. There’s the cursed sword, Soul Edge, and the blessed sword created to destroy it, Soul Calibur. Each game in the series features 20 characters who set out either to obtain or destroy one of […]