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August 2014 Issue

Department of Community Living welcomes new director

The newest face in the Brandeis community is Timothy Touchette, the new director of community living. Touchette began working at Brandeis on Aug. 11, in plenty of time for the 2014 Fall semester. Touchette’s duties include overseeing the management and daily operations of Brandeis’ 11 residential areas. These buildings house some 2,900 students. His team, […]


Brandeis think tank works to combat drug abuse

In June, Brandeis University hosted a meeting between the governors of five New England states, who gathered to discuss the problems of prescription drug abuse and overdoses and strove to work toward solutions. Their long-term goals are to respond to the increase in prescription drug-related deaths, better monitor the doctors who prescribe these drugs and […]


Founding director of The Rose passes away

Founding director of The Rose Art Museum Sam Hunter once described artist Larry Rivers as a man who created an “astonishing and fertile career today … remarkable for more than its inventiveness, diversity and breadth of mood and vision.” One could say those same words about Hunter himself. Hunter lived a long and fulfilling life, […]


‘Chasing Life’: an empowering perspective on life, love and disease

Chronic disease is a topic that can evoke feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and immense sadness. In countless movies and books, when someone is diagnosed with such a disease, the character typically succumbs to feelings of depression and pessimism, faced with low odds of survival and daunting treatments. However, ABC Family’s new series “Chasing Life,” which […]


New volleyball coach joins Brandeis team

Head Volleyball Coach Michelle Kim recently stepped down from the position when she was promoted to assistant athletic director. Kim has been replaced this summer by Alesia Vaccari. Vaccari comes to Brandeis after spending three years as the head coach at Simmons College. Before working at Simmons, Vaccari was the graduate assistant at Clarkson University […]


Crew recruits alumni for regatta reunion

Current and graduated members of the Brandeis Rowing Team will reunite along the Charles River on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Second Annual Alumni Regatta. Ellie Driscoll ’16, alumni secretary, stated that this regatta originated as a fundraising idea. “We thought it would be nice, instead of simply asking alumni to donate money, to have […]


Fall semester brings opportunities for theater performance

It’s a new year and the air is ripe with opportunity. The SCC atrium echoes with the calls of reunited friendships while new connections are being made in the stairwell (you know, the ol’ “Let me help you with your suitcase” meet-cute). And of course, with every new semester, comes a full lineup of potentially […]


Early semester problems and solutions

Dear Eliana, After picking my classes last semester, I’ve become a little regretful over some of my choices now that I’m looking at my schedule again. First of all, I have class early in the morning most days, and after being able to sleep in ‘til noon for the whole summer, I don’t think I […]


Brandeis responds to sexual assault allegations

This past April, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel addressed the Brandeis community in an email with an “Update on Sexual Assault Prevention.” In the email, Flagel highlighted the efforts the Brandeis administration had taken to combat sexual violence. These include hiring a sexual assault services and prevention coordinator, creating a conduct […]


Women’s soccer team has high hopes for this season

“Everyone always says it, but our team is a family,” said Alec Spivack ’15, one of the captains of the Brandeis women’s soccer team. “My best friends, study buddies and shopping partners are all in one place.” And it is a good thing that the women’s soccer team is a close-knit family, because they are […]