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November 2013 Issue

‘Cabaret:’ The raunchy but captivating show astounds audience

Raunchy, gaudy, captivating. “Cabaret” is the best show that’s been performed so far this entire semester. Starring graduate students Sam Gillam, Alex Jacobs, Alex Johnson, Sara Schoch, Eddie Shields, Laura Jo Trexler and Jonathan Young, the musical is set in 1930s Berlin, where the Nazi Party is gradually becoming stronger and more prevalent. The musical […]


‘Cabaret:’ The raunchy but captivating show astounds audience

Raunchy, gaudy, captivating. “Cabaret” is the best show that’s been performed so far this entire semester. Starring graduate students Sam Gillam, Alex Jacobs, Alex Johnson, Sara Schoch, Eddie Shields, Laura Jo Trexler and Jonathan Young, the musical is set in 1930s Berlin, where the Nazi Party is gradually becoming stronger and more prevalent. The musical […]


Mela 2013, a massive success

Envision a room that hums with energy and music, delights the eye with every color imaginable and pulsates with tons of dancing. This festive and exciting celebration known as Mela filled almost every seat in the entire Levin Ballroom and balconies on Nov. 16. Sponsored by the South Asian Student Association (SASA), Mela’s theme this […]


Univ severs ties with Al-Quds over protest

After numerous members of the university community expressed outrage and disgust, Brandeis announced it would suspend its partnership with Al-Quds University in Palestine on Nov. 18. Brandeis had been coupled with this sister university since 2003, a project originally undertaken to enhance cultural understanding. But after Nazi-style demonstrations on Al-Quds’ campus on Nov. 5 and […]


Poet Richard Blanco shares his journey to the podium

On Thursday, the Department of Hispanic Studies brought Richard Blanco to Brandeis for a poetry reading in the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center. Blanco recently joined the elite group of inaugural poets, as he read at President Barack Obama’s second address. Professor James Mandrell (HISP) introduced Blanco, touching shortly on what the poet represented […]


Study abroad costs unfairly inflated

Every semester, students planning to study abroad learn that the experience is too expensive to consider. Even students who thought they had their plans set in stone, who applied to a program through Brandeis and were accepted sometimes realize that they are effectively priced out, just months before their departure. Interestingly enough, most study abroad […]


Intramurals create strong sense of community

Let’s face it: Brandeis is not known for its athletic ability. We are certainly known for our brains, but sports tend to fall by the wayside. This past week’s events certainly proved that wrong, though, as I discovered. It was down to the last playoff game in Intramural Football, and two of the teams were […]


Journalism and music investigate Anonymous

One of the fieriest topics in recent news cycles has been the activity of the online hacker/activist/internet troll group Anonymous. From their defacing of the CIA website to public demonstrations against Scientology, the mysterious and decentralized group has brought much discussion to the modern debate on internet privacy and other issues. One of the most […]


Defending the student code from criticism

I come from Morris County, a very conservative part of New Jersey, where for the past 18 years, a Republican has represented my neighborhood and the area around it in Congress. The 11th district is stereotyped to be middle class white folks who are afraid of change and wish to maintain the status quo. In […]


Students need to get more involved in political process

Pundits all around Washington and in the media credited youth for turning out in the 2012 election and propelling President Barack Obama in his victory over Republican and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But if you ask me, a loyal but thoughtful Democrat in college, Obama’s “Get out and vote!” message was received with a, […]