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April 2014 Issue

SSSP reflects on 2014

This Thursday, the Brandeis Student Support Services Program (SSSP) held its annual year-end event. Titled “I Am a Narrative of Change,” the event filled the International Lounge in Usdan with students and celebrated the program’s mission, its 2014 graduating class and plans for the future. SSSP provides a community-oriented program in the Office of Academic […]


Makeover needed for plastic utensils

When I walk into Usdan to get lunch, I am inevitably annoyed by the lack of silverware and the vast array of plastic utensils. There are massive containers dedicated to dispensing plastic forks, spoons and knives one-by-one. Yet, there are tiny containers with maybe 20 or so spoons, forks and knives made of actual metal. […]


Reflections on the first year

It seems like it was just yesterday: anxiously entering my dorm room for the first time, saying goodbye to my parents and desperately trying to acclimate to my new surroundings. It seemed as though the end of the year was unfathomably far off, a tiny speck on the ever so distant horizon. It is difficult […]


Life after college and uncertainty

As the semester comes to a close and summer approaches, students are gearing up to either start internships and jobs or to continue in the arduous search for internships and jobs. As a second-semester senior, I am personally looking for a position to take up as I consider going to law school in a couple […]


Avant-garde artists provide unique Chum’s experience

On April 11, just before the Brandeis community took its second spring break, students packed into Chum’s Coffee House for a musical experience unlike any other presented this year. The concert, originally scheduled to take place outside The Rose, was driven inside by the rain, and was set up by WBRS, the club’s final show […]


Lavigne gets into complicated situation with racist video

Remember when Avril Lavigne had music that was worth being nominated for a Grammy? Lavigne has come a long way from her “Complicated” days—a long way down. The Canadian singer-songwriter, who is now 29 years old, seems to have pulled a Benjamin Button and has reversed the aging process. On Tuesday this week, a bizarre […]


Close Looking Series presents on French Revolution pamphlets

Professors Sue Lanser (ENG/WMGS/CL) and Martine Voiret (FREN) presented “French Revolution Pamphlets,” part of the Close Looking Series at Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Close Looking is a series of events that gives a platform for two faculty members to present on some of the university’s greatest gems, from the library’s Special Collections to The Rose Art […]


Academic justice at crossroads over Hirsi Ali controversy

Ayaan Hirsi Ali suffered at the hands of those who used religion to justify evil actions. After this trauma, Hirsi Ali became an advocate for the rights she herself had lost, becoming a critic of Islam in the process. Brandeis University offered Hirsi Ali an honorary degree for her feminist efforts, despite her statements against […]


Brandeis staff run emotional marathon in honor of cousin

Despite high temperatures, high stakes and limited experience with extensive running, Brandeis athletics staff members Breda O’Connor and Matt Callahan finished this year’s Boston Marathon with smiles on their faces. That’s because Marc Fucarile, Callahan’s cousin and victim of last year’s bombings, was waiting for them at the finish line. “The highlight … was seeing […]


Diane Hessan receives Asper Award from IBS for outstanding entrepreneurship

The International Business School (IBS) at Brandeis has recognized Diane Hessan for her outstanding entrepreneurship with the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship. Brandeis IBS Dean Magid presented her with the award on Thursday, April 3. Len Asper ’86 established the Asper Center and the Global Entrepreneurship Award in 2004, bestowed annually to an “entrepreneur who […]