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October 2012 Issue

Presentation highlights mafia’s impact on Italian politics

Following the 20th anniversary of the assassinations of Italian magistrates Falcone and Borsellino, who lost their lives in their struggle to combat the mafia, Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Justice at Columbia University, presented the lecture “Voicing the Outrage of Silence: The Mafia and Italian Politics” to the Brandeis community last Friday. Denouncing […]


Brandeis goggles just aren’t necessary

Do you wear Brandeis goggles? There’s a pretty strong consensus that if you attend Brandeis, you wear them, whether you realize it or not. I remember around this time last year someone first mentioned Brandeis goggles to me and I was beyond confused. Then they explained that Brandeis goggles is a phenomenon that occurs when […]


‘Voltaire & Frederick’ wields sophistication and grace

The Center for German and European Studies presented “Voltaire & Frederick: A Life in Letters,” Monday to a full Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium, exhibiting a show at the crossroads of history, philosophy, politics, biography and art. The show brings noted Boston actors Thomas Derrah (Voltaire) and John Kuntz (Frederick) to campus, in a […]


Ruth Shapiro, key benefactor who transformed campus, died at 95

Ruth Shapiro, who through philanthropic gifts with her husband Carl, transformed the university’s campus and identity under former President Jehuda Reinharz, died on Oct. 14 in Boston surrounded by her family. She was 95. Married for 73 years, the Shapiros, neither of whom attended Brandeis, made their first gift, of $10, to the university in […]


Crisis services encompass both emergency and counseling support

Students in crisis seeking peer support can find counseling at both STAR and the Brandeis Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline. “I think both services are vital, honestly,” said Lauren Grewal ’13, co-coordinator of STAR referring to both services. STAR refers to “Students Talking About Relationships,” and is composed of a group of peer counselors who […]


String of car robberies alarms campus

With several cars broken into and one student the victim of an unarmed robbery earlier this month, university police have urged students to remain cognizant of criminal activity. Community members reported at least four cars parked in the Theater and South Residence parking lots broken into on Oct. 13-14, one of them forcibly, with GPS […]


Pokémon Black and White 2 finds refuge in nostalgia

Three weeks ago, Nintendo released its latest Pokémon games in the United States. Unlike any previous game in the long-running series, these latest games are a direct sequel to the previous releases: Pokémon Black and White. While in the past Nintendo has connected the stories of one set of games to another—such as using Pokémon […]


SEA changes makeup without changing mission

In existence since 2007, Students for Environmental Action (SEA) as an organization is constantly changing. Recently, SEA is trying out a new structure where they vote on initiatives raised by members of the club. With 13 initiatives last semester and eight this semester, some are quick tasks but others are ideas that will take time […]


Mods party registration reinstated

Within the first few weeks of school, parties at the Foster Mods got out of hand, resulting in noise complaints to the Brandeis Police from nearby Waltham residents, crowding problems and trouble obeying the Open Container Policy that prohibits any consumption of alcohol outdoors. After meeting with Mods residents and university police, Community Living has […]


Reviving the Rose with conversation and Gene Davis

The first of many interdisciplinary art discussions took place at The Rose Art Museum on Wednesday. The discussion of Gene Davis’ “Moondog” is part of new director, Christopher Bedford’s desire to make The Rose a more prominent institution on campus. Bedford himself was one of the two main voices in the conversation, alongside Judith Eissenberg, […]