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October 2012 Issue

Univ official: Classes likely to be held Tuesday

Brandeis University will likely operate as usual on Tuesday with regular class schedules, following its closing from Hurricane Sandy on Monday. The storm pummeled the East Coast with heavy rains, flooding, wind gusts and left more than 300,000 Massachusetts residents without power as of 6:30 p.m. “We anticipate the university will be open as usual […]

Volleyball springs back, goes 2-1 at Hall of Fame Invitational

The women’s volleyball team rebounded from their recent round robin losses this weekend by coming out strong at the Hall of Fame Invitational. Finishing the tournament with a record of 2-1, the Judges were able to defeat Bridgewater State and Smith College, but fell short to Middlebury in the second match. Now holding a season […]

Women’s soccer bounces from two straight conference losses with two home wins

With wins against Lesley and Lasell this past week, the Brandeis women’s soccer team sits with a 12-3-1 record with three matches left in the season. It was a tough road trip last week, with the Judges not playing their best soccer and losing to University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. “We […]

Benbaraka, Aramark’s Employee of the Month, recalls Morocco and challenges in U.S.

For the month of October, Aramark dining services have nominated Omar Benbaraka for Employee of the Month. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Benbaraka has been employed by Aramark for eight years. Benbaraka describes his hometown as “the biggest city there.” Passionate for soccer, he explored his enthusiasm for the sport by playing in Morocco for 10 […]

Heller scientist participates in study of soldiers’ mental health

Mary Jo Larson, a senior scientist at the Heller School, researches effective types of mental health care and the related financial components, and was one of committee members who published a new report initiated by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Institute of Medicine, titled “Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces.” “I’ve […]

Men’s soccer sees unbeaten streak end; rebound with three straight wins

Two weeks ago, the men’s soccer team 17-game unbeaten streak came to an end after a 1-0 defeat against the University of Chicago. Following the loss, the Judges dropped from ninth in the country to 18th in the country. But they responded from the loss by winning the next three games to improve their record […]

Brandeis Football star, Bill McKenna, passes away at the age of 79

Before the doors to the Brandeis gridiron were shut, Bill McKenna ’55 roamed the field. McKenna was the university’s first ever All-American and he continued his successful career for many years in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He passed away on Oct. 19 in Calgary, Alberta. McKenna displayed great versatility, playing both offensive and defensive […]

Weekly Kos: A foreign policy debate lacking disagreement

I am a politics and policy junkie. I know each tax bracket, appreciate the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s positions versus their party’s platforms and I can name every senator. But the final presidential debate, last night in Boca Raton, Fla., concerned foreign affairs. This is the closest I’m going to get to […]

Brandeis Football: a footnote in history

While President Theodore Roosevelt is regarded as the man who saved football, in an ironic twist, his niece, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, was a key figure in eliminating the football program at Brandeis University. The early incarnations of football were a barbaric display of physical prowess often resulting in lethal injuries. With little protective […]

Editorial: Union secretary emails inappropriate

As a board, we like to reserve this space for weighty matters, like conversation gripping the student body in a given week, analysis of Brandeis’ goals for the future or our take on a critical community decision. But we have been distracted this week, as the community has been all semester, by the conduct of […]