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September 2013 Issue

Debunking pre-conceived notions

There are few things about this school I have come to appreciate more than how characteristically diverse it is. When I first came, I expected to be greeted with a sea of kippahs strewn across everyone’s heads, hearing a constant susurrus of Boston accents buzzing through the air. I had heard that a large portion […]


Do days off reflect multiculturalism?

We all know that Brandeis students were generously given numerous days off to observe Rosh Hashanah and many other fall holidays. But did you know that the Ethiopian New Year took place just five days after Rosh Hashanah? Or that this year, Sukkot, the fall agricultural festival, started on the same day as the Chinese […]


Alumni win at Boston 48 Hour Film Festival

This summer, the annual 48-Hour Film Festival returned to Boston for the 11th consecutive year. The Festival, a competition in which independent filmmakers must write, cast, shoot, edit and finish a short film within forty-eight hours based on a genre, character, prop and line of dialogue. According to the festival’s website, the project is described […]


Missed cues and makeshift costumes culminate in another imperfectly perfect 24 Hour Musical

Every year at Brandeis, Hillel Theater Group produces a performance of the 24-Hour Musical. Within one day, actors learn songs and lines, dancers practice and crew members make costumes and craft stage decorations. This year’s musical was “Beauty and the Beast: Tale as Old as Torah.” Much of the musical was just like the original, […]


Activities fair puts students under pressure

We have all been taught the dangers of peer pressure for items such as cigarettes, alcohol, illicit drugs and the like. DARE programs in our youth told us to stay vigilant in saying no to the forces that could transform our innocent little lives into something dark and scary. Whether we listened or actually partook […]


Beyond glitz and glamour: ballroom dance team shines

It’s hard to resist the flare of a ballroom dance performance. Originally developed in Europe, the early form of ballroom existed as a noncompetitive social dance that was literally intended to take place inside a ballroom. Since then, ballroom dance has grown to incorporate exhibition ballroom dance, competitive ballroom dance, as well as a standardization […]


Touché Amoré continue to blur lines of hardcore

In late 1999, Jacob Bannon, artist and frontman of the legendary metal-core band “Converge,” formed Deathwish Inc., an independent record label dedicated to promoting small bands through the classic punk rock DIY method. Most of the label’s releases can be classified as part of the hardcore, punk and heavy metal genres. “Converge” guitarist Kurt Ballou […]


Brandeis Women’s Soccer Now 6-1

Dara Spital’s ’15 thunderous shot found the back of the net. 3-0 Judges. The Wellesley Blue proved to be no match for the dominant Brandeis women’s soccer team as the non-conference win secured the Judges’ sixth victory. In what turned out to be a rout, the Judges advanced to 6-1 on the season. Forward Dara […]


A closer look at Miley Cyrus

Almost a decade after the peak of southern raunch-rap (a la The Hot Boyz, Ying Yang Twins, Lil John, etc.), Miley has shamelessly employed this legacy to uphold the shock-and-awe of her new image. Summer 2013 has seen Miley Cyrus convulse in a manner that attempts to resemble the southern art of “twerking”. Her honky-tonk-ba-donk-a-don’t […]


Judges sweep Wentworth 6-0 after first loss of season

Coming off a loss against Tufts that broke their seven-game winning streak, the Brandeis men’s soccer team reclaimed their confidence with a 6-0 sweep against Wentworth. The showdown on Wednesday night took place on Gordon Field, as the Judges improved their record to 8-1 while the Leopards fell to 1-7. Ranked #25 in the nation […]