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November 2014 Issue

Mandel concerts imprudent to passing students

Mandel Atrium is a beautiful space. The natural light, comfortable chairs and blazing fireplace during the winter are conducive to studying and essay writing, allowing me to blend an academic experience with aesthetic appeal. What the atrium is not perfect for, however, are midday concerts during the school week. This past Wednesday, Nov. 19, I […]

Israeli documentary views conflict through refreshing lens

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Brandeis students had the opportunity to view and discuss the film “On the Side of the Road” with Israeli director Lia Tarachansky. Produced by Naretiv Productions, Tarachansky’s up-close-and-personal account documents the collective memories and denials of 1948 by working closely with first-hand accounts of Nakba, which was the mass exodus of […]

Artist Betbeze explores innovative media

Visiting artist Anna Betbeze came to talk at Brandeis on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Goldman Smith. Born in 1980 in Columbus, Georgia, she received her BFA from the University of Georgia and her MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Characterized by bright colors, acid and dyes, her works stand out from most of […]

Men’s basketball defeated in final seconds

After a long, eight-month wait, the Brandeis men’s basketball team finally returned to action on Wednesday night at home against visiting UMass Dartmouth. Twelve ties and 18 lead changes constantly put the fans on their feet throughout the close game. The Judges took the lead in most of the statistics including rebounds, second-chance points and […]

Univ. can offer more help to suicide survivors

Recently, one of my closest friends was the first responder to a suicide attempt. Even for trained adults, it can be incredibly difficult to respond to such emotionally charged situations, but it’s especially hard for students to have to figure out how to respond. Witnessing or surviving a suicide attempt becomes even harder when one […]

Brandeis Wind Ensemble impresses at semester concert

Last Sunday, Nov. 16, the Brandeis Wind Ensemble, lead by Tom Souza, held its biannual end of the semester concert, titled “Celebrations.” Consisting of a wide variety of wind instruments and a handful of hired musicians, the ensemble was well rehearsed and played pieces that were of an appropriate and exciting level of difficulty. The […]

French and German campus organizations combine to host Franco-German unity party

The Brandeis French and Francophone Club teamed up with the Center of German European studies to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War I by hosting the Franco-German Unity Party on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the SCC Atrium. Professor Sabine Von Mering, professor of German and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and director of the […]

‘Good Doctor,’ decent production

As the audience enters the SCC Theater to watch Hillel Theater Group’s production of “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov, they are greeted by the sight of a sparse, dichromatic set, split into “indoors” stage right and “outdoors” stage left. While the design is not particularly visually stimulating, these nebulous spaces prove […]

Peer-to-peer language program engages students

As an initiative implemented to provide students with access to languages not normally taught at Brandeis, the Student Language Exchange Program is a unique asset to the Brandeis community. Elyse Jackson ’16, publicity manager for the program and fluent in five languages herself, attests that learning a foreign language can not only help you forge […]

Playwriting club debuts

At the core of theatre (and life) is storytelling.” So says Ayelet Schrek ’17, one of the founders of the new club BARD—Brandeis Association of Rising Dramatists. Schrek came up with the idea for the club last year with friend Sarah Duffet ’17. The name for the club came in part from their desire to […]