The Justice, October 19, 2021

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in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day was Chadra Pittman’s presentation. By DALYA KOLLER


In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, Brandeis hosted public speaker and activist Chadra Pittman, who gave a talk titled ‘I, Too, Am America’: Stolen Land, Stolen People and the Forced Migrations of the Native & the African.' The talk focused on the history of the oppression, displacement and dehumanization of the Indigenous and African people in America’s past, discussing each of them on their own as well as drawing connections between the two histories. Pittman is the founder and executive director of The Sankofa Projects, where, according to her bio, “she works to preserve the legacy, history, and culture of the African diaspora” as well as the activist organization 4 E.V.E.R. (End Violence End Rape), “which seeks to end sexual violence and eradicate rape culture while advocating for deaf and LGBTQIA+ inclusion.”

Pittman began delivering speeches to the public about the history of Indigenous African people in America in 1991. Through her lectures and writing, she hopes to give a voice to neglected narratives. Her goal is to ensure that those who were wronged and can no longer speak up for themselves find their rightful place within the historical record. The presentation touched on events from the 16th century to the present, covering the history of the treatment of Indigenous and African people in America. Pittman drew many parallels between the histories of the two groups, as well as comparing their cultures. She discussed events like the weaponization of smallpox, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Indian Removal Act and Andrew Jackson’s policies towards Indigenous Americans. Pittman also mentioned a few recent events that indicate America’s goal of reform and repair. Throughout the presentation, Pittman incorporated music, poetry and the words of other thinkers and activists. The title of the presentation itself was borrowed from


University honors scientists with the Rosenstiel Award ■ Dr. David Julius and

Dr. Ardem Patapoutian received the award at a ceremony on Oct. 12. By MAX FEIGELSON


On Oct. 12, the University held the 49th Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award ceremony virtually, honoring Dr. David Julius and Dr. Ardem Patapoutian “for their remarkable contributions to our understanding of the sensations of temperature, pain and touch.” Julius and Patapoutian received the award in 2019. However, due to COVID-19, the April 2020 award ceremony was postponed to last week. The award, fully named Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Medical Work in Basic Medical Research, was first given in 1971, and recognizes important advancements in fields related to medicine, biology and physiology. The ceremony for the 2020 winners, Dr. Katalin Karikó and Dr. Drew Weissman ’81, was held over Zoom, in spring 2021. Karikó and

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Activist speaks on history of Indigenous people ■ One of the many events

Weissman received the award for their work in “the modification of nucleic acids to develop RNA therapeutics and vaccines.” The ceremony for the 51st winners, who will be announced later this year, will be held in the spring of 2022. University President Ronald Liebowitz opened the ceremony, welcoming Prof. James Haber (BIO) and Prof. Emeritus Christopher Miller (BCHM), to introduce the two awardees. Haber has been at Brandeis for five decades and has done award-winning research in the field of genetics, Liebowitz said. Haber explained that the Rosenstiel Award has frequently been a pathway to a future Nobel Prize. Of the 50 winners, 36 later received a Nobel Prize, at an average of nine years after receiving the Rosenstiel Award, Haber said. The current two awardees were no exception to this trend. Both scientists were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2021 for the same research they were congratulated for in this award. Julius and Patapoutian both conducted research which examined which molecular mechanisms

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ACTIVITIES: Caricature artists were available to draw portraits of students and their families.

University holds programming for families on Family Weekend ■ Families attended

faculty presentations, performances and various other events on campus. By JACKLYN GOLOBORODSKY JUSTICE EDITOR

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 regulations at the University, the annual Brandeis Family Weekend was cancelled during the fall 2020 semester. Fortunately, the University hosted students' parents and families for a weekend of on-campus activities this year. Family Weekend officially began on Friday, Oct. 15, with a family check in at 10 a.m. at the Shapiro Campus Center. University staff provided families with name tags, a schedule for the weekend and some Brandeis merchandise. Later in the day, at 4 p.m., there was a welcome reception with complimentary food and drinks outside

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of the SCC. For families observing Shabbat, both the Hillel Club and Chabad Club hosted visitors for dinner. Other Friday night activities included a performance by Craig Karges, an award-winning entertainer, speaker and author, according to the Family Weekend schedule. Saturday, Oct. 16, was packed with faculty speakers and other events hosted by the University. The faculty presentations all took place in Spingold Theater, starting with a faculty presentation by Prof. Dan Breen (LGS). Breen’s presentation, titled “The King of the Puget Sound Bootleggers: Roy Olmstead, Louis Brandeis and the Forging of the Modern Fourth Amendment,” discussed the modernization of the Fourth Amendment. The following faculty presenter was Prof. Sabine von Mering (CGES), who discussed the rapid effects of climate change. The event description on the Family Weekend schedule website said that von Mer-

ing focused specifically on the 2015 Paris Agreement and the reality of what commitments countries need to make to create a livable climate for the future. Next, families had the opportunity to hear from the director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Dalia Wassner, about her recent research regarding Latin American Jewry. The event description states that Wassner gave an overview of the American Jewish diaspora and “explored her vision for founding a pioneering initiative on Latin American Jewry that bridges the academy and the community.” The last faculty presentation was by Prof. Don Katz (NPSY), in which he used psychology and neuroscience to defend the idea that everything is an illusion. Katz said that he aimed to show viewers “how easy it is to change what something tastes and even looks like.” To end a day of faculty presentations on a wide range of topics, fami-

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Families enjoy the weekend

Musical Meltdowns

 This year's musical movies have missed the mark.

Gillian Flynn visited Brandeis to speak about her experiences as a journalist, author and producer.



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MEDICAL EMERGENCY Oct. 3—There was a medical emergency in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 3—There was a medical emergency in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 4—There was a medical emergency in Ziv Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 5—There was a medical emergency in East Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 6—There was a medical emergency in Massell Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 7—There was a medical emergency in the Gerstenzang Science Library. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 9—There was a medical emergency on the athletic fields. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 10—There was a medical emergency

in the Usen Castle. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 10—There was a medical emergency in Skyline. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency on Charles River Road. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency in the Stoneman Infirmary and Public Safety building. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency in the administration complex. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency in the Foster Mods. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency in North Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance.

Oct. 11—There was a medical emergency in North Quad. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 14—There was a medical emergency in the Shapiro Science Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 14—There was a medical emergency in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 14—There was a medical emergency in the Foster Mods. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Oct. 15—There was a medical emergency in Village. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care. Oct. 16—There was a medical emergency in the Golding Health Center. The party was treated by BEMCo staff and signed a refusal for further care.

Oct. 6—A report was composed of a stolen sign from the A-Lot. Oct. 9—A report was composed of a stolen painting in the Usdan Student Center. HARASSMENT Oct. 13—A community member reported receiving harassment via email. A report of the incident was composed. MISCELLANEOUS Oct. 10—There was a noise complaint in the Foster Mods of a woman screaming. University Police interviewed the involved parties and all declined police and medical assistance. Oct. 11—There was a minor motor vehicle accident in North Quad. University Police assisted with the paperwork exchange. Oct. 13—There was a minor motor vehicle accident in East Quad. There were no injuries to report. Oct. 16—University Police dispersed a group of students from the athletic fields.

LARCENY Oct. 6—A report was composed of a stolen bicycle in the Foster Mods.

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Waltham hosts Halloweenthemed events for October The Waltham Public Library will host a series of Halloween-themed events geared toward families within the community. The event organizers plan to hold a festive concert on Sunday, Oct. 24 on the front lawn of the Francis Buttrick Library located on Main Street. The concert will feature performances by the Toe Jam Puppet Band. According to the information provided on the library event calendar, the band will perform at 1:30 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come in costumes. The event is supported by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council administered by the Waltham Cultural Council. On Oct. 30, the lawn will serve as the location for the annual Halloween Storytime and Costume Parade. The event will include songs, interactive storytelling and children’s activities, such as bubbles and dancing. The event will begin in the morning at 10 a.m., according to the Waltham Public Library website. The library also plans to host a Zoom event entitled “Spooky Skeleton Face Painting” for “big kids,” which continues to be promoted on the library’s Facebook page. Programming both in person on the library lawn and online is the main way for the library to connect with children, offer opportunities to learn and celebrate joyous holidays in the Waltham community.

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Student Union holds Oct. 17 impeachment trial of Secretary James Feng ’22 The agenda of the Oct. 17 meeting of the Student Union Senate announced, among other business items, the impeachment trial of Secretary James Feng ’22. Of the 18 senators present, 17 voted to impeach, only Sen. Asher Brenner ’24 abstained. Within 10 days, the judiciary will hear the case and make the final decision on whether or not to remove Feng. Vice President Courtney Thrun ’22 encouraged Senate committee chairs to hurry through their reports and skipped senator reports altogether in order to make time for the impending arguments for and against Feng’s impeachment. In accordance with the bylaws, newly-changed for clarity regarding impeachment procedures, Sen. Joseph Coles ’22, who drafted and presented the article of impeachment also delivered the arguments against Feng. In the 10 minutes allotted by the constitution for his opening statement, Coles detailed every one of Feng’s –– or “the Secretary,” as he is exclusively referred to in the argument –– offenses. These included Feng’s alleged failure to effectively run elections, respond within 24 hours as required by Union rules to Union officials and administrators and take full responsibility for his actions. Coles also claimed that Feng had behaved disrespectfully in the previous Senate meeting’s executive session. Coles argued that these actions, especially the repeated errors involving elections, were breaches of the secretary’s constitutional duty and grounds for impeachment. Coles said that Feng repeatedly did not respond to Slack messages and emails from other Union members and administration until members sent follow-

up emails the next day. Coles explained that, for the second round of elections this semester, Feng said that the date of the informational session for candidates was “Sunday 9/18,” which was actually a Saturday. Coles said that this was not the issue, and that “this was a mistake anyone could have made.” However, when the Union Chief of Staff informed Feng of the error twice, he did not respond or issue a correction. No candidates attended the info session. This was after Feng was warned before the second round of elections that he “needed to be more communicative,” Coles said. “The most important role of the secretary is [leading] elections,” Coles said. “I have zero confidence in the Secretary’s ability to lead elections.” Additionally, Coles said, Feng once told the Chief of Staff to tell President Krupa Sourirajan ’23 to “be more efficient in the future.” Feng attended the executive session of the previous Senate meeting. Reporters and members of the public are not allowed to attend or have any knowledge of executive sessions, though several senators expressed that he had been disrespectful to them –– including use of the fbomb, which multiple senators confirmed –– and refused to take responsibility for his actions until impeachment became inevitable. Feng admitted that he had been disrespectful and said that his change of heart was sincere, and that he would not make the same mistakes again. Coles said that Feng’s unresponsiveness and unwillingness to take responsibility was reflecting poorly on the Union as a whole. “Being disorganized and unprofessional makes the Union look disorganized and unprofessional,” Coles said. After Coles concluded his ar-

gument, Feng was given 10 minutes for his defense. Feng began by apologizing to the Senate for his behavior at the previous week’s meeting and for his other “mistakes,” which Coles had outlined. He said that it was “highly inconsiderate” not to respond to the administrators who emailed him, causing Sourirajan to fill in for him while on a break she had previously scheduled. Feng said he wanted to use his defense not to excuse what he did, but to ask forgiveness and “take ownership” of his previous errors. He said that if he was allowed to remain as secretary, he would follow the Union rule to respond to messages within 24 hours, not hesitate to ask for help and be proactive about communication. Feng said that he had time to reflect since last week’s executive session, and that he had understood the importance of taking responsibility and properly fulfilling the role of secretary. “I understand that effective communication is key to success on the Student Union, especially in the role of secretary,” Feng said. Feng concluded his statement by asking again that the Senate give him a second chance to prove that he had learned from his mistakes. The senators then had an opportunity to question Feng. Sen. Ashna Kelkar ’24 began the questioning. “You’re asking us for a second chance, but you’ve had a lot of second chances,” Kelkar said. “I’m just worried this is your way of saving yourself instead of [you] being genuine.” Feng explained that he had “an epiphany” after last week’s executive session, in which he realized his mistakes and accepted responsibility for his actions. “[I thought] wow, I should not have said those things,” Feng said. “It wasn’t because

of your vote,” referring to the Senate’s vote from the previous week to continue with the impeachment process. Sen. Yael Trager ’24 asked Feng why being on the Student Union is important to him. “Communication is something that suits me,” Feng said. He started in the Student Union last year as the Ziv/Ridgewood Senator before being elected secretary at the end of last semester. “I’m sorry for being that brat I was last Sunday,” he said. Once the question session was over, Coles and Feng made their closing arguments. Coles said that though Feng had addressed his wrongdoing and accepted responsibility for it, he had still not explained why the problems happened or what he would do to prevent them from happening again in the future. Feng said in his concluding response that he did have “concrete plans” to improve, and though he doesn’t “deserve a second chance,” the Senate should be lenient and allow him to continue as secretary. Thrun then removed Coles, Feng, the two reporters and all other e-board members from the meeting for executive session to deliberate. After 17 minutes, the Senate returned from executive session. Thrun moved to vote by roll call, recording each senator’s vote after calling their name. The Senate voted to confirm Sophia Reiss ’22 to the E-board as Judicial Advisor, giving her an official position in which to continue her work of training and assisting the all-new judiciary members.

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ACTIVISM: Pittman discusses history of oppressed groups CONTINUED FROM 1 Langston Hughes’s poem, “I, Too,” which Pittman read aloud. She also started and ended the presentation with music by Indigenous activists and musicians that were about both the stealing and the reclamation of their land in America. She included quotes from James Baldwin, Nina Simone, Nelson Mandela and Simon Bolivar. At the end of the event, Pittman shifted from discussing the past to the present, focusing on how we as individuals can work to amend the country’s past and work toward eradicating racism and oppression. She placed an emphasis on educat-

ing children, as often these aspects of American history are glossed over in schools. Pittman recommended taking responsibility when we notice gaps in children’s education by telling stories, reading books or listening to music. Tara Whitehurst, program administrator at the Intercultural Center, started the presentation with a statement regarding Indigenous Peoples Day: “The very existence of our University and Waltham has been facilitated by the dispossession, enslavement, forced removal and dispersal of native communities by settler colonialism. We acknowledge that the allotment of native land and termi-

nation of native serenity emerged in New England during the Massachusetts Enfranchisement and Allotment Act of 1866, and we recognize that this land acknowledgement is the one aspect of our ongoing effort to take action to support Indigenous communities.” Brandeis held two days of programming on Oct. 11 and 12. There was a total of seven different events, with multiple guest speakers as well as a number of Indigenous cultural performances. Brandeis hosted its first teaching in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day in 2016, this year being the sixth annual year of programming to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


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FAMILY: Weekend with presentations and shows CONTINUED FROM 1 lies were invited to watch “Brandeis Has Got Talent” at the Spingold Theater. Students in the performing arts showcased their artistic and musical talents to both parents and students. In addition to the presentations and shows, families had the opportunity to go on a campus tour and play family bingo. The Family Weekend programming concluded on Sunday, Oct. 17,

with a Legacy Family Celebration for alumni of the University and a fall craft corner at which students and families could pick a pumpkin and carve or decorate it. Throughout all three days of the weekend, families were able to visit the Rose Art Museum. Current exhibitions on display were "re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum," "Frida Kahlo: POSE" and "Mark Dion: The Undisciplined Collector."



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PRESENTATION: Chadra Pittman discussed the history and future of Indigenous people in America.

SCIENCE: Postponed award ceremony takes place virtually CONTINUED FROM 1 what molecular mechanisms are responsible for certain senses, specifically heat and touch. Both scientists’ labs made similar discoveries independent of each other at around the same time. While many senses, such as sight and sound, are confined to singular body parts, touch and the associated feeling of pain can be felt all over the body. This is, in part, why touch is the last sense scientists have been able to understand — and the work, while advanced by Julius' and Patapoutian’s research,

is far from over. Julius’ lab determined which receptors in the body cause the pain associated with consuming capsaicin, the molecule which producesfeelings of spiciness. Prior to his discovery, it was not known exactly how capsaicin caused pain. Patapoutian and Julius both used menthol similarly to capsaicin as a way to determine which chemical pathways were being used to cause the “cool” sensation from menthol. Patapoutian’s research also focuses on how the sense of touch works –– in other words, what pathways the signal from a touch takes

to the brain. Both researchers’ work have potential applications in fields such as chronic pain treatment, where understanding neural receptors is necessary in order to create effective treatments. Julius is currently the chair of and a professor in the department of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where his award-winning research was conducted. Patapoutian is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.


FACULTY: Prof. Don Katz (NPSY) presented his research on psychology and

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AWARD: Prof. James Harber (BIO) presented the awards to Dr. Ardem Patapoutian and Dr. David Julius.

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Gillian Flynn on Thinking, Writing and Amorality The “Gone Girl” author and expert in mystery visited Brandeis to speak on her experiences as a journalist, author and producer.


GUEST SPEAKER: Prof. Josh Wolk invites the author of “Gone Girl” to speak to his journalism class.


Like her infamous protagonist Amy Dunne, Gillian Flynn knows how to grip a crowd. Flynn, the journalist-turnednovelist of “Gone Girl,” “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places,” visited Brandeis on Oct. 12 in conversation with Prof. Josh Wolk (JOUR). Wolk, like Flynn, has also worked as a journalist — he found success at Vulture, among other magazines and news sites. In contrast to how dark Flynn’s bestselling thrillers are, the atmosphere of the event was overwhelmingly cheerful. Flynn interspersed her discussion with humorous quips about her life, including an anecdote about working a comicallymiserable mall job as a giant walking yogurt cone.

The sense of humor she exhibited in her talk can also be found in her books. “I think that most of my characters — my primary characters at least — have a sense of humor … Otherwise getting through [my books] would be hard,” Flynn said. Flynn described always having an interest in the macabre, which her father in particular fostered through his own love of movies. He’d frequently take Flynn to local horror showings in their hometown of Kansas City. “They were sometimes wildly inappropriate for a nine-year-old … like ‘The Elephant Man’! Don’t show that to a child! … Whether it was good or bad, on the walk home, we would talk about it. He would never let me get away with ‘I liked it,’ you know? It would always be, ‘Well, what did you like about it? What did you dislike about it?’ I mean, even then I was being asked to justify my thoughts and


TALKING ABOUT HER PASSION: Flynn talks to a crowd of students about her career.

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opinions,” Flynn said. After writing for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years, Flynn published her debut novel “Sharp Objects” in 2006, followed by “Dark Places” in 2009. Her instant bestseller “Gone Girl” flooded bookshelves in 2012 and then theaters in 2014. In recent years, Flynn worked as a producer on HBO’s TV adaptation of “Sharp Objects” and she was the showrunner and writer of Amazon’s “Utopia.” Flynn has been criticized for her depiction of women in her books, particularly in “Gone Girl”. Some claim she portrays them as contrived and predictable, using looks or status to take advantage of those around them. “Gone Girl”’s anti-heroine Amy Dunne fakes her own death, frames her cheating husband for it and becomes the subject of a national media obsession that one might now refer to as a perfect fictional example of “missing white woman syndrome.” After manipulating her friends, family and the entire nation into believing her husband is guilty of murder, Dunne dramatically and publicly returns to deliver a final blow: she frames another man for “kidnapping” her and manipulates her husband into staying with her forever. Cue the backlash. In response to accusations of misogynistic writing from critics, Flynn has said that she seeks to expand the definition of what it means to be a female villain. But what about villainy outside of fiction? Many journalistic profiles — a large part of Flynn’s past work at EW — tend to portray multidimensional people through specific angles or themes, and thus don’t always have the room for the kind of complex amorality that Flynn has been credited for using in her fiction. “It’s easier to do when you have the swath of a novel,” Flynn said. “Those [amoral characters] are particularly hard to do, but they’re the kinds of stories, articles and books that people talk about because they want to discuss how they felt. It’s much more fun to debate the looseness of something. And I think that’s a large reason why ‘Gone Girl’ sold well.” Similarly, Flynn described her success in writing as being rooted in a process of thinking and analyzing the media you consume. “I am consistently stunned by people who say they want to be a screenwriter or a writer and you know, you ask them what they’re really into and

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BOOK: Flynn’s “Gone Girl”was a crime thriller and New York Times bestseller. they don’t have that answer,” Flynn said. “You know, to me, that is so key … There is no such thing as a waste of time watching a movie or reading a book as long as your brain is working, and you’re thinking about why something is working or not working.” Fans of Flynn’s have something to look forward to — she has signed on to work as a publisher for Zando, an independent publishing company that will enlist Flynn to seek out newly written works. At Zando, Flynn has begun a new sub-publishing project, “Gillian Flynn Books.” “Gillian Flynn Books will nurture writers who are surprising and unique … I want to help big and new voices find their way in the world. Launching my imprint with Zando means I get to do that,” Flynn wrote on Zando’s website. As for a new book by Flynn? That remains unclear. “I’ll be back,” Flynn said as she exited the room at the end of her talk. “Or will I?” — Editor’s note: Noah Zeitlin is the media producer and Jen Crystal is a UDR of the Brandeis Journalism Program. They are also editors of the Justice. They did not contribute to the reporting or editing of this story.



Leadership with empathy, listening and a servant mindset The journey, insight and advice of Kris Engskov, former personal aide to President Clinton and Starbucks President of U.S. Retail.



“Clinton became President in January, [my college friend and I] graduated in May and we just loaded up our cars and drove to Washington.” “With no plan of what you were doing?” “No plan … I remember it being very scary and very exciting at the same time,” Kris Engskov said, reflecting on the early days of his fascinating career in the public and private sectors. In the latest episode of Voyager Talks, my self-produced podcast sharing the journey, insight and wisdom of premier business and political leaders, I sat down with Kris Engskov. He has a fascinating career in the public and private sectors, including serving as the personal aide to President Bill Clinton for nearly four years and later as a top executive at Starbucks and Aegis Living. Our discussion began with his journey to the White House. As a senior in college, Engskov volunteered for thenGovernor Clinton’s campaign and moved to D.C. after graduating. He networked around and landed a volunteer gig in the travel office of the White House and was later hired for a full-time position. When I asked about his advice for a smart, driven college student about to enter the real world, he recalled his approach to the White House. “Decide what organization you want to be in,” he said. “Set your sights high, and then just focus on getting a foot in the door.” He explained that once you are in the door, even if as a volunteer or a gopher, you will get to know the team and be first in line for future opportunities. If you are in the right organization, your excitement, energy, creativity and the fact you are already an internal member will allow you to absolutely fly.

I can’t tell you the number of times I should have been listening rather than talking, and I reflect on those times now and think to myself that was a miss. KRIS ENGSKOV

After Clinton left office, Engskov moved to Seattle and spent 17 years with Starbucks in multiple roles, including president of U.S. Retail where he led 170,000 employees across

LEADERSHIP: Kris Engskov (middle) has served as personal aide to Bill Clinton and as a top executive at Starbucks and at Aegis Living.

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LANGUAGE BARRIER: The Philadelphia Sphas, a team discussed in ‘The First Basket’, sport Hebrew lettering on their uniforms.

8,300 stores, president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa division and Executive Vice President of Global Business Integration. He attributes his rise in the company partly to their training program for executives, which sent him to every level of the store hierarchy. Three months as a barista, three months as a shift manager and three months as a store manager were all humbling and difficult experiences that developed his emotional intelligence in immeasurable ways. This time spent working in the store alongside the hardworking staff also helped develop his approach as a servant leader. “I try to come to work with the mindset of how do I support [the front-line workers] and make their job easier and their life more fulfilling,” Engskov said. From making lattes to leading Starbucks on a national and international scale, Engskov then pivoted to the healthcare industry and served as president of the leading assisted care company Aegis Living, before cofounding a home healthcare startup. Both Starbucks and Aegis are people-first organizations — a great fit for Engskov — which didn’t happen by accident. When choosing roles, he aimed to specifically take jobs that had a sense of mission, both in the work and in developing the teams he led. Throughout the conversation, I aimed to gain insight into Engskov’s leadership philosophy and listening skills. “Listening is fundamental to leadership in a peoplebased organization,” he explained. In order to find the best solution and develop a team, reading between the lines of what’s being said and showing humility is critical. For

Engskov, great leaders also constantly ask questions and genuinely listen to feedback, understand that the best ideas come from others and are able to be vulnerable and admit when they are wrong. Engskov is one of the most incredible listeners I know, but he admitted that it was not always a strength of his. “You learn it when you’ve made a mistake,” he said, “I can’t tell you the number of times I should have been listening rather than talking, and I reflect on those times now and think to myself that was a miss”: a missed opportunity to learn, because you always learn more when you listen than when you talk. The importance of listening aside, this process of internal dialogue and reflection to improve yourself is a common theme across leaders who live intentionally and is something for which we can all strive. As a final question, I always ask my guests about a new belief, behavior or habit that has improved their life. Engskov himself shared his efforts to be more purposeful with his learning and thinking in recent years. “I give myself dedicated time to think and read about things I’m curious about or want to learn more about … to advance my thinking in an intentional way.” An important part of this is avoiding being led by social media or the news; he is fully aware he can consume information all day and never actually advance his thinking in a meaningful way. As an example, when considering a career shift, he first educated himself by reading and studying in what he calls a self-guided “primer course” to understand the healthcare industry on a deeper

STARBUCKS: Engskov spent 17 years with Starbucks in multiple roles.

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Acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month Content warning: this editorial discusses general mentions of domestic violence and sexual assault. This October marks the 40th year of observing national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Justice Editorial Board would like to recognize the importance of this issue by discussing recent abuse and sexual violence incidents on other college campuses, highlighting the work and support systems of oncampus organizations and providing a list of resources for Brandeis community members who have or are experiencing domestic violence or abuse of any kind. In the U.S., one in three women and one in four men on average will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are one of the demographics most likely to experience intimate partner violence, per the National Domestic Violence Hotline. These statistics reveal the prevalence — especially for collegeage women — of domestic violence. This board also recognizes that people who have experienced domestic violence are more than just a number: you and your stories go beyond any statistic. Over the past month at various colleges in the U.S., students have been protesting the pervasiveness of sexual assault and abuse on campus. Specifically, recent events at the University of Delaware — where a student was indicted for kidnapping and strangling a female student — and the University of Massachusetts Amherst — whose Theta Chi fraternity is facing allegations of sexaul assault — have urged students to protest at both universities. At on-campus demonstrations at both schools, students responded to the culture of tolerance around domestic abuse and sexual violence, which has been perpetuated by organizations like college fraternities who are not holding members accountable, some protesters claimed. In response to these incidents happening at other universities, this board encourages all Brandeis community members to consider how we can improve our understanding, compassion and support for people who have experienced domestic or interpersonal violence. Domestic violence awareness and prevention must go beyond a month of observance. At the individual level, we all must take more concrete steps toward being advocates for those who have experienced and continue to experience abuse. Of course, this board recognizes that this editorial is only a starting point on the path of more awareness, understanding and prevention of such experiences. Also, this board wants to acknowledge the groups on campus who are dedicated to this work, such as the Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center. PARC is a great resource not only for individuals seeking advice or support, but also for students or clubs who want peer-led violence prevention education. In an email to the Justice, PARC affirmed the importance of individual awareness and action, saying, “We all have a role to play in modeling healthy relationships, which includes honoring boundaries, communicating openly and

effectively, and treating all individuals with dignity and respect. Cumulatively, the more we actively embody these practices (in whatever relationships we have), the less normalized and prevalent domestic violence becomes.” Similarly, Student Sexuality Information Services — another valuable on-campus resource for relationship and sex advice — told the Justice that “communication is key” for having a safe and healthy relationship. “At SSIS, we like to say communication is best when it’s open, honest, early, and often,” they explained. Recognizing and intervening in an abusive relationship, however, can be complicated. Abusive relationships take many forms, and every situation presents its own unique set of problems and possible solutions. Indeed, cycles of violence in abusive relationships are complex, and it is important to recognize that in most volatile relationships, there are periods of relative peace and apology-making, followed by a period of tension and violence. This fluctuation can make it difficult for people experiencing abuse to respond to concerns from others, since for periods of time the abuser seems apologetic and ready to change. If you notice any signs of emotional, physical or sexual abuse in a friend’s relationship, it is vital to address these concerns and seek help, support and resources for those involved, despite the complexity of abusive relationships. Some common signs of intimate partner abusive behavior include: isolating their partner from friends and family, controlling finances, intimidating or threatening their partner verbally or with weapons and/or pressuring their partner to perform sexual acts they are not comfortable with. Specifically, PARC shared some advice on addressing abuse as a bystander: “there are many valid and common reasons why individuals do not leave relationships with domestic violence or access resources, including care for their partner and fear for their safety. There is no universally ‘right’ course of action. Friends and family can best support individuals experiencing domestic violence by believing their experiences, centering their decisions, and supporting whatever they decide.” Below is a list of resources both within Brandeis and at the local and national level for anyone who needs help for themselves or for someone they know who has experienced emotional or physical abuse, relationship problems or domestic violence. Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center: A trained advocate is always available via the 24/7 counseling and rape crisis hotline: 781-736-3370. PARC Peer Advocates offer confidential advocacy to those impacted by many forms of violence, including domestic violence, and those supporting them, and are available Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., any day class is in session via chat or text, in-person appointment or hotline. For non-emergency questions, presentation requests or appointment scheduling, you can email

Office of Equal Opportunity: Students can pursue a Title IX process through the Office of Equal Opportunity. Dean of Students Office: Students can request No Contact Orders by emailing the DOSO at or by phone, 781736-3600. Student Sexuality Information Services: SSIS is a student-run organization that promotes sexual health through peer counseling, outreach, products, referrals and a resource library. Students can get SipChips from SSIS, which test drinks for the presence of date-rape drugs. Their office is located on the third floor of the SCC, room 328. Students Talking About Relationships: STAR is a completely student-run and -led support group that is trained in topics such as LGBTQIA+, sexual assault, food sensitivities, stress, as well as relationships and domestic violence. STAR offers in-person, confidential, one-on-one support in their office in the

SCC, room 324, and has an anonymous and confidential text line offered during most nights of the week (see Brandeis 6TALK). Brandeis 6TALK: Brandeis 6TALK is an anonymous peer hotline run by dedicated peer listeners. You can reach them at 781-736-TALK (781-736-8255) from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday nights. National Domestic Violence Hotline: The Hotline provides 24/7 support via their hotline (1-800-799-7233) and resources for prevention, crisis intervention and safety planning. REACH: REACH provides emergency shelter, education and prevention programming and a 24/7 confidential hotline. Brandeis Department of Public Safety: In case of emergency, students may choose to contact Public Safety at 781736-3333.

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Throughout the U.S., cases of domestic violence have increased across genders and sexual orientations, and within LGBTQIA+ communities they remain a particular threat. In addition to physical and verbal abuse, LGBTQIA+ survivors of domestic violence often face threats of being ‘outed,’ having increased economic and housing risks as a result of domestic violence and other unique challenges. What can individuals, campuses, communities and/or policy leaders do to better support survivors of violence, or to foster healthier and more inclusive communities for all? Is there room at Brandeis for improvement of services and support systems, or a need for increased education to combat domestic and identity-based violence?

Prof. Susan Curnan, (Heller) When I think about the confluence of events and benchmarks occurring this month such as those you mention for the LGBTQ community my first thoughts go to RESILIENCE. The profound resilience of individual members of this community to adapt in the face of adversity and multiple stressors caused by homophobia and transphobia despite the hardships. And I think of the need to build better environments where LGBTQ people have a definite sense of belonging, respect and the support and opportunities where they can thrive. In other words a “structural resilience” in families of all kinds, organizations and institutions of all kinds and in policies at all levels. As a card carrying lesbian who marched, celebrated, demonstrated and testified many times in Washington D.C. and locally, I have witnessed and expierienced both pride in the movement and deep unrelenting prejudice against our community. When I think of Brandeis as a place where we can improve our “structural resilience” I have a few ideas but first I want to acknowledge that Brandeis has made great strides over the last few years with the creation and leadership of the Gender and Sexuality Center and continued investments in an array of student, staff and faculty groups and activities. If it hasn’t happened yet, I would like to see Brandeis participate in the Campus Pride Index —a national accountability tool used by hundreds of university and college campuses to “come out as LGBTQ friendly” ensuring a sense of belonging and a measured commitment to continuous improvement (campuspride. org). When last documented (not sure of the date) Brandeis got a 3.5 on a scale of 5. Not bad but could improve! The index provides criteria in several domains including: policy inclusion; support and institutional commitment; academic life; student life; campus safety; residential life; counseling and health; recruitment and retention. I would like to see Brandeis shine next year among Campus Pride’s “best of the best!” [In the] meantime I look forward to teaching my related course at the Heller School in the Spring: LGBTQ+ Justice: A History of Pride, Prejudice, and Policy in the United States. Susan P. Curnan is the Florence G. Heller Associate Professor of the Practice, founding Chair of the MPP Concentration in Environmental Justice and Executive Director of the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Hallie Kamosky ‘23 Students and administrators alike have made remarkable efforts to support those affected by domestic violence on campus, nonetheless there is still much work to be done. Although domestic violence often occurs on an interpersonal level, it is exacerbated by the ideologies that undergird our community and society. As individuals we can work to hold ourselves, the people around us and the systems we participate in accountable when any type of violence occurs, especially to those whose identities are often marginalized and erased. In not enabling violent behavior, no matter how covert, we work to break cycles of violence proactively. Within our school, advocating for increased access to advocacy, mental health and legal services that are suited to the needs of those with intersecting identities is integral to fostering a safer and more inclusive community. Beyond Brandeis, our government on a local, state and federal level must pass legislation that protects individuals from domestic violence. For example, Connecticut recently passed “Jennifer’s Law” which includes coercion as a form of domestic violence. Bills such as this bring visibility and legitimacy to less overt forms of violence, and more must be done to eliminate the barriers to justice that are currently present for many. Hallie Kamosky is a Violence Prevention Educator at the Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC), and a member of the Sexual Violence Student Advisory Council (SVSAC). Photos: Prof. Susan Curnan/Hallie Kamosky



The inaccessibility of the ballot box for people of color By LAURYN WILLIAMS


During the 2020 primary elections, my eyes were fixated on whatever electronic device was in front of me. I anxiously watched as news anchors mulled over the predictions while the nation’s map was checkered with an array of blue and red. When the time came, my parents headed to the polls to cast their votes. They made participating in this democratic process look easy, accessible and clean-cut. However, over the past few years as more and more voter suppression laws target vulnerable communities, it has become evident that our current voting system does not equally represent America’s population. What systematic practices encourage this discrimation and what can be done to stop it? A key component of voting in the United States is the Electoral College. The Electoral College was established to ensure that there is a fair amount of representation for all states. However, the Electoral College intentionally allows smaller states to be over-represented while more densely populous states are under-represented. If we were to correct the disparity between California and Wyoming to ensure that they were represented equally, for instance, California would be entitled to 222 electoral votes — a 167 vote increase. California has one of the largest percentages of the United States’ ethnic groups, while Wyoming’s diversity is quite small. The Electoral College underwent several revisions and debates on how to implement its system while still reflecting the will of the people; it has fallen short time and time again, as a lack of representation for minority groups remains a constant struggle. Voter suppression is not a new political tactic, but rather an age-old tale of discriminatory practices targeted at those whose voices matter the most. Throughout our history, minorities’ rights have been consistently denied, as seen with the Jim Crow laws that made it incredibly difficult for Black voters to cast their votes. As we move further into modern times, methods for voter

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suppression have become more discreet. Recently, Georgia implemented a new law which makes it illegal for poll workers to give food or water to people waiting in line to vote. Due to the disproportionately long lines in Black and Brown communities, voters of color with health issues or disabilities now have to choose whether to vote and risk falling ill, or stay home from the polls. This is one of many instances of voter suppression within the country. For the past decade, state legislatures have implemented strict voter ID laws stating that one must provide specific forms of government-issued identification. This

option is not always available to those within low-income communities, as obtaining these specific IDs can be costly. In addition, in many states, people convicted of a felony cannot vote. The Black American incarceration rate is five times more than that of white Americans, and Latinx people are 1.3 times more likely to be incarcerated than white Americans. People of color are targeted by the criminal justice system, and by removing their voices in presidential and state elections, we lose out on different perspectives about how our laws impact a significant portion of American communities. Tackling voter suppression means urging

better systems to be implemented in order to mitigate the assault on vulnerable voters. We need to fight for same-day and automatic voter registration to help voting become more efficient and less complicated for those interacting with the process for the first time. The Voting Rights Act must be fully respected within each state, especially section 5, which requires states with past discriminatory practices to obtain federal approval before making voting law changes. Under this practice, laws such as Georgia’s would be prevented. Uplifting these rights and protections would help the urgent fight for equality and equity in voting.

Experiencing autumn and college life post-pandemic By JENNY ZHAO


After a year of virtual college due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I, a sophomore, returned to the Brandeis campus feeling like a first-year. The freshness of real college life soon faded away with the academic and social stresses of a new environment striking me, and the depressing cold of New England approached at the same time. The beginning of the semester started well. I wasn’t very busy with school and everything just felt so fresh. I went to Boston with my friends almost every weekend, returning to campus right before midnight, hanging out in one of their rooms until 3 a.m. Giving out kisses and hugs to each other, snatching away someone’s phone and leaving him a hundred selfies, and watching some drunkards lying on the floor the whole night — I

loved every second of it. And then the weather started to change. It started to rain, and then it got colder. One night, I saw that the leaves had changed after a storm when a spark of gold suddenly flashed from the trees outside of my dorm. I remembered I was hanging out in my friend Ollie’s room that night. Ollie lives in a single room on the top floor of our dorm. His room has the best view — the Boston skyline. I sat on the window sill, hiding inside the curtains, watching white fog appear on the window as I breathed. I took a few more deep breaths and wrote something on the glass. I could not even remember what I wrote; maybe something close to “OMG it is fall now.” This line would soon disappear as the white fog dissipated, then reemerge again the next night

when the windows would block out the cold and trap the warm and damp air inside. I had not been to Ollie’s room in a while. I don’t know if this moment has already happened, nor if he found out what I left on the window. And then he pulled open the curtain and asked me what I was doing.“Nothing,” I said, “just fall is coming.”I love to inspect the changing of seasons. I watch the leaves turn from bright gold to dark crimson, finally falling to the floor in a dusty brown shade, giving out a delightfully crispy sound when people step on them. I remember taking a Latin poetry class last semester where we learned the Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” a tale consisting of short stories of how gods change the shape of humans and animals. Ovid opened the first book with the king of gods, Jupiter, creating the four seasons and sending out

a minor god, Vertumnus, to be in charge of the changing of seasons and the growth of the plants. I do believe in these gods. They enable me to capture the tiniest change of time, even as the leaves fall in the blink of a moment. But Ollie didn’t appreciate this mythology as much as I did. He didn’t like fall because fall was too short in New England and the leaves fell off the trees too fast. When all the leaves were gone, winter would arrive. Winter was even worse than fall for him. I didn’t say anything, but my heart started to grow out of a sense of grievance. I thought I was starting to miss summer. But the seasons still listened to Vertumnus, not me. I had a fight with Ollie — afterwards walkingshakily alone in the night wind, trying to stop my tears by eating corn chips and finishing season three of “Sex Education” by myself. The ending made me emotional the entire weekend. My fashion history class had us write an essay on Coco Chanel. I mean, I can’t even afford her products, so how can I understand her as a person? The paragraph above is pure trash talk. If I had the writing center look over this essay, they would probably tell me to summarize everything into one sentence. But I have yet to figure out how to put my own life together, so how could I easily write about it in just a few words? After two months of college, I still need more time to get used to the in-person college atmosphere. I messed up deadlines with too many things going on at the same time, had no idea how to deal with drama within my friend group and over-ranted with others during a mental breakdown. However, since I cannot go back to Aug. 25 nor make summer start over, it might be better to just see how things go, letting time take its course. The changing of the seasons is inevitable whether or not it is because of the god Vertumnus, but no matter what, there are still many seasons that will pass before I get used to college life and even more to expect beyond the next fall’s leaves.

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Simmons makes surprise return ■ In another wild twist to the saga, Ben Simmons made an unannounced return before playoff game. By TAKU HAGIWARA JUSTICE STAFF WRITER

When the Philadelphia 76ers played the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, many fans expected the game to be a regular preseason game, where established players would be warming up for the season and those without a confirmed role would try and impress teams in hopes for a place on a team’s roster. All was going well until a 6-foot-10-inch Australian who had been missing from the team since June strolled through the doors of the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia. After four months of zero contact, Ben Simmons’ sudden return to the team is another wild twist to a seemingly never ending saga. Simmons, who held out from the team in hopes of being traded from Philadelphia during the opening stages of the season, seemed adamant in his willingness to follow through with his absence. Following a series of fines which accrued to over a million dollars, Simmons certainly made a point to the Sixers organization of his unwillingness to play for the team. While Simmons made his trade demands clear, his trade value seemed to fall further and further the longer he spent in his holdout,

which could be one reason why he decided to return. Moreover, given the fact that he contacted the NBA Players Association, the official labor union of the league, about recouping the salary lost to fines, the financial losses incurred by the holdout are most likely another significant factor for his return. Following his return, Simmons is undergoing COVID-19 protocol and remains separated from the team. He is not expected to play in any of the remaining preseason games, as he needs to recondition his body for the regular season. Since he has not publicly made any comments indicating that his desire to be traded has changed, it is expected that he still wants to be traded, albeit with less confidence that being absent from his duties would help the cause. He will likely be reintegrated into the team in some shape or form and will probably play for the team for at least a part of the season. Simmons’ teammates seem to be ambivalent towards his return, with fellow starter Danny Green being quoted as saying: “We just want everybody to come here, show up and do their jobs. I’m not asking him to do anything different than he normally does. Just show up to work and do what you normally do for us.” Since the drama surrounding Simmons is more between him and the organization rather than him and his teammates, there should not be a significant rift between the other

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Men’s Ultimate wins championship ■ TRON triumphs at Metro Boston Sectional Championship last week against local competitors. By LIDDY GROSSMAN


The Brandeis Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, better known as TRON, won the Metro Boston Sectional Championship this past weekend in Easton, MA. TRON provided a strong showing on Saturday, sweeping their slate of games against several opponents from the Metro-Boston area. The tournament, hosted by Stonehill College, saw TRON take on local rivals, such as Stonehill College and Bentley University, for a chance to punch their ticket to the DIII New England Regional Championship Tournament, which will take place in November. The Sectional Championship Tournament was Brandeis’ first intercollegiate competition in over 600 days, dating back to March 2020, at which time they were ranked 12th in the nation,

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according to The first of TRON’s two games pitted Brandeis against the hosts from Stonehill. On a blustery Saturday morning, Stonehill attempted to stifle the explosive TRON offense with a zone defensive scheme. After going blow for blow early in the game, TRON broke through for five unanswered goals, punctuated by a stupendous vertical effort from cutter Ayush “Tempo” Thacker ’23 and defensive contributions from Griffin “Torch” Stotland ’23. TRON’s run of goals put the game out of reach, turning a once tight 5-4 affair into a 10-4 Brandeis blowout. TRON began the day with a comfortable 12-6 win. TRON played their second and final game of the tournament against their cross-town rival Bentley Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, known as 'Ice House.' Brandeis opened the game by building a slim 3-1 lead over Ice House, at which time Bentley responded with a goal of their own to bring the game within one at 3-2. Unfortunately for Ice House, it

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WIND UP: Caroline Swan '23 winds up for a kick at home. She scored her first goal of the season against Chicago on Friday.

Judges take one, lose one away over weekend ■ On the road, the UAA weekend includes an upset win and a loss versus Chicago and WashU. By AKI YAMAGUCHI JUSTICE STAFF WRITER

The Brandeis Judges Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams flew to the Midwest to play the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Two University Athletic Association games were up for grabs as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams faced top 25 ranked teams. The women’s team faced the #9 University of Chicago and #3 Washington University teams, coming in with a record 5-3-2 and 0-2 UAA. On the other hand, the men’s team with a record of 3-6-2, 0-1-1 UAA faced the #16 University of Chicago and #9 Washington University teams. Women’s Soccer Judges 3, Marrons 2 On the road first at Chicago, the women’s soccer team knocked out the University of Chicago Maroons’ undefeated record and their first loss of the season. Despite being outshot by the Maroons 3-1, the Judges held on and capitalized on their chances to put the game away. Beating the Maroons put the

Judges up to 6-3-2 overall and 1-2 UAA. The Maroons fell to 10-1-2 and 1-1-1 in the UAA. Taking control of the game early in the first half, senior Juliette Carreiro ’22 was able to put a chip shot away for the first goal. In the 8th minute, she scored her fourth goal of the season. The Maroons had only allowed four goals scored so far and Carreiro’s was the fifth for what had been a very defensive season. Later in the half, the Maroons scored a goal back in the 32nd minute with a quick pass combination that found the back of the net. The Judges were unable to score for the rest of the half, but they held the Maroons to 1-1 for the half. In the second half, the Maroons started the half off strong with a goal in the 56th minute. Putting the ball away in an empty goal due to a defensive mistake, the Maroons gained a 2-1 lead. However, the Judges bounced back right away and scored a goal merely 81 seconds later. Off a cross from Carreiro, Caroline Swan ’23 scored her first goal of the season and gave Carreiro her sixth assist of the season. Later in the game, the Judges scored their game-winner in the 76th minute. This time it was Yasla Ngoma ’24 who passed it to Daria Bakhtiari ’22 to put away a long shot over the goalie’s arms. With her fifth goal of the season and Ngoma’s second assist, the Judges were able to hold

onto the game and secure the win. In the last minutes of the game, Chicago had a free-kick about 35 yards out that was knocked out by Hannah Bassan ’25 just over the crossbar. Bears 2, Judges 1 After flying to the University of Chicago, the Judges made their way to St. Louis to face the Washington University Bears for another UAA game. Although able to score, they were unable to equalize and fell to the Bears 1-2. With the loss, the Judges fell to 6-4-2, 1-3-0 UAA and the Bears improved to 11-0-1 and 4-0 UAA. With an even and defensive first half, the Judges and Bears were close in attempts. Putting three shots on goal compared to the Bears’ four, the Judges were able to keep the Bears on their toes. However, in the second half, the Bears were able to put a goal in. In the 66th minute, the opponent put a goal away after a corner kick scramble. Minutes later, a second goal was scored and ended up ensuring the win for the Bears. Off a short free-kick, Erin Flynn was able to blast one in for the second time that day. The Judges answered back with a goal in the 79th minute, as sophomore Sydney Lenhart ’24 was able to drive a goal in off a header from Ngoma. With Lenhart’s third

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UAA STANDINGS NYU Emory WashU Rochester Chicago Case JUDGES Carnegie

Goals Max Horowitz ’24 leads the team with two goals.

Overall W L D Pct. Goals 9 3 1 .731 Player Max Horowitz 2 7 1 4 .750 1 8 2 1 .773 Evan Glass Andres Gonzalez 1 7 2 3 .708 1 9 4 1 .679 John Loo 6 4 2 .583 4 7 2 .385 Assists 6 4 3 .577 Max Horowitz ’24 leads the team with two assists.

UAA Conf. W L D 3 1 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 1 0 3 1


Player Assists Max Horowitz 2 Michael Burch 1

October 29 vs Emory October 31 vs Rochester



UAA STANDINGS WashU Case Chicago Carnegie Emory Rochester JUDGES NYU

Overall W L D Pct. 11 0 1 .958 11 1 1 .885 11 1 2 .857 9 3 1 .731 10 3 1 .750 5 3 4 .583 6 4 2 .583 7 6 0 .538

UAA Conf. W L D 4 0 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 4

UPCOMING GAMES: October 29 vs Emory October 31 vs Rochester

Goals Daria Bakhtiari ’21 and Yasla Ngoma ’24 lead the team. Player Goals Daria Bakhtiari 5 Yasla Ngoma 5 Juliette Carreiro 4 Makenna Hunt 3

Assists Juliette Carreiro ’21 leads the team with six assists. Player Assists Juliette Carreiro 6 Caroline Swan 4 Yasla Ngoma 3 Sydney Lenhart 2



UAA Conf. W L D NYU 6 1 0 Emory 6 1 0 Chicago 5 2 0 WashU 4 3 0 Carnegie 4 3 0 Case 2 5 0 JUDGES 1 6 0 Rochester 0 7 0

Overall W L D Pct. 17 1 0 .944 17 3 0 .850 12 8 0 .600 13 7 0 .650 9 10 0 .474 9 11 0 .450 6 15 0 .286 5 15 0 .250

UPCOMING GAMES: October 21 at Johnson & Wales October 22 vs Bowdoin

Kills Lara Verstovsek ’25 leads the team with 197 kills. Player Kills Lara Verstovsek 197 Stephanie Borr 140 Kaisa Newberg 136 Digs Ella Pereira ’24 leads the team with 251 digs. Player Digs Ella Pereira 251 Ines Grom-Mansenecal 176 Lara Verstovsek 171


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Kryie Irving refuses to be vaxxed, can’t play ■ While the NBA does not require players be vaccinated, city mandates prevent play. By AKI YAMAGUCI



When the Brooklyn Nets take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, AllStar point guard Kyrie Irving will not be in their starting five. In fact, Irving will not even suit up for the team. Irving elected to not get vaccinated, going against New York City’s COVID-19 guidelines. According to the city government’s website, “As of Aug. 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for: indoor dining, indoor fitness and indoor entertainment.” “It’s not being anti-vax,” Irving said in an Instagram Live video. “It’s about what feels good to me. I’m feeling uncertain … and that’s OK. I know the consequences of the decision I make with my life.” In late September, league sources informed ESPN that 95% of NBA players are vaccinated. The NBA does not currently have their own vaccine mandate for players. Only three cities have vaccine requirements for indoor activity – New York City, Los Angeles and

San Francisco – which affects the Nets, Knicks, Lakers, Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, respectively. Surprisingly, the Staples Center, which is the home of the Lakers and Clippers, is exempted thanks to an existing health order. Unvaccinated players from visiting teams will not be restricted from any games even in the three cities. Other notable players that remain unvaccinated include Washington’s Bradley Beal and Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. Though the NBA does not have a vaccine mandate, unvaccinated players will undergo many of the restrictions enforced by the league during last season, including daily testing for COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins found himself in a similar situation as Irving, but eventually relented to getting vaccinated. “The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,” Wiggins said. Lakers superstar Lebron James weighed in on the debate, saying that people should have the ability to make their own decision. “I think everyone has they own choice — to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature,” James said. “I know that I was very [skeptical] about it all but after doing my research, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but for my family and my friends.” Currently, the Brooklyn

Nets will not permit Irving to participate with the team in any practice or games until he becomes a “full participant.” The Nets general manager Sean Marks announced that he would need to be eligible under New York City’s local vaccine mandate. Without the vaccine, Irving cannot use indoor gyms, including Barclays Center, automatically preventing him from participating in practice and home games. Originally, Irving received permission to practice with the Nets in New York which made him eligible for roughly half of the season’s games. However, Marks explained that the team decided that, for the best of all involved, the expectations of the players should be held constant across the whole team. Thus, it wasn’t fair to allow Irving an exemption when the rest of the team had complied and vaccinated accordingly. Although there were multiple voices in the decision, he and team owner Joe Tsai were the deciding players in keeping Irving from playing parttime with the Nets. Irving has shared some thoughts on how he feels about the Nets decision through an Instagram Live; there has been no official media stance yet. Claiming that he could be exempted from the vaccine and play this season, Irving was hoping to just play ball and use his “talent to continue to inspire, influence people in the right way.”


CROSS COUNTRY Results from the Keene State College Invitational on October 2.



8-Kilometer Run

6-Kilometer Run

RUNNER TIME Daniel Frost 26:59.0 Walter Tebbetts 27:32.4 Casey Brackett 28:05.8

RUNNER TIME Erin Magill 22:14.3 Natalie Hattan 22:38.6 Juliette Intrieri 22:57.8

UPCOMING MEETS: October 30 at UAA Championships, University of Rochester November 13 New England Div III Regional @ Franklin Park Data Courtesy of THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION and the BRANDEIS ATHLETICS WEBSITE; Images Courtesy of CREATIVE COMMONS.

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DEFENDING DECISIONS: Irving claims he is “not being anti-vax” despite refusal to get the shot, citing own “research.”





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SIMMONS: the saga continues CONTINUED FROM 11 players and Simmons. Simmons’ return should only be seen as a positive by the front office as his trade value now has some room to grow after continual decline over the summer. After all, Ben Simmons is still a three-time All-Star who has been a strong favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award. While

his jump shot situation is still a major question mark that becomes bolder and bolder every year, there is no doubt that as a relatively young player, there is still some room for improvement. Some time this season or during the next season, Simmons will most likely get traded, but for now, Sixer fans should hold on tight and expect him to be around for a little while longer.

TRON: winning streak begins CONTINUED FROM 11 would be one of their final goals for the rest of the afternoon. TRON once again opened the floodgates and broke open the scoring to the tune of a 9-1 run, with offensive highlights coming from handlers Noam “Lotus” Gumerman ’23 and Cameron “Plank” Park ’22, and cutters Matt “Nova” Sehgal ’23 and Matt “Yuca” Kolk ’22. The dominant run of scoring gave Brandeis a commanding 12-3 lead,

which they converted into a final score of 13-5. “Tournament went well, everyone played well, everyone had a positive impact,” said handler Ben “Marlin” Schoenfeld ’23 in an interview with the Justice. “Now we gotta recover and move on to the next one.” Brandeis Men’s Ultimate Frisbee looks to continue their winning ways in Portland, ME at the 2021 Lobster Pot Tournament from October 22 through the 24.

SOCCER: men’s record 1-2-1, women’s 0-1-3 CONTINUED FROM 11 goal of the season and Ngoma’s third assist, it gave the Judges the chance to equalize the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to get the second needed goal and the Bears secured the win. Outshooting the Judges 13-6, the Bears had the chances with four corner kicks to two, as well. Men’s Soccer Judges 1, Maroons 0 Taking their first UAA win for the season and upsetting the Maroons, the Judges improved their record to 1-1-1 UAA and 4-6-2 overall. Conceding the last-minute goal, the Maroons fell to 8-4-1, 1-2-0 UAA. The Maroons were unable to put away their numerous opportunities as they outshot the Judges, 19-9 and had 12 corner kicks to 0. With Chicago controlling most of the game, they proved the simple reminder that it only takes one. With a costly mistake, the Maroons slipped up on clearing the ball out of the back. Off of a pass, the ball went right to sophomore Max Horowitz in front of the goal. With

only the keeper at sight, Horowitz bent a clean shot to the upper-right corner in the last two minutes of the game to secure the game. Junior goalie Aiden Guthro ’23 was able to keep his clean sheet and record his fourth shutout of the season. With five saves for the game, the Maroons were denied their attempts to overtake the Judges. The win marked only the second time the Judges were able to shut out the Maroons on home turf and the first win since 2002 for the Judges against them. Bears 2, Judges 0 The Judges fell to the Bears after missing some crucial opportunities and playing tough defense for the first half. With this defeat, the Judges fell to 4-7-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the UAA. On the other hand, the Bears improved to 8-2-1 and 2-1-1 UAA. Playing a very defensive first half, the Bears kept the Judges on their toes and outshot them 8-5. However, there was a chance in the 39th minute when first-year Eli Mones ’25 offed a rebound from fellow rookie Gabriel Haithcock ’25

had a shot on goal. Unfortunately, a defender was able to clear it off the line and deny the Judges a goal. In the second half, the Bears were able to break the scoreless game and fired one into the net. The Judges shot right back with the WashU goalie making crucial saves off shots from first-year John Loo ’25 and junior Forest Shimazu ’23. Yet, the Bears were able to finish off the game and ensure their win with a goal in the 86th minute Overall, the Judges were able to keep up with the Bears and matched them with 11 shots each. Upcoming Schedule The women’s team will be back with two non-conference games, one at home and one away. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Judges face Bridgewater State University at 7 p.m. The following Saturday, Oct. 23, they face Springfield College away at 1 p.m. With a bit of a break, the men’s team will face the #15 Emory University on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.



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GATEKEEP, GOALKEEP: Aiden Guthro '23 defends the goal at home. The Judges allowed two scores this past weekend.

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EVADE THE WALL: Ben "Marlin" Schoenfeld '23 plays offense during the team's match against Bentley.



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REACH FOR IT: Matt "Nova" Sehgal '23 jumps for the disc against Bentley.

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CHEESIN': The team poses for a group photo after securing a spot in the DIII New England Regional Championship tournament.

Vol. LXXIV #7

October 19, 2021


arts & culture

Waltham, Mass.

Photo: Thomas Tiancheng Zheng/the Justice. Design: Jack Yuanwei Cheng/the Justice.





The Year of the Movie Musical

Released musical movies have been consistently below average. By JASON FRANK JUSTICE STAFF WRITER

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The movie adaptation of “tick, tick,... Boom!” is set to debut in November. We are 80% through the so-called “year of the movie musical,” and things have not progressed well for the Rachel Berries and Kurt Hummels of the world. By the end of 2021, ten notable, nonanimated movie musicals will have been released into the world in one calendar year. They include adaptations of recent stage hits like “Dear Evan Hansen,” “In the Heights” and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” filmed versions of live stage performances like “Come From Away” and “Diana: The Musical,” reworkings of existing stories already in the public consciousness like Camila Cabello’s “Cinderella,” the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” and the new iteration of “West Side Story” and miscellaneous passion projects like Lin Manuel-Miranda’s adaptation of “tick, tick… Boom!” and Leos Carax’s “Annette.” This is all a bit surprising, given how long movie musicals were considered box office poison. You can probably count the major movie musicals released from around 2000 to 2015 on two hands (e.g. “Les Misérables,” “Hairspray,” “Moulin Rouge!”, “Sweeney Todd,” etc.). After the golden age of the movie musical ended with “Hello, Dolly,” major movie musicals were considered too expensive to be worth the investment for decades at a time. Suddenly, we’re at ten in

one year. That’s probably in part because studio executives suddenly have faith in the genre after the “Hamilton” sensation, but, just as “Hamilton” has quickly aged poorly, none of these musicals have been widely successful with film audiences. While, “tick, tick… Boom!” and the new “West Side Story” have yet to debut, the musical films that have come out so far have been one unoriginal disappointment after another. None have managed to meet the basic necessities: originality, contemporary thought and basic levels of quality. Take “In the Heights” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” for example. Both were critically acclaimed, blockbuster musicals in their stage incarnations. Both won Best Musical at the Tony Awards, both had instantly iconic musical numbers and, despite expectations, both failed the transition from the specific audiences of the theatre to the mass market of film. Tickets to Broadway musicals are very expensive and are thus marketed to audiences who are stereotyped to have disposable income (upper and middle-class white people). Movies, on the other hand, especially expensive ones like musicals, are marketed to everybody, so the monetary barrier to entry for an audience member is much lower. That is why when the “In the Heights” film debuted, the response from the audience was not the excitement that its Broadway run had received and the studio expected; the response was instead bewilderment and anger. While Broadway audiences might not notice, film audiences certainly noticed that there were virtually no Afro-Latine cast members, despite the film selling itself as a representation of the population of Washington Heights and a celebration of diversity. Even though there were some positive reviews, the narrative around the film turned negative, and it made almost no money. Similarly, Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” relied on the audience avoiding the impulse to think too hard about all of its unsavory plot points. It concerns a high schoolaged boy, Evan Hansen, with intense anxiety and depression, who, after people wrongly assumed he was friends with a boy who committed suicide, just goes with the lie. Evan then uses this situation to seduce the boy’s sister and goes viral with a speech given at

the boy’s funeral. To mitigate how unethical the plot reads, the stage musical depended upon the audience having an emotional response to Ben Platt, who played Evan, giving the performance of a lifetime, spitting, sobbing and screaming right in front of you. It worked. The screen version, meanwhile, relies on a Ben Platt that is four years older, in a bad wig, and unable to replicate the thrill of the stage version, onscreen. The film has been ravaged from the moment its trailer dropped to its opening on the big screen by critics and audiences alike. Meanwhile, the non-stage adaptations have not done any better. They may not be adaptations, but that does not mean they are original. Camila Cabello’s “Cinderella” is a tired story, done and redone, that uses modern pop songs repurposed into a thinly written “girlboss” narrative to tell its rote story. It was torn apart, not just by traditional critics but also on multiple social media platforms, especially TikTok. “Diana: The Musical” is one of three separate Diana-related performances to be released in about a year’s time (the other’s being Emma Corrin’s performance on “The Crown” season 3 and Kristen Stewart’s upcoming film “Spencer”). Despite growing public interest in the figure it examines, “Diana: The Musi-

cal” simply doesn’t work. It is a terribly written “Evita” redux and has become, depending on who you ask, either the best hate-watch of the year or too bad to even hate-watch. As the last two movie musicals are set to debut in the coming month, the question remains: what do audiences want from their musicals? Perhaps it might be worthwhile to turn to the most successful movie musicals that came out since the collapse of the last movie musical age: “Chicago,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Cabaret” etc. What do these movies have in common? Something that none that has come out this year has managed — original, high-quality filmmaking. If studios are committed to making the movie musical come back, they should stop focusing on trying to directly replicate Broadway success or create something audiences have already seen. “Cabaret” and “Chicago” may have been on Broadway, but their film adaptations wildly changed their content to make them applicable to film audiences. “Moulin Rouge!” used familiar songs, but the filmmaking felt totally original. The more studios try to replicate what was already successful, the more their movies will continue to fail. The movie musical may be “back,” but we need the quality to come with it.

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Musical “Dear Evan Hansen” premiered in July, 2015.


Supporting Student Art at the Craft Market

Photos by JACK CHENG/the Justice

A painting stand vendor responding to the inquiries of her customers.

Create@Brandeis Craft Market was held on Oct. 15 and 16 in Fellows Garden where students were able to showcase and sell their craft items such as jewelry, ceramics and knitwear.

A vendor describes the crafts to her customer. Design: Megan Liao/the Justice

Ceramics pieces made by students are displayed.

A handmade jewelry vendor helps a customer try on a bracelet.




Photo Courtesy of Yu Tong Chen

Top 10 Things to Have in Your Cookie Dough By MEGAN LIAO


Adding all of the following to one single batch of dough would still produce decent cookies. Anything made with two sticks of melted butter tastes good, anyways. 1. Blue food coloring 2. Cranberries 3. Marshmallows 4. Honey 5. Butterscotch 6. A lot of cinnamon 7. Chocolate chips 8. Instant oats 9. Pumpkin spice 10. Maple extract (Replacing vanilla for a taste of autumn) MEGAN LIAO/the Justice

CROSSWORD Across 1. ale ____ 4. enough for everyone 11. friends with Megan Thee Stallion and Bernie Sanders 13. opposite of cooled 15. valuable card in Monopoly, for short 16. Fat _____ Week 17. initials that precede “Cool J” 18. Little ____ Peep 19. celiac sufferers and Jews on Passover can’t have this 21. French article 22. portmanteau of a particular dictatorship 23. Hawkeye State, for short 24. a model or a drag queen 26. material for knitting 28. we don’t need to reinvent these 30. type of laughter in a sit-com

34. a football brother and a prophet, for short 36. versatile preposition sometimes meaning “atop” 38. a degree women used to get at college 40. where a college student lives 43. a suffix that turns a verb into a noun who is the beneficiary of that verb 44. a tortoise known for his chastity 47. mama sheep 48. what mama sheep and her friends produce 49. trespasses 52. parody 55. a drink with jam and bread 56. “Every kiss begins with ______” 57. Bill Clinton: “It depends on what the definition of ____ is.” 58. internet slang for “white”

33. Kamala’s old job, for short

59. _______ Boy, 2000s musician


31. famous fictional fish 32. the answer to 44’s frisky friend 35. view 37. with 6 down’s clue and answer, this is ____ 38. the person making this crossword puzzle 39. any minute now 41. a common abbreviation of a slang term associated with organized crime 42. consume literature 45. coffee chain named for a Roman emperor 46. apple juice brand 50. Reggae-influenced music genre 51. “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of” 52. yes, sp. 53. abbreviation at the end of a letter 54. Yiddish interjection




1. can be high or low 2. a note to follow Sol 3. mistake 4. irrational number 5. pound, for short 6. that was ______ 7. what do baked goods and certain infections have in common? 8. used for rowing 9. video chatting app, for short 10. unmoving 12. a lucrative occupation 14. _________ Enchanted (2004) 16. the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 18. all two 19. portmanteau for an American singer and an orientation 20. it’s all around us 25. key part of a fishing pole 27. like 28. entire 29. ___ al.

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