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Brandeis University's Community Newspaper — Waltham, Mass.

August 2013 Issue

Learning to appreciate the journey

On the night of May 19, after a whirlwind day of caps and gowns, diplomas and subtle donation requests, I left my friends at the Alpha Delta Phi house as a college graduate. But rather than smile at my accomplishments, I was struck with paralyzing fear. As I walked across the street on the 100-foot […]

Popular restaurants to arrive in Waltham

Coming soon to 1030 Main Street in Waltham: Five Guys, Chipotle and Panera Bread. The arrival of these restaurants has been in the works for almost two years. Although they hadn’t selected a location at the time, Five Guys and Panera Bread both announced their plans in December 2011. With Chipotle added to the mix, […]

‘Orange is the New Black’: a sentencing of thoughtful humo

For many, summer means beach going, backyard barbecuing and the occasional stargazing nights with friends. For me, the dog days of summer can be summarized in three words: television binge watching. The months of summer bring on the rare opportunity of guilt-free television watching that eludes most of us during the busy academic year. It’s […]

Univ mum on Sawyer resignation

Former Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life Rick Sawyer left Brandeis at the end of July. Since his arrival at Brandeis in 1981, Sawyer served 32 years at the University, witnessing changes as the school matured. And while President Frederick Lawrence’s email to faculty, staff and students wished Sawyer well, it […]

The Issue with “Blurred Lines”

While I was at my favorite sub shop picking up dinner, I was irritated to hear the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke come on the radio behind the counter. Before I even had time to think about how much the song irritated me, the muscled man making my sandwich grumbled, “I hate this song […]

Patriots’ Hernandez accused of murder

Former New England Patriots Pro Bowler Aaron Hernandez was arrested at his home in North Attleborough, Mass., on June 26 and subsequently charged with murder. The arrest followed an investigation into the June 17 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, an employee of a landscaping company and semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits. Lloyd’s remains […]

Todashev suspect in Waltham triple homicide

bragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead in May 2013 during an interrogation with an FBI official and two Massachusetts State officers regarding the triple homicide in Waltham in September 2011. He was shot by an FBI agent after allegedly attacking the man. There is some conflict over the moments before Todashev was shot. One official […]

JBS students develop innovative video games

This summer, students enrolled in the Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) computer science program collaborated to develop innovative computer games and mobile apps, transforming their technical skills into creative expression. While exploring 2D and 3D game design, the twelve students selected for the program concurrently took courses in mobile application development and software entrepreneurship. Professor Thomas […]

Shakespeare in the Park brings stories alive in Buffalo

Whether you love Shakespeare’s plays or you hate them, everyone loves Shakespeare in the Park. Shakespeare in Delaware Park has been a Buffalo, N.Y., tradition since 1976. Free and open to the public, performances take place Tuesday through Sunday in a beautiful park in the city of Buffalo. This summer, hundreds of Buffalonians came out […]

‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘2 Guns’ bring action to cinema

Two action movies came out this summer that caught the interest of moviegoers across the nation: “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, and “2 Guns,” directed by Baltasar Kormakur. “Pacific Rim” grossed nearly $100 million at the box office, while “2 Guns” grossed approximately $60 million. The strength of “Pacific Rim” was not in […]